The first weekend in June found our local Girls Fastpitch all-star teams hosting the 11th Annual Scripps Ranch Invitational All-Star Tournament. Seventy-eight teams from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange counties participated in the five-day event. The tournament was run with the help of local residents Doug and Robin Lambell, Craig Brown, Mike and Veronica Johnson, Steve Hodsdon, Jim Tomey, Mike Gallivan, Mary Nasland, Greg Meister, Barb Smetana, and Brad Foltz.
Seven Scripps Ranch teams participated, and each advanced to the quarterfinals in their respective divisions. The highlight of the tournament was the 12-U Falcons team finishing the tournament undefeated, including an exciting 1-0 win against Peninsula in the Gold Division Finals.
Rachel Brown pitched the shutout and the Falcons’ Erin Tomaras scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a clutch single by Melissa Johnson. Kenna Foltz had two hits for Scripps Ranch and Jackie Nguyen, Alexa Nasland, and Mariah Agre each added a hit.
The Falcons played great defense all weekend, including key plays from Amye McIntyre, Lauren Clipp, Samantha Berenter, Brittany Hulett, Kierstie Svatos, and Kate Newman. The 12-U Falcons are currently 9-1 on the season, including a second place finish in the San Dieguito Memorial Day Classic to Los Alamitos–4th in the nation last year–in an exciting tie-breaker inning.
Other local teams doing well include the 10-U Falcons, who lost the Gold Division Finals to Poway, 3-2. The 10-U team was led by pitchers Natalie Sanchez and Andrea Earle. The 10-U Hawks were eliminated in the quarterfinals after winning the Silver Division in the San Dieguito Classic. Pitchers Kaitie Schumacher and Meredith Brown have led them to a 10-1 record on the season.
The all-star teams continue their busy summer schedule with weekly tournaments through July. The Scripps Ranch Softball Association wishes to thank the many parents who helped with this year’s tournament–the largest ever– and to congratulate our girls on their outstanding play.
Scripps Ranch residents Christopher Honeycutt and Kevin Yeh teamed up to win the doubles title at the La Costa Junior Open Tennis Tournament. They earned their first Open Tournament title with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the finals. Kevin also won the singles crown 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) has already registered approximately 1,600 children for the upcoming season. We are still accepting late registration applications for our recreational soccer program. If you have a child between the ages of 5 and 19 who would like to play soccer this season, please contact Registrar Rick Harmonson at 578-0562 or Director of Coaching Cha Cha Namdar at 695-3459.
For those who have registered for our recreational soccer program, your child’s coach should contact you in late July. Recreational soccer practices begin in August and continue through the soccer season. Recreational soccer games begin Saturday, Sept. 6.
We expect to have over 150 soccer teams this season and consequently are always looking for additional sponsors. A full sponsorship costs $250. The names of our sponsors will be displayed on a large banner at various soccer games throughout the season and recognized in our "Sponsor Thank You/Recognition" page in the SRCA Newsletter. Our sponsors will also receive a "Thank You" plaque and invitation for two to our sponsor/coach year-end celebration.
We encourage local businesses and individuals to contact Pat Matthews at 695-6512 or any of our Sponsors Committee members to discuss sponsorship or the various ways to support the SRSC. The Sponsors Committee members can be found at the SRSC website.
Our annual 3v3 Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23. This tournament is always a fun and exciting day of soccer for participants and spectators. Please contact Cha Cha Namdar at 695-3459 or [[email protected]] regarding the 3v3 Tournament.
Opening Day ceremonies for the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive. If your business or soccer team is interested in having a booth at the Opening Day ceremonies, please contact Ken Earle at 549-0496 or [[email protected]]. Additional contact information regarding the Opening Day ceremonies is available on the website.
Joseph Sly, a senior at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS), and his sister, Jeanette Sly, a junior at SRHS, made history at the 2003 Western League Finals when they won championship titles in twin events. Joseph won the boy’s long jump and 400-meter relay, along with teammates Mike Evans, Willington Gorham, and Kevin Ottwright. Jeanette won the girl’s long jump and 400-meter relay, along with teammates Deiara Layden, Joanna Murray, and Adelaide Wilberforce.
Joseph went on to place third in the CIF finals and qualified to advance to the CIF State Track and Field Championships. He achieved the SRHS second all-time men’s record in long jump and joined his team in setting the all-time men’s record in the 400-meter relay.
Jeanette broke the SRHS all-time women’s record in the long jump and triple jump and joined her teammates to set the all-time women’s record in the 400-meter relay. Jeanette is also a cheerleader with the Champion Outlaw All-Star Cheer Team. Her squad won three 2003 National Championship titles.
Local competition paintball team Vengeance took first place in the rookie division at the Best in the West (BITW) tournament in May. This event was the largest in the BITW history with 53 teams participating in three divisions.
Though Vengeance has a history of winning many tournaments and are well known in San Diego County through their work with the San Diego Paintball Club and the Vengeance Paintball Tournament Series, many other paintball teams have never given them the respect they deserve. By winning every game with the maximum score and finishing the finals, also with a maximum score, other players now realize that Vengeance is a team to watch. They are also a team to fear if you face them on the field.
As other teams were eliminated from the tournament, many came forward and cheered Vengeance on to win their remaining games and the finals. That support was a big factor in maintaining their positive attitude throughout the tournament. The team thanks their sponsors for their support: San Diego Paintball Club, Mr. Paintball USA, Paintball Junkies (PJ), and Extreme Enterprises Paintball.
The San Diego Paintball Club’s next tournament is at Mr. Paintball USA in Escondido on Sunday, Aug. 3. This is a three-man recreational tournament. Visit [www.SanDiegoPaintballClub.com] for more information and a registration form, or call 549-2524.