Sports in Juneau

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Friday, Aug. 8

• Juneau-Douglas High School football - The Crimson Bears varsity and junior varsity teams host the Ketchikan Kings in their season opener at 8 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The varsity players will start the game and JV players will finish up.

• Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club - Tour of Juneau-Stage 1: Eaglecrest Hill Climb: Meet at 5:30 p.m. at Mile 0.5 of Fish Creek Road (the road to Eaglecrest Ski Area in North Douglas) for a 6:30 p.m. race start. This is a mass start hill climb about five miles to the Eaglecrest Ski Area parking lot. Info: Lou Edwards, 789-3345.

• Juneau Alpine Club - Stikine River kayaking trip. Details are TBA for this moderate challenge, week-long event (Aug. 8-15). Please RSVP with the trip leader if you plan to attend. Info: Larry Musarra, 586-0152.

Saturday, Aug. 9

• Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club - Tour of Juneau-Stage 2: North Douglas Time Trial: Meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot on the Douglas side of the Douglas Bridge for a 10 a.m. race start. This is a 25-mile time trial that follows an out-and-back course along the North Douglas Highway to a turnaround near False Outer Point. Cyclists will start in 30-second intervals and will race against the clock. Info: Lou Edwards, 789-3345.

• Southeast Road Runners Club - Treadwell Twosome Traverse: Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Sandy Beach in Douglas for a 9 a.m. race start. This event is a fund-raiser for the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team. Runners will compete in two-person teams and each runner will run the same 5-kilometer course, but from the opposite direction of their teammates. Teams can be male-male, male-female or female-female. Single runners will be paired off for the race. Info: Paul DeSloover, 586-6709, or be e-mail at, or JDHS cross-country running coach Guy Thibodeau, 463-8442.

Sunday, Aug. 10

• Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club - Tour of Juneau-Stage 3: Auke Rec Long Course Road Race: Meet at 9 a.m. at the Auke Recreation Area parking lot, then ride to the Auke Bay Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminal for a 10 a.m. race start. This is a 52-mile road race that follows an out-and-back course along Glacier Highway to a turnaround near Echo Cove. This is a mass-start event that finishes by the totem pole at the Auke Rec picnic area. Info: Lou Edwards, 789-3345.


• Juneau Youth Football League tryouts and registration - Meet at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park on Saturday, Aug. 9, for these annual tryouts. Pee Wees (ages 8-10) will try out from 9-10 a.m., Juniors (ages 11-12) from 10-11 a.m. and Seniors (ages 13-14) from 11 a.m. to noon. Please come early to register for the tryouts. Tryouts will also take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Info: JYFL player personnel coordinator Renee Cox, 789-4908.

• Thunder Mountain Sports Camps Lost and Found - Lost and found items from the four Thunder Mountain Sports Camps held in July can be claimed at the Juneau Parks and Recreation office in City Hall through August 31. If you think you lost something, contact Myiia Whistler at 586-5226.

• Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team tryouts - The Juneau Tennis Association/JDHS tennis team will be holding tryouts on Friday, Aug. 8, at 3 p.m. at JRC/The Alaska Club's Mendenhall Valley location. Info: Coach Hassan Bani Saaid, 789-2181.

• Juneau-Douglas High School swim team mandatory meeting and first practice - There will be a mandatory meeting for all JDHS students interested in joining the swimming and diving teams at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, in Room 242 of the Marie Drake Building. The first swim practice of the school year is at 3 p.m. that day, and the first dive practice is at 7 p.m. Bring workout clothes and a completed school physical form. Info: JDHS coach John Wray, 789-1759.

• Glacier Swim Club Age 8-Younger team tryouts - A tryout clinic to introduce young athletes to competitive swimming takes place from 4:30-5:15 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, Aug. 11-21, for swimmers age 8-younger at the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool. There will be a time trial from 8-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23. The clinic cost is $25 if paid by July 31, or $30 after Aug. 1. This clinic is for young swimmers ages 6-8 who already know some swimming basics. Older Glacier Swim Club members will help team coaches so each swimmer will get lots of individual attention. Info: GSC coach David Maker, 523-0840, or on the Web at

• Meet NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek - Alaska residents can help raise money for two Sitka brothers seeking kidney transplants and meet NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek at the same time. Nemechek and his 2003 Monte Carlo will take part in a tour sponsored by Cellular One Alaska and the Children's Organ Transplant Association that includes visits to the Sitka Cellular One office (201 Katlian Street) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, and the Juneau Cellular One office (in the Nugget Mall) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. For a $1 donation, Alaska residents can buy raffle tickets with a chance to win a grand prize drawing for a trip for two to the NASCAR race in Phoenix on Nov. 1. The tour is raising funds to help cover transplant-related expenses for Zachary Swanson, 12, and his younger brother Joseph, 4, who have both been diagnosed with chronic renal failure and are awaiting kidney transplants at Seattle Children's Hospital. The brothers are the sons of Patrick and Jean Swanson of Sitka. Transplant expenses for the brothers are estimated at $150,000.

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation men's and women's volleyball registration - Team manager packets are available at the Parks and Recs office, Room 218 of the municipal building downtown. Team registration takes place at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, in the Juneau Assembly Chambers, with late registration Friday, Aug. 8, in the Parks and Recs office. League play opens on Sept. 2. Online information can be found at Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.


• 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.

• Treadwell Arena summer programs - Through August 22, the arena is available for drop-in basketball from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays and from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesdays; drop-in in-line skating from noon to 1:30 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 1:30 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 (17 and under), $1.90 for seniors (65 and older). 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

• Juneau Youth Football League cheerleading practice - Practice for Junior and Senior Divisions (age 11 through eighth grade) is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Glacier Valley School covered play area. Wear sweats, pants or shorts without zippers and tennis shoes with good support, and bring a water bottle. Slots are still available but are filling fast. Sign-up is available at practice, or on the Web at Info: Senior Division cheer coach Michelle Workman, 789-1661.

• 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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