Homer Mariners

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Instead of heading up to Anchorage for a pair of games this weekend, the Homer Mariners hockey team will square off against the Soldotna Stars tonight in an effort to raise money for the Big Lake Rec Center. The Mat-Su valley rink was damaged in last Friday’s earthquake.

Indy Walton is the head coach of Soldonta Stars. The team was scheduled to play in a tournament at the damaged rec center this weekend, but the games were canceled due to school closures following the quake.

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The Mariners boys soccer team won its first game in the Division II state soccer championship Thursday. The Mariners defeated Grace Christian five to one in Anchorage. Six teams are competing for the championship title.

It’s high school senior’s Charles Rohr’s third time going to state. But the excitement hasn’t worn off.

“I was ecstatic,” he said. “We had our first game in the semifinals. We knew if we won that we would go and if we lost that we wouldn't. But as soon as we won that game I was ecstatic.”

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The Mariners basketball teams closed out their regular season on a high note on Friday. The boy’s team won against Seward 70-38 and player Koby Etzwiler scored big with 24 points.  

The girl’s team also won against Seward: 52-22. Player Alissa Cole led the way by scoring 20 points. Both teams won on senior night to the biggest crowds of the season.  

Homer High School Athletic Director Chris Perk said at regionals this weekend, it is likely the boy’s team will seed third and the girl’s team will seed fourth.

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The Homer High School Nordic Girls Ski team won first place in the state competition last Thursday through Saturday in Fairbanks, and it’s the first time Homer has brought home the state championship in years.  

Katia Holmes is one of the top two skiers on cross-country ski team. She said she’s been skiing practically since she was born. But even for her, there were some tough spots during her races in Fairbanks.

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After the Homer Mariners hockey team faced Bartlett on Nov. 4, four players did more than just get some food after the game.

Team captain Charlie Menke, Douglas Dean, Tucker Weston and his little brother Phinny Weston were walking across Benson Boulevard in Anchorage when they came across a homeless man bleeding profusely from his hand.

They immediately began talking to him, and the man, who was clearly intoxicated, told the boys he had been robbed at a nearby Fred Meyers. Menke says they wanted to make sure he was able to get help.

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The Homer Mariners were just two yards shy of winning a state title Saturday.  The team faced Barrow in the First National Bowl Series Division III championship in Palmer, losing 14-20.

Homer marched about 75 yards down the field for their final drive, but the Whalers stopped Homer’s offense just shy of the end zone, ending the Mariners and Head Coach Walter Love’s 7-2 season.

Loves said there were plenty of mistakes made throughout the game, notably the boys’ lack of urgency during the final drive. He explained the team continued to huddle after the two-minute warming.

Homer Wrestling Coach Celebrates Championship Team

Dec 30, 2015
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The Homer Mariners boys and girls wrestling teams came home from the 1-2-3A State Championship with multiple individual wins. The boys won the Mariners’ first team championship in almost 30 years. Homer Wrestling Coach Chris Perk told KBBI’s Quinton Chandler 16 out of the 18 wrestlers placed in the top six of their weight class.