Joey Klecka

Week 5 prep football brings slate of home games

Heading into last weekend’s Friday night showdown in sunny San Diego, Soldotna Stars football coach Galen Brantley Jr. warned about the tough matchup facing SoHi.… Continue reading

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                                Participants in the Silver Salmon Derby flaunt their catch. The derby begins this weekend and will continue to Sept. 22.

Kenai Silver Salmon Derby returns to award more than $1K prize money

The derby raises funds for the nonprofit Kenai Community Foundation.

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                                Participants in the Silver Salmon Derby flaunt their catch. The derby begins this weekend and will continue to Sept. 22.

SoHi holds off Kenai for Shayna Pritchard volleyball title

So far, so good for Soldotna head volleyball coach Luke Baumer. Baumer’s SoHi Stars rolled to a championship victory Saturday at the 12th annual Shayna… Continue reading

Barrow defense smothers Nikiski football

In a game defined by a titanic midfield struggle amid a steady autumn rain, it was only appropriate that a high-flying, acrobatic play would decide… Continue reading

Night racing gets wild at Twin City Raceway

When autumn in Alaska gets dark enough for bright lights to come on, race car drivers turn up the intensity. Friday night exuded that wild-card… Continue reading

Corey Wilkinson competes in a jackpot race of the Last Frontier Barrel Racers on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

9/11 Tribute Rodeo returns with added significance

The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, will never be forgotten, thanks to the efforts of the Soldotna Equestrian Association. The organization will be putting… Continue reading

Corey Wilkinson competes in a jackpot race of the Last Frontier Barrel Racers on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Root Beer Fun Run, Gauntlet on tap for the weekend

The second annual Root Beer Fun Run hosted by the Hospice of the Central Peninsula is back for another year, and organizers hope to see… Continue reading

Week 4 football: Schedule back to normal, for now

The fourth week of the prep football season has finally returned a sense of normalcy to the schedule, which has been beaten up over the… Continue reading

A quilt by local artist Betty Ames hangs on the wall Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

‘This is their expression’

September art auction exhibit showcases local talent

A quilt by local artist Betty Ames hangs on the wall Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
A close look at the first batch of the Kenai River Brewery’s “Moose Gallop Ale” Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Brews for all seasons

Kenai River Brewing partners with Tsalteshi for new beer series

A close look at the first batch of the Kenai River Brewery’s “Moose Gallop Ale” Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Soldotna. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

SoHi volleyball sweeps Nikiski

After a string of competitive matches between Soldotna and Nikiski in recent seasons, the Stars were able to come out swinging Thursday night in a… Continue reading

Prep sports schedule tweaked as week 3 football arrives

The relentless push of the Swan Lake Fire has reshuffled the football schedule and put other high school sports events scrambling to reschedule or cancel… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Kaitlyn Johnson dives for a dig Nov. 10, 2018, in the Class 3A state volleyball championship final against Valdez at the Alaska Airlines Center. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Season volleyball preview: Can Nikiski repeat as 3A state champs?

In the months since breaking an 18-year state championship drought in volleyball, the Nikiski Bulldogs and head coach Stacey Segura have had time to celebrate,… Continue reading

Nikiski’s Kaitlyn Johnson dives for a dig Nov. 10, 2018, in the Class 3A state volleyball championship final against Valdez at the Alaska Airlines Center. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Week 3 of prep football season shuffles

The persistence of wildfire smoke from the Swan Lake Fire hanging in the air and the unpredictable travel situation through Cooper Landing has made for… Continue reading

Nikiski’s America Jeffreys (left) and Kaycee Bostic put up a block on Homer’s Laura Inama at the Homer Jamboree against the Homer Mariners on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 in the Alice Witt Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Nikiski volleyball wins Homer Jamboree

The defending Class 3A state volleyball champion Nikiski Bulldogs got their defense off to a winning start Saturday in Homer, capturing the Homer Jamboree tournament… Continue reading

Nikiski’s America Jeffreys (left) and Kaycee Bostic put up a block on Homer’s Laura Inama at the Homer Jamboree against the Homer Mariners on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 in the Alice Witt Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Seward football falls to Valdez

The Valdez Buccaneers demolished Seward 32-6 Saturday afternoon in the lone varsity football game for a peninsula team this weekend. Four other football games involving… Continue reading

Trustworthy Hardware co-owner Brian Miller (middle) joins Kenai Peninsula Saints Pop Warner players Clayton McDonald (left) and Jameson Curren in picking a ticket in the Soldotna Trustworthy Youth Raffle event Friday in Soldotna. 
                                Joey Klecka
                                Peninsula Clarion

Trustworthy boat raffle sends $15K to youth sports

The funds also go to help the Wounded Heroes event.

Trustworthy Hardware co-owner Brian Miller (middle) joins Kenai Peninsula Saints Pop Warner players Clayton McDonald (left) and Jameson Curren in picking a ticket in the Soldotna Trustworthy Youth Raffle event Friday in Soldotna. 
                                Joey Klecka
                                Peninsula Clarion
Soldotna’s Sean Babitt (on top) grapples with a teammate Thursday at Redemption MMA in Soldotna. Babitt won a division championship at the IBJJF World Championships June 1 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna teen brings home Jiu-Jitsu Worlds gold

Kasilof’s Sean Babitt comes off quiet, soft-spoken and unassuming. But ask the competitor that Babitt beat for a world championship gold medal in June, and… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Sean Babitt (on top) grapples with a teammate Thursday at Redemption MMA in Soldotna. Babitt won a division championship at the IBJJF World Championships June 1 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Wildfires cancel prep sports, Lost Lake Run

All outdoor athletic activities and events at or hosted by Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools have been canceled until further notice, according to a… Continue reading

Members of The Rebel Blues Band perform at a recent gig in Anchorage. (Photo by Tasha Skolnick)

Soldotna Music Series to wrap up with Alaska musicians

The concert will be headlined by The Rebel Blues Band, a blues quintet from Anchorage and Soldotna.

Members of The Rebel Blues Band perform at a recent gig in Anchorage. (Photo by Tasha Skolnick)