Joey Klecka

Soldotna’s Ben Booth (middle) races in the Class 4A boys 100-meter final Saturday at the Region III Track and Field Championships in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi pulls out rare Region III track sweep; Kenai girls win Class 3A title

The only thing likely moving faster than the athletes Saturday at the Region III track and field championships was the number-crunching going on in Soldotna… Continue reading

 

Stars sweep Kenai Invite track meet

With the borough, region and state track and field meets all upcoming in the next three weeks, Saturday’s Kenai Invitational provided local prep teams a… Continue reading

 

The Homer Mariners softball team poses for a photo with Coach Bill Bell, center, on May 4, 2019, after winning the Rally in the Valley softball tournament last weekend at Redington High School, Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Homer softball wins Rally in the Valley

The Homer Mariners pulled off a softball sweep last weekend at the Rally in the Valley tournament at Redington High School in Wasilla, starting with… Continue reading

 

Nikiski sophomore Bailey Epperheimer (right) hands off to her sister Sidney Epperheimer Saturday afternoon in the girls 400-meter relay at the SoHi Region III Preview Invite at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi boys, Grace girls claim team titles at SoHi preview meet

The sun was shining, the wind stayed down, down jackets were replaced by T-shirts and Soldotna’s Justin Maile Field provided the perfect venue for Saturday’s… Continue reading

Nikiski sophomore Bailey Epperheimer (right) hands off to her sister Sidney Epperheimer Saturday afternoon in the girls 400-meter relay at the SoHi Region III Preview Invite at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi boys, Homer girls win borough ski meet relays

Saturday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Nordic ski championships offered a small dose of redemption for the Soldotna boys team and a clutch victory for the Homer… Continue reading

Palmer girls, Colony boys take Region III ski meet

The 19-year streak of at least one peninsula team winning a Region III nordic ski championship was broken Saturday when the Palmer girls and Colony… Continue reading

Homer’s Isaiah Nevak celebrates a late game-tying goal on Palmer goalie Tiernan O’Rourke Saturday night at the Curtis Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Palmer defeats Homer in state hockey final

Hockey can be a cruel sport. The Homer Mariners learned that Saturday night. A wild three minutes of frantic hockey punctuated the end of Saturday… Continue reading

Homer’s Isaiah Nevak celebrates a late game-tying goal on Palmer goalie Tiernan O’Rourke Saturday night at the Curtis Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer hockey reaches state final

One word defined the Homer Mariners’ state semifinal win over Juneau-Douglas on Friday. Redemption. Having lost two tough road games to Juneau earlier in the… Continue reading

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Homer hockey tops SoHi in tight contest

The loss of eight key Homer seniors coupled with the returning cast of rising Soldotna skaters left the debate of who would stand as the… Continue reading

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Monica Zappa, in her telltale neon garb, takes off with her team from the starting line of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Jan. 27, 2018 at Freddie’s Roadhouse in Ninilchik. (Homer News file photo)

Tustumena 200 ready to ramp up

In less than two weeks, a raucous group of race dogs will pull into the finishing area at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik, musher in tow,… Continue reading

Monica Zappa, in her telltale neon garb, takes off with her team from the starting line of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Jan. 27, 2018 at Freddie’s Roadhouse in Ninilchik. (Homer News file photo)
Piles of racing bibs wait to be claimed by contestants Saturday afternoon at the snowmachine drag races at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Freddie’s Roadhouse drag races give racers a boost

Competition is the tide that raises all boats, or in this case, all sleds. The Freddie’s Roadhouse snowmachine drag races hosted at the picturesque restaurant… Continue reading

Piles of racing bibs wait to be claimed by contestants Saturday afternoon at the snowmachine drag races at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Nikolaevsk’s Kristin Klaich shoots on Cook Inlet Academy’s Emilee Cragg and Anna Cizek on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Cook Inlet Academy. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Ninilchik basketball ends unsucessful weekend

The Soldotna girls won’t be coming home empty-handed from their weekend trip to Ketchikan. The Stars capped a 3-0 weekend Saturday night with the girls… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk’s Kristin Klaich shoots on Cook Inlet Academy’s Emilee Cragg and Anna Cizek on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Cook Inlet Academy. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)
Mariner Seth Adkins looks for an opening during a basketball game between the Homer Mariners and the Kenai Kardinals on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at the Homer High School Alice Witte Gym in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

8-team Southcentral Conference ready to rock

The hoops field is getting crowded in the Class 3A Southcentral Conference. The addition of Kenai Central to the Class 3A level of high school… Continue reading

Mariner Seth Adkins looks for an opening during a basketball game between the Homer Mariners and the Kenai Kardinals on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at the Homer High School Alice Witte Gym in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer boys capture state wrestling title

Homer’s wrestling team reclaimed their state championship throne last weekend for the first time since 2015. The Mariners came away from the competition at the… Continue reading

Homer teammates Josh Bradshaw (left) and Mose Hayes square off in the 152-pound championship Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at the Kachemak Conference wrestling tournament at Grace Christian High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer wrestling wins 4th straight region crown

There’s a reason why Saturday’s Kachemak Conference wrestling finals looked more like a Homer Mariners practice room than a tournament championship round. It’s because Homer’s… Continue reading

Homer teammates Josh Bradshaw (left) and Mose Hayes square off in the 152-pound championship Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at the Kachemak Conference wrestling tournament at Grace Christian High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai goaltender Jackson Cross stops a shot from Homer forward Ethan Pitzman (left) Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 at the Kenai Multi Purpose Facility in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer hockey blasts Kenai

Fans that came expecting another shootout between Homer and Kenai Central like last Friday’s 7-5 score at the End of the Road Shootout tournament were… Continue reading

Kenai goaltender Jackson Cross stops a shot from Homer forward Ethan Pitzman (left) Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 at the Kenai Multi Purpose Facility in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer’s Alia Bales races the butterfly leg in the girls 200-yard medley relay Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at the ASAA swimming and diving state championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer swimmers place ninth, 11th at states

When Soldotna diving coach Dennis Reger asked a group of swimmers in the fall of 2015 if a few wanted to join the dive team,… Continue reading

Homer’s Alia Bales races the butterfly leg in the girls 200-yard medley relay Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at the ASAA swimming and diving state championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Seward’s Lydia Jacoby races to victory in the girls 100-yard breaststroke final Saturday at the Northern Lights Conference championship swim meet at Homer High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Kodiak boys, Palmer girls take region swim titles in Homer pool

Homer’s swim and dive team placed third (girls) and fourth (boys) in the Northern Lights Conference championship meet Saturday, hosted in Homer at the Kate… Continue reading

Seward’s Lydia Jacoby races to victory in the girls 100-yard breaststroke final Saturday at the Northern Lights Conference championship swim meet at Homer High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai teammates Kailey Hamilton (11) and Lexi Reis (7) put up a block against Homer’s Karmyn Gallios, Friday night at Kenai Central High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Friday: Homer volleyball sweeps Kenai

The Homer volleyball team took another step in making its case as a team to beat in the Southcentral Conference, as well as the Class… Continue reading

Kenai teammates Kailey Hamilton (11) and Lexi Reis (7) put up a block against Homer’s Karmyn Gallios, Friday night at Kenai Central High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna’s Darby McMillan races in the girls 100-yard butterfly at the SoHi dual meet Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi, Homer clash in swim dual

The Soldotna swimming and diving team hosted Homer for a dual meet Friday. The Soldotna girls won 183-108, while the Homer boys notched a 128-121… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Darby McMillan races in the girls 100-yard butterfly at the SoHi dual meet Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)