Sports in Juneau

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

Today, Jan. 20

• Juneau Ski Club -- USSA Alpine Winterfest Series: This race features two giant slalom runs for juniors through masters age groups (J4-M), races start 10 a.m. at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Info: Juneau Ski Club race line, 790-7223 (790-RACE), or on the Web at http://www.juneauskiracing.org.

• Eaglecrest Ski Area -- Meet at 4:30 p.m. at Eaglecrest Ski Area for tribute parade for the Olympic Torch Relay's upcoming visit to Juneau. The special tribute parade starts at 5 p.m. on Hooter run. The Olympic Torch Relay comes to Juneau on Thursday, Jan. 24. After Sunday's parade there will be cookies and hot chocolate in the lodge and Olympic videos will play. Info: Barb Lindh, Eaglecrest Ski Area, 790-2001.

Thursday, Jan. 24

• Olympic Torch Relay -- Celebrate the first time the Olympic Torch Relay has visited Alaska. The torch will leave the Juneau Airport at 8:30 a.m. for a three-segment journey to Centennial Hall, arriving at Centennial Hall about 11 a.m. It will be taken through the Mendenhall Valley area, Lemon Creek and downtown Juneau, with a water leg in the Juneau Harbor where the torch will be transported by Tlingit canoe. The citywide celebration at Centennial Hall will start about 10 a.m. and will last until noon. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

Friday, Jan. 25

• Juneau Alpine Club -- Rock Dump climbing wall activity, meet at 6:30 p.m. for this two-hour RSVP event. Info: Trip leader Kathy Landry, 789-7058.

• Juneau Rifle and Pistol Club -- JRPC annual meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road. Info: Steve Bennett, 789-1717, or on the Web at http://go.to/jrpc/.

Saturday, Jan. 26

• Juneau Ski Club -- Youth Ski League Series: This week's race for racers age 12-younger is a giant slalom on Hooter's Run, time TBA at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Info: Juneau Ski Club race line, 790-7223 (790-RACE), or on the Web at http://www.juneauskiracing.org.

Sunday, Jan. 27

• Juneau Ski Club -- USSA Alpine Ptarmigan Series: This race features two super giant slalom runs for juniors through masters age groups (J4-M), races start 10 a.m. at Eaglecrest Ski Area. A super-G training session takes place on Saturday, Jan. 26. Info: Juneau Ski Club race line, 790-7223 (790-RACE), or on the Web at http://www.juneauskiracing.org.

• Juneau Youth Football League -- The JYFL's annual meeting is at 5 p.m. at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons. All league participants, parents and community members are encouraged to attend. Bylaw changes and elections will take place at this meeting, as well as a silent dessert auction. People are encouraged to bring desserts for the auction, but it is not required. Info: JYFL hotline, 463-3001.

• Juneau Rifle and Pistol Club -- NRA high-power rifle and sporting rifle shooting events: Registration 9 a.m., shooting starts 10 a.m. at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range, Mile 2, Montana Creek Road. Info: Steve Bennett, 789-1717, or on the Web at http://go.to/jrpc/.

MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Gastineau Channel Little League training sessions -- Training and development sessions for players ages 9-12 take place begin on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 3-5 p.m. at Auke Bay Elementary School gym. Coaches from Gastineau Channel Little League will help the baseball players develop their skills. Look for training sessions for younger players in future weeks. Info: Ron Wolfe, 789-3353 (evenings).

• Juneau-Douglas High School indoor soccer mini-camp -- The fifth annual camp will offer three hours of soccer instruction to players ages 5-8 from 9 a.m. to noon and to players ages 8-13 from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The camp is open to boys and girls and costs $25 per person, with the proceeds helping support the JDHS soccer programs. Registration begins 15 minutes before each session. Players should bring a snack and water bottle, and they should be dressed to play indoor soccer. They should not bring soccer balls. Info: Gary Lehnhart, 789-5421.

• Help send the state champion Juneau Jaguars to regionals -- The Juneau Soccer Club team for boys ages 12-13 is trying to raise money to represent Alaska at the Far West Regional Soccer Tournament that will be held in June 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The team needs to raise about $15,000 for the tournament, which is a qualifying event for the national championships. Info: Loren Domke, 789-4770, or mail tax-deductible contributions Juneau Jaguars, 2201 N. Jordan Ave., Juneau, Alaska, 99801.

• Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center workshops -- Avalanche workshops will take place in Juneau, Petersburg, Haines and Ketchikan. Level I backcountry courses are March 1-4 in Juneau and March 15-18 in Haines, with the three-day intensive Level I classes costing $295 ($220 students/low income). A Level II backcountry course is Jan. 25-28 in Juneau and costs $325 ($250 students/low income). Courses for all snow travelers, including snowmachiners, lasting 1 1/2 days take place in Petersburg on Jan. 31-Feb. 3 and in Ketchikan on a date TBA. There will also be special classes in Haines for the Alcan 50 and on Easter weekend. Info: Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center, 586-5699, or on the Web at http://www.avalanche.org/~seaac.

• Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay gear -- The Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation has Salt Lake City Olympic Torch Relay t-shirts and baseball hats for sale to commeorate the Olympic torch's visit to Juneau on Jan. 24. Items can be purchased at the Parks and Rec office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and at the Nugget Alaskan Outfitters in the Nugget Mall during mall hours. Also, volunteers are being sought to help with the Torch Relay when it visits Juneau. Assistance is needed in everything from decorating to hosting a torchbearer and watching the torch make its way through town. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• More Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay gear -- The Boys and Girls Club of Juneau is selling donated 2002 Olympic Torch Relay items from sponsor Capital Chevrolet, with the proceeds going to help fund programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Juneau. Items for sale include pins, stickers, polo shirts and long-sleeved shirts. The club is at 8825 Mallard Street, behind the Nugget Mall. Info: Elizabeth Williams, Boys and Girls Club of Juneau director, 790-4535 or by e-mail at ewilliams@bgcalaska.org.

• Team Alaska tryouts for 2002 Arctic Winter Games -- Team Alaska representatives are still being selected in some sports for the 2002 Arctic Winter Games to be held on March 17-23. In Juneau, a badminton team tryout for juvenile (born 1986 or later) or junior (born 1983 or later) players at 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at Auke Bay Elementary School (badminton tryout info, Paul Canarsky, 1-907-452-1621), and Guy Thibodeau and Glenn Frick are working on setting up a snowshoeing team tryout in Juneau. The 2002 Arctic Winter Games will have some events in Nuuk, Greenland, and some events in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The Arctic Winter Games take place every two years and features competition between Alaska, four Canadian provinces or territories, Greenland and two or three Russian regions. Most of the sports are for youth competitors, with events in arctic sports (Inuit and Dene games), alpine skiing, snowboarding, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, badminton, indoor soccer, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, curling, sled dog racing, gymnastics, hockey, speedskating and wrestling. The 2000 Arctic Winter Games featured competitors from Juneau in basketball, indoor soccer and snowshoeing. Info: John Estle, Team Alaska Chef de Mission, P.O. Box 83325, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99707, or by e-mail at teamak@polarnet.com, or at Team Alaska's Web site, http://www.awg.teamalaska.org/2002/.

OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING

• Adult badminton open gym -- Meet from 8-10 p.m. every Monday and Thursday at Auke Bay Elementary School. Teenagers and adults encouraged to attend. All skill levels welcome. Bring a racket if you have one. Shuttlecocks provided. Gym fee is $3. Info: Info: Theresa Walden, 790-2499.

• Adult volleyball/basketball open gym -- Meet from 8-10 p.m. on Fridays (Jan. 25 and Feb. 8, the open gym for Feb. 1 has been canceled) and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays (Jan. 20, Jan. 27 Feb. 3 and Feb. 10) at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Open gym fee is $4. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.

• Adult soccer open gym -- Meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sundays (Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10). Also, meet from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays (Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11) at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Open gym fee is $4. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.

• Youth open gym -- Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Fridays (Jan. 18 and Feb. 1) and from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays (Jan. 26, the open gym for Feb. 2 has been canceled) at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Open gym is free for students in grades 5-12. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.

• Juneau 4-H Nordic Ski program -- The club skis from 1:30-3 p.m. every Sunday starting on Jan. 6. Membership is $6 to join 4-H, plus club ski rental is $20 for the season. Students renting skis are expected to attend at least 80 percent of the club ski outings. Parents are encouraged to participate, but they must provide their own skis. The location of each week's ski outing will be announced on Fridays at the info number. Info: University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, 465-8749.

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