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Bulldogs start season with 49-14 win over Braves


The 49-14 score does not tell it all. It wasn’t that close. Coach Damon Baldwin’s 2013 Bulldog football team got of to a fast start as they beat El Cajon Valley High School at the Dawg Pound Aug. 30 to open the season.

The Dawgs scored early and often and dominated the ball on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Nathan Cherek capped off a six play 80-

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.

Ramona Soccer League kicks off 35th season with ceremonies


Ramona Soccer League (RSL) started its fall season with opening ceremonies Friday night, Aug. 23, at the soccer fields, attracting hundreds of players and their families.

Commemorating RSL’s 35th season, participants enjoyed music, food and festivities. Soccer player Wendy Whitney belted out the national anthem before each team was introduced.

Team introductions came in the form of “the run.” Players and coaches sported their jerseys and displayed their banners as each team made the run down the runway through a crowd of

Forrest Riley to run at Chico State

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After four years on Ramona High School’s boys cross country team and three years on the Bulldogs track and field team, Forrest Riley will continue his running career at Chico State University.

Riley, who signed a letter of intent to run for the Wildcats in March, left Ramona for Chico this month.

Friday Night Lights starts Friday


Head Football Coach Damon Baldwin is looking forward to playing under the Friday Night Lights at Ramona High School Friday against the El Cajon Valley Braves.

The junior varsity will kick off at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity will tee it up at 7 p.m.

The Dawgs traveled to San Pasqual High School last Friday to scrimmage Carlsbad and San Pasqual high schools. As promised, Baldwin kept to his scripted plays on offense and in his words

Ramona Soccer League kicks off season with Opening Ceremonies Friday


Ramona Soccer League kicks off its 35th fall season with Opening Ceremonies on Friday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. During Opening Ceremonies, hundreds of players and their families get together at the Ramona Soccer League fields at Ramona Community Park to celebrate the start of another season with music, food, opportunity drawings, silent auctions, 50/50 auction and many other activities.

Prizes donated for the opportunity drawings and silent auctions include hotel rooms, golf, dinners and Swedish massage from Barona Resort & Casino; Oakley sunglasses and clothing package from; $1,000 family portrait package from PBM Family Portraits; Barona Speedway passes; and Wave Water Park tickets.

TimeOut with Tambo


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

Ramona Soccer League Intra teams compete in tournaments

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The Ramona Intra BU10 team participated in two pre-season tournaments, achieving three wins, one tie and two losses, and finishing third in both tournaments. Coaches Isaac Garcia and Marcial Castrejon said they are excited about the season and growth they have already seen from the team, which is sponsored by Sony, La Cocina, and Ramona Fitness Center.

Scrimmages test Bulldog football team’s skills


It is officially called “Camp” at Ramona High School; however, the parents, especially those who played the game, and the players call it “Hell Week.”

In actuality, it is about two weeks of meetings, double days, conditioning and learning. It ended last Saturday night with an inter squad scrimmage.

Coach Damon Baldwin was pleased with the results of the scrimmage, but sees areas of concern that need work. Baldwin was very happy with his stable of running backs especially Justin Villagrana.

Ramona High School selects girls tennis coach


There is a new tennis coach in Ramona, but he is not new to coaching or to Ramona.

Matt McCormick briefly attended Ramona High School while he was a student at the World Tennis Academy where he was a classmate of Doug and Greg Failla. He will return to Ramona High School as the Bulldog girls tennis coach.