Sports in Juneau

Posted: Thursday, February 05, 2004


Today, 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 4:15 p.m.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 6-8

• Glacier Swim Club - Mike Smithers Southeast Alaska Regional Swimming Meet: This meet takes place on Friday through Sunday at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool. Event preliminaries start at 9 a.m. each day, with finals at 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Also, just before the finals start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, local synchronized swimmers Koko Urata and Sarah Felix will perform the duet routine they plan to use during the Junior West Zone Synchronized Swimming Championships on Feb. 13-15 in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 7-8

• Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska boys volleyball team - The Team Alaska boys volleyball team, which features seven Juneau residents and is coached by Juneau's Phil McMurray, will be playing some of the top Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation men's volleyball league teams from 2-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8, at the Gastineau Elementary School gymnasium. The Team Alaska squad is using the matches as a tune-up event for the 2004 Arctic Winter Games, which take place Feb. 28 through March 6 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The Team Alaska members from Juneau are Bryan Diebels, Robby Hickok, Adam Peterson, Collin Rielly, Brett Rielly, Dmitriy Stepanov and Evan Thibodeau. Also on Team Alaska are Dwight Amaktoolik of Golovin and Jason Hemphill of North Pole, and both will be in Juneau for this event. Info: Phil McMurray, 586-1617.



• 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.

• 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 (note updated information below). 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. The classes have been filling up, so register soon. 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 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday night, Feb. 6, at Foggy Mountain Shop downtown. There also will be a free technique video session from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Assembly Chambers in city hall downtown (use the entrance across from Marine Park, which will be unlocked). Info: Jeffra Clough of Eaglecrest Ski School, 790-2001, or Bart Watson of the Juneau Nordic Ski Club, 586-4139.

• Juneau Youth Football League annual meeting - Meet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons for election of new board members and voting on two minor by-law changes. People interested in running for a three-year term on the JYFL board of directors need to submit an application, which can be obtained from the current officers. Info: JYFL president Karen Lawfer, 364-3642.

• 4-H shotgun shooting program - The 4-H Shooting Sports Program will hold a shotgun shooting program at 7 p.m. on nine Tuesdays starting Feb. 10 at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road. The 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.

• Adult coed volleyball players' skills clinic and second officials clinic - Meet on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gymnasium for this event, which is free to all Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation adult coed volleyball league participants. The clinic from 1:30-3:45 p.m. is for players in coed divisions 1, 2 and 3-North, while the 4-6:15 p.m. clinic is for players from divisions 3-South, 4 and 5. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• Eaglecrest Ski Area - Workshops with former World Champion downhill skier Hilary Lindh: Hilary Lindh of Juneau, who won a silver medal in the downhill at the 1992 Albertville Olympics and the 1997 World Championship downhill, will lead the "Yes, You Can!" Women's Ski Day on Saturday, Feb. 14; the "Get Out of Your Rut" all-day ski clinic for men and women on Sunday, Feb. 15; and the "Kids Take-Off Day with Hilary!" ski racing workshop for ages 7-17 on Monday, Feb. 16. Info and registration: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 790-2001.

• 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,



• 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

• 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.

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