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Aniak Halfbreed Girls Win 1A State Championship

Mar 19, 2018
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The 1A girls state basketball championship once again goes to the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. Aniak won the title after a series of upsets in Friday’s semifinals.

Two Kuskokwim Teams Reach 2A Basketball Semifinals

Mar 16, 2018

Two girls teams are the only ones from the Yukon-Kuskokwim region to make the semifinals in the statewide 1A basketball championship: Aniak and Scammon Bay.

The Scammon Bay Eagles took another step in their quest to win a third championship on Thursday by defeating the Tri-Valley Warriors. The final score of 65 to 41 doesn’t show the battle waged. Players on the Warriors team were much taller than the Eagles girls, and coach Herschel Sundown says that it was a challenge getting his players to adjust.

Mike Williams Jr. finished the 2018 Iditarod on March 15, 2018.
Courtesy of Nick Hawk.

Mike Williams Jr. finished 25th in the Iditarod on Thursday. The Akiak musher passed under the burled arch in Nome at around 6:45 p.m.

The Scammon Bay girls won by a wide margin against New Stuyahok, 88 to 45, on the first day of the 1A Small School State Basketball tournament in Anchorage on March 14, 2018.
Charles Pulliam / Small Schools Broadcasting & Promotions

Two Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta girls basketball teams will face off for one of the semifinal rounds of the State 1A tournament. After winning both their games on Thursday, Scammon Bay and Aniak will compete Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

The Scammon Bay girls won by a wide margin against New Stuyahok, 88 to 45, on the first day of the 1A Small School State Basketball tournament in Anchorage on March 14, 2018.
Charles Pulliam / Small Schools Broadcasting & Promotions

The statewide 1A basketball championship in Anchorage is a difficult proving ground for Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta teams. 

The Toksook Bay Islanders won the Lower Kuskokwim School District basketball tournament 48 to 44 in a close game against the Newtok Jaegers on March 3, 2018 at the Bethel Regional High School gym.
Kaylen Jones / LKSD

Wednesday began the first day of the 1A Small Schools State Basketball tournament in Anchorage. KYUK has been live-airing the games featuring Y-K Delta teams and will continue to do so throughout the tournament. Here are the results from Wednesday's games:

Pete Kaiser finished fifth in the Iditarod on March 14, 2018.
Courtesy of Nick Hawk.

Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom won the Iditarod at 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Ulsom crossed the finish line in Nome with eight dogs after nine days and 12 hours on the trail. Then came Nicholas Petit and last year's champion, Mitch Seavey. The top two were followed by three teams who have been running close together along the coast of Norton Sound: Ray Redington Jr., and the "Delta Team" of Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl. Both Yukon-Kuskokwim mushers finished in the Iditarod’s top 10.

The 2018 Bethel Regional High School cheer squad: Captain Tierney McCormick, Co-Captains Lakeisha McCann and Cyrston Lepore, Kaitlyn Dela Cruz, Avery Hoffman, Rylee Johnson, and Sydney Gray.
Kathryn Cloninger

As the Bethel Warrior basketball teams locked-in wins to head to the State Championships this past weekend, the Bethel cheerleading squad racked up competitive victories of its own.

The Bethel Warrior girls basketball team secured their spot in the 2018 state championships with a 55 to 50 win against the Kotzebue Huskies on March 10, 2018 at the Western Conference Regional Tournament in Anchorage.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Both the Bethel Warrior girls and boys teams will move on to play for the State championship after wins this weekend at the Western Conference Regional Tournament.

Bob Wick / Bureau of Land Management, Alaska

I spend my day on the computer looking at a map created by the electronic global positioning system instruments carried by sled-dog teams on the trail during the Iditarod race. With a few clicks I can see who is where, and whether they are racing or resting. Another click gives me access to the official list of current race standings. There, I can even watch tiny clips of video interviews done with some of the racers. In my cabin in Anchorage I work this information into little updates concentrating on the three local mushers from the delta of the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers in this year’s race, and email it to KYUK, the radio station in Bethel, which is physically much closer than I am to the mushers on the trail as they come out of the Alaska Range and head to the Yukon River. They air my words minutes later in their local news. This type of interconnectivity is the norm for the younger generation, but I remember covering the race before all of this was available.