Cabrillo College opens with its first class of 700 students, 300 more than was anticipated at Watsonville High School. Football coach Larry Siemering has left SCHS to start a football team and as athletic director will over see a fairly complete athletic program.Band To Acquire New Attire. Old uniforms were out dated and 20 years old. The new ones are the last style in red, white and black. Pants are high and coats double breasted with high collars and tails. Each member has been measured so that his or her uniform will fit correctly.

From “Mike-Mumbles” The Santa Cruz Pony league All Stars came within one game of packing up and heading for the national playoffs in Springfield, Illinois. SCHS baseball players on the squad are Ronnie Neumann, Jerry Baptista, Bruce McPherson, Don Gehrig, Al McCommon, Bob Lockwood, Joe Pappas and Joe Ritchey.

Congratulations are in order for the most forgotten men in SCHS sports the team managers, especially Frank Volpi, who is a three sport man doing football, basketball and baseball all the way through school. Basketball coach Emmett Thompson commented that Frank was the best manager he ever had. Dick Yount and Kim Street also were given special mention by the Bob Babbles column in the Trident.

Coaches: Bill Wood, head football. Doug Severin, assistant varsity football and junior varsity basketball. Todd Likins, wrestling and assistant football. Jim Simpson, junior varsity football. Myron Viner, assistant junior varsity football. Leroy Kerr, lightweight football and junior varsity baseball. Emmett Thompson, varsity basketball and C and D basketball. Al Wright, track. Eade Jordon, tennis. Keith Murray, swimming. Tony Foster, golf. Bill Dodge, baseball and lightweight basketball.


Practice games: Burlingame 19-7; Stagg of Stockton 13-14; Riordan of SF 18-0; Vallejo 0-12; Bellarmine 6-19. Practice record 2-3. League: Monterey 46-13; Salinas 14-21; North Salinas 34-0; Watsonville 7-6. League record 3-1 second place. Season record 5-4.

Starters were: Centers: Jack Ritchey and Charles Wood.
Guards: Bernard Novak, Ron Lowe and Ray Lowry,
Tackles: Mike Carney, Bob Netoff, John Rogers and Bob Hogan.
Ends: Mike Tara, Larry McWilliams and Anthony Tomasso.
Quarterbacks: Joe Pappas and Bob Lockwood.
Backs: Bill Scally, Bob Dabbs, Kenton Brenegan, Dennis Cody, Al McCommon, Ron Angell, Gordon Smith and Gerald Norton.

Other team members: Bob Eaton, J. Tara, R. York, R. Bartle, G. Cummings, M. Williams, C. Buckner, M. Reed, B. Elliot, B. Tara, Tom Sanders. Warren Conrad, S. Winters, M Vaune and J. Wylie.

At the annual intra squad game junior quarterback Bob Lockwood suffered a broken collarbone and will be replaced by sophomore Joe Pappas, who performed well in the practice game. Others who were praised were Milo Williams, Beecher Wood, Ray Lowry, Ron Lowe, Denton Brenegan, Gordon Smith and Al McCommon. Another top player and talented linebacker Mike Carney was lost before practice started, when he broke his ankle in a “touch” game before school started.

Birds Bounce Burlingame 19-7. The Cards scored all their points in the first half. The first score was set up when Anthony Tomasso blocked a punt, which was recovered on the Burlingame 32. From the 22 yard line Dabbs shot through the line and out ran the secondary for the TD. The second score came when Al McCommon returned a punt 20 yards and had his face mask pulled, which moved the ball down to the Panther 37. Pappas ran an option play down to the two yard line and Dabbs took it in for six. Pappas ran another keeper for the conversion. Two plays later McCommon intercepted a pass to put the Cards on their own 47. It took seven plays to score. Pappas pitched a 30 yard aerial to end Larry “Bones” McWilliams for the other TD. Sophomore field general Joe Pappas launched his varsity career with an outstanding game. The slightly built signal caller showed he can run with the pigskin as well as pass. Joe had the longest jaunt of the evening when he ran a bootleg around end for 35 yards. Bill Scally led the backs by gaining 87 yards on 17 carries. Bob Dabbs followed with 32 yards on 9 carries, while scoring two touchdowns. Fullback Dennis Cody had 22 yards on 6 carries. The Cards crossed the goal line twice in the second half, but both were nullified by penalties. Defensively in the line, guard Rich Novak was outstanding. Others playing well defensively were line backers Bob Hogan and Kenton Brenegan and tackles Bob Netoff and John Rogers. Al McCommon intercepted two passes and Dabbs made a juggling circus catch to intercept a pass.

Going into the Stagg game the team was a 19 point underdog, but the Cards ended up giving Stagg a scare losing 13-14. Highly touted Stagg quarterback Bob Garibaldi, who passed for over 1,000 yards last year was held to only 62 yards passing in this game. (Garibaldi pitched Santa Clara U to the finals of the college world series and pitched in the major leagues with the San Francisco Giants.) Scally gained 90 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 9 yard end run. Dabbs had 45 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 6 yard pitch out from Pappas. Line standouts were Anthony Tomasso, Bob Eaton, Bob Hogan, John Rogers, Bob Netoff and Ron Lowe. The Cards out gained Stagg 264 to 78. One of Stagg scores came on a 70 yard punt return when they ran a reverse and surprised the Cards.

In the 18-0 win over Riordan of SF, Bill Scally and Bob Dabbs combined to rush for 195 yards of the teams total 207 yards, while Joe Pappas hit 6 of 10 passes for 116. Scally, who was a defensive end last year has really blossomed as a running back. Bill carried the ball 22 times for 103 yards. He had two scores on runs of two and three yards. Scally’s first score was helped by two 20 yard passes to Dabbs. Bob, the elusive jack rabbit, had a 9.2 yard average per carry. Pappas scored the other TD on a one yard quarterback sneak. The drive was aided by a 39 yard gain on a Pappas toss to Mike Tara. Top defensive players who never let Riordan get anything going offensively were Warren King, Bob Hogan, John Rogers, Bob Eaton, Rich Novak, Al McCommon, Anthony Tomasso and Bob Netoff. Penalties were a touchy point with the Cards as a 84 yard pass from Pappas to Dabbs was called back, plus immense yardage on fine runs by Dabbs and McCommon were nullified.

Three thousand, the largest crowed of the season, saw the Cards lose to Vallejo 0-12. It was the first time in four years the Cards have been shut out. Both scores came late in the fourth quarter when the Apaches took advantage of Card miscues. SC hampered by numerous penalties and other offensive mistakes, constantly had the visitors with their backs to the wall, but were unable to penetrate the elusive goal line. For 42 minutes of the game, it looked as if Santa Cruz was going to win going away. In the third quarter the Cards marched 68 yards to the Apache 6, before running out of downs. Also in the third quarter Dabbs ran 42 yards before being pulled down on the one was called back for clipping. Dabbs officially gained 97 yards, but had a 40 gain nullified by a clipping infraction. Scally was held to 65 yards. A pair of guards, junior Ray Lowry and sophomore Ron Lowe gave promise for the future. End Mike Tara was on the receiving end of a 31 yard pass. The Cards again out gained their opponent 238 to 153.

In the 46-13 win over Monterey, Bill Scally scored 31 of the Cards 48 points against Monterey, before 3700 cheering fans. The Cards scored on seven of ten possessions. The Cards were never forced to punt. The Cards racked up 404 yards to Monterey’s 218. Bill Scally scored on runs of 1, 2, 2, 7 and 25 yards and also scored a conversion. On 26 carries he gained 172 yards. The Cards rolled up 308 yards on the ground. Sophomore fullback Dave Foster scored on a one yard plunge and end Mike Tara latched onto a 27 yard aerial from Joe Pappas for the other TD. Dabbs gained 89 yards for a 11.1 average per carry when he was not intercepting passes or knocking them down. McCommon intercepted another pass. Pappas connected on four out of five passes for 82 yards gained. Bob Lockwood injured in the Red and White game saw action for the first time in the regular season. Lockwood directed a 97 yard drive in 14 plays for the last TD. Offensive line standouts were guards, Ray Lowry and Ron Lowe, tackles, Bob Netoff and John Rogers, ends, Larry McWilliams and Mike Tara and center, Charles Wood. Defensively, Dennis Cody has found a home at middle guard. The forward wall of Cody, Bob Hogan, Mike Carney, Anthony Tomasso and Miloe Williams was enough to remind onlookers of the Baltimore Colt defense.

Salinas leads the league by toppling the Cards 14-24. They concentrated on stopping the Cards ground game led by Scally and Dabbs. The Cards fumbled the ball five times and lost four of them all at crucial occasions and lost the ball on downs twice deep in Salinas territory. Two touchdowns in the first nine minutes of play gave the game a fast start, but both teams slowed down in the second half as it appeared the Cowboys were running out of gas in the fourth period. Salinas scored first and when they kicked off to SC, Dadds rambled 47 yards to the Salinas 32. A pass to Dabbs was good for 21 yards to the three. Two plays later Dabbs scored from the one. Mike Tara kicked the extra point. Ron Angell returned a punt to the Salinas 31, but the fourth down pass was incomplete. The Cowboys scored and kicked off and the Cards marched 64 yards before a fumble at the 19 stopped the drive. With a minute left in the game Dennis Cody on a line plunge was stopped half a yard short of a first down on the Salinas 10. Offensive tackles Bob Netoff and John Rogers stood out. Pappas had a good night hitting seven of 12 aerials for 98 yards. Dabbs led the rushers with 57 yards in 16 carries followed by Scally with 48 yards in 16 carries.

The 6-19 loss to Bellarmine appeared to be a closer game than the score. The Bells scored twice in the first quarter. Toward the end of the first half Bill Scally and Bob Dabbs picked up gain after gain on end sweeps with Scally going the last five yards for the score. In the third quarter Joe Pappas unleashed a potent passing attack with passes to Dabbs for 28 yards and to Scally 5 to get down to the 20 yard line before being stopped on downs. Pappas completed 8 out of 11 passes attempted. Scally gained 94 yards in 22 carries. Dabbs picked up 53 yards in 13 carries. Mike Carney, Ken Brenegan, Warren King and Dennis Cody were defensive standouts. Guards Rich Novak and Ron Lowe blocked well for the Cards. The Bells were the first team to out gain the Cards, but only by a close amount, SC 235 to Bells 286.

Cards clobber Vikings 34-0 led by “Wild” Bill Scally and “Bullet” Bob Dabbs, who collaborated for 258 yards rushing, just eight less than the Card total for the evening. Scally the leagues leading rusher scored three touchdowns on 23 carries for 140 yards. Slippery Dabbs slithered his miniature frame through the Viking defense and danced his way for 118 yards in 18 carries while scoring two touchdowns. The coach commented on the extra hard driving by all the backs this game. In the passing department, rifle armed aerial fanatic Joe Pappas cut loose on 8 passes and completed 5 for 83 yards to add to his league leading total. Offensive end Mike Tara hoisted four placement conversions through the uprights to round out the scoring. The iron curtain Card defense of Warren King, Ron Angell, Anthony Tomasso and Ken Brenegan proved too much for the Vikings. Tomasso batted a passes into the hands of defensive back Ken Brenegan to set up a score. Quarterback Bob Lockwood, who last week returned from an injury, received more playing time and kept the ball on the ground. It was a good game for the Cards as they lost only one fumble and had no passes intercepted.

The Cards closed out the campaign with a 7-6 squeaker over Watsonville to capture second place. Bobby Dabbs scored on a net seven yard reverse play as quarterback Bob Lockwood faked into Scally’s stomach and then handed off to Dabbs going the other way. Behind a crushing block by Ron Lowe of the only man not faked out, left Dabbs free into the end zone. Mike Tara converted the winning extra point for the win. In the first half the Cards got within the Cat five yard twice and failed to score. Big plays on this drive were Dabbs 35 yard run behind the block of Bob Netoff followed by an eleven yard blast by Scally. A Cat drive was stopped, when Warren King and Al McCommon batted down passes. McCommon intercepted another pass. The Cards also had eleven first half penalties, plus three lost fumbles. Bob Hogan smacked down the Cat quarterback for a 15 yard loss to stop one Cat drive. With Bobby Dabbs shifting, cutting, pivoting and faking his way for 120 yards rushing in the first half, the Cards built up an impressive lead statistically, but not on the scoreboard. Mike Tara now goes by the name of “old golden toe”. Praised were Bob Hogan, John Rogers, Bob Dabbs, Larry McWilliams and Bill Scally.

Lettermen returning next year are Joe Pappas, Bob Lockwood, Al McCommon, Anthony Tomasso, Ray Lowry, Ron Lowe, Dave Foster, Bruce McPherson and Charles Wood.

Final Stats Show, Scally and Dabbs were two thirds of the Cardinal offense. Bill rolled up 872 yards and Bobby had 739. The senior twosome accounted for 299 of the 391 carries by Card backs. They scored 122 points of the team total of 157. All approximately two thirds of the totals.

The Cards out gained their rivals 2507 to 1570. Sophomore Joe Pappas completed 46 passes out of 88 completed for 695 yards and a completion average of .523. Scoring were Scally 74, Dabbs 48, Tara 6, Foster 8, Cody and Pappas 7, McWilliams 6 and McCommon 1.

Rushing and receiving shown together starting with name, total carries, net yards gained, average per carry then number of receptions and total yards received.


Scally 177 906 4.9 15 232
Dabbs 122 739 6.1 10 147
Brennegan 15 81 5.4
Cody 21 72 3.4 1 4
Foster 8 17 2.1
McCommon 3 10 3.3 1 13
Lockwood 9 13 1.4
Pappas 31 72 6.2
Angell 1 5 5.0
Larry Eaton 1 1 1.0
Kowal 2 1 0.5
McPherson 1 1 1.0

Salinas went undefeated in league and had seven players out of the twelve players selected All CCAL by a panel of coaches and sports writers. ALL CCAL from SC were halfback Bill Scally the leagues leading ground gainer and tackle John “Tank” Rogers who was one of the circuits outstanding linemen. Second team member Bob Dabbs was the leagues number two rusher, who had a 6.1 rushing average. Other Cards who were considered were Larry McWilliams, Bob Netoff and Rich Novak.

Bobby Dabbs was awarded the outstanding varsity player award at the Fall assembly. John Rogers won the academic trophy and Bob Netoff won the most inspirational player award.

John Rogers was selected on the second team ALL COAST as a tackle.


practice games: North Salinas 26-0; Willow Glen 6-7; Vallejo 0-18; League: Monterey 14-25; Salinas 6-13; North Salinas6-0; Watsonville 7-0. League record 2-2. Season record 3-4.

Most normal starters; Ends, Don Gerig and Larry Duke. Tackles, Chuck Boppell and Greg Bainum. Guards, Frank Fujimura and Dave Hutcheon. Quarterbacks, Richard Carter and Fred Phyffer. Backs, Wally Walker, Ron Neumann, Henry Alemany, John Bowen, Ron Miyoka, Jim Skinner and Steve Mondini.

Other team members are: J. Stubendorf, A. Ferrell, S. Scofield, Chuck Boppell, R. Vitzian, B. Frandsen, R. Jud, D. Conquest, Jim Hunt, Warren Bassano, L. Scott, W. Wood, B. Lloyd, M. Oliveri, M. Harkleroad and D. Swan.

The squad is led by senior guard Chuck Boppell, who is in his third year as a starter. Senior John Filice is a fine half back, but has been moved to guard to utilize his terrific blocking ability. The backfield is led by quarterback Rich Carter, scat back Ron Neumann who paces the running game, halfback Steve Modini and fullback “Jarrin” John Bowen.

In the opening game of the season against North Salinas the Cardlets did not allow the Vikings past their own 47 yard line, while scoring 26 points themselves.

Against Willow Glen Ron Neumann scored in the first quarter on an 8 yard gallop. Defensive star of the game was Ron Miyoko, who intercepted two passes.

Even though they were out weighted by 40 pounds per man the team gave the Apaches a tough battle even though the score was 0-18.

The Cardlet attack is spearheaded by quarterback Rich Carter, who almost pulled the Monterey game out of the fire with his passing and alert defensive play. Ron Neumann made a beautiful runback of the last kickoff by Monterey and a few plays later, he scored. Then Monterey ran the clock out.

The big gun in the loss to Salinas was Wally Walker, who scored the only touchdown late in the third period. John “Punky” Filice pounced on a Salinas fumble and in four plays Walker crunched over from the one yard line.

Wally Walker had a field day defensively against North Salinas. He capped the night off by scoring the lone touchdown of the game by intercepting a Viking lateral and running 41 yards to pay dirt. John Bowen sparkled on offense, running wild in the second half.

Seven years is a long time to wait, but the Cardlets after sweating it out all that time finally broke the jinx with a victory over the once unbeatable Watsonville. The Little Birds utilized the defensive line almost to perfection while in the process of winning their first “Big Game” since 1952. SC was not to be denied that sweet taste of victory. The team played a terrifically inspired brand of football. Closing out his high school career in sensational style was “Hammerin” Hank Alemany. Hank was a constant thorn in the side of the Kitten quarterback as he led a host of Redbird rushers that held the heralded Kitten rushing attack to a puny 63 yards. Assisting Hank were season long stalwarts Don Gerig, Wally Walker, Ron Neumann, Chuck Boppell and Jim Skinner. They might well be called “Henry and his wrecking crew”.

Wally Walker received the most outstanding performer award at the Fall assembly.


Practice games: Monterey 46-0; St. Francis Saints of Watsonville 58-8; Bellarmine 6-18; Holy Cross varsity 27-18; Half Moon Bay varsity 0-27. Practice record 3-2. League: Monterey 6-0; Salinas 13-0; North Salinas 33-7; Watsonville ?. Have no score for the Watsonville game. Will assume the Cards won and ended up undefeated in league. Assuming League Champions.

Team members are: A. Weiss, D. Hungerford, R. Dolson, K. Ritter, Jim Kowal, F. Hibbard, H. Smedley, L. Warren, S. Murray, K. Gregg, A. Souza, Gary Wright, Ron Bengston, Byron Shields, B. Small, Ted Duffield, Rich Criswell, Bruce. Buckner, S. Cartwright, G. Smith. E. Taylor, J. Ericson, J. Winters, J. Ritchey, E. DelBesio, J. Bowens, B. Johnson, Gary Cramer, Rich Simmons, Mark Schultz, R. Smiley, David Foster, Ron Meehan, Mike Owen, Brad Eliott, B. Wilson, Rich McCombs, Lee Curtiss, Tim Erickson, J. Lindsay.

In the 46-0 rout of Monterey, the team was paced by freshman sensation, quarterback Bruce Buckner, who teamed up with end Tim Erickson for some nice passing gains. Halfbacks Larry Eaton and Jim Kowal, plus linemen Brad Elliott and Lee Curtiss stood out for the Cards.

Against Bellarmine Dave Foster scored the lone Card score on a 8 yard jaunt.

Gary Wright scored from 10 yards out for the only score against Monterey, who was much improve over the 48-0 loss in the first practice game. Some of the reason for this is a few of the JV mainstays moved up to the varsity, but the replacements stepped right up.

JV’s have their third shut out of the season beating Salinas 13-0 for their fifth win. Freshman quarterback Bruce Buckner continues to pace the offense.

Freshman phenom Rich Simmons ripped off three touchdowns on runs of four, 20 and 40 yards against North Salinas.


begins its second season with only one returnee Dick Yokota. The team will have a regular league schedule and will add a JV team as well. It is hoped that the team will be able to use the Pasatiempo golf course for their home meets.

The Cards came in third out of five schools participating in a center meet in Salinas. Top men for the Cards were Bernard Harold, Tim Mealiffe and Spiro Benias for the varsity and Claude Schmidt and Randy Barbe for the JV team.

The team got their first victory over an unnamed opponent. In addition to the above named runners the following runners had good results: Don Sletten, Mike Lopez and Bill Hogan.

In a three way meet the varsity came in second to Watsonville and ahead of Salinas. The JV’s won their meet. The varsity top runners remained Bernard Harold, Tim Mealiffe and Spiro Benias. Top JV’s were freshman Randy Barbe, sophomores Bill Kingdom, Mike Lopez and Don Sletten.

Both squads beat Pacific Grove and Hollister in a three way meet. Top varsity runners in order were Harold, Benias, Yokota and Mealiffe. For the JV the winner was Lopez, then Barbe, Hogan and John Van Ness.

In a meet around the track at Memorial Field before the varsity football game, the tricksters ended the regular season with a win over North Salinas.

Showing a vast improvement over last years initial team, the SC harriers finished fourth in the league meet at Salinas. Team members are Bernard Harold, Spero Benias, Dick Yokota, Claude Schmidt, Don Sletton, Tim Mealiffe and Larry Knight.

At the same meet the JV’s came in second. Team members are Randy Barbe, Gary Partlow, Bill Hogan, John Van Ness, L. Knight, Mike Lopez, Bill Kolbe and Bill Kingdom.


practice games: Bellarmine 50-51, Andrew Hill 46-50, Dads Club: Hollister 69-24, Monterey 56-71, Watsonville 48-44 for third place. Los Gatos 53-33, St. Francis of Mt View 39-28, 41-42. Practice record 4-4. League: Gilroy 46-41, 38-44. Monterey 40-47, 49-61 Watsonville 86-46, 48-44; Hollister 74-18. 54-36; North Salinas 67-64, 56-53; Salinas 51-25, 76-55. League record 9-3, for third place. Season 13-7.

Two senior returnees, 6’ forward, Dave Young and 5’ 9” guard, Jim Esquibel became first stringers toward the end of last year and are expected to lead the Cards this year. Pat Moore a 5’ 11” senior forward with playing time last year has expectations for more time this year. Four All CCAL players from last years undefeated lightweight team will be contending for first team positions. They are 6’ 1” sophomore forward, Steve Smith and junior guards 5’ 10” Al McCommon and 5’ 6” Bobby Dabbs, plus forward 5’ 11” Mike Dominguez. Up from the JV team are seniors 6” 7”, 250 pound center, Ron Worrell. Just out from the football team are 6’ 4”, 210 pound Bob Netoff, 6’2”, Mike Carney and 6’, Bill Scally.

Hustling Cards Lose Cage Opener to Bellarmine 50-51. Bellarmine had the height advantage, but the Cards hustle and determination evened the game out. The Cards were down 26-32 at half time, but had good defensive play, 43 percent shooting from the field and a two rebound advantage, the young Birds almost pulled out a win. Jim Esquibel put the Cards ahead with a 20 foot jumper and a driving lay with ten seconds to go in the third quarter to put the Cards ahead for the first time 40-37. Dave Young had 12 rebounds and Steve Smith had 10. Even if the Redbirds did not win, they won the hearts of everyone watching the game with their determined play. Perhaps the most surprising part of the Cards showing was the play of diminutive guard, Bobby Dabbs. He scored 10 points with 8 coming in the second half. Scoring: Smith 5, Young 12, Worrell 8, Esquibel 15, Dabbs 10, McCommon 0 and Dominguez 0.

Cards Lose Second Game As Hill Posts 50-46 Win. Last minute fouls ruined the Cards spirited effort. The Cards held a two point lead at half time 19-17. Both teams did not shoot well with Hill’s shooting average of 30 percent and the Cards 29 percent. Dave Young led the rebounding with 12 and Steve Smith had six. Scoring: Young 17, Smith 12, Worrell 0, Esquibel 9, McCommon 4, Dominguez 2 and Netoff 2.

SC Trounces Los Gatos 53-33. The Cards started fast and built up a 14-4 first period lead. Dave Young was hitting his shots, Jim Esquibel’s passing was dazzling and Steve Smith was tough on the boards. The starters played the whole first half and led 24-16, but as the game became more one sided, substituting started. The Cards shot 43 percent from the field and out rebounded the Cats 36-29. Scoring: Young 25, Smith 14, Worrell 0, Dabbs 4, Esquibel 3, McCommon 3, Bob Netoff 2, Carney 2, Dominguez, Moore, Scally, Dennis Netoff and Henthorne 0.

Dec. 11. Sloppy SC Wins; Meets Hollister Next. Cards Almost Hand Game On Palter To Watsonville. Edge Cats, 48-44 in the first round of the Santa Cruz Invitational. “I don’t understand it. How can we look so good and lose, then look bad and win.” Was the reaction of Coach Thompson. After playing a mediocre first half and building up a 30-20 halftime lead, SC almost gave the game away in the closing minutes with two bad passes and a bad shot at a poor time. The Cards made violations, missed a lot of easy short shots and went without a field goal for the first nine minutes of the second half. Meanwhile, Watsonville kept whittling away at SC’s lead. By the end of the third quarter, SC led 33-32. But then SC pulled up to 38-32, then 40-34. Watsonville
came back gradually after trailing 44-38 with a little over three minutes to go. A pair of field goals made it 44-42 with two minutes to play. Jim Esquibel sank two free throws and Watsonville a field goal to make it 46-44. With 50 seconds to go, there was a held ball and SC controlled the tip. Both teams lost the ball and with ten seconds left, “Chili” Esquibel sank a jump shot as the buzzer sounded an the Cards escaped defeat by the skin of a cat. Dave Young was high point man with 19 points and ten rebounds. Bright spots were the play of sophomore Steve Smith and the improved performance of 6-7 center Ron Worrell, who got eight rebounds and a couple of his rebounds cane at crucial moments late in the game. Smith got 11 rebounds, the tops for all four games on the night. Coach Thompson thought Jim Esquibel did a good job along with Smith and Worrell. SC out rebounded Watsonville 41-28. Against Watsonville’s man-to-man defense, the Cards shot 17 for 60 for 28.3 percent. Watsonville hit 19 for 54 for 35.2 percent against the Card zone. Scoring: Young 19, Smith 9, Worrell 2, Dabbs 9, Esquibel 6, B. Netoff 3, McCommon and Dominguez 0.

Dec. 13. In the second round of the tournament Coach Thompson pulled his regulars with three minutes left in the first half as SC built a 29-9 lead. The play of the Cards was altogether different then in their previous game. SC displayed fine teamwork and the speedy Card players intercepted Hollister passes. Thompson didn’t put his starters back in until less than six minutes left in the game to get them ready for the finals. Even though they played only half the game, Young scored 21, Smith 12 and Pat Moore 10. Moore led the Cards in rebounding with eight. SC dominated the boards 39-21 and hit 32 of their 62 attempts with many shots from close in. Young 21, Smith 12, Worrell 2, Esquibel 4, Dabbs 6, McCommon 4, B. Netoff 3, Dominguez 1, Dennis Netoff 0, Henthorne 4, Carney 2, Scally 0.

SC Puts Up Fine Showing But Was Just Out-manned. Close For Awhile. Monterey’s height made the difference last night as the Toreadors out manned a hard fighting SC quintet 71-56 to give Monterey the tournament championship. SC put up a great showing and for 13 minutes it was a tremendous ball game. The lead changed hands 11 times in the first half. But Monterey pulled away as it did in its previous two tournament games. Monterey out rebounded SC 42-30. Four strong Monterey players were constantly tipping the ball up on offense. Because of the tipping, Monterey had 70 shot attempts to SC’s 54. Monterey hit 42 percent from the field and SC 35. Monterey also had four players in double figure scoring. Dave Young at 5-11, paced the Cards again scoring 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, jumping against players three to four inches taller. The fine looking sophomore Steve Smith tallied 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The whole SC team made a good showing against a highly favored opponent. Jim Esquibel, Bobby Dabbs, Ron Worrell and Bob Netoff played fine games. The 6-7, senior center Worrell fouled out early in the third quarter. He also missed the second quarter. Coach Thompson was pleased with his teams hustle and trying even when down by 20 points. In the first half, Monterey spurted to the lead with under four minutes to play. SC was ahead 24-23, when Monterey hit two free throws to go ahead 25-24. A minute later it was 29-24 and two minutes later it was 37-27. Monterey played man-to-man defense the whole way. SC played man-to-man in the first half, a zone in the third and a zone press in the fourth stanza. Scoring: Young 14, Smith 12, Worrell 3, Esquibel 6, Dabbs 8, McCommon 0, Dominguez 3, Bob Netoff 5, Moore 0.

Jensen of Monterey was the scoring leader of the tourney with 64 and Dave Young was next with 62.

Dave Young and Steve Smith were named to the Dads Club All Tournament team.

After seven games SC scoring leaders: Young 127, Smith 70, Esquibel 50, Dabbs 38 and Worrell 19.

Top league contenders are Monterey who has two All League players back, plus a flashy forward. Even though they lost to a top ranked Berkeley 50-58, our Sports Editor after watching the game came away impressed, especially when the big three could strut up and soundly dunk the ball, Gilroy has a front line of three players at least 6’4”. This is a formidable front line.

In the first league contest against gigantic Gilroy, the Cards triumphed 46-41. Although a much taller unit, Gilroy failed to rule the boards as the Cards out rebounded them 38 to 20. This was probably the strong point of the evening. The Birds also knocked the net at a 46 percent clip. Rebounding and accurate shooting did the trick. Crowd pleasing, Dave Young put on another individual scoring performance amassing a total of 21 points, almost half of his teams output. There was only one SC substitution in the whole game and that was with 30 seconds before the half. The game itself was tight from start to finish. The Cards held a slim 21-19 lead at halftime. In the second half SC slowed the action and in methodical style worked for lay ups. They hit 11 for 19 from the floor a tremendous 58 percent. For the whole game it was 18 for 39 for 46 percent.
The score was knotted at 38-38 midway through the fourth quarter. From there the Cards led by one until Young potted two last second field goals. Center Ron Worrell at 6’7”, showed an impressive improvement on defense, although only grabbing 3 rebounds he blocked his man out, while also blocking three shots. Chief board duster, sophomore Steve Smith chalked up 13 rebounds, plus adding 8 valuable points. The talented guard combo of Jim “Jumpshot” Esquibel and “Dazzling“ Bobby Dabbs were again a shot in the arm tot the Cards. At 5’9” Esquibel grabbed 7 rebounds and tallied 9 points. Dabbs at 5’7” swept up 8 rebounds and scored 8 points. Scoring: Young 21, Smith 8, Worrell 0, Dabbs 8, Esquibel 9 and Netoff 0.

Santa Cruz downed by Toreadors 40-47, before small crowd. Much to every ones amazement the Cards jumped to an early lead in the first quarter by capitalizing on Toreador mistakes and cold shooting. The Redbirds once again displayed plenty of hustle and determination. Monterey hot shot Bob Jensen was held to 4 points, but Mel Mason hit for 12, while senior guard McElroy was the hero netting 17. SC looked just plain good. When Monterey started to pull away in the second half it looked like the locals were through for the evening. But Worrell came through with some tremendous rebounding and Esquibel with some kind of defensive work in the fourth quarter. Down 23-28 at the end of the third quarter, Esquibel scored seven points and Smith six to pull within two points at 38-40. A shove followed by a technical put Monterey on the line and the Toreadors controlled the rest of the game. The Toreadors did not substitute the whole game. It was reported that Mel Mason of Monterey grabbed 30 rebounds in a game the next week. Scoring: Young 9, Smith 12, Worrell 4, Esquibel 11, Dabbs 4 and McCommon 0.

Without the services of Dabbs and some less than stellar play allowed St. Francis of Mt. View to come away with a win in the last seconds 41-42. Steve Smith, the sophomore ace, whistled in 13 markers through the hoop and led the rejoinders with 10. It was heard from a spectator, “The only bright spot was the yelling of the cheerleaders.” Scoring: Young 11, Smith 13, Worrell 0, Esquibel 9, McCommon 3, Netoff 0, Dominguez 2 Moore 3 and Carney 0.

Varsity wins 51-25 over sick Salinas. It was no contest from start to finish. The half time score was SC 30-13. Steve Smith, after missing two games with the flu tallied 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jim Esquibel was 7 for 7 from the floor mostly on lay ups garnered from long passes from Dave Young after he rebounded and some sharp passes from teammates. Young only scored 6 points this game, but was responsible for 12 more with his passes. SC dominated the boards 37-19 and sank 23 of 48 field goal attempts for 48 percent. Other scorers McCommon 8, Carney 5, Dominguez 2, Dabbs, Moore, Netoff, and Scally 0.

Headline in the Trident. Birds Crumble Cats 48-44. Rebounds Tell Story in Hair Raiser. It turned out to be the same score as the Dads tourney game. Steve Smith could not play, but Pat Moore took his place on the boards grabbing 10 rebounds and sparked a second half rally. Holding a slim 21-19 lead at halftime, the Birds had to overcome a 4 to 12 early first quarter lead by the Cats. The game was a see saw affair until the final gun. Bobby Dabbs broke for a layup and the Cards were able to take a third quarter lead 37-33 and hold it to the end. Ron Worrell rebounded a foul shot and put it back up for the final Cards score to secure the win. Dave Young topped the team in scoring 19 and rebounding with 17, the high for the team this year. Pat Moore had 10 rebounds and Ron Worrell had eight as SC controlled the boards 44-24. Guards, Bobby Dabbs and Jim Esquibel, and center, Ron Worrell each chipped in 7 points. Pat Moore and Al McCommon each contributed 4. Mike Dominguez played well, but of the seven Cards in the game did not score. Wayne Holt top scoring Cat was held to one point. Another good defensive effort by the Cards to add to their job on Monterey’s Bob Jensen.

Hot Cards Shade North Salinas 67-64. Deadly Dave Young Pots 34 Markers to Pace Win. Shooting for three periods like Robin Hood hitting targets, SC suddenly ran out of arrows in the fourth stanza and blew a 62-42 lead with only seven minutes to play. Young was deadly going 10 for 12 in the first half and 14 for 21 for the game. He sank six of eight foul shots and grabbed 12 rebounds. The squad sank 26 of 52 shots for a fifty percent average. The Cards dominated the boards 33-21. Worrell led with nine. The flu bug kept Steve Smith and Al McCommon out of the game completely, but also affected other members of the team and had something to do with disastrous last quarter as the team ran out of gas. Scoring: Young 34, Moore 1, Worrell 6, Dabbs 3, Esquibel 17, Dominguez 4, Carney 2, Dennis and Bob Netoff 0 and Scally 0.

Mustangs, Cards Two Games Behind Monterey as the Mustangs took revenged for their earlier defeat of the Cards with 44-38 win. Gilroy with their monstrous front line of 6’5”, 6’4” and 6’3” were still out rebounded by the Cards 27-24 with Smith leading the way with 13, almost half of his teams boards. He was followed by Young with six and Worrell three. Gilroy forced the cold shooting Cards to play their type of ball control style. Gilroy worked so deliberately in the second half that they tried only 16 shots and went 14 of 38 in the game. SC hit 13 of 49 shots for 27 percent. With two minutes and 20 seconds to play and Gilroy ahead 40-29, the Cards put on an all out press led by Steve Smith, who contributed the most to the drive, He hit a free throw, a jump shot, stole the ball and scored on a layup. Plus, Jim Esquibel made two driving layups to close it to 38-42. The Cards had to foul and Gilroy made two foul shots to end the scoring. The action got very rough, especially under the bucket. Scoring: Young 12, Dominguez 2, Smith 15, Esquibel 6, McCommon 1, Dabbs 0 and Worrell 2.

Cards whop Hollister 74-18, making quick work of Hollister with 22 unanswered points to start the game. Substitutes began entering the game in the first quarter. SC out rebounded their opponents 54-30. In the first half, the Cards shot an amazing 63 percent of their shots. In the absence of Worrell, Smith took his spot at center. Steve collected 10 rebounds. Young lead the team in scoring 19 and rebounds 13. Esquibel set up seven baskets with sharp passing. Scoring: Young 19, Dominquez 0, Smith 10, McCommon 15, Esquibel 11, Dabbs 5, Bob Netoff 4, Carney 3, Moore 2, Dennis Netoff 3 and Scally 2.

Dominguez Free Throw Clinches It. Birds nip New School, North Salinas Vikings 56-53. The Cards were leading 55-53 with 15 seconds remaining, when Mike Dominguez was intentionally fouled. Actually Mike was sent skidding across the floor and came up with his fist doubled, but the senior controlled his temper and walked to the line for his foul shots. Mike missed the first, but made the second to put the game out of reach. In the first half the action was torrid and the lead changed hands six times and was tied another eight. The Cards controlled the boards 45-30, led by Young who took down 17, Smith 15 and Dominguez five. SC sank 25 of 61 shots for 41 percent. Scoring: Young 13, Smith 14, Worrell 0, Esquibel 13, McCommon 9 and Dominguez 7.

Smith Stars! Scores 28 Points. Five Cagers Hit Double Figures. Cardinals smash Watsonville, knocking Cats dizzy, 86-46. Chief work horse was sophomore magician, Steve Smith who tanked 28 points in a brilliant display. He tallied one every minute he was in the game. Steve sank eight of nine from the foul line and chucked in 10 for 13 from the floor a fantastic 77 percent. He did not miss a shot in the second half, hitting five field goals and three free throws. While giving this effort, Steve did not forget the important task of rebounding and passing off. He came down with 18 to lead both squads and added four assists. Another spark easily seen was senior, Mike Dominguez. Mike added 10 points, despite playing only part of the game. On the boards SC held a 44-25 edge. Behind Smith’s 18 were Young with 8, Dominguez and McCommon four each. The Redbirds were at their best when it came to charity tosses. They connected for an eye popping 24 for 35 for a 71.4 percent average. They made 31 of 72 field goals for 43 percent. The fast break racked up the points in the first half and jump shots in the second half. The scoring was pretty even in each quarter. Starting with the first quarter 20 points, 25, 21 and 20. Scorers were Young 15, Smith 28, Esquibel 13, McCommon 11, Dominguez 10, Worrell and Netoff 4 apiece and Carney 2.
At halftime of the game, Laurel schools sixth grade team defeated Bay View 8-0 as the largest crowd of the season watched the action.

From Glenn Dickey of the Pajaronian, Santa Cruz shooting at both baskets as if they were eight feet wide, buried the Wildcats under an 86-46 avalanche. The blitz was led by sophomore Steve Smith. Sophomores, it says in the gospel according to Doc Nainsmith, make mistakes. Somebody should tell young Smith about this. If he made any mistakes, they were not visible to the naked eye. Smith scored 28 points and he must have gathered in almost as many rebounds. He was in the Cats; hair all night long, rebounding, stealing the ball on defense, shooting and never missing a jump shot from the corner and tipping, tipping and tipping on the boards. CCAL coaches heaved a collective sigh of relief last spring when Steve’ older brother James finally graduated after three years of starring with the Cardinals. Their joy was premature, however. They still have Steve to contend with for two more years. If last night is any indication he is going to be at least as good and quite possibly better then his brother. For as good as Smith was the Cardinals would probably have won easily without him. They could do no wrong. What most indicates this is the play of sub center Mike Dominguez, who entered the game late in the first half. Mike is a fine ballplayer, who has played little this year. So Dominguez comes in and hits five shots bing-bing-bing at the start of the second quarter. The most amazing thing about this game was the Cards started off hot and got even hotter as the game progressed.

Sophomore Smith Hits 29 As Cardinals Sink Cowboys 76-55. Smith shines. Another big game for Smith, who scored one more point this game than last game for 29 points. Steve sank 11 of 16 shots from the floor and seen of eight free throws, while hauling in 18 rebounds. In his last three games he has tallied 28, 14 and 29 points for a total of 71 a 23.7 average per game. McCommon, Esquibel and Young pitched in 15 each in the high scoring affair. The lightweights and Junior Varsity squads also won to make it a sweep of Salinas. SC jumped right out to a 15-2 lead and were never threatened. The half time score was 41-24. SC sank 28 of 62 attempts from the field for a 45 percent average and matched the accuracy by tossing in 22 of 29 free throws. On the boards it was SC 44-24 with Young leading with 14. Others who played were Worrell 0, Carney 2 and Netoff .

The league stats before the critical Monterey game show Monterey has the number two, three and four scorers, Young is number one and Esquibel is fifth. All the top five scorers in the league will be on the floor at the same time in the next Monterey game.

On a slick floor, and even slicker Monterey team defeated a hustling, but just out manned SC quintet 61-49. Two Monterey students chased around wiping up wet spots caused by leaking sky lights. At least a half dozen times, the officials had to call time out to towel off the hardwood. A capacity crowd of 800, including pep bands from both schools watched the action. Monterey controlled the boards 32 to 22 by the Cards charters. Monterey charters had it 48 to 24. The reason is Monterey counted tips on the offensive end of the court, but the NCAA does not count tips as rebounds, but as shots. Monterey is very physical on the boards. Smith as usual topped the Cards in rebounding with 11 and Young grabbed 7. Both coaches had high praise for Smith. The Monterey coach said, that Smith as a sophomore, was as good as his best player was when he was a junior. (high praise as Jensen went on to start for Utah). Santa Cruz shot well hitting 20 out of 48 tries for 42 percent. Scoring: Smith 15, Esquibel 13, Young 13, McCommon 7, Worrell 1, Dominguez and Scally 0.

Cards close out season with a 54-36 win over Hollister. Young hits 21 point in torrid game; Smith hustle plays big part. Dave Young seems to hold some sort of jinx over other teams in season finals. In last years curtain closer, he tanked a championship jump shot, while in this seasons wind up , he was brilliant offensively and defensively, scoring 21 of the 54 SC tallies against Hollister’s 36. The Hollister machine was somewhat harder to unbale this time, but the Redbirds utilized their fast break in a tantalizing manner. Esquibel and McCommon were virtually unstoppable in the first period, as they opened a Cardinal scoring spree. They finished the contest with 10 markers each. Center, Ron Worrell staged what was considered a good closing game by holding his man scoreless when the going got rough. Co-captain Smith was held to a paltry nine points for him, but he still grabbed his quota of 11 rebounds. Senior Mike Carney closed his prep career with a four point performance. Perhaps the biggest surprise about the Redbirds this year was their backboard work. They were never defeated in this category, other than Monterey, despite facing squads with considerably more height. Scoring: Young 21, Smith 9, Worrell 0, Esquibel 10, McCommon 10, Carney 4, Dominguez 0 and Netoff 0.

Santa Cruz ended the season in third place. Will that CCAL standing be improved next year? If so, one tremendous hurdle, the Monterey Toreadors, must be cleared .

In the final league stats SC was the top rebounding team in the league, second on offense and third on defense. SC scoring leaders were Dave Young, second in scoring with 197 points for a 16.5 average. Steve Smith was fourth with 155 points for an average of 15.5. At one point in the season he had hit 31 foul shots in a row. Jim Esquibel was sixth with 133 points for an average of 11.7. Jim was the best passer in the league. He made his teammates look good by delivering the ball so they could either catch it in stride or be able to catch and shoot in one motion.

Santa Cruz was second in the league on offensive scoring with 685 points for an average of 57.1. On defense the Cards gave up 534 points for an average of 44.6 per game. A plus 12.5 per game.

Bob Jensen of Monterey led the league in scoring with 213 points. Dave Young was next with 197 an average of 16.5 On an average per game of 15.5 Steve Smith would have been third at 15.5 as he missed 2 games. Mel Mason of Monterey beat Steve out on total points for third.

Final stats for the season by name, games played, rebounds, total point and average points per game.
Young 20 193 335 16.7
Smith 18 201 240 13.6
Esquibel 20 66 201 10.1
McCommon 18 35 100 5.5
Dabbs 13 35 65 5.0
Worrell 19 55 43 1.9
Dominguez 17 41 33, 1.9
Carney 19 22 24 1.4
Bob Netoff 12 16 20 1.8
Moore 8 30 17 2.1
Dennis Netoff 9 9 7 0.8
Scally 7 6 2 0.3

End of the season notes. Jim Esquibel was acclaimed as the CCAL’s best passer. Jim proved himself to be one of the league’s scrappiest guards. Jim gave every thing he every game. He and Al McCommon were serious threats when it came time to use the fast break.

In the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner Steve Smith was in the top nine scorers for one game with 29 with four other players. Bob Garibaldi of Stagg high of Stockton scored 47. (Later he was a major league pitcher). The Examiner, in addition, listed top floor leaders and Steve was mentioned here also.

Steve Smith was third in league scoring and had to be in the top group in rebounding also. Steve set an unofficial free throw mark swishing 31 straight at mid season. Santa Cruz as a team out rebounded every team they played, even though some of the teams average three inches taller. It shows what positioning, jumping ability and a nose for the ball will do.

Dave Young was selected ALL CCAL first team and sophomore, Steve Smith was named to the second team, missing the first team by one vote. Last year Steve was ALL LEAGUE on lightweights.


practice games: Bellarmine 32-37, Andrew Hill 32-34, Salinas Invitational: SLV 62-36, Salinas 33-29, finals Watsonville 33-29 for the championship for the second consecutive year. Los Gatos 42-41 in two OT‘s, St Francis of Mt View 26-12, 39-32. Practice record 6-2. League: Gilroy 33-43, 29-34; Monterey 29-47, 52-36; Watsonville 41-33, 53-32; Hollister 30-18, 39-28; North Salinas 39-24, 48-40; Salinas 19-27, 38-34. League record 8-4. Season record 14-6. Gilroy 10-2 won the league followed by Salinas and Monterey tied for second at 9-3. SC was next at 8-4.

Cards start season by dropping the first two games to end a 25 game win skein over the last two seasons. Both games were tight games, which speaks well of the reserves from last years team who have moved up to be starters. The top eight players from last years undefeated CCAL champions have move up to varsity or have graduated. The losses were to Bellarmine 32-37 and Andrew Hill 32-34 in a squeaker. Junior guard Don Gerig potted 12 and 17 points respectively to lead Cardlet scorers both evenings. Other scorings in the Hill game were Criswell 5, Bascau 6, Yount 2, Murphy 2, Heren 2, Kadotoni 4 and Buckner 2.

The rebound work of sophomore newcomer Richard Bascou is a bright spot at the center post. Sophomore Henry Kadotoni, a sparkplug guard, shows outstanding defense plus an overdose of stamina. Hank leads the team in assists. Another pair of sophomores Mike Murphy and Richard Criswell round out the starting line up. Freshman Bruce Buckner, sophomores Mike Heren and Gale Yount make up the top eight. Other members who received playing time during the year were Dave Dominguez, Ricky King, Mark Conrad, Roger Blanchard and Rick Wilkins. Managers Frank Volpi and Dave Yount.

At the Salinas tournament the Cardlets were able to play the reserves for a good length time in a win against SLV. In the second game they won over an always tough Salinas squad. In the championship game against Watsonville the Cardlets were down 8 points going into the last quarter. The Cardlets put on a all out press to get back into the game. With one minute left they were down three points. Scores by Don Gerig, Mike Murphy and Bruce Buckner cinched the second consecutive title for the Cardlets by a 33-29 score. The big hero was freshman Bruce Buckner who scored the winning basket and foul shot with a three point lay up. He also was the top scorer with 10 points followed by Don Gerig with six.

Cardlets Win Double Overtime Encounter Against Los Gatos 42-41. A jump shot by center Rich Bascau earned the win after the Cardlets made all off two field goals the first half to trail 11-28. While the defense was holding Los Gatos, “cool head” Rich Criswell and “sharp shooter” Bascau were tanking jumps, hooks and set shots from all over the court. The first overtime goes three minutes, but in the second overtime the team scoring the first two points wins, which Bascau did. The Cardlets shot 40 percent from the field to 27 percent for the Kittens and out rebounded them 37-31. Bruce Buckner grabbed ten and Don Gerig hauled in nine. Scoring: Gerig 8, Buckner 6, Bascau 9, Murphy 5, Criswell 11, Heren 3 and Kadotoni 0.

After winning five straight games the Cardlets lost the first two league games. Top scorer for these games was Don Gerig. Rich Criswell was constantly pounding the dust off the boards as he rebounded.

In the Gilroy tussle, the Cardlets made a real run for the roses. After the first quarter, the Cardlets were resting comfortably on a slender one point lead only to have it obliterated by a barrage of Pony tallies. After the smoke from each team’s big guns had cleared away, it was halftime and the scoreboard showed Gilroy ahead by seven points, 15-22. Gilroy was able to extend the lead to ten points for the final score of 43-33. The Cardlets sank 13 of 33 shots for 39 percent. Don Gerig led the scores with 11 markers. Rich Criswell was constantly pounding the dust off the boards as he ended with 8 rebounds. The Cardlets ruffled the nets on only 13 of 33 chances. Not enough shots or connections. Scoring: Gerig 11, Buckner 8, Bascau 6, Criswell 4, Kadotoni 0, Murphy 4, Heren, Yount, Dominguez and Blanchard 0.

Against Monterey in a blow out loss, “in the humble opinion of Trident sports writers, this was not really much of a game to watch.” “Don’t belittle the Cardlets! This was only their fourth loss in the last 33 games.” The Cardlets were down 2-15 at the end of the first quarter and 10-24 at half time, while taking only eight shots, but did make five of them. They eventually made 14 of 31 shots, but did not get enough shots. Scoring: Gerig 6, Buckner 0, Bascau 6, Criswell 8, Kadotoni 6, Heren 2, Yount 2, Murphy 0.

Against St. Francis of Mt. View the Cardlets, even though they were able to win the game 26-12, started out playing “so-so” ball to grab a 3 point lead,. As though stunned by their mediocre showing, they shifted their scoring machine into high gear and raced to a 24-8 halftime margin. St. Francis could not seem to handle “Spider” Yount as he copped high point honors with a whopping total of 17 markers. In the second half the Cardlets out rebounded their opponents 15-11. What contributed the most to the Little Lancers defeat was revealed to everyone watching the game, when the scoreboard clocks showed two minutes left to play. It was then that the SCHS cheerleaders chose to start their first yell of the night. One of the St. Francis players looked over at them and anybody watching him could see his heart sink. Scoring: Buckner 2, Heren 9, Bascau 2, Criswell 0, Murphy 5, Gerig 2, Kadotoni 6 and Yount 0.

In their first league win, the Little Birds salvaged a 41-33 win over Watsonville. Their defense was red hot in the second half as they held the Kittens to a slightly dull 20 percent of their shots from the floor. With four minutes and 25 seconds left in the game it was tied 31-31, Rich Bascau rebounded a missed free throw and meshed it to put the Cardlets back in front 33-31. Mike Heren hit two jump shots back to back for a four point lead with two minutes to play. SC wisely slowed the attack and the Kittens pressed to get the ball and fouled and the Cardlets increased their lead. Bascau hauled in 12 rebounds, Yount eight and Heren five. SC went 14 of 37 for 38 percent in field goals. Stealing the show was sophomore, Richard Bascou who led the team in rebounds and points. Other players and scoring: Heren 11, Yount 8, Murphy 3, Criswell 8, Kadotoni 0,

In a 29-34 loss to Gilroy, it was not too much a case of Gilroy winning as it was SC miscues telling the story. Copping high point laurels was Mike Heren, who potted 8 digits and sparkled on defense. The Little Birds took the boards, 25 to 23 with Gale “Spider“ Yount leading with 7. The Cardlets shot a poor 24 percent from the floor. Scoring: Heren 8, Yount 2, Gerig 5, Criswell 4, Kadotoni 5, Bascau 5, Murphy 0 and King 0.

SC beat St. Francis of Mt. View 39-32. The Cardlets led 24-8 at half and then got off only 11 shots in the second half. Scoring: Criswell 0, Heren 10, Yount 17, Kadotoni 3, Murphy 3, Bascau 5, Conrad 1, King, Blanchard and Wilkins 0.

The Cardlets who have been inconsistent all season, played just that kind of game against North Salinas before winning 48-40. The raced off to a 10-2 lead, but trailed 25-23 at half. The Cardlets came back and went ahead 37-32 at the end of the third period. Early in the fourth period they started playing a more deliberate game and North High committed fouls trying to get the ball. Bascau led in rebounding with nine followed by Heren and Criswell with six. Criswell played one of his better games. Bascau led in scoring also with 12 including a couple of tip ins. Scorers: Bascau 12, Heren 10, Criswell 8, Yount 6, Kadotoni 5, Murphy 3, Gerig and Buckner 2 each.

A big plus for the team in the 30-18 win over Hollister was they did not lose the ball once. Tthe Cardlets held a 19-10 intermission lead, which was narrowed to a tie score at the end of the third stanza. Then the Cardlets, starting with Mike Heren’s two free throws, steadily pulled a way. Top net ruffler was Don Gerig tanking 11 points all during the first half. The rebounding advantage of 32 to 14. Heren was the top rebounder with nine, Gerig six and Yount five. SC had a 39 percent shooting average Scoring: Heren 7, Gerig 11, Yount 4, Criswell 2, Murphy 2, Bascau 4, King, Kadotoni, Buckner, Dominguez, Conrad, Blanchard, Wilkins and Pfyffer 0.

Flashy junior, Don Gerig was credited with the starring role in a game that at times threatened to become a full scale bore. The first period was tied 5-5 and halftime 15-8. SC controlled the rebounds 38-19 with Gerig and Bascau grabbing nine apiece. SC shot 17 for 44 from the field. Don hit all his 12 points after intermission to lead the Cardlets scoring in the 39-24 win against North Salinas. Scoring: Heren 6, Yount 0, Bascau 10, Criswell 5, Kadotoni 2, Gerig 12, King 2, Blanchard 2, Buckner, Conrad and Dominguez 0.

Mike Heren started the scoring against the Apple City five with a short jump shot. When the first quarter came to a close, SC possessed a six point lead, which was lengthened to 10 by halftime. In the second half the Cardlets steadily pulled away for a 53-32 win. Yount grabbed 15 rebounds, went 10 for 12 from the line while scoring 18 points a tops for him this season. Scoring: Yount 18, Bascau 13, Heren 8, Criswell and Kadotoni 5 each, Buckner 2, Conrad and Blanchard 1 each, King, Dave Dominguez and Wilkins 0. In the first game of the evening at the Civic, the Cardlet reserves played the Branciforte ninth grade and won 40-15. Ninth graders are eligible to play at SCHS and Mark Conrad and Roger Blanchard came to SCHS from B 40 to play. Reserve scoring was Dominguez 3, Blanchard 10, Wilkins 7, Conrad 7 and King 13.

SC loses to Salinas 19-27 for the Cowbabes fifth consecutive win in league. Salinas was an hour and a half late and SC could have declared a forfeit, but did not. SC put up an air tight zone defense in the first half and grabbed a 12-5 halftime lead. In the second half the Cardlets just went to pieces making mistakes such as walking, loss of dribble and bad passes. Early in the fourth quarter the Cardlets were ahead 17-15. Then a player, who had just entered the game, grabbed a defensive rebound and did a “Wrong Way Corrigan”. He went back up and scored, only in the wrong basket tying the score 17-17. It changed the game as Salinas outscored the Cardlets 10-2 for the rest of the game. SC made 3 of 11 shots in the second half to 9 for 22 for Salinas. The Cardlets won the boards by one, 19-18. Scoring: Heren 7, Yount 1, Bascau 3, Criswell 6, Kadotoni 1, Buckner 1, Murphy, King, Conrad and Blanchard 0.

Cardlets In Great Game; Upset Monterey Toreababes, whose record is 6-1, by the score of 52-36. It was the Cardlets’ best game of the year. It did not look the same team that lost 29-47 to Monterey earlier in the season. The entire Cardlet team looked nothing short of great as SC out rebounded the host team, 40 to 27 and out shot them by hitting 50 percent on 19 for 38 shots. Bascou and Yount played their best games. Yount turned in a great rebounding effort with 17. Scoring Bascou 16, Criswell 12, Heren 7, Yount 6, Murphy 7, Kadotoni 4.

Salinas was winning the league at the end of the first half of league play, but the Cardlets are finishing league play strong by knocking off another top team 38-34. Mike Heren and Rich Bascou provided the Cardlets with the winning margin. After SC led 31-21 at the end of the third quarter, the Cowbabes whittled it to 33-32 with 26 seconds to play. Heren was fouled and made the first shot, but missed the second shot. Bascou rebounded the miss and put it up with a twisting jump shot. The shot was good to make it 36-32 with four seconds to go. But SC makes an ill-advised foul and the score goes to 36-34. Salinas fouls Heren before the ball can be in bounded and Heren calmly dropped in both of his one and one shots for the final 38-34 score and another nice win for the surging Cardlets. They just beat two of the three best teams in the league. Scoring Bascou 17, Gerig 10, Criswell 5, Heren 3 and Kadotoni 3 each, Yount 0.

From what the Little Birds have shown in their last few games, its apparent to ardent sports fans that they will not allow themselves to be buffaloed by any shady tactics. Time after time, when the going has been rough, they have responded by giving other teams the same treatment. That is not to be misinterpreted as meaning the Cardlets play questionable basketball, but hard enough to compete on even terms.

Little Birds Finish 1960 With Brilliant Rout Of Hollister 39-28. The Cardlets got started late, but in the third period they could not do anything wrong, Scoring: Gerig 9, Bascau 13, Criswell 9, Kadotani, 2, Heren 3, Yount 2, Conrad 1, Buckner, Dominguez and Blanchard 0.

At the first of the season, the Little Birds did not show a trace of the form that won them two titles in previous years.. Then, like an unrelenting volcano, they erupted to finish the year losing only to league champs Gilroy in the second round.

The top five scorers for the squad listed by name games played and points scored:
Bascou 20 160
Gerig 17 113
Criswell 20 110
Heren 19 99
Yount 18 90

Rich Bascou was selected second ALL CCAL. Mike Heren barely missed a berth on the second team.


practice games: St. Francis of Watsonville 50-38, won; Holy Cross varsity 25-49. League: Monterey 37-41 OT, 25-39; Gilroy 49-63, 38-46; North Salinas 45-29, 56-34; Hollister 31-35 in OT, 29-17; Salinas 45-35, 48-30; Watsonville 21-39, 44-41. League record 6-6.

Team members: Randall Dotson, Dave Netto, Joe Pappas, Jim Kowal, Ron Bengston, Dave McDonald, Byron Shields, Mark Schultz, Dennis Netoff, Don Sletten and Souza.

The JV’s won their lid lifter against St. Francis of Watsonville 50-38. The first team took control the first half and went out when whole sale substitutions started in the second half. Randall Dotson a 6’3” center, potted 15 point to pace a well distributed scoring attack.

Randall Dotson again was the Cards top man with 8 points in the 25-49 loss to the Holy Cross varsity.

Scoring after 3 games; Randall Dotson 29, Dave Netto 22, Joe Pappas 19, Jim Kowal 13 and Ron Bengston 8.

In the first league game the Cards took Monterey to over time, but lost 37-41. At the end of regulation the score was knotted 35-35. Scoring: Pappas 2, Dotson 9, Bengston 3, Sletten 2, Netoff 6, Shields 3, McDonald 6, Schultz 4, Souza 2 and Kowal 0.

At Gilroy the Birds suffered a 49-63 loss. Pappas potted 15 and reserve Bryon Shields another 13.
Other scorers were Dotson 2, Bengston 6, Souza 7, McDonald 1, Schultz 3, Netto 2, Kowal 0 and Sletten 0.

Cards lose to Watsonville 21-39. Scoring: Dotson 2, McDonald 4, Bengston 3, Netto 2, Schultz 0, Netoff 7, Shields 2 and Sletton 1.

Cards beat Salinas 45-35. Scoring: Pappas 11, Shields 12, Bengston 6, Schultz 14, Kowal 2, McDonald 0 and Dotson 0.

Against Hollister poor ball handling was a problem in a 4 point loss 31-35. Dave Mc Donald breezed his way for 12 digits for the Cards. Others scoring were Pappas 8, Shields 6, Bengsten 0, Schultz 2, Kowal 0 and Dotson 3.

Top scorer, Joe Pappas leads the team into action with Monterey in a game that could easily be rated as a tossup. Both teams are laden with talent in the rough. Although Monterey has the taller squad, the Birds are not expected to be hampered by this disadvantage. If tonight encounter is going to come off with any degree of success, there will have to be more support for the Cardinals. The players will be there, will you? Lost to Monterey 25-39. Scoring Pappas 11, Bengston 1, Sletten 4, McDonald 5, Dotson 2, Souza 2, Shields 0, Kowal 0 and Schultz 0.

In a 56-34 win over North Salinas the scoring for the Cards: Pappas 14, Bengston 11, McDonald 10, Schultz and Kowal 6 each, Netoff 3, Netto, Shields and Souza 2 each, Sletten, Dotson and Wenger 0.

In the second Gilroy game the Cards played a tighter game losing only 38-46. Byron Shields again had a big night against Gilroy tanking 19 markers and was a big pain in the neck for the Mustangs all night. Other scorers were Bengston 5, Kowal 4, Dotson 4, McDonald 6, Schultz and Souza 0.

Beat Watsonville 44-41 In a surprise victory reversing a loss to the Cats earlier in the season. Scoring Dave McDonald 15, Ron Bengston 12, Dotson 9, Schultz and Sletten 4 each and Kowal 0.

Beat Salinas 48-30. Scoring: McDonald 14, Dotson 14, Pappas 17, Shields 3, Bengston, Schultz, Sletten, Wenger and Souza 0.

JV.s wins against North Salinas 45-29. The squad completely controlled the rebounds. Against North Salinas top scores were sophomore, forward Dave McDonald with 16 and Ron Dotson 9. Others were Bengston 3, Schultz 2, Kowal 7, Pappas 8, Sletten, Souza, Wenger and Shields 0.

The Cards ended their season with a four game win streak, beating Hollister 29-17 in the last game. Scoring Sousa 8, Bengston and Dodson 5 each, McDonald 7, Sletten and Pappas 2 each, Schultz and Shields 0. In the previous Hollister game, they lost by four in over time. The team was made up of underclassmen, while some of the other teams used juniors also. A tall front line was the biggest asset of the team along with their steady improvement all season long.

The Cards ended the season with a four game win streak and a 6-6 league record. The strength of team was a tall front line and the steady improvement with each game.

The top five scores on the squad by name, games played and points scored:
Joe Pappas 14 117
Dave McDonald 16 114
Randall Dotson 16 91
Ron Bengston 15 74
Byron Shields 14 71


Last year the combined teams ended with a 18-4 record. For the first time in many years there will be a CCAL schedule, but with only five schools participating. Teams in the league in addition to SC were Gilroy, Hollister, North Salinas and Salinas. The C team ended with a 6-3 record and the D team ended 7-2 for a combined record of 13-5. Both teams beat Hollister in the last game of the season.


is headed by the only returnee to the team John Gill. Others moving up from the D team are Dave Dominquez, Buddy Bates. New comers are Conrad Zannotto, Gale Yount and Henry Kadotoni, J. Haas, J. Marker, T. Morse.

In their first game with Willow Glen Gale Yount led the team in scoring with 17 points, while Dave Dominguez scored 10.

Beat Bellarmine 25-20 behind Buddy Bates, Dave Dominguez and Gale Yount.

Lost to Salinas. Beat North Salinas 54-19 paced by the scoring of Yount, Kadotani, King and Blanchard. Lost to Gilroy. At this point the team has a 3-3 record. Scoring leaders are Yount 62, Kadotoni 47, and Bates 21.

The top five scorers for the season were Yount 99, Kadotoni 73, Dominguez 50, Bates 38 and Marker 27. Substitutes were Morse and Haas.


The only returnee is Jack Craghill. New players are Dave Foster, Ricky King, Roger Blanchard, Raulin Russell, Feuerhaken and Gary Coulter.

Beat Bellarmine 45-23 with the top scorers Roger Blanchard with 14 and Jack Craighill with 14. Rickey King and Raulin Russell added to the scoring.

Beat North Salinas 46-14. Beat Gilroy. At this point the team has a 5-1 record. Scoring leaders are Blanchard 52, King 44 and Craighill 41.

The top five scorers for the season were Blanchard 71, King 67, Craighill 47, Russell 39 and Feuerhaken 24. Substitutes were Coulter and Foster.


took third place at the CCAL league meet only one point behind second place Hollister. At the Northern Cal Sectional meet SC placed thirteenth out of 67 schools and had the distinction of placing higher than any of their CCAL counterparts.

In a loss to Gilroy 22-26, the Cards had two pins posted by Frank Hill and John Rogers. Other winners were Jim Hunt, Wally Walker and Warren King.

Cards beat Salinas 38-15. Match winners were Roy Miyoko, Jim Hunt, Larry Hoge, Bernard Harold, Warren King, Cliff Buckner, Dave Foster and John Rogers. Billy Wall tied with his opponent in the 145 pound match which was considered the best competitive match of the day. At this point the team has won four consecutive matches.

At the Gilroy Invitational the Cards took fourth place out of 10 teams. Two Cards took first place they were Jim Hunt at 127 and John Rogers at unlimited. Third place finishers were captain Warren King, Harry Hoge, a transfer from Oregon and Roy Miyoko. Fourth place finishers were Billy Wall and Frank Hill.


Season long stalwarts Jim Hunt, Ron Miyoko, Warren King and John Rogers took first places in their weight classes. Warren King walked away with the highest distinction of the day as he was chosen by all the coaches as the tournaments outstanding wrestler. the Redbirds “sawed off keg of dynamite”, racked up his twenty second consecutive win to be the only Card matman to go undefeated during the regular season. Third place finishers were Frank Hill, Wally Walker, Mark Harkleroad, John Matthews and Cliff Buckner.

The first and second place finishers in the CCAL meet will take part in the NCS meet. The first through fourth place finishers at NCS will take part in the Northern California finals.

Grapplers Advance Two Men To NCS Finals. The squad placed thirteenth out of 67 participating schools at the section meet. Santa Cruz’ rugged grapplers had the distinction of finishing higher than any of their CCAL counterparts. Jim Hunt, the brilliant little Redbird, took a third to have the highest finish among SC’s fine entrants. John “Tank” Rogers captured a fourth in a very keen heavyweight competition. They will be going to UC Berkeley for the Northern Cal finals.

Tank Takes First In Northern California Meet. Card Senior Top Heavyweight In NCI Classic. John “Tank” Rogers., 220 pound senior football star, who was chosen ALL COAST in football added another feather in his cap by winning Nor Cal unlimited weight class at UC Berkeley. At the sectional tournament last week, he just made the cut to participate at the Nor Cal finals and was not regarded as a favorite in the finals. John won three matches to take the title. John joked that his opponents made him look like a midget as they were much larger in size, but John was quicker and more polished.

At the Northern Cal meet, Jim Hunt lost his first match of the year in the first round against the eventual champion of the 127 pound weight class. Jim won his second match, but lost the third match and was not able to place in the finals. Jim ended up with the best record on the team with a record of 27-3. He was undefeated in dual meets. Jim is a four year wrestling letterman.

Team captain Warren “Doc” King who wrestled at the 138 pounds was voted the most outstanding wrestler in the league.

Promising returnees for next year are Ron Miyoko, Frank Hill, Len Mathews, Bernie Harold and Larry Hogue.

took fifth place in CCAL meet, by scoring 17 more points than last year. King City won this year, but Salinas had won 11 years in a row before that.

Placers at the league meet. Claude Schmidt paced the SC thinclads at the CCAL meet. He cleared the pole vault bar at 11 feet in his first try. Don Swan sent Redbird hopes skyrocketing when he tied the school record with a 9.7 second clocking in the 70 yard high hurdles. Bruce Buckner nabbed another school record, when he muscled the shot 45 feet one half inches. Bruce also ran one of his best races in the 330 only to be nosed out by a Watsonville runner. Larry Duke followed Buckner in scoring as he placed third in the 75 yard dash and fourth in the 150 yard dash.

The team had a winning season. Highlights of the season. Claude Schmidt hit the bar at 12 feet on the way down as he went so high above the bar. Larry Duke gave Ed Arrag of Watsonville his only defeat in the 150 yard dash. Bruce Buckner broke the school record in the 330 yard dash. Warren King holds the school record for lightweights and varsity in the high jump. Mike Valine one of the all time greats at SC holds the school record in the 220 and on the relay team. He is a four year track letterman. Bill Scally has been an outstanding runner this year. His best event is the 220. Cliff Buckner was the top discus thrower this year. Lightweight, Dick Yokota runs the 1320 a race not many can finish. Larry McWilliams one of the best competitors, who does the high jump and hurdles.

At the first tri meet of the season, the surprising track team was in mid season form, losing to Salinas by one point and to powerful King City by ten who eventually won the league. Total points were King City 52, Salinas 44 and Santa Cruz 43. Winners for the Cards were Mike Valine in 100 and 220; Fullen in 440; relay team of Valine, Scally, Christensen and Fullen and Claude Schmidt tied in the pole vault at 11 feet.
Second placers: Christenson 220 and shot put, Cunningham discus and Harold mile.
Third placers: Tim Mealiffe 880 and Crowe broad jump
Four placers: Christenson 100 and Lindsay 180 low hurdles and broad jump

The lightweight scoring was Salinas 59, Santa Cruz 51 and King City 28. This is the best showing for the squad for a while. Salinas is a perennial power. Larry Duke broke the long standing 75 yard dash finishing in eight seconds flat and also won the 150 yard dash. Other winners for the Cardlets were Gale Yount 70 yard high hurdles, Yokota discus, Cliff Buckner shot put,
Second placers: Flora 1320, Bruce Buckner 75 yard dash, relay team of Buckner, Erickson, Wood and Duke; tie in the high jump by Yount and Anderson, Duke broad jump and Packer discus.
Third placers: Wood 120 low hurdles, Kolbe broad jump and Anderson pole vault.
Fourth placers: Yokota 1320

Scoring in a four way meet: Monterey 84, Santa Cruz 42, Hollister 10 and SLV 4. The only first place finisher for the Cards was Claude Schmidt in the pole vault at 11 feet. Second place: Tim Mealiffe 880, Jim Crowe 440, Bill Scally 220, Dennis Cody shot put, King high jump, Richard Comstock pole vault. Third place: Warren King 120 low hurdles, Carrithers 880, Bill Scally 100, Harris shot put, Bernie Harold mile, Crowe broad jump, John Van Ness pole vault. Fourth place: Greg Bainum 100.

The Lightweight squad took second in the four way meet.
In lightweights Gale Yount won the 70 yard high hurdles. Larry Duke won the 75 and 150 yard dashes and took a second in the broad jump.

In a three way meet with mediocre Gonzales and Gilroy, both the varsity and lightweights were winners. Top lightweights were Larry Duke who won four events, the 75, 150, broad jump and the relay, Bruce Buckner won the 330. For the varsity Bill Scally won the 220 and took second in the 100. Other varsity first place finishers were Larry McWilliams 70 yard high hurdles, Mike Valine 100 dash, Tex Fullen 440 and Harold mile.

At the prestige’s King City Relay with many schools participating at an excellent track, some of the Cards had their best efforts of the year. Others did not. Tim Mealiffe ran the 880 in his best time of the year a 2:05 to win his first heat, but he did not place in the finals. Bruce Buchner took a first in his 330 heat with a time of :38.3, but did not score. Claude Schmidt vaulted 11’3” for his best jump of the year. He cleared 12 feet, but hit the bar on the way down. Records were shattered in most events, which is an indication of the caliber of the participants.

Wlldcats dump Cards at Memorial Field. Tex Fullen, Bill Scally and Warren King were the only varsity winners. Lightweight Bruce Buckner won two firsts in the 330 and 75 yard dash and Larry Duke won the 150 yard dash.

In a repeat dual meet at Watsonville the score was 38-74. Winners were Bill Scally in the 220 and he picked up a third in the 100. Tex Fullen in 440 and John Cunningham in the discus. Second place finishers were Tim Mealiffe in the 880, Claude Schmidt in the pole vault and Mike Valine in the 220. In photo finishes, Larry Duke finished first in the 150 and tied for first in the 75 yard dash. Larry also won the broad jump.

Bruce Buckner broke the 330 yard dash record at the Big Five meet with a 37.1 time. Mike Valine a four year letterman in track holds the 220 record. Warren King holds the school high jump record for both lightweights and varsity.

Other team members were Spero Benas, Steve Powers, Ray Meehan, Richard Bartel, Don Swan, Twiss, Gary Partlow, Don Sletten, Matus, Tim Ericksen, Drew, Kolbe, Flora, Short, Lowry, Putney, Hungerford, Elliot and Gibbs.


Practice games: Buscher 8-0, 4-0; Campbell 0-2, 9-5; Bellarmine 2-1; St. Francis of Mountain View 8-5, 12-2; Serra 3-3; Del Mar 18-7. Monterey Tournament: Pacific Grove 1-0, Watsonville win, Monterey 11-8. SC tourney champs. Practice record from Trident 11-1. League: Watsonville 2-1, 6-3, 5-4; Monterey 5-1, 12-7, 7-5; North Salinas 6-0, 5-1, 10-1; Salinas 5-1, 1-5, 0-1. League record 10-2 co-champions with Salinas. Season record 21-3. Games missing. Records according to the Trident.

Baptista, Worrell Twirl One-Hitter As Cards Win. Baptista Sparkles In 8-0 Lid lifter Victory Over Buchser. Jerry Baptista, the only senior in the starting lineup, pitched the first five innings giving up a lonely single, walked two and struck out three. Ron Worrell a 6’7” fast baller, kept the ball down well and finished off the last two innings striking out the side in the seventh to complete the shut out. He walked two and struck out seven. Baptista also showed the way at the plate with a booming double and a single to lead the attack. A trio of juniors Bob Lockwood, Don Gerig and Bruce McPherson also laced doubles. Sophomore Mike Murphy had an RBI along with Gerig, McCommon, McPherson and Baptista. Lineup: Lockwood 1B, 5-1; McCommon CF, 3-0; Murphy LF, 2-1; Neumann RF, 2-0; Smith SS, 3-0; Gerig 3B, 3-1; Bruce McPherson 2B, 3-1; Eaton C, 2-0; Baptista P, 3-2 Worrell P, 1-0; Kowal LF, 0-0; Walker 3B, 0-0; Wright C, 0-0 and Cook PH 1-1.

Campbell Crunches Birds in 0-2 Thriller. Out hitting Campbell 5-2 the Cards left 11 men stranded. Worrell twirled the first four innings giving up two hits, two walks, allowed only one run, while whiffing seven batters. Senior Dave Young finished up the last two innings giving up no hits, walked one and allowed no runs. The Cards had five scattered hits and left 11 base runners stranded. Don Gerig and Dave Young hit doubles. Lineup: McCommon CF, 1-0; Smith SS, 4-1; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Murphy LF, 40; Neumann RF, 4-1; Gerig 2B, 3-1; Walker 3B, 1-0; Filice C, 3-1; Worrell P, 1-0; Young P, 1-1; Kowal CF, 1-0 and McPherson 2B, 0-0.

SC Cracks Bells 2-1. Baptista, Worrell Stifle Rallies As Cards Gain Second Win. In a tight 2-1 game with the always tough Bellarmine, Baptista had a no hitter going until the fifth inning, when he tired and walked a batter and gave up a hit to right field where Ron Neumann made the big play of the game when he threw out the lead runner at third to save a run. Ron Worrell relieved and gave up a hit that drove in a run. Baptista went 4 2/3 innings, gave up one hit, walked two, struck out two and allowed one earned run. Worrell hurled 2 1/3 innings, allowed two hits, walked two and allowed no runs. The first Card run scored in the second inning, when Mike Murphy singled Ron Neumann put down a perfect sacrifice bunt and Bob Lockwood drove him in. In the third Baptista singed and was sacrificed by McCommon who beat the throw to first. Steve Smith sacrificed them up a base. Don Gerig drove in Baptista with a sacrifice fly. The Cards have left six men on base and left 26 men stranded in 20 innings. SC out hit the Bells 6 to 3. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-0; Smith SS, 2-1; Young 3B, 2-1; Gerig 2B, 2-0; Murphy LF, 3-1; Neumann RF, 2-0, Lockwood 1b, 3-2; Filice C, 2-0; Baptista P, 2-1 and Worrell P, 0-0.

Gerig, Baptista Pace SC Horehiders to Fourth Win. Dark haired senior Baptista whitewashes Bruins 4-0 in 3 hit shut out. Baptista became the first Card pitcher to go all the way giving up four hits, walked two, struck out eight and threw 89 pitches. So far the locals have banged out 36 hits, scored 22 runs to the opponents 8 in five games for a 4-1 record. Junior Don Gerig hoisted his RBI total to seven in five games driving in two runs on a timely single. Last year Gerig moved up to the varsity in mid season to fill in the lead off spot and play right field and first base. This year he has played second and third. Don is a valuable versatile player who has to be in the lineup for clutch hitting. Outfielder Al McCommon kept his bat warm with a double and single in three official trips to the plate. Left hand hitting, short stop Steve Smith also contributed a double and a single, while sparkling in the field. Mike Murphy saved a run holding a runner at third with a fine throw to the plate. The Cards played errorless ball. SC continued to hit the ball well, rapping out eight hits and raising its season total to 36 in 34 frames of play. Gerig drove in two runs and McCommon one.
Lineup: Murphy LF, 4-4; Young 3B, 2-0; McCommon CF, 3-2; Gerig 2B, 4-1; Smith SS, 3-2; Lockwood 1b, 1-1; Eaton C, 1-0; Baptista P, 3-0; Kowal RF, 1-0; McPherson PH, 1-0; Neumann PH, 1-0; Wright C, 0-0 and Walker PH, 1-0.

Card Trio Slug Way To 8-5 Win. Ten hits were pounded out against St. Francis of Mt. View. Lead off man Mike Murphy drilled three singles, Al McCommon hoisted a home run and a triple and Don Gerig boomed a double and a single for three RBI’s. After five games, Murphy leads the club in hits with six, McCommon in runs with six and Gerig in RBI’s with seven. Ron Worrell started and went 5 2/3 innings, walked two, struck out two, gave up five hits and allowed three runs. Jerry Baptista relieved and went 1 1/3 innings giving up two hits, walked four, struck out two allowed one run. RBI’s Gerig three, McCommon two, Young and Murphy one each. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-2; Smith SS, 3-1; Young 3B, 2-0; Gerig 2B, 3-2; Murphy LF, 4-3; Neumann RF, 3-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Filice C, 3-1; Worrel P, 1-0; Baptista P, 0-0; Walker 3B, 1-0; McPherson 2B, 1-1; Tara 1B, 0-0; Kowal LF, 1-0; Cook RF, 1-0 and Wright C, 1-0.

Squeeze Bunt Fails; Cards Garner Tie 3-3 against Serra was called in nine innings as a junior college game was scheduled for the San Mateo Fitzgerald Field. Baptista made a knee high catch of a Serra squeeze play and doubled off the runner on third to end the game. Worrell started and had a no hitter going until the fifth inning. He went 6 1/3 innings giving up three hits, walked two, struck out six and allowed three earned runs. Baptista went 2 2/3 innings giving up three hits, walked two, struck out one and allowed no earned runs. Murphy led off the game with a double and was driven in by McCommon. The other two runs were scored without a base hit. Lineup: Murphy LF, 4-2; McPherson 2B, 4-1; McCommon CF, 2-0; Gerig 3B, 4-0; Smith SS, 4-1; Lockwood 1B, 2-0; Neumann RF, 4-0; Eaton C, 2-0; Filice C, 2-1; Worrell P, 2-1 and Baptista P, 2-0.

Cards club Campbell 9-5, to take revenge for the only loss of the season so far. Baptista started and was relieved by Dave Young, who moved over from third base to put out the fire. Worrell hurled the final frame. Steve Smith pitched in with timely run producing singles to knock in three runs.
The Cards ended the preseason 5-1-1.

At the preseason league meeting, Watsonville was voted as the most likely league winner with the Cards and Monterey to follow. Last year they were co-champions with Monterey who while coached by Dan Albert have shared at least four of the five championships since his taking over as coach.

Sentinel stats for the games played so far. Pitching by innings, won and loss, strike outs, walks and earned run average.
Baptista 25 1/3 2-0 19 13 1.11
Worrell 17 2/3 2-1 15 10 1.58
Young 7 1-0 6 4 2.00
TOTALS 50 5-1 40 27 1.40


In the first league game, the Cards surprise the Cats 2-1 in eight innings. Ron Worrell started for Baptista, who developed a sore arm, and again spun creditable ball not giving up a run in five innings. Reliever Dave Young with his excellent curve ball pitched himself out of some tight situations to help Worrell calm the Cat bats to only two bingles for the game. Young, Smith and Bruce McPherson rapped out crucial hits for the Cards.

Worrell Tosses No Hitter; Cards Win. Murphy HR Crushes Monterey 5-1 in league opener at Harvey West before 125 intrigued fans. Tall Ron Worrell (6’ 7” 225) senior flame thrower had a perfect game until he gave up a walk with two outs in the fifth inning. Worrell said he was aware of the perfect game iin the fifth, but was not conscious of the no hitter in the seventh, “All I wanted to do was get that third out,” he declared. In the seventh Worrell walked two and the only error of the day for the Cards allowed a run to score. Worrell fanned seven, walked three, gave up no earned runs and made 87 deliveries. Leading stickman sophomore outfielder Mike Murphy (5’ 6” 145) swatted a sky scraping three run homer over the right field wall by 20 to 25 feet, just 15 feet in from the foul line to highlight a five run fourth inning. The ball was so well hit the right fielder took one step back and then paused to watch the ball sail out of sight. RBI’s Murphy three and Worrell one. Lineup: Lockwood 1B, 4-0; Young 3B, 4-2; Murphy LF, 2-1; Smith SS, 4-0; Gerig RF, 3-1; McCommon CF, 2-1; McPherson 2B, 3-0; Filice C, 3-0 and Worrell P, 2-1.

Upstart Cardinals Nip Watsonville 2-1. Young Snuffs Fires In Overtime Contest. Dauntless Dave Young pitched himself out of two trouble spots to lead the upstart Cards to a 2-1 eight inning victory over the favored Cats before some 300 fans at Watsonville. Scheduled starter Jerry Baptista developed a sore arm and Worrell was pressed back into action with only three days rest after throwing a no hitter at Monterey. Worrell hitless ball for five frames running his hitless string to 13 including an inning against Campbell. A disputed play at first and a perfect bunt put two runners on base in the sixth inning brought Young to the mound. Young hit the first batter he faced, then struck out the next two batters. Young then threw a wild pitch and hustling “Punky” Filice retrieved the ball in time to get the runner at the plate. At the top of the seventh the Cards loaded the bases and then coach Geiser called on Mark Amrein who struck out the next three batters. In the eight inning Filice walked, Lockwood sacrificed and the ball was thrown away at first and both runners moved up a base. In attempting to walk Young a wild pitch was thrown and Filice scored. Lockwood scored on and infield out. The game was all but over–but as so often been proved it was not. The Cards made their first error of the game and the next batter walked to put the tying run on base. Filice made the key play of the game, picking off the man at first as Lockwood sneaked in behind the unaware base runner. The next two men walked to load the bases. On a fly ball to Ron Neumann made the catch and fired a strike to the plate to keep the run from scoring. Another walk forced in the Cats first and last run. Young enticed the Cats top hitter Bob Bivins to foul out to Lockwood to end the game. Worrell went five plus innings, walked two, struck out five, gave up no hits and allowed no earned runs. Young went three innings, walked five, struck out four and allowed no earned runs and was credited with the win. Lineup: Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Young 3B/P, 4-1; Murphy LF, 3-0; Smith SS, 2-1; Gerig RF/3B, 3-0; McCommon CF, 3-0; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Filice C, 2-0; Worrell P, 2-1 and Neumann RF, 1-0.

Cheap Hit Spoils Perfect Game For Worrell. Cards Post Third Straight CCAL Victory beating North Salinas 6-0. In 20 innings of CCAL pitching Worrell has allowed only three singles–all of the infield hit variety. The hitter did not get past first as McCommon doubled him off after catching a fly ball with a throw back to first. Ron allowed an infield hit, walked none and struck out six. He mixed up his deliveries, only 55 of them, with a fast ball, curves and a very effective change up. The fielders backed him up with perfect fielding. McCommon started the game with a walk, stole second and scored on Smith’s hit up the middle. (this happened a lot over this year and the next) The SC swatters backed Worrell’s outstanding mound effort with nine hits. The “meat” of the batting order had a field day at the dish. Smith drove in three runs with a double and single. Lockwood drove in a run, went 3 for 4, including two doubles. Murphy lined out two sharp singles and had a RBI. McPherson also drove in a run. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-0; Lockwood 1B, 4-3; Murphy LF, 3-2; Smith SS, 4-2; Young 3B, 3-0; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Neumann RF, 2-0; Filice C, 2-0; Worrell P, 2-1 and Kowal RF, 0-0.

SC Blasts Del Mar 18-7 in a bye date practice game. Virtually hitless and trailing 5-0 going into the third inning the Cards bounded back for six hits and seven runs. The Cards unloaded 12 hits, including a 320 foot homer over the center field fence by Young and four doubles. Young went 3 for 4 including his HR and a double and drove in six runs. Other RBI‘s were Murphy four, Lockwood and Smith two each and McPherson one. Those with doubles were Lockwood, Smith, McPherson and Walker. Lockwood turned in the fielding gem of the day as he lunged to cut off a screeching grounder over first base and got the out. Worrell started and went four innings giving up two hits, walked three, struck out three and allowed no earned runs. Young went the next two giving up no hits, walked one and struck out one. McCommon pitched the last inning giving up two hits, walked one, struck out two and allowed two earned runs. . Lineup: McCommon CF/P, 2-1; Lockwood 1B, 2-1; Murphy LF, 5-2; Smith SS, 4-1; Young 3B/P, 4-3; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Walker C, 3-1; Kowal RF, 1-0; Filice C, 2-1; Eaton C, 1-0; Worrell P, 2-1 and Neumann RF, 1-0.

Cardinals Trounce Salinas 14-5. Dave Young’s Four Hits Pace SC Victory. Young Cards erupted after three scoreless innings to win their four straight league game and end the first of three rounds of league action. Ron Worrell saied to his third league win on a six hitter, walking four, striking out five, allowing five earned runs in a complete game. Young paced the Cards 11 hit attack with a double and three singles going 4 for 4 and driving in two runs. In the sixth inning Filice drove in two runs on a triple and Gerig drove in two runs. For the day Filice and Gerig had three RBI’s and Young and Murphy had two each. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-0; Kowal CF, 0-0;Lockwood 1B, 5-2; Murphy LF, 5-1; Walker LF, 0-0; Smith SS, 4-0; Young 3B, 4-4; McPherson 2B, 4-0; Gerig RF, 3-2; Filice C, 4-2 and Worrell 4-0.

Start of Monterey Easter Tournament won by the Cardinals for the third time in four years. Dave Young does all right for himself on the pitching mound. For a third baseman that is. Young sparked the Cards to the championship, throwing a one hitter in the morning against Watsonville in the semi-finals and then a three inning hitless stint in the finals for the win. Two wins in one day. In ten innings for the day, he gave up one hit, walked two, struck out 13 and gave up no earned runs. Young was voted and received the outstanding pitcher trophy for the tournament. As Dan Albert made the presentation, he said, “I hate to give this to a third baseman.” (Dave was a good pitcher as well as a hitter, player and athlete.)

In the first game of the tournament
McCommon’s No Hitter Puts SC Against Wildcats. Al McCommon in his first pitching assignment this season threw a no hitter against Pacific Grove in a 1-0 win at MPC in the Monterey Easter Tournament. McCommon used a jumping fast ball and sharp breaking curve to strike out 10, walked two and retired the last 14 batters in order. Again the Cards gave their chucker perfect support. The infield of Lockwood, McPherson, Smith and Young has been outstanding. The one runner who reached second was picked off by McCommon. Al said, “I knew I had a no hitter the whole game, but didn’t think hard about it until the fourth inning. I was worried about my control in the early innings, but settled down and then it seemed kind of easy.” The Cards got there lone run in the fourth inning, when Smith hit a double, stole second and scored on Young’s squeeze bunt. Lineup: McCommon P, 2-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Murphy CF, 3-0; Smith SS, 3-2; Young 3B, 2-0; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Neumann LF, 3-1; Gerig RF, 3-1 and Walker C, 2-1.

Young Paces SC’s Easter Tourney Triumphs. In the morning semi-finals the Cards 11 hit attacked shocked the Wildcats, who couldn’t cop with Young’s dazzling breaking stuff and quick fast ball. Young struck out 10 and walked two in a 6-3 win. There were several spectacular fielding gems as the Cats were robbed of at least three hits by outstanding Card grabs. McCommon made two fine plays. The first a one handed stab of a line drive and the other a jumping catch going into the out of bounds area. Murphy made a one handed reach for a line drive down the line. Fancy fielding first baseman Bob Lockwood was swinging easy and hitting the ball up the middle going 4 for 4, scored twice and drove in a run. Smith and Filice each had two hits. One of Filice’s his was a double. Other RBI’s were McCommon, McPherson and Gerig. Lineup: McCommon CF, 4-1; Lockwood 1B, 4-4; Murphy LF, 3-1; Smith SS, 4-2; Young P, 3-0; McPherson 2B, 4-1; Gerig 3B, 2-0; Filice C, 4-2 and Neumann RF, 1-0.

Cardinals Top Monterey In Marathon Finale, 11-8, in a two and a half hour finale. After the spirited victory over Watsonville the Cards seemed to let down for the championship game against the team Worrell had no hit in the league game. At the end of the fourth inning the score was SC 9-6. When starter Worrell got into more trouble than he could handle in the fifth inning, he left with two men on base and no outs. “Rubber arm” Young went to work to protect a precarious lead. Two runs scored to make the score 9-8. Young was untouchable for the remainder of the game, retiring seven men in a row. Smith’s two run single locked it up for the Cards in the seventh. Worrell worked four innings giving up nine hits, walked five, struck out eight and allowed seven earned runs. Young hurled three innings giving up no hits, walking none, struck out three and gave up no earned runs.
Young had a triple, double and drove in four runs. McPherson hit a double. Smith had three RBI’s and Filice one. Lineup: McCommon CF, 5-3; Lockwood 1B, 4-0; Murphy LF, 3-0; Smith SS, 5-1; Young 3B/P, 5-2; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Gerig 3B/RF, 4-1; Filice C, 2-2; Worrell P, 2-0 and Neumann RF, 1-0.

Reserve Larry Eaton Slams Grand Slam; Cards Win Wild Tilt 6-3 over Watsonville. Sophomore catcher Larry Eaton hit a dramatic grand slam walk off home run with the Cards down 2-3 in the bottom of the ninth. Eaton facing ALL CCAL pitcher from last year Mark Amrein’s 3 and 2 fast ball and slammed it deep over the left field fence. It was his first hit in seven official times at bat this season. At the top of the inning Bob Bivins an ALL CCAL player last year tagged a homer to put the Cats ahead 3-2. On the next batter, Card catcher John “Punky” Filice jumped out quickly to field a dribbler hit down the first base line and was run into by the batter and a tussle ensued. Filice was ejected from the game even though the runner swung at Filice to start with. Junior Larry Eaton replaced Filice and later hit the game winning homer. The three runners ahead of him were all on base with walks. The game had a little of everything. There was good pitching, tdramatic hitting perfect strategy and there was even a wild fight. The Cards young team, only four seniors, has won 14 games, lost one and tied one and avenged it lone lose. This win marks the third straight over the preseason favorite Cats with two being in league. The game got of to a smooth start before 200 fans. Worrell retired the side in order. Lockwood walked and went to third on Murphy’s single and scored on Smith’s sacrifice fly. With one out in the fourth inning and after a single and a walk a questionable strategy took place, when Worrell was replaced by third baseman Dave Young who had not had proper warm up. Young walked the next batter to load the bases. A looping single to left scored two runs to put the Cats ahead 2-1. The alert Young picked up a loose ball at the plate and threw out a runner going to third for the second out. He got out of the inning on a strike out. As the Cards were at bat Young warmed up and pitched well the last five innings. In the fifth inning a nice relay to the plate form McCommon to Lockwood to Filice cut down the runner. In the same inning McCommon cut down a batter trying for a double at second base. In the bottom half of the inning, Gerig singled and McPherson sacrificed him to second. Lockwood drilled a long drive to the base of the boards in left center to score Gerig. Lockwood made good glove hand stab going to his right and threw to Worrell covering first, but he dropped it for the Cards only error. RBI’s Eaton 4, Smith and Lockwood one each. Worrell went 3 1/3 innings giving up one hit, walked two, struck out four and allowed two earned runs. Young went 5 2/3 innings giving up four hits, walked three, struck out four, allowed one earned run and was credited with the win. Lineup: McCommon CF, 4-0; Lockwood 1B, 2-1; Murphy LF, 2-1; Smith SS, 3-0; Young 3B/P, 3-2; Filice C, 4-1; Gerig RF, 3-1; McPherson 2B, 2-1; Worrell P, 1-0; Neumann PH, 1-0; Kowal CF; Eaton C, 1-0 and Walker 3B, 2-0.

Murphy Muscles Cards By Monterey 12-7 in a make up of a rain out. Left fielder Mike Murphy stole the lime light driving in five runs on two solid boundary bolts (home runs). Murphy defies the averages batting left handed against a left handed pitcher successfully. He has three home runs this year all against Monterey. Since this was a home game, the Cards scored in five of the six innings they batted. Al McCommon led off the game with a walk. Bob Lockwood reached base on an error and Murphy followed with his first homer. The Cards are now 15-1-1. Through five innings starter Ron Worrell had given up one run on two hits, but ran out of steam in the sixth. He has been doing a lot of pitching and started to tire. Ron pitched five plus innings giving up five hits, walked three, struck out seven and allowed five earned runs. Dave Young relieved in the sixth with no outs and no one on base. He gave up two hits, walked two, struck out five and allowed two earned runs. Worrell got the win and Young a save. RBI’s Murphy 5, Smith 3, McCommon and Worrell one each. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-1; Lockwood 1B, 2-0; Murphy LF, 3-2; Young 3B/P, 4-1; Smith SS, 4-2; Gerig RF, 4-1; McPherson 2B, 1-1; Filice C, 1-0; Worrell P, 2-0 and Walker 3B, 0-0.

Cards Post sixteenth Win With Only One Defeat. Horsehiders Smack The Long Ball. The Day after beating Monterey, the Cards beat St. Francis of Mountain View 12-2 and tomorrow have a league game with North Salinas. The rain backed up some games. The Cards had a nine run second inning to make things easier on regular line up men turned pitchers for the day. Al McCommon started and went two innings giving up three hits, walked none, struck out two and gave up no earned runs. Steve Smith making his first pitching appearance, hurled five innings giving up three hits, walked seven, struck out eight and allowed two earned runs, while going 2 for 3 at the plate. Bruce McPherson slammed three run homer to climax the Cards nine run second inning rally. Later he hit a double to the deep left field corner. Others with doubles were Wally Walker, Ron Neumann, Larry Eaton and Mike Murphy. RBI’s were McPherson 3, Eaton, Neumann and Murphy two apiece, Smith, Young and Walker one apiece. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-1; Lockwood 1B, 2-0; Walker 3B, 3-2; Murphy LF, 3-1; Young 2B, 1-0; Smith SS, 3-2; Neumann RF, 4-1; Kowal CF, 2-0; Eaton C, 4-1; McCommon P, 1-0; McPherson 2B, 3-2 and Gerig 1B, 1-0.

Dave Young Hurls Cardinal Victory a 5-0 win over North Salinas for their seventh straight CCAL win. The Cards had only five hits and had only one solid hit in the entire game a two run single by Bruce McPherson in the seventh inning when the Cards scored three times. Steve Smith had the only other RBI. The Cards left 11 men on the bases. However they displayed their useal outstanding play in the field and picked up another fine effort from Young on the mound. Wally Walker filled in for Young at third base got a hit and robbed of another. McPherson came up with everything hit his way to spark the infield performance. Young fired impressive ball, but worked with men on base every inning but the sixth. In the first inning, good defense on the sacrifice bunt forced the runner at second. In the second inning, Young caught a pop up on a sacrifice bunt and doubled the man on first. In the third inning the same play happened with Walker making the play.
Young had a complete game win giving up only two hits, walked two, hit one and struck out four.
Lineup: McCommon CF, 2-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-2; Murphy LF, 2-0; Young P, 2-0; Smith SS, 3-1; Gerig RF, 4-0; McPherson 2B, 4-1; Filice C, 4-0 and Walker 3B, 3-1.

Card Baseball Win Streak Ends at 16. Salinas Moves To Within A Game Of CCAL leaders with a 5-1 win. Cards lose for only the second time in 20 games so far this season and first time in league. Salinas got at least one hit an inning for a total of 11, while the Cards had only three hits. The Cards could not take advantage of the Cowboys six errors. Make no doubt about it, Salinas deserved to win, but it was undoubtedly the Cards worst showing. The Rebirds made numerous mental errors and did not hit like they have most of the season. League play is two thirds of the way completed. Defensively sophomore Steve Smith at shortstop barely missed great fielding gems making him the only bright spot in the otherwise dismal performance for SC. Dave Young started and went 4 1/3 innings giving up seven hits, walked two, struck out three and allowed four earned runs. Ron Worrel hurled 2 2/3 innings allowing four hits, walked none, struck out three and allowed no earned runs. Lineup: McCommon CF, 4-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Murphy LF, 4-1; Smith SS, 2-0; Young P/3B, 3-1; Gerig RF/3B, 3-0; McPherson 2B, 2-0; Filice C, 2-1; Walker 3B, 1-0; Eaton PH, 1-0 and Kowal RF.

Fantastic Catch Enables SC Nine To Nip Monterey 7-5. A fantastic over the shoulder back handed catch by sophomore left fielder Mike Murphy saved the day for the Cards, snuffing out a last ditch Monterey rally. The Cards were ahead 7-5 with one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh when Dave Young replaced Ron Worrell on the mound. Young threw one pitch and the batter blasted it to very deep left field. Murphy caught the ball on the dead run in his glove webbing, fired it to third baseman Wally Walker who relayed it to Bob Lockwood at first to double off the astonished runner, who had rounded second base and was headed into third when the ball came back into the infield. The Cards scored two runs in the first inning on a single by Smith and McPherson squeezed in the second run. An error, walk and two passed balls allowed Neumann to score in the second inning. The Cards broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh. Two infield errors put McCommon and Lockwood on first and second. Murphy sacrifice bunted and was safe at first as Monterey tried to get the lead runner. With the bases loaded, Smith hit a two run single. McPherson and Neumann each singled home runs to put the Cards up 7-4. Monterey scored two runs in the seventh before Murphy’s catch and throw. The usually fine fielding Cards were guilty of five errors. Worrell started and went 6 1/3 innings giving up seven hits, walked four, struck out five and allowed two earned runs for the win. Young went 2/3 for the save on one pitch. RBI’s: Smith three, McPherson two and Neumann one. Lineup: McCommon CF, 5-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Murphy LF, 2-1; Smith SS, 3-2; Young 3B, 2-1; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Filice C, 4-0; Neumann RF, 4-2; Worrell P, 3-0 and Walker 3B, 0-0.

Cards nip Watsonville in nine innings 5-4 on a Cat throwing error. Winning Tally on Wild Toss; Salinas Hold Pace. The win was the tenth straight over Watsonville dating back to 1958. For the third time this year, the cross- county rivals battled to overtime as sine 200 fans looked on. Watsonville catcher Bob Bivins (Bob later became the coach of the Cats.) tied the game in the seventh with a 350 foot home run. In the previous match up he did the same thing at Harvey West. In the fifth inning Bivins hit a ball to left center that McCommon caught at the fence. But again he Cards came back to win in the top of the ninth when Steve Smith scored on a throwing error. Young received credit for the win, although displaying wildness as he gave up nine free passes while whiffing three. The Cats only managed four hits off the slants of starter Worrell and Young, but they gave up 12 walks. Centerfielder Al Mc Common and shortstop Steve Smith each collected two singles with Smith being the only Card credited with an RBI. Yesterdays game was action packed. Both teams missed numerous opportunities. The Cards left 11 men stranded and Watsonville fared no better stranding 12. The Cards got the jump in the first inning when Murphy singled and went to second as the outfielder booted the ball. Smith singled him home. In the second McPherson walked, took second on a wild pitch, was sacrificed to third and scored on a passed ball. In the fourth, three Cards walked and two of them scored on an error. Worrell started and went one and 2/3 innings giving up two hits, walked three and allowed two earned runs. Young relieved and went 7 1/3 innings giving up two hits, walked nine, struck out three and allowed two earned runs. Lineup: McCommon CF, 5-2; Lockwood 1B, 4-0; Murphy LF, 3-1; Smith SS, 4-2; Young 3B/P, 5-1; McPherson 2B, 4-0; Neumann RF, 3-0; Filice C, 2-1; Worrell P, 1-0 and Walker 3B, 1-0.

No ‘Choke Up’–SC Clinches Title Tie. Worrell’s Two Hit Job Wins. Cards win 10-1 over North Salinas. Last year the Cards lost a piece of the championship in the last game of the season, clinched the North Salinas tilt in the early innings. It is the first SC baseball pennant since 1951. SC scored in every inning but the fifth. Murphy hit his fourth home run of the year and McPherson his second. Young and McPherson had doubles. RBI’s: McPherson three, Murphy two and Filice one. Worrell went the distance on the mound giving up two hits, walked five, struck out four, and allowed no earned runs. Steve Smith missed the game because of illness. Lineup: McCommon CF, 2-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-1; Murphy LF, 3-1; Young SS, 3-2; McPherson 2B, 3-2; Neumann RF, 3-1; Filice C, 2-0; Walker 3B, 3-0; Worrell P, 1-0 and Gerig RF, 1-1.

Salinas Nips SC, Tie For Title. Sharp Out Duels Dave Young 1-0. Not hitting in the right place or at the right time, the Cards had to settle for a CCAL co-championship at Salinas Muni before some 200 fans who watched the action packed drama. It was an extremely well played pitchers duel between Dave Young and Lemoyne Sharp that lasted only an hour and 40 minutes. The Cowboys made a first inning marker stand up as they warded off several Card scoring threats. The first Cowboy hitter walked on a full count. The next batter struck out. The third man was hit by a pitch, putting two on base. The league batting leader tied with Young at .405 struck out, but a .359 hitter singled home the only run of the game. After the first inning the two teams were very evenly matched. Both clubs collected five hits, both left seven runners stranded and Salinas mad two errors to SC’s perfect ball in the field. There were no extra base blows. Young walked two and Sharp three. They both gave up five hits. Young struck out six and Sharp three. The teams records were SC 20-3 and Salinas 20-6. The best scoring opportunity for the Cards took place in the sixth inning when Smith walked and when was stealing second the throw was wild and he went to third. With one out, since Young had a singled sharply in his last at bat, the coach did not go for the squeeze and the tie. After taking a strike, Young fouled off a pitch and became only the third Card to strike out on a nice breaking ball by the pitcher. The next batter flew out. (As it is in any ball park, some of the balls the Cards hit would have been out at Harvey West, but this game was played at Salinas Muni a large park that later was used by a California league team.) McCommon hit a long fly ball to deep center field, one of four Card outs that would have been home runs in Santa Cruz. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-1; Murphy LF, 2-0; Smith SS, 2-0; Young P, 2-1; McPherson 2B, 3-0; Neumann RF, 3-0; Filice C, 3-2; Walker 3B, 2-1 and Gerig PH, 1-0.

Summary of the Season by the Trident.
Diamond Men Climax Season In Deadlock with Salinas. Salinas gave the Cards their only two losses to earn a co championship.

The local mound staff cut down to two hurlers, Ron Worrell and Dave Young with the injury of Jerry Baptista. Jerry was a main pitching cog at the start of the season and was sorely missed. The two stalwart senior pitchers performed tremendously for the underclass studded crew. Young a flashy third baseman, when not on the hill, excelled scooping up scorchers and was the clubs leading RBI man and one of the top hitters.

Sophomore sensation Mike Murphy powered his way into a starting post at the beginning of the season and went on to become the clubs leading for average hitter as well as pacing the squad in round trippers with four. Steve Smith another sophomore hung up his golf clubs after starring in the sport as a freshman to fill the important role of short stop this year. Card fans wonder in amazement as he skillfully has mastered the diamond sport. Steve has been a starter in tennis, golf and basketball as well. Sophomore Larry Eaton did not get the playing time as the others have, but he made maximum use out of the time he had. His grand slam against Watsonville led to a key win in the road to the title.

There were a strong group of junior starters, who were a big part of the success of the team. They were Al McCommon, Bob Lockwood, Bruce McPherson and Don Gerig. Other juniors who were important to the team this year and will be starters next year were Wally Walker chief utility man who played any position where every he was needed accept pitching. The amount of playing time he received was equivalent of a starter. Ron Neumann and Jim Kowal outfielders most probably would be first stringers on other teams this year.

Senior chatterbox backstop John Filice was the most inspirational and probably the most valuable man on the squad. When John at 5’ 6” went out to the mound to converse with 6’ 7” pitcher Ron Worrell, one could tell who was in charge of the game. Managers: Gary Cramer and Jim Clark.

Sentinel. June 9. Four Cards On All Stars, picked by league coaches.


selections were seniors Dave Young and Ron Worrell and sophomores Steve Smith and Mike Murphy. Young, Murphy and Smith were unanimous choices. Worrell led the pitchers with a 6-0 league record. Young did considerable pitching also, posting a 4-2 record, but because he was the league batting champion with a .410 batting average, he was put at third base were he started more often. Murphy and Smith are very promising sophomores. Murphy was the number four hitter in league with a .353 batting average. He has been described as a “Teenage Abie Pearson.” He’s a 5-6, 145 pounder, who muscled four home runs in the cracker box Harvey West Stadium. Smith hit .286, but proved most valuable at shortstop, plugging a big hole in recent years, in the Card infield. Bruce McPherson, Cardinal junior, who has made only three errors all season and only one in CCAL games received only one vote.


Practice games: St. Francis of Watsonville 22-2, Bellarmine 4-9; Palma 12-0, Campbell 4-2. League Monterey 5-0, Watsonville 4-3, North Salinas
Many games missing. According to the Trident the team won the CCAL championship.

Most of the players are freshmen. Last years record was 14-4 and many of this years sophomores have moved up to the varsity squad.

JV Baseball Team Members: Tom Schot, Conrad Zanotto, Al Feuerhaken, Jim Skinner, R. Smiley, S. Modina, Henry Kadatoni, Larry Latham, John Pierce, E. Azevedo, B. Bender, Ken Ritter, Mark Schultz, Bryon Shields, R. Dryden, R. Russell, Mike Heren, J Christensen and Dave Netto.

Freshman John Pierce fired a no hitter and clubbed a three run homer to spark the 12-0 win over Palma. In the first league game a 5-0 win over Monterey, John shut them out on five hits.

Going into the last game of the season the team has cinched at least a tie for the championship. The Cards have only one loss and a 1-1 tie against Monterey called because of darkness. Ken Ritter with a .398 batting average and John Pierce with a 7-1 pitching record paced the locals.


took fifth place in CCAL meet, by scoring 17 more points than last year. King City won this year, but Salinas had won 11 years in a row before that.

Trident. Placers at the league meet. Claude Schmidt paced the SC thinclads at the CCAL meet. He cleared the pole vault bar at 11 feet in his first try. Don Swan sent Redbird hopes skyrocketing when he tied the school record with a 9.7 second clocking in the 70 yard high hurdles. Bruce Buckner nabbed another school record, when he muscled the shot 45 feet one half inches. Bruce also ran one of his best races in the 330 only to be nosed out by a Watsonville runner. Larry Duke followed Buckner in scoring as he placed third in the 75 yard dash and fourth in the 150 yard dash.

