Joey Klecka

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)

Boonstra, Anderson win Freezer Food Series #3

Todd Boonstra of Ninilchik won the third week of the Freezer Food Series Sunday afternoon on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. Boonstra ran the 5-kilometer… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Yorik Bastuck attempts to slip out of a hold by Kenai’s Isaiah Ticknor, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at a Kenai/Nikiski dual meet at Nikiski High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai beat Nikiski in dual meet

The Nikiski wrestling team broke out the mats and the lone spotlight Tuesday night for a dual meet at home with Kenai Central. The Kardinals… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Yorik Bastuck attempts to slip out of a hold by Kenai’s Isaiah Ticknor, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at a Kenai/Nikiski dual meet at Nikiski High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the Homer volleyball team hold up the Class 3A state championship trophy Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at 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

Members of the Homer volleyball team hold up the Class 3A state championship trophy Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

4A state volleyball: SoHi ends season

The season ended one day short of the Soldotna volleyball team’s hopes with a 3-0 loss Friday to the Bartlett Bears at the Class 4A… Continue reading

Kenai Central players celebrate after defeating Nikiski in a semifinal match Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

3A state volleyball: Kenai beats Nikiski for title-game spot

After 14 years of missing the state tournament, the Kenai Central volleyball team made the wait worth it. The Kardinals defeated peninsula rivals Nikiski 3-1… Continue reading

Kenai Central players celebrate after defeating Nikiski in a semifinal match Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai, Nikiski reach Class 3A state semis

The Kenai Peninsula flaunted its strength Thursday on opening day of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, with… Continue reading

4A state volleyball: SoHi falls to mighty Dimond

The Soldotna Stars couldn’t pull off the colossal upset Thursday at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament, but there’s reason to believe the Stars have… Continue reading

Nikiski teammates Lillian Carstens (left) and Tika Zimmerman team up for a block on Seward’s Shelby Sieminski, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Class 3A state volleyball tourney packed with Peninsula teams

The Kenai Peninsula sure got its money worth out of last weekend’s Southcentral Conference tournament, which advanced three peninsula teams to the big dance. The… Continue reading

Nikiski teammates Lillian Carstens (left) and Tika Zimmerman team up for a block on Seward’s Shelby Sieminski, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
The Soldotna volleyball team celebrates on the floor after beating Wasilla Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

State 4A volleyball: SoHi faces juggernauts at big dance

The drama from last weekend’s Northern Lights Conference volleyball tournament perfectly illustrated how topsy-turvy postseason sports can be. Soldotna survived the wackiness to grab the… Continue reading

The Soldotna volleyball team celebrates on the floor after beating Wasilla Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
The cast of “Lost in Yonkers” poses before rehearsal Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the Kenai Performers stage in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

A coming of age tale — with a New York twist

Kenai performers bring to life Neil Simon classic

The cast of “Lost in Yonkers” poses before rehearsal Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the Kenai Performers stage in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
An image of the poster for the documentary film “Dawnland” is shown here. The film tackles the subject of forced assimilation of Native American children. (Image via IMDB/Upstander Project)

Healing from the past

“Dawnland” documentary delves into treatment of Native American children

An image of the poster for the documentary film “Dawnland” is shown here. The film tackles the subject of forced assimilation of Native American children. (Image via IMDB/Upstander Project)

Results posted for Freezer Food series #2

Jeff Helminiak and Morgan Aldridge raced to victory Sunday at the second race of the Freezer Food Series at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. Helminiak… Continue reading

Weekend hockey roundup: Homer has successful trip

The Soldotna Stars and Kenai Kardinals each capped the Alaska Army National Guard Stars and Stripes Showdown with a win at the MTA Events Center… 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 netters top Kenai to take Southcentral crown

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

Homer takes 2nd at ACS Invite

Glennallen edged Homer for the team title at the Anchorage Christian Schools Denali Auto Glass Invite on Saturday. The tournament is considered a good preview… Continue reading

NLC volleyball: Palmer wears crown; SoHi, Wasilla also make state

The Northern Lights Conference tournament at Soldotna High School proved it’s impossible to tell what’s going to happen in volleyball. All Soldotna knows is the… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Madelyn Barkman competes in the girls 100-yard freestyle race Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at the Northern Lights Conference swimming and diving championships at Kenai Central High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula odds heading into state swim & dive championships

In the moments after the final race of the day at last weekend’s Northern Lights Conference swim meet, Kenai Central head coach Winter Heaven and… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Madelyn Barkman competes in the girls 100-yard freestyle race Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at the Northern Lights Conference swimming and diving championships at Kenai Central High School. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

NLC tourney: SoHi rallies to beat Wasilla, clinch state volleyball spot

With one mighty comeback, the Soldotna volleyball team punched their ticket to the big dance with a big win over Wasilla. The Stars toppled the… Continue reading