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Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

Opening Day ceremonies for the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. Festivities are scheduled to begin at noon and last until 5 pm. Activities will include a giant slide for the players and youth, our Soccer Coaches vs. the Old Pros All Star Soccer Game, competitive youth soccer games, a banner contest, and various drills and competitions for prizes! Additionally, we look forward to food booths from local restaurants, retail sales booths, and many other activities! All are invited to come early and stay late at this fun-filled event!

The SRSC is accepting late registration applications for our soccer program. If you have a child between the ages of 5 and 19 who would like to play soccer this season, please promptly contact our registrar Rick Harmonson at 578-0562 or [[email protected]], or our director of coaching Cha Cha Namdar at 695-3459 or [[email protected]]. Since our teams are formed, registration will be subject to availability.

Recreational soccer practices begin the first week of August and continue through the soccer season. Recreational soccer games begin Saturday, Sept. 6.

Our club is always seeking additional sponsors. We urge all sponsors and potential sponsors to visit our website and see the new and exciting sponsorship opportunities available, including different levels of sponsorship, the opportunity to sponsor special events, and the benefits sponsorship.

For more information regarding the SRSC, please refer to our website at [http://scrippsranchsc.com] or call the hotline at 974-5393.

Joe Barr, SRSC President

Scripps Ranch Pop Warner Football and Cheer

Our third season of Pop Warner Football and Cheer has already begun! We officially start our season on Monday, Aug. 4, with all players and cheer squads beginning the tough two weeks of conditioning. Once they get through this, football will seem like a piece of cake! Conditioning is held at the Dingeman Elementary School field. Later in the month, the older divisions move to the Scripps Ranch High School soccer field.

In the past month our coaches have been very busy preparing for the season. The head coaches attended an all-day U.S.A. Football clinic at the Charger's training facility. Then they attended a coach's clinic put on by Sergio Diaz, head coach of the SRHS football program. We also had a CPR training class that many of our coaches attended.

Our coaches go through extensive training to prepare for coaching Pop Warner, so we hope that all parents thank their coaches. All our teams have had parent meetings, and the coaches have done player assessments to determine player positions for the upcoming season. We have distributed the equipment and gear so our teams are ready to start!

Our Opening Day festivities and picture day are on Sunday, Aug. 24. We are still collecting items to raffle off in our silent auction. If you are a Scripps Ranch business, please consider donating a gift certificate. We also are looking for signed memorabilia from professional athletes. Please contact Pete Staab at [[email protected]] to make a donation.

Our first preseason game is Saturday, Aug. 30. Our first regular season game is on Saturday, Sept. 6. With 13 associations now in San Diego Pop Warner, we will play many new teams, so it will definitely be another exciting year. For more details and game schedules, visit [www.scrippsranchpopwarner.com]. Go Falcons!

Lisa Gorski, SRPW President

Attention SR Youth Basketball Players

I am super excited to share this new opportunity with you. My name is Brian Hershman, and I am the boys' freshman basketball coach at Scripps Ranch High School. I graduated from SRHS in 2003, playing basketball under Coach John King, and went on to the University of Arizona. I graduated with a degree in physical education and coaching.

I spent my last two years serving as an assistant to the U of A's basketball program and founded the first Basketball Coaches Club at the university. Coming back to Scripps Ranch with four years of coaching under my belt--ranging from 3rd graders to assistant varsity coach--inspired me to take that experience to help my community.

Right before my graduation, I got a call from Scripps Ranch varsity coach Anthony Tucker, who I played under for three years. He told me he wanted me to develop the future stars of Scripps Ranch basketball, and this program would serve as a "feeder" for his varsity team. For the past year, I have been coaching competitive 7th and 8th graders who were planning to go to SRHS so that when they got to high school, they would be ready and know the system.

Now a little bit about my program: I am going to start three brand new teams with tryouts starting on Thursday, Aug. 14. I invite serious basketball players who are committed to fun and rapid development to try out.

There will be three teams: 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. If you are in this age group or your son wants to take his game to the next level and get into the system before high school, he will gain a huge advantage over the competition.

For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact me at [[email protected]] or 204-0188. I would love to hear from you.

Brian

Scripps Ranch Softball Association

The 10U Falcons went to state champion play in July. They came in third overall in Districts, beating 10 other teams to advance to States! This is the first time in five years that a 10U Gold team has gone on to play in state softball competition. The Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) is very proud of the girls and the coaching staff of the 10U Falcons. Way to go, girls!

The Scripps Ranch 10U Hawk team also had a very successful All Star season, collecting first place trophies in back-to-back championships. They won the Santee Tournament and the Penasquitos Tournament and made it to the finals or the semifinals in four other tournaments. What an outstanding All Star record, girls. Congratulations, Hawks!

The 8U Hawks also had a great season, winning six games and tying three. Highlights of the season included our first win over crosstown rival PQ. The girls continued to make steady improvement throughout the All Star season. Good job, Hawks!

Post-Season Success!

