The Scripps Ranch Little League (SRLL) spring 2000 season is well under way. The SRLL board wants to thank Bob Cluck and the San Diego School of Baseball for conducting a coach’s clinic in February. Mr. Cluck and several other instructors shared their expertise with about 50 SRLL coaches and managers at Jerabek Park. The SRLL provided an opportunity for our dedicated coaches and managers to become more educated about the game and therefore make the season more enjoyable for the players and their families.
Want to have fun and see some real big league ball? The Padres are inviting teams to the stadium for Little League Day on Sunday, April 16. 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 the Padres ticket office at 283-4494.
The Board is pleased to have Beth Philblad and her crew taking over the operation of the snack bar at Jerabek Park. This always is a big job and requires the help of many volunteers. Teams at the Majors, AAA, and AA levels will be asked to contact families to work a couple of shifts at the snack bar during the season. When you are asked, please step up to the plate and do your part, many hands make light work. Besides it’s fun to see all the kids at the window, and it’s a great way to catch up on the neighborhood news.
The Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) opened its 2000 season amidst threat of rain, but tradition held and the streak of no rainouts on opening day continued. There was a great turnout by all the divisions; the infield of Cypress Canyon #1 was bright with the rainbow of banners and team uniforms. Eddie Feigner, the “King” of softball, and his wife Anne Marie, entertained the crowd with stories of Eddie’s career and demonstrations of his amazing pitching ability. Local player Haley Exner threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
SRSA also recognized a number of coaches who have provided five or more years of service to girls softball in Scripps Ranch. Those honored included Bob Swan, Rick Harmonson, Marci Exner, Mike Illeman, Jim and Linda McCoy, Steve Ferreira, Sim Von Kalinowski, Marc Sorensen, Ted Heckman, Bob Hicok, Lou Rea, Scott Green, Shelly Hall, Jon Rosen, Brad Foltz, Jed Pettey, Scott Lee, Phil Huffman, Jackson Muecke, Scott Zuckerman, Lou Giolzetti, and Greg Hull. Because records are sketchy, any other coach with five years of service is invited to contact the SRSA to be added to the list and to receive an SRSA hat.
Thank you to all the board members and other volunteers for their hard work in putting together a successful Opening Day 2000. Photos can be found at SRSA’s new website [www.eteamz.com/srsa]. Check out the website, too, for field closures, schedules, and all sorts of information about Scripps Ranch girls softball.
A special thanks goes out to all of the men and women of Scripps Ranch who acted as coaches. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you for the countless hours you put into our program to help make is such a success.
A huge thank you also to our sponsors. Be sure and check out our special thank you to them here in the Newsletter this month. If you frequent the businesses, be sure and tell them you saw them in the SRCA Newsletter!
All-Star teams are now practicing and will be participating in tournaments in the month of March. This year we fielded 10 All-Star teams! Good luck to everyone, and we’ll be watching for your updates!
There will be a few people leaving the Board after this year so we are looking for a few good men and women to take their places! If you are interested in being part of this organization, please call and leave a message on the hotline at 619-237-1600.
Congratulations to the Scripps Under-10 girls competitive soccer team as they captured the 2000 County Cup championship last month. The team played great defense, led by by defender Amber Determan. Other key contributors were Samantha Berenter, Sarah Burchill, Kenna Foltz, Cami Glosz, Rebecca Nolan, Kaitlin Phillips, Andrea Pike, Alissa Sanchez, Sarah Sullivan, and Kierstie Svatos. The team was coached by Tom Crane.
The Tsunami swim team finished the winter season with outstanding performances at the Jr. Olympics. Tsunami swimmers Ryan Naylor and Cory Nasoff each finished as high-point runner-up for their age group.
Ryan won the 13-14 boy’s 100 freestyle (52.4) and the 50 freestyle (23.6). Ryan also was second place in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.1), 200 breaststroke (2:23.8), 100 butterfly (59.8), and the 100 backstroke (57.8). Cory Nasoff won the 10-and-under boys 200 freestyle (2:17.3). Cory was second place in the 100 butterfly (1: 17.2), 50 freestyle (29.6), and the 100 freestyle (1:04.3). Time for each race is indicated by (minutes:seconds).
The 13-14 boy’s medley relay of Ryan Naylor, Adam Nasoff, Alan Shaw, and Robert Shelby finished in third place. Alan Shaw placed 5th in the 100 butterfly (1:03.1). Also representing the Tsunami swim team in the Jr. Olympics were: Amy Achille, Meredith Ast, Amanda Balaoing, Jason Blake, James Clarke, Annie Geffroy, Jonathan Inman, Jason Phillips, Emily Pool, and Sean Sisk. For information on the Tsunami swim team, please call 271-8428.
Several local boys and girls participated in the recent Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest. Boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 were eligible to enter the contest at no cost, with winners from each level advancing to the next round.
The first round was held at Marshall Middle School. Winners from that contest included Lindsey Gruter, Brent Cady, Stuart Gale, Ryan Cady, and Matt Poss. These shooters then advanced to the District level contest at St. Michael’s in Poway. Brent Cady took District honors for 10-year-old boys, Ryan Cady for 13-year-old boys, and Matt Poss for 14-year-old boys.
From there, the three boys went to the Regional competition at St. Augustine High School. After some close battles, congratulations go out to Matt Poss who won regional honors for 14-year-old boys and will advance to the state competition in Fresno. Good luck Matt! Way to go kids, and we’ll look forward to seeing you all again next year!