Paintball Club

The Paintball Club held tryouts for Team Vengeance last month. We were able to add 4 regular players and 5 alternates after the tryouts. However, since the international tournament that we have been invited to recommends a roster of 15 to 21 players, we decided to hold another tryout this month.

Many of the players who came to the tryouts were good players, but with little tournament experience. To those players: keep practicing and participate in some small local tournaments. You’ll improve, and we’ll have you to our next tryouts.

Our next regular game will be Saturday, March 18. Please plan on participating. We hope to have several groups there so it will be a very interesting day with groups against groups. If you are only a single player, or if there are 2 or 3 of you, don’t worry. We always need a few players to even out teams when we have groups coming with us. You’ll have the chance to help the newbies learn how to win!

We are now [PaintballGod.Com] and you will find many new features on our website when we are done. Included will be a message bulletin board that will let all our players ask questions and respond to questions from other players. We are asking for your input on what to include on the website. Let us know! See you March 18.

Girls Softball

Scripps Ranch girls softball is in full swing once again with regular season play beginning on Saturday, March 4. A record number of girls resulted in the addition of a new division this year, the third such addition in as many years. With Scripps Ranch growing and the on-going popularity of girls softball, expect that the league will see more changes next year!

The league, of course, would not be possible without the dedication of our coaches. This year at opening ceremonies, the Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) is honoring those people who have coached 5 or more years. Additionally, Marci Exner will be recognized for her years of service to SRSA as coach and board president.

Special guest at Opening Day will be Eddie Feigner, the nationally known pitcher of the King and his Court. Ceremonies will begin at 11 am with Eddie demonstrating a number of pitches. Eddie’s lifetime stats include over 10,000 games with 930 no-hitters, 238 perfect games, 1,916 shutouts, 132,070 strikeouts (14,400 of them blindfolded), and 8,270 victories over a career of more than 54 years. In his heyday, his pitches were once clocked at over 110 m.p.h.! In one All-Star game against Major Leaguers, he struck out, in order: Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Maury Wills, Harmon Killebrew, and Roberto Clemente.

Scripps Ranch softball players are fortunate to have the opportunity to watch great players locally. In February, a number of SRSA girls visited the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista to see the top-ranked softball team in the world, Team USA, scrimmage the number 3 ranked team, Japan. The next weekend, girls went to Poway to watch games in a collegiate tournament featuring UCLA, Stanford, SDSU, and Long Beach State.

Old Pro’s Summer Softball

The 23rd season of Old Pros softball will begin on Sunday, April 30. We’ll play 14 games and end with playoffs in mid September. To obtain an application and for more information, contact Joe Wulkowicz at 566-4206.

Soccer

Just when you thought it was safe to temporarily rid yourselves of the various soccer balls and equipment that’s been piling up in the garage, it’s time for competitive soccer tryouts! Listed below is a schedule of the age groups, dates, and times for the boys and girls Under-9 through age 14.

Tryouts will be held at Scripps Ranch Community Park and we strongly encourage recreational players to come out for the teams as we always are looking for new talent, and we may be forming additional teams.

  • Boys U-9: Monday, March 6, and Wednesday March 8, 4 to 5:15 pm;
  • Girls U-9: Tuesday, March 7, and Thursday March 9, 4 to 5:15 pm;
  • Boys U-10: Monday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 to 6:45 pm;
  • Girls U-10: Tuesday, March 7, and Thursday March 9, 4 to 5:15 pm;
  • Boys U-11: Monday, March 6, and Wednesday March 8, 7 to 8:15 pm;
  • Girls U-11: Tuesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 9, 6 to 7:15 pm;
  • Boys U-12: Monday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 8, 4 to 5:15 pm;
  • Girls U-12: Tuesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 9, 7:15 to 8:30 pm;
  • Boys U-13: Monday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 to 6:45 pm;
  • Girls U-13: Tuesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 9, 6 to 7:15 pm;
  • Boys U-14: Monday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 8, 7 to 8:15 pm;
  • Girls U-14: Monday March 7, and Thursday, March 9, 7:15 to 8:30 pm;

Tryouts for U-15 through U-19 will be held the week of May 8. Be sure to show up 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time, bring a ball, water bottle, a white and a dark shirt, and shin guards. Players are required to attend all tryouts for their age group. In the event of a rainout, consult [www.scrippsranch.com/soccer]. Cha Cha Namdar, director of coaching, at 695-3459 is always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Congratulations to Tom Crane’s girls U-10 team that wound up taking first place in the Presidio (County) Cup tournament and to Cha Cha’s Premier girls U-13 team which is advancing to the second round of State Cup.

