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2014 Miss Ramona title goes to Courtney Ford

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Courtney Ford, second from right, is crowned 2014 Miss Ramona while Elizabeth Bowersox, second from left, wins the title of Teen Miss Ramona during the Miss Ramona and Teen Miss Ramona Scholarship Pageant at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Saturday Night. The First Princess Teen title goes to Shannon Huff, left, and First Princess Miss to Chersten Sandvik, right.

Sailor killed in motorcycle accident

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Update, April 15—A motorcycle accident in Julian, just before 3 p.m. April 11, claimed the life of a 29-year-old active duty sailor who resided in Ramona, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The Navy has identified him as Petty Officer Third Class Trevor C. Ducusin. He was based aboard the USS Higgins in San Diego, said a Navy spokesperson.

The sailor was driving a motorcycle northbound on state Route 79, north of KQ Ranch Road and, while maneuvering into a right-hand curve, his bike entered the southbound lanes and he collided head-on with an SUV,

Mega farm, ranch retailer opening this summer

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Within a few months, mega farm and ranch retailer Tractor Supply Co. will introduce itself to the San Diego County market with a new store opening on none other than Ramona’s Main Street.

The nearly 20,000-square-foot store will open at Main and Hunter streets some time in the third quarter, according to Randy Guiler, Tractor Supply’s vice president investor relations.

The contractor on the job, CSI Construction of Irvine, began construction on Feb. 5. A tentative completion date is late June.

Opinions vary on basketball coach traits

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Opinions varied from wanting a coach who encourages multi-sport athletes to one who encourages year-round single-sport play when Ramona High School’s principal and athletic director discussed and asked for comments about the hiring process and search for a new boys varsity basketball coach at the school.

David Reichner, the school’s boys varsity basketball coach for the past three years, resigned at the end of the 2014 season.

Ramona Calendar of Events

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TOPS—Ramona Chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Grace Community Church, 1234 Barger Place, 9 a.m. Weigh-in at 8:30 a.m.

22ND ANNUAL BULLDOG INVITATIONAL track and field meet for Ramona’s adapted physical education students. First race begins at 9:15 a.m., lunch and awards at 12:15 p.m., Ramona High School track, San Vicente Road and Hanson Lane.

RAMONA LIBRARY, 1275 Main St., 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tai Chi for Adults at 9 a.m., English as a Second Language at 9:30 a.m., Toddler Storytime at 10:30 a.m., Teen Origami at 3 p.m., Homework Club at 4 p.m., Free Citizenship Class at 6 p.m., Public Safety Presentation in Spanish at 6:30 p.m., Bilingual Activity at 7 p.m. More: 760-788-5270.

Who will wear the crown?

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Sixteen girls will be competing in the annual Miss and Teen Miss Ramona Pageant that will take place at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center on April 12.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the gate.

Vying for the title of Miss Ramona are four contestants: Brenna Brean, Courtney Ford, Andrea Proctor and Chersten Sandvik.

Stallman adds high jump to track and field performances

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The bad news for Ramona High School’s girls track and field team is that it lost its Valley League opener at home against Valley Center, but the good news is that head coach Sherri Edwards has likely found a high jumper for future meets.

Ramona sophomore Holly Stallman, who established herself as a sprinter last year, made the April 3 meet her first competition in the high jump and won that event with a distance of 5 feet.

Boys volleyball finds tough competition in league play

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Valley League play will test the Ramona High boys volleyball team’s ability to compete with the top squads in the circuit.

The Bulldogs compete at Valley Center on Friday. They won their Valley League opener April 2 at Del Norte and played competitively April 4 in a four-game loss at Escondido.

“We played pretty well,” said coach Jeff Klauda. “It was encouraging. We’re getting better every time we come out.”

Softball team wins two games, loses one in Falcon Fiesta

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The Bulldog softball team won two games and lost one in the Falcon Fiesta. They will enter Valley League play with a 7-7 record

Hanah Bowen had her most impressive outing of the year as the freshman pitcher went seven innings and limited Escondido to one run on only one hit as she struck out nine Cougars the 6-1 victory.

Kailey Hill paced the offense with a 2-for-4 effort with a home run, a double and two RBIs Jordyn Fick went 1-for2 with an RBI and scored a run. Bre Hirsh contributed a double to the offense. Christina Barrameda,

Ramona’s boys tennis team shuts out Orange Glen

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The varsity tennis team made a statement before starting its 20-day spring break. The Dawgs beat Valley League foe Orange Glen 18-0 at Riviera Oaks.

“We had Christian (Failla) back in this match and our singles line up was unstoppable,” said coach Rose Darrough. “Chad Martin and Seneca Utech continue to play very strong in doubles. Karl Sapper and Matt Lawler subbed in for our No. 3 doubles team and won their first varsity point. The whole team played well as we are playing for a good draw in the CIF team playoffs.”

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