It is easy to say good luck but difficult to say goodbye.
I have been teaching, coaching and announcing Ramona athletic events since 1975. It was never a job. It was a pleasure. I received more than I gave. I laughed and cried. But most importantly, I had fun.
It is a shame the CIF has to make rules that are covered in most part by common sense. However, in my 40-plus years in education and high school athletics I have come to realize that common sense is not always as common as it should be.
Just look at some of the recent Letters to the Editor about our school board. Just because somebody votes “present” does not mean that that individual is all there.
This year the CIF has handed down rules and regulations regarding how many hours a week and how often teams can practice.
Joan (Thomsen) Snelling, a June 1953 graduate of Downey High School, moved to Ramona in July of the same year and has been serving Ramona ever since.
She attended San Diego State for one year before going to work for Pac Bell. She worked for Ma Bell for 31 years.
Snelling has been a member of every Ramona High School boosters club since 1953.
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
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.
One day after he posted online, “I can’t wait to get our boys into their first spring tournament,” coach David Reichner resigned as the head basketball coach of the Ramona Bulldogs.
The main reason given for his stepping down was his commitment to being the recruiting consultant and associate head coach at St. Katherine College. Reichner took those positions this year and there was an immediate conflict between his job as head coach at RHS and associate head coach at St. Katherine. Reichner missed several RHS practices, an RHS game, the all league meeting, and was late to practices and a game.
The North County Conference will re-league for next year and Ramona will be in the Valley League in every sport but football.
The Valley League from 2014 to 2016 will be comprised of these members: Ramona, Orange Glen, Fallbrook, Valley Center, San Pasqual and Escondido. Not a bad fit for the Bulldogs in many ways. Travel will be easy as far as Orange Glen, San Pasqual and Escondido are concerned. Fallbrook is a trip, as is Valley Center. Both beat rides to the coast where Ramona has been in leagues with Oceanside, El Camino, Torrey Pines, La Costa Canyon and San Dieguito.
I had reservations about mentioning the Super Bowl in this column.
TimeOut is usually dedicated to topics that are sports-related. One of the major themes of TimeOut is that sports are a microcosm of society. However, in the case of the Super Bowl, society tries to be a microcosm of the Super Bowl and every element of society gets involved.
The basketball tournament season is over. The only tournament that really matters will commence at the end of the regular season.
Cross-league games, which are arranged to make money and keep the money in the North County, are done. Having the girls varsity and boys varsity play opposite sites on the same night actually hurts the gate in most cases. However, when the boys freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams all traveled in the same bus to a game, Ramona had a built-in crowd and, according to boys’ varsity coach David Reichner, that was a big factor in his victory over Mt. Carmel.
I am often amazed by the plethora of facts and anecdotes that football announcers, game commentators, football experts and former players come up with. They throw more useless information than all of the NFL quarterbacks combined throw passes.
“Ohio State wins 100 percent of the games it plays when they outscore their opponents.”