The Nikiski girls and boys basketball teams lost nonconference games on Friday and Saturday to host Barrow.
The Nikiski girls (5-7 overall) lost 66-29 on Friday and 75-42 on Saturday.
"They were phenomenal," Nikiski girls coach Lee Moore said of the Whalers. "They were a fun team to watch. They were very entertaining."
Moore said the Whalers are so good that even though they are a Class 3A team, they could match up with any Class 4A school in the state. He said the guards are quick and good shooters and are led by Nicole Smith, who had 17 points the first night, then 14 points on Saturday. Inside, Barrow can turn to 6-foot-4 Lynette Hepa, who had 17 points on Saturday.
"They were so good that for the first half of the first night I think our girls were just in awe," Moore said. "They haven't seen that type of competition."
Makenzie Moore paced the Bulldogs with 14 points on Friday, while Britany Tuttle had eight points. On Saturday, Moore had 19, while Angie Parrish chipped in 12.
The Nikiski boys (2-9 overall) lost 76-56 on Friday and 74-48 on Saturday.
"We had a great experience in Barrow, other than the two big losses," Nikiski boys coach Reid Kornstad said. "As a team, we got better."
On Friday, Tyler Adams had 31 points for Barrow, while Forrest Enlow pitched in 14. For the Bulldogs, Colton Anderson hit three 3-pointers en route to 15 points. Julien Harris had 14 points, while Lucas Herrin and Sam Taylor had 10 apiece.
On Saturday, Adams poured in 24, while Colin Long had 15 and Enlow added 13. For Nikiski, Anderson and Taylor had 14, while Herrin had 13.
Soldotna High School graduate Brent Knight outdueled Mark Iverson on Sunday to win the Junior 1 and older Besh Cup 4 race at Tsalteshi Trails.
On Saturday, Iverson got the best of Knight in the classic sprint race, with Knight finishing second. Knight did not win the classic sprint Saturday, as was reported in the Clarion on Sunday.
On Sunday, Knight covered the 10-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 4.5 seconds, for the victory. Iverson finished at 24:15.60.
Also in the race, area skier Adam Reimer took 22nd place with a time of 27:17.60. Others with Kenai Peninsula ties in the race were Homer Masters skier Jan Spurkland in 27th, Homer's Lars Spurkland in 37th, Skyview's Brayden Holt in 38th, Soldotna's Lucas Michael in 39th, Soldotna's IntiMayo Harbison in 53rd, Skyview graduate Tommy Honer n 57th, Homer's Kyle Wentz in 59th, Masters skier Karl Romig of Cooper Landing in 61st and Homer's Paul Gutzler in 66th.
Michael is now 16th on the Junior 1 Besh Cup points list for boys, while Holt is 17th on the Older Junior points list.
In the boys Junior 2 five-kilometer freestyle, Soldotna's Dillon Jensen finished 17th, while Kenai Central's Fox Michaud was 23rd and Homer's Kyle Austin was 28th.
In the boys Junior 3 and 4 three-kilometer freestyle, area skiers Levi Michael and Jeremy Kupferschmid finished ninth and 20th, respectively. In the Junior 5 and 6 one-kilometer freestyle, local skiers Darius Martin and Atticus Gibson were second and third, respectively.
Soldotna's Bree Mucha led the Peninsula in the Junior 2 and older girls five-kilometer race. Mucha finished in 15 minutes, 27.90 seconds, while winner Lauren Fritz was clocked in 14 minutes, 38.70 seconds. The finish moves Mucha up to fifth place on the Besh Cups season points list for Junior 1 girls.
Also from the Peninsula in the Junior 2 and older race, Senior racer Erika Klaar from Homer was 13th, Kenai Central's Michelle Klaben was 35th, Soldotna's D.Anne Martin was 36th, area Masters skier Carly Reimer was 44th, Homer's Marie Schmidt was 49th, Homer's Mady Gerard was 54th, Homer's Emily Schmidt was 55th, Homer's Cassidy Soistman was 57th and Homer's Katie Schmidt was 61st.
In the Junior 3 and 4 three-kilometer freestyle, area skier Sadie Fox finished fifth and area skier Addison Gibson was sixth.
In the Junior 5 and 6 one-kilometer girls race, area racer Sonora Martin tied for first place.
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