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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.

Coaches shoot 100 holes of golf for Bulldog girls fundraiser


It took a team to help Coach John Rathbun to raise money for his Ramona High School girls golf team.

Rathbun and his assistant coach, Jerry Patenaude, shot 100 holes of golf on Thursday, Aug. 15 to raise funds for the girls’ golf program.

Assisting Rathbun and Patenaude was the entire staff at the San Vicente Golf Resort. At the halfway mark of the marathon event, Corri Harvey served as scorekeeper, driver and overall support person. Fred and

Ramona Jiu Jitsu competitors win world titles


Nathan Kiddoo, Berlin Kiddoo, Gabriel Kiddoo, Jay Friend Jr., and Hunter Mahaffey of Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu dominated their divisions and brought home the gold world champion titles at the Kid’s World BJJ Champions in San Bernardino.

Also competing at the July 20 event were Savannah Kiddoo, Hayley Friend, Matthew Duvalian, and Matthew Mendoza, who each placed second. Logan Mahaffey and Wyatt Jones placed third in their divisions.

Girls soccer team spends summer playing in College Showcase tournaments


The Arsenal FC girls finished the showcase with a 1-1-2 record, losing 0-3 to Orchard Valley YSL Chaos (Morgan Hill, Calif.), tying 1-1 with Sacramento United Spitfire, winning 2-1 against Turlock FC Tornados (Sacramento), and tying 0-0 with FC Alliance (Woodinville, Wash.).

At the end of July, the team was invited to play at Del Mar’s Surf Cup in a friendly match against San Diego United. The game was viewed by college coaches from California, Colorado, Maryland, Hawaii and Utah. In addition to regular training, several of the girls attended college camps at UCSD, USD, and Arsenal.

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,

Bulldog fall football preview


Ramona High School’s 2012 historical run to the CIF championship game last season is in the record books and the community has had a chance to exhale after a phenomenal playoff run that packed the stadium for weeks in November here in “Football Land.” This season promises to be extremely exciting in Ramona.

The Bulldogs will compete in the always tough Palomar League again and come CIF playoff time, they will compete in the very tough Division 1 bracket in the newly designed football playoff divisions.