“Booster clubs are just there for the football team,” seems to be what many believe of most high school booster groups. That’s not the case at Ramona High School.
Ramona Bulldog Booster Club (RBBC) raises a lot of money at football games but gives the majority of the money raised to everyone else. The football team gets a percentage of snack bar sales and season tickets purchased, but the remainder of the funds raised at the games and through other fundraisers goes into the bank to provide monetary grants to the not so high profile team sports and clubs.
Last season’s first-team all-league running back, Brandon Gansch, returned with a flourish as he rushed for 159 yards on 10 carries and scored 4 touchdowns on the night.
Gansch is running this season with an angel on his shoulder pads after his father’s death in a motorcycle accident this summer. James Gansch was a super fan not just of Brandon, but of all the Ramona players. As such, the team has chosen to honor James by wearing his initials on their helmets this season. Brandon seemed to score at will during the game.
Ramona High School Bulldog Erik Schmidt runs the ball in Ramona varsity’s first game of the season against El Cajon Valley High.
The Bulldogs won 55-13 in El Cajon Friday night.
Friday, Aug. 29, 3:40 p.m.—Emergency crews are responding to the report of a fire at San Vicente Road and Deviney Lane.
No other information is available.
A Ramona couple will soon be traveling on an all-expense paid trip to Seoul, South Korea, courtesy of Kia Motors.
Don and Nancy Failla were chosen by Kia as one of six couples to tour its headquarters in Seoul.
“Don and I are excited,” said an exuberant Nancy.
To send them off with fanfare, Team Kia in El Cajon is hosting a catered bon voyage party for them on Sept. 4.
The Faillas will fly on Sept. 13 from San Diego to Los Angeles, where they will stay overnight at a hotel and meet the other couples selected for the trip.
Thursday, 1:35 p.m. — State Route 78 into San Pasqual Valley has been re-opened after emergency crews and investigators responded to a three-vehicle collision around 8:30 a.m. on San Pasqual Valley Road, according to officials. One driver, a 21-year-old male, was airlifted to an area hospital with serious leg injuries, said San Diego Police Department.
After weeks in the weight room, hot summer days on the gridiron, and even weekly yoga classes, the Ramona High School football program was ready for battle in what has become an annual tradition in late August: The San Pasqual 4-Way Scrimmage.
This event serves as the last tune-up before it counts, with the 2014 season beginning Friday night, Aug. 29, at El Cajon Valley High School.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Ramona station assisted California Highway Patrol Sunday, Aug. 24, when calls came in of a man brandishing a rifle and driving erratically, said Lt. Hank Turner.
Jesus “Jesse” Fernandez, 39, of Ramona, was arrested by CHP, on suspicion of felony charges that included armed robbery, evading peace officer, assault with firearm, and threaten crime that could cause death/great bodily injury, according to authorities.
The calls began around 3:30 p.m. when a man was seen walking down the street with a rifle and getting into a car around 12th Street, said CHP Public Information Officer Kevin Pearlstein.
At Dye Road and state Route 67 a woman and her daughter were in their vehicle at the stoplight when a man in a car next to them pointed a rifle at them, according to the report. The woman put her car into reverse, crashed into a fence, ran into nearby Fire Station 82 and called 911, the report stated.
According to Pearlstein, the suspect drove into a driveway on San Vicente Road where he pointed a rifle at a couple and stole their laptop and iPods. The female called 911, he said.
As CHP pursued the suspect down San Vicente Road toward San Diego Country Estates, he crashed his vehicle in a field near Chuck Wagon and San Vicente roads and fled on foot, said Pearlstein.
Describing herself as “very, very poorly coordinated,” adding with a chuckle, “ask my granddaughters,” Kathy Carpenter has finally found a sport in which she can excel.
The 71-year-old Ramonan has been running half marathons and just completed the Triple Crown — a trio of half marathons in San Diego County. She took first place among women in the 70-74 age division for each race.
“I’m just having fun,” Carpenter said.
Members of the Olive Peirce Middle School band welcome students to school on the first day with entertaining music