Trident. The team had a winning season. Highlights of the season. Claude Schmidt hit the bar at 12 feet on the way down as he went so high above the bar. Larry Duke gave Ed Arrag of Watsonville his only defeat in the 150 yard dash. Bruce Buckner broke the school record in the 330 yard dash. Warren King holds the school record for lightweights and varsity in the high jump. Mike Valine one of the all time greats at SC holds the school record in the 220 and on the relay team. He is a four year track letterman. Bill Scally has been an outstanding runner this year. His best event is the 220. Cliff Buckner was the top discus thrower this year. Lightweight, Dick Yokota runs the 1320 a race not many can finish. Larry McWilliams one of the best competitors, who does the high jump and hurdles.

Sentinel March 13. At the first tri meet of the season, the surprising track team was in mid season form, losing to Salinas by one point and to powerful King City by ten who eventually won the league. Total points were King City 53, Salinas 44 and Santa Cruz 43. Winners for the Cards were Mike Valine in 100 in 10.6 and 220 in 23.6; Fullen in 440 in 52.8; relay team of Valine, Scally, Christensen and Fullen in 1:34.5 and Claude Schmidt tied in the pole vault at 11 feet.
Second placers: Christenson 220 and shot put, Cunningham discus and Harold mile.
Third placers: Tim Mealiffe 880 and Crowe broad jump
Four placers: Christenson 100 and Lindsay 180 low hurdles and broad jump
The lightweight scoring was Salinas 60, Santa Cruz 52 and King City 28. This is the best showing for the squad for a while. Salinas is a perennial power. Larry Duke broke the long standing 75 yard dash finishing in eight seconds flat and also won the 150 yard dash in15.9. Other winners for the Cardlets were Gale Yount 70 yard high hurdles in 11.1, Yokota discus at 85-8, Cliff Buckner shot put at 39-6.
Second placers: Flora 1320, Bruce Buckner 75 yard dash, relay team of Buckner, Erickson, Wood and Duke; tie in the high jump by Yount and Anderson, Duke broad jump and Packer discus.
Third placers: Wood 120 low hurdles, Kolbe broad jump and Anderson pole vault.
Fourth placers: Yokota 1320

March 20. Larry Duke Wins Two Sprint Races. Lightweight flash Larry Duke was the individual stand out for the Cards on a perfect, sunny, sunny afternoon, which saw several Card headliners Jim Fullen and Mike Valine watching from the stands. Duke, a junior, edged Bruce Buckner in the 75 in 8.4 and then ran away from the pack in the 150 in 16.2. He also placed second in the broad jump.
Scoring in a four way meet: Monterey 85, Santa Cruz 42, Hollister 10 and SLV 4. The only first place finisher for the Cards varsity was Claude Schmidt in the pole vault at 11 feet. He was followed by Comstock in second and Van Ness in third. Second place finishers: Tim Mealiffe 880, Jim Crowe 440, Bill Scally 220, Dennis Cody shot put, King high jump, Richard Comstock pole vault. Third place: Warren King 120 low hurdles, Carrithers 880, Bill Scally 100, Harris shot put, Bernie Harold mile, Crowe broad jump, John Van Ness pole vault. Fourth place: Greg Bainum 100.
The Lightweight squad took second in the four way meet. Monterey 86, Santa Cruz 43, Hollister 8, SLV 4. As above, Larry Duke won the 75 and 150 yard dashes and took a second in the broad jump. Bruce Buckner set a blistering pace in the 330 and then held off a challenge for a chest length 39.2 victory and also place second in the 75. Gale Yount a lanky sophomore, scampered over the 70 yard high hurdles in 10.7 for the Cardlets fourth win, was fourth in the pole vault and took second in the high jump. Second place finishers: Silva 660. SC relay team. Third place finishers: Flora 1320. Anderson pole vault. Fourth place finishers: Sletten 660. McCray 330. Wood 120 low hurdles. Robinson 150.

March 27. Duke Triples In Lightweight Competition. Don’t figure on SC as the CCAL doormat in track any longer. The Cards breezed to an easy victory in a three way meet with mediocre Gonzales and Gilroy, both the varsity and lightweights were winners. Varsity score: SC 72, Gonzales 44 and Gilroy 27. For the varsity Bill Scally impressed with a win in the 220 in 23.8, which is an improvement of two seconds, while taking second in the 100. Other varsity first place finishers were Larry McWilliams 70 yard high hurdles in 9.6. Mike Valine 100 dash 10.6 and second in 220. Tex Fullen 440 in 53.7 and second in the 120 low hurdles. Claude Schmidt;s 10-6 in pole vault and Bernard Harold’s 5:13.9 in the mile.
Second place: Mealiffe 880. Cody shot put. Crowe broad jump and third in 440. Buckner discus. Tie between Van Ness and Comstock in pole vault.
Third place: King 70 high hurdles, 120 low hurdles and fourth at high jump. Hogan mile.
Fourth place: Carrithers 880. Harris shot put. Cunningham discus.
Top lightweights were Larry Duke who won four events, the 75 in 8.0, 150 in 15.1, broad jump 19-10 and the relay, Bruce Buckner won the 330 and shot put at 10-6 and was second in 75 dash. Anderson won the pole vault at 8-6 and was tied for second in the high jump. The relay team won, but no time or members given. Team score: SC 68, Gilroy 45, Gonzales 30.
Second place: Flora 1320. Swain discus. Tie for second by Yount and Anderson high jump.
Third place: Yount 70 high hurdles. Tie between Yount and Erickson in pole vault.
Sletten 660. McCray 330 and fourth in 150. Wood 120 and 75 dash for fourth. Yokota 1320. Parker discus. Fourth place: Kolbe 660. Swan 120. Sletten pole vault.

April 3. Card Cinder-men Shutout In the prestige’s King City Relay with many schools participating at an excellent track, some of the Cards had their best efforts of the year. Others did not. Tim Mealiffe ran the 880 in his best time of the year a 2:05 to win his first heat, but he did not place in the finals. Bruce Buchner took a first in his 330 heat with a time of :38.3, but did not score. Claude Schmidt vaulted 11’3” for his best jump of the year. He cleared 12 feet, but hit the bar on the way down. Records were shattered in most events, which is an indication of the caliber of the participants.

April 5. SC Thinclads 2nd In CCAL Reserve Meet. Monterey 51, SC 47, Watsonville 51, Salinas 25, Hollister 25, North Salinas 8, SLV 3. Milo Williams ran a 17 flat 120 yard high hurdles. Warren King took the 180 low hurdles in 22.7. Greg Bainum captured the 220 in 24.3. The Cards won the relay in 1:41.0.
Lightweights: Watsonville 59, Monterey 47, SC 30, North Salinas 22, SLV 18, Hollister 9, Salinas 6. Norm Anderson won the pole vault at 9-6, Dick Yokota won the 1320 in 3:39.7. Bill Wood tied for first in the 150 at 16.5.
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April 10. Fullen’s Double Leads Card Thinclads To Victory. Jim (Tex) Fullen romped to an impromptu double in the 440 in 52.9 and the 100 low hurdles in 22.6 to guide the SC team back to the winning trail. In the three way meet the scoring was North Salinas 78, SC 54, Palma 7. Performances were hampered somewhat by a biting, strong cross wind on a new North Salinas track. Fullen pulled from the pack at the 200 yard mark for a going-away 52.9 victory. In the 180 low hurdles, he roared from fourth to first in the final two hurdles for a 22.6 clocking. SC swept the pole vault with the top three placers with Claude Schmidt winning at 10-7, followed by Van Ness in second and Putney and Powers tied for third. Larry McWilliams won the 120 high hurdles in 17.1 and was fourth in the 220 and second in the broad jump. Warren King won the high jump in 5-4, was a member of the winning relay team and was third in the 100 low hurdles. The relay team of Scally, King, Crowe and Fullen took a narrow victory in 1:36.2. Coaches Al Wright and Bill Wood expressed particular approval of the 2:04.8 half-mile of junior Tim Mealiffe, who finished a stride behind the winner. Second placers: Lindsay 100 low hurdles. Scally in 220 and third in 100. Crowe 440 and broad jump. Harold mile. Harris shot put. Cunningham discus. Third placers: Carrithers 880. Hogan mile. Buckner discus. Schmidt high jump. Fourth placers: Kingdom mile. Duffield, shot put and third in discus. McDonald high jump.
Lightweights: Score: North Salinas 90, SC 45, Palma 6. Larry Duke scored a triple victory with his best mark being a 19-10 broad jump. He was clocked in 8.2 in the 75 dash and 15.8 in the 150 dash. The relay team of Buckner, Woods, Ericksen and Duke won in 47.7. Promising freshman sprinter Bruce Buckner had a personal best in winning the shot put at 40-11. He was second in the 330 after being ahead by about two yards at one point, but was nipped in a photo finish. Both runners were given a time of 38.7. Bruce was second in the 75 dash. Second placers: Swan 75 high hurdles. Flora 1320. Third placers: Silva 660. Yokata 1320. Fourth placers: Yount 75 high hurdles. Kolbe in 660 and broad jump. McCray 330. Sletten pole vault.

April 24. Wildcat Cindermen Defeat Cardinals In Dual Meet. Wildcats dump Cards at Memorial Field 73-41. Not until the 440 did SC break a hard steel Watsonville track and field front. The effect was heartening as the Cards responded for three varsity and five lightweight firsts, including one school record. Most events were hampered by gusty winds. Tex Fullen, Bill Scally and Warren King were the only varsity winners. Ironically, SC’s break through victory came from Jim Fullen a mid-year transfer from Watsonville. Fullen took command coming off the first turn, stood of his challenger for a three yard win at 53.5. Bill Scally and Mike Valine turned in the only one-two SC sweep in the 220, the improving Scally won in 23.9. The 5-8 Warren King leaped 5-10 and barely missed his second try at 6 feet to tie for first and also surpassing his previous best of 5-7. The relay team of Valine, Scally, Crowe and Fullen won in 1:35.9. Second place: Mealiffe 880. Harold mile. Harris shot put. Crow broad jump. Schmidt pole vault. Third place: Cunningham discus. Van Ness pole vault.
Lightweights: Watsonville 77, SC 37. Freshman Bruce Buckner won two firsts in the 330 and the shot put and Larry Duke won the 150 yard dash. Buckner ran the 330 in 37.9 for an SC record and threw the shot 40-8 for his second win. He also placed third in the 75. Duke trailing by a body at the mid-point of the 150 nipped the runner who had beaten him in the 75, with a time of 15.8 and also won the broad jump at 19-10. Duke was second in the 75. Anderson won the pole vault at 10 feet. Second place: Flora 1320. Yount high jump and pole vault.

May 1. SC Thinclads Gain, But Lose To Cats. In a repeat dual meet at Watsonville the score was 38-74. Coach Al Wright expressed pleasure with the “good efforts” by most of the squad.
Winners were Bill Scally, who nipped Mike Valine with a 24 flat win in the 220 and he picked up a surprise third in the 100. Tex Fullen took command in the stretch to win the 440 in 53.2. Jim Crowe, shut out last week took second. John Cunningham threw 123-4 in the discus. Warren King was in a three way tie for first in the high jump at 5-6. Second place finishers were Tim Mealiffe in the 880, Claude Schmidt in the pole vault and Mike Valine in the 220. Harris shot put. Third place: Harold mile. Netoff discus. Van Ness pole vault.
Lightweights: Watsonville 64, SC 48. The Cardlets picked up 12 points over their effort against Watsonville last week. In photo finishes, Larry Duke finished first in the 150 and tied for first in the 75 yard dash. Larry also won the broad jump. The slow starting Duke, trailed by two feet at the 60 yard post, lunged at the tape for a 8.1 tie for first in the 75 yard dash. The then pulled away in the 150 to win in 16.1 Buckner a hard luck kid as far as firsts are concerned all season, missed two firsts by a half-inch in setting the new SC shot put mark. He had a ‘foul” throw of 45 feet. The hard striding freshman galloped from behind in the straight away to win the 330 in a respectable 38 flat. Buckner also took a third in the 75 dash. Winning relay team of Buckner, Wood, Erickson and Duke. The high jump had a tie for first at 4-9, among Sletten, Yount and Anderson plus two Watsonville athletes. Pole vault was a tie between Anderson and Yount for first. Coach Wright singled out Don Swan, who got a surprise second in the 70 high hurdles for special acclaim. Other second placers: Flora 1320. Third place: Yokota 1320.

May 5. Big Five: Monterey 74, Salinas 70, Watsonville 53, North Salinas 28, SC 20.
“We’ll have to take a bus to the CCAL finals next week,” said coach Al Wright, “not a very big bus, but at least a bus.” Wright spoke after the Big Five meet, where 14 Cards hauled in places to qualify for the CCAL finals. In the past SC track could trek to the CCAL meet in a Volkswagen and not be cramped. Monterey won both varsity and lightweights and SC finish fifth in both divisions. Bruce Buckner established two school records to pace the local individuals. Mike Valine, a varsity sprinter summed it up when he said, “I can remember when you could count SC’s points on one hand.” SC still didn’t place above last year in the Big Five, but they did almost double last year’s performance. Jim Fullen tied for first in the 440 in a time of 51.3 for the only SC varsity winner. The following had their best of lifetime efforts: Tim Mealiffe, third in 880 after leading until the final 200 yards. Bill Scally placed fourth in the 220 in 23.4. Lindsey fifth in 180 low hurdles. Valine fifth in 220. Harold fifth in mile. SC was fourth in the relay. Pole vault, Schmidt fourth and Van Ness fifth.
Lightweights: Big Five: Monterey 56, Watsonville 56 (tie for first) Salinas 43, North Salinas 37, Santa Cruz 24. Outstanding freshman Bruce Buckner took first in the 330 to break the school record at 37.1 and took third in the shot put another school record at 44-9. Russ Flora had his best ever time, while taking fourth place in the 1320 in 3:30.9. Don Swan impressed with a fourth in the 70 yard high hurdles in a personal best time. Larry Duke finished fourth in the 75, fifth in the 150 and fifth in broad jump. Young was sixth in the pole vault.

May 15. SC Fifth. Claude Schmidt In Pole Vault Victory. At the CCAL championship meet King City won the varsity title and Monterey the lightweight title by substantial margins. Salinas’ 11 year hold on the CCAL championship was snapped. Varsity scores: King City 52, Monterey 41, Salinas 36, North Salinas 27, SC 19, Carmel 17, Watsonville 17, Hollister 12, Live Oak 9, Gilroy 7, PG 3. SC athletes picked up bonus points in some quarters, but disappointed elsewhere to finish fifth in both varsity and lightweights. SC gained nearly 17 points over their 1959 showing. Pole vaulter Claude Schmidt led the Cards as he soared to a first place clearing the bar at 11 feet. Van Ness tied for second place in the pole vault. The relay team came up with another bonus performance with a clear cut second place in a confusing race. The vaunted SC middle distance men didn’t fare as well. Jim Fullen in the favored pole position, ran the first furlong too slow and finished fourth in the 440. Bill Scally was fifth in the 220.
Lightweight scores: Monterey 67, Watsonville 52, Salinas 45, North Salinas 36, SC 20, Gilroy 13, King City 3. Hurdler Don Swan got the Cardlets off to a flying start when he was nipped at the wire for a surprising second in the 70 high hurdles. Swan a steadily improving non-winner all season, earned a school record in a photo-finish 9.7 clocking. Bruce Buckner took third place in the 330 in a tight race. Buckner toss the ten pound shot 46 feet for a school record and third place. Following Buckner in points scored, sprinter Larry Duke grabbed a third in the 75 and fourth in the 150.

Mike Valine a four year letterman in track holds the 220 record. Warren King holds the school high jump record for both lightweights and varsity.

Other team members were Spero Benas, Steve Powers, Ray Meehan, Richard Bartel, Don Swan, Twiss, Gary Partlow, Don Sletten, Matus, Tim Ericksen, Drew, Kolbe, Flora, Short, Lowry, Putney, Hungerford, Elliot and Gibbs.


For the first official SCHS team in the CCAL league. There home pool is at Harvey West Park. The team had a good turn out of 22 varsity and 13 lightweight swimmers.

Swimming Team Members: S. Pease, E. Anderson, C. Boppell, J. Bouriague, Mike Olivieri, B. Shannon, Phil McRae, Chip Cureton, T. Johns, K. Halbach, C. Head, M. Owen, Dennis Heaney, D. Scott, Ray York, M. Wood, B. Kingdom. Jim Ritchey, Joe Ritchey, Jack Ritchey, D. Glaum, Pierre Constant, Frank Kelly, Lee Sharps, E. Taylor, C. Taylor, J. Livingston, L. Showcrall, R. Rammerman, Bill Thuringer, F. Young, Mike Fratis and Dennis Conquest.

In the first ever official CCAL competition for the swim team, they placed seventh out of eight teams in the CCAL relays at Watsonville. Those placing are Frank Kelly and Lee Sharpe, who place third in diving. The relay team of brothers Jack, Joe and Jim Ritchey along with Pierre Constant took fifth in the 200 yard freestyle. Joe, Jim and Pierre teamed with Ed Wood to place in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Varsity mermen won their first dual meet 51-22 from Gilroy. The lightweights lost 16-48.
First place finishers were Joe Ritchey, 50 yard freestyle; Chip Ryder, 200 yard freestyle; Jim Ritchey, 100 yard back stroke; Pierre Constant 100 breaststroke and Lee Sharpe in diving.
The lightweights took four seconds. They were Chip Cureton, 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard breaststroke; Phil McRae, 50 yard butterfly and Mike Fratis in diving.

Watsonville beat both the varsity 15-78 and lightweights 15-75. The Birds grabbed three seconds. They were Ed Wood in 400 yard free style, Dennis Heaney in 100 yard breast stroke and Frank Kelly in diving. Swimmers are showing great improvement each week. Some are cutting their times by as much as eight seconds.

The Redbird varsity and lightweights dunked North Salinas 53-36 and 31-30 respectively. For the varsity, Ray York took first in the 400 yard freestyle. Jack Ritchey copped the 50 yard freestyle, while brother, Joe swam off with the 200 yard freestyle. Lightweight winners were Chip Cureton, Dennis Conquest and Mike Oliveri, who grabbed two first to enable the lighties to nudge the Norsemen by one point.

Santa Cruz’ mermen in their maiden year placed fifth in the CCAL finals.


In their first match against Morgan Hill the team lost only one match. Top player was Steve Smith. In their next match they lost to a strong Carmel team. Monterey’s torrid squad blanked the sophomore studded Cards 7-0.

Team members listed in order of place on the team starting with number one man Steve Smith, Jim Harris, Dave Selzer, Marc Fearnehough, Kim Street, Jim Hines, Mike Johnson, Karl Halbach and Gerald Selzer.

Lost to Gonzales 5-2. Winners for the Cards were number one man Steve Smith and the doubles team of Gerald and David Selzer.

Lost to Watsonville 0-7. Lost to Pacific Grove 0-6.

Lost to North Salinas 2-5, winners for the Cards were number one man Steve Smith and the doubles team of Smith and Kim Street.

This years team was composed mainly of freshman and sophomores, so things are looking up for next year. The coach gave Kim Street a compliment that Kim has the potential of a real champion. Steve Smith was the top player as a sophomore and Karl Halbach was a key man.


Team members are C Rubenstien, Gary Bianconi, Richard Carter, K Blakman, Steve Winters, Roger Halbach, Jim Wintors, Anthony Tomasso, Fred Pfyffer, Ron Angell, Ken Haber and Kim Street.

Fred “Steady Freddie” Pfyffer moves up from number two man last year to the number one spot this year. Fred can cause opponents to practically throw their clubs away in disgust when he is “on his stick”. Fred posted a 76 in a practice match against Cabrillo College recently. Last year he was able to come from behind for many wins and much is anticipated from Fred again this year. Probably the most patient green reader on the squad is never let it get you down, junior Steve Winters.

The top two men have their spots sewed up at this point early in the season. Fred Pfyffer at one and Bob Halbach at two. At third man, Anthony Tomasso and Ken Haber are fighting it out. For the fourth spot, Rick Carter and Ron Angell are in competition.

SC beat North Salinas 8-7 in a tight match. Fred Pfyffer shot a scintillating 73 Tuesday to shoot the best round of the day. Tony Tomasso shot an 82 and fifth man Gary Bianconi shot an 86. Pasatirmpo’s back nine played havoc with everyone’s game.

Going into the CCAL finals at Watsonville the Cards are led by Fred Pfyffer, who is at his best when the chips are down. Tony Tomasso has improved his game considerable, since the onset of this season, so that he is now the second man. Bob Halbach has a steady putter lately and should be a threat as the number three man. Rich Carter and Gary Bianconi have both risen in the order to play as the fourth and fifth men in the final match of the season. The paper with the results are not available.

Sophomore Jeff Winters made a dent on the local golf scene this year and will be counted on in 1961.


Halfback Bill Scally the leagues leading ground gainer was named to the first team ALL CCAL football team. “Wild” Bill Scally and “Bullet” Bob Dabbs collaborated for 258 yards rushing against North Salinas, just eight less than the Card total for the evening. Scally the leagues leading rusher scored three touchdowns on 23 carries for 140 yards. Bill was the line crusher as well as an all around back. For most of the games Bill carried the ball at least 16 to 23 times a game. Against Monterey Bill scored 4 touchdowns and 31 point out of the total 48. As a junior played defensive end on the undefeated Cards team spending much time in the opponents backfield. He has commented that he was hit the hardest by his own team mate Bob Eaton as they were both going for the quarterback. Bill also played basketball and was a top man in track. Bill regularly took first and second places running the 100 and 220 yard dashes. Bill transferred to SC in his junior year, but in two years here did more than most athletics are able to accomplish in four. Bill has been very active in youth sports of all types through out his adult life and has had an impact on many. Bill coached many years at Harbor high also.

Tackle John “Tank” Rogers was selected ALL CCAL as he was one of the circuits outstanding linemen. John was one of the main cogs offensively and defensively for the second place Cards. An even higher honor was when John was selected on the second team ALL COAST as a tackle. John was not only an outstanding football player and wrestler, but also in the classroom winning the academic trophy for the highest grade point average on the football team. Tank Takes First In Northern California Meet. Card Senior Top Heavyweight In Northern Cal Classic. John “Tank” Rogers., 220 pound senior football star, added another feather in his cap by winning Nor Cal unlimited weight class at UC Berkeley. At the sectional tournament last week, he just made the cut to participate at the Nor Cal finals and was not regarded as a favorite in the finals. John won three matches to take the title. John joked that his opponents made him look like a midget as they were much larger in size, but John was quicker and more polished.

Bob Dabbs was the leagues number two rusher and had the credentials to be named to the first team ALL CCAL squad as he not only was a streak on offense, but on defense as well was relegated to the second unit by the sports writers and coaches. Bill Scally and Bob Dabbs collaborated for 258 yards rushing against North Salinas, just eight less than the Card total for the evening. Slippery Dabbs slithered his miniature frame through the Viking defense and danced his way for 118 yards in 18 carries while scoring two touchdowns. The elusive jack rabbit had a 9.2 yard average per carry. Bobby was awarded the outstanding varsity football player award at the Fall assembly. On the 1959 championship team, Bob was a leading defensive back intercepting passes when not knocking them down and running down offensive backs when they got loose. Bobby was awarded the outstanding varsity football player award at the Fall assembly. Bob with his superior speed and quickness was a valuable member of the varsity basketball team. He was a key player on last years undefeated lightweight basketball team as well. Bobby missed a few games this year due to illness, but in the 13 games he played, he was an important player. He scored 65 points for a 5.0 point average. His scoring was not his main attribute. His defensive work putting pressure on the offense, stealing the ball, flicking passes away and helping his team mates when their man got free all very important to the successful teams. Dabbs at 5’7” swept up 8 rebounds and scored 8 points against a talented and tall Gilroy team.

Bob Netoff won the most inspirational football player award. Bob’s name came up practically every game as a standout in the line. He was the back up center on the basketball team.

Warren King at the CCAL tournament won his 138 pound division crown, but more importantly walked away with the highest distinction of the day as he was chosen by all the coaches as the tournaments outstanding wrestler. Warren was the team captain for the year. He was a consistent winner in the dual meets during the year. He was a four year veteran wrestler. Warren played football all four years starting on lightweights and his last year on varsity as a starter. Warren holds the school high jump record for both lightweights and varsity and is a regular scorer in dual or tri meets.

Jim Hunt the Redbirds “sawed off keg of dynamite”, racked up his twenty second consecutive wins to be the only Card matman to go undefeated during the regular season. The “sawed off keg of dynamite”, racked up his twenty second consecutive win to be the only Card grappler to go undefeated during the regular season. Jim won his weigh class at the CCAL tournament. As a first place finisher Jim along with the other first and second place finishers at the CCAL meet will take part in the Northern California section meet. The first through fourth place finishers in this meet will take part in the Northern California finals. Two grapplers advance to finals. The squad placed thirteenth out of 67 participating schools at the section meet. Santa Cruz’ rugged grapplers had the distinction of finishing higher than any of their CCAL counterparts. Jim the brilliant little Redbird took a third to have the highest finish among SC’ fine entrants at the section meet. John Rodgers will be in the heavyweight competition. They will be going to UC Berkeley for the Nor Cal finals. Jim lost his first match of the year in the first round against the eventual champion of the 127 pound weight class. Jim won his second match, but lost the third match and was not able to place in the finals. Jim ended up with the best record on the team with a season record of 27-3. He was undefeated in dual meets. Jim is a four year wrestling letterman. Jim has also played lightweight football.

Dave Young came on strong at the end of the 1959 season to make a crucial shot to win the basketball championship for the varsity basketball team. He also was an important rebounder on the team. This year he has continued improving. Dave seems to hold some sort of jinx over other teams in season finals. In last years curtain closer, he tanked a championship jump shot, while in this seasons wind up, he was brilliant offensively and defensively, scoring 21 of the 54 SC tallies against Hollister. In the final league stats SC was the top rebounding team in the league, second on offense and third on defense. Dave was second in league scoring with 197 points for a 16.5 average. Dave was also a top rebounder and defensive player as well. Dave played in all 20 games, while scoring 335 points a 16.7 points per game average. Dave was named to the Dads Club All Tournament team. Dave was ALL CCAL in basketball and later in baseball.
Young a flashy third baseman, when not on the hill, excelled scooping up scorchers and was the clubs leading RBI man and one of the top hitters. Dave was used mainly in relief which could come early, midway or the last innings of games. When ever the starters got in trouble Dave came to the rescue. Dave was a key player in the success of the baseball teams championship this year.

Ron Worrell was the starting center on the varsity basketball team using his 6’ 7” 225 pound body to good advantage around the basket. Early in the league season Ron played the whole contest against the tall Gilroy squad a top team in the league. Quote: Center Ron Worrell showed an impressive improvement on defense, although only grabbing 3 rebounds and failing to score, he boxed out around the basket keeping Gilroy players from getting rebounds. Ron had a tremendous game in a losing cause against the top rebounding and championship Monterey team. Ron got up for the biggest and best teams in the league. In baseball Ron spent many innings on the mound. He threw a no hitter against Monterey, one hitter against North Salinas and numerous two and three hitters. Ron more than held his own on the hill. Ron was able to pitch extra innings to make up for the loss of Jerry Baptista, which was essential to the success of this years team. Ron deservedly was an ALL CCAL selection as he was very important to this championship team.

Jim Esquibel was acclaimed as the CCAL’ best passer. Jim proved himself to be one of the league’s scrappiest guards. Jim gave every thing he had in every game. He was a serious threat when it came time to use the fast break. Jim gave every thing he had every game. Jim was sixth in league scoring with 133 points for an average of 11.7. He made his teammates look good by delivering the ball so they could either catch it in stride or be able to catch and shoot in one motion. Jim played in all 20 games scored 198 points for the season for a 9.9 per game average. At 5’9” Esquibel grabbed 7 rebounds and tallied 9 points against the tall second place Gilroy team. Jim worked his way up to a starting position with last years championship team and was a valuable substitute until then. In his freshman season he was a major cog in the Cardlets winning the CCAL championship for the first time in years. Jim played lightweight football and was a defensive back on this years varsity squad, which took second place in the league.

John Filice in his three year playing lightweight football is a fine halfback, but he consented to move to guard this season in the best interest to the team to utilize his terrific blocking ability. John had a big hand in the touchdown scored in the win over Salinas. John recovered a Salinas fumble and soon after the Cardlets scored the only points in the game. Senior chatterbox backstop John Filice was the most inspirational and probably the most valuable man on the baseball squad. When John at 5’ 6” went out to the mound to converse with 6’ 7” pitcher Ron Worrell, one could tell who was in charge of the game.

Fred Pfyffer moves up from number two man last year to the number one spot this year. Fred can cause opponents to practically throw their clubs away in disgust when he is “on his stick”. Fred posted a 76 in a practice match about Cabrillo recently. Last year he was able to come from behind for many wins and much is anticipated from Fred again this year. In a tight match SC beat North Salinas 8-7. Fred shot a scintillating 73 Tuesday to shoot the best round of the day. The results of the CCAL tournament were not found. Fred could very well have won. Fred has played and started on lightweight football and basketball squads. Fred later coached the Cardinal baseball team after doing the same at Marello Prep. He was a coach of many summer league teams, while also handling the tournament teams at the end of the league seasons.


Three sport athlete Bob Vega has been invited to Spring training with the Portland Beavers of the Coast League. Bob was All League in basketball and baseball. Bob could throw the ball from third base to first from his knees. Bob has the ability to do well in pro ball.


The Tridents only went to mid February and had many other weeks missing this year. Sentinel write ups were found for varsity basketball and baseball, tennis and golf. Other sports are lacking in information.

Due to a state CIF rule not widely known, the Cardlet football team had to forfeit their first two wins this year because of a state rule against athletes being members in unauthorized outside clubs. Some members of the team were disqualified from playing in the remaining games and the team lost the games they played in. The Varsity also lost some players later in the season.

Coaches: Bill Wood, varsity football. Dewey Tompkins assistant football and Doug Severin assistant football and junior varsity basketball. Tex Ronning, lightweight football coach and assistant Todd Likins also wrestling coach. Bob Nicolaisen, junior varsity football. Jim Simpson, lightweight basketball and C and D basketball. Eade Jordon, tennis. Tony Foster, golf. Al Wright track and cross country. Ron Walters, junior varsity baseball. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball.


Practice games: Campbell 6-18, Stagg 7-25, Bellarmine 6-20, Watsonville 13-18 and Camden 22-7. Practice record 1-4. League: Monterey 6-13, Salinas 34-19, North Salinas 21-13 and Watsonville 6-7. League record 2-2, third place. Season record 3-6.
Watsonville and Monterey were co-champions with 3-1 records..

Some time offensive starters: ends, Ron Bengston, Byron Shields, Dan Hungerford and Anthony Tomasso; tackles, Ray Lowry, Lee Curtiss and Steve Winters; guards, Brad Elliot, captain Ron Lowe; center, Brian Owen; quarterback, Bob Lockwood and Joe Pappas; backs, MVP, Bruce Mc Pherson, Jim Kowal, Bruce Buckner, Sophomore Rick Simmons, Sophomore Mike Torbert, Jim “Tex” Fullen and Dave Foster.

Defensive players in the line were Bill Burja, Ken Gregg, Fred Hibbard, Anthony Tomasso, Ron Bengston, Lane Zachary, Eric Taylor and Bob Small. Defensive backs: Harry Smedley.
Two way players: Bruce McPherson, Ray Lowry, sophomore Mark Schultz, Lee Curtiss, Bryon Shields, Brian Owen and Wally Walker. Other players were Jan Graff, Richard Bartle, Gordon Smith, Ed Dalbesio, Jim Ritchey and Larry Eaton.

Four thousand fans were on hand for the first game of the season a 6-18 loss against Campbell high with its number one quarterback Graig Morton, (who later was a star at Cal and played professionally.) He almost single handedly did an overhaul job on the Redbirds. He passed for 222 yards and two touchdowns. In the third quarter, quarterback Bob Lockwood engineered a 75 yard march in 11 plays finished off by Jim Fullen. It all began with Ken Gregg’s recovery of a Buc fumble. A rugged defensive line was a Santa Cruz strong point made up of Anthony Tomasso, Bill Burja, Ken Gregg, Fred Hibbard and Ron Bengston. The tenacity of this group was directly responsible for at least two interceptions by Bruce McPherson and Wally Walker. Senior Bruce McPherson, who went both ways and sophomore defensive back Bruce Buckner turned in good games. Campbell out gained the Cards 344 to 172. Passing stats were Bob Lockwood completed 5 passes out of 9 for 53 yards and one interception. Joe Pappas completed 3 out of 9 passes for 23 yards. Rushing yards were Fullen 39, Foster 33, Walker 26, Lockwood 6 and McPherson 4. Pass receiving yards were Walker 43, McPherson 21, Hungerford 9 and Fullen 3.

Stagg of Stockton beat the Cards 25-7. The Cards lone score came early in the third quarter, when Bruce Buckner the Cards’ bright sophomore quarterback prospect kept the ball on the option play and raced 63 yards for the score. Buckner made a beautiful fake of a lateral to the halfback as he slipped around left end. He then cut across field and put the throttle to the floorboard. He was never touched as raced down the west sideline. Jim Fullen punched over right tackle for the extra point. The Cards out gained Stagg 295 to 166. Rushing yards were Fullen 72, Buckner 54, Walker 39, Kowal 25, Foster 17 and McPherson 14. Passing stats were Buckner 2 completions out of 8 attempts for 40 yards with 2 interceptions. Lockwood no completions out of 3 attempts and one interception. Pappas one completion out of 2 attempts for 20 yards. Dave Foster did a good job at fullback and Wally Walker was improved at halfback.

The Cards won a worthless battle of statistics again in a 6-20 loss to Bellarmine. The Cards out gained Bellarmine 313 yards to 215. The Cards scored their lone TD in the fourth quarter when Joey Pappas completed four out of seven passes to led the team to pay dirt. Pappas hit Walker for 11, McPherson for 12 and Foster for 10. Walker ran for 4 and Foster boomed into the end zone.
With 12 seconds left in the first half Pappas passed to Wally Walker and then heaved a 49 yarder to Bruce McPherson, who was caught at the seven as the half ended. Another opportunity came when McPherson intercepted a pass on the Bell 33 and returned it to the 28, but the short drive was stopped on the 11. Ron Lowe and Lee Curtiss were opening holes for the backs. Ron Bengston, Bill Burja, Lowry, Zachary, Buckner and McPherson looked good on defense. The team is improving and looks much better than its record. Coach Wood, “The offensive line whipped them up front, but our errors nullified the good work.” Bellarmine has already beaten Watsonville 20-6 and Salinas 45-6. Pappas completed 6 of 9 attempts for 107 yards. Rushing leaders were Walker 91, Fullen 74, Foster 25 and Kowal 20. Pass receiving were McPherson 72, Walker 25 and Foster 10.

Watsonville downs Cards in practice game 13-18. Penalty nullifies Cards’ score in closing minutes. The Cards tinkered with the idea of a game winning touchdown for 18 frantic minutes, but never did legally. A penalty flag took away a TD run of five yards by Wally Walker in the fourth quarter. In a surprise move junior quarterback Joe Pappas became the starter this game. The Cats fumbled nine times, losing four. SC compensated by giving up 87 yards in penalties with one costing a TD. SC took over on their own 23 and in eight plays scored. Wing back Walker made most of the yardage on the drive. Fullen carried for the final 5 yards. Walker scored the extra point. Watsonville scored to make it 6-6. The Cards next drove 51 yards in 12 plays. Fullen again ran it in. In the last drive that led to Walkers TD being called back was set up on a fumble recovery by Lane Zackary.
Pappas completed 8 of 17 pass attempts for 125 yards. Top rushers were Fullen 95, Walker 65 and Foster 10. Pass receivers were Walker 61, Fullen 50 and McPherson 14.

There is a football saying that “football games are won up front” did not take the Cards loss to Monterey 6-13 into consideration. The SC husky forward wall did an admirable job of containing Monterey’s vaunted speedsters for all, but two times when they made long runs to score. (One of the threesome, Jim Colletto went on to be a college football head coach). The Cardinal ground attack gained 62 yards to Monterey’s 125. The Cards went on an all out aerial attack in the fourth quarter going for a score with 1:10 left in the game. Two big plays were a 30 yards Pappas to McPherson pass and another pass to Kowal for 37 yards. McPherson scored on another pass. With 30 seconds remaining Bill Burja recovered a fumble on the fifty yard line. A pass sailed through the hands of a Card receiver for a possible TD, but it was not to be. The Cards never gave up. Praise was given the defensive line with Burja and Lowe especially mentioned. An injury to fine blocking fullback Dave Foster hurt the running game. Sophomore Mark Schultz just up from the JV’s and playing in his first varsity game played well on offense and did an outstanding job as a defensive wingback. Pappas completed 6 of 19 attempts passing for 114 yards. Top rushers were Kowal 20, McPherson and Lockwood 23 apiece. Pass receivers were McPherson 83, Kowal 37 and Schultz 11.

Revamped locals grind out team 34-19 win over defending champs Salinas, who beat them for the title. SC still has chance at CCAL crown this year. The Cards before 1500 exuberant fans exploded behind a pair of unsung senior halfbacks, Jim Kowal and Bruce McPherson, who combined with the arm of Joey Pappas, carried the team to their first victory after five frustrating weekends. The Redbirds scored once in the first and second quarters, twice in the third and capped with a clincher in the final period. It was a great victory, not only because it ended a losing streak, but because of the team effort. Two first stringers were dropped from the team for belonging to an illegal organization, which is required by CIF rules and two more who where injured in the Monterey game. The Cards wasted no time in scoring as they marched 80 yards in six plays. Sophomore fullback Mark Schultz found a king sized hole over left guard to go the final eight yards for the score. Pappas ran in the extra point. The big plays in this drive were a 26 run by Kowal and a 43 yard pass from Pappas to end Dan Hungerford. After a bad Salinas punt the Cards started from the Salinas 35 yard line and in six plays scored on a 16 yard pass from Pappas to McPherson, who scored three of the Cards TD’s. The half ended SC 13-7. SC took the opening kick off of the second half and marched 67 yards with sophomore back Rich Simmons going the final nine yards. Pappas ran in the extra point. Salinas scored making it SC 20-13. All four running backs turned in solid gainers and Pappas hit two crucial passes, before McPherson boomed over on a one yard plunge to cap a 58 yard drive. Byron Shields recovered a fumble on the Salinas 25. Eight plays later Pappas hit McPherson on the two from where he loped over. Simmons ran in the extra point to make the score SC 34-19. This final drive was sparked by some fine running by Mike Torbert, a sophomore transfer who showed great potential. On defense Harry Smedley, Bryon Shields and Brian Owen did fine jobs on the wings. Up the middle Bill Burja was outstanding and not far behind were Fred Hibberd, Ellis Zackary and Lee Curtiss. The victory was outstanding because of how the Cards have not quit in the face of adversity. The Cards out gained the Cowboys 328 to 235. Pappas completed 6 of 15 passes for 111 yards. Top rushers were Kowal 87 yards, Schultz 43, McPherson 38, Torbert 15 and Simmons 19. Pass receiving yards were McPherson 35, Hungerford 43, Kowal 26 and Torbert 7.

SC overcomes first half 7-0 deficit to win 22-7 over Camden. The first Card score came when Camden fumbled a punt and McPherson recovered on the Camden 29. Seven plays later Pappas passed 8 yards to McPherson for a score. Simmons scampered over left tackle for the extra point to tie the score 7-7. Next Bob Small blocked a punt out of the end zone for two points to put SC up 9-7. On the next Camden attempt to punt a bad pass form center allowed Kowal to get into make the tackle of the punter on the Camden 13. Pappas finished off the short drive with a one yard sneak. McPherson ran the extra point in to make the score 16-7. Bruce Buckner intercepted a pass and ran it back to the Camden 40. It took nine plays for the score with Schultz powering over the last yard. The extra point run was unsuccessful by Pappas. Final score 22-7 Defensive players praised were Bill Burja and Ellis Zachary and on offense Pappas, McPherson and Simmons, who was called a comer.

Cards squeak by North Salinas 21-12 before 1200 fans to tie for the league lead. Quarterback Joey Pappas riddled the Viking pass defense with timely aerials and halfback Bruce McPherson tallied all three touchdowns. With one game remaining, Watsonville, Monterey and SC are tied with 2-1 records and one less team will be in the hunt after next week as the Cats and Cards meet next week to finish the season. North Salinas scored first in the second quarter on a four play 64 yard drive. SC then took only four plays to tie the score. McPherson gained 16 yards, Schultz picked up 6, Pappas picked up his own fumble and gained a yard to the 37. Then Pappas threw a 20 yard pass to McPherson, who finished the next 17 giving a tackler the old dipsy do and another a hip to reach the end zone. Sophomore Rich Simmons swept end to tie the score 7-7. The next score came on a Pappas heave of over 50 yards in the air to McPherson, who had to pull a defender into the end zone to complete a 74 yard pass play. Simmons again ran in for the extra point, putting the Cards up 14-7. In the third quarter North Salinas scored, but Byron Shields and Fred Hibberd put on a big rush to block the extra point. Making the score SC 14-13. The final score started with a 18 yard pass to McPherson, a Jim Kowal run for 7, a 23 yard pass to end Dan Hungerford, Pappas for 6 on a quarterback keeper, sophomore fullback Mark Schultz ripped off six yards in two carries and McPherson cut inside end to go into the end zone standing up. Kowal slanted off right tackle for the extra point. Those receiving praise were running backs Kowal and McPherson and the left side of the offensive line, Hungerford and tackle Ray Lowry. On defense Burja, Hibberd, sophomore Eric Taylor and Bob Lockwood in his first game in this role turned in good games. The Cards out gained the Vikings 412 to 267 yards. Pappas completed 6 of 11 passes attempted. Top rushers were McPherson 68, Kowal 59 and Schultz 57.

Rugged Wildcat defense proves too much for valiant Cards before 4000 fans, the largest crowd of the season. This win puts the Cats in a tie with Monterey for the CCAL crown. In the third quarter the Cards marched 55 yards for their only score, The big play of the sequence came with a fourth and three situation on the Watsonville 23 yard line. Halfback Bruce McPherson, on a sweep around left end faked out a pair of defenders and then cut to his left to out race the defenders and sprint the rest of the way untouched. He carried the ball for 45 of the 55 yards during the drive. The Cards had two tries for the extra point due to a Cat penalty, but were stopped short both times to lose 6-7. SC had 8 seniors to the Cats 26. Still the younger Cards took the loss hard. This was the Cats first title since 1955. Previous to this time the Cats had beaten the Cards 18 out of 20 times.

Cards Grab Stats Bout with foes. The Cards out gained their opponents 2358 to 2099. Jim Fullen, who only played the first two games led the runners with 279 yards only five yards ahead of senior, Bruce McPherson, who also was the top pass catcher and the top scorer. Joe Pappas led the passers with 816 yards on 49 completions in 108 attempts for a 45.8 average.

Individual rushing by number of carries, total yards, average per carry and total points scored.
Fullen 55 279 5.0 19
McPherson 48 274 5.7 56
Kowal 65 253 3.9 1
Walker 47 219 4.6 1
Schultz 27 112 4.1 12
Foster 31 93 3.0 6
Simmons 13 74 5.7 10
Buckner 8 65 8.1 6
Lockwood 18 30 1.6 0
Torbert 11 28 2.5 0
Pappas 27 5 0.2 8

Receiving yards were McPherson 488, Walker 161, Hungerford 95, Kowal 100, Schultz 38, Fullen 53, Foster 10, Torbert 7 and Simmons 7.

In addition to Pappas’ 816 yards passing, Lockwood had 70 yards and Buckner 40.

Lane Zachary was voted the most inspirational player on the varsity football team.

Bruce McPherson was selected ALL CCAL and was voted MVP by his teammates. Ron Lowe was ALL CCAL and was voted team captain.


Practice games: Campbell 13-13, Willow Glen 13-6, Monterey 6-28, Watsonville 0-26. Practice record 1-2-1. League: Monterey 7-41, Salinas 19-6, North Salinas 7-12, Watsonville 0-31. League record 1-3. Season 2-5-1.

Starters for some games: ends, Mike Gagne and Rick Wilkins; tackles Tom Knapp and
Charles Perry; guards, Mike Oliveri , Frank Fujimura; center, Ron Vitzian; quarterback, Dave Garbe; backs, Bob Jeffrey, Veldon McCray and Ron Miyoko.

Other players were: Ken Wallace, Vince Lacariere, Dennis Lowell, Mike Gagne, Robert Robinson, Fred Pfyffer, John Bowen, Al Ferrell, Steve Mondini, Mike Oliveri, Jean Stronse, Tom Martindale, John Franklin, Jay Graham, John Morgan, Guy Waller, Bill Faler, David Bell, Don Swan, Charles Perry, Bob Jeffery. Bob Kohen, Dave Parker, Bob Corders, John McCombs, Joe Williams, Ron Dryden, Phil McCrae, Craig Lunt, Arnett Austin, Grover Quimby, Tom Berger, Dave Young, Tom Knapp, Bill Thuringer, Rick Wilkins, Larry Kissin, Mazzerino and Dan Singer.

In the 13-13 tie with Campbell in the first game, the Cardlets scored first when Fred Pfyffer connected with Rick Wilkins. It climaxed a 51 yard drive led by a 27 yard run by Mazzerino’s 27 yard run. The last score was made by Steve Mondini on a four yard plunge. Pfyffer tossed to Wilkins for the PAT.

In the second practice game of the year, a win over Willow Glen 13-6, the Cardlets scoring was done by Alvin Ferrell and Bob Jeffrey. Quarterback Fred Pfyffer swept right end for the only point after. Steve Mondini ran over, through and around anyone in his way to gain a total of 75 yards in 10 carries.

Starting line up for the 19-6 win over Salinas was at ends: Rick Wilkins and Bill Thuringer; tackles: Tom Knapp and Tom Martindale; guards: Mike Olivieri and Frank Fujimara; center: Ron Vitzian; quarterback: Dave Garbe; backs: Bob Jeffery, Dave Bell and Ron Miyoka.

From coach Hilding Ronning: It was a rough and bumpy road for the Cardlets this year. The Cardlets were in there fighting all the way while winning only two games and tying one. They’ll have to wait ‘til next year to revenge their last place finish.

Ron Miyoda was voted most valuable player and Frank Fujimura most inspirational player.

Ron Vitzian was ALL CCAL


Practice games: Monterey 13-27, Holy Cross 13-7, Watsonville 19-13, Palma 13-13. Practice record 2-1-1. League Monterey 13-0, Salinas 26-14, North Salinas forfeit, 6-0, and Watsonville 53-20. League record 4-0 for the league title. Season record 6-1-1.

Against Holy Cross varsity in a 13-7 win, Dennis McNeely played an impressive game at fullback and defensive tackle drew praise from his coach. Mc Neely scored the first touchdown with a 30 yard off tackle run. Rich Simmons pushed across the extra point.

Against Palma Jim Skinner was something of the miniature Alan Ameche, the hard driving fullback of the Miami Dolphins, as he turned on the gas for touchdown scampers of three and 19 yards.

In the Salinas game a 28-14 win, the starting backfield was led by quarterback Bob Pederson. Rich Simmons, Dennis McNeely and Randy Smiley rounded out the backfield.

North Salinas forfeited their game as many of their players had to move up to the varsity due to injuries leaving the team short of qualified players.

From coach Doug Severin: The JV football team had a very successful year winning 6, losing 1 and tying 1. The Varsity will profit from these boy’s ability. These boys will be fighting for jobs on the Varsity next year.

No team members listed in Trident or Cardinal.


At the CCAL meet both the varsity and JV teams ended up toward the end of the line, but the coach was highly pleased with their performances. The varsity was hampered with injuries to key men Tim Mealiffe and Marshall White and Roy Clark of the JV team. Most of the runners improved their times over what they did in a big meet at King City a few weeks before. For the varsity Russ Flora, Jim Rix, Gary Partlow and Don Sletton all improved their time by 20 to 25 seconds. Vic Epperly bettered his time by over a minute. Other Card runners were Rick Elliot, Jim Clark, Bernie Harold, Robert Ryman, James Cox, Brock Elliott, and Buddy Bates.

Members of the JV team were John Carney, John Stocker, John Hinson, Dave McDonald and John Reed.


Practice games: Bellarmine 52-55, Dads Club; Salinas 39-36, Camden 47-45, North Salinas 54-68 for second place. San Luis Obispo 58-60, Buchser 53-44, 46-36, Del Mar 53-54, 75-59; Andrew Hill 48-45, Santa Clara 63-41, Los Gatos 52-30, Foothill College reserves 57-61 (not counted on the record). Practice record 8-4. League: Monterey 53-48 a big upset of the champions in the first game. Second game 54-68; Salinas 50-52, 65-48; North Salinas 57-58, 63-68; Watsonville 54-55, 65-60. There were two one point losses and a two pointer. League record 3-5, fourth place. League standings with games won and lost in league and for the season: Monterey 7-1, 13-5; North Salinas 5-3, 17-3; Watsonville 4-4, 9-6,; Santa Cruz 3-5, 11-9; Salinas 1-7, 6-13. Season record 11-9.

The team: forwards, Last years second team All CCAL player, 6’3” Steve Smith; 5’11” Rich Bascou; 5’11” Gale Yount; 5’11” Don Gerig and 6’1” Joe Pappas. Centers, 6’4” Ron Bengston and 6’ 2” Byron Shields. Guards, returning starter and this years defensive leader and second offensive threat, 5’11” Al McCommon; 6’ Mike Heren, 5’11” Bruce Buckner, 5’11” Bob Rauen and 6’ sophomore Dave Runnells. Smith and McCommon were the only returnees from last years team. Managers Bob Warne and Buddy Bates.

Santa Cruz Quintet Displays Intermittent Brilliant Spells. Inexperience Hurts In Opener Loss To Bellarmine 52-55. Junior, Steve Smith picked off 10 rebounds and had six assists and topped the scoring with 22 points. The Cards scored on 18 of their 43 attempts for an excellent 43 percent, but the Bells were able to get 10 more rebound shots than the Cards. Mike Heren brought down four rebounds. Al McCommon intercepted five passes. The coach said “ part of the problem was the first game jitters and being tired from long hard practices prior to the game, which is my fault.” The Cards were tired was definitely shown as many of the passes that went awry were just a little out of the receiver’s reach or the receivers did not have that extra spurt to get to the ball. At the end of the season, Bellarmine was ranked twenty-fifth in Northern California by the San Francisco Chronicle. Scoring: Gerig 7, Yount 3, Smith 22, Heren 3, McCommon 11, Bengston 2, Bascou 2, Runnells 2 and Rauen 0.

Dec. 10. Cards Cold; Free throws Decide Tilt. In the first game of the Santa Cruz Invitational, the Cards beat Salinas 39-36. The Cardinals had many opportunities to score as most of the shots were from close in, but were only able to convert on 12 of 54 attempts for a 22 percent average. The Cards scored 15 points from the foul line. Man for man the locals were much the better unit, but just as the Cards looked as though they would pull away, they let down and Salinas would hustle back into contention. The largest lead was eight points. At halftime the Cards led 14-13 and at the end of the third quarter 25-23. With 30 seconds left and the score 37-35, Don Gerig hit a jumper to put the Cards up 39-35. The Cards won the boards 31-22 with Smith picking off 18. Scoring: Smith 12, McCommon 9, Gerig 7, Heren 4, Bengston 2, Yount 2, Runnells 2 and Bascou 1.

Dec 11. The second game of the Santa Cruz Invitational was a tight affair with a tall Camden team. Smith put the Cards ahead with a rebound shot to win 47-45. The defensive work of McCommon, has been excellent. His close guarding of his opponent limiting their scoring opportunities. SC was ahead 24-20 at intermission and maintained a slight margin until Camden went ahead by one 41-40 with 5:30 left in the first quarter. From there, the score was knotted thrice, SC led twice and Camden led twice in the even struggle. Smith scored 21 points and McCommon, who fouled out in the third stanza had 11. In defense of McCommon, we must say that his defensive work in both games has puts him in delicate situations, especially with the officials, who called a couple on him that were quite questionable. Smith collected eight of the Cards 17 rebounds to Camden’s 21. The Cards hit 18 shots in 46 tries for 39 percent, top shooting in anybody’s record book for high school. Scoring: Smith 21, Gerig 5, Bengston 2, Heren 0, McCommon 11, Yount 0, Runnells 1 and Bascou 7.

Dec. 11. Viking Five Beats Cardinals 68-54. SC won the rooter’s trophy, but lost the basketball game. The young Cardinals fell to a superior North Salinas team at the Civic Auditorium at the fifth annual Santa Cruz Invitational. North Salinas had to beat two of the best teams in the tournament to get to the finals and beat SC. North Salinas, short on reserves, field five competent cagers, who would good enough for any prep team in Northern California. North Salinas 5-6 guard, who was All CCAL last year did everything for the Vikings was named the tourneys MVP. The game started off like it would be a close one, the Vikes holding a 11-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, the rolled to a 32-22 lead at halftime, the increased it to 52-36 at the end of the third. A valiant SC attempted to catch up. The Cards tried but couldn’t make it despite a late fourth quarter rally. SC played its poorest game of the tourney. The Cards threw passes away and missed passes that cost them opportunities to score. Smith led the Cards in scoring with 23 and rebounding with 14. The Cards got off more shots than North Salinas but made only 17 of 60 for a 28 percent average. Scoring: Smith 23, Gerig 2, Bengston 2, Bascou 6, McCommon 14, Heren 2, Yount 2, Rauen 2, Buckner 1, Runnells, Shields, Criswell and Pappas 0.

Steve Smith was selected a



Cards Down Los Gatos 52-30. For the first time in five games, it looked like the Redbirds might have an offense. The Cards were extremely “hot handed” during the first 16 minutes sinking 14 of 27 shots for 52 percent average. For the entire contest they made 22 of 49 shots for 45 percent. The score against Los Gatos was 44-18 at half and the reserves played practically the whole second half. The Card defense, aided by some poor shooting, held the losers without a field goal for 11 minutes in the second half. McCommon and Heren combined to hold All Santa Clara Valley forward Wanless to three field goals. Sophomore Dave Runnells impressed with his ball handling and offensive moves, while Bob Rauen and Gale Yount rebounded well. Sophomore Bruce Buckner got a starting call. Scoring: Smith 11, Gerig 8, Bascou 8, McCommon 12, Buckner 2, Bengston 2, Yount 5, Runnells 4, Heren, Shields, Rauen and Pappas 0.

Sentinel column comment. Santa Cruz have a definite advantage going for them when they tackle Monterey in the CCAL opener. The Cards work on the floor as a team unit, notwithstanding any individual’s own personal ability. Man to man Monterey has the best players in the league.

Headline: SC Cagers Overcome Nine Point Deficit; Open CCAL Competition With Happy Note. Beat Monterey 53-48. The Cardinals young and inexperienced team out hustled a predominantly veteran Monterey outfit by beating them at their own game, out fighting the opposition for a 53-48 win. Many though it was all over for the Cards in the third period, when Monterey rushed to a 29-37 lead. Monterey’s superior rebounding ability, due to its height advantage seemed to have the Cards on the ropes. Then Rich Bascou hit two long jump shots and a free throw, a free toss by Heren and a jumper by McCommon narrowed the spread to 37-38 at the end of the quarter. The fourth quarter was a display of hustling showmanship as the Cards edged home to victory. Smith put the Cards ahead for the first time, since early in the second quarter, when he stole the ball from the Monterey’s all star player, Jensen to go in for a lay up. From there on it was back and forth. McCommon was responsible for the all the Cards scoring for the remainder of the game contributing 10 points. He hit three jump shots, two free throws and stole the ball from Jensen and passed to Bascou for two points to end the scoring. It would be hard to single out one Cardinal for an exceptional performance above that of his mates, but McCommon must be cited for his fine play. He had his finest night on the courts as he hit six jumpers in the last half ending with 24 points. Ron Bengston played his best game and it was need for this win. He blocked a shot at the end, when there was only one point dividing the teams. Bascou came into his own as he pushed through 17 markers. Smith, who is the Cards primary offensive threat was held to 9, as Monterey spent most of their efforts on him, opening up shots for others. Smith helped in the scoring, because of the attention he was getting along with his passing finesses getting the ball to his teammates. He only took two shots in the first half, serving as a passer and threat. He also worked hard on the boards with ten rebounds and held Jensen, Monterey’s main scorer, below his normal scoring average. The Cards had one of their better shooting nights hitting 19 of 43 tries for 44 percent for the game. The second half was even better 12 of 25 and 9 of 12 from the free throw line. Monterey out rebounded the Cards 37-27, had more fouls 19-12 and led at half time 26-20. Scoring: Smith 9, Gerig 2, Yount 0, Bascou 17, McCommon 24, Bengston 0, Heren 1 and Runnells 0.

Del Mar five edges Cardinals 53-54 in a see saw ball game. The winners streaked to a 21-30 halftime lead, then the Cardinals became “road runners” as they took a 46-39 lead by the end of the third period. The Cards pressed during the entire game trying to make up for the height disadvantage and appeared to tire in the fourth quarter. The Cards shot 21 for 55, however most of the shots were from inside the key. Scoring: Smith 15, Gerig 6, Bengston 2, McCommon 14, Yount 8, Heren 6, Buckner 2, Rauen 0 and Shields 0.

After upsetting league leading Monterey in the first league game the Cards have lost the next three. One could say the Cards have had bad luck in losing their three league games by four points, but the netters have blown most of their leads.

Wrong Way Bucket, Freak Score and Blown Charity Tries Costly To SC Five. Cards lose ‘chiller’, to Salinas 50-52. A wrong way bucket, a freak score and blown charity tries costly to SC five. The game just started out wrong for the Cards as they controlled the opening tip to a Cardinal player who raced free to the basket for a lay up, but it was the wrong basket. Two points for Salinas. Another fluke play. On a rebound controlled by SC the ball was knocked out of the grasp of the SC player as he was bringing it in and the ball shot straight forward toward the hoop and nosedive through the net. Still there was a slight bit of glimmer in that the Cards looked good in parts of the second and third quarters. The final play of the game climaxed a completely frustrating evening for the Cards. A Card shot and was fouled as the buzzer sounded, setting up the possibility of tying the game, but both shots were missed. This was not the same team that beat Monterey. Smith was credited with seven assists, but only three of them were turned into scores. He grabbed eight of the Cards 25 rebounds. Scoring: Smith 15, Gerig 0, Bengston 5, McCommon 12, Heren 0, Bascou 17 and Yount 1.

Cards Come To Life; First Win of New Year. Beat Buscher 53-44 via a third period rally. It was the best the fast break has gone this year. The hustle picked up in the second half after the Cards were down 20-23 at half. Junior center Ron Bengston grabbed six points and pulled down seven rebounds had his best game of the year. Steve Smith grabbed 15 rebounds, made some nice passes and scored 20 points. The Cards controlled the boards 40-23 and sank 41 percent of their shot making 23 of 56 shots. Scoring: Smith 20, Yount 4, Bascou 6, McCommon 11, Heren 2, Bengston 6, Buckner 2, Shields 2 and Gerig 0.

Wrong man toss gives poor passing SC a win 48-45 over Andrew Hill, in a thrilling, if somewhat ragged game. With a little over a minute to play Mike Heren hit a free throw to put the Cards ahead 46-45. The second shot was missed and recovered by a Hill player, who in the scramble for the ball flipped it to Smith, who banked it in for the final score of the game. At one point, the Cards led by 13 points, but that dwindled away as the Redbirds made bad pass after bad pass, at one stretch three times in a row. They looked good when they could control the ball. The team work was good, the hustle could not have been better and they controlled the boards 35 to 20 against a taller team. Smith topped the scorers with 18, while passing off nine times for possible scores even though only two were finished off. Bruce Buckner looks like a comer. He grabbed six rebounds and scored five points. Scoring: Smith 18, Bascou 9, Bengston 6, McCommon 4, Heren 4, Shields 2, Buckner 5, Gerig 0 and Yount 0.

Santa Clara is easy victim for Card quintet, 63-41. Reserves play second quarter, plus a lot of the second half. Sub Bryan Shields scored 13 as he consistently found himself on the scoring end of a potent Card fast break. The Cards shot 25 of 46 attempts for 56.5 percent, which is indicative the Cards superiority on the fast break. The Cards also were ball hawking and kept the presser on throughout the game. Smith grabbed 12 of the Cards 32 rebounds followed by Gale Yount and Mike Heren with seven each. Heren also had a fine defensive game. Smith was credited with seven assists, Bascou four and Yount and McCommon three apiece. Four wayward passes were picked off by McCommon and two each for Bascou and Smith. Scoring: Smith 16, Bascou 7, Bengston 1, McCommon 15, Heren 0, Buckner 4, Pappas 2, Yount 4 and Shields 13.

Going into the North Salinas game fans will be looking to watch two of the best players in the league, our own Steve Smith and Mel Flores of the Vikings. But as the old saying goes one man does not make up a whole team. Both teams back up their headliner adequately. For the Cardinals at center, Ron Bengsten is picking up now and appears to be improving with every contest. Al McCommon and Mike Heren are at times an awesome guard combination and each is a “scrapper”. McCommon has consistently scored well. Rich Bascou and Smith rank among the best forwards in the league. Both can score in double figures. Bascou was an All league lightweight last year.

In the 57-58 loss to North Salinas the lead changed hands 20 times and the score was tied 13 times. In losing, SC played its finest game of the season, but the Vikings were one point better. As the final stanza got underway the visitors led, 46-39. Then the rally began with two free throws by Smith, a beautiful lay up through the middle by sophomore Bruce Buckner, a jumper by Bascou and three consecutive free throws by Bryon Shields put the Cards ahead with three minutes remaining 49-47 for the first time since the half, when the Cards led 30-29. North Salinas scored to tie, McCommon scored, North Salinas scored, Smith hit two free throws for the Cardinals last lead 53-51 with two minutes to go. There is a lapse in the article here, but with seven seconds left North Salinas had a three point lead and fouled Smith who made both shots to make the score 57-58. The Cards covered the Vikes like a sweater on Marilyn Monroe on the ensuring throw in. The inbounds pass went awry and the ball bounced in and out of the hands of half the cagers, before the buzzer sounded to end the squabble. McCommon was the most outstanding individual on the court, guiding the Cardinal offense and defending the Vikes top scorer superbly. He stuck to Flores (the leagues MVP) like glue, giving the flashy guard only two field goals resulting from being screen off and the Cards did not switch men. He also was the high point man with 19. Bascou was hitting from all angles in the first half with his excellent jump shot and finished with 16 points, while contributing seven rebounds. Smith was guarded tightly and was held to 13 points, eleven of them on foul shots. But he grabbed 20 rebounds, contributed five assist and with all the attention he received opened up space for others to get free. The Cards shot below their normal shooting percentage hitting only 18 of their 64 shots for a 28 percent average. SC out rebounded the Vikings 38-34 with Smith picking off 20. Smith was credited with five assists and McCommon notched a pair. Scoring: Smith 13, Bascou 16, Bengston 2, Heren 2, McCommon 19, Shields 3 and Buckner 2.

Cards Off To Races; Whip Del Mar 75-59 avenging earlier one point loss. The Santa Cruzans coupled a devastating fast break with some fine passing to jump ahead. Forward, Smith slipped some beautiful passes to his counter part, Bascou on three consecutive occasions. Bascou ended up with 22 points, two less the Smith’s 24. Smith played his most consistent game to date in all departments. Besides high point honors, he grabbed 20 rebounds, made 10 assists and intercepted two passes. The entire team played excellent defensive ball, especially guard Mike Heren, who seldom receives notice, was a ball hawk on the floor. McCommon came through with his usually fine game and hit 16 points. Another outstanding performance was turned in by center Ron Bengston, who became a tiger on the boards, picking off six. The most unique point in the rebounding total was that 17 came off their own offensive board, a phase of play in which the Cards are usually delinquent. The Cards took more shots then usual putting through 29 of 69 for 42 percent. Scoring: Smith 24, Bascou 22, Bengston 2, Heren 1, McCommon 16, Yount 3, Buckner 4, Shields 3, Rauen 0 and Pappas 0.

The Cardinals “took gas” and dropped out of CCAL championship contention losing to Watsonville 54-55. Santa Cruz led right up to the final three minutes, except briefly in the first quarter and were ahead by ten points with five minutes to play. With three minutes to play and the Cards ahead by 6, a relentless hacking and hustling Wildcat press denied the Cards from getting the ball over the half court line and scored seven points in about ten seconds time, to put the Cats ahead by one. It was a wild end of the game with both teams battling for loose balls. The Cards had a few chances to win from the foul line, but were not able to connect. During the whole game Watsonville collapsed on Smith to stop him from scoring and whenever he made a move fouled him and held him to three field goals. But he still scored 20 points as he went 14 of 16 on the line. Smith had half of the Cards 24 rebounds. Smith 20, Bascau 8, Bengston 8, McCommon 14, Heren 4, Buckner 0 and Shields 0.

Cardinals Out Hustle Buchser Five 46-36. The Redbirds hustled 100 percent better than at Watsonville despite a slow started. Sophomore Bruce Buckner moved into the starting line up for this game and played all but the last three minutes, turned in a good performance, looks like a comer who could help on the boards. He hit a 15 footer with 13 seconds left in the first half to put the Cards ahead 19-18. McCommon, the main ball handler is holding the team together and being a real team leader. He personally broke Buchsers press. Junior forward Rich Bascou scored 12 of his game high 14 points to keep the Cards in the game in the first half. Bengston keeps looking better all the time. He had six rebounds to go along with Smith’s 23 for his best game on the boards. The Cards won the rebounding battle 42 to 18. SC made only 18 of 62 attempts from the floor for a poor 29 percent. Scoring: Smith 9, Bascou 14, Bengston 2, McCommon 13, Buckner 6, Shields 0 and Yount 2.

The Cardinals are 5-1 against Santa Clara Valley teams. Ironically most of the teams the Cards meet on Tuesdays are, for the most part, better than two of the teams in the league who the Cards have lost too.

Torrid Toreadors Avenge Only CCAL Defeat 68-54. After the game the Monterey coach said, “This is the best game we have played.“ The Cards led up until 19 seconds left in the first quarter, but by half time Monterey led 39-26. The Cards have only two seniors on their squad, made a good showing and hustled all the way. But were no match for Monterey ace, Bob Jensen, who used teammates to screen off Steve Smith, who had cut down his scoring in the first game, to score 30 points. To counter Jensen, the Cards had Smith who scored 26 of his own points and McCommon scored 20. Santa Cruz led 10-9 with 19 seconds left in the first quarter, when Jensen put Monterey ahead 11-10. At half it was Monterey 39-26. When the second half opened the Cards hit 11 points in two minutes and the gap was cut to 41-37. Monterey was not seriously challenged from here on out. Scoring: Smith 26, Bascou 2, Bengston 2, McCommon 20, Buckner 2, Heren 2, Yount 0 and Shields 0. Watsonville stuns North Salinas 56-49.

A four man offensive attack paced the Cards to a 65-48 triumph over Salinas. It was glorious victory for the locals. The Cardinals led every quarter 11-10, 32-20 and 48-35. A fast shifting defense crumbled the Salinas offensive attack in the second quarter after a slow first period start. The Cards tried a zone in the third quarter, but it did not work as well and went back to the man to man. Four Cards scored in double figures, presenting the most balanced offensive displayed this year. The big surprise was center, Ron Bengston, who played his finest game to date. He tallied 15, two less than McCommon’s 17. Smith and Bascou each had 14. The Cardinals took command of the backboards, grabbing 30 rebounds to Salinas’ 18. Smith took off 12, while Heren picked off 7. From the floor, the Cards attempted 49 shots and made 25 for 51 percent. The foul shooting was better than normal 15 of 21 for 71 percent. Scoring: Smith 14, Bascou 14, Bengston 15, McCommon 17, Buckner 1, Heren 2, Yount 2, Shields, Rauen and Pappas 0.

San Luis Obispo dropped the Cards 58-60 in a squeaker. Smith and Bengston had four fouls in the first half. Scoring: Smith 26, Bascou 6, Bengston 5, McCommon 14, Heren 5, Yount 2 and Buckner 0.

Smith paced the Cards as they nearly scored a major upset of the Foothill College reserves, as the Cards led to the middle of the fourth quarter 55-52. The half time score Cards 31-25. Smith pulled down 24 rebounds, with 8 on the offensive end, plus scoring 25 points followed by McCommon with 18 points and a fine floor game. The Cards shot well sinking 24 of 53 attempts for 45 percent. Scoring: Smith 25, Buckner 3, Bengston 4, McCommon 18, Heren 0, Bascou 6, Yount 0 and Shields 3.

Viking rally wins 68-63. Last night’s defeat had to be frustrating to the Cards as they played good ball. They dominated the boards in the first half and were ahead in the score 34-24 at the intermission. But North Salinas turned it around in the second half and gained 10 more shots than the Cards by getting their fast break going. Smith had his best scoring night of the year with twenty four of his points coming on long jump shots. North Salinas assigned three different players the task of stopping Smith and none did. McCommon drove as well as ever and tallied 21 points. North Salinas had to switch men on him also, to keep their players from fouling out trying to guard him. Santa Cruz led 59-58 with a little over 3 minutes to play. Both teams shot well. Santa Cruz hit 26 for 62 for 42 percent and North Salinas 28 of 71 for 39 percent. North Salinas ended up with four players scoring in double figures. (The Vikings lost only three games for the year.) The Card starters went the whole game and seemed to tire at the end. Scoring: Smith 28, Bascou 6, Bengston 5, McCommon 21 and Heren 3.

The Cards ended the season on a high note by defeating arch rivals Watsonville 65-60 after losing the first game by one point. The Cards superior shooting, both from the floor and the charity line, compensated for spasmodic ball handling. Each team had difficulty controlling the ball in the fast moving contest. The Cards lost possession 17 times, when the usual number seldom runs over eight per game. There were 44 fouls called in the game, 26 on Santa Cruz and 18 on Watsonville. However the Cards did get away 56 shots from the floor making 22 for 39 percent. The Cards also shot well at the line making 21 of 27 for 78 percent. The Cards led just barely at the end of each quarter. Starting with the first period 12-11, 28-26, 49-47. With five minutes left in the game and the score 56-52 the Cards went into a modified stall, trying to make the Cats defense make a mistake. With 15 seconds left and the Cards up 61-58 a Card was fouled, but missed the shot and Bengston rebounded, went back up to score and put the Cards ahead 63-58. Watsonville scored again. Smith took the ball out of bounds, whipped it to Bengston at half court, who relayed it to Shields all alone under the bucket to wrap up the game. Smith paced all scorers with 27 points. His output was well distributed throughout the game. He was credited with three assists and picked of 10 of the Cards 32 rebounds. McCommon, playing his final game for Santa Cruz, tallied 20 points notched five rebounds and counted two assists. Bengston cleared the boards seven times and went seven for seven on the foul line for 9 points. Scoring: Smith 27, Bascou 6, Bengston 9, McCommon 20, Heren 0, Shields 2, Buckner 1 and Yount 0.

The team was led throughout the season by Al McComman and Steve Smith. These two were consistently scoring 20 points or more a game. Rich Bascou also hit double figures most games. They made the Cards the highest scoring team in the league. Steve and Al were two and three in league scoring and both were voted most valuable by the team. Al was also voted captain.. Junior center, Ron Bengston was the most improved player on the team. Junior, Mike Heren and sophomore, Bruce Buckner alternated at one guard spot throughout the season.

The following are among the top ten players in league scoring: Steve Smith, second with 152 points for a 19 point average. Al McCommon, third with 147 points for average of 18.4. Rich Bascou, tenth with 86 points for a 10.8 average. Other Cards who scored in league play were centers, Ron Bengston 46, and Bryon Shields 5; forwards, Bruce Buckner 6 and Joe Pappas 0; guards, Mike Heren 14 and Bob Rauen 0.

Rebounding statistics for the season: Smith 279, Bengston 82, Heren 72, McComman and Bascou 65, Yount 41, Buckner 28, Shields 18, Gerig 14, Rauen 5 and Pappas 1.

Tops in assists were Smith 62, McCommon 47, Bascou 14, Yount 13, Heren 11and Bengston 8.

Season statistics by name, games played, points scored and average per game.
Smith 21 394 18-8
McCommon 21 309 14.7
Bascou 20 180 9.0
Bengston 21 84 4.0
Heren 20 41 2.1
Yount 17 38 2.2
Gerig 9 37 4.1
Buckner 17 33 1-9
Shields 15 28 1.9
Runnells 6 9 1.5
Rauen 5 2 0.4
Pappas 5 2 0.5
Criswell 1 0 0.0

Totals 21 1157 55-1

The Foothill College game in included in the stats, but not on the won loss record, which shows 11-9, since it was against a college team.

Top field goal shooters and starters for the majority of the season by name, goals attempted, goals made and percent made.
Smith 335 138 41
McCommon 291 121 42
Bascou 189 78 41
Bengston 80 29 36
Heren 60 12 20

Top foul shooters by name, foul shots taken, foul shots made and percent made.
Smith 167 114 71
McCommon 105 67 64
Bascou 31 24 77
Bengston 45 26 58
Heren 30 17 57

The Cards were the top scoring team in the league, scoring 461 points for a per game average of 57.6, but they also gave up the most points 457 for a per game average of 57.1. Practically a dead heat.

Team members voted McCommon and Smith Co MVP’s. Mc Common was selected team captain for the season and Ron Bengston as the most improved.

Dell Basketball Magazine has again come out with its list of the top high school basketball players in the nation, with eight Northern Californians among them. Junior, Steve Smith was one of the eight along with Bob Jensen of Monterey.

Steve Smith received an honorable mention in Sports Illustrated magazine’s national basketball prep ratings.

Junior, Steve Smith for the second year and senior Al Mc Common both were selected on the ALL CCAL first five. Al was also an All League lightweight player for two years and Steve for one.

The San Francisco Chronicle listed the scoring leaders in Northern California with Smith in eighth place. He was also listed in the list of players scoring over twenty points. At 28 and 27 points he was top ranked at thirteen place. Al McCommon was listed in the twenty-one point group. Jensen of Monterey was second in scoring with 430 points a 23 points per game average. The Chronicle also honored Smith on their five man team of the week after Steve’s last game.

League champion Monterey took third place at the Tournament of Champions at Cal. Bob Jensen and Larry Cooley were place on the All Tournament team. It was a good showing for the CCAL. Monterey was listed as the San Francisco Chronicle as the eighteenth best team in Northern California.


Bellarmine JV 29-31,(not counted in the record) Junipero Serra 45-36, Buchser 33-36, 31-14; Los Gatos 35-48, Del Mar 39-34, 42-33; Andrew Hill 38-45, Santa Clara 40-33, Practice games listed here shows a 6-2 record. League Salinas loss, Monterey loss. Not all scores available. League record of 5-3 was taken from the Trident.

Final standings show Salinas and Monterey tied for first with 6-2 records. Santa Cruz was third at 5-3. Watsonville 3-5 and North Salinas 0-8 in a well balanced league..

Starters at the beginning of the season: forwards, Dave Garbe, Dave Dominguez and Rick Wilkins; center, Roger Blanchard; guards, Mark Conrad, Paul Kadatoni, Mike Murphy and Henry Kadatoni. Other were Ricky King, Stan Pillsbury, Jack Craighill, Conrad Zanatto and Allen Feuerhaken.

Starters half way through the season: at forward, Rick Wilkins and Mark Conrad; center, Roger Blanchard; guards, Mike Murphy and Henry Kadotoni. During the season, Murphy made big improvements in his ball handling and shooting. The main scorers are Conrad and Blanchard.

The lineup and scoring in a practice game loss to Buscher 33-36. Conrad 19, Dominguez 4, Blanchard 4, Henry Kadotoni 0, Paul Kadotoni 0, Murphy 6, Zannoto 0.

Against Del Mar the Cardlets were down 1-12 in the first period, then rallied and won 39-34 behind the shooting of Conrad 17 points, Blanchard and Murphy with 8 apiece and Dave Dominguez with 5.

In the 35-48 loss to Los Gatos top scorers were Mark Conrad with 11 and Mike Murphy 9. Others were Wilkins 5, Blanchard 2, Garbe 4, Henry Kadotani 4, Dominguez, Pillsbury, King, Paul Kadotani and Zanotto 0.

In their second game against Buchser the Cardlets opened up with a 14-1 lead and coasted to 31-14 win. Roger Blanchard found his shooting eye a week ago was high point man with 9.

In a 38-45 loss to Andrew Hill, Mark Conrad kept his hot shooting going with 17 markers.

From coach Jim Simpson, the Cardlets came through in good form to whip the Junipero Serra five 45-36. Lead by Mike Murphy, who hit for 14 points and Mark Conrad, a good candidate for all league, tallied 13. SC took the lead in the first quarter and held onto it for the rest of the game.

In a 40-33 victory over Santa Clara, top scorers were Blanchard 12, Conrad 9 and Murphy 9.

The scorers in the 42-33 win against Del Mar were Conrad 14. Dave Dominguez 4, Blanchard 10, Henry Kakotoni 3, Murphy 6, Paul Kadotoni 5.

By downing Watsonville 61-50 in the last game of the season the Cardlets earned a tie for third with the Kittens. Scoring: Conrad 17, Blanchard 17, Mike Murphy 12, Dave Dominguez 6, Henry Kadotoni 6, Conrad Zanotto 2, Paul Kadotoni 1 and Dave Garbe 0.

Two lightweights were selected ALL CCAL first team. Both are top prospects for next years varsity team. Listed by name and what they bring to the team. Roger Blanchard as a rebounded and scorer and Mark Conrad as a leader, ball handler as well as a scorer.


practice games: SLV 48-46, Palma 52-45, League: Salinas 33-35 in triple overtime. Monterey loss, Watsonville 28-50. On January 20 the Cards record is 2-7

Players: John Pierce, Mike Oliveri, Danny Adams, Chuck Farrar, Larry Garvin, Dennis McNeely, Rich Criswell, Dave Netto, Mark Schultz, Bill Thuringer, Bob Cohen and Tom Knapp. Managers Jim Miller and Larry Garvin

Starting line up: center, Netto; forwards, Schultz and Thuringer; guards, McNeely and Oliveri. Mark Schultz has been the best player on offense and defense. Rich Criswell has moved into the starting lineup to give the team a little more scoring.

In a loss to Watsonville, Shultz led the team in rebounding and scoring with 14 points. In the win against Palma, Rich Criswell tallied 17 points.

From coach Doug Severin: The JV basketball got off to a slow start this year, but finished fast. There are many boys on this team that will be excellent performers in a year or two. The Cardinal basketball team is going to be tough in the next two or three years.


won the league championship.
Players: Roy Corona, Dan Braga, Curt Fetty, Steve MeKenna, Richard Jacoby, Stan Pillsbury, Jim Wilson and Wayne Burks.


Players; Ron Swanberg, John Boppell, John Giannini, Jake Seigle, Isaac Villanueva, Fred Gallacinao, Chris Conrad, Warren Patten, Rich Martinez and Gary Bradley.


scoring at the CCAL meet: Hollister 96, Watsonville 66 and Santa Cruz 63 for third place.

First place finishers at the CCAL meet were at 133, Ron Miyoko and at 175, Mike Owen. Harvey Rogers placed second in the 148 class. These threee will go to the NCS tournament at Del Mar High in San Jose. Other letter winners are Rod Baishiki, Franz Lind, Ray Lowry, Dave Foster, Larry Hogue, Frank Hill and John Mathews.

Other team members were: John Gruber, Dan Cress, Chip Cureton, Walt Jensen, Daryl Keen, Jon Brudvig, Frank Fujimura, Ken Mix, Veldon McCray, Phil McRae, Scott Ferguson, Carl Smith, Mike Winnett, Dave Foster, Mike Owen, and Eric Taylor.

Ron Miyoko and Mike Owens are ALL CCAL wrestlers by winning their weight classes. Coach Tod Likins.


Winner of the Monterey tournament for the fourth consecutive year starting in 1957 and with 1958 being rained out. Practice games: Buchser 16-1, 11-4; Del Mar 5-8, 17-8; Campbell 8-2, 6-9; Monterey tournament: ? win, North Salinas 5-2, Salinas 2-0 for the tournament championship. Bellarmine 5-1, Serra 1-0. Practice game record 9-2. League: Monterey 4-4, won, 8-1; Watsonville 11-2, 1-0, 8-2; North Salinas 8-1, 6-3, 11-2; Salinas 3-2, 4-0, 14-4. League record 11-0-1. The tie game did not need to be played off since the Cards won the league by five games to make it not being necessary. The only thing is they could possible have had an undefeated league season. League standings: SC 11-0-1, Salinas 6-5-1, Monterey 5-5-2, Watsonville 4-8 and North Salinas 2-10. Season record 20-2-1. For the last two years the combined record is 40-5-2.

The Cardinals home field at Harvey West Park has been rearranged with the fences at 315 feet down the lines and 365 in center. (It is almost on a par with some low minor league parks. The Cards appreciate the opportunity to play in such a nice facility.)

Part of Len Klempnauers ‘Here’s The Pitch’ column in the Sentinel. Local Interest Growing In High School Baseball. The improvement of pitching, hitting and fielding over past few years can be attributed to the excellent youth baseball programs locally and the CCAL league cities of Santa Cruz, Salinas, Watsonville and Monterey. By the time a youngster makes his high school varsity, he usually has had five to seven years of experience in organized ball behind him, due to the Little, Pony and Colt leagues. Any astute follower of the area’s youth baseball teams already is familiar with the names of the young men on the rosters of the opposing schools as most of them have come to grips with local teams sometime during their careers. What should enhance the gate for SCHS this year over the improved attendance last year is a near full slate of lettermen who performed as a team last year that breezed to a 20-3-1 record, making them one of the top high school teams in the northern part of the state.

Players: catchers, Larry Eaton and Mark Schultz; pitchers, Al McCommon when not pitching plays the outfield, John Pierce, Dave Netto, and Byron Shields; 1B, Bob Lockwood and Don Gerig and RF; 2B, Bruce McPherson and Jim Skinner; SS, Steve Smith; 3B, Wally Walker and Henry Kadotoni; OF, Mike Murphy, Ron Neumann, Jim Kowal and Rick Wilkins. Managers Gary Cramer and Daryl Keen.

Beat Buchser 17-1 in the opener. It was a 6-1 game going into the sixth inning when the Cards scored 10 runs. Top hitters for the Cards were Ron Neumann with a two run homer in the third inning, Bob Lockwood went 3 for 4 and Larry Eaton 2 for 2. The pitching staff was used in the following order: Al McCommon, Tom Schot, Dave Netto, John Pierce and Bryan Shields. Lineup other than pitchers: Henry Kadotani 3B, 1-0; Walker 3B, 3-0; Lockwood 1B, 4-3; Murphy LF, 4-1; Smith SS, 3-1; McCommon P/CF, 3-1; McPherson 2B, 4-0; Neumann RF, 1-1; Kowal CF, 1-1; Eaton C, 2-2; Skinner 2B, 1-0; Ritter PH, 1-0; Zanotto PH, 0-0 and Schultz C, 1-1.

Darkness Beats Cardinal Nine. The loss to Del Mar 5-8 was a peculiar one. Although the Birds were ahead by a 10-8 score in the top of the seventh, the game had to be called on account of darkness. Thus the final score shifted to the sixth inning at which time Del Mar was ahead 5-8. The game may be finished when the two clubs meet again. Senior Al McCommon has started the first two games and pitched only a few innings before turning his pitching duties over to the following relievers, senior Bryon Shields and sophomores Dave Netto and John Pierce.

After a ten day layoff forced by the weather, the Cards avenged the loss to Del Mar by winning the second game 17-8 with an 16 hit attack. The first four batters in the line up did most of the heavy stick work. Lead off man Bruce McPherson went 5 for 6 with two triples a double and two singles. The next three batters were Bob Lockwood 2 for 6, Mike Murphy 3 or 5 and Steve Smith 2 for 2. McCommon started followed by John Pierce and Dave Netto. Between them they gave up only five hits, but the layoff hurt their control and they walked ten. Lineup: McPherson 2B 6-5; Lockwood 1B, 6-2; Murphy CF, 5-3; Smith SS, 2-2; Kadotani 3B, 1-0; McCommon P, 2-1; Neumann RF, 4-1; Schultz C, 2-1; Eaton C, 2-0; Pierce P, 2-0; Netto P, 0-0; Kowal LF, 1-0; Skinner SS, 1-0; Walker 3B, 2-0 and Gerig RF, 2-1.

Cardinals Explode; Whip Campbell 8-2. SCHS big bats exploded in the late innings to rout highly regarded Campbell. After Campbell scored in the second inning, Ron Neumann and Dave Netto singled and Wally Walker drove in Neumann to tie the score. Bruce McPherson scored on a single by Steve Smith. In the big sixth, 6 runs were driven in by Al McCommon, Mike Murphy, Smith and Neumann. Four double plays by the Cards helped stop the Bucs. McCommon went the first inning, Netto the next two and Pierce finished up. Lineup: McCommon LF/P, 3-1; Lockwood 1B, 4-1; McPherson 2B, 2-0; Murphy CF, 3-1; Smith SS, 4-2; Neumann RF, 4-2; Walker 3B, 3-1; Schultz C, 1-0; Eaton C, 1-0; Netto P, 1-1; Pierce P, 1-0 and Kowal RF, 0-0.

Cards win Monterey tournament title for the fourth time in the last five years of the tournament with other shindig being rained out. Sophomore John Pierce did not get credit for any of the wins, but did earn saves in all three tournament games. In the semi finals a 5-2 win against North Salinas, McCommon started and went four innings striking out ten and giving up two runs. Pierce pitched three innings in one two three order, while striking out three. Four Card runs scored in the first inning. McCommon led off with a walk. Lockwood singled and Smith doubled in the first run. McPherson singled in the next two runs and was driven in by Don Gerig. Neumann and McPherson worked a double steal for the fifth and final run. Lineup: McCommon RF/P, 2-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-1; Murphy CF, 3-0; Smith SS, 4-2; McPherson 2-1; Neumann LF, 4-2; Gerig RF, 3-0; Walker 3B, 3-0; Schultz C, 2-1 and Pierce P, 1-0.

In the 2-0 Championship win against Salinas, Steve Smith made his first pitching start of the season. He went the first four innings mixing up his pitches perfectly, where as McCommon was breezing them past the hitters in the morning. Pierce retired nine of the ten batters he faced. John impressed with a humming fastball and sharp breaking curve that had hitters falling away and all over themselves. Smith was on the ropes in the second when he gave up two straight hits, but senior catcher Larry Eaton fired a strike to second to pick off the only runner to get past first in the game. Lead off man McCommon singled and stole second, (which he did a lot of this season.) He scored on a single by Mike Murphy. In the second Larry Eaton lined a double over the leftfielders head and scored on a single by McCommon. Lineup: McCommon LF, 2-1; Lockwood 1B, 2-0; Murphy CF, 3-1; Smith P/SS. McPherson SS-2B, 3-0; Neumann RF,2-0; Eaton C, 2-1; Walker 3B, 3-0; Skinner 2B, 2-0 and Pierce P, 1-0.

Late SC rally cracks Bells 5-1. Trailing 0-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, Walker and McCommon walked. McPherson drove the ball over the centerfield fence 360 feet from the plate on one bounce for a ground rule double scoring Walker. Lockwood singled to score McCommon and McPherson. Smith, who had two hits, singled and Neumann doubled to drive in two more runs. McPherson went 2 for 3. Smith started on the mound and went three innings. Pierce pitched the last four. Six Bell runners were thrown out on the bases by the fine Cardinal wings. Centerfielder McCommon threw out a runner at the plate, right fielder Neumann threw out a runner at third, pitcher Smith picked off a runner at second and catchers Larry Eaton and Mark Schultz both threw out base stealers at second. Lineup: McCommon CF, 2-1; McPherson 2B, 3-2; Lockwood 1B, 3-1; Murphy LF, 1-0; Smith SS, 2-0; Neumann RF, 3-1; Eaton C, 1-0; Gerig 2B, 1-0; Walker 3B, 1-0; Schultz C, 2-0 and Pierce P, 1-0.

Two hundred fans attended the night game against Buchser in a 11-4 win for the Cards. McCommon started on the mound and threw no hit ball and struck out 8 in four innings. Two big league games are coming up, so Al will be rested and ready to go for them. Bryan Shields relieved for three innings and struck out six. Smith was the big hitter going 2 for 4 and had two runs batted in. Neumann tripled and Gerig bounced one over the centerfield fence to drive Neumann in Lineup: McCommon P, 0-0; McPherson 2B, 4-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-1; Murphy CF, 2-1; Smith SS, 4-2; Neumann LF, 2-1; Eaton C, 2-0; Gerig RF, 2-1; Walker 3B, 2-0; Kowal LF, 0-0; Kadotani 3B, 1-0; Shields P, 1-1 and Schultz C, 1-1.

In the first league game down 0-4 going into the last of the seventh against Monterey, the Cards scored four to tie the game before darkness stopped the game. It will be replayed from the beginning at a later date. To start the inning Al McCommon and Bob Lockwood walked. McCommon scored on a single by Steve Smith. Bruce McPherson walked and Ron Neumann’s line drive scored Lockwood and Smith. On a bad throw to the plate McPherson scored to tie the game. Santa Cruz out hit Monterey 9-3, but left ten runners on base. Monterey bunted a man to second, but the ball bounced up and hit the bunter in fair territory but neither umpire saw it. Both runners were safe. Another bunt and this time the Cards threw the ball away that allowed a runner to score. A bad throw from the outfield allowed two runs to score. A sacrifice fly drove in the fourth run to put the Toreadors ahead 4-0. SC had a base runner, who would have scored, run into the third base coach and was thrown out. Lockwood was the top hitter going 2 for 3. Lineup: McCommon P 2-1; Lockwood 1B, 3-2; Murphy CF, 3-1; Smith SS/P, 4-1; McPherson 2B, 2-1; Neumann LF, 3-1; Gerig RF, 2-0; Walker 3B, 4-1; Schultz C, 1-1; Skinner PR: Pierce P, 0-0; Kowal PH, 1-0; Kadotani 2B, 1-0 and Eaton C, 1-0.

Big Inning Does It Against Cats in 11-2 win. Santa Cruzans score 11 times in the second inning sending 16 men to the plate. Bob Lockwood was the only hitter with more than one hit. Bob had two doubles and a single. John Pierce was the first pitcher to go more than four innings so far this year as he threw a complete game. Lineup: McCommon CF, 2-0; Lockwood 1B, 4-3; Murphy RF, 2-1; Smith SS, 5-0; McPherson 2B, 4-0; Neumann LF, 3-0; Eaton C, 1-1; Walker 3B, 2-1; Pierce P, 4-1; Kadotani PH, 0-0; Gerig 3B, 1-1; Schultz C, 1-0; Skinner 2B, 0-0 and Kowal LF, 0-0.

The “Big A” as McCommon’s teammates call him, whiffed 15 North Salinas batters in the 8-1 win. In one inning Al struck out four batters, when a third strike got past the catcher. The game was closer then the score indicates. It was 3-1 going into the seventh. A tremendous grand slam homer by Don Gerig in the top of the seventh insured the victory. Both pitchers were in control giving up only four hits apiece. The difference was McCommon only walked three while his opponent walked seven and gave up Gerig’s homer. Smith went 2 for 2 and had a RBI on a squeeze and Neumann also drove in a run. Lineup: Murphy CF, 4-0; Walker 3B, 2-1; Smith SS, 2-2; McCommon P, 3-0; Neumann LF, 4-0; Gerig 1B, 4-1; McPherson 2B, 4-0; Wilkins RF, 4-0; Schultz C, 1-0 and Kadotani RF, 0-0.

Cards Win Thriller Chiller. Error in eighth gives SC win over Salinas 3-2. The Cards are 3-0-1 and Salinas 3-1 after the first of three rounds of league play. Al McCommon led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to left. Bruce McPherson pushed a bunt down the first base line, the Cowboy pitcher hurried his throw to first and by the time the right fielder corralled the ball Al had scored the winning run. In the sixth the Cowboys had tied the score 2-2. With the go ahead runner on second, the next batter looped a potential “Texas Leaguer” toward leftfield. Shortstop Steve Smith sprinted back, leaped and made a spectacular back handed catch. The runner thought it was a sure hit and was practically at third was then doubled off at second. Smith turned in an unassisted double play earlier running full blast to catch a knee high liner and doubling a runner at second. A fine relay throw from leftfielder Ron Neumann to Wally Walker to Larry Eaton cut down a runner at the plate. The Cards played fine defense. Both teams scored in the first inning. For the Cards, led off McCommon hit a long triple to right center. Al scored on a wild pitch seconds later. Al went 2 for 3 getting half the Cardinal hits. The second run came in the fifth with two outs. Pierce walked and McCommon walked. McPherson followed with a hot smash to deep short. The shortstop wanting to make a double play, realized Al’s speed and tried to hurry, instead let the ball go through his legs to the outfield and Pierce scored. John Pierce went the distance again striking out ten and giving up only one walk. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-2; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Smith SS, 3-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Eaton C, 2-0; Neumann LF, 3-0; Gerig RF, 3-0; Walker 3B, 2-1 and Pierce 1-0.

Cardinal Baseballers Win Again. McCommon Has No Hitter Into Sixth; Coach Pulls Him. Monterey beaten 8-1. McCommon has no hitter into the sixth inning, but is questionably pulled by the coach. Al had retired 14 men in a row before walking a man in the fifth. In the sixth with the bases loaded John Pierce went in and walked one man to force in the only Monterey run. Over Al’s last three games he has pitched no hit ball for 10 and one third innings. That should be worth a no hit game. Bob Lockwood was injured in practice and will be lost for the season. Bob, a four year starter was hitting .405 for the season and was third in league batting. The Card bats were hot with ten hits. Ron Neumann and Mark Schultz had doubles. All but one of the starters had a hit. The big star with the bat was Rick Wilkins a sophomore just called up from the junior varsity. In his first at bat, he drove in a run and his last time at bat he tripled to right center driving in two more runs. McCommon went 2 for 4. Lineup: McCommon P/RF, 4-2; McPherson 2B, 3-0; Murphy CF, 2-0; Smith SS, 4-1; Neumann LF, 4-1; Eaton C, 1-1; Gerig 1B, 3-1; Walker 3B, 2-1; Wilkins RF, 3-2; Schultz C, 1-1; Kadotani RF, 0-0 and Pierce P, 0-0.

SC makes triple play as Cards edge Watsonville 1-0. The game lasted only one hour and 35 minutes. Twice the Wildcats, who now have lost nine straight to the Surf City fleet, advanced men to third with no out, but failed to score. In the sixth inning with the bases loaded, Steve Smith called time out and went to the mound to tell sophomore pitcher John Pierce “get the batter to hit the ball to me” as a way of trying to get John to relax. The next pitch was lined to Don Gerig at first base, Don then stepped on first and then threw to Smith at second to complete the triple play. Just an inning earlier, the Cats had runners on second and third and two outs. The third out was made by third baseman Wally Walker, who back handed a one hop shot to his right and fired to first. Walker was soon the hero with the bat, too. The Santa Cruzans, who had been hitting the ball well all day, but for only four base hits, finally scored in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Don Gerig boomed a long double to left and Walker followed with another shot between the outfielders to plate the only run of the game. Pierce went six innings and allowed only four hits while striking out seven. McCommon pitched the seventh for the save, while going 2 for 3. Lineup: McCommon CF/P, 3-2; McPherson 2B, 3-0, Murphy LF/CF. 3-0; Smith SS, 3-0; Neumann RF, 3-0; Eaton C, 1-0; Gerig 1B, 3-1; Walker 3B, 3-1, Pierce P, 2-0 and Wilkins RF, 0-0.

Pitching was supposed to have been the question mark of the SC baseball team this year, but for the first 15 games the Cardinal staff has allowed the opposition only 1.43 earned runs per game. Meanwhile the Cards have been hitting at a .278 clip as a unit, a pretty fair “country” average for high school ball. John Pierce in 13 games and 44 2/3 innings has an ERA of .94. Next is Al McCommon in 10 game and 32 1/3 innings has an ERA of 1.95. Steve Smith in 3 games and 9 innings has an ERA is 0.00. Dave Netto in 5 games and 7 1/3 innings has an ERA of 2.88.

Campbell snaps SC win streak by a 6-9 score. Campbell is a top team in San Jose leading the West Valley league. SC had a 5-3 lead going into the top of the seventh after a three run rally in the sixth. McCommon went the first three innings so he would be ready for the crucial next game against Salinas was followed by Smith and Pierce. McCommon drove in the only Card RBI. The wind that came up late in the game making one think they were at Candlestick Park. The wind made pop ups and fly balls difficult. Santa Cruz’ loss may have been a timely one. It is always better to lose the non league games. It may give the Cards a warning that the “world does not owe them a living”. Lineup: McCommon CF/P, 3-1; Walker 3B, 1-0; Smith P/SS, 3-1; Lockwood 1B, 4-0; Gerig 2B/RF, 2-1; Eaton C, 3-2; Neumann LF, 4-2; Murphy RF/CF, 2-1; McPherson 2B/SS, 2-0; Pierce P, 1-0 and Schultz C, 0-0.

McCommon in one hitter beat Salinas 4-0. The lone hit was a broken bat blooper. Al fanned ten and walked five. SC did not score an earned run as Salinas made four costly miscues. In the second inning, Don Gerig scored the first run, when he singled, moved to second on a walk and scored on a wild throw to third. In the third, Walker walked, went to second on wild pick off throw, then stole third and scored on a pass ball. McCommon reached first on an error, stole second, advanced to third on an infield out and scored on a double steal. McCommon went 2 for 4 and had an RBI. Lineup: Walker 3B, 2-0; Murphy CF, 4-0; McCommon P, 4-2; Smith SS, 3-1; Gerig 1b, 3-1; Neumann LF, 3-0; Eaton C, 1-0; McPherson 2B, 3-1 and Wilkins RF, 3-0.

Al McCommon paced the Cards in a 8-2 win over Watsonville with a tremendous 360 foot home run, the first over the new fence at Harvey West stadium. Al had two RBI’s in a 3 for 4 day. The other top hitters were Wally Walker and Steve Smith each going 2 for 3. In the last two games Steve has stolen 5 bases, while hitting in the clean up spot. Other RBI hitters were Don Gerig with two and one each for Mark Schultz, Wally Walker and Mike Murphy. John Pierce got his third straight win against the Cats, plus it was the tenth consecutive win for the Card in the series. Going all the way, John struck out 6 and walked only one. With a runner on third and no outs and the score only 2-1 SC, John went to his curve ball and struck out the top three batters of the order to leave the runner stranded. The Cards then picked up three runs in each of the last two innings.
Lineup: Walker 3B, 3-2; Murphy LF, 3-0; McCommon CF, 4-3; Smith SS, 3-2; Gerig 1B, 4-1; Neumann RF, 2-1; McPherson 2B, 2-1; Schultz C, 2-0 and Pierce P, 3-0.

Cards Cinch Tie For Pennant. The day following the Watsonville game Al McCommon pitched a complete game 6-3 win over North Salinas in a make up game. Al struck out 11 while only walking one. Al also went 2 for 3 to lift his league batting average to .469 and adding a RBI. Wally Walker also went 2 for 3 for a league batting average of .368. Sophomore Rich Wilkins came through again going 2 for 4 and driving in a run. Lineup: Walker 3B, 3-2; McPherson 2B, 4-1; McCommon P, 3-2; Smith SS, 3-1; Gerig 1B, 3-0; Neumann LF, 2-0; Eaton C, 3-1; Wikins CF, 4-2 and Skinner RF, 3-0.

Cards win it all; Gerig. Pierce Star. Beat North Salinas 11-2. Redbirds clinch the pennant with two games remaining. Gerig hit his second homer of the season. The blow came with one on in the sixth. It was Don’s third hit of the day and gave him four RBI’s for the game. John Pierce pitched shutout ball for six innings and then stepped aside to allow Steve Smith to move over from shortstop to get some work on the mound. John struck out nine, walked only one and gave up just two hits. Seven of the strike outs ended with a sharp breaking curve ball. The Cards broke the game open in the third inning with a six run rally. Gerig was the only hitter to get more than one hit. Mike Murphy had a triple and drove in two runs. Other RBI men with one each were Ron Neumann and Bruce McPherson. Lineup: Walker 3B, 2-0; Murphy LF, 4-1; McCommon CF, 2-0; Smith P/SS, 2-0; Gerig 1B, 4-3; Neumann RF, 2-1; McPherson 2B, 2-0; Eaton C, 1-0; Pierce P, 3-1; Schultz C, 1-1; Kadotani 2B, 0-0 and Wilkins LF, 0-0.

Baseball Bowl game Tomorrow Night. Champion SC and Serra Nines Play Under Arcs, Expect Large Crowd. It promises to draw one of the top crowds ever to watch a high school baseball game in Santa Cruz. Serra of San Mateo is the champion of the West Catholic league and has sent a number of graduates to the major leagues. Both Serra and SC were defending champs and played to a 3-3 nine inning tie last year. With just two games left in the season the team batting average is .291 and a team earned run average of 1.88, pretty good for 21 games. Don Gerig has done a great job of filling in for the injured and missing. He is a very strong candidate for All CCAL as a utility man. Steve Smith has not made an error in the last 19 games and has covered a lot of territory at shortstop and appears to be a strong All CCAL candidate again this year. Wally Walker, the real surprise on the ball club, Al McCommon and John Pierce are also strong candidates.

The following is the probable starting line up for the Serra game, by name, position, the batting averages for the season to this point with two games to go. Wally Walker 3B, 271; Mike Murphy CF, 255; Al McCommon P, 412; Steve Smith SS, 311; Don Gerig 1B, 286; Ron Neumann LF, 263; Bruce McPherson 2B, 219; Larry Eaton C, 333 or Mark Schultz C, 412 and Rick Wilkins RF, 250.

In ‘Baseball Bowl’ game Serra falls 1-0. Lost infield pop up before full stands at Harvey West spoils no hitter for SC hurlers. Both teams had some trouble with the lights. In a game between two league champions it took only one hour and 40 minutes to complete. Al McCommon started and went three innings to be replaced by Steve Smith who went two innings and struck out five of the six batters he faced. John Pierce finished the last two innings striking out five as well. Only one Serra batter reached third. The last game of the season will be in four days and the Cards want to go undefeated in league. All the pitchers will be fresh for this game. The only run came in the third inning. McCommon looped a ball into short left field and as it was fumbled Al streaked to second. (It was a normal thing for Al. All season long he would single, steal second and eventually score some how.) Don Gerig came through again with a clutch hit, his fifth RBI of the week, to drive in Al. This has been the story of the Cards all season. Clutch hitting, clutch pitching and clutch fielding. When they have needed the key play, they have made it. Lineup: Walker 3b, 3-0; Murphy LF/CF, 3-1; McCommon P/CF, 2-1; Smith SS, 3-0; Gerig 1B, 2-1; Neumann RF/LF, 3-0; McPherson 2B/SS, 3-0; Schultz C, 2-0; Wilkins RF, 1-1; Kadotani 2B, 1-0; Eaton C, 1-0 and Pierce P, 0-0.

From the Sentinels Mel Bowen. Headlines ‘Best Ever’ Cards Get 20th Victory. Long Ball Hitters Smash Out Seven Extra base Hits. Salinas Clobbered 14-4. The best all around baseball team in the history of Santa Cruz High School completed its season yesterday with its twentieth win, a 14-4 clubbing of second place Salinas. It marked the second straight 20 victory campaign. This years club was only slightly better than last years. The 1961 team won 20, lost two and tied one. Last year the Redbirds had a 20-3-1 record for a two year record of 40-5-2. Before a fine crowd of 250 at Harvey West was no exception for the Cards. They came up with the big rallies, the key plays and the clutch pitching at the right times. Seven of Santa Cruz’ 13 hits were for extra bases. Wally Walker banged two doubles, Mike Murphy homered, Steve Smith hit two triples, Don Gerig tripled and John Pierce, “the old slugger” like pitcher Sam Jones of the Giants, also tripled. RBI’s were Smith and Murphy 3, Pierce 2 and Neumann, sophomore Mark Schultz and Walker with one each. Al McCommon started and went 2 and one third innings and with runners on base was replaced by Pierce, who struck out two batters leaving two runners on. John completed the game and struck out 8 and walked no one. A sophomore, John went 7-0 in league play. This Santa Cruz team has had great fielding, great pitching and very good hitting, as evident in this game. The spirit and leadership have been excellent. Steve Smith was the take charge guy on the ball club. Santa Cruz high has not come up with a better won loss record since at least 1943, when the Cards had a real good club led by pitcher Len Noren and possibly longer. Seniors playing their last game were Wally Walker, Al McCommon, Bruce McPherson, Ron Neumann and Don Gerig, who really came through as a utility man. McCommon and McPherson were first stringers as sophomores. First baseman Bob Lockwood, who started for four years was leading the league in hitting before he was lost to the team from a practice injury. Bob unfortunately had to finish off the year coaching third base. Lineup: Walker 3B, 4-4; Murphy LF/CF, 3-1; McCommon P/CF, 4-1; Smith SS, 4-2; Gerig 1B, 3-1; Neumann RF/LF, 3-1; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Eaton C, 3-1; Wilkins RF, 1-0; Pierce P, 3-1; Schultz C, 1-0 and Kadotani LF, 0-0.

League standings: SC 11-0-1, Salinas 6-5-1, Monterey 5-5-2, Watsonville 4-8 and North Salinas 2-10. Team batting averages: SC .281, Salinas .275, Watsonville .265, Monterey .224 and North Salinas .181. Individual batting stats for the top ten hitters in league play, by place in the league averages and the actual batting average: second place, Wally Walker .484 and fourth place Al McCommon .447.

Other Card leaders who were tops in league: Wally Walker 17 runs. Don Gerig led in RBI’s with 12 and home runs 2.

The top pitchers in the league listed with wins and losses, innings pitched, ERA and strike outs.. The top two pitchers were Cards John Pierce and Al McCommon.
Pierce 7-0 45 1/3 1.25 57
McCommon 4-0 36 2/3 1.90 53
Griffin, Salinas 5-3 70 1/3 ? 80

League batting averages by name, at bats, hits and average.
Walker 31 15 484
McCommon 38 17 447
Gerig 37 11 297
Smith 38 11 289
McPherson 35 6 171
Nuemann 35 6 171
Murphy 31 5 194
Pierce 17 4 235
Eaton 16 4 250
Wilkins 13 4 308
Lockwood 10 5 500
Schultz 8 3 375
Skinner 3 0 000
Kadotani 2 0 000

Sentinel. May 25. Five Santa Cruzans’ Picked for ALL CCAL. Santa Cruz, which won the CCAL pennant race by five full games, failed to win the All CCAL honors by a similar margin although five Cardinals were honored, Salinas, which finished five games behind in second place and losers to SC four straight games to the powerful Cards place three men on the 12 man squad. Watsonville and Monterey each had two and North Salinas was shut out. Unanimous picks for ALL CCAL were pitcher-outfielder-hitter, senior Al Common had a 4-0 pitching record with 37 innings pitched and was fourth in hitting .447; shortstop, Steve Smith all league for second year .289; senior third baseman Wally Walker, second in the league hitting .484 and runs scored with 17 and utility man-first baseman senior Don Gerig with a .297 average, led the league in RBI‘s with 12 and home runs with two. Junior pitcher, John Pierce 7-0 and 45 innings pitched was also selected to the ALL CCAL squad missing unanimous by one vote. Santa Cruz would have had six of the 12 All leaguers if the coaches would have followed league by laws. The rule states that a player has to play the at least half the games at the position they are chosen for to be eligible to be picked. The player chosen for second base did not even play that position. Bruce McPherson did get a vote as the second baseman and no doubt would have won the spot on the squad if the rule had been followed. Pierce and McCommon formed the best one two pitching punch in the league. The pair mowed down hitters right and left, yet neither pitched a no hitter, which was once quite common in high school ball. Though McCommon would have gotten one if the coach had not had the unreasonable quick hook. Junior Mike Murphy, who was All CCAL last year was left of the team this year. Santa Cruz led the league in hitting with a .281 average. Hitters are blossoming at an earlier age now days thanks to Little League, Pony and Colt.

