Sports in Juneau

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2003


• Cheerleading coaches' course and safety education - Lavonne Norman of the Alaska School Activities Association will teach a four-part class for cheerleading coaches Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, at Juneau-Douglas High School. The course will feature two sessions on coaching principles, ethics and fundamentals, with another two sessions on safety for stunts and tumbling routines. All Region V high school cheerleading squads must be safety certified before they are allowed to do stunts. The courses are open to all cheerleader coaches, including those in youth leagues. On Friday, the first course on coaching principles and ethics takes place from 4-7:15 p.m., with the first stunts and tumbling session from 7:30-10 p.m. On Saturday, a course on cheer coaching fundamentals takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, with a second stunts and tumbling session from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Info: Lavonne Norman, 1-907-563-3723 (through Thursday, after Thursday night at 790-6435), or Ronelle Beardslee at Petersburg High School, 1-907-772-3861.

• Juneau 4-H Cross-Country Ski Club - The first meeting for the Juneau 4-H Cross-Country Ski Club takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Riverbend Elementary School Commons. The meeting times are 6-7 p.m. for returning members and 7-8 p.m. for new members. The club is run by Odin Brudie and is open for students in grades K-12, but parents are encouraged to ski with their children. The club's first ski session takes place on Jan. 4, 2004, with regular sessions from 1-3 p.m. on Sundays through March 7, 2004, at various locations around Juneau. Ski equipment is available for rent, but people renting equipment must participate in the club. A 4-H membership fee of $6 (good all year for all 4-H clubs) will be charged, and ski equipment can be rented for the season for $50 (with $20 refunded if you participate in seven 4-H ski days, scholarships available based on need). Info: Odin Brudie, 586-1453, or the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, 465-8749.

• Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska tryouts - Tryouts have been announced for the Team Alaska squads in volleyball and figure skating for the Arctic Winter Games that take place Feb. 28 through March 6, 2004, in Fort McMurray, Alberta. In volleyball, Bryan Stenehjem of Anchorage's Dimond High School team will coordinate the two Alaska teams (10 players each born in 1984 or later), while Juneau's Phil McMurray will coach the boys and Liz Hooe of Anchorage will coach the girls. In figure skating, there will be a tryout camp held this weekend, Dec. 5-7, at the University of Alaska Anchorage Sports Center, where eight girls born between 1986 and 1994 will be chosen to represent Alaska. Joan Hufford of the Anchorage Figure Skating Club will run the tryouts. Information on the other sports can be found on the Team Alaska Web site. Info: Volleyball, Bryan Stenehjem, by e-mail at; Figure skating, Joan Hufford, 694-9789 or on the Web at; Team Alaska, John Estle, 1-907-474-4278, by e-mail at, or on the Web at



Saturday, Dec. 6

• 10th annual Jingle Jog - The 10th annual Jingle Jog, a 5-kilometer run or 1-mile walk, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. Check in at 9 a.m. at the parking lot of JRC/The Alaska Club's Mendenhall Valley location. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 day-of-race for adults, and $3 for kids. Pre-registration is available at JRC/The Alaska Club. Festive wear is encouraged. There will be fitness and health-related door prizes. All proceeds go toward professional training for Juneau-based fitness instructors, who in turn are expected to volunteer their skills in the community. Info: JRC/The Alaska Club, 789-2181.

• Fight Night Boxing - The season's second Fight Night Boxing event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Tickets are $20 general admission, $30 ringside table and are available at Hearthside Books and the Imperial Saloon. Spectators under 21 are permitted with parent or guardian. Info: Stevens Promotions, 780-IBOX (4269).



• Holiday Cup 2003 indoor soccer tournament - The annual indoor soccer tournament takes place Dec. 20-31, with five coed divisions - Elementary (grades 4-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), Junior (high school, ages 16-younger), Senior (high school-college, ages 17-21) and Masters (ages 22-222). Team rosters were due by Monday, Dec. 1. Electronic versions of the registration packet are available. This cost-free event is sponsored by the law offices of Dillon & Findley and by Juneau Community Schools. Info: Leslie Houston, 364-2657, or by e-mail at

• Juneau-Douglas High School swim & dive team tree sale - The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team is holding its annual Christmas tree sale fund-raiser in the Fred Meyer parking lot. Noble and grand firs are available Monday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will continue until all trees are gone. Info: John Wray, 789-1759.

• Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team fund-raiser - Meet from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC/The Alaska Club. Bring a potluck dish and $10 per adult for this event, with proceeds to benefit the new JDHS tennis team. Info: Kathleen Adam, 586-8835, or by e-mail at

• HoopTime Basketball registration: HoopTime Basketball, a non-profit AAU-sanctioned club, is accepting registrations for the 2004 season for boys and girls in grades 4 through 8. The season runs from Jan. 3 to April 15. Registration is $150 for the first child, and $100 for any siblings. Deadline is Dec. 15. Registration forms available on the Web at Info: HoopTime Basketball, 789-1598.

• 4-H karate fall classes - Juneau's 4-H Shotokan Karate-Do club has started its fall classes. Adults and kids from age 7 and up are invited to join the club, which meets from 6-6:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday nights and from 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays. Youth members pay $26.25 per month to join the club; additional family members can join at a reduced cost. Shotokan karate classes teach self-control, and allows participants to get into excellent mental and physical shape. Info: Diana Stevens, 790-4199, or on the Web at



• 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

• 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

• 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 seven days a week with a variety of public open skates, youth open skates, pond hockey and rental times available (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

• 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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