Sports in Juneau

Posted: Friday, April 08, 2005


Today, April 8

• Spaghetti feed and fund-raiser for Coach Reilly Richey's family - The Juneau Youth Football League and friends are hosting a spaghetti feed and fund-raiser on Friday, April 8, for the family of Juneau-Douglas High School football coach Reilly Richey, who died March 7 of liver disease. The money raised will be used to offset medical costs. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the JDHS Commons; the cost is $5/person or $20/family, and tickets can be purchased from JDHS football players and JYFL board members. There will also be a raffle for three prizes - $1,000 cash; two tickets anywhere Wings of Alaska flies; and two round-trip tickets to Taku Lodge on Wings of Alaska - as well as a silent auction and dessert auction. Students from Harborview School will sing, the JDHS Dance Team will perform and the evening will conclude with Richey's induction into the JDHS Football Hall of Fame. More information is available on the Web at Info: Erica Sjoroos, 789-4070, or Robyn Holloway,

Today-Saturday, April 8-9

• Juneau-Douglas High School soccer - The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team hosts Colony for varsity games at 7:30 p.m. each night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The JDHS boys junior varsity team will play Ketchikan at 5:45 p.m. each night.

Thursday-Friday, April 14-15

• Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team community show - The JDHS Dance Team will host its annual community show on two nights this year - Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15 - from 7-9:15 p.m. in the JDHS main gym. Doors open at 6 p.m.; arrive early for the best seating. Tickets are $10 in advance from Hearthside Books, at the JDHS Activities Office or from Dance Team members. If available, tickets will be sold at the door for $12. The show will feature this season's dance routines, and guest performances by the Dads' Drill Team, the Janice Holst Dancers and other groups. Info: Karen Wilke, 789-9707, or on the Web at



• Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team annual dance clinic - The JDHS Dance Team will host its annual dance clinic on Saturday, April 9, at the high school. Students in grades K-3 register at 7:45 a.m., and their clinic session ends with a show for parents from 11-11:30 a.m. Students in grades 4-12 register at 11:45 a.m., and their session ends with a show for parents from 4-4:30 p.m. Participants will learn a hip-hop routine, and will receive a clinic T-shirt and certificate. A light snack will be provided. The cost is $35. Info: Shannon Ely, 789-3658, or look on the Web at

• Juneau Ski Club end-of-season awards party - The Juneau Ski Club will hand out its end-of-season awards and hold a BBQ party on Saturday, April 9, starting around 5 p.m. at Eaglecrest Ski Area. All past and present JSC members, ski racers of all levels and families are welcome. Bring something for the BBQ and a side dish to share. Info: Heidi Reifenstein, 723-1557.

• Juneau Soccer Club competitive team tryouts - The Juneau Soccer Club has scheduled competitive team tryouts to be held at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The schedule is: Saturday, April 16: 4:30-6 p.m. - U12 girls, U13 girls; 6-7:30 p.m. - U14 girls; 7:30-9 p.m. - U12 boys, U14 boys. Sunday, April 17: 9:30-11 a.m. - U15 girls; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - U15 boys; 12:30-2 p.m. - U13 boys. Tryouts for U16 teams are TBA. For U16 girls info, contact Tom Rutecki at 780-6176. For U16 boys info, contact Rod Flynn at 364-3772. The birthdate cutoff for each age group is August 1. For more details, look on the Web at The tryout fee is $25 unless players are JSC members. Registration forms will be available at the tryouts or on the JSC Web site. Info: Noel Shima, 789-1525, or Amy Skilbred, 780-4649.

• Evening Masters Swimming program - The Augustus Brown pool hosts a twice-weekly Evening Masters Swimming program. The program will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is designed to promote and improve the physical and mental well-being of adults age 19-older. Participants must be able to swim crawlstroke and backstroke. Info: Augustus Brown swim pool, 586-5325.

• 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 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, or Jeff Brady (of Skagway), YRMPA vice president, by e-mail at



• 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

• Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - 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

• 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

• ADF&G Indoor Shooting Range closure - Due to a turnover of staff at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's indoor shooting range, the range has suspended normal public shooting hours. The department's Division of Wildlife Conservation is working to fill staff vacancies and hopes to reopen the range to public shooting in a few weeks. Additional information about range activities may be found on the Web at Info: Alaska Department of Fish & Game Indoor Shooting Range, 586-4101.

• 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 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.

• 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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