The San Jose Mercury selected a twelve man Central Coast Section baseball team (covering from King City through San Mateo County) this year and three Santa Cruz players were named to the squad. They were Al McCommon, Steve Smith and John Pierce.


Team members were: Chuck Farrar, A. Austin, Stan Pillsbury, Larry Garvin, I. Martin, Gary Bowen, Jake Seigle, Bruce Halper, Curt Fetty, Larry Wright, Al Feuerhaken, Larry Latham, Tim Erickson, Bob Pederson, B. Noren, S. Cartwright, P. Pedmonte, and B. Walker. Coach Ron Walters.


Varsity results. Dual meets: Monterey 68, SC 41; SC vs. Salinas, each school had a different score. SC had itself winning 55-53. Salinas had themselves winning 59-49. Watsonville 77, SC 36. JV results: Watsonville 66, Monterey 54, SC 17.
Triangular meets: Salinas 65, SC 41, Live Oak 22.
King City Invitational: no SC scoring.
Dads Club Relays: Monterey 45, North Salinas 31, King City 27, Salinas 22, SC 20, Watsonville 17.
Big Five: Monterey 67, North Salinas 57, Salinas 53, Watsonville 42, SC 27.
CCAL Meet: Monterey 59, Salinas 43, North Salinas 39, Watsonville 35, King City 26, SC 22, PG 8, Gonzales 5, Carmel 4, Gilroy 1, Hollister 1, SLV 0.
Consolation Meet: (for athletes that didn’t qualify for NCS) Watsonville 89, SC 45, King City 32, Monterey 23, North Salinas 18, Salinas 14, Gilroy 9, SLV 8, Live Oak 3, Hollister 3.

Lightweight results. Dual meets: Monterey 85, SC 27. Salinas 72, SC 27. Watsonville 107, SC 6.
Triangular meets: North Salinas 95, SC 26, Live Oak 6. Lightweight reserves, Watsonville 76, Monterey 60, SC 4.
King City Invitational: no SC scoring.
Dads Club Relays: North Salinas 53, Watsonville 42, Monterey 39, Salinas 15, SC 8, King City 6.
Big Five: North Salinas 92, Watsonville 84, Monterey 44, Salinas 22, SC 5.
CCAL Meet: North Salinas 66, Watsonville 58, Monterey 33, Hollister 21, Gilroy 18, Salinas 16, King City 9, SC 8, PG 8, Carmel 8, Gonzales 2, SLV 0, Live Oak 0.
Consolation Meet: Watsonville 88, North Salinas 62 Monterey 59, Gilroy 20, Hollister 6, King City 6, Live Oak 5, Salinas 4, SC none.

February 16. Al Wright, SC’s eager young track coach was happy that the CCAL Relay will be held at Memorial Field. It will be the first major track event in SC since the late 1930’s, when the Big Five Meet was held here. There will be no individual races, just sprint medleys, distance medleys and open field events.

March 5. Schmidt Clears 11-6; Vikings Capture Meet. Claude Schmidt, 1960 CCAL pole vault champion, cleared 11-6 as North Salinas topped SC and Live Oak in a three way meet. North Salinas 65, SC 41, Live Oak 22. Card winners were Fullen, in 180 low hurdles in 22.6 and Schmidt in the pole vault. Other placers: 120 high hurdles, Swann second and McDonald third. 100, Wood fourth. 440, Mealiffe fourth. Mile, Clark second and Rix third. 180 low hurdles, Matthews third. 220, Fullen second and Wood fourth. Shot put, Netoff second and also second in the discus. Pole vault, Putney third.
Lightweights: North Salinas 96, SC 26, Live Oak 6. SC took three firsts and a first place tie. Carl Twiss cleared an even nine feet to tie for first in the pole vault and placed third in the high jump. Other first were Veldon McCray in the 330 at 40.6, plus second in the 150. Russ Flora in the 1320 in 3:37. Gene Strouse in high jump at 5-4. Other placer: Cox took second in the 660.

March 12. Monterey Thinclads Down Santa Cruzans 68, 41. SC copped only four firsts, but sweetened their score with a filling of seconds and thirds. Jim (Tex) Fullen swept to an easy 53.8 quarter mile win. Sophomore Bruce Buckner, in his varsity initiation tied for first in the 220 at 23.9 after picking up a third in the 100. Jim Harris tossed the shot put 46-4 for the other individual win. The relay team of Wood, Buckner, Carrithers and Fullen won when Monterey was disqualified for cutting in. Pole vault champion Claude Schmidt cleared 11-6, good for only second place. Other placers: 880, Mealiffe second and White third. Mile, Clark second. 120 high hurdles, Swan second and MacDonald third, plus a second in the broad jump. 180 low hurdles, Matthews second. High jump, Yount second and Criswell third. Discus, Cunningham third.
Lightweights: Monterey 85, SC 27. Velden McCray came from behind to win the 330 in 39.8, a second under his best. Russ Flora ran a strong 1320, grinding his opponent into the track in the final lap for a 3:37.2 clocking. Other placers: 660, Cox second. High jump, Strouse second. Pole vault, Bertsch third.

March 26. Rain Hastened Meet Declared Unofficial. Dark horse SC under dark skies surged to the front in the field events in an unofficial, rain abbreviated meet. SC Coach Al Wright and the Sentinel both scored the meet in favor SC 55-53, while Salinas had it 59-49 in their favor. The starter tried to get the events started as soon as possible to try and beat the rain as last weeks meets were cancelled. As it was, most of the events were held under a steady drizzle. Salinas had a comfortable 43-29 lead, when most of the participants and spectators went home. But SC swept the pole vault and the shot put to take command. Bruce Buckner and Dennis Netoff scored double first to pace SC who won six first places. Buckner won the 100 in 10.6 and the 220 in 24.1, plus second in the broad jump. Netoff won the shot put at 45-8 and the discus at 132 feet. Schmidt won the pole vault at 11 feet as the Cards swept the event with Van Ness second and Simmons third. The shot put was another SC sweep with Nettoff’s win followed by Harris and Hungerford. Other placers: 100, Wood second. 880, Mealiffe third. Mile, Clark third. 120 high hurdles, Swan second and McDonald third. 180 low hurdles, Wood third, High jump, Sletten second and Yount third.
Lightweights: Salinas 72, SC 27. Winners were Flora in the 1320 in 3:39.5. Strouse in the high jump at 5-4. Bertch won the pole vault at 9 feet. Twiss was second in the pole vault and third in the high jump. Other placers: 75, Bowen third. 330, McCray second, 660, Cox second.

April 7. SC’s Reserves Thinclads Lose At Watsonville. Team scoring: Watsonville 66, Monterey 54, SC 17. SC, not fully out of Easter Week hibernation, were swamped in both varsity and lightweights in a three way reserves meet with Watsonville and Monterey. Pole vaulter John Van Ness garnered the only Card first at 10-6 followed by Eldon Putney and Rich Simmons cleared ten feet for third place tie. Paul Graeber took second in the 440 and Hungerford third. Discus, Epperley fourth. 120 high hurdles, McDonald fourth. Mile, Rix third. 120 low hurdles, McDonald fourth. High jump, Van Ness fourth.
Lightweights: Watsonville 76, Monterey 60 SC 4. Elliot took fourth in the 120 low hurdles. SC took second in the high jump, but no name appeared.

April 9. Santa Cruz Blanked In King City Meet. Claude Schmidt cleared 11-6 in the pole vault, but lost a share of third place on the basis of misses at 11 feet.
Lightweights: Jim Cox finished third at 1:32.5 in his 660 heat, but did not place in the consolidation results.

April 16. Watsonville’s Quick Cats Beat Cardinal Cinder-men. Watsonville 77, SC 36 Both Watsonville teams are undefeated in the league in dual meet competition. SC grabbed three firsts, Tim Mealiffe jumped out to an early lead in the 880 and ran his own race all the way for a particularly satisfying 2:07.6 win. It was the first regular meet win for the hard working senior, who has seen early leads evaporate before blazing “kickers” for the past two seasons. Claude Schmidt cleared 12 feet for the first time in competition to lead a SC sweep of the event. One of Schmidt’s stabs at 12-4 missed by a ticker. John Van Ness cleared 10-6 and Elton Putney and Richard Simmons topped 10 feet. Dennis Netoff set a SC record of 137-3 in the discus. John Cunningham flipped it 134 feet for second. Bruce Buckner, first in these partisan eyes was given third in the blanket 100 finish an followed with a second in the 220.
Lightweights: Watsonville 107, SC 6. Gene Strouse tied for first place in the high jump at 5-3 for most of SC’s points. McCray was third in the 330 and Flora placed third in the 1320.

April 30. Card Vaulter Schmidt Soars To Ist At 12-7 1/4. At the first annual Dads Club Relays. Monterey won the varsity meet with 45 points, 30 coming in the five individual competition field events. North Salinas was second with 31, King City 27, Salinas 22, SC 20, Watsonville 17. A small turnout witnessed the well run CCAL track carnival was treated to come from behind wins, upsets and spills galore in return for their perseverance on the chilly, misty afternoon. Most stayed well after the running was over to watch Schmidt and John Van Ness arch over 12 feet and then fight it out for the handsome ribbons. Van Ness, who had a previous competitive best of 11 feet even, almost cleared 12-3 on a crossed up over backwards vault. Schmidt, whose best was 12 even cleared 12-3 handily and skimmed over the winning height, looking up incredulously from the pit to see if a slight nudge had displaced the bar. Monterey’s vaulter cleared 12-7 1/4 for a tie. In the sprint medley relay, King City edged the Cards quartet of Wood, Singer, Buckner and Fullen at the tape in a time of 42.4. In the two mile relay, Conrad, White, Clark and Sletten came close, but took second to Watsonville.
Lightweights: North Salinas 53, Watsonville 42, Monterey 39, Salinas 15, SC 8, King City 6.
Gene Strouse cleared 5-5 for second in the high jump. Other individual placers: Shot put, Harris fifth.

May 7. SC Pole Vaulter Schmidt Garners Only First Place. Cards Improve. Monterey won its second consecutive Big Five track championship. North Salinas took the lightweight crown. Pole vaulted Claude Schmidt left all competitors behind at 11 feet, soared to 12-3 for the only Card gold medal. Both SC team finished fifth. Monterey 67, North Salinas 57, Salinas 53, Watsonville 42, SC 27. Coaches Al Wright and Bill Wood both were delighted with the varsity total, eight more than last year and 18 over the 1959 effort. “Just about everybody cam through,” Wright exclaimed.
SC earned ten varsity and three lightweight spots in the CCAL championships at Salinas. Sophomore Bruce Buckner, off slow in both starts, closed fast for a second in the 220 at 23.5 and a third in the 100 at 10.4. John Cunningham set a SC record of 143-3 for third in the discus. Dennis Netoff with a personal best of 138-8 was fifth. John Harris at 47-5 for fourth place and Netoff at 47-¾ for fifth place set personal bests in the shot put. John Van Ness tied for third in the pole vault at 10-6, while Dick Simmons and Bob Putney qualified for next weeks meet tying for fifth place at 10 even. Defending champion Jim Fullen picked up the other SC spot with a disappointing fifth in the 440. The SC relay team hit 1:35.1, its best of the year went unplaced.
Lightweights: North Salinas 92, Watsonville 84, Monterey 44, Salinas 22, SC 5. Russ Flora took third in the 1320 in 3:28.5. Freshman Gene Strouse picked up fifth place finishes in the high jump at 5-2 and the broad jump at 18-8.

May 14. Schmidt, Lee Tie for First In Pole Vault. At the CCAL finals, Monterey tripped up last years league champion King City. Results: Monterey 59, Salinas 43, North Salinas 39, Watsonville 35, King City 26, SC 22, PG 8, Gonzales 5, Carmel 4, Gilroy 1, Hollister 1, SLV 0. Claude Schmidt successfully defended his pole vault crown and Bruce Buckner scored upset seconds in the two sprints, to lead the Cards to a surprisingly solid sixth place. Coach Al Wrights athletes acted as if they had been instructed to make a mockery of the form chart and in a positive way. Buckner, a rugged sophomore, was pegged for a pair of thirds. After practicing starts all week, he rocketed from the blocks in both races. In the 100, he was taken by a body length for first and led the 220 until a final lunge into the tape by a North Salinas runner. Schmidt and his Monterey opponent Lee renewed their vaulting dual. Schmidt a junior cleared 12-3, hopping the bar in the air on his final try. Lee made it on his final try. Willing to accept a tie, if they couldn’t get a record, they both failed at 12-8. John Van Ness cleared 10-6 for fourth place. Dennis Netoff hurled the discus 138 feet for fourth place. John Harris found out how tough competition can get when he put the shot 49 feet and went unplaced. The relay team of Wood, Singer, Fullen and Buckner won its heat and was fifth in the final standings.
Lightweights: CCAL meet results: North Salinas 66, Watsonville 58, Monterey 33, Hollister 21, Gilroy 18, Salinas 16, King City 9, SC 8, PG 8, Carmel 8, Gonzales 2, SLV 0, Live Oak 0. Freshman Gene Strouse tied for first at 5-5 in the high jump five points to SC’s score. Russ Flora pulled three more points out of the hat, when he took third in the 1320.

May 19. Fullen Runs 10.2 Century For Cards–In Consolation Meet. Consolation Meet: (for athletes that didn’t qualify for NCS) Watsonville 89, SC 45, King City 32, Monterey 23, North Salinas 18, Salinas 14, Gilroy 9, SLV 8, Live Oak 3, Hollister 3. Jum Fullen had his day of days, pacing SC to second place. The senior warhorse, who never found the pace in his 440 specialty this year, ripped off a 10.2 century and 22.9 furlong double wins. The 100 yard mark is the best in the league this year. Both times were meet records. The kid called Tex also broad jumped 19-7 for a fifth. Junior Jim Harris got off a best ever 49.9 shot put to claim another meet record. Coach Wright used most of his athletes in the varsity competition. Junior Don Swan was clocked in 15.9 in the high hurdles for third place and 21.5 in the low hurdles for fifth place. Promising sophomore Marshall White garnered third with a 4:59.8 mile. Junior Richard Criswell tied for third in the high jump. Richard Simmons was fourth in the pole vault and Alton Putney fifth. Andy Wood in the 100, finished fourth in 10.6. Don Sletten picked up a 2:10.9 fifth in a blanket finish in the 880.
Lightweights: Consolation Meet: Watsonville 88, North Salinas 62 Monterey 59, Gilroy 20, Hollister 6, King City 6, Live Oak 5, Salinas 4, SC none. (No mention of any action and there was no score by SC.)

May 21. CCAL Score Four Firsts In Sectionals; SC Blanked. At the North Coast Section meet at Camden High in San Jose, SC drew a blank for the afternoon, although registering several personal bests. For the varsity, sophomore Bruce Buckner was the only CCAL athlete to survive the morning 100 yard dash trials in a time of 10.3. He finished out of the money in the finals. His trial time in the 220 was 22.9. Dennis Nettof set a school record of 149-4 in the discus, but couldn’t qualify in the feature event of the afternoon. Other Card times and distances were Claude Schmidt 12-0 and John Van Ness, 11-6 in the pole vault. For the lightweights: Russ Flora ran 3:30.0 in the 1320 and Gene Strouse went 5-4 in the high jump.

May 29. At the North Coast Section finals at Cal Berkeley, two King City athletes and one from Junipero of Monterey were the only athletes from the central coast to qualify for the state meet in Los Angeles.

Team members were: D. Parker, D. Bertsch, R. Martinez, J. Carney. G. Partlow, R. Clark, V. McCray, R. Flora, C. Twiss, J. Reed, John Bowen, S. Short. R. Arneson, Brad Elliott, Don Sletten, J. Clark, J. Rix. Tim Mealiffe, M. White, E. Putney, R. Simmons, R. Carter, J. Cox, B. Hogan, B. Kilbe, D. Matthew, D. McDonald, P. Graeber, Gale Yount, J. Stocker, R. Smiley, D. Singer, D. Swan, Vic Epperly, J. Cunningham, M. Conrad, D. Hungerford, Dennis Netoff, Richard Criswell, John VanNess, J. Hinson and Dennis McNeely.


was a young team. Matches listed below.

Lost to Pacific Grove 0-7. Number one man Steve Smith took his man to three sets before losing. Two man Karl Halback also gave a creditable performance.

Lost to Salinas 2-5. The only singles winner was Kim Street. The doubles team of Bill Kolbe and Gary Bianconi won in straight sets.

Lost to Watsonville 2-5. The only winners mentioned were the doubles team of Smith and Halback.

Lost to Gonzales 3-4. Winners were Steve Smith and Bill Kolbe in their singles matches. Number on singles player, Smith and number two singles player, Karl Halback won their doubles match.

Tennis lost to Monterey 0-7. The closes matches for the Cards were by number one man Steve Smith and the doubles team of Dave Slezer and Kim Street. In the other singles matches the Cards were represented by Street, Selzer, Karl Halback and Bill Kolbe.

Lost to Carmel 1-6. Steve Smith was the only winner having to go three sets to win 1-6, 8-6, 6-1. Other players in order of ladder were Halback, Kim Street, Bill Kolbe and Dave Selzer. Doubles teams of Smith and Halback and Street and Kolbe. In practice matches, Rickie King won and Gary Bianconi lost.

The Cardinal netters finally broke into the win column as they whipped Live Oak 5-1 with one tie due to rain.

Lost to North Salinas 2-5. Steve Smith won his match and no mention of the other winner.

Other team members are Fratis, Garvin, Carlton, Hunsman, Melkonian, Marini, Christensen, Tom Schot, Matis, Blackman, Rickie King, Hogan and Good. Coach Eade Jordon.


Card divot diggers have potential for ‘great’ year. Coach Tony Foster. The complete 1960 roster is back, plus a host of eager young prospects. Top returnees are number one man Fred Pfyffer, Bob Halbach, Ken Haber, Tony Tomasso, Gary Bianconi, Jeff Winters and Kim Street. New sophomore players are Bill Cowden and Frank Fujimara plus freshman Bob Warne. The home course at Pasatiempo is a true test of any golfer’s talent. It provides all the challenges of a championship course.


members of the team are Cress, Severetti, Scoppinich, Gillet, Strong, Cureton, McRae, Morgan, Halbach, Ron Bengston, Kohen, Ritchey, Glaum, Foster, West, Gonzalez, Owen and Winnett.


Al McCommon in this his senior year was ALL CCAL in both basketball and baseball. He also was on the twelve man CCS team baseball team picked by the San Jose Mercury. Al was third in league scoring with a 18.4 points per game average. In the San Francisco Chronicle Al was listed as one of the top scorers in Northern California with a top game of 21 points. This year in baseball Al led the team in hitting for the season with a .412 average. In league he was fourth in hitting with a .447 average and was a starting pitcher and when not pitching played center field. He was the top base runner on the team and started many games off by stealing bases, making good decisions on the bases and ending up scoring. In basketball he was a starter on the varsity basketball team for two years. In his first two years of basketball he was ALL CCAL as a lightweight both years. As a freshman he helped the team take second in the league and the next year he helped lead the team to an undefeated season. In baseball he played on a good JV team as a freshman and then became a starter on the varsity for three years. The last two years he was an important cog to the championship winning teams. In football he was the starting quarterback/ halfback on the JV team. The next two years he was a first team defensive back for the varsity.

Bruce McPherson this year was selected to the football ALL CCAL team and was voted MVP of the team by his teammates. Bruce was the top running back for the Cards. In a close loss to co champion Monterey, Bruce faked out a pair of defenders and then cut to his left to out race the last defender to sprint the rest of the 23 yards to score. Bruce went on to play at Cal Poly. His sophomore year he was a starting end and was the top pass receiver on the team. This year in baseball as a third year starting infielder, Bruce should have been selected as an ALL CCAL second baseman, but due to the voters not observing the league by laws it did not happen, even though he really deserved the honor. Bruce played baseball all four years and this year was a key player on the undefeated in league team as well as last years championship team.

Wally Walker the second leading hitter in the league with a .484 average and the top run scorer with 17 was a unanimous choice as an ALL CCAL third baseman representing the undefeated championship Cards. As a sophomore he played JV ball and as a junior he was a utility man filling in wherever needed. He was actually a full time starter, but at different positions and important spot for the team. This was also a championship team. Wally started playing football on the JV team as a sophomore and in his junior year he played lightweights as a hard charging fullback and one of the top defensive players. Wally along with two other baseball players were called the defensive demons on the 1960 team who beat Watsonville for the first time in ten years. Wally had a field day on defense against North Salinas and scored the only touchdown of the game by intercepting a lateral and running 41 yards to pay dirt. As a junior Wally took a third place in the CCAL wrestling meet. As a sophomore he was working his way up the wrestling ladder.

Ron Neumann was one of the best hitters all the way through his four year baseball career at Santa Cruz high. He was hit well for the good JV teams his first two years and then moved up to the varsity for the next two years on championship teams. Ron played the outfield and threw out base runners who tried to take an extra base on him. He was a clutch hitter with a solid .263 average this year. One of his top hits was a two run homer. Ron played lightweight football for three years. He was a scat back who could out run defenders, so he was a constant threat. Ron along with two other baseball players were called the defensive demons on the 1960 team who beat Watsonville for the first time in ten years.

Don Gerig was a unanimous choice as an ALL CCAL baseball player this year for the undefeated league champs. He also was a first stringer in last year’s championship team. . Don was an all around good baseball player, who was capable of playing all the positions on the field other than pitcher. This came in handy his senior season when he was needed at first base and within just a few games at first, he had the opportunity to start a triple play in a 1-0 game. He made the play automatically, just like it was routine. Don was the league leader in RBI’s with 12 and homers with two. He was one of the best clutch hitters. Don hit at a .286 clip for the year. Against the West Catholic champion Serra Don drove in the only run of the game, which made it his fifth RBI of the week, but none bigger than the last one. As a sophomore he spent the last half of the season playing on varsity. As a freshman he played catcher, infield and outfield. Don played lightweight football as a back in his sophomore and junior seasons. Don
along with two other baseball players were called the defensive demons on the 1960 team who beat Watsonville for the first time in ten years. He was the second leading scoring for the lightweight basketball team in his junior season. As a sophomore he was a member of the undefeated team.

Bob Lockwood was a fine baseball player starting on the varsity as a freshman. In his first game at first base he lined a triple down the left field line against the San Jose Frosh, which cemented his place on the team. He played on two championship baseball teams, hitting toward the top of the order and snagging everything thrown to first base. The other infielders best friend. In his senior season Bob was hitting over 400, when he was injured at practice and missed the rest of the season. He was on his way to having his best year, but unfortunately it was cut short. Bob was the boys PE honor student as a senior otherwise it was an unfortunate year for Bob. As the quarterback he was injured early in the football season and was only able to come back in the last few games in the season to play a little. The same thing happened in his junior year. In his sophomore year he was the JV quarterback. As a freshman Bob played C basketball during football season.

Lane Zachary was voted the most inspirational player on the varsity football team.

Seniors Brian Owen, Steve Winters, Lane Zachary and Anthony Tomasso were stalwarts in the line for varsity football team along with Robert Small in the defensive backfield.

Fred Pfyffer was the number on man on the golf team. (He later won the city golf title more than once) Fred played quarterback on the lightweight football team and a guard spot on the lightweight basketball team and the C and D teams.

Seniors Dave Selzer and Bill Kolbe were first team players on the tennis team ladder.

Tim Mealiffe was one of the top distance runners on the Cross Country team and the track team for four years.

Joe Ritchey student body president and a top swimmer.

Steve Smith was chosen by the Sentinel as Co Athlete of the Year in the Greater Santa Cruz area along with Steve Rodriguez, probable the best athlete in SLV history. Each has been an All CCAL player five times. They both have the basketball and baseball seasons to go in 1962, so they will probably have seven All league honors at the end of their high school careers.


Dads’ Club Pleads For More Members. Bob Elliot of the club wants parents to know what the club does, so that they will see a reason for joining. Projects have been raising money for the new pool, building two refreshment stands, brought in new bleachers for the football field, repaired the lights at the field (in later years put in new supports and lights), equip needy students with gym clothes, sponsors and covers all support staff at the Dads Club basketball tournament and relay meet, provides trophies for Fall and Spring sports, helps buy uniforms and equipment for teams and contributes to the foreign exchange fund. All help is appreciated.

Orchids to Les Chauffeurs for cutting down traffic violations and aimless cruising around the campus.

For the eleventh consecutive year the SCHS Marching Band will be among the 29 bands performing at the East-West Shrine game for crippled children in San Francisco. They were picked out of 100 bands throughout the West to “strut their stuff”.


Student Body President Ray Lowry, basketball and baseball star Steve Smith, footballers Brad Elliot and Dennis Netoff, plus Trident Sports Editor Ted Duffield will compete in sports knowledge tomorrow on “High School Quiz” with several high schools in this area. The show will be telecast at 5:30 pm on KNTV, Channel 11

Coaches: Bill Wood, varsity football. Dewey Tompkins assistant varsity football. Bob Nicoliasen junior varsity football. Tex Ronning, lightweight football and track. Al Wright, cross country and track. Todd Likins, wrestling. Tony Foster, golf. Eade Jordon, tennis. Jim Simpson, lightweight basketball and C and D basketball. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball.
Ron Walters, junior varsity baseball.


Over 140 gridiron hopefuls at SCHS were issued uniforms today. Sixty of the gridders were aspirants for the varsity and JV berths, while 81 prospects turned out for lightweight positions.

It will be a hot time on the old football field, when the Cards and the fledging Oakland Raiders will practice on the same days at Memorial Field for the next two weeks. The Raiders are using Memorial Field for their preseason practices, before the regular new America Football league games begin. The Cards will be playing their toughest schedule since Siemering’s “Sizzlers” went undefeated in 1959. The following teams are on the SC schedule this year. The schools and their ranking in the Northern Cal Prep Grid Poll at the end of the season. Monterey champion of the CCAL No 2; Serra West Catholic League champion No, 9 and Bellarmine No 10 of the West Catholic league, the top league in Northern California; Edison of Stockton No 17; Polytechnic of San Francisco and Vallejo. Joe Pappas will be back for his third season at quarterback.

SC ended the season ranked Number 11 in the Northern California Prep Grid Poll. Monterey was ranked Number 5 in the STATE. Muir of Pasadena was first and Sequoia of Redwood City was second. Other Northern Cal teams in the top ten were Los Altos Number 7, San Leandro No 9 and McLane of Fresno No 10.


practice games: Edison of Stockton 12-27, Poly of San Francisco 33-19, Bellarmine 6-27, Serra of San Mateo 20-13, Vallejo 19-13. Practice record 3-2. League: Watsonville 19-14, Monterey 7-14, Salinas 32-6 and North Salinas 27-7. League record 3-1, second to Monterey. Season 6-3

League standings and then season standings: Monterey 4-0, 8-0; Santa Cruz 3-1, 6-3; Salinas 2-2, 4-4-1; Watsonville 1-3, 3-5-1; North Salinas 0-4, 0-8.

SCHS varsity football roster by name, weight, year in school and experience. Symbols are LW for lightweights and V for varsity.
Quarterbacks: Joe Pappas, 170, Sr, V2; Tim Erickson, 160, Jr, JV1; Bob Pederson, 173, Soph, JV1; Don Dryden,152, Sr, JV2. Halfbacks: Jim Skinner, 163, Sr, LW1; George Braumbaugh, 145, Jr, Trans; Dennis Netoff, 205, Sr, JV1; Rich Simmons, 158, Jr. V1; Randy Smiley, 155, Jr, JV2; Andy Wood, 150, Sr, V1; Bruce Buckner, 180, Jr, V1; Ron Vitzian, 154, Sr, LW2; Fullbacks, Dennis McNeeley, 185, Soph, JV1; Dave Foster, 170, Sr, V2; Harry Smedley, 156, Sr, V1; Mark Schultz, 190, Jr, V1: Centers: Sam Murray, 175, Sr, V1; Eric Taylor, 220, Jr, V1; Bill Burja, 170, Sr, V1: Guards: Fred Hibberd, 180, Sr, V1; Larry Warren, 170, Jr, JV1; Brad Elliot, 185, Sr, V2; Gary Schultz, 190, Sr, JV1; Rich McCombs, 175, Jr, JV1; Bob Walker, 185, Soph, JV1: Tackles: Jack Grimes, 315, Jr, JV1; Bill Dalman, 197, Jr, JV1; Lee Curtiss, 205, Sr, V1; Lon Shewcraft, 185, Sr, None; Dave Netto, 220, Jr, JV1; Ray Lowry, 215, Sr, V2: Ends: Paul Masalta, 185, Soph, JV1; Doyle Singer, 180, Jr, V1; Gary Smith, 175, Jr, JV1; Frans Lind, 180, Sr, V1; Ron Bengston, 195, Sr, V1; Dan Hungerford, 190, Sr, V1; Byron Shields, 185, Sr, V1.

The Cardinals apparently have relocated the road to football glory as they were impressive in winning the first place trophy at the annual CCAL jamboree in Salinas before 7500 fans.

The plan for the season, as it was last year, is to use the platoon system without having players go both ways.

Starting offense for the opener against Edison by position, name and weight. Ends, Ron Bengston, 195 and Dan Hungerford, 190; tackles, Lee Curtiss, 205 and Ray Lowry, 215; guards, Richard McCombs, 175 and Brad Elliot, 185; center, Eric Taylor 220; quarterback, Joe Pappas, 170; halfbacks, Richard Simmons, 158, and Bruce Buckner, 180; fullback, Mark Schultz, 190.

Starting defense at Middle Guard, Bill Burja, 170. Tackles, Jack Grimes, 315 and Dave Netto, 220. Ends, Frans Lind, 180 and Paul Masalta, 185. Linebackers, Fred Hibberd, 180 and Byron Shields. Wingbacks, Harry Smedley, 156 and Ron Vitzian 154. Deep backs, Tim Erickson, 160 and Jim Skinner, 163.

Edison of Stockton’s quarterback S T Saffold, (who became an All League basketball player at San Jose State,) led his team running and throwing the ball for 158 yards to down the Cards 12-27. He was aided by a bevy of nimble footed backs. Edison scored in every quarter, while the Cards scored in the second and fourth quarters. The Card defense was led by Jim Skinner, Bryon Shields, Fred Hibberd and Bill Burja. The Cards out gained Edison by nine yards. But three times SC drives stalled within the Edison 10 yard line. After only two series of plays SC’s 315 pound tackle Jack “Big Daddy” Grimes went down with a knee injury and was lost for possibly the season. The Cards went 62 yards in 11 plays and had a touchdown called back. The Cards did not score on a six play, 58 yard drive started on a Joe Pappas pass to
Rich Simmons for 19 yards, two passes to Bruce Buckner for a total of 18 yards one of which Bruce made a one handed diving catch, Mark Schultz ripped off a 16 yard run to the four. The Cards got the ball inside the one even though a penalty and a fumble occurred along the way, but no score. The Cards did get the ball back on a punt return to the Edison 34. Pappas passed to Buckner for 17 yards, Dennis Netoff gained seven yards and Mark Schultz picked up four, Netoff hit for three and Schultz slanted into the end zone standing up from the one. Dave Netto’s extra point try was blocked leaving the score Edison 6-7. Edison came right back and scored, Early in the third quarter Jim Skinner forced a fumble and Byron Shields recovered on the Edison 27, but the Cards were not able to score. Edison came back to score. Later the Cards went 74 yards in seven plays. The big plays were passes from Pappas to Buckner for 38 yards and another to Ron Bengston for 21. Netoff drove through the line like a truck for a 12 yard TD run to make the score 12-20. SC made a last ditch drive of 64 yards in 8 plays, but lost the ball on a fumble into the end zone recovered by Edison. Leading rushers for the Cards were Netoff 64, Simmons 56, Schultz 41, Pappas 27. Pappas completed 8 of 18 pass attempts for 120 yards.

Pre game write up for the Poly game. There is a strong possibility that as many as seven new faces will be on the field when Poly has the ball. Three or four of the new men will be going both ways. Dennis McNeely and Mark Schultz will play wingbacks and Bruce Buckner and Bob Pederson will play deep backs. Schultz and Buckner will be going both ways. Last games starters will spell them during the game. This unit will taller and give better pass protection against a team that is known to have a good passing attack. In the line Ray Lowry an All Northern California candidate and Eric Taylor may see some tackle action on defense. Byron Shields may be out with an injured knee could be replaced by Sam Murray, Brad Elliot or Gary Schultz.

Cards Storm Back To Top Poly 33-19. Red Birds Rally from 19-6 deficit in the third quarter. Cards push over 4 touchdowns in final 16 minutes against Poly of San Francisco. Midway in the third quarter the revitalized Cardinals started to move like a runaway express. In seven minutes they had moved a total 94 yards for two touchdowns and the tying extra point. The defensive line held the Poly running attack to very slight yardage and the offensive forward wall opened gaping holes in the Parrot defense. So far this season the Birds have been completely unpredictable. They have either been very good or terrible and it is doubtful that the next game will be an exception. Credit for the victory belongs to the stalwart men up front, both on offense and defense. Bill Burja, Fred Hibberd, Ray Lowry, Frans Lind and Paul Masalta were bears on defense. The blocking of Brad Elliot, Dan Hungerford, Eric Taylor and Ray Lowry and others paved the way for the SC hard running crew of backs. Mark Schultz recovered a fumble to set up a touchdown march. Bob Pederson intercepted a pass to stop a Poly drive and start the Cards off on another score. Dennis Netoff scored four of the five touchdowns while gaining 64 yards. Lee Curtiss led the way for Netoff on a short dive for a score. Bruce Buckner picked up the other TD on a six yard toss from Joe Pappas.. Dave Netto kicked three extra points. The Cards out gained Poly 341 to 196. Sophomore Bob Pederson gained praise for his fine work in the secondary and for stepping in for Pappas at quarterback when Joe lost a contact lens. Bob showed tremendous poise and leadership for a sophomore. Rich Simmons rushed 11 times for 83 yards and caught a pass for 27 yards. Mark Schultz rushed 11 times for 51 yards. Buckner rushed 9 times for 52 plus catching two passes for 20 more yards. Dennis McNeely rushed 6 times for 41 yards. The return of 300 pound defensive tackle Jack Grimes is expected for the next game.

The Bellarmine Bells never in trouble as they dominate game 27-6. The Bells aroused by last week’s tie game with Salinas put together a magnificent team effort to run roughshod over the Cards before 2500 fans at Townsend Field in Santa Clara. The Bells scored in every quarter while the Cards only made six first downs. Three SC fumbles and an intercepted pass did not help the Card cause. Bruce Buckner intercepted a pass and ran it back 45 yards for the only SC score. Pappas completed 8 passes out of 17 attempted for 53 yards. Top runners were Buckner 8 rushes for 28 yards and Schultz 7 carries for 23 yards for a total of 51 of the 67 yards gained.

Cards top (eventual Catholic league champion) Serra 20-13. Bouncing back from a 7-13 halftime deficit, the Cards defeated a speedy Serra squad, before 2700 fans at dusty Memorial Field. SC started fast as the Cards marched 59 yards in five plays following the opening kickoff. Rich Simmons found a gaping opening at left tackle, wiggled and squirmed his way 34 yards for the TD. Dave Netto kicked the PAT. But suddenly the offensive fire cooled and the Cards did not score again until late in the third quarter. At times this year the team appears to be of championship caliber and at other moments let it remain unsaid. Serra had a 9.7 sprinter who sprinted 85 yards for Serra’s first score. Paul Masalta recovered a fumble on the Serra 46. Five plays later the Cards scored on a 17 yard pass from Pappas to Buckner, who whirled out of the clutches of a Serra tackler to make the score SC 14-13 as Dave Netto again kicked the extra point. Another Serra fumble was recovered by Netto on the Serra 37. Sticking to the ground until the last moment, the Cards bumped their way with short yardage gains to the three, where the attack stalled. After three line plunges failed, Pappas hit Buckner on the one and he scampered into the end zone for a insurance TD. Masalta made a hard hit on the ball carrier whose fumble was recovered by Ray Lowry to stop another Serra drive. Center Eric Taylor was a bear on offense droving Serra players out of the way. Serra out gained the Cards 317 to 199. Papass completed 5 pass out of 8 for 60 yards. Top rushers were Simmons 53, Schultz 31, Netoff 26 and Buckner 20.

SC in third come back win 19-14 over Wildcats. Sophomore McNeely stars for SC in second stanza. The Cards got off to a miserable start and were trailing 14-0 late in the first half. The Cards then rallied led by bone crunching, power backs Mark Schultz and Dennis McNeely who scored touchdowns. The Cards are not without speed either. Bruce Buckner holds the school record in the 330. Second team backs Jim Skinner and Rich Simmons are also fast enough to worry the opposition. Buckner punted for 55 yards to the Cat 14 where it was downed. Watsonville fumbled and Frans Lind recovered. Simmons made three yards, McNeely 8 and Schultz blasted over left tackle for the score with one minute and 45 seconds left in the half to make the score 6-14. Late in the third quarter the Cards went 75 yards in 10 plays. McNeely finished off the grueling line plunges by going off left tackle for the score. Dave Netto made the PAT to make the score 13-14 with thirty seconds left in the quarter. With four minutes and 45 seconds left in the game and Watsonville leading by one the Cards went 91 yards for the winning score. The big play of the drive was a pass to Simmons for 44 yards after he bounced off a tackler to reach the twenty. From there a 20 yard pass from Joe Pappas to Bruce Buckner, who with the help of a block from Rich Simmons accounted for the winning touchdown. Most recent prep football ratings going into the Monterey game have the Cards rated twelfth and Monterey sixth in Northern California. Both of the clubs who have beaten SC this season rank high on the list. The Cards out gained the Cats 289 to 235. Pappas was 3 of 7 in passing for 79 yards. Rushing yards were McNeely 64, Buckner 55, Simmons 45, Schultz 45, Netoff 11 and Pappas 6.

Monterey Speed and White’s 90 and 57 yard runs down Cards 14-7. Monterey win the win practically cinches the CCAL title for the second year in a row. The mud battle was played before 1800 dampened fans. White can not take all the credit for the win as Monterey’s pony line deserves more than a nod for their part of shaking him loose. It out played the heftier SC line both ways. The Cards mounted an offense in the first quarter going 44 yards for their lone TD, but never threatening seriously thereafter. After recovering a fumble on their own 44 yard line it took the Cards only seven plays for Schultz go over right tackle for the last yard to score. Schultz dove over a pile up to score the extra point, Big plays in the drive were McNeely’s 13 yard run and Simmons with 11 yards. Monterey proved you can not beat speed and that they have in abundance. Middle guard Bill Burja gained praise for a tremendous job. Team Doctor Allen Pederson reported no injuries. Just then manager Ernie Pinrose came in with wet football shoes carrying a stretcher full of rain coats. He slipped on the wet concrete floor and Pederson said, “that was the closest we came to an injury.” The passing attacks of both teams combined completed only one pass and that by Pappas for 9 yards. Monterey out gained the Cards 257 to 140. Rushing for the Cards were Pappas 32, Buckner 29, Netoff 25, Simmons 19, McNeely 15 and Schultz 11.

Big First Half Sparks SC Past Salinas. Four first half scores pace SC victory over Salinas 32-6. Junior Bruce Buckner zipped 85 yards in the Cards first play from scrimmage and that set the tone for the rest of the half. The next time the Cards got their hands on the ball they went 61 yards in 11 plays. Jim Skinner went the final 8 yards as he slipped through the grasp of a would be tackler on the five. The third score went the same distance, but took one less play. A nine yard pass from Pappas to Simmons went for the score. Big plays in the drive were a 23 yard jaunt by Netoff and a 20 yard pass to Simmons, who took it to the end zone. Dave Netto, one of the many line heroes, kicked off and the ball took a crazy bounce away from Salinas players, making it a free ball or on side kick and the alert Jim Skinner recovered on the Cowboy 28. McNeely hit for six and Pappas passed to junior Doyle Singer for 22 yards and the fourth score of the first half with 30 seconds left. McNeely hammered the extra point home. SC never punted the first half, but were forced to punt 4 times in the second half, because of the many penalty calls, which disrupting drives. Bill Dalman recovered a fumble and a pass from Pappas to Buckner for 15 yards ended the scoring. The real credit for this game must go to the forward wall of Dave Netto, Dalman, Bill Burja, Fred Hibberd and Eric Taylor, who turned in fine games. The Cards out gained Salinas 360 to 200. Pappas completed 8 of 28 passes for 102 yards. Rushing yardage was Buckner 121, Netoff 40, Simmons 37, McNeely 25 Skinner 23 and Schultz 12. Receiving yardage was Buckner 27, Simmons 27, Singer 22, Netoff 12 and Skinner 12.

SC Runs Six Plays in 35 Seconds To Overtake Vallejo 19-13.. In win number three in a row the Cards came from behind 12-13 with one minute and 45 seconds left in the game when they got the ball after this set of plays was completed. Vallejo tried to stall out the clock, but the Card defense would not let them. Frans Lind bear hug a runner for a one yard loss, Bill Burja, Bill Dalman and Fred Hibberd stopped the runner for a one yard gain and Dave Netto and Larry Warren dropped the quarterback for a four yard loss to force a Vallejo punt. The Cards got the ball on their own 37 yard line. Buckner skirted right end for 7 yards going out of bounds. Pappas ran out of bounds and Vallejo was penalized for 15 yards for roughness and the clock was stopped. Schultz drove for six yards and time was called with 1:38 remaining. Simmons hit for four and the officials called time for measurement. Buckner ran for four around end and out of bounds to stop the clock at 1:20. Pappas passed to Buckner for 26 yards and the score with 1:10 left. Simmons went over left tackle for the extra point. The Redbirds marched 63 yards in 35 seconds. Buckner had his best game of the season leading the team in rushing and pass receiving. The Cards controlled the ball 80 percent of the time in the last quarter. The Redbird line was very impressive, but the defensive secondary has been a problem. Some of this depends on the pass rush. Deep back Bob Pederson turned in a good performance and intercepted two passes. (At the University of Washington Bob was selected as an ALL PACFIC COAST defensive back.) When victory has come this year it has been due mainly to a big, tough line and to tremendous depth in the offensive backfield. The locals are two deep at every spot except quarterback were Pappas has taken all the snaps. Pederson is more than capable at that spot and will be the starter next year, but Pappas is vital to the success of the team. Middle guard Bill Burja drew praise for his work on defense and the fact that he has a good chance to make All League even though he has not played any offense. He is well ahead in the team tackle race. Dave Netto, Frans Lind, Bob Pederson a safety and Fred Hibberd drew defensive plaudits. Netto played well on offense too. Buckner has the idea of what is happening now and was outstanding, while McNeely did not make much yardage his desire to keep his feet really moving helped us. The Cards out gained Vallejo 268 to 172. Pappas completed 5 of his 9 passes for 68 yards. Rushing yards were Buckner 60 and 59 pass receiving, Simmons 55, Schultz 30, McNeely 25, Pappas 25 and Netoff 8. Hungerford caught a pass for nine yards.

The Cards beat North Salinas 27-7 in the final game of the season along with homecoming before 2800 fans. Buckner scored three of the Cards four TD’s to capture the league scoring crown to go along with his pass receiving tile. He gained 89 yards in seven plays for a 12.7 per rush average. SC scored in every quarter. The Cards took the opening kickoff and marched 60 yards in 11 plays. Buckner went the final 17 yards behind a beautiful block on the corner back by Schultz. The Cards had to punt only one time in the game. In the second play of the second quarter Bill Burja recovered a fumble on the North Salinas 25. The Cards reached the 5 yard line, but could not score. North Salinas drove to the 20, but fumbled and Paul Masalta recovered. Rich Simmons hurdled a Viking defender, picked up another block from Schultz and scored. Dave Netto made the PAT to make the score 13-7 at half time. North Salinas reached the Cards 18, but fumbled and Jim Skinner recovered. Eight plays later the Cards scored. Pappas passed to Buckner for 13 yards for the third score. Buckner deserved the TD for he broke loose from the SC 45 three plays earlier, but ran up the back of Dan Hungerford and went down while all alone at the 13 yard line. Netto again split the up rights. North High fumbled again at the SC 22. The Cards scored in six plays covering 78 yards with Buckner going the last 25 yards. The big play of the drive was a 28 yard pass from Pappas to Jim Skinner. Netto again converted. The Cards out gained the Vikings 311 to 217. Pappas completed 4 out of 6 passes for 63 yards. Rushing yards were Buckner 89 in seven plays for a 12.7 yards per carry, Netoff 65, Simmons 44, Schultz 31, McNeely 13, Pederson 6, Wood 4, Skinner 5 and Pappas -9. Pass receiving yardage was Buckner 28, Skinner 28 and Netoff 7.

The Cards out gained their opponents in total yardage 2345 to 2257for the season.

Individual rushing stats for the season listed by name, times carried the ball, total yards and average yards per carry. Five backs gained almost 200 yards for the season.
Buckner 73 460 6.3
Simmons 58 399 6.8
Netoff 66 308 4.6
Schultz 58 259 4.4
McNeely 43 192 4.4
Pappas 41 84 2.0
Skinner 7 32 4.5
Pederson 1 6 6.0
Wood 1 4 4.0
Brumbaugh 1 0 000

Individual receiving stats by name, passes caught, touchdown catches, longest gain and total yards.
Buckner 23 7 38 323
Simmons 5 1 47 114
Netoff 8 0 12 47
Bengston 4 0 23 42
Skinner 3 0 28 44
Singer 1 1 22 22
Hungerford 2 0 22 22

Total points scored were Buckner 66, Netoff 37, Simmons 25, Netto 9, McNeely 7, Skinner 6 and Singer 6.

Scoring by quarters and total score
SC 38 45 34 58 173
Opponents 27 68 32 13 140
The Cards won the last quarter!

Senior quarterback and three year starter, Joe Pappas completed 45 passes out of 103 attempted for 43.6 completion average. Pappas threw for nine touchdowns and 601 yards.

Bruce Buckner led in all of the individual statistical categories except passing. He did attempt one incomplete pass. He unofficially led the CCAL in scoring. Next year Bruce will be the quarterback at the new Soquel High. A big lost to the Cards.

In league play SC was second in rushing and fourth on defense.
Rush Pass Total Average
Offense 1744 601 2345 260.5
Defense 1561 696 2257 250.7

In CCAL play Bruce Buckner led the league in receiving in all categories with 23 receptions, seven touchdowns and 323 yards gained. Buckner also led the league in scoring with 11 touchdowns and 66 points. He was fourth in rushing yardage with 73 carries for 460 yards and a 6.3 yards per carry average. Rich Simmons was fifth with 58 carries for 399 yards and a 6.8 average. Dennis Netoff was eighth with 66 carries for 308 yards and a 4.6 average. Mark Schultz was tenth with 58 carries for 259 yards and a 4.4 average. Joe Pappas was second in passing with 45 completions out of 103 passes for a 44 percent completion average, 601 yards gained and nine touchdowns.

Team captain, Brad Elliott was selected Northern California Lineman of the Week by the San Francisco Examiner for his performance in the Poly of San Francisco game. His work never fell far below that standard all season. But it was not enough to get Brad a berth on the ALL CCAL TEAM. How much can you ask?

From coach Wood: The Varsity team had a very successful league season. Their only defeat in league play was against the Monterey Toreadores, who took the CCAL championship. The Cardinals really showed their power in the last half. The Cardinals were behind in three games, but put on the power to win in the last few minutes of play. Good luck to the graduating seniors in their college gridiron play. Also good luck to next year’s teams here and at the new high school.

Team awards were given to Bruce Buckner as Most Valuable Player; Brad Elliot as Most Inspirational; Ray Lowry was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.

Ray Lowry and Ron Bengston were tied for the senior varsity player maintaining the best grade average during the season.


players were Bruce Buckner, who led the CCAL in pass receptions with 23 and scoring 66 points and tough middle guard Bill Burja.


played a double round of league games. Monterey 6-34, 13-27; Watsonville 6-13, 12-7; Salinas 7-13, 13-7 and North Salinas 13-0, 13-6. League record 4-4.

Starting offensive line up for the last game was at ends, Bill Thuringer and Gary Hartzell; tackles, Dave Parker and Bob Scott; guards, Frank Fujimura, Rodney Baishiki and Vince Lacariere; center, Jeff Winters; Quarterback, Stan Pillsbury; backs, Gary Bowen, Frank Mazzarino, Bob Jeffrey and Ken Wallace.

Other team members were: I. Martin, Tom Coffelt, E. Freeland, D. Harlow, D. Austin, J. Morgan, W. Allen, G. Hunt, J. Franklin, B. Hurth, P. Pedemont, J. Norkli, Sal Yokota, D. Steen, A. Quitivas, G. Quimby, Neal Anderson, D. Little, Terry Atwood, Terry Madina, Charles Perry and B. Smith.

In the opening game of the year, a 13-0 win over North Salinas, Gary Bowen ran for 135 yards. Center Jeff Winters was sited for his fine offensive performance. The defensive heroes were Bill Thuringer and Frank Mazzerino. Doug Harlow who scored four touchdowns in the lightweight reserve game will move up with this team.

Signal caller Stan Pillsbury really found himself in the last game. Stan racked up 167 yards passing with the big play being a 100 yard pass and run to halfback Don Harlow for a score. Other offensive standouts this season have been halfback Bob Jeffrey, fullback Ken Wallace, guard Frank Fujimura and end Bill Thuringer. Thuringer plays defense as well and probably has been the top all around performer for the Cardlets. On defense there have been many stars, but Wallace, Thuringer, Tom Coffelt and Frank Mazzarino have been tops.

Cardlets upset Wildkittens 12-7 led by the running of Bob Jeffrey and Ken Wallace, who scored the two touchdowns and the superior blocking of the offensive line. One bad thing happened though as speedy halfback Gary Bowen is lost for the rest of the season with a broken ankle.

Ken Wallace was elected Most Valuable player. Frank Fuimura was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy. Sal Yokato of the lightweight reserves was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.

Guard, Frank Fujimura and end, Bill Thuringer were ALL CCAL.


partial scores: Bellarmine 6-19, Vallejo 7-33, Monterey 6-19, Watsonville 7-6. Not complete.

Team members were: Dennis Lowell, J. Phillips, R. Paul, B. West, E. Moretti, C. Holst, B. Krieberg, Pete Hamm, L Kunsonivich, James Keen, Tom Knapp, Kim Joslin, Mike Owen, M. Yorri, Larry Griffin, M. Fox, J. McMurray, Dent Snider, Don Gandolphi, J. Schumaker, J. Richey, Chuck Farrar, L Wride, L. Peters, G. Mashtare, M. Henery, B. Rittenhouse, C. Creach, D. Steinberg, Scott Cartwright, Larry Latham, L Patkowski, S. Seidlinger, G. Aza.

Last year the team was unofficial league champions. This years team will have to go some to repeat. The progress of the junior varsity should be closely watched by SCHS students as almost all varsity gridders play JV football before they move up to the limelight.

Quarterback Pete Hamm scored the lone tally against Vallejo on an electrifying 60 yard run. Pete also tallied the conversion.

In the 7-6 win over Watsonville the coach singled out Dennis Lowell, Scott Cartwright and Tom Knapp for exceptional jobs on defense with Larry Latham providing the extra punch on offense.

Dent Snider was elected Most Valuable player. Don Gandolphi was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.


At the CCAL meet with all the league schools SC finishes last. Top finishers for the Birds were Jim Clark, Don Sletton and Dave McDonald. Marshal White was unable to run.

In an eight way meet the Cards place fifth. Monterey came in first after losing to the Cards by 20 points in a dual meet last week.

SC took third place in a tri meet with King City and Live Oak. The top SC runner was Marshal White who took third place.

Cross country had a fair season not up to the expectations at the start of the year. Marshall White was the “sparkplug of the leather lungs” all season. Other top runners were Jim Clark and Gene Strauss. Runners to watch for next year are Tom Dober, Dick Martinez, Dan Berry, Tom Mores and Jim Looney. Vic Epperly was the “unsung hero” for this season.

Other Cross Country team members were: J. Reed, D. Lockwood, G. Anderson, G. Twiss, J. Hopkins, D. MacDonald, T. Morse, Kim Street, B. Elliott, J. Denton, W. Tienken, R. Carter, G. Haas, P. Cavanaugh and G. Strouse.

Marshall White was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.


record 8-0
Partial scores: Bellarmine 40-37, Salinas 28-24, ? Opponent 38-26

Team members were Paul Kadotoni, Curt Fetty, Gary Zabrosky, Art Carson, Bogard, Warren Patten, Chris Conrad, D. Hogan, Ron Smith and Jim Boppell.

Paul Kadotoni score 19 of the total 40 point scored against Bellarmine.
The scoring in the win against Salinas was Conrad 2, Fetty 14, Patten 4, Zabrosky 1, Kadotoni 6 and Carson 1.

Mike Fetty nudged out Warren Patten for high point honors with 10 point to Warren’s 8 in a 38-26 victory. Good ball handling coupled with a high shooting percentage carried the little Cardlets to a stylish victory.

Paul Kadotoni was voted MVP by his fellow netters. Curt Fetty nudged Paul for high point honors

Paul Kadotoni was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.


record 7-2, second place. Lost both games to Salinas
Partial record: Bellarmine 29-27, Salinas 11-13, lost; Opponent 22-20

A 22-20 encounter was a close hard played contest all the way, as both squads played good ball. Freshman Bobby Bowers nipped Jake Seigle for high point man 7 to 6.

In the l1-13 loss to Salinas the scoring was Bowen 4, Seigle 2, Riototar 1 and Swanberg 4.
Sophomore, Jake Seigle was voted MVP and was high scorer for the season nipping Bob Bowers, who was singled out for doing and exceptional job throughout the season.

Team members were Jake Seigle, Steve Cartwright, Mike Rypka, Boyd, Lancaster, Bobby Bowers, Riotutar and Swanberg.


Practice games: Bellarmine 39-34. Dads Club, Camden 59-46, Watsonville 52-48, Monterey 36-35 OT, DADS CLUB CHAMPIONS, Camden 39-43, Campbell 33-49, Washington of San Francisco 38-66, Santa Clara 37-38, Del Mar 50-52 OT, 50-45; Castlemont of Oakland 35-56, Los Gatos 52-27. Practice record 6-6. League: Watsonville 40-35, 45-44; Monterey 42-49, 53-54; Salinas 48-47, 57-49; North Salinas 71-58, 64-45. League 6-2, second place. Season 12-8.
San Francisco Chronicle end of the season ranking of teams the Cards played and their records: Campbell number 3, 21-1; Castlemont 8, 15-4; Monterey 18, 13-5; Bellarmine 25, 22-8.

Trident article with headlines “Athletes Have Healthy Bodies, Brains” from the basketball and wrestling coaches . The old adage that athletes are all brawn and little brain was forever refuted at SCHS this week with the discloser that all of the varsity basketball squad and three fourths of the wrestling team members have at least “B” averages in their academic work. Four actually have straight A averages. On the basketball team eleven are “university prep” and two have “general” majors. For more on wrestling, see the wrestling section. Steve Smith has been announced as a semi finalists in the seventh annual National Merit Scholarship competition.

The rest of this section is primarily from the Sentinel.
Preseason write up. Steve Smith is still having problems with the back injury sustained in the last game last year. He has not been able to practice regularly and is doubtful for the first game. The Cardinals have been concentrating on defense in practice sessions thus far, as this has been one of their few weaknesses in the past. The Redbirds have always come up with a strong club offensively, though. And this season promised to be no exception.
Seniors Ron Bengston the 6’4” center has shown marked improvement over last year and forward/guard Rich Bascou who has shown perhaps the most defensive improvement to date. By 500 percent to go along with his natural ability as a shooter, the coach added. He will be among the most talented players in the league this year.
Sharp competition for positions has been the keynote of the practice sessions. It appears that Bengston and Bascou, with Smith, if he is able, have their roster spots nailed down. At the guards are 6’ senior Mike Heren and 6’ junior, Bruce Buckner who both started games last year. From the lightweight squad are 6’ junior Mark Conrad, All League last year as the ball handling guard and 5’8”, aggressive senior Mike Murphy who will always be in the game when the press is on. Vying for the forward spots are 6’ returning letterman senior Gale Yount; 6’2” junior, Mark Schultz, the outstanding player on last years JV team; 6’2” junior, Roger Blanchard an All CCAL selection last year as a lightweight and 6‘2” built like and is a football player, senior Dennis Netoff a center candidate from JV’s.

Full page wide headline in Sentinel CARDS FIELD TEAM AS CAGERS DOWN BELLS. The Cardinals announced that Santa Cruz High School will field a basketball TEAM this season. The announcement came with a convincing 39-34 win over highly regarded Bellarmine, winner of the Catholic league last year, in a ball control game. Steve Smith the Cards All Northern Cal basketball candidate played the entire game and showed no indication of a back ailment which has bothered him during preseason practices. Steve scored 15 points, but more important was his eight rebounds and team work. Rich Bascau’s four jump shots from the area at the top of the key broke up the Bells tight zone defense to send the Cards ahead for the first time in the third period. Good team play made the shots possible. With a lead the Cards slowed their attack and worked for the sure shot on screens and roll offs, when Bellarmine switched to a man to man. From the coach, “The kid played tough on defense and switched good, not allowing many good shots. Everyone is going after the ball.” He said he had a problem in substituting. What he meant was the players are so closely matched that he could put any five of the nine or ten players on the floor and they could do just as well. Each team tried only 28 shots in the slow moving contest with the Cards hitting on 15 for a 54 percent average. with 4 assists. Scoring: Smith 15, Blanchard 3, Bengston 0, Conrad 3, Murphy 0, Schultz 0, Bascau 12, Netoff 4 and Yount 4.


in an overtime victory against Monterey for the first SCHS tournament championship since its inception. Steve Smith’s 20 foot jump shot with 5 seconds left in over time won the tournament. Steve broke the tournament scoring record for the three games, with 142 points breaking his brother James previous mark of 139.. Steve was MVP of the tourney and Rich Bascou was ALL TOURNAMENT. SC also took the rooters trophy.

Jan. 8. In the first game of the tournament, Camden held a first half lead of 22-19, only to see the Cards pour 40 points through the hoop after the intermission for a 59-46 win. The offense was good, but the Redbirds were tenacious with their man to man defense as well. The Cards controlled the boards 35 to 28. Hustling guard, Mark Conrad tied Steve Smith with seven rebounds, followed by Gale Yount with six and Rich Bascou five. The Cards sank 23 of 62 cracks at the basket, getting off more shots than any team in the first round of the tourney. The Coach was pleased with the showing of his players. “Everybody looked good.” He was especially pleased with the defensive effort. Big Dennis Netoff, Gale Yount and Mark Conrad impressed. Scoring: Smith 16, Yount 8, Bengston 0, Bascau 12, Conrad 10, Netoff 5, Blanchard 2, Buckner 2, Murphy 0, Schultz 2 and Heren 2.

Jan. 10. In the second game of the tournament, Watsonville was defeated 52-48 in a see saw game. Santa Cruz’ highly regarded defense collapsed somewhat as the Cards were whistled down 21 times for personal fouls. This was four more than the previous game, which gave the Widlcats 32 free shot attempts. The Cards controlled the boards 40-17, with Smith grabbing 15. SC made 22 of 61 attempts from the field for 36 percent and Watsonville made 15 of 28 for 60 percent. Smith had four assists in each of the first two games, had only one tonight. But has passed off a total of 18 times in the last three games and that really helps when the opponents double team the deadly senior. After the Cats went ahead 44-41 early in the fourth quarter, the Cards went into a press and stole the ball three times that ended in scores and made the difference in the win. Scoring: Smith 23, Bascau and Schultz 9 each, Conrad 6, Blanchard 5, Netoff 0. Center, big man Ron Bengston will be out for three weeks with a broken nose.

Jan. 10. Smith Sinks Jumper; Cards Win Invitational Tourney. SC 36, Monterey 35 in overtime. Steve Smith hit a 20 foot jump shot with five seconds left on the clock in an overtime period to give the Cards their first championship in six Dads Club tourneys. The Redbirds had been the bridesmaid in each of the last three seasons. The championship game was a thriller as the lead changed hands 12 times. Monterey used a full court press almost the entire game and this is partially the reason for the Cards offensive mistakes. Both teams played tremendous defensive games. Smith guarded Monterey’s best scorer and stopped him with one point, while Smith scored 14. Smith has also been doing well making good passes, when he gets double teamed. Monterey broke away to a five point lead with two minutes left in the game. At this point the Cards sent in Buckner, Heren and Yount and started pressing. Murphy hit two free throws and a jumper. Smith was double teamed and hit Heren free for a lay up to tie the score. With seven seconds left Smith was fouled and made both shots. One second to go Monterey’s Perkins was fouled in a struggle for a rebound. He made both free throws to put the game into overtime. In overtime, Gale Yount was fouled and made the second shot to put SC up by one. Monterey went ahead on a jumper. With 1:20 left to play Smith was fouled and hit both to put SC up by one. Thirty seconds to go, Monterey hits jumper to go ahead. To top it off Smith made his 20 foot shot coming off a nice screen with 5 seconds left. Believe it or not, SC out-rebounded Monterey 33-24. Smith garnered 11 and Schultz eight. Scoring: Smith 14, Schultz 5, Netoff 0. Bascou 5, Conrad 1, Blanchard 0, Murphy 8, Heren 2, Buckner 0, Yount 1.

Scores at the end of quarters with SC score first
1 2 3 4 OT FINAL
Monterey 7 15 24 31 34
SC 10 14 18 31 35

Scoring by quarters for
Monterey 7 8 9 7 4 total of 34
SC 10 4 4 13 5 total of 35

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the tourney for SC was the ball handling of last years lightweight All League guard Mark Conrad. Conrad is well on his way to make up for the Cards greatest loss, due to the graduation of All League guard Al McCommon. It was doubtful that the locals would be able to come up with a play maker to compare with Al this season, but Conrad, only a junior comes close. One of the biggest asset the Birds have had so far this season is depth. There is not a man on the squad who can be counted out of the starting lineup before game time, with the exceptions of Smith and Bascou. Each player on the team is about on a par with any other player. After the tournament the team is 5-0.

In a 39-43 loss to Camden, who used a box and one on Smith to hold him to 5 points, but he was still valuable with his assists and board work. The Cards hit only 30 percent of their shots a 17 for 56 even though they had plenty of good shots against the four man zone. The coach comments were “We were dead. Maybe I worked them too hard this week. They looked good in practice all week.” Scoring: Smith 5, Bascou 20, Blanchard 7, Conrad 4, Shultz 3, Yount, Murphy, Buckner, Netoff and Heren 0.

Campbell Clobbers SC 49-33. In case you missed it, that’s a double meaning. Not only did Campbell clobber the Cards on the score board, but got away with murder in a rough game. The game got completely out of hand. The Cards had plenty of desire this game after their first loss of the season. The Bucs with a much taller team 6-6 and 6-5, pushed and shoved to get rebounds and when the Cards retaliated they were whistled down to the extent of having 22 fouls called on them against Campbell’s 9. The Cards did not deserve to win, although it was probably their best game since they played Camden in the tournament. Bad passes proved costly. After three quarters the Bucs led 25-23, then they broke away. The Cards were shooting from too far out and not driving to the basket when they had the chance too. Scoring: Smith 7, Schultz 4, Blanchard 3, Bascou 7, Conrad 4, Murphy 3, Netoff 0, Yount 2, Buckner 2 and Heren 1.

Illness helps Washington of San Francisco Run Up the Score 38-66. Over a third of the squad was not up to par because of the flu bug. The Cards were down only 16-18 at the end of the first period, but was down 22-35 at half and it only got worse.

Cards Throw Scare Into Powerful Santa Clara- Minus Smith – But Lose 37-38. The Cardinals found out they can play without star Steve Smith and point guard Mark Conrad, who are the teams best ball handlers were out with the flu and left home to recuperate to be ready for Fridays league game. The Cards scared the daylights out of the heavily favored Santa Clara team and eventual champions of their league. A missed free throw with just one second remaining would have tied up the game. Gale Yount intercepted a pass and passed off to a shooter who was fouled and received two shots. First was made and the second missed. But there were many other chances in the game. Santa Clara pressed the Cards throughout the game. Time after time the Redbirds had men open down the court for easy layups, but missed the lead man. It was apparent that work is needed on the fast break. The score was tied 15-15 at half. While center Ron Bengston had only two rebounds, looked good jumping and most of all working himself free underneath the basket. Mark Schultz also impressed and Dennis Netoff had plenty of desire and hustle. The players should pick up confidence from this game as they proved they are good enough by themselves to play a highly ranked team down to the wire. Scoring: Netoff 4, Schultz 6, Bengston 6, Bascou 11, Heren 1, Buckner 0, Yount 2, Blanchard 4 and Murphy 3.

Card Tenacious Defense Stops Wildcats 40-35 in season opener. While Steve Smith and Rich Bascou did the scoring, two unsung players, Mark Schultz and Roger Blanchard deserved a majority of the credit for the win. Schultz turned in a tremendous defensive effort guarding the Cats scoring ace, when the Cards were using the man to man defense. Blanchard was the “Johnny on the spot.” He did not get into the game until the second half and then produced five rebounds and seven points to keep the Cards ahead. The score at half was 19-13 Cards. Team play which was absent in three of the Cards four defeats was back. SC made 15 field goals and there were nine assists, three each for Bascou and Schultz, two for Smith and one for Dennis Netoff. Smith also passed off for two more easy shots that were missed. Smith was driving more and as a result made nine of ten foul shots. On the boards the Cards grabbed 31 rebounds to the tall Cats 26. Smith grabbed 11, Schultz 6, Bascou and Blanchard each had 5. The Redbirds have to make up for their lack of height and speed with hustle and the result is fouls as they made 20 to the Cats 10. The Cards have done poorly at the line, so in practice they have each been shooting 100. It paid off with a 10 for 13 night. From the field they sank 15 of 47, while the Cats were permitted only 32 shots. Scoring: Smith 17, Schultz 2, Bengston 0, Bascou 12, Conrad 0, Netoff 2, Murphy 0 and Blanchard 7.

Cards Blow Overtime Tilt But Put Up Best Showing. In the overtime loss 50-52 to Del Mar the Cards did not let a definite height advantage of the Dons kept them from winning the rebound battle 40 to 30. They were able to do that by getting inside position and blocking out the taller Dons. As Smith put it, “Let’s forget the scoreboard and just count the rebounds.” Smith did not play the first quarter as he is hampered by a bad heel, The Dons, the tallest team the Cards have faced, moved to a nine point lead 30 seconds into the second half, but Santa Cruz fought back with a full court press. It caused the Dons to make mistake after mistake. But the Cards were not immune in the mistake department making 12 walking and passing mistakes to 18 for the Dons. Unsung players again played a big role for Santa Cruz. Blanchard, Conrad and Murphy turned in fine games. Junior, Conrad dropped in two free throws on a one and one situation with nine seconds left in regulation to tie the score. Another junior, Blanchard paced the rebounders with 10 and scored 8 points, four of them in the overtime. Murphy, a senior impressed with his hustle. He was the leader of the group pressing the taller Dons into second half mistakes. The Cards built up a 41-36 lead with 4 minutes left in the game. Some might say the Cards blew it and maybe they did, but they made their best showing of the season after halftime and against heavy odds with the size of the Del Mar front line, which ended up making the difference on their final two scores. The Cards made 21 of their 57 shots for 37 percent. Scoring: Bascou 14, Smith 12, Blanchard 8, Murphy 6, Schultz and Conrad 4 each, Bengston 2, Buckner and Netoff 0.

Castlemont Knights Drop Cards 35-56. The Cards were tied at the end of the first period 16-16 while making very few mistakes. Mark Conrad scored to put the Cards ahead 18-16, but then Castlemont’s top shooter hit four long jump shots and the Knights added to that to go ahead 31-25 at half. In the second half the Cards had 27 shots, which is above their average, but only made six and hit only 3 of 11 in the key. Comments, “We were not as bad as the score indicates. It seems like we are getting better every game, but we keep losing. Everybody played pretty good ball. Ron Bengston played his best game of the year going against some good jumpers grabbed five rebounds. Smith played his best full court game. He looked in better shape coming off his injures and illness. He pulled down nine rebounds, made three assists and scored nine points. SC controlled the boards 32-27. Juniors Roger Blanchard and Mark Conrad came in for praise. Fouls have been a big bugaboo for the Cards, but this was one of their lowest totals this season with only 14 charged against them. Scoring: Smith 9, Schultz 4, Blanchard 2, Bascou 8, Conrad 6, Bengston 4, Netoff 2, Heren, Buckner, Murphy and Yount 0. (Castelmont ended the season rated eighth in Northern California.)

In their tune up for Monterey, the Cards win over Los Gatos 52-27 was done with hustle, rebounding, but the largest factor was the defensive effort in their man to man defense which filled in any driving lanes quickly and had Los Gatos forcing their shots. Meanwhile SC got inside for 38 tries, but didn’t exactly burn the nets off hit only 36 percent. The Cards broke out quickly to a 6-0 lead and then the Cards held the ball near mid court. Los Gatos then went man to man, which was more to SC’s liking. The score at the quarter was 12-5 and at half 24-13. High point scorers Smith and Bascou played a little over a half of the game. Bruce Buckner driving well tallied ten points in 12 minutes time to strengthen his bid for the third guard position. For the first time in seven or eight games the Cards had a height advantage and with their hustle controlled the boards 39-12. Scoring: Smith 13, Schultz 4, Blanchard 3, Bascou 11, Conrad 2, Bengston 3, Murphy 4, Buckner 10, Heren 2 and Yount 0.

In the pre game write up for Monterey, it was noted that they are rated number one in Northern California at this point.. What could be a big factor in this game is the marked improvement in the past weeks on both offense and defense of the Card center Ron Bengston.

Monterey wins 49-42. Monterey started the game leading 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Then the Cards rallied and led through the second quarter to end the half 20-18 and kept the lead for most of the third quarter. The third quarter ended with Monterey in the lead 32-30. Monterey spurted to a 30-38 lead with six minutes remaining. Fresh troops, Murphy, Buckner, Yount and Netoff entered the game to press with Smith. They cut the lead to 41-39 with two minutes to play. With two questionable calls against the Cards the game ended 42-49. There was considerable pushing underneath the basket. Santa Cruz would get rebounding position and then be pushed in allowing their opponent to go over the top of them for the ball. Cardinal defenders did well against Monterey’s three top scorers. Smith held the league scoring leader to 3 points, while Shultz and Bascou held the next two scorers to six each. SC made only eight ball handling mistakes, better than average for the Cards. Monterey had 21 fouls and the Cards only 16, which is below their average and seven of them were in the last two minutes when the Cards were in an all out press. Big football player, Charlie Harraway, who does not normally score much tanked 17 to make a big difference in the game. (Harraway later played fullback in the NFL) Comment, “We can still win, but we are going to have to do it by ourselves. We can not sit back and hope someone else is going to do it for us.” The next league game is against Salinas and they are 11-1 for the season. Scoring: Smith 18, Schultz 6, Bengston 2, Blanchard 2, Bascou 7, Conrad 4, Murphy 0, Buckner 1, Yount 2 and Netoff 0.

Pre game comments for the Salinas game. Monterey has the most talent, but Santa Cruz and Salinas squads are better molded together as a team and probably have stronger benches. At present Salinas is 12-1. Santa Cruz playing a much tougher schedule is only 6-7.

Smith and Netoff Lead SC to 48-47 Win At Salinas. Burly Dennis Netoff, a player hardly being counted upon before the season began, sank two clutch free throws in the final two minutes of play to lead the Cards to a crucial 48-47 win against the Cowboys. He also made a key interception of a pass in the waning moments of play. Smith played his best all around game of the season scoring 19 points and held the star Salinas shooter to 6 aided by good screens by Salinas. Smith made a clutch free throw with 50 seconds remaining. He made 8 for 14 from the floor in his hottest game of the year. During the game the lead changed hands 15 times and was tied 11 times. Both teams were extremely hot handed as both clubs combined to shoot 50.6 percent. Santa Cruz made 21 for 41 attempts and Salinas made 22 for 44. Fans were on their feet all the way through the fourth quarter. The game was wild and sometimes rough, but few fouls, 16 in all were called. Both teams used pressing man to man defenses. Scoring for SC: Smith 21, Schultz 2, Blanchard 2, Bascou 8, Conrad 2, Bengston 6, Murphy 0, Netoff 4, Yount 5.

Cardinals Avenges Earlier Overtime Defeat at Del Mar 50-45. Bengston and Blanchard Star. In their second game against Del Mar a highly rated team and undisputed leaders of the Santa Clara Valley-West league, the Cards played what is probably their best performance of the season. Ron Bengston was at the post, fighting and scrapping for free balls and gathered in 11 rebounds in his three quarters of action. For only the second time this season the Cards had three players reach double figures. Steve Smith 15 points, Rich Bascou 12 and Roger Blanchard 10 brought Del Mar out of a zone defense by shooting with deadly accuracy over their tall heads. The Cards were down 9-17 at the end of the first period, but won every other period after that. It was a come from behind triumph, for the locals trailed by 10 points with just two minutes remaining in the first half, when the Cards started their comeback. The half ended 21-25 Camden. The Cards led 39-36 at the end of the third period. A big play at this time was made by Smith, when he disrupted a four on one fast break resulting in the Don’s losing the ball out of bounds instead of scoring. The Cards won the rebounding battle 37-24. Ron Bengston with 11, Roger Blanchard 8, Rich Bascou 7 and Steve Smith had 6 rebounds for the game, controlled the boards in the second half. The team worked well together with 15 feed off for good shots and eight assists for scores. Smith passed off 6 times resulting in three baskets. Scoring: Smith 15, Netoff 0, Bengston 6, Bascou 12, Conrad 6, Blanchard 10, Schultz 1, Buckner 0, Murphy 0.

Vikings fall 71-58: Seventy three free throws in the game as Cards walk to victory. Mark Conrad compiled the most impressive statistic of the game with seven assists, feeding of to his teammates 11 times for possible scores. Santa Cruz’ fast break has improved and Conrad is the key man on this portion of the Card attack. On the boards, the vastly improved Gale “Spider” Yount gathered in 12 rebounds, one more than Smith. Bengston keeps improving, hauled down 8 and Schultz had 7. SC controlled the boards 49-21. Scoring: Smith 20, Bascou 15, Bengston and Yount 8 each, Heren 5, Blanchard and Schultz 4 each, Nettoff 3. Conrad and Buckner 2, Murphy 0.

Cards blow eleven point lead; hang on for 45-44 win over Watsonville on a Mark Conrad shot. Santa Cruz does not deserve to remain in contention on the basis of last night’s second half. For the third time this season, Watsonville made the game close from the free throw line. The Redbirds could not hit the broadside of a barn from the line making 5 for 15. Meanwhile, Watsonville was making 16 of 24. Two minutes into the second half the Cards were up 31-20, but in thirty seconds Smith picked up his fourth personal. In another five minutes Watsonville was up 35-34. At the end of the game with the score tied and time running down Conrad whipped the ball to Schultz on a give and go, then broke through the middle of the zone as the Cats were watching Smith, received the ball back from Schultz for a lay up which proved to be the winning score. Top rebounders were Smith 8 and Schultz 5. Scoring: Smith 19, Conrad 12, Shultz 7, Bascou 5, Yount and Blanchard 1 each, Bengston and Murphy 0.

Commentary from the Sentinel prior to the pivotal Monterey contest. Steve Smith is perhaps the best all around player to come out of the school and that includes his high scoring brother James, who holds every scoring record in the Santa Cruz books. Steve has been the handy man. He brings the ball down, scores exceptionally well, passes off when double and tripled team or whenever a teammate is open, is an outstanding rebounder and as fine a defensive player as there is around. His scoring is down some as other teams are keying on him, sometimes using three men to try and trap him.

The starting line ups vary and it does not seem to make any difference as the top eight or even nine will be in the game at some time, depending on the play and action on the floor. In other words, what does the team need at this point. It seems as if a different boy comes through in each game. In the Watsonville game it was juniors, Conrad and Schultz. Before that Blanchard and Bengston. Another time or two Yount.

Santa Cruz Blows Lead, Monterey Wins Title 53-54 Behind Harraway. A ‘pressure cooker’ exploded on the Cardinals injuring 11 men and their coach. Monterey applied the pressure and the Cards blew an 11 point lead with seven minutes to play. In a well played contest, the game was won and lost about 100 times. The whole key to the Cards defeat came in the one and one free throws, as it has before. The Cards made 25 for 37 from the foul line as four Monterey stars fouled out toward the end of the game. But seven of the missed charity attempts were one on one shots that conceivably could have been turned into 14 points. Four of these came in the final quarter. Harraway was the difference again scoring 18 points, 11 in the last quarter. Monterey drew 27 fouls and Santa Cruz 14. The officials called undoubtedly the best game of the CCAL season. The Toreadors made only 8 out of 20 from the line, but missed only two one and ones. Monterey had twice as many shots as Santa Cruz 60 to 30 and thus nine more field goals. The total rebounding totals had Monterey with 29 and Santa Cruz 28. There were two reasons for the one sided shot charts and the close rebound statistics. Whenever Santa Cruz tried to shoot, Monterey fouled. Half of Monterey’s rebounds were offensive rebounds, some of which were put back up for scores. Only a third of Santa Cruz rebounds were offensive. The Cards, even losing ground still held the lead until the 2:46 mark. Smith tied it with jump shot with 2:11 remaining. Then that man Harraway again, hit a jump shot to put the Toreadors ahead 51-53. With 33 seconds left, Smith scored two points on one and one free throws to tie the score. Monterey’s lone starter left in the game was fouled bring the ball down the floor and he made his one and one free throws for the game. SC had 10 assists on their 14 field goals, three each for Smith and Schultz and two for Bengston. Smith had 6 field goals and 11 free throws for 23 points. Bascou had 4 field goals and 3 free throws for 11 points. Conrad had 8 free throws for 8 points. Schultz 6 and Blanchard 5. Other players were Bengston, Netoff, Murphy and Yount 0.

Steve Smith Scores 29 As SC Nips Salinas ‘5’. Final Score 57-49. The Cards raced out to a 34-18 lead at half and kept that 16 point lead through the end of the third quarter. Two none starters played a big role in the first half lead. Blanchard hit six and Yount seven markers in the opening 16 minutes of play. The fourth quarter, Salinas players found their shooting touch and scored 21 points. With 1:10 left in the game, Salinas was down only 6 points. At this point Schultz intercepted an inbounds pass and passed the ball to Bascou for a lay up to seal the win. Santa Cruz shot 18 for 49 for 35 percent, but did better on the line making 21 of 27 for 81 percent. Smith hit 10 of 22 shots, hauled down nine rebounds and early in the game had a number of assists. Schultz had four assists and six feed offs. Scoring: Smith 29, Schultz 2, Bengston 0, Bascou 7, Conrad 3, Blanchard 9, Yount 7, Murphy, Netoff, Buckner and Heren 0.

Happy Cards Take Dip After Winning Finale. Come on in the water’s fine! As the players exuberantly fell into the North Salinas pool after their season ending win 64-45. Smith reinjured his back with two minutes left in the first quarter and came out of the game ending the chance at what many had expected him to do, break the single game scoring record. Mike Murphy, who has been used primarily when the all out full court press is on was the leading scorer with 13. Yount, starting at center. played one of his best games of the year hauling down 12 rebounds scoring 8 points and going four for four on the foul line. The Cards controlled the boards 49-26. The Cards connected on 12 of 22 attempts in the second half for a fine 55 percent. Scoring: Smith 9, Bascou 4, Yount 8, Conrad 10, Schultz 4, Bengston 4, Murphy 13, Buckner 0, Blanchard 9, Heren 3.

End of the season team stats by name, games played, total points and per game average.

Smith 19 291 15.3
Bascou 20 194 9.7
Conrad 19 97 5.1
Blanchard 20 90 4.5
Schultz 20 78 3.0
Yount 18 46 2.5
Bengston 17 46 2.6
Murphy 20 38 4.8
Netoff 17 26 1.5
Heren 12 22 1.8
Buckner 14 17 1.2

Top rebounders: Smith 162, Schultz 91, Blanchard 89, Bascou 85, Bengston 70, Yount 52, Conrad 51 and Netoff 34.

In league stats, SC was first in offensive scoring with a 57.7 average per game and third place on defense with a 47.6 average per game. A differential of 10 points.

Steve Smith was selected as first team ALL CCAL with a league leading scoring average of 19.5 on 156 points. Rich Bascou was second team ALL CCAL and ninth in scoring with a 8.6 average on 69 points.

Steve Smith was named to the San Jose Mercury first team Central Coast All Star Squad for the second year.

The San Francisco Examiner selected Smith second team on the NORTHERN CAL ALL STAR team, which goes from Fresno to the Oregon boarder, along with Pete Newell of St Ignatius. (Pete was the coach of the Cardinals from 1974 to 2004, when his team won the State Division III championship.)

The Examiner also selected Smith as a first stringer on the ALL NORTH COAST ALL STAR TEAM. It covers from Marin and Napa counties to Monterey county.

The San Francisco Chronicle placed Steve Smith on their third team ALL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TEAM and Pete Newell on the fourth team. (Pete coached SC basketball for 30 years and one State championship). Steve was first team ALL NORTH COAST. Pete Newell was second team ALL METROPOLITAN. There is just too much talent around. Faced with one of the finest group of players in this areas history, the balloting among the more then 150 coaches and sportswriters has been so close, it has been hard to separate the players this year.

Smith was selected as one of the top players on the California honor squad by the Wigwam Wisemen of America, who do it for every state and they also did a twenty man squad for the nation. They also held an All American Classic.

Comment from sportswriter, Glenn Dickey of the Watsonville Register Pajaronian. There have been so many good things said about Steve Smith, that any comment on him is repetitious. In the four years I have been here he is as good as his older brother James and Dick Smith of Gilroy (both now playing first string at Cal) and Bob Jensen and Mel Mason of Monterey. He shoots, passes and rebounds as well as anybody and there’s not really much more to the game.

Steve was co-valedictorian of his class and was one out of only 105 UC regents scholarship awards given this year. Selections were based on demonstrated achievement and promise.

(In his freshman year at Cal, Steve was a first team guard, who made second team All Northern Cal Freshman basketball team as a guard. Steve also played for the 24-2 frosh baseball team. The next two years he was a starting guard on the varsity basketball team.)


practice games: North Salinas 35-26 with three losses, Del Mar 45-28. League: Watsonville 35-36, Salinas 20-37, Monterey 38-36, North Salinas 48-34. According to the Trident the Cardlets record was 6-9 on February 2. No further information.

Preseason write up. Eighteen hopefuls are out for the team, working hard in preparation of the season. There is plenty of competition for starting berths. This years squad appears to be bigger overall than its counterparts last season, but it may lack some of the shooting ability of the ‘61 quintet. Fast breaking and rebounding strength are expected to make up for this in part however, along with an increased amount of speed.
A man to man defense will probably be use in the first game along with getting as many players as possible some action. Guard, Paul Kadotoni is the only returning letterman. Prospects at the center position are Bob Pederson, Gary Zobrosky and Dent Snider. At forwards are Stan Pillsbury, Curt Fetty, Phil Davis, Buddy Smith, Neal Anderson, Ivan Martin and Phil Pedemonte. At guards, Art Carson, Warren Patton, Chris Conrad, John Wilson, Gary Bowen and Dave Little.

In the preseason, poor shooting has hampered the Little Birds more than anything else. Partially responsible is the late start of practice allowed by the league compared to other leagues. The flu bug has hampered the team also with Bob Pederson and John Wilson on the sick list.
Coach Jim Simpson had praise for sophomore, Phil Davis who has looked good in every game, especially on defense. Stan Pillsbury has been a standout with his shooting touch.
Starting line ups: forwards, Neil Anderson, Curt Fetty and Gary Bowen; center Bob Pederson and Phil Davis; guards, Stan Pillsbury and Paul Kadotoni.

Dec. 10. Cardlets Win First Tourney Game 35-26 over North Salinas at the Salinas Lightweight tournament. In the first game of the tournament SC lost to Cupertino 37-28. In the second game Salinas won 44-24.
In the third game of the tournament, the key to the Cardlets 35-26 victory was out scoring North Salinas 13-5 in the first quarter. Guard Stan Pillsbury pumped in 14 points followed by Dent Snider with 11. Snider scored seven of the 13 first quarter points. At halftime SC led 21-10. North Salinas closed the gap to 27-20 at the end of the third period. Then Pillsbury hit 6 digits and Curt Fetty scored to put the Cardlets over the top. SC hit 9 of 22 at the foul line and North Salinas was 6 of 19. Scoring: Fetty 6, Davis 4, Pillsbury 14, Snider 11. Rest of lineup did not score. They were Kadotani, R. Smith, Anderson, Zobrosky, B. Smith and Pedemonte.

Pederson and Pillsbury are spearheading the team with their scoring. In the Del Mar win, Bob had 17 points and Stan 11.

SC was second in league stats scoring 348 points for a 43.5 average. They gave up 325 points on defense for a 40.6 average. Giving them a 2.9 plus average per game over their opponents.

Junior guard Stan Pillsbury and sophomore center Bob Pederson were ALL CCAL. In league stats Stan Pillsbury was second in points per game with an average of 13.3 on 107 points. Bob Pederson was fourth with a 12.3 per game average on 99 points.


In the first two games of the season, the team scored a total of 109 to 46 against Salinas JV and the Holy Cross Varsity. As of February 2 the team is undefeated 12-0.

The acquisition of Roy Paul, Dave Garbe and Dave Netto from the varsity has greatly strengthened the locals. They will start along with Larry Griffin, Pete Hamm and Dennis McNeely. Other players are Tom Knapp, Mike Olivieri, John Pierce, Dale Rector, Voshake, Larry Musitteli, Von Stumph, Don Adams, Feuerheken and Bill Gilbert.



Before this year the league champions were decided by who won the league tournament. This year the League Board of Managers decided to crown the dual meet winner as the league champion.

League winners were junior, Rod Biashiki at 115 pounds, Ron Miyoko 135, Harvey Rogers 148, Mike Owen 168, Frans Lind 194 and Ray Lowry heavyweight. Scott Ferguson was second at 157.

Ron Miyoko at 136 pounds took first place at the Northern California section tournament.
Six other wrestlers qualified for the tournament. They are Scott Ferguson, Mike Owen, Ray Lowry, Frans Lind, John Rogers and Rod Baishiki.

Preseason write up. Coach Tod Likins a former Oskie and wrestler at Cal feels the league is a toss up between SC and Watsonville. The Cardinals will be spearheaded by nine returning lettermen, plus seven others with experience. Fifty boys tried out for the squad from whom the present 27 were chosen. Leading the local crew into action will be one man from each of the 12 weight groups.

Either Eric Taylor or Ray Lowry will be the heavyweight first man. At 191 pounds are Junior, Frans Lind and sophomores, Paul Masalta and Bob Walker, although the last two have little mat experience. At 175 will be Dave Foster. At 165 will be Mike Owen last years league champ. Scott Ferguson the only freshman to letter last year is the 154 man. Scrappy Harvey Rogers will be at 145. Roy Miyoko last years champ is at 138. Junior Carl Smith is projected to be the most successful of the unproven boys this year is at 133. Juniors, Frank Fujimara, Chip Cureton and Phil McRae are all fighting for the number one spat at 127. Darrel Keen is at 120. If Bill Gledhill, Junior Rod Baishiki and Wally Jensen can shed some weight they will go in the 112 and 103 divisions respectively.

Junior Rod Biashiki finished the season with a 18-4-1 record. Ron Miyoko complied a 16-11 record. Ron took first place at the Gonzales tourney and was third at the 1961 sectionals. This was Ron’s third year winning a league title.

Rogers came in second at the league meet last year, ended this year at 17-3-3. Ferguson had 10-8-2 record.

Owen won the league for the second year, also took a first at the Gonzales tourney and racked up an amazing 22-0 record, to be the only undefeated SC matter. Junior, Lind finished the season 18-4-0. Heavyweight, Lowry in only his second year of wrestling captured first pace honors in the Gonzales tourney and compiled a 18-1-2 mark.

The league championship clinching match was a 39-3 win over Monterey with a match with Watsonville left. Winners by pins were Mike Owen, 160; Dave Foster, 178 and Frans Lind, 194. Decision wins were won by Bill Gledhill, 106; Daryl Keen, 123; Frank Fujimura, 130; Carl Smith, 136; Ron Miyoka, 141; Harvey Rogers, 148; Scott Ferguson, 157 and Ray Lowry, heavyweight.

SC Wrestles In Sixth Straight Dual Win Walloping Salinas 45-9. Winners by pin were Tom Keck, 114; Rod Bishiki, 122; Ron Miyoko, 140; Mike Owen, 167; Frans Lind, 177; Dave Foster, 193 and Ray Lowry, Heavyweight. Daryl Keen, 129 won by decision as did Scott Ferguson, 156. Harvey Rogers, 147 gained a draw.

At the beginning of the year Novice tournament for new wrestlers the Cards took fourth place behind Gilroy, Watsonville and North Salinas. Chip Cureton at 127 took a gold medal. Second place winners wer Bill Gledhill, 103, Wally Jensen, 112 and Eric Taylor, heavyweight.

Dec. 10. Card Wrestlers Surprise Gilroy. The wrestling team pulled off another first, defeating Gilroy 25-21. Trailing by 12 points going into the last four matches, the Cards won them all and had two pins to come from behind. Heavyweight Ray Lowry pinned his man and Rod Baishiki, 112 pounder won by pinned his man to provide the margin of victory. SC trailed 21-20 until they grappled. Frans Lind, 177 pounds pinned his man. Darryl Keen, 120 pounds and 138 pounder Carl Smith gained draws. Brian Owen, 165 and Dave Foster, 191 won on points. It was the Cards second win of the young season.

Other team members were Keck, K. Smith, Tom Johns. Brudvig, Pine, J. Keen, T. Keen, Eric Taylor and Winnett.

Trident column “It is interesting to note the wide variety of attitudes existing among athletes. This perhaps most apparent in the Cardinal wrestling squad, as all extremes are represented. Ron Miyoko is a picture of serious concentration before and during a match. Dave Foster appears calm and rather indifferent before he wrestles, but intent during a contest. Mike Owen is a typical clown before his matches and has even been known to crack a smile in the middle of one. Whatever effect these different approaches have on the caliber of the performer is in this case, negligible as Miyoko, Foster and Owen had not lost a match between them at this writing.”

Trident article with headlines “Athletes Have Healthy Bodies, Brains”. The old adage that athletes are all brawn and little brain was forever refuted at SCHS this week with the discloser that all of the varsity basketball squad and three fourths of the wrestling team members have at least “B” averages in their academic work. Nine of the 13 upper class grapplers are members of the Boy’s honor society, which requires a “B” average. We have the student body president, senior class president as well as several straight A students.


Practice games: Buchser 3-7, 9-0; Santa Clara Bellarmine Serra Camden Monterey Tournament
League involves a triple round of games: Monterey 1-2, 7-5, 2-3; Watsonville 8-0, 1-5, North Salinas 6-0, Salinas forfeit (with the Cards ahead in the second inning a Salinas player started an altercation and was ejected from the game leaving Salinas with only 8 players available and the rules call for at least 9 for a regular game.) League record 9-3 co champions. League standings were Santa Cruz and Monterey 9-3, Watsonville 7-5, Salinas 3-9 and North Salinas 2-10. Season record 19-6.

Players by position: Pitchers: John Pierce, Dave Netto, Bryon Shields and Stan Pillsbury and OF. Catchers: Mark Schultz and Larry Eaton. Infielders: Bob Pederson, Pete Hamm, Rick Wilkins, Tim Erickson, Jim Skinner, Henry Kadotoni, Don Starks
Outfielders: Mike Murphy, Stan Pillsbury and P,

The Cards open season giving up six runs in the second inning in a 3-7 loss to Buchser. Back to back doubles by Mike Murphy and Rick Wilkins followed by a single by John Pierce proved to be the biggest blows for the Cards.

In a turn around of the opening contest with Buchser the Cards won 9-0 this time behind solid pitching by John Pierce and Dave Netto, who went three innings apiece followed by Bryan Shields finishing up the seventh. They held Buchser to two hits. This staff should be good enough to win the league. The team lost Steve Smith for the season with a back injury suffered at the end of the basketball season. Henry Kadotani a letterman was slated as a starter in the infield is out with a knee injury. Freshman Pete Hamm was moved up from the JV squad and is a good addition to the batting order. Pete hit the first home run of the season today. Jim Skinner has taken over the shortstop spot and had two hits today. Tim Erickson is looking good at third base and had a hit from the lead off spot. Pete Pini up from the JV team went 3 for 3. After a less than expected 3-3 practice record, the Cards now seem to be ready to keep the championship run intact.

John Pierce threw a three hitter in the 6-0 North Salinas win. John has been one of the biggest cogs in the Redbird attack in virtually every game this year. The teams hitting is coming around and with the steady pitching staff they seem ready to prove the preseason favorites role was accurate. The squad has a good balance of talent and is capable of extending the championship string to three in a row.

To start the second round of games, the Cards had a tight exhausting game with Monterey coming out ahead 7-5. But in the following game a 1-5 loss to Watsonville, they did not play like the same team. The loss stopped an 8 game win streak and a 13 game win streak against the Cats. After the Watsonville game these three schools are tied for first with 4-2 records.

The second loss to Monterey by a score of 2-3 was the second one run loss to them this year. It gave the Cards 3 loses in league and makes every game from here on out crucial. One bright spot in a dull contest for the Cards was the towering two run homer by Junior Rick Wilkins with John Pierce on base. The baseball Birds are fighting hard to stay out of the pattern followed by the football and basketball teams as both were virtual-shoo ins for the championship only to lose it with surprisingly inconsistent play. But the Cards hope to disprove this thought. The pitching of Pierce and Netto, coupled with the slugging of Rick Wilkins, Mark Schultz, Mike Murphy, Pete Hamm and Jim Skinner would seem to point toward an eventual bright outcome to a confusing season.

Final Sentinel stats for league play, by name, at bats, hits and average.
Schultz 35 13 .371
Murphy 31 11 .355
Pillsbury 9 3 .333
Hamm 36 11 .306
Pierce 26 7 .269
Wilkins 35 9 .257
Pederson 32 7 .219
Skinner 34 6 .176
Erickson 26 4 .154
Netto 8 1 .125
Kadotani 19 2 .105
Harlow 3 1 .333
Starks 6 0 .000
Shields 1 0 .000
Totals 301 75 .249

The team batting average was second in the league. Mark Schultz was fourth in the league batting race and freshman Pete Hamm was seventh.

League pitching stats by name, innings pitched, won and loss and earned runs.
Pillsbury 2 0-0 0.00
Pierce 56 7-2 1.36
Netto 21 2-1 3.05
Totals 79 9-3 1.77

Other leaders were strikeouts, Pierce 82 and Netto 19. Pierce was the league strike out leader with 82 strikeouts, which was 46 more than the next pitcher. His 56 innings pitched was seven more than the next closes pitcher. The Cards had the best ERA in the league and the lowest in giving up walks.
Bases on balls, Pierce and Netto 11 each.
Home runs, Schultz, Pierce and Wilkins.
RBI’s, Schultz and Wilkins 11, who were second in the league. Murphy and Skinner 4 each.
Runs, Murphy 13 was tied for the lead in league. Schultz 9 and Hamm 8.

Sentinel. May 31. Pierce, Schultz, Murphy named to the ALL CCAL team. Leading the list of Cardinals is pitcher John Pierce making his second straight all league team, despite he is only a junior. He won seven of SC’s nine league victories, lost two and posted a 1.36 ERA second best by only .02. Another junior, Pierces battery mate Mark Scholz with a batting average of .371, beat out Monterey’s senior catcher by three votes. Outfielder senior Mike Murphy, who made the all league team as a sophomore, hit .355 after leading in batting through the first half of the season. He hit seven home runs in his prep career. Three other Cards were nominated. Outfielder Pete Hamm, a 6-3 freshman, who hit .306 was barely edged out of making the team. Other SC players included were outfielder Rick Wilkins .257 average and shortstop Jim Skinner .176 average.


Game information incomplete. League record from the Trident.
Practice games: Mora of Watsonville 5-5. At the Gonzales tournament won the consolation championship winning two and losing one game.
League: Monterey 3-1;Watsonville 9-5 North Salinas 15-5, Salinas
League record 10-2. The only two losses were to Watsonville and North Salinas.

Team members: Catcher, Bill Gilbert. Pitchers, Larry Griffin, Vaughan Stumpf, Ron Durkin, Gary Hartzell. Infielders, Buddy Smith, Pete Pini, Dan Braga, Wally Walker, Jake Seigle and Tom Johns. Outfielders, Chuck Farrar, Gary Bowen, Arnett Austin, Phil Pedemonte, Steve Sweat and Doug Harlow.

Next year part of this team will be going to the new Soquel High and will provide a good nucleus for a competitive team there next year.

Watsonville was the fifth straight win for the Cards by a score of 9-5. Vaughan Stumph started and was relieved by Larry Griffin. Doug Harlow had a home run and a single. Gary Bowen was 2 for 3 including a double.


Varsity Dual meets: Monterey 37-77, King City 69-44, Salinas 53-60, Watsonville 67-46. North Salinas 46-67. Triangular meets: Monterey 69, North Salinas 40, SC 31.
King City Invitational, SC place fifth. Dads Club Relays: Watsonville 58, Monterey 49, SC 48, North Salinas 42 Salinas 30. The Big Five Meet (CCAL ‘A’ Division) Monterey 86, Watsonville 57, North Salinas 47, Salinas 29, SC 27.

Lightweight Dual meets: Monterey 36-77, King City 50-63, Salinas 37-76, Watsonville 30 83, North Salinas 29-82. Triangular meet: Monterey 64, North Salinas 44, SC 25.
Participated in the King City Invitational. Dads Club Relays: Watsonville 71, Monterey 58, Salinas 45, North Salinas 44, SC 15. The Big Five Meet (CCAL ‘A’ Division) Watsonville 69, Salinas 67, Monterey 65, North Salinas 37, SC 9.

Claude Schmidt best pole vault was 13’ 9 ¾” to break his own school record. This was the first year the new fiber glass poles were used. It did make a difference. At the league meet he went 13’7” to qualify for NCS were he took second place with a 13’ 9 ½” jump to qualified for the state meet in Modesto. Claude did not place at State. Cass Bly in 1947 was the first Cardinal to make the STATE meet.

Also at the NCS meet junior John Reed toss the discus 173 feet for second place and senior Sam Bartlett took third in the 880 with a time of 1:55.6. for third place. Along with Schmidt they were the only CCAL men to place in the meet.

Two Cards took fourth places at the CCAL meet. They were Bruce Buckner in the 100 in 10.1 seconds and also in the 220 in 22.8 seconds. Gerry Haas in the 440 in 52.4 seconds. Sophomore Gene Strouse took third in the high jump at 5’7”
at the league meet the varsity took fifth place and the lightweights did not score.

March 11. Claude Schmidt Sets New School Mark; Cards Lose 77-37 to Monterey. Claude Schmidt arched over the bar at a record 12-10 to provide the few rays of warmth for SC in dual defeats to Monterey on a gritty, gusty afternoon at Memorial Field in the first meet of the year. Schmidt, a senior, broke his own school record of 12-7 on his first try at 12-10, clearing it by two to three inches on his smoothest vault of the afternoon. He failed thrice at 13-2. Jim Harris with a 46-7 shot put and Gene Strouse a high jump of 5-8 were the only other Card firsts. Ray Lowry at 45-7 and Dennis Netoff at 44-7 swept the shot put. Netoff took second in the discus at 136-3. Gerry Haas took a hard spill eight feet short of the tape in a determined bid to overhaul his opponent in the 440. Veldon McCray was second in 54.4. Other Card seconds were Marshall White, a second and a half back at 5:21.9 in the mile. Andy Wood, 23 flat in the low hurdles. Jim Clark was second in the 880 at 2:14.5
Lightweights: Lose 78-36. Coach Al Wright’s team picked up four firsts. Sophomore Rich Martinez set the pace and finished with a spring for a 3:54.4 clocking in the 1320. Chuck DeMelloPine took the low hurdles in 15 flat despite hitting the third barrier an he finished second in the 75 yard dash in 8.5. Carl Twiss vaulted and 10 feet to win and high jumped 5-3 for second. Rich Carbone won the high jump at 5-4. Hisaeo Yokota vaulted 9-6 and Art Carson 9 feet for a SC sweep. Paul Kadotani was second in the 330 in 42.9.

March 18. SC outscores King City 69-44. Claude Schmidt topped 12 feet and did not try to go any higher, because of a sore ankle. Haas won the 440 in 54.7 and the 100 in 10.4. Strouse was a double winner going 5-2 in the high jump and 19-6 in the broad jump. Dennis Netoff won the discus at 139-11. Andy Wood turned in his best time and won the 180 low hurdles in 22.1. Bruce Buckner won the 220 in 23.6 and was second in the 100. Other scorers: 440, McCray second. 880, Clark second and Sletton third. Mile, White second and DeVillier third. 120 high hurdles, Carter third. 880 relay SC in 1:38.5. High jump, Ferre second. Broad jump, McNeely second . Pole vault, Van Ness third. Shot put, Harris third.
Lightweights: King City 63, SC 50. Chuck DeMelloPine was a triple winner taking the 75 yard dash in 8.2, 120 low hurdles in 14.9 and broad jump at 19-10. His broad jump was a foot and a half improvement over last week. High jump, Carbone won and Twiss second. Coach Al Wright had praise for Rich Martinez, 1320; Gary Anderson, 75 and 150 dashes and Carl Twiss in pole vault. Other placers: 330, Kadotoni second and broad jump third. Pole vault, Yokota third. Shot put Reime second. 660, Cartwright second, Brady third. 70 high hurdles, McNutt third.

March 27.Pole vaulters sweep the event in the 53-60 loss to Salinas in a dual meet. They took all three places starting with Claude Schmidt at 12’ 6’, John Van Ness 11’6” and Richard Simmons 10’ 6”. The shot put trio did the same starting with Jim Harris, Dennis Netoff and Ray Lowry. Netoff took a second in the discus as well. Jerry Haas won the 440 and also ran the 100 and 220. Lee Curtiss, Chris Keith, Brad Elliott, Vic Epperly and Ray Lowry also threw the discus. Bruce Buckner set a new personal high in the 100 with a time of 10.2. He also ran the 220. Andy Wood ran the hurdles. Marshall White and Jim Clark spearheaded the distance men along with Jim Cox, Doyle Singer, Bob Maddock, Paul McRae, Dave Brose and Frank Lockwood. Competing in the high jump were Jean Strouse, John Van Ness and George Brumbaugh. In the sprints there are Dennis McNeely and Brumbaugh. Hurdler Rich Carter, who took third against Monterey.
Lightweights: Salinas 76, SC 37. Chuck deMello-Pine and Carl Twiss led the lightweights. Other lightweights and events are Anderson 150, Paul Kadotani 330, Brady and Tom Dover 660, Martinez and Eric Freeland 1320 and Herb Carbone high jump.

April 1. Card Star Schmidt In 13 ½ Vault. Claude Schmidt punctured the 13 foot ceiling and his teammates turned in season’s bests across the board to trounce Watsonville 67-46. To the chagrin of Coach Al Wright, Watsonville turned what should have been a down to the wire meet into a giveaway, by holding out distance and weight aces for a relay meet Saturday. Wright had doped out the meet to be a close win by Watsonville. “I’d say we’re keyed up today,” he said repeatedly as the Cards claimed more firsts with performances indicating they may have not bowed had the competition been there. Jim Clark started it of with his best ever 2:07 in the half mile. The lanky senior ran away from the field in the final 200 yards to cut his previous best time by three seconds. Bruce Buckner and Gerry Haas finished 1-2 in the 100 with identical 10.3 times. Buckner was second in the 220. Haas came back with a 52.9 quarter and Veldon McCray ran 53.5, a personal best. Buckner ran a run away anchor lap in the Cards 1:35.4 relay win. Haas’ strong third leg gave Buckner a one yard lead, he stretched to ten at the tape. Marshall White, won the mile handily in 5:02, his competitive best. In the high jump Strause tied for first at 5-9 and Van Ness was third and also had a third in the pole vault. Harris won the shot put at 48-8. Netoff won the discus at 141 feet and took second in the shot put. Schmidt had the bar raised to the elusive 13 foot mark after the last competitor failed at 12. He missed the first try, as he has in the last several meets. Then he arched over the bar, scraping it with his tummy. Seeing it still in place after his landing, he dived face down into the sawdust pit out of sheer ecstasy. The vault was a school record and the CCAL best this year. Other placers: McCray second in 440. 880, Sletten third; Mile, Devillires third. 120 high hurdles and 180 low hurdles Wood was third in both. Broad jump, Strause third and McNeely third.
Lightweights Watsonville 84, SC 30. Chuck DeMelloPine had a field day for himself. He won the 75 in 8.2, clipped off a 14.3 low hurdles victory and then broad jumped 19-5 for his third win. The hurdles mark was his best by six-tenths of a second. Steve Cartwright steamed off the final turn for a come from behind 1:33.7 victory in the 660 as the only other lightweight winner. Other placers: 1320, Martinez second. 70 high hurdles, McNutt third. High jump, Twiss second with Sanchez and Delgado tied for third. Pole vault, Twiss and Yokota tied for second.

April 8. SC Thinclads Place Fifth At King City competing against 30 schools. For the first time in four years the Cards have scored at the prestige’s King City Relays. Senior Claude Schmidt did it in a big way by taking first in the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet ¼ inch to tie the meet record. Four of the five CCAL “A” division schools dominated the meet. Monterey 32, Salinas second 25, Watsonville fourth and SC fifth with 11 points.
Lightweights: Carl Twiss did the best of any Cardlet tying for fourth place with a 10-8 pole vault. His previous best was 10-6. Chuck DeMelloPine, Cardlet ace, after failing to place in the 75 yard dash with a 8.4 time was scratched from his two other events, because of a headache.

April 6. SC Reserve Track Team Runs Third. Pole vaulter John Van Ness set a new season best at 11-3 and was fourth in high jump. Sprinter George Brumbaugh took the only other Card first as he clocked 23.9 for the 220, he also took second in the 95 dash. Team scoring: Watsonville 55, Monterey 43, SC 42. Other scorers: 95, McNeely fourth. 220, Singer fourth. 440 McCrary second, Brose fourth. 880, Sletten second. Mile, Develliris fourth. 120 high hurdles, McDonald second. 120 low hurdles, Lindly third, McDonald fourth. 880 relay, SC second. Pole vault, Snider fourth. Shot put, Epperly second, Curtiss third. Discus, Lowry second.
Lightweights had two firsts also. Steve Cartwright in 1:32.5 in the 660 and Hisaeo Yokota 9-6 in the pole vault. Team scoring: Watsonville 79, Monterey 39, SC 22. Other scorers: 70 high hurdles, McNutt fourth and fourth in the high jump. 120 low hurdles, Freeland third and third in the shot put. 440 relay, SC third. Pole vault, Carson second and Rubottom fourth. Shot put, Keen fourth and second in the discus.

