The Scripps Ranch NJB girls fifth- grade all-star team captured the San Diego County championship with a victory over Encinitas, a team that beat Scripps last year in the fourth-grade final. The girls then advanced to the state championship in Orange County, where they lost a 25-24 thriller to South Huntington Beach. They returned the next day in fine fashion, beating Capo-Dana by 25 points, with 8 of the 10 girls scoring. The girls are to be commended for their hard work and enthusiasm. Look for them to provide plenty of basketball thrills for many years to come!
Congratulations to Amanda Balaoing, Brooke Becky, Jill Comrie, Brenna Devaney, Katie Hebert, Hayley Hull, Kaycie Johnson, Kara Robinson, Emily Weisner, and Chelsea Wissing. They were coached by Frank Devaney with assistance from Chris Johnson.
The Scripps Ranch NJB girls sixth-grade all-star team captured the San Diego County championship by sweeping the double-elimination tournament with a first-round victory over Encinitas and consecutive weekend victories over Tri-Cities. The girls then advanced to the national championship in Orange County, winning their first-round game over Gilbert, Arizona.
Down by eight points entering the final period, the girls pressed full court and won going away. Unfortunately, they lost their second-round game to a very experienced team from Los Gatos, but came back and captured fifth place the next day with a victory over a much bigger team from Leemore.
The girls exhibited teamwork, hustle and exceptional ballhandling skills throughout both tournaments, and are becoming excellent, polished players. Congratulations to Heather Allison, Audrey Bennett, Kaitlin Devaney, Mary Hull, Jenny Jarvie, Kelli LaCosta, Allison Lawrence, Jasmine Namdar, Carla Nava, and Tiffany Saria, and their coach Frank Devaney.
The Scripps Ranch Old Pros sponsor fall night soccer from late July to December. Come kick around with us. We are men ages 25 and older–some much older. Registration is open until Sunday, July 9, but first come, first served.
Your registration fee gets you on a team, a t-shirt, a burger or a dog, and 14 to 18 weeks of fun and games, depending on the number of teams. For applications or information, contact Scott Zuckerman at 621-6039.
Excitement is building around Scripps Ranch as Little League teams are in the midst of post-season playoff games. Playoffs for MAPS, all minors divisions, and the majors division teams will continue through the first two weeks of June.
Closing Day is Saturday, June 17. Be sure to attend to watch the first-place teams from the American league and the National league in the AAA and majors divisions go head-to-head in a game to determine the championship for their division. These games will be played on the major’s field at Jerabek Park. It promises to be an action-packed day with awards and other important events scheduled to take place during the break between the two games. A schedule of the day’s events will be posted on SRLL’s website [scrippsranch.com/baseball].
T-ball division teams will finish their regular season on Saturday, June 3. On the following Saturday, June 10, they will have their own Closing Day ceremonies held at the Miramar Ranch Elementary School fields. The T-ball managers and coaches will have the schedule for that day’s events.
Closing Day doesn’t mean the end of the excitement. The four top place teams–one each from the National and American leagues, in the AAA and Majors divisions–will begin play at the Tournament of Champions (T.O.C.) for District 32 on Monday, June 19. Check the website for the dates and times and location of the games. These T.O.C. games are a lot of fun to watch, and it is another great way to show our support for the youth of our community. Plan to attend and cheer for the home team.
All-star post-season play begins Monday, July 3, and may continue through July 31. The 9-10 year-old and the 11-12 year-old all-star team members, managers, and coaches will be announced on Closing Day. Their practices begin on Monday, June 19.
Winter Ball is becoming very popular in Scripps Ranch. It is a good way for players, ages 8 to 11, to continue to hone their skills and have fun playing baseball on Sunday afternoons in the fall. Sign-ups for Winter Ball will be held at Closing Day. The season starts in September and runs through Thanksgiving. The league is looking for volunteers to help coach and a special someone or two to help organize the up-coming season. If you are interested in helping, please fill out a form at sign-ups or call Teri Denhart at 566-0661 or call the SRLL hotline at 578-0248 to leave a message.
As this the first season of Scripps Ranch Little League of the twenty-first century, draws to a close, the SRLL Board takes time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Whatever the outcome of the season for all our Little Leaguers, the hope is it produced good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, respect for authority, and happy and healthy children. We are reminded that stressing exceptional athletic skills or the winning of games is secondary and that the type of leadership taught and displayed is of prime importance.