Sports

Out of the office: The bigger the moment, the bigger the reaction

There’s something about big moments and important games that I just can’t get enough of. As a sportswriter, it’s naturally in my DNA to salivate… Continue reading

Pigskin Pick ‘Em: Column returning to life in NFL season

The column posted its third week in the black out the last four with another 7-5 mark against the spread in the NFL’s 11th ledger… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Cody Moline carries the puck behind the net against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Series preview: Ice Dogs to provide big test for red-hot Brown Bears

Dare long-suffering Brown Bears fans believe? The Kenai River club has raised hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Cody Moline carries the puck behind the net against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer teammate Katlyn Vogl (left) and Tonda Smude celebrate Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, after winning the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer beats Kenai for 1st state volleyball crown in 30 years

The Homer Mariners hadn’t won a state volleyball championship in 30 years, but that didn’t stop them from writing some lofty goals on the whiteboard… Continue reading

Homer teammate Katlyn Vogl (left) and Tonda Smude celebrate Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, after winning the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Boonstra, Anderson win Freezer Food Series #3

Todd Boonstra of Ninilchik won the third week of the Freezer Food Series Sunday afternoon on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. Boonstra ran the 5-kilometer… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Yorik Bastuck attempts to slip out of a hold by Kenai’s Isaiah Ticknor, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at a Kenai/Nikiski dual meet at Nikiski High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai beat Nikiski in dual meet

The Nikiski wrestling team broke out the mats and the lone spotlight Tuesday night for a dual meet at home with Kenai Central. The Kardinals… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Yorik Bastuck attempts to slip out of a hold by Kenai’s Isaiah Ticknor, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at a Kenai/Nikiski dual meet at Nikiski High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai River Brown Bears forward Peter Morgan makes a pass against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears’ Morgan nabs Midwest Division Star of Week

Peter Morgan of the Kenai River Brown Bears was named the North American Hockey League Bauer Midwest Division Star of the Week on Monday. Morgan,… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Peter Morgan makes a pass against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Seward’s Lafleur wins Catalina Half Marathon

Seward’s Hannah Lafleur was the top woman in the Catalina Half Marathon in California and placed fourth overall Saturday. The course is 13.1 miles long… Continue reading

Nikiski grad Carstens gets college hoops career off to fast start

Bethany Carstens, a 2019 graduate of Nikiski High School, has gotten her basketball career at Division I Chicago State University off to a fast start.… Continue reading

Ninilchik’s Vanderford moves to 9-0 in pro MMA

Austin Vanderford, a 2008 graduate of Ninilchik School, improved to 9-0 in his professional mixed martial arts career with a victory over Grachik Bozinyan at… Continue reading

Blake, Vigil, Wylie capture Lancer Smith Girls titles

The Homer Mariners finished third at the Lancer Smith Memorial Girls Tournament on Saturday in Palmer. With nearly all the top wrestlers present from both… Continue reading

Brown Bears finish 3-game sweep of Jr. Blues

The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues 8-4 on Friday night and 5-2 on Saturday night in North American Hockey League… Continue reading

SoHi wrestlers take 5th at Lancer Smith

The Colony wrestling team won the Lance Smith Memorial on Saturday in Palmer. The tournament combines the big and small schools and is considered the… Continue reading

Members of the Homer volleyball team hold up the Class 3A state championship trophy Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer beats Kenai for 1st state volleyball crown in 30 years

The Homer Mariners hadn’t won a state volleyball championship in 30 years, but that didn’t stop them from writing some lofty goals on the whiteboard… Continue reading

Members of the Homer volleyball team hold up the Class 3A state championship trophy Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

4A state volleyball: SoHi ends season

The season ended one day short of the Soldotna volleyball team’s hopes with a 3-0 loss Friday to the Bartlett Bears at the Class 4A… Continue reading

Kenai Central players celebrate after defeating Nikiski in a semifinal match Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

3A state volleyball: Kenai beats Nikiski for title-game spot

After 14 years of missing the state tournament, the Kenai Central volleyball team made the wait worth it. The Kardinals defeated peninsula rivals Nikiski 3-1… Continue reading

Kenai Central players celebrate after defeating Nikiski in a semifinal match Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
The Homer hockey team celebrates winning the End of the Road Shootout Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. The Mariners won all three of their games against East Anchorage, Soldotna and Houston to take the tournament title. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer wins End of Road Shootout; SoHi 2nd

The Homer hockey team defeated Soldotna 4-3 in overtime Friday in the de facto championship game of the End of the Road shootout in Homer.… Continue reading

The Homer hockey team celebrates winning the End of the Road Shootout Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. The Mariners won all three of their games against East Anchorage, Soldotna and Houston to take the tournament title. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Saari named director of Mount Marathon Race

Staff report The Mount Marathon Race announced Thursday it had hired Matias Saari to be its race director. According to a press release issued by… Continue reading

Kenai, Nikiski reach Class 3A state semis

The Kenai Peninsula flaunted its strength Thursday on opening day of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, with… Continue reading

Bears top Blues for 5th straight win

The Kenai River Brown Bears won their fifth straight game, topping the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues 4-1 on Thursday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.… Continue reading