Stories about sporting events.

Ryan Wheeler

Bethel’s Landon Smith took home a first-place ribbon in Freestyle wrestling from a tournament at Colony High School in Palmer this past weekend.

Bethel youngest wrestlers took to the mat, competing in the Tri-Valley Freestyle/Greco-Roman tournament on Friday and Saturday.


In Greco-Roman wrestling, two young wrestlers placed in the competition. Paul Dyment earned second place in the Novice division, as did Joseph Smith in the Schoolboy division.

Dick Wilmarth poses on Bering Sea ice on the trail to Nome, Alaska in 1973.
Henry Peck / AP


The Associated Press (AP) reports that Dick Wilmarth of Red Devil, the first winner of the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race, has died. The first dogs to win the Iditarod were from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and were on Wilmarth’s team.


Lieb Pins It Again!

Mar 27, 2018
Darren Lieb

Bethel wrestling team sophomore Hayden Lieb has gained national All-American Honors for the second year running. Lieb placed 5th at the National High School Coaches Association High School Nationals tournament. He was winning his matches until he lost to the eventual High School National Tournament Champion.

Lieb will be wrestling at the USA Folkstyle Nationals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa next weekend. It is the first leg of the triple crown of USA wrestling, which includes two competitions in Fargo, North Dakota later this summer. 

Cameron Jackson of Akiak won the Camp Out Race with a time of 3 hours and 2 minutes on March 25, 2018.
Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race

Cameron Jackson of Akiak took first place in the Camp Out Race this weekend with a time of 3 hours and 2 minutes. Joe Demantle of Tuluksak took second, coming in five minutes after Jackson with a time of 3 hours and 7 minutes. Maurice Andrews of Bethel earned third, finishing three minutes later in 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Bethel Cheerleaders Have What It Takes

Mar 26, 2018

It’s tougher for a team like Bethel’s to pull off the acrobatic stunts that count in a cheerleading competition. Most teams with enough people on the roster have several girls capable of being "flyers". Those are the people thrown up and lifted into the air to stand on a shoulder, balanced on one or both feet.


The 3A basketball tournament ended on Saturday with the Warriors out of the race for fourth place in the girls’ contest. The Warriors lost their final game with the Nikiski bulldogs 46 to 53.  

To get to the match, Bethel's girls defeated Galena 40 to 30.

Bethel’s Warrior boys, meanwhile, fell out of the running for fourth place in the state tournament on Friday when they lost a match with the Valdez Buccaneers. The final score was Warriors 41 to Buccaneers 50. 

Bethel survives to play another match in the state 3A girls basketball tournament.


Bethel’s basketball teams endured defeats in their first games at the 3A state tournament today. They both go on to play Friday for a chance to earn a fourth-place finish in the 3A championship on Saturday.

Pictured are 10 of the 12 mushers who competed in Kwethluk's Sled Dog Sprint Race on March 16 and 17, 2018.
Courtesy of Harry Alexie

Greg Larson of Napaskiak won the Kwethluk sled dog race this past weekend. Competition ran tight in the sprint race with Larson outpacing Tuluksak’s Joe Demantle by less than a minute and a half.

Aniak musher Richie Diehl at the Iditarod ceremonial race start in Anchorage on March 3, 2018.
Zachariah Hughes / APM

The Iditarod Race Committee honored the finishers of the 2018 race last night with a banquet in Nome. Each musher who made it to the finish line took home a check.