Mariners b-ball season comes to end of the road in Cordova

After a basketball season that took them as far north as Barrow and as far south as Ketchikan, the Homer Mariners reached the end of the road at the Southcentral Regions Tournament in Cordova last week. 

On Saturday, the final day of the tournament, the Mariner boys had a 48-43 victory over the Skyview Panthers in an overtime game. Kenneth Schneider scored 22 points for the Mariners and Sheldon Hutt added another 12.

That win put the Mariners into a match later in the day against the Houston Hawks for third place in the tournament. The Hawks won 39-35. They held a 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, but expanded it to 20-14 by the end of the half. Schneider’s 12 points make him the top-scoring Mariner of that game.

The Mariner girls headed into the tournament after four conference wins in a row.

“The girls were playing well together, everyone was beginning to look at the basket to score first, pass second,” said Head Coach Connie Akers. “Our rebounding and defense was strong. Everything was coming together just in time for Regions.”

Their first game was 8 a.m. March 6, “a tough time of day to play, but the Mariners were prepared and put up a good fight, defeating Houston for the third time this season,” said Akers. 

On Friday, the girls fell victim to Anchorage Christian School’s drives and three-point shooting. Making matters worse, Mariner starter Madison Akers was sidelined with a stomach virus for the second half of Friday’s game, as well as Saturday’s game against Grace Christian.

“I was confident we could advance to the third-place game that evening, but our girls weren’t able to pull it off,” said Coach Akers.

“So, our team ended with a loss Saturday morning to Grace Christian, a team we had beaten twice.”

Grace had a 21-10 lead at halftime. Homer narrowed it to 27-23 at the end of the third quarter, but Grace pushed to a 40-28 victory. Aurora Waclawski was the top-scoring Mariner with 10 points.

Injuries plagued the Mariner girls as early as January, with the loss of Shelby Alexander, Abbey Luck and Uliana Reutov.

“Our JV and varsity teams really needed those three athletes,” said Coach Akers. “Despite these setbacks, the Mariners worked hard, improved and finished their season strong. We have the potential for another strong team next season, and we could be very competitive if our girls work on their skills consistently in the off-season.”

ACS’s boys and girls teams took first place in the Cordova tournament, the boys winning their game with Grace Christian and the girls winning their game with Nikiski.

Mariner girls receiving recognition were:

Maggie Koplin, good sport team;

Aurora Waclawski, second team all-conference;

Madison Akers, first team all-conference;

Tayla Cabana, first team all-conference.

From the boys team, the following Mariners were recognized:

John Walsworth, good sport team;

Ken Schneider, second team all-conference;

Filip Reutov, second team all-conference;

Quinn Daugharty, first team all-conference;

Recognized for their cheering were: 

Waricha Toechantoo

Hayley Patton

Yusra Sahi

The 2015 regional tournament will be held in Homer.

 

More in Sports

Kenai’s James Sparks runs for a gain after a catch during a loss to Houston on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Houston, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
Kards, Mariners collect Mid Alaska Conference honors

The Mid Alaska Conference Awards have been announced. The honorees are: First… Continue reading

Kenai Central’s Jorgi Phillips attacks against Homer on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Kenai volleyball sweeps Homer

The visiting Kenai Central volleyball team swept Homer on Tuesday in Southcentral… Continue reading

Sports in brief

Volleyball Upcoming meets: TBA Friday, Oct. 22: Junior Varsity Volleyball at Diamond/Service… Continue reading

MJ Hendren pictured kayaking at Hidden Lake next to a large rock exposure. (Photo provided)
Refuge Notebook: Geology of the Kenai … it rocks!

One thing that never ceases to amaze me about living in Alaska… Continue reading

Photo by Kat Sorensen 
The pedicure in question has seen many miles of hiking and walking since it was first painted on five months ago.
Tangled Up in Blue: A perfect pedicure

There is just the smallest sliver of light pink nail polish left… Continue reading

Sports in brief

Volleyball Upcoming meets: TBA Thursday, Oct. 14: Varsity Volleyball at Juneau Tourney… Continue reading

Anthony Botello fishes for halibut off the coast of Homer, Alaska, on Sept. 6, 2021. (Camille Botello)
Out of the Office: Fish on!

I was pretty spoiled as a kid. The chest freezer in our… Continue reading

Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby waves to the crowd in Seward during her celebratory parade on Thursday, August 5, 2021. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Jacoby nabs two 2nds at World Cup

Lydia Jacoby, a 17-year-old senior at Seward High School, finished second in… Continue reading

tease
Homer, Soldotna notch volleyball wins

The host Homer volleyball notched a 3-0 Southcentral Conference victory over Nikiski… Continue reading

Most Read