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Soldotna senior Kellie Arthur leads a pack of runners in the girls 1,600 meters Saturday afternoon at Homer High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer Invite results

Two major knee surgeries is tough to come back from, but Saturday afternoon at the Homer Invitational, Soldotna sophomore Ituau Tuisuaula proved adversity is just… Continue reading

Soldotna senior Kellie Arthur leads a pack of runners in the girls 1,600 meters Saturday afternoon at Homer High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer’s Tim Blakely slides into Wasilla goaltender Aaron Campbell Friday in a North Star Conference tournament semifinal at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

NSC Hockey: Homer, Kenai lose Friday semis

The chance to capture the first state berth in school history will have to wait another year for the Homer hockey team. Wasilla skated off… Continue reading

Homer’s Tim Blakely slides into Wasilla goaltender Aaron Campbell Friday in a North Star Conference tournament semifinal at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion Angelica Haakenson of Homer approaches the finish line to cheers Friday, Jan. 26 in the Kenai Klassic races at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna.

Haakenson makes triumphant racing debut at Kenai Klassic after losing legs

The loss of limb can be a devastating life change that transforms the way even the simplest tasks are done, but Anchor Point’s Angelica Haakenson… Continue reading

Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion Angelica Haakenson of Homer approaches the finish line to cheers Friday, Jan. 26 in the Kenai Klassic races at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna.
Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion Homer senior Timmy Woo battles with Glennallen's Caden Gerlach in the 160-pound final of the Class 1-2-3A state wrestling championships Saturday night at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Mariner wrestling takes second at state

As soon as Homer High School sophomore Luciano Fasulo walked off the mat following his 126-pound state championship victory at the Class 1-2-3A wrestling championships,… Continue reading

Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion Homer senior Timmy Woo battles with Glennallen's Caden Gerlach in the 160-pound final of the Class 1-2-3A state wrestling championships Saturday night at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.
Homer running squads sweep state team titles

Homer running squads sweep state team titles

The sport of cross-country running is often a numbers game when it comes to team battles, so Saturday’s boys-girls championship sweep by the Homer Mariners… Continue reading

Homer running squads sweep state team titles
Homer's Audrey Rosencrans (338) runs with Mariners teammate Alex Moseley (335) near the front of the girls 1-2-3A 1,600-meter race Saturday at Dimond Alumni Field in Anchorage.-Photo by Joey Klecka, Peninsula Clarion

Homer High relay teams, Evarts, run to state titles

The Kenai Peninsula showed up in droves to take on the state’s fastest, strongest and most agile athletes Friday and Saturday at the state track… Continue reading

Homer's Audrey Rosencrans (338) runs with Mariners teammate Alex Moseley (335) near the front of the girls 1-2-3A 1,600-meter race Saturday at Dimond Alumni Field in Anchorage.-Photo by Joey Klecka, Peninsula Clarion
Homer defender Timothy Blakely (4) makes a saving header on a corner kick over Colony midfielder Kyle Dearborn (2) Thursday afternoon in a Northern Lights Conference tournament quarterfinal match at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.-Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion

Mariner soccer season ends with losses against Colony

Both boys and girls teams for the Homer High Mariners lost to Colony on Thursday, May 19, ending the Mariner’s soccer season before reaching states.… Continue reading

Homer defender Timothy Blakely (4) makes a saving header on a corner kick over Colony midfielder Kyle Dearborn (2) Thursday afternoon in a Northern Lights Conference tournament quarterfinal match at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.-Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion
Nikolaevsk senior Megan Hickman, at table, signs a contract to commit to play basketball for the University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall. Her father Bobby Hickman, left, mother Kelli Hickman, second from right, and sister Isabelle Hickman, far right, joined Megan in the Nikolaevsk library on April 13 for the signing.-Photo provided

Nikolaevsk’s Megan Hickman signs to play with UAF Nanooks

Another collegiate hoops team is getting a Warrior. Megan Hickman, a five-year starter for the Class 1A Nikolaevsk girls, put pen to paper April 13… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk senior Megan Hickman, at table, signs a contract to commit to play basketball for the University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall. Her father Bobby Hickman, left, mother Kelli Hickman, second from right, and sister Isabelle Hickman, far right, joined Megan in the Nikolaevsk library on April 13 for the signing.-Photo provided
Homer senior guard Aurora Waclawski drives to the rim amid a sea of Barrow defenders in Saturday’s Class 3A girls state championship game at the Alaska Airlines Center.-Photo by Joey Klecka, Morris News Service - Alaska

