Jeff Helminiak

Lady Mariner’s Sela Weisser manuevers her way down field during the Homer girls vs. Grace Christian School soccer game April 30, 2021, at the Homer High School soccer field. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Soccer roundup: Lady Mariners defeat Grizzlies

Homer girls 1, Grace Christian 0 The host Mariners improved to 3-0-1 with a nonconference victory over the Grizzlies on Friday. Paige Jones found the… Continue reading

 

Mariners’ Haylee Owen up to bat against the Kenai Kardinals during the home softball game May 4, 2021, at Jack Gist Park. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Prep roundup: Mariners beat Kardinals 11-3

In girls softball, the host Mariners improved to 4-3 overall while the Kardinals dropped to 1-2 after the Tuesday, May 4, six-inning game at Jack… Continue reading

 

Soldotna's Jolie Widaman and Homer's Kappa Reutov challenge for the ball Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Heiber leads SoHi past Homer with hat trick

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion Josh Heiber notched his second straight hat trick to lead the Soldotna boys soccer team to a 4-1 victory against… Continue reading

 

Homer High School Mariner Ryan Carroll competes in the long jump on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

SoHi girls track and field wins Homer Invitational

The Soldotna girls track and field team won last Saturday’s Homer Invitational, while the Stars were second to Wasilla in the boys meet. In the… Continue reading

Homer High School Mariner Ryan Carroll competes in the long jump on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Lady Mariner Laura Inama, striker, moves the ball toward the Kenai Kardinals' goal on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at the Homer High School field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Kenai boys, Homer girls soccer pick up wins

The visiting Kenai Central boys soccer team defeated Homer 4-0 last Thursday in Peninsula Conference play. The Kardinals move to 1-0 in the league and… Continue reading

Lady Mariner Laura Inama, striker, moves the ball toward the Kenai Kardinals' goal on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at the Homer High School field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Homer softball topples Soldotna

The Homer softball team notched a 15-8 victory over Soldotna on Tuesday in Kenai. The game was being played in Kenai because that was the… Continue reading

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Homer’s Austin Cline wrestles to a 20-13 decision over Kenai Central’s Talon Whicker at 135 pounds Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska.

Kenai, Soldotna wrestlers honor seniors

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion Kenai Central couldn’t have its normal Luke Spruill Invitational, but the wrestling program still found the time to honor Spruill… Continue reading

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Homer’s Austin Cline wrestles to a 20-13 decision over Kenai Central’s Talon Whicker at 135 pounds Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska.
Kenai Central's Emilee Wilson leads Soldotna's Erika Arthur and Jordan Strausbaugh during the 800-meter run during a dual meet Friday, April 16, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Snow clears just enough for SoHi-Kenai track dual

Sure, the track was limited to five lanes by a ring of snow. And yes, only one of two entrances to the bleachers could be… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Emilee Wilson leads Soldotna's Erika Arthur and Jordan Strausbaugh during the 800-meter run during a dual meet Friday, April 16, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Homer wrestlers host Kenai, Nikiski, Grace

Homer’s wrestling team hosted Kenai Central, Nikiski and Grace Christian in a quad meet last Friday. The meet was unscored. This and similar unscored meets… Continue reading

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Soldotna's Ezekiel Miller controls Kenai Central's Owen Whicker at 130 pounds Friday, April 9, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. Miller won by major decision, 11-1. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Wrestling: SoHi hosts Kenai; Nikiski hosts Seward, Homer

Kenai Peninsula wrestlers continued to compete in unscored dual meets last Friday. The meets give coaches the chance to give wrestlers the best matchups without… Continue reading

Soldotna's Ezekiel Miller controls Kenai Central's Owen Whicker at 130 pounds Friday, April 9, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. Miller won by major decision, 11-1. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kardinal Morgan Starks, tops, wrestles Mariner Bruce Graham, bottom, in a meet on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the Alice Witte Gym at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Area wrestlers compete in duals

