Sports in Juneau

Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2003

Friday-Today, June 13-15

• Juneau Tennis Association - Second Annual Outdoor Tennis Tournament registration: Dates for this tournament were changed from May 30-June 1. Entry forms now are due by Wednesday, June 11, at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC-The Alaska Club. The tournament draw takes place on Thursday, June 12. This tournament will take place at Cope Park on Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15 (if it rains, matches will move to JRC-The Alaska Club). There will be men's, women's and mixed doubles divisions, and a junior singles division. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will be available on Saturday and Sunday. Info: Hassan Bani Saaid, 789-2181.

Today, June 15

• Juneau Yacht Club-Sailing Squadron - Around Admiralty "Spirit of Adventure" Race: This 200-mile sailboat race around Admiralty Island is considered the longest inland water race on the west coast of North America. A mandatory skippers' meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Juneau Yacht Club's Graham Room. The race starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 15, near Shelter Island near Auke Bay. Racers have a mandatory layover at Baranof Warm Springs and the race will finish sometime between June 20-23 at Mayflower Island near Douglas Harbor. For those not prepared to raise straight through, a special day-run only cruiser division will be available if more than three boats register for the class. This race is limited to single-hulled sailboats at least 20 feet in length. A handicapping system is used to equalize the field. Info: Contact Damon Cruz by e-mail at dcruz@gci.net, contact any other Juneau Yacht Club officer, go on the Web to http://www.juneauyachtclub.org, or e-mail info@juneausailingyachtclub.org.

• Juneau Junior Golf Club - One-Club Championship Golf Tournament: This fund-raiser for the Juneau Junior Golf Club takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mendenhall Golf Course. There will be men's and women's divisions, prizes for first place through third in each division and other contests, such as closest to the pin and a random drawing for two roundtrip tickets to Gustavus. The tournament fee is $25 and the registration table opens at 9:45 a.m. Info: Gary Murdoch, 789-5798 (days), or by e-mail to Laura Beason at LKBeason@gci.net.

• Juneau Alpine Club - Mendenhall Glacier walk. Bring your ice ax, climbing harness and crampons for this moderate difficulty level trek. RSVP with the trip leader if you plan to attend. Info: Tim Arness, 209-2589.

• Juneau Alpine Club - Herbert Glacier to Windfall Lake Trail Run. No special equipment needs are listed for this moderate difficulty level trek. RSVP with the trip leader if you plan to attend. Info: Kathy Landry, 789-7058.

Thursday, June 19

• U.S.-Great Britain Friendship Handicap Golf Tournament - This annual fund-raiser for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mendenhall Golf Course. There are men's, women's and junior divisions, with trophies for first and second place in each division. There are closest to the pin contests, and a random drawing for a day of golf at Mendenhall Golf Course. The tournament fee is $20 for adults, $15 for juniors. Info: Mendenhall Golf Course, 789-1221.

Friday-Sunday, June 20-22

• Juneau Sports Association - 28th Annual Rainball Invitational softball tournament: The mandatory managers' meeting for this tournament is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the TraveLodge. Games start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at both Dimond Park and Savikko Fields, and teams are guaranteed at least four games during the weekend. The tournament opens with round-robin play within the division, then has a double-elimination bracket to decide the winners. Divisions are for men's C, D and E and women's C and D teams. The highest-placing men's and women's C teams receive invitations to the Amateur Softball Association's Northwest sectional tournaments, while the highest-placing men's and women's D teams receive invitations to their sectional tourneys. Team registration was due on June 6. Info: Tina Lee, Juneau Sports Association, 463-3633, on the Web at http://www.jsaweb.org, or by e-mail at tina@jsaweb.org.

