Sports in Juneau

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2001

Monday, Dec. 10

• Third Annual Pro Sports and Hollywood Celebrity All-Star Charity Basketball Game -- This fund-raiser for Juneau Elks Lodge No. 420 takes place at 8 p.m. at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym. The game features retired NFL players and daytime television and movie actors playing a team of local athletes and Elks Lodge members. The proceeds from the event will be used for youth projects sponsored by the Juneau Elks Lodge, including student scholarships, sponsorship of youth sports teams and sending local kids to the Elks Summer Youth Camp in Palmer-Wasilla. This event was originally scheduled for Sept. 16, but was postponed following the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Tickets from the Sept. 16 date will be honored, and they can be bought at the door for $10 adults and $5 children age 12-younger. Info: Juneau Elks Lodge No. 420, 586-8155, or call the event promoters at 1-800-253-5498.

Sunday, Dec. 16

• Juneau Alpine Club -- Alan James Climb, this is a 12-mile medium energy output level hike lasting about seven hours. Required technical gear includes snowshoes. Info: Trip leader Tim Arness, 789-9119.

• Juneau Rifle and Pistol Club -- NRA sporting rifle shooting event: Registration 9 a.m., shooting starts 10 a.m. at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range, Mile 2, Montana Creek Road. Info: Steve Bennett, 789-1717, or on the Web at


• Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team Christmas tree sale -- The annual fund-raiser opened Saturday and takes place through Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Fred Meyer parking lot. The Crimson Bears are selling noble and grand fir trees from 5-8 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The money raised helps the team pay travel costs during the season. Info: coach John Wray, 789-1759.

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation youth soccer coaches -- Volunteer soccer coaches are needed for the upcoming Youth Indoor Soccer League. Applications are available at the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation office, 155 S. Seward St., downtown. Anyone who is knowledgeable about the sports of soccer and enjoys working with kids is encouraged to apply. The season consists of two preseason practices and weekly games and practices from early January through March 23. Info: Myiia L. Whistler, recreation supervisor for youth sports, 586-5226, or by e-mail at

• Juneau Dance All-Stars -- An informational meeting for this new dance group for girls in grades 9-12 takes place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Room 314 at Marie Drake Middle School. This is an independent dance team that will perform locally and compete nationally in a variety of dance styles. Auditions for the team take place the following week. This team is not meant for beginners. Info: Leslie Dahl, 789-2286.

• Juneau 4-H Nordic Ski program -- Registration for this program for youth in grades K-12 takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Club leaders Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant will lead an informational meeting and will measure the students for skis. The club has 50 pairs of skis available for use, and this year's fees will be used to add more skis to the inventory. The club skis from 1:30-3 p.m. every Sunday starting on Jan. 6. Membership is $6 to join 4-H, plus club ski rental is $20 for the season. Students renting skis are expected to attend at least 80 percent of the club ski outings. Parents are encouraged to participate, but they must provide their own skis. The location of each week's ski outing will be announced on Fridays at the info number. Info: University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, 465-8749.

• Team Alaska tryouts for 2002 Arctic Winter Games -- Team Alaska representatives are still being selected in some sports for the 2002 Arctic Winter Games to be held on March 17-23. The 2002 Arctic Winter Games will have some events in Nuuk, Greenland, and some events in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The Arctic Winter Games take place every two years and features competition between Alaska, four Canadian provinces or territories, Greenland and two or three Russian regions. Most of the sports are for youth competitors, with events in arctic sports (Inuit and Dene games), alpine skiing, snowboarding, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, badminton, indoor soccer, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, curling, sled dog racing, gymnastics, hockey, speedskating and wrestling. The 2000 Arctic Winter Games featured competitors from Juneau in basketball, indoor soccer and snowshoeing. Info: John Estle, Team Alaska Chef de Mission, P.O. Box 83325, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99707, or by e-mail at, or at Team Alaska's Web site,


• Adult badminton open gym -- Meet from 8-10 p.m. every Monday and Thursday at Auke Bay Elementary School. Teenagers and adults encouraged to attend. All skill levels welcome. Bring a racket if you have one. Shuttlecocks provided. Gym fee is $3. Info: Info: Theresa Walden, 790-2499.

• Adult volleyball/basketball open gym -- Meet from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays (Dec. 14, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28) and on Sundays (Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30) at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Open gym fee is $4. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.

• Adult soccer open gym Meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sundays (Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30) and from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursdays (Dec. 13, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27, with special open gym on Wednesday Dec. 26) at Floyd Dryden Middle School gym. Open gym fee is $4. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.

• Youth open gym -- Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Fridays (Dec. 14, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28) and on Saturdays (Dec. 15, Dec. 22 and Dec. 29) at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Open gym is free for students in grades 5-12. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.

• Open roller hockey scrimmages -- Regular open roller hockey scrimmages for high-school age players and adults this summer are from 8-10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday night at the Glacier Valley Elementary School's outdoor covered area. Bring your own skates and sticks. Extra equipment and sticks is available, but limited. Info: Ben White, 789-2841, or by e-mail at

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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