Mariner girls don’t win state crown; still it was great year

It had been 25 years since the Homer Mariners had a girls basketball team appear in a state championship game, and a semifinal win Friday… Continue reading

Homer senior guard Aurora Waclawski drives to the rim amid a sea of Barrow defenders in Saturday’s Class 3A girls state championship game at the Alaska Airlines Center.-Photo by Joey Klecka, Morris News Service - Alaska

Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik girls finish with wins

The Ninilchik girls sent out their senior class with victory Saturday at the Class 1A state tournament consolation championship at the Alaska Airlines Center in… Continue reading

Ninilchik boys top Nikolaevsk for state title

Every one of the eight state championship basketball banners that hang in the Ninilchik School gymnasium were earned by the school’s girls squads. Scooch over… Continue reading

Mariner girls to vie for state title

With a win and a loss at the March 11 and 12 regions games under their belt, the Homer girls varsity basketball team will make… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk senior Neil Gordeev shoots a basket over the head of defending Seldovia player senior Robert Waterbury during last weekend’s Peninsula Conference tournament played at Homer High School.-Photo by Anna Frost, Homer News

Ninilchik girls, boys win conference title

Tired, disheveled, a bit banged up, but with joyous expressions on their faces, the Ninilchik girls basketball squad celebrated Friday night like the old days.… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk senior Neil Gordeev shoots a basket over the head of defending Seldovia player senior Robert Waterbury during last weekend’s Peninsula Conference tournament played at Homer High School.-Photo by Anna Frost, Homer News

Mariner girls pick up win against Kenai; boys falter

The Mariners girls basketball team scored a nonconference win over the Kenai Kardinals Tuesday evening, led by the 19 points by senior Madison Akers. Kenai… Continue reading

It will be a rebuilding year for Mariners

With such close parity in competition in the Class 3A Southcentral Conference, basketball teams on the Kenai Peninsula will be facing a long road full… Continue reading

Homer junior Timmy Woo, right, attacks Wyatt Patten of Craig en route to winning the 152-pound championship at the Class 1-2-3A state wrestling tournament at Bartlett High last weekend. Woo helped lead the Homer Mariners to their first wrestling state title since 1986.-Photo by Joey Klecka, Morris News Service - Alaska

Mariners win state wrestling title

Saturday night inside the packed Bartlett High gym, the Homer wrestling team celebrated an occasion almost 30 years in the making. The Mariners captured the… Continue reading

Homer junior Timmy Woo, right, attacks Wyatt Patten of Craig en route to winning the 152-pound championship at the Class 1-2-3A state wrestling tournament at Bartlett High last weekend. Woo helped lead the Homer Mariners to their first wrestling state title since 1986.-Photo by Joey Klecka, Morris News Service - Alaska

Homer earns 1st region wrestling title in 29 years

The Homer Mariners brought home the hardware Saturday at the Kachemak Conference wrestling championships, although they did not have to go very far to put… Continue reading

Colony takes wins in wrestling duals; Mariners place 4th

Homer fought hard against Soldotna in the third-place duals at this weekend’s North-South Duals wrestling tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Soldotna Prep, only to… Continue reading

Hard work vaults Mariners into state title picture

Hard work vaults Mariners into state title picture

This week, the Homer High wrestling team travels to what coach Chris Perk calls “the toughest meet in Alaska,” the Lancer Smith Memorial in Palmer.… Continue reading

Hard work vaults Mariners into state title picture
Homer junior Megan Pitzman (544) leads Anchorage Christian’s Elizabeth Balsan (408) and Seward’s Ruby Lindquist (703) in Saturday’s Class 123A girls state championship race at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. The Homer girls won their second straight cross-country team championship and the fifth in school history.-Photo by Joey Klecka, Morris News Service - Alaska

Mariner girls run to state XC crown

Homer gave the Kenai Peninsula a sweep of the girls cross-country team titles by repeating last season’s Class 1-2-3A triumph Saturday afternoon at the wet… Continue reading

Homer junior Megan Pitzman (544) leads Anchorage Christian’s Elizabeth Balsan (408) and Seward’s Ruby Lindquist (703) in Saturday’s Class 123A girls state championship race at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. The Homer girls won their second straight cross-country team championship and the fifth in school history.-Photo by Joey Klecka, Morris News Service - Alaska