Scripps Ranch Soccer

       Registration for recreational soccer in Scripps Ranch will be held
Saturday, May 6, and Saturday, May 13, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Jerabek
Elementary School auditorium. All players, new and returning, must bring
a copy of their official State birth certificate. Cost for the first
child is $75, and $70 for each additional child. Late registration will
be very limited and subject to space availability, so please register on

        Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) along with WAC are supporting an
orphanage and school in Tijuana by collecting used soccer equipment.
Please bring any shoes, uniforms, soccer balls, and shin guards to
registration to donate to this program.

        Coaches are needed. If you’ve coached before, or would like to try
coaching for the first time, please sign up during registration by
completing a parent volunteer form. We’re looking forward to another fun
soccer season. See you at registration!
Pat Matthews

Old Pros Summer/Fall Sunday Soccer

        The Scripps Ranch Old Pros sponsor Summer?Fall Sunday soccer, which will
run from late June to December. Come kick around with us. We are men
ages 25 and older, some much older. Registration is open until Sunday,
June 4, but it is first come, first served.

       Your registration fee gets you on a team, a t-shirt, a burger or a dog,
and 17 to 21 weeks of fun and games; the number of weeks depends on the
number of teams. For applications or information contact Scott Zuckerman
at 621-6039.

Scripps Ranch Little League

        Mark your calendars. Before you know it, we’ll be starting the
end-of-season divisional tournaments, for the MAPS division and older.
The tournament games will begin the week before Memorial Day weekend for
some divisions while others will start Monday, May 29. Start dates
depend on the total number of teams per division as well each team’s
overall standing within their division.

       Thanks to Oren Patashnik and Richard Dickerson, we now have a website.
It is in its initial stages, but the goal is to have standings for each
division, updates on field conditions, registration information, and
more. The website can be found at [].
Thanks to Teri Denhart who coordinated the ticket sales for the San
Diego Padres “Little League Day” on Sunday, April 16, as the Padres
played the Houston Astros. It was quite an afternoon as Qualcomm Stadium
was flooded with thousands of Little Leaguers from all over San Diego
County! The Padres really rolled out the red carpet as they gave us a
discount on tickets, passed out T-shirts, and allowed the kids to run
the bases after the game!

       Finally, we recently received notification that Little League
headquarters in Williamsport, PA approved the Scripps Ranch Little
League safety plan for the 2000 season. This approval results in a
significant reduction in the league’s insurance premium for next year.
The league greatly appreciates all the hard work by Kevin McGarry and
John Denhart for putting the plan together.

       Parents can help make our league safer while attending games by making
sure all lounge chairs, ice chests, and player siblings are kept well
away from the field of play. See you out on the diamonds!

Carl Wallstedt, President

Scripps Ranch Girls Softball

        Don’t miss the exciting action at Scripps Ranch softball’s closing day
on Sunday, May 21, at Cypress Canyon Park. Championship games for the
majors division will begin at 11 am with final action for minors A,
minors AA, and seniors at 1 pm.

       A Hawaiian theme party celebrating the end of another successful season
will take place all afternoon on the 21st with the return of last year’s
popular dunk tank for coaches. A radar gun to measure pitch speed, a
jump house for the little ones, and the always popular snack bar will
keep everyone entertained and happy.

       At 3 pm, closing ceremonies will honor all players and coaches with
trophies awarded to each participant and to tournament winners. The
coaches’ exhibition game will wind up the rec season.

       The Scripps Ranch all-star invitational tournament will be held June
9?11 at both Cypress Canyon Park and the new community park. Last year
the 10-and-under team took home the first-place trophies. Will there be
a repeat this year? Please come for an enjoyable afternoon and watch
some very good softball.

Craig Brown

SRHS Football Boosters Ready for a New Season

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) Football Boosters are proud to announce
our 2000?2001 board members:

Alan Coffin, President;
Paul Cook, Co-President for Fund Raising;
Jim Coughlin, Vice-President;
Wendy Young, Secretary;
JoAnne Bare, Treasurer;
David Gardner, Membership;
Rose Benfield, Snack Bar;
Debbie Aronoff, Clothing Sales;
Tom Myers, Clothing Sales;
Kim Dillard, Volunteer Coordinator;
Shauna Wilson, Banquet Chairperson;
Dennis Griffin, Communications;
Janelle Larona, 50-50 Raffles;
Brian Butler, Season Program;
Linda Dunnum, Season Program; and
Kevin Hedges, Head Coach.

