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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.

Erik Hill / ADN

Update: Akiak’s Mike Williams Junior drew bib number 27. Aniak’s Richie Diehl drew bib number 29. And Bethel’s Pete Kaiser drew bib number 30. 

The ceremonial start of the 2018 Iditarod is scheduled for Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in Anchorage, followed by the race restart in Willow the next day. The first musher is set to leave the starting line at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Bethel musher Maurice Andrews takes first in the February 50 sled dog race on February 24, 2018.
Madelene Reichard / Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race

Bethel musher Maurice Andrews is on fire. On Saturday he took first in the February 50 sled dog race, marking his fourth win of the local race season.

Giving Their Best At NYO

Feb 26, 2018
Mia Korn, an eight-year-old from McGrath, executes a two-foot high kick at the Junior Native Youth Olympics on February 24, 2018.
Johanna Eurich/KYUK

Anyone will tell you that strength is not enough. Skill, form, technique, and concentration will win the day in most sports, including the Native Youth Olympics or NYO. Those qualities were on exhibit at the Wells Fargo Sports Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage this weekend.


Bethel musher Matt Scott wins the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race on February 10, 2018.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Bethel musher Matt Scott took home his first win during the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race this weekend. The 45-mile trail ran overland from Bethel to Nunapitchuk and back.


Bethel coaches Eric Jung and Melony Fredricks talk with the Warrior girls basketball team during their game against the Barrow Whalers on February 3, 2018.
Ethan Sundown / KYUK

After a defeat Friday night by the Barrow Whalers, the Bethel Warrior girls basketball team came back triumphant against the Whalers on Saturday. Bethel Regional High School student correspondent Ethan Sundown was there and has the story.


Bethel coaches Eric Jung and Melony Fredricks talk with the Warrior girls basketball team during the Ravn Invitational Basketball Tournament on January 27, 2018.
Patrick Williams / LKSD

The Bethel Warrior Girls came out victorious, taking first this weekend in the Ravn Basketball Invitational Tournament. Bethel Regional High School freshman Ethan Sundown was there, and brings us this story.


The Bethel Warrior boys basketball team huddles during the Ravn Invitational Basketball Tournament on January 27, 2018.
Patrick Williams / LKSD

It was a tight championship game in the boys’ division of the Ravn Invitational Basketball Tournament this weekend. Unalaska led most of the match but Bethel caught up in the fourth quarter, eventually falling back in overtime, ending the game only three points behind. Bethel Regional High School junior Hunter Carter was in the bleachers and has this report.


George Manutoli of Akiachak took first in the 2018 Akiak Dash, winning the 65-mile race in 6 hours and 42 minutes on January 27, 2018.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

George Manutoli of Akiachak took first place in the Akiak Dash on Saturday, winning the 65-mile race in 6 hours and 42 minutes. Though the sprint race was Manutoli’s first mushing victory, a schedule change meant that the dog team he was racing earned its third first place finish this season.


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