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Ramtown Roundup

Mar 30, 2023 12:00AM ● By MPG Staff

Sensei Jim and Kathy Ernest, center, with Karate students will be competing in Las Vegas in the U.S.A. Karate Open, an international competition. Courtesy photo

DIXON, CA (MPG) - Several students of Dixon’s Ramtown Karate will be jet-setting, well okay, Southwest-ing, to Las Vegas to compete in the U.S.A. Karate Open in Las Vegas this weekend.

Kiera MacKenzie will be competing in Plus 68 Kilogram Elite women Kumite, one of three main sections of karate training that in Japanese means “grappling hands” or what Americans might deem as sparring. For MacKenzie, the time is bittersweet. She has been on the USA National Team for two years and is now retiring.

“She’s fought all over the world and this is her final fight,” said Jim Ernest, Sensei and Ramtown Karate owner. “She’ll stay involved but not in a competitive level.”

Also competing will be Angela Vega in 12-year-old Girls Intermediate Kata and Kumite; Christopher Vega in 9-year-old Boys Novice Kata and Kumite; Anna Anderson in 15-year-old Girls Intermediate in Kata and Kumite; and Thomas Sanchez 13-year old Boys Intermediate in Kata and Kumite.

“It’s a real experience for these kids and the one place in the United States where they can compete with kids from all over the world – 50 countries,” said Ernest. “It’s a real international experience and the top athlete of the world will be there.” For more information, call (707) 678-4899.

Congrats to Athlete of the Week Nathan Bloom who stood out in sophomore track season and was recognized on social media by Brett Peterson, Dixon High School Athletic Director. Peterson said Bloom broke the 10-pound school shot records and leads the division in both the shot and discuss. He won first place for the team in the shot and discuss and then placed 2nd in the discuss at the Rocklin Track Meet. Nathan also plays varsity soccer and holds a 4.2 GPA. Wow, great job Nathan!

Dixon Varsity Rams Defeated Rio Linda Varsity Knights last Friday in a big win over Rio Linda Varsity Knights 8-1. Pitcher Jett Harris, Jaxon Schwagerus, Kai Mulitsch-Reynolds, and Logan Santiago were the standouts at this game. Junior Varsity also won 12 – 2. Dixon Junior Varsity Ram’s Aidan Schouten, Erick Siegmund, Kyle Kowalski, Isaac Santos, and Brayden McGarr-Green, Michael Ayala, Vicente Guzman, and Hayden Oaks were star scorers. The team had not a single error in the field!

On Friday, March 31, the Dixon High School Boys Varsity Baseball Team will be playing against Woodland High school at our home diamonds, 555 College Way, at 4:15 p.m.