Sports

Woods, Hermanson capture big races at Tsalteshi Besh Cup

Sticky enough to stride up the steepest uphills and slick enough to power through everything else. That’s the type of skis Alaska Winter Stars coach… Continue reading

Jr. Blues complete 3-game sweep of Bears

The Kenai River Brown Bears won one period on a Friday night where they badly needed to win the whole game, and lost one period… Continue reading

Juneau-Douglas’ Chance Turinsky, left, drives past Homer’s Isaiah Nevak at Treadwell Arena on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. JDHS won 4-3 in overtime. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau hockey scores weekend sweep of Homer

Juneau-Douglas High School senior Cully Corrigan wisely held off celebrating what appeared to be a game-winning goal on Friday night at Treadwell Arena. Standing 6… Continue reading

Juneau-Douglas’ Chance Turinsky, left, drives past Homer’s Isaiah Nevak at Treadwell Arena on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. JDHS won 4-3 in overtime. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Hoops roundup: Kenai girls, boys finish 2nd at Joe T. Classic

The Kenai Central boys lost 59-36 to Monroe Catholic on Saturday at the Joe T. Classic at Lathrop in what amounted to the championship game… Continue reading

Kenai Central grad Danielson leads area at Tsalteshi Besh Cup sprints

Karl Danielson led all peninsula skiers Saturday at the Besh Cup race No. 3 freestyle sprints at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. Danielson, a 2018… Continue reading

Nikiski girls head coach Rustin Hitchcock guides the Bulldogs from the bench Saturday at the Rus Hitchcock Nikiski Tip Off tournament. The names of the tournament honors Hitchcock’s late father, who passed away in Oct. 2017 to a heart attack. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski girls beat South to Rus Hitchcock title

For a third year in a row, the Nikiski girls won the Rus Hitchcock Nikiski Tip Off tournament title on their home court, but for… Continue reading

Nikiski girls head coach Rustin Hitchcock guides the Bulldogs from the bench Saturday at the Rus Hitchcock Nikiski Tip Off tournament. The names of the tournament honors Hitchcock’s late father, who passed away in Oct. 2017 to a heart attack. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi girls power way to 1st win over Colony in 5 years, then complete Saturday sweep

A long drought was quenched Friday night for the Soldotna girls basketball program. The Stars defeated Northern Lights Conference rival Colony for the first time… Continue reading

Lots of signs greet hikers at the trail head to Silver Lake on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Refuge notebook: Sign blindness

By MATT CONNER A couple of weeks ago, I drove a friend from Georgia around the Kenai Peninsula. He used to work as a park… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2019
Lots of signs greet hikers at the trail head to Silver Lake on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)
Grasslands in the Caribou Hills, dominated by the native but invasive bluejoint reedgrass, support a seemingly sparse arthropod and plant community. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Refuge notebook: Laying a foundation for a biologically richer world

By TRACY MELVIN I spent considerable time this summer trekking around grasslands in the Caribou Hills with a giant red hula hoop (to survey vegetation),… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2019
Grasslands in the Caribou Hills, dominated by the native but invasive bluejoint reedgrass, support a seemingly sparse arthropod and plant community. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)
An edible Alaskan scaber-stalk mushroom grows on the Keen Eye Trail on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in September 2014. The scaber-stalks form mycorrhizal relationships with roots of trees and shrubs, but the mycorrhizal partners of the Alaskan scaber-stalk are not yet known. (Photo by Matt Bowser/USFWS)

Mycorrhizae: The fungus among us

By LAURA BASHOR What do gardeners and biologists have in common? We both want plants to grow! From the native trees and plants on the… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2019
An edible Alaskan scaber-stalk mushroom grows on the Keen Eye Trail on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in September 2014. The scaber-stalks form mycorrhizal relationships with roots of trees and shrubs, but the mycorrhizal partners of the Alaskan scaber-stalk are not yet known. (Photo by Matt Bowser/USFWS)

Brown Bears clash with Blues

With Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette missing on the bench with an illness, it was up to assistant coach Josh Dallmann to… Continue reading

Prep hoops roundup: Nikiski girls win big

The Nikiski girls basketball team opened with a huge win, while the Bulldogs boys started with a tight loss, Thursday at the Rus Hitchcock Nikiski… Continue reading

The summit of Vista Trail on Skilak Loop Road, seen Nov. 23, 2018, while waiting for skiing to come to the central Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Power of the Culture of the North

First, a few confessions. On Nov. 10, 2018, I marked the first snowfall of the season by getting off work and immediately bolting to the… Continue reading

The summit of Vista Trail on Skilak Loop Road, seen Nov. 23, 2018, while waiting for skiing to come to the central Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi hockey defeats Kenai

The Soldotna Stars rebounded from a tough loss to Homer one night earlier to post a resounding 7-0 Railbelt Conference win over Kenai Central on… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Gavin Enright tracks the puck for a save as defenseman Connor Scahill looks on Friday, Nov. 3, 2018, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Series preview: Brown Bears look to get back on track vs. Jr. Blues

After a disappointing weekend sweep at the hands of the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel, the Kenai River Brown Bears don’t have to wait long for a… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Gavin Enright tracks the puck for a save as defenseman Connor Scahill looks on Friday, Nov. 3, 2018, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Skier Pete Sprague participates in the first annual Tour of Tsalteshi ski race on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

Tsalteshi features weekends of ski racing for next 5 weeks

The next five weeks at Tsalteshi Trails feature eight scheduled ski races — encompassing everything from two races for some of the best skiers in… Continue reading

Skier Pete Sprague participates in the first annual Tour of Tsalteshi ski race on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.
Homer’s Hannah Hatfield wins a loose ball from Soldotna High School’s Morgan Bouschor during a Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 game in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Roundup: Soldotna, Nikolaevsk basketball teams sweep

The visiting Soldotna girls basketball team notched a 65-21 victory over Homer on Tuesday in nonconference play. The Stars had a 30-7 lead after one… Continue reading

Homer’s Hannah Hatfield wins a loose ball from Soldotna High School’s Morgan Bouschor during a Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 game in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer hockey tops SoHi

The loss of eight key Homer seniors coupled with the returning cast of rising Soldotna skaters left the debate of who would stand as the… Continue reading

Weekend hoops roundup: SoHi girls, boys sweep the weekend

The host Soldotna girls basketball team cruised past Grace Christian 70-27 in nonconference action Saturday. Soldotna had a 49-8 lead at halftime. Brittani Blossom had… Continue reading

Kenai graduate Cooper competes in Oberhof biathlon

Travis Cooper, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central, competed for the United States in the World Cup biathlon this weekend in Oberhof, Germany. In Friday’s… Continue reading