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Ramona Idol auditions start June 18

Look for an all-new Ramona Idol this year, says Gin Boughner, event chair.
“This year’s Ramona Idol will be bigger and better and all new,” said Boughner. “The only thing staying the same are the age categories.”
Those four age categories for Ramona Idol hopefuls are 5 to 10 years old, 11 to 15, 16 to 20, and 21 and older. Contestants must be Ramona residents.
Auditions will be a cappella (without music or background tracks) and are scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 18, June 25, July 2, July 16 and July 23 — all are Saturdays. Auditions will be in the Century 21 San Vicente building at 2102 Main St.
Three judges will be at the auditions to listen and offer advice. A total of 12 to 15 contestants will receive a golden ticket and advance to the Ramona Country Fair for quarterfinals on July 28, semifinals on July 29 and grand finals on July 30. All will start at 6 p.m. in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Pavilion, 421 Aqua Lane.
Past Ramona Idol first-, second- and third-place winners who are interested in performing and presenting awards at the Awards Ceremony on July 31 or who would like to sing the national anthem are asked to call Boughner at 760-315-1454.
Following the performance of past Ramona Idol winners on Sunday, July 31, 2011 Ramona Idol winners will be announced in an Awards Ceremony and prizes will be awarded.
The $5 charge to audition — $10 to audition all five days — will offset the costs of prizes.
Prize packages so far include gift cards, music lessons, recording studio time and cash. The amount of cash awards will depend on money collected at auditions.
For more information, call Boughner at 760-315-1454 or visit

24-hour relay reminds participants ‘cancer never sleeps’

Well over 300 participants spent 24 hours walking the track of Wilson Stadium in Ramona, making a difference by raising funds to fight back against cancer in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Event participants walk overnight because cancer never sleeps, and they have a chance to remember those who lost their battles with cancer. Jeri Sutter is the team captain of “All Night for the Fight.” Her 13-member team was the event’s top fundraiser, raising over $8,300 for the cause.

Vikings’ comeback ends Ramona’s volleyball season

Ramona High School’s boys volleyball season ended May 17 with a five-game loss at home against La Jolla in the semifinals of the CIF Division III playoffs.

The Bulldogs won the first two games before La Jolla prevailed in the final three sets to advance to the finals.

“It was quite a bummer,” said Coach Jeff Klauda. “Defensively we played pretty well. We played a pretty darn good match. La Jolla played out of their minds.”

Bulldog girls 10th at CIF swim meet

Ramona High School’s girls swim team placed 10th among Division II schools at the CIF meet May 21 at Del Norte High School.

The Bulldogs’ highlights included a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley by sophomore Gina Lucas, who broke her own school record for that event in the finals as well as at the May 18 preliminaries at Del Norte.
Lucas finished third in the 100-yard backstroke, and Ramona won two consolation finals races.

Boys swim sets six school records, takes seventh in CIF meet

Ramona High School’s boys swim team took seventh place among Division II teams at the CIF meet May 21 at Del Norte High School while setting six school records.

“I was very, very happy,” said Coach Frank Yturralde. “They swam really well.”

Senior Alan Williams closed out his high school career by setting two records in individual races and being part of two record-setting relay teams, and freshman Garrett Glaudini also set two individual race records and contributed to the two relay records.

RHS golfers chosen for all-league team

Ramona High School was well represented on the All Palomar League golf team. The Bulldogs placed one golfer on the first team and two on the second team.

“We got three out of the 12 spots on the All Palomar League team. Torrey Pines is a contender for the state championship and placed six. For us to get three of the remaining six spots is truly amazing. It shows that we have one of the best programs in the county if not the state,” said Coach Jerry Patenaude.

June 1 is ‘Physical Night’ at RHS

Physicals are required for all students participating in sports, cheer, song, NJROTC and band.

Male and female doctors will volunteer their time at the school from 6 to 8 p.m.

The school’s training room plays a vital role in the care and rehabilitation of students who participate in extracurricular activities, states a release about the physicals. The room will be open so parents and students can see the services offered there.

‘Dr. A’ leaving school district after 35 years

Last Wednesday friends and family gathered at the San Vicente Golf Resort to honor and say goodbye to Dr. Joe Annicharico. Joe didn’t want a lot of speeches or a roast. He didn’t get either. UNTIL NOW!

The first thing that those who attended the festivities noticed was a picture of Joe circa 1977. Joe was a teacher in those days. Teachers didn’t make a lot of money, so to make ends meet Joe decided to save money by avoiding haircuts and shaving. I asked if I could get a copy of the picture for the Sentinel, but Joe made me an offer that I could not refuse. Annicharico is an Italian name, so I knew better than to ask twice or ignore his request.

Bulldogs beat Titans

The Ramona Bulldog baseball team has played three teams that have been ranked teams in the county this season. They have beaten two of the three teams in their last two games of the regular season.

The Dawgs took those facts to the seeding meeting last Saturday and got the number five seed in the Division III playoffs.

Ramona will get a home game in the play in round and host the number 12 seed Canyon Crest Academy.

Coach’s formula works in two softball wins

Coach Antoinette Rodriguez used the same formula to win two CIF Division III playoff softball games.
Her Lady Bulldogs rely on good pitching and steady defense and then put together a rally and fight off a late rally to hold on to win.
The formula worked against El Capitan High School at home and it worked against University City High School on the road.