Sports in brief

Upcoming events Girls basketball: The Lady Mariners will host Nikiski this Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Alice Witte Gymnasium for senior night, before going… Continue reading

Homer’s Kappa Reutov gets a turnover during a Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 basketball game against Soldotna High School in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Soldotna boys, girls basketball sweep Homer

The Soldotna girls and boys basketball teams rolled to victory over the host Homer Mariners during a non-conference matchup Tuesday in the Alice Witte Gymnasium… Continue reading

Homer’s Kappa Reutov gets a turnover during a Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 basketball game against Soldotna High School in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

State skiing: Homer’s Daigle, girls capture Division II crowns

The relentless snowflakes falling didn’t deter Alaska’s best high school skiers this weekend at the expansive Kincaid Park trails that line the west coast of… Continue reading

The Tour of Tsalteshi is best done with friends. (Photo courtesy of Kat Sorensen)

Tangled Up in Blue: A good ski with friends

This past weekend I spent my Saturday night waxing skis. Sunday, I woke up before the crack of dawn, at 7:30 a.m., to make the… Continue reading

The Tour of Tsalteshi is best done with friends. (Photo courtesy of Kat Sorensen)
Homer’s Autumn Daigle climbs a hill at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Nordic ski championships Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi relay ski squad takes borough title

The Soldotna relay team of Quinn Cox, Cameron Blackwell, Erika Arthur and Bradley Walters won the Kenai Peninsula Borough Nordic ski championships at Tsalteshi Trails… Continue reading

Homer’s Autumn Daigle climbs a hill at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Nordic ski championships Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Adult league teams battle for basketball championship

Adult basketball players sponsored by South Peninsula Hospital battled it out for the win against another community recreation team on Monday in the championship game… Continue reading

Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Cross-country skiing: The Nordic ski team will compete in the state championships this weekend at Kincaid park in Anchorage. The start at 11… Continue reading

Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

Homer goes 0-2 at DI state hockey championship

Fresh off a Division II state hockey championship title — the first in Homer High School history — the Homer Mariners got to see some… Continue reading

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                                Hallie Bergwall makes a move in a Scrabble game at Resurrect Art Coffee House in Seward, Alaska. Bergwall took home the win.

Tangled Up in Blue: Piecing together a win

My friend Joseph is a Scrabble savant by my standards and, I would think, by many other’s standards too. He excels at anagrams, staring at… Continue reading

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                                Hallie Bergwall makes a move in a Scrabble game at Resurrect Art Coffee House in Seward, Alaska. Bergwall took home the win.

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Hockey: The hockey team will compete in the Division I State Championships at the Curtis Menard Sports Center in Wasilla, starting with a… Continue reading

Homer’s Ethan Pitzman (26) and Matey Reutov (67) battle with Soldotna’s Dylan Dahlgren (left) for the puck during the second period of the Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 final of the ASAA/First National Cup Division II State Hockey Championships at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Ice Arena in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Photo by Danny Martin/News-Miner)

Homer wins first hockey state championship in school history

The Homer Mariner hockey team made school history last weekend when they secured the program’s first ever state championship win during the ASAA/First National Cup… Continue reading

Homer’s Ethan Pitzman (26) and Matey Reutov (67) battle with Soldotna’s Dylan Dahlgren (left) for the puck during the second period of the Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 final of the ASAA/First National Cup Division II State Hockey Championships at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Ice Arena in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Photo by Danny Martin/News-Miner)
White Sands National Monument in New Mexico could almost be mistaken for a snowy hillside. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: El Paso or bust

It was minus 22 when we left for the Anchorage airport earlier this month. It was a sunny, beautiful drive north. The kind of bitter-cold… Continue reading

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico could almost be mistaken for a snowy hillside. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Skiers take off at the start of this year’s Ski for Women on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at the Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain Road near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Wind couldn’t stop annual Ski for Women

Skiers young and old braved some hefty winds on Sunday for the annual Ski for Women at the Lookout Trails up on Ohlson Mountain Road.… Continue reading

Skiers take off at the start of this year’s Ski for Women on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at the Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain Road near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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                                Martha Story and David Story cruise down a hill in the Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in the Caribou Hills near Freddie’s Roadhouse.

Freddie’s Roadhouse closes doors

Freddie’s became more and more of a gateway to the Caribou Hills as the years went on.

Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion 
                                Martha Story and David Story cruise down a hill in the Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in the Caribou Hills near Freddie’s Roadhouse.

Daigle, Harris sweep titles at Homer ski invite

Homer’s Autumn Daigle and Soldotna’s Jack Harris skied to success this weekend at the annual Homer Invite at the Lookout Mountain Trails on Ohlson Mountain… Continue reading

Mariners victorious in last home game of the season

The Mariner hockey team skated to an easy victory over the Tri-Valley Vikings in non-conference action Thursday night at the Kevin Bell Arena. Homer won… Continue reading

Sports briefs

Upcoming events Cross-country skiing: Homer’s Nordic ski team will host the Homer Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the Lookout Mountain Trails on Ohlson Mountain… Continue reading

Palmer’s Zoe Copp, Grace Christian’s Anna McLaughlin and Homer’s Autumn Daigle lead the pack at the start of the Kenai Klassic on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer’s Daigle notches Kenai Klassic win

Skiers at Friday’s Kenai Klassic at the Kenai Golf Course were able to handle the subzero cold. They had no answer for Homer’s Autumn Daigle… Continue reading

Palmer’s Zoe Copp, Grace Christian’s Anna McLaughlin and Homer’s Autumn Daigle lead the pack at the start of the Kenai Klassic on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski JV girls, Ninilchik boys notch victories

The Nikiski junior varsity and Ninilchik split nonconference basketball games Tuesday in Ninilchik. Nikiski JV took the girls game 40-28. The Bulldogs led 12-8 after… Continue reading

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                                Mosaic of burned and unburned rocky tundra in the Mystery Hills off of the Skyline Trail on Sept. 12, 2019.

Refuge Notebook: Wildfire in Kenai Mountains tundra

Late last summer, as I waited in a line of traffic on the Sterling Highway to get through the Swan Lake Fire, smoke rose from… Continue reading

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                                Mosaic of burned and unburned rocky tundra in the Mystery Hills off of the Skyline Trail on Sept. 12, 2019.