Category archives for: Youth

Children celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday


The Read Across America event celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss at Ramona Library March 4 was “a big success,” reported Stephanie Hurst, president of the Iota Rho chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma teachers society, which hosted the party.

Held annually, this year’s Read Across America event drew approximately 250 people, said one volunteer.

Boys and Girls Club Basketball Star Standouts


Hunter Pietila, 11, is in sixth grade at Ramona Community School. He is very athletic and plays multiple sports including baseball, soccer, cross country running and basketball. This is his fourth season of basketball. He dreams of making it big in the NBA.

Intra Soccer offers tryouts for teens

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Intra Soccer, Ramona Soccer League’s competitive soccer club, will conduct tryouts for teenage teams from March 17 to 22 at Ramona Soccer Fields.

Below is the tryout schedule:

•Boys Under 16: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, and Wednesday, March, 19, Field 1.

Ramona team ranks sixth in second day of San Diego Regional: FIRST Robotics Competition


Ramona High School’s robotics team ranks sixth today, the second day of the San Diego Regional: FIRST Robotics Competition in downtown San Diego.

The Ramona students are competing against approximately 60 teams, reports Kim Lasley, Ramona school board member at the competition in Valley View Casino Center, formerly San Diego Sports Arena.

Boys and Girls Club Basketball Star Standouts


Cameron Odom, 12, is a sixth-grader at James Dukes. She has been a year-round athlete since the age of 5. This is Cammie’s first year playing sports in Ramona. Cammie enjoys playing field hockey, volleyball and is currently playing lacrosse in Poway.

Undefeated seventh-graders take league championship


Olive Peirce Middle School’s seventh-grade boys basketball team are the undefeated North County League champions with a 12-0 record.

The OPMS players beat teams from Valley Center, San Marcos, Mission Hill, Bonsall, and Fallbrook by an average of 30 points. The team is coached by Thomas Pacheco, Tyler Villa, and Tonee Leavitt. On Wednesday the OPMS team had one more game — a friendly scrimmage at Meadowbrook Middle School.

Ramona Pony Baseball Opening Ceremonies canceled

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Due to weather conditions, Ramona Pony Baseball Opening Day ceremonies scheduled for Saturday are canceled.

The fields are closed. League officials ask that people stay off the fields today and Saturday.

Make-up games and the basket auction will be rescheduled.

For more about the league, see

Boys and Girls Club Basketball Star Standouts


Chase Newman is a second-grader at Mt. Woodson. His favorite subject is math. Chase is super competitive on the basketball court. His dream would be to play college basketball at BYU, SDSU or Duke. If he could go anywhere, he would go to a college football game or basketball game.

OPMS 7th-grade basketball team remains undefeated


Olive Peirce Middle School’s seventh-grade boys basketball team is undefeated with a record of 8-0 and received first seed in the playoffs for the North County league.

The OPMS seventh-graders have beat teams from middle schools in the Fallbrook area, San Marcos and Valley Center. Approximately 15 boys participate on the team, which is offered as an OPMS after-school program.

They will compete in the playoffs on Feb. 25 and if they win will play Feb. 27, said Tyler Villa, one of the OPMS coaches.

Teens place at CrossFit challenge


Ramona teens Emma Sedach, Matt Damm, Samantha Goldstein, Sophia Mittman and Grady Vazquez each earned podium places at CrossFit Brand X’s International Varsity Teen Gauntlet of 2014 in Ramona.

Mittman ranks fifth in the world in her division.

The event, held Jan. 26, hosted 64 teen athletes, challenging them on 10 physical skills: strength, speed, endurance, power, agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, accuracy and stamina.