Old Pros Fall Night Soccer 2003

The Scripps Ranch Old Pros sponsor Fall Night Soccer 2003 from the middle of July until December. Men ages 25 and older–and some much older–are invited to come kick around with us.

Registration is open until Sunday, June 29, on a first come first serve basis. Your registration fee gets you on a team, a T-shirt, a burger or a dog, and 17 to 18 weeks of fun and games. The number of games depends on the number of teams. For applications or information, contact Scott Zuckerman at 621-6039.

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) has completed registration for the 2003 recreational and competitive soccer players. If for any reason you have missed our registration to sign up your children, please contact our registrar, Rick Harmonson, at 578-0562 or director of coaching, Cha Cha Namdar, at 695-3459 to discuss late registration.

We have completed our competitive tryouts and have assembled some very exciting and talented competitive soccer teams. The competitive teams are in the midst of coordinating practices and scheduling summer tournaments. Based upon these talented athletes and our staff of highly credentialed soccer coaches, we anticipate an exciting and rewarding soccer season.

For those who have registered for our recreational soccer program, the coach assigned to your child’s team will contact you in late July. Recreational soccer practices begin in August and continue through the soccer season as arranged by the coach. Recreational soccer games begin Saturday, Sept. 6.

Preparations have begun for our Opening Day ceremonies, which are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Community Park. If your business or soccer team is interested in having a booth at Opening Day, contact Ken Earle at [[email protected]] or 549-0496, or any of the Opening Day committee members. The names and contact information for the committee members can be found at the SRSC website at [www.scrippsranch.com/soccer].

You can also find out more information regarding the SRSC at our website, or call the hotline at 974-5393.

Joe Barr, Scripps Ranch Soccer Club President

NJB Boys 8th Grade Win Title

Scripps Ranch basketball has taken a big leap forward as the National Junior Basketball (NJB) Boys 8th Grade All-Star Team won the National Tournament title in April in Orange County. The players went undefeated through the eight games of the two rounds of tournament games. The team started by breezing through the San Diego Sectional Tournament. They defeated Escondido, Vista, and Encinitas by a combined score of 203 to 116, an average point differential of 38.

They started the National Tournament by defeating the High Desert team by a score of 67 to 57. Again, it was a team effort, and Mitch Wissing sank a ton of three-point shots. Next, they played Long Beach late on Saturday night. Scripps Ranch prevailed 72 to 61, but for the first time in tournament play had to rally from behind.

Despite leading early by 10 points, they fell behind by 10 in the fourth period of the five period NJB game. Out came the full court press led by Colin Goodson, and the Long Beach team scored only four points for the rest of the game. Gerald McLemore closed out the game by sinking free throw after free throw to put the game out of reach.

Hanford, which won the 7th grade state NJB tournament last year, was the next victim. This time it was a zone defense that stopped Hanford’s quick, smaller team. Winning by a score of 58 to 51, Scripps was in the semifinals.

Anaheim East was the opponent, and they never had a chance. Scripps Ranch got off to a torrid beginning with Ben Lewis and Willie Wilberforce leading the offense, and Brent Jacobs and Elliot Hamilton leading the defense. That put the hapless team into the mercy rule only two periods into the game.

Winning by a final score of 61 to 32, it gave the team the opportunity to rest some players for the rematch with Hanford for the title later that night. And what a rematch it was. Hanford tried to slow the pace down and was successful.

The game was a defensive struggle as each team traded baskets like prizefighters trading blows, with no team leading by more than four points. At the end of regulation the score was 26 to 26 not because of poor shooting, but because of the pace and tension of the game.

Scripps Ranch scored the first basket in overtime by a great pass from Brian Dickerson to Drew Huffman in the post. Scripps Ranch shut out Hanford and, with 10 seconds remaining, AJ Schweiger iced the game by sinking two free throws. The final score was 32 to 26 as two more free throws were scored in the final seconds, and Scripps Ranch was the national champion!

It was truly a team effort. Scripps Ranch was well represented not only by winning the championship, but also by the sportsmanship displayed throughout the tournament. Congratulations to all the players for working hard and giving their all to this championship win.