Joey Klecka

Kenai races to 1st boys region swim title in school history

By Joey Klecka Peninsula Clarion A region championship decades in the making was finally brought to reality Saturday afternoon in the Kenai Central High School… Continue reading

Seward’s Lydia Jacoby races in the girls 200-yard IM final Nov. 3, 2018, at the 2018 ASAA swimming and diving state championships at Bartlett High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Region III swim championships come to Kenai

The top of the Northern Lights Conference swimming and diving scene received a shakeup last fall when the Palmer girls raced to the team title… Continue reading

Seward’s Lydia Jacoby races in the girls 200-yard IM final Nov. 3, 2018, at the 2018 ASAA swimming and diving state championships at Bartlett High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai holds off SoHi in 5 sets for thrilling senior night win; Wasilla tops Nikiski

Spooky things happen on Halloween night. Just ask the Soldotna volleyball team. The Class 4A Stars endured a house of horrors Thursday night at Kenai… Continue reading

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                                Bill Holt tells a fishing tale at Odie’s Deli on Friday, June 2, 2017, in Soldotna. Holt was among the seven storytellers in True Tales Told Live, an occasional storytelling event co-founded by Pegge Erkeneff, Jenny Neyman and Kaitlin Vadla.

Connecting through stories

True Tales Told Live to host workshop events

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                                Bill Holt tells a fishing tale at Odie’s Deli on Friday, June 2, 2017, in Soldotna. Holt was among the seven storytellers in True Tales Told Live, an occasional storytelling event co-founded by Pegge Erkeneff, Jenny Neyman and Kaitlin Vadla.

Season preview: Seward coach enters wrestling season for last time

The dawn of another high school wrestling season also marks the swan song of a longtime coaching presence on the peninsula. Seward head coach Ronn… Continue reading

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

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

Kenai River Brown Bears goalkeeper Landon Pavlisin keeps an eye on the action during a game against the Janesville Jets, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears GK Pavlisin nets NAHL division star of week

Kenai River Brown Bears goalkeeper Landon Pavlisin was awarded the North American Hockey League Midwest division star of the week Tuesday by the league. Pavlisin,… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears goalkeeper Landon Pavlisin keeps an eye on the action during a game against the Janesville Jets, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the Soldotna football team celebrate with the Alaska School Activities Association First National Bowl trophy Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Div. II state football championship at Anchorage Football Stadium in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi romps to 8th straight football title

Big team. Little me. The slogan that the Soldotna football team has rode to eight straight Division II state titles was never more evident Saturday… Continue reading

Members of the Soldotna football team celebrate with the Alaska School Activities Association First National Bowl trophy Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Div. II state football championship at Anchorage Football Stadium in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the Soldotna football team pose with the trophy Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Div. II state football championship at Anchorage Football Stadium in Anchorage, Alaska. Soldotna defeated Lathrop 69-13. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna football dominates NLC All-Conference awards

Soldotna dominated All-Conference awards for the 2019 Northern Lights Conference, winning four of the five major accolades released Saturday. SoHi senior quarterback Jersey Truesdell took… Continue reading

Members of the Soldotna football team pose with the trophy Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Div. II state football championship at Anchorage Football Stadium in Anchorage, Alaska. Soldotna defeated Lathrop 69-13. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Weekend volleyball roudup: SoHi fends off Kenai on emotional Senior Night; Nikiski, Homer, Seward, CIA also in action

Senior night for the Soldotna volleyball team took on added meaning Friday night following the tragic loss of a fellow student. The Stars defeated peninsula… Continue reading

Nikiski volleyball sweeps Seward

The Nikiski volleyball team showed they still have what it takes Thursday night with a 3-0 Southcentral Conference victory over Seward at Nikiski High School.… Continue reading

UAA hockey to play Green & Gold Game in Soldotna

Peninsula hockey fans will receive a treat this weekend when the University of Alaska Anchorage program comes to town. For the first time in its… Continue reading

Lathrop running back Josiah Opp gets swarmed by Soldotna’s Melvin Lloyd (left) and Jersey Truesdell Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Championship preview: SoHi vs. Lathrop for football supremacy

The seven-year stranglehold Soldotna football has had on the Division II state championship has seen its share of challengers, but perhaps none came as close… Continue reading

Lathrop running back Josiah Opp gets swarmed by Soldotna’s Melvin Lloyd (left) and Jersey Truesdell Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna cyclist Matt Pyhala traverses the Hebridean Way in northwest Scotland in early June, 2019. (Photo provided by Matt Myhala)

‘This is the one’

Soldotna cyclists to discuss 250-mile Hebridean Way ride.

Soldotna cyclist Matt Pyhala traverses the Hebridean Way in northwest Scotland in early June, 2019. (Photo provided by Matt Myhala)

Brown Bears clinch weekend series over Jets

A weekend series win at home was just the boost the Kenai River Brown Bears were looking for Saturday night and they got it with… Continue reading

Nikiski football season ends with semifinal loss

The 2019 football season ended for Nikiski on Saturday afternoon with a 52-0 loss to Barrow in the Division III state semifinals in Utqiagvik. Nikiski… Continue reading

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                                A variety of clay kitchenware sits on display at the “Clay on Display” exhibit Wednesday at the Kenai Fine Art Center.

A hobby of a lifetime

“Clay on Display” returns to Kenai arts center

Photos by Joey Klecka / Peninsula Clarion
                                A variety of clay kitchenware sits on display at the “Clay on Display” exhibit Wednesday at the Kenai Fine Art Center.

Former Kenai wrestler finishes big summer

As former Kenai wrestler Jacob Anderson was stepping onto the mat for the 182-pound final in July with a national championship on the line, he… Continue reading

The Soldotna football team leads the home crowd in a chant after a Div. II state semifinal against West Valley Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi thumps West Valley for 1st home playoff win in 6 years, advances to championship

It took six years to get playoff football back to Soldotna’s Justin Maile Field, but the SoHi Stars made the wait worth it. SoHi pounded… Continue reading

The Soldotna football team leads the home crowd in a chant after a Div. II state semifinal against West Valley Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)