Sports are natural ambassadors. People love to compete and competitors love to win. Nationality, ethnicity, gender demographic status: none of those matters in sports.
Scoreboard! For decades we tried to use the Olympic Games to make a political statement. It didn’t work. When people from different cultures and ideologies meet in athletic competition, it gets down to competition and sportsmanship. That is how it should be in all endeavors.
Last Wednesday friends and family gathered at the San Vicente Golf Resort to honor and say goodbye to Dr. Joe Annicharico. Joe didn’t want a lot of speeches or a roast. He didn’t get either. UNTIL NOW!
The first thing that those who attended the festivities noticed was a picture of Joe circa 1977. Joe was a teacher in those days. Teachers didn’t make a lot of money, so to make ends meet Joe decided to save money by avoiding haircuts and shaving. I asked if I could get a copy of the picture for the Sentinel, but Joe made me an offer that I could not refuse. Annicharico is an Italian name, so I knew better than to ask twice or ignore his request.
Ramona Athletic Director Damon Baldwin seldom uses the term athlete. He uses the term student/athlete and he believes in the term.
Last week Ramona’s tennis team advanced to the second round of CIF playoffs. The CIF match was scheduled on the same day as advanced placement tests. There are no makeups for advanced placement tests. To get college credits the students must take the tests at the assigned time.
The constantly improving Lady Bulldogs recorded their best week of the softball season as they picked up three wins, two in Palomar League action, to improve to 13-13 overall and 3-5 in league.
Lexi Slater’s bat remained torrid as she picked up nine hits and two more home runs in the three games.
If you have never seen Johnny Puleo and his Harmonica Gang, Google it. Writing this article reminded me of that old vaudeville act.
Coach Damon Baldwin recently informed me that three members of the offensive line had done well at lineman’s camp. That was all of the motivation that I needed to invite the returning members of the offensive line out to lunch.
Doug Failla recently returned to competitive tennis. Doug started playing tennis at the age of 7 and started playing competitive tennis at the age of 9.
His mom (Nancy) and dad (Don) got him and his brother Greg started in the state of Washington and the two have been playing tennis literally all over the world ever since.
Ramona’s golf team is playing good golf and carding some impressive scores.
The Bulldog golfers played three matches against two of the top teams in the county and lost some close matches on April 5, 6 and 7. They are now 9-5 in medal play and are 2-3 in the Palomar League.
Ramona put up its third best score in school history but lost to Palomar League foe and perennial power Torrey Pines 182-186 on April 5