Rec Boys Excel in Competitive Tournament

The Vipers, shown above proudly displaying their silver medals, finished second in the gold under-8 competitive league competition at the annual Coronado soccer tournament in January. The boys played the regular soccer season in the under-8 recreational league in Scripps Ranch. Congratulations guys on obtaining the silver medal–a fine accomplishment for a group of boys who played recreation soccer and not competitive this past season! The team was coached by Brian Bremmermann with assistance from Bijon Shakiba and John DeNinno.

SR Baseball Gear in Tijuana

Play ball! Thanks to Scripps Ranch, a community of disadvantaged baseball players in Tijuana can play ball this year. You may recall the articles in past issues of the SRCA Newsletter regarding the baseball club that the Scripps Ranch community adopted last year in Lomas de Porvenir, Tijuana. In these articles, we described the united efforts of the Scripps Ranch community to donate baseball equipment to this sister community.

Thanks to a generous response from Scripps Ranch, we collected enough baseball gear to outfit over four teams. Scripps Ranch donated: helmets, cleats, uniform shirts, socks, belts, gloves, umpire gear, hats, balls, bats, catcher gear, plus two complete sets of team gear. And the Padres stepped in to donate gear bags, watches, and baseball cards and card portfolios. Thanks to everyone, there are now a whole bunch of happy kids in Tijuana sporting baseball gear bearing “SR.”

Let’s do this again! While Scripps Ranch cleans out our closets and garages, checking out last year’s gear, set aside a few things for future baseball stars of Lomas de Porvenir, Tijuana. A new baseball season is just around the corner for us and it can be for them as well. Baseball had died in Lomas de Porvenir, because the high cost of the equipment was making it unaffordable for the youth to play baseball. They need equipment and something special to jump-start baseball in this Tijuana community. The Scripps Ranch community is that “something special”!

Our efforts last year were sponsored by Scripps Ranch Little League, the Falcons Youth Baseball Club, Califormula Radio Stations, the Old Pros, Hob Nob Restaurant, SAIC, Law Offices of Diachenko & Nasoff, the Girl Scouts of America, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, the San Diego Padres, KUSI 51 TV, the Union Tribune and our many friends in Scripps Ranch.

Save up your baseball equipment now! We will set up drop boxes for the equipment at the Jerabek baseball field snack bar for the first few weeks at the start of our Little League and Pony League baseball season. Use the donation list above as your check-list. Look around and see what you can offer.

Scripps Ranch has generously supported this effort! This will build a stronger baseball community in the region…and our young ball players here will learn how to make a difference…through baseball.

Please give us a call at 578-5258 if you would like to make a donation or get involved.

Falcons Elves Serve Up Presents for Homeless

The Falcons baseball teams learned the true meaning of teamwork and selfless play in December when they joined together to pass out gifts to homeless children at the annual Homeless Children’s holiday party. In an era of self-indulged sports heroes, it was refreshing to see these young baseball players working together to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

The smiles on the players’ faces were worth a thousand words as they personally handed the children gifts–for some the only gift they might receive this holiday season. Many players, siblings, parents, and friends participated at the event and helped behind the scenes preparing cookies, gathering up food and clothes to donate, and buying presents for the children. Some children took up collections at their schools and received support from their teachers, classmates, and friends. Ms. Pam West’s 3rd grade class at Miramar Ranch Elementary School was particularly generous as was Ms. Allison’s, 7th grade advisory class at Marshall Middle School.

Player contributors for the Falcons included:

  • 9-year-olds: Chad Smith, Derek Biethman, and Drew Diachenko;
  • 11-year-olds: Michael Carrion;
  • 12-year-olds (almost the full squad!): Jesse Clopper, Troy Leonard, Eric Philbad, Alex Nunn, Brent Jacobs, Andy Gabele, Mike Hansen, Ian Larsson, Alex Guerra, and Riley Munoz; and
  • 13-year-olds: EJ Tacason, Dominic Malcangio, Estevuan Carrion, Nick Costello, and Alek Diachenko.

Friends at large included Allison Tucci and the Russells: John, Nancy, Maddy, Ally, and Rosylyn.