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Six Bulldog spikers earn all-league

   Six members of Ramona High School’s boys volleyball team earned all-league honors.
   The Valley League coaches gave first-team recognition to senior
opposite hitter Ian Nowakowski, second-team distinction to junior
outside hitter Billy White and sophomore setter Garrett Adelman, and
honorable mention accolades to senior middle blocker Garrett Vizcarra,
junior outside hitter Luis Nunez, and sophomore middle blocker Kenny
   “We did pretty well,” said coach Jeff Klauda. “It was a pretty good showing for us.”
In addition to Nowakowski, the first team consisted of three players
from Mount Carmel and one player apiece from Valley Center and San
   “It wasn’t easy to get anybody on first team ‘cause Mount Carmel had so many guys who were capable,” Klauda said.

CIF awards life passes to Bill Tamburrino, Joe Bess

   Nine former or retired coaches, athletic directors and principals
received California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section
life passes during the CIF Board of Managers meeting June 8, and the
recipients included former Ramona High School coaches Bill Tamburrino
and Joe Bess.
   The meeting also saw outgoing board chair Larry Perondi presented
with a tape of a 1969 football game between Ramona High School and
Mountain Empire High School, where Perondi was a student at the time.
   Bess spent 20 years as a football, basketball, and tennis coach for
the Ramona High Bulldogs before working 13 years as Ramona’s athletic

County establishes road fund reserve

   San Diego County supervisors have authorized a reserve designation
within the county road fund for the planning, review, design and
construction phases of road projects under way. The Fiscal Year 2008-09
road fund balance of $26 million creates the reserve’s funding.
   “This is a way of making sure we have sufficient funds should the
state suspend or take away our gas money,” said county Department of
Public Works Deputy Director Donna Turbyfill. “Because of state budget
issues, funding has been very uncertain for the last three years.”
   The county’s road fund allows the county to operate, maintain,
repair and improve nearly 2,000 miles of local streets and roads under
county responsibility. Road fund money has mostly been provided by the
state-imposed excise tax on gasoline known as the Highway Users Tax
Account (HUTA).

Bulldog cindermen post top relay times at CIF meet

   Both Ramona High School boys track and field relay teams had the top
Division II times at the CIF preliminary meet May 22 at Mount Carmel
High School while Ramona senior Tyler Jordan cleared 7’0” in the high
jump to post the best performance of a section high jumper in either
   The Bulldogs qualified nine athletes or relay teams for “A” races or
field events in the CIF finals May 29 at Mount Carmel while 10 Ramona
athletes earned berths in “B” events. The scoring at the finals is
based on times or distances in both competitions among schools within
each division, although only “A” race or flight qualifiers are eligible
for the state meet which takes the top three finishers for each event.
   “We did well. We qualified pretty much everybody we thought was going to qualify,” said Ramona head coach Steve Albanese.

Josh Sammons wins CIF diving championship

 Ramona High School sophomore Josh Sammons won the CIF Division II boys
diving championship May 21 at Mesa College while Ramona’s boys swim
team set two school records during the CIF meet May 20 and May 22 at
Coronado High School.
   Sammons’ 241.25 points on six dives not only earned him the CIF
championship in a field otherwise paced by second-place Nico Espinosa
of St. Augustine, who scored 230 points, but also broke the CIF meet
Division II record for six dives.
   “He dove very well.  He had some really difficult dives and he scored very high,” said Ramona coach Frank Yturralde.
   Sammons won last year’s CIF Division II diving meet with 207.10
points. The CIF switched from an 11-dive to a six-dive format for the
finals in 2007.  Trevor Knorr of Valhalla held the previous CIF meet
six-dive Division II record with 221.85 points.
   “His dives are getting more difficult, and he’s doing them very,
very well,” Yturralde said of Sammons. “Very proud of his

Girls swim is third at CIF meet and wins 200 freestyle relay

 Ramona High School’s girls swim team placed third among Division II
schools at the CIF swim meet May 22 at Coronado High School.
   The Bulldogs finished two points behind second-place Valhalla.
Ramona’s 200-yard freestyle relay team won its race while earning an
All-American consideration time and setting a school record, and three
other school records were broken during the CIF finals or during the
CIF preliminaries May 20 at Coronado.
   “Great meet,” said Ramona coach Jolyn Yanez.
   Cathedral Catholic won the Division II championship, and the battle
for second place came down to the meet’s final event, the 400-yard
freestyle relay. Valhalla finished second in that race while Ramona was
third despite setting a school record. 
   “It was very close,” Yanez said.

Vikings stop Bulldogs in volleyball semifinal

   The end of the on-court season for Ramona High School’s boys
volleyball team occurred May 19 when La Jolla High School swept the
Bulldogs in the CIF Division III semifinal match at La Jolla.
   The Vikings’ 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 win sent La Jolla to the CIF finals against Cathedral Catholic. 
   “I think our guys played at a high level throughout,” said La Jolla
coach Dave Jones. “Our guys really stepped up from our match against
Mar Vista.”
(La Jolla defeated Mar Vista in four games during those two teams’ quarterfinal match.)
   “Ramona has some really good individual players,” Jones said. “Our
team is our strength.  We’re a little more solid all the way around.”
   Ramona coach Jeff Klauda doesn’t contest that remark. 

Peterson’s throw sets league record

 Ramona High School senior Logan Peterson threw the discus 179 feet 7
inches at the Valley League meet May 14 at Valley Center High School,
setting both a school record and a league meet record.
   Peterson’s throw is also the second longest in the CIF San Diego Section this year and ranks among the top ten in the state.
   “He’s been consistently setting a PR, personal record, every week,”
said Ramona head coach Steve Albanese. “He just keeps throwing amazing.”

Sammons wins league diving

 Ramona High School sophomore Josh Sammons won the Valley League diving competition May 13 at Fallbrook High School.
   Sammons scored 368.05 points on his 11 dives to take first place in
the meet. He will be one of 13 Ramona High School entries in the CIF
meet, which for Sammons will take place tomorrow at Mesa College and
for the swimmers will be held at Coronado High School with
preliminaries today and finals Saturday.
   Ironically, Sammons fell short of his best-ever performance while
all of Ramona’s swim entries in the league meet finals set season-best
times other than the 400-yard freestyle relay team which included two
junior varsity callups.  The league swim meet was held at Del Norte
High School with preliminary heats May 14 and finals May 15.

Girls swim to send 18 to CIF meet

   Ramona High School’s girls swim team will have 18 entries at the CIF meet this week.
   The Bulldogs will be represented at the CIF meet in all three relay
races and by eight different swimmers in individual events.
   The CIF preliminary heats will take place today at Coronado High
School with those qualifying for the finals returning to Coronado High
School on Saturday.
   The Bulldogs finished third in the Valley League meet, which was
held at Del Norte High School and included preliminaries May 14 and
finals May 15.  Ramona set a league meet record in the 400-yard
freestyle relay race while also winning the 200-yard freestyle relay. 
   “It went really well,” said Ramona coach Jolyn Yanez.