In closing, the Soccer Club was extremely happy with the turnout at the annual dinner held to thank our coaches, managers, and sponsors and to elect a new board for the next soccer year. Twenty names were placed on the ballot, out of which 12 members were elected. At their first meeting, the Executive Board was formed as follows:

  • President — Jerry Matthews;
  • Vice President — Ken Marra;
  • Vice President — Joe Barr;
  • Secretary — Rex Beatty; and
  • Treasurer — Charlie Stenzel.

Other board members include: Oren Patashnik, Steve Slover, Jose Alatorre, Jane Boxler, Ileen Akers, Donna Sandsmark, and Bob Ilko.

Well that about wraps it up for this month’s soccer news. Until next time…see you at the tryouts!

Girls U-10 Wins Championship

Led by a solid defense, excellent goaltending, and timely scoring, the Scripps Ranch girls U-10 competitive soccer team captured this year’s Presidio Cup championship. The girls began the tournament with round-robin play in January at Jerabek Park. They defeated a tough Oceanside Club, 1-0, before losing a close game to the Del Mar Sharks.

Goalies Sarah Burchill and Kierstie Svatos were outstanding throughout the tournament, and the defense was led by Sarah Sullivan, Andrea Pike, and Rebecca Nolan. Alissa Sanchez dominated the midfield, and Kenna Foltz scored a key goal. Due to illness and vacations, Coach Tom Crane was forced to play two games without substitutes.

A rematch with the Del Mar Sharks stood between the Scripps Ranch team and an invitation to the championship game the following weekend. Scripps Ranch broke on top with goals by Kaitlin Phillips, Alissa Sanchez, and Cami Glosz. The defense shut down the Sharks for an exciting 3-1 victory.

The County Cup championship game was played at Black Mountain Middle School against the Valley Center Hurricanes. The Scripps Ranch girls controlled the game early. Goalie Sarah Burchill shut out the Hurricanes in the first half and the offense, led by Samantha Berenter, jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Valley Center battled back to make it 2-1, and had a chance to tie the game, but Goalie Kierstie Svatos deflected a penalty kick wide to preserve the lead. Cami Glosz then made a penalty kick late in the game to put it away. The Scripps Ranch girls celebrated their first tournament championship.

At the awards ceremony following the game, Coach Tom Crane and Manager Dan Sullivan complimented the girls on their attitudes, improvement, and aggressive play.

Local Swimmers Selected for All-Star Swim Meet

Three Scripps Ranch local swimmers were selected to represent San Diego at the Southern California All-Star competition in Irvine, California. Cory Nasoff, age 10; Amanda Balaoing, age 10; and Ryan Naylor, age 14; who are all on the Scripps Ranch Tsunami swim team were selected to represent San Diego and Imperial County at the Speedo sponsored all-star event. First place went to the 10-year-old boys’ freestyle relay team with local swimmer Cory Nasoff, pictured below. The next upcoming event will be the Junior Olympics.

Scripps Ranch Little League

The Scripps Ranch Little League (SRLL) got its spring 2000 season under way officially on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Jerabek Park with ceremonies, a B-B-Q, and Picture Day for all teams.

Things got hopping early as usual with the set-up for pictures beginning at 8 am. At 10 am the ceremonies began. A tradition was upheld again this year as the members of the 1999 District 32 Majors division Tournament of Champions winners were presented with plaques. The team then presented their pennant to the League. Congratulations to the Devil Rays, their Manager Larry Mercer and Coaches Steve Lloyd and Don Snow. This is the fourth pennant won by teams from our League in the last two years! We are earning a reputation for Scripps Ranch Little League. Last year’s T.O.C. Champions challenge this year’s Minors and Majors division teams to add to the growing collection of pennants.

Want to have fun and see some real big league ball? SRLL is offering tickets to the Padres Little League Day for their game on Sunday, April 16. The tickets are view level seats and cost $5 per ticket. Buy 1 or 100! The deadline to order is Wednesday, March 15. How about making plans to organize your Little League team and their families to attend this event? It’s a great way to build team spirit. Make a day of it and tailgate. The Padres and the stadium will set aside a part of the parking lot for groups who want to tailgate. If any individuals or teams are interested in purchasing tickets, please call Teri Denhart at 566-0661.

SRLL is currently looking for businesses or individuals to sponsor teams for this season. Sponsors are a very special part of our league. With their support, we are able to buy equipment, maintain our fields, help with insurance costs, umpires fees, and training for our players, coaches, and managers.

Sponsorships include: advertisement in the Little League yearbook, acknowledgement banners that are displayed on the Majors field fence during the season, 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. Contact Tracy Cabral or Ed Prehoden by calling the SRLL Hotline at 578-0248 for further information.