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Lincoln grad prepares for sophomore season at Menlo College

Tony Ramirez’ freshman season was cut short by broken foot
By: Russ Edmondson, The News Messenger
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Tony Ramirez is about to start his sophomore football season at Menlo College, as he tries to forget the injury that cut short his freshman year. Ramirez, who graduated from Lincoln High in 2008, broke his right foot in the third game of last season after he had made five tackles in the second game. Ramirez, who didn’t return from the injury last year, is expected to see time at defensive tackle and nose guard this season. “Hopefully just getting back in there and playing,” said Ramirez about his goal for the season. “I’m trying to get back onto at least the second team again this year since I don’t really know where I stand after my foot broke.” Ramirez, who just wrapped up the two-week football camp that he described as “hell week”, says he is healthy going into the upcoming season. Some of the football camp days lasted 12 hours, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The activities included practice, conditioning, individual and teamwork drills, meetings and weight lifting, among other things. “I’m doing fine,” said Ramirez, who wears No. 74 just like he did for the Zebras at Lincoln High. “I’ve been having a good camp and things are looking good.” The season starts when Menlo hosts Occidental in Atherton on Sept. 5. Ramirez was a two-way lineman at Lincoln and he was named all-Pioneer Valley League twice. He started thinking about attending Menlo College as a junior at Lincoln. “I started sending (Menlo) film my junior year and then my senior year also. And then after that I went down for an overnight thing and I really liked what I saw of the team and how they ran it,” Ramirez said. He decided the college, which competes in Division III in athletics, was a nice fit for him. “Pretty small campus,” Ramirez said. “The football team, there is not that much difference from what I was used to in high school so it was really easy.” Ramirez is thrilled that Menlo has given him the opportunity to continue to play the game he loves. “It feels great,” Ramirez said. “Being able to do something I love still.”