Thanks for a Great Soccer Season

Scripps competitive teams have been very active lately, participating in various tournaments. Two of our teams, girls U-14 coached by Kareem Ben-Marzookh, and our boys U-12 team, coached by Rodrigo Da-Matta, won gold medals at the Coronado Holiday Cup held right before Christmas. This tournament is always a lot of fun and a successful one for Scripps as four teams also placed second: boys U-14 (Rodrigo), boys U-11, boys U-10 and girls U-11. Congratulations to all these players!

Our community again participated in hosting the Presidio Cup tournament at our new Community Park field and at Jerabek Park. The Presidio (County) Cup is held in various locations throughout San Diego County annually, and we were happy that some of our teams could play at home on their own turf:

  • Girls Under 13 — ChaCha Namdar;
  • Girls Under 14 — Kareem Ben-Marzookh;
  • Girls Under 14 — Lori Franks;
  • Boys Under 10 — Kevin Stenzel;
  • Boys Under 10 — Hans Witzell; and
  • Girls Under 10 — Tom Crane.

Our girls U-10 team will be advancing to the finals in Penasquitos. We will let you know the outcome of their game. ChaCha’s girls U-13 made is to the championship game vs. PQ Premier and lost 2-1 when PQ scored during the last minute of the game.

During the regular season, three of our competitive teams finished in second place:

  • Boys U-12 — Kareem Bar-Marzookh;
  • Boys U-13 — Eugene Morris; and
  • Boys U-14 — Brian Negrete.

The top teams for the Recreational League with their coaches are, for girls division 4:

  • 1st — Quicksilver, Brad Everhart;
  • 2nd — Cyclones, Allan Turnball; and
  • 3rd — Flaming Flamingos, Joe McKinney.

For girls division 5:

  • 1st — Blue Bombers, Keith Datko;
  • 2nd — Silver Shadows, Chris Wilson;
  • 3rd (tie)– Mustangs, Mitch Mitchell, and Blue Lightning, Jim Berns.

For boys division 4:

  • 1st — Sting, Gary Feldman;
  • 2nd — Jamaican Hula Dancers, Rex Beatty; and
  • 3rd — Galaxy, Alan Ayres.

For boys division 5:

  • 1st — Silver Articunos, Charlie Prokop;
  • 2nd — Fireballs, John Phillips; and
  • 3rd *– Blue Angels, David Scott.

Well, that almost wraps it up for the 1999-2000 soccer season. Flyers will be forthcoming with dates and times for competitive tryouts that will take place in March. This information also will be included in next month’s article that will feature exciting news from the State Cup tournament.

Five Scripps teams will be heading to Bakersfield in early march to take on the competition. They are:

  • Boys U-11 — Heibat Sayfnarimani;
  • Boys U-13 — Eugene Morris;
  • Boys U-14 — Brian Negrete; and
  • Girls U-13 — ChaCha Namdar.

A special thanks to all the volunteers that make Scripps Soccer happen. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone back again next year!

Boys U-12 Soccer Team Wins Gold–Twice!

Congratulations to Rodrigo DaMatta’s boys U-12 competitive AAA soccer team in winning the Coronado Holiday Cup in December and County Cup in January. It was a hard fought battle in both tournaments with both of the championship games ending with a 1-0 win for Scripps United.

The boys should be commended for working so hard. They moved up this year from the AA division to AAA and finished the season in third place. All of their efforts proved to be worth it in these last two tournaments. Now it is off to State Cup in February! We wish them all luck!

Old Pros 7th Annual Softball Tournament

The Scripps Ranch Old Pros are hosting their 7th annual men’s softball tournament on two consecutive Sundays in March. The double-elimination tournament will be held on Sundays, Mar. 19 and 26. The price of $30 includes a t-shirt, ice-cold beverages, and championship awards. Interested players should contact Steve Northcote at 695-6858 or Dean Stalter at 578-9322 for information or applications.

The summer league season will begin in mid-April with both a senior division and an open division. The season stretches over the entire summer with playoffs culminating in mid-September. Please call Joe Wulkowicz at 566-4206 with your questions.

Scripps Ranch Little League

Can you feel it in the air? Do you smell the hotdogs, popcorn, bubble gum, or red vines? Do you hear the sound of a bat smacking a ball into the air while players pound their gloves and yell “I got it!” It’s baseball time in Scripps Ranch– well almost!

Opening Day for the 26th season of Scripps Ranch Little League (SRLL) will be Saturday, Feb. 26, at Jerabek Park. There is sure to be lots of food and fun and friends. It also will be Picture Day for all the teams so the festivities will begin early. Each team will be notified of a specific time to report to the park. Be sure to mark your calendars for this day, you won’t want to miss it. No games will be scheduled for this day.

As you are reading this, the managers and coaches of 42 teams, from the majors to the MAPS (machine assisted pitching) divisions, are meeting to their draft players. The draft takes approximately one week to complete. Sometime during the second week of this month each player will receive a phone call from his manager or coach welcoming them to the team, informing them of their practices, and any important meetings that will take place. Players for the CAPS-7 and T-ball division teams are grouped together using another process.

