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Ramona’s boys tennis team shuts out Orange Glen


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.”

Ramona High’s golf team continues to pile up victories

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Coach Michael Gainey’s Bulldog golf team had a busy and productive week as it won three matches on the road, beating Valley League foes Mission Vista and Orange Glen, and, in a non-league tilt, Francis Parker.

Ryan Graff continued to pile up medalist honors as he added two more to his resume. The Dawgs are 11-1 overall and are at the top in the Valley League with a 4-0 record.

“The team did great, continuing their awesome winning streak as we’ve hit the halfway point of the season,” said Gainey, adding that he and the team were looking forward to competing at home against Francis Parker on Wednesday, April 9, and San Pasqual on Thursday, April 10.

Point sweeps in last track and field events give Jaguars win over Bulldogs

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During Ramona’s High’s track and field meet April 3, Valley Center swept the 23 possible points in the final two running events and the last field event for a 75-60 victory.
The 10 running events conclude with the 3,200-meter race and the 4×400 relay. The last of the six field events is the triple jump.
“I was hoping for a win,” said head coach Sherri Edwards. “It was close, but it didn’t work out.”
Edwards has hope for the Bulldogs’ Valley League meet Thursday, hosted by Orange Glen. Orange Glen lost to Del Norte 103-32, which gives the Bulldogs a reasonable chance for their first league win.
Despite the loss to Valley Center, Edwards was satisfied with the Ramona athletes’ performance in the league opener.
“I’m happy that we were competitive and that it was close,” she said.
A high school meet begins with the 4×100 relay. Ramona’s quartet of Garrett Dart, Tanarat Crowe, Brandon Gansch and Garrett Binkley won with a time of 44.53 seconds, which was the fastest of the year for Ramona in that event.
The Bulldogs swept the 9 points in the 100-meter dash. Crowe had a time of 11.56 seconds, Kevin Ochoa finished the race in 11.74 seconds and Garrett Binkley finished third at 11.75 seconds.
Ramona had the top two distances in the pole vault. Brandon Hankins cleared 11 feet, 6 inches while John Jones, who joined the track and field team this year as a senior, earned his first varsity points with a vault of 9-6.
The Bulldogs also had the top two times in the 400-meter run. Kevin Carmona needed 52.98 seconds to win the race while Austin Minnocci completed his lap in 53.04 seconds.
High jumpers and pole vaulters are allowed three attempts at each distance. Ramona’s Dylan Shields and Valley Center’s Jake Newman each cleared 5-6 in the high jump before making their attempts with the bar 5-8 off the ground. Both missed their first two attempts at 5-8. Newman also missed his third attempt, but Shields cleared his for first-place points.
Ramona’s other first-place finish was in the 300-meter hurdles. Wyatt Scott had a time of 43.25 in that event.
Scott placed second in the 110-meter hurdles at 17.28 seconds. Ramona sophomore Sean Stemm was third in that race with 17.97 seconds, which gave him his first varsity point.
Valley Center’s distance runners include Bannon Greer, who won both the 1,600-meter race and the 800-meter competition. Ramona’s Max Edwards finished second in both of those races, taking 4:43.8 in the 1,600-meter run, and 2:01.86 in the 800-meter event. The 800-meter time bettered Edwards’ personal record by three seconds.
Crowe was second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.97 seconds. Gansch finished third in that race 24.20 seconds after the starter’s gun was fired.
Binkley had a second-place long jump of 18-7. Dart placed third in that event with a distance of 18-6. Ramona’s third-place shot put point was the result of Ochoa achieving a personal record of 40-3.
Ramona’s best finishes in the triple jump and the 3,200-meter run were fourth place, which is not worth any scoring points. The winning team of a relay race receives all 5 points; Ramona’s 4×400 team was leading until Valley Center’s Greer took the baton.
“All of a sudden at the end of the meet it just kind of fell apart,” Edwards said. “We can’t win meets getting no points.”

League meets start this week for Bulldog track and field, following loss to Broncos


The Valley League opener for Ramona High School’s track and field teams will be at home Thursday against Valley Center High School.

“Should be a pretty good meet,” said Sherri Edwards, who is head coach of both the boys and girls teams. I’m excited to see how it comes out.”

Both the boys team and the girls squad will enter league competition with 1-2 records in dual meets, although non-league dual meet scores are relevant only for assessment purposes.

Game against Escondido to test Bulldog spikers’ progress


Volleyball head coach Jeff Klauda is pleased with the progress of his Ramona High School boys team, which started the season with a 0-4 record but entered Valley League action with a 5-6 win-loss statistic.

“We do seem to get a little better, which is always what you want to see,” Klauda said.

The coach hopes that progress translates into success during league competition, which began with a match April 2 at Del Norte and includes a game at Escondido April 4.

Bulldog swimmers host Jaguars in Thursday’s league opener

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Ramona High swim teams begin Valley League competition Thursday.

The Bulldogs will host Valley Center in the league opener, which begins at 3:30 p.m.

Jolyn Yanez, who coaches the Ramona High boys and girls swim teams, said, “A win here for both teams would be a good way to start the season.

Critical week for Bulldog girls lacrosse

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Ramona High School’s girls lacrosse team began the season with a 2-7 record, including a Valley League statistic of 0-4, so success in the near future will be necessary for the Bulldogs to obtain an invitation to the CIF playoffs.

“The pressure’s on,” said assistant coach Al Cavell.

Hill hits grand slam home run in Ramona High’s win over La Costa


Playing four games in the North County Tournament over the course of a week, Ramona High’s softball team beat Vista and La Costa Canyon, but lost to San Marcos and Carlsbad.

The Bulldog girls are 5-6 on the season as they head in to more games in the Falcon Fiesta before entering Valley League play on April 7.

Kailey Hill is off the injured list and her bat is inflecting pain on the Lady Bulldogs’ opponents. Her arm is also getting in shape as she paced the Lady Dawgs to a 3-1 start in the North County Tournament. Ramona finished the first week of tournament play with a 5-5 record overall.

Golfers start league play with lowest scores of the season

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Ramona High’s boys golf team improved its overall record to 7-1 and got off to a 2-0 start in Valley League play, while recording its two lowest scores of the season.

The Dawgs have matches scheduled the next two weeks before they have spring break.

Ramona golfers opened league play at Pauma Valley Country Club where they beat Valley Center 196-209.

Ramona High’s No. 1 doubles team wins four sets in league tennis action

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The Ramona High School tennis team lost to Del Norte at home and then went on the road to beat Orange Glen in Valley League play.

The Dawgs are 2-1 in league play.

Del Norte, the Valley League’s No. 1 team, beat Ramona 17-1 on March 25. Chad Martin and Seneca Utech, Ramona’s No. 1 doubles team, picked up the lone team point and posted scores of 1-6, 6-3 and 4-6. James Janak and Josh McDonald went 0-6, 0-6 and 1-6. Joey Guzzino and Eric Taft posted scores of 0-6, 1-6 and 2-6.