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Arsenal FC schedules soccer tryouts for ages 14 to 17


Arsenal FC San Diego North competitive soccer will hold tryouts for boys and girls between the ages 14and 17 on Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, at Hanson Elementary School, 2520 Boundary Ave.

Girls’ tryouts begin at 1 p.m. and boys’ tryouts start at 2:45 p.m. Athletes should bring a soccer ball, cleats, shin guards and water, and wear a white or gray T-shirt.

Visit to print out a tryout waiver form and have the athlete bring it to the tryouts.

Barnett Elementary hosts Quadruple Crown Series race


Fifth-graders take off from the start line in the Quadruple Crown Series race at Barnett Elementary School on Friday. Participating in the one-mile races are elementary students in Ramona and Julian schools. The next race, hosted by Mt. Woodson Elementary School, will be at Ramona Grasslands on April 25.

Boys volleyball earns trophy for third-place win at La Jolla tournament


Ramona High School’s varsity boys volleyball players celebrate their third place win at the La Jolla BCI Tournament. The team played four games in the tournament held last weekend. Pictured from left are: Cody Kealy, Jake McLaughlin, Lance Stickney, Dave Windes (in back), Levi Vermeulen, Armando Abarca, Trevor Johnson, Taylor Holas, Isaiah Spieker, and Mason Pierce.

Losses to Knights give Bulldog swimmers, coach early-season assessment


Ramona High School girls and boys swim coach Jolyn Yanez sees the Bulldogs’ losses to San Marcos as beneficial to her teams.

“I’m actually thankful to have this meet at this time of the season because it forces the kids to focus on swimming fast,” Yanez said. “I think it’s very worthwhile.”

The March 20 non-league meet was held at Ramona High. Non-league results have no effect on a team’s championship position. The major impacts of a non-league meet are that times can be used for CIF qualifying and seeding purposes and that coaches can assess their swimmers for future improvement.

RHS lacrosse beats Francis Parker; closes gap in two losses

Ball Inside Lacrosse Mesh Pocket

Ramona High’s girls lacrosse team defeated Francis Parker High School after losses to San Dieguito and Valley Center.

The first week of games for the lacrosse team included losses by margins of 10 and 11 goals along with one win. During the second week of contests, March 17-21, the losses were by smaller margins.

Ramona’s March 17 game was a 13-8 loss to San Dieguito Academy on the Mustangs’ field.

Bulldog softball triumphs in two tournament games

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The Bulldog softball team defeated San Dieguito in a North County Tournament game on the road last week and beat Patrick Henry at home in a Falcon Fiesta Tournament game.

The Lady Dawgs are now 3-4 on the season.

The girls made the most of four hits as they beat San Dieguito 3-2. Christina Barrameda led the game with a single and stole second. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI fielders choice by Kailey Hill. Amber Davis got her first of two hits in the game when she doubled in courtesy runner Mel Gaile and the Lady Dawgs led 2-0.

Ramona High golfers improve their record to 6-1


The Bulldog golf team is right where coach Michael Gainey wants it to be as the team heads into Valley League play.

“The Vista match was a good win for the team,” he said. “It was their lowest score so far and the players are stepping up their games as we head to Pauma Valley to play Valley Center next Tuesday for our first league match of the season.”

Bulldog tennis picks up two wins on the road

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The Bulldog tennis team picked up two victories on the road as they beat Valley Center in a Valley League match and then beat Rancho Buena Vista in a non-league match.

The Dawgs beat Valley Center 15-3 Thursday. The singles players picked up 8 of 9 team points. Adam Mazzola was dominant as he posted scores of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0. Garrett Wilcox stepped up his game and went 6-2, 6-0 and 6-1. Andrew Giordino went 0-6 and came back to win a tie-breaker 7-6 (7-4) and then cruised to a 6-3 set.

Common Core State Standards: What are they?


Education is a topic, much like medicine, law or politics, on which everyone has an opinion and experience at some level. It is a topic that is easily discussed whether a person is at his or her own dinner table or giving a political speech, often making it difficult to separate fact from opinion.

RHS Futsal accepting youth registration


Ramona High School boys and girls soccer teams present the return of RHS Futsal, their fundraising program that is open to youth players, and are accepting registration.

The futsal season will run April 3 through June 27, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at Wilson Gym in the RUSD administrative building, 720 Ninth Street. Teams will be scheduled to play a one one-hour session on one of the days.