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Bulldog spikers beat Ravens in quarterfinals

   Ramona High School’s boys volleyball team improved its season record
to 23-11 while advancing to the CIF Division III semifinals with a
four-game win over Canyon Crest May 15 in the CIF quarterfinals.
   The Bulldogs’ final home match of the season produced a 25-18, 28-26, 23-25, 25-19 victory at the Ravens’ expense. 
   “We did serve very solid. We kept pressure on with our serve,” said Ramona coach Jeff Klauda.
   The two teams had faced each other March 26 during the pool play
portion of the North County Invitational Tournament. Canyon Crest would
end up winning the pool, beginning pool play with a 21-25, 25-23, 15-9
win over Ramona. 
   “It was our worst played game of the year,” said Klauda. “It was nice to be able to see them again.”

CIF approves North County Conference realignment

   California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Board of Managers, the
governing board for high school sports, unanimously approved the
realignment of the North County Conference athletic leagues.
   The action creates a fourth North County Conference league,
retaining the Palomar League and Valley League names while utilizing an
Avocado West League and an Avocado East League.
   Ramona High School, currently in the Valley League, will be in the Palomar League, effective in the 2010-11 seasons.
   Ramona will be joined in the Palomar League by Poway, Rancho
Bernardo, Torrey Pines and Westview for football while Rancho Bernardo
will be added to the league for the other four league sports and for
boys volleyball. 

Bulldog spikers seeded third in playoffs

   Ramona High School’s boys volleyball team took the third seed into the CIF Division III playoffs.
   The May 8 playoff selection and seeding meeting gave Cathedral
Catholic the top Division III seed while seeding La Jolla second,
Ramona third, and San Marcos fourth. The Bulldogs, who closed out their
regular season with a May 6 win over San Marcos, have a first-round bye
in the 12-team playoffs and will host the winner of the first-round
match between Canyon Crest and Kearny in Saturday’s quarterfinal.  If
Ramona and La Jolla both win on Saturday, the Bulldogs will play a
semifinal match Wednesday at La Jolla.

Win over Oceanside gives Bulldog mermen winning record

   Ramona High School’s boys swim team finished the 2010 dual meet
season with a winning record after a 119-47 home win May 4 over
   The Bulldogs improved their record to 4-3 with the win over
Oceanside. Because the Pirates did not have a diver, Josh Sammons dove
for CIF meet eligibility only and his six points were not counted in
Ramona’s team score. The Bulldogs won nine of the eleven races, ceding
only the 100-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle. The meet also
saw three school junior varsity records broken.
   “It was a really fun event,” said Ramona coach Frank Yturralde. “All
of the guys swam different events. They told me what events they wanted
to swim.”
   The May 4 meet was also the final high school regular-season meet
and the final home meet for Ramona senior Michael Bernas. In his Ramona
farewell, Bernas won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.24,
set a personal record of 24.39 seconds while finishing third in 50-yard
freestyle, swam the backstroke on the winning 200-yard medley relay
team, and was on the 200-yard freestyle relay team, which finished
second to Ramona’s other quartet in that race.

Commission sends GP2020 to supervisors

   San Diego County’s Planning Commission voted 6-1 to send a
recommended general plan update to the San Diego County Board of
Supervisors, but commissioners will hold a separate hearing on equity
mechanisms, which will then be incorporated into the recommendations to
the supervisors.
   The meeting, open to the public, will be in the Planning Commission
Hearing Room, 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite B, San Diego, on Friday, May 7,
from 10 a.m. to noon.

Win over Westview ups girls swim record

   Ramona High School’s girls swim team traveled to Westview High
School on April 27 and improved its league and overall dual meet record
to 5-1 with an 89-81 victory over the Wolverines.
   “It was a fun meet to be a part of,” said Ramona coach Jolyn Yanez. “It was pretty exciting at the end.”
   Ramona held a 79-77 lead entering the final event, the 400-yard
freestyle relay. Westview could have won the meet with first-place and
third-place finishes and would have tied the meet with first-place and
fourth-place finishes.
   Ramona’s quartet of Lisse Litka-Baughman, Katherine Abbott, Brice
Maruna and Breann Stevens won the race with a time of 3:51.13.
   Westview’s relay team had a time of 3:51.34.

Three Bulldog runners win in invitational

   Three Ramona High School sophomores won first place in track and
field’s Dick Wilkins Frosh-Soph Invitational May 1 at El Capitan High
   Dylan Blankenbaker won the boys 1,600-meter run, Alec Richardson had
the fastest time in the boys 3,200-meter race, and Kelly Helman took
first place in the girls 100-meter hurdles.
   Three additional Bulldogs or Ramona relay teams won medals for second-place or third-place finishes. 
   “The Wilkins Invitational was a success for the athletes that made it into the meet,” said Ramona head coach Steve Albanese.
   The juniors and seniors on Ramona’s track and field teams joined the
freshmen and sophomores in a dual meet April 29 at home against
Westview. The boys improved their league dual meet record to 4-1 with
an 84-52 victory over the Wolverines while Ramona’s girls fell to 2-3
with a 100-35 loss.

Sammons sets school diving record

   Although Ramona High School’s boys swim team lost its April 27 home
dual meet to Westview High School, Ramona sophomore Josh Sammons set a
school record in the diving event.
   Sammons, who set a school record when he scored 207.10 points on six
dives while winning last year’s CIF Division II individual
championship, scored 246.05 points in the meet against Westview.
   “He’s actually been doing very well,” Ramona coach Frank Yturralde
said of Sammons. “The degree of difficulty is going higher and he is
scoring high on those.”
Despite Sammons’ win, Westview won the meet by a 119-64 score.
   “I knew it was going to be a tough meet.  They’ve got a lot of depth,” Yturralde said.

Bulldog spikers return to 20-win status

   Ramona High School’s boys volleyball team has won at least 20 matches for the second time in the past three seasons.
   An April 27 win at Valley Center gave the Bulldogs 20 wins for 2010,
and a home win April 29 against Orange Glen improved Ramona’s record to
21-11, including a 5-2 league mark. The Bulldogs finished the 2008
season with a 29-11 record after reaching the CIF Division III finals
but fell to 15-17 in 2009.
   Ramona entered the Valley Center game having won four of the
previous week’s seven matches. A 25-23, 25-23, 32-34, 25-21 league win
April 20 at San Marcos was followed by a 25-10, 29-27, 25-17 loss April
22 to Mount Carmel, which has yet to lose a league game let alone a
league match.

Winery ordinance ready for supervisors

 San Diego County Planning Commission has sent a new winery zoning
ordinance to county supervisors, who are expected to consider and vote
on the proposal this summer.
   The commission’s 5-2 vote on Friday, with Michael Beck and John
Riess dissenting, recommends certain Wholesale Limited Winery and
Boutique Winery activities by right while allowing Small Winery events
with an administrative use permit.
   Tasting rooms and onsite sales would be restricted to land with A70
or A72 agricultural zoning, and the commission recommends that a
minimum four-acre parcel be required to have a tasting room. County
staff did not recommend a minimum parcel size.
   “It’s a good balance for the public and the boutique wineries,” said
Commissioner Bryan Woods, who represents District 2, which includes