Sports in Juneau

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2002

Saturday, Dec. 21, to Tuesday, Dec. 31

• Holiday Cup 2002 indoor soccer tournament - Matchups and times TBA. Games run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 21-30 (except Dec. 24-25) at both Floyd Dryden and Dzantik'i Heeni middle schools, with the championship games in all divisions taking place on Dec. 31 at Dzantik'i Heeni. Championship game times on Dec. 31 are 12:15 p.m. for elementary division, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the two middle school divisions, 4:30 p.m. for the high school division and 6 p.m. for the open division. For schedule details and tournament info: Leslie Houston, 364-2657.

Monday, Dec. 30

• Juneau-Douglas High School basketball - Princess Cruises-Alaska Airlines Capital City Classic: The Crimson Bears host the 12th annual tournament at the JDHS main gym. Today's games are the Wasilla girls vs. Alameda (Calif.) at 1 p.m.; the Alameda (Calif.) boys vs. Prince Rupert (British Columbia) at 10 a.m. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a late time change to allow Prince Rupert to make travel connections.); the Juneau-Douglas girls vs. Troy (Fullerton, Calif.) at 6 p.m. and the Juneau-Douglas boys vs. L.V. Rogers (Nelson, British Columbia) at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 1

• Southeast Road Runners club - New Year's Day Resolution Run: Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the covered parking garage under the Douglas Library for a 10 a.m. race start. Course will be about 4 miles. Race will take place, regardless of the weather. Info: Andrew Grossman, 586-4360, or by e-mail at

Saturday, Jan. 4

• Juneau Close-Up Holiday Table Tennis Tournament - Meet at Marie Drake Gym at noon to register, with tournament starting shortly after. Tournament benefits Juneau-Douglas High School Close-Up government education club. There will be singles competition in youth (age 12-younger), student (age 13-17) and adult (age 18-older) divisions. Grand prize is a pair of round-trip tickets to Seattle on Alaska Airlines, based on a weighted drawing. Participants receive one entry per game played and a bonus entry for each game won. There will be other prizes for each division winner. The entry fee is $20 for adults, $7 for college students and $5 for K-12 students. The tournament will open with round-robin pool play, followed by a double-elimination bracket and a final round. Participants should bring their favorite paddles. Info: Richard Schmitz, 586-9467 (home) or 209-5245 (cell), or by e-mail at


• 4-H Nordic Ski Club - The fifth year of this club for youth and adult skiers will meet every Sunday afternoon from Jan. 12 through March 16 at various locations TBA with club leaders Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant ($6 membership fee). The club has a limited number of pairs of classic and skating ski sets for rent for $20 for the entire winter season. Club leaders will help parents size skis for their children. The club only rents youth skis, adults must provide their own. If families couldn't attend the Dec. 14 registration meeting, they should call the 4-H office and enroll by phone. Info: Jim Douglas at the 4-H office, 465-8749.

• Juneau-Douglas Ice Association registration - Youth hockey for players ages 5-18, learn-to-skate lessons and figure skating registration will take place from 1-9 p.m. on Dec. 28, from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 8 and from 1-9 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Nugget Mall. The youth hockey season will from from Feb. 1 through April 15. It is open to experienced skaters and non-skaters, and players will be divided according to ability. The youth hockey registration fee is $95, which includes membership in USA Hockey and insurance. Youth hockey teams will get two hours of ice time each week. The learn-to-skate program if for anybody age 5-older who wants to improve their skating skills. The $50 fee includes a one-hour lesson each week for five weeks. The figure skating program is for experienced skaters who can skate securely on one foot, turn using crossover strides and stop without using toe picks. Skaters without those skills should sign up for the learn-to-skate program. The $50 figure skating fee includes a one-hour lesson each week. Info: Ken or Jeannette Collison, 790-2763, or by e-mail at

• HoopTime basketball tryouts - HoopTime AAU basketball tryouts will be held Thursday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 3. All sessions are at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Boys in grades 5-6 should meet from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2. Boys in grades 7-8 will meet from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2. Girls in grades 6-8 should meet from 4:15-6:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3. Travel teams and development teams are forming. Info: girls tryouts: Duane Doerflinger, 789-7161; boys tryouts: Edd Webb, 789-8436.

