Scripps GU10 All-Stars Sweep Tournaments

The Scripps Ranch Girls Under 10 Red All-Star team (above) dominated this year’s All-Star tournaments, winning all three they entered! Coach Jeff Williamson and assistant coaches Michael Markman and Doug Abts are so proud of the players: Amanda Grissom, Aryana Boostani, Aubrey Sweeney, Brooke Miller, Brooklyn Fontana, Emily Abts, Grace DaValle, Kayden Williamson, Laila Major, Natalie Markman, and Tori Fraser.

The team started off the postseason at the Oceanside Tournament in mid-December. It was a tough start with a first game loss to Escondido, 0-1. But the team came back on fire to beat Carlsbad Lightening, 1-0, and host team Oceanside Breakers, 2-0, making it into the semifinals.

In the semifinals our Scripps girls beat Carlsbad Wave, 1-0, only to face Escondido once again in the finals. It was a hard-fought match and despite two halves and two overtimes, the game was deadlocked 0-0. The game went to penalty kicks (PKs), where our girls kept their cool and knocked in three straight shots to end the game 3-1 in the fourth round of PKs. Scripps had its first championship!

Next, in our own Scripps Ranch Tournament the following weekend, the team started strong, dominating in back-to-back wins against Poway, 2-1, and Ramona, 2-1. On Sunday they faced Escondido once again and our girls scored a late goal to win, 1-0, landing them in the finals against Carlsbad Lightening. Scripps Red girls weren’t going to let anyone else win their hometown event and dominated the game, winning 3-0, bringing home a second tournament championship!

The New Year’s Kick-Off Tournament in Escondido was the final contest and the Scripps Red team hoped for a trifecta. The tournament started off well with a 4-1 win against Encinitas Express. Unfortunately, the day ended with a 1-1 tie against the once defeated Oceanside Breakers. Sunday morning again pitted our Scripps girls against their now rival Escondido team in a win or go-home game.

After another tough battle our Scripps girls once again conquered Escondido, 1-0. The final game was challenging, with Scripps facing Wolfpack FC from the Temecula area. Despite falling behind on an early goal as the sun set on the day, Scripps rallied back and scored two quick goals before halftime. The second half was another battle, but with no additional scoring, our Scripps girls pulled off another great victory, 2-1, to win their final Tournament and three-peat!

An amazing season is over, but the victories and success of the team will never be forgotten by all those involved!

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

Our competitive tryouts for U10–U14 boys and girls take place on Sunday, Feb. 2. Our competitive tryouts for U8 and U9 boys and girls players took place in January. Our competitive tryouts for U15 and older boys and girls take place in April. All competitive tryouts are scheduled to be at the Scripps Ranch High School stadium. Visit our website at [http://scrippsranchsc.com] for more information and to confirm dates, times, and locations for these tryouts. Anyone interested in competitive soccer is welcome and urged to attend.

Our Spring Soccer program is set to start on Sunday, Feb. 23, and runs through Sunday, Apr. 6. Visit our website for details. Registration ends Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) thanks the many volunteers who made our 2013 soccer season such a success. The volunteers include: recreational coaches and assistant coaches, competitive managers, recreational team parents, field set-up and take-down assistants, team party coordinators, recreational coaching coordinator and division representatives, 3v3 and recreational All-Star tournaments assistants, uniform/trophy/team picture organizers, and the board of directors who manages the club’s business operations.

For more information about the SRSC, visit our website noted above or call the hotline at 974-5393.

Joe Barr, SRSC President

Scripps Ranch Girls Softball

The 2014 season has begun. We had evaluations and team drafts in January and now we’re ready to start practicing to prepare for our first games.

Important dates:

  • Saturday, Feb. 1—Practices start;
  • Friday, Feb. 7—Pitching/Catching Clinics, last clinic;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12—Coaches meeting, including managers and first assistants;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25—Games begin; and,
  • Saturday, Mar. 8—“Official” Opening Day.

Sponsorships: For sponsorship information, please contact Monica Denosta at [[email protected]]. Please visit the Scripps Ranch Softball website at [www.srsoftball.org] for the latest information.

Opening Day

Little League marks its 75th anniversary in 2014. From humble beginnings in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and through assistance from volunteers like you, Little League has grown into the largest and best youth sports organization in the world. Lifelong friendships have been forged, communities have been made stronger, and most importantly, kids have fun.

Scripps Ranch Little League (SRLL) Opening Day ceremonies are right around the corner, on Sunday, Mar. 9. Opening Day is a fun time to celebrate the beginning of the Little League baseball season in Scripps Ranch. Activities include the Parade of Teams, remarks from SRLL president Ryan Leighty, Home Run Derby, and all day jumps and slides, food, and vendor booths.

SRLL will have great raffle items this year. They include a suite at a Padres game and another at an Aztecs game, as well as suite tickets to a Chargers game and autographed baseball items. There’s also a family photo shoot package worth $1,000 that will be raffled off. The raffle is the league’s main fundraiser, so please support your local little leaguer.

Spend the day at Jerabek Park from 9 am to 4 pm to celebrate SRLL!

SRHS Senior Wins NAL Horse Riding Championship

Abby Barrett and her 8-year-old gelding, Quilambo (pictured above), won the National 2013 Children’s Hunter Classic Championship during the North American League (NAL) 2013 finals. Abby is a Scripps Ranch High School senior and lifelong Ranch resident. The NAL series includes classes at hundreds of horse shows across the U.S. and Canada.

The NAL gives riders a chance to compete in year-end finals at two major indoor shows—the NAL National Finals in Pennsylvania in October and the NAL West Coast Finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show in November.

In Las Vegas Abby won the $5,000 NAL Children’s Hunter Final. Seventeen entries competed in two rounds with the sum of their scores determining the champ. Abby, riding Quilambo, owned by Katie Kelso, won with a two-round score of 167. “I’ve never won anything this big before,” said Abby. “It’s great to have something special for the hunters and for the kids…it gives us something big to compete in!”

Abby began riding when she was 6 years old, and competed in her first Las Vegas NAL Finals two years ago. She rides six days a week. Abby and Quilambo have developed a special relationship. “Though I do not own Quilambo, I have been lucky enough to develop a relationship with him at my barn.

“If I have learned anything about him, it’s not to ride him bareback. My first week riding him I wanted to take him out to graze and I figured I’d just hop on him without a saddle. Two bloody palms and a ripped pair of riding pants later, I learned that he had never been ridden bareback before…and will never be ridden without a saddle by me again!”

Abby says her biggest accomplishment is being able to achieve what she has as a rider. Of winning she says, “I realize how lucky I am to have done well in a class like this. The whole experience was very humbling; it feels good when hard work pays off.” Abby says, “My goal as a rider is to be successful on any horse I am privileged to ride and to eventually have the opportunity to ride in a grand prix.”

Abby spends many hours each week training and conditioning Quilambo, but key to her success on the jumping course are the hours she spends conditioning and cross training herself. If one is up early, this dedicated athlete can be seen jogging our streets, followed by at least one daily weight training secession. Of course, being from San Diego, Abby is also an excellent body surfer. A dedicated student, Abby aspires to be a doctor. She has a 4.0+ GPA and hopes to attend University of California San Diego in the fall.