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March Madness Hits The Courts

Mar 17, 2017

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta high school basketball teams are competing in the state's "March Madness" championships this week at the Alaska Airlines sports arena in Anchorage.  

The Newtok Girls lost to King Cove, 70 to 39. In the 1A boys games, Aniak lost to Ninilchik this afternoon 51 to 41. Hydaburg defeated Chefornak 51 to 25 and Alakanuk lost to Gambell 55 to 43.   

Among the 2A games Thursday:

The Aniak Halfbreed Boys vs. Tanana 11 a.m.

The Chefornak Shaman Boys and Alakanuk Braves tip off at 6:30 p.m.

Scammon Bay Girls Advance To Semifinals

Mar 17, 2017

The Scammon Bay girls basketball team defeated Ninilchik last night 43 to 26 and will advance to the 1A semifinals today, March 17, in the State Championship in Anchorage. They will face Buckland, which won over Klawock yesterday. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. The Aniak girls faced a tight quarterfinal battle with Selawik yesterday, but ended up losing 66 to 57.  

In 2A play, the Chevak Comets girls team lost to Bristol Bay yesterday 73 to 30.  

Consolation girls games saw Newtok prevailing over Nunamiut 43 to 36 and St. Mary's beating Gambell 41 to 35.  

Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The opening games of the 2017 ASAA March Madness Alaska 1A games began Wednesday, March 15.

The Scammon Bay Girls team won their match against Tri-Valley with a final score of 90 to 46. The Scammon Bay Boys took on the Klawock Chieftans but were unable to secure the win, coming up with 39 points to Klawock's 66.

Pete Kaiser Reaches Nome In Under Nine Days

Mar 16, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel dog musher Pete Kaiser arrived in Nome yesterday, taking 9th place in the 2017 Iditarod. It 's not the highest placing he has had in the race, but he was happy with it, and happy with the way his young leaders took his team into the chute under the burled arch on Front Street.

Kaiser dropped some of the older dogs he usually depends on to lead his team, and went with some two-year-olds instead. 

"I didn't know what they were going to do, but a lot of them made it here and it was the silver lining in this trip was how well the young dogs did."

Aniak Musher Richie Diehl Arrives in Nome

Mar 16, 2017
Richie Diehl
Katie Basile / KYUK

Aniak musher Richie Diehl crossed the finish line on Nome's Front Street yesterday evening.

He drove his 11 dog team under the burled arch at 8:33 p.m. on Wednesday to become the 24th musher to finish this year's Iditarod. 

Diehl completed the thousand-mile race in 9 days, 8 hours, 33 minutes, and 22 seconds.  

Pete Kaiser Earns Top Ten Iditarod Finish

Mar 15, 2017
Chris Pike / KYUK

Bethel's own Pete Kaiser crossed under the burled arch in Nome this morning, coming in ninth in the 2017 Iditarod a bit behind Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle. The two left White Mountain within minutes of each other and traded the lead back and forth. First Pete was in front; then Aliy. They mushed so close together that at times they almost ran into each other. Zirkle said she wanted to put glow tape on Pete so she could keep track of him. 

Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The best basketball players from the state’s smallest communities will be hitting the courts this week in Anchorage. It’s March Madness and KYUK will be bringing you the games live.

Joe Demantle from Tuluksak finished first in the 2017 K300 Campout Sled Dog Race in three hours and 12 seconds, winning $2,895.
Kuskokwim 300 / Kuskokwim 300

Less than a minute separated the top two finishers in this year’s Kuskokwim 300 Campout Sled Dog Race that took teams 35 miles up the Gweek River to camp overnight before heading back to Bethel.

Bethel Regional High School

The Warriors and the Lady Warriors are heading to state after both placed second in the Western Conference Basketball Tournament in Anchorage this weekend.

Pete Kaiser at the start of the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

Pete Kaiser is in 16th position on the Iditarod trail and left the Galena checkpoint at 10:33 a.m. with 15 dogs after completing his 24 hour layover. The Galena checkpoint is 396 miles into the historic trail. While in Galena, APRN’s Zachariah Hughes talked with Kaiser about his dogs, trail conditions, and strategy moving ahead.