April 15. Schmidt Vaults 13-9. Cards Might Have Won Relays, But For Final Event Pileup. Pole vaulted Claude Schmidt got lost in the fog on a phenomenal 13-9 vault to led the Cards to a third place finish at the second annual Dads Club Relays. Watsonville won both the varsity and lightweight trophies. Varsity score: Watsonville 58, Monterey 49, SC 48, North Monterey 42, Salinas 30. The meet was marred by a pile-up in the 880 relay, which may have cost SC a second or first place and the meet. With Bruce Buckner waiting to anchor, Gerry Haas was unleashing his sonic finish on the third lap when a Monterey baton carrier tripped. did a roll and came up with his feet in Haas’ face. The race finished without them. Watsonville picked up eight points, while SC and Monterey receive none. In the sprint relay involving (220-110-330-440) legs the runners were Buckner, George Brumbaugh, Veldon McCray and Haas, who broke the meet record in 2:03.5. The sprint relay team with Doyle Singer substituting for McCray finished second in the 440. Gene Strouse finshed second in the high jump at 5-9, his best and fifth in the broad jump. Van Ness was third in the pole vault. Netoff was fourth in the shot put and the discus.
Lightweight score, Watsonville 72, Monterey 58, Salinas 45, North Salinas 44, SC 15. Carl Twiss was second in the pole vault at 10 feet and Yokota was third.

April 27. North Salinas Downs SC Cardinal Thinclads 67-46 in dual meet. Monterey was added to the meet and they won the triangular meet with the scoring Monterey 69, North Salinas 40, SC 31. SC won three sprint events with Bruce Buckner completing a double, winning the 220 in 23.7 and the 100 in 10.6, which was good with the cold wind blowing in his face. Gerry Haas streaked to the CCAL’s best time of the year in the quarter mile in 51.7. Claude Schmidt did not compete as he is going to the El Cerrito Relays tomorrow. John Van Ness helped make up for Schmidt with a second place finish at 11-6. Snider took fourth place. Other placers: 100, Singer fourth. 220, Brumbaugh fifth. 440, McCray fourth. 880, Sletten fifth. Mile, Develliris fourth. 120 high hurdles, McDonald fourth and Snyder fifth. 180 low hurdles, Wood fourth. 880 relay, SC second. High jump, Strouse fourth and seventh in the broad jump. Shot put, Netoff fifth and discus third. Discus, Keith seventh.
Lightweights: Dual meet: North Salinas 82-29. In the triangular meet it was Monterey 64, North Salinas 44, SC 25. The vaulters paced the Cardlets. Carl Twiss won at 10-6. He brushed the bar off with his hip trying for a school record three times at 11 feet and Yokota was second. Sprinter Chuck DeMelloPine won the 75 yard dash in 8.6 and was fourth in the 120 low hurdles. 150, Anderson fourth. 330, Kadotani fifth. Cartwright was third in both the 880 and the 660. 1320, Martinez second.

April 29. Schmidt Vaults 13 Feet Even. To tie for fifth place at the El Cerrito Relays. His timing was not what it has been.

May 6. Schmidt Vaults 13-7 For Big Five Meet, which is used to qualify for the CCAL finals next week. Schmidt, a blond senior, cleared 13-7 in his third attempt. To shatter the previous record of 12-6. Schmidt passed jumping until the bar got to 12 feet and sailed over easily. He passed again at 12-3. He then cleared 12-6 and made 13-2 on his second jump for a new meet record. He next had the bar set at 13-7, which he made on his third try. SC was last in the scoring in both divisions. Final varsity scoring was Monterey 86, Watsonville 58, North Salinaas 47, Salinas 29, SC 27. SC qualified ten for the CCAL meet. Schmidt took the only SC win. Other qualifiers: Pole vault, John Van Ness fourth and Dent Snider tied for fifth. High jumpers, Gene Strouse and Van Ness both tied for second. Miler, Jim Clark fifth. Quarter miler Gerry Haas fifth after suffering from a back injury. Bruce Buckner, 220, fourth and 100 third. Buckner set a school record when he ran the 220 in 22.8, but could only get fourth. Clark in his first mile this year, ran 4:54 for his first under five minute miles. Dennis Netoff was ill and missed the meet. Converted quarter miler Veldon McCary lived up to expectations in the 880, but just didn’t begin his kick soon enough.
Lightweight scoring: Watsonville 69, Salinas 67, Monterey 65, North Salinas 37, SC 9.
Qualifying for the CCAL finals meet: Vaulters, Carol Twiss second, Dick Yokota fourth and Art Carson tied for fifth

May 13. RECORD BOOKS. CCAL Finals. Cardinal Vaulter Clears 13-6; Just Misses Best In State. Claude Schmidt put SC back in the CCAL track and field record books, when he added 11 inches to the league pole vault mark by clearing 13-6. Senior Schmidt has been vaulting since the sixth grade, cleared 13-6 easily to take first place at the CCAL finals and qualify for the NCS Meet. He asked to have the bar moved to 13-10. He was seeking the best height in the state and twice barely missed brushing the bar with his chest. The last SC, CCAL record holder was miler Dick Vorhies in 4:35.2 in 1935, which was broken three or four years ago. Schmidt vaulted 13-9 in the Dads Club Relays. Two other California prep vaulters have gone 13-9 ¾. If he had cleared 13-10, he would have had the second best vault in the nation.
Schmidt, along with three teammates, qualified for the North Coast Section division meet in Sunnyvale. One was Bruce Buckner, who got his best times this year in the 100 at 10.1 and 220 at 22.5, but finished fourth in both. Quarter-miler Gerry Haas was fourth in 52.4 and high jumper Gene Strouse jumped 5-7 for fourth. John Van Ness cleared 11-6 and barely missed his third attempt at 12 feet in a jump off to see who would get fourth place and qualify for NCS.
Team scoring for the CCAL ‘A‘ division and ‘B‘ division was included in all the events. Only the top four competitors in each event qualify for NCS and the ‘B‘ division was included in qualifying, if they were in the top four placers. SC took fifth place with 17½ points, four less than last year. Monterey 62, Watsonville 54, North Salinas 43 ½, Salinas 22. SC 17 1/2, King City 14, Carmel 10, Gonzales 10, Pacific Grove 8, Gilroy 2, Live Oak 1 1/2. SLV 1.
Lightweights: Pole vaulted Carl Twiss cleared 10-6, but did not place. SC did not score.

May20. Schmidt Up High And Late; Clears 13-2 For Second Place In NC Meet. Claude Schmidt was up high and late Friday night earning a spot in the pole vault field for the NCS meet at Stanford next Saturday. Schmidt cleared 13-2 at about 11 p.m. and missed his third try at 13-7 well after midnight to tie for the feature event at the NCS meet at Fremont High in Sunnyvale. Claude was one of three CCAL varsity athletes winning second places in the tough four league competition. No team scores were kept. Bruce Buchner was in a photo finish for fifth in the 220, but didn’t get the pick. Bruce was timed in 22.4 after qualifying with a wind aided 22.1 in the afternoon. Buckner had similar trouble being seen in the 100 trials. He was stopped at 10 flat by two watches and 10.1 by another, according to Coach Al Wright, who felt his charge was a clear cut qualifier. “Polite” argument with officials could not win the point. Gerry Haas turned in a personal best of 51.3 in his heat of the 440 for second place, but the time didn’t earn a finals place. Gene Strouse, the other SC entry, cleared 5-7 in the high jump, but 11 of the 16 entrants cleared 5-9. Schmidt took only seven vaults in the poorly run, five hour pole vault event, won at 13-7 for a meet record. Four tied for second place.

May 27. SCHMIDT MAKES STATE MEET. First Santa Cruzan To Qualify Since ‘47. Stanford Stadium–Claude Schmidt became the first pole vaulter in North Coast Meet history to clear 13-6 and 13-9½. But was beaten for first place by a 14-0 jump in a brilliant meet finale. Claude’s performance, adding a half inch to his school record, qualifies him for the state meet at Modest next Saturday night. He is the first Cardinal athlete to make the grade, since Cas Bly in 1947, according to athletic director Roger Baer. Claude took an unusually high 11 vaults. He cleared 12-0, 13-0 and 13-3 on first jumps. Five were left to try 13-6 and all missed on he first try. Claude cleared it easily on the second try. On his 13-9 ½ jump, Claude made it with inches to spare in his best jump of the day. At 14 feet, Schmidt swung his body over the bar on his last two tries, but didn’t have the momentum to clear his arms.

June 1. Sentinel write up of Claude Schmidt.
’Grit’ Describes Card Vaulter. Claude Schmidt Is Aiming For 14 Feet Tomorrow at the state track meet at Modesto. Grit. Five feet 11 inches and 160 pounds of it hand standing atop a 15-foot, five pound fiberglass pole. Claude vaults because “Its fun and a big thrill,” lacks native speed, usually a requisite in the demanding field event. But inside his deceptively placid blue-eyed, blond haired head throbs a startling will to win. The intense 18 year old senior has worked with dedication to offset his shortcomings with timing and strength. He also has come up with $60 for a high-density glass pole. “When Claude sets his mind on something, there’s no stopping him. He doesn‘t want to be anything but first,” said Coach Al Wright, who has helped him graduate from the 10-6 ranks as a freshman to 15 vaults of 13 feet plus this year. Wright feels his protégé is capable of 14 feet any day and with continued work on speed, much higher as he matures.
Claude started vaulting in the sixth grade under the tutelage of Ken Hiob, a teacher at Capitola school. Hiob had been a 13-0 vaulter in college and is now going 14-6 for the Santa Clara Youth Village team. He delighted in teaching his hobby to enthralled students. Claude remembers using a bamboo pole from a rug role. “Claude did 8-6, but most of the rest could do 8-0. We set a goal of gaining one foot a year. Claude is making it, because he has worked harder than the rest. He’s not basically fast or strong, it’s just he keeps working at it.” In competition, one sometimes has to wait an hour between jumps. Pole vaulting takes a lot of character.
SC coach Al Wright scolds Claude for any hesitation at the end of the run-way. “Just react. Timing and strength are the key,” Wright explains. “The challenge is that you have to do everything at the right moment.” He outlined the vault in four steps: Plant–getting the pole out in front and into the box; Kick and curl–getting the knees up to the chest; pull–twisting into the handstand; and push-off. Claude says the plant is the main thing. “If you get it right, everything else comes if you work with it long enough. Claude has put in that work- first with the weights and in cross country for endurance; the ropes for “snap” or strength for the pull; and this year on running. “This is the first year we’ve made him sprint. His 220 time has come down from 30 to 27 seconds. He’s going to get faster,” Wright said, “Speed is critical in upper strata vaulting.”
Claude drew a “OH” at Stanford stadium, Saturday, when he “pulled” his body well over the bar at 14 feet on his second try, but didn’t have the momentum to clear his arms. He had the same fate on his third vault. Both were decided improvements on his last shots at 14 feet at the Dads Club Relays in May. Claude, who had a best of 12-7 last year, started this season with a 12-10 vault. Three weeks later he cleared 13 feet and has not been under that once impossible figure since. In the process, he set records for the King City Invitational at 13 feet ¼ inch. At the Dads Club and Big Five meet at 13-7 and at the CCAL meet 13-6. He was the first to clear 13-6 and 13-9 at NCS Saturday, although he was not the eventual winner. Fourteen feet has been his goal for six years now. This is the end of the line. Wright, recalling 1960, when Claude won his first of three CCAL championships against vaulters a foot his better, will have to be convinced by results Saturday night that Claude won’t make it.

June 3. Schmidt Fails To Place At State. Claude Schmidt failed to place, which means in the first five places. Claude did tie for sixth place with a 13 foot jump. He appeared to be over the bar at 13-6 on his third jump, but apparently hit his hand against the cross bar. John Reed of Monterey took third in the discus, to be the only CCAL member to place.

Track men who have made big strides forward this year are John Van Ness and Rick Simmons in the pole vault, Veldan McRae half mile, James Clark mile, Ray Lowry who has made a major improvement in throwing the shot out to 49’ 6”.

The rest of the team names were not listed in the Trident or Cardinal.


The last match of the season was a 8-1-1 loss to Salinas the only winner was Rickie King. Other SC golfers in order of the ladder as number one man freshman Keith Goodson, Alan Feuerhaken, Jim Good, Mike Fratis, John Cunningham, Tom Marini and Don Swan. Other players were Rasmussen, Wise, Brady, Little, Shogren, Barnhart, Selzer, Tienken, Mills, Knapp, Barnhart and Jeff Newkirk.

At the CCAL finals the Cardinal representatives will be Goodson at singles and the double team of Feuerhaken and Good. This was the last article in the Trident.


the last league record mentioned by the Trident on April 13 was one tie and two losses.
Last Friday the team stuck out nine holes in the driving rain to tie Pacific Grove. In a loss to Monterey 5-10, Ken Haber and Kim Street each won their matches for 2 ½ points each. Other participants were Jeff Winters, Bill Cowden, Jerry Richey, Gary Bianconi. Tom Bivins, Ben Sexauer, freshman John Wilson and Frank Fujimura.

In practice matches their were two losses by 2 ½- 12 ½ to Bellarmine and Samuel Ayer.

SWIMMERS record for the varsity 3-4 and lightweights 4-2-1. Scoring at the CCAL relays: Monterey 101, Carmel 70, Salinas 69, Watsonville 55, SC and North Salinas 20, Gilroy and Live Oak 10.

Ken Strong and Karl Halbach proved to be the big guns for the local crew throughout the year. Both boys broke their own high school records. Strong did the 400 yard freestyle in 4:42.6, while Halbach did the 100 yard breast stroke in 1:11.5. In the varsity 200 yard individual medley Mike Winnett had a 3:03.8 time, while in the 100 yard medley Charles Morring was clocked in 1:19.0.

There was a large turn out for the team, but there was no names in the Trident or the Cardinal.

The top diver is Mike Owen of wrestling and football fame.


In CCAL play Bruce Buckner led the league in receiving in all categories with 23 receptions, seven touchdowns and 323 yards gained. Buckner also led the league in scoring with 11 touchdowns and 66 points. He was fourth in rushing yardage with 73 carries for 460 yards and a 6.3 yards per carry average


First Santa Cruzan To Qualify Since ‘47. Stanford Stadium–Claude Schmidt became the first pole vaulter in North Coast Meet history to clear 13-6 and 13-9½. But was beaten for first place by a 14-0 jump in a brilliant meet finale. Claude’s performance, adding a half inch to his school record, qualifies him for the state meet at Modest next Saturday night. He is the first Cardinal athlete to make the grade, since Cas Bly in 1947, according to athletic director Roger Baer. Claude took an unusually high 11 vaults. He cleared 12-0, 13-0 and 13-3 on first jumps. Five were left to try 13-6 and all missed on he first try. Claude cleared it easily on the second try. On his 13-9 ½ jump, Claude made it with inches to spare in his best jump of the day. At 14 feet, Schmidt swung his body over the bar on his last two tries, but didn’t have the momentum to clear his arms.


1959 grad Jim Smith, brother of Steve, in 1962 is on the starting five at Cal, which is noted for its basketball teams. Former opponent, when Gilroy was in the league, Dick Smith (no relation) is also on the starting five. It is a good recommendation for our league as being one of the better leagues in this part of the state.


SC Pom Pom Girls Place Third In State. Lead Pom Pom girls Susan Olivieri and Regina Zwerling spent a week at Redlands University and placed third in state wide competition. Why do they practice so hard in pursuit of such excellence? They said, “So long as we Cardinals keep those rusty Knights locked in their dungeon, we will be safe.” They plan to have a new routine with each rally and to explain them carefully, so school spirit will reach a new crescendo this year. This will be done along with the rest of the pom pom girls Penny McBain, Paula Pappas, Kathy Neef and Sandy Wilder. Cheerleaders are Brook Elliot, Janet Hopkins, Kathy Trinidad and Bob Hirth, who predict the most exciting year in terms of ‘esprit de corps”.

Kathy Trinidad Will Reign At Homecoming. Kathy Trinidad as the Homecoming Queen will be the star of this afternoon’s Homecoming parade and at halftime of the varsity football game. Princesses are Susan Olivieri and Regina Zwerling. Attendants are Penny McBain, Kathy Neef and Paula Pappas. Thirty three entries will participate in the parade.

Life As A Wrestler, by Scott “Lunchmeat” Ferguson as it appeared in February 8, 1963 issue of the Santa Cruz High School Trident.
“First call for match 156” the loud speaker blares. You jump up and head for the officials’ table, for that is your number. This is only a small part of the goings on of a wrestling tournament. When you walk into the gym, all you see are a lot of wrestlers sauntering around the gym, a table with time-keepers and score-keepers. You see the announcer’s table surrounded by impatient and victorious wrestlers picking up score sheets and returning them.

Wrestlers start arriving about 7:30 a.m. and weigh in early for they must starve themselves to make their weight. Those who do make it (most do) head for town to eat their first meal in a long time. The ones who didn’t make it start running to shed those few extra ounces before the second weigh-in.

About 9 a.m., a half hour before the matches start, the referees go over the rules.

The winner of a match wrestles the winner of another and so on until there are two men left in each division. You may have as many as four matches in a course of a day.

When the preliminaries are over the wrestlers get a two-hour break to eat and rest.

At 7 p.m. the finals start. This is where the champions are determined. The winner gets his bracket to take home. The bracket is a record of the winners and losers of his division. The medals go to the first and second place winners. The victors and not so victorious at last head for home after 24 hours of hard physical and mental strain.
Coaches: Bill Wood, varsity football. Assistant varsity football coaches Al Weimers and swimming; Laurence Jones and wrestling. Doug Severin, junior varsity football and basketball. Tex Ronning, lightweight football and lightweight track. Jack Alzina, lightweight basketball and C and D basketball. Tony Foster, golf. Mel Fishburn, cross country and track. Eade Jordan, tennis. Ray Hunter assistant lightweight football, varsity basketball and junior varsity baseball. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball.


LEAGUE 4-0-1. SEASON 7-0-1 First CCAL grid title since 1959.

Practice games: Roseville 27-0, Awalt 24-0, Los Gatos 19-6. Practice record 3-0. League: Watsonville 26-20, Monterey 25-9, Salinas 13-13, Soquel 20-14 and North Salinas 42-20. League record 4-0-1. Season 7-0-1.

The Cards were listed twenty fourth in the nation in the National Imperial Sports Syndicates Interscholastic Football ratings.

With one game to go, the league standings and the season record. SC 4-0, 6-0-1; Watsonville 3-1, 5-2; Salinas 2-1-1, 2-5-1; Monterey 2-2, 5-3; North Salinas 1-3, 2-5-1 and Soquel 0-4, 1-7.

Last year the Cards only loss was to league Champion Monterey 7-14.

Some preseason comments from players. Quarterback, Bob Pederson, “we have a lot of desire and the right attitude”. Back, Dennis McNeely “We have the athletic ability and we are the strongest team. If we get the right mental attitude, we can do it. Guard, Richard McCombs, “we have a strong first team and we can win if we have the desire”. Defensive end, junior, Paul Masalta, ”Our defense has good pursuit. The team has the will power to do it this year”. Junior, defensive right tackle, Kim Joslin says “we have fast backs and a strong line and we have the best team ever.

Starting offense going into the season opening “A league” Jamboree of the CCAL at the Lettuce Bowl at Salinas high before a crowd of 6000. quarterback, Bob Pederson a 170 pound junior. Fullback, Mark Schultz a 200 pound senior. Halfbacks, Dennis McNeely a 200 pound junior, George Brumbaugh a 160 pound senior or Mike Olivieri a 165 pound senior and Gary Bowen a 160 pound junior who will go both ways possibly. Ends, Larry Griffin, a 175 pound sophomore and Bill Gilbert a 185 pound junior or Doyle Singer 165. Tackles, Bill Dalman a 215 pound senior and Dave Netto a 225 pound senior. Guards, Larry Warren a 168 pound senior and Richard McCombs a 180 pound senior; Center, Eric Taylor a 225 pound senior.

On defense: Tackles, Walt Olivieri, 220, senior and Kim Joslin, 210, junior. Middle guard, Mike Owen, 175. Left back or ends, Paul Masalta a 185 pound junior and right back, Don Gandolfi a 180, junior; Linebackers, Scott Cartwright 185, Tom Knapp 175 or Jerry Bailey 168. Wingbacks, Bill Thuringer, 160, junior and Bob Walker, 185, junior. Safeties, two way player Gary Bowen and Tim Erickson a 158 pound senior.

Other team members were: Tom Coffelt 156, halfback; Richard Young 165, end; John Brodvig,162, guard; Gary Zobrosky 165, guard; Bob Kreiberg, 195, tackle; Larry Latham 190, fullback; Joe Philips 205, end and Scott Ferguson 182, end.

Cards Take Second Straight CCAL Jamboree. The Cards ended up with 28 points, 4 more then runner up North Salinas. Points were scored by 3 touchdowns times six, two extra points and eight points for first downs made. The following are how the Cards scored. Gary Bowen on a 27 yard run and Dave Netto’s PAT. Mark Schultz on a one yard plunge. Dennis McNeely a 56 yard run and PAT by Netto. Rushing yards for the Cards were McNeely 99, Bowen 49, Schultz 34, Brumbaugh 30 and Mike Olivieri 29. Winning the Jamboree is not a sure road to the league title as the Cards learned last year, but it means they are a contender. Their line is possibly the best in the league, but the squad is short in number, because of the players moving to new Soquel High.

From the San Francisco Chronicle: In the Coast Counties Athletic league, it looks like a battle between Monterey and Watsonville for the crown. Santa Cruz, though losing players to new school Soquel High, is a dark horse pick with a good line featuring center Eric Taylor, an All Northern Cal candidate and tackle Dave Netto.

This years football coaches are Head Coach Bill Wood, Doug Severin, Al Weimers and newcomer, line coach Larry Jones.

Cards In Good Start; Win 27-0 in first game win over Roseville from the Sacramento Valley. A sign was posted in the field house saying, “Through these doors walk ? ? ? ?” Before the players could get back into the field house after the game, the sign was changed to “Through these doors walk the beginning of a football team.” The Cards scored in every quarter. George Brumbaugh took the opening kick off at the 22 yard line and ran all the way for a score without needing a good block. Roseville came right back and marched down to the 12 yard line, but were stopped short of a TD by Dave Netto and big Walt Olivieri on a fourth down run. The Cards marched down the field for 71 yards, but fumbled on the seven yard line. After a few plays, the second Card TD was set up when Netto burst through the line and dislodged the ball from the quarterback and Paul Masalta recovered on the nine yard line. On fourth down Bob Pederson passed to Gary Bowen on the two and despite a jarring tackle, he went up in the air and came down in the end zone, amazingly holding onto the ball. Netto’s place kick was good making the half time score 13-0. The third TD was also set up by the defense as Tim Erickson picked off a pass at the Roseville 28. McNeely went through right tackle untouched for the TD. Netto kicked the extra point to make the score 20-0. The Cards blocked a punt and recovered on the Tiger 41. The Cards took eight plays to get the ball to the two yard line from where Bowen scored. Netto again converted. The Cards had two other scores called back by penalties. Praise from the coach was given to Tom Knapp, who “really was belting them” Paul Masalta, Walt Olivieri, Jerry Bailey and Bill Thuringer for their hard hitting. Bailey intercepted a pass and returned it for 47 yards to the Roseville 16. From here the Cards crossed the goal line twice, but both were called back on penalties. Guard Rich McCombs was chosen as the top offensive linemen. The Cards out gained Roseville 244 yards to 124. Rushing yards gained were McNeely 86 in 14 carries, Schultz 75 in 10 carries, Brumbaugh 45 in 6, Bowen 28 in 6, Latham 7 in one. Pederson completed one of three passes and it was to Bowen for 11 yards. Pederson could have passed all day as Roseville had eight men in the box, but the running game was working anyway.

SC Tops Awalt 24-0 before 1,350 fans. SC Overpowers Awalt On Dive Plays. Tim Erickson had an out of this world game, picking off four passes and personally ruining Awalt’s aerial game as he came out of nowhere to grab the ball. SC scored the first time it had its hands on the ball marching 51 yards in 10 plays. The drive was typical of the Redbirds play all evening as they methodically crushed out small gains. The drive belonged to big Mark Schultz, the raw boned Card fullback, as he bucked his way down field on numerous short gainers. He delivered the coup de grace from three yards out. The longest play in the series was a 13 yard keeper by Pederson who wiggled his way through left tackle. Bob Pederson ran for two touchdowns. One on a quarterback sneak for 5 yards behind Eric Taylor’s blasting out the only one in Bobs way as he went into the end zone untouched. The other was on a roll out were he straight armed one man and then out raced the secondary for a 21 yard TD. Gary Bowen shot through a big hole at left tackle, whirled out of a would be tacklers grasp and raced to the two from where George Brumbaugh raced around left end for the score. Steady drives by the Cards controlled the ball. The Cards out gained Awalt 330 yards to 123. Rushing yards were Brumbaugh 96 in 15 carries. McNeely 55 in 16 carries. Schultz 55 in 16. Bowen 30 in 5 and Pederson 27 in 7. Pederson completed two of seven pass for 19 yards. Bowen caught one for 12 yards and Larry Griffin one for 7 yards.

From former Sentinel Sports Editor Arnold Wechter. There is no doubt that this is the best SC squad since Larry Siemering’s wonder team of the 1958 season. It is hard to compare squads which play in different years. Having watched both squads I am tempted to believe ’58 had better depth and all around strength, but this squad’s offensive line would be hard to beat. The running of Mark Schultz, George Brumbaugh and Dennis McNeely may not be up to the par of John Kirby, Kenny Negro and Denny Cody, but it is mighty close. Pederson’s quarterbacking appears to be the equal of Ken Caldwell’s and that ain’t bad. If not only the best in the state. It would surprise us if the SC offensive forward wall from tackle to tackle on offense wasn’t the best in the north state. Not only is it talented, but line coach Larry Jones has done an excellent job. Tackles Bill Dalman and Dave Netto, guards Larry Warrren and Rich McCombs and center Eric Taylor are an effective unit.
From the SF Chronicle. In its prep football section of athletes of the week in Northern California, Eric Taylor was selected the top center. Listed on the defensive honor role were Taylor and Tom Knapp. Listed under NOR CAL’s top players for 1962 (football season) at tackle, Dave Netto; at center Taylor; at halfback, Dennis McNeely.

SC Gangbusters Rally, Top Los Gatos 19-6. Los Gatos took the opening kick off and in 14 plays for their only score. The pass for the extra point was intercepted by Bill Thuringer. The victory was fashioned by the excellent quarterbacking of Bob Pederson and the running of unsung George Brumbaugh, who broke the game open by running the second half kickoff back 84 yards for a TD and then added frosting to the cake by zooming 42 yards for another score. Unfortunately the officials inadvertently gave the Cards a fifth down, which allowed Brumbaugh’s run of 42 yards for the TD. Pederson fumbled the ball as he rolled out and as he picked the ball up he had the presence of mind to look down field where he saw Schultz and hit him with a three yard pass for the last score. The Cards still would have won without that score. The Cards won the game because they hit harder and harder as the game progressed and tired the Cats out in the second half. The Cards held the Cats top ball carrier to only 21 yards. The unheralded defense deserves praise . Mike Owen, Jerry Bailey, Bob Walker, Kim Joslin, Don Gandolfi and Paul Masalta are becoming tougher with each game. Defensive backs Tim Erickson and Bill Thuringer also did well. Erickson recovered a fumble as Los Gatos was closing in on the Card goal line. Thuringer knocked down a sure TD pass, when he came from nowhere. The yards gained were one yard apart, SC 235 and LG 234. Rushing yardage was Brumbaugh 11 times for 75 yards, Pederson 7 times for 38, Schultz 11 times for 37, McNeely 7 times for 22, Mike Olivieri 2 times for 12 and Bowen once for 4. Pederson completed 4 of 5 passes for 19 yards. Receiving yards were Brumbaugh 12, Oliveri 4 and Schultz 3.

Camden cancels their game with the Cards due to their wet field and refused to play at SC or reschedule the game.

SC Trails by 20; Then Wins, 26-20. Need Tranquilizers After Thrilling Tilt seen by 2,200 fans at Memorial field. Watsonville scored on a 42 yard pass play with less than two minutes elapsing. Still in the first quarter the Cats scored on a 94 yard drive sparked by a 62 yard pass. Their last score came only a few minutes into the second quarter, when they drove 74 yards.
Behind Watsonville by 20 points in the second quarter, the rejuvenated Cards stopped the Cats from scoring any more and ran up 28 unanswered points for the win. The first score for the Cards came on a 46 yard drive capped by a one yard explosion into the end zone by Mark Schultz. With less than a minute left on the clock Bill Thuringer intercepted pass and ran it back to the Cat 38. With 41 seconds left on the half time clock, Pederson rolled to his left and as defenders moved up to stop him, he tossed a pass to the all alone Larry Griffin for the second score. Dave Netto kicked the extra point to make the score 13-20. After the kick off for the second half, the Cards went 60 yards in nine plays. The Card drive seemed to bogged on the Cat 38 yard line, when McNeely got the call and boomed over left tackle for 23 yards to the 15. One Cat rode him piggyback for 10 yards. Then Bowen hit for ten and McNeely for four, before Schultz again scored from the one. Dave Netto kicked his second PAT to tie the score. Then Watsonville moved from their own 40 to the Card 11 before Gary Bowen intercepted a pass. The last score was a 30 pass from Pederson to Griffin, who caught it at the one and stepped into the end zone for the final 26-20 score. SC heroes were rugged Dennis McNeely, the power running halfback and the unsung Griffin. The Watsonville coach commended the hard driving Card backs and the young quarterback Pederson for his faking while handling the ball and his two perfect passes for TD’s. Wood picked Bill Thuringer on defense for an exceptional effort and nose guard Mike Owen also received plaudits. Bob Kreiberg 198 pounder moved into a starting tackle spot this game. SC gained 335 yards to the Cats 277. Rushing yards were McNeely 11 carries for 77 yards, Brumbaugh 10 carries for 70, Bowen 6 carries for 40, Schultz 8 carries for 20, Pederson 3 for 19 and Olivieri 5 for 7. Pederson completed 4 of 9 passes for 81 yards. Receiving yards were Griffin 34, McNeely 8 and Bowen 7.

Pre game write up for the Monterey game in the Sentinel. SC has lost only one game in its last 12 and that was to Monterey 14-7 in the mud at Memorial field a year ago. Coach Wood, “We feel that we have yet to play our best game. We are on the verge of exploding with a real big ball game and we just hope it is this week.” Two lineup changes will be Bob Walker moves from linebacker to defensive end and Larry Latham takes his linebacker position. “We want to get more speed at the end position.” Bill Dalman returns to his first team tackle position. On offense Monterey’s line averages around 170, while SC is at 195. In the backfield SC is also bigger at 176 to 160. Monterey has beaten Oakland Tech 14-7, Paso Robles 41-6 and Napa 37-19.

In the San Francisco Examiner, by Bob Sprenger. Six crackerjack teams all shooting for respective league crowns, highlight the Northern California prep football scene this week. One of the three is Monterey vs. Santa Cruz in the CCAL. Undefeated are St. Ignatius, Santa Cruz, Bellarmine and Serra, while Mission and Monterey each have a loss. (The other undefeated teams are private schools.) Write ups about the top teams were listed. For SC vs Monterey there will probably be a capacity crowd in Monterey for their clash with SC. It has been a few years since the arch-rival battle meant something. This time it looks like the Coast “A” league championship is up to claim. Defending champion Monterey will have its hands full. It shapes up to be Monterey’s speed against the Cardinal’s strength. The Cards, a big surprise this year, boasts a big line anchored by center Eric Taylor, guard Rich McComb and tackle Dave Netto. They also have two of the Coast leagues top junior backs, quarterback Bob Pederson and halfback Dennis McNeely.

SC Wins, Nears CCAL Title. The champ is dead. All hail the heir apparent! The Cards finally turned loose their power against their worse enemy and hardest team to beat, Monterey winning 25-9. Coach Wood knowing his team could not out run the Toreadors played a ball control game and was content with the fact that his big line and husky backs would wear down the opposition. The success of the strategy is the fact SC had the ball for 69 plays to Monterey’s 38 and out gained them 403 to 281. Speedy Monterey made a battle of it for the first half, but the burly Cards left no doubt in the second half who was master. The Cards scored first going 65 yards in 13 plays, scoring on a 26 yard pass from Pederson to Mike Oliveri. The drive was aided by Gary Bowen rushing for 33 yards and Pederson for six. Schultz dived in for the extra point. Monterey came right back and tied the game 7-7. Another time consuming 61 yard drive ended with Schultz going in from the one. Schultz was stopped on the extra point attempt. At the start of the second half the Cards went on a 72 yard drive that took eight minutes before Brumbaugh drove five yards for the score. The final score covered 67 yards in nine plays with McNeely scoring. On this last drive Brumbaugh reeled of beautiful off tackle runs of 32 and 20 yards. Both times he should have been stopped, but whirled out of the hands of the tired Toreadore defenders. Quick thinking by Pederson on a bad pass from center, on a punt attempt that rolled into the end zone saved a TD. Pederson fell on the ball to give Monterey only two points rather than 7 if they had gotten to it first. Good defensive work was done by Thuringer, who intercepted a pass, which set up a touchdown. Bob Walker caught a Toreador runner from behind after he had gone 50 yards to save a TD. Monterey was on the SC 14 when Tom Knapp recovered a fumble to save another possible score. The core offensive line consistently drove back the Monterey front wall allowing the Card backs room to run. The score could have been more lopsided, but for the 14 penalties for 173 yards against the Cards. The real stars of the contest were Eric Taylor, Rich McCombs, Larry Warren, Dave Netto an Bill Dalman of the offensive line. Dennis McNeely was the top ground gainer powering for 96 yards in 19 carries. The whole back field ate up yardage. Bowen for 66 yards in 11 carries, Brumbaugh 62 in 8, Pederson 50 in 9, Schultz 38 in 13 and Olivieri 25 in 4. Bob Pederson connected on four passes out of five attempted for 62 yards. Receivers were Olivieri 26 yards, Bowen 25 and McNeely 11. Many times before, coach Wood felt the team had not played to its potential, but after this game he said “the team has arrived, but now we must keep from letting down in the next three games.”

“it’s a hard hitting sport,” were the words of Larry Griffin, who at 6’ 3” and 175 is the only sophomore playing varsity football were he is a first team offensive end. Kim Joslin thinks “Griffin has the potential to be great, but he must keep working hard like he has been doing.” Coach Wood says “Larry had exceptional physical ability.” Larry feels he and the team are “mentally and physically prepared for the homecoming game against the tough Salinas Cowboys.

SC Escapes With 13-13 Tie. Salinas Stuns Over Confident Cards As SC Blows Scoring Chances. Salinas spoiled homecoming and the Cards undefeated season by holding the Cards to a 13-13 tie. It was not all Salinas as 80 yards in penalties and three fumbles haunted the Birds with most of them stopping scoring drives. The Cards went out to an early 13-0 lead on Dennis McNeely’s two touchdowns on a 36 yard run, a three yard plunge and a PAT by George Brumbaugh. The first touchdown covered 61 yards, opened with a Brumbaugh’s 28 yard run around left end. Then a five yard penalty followed by a 14 yard run off left tackle by McNeely. Bowen ran for a first down to the 21. A 15 yard illegal use of hands penalty moved the ball back to the 36 from where McNeely ran out of the hands of a line backer and raced untouched the rest of the way to score. A fumble recovery by Tom Knapp on the Salinas 24 set up the final score. It took five plays with Bowen providing the longest gain of seven yards before McNeely punching it in from the three. Salinas scored in the second quarter and the fourth quarter. Bob Krieburg started at end, because he has been blocking very well in practice. The Card backs rolled up 278 yards rushing. McNeely had 108, George Brumbaugh 79, Mark Schultz 59, Gary Bowen 50, Mike Olivieri 3 and Bob Pederson minus 8 for a total of 278 yards. Salinas gained 227 yards rushing plus another 42 passing for a total yards gained of 269. Yards gained was almost a tie just like the score. There were only a total of nine passes thrown in the game and SC went 0 for 4.

Cards Triumph In ‘Real Gone’ Contest. Schultz Nips Stubborn Soquel 20-14. SC On Title Track Schultz 20, Soquel 14. Big Mark “The Crusher” Schultz scored all 20 of the Cards points and rushed 182 yards in 14 carries with the longest a 72 yard jaunt off right tackle behind the blocking of end Doyle Singer and tackle Dave Netto for the first score. Soquel came right back to score and go ahead 7-6. Still in the second quarter “The Crusher” was not through as he bulled 34 yards to the four from where he smashed off guard for the final four yards. The whole series went 88 yards in 12 plays. Mark added the extra point on a run to put the Cards back up 13-7. Bill Thuringer intercepted a pass and Mark went to work again going 19 yards off guard. George Brumbaugh carried to the two. Dave Netto and guard Rich McCombs opened a hole large enough for a freight train to get through and Mark did. Mark leaped into the end zone for the extra point to put the Cards up 20-7. Bruce Buckner one of the top backs for the Cards last year scored the next seven points for the Knights for the final score of 20-14. Bill Dalman made two straight tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Dalmin was praised by coach Jones “as a player who has been improving each week and has great potential. He still has not reached maturity. When he does look out.” The defensive starters for this game in the line from left to right: Paul Masalta, Walt Olivieri, Mike Owen, Kim Joslin at 225 and Bob Walker. Linebackers are Tom Knapp and Jerry Bailey. Wingbacks are Larry Latham and Schultz or McNeely. Deep backs are Tim Erickson and Thuringer. SC out gained Soquel 296 to 246. Two former Cards Bruce Buckner and Rich Simmons gained 184 yards between them. Rushing yardage was Schultz 14 carries for 182 yards and a 13 yard per carry average. Pederson 6 carries for 51yards. Brumbaugh 6 carries for 35, McNeely 8 carries for 25 and Bowen 1 carry for 3. Pederson completed one of four passes for 50 yards to Doyle Singer.

Pre game: Cardinals Seek Bridal Bouquet tonight for their third championship in seven years. They have been bridesmaids for the last three seasons finishing in second place. Had not the SC team been split up by the formation of new Soquel High, many Card followers believe this 1962 team would be equal to or better then the 1958 bunch. This group has played a tough schedule, but not up to the caliber of the teams the ‘58 team faced.

SC Racks Up North Salinas, Title with a 42-20 win. SC has its first undefeated season since the great ‘58 team. There is no doubt left in anybody’s mind that the Cards are the class of the circuit. The team reverted to their early season form as they ran, ran and ran some more in the clinching title win. North Salinas scored first, then the Cards came back and scored three first half touchdowns to lead at half 21-7. Heroes! SC had them by the team load. Start with the offensive line of Dave Netto, Bill Dalman, Rich McCombs, Larry Warren and Eric Taylor, who opened holes so big even a chubby newspaper man could run for big yardage. Move to the offensive back field. Big Mark Schultz closed out he high school career with 26 points. The hard running fullback scored four touchdowns on runs of 35, four, two and one yards and boomed in for two extra points. Mark carried the ball 13 times for 136 yards and a 10.5 average per carry. Little Gary Bowen was another running terror. The shifty half back carried the ball eight times picking up 92 yards for an average of 11.5 per carry. George Brumbaugh a speedy halfback, another senior, scored the first SC touchdown after the Viking scored. He raced down the sidelines 80 yards with Dalman leading the way to the end zone to tie the score. George also gained 59 yards on five carries for an average of 11.8 per try. He scored his second TD on a 35 yard gallop, plus kicking four for four PAT’s. Another senior who covered himself with glory was tiny Tim Erickson. Erickson a stick out defensive back all season was shifted to offensive halfback this game to replace the injured Dennis McNeely. Tim gained 34 yards in six carries. The defensive unit after faltering at the start did a good job of containing the Vikes. Big Walt Olivieri, Paul Masalta, Kim Joslin, Bob Walker, Mike Owen, Tom Knapp, Bill Thuringer and a host of other did an excellent job. Unsung Larry Latham aided on one of the touchdowns with an 11 yard run. The three Viking coaches had praise for this SC team. The head coach a former CCAL player and former Cal player, “This team is one of the finest I have seen in the CCAL. A former All Big Ten star at Michigan said “This SC team has the finest offensive line I have ever seen.” Former SCHS all league player Chuck Filice, “They are tough and big and I do mean big.” SC coach Bill Wood said, “the offensive has never looked better and Schultz finally rounded into form after being plagued by minor injuries early in the season. He is a great one, but so are all the boys.” assistant coaches Al Weimers and Larry Jones concurred. The Cards out gained the Vikes 341 to 274. Quarterback Bob Pederson threw only two passes completing one for 18 yards to Brumbaugh. There was no need to go to the air. From the Salinas Californian: The crunching blocking of Cardinal tackles Dave Netto and Bill Dalmin and center Eric Taylor knocked down every red jersey in sight all night. (the Cards wore white)

Team Statistics: Mark Schultz led the league in points scored with 65. He led the team in scoring for the season with 77 points followed by Brumbaugh 47, McNeely 24, Pederson 18, Griffin 12, Bowen 6, Olivieri 6 and Netto 6.

Cardinals Held Foes Scoreless In Third Period. Team statistics by quarters
Quarters 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
Opponents 26 27 0 29 82
SC 33 71 47 45 196

Total team and opponents offensive yardage.
Net yards rushing 2082 1468
Net yards passing 260 362
Total offense 2342 1830

Rushing stats by total times carried the ball, net yards gained and average per carry.
Brumbaugh 69 517 7.5
Schultz 96 502 5.2
McNeely 88 484 5.3
Bowen 49 313 6.4
Pederson 42 178 4.2
Olivieri 12 47 3.9
Erickson 6 34 5.7
Latham 3 22 7.3
Dalman 1 3 3.0
Rector 1 2 2.0
Total 367 2082 5.7

Pass receiving by number of catches, touchdowns and net yards gained.
Griffin 3 2 74
Singer 1 0 50
Bowen 4 0 43
McNeely 3 0 31
Olivieri 2 1 30
Brumbaugh 3 0 26
Schultz 1 1 3
Total 17 4 260

Pederson completed 17 pass of 39 passes attempted for 260 yards and a 43.6 completion average.

The offensive forward wall from tackle to tackle could be the best in Northern California. They are at tackles, Bill Dalman a 215 pound senior and Dave Netto a 225 pound senior; guards, Larry Warren a 168 pound senior and Richard McCombs a 180 pound senior; center, Eric Taylor a 225 pound senior.

Eric Taylor was honored by the San Francisco Examiner as the first string center on the ALL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA team and tackle Dave Netto was selected on the second team. Eric was first team center on the All North Coast team and tackle Dave Netto was honored on the second team. The Examiner teams were picked on recommendations from the North State’s prep sports writers and from votes cast by more than 250 high school coaches.

San Francisco Chronicle’s ALL NORTHERN CAL had Eric Taylor as the first team center. Dave Netto was selected on the fourth team.

San Jose Mercury’s All Central Coast team had Eric Taylor on first team and Dave Netto on the second team. Honorable mention for the backs was Mark Schultz.

Eric Taylor received honorable mention honors for the first ever Big 33 National High School All America football team. It is a 33 player all senior team chosen by scholastic football writers from each of the 50 states.

Dave Netto received the Doctor Pederson trophy for the best scholastic standing among the football players.

Mark Schultz was selected Most Valuable Player.
Rich McCombs received the Rotary Club award for the most inspirational player.
Larry Warren received the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.
Coach Bill Wood presented a special Dads Club award to Eric Taylor as the most consistent player. “this was a complete team in that there was not an individual star and that is probably why we were undefeated.”

Eric Taylor was one of the top 25 players in Northern California to be chosen to play in the twelfth annual North-South Shrine game at the Los Angeles Coliseum on August 1. The training camp for the North will be at UCLA. The game will be televised by KTVU channel two of Oakland and on the air on KCBS. Eric becomes the fourth Cardinal to be selected for this honor. The other Cards were fullback Jack Knight in 1957 and halfback John Kirby and tackle Wally Hicks in 1959. Santa Cruz coach Wood gives Eric a great deal of credit for the Cards’ fine offensive efforts. “He is a natural blocker and I doubt if there is a stronger player in the state.” Eric is the North’s heaviest player tipping the scales at better than 230 pounds. Taylor also is an excellent wrestler. He is believed headed for Oregon State, but California and Oregon still have hopes of landing him. (Eric ended up at UCLA.)

From the Sentinel. South Over powers North Stars 13-6. SC’s Eric Taylor Praised Despite Loss. One of the bright spots for the North was the play of SC’s Eric Taylor, who played every offensive play. The UCLA coach described his play as ‘very promising and I was extremely pleased.” San Francisco writers described Eric’s play as the best of any North offensive lineman. Taylor led the quarterback over the goal in on a sneak for the North’s only touchdown.

(The next year in college, former teammates were on opposite sides of the line as UCLA’s Eric Taylor and Stanford’s Dave Netto were squaring away at one another in a frosh contest won by UCLA 12-0. Bruce Buckner, who had played for the Cards up to his senior year ran 67 yards for a touchdown and threw a 11 yard touchdown pass in his first frosh game at Utah.)

ALL MBL players were Bill Thuringer, Dave Netto, Mark Schultz, Rich McCombs and Eric Taylor. Former Cardinal Bruce Buckner, now at Soquel, also was selected on the team for the second year. Honorable mention were Bill Dalman, Larry Warren, Bob Pederson and Tom Knapp. This was the first year the league had an offensive team and a defensive team. Normally it has been an 11 man squad with two alternate linemen and one alternate running back.


Practice games: North Salinas Los Gatos 19-13 League games: Soquel 13-12, Watsonville 6-27.

The league standings with one game to play was Salinas 4-0, Watsonville 3-0-1, Monterey 2-1-1 were last years champs, SC 1-3, North Salinas 1-3 and Soquel 0-4. SC and North Salinas played in the last game.

From coach Tex Ronning, “The Cardlets were late finding themselves and their capabilities. The last three games were all close games and are a better yardstick of their capabilities. They had very bad luck with lots of injures. Look for these boys to come back strong next year.

There are five returning lettermen this year. They include Frank Fujimura an ALL CCAL player last year, Stan Pillsbury, Vince Lacariere, Bob Scott and Chuck Perry.

Starting lineup at the beginning of the season: Ends, Juniors Terry Atwood and Ron Smith; Tackles, Juniors, Tom Johns and George Strite; Guards, Seniors, Frank Fujimura and Vince Lacariere; Center, Sophomore, Ron Durkin; Quarterback, Senior, Stan Pillsbury; Backs, Sophomore, Bob Scott; and Seniors Chuck Perry, Jim Scott, Bill Bertao and Ron Mavis.

Other team members were: Chuck Di Mello-Pine, Buddy Smith, McNutt, George Strite, Dennis Hogan, Richard Long, Berry Lombardi, Don Caponigro, Steve Harper, Richard Geaso, Neal Smith, Darrell Meyer, Ron Smith, Dennis Henderson, Tom Johns, Arnott Austin, Ron Durkin and Fingston, Nick Skorski, Adrian Jones, Jim Axelrod, Curt Fetty, Jim Scott, Tom Stagnaro, David Kerr, Mike Rodriguez, Fred Gallaciono, Mike Moon, Dennis Hogan. Tom Ekloff, Ed Losnowicz, Mark Ridenbaugh, Mike Medina, Chuck Comstock, Jim McNutt, Mike Hopper and David Verhines. Coaches Hilding Ronning, Miran Viner and Ray Hunter.

Cardlets take an early lead against Los Gatos, when halfback Chuck DeMello-Pine plunged in from one yard out and added the extra point. Los Gatos tied it up. At the start of the second half Stan Pillsbury raced 53 yards for a score. For the second time the Los Gatos quarterback scored also to retie the game. In the fourth quarter Jim Scott scored from 23 yards out for the final score of 19-13.

Soquel scored first in the second quarter. SC came right back and scored on halfback Jim Scott’s five yard run to make the score 6-6. In the third quarter Pillsbury turned left end for four yards an the score. The extra point was good to make the score 13-7. In the final quarter Soquel scored, but the Cardlets determined line prevented the extra point for a 13-12 win.

Watsonville scored early and soon after Jim Scott went six yards for score to leave the Kittens ahead 7-6. Final score 6-27.

Stan Pillsbury was selected as an ALL CCAL player by the coaches and was also selected as the teams Most Valuable Player by his teammates.

Vince Laccarare received the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy for lightweights and Richard Long received the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy for the lightweight reserves.


practice games: North Salinas 0-6 and Holy Cross varsity 0-27. The team lost every game.

From coach Doug Severin, “The main purpose of the Junior Varsity is to prepare boys for the Varsity. Even though they did not win a game many individuals gained valuable playing experience.

Three players were moved up to varsity early in the year. They were Jim Dalman, Dale Rector and Gary Zabrowski, who went out after three games with a broken leg.

The JV’s may have lost all their games, but they have turned out some prospects especially Gary Zabroski, Jim Dalman and Dale Rector for next years varsity. Most of the other teams were playing mainly with juniors and sophomores, but SC wanted its freshman and sophomores to learn the techniques of the game as well as get playing time to use what they had learned. It will pay off as these players move up to Varsity.

Line up listed by year in school, position and name
Freshmen players: end, Brian Loehr; tackle, Keith Parkhurst; center, Rusty Winters. tackle, Bill Bowen
Sophomores: quarterback, John King; halfbacks, Jim Dalman, Larry Oneto, Rick Halterman; end, Carl Graeber;
Juniors: guard, Gary Zabrowski; guard, John Brudvig

Other team members were: Cortez, Patoski, Gandolfi, Muhley, Rittenhouse, Ramii, Muller, Kasonovich, Parkers, Drew, Hansen, Don King and O’Nieto.

Keith Parkhurst was selected the Most Valuable Player.

Rusty Winters received the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.


practice games: Bellarmine 61-63, OT, Dads Club, North Salinas 69-48, Los Altos 55-61; Sacred Heart of San Francisco 35-38, OT for four place. Los Gatos 47-55, Madera 58-62, Irvington 63-51, Santa Clara 48-38, Wilcox 88-48, Castlemont of Oakland, 32-37, Irvington 61-36. Practice record 5-6. League: Watsonville 41-50, 66-49; Soquel 61-45, 75-47; Monterey 39-48, 57-75; Salinas 51-46, 77-73; North Salinas 68-42, 90-51. League record 7-3, second place. Season 12-9. (At one time Monterey was ranked number one in Northern Cal.)

League standings: Monterey and Watsonville co-champs at 8-2, Santa Cruz 7-3, Salinas 5-5, North Salinas and Soquel 1-9. Watsonville beat Monterey in the playoff to see who went to the Tournament of Champions at UC Berkeley.

The lineup: Forwards, senior, Mark Schultz and junior Dennis McNeely. Center/forwards, seniors, Roger Blanchard and Dave Netto and sophomore, Larry Griffin. Guards, seniors, Mark Conrad and Stan Pillsbury and junior, Gary Bowen. Guard/forwards, senior Dave Garbe and junior Bob Pederson.

Santa Cruz Cagers Drop Overtime Thriller. The Cards obviously tense in their season opener dropped a 61-63 overtime game to Bellarmine. But the Cards let it be known they will be a team to reckon with during the up coming season. Lacking in height, but compensating with hustle and determination, the Cards stayed with the Bells, who already had played two games. Stan Pillsbury swished a 10 foot jumper as the buzzer sounded to deadlock the score at 56-56. The Cards hit only 23 of 78 shots and the Bells were one better hitting 24 of 75. Mark Conrad was the outstanding player on the court. His drive, defensive work and take charge attitude on the floor obviously showed him to be the squad’s team leader. The pesky guard, stole five passes. Both teams started in racehorse fashion and SC led 20-18 at the end of the first quarter. Similarly both teams cooled off in the second stanza, Bellarmine leading 33-28 at the half and 42-40 at the end of the third quarter. SC lost the game at the foul line making only 15 of 30 attempts. SC had the superiority in rebounding 62 to 42. Card rebounding leaders were Mark Schultz with 19, Dave Garbe 12 and Bob Pederson 10. Scoring: Garbe 12, Schultz 7, Blanchard 16, Pederson 10, Conrad 7, Pillsbury 2, Netto 6 and McNeely 0.

Cards Outclass North Salinas 69-48 in the opening round of the seventh annual Dads Club Invitational tournament. The Redbirds set a tournament game rebounding record with 63. Mark Schultz and Dave Garbe led with 13 rebounds apiece. Larry Griffin a 6’4” sophomore was impressive in his varsity debut, who along with Roger Blanchard hauled down 11 apiece. Plus Bob Pederson had 8 and Mark Conrad had 5. The Cards did a terrific job on defense and an even better job on the backboards. Getting the position was the whole secret and if they can get the inside berths against the taller Los Altos team, they will have an excellent chance to make the finals again this year. SC had great balance as four men scored in double figures and four rebounded in double figures. The Cards broke a 4-4 tie with 15 straight points as their zone press forced numerous ball handling mistakes. All was not peaches and cream as the Cards made 32 mistakes of their own, either poor passes, losing the ball, taking a poor shot or making a dribbling violation. The Cards shot 26 for 71 for 37 percent. From the coach, “our reserves did a good job. They were really getting down on defense/”. Scoring: Blanchard 18, Conrad 13, Shultz 12, Garbe 10, Griffin 5, Pederson 5, McNeely 4, Pillsbury 2, Wilkins and Bowen 0.

SC was thrown into the losers’ bracket losing to Los Altos 55-61. SC dribbled away the game in the first half as the Knights pressed the Cards into mistakes. The Cards fell behind 24-33 in the first half, but fought a losing battle in the final two periods that found them three to five points behind, but with a chance to win. The Cards outplayed the winners in the second half, but could not overcome the first half errors. Sophomore Larry Griffin replaced Dave Garbe, who picked up three quick fouls in the first quarter, and made moves under the basket on offense that were well executed, he looked tough on both boards and defensively blocked a number of shots. Floor leader Mark Conrad kept the Cards within striking distance and was the only Card who could score with any consistency. He collected high point honors with 22 points, getting 20 of them in the second half. SC again was devilish on the backboards, out rebounding Los Altos 40 to 29 and were led by Blanchard with 11 and Griffin 10. From the field SC hit 18 of 46 for 39 percent and Los Altos hit 22 of 50 for 44 percent. Scoring: Schultz 8, Garbe 0, Blanchard 7, Conrad 22, Pederson 9, Netto 0, Griffin 9, Bowen and McNeely 0.

Sacred Heart Five Beats Cards 38-35 in OT. The city slickers from San Francisco taught the Cards a lesson on control basketball in a close and exciting game. With 35 seconds to play, Roger Blanchard tanked a jump shot that would have given the Cards the lead, but was called for traveling and the bucket was nullified. With 1:35 to play, SC missed three shots form close range, when one of them would have put the Cards ahead. On each occasion, the score was 35-36 in favor of Sacred Heart. SC jumped into a quick lead to start the game, but the Irish who executed their plays well throughout the tournament pulled ahead near the end of the second quarter. Larry Griffin, who is becoming more impressive with each game made a layup to put SC ahead 19-18 just after intermission. With three minutes to play Sacred Heart held the ball out at mid-court and the Cards went out after them. The Card press forced Sacred Heart into numerous mistakes as SC whittled away at the Irish lead. SC controlled the boards 27-20 with Mark Conrad and Roger Blanchard each getting six and Mark Schultz five. The Cards out shot their foe hitting 42 percent to the Irish 36 percent. Each team scored 16 field goals, but Sacred Heart won on foul shots 6 to 3. Ed Larsh, coach of the tourney champion Monterey had praise for Larry Griffin. Blanchard, Conrad and Bob Pederson also played good games. Scoring: Schultz 0, Griffin 8, Blanchard 9, Conrad 8, Pederson 6 and Garbe 4.

Mark Conrad was named to the Dads Club tournament team.

Whistle happy officials call 47 fouls in a loss to Los Gatos, coached by former Card four sport athlete John Paul Juhl 47-55. It was the Cards poorest showing to date. Four Cards fouled out and a fifth had four fouls. No Cat player fouled out, but four had four fouls. SC went only 15 of 29 from the line while Los Gatos shot a much better 25 of 35. The Cards went ahead 14-8 in the first period, but went frozen in the second quarter scoring only three points to 20 for Los Gatos. The Cards came back strong in the third period outscoring the Cats 13-6. Larry Griffins jump shot with 25 seconds to play made it 47-49, but Los Gatos made 8 of 9 free throws to close out the game. Scoring: Schultz 6, Garbe 4, Blanchard 12, Conrad 13, Pederson 2, Griffin 8, Netto 2, McNeely, Pillsbury and Bowen 0.

Eight Straight Victory For Madera in 62-58 win. Cards Drop Fourth In Row. (Against the eventual Fresno league champions Madera,) After their worst game last night, the Cards played a good game and just ran into a buzz saw of a shooter who scored 28 points. The Cards out played Madera in some areas, as in rebounding, having a 44-32 edge with Dave Garbe hustling 12, Blanchard wrestled 11 and impressive sophomore Larry Griffin came down with 8 bounds. After trailing by 12 points at one point, the hard working Cards were down only two, 57-59 with 2:45 to go on a Blanchard layup. In a rough physical game the Cards had 23 fouls to 18 for Madera. The Cards lost the game in the second quarter, when they were outscored 6 to 13. Scoring: Schultz 7, Garbe 15, Griffin 11, Pillsbury 0, Conrad 11, Blanchard 9, Pederson 3, Netto 2 and McNeely 0. The Cards balanced scoring could not make up for the two top scores for Madera, who score 45 of Madera’s 62 points. Scoring: Garbe 15, Griffin 11, Conrad 11, Blanchard 9, Schultz 7, Pederson 3, Netto 2, Pillsbury and McNeely 0.

Second Half Defense Brings 63-51 Win At Irvington. Netto, Conrad Star. After losing four games and starting the game against Irvington being baffled by their zone defense, the Cards finally got loose from the web and started playing. A tremendous second half rally, featuring good tight pressing defensive play, only allowed Irvington 10 shots in the second half and limited them to 16 points. The big story was the Cards aggressive defensive play and reduced number of fouls. SC had been making something like 25 fouls a game, but cut it to 18 yesterday. Dave Netto came off the bench to team with Mark Conrad in sparking the SC rally. The 235 pound three sport man hit five shots in a row of the six he took. Mark Conrad had one of his best nights, logging 17 points making 8 of 16 shot attempts and setting up plays. Mark Schultz hit 15 points which included making 9 of 10 charity tosses for one of his best shooting nights. Schultz’s foul shooting helped the Cards average of 79 percent on 19 of 24 attempts. The Redbirds went 22 of 51 from the field for 43 percent. The Redbirds controlled the boards 28-21. Dave Garbe led with 7, Schultz 6, Blanchard and Conrad five each. Comment from the coach, “If they ever decide they want to play a whole game, they could beat anybody. But they have not made that decision yet.” Scoring: Schultz 15, Blanchard 8, Griffin 4, Conrad 17, Garbe 6, Netto 11, Pederson 2, Pillsbury and McNeely 0.

Blanchard Hits 23 Points; SC In 48-38 Win over Santa Clara. A third quarter explosion led by Roger Blanchards 12 straight points gave the Cards a cushion that carried them to the win. At the time the Cards led only 24-21. The Redbirds hit nine of 18 shots in the third quarter and seven of 10 in the fourth stanza for a second half 57 percent. For the whole game they went 24 of 54 for 44 percent. Larry Griffin made the place buzz with excitement when he easily dunked one in the fourth period. He led the rebounding with 18 followed by Blanchard 10 and Conrad 11. Scoring: Schultz 10, Griffin 4, Blanchard 23, Conrad 8, Pillsbury 1, McNeely 2, Pederson and Bowen 0.

11 Point Lead Disappears; Watsonville Wins 50-41. Against Watsonville in the first league game of the season the Cards blew a 11 point lead. SC commanded the first half, Watsonville the second and that was the story of the game. SC led at the end of the first three quarters, 16-9, 26-21 and 36-35, then only scored 5 points in the fourth period. Inability to put together a coordinated offensive effort in the second half cost the ball game. SC worked well in the first half, but looked like a different team in the second half after the Cats put on a full court press. In one simple word, it was “panic“ by the Cards. Loss of the game can be seen in the error chart as the Cards made 36 mistakes. SC as usual controlled the boards 31-15. Blanchard led with 10. The Cards went 16 of 45 from the field for a 41.7 percentage. SC scoring: Garbe 7; Schultz 8; Blanchard 13; Conrad 4; Pillsbury 3; Pederson 6; Griffin 0.

Cards Drop Second Straight Game 32-37 to Castlemont of Oakland. The night after their last quarter loss to Watsonville, the Cards lost in the last quarter again. At half time the Cards were down 13-15, but went ahead in the third 26-23, but were outscored in the fourth 6-14. Larry Griffin was high point man for the game with 12 and also topped the rebounders with 10 followed by Roger Blanchard’s 8. Scoring: Griffin 12, Schultz 5, Blanchard 4, Conrad 7, McNeely 4 and Garbe 0.

Santa Cruz Cardinals Tie All Time Mark With 88 Points In Victory Over Wilcox. The game score was 88-48. The victory snapped the previous non league record of 79 points set against Carmel in 1958. In 1959 the Cards hit 88 against Hollister in a league game. Without a doubt, SC’ pressing defense was a determining factor, sped up the game and rattling the Wilcox players. In the first quarter the Cards shot 11 for 13 from the floor with only two shots outside the key and were hot enough to end up making 53 percent of 66 shots to score 88 points. Everyone on the bench scored. The most pleasing aspect of the game was the performance of reserve Gary Bowen, who’s hustle on defense highlighted the night. Gary also scored seven points and had a game high 5 assists. Dave Garbe was the top rebounder with 11. Stan Pillsbury topped the scorers with 19. The coach was pleased, “they all hustled. If they do that all the time, they are not going to lose many games.” Scoring: McNeely 4; Schultz 2; Blanchard 6; Conrad 16; Garbe 15; Bowen 7; Pederson 3; Pillsbury 19, Griffin 13.

Soquel Wins First Half; But SC Wins game 61-45. Soquel was ahead 30-13 at half time as they did everything right in the first half and the Cards did everything wrong. After the intermission the Cards played a completely different game, running plays and hustling. Roger Blanchard, Larry Griffin and Mark Conrad were driving for the basket with desire and they had too much speed for the slower Knights. SC won the second half 38-15. Bob Pederson made a big difference defensively and was praised by his coach, “Bob seemed to make the difference and sparked the team up.” The Soquel coach commented that Mark Conrad is tough and Schultz looked like a 9.8 sprinter in the press.” As the Cards pressed, Soquel made mistakes and the Cards capitalized. For the game SC hit 28 of 64 shots. In the fourth period they hit 10 for 14 shots with only two outside the key. Scoring: Schultz 3, Blanchard 16, Griffin 11, Conrad 24, Pederson 3, McNeely 2, Garbe 2, Bowen and Pillsbury 0.

Cards Rack Up Irvington For Third Straight Win 61-36. It’s longest winning streak this season. From the coach, “It looks like they are on their way now. The kids looked real good in the second half. It helps to get a few wins. It helps the old confidence.” The Cards were down 9-13 at the end of the first quarter, but led at half 21-17. Both teams pressed in the second half and apparently this was just what the Cards wanted as they scored 40 points in the second half. Bob Pederson came through with his second fine performance in as many games. Roger Blanchard is starting to play up to his capabilities and Dennis McNeely is doing a good job of getting good position. The Cards won the rebounding 34-20 as Blanchard led with 12 and Schultz followed with 9. After a cold first half shooting 5 for 26, the Cards came back to hit 17 for 31 the second half. Scoring: Schultz 10, Pederson 10, Blanchard 14, Conrad 9, Griffin 6, Garbe 6, McNeely 4, *Team 2, Bowen and Pillsbury 0.

Cold Shooting Cardinals Lose To Monterey Quint. Players Tight. Monterey the defending champs won a rugged, tension packed game 48-39. It was one of those games that SC deserved to win going away, but unfortunately did not. The Cards were really fired up and should have had a bigger lead at halftime. In the second period they had 15 shots inside the key and made only six. Three and a half minutes into the second period the Cards led 17-9 and at intermission 25-21. Then a technical foul was called on SC for throwing an elbow. At times the game threatened to get out of hand as the officials let a lot of slapping and pushing go underneath the basket in the tiny Monterey gym. Monterey, a quick reacting team, took full advantage of this. After the technical the Cards seemed to relax, but still giving their all, but they did not seem to be as tough underneath. A key to the game was the Cards good defense forced Monterey to try 34 of their 58 shots from outside, while SC had only 13 of their 49 attempts outside the key. Monterey as expected won the boards 40 to 35, but not without a battle. Roger Blanchard led the Cards in rebounding with 10 followed by Mark Conrad 7, Schultz 6, Pederson 6 and Griffin 5. From the coach who thinks the Cards still have a chance at winning the league, “I still think we have the best team in the league.” He was pleased with individual and the teams efforts, noting that the Cards were able to tip on the offensive boards against Monterey’s tremendous jumpers. Scoring: Schultz 8, Griffin 2, Blanchard 6, Conrad 8, Pederson 7, McNeely 2, Garbe 6 and Bowen 0.

Cards Drop Salinas Into Three Way Tie For League. The Cardinals, whom many believed would be the giants in the CCAL this year turned giant killers instead upsetting previously unbeaten Salinas 51-46. The Cards muscled their way to the front midway in the first quarter13-7 and held a four to six point lead the remaining distance. As the Cards have done so many times this year, they have played just as well or worse as its opponents. They have painstakingly managed to keep most of their games close, whether vying with a tough competitor or fumbling along with a weak sister. The Cards scoring was well scattered among six of the seven men that played and they all covered the boards with the same togetherness. The Cards won the rebounding battle 32-21 and amazingly enough 13 of the rebounds were on offense giving the Cards second and third opportunities to score. Center-forward Larry Griffin led in rebounding with 10 followed by Blanchard 9 and Schultz 7. Griffin continued to show improvement offensively and on the boards. The Cards hit 18 of 41 shots for 44 percent by shooting only twice from any distance. On the other hand Salinas shot 33 percent, but 40 percent of their shots were from the outside, because of the Cards defense. At the foul line the Cards won the game making 15 of 23 shots with many of the attempts came when the Cards hit the initial try on one and one situations allowing them to take another. Scoring: Schultz 7, Blanchard 13, Griffin 8, Conrad 13, Garbe 4, Pederson 6 and McNeely 0.

Cards Sink Vikes 68-42; Hold Lead for 24 Hours. The vastly improved Cards moved into a temporary four way tie for first place. The winner of the Salinas-Monterey game will end up alone in first place at the end of the first round of play. The Cards complete dominance of the backboards and close in shots made it a walk away game. Sixth man Dave Garbe had 8 rebounds and showed signs of leadership, when he took over Mark Conrad’s point guard spot. Blanchard had 13 rebounds, Griffin 9 and Schultz 8. The Cards pushed through 22 points in the third period aided by some fine screens and roll-offs. Conrad made the plays work as he garnished six assists and passed off another seven times only to have his teammates miss good shots. Dave Netto suited up for the first time since December, when he broke a bone in his foot, but probably will not see action for a while since he is a top pitcher on the baseball team.
The Cards can not lose a game in the second round or they will be out of contention. Scoring: Schultz 12, Griffin 9, Blanchard 12, Pederson 15, Conrad 14, Garbe 4, McNeely 1 and Bowen 1.

Cardinals Race to Lead Of 35-13 In Second Period, Then slow Game For Win over Watsonville 66-49. The Cards seem to be tiring a little in the second half and played for the very good shots and took advantage of 20 free throw attempts to sink 15 of them. The Cards tried only one shot outside the key in the second half and Schultz made it. SC made 14 of 24 shots the first half for 58 percent and finished with 21 of 39 for 54 percent. The Wildcats climbed within 11 points a couple of times, but each time the Cats got within striking distance the Cards put out a little something extra and sprung back in front more comfortably. The Cards sank 24 of 34 foul shots for a fine 71 percent. The Cards played as perfect game as possible during the first 13 minutes. They were running like a 100 yards sprinters, they had the best position possible to control the boards and they were making a fantastic percentage of their shots. But best of all was the defense. Watsonville was forced to castoff from outside and made only one of 12 first period attempts. All five Cards were each individually doing an excellent defensive job. At times, it looks like no one can possibly beat this team. Then at times, they look like they couldn’t beat the Davenport first grade team. Last night they had one of those unbeatable nights. Blanchard played one of his finest games this year, bucketed 22 tallies and grabbed 12 rebounds. According to his coach, “Roger can jump as high as players two to three inches taller. Plus he knows how to position himself to block of his man to keep him from the ball. Roger is a good shooter and has a lot of potential. He is a young senior.” Despite Roger’s brilliant performance the big show was Mark Schultz, who played his best game to date. Conrad had seven of the Cards 13 assists. Blanchard blocked 4 shots and hauled down 12 rebounds. Griffin grabbed 11 of the Cards 38 boards to the Cats 24. The Card coach was enthusiastic about the team and players ending with, “they’ve got the ole’ idea now.” Scoring: Schultz 14, Blanchard 22, Griffin 11, Conrad 8, Pederson 9, Garbe 2 and McNeely 0.

Soquel’s Star Hamm Hurt Early As Cardinals Roll To Easy 75-47 Triumph. Watsonville dumped Monterey, so this victory gained a four way first place tie for the Cards with just three games to play. Two of the games will be with other contenders. The Cards led 21-9 at the end of the first quarter, 38-14 at half time and 58-31 at the end of the third quarter. SC was clearly in control all the way, waltzing to its seventh win in its last eight games. All ten Cards and eight Knights scored and all ten of the Cards had at least a rebound. The Cards had 38 rebounds to the Knights 27. Top rebounders for the Cards were Griffin 8, Blanchard 6 and Schultz, Garbe and Conrad had five each. The Cards sank 28 of 64 attempts for 44 percent. Scoring: Griffin 10, Schultz 6, Blanchard 20, Conrad 14, Garbe 12, Pederson 2, McNeely 2, Bowen 4, Netto 4 and Pillsbury 1.

Hot Monterey Five Guns Down Cardinals. 75-57. Last night, nobody could have beaten Monterey. Everything they tossed up went through the hoop. The Toreadors sank an amazing 30 of 63 shots an almost unbelievable 48 percent, since only 33 shots, slightly over half were from inside the key. The Cards made a respectable 40 percent on 19 of 48 shooting. One of their top scorers this game hit 11 of 15 field goals and only one shot came from inside to score 23 points. John Reed going for his third ALL CCAL selection also scored 23. Monterey easily outscored the frustrated Cards in the first quarter as the three top Toreadore scorers combined to score 21 points. Meanwhile back at the ranch, the Cards were as cold as a bird who is unable to swallow a worm or a basket with a lid on it. The Cards ended up with only 8 points for the first quarter to be down 8-21. In the second period a magnet was removed from the Monterey basket or so it seemed and SC out scored the jumping jacks 19-15 for a half time score of 27-36. A strong defensive effort by the Cardinal five and team work in which six players scored, also helped the Cards back into the game in the second quarter. At the start of the second half, the Cards came right out and scored seven points to tighten the score. Larry Griffin, who played the best individual game for the Cards, intercepted a pass in Monterey’s backcourt and turned it into a three point play to cut the margin to 37-42. That was as close as the Cards could get as Monterey came back and stole the ball three times and took it in to score each time. After intermission, Monterey continued to swish the nets, out scoring the Cardinal’s 24-17 and 15-13 in the third and fourth quarters. At times the Cards played well on defense, but Monterey kept throwing them through the hoop. SC controlled the backboards early in the game, but Monterey had a 29-22 advantage for the game. Coaches comment, “I would have been willing to bet we were going to win.” Scoring: Schultz 6, Griffin 8, Blanchard 12, Conrad 13, Pederson 3, Garbe 4, McNeely 2, Bowen 8, Pillsbury 1 and Netto 0.

Cards Nip Salinas In Overtime 77-73. It looked like a battle for the championship and not a fight for third place. Another exciting game against Salinas, only this was a much faster and higher scoring game, as the Cards came out 77-73 winners. It had to be one of the greatest high school games ever played. Salinas shot 56 percent from the floor on 27 of 48 attempts and SC had 51 percent on 28 of 55 attempts. All ten starters for SC and Salinas hit double figures, an oddity. Mark Conrad hit a personal best in his high school career with 25 points, hitting 9 of 13 attempts. Salinas sharpshooter, Rusty Crichtfield also hit 25 points, sinking 10 of 17 attempted field goals with six coming from the 20 foot range. Sophomore, Larry Griffin led the rebounding department for the Cards with 11 and also managed to rack up 18 points. Roger Blanchard had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Schultz and Pederson tallied 10 points each. Dave Garbe did not make the double figures, but tallied 5 points. Dave made up for it with his ball hawking all out style of play. The scoring for the other Salinas players: King Hanway 16, David Shaw 12, Andy Ish and Hanway each had 10. With twenty seconds left and a two point lead a Cardinal tried to dribble a rebounded free throw away from the basket and Andy Ish, the top Salinas defender, flicked it away and went in for a lay up to tie the game in regulation. In over time Shultz scored to put the Cards ahead 71-69. Shaw and Hanway each sank a pair charity tosses to put Salinas ahead 73-71. Half way through the three minute over time Conrad sank a jump shot to tie 73-73. With 1:15 left Blanchard hit both of his one and one shots, SC 75-73. With 20 seconds remaining in the game, Salinas missed there one on one and Pederson came down with the most important rebound of the game. Bob hit a teammate streaking down court who missed the lay up. Luckily Larry Griffin was flying down the court just in case of a miss, rebounded the ball and jammed it in with authority. Final score SC 77-73. It is still possible for the Cards to share in the title. Both teams did a lot of pressing and both teams were beating it down the court. The Cards were down 9-19 in the first quarter, but came back and outscored the Cowboys 20-9 in the second quarter to lead at half 29-28. It is still possible for the Cards to share in the title, if leaders Watsonville and Monterey were to lose their last games, which is not too probable. Scoring: Griffin 16, Schultz 10, Blanchard 11, Conrad 25, Pederson 10 and Garbe 5.

Cards Enter Record Books On 90-51 Win over North Salinas. The score could have been higher, but the starters played about half the game and the team missed 17 free throws out of 29 attempted. The score was 44 to 13 at half time. With four minutes left in the half the starters were out of the game. Little used Stan Pillsbury led the scoring with 16 points and made the last two points of the game on one and one free throws to break the record. The happy Cards carried Pillsbury from the floor on their shoulders. SC hit 39 of 72 shots attempted for a fine 54 percent. Some of this accuracy came about since only 13 shots were attempted beyond the key. The Cards controlled the boards 31-22 with Griffin, who played more than the other starters got seven and Dave Garbe five. Monterey and Watsonville both won their final games to tie for the league title with 8-2 records followed by the Cards at 7-3. The six seniors and their scoring were Pillsbury 16, Garbe 15, Mark Conrad 14, Mark Schultz 13, Roger Blanchard 6 and Dave Netto 0, even thought he scored, but it was nullified on a charging call. Three juniors: Pederson 8, McNeely 4 and Bowen 2. Sophomore Griffin 12.

In league scoring Conrad was fourth with 137 points and Blanchard was sixth with 131. The rest of the teams scoring were Schultz 87, Griffin 87, Pederson 69, Garbe 61, Pillsbury 21, Bowen 15, McNeely 13 and Netto 4.

From the Sentinel, “although SC finished third in a tight competitive six team league, they were second in stats, out scoring the opponents by 99 points in 10 games for an average of almost 10 points a game. Monterey was first with a plus of 157 or almost 16 points a game“. The Cards had the highest scoring average of any team in the league with a 62.5 average.

Mark Conrad at 6’ and Roger Blanchard 6’2” earned ALL MBL HONORS. As sophomores on lightweights they both were All League. Schultz barely missed the second team.


partial record At Salinas Invitational Salinas 44-57, Wilcox 44-37, Soquel 44-20, Watsonville 56-54, Salinas 43-61, Monterey 44-60, North Salinas 43-18

With one game to go the Cardlets are 5-4 in league and 13-7 for the season so far. They should beat NS 5-4 for fourth place. Season 14-7. Monterey won the league with a 9-1 record.

(The lightweight squad was composed of many players who were valuable members of SC basketball teams through their whole high school careers. Those with * played the next year on varsity. Most of the rest will be leaders on next years team.) They were *Pete Christensen, Greg Gordon, Pete Pappas, Terry Medina, *Paul Kadotoni, *Chris Conrad, *Buddy Smith, Everett Yee, Jack Seigle, Phil Davis, Warren Patten, Curt Fetty Ron Smith and John Wilson.

The Cardlet attack was led by forwards Buddy Smith and Curt Fetty and guard Paul Kadotoni.

In a 44-20 win over Soquel the Cardlets Paul Kadotoni scored 18 points in just three quarters of play. The team was 18 for 50 from the floor for a respectable 36 percent, Terry Medina led all rebounders with 10. Scoring for the Cardlets was well divided with the whole team participating. Kadotoni 18, Fetty 7, Wilson 5, Medina 4, Seigle 3, Conrad and Patton 2 Buddy Smith, Davis and Ron Smith 1, Christensen, Gordon and Yee 0.

The Cardlets edged Watsonville 56-54 ending the Kittens 22 game win streak. The Surf City men are led by their chief scorer and playmaker Paul Kadotoni and their leading rebounder Buddy Smith.

Scoring for games at the end of the season. Against Salinas: Buddy Smith 4, Fetty 13, Davis 1, Conrad 10, Kadotoni 6, Wilson 4, Patton 6, Medina, Christensen and R Smith 0. Fetty led the rebounding with 6. The little birds shot a fair 33.3 percent from the floor 17 for 51.

Against Monterey the scoring was Buddy Smith 13, Fetty 11, Davis 2, Kadotoni 10, Conrad, Wilson, Medina and Christensen 2 each, Patton and Pappas 0.

Junior, Paul Kadotani was honored with a first team selection for ALL MBL Sophomore, Buddy Smith was chosen on the second team.


with 8-1 record. Season record 8-2. The championship struggle came right down to the last game of the season with wins against Salinas for both teams.

Five varsity players are helping coach the C and D teams this year. The players are Mark Conrad, Roger Blanchard, Dave Garbe, Paul Cattery and Leroy Gray. They have the opportunity to work individually with the players to help them improve their skills.

This was a strong team with most of the players going on to be starters for either the varsity or lightweight team. Pete Pappas led the team in scoring with 117 points

Bellarmine stopped the Junior Cardlets string of 4 wins with a 46-61 whipping.

Scoring records of players. List by name, games played and total points. Pete Pappas 10, 117; Jake Seigle 10, 77; Pete Christensen 10, 70; Terry Medina 9, 66; Greg Gordon 10, 44; Don Cacace 8, 23; Vascondellos 6,7 and Jackson 6, 3. The average score for the C team was 40.9 and for the opponent 30.5


with 8-1 record.. Season record 9-1

This was a strong team as was the C team with most of the players going on to be starters for either the varsity or lightweight team. Bill Yue led the team in scoring with 81 points.

The team kept their 5 game undefeated string going by defeating Bellarmine 26-23.

List by name, games played and total points.
Bill Yue 10, 81; Everett Yee 10, 61; McClure 10, 40; Steve Ghidinelli 10, 36; Gangloff 8, 34; Gary Grellman 9. 16; Bishop 7, 12; Moon 5, 9; Torchio 7, 9. The average score for the D team was 31.4 and for the opponent 20.5.

Terry Medina received the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy for C and D basketball.


partial record: Bellarmine 21-69, Los Altos 29-46, SLV loss, Wilcox 48-30, League: Soquel 35-18, 35-22; Watsonville 40-33, 42-32; Salinas 45-48.

Everyone on the team played the first game. Those scoring were freshman Glenn Griffin 14, Sophomores Bill Gilbert, Don Cacace and Steve Wood 2 each. Others who played: Don King, Ron Durkin, John Duffy, Al Schlee, Jim Dalman, Karl Graeber, Larry Oneto, Bryan Loehr and Larry Anderson.

The leading scorers against Soquel were Gilbert with 8, Griffin and Dalman 6 apiece. Scoring against Watsonville were Glen Griffin 22, Gilbert 9, Dalman 7, Duffy 2 Zobroski and Wood 0.

Against Wilcox the scorers were Gilbert 20, Griffin 9, Cacace 5, Wood and Duffy 4, Dalman 2, King, Durkin, Loehr and Schlee 1.

After their 42-32 win over Watsonville the Cards had a 3-2 league record. Glenn Griffin led the Redbirds on the boards with 13 followed byJim Dalman’s 10.

In a close 45-48 loss to Salinas, Bill Gilbert scored 18. Bill shot at a .647 percent rate. SC led in shooting for the game with a 375 average to the Cowboys .315.

In the second game against Soquel a 35-22 win, the scorers were Bill Gilbert 13, Glenn Griffin 10, Ron Durkin 5, Don Cacace 4, Jim Dalman, John Duffy, Don King and Larry Oneto 2 each, Bryan Loehr 1, Sandy Schlee, Steve Wood and Karl Graeber 0.


the team ran last at the league meet. In a dual meet the Salinas varsity won 15-48. The score is tallied by adding up the places the runners cross the finish line in. The number one runner gets one point. Low score means the team has the most top runners and is the winner of the meet. The top placers for the Cards was Ron Gruber who placed fourth, Rich Martinez seventh and Steve Cartwright eighth. Salinas also won the JV match up 19-38.

The cross country courses are 1.9 miles in length and with desire and determination there is satisfaction in knowing one is in the best possible physical condition and can stand up to anyone when it comes to a distance run. Coach Mel Fishburn.

The team is very short on experience with Rich Martinez the only one varsity returnee from last year. The best looking prospects at the beginning of the season were junior Steve Cartwright and sophomore Joe Otto. Others expected to develop as the season progresses include juniors Mike Machado, John Gruber and Tom Marini; Sophomores Paul Bertsch and Hunter Hammon; Freshmen Bill Stearns, Robert Ley, Chuck Cristiansen and Ron Vellutini.

A comment from the tall, lanky star of the team John Graleir, “all of us were pushed to our maximum, but I guess it wasn’t enough. We’ll get them next year, if we work harder at it.”
The coach comments that the two main requests for the team are desire and determination. You are only running within yourself.

Steve Cartwright received the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.


At the CCAL meet Hollister won easily with 116 points, while SC took seventh with 39. Senior Mike Owen placed first at 175 pounds. He has never lost a match to a CCAL opponent. Senior heavyweight Eric Taylor and Scott Ferguson at 165 placed second qualifying them to go to the NCS tournament. At NCS Eric lost his first match to the man that eventually won the unlimited weight class.

Dual meets: Soquel 22-26, Monterey 17-25, 11-33; Salinas lost, won; Watsonville 25-12,

In a preseason Novice tournament the team came in sixth out of nine schools. A novice is one who has not lettered or placed in a tournament before. Five Cards placed. They were second place finishers Kim Joslin in unlimited and Randy Love. Third place finishers were Dale Wilson in 98 pound class, Keith Parkhurst in unlimited and Virgil Strong in 190 pound class. Thirty seven wrestlers made the trip.

Gilroy Wrestlers Whip SC 19-29. From coach Larry Jones, “We have six men who have never wrestled before. It’s a building year for us, but I was pretty well pleased.” Winners were Tom Johns 145, won by impressive decision; Mike Owens 165, won his thirty fourth straight dual meet match; Scott Ferguson 175, won by decision; Virgil Strong 191, won by pin and Eric Taylor heavyweight, pinned his foe immediately. Those who lost were Dale Wilson 95; Randy Love 103; Rich Martinez 112; Bill Gladhill 120, Phil Langrish 127; Frank Fujimara 133; Jim Scott 138 and John Brudvig 154.

SC, Watsonville Wrestlers tie 24-24. Mike Owen at 175 kept his dual meet victory string alive, running it to 39 with a decision. Cards scoring pins were Tom Johns 145, Mike Fox 154, Eric Taylor heavyweight and Jon Sinkinson 145. For the junior varsity a pin was made by heavyweight, Chief Parker and Paul Tara 112 impressed with a decision.

In a 17-25 loss to Monterey the experienced SC wrestlers did well and as the season goes along the rest of the squad will improve. The winners were sophomore Bill Gledhill 120; senior Frank Fujimura 133; senior Mike Owen 175 pinned his man; Junior Scott Ferguson 191 and senior Eric Taylor unlimited. Dale Wilson tied at 95. Losses were by Randy Love 103; Rich Martinez 112; Ed Lesnowicz 127; Tom Johns 145; Mike Wilhelm 154 and John Brudvig 165.
Coach Jones told loser Jim Scott, who lost to Monterey’s best wrestler, “every week you do better, but you also met a better man.”

Forty second Straight For SC’s Owen. North Salinas wins 26-18. Winners were Bill Gledhill 120 won by pin; Jim Scott 138 won by decision; Owen 177 pinned his man and Eric Taylor pinned his man. Losers were Maurice McMullin 103; Paul Tara 112; Frank Fujimara 127; Ed Lesnowicz 133; Tom Johns 145; Bob Scott 154; Scott Ferguson 165 and Virgil Strong 191. Coach Larry Jones, “it was the best wrestling as a team that we have done. I think we are improving.”

Grapplers Break Even against Salinas. Cards improved their scores in the second match winning 28-23 after losing their first match against Salinas. Paul Tara lost the first time, but tied his man the second night. Virgil Strong came back and beat his man after a tie the first match. Eric Taylor and Bill Gledhill pinned their men both nights. Frank Fujimura moved down a weight to win. Tom Johns won by a good margin. Ed Leanowicz moved up a weight and lost a close match. Nick Skorski, Bob Scott and Maurice McMullins lost to more experienced men.

Sixteen teams competed at the Gonzales Invitational. SC placed fifth, unlike winning the crown last year, but last years squad was a very experienced group that does not come along often. First place finishers were senior, Mike Owen in the 175 pound division. Senior, Eric Taylor in heavyweights. Junior, Scott Ferguson grabbed second at 165. Freshman, Randy Lowe took fourth at 95.

SC lost to Monterey in a dual meet 11-33. Frank Fujimura got a take down in his match to win 3-1. Scott Ferguson reversed and pinned his opponent. Mike Owen got the takedown in the first round and a reversal in the third round to win his forty fourth straight dual meet match.

In a loss against Watsonville, those scoring were first year man Jim Scott who won 8-5 by a take down and a predicament in the first period. His opponent went ahead by a point in the second period. In the third Jim escaped and got a takedown. Scott Ferguson won 5-1 by a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second. Mike Owen won 7-0 scoring on a predicament in the second period and a reversal and a near pin in the third. Heavyweight Eric Taylor, “Old Ironsides” won 4-0 by a takedown in the first and an escape and a take down in the third period..

Soquel Dumps Cards 27-14. SC won the junior varsity match 27-14. Eric Taylor wrestled to a tie in a one to one score. Winners were Maurice McMullin 103; Rich Martinez 112 and Scott Ferguson 165. Those who lost were Frank Fujimura 127; Ed Lesnowicz 133 and Tommy Tucker 154. Some matches were not contested because of illnesses.

Senior, Mike Owens was voted the OUTSTANDING WRESTLER AT THE NORTHERN CAL TOURNEY. Mike was the first string middle guard and was the lightest man on the varsity football team. He also swims and dives. Mike was christened “yogi” when he first started wrestling, because of the unique way he wrestles. It has stuck with him. As a freshman wrestler Mike astonished the whole team by beating almost everyone he wrestled. His season was quickly ended with a broken finger bun-boarding. As a sophomore, Mike placed fourth at the Hayward Invitational. At the CCAL meet he took first place by defeating the two year defending champion. Junior year, Mike was first at the Gonzales Invitational and the CCAL meet and second at NCS. Senior year, first at Gonzales Invitational for the second year, CCAL for the third year and NCS. Mike competed at the Far Western Freestyle Invitational in San Francisco even though he has never wrestled freestyle, his style of wrestling is very adaptable to it.

Other team members were: P. Tara, D. Gledhill, F. Fujimura, E. Leznowitz, B. Scott, V. Strong, S. Pease, R. Martinez, P. Langrish, N. Skorski, B. Rittenhouse, M. Fox., M. Trotts, R. Woods, A. Archie, B. Midcalf, Alvarez, T. Tucker, D. Anderson, J. Panatoni, M. Dunn. T. Stagnaro, and J. Rochelle.


Practice games: Serra 1-4, 5-6; Del Mar 9-5, 4-2; Santa Clara 4-0, Leigh 3-2, Soquel 5-3 game played as a practice game, since the Monterey tournament had been canceled. Practice record: 5-2. League: Monterey 1-0, 10-2, 2-3 in 9 innings; Watsonville 2-1, 0-1 in 10 innings, 4-2; North Salinas 9-1, 5-0, 13-1; Soquel 3-1, 3-0, 2-0; Salinas 11-6, win, 3-2. League record 13-2. Season to date 18-4. The first annual Redwood Invitational “Tournament of champions” San Leandro 6-4, St. Elizabeth 2-0 and San Jose 4-2. 3-0 record Champions. Season record 20-4.

With over sixty kids going out for baseball this year the coach is running the team to death trying to separate the good from the bad.

SC Basebalers Drop Opener to last years Catholic Athletic League champion Serra 1-4(at Fitzgerald Field home of games involving minor leaguers in the off season.) Serra scored all four of their runs in the first inning. Bob Pederson drove a tremendous blow of 360 feet into the trees behind the fence for a home run and the only Card score. Mark Schultz and sophomore Buddy Smith had the other two hits. Pitching was the name of the game as SC had three hits and Serra four. Lineup: Erickson 3B, 3-0; Pederson 1B, 3-1; Wilkins SS, 3-0; Schultz C, 2-1; Smith LF, 3-1; Farrar RF, 3-0; Zabrosky 2B, 2-0; Netto P, 1-0; Pillsbury P, 1-0; Joslin 2B, 1-0 and Gilbert CF, 1-0.

Schultz, Pederson Star As SC Slugs Out 9-5 Win. In a wild second inning the Cards scored six runs winning 9-5 over Del Mar. Unlike last year, the pitching was off, but it is early and the pitchers are also basketball players. But the hitting made up for it. Last years ALL CCAL catcher Mark Schultz, a three sports star and this year All League in football and barely missing All League in basketball, bashed out a 350 foot home run to left. Bob Pederson also a three sport man singled and tripled. RBI’s by Bowen, Pederson and Schultz two each, Wilkins and Zobrosky one each. Lefty Stan Pillsbury started and gave up only one run while going the first four innings followed by Dave Netto for two innings and another lefty Pete Pappas closed out the seventh. Both teams had four errors as a cold wind blew through out the game and also affected the pitchers. Lineup: Bowen CF, 4-1; Pederson 1B, 4-2; Wilkins SS, 2-1; Schultz C, 4-1; Smith LF, 3-2; Farrar RF, 2-0; Pillsbury P, 2-0; Erickson 3B, 2-0; Zobrosky 2B. 3-1; Gilbert 3B, 1-1; Netto RF/P, 1-0; Brumbaugh SS, 1-0; Joslin RF, 1-0 and Pappas P, 0-0.

Cards In 4-0 Win Over Santa Clara. Unsung junior Gary Bowen and sophomore Bill Gilbert were the stars. Bowen cracked two singles in four trips to the plate and added two RBI’s. Gilbert collected two singles in three at bats and drove in a run. Gary Zobrosky had the other RBI. Senior lefty Stan Pillsbury started and went four innings, striking out nine, giving up only two hits and is credited with the win. He was followed by Dave Netto who finished up the next three innings. Netto retired the first five batters he faced and struck out three. Lineup: Bowen CF, 4-2; Pederson 1B, 3-0; Wilkins SS, 2-0; Schultz C, 3-1; Smith LF, 2-0; Gilbert RF/3B, 3-2, Pillsbury P, 2-0; Erickson 3B, 1-0; Zobrosky 2B, 2-0; Netto P, 1-0 and Joslin RF, 1-0.

Pillsbury Gets Third Win In Week as Cards defeat Leigh 3-2. Pillsbury picked up his third win in eight days. With two out, Smith doubled in two runs in the fifth inning for the winning run.
In the first inning Pederson was safe on an error, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Schultz’s line drive through the box. Netto started and might sue his teammates for non support as errors caused him to give up two unearned runs. Netto gave up the only two Leigh hits, both were infield hits, plus three errors allowed the Longhorns a 2-1 lead. Pillsbury relieved in the fifth, when the Cards scored two runs to go ahead and received credit for the win. Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-0; Pederson 1B, 3-1; Wilkins SS, 2-1; Schultz C, 2-1; Smith LF, 3-1; Gilbert RF, 3-1, Pillsbury P, 1-0; Erickson 3B, 0-0; Zobrosky 2B, 3-0; Netto P, 1-0; Hartzell PH, 1-0 and Brumbaugh PH, 1-0.

Netto Sharp As Card Nine Makes Two Hits Produce Four Runs In Win Over Del Mar 4-2.
The two aces of the pitching staff were dialed in the second game against Del Mar giving up only three hits. Dave Netto went the first five innings striking out 9, allowing one hit, one walk and no earned runs. Netto retired the first four men in order and then last nine. Stan Pillsbury went the last two innings striking out three and giving up one earned run. The Cards scored all four of their runs in the first inning. Pederson started things off with a triple. Errors and walks did the damage for the Don’s. Lineup: Gary Bowen CF, 2-0; Bob Pederson 1B, 2-1; Rick Wilkins SS, 2-0; Mark Schultz C,1-0; Bill Gilbert RF, 3-1; Buddy Smith LF/1B, 3-0; Dave Netto P, 2-0; Gary Zobrosky 2B, 0-0; Tim Erickson 3B, 2-0. Substitutes: Stan Pillsbury P, 1-0; Chuck Farrar LF, 1-0; Gary Hartzell CF, 0-0,

Cardinal Rally Short. Serra wins 6-5. The game was one sided for the first four innings with Serra holding a 6-2 lead. In the fourth inning Serra scored four runs on five walks and two hits. The Cards came back and scored two runs, when Wilkins drove in two runs. Three runs were scored in the fifth. Smith drove in the first run with a double. Schultz drove in the next with a sacrifice fly and the third was scored on an error. Pillsbury worked the last three and a third innings walking only two, struck out five and did not allow a hit. Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-2; Zobrosky 2B, 3-1; Smith LF, 4-1; Schultz C, 3-0; Gilbert RF/3B, 3-1; Pederson 1B, 3-1; Wilkins 3B/SS, 3-1; Netto P, 1-0; Brumbaugh SS, 1-0, Pillsbury P, 1-0 and Farrar RF, 2-0.

When Monterey called off the Annual Easter Vacation tournament because of wet grounds, the Cards were able to play Soquel at the upper diamond in a double header. They won both games 5-3 in the varsity game, the only game that counted on the record and 15-10 in the varsity reserve/JV game. In the first game, Soquel jumped right out in the top of the first with a run. The Cards countered with a run of their own, when Buddy Smith homered. In the second inning the Cards scored four more times. Gary Bowen drove in a run, Bob Pederson sacrificed in one and Smith drove in two to make it three RBI’s for him in the game. Stan Pillsbury started and earned the win, while striking out four, walking two and combining with Pete Pappas to give up only five Soquel hits. Lineup: Bowen CF, 4-1; Pederson 1B, 2-0; Smith RF, 3-2; Schultz C, 3-2; Gilbert RF, 2-0; Wilkins SS, 3-0; Pillsbury P, 1-0; Pappas P, 1-1; Zobrosky 2B, 2-1 and Erickson 3B, 2-0. In the second game regular shortstop Rick Wilkins pitched along with JV, sophomore Ron Durkin and freshman Glenn Griffin. Other JV players who participated were Pete Christensen SS, Jake Seigle 2B, Bob Scott C and Greg Gordon 3B.

Gilbert’s Triple Enables Hurler to Win Two hitter with a 1-0 victory over Monterey in the league opener. Pitcher Dave Netto and third baseman Bill Gilbert teamed up in a tight game at El Estero diamond. Netto pitched to only 27 batters. No batter reached third base and only two made it to second. Dave allowed only two hits, walked three and struck out nine showing good control on the mound. Sophomore Gilbert, a second stringer at the start of the season, is now hitting in the meat of the order as the fifth hitter. Bill drove in Mark Schultz, who had been hit by a pitch with a booming triple to deep center field in the fourth inning. At Harvey West it would have been a home run. The Cards were only able to generate three hits. Gilbert had two and Netto one. Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-0; Pederson 1B, 3-0; Smith RF, 3-0; Schultz C, 2-0; Gilbert 3B, 3-2; Wilkins SS, 3-0; Farrar RF, 3-0; Zobrosky 2B, 2-0 and Netto P, 2-1.

Netto’s 360 foot Homer Beats Watsonville 2-1. Pitcher Dave Netto in the fifth inning hit an inside fast ball at the belly button for a home run that was gone the moment it left his bat. It cleared the 330 foot barrier by about 30 feet. As usual he won another complete game throwing 88 pitches even with throwing 23 in the first inning, when the lead off batter fouled off pitches and used up 11 of Dave’s total. Last years all leaguer and quick moving Ralph Ramirez walked, but then was cut down stealing by Mark Schultz’s fine peg. Watsonville scored its lone run in the second after Netto gave up two walks and a hit. The Cards tied the score in the fourth, when Bob Pederson led off with an infield single for the Cards first hit. Buddy Smith sacrificed and was safe on a throwing error and Pederson went to third and scored on a bobble by the pitcher. The Cards played a clean game with only one error. Schultz had the only other hit. Lineup: Bowen CF, 2-0; Pederson 1B, 3-1; Smith RF, 3-0; Schultz C, 3-1; Gilbert 3B, 3-0; Wilkins SS, 3-0; Netto P, 2-1; Zobrosky 2B, 1-0 and Farrar RF, 1-0.

SC wins Over North Salinas 9-1. The Cards got off to an early two run lead in the first inning. Gary Bowen drew first base on a error and then stole second. Bob Pederson doubled to drive in Bowen. Bill Gilbert drove in Pederson with a single. The Cards scored five runs in the second inning and two in the sixth. Netto started and went the first three innings without giving up a run. Stan Pillsbury finished up and gained credit for the victory and is now 5-0. Netto is 4-2 with two league wins. With the bases loaded, Buddy Smith made an outstanding catch in the outfield for the third out. The Cards had no errors, but Viking errors led to some Card scores. Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-0; Pederson 1B, 4-2; Smith LF, 4-3; Schultz C, 3-1; Gilbert RF, 4-1; Wilkins SS, 3-0; Netto P/LF/RF, 2-1; Zobrosky 2B, 4-1; Erickson 3B, 2-2, Pillsbury P, 2-0 and Farrar LF, 0-0.

Soquel game missing, but Cards win 3-1.

Cards Maintain Perfect Mark In Strange Contest with Salinas in 11-6 win. Cards end the first round 5-0. Any resemblance to a baseball game was purely coincidental. In brief, here are the facts of the game. Much of the problems might be attributed to long layoffs caused by rain and Easter vacation. (1) It took slightly over three hours to play. (2) Seventeen runs, 14 hits and get this 17 errors. Ten for Salinas, seven for SC. (3) Some zany base running as a Card was called out for passing a teammate on the bases. A Salinas runner was called out sitting in the dugout as he apparently missed third base while scoring. (4) Eleven base on balls. (5). A grand total of 270 pitches and 157 of them were by the Salinas pitcher. Starter, Dave Netto threw 88 pitches in 6 and 1/3 innings and Stan Pillsbury 27 in 2/3 of an inning. The game was switched to the Cabrillo diamond for better playing conditions. The Cards scored two runs in the first inning, five in the second, one in the fourth and 3 in the sixth. Salinas got one in the third, two in the sixth and three in the seventh. Bowen and Smith had doubles. RBI’s were hit by Schultz 2 and one each for Smith, Gilbert, Bowen and Zobrosky. Each team had seven hits. Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-2; Pederson 1B, 4-0; Smith LF, 423; Schultz C, 2-1; Gilbert RF, 2-1; Netto P/RF, 3-1; Wilkins SS, 2-0; Zobrosky 2B, 2-0; Erickson 3B, 3-0 and Pillsbury P/RF, 0-0.

Nine Bombards Monterey 10-2 at the start of the second round. Due to poor field conditions at Harvey West the game was played at the upper diamond where any balls hit over the close fences count only for a double. SC big bats connect for the first time in half a dozen CCAL games Bill Gilbert singled his first three times up to drive in a pair of runs. Stan Pillsbury scattered seven hits over five plus innings. Stan did not walk a man, while making 78 pitches and mixing his pitches well. Netto closed out the last two innings needed only 17 pitches in facing seven batters. The Cards were in their season long poor base running mode with four runners being thrown out unnecessarily. Before the end of the fifth inning, when a game becomes official, there were big black clouds hanging over the field and a cold wind blowing. There was considerable doubt whether a official game could be completed before the rain came. In the bottom of the fifth the Cards put the game away scoring six runs. All was well and the sun started peaking out from behind the clouds. The Cards have been able to get all their games in. The Cards played good defense again making only one error. Doubles were hit by Smith and Bowen. RBI’s: Gilbert, Bowen and Pederson two each. One by Smith, Wilkins and Netto. Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-1; Pederson 1B, 3-1; Smith LF, 3-1; Schultz C, 3-1; Gilbert RF, 4-3; Wilkins SS, 4-1; Pillsbury P, 1-0. Zobrosky 2B, 2-0; Erickson 3B, 2-1; Netto P, 1-0; Farrar RF, 1-0; up from the JV’s as they did not play, Pete Christensen SS, 0-0 and Jake Seigle 2B, 0-0.

Tenth Inning Balk Cats Beats Cards 1-0. Tightens SC–Soquel Race. The Cards six game win streak came to an end with a balk call with a runner on third base allowing the Watsonville runner to score the only run of the game. A new rule this year on how to get off the pitching rubber cost the Cards. Though they had opportunities during the game to win. One case was a runner on third, who did not tag up on a fly ball and therefore could not score after the catch. Another runner was out going for an extra base and the next three batters walked. In the eighth inning the Cats had runners on first and second, but the Cards played good bunt defense and nailed the runner at third. Both sides made some exceptional plays on defense. The Watsonville starter and their ace went 8 innings and Dave Netto went the full ten for the Cards, throwing only 106 pitches for a game of this length for a fine game. Dave had fine control walking only three and striking out two. Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-0; Pederson 1B, 5-1; Smith LF, 4-0;Schultz C, 4-0; Gilbert RF, 4-0; Netto P, 3-1; Wilkins SS, 3-1; Zobroskey 2B, 2-1 and Erickson 3B, 2-0.

Cardinals Bury North Salinas 13-1. Taking advantage of 14 hit’s the Cards scored in every inning but the first and sixth. Mark Schultz, who had cut both hands while sliding into second in the first inning did not let it hinder his swing as he hit a 360 foot homer in the fourth inning.
Stan Pillsbury breeze to the victory giving up five hits, striking out five and walking only two. Stan also hit a double. RBI’s: Bowen 3, Hartzell and Schultz 2 each, Smith, Pederson and Pillsbury one each. Lineup: Bowen CF/2B, 5-2; Erickson 3B, 5-1; Schultz C, 4-3; Smith LF, 4-1; Gilbert RF, 3-1; Wilkins SS, 4-1; Pederson 1B, 3-3; Pillsbury P, 2-1; Zobrosky 2B, 2-0; Hartzell CF, 1-1 and Farrar RF, 1-0.

Nettto Settles Old Score–SC Wins. Netto vs. Pierce. Cards 2, Soquel 0 in a fast moving hour and fifty minute, tension packed game that had the crowd of 300 buzzing all the way. Last year Dave and John led the Cards to the league title. This year they are on opposite sides. They pitched almost identical games allowing only seven men to run the bases and each struck out eight. This was Netto’s second 2-0 win over Soquel. Dave is currently leading the league in ERA’s. Mark Schultz showed off his arm by picking off a runner at second base. Netto also picked off a runner at second. Good fielding and thinking made this game an exciting one. This game put the Cards two full games out in front of the CCAL pack. Soquel hit a triple and then tried to squeeze the runner home, but Schultz called a pitch out and the runner was out easily. Schultz is not only a fine catcher and hitter, he is always in the game mentally. The Cards scored in the second inning. Schultz singled and was sacrificed to second by Bill Gilbert and Netto doubled him home. Wilkins tripled and on a safety squeeze held third while Gary Zobrosky beat the throw to first. Wilkins score on a wild pitch. Netto went to the bull pen in the fifth with his team at bat for some warm ups. It helped him for he finished strong, retiring the last eight batters in order. Each pitcher struck out eight in a game which featured brilliant fielding plays. Five of the 13 hits were infield hits, while four were for extra bases. There were some nice stops on infield singles. Wilkins had two hits and others not mentioned above who had hits were Bowen and Pederson. Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-1; Pederson 1B, 3-1; Smith LF, 3-0; Schultz C, 3-1; Gilbert RF, 2-0; Netto P, 3-1; Wilkins SS, 3-2; Zobrosky 2B, 3-1 and Erickson 3B, 3-0.

Cards Lose On Error In Overtime Game to Monterey 2-3 in nine innings. An error in the bottom of the ninth inning broke up a game that featured brilliant fielding until then. There were two outs when a ball went through the legs of a Card infielder. Monterey scored two runs on a 270 foot home run to right field. (SC has always felt the short right field fence was to Monterey’s favor. The outcome would have been different at Harvey West with the bigger right field. While the right field fence is real close, the left field fence is 365 feet out and with the normal wind blowing in balls never go out.) Schultz and Netto hit balls to the base of the left field fence, but were not able to score. Both balls would easily been out of Harvey West. Good plays were made by sophomore left fielder Buddy Smith, who made a perfect strike to Schultz for a easy put out at home. Monterey threw out Bowen on a close play at the plate. Netto made a difficult play on a high hopper and made a perfect throw to nip the runner at the plate. In the fifth inning Wilkins singled and went to third as the ball got past the outfielder. Zobrosky singled him home. Zobrosky has shown the biggest improvement of any Card player this season, advanced on a pass ball and to third on Tim Erickson’s sacrifice. Gary Bowen placed a perfect squeeze bunt about a foot inside the first baseline to score Zobrosky unchallenged. Netto worked the first four innings and then was relieved by Stan Pillsbury, who made his best showing of the season as his fast ball was really hopping, but he received the unearned loss. He fanned nine in four and two thirds innings all on fast balls. Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-2; Pederson 1B, 3-1; Smith LF, 4-2; Schultz C, 4-2; Gilbert RF, 2-0; Netto P/RF, 4-1; Wilkins SS, 4-1; Zobrosky 2B, 4-1; Erickson 3B, 3-1; Pillsbury P, 1-0 and Farrar RF. 0-0.

