Beast Water Polo

Beast Water Polo, the team formerly known as Scripps Water Polo, finished 16th in the Gold Division at the men’s National Junior Olympics in late July at Stanford. Despite having only one sub on its bench—necessitating “ironman” performances from many of its starters—the Scripps Ranch-based club finished the four-day competition ranked 40th in the nation, its best finish in three years.

The Beast eight consisted of goalie Nathan Kuypers and field players Noah Braun, MacKenzie Cottle, Jake Flynn, Jake Mortenson, Matthew Ryan, Spencer Shortill, and Truman Wright. The team was coached by Chris Love, who led the Scripps Ranch High School boys water polo team to a CIF title last year, and who will coach at Serra High School this year. Emma Schopp was the team manager.

Three of the Beasts are heading to college: Spencer to San Diego State University; Matthew to Baylor University; and Noah to George Washington University, where he will play on the NCAA team.

The fall season for girls 18 and under and youth 14 and under is just getting underway. For information, visit the club website at [www.scrippswaterpolo.com].

National Junior Basketball (NJB) is celebrating its 30th anniversary and our Scripps Ranch chapter is getting ready to start its 18th season! Our chapter is the largest 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 and hope it fosters great enthusiasm for the game.

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 at [www.ScrippsRanchNJB.org]. Here is some important information:

  • Early October—Registration ends;
  • Sunday, Oct. 5 and 12—Player assessments;
  • Monday, Nov. 3—Practices begin;
  • Saturday, Nov. 22—Games begin;
  • Sunday, Feb. 22—Season ends;
  • Registration—$165, early bird through Thursday, Sept. 18; $175, regular; and,
  • Uniforms—$50.

We are looking for coaches for teams in each division! For questions, please email us at [[email protected]]. We look forward to seeing you on the courts!

Tania Kramer and Marilou Pennington, Chapter Directors

Women’s Soccer and Basketball Leagues

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club (SRWAC) basketball league is underway and plays on Monday nights at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. The soccer league is about to start. Soccer games are played on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9 pm and the season starts on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Sylvia at [[email protected]] for basketball, and Ann Marie at [[email protected]] for soccer. Please visit [www.srwac.org] for more information.

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

Soccer season is here! Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) recreational soccer teams begin their season on Saturday, Sept. 6. Our competitive soccer teams have already started play. We wish them all a fun and rewarding season. Please come to the fields on Saturdays to watch our soccer games.

Opening Day ceremonies for the SRSC are on Sunday, Sept. 7, 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! Also, we look forward to food booths from local restaurants and retail sales booths. All are invited to come early and stay late!

We are always looking for more sponsors. A full sponsorship is $300. The names of our sponsors are displayed on a large banner at 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 available. Those include different levels of sponsorship, the opportunity to sponsor special events, and additional benefits for our valued sponsors.

For more information about the SRSC, please visit [http://scrippsranchsc.com] or call the hotline at 974-5393.

Joe Barr, SRSC President

Scripps Ranch Lacrosse’s Girls Fall Ball season starts in September. Soccer players and other fall athletes are welcome. Players, both experienced and first-timers in grades 5–8, are encouraged to play. Fourth graders with at least one year of experience also are welcome.

Girls are invited to an information session and mini-clinic on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 am to 1 pm. From 10 to 10:30 am, parents are invited to stay for a crash course on lacrosse by UC San Diego lacrosse head coach Andrea Ervay. The clinic will be run by UCSD lacrosse players and other post-collegiate players. RSVP to [[email protected]].

Volleyball Players Needed!

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club (SRWAC) offers a fun, recreational volleyball league for women 25 years of age or older on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. We would love to have more players. If you are interested, please contact Lisa at [[email protected]]. Also, please visit [www.srwac.org] for details.

SR Women’s Athletic Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club (SRWAC) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide the residents of Scripps Ranch and nearby communities with sports programs and sports-related support. The SRWAC offers basketball, volleyball, and soccer leagues throughout the year for women 25 years of age or older, as well as coed softball.

Our fundraising and volunteer efforts are focused in Scripps Ranch: we provide several scholarships annually for local high school senior girls, support youth and high school sports programs, and sponsor Symphony in the Park. Please visit our website at [www.srwac.org] for more information. Please check us out on Facebook. We hope you “Like” us!

SR Girls Compete at National Gymnastics Championships

Big congratulations go to Callista Chavez and Venice Park, two Scripps Ranch girls who competed at the USA Gymnastics (USAG) National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, for rhythmic gymnastics. Against a field of all the top Level 7 rhythmic gymnasts in the country who qualified to attend this event, they both did a wonderful job and placed in the top eight All Around!

Callista, 11 and going into 7th grade at Marshall Middle School, placed fifth All Around nationally in her age category. Venice Park, 11 and going into 6th grade at MMS, placed seventh All Around nationally in her age category!

In order to qualify to compete at Nationals, the girls had to place in the top 13 of their age group. Under the pressure of intense competition at the Regional Level 7 Championship, both girls qualified!

At Nationals Callista placed in the top eight in all four events. Venice placed in the top eight in three events. Venice also medaled third in Ball. We are so proud of Callista and Venice! Congratulations, girls, on a job well done!