The Scripps Ranch roller hockey teams made a clean sweep. The Scripps Ranch High School varsity team won its CIF league undefeated. The JV team also won a championship, as well as the Marshall Middle School team.
The common thread is the coach. Greg Friedman--a local resident, dentist, and volunteer--coaches the varsity and middle school teams. However, the night the junior varsity played for the championship, he was also behind the bench helping the kids.
The middle school team beat an undefeated team in shootouts. The other team had tied the game with two seconds left when the game went into shootouts. The shootouts went 10 rounds until Brennan Dacosta scored the winning goal. What a night! Greg said that game meant more to him than all the other championships, since we were such huge underdogs.
The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) is looking forward to implementing online registration this year with the hope of eliminating long lines on already busy Saturdays. Please visit our website to register your player for the 2004 soccer season. Parents will need to provide their check for registration fees and a copy of their player's birth certificate to the club either by mail or in person at designated times and places. We expect our online registration will also allow parents to set up a member profile.
We are currently preparing for the 2004 soccer season. Despite challenging weather and numerous rescheduled dates, we were able to complete our competitive soccer tryouts for players 14 years of age and younger. Thanks to the successful turnout, we expect to field a number of skillful and talented competitive teams this year.
Notification of our competitive tryouts for players 15 years of age and older takes place in May. Further details will be available on our website. If you would like further information regarding the SRSC, please refer to our website at [www.scrippsranch.com/soccer] or call the hotline at 974-5393.
Antonio DeNinno of Scripps Ranch received a silver medal at soccer's Fury Cup in Orange County for placing second, losing only to a well-established Long Beach team. Antonio, a Scripps Ranch resident, plays for the Carmel Valley Manchester team.
Antonio had played for the Scripps Ranch competitive soccer team the previous two seasons. Because of unforeseen circumstances, he decided to play for Manchester, which was being coached by England's Billy Garton who played for the Manchester United Team in England. The team needed Antonio's help to move up two levels in brackets and be competitive.
I coached National Junior Basketball (NJB) Division 3 basketball this year. I had the most wonderful team, and it was the only Division 3 team to finish the season with a perfect 10-0. I don't think I have ever seen a group of 3rd and 4th graders who have played together so well as a team. Congratulations to all the team: Aaron Blasband, Andrew Covel, Ryan Gorski, Bryan Graham, Matthew Huckleberry, Taha Kusculu, Martin Manyari-Magro, J.J Sellner, Nicolas Stanitsas, Jordan Weiner, and Assistant Coach Cliff Huckleberry.
Dave and Donna Beard: Dave has served as vice president of operations, representing the league at the Rec Council year round. He also solicits field permits and coordinates all aspects of league operations regarding field maintenance and coordination with schools, parks, and other sports. Donna began by coordinating Padre Day, then volunteered to run the snack bar in 2003. She is now training our newest volunteer, Diane Rosati, for 2004. The Beards will retire after this season.
Mike and Lesa Henderson: Mike has served several years as vice president of baseball, responsible for manager and coach selections, division representatives, and national and local rule enforcement. He also serves on various committees. Lesa volunteered her time to the snack bar last year. The Hendersons have one more year in the league.
Dan and Susie Luka: Susie is the artistic person responsible for the beautiful yearbook our players receive each year. Her endless hours of assisting the photographers, on top of her creative talents and friendship with Jerry Wissing, a Scripps Ranch resident whose printing company pulls the yearbook together, provides our children with a quality book of memories. Dan joined the board several years ago as player agent and brought SRLL into the 20th century building a database like no other, only to have it and the back-up burned in the firestorm. But the strong and dedicated Lukas continued with the league and built an even better database.
Opening day was postponed due to wet fields, but it was a big success. A special thank you to Mary Nasland for organizing the events! Special recognition was given to retiring board member and coach, Doug Lambell. Doug and his wife, Robin, have volunteered so many hours of their time to make our softball league the huge success that is.
We also recognized several coaches for their five-year participation. We have many new coaches this year, so welcome aboard! Thank you for your participation, because without all of our wonderful volunteers and sponsors, this league would not exist. The board is always interested in everyone's input. So if you have feedback for us, please let us know.
We are already making plans for the upcoming All-Star Season. The league is choosing top-notch tournaments for our girls to compete in. We anticipate another great 2004 season! Please view all the latest news and updates on our website at [www.eteamz.com/SRSA].
Team Vengeance of Scripps Ranch, the "winningest" paintball team at the 2003 Best in the West (BITW) paintball series, was awarded the series championship. No other team in their division won three of the five tournaments last year.
The last tournament in the BITW series was held at Velocity Paintball Field in Ramona. Being the only team assigned to play four of their first five preliminary games in a wooded, non-tournament field was a handicap. However, Vengeance overcame this obstacle and advanced to the finals. The two other teams to make the finals, Hellfire and DyeKids, were overpowered as Vengeance won the tournament and, therefore, the series championship.