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Kenai Central's Logan Mese celebrates his game-clinching goal against Soldotna on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Mese hat trick leads Kenai hockey past Soldotna

Kenai Central’s Logan Mese had three goals and an assist to lead the Kardinals to a 5-3 victory over Soldotna in Northern Lights Conference play… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Logan Mese celebrates his game-clinching goal against Soldotna on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Kenai’s Fallon, Soldotna’s Boonstra win Homer Skiathlon

Greg Fallon won an individual title to lead the Kenai Central boys to the team victory, while Tania Boonstra did the same for the Soldotna… Continue reading

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Saturday hoops: Seward notches sweep in Homer

The visiting Seward girls notched a 38-30 victory over Homer on Saturday in Peninsula Conference play. The Seahawks improved to 2-0 in the league and… Continue reading

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Brown Bears drop 2 games to Windigo to end winless trip to Lower 48

The visiting Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a pair of games to the Wisconsin Windigo on Friday and Saturday in North American Hockey League play.… Continue reading

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Friday hoops: Peninsula squads dive into conference action

The visiting Soldotna girls basketball team notched a 57-47 victory over Kodiak on Friday to move to 1-0 in the Northern Lights Conference and 4-3… Continue reading

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Brown Bears return from break with loss to the Jets

The Kenai River Brown Bears returned from the holiday break with a 9-3 loss to the host Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets on Thursday in North American… Continue reading

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A snowmachine at rest in front of the Snag Lake public use cabin. (Photo by credit Scott Slavick/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Preparedness is key to staying safe in the backcountry

If you spend any time in the backcountry, it’s bound to happen: an ankle sprain halfway into a day hike; afternoon wind unexpectedly turns a… Continue reading

A snowmachine at rest in front of the Snag Lake public use cabin. (Photo by credit Scott Slavick/USFWS)
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Saturday basketball: SoHi girls take 6th at Mountain City; Ninilchik sweeps CIA

The Soldotna girls finished sixth at the Mountain City Basketball Invitational in Anchorage on Saturday, while the Kenai boys were seventh and the Kenai girls… Continue reading

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Friday basketball: SoHi girls beat Kenai; Kards boys lose to Service JV

The Soldotna girls defeated Kenai Central on Friday at the Mountain City Basketball City Invitational, while the Kenai boys lost to Service junior varsity. The… Continue reading

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Thursday hoops: Kenai, SoHi lose at Mountain City; Ninilchik sweeps CIA

The Soldotna girls and Kenai girls and boys lost in the opening day of the Mountain City Basketball Invitational on Thursday in Anchorage. The Kardinals… Continue reading

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Lower left: 2023 Kenai Central High School alum Gavin Langham (#18) and 2021 Soldotna High School alum Dylan Walton battle over the puck in the second period of the annual Kenai/Nikiski and SoHi/Skyview alumni hockey game at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai/Nikiski narrowly defeats Soldotna/Skyview in annual alumni hockey game

The visiting Kenai/Nikiski team eked ahead with roughly four minutes left in the third period

Lower left: 2023 Kenai Central High School alum Gavin Langham (#18) and 2021 Soldotna High School alum Dylan Walton battle over the puck in the second period of the annual Kenai/Nikiski and SoHi/Skyview alumni hockey game at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Skiers pursue stations at the Candy Cane Scramble on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Local skiers compete at Candy Cane Scramble, Besh Cups 1 and 2

The Soldotna Nordic skiing team hosted the Candy Cane Scramble on Friday at Tsalteshi Trails. At the event, skiers had an hour to visit 10… Continue reading

Skiers pursue stations at the Candy Cane Scramble on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna's Kaytlin McAnelly celebrates winning the girls title at 132 pounds Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, at the state wrestling tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna girls, Seward boys win state wrestling titles

Kenai Peninsula sweeps Most Outstanding Wrestler awards

Soldotna's Kaytlin McAnelly celebrates winning the girls title at 132 pounds Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, at the state wrestling tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Nikolaevsk's Kristin Klaich shoots on Cook Inlet Academy's Emilee Cragg and Anna Cizek on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Cook Inlet Academy. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Saturday hoops: Mt. Edgecumbe girls, boys win Craig Jung tourney

The Mt. Edgecumbe girls and boys basketball teams won the Craig Jung “Kenai River Challenge” with 3-0 records Saturday. The Braves girls wrapped up the… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk's Kristin Klaich shoots on Cook Inlet Academy's Emilee Cragg and Anna Cizek on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Cook Inlet Academy. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Jets sweep weekend series from Brown Bears

The host Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets swept the Kenai River Brown Bears 4-2 on Friday and 4-0 on Saturday in North American Hockey League play. The… Continue reading

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Soldotna's Jace Appelhans stuffs in a goal past Bartlett-East co-op goalie Reece Morton and defender Edwin Maxwell on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Weekend prep hockey: Soldotna wins; Homer swept in Kodiak

The Soldotna hockey team notched a 10-3 victory over the Bartlett-East co-op team Friday in nonconference action at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Jace Appelhans… Continue reading

Soldotna's Jace Appelhans stuffs in a goal past Bartlett-East co-op goalie Reece Morton and defender Edwin Maxwell on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Friday hoops roundup: Tourney results for peninsula teams

The Soldotna girls basketball team moved to 1-1 at the Craig Jung Kenai River Challenge at Kenai Central by defeating Redington 57-13. The Huskies dropped… Continue reading

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Kenai Central's Sierra Hershberger brings the ball up against Redington's Saydi Cardoso on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, at the Craig Jung Tournament at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Prep basketball season opens with big night of tourneys

The Kenai Central girls basketball team opened their season with a 60-22 victory over Redington on Thursday at the Craig Jung Tournament at Kenai Central.… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Sierra Hershberger brings the ball up against Redington's Saydi Cardoso on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, at the Craig Jung Tournament at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Blake Gillis, right, celebrates winning the final round and securing the state title alongside Kaizen Fuller and Coach Shane Lopez during their state championship match against Lathrop High School in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai wins 1st esports championship

During the final round of the Alaska School Activities Association’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fall End of Season Tournament on Thursday, Kenai Central High School’s… Continue reading

Blake Gillis, right, celebrates winning the final round and securing the state title alongside Kaizen Fuller and Coach Shane Lopez during their state championship match against Lathrop High School in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
The bronze statue depicting a "giant Kenai Moose" of the early "19s" stands to welcome present-day guests to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Marking 82 years in the great flow of past, present and future on the Kenai

Whether they were pulling my leg or not, a couple of years ago, my kids started asking me questions like, “Mom, did you have phones… Continue reading

The bronze statue depicting a "giant Kenai Moose" of the early "19s" stands to welcome present-day guests to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by USFWS)