Scripps Ranch Dad Coaches Two Championship Teams!
Longtime Scripps Ranch resident, Scripps Ranch Old Pro, and Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) board member, Jason Turfler, had a magical five days at the end of April.
Jason moved to Scripps Ranch in 1980 and has been in love with the community since the day he arrived. He has turned down job offers to leave for other cities and vows never to leave the greatest community on earth. As a youth Jason played all-star baseball and competitive soccer. In high school he was the first winning pitcher in the history of Scripps Ranch High School. As an adult, he spends much of his free time—outside of family activities—involved in Scripps Ranch athletics.
He has played Old Pros softball since he was 16 and has been commissioner for the Open Night League with his father, Mark Turfler, for years. Also, Jason joined the SRSA Board of Directors three years ago to support girls softball, as he spent many hours coaching both his daughters’ teams and sharing with them a love of the sport.
This bring us to the present. On Sunday, Apr. 26, Jason led a group of friends and Scripps Ranch residents to the 2015 Old Pros Sunday Softball championship. It was a sweet win, but the celebration was short as his focus quickly turned to two SRSA softball teams. The very next day Jason had a girls softball double-header to coach: his daughter Tori’s 8U Blue Jays and daughter Aly’s 12U Adrenaline team.
The Blue Jays played great and their team advanced to the championship game by going 3-0 in the winner’s bracket. The team won at 7 pm, but needed to win two more games in a row to get through the loser’s bracket and force a championship finale. They eventually prevailed against some fantastic 12U teams and made it to the championship, setting up another double-header for the Turfler family.
That brings us to Thursday, Apr. 30. The Blue Jays took on a phenomenal 8U team, the Red Dragons, led by fellow Old Pro and SRSA Board member Mike Osborne. The Red Dragons played great, but came up a little short after contributions from all the Blue Jays, including great pitching by Tori and her younger cousin, Ava Schramm, to win the 8U championship.
Right after the first place trophies were handed out, Jason ran to the adjacent field to coach another game. The 12U Adrenaline team faced a “Not So Mellow Yellow” team led by great SRSA coaches, Micah Rutkoff and Melissa Murphy. Tori’s older sister, Aly, and her 12U Adrenaline team emulated the same blueprint for success, contributions up and down the lineup, great defense, and tons of strikes by pitchers Elsa Kalal, Aly, and Aubrey Sweeney.
It was an incredible end to a magical week of family with grandparents Maria Turfler-Tollefson, Bryan Tollefson, Maria Turfler, Kelly Turfler, Connie Schramm, and Toby Schramm all in attendance. That’s in addition to Ava’s parents and Tori and Aly’s aunt and uncle—Christine and Rich Schramm, also the Blue Jays assistant coach—Aunt Teresa, friends, and, of course, a couple of amazing groups of girls who played great as teams.
While Jason was overwhelmed and ecstatic to lead the girls to victory, it is the girls who deserve the credit. They put in the effort and executed on the field. Jason felt fortunate to have two groups of wonderful girls and families to spend the season having fun, sharing a love of the sport, improving, and hopefully learning life lessons that will serve them long after the championship glow fades.
8U Blue Jays: Tori Turfler, Ava Schramm, Addyson Richardson, Camille Settles, Ellie Davis, Falyn Ray, Harper Leighty, Jessica Slattery, Kendall Beer, Melina Abdulla, and Rebecca Slattery. Coaches: Jason Turfler, Rich Schramm, and Ryan Leighty.
12U Adrenaline: Aly Turfler, Ashley Campbell, Aubrey Sweeney, Bella Emanuele, Elsa Kalal, Emma Carrington, Jenna Eller, Juliana Ishmine, and Sophia Lippel. Coaches: Jason Turfler, Guy Emanuele, Ryan Sweeney, and Doug Kalal.
Scripps Ranch Pop Warner
We are pleased to announce and congratulate the following Scripps Ranch Pop Warner (SRPW) recipients of the 2014–2015 Pop Warner All-American Scholar award due to the academic excellence the kids portrayed at school last year. This is a very prestigious award, as these students rank academically in the top 2% of the approximately 350,000 children who take part in Pop Warner Little Scholar’s Spirit and Football program nationwide!
Please congratulate this year’s SRPW All-American Little Scholars:
- Ryan Clausen, grade 6—2nd Team
- Chad Buley, grade 7—2nd Team
- Joshua Cox, grade 7—2nd Team
- Yuto Onikubo, grade 8—2nd Team
- James Walsh, grade 8—2nd Team
Cheer and Dance:
- Alanna Bantigue, grade 8—2nd Team
- Alexa Joy Fernandez, grade 8–2nd Team
- Samantha Hasson, grade 8—2nd Team
- Lauren Lopez, grade 8—2nd Team
- Alia Bernabe, grade 8—Honorable Mention
- Alena Nicks, grade 8—Honorable Mention
Tracey Perreault, SRPW Event Coordinator
Scripps Ranch Soccer Club
Soccer season is here! If you have not yet registered, please visit www.scrippsranchsc.com to complete the registration process.
The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) is a nonprofit organization run primarily through volunteer efforts. Our club’s success is largely due to the great sense of community spirit and valued support. With more than 1,500 children in our program, ranging in age from 5 to 19, we are able to field many recreational and competitive teams, which participate in the San Diego Presidio League.
Our club is dedicated to promoting youth soccer, encouraging the positive aspects that team sports play for our children, and developing skilled players with a long-lasting love of soccer. To achieve our goals, we rely on overwhelming volunteer efforts and individual, local, and corporate sponsorships.
Your donations help keep our registration fees affordable and contribute to ongoing equipment, maintenance, and field improvements. They also allow our club to hold special clinics and other programs that further the development of our children’s soccer skills and their all-around physical fitness. Our club also offers financial assistance to qualifying families.
We continue to value the long-lasting relationship with our loyal sponsors and hope new sponsors consider donating. We encourage sponsors and potential sponsors to visit our website and see the new and exciting sponsorship opportunities, including different levels, the opportunity to sponsor special events, and additional benefits for our valued sponsors.
For details, visit www.scrippsranchsc.com or call the hotline at 974-5393.
Joe Barr, SRSC President
Scripps Ranch 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 award scholarships for local high school girls, support youth and high school sports, and sponsor Symphony in the Park. Please visit www.srwac.org for more about our group and to register for our leagues. Check us out—and Like! us—on Facebook!
Women’s Volleyball League: Our recreational volleyball league for women 25 years or older is on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the SR Recreation Center. To play, email Lisa at [email protected]
Women’s Basketball League: Games are played on Mondays at 6, 7, or 8 pm at the SR Recreation Center. To play in the summer league starting in June, contact Sylvia at [email protected]
Coed Softball League: The summer season starts in June. Games are played on Tuesday nights. Interested in playing? Email Erin at [email protected]