The spring season is underway and Scripps Boys Lacrosse (some members pictured above) got off to an early start with two teams--U15 and U13--competing in the second annual San Diego Youth Lacrosse Festival (SDYLF). Teams from around the west came to San Diego from as far away as Utah.
Scripps Ranch players on the U15 team include: Michael Henry, Dominic Thomas, Robbie Lewis, Matt Huckelberry, Ian Eckelman, Sean Keaveney, Adam Keaveney, Chris Lapeyre, and Hunter Hughes. Coach Matt "Smitty" Smith had the team playing strong.
The Boys U13 team went undefeated, 5-0, outscoring its opponents 26-11 to top the bracket. Coach Laurence Johnston got solid team play from Josh Marsaglia, Ian Dryer, Zach Wissing, Anthony Johnson, Jacob Marsaglia, Dustin Prehoden, K.C. Rodenbeck, Kyle Harries, and Garon Deffley.
The Girls Winterball team took second place at the SDYLF--going 5-1 over the weekend. In pool play the girls defeated Hewes and Beach Cities--both from Orange County--as well as La Jolla. On Sunday the team defeated Valley Center to advance.
The highlight of the weekend came in the next game--a hard fought 7-6 victory over the San Diego U15 All Star team in the semifinals. And while the girls were out of gas by the finals, falling to Mission Viejo, they played with heart.
The weekend was marked by success on both sides of the ball. Alex Winey closed out a strong Winterball session--receiving tournament honorable mention for her defensive efforts in the Sandstorm Tournament and all-tournament honors at SDYLF. The offense at SDYLF was paced by Scripps Ranch High School freshmen April Lamar, Shannon Brockley, and Brittney Parrish--all play varsity for SRHS. Brittany was named to an all-tournament team at SDYLF, despite missing the championship game with an injury.
A strong effort from our 8th and 9th graders bodes well for SRHS girls lacrosse going forward. Outstanding goalie play from Hailey Bossert and Kerry Klimpel kept our games close. Having Kerry return to SR Lacrosse next fall as an 8th grader should position the girls for another championship run. Congratulations to all our teams!
We thank the many talented players who participated in our competitive soccer tryouts. Once again, we expect to field a number of skillful and talented competitive teams. Competitive tryouts for players 15 years of age and older takes place on Sunday, Apr. 27. Further details are available on our website.
Congratulations to the Scripps United Red GU-12 for clinching the first place berth in the AA-A bracket and moving into the next level of play, the AAA bracket. Larry Szafraniec is the coach, and Greg Jones is the manager. The girls worked to hone their skills. Their hard work paid off with 11 wins, three ties, and no losses in this Presidio season.
The team's defense--goalie Hilary Cohen, sweeper Twist Patten, d-backs Christine Burke, Riley Halblitzel, and Bailey Jones, and stoppers Becca Chacon and Hailey Devlin--only allowed two goals to be scored against them the entire season. The midfielders used foot speed and ball skills to find the back of the net with Holly Neshat, Natalie Neshat, Lauren Conroy, Annie Stone, Lael Ceriani, and Tess Ruffing.
Forwards Chrissy Forrester and Jacque Sample continued putting pressure on the opponents' defense. Scripps United scored a total of 29 goals. In February the U-12 team traveled to Escondido and Camarillo to participate in the CAL South State Cup tournament. It came down to penalty kicks in the final game. Unfortunately, we did not advance. It has been an exciting year. Best of luck to all the girls next year!
We now have automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) available. At Jerabek and Spring Canyon parks, they are located at the snack bar. At the Community Park, it is located in the Recreation Center. If you believe someone is having a heart attack, immediately call 911 and go get the AED while someone else tries to locate someone who is experienced in its use. CPR should be initiated as well.
The season is off to a great start! Special thanks to our board of directors, who worked tirelessly for several months to get 850 kids registered, evaluated, and drafted or assigned to one of our 73 teams. They also did other projects too numerous to mention.
It's not too early to think about our board of directors for next year. If you would like to help or have thoughts on improvements, please contact me at [[email protected]]. We would love to share the workload a bit more!
Scripps Ranch Little League (SRLL) once again created an opportunity for our youngest players to learn baseball and help our less fortunate neighbors in Tijuana play too. The league also provided support to our own Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) baseball program!
In February the SRHS Falcons baseball team hosted a Baseball Skills Development Clinic for young players. The "price of admission" was the donation of baseball gear for our adopted baseball leagues in Tijuana. Participants also could donate to the SRHS baseball team.
We gathered enough baseball gear to equip about five teams. Plus, the SRHS baseball program got a little help, thanks to generous donations. Please contact Greg Haddow at 578-5258 if you would like to donate equipment or get involved.
The 2008 softball season is off to a roaring start. Opening Day was the biggest in Scripps Ranch softball history. We couldn't have done it without Rachael Brown, Doug Lambell, Mike and Shari Creamer, Stephanie Ahern, Bev Cassity, and Peter Staab. Thanks!
Over the past 20 years the Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) has built a strong organization, and we always are looking for recruits. I want to thank the board for all its efforts. You may notice a new face at Cypress Canyon Park. Lori Shelton has stepped up to help with concessions. Thanks, Lori!
Our season starts on Monday, Aug. 4, with a two-week conditioning camp. We strongly encourage families to not take vacations from Aug. 4 through Aug. 14. For the latest information, please visit [www.scrippsranchpopwarner.com].