Pony League All Stars Capture Championships

The Scripps Ranch Pony League ended the summer season with spectacular results by both the 13-year-old and 14-year-old all-star baseball teams.

The 13-year-old all-star team, pictured to the right, won the District 4 Pony League championship held in Ramona on July 4. Seven area teams competed in the tournament. The 13-year-olds defeated teams from San Dieguito, Mira Mesa, and Coast Del Mar, twice, on their way to the championship. A total team contribution was given by the boys in winning all four games that they played.

The team advanced to the sectional tournament held in Rancho Penasquitos the following week, and lost in some closely contested games. Congratulations go out to these fine young men and their coaches for their victories, and their drive and conviction, for putting together a winning post-season performance over some very difficult competition.

The 14-year old Scripps Ranch Pony League all-star team, pictured below, captured the San Diego District 4 championship with a final victory over Mira Mesa 11 to 5 on July 16 in Ramona. The all stars won four games to capture the title, never losing and outscoring their opponents 38 to 13. They defeated teams from Penasquitos, Ramona, and Mira Mesa, twice, on the way to winning the District.

The boys then advanced to the third round of the sectionals at Lakeside before losing 7 to 6 to Pioneer. In round 2 of the “tournament, Kevin Wilson pitched a no-hitter, and the boys defeated Vista 12 to 0. The boys are to be commended for their hard work and enthusiasm.

Scripps Ranch Little League

Scripps Ranch Little League (SRLL) just keeps on going, and going, and going. This time is was the all-star teams that provided the excitement.

The all-star tournaments began for District 32 on July 6. This year was the first year our league was divided into two divisions, and each division developed an all-star team.

The 9 and 10 year olds played at Rancho Penasquitos’ Little League fields under the lights. National Division team members were Jeff Almario, Mikel Carrion, Scott Green, Brett Hershman, Derek Holloway, Tim McGarry, Adam Pecoraro, Cory Prokop, Matt Ressmeyer, Jake Schurmeier, Chad Whiteley and Jonathan Wood. The Manager was Joel Hershman. The National Division team was e1iminated in their first two games, losing first to the Clairemont Hilltoppers and then to the Clairemont Mesa team.

American Division team members were Andrew Burke, Woody Caudillo, Josh Dela Pena, Rocky Engelhardt, Keith Greaux, Michael Gowdy, Bobby James, Stephen Ma, Brendan McMenamy, Anthony Pace, Austin Sneed, and Niko Vierra. The manager was Keith Greaux and coaches were Larry Caudillo, Charlie James, and Todd Vierra. The American team won 4 games and lost 2. They defeated University City, Coronado, Point Loma, and Presidio. They lost to Rancho Penasquitos National twice.

The 11- and 12-year-old all-star teams played at the same time, but their games were decided at Hickman Fields in Clairemont Mesa. The National Division team members were Reid Bouchard, Estevaun Carrion, Jesse Clopper, Nick Costello, Alex Diachenko, Gary Glockzin, Glenn Gray, Dennis Kennedy, Dominic Malcangio, Ryan Ortiz, Jason Phillips, Mike Sandoval, and Blake Stillson. The manager was Thom Diachenko and coaches were Carlos Carrion, Jerry Gray, and Luis Sandoval. The National team lost their first game to University City. Then they won the next three games, defeating and eliminating Rancho Penasquitos National, Rancho Penasquitos American, and Clairemont Hilltoppers before losing their fifth game to Presidio and thus being eliminated. Every game was either won or lost by a single run.

The American Division team members for Scripps Ranch, pictured above, won all four of their games. They defeated Rancho Penasquitos National, Coronado, University City, and finally the Clairemont Mesa team to seal the District 32 Championship and begin a joyous celebration!

They added yet another pennant to the rapidly expanding number of pennants won by Scripps Ranch Little League teams. These pennants are proudly displayed each season at the snack bar at Jerabek Park. This championship earned them the right to represent the District at the Little League Section 3 tournament, which began two days later. The team did not fair as wel1 and was eliminated in their first two games, losing to Chula Vista National (District 42) and Brawley (District 22).

The Little League Board of Directors congratulates all the team members, their coaches and managers, and their families. Games were won and lost. There were some difficult moments, but the smiles and joy outweighed the frowns. It was a very exciting July and the memories will stay with the players and their fans forever.

SHRS Football — Sept. 8

With high school football right around the corner, Falcon Stadium at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) is getting a beauty treatment, as pictured below. The Falcons open at home with a Junior Varsity/ Varsity doubleheader versus the Hoover High School Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 and 7:30 pm. The complete SRHS football schedule is on the facing page.

Kids’ Soccer is Here!

Opening Day

The Opening Day celebration for kid’s soccer in Scripps Ranch is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10, from 12 noon to 5 pm at the Scripps Ranch Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive. Picture Day will be the same day at the community park from 11 am to 6 pm. Coaches and managers will be contacted by the Picture Day coordinator as to the specific time and location for each team’s pictures.

To assist the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) in expanding its opening day activities and to encourage community involvement, all opening day soccer games will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, so that all teams and families will able to participate in Sunday’s festivities without having to contend with soccer game conflicts.

