7th Grade All-Net Makes Run at Nationals

When the seven 7th graders from the Scripps Ranch Falcons headed up to the National Junior Basketball (NJB) All-Net National Tournament, they weren't sure what to expect. They entered the tournament as the number three seed in their pool. A community-based team, they were playing in the highest level of NJB, which often means playing against 7th grade all-star teams from throughout the state. Their first game was against Sacramento, the defending champs.

The Falcons fell behind early, and Sacramento was poised to run away with the game. But the kids from Scripps Ranch buckled down on defense, got stronger with the ball, and turned the game. They held Sacramento to nine points in the second half and won their opening game 39-32.

Next was a Las Vegas team. Scripps Ranch held off a late charge to win 56-50. They became the only non-number one seed to win their pool.

In the national quarterfinals the next morning the kids battled Chino Valley to a 22-22 tie at halftime. The kids again locked down on defense in the second half, holding Chino Valley to seven points to advance with 41-29 victory. Two hours later, in the national semifinals, the Falcons battled Vallejo. The kids from Scripps had their national championship run end with a hard fought 32-25 loss to Vallejo.

In the third place game the Falcons again battled Sacramento. With their play improving throughout the tournament, the Falcons controlled the game from the opening tip and came away with the 42-32 win and a third place finish in the All-Net National Tournament.

Matt Gluck, Zach Wissing, Brett Lofthus, David LeBaron, JJ Sellner, Nick Prunty, and Drew Madsen represented the community and themselves well. No 7th grade team played the eventual national champions from Vallejo tougher than the Falcons. It was a great run for the Scripps Ranch Falcons at the Nationals. The kids all played hard and did a great job. Congratulations!

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club's (SRSC) registration deadline is Sunday, June 15. Please visit our website to complete the registration process online. It is imperative that all players be timely registered for the 2008 season. We have extended our deadline to register in hopes of avoiding parents incurring late registration fees, which have increased to $25 per player.

For more information about the SRSC, visit [] or call the hotline at 974-5393.

Joe Barr, SRSC President

Scripps United BU14 and 15 to Train in England

We are excited to announce the Scripps United Boys Under 14 and 15 soccer teams will travel to England this summer. They will train at some of England's top professional training facilities, as well as compete against local boys teams in the Manchester, Cambridge, and London areas. The team will train at and tour the Reebok Stadium complex, home of the Bolton Wanderers. In addition to other planned sightseeing trips they will tour "Old Trafford" stadium, the home of the famous Manchester United Soccer Club!

The team will then visit and train at Derby County professional club complex on their way to the London area. While in London, they will train at the Tottenham Hotspurs complex and explore the attractions in the area.

Players making the trip from the BU14 team are Justin Davies, Nolan Stephens, Stephen Wolfe, Spencer Dixon, Jordan Rael, and Tate Becker. Players from the BU15 team are Brad Littooy, Connor Bones, Ryan Muir, Steve Polito, Colin Page, Drew Bossert, and Ryan Walters. Kyle Dennis (BU16), John Kavanaugh (BU13), and Kyle Davies and Sean Dixon from BU12 also will participate. The team will be joined by team manager Wendy Littooy, parents, and coaches Ralph Ginese (BU15 and GU14) and Rich Davies (BU12).

The teams will hold fundraising events at local restaurants in the coming months and would appreciate community participation in these events. Stay tuned for post-tour pictures and a trip recap in a future edition of the SRCA Newsletter. Go, Scripps!

To learn more about our trip by possibly joining the team as a player or spectator, or sponsoring our team, please contact Wendy Littooy at 635-6722 or [[email protected]]. Thank you!

Season in Full Swing!

Everyone is having a great time! Soon the playoffs will be here, as well as post-season tournaments and all-star selection.

I would like to thank all of you for continuing to provide a good example of sportsmanship to all our players. Cheer for great plays by both teams, don't "help" the umpires make calls, and help us keep the focus on having fun.

We go to great lengths to ensure a fair and equitable all-star selection process. Ultimately it is the regular season managers who are responsible for selecting the all-stars, as they are the ones who regularly see all of the kids play.

At the direction of the national Little League organization, we have implemented new rules for pitchers. This year a pitcher may not pitch in the next game if he throws more than 40 pitches in a game. Once he pitches in a game, he cannot play catcher in that game.

Many of our board members have kids who are "graduating" out of Little League. This means we need new volunteers to participate on our board of directors. If you are interested, or at least can be convinced, please contact me.

We have a lot of equipment and clothing at our lost and founds at the Jerabek and Spring Canyon snack bars. Please stop by if you are missing anything.

The season has gone smoothly this year. With 857 players, this is reflective of a great deal of help and cooperation from parents, coaches, managers, and board members. I thank each of you. To reach me, please email me at [[email protected]].

Rob Babbush, SRLL President

Scripps Ranch Girls Softball

Wow! The recreational season of girls softball 2008 has come to an end. It was a great season of fun, skill building, and teamwork! The league would like to thank all the girls who played, the parents for their support, and the coaches for their time and effort each week.