Pederson Paces Cardinals to 4-2 Win Over Wildcats. In an otherwise sloppy game, SC had four errors and Watsonville three, Bob Pederson, who went three for three and had all but one of the Cards hits, led the Cards come from behind 1-2 in the sixth inning to maintain their CCAL leadership. Pederson scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning. He put a bunt down the first base line and collided with the Cat pitcher breaking to cover first. Bob was awarded second on interference. Buddy Smith faked a bunt to pull the third baseman in an Bob stole third and then scored on a wild pitch. Another hit was a bunt single. He forced the infield to make plays and got hits and scored all on his own with fine hustle. It was the first game Watsonville had lost by more then one run. Both Watsonville runs were unearned. The rally at the bottom of the sixth inning featured two, some what, unusual plays. Gary Bowen literally stole home while the pitcher was taking a long stretch, but a balk was called and Bowen was given home. Pederson, who had singled Bowen to third after Gary had walked. Before the balk, Pederson had stolen second. On a balk call each runner moves up one base, so Pederson was given a base, which sent him to third. Intentional bases on balls are rather rare in high school baseball, especially in a pitchers league like the CCAL. Since Schultz is a top hitter in the league, the Cats did with Schultz, who then stole second with Pederson still on third. Sophomore Bill Gilbert singled in both of them for the only earned runs of the game. Making the score SC 4-2. Dave Netto threw a complete game with only 72 pitches, very unusually low pitch count. He gave up only three hits and no walks. Only once did big Dave go to a three ball count and then the batter grounded out on the next pitch. Lineup: Bowen CF, 2-0; Pederson 1B, 3-3; Smith LF, 2-0; Schultz C, 2-0; Gilbert RF, 3-1; Netto P, 3-0; Wilkins SS, 2-0; Zobrosky 2B, 2-0 and Erickson 3B, 2-0.

Schultz Bats Cards To Win Over Vikings 5-0. Chuck Filice former SC player and now coach of the Vikings said this is the first time this year that his team had been shut out. The top players in the game were the battery of Stan Pillsbury and Mark Schultz, who moved the Cards close to clinching the fourth straight CCAL championship. Pillsbury scattered five hits, while striking out nine and walking only two. But the star was Schultz who hit a home run, triple, double and had two RBI’s. Almost going for the cycle missing what is normally the easiest hit to get a single. Had Mark been able to pulled all his hits down the line, they probably all would have gone out. Buddy Smith drove in two runs with a double. Pillsbury doubled on a ball that bounced against the left center field wall 360 feet away and scored on a sacrifice fly by Gary Zabrosky. Others who had hits were Zobrosky and Tim Erickson. Lineup: Bowen CF, 2-0; Smith LF, 2-1; Pederson 1B, 3-0; Schultz C, 3-3; Gilbert RF, 3-0; Wilkins SS, 2-0; Pillsbury P, 3-1; Zobrosky 2B, 1-1 and Erickson 3B, 2-1.

Fourth Straight Title For SC; Netto, Schultz Star As Soquel Falls, 3-0. At this point in the season the Cards have a 17-4 record and are 11-2 in league. During the last four seasons SC has compiled an amazing record of 76 wins and only 14 defeats against high school competition. That’s an amazing percentage of .844. If one were to go back one more year to 1959, the Cards lost the last game of the year to miss out tying for the title. That year the Redbirds were 16-5 against high school teams, which makes them 92-19 over five seasons for .829 percent. The Cards had nine hits with Schultz getting the big ones, a run producing double in the first and a terrific 360 foot homer in the sixth. Netto has pitched some real beauties including a no hitter last year, probably hurled his best in this game. He retired the first eight men to face him and on a 3-2 count gave up a hit. He then retired the next five batters, before walking Pierce. Then seven more before the next hit. These were the only three Soquel base runners in the game. Netto was moving the ball around and getting his curve ball over to keep the Soquel hitters off balance. Dave walked one and struck out eight. He made 94 pitches a little over his normal in seven innings. The Cards scored two runs in the first inning. Bob Pederson drilled a long double down the left field line. Schultz lifted a long fly to right center that some thought should have been caught, for a double driving in Pederson. Netto drove and unquestionable double to nearly the same spot to drive in Schultz. The double gave Schultz five consecutive extra base hit’s, two home runs, two doubles and a triple all at Harvey West. It was an errorless game, plus some good plays. One was Soquel handling of a SC first and third double steal situation, easily stopping the Cards. Scouts were in the stands watching Schultz, Netto and Pierce. They got their eyes full. In a couple of years they will be bird dogging Pete Hamm, who played for the Cards last year. (Scout Bob Fontaine, later general manager of the San Diego Padres, saw Stan Pillsbury throw to Schultz in a batting practice try out situation after the season was completed and wanted to sign Stan, but Stan decided not too) Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-1; Pederson 1B, 3-2; Smith LF, 3-0; Schultz C, 3-2; Netto P, 3-2; Wilkins SS,3-1; Gilbert RF, 2-1; Zobrosky 2B, 2-0 and Erickson 3B, 2-0.

Salinas Hands SC Nine 3-2 Win In Finale. The final ever CCAL “A” division baseball game and championship was won by the Cardinals as the league becomes the Monterey Bay League (MBL) next year. A few players who have not played much this year got the opportunity to play. Stan Pillsbury pitched the first four innings giving up no earned runs. Junior left hander Pete Pappas, who has been the ace of the JV team most of the year relieved at the start of the fifth inning, gave up an earned run in the sixth inning, when the league leading hitter with a .474 average bombed a 3-2 change up over the 355 foot sign in Salinas Municipal stadium to tie the score 2-2. With one out and a runner on first in the seventh, Dave Netto came on for three pitches and ended the game on a line out to shortstop Rick Wilkins, who beat the runner on second to the bag for an unassisted double play. Rick had a fine day defensively. Schultz was robbed of a .400 average by a Salinas sophomore official scorekeeper as Salinas is the home team. The ball went to deep short and there was no way a play could be made. SC got the winning run in the seventh. Top pinch hitter Gary Hartzell, who started today, beat out an infield hit, sliding into first. Zobrosky sacrificed and Chuck Farrar was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and third. Tim Erickson hit a ground ball that was muffed to score Hartzell with the winning run. The Cards scored first in the second inning, when Farrar singled in Pillsbury. The Cards did not seem to have their heads in the game as they had two runners thrown out on the bases in the third inning, but still scored one run, when Wilkins singled in Erickson.
Lineup: Bowen CF, 4-1; Erickson 3B, 4-1; Pederson 1B, 4-1; Schultz C, 3-0; Wilkins SS, 3-1; Pillsbury P, 2-1; Pappas P, 1-0; Netto P, 0-0; Hartzell LF/RF, 3-2; Farrar RF, 2-1 and Smith LF, 0-0.

The first “Tournament of Champions’ was held at the lighted San Rafael City ball park as a for-runner of having section playoffs, which did happened in another four years. (The original intent of this tournament was introduce the idea that section playoffs were possible to fit into the school year.) Santa Cruz having won the league four years in a row was a logical selection for this endeavor.

Headline: Cards Win Tourney of Champs 4-2. Behind the pitching of senior Stan Pillsbury. Bob Pederson hit an inside the park home run in the fifth inning and pinch hitter Gary Hartzell, (who had come through in the same situation numerous time this season) collected his second clutch pinch hit of the tournament driving in two runs. Stan Pillsbury fanned 14 and allowed only four hits to beat San Jose High for the championship 4-2. San Jose’ two runs came in the last inning as Pillsbury tired a little having pitched some the day before. Stan ended the season with a fine 11-1 record.

In the first game of the tournament with the Cards down 2-4 to San Leandro, champions of the Alameda County Athletic League going into the sixth inning. Then pinch hitter, Gary Hartzell drove in pinch runner, Glen Griffin to make the score 3-4. Stan Pillsbury took over on the mound and retired the six men he faced in order, striking out three and getting credit for the win. In the Cards last at bats, Buddy Smith doubled to right center then “The Crusher” Mark Schultz slammed a 400 foot home run to deep center, a spot and distance non of the old timers at the park had ever seen before to put the Cards ahead 5-4. Pillsbury hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate an insurance run to make the final score 6-4. Starter Dave Netto went the first five innings and gave up only two earned runs. Neither Card pitcher gave up a walk. Schultz and Buddy Smith hit doubles. Netto also had a RBI. Lineup: Bowen CF, 4-0; Pederson 1B, 4-0; Smith LF, 2-1; Schultz C, 4-2; Netto P, 3-1; Wilkins SS, 3-0; Bill Gilbert RF 3-2; Zobrosky 2B, 3-0, Erickson 3B, 2-0; Hartzell PH, 1-1; Glenn Griffin PR, Pillsbury P, 0-0 and Pete Christensen PR.

At the 9 A,M game the next day, two eventual college tackles Dave Netto at 6’1” at 235 to Stanford and Kevin Hardy at 6‘7“ 250 to Notre Dame and who also played tackle for the San Francisco 49ers, had a pitching dual which ended with the Cards victorious over St. Elizabeth’s of Oakland 2-0. Netto gave up four hit’s a couple of infield dribblers with only a triple being hit solidly. Netto tripled and scored on a wild pitch early in the game. The second insurance run was scored on a succession of errors and an infield hit by the flying Pederson. The other Card hits were by Bowen and Zobrosky. There was electricity running through the Cardinal bench and onto the field. A St. Elizabeth player tripled and there was a bad throw to third and who was there to retrieve the ball? First baseman Bob Pederson who got to it before Netto. (It was the same kind of play that the Yankees Jeter made at home plate against the A’s in the play offs to save the game. It was not Bob’s role, but he was were he was needed on that play. The runner never scored. In the fourth with runners on first and second and no outs, Netto took a tap back to him to third baseman Tim Erickson for the force out, who then went to first for a double play. Netto fanned the next batter Kevin Hardy, who had gone four for four the previous day, by pitching very carefully jammed him for the third strike. In the fifth a perfect relay throw from Gary Bowen to cut off man Bob Pederson to catcher Mark Shultz, who had called for the cut, nailed the runner at the plate by a hair. It was a fantastic game considering the tough game the night before and then an early game the next morning. It showed the competitive spirit of this team. Netto gave up four hit’s a couple of infield dribblers with only the triple being hit solidly. The second insurance run was scored on a succession of errors and an infield hit by the flying Pederson. The other hits of the day were by Bowen and Zobrosky. One of the umpires said, it was the best high school team he had ever seen. Lineup: Bowen CF, 3-1; Pederson 1B, 3-1; Smith LF, 3-0; Schultz C, 3-0; Netto P, 2-1; Wilkins SS, 2-0; Gilbert RF, 2-0; Zobrosky 2B, 2-1 and Erickson 3B, 2-0.


Five members of the Champion Cardinals were named to the twelve man ALL CCAL squad by the league coaches and sports writers. (SC had almost half the All CCAL squad) Ace Cardinal hurler Dave Netto was a unanimous choice. Mark Schultz picked for the second year, missed being unanimous by one vote. Juniors, first baseman Bob Pederson and outfielder Gary Bowen, plus senior, short stop Rick Wilkins round out the Cards picked. Netto led the pitchers with a 7-1 record and 0.52 ERA. Schultz hit .390 and as noted in the write up for the last league game should have been at .400, ended up in third place in the league batting averages. Pederson led the infielders in numbers of votes and with his batting average of .340.


Practice games: SLV 6-5, Scores: Soquel 7-7 in eight innings. North Salinas 10-0, Monterey 3-6, Watsonville Salinas 1-5. Season record 10-8-1.

Team members were pitchers, Ron Durkin, Pete Pappas, Glenn Griffin and Steve Welch; catchers, Bob Scott and Phil Langrish; infielders, Pete Christensen, Greg Gordon, Steve Ghidinelli, Jake Seigle, Pete Pini and Everett Yee; outfielders, Larry Oneto, Chuck Comstock. Doug Koskela, Tom Eklof, Dave Hart, Darryl Kitchen and Ron Maves.

Against SLV centerfielder Chuck Comstock drove in the winning run with a timely single to send right fielder Tom Eklof across the plate in the last inning to win the game 6-5. Sophomore Larry Oneto was the top hitter going 3 for 4 and driving in three RBI’s. The batting order for the game and the positions played. Pini 2B, Christensen SS, Scott C, Oneto LF, Koskela 1B, Eklof RF, Gordon 3B, Maves CF, Welch P, Seigle 2B, Langrish C, Comstock CF and Durkin P.

The Soquel game was called on account of darkness with the score tied at 7-7. Here is how the eighth inning went. Pete Pini ripped a single and stole second. Pete Christensen struck out. Phil Langrish flied out to deep center. Larry Oneto drove in Pini with a single to left and went to second when the ball was bobbled. Doug Koskela grounded out to end the inning. The score now SC 7-6. In the bottom of the eighth Soquel tied the score when Lowell drove in Brashears. Larry Oneto led all hitters with three hits.

Pappas hurls one hitter, but JV’s lose to Monterey 2-3. Junior Gary Hartzell and freshman Larry Oneto were hot at the plate with two hits each. Hartzell drove in a run and Pete Christensen drove in another on a sacrifice fly.

Sophomore Ron Durkin tossed a no hitter against Salinas, but lost 1-5. Errors and walks contributed to the Salinas runs. SC had only three hits itself. Pete Christensen and Bob Scott both had doubles and Tom Eklof singled.

Cardinal pitching was excellent all year. In the last four games, the pitchers allowed only 2.25 hits per game. Fancy fielding short stop Pete Christensen, second baseman Jake Seigle and catcher Bob Scott stood out on defense. Glen Griffin has a lot of potential as a pitcher.


At the CCAL finals meet SC scored three points and placed eleventh.
At CCAL finals, Chuck DeMello Pine was third in the 180 low hurdles and was the only varsity Card to score and qualify for the North Coast Section meet. Tom Estrada placed in the top three in the lightweight 1320 to qualify for NCS. Neither placed at the section meet.

At the CCAL consolation track meet the varsity took fourth and the Cardlets third. Varsity finishers were Arnett Austin third in the 100 dash, fifth in 220 dash and fourth in broad jump. Dennis McNeely placed fourth in 100 dash and third in broad jump. Larry Griffin finished second in 120 low hurdles, first in high jump and second in broad jump. Dan Jasper ran his best mile of the year winning in 5:01.5. In the lightweight competition Rich Walton won the high jump and took third in the 330. Rich Martinez placed third in the high jump. Delbert Loney was first in pole vault. Steve Cartwright was third in 660 and fifth in 150. Mike Machado was fourth in 1320. Dennis Henderson was second in discus. Lombardi place fifth in high hurdles.

Sentinel March 10. Card’s White Wins 880 But Meet Halted. SC and Monterey ran off four events, before the rains came. At the time Monterey led in the Varsity 29-7 and lightweights 22-14. Marshall White won the 880 in 2:11.4. Doyle Singer was third in the 440 and Sandy Schlee was third in the high hurdles. Dennis McNeely was second in the broad jump and Bob Walker third in the shot put, before the rains forced postponement.
Lightweights: Monterey 22, SC 14. The Cardlets strong point was the 660 where Steve Cartwright won in 1:33.4 with Bruce Spencer a close second at 1:33.6. Dick Walton won the high jump at 5-2. Arnett Austin was third in the 75. Tom Chacon had cleared nine feet in the pole vault, but the event was canceled by the rain.

March 17. Soquel Rips SC Cindermen. It was the Knights first major sports victory over the Cards in a 89-24 win. Coach Mel Fishburn singled out Dennis McNeely, who won the broad jump with a personal best 19-7. Chuck DeMelloPine won the 180 low hurdles in 21.5. SC placers: 100, Kisin third and second in the high jump. 440, Walker third and in the shot put third. 880, Jasper third. Mile, DeVilleris second. 120 high hurdles, Schlee third. Griffin third in high jump.
Lightweights: In the lightweights it was completely the opposite as SC won 95-18 and captured 12 first place with four events Cardlet sweeps. Arnett Austin won the 75 in 8.6, 150 in 16.8 and the broad jump at 17-11. Dick Walton won the 330 in 40.6 and high jump at 5-4. Chriswell won the 70 high hurdles and was third in the high jump followed by Martinez third. Chacon won the pole vault at 9-9 as the Cards swept the event with Arrazom second and Criswell third. Henderson won the shot put at 39-5 and was second in the discus. Spencer won the discus at 107-4. Jim Parish was second in the 120 low hurdles and tied for second in the 75 and third in the shot put and was tabbed as a comer by Fishburn. Other placers: 330, Wilson second. 880, Spencer second. 1320, Moon second, Machado third. 70 high hurdles, Martine, second. 120 low hurdles, Chacon third. 440 relay team won in 49.9.

March 27. DeMelloPine Beats Mark By Almost A Full Second. Cardlet Triple. Chuck DeMelloPine set a school record in the 180 yard low hurdles, while lightweight Arnett Austin flashed to triple wins, but both teams lost to Salinas, the varsity 78-34 and lightweights 76-37. DeMelloPine, his right wrist still heavily bandaged from a football injury last October, seven stepped the lows gracefully as he was clocked in 20.7 seconds. He clipped .8 of a second off the old school record. He also was third in the 100. SC had two other firsts. Larry Kisin won the high jump at 5-6 and Prospero Devillires won the pole vault at nine feet even and was third in the mile. Cardinal ace, Dennis McNeely suffered a painful hamstring muscle just out of the blocks of the 880 relay, but grimly plugged along to finish 200 yards left to make his pass. He had already taken second place in the broad jump. Other scorers: 220, Walker third. 440, Wagner third. 880, White second. Mile, Jasper second. High jump, Griffin second. Pole vault, Jasper third.
Lightweights: Salinas 76, SC 37. Austin, a junior out for track the first time after playing junior varsity baseball for two years, pulled away from the field in the 75 in 8.3 seconds and the 150 yard dash in 16.2. He won the broad jump at 18-1. He also ran in the 440 relay. Martenis won the high jump at 5-2. Tom Estrada knocked 12 seconds off his best time in the 1320 for second place. Other placers: 330, Parmenter third. 880 Cartwright third. 70 high hurdles, Lombardi. 120 low hurdles, Parish third. Broad jump, Yue third. Pole vault, Chacon and Loney tied for second. Discus, Henderson second.

April 7. Griffin Stars In Reserves Track Meet. Larry Griffin won two events and tied for first in the other, but Soquel reserves eked out a 75-56 win over the SC reserves. Griffin won the 180 low hurdles in 22.5 in his first time running the event. Won the broad jump at 19 feet, while tying Larry Kisin in the high jump at 5-8. Kisin also whizzed through the 100 yard dash with a personal best of 10.5. White won the 880. Walker took second places in the 440 and 220 and fourth in the shot put. Jasper won the mile and was followed by DeVilleres second and Brady third. SC won the 880 relay in 1:36.5. Other placers: 100, Reime third. Singer was fourth in the 220 and third in the 440. Trotts was third in the discus.
Lightweights: SC 65, Soquel 49 and Holy Cross 22. Cardlet Dick Walton won both the 330 in 40.1 an the high jump at 5-1. Ron Vellutini won the pole vault at an even ten feet and went higher than the varsity winner. Criswell on the 70 high hurdles in 11.1. Jim Parish also impressed with a 15.5 clocking to win the 120 low hurdles. Henderson won the discus at 10.-10. Only first places were listed.

April 24. Thirteen Foot Pole Vault Paces 93-20 Rout of SC. Cardlets Also Lose. North Salinas’ pole-vaulted 13 feet three and one-half inches to beat the former meet record held by SC’s Jim Van Ness and Claude Schmidt at 11-6. Dennis McNeely was the lone Card to win and event. He leaped 19-10 and was only two and one-half inches off the meet record. McNeely also took second in the 220. Larry Griffin tied for first in the high jump at 5-8.
Lightweights: Salinas 81, SC 32. Arnett Austin won the 150 in 16.2 and the broad jump at 19-1 and was third in the 75. Tom Estrada won the 1320 in 3:22.8. Tom was one-tenth of a second away from tying the meet record. Ron Vellutini won the pole vault. Other placers: Cartwright was third in the 150 and 660. 330, Walton third. 70 high hurdles, Lombardi third. . 120 low hurdles, Parish second. High jump. Martinez third. Broad jump, Yue third. Pole vault, Gledhill third. Discus, Henderson third.

April 28.Watsonville Takes Varsity, Lightweight Titles Again at the third running of the CCAL-A division relay meet. Watsonville 64, Monterey 55, North Salinas 47, Soquel 42, Salinas 26, SC 9. Records were set in 20 of the 26 events during a warm, sometimes breezy afternoon. New marks were recorded in all varsity running events. The SC distance medley team was just beat out for first place by a crack Salinas team, which beat the meet record with a time of 11:16.2. Prespero DeVilleria lead off running the 1320, followed by Dan Brady in 880, Doyle Singer in 440 and Dan Jasper in mile. Since all the running events were relay, will just say SC for the team. 440, SC fifth. Individuals: High jump, Griffin fourth. Broad jump, McNeely fifth.
Lightweight final score: Watsonville 68, North Salinas 55, Monterey 48, SC 32, Salinas 27, Soquel 10. Ron Vellutini vaulted 10-4 to cop the lightweight blue ribbon. Tom Estrada closed ground on the 1320 anchor lap as SC took second place. Since all the running events were relay, will just say SC for the team. Sprint Relay, SC fourth. 1320, SC third. Mile and a half, SC fifth. Distance medley, SC second. 70 high hurdles, SC fourth. 120 low hurdles, SC fifth. 440, SC fifth. 880, SC fourth. Individuals: High jump, Walton third. Broad jump, Austin fifth. Pole vault, Vellutini first, Loney second. Discus, Henderson fourth.

Senior Chuck DeMelio Pine and sophomore Tom Estrada won the most valuable member on the varsity and lightweight track teams at the annual Spring awards assembly. Both advanced to the North Coast Section finals, but neither scored there. DeMelioPine does the 180 low hurdles and in the 100 dash he broke the school record three times this year. Estrada ran the 1320 in 3:31 as his best time.

Seven varsity members lettered with the number of points they have scored this season. They are seniors Prospero DeVillires 13, Doyle Singer 6 and DeMelioPine 15. Junior Dennis McNeely17 and sophomores Dan Brady 3, Larry Griffin 23 and Dan Jasper 14. Sixteen lightweights lettered. They are juniors Arnett Austin 44, Steve Cartwright 40, Mike Machado ?, Rich Martinez 18, Jim Parrish 20 and Richard Walton 33. Sophomores Tom Criswell, Tom Estrada 15, Steve Lane 4, Dan Moon, and Delbert Loney 6. Freshmen Dennis Henderson 22, Barry Lombardi 11, Chuck Parmenter 7, Ron Vellutini 16 and Bill Yue 4.

Participation awards went to Bob Agosti, Harry Alves, Tony Alvarez, Jerry Bradley, Perry Brantley, Robert Cattera, Ken Gledhill, Sam Gillen, Harry Karras, Mike Lopez, John Moreno, John Panattoni, Dennis Trotts and Paul Bertsch.


Salinas 0-7, North Salinas 2-5, Carmel 0-7,
The only experience netters are seniors Jim Good, Tom Marini and Mike Fratis.

Racketeers lose all matches to Carmel. Those who played were James Good, Steve Wood, Dave Garbe, Robert Bishop Richard Walker, Mike Fratis and Tom Marini.

Other team members were Durham, Meyers, Barnhart, Adams, Wong, Olive, Castro, Nowak, Otto, Bates, Haxton, Carre, Wise and Mark Bergstrom. Coach Eade Jordon.

In the 2-5 loss to North Salinas in the last match of the season James Good and Brock Elliot won their matches.


No write ups available. Team members were David Taylor, Craig Lunt, Don Miller, Jack Gordon, Gary Grellman, Frank Fujimura, Bill Cowden, Paul Kadotani, John Wilson, John Duffy, Richard Johnson, Thomas Jackson and Bob Warne. Coach Tony Foster.


Coach Al Weimers. Work outs started in January building toward two things (1) health, by working their very best an putting a lot of time swimming and (2) victory.

At the CCAL league meet, Ken Strong sets a new league record for the 200 yard freestyle moving the time down from 2:00.1 to 1:58.4. Seven varsity and lightweight records were broken at the meet. Three SC swimmers made the finals. Ken Strong took first in the 200 yard freestyle and second in the 400 freestyle. Ron Leigh placed third in the 200 and 300 yard freestyle, which is outstanding for a freshman. Steve Cowden in his first year of swimming took a sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke. Most of the team swam in the meet for the experience. Dennis Cox, the only Cardinal diver placed third.

Varsity: Carmel 36-58. Lightweights: Carmel 36-48. A winner against Carmel was Ken Strong in the 440 yard freestyle and 200 yard freestyle. Second place finishers were Robert Ley in 200 yard individual medley and 400 yard freestyle. Robert Woodworth in 100 yard backstroke. Phil McRae in 100 yard butterfly. Ron Totten in 100 yard breaststroke. Third place finishers were Mike Olivieri, 50 yard freestyle. Mike Hooper, 200 yard individual medley and Dennis Cox, diving. Lightweight winners were Doug McBain, 200 yard freestyle and Bill Cowden, 100 yard breaststroke.

The top swimmers coming back next year are Robert Ley, Jack Verhines, Hunter Hammond, Steve Cowden, Jack Nichols, Mike Herman and Robert Rittenhouse.

Other team members were: G. Rochelle, J. McMurry, R. Winters, F. Gray, T. Walton, J. Nichols, D. Rasmussen, R. Lindsay, R. Dunham, D. Sherborn, S. Mowrey, S. Bowden, W. Olivieri, J. Malmin, H. Hammond, P. Bianucci, M. Craig, C. Nutt, S. Piffero, D. Sanders, T. Morgan, D. Carr and T. Knapp.


Senior, Mike Owens was voted the OUTSTANDING WRESTLER AT THE NORTHERN CAL TOURNEY. Mike was the first string middle guard and was the lightest man on the varsity football team. He also swims and dives. Mike was christened “yogi” when he first started wrestling, because of the unique way he wrestles. It has stuck with him. As a freshman wrestler Mike astonished the whole team by beating almost everyone he wrestled. His season was quickly ended with a broken finger bun-boarding. As a sophomore, Mike placed fourth at the Hayward Invitational. At the CCAL meet he took first place by defeating the two year defending champion. Junior year, Mike was first at the Gonzales Invitational and the CCAL meet and second at NCS. Senior year, first at Gonzales Invitational for the second year, CCAL for the third year and NCS. Mike competed at the Far Western Freestyle Invitational in San Francisco even though he has never wrestled freestyle, his style of wrestling is very adaptable to it. He has never lost a match to a CCAL opponent. Mike had 49 straight dual match wins. At the CCAL meet senior Mike Owen placed first at 175 pounds and ended his high school career being voted Outstanding Wrestler at the Northern Cal Tourney.

Eric Taylor starting center at 225 pounds on the football team for two years and one of the five interior offensive linemen on this years team that are evaluated by the local press as being on a par with the interior line of the Cardinal team which won Northern California team of the year honors in 1958. And this year claimed to be one of the best interior lines in Northern Cal.
Eric Taylor was honored by the San Francisco Examiner as the first string center on the ALL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA team. Eric was first team center All North Coast. The Examiner teams were picked on recommendations from North State’s prep sports writers and from votes cast by more than 250 high school coaches. San Francisco Chronicle’s ALL NORTHERN CAL first team center was Eric Taylor. Taylor was selected as the first team center on the San Francisco Chronicle’s ALL NORTHERN CAL. Taylor was selected to the first team of the San Jose Mercury All Central Coast team. Eric Taylor received honorable mention honors for the first ever Big 33 National High School All America football team. It is a 33 player all senior team chosen by scholastic football writers from each of the 50 states. Taylor was a ALL CCAL center and defensive player selected by the league coaches. By Bob Sprenger of the SF Examiner said, “The Cards, a big surprise this year, boasts a big line anchored by center Eric Taylor, guard Rich McComb and tackle Dave Netto.” Coach Bill Wood presented a special Dads Club award to Eric Taylor as the most consistent player. Eric Taylor was one of 25 players picked to play for the Northern California team against the Southern Cal team at the LA Coliseum. One of the bright spots for the North was the play of SC’s Eric Taylor, who played every offensive play. The UCLA coach described his play as “very promising and I was extremely pleased.” San Francisco writers described Eric’s play as the best of any North offensive lineman. Taylor led the quarterback over the goal in on a sneak for the North’s only touchdown. Eric went on to play at UCLA. Eric won first place at the Gonzales Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Eric placed second at the CCAL wrestling meet qualifying him to go to the NCS tournament. At NCS Eric lost his first match to the man that eventually won the unlimited weight class.

Dave Netto starting tackle at 225 pounds on the football team for two years and one of the five interior offensive linemen on this years team that are evaluated by the local press as being on a par with the interior line of the Cardinal team which won Northern California team of the year honors in 1958. And this year claimed to be one of the best interior lines in Northern Cal.
Dave Netto was honored by the San Francisco Examiner on the second team ALL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA team. Dave was selected on the second team of the All North Coast team. The Examiner teams were picked on recommendations from North State’s prep sports writers and from votes cast by more than 250 high school coaches. Dave Netto was selected on the fourth team of the San Francisco Chronicle’s ALL NORTHERN CAL team.
Dave Netto was selected on the second team of the San Jose Mercury All Central Coast team.
Dave was a ALL CCAL tackle selected by the league coaches. By Bob Sprenger of the SF Examiner said, “The Cards, a big surprise this year, boasts a big line anchored by center Eric Taylor, guard Rich McComb and tackle Dave Netto.” Dave Netto received the Doctor Pederson trophy for the best scholastic standing among the football players. Dave went on to play for Stanford. Dave played basketball and baseball all four years. In his junior year he pitched a no hitter against Serra the champion of the West Catholic league and helped the team win the league championship. In his senior year he was a unanimous choice on the twelve man ALL CCAL squad as a pitcher with a 7-1 record and an earned run average of 0.52.

Mark Schultz the team leading rusher in 96 carries and 502 yards, leading scorer for the season with 77 points and league leading scorer with 65 was named to the San Jose Mercury All Central Coast team as an honorable mention player. Mark was one of the few players who went both ways playing defense as well as his fullback duties. Mark was a ALL MBL back selected by the league coaches. Mark Schultz was selected Most Valuable Player by his teammates. He was also a ALL CCAL player in baseball for the second consecutive year and missed being an unanimous vote by one vote. He also missed being ALL CCAL in basketball by one vote. The Sentinel said he desired the honor of being a three sport all league player. Mark was third in league batting with a .390 average. At the Tournament of Champions in San Rafael, which the Cards won, Mark hit the longest home run ever at the park to drive in the winning runs. On graduation Mark signed a pro contract with the Angels.

Rich McCombs starting guard at 180 pounds on the football team for two years and one of the five interior offensive linemen on this years team that are evaluated by the local press as being on a par with the interior line of the Cardinal team which won Northern California team of the year honors in 1958. And this year claimed to be one of the best interior lines in Northern Cal.
Rich was a ALL CCAL guard selected by the league coaches. By Bob Sprenger of the SF Examiner said, “The Cards, a big surprise this year, boasts a big line anchored by center Eric Taylor, guard Rich McComb and tackle Dave Netto.” Rich received the Rotary Club award for the most inspirational football player.

Bill Thuringer was a ALL CCAL safety selected by the league coaches.

Stan Pillsbury this season at quarterback was a ALL CCAL lightweight football player selected by the league coaches. Stan Pillsbury was selected as the Most Valuable lightweight football player. Stan ended the baseball season with a fine 11-1 record. Stan was the winning pitcher in championship game at the Tournament of Champions in San Rafael. Stan was a guard on the varsity basketball team this year. In his previous years he played lightweight basketball.
Last year Stan was a first stringer in baseball as well

Bill Dalman starting tackle at 215 pounds on the football team for two years and one of the five interior offensive linemen on this years team that are evaluated by the local press as being on a par with the interior line of the Cardinal team which won Northern California team of the year honors in 1958. And this year claimed to be one of the best interior lines in Northern Cal. Bill was a honorable mention ALL CCAL player selected by the league coaches. Bill went on to
play at Oregon State.

Larry Warren starting guard at 168 pounds on the football team for two years and one of the five interior offensive linemen on this years team that are evaluated by the local press as being on a par with the interior line of the Cardinal team which won Northern California team of the year honors in 1958. And this year claimed to be one of the best interior lines in Northern Cal.
Larry was a honorable mention ALL CCAL player selected by the league coaches. Larry received the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy for varsity football.

Tom Knapp was a honorable mention ALL CCAL football player selected by the league coaches. Tom was one of the top defensive backs. Tom lettered in swimming.

Junior Bob Pederson. From Bob Sprenger of the SF Examiner, “The Cards, a big surprise this year in addition to a fine interior line also have two of the Coast leagues top junior backs, quarterback Bob Pederson and halfback Dennis McNeely. Bob was a honorable mention ALL CCAL player selected by the league coaches. Bob was a starter on the basketball team and played first base for the championship baseball team was chosen ALL CCAL. Pederson led the infielders in numbers of votes and batting average of .340.

“Big” Walt Olivieri was a big factor in the defensive line. Even had a fumble recovery and rambled for yardage. Walt went on to play at North Texas and was a last cut for the San Diego Chargers.

Tim Erickson at 158 played bigger as a defensive safety and picked off more than his share of enemy passes. Tim also played third base on the league championship baseball team.

Mike Olivier a running back was injured early in the season and made a comeback at the end. Mike gained 47 yards for a 3.9 average and scored six points.

George Brumbraugh was the team speedster skirting the ends and returning punts and kickoffs. He led the team in total yards 517 and a 7.5 average yards per carry. He scored 47 points for the season.

Doyle Singer was a starting offensive end on the varsity football team and was a varsity track man.
Ken Strong set a new CCAL swimming record in the 200 yard freestyle moving the time down from 2:00.1 to 1:58.4.

Roger Blanchard was ALL CCAL in varsity basketball this season and was ALL CCAL in lightweight basketball his sophomore year.

Mark Conrad was ALL CCAL in varsity basketball this season and was ALL CCAL in lightweight basketball his sophomore year.

Chuck DeMelio-Pine was the most valuable member of the varsity track team. He broke the school record in the 100 yard dash three times this year. Chuck also runs the 180 low hurdles. Chuck was a lightweight football running back and scored against Los Gatos.

Rick Wilkins a three year starter on the championship baseball team was chosen ALL CCAL.

Gary Bowen a junior outfielder on the championship baseball team was chosen ALL CCAL.
In his senior season he was a top running back in football.

Frank Fujimura was an ALL CCAL lightweight player as a junior and major player in his senior year. He also lettered in golf.

Marshall White lettered in cross country and track.

Junior Dennis McNeely. From Bob Sprenger of the SF Examiner, “The Cards, a big surprise this year in addition to a fine interior line also have two of the Coast leagues top junior backs, quarterback Bob Pederson and halfback Dennis McNeely.


Coaches: Bill Wood, varsity football, Don Dempewolf, assistant varsity football and track. Doug Severin junior varsity football and basketball and football assistant Tex Ronning also wrestling. Lightweight football, Al Weimers head coach and also swimming coach. Football assistants Myron Viner and Ray Hunter also assistant basketball and junior varsity baseball. Jack Alzina, lightweight basketball and C and D basketball. Golf, Tony Foster, golf. Eade Jordon, tennis. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball. Mel Fishburn, cross country and track.


practice games; Riordon 12-37, Campbell 21-31, Los Gatos 43-45, Camden 14-20. Practice record 0-4. League: North Salinas 12-14, Watsonville 26-26, Monterey 20-43, Salinas 25-27 and Soquel 13-25. League record 0-4-1. Season 0-8-1.

Team members with weights following; ends, Larry Griffin, 185; and Bill Gilbert, 195; center tackles, Kim Joslin, 220, Keith Parkhurst 210 and Bob Krieberg, 215; guards, Bob Walker, 170 and Dan Gandolfi, 170; center, Steve Wilson 185; quarterback, Bob Pederson, 180; backs, Gary Bowen, 158; Dennis McNeely, 190; Austin Arnett, 150; Ron Durkan, Gary Reime. and Scott Ferguson.

Members of the defensive squad were guards, Brian Loehr, 180 and Randy Brewster, 190; tackles, Pete Tuana, 200; and Bob Agosti, 230; At the outside suicide positions were Jim Dalman, Dennis Trotts and Tom Newlove. Deep backs: Sandy Schlee, 160; Terry Atwood, 150 and Bob English, 160.

Gary Zabrosky a returnee from last year went out early in the year with a broken leg.

While the season was long, hard and at times depressing, the grid squad gave an all out effort and provided many thrilling moments for SCHS rooters.

The win loss record certainly does not reflect the real potential and talent of the team. Three of the losses, including two league defeats were by a mere two points. All were real thrillers and not decided until the closing seconds of play.

Against Riordan in a 12-37 loss, the Cards came right back after Riordan scored their first touchdown to score one of their own. A 72 yard drive that took over five minutes to complete was finished off by a five yard sprint to the end zone by Pederson. The Cards second score came with only 30 seconds on the clock, when McNeely found a hole off right tackle and went 70 yards to score.

Against Los Gatos in a 43-45 loss, the Cards mustered up a 65 yard drive with Bowen diving in for the final yard. The big gainers for this score were by Gary Reime’s with 17 and 20 yard runs. The second score was aided by runs of 12 yards by Arnett Austin and 10 yard look in pass by Pederson to Larry Griffin. The final 16 yards to the goal were run by Bowen.

For the third score Pederson whipped a pass to NcNeely, who romped 38 yards untouched to score. For example, ahead 43-39, over Los Gatos with 14 seconds remaining the home standing Wildcats scored on a long jaunt to win 45-43. The loss is still questioned by many Santa Cruzans, as the clock should have expired before the final tally.

The starting line ups for the start of the league season were ends, Griffin and Gilbert; tackles, Kreiberg and Joslin; guards, Don Gondolfi and Walker; center, Wilson; quarterback Pederson; Halfbacks Bowen and Ron Durkin or Austin or Reime; fullback, McNeely.

On defense at ends are Trotts and Dalman; tackles, Tuana and Harold Pothowski; guards, Brian Lohr and Randy Brewster; linebackers, Joslin (going both ways) and Don King; deep backs Pederson, English or Bowen.

The offense has done a respectable job averaging about 23 points a game.
The highlight, win-loss wise, was a tie with Watsonville in another cliffhanger. With just seconds remaining, the Cards scored what appeared to be the winning touchdown, but Watsonville returned the kickoff to pay dirt to tie the encounter 20-20. This game marked the 56th meeting between the Redbirds and Wildcats.

This game was also disputed as a whistle was blown and the Cards released their hold on the ball carrier and he scampered down the field for the score. The officials denied blowing the whistle. Evidently someone in the stands blew it and blew the game for the Cards at the same time. The defense was unable to hold back the opponents attacks. Dennis McNeely gained 109 yards against the Cats. Pederson completed eight passes for a total of 118 yards. Bowen impressed with 44 yards.

For the Monterey game Gary Bowen and Arnett Austin two speedsters are expected to start at halfbacks.

Leading this year’s club was Bob Pederson, who dodged and tossed aerials to his way to the ALL LEAGUE quarterback position. Bob, who played four years at SCHS was considered by many as the top play caller in Northern California. Bob received a full football scholarship to the University of Washington. In his senior year Bob was selected as a ALL PACIFIC COAST defensive back. He went on to coach football at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Washington. This year Bob was also ALL LEAGUE in baseball.

Other ALL LEAGUE selections were fullback, “Pile driver” Dennis McNeely and linebacker Kim Joslin.


practice games: Campbell 0-20, North Salinas 13-0, Los Gatos 21-14, Camden 7-7, Watsonville 7-21.

Starters: ends, Chuck Comstock, Mike Medina; tackles, Terry Medina and Gene Rochele; guards, Mike Moon and Phil Langrish; center, Tom Stagnaro; quarterback, Ron Maves; backs. Pete Christensen, Adrian Jones, Barry Lombardi, Pat McClure, Jim Bureaugard and Ron Smith.
This is an incomplete list of players, but it is all we have.

Led by halfback Ron Smith the Cardlets came from behind 0-14 to tally 21 points and hold the Cats to no points. In the second quarter Ron Maves sliced over from the one. Still behind 7-14 the Cardlets rallied for two touchdowns in the third period. Maves again from the one and Smith from the five. Praise was given to Merle Craig on defense and Smith on offense. The sturdy front wall of the Cardlets allowed Los Gatos only one first down the entire game.

A strong Cardlet line preserved a 7-7 tie with Camden. Twice the defense held Camden from scoring in the second half. Both times the San Joseans were inside the 10 yard line with first downs. Quarterback Ron Maves returned a punt 60 yards to the four yard line. Two plays later Maves went over from the one. Tom Chacon stepped in to play the fullback spot this game.

Quarterback Ron Maves is leading the team in scoring and has made him a possible all leaguer.


practice games: Monterey, 7-19, Camden 7-7, North Salinas 34-6, 0-19; Watsonville 06-34, Bellarmine 0-69,

Against North Salinas, quarterback; Rob English scored two touchdowns on runs of 20 and 7 yards and threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Ken Oaks. Perry Brantley scored a pair of TD’s on runs of 35 and 5 yards. Others playing well were center, Dennis Henderson; back John DeFigh; end, Ken Oakes; tackle, Bob Agosti; fullback, Henry Karras; and defensive end linebacker Bill Muhly.

Perry Brantley scored the only touchdown against Watsonville.

No team members listed in Trident of Cardinal.


Scores in a meet with Monterey 19, Soquel 52 and Santa Cruz 65. Scores are based on the places the runners finish. The low score is the winner. First place get one point, just the opposite to scoring in track. Santa Cruz placers; Jerry Pitman tenth, Dan Moon, eleventh; Ron Vellutini, twelve and John Feesemann fifteenth.

The varsity lost to North Salinas 22-39 and the JV lost 15-48. Tom Estrada won the varsity event in the 1.9 mile run with a time of 10::05. Other varsity placers were Jerry Pitman fifth, Dan Moon tenth, Dan Jasper eleventh, John Freesemann twelfth, Ron Vellutini thirteenth and Richard Walton fourteenth. Chuck Christensen paced the JV’s with a sixth place.

Other team members: Charles Parmenter, Pescador and Lane .


practice games: Mora 62-40. Dads Club, Seaside 66-48, Los Altos 49-65, SLV 48-51 for fourth place. Wilcox 43-39, Carmel 64-59, Andrew Hill 57-55; Sunnyvale tourney, Awalt 34-53, Del Mar 52-55, Poly of San Francisco 42-37 OT; Santa Clara 53-62, Los Gatos 56-44. Practice record 7-5. League: North Salinas 65-64 OT, 91-73; Monterey 55-51, 71-73; Salinas 52-69, 82-78; Watsonville 63-56, 63-74; Soquel 58-56 OT, 59-57; Seaside 85-63, 67-55. League record 9-3, tied with Monterey for second place. Season 16-8. Salinas beat Monterey in the league final game for the championship. Monterey could have tied with a win. Rusty Critchfield the MVP of the league and a future Cal first team player was too much for the Toreadors.

Starters: forwards; Sophomore, Glen Griffin 6‘2“; and Seniors, Bob Pederson 6’2” and Dennis McNeely 5‘11“; center, junior, Larry Griffin 6‘4“; guards, seniors, Paul Kadotani 5’11”, Chris Conrad 5’ 10” and Gary Bowen 5’11“; and sophomore, Pete Christensen and junior, Buddy Smith. Other contributors: juniors, Don King, Bill Gilbert, Ron Durkin and Larry Anderson.

A standing room only crowd jammed into the Cards Turner gym to see the Redbirds fly over Mora 62-40 in the season opener. Gary Bowen, who teamed with Paul Kadotani at guard turned in four assists to pace the Cards followed by Dennis McNeely three and Buddy Smith two. Larry Griffin in his second season as a starter topped the scorers with 19 points followed by Bowen and Kadotani 12 apiece, Smith 7, Glenn Griffin and McNeely 4 apiece and Chris Conrad and Bill Gilbert 2 apiece. Larry led the rebounders with 10, Glenn had 6, Gilbert and McNeely each had 3.

Dec. 6. Third Period Rush; SC in 66-48 win over Seaside. At the Dads Club tourney the Cards were working on their aggressive press defense all over the court and at times got a little carried away. In the first game all five of the starters, Larry and Glen Griffin, Paul Kadotani, Gary Bowen and Dennis McNeely fouled out. SC trailed new school Seaside 26-24 at halftime, then came out with a 27 point splurge in the third stanza. SC was guilty of at least a dozen bad passes, most of them in the first half. They built a 24-16 lead midway through the second quarter and then gave up ten points in a row. SC has one of its fastest teams in years, but Seaside was just as quick.

The Griffin brothers, junior Larry at 6-4 and sophomore Glenn at 6-3 and senior Gary Bowen paced the SC comeback. Larry went 9 for18 from the floor, most at close range and was the top rebounded of all four games with 12. Bowen, who stands only 5-11, but also jumps with the Griffins tallied 14 points and had six rebounds. Glenn scored 13 and had eight rebounds. The Griffin boys displayed good moves on offense. On the whole, the Cards looked like they have good potential, but they are going to have to play a more consistent game.
Scoring: Kadotani 6, Bowen 14, Conrad 2, McNeely 5, L. Griffin 22, Gilbert 0, G. Griffin 13, Smith 14, Durkin, Wilson, King 0.

Dec. 8. In the semifinals, Los Altos defeated SC 65-49. The Cards played a good game, but found its-self on the short end of the scoreboard. Los Altos controlled the backboards 29-17 with Larry Griffin getting seven. The game was marred by 51 fouls with 28 on SC and 23 for Los Altos. SC made 21 of 35 free throws and Los Altos 29 of 39. SC made a better field goal percentage of 33.3 with 14 for 42, but just didn’t get enough shots, because of their rebounding deficit against the taller Knight and a few bad passes. SC did made considerable fewer ball handling mistakes than the previous game. Scoring: Kadatoni 8, Bowen 10, McNeely 2, Larry Griffin 13, Glen Griffin 8, Smith 4, Conrad 4, Durkin, Gilbert and King 0.

Dec. 8. SLV Cages Cards. Lead Changes Hands 15 Times In Thrilling Tilt For Tourney’s Third Place. SLV won a thrilling 51-48 win over favored SC to capture third place at the eighth annual Dad’s Club Tournament. A crowd of some 800 fans watched the two teams battle on even terms throughout as the lead changed hands 15 times and the score was tied another half dozen times. With 1:15 left to play SLV drove for a layup and was fouled and made the foul shot to clinch the contest. For the second night in a row, fouls hampered an overly aggressive Cards as three players, Larry Griffin, Gary Bowen an Paul Kadotani fouled out.

Larry fouled out in the third quarter after scoring 15 points and grabbing ten rebounds. His sophomore brother Glenn took over in the fourth quarter, scoring ten points to keep SC in the game. Glenn finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The SC coach was pleased with the performance of his players. “We improved 100 percent last night and improved another 100 percent tonight.” The two teams were almost even in rebounding with SC 32 and SLV 31. SC pressed all over the court throughout the contest and that may be part of the reason for the large number of fouls. The Cards again lost the ball several times by walking, bad passes and the loss of dribble. From the field, SC hit 47.2 percent and went 14 of 20 from the charity stripe.
Scoring: Kadotani 9, Bowen 2, McNeely 2, Smith 2, Conrad 2, Gilbert 0, L. Griffin 15, G. Griffin 16.

Salinas beat Los Altos 46-41 for the Dad’s Club Crown.

Against SLV Larry Griffin fouled out mid way in the third quarter, but still did enough to make the ALL DADS CLUB All Tournament team. Being selected all tournament is a special honor as the eight coaches pick the team.

Chris Conrad Is Santa Cruz High Hero; Cardinals Barely Nip Wilcox 43-39. Chris Conrad, younger brother of last years All MBL guard Mark, making his first varsity start tallied seven of the Cards ten points in the last quarter and made a three point play to brake a 34-34 tie with just 3:30 remaining on the clock. Chris finished with 17 points and also turned in an outstanding game on defense.

The Cards rushed off to a 27-13 lead with slightly two minutes into the second quarter, when Larry Griffin and Paul Kadatoni picked up their fourth fouls and came out of the game. Larry fouled out midway in the third quarter with seven points. At the end of the third quarter the score was SC 33-31. Dennis McNeely played the entire contest and as always turned in a steady performance while scoring 5 points. Fouls have hurt the Cardinals in their last three outings, nine fouling out.

Cards Rally To Whip Carmel five 64-59. Losing 11-15 at the end of the first quarter the Cards then bombed the nets for 25 points to lead 36-30 at the half. After the intermission Carmel reversed the score to go ahead 49-42. SC broke loose again to score 22 points to win 64-59. The Cards sank 20 of their 44 shots for a 46 percent average. Scoring were Larry Griffin 20, Smith 12, McNeely 11, Glenn Griffin 8, Bowen 7, Kadatoni 3, Conrad 3 and Gilbert 1.

SC 57-55 win over Andrew Hill. Bowen’s Only Field Goal Wins For SC. Gary Bowen drove the length of the floor for his first basket of the game with three second remaining to give the Cards a 57-55 win over Andrew Hill. On a Hill missed free throw Glenn Griffin tipped the ball out to Bowen, a speed demon who took off. Comment, “It was by far the best game we have played. Our defense was 100 percent improved. We did not foul as much and did not lose a player this game.

The Cards made 22 of 38 shots for a 58 percent average. Only one of the shots was out side the key or close in on the baseline. SC made 19 good defensive moves, helping out a teammate who has been beaten to the basket. Kadotani had six, McNeely five and Larry Griffin four. McNeely also had four assists. Ball handling mistakes were also reduced, the Cards only committing 11. The win raised the Cards record to 5-2. Scoring was Larry 25, Glenn 19, Kadotani 7, McNeely and Smith 2 each and Conrad 0.

In probably the Cards poorest showing of the season and generally did not have their heads in the game as they bowed to Awalt 53-34 in the first round of the sixteen team Sunnyvale Holiday Tournament. The Cards were down 18-21 at half. It was a game to be forgotten.

Hustling Cards Drop 55-52 Verdict In Final 1:36 To Del Mar Quintet in Sunnyvale tourney. Del Mar is now 6-1 losing to Berkeley in the first round. Bad passes and fouls in the first half meant the difference in the game. But the Redbirds were hustling on the boards and on defense. They had a few offensive problems against the zone, but the Don’s full court press did not slow them much. On the boards, led by Larry Griffins’s 10, the Cards won 26 to 23. Missed lay ups early in the game were costly, but they made 16 of 20 free throws. Against Awalt they were 10 of 23. SC made 18 of 53 tries from the field for 34 percent.

The Cards are still losing the ball on bad passes, violations and fumbles, but on the plus side they out did Del Mar in recovering 20 loose balls. The Cards were down 22-28 at halftime, but got within 35-36 during the third quarter and then fell back to 37-42 at the end of the quarter. With 4:02 to play it was tied 44-44. Paul Kadotani hit a jump shot, Larry Griffin a lay up and Buddy Smith sank both of his one and one foul shots to tie the score again 50-50 with 1:26 to play. Del Mar’s next five points came on foul shots and Larry had a lay up to finish the game. Scoring was Larry 18, Glenn Griffin 17, Smith 6, Kadotani 5, McNeely, Conrad and Gilbert 2 apiece.

In their last game of the Sunnyvale tournament a 42-37 win over Poly of San Francisco was one in which a team should be ashamed to win. During the first half it looked like the Cards had not gotten out of bed for the 10 a.m. contest. By the second half they came back strong. Buddy Smith making his first start impressed with nine points and his hustle was instrumental in snapping the Cards out of their slumber. Scoring was Glenn Griffin 13, Larry 10, Smith 9, Kadotani 8 Conrad 2, McNeely, Gilbert and King 0 apiece. The team has been invited back, probably because of their five returning players for next season.

Cards Blow 15 Point Lead; Nip North Salinas 65-64 in first MBL game of season. A strange, weird and mysterious disease best called “third quarteritis” almost killed the Cards evening. A big gain for the Cardinals was the addition of last years starter Bob Pederson to the squad delayed by a football injury. Sophomore Pete Christensen out with an injury also made his first appearance. The Cards saw a halftime lead of 39-24 bleed away to three points and eventually to overtime.

In the third period the Vikings out hustled the Cards. To illustrate the Cards ineffectiveness, they did not score until 6 minutes had elapsed. With the score tied 56-56 going into OT. Two free throws by Kadotani and one by McNeely put the Cards ahead. North Salinas scored to make it 59-58. Kadotani a cool customer under fire made two more to go 4 for 4 in the overtime. Five seconds after the Viking score Conrad scored on a lay up to make the score 63-60. Larry Griffin hit both his foul shots and North Salinas scored again to end the game. A big improvement for the Cards was their hitting seven of eight foul shots in the overtime. Scoring: Larry Griffin 22, Glenn Griffin 13, Kadatoni 12, Bowen 5, Conrad 4, McNeely 3, Pederson, Smith and Christensen 2 apiece, Gilbert and King 0.

SC Press Rattle Juhl’s Cats’ 56-44. The Cards may have found the key to the safe as a new starting lineup of seniors Bob Pederson and Paul Kadatoni, junior Larry Griffin and sophomores Glenn Griffin and Pete Christensen pressured Los Gatos into numerous mistakes at the outset. They jumped out to a 11-1 lead in the first three minutes against former Cards four sport athlete John Paul Juhl’s team, who had beaten them last year. SC threw the ball away only nine times, certainly a record low this season. They also recovered loose balls 13 times.

The Cards dominated the backboards 41 to 27. Larry had 18 rebounds, Glenn 8, Pederson 6, Kadotani 5 and Dennis McNeely 4. Good defense by the Cards did not allow the Cats many good shots. Pederson had five assists and Kadotani three. Christensen, Kadotani, Pederson, McNeely and Glenn turned in good jobs on the press. The biggest negative was the Cards free throw shooting making only 8 of 25. Scoring Pederson 9, Glenn 15, Larry 17, Kadotani 8, Christensen 0, McNeely, Bowen and Smith 2 apiece, Conrad 1, Gilbert and King 0.

Take MBL Lead. SC Post First Win At Monterey Since 1959. Shades Toreadors 55-51 last years champion. Those who die by the free throws, live by the foul line. The Cards racked up four free throws in a minute of play following Glenn Griffins drive down the middle for a go ahead lay up. Earlier in the year in practice games fouls were killing them. This game they committed only nine to Monterey’s 24. But they only made 15 of 29 attempts at the line. The game was a weird one. SC jumped out to a 21-8 lead in the first quarter. Paul Kadotani went wild scoring 10 points and Larry Griffin was screen and rolling for lay ups tallied 9, all in eight minutes. Monterey went into a full court man to man and was down only 30-28 at half.

The third period was nip and tuck and the lead changed hands six times. With 1:47 to play and the Cards leading 49-47 they stalled for 30 seconds before Monterey fouled. Larry tipped in the missed free throw. Thirteen seconds later Kadotani made two free throws to ice it. Monterey scored twice, but Glenn made his layup to end the scoring. Rebound wise it was about even the first half, but the hustling Cards dominated the second half 29-15 with the total 44-33. Larry had 15, Pederson 7, Glenn and Kadotani 6 apiece.

SC made 20 of 43 field goals attempted for a 47 percent average. Monterey almost doubled the number of shots 22 of 79. Glenn went 4 for 4 and Kadotani 5 of 10. Larry went 6 of 13 and 5 of 5 from the line. Comments, “We panicked in the second period. We are better and we are going to get a lot better.” Scoring Larry 17, Kadotani 14, Glenn 8, Bowen and Pederson 7 apiece, McNeely 2, Conrad and Christensen 0.

Salinas defeat SC 69-52. Hot Cowboy Second Half, SC Gambles Fail 52-69. The lead changed hands nine times during the first 13 minutes before the Cards, who do not seem to know what a bounce pass is threw the ball away three of four times as Salinas opened a 31-24 half time lead. In the second half, SC started to double teamed Cowboy ace Critchfield and narrowed the gap to 34-31 with 3:30 left in the third quarter. Then in two minutes of play, Salinas went ahead 42-32. SC the went full court press and Salinas made few mistakes.

Gary Bowen and Glenn Griffin fouled out very early in the fourth quarter. Glenn had done an excellent job on the boards the first half. The Cards made 20 of 54 attempts for 37 percent shooting the same average Salinas had. The most impressive Cards were sophomore guard Pete Christensen, who missed much of December, because of an ankle injury and Bob Pederson who missed the month of December with an ailing knee. Scoring Pederson 12, Larry 11, Kadotani 9, Glenn 8, McNeely 5, Christensen 3, Conrad and Gilbert 2 apiece, Bowen and King 0.

SC 63-56 over Watsonville. Kadotani’s Eleven Assists Directs Balanced Attack. Cats Fall 63-56. Paul Kadotani became the Oscar Robertson (who leads the NBA in assists) of the MBL. Kadotani, the senior play maker was credited with 11 assists, but four other sure scoring opportunities were missed, which would have give him 15. Paul also tallied ten points and is a fine defensive player. With no unbeaten teams it is obvious the league is well balanced and most anything can happen. From the moment Gary Bowen made the first free throw of the game until the final buzzer the Cards were ahead, but never completely out of reach.

Glenn Griffin rung up nine consecutive points between 7:20 and 5:10 to play, while Watsonville scored one point. But Watsonville came right back to score six points to make the score 52-48 with 3:27 to play. Larry Griffin fouled out, but Bob Pederson scored on a couple of lay ups. The half time score was SC 27-25. There were no shot charts available, but the Cards had much better shots. Though Kadotani took a few. For the first time this season four Cards hit double figures. Glenn Griffin got 16, Pederson 13, Larry Griffin 13 and Kadotani 10. Gary Bowen the other starter had seven points was in foul trouble and missed most of the second period and the last 11 minutes of the game.

The Cards made 11 bad passes and gained possession nine times. Kadotani had help on assets as Pederson had three, Glenn and Dennis McNeely one apiece for a total of 16. Larry Griffin had 11 rebounds, Glenn 9 and Pederson 9. The Cards forced the Cats into bad shots and ball handling errors on several occasions, but the biggest plus for SC was TEAMWORK.

SC 58-52 over Soquel. Larry Griffin Hits 27, Cards Gain On Salinas. Before a standing room crowd at Soquel, the Cards won a 58-52 overtime thriller. The lead changed hands 16 times and was tied nine occasions. With the Cards leading 48-46 with 1:15 on the clock, they started to stall, but with 20 seconds left a Card attempted to dribble between two Knights and had the ball taken away. Soquel tied the score with three seconds left. Just two seconds into the overtime period, Bob Pederson hit a 20 foot jump shot to put the Cards ahead to stay. Both teams played their hearts out, even though it was nota well played contest. Larry Griffin made 11of 17 field goal attempts for a 65 shooting average and 5 of 7 from the line. Larry was hitting on fall away jump shots instead of driving as he usually does.

Besides his fine offensive showing, Larry turned in an excellent defensive game against Pete Hamm, (who he played with on the Card JV team as freshmen). Hamm is only four-tenths of a point behind Critchfield of Salinas for the league scoring title. Scoring: Glenn Griffin 9, Pederson 7, Larry 27, Kadotani 8, Bowen 3, McNeely and Christensen 2 apiece.

SC defeated Seaside 85-63. Cold third Period Costs SC School Scoring Record. The two fastest teams in the MBL used pressing defenses led to a high scoring contest with the Cards beating Seaside 85-63. The Cards scored in this order by quarters: 23, 28, 9 and 25. Most of the shots in the game were lay ups or off the offensive boards. It was a race horse game. The Cards controlled the backboards 48-24. Glenn had 11, Larry 8, Bowen 8,and McNeely 7. (In the SC charts good passes are given credit for when it sets up a good shot even though missed. It is kept separate from the shots that are made.) This game 21 assists were official and another 12 could have counted with a score at the other end of the pass.

Kadotani had seven assists of ten possible, which means officially the another three voided. The rest are listed the same way. Bowen 4 of 6, Larry Griffin 4 of 5, Pederson 2 of 6, McNeely 2 of 4. McNeely played one of his better games. The Cards made 34 of 69 field goals attempted for 49 percent, but made only 17 of 30 from the line. Larry Griffin from the floor was 9 for 15, Bowen 7 for13 and Glenn 8 for 17. Scoring: Glenn 20, Pederson 4, Larry 20, Bowen 18, Kadotani 8, McNeely 8, Gilbert 2, Smith 4, Christensen and Conrad 0.

SC 91-73 over North Salinas. The Cards in a race-horse game scored a 91-73 win over North Salinas. The 91 points reached with Bill Gilbert’s 25 foot jump shot with five seconds to play, is a school records, breaking the old mark of 90 against the Vikings last March 1. Larry Griffin, who scored 34 points three short of James Smith’s record was taken out to allow Gilbert to get some time with 1:20 left in the game. North Salinas came out blasting from the outset making 11 of 19 field goal attempts and carried on their hot shooting to lead 40-38 half time advantage.

A total of 160 shots were tried in a shoot ’em up game. The Cards made 36 of 79 for 46 percent and North Salinas made 32 of 81 for 40 percent. Paul Kadotani had six assists, Gary Bowen had five. Larry Griffin maintained his “hot hands” and soft touch all night. He was 12 for 19 from the field and 10 for 12 from the line and hauled in nine rebounds. Bowen went five for seven in the second half and 5 for 13 for the game. Kadotani was 6 for 16 from the field and the only other starter not scoring in double figures Bob Pederson was 3 of 9. Glenn Griffin made 8 of 18 from the floor and vitally strong on the boards with 16 rebounds. Many of his buckets came after making good drives, while his brothers points were off fall-away jump shots.

As a unit the Cards had 21 assists, but they passed off for good shots 36 times. They controlled the backboards 41-30 against a tall Viking quintet. The lead changed hands 15 times and tied nine times, before the Cards rallied with four minutes left in the third quarter down 51-52. Glenn scored four points in a row to put the Cards ahead for the rest of the game. They out scored the Vikings 53 to 33 in the last half. Scoring: Glenn 21, Pederson 6, Larry 34, Kadotani 15, Bowen 11, McNeely and Gilbert 2 apiece.

Toreadors Win 73-71 On Reserve’s Bucket In Overtime. The Monterey player drove down the lane and over Chris Conrad like a fullback for the winning lay up just as the buzzer sounded. Just as it has all year, missed free throws plagued the Cards. They could have wrapped it up after the regulation game ended in a 67-67 tie, when a foul was called as the game ended, but the Card missed the shot. The Cards led 36-33 at half and 54-43 at the end of the third quarter. Then Monterey broke loose to steal the ball and intercept passes time after time. Gary Bowen the quickest reacting Card, fouled out with 6:45 left, but Monterey lost a man also. There were numerous turning points in the game. But the biggest was the free throws SC missed, 15 in all as the Cards were 11 for 26, while Monterey was 17 for 23.

Personal fouls were even, 18 apiece. There were many missed calls for both sides. They just stand out more against you when you lose. SC had its bright moments and shot 30 for 58 for 52 percent. Monterey got 20 more shots for a 35 percent average. Glenn Griffin made 9 of 11 from the field and three for six from the strip. Larry was 11 for 21 from the field and six of nine from the line. Monterey had the boards 35-25. Larry led the Cards with 12.

In the second half Glenn held Monterey’s top scorer to two points. Bob Pederson did a fine defensive effort on the other Toreador scorer in the third period. SC had 18 assists led by Pederson with five, Kadotani four, plus five others that were not finished off and Bowen three. Scoring: Glenn 21, Pederson 2, Larry 28, Bowen 6, Kadotani 12, Conrad 2 and McNeely 2

SC defeated Salinas 82-78. One of the big games for the Cards was defeating Salinas who had a 16-0 record at the time. The fast breaking Cards with their tremendous punch were to much for the deliberate offense and strong defense of the Cowboys. Another was the first win against Monterey, since 1959 and before that there was quite a spread between wins. In the first quarter, Paul Kadotani literally scored at will, hitting four field goals in as many attempts. Larry Griffin was held to 12 points, but Glen Griffin, Kadotani, Pederson and McNeely picked up the slack for a well earned win. Scoring Glenn Griffin 21, Pederson 2, Larry Griffin 28, Bowen 6, Kadotani 12, Conrad 2, McNeely 0.

Watsonville burst the Redbirds bubble 74-63. The Cards had “fumbleitis” and were plainly out hustled. It was definitely SC’s poorest game in several weeks. But to give credit where credit is due, the Cats played a superb game and at last lived up to the potential everyone knew they had. The Cats turned in an outstanding job of fronting Larry Griffin and give help behind to knock him out of the league lead in individual scoring. Lone bright spot for the Cards was Bob Pederson who had six assists among them were several excellent ones.

The Cards had good shots all night. In the second half they missed at least eight layups. The Cards jumped out to a 14-5 lead midway in the first period and built it up to 30-20 early in the second period. The Cats started hitting and shredding the Cards zone press to end the half with the Cards ahead 38-37. Watsonville broke out of the half quickly to go ahead 46-38. The only field goals the Cards had in the third period were on two fast break layups. After their hot shooting 18 of 27 attempts in the first half it dropped of to 8 of 25 in the second half for an overall 50 percent. Watsonville hit 30 of 56 attempts for 54 percent. Larry Griffin was 7 of 12 from the floor and Glenn was 8 for 10. The Cards still could get second place “money”, but that is little consolation. They have been near the top all the time, but have not won a title since 1958-59. Scoring: Glenn Griffin 18, Pederson 3, Larry 15, Bowen 9, Kadotani 10, McNeely 8, Christensen and Smith 0.

SC 59-57 win over Soquel. Larry Griffin’s last second jump shot from 22 feet to the side gave SC a spine-tingling win over Soquel. Larry seemed hopelessly boxed in with Soquel defenders playing him tight, trying at the same time not to foul used his quick jumping ability to get the shot off. The lead changed hands six times and the score was tied another 11 times. With 2:33 left in the game Soquel led 57-55. Twenty two seconds later Glenn Griffin broke loose for a game tying layup. The ball changed hands several times, when SC got the ball with 21 seconds left and the ball went to Larry.

The Cards improved at the line going 10 for 14 in the first half, but dropping off to 15 of 24 for the game. Since Soquel was the home team their stats were the official record. The Cards led in rebounding 27-26. Glenn had nine and Larry 11. Larry and Hamm had a terrific individual battle coming out close to even in all categories. Scoring Hamm 25 and Larry 24; rebounds 15 to 11; shooting 11 for 17 to Larry’s 10 for 20. Scoring: Glen Griffin 19, Pederson 4, Larry Griffin 24, Kadotani 10, Bowen 2, Christensen 0 and McNeely 0

SC 67-55 win over Seaside. Griffin Hits 2 FT’s; Jim Smith’s Record Fall By One Point. With less the ten seconds to play Larry was fouled and calmly sank both free tosses to eclipse Jim Smith’s one season school scoring record as the Cards struggled to a 67-55win over Seaside. In 24 games Larry scored 482 points, one more the Smith tallied in 25 games in 1957-58. Larry finished with a 20.1 per game average. It was a battle of futures as both teams will have a solid nucleus back next year along with Soquel.

Seaside led 15-12 at the first quarter, but the Cards came back to lead 35-34 at half. It was 53-49 at the end of the third. The Cards piled up their winning margin in the fourth quarter, despite trying to feed Larry for the record. Early in the fourth quarter with just a 55-51 lead, when ”Gif” needed just three field goals for the record, the Cards when into their “Kentucky” spread out offense leaving the middle wide open for lanes to drive. It also serves as a stall. It worked as Seaside went out after the Cards allowing them to increase the lead to 63-51, making it possible to concentrate on feeding Larry. McNeely had four assist and passed of for seven good shots. Bowen had three assist in six feeds. Kadotani passed off five times, but only for two scores. Pederson passed off four times, but netted one score.

Larry had 20 rebounds. The win gave the Cards a 16-8 season mark. Half of their losses came during the month of December when Bob Pederson was out the whole month and Gary Bowen and Pete Christensen missed most of the games due to illness and injury. SC finished with a heart breaking 9-3 MBL record, while defeating every team in the loop at least once. They split with league champion Salinas, Monterey and Watsonville.

Monterey took SC 73-71. The most heart breaking loss was a 71-73 loss to Monterey in OT , when a 15 point lead evaporated in the last nine minutes. Yet the Cards can look ahead with optimism for both Griffins will be back along with number seven man, quick sophomore guard Pet Christensen and front line men Bill Gilbert and Buddy Smith.
Scoring: Glenn 14, Pederson 4, Larry 29, Bowen 7, Kadotani 9, McNeely 4, Christensen and Conrad 0.

The Cards battled it out with Monterey and Salinas all season for the league leadership, in a three way race all the way. Even up until the last game, the championship was not decided. Salinas defeated Monterey in a make up game for the title.

The team came along way since the season began November 29. The Cards with one game remaining are leading the league in scoring with 744 points a 67.6 average.

Exciting moments were many for Santa Cruz. For Example, an exciting 82-78 win over previously undefeated Salinas, a record breaking 91 points against North Salinas were highlights of the campaign. Also, a tense moment was provided by Larry Griffin as he popped in a 22 foot jumper as the buzzer sounded to top rival Soquel.

Agonizing moments there were too. A missed free throw with no time remaining in a tied game with Monterey and an eventual heartbreaking loss to the Toreadors. Also, a cold third stanza proved fatal as Santa Cruz lost to Watsonville to end hopes of a championship. But, the memorable moments certainly outweighed the disappointing ones.

This years squad was well balanced. All the seniors had bright moments during the season. Gary Bowen gave local fans plenty of excitement when with eight seconds remaining, he made a lay up to defeat Wilcox. More recently on two free throws Gary put Santa Cruz ahead with just two seconds remaining in the game against Salinas. As Salinas was in bounded the ball to their ace Rusty Critchfield, Gary sneaked in, grabbed it and flipped it toward the hoop and was fouled. Then he calmly made the two free throws to win the game. Gary accounted for two last second victories in tight situations.

Playmaker at point guard, Paul “Kat” Kadotoni not only distributed the ball to any open player, but also guarded the other teams beside ball handler or outside shooter. He probably did the best job of anyone in the league guarding the top scorer in the league, Critchfield holding him under his scoring average.

Dennis McNeely did a consistently fine job all season. Chris Conrad’s cool head preserved many wins when the chips were down. Bob Pederson, after suffering a knee injury during football, join the club late in December just in time to spark the Red Birds in league action.

The team came along way since the season began November 29. The Cards with one game remaining are leading the league in scoring with 744 points 62 point average per game.

Headlines in Trident “What has four legs and has 418 points“. The Griffin boys of course. Maybe a little explanation is necessary. Larry is a 6’4”, junior. Glen is a 6’2”, sophomore. Larry is second in league scoring with a 247 points for a 22.5 average per game. Glen ranks tenth with 171 a 15.5 average. Larry’s top scoring game was 32 against Los Gatos.

Together they have scored more than half of the Cardinal team’s 744 points. Glen set a new record for sophomores by scoring 242 points this season. Breaking the old record of 240 set by Steve Smith in 1960. It is not unusual for fans to be confused in distinguishing between the two. Just call them “Griff” and you will be safe. Larry is a first string player in three varsity sports adding football and high jump in track. Glenn is also a pitcher for the Card varsity.

Larry Griffin was voted by the team as MVP. Paul Kadotani was voted captain for his fine play making and unselfish play. Don King, Gary Bowen and Glenn Griffin tied for most improved.

Larry Griffin was name first team ALL LEAGUE and brother Glenn was selected for the second team ALL LEAGUE. Both were in the top ten scorers in the league.

Other members of the ALL LEAGUE first team were Rusty Critchfield of Salinas, who went on to make a name for himself at Cal and is still coaching Community College basketball in 2007. Pete Hamm of Soquel, who pitched in the major leagues. John Sipin of Watsonville, who played major league baseball here and in Japan. Charles Robinson of Monterey an excellent player, but unknown where he continued to play. Larry was in a good group. Larry was ALL CONFERENCE at Cabrillo for two years, one as co-most valuable. He continued his career at Oregon Tech as one of their top scorers. Larry played on traveling teams, summer league with the Warrior and professionally over seas.

Bob Warne former basketball manager and student body president will be attending Stanford.


partial scores. At the finals of the Salinas tourney lost to Salinas 30-35. Santa Clara 59-45. According to the Trident the Preseason record was 3-4.
League: Watsonville 46-50, 62-55; Monterey 63-25, Soquel 51-38, won; Seaside 56-38, North Salinas 48-39, Salinas 52-43. League scores incomplete. With one game to go the league record was 7-4. Ended up in third place.

Senior returning players from last year: Pete Pappas, Terry Medina, Ron Smith and Jake Seigle. Sophomore returnees Greg Gordon, Everett Yee. New players: Inside men, Wes Bergazzi, Don Cacace, DeWayne Lowery, Bill Yue. Guards, Steve Ghidinelli, Mike Puget, Gary Grellman, Dave Billardello

Starters: forwards, Wes Bergazzi and Bill Yue; center, Don Cacace; guards, Pete Pappas and Terry Medina.

The Cardlets handed the previously undefeated Cowbabes their first defeat this season 52-43. The game was anybody’s right down to the final buzzer with the Little Birds pulling away with 1:30 left. Like every lightweight game this season, it was full of excitement. The Surf City crew seems to either win or lose by a few points. Senior, forward Terry Medina potted 18 points against Salinas, which was a big factor in the win along with Terry’s hustle and determination. Also Wes Bergazzi scored 10 points, gathered his share of rebounds and displayed fine potential.

In the next game against Santa Clara, senior sharp shooter Pete Pappas meshed the nets for 22 points for a seasonal high. Pappas has a fine outside set shot and when hitting he can make trouble for his opponents. Sophomore, Bill Yue and senior Jake Seigle, also impressed with 16 and 11 points respectively.

Against Monterey the top scorers were Don Cacace with 16 and Pete Pappas 13. Against Soquel Don Cacace ruled the boards and Pappas scored 18 big counters.

This years lightweight team has been very successful. Pete Pappas and Terry Medina have been the top scorers. Bill Yue and Jake Seigel have contributed clutch performances. Don Cacace and Wes Bergazzi are the main rebounders and Everett Yee’s hustle has been unbeatable.

Pete Pappas after a tremendous year at the guard position was named ALL LEAGUE


C’s win 24-20 over Salinas. Dewayne Lowery scored 13 points.
C’s beat North Salinas by 15 points.
D’s lose to Salinas 14-20 and North Salinas in the same week.
C’s win by six and D’s lose by six against North Salinas. Don Lowry paced the D’s with 17 points. DeWayne Lowery, Bill Yue and Steve Ghidinelli of the C team drew praise from their coach.


partial record Los Altos 29-46, four losses, Salinas 31-23, Monterey 57-37, Soquel 76-47

Team inside players: Doug Koskela, Don King, Frank Edwards, Steve Clifton, Jim Dalman, Tom Eklof, Mark Ridenbaugh, and Jossi. Guards, John Florek, Tim Holz, Ron Vellutini, Ron Durkin, Tim Tosta and Don Henderson.

Starters for most of the season where forwards, Don King and Frank Edwards; center, Doug Koskela; guards Ron Vellutini and Tom Eklof.

In the win over Monterey the Cards turned in a fine teamwork performance and a well balanced scoring attack. Four players scored in double figures: Doug Koskela, Don King, Jim Dalman and Ron Vellutini. Doug Koskela was the leading scorer for the season and Don King who played one of his best games, tied for scoring honors with 18 apiece.


The teams individual dual meet record was 5 wins and 4 losses. At the league meet Ken Gledhill at 138 pounds, Tom Johns at 148, and Dennis Rowen at 157 won their weight classes and will advance to the NCS meet. To go to the Northern Cal Invitational they will have to place first or second at the NCS meet. Six of the nine Santa Cruz wrestlers placed in the top three at the league meet. The remaining three place fourth.

Other wrestlers and their weight class: Richard Martinez 114; Rusty Willingham 122; Pat Provenzano 129; Bill Gledhill 135; Gene Rochelle 140; Jeff Green 147; Tom Johns 148; Dennis Trotts 167; Scott Ferguson 177; Brian Loehr 191; Virgil Strong heavyweight.

Other team members: Strite, Baer, Alvarez, McMullen, Dngran, Anderson, Ferguson, Tom Stagnaro, Strong, Panattoni, Anthony Lopez, Mitcalf, Rideout, Smith, Ogilvie, Wylie, Gray, R. Moon, Love, Koping, Brady, Bill Muhly and Hansen.


practice games: Del Mar 5-0, 1-3; Carmel, Leigh, Wilcox 2-1. Salinas tourney: Soquel 6-3, Seaside 1-7, ? . Bellarmine 3-8, Serra 6-7, Santa Clara 6-4, twice Practice record 8-4. League: North Salinas 12-1, 19-3; Monterey 3-0, 4-6; Salinas 2-5, 6-2; Watsonville 8-0, 0-5; Soquel 2-4 in 8 innings, won; Seaside 8-0, won. League record 8-4. Season 16-8. Records from the Trident and Sentinel.

All of this information and practically all other information in these records are directly from the Trident mostly word for word. As authentic as possible to the times. Many games missing.

There are seven returning lettermen from last years league champions and winner of the Tournament of Champions in San Rafael. Returning are catcher, Bill Gilbert; pitcher, Pete Pappas; first baseman, Bob Pederson; second baseman, Gary Zabrosky; outfielders, Buddy Smith, Gary Bowen and Chuck Farrar. Bowen and Pederson were ALL LEAGUE last year and Pederson was ALL TOURNAMENT at the Tournament of Champions in San Rafael. One of Bob’s big plays there was going all the way behind third base to back up a throw to third on a triple. There was an overthrow and Bob was able to catch the ball. The runner ended up not scoring and the Cards ended up winning 2-0. It was like Derek Jeter of the Yankees in the world series against Oakland, when Jeter ran all the way down by home plate to save an over throw and get the runner at the plate to win the game. Eventually both teams won their titles. These are not where players at those positions ever go. It is not their responsibility, but they sensed the need to do what they did. What they did were special moments.

In addition to Pappas the other pitchers are Ron Durkin, Glenn Griffin and Steve Welch; catchers, Phil Langrish and Bob Scott; third baseman, Greg Gordon and shortstop, Pete Christensen; infielder, Jake Seigle.

While winning the championship these last four years, it has become practically a tradition. This years squad is no exception as it is a well balanced club.

The Cardinal horsehiders last Saturday won their 100th game since putting a four year hold on the CCAL pennant. The record during this time is 100 wins, 21 losses.

Early in the season things fell apart against Bellarmine when seven runs were given up on five errors for an 3-8 loss. Only one run was earned. This turned out to be the worst game of the year. Pete Pappas took a loss here, but he pitched well and deserved a better fate.

Sentinel April 12. SC Opens Defense Of MBL Crown. Cards Slug 14 Base Hits-Rip Vikes 12-1. Led by Bob Pederson, Gary Zabrosky, Gary Bowen and Buddy Smith, the Cards smashed the ball all over the lot as Pete Pappas coasted home the winning pitcher, although Glen Griffin finished up the last two innings. Pappas gave up six hits and Griffin three, but two of the blows were really questionable. The senior left-hander retired the first six men he faced, then got out of jams in the third through fifth innings as the first two Vikings up to the plate got on base in all three instances. Two double plays and a pick off bailed him out. A third double play in the sixth failed to materialize as the umpire said shortstop Pete Christensen came off the bag too fast at second and that is when former SC player Chuck Filice’s team scored their lone run.

The Cards first run was unearned, when Gary Zabrosky, who went 3 for 4 scored from second on an error. Bill Gilbert, celebrating his seventeenth birthday, hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in the second run in the third inning. A seven run fourth inning was the clincher. Pappas was safe on an error and advanced on a pass ball. Christensen singled home Pappas and advanced to second on the throw home. Gary Bowen singled home Christensen. Zabrosky singled Bowen to second. As the two runners broke to steal second and third, Pederson, who was 3 for 4, single in Bowen. Buddy Smith, who was 2 for 3 as was Bowen lined a double to score two more runs. Chuck Farrar singled home Smith. Pappas doubled down the left field line. SC got three more in the fifth as Bowen, Zobrosky, Pederson and Smith smashed consecutive singles.

Now that SC has gotten off to a good start, they have the tough assignments of beating Watsonville, Monterey, Soquel and all the others to make it five pennants in a row. But the question remains, can their bats carry the only average pitching? Tuesday might provide part of the answer.

Pete Pappas threw a shutout 3-0 win against always contending Monterey allowing only two hits given up in the first inning. (Monterey did win the league) The Cards started with a bang scoring two runs on no hits. Lead off Gary Bowen was hit by a pitch and went to second on a wild pitch. Next batter strikes out. Bob Pederson walks. Bowen and Pederson steal to put runners on first and second. Next man pops up. Bill Gilbert gets on an infield error Bowen scores and Pederson goes to third. Pederson makes a fake down the third base line, the pitcher balks and all the runners move up one base, so Pederson scores the second run. In the fifth inning Greg Gordon doubles, goes to third on a ground out to second and scores on another balk. The Cards had three hits and three runs.

Against Watsonville the Cards scored 8 runs the first inning. The top hitters were Gary Bowen and Bob Pederson both went 2 for 4. Bowen also drove in two runs. Pete Pappas went the first five innings and gave up two hits, Ron Durkin went the next two inning, putting down the batters in order. They shut out the Cats. The batting order and positions were Bowen CF, Zobrosky 2B, Pederson 1B, Smith LF, Gilbert 3B, Farrar RF, Pappas P, Scott C, Christensen SS.

At the end of the first round of league the Cards are 4-2.

Glen Griffin pitched a complete game, four hit, one run game against Wilcox to win 2-1.

In the second round, Monterey scored two runs in the last inning for the win. Avenging a first round loss to Salinas by winning 6-2 and knocking them out of first place. Ace lefty, Pete Pappas won his fifth game with only one loss. Top hitters in the game were Bob Pederson 3 for 4, Buddy Smith 2 for 3, including a triple and Pete Christensen 2 for 2.

Ron Durkin pitched a complete game five hitter to beat Soquel 6-3 at the Salinas Tournament. The batting order and positions were Christensen SS, Gordon 3B, Smith 1B, Gilbert LF, Durkin P, Neuman, Trybom CF, Ghidinelli 2B and Langrish C. Christensen, Smith and Gilbert each had two hits. Christensen also had two RBI’s.

Headline in the last Trident: ‘Baseball Empire Topples”. Just like the fall of the Roman Empire, Santa Cruz high’s four year baseball empire came tumbling down and a new power Monterey took over. Finally the flag came down and a new team and a new league name MBL for Monterey Bay League flies from the championship pole.

Monterey, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Seaside and Soquel all had turns in the league lead that changed hands many times during the season. With a Monterey loss in the last game of the season the Cards would have tied for the title. Pete Pappas did his part again, winning his last game with another brilliant pitched game giving up just three hits against Seaside.

The Cards should and could have won it again as the squad sported fine hitting and fielding potential. At the seasons outset, the unproven pitching staff of ace, Pete Pappas, Glenn Griffin, Ron Durkin and Steve Welch quickly pitched this thought out the window as they more than held up their end. So much so that Pappas was voted the loop’s top hurler. (According to his coach, Pete’s only loss in league should be charged to a bad coaching move. Pete should have gone undefeated.)

ALL MBL unanimous choice, senior pitcher Pete Pappas, ace of the Cardinal staff was chosen as the best pitcher in the league. Two other members of the team, senior first baseman Bob Pederson and junior outfielder Buddy Smith both of whom missed being unanimous choice by one vote.
Honorable mention were team captain and outfielder Chuck Farrar, outfielder Gary Bowen and second baseman Gary Zabrosky, who tied for the thirteenth and last spot on the team, but lost out on the final vote. SC had three all leaguers, second to league champion Monterey’s four.

The league was tight all year. All the hitters on the all league team had averages over .324, with four having over .400 averages. Bob Pederson was barely beaten out for the top hitter in the league on the last day of the season. Pederson ended up hitting .463. His 19 hits was the highest in the league and 13 runs scored tied for the top spot.

Smith was third in the league with a .421 average. He hit a home run, one of five players who hit home runs. The tops was three by John Sipin of Watsonville, (who later made the major leagues here and in Japan.)


partial scores: Monterey 3-6, Watsonville 2-10, North Salinas 10-0,

Team members: Steve Ghidinelli, Mike Puget, Dave Billardello, Gary Neuman, Gary Grellman, Everett Yee, Dave Trybom, Tom Stagnaro, Tim Holtz, Bill Muhly, Wes Bergazzi, John Castro, and D. Kitchen

The loss to Monterey 3-6 was lessoned by the efforts of DeWayne Lowery who struck out nine and walked only two and Dave Billardello who went two for three at the plate.

DeWayne had a big day against North Salinas. Pitching wise, he gave up only two hits, struck out five and walked only one. At the plate he was three for three and had two RBI’s. Wes Bergazzi chipped in with a double, single to chalk up four runs on the scoreboard.

Dewanye Lowery had a fine year pitching. In a loss to Monterey Lowery struck out 9 and gave up two walks in a well pitched game. He also went 2 for 4 at the plate.


MBL meet: Monterey 66, Salinas 65, Watsonville 44, North Salinas 44, SC 26, Seaside 17 Soquel 4. Dual meet results: Soquel 67, SC 51; Watsonville 72, SC 50; SC 68, Seaside 53;

Reserves meet: Watsonville 78, Soquel 37, SC 10. Shutout at King City.
Dads Relays: Salinas 63, Salinas 45, Watsonville 43, Monterey 38, SC 28, Seaside 14, Soquel 11; Monterey 74, SC 49; Salinas 69, SC 64.

May 15. The North Coast Section Division II meet at Daly City will have five participants from SC. John Freeseman in the half mile with a best time of 2:01.7 the best in the MBL this season. Two miler Tom Estrada with best of 10:07.2. In polo vault Del Loney with best in the MBL of 12-0 and Ron Vellutini best of 11-2 in varsity, but did 12 feet in lightweights. Larry Griffin in both the high hurdles in 15.8 and the high jump of 6-3 tied for best in MBL. Only Loney is the MBL champion.

At the MBL league meet, Del Loney won the pole vault. Second place finishers were John Freesemann in 880 and Larry Griffin in the high jump. A week later Larry set a new school record of 6’3”. which would have won easily at the league meet. Larry also took fourth in the high hurdles. Third place was taken by Tom Estrada in the two mile and Ron Vellutini in pole vault.

May 8. L. Griffin High Jumps 6-3; Beats Harris For First Time at the Salinas Invitational at Hartnell College. SC turned in four varsity firsts and one school record. This was a warm up meet for the North Coast Section Division meet next week. Larry Griffin paced SC with a school record in the high jump as he cleared 6-3 for the first time and tied for the best in the MBL this year. Larry also won his heat in the 120 high hurdles in a fine time of 15.8, another personal best.

Tom Estrada won the two mile in 10:17.1. John Freesman won the 880 in 2:02.6 a half second off his best time of the season. Pole vaulters Del Loney and Ron Vellutini tied for second at 10.6. All four will be competing at the North Coast Division II meet at Daly City.

March 8. Knight Thinclads Nip SC 66-50. Soquel was able to take enough seconds and thirds to win. Both schools spit the first places seven each. Sprinter Arnett Austin was a double winner, winning the 100 in 10.6 and 220 in 23.5, while taking second in the broad jump. Card transfer John Freeseman set an Soquel field record in the half mile of 2:06.8. Dan Jasper won the mile in 4:58.8. Dennis McNeely won the broad jump at 5-4. Del Loney won the pole vault at 9-6. Tom Estrada won the two mile in 10:41.3 Other placers: Pitman was second in the 220 and in the 440. Dick Walton was second in the 120 high hurdles, high jump and in the 180 low hurdles. Larry Griffin was third in the high jump. Trotts was third in the discus.

Soquel won the lightweight meet 62- 54, when two Cardlets collided and dropped the baton in the relay, otherwise SC would have won by one slim point. Two Cardlets were double winners, sprinter Lane won the 330 in 41.1 and the 150 in 16.5 and Ron Vellutini pole vaulted 10 feet and high jumped 5-6. Skelton won the 660 in 1:37.1. Don Lowery won the broad jump at 16-8. Only the winners were listed.

March 24. Card Cindermen Score First Dual Win In Two seasons. The Cards won there first dual meet in two season with a win over Seaside 68-53. Two varsity trackmen currently hold bests in the MBL so far this season. Tom Estrada has the best time in the new two mile event with a time of 10.11.4. John Freeseman has the fastest 880 in the MBL with a 2:02.5 time, which set a Memorial Field record. The Cards swept the first three places in the discus to put SC ahead 45-44 late in the meet. Dennis Trotts won with a throw of 132-7, followed by Larry Griffin at 123-8 and Dennis Henderson at 119-6. Dan Jasper clinched the meet with a thrilling victory in the mile in 4:47.4

The lightweight lost 37-75. Ron Vellutini was a double winner winning the high jump in 5-5 and the pole vault at 10-2. SC swept the 1320 with Dan Moon win in 3:41, followed by John Whitaker and Scott Pitman. Skelton won the 660 in 1:34.3 and David Brooks took second. In 70 high hurdles, Barry Lombardi and Brooks were second and third. Steve Lane was third in a pair of sprints, while Don Lowery was third in the 75 and broad jump. Bill Gledhill took third in the shot put.

April 5. At the King City Invitational meet the closes of the 23 area participants to place were John Freeseman and Jerry Pitman in the half-mile where they were just five seconds off the winners time of 1:56.8. The best times for the other Cards were Arnett Austin 10.5 in the 100. Tom Estrada 10:41 in the two mile. Dick Walton 22.3 and Larry Griffin 22.7 in the low hurdles. Dennis Mc Neely 25.36 in the 220. Dennis Trotts 123 feet in the discus. Griffin 5-7 and Walton 5-5 in the high jump. Del Loney 11 feet in the pole vault.

Lightweights: Ron Vellutini 10-6 in pole vault. Dan Moon 3:45 in 1320. Steve Lane 40.8 in the 330.

April 12. Dads Club Relays; Griffin, Loney Surprise. It was a day for upsets, surprises, disappointments and records in the fourth annual Dads Club Relays at Memorial Field. Scoring: North Salinas 63, Salinas 45, Watsonville 43, Monterey 38, SC 28, Seaside 114, Soquel 12. Varsity records established by SC: High jump, Larry Griffin tied for first at 6-1 ½. Old mark 5-11 ½. Junior Larry Griffin SC’s 6-4 basketball stars jump was one of the biggest surprises of the day and showed his potential. Larry’s jump was 3 ½ inches higher than what he had jumped last year and was 5 ½ inches higher than he had jumped this year and is the best in the league this year.

Del Loney was another surprise clearing 12 feet to win the pole vault by going eight inches higher than he has gone this season and is the best in the league so far. Biggest disappointment of the day was the SC distance medley relay team, which was hurt when 1320 man Dan Jasper did not show. Frank Trowbridge ran the 440, Jerry Pitman the 1320 and John Freeseman the 880 came through beautifully. Tom Estrada took over the anchor leg and was just beaten by Watsonville and barely nipped by North Salinas for second place. All three teams broke the old record. Dick Walton took fourth place in the high jump at 5-9.

Lightweights: Watsonville 61, Monterey 52, Salinas 42, North Salinas 39, Soquel 10, SC 9. SC took fifth in the 880 relay. SC was fourth in the 210 shuttle high hurdles. SC fourth in the distance medley.

April 19. Monterey Spikers Trounce Santa Cruz 74-49. Only one MBL season mark was broken and it was by Tom Estrada in the two mile run, by better his own record of 10:11. With a 10:07.3 performance. SC took all three distance runs as Freeseman won the 880, Jasper the mile and Estrada the two mile. Freesemans time of 2:03.3 was not good enough to surpass his MBL best time of 2:01.7. Larry Griffin was the only Card double winner, by taking the high hurdles in 17.1and the high jump in 5-8.

Del Loney won the pole vault in 11-2. Dan Jasper won the mile in 4:55.1 and also a third in the pole vault. Tom Estrada won the two mile in 10:07.3. Other placers: Austin third in the 100 and third in the 220. 440, Pitman second. 880, Lane third. Mile, Trowbridge second. 120 high hurdles, Dick Walton second and second in the 120 low hurdles. Discus, Trotts third. Two mile, Moon third.

Lightweight: Monterey 100-13. The only Cardlet winner was Ron Vellutini in the pole vault of 12-2 out doing the varsity pole-vault and also placed second in the high jump. Only two others placed: Don Lowery second in the 330 and third in the 150 and Chuck Parmenter third in the 660.

April 26. Salinas Cowboy Thinclads Hurdle Cards 68-33. First place finishers for SC were John Freeseman in the 880 in 2:02 to better the Memorial Field record, but not his own 2:01.7 best in the MBL Larry Griffin in the high jump at 5-10. Tom Estrada easily won the two mile in 10:18.3. Del Loney won the pole vault at 11feet. Ron Vellutini was moved up from the lightweights and took second place at 10-6. The 880 was the most thrilling race of the day as the Card team of Dick Walton, Arnett Austin, Gary Reime and Jerry Pitman slashed nearly three seconds off their personal best with a 1:35.6 clocking, to lose by 1.5 seconds to Salinas in one of the best times in the league.
Lightweights: Salinas 105-7. (No mention of SC athletes)

April 26. Griffin Wins At Blossom Hill. At the Blossom Hill Relays at Leigh high on Saturday, Larry won the high jump with a 6-2 leap working toward his career best of 6-3. The distance medley relay team placed fourth. The team: Norm Gillespie ran the 1320, Frank Trowbridge the 440, John Freeseman the 880 and the anchor miler Dan Moon for a time of 11:11.5.

Squad members: Dick Walton, Arnett Austin, Dennis McNeeley, Ron Vellutini, Bill Gledhill, Charles Parmenter, Anthony Lopez, Charles Christensen, Marvin Ganglof, Dan Moon, Pescador, Dan Jasper, Gallacinao, Bradley, Steve Lane, Jerry Pitman, Scott Pitman, Dennis Trotts, Don Lowery. Lollie Lowery, Del Loney, Larry Griffin, Barry Lombardi, Gary Reime, Charles Skelton, John Whitaker, Tom Estrada, David Brooks, Bill Glehill, Frank Trowbridge, John Freeseman, Norm Gillespie and Gary Reime.


placed second at the league meet.
Four top mermen qualified for the NCS trials in San Mateo. Qualifying were Steve Cowden, breast stroke; Rob Ley, 100 yard butterfly; Tod Booth, 400 yard freestyle and individual medley; and Bruce Haney, diving.

North Salinas ekes out a 53-47 win over the Cards.

No list of swimmers names.


had a losing season with inexperienced players. Lost to Soquel 2-5. Despite a four loss record the racket squad is working hard to improve.

Team members: Paul Kadatoni, Don Beuse, Bob Warne, Bishop, Adams, Hart, Wood, Marini Johnson.


had a down year losing its last match to Salinas 2 to 16. Monterey 6 ½t o 8 ½, Seaside 15-0

There were no seniors on this years team, which was led by juniors John Wilson and John Duffy. Underclassmen played beyond their years and did a fine job. Others were George Pappas, who the baseball coached tried to induce to play baseball instead, but George was too good a golfer to change, Bob Borelli, Bob Duffy and Tim Kennedy.

Scoring for the 15-0 win over Seaside were John Wilson 81. John Duffy 83, George Pappas 83, Bob Duffy 85 and Tim Kennedy 86.


Leading this year’s football team was Bob Pederson, who dodged and tossed his way to the ALL LEAGUE quarterback position. Bob was considered by many as the top play caller in Northern California. Last year Bob was honored as an ALL TOURNAMENT player at the Tournament of Champions in San Rafael at the end of the season, which the Cards won.
Bob received a full football scholarship to the University of Washington. In his senior year Bob was selected as a ALL PACIFIC COAST defensive back. He went on to coach football at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Washington. This year Bob was also ALL LEAGUE in baseball.
Pederson were ALL LEAGUE last year and Pederson was ALL TOURNAMENT at the Tournament of Champions in San Rafael. One of Bob’s big plays there was going all the way behind third base to back up a throw to third on a triple. There was an overthrow and Bob was able to catch the ball. The runner ended up not scoring and the Cards ended up winning 2-0. It was like Derek Jeter of the Yankees in the world series against Oakland, when Jeter ran all the way down by home plate to save an over throw and get the runner at the plate to win the game. Eventually both teams won their titles. These are not where players at those positions ever go. It is not their responsibility, but they sensed the need to do what they did. What they did were special moments.


Former football player, wrestler and student body president, Frank Fujimura, a graduate of 1963 is now at Cal Tech on a scholarship. Frank is spending a lot of time studying as Cal Tech is one of the premier engineering schools in the country.


Coaches: Bill Wood, varsity football. Richard Roth assistant varsity football. Al Weimers football and swimming. Tex Ronning football and wrestling. Don Dempewolf, football and track. Doug Severin, junior varsity football and basketball. Myron Viner lightweight football assistant. Jack Alzina lightweight, C and D basketball. Tony Foster, golf. Eade Jordan, tennis. Ray Hunter assistant junior varsity football, junior varsity baseball and assistant varsity basketball. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball. Mel Fishburn, cross country and track.1965
FOOTBALL practice games: San Jose 7-26, Edison of Stockton 6-20, Riordon 0-47. Practice record 0-3. League: Monterey 0-34, Watsonville 7-27, Seaside 0-25, North Salinas 0-13, Soquel 0-35, Salinas 6-33. League record 0-6. Season record 0-9.

Most of the team were juniors. The amount of desire the Cards had could not save the day, because without experience the chances were slim.

Linemen starters: Pete Christensen, Bill Muhly, Dennis Henderson, Brian Loehr, Keith Parkhurst, Frank Cardini, Jim Dalman, Randy Leonard, Bill Bowen and Bob Agosti. Quarterback, Bill Gilbert; backs, Don King, Perry Brantley and Bob Scott. Others who are returning lettermen: Gary Reime, Tom Tucker, Andy Schlee, Ron Durkin, Randy Brewster, Dick Fine, Mike Medina and Rob English.

Other team members: Hansmann, Brewster, Bowen, Haney, Ogilvie, Rittenhouse, Archie Lopez, Hansen, Dahlen, Nichols, Fine, Hazelton, Gillespie, Payne, Tucker, Stolle, Del Loney, Vincent, Brad Warze, Ken Oaks, Webber and Beauregard.

Breaks Defeat Cardinals. Two Fourth Quarter TD’s by San Jose Rout Cards 27-7. San Jose scored first and on the following kickoff Jim Dalman returned it 82 yards for a score and Pete Christensen kick the extra point to tie the game up 7-7. The worst break for the Cardinal was losing two line backers in the first half. Tom Tucker went out with a broken leg and Brian Loehr suffered a twisted ankle. Another bad break came when Rob English ran 80 yards on a punt return, but it was nullified by a roughing the kicker penalty. Later San Jose picked up 15 yards on roughing the kicker and continued on to score, when without the penalty it would have been the Cards ball. Diminutive Bob Scott, a scrappy 150 pound back, turned in some nice running with gains of 28 and 10 yards on a drive from their own three yard line.

A plus for the Cards was when the defense repulsed the Bulldogs at the goal line. Then a bad break for the Cards. Behind the running of Scott, the Cards drove to the Bulldog 35 before being stopped by and interception. This years team has only one thing in common with last years team and that is losing. It is a much stronger defensive unit, but much weaker offensively after losing Bob Pederson and Dennis McNeely. With them this would be a championship caliber club.

Converted quarterback from end, Bill Gilbert gives the appearance of an athlete who will improve with every game. Gilbert connected on 5 of 16 pass attempts for 81 yards. Those receiving the passes were Christensen for 32 yards, Ron Durkin 21 and Scott 28. Net yards for rushers were Scott 63, Durkin 5, Gilbert 10, Brantley 2. Selections for linemen of the week were Keith Parkhurst and Jim Dalman.

Redbirds drop second contest to Edison of Stockton 6-20. This will not be a vintage year for SC football fans. The defense did an admirable job, but the offense was punchless. The Cards gained 18 yards on the ground. Don King carried for 14 yards, Perry Brantley 10, Scott 3 and Durkin 2. Gilbert completed 8 of 21 passes for 80 yards. The lone SC score came on a 51 yard drive sparked by a 31 yard pass from Gilbert to Ron Durkin. On the last play of the game Christensen caught a seven yard aerial from Gilbert in the end zone.

Watsonville defeats SC 27-7. Too Many Ifs For Cardinals. Santa Cruz’ Best Game Is Not Enough. Before 2,500 fans at foggy Memorial field. IF the Cards could have eliminated five or six IF’s, they might have tied or won the game. One fact of which there are no ifs-ands or buts, this was SC’s best game of the season. The offense showed cohesion for the first time and the defense is definitely improved. After the Cats had scored twice, the Cards found a big gap on the right side of the Watsonville line and the Card backs started to zip for yardage. Bob Scott ran in from the three yard line and Pete Christensen kicked the extra point to end the half down 7-14.

The Cards had a chance to score again before halftime, when Jim Dalman forced a fumble on the Cat 39 yard line and Mike Hansmann recovered. The Redbirds were on the five yard line when the gun went off. Pete Christensen stopped a Cat drive with an interception at the five yard line. Other top defenders were Bill Muhly, Dennis Henderson and Mike Hansmann. Perry Brantley, a 180 pound fullback, was particularly effective turning in runs of 14 yards twice and another five yarder for a total of 51 for the game.

Gilbert gained 40, Scott 27, Gary Reime 18 and Ron Durkin 4. Gilbert completed 5 of 11 passes for 73 yards. Christensen caught three passes for 53 yards and Scott one for 14 and Dalman one for 6.

Players of the week for November were lineman, Bill Muhley and back, Perry Brantley.

Benjamin Leads Monterey Assault On SC in 34-0 Toreadore win. Benjamin broke open a tight ball game with a 95 yard TD run and the Redbirds never recovered. The die was cast when SC staged a long 69 yard drive to the Monterey three only to run out of downs. Gilbert hit on nine of 21 tosses for 124 yards. Jim Dalman caught 3 for 63 yards, Randy Leonard 4 for 31 and Ron Durkin 2 for 30. For the second straight week, Perry Brantley led the SC ground game. The burly fullback carried the ball 18 times for 66 yards. Scott went 35 yards on 7 carries.

Seaside clobbers SC 25-0. New Seaside Team, Outcome Old Hat. Seaside the new member of the MBL proved to be the classiest team to appear at Memorial field this year. Seaside scored in every quarter. Gilbert hit 4 of 9 passes for 48 yards. Christensen caught three passes for 42 yards and Dalman one for 6. Scott led the rushers with 43 yards, Durkin 18, Brantley 17, Reime 14. Seaside gained 357 yards to the Cards 92.

Riordan ‘11’ Conks Cardinals 47-0. The best Cardinal drive came in the second quarter when the Cards roared through the vaunted Riordan defense for 65 yards, but ended in despair when a Gilbert pass bounced off an ends finger tips on the Riordan two. The second long drive found Bob Scott and Perry Brantley carrying the ball. The Cards went for five first downs in the drive. As the Cards neared the goal line, Pete Christensen had a 13 yard run and caught a seven yard pass from Bill Gilbert to put the ball on the Riordan five. After four downs the ball had not moved. Rushing was led by Brantley with 54 yards, Scott 26, Christensen 26, English 12, Florek 3 and Bilardello 4. Some players from the JV’s were moved up to play in this game and they were active in the second half. Three players who stood out were Wes Bergazzi, John Florek and Dave Bilardello.

Cards Best Game Makes North High Scrap For Victory 13-0. Plagued by the DT’s, (disciplinary troubles), illness and injuries, the Cardinals still managed to have their finest night of the season. No one, coach Bill Wood included, expected them to be in the game all the way and give the Vikings all the competition they could ask for. Wood in one week took the remnants of his squad, added a few unseasoned JV’s and came up with a respectable team.
Bill Muhly, a bearcat all night on defense, snatched a ball in the air in the Vikings territory, but the offense was only able to advance one yard.

The next scoring opportunity happened just before halftime, when the Cards moved 36 yards to the Viking 12 in seven plays, but the gun stopped the drive. Perry Brantley and Don King, a converted defensive back, earned most of the yardage. Unsung quarterback Buzz Colton, up from the JV team, showed courage under fire and despite a heavy rush kept his head. He threw five times with no completions or interceptions. Rushers were Brantley 77 yards, King 53, Webber 13, Scott 8 and Colton -11.
Wood was happy over his teams performance. “They made mistakes, but they were honest mistakes.” He was proud of his teams effort and commented, “we will be tougher as time goes on.” It is doubtful if Wood was referring to the final two games this season, but the Cards could be on the road back with daylight returning in 1966. (The team and players did improve and continued to improve while the players were at SCHS)

Knights Take Charge of SC The Moment They Take Field. Final Score 35-0. On a bitter cold night, some 3500 fans were disappointed the traditional “Big Game” was not closer. Juniors Pete Christensen and Bill Muhly impressed for the Cardinals. Christensen gained 24 yards and almost got away once or twice. One step faster or a little bit more blocking might have scored at least once. Other rushers were Scott 22 yards, Brantley 10 and Colton -18. Colton completed 4 of 13 passes for 50 yards. Receivers were Christensen 23 yards, Oakes 21 and Brewster 6.

Cards End Year With Touchdown On Final Play in 6-33 loss to Salinas. The score was the first score in six games. The drive started on the SC 39 and took 13 plays to complete. Bob Scott lost two yards and Perry Brantley fumbled, but he managed to recover and gain a yard. Then things picked up. Salinas was penalized 15 yards to put the ball on the Card 45. Now for the big play of the evening. Young Buzz Colton, who spent most of the evening running for his life or being battered to the ground, found Don King open on the south sidelines. A short swing pass and King was galloping in the open, but he was caught at the 10. Brantley lost two. Colton hit Randy Leonard for six, Pete Christensen moved it two more and the Cowboys were again charged with a personal foul moving the ball to the two. Scott skittered around left end for one. Colton’s pass was blocked. With two seconds on the clock, the Cards were charged with being off sides and the ball was moved back to the six. All appeared lost. Another incomplete pass and the situation was dark. Then just an instant before the gun sounded, Colton pitched out to Christensen, who raced around right end, cut back and dived into the promised land. It mattered not the Christensen’s attempt for the extra point was blocked. Rushing yards were Christensen 39, Scott 20, Brantley 18, Webber 5 and Colton -6. Colton completed 3 of 10 passes for 56 yards. Receivers were King 45 yards, Leonard 6 and Scott 5.

Don King as a defensive back was the lone Cardinal to be named ALL LEAGUE.


Practice games: Watsonville 26-6, Camden win. Practice record 2-0. League Monterey 13-13, Seaside 12-12 ended as a win by forfeiture, Watsonville tie, North Salinas 13-7, Soquel 35-0 and Salinas 6-38. League record 3-1-2 for second place. Season record 5-1-2. From the Trident.

Players, linemen: senior ends, Chuck Comstock and Sam Gillen; senior guard, Phil Langrish. Junior tackle, Gene Rochelle and center, Tom Stagnaro. Sophomore quarterback, Mike Puget. Backs: Seniors, at defensive back Meryl Craig and Ed Brantly. Senior fullbacks Herb Thomas and Bill Glendhill.

There was no listing of other players names to be reported here or additional scores.

