NEWS UPDATES Monday, July 3

Players on the Scripps Ranch Girls Softball All-Star 8 and Under team collect donations outside of big Vons for their trip to the state tournament. (photo by John Gregory)

NEWS UPDATES Monday, July 3

Girls softball teams go to state tourney
The Scripps Ranch Girls Softball 8 and Under and 14 and Under All-Star teams are heading to Lancaster, California for the state tournament which starts Friday.

Both teams were at new Vons this weekend seeking donations to fund the trip.

Today, the Scripps Ranch Board and Brew, 9880 Hibert Street, Suite E-3, will donate 20 percent of its earnings from 3 to 9 p.m. to the All-Star teams’ efforts. Customers only need to mention the girls’ teams to the cashier when paying and the donation will be recorded.

The Scripps Ranch Girls 14 and Under All-Star Softball Team is scheduled to play Fountain Valley on Friday, July 7 at noon in the USA Softball of Southern California tournament. If Scripps Ranch wins, it will go on to play the winner of the Torrance 1 and Orangecrest game in the second bracket at 4 p.m. Friday.

The Scripps Ranch Girls 8 and Under All-Star Softball Team is scheduled to play Desert Sands #2 at 10 a.m. in the first round of the tournament on Friday. If Scripps Ranch wins, it will advance to play Desert Sands #1 on Friday at 2 p.m.

Some city services closed on the Fourth
City trash will not be collected on July 4 due to the Independence Day holiday, and it will be delayed by one day starting on Wednesday. In addition, city libraries will be closed on July 4, as will all city recreation centers and administration offices.

Commuter train service will be slightly adjusted, with the Coaster running on a Saturday schedule and Sprinter and Breeze running on a Sunday/holiday schedule. Visit

Expect delays on the Fourth
Some streets in Scripps Ranch will be closed to motor traffic or congested during morning events celebrating the Fourth of July in Scripps Ranch.

Early in the morning expect delays and closures in and around all streets near Hoyt Park until shortly after 1 p.m. Hoyt Park is near the finish line for two holiday running events and three cycling events presented by the Scripps Ranch Old Pros. In addition, Hoyt park is the location of a small family fair following the annual Scripps Ranch Fourth of July Parade.

Running events on July 4 begin at 7 a.m. and 7:07 a.m. at Aviary Drive and Red Cedar Drive in front of Miramar Ranch Elementary School. Expect road closures on Red Cedar Drive and part of Scripps Lake Drive in the early morning.

The cycling events will begin at the intersection of Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Treena Street. The 50-Mile Bike Ride starts at 7 a.m. and will head north along Scripps Ranch Boulevard briefly before turning west on Mira Mesa Boulevard and turning north on Camino Ruiz. The 28-Mile Bike Ride begins with the same route, heading west along Mira Mesa Boulevard, but cuts north on Westview Parkway. On the way back, riders will return on Pomerado Road heading south and east, then north onto Willow Creek Road, Carroll Canyon Road, then back east on Scripps Lake Drive before turning south on Red Cedar toward Hoyt Park for the finish. The 12-Mile Bike Ride, starting at 8:30 a.m., will head south down part of Scripps Ranch Boulevard and turn left onto Scripps Lake Drive before looping around Lake Miramar and back down Red Cedar Drive to Hoyt Park. Expect Lake Miramar to be inaccessible for most of the morning. Visit for Bike & Ride course maps.

Later in the morning, the annual Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. The parade begins near the intersection of Red Cedar Place and Ironwood Road, runs down Ironwood Road, then right on Courtyard Drive and left on Red Rock Drive. It then turns right onto Scripps Ranch Boulevard in front of the Vons Parking lot, and ends at the intersection with Aviary Drive next to Hoyt Park.

Meeting to address AP testing scheduled
A meeting has been scheduled by the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) to address the reason AP exams taken by approximately 500 Scripps Ranch High students have been invalidated due to problems with the way the test was conducted. No cheating by students was determined. The meeting is set for Wednesday, July 5, 6 p.m. in the Marshall Middle School Auditorium.

Each of the students will have to retake the test if they wish to get their scores. Students will not receive scores from the invalidated exams, but scores from the makeup testing will be sent to the students within weeks, according to SDUSD.

The retesting will not cost the students anything, and those not able to take the new exams will have their money refunded. Retesting is being offered July 17-20 and again Aug. 7-10. More information is available at: A petition protesting the decision to invalidate the exams has been started:

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