First-year head coach and former Homer High School player Kristie Mastre knew this season would be a challenge for her Lady Mariner volleyball team.
After long-time coach Beth Trowbridge handed over her coaching reins to Pam Newton last year, the M’s were able to squeeze one more state appearance out of last year’s season.
But if Saturday’s Homer Jamboree is any indication of the road ahead, Mastre has her work cut out for her.
The varsity Lady M’s kicked off their annual jamboree with round-robin play Saturday morning, but had some trouble getting started as they fell 6-21 and 11-21 against the Kenai Kardinals. The Homer squad responded with a decent opening game against Nikiski in the next round of play, but still fell 16-21 to the Lady Bulldogs. A shaky Homer second game left the M’s on the short side of the 5-21 score.
Homer’s cross-country consistency continued over the weekend with both Mariner boys and girls running teams dominating Class 1-2-3A action in Soldotna on Saturday.
The M’s joined runners from all over the state in early season competition at the Tsalteshi Invitational. Homer boys placed fourth in a field of 20 teams, led by senior Jared Brant’s 13th-place finish. Brant, a senior, completed the Tsalteshi Trails 5k course in 16 minutes, 57 seconds; teammate Jacob Davis crossed the line just four seconds later.
The Lady M’s also finished fourth, almost 20 ahead of closest 1-2-3A competition — Grace Christian.
Back in the old days of Homer High School football, Mariner miscues in a difficult game could often be blamed on mud slicks, sod moguls or an occasional loose critter on the field.
Times have changed.
And while there are definitely many things the shiny, new Homer turf can provide its players, being the scapegoat for stumbles and slip-ups is no longer one of them.
While the weather for the Mariners’ first home game of the season on Saturday was really quite lovely, the Barrow Whalers were not. After grabbing a 19-0 first-quarter lead, Barrow scored another 16 points in the second quarter to head into halftime with a 35-0 nonconference lead.
Homer found the end zone in the third quarter, but lost the game by a final score of 47-6.
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Usually in football, anytime you score 31 point against your opponent, you’ve got a pretty good chance of coming out with the win. That was not the case on Saturday, however, as the Homer Mariners opened their 2016 football season with a 31-67 non-conference road loss to the Eielson Ravens.
There were certainly some bright spots in the weekend opener in Fairbanks: Homer quarterback Teddy Croft scored five touchdowns — four of them in the first half — and racked up 332 total yards on offense. Croft completed eight of 10 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns, and carried the ball 11 times for 189 yards and rushed for two touchdowns. The standout junior accomplished all of this, despite missing much of the second half after enduring a particularly brutal Eielson hit in the third quarter.
Last year, Homer Mariner cross-country teams almost swept the Class 3A State Championships.
The Lady M’s successfully defended their 2014 title, picking up their second-straight title, largely on the shoulders of third-place finisher Megan Pitzman — a senior this year.
As for the Mariner boys; they came up just a bit short against the Sitka Wolves last year — despite placing five runners in the top 21 places.
Settling for second place this year, however, is not an option.
“We didn’t lose anyone from last season,” said senior runner Jared Brant. “And I’ve seen how hard the team has been running and training — and how hungry they are.”
This time they mean business.
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It took two championship-game wins to pull it off, but the mighty Mean Machiners brought down reigning city titleholder Beluga Lake Lodge two weeks ago to capture the 2016 Homer Softball City League crown at Jack Gist Park.
After beating the B’lodgers 9-5 in Sunday’s first championship game, the Mean Machine had to do it all over again minutes later, as this was BLL’s first loss in the double-elimination tournament.
And do it all over again they did, handing the B’Lodge a 7-2 loss, and a second-place tourney finish.
On the final day of the Mariners’ July football “camp,” Homer High School head coach Josh Fraley introduced a new team-building exercise to his team. It came in the form of a 12-mile challenge run that started at the school in town (elevation 62 feet), and ended at the coach’s house at Diamond Ridge (elevation 1,060 feet.)
Everyone completed the run — maybe because there was barbecue at the finish line — but Fraley felt it was successful enough to make it part of the team’s annual preseason preparation.
“Some players actually said they liked it and want it to be an every-year thing,” he added.
I’m guessing they were seniors.