       Coaches Hedges and Miller will be visiting Marshall Middle School on
Monday, May 8, to meet with incoming freshmen and to introduce the SRHS
program. A parent meeting for incoming freshmen will be held the
following week, tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 15, 6:30 pm at

       Spring football for current high school students will start on Monday,
May 15, and will run through Friday, June 2. Also on June 2, we will be
hosting a Falcon football family night?BBQ for all community members at
Falcon Stadium. A $5 donation is requested. Parents of prospective
players and returning players especially are encouraged to attend.
Come and watch the final spring practice and meet head coach Hedges and
his staff. Learn about the winning tradition of high school football at
SRHS and get a preview of the upcoming season. The BBQ will be at 5:30
pm with the JV final practice preceding it at 4 pm and the Varsity final
practice following it from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Important Falcon football dates include:

May 15 ? June 2: Spring football;
Friday, June 2: Family Night?BBQ;
June 26 ? Aug. 4: Speed camp;
Monday, Aug. 21: Football practice begins; and
Friday, Sept. 8; Varsity home opener vs. Hoover High School.

       For additional information about SRHS Football Boosters, call Alan
Coffin at 549-4959. For information specifically about the SRHS Football
Program, call Coach Kevin Hedges at 621-9020, extension 5504.
Your support of our program is greatly appreciated. SRHS Falcon Gold
Cards will be available soon. Contact your favorite athletes for

Dennis Griffin, Communications

Scripps Ranch Skaters

        Eleven Scripps Ranch members of the San Diego Figure Skating Club/USFSA
participated in the season opening competition, Skate La Grande, at the
San Diego Ice Arena. Skaters who medalled in their individual free-skate
program events include:

Nichole Pinkowski: first, Las Muchachas;
Rebecca Trinh: third, Las Muchachas;
Stephanie Swartzlander: second, Pre-preliminary;
Tara Molthen: fourth, Pre-preliminary;
Shawna Fariba: fourth, Artistic Preliminary; and
Lindsey Ritter: second, Preliminary.

       Over 300 skaters from California, Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico competed
at this United States Figure Skating Association sanctioned event. The
San Diego Figure Skating Club is celebrating its 60th year anniversary.

Karen Ritter

And Finally … It’s Time for Ladies Basketball!

        In what has amounted to the same length of time we wait for the arrival
of our children, nine months after our first women’s basketball clinic
at SRHS, it’s time to start our league!

       Although a director has been named and we have a tentative opening date
for the brand new Scripps Ranch Rec Center, final details are yet to be
worked out. We are now confident (?) that it will be open by the time
you get this!

       Either way, we are penciled in to begin our league on Monday, June 5.
Games will be played on Monday nights, beginning at 7 pm. A lot will
depend on how many women sign up and how many teams we are able to form.
So far we’ve had lots of interest, so sign up soon.

       A registration form will be available on the SRCA website at
[], by emailing me at [[email protected]], or
by calling 536-9593. Tentatively the price will be around $40 to $45 and
will include a league t-shirt, ref fees and any other game-time
       Remember, this league is designed for Scripps Ranch residents and is
intended to be purely recreational, not competitive. Join the fun and be
part of something new and exciting!
Connie Poss

BBall ? Just for Girls

        Scripps Ranch High girls basketball staff cordially invites you to
participate in the “Just for Girls” basketball clinics. Emphasis will be
on fundamentals, basic offense, and defensive strategies.
Clinics started on Monday, April 24, and run for 6 weeks, every Monday
and Thursday, at the USIU gym. Cost is $25 per week. For questions or
more information, please contact Joe MacDonald at 279-3685.
Local SR Boys Capture National Basketball Title

       Our community Scripps Ranch National Junior Basketball (NJB) sixth-grade
boys all-star team blitzed through two tournaments undefeated to win
both the regional and national NJB titles.

