Skyview High School ski team members Elisabeth Habermann and Noah King took advantage of the home-course advantage Sunday, skiing to top-5 finishes in Besh Cup freestyle cross country races held at Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna.
Habermann was the top Kenai Peninsula finisher on the day, racing to a third place result in the girls Junior 1/Older Junior race. Habermann's time of 29 minutes, 18.3 seconds was less than a minute off the pace set by winner Tazlina Mannix of Alaska Pacific University. Soldotna's Katy Pankowski was 12th in the race, followed by teammates Katie Franzmann in 13th and Brittany Osland in 27th..
King finished fourth in the boys Junior 1/Older Junior race in a time of 39 minutes, 16.3 seconds over the 15-kilometer course, 34 seconds behind race winner Daichi Ito of Service High and the Alaska Winter Stars. Other peninsula finishers in the race included Kenai's Christopher Hall in 12th place, Soldotna's Stephen Olendorff in 17th, Homer's Morgan Jones in 25th and Soldotna's Jacob Franzmann in 45th.
In the girls Junior 2 race, Homer's Erika Klarr raced to a ninth place finish. Other peninsula finishers in the race included Skyview's Kendra Merkes in 16th place, Soldotna's Lauren Olendorff in 29th and Homer's Thorey Munro in 33rd.
Skyview's Taylor Karnikis was the top boys Junior 2 racer, finishing in 13th position. Kenai's Trent Semmens was 15th, four spots ahead of fellow Kenai racer Dustin Reid in 19th. Reid was followed closely by Soldotna's Max Milliron in 20th, Homer's Gus Beck in 29th and Skyview's Erick Romig in 34th.
Panthers skate past
The Skyview High School hockey team got off to a fast start and never looked back against Palmer Saturday night, notching four goals in the first period en route to a 9-3 North Star Conference win at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Skyview got on the board after less than five minutes of play when Josh Cho beat Palmer goalie Jim Issacs with 10:37 left in the first period. Cho was assisted by Ryan Mercier and Rob Flanders. Mercier finished the game with two goals and two assists, while Flanders had a goal and one assist.
Cho would score again in the period to help the Panthers go up 4-1 at the end of the first. He would later add a third goal to pick up a hat trick.
Paddy Iverson added two goals for Skyview to go along with one assist. Also lighting the lamp for the Panthers was Gabe O'Lena.
Skyview goalie Kyle Kirby made 13 saves to pick up the win.
KPHA PeeWee B
takes third place
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee B team played in the Alaska All Stars Polar Bear Tournament in Anchorage in mid-January and placed third.
KPHA started off with a 4-1 loss to the Mat-S
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