Scripps Ranch Girls Softball (SRSA)

Registration for Scripps Ranch Girls Softball’s spring season has been completed although we have room for a few girls in each age division. The shortage of fields in Scripps Ranch has forced both Little League and Softball to limit registration. Applications are available at the Scripps Ranch Library or the Scripps Trail Center Postal Annex. Questions can be addressed to our hot line number 530-0123 or to [[email protected]].

In an effort to provide the best possible experience for our softball players, we have modified the age limits for many of our divisions. First-time players or players who would benefit from additional development will be encouraged to play in the division that best suits their abilities.

Some players may be encouraged to remain in the same division they played in last year. Alternatively, highly advanced players will be allowed to play in a higher division with coaches’ and board approval. It is imperative that all players attend their evaluation clinics so that the coaches can help place the girls in the most appropriate division, which are:

  • T-Ball, ages 5-6 — Starter division with emphasis on fun; introduction to softball basics.
  • Rookie, age 7 — Emphasis on basic skills; coach pitch.
  • Advanced, age 6 and new 8-year- olds.
  • Minors B, ages 8-9 — Basic skills; some girl pitching; strike outs.
  • Minors A, ages 9-11 — Girls pitch; skills advancing; advanced skills taught.
  • Majors, ages 11-13 — Full softball rules; competitive games; standings kept.
  • Seniors, ages 13-14 — Full softball rules; competitive.

Age is based on your daughter’s age on Jan. 1, 2000.

Brad Foltz, Craig Brown, and Tim Richards attended several clinics at the December American Softball Association meetings in Los Angeles covering subjects such as field maintenance, rule changes for the year 2000, equipment, insurance, and other topics involving the running of an ASA softball league. Dot Richardson and Leah O’Brien, Olympic softball gold medallists and members of the 2000 Olympic team, each spoke. Leah O’Brien autographed several softballs that we will be giving away at opening ceremonies.

Dates to remember include:

  • Saturday, Jan. 8 — Evaluation clinics for players whose last names begin with A-M, and
  • Saturday, Jan. 15 — Evaluation clinics for all others.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 — Practices begin.
  • Sunday, Feb. 27 — Field maintenance day.
  • Saturday, Mar. 4 — Opening Day.
  • Sunday, May 21 — Closing ceremonies
  • June 8-11 — Scripps Ranch Invitational Softball Tournament. Tournament team selection dates to be announced.

Little League Players Are Missing

Scripps Ranch Little League (SRLL) spent December registering players for the spring 2000 season. The league wants to thank Paul Rios and the other board members and volunteers who helped with walk-in registration. At this time, there are approximately 820 players registered for the upcoming season, about the same number as last year.

Here’s where the mystery part comes into play. The SRLL has not received registration forms from more than 200 returning players. Yes, you read it correctly; more than 200! How can 200 players be missing? All these returning players should have received their registration forms in the mail at the beginning of November. The Board asked that those forms be filled out and returned as soon as possible, no later than Dec. 4, or returned at the walk-in registration.

If all these returning players mailed their forms today there would be over 1,000 players in the league! Our community is growing rapidly; however, we have only two new additional fields for this coming season. The SRLL hopes that every child who wants to play will have that opportunity, but this situation may mean the league must create a waiting list for the coming season. If any returning player has not returned their forms, please call Paul Rios, SRLL player agent, at 695-2406, immediately.

The SRLL is offering clinics to help sharpen up skills for the coming season. The next clinic, which is free for all registered players, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 9, at Spring Canyon Park. Players ages 8 and 9 should report from 12 noon to 1:30 pm on both days. Players ages 10, 11, and 12 should report to the field from 1:30 pm to 3 pm on both days.

Be sure to dress appropriately for the clinics and bring your glove. The SRLL will provide balls and bats. All parents and coaches are invited to attend as well. Sorry, but these clinics are not for T-ball players. Please note: parking will be at a premium, so plan ahead.

Be sure to mark your calendars for player assessment days. All 12-year-olds and 11-year-olds and half of the 10-year-old players will report on Saturday, Jan. 15. The remaining 10-year-olds and all 9-year-old and 8-year-old players will report on Saturday, Jan. 22. Each player will be asked to report at a specific time on one of these days. This information will be mailed to each player.

All players must report at their assigned time unless they receive permission to change their schedule from Paul Rios, player agent, prior to their assigned time and day. If weather is a factor, the make-up day for assessments is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29. If you are 11 years old or older and are interested in umpiring games be sure to sign up at the check-in table on your assessment day.

Teams will be formed at the beginning of February so listen for a call from managers to introduce themselves and tell you about scheduled practices and team or parent meetings.

Scripps Ranch NJB

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday. What better way to start off a new century than by watching the kids of Scripps Ranch play basketball! Come by the high school gym on Saturday afternoons or all day Sunday, and you can do just that. Games run through the month of February. The league is full, but you’re welcome to get on the waiting list for any openings that become available or to get on our mailing list for next season.

Thank you to the sponsors who already have agreed to sponsor teams in our league. We still need a few more, so if you’re interested, please call our hotline at 619-237-1600 and leave a message.

Our website has become a big hit as well! A few teams have posted team photos and the games for the entire season are listed as well. It’s updated regularly, so for any last minute information be sure to check it out. It can be located at [www.eteamz.com/srnjb].

