Sports in Juneau

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2004


• Raincountry Flyfishers monthly meeting - Meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, at the Mendenhall River Community School library. Mark Vinsel will demonstrate how to tie a two-tone Maribou fly for silver and king salmon caught in local estuaries and the Gastineau Channel. The demonstration will teach how to tie the fly using hook in a vise and how to tie without a vise. Bring your fly-tying tools and three flies you've tied for Bob's draw. Info: Tony Soltys, 789-9159, or Steve Martin, 790-2206.

• Juneau-Douglas High School softball team spaghetti feed - This fund-raising event takes place on Friday night, April 23, at ANB Hall. Two seatings are available, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Meal tickets are $7.50 for adults, $22.50 for families, and $5 for senior citizens and children ages 6-12. Children ages 5-younger eat free if accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available from players and coaches, or you can buy them at the door. Info: JDHS softball coach Dave Massey, 789-9896.

• Southeast Road Runners summer running clinics - The first in a new series of clinics takes place from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC/The Alaska Club. This will be an informational clinic for those runners hoping to compete in a full or half-marathon later this year. The clinic is geared toward new or beginning runners and experienced local marathoners will give tips on how to train and reach your long-distance running goal. There will be more clinics and group training runs over the next 16 weeks until the Frank Maier Memorial Marathon and Douglas Island Half-Marathon events take place on Saturday, Aug. 7. Info: Nancy Thomas, 463-4424.



Friday-Saturday, April 23-24

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer - The Crimson Bear boys host the Service Cougars in a pair of rematches of last year's state championship game. Varsity game times are 7 p.m. on Friday and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, with both games at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Also, the Juneau junior varsity boys will play an alumni team at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Saturday, April 24

• Gastineau Channel Little League - The GCLL kicks off the 2004 season with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park baseball field. Teams should arrive by 9:30 a.m. Info: GCLL Hotline, 789-9803.

• Southeast Road Runners club - KTOO Fun Run: Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the KTOO Building on Whittier Street, just off Egan Drive, for a 10 a.m. race start. Courses are 5 kilometers for runners and 1 mile for walkers and kids. This event is a fund-raiser for the public radio station. Info: Phil Moritz, 586-6537, or Cheryl Levitt, 586-1670, or by e-mail at

• Juneau Alpine Club - Davies Creek Hike: This is a moderate difficulty trek. Caution, there are traps along the trail. Please RSVP with the trip leader if you plan to attend. Info: Trip leader Dave Lefebvre, 789-4099.

• Juneau Tennis Association - 2004 Junior Rallyball Tennis Tournament: Entry deadline for this singles-only event is Friday, April 23. All matches start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and end by 2 p.m. at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC/The Alaska Club. The purpose of this event is to encourage kids to hit the ball over the net and points are awarded for every ball that goes over it during the 10-minute matches. Entry fee is $10. Info: Eileen Wilson at JRC/The Alaska Club, 789-2181.



• Juneau Soccer Club U12 girls competitive team tryout - Tryouts for the JSC U12 girls competitive team (born Aug. 1, 1992, through July 31, 1993) will be held on Sunday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The tryout fee is $25 per player with a signed JSC registration form. There is no fee for current JSC members. Registration forms are available at the tryout or online at Tryouts for other teams were held earlier this month. Info: Noel Shima, 789-1525.

• 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.



• 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

• 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 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

• Adult indoor soccer open gyms - Sessions are held from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays and most Fridays at Floyd Dryden Middle School. 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

• 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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