Youth Sports

Umpiring offers fresh look at life lessons

My mother was an ace athlete. She was strong, fast and could think quickly on her feet. She was fiercely competitive and played shortstop on a women’s softball team when women’s softball was a novelty.
By the time I came along, Mom’s competitive softball playing days were over. I saw the photos and heard the stories. Bigger-than-life stories. The kind that left me feeling intimidated right down to the bottom of my non-competitive, unathletic feet.
The day it was announced my sixth-grade class was going to begin playing softball during PE, I went home in tears.

Girls soccer turns tables, notches victories

Last weekend’s sunny weather ignited great Mariner play with two shutouts against Seward and Soldotna, giving Homer practice at dominating the offensive side of the field. The empowering last home games of the season will give Homer momentum going into Regionals, which will be held in Wasilla over Memorial Weekend.

Mariners finished with finesse against Seward during Friday’s game, blasting five goals shot into the back of the net by Maggie Koplin, Sofia Ramirez-Clark, Megan Pitzman and Sam Draves. 

Mariner boys hold 10-1 win-loss ratio as team heads into Regions

Homer Mariners conquered Seward and Skyview this weekend with ease, allowing junior varsity players an opportunity for varsity playing time. Homer will be seeded first in the South Division for Regions in Wasilla on Memorial Weekend thanks to their impressive 10-1 season win-to-loss ratio. 

Coach of seven years, Warren Waldorf says the team is on a roll and with their almost flawless record he hopes they can get a loss, if it were to happen, out of the way.

Homer track and field ‘awesome’ at regions

Homer High School Mariners boys track and field team claimed an overall fourth place and the girls third in the Region III Track and Field Championship in Palmer on May 16. They also earned four individual regional championship titles:


First place, 800 meters:

Aurora Waclawski;


First place, 1600 meters:
Molly Mitchell;


First place, 3200 meters:

Molly Mitchell;

Baseball warms up over weekend

The Mariners varsity and  junior varsity baseball team made a three-stop tour north last week, with stops in Wasilla, Palmer and Houston. In Wasilla, the varsity took a 12-7 loss, while the JV team scored a 5-1 win. In Palmer, the JV’s had a 6-2 victory and the varsity Mariners came back with a 10-8 win.  Playing against Houston on Saturday, the varsity Mariners celebrated another win, with a score of 12-8. The junior varsity team’s undefeated records came to an end, however, with an 11-0 loss to Houston. 

Mariners score a softball victory

The Homer Mariners softball team was host to a two-day tournament May 16-17, with varsity and junior varsity teams from Skyview and Eagle River traveling to Homer. The Mariners varsity team played the Eagle River varsity Friday, landing a 16-2 victory in four innings. The Mariner JV team followed, with a 12-0 shutout of the Eagle River JV team in three innings of play. 

This week the Mariners played the SoHi Stars at Soldotna on Tuesday. Today, they head to Kodiak for a weekend of games against the Kodiak Bears.

Nikolaevsk celebrates historic moment

Following Nikolaevsk School’s end-of-the-year awards assembly, the students, faculty, staff and a scattering of parents were asked to stay seated. There was one more recognition in store.

“We are making history today,” said Bea Klaich, head coach of Nikolaevsk’s girls varsity basketball team.

To her left sat a smiling Nianiella Dorvall, a high school senior, surrounded by her family — parents Dan and Luba Dorvall and younger sister Anastacia. 

Homer boys second, girls third at borough meet

The Mariner boys track and field team pushed into second place at borough championships in Kenai on Saturday, tying with Skyview and with Kenai Central in first place.
“The boys did awesome,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Steyer. “They collectively ran from the heart and ran extremely well. They’ve been improving all year and pulled it all together.”
The Homer girls claimed third place, with Soldotna in first and Kenai Central in second. Steyer took advantage of the meet to focus on his training strategy.

Homer Mariners shut down SoHi Stars

It was a 12-0, four inning victory for the Homer High School Mariners softball team in a May 7 game against SoHi.
“I’m really pleased they were hitting all the way through the lineup,” said Head Coach Bill Bell.
That gave the Mariners two Northern Lights Conference wins last week after beating the Kenai Kardinals 17-0 on May 5. The team had a challenging start to the season, with 13 losses in games against some of the state’s biggest and strongest teams, but that was all part of Bell’s game plan.

Mariners squeeze plenty of soccer into short season

On Thursday, the Homer Mariners boys and girls varsity soccer teams faced the Houston Hawks on Homer High‘s upper field. On Friday, the Mariners two varsity teams battled with the Colony Knights, shifting the action down to Homer’s lower field.
Tuesday, the soccer action continued with at-home games against Nikiski. Wednesday, the Mariners were back on the field with games against SoHi.
The boys scored a 4-0 victory over the Hawks on Thursday, then suffered a 3-0 loss to the Knights on Friday.

Ninilchik father, daughter inducted in ASAA Alaska High School Hall of Fame

Former Ninilchik basketball coach Dan Leman and his daughter and star player, Whitney, were among 11 named to the Alaska High School Hall of Fame, the Alaska School Activities Association announced last week.
The Lemans will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Aug. 3, in Anchorage.
The public is invited.

Anchorage Invite

May 2-3
Dimond High School
HOMER BOYS INDIVIDUAL VARSITY SCORES
800 METERS: 3. Pedro Ochoa, 2:02.91
1600 METERS: 30. Les Crane, 5:30.88
3200 METERS: 3. Pedro Ochoa, 9:59.66
300 METER HURDLES, 36-INCH: 5. Connor Seay, 44.82
4X400 RELAY: 11. Homer, 49.33
4X200 RELAY: 11. Homer, 1.42.95
4X400 RELAY: 12. H0mer, 4:01.28
SHOT PUT, 12 LB: 18 Chase Crauthers, 32’09.00; 22. Ian Lowe, 29’11.00
DISCUS, 1.6 KG: 28. Jake Richter, 72’02.00
LONG JUMP: 8. John Shank, 18’04.00; 9. Connor Seay, 17’06.75

Mariners post good performances at Anchorage Invite

Participating in the two-day Anchorage Invite was an open door for the Homer Mariner track and field athletes to plant their feet on the site where state championships will be in a few weeks.
More importantly, while there the team scored some “really good performances,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer.
Senior Pedro Ochoa finished third in the 3200 meters, with an impressive time of 9:59.
“He broke 10 minutes in the 2-mile, which is a pretty significant barrier,” said Steyer.
Ochoa also placed third in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line in 2:02.91.

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