Sports

John Bryan and Candace Nakagawa, Co-Directors of Sports Science, Strength and Conditioning, clean up the kitchen after preparing a meal for the Kenai River Brown Bears at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, March 29, 2024. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

‘The right thing to do’

On mostly volunteer basis, couple overhauls nutrition, strength and conditioning program for Bears

John Bryan and Candace Nakagawa, Co-Directors of Sports Science, Strength and Conditioning, clean up the kitchen after preparing a meal for the Kenai River Brown Bears at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, March 29, 2024. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Carter McCormick of the Kenai River Brown Bears can't stuff a goal past Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets goalie Jan Kasal on Sunday, March 31, 2024, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Sunday: Jets snap Bears’ winning streak at 4

The Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 7-2 on Sunday in North American Hockey League action at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.… Continue reading

Carter McCormick of the Kenai River Brown Bears can't stuff a goal past Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets goalie Jan Kasal on Sunday, March 31, 2024, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Saturday: Bears notch 5th straight victory

The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets 8-7 in overtime Saturday in North American Hockey League action at the Soldotna Regional Sports… Continue reading

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Allie Ostrander is presented her award by Stacia Rustad at the Alaska High School Hall of Fame's Class of 2023 induction ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at The Lakefront Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. (Screenshot)

Ostrander nabs 30th at world cross country

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central, took 30th place at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, on Saturday. Ostrander finished… Continue reading

Allie Ostrander is presented her award by Stacia Rustad at the Alaska High School Hall of Fame's Class of 2023 induction ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at The Lakefront Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. (Screenshot)
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Friday: Bears score 10 goals, win 4th straight

The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets 10-5 on Friday in North American Hockey League play at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.… Continue reading

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The Kenai Central cheerleading team. Top row, left to right: assistant coach Keelin McGraw, Bella Croom, MacKenzie Fann, Kimber Moore, Sylvia McGraw, Taya Swick, coach Cassi Holmes. Bottom row, left to right: Cara Graves, Ellee Pancoast, Kayani Whicker, Sarah Baisden, Ella Romero, Makenzie Harden. (Photo provided)

Kenai Central cheerleaders win 4th straight state title

The Kenai Central cheerleading team won its fourth straight Division II state cheerleading competition March 29 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. Kenai also… Continue reading

The Kenai Central cheerleading team. Top row, left to right: assistant coach Keelin McGraw, Bella Croom, MacKenzie Fann, Kimber Moore, Sylvia McGraw, Taya Swick, coach Cassi Holmes. Bottom row, left to right: Cara Graves, Ellee Pancoast, Kayani Whicker, Sarah Baisden, Ella Romero, Makenzie Harden. (Photo provided)
Winter is the time for fuel break projects. (Photo by Jeff Bouschor/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: What do wildland firefighters do in the winter?

Most people do not think about wildfires during the winter months, but the fire management program at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is hard at… Continue reading

Winter is the time for fuel break projects. (Photo by Jeff Bouschor/USFWS)
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Friday: Seward boys fall to Barrow in 4th-place game

The Seward boys basketball team lost the fourth-place game 66-42 to Barrow on Friday in the Class 3A state tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center… Continue reading

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Roope Tuomioksa of the Kenai River Brown Bears attacks Payton Nelson and goalie Nick Erickson of the Minnesota Wilderness on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Saturday: Brown Bears finish sweep of Wilderness

The Kenai River Brown Bears completed a two-game sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness with a 5-2 victory in North American Hockey League play at the… Continue reading

Roope Tuomioksa of the Kenai River Brown Bears attacks Payton Nelson and goalie Nick Erickson of the Minnesota Wilderness on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Ninilchik's Kade McCorison moves to shoot over attempted blocks by Aniak's William and Troy Morgan during a basketball game at Ninilchik School in Ninilchik, Alaska, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Ninilchik’s Kade McCorison, CIA’s Ian McGarry make all-state first teams

The Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches sent out its all-state basketball teams Monday. The teams are selected by coaches. The Kenai Peninsula landed a pair… Continue reading

Ninilchik's Kade McCorison moves to shoot over attempted blocks by Aniak's William and Troy Morgan during a basketball game at Ninilchik School in Ninilchik, Alaska, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
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Friday: Brown Bears win 2nd straight

The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Minnesota Wilderness 4-1 on Friday in North American Hockey League play at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Kenai… Continue reading

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Me working in the Alaska House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 in Juneau, Alaska. (Mark Sabbatini/Juneau Empire)

Out of the Office: Juneau

It was kind of happenstance that I spent the last month living and working in Juneau. I’d heard of the Alaska Center for Excellence in… Continue reading

Me working in the Alaska House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 in Juneau, Alaska. (Mark Sabbatini/Juneau Empire)
Greg Fallon, Kenai, receives his gold medal for his team’s 4x400m relay 2005 or later mix effort from Mat-Su Borough Mayor Edna DeVries. (J. David McChesney/Frontiersman)

Peninsula athletes compete, win at Arctic Winter Games

23 athletes from the Kenai Peninsula, representing Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski, Sterling and Homer, brought home 31 Ulus

Greg Fallon, Kenai, receives his gold medal for his team’s 4x400m relay 2005 or later mix effort from Mat-Su Borough Mayor Edna DeVries. (J. David McChesney/Frontiersman)
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Thursday: Seward boys hold off Houston to make 4th-place game

The Seward boys basketball team defeated Houston 51-43 on Thursday to advance to the fourth-place game of the Class 3A state tournament at the Alaska… Continue reading

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Wednesday: Grace Christian defeats Seward in 1st round

The No. 3-seeded Grace Christian boys basketball team defeated No. 6 Seward 51-30 on Wednesday in the Class 3A state basketball tournament at the Alaska… Continue reading

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Thursday: Sitka girls knock Homer from Class 3A state tourney

The Homer girls basketball team was eliminated from the Class 3A state tournament with a 60-32 loss at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage on… Continue reading

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Wednesday: Mt. Edgecumbe girls top Homer in 1st round

The Homer girls basketball team lost 75-39 to Mt. Edgecumbe in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament Wednesday at the Alaska Airlines… Continue reading

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SoHi’s Cannava, Kenai graduate Hippchen compete at national ski events

Soldotna High School’s Ariana Cannava competed for Team Alaska at Junior Nationals in Lake Placid, New York, from Monday, March 11, to Saturday, March 16.… Continue reading

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Friday: CIA boys top Shaktoolik to make 4th-place game

The Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team defeated Shaktoolik 61-50 on Friday to move into the fourth-place game of the Class 1A state tournament at… Continue reading

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Seward boys, Homer girls ready for Class 3A state tournament

The Homer girls and Seward boys basketball teams open play Wednesday at the Class 3A state tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. The… Continue reading

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