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

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:

Kaiser And Diehl Finish In Iditarod's Top 10

Mar 14, 2018
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.

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.