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National Junior Basketball (NJB) is celebrating its 29th anniversary and our Scripps Ranch chapter is getting ready to start its 17th season! Our chapter is the largest NJB chapter in the county and one of the largest recreational basketball leagues in the city.

NJB’s program is designed to introduce, teach, and develop the fundamentals of basketball to our local youth, as well as to promote good sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy competition. We feel this creates a valuable learning experience for the children of our community.

Last year we had more than 40 teams and 450 neighborhood children in our program. The league is made up of boys and girls in grades 3–8 of all skill levels and experience. Practices are typically once a week and games are played on weekends in the Scripps Ranch High School gym.

Registration for the league is now open! Register at []. Here is important information:

  • Early October—Registration ends;
  • Sunday, Oct. 6 and 13—Player assessments;
  • Monday, Nov. 4—Practices begin;
  • Saturday, Dec. 7—Games begin;
  • Sunday, Mar. 2—Season ends;
  • Registration—$150; and,
  • Uniforms—$40.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [[email protected]]. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Edgar Camerino, Chapter Director

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

Soccer season is upon us! Our recreational soccer teams begin play on Saturday, Sept. 7. Our competitive soccer teams already started their season. We wish them all a fun and rewarding season. Please come to the fields on Saturdays to watch our youth soccer games.

Opening Day ceremonies for the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. Activities will include a giant slide for the players and youth, our Soccer Coaches vs. the Old Pros All-Star Soccer Game, competitive youth soccer games, a banner contest, and drills and competitions for prizes! Additionally, we look forward to food booths from local restaurants and retail sales booths. All are invited to come early and stay late at this fun-filled event!

We are always looking for additional sponsors. A full sponsorship costs $300. The names of our sponsors will be 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 all sponsors and potential sponsors to visit our website and see the exciting sponsorship opportunities, including different levels of sponsorship, the opportunity to sponsor special events, and more benefits for our valued sponsors.

For more information about the SRSC, please visit [] or call the hotline at 974-5393.

Joe Barr, SRSC President

Scripps Ranch Pop Warner Football and Cheer

The season is in full gear for Scripps Ranch Pop Warner (SRPW)! The boys survived the tough two weeks of conditioning in August, had scrimmages against other organizations, and have been working hard getting ready for the season. Our cheerleaders participated in the annual Jamz camp and learned many new cheers! We also had our Opening Day in late August, with pictures, games, jumps and slides, and our popular Parade of Teams!

Our home games this year are on Saturday, Sept. 7, 14, 28, and Oct. 19, and 26. We also will participate in away games all over North County. For a complete list of our games, please go to our website at [].

We want to thank our coaches and other volunteers who put in so much time coaching our players and cheerleaders. There is a lot of work that goes on throughout the year to make SRPW happen. Without all our volunteers, we would not have our organization! We look forward to another exciting season! Go Falcons!

Lisa Gorski, SRPW President

SRLL New Board and Tournament Play

The Scripps Ranch Little League (SRLL) Board of Directors, including incoming president Ryan Leighty and incoming vice president Marcus Armstrong, would like to extend our gratitude to exiting members Butch Reh, Damian Derienzo, John Sharp, John Schumacher, and Dan Butcher. In their roles with the SRLL Board, they have contributed to a first-class experience for our SRLL players and families. Thank you for your volunteer spirit!

SRLL could always use more volunteers for our open board positions. If you are interested, please email Ryan Leighty at [[email protected]].

It has been an exciting summer, with SRLL teams competing deep into the 2013 Tournament of Champions and District 32 All-Star Tournaments.

All-Stars: The Intermediate American League (AL) All-Stars made a strong showing at the District 32 Tournament. After losing the opening game to eventual champion Coronado, the boys won their next three games and advanced to the semifinal game before coming up just short of a rematch against Coronado in the finals. The boys played outstanding defense, pitched well—including a shutout by Will Van Duren—were productive offensively, and showed outstanding sportsmanship. Five boys hit home runs in the tournament—A. Poulin, S. Field (2), B. Coimbra, Co. Foss, and N. Upham— and J. Sheets had a dramatic walk-off RBI against host team Clairemont. It was a great run by an outstanding group of boys.

Congratulations to the Scripps Ranch National team for winning the District 32 11-Year-Old All-Stars Tournament. Please see the following article for details. Scripps Ranch National had a strong showing in the District 32 9-10 All-Star Tournament, winning four straight games to reach the championship. Very strong pitching performances by Ca. Foss and J. Silver kept this team in until the end. Unfortunately, they lost to a tough Point Loma team twice, finishing second.

Congratulations to the Scripps Ranch National team for winning the 4th Annual Summer Classic 9U postseason tournament. They defeated the Clairemont Hilltoppers team 9-6 in the final game.

Tournament of Champions (TOC): The Intermediate Rangers went undefeated in the playoffs, culminating with a 4-2 victory over the Cubs in the first-ever Intermediate SRLL World Series game. Both teams played well and showed outstanding sportsmanship. The Rangers then advanced to the semifinals of the District 32 TOC, coming up one game short of the championship game. W. Van Duren, A. Maisano, and Co. Foss turned in dominant pitching performances in the TOC. Offensive highlights included home runs by S. Field, A. Maisano, and Co. Foss. The boys had a great season.

