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International sports

 I have been going through withdrawal.
   With no high school sports to go to live, I have been channel
hopping. First of all, few if any sports translate well to television.
Some examples:
   • Hockey has to be seen in person, period.
   • Tennis is a game meant to be played. Television and tennis are a stretch.
   • Golf jumps around too much on the tube. The director goes from a
put on nine to a drive on six to an approach on 13 to an interview with
a player who just shot a 45 on the back nine.
   • Soccer? I will do a special article on the World Cup and soccer.
But I truly hope that television does not capture the essence of
soccer. If it does, I for one have trouble watching 120 minutes of
nil/nil football between two countries that I never studied in any
geography course that I have taken or didn’t exist when I took the
course. And I had a minor in social science.

Ramona SkillsUSA earns national awards

   Five Ramona High School automotive students—all state
champions—represented Ramona in the SkillsUSA National Championships,
an annual showcase for the best career and technical students in the
nation. Three placed in the top 10 in the nation.
The multi-million dollar event is staged in a venue that has space
equivalent to 16 football fields in Kansas City, Mo. More than 5,400
contestants competed in 91 separate events from June 12 to 26.
Participating students begin at local contests and advance through
state championships to the national level.

Ramona teams face stiffer competition in Palomar League

   Ramona High School’s athletic program had the seventh best winning
percentage in league play of the 19 schools playing varsity sports in
the North County Conference.
   The statistics were based on how the teams participating in the Avocado, Palomar and Valley leagues faired in league action.
   Ramona had the third best winning percentage in the Valley League
behind Mt. Carmel and Westview and bettered the records of Valley
Center, San Marcos, Oceanside and Orange Glen. Orange Glen had the
worst percentage in the NCC going 21-183-1 for a .103 percentage.
Orange Glen’s refusal to play traditional rivals Escondido and San
Pasqual in football was one of the major reasons for the re-leaguing.
The administrators in the NCC wanted to preserve “natural rivalries” to
earn more money at the gate in football.

Brandi Anthony captures $1,000 award

   San Diego County Girls Lacrosse Association awarded Brandi Anthony the association’s $1,000 scholarship for 2010.
   “The scholarship award is based on academics, playing ability,
devotion to the sport and being an ‘ambassador for the sport of
lacrosse,’” said Jim Bliss, coach of Ramona’s lacrosse team. “Brandi
beat out over 20 other students from traditional powerhouses like
Torrey Pines, La Costa Canyon and Poway. It is a great honor for her
and for our school.”
   Brandi met all of the qualifications. Academics: 4.33 grade point
average. Playing ability: Two time All League andselected to play in
the Lacrosse All Star Game. Devotion: Has played all three years of
sports existence at RHS. Ambassador: Attends and puts on clinics for
middle school and incoming high school lacrosse players.

Schuler resigns as coach

 After six years as the head softball coach at Ramona High School, Mike
Schuler has resigned, but he will remain active in the Bulldog football
   “It just was the right time to step down,” Schuler said.
   He was assistant softball coach for two years before taking the helm
as head coach. Many of the Bulldogs Schuler coached either are or will
be college players.
Last season seven former Lady Bulldogs played college softball. All but one have eligibility remaining.
   Two members of the 2010 Lady Bulldog squad have decided to play in
college. Tory Roberts will move on to Princeton next year and Courtney
Fick will attend Southern Utah.
   Several players who will return to the Lady Bulldog roster next season will also go to play college softball.

Athletes score high in sports and academics

  Erika Stinchcomb is a
scholar and an athlete. She is a three-sport athlete in an era of
specialization. She can lead or follow. She always strives for
According to all of her coaches, and she has had three in cross
country, three in soccer and two in track, “She is a pleasure to coach.”
   Erika has been admitted to Ohio State University because she has
accumulated a 4.32 grade point average. She is on the waiting list for
and is hoping to get into prestigious Williams College in
Massachusetts. Her plan is to major in neuroscience  and then go to a
medical school and become a physician or possibly a surgeon.
The 2010 Bulldog of the Year in track, Erika earned four varsity
letters in track. She was the top sprinter on the varsity track team
her frosh and sophomore years and the captain of the track team her
junior and senior years.

Coaches select Roberts and Ernst 2010 Bulldogs of Year

    Coaches give most individual awards for the individual’s
contribution to the team. Team members vote on some. Awards like Most
Valuable, Most  Inspirational, Best Defensive, Best Offensive and
Scholar Athlete are given to student-athletes based mainly on their
talent and contribution to the team.
   The Bulldog of the Year was inspired by coaches based upon what the
individual did for the coach. The Bulldog of the Year Award is not a
consolation award for the runner-up as the Best Athlete. It is awarded
to the individual who makes coaching a pleasure. The award personifies
what keeps men and women in the profession of coaching. That is why
coaches nominate and voted on recipients. Statistics, win-loss
percentages, post-season honors, all league and all selections are not
requisites for the award.

Ryan Morgan, Jaycee Arthur, 2010 Male & Female Bulldog Athletes of the Year

Ryan Morgan is the 2010 Ramona High School Male Athlete of the Year.
   Ryan Morgan’s name is no stranger to the sports pages in the Ramona Sentinel.
He dominated the ink his freshman year. He set school records on the
frosh team by scoring 37 touchdowns and rushing for over 1,600 yards.
He had over 2,000 all purpose yards despite not playing in most of the
second half’s. He only played in the fourth quarter three times as a
   Frosh football was the last time Ryan would ever participate in
other than a varsity event. He lettered in varsity track four times. He
earned enough points for a letter in his first varsity meet. He
qualified for the state meet three times. He scored more points in
track and field than any other athlete in Ramona High School history

Wrestlers look for community service project

 Coach Steve Koch needs your help. He wants to help the community of Ramona.
Every year the Ramona High School wrestling team has two community
service projects. Koch and his grapplers are looking for projects.
   “With current budget cutbacks, a major source of funds for wrestling
comes from voluntary contributions from family, friends and interested
sponsors,” said Koch. “The money earned from our Community Service Day
Project will be used to help pay for uniforms, equipment and travel
   “Our major project for next year is a new mat. We have raised some
money, and our athletic director has funds available that will help,
but we are still about $1,500 short. Community Service Day could get us
over the hump.”
   The team desperately needs a new mat for space and safety reasons, he explained.

Chelsey Cortez continues track career at CSUSM

Chelsey Cortez will be continuing her education and her track and field career at Cal State San Marcus next season.
   The Division II CIF Champion in the 3200 meters earned a 3.7 grade
point average at Ramona High School and plans to major in
communications to pursue a career in sports journalism or news
   She earned eight varsity letters at Ramona High School, four in
track and four in cross country. She also was All Valley League and San Diego Union-Tribune All Academic Team in track and cross country for two years each.
   Chelsey will be running for Steve Scott at CSUSM. Scott set the
American record in the mile (3:48.68) in 1981 and bettered the time in
1982 by posting a 3:47.69, a record that would stand for over 25 years.
He ran sub four minute miles a record 136 times.