Sports in Juneau

Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2005

NEW CALENDAR ITEM

• Raincountry Flyfishers monthly meeting - The Raincountry Flyfishers will meet on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 7-9 p.m. at the Mendenhall River Community School library. Tony Soltys will present a video and lead a discussion about fly fishing for redfish and sea trout around Boca Grande, Fla. The public is welcome. Info: Mark Vinsel, 586-3424.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Today, Jan. 2

• Juneau Ski Club - Millennium Series slalom: This event is for J4-M skiers at Eaglecrest Ski Area and will take place if there's enough snow. Times are TBA. Info: Heidi Reifenstein, 723-1557, Doug Wahto, 586-2564, by e-mail at skiracers@gci.net, or on the Web at http://www.juneauskiracing.org.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 7-8

• Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball: The Crimson Bears host the Bartlett Golden Bears for a pair of varsity games at the JDHS main gym. Game times are 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Eaglecrest Ski Area Snowflake Festival - Eaglecrest's annual Snowflake Festival is scheduled to run from Dec. 18 to Jan. 2, depending on snow conditions; the ski area is set to open two lifts and limited terrain this morning. At 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 there will be a drawing for a trip for two to Alyeska Ski Resort - enter each time you visit. U.S. Telemark Ski Team member Matt Beedle of Juneau will offer an all-day World Cup Telemark skiing clinic on Jan. 2. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 790-2001, or on the Web at http://www.skijuneau.com.

• Juneau Archery Club youth shooting - Shooting will resume on Friday, Jan. 7, with three sessions at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Space is limited in each session and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of each session is $1 and they are designed to help youngsters learn the basics of archery. Info: John Cooper, 789-3422, or by e-mail at jcooper@gci.net.

• Juneau Tornados youth wrestling registration - Registration opened Thursday, Dec. 23, for the season that begins Jan. 10. Practices will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Juneau Gymnastics Academy, with wrestlers ages 5-12 meeting from 6-7 p.m. and ages 14-18 meeting from 7:15-8:30 p.m. New wrestlers are welcomed, and this is a good place for younger wrestlers to learn moves before the high school and middle school seasons. Info: Joe Paddock, 789-8484, Lee Kadinger, 723-2879, or Bob Koenitzer, 789-0874.

• Juneau Alpine Club monthly meeting - Meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the meeting room of the Mendenhall Mall library. Info: Don Larsen, 789-2036.

• Juneau Parks and Recreation - 2005 coed volleyball registration: Team registration will take place on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Assembly chambers at Juneau City Hall. Late registration - with a $10 late fee - will take place on Friday, Jan. 7 at the Parks and Rec office at city hall. Team registration information is available on the Parks and Rec Web site at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/adult/coedvolleyball.php. Managers' packets can be picked up at the Parks and Rec office. Info: Juneau Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• Southeast Road Runners club annual potluck banquet - This event takes place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Gastineau Hatchery (DIPAC) reception hall. Event highlights include a potluck dinner, the Empire Cup awards, a brief annual meeting and other entertainment. The event is open to all local runners. Info: Cindy Schlaffman, 789-3296, or by e-mail at schlaff@gci.net.

• Capital City Soccer League - Women's classic indoor soccer league: Registration for the CCSL's less-competitive women's program continues until Jan. 8, with games starting on Jan. 11. There is no experience necessary, and older women and new players are encouraged to participate. Teams play one game each week, at 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mount Jumbo Gym. The registration fee is $30, and forms are available at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, or by sending an e-mail to ashen@alaska.com. Info: Chris, 586-6650.

• HoopTime Basketball signup - Openings are available on most teams for the middle-school league, which begins practicing the week of Jan. 3 and runs through spring break. The sixth-grade girls team is the only team with a full roster. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 14, and can be found on the Web at http://www.juneau.com/hooptime/index.html. Info: Brian Goettler, 790-4504 or getinak@aol.com.

• Gastineau Channel Little League on-line registration - On-line registration for the 2005 season runs through Feb. 28. Early registration rates are valid through Jan. 30. Look on the Web at http://www.eteamz.com/gcllak. Info: GCLL, 789-9803.

• Yukon River Quest 2005 registration - The longest annual canoe and kayak race in the world is accepting applications for its 2005 race. The race takes place June 29 through July 3, and the 460-mile (740-kilometer) course follows the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon Territory. The deadline for entries is May 26, 2005, and more information is available on the event's Web site at http://www.yukonriverquest.com. Last year 51 teams from around the world, including racers from Southeast Alaska, started the race and 35 teams finished. A limit of 70 teams has been set for 2005 and the race is open to tandem and solo kayaks and recreational tandem canoes and voyageur canoes (that seat 6-14 paddlers). Entry fees are $600 (Canadian) for tandem canoes and kayaks, $300 for solo kayaks and $200 per person for voyageur canoes. The total purse for the race is $15,500 (Canadian), which is distributed among the top 10 teams overall and to category winners. The first-place team receives $3,000 and an entry into the 2006 race. Info: Peter Coates (of Whitehorse), YRMPA president, by e-mail at petercoates@sun.com, or Jeff Brady (of Skagway), YRMPA vice president, by e-mail at dotjeff@aptalaska.net.

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OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING

• Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Youth open gyms are free for students in grades 5-12. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.

• Mount Jumbo preschool open gym - Preschool open gyms for children ages 1-6 and an adult parent or caregiver take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through April. There must be at least one adult present for every four kids. There is a $1 per child fee, or punchcards for $10 and $50 can be bought at the gym, which is located at 909 4th Street in Douglas. Tricycles, mats, balls, a Little Tykes climber, building blocks and a kid-sized basketball hoop are available. Info: Myiia Whistler, Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.

• Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - New climbing wall hours are 5-7 p.m. on Mondays, and 3:30-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The climbing wall can be used by people of all ages. Climbers age 20-younger climb free, while adults 21-older pay $5 to use the wall. Youth-adult interaction is encouraged, so an adult climbing with a youth pays no fee. Private rental times are available for $25 per hour. Info and scheduling: Zach Gordon Youth Center, 586-2635.

• Treadwell Arena schedule - An ice rink schedule is posted on the arena's Web site. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.

• Juneau Community Schools open gyms - Basketball, volleyball and soccer open gyms for adults are available several times a week. Basketball and volleyball open gyms are held Fridays and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Soccer open gyms are held Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and Sundays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Floyd Dryden Middle School. The cost is $5 per session, and 10-session punchcards are available for $40 each. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.

• Basketball/volleyball court rentals available - The Juneau Community Schools program has basketball/volleyball court rental times available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The cost to rent the court is $20 per hour, which must be paid at the time of rental. This is for adult activities only. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.

• Recreational badminton - Auke Bay group: This group meets from 8-10 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Auke Bay Community School gym. This badminton open gym is for teens and adults of all skill levels and it costs $3 per person per night. Bring a racquet, if you have one. Info: Theresa Walden, 790-2499.

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Wednesday and Saturday hikes - For updates on locations of Wednesday and Saturday group hikes, call the Juneau Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline. Always remember to bring plenty of food and water, wear warm layers of clothing and proper footwear for the hike. No dogs or firearms are allowed. Wednesday hikes are limited to hikers 18 years of age or older. Saturday hikes are open to families, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline, 586-0428.

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