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                                Runners dash from the start of the 5-kilometer race Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at the Kenai River Marathon.

Runners conquer rain, wind at Kenai River Marathon

A women’s running group from Homer, a pair prepping for the California International Marathon, and rainy, windy conditions prevailed Sunday at the Kenai River Marathon.… Continue reading

 

Homer girls, Colony boys swimmers take Soldotna Invitational

The Homer girls and Colony boys swim teams won the Soldotna Invitational on Saturday at Soldotna High School. After Friday night’s Pentathlon, the schools got… Continue reading

 

Daigle, Dunham, SoHi girls and boys nab borough XC crowns

Add the prep cross-country season to the many thing that were indelibly marked by the chaotic, extended wildfire season in Southcentral Alaska. The Soldotna girls… Continue reading

 

Soldotna’s Ethan Evans competes in the 50-yard breaststroke Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in the 2019 SoHi Pentathlon at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer girls swim team takes SoHi Pentathlon

Soldotna junior Ethan Evans proved once again that he has no rival, while Seward sophomore Lydia Jacoby and Homer junior Madison Story renewed their rivalry,… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Ethan Evans competes in the 50-yard breaststroke Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in the 2019 SoHi Pentathlon at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer volleyball takes down Kenai

The digs, kills and lengthy rallies that punctuated Tuesday night’s Southcentral Conference clash at Kenai Central High School seemed to perfectly encapsulate the type of… Continue reading

Homer football swamps Nikiski in the rain

Now this finally looked like fall. Yellow speckling through the trees. Football. And rain. Homer defeated host Nikiski 50-18 Friday in a contest that had… Continue reading

Forrest, Swisher, Rose win at Kenai Peninsula Open

Beau Forrest and Halycon Swisher finally got the big prize for which they were looking Sunday at the Kenai Peninsula Open at Birch Ridge Golf… Continue reading

Stars take 3 of 4 team titles at Nikiski Class Races

The smoke was mildly annoying. The hills were anything but. The cross-country season on the Kenai Peninsula kicked off Monday with the Nikiski Class Races… Continue reading

A pair of tents sits at the Infinity Pools above the Tutka Backdoor Trail across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, on July 9, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Taking our time on Tutka Backdoor Trail

Twenty-one miles and 6,000 feet of climb? In four days?” The scene was the lobby of the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center in mid-April, immediately… Continue reading

A pair of tents sits at the Infinity Pools above the Tutka Backdoor Trail across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, on July 9, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Chugiak’s Tyler Huffer stiff-arms Soldotna’s Hudson Metcalf during a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 10, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

Simmering scrimmages: Prep football teams get ready for opening weekend

The Kenai Peninsula’s prep football programs scrimmaged Saturday in temperatures in the 70s to get ready for next weekend’s season openers. Soldotna hosted Chugiak in… Continue reading

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                                Chugiak’s Tyler Huffer stiff-arms Soldotna’s Hudson Metcalf during a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 10, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.
Soldotna’s Brittany Taylor competes in the girls’ 400 meters during the first day of the ASAA/First National Bank State Track and Field Championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Palmer High School.

Homer girls nab fourth at state track

The Kenai Central girls won the Division II state track title Saturday at Palmer High School. “We finished first at regions, and we knew after… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Brittany Taylor competes in the girls’ 400 meters during the first day of the ASAA/First National Bank State Track and Field Championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Palmer High School.

Southcentral baseball: SoHi, Kenai, Homer see seasons end

The Homer, Kenai Central and Soldotna baseball teams came up short of a state berth at the Southcentral Conference tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday at… Continue reading

Homer takes 3rd-straight NLC tourney crown

The Homer softball team won a third straight Northern Lights Conference title in convincing fashion Saturday at the Soldotna Little League fields. The Mariners topped… Continue reading

Weekend soccer: SoHi girls force 3-way region tie, Homer boys clinch 2nd seed

Scenes of chaos punctuated the late stages of Saturday afternoon’s Peninsula Conference girls clash between Soldotna and Homer at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna, and… Continue reading

Defender and midfielder Kimberly Lynn celebrates with her parents while being recognized on Senior Night between games against Thunder Mountain on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Soccer players shine on Senior Night

The host Mariners came back from a 3-1 deficit last Friday to notch the nonconference victory and move to 9-4-2 overall. Homer avenged a 2-1… Continue reading

Defender and midfielder Kimberly Lynn celebrates with her parents while being recognized on Senior Night between games against Thunder Mountain on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer softball takes down Kenai

Without head coach Bill Bell, the Homer softball team didn’t miss a beat. The Mariners topped Kenai Central 19-0 on Monday, invoking the mercy rule… Continue reading

Homer baseball defeats Soldotna

The host Homer baseball team defeated Soldotna 7-3 on Wednesday in nonconference action. The teams will play their Southcentral Conference game May 15. Homer moves… Continue reading

Prep soccer roundup: Homer sweeps Palmer; SoHi, Kenai lose in Valley

On a road trip last weekend, the Homer soccer teams had mixed results, with the boys winning two games and the girls winning one and… Continue reading

Homer’s Henry Russell and Soldotna’s Cameron Johnson battle for the ball Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna boys soccer tops Homer

Tuesday’s Peninsula Conference soccer game between the Soldotna and Homer boys at Soldotna High School provided a lesson in early season vs. postseason. In the… Continue reading

Homer’s Henry Russell and Soldotna’s Cameron Johnson battle for the ball Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

ACS sweeps Southcentral titles

The Anchorage Christian Schools girls basketball team kept their undefeated season alive with a 67-52 victory over Nikiski on Saturday in the championship game of… Continue reading