Old Pros Fall Sunday Soccer

The Scripps Ranch Old Pros sponsor Fall Men’s Sunday Morning Soccer 2003 from Sunday, Sept. 7, through early December. The number of games depends on the number of teams.

Your registration fee gets you on a team, a shirt, and an end of season party. All players over 25 years old–many are a lot older–are welcome. Contact Ian White at [[email protected]] or 536-2824 for more information. Registration closes Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club’s (SRSC) annual 3v3 Tournament is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 23. Please contact Cha Cha Namdar at 695-3459 or [[email protected]] regarding questions and registration for the 3v3 Tournament. This tournament has been a fun and exciting one for spectators and participants.

Our recreational soccer teams begin practices the week of August 4 at various fields throughout the community. The competitive teams have been practicing during the summer and most have already participated in at least one summer tournament.

Opening Day ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Community Park. Local businesses and soccer teams that are interested in having a booth at the Opening Day ceremonies should contact Ken Earle at 549-0496 or [[email protected]]. More contact information about Opening Day is available on the website noted below.

All festivities are scheduled to begin at 12 pm and last until 5 pm. Activities will include a giant slide for the players and youth, our Coaches’ Soccer Game, our Competitive vs. Old Pros All Star Soccer Game, and various drills and competitions for prizes! Additionally, we are looking forward to food booths from local restaurants and retail sales booths. Also, local sports personalities are expected for autographs! All are invited to come early and stay late at this fun-filled event!

The SRSC is actively looking for team 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 also receive a "Thank You" plaque and invitation for two to our Sponsor/Coach Celebration Dinner.

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 our website.

For more information, check our website at [www.scrippsranch.com/soccer] or call the hotline at 974-5393.

Joe Barr, SRSC President

A Historic Season for Girls Softball

For the first time in the 12-year history of Scripps Ranch Girls Softball, a team qualified for, and participated in, the State Championship Tournament. The 12-U girls, led by pitchers Rachel Brown, Amye McIntyre, and Brittany Hulett, qualified by placing second at this year’s San Diego District Championships.

The State Tournament was played in Lancaster over the July 4th weekend. Scripps Ranch drew powerhouse Vista in the opening round and fell behind early, 5-1. The girls fought back and eventually tied the game in the last inning when Erin Tomaras knocked in Lauren Clipp.

The game went two extra innings before Vista scored to win, 6-5. Scripps Ranch then faced a tough team from Torrance and won 4-3, thanks to some key hits from Melissa Johnson, Mariah Agre, and Kierstie Svatos. Kenna Foltz and Kate Newman made some big defensive plays that helped secure the win.

The girls then went on to face a talented Valencia team that took an early lead, 4-1. Jackie Nguyen, Alexa Nasland, and Samantha Berenter helped get Scripps back in the game, 4-3, before the last out of the game was called on a close play. The girls played very well, losing two one-run games. The trip to the State Tournament provided great memories for the girls and their families.

The State Tournament capped off a remarkable season for the 12-U girls. They played six tournaments before going to State, playing in the finals or semifinals of all their tournaments. They recorded wins over a previously unbeaten Thousand Oaks team–this year’s state champs–and Bonita Valley–last year’s national champs.

Coaches Brad Foltz, Mike Johnson, Robert Tomaras, Jay Berenter, and Dennis Newman describe the girls as, "talented, dedicated, and hard-working." Many of the girls have been playing together since they were 8 years old. Congratulations to our girls on their historic achievement and great season!

A Great Season for Girls Fastpitch 10U Condors!

This was the first year that our league was able to support three All-Star Teams in the 10U division. The Condors, a third team, had a great season. They finished with a record of 7-7, with their best tournament played here in Scripps Ranch.

At that tournament they made it to the semifinals in the Silver Division. There was a lot of heart and soul in this team, and it showed on the field. This team is a great indication of the direction of our league, and how well our girls softball program is maturing.

Mary Nasland

Little League Minors AAA Braves Win Championship

The Braves of the AAA division of Scripps Ranch Little League topped off a great season by winning the Little League District 32 Tournament of Champions. The Braves came out on top of the tournament of 16 teams from throughout the San Diego area.

The Braves dominated the tournament with a team batting average of .622 and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 57-5. The Braves pitchers–Chris Gallagher and Evan Critchlow–had a combined Earned Run Average (ERA) of 1.0 and an average of 1.5 strikeouts per inning. The tournament win topped off a great year for the Braves, who won the Scripps Ranch AAA National League title, and the Scripps Ranch AAA World Series.

The Braves were managed by Andy Gallagher and coached by Dave Critchlow. Team members of this phenomenal year are Darren Critchlow, Evan Critchlow, Chris Gallagher, Sean Garrett, Nathaniel Hammonds, Michael Hill, Mark O’Neill, Matthew Palamar, Quinton Petty, Matthew Roberts, Todd Walker, and Michael Wear.

The bleachers of the June championship game were packed with cheering fans and fellow players from the Ranch who came out to support their friends. After the 7-1 win over a tough Rancho Penasquitos team, the Braves were presented with the tournament banner that will be proudly flown over the Jerabek snack bar during future Little League seasons. Congratulations, Braves!

Pony 13-Year-Olds All-Star Victory

The Scripps Ranch Pony 13-year-olds swept through the District 4 All-Star Tournament, going undefeated in the tournament held in Rancho Penasquitos. All of the wins were of the "come from behind" variety, which provided much excitement.

Stephen Ma went the distance for Scripps in their first game as they beat Coast 5-4. Josh de la Pena, Chad Whiteley, and Matt Ressmeyer provided the offensive punch in a sixth inning rally that produced the go-ahead runs.

Patrick Nguyen and Kevin Truitt pitched masterfully in the next game as Scripps came back again scoring four runs with two outs in the last inning to rally past Ramona 6-4. Stephen Ma and Ryan Dang each had two big hits.

In the championship the boys saved their best for last. This time they came back from being down 7-1 to score 7 runs in the final two innings to defeat San Dieguito 8-7. Kevin Truitt came in to notch his second straight victory on the mound as he retired nine batters in a row to shut down a hard-hitting team.

Adam Pecoraro and Scott Green provided some big hits and aggressive base running that helped shift the momentum. Other players contributing to the team’s victories were Timbo McGarry, Woody Caudillo, Cory Prokop, and Brad Sheppler. The team was coached by Charlie Prokop, Alex de la Pena, Larry Caudillo, Carlos Carrion, and Kevin McGarry.

Now, it is on to Lakeside for the San Diego Sectionals for our "boys of summer." Congratulations to all!

Rockies Win Scripps Ranch AA World Series

In June the Scripps Ranch AA Rockies defeated the Yankees 6-3 to win the Scripps Ranch AA World Series. The Rockies and the Yankees were the regular season champs of the National and American Leagues respectively, and they made it through the playoffs to get to the World Series.

Behind the shutout pitching of Anthony Phillips and a Trevor Hoffman-like game closing save by Ian Jason, there were some great plays in the field, including two double plays and a diving catch by Hans Hildebrandt. The Rockies finished the season as champs. Congratulations to the entire team. It was a true team effort as everyone contributed to an outstanding season.

Falcons Wrestling Club

We had a successful fundraiser with Yanni’s Bistro at the Old Pros July 4th Bike/Run event. We are currently in negotiations for a fall off-season wrestling tournament in September or October to be held at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS).

The Falcons Wrestling Club participated in a wrestling match with the Spring Valley Mighty Mites in July at SRHS in the wrestling room. A barbecue was held following the match.

If you would like more information about our club, please call 619-723-8807 or email [[email protected]].