Against Watsonville in a practice game 26-6 win, the first touchdown came in the second quarter when quarterback Mike Puget threw a long pass to Chuck Comstock. The Cardlets scored three times in the second half.

A hard fighting offense led by Bill Glendhill and Meryl Craig kept a well played game in the hands of the Cardlets over Camden. The crushing attack was led by Herb Thomas, who scored two SC touchdowns and Mike Puget whose fast thinking and quick feet kept the squad going. One other score came on a pass from Puget to Pat McClure. Halfback Ed Brantly was impressive moving the ball with authority many times while setting up scores. This was the second straight victory.

The squad was not able to add the third straight, but did tie their arch rival the Wildkittens with a strong second half and the strength of Puget’s left arm.

Herb Thomas played an exceptional game offensively and defensively and scored both touchdowns against Monterey. Sam Gillen intercepted a pass and ran 50 yards for a touchdown, but it was called back for clipping.

Against Seaside marked the first time Meryl Craig was used for any length of time in the quarterback spot. The defensive unit was made stronger by the addition of fast end Don Lowery. Don was one of the outstanding player of the game along with Herb Thomas, who is beginning to become a permanent fixture in the news. The tying touchdown was scored on a pass from Mike Puget to Sam Gillen, but the PAT failed again. The game ended in a 12-12 tie, but Seaside had to forfeit the game later.

After playing to three straight ties in league play the Cardlets with alert defense and lots of sweat beat first place North Salinas 13-7. The first score was a 12 yard pass from Mike Puget to Ed Brantley. The final score came on a crushing ground attack led by and finished off by a two yard run by Herb Thomas. Others who were lauded by the coach were Meryl Craig, Don Lowery, Rusty Willingham and of course Mr. Thomas. The defense recovered three fumbles and intercepted aerials. Bob Bishop set up the first score with an interception.

The most promising players on this years team have been senior ends Chuck Comstock and Sam Gillen; guard Phil Langrish; defensive back Meryl Craig; fullback Herb Thomas; Junior tackle, Gene Rochelle; center Tom Stagnaro; halfback Ed Brantley, hustling but inexperienced Buzz Colton and sophomore quarterback Mike Puget.


games: San Jose 6-26, North Salinas 7-0,
There was no listing of players names to report here or additional scores.

The lone score against San Jose came on a option pass, run play on which Tim Holz threw a perfect pass to big end Wes Bergazzi, who received good interference from Jerry Malmin to reach the end zone. The SC defensive unit trapped the Bulldogs 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage a couple of times.

In the game against North Salinas, on a long drive Keith Swehla ran for 11 yards, Dave Bilardello for 7, John Florek for 5 and Wes Bergazzi for 20 down the sidelines in one series of downs, but were not able to punch it in. John Florek’s pass to Steve Biles was the first score of the game and the PAT was good for a 7-0 lead before the half and it held up as the final score. Top linemen were Bob Henderson and Jerry Malmin.


Both squads lost to North Salinas due to not getting enough five through ten runners to place. SC did have the race winners as Tom Estrada won the varsity race and Chuck Cristiansen took first and Don Gledhill took second in the JV race.

In a three way meet with winner Watsonville, the Cards took second place and Seaside third. The Cards Tom Estrada took third, Dan Jasper seventh and John Freeman tenth. The junior varsities Bob Pescador placed fifth and Ron Vellutini tenth. The Pajaro Valley Country Club course was more hilly then any course the team had run before.

Varsity runners were Tom Estrada, Danny Moon, Bob Pescador, Dan Jasper, John Freesmann, Frank Trowbridge and Steve Lane.

Junior varsity runners were Sam Leask, Pete Yuhase, Ron Vellutini, Bob Barry, Bob Waggoner, Nike Lopez, Mike McCormack, Kevin Swehla, Dan Mathews, Tony Alvarez, Chuck Christiansen and Rick Alvarez.


in Sacramento. Practice games: Fremont 56-68 (co-champions of the Santa Clara Valley league), Andrew Hill 75-36, Dads Club; Mora 79-53, North Salinas 68-53, Monterey 55-54 Dads Club champions. Carmel 76-49, Sunnyvale Holiday Tournament; Berkeley 64-63, Blackford 40-70 (champions of the West Valley league), Cupertino 42-53. Santa Clara 72-46. Practice record 8-3. League: Salinas 47-33, 55-47; Watsonville 76-62, 50-52; Monterey 51-33, 69-48; Seaside 76-58, 55-74; Soquel 33-34, 73-52; North Salinas 52-38, 71-49. League record 9-3. Record at end of league 17-6 according to the Sentinel.

MBL Standings and season records were SC 9-3, 17-6; Seaside 8-4, 13-7; Watsonville 7-5, 12-6; Soquel 6-6, 10-11; Salinas 6-6, 10-8; North Salinas 5-7, 12-8 and Monterey 1-11, 5-15.

At the Camellia Tournament of Champions in Sacramento The Cards lost to Highlands 44-57, Piedmont 54-68, La Sierra 82-85. Season record 17-9.

Santa Cruz merchants help promote SCHS opening basketball game of the year by giving away free tickets to anyone who asks for them. Cabrillo College is also helping by allowing the Cards to play the game at their large gym. Merchants participating are: Bariteau’s Cleaners, Bruce’s Pharmacy, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Dads’ Club, Hackbarth’s, Leibbrandt & Puget, Merritt Rambler, Mobile Dealers in Santa Cruz: Bob’s Corner at Mission and Laurel, Brownie’s at corner Pacific & Cathcart, Bryan & Davison at corner Ocean and Barson, Howard’s at corner Soquel & Morrissey, Rossi’s at corner Pacific and Washington, Taul’s at corner Seabright and Pine, Penney’s, Quality Paint Store, Sportsman’s Shop, Sylvania Employees Association and United Cigar Store. All Santa Cruz High owes a note of thanks and appreciation to these good businesses.

Players by position with the majority of the time starters first. Forwards, Glenn Griffin, Don King, Doug Koskela, Wes Bergazzi, Don Cacace and Bill Gilbert. Center, Larry Griffin. Guards, Pete Christensen, Buddy Smith, Greg Gordon and Tom Eklof. Transfer forward Jim Hyde played in the last ten games.

Cards Lose To Big Indians 68-56. (Fremont ended the season as co-champions of the Santa Clara Valley league) The Cardinals, while showing signs of brilliance in the first period and near the end of the game, on a whole were unimpressive. The Cards were down 27-29 at half time, but Fremont came out in the third period and blitzed the Cards 6-22. Buddy Smith impressed with 14 points, hitting six of eight shots. Greg Gordon, while scoring only three points could develop into a much needed play maker. Four of the Fremont first team ranged in height from 6’ 3” to 6’ 6”.

The Indians dominated the offensive boards 14-7. The Cards charts showed the two teams tied for rebounds, but it did not seem so. The Cards shot 51 percent on 21 of only 39 shots, but Fremont took 25 more shots. The Cards were only 14 of 31 from the foul line (which troubled them the whole season). Scoring were Larry Griffin 21, Smith 14, King 7, Glenn Griffin 4, Koskela and Gordon 3 apiece, Christensen and Gilbert 2 apiece, Bergazzi and Eklof 0.

Seven hundred fans attended the Merchants Night game at Cabrillo in a SC 75-38 win over Hill with everyone on the team getting a good amount of playing time. Top rebounders were Larry and Glenn Griffin each with 12, Don King 10 and Doug Koskela 9. Top shooters were Greg Gordon who sank 4 of 8, Glenn 6 of 13, Buddy Smith 3 of 7 and Larry 5 of 12. The Cards did better at the free throw line in this game making 23 of 40, but still are not doing well. Scoring: King 6, Koskela 6, Larry 17, Smith 9, Gordon 8, Glenn 17, Christensen 6, Gilbert 0, Bergazzi 4, Cacace 2 and Eklof 0.

SC Sets Scoring Mark After Overcoming Bit Of Early Doldrums to beat Mora Central of Watsonville 79-53 in the opening round of the Dads Club Invitational tournament. The previous high score for SC was 75 against North Salinas in 1962. The Cards only led 14-13 at the end of the first period. The pressing, fast breaking Cards had mostly layups once they got untracked. The Cards made 32 of 72 shots, but should have scored more as they had only six attempts of more than 15 feet. Scoring: Christensen 0, Smith 16, King 8, Gilbert 0, Bergazzi 2, Glenn 20, Larry 25, Cacace 2, Gordon 6 and Eklof 0.

Santa Cruz’ Late Rally Put the Cards into Championship Game with a win over North Salinas 68-53.. North Salinas gave the Cards a real scare being down only two points at half and three to start the last quarter. Plus Larry Griffin had fouled out within a minute of the end of the third quarter. With Larry out the Cards came to life and blitzed the nets for 12 consecutive points to go ahead 60-47. The Cards sank 29 of 76 attempts from the floor, but only 10 of 29 from the charity stripe. Assist leaders were Pete Christensen with seven, Don King five, Buddy Smith four and Glenn Griffin three, which indicates the team game the Cards played. North Salinas won the boards 50-43. Glenn was on the boards for 12 rebounds. Scoring for the Cards were Glenn Griffin 23, King 2, Larry Griffin 15, Smith 19, Christensen 7, Koskela 0 and Gordon 2.

The big play of the game came in the last seconds of a 55-54 win over Monterey in the Dads Club championship game. Larry Griffin made the first slam dunk with a flourish. It was the first dunk by any player on a SC court. Down by one, ten seconds to go, Monterey in bounded the ball just behind the half court line and as the dribbler crossed the half court line, the Cards stepped up in a half court trap doubling the ball and as the dribbler attempted a pass across court Larry leaped in the way of the pass for an interception. He had clear sailing for the dunk and a one point win. A partisan crowd of 900 fans went wild, mobbing Griffin like he was Ringo of he Beatles. SC controlled the boards 34-27. Larry had 11 rebounds and Glenn 9. Buddy Smith had six assists. Larry was getting good shots even with Toreadors all over his back and his stomach, while sinking 10 of 17 shots. Scoring for the Cards were Glenn 7, King 6, Larry 22, Smith 8, Christensen 2, Gordon 2 and Koskela 8. Doug Koskela, who only started playing high school ball as a junior last year on JV was pulled up to varsity this year to fill in when flu bug hit the team. He quickly made a place for himself on the varsity and started many games. (The next game at Monterey ended with a 18 point win for SC.)

Larry Griffin was named the Dads Club MVP. Buddy Smith and Glenn Griffin were also picked on the All Tournament team.

Scoring a easy 76-49 win over Carmel with the Griffins play a half a game apiece and Smith out with illness the rest of the team stepped up and Don King in particular. Don made seven of 11 field goal attempts and hauled in 11 rebounds. Assist leaders with three apiece were Pete Christensen, Larry and Glenn. Scoring were Glenn 14, Koskela 5, Christensen 9, Gordon 2, King 16, Bergazzi 2, Bill Gilbert 8, Eklof 2, Larry 13 and Cacace 5.

Gordon Fires Up SC Comeback against Salinas to win 47-33 in the MBL opener. Unsung Gregg Gordon with great hustle all over the Hartnell gym got assistance from teammates Pete Christensen and Don King, other unsung heroes with limited varsity experience kept the Cards in the game the first half with the score 16-18 in favor of Salinas. The Cards pulled ahead 22-20 with 4:20 left in the third quarter. The first half the Cards seemed tight and not their normal selves and played the deliberate style of Salinas, but in the second half they came out and started to play loose in their running aggressive way. Christensen had four assist, scored 10 points, drove to the basket well, got himself open for good shots, which indicates he is starting to come into his own. Don King had four assists and 10 rebounds. Glenn Griffin played good defense, had ten rebounds and four points. Larry Griffin hauled in 12 rebounds and scored 16 points. Other players and points scored were Gordon 5, Bill Gilbert 2, Don Cacace 2, Tom Eklof 2 and Wes Bergazzi 0. (Smith and Koskela were out with the flu that has hit most teams and a lot of players this season. The effect of the illness lasted much longer than a normal cold.)

In the opening game for the Cards at the 16 team Sunnyvale Holiday Tournament, the Cards fought an uphill battle to sting the defending tournament champion Berkeley High Yellow Jackets 64-63. For SC, the hair raising breath taking victory was the Cards seventh triumph in a row and by far their best game to date. As a unit the Cards had 17 big assists indicating good team work. Larry Griffin grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 31 points and was just three short of the tourney record. It was Larry best individual performance of the season so far. He sank a game tying one and one free throw with 1:15 left to play and then calmly made the big payoff bonus shot. There were other players on the floor beside Larry. Doug Koskela a 6” 5” senior was a key man on the boards grabbed seven rebounds and scored 10 points in the second half. Pete Christensen passed off for seven assists, made seven steals and hauled in five valuable rebounds despite standing only 5’ 10“. Greg Gordon had four recoveries. Glenn Griffin had quite possibly his best game to date with three assists, seven rebounds and 11 points. Buddy Smith’s speed proved invaluable as he harassed the Yellow Jackets into fumbles and bad shots. He scored ten points below his average, but he had missed the last two games from illness. Larry Griffin went 11 for 24 from the floor and 9 for 13 from the foul line. From the floor the Cards hit 22 of 56 shots for a 49.4 average. It was from the free throw line, where the Cards have been their poorest up until now, that SC won the game hitting 20 of 34. SC got into a bad one and one situation in the first half as the Cards appeared eager and tense, but were down only two points at the half. Berkeley sprinted away from the Cards 46-34, but the Cards scored eight consecutive points. Berkeley went ahead 52-44, but SC kept the pressure on without fouling and kept whittling the margin down. The Cards made seven free throws in one and one situations to cut the score down to 56-57 with five minutes to play. Koskela then came through making a rebound shot, a pair of free throws, another rebound shot for 6 points and a 62-61 lead with two minutes to play. Berkeley went ahead 62-63, before Larry made his two one and ones to put the Cards ahead. Koskela came up with two big rebounds to keep the Yellow Jackets from scoring. A big victory for the Cards without starting forward Don King out with the flu. Scoring was Larry 31, Glenn 11, Koskela 10, Smith 3, Christensen 6, Gilbert 2 and Gordon 1.

Cards Tomahawked By Good defense. How can a team look so good one day and so bad the next? Blackford battered, bruised and killed the Cards 40-70. Could it be the effort put forth against the perennially strong Berkeley team effected the Cards play. (Blackford won the West Valley league championship) For the first time this year the Cards lost the opening tip, which was a clue of things to come. The 6’7” Dennis Atwrey (Who played in college and the NBA) does not have the offensive moves of Larry, but scored 23 points, did a good job defensively and controlled the boards with 13 rebounds. Koskela topped the Cards in rebounding with 9, but had trouble controlling the ball against the hacking Braves. Larry followed by with 7. Except for some fine hustle and good floor play in the closing minutes by Wes Bergazzi and the general hustle of Pete Christensen, the Cards were lifeless as a Christmas turkey carcass. Scoring: Glenn 0, Koskela 7, Larry 13, Christensen 6, Smith 4, Gordon 0, Gilbert 7, Bergazzi 1, Edwards 2, Cacace and Eklof 0.

In the seasons second league game, Watsonville kept the score tight through half time with the Cards ahead only 39-38. But the home boys turned it on in the second half to win 76-62. Dave Mercer who scored 34 points in the game was held to only one bucket in the third quarter as the Card filled in on defense to help cut off his drives for the basket and allowed the Cards to outscore the Cats 20 to 9 and extend their lead. The Cards controlled the boards 41-30. Each Griffin had 10 and Koskela 7. Both Griffins shot well from the floor. Larry was 11 of 17, Glenn 8 of 17 and Smith 7 of 14. Except for the Berkeley game, this was probably the Cards best all around effort so far. They sank 32 of 63 shots for a 51 percent average and 12 of 23 at the charity stripe. To indicate how well the Cards played as a team, they had 19 assists five each by Larry, Smith and Christensen. The starting line up with their points scored at forwards, Glenn Griffin 17 and Don King 2. At center, Larry Griffin 28. At guards, Buddy Smith 15 and Pete Christensen 6. Doug Koskela added 6 and Don Cacace 2.

After three games the Cards are tied for the league lead with a surprising 51-33 win over Monterey. Larry Griffin had 23 points and 15 rebounds. Senior, Doug Koskela had 12 rebounds and 6 points Pete Christensen had seven of the 11 Card assists and scored two points. Glenn Griffin scored only nine points, but held the Toreador leading score to half his normal average. The fast breaking Cards had only 18 shots outside the free throw lane and sank 21 of 62 shots for 34 percent shooting. In the Cards favor was their aggressive, but not overly aggressive play as the Cards committed a low of nine fouls in the game to keep the Toreadors from ever getting into a one and one free throw situation. Don King added 3 points and Buddy Smith 8.

SC Grabs Undisputed MBL lead in ‘Meat Grinder’. At the Civic before a crowd of 1000 the Cards won their tenth game of the season 76-58 against previously unbeaten in league Seaside. The contest was marred by 53 personal fouls. Buddy Smith was the only Card to foul out. The Cards started strong taking a 18-8 lead in the first period. Two thirds of the Cards points were scored by Larry and Glenn each with 25 points. Glenn seems to have found a home at guard as he is a fine dribbler and good driver. Buddy Smith is now playing forward on offense and guard on defense. Glenn will still cover the opponents best scorer. Glenn’s only weakness is not passing ahead to open men as he goes down court. Scoring wise Glen hit 8 of 18 from the floor and 9 of 12 from the foul line, plus grabbing seven rebounds and passing for three assist. This was by far Glenn’s best game of his career. For the brothers together, this game was their best performance, though Larry has had better individual games. Larry hit 10 of 23 from the field and 5 of 7 from the line, while collecting 12 rebounds and dishing out four assists. Pete Christensen led in assists with six and had 7 points. Doug Koskela led in rebounds with 11 and had nine points. Greg Gordon impressed with six points, five rebounds and went a perfect 2 for 2 at both the foul line and from the field. The Cards controlled the boards by a slim margin 41-37. They also made 26 of 68 field goal attempts, not overly impressive considering the amount of good shots they had. The bad spots for the Cards was at the free throw line. shooting as they made only 24 out of 47 attempts, just barely 50 percent. They also entered the lane too soon on four occasions. Scoring: Glenn 25, Koskela 9, Larry 25, Christensen 7, Smith 2, King 0, Gordon 5, Eklof 2, Bergazzi and Gilbert 0.

Capacity Crowd At Ragged Tilt. Soquel pulled out a 34-33 win in the last seconds. Ironically after such a close, but poorly played battle, both combatants are now tied for the MBL lead with 4-1 records. Both teams were ice cold from the floor and from a spectators view, not a good game except from the torrent of emotions generated by the close score. The score was tied three times and the lead changed hands nine times. With two minutes left in the second quarter, the Cards led 20-10. Then Soquel scored eight unanswered points to make it 20-18 at half time. For five minutes in the third quarter the Cards did not get a shot off, though they did score nine points in the quarter. In the final quarter they made four fouls shots, period. SC led 32-31 with seventeen seconds left in the game. With 10 seconds left, Soquel rebounded their missed free throw and scored for the win. Both squads were nervous, which was obvious to most of the fans. Whether it was because of the big crowd, the “traditional game” atmosphere or just one of those nights that will happen once in a while, nobody knows. The Knights and Cards were so “tight”, they had trouble hanging on to the basketball let alone putting it through the hoop. SC hit or missed often enough to record a sorry 13 of 50 attempts for 26 percent. Soquel was slightly better 26.4 percent. The Cards, a team that likes to play more or less a race horse type of basketball, did not run successfully and Soquel was able to burn them once on a long pass for a lay up. Scoring: Koskela 3, Smith 9, Larry 13, Christensen 3, Glenn 4, Gordon 1 and King 0.

Vikes Ground Cardinals, Then Birds Spree, 52-38. SC grounded for 12 minutes, took of in a flurry in the second period to regain undisputed first place in MBL. The Cards scored ten consecutive points to overcome a North Salinas 17-10 lead and won going away. It was a bruising contest featuring the two biggest clubs in the league. North Salinas controlled the boards 32-26. Their 6’ 6” center turned in his best game of the year with ten rebounds and 20 points. SC had one of its best efforts as far as balanced scoring goes. The Cards had only 11 assists as a unit, but had three players score in double figures, Larry Griffin 16, Pete Christensen and Glenn Griffin 10 and Doug Koskela followed with 9. Other scorers were Don King 4, Buddy Smith 2 and Greg Gordon 1. Larry was bottled up pretty well by the 6’6” center and a collapsing defense, but still made 8 of 13 shots, had 8 rebounds and passed off better. Christensen had another fine night, not passing off as much, but moving all over the court and coming up with loose balls. Smith was an asset with his hustle. Glenn had 7 rebounds and as usual did a good defensive job against the Vikings best scorer. King played his best game since his illness. SC shot 21 for 55 a 38 percent average. But at the foul line they were worse than the SF Warriors with Wilt Chamberlain going 10 for 25. Scoring: Koskela 9, Smith 2, Larry 16, Christensen 10, Glenn 10, Gordon 1 and King 4. MBL records at this point are SC 5-1, Soquel 4-2, Seaside 3-2, Salinas 2-2, North Salinas and Watsonville 2-3 and Monterey 0-6.

Christensen Paces Cardinal Victory 55-47 over Salinas. The Cards will have to play better in the next two weeks to capture their first championship since 1958-59. They face three tough foes on foreign courts. The Cards are now 12-4 for the season. Christensen made six of nine shots for a personal high for his career and had four assists. Buddy Smith after a good start in December and then getting sick has slowly gotten back in his grove scored 12 points. Both Christensen and Smith are short, but are quick and aggressive on defense and going after loose balls. Don King started in place of Koskela and scored 5 points. Gregg Gordon for Glenn Griffin scored 4 points. Glen Griffin ended up with points. King and Smith were on the boards, although they only had nine between them. King had several offensive tips. Larry Griffin was not up to his usual game, but still had nine rebounds, two assists, hit 7 of 16 shots and had 16 points. The score was tied 28-28 at halftime. The Cards led only 28-26 on the boards. SC hit 23 of 57 shots for 40 percent, but was a dismal 9 for 24 from the line. Scoring: Smith 12, Larry 12, Christensen 12, Gordon 4, King 5, Koskela 0 and Glenn 6.

The Cards beat Santa Clara with a third period spurt that ended with a 72-46 victory registering their tenth consecutive “home” win this year. SC has not lost at home, since losing the MBL championship game to Watsonville in the last game of the 1963-64 season. The Cats are the Cards next opponent. Jim Hyde a 6’ 5” transfer from Alabama made an impressive, if tense, debut. He scored five point, five rebounds, and two assists and played about half the game. Both sides employed pressing defenses and play was rugged under the backboards, which was controlled by the Cards 41-29. The Card defense was sharp. The contest was close until the end of the third quarter, when the Cards pulled away 53-34 and substitutes finished out the game. The Cards hit 27 of 73 shots for 37 percent. The Cards have been getting good shots all season, while normally keeping their shooting averages in the forties. Santa Clara was forced into bad shots because of the Card defense, shot only 25 percent. Once again, free throws plagued the Cards, who made 18 of 37 barely 50 percent. Larry Griffin did make six of eight from the line. Scoring: Larry Griffin 24, Koskela 8, King 8, Smith 7, Christensen 7, Bergazzi 5, Hyde 5, Glenn Griffin 3, Gordon 3, Eklof 2, Gilbert and Cacace 0.

(This article is like every thing else reported here is from the Trident or the Sentinel is from the paper unless it is within parentheses. This report as most of this basketball section is from the Sentinel sports editor). Watsonville Clips Cards’ Wings In Overtime 52-50. The Cards have yet to prove they can win on the road. It is the Redbirds fifth loss away from home. The game ended with fans, players and coaches going to the officials and the time keeper. SC fans may have been justly unhappy. Three big decisions went against them. With 2:30 to play and the score tied 46-46, Larry Griffin drove baseline for a lay up, but his soft touch shot balanced dead still on the metal strip that extends from the backboard. Under basketball rules this is a dead ball, but no whistle was blown and action came to a stop. Soon after Don King jumped up and tipped the ball as in getting it down. The ball was given to Watsonville on the basis of a player can not touch a ball on the rim. A heated discussion took place. (It was a dead ball and action stopped). Watsonville made a jump shot at the end of the third quarter that was declared good by the officials to put the Cats ahead 43-41. The officials obviously did not hear the buzzer, because of the crowd. We were sitting right next to the time keeper and know for a fact that the buzzer sounded before the shooter put the shot in the air. (the following added comment, is not from the Sentinel, when in doubt it is the scorekeepers call.) This next call can not be debated as it happens all the time and is an officials call, which is sometimes wrong) With the score Cats 50-48, Christensen tried to throw Larry Griffin a bounce pass and it hit Larry’s defenders leg and went out of bounds. It was the Cats ball again and it was in the overtime period. Watsonville went into a stall and as the clock went down the Cards fouled and the Cats went up by four. Smith made a lay up with 5 seconds left to make the final Cats 52-50. The Cards tried to call time out, but the officials did not see them as time ran out. NOW TO GAME ACTION. Both sides deserved to win for it was a well played, exciting game. The score was tied 14 times and the lead changed hands four times. Neither team shot a fabulous percentage. The Cards went 19 of 60 for 32 percent and the Cats 18 of 52 for 35 percent. At the foul line SC was above average for them hitting 12 of 17, while the Cats sank 16 of 20. SC led in rebounds 35-29. The biggest lead by either side occurred when Watsonville led 6-1 in the opening minutes and SC opened up a 29-24 advantage early in the third quarter. At the end of the half the score was tied 23-23. At the end of the third quarter the Cats led 43-41. The Cards outscored the Cats 7-5 in the fourth quarter to tie the game as both teams tried to control the ball and kill the clock, which they continued in the overtime period. With the score tied and 1:15 left on the clock the Cats stalled for the last shot, but the game went overtime. In overtime the Cards controlled the tip, but missed the following shot and Watsonville came down and scored. Then came the wrong call on the out of bounds play and the Cats stalled. With 1:25 left to play, Christensen and Smith doubled teamed the ball handler and Christensen stole the ball. Smith streaked down the floor open and unseen, so the pass was made to the next closes man, who over threw the wide open Smith. The Cards fouled, but they picked the wrong player Dave Mercer, who had score 32 points against them the first game and 20 this game. He did not miss his two shots. Larry Griffin played well and shot well and was the only Card to score in double figures with 26 markers. Other Card scorers were Glenn Griffin 7, Smith and Christensen 6 apiece, Koskela and Hyde 2 apiece, and King 1.

SC Wins, But Monterey Jinx Remains As Koskela Hurt. Despite humiliating Monterey 86-48, the Toreadors are still holding a home court jinx over the Cards. Senior forward Doug Koskela, who has started more than half the Cards games, broke his right ankle as he was nudged going in for a lay up and crashed into the close by wall. SC has made a big improvement in its last two games. They sank free throws, a big weakness of the past as the team sank 30 of 43. Glenn Griffins confidence came back as he sank 15 of 17 from the foul line, Larry five of seven and Don Cacace six of eight. The big difference in the game was on the boards with SC in control 37-19. Jim Hyde had 11 rebounds and Larry nine rebounds to top Monterey’s total. The score at halftime was SC 34-28. SC played a man to man defense the first period, but Larry picked up his third foul and the Cards switched to a very effective zone defense. Glenn literally stopped Monterey’s top scorer cold holding him to six points. SC scoring was Larry Griffin 29, Glenn 23, Cacace 8, Christensen 7, Smith and Hyde 4 apiece, King 3, Koskela, Gordon, Bergazzi and Eklof 2 apiece.

Seaside Tallies 22 Straight Points to Win 74-55 and Take League Lead with a 7-2 record with three more games to play and SC is 7-3 with two games left. It means in order for the Cards to win the title it won’t be of their own doing as someone else will have to defeat the Spartans. (Salinas beat them and Monterey stood up and ended their season with their only league win of the season by defeating their closes rival.) In the Seaside gym with both teams extremely tense, Seaside went out to a 6-0 lead and it was not until 4:30 left in the quarter until Larry Griffin put the Cards on the scoreboard. The score was 17-14 with 5:50 left in the half, when Seaside playing very tight defense went on a 22 point run and the half ended 14-37 Seaside. Every time the Spartans scored the Redbirds tried harder and the harder they tried the more mistakes they made. It was like the Blackford game all over again. Buddy Smith was the top Card on the floor this game scoring 10 points, giving out two assists and hauling in six rebounds, despite his short height. Glenn Griffin had four assists to go with his 15 points. Larry Griffin had 20 points. The Cards had a bad night at the foul in going 9 of 28, while Seaside hit 22 of 35. There’s a strong wind a blowing at Santa Cruz’s championship candle. The candle wick is not cold yet, the the big red flame is showing black today. Scoring; Hyde 1, Smith 10, Larry 20, Christensen 5, Glenn 15, Gordon 0, King 0, Bergazzi 2, Cacace 2 and Eklof 0.

Santa Cruz ‘5’ Rolls Over Soquel, 73-52. The Cardinals let out the clutch and kept their hands off the choke to defeat Soquel and clinch at least a tie for the MBL championship. There was no choking up under pressure this time for the Cards, who were counted out of the race last week. Winless in league Monterey beat Seaside to put the Cards up one game with only North Salinas left to play. A win will send the Cards for their first visit to the Camellia City (Sacramento) Tournament. To give credit where credit is due, the Knights played better ball then when they upset the Cards in the first game. Glenn Griffin made the difference, although brother Larry scored 29 points to set a new SCHS career scoring record at 1088 points in three seasons. Jim Smith tallied 1071 from 57-59 and oddly enough, he led the Cards to their last championship in 1958-59. Pete Hamm was held to 13 points as the Griffins doubled teamed him most of the time. Glenn was tipping the ball back up on the offensive boards in the first half. In rebounding, Larry had 11, Hamm 8, Jim Hyde who is now starting at a forward spot hauled in 7 and Glenn with 6. SC had the boards 34-26. From the floor Larry was 10 of 28, Glenn 8 of 18 and Hamm 6 of 22. To illustrate the two teams were more relaxed, SC sank 21 of 29 free throws. Despite the hot handed Griffins the Cards shot 33 percent from the floor with 26 for 78 shots. The score was 11-4 halfway through the first quarter as Glenn tallied seven quick points. The halftime score was SC 40-29. At the end of the third period it was 60-44 and SC slowed its offense to kill the clock. With 2:30 left in the game Larry came out and got a standing ovation from most of the overflow crowd of 1200 fans at the Civic Auditorium. There is another thing to mention. Larry out scored Hamm by 16 points, he now trails Hamm by four points, 241 to 245 in league play. Dave Mercer of Watsonville is close with 235. However, Larry can ill afford to go after the scoring title as SC must beat North Salinas for the clear title. (After the game a college coach commented that Larry definitely was a Division I scholarship player. Later on the University of Oregon offered Larry a full ride.) Scoring: Hyde 2, Smith 8, Larry 29, Christensen 7, Glenn 19, Gordon 2, King 6, Bergazzi, Cacace, Eklof and Gilbert 0.

Cards Win MBL. Smith, Larry Griffin Pace Santa Cruz Win for the first basketball championship in six years. A capacity crowd of 1160 cheered crazily as Larry came off the auditorium floor for the last time. The Cards played inspired ball and their best “team game” of the year. This is evidenced by four players scoring in double figures. Buddy Smith played his most outstanding game of his entire career as he was all over the court scoring 14 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and handing out three assists. Smith was jumping so high, he might have been able to stuff the ball had the occasion arisen for the 5’ 10” senior. Larry Griffin, who was four points behind the league leader, passed on trying for the scoring title for some great team work. Griffin had seven assists and all time high for the Card center, who last year set a school record for scoring with 482 points in a season. Larry settled for 14 points this night. Larry’s “little brother” Glenn a 6’ 3” junior had an outstanding night with eight rebounds and 15 points. Don King who shared a forward spot with 6’ 5” transfer Jim Hyde tallied 10 points and had eight rebounds. Hyde shucked off a gimpy knee to score nine points and grab eight rebounds. The Cards were tense and nervous at the beginning of the game, but led at the end of the first quarter 15-13 and 32-26 at halftime, before pulling away the second half. At the end of the game the players embraced each other matter of factly. Glenn Griffin climbed up on the backs of several teammates to strip the net off the basket nearest to the Card bench as a souvenir.
The Cards overwhelmed a big North Salinas team on the backboards 46-19. The Cards got off 90 shots, but only sinking 24. The Cards have conquered their old nemesis, sinking 23 of 38 foul shots. Eight of the 15 misses were during the tense beginning of the game. Scoring: Smith 14, Larry 14, Christensen 3, Glenn 15, King 10, Hyde 9, Gordon 4, Bergazzi 0, Cacace 2 and Eklof 0.

In the first round of the fourth annual Camellia City Tournament of Champions at the 3000 seat capacity pavilion at Sacramento High School, the Highland Scots used ball control and red hot shooting to down the Cards 44-57. As expected the Cards were stage struck at the outset. In the first quarter the Cards made two of eight field goal attempts, while Highland made seven of 14 to lead 18-7. SC did not lose much ground during the remainder of the game, the damage had been done. The score at intermission was Highland 30-18. When the Cards made their run near the end of the third period, they appeared to be relaxed and seemed to come to life. SC reduced what was a 16 point margin to nine as Glenn Griffin sparked the drive. One thing is certain, the Cards did not live up to their potential, for they lost to a team they could have beaten with the same type effort they made in their last two MBL encounters. From the coach, “The players really wanted to win this one, maybe that was the trouble, as it has happened before. There is a problem with putting too much pressure on yourself.” The Cards made 17 of 50 shots for a 34 percent average. This represents 40 less shots then they took in their last game. One of the reasons for this was the ball control game the Scots’ played, but their sharp shooting 50 percent from the field and 79 percent from the foul line also was a factor. The most impressive Cardinal was Don King, who sank four out of five shots all long jumpers. Larry Griffin scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds all off the offensive boards. SC had the boards 31-26. Scoring: Hyde 2, Smith 5, Larry 18, Glenn 9, Christensen 2, King 8, Gordon, Bergazzi, Cacace and Eklof 0.

Cards lose their second game in the tournament to Piedmont of the East Bay 54-68. The Redbirds played better than they did in their opening loss, but defensive lapses near the end of the first period and at the start of the second quarter made a difference. Most common was a mix up in the switching man to man that left a man free. Still the Cards were only down 26-31 at half. With 1:22 left in the third quarter the Cards were down 38-41. Buddy Smith drove for a lay up to make it 40-41, but at the end of the quarter it was 40-49. Larry Griffin, who was butchered under the bucket had 11 points on 5 of 17 from the floor, while gathering in 14 rebounds. The deliberate offensive style of their opponents slowed the Cards down and they were not able to play at the faster pace they prefer. Scoring: King 0, Smith 13, Larry 11, Christensen 4, Lenn 8, Hyde 9, Gordon 4, Bergazzi 4, Cacace 1, Eklof and Frank Edwards 0 up from JV‘s 0.

After two mediocre games at the Camellia tournament the Redbirds came up with one of their better performances in a 82-85 loss to La Sierra, the pre tourney favorite, who was undefeated until last week. The two teams set a tournament record for a total game score with 167 points. All of the Cards gave their all last night. The real hustlers were Don King, Pete Christensen, Jim Hyde and the brothers Griffins, who combined for 52 points between them. Larry spearheaded the Card attack guiding 29 points through the rim, plus turning in some good defensive labors. Glenn added 23 points plus his tough play. Sophomore Wes Bergazzi played extensively throughout the tourney and showed that he could play with the big boys. The score was tied 15 times and the lead changed hands on another nine occasions, before La Sierra took it away. With 1:18 left in the game and the Cards down 75-81, the Cards made a frenzied rally double teaming their opponents. Don King and Buddy Smith tallied quick buckets to make it 79-81, but the over eager Cards started fouling. The game was decided at the foul line as La Sierra made 27 of 43 from the line and the Cards were 14 for 22. SC outscored the Longhorns from the field by 10 points. Both teams shot 45 percent from the field. The Cards were 34 of 77 and La Sierra hit 29 of 65. SC won the boards 43-36 with the Cards having 20 offensive rebounds. Christensen played one of his best games in recent weeks. He had six of the Cards ten assists. Larry Griffin shot 12 for 19 from the floor and had 17 rebounds. Hyde was next with ten rebounds. While the Cards were winless in this tourney, it should be remembered that all their foes were cool reacting league champs that would not rattle under the Cards pressure tactics. Except for La Sierra, the first two opponents played a deliberate ball control offense, which is a different style of game from what the Cards like to play. La Sierra was probably the best of the three teams SC faced. Scoring: King 8, Smith 2, Larry 29, Christensen 8, Glenn 23, Hyde 8, Gordon 0, Bergazzi 4 and Eklof 0.

Brothers senior Larry Griffin and junior Glenn Griffin were selected All MBL players for the second year in a row.


Practice games: Andrew Hill lost, Fremont 63-36, Carmel 63-33, Salinas Invitational; Seaside 77-55, lost to Salinas and Soquel. Record to date is 3-4. Mora 53-33. Practice record 4-4. League Salinas 22-67, loss; Seaside loss, 68-80; Soquel 50-57, 59-52; North Salinas 67-72, 30-57; Watsonville 39-43, loss; Monterey 40-43, loss. League record 1-11. Season record 5-15.

Players: guards, Steve Ghidinelli, Dave Billardello, Everett Yee, Gary Grellman Allen Badger and Jay Harold. Inside players: Mike Puget, Don Fassio, Lolly Lowery, Lee Lue, Don Lowery and Rich Cordero.

Scoring for the first two games of the season were Bill Yue and Everett Yee each with 24, Steve Ghidinelli 15, Scott Huchinson 15, Don Lowery 13, Mike Puget 4, Lollie Lowery 4, Don Fassio 3, Dan Bilardello 2 and Gary Grellman 2.

In the 63-36 win over Carmel, play maker Everett Yee topped scorers with 15 points followed by captain Steve Ghidinelli with 10 and Bill Yue with 9. Mike Puget was impressive as he moved the ball and set up many scores. The second half was played by the substitutes.

Freshman Lollie Lowery has been turning in a great job at center scoring 14 points in the Soquel battle and 17 against Salinas along with forward Mike Puget. The coach stated the rebounding has been the crimp in the Cardlet structure all year. For three losses in a row the last two minutes of the games have been the difference.

The Cardlets played very well against Watsonville deserving to win as they played just as hard as any team in the league. Don Fassio had a good game scoring 8 points and hauling in a number of rebounds. Junior Steve Ghidinelli showed good hustle and had 9 points. Everett Yee poured in 10.

Exceptional players were Everett Yee, Steve Ghidinelli, Dave Bilardello and Mike Puget.


Practice games: Andrew Hill 56-26, Carmel 20-30, Santa Clara 57-45,
League: Salinas 40-58, Soquel 29-45, 36-49; Seaside 29-56, lost by one point.

Starters in the first league game against Salinas were Frank “Spider” Edwards, Steve Decker, John Florek, Tim Holz and Dennis Henderson. Edwards led the team with 22 points. In the Carmel game the same players started and were on the boards retrieving almost every missed shot. Tim Holtz led the scoring with 13.

Scoring in the Seaside loss were Frank Edwards 9, Ron Gray 5, Dana Hendershott 4, John Florek 4, Steve Decker 4 and Ron Vellutini 3.

In the Santa Clara 57-45 win the Cards played their best game of the year. The coach Doug Severin comments were “The squad has been working a lot harder lately and we deserve to win more. ”the mental attitude has been great.” Dana Hendershott the most improved player, Frank Edwards and team captain John Florek are the top scorers.

Ron Vellutini has been the leading scorer hitting in double figures all season.


games: Salinas 33-41, North Salinas 28-52

Starting line up for the first two games: guard, Allan Badger; forwards, Mike Agnone and Scot Pitman; posts, Gary Grellman and Lollie Lowery. Substitutes: Chick Van Selus, Gary Adams. High point man in the Salinas game was Gary Grellman with 14 points.


games: Salinas 34-22, North Salinas 25-25
Won their first three games using a zone press defense and a fast break offense.

Players; Tom Hughes, Don Torchio, Steve Canepa, Kip Herren, Fred Avery, Tim Kennedy and Dave Cecy


Finished the year with a 12-2 record to place third in the regular league season and third at the MBL tournament. They tied for eighth place in the Gonzales tournament. The team scored four points at the Northern Coast Section meet.

Five wrestlers qualified for the Northern Coast Section II tournament. The are Brian Loehr at 191, who led the pack going undefeated in dual matches, placed first in the MBL tournament and took a second place in the Gonzales tournament. Brian scored two points for taking fourth place at the NCS meet. Gene Rochelle at 145, was 13-1-4 for the year, placed second in the MBL tourney. Gene also took a fourth place at the NCS meet for two points. SC scored four points at NCS against the best wrestlers in the Northern part of the state. Others who qualified, but did not score at NCS were David Anderson, at 175, but who took first in the MBL meet; Ken Gledhill, at 133 took first in the MBL; Ed Kaping, at 127 took third in the MBL.

Wrestlers who placed fourth at the MBL tourney were Bob Scott, 154; Tony Alvarez, 112 and Kip Herren, 95 who also placed in the Gonzales tourney and got a second at the novice tourney.
Seven wrestlers reached double figures in wins this year.

During the holidays the Cards remained undefeated by dumping Awalt 29-23, Los Altos 32-15, Half Moon Bay, Monterey and Seaside. In these matches Gene Rochelle has stayed unbeaten and untied in the 145 pound class. Ken Gledhill, 138; David Anderson, 175 and Brian Loehr, 191 have won four and tied one.

In later matches the Cards defeated Salinas 27-17 and lost to Watsonville and Seaside. David Anderson at 175 got the only pin against Seaside and is undefeated for the season. Brian Loehr remained undefeated by decisioning his man at 191 to make his record 7 wins and one tie.

Against Awalt the winners by pin were at 103, Darrell Strite; 138, Glen Gledhill; 145,Gene Rochelle; 191, Brian Loehr. Winner by decision was 120, David Gray. Those whose matches ended in draws were 112, Tony Alvarez; 127, Ed Kaping; 175 and David Anderson. Other wrestlers and their weights were 95, Kip Herren; 133, Maurice McMullen; 154, Bob Scott; 165, Noah Metcalf and heavyweight, Archie Lopez.

Against Los Altos the winners by pin were 95, Kip Herren. Winners by decision were 112, Tony Alvarez; 120, David Gray; 127, Ed Kaping; heavyweight, Archie Lopez.
Winner by forfeit was 103, Darrell Strite. Match ending in a draw was 191, Brian Loehr. Other wrestlers were 165, Bob Scott and 165, Jenkins.

Varsity members: Gene Rochelle, Bob Scott, Jerry Malmin, Dave Anderson, Bryan Loehr, Archie Lopez, Kip Herren, Darrell Strite, Tony Lopez, John Lincoln, Ed Kapping, Ken Gledhill, Tom Stagnaro, David Gray and Maurice McMullin.

Junior Varsity members. George Hightower, Rusty Rogers. Jim Sutherland. Gary Hansen, Tim Miller. Bill Grever. Gerry Johns. Larry Wylie. John Garcia. Steve Belcher. Herb Thomas. Kevin Swehla. Richard Gledhill. Ken Belch. Allen Rochelle. Tom Paris. Pat Provenzano. Brendon Baer.


Practice games: Saratoga loss, Serra loss, Del Mar loss, Bellarmine 4-1, Buscher won, Wilcox won, Salinas Lions Club Tourney: Soquel 6-3, Seaside 1-7 and Monterey 1-3. League: Salinas 4-1, Watsonville 0-5, North Salinas 3-2, Monterey 3-1,
League record 7-5, third place. Season 13-12 not complete.

Catchers Phil Langrish and Bob Scott; pitchers, Co-Captain Ron Durkin, Steve Welch and Glen Griffin; 1B, Wes Bergazzi; Infielders: Steve Ghidinelli, Everett Yee, Greg Gordon, Tom Crichton, Pete Christensen. Outfielders: co-captain, Buddy Smith also 1B, Gary Neuman, Dave Trybom and Bill Gilbert, also a catcher.

For their first win of the season the Cards upset highly regarded Bellarmine 4-1 behind the classy three hitter thrown by Ron Durkin. Bill Gilbert led the hitters going 2 for 4.

In the win against Buchser Glenn Griffin and Steve Welch combined to throw a two hitter as the Cards ran by the Bruins.

Lefty Ron Durkin pitched a strong game in a 4-1 win over Salinas. The following day in a contest that had been postponed twice Glenn Griffin went the distance against Wilcox striking out 10 for a win. Freshman Tom Critchton broke the ice in the eighth inning with a 345 foot double after a walk and a single by Greg Gordon to put the Cards ahead.

Ron Durkin gave up seven hits, walked four and struck out two, but lost to Watsonville 0-5, when the Cards made five errors in one inning. Dave Trybom, Greg Gordon and Bill Gilbert had the only hits for the Cards.

Against North Salinas the Cards jumped off to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Senior first baseman Buddy Smith figured in all the runs. In the first inning he collected a line drive single and later scored on Bill Gilberts sacrifice fly. In the third he hit a two run homer to right center to end the Card scoring. North Salinas came right back in the third and scored two runs off starter Ron Durkin for their only runs of the game. Steve Welch came in later to finish the game.

The Cards lone win at the Salinas Tourney was against Soquel 6-3 with the Cards getting nine hits. The top hitter in the loss to Seaside was Bill Gilbert with two hits. In the loss to tourney champion Monterey, Glenn Griffin gave up only three runs. Buddy Smith went 2 for 3.
On the Saturday following the tourney the Cards lost to the Alumni 3-5. Buddy Smith and Bill Gilbert each had two hits. Starting line up was Critchton 2B, Gordon 3B, Smith 1B, Gilbert LF, Neuman RF, Trybom CF, Christensen SS, Langrish C and Ron Durkin P.

The Cards pulled off the surprise of the MBL season beating Monterey 3-1, while Monterey still has a three game league lead. The Cards jumped off to a quick 1-0 lead when Dave Trybom led off with a line shot single to center and immediately swiped second, then scored on a Bill Gilbert single. Ron Durkin was masterful walking one and striking out five. Monterey lone run came in the last frame, but the Cards had scored two in the bottom of the sixth. The Cards played errorless ball and made some good thinking plays to keep Durkin out of the doghouse. SC is now in second place with a 4-4 record.

Buddy Smith Bill Gilbert and Ron Durkin were selected for the ALL MBL team.
The team was selected by seven coaches and three sportswriters. A normally 12 man team was upped to 14 this year. With some players, playing more than one position, it was decided to let the players coach use their own discretion on which position to use for their players. League champion Monterey had four players on the team and third place SC had the next highest number with three. Outfielder Bill Gilbert, the fourth place hitter in the league with a .378 average along with fellow outfielder Buddy Smith, the fifth place hitter in league with .353 average. Pitcher Ron Durkin had a fine ERA of 1.57, with a 6-5 record also pitched a no hitter against Salinas. (Ron’s record would have been better, if the Cards could have give him more one or two runs game. His big game of the year was a 1-0 victory over Bellarmine.)


Mora varsity 5-6, Bellarmine 3-1, won two and lost one at the Hollister JV Tournament to take the Consolation title.
League: Watsonville 0-5, Soquel 5-4, Monterey 1-7, North Salinas 9-3,

Pitchers: Ted McCarroll, Mike Puget, Dana Hendershott and John Castro. Catchers plus playing the infield: Dave Bilardello and John Florek. Infielders: Tim Holtz, George Arnott and Gary Grellman. Outfielders: Dave Trybom, Bill Muhly, Steve Brown and Jim Sutherland.

In the opening game of the season against the Mora varsity Ted McCarroll started and turned in four impressive innings, followed by John Castro who went the next two innings and Mike Puget just out from basketball finished the last inning. McCarroll was robbed of a home run by a leaping catch over the centerfield fence at the upper diamond. Dave Trybom led the Card attack going 2 for 4, while also making some good fielding plays.

Masterful one hit pitching by Mike Puget and timely hitting by shortstop Tom Crichton led to a 3-1 win over Bellarmine. The Cards struck quickly in the first frame. After lead off man George Arnott struck out. Ted McCarroll drew a two base error to end up on second. Crichton then slammed a double down the third base line to score McCarroll. John Florek rapped a base hit driving in Crichton.

In the 5-4 win over Soquel the bright spots were the homers hit by shortstop George Arnott and first baseman Tim Holz.


At the MBL meet Watsonville won the championship with Santa Cruz third. The Cards were also third at the Dads Club Relays.

May 15. Cards Third In MBL Track Finals–Watsonville Romps To Victory. Watsonville 73, Seaside 57, SC 41, Monterey 33, North Salinas 29, Salinas 19, Soquel 14. SC’s bulk of points came in the pole vault as three Cards were in the top five. Del Loney, whose previous best was 12-3, won the event clearing 12-3. Ron Vellutini took second and Mark Angell cleared 11 feet for fourth place. Larry Griffin participated in three events and finished among the top men in all. Big Grif cleared the high jump bar at six feet for first place. He was fourth in the broad jump and third place in the 120 high hurdles. Two Cards established school records. John Freesemann finished fourth, while establishing a new school record of 4:33.2 Tom Estrada, now the leagues second best two miler shaved more than six second from his previous school record finishing at 9:52.6 Other SC placers: 440, Trowbridge fifth. 880, Gillespie fourth. Brantley took fifth in the shot put and discus.
Lightweights: Monterey 88, North Salinas 42, Salinas 35, Seaside 34, Watsonville 33, Santa Cruz 14, Soquel 1. SC placers: Don Fassio was the top Cardlette placing second in the high jump at 5-6. 330, Larson second. 1320, Whitaker fifth. 440 relay team of Bill Yue, Greg Larson, John Thomas and Don Lowery took fourth place, while breaking the school record with a time of 45.9. Broad jump, Yue fifth.

May 23. At the North Coast Section track meet at Campbell, Watsonville took fourth place in the varsity. A Soquel shot putter took second place, to give Soquel five points. SC was held scoreless in both the varsity and lightweight competition.

March 17. SC Distance Events Cop Varsity Nod. For the first time in many a year the Cards were able to beat Soquel in a dual meet winning both the varsity 68-54 and lightweights 99-14.
SC took eight of 14 events, showing strength particularly in the distance runs and field events.
Larry Griffin was a triple winner, copping the high jump at 5’ 6”, the 120 high hurdles with a tine if 16.6 and the broad jump of 19’ 8”. Del Loney won the pole vault at 12-0 was third in the 120 high hurdles and second in the 120 low hurdles. John Freesemann won the 880 in 2:.8. Danny Moon took the two mile in 10:39.6 and Tom Estrada broke the tape in the mile with a 4:45.5 as SC swept the first places in the distance events. 880 relay, SC won in a time of 1:40.3. Vellutini placed in three events: second in the 100, the high jump and the pole vault.
Chuck Comstock placed third in the pole vault and 120 low hurdles. Brantley was second in the shot up and was third in the discus. Other placers: 100, Thomas fourth. 220, Trowbridge third and Lane fourth. 440, Lane third, Pescadora fourth. 880, Trowbridge second. Mile, Gillespie second. Two mile, Jasper. Shot put, Lopez fourth.
Lightweights: SC 99, Soquel 14. Ed Brantley won the 75 yard dash in 8.5, 120 low hurdles and the broad jump at 19 feet to became a triple winner pacing the lightweights.
Gregg Larson won the 330 in 39.3 and was second in the 75.
Whitaker was first in the 1320 in 3:395
Brooks was first in the 70 high hurdles in 11.1, fourth in 120 low hurdles
Brantley won the 120 low hurdles in 14.5, the broad jump at 19 feet
SC won the 440 relay in 49.9.
Lolie Lowery won the high jump at 4-9, second in 120 low hurdles
Angell won the pole vault at 10-6
Mendez won the shot put at 41-3 and took third in the discus.
Garry won the discus at 106-5.
Other placers: 75, Thomas second. 150, Lowery third and Deirflinger fourth. 330, D. Lowery second and Yue third. 660. Alvarez second, Gregory third and Todd fourth. 1320, Pitman second and Alvarez third. 70 high hurdles, Becker second Bartell third and Azzaro fourth. High jump, D. Lowery second and Fassio third. Broad jump, Yue second, Thomas third and Kirksey fourth. Pole vault, Swehia third. Shot put, Becker second, Gordon third and Stagnaro fourth. Discus, Stagnaro second.

March 21. Records Fall As Monterey Tops SC, Soquel Thinclads in a three way meet with Monterey scored 85 points SC‘s 45 and Soquel’s 10. The SC-Monterey match up was tied 42-42 after ten events, then Monterey scored nine points in the 220 to overtake SC’s early lead. Monterey won the three way meet with 64 points, SC 48, Soquel 39. The Cards swept the pole vault with Del Looney in the forefront at 12 feet followed by Ron Vellutini at 11’ 6” and Chuck Comstock at 10’ 6”. John Freesemann won the 880 clocked at 2.02.6, which knocked off 3.6 from his previous best time. Dan Moon won the two mile in 10.3 and Tom Estrada won the mile in 4.45. Other placers: 440, Lane third. 880, Trowbridge second. Mile, Estrada second. Gillespie third. Two mile, Jasper second and Christensen fourth. 120 high hurdles, Comstock third. 120 low hurdles, Comstock third. High jump, Vellutini fourth. Polo vault, Comstock second. Shot put, Brantley second and fourth in the discus.
In the lightweight meet the score was SC 99 and Soquel 14. In the three way meet Monterey won with 84 points, SC 45 and Soquel 10. The SC winners were Angell in the pole vault at 9-9, and Garry in the discus at 111-8. Second place finishers were Fassio in the high jump, Brantley in the broad jump, Ford in the pole vault, Mendez in shot put and Stagnaro in discus. Third place finishers were Lowery in the high jump, and Gordon in the shot put.

March 28. SC Cardinal Track Team Wins Swimming Event. Neither cold, wind nor rain could keep SC from beating Salinas 61-52. Salinas nipped the SC lightweights in the final event, the 440 relay to win the meet 59-55. The varsity meet pretty much as expected, with SC strong in the distance and field events and the Cowboys powerful in the sprints and hurdles. SC won eight out of the 14 first place finishes in the contest. Larry Griffin led the way with two of the wins. He won the high jump with a leap of 5-10 and the broad jump at 19-3. Ron Vellutini cleared the bar at 12-0 for first in pole vault. Perry Brantley hurled the discus in 123-4 and the shot put over 40 feet. John Freeseman broke the Memorial Field 880 yard run with a 2:02, knocking two-tenths of a seconds off his old mark. Tom Estrada won the other distance event in 4:41.5. Trowbridge won the 440 in 54.9 and Lane was third. Mile, Christiansen third. Two mile, Moon second and Jasper third. 120 high hurdles, Griffin second and Comstock third. 120 low hurdles, Comstock second. High jump, Vellutini second and Richardson fourth. Pole vault, Comstock second. Shot put, Brantley second. Vellutini was second in the 100. Freesemann was second and Gillespie was third in the 220.
Lightweights: Salinas 59, SC 55. Card winners were Larson in the 150 dash in 16.4 and the 330 in 38.5. Whitaker in the 1320 in 3:37. Fassio in the high jump at 5-4. Yue in the broad jump in 17-8. 75 yard dash, Thomas second and Diflinger third. 150, Diflinger third. 330, Don Lowery second and Yue third. 660, Beasley second, McKune third. 1320, Pitman second, Alvarez third. 120 low hurdles, Brooks second. High jump, Don Lowery third. Pole vault, Cabico second. Shot put, Larson second. Discus, Mendez second.

April 4. In a triangular meet at Watsonville including Soquel. Varsity scores were Watsonville 92, SC 43 and Soquel 18. Lightweights were Watsonville 95, SC 38 and Soquel 8. Tom Estrada established a new Cardinal record in the two mile with a 9.59 clocking beating his previous record of 10:07.3. Ironically, this was the first time Estrada ran the event this season.
Other SC first place finishers were John Freesemann in 880, Larry Griffin in 120 high hurdles and Ron Vellutini in pole vault. Larry Griffin took second in the broad jump and high jump. Those who improved on their personal bests were Norm Gillespie in 880, Frank Trowbridge in 440, Perry Brantley in shot put and Griffin in broad jump. Griffin also took two seconds in the broad jump and the high jump. Freesemann took third in the 220. Trowbridge third in 440. Gillespie third 880. Christianson third in mile. Moon third two mile. SC took second in the 880 relay. Angel second pole vault. Brantley third in shot put.
Lightweights: Watsonville 95, SC 38, Soquel 8. 75 yard dash, Yue, third, Dirflinger fourth. 330, Larson first and Lowery fourth. 660, Beaslay first and Mukvin third. 1320, Whitaker second. Brogies fourth in 70 high hurdles. 440 relay, SC second. High jump, Lowery tied for second. Broad jump, Yue second. Shot put, Larson second, Mendez third and Stagnaro fourth. Discus, Mandel fourth.

April 14. Griffin Takes 2 Places In Big 38 School Meet. Griffin was one of the only two SC area men placed in the final competition. Larry Griffin was the only Cardinal to place at the King City Relays. Larry placed third in the high jump and broad jump. In the broad jump he broke the school record set back in 1931 at 20’ 11” by more than a foot. In the high jump, he had his best jump of the year at 6’ 1” one inch short of his best last year.

April 25. Wildcats Pull Away to 67-51 Win. In the three way meet including North Salinas, who scored 32 point. Winners for SC: 880, Gillespie in 2:03.2. Two mile, Estrada in 10:10.3. 120 high hurdles, Griffin 17.0. Shot put, Perry Brantley at 47-9 and discus at 146-11. 100 yard dash, Vellutini fourth and tied for first in the pole vault at 12-6. 220, Freeseman third and in the 440 he took third. 880, Trowbridge third. Mile, Moon third and Jasper fourth. Two mile, Christensen third. 120 low hurdles, Gillespie second and Pescudor fourth. High jump, Griffin third and in the broad jump second.
Lightweights: Watsonville 66, North Salinas 48, SC 26. Placers were in the 75 yard dash, Dierfling fourth. 150, Larson fourth. 330, Larson second and Lowery fourth. 1320, Whittaker second. 70 high hurdles, Brooks fourth. 120 low hurdles, Lowery fourth. High jump, Fassio second, Lowery third. Broad jump, Yue third. Shot put, Larson second, Mendez third and Stagnaro fourth. Discus, Gerry third.

At the Blossom Hill Relays Larry place third with a broad jump of 21’ 6 ¾ “ and won the high jump with another 6’ 2” jump. The distance medley team placed fourth. The runners and their distances run were Gillespie, 1320 in 3:23; Trowbridge, 440 in 53; Freesmann. 880 in 2:.03 and Moon, mile in 4:52 for a total time of 11:22.3.

May 6. At the Dads Club Relays the top three teams were within seven points of one another. The winner was Seaside with 57, Watsonville 55 and SC 50. The lightweights placed fifth five points away from third place. In the varsity meet, Larry Griffin won the high jump and was third in the high jump. The trio of Ron Vellutini, Del Looney and Mark Angell high lighted the pole vault placing first, second and fourth respectively. Vellutini vaulted 12’ 3” for the win, which was the best recorded in the area this season. Perry Brantley was third in the shot put and fourth in the discus. SC’s two mile relay team of Dan Jasper, Frank Trowbridge, Norm Gillispie and John Freesemann took second. In the 210 Shuttle High Hurdles, SC was fifth. SC was second and also in the Two Mile Relay, 880 Relay and 360 Shuttle Hurdles. SC was third in the sprint relay,
Lightweights: SC was fifth with 30 points. Monterey won with 75. Gerry was fourth in the discus. Fassio fourth in the high jump. Yue four in broad jump. SC was second in the 440 relay, second in distance relay, third in the sprint relay, fourth in the One and a half relay.

Personal bests for some of the Santa Cruz thinclads: Ron Vellutini–12’6”–pole vault; Bill Yue–18’11 ½”–broad jump; Perry Brantley–146’ 11”–discus; Perry Brantley–47’ 8 ¾”–shot put; Gregg Larson–44’ 7 ½”–long jump; Tom Stagnaro–41’ 4 ¾”–shot put; Norm Gillespie–2:03.2–880; Frank Trowbridge–2:06.3–880; Danny Moon–4:49.5–mile; John Whitaker–3:30.2–1320.

Some of the track members were listed with the Cross Country team in the Cardinal.
Cross Country and Track members: Danny Moon, Bob Pescadore, Dan Jasper, John Freesemann, Frank Trowbridge, Tom Estrada and Steve Lane, Sam Leask, Pete Yuhase, Ron Vellutini, Bob Barry, Bob Waggoner, Nike Lopez, Mike McCormack, Kevin Swehla, Dan Mathews, Tony Alvarez, Chuck Christensen, Rick Alvarez.

Record holders as of 1965. Tom Estrada and Larry Griffin broke school records this year.


Varsity: Chaney, A.–120 yd. high hurdles, 15.6–1957; DeMelloPine, C.–low hurdles, 20.5–1963; Warsenburg, M–100 yd. Dash, 10.0–1931; Haas, J–440 yd dash, 51.5–1963; Young, D.–880 yd. Run, 1:59.0–1935; Vorhees, L–1 mile, 4:35.2–1932; Estrada, Tom–2 mile, 10:07.3–1964; Chaney, A–shot put, 53’4 ½”–1952; Netoff, Dennis– discus, 149’ 4”–1961; Peterson–broad jump, 20’ 11”–1931; Griffin, L–high jump. 6’ 3”–1964.

Lightweights: Williams, M–70 yd. High hurdles. 9.6–1960; Macaulay, Malcolm–low hurdles, 12.8–1943; Mene, J– 75 yd dash, 7.9–1947; Silva–150 yd. Dash, 15.3–1954; Buckner, Bruce–330 yd. Dash, 37.1–1960; Wright, A–660 yd run, 1:28.7–1947; Forbes, E–1320 yd. Run, 3:24.0–1954; Torchio–shot put, 49’10 ¾”–1939; Braverman, D–discus, 119’ 8 ½”–1938;Macaulay, Malcolm–broad jump, 21’1 ½”–1942; Cardiff, E–high jump. 5’8 1/2”–1943.

On the basis of being first place finishers at the MBL meet Del Loney and Larry Griffin would be considered ALL MBL.


won the MBL relays at Watsonville scoring 88 points to second place Watsonville’s 71, Monterey 64, North Salinas 50, Seaside 28, Soquel 20 and Salinas 8. Coach Al Wiemer’s comment “We beat everyone at their strongest, it was a great team effort.” The squad won four out of the seven relays. The Cards team of Steve Cowden, Roger Dunham, Bob Rittenhouse and Todd Booth won the 400 meter relay. The team of Leif and Mike Hopper, Mike Murphy and Hunter Hammond won the 400 meter backstroke relay. The Cards also won the 400 yard freestyle. Scott Mowery, Todd Booth, Steve Cowden and Bob Ley won the 400 yard breaststroke. A new trophy now sets in the trophy case in the main hall at SCHS. After receiving the trophy coach Al Wiemer’s jumped for joy off the 3 meter board clothes and all.

Steve Cowden is the outstanding Man of the team. Steve won the MBL league breast stroke championship and is the current holder of the school, pool and MBL league breast stroke records. Steve began his swimming career as a sophomore and has progressed unbelievably in two years to become the teams strongest swimmer. Hunter Hammond a 6’ 5” senior is the teams strongest backstroke swimmer. Bob Rittenhouse also a senior is the outstanding sprinter. Sophomore Todd Booth is considered the teams strongest swimmer in any event. In the diving category, Bruce Haney heads the team followed by Jim Gillespie. Sophomore Mike Murphy has challenged several school records in the last meets and is considered a top contender for several others.

In a 50-45 victory over Watsonville, Rob Ley won the 100 yard fly stroke and the 220 yard freestyle. Todd Booth won the 400 and 100 yard freestyle events. Hunter Hammond, who is credited with being the most improved swimmer and who also showed the most outstanding individual effort of any team member at the Watsonville meet.

The team easily beat Gilroy in a dual meet 79-23.

Later in the season the team lost several of its best swimmers and lost dual meets to Monterey (score not given) and Robert Louis Stevenson 25-60. The lightweight score was 38-48. Scott Mowry was the only swimmer to win as he did in the 100 yard breaststroke. Lightweight winners were Bruce Dileman, Dave Withrow and Maarten Kerkhove a double winner in the 100 yard individual medley and 100 yard backstroke. SC won the diving competition in both varsity with Bruce Haney and lightweights with Gillespie.

SC dropped a slippery decision to a speedy North Salinas squad 45-49. Coach Wiemer’s comment “We had great team spirit, and still have a chance to win the league tournament.” Steve Cowden, Scott Mowry and Hunter Hammond were the shining stars all placing either first or second in their respective races.

Varsity swimmers: Hunter Hammond, Murphy, Piffero, Pearman, Rochelle, Dunham, Rittenhouse, Tosta, Rideout, Wildman, Ley, Long, Mowry, Mike Hopper, Steve Cowden and Todd Booth.
Junior Varsity: Fearnehough, Hayford, Brooks, Phillips, Yates, Stubendorf, Gillespie, Withrow, Woodworth, Marten and Baer.

The team started training during x period at seven in the morning starting on December first to get ready for the first meet at the end of February. Almost everyone is back from last season and there are guys coming back who will be league champs. The top man is Steve Cowden who will be defending his league title (above shows that he did). Also there is Hunter Hammond, Todd Booth, Bob Ley, Scott Rochelle, Mike Hopper and Steve Piffero, who all have outstanding possibilities,. Divers are Jack Nichols and Bruce Haney.


Tomorrow our battered, but hopeful tennis squad will enter the MBL finals with the hope of avenging some of the losses handed them during the regular season. The chance hinges on the performances of Bob George and John Bishop. The last match was a loss to North Salinas 2-7. Bob George won his singles match and the doubles team of George and Steve Wood won.

Team Members listed in order of play. Number one man, two, etc: Steve Blencoe, Steve Wood, Bob George, Rick Halterman, Bob Johnson, John Bishop and Wick Haxton.


went through the season without a win. John Berkler was the outstanding player of the year as he collected two holes in one as well as placing third in the state championships.

Bob Berkler is perhaps one of the best high school golfers in Northern California stated his coach Tony Foster. The golf team is looking toward better years as the team is made up of a good group of sophomores and freshman. Team members: George Pappas, Bob Borelli, Mike Stolle, Bruce Berry, Tim Kennedy, Bob Duffy, John Wilson, Bob Berkler and Steve Canepa.


Larry Griffin, who was four points behind the league leader, passed on trying for the scoring title for some great team work. Griffin had seven assists and all time high for the Card center, who last year set a school record for scoring with 482 points in a season. Larry settled for 14 points this night as the Cards won the MBL title. Larry ended up with the most points scored by a SC player.
Larry Griffin was the only Cardinal to place at the King City Relays. Larry placed third in the high jump and broad jump. In the broad jump he broke the school record set back in 1931 at 20’ 11” by more than a foot. In the high jump, he had his best jump of the year at 6’ 2” one inch short of his best last year. At the Blossom Hill Relays Larry place third with a broad jump of 21’ 6 ¾ “ and won the high jump with another 6’ 2” jump.
Larry held the school record in the high jump of 6’3’ as of 1965


Bill Yue was the winter sports scholarship award winner with a grade point average of 3.86 out of 4.0 possible.

Coaches: Dick Logan varsity football. Tex Ronning varsity football assistant and wrestling. Doug Severin, junior varsity football and basketball. Don Dempwolfe assistant football and track. Weimers lightweight football and swimming. Myron Viner lightweight football assistant. Jack Alzina, lightweight, C and D basketball. Mel Fishburn, cross country and track head coach. Eade Jordan, tennis. Tony Foster, golf. Ray Hunter, junior varsity baseball, assistant football and basketball. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball.


practice games: Campbell 0-13, Reno 12-9, Palma 13-6. Practice records 2-1. League: Salinas 0-25, Watsonville 0-0, Monterey 0-28, Seaside 0-19, North Salinas 7-0, Soquel 6-6. League record 1-3-2, for fifth place. Season record 3-4-2.

Squad by position: ends, seniors Randy Leonard, and Ron Vellutini and junior Wes Bergazzi ; tackles, who are all seniors, Bob Agosti, Frank Cardini, Bill Muhly, Brad Warze and Dennis Henderson; Guards, seniors Tom Stagnaro, Gary Cherry and Gary Rochelle and junior George Arnott ; Center, seniors Keith Parkhurst and Bryan Loehr; Quarterback, Mike Puget; Backs, seniors Pete Christensen and Keith Swehla and juniors Bryon Wilson, Dave Bilardello, Dave Trybom and Greg Larson.

Other team members: Tim Holtz, Jaime, Stubendorf, Ellis, Todd Booth, Todd Booth, Lewis, Whittaker, Ogilvie, Molfino, Logsdon, Bob Henderson, Martin, Burkett, A. Dhallin, Steve Paul, Frank Edwards and Baker.

SC Drops 13-0 tilt To Campbell. The Cards have taken the first tottering step on the long road back to football respectability. They lost, but they did it without losing their self respect. Campbell left Memorial field knowing that had been in a football game. Junior quarterback Mike Puget, up from lightweights, throws well on the run. His favorite targets are Byron Wilson a transfer from Cleveland, Wes Bergazzi and Glenn Griffin the all league basketball player out first the first time. The defense were tough stopping the Pirates on the one yard line in the closing moments of the second quarter and kept them contained in the second half. Tom Stagnaro, Pete Christensen and John Florek all did excellently on defense. Puget hit 8 of 14 passes for 59 yards. Wilson led the rushers carrying the ball ten times for 30 yards. Brian Loehr was named lineman of the week and Byron Wilson the back of the week.

SC Quells Last Chance Reno Drive in 12-9 victory. SC Post First Grid Win In 19 Game.
The single biggest event of the year came on the first day of October as the Card griders snapped an 18 game losing streak by beating last years Nevada State champion Reno, 12-9.
A pass from quarterback Mike Puget to end Wes Bergazzi was the first score of the season. Puget struck again later in the period, this time to hustling back Pete Christensen, who played and exceptional game on both offense and defense to make the score 12-0. Reno did not score
until the fourth quarter when they picked up a safety. With 2:20 on the clock they scored and made the extra point to close the score up to 12-9. An onside kick proved successful and Reno took over on the SC 47. With the score 12-9 and 33 seconds on the clock, Reno came within two yards of the goal line. Then came the big play of the game and it was not maneuvered by the Cards nor the Huskies, but by the men in black and white, a 15 yard penalty against the Huskies for holding. The defense held and plunged Memorial field into hysteria. SC discovered and lost a new star in the game. Jim Ellis took over the starting fullback post and sparked the Card offense. But he suffered two broken ribs in the second quarter and will miss most of the season. He sparked the Cards with his running and blocking as he and Christensen carried the ball down the field to help set up the two touchdowns. Ellis carried the ball 8 times for 77 yards; Christensen 14 times for 76 yards; Trybom 4 times for 12; Puget 5 for 10; Swehla once for 7 and Florek 4 times for 2 yards. Puget completed 7 passes and attempted 9 for 57 yards. Bergazzi caught 4 passes for 30 yards and the following caught one pass: Bilardello 12 yards, Christensen 8 and Leonard 7. Praise went to the defensive unit of Tom Stagnaro, Dennis Henderson and Bob Agosti. Also named for praise was Ron Vellutini playing in his first high school football game came through like a champ.

Cowboys Dominate Both Defense and Offense. Win 25-0. Highlight of the game, from the Cards viewpoint came in the first quarter when they stopped the Cowboys on the one. The architects of this tiny victory were Dave Trybom who was the only person in the stadium not fooled by the quarterback bootleg run on the four yard line as he made the tackle to stop the TD. Keith Parkhurst and Dennis Henderson stopped the fourth down run on the six inch line. The Salinas coach commented, “They are spirited and I believe they will get rougher as the season progresses.” Top runners for the Cards were Keith Swehla 25 yards, Mike Puget 20 and Dave Bilardello 17. The back of the week honors go to Keith Swehla and lineman honors go to Bob Agosti.

Fumbles Major Item In Scoreless Tie 0-0 against Watsonville. The Cards tied highly favored Watsonville and keeping them from scoring was almost like a win. At this point both teams are tied for fifth in a seven team MBL. The Cats lost the ball four times on fumbles, while SC lost three fumbles and suffered a pass interception. Mike Puget had one of his better nights passing as he completed 6 of 9 passes for 73 yards. On the receiving end Wilson gained 24 yards, Bilardello 20, Leonard 21 and Bregazzi 8. Rushing net yards were Bilardello 35, Swehla 14, Puget 11, Wilson 11 and Holtz 2.

Monterey Slugs Cards 28-0. Still Class Of League. Monterey scored 28 points in the first half then the reserves finish out the game. Monterey does not have the blinding speed which bedazzled and bedeviled foes in recent years, but they are quick and have enough speed and power to make them a solid football squad. The Cards were out manned, but they never quit. On offense the Cards gained 60 net yards on the ground and 18 through the air lanes. Bilarello led the rushers with 33 yards and caught the two passes completed for another 18 yards for a total of 50 yards for the night. Wilson ran for 14 yards and Swehla for 13. This weeks “Mad Dog” award goes to senior Tom Stagnaro who was 100 percent on tackles and 50 percent on blocks while leading the SC defense. The defense showed great intestinal fortitude over the final half as they held the powerful Monterey ground and air attacks to nil points. The only bad period was the second.

Seaside’s Three Fast TD’s Pace 19-0 Win Over SC. At MPC stadium, throw out the horrendous first quarter and it was an even-steven ball game. The next three quarters were played in a heavy fog with neither team able to accomplish much. The SC defensive unit is sturdy. They did an excellent job of containing the faster Spartan backs. All three touchdowns were set up by offensive team mistakes, two blocked punts and a bad lateral. Greg Larson was praised for his defensive work. The Cards had a net gain rushing of 61 yards and 10 passing. Rushing yards were Wilson 21, Swehla 19, Christensen 16, Lewis 11, Larson 6 and Billardello 2.

SC Nabs Second Tilt; Quick Scores Net 13-6 Win Over Palma as Defensive Unit Stars. SC picked up two quick scores in the opening quarter and then had to fight off a final quarter charge. All the action was packed into the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes of the game. Credit for the victory must go to the defensive unit as they had their backs to the wall on the 7 yard line, where Dave Trybom had made the tackle after a 54 yard run by the Palma fullback in the closing moments. Vellutini blitzed and threw the Palma quarterback down on the 13. On the fourth down Wilson almost intercepted a pass, but ended up knocking it down. Tom Stagnaro turned in a mighty defensive job accounting for eight tackles and two assist. Dennis Henderson was not far behind with five unassisted tackles and four assists. Veteran tackle Bill Muhly set the stage for the opening TD, when he attempted an onside kickoff and then recovered the ball himself on the Palma 44. Thirteen plays later Byron Wilson took a pitchout from Mike Puget and went around right end, cut back across tackle and scampered four yards for the six pointer. Puget’s running improves each game. He sparked the opening drive using the keeper play as the main threat turning in gains of 8 and 7 yards, plus some smaller gains in the series. Ron Vellutini accounted for the second score, when he gathered in a punt on the SC 40, ran wide to the east sidelines and aided by many fine blocks including one by Dennis Henderson who took out two visiting Braves and then raced 60 yards for the score. The punter had a chance to tackle him on the twenty, but Vellutini gave him the old dipsy-doodle and went on his way. Puget hit Wilson in the end zone for the extra point. Muhly showed improvement in his punting. He booted the ball six times for a 34 yard average. His last three punts carried 38, 39 and 40 yards. The backbone of the defensive unit was Tom Stagnaro, Denny Henderson and Bob Agosti. Top rushers were Puget 49 yards in 17 carries, Wilson 44 in 17 carries and Trybom 16 in 3 carries. Puget passed 7 times with one completion for 4 yards. Player of the week honors went to lineman Bob Agosti and back honors to Mike Puget.

Bergazzi Catch Gives Cardinals Last Second Win over North Salinas 7-0. For 47 minutes and 15 seconds nothing happened, absolutely nothing! Then all H . . . broke loose. It all happened in the last 45 seconds. Wes Bergazzi must share the hero’s mantle with Ron Vellutini as Ron set up the winning score with a nifty interception, taking the ball right out of the hands of the intended receiver, on the Viking 30. With three second remaining and the Cards on the seven yard line, Mike Puget threw a high and wobbly pass toward Bergazzi and his defenders direction in the end zone. Both leaped and Bergazzi outfought his foe in the end zone as the gun sounded. Mike Lewis drop kicked the extra point. Picked for praise was reserve quarterback Tim Holtz, who was pressed into service at defensive back and came up with a fourth quarter interception. Newcomer Todd Booth did some excellent defensive work in the center of the line. Puget completed six of 12 passes for 30 yards. Dave Trybom went one for one for 25 yards. Bilardello caught four passes for 21 yards and carried the ball 5 times for 27 yards to lead the runners as well. Puget caught Trybom’s pass for 25 yards in a flea flicker play.

Cards Win ‘Moral Victory’ In Final Effort Of Season. Soquel Rally Ties SC 6-6. The Knights were a strong two touchdown favorite, but somebody forgot to notify the scrappy Cards. The tie capped what must be considered a successful season for SC. A record of 3-4-2 is nothing to brag about, but after two winless years it points the way to a happier future. The Cards are one place ahead of the Knights in league taking a fourth place. In the second quarter Frank Cardini pounced on a fumbled punt on the 16 yard line and five plays later SC scored. Jim Ellis went four yards over right tackle and then five yards over right guard. Puget rolled around left end for two and a first down on the five. A dive by Ellis netted one yard. On the next play Puget threw low to Bergazzi in the end zone for the score. Bergazzi’s catch was on the fantastic side. He was two steps in the end zone, when he realized the throw was low. Wes came back and dove for the ball, gathering it in as his arms as he landed. Mike Lewis’ attempted extra point drop kick was blocked. Soquel did not score until the final quarter. SC heroes were the men up front. They were outstanding offensively and defensively. Bob Agosti, Dennis Henderson, Bill Muhly, Randy Leonard and others consistently opened holes for the Card backs. Bilardello was devastating on quick openers over right tackle as Muhly and Agosti would push the defenders aside and away would go Dave. Puget drove the defenders to distraction with his option plays. The Cards gained 184 yards on the ground. Puget led the rushers with 80 yards gained followed by Bilardello 58, Swelha and Ellis 22 apiece and Larson with 2. Puget completed two passes, one to Bilardello for 15 yards and one to Wes Bergazzi for 5. They say a tie game is like kissing your sister, but the 3500 fans, evenly distributed between the two schools, went home believing their school should have won and deep in their hearts satisfied with the outcome.

Added commentary in the Sentinel about the Soquel game by sports editor Mel Bowen. SC Jubilant, Knight Mourn Over Tie Game. You’d think SC had won and Soquel lost, to visit the dressing rooms after their traditional “Big Game” at Memorial Field. In the SC locker room, SC coach Dick Logan, “You can blame the field (very muddy), you can blame the breaks, but this (the Cards) was the best football team out there tonight. This was a fine way to climax the season. We felt we could run up the middle on them behind our guards Bill Muhly and Tom Stagnaro, centers, Gene Rochelle and Brian Loehr and tackle Bob Agosti. It was the best game we have played” as the SC fight song played in the background. Incidentally the fight song was played on the chimes above the civic auditorium at noon before the game. There was no question about which school was higher for this meeting. (this last game was on November 21.

Trident reporting: SCHS football, which improved by 300 percent over the last two seasons, caped a brilliant comeback season last Friday night against Soquel. The fired up Redbirds found paradise in a five yard pass from Mike Puget to Wes Bergazzi with Wes making a picture play diving catch to capture the Mail. The previous week the Puget to Bergazzi combination struck again with Wes outgunning the Viking defender on another circus catch for the winning and only score.

From new coach Dick Logan: it is very easy thing for a coach to build and cultivate a winning football team when it is composed of the type of player who played this year. The desire and determination shown by this team makes me very proud of each and every boy on the team. I only hope that each player enjoyed the season as much as I did. The student body in general should be proud of their team. They were a real credit to themselves, their family and their school.

Jim Ellis was honored with the most inspired player award even though his season was cut short by an injury after his outstanding play in the Reno game to break a school losing streak. Senior Greg Cherry was named the most studious player by the Dads Club.

ALL MBL. Senior, Tom Stagnaro, who averaged about nine tackles for every game this season was named a linebacker on the ALL MBL first team. Tackle Dennis Henderson was an honorable mention for the squad.


practice games: Campbell 7-33, Monterey 0-31. Practice record 0-2. League: Salinas 0-33, Watsonville 0-13, Monterey 0-53, Seaside 12-26, North Salinas 0-21, Soquel 7-26. League record 0-6. Season 0-8.

Team members were Everett Yee, Herven. Don Lowery, Abeano, Rich Cordero, John Thomas, Bill Johnson, Ken Gregory, A. Rochelle, Nomelini, John Agnone, Dave Cecy, John Garcia, Jim Hopper, Chuck Gubbini, Valdez, Neuman, McCune, Wilson, Mulkey, Allen, Scott Stolle, Lissner, Hassel, Caabina Mendez and Dale Lyster.

After losing some of the early games by large scores the coaches still had praise for Don Lowery, Jim Hopper and Rich Cordero who have done good work for the extremely young and inexperienced squad.

The only Cardlet score against Campbell was on a seven yard run by John Thomas and the extra point was made by Don Lowery on a run around right end.

Freshman Bill Johnson was the hardest working man against Monterey going both ways, offense and hard hitting defense. Dave Cecy has been the “Mad Dog” leading the defensive squad.

Against league champion North Salinas, Don Lowry had two fine touchdown runs after making receptions from quarterback Everett Yee. On the last one, Don took a pass on the 40 and with two very fine blocks by Chuck Gubini and John Thomas slipped across the goal line. Mentioned for praise were Gubbini, Cabina Mendez and John Garcia.

The lone SC touchdown against Soquel was scored by Don Lowry who scampered 47 yards through the left side of the line. Players praised were Dave Cecy, Don Lowry, Bill Johnson and Rich Cordero.

Comment from coach Weimers; “we spent the whole season teaching football fundamentals with the idea of coming up with a good team. This years lightweights could be summed up in one word, inexperience. However the squad as a whole gained valuable experience from this season. We are look forward to a better record next year.” He had praise for the season for Don Lowery, Dave Cecy, Bill Johnson, Rich Cordero, Chuck Guibbini.

Some of the players back for next year are Dale Lyster, John Garcia, John Thomas, Jim Hooper, Scott “Stolle and Den Gregory.

Dave Cecy was elected team leader, most improved player and best player on both offense and defense. Kip Herren won the sportsmanship award from the Dads Club.

Dave Cecy, senior guard was practically a unanimous choice for the offensive slot receiving six out of the eight votes for ALL MBL.


Salinas 6-0, Soquel 31-0, Salinas 12-6, Watsonville 39-19, Monterey 26-6, Seaside 6-32, Palma 14-12, North Salinas 13-13, Soquel 6-13. Record 6-2-1 in tie for second place with Monterey in league. Seaside won the title.

The exceptional coverage of the JV football team this year is due to the work of Bill Lovejoy.

The team started with good talent and formed into one of the best JV teams in the MBL, despite their small size.

There were weekends when the team was the only winning SC team. The front line was dominating all year. They were Kent Balch, Jim Sutherland, Jerry Johns, Jerry Malmin, Dan Poston and ends Tom Mitchell, Jim Collins and John Erbe. The backs were Kirk Waller, Tom Crichton, Steve Grever, Pat Kelly and Steve Agosti.

Other team members: Steve Mendoza, Barnett. Escavida, Jamie, Gibson, Santos, Hopper. Scott Graff, Schwab, Mathews. Edwards, Henderson, Berganti, Patterson, Collier, Steve Seymour, Regan and Ernie Penrose.

Against Salinas Kirk Waller threw two passes to fast back Tom Crichton for 30 and 6 yards for the only two scores of the game for the Cards.

With a four game winning streak going the Cards made Monterey their fifth victim 28-0. Waller hit Mitchell for two touchdowns.

A hard hitting defense has been a big part of he Cards success this season. Jerry Johns, Jim Sutherland, Jerry Malmin and Kent Balch have led the a blitzing Cards. Freshman quarterback Kirk Waller’s arm and fired up spirit have been another big asset in the Cards drive. Kirk has an average of about two touchdowns a game. His main target this year has been another freshman Tom Mitchell, who has a pair of very sticky hands and is hard to miss when moving. Steve Grever, Steve Agosti and Boyd Barnett have provided the running punch. Barnett has broken loose for the longest run so far this season. Sophomore Tom Crichton has also played a big role taking over the place kicking chores and carrying the ball and moving it at a good clip.

In a tight 14-12 win over Palma, Tom Mitchell caught a Waller pass and as he was bringing it in he crashed into the uprights, but was still able to hold on. Balch, Johns and Sutherland were adept at keeping the quarterback off balance and it shut off the Chieftains air lanes. Steve Grever has run the ball well and should be a big part of the varsity next year.

The immense line of Seaside broke the Cards winning streak. Tom Crichton has been improving steadily all season scored the only touchdown for the Cards on a brilliant runback of an intercepted pass.

Waller injured in a sandlot basketball game Sunday will be out for 6 weeks. Tom Critchon will fill in for him and freshman Steve Agosti will fill in for Tom at the halfback spot.

A new quarterback and rainy, bitter weather had a baring on the 13-13 tie with North Salinas.

JV’s finish second to Seaside. The season ended with a loss to Soquel 13-6. SC tied the score 6-6 in the last quarter after Boyd Barnett came through with a clutch run for a first down on the Knight three. New quarterback Tom Critchon followed center Dan Poston in for the tally. A 33 yard pass put the Knights on top. Steve Grever and Steve Agosti provided most of the running punch with both boys keeping the middle of the Soquel line softened up for the majority of the contest. The front line did a great job all year and the did it again. They are Kent Balch, Jim Sutherland, Jerry Johns, Jerry Malmin and ends Tom Mitchell and John Ebie. The JV’s saved two football weekends for Santa Cruz with brilliant wins, while the other teams lost and they richly deserve all the praise they can receive.

From coach Doug Severin: the JV footballers started with good material and formed into one of the best JV teams in the MBL. Despite their small size they fought hard and complied a season record of 6-2-1. This is definitely and indication of the strength of the material moving to the varsity team next season.

Jerry Johns won the sportsmanship award from the Dads Club.

Steve Grever was elected most valuable player as he rolled up 200 yards during the season as a fullback, plus his good defensive play.


Varsity members are Scott Pitman, Kevin Swehla, Rick Alvarez, Chuck Cristianson, Frank Trowbridge, Bob Pescador and Lance Cameron.

JV’s are Antonnetti, Westberg, Chuck Parmenter, Wenkolon, Joiner, Kent Webber, Sam Leask, Beesley and Neuman.

Two promising young men on the team are freshman Kent Webber, who ran for 30 minutes at a jog or faster and letterman Scott Pitman. These boys work out by running to the beach to work out in the sand and do rigorous calisthenics.

The cross country team initiated the UCSC hills to cross country last week with a second in a meet that included four schools.

Frank Trowbridge won the sportsmanship award from the Dads Club.


Dads Club, Alisal 58-21, North Salinas 53-56, Watsonville 59-67. Other practice games: Los Gatos 42-44, SLV 52-57, Carmel 52-44, Mora 71-33. Practice record 3-4. League: North Salinas 47-51, 67-57; Salinas 50-46, 41-44; Watsonville 52-62, 82-62; Monterey 38-41, 51-57; Seaside 54-62 (forfeit win for SC), 75-70; Soquel 49-41, 42-48; Alisal 60-42, won. League record 8-6 for fourth place. Season 11-10. Salinas and Watsonville were co champions, but Salinas won the playoff to go to Sacramento.

Players by position, name, height, year in school; Forwards, Wes Bergazzi 6’2”, junior; Byron Wilson 5’11”, junior; Frank Edwards 6’2”, junior; Don Fassio 6’2”, junior; Dana Hendersott 6’3”, junior; Don Cacace 6’2”, senior; Steve Decker 6’5”, senior. Centers, Glenn Griffin 6’3”, senior; Tom Foster 6’3”, freshman. Guards, Pete Christensen 5’10”, senior; Steve Ghidinelli 5’10”, senior; Greg Gordon 5’11”, senior; Mike Puget 5’10”, junior; Jim Ellis 5’11”, senior; Bill Yue 5’8”, senior and Tim Holz 5’8”, junior.

Pre season write up in the Trident, with an abundance of speed the Cards will be concentrating on the fast break offense and all out pressing defense.

Questions Remain, How Good Is SC Five. In their first game of the season and in the Dads Club Tournament the Cards waltzed over Alisal a new school this year in their first game 58-21. In the second half the Cards did not fast break or press, but instead set up the play patterns.
Don Fassio was tops in rebounds with five. New players Steve Ghidinelli, Mike Puget, Byron Wilson and freshman Tom Foster impressed in their first varsity game. Scoring: Christensen and Gordon 7 each; Puget and Wilson 6 each; Bergazzi, Ghidinelli and Edwards 5 each; Foster, Fassio, and Yue 4 each; Holtz 2, Ellis 1; Hendershott, and Decker 0.

In the semi-finals the Cards lost to North Salinas 53-56. The half ended in a 24-24 tie. With 12 seconds to play, freshman Tom Foster, who impressed for the Cards all night registered a three point play to make the score 53-55, but a Viking foul shot ended the game. Pete Christensen was high point man with 17 and Glenn Griffin had 15.

Cards lose to Cats 67-59. In the third place game of the Dads against Watsonville according to the Sentinel “the Cards had the Cats chasing their tail with their smothering full court press”. A large lead got down to 36-28 by half time. The Cards were down 47-60 with four minutes to play and again went on a hot streak to close the gap to 57-61 with a minute to play and the ball, but a walking violation kept them from closing to within two points. The Cards double teamed and fouled trying to get the ball back led to a bigger gap in the score. The second half Watsonville was able to get the ball to their 6’9” center for his 31 points and MVP award at the tournament. Santa Cruz was led by Glenn Griffin with 24 points and Pete Christensen’s good night in the assists department, especially in getting Griffin the ball inside. Watsonville controlled the boards 40-32. The Cards hit 24 of their 67 attempts to Watsonville’s 25 of 73.

At the Dads Club tournament Glen Griffin and Pete Christensen were ALL TOURNAMENT. The Cardinal rooting section won the rooters trophy.

SLV Whips Cards 57-52. At the end of three quarters the Cougars led 43-31. In the fourth quarter the Card press rattled SLV and with less than two minutes left the Cards pulled with two points 50-52. Mike Puget a main man in the press, stole the ball and drove for a layup, but was called for traveling to nullify the tying score. Griffin led the improved Cards with 21 points. Scoring: Griffin 21, Wilson 2, Bergazzi 9, Puget 3, Foster 1, Gordon 8, Ghidinelli 2 and Christensen 6.

Cards End Losing Streak 52-44 by beating Carmel to snap a four game losing streak. Some fine defensive play in the first half led to 34-18 lead. The SC coach was happy with the hustle and “good filling in on defense”, that is picking up a offensive player, when he starts to get away from a Card defender. Mike Puget played his best game to date. Glenn Griffin is starting to come around, even though he has a badly sprained right thumb on his shooting hand. Griffin scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds, played only three quarters, as their was a lot of substituting in the game. A vital statistic was the Cards season high of 15 assists. Four by Puget, three each by Gordon and Bergazzi, two for Christensen and one for Griffin. Scoring: Bergazzi 4, Gordon 3, Griffin 18, Puget 10, Christensen 6, Foster 5, Ghidinelli 4, Wilson 4, Yue, Fassio, Ellis, Hendershott and Edwards 0.

Cardinal Defense Sparks 71-33 Win against Mora of Watsonville. It was the kind of exhibition game that should be scheduled as the first game of the season, to provide confidence in a team that apparently needs it. Glenn Griffin was in street clothes with a badly sprained thumb. The Cards started out working on their full court zone press, then went half court man to man in the second quarter and later went to a occasional full court press. Apparently there is not too much difference between the first five and the second five with the exception of the absent Griffin. Scoring: Wilson 8, Puget 6, Bergazzi 10, Gordon 6, Christensen 5, Ghidinelli 10, Edwards 1, Fassio 3, Ellis 11, Dana Hendershott 0, Foster 7 and Yue 4.

Vikings Sink ‘Dead Birds’ As SC five Falls 54-47. It actually was worse than the score. With approximately two minutes left to play the Cards were down 38-51. Then the Cards came to life to narrow the margin. With a few exceptions they played as if they were tired. Griffin, Ghidinelli and Gordon hustled the most for SC. Their passing was most offensive as it stunk! The Cards gave the ball up 27 times without a shot. SC got off 50 shots four more then North Salinas, but made only 18. Griffin scored 25 points even with his badly sprained right thumb. Gordon and Ghidinelli each had four assists. North Salinas had the boards 20 to 14. Griffin and Puget each had five rebounds. Steve Ghidinelli was SC’s only defensive player through the first 30 minutes. The Cards have far more potential then they showed last night, but they are going to have to get going as the have tough games ahead. Scoring: Bergazzi 3, Puget 4, Griffin 25, Christensen 2, Gordon 5, Ghidinelli 2, Wilson 2 and Ellis 4.

Cards Down Salinas On ‘Back Door’ Play. In a thrilling nip and tuck affair against Salinas in their second league game, the Cards won 50-46. On a set up back door play, Mike Puget took the ball at the foul line as Byron Wilson slipped behind his man as Puget passed him the ball for a layup to put the Cards up 48-46 with 35 seconds to play. Wilson climaxed the scoring with a pair of free throws on a one and one situation to finish off the scoring at 50-46.
The lead changed hands nine times and was tied seven more times. The attack was led by Glenn Griffin, who dumped in 22 points on 10 for 22 shooting. Wilson impressed, Foster looked good on the boards and Christensen and Gordon turned in good back court jobs. Bergazzi and Puget had a good floor games. SC won the boards 24-19. The Cards shot 20 for 60 attempts. With the big improvement made in one week, we’ll see in the next three games if the Cards have the makings of a second straight title. Scoring: Bergazzi 5, Wilson 9, Griffin 22, Christensen 5, Gordon 3, Foster 4, Puget 2 and Ghidinelli 0.

‘Paper Airplane’ Injures SC Star. A piece of paper thrown on the floor of the Civic Auditorium may have cost the Cards the services of their top play maker Greg Gordon for as much as the rest of the season. Gordon suffered a pulled muscle, when he slipped on a piece of paper during the hectic Salinas game.

Both Use Tricks; Wildcats Dump SC 62-52. The Cards surprised the Cats SC by used a double post of Glenn Griffin and Wes Bergazzi to offset the Cats 6’ 9” center. The game was closer than the score indicates as the lead changed hands 14 times. The Cards led 31-28 at half time and were leading toward the end of the third quarter 43-42, when Watsonville came up with a new wrinkle a tough press to go ahead 49-42. The Cards put on a rally and with 3 minutes to go were down only 48-53. A justified technical foul call in the last minute hurt the Cards. For three periods SC played its best game of the season. In fact, it may have been the best game anyway. They appeared to tire late in the contest. Wes Bergazzi definitely had his best night with 14 points, went 8 of 9 at the line and had 12 rebounds. Griffin had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Cards two postmen gave the Cards a big advantage on the boards 43-25. The Cat 6’9” center was two timed and got only seven rebounds and 12 points, but four other players were in double figures. The center had score 32 points against the Cards in the Dads Tourney. In the first half the Cards were 15 of 18 at the foul line, but reverted to normal going 3 of 11 in the second half. From the field the Cards were 17 of 54 for 32 percent. The Cards gave up the ball 36 times, but not without good hustle. They made 15 bad passes and 21 violations. Frankly, we did not believe they were this bad. Scoring: Bergazzi 14, Wilson 9, Griffin 12, Christensen 8, Ghidinelli 7, Puget 2, Foster and Ellis 0.

Again on the road the Cards lost to Monterey 38-41. Down 35-25 in the fourth quarter the Cards went into their full court press and out scored the Toreadors 13 to 6 in the last quarter. In probable his best game this season Glenn Griffin scored 19 points, went 7 for 9 on the foul line and pulled down 14 rebounds.

Seaside Stops Cards, 62-54. (later turned into a forfeit) SC played their best game of the season, at least balance wise only to lose to gazelle rebounding and hot shooting Spartans. SC had its most consistent game without a bad quarter. The Cards made a fine take off in the first quarter and it looked like they would run Seaside right out of the gym to lead 18-9. SC could do not wrong. They played good defense, controlled the backboards and were hot handed from the floor going 8 of 17. But in the second period they cooled of a little and went 4 for 14. This happened again in the fourth period. The Spartans put on a full court press and led 27-26 at half. At the start of the second half the lead changed hands several times, but with 6:15 left in the game Seaside went ahead 47-40 and then SC started to rally. It went to 53-49 with 2:04 left to play when the roof caved in. Griffin who scored 26 fouled out and official scorer charged SC for an extra time out leaving them with none left. And a technical was called on the coach giving Seaside foul shots and the ball. “Grif” made 10 of 21 shots from the floor and 6 of 9 from the line, seven rebounds and an assist. Pete Christensen, who had the unenviable task of trying to stop Seaside all league guard, played his best game of the year. He stole the ball from the ace four times. Wes Bergazzi was all over the boards with 12 rebounds. Steve Ghidinelli continued his improved play as he had three assists and nine points. Freshman Tom Foster making his first league start had five assists, six rebounds and hit 2 of 4 shots. The Cards sank 20 of 62 shots from the field and 14 of 27 from the line. If the Cards could play every game like this they would be a lot higher in the standings. The team and Christensen especially received high praise from their coach. Scoring: Bergazzi 5, Foster 4, Griffin 26, Ghidinelli 9, Christensen 5, Wilson 1, Puget 2, Hendershott 2, Ellis, Edwards, Fassio and Yue 0.

Cards Dump Alisal To End Loss Skein 60-42 was a poorly played game by both teams. Christensen found himself last week against Seaside and continued playing well this game. He garnered seven rebounds with five of them from the offensive end. Bergazzi made 5 of 11 field goal attempts and had 12 rebounds with five on the offensive end and three assists. Ghidinelli at the point guard spot went 5 of 14 from the floor and had three assists. Scoring: Bergazzi 12, Puget 2, Griffin 11, Ghidinelli 11, Christensen 9, Wilson 7, Foster 6, Hendershott 2, Ellis, Fassio and Edwards 0.

Scoring in the 49-41win over Soquel: Bergazzi 3, Foster 5, Griffin 15. Christensen 14 while going 6 for 7 on the foul line, Steve Ghidinelli 10 with 6 for 6 on the foul line, Puget 2. The defense was at its best. Pete Christensen and Steve Ghidinelli ran the stall to perfection during the last part of the game. They helped eat up time, plus built a 4 point lead to 8 by getting 4 foot shots and lay ups from the gaps in the Soquel defense created by the stall offense.

Card Quintet Breezes Past Vikings 67-57. The Cards suddenly starting to look like a ball club, ran away from North Salinas in the final six and a half minutes before 600 fans at the civic for their third straight triumph. While it is hard to single out individual stars in such a “good team game,” Mike Puget, the Cards sixth man came off the bench to spur the Cards on. (a sixth man is just as important and sometimes more important than the starters) Puget displayed tremendous hustle as he got six points in the second period enabling the Cards to come from behind to tie the score 27-27. Byron Wilson was all over the floor as usual. Steve Ghidinelli was hit 6 if 12 jumpers from outside. Pete Christensen turned in another fine defensive game holding the Vikings top score to half his normal average. One of the tremendous plus factors for the Cards was the passing. The Cards have never had a better night in this respect, throwing the ball away only three times while picking up 15 assists. Puget had six assists, Ghidinelli four, Christensen and Griffin two each and Wilson one. Each team had 20 rebounds. Griffin getting six, Bergazzi five and Wilson four. Griffin scored 25 points, twelve in the fourth period on the fast break and six free throws, as the “Kentucky offense” opened up the middle for him. Previously the Vikings had sagging in on him. Glenn had his best game at the line hitting 11 of 17 foul shots. Scoring: Bergazzi 9, Foster 1, Griffin 25, Christensen 7, Ghidinelli 14, Wilson 4 and Puget 4.

Sentinel article: Cards lose to Salinas 41-44. In a last six second rebound shot, plus a foul shot, by a little use sub, Salinas’s slow down tactics against the more up tempo Cards worked for the win. By using a lot of clock, Salinas held the Cards to only 38 shots, 20 below their average. The Cards shot well 17 out of 38 for 44.7 percent, but did not get enough shots. With a 30-14 rebound advantage led by Wes Bergazzi with 8 and Glen Griffin with 7, one would think that the Cards would have come up with a win. Especially when Steve Ghidinelli had a fantastic night passing the ball and ended up with 7 assists. The scoring for the night: Griffin 16, Wilson 7, Ghidinelli 6, Puget 4, Christensen 4 and Bergazzi 2.

From Sentinel files, the Cards extends their home win streak to seven in a row with a 82-62 win over league leading Watsonville, who was without their 6’9” center. The Cardinals do well at home with a 8-2 record, but the road is their down fall going 2-6. Watsonville played run and shoot, which was just fine for Santa Cruz as they prefer that type of game. Watsonville went 25 for 81, while SC shot 30 of 64 for 46.7 percent. The big difference was the kind of shots. The Cards terrific defensive game forcing 51 out of 81 shots outside the key. Only 19 of SC shots were outside the key. On the boards SC had a 40 to 22 advantage. Leading rebounders were Wilson 8, Bergazzi and Griffin 7, Christensen 6, Ghidinelli 5 and Dana Hendershott, who impressed in his first serious competition had 4. The most impressive was their passing with 17 assists many of them coming on as slick a “feed-off‘s” as you find anywhere this side of Guy Rodgers and Oscar Robertson. Ghidinelli led with 5, Puget 4, Christensen 3 and Wilson 2, all were beautiful passes.

League and overall records by team after nine games with five games left: Watsonville 8-1, 12-4; Salinas 7-2, 11-4; Monterey 6-3, 8-7; Santa Cruz 5-4, 8-8; North Salinas 5-4, 7-9; Soquel 3-6, 3-15; Alisal 1-8, 1-15; Seaside 1-8, 1-15. Seaside had to forfeit most of their games.

Monterey stopped the Cards seven game home win streak by a 51-57 score. Bergazzi hit a half court shot as the buzzer went off for half time to put the Cards up 24-22. Griffin scored 14 points the first half and only 4 the second half. Dick Houston did the best job of the season on Glenn with the help of his teammates. The Cards have been going to Glenn all season and in this game they made the mistake of try to force it in to him too much. Monterey made 11 of 15 foul shots in the fourth quarter, up to that time they were 2 for 3. SC made 20 of 47 field goals for a shooting percentage of 42.6. Monterey made 22-61 for 36.1 percent. SC won the rebounding battle 27 to 24. Top rebounders were Bryon Wilson 7, Griffin 6, Bergazzi 5 and Christensen 4. The Cards had 14 assist. Top passers were Bergazzi, Wilson, Gidinelli and Christensen 3 apiece. Scoring: Bergazzi 6, Wilson 3, Griffin 18, Christensen 10, Ghidinelli 13, Foster 1 and Puget 0.

Cards’ Best Team Game: Five In Double Figures. The Cards played their best game of the season in beating a very good Seaside team 75-70. The players scored in double figures. Glenn Griffin had 24, Wes Bergazzi and Steve Ghidinelli 13 each, and Byron Wilson and Pete Christensen 11 each. The Cards have beaten everyone in the league at least once except Monterey. Seaside had to forfeit seven games with one of them to SC, otherwise they would be in first place. This is really only their second loss in MBL play. Seaside never led after the opening bucket, which was made by their star and it was his only goal of the night as Ghidinelli and Christensen double teamed him out front, but most of the work was done by Ghidinelli. The Cards led 64-48 near the end of the third quarter, when the tiring Cards began to slow down their attack for only good shots. The Cards hit 28 of 78 for 39 percent from the field and 19 of 27 from the foul line. It was a tremendous rebound battle as both teams have good spring and are strong. The Cards dominated 35-23 with Griffin having one of his best nights leading with 11 rebounds. Bergazzi had nine, Wilson six and Christensen five. Wilson’s speed paid big dividends for he consistently tipped the ball away from Seaside players into the waiting hands of his teammates. In the assist department, SC had twelve with Ghidinelli leading with four and two each from Griffin, Christensen and Foster. Other players scoring: Foster 3, and Puget 0.

In the Alisal game Glenn Griffin hit 31 and played a tremendous defensive game holding his counterpart to seven points. Freshman Tom Foster hit his biggest night of the year with 16 points.

Eight Free Throws In Stretch Provide A 48-42 Win For Knights over SC. Victory a many splendor thing eluded SC as Soquel plucked it out of the sky hitting 8 of 11 foul shot to
score eight points all from the foul line in the last minute and 45 seconds. SC had very little success in the second half after leading 24-20 at half time. Despite not scoring up to snuff for him, Griffin rebounded well picking off 13 rebounds. Byron Wilson had seven rebounds. The rebounding edge went to SC just 35-33. However the Redbirds commanded a 11-7 margin on the offensive boards. Both teams shot 51 times with Soquel making one more than the Cards. Neither team shot well, but both clubs gave as much effort as if it was a championship at stake.
Both teams hustled for four full quarters never “dogging” it, to end the season in style. Scoring: Bergazzi 8, Wilson 7, Griffin 11, Christensen 3, Ghidinelli 11, Puget 2, Foster, Hendershott and Ellis 0.

Team statistics for the season by name, games played, total points and average per game.
Glenn Griffin 19 375 19.7
Steve Ghidinelli 21 160 7.6
Bergazzi 21 150 7.1
Christensen 21 147 7.0
Wilson 21 96 4.6
Foster 19 68 3.6
Puget 21 66 3.1
Gordon 12 48 4.0
Ellis 12 20 1.7
Edwards 8 18 2.2
Hendershott 9 10 1.1
Fassio 7 9 1.3
Yue 4 8 2.0
Decker 1 0 0.0

Glenn Griffin led the team in rebounds with 160 followed by Bergazzi 138, Wilson 87, Christensen 68, Steve Ghidinelli 59, Foster 51 and Puget 46.

Steve Ghidinelli led in assists with 57 followed by Christensen 39 and Puget 32.

Glenn Griffin had the best field goal percentage of .419 on 351 shots. Ghidinelli, Bergazzi and Christensen all took the number of shots in the mid 160 shot range and averaged in the .350 range.

Team wise the Cards scored 1175 points and gave up 1049 points. They averaged 56 point scored and average giving up 49 points a game for a plus 6 per game difference. The average assists for game is 12.7.

Steve Ghidinelli was the Dads Club sportsmanship award winner.

Glenn Griffin was named CO-MVP of the league and also led the league in scoring. Glenn received trophies for each honor from the Monterey Bay Sports Writers Association. Glenn and his brother Larry both were ALL LEAGUE PLAYERS for two years. Last year on the same team. Glenn Griffin was selected to play in the CCS East-West game at the end of the school year.


Will it be Gary Ghidinelli, Tom Foster, Kris Sorensen or Kirk Waller?

