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Bethel Wrestlers Pin It

Apr 23, 2018
Bethel Wrestling

The Bethel wrestling club was a force to be reckoned with in Anchorage this weekend. The club brought home four first place standings and one hard fought second place in the 2018 Alaska Battle Cats Freestyle Tournament at Service High School.

Bethel High School archers came away from the Western National Archery Tournament with a third place team finish.
Courtesy of Rafe Johnson


Bethel Regional High School archers came away from the Western National Archery Tournament with a third place team finish. According to archery coach and Gladys Jung PE teacher Rafe Johnson, that’s Bethel’s “first ever podium appearance as a team.” The team of 26 archers from Bethel went to Salt Lake City to compete against hundreds of western state teams in the tournament, which took place April 13 and 14.


Jessica Klejka grew up training dogs in Bethel and now works as a veterinarian in Big Lake. Her dog care skills shone as she took home fourth place and the Humanitarian Award in the Kobuk 440 Sled Dog Race this weekend in Northwest Alaska.

Ryan Wheeler

The challenge was thrown down at Wasilla Middle School last weekend and four members of the Bethel Wrestling Club were there to meet it. Two of the town’s young athletes placed, and one took home a first place in the Arctic Warrior Ultimate Challenge Wrestling Tournament.


Landon Smith came out on top in Folkstyle wrestling in his class. He also took a second place in Greco-Roman wrestling. 

Eathon Wheeler took home a third place finish in his Greco-Roman wrestling competition and a second place in Freestyle wrestling.

Ryan Wheeler

Bethel’s Landon Smith took home a first-place ribbon in Freestyle wrestling from a tournament at Colony High School in Palmer this past weekend.

Bethel youngest wrestlers took to the mat, competing in the Tri-Valley Freestyle/Greco-Roman tournament on Friday and Saturday.


In Greco-Roman wrestling, two young wrestlers placed in the competition. Paul Dyment earned second place in the Novice division, as did Joseph Smith in the Schoolboy division.

Dick Wilmarth, First Winner Of The Iditarod, Has Died

Mar 30, 2018
Dick Wilmarth poses on Bering Sea ice on the trail to Nome, Alaska in 1973.
Henry Peck / AP


The Associated Press (AP) reports that Dick Wilmarth of Red Devil, the first winner of the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race, has died. The first dogs to win the Iditarod were from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and were on Wilmarth’s team.


Lieb Pins It Again!

Mar 27, 2018
Darren Lieb

Bethel wrestling team sophomore Hayden Lieb has gained national All-American Honors for the second year running. Lieb placed 5th at the National High School Coaches Association High School Nationals tournament. He was winning his matches until he lost to the eventual High School National Tournament Champion.

Lieb will be wrestling at the USA Folkstyle Nationals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa next weekend. It is the first leg of the triple crown of USA wrestling, which includes two competitions in Fargo, North Dakota later this summer. 

Cameron Jackson of Akiak won the Camp Out Race with a time of 3 hours and 2 minutes on March 25, 2018.
Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race

Cameron Jackson of Akiak took first place in the Camp Out Race this weekend with a time of 3 hours and 2 minutes. Joe Demantle of Tuluksak took second, coming in five minutes after Jackson with a time of 3 hours and 7 minutes. Maurice Andrews of Bethel earned third, finishing three minutes later in 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Bethel Cheerleaders Have What It Takes

Mar 26, 2018

It’s tougher for a team like Bethel’s to pull off the acrobatic stunts that count in a cheerleading competition. Most teams with enough people on the roster have several girls capable of being "flyers". Those are the people thrown up and lifted into the air to stand on a shoulder, balanced on one or both feet.


The 3A basketball tournament ended on Saturday with the Warriors out of the race for fourth place in the girls’ contest. The Warriors lost their final game with the Nikiski bulldogs 46 to 53.  

To get to the match, Bethel's girls defeated Galena 40 to 30.

Bethel’s Warrior boys, meanwhile, fell out of the running for fourth place in the state tournament on Friday when they lost a match with the Valdez Buccaneers. The final score was Warriors 41 to Buccaneers 50.