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The Sanger Apaches Chief Statistician

Ron Blackwood has stats on the Apaches dating back to 1900.

If you've been to an Apaches football game in the last 30 years, there's a good chance you've seen Ron Blackwood, walking up and down the sidelines with his eyes peeled on the game.

Ron has been keeping stats for the Apaches dating back as early as 1953.

“I just like numbers. And I just like to see people achieve things that are great. And let people know what has happened," says the Apaches Chief Statistician.

Ron says it all started when he was a freshman in high school.

At just 4'10", and 85 pounds, he was too small to play football, so he managed the team, eventually becoming the go-to numbers guy.

From 1953 to 1961 Ron kept stats for football for Sanger.

From 1953 to 1960, he kept stats for basketball for Sanger.

From 1954 to now, he's kept stats for Track and Field, for the entire Central Valley.

Ron took a small break in his stat keeping when he joined the service, but picked up right where he left off.

“I think that people should know, like athletes and parents should know when something happens right away, instead of having to find out about it later. That way they can celebrate it at that time," says Blackwood.

Ron doesn't do it all alone.

Starting in the early 90's, he recruited Ruben Bravo to be his right-hand man, and second set of eyes. Ruben walks right alongside Ron, acting as his spotter.

"Basically its all for the kids, they want to know who made the tackles and how many yards they get, and all this we put into stats. That way the kids have something to look forward to in the future," says Bravo.

Since the early 2000's Ron and Ruben have car-pooled with Sanger Activities Director Ronnie Scott, up and down the valley.

“I don’t know how he has the energy he does to walk up and down the sidelines. Its probably a few miles every night. Its pretty amazing. I hope when I'm that age I can do that," says Scott.

His work isn't finished after the game.

Ron, with the help of his son, put all of the hand-written notes onto the computer, and pass along the nights stats to anyone who may need them.

“I like to see see high school students, when they do well, to achieve something. It helps them get to college when they look at their stats," says Blackwood.

He does it for the kids, and for the love of the game.

Blackwood says this will likely be his last year doing the home and away football games for the Apaches, and it will be his last year keeping stats for basketball.

But Blackwood says he will keep up with Track and Field for a few more years, at least.


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