RHS to play ‘home’ to college basketball games
By Karen Brainard
Sports fans looking for something to do close to home on a Saturday night could catch a live college basketball game at Ramona High School this fall and winter.
From October to February, the men’s basketball team from Saint Katherine College in Encinitas will be playing 10 “home” games at Ramona High on Saturdays and other nights of the week (see schedule).
“The college is three years old so they don’t have a facility,” explained David Reichner, head basketball coach for the RHS boys basketball team, a college recruiter, and a Ramona resident.
Reichner, who is working with St. Katherine College, said he believes Ramona High would be a great environment for the games.
“The community does such a nice job supporting events like this,” he said.
Although St. Katherine, a private Christian college, is awaiting NAIA (National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics) accreditation, it will be playing some NCAA (National College Athletic Association) Division I and II schools, including Point Loma University at home and UC San Diego, San Diego State, and University of Utah away.
“They’ve done a really good job with their scheduling and recruiting,” said Reichner.
St. Katherine’s men’s basketball team, the Firebirds, is in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. The goal is to become an NCAA Division I team like Notre Dame, said Reichner.
Season tickets for the home games at Ramona are $25. Some high school groups are selling season tickets to raise funds because the college is allowing them to keep about 50 percent of each ticket sold, said Reicher. Anyone interested in purchasing a season ticket may contact him at 408-438-6867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets at the door will be approximately $5 per person if all season passes are not sold, he said.
“I’m just excited that head coaches want to come to Ramona. They’re just as excited about Ramona as we are,” said Reichner, who noted that the games could boost business for Ramona merchants.
The college will pay Ramona Unified School District for use of the gym and locker room and any other details or required personnel, according to Assistant Superintendent David Ostermann. Ostermann said the daily charge for a nonprofit group is $60.64 for the gym, plus a surcharge for energy use. The charge for custodial personnel is based on a minimum of four hours, he said.
For more information on St. Katherine’s basketball team, see www.stkathbasketball.com.
2013-14 St. Katherine College Firebirds’ home schedule at Ramona High School
•Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., Arizona Western College
•Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Future College Prep
•Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., Point Loma University
•Wednesday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m., Multnomah University
•Friday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m., Mount Royal University Canada
•Sunday, Jan. 5, 2 p.m., Portland Bible College
•Saturday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m., Bethesda University
•Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Pacifica College
•Saturday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Bethesda University
•Friday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., West Coast Baptist
•Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Walla Walla University
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