Joey Klecka

Brown Bears lose final weekend series opener to Ice Dogs

The Kenai River Brown Bears got their final weekend of North American Hockey League play off to a slow start, dropping a 3-1 tilt to… Continue reading

Truesdell awarded Youth Pride of Alaska honor

Soldotna High junior Jersey Truesdell received the Youth Pride of Alaska Award in the annual Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Directors’ Awards announced Thursday. Truesdell… Continue reading

Youth members of Forever Dance Alaska take part in rehearsal Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Renee Hendersen Auditorium at Kenai Central High School, in Kenai, Alaska, for the company’s production of “Best of Broadway.” (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Best of Broadway’ puts spin on theater’s biggest hits

‘We’ve been thinking about how it’s so fun to see the show come to fruition’

Youth members of Forever Dance Alaska take part in rehearsal Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Renee Hendersen Auditorium at Kenai Central High School, in Kenai, Alaska, for the company’s production of “Best of Broadway.” (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

3A state hoops: Nikiski girls clinch finals showdown, Kenai finishes 3rd

The Nikiski girls used a powerful fourth quarter to pick up a 62-54 tournament semifinal victory over Barrow Friday night at the Alaska Airlines Center,… Continue reading

Nikiski falls in 3A hoops title game to ACS

On the opening tip of Saturday’s Class 3A girls state title game, the Nikiski girls basketball team had a chance to snap a 13-year championship… Continue reading

4A state hoops: SoHi boys, girls finish 5th after semifinal losses

In a tournament full of upsets, the Class 4A boys state basketball championships have been anything but predictable. That is why the crowd Friday at… Continue reading

3A hoops: Kenai, Nikiski

It wasn’t pretty, but the Nikiski girls are moving on in the Class 3A state championship tournament. The third-seeded Bulldogs staved off the sixth-seeded Valdez… Continue reading

SoHi squads win 1st day of 4A state hoops

Survive and advance. It’s an old cliche that coaches use, but it never loses meaning for basketball teams each March Madness. The Soldotna girls and… Continue reading

SoHi teams ready for deep 4A state fields

The trajectories that have taken the Soldotna boys and girls basketball programs to the Class 4A state tournament have been markedly different, but with March… Continue reading

A still from the four-minute film, “Blue,” which will be featured at the upcoming “Wild and Scenic” film festival in Kenai, Alaska. The event, which will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019, is hosted by the Kenai Watershed Forum. (Photo courtesy wildandscenicfilmfestival.org)

Wild and Scenic Film Festival returns to Kenai

The festival will take place Saturday night at Snug Harbor Seafoods and feature 12 different films

A still from the four-minute film, “Blue,” which will be featured at the upcoming “Wild and Scenic” film festival in Kenai, Alaska. The event, which will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019, is hosted by the Kenai Watershed Forum. (Photo courtesy wildandscenicfilmfestival.org)

Nikiski, Kenai girls off to 3A state tourney

Two peninsula programs travel to the Class 3A girls state championship tournament this weekend with dreams of cutting down the nets Saturday, but both enter… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk, CIA teams tumble out of 1A state tourney

Beware the Ides of March. On a day known for misfortune, all three peninsula teams lost Friday at the Class 1A state basketball tournament at… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk girls drop out of state title race

The state dream expired Thursday morning for the Nikolaevsk Warriors at the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.… Continue reading

Peninsula teams go 1-2 on opening day of 1A state hoops

When Nikolaevsk girls coach Bea Klaich needed a second-half spark with her Warriors squad down three points, she turned to experience to guide the team.… Continue reading

Cook Inlet Academy’s Adara Warren (44) steps back for a shot against a Birchwood Christian defender Feb. 27, 2019, at the Peninsula Conference championship tournament at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

CIA girls look to keep riding defense at state

Today’s Class 1A state tournament first-round game is one the Cook Inlet Academy girls have waited five years to play. The Eagles qualified to the… Continue reading

Cook Inlet Academy’s Adara Warren (44) steps back for a shot against a Birchwood Christian defender Feb. 27, 2019, at the Peninsula Conference championship tournament at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna basketball supporters cheer for the SoHi girls team in Saturday’s Northern Lights Conference tournament final against the Wasilla Warriors. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Stars swept in NLC championship games

The Soldotna Stars stood as the top seed on the girls side, while the Soldotna boys caught a break as the top-seeded Colony Knights suffered… Continue reading

Soldotna basketball supporters cheer for the SoHi girls team in Saturday’s Northern Lights Conference tournament final against the Wasilla Warriors. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai class of 2015: Ostrander takes 2 All-America honors; Theisens take 1 apiece

Boise State redshirt junior Allie Ostrander finished eighth Friday in the women’s 5,000-meter final and fourth Saturday in the 3,000 final at the 2019 Division… Continue reading

SoHi sweeps Friday NLC semis, clinch state spots

The Soldotna boys quenched one nine-year drought Friday night with a wild 43-41 semifinal win over Wasilla in the Northern Lights Conference tournament. Saturday the… Continue reading

First day results from Southcentral hoops tourney

The Nikiski girls got the Southcentral Conference basketball tournament under way Thursday with a convincing 56-31 quarterfinal win over Houston in Seward. The top-seeded team… Continue reading

Palmer sweeps 1st day NLC tourney to set semifinal games

The Palmer Moose swept the first day of action Thursday at the 2019 Northern Lights Conference tournament at Soldotna High School to set up Friday’s… Continue reading