Sports Briefs – Aug. 18

Kings grab 13 medals at long-course swimming championships In late July, Kachemak Swim Club sent swimmers Carly and Luke Nelson and Nathan Overson to the Alaska Swimming Summer Long Course Championship Meet held at Bartlett High School. The long-course meet is held only during Olympic years, sanctioned in a 50-meter, eight-lane pool. (Quite different than […]

Quarterback Teddy Croft scores five touchdowns in Mariners’ 31-67 road loss

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.

Lady M’s look for 3A cross-country 3-peat this season

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.

Sports Briefs – Aug. 11

HHS alum JJ Sonnen helps Twins take title Former Homer Mariner baseball and hockey standout JJ Sonnen helped his Kenai Post 20 Twins capture the American Legion Alaska State Tournament crown two weeks ago in Anchorage. The second-seeded Twins defeated the Post 28 Service Cougars in an 8-7 nail-biter championship game, avenging their second-place nod […]

Mean Machine outlasts B’lodgers for city softball title

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.

M’s to kick off football season at Eielson

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.

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 […]

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