Sports in Juneau

Posted: Friday, December 24, 2004

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, Dec. 26

• Juneau Ski Club - Timberwolf Gifts Series giant slalom: This season-opening event is for J4-M skiers at Eaglecrest Ski Area and will take place if there's enough snow. Times are TBA. Info: Heidi Reifenstein, 723-1557, Doug Wahto, 586-2564, by e-mail at skiracers@gci.net, or on the Web at http://www.juneauskiracing.org.

• Juneau Alpine Club - John Muir Cabin Day Hike: Bring a headlamp and skis or snowshoes to this moderate-challenge event. Please RSVP with the trip leader if you plan to attend. Info: Trip leader Dave Lefebvre, 789-4099.

Monday, Dec. 27

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball - Princess Cruises-Capital City Classic: The Crimson Bears host the 14th annual tournament at the JDHS main gym with the North Kitsap (Poulsbo, Wash.) girls vs. Nathan Hale (Seattle) at 1 p.m., the North Kitsap boys vs. Dimond at 3 p.m., the Juneau-Douglas girls vs. Chugiak at 6 p.m. and the Juneau-Douglas boys vs. Service at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball - Princess Cruises-Capital City Classic: The Crimson Bears host the 14th annual tournament at the JDHS main gym with the Chugiak girls vs. North Kitsap (Poulsbo, Wash.) at 1 p.m., the Service boys vs. North Kitsap at 3 p.m., the Juneau-Douglas girls vs. Nathan Hale (Seattle) at 6 p.m. and the Juneau-Douglas boys vs. Dimond at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 29

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball - Princess Cruises-Capital City Classic: The Crimson Bears host the 14th annual tournament at the JDHS main gym, with no games today so the visiting teams can take a tour of Juneau. The skills contests take place at 4 p.m. at the JDHS main gym.

Thursday, Dec. 30

• Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball - Princess Cruises-Capital City Classic: The Crimson Bears host the 14th annual tournament at the JDHS main gym with the Chugiak girls vs. Nathan Hale (Seattle) at 1 p.m., the Service boys vs. Dimond at 3 p.m., the Juneau-Douglas girls vs. North Kitsap (Poulsbo, Wash.) at 6 p.m. and the Juneau-Douglas boys vs. North Kitsap at 8 p.m.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Eaglecrest Ski Area Snowflake Festival - Eaglecrest's annual Snowflake Festival is scheduled to run from Dec. 18 to Jan. 2, depending on snow conditions. The festival is set to kick off on Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. with an outdoor tree lighting ceremony in front of the lodge. On Dec. 24, the Christmas Eve celebration starts at 3:30 p.m. and will include ornament decorating, holiday music, the traditional torchlight parade at 5:30 p.m., a kids' torchlight parade at 6 p.m. and the arrival of Santa at 6:15 p.m. On New Year's Day there will be live music and fireworks, and at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 there will be a drawing for a trip for two to Alyeska Ski Resort - enter each time you visit. U.S. Telemark Ski Team member Matt Beedle of Juneau will offer an all-day World Cup Telemark skiing clinic on Jan. 2, and there will be two ski and snowboard holiday camp sessions - Dec. 20-24 and Dec. 27-31. For more information, look on the Web at http://www.skijuneau.com or call 790-2001.

• Juneau Archery Club youth shooting canceled - The club's Friday night shooting sessions at its indoor range at the Mendenhall Mall have been canceled on Friday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, because of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Shooting will resume on Friday, Jan. 7, with three sessions at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Space is limited in each session and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of each session is $1 and they are designed to help youngsters learn the basics of archery. Info: John Cooper, 789-3422, or by e-mail at jcooper@gci.net.

• Juneau Tornados youth wrestling registration - Registration opens Thursday, Dec. 23, for the season that begins Jan. 10. Practices will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Juneau Gymnastics Academy, with wrestlers ages 5-12 meeting from 6-7 p.m. and ages 14-18 meeting from 7:15-8:30 p.m. New wrestlers are welcomed, and this is a good place for younger wrestlers to learn moves before the high school and middle school seasons. Info: Joe Paddock, 789-8484, Lee Kadinger, 723-2879, or Bob Koenitzer, 789-0874.

