Sports In Juneau

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2001

Today, Dec. 21

Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball -- The annual Red-Black intrasquad game takes place at 7 p.m. at the JDHS main gym.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Saturday hike -- This week's ski/snowshoe trek is in the Dredge Lake area and along the East Mendenhall Lake shoreline. Meet at 10 a.m. at the trailhead near Mendenhall River Bridge (across from Mendenhall River School) for this easy 2-4 mile trip. Bring cross-country skis or snowshoes, wear warm layers of clothing, and bring plenty of food and water. No dogs or firearms allowed. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

Monday, Dec. 24

Eaglecrest Ski Area Christmas Eve Celebration -- Events start at 3:30 p.m., with torchlight parade on Hooter at 5:30 p.m. (register by 1 p.m.) and a kids' torchlight parade on Platter Lift at 6 p.m. Other events include ornament decorating for kids, snacks, music and a visit from Santa Claus. The ski area opens at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 790-2000.

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Juneau Alpine Club -- Gastineau Moonlight Climb, starts at 5 p.m. at location TBA, this is a medium energy output level hike lasting three or four hours. Required technical gear includes snowshoes and a head lamp. Info: Trip leader Bill Forrest, 789-3008.

Meetings / Clinics / Announcements

Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation youth soccer coaches -- Volunteer soccer coaches are needed for the upcoming Youth Indoor Soccer League. Coaches are needed for an age 12-13 valley team, an age 14-15 team and an age 16-18 team. 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

Southeast Road Runners club Ben Blackgoat scholarship -- Applications are available at the Juneau-Douglas High School career center for JDHS senior cross country and/or track and field athletes. The seniors need to write an essay expressing their feelings about running and its impact on their lives. Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 21. The winner receives a $500 scholarship for post-secondary education purposes. Info: Barb Conant, JDHS career center, 463-1900.

Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation coed volleyball registration -- Team registration packets for the 2002 adult coed volleyball season are available at the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation office, Room 218 of the municipal building, 155 South Seward Street downtown. Team registration will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Juneau Assembly Chambers. A late registration period takes place on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Parks and Recreation office, but a $10 late fee will be charged. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center workshops -- Avalanche workshops will take place in Juneau, Petersburg, Haines and Ketchikan. An avalanche awareness class takes place in Juneau at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at McPhetres Hall, at 4th and Gold, with a fee of $5 ($3 for students). Level I backcountry courses are Dec. 26-29 and March 1-4 in Juneau and March 15-18 in Haines, with the three-day intensive Level I classes costing $295 ($220 students/low income). A Level II backcountry course is Jan. 25-28 in Juneau and costs $325 ($250 students/low income). Courses for all snow travelers, including snowmachiners, lasting 1 1/2 days take place in Juneau on Jan. 4-6, in Petersburg on Jan. 31-Feb. 3 and in Ketchikan on a date TBA. There will also be special classes in Haines for the Alcan 50 and on Easter weekend. Info: Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center, 586-5699, or on the Web at

Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay gear -- The Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation has Salt Lake City Olympic Torch Relay t-shirts and baseball hats for sale to commeorate the Olympic torch's visit to Juneau on Jan. 24. Items can be purchased and the Parks and Rec office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Also, volunteers are being sought to help with the Torch Relay when it visits Juneau. Assistance is needed in everything from decorating to hosting a torchbearer and watching the torch make its way through town. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

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,

Open Gyms / Scrimmages / Ongoing

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. 21 and Dec. 28) and on Sundays (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. 23 and Dec. 30) and from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursdays (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. 21 and Dec. 28) and on Saturdays (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.

Juneau 4-H Nordic Ski program -- 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.

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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