Stories about sporting events.

First Steps Towards A Special Olympics For NYO?

May 1, 2017

Is there a Native Youth Special Olympics in the future? If there is, the first steps may have been taken this past weekend in the Crab Walk by a special education student from Teller.

Johanna Eurich / KYUK

Yesterday athletes from the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta made a fine showing on the opening day of the Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage.


The first win from the region came in the first event -- the kneel jump, where competitors sit, kneeling on the ground barefoot, and jump forward from the knees to land on their feet.  Those who cover the most ground and pin the landing,  win.

Warren Polk

Seven Bethel students placed in the statewide judo competition. Three came in first in their weight classes: Lindsey Beans-Polk, Samuel Beans-Polk and Emily Madison. Leif Nelson and Axel Madison placed second in their weight classes. Soren Nelson took third, and Brenna Rice fourth.


Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The Native Youth Olympic Games begin Thursday in Anchorage. Organizers report more than 500 students from over 100 communities across the state are competing in the three-day tournament.

A dozen students from Bethel and even more from across the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta are competing.  

Ana Hoffman

Two Bethel wrestlers are in Las Vegas this week, competing in the U.S. Open Wrestling Championships.

Bethel Regional High School junior Thomas Dyment and freshman Hayden Lieb are the first Bethel wrestlers to compete in the tournament.

Tommy Bayayok / LKSD

Kwigillingok won the Native Youth Olympics Invitational tournament held at Gladys Jung Elementary in Bethel over the weekend with 62 points. Kipnuk placed second with 52 points and Bethel Regional High School was third with 39 points.

Dean Swope/KYUK

Bethel Schools' Archery Team earned first place in the state in both the elementary and middle school divisions. Students now have their sights set on the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky this May.

Darren Lieb / BRHS

Freshman Hayden Lieb has become the first Bethel Regional High School wrestler to earn an All-American title. The wrestler earned the honor this weekend at the 2017 National High School Coaches Association Tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Smartest In The State: Bethel's Cheerleaders

Mar 28, 2017
Johanna Eurich / KYUK

At every game they are there, working hard and making it look easy and fun. They are the Bethel Warrior cheerleading squad, and they took second in the small school cheerleading competition this year.    

Sweet And Sour End To Bethel's Basketball Season

Mar 27, 2017
Johanna Eurich / KYUK

Another basketball season has gone by and for some, like Warriors girls team captain Brittney Boney, the conclusion was sweet.

It did not look that way at the beginning; the Bethel Warriors had a slow start in their final contest.

"Yeah we did. But coach talked to us and we picked it up after that. We fought to the end. I'm so proud of them. We were talking, we just wanted to play tough defense and wanted to do better than we did last year, and that's what we did."