Sports in Juneau

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2004


• Juneau Tornadoes Youth Wrestling - Registration for the new season opens Jan. 17 and continues through Feb. 21. The Tornadoes youth wrestling club teaches wrestling skills in a fun and safe environment, and new wrestlers are welcome. The season begins on Feb. 2 and continues through April 28 on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Juneau Gymnastics Academy. Practices are from 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 5-12, and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 12-18. Registration fee is $60 before Feb. 2 and $65 after. Info: Joe Paddock, 789-8484, or Bob Koenitzer, 789-0874.



Today, Jan. 16

• Roughhouse Friday boxing - Bouts start at 8:30 p.m. at Marlintini's Lounge. Eight bouts scheduled. Must be 21 or older to attend fights. Tickets are $22 general admission, $32 ringside table and are available at Marlintini's Lounge. Info: Marlintini's Lounge, 789-0429 (office), 789-0799 (bar).

Today-Saturday, Jan. 16-17

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball - The Crimson Bears host the Wasilla Warriors for a pair of non-conference games at the JDHS main gym. Varsity games are 8 p.m., with junior varsity playing an all-star group of JDHS seniors and juniors from other sports at 6:15 p.m. on Friday and the C team playing an all-star group of JDHS freshmen and sophomores at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday, Jan. 17

• Southeast Road Runners Club annual potluck and awards dinner - Meet at 5 p.m. at DIPAC's Gastineau Hatchery Reception Hall for this event, which features door prizes, food, a slide show, season trophies and more. Bring a food dish to share. Info: Cindy Schlaffman, 789-3296, or by e-mail at

• Juneau Alpine Club - Eagle Glacier Cabin Trip, this is a moderate challenge event that lasts three days, from Jan. 17-19. Please RSVP with the trip leaders if you plan to attend. Info: Trip leaders Kim and Barb Turley, 789-7058.

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 17-18

• Eaglecrest Ski Area snow-sculpting contest - A snow-sculpting contest with the theme "Celebrate - Don't Hibernate" will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day near the base of Hooter. Judging will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, with winners announced at 4 p.m. Contest is open to ages 5 and up, with five-person teams. No power tools or dyes. Registration takes place through Thursday, Jan. 15, with forms at the ski area's downtown business office or at the ski and snowboard school. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 790-2001.

Sunday, Jan. 18

• Juneau Ski Club - USSA Winterfest Race Series giant slalom races, lifts open 9:30 a.m., racing starts about 10 a.m. at Eaglecrest Ski Area. This event may change due to a camp up north, so double-check the hotline for current details. Info: Juneau Ski Club race hotline, 790-RACE (790-7223); Eaglecrest Ski Area, 586-5284 downtown office, or 790-2001 on the mountain.

Thursday, Jan. 22

• Middle school wrestling - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School vs. Floyd Dryden Middle School, varsity 3:30-5:30 p.m., JV 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

• Juneau Alpine Club - Auke Rec Tidal Exploration, this is a low-challenge event designed for families. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Auke Recreation Area to explore the tidal zone during an extreme low tide (minus-4 feet at 7:44 p.m.). A shelter may be rented for a fire and picnic, so call the group leader for more details. Info: Barb Turley, 789-7058.



• Indoor Soccer Mini Camp - Youth soccer players are invited to join Juneau-Douglas High School players for three hours of instruction and fun at the sixth annual Indoor Soccer Mini Camp on Monday, Jan. 19 at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The clinic is open to boys and girls, with a session for ages 5-8 from 9 a.m. to noon (registration starts at 8:45 a.m) and a session for ages 8-13 from 1 to 4 p.m. (registration starts at 12:45 p.m.) There will be an advanced session in the afternoon. The camp costs $25, with proceeds going to fund the 2004 JDHS soccer program. Bring a snack, water bottle and come dressed to play indoor soccer. Please do not bring soccer balls. Info: Alex, 790-2609.

• Juneau Ski Patrol - 2004 Level I Avalanche Course - This 22-hour course meets the curriculum standards of the American Avalanche Association. It teaches students how to recognize and evaluate important factors that may cause snow avalanches, and covers the fundamentals of self, group and organized rescue. It is required for all members of the Juneau Ski Patrol, and is open to other search and rescue organizations and government agencies. There will three three-hour evening classroom sessions on Jan. 27, 28 and 29; and two days of field sessions at Eaglecrest - either Jan. 31-Feb 1 or Feb. 3-4. Space is limited to 25 students; cost is $75, including texts. Info: Bob Janes, 364-2471.

