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Sports in Juneau

Posted: Monday, January 24, 2005

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, Jan. 27

• Middle school wrestling - Dzanitik'i Heeni wrestles against Floyd Dryden at 3:30 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School in the season-opener for both teams (last weekend's scheduled opener was canceled due to snow).

Thursday-Monday, Jan. 27-31

• Juneau Ski Club - Coeur Alaska Race Series-Statewide Junior Olympics Qualifier: Details are still being finalized due to snow conditions for this event, which is part of a statewide series that determines which skiers advance to regional competition. Slalom and giant slalom races will be held for ages J4-M at Eaglecrest Ski Area, depending on the snow (the super-G races originally scheduled won't be held due to not enough snow, and other races may be postponed or moved to Girdwood if conditions don't improve). Race times are TBA, most likely about 10 a.m. 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. 28-29

• Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball - The Crimson Bears host the Ketchikan King Salmon for a pair of Southeast Conference-Class 4A games at the JDHS main gym. Tentative game times are 4 p.m. for C team, 6 p.m. for JV and 8 p.m. for varsity each night.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Indoor shooting range public shooting hours changing - The Alaska Department of Fish & Game's Hunter Education Facility and Indoor Shooting Range on Montana Creek Road will be changing its public shooting hours, starting the week of Jan. 23. The new hours will be Monday and Tuesday, 5:30-9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1:30-7:30 p.m. Info: Indoor Shooting Range, 586-4101.

• Eaglecrest Ski Area January activities - January is "Discover Eaglecrest Month" at Eaglecrest Ski Area. In addition to a full slate of ski and snowboard classes, special events include: Juneau Ski Club races, snow conditions permitting, on the weekend of Jan. 27-31; and the 24th Annual Subaru Learn to Ski Weekend on Jan. 29-30 (see separate listing). Info: Eaglecrest Ski School, 790-2001, or on the Web at http://www.skijuneau.com.

• Eaglecrest Ski Area - 24th Annual Learn to Ski Weekend - The Eaglecrest Snowsports School will host the 24th Annual Learn to Ski Weekend on Jan. 29-30. The event is for children in grades 3-5 who have never skied before, and the 45 participants will be selected in a drawing. Application forms are due to the Eaglecrest business office or to an elementary school office by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Forms are available at all elementary schools, Foggy Mountain Shop, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Play-it-Again Sports, the Eaglecrest business office and at the ski area. Info: Eaglecrest Snowsports School, 790-2001.

• 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. Info: GCLL, 789-9803, or on the Web at http://www.eteamz.com/gcllak.

• Juneau Alpine Club monthly meeting and annual elections - Meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the Douglas Library meeting room, located next to the Douglas Fire Station. Pizza will be served and annual elections will take place. Info: Don Larsen, 789-2036.

• Juneau Parks and Rec youth activity grants - The Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation is accepting proposals from public and private non-profit organizations that deliver youth activity programs. Youth Activity Grant applications are available at the JPR office in City Hall and the application deadline is at 4:30 p.m on Tuesday, March 1. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• 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 Archery Club youth shooting - Archery shooting is held on Friday nights, with sessions at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Space is limited 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 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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