Jeff Helminiak

Homer volleyball tops Seward

The visiting Homer volleyball team topped Seward 25-23, 25-14 and 25-13 on Thursday in Peninsula Conference play. Homer moves to 6-1 in the conference and… Continue reading


Ann “Grannie Annie” Berg

Pioneer Potluck: Ready for winter — Canning, freezing garden’s bounty

This is the time of year in Alaska that we put things away that we drug out of their winter hiding place. They go back… Continue reading


Soldotna volleyball topples Nikiski

The Soldotna volleyball team snapped a two-match losing streak by defeating host Nikiski 27-25, 20-25, 25-13 and 25-13 on Tuesday. The Stars moved to 13-4… Continue reading


SoHi graduate Furlong scores 1st college touchdown

On the same Saturday that the Soldotna football program was winning its seventh-straight state title, one of the most legendary players to come out of… Continue reading

Stars win 3 of 5 major NLC awards

The Northern Lights Conference champion Soldotna football team won three of the five major awards in all-conference voting announced Saturday. Jersey Truesdell was offensive player… Continue reading

Kenai’s Heaven picks up 2 wins at Palmer Invite

The Kenai Central and Seward swimming and diving teams competed in the Palmer Invitational on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The following are point scorers at… Continue reading

Roundup: Homer volleyball gets big win over Nikiski

The Homer volleyball team was able to pick up a big Southcentral Conference victory Saturday over a Nikiski team coming off a tough five-set loss… Continue reading

Jets take 2 tense games from Bears

The Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets took a pair of tense games from the Kenai River Brown Bears on Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Regional Sports… Continue reading

Nikiski wrestlers win Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament

The Nikiski wrestling team got its season off to a promising start by winning the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament on Saturday at Kenai Central High… Continue reading

Results posted for Cyclocross Race 5

The five-race Chainwreck Cyclocross Series wrapped up Thursday at Tsalteshi Trails with Jim Hall, John Messick, Morgan Aldridge and Landen Showalter taking the victories. Hall… Continue reading

Nikiski volleyball tops Kenai

The Nikiski volleyball team overcame a large Killing Cancer on the Kenai crowd Thursday at Kenai Central to notch a 25-16, 26-24, 25-12 Southcentral Conference… Continue reading

Series preview: Bears know Jets are out for revenge

Kenai River Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich saw something recently on the NHL Network that struck a chord. “It said in the NHL good… Continue reading

JJ Boucher: A player you only like if he’s on your team

The antics. The chirping. The hard and heavy play in the corners. Every hockey fan knows the type. The player the opposition can’t stand but… Continue reading

Passion and risk

Sept. 29 and 30 were not good days for me. On Sept. 29, I covered the 72-24 victory of the Soldotna football team over Kenai… Continue reading

Internationally renowned pianist to play in Soldotna

At first blush, it’s a tad unbelievable that a pianist of international renown will be playing Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.… Continue reading

Soldotna volleyball tops Homer

The visiting Soldotna volleyball team defeated Homer 25-14, 25-17, 25-27 and 25-20 on Tuesday in nonconference play. Both squads were coming off a full weekend… Continue reading

Bears goalie Enright gets Star of the Week

Kenai River Brown Bears goaltender Gavin Enright was named the Midwest Division Star of the Week on Monday by the North American Hockey League. Enright… Continue reading

Homer’s Story, Soldotna’s Welch score victories at massive meet

The Homer and Seward swimming and diving teams competed in the Bartlett/Chugiak Invite on Friday and Saturday in Anchorage. Soldotna also sent divers to the… Continue reading

Brown Bears sweep weekend from Steel

The Kenai River Brown Bears swept the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel on Friday and Saturday in the home-opening weekend at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Kenai… Continue reading

Soldotna diver Welch wins Chugiak Invitational

While the Kenai swimmers and divers, and the Soldotna swimmers, took the weekend off, Soldotna’s divers competed at the Chugiak Invitational. Kylin Welch took first,… Continue reading