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TimeOut with Tambo: Jessica Failla wins junior open tennis tournament


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.

Timeout with Tambo: Sports, a microcosm of our society


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

Timeout with Tambo: Former Bulldog is on his way to living every young baseball player’s dream

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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.

Message to incoming frosh and parents: Get involved

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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.

Let’s look at the real student athletes

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!

In sports, the scoreboard matters, not the country

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.

‘Dr. A’ leaving school district after 35 years

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.

Pursuing Victory with Honor is more than a slogan at some schools

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.

Softball continues to improve, wins three-in-a-row

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.  “Lexi has made a comeback with a vengeance,” said Coach Antoinette Rodriguez. “She was slowed down by an injury earlier in the season. She is on fire now. She really wants it. Lexi, Cassie (Ford) and Kailey (Hill) created hits that led to runs. The hitters that got on base with errors hit the ball and did their jobs. “Record wise, we are number eight in Division III. Our strength of schedule puts us much higher. Our schedule should work in our favor when the seeding is done.” 	 Ramona beat Orange Glen 9-5 at home on May 2 in a non-league game. The Patriots (4-14, 1-6) scored one run in the top of the first inning, but the Lady Dawgs rallied for four runs in the bottom of the frame and never trailed after that. The big blow in the inning was a two-run home run by Lexi Slater. The blast cleared the centerfield fence. It was Slater’s fourth home run in three games. Slater finished the day 2-for-3 with a double and scored two runs. Right fielder Emily Vandervort had a perfect day at the plate. She went 2-for-2 with an RBI and drew two walks. Frosh third sacker Amber Davis went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.  Cassie Ford had an RBI double in three trips to the plate. Kailey Hill and Kim Whelehon also hit safely for the Lady Dawgs. Whelehon scored three runs. Ally Harvey and Kellsie Domnitz drove in runs for the win. Julie Ward went the distance and picked up the win. Ward gave up five runs on eight hits and struck out five. The Lady Bulldogs avenged an earlier loss to Rancho Bernardo (14-10, 5-3) and beat the Broncos in a 9-7 slug fest. In their previous meeting, the Broncos limited Ramona to two hits. The ever improving Lady Dawgs ripped 10 hits in the rematch. Slater had another monster day at the plate. The senior shortstop went 4-for-4 with a grand slam home run, two doubles and five RBI. Davis had another multiple hit outing going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Ford also ripped a double for an RBI. Melgoza, Domnitz and Vandervort contributed hits to the win. Melgoza drove in a run. Whelehon started two rallies the hard way. She took two for the team as she got hit by two pitches and scored two runs. Ward went the distance and got her second win in two starts. She gave up seven runs on eight hits and fanned one. Only one run was earned as the Lady Bulldog defense committed seven errors but turned in some big plays when they were needed. Ward got Tiana Miller to hit into two inning ending double plays. In the first Miller hit one up the middle to Slater who touched second and fired to Domnitz at first. In the fourth the Lady Dawgs turned a classic 6-4-3 DP (Slater to Hill to Domnitz). The Lady Bulldogs finished the week with a come from behind 8-7 win over Mt. Carmel (13-9, 3-5). The Ladies from the Valley of the Sun made the most of  seven hits and took advantage of five Sundevil errors to finish the best week of their season. Seniors Slater and Ford led the way as they provided four of the team’s RBIs. Slater reached base in all four of her plate appearances as she had a double and two singles, scored two runs and drove in a run. Ford drove in three runs in four trips with a double and a single. Hill was the only other Lady Dawg to hit safely. The freshman went  2-for-4 and scored two runs. Ward also drove in a run. Ward pitched six innings and gave up 14 hits and six runs to pick up the victory. Ally Harvey pitched one inning and gave up a run on a hit. “Mt. Carmel made some mistakes but we were good enough to capitalize on their errors. Our hitters came through when they had to with runners on base. If you put the ball in play good things happen,” said Rodriguez.

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.

Lunching with winning linemen

Bulldog linemen who scored tops as a team at Lineman’s Camp are, standing from left, Preston johnson, Kwayde Miller and Eric Box, and, front, Luke Papps. Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino

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.