In the last decade, the Cardinals, who have won two championships, finished out of the first division only once and have been in the top three all of the rest of the time. Quite often they have been the bridesmaid. The reason has been four great players that these eyes have had the good fortune of watching since joining the Sentinel. Glenn Griffin, the last of the big four, which is actually two brother combinations, played his last game last Friday. He needed four points in that game to become the Cardinal’s third all time scorer topping 1000 markers in a career. He got 11.

The era began in 1956-57, when Jim Smith made his debut. Later in his career, James scored 38 points for the highest individual gain in a Cardinal career. Now at the University of California as a medical school student, he went on to be a starter for the Bears for all four years.

Then came Steve Smith, who while not quite as tall as James proved to be probably the best all around player of the quartet. He is currently starting guard for Cal for the second year along with another ex MBL star guard, Rusty Critchfield of Salinas.

Larry Griffin, who is burning up the nets for Cabrillo College this season, had about the softest touch of all and set school records both in one season and for an all time career.

The records for each of the four players is listed with the years, games played, field goals made, free throws made, total points and averages of points per game.

Larry Griffin
1964-65 26 207 106 520 20.0
1963-64 24 183 116 482 20.1
1962-63 20 64 30 158 7.5
Totals 70 454 252 1160 16.6

James Smith
1958-59 20 161 134 456 22.8
1957-58 25 172 115 488 19.5
1956-57 20 39 49 127 6.3
Total 65 372 298 1071 16.4

Glenn Griffin
1965-66 19 147 81 375 19.7
1964-65 26 118 74 311 12.0
1963-64 24 122 77 321 13.4
Total 69 387 232 1007 14.6

Steve Smith
1961-62 19 102 87 291 15.3
1960-61 21 138 118 394 18.8
1959-60 18 95 48 238 13.2
Total 58 335 253 923 15.9


Practice games; At the Salinas Invitational North Salinas win, Watsonville loss, Monterey loss. Los Gatos 42-36, Carmel 54-37, SLV win, Mora win. Practice record 5-2. League: North Salinas 22-57, 62-53; Salinas 56-40, 62-53; Monterey 46-38, 52-38; Seaside 56-36, 62-43; Watsonville 52-38, 66-50; Alisal 60-20, 58-24; Soquel 73-35, 53-51. League record 13-1 for championship. Season record 18-3.

It was the year of the youngsters as three of the normal starting five were ninth graders Gary Ghidinelli, Kirk Waller and Grant Wilson. Other starters were junior, Dave Billardello and sophomore Tom Crichton. Senior lettermen Gary Grellman and Everett Yee were valuable reserves. The half dozen other freshman on the roster were a top substitute and some times starter Kris Sorensen, Bill Kypreos, Dave Paul, Doug Ley, Roger Barat and Don Torchio.

Pushed by a team spirit that just wouldn’t quit the Cardlets brought the lightweight crown back to the Surf city for the first time since the 1959 undefeated team. The season started with a loss to North Salinas in the first league game. From there they won the next thirteen straight for the title on the final night as star Gary Ghidinelli hit a twenty footer with less than five seconds left to beat Soquel.

Headlines: Ghidinelli shot gives SC Cardlets championship. Cardlet “hot shot” Gary Ghidinelli with five seconds to go in the “do or die” stanza took a pass from teammate Tom Crichton to tank the winning bucket. Ghidinelli chalked up 18 points for the game’s high point honors. Other scorers: Waller 10, Crichton 11, Sorensen 8, Wilson 4 and Bilardello 2.

In the Salinas Tournament the Cardlets defeated North Salinas and lost to eventual tourney champions Watsonville and then to Monterey. At the tournament, freshman Gary Ghidinelli scored 24 points and Grant Wilson put up 24 markers.

Against Los Gatos in a 42-36 win, sophomore Tom Crichton led the team in both rebounding and scoring with 11 take-backs and 10 markers. The Cardlets started the season 2-2.

Cardlets Clout Carmel 54-37. Carmel was baffled by the on and off SC press, which kept the Padres off balance most of the evening. SC is now 4-2. Scoring: Sorensen 9, Ghidinelli 9, Waller 8 Crichton 7, Grellman 4, Yee 4, Kypreos 4, Ley 2, Bilardello 2, Wilson 2 and Agnone 2.
Watsonville beat the Cardlets in the Salinas Tournament, but in the first league game the Cardlets made up for the loss with a 52-38 win. Gary Ghidinelli was hot most of the night as he burned the Kitten defense with 16 markers. Dave Billardello sank 12 and also showed good defensive form knocking down seven stray Kitten passes. SC controlled the boards by 33 to 30 as postman Tom Crichton led the Birds with 11. The Cardlets led 12-3 at the end of the first quarter and 29-13 at half. SC ran right through the Kitten press. Scoring: Ghidinelli 16, Bilardello 12, Waller 11, Crichton 9 and Wilson 4.

39 Point Second Half; Cardlets In 46-38 win over Monterey. At half time SC was down 7-19 and at the end of the third quarter 24-29, but then out scored Monterey 22-9 in the fourth quarter. Kirk Waller played four full quarter of hustleas he grabbed 12 rebounds and as many points. Gary Ghidinelli’s sharp shooting and quick ball handling fired up the spirit that kept the Cardlets up after a dismal first half. Scoring: Ghidinelli 16, Waller 12, Bilardello 6, Crichton 6 and Wilson 6.

Cardlets Roll Past Seaside 56-36. The Cardlets controlled the boards again last night as they have done in the three previous victories. Grant Wilson led in rebounds with 10. SC now owns sole possession of second place. The Cardlets led 20-15 at halftime. Scoring: Ghidinelli

Carlet ‘5’ Rips Alisal; Ghidinelli Hits 16 For SC in 60-20 win. The Cardlets led 30-6 at halftime and the rest of the game the substitutes took over. Wilson and Sorensen led the Cardlets on the boards. SC hit 18 of 24 at the foul line for a hot 75 percent average. Scoring: Ghidinelli 16, Wilson 8, Sorensen 8, Grellman 6, Waller 6, Barat 6, Torchio 5 Kypreos 3 and Ley 2.

Cardlets Big Fourth Quarter Routs Salinas 56-40 with a 19 point fourth quarter. Salinas gave the Cardlets a tough game until, down only three points with 4:30 left in the game, Gary Grellman sank his one and one shots to put the Cardlets up by five. Salinas’ lightning quick reactions baffled the Cardlets for a majority of the contest. The score was tied at half 23-23. Gary Ghidinelli led all scorers with 19. Post man Tom Crichton scored 14 and had an amazing 17 rebounds. Scoring: Ghidinelli 19, Crichton 14, Waller 7, Wilson 7, Grellman 3 and Bilardello 2.

Cardlets rout Soquel 73-35. Before the game, both teams were tied for second place in league with 5-1 records, while North Salinas is in first with a 6-0 record. The Cardlet defense became tighter than Scrooge allowing only 12 markers in the second half. At the end of the first quarter the score was SC 12-11 and at half time 30-23, but the Cardlets broke out with 15 points in the third period and 28 in the fourth quarter. Scoring: Crichton 19, Ghidinelli 14, Waller 14, Wilson 8, Bilardello 7, Kypreos 3, Grellman 3, Sorensen 3, Yee 2 and Torchio 2.
Dave Bilardello and Grant Wilson have played steadily all year and have helped considerable toward the flag drive with their defensive play.

Cardlets give North Salinas their first league loss 62-53 to gain a tie for the loop lead. With another all team performance, the Cardlets had a few tense moments as the Norsemen drew within three points five times and tied the score once, but never went ahead of the Cardlets. SC claimed the backboards grabbing 56 to North Salinas’ 50. Kirk Waller led all scorers with 18 and had 10 rebounds. Tom Crichton did a powerful job on the boards with 18 come backers. Chris Sorensen, who had nine rebounds, and Dave Bilardello both had sterling defensive games. Bilardello had three stolen passes and as many taking the ball from the dribbler. The half time score was 32-28. Scoring: Waller 18, Ghidinelli 15, Crichton 8, Sorensen 8, Bilardello 6, Wilson 6 and Grellman 2.

Thirty nine point second half after being down 7-19 at the end of the first half gave the Cardlets a 46-38 win over Monterey. Kirk Waller grabbed 12 rebounds and marked as many points. Gary Ghidinelli with hi quick ball handling and sharp shooting eye added to a fired up spirit which put the Cardlets over the top. With 51 seconds left in the game and the Cardlets down by two points, forward Grant Wilson hit a 25 foot jumper to tie the score 35-35. A Monterey player took a swing at Waller who the made three of his four foul shots to ice the game. Scoring was Ghidinelli 16, Waller 12, Bilardello 6, Crichton 6 and Wilson 6.

Cardlet Big Fourth quarter Routs Salinas 56-40. The halftime score was tied 23-23. SC took a three point lead at the end of the third quarter, but pulled away in the fourth out scoring the Cowbabes 19-6. SC burned Salinas 50 to 21 on the boards. Crichton was bad news to the Cowbabes bring down 17 come backers. Critchon was also second in scoring to Ghidinelli’s 19 with 14. Others scoring were Waller 11, Wilson 7, Grellman 3 and Bilardello 2.

Cardlets Snowball Watsonville 66-50 For Ninth Win In A Row. Grant Wilson was the best all around player on the court collecting 15 points and as many rebounds, while stealing three Kitten passes. Ghidinelli tops 20 points level with 23 against Watsonville. He had a good shooting night going five for seven at the line and hitting nine field goals. The Cardlets have built up a great momentum over the past five games. A majority of the time SC held a ten point lead other than late in the third quarter when the lead got down to four points. SC won the boards 50-40. Scoring: Ghidinelli 23, Waller 12, Crichton 5, Biardello 4, Sorensen 3, Grellman 3 and Doug Ley 1.

Cardlets Make Bird Seed Out Of Toreababes 52-38. Defense was noticeable better in this contest with Bilardello and Wilson both turning in great performances. SC jumped off to a eleven point first period lead and were never really worried about Monterey. Scoring: Ghidinelli 19, Waller 13 Bilardello 10, Wilson 6, Yee 4, Sorensen 3, Torchio 2 and Kypreos 1.

Cardlets Dump Seaside 62-43; Move Into First Place. SC played it’s most balanced scoring contest of the season with four players hitting double figures. The whole team was praised and Gary Ghidinelli was singled out for “playing a tremendous floor game.” SC led at half time 33-24. Scoring: Crichton 12, Bilardello 11, Ghidinelli 10, Waller 10, Wilson 9, Sorensen 6, Paul 2, Torchio 1 and Yee 1.

Cardlets Rip Alisal 58-24 with reserves receiving playing time. Sophomore Don Torchio hit 7 points, played good defense, blocked two shots and stole the ball twice. Dave Paul led the rebounding parade with nine come backers and tallied seven points. Other scores were Waller 10, Grellman 7, Billardello 7, Sorensen 7, Crichton 5, Kypreos 3, Wilson 2 and Yee 2.

Ghidinelli Shot Gives Cardlets Championship with a 53-51 win over Soquel. With five seconds left in the game Ghidinelli took a pass from Tom Crichton to tank the winning bucket. In the final Soquel contest Sorensen played his best defense of the year as he was really up on the boards. He also tallied eight points. Grellman was a very able back up guard and did a good job both ways when called upon. It went right to the wire as after the Cardlets nipped rival Soquel 53-51 the Cowbabes wrecked the Norsemen to help the Cardlets to a well earned flag. Scoring was Ghidinelli 18, Waller 10, Crichton 11, Sorensen 8, Wilson 4 and Bilardello 2.

Grant Wilson did one of the best all around jobs as he got the big early game points to get the gang off the dime for a big part of the season. In their second meeting with North Salinas they pasted them 62-53 to earn a tie in the standings. The starting five were Bilardello, Crichton and the three freshmen Ghidinelli, Waller and Wilson. The six and seventh men were freshman, Kris Sorensen and senior, Gary Grellmann.

With a tenacious defense led by junior Dave Bilardello’s pestering the offense and sophomore Tom Crichton’s rebounding, the Cardlets were able to hold some of the most explosive offenses in the league to a total of 565 markers a 52 point defensive average. They scored 786 points for a 56 per game average. Four points per game to the good.

Gary Ghidinelli and Kirk Waller, both freshmen, were the point pacers for the Cardlets with Ghidinelli ending with 199 notches and Waller forty behind at 159 for the league matches.

The final league scoring totals by name, games played, total points and average points per game.
Ghidinelli 13 199 15.3
Waller 13 159 12.2
Crichton 14 112 8.0
Wilson 14 94 6.7
Billardello 14 71 5.0
Sorensen 12 48 4.0
Grellman 14 28 2.0
Torchio 7 16 2.2
Yee 9 3 1.4
Kypreos 5 13 2.6
Paul 4 9 2.2
Barat 4 6 1.5

Dave Bilardello was the Dads Club sportsmanship award winner.

Gary Ghidinelli was chosen CO-MVP of the league and Kirk Waller was named to the second team ALL MBL. Tom Crichton came close to making the ten man squad.


There were no squad names available or complete season scores.

C’s beat Salinas 47-33 to tie for the league title. These two teams are co-champions
C’s beat Alisal 68-17. Junior Mike Agnone led the team to their fourth straight win without a defeat. Mike scored 19 points and Gary Ghidinelli had 17.
Lost to Salinas and Salinas is undefeated so far.
Soquel 39-21. Gary Ghidinelli the teams top scorer outscored the whole Soquel team when he scored 22 against them.
Beat Palma 60-28. Ghidinelli posted his season high against Palma when he scorched the nets for 24 points. The other part of the attack is led by Mike Agnone and Bill Kypreos, who have been close in scoring all year.
In the game for the league championship with Salinas Gary Ghidinelli nearly beat the Cowbabes by himself as he scored 21 points. Bill Kypreos scored 11 and Mike Agnone did a good job on defense.

D team in first game of the season lost to North Salinas.
D’s lost to Alisal 27-28. Their record is now 2-2. SC was ahead 27-26 with 10 seconds left when Alisal hit a shot for their first lead of the game. Top scorer was sophomore Alan Badger with 12 followed by Steve Bettencourt with 10 points.
Salinas loss
Soquel loss in overtime
Palma loss in overtime.
Sophomores Allan Badger and Don Torchio have led in both scoring and rebounding with one picking up the others slack, when he gets into a scoring hole.

Chick Van Selus won the C and D sportsmanship award from the Dads Club.


Practice games: Watsonville 48-33, SLV 49-23, Carmel 67-51, League: North Salinas 40-39 in overtime, 38-38, Salinas 47-68, Watsonville loss, won; Alisal won, Seaside loss, Soquel 53-45.

Inside players: Dan Rodriquez, Steve Seymour, Tom Mitchell, Gary Castiglioni, Collins, Walt Edwards and Bob Henderson. Guards, Rod Fleming, Hall, Ted McCarroll and Van Selus

Freshman forward Tom Mitchell scored 16 points in the opening game of the season in a win against Watsonville 48-33. Center Dan Rodriguez topped the rebounders to take away second chance shots from the Cats. Bob Henderson added 15 points to the score. Starters for the game were guards Rich Cordero and freshman Gary Castiglioni; center Dan Rodriquez; forwards Tom Mitchell and Bob Henderson.

In an overtime win against North Salinas, Bob Henderson led the scorers with 14 points followed by center Dan Rodriguez with 13.

After losing to Carmel two years in a row the Cards took them this year 67-51. Six foot four Dan Rodriguez bucketed 23 points, frosh forward Tom Mitchell had 14 and Bob Henderson had 13.

Ted McCarroll paced the Cards to a 49-23 win over SLV scoring nine point while sharing the guard position with Gary Castiglioni and Rod Fleming, who both scored seven.

In the last round losses to North Salinas 38-39 and to Salinas, Dan Rogriguez scored 18 against North Salinas and tied Gary Castiglioni with 11 each against Salinas. Ted McCarroll has led the team in ball handling for most of the year and did a good job against Salinas.

The squad ended the season with a sweet win over Soquel 53-45. The team was lauded by their coach for their hustle throughout the season. During the second half of the slate the Cards were shut down thrice by less than five markers. A win in these games would have put them on the positive side.

High point men were Dan Rodriguez, Walt Edwards, Ted McCarroll, Bob Henderson, Tom Mitchell, Gary Castiglioni and Steve Seymour.

In the beginning of the season if looked as if the SC JV team was going to have a big year as the Cards won three straight before being stopped by Salinas. They had fair size, but mainly they were lauded by their coach for fine hustle throughout the season. During the second half of the slate the Cards were shut down thrice by less than five markers. This was hard on the guys and before they finally snapped their losing streak against Alisal, they were clubbed by Seaside for heir worst defeat. The final game of the year was a sweet one as the Cards stopped Soquel 53-45.

Walt Edwards was the Dads Club sportsmanship award winner.


squad put together on of the best years ever. The Cards placed second in the MBL and wound up with a 12-4 record. The top performance of the year was by sophomore Kip Herren went undefeated during the regular season, not losing until the CCS Tournament were he lost in the finals to a wrestler who won the Northern Cal title last year. Bryon Lohr, Gene Rochelle and Ed Kapping also turned in point earning performances far above the average times and on many occasions picked up points when the Cards were hurting for winning margins.

Loehr and Rochelle still unbeaten with 14-0 marks on the line to face Seaside. Rochelle will be facing another undefeated wrestler and Loehr who has not lost a match in two years is coming off a pin against Soquel in 10 seconds. Sophomore Kip Herren ran his string to 12-1 with a second period pin.

MBL first place finishers were sophomore, Kip Herren and seniors Tony Alvarez, Edward Kapping, Gene Rochell and Brian Loehr. All advance to the CCS tournament. As stated above Kip Herren place second in the 106 weight class to advance to the Northern California State tournament. To get to the finals his biggest victory was stopping an opponent who had won 42 consecutive matches in a decision. He won two other matches 4-3 and 3-2. Gene Rochelle at 145, won his first match with a decision, but lost his next match 0-1. Ed Kapping at133, lost his first match 2-9. Brian Loehr at 194, won his first match 5-1 and his second match 4-3, before losing his third 3-4.

Wrestlers who placed at the Gonzales Tournament were Kip Herren, 103; Tony Alvarez, 109; Phil DiGoralamo, 112; Dave Gray, 127; Jerry Malmin, 135; Pat Provenzano, 138; Gene Rochelle, 145; Brian Loehr, 191 and Archie Lopez, unlimited.

The Cards split their first two matches. Winners at Half Moon Bay by a 32-21 score were Steve Trybom at 95, David Gray 127, Edward Kapping 133, Brian Loehr 191 all on pins other the Trybom. Winners by decision were Rick Alvarez 112, Pat Provenzano 145, Gene Rochelle 154 and Archie Lopez unlimited. Losers were Kevin Swehla 120, Tom Stagnaro 165, Jim Gillespie 103, Brett Wylie 138 and Jerry Malmin 145.

Against Del Mar Brian Loehr pinned his man and the other winners were Kip Herren, Tony Alveraz, Ed Kaping, Gene Rochelle and Tom Stagnaro. Archie Lopez tied his man. Losers were Steve Trybom, Jim Gillespie, Dave Gray, Pat Provenzano, Brett Wylie and Jerry Malmin.

Other team members: Gray, Archie Lopez. Steve Belcher, Art Rochelle, Scott Graff. Jim Sutherland, Garcia, Jerry Johns, Phil DiGiralamo. Pat Pennell, Geary, Knowles, H. Gillespie, Brendon Baer, Sam Trybom and R. Lopez.

Kip Herren received the most valuable wrestler trophy donated by the Sportsman’s Shop. Jerry Malmin was voted the most improved wrestler. Gene Rochelle won the most inspirational wrestler award donated by Ferrell’s Donut Shop.

Tom Stagnaro was the Dads Club sportsmanship award winner.


league meet: Watsonville 95, Seaside 56, Monterey 27, Salinas 23, Santa Cruz 21 and Soquel 2.
Division III CCS: Watsonville 48, Seaside 37, King City 31, Santa Cruz 27, Monterey 24.

Byron Wilson placed second at the CCS meet in the 100 and fourth in the 220 to qualify for the State meet.

The lightweight team is one of the finest SC teams since the early forties. Standouts were Don Lowery in the 220 and Ray Fassio, who set a new Memorial Field record with a high jump of 5’ 9”.

Nine From SC in MBL finals. The varsity was led by Ron Vellutini’s, who was second in the pole vaulting and Byron Wilson’s sprinting. Byron had his best 100 yard race at the MBL finals, when he negotiated the century in a blazing 9.7. Byron also won the 220. Ron’s best jump of 13’ 6” was at the King City Relays. Ron was consistently in the upper 12 feet range.

Top lightweights were Ray Fassio won the high jump at 5’ 8” and took sixth in the shot put. Lovon ’Lollie” Lowery place third in the high jump at 5”6”. Don Lowery placed sixth in the broad jump at 19’.

In preliminary heats to see who would make the finals the results were Don Lowery won his heat in the 180 low hurdles. Lovon Lowrey won his heats in the 180 low hurdles and 70 high hurdles. Jim Bartell took fourth in his heat in 70 high hurdles and freshman Tom Mitchell edged a fourth in the 220.

Twenty two schools participated in the Dad’s Club relays, which Seaside won for the second straight year beating out Watsonville and third place Santa Cruz’ iron man team of Ron Vellutini, Byron Wilson, Frank Trowbridge and Greg Larson who scored 35 points among them. Vellutini had a personal best pole vault of 13’ 3” and just barely missed at 13’ 9”.
The lightweight team also took third place with 44 points to the winning Watsonville 64 and Alisal with 50 points. The crack sprint medley relay team took the only first place in 3:48.3. Runners and distances run were Dave McCune, 440; John Thomas, 220, Don Lowery, 220 and Scott Pitman, 880.

The Cards placed fifth at the Watsonville Relays. Byron Wilson took second in the 100 and Ron Vellutini stirred the spectators with his first place pole vault of 12 9. Vellutini, Greg Larson, Roy Dierflinger and Wilson posted their best 880 relay time a 1:34.6 to take fourth place. The sprint relay medley relay team took first place. Larson ran 440, Vellutini and Wilson both ran 220 and Frank Trowbridge the 880. Angell took a fourth place in the pole vault. In the lightweight competition, Calavares took a third in the mile. Lovon Lowery took third in the high jump. Don Lowery took fourth in the broad jump.

At the King City relays lightweight Don Lowery won the 180 yard low hurdles in a time of 20.4. It was his first attempt in competition and it tied the school record set by a varsity runner. In the 220 yard dash he took fifth place. Bryon Wilson put a 20 year old school record in the 220 in the trash barrel by one tenth of a second. He took second in the 100. Frank Trowbridge ran his best 880 in 1:59.5 for fourth place. Greg Larson sprinted his best 440 of the season in 52.6. Ron Vellutini took a second place with a vault of 12” 9”.

Watsonville in a dual meet beat the varsity 26-91 and lightweights 43-79. Frank Trowbridge set a new school record in the mile running 4:32.1. Ron Vellutini cleared 13’ to break the pole vault record.

Varsity beats Soquel 79-43 and lightweights 96-25. Varsity double winners were Byron Wilson the 100 and 220; Ron Vellutini in pole vault and high jump. Other first place winners were Frank Trowbridge in the 880 and Chuck Christenson in the two mile. Lightweight Don Lowery won three events, the low hurdles, broad jump and the 220. Sophomore Ray Fassio won two events the high jump and the shot put. Other varsity place winners listed by event, name and place. 100, Dierflinger, 2nd and Bill Yue, 3rd: 220, Vellutini, 2nd and Dierflinger, 3rd: 440, Trowbridge, 2nd: mile, Carter, 3rd: High hurdles, Walt Edwards, 2nd: 120 low hurdles, Greg Larson, 3rd: High jump, Decker, 3rd: Broadjump, Bill Yue, 2nd: Pole vault, Angell, 2nd: Shot Put, Lopez, 2nd and Brad Warze, 3rd: Discus, Larson, 3rd.

Lightweights, 100, Tom Mitchell, 2nd and Thomas 3rd: 220, Tom Mitchell, 2nd and Thomas, 3rd: 440, Scott Pitman, 2nd and Norbert Neuman, 3rd: 880, Norbert Neuman, 2nd and Kent Webber, 3rd: Mile, Hightower, 2nd: 2 mile, Tony Alvarez, 2nd: High hurdles, Littlefield, 3rd: Low hurdles, Lovon Lowery, 2nd: High Jump, Lovon Lowery, 2nd: Broadjump, Werbelow, 3rd: Pole Vault, Dean Hogan, 2nd: Shot put, Spray, 2nd and Ken Gregory, 3rd: Discus, Spray, 2nd and Ken Gregory, 3rd.

Monterey beat the Cards 71-50. Praise was given Frank Trowbridge, Byron Wilson, Ron Vellutini, Bob Pescador, John Witaker and Chuck Christensen. Lightweights lauded were Don Lowery who won the 220 and the hurdles; Rick Alvarez won the mile and cousin Tony Alvarez won the two mile. Walt Littefield placed in 180 hurdles, George Hamilton place in mile and Ken Gregory placed in shot put.

In a triple meet the varsity scores were Watsonville 89, SC 35 and Soquel 13. Watsonville set seven of the nine Memorial Field records. SC set two new school and field records. One by captain Frank Trowbridge in the 880, burying a 31 year old record with a time of 1:58.7. The other was by lightweight Ray Fassio as he cleared 5’ 9” in the high jump. Ray also had a personal best with a throw of 42’ in the shot put. Byron Wilson won the 100 in 10.2 and Ron Vellutini cleared the pole vault at 12’ for first place.

In the first dual meet of the season the varsity lost to Salinas 40-73 and the lightweights stunned the Cowbabes 82-39. The varsity won four events –Ron Vellutini cleared the pole vault at 12’ 3”; Greg Larson took the 440in 53.3; Frank Trowbridge won the 880 in 2:03.6 and Chuck Christensen took the two mile in 10:55.7. Light weight Lollie Lowery took three first in the high jump at 5’ 6, 120 high hurdles in 10.1 and the low hurdles in 24.8.

Against Alisal the varsity won 74-42 and lightweights 66-56. Wilson won the 220 in a vield record 22.9. Walter Edwards scored a couple of personal bests with a high jump of 5’ 5” for a first and took second in the shot put at 42’3”. The lightweights had four school and field records. Lovon Lowery ran the 70 yard high hurdles in 9.5, Don Lowery ran the 120 low hurdles in 13.6, Scott Pitman in the 880 in 2:07.5 and Warren Lee in 440 in time of 54 seconds.


Practice games: Carmel 11-7, 6-2; Bellarmine 2-6, 0-2; Redwood of San Rafael 6-8, 2-11; Saratoga 4-3, Mitty 2-6 Salinas Tournament: Monterey 4-11, North Salinas 1-2 in twelve innings,
League: North Salinas win, Monterey 1-3, loss; Salinas 5-6, Watsonville 4-3, 2-3; Alisal 5-4, 0-1;

From Sentinel
Practice Games: Santa Clara 1-8; Saratoga 4-3, Carmel 6-2, Marin Catholic 11-2, Bellarmine 0-2, Del Mar 6-6, Salinas Tournament: Soquel 6-4, North Salinas 3-8, Watsonville 7-8.
League: North Salinas won, 11-7; Soquel 4-2, Watsonville 12-4, Monterey 1-2, 8-5; Seaside 6-1, 3-4; Alisal 0-1, 6-1.
Players and positions are catchers, Dave Bilardello and Gary Castiglioni; pitchers, Dana Hendershott, Mike Puget, Glen Griffin and Ted McCarroll also OF; 1B, Tim Holtz; 2B, George Arnott and Everett Yee; 3B, Greg Gordon and Jim Ellis also OF; SS, Tom Crichton; outfielders, Dave Trybom, Gary Neumann, Steve Brown and Wes Bergazzi also 1B.
League record 6-3 for third in league. Season record 13-9

‘Old Birds’ Look Like Spring Chickens; Alumni Tops Cardinal Baseballers, 5-1 in annual alumni game. SC jumped out to a one run lead in the first inning. With one down, catcher Dave Bilardello singled and stole second and on a strike out pitch, headed to third and scored on the overthrow. Card starter Dana Hendershott hurled fine ball as he held the grand old timers hitless during his four innings of work. Glenn Griffin relieved starting the fifth inning and ran into trouble. With one down, Mac Morelli got on base on an error and Ron Neumann walked and an error advanced both runners. Bruce McPerson drove them in with a single to right center. Runs not earned. The alumni tallied two more in the seventh and another in the ninth. Al McCommon drove in two of the runs. Fred McPherson and Ron Durkin combined pitching talents to limit the Cards to just three hits. Cards lineup: Trybom, CF, 3-0; Bilardello, C, 3-1; Ellis, 3B/C, 4-1; Holz, 1B, 3-0; Neumann, LF, 3-0; Arnott, 2B, 4-0; Brown, RF, 2-1; Bergazzi, 1B, 1-0; Hendershott, P. 1-0; Griffin, P, 1-0; Puget, P, 1-0; Grellmann, PH. 1-0; Yee, 3B, 0-0; McCarroll, P, 0-0.
Alumni lineup: McCommon, SS, 4-1; Lockwood, 1B, 4-0; Pillsbury, RF, 4-0; Gerig, 2B, 4-1; Gilbert, 3B, 3-0; Morelli, CF, 3-0; Neumann, LF, 3-1, Filice, C, 2-1; Fred McPherson, P, 0-0; Bruce McPherson, SS, 3-1; Durkin, P, 1-1.
Pitching stats, by name, innings pitched, hits, runs, earned runs, base on balls and strike outs.
McPherson 4 1 1 0 1 5
Durkin 5 1 0 0 4 3
Hendershott 4 0 0 0 1 3
Griffin 2 2 2 0 2 4
Puget 2 2 3 2 2 1
McCarroll 1 1 1 1 3 0

Sentinel March 9. Believe It Or Not-SC Hurlers Not Bad Despite An 8-1 Loss To Santa Clara. Santa Clara scored five times in the seventh inning to wrap up the victory and those were the only earned runs of the game. Six errors and weak hitting hampered SC. Most impressive of the three pitchers, all of whom have been playing basketball, was junior left-hander Mike Puget, who had his fast ball hopping and a curve that was breaking, but tired in his fourth inning of pitching as he has been playing basketball. Senior Glenn Griffin also just out from basketball, pitched the last two-thirds of the last inning. Junior lefty Dana Hendershott, started and went the first three innings and gave up no earned runs. Incidentally the Cards have another left-handed pitcher Ted McCarroll. The Cards lone run came, when catcher Dave Billardello reached base on an error, stole second and scored on Wes Bergazzi’s single. SC had six errors. Lineup: Trybom, CF, 3-0; Bilardello, C, 4-0; Chrichton, SS, 2-0; Ellis, 3B, 2-0; Bergazzi, 1B, 2-1; Neumann, RF, 2-1; Arnott, 2B, 2-0; Brown, LF, 2-1; Hendershott, P, 0-0; Yee, 2B, 0-0; Puget, P, 2-0; Griffin, P, 0-0; Holtz, 1B, 2-0.
Pitching stats, by name, innings pitched, hits, runs, earned runs, base on balls and strike outs.
Hendershott 3 4 3 0 1 2
Puget 3 1/3 2 3 3 2 1
Griffin 2/3 2 2 2 1 1

March 13. Card ‘9’ Nabs First Win–Socks Saratoga 4-3. With improvement seen everywhere, SC broke into the win column over previously unbeaten Saratoga. SC, now 1-2, had much improved pitching, hitting and fielding. SC scored two runs in the top of the third inning, when Steve Brown led of with a line single and Glenn Griffin bunted to sacrifice, but the pitcher threw the ball away at second, to put runners on first and second and no outs. Dave Trybom sacrificed them up. Dave Bilardello pushed a bunt past the short stop and both runs scored. SC scored two more in the fifth inning on a single by Trybom, a triple by Bilardello and a RBI single by Crichton. Bilardello was the big stick of the day going 2 for 4, including a triple and three RBI’s. Trybom also collected a couple of raps. Saratoga rallied back in the bottom of the fifth scoring their three runs. Dana Hendershott came in relief of Griffin in the sixth and preserved the win for a save. In two innings he gave up one hit, no runs or walks and struck out two. Griffin got credit for the win as he hurled five fine innings of ball. He gave up five hits, walked two, struck out six and gave up no earned runs. SC had three errors. Lineup: Trybom, CF, 3-2; Bilardello, C, 4-2; Chrichton, 2B, 3-1; Arnott, SS, 3-0; Bergazzi, 1B, 3-0; Ellis, 3B, 2-0; Neumann, RF, 2-0; Brown, LF, 3-1; Griffin, P, 3-0.

March 16. Big Card Rally Tops Carmel, 6-2. Rallying for five runs in the final frame, the Cards swept to their second straight victory. Junior southpaw Dana Hendershott went the last four innings struck out five, walked none and gave up one hit a double as he collected his first victory. Shortstop George Arnott went 2 for 3, both singles and scored. Dave Trybom and Steve Brown went 2 for 4. Carmel drew first blood, scoring in the second stanza. SC came right back in the third as Trybom singled and Brown followed suit to put runners on first and second. Second sacker Everett Yee drove in Trybom. Carmel scored again in the fourth inning to go ahead 2-1. In the top of the seventh, Arnott started the inning off with a single, which started a series of six straight singles scoring five runs. Starting pitcher Mike Puget sailed smoothly through his three inning stint striking out five, walked three and gave up two hits. Both squads played good defense as each made only one error. Lineup: Trybom, CF, 4-2; Brown, LF, 4-2; Bilardello, C, 2-1, Bergazzi, 1B, 4-0; Arnott, SS, 3-2; Neuman, RF, 3-1; Yee, 2B, 1-1; Chrichton, 2B, 2-1; Puget, P, 1-0; Hendershott, P. 2-1.

March 20. Arnott Hits Grand Slam As Cards Frolic, 11-2. Arnott’s grand slam came in the first inning to give SC a quick 4-0 lead over Marin Catholic of San Rafeal. Chrichton singled, Bilardello walked and Jim Ellis walked and Arnott unloaded the bases with the only extra base hit of the game. SC had three errors and eight hits. Lineup: Trybom, CF, 3-1, Chrichton, 2B, 4-3; Grellman, 2B, 0-0; Bilardello, C, 3-0; Ghidinelli, C, 0-0; Ellis, 3B, 2-0; Arnott, SS, 3-2; Nuemann, RF/LF, 4-1; Bergazzi, 1B, 4-1; Brown, LF, 4-1; Holz, RF, 1-0; Hendershott, P, 2-0; Puget, P, 0-0.
Pitching stats, by name, innings pitched, hits, runs, earned runs, base on balls and strike outs.
Hendershott 5 1/3 4 1 1 1 3
Puget 1 2/3 3 1 0 0 1

March 24. Strong Bellarmine Nips Cardinals 2-0. In a fast moving, well played game, the powerful Bellarmine Bells, who have played 12 games already, nipped SC 2-0 at Harvey West Stadium. Crafty Dana Hendershott, who moves the ball around, but does not overpower the opposing batters, went all the way for the Cards in the one hour, 37 minute game. He gave up five hits — the big one was a triple by Dan Pastorini (who went on to be an NFL quarterback) driving in the two runs. Hendershott threw only 75 pitches, walked one and struck out two. The Cards out hit Bellarmine 8 to 5. Bergazzi had a double. Each team made only one error. SC left ten men on base. Lineup: Trybom, CF, 4-2, Bilardello, C, 2-2; Crichton, 2B, 4-1; Ellis, 3B, 3-0; Arnott, SS, 3-0; Neumann, RF, 3-1; Bergazzi, 1B, 3-1; Brown, LF, 3-1, Hendersott, P, 1-0; Holz, PH, 1-0.

March 27. Santa Cruz Nine Ties With Del Mar Dons, 6-6. Big Seventh For SC. After eight innings the game was called because of darkness. Down 6-0 going into the top of the seventh, SC rallied for six runs to tie things up. Dave Bilardello smashed a triple with the bases loaded to pave the way. With Bilardello on third, Dave Trybom and Everett Yee walked to load the bases again. Wes Bergazzi drove in two runs with a single and Jim Ellis squeezed in Yee to tie the score. In eight innings, Glenn Griffin gave up five hits, walked three, allowed six earned runs and struck out 13. SC had four errors and four hits. RBI’s: Bilardello 3, Bergazzi 2 and Ellis one. Lineup: Brown, LF, 4-0; Bilardello, C, 4-1; Trybom, CF, 3-0; Chrichton, 2B, 2-0; Bergazzi, 1B, 4-1; Arnott, SS, 2-0; Ellis, 3B, 2-1; Neumann, RF, 1-0; Griffin,P, 4-0; Yee, 2B, 1-0; Holz, RF, 2-1.

Dana Hendershott earned the won over North Salinas in the league opener at Harvey West.

April 3. Cards Beat Soquel, 4-2. Tom Crichton doubled in front of the left field fence to break up a tension packed game and give SC a 4-2 win over arch-rival Soquel, as SC raised its record to 2-0 in league. Crichton’s double came with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and it scored Dave Trybom from second and Dana Hendershott from first base as the catcher tried to make the tag on him before he caught the ball. In the fourth inning with Wes Bergazzi on first, George Arnott attempted to sacrifice him to second, but the bunt was thrown away and the Cards had runners on first and second. They both scored on Greg Gordon’s timely single to right field. Soquel had gone ahead in the fourth inning on a walk, stolen base, single, pass ball and a single to score two runs. In the sixth inning, Soquel had the suicide squeeze on and the runner on third took off early before Card pitcher Dana Hendershott made any move to the plate. So, Hendershott stepped back off the pitching rubber and threw the ball to the plate and the Soquel player bunted the ball safely. But the runner from third was called out, because of interference by the batter of hitting a thrown ball, not a pitch off the pitching rubber. SC had a big threat going in the fifth inning with men at first and third and no outs, but were unable to score. Side-arming Glenn Griffin went four and one-third innings, striking out eight. Hendershott, who doesn’t over-power batters came on to be the benefactor of double plays in the fifth and seventh innings. Gordon and Crichton both had two RBI’s. SC had no errors. Lineup: Trybom, CF, 3-2; Ellis, 3B, 2-0; Bilardello, C, 4-0; Crichton, 2B, 3-1; Bergazzi, 1B, 3-1; Arnott, SS, 2-1; Neumann, RF, 2-0; Brown, LF, 1-0; Griffin, P/LF, 3-0; Gordon, 3B, 2-1; Hendershott, P, 0-0.
Pitching stats, by name, innings pitched, hits, runs, earned runs, base on balls and strike outs.
Griffin 4 1/3 3 2 2 3 8
Hendershott 2 2/3 2 0 0 1 0

April 4. SC Tips Soquel in Tourney Game. A five run second inning carried SC to a 6-4 win over Soquel in the first round of the Salinas Lions Invitational Tournament. Six straight hits, including George Arnott’s triple and a bases loaded double by Dave Bilardello featured the Cards big second inning. Dana Hendershott pitched a couple game giving up 7 hits, three earned runs, walked four and struck out 6. RBI’s: Bilardello 3, Arnott, Brown and Crichton one each. SC had 11 hits and two errors. Lineup: Ellis, RF, 4-2; Bilardello, C, 3-1, Trybom, CF, 3-1; Crichton, 2B, 2-1; Bergazzi, 1B, 2-0; Holz 1B, 2-0; Gordon, 3B, 4-2; Arnott, SS, 4-1; Brown, LF, 3-2, Hendershott, P, 2-1.

April 5. In the semifinals of the Salinas Lions Tourney North Salinas defeated SC 8-3 with only one run being earned. The victim was Glenn Griffin, who contributed three wild pitch to his won downfall. North Salinas scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the second as the Cards fell to pieces. Six physical errors, four pass balls and three wild pitches eased North Salinas into the finals. On offense, SC rapped eight hits, including a tremendous home run by Jim Ellis, a triple by Greg Gordon and a double by George Arnott. RBI’s: Arnott two and Ellis one. Lineup: Ellis, RF, 4-1; Bilardello, C, 4-1; Trybom, CF, 3-2; Crichton, 2B, 3-1; Gordon, 3B, 3-1; Arnott, SS, 3-1; Brown, LF, 3-0; Holz, 1B, 3-1; Griffin, P, 1-0; Rodriguez, P, 1-0; Neumann, PH, 1-0.
Pitching stats, by name, innings pitched, hits, runs, earned runs, base on balls and strike outs.
Griffin 3 3 6 1 3 6
Rodriguez 4 3 2 0 2 5

April 6. Wildcats Edge SC 8-7 for third place in the Salinas tournament in a slugfest that featured a bit if a rhubarb in the last inning as Greg Gordon blasted one into deep center field at Rodeo Park. After first being called a game tying home run, Gordon’s blast was eventually ruled a ground rule double, it bounced over the fence even though it was a long way out there, and Greg was sent back to second. The third out ended the game. RBI’s: Crichton, 4, Gordon 1. Doubles: Bilardello and Gordon. Cards had five errors. SC had 11 hits to Watsonville’s 6. Lineup: Ellis, RF, 4-0; Bilardello, C, 3-2; Trybom, CF, 4-3; Crichton, 2B, 4-2; Gordon, 3B, 4-2; Arnott, SS, 3-0; Bergazzi, 1B, 2-1; Neumann, LF, 3-0; Griffin, P, 2-0; Ghidnelli, C, 0-0; McCarroll, P, 0-0; Brown, PH, 1-1.
Pitching stats, by name, innings pitched, hits, runs, earned runs, base on balls and strike outs.
Griffin 5 1/3 5 8 5 2 5
McCarroll 2/3 1 0 0 0 1.

April 13. Big SC Lead Slips Through Fingers Of Cards At Salinas. SC ahead 5-1 after four innings gave up a pair of runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the disastrous seventh. It
Was errors more than anything that spelled defeat for the Cards as they made five miscues and several mental errors. Salinas scored a run in the first inning and the Cards came back with two in the top of the second on errors. SC scored two more runs in the third on a single by Dave Trybom, a crashing triple by Tom Crichton and a single by Greg Gordon, The Cards final run came as a result of an error in the fourth inning. Dane Hendershott went the distance and pitched steady ball until the sixth, when he started to tire. He was tagged for nine hits, three earned runs, three walks and had six strikeouts. RBI’s Crichton and Gordon one each. Crichton a triple. Lineup: Brown, LF, 4-0; Bilardello, C, 4-2; Trybom, CF, 4-2; Crichton, 2B, 4-2; Gordon, 3B, 3-2; Ellis, RF, 2-1; Bergazzi, 1B, 3-0; Arnott, SS, 3-0; Hendershott, P, 3-1.

April 17. Tom Crichton’s Homer Powers Cards To Seven Run First, 12-4 MBL Win. Sophomore Tom Crichton powered a 350 home run over the left field fence at Watsonville to highlight a seven run first inning rally on the way to a 12-4 triumph over the Wildcats, who were undefeated in league. Junior starter Dana Hendershott and freshman Dan Rodriquez allowed only one hit. Hendershott had a no hitter through four innings. He retired ten men in a row, before walking a batter. SC’s coach–who rightly so thinks the game is the important thing and not any personal glory, but with SC having a 12-0 lead, Hendershott was relieved to save him for use in the next game–replaced him with Rodriguez, who pitched two scoreless innings, but gave up four runs in the sixth inning on five walks and SC’s only error of the game. At one time in the 60’s SC had a 14 game win streak over Watsonville. Jim Ellis and Crichton had doubles. RBI’s: Crichton 4, Ellis, Hendershott, Brown and Kaysinger one each. Lineup: Bilardello, C, 4-1; Ellis, 3B, 4-2; Trybom, CF, 5-0; Crichton, 2B, 4-3; Gordon, SS, 1-0; Neumann, RF, 1-1; Brown, LF, 3-0; Holz, 1B, 4-0; Hendershott, P. 2-1; Yee, 2B, 1-0; Grellmann, 3B, 1-0; Rodriguez, P, 0-0.
Hendershott 4 0 0 0 1 0
Rodriguez 3 1 4 3 5 4

April 20. Monterey Guns Down SC. The 2-1 loss in eight innings dropped SC out of a four way tie for first in the MBL to a 3-2 record. The winning run was scored on back-to-back triples with two outs in the eighth. Monterey scored their first run on two haunting errors, a single and a fielders choice in the seventh inning to tie the game. A ten minute delay in the sixth inning as the sun was glaring into the pitchers eyes, so they couldn’t see the plate seemed to have an affect on the game. SC pushed across their run in the fourth, With one down Dave Trybom got on an infield hit, stole secon , went to third on a pass ball and scored on a high hopper over third by Greg Gordon. Dana Hendershott went the route for SC. He scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out one. SC had only four hits. SC had two errors, all in the seventh inning. Lineup: Bilardello, C, 4-0; Ellis, 3B, 4-0; Trybom, CF, 3-1; Crichton, 2B, 3-0; Gordon, SS, 3-1; Neumann, RF, 2-0; Brown, LF, 3-1; Holz, 2-0; Hendershott, P, 2-0; Arnott, PH, 1-1.

April 24. Alumni To Tough For SC. The old timers fought back from a 7-0 deficit to win 8-7. SC tallied a run in the second and three in the fourth and fifth innings, but the alumni came back with six in the sixth and two more in the ninth for their second win of year over the varsity. All was not dim for the Cards as freshman Ron Hyde hurled two and one-third innings of good ball. Fred McPherson, Al McCommon and Stan Pillsbury hurled for the Alumni with Pillsbury picking up the win.

April 24. Glenn Griffin Loses No-Hitter in Sixth, SC Cardinals Take 6-1 Win Over Seaside. Senior Glenn Griffin had a no hitter into the sixth inning and a shutout in sight until the seventh, but had to settle for a 6-1 win. A blooper to short left field just out of the reach of diving shortstop Greg Gordon was the first of two hits for Seaside. Griffin was tiring in the seventh and walked two, hit a batter and gave up a hit for the one run. Griffin hummed the ball past the Spartans as he struck out 11 and walked four. Card catcher Dave Billardello can attest to Glenn’s sped by the blisters on his catching hand. SC wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard as they pushed two runs across in the bottom of the first inning. Steve Brown single up the middle with one out and went to third on a double by Dave Trybom. Brown trying to score on Tom Crichton grounder was out at the plate, but Greg Gordon came through and drove Trybom and Crichton home. Crichton singled with two outs in the third, stole second and scored on Gordon’s third RBI hit of the game. Bilardello tripled to drive in Jim Ellis in fourth inning. Crichton scored for the third time, went he got on by an error, went to second on a pass ball and scored on George Arnott;s double, who then scored on Wes Bergazzi’s liner. Eight of the starters had hits. SC is one game behind Monterey and Watsonville with a 4-2 league record and 8-6-1 overall. SC had only one error. Bilardello had a triple. Trybom and Arnott doubled. RBI’s: Gordon 3, Bilardello, Arnott and Bergazzi one each. SC had 11 hits. Lineup: Bilardello, C, 3-1; Brown, LF, 3-1; Trybom, CF, 4-2; Crichton, 2B, 4-1; Gordon, SS, 3-2. Arnott, 3B, 3-1; Ellis, LF, 1-1; Bergazzi, 1B, 3-2; Griffin, P, 3-0; Neumann, LF, 0-0; Holz, PH, 1-0.

Alisal shocked the Cards in a well played game to end the first half of league 0-1. There were no errors made and each team had five hits. Dana Hendershott struck out seven and gave up no free passes.

May 1. SC “Pirate“ Steal Victory From Vikes. For a while North Salinas was invincible, but SC turned pirates and stole a 11-7 MBL victory. Going into the seventh inning, the hosts commanded a 7-5 lead, but Tim Holz took care of that with a two run homer with Wes Bergazzi aboard to tie the score and send the contest into extra innings. SC put together a four run ninth inning on four hits and four Viking errors to give them a 5-3 MBL record. Greg Gordon gave the Redbirds an early lead as he belted a three run homer in the first inning scoring Dave Billardello and Dave Trybom. NS came right back and scored two runs on a home run that rolled forever on the open field. NS moved ahead in the third as they bombed freshman starter Dan Rodriquez for five runs on four hits and an error. In fact, NS got but one solid hit off the right-hander as the three other hits were infield hits. Dan got out of the inning and shut the Vikes down in the fourth as he impressed in his first start. Hendershott relieved in the fifth and finished the game for his third league win. SC played fine defensive ball, making only one error in nine innings. Infielders Arnott, Crichton, Gordon and Bergazzi all made good plays. Billardello paced the Card attack going 4 for 6. Trybom and Gordon had three and George Arnott, Bergazzi and Holz each collected a pair. Gordon led the RBI’s with 5, followed by Holz 2 and Bilarello 1. Doubles: Bilardello and Bergazzi. Lineup: Bilarello, C, 6-4; Ellis, LF, 3-0; Trybom, CF, 5-3; Gordon, SS/3B, 6-3; Arnott, 3B/SS; 6-2; Crichton, 2B, 6-0; Bergazzi, 1B; 4-2; Holz, RF, 5-2; Rodriguez, P, 3-0; Hendershott, P, 1-0.
Rodriquezq 4 2/3 7 7 6 3 4
Hendershott 4 1/3 4 0 0 0 3

May 15. Santa Cruz Cardinals Keep Hopes Burning With Win Over Monterey. SC whipped Monterey 8-5 at El Estero Park. With two games to go SC is one game behind MBL leaders Monterey and Watsonville, who are 9-3 and SC is 8-4. SC scored in the first inning as Dave Trybom walked, went to second on an error and scored on Greg Gordon’s single. The Redbirds added another run in the second and again in the fourth, to take a 3-0 lead. The host Toreadors, smacked two home runs in the fifth, one off start Dana Hendershott and the other off reliever Dan Rodriguez, as they racked up five unearned runs with two outs. In the top of the sixth, the Cards charged back with five runs. Jim Ellis led off the inning with a walk, then was singled to second by Steve Brown and each runner moved up a base as the outfielder miss played the ball. Dan Rodriquez hit a ball to shortstop, whose throw to the plate was in the dirt and Ellis scored. Brown scored on another errant throw to the plate and Trybom was safe at first and Rodriquez rambled to third. Bilardello hit another ground ball and the throw to home was late and Rodriguez scored. Tim Holz belted a long shot over the center field fence for a two run shot. Rodriguez kept Monterey quiet in the last two innings to pick up the win. Brown doubled, RBI’s: Holz and Brown 2 each, Trybom, Bilardello and Gordon one each. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Trybom, CF, 4-1; Bilardello, C, 3-1; Holz, RF, 3-1; Gordon, SS, 4-2; Arnott, 2B, 3-0; Bergazzi, 1B, 4-1; Ellis, 3B, 1-1; Brown, LF, 3-3; Hendershott, P, 2-0; Rodriquez, P, 2-0.
Hendershott 4 2/3 3 3 2 3 3
Rodriguez 2 1/3 2 2 2 2 3 Winner

May 18. SC Blows Lead: Bows Out Of Race. A ball game is never over until the last out is recorded and how well the Cards know it as they blew another lead and lost a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to Seaside. It was the third time In MBL competition that an opponent came from behind and erased their lead. But this game was the straw that took away SC chances of at least tying for the league lead. Dana Hendershott hurled five innings of no-hit ball, before Seaside tagged him for a run and two hits in the sixth with no outs. After the second hit, Dan Rodriquez came into the game in relief. The first batter reached first on an infield hit, to put runners on first and third. The next ball was hit back to the pitcher, who threw it away at first to allow a run to score. Another error and a double pushed across two more runs to put Seaside ahead 4-3. SC went down in order in the seventh to end the game. As visitors, the Cards scored the first two runs in the top of the first, when Tim Holz doubled in the first two batters of the game, Trybom and Billardello. They added a third run in the fifth, when Trybom walked, stole second and scored on Billardello’s single. SC had 3 errors. Lineup: Trybom, CF, 2-1; Bilardello, C, 2-1; Holz, RF, 3-1; Gordon, SS, 3-1; Bergazzi, 1b, 2-0; Brown, LF, 3-0; Ellis, 3B, 3-0; Arnott, 2B, 3-0, Hendershott, P, 2-0; Rodriguez, P, 1-0.
Hendershott 5+ 2 2 0 2 6
Rodriquez 1 2 2 0 0 1

May 22. Cards Finish Year With 6-1 Alisal Verdict at Harvey West Stadium. Fridays seems to be the winning days for the Cards and this game was no exception. SC has lost five MBL encounters and all the losses came on Tuesdays. The Cards have not lost one league contest on Friday this season, They are 2-7 for the season on Tuesdays. Dana Hendersott, threw only 66 pitches in his compete game win, He fanned two, walked one and gave up 5 hits. The only run scored off him when a high fly ball was lost in the sun. SC scored single runs in the second and third innings and rallied for four more in the sixth. At the plate Hendershott was 2 for 2, whole Dave Trybom was 2 for 4. Holz and Bilardello had doubles. RBI’s: one each for Trybom, Holz, Ellis, Brown and Hendershott. SC had no errors, Lineup: Trybom, CF, 4-2; Bilardello, C, 3-1; Holz, RF, 3-1; Gordon, SS, 4-1; Bergazzi, 1B, 2-0; Arnott, 2B, 2-0; Ellis, 3B, 3-1; Yee, 3B, 0-0; Brown, LF, 2-1; Grellmann, LF, 0-0; Hendershott, P, 2-2.
SC’s season hasn’t been too successful, yet it hasn’t been unsuccessful either. The Cards lost five games by one run, which shows the closeness of the Card failures.

Monterey and Watsonville tied for the MBL title. In a playoff game to see who would represent the league at the Redwood Tournament of Champions Monterey won 3-2. Marin Catholic won the tourney and will play SC next season.

Trident. Glenn Griffin came closer to a no hitter than any area varsity pitcher this year going six innings against Seaside without giving up a hit. In the seventh the Spartans ended up with two hits and one run to earn Glenn a 6-1 win. The Cardinal hitting has been fabulous this Spring and are now second in the league with a .263 team average. Sophomore Tom Crichton is tied for the league lead in runs batted in. Greg Gordon is hitting .500 to be second in the league averages. The Cards have five men in the top 13 league batters.

Sentinel June 1. Two Cards make the ALL MBL team. Dana Hendershott and Greg Gordon. Hendershott, whom his coach described as “carry us,” pitched the most innings (67 1/3) of any MBL hurler. He finished the league season 6-3 and was the loops earned run average leader with a 1.35 runs per game. Greg Gordon batted .417 to take second place in the batting race. He was 15 for 36 and played short stop. There was a two way tie for the fifteenth spot and in a runoff vote, Dave Trybom lost by one vote. Trybom was fourth in league hitting, going 19 for 49 a .388 average.
The fifteen man squad was selected solely by the leagues coaches for the first time in nearly 20 years. Attending sports writers did not participate. All eight coaches voted in favor of the 15 man squad, something new for the MBL, as the players regular positions were not considered in the voting. The idea was to select the best 15 baseball players in the league. Theoretically, all the players could be pitchers or catchers for example.


Practice games: Del Mar loss, Buchser win for a 3-1 record at this point. Carmel 12-2,
League: North Salinas 10-8, Soquel 1-0, 3-4; Monterey 1-3, 3-4, Watsonville 3-4, Salinas 1-0, 5-7; Alisal 14-8, Seaside 2-0,

Cardinal J V Nine likened to Ambassadors
Members of the Santa Cruz high school J V baseball team have been described as “good ambassadors” in a letter received this week by Aaron Nelson, SCHS principal.
So often are high school kids branded as outlandish for their deeds that it “is a pleasure to hear good things about them, Nelson said. He displayed a letter from Dick B. Lawitzke of Carmel, and said it would go in his permanent file of good things. Dated March 15, the letter said: “It was my pleasure to be base umpire this afternoon at the Santa Cruz-Carmel junior varsity baseball game. It has been a long, long time since I have had the experience of association with such a well-coached, well-mannered, hard-playing, highly-spirited group of young men. Your school is to be congratulated, sir, on the excellent ambassadors of Santa Cruz high school you sent to Carmel this day.”
How about that, now, Nelson asked.

Pitchers: Kris Sorensen, Dan Rodriguez, Ted McCarroll, Roger Barat, Sam Trybom, Ron Hyde and Scott Graff also outfield. Catchers: Gary Ghidinelli and Dale Lyster also outfield.
Infielders: Rod Fleming, Bill Kypreos, Tom Turner, Jim Lyster, Jim Sutherland. Outfielders: Jerry Malmin, Allan Badger, Joe McCullen.

Junior Birds Beat Bruins. With Ted McCarroll’s six hit pitching the Cards conquered Buchser at the Upper diamond. Rod Fleming collected the only safety in this game. Rod has done a great job at shortstop all year and one of his better plays was in this game, when he took a hot shot and turned it into an easy out with a good flip to Tom Turner covering second. Center fielder Chuck Patterson also turned in a fine piece of fieldmanship as he took a blooper off the ground and threw a line drive to catcher Gary Ghidinelli, who applied the tag for an out at the plate. Clean up hitter Jerry Malmin has been the most potent batter thus far harvesting six hits and has driven the ball over 300 feet twice. The entire pitching staff has been sharp the whole season thus far. Ted McCarrol, Kris Sorensen, Dan Rodriguez, Scott Graff and Ron Hyde have all turned in impressive hill stints.

Pitching Again Paces SC Jayvees In Easy Triumph. Kris Sorensen, Scott Graff and Ron Hyde teamed up for another brilliant mound performance allowing but two hits as the Cards clipped Carmel 12-3. Jerry Malmin led the eight hit attack going 3 for 4 including a 300 foot homer to left field. The Cards scored in bunches with their big inning coming in the fourth when they collected five markers. The Card pitchers struck out 14 and gave up seven free passes. Sorensen pitched the first three innings, Graff the fourth and Hyde the last three.

Malmin’s HR Sparks Win Over North Salinas. Jerry Malmin’s three run homer climaxed a five run fifth inning to make a winner out of Ron Hyde and giving the Cards a 10-8 win. It definitely was not a day for hurlers on either side. The Cards had 11 hits and received six free passes. Third sacker Dan Poston led the Cards at the platter going 3 for 3 with one double. After Gary Ghidinelli hit a double, Rod Fleming ripped a home run over the left field screen for the prize shot of the day. Tom Turner drove in two runs. Ron Hyde pitched a complete game win.

Malmin’s eleventh inning homer over the left centerfield fence nips Soquel 1-0. Sophomore Dan Rodriguez was in near perfect form giving up only four hits while striking out 18 for a complete game win. Only one batter reached third base.

Against Salinas the Cards started off quickly in the first frame with a Jerry Malmin home run. The fifth inning was big for the Cards as they scored three runs to tie the game, but Salinas came right back with two. Southpaw Ted McCarroll struck out seven, but gave up six fee passes.

In a 3-4 loss to Soquel. freshman Kris Sorensen pitched a fine game going all the way while striking out eight, walking only three and giving up seven hits. Jerry Malmin drove in the only earned run by the Cards.

Monterey came back from being down 3-1 in the seventh inning to win 4-3. Ron Hyde hurled a fine game before stiffening up in the last inning, because of the cold weather and having to come out of the game. Tom Turner and Gary Ghidinelli led the hitting phase going 2 for 3. Hyde struck out nine and gave up eight free passes.

Three pitchers, Roger Barat, Ron Hyde and Ted McCarroll shut out Seaside 2-0, while only allowing three hits.


league meet: Watsonville 95, Seaside 56, Monterey 27, Salinas 23, Santa Cruz 21 and Soquel 2.
Division III CCS: Watsonville 48, Seaside 37, King City 31, Santa Cruz 27, Monterey 24.

Byron Wilson placed second at the CCS meet in the 100 and fourth in the 220 to qualify for the State meet.

The lightweight team is one of the finest SC teams since the early forties. Standouts were Don Lowery in the 220 and Ray Fassio, who set a new Memorial Field record with a high jump of 5’ 9”.

May 15. Santa Cruz, Soquel Qualify 10 For Central Coast Section Meet. At the MBL Track Final Results. Varsity: Watsonville 95, Seaside 56, Monterey 27, Salinas 23, Santa Cruz 21, Soquel 2, Alisal and North Salinas 0.
Ron Vellutini was the only Card to take a first place. He won the pole vault at 12-6 and then moved the bar up to 14 inches to 13-8 and nearly cleared it for the record on his third try. Vellutini wanted to run the 220 as well and got off to a good start and took third place.
Second places: Wilson in both 100 and 220. Third place: SC relay team. Fifth place: Larson in 440.
Lightweights: Final results: Watsonville 78, Santa Cruz 31, Salinas 27, Alisal 26, North Salinas 25, Monterey 16, Seaside 16, Soquel 5.
SC was paced by Don Lowery, who won the 180 low hurdles in 21.0, second in the 440 in 52.3 and fifth in the long jump. Ray Fassio won the high jump in 5-8 and took fifth in shot put. Lovon Lowery was second in the 70 high hurdles in 9.6 and tied for third in the high jump. Scott Pittman was fourth in the 880 in 2:06.3 and George Hightower ran the two mile in 10:48.4 for third place. McCune fourth in 440. Alvarez, fifth in mile. Fishburn was not unhappy with the Cardlets after their second place finish. “With best possible efforts by everybody, we could have won. Watsonville got their come through performances and they have got us very much out-numbered.
In preliminary heats to see who would make the finals the results were Don Lowery won his heat in the 180 low hurdles. Lovon Lowrey won his heats in the 180 low hurdles and 70 high hurdles. Jim Bartell took fourth in his heat in 70 high hurdles and freshman Tom Mitchell edged a fourth in the 220.

May 23. Cards Byron Wilson Runs 9.7 100; Wins Both Century and 220 Dash.
Although most of the times were disappointing at the CCS Region 3 track meet at Hollister, the outcome was as expected with Watsonville dominating the field in lightweight and varsity competition. Varsity scores: Watsonville 49, Seaside 37, King City 31, SC 27, Monterey 24, Live Oak 11, Gilroy 10, SLV 9 and Soquel 1. Sprinter Bryon Wilson moved up another large step in the 100 yard dash, winning in 9.7 and then winning the 220 in 22.2. Ron Vellutini cleared 13 feet in the pole vault and tied for first, but the King City vaulter had less misses and was declared the first place winner.. Vellutini also took third in the 220. The 880 relay team won in 1:33.1. King City came in first but was disqualified on an illegal baton pass. Greg Larson picked up the only other point with a fourth place in the 440.
Those qualifying at this meet, who are the first four places will compete at Stanford for the CCS Track and Field meet. Those going are Byron Wilson, Ron Vellutini, Greg Larson and the 880 relay team.
Since this Saturdays meet was the first CCS Division 3 meet, all the first places are automatically Region 3 records.

May 29. Wilson Captures Second In CCS Track Meet. Bryon Wilson qualified for the State meet by taking second place in the 100 in 9.9. He took fourth in the 220, which will not allow him run in that event. Bryon will compete in only the 100, as on the first three places go on to State. In the 100 Wilson was tied in 9.9 the same as the declared winner. Last week at the Region 3 meet in Hollister, Wilson won in 9.7. Ron Vellutini missed qualifying, when he went out at 13-6, a personal best. The relay team broke a school record at 1:31.4 in the trials, but didn’t place in the finals.
Lightweights: Ray Fassio took a non-qualifying seventh with a 5-9 high jump, which ties his personal best and a school record.

The State meet is at Cal Berkeley’s Edwards Field, will have only one Card, Bryon Wilson running in the 100 yard dash.

June 5. SC Places At Hollister Annual Relays. The spring medley relay team of Ray Dearfinger, Ron Vellutini, Greg Larson and Frank Trowbridge took four place. Lightweight Ray Fassio turned in his best jump of 5-10 for second place in the high jump.

Sentinel March 6. Card Varsity Cindermen Lose, But Cardlets Romp In Track Lid-Lifter.
In the first dual meet of the season the varsity lost to Salinas 40-73 and the lightweights stunned the Cowbabes 82-39. The varsity won four events –Ron Vellutini cleared the pole vault at 12’ 3” with little opportunity to practice. He took second place in the high jump; Greg Larson took the 440 in 53.3; Frank Trowbridge won the 880 in 2:03.6 and was second in the 440. Chuck Christensen took the two mile in 10:55.7. Second places: Wilson second in 100 and 220. Angell in pole vault. Third places: Whitaker in mile. Peck two mile. 120 low hurdles Edwards, who was also third in the high jump. Larson in discus.
Light weight junior Lollie Lowery took three first in the high jump at 5’ 6, 120 high hurdles in 10.1 and the low hurdles in 24.8. His cousin won the 220 in 24.8. McCune won the 440 in 56.6. Pitman won 880 in 2:13.3. Rick Alvarez won the mile in 5:11.3 and Tony Alvarez the two mile in 11:28.3. SC won the relay in 1:35.9.Mendez won the shot put at 39-5. Final score SC 82, Salinas 39.

March 8. Wilson Hits 10.2 Time In ‘All-Comers’ Sprinter Byron Wilson ran a 10.2 time in the 100 yard dash at Seaside, No places were declared in the unofficial practice meet. SC sent about two-thirds of its squad to the meet. Wilson ran a 22.9 in the 220 and Greg Larson was timed in 23.7. Larson ran the 880 in 2:12.5, strange since he normally is a sprinter. Trowbridge ran the mile in 4:51.2.
Lightweights: In the 220 Don Lowery was clocked in 23.5 and John Thomas in 24.6. Scott Pittman gained an unofficial first in the 880 in 2:10.8. George Hightower improved his mile time by nine seconds in 5:06.8 for an unofficial second place. Ron Vellutini and Ron Angell both impressed in the pole vault. Ray Fassio had an unofficial second in the high jump at 5-6. Garbino Mendez also was second unofficially in the shot put and fourth in the discus.

March 13. SC’s ‘Thin’ Thinclads In Loss To Monterey. Monterey beat the Cards 71-50. SC won half the events, but couldn’t ‘fill in” enough seconds and thirds. SC was in the meet until the field events and Monterey scored 17 of the 18 points available. Coach Mel Fishburn was not disappointed with the performances, only the outcome of the scoring. He praised Frank Trowbridge, who won the 880 and was second in the 440. Larson won the 440 in 53.3. Byron Wilson, Ron Vellutini, Bob Pescador was third in the discus. John Witaker was second in the mile and Chuck Christensen won the two mile in 11:07.5. Vellutini, who won the high jump at 5-6 was second in the pole vault and Mark Angell cleared 11-6 for first place. Vellutini cleared 11 feet, then passed to 12-3, the height he cleared last week against Salinas, but was tired and didn’t make it. He also took second in the 220. Parmenter was third in mile.
Lightweights: The talented team, left four or five top men home and some 15 to 20 “sure” points home, lost a tense dual meet on the last two events of the day. Monterey winning 64-58. A bad pass in the relay cost the Cardlets ten points. In the broad jump, the last event of the day to finish, Jim Kirksey‘s with a personal best leap of 18-5 was in second place, but along came two Monterey athletes to better his mark. If Jims mark had of held up the meet would have ended in a 61-61 tie. Lightweight Coach Don Dempewolf lauded Don Lowery who won the 220 in 23.7 and the 120 low hurdles in 14.1; Rick Alvarez won the mile in 4:58.5 and cousin Tony Alvarez won the two mile in 11:31.0. Pittman won the 880 in 2:11.4. Hogan won the pole vault at 8-6. Walt Littefield placed in 180 hurdles, George Hightower place in mile and Ken Gregory placed in shot put.

March 20. Trowbridge Leads SC Past Soquel. Varsity beats Soquel 79-43 and lightweights 96-25. Half-miler Frank Trowbridge led the much improved Cards to a 79-43 win over arch-rival Soquel. Trowbridge set a Memorial Field record as he ran the 880 in 2:01.2, clipping a half second off John Freesemans 1964 record. Freeseman holds the school record of just under two minutes. Varsity double winners were Byron Wilson the 100 in 10.5 and 220 in 23.8.; Ron Vellutini won the pole vault at 12-6 and was actually over the bar at 13 feet, but hooked it with his elbow on the way down. It was his first try at that height. He also won the high jump at 5-7. Chuck Christensen won the two mile as he stayed on the heels of his opponent for seven and a half laps and then sprinted home a winner in 10:40.5. Larson won 440 in 52.9. Whitaker won the mile in 4:57.2. SC won the 880 relay in 1:35.5. Decker won discus at 124-7. Other varsity place winners listed by event, name and place. 100, Dierflinger, 2nd and Bill Yue, 3rd: 220, Vellutini, 2nd and Dierflinger, 3rd: 440, Trowbridge, 2nd: mile, Carter, 3rd: High hurdles, Walt Edwards, 2nd: 120 low hurdles, Greg Larson, 3rd: High jump, Decker, 3rd: Broadjump, Bill Yue, 2nd: Pole vault, Angell, 2nd: Shot Put, Lopez, 2nd and Brad Warze, 3rd: Discus, Larson, 3rd.
Lightweights: SC 96, Soquel 24. Don Lowery won three events, the low hurdles in 14.0, broad jump at 19-2 and the 220 in 24.3. Sophomore Ray Fassio won two events the high jump at 5-8 and the shot put at 39.6. McCune won the 440 in 55.0. Pittman won 880 in 2:09.9. Rick Alvarez won mile in 4:58.1. Lollie Lowery won 70 high hurdles in 10.1. SC won the 880 relay in 1:41. Hughes won pole vault at 8-6. Other place winners listed by event, name and place.
100, Tom Mitchell, 2nd and Thomas 3rd: 220, Tom Mitchell, 2nd and Thomas, 3rd: 440, Scott Pitman, 2nd and Norbert Neuman, 3rd: 880, Norbert Neuman, 2nd and Kent Webber, 3rd: Mile, Hightower, 2nd: 2 mile, Tony Alvarez, 2nd: High hurdles, Littlefield, 3rd: Low hurdles, Lovon Lowery, 2nd: High Jump, Lovon Lowery, 2nd: Broadjump, Werbelow, 3rd: Pole Vault, Dean Hogan, 2nd: Shot put, Spray, 2nd and Ken Gregory, 3rd: Discus, Spray, 2nd and Ken Gregory, 3rd.

March 27. Vellutini Hits 12-9 Pole Vault. The Cards placed fifth at the Watsonville Relays. Team scores: Watsonville 59, Monterey 42, Salinas 42, Seaside 35, SC 26, North Salinas 8, Soquel and Alisal tied at 6. Ron Vellutini stirred the spectators with his first place pole vault of 12- 9 as he cleared it with comparative ease. He then gave the signal to raise the bar to 13-4 and took three cracks at that height and on the third try he just tipped the bar with his foot. He had cleared 12-6 earlier in the year. He went over the bar at 12-9 once last year. Vellutini, Greg Larson, Roy Dierflinger and Wilson posted their best 880 relay time a 1:34.6 to take fourth place. The sprint relay medley relay team took first place. Larson ran 440, Vellutini and Wilson both ran 220 and Frank Trowbridge the 880. In the distance medley relay the following runners and their distances: Bob Pescador, 440; Chuck Parmenter, 880; John Whitaker, 1320 and Chuck Christensen, mile, took third place in 11:33.0. The mile relay team listed with their times for their 440 legs: Trowbridge, 53.0; Dierflinger, 57.0; Vellutini, 52.7 and Larson, 53.3 for second place. Byron Wilson took second in the 100 in 10.2, but earlier in the afternoon he had recorded a 10.1 in the trials. Angell took a fourth place in the pole vault.
Lightweights: Watsonville 44, Alisal 37, Monterey 31, Seaside 29, North Salinas 28, Santa Cruz 25, Salinas 25, Soquel 5. Lovon Lowery was second in the 70 high hurdles and ran a leg on the 440 relay team along with Don Lowery, John Thomas and Tom Mitchell for fourth place. Rick Alvarezs’ 4:57.0 was enough for third place in the mile. SC was second in the sprint medley. Listed by runner and distance: Dave McCune, 440; Don Lowery and Thomas both ran 220’s and Scott Pittman the 880. The Cardlets were third in the distance relay. Mitchell, 440, Rainer Neumann, 880; Tony Alvarez, 1320 and George Hightower, mile. Jim Bartell, Pittman, McCune and Don Lowery took second in the mile relay. Calavares took a third in the mile. Lovon Lowery took third in the high jump at 5-6. Don Lowery took fourth in the broad jump at 19-5, but fouled on a 20-5jump in the trials.

April 3. At the King City Invitational competing with 40 other schools, lightweight Don Lowery won the 180 yard low hurdles in a time of 20.4. He won the race easily outdistancing his nearest foe by at least 12-15 yards at the tape. After running a 20.7 to take his heat in the trials, he came back to tie the school record set by varsity runner Chuck DeMelloPine in 1963.
It was his first attempt in competition in this event. In the 220 yard dash he took fifth place. Bryon Wilson put a 20 year old school record of 22.2 set by Ray Kranich in 1946 in the 220 in the trash barrel by one tenth of a second. He took second in the 100. Frank Trowbridge ran his best 880 of the year in 1:59.5 for fourth place and was just one-half a second off the school record. Greg Larson sprinted his best 440 of the season in 52.6 in spite of a bad cold, but didn‘t place. Ron Vellutini took a second place with a vault of 12-0. Watsonville won the crown with 30 points. Scores of other league schools: King City 24, Seaside 13, SC 13, Monterey 11.

April 17. SC Cardinal Thinclads Breeze Past Alisal High. SC won the varsity 74-42 and lightweights 66-56. Wilson won the 220 in a Memorial Field record 22.9. Walter Edwards scored a couple of personal bests with a high jump of 5’ 5” for a first and took second in the shot put at 42’3”. Larson won the 440 in 53.9 and the discus at 127-9. Chuck Christensen won the two mile in 11:14. Wilson also won the 100 in 10 flat. Vellutini won the pole vault at 12-6. Trowbridge won the mile in 4:52.5. The relay team won in 1:34.3.
Second places: Edwards for his third event, the 120 low hurdles. Whitaker, 880. Vellutini, 100. Trowbridge, 440. Yue, broad jump. Pescador, discus. Angell, pole vault.
Third places: Yue, 120 low hurdles. Pescador, 880. Lopez, shot put. Dierflinger, 220.
The lightweights had four school and field records. Lovon Lowery ran the 70 yard high hurdles in 9.5, Don Lowery ran the 120 low hurdles in 13.6 for Memorial Field records. Scott Pitman in the 880 in 2:07.5 and Warren Lee in 440 in time of 54 seconds set school records.
First place finishers other than those listed above. The Cardlets by event, name and time or distance: 440, McCune, 54.0. High jump, Fassio, 5-8. 220, Don Lowery, 23.6 and broad jump at 19-0. 880 relay in 1:36.7.

April 25. At the Blossom Hill Relays at Leigh high in Campbell involving 70 schools, the Card 880 relay squad broke a long standing school record as Ron Vellutini, Don Lowery, who is a lightweight, ran as a varsity runner here) Greg Larson and Byron Wilson ran a 1:13.9 in the trials. The foursome placed fifth in the finals in 1:32.5. The mile relay squad of Frank Trowbridge, Ron Vellutini, Greg Larson and Byron Wilson place second in the finals in 3:27.9. No individual times per lap was recorded, but coach Mel Fishburn estimated an average of 52 seconds apiece. Vellutini cleared 12-6 in the pole vault, but couldn’t go any higher and placed fourth. Wilson ran a 10.1 in his heat of the 100, but was overlooked in the selections for the finals. SC tied for tenth place with 11 points.
Lightweights: Only five events were held for lightweights. Lovon Lowery finished second in the 70 high hurdles in 9.7 an was fourth in the 180 low hurdles in 21.4. Uncle Don Lowery won the 180 low hurdles in 19.9. Between the two Lowery’s, they gave SC 11 points.

April 29. Vellutini, Trowbridge Star; Cardlet Collapse. The lightweights lost to Watsonville 79-43. And the SC varsity as expect lost 91-26, despite the fine performances of pole vaulter Ron Vellutini and miler Frank Trowbridge. Frank Trowbridge, running the mile for only the second time this year, clipped a full 1.2 seconds off the record set by John Freesman in last years MBL meet. to set a new school record in the mile at 4:32.1, to take second place. Ron Vellutini cleared 13 feet for the first time this year and then hit the bar on his second try at 13-6. For a minute it looked like the bar would stay, but it finally fell, as did one of the uprights. Bryon Wilson won the 440 in 52.5 for SC’s only other first place. Wilson was also second in the 100. Second placers: Edwards, 180 low hurdles. Vellutini, 100. Angell, pole vault.
Third placers: Christensen, two mile.
Lightweights: Watsonville had too many participants taking ten firsts, seven seconds and seven thirds. Two Cardlets are double winners: Lollie Lowery won both hurdles, the 180 low hurdles in 22.5 and 70 high hurdles in 9.5. Don Fassio won the high jump at 5-6. and the shot put at 40-9. But Don Lowery was not up to par taking only second places in the 100 and 220. Second placers: Pittman, 880. Hightower, two mile. Alvarez, mile.
Third placers: Bartel, 440. Don Lowery, broad jump. Alvarez, two mile. Gregory, discus. Hughes, pole vault.

Twenty two schools participated in the Dad’s Club relays, which Seaside won for the second straight year beating out Watsonville and third place Santa Cruz’ iron man team of Ron Vellutini, Byron Wilson, Frank Trowbridge and Greg Larson who scored 35 points among them. Vellutini had a personal best pole vault of 13’ 3” and just barely missed at 13’ 9”.
The lightweight team also took third place with 44 points to the winning Watsonville 64 and Alisal with 50 points. The crack sprint medley relay team took the only first place in 3:48.3. Runners and distances run were Dave McCune, 440; John Thomas, 220, Don Lowery, 220 and Scott Pitman, 880.

In a triple meet the varsity scores were Watsonville 89, SC 35 and Soquel 13. Watsonville set seven of the nine Memorial Field records. SC set two new school and field records. One by captain Frank Trowbridge in the 880, burying a 31 year old record with a time of 1:58.7. The other was by lightweight Ray Fassio as he cleared 5’ 9” in the high jump. Ray also had a personal best with a throw of 42’ in the shot put. Byron Wilson won the 100 in 10.2 and Ron
Vellutini cleared the pole vault at 12’ for first place.

Other team members were: Martin, Parmenter, Oakes, Belcher, Beasley, Regan, Moseley, Mendez, Jaime, Pennell, Sha, Henderson, and Kirksey.


the water fowl did themselves proud this year as the varsity swimmers placed second in the MBL to Watsonville. Their only loss came at the hands of the champs. Todd Booth, Maarten and Johann Kerkove, Rob Ley and Roger Dunham were the main standouts.
At the MBL finals, held at the new Alisal pool, the Cards had one of their poorest showings of the season. Only Todd Booth was a real standout at the finals. The divers had a fine day as Dick Stubendorf, Dave Withrow, Jim Gillespie and Jim Foster qualified for the Northern Regional.

The Cardlets had a 3-4 season record, while Monterey went undefeated.

At the MBL relays the Cards garnered a fourth place this year after winning the crown last year. The team has been having two mile practices this past week and should be improving their times as the have been putting in an awful lot of time and effort. Top workers have been Roger Dunham, Scott Mowrey, Todd Booth and Gene Rochelle.

In a dual meet the varsity beat Salinas 55-40 and the lightweights won 59-27. Roger Dunham took two first in the 200 and 400 yard freestyle. Roger has lost only twice and they were against Watsonville. Todd Booth also gained two first in the 100 and 50 yard freestyle events. Scott Mowery took a timely win in the 100 breaststroke.

In a dual meet, Watsonville won all the events, but two varsity and two lightweight events. The varsity winners were freshman Johann Kerkove in the 100 backstroke and Todd Booth in the 200 freestyle. The lightweight winners were Dave Withrow and Jerry Lezin. Rick Blakemore has done a great job of the springboard, placing first in both the Alisal and Soquel meets.

The varsity trounced Soquel, but the lightweights lost every event.

Seniors Rob Ley, Mike Hopper, Scott Mowery, Tim Tosta, Steve Piffero, Rich Blakemore and Roger Dunham will be making their last stop for interscholastic competition at the MBL finals.
Six swimmers qualified for the CCS meet. All six were eliminated the first day of heats by times attained . Jerry Lezin grabbed a fourth place in the fast heat of the 100 yard freestyle. Jake Moran took a first in his heat of 200 yard freestyle. Rob Ley had good races in the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard butterfly.

Team members: Larry Dunham, Mike Hopper, Tim Tosta, Gene Rochelle, Scott Mowry, Todd Booth, Rich Blakemore, Steve Piffero, Lief Rideout, Rich Stubendorf, Larry Dunham, Maarten Kerkove, Gilsap, Jim Yates, Mike Phillips, Brendon Baer, Allan Rochelle, Dave Withrow,
Greg Hayford, Stolle, Johann Kerkove, Halterman, Hopper, Crose, Scherer, Gillespie, Foster, Lezin, Schwier, Douglas, Rice, Edward, Doug Ley, Roger Dunham and Nomelini.


Cardinal netmen end slate in sixth place with a 4-10 record. Salinas won the league. At the MBL tournament the Cards number one man Bob George won his first match and lost the next. The doubles combination of Wick Haxton and Lance Cameron lost their first match.

Lost to Monterey and Salinas by the same 0-10 score. Bob George, number one man, brought a little sunshine to bear on the court after days of clouds and despair by taking at least one set of each match he played in these games. Number two man Lance “Kiwi” Cameron missed these matches, but came back to win his match against North Salinas in a 2-10 loss. Bob George was the only other winner.

In their last match of the season at Monterey, the only Card win was in doubles by Bob George and Greg Cherry. The singles players by their place in the ladder were Bob George, Wick Haxton. Lance Cameron, Gregg Cherry, Gary Akin, Rich Johnson and Greg Bishop.
Team members: Brush, Dave Hendershott, Trabing, Westberg and Roach.


the big men on the team, all two year vets are juniors George Pappas by far the biggest hitter this year; Bob Duffy in the peak of his form; Tim Kennedy promises to be the most accurate on the team and big Bob Borelli is Big Bob no matter which way you slice, hack or hook it.

Steve Canepa scored ½ a point as the Cards lost to Bellarmine 14 ½ -½.

The Cards lost to Watsonville 5-10 and North Salinas 4-11 with Canepa the only winner in both games.
On April 22 the Cards started a four game winning streak beating North Salinas 8-7.
Beat Seaside.
Despite having only two regulars play the Cards beat Alisal 14-1. Victorious substitutes were Pete Prindle, Geno Pini and Bruce Berry.
The next win was against Carmel 11-4.

Team members: George Pappas, Steve Canepa, Bob Borelli, Tim Kennedy, Bob Duffy. Bruce Perry. Geno Pini and Pringle.


Senior, Tom Stagnaro, who averaged about nine tackles for every game this season was named a linebacker on the ALL MBL team. Tom also played offensive guard making holes for the backs up the midldle. This weeks “Mad Dog” award goes to senior Tom Stagnaro who was 100 percent on tackles and 50 percent on blocks while leading the SC defense. The defense showed great intestinal fortitude over the final half as they held the powerful Monterey ground and air attacks to nil points. Against Palma, Stagnaro turned in a mighty defensive job accounting for eight tackles and two assist.

Tackle Dennis Henderson was an honorable mention on the ALL MBL football team. Against Palma Dennis had five unassisted tackles and four assists.

Dave Cecy, senior guard was practically a unanimous choice for the offensive slot receiving six out of the eight votes for the lightweight ALL MBL honors. Dave was elected team leader, most improved player and best player on both offense and defense. Dave was selected the “Mad Dog” of the week for his play leading the defensive squad against a top Monterey team.
followed by Christensen 39 and Puget 32.

Steve Ghidinelli led the team in assists with 57. Steve took 160 shots for a shooting average of .350 percent. Steve was the Dads Club sportsmanship award winner.

Glenn Griffin was named CO-MVP of the league and also led the league in scoring. Glenn received trophies for each honor from the Monterey Bay Sports Writers Association. Glenn and his brother Larry both were ALL LEAGUE PLAYERS for two years. Last year on the same team. Glenn Griffin was selected to play in the CCS East-West game at the end of the school year. Glenn had the best field goal percentage on the team with an average of .419 on 351 shots. Glenn is the third leading scorer in SC history to this point. He played in 69 games in three varsity seasons as a first string player, scored 1007 points for an average of 14.6 per game. This year he scored 375 points and took in 160 rebounds.

Pete Christensen was a first string player this year in three sports, varsity football, basketball and baseball. Pete has played all these sports for four years, which shows that he is a fine athlete.


Now playing basketball for Cabrillo College are first stringers Larry Griffin and Paul Kadotani and reserves Doug Koskela, Don King and Gordon Patten.


Byron Wilson, football, basketball and track standout was named the Outstanding Senior Athlete at the SCHS spring awards assembly in the campus auditorium.  Wilson is shown displaying the trophies awarded him including Outstanding Athlete, Outstanding Track Man, most valuable track man and the Dads Club most inspirational award for track.  Wilson competed last weekend at the state track meet in San Diego, won the MBL 100 and 220 dashes and also in the CCS Region III meet.  Other Dad’s Club inspirational awards were given to Dana Henderson, varsity baseball; Chuck Frazier, junior varsity baseball; Bob Borelli, golf; Bob George, tennis; Todd Booth, swimming and Ken Gregory, lightweight track.

Coaches:  Dick Logan, varsity football.  Tex Ronning, assistant varsity football and wrestling.  Doug Severin, junior varsity football and basketball.  Don Dempwolf, football.  Al Weimers, lightweight football and swimming.  Ray Hunter, junior varsity baseball, assistant junior varsity football and assistant basketball.  Mel Fishburn, cross country and track.  Sam Maynard assistant track. Bill Dodge basketball and baseball.  Eade Jordan, tennis.  Tony Foster, golf.  Jack Alzina, lightweight, C and D basketball.


practice games: Pittsburg 13-26, Leigh 12-19. Practice record 0-2. League: Monterey 12-7, Seaside 6-7, Watsonville 13-21, Salinas 18-32, North Salinas 21-18, Alisal 19-27, Soquel 0-44.  League record 2-5, tied for sixth place.  Season 2-7.


Linemen: ends, Wes Bergazzi and Steve Paul; interior line, Kent Balch, Jerry Johns, Jim Sutherland, Dan Poston, Greg Larsen and Tim Holtz. Quarterback, Mike Puget; backs, Byron Wilson, Dave Bilardello and Steve Grever.  Other players: Ted McCarroll, Don Lowery, Boyd Barnette, Tom Hebert, George Arnott, Dave Trybom, Lovon “Lolly” Lowery, Joe Bentley, Phil Myers, Mike Lewis, Allan Becker, Greg Martin, Alan Rochelle, Dick Stubendorf,  Mike Schwab, Ken Oakes, Jerry Malmin, Rich Ross, Todd Booth, Tim Collins, Frank Edwards, Walt Edwards, Alex Rossi, Bob Henderson, Tim Tosta, Tom Crichton, Bob Edwards, Ed Pettyplace and Mike Cahaley.  Managers:  Ernie Penrose, Brian Shontz and Ken Hawkins.

The first score in a 12-19 loss to Leigh was started by a series of short gainers.  The longest gainer was on a double reverse with Byron Wilson ending up with a 20 gain. The key play of the series was a fumble by Mike Puget who turned the bad thing into something useful on a fourth and two situation from the Leigh 11.  Mike decided to keep the pigskin, but he fumbled, recovered and hit Wes Bergazzi on the 8 from where Wes fought his way to the 5.  Steve Grever then punched his way to the one.  On a perfectly timed pitchout to Byron Wilson the Cards had their first TD.  The second touchdown was set up by a fumbled punt return on the Leigh 23 yard line.  Jim Sutherland was the first player to the ball, but Wilson ended up with it.  Lolly Lowery scored from the four yard line.  Late in the four quarter Lolly Lowery intercepted a pass on the 50 yard line and ran it all the way to the 20, but penalties stopped the chance to tie or win.

The Cards intercepted four passes against Seaside, but were not able to turn them into scores.  Byron Wilson did run opening kick off back 80 yards for a score, but the PAT was missed and the final score was 6-7 in favor of Seaside.  Our hats are off to Wes Bergazzi for his fine punting and to Jerry Johns and Mike Lewis for their defensive play. Both Johns and Lewis recovered fumbles.  Dave Bilardello and Mike Puget teamed up to push the Redbirds to the 15 yard line in the second quarter, but the drive was stopped there.

The Cards scored 19 points against Alisal who scored 27.  After Alisal scored first, the Card Machine averaged five and a half yards a play for 11 plays, before Greg Larsen scored from the one.  The Cards were stopped on the five by the half time gun.  On the second half kick off, Dave Trybom fielded the ball and on a reverse to Lolly Lowery who took it to the sidelines and 82 yards for a score to leave the Cards down only 13-14 after Puget scored for the extra point.  Lowery scored again on a one yard run.  Lowery’s speed is a big asset to the team.  Jerry Johns stands out on defense and continues to let no one by.  Dave Trybom roams the defensive backfield intercepting passes and stopping TD bound runners.

George Arnott was awarded the Rotary Inspirational Award.  Tim Tosta received the Athletic-Scholarship Award with a 4.0 grade point average.  The Alisal football team awarded Jerry Johns a trophy for being the “player they would least like to meet on the field again.”  Dave Bilardello was presented the Dad Club sportsmanship award.  Team captain awards went to Wes Bergazzi, Bryon Wilson and Dave Bilardello.  Exceptional team players were Most Inspirational, George Arnott; Most Improved, Dick Stubendorff; Most Tackles, Jerry Johns; Most Yards Gained, Mike Puget; Best Blocker, Dan Poston; Outstanding Back, Greg Larsen and Outstanding Lineman, Wes Bergazzi.


Sentinel All County team:  Offense: Senior end 6-2, 200 pound Wes Bergazzi;

Defense:  senior end, 5-10, 165 pound, Mike Puget;  Junior linebacker, 5-11, 160 pound Jerry Johns;  Senior deep back, 5-11, 148 pound, Greg Larson.  Honorable mention on offense: tackle Kent Balch; center, Don Poston;  backs:  Byron Wilson and Mike Puget.

Defense:  Interior lineman, Ken Oakes; linebacker Dan Poston; Deep back Tim Holz.


Practice games:  Soquel 27-31.  League:  Alisal 20-14,

Starting Line-up in different games during the year:  Ends, Randy Hall, Scott Stolle, Dale Lyster and Don Roberts;  Tackles, Barry Nash, Rick Neumann, Jim Hopper, Guards, John Garcia and David Valdez; Center, Arne Croce; Quarterback, Kip Herren; Halfbacks, John Thomas, Kim Gregory, Bill Johnson and Dee Herren; Fullback, Jim Bartell and Phil DeGirolomo.  Rest of team were Jim Gilespie, Dave Withrow, Bob Skidmore, Robert Struthers, Steve Baldwin and Sha.

The Cardlets made a come back in the second half of their 27-31 loss to Soquel.  Touchdowns were scored by Den Gregory, Jim Bartell and Kip Herren.  The Cardlets passed for 46 yards and rushed for 161 for a total yards gained of 207.


The Cardlets severed a 16 game losing streak by crushing Alisal 20-14.  Down 14-6 at halftime, the Cardlets mighty power came through.  Dee Herren dove in from the two for a TD.  With help from his brother Kip’s blocking Dee scored again on a reverse to put the Cards ahead for the win.  The Cardlets dominated the second half controlling the ball and stopping their opponents from scoring.  The first score came on a John Thomas 84 yard kick off return.  Greg Bartlett provided some outstanding offense in vital situations.


were Jim Bartell, at defensive tackle, who had the most tackles for the season and was also selected as the most valuable player on the team.  Jim Hopper  was ALL MBL at center.

Top team members:  Rich Cordero, second team ALL LEAGUE defensive back; Barry Nash, best blocker and second team ALL LEAGUE tackle; Kip Herren, team captain and starting quarterback; Ken Gregory, first team wing back and sportsmanship winner; Robbie Struthers, defensive end; Bruce Berry, Turtle of the year.


Practice games:  Pittsburg loss.  Season record 5-4.


Starting Lineup in different games during the year:  Lineman, Steve Seymour, Tom Mitchell, Daryl Henderson, John Agnone, Dan Matthews,  Jim Hopper, Pat Pennell, Roy Trowbridge, Ben Krupp, Bert West, Jerry Vellutini, Gene Anderson, Jim Carrithers, Corney Brown, John Aspesi, Steve Modena, Dave McClure, Tim Collins and Mark Motell.  Backs:  Kirk Waller,  Scott Graff, John Ebie  Joe Hebert, Marty Gilbert and Steve Mendoza. Others were Rick DeWorken, John Carniglia, Patheal, Jim Lindblad, Batista Bregante, Gary McCune, Ron Niel, John Slaughter, Rusty Meyers, Al Rossi and Ken Scofield.

Penalties cause of Cards’ loss to Pittsburg.  When 10 players make a real effort and one guy causes a penalty, it nullifies the effort of the other ten.  Scott Graff was commended as the best defensive player.

For the Seaside game, John Agnone was declared the best defensive player for intercepting a pass and the best offensive player was Marty Gilbert, who ran for a 50 yard touchdown.

Top team members;  Kirk Waller, quarterback and team captain;  Marty Gilbert, MVP; Tim Hopper, Sportsmanship award; Tim Collins, Scott Graff, Tom Hebert, Sam Mathews and Steve Mendoza.


In the last two years the team has lost heavily, because of the lack of experience.  The most experience runners this year are John Witaker, high point man; Paul Westburg, most improved; Eric Smith and George Hightower. 

Varsity Runners:  Eric Smith, Kent Webber, Paul Westberg, Scott Pitman, Casey Webber, Tim Christensen, Mike Moore, Frank Smith, Chuck Spray, Harry Huskey, Rivera, Tony Alvarez, Norbert Neuman and Linsey Cramer.


Practice games:  Mora 79-37, Los Gatos 50-39. Dads Club, Salinas 31-25, Soquel 60-54, Monterey 58-51, SC DADS CLUB CHAMPIONS.  Carmel 29-17, SLV 73-54. Practice record 7-0.  League:  Soquel 51-57, 62-48; North Salinas 42-51, 82-47; Salinas 34-22, 59-41; Watsonville 50-30, 53-54 two OT‘s; Monterey 59-38, 33-29; Seaside 54-44, 64-52; Alisal 71-41, 71-53.  League record  11-3, co-champion with North Salinas.  Beat North Salinas 50-46 in OT in a playoff to see who would represent the league at the Camellia tournament of champions.  Season 19-3.  Camellia Tournament Foothill 47-49 OT; Edison of Stockton, 64-71 and Yreka 53-55.  Final record 19-6.

Final league and season standings:  Santa Cruz 11-3, 19-6; North Salinas 11-3, 19-5; Monterey 10-4, 16-8; Watsonville 9-5, 16-8; Soquel 7-7, 10-11; Seaside 4-10, 9-14; Salinas 3-11, 3-18 and Alisal 1-13, 7-15.

The 1967 team had three sophomores, who helped SC through a pretty significant streak of excellent, exciting basketball for their era.  They were Tom Foster, who was a first line substitute on varsity his freshman year and from the lightweight team All Leaguer, Gary Ghidinelli and sixth man, Kris Sorensen.  The rest of the first eight, who played regularly, were seniors who played important roles in the success of this years team.  Returning starters and seniors were team forward and captain, Wes Bergazzi and starting guard and top outside defensive player Mike Puget. Other returning players were Frank Edwards this years top inside defender and rebounder made the deciding one and one free throws to beat Monterey.  Forward and rebounder, Don Fassio a starter or one of the first off the bench, who had a break out game against co-champions North Salinas scoring 18 points to help secure the co-championship.  These seven players were interchangeable.  If a player did not start, many times they would still play as much as the starters that game or even more than when they started. Seniors, Dana Hendersott played an inside spot in all but one game during the season and guard, Dave Billardello, who was especially effective on press defense.  Other players were juniors, Dan Rodriguez, John Florek and Gary Castiglinoni.


(Practically all of the following is from the Sentinel.)

This team showed the preseason expectations for them were wrong, winning Dads Club and the rest of their practice games.  The first league game was at North Salinas, which was considered the best team in the league this year, which the Cards lost.  The Cards also lost the second league game to Soquel putting them in the hole right from the start, but they kept improving and lost one more game in the second half to Watsonville, who ended up being a spoiler the second half of the season, beating all three contenders for the championship.  Going into the last game of the season, if Monterey had beaten North Salinas it would have been Monterey playing off with the Cards for the league title instead of North Salinas.


Cards Impress In Cage Debut beating Mora 79-37.  All the Cards scored but three year varsity player Wes Bergazzi, who played on 12 minutes and spent his time passing off.   Along with Bergazzi two other seniors started.  They were returnee varsity player 6’2” Don Fassio and 6’4” Dana Hendershott.  Two sophomores rounded out the starting five.  Returning letterman Tom Foster and lightweight MVP and All League player Gary Ghidinelli.  Scoring:  Hendershott 9, Fassio 8, Foster 20, Ghidinelli 2, Edwards 15, Puget 6, Sorensen 13, Rodriguez 4 and Castiglioni 2.


Cardinals Defeat  Los Gatos 50-39 for their second win.  It was “merchants night” which allows spectators to purchase tickets from a group of merchants at half price as SC tries to acquaint spectators, who may not otherwise see a game with the Cards.   The Cards led 27-15 at half.  The Cards out rebounded the Cats 38-26.  Tom Foster and senior Frank Edwards pulled in 9 rebounds, senior Dana Hendershott had 6 and Wes Bergazzi 5.  (Bergazzi’s uncle, John Paul Juhl a former Cardinal was coach of the Cats.)  Mike Puget and Gary Ghidinelli were stealing passes and setting up scores.  Edwards covered his man like a blanket and appears to be the top defender.  The Cards appear to be a well balance squad with good depth.  Edwards, Puget and Kris Sorensen a 6’ 5” sophomore all came off the bench.  Sorensen did not score, but was impressive. Scoring: Bergazzi 11, Fassio 4, Foster 13, Ghidinelli 8, Edwards 6, Puget 4, Hendershott 4 and Sorensen 0.

Cards Top Cowboys In Defensive tilt 31-25 to advance to the Dads Club semi-finals.  The Cards beat Salinas at their own game, defense and deliberate offense. SC led throughout, but Salinas tied the score 25-25 with 3:05 to play.  The Cards went into their “Kentucky offense” working the ball for a good shot.  With about a minute left Tom Foster beat his man on a drive to put he Cards ahead.  As Salinas made a pass to the inside Foster made a quick move intercepted the ball and was fouled.  Foster made both.  Then on a offensive rebound Foster scored again.  SC put up a tremendous tight zone and Salinas played man to man.  The Cards switched to a man to man press in the late going.  SC controlled the boards 39-28. Foster led the rebounding with nine.  Don Fassio turned in his best game in three appearances with some fine defensive work, eight rebounds and a team high of three assists.  Scoring:  Hendershott 2, Fassio 1, Foster 12, Puget 0. Bergazzi 5, Edwards 2. Ghidinelli 5 and Sorensen 4.


The Cards defeated Soquel 60-54 to earn their way to the championship game.  A devastating zone defense the Knights had not faced before was a factor in the game.  Tom Foster has improved steadily since the first of the season.  Comment, “ Foster has always had good moves.  He has just quickened his moves as has gained confidence.”  The Cards exploded in the first quarter taking a 20-8 lead.  At half time it was SC 35-22.  Don Fassio went 5 for 5 from the line and Bergazzi had 6 for 8.  The team made 22 of 28 free throws.  On the whole SC’s offense worked smoothly, but when it did not the Cards were hot and hit from outside.  Foster, Bergazzi and Edwards threw some nice passes for assist on plays.  Scoring:  Bergazzi 12, Fassio 11, Edwards 8, Foster 18, Ghidinelli 7, Sorensen 2 and Puget 2.

Soph Stars Cinch Dad’s Tourney For SC as Cards defeat Monterey 58-51 for the title.  Three sophomore sensations Tom Foster, Gary Ghidinelli and Kris Sorensen, plus senior three year letterman and two year starter Wes Bergazzi sizzled in the Civic to win the third Dad’s title for SC.  The others came in 1961 and 1965.  It is difficult to pick out one individual, but if you did it would go to Ghidinelli a cool ball handler, scorer and good defensive player.  This was easily the Cards best game of the season and it earned them a 5-0 record.  At halftime the score was 22-25 Monterey.  SC scored 21 points in the third period to go ahead 43-35.  The Cards won the boards as well 37-17, with Edwards leading with 12, Foster 8 and Bergazzi 7.  Scoring Bergazzi 15, Hendershott 2, Foster 12, Ghidinelli 17, Fassio 3, Edwards 4, Sorensen 5 and Puget 0.

The selection committee made their choices of All Tournament at halftime of the last game.  Tom Foster was selected for SC.  If they had waited, they would have to give the Cards Ghidinelli and Bergazzi a berth also.

Ghidinelli Scores 32 Against SLV in final game before league play.  The Cards beat a solid SLV team 73-54.  The Cards are the only undefeated team in the entire Central Coast Counties encompassing 23 prep schools.  With six minutes left in the third quarter and SC only ahead 38-35, Ghidinelli’s scored seven points in 30 seconds.  Then the Cards pulled away. Ghidinelli could easily of beaten James Smith’s record of 39 points in a game, if he had not sat out six minutes of the game and the Cards not gone to a more deliberate offense in the fourth quarter.                 “Ghid” as he is known to his teammates hit 11 of 16 from the field and 10 of 12 free throws.  He was not the only star on the court,  Mike Puget playing his best game of the season stood out offensively with 12 point and seven assists.  Frank Edwards turned in a good defensive job as usual.  The Cards only turned the ball over seven times.  SC shot an amazing 53 percent on 27 for 51 attempts from the field. The Cards opened with a full court man to man press and fell behind 4-9.  They switched to a zone press and quickly took command.  Scoring: Edwards 6, Fassio 8, Hendershott 2, Puget 12, Ghidinelli 32, Foster 5, Sorensen 4, Bergazzi 0, Castiglioni 4, Bilardello, Rodriguez and Florek 0.


Dad’s Tourney Curse Strikes Again.  Cardinals lose 52-41 to North Salinas after beating them in the tournament.  The Cards started out ahead 10-6 and stayed ahead right up to halftime with the score SC 27-26.  North Salinas dominated the second half as the Cards handled the ball as if it were red hot losing six times, which turned into 10 Viking points.  SC started the game in man to man and switched to zone the rest of the game.  The Card defense was impressive as always with Wes Bergazzi, Frank Edwards and Gary Ghidinelli hustling all the way.  Ghidinelli led the Cards in scoring with 14 points all in the first half.  Sorensen 2, Fassio 7, Ghidinelli 14, Bergazzi 4, Puget 0, Foster 5, Bilardello 2, Hendershott 5, Edwards 3, Rodriguez and Florek 0.


Soquel Knights Upset Cards In Shocker, 57-51 for the Cards second loss of the season.  A capacity crowd of 1200 at the Civic saw an inspired Knight team completely  out play and out hustle the Cards.  Three-fourth of the way through the lightweight game,  The fire department stopped SC frp, selling any more tickets.  (That when people climb on to the roof and come in the windows.  It happened sometimes.)

Soquel led the first quarter 16-12 and then pulled away the second quarter as the Cards appeared tense, forgot their patterns and forced bad passes.  At halftime it was Soquel 29-19.  With the score 39-28 the Cards put on a vicious full court press.  Hustling for the first time, the Cards made it 39-35 at the end of the third quarter.  With 3:40 left to play it was 45- 47, but with 1:25 left Soquel was up 55-48. Praises was given to Bergazzi, who had his best game of the year scoring 21 points and pulling off 16 rebounds.  Sorensen had 10 rebounds  and scored 7 points.  Scoring: Edwards 2, Bergazzi 21, Foster 2, Puget 9, Ghidinelli 10, Sorensen 7, Fassio and Hendershott 0.

Cards Back On Track With 34-22 Victory Against Salinas.  The only good thing about this contest was that it gave sleepy eyed reporters a chance to catch a few winks.  The Cards led at the end of each quarter. Starting with the first quarter 7-6, 14-10 and 22-16 when the Cards went into what some people call a “stall”.  Actually they just want to pull the defense out from around the basket. As the defense spreads out it opens up space to make passes inside and driving lanes to the basket. Don Fassio turned in an excellent game under the bucket with three offensive rebounds and five more on defense.  Wes Bergazzi had four offensive and three defensive.  Gary Ghidinelli had five and Tom Foster four rebounds.  Scoring: Bergazzi 7, Fassio 2, Foster 9, Ghidinelli 5 Sorensen 5, Puget 4, Rodriguez 2 and Edwards, Hendershott, Bilardello and Florek 0

SC Dominates Boards To Rout Watsonville 50-30.  With a height advantage and a tight zone defense, SC controlled the backboards by the same 20 point margin they had on the score board,  SC total rebounds 52-32.  Kris Sorensen a 6”5” sophomore, who is coming of age, had 14 rebounds and Tom Foster another 6’5” sophomore had 9.  Two seniors, both standing 6’2”, Don Fassio and Wes Bergazzi pulled down 8.  In the second game in a row the Cards have force opponents to shoot poorer than 20 percent.  Offensively SC got off to a poor start as they hit only 7 of 32 attempts in the first half.  SC had 22 turnovers for the game, most coming in the first half.  Watsonville began to press in the second half and the Cards improved their shooting going 12 of 26.  Scoring: Bergazzi 15, Fassio 3, Foster 12, Sorensen 4, Puget 4, Ghidinelli 5, Edwards 7 and Hendershott 0.

Cards Down Monterey 59-38.  The Cards played their best game so far against their old nemeses and league leaders before this game.  The Cardinals beat Monterey, for the second time this year with outstanding defense holding the Toreadors to a 21 percent shooting average. This was the third consecutive game the Cards have limited the opposition to 20 percent shooting or less.  The score at the end of the third quarter was Santa Cruz 33-25.  Monterey started to press to no avail as the Cards went on to score 28 points the last quarter.

Top rebounders were Foster and Fassio with 9 each with four under the offensive boards for each one and Kris Sorensen had five rebounds.  Foster led the team in assists with four.  The Cards had 18 assists on 24 buckets another impressive statistic.  Shooting wise Foster was 7 for 14, Fassio was 4 or 7, Ghidinelli was 5 for 7 and senior, Dana Hendershott, who played his best game, came off the bench to go 4 for 7 and grab 6 rebounds.  Foster ended up with 20 points for high point honors and Ghidinelli was next with 10.

Comment, “this was our best game, period.  We may have played better offensively in the Dads tourney game, but we played better defensively this game and better overall.”  Heroes were numerous.  “Everyone helped. Even if a player is in for only a few minutes and does not do their job, we get beat.”  Scoring:  Bergazzi 7, Fassio 8, Foster 20, Puget 2, Sorensen 4, Ghidinelli 10, Edwards 0, Hendershott 8, Rodriguez and Florek 0.


Cards Tip Seaside 54-44.  The taller Cards refused to give up inside position under the backboards in the second half and nipped the Spartans.   SC led only 47-44 with 1:10 to play, but as Seaside pressed and fouled the Cards made five out of nine free throws to win.  The Redbirds missed 14 free throws in the game and have to be the worst team at the charity stripe in the league, but they made enough at the end.  The Cards hit only 31 percent of their shots, while with their tight zone defense kept the Spartans from getting close in shots.  The Cards won the rebounding 43-29.  The ball handling is improving as the Cards only turned over the ball eight times, even with Seaside using the full court press part of the time.  Scoring:  Bergazzi 16, Fassio 0, Foster 14, Puget 0, Sorensen 4, Ghidinelli 10, Hendershott 3 and Edwards 7.