Various family activities are being planned, such as a free Astro-Jump, goal-kicking and skills competitions, Soccer USA retail sales booth, food booths from local restaurants, novelty sports jewelry and crafts, soccer games between competitive coaches versus Old Pros All Stars and between recreational boys coaches versus girls coaches, and individually sponsored booths from our own SRSC teams. You’ll also want to come to meet Brian Quinn and Cha Cha Namdar, previously of the San Diego Soccers, as well as representatives from the new San Diego Flash.

In addition, the SRSC will be helping the Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club (SRWAC) in its support of an orphanage/school in Tijuana, which is located next to a dump. Approximately 100 children live there and many are malnourished.

The school, in partnership with the SRWAC, is trying to encourage athletics for these needy children, and SRSC would like to help by having a drop-off area for old or used soccer equipment, uniforms, and shoes. Please bring whatever you would be willing to donate with you to the park on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Tournament Champions

The Scripps United boys under-14, girls under-14, and girls under-13 teams were all victorious in the Escondido Mayor’s Cup tournament that took place at the end of July. The under-14 teams, coached by Kareem Marzouk, and the under-13 team, coached by Carlos Basso (pictured below), won the 1st place championship in their respective divisions.

The Scripps United girls under-14 team (gold bracket), coached by Cha Cha Namdar (pictured on page 57), won the 1st place championship in the Coronado Crown City Classic, and never had a goal scored against them. Way to go Scripps United!

SRWAC Fall Soccer

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club will begin their fall soccer league on Sunday mornings at Scripps Ranch High School starting Sunday, Sept. 10. Please contact MJ Nolan at 578-6340 or [[email protected]] for registration information.

Tsunami Swimmers Achieve Landmark Performances

Joe McCarthy qualified for the Paralympic world championships in the 100-meter freestyle, the 50-meter freestyle, and the 50-meter backstroke. Joe’s performance in the 50-meter freestyle broke the national record. The Paralympics are the world championships for disabled athletes in which over 150 countries participate. The Paralympics take place in Sydney, Australia, in October at the site of the Olympic Games.

Joe McCarthy, 21, was injured in a surfing accident in 1996 which left him a quadriplegic with partial paralysis throughout his body. Since this accident, Joe has stunned doctors and healthcare professionals with his determination and progress. For his inspiration to others facing traumatic challenges, Joe was selected by Sharp Healthcare to receive the “Eagle Spirit Award.”

This annual program awards persons who have overcome severe injury and have regained healthy productive lives. Since his participation with the Tsunami Swim Team, Joe has improved his 100-meter freestyle by 5 seconds and 50-meter freestyle by 3 seconds. He continues to improve and will be prime to earn a Paralympic medal come October. Good luck Joe!

During the Junior Olympic swim championships, Tsunami swimmers had outstanding performances. Most noticeable was Ryan Naylor who set a Junior Olympic record and a county record in the 13-14 boys 100-meter backstroke (1:02.92). Ryan also placed first in the 50-meter freestyle (26.66), first in the 100-meter freestyle (58.36), second in the 200 IM (2:26.91), second in the 100-meter butterfly (1:05.11).

Other highlights include Devin Rhinerson who placed second in the 15-18 boys 100-meter butterfly (1:01.44) and third in the 200-meter butterfly (2:29.91); and Alan Shaw who took fifth place in the 13-14 boys 100-meter butterfly (1:12.19), sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke (3:02.90), and sixth place in 200 IM (2:41.81).

Alana Rosen took seventh place in the 15-18 girls 100-meter freestyle (1:05.66), Brian Sisk took sixth place in the 16-18 boys 200-meter butterfly (2:41.66), and Kip Mitchell took eighth place in the 15-18 boys 100-meter backstroke (1:14.52).

Other participants in the Junior Olympics representing the Tsunami Swim Team include Amanda Balaoing, Katie Heid, Roshni Jamadar, and Matthew Sitzer. The Tsunami Swim Team operates at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. For information, contact Shaun Whitaker at 619-463-6599.

Basketball is Coming!

That’s right, the Scripps Ranch NJB basketball season is just around the corner! Returning players should receive their registration packets in the mail in the beginning of September. Flyers also will be distributed to the schools.

Register by mail or at the registration booth in Jerabek Park on Saturdays, Sept.16 and 23. Practice begins in early November, and the season begins on the weekend of Dec. 2-3. Spread the word! If you have any questions, please call the NJB hotline at 271-5244. Thank you!

Ladies Hoops–Round Two!

Did you miss your chance to be part of the inaugural season of ladies basketball in Scripps Ranch? Hard to believe that by the time you read this we will have completed our first season, but it’s true. It was a great success and many thanks to all of the ladies who participated and made it so much fun.

In fact, we had so much fun that we’re taking a month off and starting back up again! Our second season of 10 games is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 25. Games are played on Monday nights at the Scripps Ranch Rec Center. It’s purely a recreational league, and anyone is accepted; no experience is necessary.

So if you are a woman at least 25 years old and are a Scripps Ranch resident, we’d love to have you join us! Call Connie Poss at 536-9593 for more information. Registration is going on now, but ends soon! You can get a registration form from Connie or print one from the SRCA website [www.scrippsranch.org]. Don’t miss your chance!