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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

Golf tourney to benefit underserved


AT&T Pioneers, De Anza Chapter will hold its annual Charity Golf Tournament at San Vicente Golf Resort on Saturday, Aug. 10. Proceeds will help support the chapter’s S.T.E.P. project to help enrich the lives of underserved youth through mentoring, social interaction and respectful competition.

San Vicente Golf Resort is at 24157 San Vicente Road. Shotgun Start will be 8 a.m.

Ramona family competes in June Lake triathlon


The Vail family of Ramona gathers after competing in a triathlon at June Lake, east of Yosemite National Park. From left are: Timothy, 13, parents Tark and Christine, Jocelyn, 10, and in front, 8-year-old Tommy. “This was an awesome experience for the entire family and we all finished the race,” said Tark Vail. He reported that the water was cold — in the low 60s — and the bike ride and run were challenging, especially with the 7,600 foot altitude. “I do agree with June Lake stating ‘one of the toughest triathlon races,’” he added. Tommy and Jocelyn completed a 100-meter swim, a two-mile bike ride and a one-mile run. Timothy,

Two Ramona Pony all-star teams advance to Super Regionals


Ramona Pony Baseball all-star teams had a busy summer competing in San Diego County and beyond.

Summer activity started in the 2013 all-star double-elimination tournaments, with Ramona represented by teams in all age groups, and ended with two teams advancing to Super Regionals.

Gunners and Junior Gunners FC soccer registration opens

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

Ramona FC’s recreational program will keep with the trend of European Youth Soccer, where the youth play small sided games to learn how to develop their fundamental foot skills and game strategy. Ramona FC is geared toward teaching the players how to grow in the sport to the best of their abilities, and to continue to grow to be able to transition to play at a competitive level.

Priority seat selections due by Aug. 9 for Ramona High’s Friday Night Lights 2013


Priority seat selections for Ramona High’s annual football fundraiser, Friday Night Lights, are due before Aug. 9.

Reservations may be made with Joan “A.J.” Snelling at 760-518-3302 or She encourages reservations as soon as possible.

Ramona needs summer recreation

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When I would take teams on the road in the good ‘ole days, opponents would wonder and ask, “What do kids in Ramona do?” Most were under the impression that electricity and running water had yet to find its way to the Valley of the Sun.

At a given signal, a member of the Bulldog team would ask where the nearest bathroom was. When told, the Ramonan would use his/her best hick accent and ask rhetorically, “It’s in the house?!!”

Two Ramonans score in judo tournament

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Two participants on the Ramona Judo Team from the Ramona School of Martial Arts, members of the Unidos Judo Club-USJA, scored two silver medals during the Cal All State Games Tournament.

Gerald Denney won second place after a half throw scoring 2 points “Wazari” and then finishing with two 15-second “Yokoshio” (side mount) hold downs.

Michael Brindley scored a second place after a partial throw and then a “Keza-gatama” (scarf) hold down for 20 seconds.

Ramona tandem captain leads way for visually impaired


As his tandem bike sat unused in the garage, longtime cyclist Patrick Nelissen said he knew he hit the jackpot when, by chance, he discovered a website that was all about teaming up on a bike.

Not only would the 46-year-old Ramonan be able to ride his tandem bike but he saw “an opportunity to give back while having fun.”

Girls basketball stages free camp in Ramona


Ramona High School’s girls basketball program performed a community service when coaches and varsity players held a mini-camp and drop-in league in the school gym.

Participation in the four-day camp was free. And the girls even hosted a barbecue on the final night of the camp.