Homer Mariner swimmers and divers made a good showing at regional competition in Kenai this past weekend. So good, in fact, that athletes from each team are headed to state competition in Juneau this week.
The five Mariners divers headed to Southeast are seniors Kaec Brinster, Brian Rowe and Katherine Dolma; junior Jasmine Lewis; and sophomore Ian Hall.
Brinster and Rowe came in fifth and third at regions. Hall came in fourth. Lewis led the women with a first place score and Dolma was not far behind.
By Chris Perk
For the Homer News
The Mariner Mat Team traveled to Seward over the weekend for two long days of competition with Homer dueling eight times.
The team won six of the duels and dropped two. Losses came against Kotzebue, 45-36, and Skyview, 53-29. Both teams are ranked in the top five in the state.
Jordan Reynolds, wrestling for the first weekend at 220, won all his matches and brought home a gold medal as he was crowned King of the Mountain.
Homer Mariners faced and lost to top teams in the region last weekend, but they weren’t easily beaten. In only two out of 10 games played, the final score difference was greater than five points.
“I was very pleased with how
aggressive we came out against ACS and Grace,” said Head Coach Beth Trowbridge, adding that the Mariners played well together as a whole team.
Two Voznesenka Cougars are among those selected for the Greatland Football All-Conference team:
Avraam Kalugin: quarterback, second team; defensive back, second team; punter, honorable mention; return specialist, honorable mention.
Dennis Martinshev: fullback, second team; inside backer, first team.
Frost on the ground and ice on the puddles may be slow to take hold on the southern Kenai Peninsula, but the Kevin Bell Ice Arena’s ice is solid and the place for hot hockey action by the Homer High School hockey team.
In his first year at the reins of the Homer High Mariner hockey team is Head Coach John Carlin, a 10-year Homer resident originally from Edina, Minn.
“I started playing youth-level hockey when I was five years old, mainly in Edina and in Ontario and Manitoba, Canada,” said Carlin.
Ninilchik was the hot spot for volleyball action with the 2013 Spikefest Tournament. Participating teams were from Birchwood, Cook Inlet Academy, Su Valley varsity and junior varsity, Tok and Unalaska, as well as Ninilchik’s varsity and junior varsity. “It was a great tournament,” said Ninilchik Principal Jeff Ambrosier. “Eight teams played 19 games in two days.”
By McKibben Jackinsky
Representing the Voznesenka Cougars, junior Gavril Kalugin was in the thick of the action at Saturday’s Best Western Bidarka’s Round Robin Rumble at Homer High School. Kalugin took first place in the 138 class.
“He has been wrestling since junior high,” said Voznesenka Head Coach Justin Zank.
More tha n 15 teams representing two regions participated in the combined swim and dive Valley Invite last weekend. Both Mariner swimmers and divers celebrated faster times and better scores during the last meet before Regions in Kenai.
“There was a high level of energy at the valley meet. It’s always fun and we look forward to it.” said Head Swim Coach Rebecca Hardy. “Somehow the meet really works for them. There was a lot of team support.”
Keri Syth, the physical education teacher for Paul Banks and West Homer elementary schools, prepares to start fifth- and sixth-grade students participating in West Homer Elementary School’s Orca Invitational Fun Run. The event incorporated the school’s new nature path.
Orca Invitational 3K Fun Run results
Oct. 11 – West Homer Elementary School
A small turn out of athletes in the Best Western Bidarka’s Round Robin Rumble didn’t bother the Mariner wrestlers on Saturday, although in some weight classes, the Mariners had to battle themselves for competition.
The host Mariners won the rumble with 146 points, scoring more than twice the amount of second-place team Skyview with 61. This is the first time in the past 15 years that the wrestling team has won a first-place trophy in any tournament.
The Homer Mariners scored a win during the conference match against the Seward Seahawks last weekend with final scores of 25-19, 25-18, 18-25, 24-26, 15-8. Head Coach Beth Trowbridge was proud of the confidence the Lady M’s demonstrated in their play.
The Lady Mariners arrived at Anchorage’s Grace Christian School Tournament, one of the biggest volleyball competitions of the year, confident and ready to play. They competed alongside teams from Kodiak, ACS, Valdez, Dillingham, Houston, Mount Edgecumbe, Grace Christian, Monroe Catholic, Seward, Eielsen and Barrow in the three-day tournament.
JV Coach Lisa Fellows stepped up to coach varsity while Head Coach Beth Trowbridge was away, and was impressed by the team’s tenacity.
Homer swimmers competed alongside Colony, Kenai, Palmer, Seward, Soldotna and Wasilla in Seward last weekend with smaller numbers than usual. Several Mariners didn’t compete due to sickness or injury, cutting team numbers nearly in half.
“We were small but mighty,” Head Swim Coach Rebecca Hardy said. “They had good swims and everyone enjoyed themselves. The team is still training really hard in practice.”
In its first away-match of the season, the Mariner wrestlers had some impressive results at Skyview on Saturday, including the freshmen wrestler’s 10-out-of-12 wins.
“Jared Brant, 106, pinned two Houston wrestlers, dominating both of his opponents with leg-attack takedowns. Ravi Cavasos, 120, scored a :20 pin against Braydn Tanner from Skyview and then won 12-10 over Etienne Kinney of Houston,” said Head Coach Chris Perk.
The Lady Mariner volleyball team toned up its skills this weekend with two non-conference matches, playing their rival team Kenai on Friday and engaging in the dynamic Alice Witte Alumni Match on Saturday.
Head Coach Beth Trowbridge said she is pleased with the team’s improvement.
The Homer Mariners and the Voznesenka Cougars reached the end of their football seasons last week, missing the play-offs by the Mariners’ 18-6 loss to the Houston Hawks at Houston and the Cougars’ 41-14 loss to the Eielson Ravens in Homer. Both games were played on Friday.
Houston 18, Homer 6
Homer High’s swim team scored several record times and brought home a first-place trophy after competing in two meets held in Valdez last Friday and Saturday. Despite the 12-hour bus ride, a couple of injured players, a few colds and even a case of strep throat the Mariners persevered through the competitions against Valdez and Cordova with Homer boys placing first overall.
Facing the best cross country runners from around the state, Homer High School athletes met the challenge one fast step at a time at the ASAA-First National Bank state cross country championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage last Saturday.
“It was a great race, a great outcome,” said Bill Steyer, head coach of the Mariners’ cross country program. “They did really good. I’m really proud of all of them.”
No volleyball team was going down without a fight during Homer’s Peninsula Challenge attended by the Mariner varsity and JV, Kenai varsity and JV and Cordova varsity. After battling their way through several fierce matches Homer varsity took first place followed by the varsity team for Kenai.
After an initial round robin play on Friday, Homer went into the double elimination tournament on Saturday seeded second with a 5-3 record after Kenai with a 7-1 record.
The smiling Homer Middle School Huskies’ 20-member girls soccer team has reason to smile. The girls fast footwork earned them the second-place trophy at the middle school Regions Soccer Tournament played in Kenai Sept. 28.
The team beat the Soldotna Maroon team 2-1 in the first game.
Advancing to the championship, they lost to Kenai, 2-1, taking second place.