Giving Back to the Community

Scripps Ranch has always been a community that relies heavily on volunteers. This is what makes our neighborhood so special.

This past soccer season four enthusiastic girls–Kathryn Green, Megan Scharf, Monica Unhold, and Kelly Matthews–volunteered to help out the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) by coaching recreational teams. They paired up to coach two boys’ teams in Division 6, comprised of 6- and 7-year- olds, and had a wonderful learning experience. It is all through the junior coaching program of the SRSC.

All four girls are friends and have played soccer in this community in both the recreational and competitive leagues since they were 1st graders. In fact, at one time or another, these girls have played on the same teams during their soccer careers. They have a combined soccer experience of 40 years!

Kelly Matthews and Monica Unhold, now juniors at Scripps Ranch High School, were teammates on a Division 6 team themselves when they were in 4th grade. Their team, The Smokin’ Fireballs, had a fantastic season with a record 8 wins, 2 losses. Megan Scharf’s and Kathryn Green’s team, The Fast Flames, also had a winning season with a record 7 wins, 1 tie, and 2 losses.

These girls are very knowledgeable, have fantastic soccer skills, great attitudes, and a willingness to give back to the community and the soccer club that has provided them with so many fun, rewarding experiences and memories. They were organized, planned team meetings and practices, and attended California Youth Soccer Association classes to receive their coaching licenses prior to the season.

Kathryn and Megan head off to college in September, and Kelly and Monica plan to coach again. Their emphasis was on skill building, good sportsmanship, and having fun. This is exactly what they accomplished.

The SRSC was pleased that these girls came forward to help out. They hope this will be an inspiration for more young, experienced players to volunteer as "junior coaches" in the future so that the spirit of giving back to the community will be repeated over and over again.

Girls Soccer Division 4 Win!

The SR Soccer Club Girls Division 4 All Star team had a tremendous post-season. They were undefeated in the seven games they played en route to winning top honors in the Mesa Recreational All Star Tournament in December.

This team was truly dominant, giving up only one goal while scoring 11. Their streak included an exciting penalty kick-off in the quarter finals–winning 5 to 4–and a great championship game as they beat a tough team from Vista in double overtime. Congratulations, girls!

2003 Presidio Cup Champions

Scripps United Girls U-10 took home the gold medal for the second year in a row at the annual Presidio Cup soccer tournament held in early January. Playing on their home field, the Scripps United team defeated the Del Mar Sharks Blue team and the CVU Rangers before taking on the Poway Vaqueros, who finished in second place.

Coached by Kevin Stenzel, the team includes Lauren Collins, Torrey Westfall, Karly Ryner, Kelli Steckler, Olivia Stapp, Leah Madback, Dana Dyer, Nicole Diehl, Shannon McManus, Kristen Powers, and Sarah Meister. The team now heads to the California Youth Soccer Association State Cup tournament that begins Saturday, Feb. 1.


Cheerleading Champs

The Mira Mesa/Scripps Pop Warner Junior Midget cheer squad finished their season by capturing the title of Pacific Southwest Conference Champions–Junior Midget Large Squad Division–at the Pacific Southwest Conference Cheer Tournament (PSCCT). It was held at the Bren Center at the University of California Irvine campus in December.

Fourteen squads from California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and Hawaii competed in the Junior Midget Large Squad Division–all top cheer squads from their Pop Warner conferences. This was coach Cyndi Schmidt’s second consecutive PSCCT title. This year’s squad was made up of 32 young ladies from Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa.

Head coach Cyndi Schmidt, along with assistant coaches Dave Mace, Leigh-Anna Plummer, Lila Corsa, and Jocelyn Hartvigson worked tirelessly to prepare this year’s squad for the PSCCT. The skill level in all of the divisions was fiercely competitive and the margin for error extremely narrow.

However, the Mira Mesa/Scripps Chargers demonstrated to the sellout crowd that they were clearly the premier cheer squad in the Pacific Southwest Conference. They gave a nearly flawless two-minute performance of dance and stunting.

