By Bill Tamburrino
The North County Conference will re-league for next year and Ramona will be in the Valley League in every sport but football.
The Valley League from 2014 to 2016 will be comprised of these members: Ramona, Orange Glen, Fallbrook, Valley Center, San Pasqual and Escondido. Not a bad fit for the Bulldogs in many ways. Travel will be easy as far as Orange Glen, San Pasqual and Escondido are concerned. Fallbrook is a trip, as is Valley Center. Both beat rides to the coast where Ramona has been in leagues with Oceanside, El Camino, Torrey Pines, La Costa Canyon and San Dieguito.
As far as competition goes, Ramona should be able to compete with all of the teams in all of the sports. There are no givens like Poway in wrestling, and Torrey Pines in tennis and golf. It is a lot more fair and better than when Ramona had to compete in the Palomar League in all sports. The re-leaguing is for two years.
Gone from the Valley League are Del Norte and Oceanside. Del Norte was the only Poway Unified school not in the Palomar League.
Football has become a victim of its own success. Ramona would have liked to be in the Valley League in all sports but the team has enjoyed too much success and our fans travel too well. The new look to the Palomar League in football is Mt. Carmel, Westview, Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Ramona. Torrey Pines has been replaced by Mt. Carmel. Oceanside is dropped from our schedule as a rivalry game. Oceanside has a 25-1-1 record over Ramona in football so, after much consideration, the powers that be finally realized it is really not a rivalry game after all. It is not an easy trip for either team. So our rivalry game is now Carlsbad. Again not an easy trip for either team and again not much of a rivalry.
The football schedule has some peculiar twists next season. The Dawgs are on the road at El Cajon Valley, Helix, Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Point Loma. The Point Loma game will be on a Saturday at 3 p.m. with a JV game at 12:30 p.m. The Rancho Bernardo game will be on Thursday, Oct. 30, so neither team will miss out on trick-or-treating on Halloween. Halloween is a bad gate day. Ramona played Valley Center on a Halloween and the crowd was below average.
The Dawgs will host Grossmont, Escondido, Mt. Carmel and Carlsbad. The Carlsbad game is the last game of the season, after league play is finished. The schedule can be viewed by going to www.ramonahighschoolfootball.com.
ime to fill the gym!
It is time to get to know the Bulldog boys basketball team. Wrestling and St. Katherine have had more games and matches in the Dawg House than the Bulldog hoopsters. Coach David Reichner’s Roundballers have only had three home games. In Valley League basketball action the varsity teams play doubleheaders: the girls at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.
With the Lady Dawgs in a battle to defend their Valley League title and the Bulldog basketball team fighting for a good seed in the Division III playoffs and a possible shot at the Valley League title, attending a doubleheader is not a hard sell. Crowds have been down the last couple of seasons. The student section has shriveled. With both teams holding a winning record going into league, the crowds should improve.