       Tournament play began on March 25 and concluded on April 9, with Scripps
creating their local version of “March Madness.” After securing the
regional championship in San Diego County on March 26, the boys and
their loyal fans traveled to Orange County for the national

       Nationals included a “sweet sixteen” pool of talented teams from various
regions. Game #1 against Fairfield featured outstanding defense and
court awareness from forward Michael Clark and guard Danny Illingsworth.
This was complimented with a bundle of steals and assists from the
streaking Scripps guard Gil Lopez.

       Later that afternoon, a San Francisco area team, Tulare, played Scripps
close. In fact, Tulare would have led by 3 at the half had it not been
for the 30-foot buzzer beater nailed by guard Taylor Smith. This shot
turned the whole game around for Scripps as they went on to win by a
margin of 15. “I just tried to set up quickly and get a good look at the
basket,” said Smith, who inspired his team through the second half of
intense team basketball. That, and 20 for 24 from the charity stripe was
more than enough to secure a position in the “Final Four.”

       The next morning, Scripps was in for a huge challenge having to face off
against Gilbert, Arizona. This team carried a 6’2″ center and two
forwards who were 5’10 and 5’7″. The well-balanced Scripps team
out-finessed Gilbert through the first half. Gilbert had no answer to
the deceptive one-on-one moves of forward John Wimbley who took the
frustrated Gilbert defenders to the hole repeatedly, mounting an early
lead. However, Scripps watched their 17-point half-time lead diminish to
2 by the last period.

       Were it not for a barrage of 3 pointers by shooting guard Christian
Haupt (5 for 8 from the 3-point line); tenacious low-post play by
forward Ashton Fulcher, who also was the tournament shot-block leader
with 19; and key low-post baskets by Reid Bouchard, Scripps’ hopes for a
national title would have evaporated. The boys clearly played their best
basketball against this physical and talented Arizona squad.

       Scripps was obviously inspired by the Division I girls team and other
Scripps Ranch supporters who were in attendance to provide hearty vocal
support for the community boys. Scripps learned that it is not always
the tallest team that wins, but the team with the most passion. In the
end, Scripps prevailed 62?57.

       Sunday afternoon arrived along with Scripps’ first real chance at the
national NJB title. Trabuco was their last obstacle. After falling
behind early 10?2, Scripps had evened the game at 14 by the end of the
first of five periods. The game remained close the whole way with
Scripps maintaining a narrow lead throughout. Drew Mann provided
enormous inspiration for his team after scoring key points and pulling
down 7 rebounds only to exit with a hip injury.

       With only a one-point lead, Scripps held on with clutch free-throw
shooting by point guard Alek Diachenko who sank 3 of 4 foul shots in the
last 52 seconds of play to ice the victory. Scripps came out ahead as
the new champs in the end, 59 to 55.

       After the final buzzer sounded, the Scripps sixth graders were
proclaimed the 2000 National Junior Basketball Division II Reebok
Champions. It was in the same gym two years ago that the Scripps (then)
fourth-grade team suffered a last-minute loss to place second in the
consolation bracket. With this years’ championship game win, they turned
the famous photo “wall of tears” into the “the wall of cheers.” We
should be proud of these young men who gave their heart and soul as a
team in representing themselves and our community.

       The team and league thank the NJB board, especially Robert McGloughlin
who spent many hours administering all NJB divisions not only in the
regular season, but also in the post season. We’re all looking forward
to next season!


       Scripps Ranch skaters who participated in the season opener Skate la
Grande include (L to R), back row: Samantha Schecter, Klarissa Maluto,
Stephanie Swartzlander, Kristen Wilcox, and Tara Molthen; middle row:
Shawna Fariba, Kerrie Wilcox, and Nichole Pinkowski; and front row:
Lindsey Ritter and Rebecca Trinh. Not pictured is Ada Chinda.

       Scripps Ranch NJB 2000 National Reebok Champions pictured with their
first-place trophies from left to right, back row: Coach Thom Diachenko,
Michael Clark, Drew Mann, Ashton Fulcher, John Wimbley, Reid Bouchard,
and Coach Kevin Haupt; middle row: Gil Lopez, Taylor Smith, Christian
Haupt, Alek Diachenko, and Danny Illingsworth; front row: team ball-boys
Chad Smith and Drew Diachenko.