Stories about sporting events.

Sweet And Sour End To Bethel's Basketball Season

Mar 27, 2017
Johanna Eurich / KYUK

Another basketball season has gone by and for some, like Warriors girls team captain Brittney Boney, the conclusion was sweet.

It did not look that way at the beginning; the Bethel Warriors had a slow start in their final contest.

"Yeah we did. But coach talked to us and we picked it up after that. We fought to the end. I'm so proud of them. We were talking, we just wanted to play tough defense and wanted to do better than we did last year, and that's what we did."

Greg Lincoln / The Delta Discovery

The Bethel Warriors, both the boys and girls, are still alive in the March Madness 3A high school state championships in Anchorage after winning their consolation matches on Friday.

In the afternoon, the Bethel Lady Warriors outran and outshot the Galena Lady Hawks to win their game 58 to 34. The game was fast and furious and Courtney Williams of Bethel was often leading the charge. In the final quarter she scored three running baskets in a row.

The Bethel girls and boys team will compete Saturday for fourth place in the state basketball championships at the Wells Fargo Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

The Lady Warriors will play against Grace Christian at 8 a.m. Saturday. The Bethel team won their consolation match against Galena 58 to 34 on Friday, securing their place in the next round.

The Warrior Boys also won their consolation match on Friday, defeating Delta Junction 57 to 44. The Warriors will play for fourth place against Anchorage Christian at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Greg Lincoln / The Delta Discovery

As the Junior Classic mushers crossed the finish line on Wednesday, the 2017 Kuskokwim 300 mushing season came to an end.

Seven young mushers competed in the 17-and-under race that took teams from the Bethel boat harbor, up Straight Slough to the Hoffman Fish Camp, and back to the finish in Bethel. Mushers could take up to five dogs and accept any amount of help along the trail.

Greg Lincoln / The Delta Discovery

Southwestern Alaska teams are prevailing so far in girls high school basketball. The Scammon Bay Eagles came out on top Saturday at the State Championships in Anchorage, easily defeating Selawik 71 to 35 in 1A play. This is their second straight year on top.

March Madness Hits The Courts

Mar 17, 2017

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta high school basketball teams are competing in the state's "March Madness" championships this week at the Alaska Airlines sports arena in Anchorage.  

The Newtok Girls lost to King Cove, 70 to 39. In the 1A boys games, Aniak lost to Ninilchik this afternoon 51 to 41. Hydaburg defeated Chefornak 51 to 25 and Alakanuk lost to Gambell 55 to 43.   

Among the 2A games Thursday:

The Aniak Halfbreed Boys vs. Tanana 11 a.m.

The Chefornak Shaman Boys and Alakanuk Braves tip off at 6:30 p.m.

Scammon Bay Girls Advance To Semifinals

Mar 17, 2017

The Scammon Bay girls basketball team defeated Ninilchik last night 43 to 26 and will advance to the 1A semifinals today, March 17, in the State Championship in Anchorage. They will face Buckland, which won over Klawock yesterday. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. The Aniak girls faced a tight quarterfinal battle with Selawik yesterday, but ended up losing 66 to 57.  

In 2A play, the Chevak Comets girls team lost to Bristol Bay yesterday 73 to 30.  

Consolation girls games saw Newtok prevailing over Nunamiut 43 to 36 and St. Mary's beating Gambell 41 to 35.  

Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The opening games of the 2017 ASAA March Madness Alaska 1A games began Wednesday, March 15.

The Scammon Bay Girls team won their match against Tri-Valley with a final score of 90 to 46. The Scammon Bay Boys took on the Klawock Chieftans but were unable to secure the win, coming up with 39 points to Klawock's 66.

Pete Kaiser Reaches Nome In Under Nine Days

Mar 16, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel dog musher Pete Kaiser arrived in Nome yesterday, taking 9th place in the 2017 Iditarod. It 's not the highest placing he has had in the race, but he was happy with it, and happy with the way his young leaders took his team into the chute under the burled arch on Front Street.

Kaiser dropped some of the older dogs he usually depends on to lead his team, and went with some two-year-olds instead. 

"I didn't know what they were going to do, but a lot of them made it here and it was the silver lining in this trip was how well the young dogs did."

Aniak Musher Richie Diehl Arrives in Nome

Mar 16, 2017
Richie Diehl
Katie Basile / KYUK

Aniak musher Richie Diehl crossed the finish line on Nome's Front Street yesterday evening.

He drove his 11 dog team under the burled arch at 8:33 p.m. on Wednesday to become the 24th musher to finish this year's Iditarod. 

Diehl completed the thousand-mile race in 9 days, 8 hours, 33 minutes, and 22 seconds.