Stories about sporting events.

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

The Toksook Bay Islander girls' basketball team is heading to State after beating the Newtok Jaegers at the Lower Kuskokwim School District Basketball Tournament. It was a tight game this weekend, with both teams tying the score multiple times throughout the match. But with minutes left on the clock, the Islanders pulled ahead, winning the game 48 to 44. Student Correspondent Jared James from Tununak was there and has this report.

The Kipnuk Falcons won the Lower Kuskokwim School District basketball tournament 51 to 23 in against the Nunapitchuk Wolves on March 3, 2018 at the Bethel Regional High School gym.
Kaylen Jones / LKSD

For the first time since 1994, the Kipnuk Falcons are heading to the State Championship Basketball Tournament. The Kipnuk Boys won the Lower Kuskokwim School District Basketball tournament this weekend against the Nunapitchuk Wolves in a final score of 51 to 23. Student Correspondent Reann Lincoln of Tununak was there and has this story.

Y-K Area Mushers Are Off On The Iditarod

Mar 4, 2018
Bethel musher Pete Kaiser at the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage on March 3, 2018.
Zachariah Hughes / APM

Today, three sled dog teams from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are facing their first major hurdle on the Iditarod Trail: the Alaska Range. The trail is likely to be soft because there has been a lot of snow up there. Bethel musher Pete Kaiser is counting his blessings.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Maurice Andrews is the one to beat this season. The Bethel musher has won every local sled dog race he’s entered since December, except for one. And in that race, he took third. There’s also the time he lent his dog team out and they returned home champions. KYUK visited Andrews at his home to learn how he went from never having won a local race to winning four so far this season.

Y-K Mushers In The Middle Of The Pack

Mar 2, 2018

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta mushers got good starting positions at last night’s musher’s banquet. All three are starting in the middle, surrounded by good company. Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak is starting in 27th place, Richie Diehl of Aniak starts in 29th, and Peter Kaiser of Bethel is right behind him in 30th. Former champion Martin Buser is right in the middle, the 28th musher to start down the trail.

Erik Hill / ADN

Update: Akiak’s Mike Williams Junior drew bib number 27. Aniak’s Richie Diehl drew bib number 29. And Bethel’s Pete Kaiser drew bib number 30. 

The ceremonial start of the 2018 Iditarod is scheduled for Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in Anchorage, followed by the race restart in Willow the next day. The first musher is set to leave the starting line at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Bethel musher Maurice Andrews takes first in the February 50 sled dog race on February 24, 2018.
Madelene Reichard / Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race

Bethel musher Maurice Andrews is on fire. On Saturday he took first in the February 50 sled dog race, marking his fourth win of the local race season.

Giving Their Best At NYO

Feb 26, 2018
Mia Korn, an eight-year-old from McGrath, executes a two-foot high kick at the Junior Native Youth Olympics on February 24, 2018.
Johanna Eurich/KYUK

Anyone will tell you that strength is not enough. Skill, form, technique, and concentration will win the day in most sports, including the Native Youth Olympics or NYO. Those qualities were on exhibit at the Wells Fargo Sports Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage this weekend.

Bethel musher Matt Scott wins the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race on February 10, 2018.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Bethel musher Matt Scott took home his first win during the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race this weekend. The 45-mile trail ran overland from Bethel to Nunapitchuk and back.

Bethel coaches Eric Jung and Melony Fredricks talk with the Warrior girls basketball team during their game against the Barrow Whalers on February 3, 2018.
Ethan Sundown / KYUK

After a defeat Friday night by the Barrow Whalers, the Bethel Warrior girls basketball team came back triumphant against the Whalers on Saturday. Bethel Regional High School student correspondent Ethan Sundown was there and has the story.