It is a shame the CIF has to make rules that are covered in most part by common sense. However, in my 40-plus years in education and high school athletics I have come to realize that common sense is not always as common as it should be.
Just look at some of the recent Letters to the Editor about our school board. Just because somebody votes “present” does not mean that that individual is all there.
This year the CIF has handed down rules and regulations regarding how many hours a week and how often teams can practice.
Joan (Thomsen) Snelling, a June 1953 graduate of Downey High School, moved to Ramona in July of the same year and has been serving Ramona ever since.
She attended San Diego State for one year before going to work for Pac Bell. She worked for Ma Bell for 31 years.
Snelling has been a member of every Ramona High School boosters club since 1953.
The North County Conference will re-league for next year and Ramona will be in the Valley League in every sport but football.
The Valley League from 2014 to 2016 will be comprised of these members: Ramona, Orange Glen, Fallbrook, Valley Center, San Pasqual and Escondido. Not a bad fit for the Bulldogs in many ways. Travel will be easy as far as Orange Glen, San Pasqual and Escondido are concerned. Fallbrook is a trip, as is Valley Center. Both beat rides to the coast where Ramona has been in leagues with Oceanside, El Camino, Torrey Pines, La Costa Canyon and San Dieguito.
I had reservations about mentioning the Super Bowl in this column.
TimeOut is usually dedicated to topics that are sports-related. One of the major themes of TimeOut is that sports are a microcosm of society. However, in the case of the Super Bowl, society tries to be a microcosm of the Super Bowl and every element of society gets involved.
The basketball tournament season is over. The only tournament that really matters will commence at the end of the regular season.
Cross-league games, which are arranged to make money and keep the money in the North County, are done. Having the girls varsity and boys varsity play opposite sites on the same night actually hurts the gate in most cases. However, when the boys freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams all traveled in the same bus to a game, Ramona had a built-in crowd and, according to boys’ varsity coach David Reichner, that was a big factor in his victory over Mt. Carmel.
Some changes need to be made in high school sports. There are 10 CIF sections and all of those sections have to follow the same rules during the season and during the off season, especially when it comes to divisions in state and CIF playoffs.
In San Diego an attempt has been made in several sports to make the playoffs more equitable (or profitable). That is a great idea! But why just in the playoffs? Last season an Open
I will never say before announcing any starting lineup, “Please hold your laughter until the entire team has been announced.” I did that once several decades ago and the coach has yet to forgive me.
I will never announce or write in an article, “Will the jerk who knows nothing about the sport or its rules please quit yelling at the officials.” Or “Will the individual who has never coached or played the game quit yelling at the players and coaches.” I have never announced that over the PA but I have less than quietly made that request to individuals at games.
They believe in Honor, Courage, Duty, Commitment and Country. They live by an honor code. They make the cliché, “It is not a matter of life and death. It is more important than that,” a true statement.
They are college students who can’t and don’t party every weekend. They are not in a fraternity or sorority but they are brothers and sisters, not only in spirit but in arms. They take an oath to protect and defend this great country. They do not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate among them those who do.
There is a lot to be said for prep golf and tennis. In those two sports the players are in charge of policing the game and calling the infractions. In tennis it usually comes down to whether or not a serve or ball is in or out.
In high school golf the players count their own scores and if they break a rule it is up to them to make the call and take a penalty. It is the honor system. To too many, the honor system is interpreted as “You’ve got the honor and I’ve got the system.”
The Ramona Swim Team, a competitive club that was formerly part of Heartland Swim, participated in the Fast C Meet in Fallbrook.
Representing the Blue Team at the Oct. 19 meet were Katelynn Dodd, Trinity Garcia, Quinton LaRosa, Bryon Larson, Scott McClure, Christian Rowland and Noah Snyder. Together they achieved 86 percent best times and walked away with six new B times. Garcia achieved two personal bests, adding a new B time in the 100 backstroke. In the freestyle swim,