“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.
I am not the world’s biggest fan of the Olympic Games.
However, I am one of the world’s biggest fans of American athletes. So I have been watching the replays at night from Hawaii. My computer got a virus, so I couldn’t cheat and check the Internet for the results and make sucker bets. I guess I haven’t quite caught the Olympic spirit.
If you missed Opening Day at Del Mar yesterday, July 18, then you are OK. I held off on this column so that no rookie would make the mistake of going to Opening Day.
Opening Day is an experience and a happening, but it is not a typical day at Del Mar. Too many hats. Women in California don’t wear hats. Men in California don’t wear those kind of hats. Too many people. Not enough seats. Too difficult to place a bet.
Jessica Failla is 14 but she recently won the under 16 Esme Pearson Memorial Junior Open Tennis Tournament at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. There was a 14 and under division.
The tournament was a two-weekend event. On May 19-20 Jessica opened play with a victory over Madison Ross in straight sets 6-0 and 6-1. All of Jessica’s wins were in straight sets. In the round of 32 Jessica beat Drew Spinosa 6-1 and 6-1. She beat Anna Ustinova 6-1 and 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals on May 22-28.
Everybody loves a “feel good” story, especially this time of year.
Everybody wants to be a winner. Everybody wants their child to get good grades.
Literature is full of feel good stories, from fairy tales to great literature, Cinderella to the Prince and the Pauper. The king who lost his crown at
Nick Vincent had a great season pitching for the San Antonio Missions. The former Ramona Bulldog right-hander played on the winningest team in the minor leagues and he was a big part of their success.
Vincent went 8-2 with a 2.27 era. He appeared in a club record 66 games and struck out 89 batters in 79-1/3 innings during the regular season. He was selected for the Texas League All Star Game and pitched one inning. Believe it or not he improved upon those stats in the Texas League playoffs. He pitched six innings and struck out 11. He did not give up a walk or a run for a perfect 0.00 era.
Freshmen and freshwomen (politically correct but awkward and, in my opinion, stupid) will start high school on Aug. 29. That is the first day of classes. Some student/athletes have been working out and attending summer leagues and camps since June.
Big time college athletics has been getting a black eye or two lately. USC lost its appeal. Auburn University is waiting to see what the NCAA will uncover in its investigation of the Tiger football program. Ohio State has taken a lot of pressure off USC and Auburn and is the latest school accused of using shamateur athletes instead of amateur.
At one time an official at Ohio State University had the unmitigated gall to say that the problem with players trading memorabilia for tattoos and money and marijuana was not a systemic problem. The system is the problem!