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Much ado about Mondo

Sports Chatter
By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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I’ve always wanted to be able to do a mass Twitter or Facebook post but I’m still a little behind in the new technology of communications. In fact, my flip cell phone works just fine. At times, I can even get the Internet on it. With that thought in mind, Barbara McDonald wants to get the word out to everyone that a retirement celebration for longtime Colfax High teacher and coach Mondo Alonzo starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Meadow Vista Park. The event is dubbed “Fiesta Para Mondo.” “We’d like to pass the word out to Mondo’s former students and players that they’re all invited,” said McDonald. “Bring a dish to share, lawn chairs and your dancing shoes,” McDonald added. McDonald noted that names from A to H should bring an appetizer, I to P a dessert and Q to Z, a salad. The hosts will provide the barbecue food but need an RSVP by June 18 to plan. Music will be provided by Erick “Beamer,” Alonzo’s trio. Pass the word and to RSVP, contact Linda Massick at 613-3004 or Barbara Alonzo at 637-1116. See you there. SFLL readies for TOC With the regular season starting to wind down in major division action of the Sierra Foothill Little League, two teams — the Rangers and Astros — are locked in a battle for first place, both with fine 13-2 records. Both clubs will head to the District 11 Tournament of Champions, which this year for the first time will see all action in Rocklin. In past years, two area tournaments were held with the area winners meeting in a best-of-three series for the district crown. Major TOC play begins on June 21. In the SFLL Jr. Division, despite the league having to deal with plenty of rain-out cancellations, the Rangers (7-4) held a league lead over the Diamondbacks (7-8) but the D-Backs held the upper hand in head-to-head meetings with their rival. TOC action for Jr. Division teams also will be in Rocklin and begins on June 22. More importantly for SFLL followers, the league’s big closing-day ceremonies is set for Saturday, June 18, at Living War Memorial Park in Colfax. Raffle tickets ($2 each or 12 for $20) are being sold by SFLL players. Some of the prizes include a 2011 specialized mountain bike, an iPod touch, a mini-lap top and a P63. For tickets or more information on SFLL activities, contact 277-1541. By the numbers In the oops department, some hawk-eye reader informed us that in the story last week reviewing the top stories of Colfax High sports over the just-completed school year that Falcons football coach Tony Martello was mistakenly shorted a few victories when listing the longtime coach’s all-time record at Colfax. With a quick review of the record book, the reader was right (aren’t they always). For the record, the Falcons under Martello’s tutelage since 1996 are 144-33-1. This season the Colfax coach has the chance to join just a few active coaches in the CIF Sac-Joaquin section whohave 150 or more career victories.