GILA Sports & Activities

Students attending the Galena Interior Learning Academy are offered a variety of athletic opportunities. Galena Schools participate in Region VI, participating in the Aurora Conference (Basketbal, Volleyball). Other sports compete on a statewide level, in Division 3A.  Below you will find a list of sports and activities offered to students, along with their respective coaches/advisors.



Cross-Country RunningMolissa Wightman / Ben Blasco 
Girls Volleyball Carrie Given / Trisha Esmailka
Wrestling (Co-Ed)Josh Pittsenbarger / Patrick Lumba
Boys Basketball Ryan Harms / Andrea Doerflinger
Girls Basketball David Wightman 
Cross-Country SkiingSandra Scotton
Swimming Lynn Betterton
Track and Field Ben Blasco
CheerMiranda Martinez

GILA Students may also choose from many extracurricular activities. A few highlights are shown below. In addition, Galena School students can join teams and compete in the annual Academic Decathlon, Battle of the Books, and more!



Drama, Debate & ForensicsSutton Casey
Student GovernmentSutton Casey
HOSA Carrie Given / Eli Holmes
Native Youth OlympicsDawn Pomrening
YearbookPaul Apfelbeck
TheatreSutton Casey

Athletics Participation

Students and parents will need to create accounts with PlanetHS (formerly Arbiter Athlete) to complete pre-participation forms for ASAA-sponsored sports/activities. All forms can be signed electronically.

The Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) is the governing agency for all Alaska high school athletics and activities. Click below to access Handbook and Forms for parents/guardians, coaches, and student-athletes.