Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Midnight Sun season set to start

The Peninsula Midnight Sun Volleyball Club season begins Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kenai Central High School. All interested high school players are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Bruce King at 262-9501 or

Team Alaska to hold speed-skating tryouts

Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska recently announced the team and athlete selection procedures for speed-skating. Athletes selected to this team will be part of Alaska’s 377-person delegation to the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, scheduled for March 5 through March 11 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

A single, statewide speed-skating tryout will be held at the Harry McDonald Center ice rink in Eagle River on Dec. 10. Sign-ups begin at 8 a.m., and competition begins at 8:45 a.m. sharp. Juvenile male and female competitors, born July 1, 1991, through June 30, 1994, will compete over distances of 500, 666, 777 and 1,000 meters. Junior competitors, born July 1, 1986, and June 30, 1991, will compete over distances of 500, 777, 1,000 and 1,500 meters.

Those trying out will earn points for their place at each distance, and the skaters with the greatest number of points from the four events will be selected to the team, four per age group. The team will be named no later than Dec. 20.

Competitors who cannot make the tryouts must contact the sport coordinator, Wendy Arnett, and arrange to be timed over the tryout distances no more than eight days after the Dec. 10 tryouts. Coaches who are interested in serving on Team Alaska’s speed-skating coaching staff should apply to the sport coordinator. The coaching staff will be announced Dec. 10. More detailed selection information, coaching applications and contact information is available at the Team Alaska Web site:

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