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Girls open swim season with victory over Sultans


The girls swim team at Ramona High School began its 2014 season March 7 at Santana High School’s pool and returned home with a 92-78 victory over the Sultans.

“It’s just exciting, an exciting way to start the season, to start off with a win,” said coach Jolyn Yanez.

A high school swim meet has 11 events and the Bulldogs took first-place points in the final nine of those. Ashlee Holabird, Paulina Bernd, and Jocelyn Schwegler each won two individual events and were on two first-place relay teams.

Where are they now? Filmmaking opens new world for Ramona High graduate


Passionate about storytelling and highlighting social issues through film, Laurel Gwizdak has embarked on a journey that has taken her from Ramona to urban centers and remote villages overseas, including one in Ukraine, and has ultimately landed her in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“I think I’ve found a home in providing these participatory filmmaking tools to young people,” the 2001 Ramona High School graduate said.

ChuckAlek to host St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold charity event Saturday


ChuckAlek Independent Brewers invites the community to St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold for Charity on Saturday, March 15, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The event will feature a live band — the Jive Bombers — and will benefit three Ramona charities: the Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS) school roofing project, the Neighborhood Tatas Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk team, and Ramona Pony Baseball.

TimeOut with Tambo: Briseno achieves wrestling goal to compete at state; sets goal to medal next year


Bulldog wrestler Raul Briseno set goals early in the season. Many might have thought that those goals were set too high. Not Briseno.

“I wanted to win the league, earn a trip to the Masters and go to the state meet,” he said. “I knew that if I did my best I could accomplish those goals.”

The old saying goes: “If you can do it, it ain’t braggin’.” Briseno did it.

RHS girls soccer takes No. 1-seed Escondido Charter to overtime before losing in playoffs


Ramona High School’s girls soccer team took top-seeded Escondido Charter to overtime before losing to the White Tigers in the CIF Division III quarterfinal match on March 3.

“Actually it was disappointing,” said assistant coach Deena Vizcarra. “It was a big letdown.”

The Bulldogs scored the first goal in the game at Escondido Charter, which entered the game with a 15-3-2 record.

Bulldog boys volleyball goes up against defending CIF champion


Ramona High School’s boys volleyball team opened its 2014 season March 7 at La Jolla, the defending CIF Division III champion and a participant in the CIF championship match for each of the past seven years.

“The guys came out very focused,” said RHS coach Jeff Klauda. “They were in the right positions. They were making the right decisions.”

The Bulldogs lacked the experience that would have allowed them to make some of the key plays the Vikings made in their three-game win over Ramona.

Intra Soccer offers tryouts for teens

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Intra Soccer, Ramona Soccer League’s competitive soccer club, will conduct tryouts for teenage teams from March 17 to 22 at Ramona Soccer Fields.

Below is the tryout schedule:

•Boys Under 16: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, and Wednesday, March, 19, Field 1.

Undefeated seventh-graders take league championship


Olive Peirce Middle School’s seventh-grade boys basketball team are the undefeated North County League champions with a 12-0 record.

The OPMS players beat teams from Valley Center, San Marcos, Mission Hill, Bonsall, and Fallbrook by an average of 30 points. The team is coached by Thomas Pacheco, Tyler Villa, and Tonee Leavitt. On Wednesday the OPMS team had one more game — a friendly scrimmage at Meadowbrook Middle School.

Sheriff’s Reports

Among reports filed at the sheriff’s Ramona station:

Monday, March 3

•Female, 61, arrested, 100 block 12th Street, suspected of disorderly conduct: lodge without consent — in creek bed.

Sunday, March 2

•Male, 40, arrested, Hanson Lane and Ashley Road, felony bench warrant.

Stransky, Cobian selected for all league team


Coaches in the Valley League honored two Bulldog basketball players, senior Scott Stransky and sophomore Marco Cobian, by placing them on the 2014 All Valley League second team.

Coach David Reichner did not attend the meeting. The usual procedure for selection to an all Valley League team is for an athlete to be nominated by his coach. The coach then presents statistics and information to the other coaches in the league and the coaches vote on the team.