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Sled dog racing season officially began on the Kuskokwim this weekend. After two weeks of delays due to warm weather and poor trails, temperatures plunged, ice hardened, a little snow fell, and on Saturday the Kuskokwim 300 Season Opener kicked off. Teams from Bethel and surrounding villages competed along the 35-mile trail. KYUK was there on the windy ice of Hangar Lake and brings us this audio postcard.


Dean Swope / KYUK

The unseasonably warm winter seems to be claiming another victim. Mushing season on the Kuskokwim has been delayed another week. The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Season Opener has been pushed back to December 30.

The Bethel Warriors at last season's March Madness State Championships. The team won first place in the Sitka Holiday Shootout last weekend.
Greg Lincoln/Delta Discovery

Bethel Regional High School’s basketball teams played their first games of the season last weekend.

Bethel Regional High School claimed its eighth state wrestling title on December 16, 2017.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Bethel Wrestlers won the Alaska Region II State Wrestling Championship again this year, a significant accomplishment, but even more amazing is the way that they did it. With only a few wrestlers in the final championship matches, those in the consolation matches had to lead the team to victory. Johanna Eurich was on the floor watching the matches unfold.

Sophomore Hayden Lieb, 145 lbs. of BRHS, won his second consecutive State Championship, defeating Jonas Heepe from Klawock High School on December 16, 2017.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

For the second year in a row, the Bethel Wrestlers brought home the gold. Senior Thomas Dyment capped off his last year in a big way, becoming Bethel Regional High School’s first ever four-time State Champion when he beat Maxim Kusnetsov from Voznesenka High School.


Dean Swope / KYUK

Friday is the initial deadline to apply for the 2018 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Ten spots remain. 

Bethel Regional High School senior Matthew Hunter winning his 126 lb. regional wrestling weight bracket on December 9, 2017 at Bethel Regional High School.
Patrick Williams / LKSD

At the regional wrestling conference this past weekend, seniors from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta competed in their home region for the last time. Some may never wrestle again; others are in Anchorage competing in the State Wrestling Championship that begins on Thursday. BRHS correspondent Hunter Carter was on the floor at the regional conference in the Bethel Regional High School gym, finding out what the seniors’ final home competition meant to them and what leadership they offered their team along the way.


Dean Swope / KYUK

Like last year, sled dog racing season has been delayed on the Kuskokwim. 

Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak crossed the finish line in first place at the Holiday Classic Dog Sled Race on January 8, 2016 in Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Sled dog racing season is about to begin. If the weather cooperates, that is.

Bethel Regional High School senior Matthew Hunter hugs coach Darren Lieb after winning the 126 lb. boys bracket at the 2017 Great Alaska Conference Wrestling Championship on December 9, 2017.
Patrick Williams / LKSD

Bethel Regional High School dominated the 2017 Great Alaska Conference Wrestling Championship this weekend. Across Friday and Saturday, 19 teams from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Unalaska competed for a chance to wrestle at State. Bethel Regional High School correspondent Hunter Carter was there and joined KYUK after the conference.


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