Junior Olympic Swimmers

Local swimmers in Scripps Ranch hit it big in the Junior Olympics, which were held in Coronado this year. The following are the results from the Pacific Swimmers.

  • Cory Nasoff won a gold medal for a 1st place finish in the freestyle relay, 2nd place in the medley relay, 6th in the 200 free, and 8th in the 100 fly. Also, Cory was the only 11-year-old to swim in the 12-year-old division.
  • Emily Pool placed 2nd and 7th in the breaststroke.
  • Carl Mebane placed 7th in the 200 breaststroke.
  • Jonathan Palinkas placed 5th in fly.
  • Mike Roddy placed 5th and 6th in the 1500 and the 400 free, respectively.

Our next big event is the pentathlon in October.

3 on 3: Girls U-15 Win it All

The 3-on-3 intra-club tournament was held in August. Scripps Ranch Soccer Club girls competitive teams ranging from U-14 through U-18 competed for the division title. At the end of a full day of soccer against friends and neighbors, the final teams playing for first and second place were both from Coach Lori Franks’ GU-15 team.

The final game was teammate versus teammate. When the dust settled, with a score of 2-1, the gold-medal winning team was the “Little Devils.” The silver medal went to the “Chiquita Bananas.” The girls with their medals are pictured above. Congratulations girls!

Soccer’s Opening Day

Wow! What a fantastic turnout we had at our Opening Day in September at our community park! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, munching on food from our local restaurants including Pazzo’s, Eezee Grill, Chile Peppers, Fresh Mex Cantina, Planet Smoothie, Brueggar’s, and Starbucks!

While team pictures were being taken near the playground, hundreds of kids jumped in the Astro Jump, the Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club collected used soccer equipment for donation to an orphanage in Tijuana, and our rec coaches strutted their stuff during the boys’ coaches versus girls’ coaches game! Boys’ coaches won 3-0!

The Old Pros provided our music while their soccer players challenged our competitive coaches in a very exciting game. The competitive coaches came out on top winning 4-1.

With the weather being so toasty, as it usually is on opening day, we were all grateful that sno-cones were available along with popcorn, cookies, and lemonade. Retail booths and team fundraising booths rounded out the activities.

Thanks so much to Ileen Akers, Donna Sandsmark, and Jane Boxler for organizing this event. The idea to have a special day for pictures and opening activities, but no games, definitely enabled many more people to attend the festivities since they did not have worry about getting their kids to and from games. Let’s make this a tradition!

Our picture day coordinator, Aileen McManus, did a wonderful job scheduling team pictures. We also appreciate all the board members, parents, and kids that pitched in helping out wherever they were needed. Couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks Scripps Ranch for kicking off another fun soccer year! See you on the field.

Girls U-15 are Simi Champs

Scripps United Girls U-15 dug down deep and emerged victoriously as champions of the Simi Valley Labor Day Invitational Tournament. This win was just what they needed to boost their confidence the weekend before opening day of the regular soccer season.

Without our regular goalie, and down a few players due to illness or vacation, our chances of winning on the road were small. We, however, managed to borrow a goalie and two other players from the Scripps U-14 team. Together the girls played exceptionally well and had the determination and heart to go all the way.

Four preliminary games were played against teams from Los Angeles and Ventura Counties before making it to the finals where we faced Capistrano Valley United (CVU). We scored within the first ten minutes of the first half and held our opponents to 1-0 for the entire game despite several attempts at scoring which were denied.

With thirty seconds left in the game, CVU had a great shot over our goalie’s head to tie the game. The girls looked so disappointed as they thought they had it wrapped up, but they didn’t let this get them down. The team went on to play two ten-minute overtimes without a sub, due to an injury, and we were still tied. Tension mounted as we walked to another field for penalty kicks.

Even though the girls were a little nervous, our five kickers made their shots and our goalie Jamie Carney blocked one of theirs. We won 5-4! Congratulations girls. Way to go! The coach, Lori Franks, feels this victory will have a great impact on the upcoming season. Must be true; they won their first game 2-1.

Little League Forum

Just because the Padres are done for the season, doesn’t mean your Little League Board is taking any time off! We’ve been meeting throughout the summer, kicked off Fall Ball in September, and are ready to begin preparation for the 2001 season. Traditionally, the new season begins with a Community Forum. This is where you have the chance to ask representatives from the Board any questions you have. It also is the time to hear about any volunteer opportunities available so that you can assist in assuring that your child(ren) have a positive baseball experience. It makes your kids proud of you, too!

We will be hosting the Community Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 7 pm in the multipurpose room of our new Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive, which is located in the Community Park just south of Marshall Middle School. Even if you are unable to commit to a Board position, please sign up to help the league for just a couple of hours. We always need help for registration, player assessment day (try-outs), opening and closing days, picture day, and so forth.

Remember, there are no salaries on this Board; it is a volunteer organization that only gets better with more people helping. Besides, it’s fun and it gets you out of the house or office! Hope to see you there.