SRHS Water Polo Team Scores CIF Championship

For the first time in Scripps Ranch High School history, the men’s varsity water polo team is the Division I CIF champion. The team, led by coach Tom Atwell, won their quarter-final game against Grossmont High, 15-3, and their semi-final game against Carlsbad High, 8-6, to make it to the championship game against Valhalla High in November. The Norseman of Valhalla were the #1 ranked team while our Falcons were the #2 seed in Division I.

The game was played at the Canyonview Pool at UCSD. The Scripps Ranch team took the lead early in the first period and were never behind, defeating Valhalla, 13-9. The Union-Tribune headline read, “Falcons upset No. 1 Valhalla, win crown.” The scoring was led by Steve Baranowski with 5 goals and Josh Muecke with 3 goals. Goalie Brandon Shroyer had a fantastic game with 20 saves. Rounding out the squad were seniors Chris Oestreich, Jarrett Crabb, and Kim Nguyen, and juniors Adam Becker, Zach Hazlett, Mike Johnson, Scott Kerr, Kevin Mendenhall, Chris Sassone, Adam Stone, and Randall Teshima.

Scripps Boys Soccer Team Records Perfect Season

The Scripps Ranch Sting posted their 11th victory today en route to an undefeated season in regional recreational competition. The Sting’s 7-0 victory against a determined opponent from Scripps Ranch was the exclamation point on a remarkable 3-month season during which the Sting did not allow a single goal against teams from Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Scripps Ranch.

The Sting, a 4th Division boys team coached by Gary Feldman and Kevin Haupt, was clearly in a league of its own this fall. “Coach Haupt and I were very impressed with how well this team played together. Each and every player demonstrated an unbelievable sense of responsibility to position assignments, and, collectively, the team achieved success through very unselfish play,” Coach Feldman said.

Coach Feldman added, “These young men should feel very proud of their accomplishments this season. Each player learned that combining individual effort and responsibility with a collective commitment…will result in a desirable outcome.”

Soccer Board Elections

The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) is looking for people interested in serving on the Board of Directors, which will be elected at the general meeting on Saturday, Jan. 29. Twelve board members will be elected; then these members will elect the Executive Board at their first meeting.

Directors are expected to attend one meeting on the first Tuesday of every month to assist in the general management of the organization. Executive Board members may meet between meetings at various times during the year.

Directors are expected to head various committees or projects such as budget, uniforms, pictures, referee coordinator, risk management, opening day, sponsors, publicity, girls and boys coach coordination, and fields and equipment.

If you would like your name on the ballot, please give us a brief paragraph for the ballot, including some personal information about you and your family, your profession, your involvement with soccer, your involvement with Scripps Ranch, and your goals as a potential board member.

If you can’t assume a position, but know of someone who may be interested and would be a valuable addition to the board, please let us know. Mail, phone, fax, or email this information to: Carol Battaglia, 11750 Caminito Tamborrel, San Diego 92131; phone 695-3488; fax 689-0036; email [[email protected]].

Many of our competitive teams will be participating in the Coronado Holiday Cup and then going on to County Cup and (or) State Cup. We hope that you have had a rewarding, fun soccer year and look forward to next season!

Girls Trot to Victory in the Marshall Turkey Race

Trot! What prompted these girls, in the photo above, to run their hardest in the second annual Marshall Middle School Turkey Trot? They were challenged to participate with the hopes of winning a turkey for their soccer coach, Lori Franks.

At first, the girls hadn’t decided whether or not they would take part in this year’s fun activity. But, most of them changed their minds when they were presented with the idea of winning it for their coach. “We’re going to sweep the race, and we know we can do it” was their attitude.

As you can see, all of them were pretty proud and excited to win. Their coach, Lori, was thrilled when she heard the news. Guess all their hard work throughout the year paid off. Now they’re all wondering if Lori knows how to cook.

Girls U-14 Soccer Team Wins Shootout

After completing their regular season, and with the help of two friends, the Girls U-14 competitive soccer team won second place in the Poway Invitational soccer tournament. The tournament was held over the Thanksgiving weekend. The girls, with the very able coaching of Kareem Ben-Marzouk, won two games and lost one in the qualifying games. This record put them in second place in their division, qualifying them to go to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals they faced the first-place team from the other division. Both teams played with spirit and intensity. At the end of regular play the score was tied, 1-1.

The teams then played through two tense, but scoreless, overtime periods. As they were still tied at the end of the overtime periods, the game went into an international one-on-one shootout. After four rounds of shots, the Scripps girls has scored 2 out of 4, their opponents 0. Although there was some question of how the 5-second shot clock was interpreted on the field, there was no question about who had won–Scripps had.

Later that day the girls played for the championship in the finals, but lost. Throughout the tournament the girls played as a team and displayed determination under pressure. The defense was lead by Alyssa Huckleberry as sweeper, with tenacious assistance from defenders Meredith Muecke, Lauren Foltyn-Petty, Tessa Parker, Michaela Wood, and Mandy Beatty. Diana Molthen was superb as goal-keeper, where she made critical saves–including a dramatic one in the shootout.

The offense was lead by center mid-fielder Liz Reeve, with aggressive support from mid-fielders Lindsey Duffy, Hana Rosen, Margeaux Fischer, and Rebecca Slaughter. The fast, break-away forwards were Elizabeth Ingrum, Tamara Stevens, and Tara Molthen.