Not many people who were associated with the Ramona High School team that played for the 1973 CIF football championship could be contacted about that game, but one very important person who still lives in Ramona was available.
Head coach and athletic director Jerry Van Zant has a house in Ramona and in Texas, and just returned from the Lone Star State. I got in touch with him to set the record straight and to talk Ramona football.
The fall sports season has been good to and good for Ramona High School. With all sports returning to the Valley League, except football, once again every Bulldog team had a chance to compete. Competition is what sports and athletics are all about.
Every fall sports team entered the season knowing that they had a chance to compete in the Valley League and compete they did.
Coach Damon Baldwin’s No. 3 seeded Bulldog football team will be hosting the CIF Division III semifinal game at the Dawg Pound this Friday. The highest seeded team gets to host the semifinal game, and when the brackets work out correctly, the No. 2 seed hosts the No. 3 seed.
The Bulldogs get a home game because they will play Serra High, the seventh seed. Although Serra played Cathedral Catholic and lost 55-7 in a
Nick Vincent had a great year, but it was year of ups and downs.
The 2012 season started with Vincent being named to the 40-man roster of the San Diego Padres. If he had not been put on the roster he would have been a free agent and could have gone to another team. It also meant that his pay would significantly increase.
The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has struck again. In its infinite wisdom and knowledge it is punishing the students at Mountain Valley Academy.
MVA is the high school program at Ramona Community School. (I hope the Sentinel’s readers recognize sarcastic and sardonic writing!)
Oklahoma University All America linebacker and two-time Butkus Award recipient Brian Bosworth once described the NCAA as the “National Communist Against
The most important muscle in a football player is his heart. That can be taken figuratively or literally. The same can be said for a football team and a football program.
The Ramona High School freshman football team has heart. The class of 2016 has added another man to its team. The players have made him feel wanted and have accepted him with open arms.
In just the second week of the college football season, and after the first week of the professional football season, I am already tired of all of the clichés.
Every interview is trite, so I have prepared a glossary so that you can understand the clichés. Too many people are trying to be too politically correct in interviews but are not afraid to act like idiots on the field.
Team Leader: Makes the most money on the team.
“The Dawg Run” is a new tradition that Coach Damon Baldwin initiated at Ramona High School.
Baldwin raised money and purchased an inflatable tunnel for the varsity football team to run through before the games. The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps is in charge of the tunnel and sets it up and takes it down for every home game.
The Ramona High School Royal Alliance Band and Color Guard, youth football players, NJROTC cadets, and loyal fans and supporters of the Bulldogs form a human tunnel after the team runs through the inflatable tunnel.
The band bangs the drums, and the team and fans get pumped up for the game.
“It is great for esprit de corps, spirit, and tradition,” said Baldwin. “It is something that youth, freshmen, and junior varsity football players look forward to as a goal. The first time a player runs through that tunnel, he knows that he has made the varsity football team at Ramona High School. He has accomplished something. His hard work in the weight room and in the off seasons has paid off. He is a Bulldog!”
Last Friday, a young boy who had to work hard and overcome adversity got to run out with the Bulldogs.
Colin Baldwin (no relation to Coach Baldwin) led his favorite team, the Ramona Bulldogs, through the tunnel and onto the field. Colin is 7 years old and in the second grade. He is the first non-varsity football player to run through the tunnel and lead the team on the field. He had to overcome some huge obstacles to lead the Dawgs.
As a youth whenever I left the house my mom, dad, aunt, grandma or grandpa (whoever was my guardian at the time) would tell me to “Behave yourself!”
I was usually going to play a sport whether it was an organized game or practice (the ones where adults ruined the fun) or just to play at a park or sandlot. (In Hawthorne there were plenty of parks and in Manhattan Beach there were plenty of real sandlots.) In the real fun games (the ones without the adults), arguments and at time fights often broke out.
After reviewing the article published last week in the Sentinel about Ramona Pop Warner marking over 30 years of tradition, Doug Packwood would like offer some corrections.
He felt that the article was very nice and was honored that his father, Jack, was honored in the article. He did, however, take exception with some of the quotes in the article.
Jack Packwood approached Ramona High football coach Jack Menotti when he first moved to Ramona. It was the very first day of football practice and not after a losing game.