Sports

NJB Champions

Congratulations to the boys championship 7th and 8th grade National Junior Basketball (NJB) Division I basketball team for 2004. The boys just had a terrific season. They started out the year by playing well in their first game but came up just a bit short. From there, they really went on a tear, winning the remaining games to finish the regular season with a 9-1 record. Then it was on to the playoffs.

There were some tough battles, but the boys showed tremendous heart along with intelligent play to get into the final game. Just as they had through the regular season, our guys played as a team with everyone contributing, and it paid off with a hard fought victory to secure the championship. They went 5-1 through the playoffs.

The boys deserve so much credit because not only did they work hard at practice but also had such terrific attitudes. We had an extensive playbook that was carried out with precision on the court. If someone hadn't scored during a game, the others would try to set him up. They really exemplified the team concept. Congratulations to all: Cody Galichon, Erick Gydesen, Steven Holstad, Ryan Lessig, David Lorenz, Patrick Majkowski, Anthony (AJ) May, Marcus Montanile, David Scharf, and Coach John Smolik.

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) has already registered about 1,400 children for the coming season. We are still accepting applications for our recreational 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]]. Our teams have already been formed, so registration is subject to availability.

For those who have registered for our recreational soccer program, your child's coach should contact you in late July. Practices begin in August and continue through the season. Recreational soccer games begin on Saturday, Sept. 11.

We expect to have more than 150 soccer teams this season and, consequently, are always looking for additional sponsors. A full sponsorship costs $250. The names of our sponsors are displayed on a large banner at various soccer games throughout the season and recognized in our "Sponsor Thank You/Recognition" page in the SRCA Newsletter. Our sponsors also receive a "Thank You" plaque and invitation for two to our sponsor/coach year-end celebration dinner.

We encourage local businesses and individuals to contact Marilyn Weinberg at 693-6027 or any of our Sponsors Committee members to discuss sponsorship or the various ways to support the SRSC. Members can be found at our website noted below.

Our annual 3v3 Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21. This tournament is always a fun and exciting day of soccer for participants and spectators. Please contact Cha Cha Namdar at 695-3459 or [[email protected]] regarding the 3v3 Tournament.

Opening Day ceremonies for the SRSC are on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Community Park. If your business or soccer team is interested in having a booth at the Opening Day ceremonies, please contact Ken Earle at 549-0496 or [[email protected]].

Additional contact information regarding the Opening Day ceremonies is available on our website. All festivities are scheduled to begin at noon and last until 5 pm. Activities include a giant slide for the players and youth, our Coaches' Soccer Game, our Competitive vs. Old Pros All-Star Soccer Game, and various drills and competitions for prizes! Don't miss out on the fun.

Also, we are looking forward to food booths from local restaurants and retail sales booths, and local sport personalities are expected for autographs! Everyone is invited to come early and stay late at this fun-filled event. For more information regarding the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club, please refer to our website at [www.scrippsranch.com/soccer] or call the hotline at 974-5393.

Joe Barr, SRSC President

Little League Community Forum

If you have any questions or suggestions for your Little League board members, we will have a community forum on Wednesday, July 21, at 6:30 pm at the Community Park Recreation Center. We will also be soliciting for volunteers for all open board positions.

Scripps Ranch Girls Softball

The fun and successful recreational season ended in May for the Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA). Joe Brown organized an awesome dinner at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club to honor our coaches and sponsors. It was a nice way to end the season.

The all-star season is now in full swing. We have seven teams representing Scripps Ranch in tournaments around Southern California--two 12U, three 10U, and two 8U teams. All-star managers were selected by the recreational coaches. They are: Scott Zuckerman, 12U-A; Joy Schumacher, 12U-B; Craig Brown, 10U-A; Tom Hayes, 10U-B; Sonna Curran, 10U-C; Keith Datko, 8U-A; and, Andy Gallagher, 8U-B.

These managers have several assistant coaches. The SRSA is grateful to all of these people who devote their volunteer hours to our girls. A big thanks to the many parents behind the scenes who also contribute so much.

Scripps Ranch swept the El Cajon All-Star Tournament in May by taking first place in the 12U, 10U, and 8U divisions. What a great way to start the year! We hosted our tournament the first weekend in June. It was a huge success with 60 teams competing. A big thanks to Mary Nasland for organizing our tournament! The schedule for tournaments is listed on our website at [www.eteamz.com/srsa]. Please come watch and support our girls!

Fall Ball and board elections are just around the corner. Now is the time for you to get involved!

Angela Miller, SRSA

Old Pros 50+ Night Softball

The Scripps Ranch Old Pros begin their next 50+ Night Softball League on Wednesday, Aug. 4. You must be 50 years of age, play like you are 50 years old, or have more than 50% body fat. You will play one game per week on Wednesday nights until early November.

Your $55 fee gets you on a team with a bunch of fun guys, a nice jersey, team awards, and a free barbecue put on by the world famous Old Pro Burrito Brothers. For more information, please contact Commissioner Mike Shaw at 578-8527 or [[email protected]].

Former SRHS Lady Falcon Finishes College Career

Scripps Ranch resident Dana Sorensen closed out her collegiate softball career at the Women's College World Series. Dana and her Stanford softball team finished the season 49-19 and tied for third in the World Series, the second time in her four-year career Stanford made it to the World Series. Dana graduated from Stanford with a double major in communications and sociology.

Over her four-year career at Stanford, Dana has set all the school's records for a softball pitcher, including: career wins, 105; career ERA, 1.08; and, career strike outs, 1154. She also has set single season records in all the pitching categories as well. Dana is a three-time All-American, as well as a three-time All-Pacific 10 All-Academic Team member.

Dana will play for the New England Riptide in the new National Professional Fastpitch League this summer before entering the University of North Carolina's graduate program in athletic administration this fall.

Scripps Ranch residents may remember Dana from her playing days with the SRHS Lady Falcons, when they won CIF championships in 1996, 1998, and 1999, and finished second in 1997.

Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club

The Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club (SRWAC) is proud to announce the names of the four senior girls who received the annual SRWAC scholarships. Maura Deignan, Cassie Tom, Ann Davis, and Jessica Felix dedicated enormous time to their academic and athletic endeavors and had to do community service to compete for this scholarship.

All of the girls are graduates of Scripps Ranch High School. All the applicants were terrific, and the final decision was difficult. We thank all the applicants and wish them success. The SRWAC salutes the class of 2004 and wishes all the graduates the very best.

Kickball

The SRWAC is sponsoring North County's first Coed Kickball League. We will play on Sundays at Spring Canyon Park. You must be at least 25 years old by Thursday, July 1, to be eligible. Registration forms and league rules are on our website at [www.srwac.org].

If interested, contact Diane Slover at [[email protected]] or 619-851-7661. The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 6. We need at least 40 adults to make this league happen.