Bell rings in another year at State Championships

It turns out, this Bill Bell guy really does know a lot about softball and coaching — and life.
Finishing up yet another year at Homer High School, softball coach Bill Bell is once again taking his team of Lady Mariners to the state tournament. It’s his 14th time there. He also led 10 teams to regional titles, and added a state champion feather to his hat in 2006.
Few people know the Homer physician has had ulterior motives the entire time.

Relay teams earn Lady M’s second place at State

While plenty of athletes from Outside states would probably zealously welcome daytime temperatures in the mid 70s, many runners at the Alaska State High School Track and Field Championships in Wasilla over the weekend might tell you that “hot” is a relative term.
Inarguably, a multitude of high school track teams all over the U.S. were competing in some way over the weekend; even the Death Valley High School Scorpions, who routinely pound the pavement in 114-degree weather. To them, 70 degrees is probably a little chilly.

Regional baseball tourney finds M’s relaxed, ready

Mariner Baseball finished regular-season play over the weekend, splitting a Friday/Saturday doubleheader with the visiting Palmer Moose.
The error bug bit Homer in game one, with eight errors contributing to six unearned runs for the Moose. Kyle Johnson pitched a complete game for Homer, but picked up the 6-9 loss.

Mariner soccer boys move on to compete at State

If freshman forward Charles Rohr and his Mariner teammates play as well at the State tournament as they did at Regions over the weekend, they may find themselves battling for the State title this year.
Sure, there are a few things to tweak here and there, but once the Mariner mix of Rohr and senior standout Kenneth Schneider gets rolling, it’s Katy, bar the door for the opposing team’s defense.

Homer track and field heads to State this weekend

Led by senior Crystal Crane’s first-place finish in the high jump, the Homer girls track and field team finished third overall in the 123A division of the Region III Tournament over the weekend.
Cool conditions on both Friday and Saturday at Ed Hollier Field in Kenai led to several remarkable performances by athletes from every team represented. Eleven new regional records were established at the meet, along with nine current state bests for 2015.

Sports Briefs – May 27

Softball stays 5-0 in conference The Homer Lady Mariner softball team hammered the Palmer Moose 23-10 in non-conference action on the road Saturday. The M’s opened strong with a 10-run first inning, but then allowed the Moose right back in the game, giving up eight Palmer runs in the bottom of the first. The Lady […]

Richter surprises with first-place win in Borough 100m

Possibly no one was more surprised with junior sprinter Jake Richter’s .01 second win over Kenai’s Ian Ashley in the 100-meter event on Saturday, than Jake Richter.
“I had no idea I had gotten first, to be honest,” Richter said of his 11.85-second run. “I only remember passing him for a short second before he caught up with me again.”
Richter said he believes his lean into the finish gave him the edge.

Mariner Baseball heats up as season winds down

Working all the way through the batting order — twice — the Homer Mariners powered their way to 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning to eventually beat the visiting Houston Hawks 14-4 on Monday night.
It was Senior Night in Homer, with nine players honored for their contributions to Mariner Baseball. When the game finally got underway, the Hawks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off three hits and two walks. A diving catch by Homer second baseman Collin MacCampbell helped quiet Houston bats, and allowed the M’s to show off a few hitting skills of their own, with five base hits in the bottom of the first inning alone.

Homer Softball outscores Kodiak 27-4 in 2 games

When Homer junior Riley Walls started pre-game warm-ups with her Lady Mariner softball teammates on Friday, her bat was just starting to heat up.
Ten innings later, Walls had chalked up five runs and three RBIs off .620 hitting.
“I could just tell it was gonna be a good hitting day for me,” Walls said of her warm-ups. “I was connecting in the right spots at the right times, and it helped get me in a groove for the games.”
Homer won both Northern Lights Conference games of the doubleheader at Jack Gist Field, blanking the Bears 15-0 in three innings, and then 12-4 in later play.

Sports briefs – May 20

Soccers After blanking the Seward Lady Seahawks 4-0 in Northern Lights Conference Southern Division play last week, the Homer Lady Mariner soccer team finished their regular season with an overall record of 5-9-2, and 3-2 in the division. They enter this weekend’s conference tournament at Palmer as the No. 3 seed from the south. The […]

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