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TimeOut with Tambo: Friday Night Lights at Bulldog Stadium


Everybody knows how hard the players and coaches work to prepare for a varsity football game.Games are played on Friday nights in the fall but they are won in the weight room in the winter, spring and summer.

Some schools in the San Diego CIF Section and other areas around the country still play on Friday afternoons. There are several reasons for the afternoon games. I won’t go into

Trimming trees for better reception


Last week I checked the sports’ page recently to see what college and high school football games were on the tube. The UT listed 35 games on Saturday but my satellite system had well over 50 choices. I also noted more high school football games than professional games.

TimeOut with Tambo: Injuries don’t stop this golfer


When Caitlyn Doulgeropoulos shot a personal best 41 against San Pasqual High School in the opening golf match of the season, it was not news. That she played and finished the round was news.

Caitlyn’s coach, John Rathbun, was concerned that she would not be able to finish the round and did not want to put undue pressure on her. Caitlyn has been rehabilitating from injuries and battling pain since the end of last school year. Rathbun was just happy to have her on the team and was willing to let her play herself into shape.

TimeOut with Tambo: Take in a high school sports event this fall


The school year is based on a time when America was an agricultural nation. Students had to be home to help with the crops during the summer. The work that needed every hand in the family to harvest was mostly done by fall so that is when school started.

The school calendar has seen big adjustments during the last decade or so. When I started teaching and coaching in California the school year started in mid-September and ended in mid-June. Most schools in the country started after Labor Day and ended just after Memorial Day.

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Gone fishing signs are often seen on several establishments in Ramona this time of the year. The last part of my two-week vacation should be entitled “Gone Wishing” because when I throw a line in the water that is all that I am doing — WISHING!

I spent a week in the Eastern Sierras camping in the June Lake Loop at Grant Lake. Grant is the biggest of the four lakes in the June Lake Loop and the farthest from restaurants, watering holes and the town of

Timeout with Tambo: Time off for a sports-infused vacation

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Most people take a vacation to get away from the grind of their everyday job: those who work in the big city like to go camping, those who live near the beach like to go to the mountains, those who live on dry land like to go on a cruise, those who eat too much meat go fishing.

Sports writers are a different breed. After 11 months of covering high school sports, reporting on the progress of Ramona High School graduates who have gone on to the next level, going to college athletic events, going to professional athletic events, covering youth sports, going to horse races, golfing, bowling, hiking and burning off 300 calories working out and replacing them with 1,500 calories of pasta,

Arriba Teen Center has much to offer


As mentioned in my column July 25, we need more and better recreational activities for not only the youth of Ramona but also for all of the citizens of Ramona.

Just because there is a need doesn’t mean that nobody is trying to fulfill that need. I recently visited the Arriba Teen Center at 1710 Montecito Road, which is in a building that has also served as Ramona Community School and as the Ramona High School wrestling team’s practice facility. Come to think of it, where haven’t the wrestlers practiced?

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My dad took me to the Forum in Inglewood to see a Lakers Game for one of my birthday presents when I was in high school. I don’t remember which birthday it was because I had 10 or 11 birthdays during my high school days.

As it turned out, the Lakers were out of town and the Los Angeles Kings were playing in the House That Jack Built.

Timeout with Tambo: Saying good-bye to a coach who will be missed


It is easy to say good luck but difficult say goodbye. Thus is the case with Doug Failla.

Doug tendered his resignation as boys and girls tennis coach at Ramona High School. Actually that should be as gentlemen’s and ladies’ tennis coach because that is how his teams played and that is how Doug coaches and plays.

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I was recently called a male chauvinist pig by a lady who just met me. I replied, “Not bad! You got two out of three and you just met me.”

After reading this column, see if you can figure out which two she got correct.