M’s hope to warm up baseball bats for postseason play

Following a 0-7 Northern Lights Conference shutout loss to the visiting Wasilla Warriors on Friday, Homer’s baseball boys rebounded, but still fell a bit short in a 9-10 barn-burner against the Colony Knights on Saturday.
Colony opened the game with hot bats, scoring six runs in the first inning and two more in the second. Homer answered with a run in the bottom of the second, and the two teams each picked up a run in the third.

Homer teams face Colony in opening round at Regions

Mariner sophomore Simon Dye continued to add to his collection of goals with two against the Seward Seahawks in Saturday’s 6-1 Homer win.
After getting off to a slow start and giving up a Seward goal just 12 minutes into the game, the Mariners answered seven minutes later with an Oliver Beck unassisted goal.
Facing a 1-1 halftime tie on “Senior Night” and the last home game of the season, the M’s kicked up their intensity a bit with five second-half goals.

Homer soccer teams rack up the goals

Homer sophomore Simon Dye scored five goals in the Mariners’ 9-0 home stomping of Houston on Thursday.
After neither team scored in the first half, the M’s came out hot in the second half and pelted the Hawks with shots; nine of them found the back of the net. Mariners Dexter Lowe, Charles Rohr, Tim Blakely and Oliver Beck each added a goal to round out Homer’s scoring.
The M’s hosted Colony on Friday under cloudy skies, cool temps and blustery winds, and managed to hold the Knights scoreless in the first half of the Northern Lights Conference game.
After the break, the Knights jumped out with two quick goals, surprising the Mariners in the first two minutes of the second half.

Mariner softball, baseball split road games

Homer senior McKi Needham hit five doubles on Saturday, as the Lady Mariners split games against Bartlett and Hutchison in the final day of the “Blue and Gold Battle” in Anchorage. The Lady M’s beat Bartlett 9-2, before losing to Hutchison 2-6.
Homer also split a pair of Friday games with a 9-8 squeaker over the Colony Knights, and a 0-8 shutout loss to 2015 large-schools state champion East Anchorage.
The Lady M’s endured an uncharacteristic hitting drought against East on Friday. A strong Thunderbird performance at the mound gave up just one hit, and struck out 11 Homer batters. Needham pitched four innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits. She struck out two batters, but five Lady Mariner defensive errors kept the Thunderbirds crossing home.

Mariner tracksters turn up the heat

Homer senior Aurora Waclawski won the girls 200- and 400-meter sprints to help her team to a second-place finish at the Colony Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Mariners scored 87 points in the team standings, second to the host Colony girls. Homer boys placed eighth overall.
The Lady M’s dominated several of the sprint events; Homer girls took three of the top-six places in the 200m race, and the top two spots in the 400m. Freshman Kaylee Veldstra finished second in the 100m with a time of 13.07 seconds. She is currently ranked second in the state among small schools.

Sports Briefs – May 11

‘Shorebird Showdown’ frolfing starts Saturday Disc golf enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in this year’s Shorebird Showdown Disc Golf Tournament this Saturday at Jack Gist Disc Golf Course out East End Road. The tourney format includes two rounds, 36 holes, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. A player’s meeting starts at 11 a.m. For […]

Sports Briefs – May 4

Mariner soccer gets back on track After falling to Wasilla 0-3 on Friday, the Homer Lady Mariners stumbled on Saturday against Houston, allowing the Hawks to draw first blood early in the first half. It would be Houston’s first — and only — goal of the game. Seniors Uliana Reutov and Sam Draves each scored […]

Lady Mariners finish third at Homer Invitational

While Alaskans are generally regarded as a pretty tough group, high school athletes in the Greatland are about as tough as they come.
Whether driving for a touchdown in an epic blizzard, or chasing a moose out of left field, Alaska athletes are ready to compete in just about any kind of weather you can throw at them.
Following a decent Friday opening round of competition, mighty Saturday winds howled around the high school stadium as the Mariners returned for the second day of competition in their annual invitational track meet.

Kings, Popeyes win 54 medals at State Wrestling Championships

Make no mistake; winning last year’s high school state wrestling championship was no accident for the Homer Mariners. South Peninsula wrestling coaches — and parents — are committed to building a solid base when it comes to developing a strong wrestling program at the high school; it shows.

Evarts conquers pentathlon

Homer junior Lauren Evarts competed in only her second pentathlon at the Homer Invitational over the weekend, and finished with an impressive total of 2,205 points and second place overall. Evarts said she was relatively happy with her performance, especially in the 100-meter hurdle race. “I was really disappointed with my high jump, though,” she […]

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