In May we ended another exciting season of recreational softball. Closing ceremonies were held, along with championship games in the Minors A, Minors AA, and Majors divisions. The girls enjoyed many food vendors, Astrojumps, and helmet painting.
The season was a huge success as it was rewarding to see the girls' softball skills improve. Many girls got their first hits or caught their first fly ball in the playoffs. The smiles on their faces were priceless! All-star tryouts were held in May with perfect weather. The skills assessment clinic the week before was a huge success with a big turnout.
All-star teams and coaches were selected the first week of May. The league was impressed by the level of play the girls portrayed. Scripps Ranch will be strong competitors in the several tournaments we have entered.
Our league hosts the Scripps Ranch tournament from Thursday, June 3, through Sunday, June 6. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some awesome softball and to support our girls and community. The Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) board will solicit new members after the all-star season ends, so think seriously about joining us. It is a rewarding and fun experience!
One of our newer board members, Steve Blair, joined last year to assist with communications. This year, Steve stepped up to player agent--the position whose only interest is what is best for your child. Steve is in charge of tryouts and drafts, assuring all players are represented fairly. This position is open for 2005, as Steve has accepted new employment and is moving out of state.
And Opening and Closing Days wouldn't be complete without the barbecue and entertainment provided by Mara McSparran. Her magnetic personality brings us radio stations, fast pitch activities, and the smell of fresh grilled burgers on a sunny spring day! At least two of these ladies will also be retiring this year--any volunteers?
Who manages the budget? Vickie Biernacki serves as our treasurer, holding each of us to a budget and making each person accountable for any expenditure. She also files our tax returns each year. Thank you, Vickie!
If you haven't been to our website at [www.scrippsranch.com/baseball], please visit it soon and often. Michael Hoffer, our webmaster, schedule guru, weatherman, and for all intents and purposes the brains of this outfit, maintains our website. More than 70 managers and 900 families follow news, weather, and activities information on the website. Michael will also "retire" this year. He is training another new recruit, Borden Covel, to be the webmaster.
The 3rd grade National Junior Basketball (NJB) all-star basketball team came in third in the recently completed California and Nevada State basketball tournament. Their run got off to a quick start by beating Encinitas in their first game, 43-28. The San Diego championship was played against a tough Escondido team that Scripps Ranch beat 40-31 to qualify for the state tournament.
The team traveled to Las Vegas for an opening round game against a very quick Santa Ana team resulting in a 37-27 victory. Next up was Northwest Nevada, and the kids from Scripps Ranch earned a hard fought 33-26 victory. The next morning the team battled a tough Moreno Valley squad. Scripps Ranch never led until four minutes remained in the game. The teams were tied at the end of regulation, and Scripps eventually prevailed in overtime, 39-37.
This earned the team a spot in the state semifinals versus a team from Tustin. Tustin, the eventual state champions, ended the Scripps Ranch run, 42-30. The coaches, John Prunty and Cliff Huckleberry, and the players' families could not have been more proud of these 10 kids.
At the state level their opponents were always taller, generally quicker, but none had the combined perseverance of Jacob Delong, Kyle Harries, Matt Huckleberry, Brett Lofthus, Chris Loftis, Nick Prunty, JJ Sellner, Dustin Stender, Daythun White, and Zach Wissing. These kids refused to lose. Congratulations!
Please plan to attend the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club's (SRSC) Opening Day ceremonies for a day of fun on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. We are planning a splendid event and hope to see you there!
Our club has completed its inaugural online registration for the 2004 soccer season. If you have not registered, please visit our website immediately or contact our registrar, Rick Harmonson, at 578-0562 or [[email protected]].
Our competitive teams have started practicing. We hope to have many successful competitive teams this year. There may still be openings on some of our teams. If you have a son or daughter who is interested in playing on a competitive team, please contact Cha Cha Namdar at 695-3459 or [[email protected]].
Registration is open until Sunday, June 27. 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. If you would like an application or more information, please contact Scott Zuckerman at 621-6039 or [[email protected]].
Coed softball: Now is your chance to register to play softball and get $5 off your registration fee! This coed league is lots of fun, and it's great for players of all abilities. We are trying to "grow" the league and have room for more teams.
Spouses, friends, and individuals sign up to play Tuesday nights through the summer. We play here on the Ranch starting Tuesday, June 22, and play through Tuesday, August 17. Please contact Sarah Slaughter at [[email protected]] if you have questions or if you need your $5 discount coupon. You can get your registration form at [www.srwac.org].
Running Club: Contact Katrina Eagle at [[email protected]] to join this free club. If you want to train for a distance event or a marathon, or if you want to lose weight or get a specific training plan for your needs, contact Katrina. We start, Tuesday, June 1.
On a very sad note, our longtime soccer coach and referee Brian Rudge passed away in early May. He had been ill for about two years, but he continued to come watch us play, he would occasionally referee, and he would offer us pointers and give encouragement.
For 19 years Brian was closely associated with WAC soccer, and there are countless women who Brian coached and to whom he taught the finer points of the beautiful game. He was special to many people here in Scripps Ranch, and his intelligence, humor, and charming presence will be greatly missed.
Summer Kids' Wrestling Camp starts soon! It will be a twice weekly camp, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 pm, starting the first week of June and culminating with our participation in the California State Games on Saturday, July 17. All ages are welcome, however, the California State Games limits contestants to ages 9 or older. For details, contact Matthew Becker at 619-723-8807 or [[email protected]].
The Jim Harbaugh University of San Diego Football Camp starts in June at Alliant International University. The dates are Monday, June 28, until Thursday, July 1. It is a noncontact, day and overnight camp open to kids ages 7-18, except high school graduates.
In April paintball's Team Vengeance of Scripps Ranch traveled to the Fields of Fury in the Santa Clarita area to compete in the Best in the West tournament series. After moving up to the Novice division this year, Vengeance proved they have what it takes to win in this division.
After losing only one game in the preliminaries due to a referee timer error, Vengeance came back and won every other game, including both games that they played in the finals. Teams like Spider's Web and Full Force were no match for the five-man Vengeance team.
For more information about Team Vengeance, contact them at 549-2524 or [[email protected]].