Players should receive their uniforms by mid-February. Each player will receive a hat and “jersey.” Each player also will receive a certificate redeemable for a pair of pants at Play It Again Sports.

The SRLL is currently looking for businesses or individuals to sponsor teams for the 2000 spring season. Sponsors are a very special and necessary part of the league. With their support the league is able to do many things such as buy equipment, maintain fields, and help with the cost of insurance, umpire fees, and special training for the players, coaches, and managers.

Sponsorships include: advertisements in the Little League yearbook, acknowledgement banners displayed during the season at the majors field at Jerabek Park, recognition at Opening and Closing Day ceremonies, and sponsor plaques. The cost of a full sponsorship is $250, but there are other levels of contribution. Please consider sponsoring a team. If you are interested, please contact Tracy Cabral or Ed Prehoden by calling the SRLL hotline at 578-0248.

Old Pros Spring Night Soccer

The Scripps Ranch Old Pros will sponsor Spring Soccer Under the Lights on Tuesday and Thursday nights from the middle of March to the middle of June. Come kick around with us. Men ages 25 and older–many are much older–are welcome to join us.

Registration is open until Sunday, Feb. 27. Your registration fee gets you on a team, a t-shirt, a burger or a dog, and 12 or 13 weeks of fun and games. For applications or information, contact Scott Zuckerman at 621-6039.

Girls U-11 Soccer Team in Coronado Cup Finals

After completing the regular season in third place, the girls U-11 competitive soccer team took second place in the Coronado Holiday Cup gold division soccer tournament.

Excellent team play was the reason for their success. Forwards stepped up and backed up the defense, midfielders displayed finesse in their possessions, defenders added mobility and consistency moving down the field, and the goalkeepers were awesome with their hands and strong punts.

Success was evident through the smiles the girls displayed during the medal ceremony. Even though they were ultimately defeated in the finals by Surf, everyone knew Coach Larry Szafraniec brought the team a long way this season and everyone was proud of the results!

SRHS Basketball

The Scripps Ranch High School Falcon basketball schedule for the rest of the season is:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 8 — La Jolla High School at La Jolla. Varsity at 3 pm and Junior Varsity at 4:45 pm;
  • Thursday, Feb. 10 — USDHS at USDHS. Varsity at 7:45 pm and Junior Varsity at 4:45 pm.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15 — Mission Bay High School at Mission Bay. Varsity at 4:45 pm and Junior Varsity at 4:45 pm;
  • Friday, Feb. 18 — University City High School at SRHS. Varsity at 7:45 pm and Junior Varsity at 4:45 pm.

Boys Soccer Team Scores Perfect Season

The Scripps Ranch Division 5 Silver Articuno’s scored the perfect season after going 16 and 0. The Articuno’s went through the regular season without a defeat. They went undefeated posting a 5 and 0 record in the first annual post season playoffs.

Most notable, for the entire season, the boys scored almost 90 goals and only allowed 6 against. This balanced attack had every boy on the team, except one, scoring at least one goal during the season. Managed by Charlie Prokop with assistant coaches Toby Acciani and Charlie James, the Articuno’s displayed plenty of speed coupled with an aggressive offensive attack which complimented their stingy defense.

Coach Prokop summed it up this way: “Right from our first game impressive shut-out victory, the coaches and I could tell that this team played as if they were on a mission. To see them grow together as a team over the course of the season and accomplish what they did is rewarding and something we think they will remember the rest of their lives.”

Falcon’s 12-U Baseball Team Finishes Second

The Scripps Ranch Falcon’s 12-year-old and under competitive baseball team participated in the January Tecolote tournament, which spanned two weekends and 49 innings of baseball. From a pool of eight teams, the Falcon’s made it to the championship game and placed a strong second. This accomplishment was the result of a tremendous team effort.

On the second weekend of tournament play, the Falcon’s spent the morning and early afternoon in a 14-inning game coming out ahead by two runs against No Fear. Thankfully, the Falcon’s “mercy-ruled” their next opponent in 5 innings, 15-2 shortly before nightfall. After a well-deserved night of sleep, the Falcons won their Sunday morning game 9-3 to enter the championship game with the Encinitas Reds. After a quick Falcon 2-0 lead, the Reds tied the game in the top of the 6th and outlasted the Falcons, coming out ahead 3-2 after 9 innings. In addition to placing second, the Falcons no doubt set the tournament record of 35 innings played in 30 hours, a weekend well spent on America’s favorite pastime.

Those in attendance were treated to some outstanding baseball. These 11- and 12-year-old boys have illustrated what hard work and dedication can bring about. The Falcon’s typically can be seen playing their regular season games on Sundays here in Scripps Ranch. This spring season they are slated to play at the field near Marshall Middle School. The 12-U Falcon’s fall season was sponsored in part by SAIC, Scripps Ranch Old Pros, and Evergreen Nursery.

In addition to the 12-U team, Falcon’s competitive baseball features two other teams including both Falcons 10-U and 11-U. The Falcons play some of the finest teams in the southwestern United States both in year-round league play and Southern California tournaments. In addition, at least one tournament is planned for this summer in Cooperstown giving these boys the opportunity to play teams from across the nation.