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Teen finds wild racing at Nevada’s Wild West track

2014 LOORRS Round 5 & 6

randon Arthur, a Ramona teenager, went from the bottom to the top and back again in a wild race weekend during rounds 5 and 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Reno, Nev.

It was Arthur’s first time racing on the Wild West Motorsports Park track, which climbs to the top of a ridge before plunging back down again. The one-mile track offers 1,000 feet of elevation change and the gravity assist makes it one of the fastest tracks in the series.

RHS hosts youth volleyball open gym


Ramona High School volleyball teams are hosting youth volleyball open gym to students in middle school or younger from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, June 12 through July 17, in the RHS gym, 1401 Hanson Lane.

The open gym event is free and no registration is necessary. For more information, contact Connie Halfaker at 760-310-3868 or

Village center plan, zoning request to go before planning commission Friday

Ramona Village Design Group’s proposal for Ramona’s town center will be considered at the San Diego County Planning Commission meeting Friday, June. 13.

The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. in the County Operations Center Conference Center Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Ave. San Diego.

Along with Ramona’s Village Center plan, commissioners will be considering a similar proposal for Alpine’s town center.

McLaughlin selected MVP at Bulldogs’ volleyball banquet


At the post-season awards banquet for Ramona High School’s boys volleyball senior Jake McLaughlin received the team’s Most Valuable Player award.

Coach Jeff Klauda noted that McLaughlin excelled throughout the court.

“Played good defense, and offensively when he was going outside he hit really effectively,” Klauda said.

Basketball camp begins next week for third- through ninth-graders


A youth basketball camp will be offered in the Ramona High School gym from 8 a.m. to noon, June 9 through 13.

The camp is open to third-grade through incoming freshmen boys and girls. The cost is $125 per youth or $250 for families.

Ramona High School is at 1401 Hanson Lane. For more information contact Ken Scheib at

Five Bulldogs earn all-league volleyball honors


The Valley League’s boys volleyball coaches conferred all-league recognition upon five Ramona High School players.

Lance Stickney was named to the league’s first team. Jake McLaughlin and Levi Vermeulen were among the second-team selections. The honorable mention players included Trevor Johnson and Isaiah Spieker.

“It’s pretty cool to get five guys,” said coach Jeff Klauda. “We did pretty well.”

Three Bulldog golfers advance to second round of CIF finals


After playing the first round of the CIF golf tournament May 27 at Admiral Baker Golf Course, Ramona High’s golf team did not advance to the CIF finals but three players advanced to the second round of the individual playoffs.

In the first round of team play, Jacob Buckley and Ryan Graf shot 75 and Justin Graf was one stroke behind with a 76. Kazar Matoian shot 83. Thomas Andrews carded an 85 and Michael Smith shot 86.

Bulldog baseball fights to stay in playoffs

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The Ramona High baseball team lost its opening game in the CIF Division I playoffs and has to fight its way through the losers’ bracket to advance to the CIF Championship game. The team was scheduled to play Grossmont High School on Tuesday.

After losing to Steele Canyon in the opening round, the Dawgs beat Poway and then beat Steele Canyon in a rematch. The Dawgs must now beat undefeated Grossmont twice to advance to the championship game.

Founder of sheriff’s Ramona Mounted Patrol Unit retires

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Members of the Ramona Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol unit gathered recently to honor John Degenfelder, who is retiring after 14 years of service as a mounted patrol volunteer.

As anyone who has been in Ramona for any length of time knows, John and Arvie Degenfelder are active caretakers of the community. After serving as a senior patrol volunteer for the sheriff’s station in Ramona for a number of years, John was approached with the idea of starting a mounted unit.

Ramona High’s softball team defeats Otay Ranch to play in CIF finals Saturday


Ramona High’s girls softball team advanced to the San Diego Section Division 1 championships after beating Otay Ranch 16-10 in Thursday’s semifinals at Poway Sportsplex.

The championship softball game will be held at 4:30 p.m. at University of California San Diego on Saturday, May 31. The Bulldog girls will play the winner of the Cathedral Catholic and Otay Ranch game.