Youth Sports

Homer places third in Boroughs, looks to Regions this weekend

The Homer High School Track and Field teams finished strong during the Borough Championships this past Saturday, placing third overall.  

“We concentrated on everybody’s better events or events they needed to get a qualifying regional time in,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer.  “They all ran terrific. It’s exciting across the board.”  

Although Steyer is pleased with all the athletes’ performances as of late, he is especially excited about the boys’ team performances.  

Boys post win against Kodiak

After a series of losses, the Mariners boys’ soccer team proved they were still a force to be reckoned with as the boys scored a 4-0 win against Kodiak on Tuesday.

Freshmen Charles Rohr hit the ground running scoring a goal in the first half with an assist from Ren Carroll, a junior. The mo- mentum Rohr began in the first half only grew in the second.

Mariner boys defeat Palmer, fall to Colony

An intense and exciting game played out last Friday as the Mariners boys’ soccer team squared off against Palmer. The game was neck and neck for the first half, with Palmer stealing away with a single goal keeping the Mariners at bay. 

Thanks to fleet-footed freshman Charles Rohr, the Mariners took away the match in the second half for a 3-1 one win.

“Yeah it was exciting because we had to come from behind,” Coach Warren Waldorf said.  “The boys really played well this game, they worked well together.”

Girls varsity beats Palmer; JV beats Colony

The Mariner girls soccer team had a successful weekend, bringing home two wins against Palmer and Colony teams.

On Friday the varsity team defeated Palmer 3-1. While Palmer played well and made for a formidable challenge, the Mariners’ resilience and leadership shone through. 

Sophomore Desiree Cleary out maneuvered the completion and scored twice, with Rachell Ellert, a junior, and Aspen Daigle, a senior, assisting. 

Woo, Cook earn triple crowns

Two Popeye wrestlers brought home triple crowns last weekend after participating in the Alaska State Wrestling Championships. Timmy Woo and Tristen Cook, wrestling in the cadet division, each placed first in their weight categories in three events: Greco, Folkstyle and Freestyle. Woo wrestles at 160 pounds; Cook at 170 pounds.

Personal bests, hospitality mark meet

The Homer High School track was abuzz last weekend with teams from around the state as the Mariners track and field team hosted their first and only home meet of the season. Twelve schools from around the state participated in the Homer Invitational. 

With ideal weather conditions, the Kenai Central girls won a second-straight team title with 130 total points, 31 better than runner-up Soldotna. The Kardinals won their home invite last week as well. Kenai rode the strength of four event victories to the team win.

Mariners chalk up win against SoHi

The Homer Mariners varsity baseball team defeated the Soldotna Stars 8-0 on Monday night at Mariner field in Homer. 

Kyle Johnson pitched a complete game shutout for the win, with three strikeouts and only two walks. 

The Mariners were solid defensively all night. Third baseman Wylie Donich, second baseman Brandon Beachy and first baseman Sheldon Hutt turned a nifty 5-4-3 double play, and center fielder Owen Delehanty made a fine diving catch on a sinking line drive to help preserve the shutout. 

Mariner softball team rolls over opposition

During their first week of games, the Mariner softball team sent a clear message to conference competition: beware.

In their opening game April 28, the Mariners stomped out Kenai 21-0. This past weekend they fought off tough competition from Chugiak, splitting Saturday’s double header, and coming away with Homer’s first win over the Anchorage team in recent history. And Monday night, the Mariners’ early success solidified into a pattern when they mowed down Soldotna, 19-1.

Young Kevin Bell Arena figure skaters participate in Soldotna competition

Eight skaters from the Kevin Bell Arena’s We Skate program participated in the Riverskate competition in Soldotna April 10-12. The young figure skaters brought home the Homer rink’s first figure skating trophy. The Homer skaters won several awards, including:

• Ireland Styvar received first places in dramatic spotlight, light entertainment, interpretive and rhythmic ribbon; and two third places in her qualifying level, Beta, and in stroking;

Trend is ties for Mariners’ boys soccer team

The Mariners’ boys varsity soccer team put up a solid defense on Saturday against Eagle River, holding the line and ending the game with a 1-1 tie.

Quinn Alward, a junior, scored the only goal for the Mariners, assisted by freshman Charles Rohr.

The team brought every ounce of determination and energy they had to the game, despite still being exhausted from their match against Wasilla the night before. That game also ended in a tie with a final score of 3-3.

Kards clean up at home invite

It is hard to duplicate the kind of weekend that the Kenai Central track and field team enjoyed Friday and Saturday. The Kardinals romped to a clean sweep of the boys and girls competition at the Kenai Invitational under sunny but breezy skies on their home track at Ed Hollier Field.

Mariners defeat Kardinals in opening game of season

Mariner pitcher Kyle Johnson threw a four-hit complete game in the Mariners’ opening varsity baseball game, leading Homer to a 10-2 victory over Kenai on Tuesday on their home turf.

Sound defense and a team effort on offense combined with the outstanding pitching to earn the victory.  

“It was a great way to start the season,” said senior third baseman Wylie Donich, who picked up the first hit of the evening as well as made a fine stabbing catch of a hot line drive late in the game.

SoHi also beats girls’ team

The Mariner Girls varsity team lost its home game against Soldotna High School Tuesday, and thanks to temperamental spring weather, also experienced all four seasons during the two 45-minute halves. The game finished with a 4-1 win for SoHi.

SoHi shut down Homer’s offensive opportunities with a strong and collected defense, but gave up an own goal from a misjudged pass back to the goalie with 12 minutes left to go in the game.

Mariners’ boys team suffers first loss of soccer season

The Mariner boys varsity soccer team suffered its first loss of the season against Soldotna High School on Tuesday, and ended the home game with several hauntingly close scoring opportunities. 

SoHi collected the first goal in the first half, and finished the game with two more, shutting out Homer 3-0. 

Head Coach Warren Waldorf said the team, which lost a few key players in the second half, struggled to finish the chances they created in the offensive end of the field. 

Experience, focus on successful finish mark start of Mariner baseball season

With nine returning seniors, the Mariner baseball team will take to the field Tuesday in their opening game against Kenai with strength, speed and experience.

Rich Sonnen, the Mariners’ head coach and father of senior co-captain J.J. Sonnen, has coached many of the players through Little League since they were 4-years-old. He says the skill and drive his experienced players bring to the field bodes well for the team’s success this season. 

“This is our best shot we’ve had in a while,” he said.

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