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Kenai Central’s Ayden Spann skates the puck across the blue line during a 4-1 loss to Colony during the second day of the 2021 Alaska Army National Guard Stars and Stripes Showdown on Friday, Nov.12, 2021, at the MTA Events Center in Palmer, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

Kenai, SoHi, Homer finish up play at Stars and Stripes

Staff report The Soldotna and Homer hockey teams finished with 1-2 records at the 2021 Alaska Army National Guard Stars and Stripes Showdown at the… Continue reading

Kenai Central’s Ayden Spann skates the puck across the blue line during a 4-1 loss to Colony during the second day of the 2021 Alaska Army National Guard Stars and Stripes Showdown on Friday, Nov.12, 2021, at the MTA Events Center in Palmer, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
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Peninsula hockey teams all lose at Stars and Stripes tourney

Staff report Kenai Peninsula teams Kenai Central, Homer and Soldotna all suffered losses Thrusday at the opening day of the 2021 Alaska Army National Guard… Continue reading

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Kenai volleyball moves to state semifinals

Staff report The Kenai Central volleyball team moved to the semifinals after two victories on the opening day of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament… Continue reading

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Ice sits ready to skate at Bottenintnin Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska on Nov. 1, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled Up in Blue: Skipping skating

I was looking forward to ice skating this winter. I had bought a pair of Nordic blades a little too late in the season last… Continue reading

Ice sits ready to skate at Bottenintnin Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska on Nov. 1, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Fall colors, a dog and game in hand make for great outdoor experiences on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Colin Canterbury/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: On point this fall

His eyes were fixated on the white spruce before us. We knew what we sought was in there based on his behavior, but no matter… Continue reading

Fall colors, a dog and game in hand make for great outdoor experiences on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Colin Canterbury/USFWS)
Kenai Central's Cali Holmes attacks Homer's Goldie Hill on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula volleyball teams carry strong records to state

Kenai Central, Homer and Seward will look to maintain the Kenai Peninsula’s recent dominance of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament today, Friday and Saturday… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Cali Holmes attacks Homer's Goldie Hill on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Pair of Olympians lead peninsula swimmers to state

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion This summer, Seward senior Lydia Jacoby became the first Alaskan to swim at the Olympics. Friday and Saturday, Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

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Anchorage Wolverines defenseman Danny Reis and Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Carter Green battle for the puck Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears, Wolverines split weekend series

The Kenai River Brown Bears split with the Anchorage Wolverines on Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in North American Hockey League… Continue reading

Anchorage Wolverines defenseman Danny Reis and Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Carter Green battle for the puck Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Kenai wrestlers lead peninsula at ACS Invite

The Kenai Central High School wrestling team led the Kenai Peninsula by finishing sixth on Friday and Saturday at the ACS Denali Class Invite in… Continue reading

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Homer's Jillian Crooks competes in the state swimming finals at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Jacoby, Crooks each nab 2 individual events

Kenai Peninsula Olympic swimmers Lydia Jacoby and Jillian Crooks took home individual championships at the Alaska School Activities Association State Swim and Dive finals at… Continue reading

Homer's Jillian Crooks competes in the state swimming finals at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Central volleyball team after winning the Southcentral Conference title Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Redington Sr. Jr/Sr High School in Wasilla. (Photo provided)

Kenai captures Southcentral Conference volleyball title

Kenai Central won the Southcentral Conference volleyball championship Saturday at Redington Sr. Jr/Sr High School by sweeping Homer. The Kardinals completed a clean sweep of… Continue reading

The Kenai Central volleyball team after winning the Southcentral Conference title Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Redington Sr. Jr/Sr High School in Wasilla. (Photo provided)
Soldotna's Jolie Wildaman receives a serve during the first day of the Northern Lights Conference Championships on Thursday at Palmer High School. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

SoHi volleyball ends season at NLC tourney

Staff report The Soldotna volleyball team ended its season with a 3-1 loss to Wasilla on Friday at the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Palmer… Continue reading

Soldotna's Jolie Wildaman receives a serve during the first day of the Northern Lights Conference Championships on Thursday at Palmer High School. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
Kenai Central's Jacob Begich moves the puck against Homer on Friday, Nov. 6, 2021, at the Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Kenai hockey tops Homer in overtime

The visiting Kenai Central hockey team defeated Homer 5-4 in overtime Friday in Railbelt Conference play. The Kardinals move to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Jacob Begich moves the puck against Homer on Friday, Nov. 6, 2021, at the Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Soldotna's Adarra Hagelund reaches to try to block a hit by Wasilla's Bella Hays during a 3-0 win over the Warriors on the first day of the Northern Lights Conference tournament Friday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Palmer High School. (Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

SoHi volleyball goes 1-1 on opening day of NLC tourney

The Soldotna volleyball team opened the Northern Lights Conference volleyball tournament at Palmer High School on Thursday with a victory over Wasilla and a loss… Continue reading

Soldotna's Adarra Hagelund reaches to try to block a hit by Wasilla's Bella Hays during a 3-0 win over the Warriors on the first day of the Northern Lights Conference tournament Friday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Palmer High School. (Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
The Kenai River curls to Skilak Lake, as seen from the Hideout Trail on July 5, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Clearing the trail

One of the benefits of growing old is waking up and, despite having done nothing particularly noteworthy the day before, feeling as if you’ve been… Continue reading

The Kenai River curls to Skilak Lake, as seen from the Hideout Trail on July 5, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
The 2021 YCC Crew sits on a newly constructed hitching post at Nurses Cabin in July 2021. Left to right are Ryan Crapps, Jacob Begich, Leah Fallon, Melita Efta and Olivia Somers. (Photo by USFWS/Heather Sokul)

Refuge Notebook: YCC takes charge of building hitching posts at Nurses Cabin

The Youth Conservation Corps has been an integral part of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge summer staff for many summers. After a break in 2020, due… Continue reading

The 2021 YCC Crew sits on a newly constructed hitching post at Nurses Cabin in July 2021. Left to right are Ryan Crapps, Jacob Begich, Leah Fallon, Melita Efta and Olivia Somers. (Photo by USFWS/Heather Sokul)
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Brown Bears host Wolverines for 1st time

For the first time since March 3, 2012, the Kenai River Brown Bears will host a North American Hockey League rival from Southcentral Alaska today… Continue reading

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Area volleyball teams ready to chase state berths

This weekend at conference volleyball tournaments, Kenai Peninsula schools will seek spots at the state tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage from Nov.… Continue reading

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Seward's Maria Bunch digs up a ball against Nikiski on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Seward netters topple Nikiski

Playing a match just two days before the conference tournament is extremely rare, but both Seward and Nikiski were glad to get the opportunity Wednesday… Continue reading

Seward's Maria Bunch digs up a ball against Nikiski on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna senior Dylan Dahlgren accepts the team’s runner-up award after the Division II state football championship game against Lathrop at Service High School in Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.(Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi’s Taylor, Dahlgren win major all-state awards

Soldotna junior Brayden Taylor and Soldotna senior Dylan Dahlgren earned major awards in all-state football awards announced Sunday. At the Division II level, Taylor made… Continue reading

Soldotna senior Dylan Dahlgren accepts the team’s runner-up award after the Division II state football championship game against Lathrop at Service High School in Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.(Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)