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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)

Refuge Notebook: The Refuge Notebook passes millennium milestone

“Welcome to Refuge Notebook. This is day one, page one of a new weekly column devoted to life and happenings on the Kenai National Wildlife… Continue reading

Sun reflects off snow covering the mountains across Resurrection Bay from the Tonsina Point area on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 near Lowell Point, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Best laid plans

I’ve always been a planner. At age 4, you could find me bossing my father around a meticulously planned tea party — the water (you… Continue reading

Sun reflects off snow covering the mountains across Resurrection Bay from the Tonsina Point area on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 near Lowell Point, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Pigskin Pick ‘Em: So you’re telling me there’s a chance?

After another middling, but positive, performance in the NFL’s 14th week, the column received a much-needed week off. The NFL season can be a grind… Continue reading

Edwards-Smith, Aldridge win FFS #6 bike race

Race two of the Freezer Food Series went to winners Dave Edwards-Smith and Morgan Aldridge, Sunday at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. Edwards-Smith tackled the… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren competes in the California International Marathon in Sacramento on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo provided by Megan Youngren)

Youngren named Alaska Athlete of Week; McDonald stars for Providence College

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren, 28, was named the Alaska Athlete of the Week by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame this weekend. Youngren qualified for the… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren competes in the California International Marathon in Sacramento on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo provided by Megan Youngren)