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Sports in Juneau

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2004

UPCOMING EVENTS

Today, April 23

• Juneau Freewheelers Club - Informal time trial: The Juneau Freewheelers cycling group is holding a time trial race at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. April 23, 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.

Today-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 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday (Note: game times have changed), with both games at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Also on Saturday, the Juneau junior varsity boys will play an alumni team at noon 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 8:45-11 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 http://www.juneauhockey.org. All JAHA players are invited to the end-of-the-year banquet and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, 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.

Sunday, April 25

• Juneau Billiard Association - Hospice and Home Care of Juneau fund-raising tournament: Register at 11 a.m. at the Viking Lounge for start of play at noon. Entry fee is a tax-deductible $25 donation to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau. There also will be at reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. Saturday night, April 24, at the Juneau Elks Club with free food and pool. Info: Linda at Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 463-6111.

• Juneau Skating Club spring recital - The Juneau Skating Club will hold its spring recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, at the Treadwell Arena. There will be an open skate until 6 p.m. for family and friends after the show. Both events are free. Recital participants are requested to arrive at the rink at 2:30 p.m. for a dress rehearsal. Info: Juneau Skating Club, 586-4436.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• 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 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 the 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 for a variety of public open skates, youth open skates, pond hockey and rental times. The last day of the season is Sunday, April 25. The rink is closed for ice maintenance 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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