The Homer wrestling team has been participating in unscored dual meets to sharpen skills for bigger meets later in the season. The unscored dual meets… Continue reading

Kardinal Morgan Starks, tops, wrestles Mariner Bruce Graham, bottom, in a meet on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the Alice Witte Gym at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kenai Central’s Owen Whicker controls Soldotna’s Cassius Miller on the way to a 7-5 victory Friday, April 2, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Wrestlers sharpen skills with local meets

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion Kenai Peninsula wrestling teams continued to sharpen their competitive edge with unscored dual meets last Friday. Soldotna, Kenai and Nikiski… Continue reading

Kenai Central’s Owen Whicker controls Soldotna’s Cassius Miller on the way to a 7-5 victory Friday, April 2, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer's Nestor Kalugin tries to control Nikiski's Simon Grenier at 171 pounds Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. Grenier won by 10-4 decision. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski wrestlers sweep tri meet

Staff report Wrestlers competed in a pair of tri meets Tuesday on the Kenai Peninsula. At Nikiski High School, the Bulldogs defeated Grace Christian 18-16… Continue reading

Homer's Nestor Kalugin tries to control Nikiski's Simon Grenier at 171 pounds Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. Grenier won by 10-4 decision. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer's Sophie Ellison triggers a shot against Hutchison on Friday, March 26, 2021, at the Class 3A state basketball tournament at Colony High School in Alaska. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

Kenai, Homer girls basketball finish with wins at state

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion The Kenai Central and Homer girls basketball teams finished their seasons with consolation wins in the Class 3A state tournament… Continue reading

Homer's Sophie Ellison triggers a shot against Hutchison on Friday, March 26, 2021, at the Class 3A state basketball tournament at Colony High School in Alaska. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)
Homer's Tonda Smude scores against Kenai Central on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer girls get berth to 3A state basketball

The Homer girls basketball team is going to the Class 3A state tournament, starting Thursday in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The Mariners were eligible for the… Continue reading

Homer's Tonda Smude scores against Kenai Central on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the Southcentral Conference tournament at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Lumen Christi's Brenden Gregory is mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in the Peninsula Conference championship game against Ninilchik on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Lumen Christi sweeps Peninsula Conference titles

Ninilchik boys, CIA girls nab 2nd place

Lumen Christi's Brenden Gregory is mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in the Peninsula Conference championship game against Ninilchik on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Houston's Hunter Jefferson and Homer's Clayton Beachy battle for the rebound Saturday, March 13, 2021, in the third-place game of the Southcentral Conference boys tournament at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer girls rally for 3rd place

The Homer girls basketball team remained eligible for the Class 3A state basketball tournament by defeating Redington 38-23 on Saturday in the third-place game of… Continue reading

Houston's Hunter Jefferson and Homer's Clayton Beachy battle for the rebound Saturday, March 13, 2021, in the third-place game of the Southcentral Conference boys tournament at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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The author gets warm with a mask at Alaska’s Matanuska Glacier on Sunday, March 7, 20201.

Out of the Office: Warming up to masks

A March 3 lead paragraph in a news story in The New York Times asked, “When can I throw away my mask?” For me, the… Continue reading

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The author gets warm with a mask at Alaska’s Matanuska Glacier on Sunday, March 7, 20201.
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Sam Spencer, Erik Route and Josiah Brown, all of Cooper Landing, near the finish of Sunday’s 20-kilometer classic race at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna.

Tour of Tsalteshi sees record turnout

In its fourth year at the trail system just outside of Soldotna, the Tour had record turnout of 136 finishers.

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Sam Spencer, Erik Route and Josiah Brown, all of Cooper Landing, near the finish of Sunday’s 20-kilometer classic race at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna.
Kenai Central's Landen Cialek attacks the net with Homer's Fiona Hatton defending Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Central hockey celebrates senior night by topping Homer

The Kenai Central hockey team celebrated senior night with a 4-2 victory over Homer on Tuesday night at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility. The Kardinals avenged… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Landen Cialek attacks the net with Homer's Fiona Hatton defending Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)