Sports in Juneau

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2004

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, April 15

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer - Spring Fever event: The Crimson Bear boys and girls host teams from Chugiak, Palmer and Pagosa Springs (Colo.) at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Juneau girls play Pagosa Springs, Colo., 7 p.m.

Friday, April 16

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer - Spring Fever event: The Crimson Bear boys and girls host teams from Chugiak, Palmer and Pagosa Springs (Colo.) at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Chugiak boys play Palmer, 2:30 p.m.; Chugiak girls vs. Pagosa Springs, 4:15 p.m.; Juneau girls vs. Palmer, 6:15 p.m.; Juneau boys vs. Chugiak, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 17

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer - Spring Fever event: The Crimson Bear boys and girls host teams from Chugiak, Palmer and Pagosa Springs (Colo.) at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Juneau JV girls vs. All-Stars, 10 a.m.; Juneau boys vs. Palmer, 1 p.m.; Palmer girls vs. Pagosa Springs, 2:45 p.m.; Juneau boys vs. team TBA, 4:45 p.m.; Juneau girls vs. Chugiak, 6:30 p.m.

• JRC/The Alaska Club racquetball - After Tax Racquet Attack Party/Tourney: The entry deadline for this event is Wednesday, April 14, and the tournament takes place starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 17. All players are guaranteed at least two matches in each division and they may play in a maximum of two events. Entry fee is $10 plus tax per event. All players must wear protective eyewear. A potluck dinner takes place after the tournament (see event flier for food assignments). Info: Eileen Wilson, 789-2181.

Sunday, April 18

• Juneau Jumpers - Members of this competitive jump rope team will demonstrate their routines during a free show at 3 p.m. at the Glacier Valley Elementary School gym. The team is preparing for the U.S. World Team Qualifying Tournament, which takes place April 23-25 at Cleveland State University. Info: Scott Johnson, 789-6063.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Gastineau Channel Little League umpire training - Adult umpires are needed for the upcoming baseball and softball seasons. Umpires will officiate at various age levels, both behind the plate and on the bases. Flexible schedules exist with night and weekend games. The league season opens on Saturday, April 24. Training clinics take place from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 14 and 15, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, at the Mendenhall River Community School. All potential umpires should attend at least one night session and the Saturday session. Info: GCLL Hotline, 789-9803.

• Juneau Alpine Club - Help build a new public-use cabin north of Bridget Cove by loading and unloading materials from a landing craft. Info: Jack Manning (of Territorial Sportsmen), 789-5540.

• 20th annual Julie Hughes Triathlon entries - Participants must register from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7, for this Sitka event that takes place starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 8. Adult athletes will complete a course with a 5-mile run, a 12-mile bike and a 1,000-meter swim. A short course of 2-mile run, 4-mile bike and 500-meter swim is available for athletes age 12-younger, and all bikers age 9-younger must be accompanied by an adult during their event. Several individual and team race categories are available, including family and corporate teams. The entry fee is $20 and it includes a t-shirt. All bikes must pass a safety inspection before the race, which is done by Yellow Jersey Bike Shop free of charge. Volunteers are needed. Info: Kristy Totten, 1-907-747-3024 or 747-3446, or by fax at 1-907-747-2616.

• Juneau Disc Golf Association registration - The Juneau Disc Golf Association's season will be starting soon. The first of four monthly tournaments is scheduled for May 1-2 on the new course at Aant'iyeik Park, located above Glacier Highway between the Auke Rec turnoff and Lena Loop Road. For more information on joining the JDGA and about tournaments, call the JDGA at 463-3353.

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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.

• 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. 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. Bring a water bottle and be dressed to run. If you did not attend the first meeting on April 8, please contact the University of Alaska Extension Office to register. Upcoming meeting places are Sandy Beach (Douglas) on April 15, Rotary Park on April 22, Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track on April 29, the Auke Rec large shelter on May 6, Cope Park on May 13, the Riverbend Community School covered play area on May 20 and the Wetlands Trail on May 27. 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.

• 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 through Sunday, April 25 (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/.

• 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 3-5 p.m. on Sundays beginning Feb. 21. Bring tennis shoes and a baseball mitt. Info: Lisa Baker, 789-4486.

• 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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