Sports

Corey Wilkinson competes in a jackpot race of the Last Frontier Barrel Racers on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

9/11 Tribute Rodeo returns with added significance

The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, will never be forgotten, thanks to the efforts of the Soldotna Equestrian Association. The organization will be putting… Continue reading

Corey Wilkinson competes in a jackpot race of the Last Frontier Barrel Racers on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Root Beer Fun Run, Gauntlet on tap for the weekend

The second annual Root Beer Fun Run hosted by the Hospice of the Central Peninsula is back for another year, and organizers hope to see… Continue reading

Seward’s Lydia Jacoby races to victory in the girls 100-yard breaststroke final Oct. 27, 2018, at the Northern Lights Conference championship swim meet at Homer High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Swimming preview 2019: Seward’s Jacoby takes swimming world by storm

Last year at this time, the talk was that Lydia Jacoby is coming. This year, the Seward sophomore has most certainly arrived. Jacoby took the… Continue reading

Seward’s Lydia Jacoby races to victory in the girls 100-yard breaststroke final Oct. 27, 2018, at the Northern Lights Conference championship swim meet at Homer High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Week 4 football: Schedule back to normal, for now

The fourth week of the prep football season has finally returned a sense of normalcy to the schedule, which has been beaten up over the… Continue reading

Kat Sorensen, the author, walks alongside her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Kenai Beach in May 2018. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Tangled up in Blue: Miles and miles

I bought my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee when I first moved to Alaska after a failed fling with a 1992 Cherokee that had a leaky… Continue reading

Kat Sorensen, the author, walks alongside her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Kenai Beach in May 2018. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Refuge notebook: Why are the birch trees brown?

I was working out Swan Lake Road last month when I noticed that entire stands of birch trees looked odd. The leaves almost appeared to… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Prince of Pigskin Prognostication makes return

The Prince of Pigskin Prognostication is back to bless loyal Clarion faithful once again for the 2019 NFL (gambling) season. After spending the last three… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2019

Next level: Tuttle, Zener off to hot starts in college

Two former peninsula athletes have started the fall 2019 collegiate season on hot streaks for their respective teams. Zack Tuttle, a 2018 Kenai Central grad,… Continue reading

  • Sep 3, 2019

Soldotna football knocks off South; Juneau routs Kenai

The Soldotna football team defeated South 53-20 on Saturday in Anchorage in a nonconference matchup of two of the top-ranked teams in the state. The… Continue reading

Soldotna volleyball tops Kodiak on Friday, Saturday

The host Soldotna volleyball team defeated Kodiak on Friday and Saturday in Northern Lights Conference play to move to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the… Continue reading

Delta coed soccer team tops CIA

The Cook Inlet Academy coed soccer team lost 6-1 to Delta on Friday in Borealis Conference play at the Kenai Sports Complex. While Holy Rosary… Continue reading

Homer football swamps Nikiski in the rain

Now this finally looked like fall. Yellow speckling through the trees. Football. And rain. Homer defeated host Nikiski 50-18 Friday in a contest that had… Continue reading

SoHi volleyball sweeps Nikiski

After a string of competitive matches between Soldotna and Nikiski in recent seasons, the Stars were able to come out swinging Thursday night in a… Continue reading

Prep sports schedule tweaked as week 3 football arrives

The relentless push of the Swan Lake Fire has reshuffled the football schedule and put other high school sports events scrambling to reschedule or cancel… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Kaitlyn Johnson dives for a dig Nov. 10, 2018, in the Class 3A state volleyball championship final against Valdez at the Alaska Airlines Center. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Season volleyball preview: Can Nikiski repeat as 3A state champs?

In the months since breaking an 18-year state championship drought in volleyball, the Nikiski Bulldogs and head coach Stacey Segura have had time to celebrate,… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Kaitlyn Johnson dives for a dig Nov. 10, 2018, in the Class 3A state volleyball championship final against Valdez at the Alaska Airlines Center. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Refuge notebook: Storks in Poland are example of cultural wildlife conservation

This last month I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Poland with my family. The trip was organized by my father-in-law, Henry, who lived… Continue reading

Out of the Office: Burnt out

The first time I reported on the Swan Lake Fire, I didn’t even mention it by name. On June 6 – 84 days ago as… Continue reading

Week 3 of prep football season shuffles

The persistence of wildfire smoke from the Swan Lake Fire hanging in the air and the unpredictable travel situation through Cooper Landing has made for… Continue reading

Boise State’s Allie Ostrander competes in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final June 30 at the Prefontaine Classic at Stanford University in California. (Photo taken by Cortney White)

Ostrander names MW Female Scholar-Athlete of Year

Soldotna runner Allie Ostrander was named Mountain West Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Tuesday in a press release from the conference. The scholar-athlete award honors… Continue reading

  • Aug 27, 2019
Boise State’s Allie Ostrander competes in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final June 30 at the Prefontaine Classic at Stanford University in California. (Photo taken by Cortney White)