Sports

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson chases the puck along the boards against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Bears’ Helgeson commits to Division I Lindenwood

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson of Anchorage has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. According… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson chases the puck along the boards against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna senior Autumn Fischer signs her National Letter of Intent on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. Next to Autumn is her father, Eric Fischer. In the back row is mother, Judith Fischer, and sister, Brook Fischer. (Photo provided)

SoHi’s Fischer signs with Penn State Mont Alto

Soldotna senior Autumn Fischer signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Penn State Mont Alto of the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference.… Continue reading

Soldotna senior Autumn Fischer signs her National Letter of Intent on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. Next to Autumn is her father, Eric Fischer. In the back row is mother, Judith Fischer, and sister, Brook Fischer. (Photo provided)
Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Ryan Reid battles Ignat Belov of the Maine Nordiques for the puck Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Sunday: Magicians blow past Brown Bears

The Minnesota Magicians rebounded with a 9-0 victory over the host Kenai River Brown Bears on Sunday at the Breezy Point Hockey Center in Minnesota… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Ryan Reid battles Ignat Belov of the Maine Nordiques for the puck Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer's Sophie Ellison triggers a shot against Hutchison on Friday, March 26, 2021, at the Class 3A state basketball tournament at Colony High School in Alaska. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

Kenai, Homer girls basketball finish with wins at state

The Kenai Central and Homer girls basketball teams finished their seasons with consolation wins in the Class 3A state tournament Friday at Colony High School.… Continue reading

Homer's Sophie Ellison triggers a shot against Hutchison on Friday, March 26, 2021, at the Class 3A state basketball tournament at Colony High School in Alaska. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)
tease

Delayed wrestling season gets started on peninsula

The wrestling season, which had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, got started with a pair of meets Saturday. Kenai hosted Nikiski and Soldotna hosted… Continue reading

tease
New Mexico Ice Wolves forward Tristan Rand shields the puck from Kenai River Brown Bears forward Daymin Dodge on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Bears take 2 from Magicians

The host Kenai River Brown Bears snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating the Minnesota Magicians on Friday and Saturday at the Breezy Point Hockey… Continue reading

New Mexico Ice Wolves forward Tristan Rand shields the puck from Kenai River Brown Bears forward Daymin Dodge on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Central's Erin Koziczkowski posts up on Sitka on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Class 3A girls state tournament at Palmer Middle School in Palmer, Alaska. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

Kenai, Homer lose on 1st day of state

The Kenai Central and Homer girls basketball teams lost opening round games Thursday at the Class 3A state basketball tournament at Palmer Middle School. The… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Erin Koziczkowski posts up on Sitka on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Class 3A girls state tournament at Palmer Middle School in Palmer, Alaska. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)
Cook Inlet Academy girls head coach Josh Hawley coaches at the Peninsula Conference tournament Friday, March 19, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Area cagers scoop up all-state awards

Ninilchik junior guard Landon Colburn, Seward girls coach Curtis Berry, Ninilchik boys coach Dick Hawkins and Cook Inlet Academy girls coach Josh Hawley won major… Continue reading

Cook Inlet Academy girls head coach Josh Hawley coaches at the Peninsula Conference tournament Friday, March 19, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
The author gets caught off guard while working at the Peninsula Clarion in 2016 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Ben Boettger)

Out of the Office: For good, for now

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.” If that figure immediately transports you to the famous number from the musical “Rent,” you’ve caught my drift.… Continue reading

The author gets caught off guard while working at the Peninsula Clarion in 2016 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Ben Boettger)
Melting ice patch in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. (Photo provided by National Park Service)

Refuge Notebook: Ice patch archaeology

Alaska’s mountains and glaciers are beautiful to observe, and many of us enjoy summertime hikes and backpacking among the peaks. Some hardy individuals even undertake… Continue reading

Melting ice patch in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. (Photo provided by National Park Service)
Homer's Hannah Hatfield is defended by Kenai Central's Logan Satathite on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak)

Kenai, Homer girls ready for state tourney

The Kenai Central and Homer girls basketball teams open play today at a Class 3A state basketball tournament unlike any other. The tournament had to… Continue reading

Homer's Hannah Hatfield is defended by Kenai Central's Logan Satathite on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak)
Soldotna’s Travis Temple, Chad Moore and Cole Crandall at the Valdez Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Valdez, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Peninsula puts 3 riders in Mayor’s Cup

Soldotna’s Travis Temple led the Kenai Peninsula by taking seventh out of 24 Pro Class racers on Saturday at the Valdez Mayor’s Cup. Temple said… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Travis Temple, Chad Moore and Cole Crandall at the Valdez Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Valdez, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Seward junior Lydia Jacoby swims in August 2019 at the Speedo Junior National Championships in Stanford, California. (Photo by Jack Spitser)

Seward’s Jacoby nabs Speedo Sectional titles

Seward junior Lydia Jacoby, 17, won the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes over the weekend at the Spring Speedo Sectional in Phoenix. “I was really excited,”… Continue reading

Seward junior Lydia Jacoby swims in August 2019 at the Speedo Junior National Championships in Stanford, California. (Photo by Jack Spitser)
Anchorage’s Lars Arneson, a 2009 graduate of Cook Inlet Academy, finishes third in the men’s Mount Marathon Race on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Arneson wins Crazy Lazy

Homer Epic results posted

Anchorage’s Lars Arneson, a 2009 graduate of Cook Inlet Academy, finishes third in the men’s Mount Marathon Race on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai River Brown Bears forward Brandon Lajoie (arm raised) celebrates his first-period goal Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, against the Maine Nordiques at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchorage gets an NAHL team

The Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League have a new rival, a new partner and are one step closer to a… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Brandon Lajoie (arm raised) celebrates his first-period goal Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, against the Maine Nordiques at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Central’s Gavin Langham defends Soldotna’s Dylan Walton while Kenai goalie Tommy Baker watches Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Central’s Gavin Langham defends Soldotna’s Dylan Walton while Kenai goalie Tommy Baker watches Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula All-Conference hockey announced

The Peninsula All-Conference hockey team has been announced: First team — Tommy Baker, Kenai; Jacob Begich, Kenai; Tucker Vann, Kenai; Casey Otis, Homer; Halee Owen,… Continue reading

Kenai Central’s Gavin Langham defends Soldotna’s Dylan Walton while Kenai goalie Tommy Baker watches Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Central’s Gavin Langham defends Soldotna’s Dylan Walton while Kenai goalie Tommy Baker watches Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson chases the puck along the boards against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Ice Dogs sweep Brown Bears

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs topped the Kenai River Brown Bears on Friday and Saturday in North American Hockey League play in Minnesota. The Ice Dogs… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson chases the puck along the boards against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
hoops

SoHi girls lose in NLC semis

The Soldotna girls basketball team ended its season with a 53-45 loss to Wasilla in the third-place game of the Northern Lights Conference tournament at… Continue reading

hoops
Lumen Christi's Brenden Gregory is mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in the Peninsula Conference championship game against Ninilchik on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Lumen Christi sweeps Peninsula Conference titles

Ninilchik boys, CIA girls nab 2nd place

Lumen Christi's Brenden Gregory is mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in the Peninsula Conference championship game against Ninilchik on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer's Tonda Smude scores against Kenai Central on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer girls get berth to 3A state basketball

The Homer girls basketball team is going to the Class 3A state tournament, starting Thursday in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys. The Mariners were eligible for the… Continue reading

Homer's Tonda Smude scores against Kenai Central on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)