Youth Sports

Mariners lose to Colony, face SoHi on Saturday

Homer weather was perfect for baseball last Friday and Saturday. The sun was shining, the day breeze was mild and there was a a table of picnic food set up at the edge of the field.
It was a marked difference from the wind and rain the Mariner baseball team faced in Kodiak last month.
Last weekend’s real storm was on the baseball diamond with the Mariners losing both its Friday and Saturday games to the Colony Knights.

Mariners score softball victory against Kenai

Fired up after three days of grueling competition at the Invitational Round-Robin in Juneau last Thursday-Saturday, the Mariner softball team bounced back Monday with an impressive 17-0 victory over Kenai Central in three innings of play.
“That was kind of my plan, that we would score a lot of tough games before we got into conference play,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Bell.
“It would have been nice to win some of those (Juneau games), but those weren’t critical.”

Popeye wrestlers land boatload of medals

Forty of more than 1,200 wrestlers this weekend were represented by the Popeye Wrestling Club at the Alaska USA Folkstyle, Greco and Freestyle State Tournaments last weekend hosted at the Wasilla Sports Complex. More than 20 represented areas came from as far away as Kotzebue, Bethel and Juneau. Some of the wrestlers were challenged 18 times over a period of three days.

Coaches needed for next school year

If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of Alaska’s students, consider applying for a coaching opportunity during the 2014-2015 school year at Homer High School:

Assistant swim coach, season begins Aug. 11 and ends Nov. 8; 

Assistant volleyball coach, season begins Aug, 11 and ends Nov. 15;

Head Nordic ski coach, season begins Nov. 3 and ends Feb. 21;

Assistant Nordic ski coach, season begins Nov. 3 and ends Feb. 21.

KSC swimmers make a splash at JO

Nine swimmers from the Kachemak Swim Club traveled to Anchorage for the Junior Olympics on April 24-27. The four days of intense swimming competition is the culminating championships meet in Alaska. 

“These athletes swam fiercely and accomplished astonishing best times in most of their events,” said Coach Rebecca Hardy.

To qualify for the JO is a remarkable feat, according to Jamie Roth, an age group coach for KSC.

Weather slams Mariner baseball in Kodiak

A ferry ride to Kodiak can be an adventure in itself. As it turned out, however, the Homer High School Mariner baseball team’s ride from Homer to Kodiak last week wasn’t that bad.

It was after the team arrived in Kodiak that the weather kicked in.

“Growing up on Kodiak, it was the worst weather I’d ever played in,” said Mariner Head Coach Mark Putney, a former Kodiak resident.

On Friday, temperatures were in the 30s and winds were hitting the island at 30 miles per hour.

Morris takes JO first

Competing in a Junior Olympic qualifying event for international skeet, Sierra Morris, 16, and a member of Kachemak Skeeters, finished first in her division. She was one of 14 boys and five girls competing in the event held in Wasilla on Sunday. In March, she was one of seven local athletes representing the youth shooting club that competed in the Alaska State Junior Olympics Qualifying Event for trap and international skeet held at Birchwood Shooting Range near Anchorage. Morris placed high overall and first in her division in “wobbles” competition.

Homer girls take second, boys take sixth at Kenai Invite

Setting 10 new personal records for individual performances, the Homer High School Mariners track and field team left their calling card at the Kenai Invite last Friday and Saturday. The Mariner girls took second place, with Soldotna in first and Grace Christian in third. The Mariner boys claimed sixth place, with Kenai Central in first, Anchorage Christian in second and Wasilla in third.

“This is a fun group to coach,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Steyer.

“They work real hard and they get the benefits. Nice job.”

Mariner boys sink Wasilla; girls lose to Warriors

Rain, wind, even some snow at higher elevations didn’t stop the Mariner boys soccer team from scoring a 3-1 win over the Wasilla Warriors at Friday’s game in Homer. Following the boys’ victory, the Mariner girls lost a fierce and close battle, with a final score of Wasilla 2, Homer 1.