• Juneau Soccer Club registration - The Juneau Soccer Club is registering players in grades 4-5 for the 2002-03 season. Membership includes weekly skills development and training sessions, special weekly skills clinics and goalkeeping clinics. Players are trained by licensed coaches in gender-specific settings. Schedule information can be downloaded at Info: JSC registrar Leslie Houston, 364-2657.

• Juneau Adult Hockey Association registration - Due to a higher-than-expected response to the initial JAHA registration period, the league is extending its registration period and creating a two-tiered league. The two-tiered league will have one division for beginners with some hockey experience, while the other division will be for more-experienced players. Both divisions will be non-contact coed leagues. Players must be at least 18 years old, have some hockey experience and be fully equipped to start playing in late January. Individuals younger than age 18 may be considered for the league based on experience. So far, nearly 120 players have registered, more than twice the number anticipated for the inaugural season of recreational hockey at the new Treadwell Arena. The season is expected to start at the end of January and will probably be 15 games with a tournament in April. Info: Christopher Mertl, 586-3232.

• Capital City Soccer League women's indoor soccer league - Registration forms are available at the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation office downtown, and the deadline for registration is Jan. 4. League play starts on Jan. 7. Info: Karen Blejwas, 586-4827.

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation coed volleyball registration - Team manager packets are available at the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation office downtown, Room 218 of the Municipal Building, 155 S. Seward Street. Team registration takes place in the Assembly Chambers, on the main floor of the Municipal Building, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9. Late registration will be taken on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Parks and Rec office (a $10 late fee will be charged). Teams will be accepted on a space-available basis only. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• Southeast Road Runners club annual potluck/awards banquet - Meet at the Gastineau (DIPAC) Hatchery Reception Hall at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11. This event is open to all runners and is highlighted by a potluck dinner, Empire Cup awards, a slide show from the 2002 season and a brief annual meeting to elect new officers. If you have photos to contribute to the slide show, please contact George Johnson. If your photos are in digital format, they need to be in a large-file format (high resolution) for best viewing. Color prints can be scanned into a digital format for the show. Info: George Johnson, 463-2265, or be e-mail at, or Cindy Schlaffman, 789-3296, or by e-mail at


• Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays (Jan. 4, 11 and 18) at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Friday night youth open gyms at Floyd Dryden Middle School have been canceled due to lack of participants. Youth open gyms are free for students in grades 5-12. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.

• Community Schools winter break youth activities - Rollerskating and Rollerblading (helmets required) is noon to 2 p.m. for all ages (families welcome). Open gym recreation is 2-4 p.m. for grades 4-12 only. Both are free. Offered on Dec. 30, 31; Jan. 2 and 3 at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.

• Adult volleyball/basketball open gyms - Meet from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays (Jan. 3 is canceled, Jan. 10 and 17 are 8-10 p.m.) and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays (Jan. 5, 12 and 19) at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Cost is $4. Info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.

• Adult soccer open gyms - Meet from 7:15-9:15 p.m. on Fridays (Jan. 3 is 7-9 p.m., Jan. 10 and 17 are 8-10 p.m.) or from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays (Jan. 5, 12 and 19) at Floyd Dryden Middle School gym. Meet from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays (Jan. 6, 13 and 20) at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Cost is $4. Info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.

• Volleyball/basketball court rentals available - Saturday morning court rentals are available at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Courts are available starting Jan. 4, 2003. Rates and scheduling info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.

• Badminton open gyms - Auke Bay: Meet from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at the Auke Bay Elementary School gymnasium (NOTE: Auke Bay badminton won't take place from Dec. 19 through the holiday break, with a return on Jan. 7). All levels of play available for teens through adults. Bring a racquet, birdies will be provided. Cost is $3. Info: Theresa Walden, 790-2499. Douglas: Meet from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Gastineau Elementary School gymnasium. All levels of play welcome. Bring a racquet. Cost is $3. Info: Jag Yellesetty, 586-3598, or by e-mail at

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