Wow! As a community we should be very proud of the accomplishments of our Little League teams in the post-season tournaments this year. Each year, the World Series participants in Juniors, Majors, and AAA participate in the District Tournament of Champions. This is a tournament of similar championship teams from other areas in our district--about 15 teams per tournament.

This year our Majors A's, managed by Craig Page, and our Triple A Padres, managed by Mark Ishihara, both won this prestigious tournament! Winning these tournaments shows that we have developed a very strong program in Scripps Ranch. More importantly, we have not sacrificed our commitment to our ideals of fair play and sportsmanship one bit in achieving this.

But wait, it gets better! I am also very proud to announce that Dan Bailey's 10/11-year-old All Star team won the District 32 All Star Tournament! This is another very prestigious accomplishment. Kevin McGarry's 12-year-old All Star team made it to the finals of their All Star Tournament as well, against a very strong field of opponents.

This success is a testament to the hard work of the players, the dedication of our great managers, and the full support of our parents. Collectively you have achieved something very special.

Fall Ball: Registration for Fall Ball closes soon. Any player who was league age of 6-14 during the spring season can participate in Fall Ball, provided they played at least at the Rookies level in the spring. Juniors Division players who were age 14 will not be allowed to pitch this fall, but they are allowed to play on a Juniors team.

We encourage you to visit the Scripps Ranch Little League website at [www.scrippsranchlittleleague.org] to register if you are interested. If you would like more details, contact us at [[email protected]].

Prepare for next season: Many kids won't pick up a glove or bat until tryouts in January if they don't play Fall Ball. Playing catch a few times a week with your son or taking a trip to the batting cage every now and then can have a significant positive impact on your son's success next season. We hope you have a great summer!

Rob Babbush, SRLL President

The middle school San Diego County Lacrosse Association's (SDCLA) lacrosse season ended in early June. Two teams of players--U-15 and U-13--made up of players from Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, and Poway traveled to Park City, Utah, in mid-June to compete in the 6th Annual Ski Town Shootout. This was the second year a team from San Diego traveled there, and they performed well again.

Following up a 5-0 undefeated run by the San Diego U-13 team from 2007 in Utah, many of the same players went again this year as U-15s. Coached by Russ Olsen, varsity head coach for Canyon Crest Academy, the mostly 13- to 14-year-old boys played bigger, stronger competition from Utah, Arizona, Las Vegas, Denver, and Fort Collins, CO.

They finished strong, winning their last two games on Saturday. It was an exciting sudden death "Braveheart" overtime victory over top ranked Las Vegas, followed by a 9-2 throttling of a huge, physical team from Arizona to finish out the tournament. The U-13 boys dominated their bracket, going 5-1, showing the crowds in Park City that the competition in San Diego is tough. Everyone had a great time. Thanks to our host, the San Diego Youth Lacrosse Festival, and Tom Summers from Ranch Bernardo for organizing our teams.

Many players are keeping their skills sharp playing in summer lacrosse leagues and attending summer skills camps. The 2009 boys season starts up again in late 2008 with Monday night preseason clinics for new and returning players. More to follow on this and our brand new lacrosse venue for 2009! Check our website at [www.srlax.org] for more details.

Girls Lacrosse: Please go to [www.srlax.org] for more information or registration.

For more information about Scripps Ranch Lacrosse, please email me at [[email protected]].

Kevin Rodenbeck, SR Lacrosse

Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Volleyball

We play at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center every Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The cost is $70 per 10-week session, and we accept mid-session enrollments. Members of the Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club (SRWAC) receive a discount!

We are the only league in San Diego to offer women 25 years and older the opportunity to improve their volleyball skills in a friendly, noncompetitive environment. We have a great coach who spends the first half-hour each week on various drills and skill development. After the coaching session, we break up into teams and scrimmage against each other for the remainder of the evening. Please note participants must provide their own kneepads.

This league is open to all abilities and skill levels. It's a great opportunity to get exercise, meet new people, and get back into the sport you love to play! We welcome you to try your first night for free!

If you have questions about the volleyball league, please send an email to [[email protected]] or visit our website at [www.srwac.org]. SRWAC also offers basketball and soccer leagues for women. Please visit our website for more information.

A Taste of the Olympics!

The 2008 Summer Olympics begin in Beijing on Friday, Aug. 8. Victoria "Tori" Torrescano, a Scripps Ranch resident and high school junior, got a taste of international competition at the Junior Olympic level.

Tori's Amateur Softball Association of American (ASA) Junior Olympic softball team, the 18U Gold Raiders based in Long Beach, played a competitive game against the Taiwan Junior National team in Van Nuys last month. Tori pitched the seven-inning game, chalking up a 6-3 victory. In true Olympic spirit the teams exchanged gifts after the game and posed for a group photo.

The Taiwan team continues its travels throughout the western United States, playing against elite 18U Gold teams. The Raiders also hit the road this summer, attending college showcase tournaments in Las Vegas, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. They are seeking a berth to the 18U Gold National Championships in Oklahoma City, OK.

Tori is a dedicated athlete, traveling to Long Beach once a week for batting and pitching lessons at the Diane Lewis School of Softball. Go, Raiders!