Sports in Juneau

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Friday-Saturday, May 16-17

• Juneau-Douglas High School track and field - Region V Championships: The Crimson Bears host the annual Southeast championship meet, with events starting at 2 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track. Besides Juneau, schools sending teams to the meet are Ketchikan, Sitka, Haines, Petersburg, Metlakatla, Mount Edgecumbe, Gustavus and Yakutat.

• Juneau-Douglas High School softball - The Crimson Bears host their first home games of the season, against Craig-Prince of Wales. Tentative game times each day are 1 and 3 p.m. for junior varsity and 6 p.m. for varsity. All games are at Melvin Park, near the end of Riverside Drive.

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer - The Crimson Bears host the Ketchikan Kings in a pair of Region V counters for each team and state tournament berths at stake. Game times Friday and Saturday are TBA at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Sunday, May 18

• Hershey's Invitational youth track and field meet - This track meet for ages 9-14 runs from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Track. The meet is free and preregistration takes place at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, 396 Whittier Street, through midnight on Saturday, May 17. Registration forms also can be faxed to the center at 586-2186. Late registration takes place from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Sunday at the track. Info: Zach Gordon Youth Center, 586-2635.


• Juneau Youth Football League registration - JYFL coaches and board members will conduct registration for kids for all levels of football in Juneau - from Pee Wee through Varsity - from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Nugget Mall. Info: Renee Cox, JYFL player personnel chair, 789-4908.

• Ultimate Frisbee registration - The Ultimate Players of Southeast Alaska (UPSEA) are accepting registrations for their 2003 summer league, which runs through August. It is a coed league of all ages. New players are encouraged to join, and weekly instructional clinics will be held in May and June. Games are held weekly. The cost is $35 for the season. More information and on-line registration and payment can be found at Info: Peter van Tamelen, 790-6678.

• Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay registration - Registration is open for the 2003 race, which takes place on Saturday, June 21, from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, to Haines, Alaska. This year team captains need to enter their team in its proper category and pay the fees as soon as possible, with the final team roster being submitted by June 10. The early registration deadline is May 20, and there is a limit of 1,200 riders in the relay race. The categories are for eight, four, two and solo riders, with men's, women's and mixed divisions. All team members must be registered by 3 p.m. ADT, on June 10. Race information is available on the Internet at, or by contacting Sport Yukon in Whitehorse, Y.T., or the Haines Chamber of Commerce in Haines. Info: Sport Yukon, 1-867-633-2579, or by e-mail at

• Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race registration - Registration for the 460-mile (740 kilometers) paddling marathon is due by May 31. The race starts in downtown Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, on Wednesday, June 25, and teams must reach the finish line in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, within 96 hours. Teams must reach the Carmacks checkpoint (200 miles, 315 kilometers into the course) within 40 hours. The race record is 52 hours, 9 minutes, with most teams finishing between 65 and 80 hours. Last year 36 teams entered, including one from Juneau and one from Skagway. Race categories include voyageur canoe, tandem canoe, tandem kayak and solo kayak. Prize money is $19,500 (Canadian dollars). Entry forms and race information can be found on the Web at Info: Yukon River Marathon Paddling Association, by e-mail at


• Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays (May 17, 19 and 26) at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Friday night youth open gyms at Floyd Dryden Middle School have been canceled due to lack of participants. 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 (May 16, 23 and 30) and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays (May 18 and 25) 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.

• Adult indoor soccer open gyms - Meet from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays (May 16, 23 and 30) and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays (May 18 and 25) at Floyd Dryden Middle School gym. Cost is $4 and open gym is limited to adults (age 18-older) only. Info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.

• Adult outdoor soccer games - Open soccer scrimmages for adults age 18-older take place from 5-7 p.m. on Sundays (May 18 and 25) at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football-soccer field. There are open scrimmages from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays (May 15) at Dimond Park, with sessions from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays (May 22 and 29). There will be a seven-a-side coed tournament on Saturday, May 31, at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Info: Kurt West, Capital City Soccer League, 364-2503.

• 4-H cross-country running program - This year's program will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursdays through the summer at various locations around Juneau. The upcoming schedule has the May 15 meeting at Perseverance Trail (end of Basin Road), the May 22 meeting at Riverbend School (for the 4-H Outdoor Olympics) and the May 29 meeting at Cope Park. There will be two running clubs this year - one for elementary school students led by Jamie and John Bursell, and one for middle school students led by Craig Farrington. The two age groups will have different workouts, but will meet near the same place to make car-pooling easy for parents. The season will culminate with the Douglas Two-Miler run on July 4. There is a $6 enrollment fee to join the club. Info: Jim Douglas at the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Office, 465-8749.

• 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.

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place. To submit an item to Sports in Juneau, please fax the info to 1-907-586-3028 or e-mail it to

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