Congratulations to Coach Schmidt, her staff, the entire Junior Midget cheer squad, and particularly the five members from Scripps Ranch–Haley Hickok, Kaylee Wilson, Kristina Plummer, April Cruz, and Lauren Perrier–for a job well done! Hey girls, is there going to be a PSCCT three-peat next season?

Little League

Snack Bar Help

Do you and a couple of your friends have four to five hours per week to donate to the young baseball players in our neighborhood? If so, and you like to have fun, we need your help.

Please do not let this be the first year in Scripps Ranch Little League history that our snack bar is not open! The snack bar at Jerabek Park is the center of activity during baseball season. Both young and old alike hang out to enjoy the sunshine and a hot dog. We only need your help for 3 short months. Please give us a call at 578-0248!

Have You Heard From Your Baseball Coach?

First, I would like to thank all the volunteers who assisted Little League in December and January: the volunteer coaches and managers; the division reps who brought all the coaches and managers together; and, the people who volunteered two full Saturdays so more than 600 players could be evaluated.

A special thank you goes to Dan Luka, our player agent. He spends tireless hours not only making sure everyone receives their registration forms, but also scheduling all 8- to 12-year-olds for tryouts and providing the managers with the most extensive database of player information you have ever seen.

All this is done to make sure each child is drafted into the appropriate division of play and that all teams in that division are equal. Did you also know that the division reps in T-ball and CAPs do their best to arrange equitable teams for our 5- to 7-year-olds? And, they try to assure your child’s teammates are from their school or neighborhood. After all, isn’t that what Little League is all about–fun with your friends?!

Looking Ahead

So, what is scheduled for February and early March? By the end of January, all managers should have their list of players and be calling everyone to begin practices. For the most part, your child will practice at the field where his or her games will be played. There are a few exceptions due to field limitations and to assure safety for the players.

As part of your registration fees, you will also receive a team uniform. Your manager will provide the shirt and hat. Please go to Play It Again Sports (PIAS) on Treena to pick up a free pair of pants.

Players ages 5-8 receive white pants with elastic waistband; players ages 9-12 receive gray pants with a zipper and belt loops. Thank you Bob and PIAS for supporting our league again this year.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, you and your team will join hundreds of other players at Jerabek Park for Opening Day. Your team is scheduled for pictures, the Majors play exhibition baseball, there is entertainment, and pending Snack Bar volunteers, a delicious barbecue. Keep practicing because the first games of the season begin Saturday, Mar. 1.

We encourage all parents to participate in their children’s Little League activities. Please volunteer to assist the coaches, provide snacks, put names on shirts, help rake, water, and chalk the fields, or whatever you can do. Your child will love you for it.

I also suggest that you visit our website at [] frequently. There, you can become familiar with the local rules for your child’s division, as well as find out the status of your field in case of rain. Speaking of rain, the Park and Recreation Department put a lot of money into maintaining these fields. Please respect the "Field Closed" signs when posted.

Softball Update

Softball practices began Saturday, Feb. 1. It is a busy month as we get ready for Opening Day on Saturday, Mar. 1. Field Day, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 16, is a labor of love as we get Cypress Canyon Park ready for another softball season. Many coaches and parents volunteer hours to repaint backstops, repair benches, clean the snack bar, work on the fields, and do much more. Thanks to the many dedicated volunteers.

Throughout the softball season there will be a variety of clinics held to benefit coaches and players. An energizing speed camp, a favorite of many players and back by popular demand, will be available for ages 7 and up. Also, a coach’s clinic, player’s skill clinic, pitching clinic, and catcher’s clinic will be offered. Keep an eye on our website [] for details.

It is exciting to see the increase in the number of softball players in our community. More players mean our need for financial help has also grown. We are asking local businesses and families to become Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) sponsors.

Sponsorship can be at several levels. We hope that you and your family or business can help support our growing league. Feel free to contact me at 693-0120 or [[email protected]].