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Soccer sign-ups still open for RFC recreational program

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There is still time to register for Ramona Futbol Club’s Gunners and Junior Gunners Recreational Soccer League.

Those interested can bring their registration forms and stop by the field at Ramona Community School, 1010 Ramona St., Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5 to 8 p.m.

RFC’s recreational program will keep with the trend of European Youth Soccer, where the youths play small sided games to learn how to develop their fundamental foot skills and game strategy. Ramona FC is

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?

Softball players invited to sign up for college-led camp next week at Ramona High


A local college will be offering a girls softball camp at Ramona High School next week and there is still time to register.

Katherine College will present its Softball Showcase/Camp for ages 8 and older from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 12 to 16. College transfers are welcome to participate.

Campers will be instructed on the latest techniques in hitting, fielding, and base running. In addition, there will be some focus on pitching skills, along with game situations against fellow campers. Games will also be played throughout the week.

Youth soccer groups argue over assets

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A soccer feud is afoot in Ramona, but it’s not among the players.

It’s among parents who say they are looking out for the best interests of the soccer players.

Youth recreational and competitive soccer were both under the nonprofit Ramona Soccer League (RSL). Early in 2012 the competitive teams became known as Ramona Futbol Club (RFC) but still operated under RSL. That changed on Nov. 26, 2012, when the RSL board voted to split RFC off into a separate entity, citing such reasons as animosity between the two groups and a board election that was full of irregularities, according to the meeting minutes.

Teens compete in Reebok CrossFit Games


Nine Ramona teens who train at CrossFit Brand X participated in the international CrossFit Kids Varsity Gauntlet at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Alec Adkins, 14, Matt Damm, 13, Danny Diaz, 18, Samantha Goldstein, 13, Jack Marks, 15, Duncan Martin, 15, Sophia Mittman, 13, Daisy Vazquez, 12, and Grady Vazquez, 15, competed in the invitational exhibition, which attracted 62 teen athletes from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The athletes earned an invitation on the basis of their performances in CrossFit Kids Gauntlet events.

Salinas team roping pays off for Ramona’s Marcus Battaglia


Marcus Battaglia won $2,567 during California Rodeo Salinas.
The Ramona cowboy was a team roping header and partnered with Jordan Ketscher of Squaw Valley at the July 18-21 rodeo. They each earned $2,221 for sixth place in the average, $253 for sixth place in the short go, and $93 for splitting eighth and ninth place in the fourth go-round.
“That’s a really good job, especially in the circuit,” Battaglia said. “We didn’t win it, but we got money out of it.”
The Salinas money increased Battaglia’s 2013 season earnings in California Circuit rodeos to $5,302, which ranks sixth among headers. The top 12 earners will qualify for the California Circuit finals.
California Rodeo Salinas is the highest-paying rodeo in California, with a total payoff this year of $408,472. The times for events out of the chute don’t look as impressive as those from arenas with shorter chutes.
“It’s a long arena,” Battaglia explained.
All team ropers were given four steers, and the teams with the best averages advanced to the short go.
“My game plan was to go do my job and catch all my steers,” Battaglia said.
Battaglia and Ketscher made their first run the morning of July 18 and were one position away from earning money. They also had qualified runs, but not fast enough to place, on their July 19 and July 20 runs. Their fourth run was on the morning of Sunday, July 21.
“On Sunday we had a good steer,” Battaglia said. “We had two really good ones on Thursday and Friday.”
Their fourth go-round time of 8.3 seconds split eighth and ninth place and earned them $93 each.
“It all counts, I guess,” Battaglia said of splitting the final go-round paying position. “It paid big money in the average.”
The short go was held on the afternoon of July 21. Their sixth-place time of 8.8 seconds gave Battaglia and Ketscher the final paying place.
Eight places in the average earned money. Battaglia and Ketscher had an average of 48.3 seconds. The cowboys who shared seventh and eighth place each had averages of 48.6 seconds.
“To place at Salinas out of 100 teams is something else,” Battaglia said.

Badgett brothers, Populin place at state wrestling games

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Ramona Wrestling Club “The Pound” took three wrestlers to the Annual California State Games Wrestling Championships and all three placed.

The event was held last month at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista.

Tyler Badgett and Matthew Populin finished in first place, and Ryan Badgett took second place.

Coaches to shoot 100 holes for girls golf team fundraiser

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On Aug. 12 two coaches will shoot 100 holes of golf to raise money for the Bulldog girls golf team at Ramona High School.

The Bulldog girls varsity golf coach, John Rathbun, and the girls junior varsity coach, Jerry Patenaude, will team up at San Vicente Golf Resort, the home course for the Bulldog golf teams. Patenaude is also the coach of the boys golf team. The twosome will tee off at 6:30 a.m. and finish sometime after 4:30 p.m.

Teen tennis player earns berth in U.S. Open Qualifier in San Diego


Jessica Failla,14, has had a very busy and successful summer that included winning the National Tennis Tournament 16 and Under singles title at Lakewood, Calif., and making it to the finals in the 16U doubles competition.

Her strong performance at Lakewood earned the Ramona teen a spot on Team Southern California. Team So Cal took second place in the Intersectional Team Clay Court Tournament in Louisiana. That earned Jessica an invite to the National Clay Court Tournament in Virginia Beach as an individual.

Roberts wins double mini trampoline national championship


Ramona’s Ryan Roberts is the men’s senior elite double mini trampoline national champion. He won the title at the national trampoline and tumbling competition in Kansas City this month.

“I’m super excited that it all finally happened,” Roberts, 21, said of his gold medal.

A double mini trampoline has a sloped side and a flat side, and the gymnasts use both in their routines prior to the dismount. Roberts scored 75.0 points to take first place. The silver medal winner had a score of