Saturday, June 21

• Southeast Road Runners Club - Only Fools Run at Midnight: Meet at 11:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall for an 11:59 p.m. race start on the Summer Solstice. This race is a fund-raiser for Southeast Alaska Independent Living. There are two courses, a 5-kilometer run and a 1-mile walk. In past years, this race has drawn several runners in costumes (solo, couples and as running centipedes), and prizes are awarded for best costumes. Runners and race volunteers also can enter a drawing for two tickets on Alaska Airlines. Volunteers are needed. Info: Don Eagle, 321-8321, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.com/serr/.

• Juneau Alpine Club - Mount Juneau Ridge trek. This is a moderate difficulty trek. Please contact the trip leader for special gear requirements and to RSVP for the trek. Info: Trip leader Bob Sylvester, 586-1407.

MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Houston's Hoop Camp 2003 registration - The 29th annual version of this event will feature three separate camps during June. Camp One is for students entering grades 2-6 and took place June 9-13. Camp Two is for those entering grades 6-9 and is June 15-21. Camp Three is for those entering grades 9-12 and takes place June 22-28. The fee is $85 per player for Camp One and $175 for Camps Two and Three. Each camp is limited to 125 athletes on a first-come, first-seved basis. Families with more than one child will receive a one-time discount of $25. Sixth-graders wanting to participate in both Camps One and Two will pay $225, while ninth-graders wanting to do both Camps Two and Three will pay $300. There is a special price of $150 per player for teams of seven or more players. All instruction will take place at gyms at the Marie Drake Annex, Harborview Elementary School, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School or the Juneau-Douglas High School gym. Instructors will be college and high school coaches and players from Alaska, Washington and Oregon, and there may be a special appearance by JDHS grad Carlos Boozer, who plays for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Proceeds from the camps help fund the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball program. Info: JDHS boys head coach George Houston, 586-2450 home, 523-1537 school.

• Water Safety Instructor aide course - This WSI certificate course runs from 8-11:30 a.m. on June 16-20 at the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool. This course is designed for individuals age 10-older who exhibit a strong sense of maturity and responsibility. Water Safety Instructor aide candidates must be able to demonstrate all the skills listed for Level IV of the American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim Program. The course fee is $39.50 (includes 5-percent sales tax), plus $6 for certification. Info: Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool, 586-5325.

• Capital City Soccer League - Women's Classic Soccer League registration: The CCSL women's classic soccer league begins play on June 30. No experience is necessary; older women and new players are encouraged to participate. Teams play one game per week, on Sundays or Mondays. Registration forms are available at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, or on the Internet at http://home.gci.net/~ccsl/page3.html. Info: Karen Blejwas, 586-4827.

• 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 was 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 http://www.kcibr.org, 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 info@kcibr.org.

• Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race registration - Registration for the 460-mile (740 kilometers) paddling marathon was 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 http://www.polarcom.com/~riverquest. Info: Yukon River Marathon Paddling Association, by e-mail at riverquest@polarcom.com.

OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING

• Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays (June 21) 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 (June 20) and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays (June 15 and 22) 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 (June 20) and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays (June 15 and 22) 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 (June 15, from 7-9 p.m. on June 22) at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football-soccer field. There are open scrimmages from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays (June 18 and 25) at Adair-Kennedy. There will be open scrimmages for women (age 18-older) from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays (June 15 and 22). 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 June 19 meeting at Sandy Beach, the June 26 meeting at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track and the July 3 meeting at the outdoor covered play area at Riverbend School. 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.

• Treadwell Arena summer programs - During June, the arena is available for drop-in basketball from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays and from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesdays; drop-in in-line skating from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4-7 p.m. on Mondays, and from 3-5 p.m. on Fridays; drop-in tennis from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays; and drop-in in-line hockey from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Rental times also are available from 7:30-10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, and from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In-line skating and basketball fees are $4 for adults, $2 for youth, $1.90 for seniors. Hockey and tennis passes are $5 for adults, $4 for youth and $3 for seniors. Court rentals for tennis and basketball are $20 per hour. Facility rental is $75 per hour or $500 for seven or more hours. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or check on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.

• 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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