Bear River baseball team has new head coachBy: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
In the midst of the season, the Bear River varsity baseball team has a new coach.
Ramone Barrios, the Bruins’ junior varsity coach for the last four years, has assumed the head coaching role previous held by Dahorl Ennis, Bear River athletic director Duwaine Ganskie told the Journal Thursday.
On Tuesday, the Grass Valley Union reported that Ennis said he was no longer with the team after it became known that three of his assistants had alcohol in their hotel rooms when the team was competing in an Easter tournament in Fresno.
The three assistants — Ken Holt, Joe Lopez and Phil Pitts — were also let go, Ennis said, according to the Union.
Ganskie declined to comment on any of the information in the Union’s report.
“It’s a personnel issue,” he said. “I’m excited about Ramone taking over the program. He got his first win yesterday (12-6 at Foothill). I feel like our baseball program is in good hands.”
Ganskie said Barrios, a former football standout, was inducted into the Bear River Hall of Fame last year.
“We’re excited to have him at the head of our program,” Ganskie said.
Ganskie stressed the fact that high school ball is about the kids, not the coaches.
“The kids are playing baseball.” he said. “They’ve got some good battles ahead of them this week, with Placer tomorrow — that’s what we’re trying to focus on. Trying to help them focus and have a great experience.”
Whether Barrios is the head coach of the varsity team next year is not yet known, Ganskie said.
“I hope so,” he added. “We’ll see if it works out for him time-wise with his job.”
The Bruins (8-13, 3-6 Pioneer Valley League) take on Placer at James Field Friday at 4 p.m. Bear River is also scheduled to play the Hillmen on April 24 in Auburn as well.