The AAA National University Padres had a great season that led to the World Series and into the Minors TOC. In the tournament they easily defeated Rancho Penasquitos (RP) National and narrowly beat Scripps American in the semifinals to advance to the championship game against RP American. In the finals Scripps National held a 11-8 lead going into the final inning, but fell 12-11. It was a great season and experience for the boys! The team was led by the pitching of J. Silver and R. Upham, and great hitting and fielding performances by J. Nastrini, J. Tucker, J. Kim, J. Miller, J. and K. Burson, J. Kelly, R. and T. Cady, and P. Bogle.

Fall Instructional League: SRLL sponsor, BaseballASAP, is running a fall instructional league in Scripps Ranch beginning with a coaches’ clinic on Sunday, Sept. 8, and practices and games on Sundays from Sept. 15 through Nov. 17. The program offers professional coaching and consistent drill instruction by certified pros, a great progression learning activity right before the spring season, and an opportunity to learn the proper skills to transition into the next division. More information can be found at

Umpires: SRLL is looking for participants for our youth umpire program. Kids who turn 11 years old by Apr. 30, 2014, are eligible. Training starts in September. Visit [] for youth umpire registration and details.

Registration: SRLL registration for the spring season begins in early November.

SR National Undefeated in All-Star Tournament

With only the district round available to the Intermediate 11-Year-Old All-Stars, Scripps Ranch National went to Coronado with the goal of repeating last year’s win. In exciting fashion, the team won four straight games and brought home another District 32 championship banner!

The opening game against a taller and stronger Rancho Penasquitos (RP) National team looked like a matchup of David vs. Goliath. Fortunately, it had the same outcome. Five diving catches in the outfield by Trevor Wahl, Spencer McCartney, and Brandon Martinez, errorless infield defense, and a clutch home run by Matt Surprenant shocked the RP National powerhouse with a 7-4 comeback victory. The win set a “never quit” attitude that continued throughout the tournament, creating thrilling baseball.

In game two the boys jumped out to a first inning 9-0 lead vs. RP American, capitalizing on hits by Grant Norberg and Aiden Massimo and the speedy base running of Ryan DeSaegher, Nick Bello, and Josh Florez. However, RP American scrapped back to tie the game at 18-18 in the sixth, but our resurgent boys responded with two runs with two outs in the seventh. Andrew Kim’s pitching shut the door in the bottom half for another heart-stopping win, 20-18.

Next came the hard-hitting Clairemont Hilltoppers, having scored 16 runs in each of their two wins. In a game full of twists and turns and an emotional sixth inning comeback rally, Spencer Roos’s game-winning hit sent the team to the championship round with a 7-6 win. This also meant a rematch vs. RP National, who had churned through their loser bracket, beating every team by 10 runs or more.

Championship Game Day: It’s every kid’s dream, and Zack Rewolinski delivered the wake-up call to RP National with a first inning grand slam over the center field scoreboard. Pitchers Spencer Roos, Grant Norberg, and Andrew Kim kept the free-swinging RP hitters off balance, with Ryan DeSaegher and Matt Surprenant eating up every ground ball. The boys seemed lost in the fun of playing great baseball and “mercy-ruled” their rivals, 13-2, kicking off a team celebration and claim to the championship banner.

The boys represented Scripps Ranch well in sportsmanship, hard play, and joy for the game, as did the fans. Congratulations to the SR National District 32 All-Star Tournament champions!

  • Nick Bello
  • Ryan DeSaegher
  • Josh Florez
  • Andrew Kim
  • Brandon Martinez
  • Aiden Massimo
  • Spencer McCartney
  • Grant Norberg
  • Zach Rewolinski
  • Spencer Roos
  • Matt Surprenant
  • Trevor Wahl
  • Coaches Mike Surprenant, Dan DeSaegher, and Chris Massimo

SR Teen Makes National Baseball Team

Matthew Rudick (above), a Scripps Ranch High School freshman, was selected as one of 19 players from around the country to be on the 2013 15U National Baseball Team. This followed a five-day trials period at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC.

The team then went on to compete in the 2013 COPABE “AA” 15U Pan American Championships in Barranquilla, Colombia, in July and August. They won the gold medal after beating Cuba 6-1 in the championship game.

Matt is extremely proud to represent his country and wear “USA” across his chest. For the past year, Matt has played on The Show, a nationally ranked San Diego travel ball team as an outfielder and pitcher.

Junior Olympics Competition

The Scripps Water Polo Club’s (SWPA) girls and boys teams had a lot of fun and great success this summer competing against many of the nation’s best clubs in USA Water Polo’s 44th Annual Junior Olympics (JO) in Orange County. The boys team finished second in the Bronze Division, after losing an explosive championship game 18-16. The team was led by 18-year-olds Chris Chadwick and Corey Wilson, playing in their final games before heading to college.

The girls, led by college-bound 18-year-old Rachel Meserve, finished seventh in the Bronze Division and concluded the five-day tournament with a strong victory.

Both teams played against generally older players on clubs that draw talent from large areas. Many JO clubs represent many counties and sometimes states. Coach Aaron Waldrip said our club’s extensive conditioning gave its swimmers an advantage during the tournament.

Swimmers between 5 and 18 years old who are interested in joining a dynamic water polo program led by two former NCAA Division I coaches are invited to visit the Scripps Water Polo website at []. The fall session for younger athletes and high school-aged girls is organizing now. We hope you join us!