“Yes the weather was nasty, but I think that was the first time the boys’ soccer team has prevailed against the Wasilla team for the last seven years,” said Homer Head Coach Warren Waldorf. “Wasilla is always a good team.”

Softball off and running

The Homer High School softball team went on a shakedown cruise last week, with Head Coach Bill Bell at the helm. 

In four nonconference games, the Mariners faced the Anchorage teams of East, West and South, as well as Chugiak.

“We were touring the compass,” said Bell. “We lost all (of the games), all pretty much the same. We started off strong for a couple of innings and then didn’t get it going. It was a shakedown cruise and we learned a lot.”

Homer baseball Mariners focus on fundamentals

First year Mariner Head Coach Mark Putney is readying a large group of ball players for the short high school baseball season. 

“We are spending time in the gym, waiting for the field to thaw, but this also helps us break down the game into smaller sections,” said Putney.

Nahoa Jette and Tommy Bowe are the two seniors on the team, serving as co-captains. 

Baseball good reason to stay after school

For the past few weeks, the school day ends and there’s a group of Paul Banks Elementary School kindergarten, first- and second-graders that aren’t so eager to head home. Instead, they exchange their books for balls, bats and bases. Forming a sort-of straight line between Don Felton and Kate Crowley, the youngsters head out to the field behind the school for some “baseball basics,” a program organized by Homer Little League.

Special Olympic local games scheduled

Special Olympics local games, including competition in swimming and basketball, will be at the Homer High School on May 10:

• Swimming: Doors of Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center open at 9:45 a.m., events begin at 10 a.m.

• Basketball: Skills competition in the HHS gym begins at 1 p.m., followed by a basketball game.

A celebration dinner and awards in the HHS commons will be held following the game.

Follow the Mariners

Fans of the Homer High School Mariners can enjoy some at-home soccer action this weekend.

Track and field, baseball and softball teams are traveling.

April 25: Soccer vs. Wasilla; JV boys and girls games at 4 p.m.; varsity boys and girls games at 6 p.m.; games played on Homer High’s upper and lower fields.

April 25-26: Track and field at Kenai (see related story, page 18).

April 25-26: Baseball at Kodiak.

April 25-26: Softball at Anchorage.

Cavasos scores back-to-back shutouts

Fueled by the momentum of the Alaska Battle Cats Tournament in Anchorage on April 12, Popeye wrestler Ravi Cavasos, cadet 135, went undefeated for the second straight weekend and did not get scored upon. At a freestyle tournament in Eagle River last weekend, Cavasos pinned all four opponents in less than two minutes in each of his matches. 

His aggressive style on his feet and powerful half nelson-cradle series is scoring him lots of points. Cavasos will be one of the Popeye hopefuls in two weeks at the State Tournament in Wasilla.

Kenai boys, Soldotna girls take first in Homer Invite

The Homer Invite attracted athletes from 15 schools on and off the Kenai Peninsula Friday and Saturday. In the boys’ competition, Kenai Central took first place, with Soldotna first for the girls. The Homer Mariner boys took fifth place and the Mariner girls were in sixth.

“This was our second year hosting the invite and I’m just excited that that many teams wanted to come down,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Steyer. 

Homer wrestlers bring home wins from Anchorage Battle Cats

The Popeye Wrestling team turned in some dominating performances at the Alaska Battle Cats Tournament, held at Service High School in Anchorage last Saturday.
Ravi Cavasos, cadet 130, won all five of his matches without getting scored up. He scored a tech fall, two pins and injury default to win his first gold medal of his young wrestling career. Cavasos has excellent technique and has a super fast leg attack.

Spring sports gain momentum, volunteers needed

Homer High School’s track is home to track and field action this Friday and Saturday with 11 schools participating in the Homer Invite.
In addition to watching some top athletes perform, the public also has an opportunity to assist with the event, according to Head Coach Bill Steyer.
“It takes a lot of people,” he said of help needed.
On Friday, field events begin at 1 p.m. and running events at 2 p.m.
On Saturday, field events begin at 10 a.m. and running events at noon.

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