Joey Klecka

State wrestling sees final Hutchison appearance; Homer boys capture state title

More than two decades after the first Hutchison stepped onto an Alaska state wrestling mat, the last one walked off of another. Soldotna senior Gideon… Continue reading

 

Friday peninsula hoops roundup

The Soldotna girls kept their opening weekend of basketball rolling Friday night with a dominant 62-29 win over Northern Lights Conference opponent Kodiak at the… Continue reading

 

Nikiski girls head coach Rustin Hitchcock talks to his team Thursday against Kotzebue at the Craig Jung Kenai River Challenge at Kenai Central High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Hitchcock wins in Nikiski head coaching debut

The Rustin Hitchcock era officially opened Thursday afternoon at Kenai Central High School. Hitchcock made his head coaching debut with the Nikiski girls at the… Continue reading

 

Candy Cane Scramble relocated

Despite the week’s snowfall in Kenai and Soldotna, the Candy Cane Scramble prep ski race, originally scheduled for Friday at Tsalteshi Trails, was relocated to… Continue reading

Unpredictable state wrestling tourney set to kick off

The wars waged by the Homer and Bethel wrestling programs through each of the last three years at the Division II state championships have been… Continue reading

Kenai hockey loses to Juneau to stay winless in 2018

Playing a nonconference opponent from Southeast Alaska gave the Kenai Central hockey team a chance to break their winless start to the season, but a… Continue reading

“Inspecting Carol” a show within a show

The story is well known. A greedy, desolate man learns to share the joys of Christmas with friends and family after receiving guidance from three… Continue reading

Goff, Aldridge win Freezer Food Series #3

The third race of the Freezer Food Series went to Sean Goff, who won Sunday afternoon at the Tsalteshi Trails, covering the three-mile running course… Continue reading

Homer teammates Josh Bradshaw (left) and Mose Hayes square off in the 152-pound championship Saturday at the Kachemak Conference wrestling tournament at Grace Christian High School in Anchorage. (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 at the Kachemak Conference wrestling tournament at Grace Christian High School in Anchorage. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Nikiski’s Koleman McCaughey (top) wrestles with Kenai’s Tucker Vann in a dual meet Nov. 27, 2018, at Kenai Central High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Wrestling teams unfazed as conference tournament moved after quake

The 7.0 earthquake that momentarily stopped Southcentral Alaska in its tracks last Friday left a different kind of shift on the Alaska wrestling scene. Due… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Koleman McCaughey (top) wrestles with Kenai’s Tucker Vann in a dual meet Nov. 27, 2018, at Kenai Central High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
A gingerbread house entry by Abigail Youngberg sits on display in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center gingerbread house contest. The gingerbread houses will be on display until Dec. 21 in the visitor center. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

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Kenai Chamber hosts gingerbread house contest

A gingerbread house entry by Abigail Youngberg sits on display in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center gingerbread house contest. The gingerbread houses will be on display until Dec. 21 in the visitor center. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Lynx Loppet ski races cancelled

Due to low snow conditions, the popular Lynx Loppet high school ski race in Anchorage has been cancelled. The two-day event was scheduled for Friday… Continue reading

The Moose is Loose brings back holiday confections

The holiday season has arrived and so have the spirited confections at The Moose Is Loose bakery in Soldotna. For those looking for a little… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk finishes 4th at Mix Six state volleyball

Nikolaevsk wrapped up a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Mix Six state volleyball tournament at Anchorage Christian Schools. “It’ll be a volleyball tournament we’ll never… Continue reading

A crowd watches as Santa Claus turns on the lights adorning the Christmas tree Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Christmas in the Park tree-lighting ceremony at Soldotna Creek Park, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Lighting up the Christmas tree

A crowd of more than 100 gathered Saturday evening amid rainy and blustery conditions to celebrate the annual “Christmas in the Park” tree-lighting ceremony at… Continue reading

A crowd watches as Santa Claus turns on the lights adorning the Christmas tree Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Christmas in the Park tree-lighting ceremony at Soldotna Creek Park, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Ostrander runs 7th-fastest indoor 5K time in NCAA history

Boise State redshirt junior Allie Ostrander finished fourth Saturday out of 47 runners in the women’s indoor 5,000 meters at the Sharon Colyear-Danville BU Season… Continue reading

Jacoby punches Olympic swimming qualifier spot at Winter Nationals

Fourteen-year-old swimmer Lydia Jacoby burst onto the Alaska state prep scene this year, and is now quickly paving a path to her future. Four weeks… Continue reading

Area sports canceled after earthquake

Local high school sports events for Friday have been canceled following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that rattled Southcentral Alaska on Friday morning. Event cancelations include both… Continue reading

South, Eagle River blank Kenai, Homer

South Anchorage walked off the ice Thursday night 13-0 winners over Kenai Central in a lopsided nonconference tilt at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility. South —… Continue reading

The community gathers beneath a Christmas tree during Soldotna’s tree lighting event Dec. 2, 2017, at Soldotna Creek Park. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Annual “Christmas in the Park” returns with a dazzle

(This article has been updated to correct details about the sponsorship of this event). Santa Claus is coming to town this weekend in Soldotna. The… Continue reading

The community gathers beneath a Christmas tree during Soldotna’s tree lighting event Dec. 2, 2017, at Soldotna Creek Park. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)