Sports in Juneau

Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2004

NEW CALENDAR ITEMS

• Juneau Chess Club - The Juneau Chess Club will meet on Tuesday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown library. Game rules will be taught if needed. Info: Brian, 790-1934.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, April 23

• Juneau Freewheelers bicycle time trial - The Juneau Freewheelers cycling group is holding a time trial race on Friday. April 23, at 6:30 p.m. along the North Douglas Highway at False Outer Point. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. The course is 10 miles. Fees include club membership ($10/year) and race costs ($5, plus $5 for a day license). Info: Doug Woodby, 463-3095.

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 on Saturday, the Juneau junior varsity boys will play an alumni team at 2:15 p.m. and the Juneau varsity girls will scrimmage the Juneau Soccer Club Riptide squad at 4 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

• Juneau Adult Hockey Association championships - The 2003-04 JAHA season wraps up this week at Treadwell Arena. Twenty teams in four tiers will be vying for the Championship Cup. Playoff games will be held each night from 8:45 to 11 p.m. Spectators are welcome; there is no admission fee. Championship game times are as follows: Tier 3 - Friday, April 23, 9:45 p.m.; Tier 2 - Saturday. April 24, 8:15 p.m.; Tier 1 - Saturday, April 24, 9:30 p.m.; Women - Saturday, April 24, 10:45 p.m. Complete schedules can be found on the Web at www.juneauhockey.org. All JAHA players are invited to the end-of-the-year banquet and awards ceremony on Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Info: Christopher Mertl, 586-3232.

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. The GCLL's annual used equipment and uniform sale takes place before and after the ceremony. The season's first games take place later in the day at various fields around Juneau, Douglas and Auke Bay. 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 cheryl@ktoo.org.

• 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.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• 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.

• 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 http://www.juneausoccer.org. Tryouts for other teams were held earlier this month. Info: Noel Shima, 789-1525.

• Juneau Rowing Club general membership meeting - Meet from 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, at the Douglas Library meeting room to discuss the summer regatta and an open row (for members and non-members) scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, at the Aurora Harbor float near the Juneau Yacht Club. Info: Matt Kirchhoff, 586-5816, or on the Web at http://www.juneaurowing.com.

• Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay registration - Registration is open for this year's event, whoch will be held on June 19. Applications can be found on the Web at www.kcibr.org. Early registration lasts through May 21; fees vary, depending on race division. Info: KCIBR, (867) 633-2579.

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OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING

• 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 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.

• 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/.

• 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.

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