Sports in Juneau

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2004

NEW CALENDAR ITEMS

• Glacier 10K and 1-mile runs - Support the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team by signing up to run on Saturday, April 3. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center parking lot. Preregistration is available at either JRC/The Alaska Club location or at the Nugget Alaskan Outfitter. Cost is $8 for adults on race day, $5 for adults in advance and $1 for kids 13 and under. Info: Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, 790-6400 or tkl1289@hotmail.com.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Today, March 25

• 58th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament - A Bracket: Juneau Marlintini's Arctic Lights-Sitka ANB/ANS winner vs. Southeast All-Stars-Ketchikan winner, 9 p.m.; Juneau Marlintini's Arctic Lights-Sitka ANB/ANS loser vs. Southeast All-Stars-Ketchikan loser, 9:30 a.m. B Bracket: Haines Merchants vs. Huna ANB, 7:30 p.m.; Metlakatla Merchants-Hydaburg winner vs. Kake Tlingit Heat-Angoon ANB winner, 2 p.m. C Bracket: Juneau Green Team vs. Huna Totem Old-Timers, 4 p.m.; Newtimers-Angoon winner vs. Kake ANB-Juneau Old-Timers winner, 12:30 p.m. Women's Bracket: Angoon Kwaan vs. Huna ANS, 5:30 p.m.; Metlakatla Women-Yakutat ANS winner vs. T&H Spirit-Kake KWBA winner, 11 a.m. All games at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

• Third Annual Gold Medal Middle School Tournament - Boys A Bracket: Losers' bracket Game 6, noon; Losers' bracket Game 19, noon; Winners' bracket Game 21, 1 p.m.; Winners' bracket Game 22, 2 p.m.; Losers' bracket Game 20, 3 p.m.; Losers' bracket Game 34, 6 p.m.; Losers' bracket Game 35, 7 p.m. Girls A Bracket: Losers' bracket Game 9, 2 p.m.; Winners' bracket Game 23, 5 p.m. Boys B Bracket: Losers' bracket Game 12, 1 p.m.; Losers' bracket Game 25, 4 p.m.; Winners' bracket Game 27, 5 p.m. Girls B Bracket: Losers' bracket Game 15, 3 p.m.; Losers' bracket Game 16, 4 p.m.; Winners' bracket Game 32, 6 p.m. All games at the Marie Drake Gym.

Friday, March 26

• 58th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament - A Bracket: Losers' bracket final, 7:30 p.m. B Bracket: Losers' bracket final, 9 p.m. C Bracket: Losers' bracket final, 5:30 p.m. Women's Bracket: Losers' bracket final, 4 p.m. All games at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

• Third Annual Gold Medal Middle School Tournament - Boys A Bracket: Losers' bracket Game 36, noon; Winners' bracket final, 1 p.m.; Losers' bracket final, 6 p.m. Girls A Bracket: Losers' bracket final, 3 p.m. Boys B Bracket: Losers' bracket final, 4 p.m. Girls B Bracket: Losers' bracket Game 31, 2 p.m.; Losers' bracket final 5 p.m. All games at the Marie Drake Gym.

• Juneau Adult Hockey Association - Juneau Aces vs. Juneau Young Guns: The third game in a series of youth hockey fund-raisers between these two teams takes place at 10:45 a.m. at Treadwell Arena. The Young Guns beat the Aces 10-5 on March 12 and the teams tied 3-3 on March 19. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or Jens Hinderlie, by e-mail at jhinderlie@yahoo.com.

Friday-Sunday, March 26-28

• 2004 Herb Jaenicke Memorial Badminton Tournament - This tournament takes place Friday through Sunday, March 26-28, at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC-The Racquet Club. The deadline to enter this tournament is Monday, March 22. This tournament is open to players of all skill levels. Entry fee includes a tournament t-shirt, game birdies, court time and prizes for the top two finishers in each division. Entry fees are $25 (plus tax for all fees) for JRC-The Alaska Club members, $30 for non-members and $15 for juniors (age younger than 13). Registration info is available at the two JRC-The Alaska Club locations and on the Web at http://www.thealaskaclub.com. Info: Eileen Wilson, 789-2181.

Saturday, March 27

• ORCA Ski-A-Thon - The ORCA Ski-A-Thon will be held at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Saturday, March 27. Participants gather pledges and sponsorships to benefit ORCA, Outdoor Recreation and Community Access. For more information or to support the event, call 586-0104 or stop by the ORCA table upstairs in the lodge on March 27.

• 58th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament - A Bracket: Championship game, 2 p.m. B Bracket: Championship game, 8 p.m. C Bracket: Championship game, 6 p.m. Women's Bracket: Championship game, 2 p.m. All games at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

• Third Annual Gold Medal Middle School Tournament - Boys A Bracket: Championship game, 12:30 p.m. Girls A Bracket: Championship game, 11:15 a.m. Boys B Bracket: Championship game, 10 a.m. Girls B Bracket: Championship game, 8:45 a.m. All games at the Marie Drake Gym.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Raincountry Flyfishers monthly meeting - Meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, at the Mendenhall River Community School library. Tony Soltys will demonstrate how to tie a smolt pattern called the "Mushmouth," which is a hot pattern on the East Coast and should work on any fish that feeds on sand lances, smolts or herring. Bring your tools, monofilament line and white thread to work on tying the flies, and bring three flies for Bob's draw. Info: Tony Soltys, 789-9159, or Steve Martin, 790-2206.

• Buckwheat Ski Classic - Registration was due March 15 for this annual event, which takes place in Skagway on Saturday, March 27. Events include 10-kilometer, 25K and 50K ski races, a 5K kids' race and a 5K snowshoe sprint. Info: Foggy Mountain Shop, 586-6780, or on the Web at http://www.skagwaynews.com.

• Juneau Sports Association adult slow pitch softball registration - Team registration takes place on Tuesday, March 30, at the Travelodge Hotel Meeting Room. Registration for coed division teams is at 6 p.m. and for men's and women's teams is at 7:30 p.m. Team registration papers are available on the JSA Web site, http://www.jsaweb.org. Info: Tina Lee, JSA director, 463-3633.

• "You Go Girl" snowboard day for women - Eaglecrest Ski Area will host a day of activities for women snowboarders of all abilities on Saturday, April 3. The all-day workshop, including lunch, costs $50. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 790-2001.

• Juneau 4-H Spring Running Club - This program is for runners in grades 1-5, with a separate club for runners in grades 6-8. There will be a registration meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at the Twin Lakes covered picnic area. Bring a water bottle and be dressed to run. The club meets at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday at various locations around town through the spring and summer, at least through the Douglas Two-Mile run on July 4. If you can't attend the first meeting, please contact the University of Alaska Extension Office to register. Local runners John and Jamie Bursell lead the group for grades 1-5, while Craig Farrington leads the middle school group. Parents are encouraged to run with their kids. The cost to join this program is $6 with checks made out to Juneau 4-H. Info: John and Jamie Bursell, 789-5997, Craig Farrington, 789-7963, or the UA Extension Office, 465-8749.

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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.

• 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 Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.

• 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 http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.

• 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 and most Fridays at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Check http://www.juneausoccer.com 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 jagdishy@comcast.net.

• Gastineau Channel Little League baseball open gyms - GCLL baseball open gyms for kids ages 8-12 will be held at Auke Bay School from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sundays beginning Feb. 21. Bring tennis shoes and a baseball mitt. Info: Lisa Baker, 789-4486.

• Juneau Nordic Ski Club - The latest ski reports for local nordic skiers can be found on the club's Web site, http://home.gci.net/~jnordski.

• 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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