Sports

SoHi squads win 1st day of 4A state hoops

Survive and advance. It’s an old cliche that coaches use, but it never loses meaning for basketball teams each March Madness. The Soldotna girls and… Continue reading

SoHi teams ready for deep 4A state fields

The trajectories that have taken the Soldotna boys and girls basketball programs to the Class 4A state tournament have been markedly different, but with March… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Bethany Carstens drives in a nonconference game at Soldotna High School this season. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Carion)

Carstens repeats as Class 3A Player of the Year

Nikiski senior Bethany Carstens repeated as the Class 3A Player of the Year in Knight’s Taxidermy/Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches All-State balloting announced Thursday. The… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Bethany Carstens drives in a nonconference game at Soldotna High School this season. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Carion)

Nikiski, Kenai girls off to 3A state tourney

Two peninsula programs travel to the Class 3A girls state championship tournament this weekend with dreams of cutting down the nets Saturday, but both enter… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Trey LaBarge jumps between Cole Thiessen and Shane Hathaway of the Topeka (Kansas) Pilots on Friday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears ready to host Ice Dogs in final 3 home games of season

Kenai River Brown Bears interim head coach Dan Bogdan has any number of motivational ploys at his disposal as his squad gets ready to host… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Trey LaBarge jumps between Cole Thiessen and Shane Hathaway of the Topeka (Kansas) Pilots on Friday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Ice racing report: Time to honor the old-timers

Slipping and sliding, bumping and rubbing. That is what it’s all about on the track with the Kenai Peninsula Ice Racers Association. The racers gather… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2019
Owner/driver JT Hawkins in his #13 car sporting the checkered flag. (Photo provided by Kenai Peninsula Ice Race Association)

Ice Racing report: Ice racing turns to water racing

It was an extremely wet day of ice racing for the Kenai Peninsula Ice Race Association on Sunday, but a lot of fun was had… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2019
Owner/driver JT Hawkins in his #13 car sporting the checkered flag. (Photo provided by Kenai Peninsula Ice Race Association)

Ice Racing report: Season wraps up, ice fishing event planned

The Kenai Peninsula Ice Racing Association ended the season with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Soldotna this weekend. Many of the drivers gathered in… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2019

Todd Boonstra wins Oosik 25K; Kelli Boonstra 2nd

Todd Boonstra, who makes his primary residence in Ninilchik, won the 25-kilometer men’s Oosik Ski Classic on Saturday in Talkeetna. Boonstra, 56, finished in 1… Continue reading

Runners take off at the start of the Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Shamrock Shuffle benefits Whalers wrestling

The 1.5- and 3-mile runs were organized to align with St. Patrick’s Day and drew about 90 competitors

Runners take off at the start of the Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Mike Crawford barrels down a hill during Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in the Caribou Hills near Freddie’s Roadhouse. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Mike Crawford barrels down a hill during Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in the Caribou Hills near Freddie’s Roadhouse. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Skiers have advantage at Homer Epic

The Homer Epic 50- and 100-kilometer races were held Saturday, starting in Homer, going into the Caribou Hills, then returning to Homer. Competitors can choose… Continue reading

Mike Crawford barrels down a hill during Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in the Caribou Hills near Freddie’s Roadhouse. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Mike Crawford barrels down a hill during Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in the Caribou Hills near Freddie’s Roadhouse. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Magicians top Bears in Saturday shootout

The Kenai River Brown Bears split Friday and Saturday games with the Minnesota Magicians at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex, winning 4-1 on Friday before… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk, CIA teams tumble out of 1A state tourney

Beware the Ides of March. On a day known for misfortune, all three peninsula teams lost Friday at the Class 1A state basketball tournament at… Continue reading

Kenai Central grad helps Team Alaska to relay gold

Karl Danielson, a 2018 graduate of Kenai Central currently redshirting his freshman season at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, helped Team Alaska to victory in… Continue reading

Brown Bears topple Magicians

The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Minnesota Magicians 3-1 on Thursday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in North American Hockey League play. With… Continue reading

Shamrock Shuffle to benefit Soldotna Whalers

There will be a Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex to benefit the Soldotna Whalers Freestyle Wrestling Club. The event features… Continue reading

Two birders scan Bishop’s Beach on Saturday afternoon, May 12, 2018, during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong / Homer News).

Birding: the universal outdoors activity

Like many imported Alaskans, I have a long list of outdoor activities I acquired after moving here in 1979: skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog mushing,… Continue reading

Two birders scan Bishop’s Beach on Saturday afternoon, May 12, 2018, during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong / Homer News).

Nikolaevsk girls drop out of state title race

The state dream expired Thursday morning for the Nikolaevsk Warriors at the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.… Continue reading

Brown Bears forward Andy Walker carries the puck between Corpus Christi’s Anthony Firriolo and Kyle Moore on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Series preview: Brown Bears vs. Magicians

The odds are stacked squarely against the Kenai River Browns Bears making the playoffs as the Bears open a three-game series today against the Minnesota… Continue reading

Brown Bears forward Andy Walker carries the puck between Corpus Christi’s Anthony Firriolo and Kyle Moore on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Resuts posted for snowmachine drag races

Freddie’s Roadhouse, located at Mile 16 Oilwell Road in the Caribou Hills near Ninilchik, held another round of snowmachine drag races Saturday. Jeff Hanson was… Continue reading