Sports Briefs – June 8

Tracksters keep on running Homer High School sophomore Kaylee Vedstra placed fifth in both the 100 and 200-meter races at last Saturday’s Brian Young Invitational in Kodiak. Veldstra ran the 100m in 13.31 second, and the 200 in 27.75. Teammate and 2016 graduate Aurora Waclawski was seventh in the 400m with a time of 1:04.16, […]

Arktikos takes Sourdough Cup

Seven sailboats graced the waters of Kachemak Bay in Saturday’s Sourdough Cup, taking advantage of sunshine and fair weather to compete in the Homer Yacht Club annual event. Fair seas and 15-knot winds made for a fast race, with Captain Hal Smith in Arktikos leading the whole way. Martha J and Nereus followed, but the […]

Mariners break records at State track meet

fter the Lady Mariner 4x800m relay team crossed the finish line at the Class 123A State Track and Field Meet in Anchorage over the weekend, they had to wait another 19 seconds for second-place Seward to arrive — not that they minded.
The team of Kaylee Veldstra, Sarah Wolf, Angela Cardoza and Cheyenne Gillette smoked the competition in the 3200m relay event with a scorching time of 10:08.22. The time was not only good enough for the State title, it was also a new Homer High School record.

Sports Briefs – June 1

Lady M’s off to State Lady Mariner softball thrashed the Lady Bears in Northern Lights Conference action at Kodiak last week, picking up a 23-0 win on Monday, and finishing the sweep with a 24-2 victory on Tuesday. With the wins, the M’s moved to 10-8 overall, and continue to warm up their bats for […]

Sports Briefs – May 25

M’s face Moose in conference baseball The Homer Mariner baseball team hammered the Kenai Kardinals 8-1 in Southcentral Conference action on Thursday. Kenai jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, but Homer answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning — and took control from there. Sophomore Joe Ravin led the […]

Homer tracksters punch ticket to State meet

Despite winning three of four relays and taking 22 top-five places, the Lady Mariners fell just nine points short of first place in the Region III/3A Track and Field Championships at Colony High School on Friday and Saturday.
Anchorage Christian School took the regional title with 144 points; the lion’s share of the points coming from standout senior sprinter Tanner Ealum.
Homer runners took the next three places, with freshman Kaylee Veldstra sprinting to second place in 13.23 seconds. Alia Bales and Angie Cardoza finished third and fourth, respectively.
Lady Mariner junior Lauren Evarts won the 100 hurdles in 16.43; she was third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.52. Teammate Lauren Jones was fourth in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles.

Being the ‘best possible version’ of Austin Vanderford

A 2008 Ninilchik High School graduate and two-time Alaska State Wrestling Champion, Austin Vanderford is convinced he was supposed to be a gladiator.
“I have always believed I was born in the wrong era,” the 26-year-old personal trainer said. “I always pictured myself fighting to the death in a Roman colosseum.”
For a number of glaringly obvious reasons, “gladiating” and mortal combat are no longer widely accepted as 21st-century entertainment. Luckily for Vanderford, however, there are other outlets — like mixed martial arts.

Lady Mariner softball dominates on the road against Kodiak

After beating Soldotna 11-2 in a five-inning Northern Lights Conference match-up last week,
Lady Mariner softball fell in two non-conference home games against a 4A South Anchorage squad on Saturday.
In game one, Homer took a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and looked to be in control. The Wolverines had other plans, however, outscoring the Lady M’s 14-1 in the remaining four innings.

Ochoa flies past competition in 2016 Migration Run

On a sunny, warm race day, runners were quick to doff outer layers of clothing, despite a slight breeze wafting off the water.
Homer distance runner and former Mariner cross-country standout Pedro Ochoa flew past the competition at this year’s 5k Migration Run on Sunday.
Often seen running up Baycrest Hill or along the Spit, Ochoa took the top spot among 101 runners, finishing in 16 minutes, 13 seconds. The next runner, Sean Ulman, crossed the finish line at 18:43.24; two-and-a-half minutes behind Ochoa.
Homer High runner Bill Rich finished third in the men’s division with a time of 19:24.60.

M’s take Borough wins into Regional meet this weekend

Homer junior Lauren Evarts led the way for the Lady Mariner track team at the Borough Championships over the weekend with first-place finishes in both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles. Evarts ran the 100 hurdles in 16.38 seconds, and teammate Lauren Jones was fourth in 19.13.
The Lady Mariners finished third in the team standings, thanks also to strong sprints from Kaylee Veldstra. The freshman continues to fire up the burners, this time finishing second in the 100m in 13.13. Race winner Daisy Nelson of Soldotna won with a time of 13.04.

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