Sports

Gymnastics Winner

Scripps Ranch resident Hosannah M. Slocum, who is 8 years old, won the 2002 Junior Olympic National Gymnastics Championship in Indianapolis in level 7 double mini-trampoline. Hosannah also won the silver medal in level 7 trampoline.

Hosannah is a California State Champion and a bi-regional--16 state--champion. Hosannah studied artistic gymnastics for a combined six years at SCATS in Huntington Beach and SCEGA in Temecula, where she competed for their teams.

In December 2001, Hosannah transitioned to Trampoline and Tumbling (T and T) gymnastics and currently trains at GTC Academy in Poway. Since December, Hosannah has progressed through three skill levels--5 to 7--and hopes to compete in levels 8, 9, and 10 during the 2003 season.

Hoop Time!

As the summer winds down and the kids prepare to return to school, put aside those flip-flops and lace up those sneakers. Basketball season is almost here! Scripps Ranch National Junior Basketball (NJB) is proud to announce its seventh year of fun, recreational basketball for boys and girls in grades 3-8.

Do not miss out! Practices start in early November, and the season begins on Saturday, Nov. 23. Registration begins soon! Check our new website at [www.scrippsranch.com/njb] for all the league details.

New this year is easy, secure online registration for both new and returning players. There will be no paper forms for registration this year. The website provides details and instructions for parents to register their players.

Representatives from our NJB program will have a booth set up at: the Community Park during soccer opening day on Sunday, Sept. 8; Jerabek Park on Saturday, Sept. 14; and, the Community Park on Saturday, Sept. 21. We will recruit coaches and parent volunteers at these booths, so stop by and get ready to hoop it up.

For questions about the SRNJB, call the hotline at 619-237-1600 or check the website at [www.scrippsranch.com/njb].

Ken Vecchio

Girls U13 Dominate Tournament

In August, the Scripps United Under 13 Girls dominated the Dave Shelton Memorial Cup tournament. Thanks to some hard work, extreme determination, and some excellent help from their coach, Tom Crane, the girls went on to win the tournament.

From a few good words to helpful hints, the thing that helped these girls the most was their teamwork. During the course of three preliminary games, Scripps lost 4-1, but won 5-1 and 2-0. Losing one game, the team worked even harder to regain points in the standings and ended up going to the finals with a total score of 19 points.

With a total of eight goals scored during the first three games and several more in the finals, there were some beautiful goals scored, but one really amazed the sidelines. Midfielder Kirsten Giannaris had a gorgeous penalty kick from about 25 yards out leading Scripps to a final score of 3-1.

It was a team effort through and through with each player working just as hard as the next one. It was easy to tell there were not 11 individuals playing on a soccer field, but one team of 11 girls playing together. Congratulations Scripps United U13 Girls. You are the champions!

Boys U9 Red Raise Their First Cup

A most exciting group of young boys started their first competitive season this year and entered the Pegasus Cup. It took place over three days on the beautiful grounds of the University of California, San Diego campus in La Jolla.

As families and friends cheered from the sidelines, the players, coached by Heibat Seyf, were dominant throughout all of their games. They fully deserved to reach the final after being unbeaten in their 1-1, 9-0, 1-0, and 3-0 preliminary round.

In the final, they met San Diego Fire. As the adrenaline rose in a tight and heated 0-0 game, Phillip Glass scored from a superb Alexander Schauffele free kick in overtime.

Bettina Pielke

Boys U10 Red Win Again

Just off the heels of winning the Presidio Cup tournament, once again the Boys Under 10 Red soccer team brought home the hardware! Coached by Larry Szafraniec, the team went undefeated to win the Albion Cup tournament.

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

Congratulations to the Scripps Ranch Boys Under 11 Team and the Girls Under 13 Team for winning the Escondido Mayor's Cup Tournament. It took place the first weekend in August at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.

Upcoming Events for the Club

Opening day for the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) will be Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 am to 5 pm at the Community Park. A wide array of fun family activities is planned for the event-- food, soccer games, special guests, and kids games. Soccer pictures for all recreational and competitive players and teams will also be taken this day. Plan to come and join the fun.

Here is a reminder for recreation coaches. Upcoming coaches meetings are scheduled for Thursdays, Sept. 19, and Oct. 17. Both meetings are at 7:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center at the Community Park.

Sponsors Needed

Each year, more and more kids from the Ranch participate in our youth soccer program. In order to help defray costs for participating, sponsors are needed to help cover the cost of uniforms, goals, balls, and other equipment.

More information about the Sponsor Program can be found on the club's website at [www.scrippsranch.com/soccer], including a downloadable sponsor form. Please make an effort to contribute.

Sponsors receive many benefits, including some free advertising on our banners at the fields throughout the season. For a personal contact, call Pat Matthews, the sponsorship chair, at 695-6512 for details.

For questions about the SRSC, call the hotline at 974-5393 or check the website at [www.scrippsranch.com/soccer].

Ken Vecchio

Girls Softball

The Scripps Ranch Girls Fastpitch 12 and under softball team--teal-- wrapped up a great tournament season with a second place finish in the Rancho Bernardo Summer Slam. Overall, the team went 24-14 and took second place at San Dieguito and Mira Mesa. The white and teal teams took second place at the Murrieta tournament.

This year's 10 and under teal team had a record 27 wins and 11 losses over seven tournaments. The 8 and under teal team completed its amazing season with a record of 31-8. It took first place in two tournaments, second place in four, and third place at districts.

The league is now gearing up for fall ball, entering teams in both the Mira Mesa and North County leagues. Fall ball offers an opportunity for girls interested in developing competitive skills to play doubleheaders on Sundays against teams from area communities.

Recreation season signups for 2003 will be held in early December. Information about the league is available at [www.eteamz.com/srsa].

Craig Brown