Bethel Warriors win NYO Invitational

Dalyn Nelson of the Bethel Warriors NYO Team was the Outstanding Male Athlete at the BRHS Invitational meet held last weekend. Here he competes in the boys varsity Two Foot High Kick. Photo by Greg Lincoln

The Spring Native Youth Olympics (NYO) season is in full swing. The Bethel Warriors hosted their Invitational NYO meet this past weekend at the WarriorDome for both varsity and junior high teams. Teams from all over the region participated in the 2-day event.

Respect, sportsmanship, and encouraging others are the themes that can be found in any NYO competition. Positive self-esteem, leadership skills, and living a healthy lifestyle are promoted by native youth olympics through friendly competition.

Participating in NYO events is also fun and youth and adults make friends and connections.

At the conclusion of the meet, the scores were tallied up and the Bethel Warrior host team took first place with 151.5 team points. In second were the Chefornak Shamans with 116.75 points. Coming in third were the Kipnuk Falcons with 101.5 points.

The top male varsity Outstanding Athlete was Daylyn Nelson of Bethel who earned 32 points. Jordan Klejka won the Outstanding Female Athlete award with 42.75 points.

On the junior high side the Kwigillingok Eagles took the top spot with 172 team points. In second were the Tuntutuliak Bluejays with 101 points. In third were the Akiuk Grizzlies who had 80 points.

Kwigillingok athletes Christopher Lewis with 58 points and Bessie David with 53 points won the top male and female Outstanding Athlete awards for the junior high division.

The Team Sportsmanship Award was awarded to the Oscarville Hornets. Congratulations to all the winners, good job. The state NYO meet will be in Anchorage, April 20-22, 2023 hosted by the Cook Inlet Tribal Council.