NYO kicks off regional tournament in Bethel

by Angela Denning-Barnes on April 5, 2013

The BRHS NYO team. Photo by Tommy Bayayok

The BRHS NYO team. Photo by Tommy Bayayok

There is a huge Native Youth Olympics tournament this weekend at Bethel Regional High School, sponsored by the Lower Kuskowim School District. The event features 16 Kuskokwim area teams as well as Dillingham and Unalaska.

Tommy Bayayok is Bethel’s coach.

“We’re expecting with the Bethel kids and the Kuskokwim Learning Academy–formerly known as BABS–over 160 kids,” Bayayok said.

Bayayok says the competition should be tough.

“LKSD usually has the top five teams, so there should be a lot of excellent athletes,” Bayayok said. “And Dillingham was top five last year so it should be one competitive meet.”

Bayayok says Bethel has about 20-25 athletes on its varsity team and 20 junior high students.

“We have a nice mix of returning students that did well last year and I have a couple of new students to NYO who look promising,” Bayayok said.

The mix includes Rebecca Brink in the one hand reach event. She took 4th place at state last year. Bayayok says Bethel fans should also keep an eye on Haley O’Brien, Alicia Oscar, and Janlyn Jimmie. O’Brien competes in the seal hop and toe kick and Oscar in the two foot high kick.

The Bethel meet is the second LKSD meet this season. It follows one that took place in Nunapitchuk a few weeks ago. The first games start tonight at 6 p.m. at the BRHS gym and will run through Saturday.

Previous post:

Next post: