Sports

 

Field Hockey Honors

Scripps Ranch High School alumna Haley Exner was named Indiana University's Female Athlete of the Year for 2007-2008. She also received the Big Ten Medal of Honor, an award given to a student who demonstrates proficiency in scholarship and athletics.

Haley was selected All-Big Ten goalkeeper each of her final three seasons and was a six-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. A three-year starter, Haley is IU's career leader in wins (38) and goals-againsts average (1.54). She led the Hoosiers to their only appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.

Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club

Attention all Scripps Ranch women! Do you love the holidays but dread the weight gain caused by eating calorie-rich goodies? The Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club (SRWAC) can help keep off those holiday pounds...play sports!

The SRWAC offers year-round basketball, volleyball, and soccer for women ages 25 and older in a fun, recreational environment. Have fun socializing with other women while burning calories! Sports are offered year round, and mid-session enrollment is allowed for volleyball and soccer. Please visit our website at [www.srwac.org] for details.

Scripps Ranch Softball Association

Young ladies ages 5 to 14...get ready for the 2008-2009 softball season! Registration for the Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) begins Saturday, Nov. 1, and continues through Monday, Dec. 15. All registrants can go online at [www.eteamz.com/srsa] and complete the process. This year the league is offering a discount of $25 for new league participants, including T-ball girls or new girls of any age, who want to play in this program that is fun, promotes skill building, and provides social opportunities.

The SRSA is again hosting the "Second Annual Scripps Ranch Winter Camp," with Scripps Ranch's own Dana Sorensen as a guest instructor. This camp is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 4. Dana again will be assisted by her colleagues, several of whom are coaches at the collegiate level. This camp is a great opportunity for our girls to be mentored by successful women athletes. Check the website for registration details and more clinics.

Other things happening in the league included Fall Field Day, where volunteers helped get the fields ready for the new season. Thanks to all who helped.

Old Pros Sunday 50+ Softball

The Scripps Ranch Old Pros begin the 10th anniversary season of their Men's Sunday 50+ Softball League on Sunday, Jan. 4. Sign up now and enjoy the company of a bunch of great guys on Sunday mornings until early May.

Your $60 fee gets you a team shirt, regular season play, post-season tourney, team awards, and a free family barbecue put on by the Old Pros' famous Burrito Brothers. For more information, contact commissioner Mike Shaw at 922-5295 or [[email protected]].

Register to "Play Ball"

Registration for our 2009 season opens the first week of November. We have spent the off-season planning improvements to our league and are confident we will have our best season ever! Please visit [www.scrippsranchLL.org] for information on our electronic registration process. We added a seniors program this year for 15- and 16-year-olds. Our focus is on sportsmanship, fun, and learning how to play baseball.

We frequently get questions from parents about how our draft process works, and why their child ends up playing in one division rather than another. Our goals are to have balanced teams in all divisions, with kids playing at a level most suited to their capabilities.

We hold player evaluations--not tryouts--each year where the coaches and managers get a chance to watch the kids hit, catch, throw, and run. We then start our draft with the highest division and ensure all players of the appropriate age for that division are drafted. For example, all 12-year-olds will be on a Majors team, and all 11-year-olds will play at the AAA level or above. The managers are allowed to draft younger kids, but there is a limit since their team will primarily be composed of the players whose age dictates they play in that division. Once the Majors draft is complete, this determines the pool of eligible players for the AAA draft. The process is repeated until our MAPS draft is complete.

If your child is not drafted to a higher division, it is because the coaches and managers in that division felt there were other players more prepared to play in a division above their age. The league doesn't decide this. Conversely, if your child was drafted to a higher division, it is because that manager felt he was ready to play at that level. We cannot make adjustments once drafts are complete.

For questions about this process, contact me at [[email protected]] or our player agent.

Rob Babbush, SRLL President

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) would like to thank its many sponsors, those who provided contributions during online registration, our coaches, and hundreds of volunteers who made this a fun and rewarding season. Please see pages 42-43 for more.

The SRSC's 2008 Recreational End-of-Season Tournament will be played on Saturday, Nov. 15 and 22, at our community fields. This has traditionally been an action-packed, fun tournament! Our Recreational All Star Tournament takes place on the weekend of Dec. 20 and 21. This tournament has club all star teams compete for medals and trophies.

For information about the SRSC, visit [http://soccer.scrippsranch.com] or call the hotline at 974-5393.

Joe Barr, SRSC President

Girls Lacrosse: The Scripps girls "laxers" have again proven to be the elite team in San Diego County. Both teams appear to be well on their way to undefeated seasons in the San Diego County Lacrosse Association (SDCLA) fall league and will likely finish the season #1 in the county.

This year's squads are led by 8th grade stars Tory Schwitkis and Kira Dosenberry on offense, and defenders Kenya Chauche and Sophia Raimondi. The team is anchored by standout goalie Kerry Klimpel. Seventh grade leaders on offense are Michaela Long and Catlin Brown, along with solid defense from Janice Smith and Julia Kuykendall.

All age groups have made strong contributions to the teams including 6th graders Allison Kuykendall, Delany Todd, and Holly Pelland. Fifth graders Nicole Deffley, Rachel Tahmassebi, and Sabrina Gonzalez are young scrappers who are outstanding. The program has flourished thanks to committed coaches led by Aly Josephs--US Women's National Lacrosse Team--Courtney Fettu, Rachael Raimondi, Delaney Brown, and Tara Thornton.

Scripps Ranch is hosting the countywide end of season Girls Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Marshall Middle School. This is a great opportunity for girls to check out the sport, pick up starter equipment, bid on silent auction items, and much more. For details, go to [www.srlax.org].

Boys Lacrosse: The boys SDCLA spring lacrosse season is just around the corner. Home playing and practice fields move to Marshall Middle School. Registration will be conducted online only and is open now. Go to [www.srlax.org], click on "MS Boys," then "Registration." More information will follow on preseason clinics.

If you have any questions, please email me at [[email protected]].

Kevin Rodenbeck, SR Lacrosse