Joey Klecka

Ninilchik, CIA split conference hoops games

It may be a cold night in January, but the Ninilchik boys and Cook Inlet Academy girls know that conference games count just the same.… Continue reading

 

State wrestling: Homer takes 3rd in DII meet; SoHi duo earns girls titles

The Homer wrestling team finished third in the team race to lead all peninsula schools in the Division II state wrestling championships this past weekend… Continue reading

 

The Homer hockey team celebrates a 4-3 overtime win over Soldotna, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Mariners defeat SoHi in overtime again

With the game on the line, the Homer Mariners received another dose of late magic from a familiar face Friday night at the Soldotna Regional… Continue reading

 

Homer teammate Katlyn Vogl (left) and Tonda Smude celebrate Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, after winning the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer beats Kenai for 1st state volleyball crown in 30 years

The Homer Mariners hadn’t won a state volleyball championship in 30 years, but that didn’t stop them from writing some lofty goals on the whiteboard… Continue reading

Homer teammate Katlyn Vogl (left) and Tonda Smude celebrate Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, after winning the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer, Kenai punch state tickets with region volleyball semifinal wins

The Homer volleyball team swept Kenai Central in the Southcentral Conference championship game in Seward on Saturday, wrapping up the Mariners’ first conference title since… Continue reading

State swimming: Story ends 26-year title drought for Homer girls

Growing up in a swimming family, Madison Story knew her mother had a history in the sport. But it wasn’t until an offhand comment made… Continue reading

Homer edges SoHi for Luke Spruill wrestling title

The spirit of the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament at Kenai Central High School was on full display Saturday in the KCHS gym, where the Homer… Continue reading

Members of the Kenai boys soccer team dump water on their head coach, Shane Lopez, in celebration of their win over Juneau on Saturday, May 25, 2019 to claim the Division II state soccer championship title. The game was played at Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Prep sports programs feel effects of new teacher’s contract

The new teachers contract agreed to by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District last month touched many aspects on the peninsula, including sports programs and… Continue reading

Members of the Kenai boys soccer team dump water on their head coach, Shane Lopez, in celebration of their win over Juneau on Saturday, May 25, 2019 to claim the Division II state soccer championship title. The game was played at Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

State XC: Daigle double leads peninsula

After falling short in her quest to defend her Division II state cross-country championship last year, Homer’s Autumn Daigle took solace in the fact that… Continue reading

Homer athletes place in annual Tri-The-Kenai

Construction on Gas Well and Kalifornsky Beach roads is finished, so let the bikers reign again! Most cyclists competing in Sunday’s Tri-The-Kenai Triathlon were happy… Continue reading

Homer’s season ends at DII state softball

The mood in the Homer Mariners dugout was somber Saturday morning after a 9-1 loss to Ketchikan ended the Mariners’ season at the Division II… Continue reading

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

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)

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

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)
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

Peninsula Clarion file photo.

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

Peninsula Clarion file photo.