Athletes of the Week: Angels come to the aid of Bulldog football players
By Bill Tamburrino
A group of angels made Hell Week and the prolonged heat wave bearable and safe for the varsity and junior varsity football teams.
In the past, those who made sure that the football players were hydrated were called Water Girls, Hydration Crew and several other monikers. This year they are called the Bulldog Angels. All of the girls give credit for the name to three Bulldogs: Javier Dominguez, Hunter McHargue and Christian Drews. The trio did a commercial on RHSTV and was instrumental in recruiting a dedicated group of angels.
“They are like having an extra coach and trainer. They not only keep the team hydrated, they actually save lives. It has been very hot since we started camp and they have made every practice and game. It is easy to get girls out to the games. We had dozens sign up. But these young ladies have been to every practice. They are truly angels. They are a very important part of our team,” said Coach Damon Baldwin.
Four of the Angels are seniors: Megan Storton, Kelsey Ketchem, Marylyn Garcia and Shelbie Rhoads. Alexandra Gutierrez is a junior. Lauren Werhanowicz and Olivia Papps are sophomores. All said they joined the crew because they love the game of football and they wanted to be on the field for the Friday Night Lights. All are B+ or A- students.
“I saw the boys’ cool video on RHSTV and decided to give it a try,” said Storton.
During Hell Week the girls put in eight-hour days.
“We only put in about 20 hours a week now. Fridays are the best. Being an Angel gives my parents (Ed and Pamela) a reason to go to every game. They support me and the team 100 percent,” said Ketchem.
Athletic trainer Steve Pettis is in charge of the student trainers and Coach Rheynard Morgan is the mentor for the Bulldog Angels. The Angels had praise for their mentor and the coaching staff.
The football team appreciates the Bulldog Angels.
“We couldn’t do without them. They are a sight for sore eyes during games and at practices,” said Drews.
“They are a part of our team. They are always there,” said Dominguez.
All of the Angels said the football players treat them like teammates and like ladies.
“Every one of the players always says please and thank you every time we give them a drink,” said Ketchem.
“The most rewarding part of being a Bulldog Angel is seeing how much heart every player puts into practice and the games,” said Rhoads.
With four seniors leaving there will be openings next season. The girls agreed on the following criteria: love football, be dedicated and willing to put in time, and have pride in being a Bulldog.
Baldwin often uses the title Bulldog Family. The Bulldog Angels are an integral part of the Bulldog Family and for their effort, and dedication, they are this week’s Ramona Sentinel Athletes of the Week.
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