• Juneau Parks and Recreation - 2005 coed volleyball registration: Team registration will take place on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Assembly chambers at Juneau City Hall. Late registration - with a $10 late fee - will take place on Friday, Jan. 7 at the Parks and Rec office at city hall. Team registration information is available on the Parks and Rec Web site at http://www.juneau.org /parksrec/adult/coedvolleyball.php. Managers' packets can be picked up at the Parks and Rec office. Info: Juneau Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• Capital City Soccer League - Women's classic indoor soccer league: Registration for the CCSL's less-competitive women's program continues until Jan. 8, with games starting on Jan. 11. There is no experience necessary, and older women and new players are encouraged to participate. Teams play one game each week, at 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mount Jumbo Gym. The registration fee is $30, and forms are available at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, or by sending an e-mail to ashen@alaska.com. Info: Chris, 586-6650.

• Gastineau Channel Little League on-line registration - On-line registration for the 2005 season runs through Feb. 28. Early registration rates are valid through Jan. 30. Look on the Web at http://www.eteamz.com/gcllak. Info: GCLL, 789-9803.

• Yukon River Quest 2005 registration - The longest annual canoe and kayak race in the world is accepting applications for its 2005 race. The race takes place June 29 through July 3, and the 460-mile (740-kilometer) course follows the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon Territory. The deadline for entries is May 26, 2005, and more information is available on the event's Web site at http://www.yukonriverquest.com. Last year 51 teams from around the world, including racers from Southeast Alaska, started the race and 35 teams finished. A limit of 70 teams has been set for 2005 and the race is open to tandem and solo kayaks and recreational tandem canoes and voyageur canoes (that seat 6-14 paddlers). Entry fees are $600 (Canadian) for tandem canoes and kayaks, $300 for solo kayaks and $200 per person for voyageur canoes. The total purse for the race is $15,500 (Canadian), which is distributed among the top 10 teams overall and to category winners. The first-place team receives $3,000 and an entry into the 2006 race. Info: Peter Coates (of Whitehorse), YRMPA president, by e-mail at petercoates@sun.com, or Jeff Brady (of Skagway), YRMPA vice president, by e-mail at dotjeff@aptalaska.net.

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OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING

• 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.

• Mount Jumbo preschool open gym - Preschool open gyms for children ages 1-6 and an adult parent or caregiver take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through April. There must be at least one adult present for every four kids. There is a $1 per child fee, or punchcards for $10 and $50 can be bought at the gym, which is located at 909 4th Street in Douglas. Tricycles, mats, balls, a Little Tykes climber, building blocks and a kid-sized basketball hoop are available. Info: Myiia Whistler, Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.

• Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - New climbing wall hours are 5-7 p.m. on Mondays, and 3:30-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 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 schedule - An ice rink schedule is posted on the arena's Web site. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.

• Juneau Community Schools open gyms - Basketball, volleyball and soccer open gyms for adults are available several times a week. Basketball and volleyball open gyms are held Fridays and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Soccer open gyms are held Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and Sundays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Floyd Dryden Middle School. The cost is $5 per session, and 10-session punchcards are available for $40 each. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.

• Basketball/volleyball court rentals available - The Juneau Community Schools program has basketball/volleyball court rental times available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The cost to rent the court is $20 per hour, which must be paid at the time of rental. This is for adult activities only. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.

• Recreational badminton - Auke Bay group: This group meets from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at the Auke Bay Community School gym. **SCHEDULE REVISION: The badminton group will not meet over the school's winter break, from Dec. 19 through Jan. 2. After the break, the group will meet just once a week, on Tuesdays, with the first session on Jan. 4. This badminton open gym is for teens and adults of all skill levels and it costs $3 per person per night. Bring a racquet, if you have one. Info: Theresa Walden, 790-2499.

• 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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