Category archives for: Timeout with Tambo

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.

Timeout with Tambo: What if?


We already know what the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) thinks about our student/athletes at Mountain Valley Academy. We may soon see what the Ramona Unified School District thinks about all of the student/athletes in our district.

There are no sure things when dealing with politicians or administrations. I have been asked to speculate what would happen to the athletes, teams,

Timeout with Tambo: This athletic event offers refreshing change


Seventy-three student athletes from Ramona’s elementary, middle, and high schools competed with the help of over 30 peer tutors, volunteers, professional aides, and teachers. Awards were given. Medals were earned. Shirts were given. But more importantly thousands of hugs, high fives, and words of encouragement were given.

Timeout with Tambo: Track teams up with FUSION for FUNdraiser


Just being able to coach a sport is not the only requisite that high school coaches have to have, especially head coaches.

Along with organizing practices, teaching fundamentals, forming game plans, scouting, dealing with the press and public relations, coaches must be fundraisers.

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In a world more concerned with being politically correct than being right, some high school sports have sold out and some still are doing things the way they are supposed to be done.

The whole idea of ratings and power rankings and strength of schedule is making me sick. The new system, which basically says that you have been

Timeout with Tambo: Competing well in the Valley League


It has been a cold winter but the Ramona High School athletic department has been very hot.

Many of Ramona’s teams couldn’t compete in the Palomar League. It was a noble experiment but so was prohibition and neither worked.

Ramona can and does compete well in the Valley League. This winter we dominated in wrestling and breezed through the league undefeated and won the Valley League

Timeout with Tambo: Braving the elements


It is cold, rainy and windy with a chill factor that would make a North Dakotan proud. Therefore, baseball and softball season must be just around the corner.

It never fails. One doesn’t need Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard Almanac to predict foul weather for the beginning of spring sports.

Most of the winter sports are indoors. Athletes in the two winter sports that are not or not always indoors should be given some kind of a medal or at least a blanket or

Timeout with Tambo: CIF’s playoff format


Last week I endeavored to explain the new San Diego Section CIF divisional playoff format. It is based on strength in sport and a weighed ranking system. The purpose of the new formula is to ensure that the playoffs are fair for the sake of competition.

The idea is a good idea; maybe a great idea. The system is fair and has been done on the college and professional levels for a long time. In collegiate sports, Division I

Timeout with Tambo: CIF comes up with new formula for sports divisions


Enrollment is not a factor when comparing public schools to private schools. Enrollment is not a factor when comparing regular public schools to charter schools or schools with an “academy” in their district.

Private schools, charter schools, and schools with academies in their districts are not limited to students living in their enrollment areas. Private schools do not have enrollment areas. Schools with open enrollment don’t either.