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Johanna Eurich / KYUK

Natalie Hanson, a former Bethel resident, is in Europe to compete in the World Powerlifting Championships, which start Friday. Hanson is an Olympic level athlete who got her Powerlifting start in in a tiny gym in South Anchorage called “Southside Strength and Fitness.” That’s where she was working out last week, just days before  flying off to Pilsen, in the Czech Republic, to compete against the top athletes in the world.

Local Stars Shine In Bethel Wrestling Invitational

Nov 13, 2017

There was tough competition on the wrestling mats at the Bethel Invitational Tournament this weekend. The team from Lathrop High took the championship with 284 team points. South Anchorage High School came in second with 259 points, and Bethel was third with 178 points. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

The mat is where it’s at this weekend, and Bethel could see some of the best matches in the country as the three-day Bethel Wrestling Invitational begins Thursday. Around 300 wrestlers from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and beyond are competing at the Bethel Regional High School gym.

He says that his cast throws off his balance but increases his momentum.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Only half the teams were able to make the trip due to the weather, but Bethel’s Native Youth Olympic Invitational went on as scheduled. Kasigluk’s Akiuk Memorial School, Goodnews Bay, and Oscarville made it through the low clouds and fog to compete in traditional sports at Bethel’s Gladys Jung Elementary School.


Teana Pavilla of Kasigluk's Akiuk Memorial School took second place in the Junior High School Girls One-Arm Reach, smacking a ball suspended 36 inches from the ground with one hand while balancing her body on the other hand.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

It was a smaller competition than expected, but the ambition and sweat of athletes still filled a Bethel gym this weekend at the Native Youth Olympics Invitational.

Darren Lieb / KYUK

This weekend, the Bethel Warrior Boys came home with the wrestling championship from the Anchorage Christian Schools Tournament after holding off a tough Homer Mariners team to do so. The difference between first and second place was only 14.5 points.

The Bethel Girls team wrestled their way to fourth place in the team standings.

Isaiah Charles from Newtok competes in the one-foot high kick.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Native Youth Olympics is the sport to watch this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, two NYO Invitationals are happening in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. One in Bethel at Gladys Jung Elementary, the other in Mekoryuk at the Nuniwarmiut School.

The Bethel Warriors placed third at the Western Conference Regional Volleyball Tournament at Bethel Regional High School on October 27 and 28, 2017.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The Utqiaġvik Whalers and Kotzebue Huskies are heading to the state volleyball championships after wins in Bethel this weekend. Bethel Regional High School hosted the 3A Western Conference Regional Volleyball Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Bethel Regional High School's volleyball team is competing on their home turf in the Western Conference Regional Tournament on October 27 and 28, 2017.
Courtesy of Bethel Warrior Volleyball

Volleyball teams from Northwest Alaska hubs are competing in Bethel this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, Bethel Regional High School is hosting the Western Conference Regional Volleyball Tournament. The competition begins at 1 p.m., with Nome playing Kotzebue. Bethel and Utqiaġvik will face off at 3 p.m. Second round games begin at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The winner of the 8:30 p.m. game will be named conference champion and head to state. Second place will be determined by the winner of Saturday's match at 2 p.m.

Bethel Regional High School wrestler Hayden Lieb pins an opponent during a tournament in 2016.
Bethel Regional High School

Bethel Regional High School wrestlers placed third at the Battle in the Interior Tournament in Fairbanks this weekend. Nine teams competed over two days.