COMMUNITY JOURNALISM: Youth, recreation notebook

Junior RoughRiders have busy month

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Junior RoughRiders are anxious to fill the void left by the NHL lockout for Cedar Rapids hockey fans.

The month of January will be full of three home tournaments for Squirt (ages 8-10) and Mite (ages 5-7) players.

The Squirt 1 team is hosting a tournament that wraps up today.

The Squirt 2 and 3 teams host a joint tournament Jan. 18-20 with teams from Dubuque, Iowa City and Waterloo among the field.

Squirt 1 head coach Jeff Winders is proud of the team’s accomplishments this season.

“Our team won the West Salem (Wis.) 2012 Frozen Tundra tournament A division by beating teams from West Salem, La Crosse and Somerset, Wisconsin,” he said. “This team is slightly over .500 and still striving to achieve consistency in all areas of the game, which will lead to more sound overall play.”

He anticipates more good things ahead, including hoisting the home tournament championship trophy tonight.

“The kids’ intensity and focus in practice has increased due in large part to some team leadership coming from our more experienced players,” he said.

The youngest players in the travel hockey program form the Mite team, which hosts a tournament Jan. 12-13. These players skate cross-ice in a 3-on-3 format to improve their stick handling proficiency.

Attendance is free at all the events.

ICNC Paddle Day set for Jan. 26

CEDAR RAPIDS — Indian Creek Nature Center will host its sixth annual Paddle Day from noon to 4:30 on Jan. 26.

This year’s schedule of varied presentation topics will be informative and entertaining for paddlers and anyone else who is attracted to activities along our Iowa streams.

The programs include a talk on “Iowa Mussels & Interesting Aquatic Life” by Paul Sleeper, DNR Fisheries Biologist; “Urban Water Sport Opportunities” by Sven Leff, City of Cedar Rapids Recreation Superintendent; and “Developing a Water Trail” by John Wenck of IDNR Rivers Program.

Go to for more information.

Waltonian leagues starting today

TODDVILLE — The Waltonian Archary Club begins its Traditional League and Sunday Bowhunter League Sunday.

Both run for 10 weeks and cost $70. The Traditional League begins at 4 p.m., the Sunday Bowhunter League at 6.

The Tuesday Bowhunter League starts Tuesday at 7 p.m., also $70 and running for 10 weeks. The Thursday Target League also kicks off this week, running 10 weeks at $70.

For more information, contact The Waltonian Archers at or call (319) 393-5693.


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