The Menahga Mariners are a Storied Franchise, Originally founded by George Compton of Menahga, who ran a small Cargo shipping company, and to honor the Sailors of old, naming them the Mariners. They were a Solid team, but struggling in the BHL, never cracking the Play offs.
So in season 18, they hired General Manager Don Werner, Formerly of The Mckinleyville Rangers, Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds, and Bakersville Patriots. He in turn hired former player turned Coach Walter A. Donaldson, affectionately known as Bean Pole due to his thin and tall look, though not really tall, he just looked that way standing at 5'10 and 170 pounds. Bean Pole, took the Mariners to 12th place in season 18, in season 19, he took them to 8th place.
In season 20, some changes came in, five veterans joined the Club and seemed to turn the trick to success, their names were Andy Dear, Josh Vezeau, Mo Mason, Mavrick Smith, and Joe Starnes. These five would lead the Mariners to 2nd place, behind the Ogema Outlaws, Going 39 (including OTWs), 16, and 5. Joe Starnes posted a fine 2.15 GAA and a .935 SV %. Dear Put up an excellent 45 +/- and adding 5 goals, 34 assists for 49 points he also led the league in PIM with 139, with Vezeau putting up 3 goals, as well as 32 assists for 35 points, Mason scored 12 Goals, adding 38 Assists, for 50 Pts. Mavrick Smith, scored an Impressive 35 goals, and 28 assists for 63 Points. The Three defensemen became Mariners in season 18 but did not find Prominence until season 20, Smith and Starnes arrived in season 20.
They would have a Solid beginning in the SHL Finishing 8th in their Inaugural SHL season, but things slowed up in season 22, as they dropped to 12th, the following year they fell to 13th. The Next year the team got off to a slow start, much due to Coach Donaldson's Health trouble and he was often away from the Team. Manager Werner had family troubles as his Wife died, causing him to resign mid-season, Coach Donaldson followed soon after. The first Years under Werner and Donaldson, were done, but far from over.