It was a sight to see girls getting dirty going for a ground ball, smiling ear to ear because they got their first out, caught a fly ball, or pitched a strike. The teams were wonderful. We heard so many girls cheer on their teammates and say they believed in them!

Those of you who have been out at Cypress Canyon Park might be wondering what all that construction is going on behind Field 1. It is a new bullpen for pitchers to warm up. The league would like to give a huge thank you to RCP Brick and Block for providing materials for this project. The league also would like to thank all the volunteers who are helping make the bullpen a reality.

The 2007-2008 board members' terms are winding down. We are looking for volunteers to hold Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) board positions. If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest to the SRSA.

The SRSA is proud to announce our new scholarship program! It is for a girl who has played in the Scripps Ranch Girls Fast Pitch Softball League. Please go to [] for details on how to apply. We look forward to seeing new and returning players for the next season of softball!

Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club

The Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club (SRWAC) coed softball summer season begins Tuesday, June 17. The games are at 7 pm. You will play one game per week in Scripps Ranch. The nine-week season ends Tuesday, Aug. 12, and the cost is $45 per person.

The league is open to men and women 25 years and older. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, coed softball is a fun, non-competitive way of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. For applications or more information, visit the softball page of the SRWAC website at []. Applications are due by Sunday, June 1.

Boys Lacrosse: The spring 2008 season is underway, and Scripps Ranch is fielding four teams in two divisions of the San Diego County Lacrosse Association (SDCLA) Middle School League.

Division IA: The Division1A team is off to a 2-0 start in the spring season after a strong showing in the San Diego Youth Lacrosse Festival (SDYLF) preseason tournament. The boys opened by facing off against a tough team from Poway. Scripps came through with a hard fought victory winning by a score of 4-3 in two overtimes. The second game saw Scripps take numerous shots on visiting Sweetwater (pictured below) and come away with a solid win by the score of 4-1.

Division IB: As of press time, the Division IB squad had not lost a game either. The team remains undefeated with eight wins, including a preseason tournament.

In Division III A + B: The 5th and 6th graders make up the two teams in Division III. The DIIIA team came out of the shoot strong, scoring in double digits in both of their first two games. The first game saw the team crank in 10 goals against Tierrasanta in a 10-5 victory. The DIIIB 5th grade team came out on the short end of a tough game vs. Pacific Ridge to start the season.

Girls Lacrosse: Registration is now open for fall girls lacrosse, grades 3-8. Early online registration runs through Saturday, May 31. Players will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. So register early to guarantee a spot on the successful Scripps Girls Middle School teams. Go to [] to register. For questions, please contact me at [[email protected]].

Kevin Rodenbeck, SRLAX

Scripps Ranch Pop Warner

Besides the fun of playing Scripps Ranch Pop Warner (SRPW) football and cheer, this organization stresses doing well in school. All participants must maintain a 2.0 GPA to participate.

On the other side, our Little Scholars' national program also rewards many of our participants who achieve high academic standing by recognizing them in the Pop Warner All-American Scholars' awards. We are proud to announce that 24 of the 71 awards given in the San Diego region of Pop Warner came from Scripps Ranch! That's 34%!

This month we would like to recognize our Pop Warner football and cheer participants who were winners in the All-America Scholars! Each of these participants received a certificate and letter from Pop Warner and an invitation to attend the Little Scholars' banquet in Florida. SRPW is sending each winner a gift certificate to Sports Authority.

Our only first team winner is 5th grader Kenan Draughorne. Our second team winners are Nicholas Smart, Courtney Lakoduk, Rebecca Sellner, Shannon Manso, Molly Ray Shadden, Mitchell Estes, Kyle Moberg, Bradley Neas, JJ Sellner, Michael Acasio, Robert Dalbec, Hunter Hughes, Taylor Madigan, Daniel Miller, Ryan North, Cassandra Brewer, Allison Markel, and Kinsey Ouellette.

Honorable mentions go to Ryan King, Eric Meyer, Joseph McCallum, Alexsander Cronk, and Ryan Hawblitzel. Congratulations to these participants for excelling on the field and in school!

We are beginning to put the team rosters together. All participants will hear from their coaches soon about player assessments that start in late May. It is time to start ordering jerseys and uniforms and start preparing for the conditioning that begins on Monday, Aug. 4.

We remind all families to plan vacations around the Aug. 4-14 time period so your child does not get behind in the conditioning portion of the program. We also encourage all players and cheerleaders to start getting in shape now. There are conditioning clinics and camps posted on our website. For details, visit [].

Go, Falcons!

Lisa Gorski, SRPW President

Scripps Ranch 11-Year-Old Wins Motocross Awards

Scripps Ranch resident Jantz Grodzicki, age 11, completed a sweep of three Motocross classes entered in the Winter CMC Golden State Nationals. Six races were held at tracks around Southern California in January and February, with an overall champion crowned.

Jantz finished first overall in the age 9-11 65cc class, 65cc Open, and the 7-11 85cc classes. This is the second year in a row he has swept all three classes. Jantz will compete in a number of national races this year. Keep an eye out for the #96 machine!

Jantz attends Marshall Middle School and balances school and Motocross competition at the national level. He has been competing since he was 7 and has won a number of championships!