Sports in Juneau

Posted: Friday, January 30, 2004


• 4-H Shooting Sports Program - The 4-H Shooting Sports Program takes place at 7 p.m. on nine Tuesdays starting Feb. 10 at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road. The nine-week program will be led by Tammy Kramer and the cost is $50. This program is open for youth shooters age 11-older and is limited to 10 members. Before shooting, adult leaders will discuss shooting safety and will train the young shooters on how to hit their clay pigeons. Info: Tammy Kramer, 790-7273, or the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, 465-8749.

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recretion adult coed volleyball managers meeting - Team representatives should meet at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Assembly Chambers in the city building downtown. Rules for the 2004 season will be reviewed, schedules will be distributed and each team with a representative at the meeting will earn a bonus victory for the final standings. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska snowboarding team selection - Two boys and two girls born in 1987 or later will be selected to represent Team Alaska at the 2004 Arctic Winter Games that take place Feb. 28-March 6 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Athletes should contact snowboarding sport coordinator Bill Strutz of Homer and they should send him a letter of interest and two letters of recommendation from coaches or other adults who can vouch for your snowboarding skills. The Arctic Winter Games will have four snowboard events - giant slalom, boardercross, slopestyle and half pipe. Info: Bill Strutz, 61435 Strutz Ave., Homer, AK 99603, by e-mail at, or by fax at 1-907-235-0778; or the Team Alaska Web site,



Today-Monday, Jan. 30-Feb. 2

• Juneau Ski Club - Alaska Marine Lines Series Junior Olympic Qualifier Races: Lifts open 9:30 a.m., racing starts about 11 a.m. at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Friday, Jan. 30, events include two or three Super-Gs for J2-M age groups; Saturday, Jan. 31, events include one giant slalom for J4-M age groups; Sunday, Feb. 1, events include one slalom for J4 age group and one slalom for J3-M age groups. Monday, Feb. 2, is a weather makeup day. Info: Juneau Ski Club race hotline, 790-RACE (790-7223); Eaglecrest Ski Area, 586-5284 downtown office, or 790-2001 on the mountain.

Today-Saturday, Jan. 30-31

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball - The Crimson Bear boys and girls teams host the Lathrop Malemutes in their annual homecoming games. Girls varsity games are at 6:15 p.m. each night, boys varsity games are 8 p.m. at the JDHS main gym.

Saturday, Jan. 31

• Juneau Nordic Ski Club cross-country ski race - There will be a 5-kilometer cross-country ski race at 9 a.m. on the lower nordic loop at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the lower loop A-frame hut. Everyone is welcome - classic and skate-skiers, kids (able to complete 5K) and adults. All skiers must have a Juneau Nordic Ski Club season pass or a day pass to use the trails. Info: Jim Powell, 463-5440.

Thursday, Feb. 5

• 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.

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 6-7

• Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball - The Crimson Bears host the Sitka Wolves in a pair of Region V-Class 4A games at the JDHS main gym. Varsity games are at 8 p.m. each night, with junior varsity at 6:15 p.m. and C team at 4:30 p.m.



• Juneau Alpine Club monthly meeting - Meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Douglas Library meeting room next to the Douglas Fire Hall. Annual elections take place and pizza will be served. Info: Don Larsen, 789-2036.

• 2004 Nordic Ski Workshop - The Juneau Nordic Ski Club and Eaglecrest Ski School will cohost this popular nordic ski clinic that takes place on Feb. 6-8 at Eaglecrest Ski Area. This year's guest instructor is former U.S. Ski Team member and top college skier/coach Alan Watson of Salt Lake City. The course opens on Friday, Feb. 6, with an advanced classical course from 9 a.m. to noon and an advanced freestyle/skating class from 1-4 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 7, novice skiers (skiers should be comfortable moving about on skis) can take a classical lesson from 9-10:30 a.m. with a freestyle/skating class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An intermediate/advanced freestyle/skating class takes place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, Feb. 8, there is another intermediate/advanced classical class from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by an intermediate/advanced freestyle/skating session from 1-4 p.m. Juneau Nordic Ski Club members will be given exclusive rights to register through Thursday, Jan. 22, after which the classes will be opened to the general public. Classes are limited to 10 skiers each and the price is $25 for a 1 1/2-hour class and $35 for a 3-hour class. An all-day Friday special is $60. There will be a free ski waxing clinic from 6-7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Feb. 7, at a venue TBA. Info: Jeffra Clough of Eaglecrest Ski School, 790-2001, or Bart Watson of the Juneau Nordic Ski Club, 586-4139.

• 4-H shotgun shooting program - The 4-H shooting sports program will be offering a nine-week shotgun shooting program for youths on Tuesdays starting Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road. The program will be led by Tammy Kramer. The club is limited to 10 members; participants must be age 11 or older; and the cost for the program is $50. Before shooting, the leaders will take each youth through a safety program and a training session on how to hit their clays. Info: Tammy Kramer, 790-7273.

• Juneau Tornadoes Youth Wrestling - Registration for the new season opened 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 6-7 p.m. for ages 5-12, and from 7-8:30 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.

• 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. on Sundays. Upcoming open gyms all are scheduled to be held at Floyd Dryden Middle School, but 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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