Boonstra, Fritzel win Seward Invitational ski race

Riana Boonstra and the Kenai Central girls picked up a victory Saturday at the Seward Invitational ski meet. The Soldotna boys and Grace Christian’s Trent Fritzel also were winners.

Kenai coach Brad Nyquist said the course at the Mile 12 Ski Trails was fast and fun. The coach gave the groomers credit for getting the course in good shape after the heavy rains and snows Seward faced in the past week.

Nyquist said a solid finish by Boonstra was enough to win her the race. Boonstra finished the six-kilometer freestyle in 16 minutes, 32 seconds, while Seward’s Ruby Lindquist was second in 16:37 and Soldotna’s Kellie Arthur was third in 17:53.

The Kenai girls had a team time of 1:14:31, while Soldotna was second and Grace was third.

Fritzel finished the 6K freestyle in 13:43, while Soldotna’s Koby Vinson was runner-up at 14:04 and Grace’s Luke Fritzel was third at 14:31. Soldotna’s team time was 59:57, while Homer was second and Kenai was third.

Seward Invitational


Mile 12 Ski Trails


Team scores: 1. Kenai, 1 hour, 14 minutes, 31 seconds; 2. Soldotna, 1:16:50; 3. Grace, 1:20:45.

Individual six-kilometer freestyle results

1. Riana Boonstra, Ken, 16:32; 2. Ruby Lindquist, Sew, 16:37; 3. Kellie Arthur, Sol, 17:53; 4. Katie Holmes, Hom, 18:06; 5. Charlee Deminteiff, Gra, 18:35; 6. Katie Cooper, Ken, 18:56; 7. Maria Salzetti, Ken, 18:56; 8. Cameron Blackwell, Sol, 19:05; 9. Mia Alexson, Hom, 19:10; 10. Sadie Lindquist, Sew, 19:11; 11. Abigail Beveridge, Gra, 20:02; 12. Mollie Erickson, Sol, 20:03; 13. Ithaca Bergholtz, Ken, 20:07; 14. Shelby Hill, Sol, 20:34; 15. Elianna Kniegge, Gra, 20:53; 16. Anna McLaughlin, Gra, 21:15; 17. Dareena Doyle, Ken, 21:59; 18. Laura Ellis, Gra, 21:59; 19. Hannah Delker, Sol, 21:59; 20. Grace Gannon, Gra, 23:21; 21. Kealy Hendricks, Sol, 23:31; 22. Holley Hoback, Gra, 24:01; 23. Sophie Thomas, Sol, 24:08.


Team scores: 1. Soldotna, 59:57; 2. Homer, 1:04:41; 3. Kenai, 1:05:58.

Individual six-kilometer freestyle results

1. Trent Fritzel, Gra, 13:43; 2. Koby Vinson, Sol, 14:04; 3. Luke Fritzel, Gra, 14:31; 4. Addison Downing, Sol, 14:39; 5. Jacob Davis, Hom, 15:13; 6. Caleb Rauch, Hom, 15:25; 7. Patrick Michaels, Ken, 15:25; 8. Jeremy Kupferschmid, Sol, 15:35; 9. Josh Shuler, Sol, 15:39; 10. Eric Kempf, Ken, 15:42; 11. Jode Sparks, Sol, 16:17; 12. Hoxie Parks, Hom, 16:30; 13. Joseph Dammeyer, Sol, 16:47; 14. Trevor Debnam, Ken, 16:51; 15. Jack Harris, Sol, 17:22; 16. Logan Smith, Sew, 17:23; 17. Denver Waclawski, Hom, 17:33; 18. Billy Morrow, Ken, 18:00; 19. Josh Foster, Ken, 18:48; 20. Eric Super, Hom, 19:01; 21. Matthew Minium, Nik, 19:06; 22. Egor Sturdy, Sew, 19:08; 23. Jed Christianson, Sew, 19:14.

More in Sports

SoHi wrestlers 4th at Grizzly Shakedown

Soldotna High School led the Kenai Peninsula by finishing fourth Saturday at… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Reagan Graves gets ready to score a goal while Camden Kovach defends Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai hockey edges Juneau in overtime

The Kenai Central hockey team defeated Juneau-Douglas 5-4 in overtime Saturday in… Continue reading

Nick Stevens of the Kenai River Brown Bears tries to squeeze by the check of Bohdan Panasenko of the Anchorage Wolverines on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears, Wolverines split series

Resilience is nothing new for Cole Dubicki and the small group of… Continue reading

Brandonn Campbell of Juneau-Douglas keeps the puck from Dylan Arno of Homer on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Hockey roundup: Houston beats SoHi for Big Lake title

The Houston hockey team defeated Soldotna 5-0 in the championship game of… Continue reading

Hockey roundup: SoHi wins, Homer ties

The Soldotna hockey team opened the Big Lake Lions Classic with a… Continue reading

Former Kenai River Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.
Former Kenai River Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.
Former Bears coach Murdock accepts UAA assistant job

Kevin Murdock, former head coach of the Kenai River Brown Bears, has… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Parker Lockwood attacks against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Refreshed Brown Bears ready for Wolverines

The North American Hockey League does not break for Thanksgiving, but the… Continue reading

Michael Armstrong and his dog Leia harvest a Christmas tree in December 2013 on his land on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jenny Stroyeck)
Out of the Office: For Alaska Bush cred, head out and harvest a Christmas tree

If you don’t have your own tree lot, harvest trees on public lands.

Sun coming through snow-covered branches with cross-country ski tracks on trail. (Photo by Ashley Lutto/USFWS)
Refuge Notebook: It’s more fun than walking

I’m not sure which one of us was more excited about the… Continue reading

Most Read