Stories about sporting events.

Katie Basile / KYUK

While Alaska’s two biggest sled dog races have reduced their prize money, the Kuskokwim 300 is doing the opposite. The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has raised the purses of its three largest races for the fifth time in seven years. The increase is $10,000 per race. 

Twenty-one high school girls from schools across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta compete in Bethel's brutal cross-country Pit Race on September 16, 2017.
Austin Fitka

There's a fiery debate in Bethel over a grueling tradition coming to an end. For the first time since the 1990s, the Bethel Regional High School Cross-Country Invitational will not run through the notorious Bethel sand pit. 

LKSD journalism students Lucilia Angaiak of Tununak, Dorothy Jackson of Nightmute, Katya John of Tuntutuliak, and Kaylee King of Mekoryuk.
Patrick Williams / LKSD

School is back in session and student journalists at the Lower Kuskokwim School District are hard at work. A new crew of reporters are continuing the weekly segment called “Here’s What It Is At LKSD.” It’s a regular roundup of activities happening across the school district. What’s happening this weekend is sports.

The Bethel Warriors placed third at the Western Conference Regional Volleyball Tournament at Bethel Regional High School.
KYUK Staff

The Bethel Regional High School volleyball team will play its first home game this weekend. The Bethel Volleyball Invitational sets up in the Warrior Dome. Four teams will be competing: Bethel, Barrow, Valdez, and Othello High School from Washington state. The games begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and run through Saturday night.

Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen Joey Hunt and Jordan Roos visited the Lulu Herron Elders Home on July 11, 2018.
Aleina Tanabe/KYUK

Professional football players embarked on a whirlwind tour of Bethel on Wednesday. Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen Joey Hunt and Jordan Roos were in town for a grand total of nine hours and got a crash course in Yup'ik culture.

Professional football players from the NFL are coming to Bethel, and they plan to play games with Bethel-area youth.  

A local Kuskokwim sled dog team prepares to race in December 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Mushers and sled dog racing fans alike can mark their calendars for what many competitors call the toughest mid-distance race in Alaska.

Bethel Wrestlers Dominate AUSAW State Wrestling Tournament

May 7, 2018
Bethel's Freestyle Wrestling Club dominated at the AUSAW State Wrestling Tournament.
Courtesy of Darren Lieb.

Bethel’s very own Landon Smith dominated the competition at the Alaska USA Wrestling (AUSAW) State Wrestling Tournament this weekend. Smith won all three tournaments on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, snagging one of the competition’s very few Triple Crowns.

A Successful Start For BRHS Track And Field

May 7, 2018
Patrick Williams / LKSD


Bethel Regional High School offered students the chance to compete in a new sport this spring: track and field. Through the persistence and interest of both students and teachers, BRHS has been cheering on their record setting runners.

Sophomore Lindsey Beans-Polk started planning what events she wanted to participate in before the season started. "I think I want to do one of the sprints," she said. "And if there’s pole vaulting, I want to try that. I’ve never done it, but I want to try it."

Reaching Higher At NYO

Apr 30, 2018
Bethel Regional High School with the second highest team GPA at the state Native Youth Olympics held by Cook Inlet Tribal Council on April 28, 2018.
Tommy Bayayok

The Native Youth Olympics is much more than an athletic competition. It is an expression of arctic culture, with games based on the skills required to survive on land and ice. KYUK looks at the role of family and joy in the accomplishments of a couple of this year’s outstanding athletes.