Sports

Refuge Notebook: Tales of a wildlife biologist

In 1975, as a freshman in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, I was required to take a weekly no-credit orientation seminar during my… Continue reading

Peter Morgan of the Kenai River Brown Bears celebrates his goal with teammates Ryan Reid, Porter Schachle, Cody Moline and Dylan Hadfield on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears look for continued success in 2nd half

Even when the Kenai River Brown Bears were on break for the holidays, signs of success keep happening. Since a 5-4 shootout loss at the… Continue reading

Peter Morgan of the Kenai River Brown Bears celebrates his goal with teammates Ryan Reid, Porter Schachle, Cody Moline and Dylan Hadfield on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson runs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Dec. 21, 2019, in Tampa, Florida. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Pigskin pick ‘em: Providing playoff winners to Clarion faithful

The brains of this pigskin pick’em column, or lack-there-of, enters the wild card round of the NFL playoffs after a Week 17 sabbatical in Juneau.… Continue reading

  • Jan 1, 2020
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson runs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Dec. 21, 2019, in Tampa, Florida. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Kenai River Brown Bears forward Theo Thrun brings the puck up the ice on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, against the Minnesota Magicians at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears’ Thrun commits to Western Michigan

Theo Thrun’s dream has come true. Thrun, a forward with the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League, announced his commitment Wednesday… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Theo Thrun brings the puck up the ice on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, against the Minnesota Magicians at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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)

Year in review for sports

A look back at 2019 in sports: HOCKEY The Kenai River Brown Bears saw a lot of change during the year in search of a… 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)

SoHi girls, boys win holiday tourneys

The Soldotna girls basketball team won the Prep Division of the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic on Monday by defeating West Willis High School 57-32. SoHi… Continue reading

Soldotna girls, boys both stay perfect at holiday tourneys

The Soldotna girls moved to 3-0 at the SoCal Prep Holiday Classic by defeating Valhalla on Friday 70-24 and Patrick Henry 67-16 on Saturday. Valhalla… Continue reading

Dave Edwards-Smith competes in the Mouth to Mouth Wild Run and Ride at the beach in Kenai, Alaska, on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Edwards-Smith, Aldridge win at Freezer Food Series

David Edwards-Smith and Morgan Aldridge won the seventh Freezer Food Series race of the season Sunday, a cyclocross race on fat bikes. Edwards-Smith won by… Continue reading

Dave Edwards-Smith competes in the Mouth to Mouth Wild Run and Ride at the beach in Kenai, Alaska, on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna girls top Oregon squad

The Soldotna girls basketball team started play at the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic on Thursday with a 59-34 victory over Gladstone High School, which is… Continue reading

Tangled Up in Blue: Wrapping Up

I picked up my journal this morning, ready to start closing out another year in its pages. Instead, I found myself looking back at previous… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Stories of refuge’s past and present

It is the time of year for reflection, where we look back at the year and express gratitude for the many good things that happened,… Continue reading

Peninsula skiers compete at Besh Cup

The first weekend of Besh Cup racing was held Saturday and Sunday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. Besh Cup racing is used to choose Alaska’s… Continue reading

Saturday hoops roundup: Kenai boys win their Challenge

The Kenai Central boys and Galena girls finished off titles in the Craig Jung “Kenai River Challenge” on Saturday. The Kardinals boys finished off a… Continue reading

Brown Bears remain in 1st after series with Jets

The Kenai River Brown Bears remain in first place in the North American Hockey League Midwest Division after defeating the host Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets on… Continue reading

  • Dec 22, 2019
Soldotna’s Sean Babbitt competes against Wasilla’s Colton Lindquist in the Division I boys 171-pound final Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at the ASAA State Wrestling Championships at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

State wrestling: SoHi duo earns girls titles; Homer takes 3rd in DII meet

Soldotna freshman Trinity Donovan walked off the center mat in the cavernous Alaska Airlines Center as a newly minted girls state wrestling champion and pointed… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Sean Babbitt competes against Wasilla’s Colton Lindquist in the Division I boys 171-pound final Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at the ASAA State Wrestling Championships at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna hockey tops Kenai

The Soldotna hockey team got two power-play goals in the third period to defeat Kenai Central 4-2 on Friday in Railbelt Conference action at the… Continue reading

Candy Cane Scramble is Christmas on skis

Proper V2 technique and complex, expensive wax jobs can wait for the rest of the season. The Candy Cane Scramble puts a premium on Christmas… Continue reading

Friday hoops: SoHi teams get wins at Al Howard tourney

The Soldotna boys took care of business in picking up their first win of the season Friday at the Powerade/Al Howard Tip-Off tournament at Soldotna… Continue reading

Kenai’s Damaris Severson (24) defends Houston’s Emily Bitler, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, at the Craig Jung Kenai River Challenge tournament at Kenai Central High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Prep hoops: Kenai River Challenge, Al Howard, CIA Classic tournaments kick off

One game into his tenure as Kenai Central girls basketball head coach and Jeff Swick is 1-0. Swick had to sweat it out as the… Continue reading

Kenai’s Damaris Severson (24) defends Houston’s Emily Bitler, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, at the Craig Jung Kenai River Challenge tournament at Kenai Central High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Nikiski’s Yorik Bastuck grapples with Kenai’s Isaiah Ticknor, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at a Kenai/Nikiski dual meet at Nikiski High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

State wrestling preview: Homer going for 3rd title in 5 years

Dynasties are etched in stone over years, not months. The mark of a dynasty is the return to power year after year, season after season.… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Yorik Bastuck grapples with Kenai’s Isaiah Ticknor, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at a Kenai/Nikiski dual meet at Nikiski High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)