Speedy Skylar leaves Migration Run pack in the dust

When 12-year-old Skylar Parks bolted out to the front of the 17th-annual Migration Run pack very early in Sunday’s race, no one was really surprised.
As with most longer-distance running events, the usual mob of eager munchkins sprinted out at the race’s start, only to quickly lose steam and fall back into the pack.
Not Skylar.
Donning a bright green shirt and red shorts, Parks was hard to miss as he kept up his brisk pace and distanced himself from the rest of the runners.
By the time Parks’ competitors finally figured out he wasn’t going to slow down, the young runner came into sight from the finish line at the base of the Spit. Skylar finished the 5k race in 19 minutes, 31.30 seconds; 40 seconds faster that second-place runner Eric Hammer.

Mariners, Bears split conference doubleheader in Homer

After 14 innings of reasonably balanced baseball, only three runs separated Northern Lights Conference rivals Homer and Kodiak in double-header action over the weekend.
The visiting Bears used a fifth-inning rally to beat Homer 9-7 on Friday. But the Mariners answered on Saturday with their own come-from-behind rally in the bottom of the seventh to overtake Kodiak for a 9-8 win.
“When two teams are that evenly matched, it usually comes down to who makes the fewest mistakes,” said Homer coach Rich Sonnen.
He added that the difference between the two games may have also come down to the decision of when to change pitchers.
“On Friday night, I might have left Brandon (Beachy) in one inning too long,” Sonnen said. “On Saturday, Kodiak may have left Jake Arnold in too long.”
Down 7-3 after three innings of Saturday play, the M’s fought their way back to trail by only one run going into the seventh and final inning.

Sports Briefs – May 13

Evarts edges hurdlers Colony Invitational Obviously a third-place finish just wasn’t good enough for Homer sophomore Lauren Evarts. After placing at the no. 3 spot in Saturday’s 100m hurdle event at Colony, Evarts turned up the intensity and kicked on the afterburners to win the 300m hurdles in 49.10 seconds. The Homer girls relay team […]

Mariner baseball shuts out SoHi Stars at home

Following an intense weekend of baseball action up in the Valley, the Mariners returned Monday night to staunchly defend their home territory with a 8-0 blanking of the Soldotna Stars.
Kyle Johnson pitched a complete game, picking up the win — and a shutout. He struck out three batters and walked two.
And got quite a bit of help from a solid Mariner defense.

Lady Mariners continue to polish rough edges

The Homer Lady Mariners went 1-1 against the Chugiak Mustangs in double-header action at Jack Gist Park on Saturday.
Despite a 3 for 3 hitting performance by Kyla Pitzman, Chugiak outhit Homer 11-5 in game one, handing the M’s a 6-1 conference defeat.
On the mound, McKi Needham struck out five batters and gave up five earned runs.
Homer’s only run came in the bottom of the second, when Mary Hannah Bowe scored on a Pitzman single.

Mariner tracksters represent at Homer Invite

Homer sophomore Lauren Evarts was keeping up with Cook Inlet Academy standout sprinter Madison Orth in the girls 100-meter hurdles on Saturday, when she suddenly found herself crossing the finish line alone — and in first place.
“When Madison went down, I barely saw her out of the corner of my eye,” Evarts said. “I didn’t realize she actually fell until after I was already over the last hurdle.”
Evarts was the Mariners’ only first-place finisher at Saturday and Sunday’s Homer Invitational Track Meet. And — despite being happy about her win and time of 17.45 seconds, Evarts said she felt bad for Orth.

Sports Briefs – May 6

Woo, Cook earn triple crowns Popeye wrestlers Timmy Woo and Tristen Cook both earned triple crowns at this weekend’s State Championships. The two undefeated teammates took first in all three — folkstyle, freestyle and Greco — State Tournaments.  Wrestling in the Cadet 160 Division, Woo won many of his matches by technical fall. Cook wrestled […]

Homer soccer ties Wasilla, Eagle River at home

After watching the Homer Mariner boys soccer team endure the childish and disreputable behavior of the Wasilla Warriors last Friday, it became easier to understand how Homer teams win so many “good sportsmanship” awards over the years.
Wasilla relentlessly elbowed the Mariners, held onto their jerseys and talked trash. And some unknown-but-speculatively-disrespectful comment to the referee earned one Warrior a yellow card in the first half.
“Wasilla lost to us last year early in the season at our place, and that did not sit well with them,” explained Homer Head Coach Warren Waldorf. “They arrived in Homer determined to even the score.”

Lady Mariner soccer falls 6-1 to fast and feisty Warriors

While the Lady M’s didn’t have to put up with bad sportsmanship on Friday, they did get stomped 6-1 by the Lady Warriors in conference play in Homer. Wasilla scored early, and continued to hammer Homer goalie Samantha Draves with shots on goal. The Lady Warriors took a 3-0 lead into the half. The Lady […]

Sports Briefs – April 29

Softball goes 3-1 at Cordova The Lady Mariner softball team picked up a number of innings of experience going 3-1 in a series against the Wolverines in Cordova over the weekend. Friday’s first of the four-game series went to the Lady Wolverines, as the Mariners gave up five runs in the bottom of the fifth […]

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