Stories about sporting events.

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.

It’s another wrestling weekend in Bethel. Teams from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and the Aleutians are coming to Bethel for the Great Alaska Conference Wrestling Championships. 

Natalie Hanson sticks out her tongue after setting a world record in the women's powerlifting squat at 603 pounds in the 185 pound weight class.
International Powerlifting Federation - IPF

Powerlifter Natalie Hanson has broken a world record. Friday morning, the former Bethel resident squatted 603 pounds in the women’s 185 pound weight class at the World Open Powerlifting Championship in the Czech Republic. The record is more than three times Hanson’s body weight.

Wrestling tournament this Friday and Saturday at Gladys Jung Elementary.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Update November 16, 2017:


The Gladys Jung Elementary School Wresting Tournament  has been postponed until the end of the month due to weather conditions. Wrestlers will now compete November 30 through December 2. 


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Natalie Hanson, a former Bethel resident, is in Europe to compete in the World Powerlifting Championships, which start Friday. Hanson is an Olympic level athlete who got her Powerlifting start in in a tiny gym in South Anchorage called “Southside Strength and Fitness.” That’s where she was working out last week, just days before  flying off to Pilsen, in the Czech Republic, to compete against the top athletes in the world.

Local Stars Shine In Bethel Wrestling Invitational

Nov 13, 2017

There was tough competition on the wrestling mats at the Bethel Invitational Tournament this weekend. The team from Lathrop High took the championship with 284 team points. South Anchorage High School came in second with 259 points, and Bethel was third with 178 points. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

The mat is where it’s at this weekend, and Bethel could see some of the best matches in the country as the three-day Bethel Wrestling Invitational begins Thursday. Around 300 wrestlers from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and beyond are competing at the Bethel Regional High School gym.

He says that his cast throws off his balance but increases his momentum.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Only half the teams were able to make the trip due to the weather, but Bethel’s Native Youth Olympic Invitational went on as scheduled. Kasigluk’s Akiuk Memorial School, Goodnews Bay, and Oscarville made it through the low clouds and fog to compete in traditional sports at Bethel’s Gladys Jung Elementary School.