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Ramona High selects new boys basketball coach

Ramona High School has hired Zack Cole of New Mexico to serve as head of its boys basketball program.

For the past two seasons, Cole, 34, has coached Santa Fe Indian School, a boarding school for Native Americans, and led the team to the state tournament last season. The year before he took over, Santa Fe Indian was 0-27.

“I like to coach an up tempo offense and push the ball in transition,” said Cole. “I like to coach a pressure defense. I believe in letting players be players.”

Female accident victim in critical condition

An 18-year-old Ramona woman remains in critical condition at Palomar Medical Center, after suffering life-threatening injuries in a 4:20 a.m. accident on June 19, according to authorities.
Rena Martinez was a passenger in the front seat of a 2013 Jeep Patriot driven by Vincent Sitto, 18, of El Cajon, when the vehicle hit a utility pole on San Vicente Road, just north of Creelman Lane, reported California Highway Patrol.
CHP Public Information Officer Kevin Pearlstein said it was a single vehicle accident and the driver said he may have fallen asleep.
The driver was southbound on San Vicente road when his vehicle struck a utility pole on the east side of the road, said Pearlstein.
“He then went across the lanes and struck another pole with the passenger side of the Jeep,” the officer said.
A ground ambulance transported the driver to Palomar with moderate, non-life-threatening injuries, while Mercy Air life flighted Martinez, according to reports. Pearlstein said neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected.
Although the SDG&E wood pole on the east side of San Vicente was still standing, the base was damaged and crews replaced it with a steel pole.

Ramona crime reports: Social host party results in five arrests

A social host party in the 22300 block of Casa de Carol Road Friday night, June 20, resulted in several arrests, including minors, according to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

Arrested were four males, ages 22, 21 and 18, on charges of drunk in public. An 18-year-old female was arrested for drunk in public and obstruct/resist peace officer/emergency medical technician.

San Vicente offers junior golf programs for all ages, levels of play this summer


Whether hoping to learn how to golf or looking to improve the swing and lower the score, San Vicente Golf Resort offers junior programs for youths of all levels.

The junior golf program, open to ages 6 to 18, has two upcoming sessions: July 8 to 10 and Aug. 5 to 7. The Tuesday through Thursday sessions are split into three levels: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for beginners, 10 to 11 a.m. for intermediate or one year of experience, and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for advanced golfers with three-plus years of experience. Classes are limited to 12 students.

Former Bulldog receives All-Liberty League honors

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Former Ramona High Bulldog baseball player JP Fisher finished his freshman year at Bard College, earning postseason baseball awards from the Liberty League.

In coaches’ balloting, Fisher earned All-Liberty League Second Team honors in the “Utility” position. Fisher most often played shortstop, but he also played third base, made seven appearances as pitcher, and he played catcher. He started all 30 games and hit .301. He led Bard in hits (31), runs (21), total bases (41) and stolen bases (5).

TV Time-Out


The “good ol’ days” are gone. And that is a good thing.

I lived in the Valley of the Sun when television reception was more of a disaster than a joke. Before cable. Before satellite. Before hundreds of stations. We had two or three that could be picked up by antennas. Dave Casper was not the only ghost who played football on TV. Every football player, baseball player, basketball player and hockey player looked like a ghost on the tube. Most of the time one could see the football or

Teen suffers major injuries after vehicle hits utility pole


An 18-year-old Ramona girl was airlifted to Palomar Medical Center with major, life threatening injuries early Thursday morning after the vehicle she was in struck a utility pole, said California Highway Patrol.

The single vehicle accident occurred on San Vicente Road, just north of Creelman Lane, at 4:20 a.m.

Search continues for missing Ramona man


Authorities continue to search for a 67-year-old Ramona man, missing from his home in the 17000 block of Handlelbar Road since early Tuesday morning.

Sgt. John Boyce of the sheriff’s Ramona station said residents can help by checking barns, sheds or other structures on their properties.

Carl Salayer, described as 6 feet, 3 inches tall, 140 pounds, mostly bald with some gray hair and a gray mustache, suffers from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Commissioners approve village plan, hold off on re-zone for big box store


Both the proponents and the opponents of a proposed re-zone that could pave the way to a big box store on H Street claimed a partial victory after a decision by the county Planning Commission on June 12.

“We kind of won,” said Jim Hagey, owner of the 20 acres behind the Stater Bros. shopping center.

However, David Glassford, who is a neighbor of Hagey’s property and opposes a big box, expressed a similar reaction.

Bulldog track and field banquet recognizes athletes’ performances

At Ramona High School’s track and field post-season banquet, Bulldog Awards were presented to two senior boys: Kevin Carmona and Austin Minnocci.

The banquet was held in the Ramona High gym at the end of May, which was earlier than usual due to graduation dates. La Cocina provided food, which was consumed outside on the campus before the awards presentations inside the gym.