• Alaska Youth Soccer Association coaching classes - The AYSA will host a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) "E" Level coaching certification course on Feb. 28-29 in Juneau. The Feb. 28 session takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riverbend Community School library, while the Feb. 29 session runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harborview Elementary School gymnasium. The emphasis on the "E" license is teaching players ages 6-12 and the course requires 18 hours of instruction on tactics, technique, principles, goalkeeping, fitness and nutrition, injuries, and running functional and appropriate practices. The successful candidates will be awarded their national "E" coaching license. AYSA coaching director Frank Trovato will lead the classes and there is a course fee of $100. Info: ASYSA Southeast District Commissioner Leslie Houston, 364-2657.



• 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.

• Adult volleyball/basketball open gyms - Meet from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Cost is $4 and open gym is limited to adults (age 18-older) only. Info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.

• Mount Jumbo Gym preschool open gym - This Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation program is open from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 909 Fourth Street in Douglas for children ages 1-6 and their parents or caregivers. A ratio of four children to one adult must be met. Balls, mats, trikes, scooters, large building blocks, parachutes and a Little Tykes climber system will be available for use. There is a $1 per child per day charge (please no bills larger than $20). Punchcards are available. Info: Myiia Whistler, 586-5226, or by e-mail at

• Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - Climbing wall hours are 3-7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 3-9 p.m. on Fridays. 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 programs - The ice arena is open seven days a week with a variety of public open skates, youth open skates, pond hockey and rental times available (see Treadwell Arena Web site for details). The rink is closed for ice maintenance from 7:45-10:45 a.m. on Mondays and from 7:45 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Fees for open skates are $4 adults, $3 youths (age 17-younger) and $2 seniors (age 65-older). Fees for pond hockey are $5 adults, $4 youths and $3 seniors. Skate rental is $2 for adults and youths, and $1.90 for seniors. Passes are available for open skates, pond hockey and skate rental. Facility rental is $150 an hour. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or check on the Web at

• Juneau 4-H Cross-Country Ski Club - Regular ski sessions will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sundays through March 7, 2004, at various locations around Juneau. The club is run by Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant and is open for students in grades K-12, but parents are encouraged to ski with their children. Ski equipment is available for rent, but people renting equipment must participate in most of the club's events. A 4-H membership fee of $6 (good all year for all 4-H clubs) will be charged, and ski equipment can be rented for the season for $50 (with $20 refunded if you participate in seven 4-H ski days, scholarships available based on need). Info: Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant, 586-1453, or the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, 465-8749.

• Eaglecrest Ski Area nordic ski lessons - Nordic ski lessons are available through the Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School. A 2-hour learn-to-classic-ski lesson or a learn-to-skate-ski lesson costs $17 each, while 2-hour intermediate and advanced clinics cost $20. Learn-to-Telemark-ski lessons are $17 and include and all-day surface lift ticket, while 2-hour intermediate and advanced classes cost $20. During the month of February, the Telemark series takes place from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays and costs $30 or $48 with a lift ticket. Info: Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School, 790-2001.

• Adult indoor soccer open gyms - Sessions are held from 7-9 p.m. Upcoming open gyms are: Friday, Jan. 16, at Harborview; Sunday, Jan. 18, at Floyd Dryden Middle School; Thursday, Jan. 22, at Harborview; Sunday, Jan. 25, at Floyd Dryden; and Thursday, Jan. 29, at Harborview. Check for updated schedules. Open to players 18 and older; cost is $5 per session. Contact: Pat Race, 586-3440.

• Open badminton gyms - Meet from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays and 7-10 p.m. on Thursdays at the Auke Bay Elementary School gym, or from 7- 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Gastineau Elementary School gym in Douglas. Auke Bay gyms open to adults and teens; Gastineau gyms open to all ages. $3 fee per session. All abilities welcomed, bring a racquet if you own one. Info: Auke Bay: Theresa Walden, 790-2499; Gastineau: Jag Yellesetty, 586-3598 or

• Juneau Nordic Ski Club - The latest ski reports for local nordic skiers can be found on the club's Web site,

• 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.

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place. To submit an item to Sports in Juneau, please fax the info to 1-907-586-3028 or e-mail it to

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