2013 RHS Male Bulldog of the Year goes to Brandon Fitzpatrick

BRANDON FITZPATRICK                     Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino
BRANDON FITZPATRICK                     Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino

By Bill Tamburrino

Ramona High School senior Brandon Fitzpatrick has been awarded the 2013 Male Bulldog of the Year.

“Brandon Fitzpatrick is old school. He plays the game the way it was meant to be played,” said a former baseball coach while watching him sprinting on and off the diamond at the beginning and end of every inning. “He loves to play this game.”

A similar sentiment was stated by head football coach Damon Baldwin: “Brandon Fitzpatrick is a quiet, confident, trustworthy young man who absolutely does his job each and every day at practice and in games. Brandon outworks everybody with his effort and is always willing to help his teammates and pushes himself every day to perform at his best.”

How hard did Fitzpatrick work and improve? He went from the junior varsity football team as a junior to a starter and captain on the varsity as a senior. That is what Baldwin meant when he said, “Brandon outworks everybody.”

Fitzpatrick played football, basketball and baseball his freshman and sophomore years but scaled down to football and baseball his junior and senior years. He played all three sports with zeal and enthusiasm.

What was the most important lesson Fitzpatrick learned from participating in athletics at RHS? “Give it your all in everything you do.”

He would advise incoming freshmen to “Work and never give up.”

In football he played wide receiver and made several big catches, but he never took a play off if his number wasn’t called.

“He went downfield and blocked on every play. He ran every route like the ball was going to be thrown to him,” said coach Mike Ernst.

“Brandon played hard all of the time. He took as much pride in playing defense and fighting for a rebound as he did when he scored,” said his basketball coach, Jim Root.

All of Fitzpatrick’s  coaches agreed that they enjoyed coaching him as much as he enjoyed playing the game.

   
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