In their fifth straight victory the Cards were unimpressive while beating Alisal 71-53.  Monterey beat North Salinas to put the Cards one game out from first.  Alisal was tough on the boards with the Cards winning out 47-42.  Tom Foster led in rebounding with 13. He turned in seven assists, a high for his two year varsity career and scored 14 points.  Frank Edwards in another outstanding defensive game came up with 12 rebounds.  Out of their 88 shots taken, the Cards only took four from beyond the key.  Despite the good shot selection. they only connect on 27 of the 88 attempts for 31 percent average.  Their foul shooting was not much better 17 for 32.  Wes Bergazzi had probably his best game yet with 22 points on 9 for 15 from the floor driving very well for layups.  He sparked a second quarter drive to put the Cards ahead 30-20.  Scoring:  Bergazzi 22. Sorensen 8, Foster 14, Ghidinelli 6, Edwards 9, Puget 4, Fassio 6, Hendershott 2, Bilardello and Florek 0.

Ghidenelli Pots 18 In Sixth Straight Win.  The Cards outclassed Soquel 62-48.  The Knights played a fine zone defense and held the Cards to six points in the first quarter for a 10-6 lead.  With a little less then six minutes left in the second quarter and Soquel ahead 11-10, the Cards switched to a man to man defense and shot ahead with 24 points in the quarter.  Soquel had some trouble with the man defense and the Cards took advantage of nearly every break.  And that was the story.  Second half play was fairly close, but neither team played its best.  The thing that kept the Cards in the game was their 74 percent free throw effort which included 20 successful attempts.

By the end of the game both teams were in a man to man.  Soquel stuck to a zone most of the game, while SC changed around.  Foster and Puget, although they only scored nine and five points respectively were the primary figures on offense.  They garnered 11 assists between themselves with seven for Foster and Puget with four.  Assists were an important factor in the contest as SC was forced to use every trick in the book to penetrate Soquel’s tough defense.  High scorer for the Cards was Ghidinelli with 18.  Ghidinelli hit five of 13 field goal attempts and went 8 of 12 from the line.  The Cards hit 33 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the line.  Scoring: Bergazzi 13, Edwards 5, Foster 9, Ghidinelli 18, Sorensen 9, Puget 5, Hendershott 1, Ross, Rodriguez and Florek 0.

SC Rips Vikings 82-47and it was not as close as it sounds.  The Cards played a perfect game. Santa Cruz’ inspired Cardinals were Tigers, both on offense and defense.  Some of the assists looked like the National Basketball Association.  North Salinas is a good team.  It has lost only two games this season, both to Monterey.  SC did everything right and nothing wrong and vice versa for the Vikings.  The Cards broke a 4-4 tie on a lay up by Tom Foster off an assists from Don Fassio and the Cards were never headed thereafter.

The Cards zone defense stopped the Viking play maker before he could get to the top of the key to set up the offense.  They forced seven turnovers in the first quarter and ten the second quarter as the Vikings became frustrated, when the Cards changed from zone pressure to man to man pressure.  And something unheard of, the Cards went 7-7 at the foul line.  At the half the score was 34-15.

In the second half the Vikings had to apply pressure and the Cards took advantage of beating them down court.  SC turned in their best offensive showing of the year, led by Don Fassio’s 18 points.  Total tally for the second half was 48 points.  On the boards SC had a 46-23 advantage.  Tom Foster led in rebounds with 12, Kris Sorensen had 8, Don Fassio and Frank Edwards 7 each.  Mike Puget led in assist with seven followed by Foster with six–all things of beauty.  In addition, Gary Ghidinelli had four assists, Fassio three, Dana Hendershott two and Kris Sorensen and Wes Bergazzi each had one.  In the shooting department SC was 30 for 73 for 41 percent average.  At the foul line the Cards were 22 for 31, their best night in this department.  North Salinas 13 for 56 field goal attempts for a poor 23 percent, but another tribute to the SC defense.  Scoring were Fassio 18, Foster 16, Ghidinelli 14, Sorensen 10, Bergazzi 8, Edwards 7, Hendersott 6, Puget 2 and Florek 1.


SC Shares MBL Lead with Monterey and North Salinas with 8-2 records.  Cards defeated Salinas 59-41.  Normally the front line does not lead a team in assists as happened this game when three Cards, Foster, Bergazzi and Edwards passed out four assists apiece. To account for 90 percent of the assists in this game.  Edwards is not normally among the leaders in this department and deserves special credit as he does not normally handle that much. Bergazzi was ever alert with six of the eight Santa Cruz recoveries of free balls.

For the first time in three meetings the Cards started right off fast breaking. The score quickly went to 6-0 as Foster benefited from two great passes.  At the end of the quarter it was SC 14-7.  SC has become known recently as a tremendous second quarter defensive team.  This was no exception.  Against a tough man to man defense most of the time the Cowboys hit only one for 11 from the floor.

SC hit 51 percent of their shots going 22 of 43 attempts, all good close in shots.  The Cards controlled the boards 38-26.  The Cards main offensive threat was Bergazzi, who scored 17 points on 7 for 14 from the floor.  Despite fouling out for the first time in quite awhile, Sorensen played a better game and had 8 rebounds.  Scoring:  Bergazzi 17, Sorensen and Foster 11 apiece, Hendershott 6, Puget 5, Ghidinelli 4, Fassio 3, Edwards 2, Bilardello and Florek 0.

SC Falters In Two Overtimes–Behind 8 Ball.  Cards lose to Watsonville 53-54.  Watsonville in their previous game beat Monterey to send the Toreadors into a tie with North Salinas with 9-2 records.  SC is now 8-3.  Scores by quarters were SC 14-12, 30-25, 48-38, 52-52, first OT no score still 52-52 and 53-54.  Watsonville played a tremendously inspired game.  The Cards played fair for three quarters, but it was not an overly impressive performance.  The Cards led all the way through the third quarter with a ten point lead.  Within 2 minutes the Cats had scored ten points, while the Cards scored two, to bring the Cats within two points.  In the past SC has held the ball and been able to get open lanes to the basket, but this time it backfired.  SC did not make a field goal during the final 14 minutes as Watsonville controlled the ball for eight minutes straight.    Once Watsonville tied the score with four minutes left in regulation, it became a game of cat and mouse as the teams played for the last shot.  In overtime it was more of the same.  Watsonville did most of the Cattin’ around and the Birds became the mouse on defense.  With two minutes to play and the score tied, Watsonville stole the dribble from the Cards as they were running down the clock.  Now it was Watsonville’s turn to play for one shot.  A shot from the corner missed and it was overtime.

In overtime Watsonville controlled the tip and held the ball out until eight seconds were left, but missed the shot.  Second overtime they controlled the tip again.  Foster blocked a layup attempt out of bounds. With eight seconds left Edwards nearly had a interception, but the ball went out of bounds.  On the inbounds pass the Cats scored the winning basket with a Card right on him and two seconds to play.  A Cat player knocked the ball on the floor to celebrate and a technical was called.  Ghidinelli made the free throw and SC had the ball out of bounds with two seconds left.  The pass went to the corner and the shot was missed.  Most fans thought there were better options available for the Cards.  Scoring: Bergazzi 10, Edwards 8, Foster 12, Ghidinelli 17, Puget 6, Sorensen, Fassio and Hendershott 0.


SC 33 Monterey 29.  Unsung seniors Mike Puget and Frank Edwards came through when the chips were down to keep the Cardinals in the race for the league championship.  For the third time this year the Cards beat Monterey. This time 33-29 in a tense battle.  Puget broke a 29-29 tie with a minute 15 seconds to play putting Santa Cruz ahead to stay.  After the shot, Mike made a quick sprint to intercept the inbounds pass and was fouled on his way for a lay up.  Mike missed the free throw, but got his own rebound  and passed it out and the ball was worked around.  It ending up with a pass underneath to Foster for a lay up.  Mike also got three big rebounds in the final two minutes of play.  At the end of all this, Edwards very calmly sank a pair of free throws on a one and one situation with 16 seconds to play to put the Cardinal lead out of reach. We understand at the time out prior to his shot, captain Wes Bergazzi had advised Frank to just relax and Frank’s quick rely was “no problem its made”.  Despite a tremendous amount of heckling from the Toreadore followers, he calmly sank both  free throws as if he hadn’t a care in the world.  Monterey’s game strategy marked the fourth time this year an opponent has tried to slow down the fast breaking Cardinals with a deliberate style game. And it was the fourth time the Cards have ended up ahead.  It has not worked so far.  But it is something the Cards have been known to do themselves a few times, when ahead in the  second half of a game to get the opponents to bring their defense out to open up more passing lanes.  Santa Cruz used a zone defense, picking up the Toreadores near half court.  Monterey could not penetrate it and held the ball for long periods of time.  As a result Santa Cruz had only 26 shots making 11 for 42.3 percent. Monterey shot 10 for 30 or 25.6 percent.

The foul shooting was not good for either team.  After losing the rebounding battle 11 to 20 in the first half the, Cards turned it around with a 20 to 8 advantage the second half.  Leading in rebounding were Edwards 8,  Bergazzi 7 and Fassio 6.  And do not overlook the Cardinal zone defense, which held “deadeye” Sal Cardinale to 8 points and a tie for high point man with Ghidinelli.  So the league race is anything but over.  The pressure cooker is just starting to get steamed up.

Cards beat Seaside 64-52.  Head lines, Cards, Monterey, Vikes In Three Way Deadlock. As usual in crucial games, SC started slowly and Seaside led 7-4.  After a time out they went ahead 13-10 at the end of the quarter.  Mid way in the second quarter Gary Ghidinelli and Wes Bergazzi put the Cards in command for good as the Cards outscored Seaside 19-8 for the quarter.  Kris Sorensen who came to play scored 10 points in the third quarter and had 18 points for the game and 15 rebounds.  Sorensen seems to rise to the occasion when the game gets rough.  Last night was no exception.  With he and Tom Foster, who had 14 rebounds, going to work on the boards SC had the boards 48-31.  SC shot 24 for 39 from the line and 20 of 46 from the field for a fine 44 percent.  As Ghidinelli was dribbling with about 5 minutes to play, there was a sudden cheer from the stands.  He may have wondered what he did for the cheer.  Card fans had radios tuned into the Watsonville game and heard the Cats had just beaten North Salinas 50-49 to make a three way tie for the title.  Scoring:  Bergazzi 15, Sorensen 18, Foster 3, Ghidinelli 16, Edwards 9, Puget 3, Fassio and Hendershott 0.


SC Faces Vikes In Playoff Tomorrow.  Cards beat Alisal 57-46 to gain a share of the MBL championship.  The will play North Salinas to see who will make the trip the Camellia City tournament.  Both teams were 11-3 in league and split their league games.  With 5:25 left in the first half and the Cards ahead 14-12, the Trojans took their first time out.  Both teams had been using zone defenses with the Cards sinking back a little more than normal to stop Alisal’s big center and league leading scorer.  The Cards changed to a man to man with pressure on the ball, which enabled the Cards to make some interceptions and get layups.  The halftime score was SC 29-20. The Cards started the half holding the ball out trying to pull the Alisal defense, but it did not work as turnovers allowed the Trojans to tighten up the score to 29-24 with 6 minutes left in the quarter.  Don Fassio entered the game and with a flurry of five points by Don the Cards took a 45-31 lead. From there on it was a matter of killing the clock.  The Cards controlled the boards 38-28.  Two sophomores Tom Foster had 11 rebounds and Kris Sorensen had nine, five of them on offense.  SC shot 24 for 56 from the floor, 43 percent.  SC had 12 turnovers.  The leagues top scorer with a 20 point average was held to 12 points.  Scoring: Bergazzi 17, Sorensen 12, Foster 9, Edwards 3, Ghidinelli 7, Puget 1, Fassio 8, Hendershott, Florek and Bilardello 0.

Cards 50, North Salinas 46.  In a playoff game with North Salinas, on a neutral court at Soquel, before a jam packed standing room only crowd and the tension at an all time high, under these conditions the game actually was pretty well played.  Oh, there were times when passes slipped through fingers, or an over anxious player was guilty of taking too many steps.  But on the whole the Cardinals played a better game than they have since losing to Watsonville.  Wes Bergazzi, a 6’2” senior, who was in Sacramento with the Cards in 1965, was the Cardinal standout. Although Kris Sorensen, playing despite a virus, could not be overlooked as he had eight rebounds, all in the second half and two big ones in the overtime. He also scored 10 points and broke the overtime tie with a 12 foot jump shot.  Bergazzi was 3 for 3 in the overtime period at the foul line and made five of the Cardinals eight points in this three minutes. It was at the foul line that the Cardinals won the game.  Santa Cruz finished with 20 for 34, while North Salinas was 10 for 14.  The Vikings acted like they would rather have the Cards shoot foul shots then field goals.  The lead changed hands five times during the game and the score was tied eight times.  Santa Cruz led 7-1 in the opening minutes and that was the biggest lead of the night.  The score was tied at the end of every period but the third when the Cards forged ahead 38-35. As mentioned before Bergazzi and Sorenson took over during the over time.  The line up: Bergazzi  14, Sorensen 10, Foster 5, Ghidinelli 7, Puget  6, Fassio 4, Edwards 4, Hendershott 0.


The Cardinals prevailed and earned the trip to Sacramento for the Camellia Tournament of Champions.  The CCS playoffs did not start until the next year. At the end of the regular season the Cardinals record was 20-2.


League stats: North Salinas edged out Santa Cruz by six points for the league team scoring the most points.  North Salinas won  775 point to 769 for game score averages of 55.3 and 54.3.  Monterey was in fifth place in scoring  with  733.  This shows that the league was well balanced in scoring as well as the won, loss records.  It was a tight league. On defense Santa Cruz and Salinas tied with 614 for a 43.9 average per game.  The Salinas scores are low, as they are playing slow to keep the scores down and usually close.  It gives them a better chance to win.  The real story is the spread. The difference between the offensive scores and the defensive scores, where Santa Cruz had a 6 point edge +11.0 scoring over defense and North Salinas a + 5.9.


Santa Cruz scoring for league games: Bergazzi 179, Ghidinelli 144, Foster 142, Sorensen 94, Edwards 67, Fassio 61, Puget 46, Hendershott 31, Rodriquez and Bilardello 2, Florek 1,

Going into the Camellia tournament the team will be counting on the leadership of  their senior captain, Wes Bergazzi, who is a veteran of the 1965 tournament and Mr. Clutch for the Cards down the stretch drive as the Cards were tied for the league lead only seven days.  After losing the first two league games and seemingly out of the title race, the Cards lost only one other game, an overtime loss to Watsonville.  Watsonville  went on to beat North Salinas and Monterey to put the Cards back into the race.  The Cards have played under pressure all season, so should not be intimidated by any team.

Against top competition the Cards lost all three games in Sacramento. In front of a crowd of approximately 3000 more than double any other crowd this season, the Cards lost to Foothill of Sacramento 47-49 in over time.   Make no mistake about it, there was tension on the court, but under the conditions, the college scouts here thought the SC players did an admirable job.

A comment from a USC assistant coach was “the best  team” did not win the game, but “the best” player did.  The Cardinals played more deliberate on offense and had the best defensive game in the tournament. Foothill’s one man gang, 6’6” Larry Webber, the top scorer of the 22 school Sacramento area, tried almost half of his teams shots with 33 attempts, but made only made eight. (He went on to play first string at Oregon State).  Frank Edwards did a tremendous job of defending him.  On screens his teammates switched and played him tight. Foothill went on to play in the finals.  John Karsten, an important member of the 1953 Cardinal championship team, (considered one of the best teams to ever play at SCHS) is the coach at Foothill.  Line up: Edwards 5, Bergazzi 10, Foster 19, Sorensen 2, Fassio  0, Ghidinelli 9, Puget 2.


The next night it was Edison of Stockton.  The Cards trailed by 15 early in the second half.  But  It looked like they would pull it out, when they closed to within three at 62-65 with 1:30 to play. This was the first time the Cards showed any indication of being tired, physically and emotionally.  They have had two overtime games already this week and then had to play a team with a lot of natural ability and tremendous speed.  Edison added five more points to their score in the last minute.  Edison shot 50 percent from the floor and Santa Cruz shot 42 percent.  (One of their 6’11” centers went on to play for the New York Kinks)   Scoring for SC: Bergazzi 15, Edwards 10, Foster 12, Ghidinelli  10, Puget 2, Sorensen  9, Fassio 0, Hendershott 2, Bilardello 4 and Fassio 0

Cards lose to Yreka 53-55.  The tiring Cardinals ran out of gas in the second half and blew a 10 point lead they had early in the third quarter.  At the end of the third it was still Santa Cruz 44-39, until a scrappy Yreka team started pressing the Cards into  turnovers.  With two minutes to play Ghidinelli calmly sank two free throws to give him 27 points for the game and put the Cards ahead 53-52, but it was not to be.  Ghidinelli, who has a tendency not to shoot enough hit 8 for 19 plus 11 for 15 from the line.  Team scoring: Bergazzi 14, Sorensen 3,  Foster 6, Ghidinelli 27, Puget 2, Fassio 1, Edwards 0, Hendersott 0, Bilardello  0, Rodriquez 0.

Even though the Cards lost all three games, the tournament officials are impressed  with the Cards potential. There has been some speculation that the MBL might be dropped from this tournament as the league has now lost 17 while winning only one.  The director of the tournament told the Sentinel on Saturday, “It looks like we will be seeing Santa Cruz here the next two years”.

Cards Earn Compliment from the Camellia Basketball Tournament.  “Dear Mr. Nelson:  On behalf of the Camellia Basketball Tournament, we would like to thank you and your school for the excellent showing you made in the recent Camellia Basketball Tournament.  I am pleased to say that the high school students that represented your school did so in a manner which brought credit to themselves and to their school.  I hope that we can have your school represented in future years at an ever growing and better Camellia Basketball Tournament.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Sincerely, James R. Erickson, Camellia Tournament Chairman”

SC cage coach finally heaps praise on Cards with these comments, “what helped the most was the team effort.  Someone was always picking the other guy up.  Always someone came through in the clutch and the kids felt this too.  They all felt they were part of the team. That’s why the season was  a success. He also cited the team balance in scoring, rebounding, assists and other areas.  It was a true “team” effort.” “Four pressure games in six days was too much to ask from anyone.  Every game was tight an allowed no time to relax.  If we hadn’t had the playoff  game on Monday night things could have turned out different.  We would have had a  little more steam left.”  “Everyone I talked to was impressed with the team.  A USC coach made a comment after our first game, saying the best team did not win, the best player did.  I was proud of the way they played and don’t feel they have anything to be bad about, but rather can feel good about their efforts.  Everyone exceeded our expectations.:

The final Cardinal individual statistics listed by name, number of games played, total points and point per game average.

G         TP    AV

Bergazzi      25      280   11.2

Ghidinelli     25      272   10.8

Foster         25      266   10.6

Sorensen     25      146      5.8

Edwards      25      133       5.3

Fassio         24      105      4.2

Puget         25        84       3.4

Hendersott   24        52       2.1

Castiglioni      4        6       1.5

Rodriquez      4        8       1.1

Bilardello     10      10        1.0

Florek         11         1         .1


Ghidinelli had the hottest night of the season against SLV with a 32 points early in the season and end the season with 27 as he tried  to pull the Cards through their final game against Yreka.  Ghidenelli tried the most shots 256,  scored  the most free throws 87, and had the best percentage on the line 75.6.  He also gained the most possession of tips off jump balls with 29.

Tops in rebounds were Foster with 211, Bergazzi 150, Sorensen 149, Edwards 148.  In assists Foster 94, Ghidinelli 77, Puget 70 and Bergazzi 63.

Bergazzi made the most field goals 107 and had the best field goal percentage .463, most free throw attempts 127 and the most recoveries 60.  In addition he scored the most points 280.

The Cards have a rating system at the end of the year combining all the facets of the game into a plus or minus.  Plus points are given for field goals and free throws made, assists, recoveries, gaining a held ball or a tip and rebounds.  Minus points are given for shots attempted, free throws attempted, fouls, letting a held ball happen, bad passes and violations.  The difference in the total is a players score.  No one on the squad ended up with a minus score.  Top point makers were Foster 483, Bergazzi 396, Ghidinelli 251, Edwards 251, Puget 216, Sorensen 193 and Fassio 182.   There’s that balance again.  Each member of the team receives a sheet with his record to show to his grand children what a fine player he was.

Wes Bergazzi has been the captain all year,  He and Foster were voted most valuable.  Kris Sorensen was voted most improved.

Sentinel All Santa Cruz County Cage Team has four Cardinals out of the ten selected.  They are senior, Wes Bergazzi and sophomores Gary Ghidinelli, Tom Foster and Kris Sorensen.  Senior, Frank Edwards was chosen as an honorable mention.


honors went to Wes Bergazzi and Tom Foster.  They were also selected All Dads Club tournament.

With the experience and confidence from this year, the three sophomores along with junior, Dan Rodriguez should help the team rise to higher heights the next year.


Season record 20-1.  Had 18 straight wins.  In all the Cardlets have won 33 out of their last 34 games.  Over the last two years the combined record is 39-3.

Many scores are not available. Los Gatos 67-35, Watsonville 59-41, Soquel  for only loss of year, Salinas 50-49, 40-34; Alisal 62-34, Monterey win,

This team has an abundance of excellent athletes that do well in a variety of sports.  This group is part of one of the best athletic groups ever at SC.  Just about everyone on this squad plays at least one other sport and some do three.

In the second game of the season the Cardlets took the Los Gatos Frosh-Soph team 67-35.  Rod Fleming and Bill Kypreos did a good job setting up the offense after Los Gatos started pressing.  Kirk Waller led all scorers with 24 points followed by Wilson 10, Nunes 10, Rod Fleming 6, Murray Fleming 5, Torchio 4, Gilbert 2 and McFall 2.

The Cardlets won the preseason Salinas Invitational beating Salinas in the finals 51-29 or their eighteenth straight victory counting 13 wins from last year and four wins this year.  The Cardlets held Salinas to one field goal in the fourth quarter, while they tallied 17.  Top scorers were Grant Wilson with 18 points and Kirk Waller with 14.  In the semifinals the previous night the smooth operating Cardlets trounced Watsonville 61-31.  SC jumped out to a 32-19 lead at the half and kept scoring.  Kirk Waller potted 24 points on outside long jump shots.  Grant Wilson scored in double figures for the third night of the tournament scored ten.  Other scorers were Rod Fleming 8, Roger Barat, Bill Kypreos and Murray Fleming had 3 each, Don Torchio and Bob Nunes 2 each, Steve Vomvolakis and Marty Gilbert 0 each.


Cardlets Beat Cowbabe ‘5’ 40-34 to knock Salinas from the ranks of the unbeaten in MBL play.  The Cardlets are now 2-1 in MBL play and 9-1 for the season.  Kirk Waller was high point man with 15.  Grant Wilson scored 11, three on clutch second half field goals.  Steve Vomvolakis, who scored only one point, made a clutch free throw in the final two minutes to eliminated the possibility of Salinas tying the score on a three point play.  Score by quarters SC 10-10, 23-22, 31-29, 40-34.  Other Cardlet scoring: Marty Gilbert 8, Rod Fleming 5, and Bill Kypreos 0.


In the only loss of the year came against Soquel, on a bad shooting night, but there were still two outstanding players on the floor in Doug Ley and Bill Kypreos.  In a close game against North Salinas, Marty Gilbert brought the team from behind, by scoring 13 points and clearing the boards.


In beating Salinas 50-49, the top players were Steve Vomvolakis and Bill Kypreos again


Even though the Cardlets are on a ten game win streak, the last four games have been particularly better by putting up a tougher defense and more passing and scoring.  Grant Wilson and Kirk Waller still lead in scoring and rebounding.  Rod Fleming and Bill Kypreos do a fine job of getting the ball to the scorers.  Freshman Marty Gilbert at center has been rebounding well and has picked up his scoring.


Monterey gave the Cardlets a tough battle being behind by only one point 34-33 at the end of the third quarter.  The fourth quarter was another matter as the Cardlets added 17 points to their side of the ledger for the win.  Again Waller with 19 and Wilson with 16 led the scoring.  Guard Rod Fleming drew praise for his play as well as Grant Wilson for his consistent board work.

Grant Wilson unofficially set a SCHS lightweight single game scoring record with 33 points while playing Seaside.  Twenty two of them came in the tightly contested first half.

Comments from coach Jack Alzina, “The team uses patterned plays to get certain shots and also to set up the top shooters.  It has been working with perfection.  The fact that the team had no upper classmen on the time makes it even more of an accomplishment.  The team was a real good disciplined ball club with real poise and confidence on the floor.  This was only accomplished by really hard work and self sacrifice.  Competition teaches team work, self sacrifice and pride in what a person is doing.  It gives the boys a good knowledge of what life is because, it is a competitive world.”

The team:  Kirk Waller and Grant Wilson led the team in scoring.  Bill Kypreos was the play maker. The rest of the starters were hustling Rod Fleming and rebounders Marty Gilbert and Doug Ley. Providing strong reserve strength were freshman standouts Dee Herren and Steve Vomvolakis and sophomores Bob Nunes, Roger Barat, Murry Fleming, Dennis McCarthy, Alan Badger and D. Torchio.  The Cardlets stormed to their second consecutive MBL championship compiling a 20-1 record. They also won the early season Salinas Invitational Tournament with Kirk Waller averaging 21.6 points a game and Grant Wilson 16 points a game.

Kirk Waller and Grant Wilson were ALL LEAGUE selections.  Honorable mention went to play maker Bill Kypreos.  Kirk Waller was the most valuable player and Grant Wilson was the second player chosen.  Even though these two players were the best in the league and also the top scorers, the real strength of the team was their overall team play and desire.


Practice games:  Carmel won, SLV won,

League: Soquel 53-57, win; Watsonville 42-45, 32-34; North Salinas 37-75,

Season record was 8 wins and 10 loses.  Six of the 10 losses were by 3 points or less.  With just a few more points, the team could have had a winning season.


Players were Al Marshall, Steve Seymour, Steve Canepa, Gary Castiglioni, Dan Rodriguez, Dave Hendershott, Tim Collins, C. Hightower, Jim Sutherlin, C. Blade, Baldwin, Ross and Reese.

From the coach, “The team this year is pretty good offensively, but needs work on defense.  Fourteen of the 17 boys on the team are new this year, so it has been pretty hard, but they are steadily improving,

In the 32-34 loss late in the season to Watsonville, the Cards coach Doug Severin felt his team played a better game than the Cats.  “We held them defensively, got more good shots and rebounded better, but just could not get the ball in the hoop.  The kids played a good game, we just did not win.”  Dan Rodriquez and Gary Castiglioni were high point men for the Cards.

The combined records of the C and D teams was 22 wins and 2 losses.  Both losses were by one point.  The combined two year record is 49 wins and 6 losses.


Games;  Alisal  61-23, 63-22; North Salinas 50-24, Palma 72-40, Watsonville 39-28, Soquel 47-22, 52-40

In the season opener against Alisal, coach Alzina was pleased with the game, noting good passing, running the offense, and balanced scoring.   Bill Kypreos 19, Alan Badger 13, Steve Vomvolakis 12, Bob Nunes 11, Don Torchio 4 and Steve Canepa 2.

Against Alisal, Bill Kypreos scored 15 points, Steve Vomvolakis 10, Don Torchio 8, Bob Nunes 8, Lamb 7, Alan Badger 3 and Cunha 2.  Coach Alzina was pleased with the defensive play of Nunes, Badger and Torchio.

North Salinas scoring:  Torchio 15, Kypreos 13, Nunes 8, Fleming 7, Canepa 4 and Badger 3.


Against Palma in a 72-40 win Murray Fleming topped the Cards in rebounding.  Scoring: Vomvolakis 15, Kypreos 14, Torchio 10, Canepa 7, Nunse 6, Ken Lamb 6 and Fleming 6.

Watsonville scoring:  Kypreos 10, Vomvolakis 8, Fleming 6, Torchio 6, Nunes 5, Lamb 2 Canepa 2.

Soquel scoring:  Vomvolakis 11, Kypreos 11, Nunes 9, Lamb 4, Fleming 5, Torchio 7.  Nunes and Badger were commended for their play on the boards.

In the final game of the season against Soquel the scoring:  Kypreos 12, Fleming 11, Torchio 8, Badger 6, Lamb 5, Vomvolakis 4, Nunes 2 and Canepa 2.

Steady team play and excellent defense were the teams trade mark.  Their record was 11-1 identical to last year.  Scoring punch was provided mainly by Bill Kypreos, Bob Nunes, Murray Fleming and Steve Vomvolakis.  The tough defense and rebounding was handled by Alan Badger, Steve Canepa, Ken Lamb, Steve Cunha, Don Torchio and Monte Puget.

In the last game of the year a 52-40 win against Soquel, the scoring was Kypreos 12, Fleming 11, Lamb 7, Torchio 8, Canepa and Nunes 2 each, Badger 6 and Vomvolakis 4.


Games:  Alisal 28-29, 53-23; North Salinas 48-18, Palma 39-16, Watsonville 26-19, Soquel 37-29, 27-22,


In the season opener against Alisal the Cards lost by one point 28-29.  They missed numerous free throws late in the fourth quarter.  A technical foul in the fourth stanza gave Alisal the lead.

Against Alisal Murray Fleming tallied 24 points followed by Herb Corbone with 14, Hughes 11, Arnott 8, and McCarthy 6.

North Salinas scoring:   Tom Hughes 14, Dennis McCarthy 12, Carbone 9, Steve Cunha 6, Mel Arnott 4 and Bruce Wagstaff 2.

Tom Hughes led the offensive punch against Palma and Mel Arnott and Dennis McCarthy cleared the boards in a 39-16 win.

Watsonville scoring:  Carbone 9, Hughes 7, Cunha 4, Dennis McCarthy 4, Chuck Frazier 2.

Soquel scoring: Carbone 13, Hughes 7, Cunha 10, McCarthyy 4 and Frazier 3.  Carbone was commended for his all around work.

In the final game of the season against Soquel scoring: Carbone 8, McCarthy 6, Cunha 5 Hughes 4 and Don Foster 4.

The only loss came in the opener and was by one point. The squad won the next eleven for a 11-1 record.  Leading the scoring was Herb Carbone along with Dennis McCarthy and Tom Hughes.

Don Foster did a fine job at guard both offensively and defensively.  Other players were Chuck Frasier, Mel Arnott, S. Curka, Bruce Wagstaff, and Larry Smith.


At the MBL meet the Cards took third place behind the winner Salinas by one point and runner up Monterey.

Earlier write ups were cut out of the Trident. End of the season dual meet scores were Alisal 45-11, Watsonville 24-22, Soquel 31-18.

With only one dual match left, six wrestlers have already earned their letters by scoring 30 points. These points do not include the last dual meet plus the MBL meet, CCS  and Northern Cal were most of these wrestlers added to their point total.  They are Kip Herren and Pat Pennell, who have 40 points, Jerry Malmin 36, Phil DiGirolamo, Allan Rochelle and Bob Borelli.

At the end of last season Kip Herren had 84 points.  Kip’s won loss record is the best on the team with 11 wins, one draw and one loss by two points.

At the Homestead Invitational the Cards scored 25 points against top teams in the Bay area.  Kip Herren took second place and Pat Pennell placed third.

At the MBL meet the Cards placed in nine events and won four matches.  The winners and their weight divisions were Brenden Baer, 133; Allan Rochelle, 138; Pat Pennell, 145 and Jerry Malmin, 165.  Kip Herren, 120, took second.  Tom Mitchell, 191 took third and Dave Anderson, 112 took fifth.

The first and second placers are eligible to advance to the CCS finals at South San Francisco.  Kip Herren the most valuable Card earned a third place that qualifies him to go to the Northern California finals.  Baer and Pennell won one match and lost one.  Rochelle and Malmin lost both their matches.

Kip Herren kept his torrid pace going, taking another third at the prestige’s Northern Cal finals for the top wrestlers form Bakersfield to the Oregon boarder.


Tournament top scorers listed by name, weight division and place in what tourney.  Kip Herren, 120, second at the Homestead Invitational, second in MBL, third in CCS and third in the Northern California Invitational.  Brenden Baer, 133, MBL champion.  Allan Rochelle, 138, MBL champion,  Pat Pennell, 145, third at the Homestead Invitational, MBL champion.  Jerry Malmin, 165, MBL champion.

Other team members were P. Langston, S. Langston, Rott, Roach, Steve Belcher, B. Wylie, Garcia, Johnson, Lambright, Knowels, Alaniz, Roy Trowbridge, Tietz, Jerry Lezin, Sam Trybom, Temmerman, F, Mendez, Royals, Vierra, Crider, Tom Pederson, Brown, Honorio and Willie Head.


with one match left the team has won 5 and lost 8.  The most impressive victories were against Half Moon Bay 45-11, Seaside 32-11, Alisal 28-20. Other win were against Soquel 16-13 and Salinas 24-23.

Best examples of SC wrestling power are Phil DiGirolamo, Bob Borelli, John Garcia and Jim Vellutini.


Practice games:  Del Mar 5-2, Saratoga 11-4, Carmel  8-1, MBL/Salinas tournament: Salinas 3-0, Soquel 6-1, Alisal 2-5 for second place.  San Lorenzo Valley 1-1, Marin Catholic 10-4, 2-1; Bellarmine 2-1, Wilcox 8-1, Alumni not counted 3-3. Practice record 9-1-1.

Rain cut out the first round of league games, so extra games were played were played against Watsonville and Soquel.  One with Watsonville, and four with Soquel were played as practice games.  Watsonville 3-5 and Soquel 6-4, 3-4, 7-1,  4-5.  All the Soquel games were played at Soquel due to the good drainage at there field. These games went 2-3 and some were played under bad conditions just to try to get some playing time in.

Due to all the postponed games the league decided to play only a single round of games.

League games:  Watsonville 2-0, Soquel 4-3, North Salinas 12-0, Salinas 4-3, Monterey 10-2, Seaside 2-6,  Alisal 3-1.  League record 6-1 for championship.

San Rafael end of season Invitational tournament: Marin Catholic 1-6 and El Camino of South San Francisco 13-12.  Record 1-1.

CCS tournament: Sequoia 9-5, South San Francisco 4-3, Willow Glen 1-2 in semi finals. CCS record 2-1.  Total record  20-7-1.

The Cards in their first game of the season beat Del Mar 5-2 at Harvey West (this has to be a first to play so soon in the season at Harvey West) with great four hit pitching by three Card hurlers.  Dan Rodriguez started and went four innings for the win followed by Dana Hendershott for two innings and John Florek for one.  They only gave up four hits and one earned run.  The Cards got all their runs in the first two innings.  In the first inning, Dave Trybom led off with a walk and stole second.  Dave Bilardelllo double against the right centerfield wall scoring Trybom.  Bilardello swiped third and tallied as Tim Holz slammed a two bagger.  In the second, Dan Poston walked and went to third on Rodriguez’ single.  Trybom drove in both runners.  Crichton doubled in Trybom for the last Card score.  Bilardello was the only player with two hits.  Hendershott picked of two runners at  first base.

Cards win two beating Saratoga 11-4 on Friday and Carmel 8-1 on Saturday.  Against Saratoga the Cards were down 2-4 going into the fifth inning and came back to score two in the fifth to tie the game and the one in the six and then a break out seventh inning scoring 6.  Dana Hendershott started and went three innings, then Dan Rodriguez went two and Mike Puget the last two for the win.  Top hitters were Dave Trybom, Rodriguez and Jerry Malmin with two each.

In the Saturday 8-1 win over Carmel Bergazzi hit a bases loaded homer a “grand slam” and Trybom a three from homer.  Those with two hits were Trybom, Crichton and Bergazzi.  The whole squad saw action.  Lineup:  Bilardello C, McCarroll Lf, Trybom CF, Arnott 2B/SS, Crichton SS, Holz 1B, Bergazzi RF, Florek 3B/P, Rodriguez P, Joe McCllelan LF, Tom Turner 2B, Jim Sutherland RF,  Allen Badger LF, Hendershott P, Puget P and Mike Cahaley PH.

At the MBL/Salinas Tournament the Cards beat Salinas 3-0 in the first game in the morning and came back in the afternoon to beat Soquel 6-1 in the semi-finals to put themselves in the finals against Alisal.  Dana Hendershott went the first five innings against Salinas for the win.  John Florek finished up he last two.  The lineup against Salinas:  Trybom CF, 4-0; Bilardello C ,1-0; Crichton SS, 3-2; Arnott 2B, 4-2; Bergazzi RF, 4-2; Holz 1B, 1-0; Malmin RF, 2-0; McCarroll LF, 3-1; Poston 3B, 2-0; Hendershott  P, 1-1; Florek P, 1-0.

Against Soquel in a 6-1 win, the Cards had ten hits and scored four runs in the first inning.  Dan Rodriguez is the first Card pitcher to pitch a complete game.  Dan gave up five hits, walked three and struck out three.  Crichton and Florek both had triples.  RBI’s were Florek with two and Bergazzi, Holz and Crichton had one each.  Lineup:  Trybom CF, 3-2; McCarroll LF 4-2; Crichton SS, 3-2; Arnott 2B. 4-1; Bergazzi RF, 3-1; Holz 1B, 3-0; Florek C, 3-1; Poston 3B, 2-1; Rodriguez P, 3-0; Malmin RF, 1-0 and Jim Sutherland 1B, 1-0.

Under the lights at Salinas Municipal stadium Alisal beat the Cards 5-2 to for the tourney championship.  It was a strike out night with the Alisal pitcher striking out the Cards 16 times out of 27 at bats.  Starter for the Cards, Mike Puget struck out 8 in four innings.  John Florek struck out two in one inning and Dana Hendershott had five in two innings.  Dave Trybom was the only Card with two hits.  Others with hits were by by Malmin, Bilardello, Crichton and Bergazzi.

SC Dumps Marin Catholic 5-3 on ten hits.  Starter Dana Hendershott went five innings giving up two hits, walking none and striking out five for the win.  John Florek finished up the last two giving up only one hit. The Cards seem to score in the first inning and it was no exception in this game as George Arnott lined a double down the left field line and score on Dave Trybom’s single.  Catcher Dave Bilardello foiled a squeeze play by calling a pitch out to get the runner from third.  In the third inning Hendershott singled to left and went to third on Bilardello’s sharp double.  Trybom singled to score Henershott.  Bergazzi singled in Trybom.  Jerry Malmin singled to right and Bergazzi lit out for third and scored on a bad throw that went into left field.  Malmin kept on running and scored when the next throw got away from the pitcher.  A wild inning. Bill Kypreos came up from the JV team did his job fill a a spot in the infield, plus getting a hit.   Lineup:  Bilardello C, 3-1; Arnott SS, 3-1; Trybom CF, 3-2; Bergazzi LF, 3-2; Malmin RF, 3-1; Holz 1B, 3-1; Poston 3B, 3-0; Kypreos 2B, 3-1; Hendershott P. 1-1 and Florek P, 1-0.


Bellarmine had lost only one game, before the Cards beat them 2-1.  Astute base running by catcher Dave Bilardello and centerfielder Dave Trybom in the first inning put the Cards ahead right away 2-0.  Bilardello led off the game with a walk and moved around to third on a short pass ball and a throwing error by the catcher.  Trybom put down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Dave and was safe at first and then stole second.  Then went to third as Crichton beat out an infield hit.  On the double steal, Trybom scored from third.  Two runs without the ball getting out of the infield.  Later in the game Tim Holz hit a triple.  John Florek pitched the first three innings giving up the only Bell run.  Mike Puget went the next three and Dana Hendershott then mopped up the seventh inning setting the Bells down in order.  Three Bells were thrown out on the base paths by the alert Cards, who also had clutch pitching.  Probably the key play was made by Tom Crichton on a hard hit ball to his left and made a strong throw to Bilardello to get the runner.  (who was Dan Pastoruino a college and NFL quarterback)

Cardinal Hurlers Blank Cats 2-0 at the upper diamond.  After many postponements the Cards won their first league game beating Watsonville 2-0 behind the pitching of Dana Hendershott, who went the first 5 1/3 innings giving up only three hits and striking out seven.  Dan Rodriquez came in with runners on base and one out.  He struck out the next two batters.  The first batter on four pitches and the next on three pitches.  He then stuck out the next two batters to led off the seventh inning to tally four strike outs in a row.  A super game for Dan.  Ted McCarroll walked, stole second and Dave Trybom drove him in with what proved to be the winning run with a single in the third frame.  Wes Bergazzi added an insurance run on a squeeze play scoring Trybom from third in the sixth inning.  This gave the team a 2-0 league record and 8-2 for the season.  Lineup was McCarroll LF, 2-0; Arnott 2B, 3-2; Trybom CF, 2-1; Crichton SS, 3-1; Bergazzi RF, 2-0; Holz 1B, 3-0; Florek 3B, 2-0; Bilardello C, 2-0; Hendershott P, 2-0; Rodriguez P.

The second league game ended with a win over Soquel 4-3.   After taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Soquel battled back to tie the score 3-3 in the sixth.  Then shortstop George Arnott led of the seventh with a prodigious shot 330 feet to left center to make the final score SC 4-3.  Mike Puget pitched the seventh inning preserved the win and gaining credit for the win.


In a 8-1 win against Wilcox their only run was unearned.  Dana Hendershott went the distance scattering four hits, walking one and striking out six.  The big hits were two home runs, each driving in two runs, by George Arnott and Dave Trybom.  The Cards scored their 8 runs on four hits.  The other two hits came off the bats of catcher Gary Ghidinelli and left fielder Mike Puget.

Card Batmen Runs Cheaper By Dozen.  Beat North Salinas 12-0.  If I had told you two weeks ago that the Cards would outscore their next two opponents by 20 runs to 1, I’d probable be in one or two places, Stockton or Napa.  The Cards beat North Salinas 12-0 behind a masterful pitching performance by tall and gangly junior Dan Rodriquez never in trouble through out as no runner got as far as third base.  Dan had fine control as only three batters ran the count to three balls on him.  He allowed only four hits, allowed two walks and struck out five in a complete game shut out.  In the third inning, Dave Bilardello became the first Card to reach base when he walked.  Dan Poston sacrificed and was safe at first.  Rodriguez sacrificed the runners to second and third.  George Arnott drove in Bilardello with the first run.  In the fifth inning with two outs, Dave Trybom singled, Tom Crichton was safe on an error.  Wes Bergazzi backed the left fielder to the wall, where he dropped it to load the bases.  Tim Holz drove in Trybom.   Bergazzi then on second acted like he slipped going back to second, attempting to draw a throw from the catcher, who did and the throw went into centerfield and Wes and Tom scored to make it 4-0 SC.  In the eight run sixth inning, the biggest hit was a three run homer by John Florek.  Arnott and Trybom had doubles.  RBI totals were Holz and Florek 3 apiece, Arnott and Trybom 2 apiece and they also had two hits along with Holz.

Cards Rip Early, Top Salinas 4-3.  The win gives the Cards a 4-0 record in league and Salinas a 1-3 mark.  Scoring three runs in the top of the first inning and then playing at half power the rest of the afternoon, the Cards hung on.  Dan Hendershott went 6 2/3 innings to record the win, but got some assistance from Dan Rodriguez to nail down the matter.  Ted McCarroll started things off by beating a bunt down the third base line and then took second on a passed ball.  He took third when the fourth ball got away from the catcher and Dave Trybom went to first.  Tom Crichton singled to left and to score McCarroll and went to second on the throw to the plate.  Wes Bergazzi singled in Trybom and Crichton, who made a great fall away slide at the plate.  Salinas came back and scored an unearned run. McCarroll started off the fifth with a walk, stole second and scored  on an error.  Salinas came right back and scored.  Salinas led off the seventh with a hit and was aided by a throwing error scored.  Rodriguez entered an got the last out.  Lineup: McCarrol LF, Arnott 2B, Trybome CF, Crichton SS, Bergazzi RF, Holz 1B, Florek 3B, Bilardello C, Hendershott P and Rodriguez P.  Florek and Hendershot had hits not mentioned above.  Each team had two errors.

 Cardinals Breeze 10-2 over Monterey.  The win put the Cards 5-0 behind the driver’s seat in the league race as each other team has lost at least two games.  The Cards would have to lose the remaing two for anyone to tie them. The Cards scored 10 runs on 10 hits in the first four innings.  Dana Hendershott pitched the first five innings and allowed only three base runners and then picked off two of them at first base.  The other batter never got past first.  Dan Rodriguez pitched the last two innings to get some work and gave up a couple of runs when balls were lost in the sun in the outfield.  Lineup was McCarroll LF, 3-0; Arnott 2B, 3-1; Trybom CF, 4-3; Crichton SS, 4-1; Bergazzi RF, 4-2; Holz 1B, 4-2; Florek 3B, 3-2; Bilardello C, 1-0; Hendershott P, 3-0; Rodriguez P, 1-0 and Poston 3B 1-0.

Flashy centerfielder Dave Trybom had three hits, a triple and two singles, scored twice and drove in two runs against Monterey, the MBL champion the last three years, who was one game behind the Cards before the game.  Now they are two behind.  Dave kept the Monterey base runners honest with his accurate arm.  Trybom is all hustle.  He lives and breathes the game.  The San Francisco Giants think so too and have invited him play on their Winter league team on the SF peninsula.  Players in this league are either just graduated, played in college or have been playing in the minor leagues so the can keep improving their games.  There have been a good number of players from this league go on to play in the majors.  Dave has the attitude, ability and most of all the love of the game itself.  He should make it –big.

So with an unblemished league mark and an air of over confidence about them the Cards went on the road to oppose winless Seaside.  Seaside is winless no longer winning 2-6.  The loss sets up a possible three way tie with Monterey and Alisal.  Alisal beat the Cards in the Salinas tournament, but Dana Hendershott did not pitch that game and he is the Card ace.  In any event, “support your local baseball team.“  It needs it.

Wrap Up MBL Crown.  In the last game of the season against Alisal with the league championship on the line, the Cards jumped out to a one run lead as the first batter of the game Dave Trybom walked and stole second.  Wes Bergazzi drove him home with a single to left.  In the bottom of the fifth Alisal tied the score.  In the Cards next at bats, John Florek singled to left and on a wild pick off throw to first went all the way to third.  George Arnott hit his second single of the game to drive Florek home.  Tim Holz sacrificed Arnott to second and was safe at first. Ted McCarroll also bunted trying to get Arnott to third and Holtz to second.  Holtz reached second, but Arnott was forced out at third.  Dana Hendersott singled to score Holtz to put the Cards up by two runs.  Dana Hendershott pitched a masterful game, while striking out 10.  After the game Hendershott was approached by the University of San Francisco coach and offered a scholarship.  (Dana did go to USF and did so well he has been selected to the school athletic Hall of Fame.  He also pitched up to double AA professional baseball, from were a good number of big leaguers are able to jump straight to the major leagues.  Tom Crichton from this team also played all the way to AA ball).  The MBL crown was on a Cardinal head for the first time since 1963.  The Cards finished with a 15-5 season record.  Lineup:   Bilardello C, 3-1; Crichton SS, 3-0; Trybom Cf, 3-0; Bergazzi RF, 3-1; Florek 3B, 3-1; Arnott 2B, 3-2; Holz 1B, 2-0; McCarroll LF, 3-0; Hendershott P, 3-1 and Puget RF, 0-0.

Cards Drop Redwood Invitational Tournament Game 1-6 to Marin Catholic.  The Cards scored in their first time at bat as catcher Dave Bilardello led off with a Texas league double to left field.  Tom Crichton bunted him to  third and beat the throw to first for a base hit.  Wes Bergazzi hit a fielders choice and Bilardello scored for the Cards only run of the game. Marin Catholic scored in the next three innings.  Dana Hendershott had only given up three extra base hits in the whole season gave up an equal amount tonight in three innings. Mike Puget came in and pitched the rest of the game.

Card Hrs Net 13-12 Win over El Camino of South San Francisco co-champions of the North Peninsula League (NPAL) in a consolation game of the Redwood Tourney.  Round trippers by Dave Trybom, John Florek, Kirk Waller and Tom Crichton.  Top sophomore JV players Gary Ghidinelli and Kirk Waller played big roles in this game.  The regulation nine inning game ended in a 9-9 tie.  El Camino scored three in the tenth to make the score 9-12.  Gary Ghidinelli led of the last half of the inning with a single and scored on a home run by Trybom to make the score 11-12.  Florek singled, then Crichton coming in as a pitch hitter, hit a ball high in the air and with the strong wind that was blowing out all day it flew over the fence for the winning home run. Mike Puget started and went four innings.  Dan Rodriguez went the next two and Florek relieved in the seventh and got the win.  Top hitters were Trybom with two doubles, a homer and five RBI’s.  Waller went four for five and drove in two runs.

CCS Baseball Tournament.  Late Rally Gives SC 4-3 Win against South San Francisco co-champions of the NPAL with El Camino.  Dave Trybom’s line drive single scored Dave Bilardello from second in the bottom of the seventh for a come from behind win.  After almost blowing their game in the sixth inning, the Cards bounced right back in their last chance at the plate to score two, the last one when two were out.  Ted McCarrol led off the winning rally with his second hit of the day.  Pinch hitter Mike Puget sacrificed Ted to second, who then went to third on a wild pitch.  Dave Billardello walked on a 3-2 pitch and stole second.  With men on second and third, George Arnott hit a sacrifice fly to score McCarroll to tie the score.  Then Trybom on the first pitch drove in the winning run.  Lefthander Dana Hendershott recorded his ninth win in ten decisions this year.  Any trouble the big senior got into was no fault of his own.  He gave up six hits, struck out six and walked only one, but the Cards had five errors in the game.  Three miscues in the sixth inning allowed South San Francisco to score two unearned runs for a 3-2 lead.  The Cards kept their heads up and came back.  In the first inning Arnott tripled to right center.  Tom Crichton singled Arnott home for a 1-0 lead.  With two outs in the second, McCarroll and Hendershott both walked and Billardello hit a hit bouncer through the infield to make the score SC 2-0.  In the fifth inning South City got their only earned run.  Lineup:  Bilardello C, 3-2; Arnott 2B, 3-2;  Trybom CF, 4-1; Crichton SS, 2-1; Bergazzi RF, 3-0; Florek 3B, 3-1; Holz 1B, 3-0; McCarroll LF, 2-2; Hendershott P, 1-0 and Puget PH, 0-0.

In the semi-finals the Cards were nosed out by Willow Glenn 1-2.  Starter and complete game pitcher Mike Puget pitched his best game of the season and was undeserving of the loss.  Mike gave up six hits, walked three, struck out nine and allowed only one run.  The Cards jumped of to a one run edge in the first as lead off man Dave Bilardello pasted a triple to right center.  With two outs, Crichton walked and on a double steal, Bilardello scored the Cards only run.  Willow Glen scored in the second inning, but had a second runner cut down at the plate.  The second Willow Glen run was scored with the aid of the only SC error of the game.  SC had a runner at second, but a poor coaching decision ended with the runner being thrown out. Dave Bilardello was hit in the head and went to the hospital.  He was replaced by sophomore Gary Ghidinelli, who did a fine job in a pressure situation.  Lineup:  Bilardello C, 3-1; Arnott 2B, 4-0; Trybom CF, 2-1; Crichton SS, 2-0; Bergazzi RF, 3-0; Florek 3B, 3-0; Holz 1B, 3-2; McCarroll LF, 3-1; Puget P, 3-0 and Ghidinelli C, 1-0.

Cardinals Capture Third in CCS Tourney beating Sequoia 9-5 in extra inning.  SC saw their two run lead vanish in the bottom of the seventh inning and then rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth at Santa Clara University’s Buck Shaw stadium.  Dana Hendershott worked all eight innings for the win.  He gave up seven hits, walked four, gave up three unearned runs and struck out 12 to record his tenth win.  Dave Trybom made two classic piracies of shots into deep right center with over the shoulder catches and then came in and blasted a 340 foot home run down the left field line.  Tom Crichton had a great day at the plate and on the bases.  H went four for five at the plate with a triple and two RBI’s.  Tom stole third on a delayed steal and scored on an infield out.  He next scored after stealing second, going to third on a wild pitch and then scoring.  Tom and Trybom both score three runs. RBI’s were Arnott and Crichton 2 apiece, Holz, Trybom and Florek one each.  Sophomore Gary Ghidinelli filled in admirably for the injured Bilardello.  Lineup:  McCarroll LF, 4-2; Holz 1B, 5-2; Trybom CF, 3-1; Crichton SS, 5-4; Florek 3B, 1-0; Arnott 2B, 5-1; Bergazzi RF, 5-0; Ghidinelli C, 4-0 and Hendershott 3-0.

Hendershott, Crichton and Trybom Top SC stats.  The team batting average for the season was .266.  Tom Crichton lead the team in hitting with a .442 average followed by Dave Trybom at .375.  Trybom drove in 25 runs followed by Crichton with 18, second baseman George Arnott and right fielder- first baseman Wes Bergazzi, who had 17 apiece.  Trybom also led the team in home runs with four and runs scored with 30.  Cardinal ace lefthander Dana Hendershott headed the pitching staff with a near perfect 10-1 record and a 1.10 ERA.  He struck out 79 and only walked 10 in 76 1/3 innings.  Only 12 earned runs were scored off him the season.

Other team leaders were:: At bats, Arnott 99 followed by Trybom 96, Crichton 86 and Bergazzi 83;  Doubles, Trybom 7;  Triples, Holz 3;  Stolen bases, Trybom 14;  Walks, Bilardello, 23;  Strike outs, Florek;  Errors, Crichton.  Following Hendershott in throwing strikeouts were Puget 45, Rodriguez 44, Florek 20 and McCarroll 7.

Final hitting stats by at bats, average and RBI’s

AB       AV   RBI

Crichton      86      .442   18

Trybom       96      .375   25

Poston        24      .292   5

Bilardello     55      .273   7

Holz            71      .239   8

McCarroll    72      .236   0

Florek         68      .235   10

Rodriguez    21      .238   2

Bergazzi      83      .229   17

Arnott         99     .222   17

Kypreos        5     .200   0

Puget          27     .148   0

Malmin        28      .143   2

Hendershott 23      .130   1

Ghidinelli     16      .125   0

Sutherland   14      .071   0

Waller         5      .800   3

Fleming       1      .000   0

Totals        794      .266   115


Pitching stats by won- loss records, innings pitched hits and ERA.

WL    IN     H       ERA

Hendershottt         10-1   76      66      1.10

Rodriguez             4-2    53      37      1.45

Florek                  2-1    18      11      1.98

Puget                   3-3    45      38      2.47

McCarroll             0-0      7       6     3.00


Players who received varsity letters and the number obtained in baseball:  George Arnott, 4; Wes Bergazzi, 4; Dave Bilardello, 4; Tom Crichton, 3; John Florek, 3; Dana Hendershott, 3; Tim Holtz, 4; Jerry Malmin, 3; Ted McCarroll, 3; Dan Poston, 2; Mike Puget, 3; Dan Rodriguez, 2; Jim Sutherland, 3; Dave Trybom, 4;  Managers Blocks, Ernie Penrose and  Henry Jaime.

On the Sentinel ALL COUNTY team of fourteen players, SC had five.  They were pitcher Dana Hendershott with a 10-1 record and an ERA of 1.10.  Tom Crichton with a .406 average, George Arnott at .222, Dave Trybom at .375 and Wes Bergazzi at .229.  Honorable mention were John Florek and Dave Bilardello.


players:  Tom Crichton, Dana Hendershott, Wes Bergazzi, George Arnott and Dave Trybom  Five of the fifteen players are from SC.

George Arnott SC’s flashy fielding and hustling second sacker was one of only four players who received all eight votes.  George hit .375 in league and .240 for the season.

Pitcher Dana Hendershott lost the Most Valuable Player award in a run off vote.  Not all coaches in the league saw him during the season.  Henderson was the “Money Man” for the Cardinals, winning four league games and compiling a 8-0 record so far this season.

Dave Trybom was literally robbed of an all league berth last season, batted .318 in league this year and is boosting a .384 season average.

Tom Crichton the only junior on the team, powered MBL pitching for a hefty .458 average and hit .424 for the season.

The selections of Hendersott, Arnott, Crichton and Trybom, illustrate were the Cards were strongest this year, right up the middle.

Wes Bergazzi, although batting only .229 in league play, led the league in RBI’s and hit the ball well throughout the season with a .285 average.

SC coach Bill Dodge was selected coach of the year.

Three Cards on All CCS team.  Centerfielder Dave Trybom, shortstop Tom Crichton and pitcher Dana Hendershott.  The team is composed of 12 players from the eight teams participating in the recent CCS tourney.  (This shows the kind of talent this team had.)

Pirates draft SC’s Arnott.  George Arnott, Santa Cruz’ flashy fielding second baseman has been picked by the Pittsburg Pirates in the major league draft.


goes 12-2 for the season

Practice games:  Mora 6-1, Soquel 4-3, Wilcox 8-3, Bellarmine 6-2,

League:  Alisal 8-2, Soquel 4-5, Salinas 7-0, North Salinas 5-4, 

Season record 12-2.

In the first game of the season against Mora High, Scott Graff, Ted McCarroll and Sam Trybom pitched a no hitter and struck out 12 batters.  The top hitters were Tim Hopper, Kirk Waller and Ted McCarroll.

A practice game against Soquel went nine innings, before Marty Gilbert doubled then stole third and scored on the over throw to third to win the game 4-3.  The win was the sixth in a row.

Steve Seymour’s power hitting helped score 8 runs against Wilcox, who had a six game win streak going.

Zero hour–JV victory.  To a baseball player. Who is a hitter, there is no better sound than the sharp crack of his bat or for the pitcher, the dull thud of a pitched ball against the catcher’s mitt, which he himself fired across home plate.  These sounds are as satisfying to them as a harmonious note is to a musician.  The JV’s definitely produced these sounds in their 7-0 victory over Salinas.  Kirk Waller allowed only four hits, walked none and struck out seven.  Marty Gilbert, Rod Flemimg and Kirk Waller all had three hits.

During this season the JV team has continually demonstrated their power hitting and shut out pitching.  In past tilts Scott Graff and Steve Seymour have contrived many hits, while the trio of Ted McCarroll. Kris Sorensen and Roger Barat have pitched spectacularly.

The season ended with a 8-2 win over Alisal.  Some memorable games which demonstrate the JV playing power are numerous.   In the last game against Alisal, Kirk Waller compiled 12 strike out and allowed only three hits.  Waller helped his own cause, by hitting a home run in the second inning. Chuck Frazier and Rod Fleming each went 2 for 3.   The games in between were just as rewarding.

Jim Sutherland with a home run along with Scott Graff and Steve Seymour produced the hits needed for the 7-2 victory over Bellarmine. Ted McCarroll and Kris Sorensen hurled the triumph.  “The Spider” Sorensen striking out the side in the seventh.  Comment from the coach “they pitched a smart game”.

Marty Gilbert, by stealing third base aided the team in scoring the winning run against Soquel.  Rod Fleming had two home runs against Salinas. Tim Hopper getting three hits against Mora. Kris Sorensen and Roger Barat united to pitch a no hitter against North Salinas.

Team members:  Rod Fleming, Bill Kypreos, Gary Ghidinelli, Dale Lyster, Scott Graff, Marty Gilbert, Jeff Gordon, Jim Sutherland, Sam Trybom, Kris Sorensen, Steve Seymour, John Slaughter, Chuck Frazier, Craig Foust, Ted McCarroll, Bob Nunes, Roger Barat, Kirk Waller, Tim Hopper, John Carniglia, John Agnone, Doug Alsberge and Mike Christensen

TRACK  At the MBL meet Varsity scoring: Watsonville 63, Seaside 54, SC 39, Alisal 32, Monterey 23, Salinas 12, Soquel 2, North Salinas 0.  Lightweight scoring:  Watsonville 62, Salinas 37, Soquel and Alisal tied 31, Seaside 30, North Salinas 14, Monterey 12, SC 8.

Bryon Wilson had a brilliant year winning the 100 and 220 yard dashes at the MBL league meet as well as at the CCS division III meet.  He won the 220 at the CCS region meet and competed at the STATE meet at Balboa Stadium in San Diego..

May 14.  At the MBL Track meet at Alisal. Watsonville won both the varsity and lightweight meets to defend their titles from last year.  SC was third in varsity and last in lightweights. Two new SC school records were made.  The teams outstanding sprinter Bryon Wilson won the 100 in 10 flat and the 220 in 21.9.  Bayard Smith set a new SC school record in the 440 finishing one-tenth of a second out of first place in 50.3, followed by  McCune in third place, in 51.2.  Don Lowery took second in the 180 low hurdles, establishing a new SC record of 19.8 and the set another SC record in the 120 high hurdles at 15.5, for fourth place.  Tom  Mitchell was second in the shot put.  SC was third in the 880 relay.  Fourth place finishers were Don Lowery in 120 high hurdles at 15.5 and Frank Edwards in high jump at 5’ 8”.  Fifth place finishers were Scott Pitman in 880 at 2:50.7; John Whitaker in mile at 4:50.7 and Greg Larson in discus at 135’ 6”.

Lightweights:  Jim Cecy finished fifth in the 880 in 2:05.1 to establish a school record.  George Hightower finished second in the two mile in 10:12.6 for a new school record.  Coach Mel Fishburn had praise for freshman miler Rick McCullah, who finished sixth in  4:53.2.  Ken Gregory, placed fourth in the discus at 111’ 10 and the 880 relay team was fourth in their best time of the year at 1:37.4.  Jim Kirksey did his personal best in the broad jump at 19’ 10”.

May 21.  Wilson Takes First In CCS Region III championships at Gonzales.  Bryon Wilson won both the 100 in 9.9 and the 220 in 22 flat.  The meets top four finishers qualify for the CCS finals at Mt. Pleasant high in San Jose.  Other qualifiers are Bayard Smith, second in 440, Don Lowery, fourth in the 180 low hurdles and Walt Edwards fourth in the discus.  The relay team of Lowery, Roy Dierflinger, Smith and Wilson also qualified, by finishing fourth.

Lightweights:  George Hightower took fourth in the two mile and Ken Gregory fourth in the discus to also qualify.

May 21.  Salinas Wins Consolation Track Meet of the MBL with athletes not moving on to the CCS meet.  Paul Westberg ran a 10:48.6 two mile and Bartell won the 180 low hurdles in 22.4 to become the only SC first place finishers.

Lightweights:  Dee Herren, Tom Hughes and Doug Harvey captured top honors for SC.   Herren won the 100 in 11 flat.  Hughes won the pole vault at 10 feet and Harvey won the 220 in 24.5.

March 5.  Cardinal Thinclads Win.  The Cards opened the season by defeating Monterey in both the varsity and lightweight competition.  Varsity score, SC 74, Monterey 40.  SC won seven firsts, 11 seconds and six thirds.  SC swept the varsity and lightweight relays.  Bayard Smith and Jim Bartell got SC of to a good start in the varsity competition with second and third places respectively in the 70 high hurdles, the first event of the day.  Smith hit the finish line in 10.3, while Bartell was one-tenth behind.  Scott Pitman turned in a win in the 880 with a 2:08 clocking.  Dave McCune finished third in the event.  Bryon Wilson turned in a fast time of 10 flat in the 100.  Roy Dierflinger grabbed second place in  the 100.  Wilson was first in the 440 in 52.5 with Greg Larson two seconds behind.  Other varsity first are Bayard Smith the 220 in 23.7, John Whitaker the mile in 4:55 and Don Lowery the broad jump at 19-9.  Bryon Wilson won the 100 and the 440.

Lightweights:  SC 75, Monterey 48.  SC won 11 firsts, five seconds and eight thirds.  SC winners were Don Roberts, who won the first event, the 70 yard high hurdlesin 11.0 and a second in shot put and 120 low hurdles.  Senior new comer Jim Cecy won the 880 in 2:14.6.  Ken Gregory won the shot put at 41-2 and discus at  105 feet.  John Thomas the 220 in 25.0 and took third in the 100.  Dean Hogan won the pole vault at 10 feet.  Kirksey won the broad jump at 18-11.  Hughes won high jump in 5-5 and second in the pole vault.  McCullah won the mile in 5:09.6.  The relay team of Herren, Thomas, Kirksey and Hayden won in 1:45.7. Second places:  Herren, 100 and third in broad jump and 220.  West, high jump and third in 120 low hurdles..

Third places:  Mathues, 880.  Cecy, 440.  Perkins tied in shot put.  Fleck in two mile.

March 12.  In a tri meet with Westmont of Campbell 77, SC 53, Salesian 18.  In the three way meet in between light rain showers Byron Wilson scored another double victory winning the 100 in 10.0 and 440 in 51.5.

First place:  Pitman, 880 in 2:08.0.  Smith, 220 in 23.4 and second in 100..  880 relay team of Smith, Dierflinger, Larson and Wilson in 1:34.2.  Larson, discus in 130-5 and second in 440.

Second place:  Edwards, 120 high hurdles and third in high jump..  Whitaker, mile.

Third place:  Bartell, 120 high hurdles and 180 low hurdles.  McCune, 440 and fourth in high jump.  Dierflinger, 220.  Fourth place:  Ambuhl, two mile.  Rochelle, pole vault.

The lightweights won their meet:  SC 79, Westmont 52, Salesian 10.  SC won the lightweights despite splitting the team to make a frosh-soph team for this meet.

First place:  R. Neumann, 880 in 2:11.9.  Thomas, 100 in 11.1 and 220 in 25.4.  Cecy, 440 in 56.5.  Hightower, two mile in 10:37.5 and high jump in 4-10. 880 relay team of Kerksey, R. Neumann, N. Neumann and Thomas in 1:44.0.  Hughes, pole vault, 8-3.  Gregory, shot  put. 39-7.

Frosh-soph;  Team scoring:  Westmont 75, SC 69, Salesian 2.

First places:  Roberts, 70 high hurdles in 11.2.  Herren, 100 in 11.1.  Westberg, two mile in 11:28.7.  McCullah, mile in 5:07.5.  880 relay team of Mitchell, Mendoza, Hayden, Herren in 1:42.5. Hogan, pole vault at 8-3.  Mitchell, shot put at 45-3.  Henderson, discus at 99-8..


March 19.  Alisal Spikers Tip Cards.  An improved SC fought speedy Alisal down to the last two events, before losing 62-60.  The meet was decided on the discus and high jump events and SC placed one-two in the high jump as Lolly Lowery an Frank Edwards topped the Trojan jumpers.  In the discus, senior Greg Larson won, but needed the second place, but Frank Edwards, who was third, just missed out.  Larson also took third in the 220.   SC winners:  Wilson, 100 in 10 flat.  Lolly Lowery won the high jump, 180 low hurdles in 20.9, and was second 120 high hurdles.  Edwards was second in the high jump, third in shot put and discus.  Relay team won in 1:33.4.

Second place:  Pitman, 880 and 440.  Mitchell, shot put.  Westberg, two mile.  Withaker in mile.

Third place:  Dierflinger, 100.  McCune, 440 and mile.   Spear, broad jump.  Don Lowery in 180 low hurdles.  Thomas in pole vault.

Lightweights:  Lost 87-37.  (No lightweight scoring available)

April 23.  Watsonville Raps SC Thinclads.  The Wildcat varsity won 54-40 and the Cat lightweights won 66-38.  SC won four firsts.  Byron Wilson continued his domination over the league with a 10.0 in the 100 on a slow track.  His best so far is 9.7.  He also won the 220 in 21.5.  Baynard Smith took the 440 in 51.3 and was second in the 220.  The relay team won in 1:33.0.  Lolly Lowery won the 180 high hurdles in 20.5.  E. Smith took third place in the mile.

There were no high jump or broad jump events as the pits where under water.

Lightweights:  Dee Herren led the team with a win in the 100 in 10.9 and tied with teammate John Thomas for first in the 220 in 24.3.  Ken Gregory won the discus at 119-6, which rates as the best in the area so far.  The relay team took first in 1:38.7, which is their best for the year.

Byron Wilson was voted the outstanding track performer at the Palo Alto relays.  Bryon won the 100 yard dash in 9.7.  His 880 yard relay team took first place with a team of Bayard Smith, Roy Dierflinger, Greg Larson and Wilson.  The Mile relay team of Dave McCune, Larson, Smith and Wilson took second in 3:29.9.  Byron won two races and was second in the third.  He earned his award.

April 26.  Wilson Tops SC Area Track Marks.  Coast Counties top track bests by event, compiled by Jack Fourcade of the Salinas Californian by event, name and time or distance for the first three places.  Varsity athletes.  100, Wilson, 9.7 for first.  440, Wilson, 51.5 for third.  220. Wilson, 22.5 for second.  880 relay, SC, 1:32.6 for second.

Lightweight stats.  SC didn’t have any that qualified.

April 28.  Bryon Wilson Stars In Quad Track Meet.  Seaside defeated SC 73-48 and Salinas beat Soquel in a double dual meet at Memorial Field.  If the meet had been scored on a quad-triangular basis the final score would be Seaside 90, SC 69, Salinas 48, Soquel 11.  Bryon Wilson, who has the third best 100 yard dash in Northern California with a time of 9.5, broke the field record in the 440 yard dash with a clocking of 50.9.  The old field record was 51.4.  Wilson’s time did not break the school record of Cassius Bly in 1947.  Wilson won the 220 in 22.5, but was off by one-tenth of a second of breaking the field record.  Coach Mel Fishburn was happy with his teams running times, but admitted that Seaside was too much in the field events.  He was pleased with the improvements shown by Frank Edwards and Tom Mitchell in the shot put.  Both put the shot more than a foot over their previous bests.  Distance coach Sam Maynard also expressed satisfaction in his group.  Dick Westberg’s 10:41.8 in the two mile was his season best.  SC captured a bulk of their points by sweeping the 440 yard dash and the 880 relay in 1:32.8.  Wilson won the 440 in 50.9, followed by Smith and McCune.  Don Lowery was second in the 120 high hurdles and the 120 low hurdles.  Larson was third in the 100,  Smith was third in the 220.

Scott Pittman was second in the 880.  Frank Edwards won the high jump at 5-6, third in shot put and was third in the 120 low hurdles.  Don Lowery placed second in each of the hurdle events.  Both teams will enter their starters in the King City Invitational tomorrow.

Lightweights:  SC winners:  Cecy won the 880 in 2:09 and was second in the 440 in 55.8.  Gregory won the discus at 120-2.  Second places:  R. Neumann, 440.  Hightower, two mile in 10:26.6.  Kirksey, broad jump at 18-9.  Hughes, pole vault at 9-6. (no score)

March 28.  No Clear Cut Favorite In MBL Track And Field.  MBL coaches failed to choose a clear cut prospective champion at their meeting.   Coach of Watsonville’s defending champions doesn’t expect to repeat.  He does have 160 boys out.  He chose Alisal as top contender followed by SC and Seaside close behind.  SC coach Mel Fishburn commented, the Cards strong point is in the short races, with potential in the hurdles.  Byron Wilson leads the sprinters with a 9.7 time in the 100 last week at Palo Alto.  Transfer Bayard Smith has potential and has been alternating in the 100, 220 and 440 and also run legs in the relay.  Strong points in the field are in the shot put and discus.  Tom Mitchell a sophomore and junior Walt Edwards give strength to an otherwise mediocre field department.  Fishburn looks for Seaside to win the league meet.

April 30.  At the King City Relays SC took seventh place in the varsity division.  Top seven teams scoring:  Madera 31, Watsonville 30, Seaside 18, Monterey and King City 11, Overfelt 14, Paso Robles and SC 13.  Byron Wilson tied the meets 220 yard dash record by clocking a 21.3.

Lightweights:  Ken Gregory set a new lightweight discus record held since 1938 with a throw of 120’ 2”.  He placed high in the both the shot put and discus.  The top six team scores:  Westmoor 33, SC 22, Watsonville 16, Soquel 15, Atascadero 12, Madera, Overfelt and Pioneer tied at 11.

May 5.  SC Thinclads Down Salinas.   SC swept both varsity 71-51 and lightweights 82-41.

SC took nine of the 14 first place finishes in the varsity meet.  Don Lowery won three events, taking the 120 high hurdles in 20.7, 180 low hurdles in 20.7 and the broad jump at 20.2.  Tom Mitchell and Greg Larson established personal bests. Mitchell took second in the shot put at 49-2 and Larson, second in the discus at 138 feet and third in 100.  SC swept the 220 with Wilson first in 22.2 followed by Smith and Dierflinger.  Frank Edwards won the high jump at 5-5.  Briggs won the pole vault at 10-6. Pittman won the 880 in 2:06.5.  Smith won the 440 in 50.7.  880 relay team won in 1:33.6.  Other second placers:  Whitaker, mile.  Third places:  Edwards, 120 high hurdles, the 180 low hurdles and shot put.  McCune, 440.

Lightweights:  George Hightower normally a two miler took second in the mile,running a school record 4:51.7 and was second in the 440 and high jump.  Jim Cecy ran the leagues third fastest 880 in a  time of 2:07 to take first place.  Gregory won the discus at 124-10.  Dee Herren won the broad jump at 18-3.  Hughes won the pole vault at 9-6.  Second place finishers:  Roberts, 70 high hurdles.  Hogan, pole vault.


May 7.  At the Seventh Annual Dads Club Relays with more than 250 cinder men from 19 different schools in the MBL, MTAL and San Jose area participating, the Cards took first over Watsonville with a score of 52 to 51.  It was the first time in the meets history that the Cards had come up with a victory.   The Card victory must be credited to four of the SC athletes, who taxed themselves to  the limitations of the events they could enter.  Don Lowery, Roy Dierflinger, Byron Wilson and Greg Larson all put out everything they had to help the Cards win.  Bryon Wilson ran a 10.1 to win the 100 yard dash.  Wilson’s 10.1 is one of his slowest times of the year, but in the morning trials he tied the meet record with a 9.9.  The only other individual place winner was Greg Larson with a discus toss of 142’ 3”.  Three SC relay teams won, the sprint relay in 3:43.9, the 880 relay in 1:31.5 and the mile in 3:26.4.  The 440 relay team took second in a time of 44.6.  The distance medley took third in 11:56.6.  Another big point in the SC win was the makeshift distance medley crew.  The team consisted of Paul Westberg, who had been sick all week, Eric Smith, Tom Mitchell a shot putter and George Ambuhl a foreign exchange student.  Lowery  and Dierflinger both played major roles in the SC 440 and 880 relay teams, as each usually led the pack when they passed off the baton.  Other personal bests for SC were Tom Mitchell’s 50-4 shot put, Ken Gregory’s 142 foot flip of the discus and Frank Edwards 5-9 high jump.  Bayard Smith also bolstered the running point makers as he made up a leg of the mile relay team that won it all for the homeowners.

Lightweights finish eight in team scoring.  The only individual placer was Ken Gregory with a fifth place in the discus.  The distance medley took first in 11:33.4 and a fifth in the 880 relay.  Del Mar won with 54 points and SC was eighth with 13 points.

In a frosh-soph meet with Soquel the Cards won 75-47.  First place finishers were Dee Herren who ran a sparkling 10.9 in the 100; Steve Mendoza won the 220; Eric Smith ran the 440 in 55.7; Rick McCullah ran the mile in 5:00.5 and the relay team ran the 880 in 1:45.

At a reserve meet in Watsonville the following scored points: Eric Smith took second in 440; Steve Mendoza took a first in 220 at 23.5; Daryl Henderson tossed the shot 106’ for second place.  Lightweights Rainer Neumann took a first in the 880 at 2:11.8; Norbert Neumann took a first in the two mile in a time of 11:24.5.

Varsity Letterman:  George Ambuhl, Jim Bartell, Roy Dierflinger, Frank Edwards, Daryl Henderson,  Greg Larson, Don Lowery, Dave Mc Cune,  Steve Mendoza, Tom Mitchell, Scott

Pitman, Bayard Smith, Eric Smith, Charles Spray, Glenn Thomas,  Roy Trowbridge, Paul Westberg,  John Whitaker,  Byron Wilson.

Lightweight Letterman:  Jim Cecy,  Ken Gregory, Gay Hayden, Dee Herren, George Hightower, Dean Hogan, Tom Hughes, Jim Kirksey, Tim Mathues,  Rick Mc Cullah, Norbert Neumann, Rainer Neumann, Don Roberts,  Pat Sines, John Thomas,  Bert West.  Participation  certificates go to:  Bob Atwood, John Atwood, Mike Sheldon and Kent Webber.

SWIMMING   The MBL swim meet was not for team scoring, but to see who would qualify to continue on to CCS competition.  Senior team captain and four year letterman, Todd Booth set a new 100 yard freestyle in a record time of 53 seconds at the MBL finals.  He also won the 200 yard freestyle.  He will compete in both at CCS.

Sophomore Johann Kerkove placed first and is undefeated in his 100 yard backstroke event at 1:02.8 and also in the 200 individual medley.

His brother Maarten Kerkove a third year letterman won the 4000 yard freestyle and took third in the 200 yard freestyle.

The 100 yard freestyle relay team of Jake Moran, Johann and Maarten Kerkove and Todd Booth placed third and qualified in this event for CCS.

The lightweight qualifiers are Jim Hopper and Jack Halderman in the 200 yard freestyle.  Hooper also qualified for the individual 100 yard backstroke.  Ed Douglas will compete in the 50 yard fly.  The medley relay team of Dave Withrow, Ed Douglas, Bruce Zenner, Jim Foster and Jeff Rice qualified along with the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Jim Foster, Dan Foster, Ed Douglas and Jim Hopper.  Lightweight divers Dave Withrow and Harley Gilespi qualified.


SC was second at the MBL Relays.  Jake Moran and Maarten Kerkove won the 200 yard freestyle relay in 1:41.  Johann Kerkove and Todd Booth won the 400 yard freestyle relay.


In a dual meet with Salinas the Cards won eight out of the eleven events.  Todd Booth and Johann Kerkove were double winners.  Booth set a new 50 yard freestyle record of 24.3 and Ed Douglas set a new record for the 50 yard fly of 28.6 seconds.  Other winners were Moran in 200 freestyle and Baldwin as a diver.  Second place finishers were Brown in the 200 medley, Rideout in 100 backstroke.  Third place finishers were Pete Aspecie in the fly and Jerry Lezin in 100 freestyle. Scott Stolle was a fourth place finisher 100 breaststroke.  Tracy finished fifth in 400 freestyle.

Lightweight winners were Jim Hopper in 200 medley, Jim Halterman in 200 freestyle, Dave Withrow in diving and Edward Douglas in the fly.  Second place finishers were Jeff Rice Medley, Jim Halterman in 100 freestyle, Jim Hopper in 100 backstroke and freestyle and Bruce Zenner in 100 breaststroke.  Third place finishers were Jim Blade in 200 medley and 200 freestyle, Don Foster in 50 freestyle and Jeff Rice in 100 backstroke.  A fourth place finisher was Bruce Zenner.

The team was over powered for the first time this year losing to Watsonville  39-56.  The lightweights lost 25-61.  The waterproof swim team has broken every record this year that was set last year.  The varsity is in second place and the lightweights are fourth.   Their mind set is of champions as some swimmers are undefeated for the year. Todd Booth is undefeated in the 100 freestyle as is his relay team of Maarten and Johann Kerkhove and Jake Moran.  Dave Withrow is undefeated in diving.

Winners against Watsonville were Todd Booth in the 100 freestyle, Johann Kerkove in 100 backstroke and the 400 freestyle medley relay team.  Second place finishers were Maarten Kerkove in 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle, Todd Booth in 50 freestyle, Dick Stubendorf in diving, Scott Stollie in 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay.  Third place finishers were Pete Aspecie in 100 butterfly, Lief Rideout in 100 breaststroke, Jack Moran in 400 freestyle.

The Cards won all the events accept one in a dual meet with North Salinas. The 400 freestyle relay team of Johann and Maarten Kerkove, Jake Moran and Todd Booth set another meet record at 3:47.5.  Johann Kerkove and Todd Booth again set individual school records.  Johann made the four lap 100 yard backstroke in 1:03.7.  Booth did the 100 yard freestyle in 52.4 for his third first place in the meet.

Varsity Letter winners:  Brendon Baer, Steve Baldwin, Todd Booth,  Johann Kerkove, Maarten Kerkove, Jack Moran, Scott Stollie, Dick Stubendorff, Jim Yates and Lief Rideout.


JV Swimmers

Pete Aspecie and Jerry Lezin.

Lightweight Swimmers:  Edward Douglas, Jim Foster, Don Foster, Harley Gilespie, Jim Hopper, Jim Halterman, Jeff Rice, David Withrow and Bruce Zenner.

Participation Certificates:  Larry Brown, Jim Blade, and Joe Tracy.  Manager:  John Hoover


Back for an encore this year are Bob George, Wick Haxton, Gary Akin, Gary Brush and Dick Beuse.  Freshman Pat Swafford has good form, style and power according to his coach and will be expected to contribute to the success of the team this year.

The one man that does more to solidify the team is number one man Bob George, who is one of the top players in the area.  His style and form is smooth and natural and the power he displays is awesome.  Bob has the potential to win the league, if it breaks right.

After two defeats the racqueteers beat Alisal 4-2, winning all the singles matches and losing the two doubles.  In doubles the Cards played the end of their roster and Alisal played their top players.  The singles winners were first man Bob George, Wick Haxton, Gary Akin and Gary Brush.  The doubles losers were a team of Pat Swafford and Brian Anderson and a team of Dick Beuse and Gary Brush.


Letter winners:  Bob George, Wick Haxton, Gary Akin, Pat Swafford, Gary Brush, Dick Beuse, and  Brian Anderson.  Coach Eade Jordon.



won 6 and lost 8 matches.  Much practice and match time was lost by the weather.  The team beat Monterey 10-5 in their last match.  Captain Bob “Bird” Borelli called the shots for the players, who were mostly underclassmen last year.  Steve Canepa and George Pappas were two of the  more outstanding players this year.  Pappas was really outstanding against Monterey.  The coach said “the team managed to knock out the leading teams, but lost too many 8-7 games.”  If some of those 8-7’s could have been turned around the championship could have been possible.

In addition to the three mentioned above, veterans back from last year are Tim Kennedy, Bob Duffy, Bruce Perry, Gene Pini and Pete Pringle.  New members are sophomore Kim Stoner and freshmen Scott Macaulay, Dennis Pedemonte, Jeff Wells and Chuck Kilpatrick.  Coach Tony Foster.


Wes Bergazzi the Sentinel’a 1967 North county Athlete of the Year, lettered in three sports, football, basketball and baseball and was a varsity player in basketball and baseball for three years.  Wes was captain of the football team as well as the basketball team. Wes was All League on the championship basketball and baseball teams his senior year.  As a Star forward he led the team in scoring and in baseball led the team in runs batted in.  Wes is now attending the  Navy Preparatory school in Bainbridge, Maryland, before attending the Naval Academy.


Congratulation Cards from the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
BIG YEAR IN SPORTS AT SCHS Five league championships were won by our boys. Starting with football, basketball, wrestling, baseball and golf. Could claim six including the lightweight basketball team.

It is the first time in MBL history that such a fete has been accomplished by one school. Santa Cruz football 9-0 and wrestling 7-0 teams were undefeated in league play. The basketball ‘five’ had a 24-3 record, losing in the final game of the Central Coast Section playoff. The baseball team with a nine game win streak at this point, won the league by 2 and a half games.

Walt Edwards an All Northern California football selection and an All MBL player this year, also is a school record holder in two track and field events and was named as the Outstanding Senior Athlete. He plans to attend San Jose State on a football scholarship. The 6’ 4”, 210 pound senior made 85 tackles from his defensive tackle spot and broke the SCHS marks in the discus at 163’ 5” and the shot put at 55’ 2”.

Gary Ghidinelli collected three All League first team awards. His first honor was as defensive back in football, followed by his selection at guard in basketball and finally as the catcher on the baseball team. All three teams won MBL championships.

Dunk Shot Banned In Prep-College Gage Games. One of the most popular shots in basketball, the crowd pleasing dunk shot is now illegal in high school and college play. Violation of the rule constitutes loss of the ball and any basket scored will be disallowed. The rules committee said the ban was made to “equalize the defense and offense around the basket..”

Coaches: Dick Logan, varsity football and golf. Tex Ronning, assistant varsity and wrestling. Doug Severin, junior varsity football and basketball. Don Dempewolfe assistant junior varsity football and track. Al Weimers, assistant football and swimming. Mel Fishburn, cross country and track. Jack Alzina, lightweight and C and D basketball. Eade Jordan, tennis. Ray Hunter, junior varsity baseball, assistant football and basketball. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball.


Practice games: Kennedy 26-0, Live Oak 26-0. Practice record 2-0. League: Alisal 28-0, Monterey 20-7, Seaside 20-7, Watsonville 27-0, Salinas 28-13, North Salinas 28-7, Soquel 19-14. League record 7-0 for Championship. Season 9-0.

Cards start the season with a big win over Kennedy 26-0. On their first possession the Cards started of with two incomplete passes, but then things started to happen. A Kirk Waller to Tom Mitchell pass went for 20 yards followed by a 15 yard Waller run. Tom Crichton ran for 30 yards for a touchdown. The nifty run capped a 77 yard march in six plays. Gary Ghidinelli kicked the extra point. Defensive linemen Scott Stolle, Jim Sutherland and Jerry Johns seemed to be in on every tackle during the second quarter. Two long passes, one to Steve Seymour and the other to Lovon Lowery went for a touchdown. Ghidinelli then kicked the extra point for a 14-0 lead at halftime. Walt Edwards recovered a fumble and Mitchell caught another pass. Lowery carried for his second touchdown. Mitchell caught a five yard pass for the final score.

Within two minutes and three plays the Cards went 90 yards for a TD, eventually beating Live Oak 26-0. Most of the yardage was gained on this drive was a pass from Kirk Waller to Lovon Lowery covering 83 yard on the pass and the run. Gary Ghidinelli kicked the extra point. The second score was a six yard pass to Tom Mitchell. In the third quarter, a long pass to Tom Crichton and important yardage gained by Dee Herren set up Mitchell’s second score on a 15 yard pass from Kirk Waller. After three successive tackles by Tim Collins, Jim Sutherland and Scott Graff, Live Oak fumbled the ball over to the Cards. Lovon “Lollie” Lowery ran for a first down and then three more for a score. Tough defensive play by John Agnone, Scott Graff, Jerry Johns and Walt Edwards limited the Acorns to very few yards. Edwards had more unassisted tackles than any player in the last three years. Speed put together the next touchdown. Dee Herren made most of the yardage with the longest run on a double reverse for 20 yards. Steve Grever add a ten yard run for the score. On the night, Steve gained 84 yards.

In the first league game, Alisal took a beating 28-0 as the Cards scored in every quarter. Lollie Lowery scored three times and Tom Crichton once. Gary Ghidinelli kick the extra point after every score. The first score was aided by Kirk Waller’s passing and the fine blocking by the line for the runners ended in a 63 yard drive. In the second quarter, Alisal drove 65 yards to the six yard line, where Tom Crichton knocked down a fourth down pass and the Cards took over. As time was beginning to run out for the quarter the Cards made a first down and then the Waller to Lollie Lowery combination hooked up for a 79 yard pass play for a score. In the third quarter, Waller shot a short 15 yard pass to Crichton, who ran another 15 for a score. After gaining a total of 32 yards, Lowery weaved through the Trojan defense for another 29 yards for the final TD. Crichton was outstanding both ways knocking down potential scoring passes, making tackles, running for 55 yards, gaining 29 yards on passes and scoring. Lowery was valuable with his three scores and defensive work in the secondary. Kirk Waller threw for 210 yard completing 8 out of 19 passes for two TD’s. Tom Mitchell caught 4 passes for 75 yards. The offensive line drew praise for the blocking for the run as well as pass protection. Former Card Chuck Filice is the Alisal head coach. Filice was all league for the Cardinals in 1953, who went on to play at Hartnell and the College of Pacific.

In the fourth game of the year the Cards opponent finally scored on them even though Monterey lost 20-7. The first SC score came on a three yard pass from Waller to Mitchell. A Card fumble gave the ball to Monterey on the 28 and it took only three plays for the Toreadors to score and go ahead 6-7. Walt Edwards changed from a forceful tackler to a forceful runner as he took the ensuing kick off and ran it back 37 yards to the 50 yard line. A Waller to Mitchell pass took it to the 20. The two team captains, Tom Crichton and Steve Grever took turns running the ball the rest of the way with Crichton scoring. Lineman Walt Edwards intercepted a pass. Monterey gained more yards the second half, but could not score. A forty yard pass form Waller to Mitchell added another TD. Gary Ghidinelli kick the last two extra points.

For the second game in a row the final score was 20-7, but this time it was Seaside on the losing end. It took until the second quarter for a score. Kirk Waller threw a 47 yard pass to Tom Mitchell for his only TD passes of the game. Defensive stalwarts Jerry Johns, Jerry Malmin and Scott Graff kept the Seaside ground game under control, so the Spartans started passing. Kip Herren and John Ebie intercepted three passes to stop that route too. In the third quarter Malmin blocked a punt and Tom Mitchell picked the ball up on the one yard line and carry it in for the second TD. Malmin had his greatest night for SC as he recovered a fumble on the Seaside 30. The Cards scored in three plays with Waller scoring from the six yard line after a pass to Mitchell and runs by Grever got the ball down to the six. This was the teams poorest offensive outing, but our defense came through. Scott Graff was praised for his three key tackles that ruined Seaside come back efforts. The opposing coach picked out Tom Mitchell for his outstanding job of pass catching of 97 yards. The antics of SC “Slingshot” Waller and his running mates took a back seat to the heroics of the unsung defensive unit. Names rarely seen in headlines like Jerry Malmin, Scott Graff, Gary Ghidinelli, Jerry Johns and John Ebie were the difference between victory and defeat.

SC whipped Watsonville 27-0. The Cards beat them on offense, on defense, in the running game and the passing game. As a matter of fact they even looked better breaking through their paper pennant before the game. The 27-0 shut out was the worst beating either team had taken from the other in the last 11 meetings, when the Cards stomped the Cats in the 1958 season 34-0. SC completely dominated the first half as only once were the Cats able to run more than three plays in a series before punting. Starting on their own 25, Waller, who completed 13 of 18 passes and had an outstanding night, hit end Steve Seymour on an 13 yard play to start the ball rolling. Two more 14 yard passes to Mitchell sandwiched around four runs, put the ball on the Cat 14 from where Waller hit his favorite target Mitchell for the combo’s third 14 yard pass for the first score. Ghidinelli kicked his first of three successful extra points to make the score 7-0. The next score came on Dee Herren’s recovery of a Cat fumble on their 31 yard line. From there Waller hit halfback Crichton, who swung up the middle for the second score. Scott Graff and Darryl Henderson dropped the Cat quarterback for an 11yard loss on a fourth and two at the Card 29 yard stripe. The Cards scored the first time they received the ball in the second half, when they took over on the Cat 49 and scored in three plays. Waller threw to Mitchell for 11 yards. Fullback Steve Grever picked up three up the middle and was given an additional 15 on a face mask penalty. Crichton scored on a trap play off right guard. Guard Jim Sutherland and center Dan Poston opened a hole big enough hole to drive a Mack truck through and Crichton set up and followed his blockers beautifully for six. In Waller’s best night of his first year on varsity, he finished the scoring with a 50 yard pass to Mitchell. Lowery broke up a fourth down pass in the end zone to keep the Cats from scoring. The defense only allowed the Cats 54 yards rushing. Cat players may wonder if middle guard Scott Graff is for real. Time and again, he made tackles or took out interference to make the tackles possible for others. The beneficiaries were the defensive line of Tim Collins, Jerry Malmin, Dale Lyster and Walter Edwards and line backers Dan Poston and Jerry Johns. Waller completed 13 of 18 passes for 214 yards. On the receiving end Mitchell had 107 yards, Crichton 69, Seymour 43 and Agosti 10.

Cardinals Maintain Undefeated Record. A scare ignited a spark in the Cardinals, who exploded for three fourth quarter touchdowns to down Salinas 28-13. Defensive halfback Gary Ghidinelli recovered a fumble on the Cowboy 35 yard line in the first quarter. A 15 yard penalty moved the ball back to the 50 from where Waller lobbed a swing pass to Lowery who skirted the right sideline for the first score of the game. Ghidinelli kicked his first of four extra points for the night. The Cards did not score again until an out burst in the last quarter. In the second quarter both teams intercepted two passes. Crichton and Lowery did the deed for the Cards. SC had the ball for only six plays in the third quarter. Salinas controlled the ball for 19 plays which ended with a score an extra point to tie the score 7-7. Salinas used up approximately nine of the 12 minutes in the quarter. At this point the Cards knew they were in trouble and needed a top effort to pull victory out of the fire for their seventh consecutive win. After the kick off the Cards started from their 36 yard line and in eight plays had their go ahead tally. Key plays in the drive were 26 yard pass from Waller to Mitchell and a 12 yard fullback draw by Steve Grever. Lowery followed good blocking around left end for a 10 yard scamper to pay dirt. Salinas fumbled the kickoff to SC on their own 35. After two runs by Grever and Lowery, Waller hit Lowery for 18 yards down to the five. Waller ran a rollout around left end to make the score 21-7. Salinas scored to make it 21-13. The Cards marched 53 yards for the final score on a 9 yards pass to Mitchell. Waller completed 12 of 30 passes for 218 yards. Mitchell caught 7 passes for 109 yards, Lowery 68 and Seymour 41.

By virtue of SC’s 28-7 victory over North Salinas, the last six weeks of MBL football suddenly becomes meaningless and the SC-Soquel game means everything. The Cards scored in each of the four quarters, but it was their defensive unit that stood out. Dee Herren intercepted a pass at the Vikings 47 and ran it down to the 17. On the first play, Waller hit Mitchell at the goal line for the first score in less the three and a half minutes into the game. Ghidinelli again scored all four extra points. The second score was 67 yard drive in five plays. Herren scampered for 30 yards, a 23 yard pass from Waller to Mitchell capped by Grever three yard dive were the big plays to make the score 14-0 at half. Scott Graff intercepted a pass on the Card 15 and returned it to the 37. The Cards went 63 yards in seven plays. Herren scored on a 40 yard reverse play using his blockers perfectly, picking up good blocks by Waller and Mitchell. For the extra point this time there was a bad pass from center. Ghidinelli recovered the ball on the 36 yard line and calmly tossed a pass to Mitchell to make the score 21-0. North Salinas scored to make it 21-7. For the last score, the Cards covered 51 yards with Grever going over from one yard out. Middle guard Graff, tackle Walt Edwards, end Jerry Malmin and defensive back Ghidinelli were in on many tackles. The Cards out gained the Vikings 235 to 139, but many gains were nullified by penalties. Dee Herren paced the running attack with 86 yards on five carries.

The highlight of Santa Cruz County prep sports took place, November 14, 1967 at Memorial field. Extra stands were brought in to try and accommodate the crowd of approximately 7500 fans. A huge crowd for this area. To think athletics at the two schools were almost cut this year. Each team was the recipient of breaks and each club looked like champions at times. For SC, it was a comeback game all the way. Twice they were down by a touchdown and twice the Cards came back for six pointers in less than two minutes after the Knight had scored. The Card defense did what it had to do and that was stop the Soquel quick and explosive running attack, which was their main threat during the year. The Knights gained only 84 yards on the ground on 34 running plays. Lollie Lowery led the Cards defense with seven tackles, while Jerry Johns had four tackles and eight assists. John Ebie the SC “Monster Man” did a good job in containing the power sweeps.


Santa Cruz’ winning score came with 34 seconds left on the clock and Soquel ahead 14-13, Kirk Waller scored from one foot out on a quarterback sneak to nip cross town rival, Soquel 19-14. This win completed and undefeated league and season for the Cardinals.
Soquel received the opening kick off and marched 65 yards down the field, but were stopped on an interception by Dee Herren. On another Soquel chance to score, Lovon Lowery broke up a pass in the end zone. The interior Cardinal defensive line of Walter Edward, Jerry Malmin and Tim Collins held fast. A short punt put the Knights on the 30 yard line from where they scored for a 0-7 lead. Lowery sprinted 43 yards with the kick off to the Soquel 44 yard line. Steve Grever ran for three and Waller passed to Crichton for 27. The next pass went to sophomore Dee Herren for 20 more yards. Grever on a quick up the middle sliced through for eight yards and a TD. Score now Soquel 7-6. Thirty seconds later Bill Rowland recovered a fumble, but the Cards were unable to make a first down. Soquel moved to the SC eight yard line. Defensive ends Mitchell and Malmin pushed the Knights back to the 20 from where they missed a field goal. Led by Crichton, the Cards gained 30 yards and picked up another 30 on a personal foul and pass interference calls. But Waller was hit from behind while passing and the fumble was picked up by Soquel and run back 33 yards before Lowery was able to catch up and bring the player down. The half ended with Soquel leading 7-6. Lowery received the second half kick off and ran it to the Soquel 45. The Cards punted to Soquel and the Knights moved down the field on two passes, two runs and a pass to Wayne Kirby on the one yard line. The SC defense stiffened, but on third down the Knights scored, Soquel 13-6. Within two minutes the Cards were back in the game. John Thomas ran back the kick off 15 yards to the SC 40. Waller passed to Mitchell for 52 yards to the eight yard line. After a fumble and an incomplete pass, Waller scampered for the TD. Ghidinelli kicked the extra point. Score Soquel 14-13. The Knights last threat of the game moved the pigskin 50 yards down to the Cards 17, where Mitchell intercepted a pass and ran it back to the Card 31. There were no scoring opportunities in the final quarter until the Cards final charge with two minutes left. The Cards got the ball back when Jerry John’s knocked down a pass. If it were caught it would have been a first down and Soquel in continued possession. This gave the Redbirds their last chance.
The last drive started from the SC 26 yard line with two incomplete passes toward Herren and Mitchell made things look bad, but a completion to Lowery for 13 yards moved the ball to the 39 for a first down. After another incompletion, Crichton snatched two passes in a row for 10 and 12 from Waller to get to the Soquel 39. A draw play to Grever and a third catch for 23 yards by Crichton, put the ball on the 13 yard line. Then the Cards put the ball on the ground with Lowery for three yards, Crichton for five and Lowery for another four to put the ball on the one yard line. It took Waller three times on quarterback sneaks followed center Dan Poston and the rest of the line into the end zone for the final score SC 19, Soquel 14.

Scoring by quarters
SC 0 6 7 6 19
Soquel 0 7 7 0 14

The Cards out gained Soquel 342 to 304. Waller completed 12 of 23 passes for 235 yards. Peck of Soquel completed 16 of 30 passes for 220. Crichton caught 5 passes for 102 yards. Michell 4 for 82, Dee Herren 2 for 38 and Lowery 1 for 13. Rushing by times carried the ball and yards gained. Grever 12, 43. Crichton 8, 41. Dee Herren 4, 9. Lowery 2, 7. Waller 8, 5. Ghidinelli 1, 2. Totals 35, 107.

The quarterbacks were in the lime light as the main performers of this championship battle. To this day, whenever talk goes back to which quarterback was the best, it creates quite a debate. The caliber of the two teams were tops in the area. Among the best of both schools football teams over the years.

The offensive attack for the season was paced by junior quarterback Kirk Waller, who completed 75 passes for 1480 yards and 16 touchdowns. Waller also gained 17 yards on the ground for a total offense of 1497 yards, a total representing more than half of the SC 1785 total offense this year. Junior end Tom Mitchell, caught 38 passes for 10 touchdowns and 702 yards. Equally as important was the defensive team, captained by linebacker Jerry Johns and led by tackle Walter Edwards along with other line stalwarts Jerry Malmin, Scott Graff, Scott Stolle and Jim Sutherland and others mentioned below, allowed only 48 points in the season for a 5.3 point average per game.

The Cards scored 222 point while holding their opponents to 48. They gained 2,774 yards while giving up only 1,531. They stopped 20 drives, intercepted 19 passes, recovered 15 fumbles and scored 7 defensive points. The Cardinals were the number one offensive and defensive team in the league.

Offensive line, Dale Lyster, Mike Schwab, Curt Colyear, Rich Ross, Don Roberts, Roy Trowbridge, Jim Hopper, Dan Poston,

Defensive line; Tim Collins, Darryl Henderson, Rick Neuman, Baptiste Bregante and Ernie Cortez

Playing both ways. Offensive line and defensive position: Jerry Johns and line backer; Jerry Malmin, Scott Stolle and Pat Sines all in the line; Tom Mitchell both ways at end.

Defensive backs: John Agnone, Bill Roland, John Ebie, Mark Timmerman, Joel McCllellen

Backs both ways: Lovon Lowery, Gary Ghidinelli, Tom Chrichton,

Team scoring was Mitchell 67, Lowery 54, Crichton 30, Ghidinelli extra point kicks 23, Grever 18 and Dee Herren 6.

Team statistics with SC first and opponents second:
Total first downs 129, opponents 97
by rushing 58, opponents 54
by passing 56, opponents 34
by penalty 15, opponents 9

Total offensive plays, 499, opponents 538
Net yard rushing 1227, opponents 780
net yards passing 1559, opponents 741
Total offensive yards gained 2785, opponents 1531
passes intercepted 18, opponents 16
Fumbles separate by the total fumbles and those recovered 25 opponents 12 and 32 opponents 11
Penalties followed by yards against: 55-529, opponents 46-436.
The Cardinals were the number one offensive and defensive team in the league.

Scoring by quarters for the season
SC 61 39 61 61 222
Opponents 7 14 21 6 48

Individual rushing statistics by name, by times carried, total yards and average yards per carry:
Grever 85 431 5.1
Crichton 51 296 5.8
Dee Herren 27 174 6.3
Lowery 52 169 3.3
Ghidinelli 7 34 4.6
Cortez 9 34 3.9
Agosti 6 27 4.5
Kelly 1 20 20
Waller 42 17 0.4 there are sacks while trying to throw included in his carries.
Graff 2 11 5.5
Thomas 4 8 2.0
Ebie 2 7 3.5
Kip Herren 3 2 0.7
Mendoza 1 1 1.0
Sutherland 1 1 1.0
Hevert 2 -2 -1.0
Agnone 3 -3 -1.0
Totals 298 1227 4.3

Receiving statistics by name, passes caught, touchdowns and total yards gained.
Mitchell 38 10 702
Seymour 14 0 157
Crichton 13 2 246
Lowery 10 4 334
Dee Herren 4 0 93
Agosti 2 0 22
Thomas 1 0 6
Ghidinelli 1 0 3
Grever 1 0 -4
Totals 80 10 1559

SC Top Final Sentinel Rankings. The week before the Big Game SC and Soquel were tied for first place. The Cardinals received all but one vote for first place. The other vote went to Mission Trail League winner King City, who is also undefeated. Final ranking 1. SC 2. Soquel 3. King City 4. Seaside 5. Holy Cross.

From coach Dick Logan. “There are four basic reasons for the success of this team. One, senior leadership, which pulled the team up when the team was down or in trouble. Two, natural ability, which came forth when the chips were down. Third, spirit drove them to try to improve themselves. Fourth, desire to make themselves better than anyone else. And it was like a family as a team member commented.” Assistant coaches were Tex Ronning, Bob Seymour, Jim Roland, Doug Severin and Don Dempewolf.

Walt Edwards and went on to play at San Jose State. Kirk Waller and Steve Seymour played at
San Francisco State.

Kirk Waller was voted the MVP of the team.
Defensive end, Dale Lyster was Most Improved.
Center and co-captain, Dan Poston Most Inspirational.
Fullback Steve Grever Most Valuable Back.
Defensive Tackle, Walt Edwards Most Valuable Lineman. Walt led the team with 85 tackles
Offensive end, Steve Seymour Best Blocker.

Kip Herren the back up quarterback was deemed “proudest of them all” by team physician Dr. Richard Mills as he presented Kip with the scholarship award for being the player with the best grade point average. Kips award was one of three given in the memory of former team physician Dr. Allan Pederson. The other two went to Kirk Waller as the team MVP and to Marty Gilbert as the JV MVP.

Tim Collins was award the Dads Club sportsmanship award.

For the second year the Sentinel picked an ALL COUNTY TEAM. The Cards placed eight team members on its team. They are Jerry Johns, center Dan Poston, halfback Tom Crichton, Plus All MBL players Mitchell, Malmin, Edwards, Graff and Ghidinelli. (There is still controversy over the quarterback position. Both Kirk Waller and Randy Peck were both very valuable to their teams and in many eyes could easily have tied for the position.) Players who were unanimous selections: Mitchell, Edwards, Johns.
Honorable mentions: Jim Sutherland, Steve Grever, Dale Lyster, Lollie Lowery, John Ebie, Dee Herren.

The honors rolled in for the members of this very successful team.
Seven members were selected for the ALL MBL first team. Quarterback Kirk Waller; linemen, Tom Mitchell, Scott Graff, Walt Edwards, Jerry Malmin and Jim Sutherland and defensive back Gary Ghidinelli.


Lightweight football was eliminated this year because of budget cuts. Players who would be eligible for lightweights are now playing JV’s, which makes the JV’s smaller but quicker this year.


Practice games: Kennedy 20-13, Live Oak 18-0. Practice record 2-0. League: Alisal 14-6, Monterey 14-6, Seaside 7-25, Salinas 6-32, Watsonville 0-13, North Salinas ?

This team has better speed and has better team spirit than last years team. Overall the players were in better condition when they reported. The passing attack will be enhanced this year as the halfbacks as well as the quarterback are very capable throwing the ball. The starting line up in the 20-13 win over Kennedy were quarterback Bob Atwood; fullback, John Carniglia; halfbacks, Marty Gilbert and Steve Vomvolakis or Dan Carniglia; ends, Ben Krupp and Bert West; tackles Jerry Vellutini and Gene Anderson; guards, Jim Carrithers and Corney Brown; center Mark Motell.

Other team members: Newly, Royals, Paz, Thuringer, Gary Rochelle, Jernstrom, Dave Mendez, Hayden, Murray Fleming, Steve Cunha, Christensen, Tanner, Temmerman, Allison, Garcia, Carlton, Monte Puget, Faitos, Buckholt, Neil, Steve Ellis, Val Carpenter, Don Green, West, M. Krupp and Bivins.

Cardinal Jayvees Triumph 18-0 Over Live Oak for their second straight win. Good blocks and hard tackles accounted for the victory. Two fine runs and good defensive play wer victimized by a slow start, but you couldn’t see it in the second half. In the first quarter defensive end Murray Fleming picked up an Acorn fumble on the 11 yard line and took it in for the first Cards score. In the third quarter, Card quarterback Dave Mendez streaked around left end from 15 yards out for a touchdown. With 8:53 on the clock in the last quarter, halfback Marty Gilbert with the help of a key block by Gary Rochelle, streaked 67 yards for the final score. The JV team is a lighter team this year due to lack of funds lightweights were cut from the budget. Coach Severin stated that he thought this team will improve on their 5-4 record last year.

In their first league game a 14-6 win over Alisal with 21 second left on the first half clock, Gary Rochelle intercepted a pass and dashed 25 yards for the TD. Bob Atwood connected with end Ben Krupp in the end zone for the extra point. Marty Gilbert ran back a punt 55 yards for a score. Atwood to Krupp for the extra point made the score 14-0. This makes three straight wins for the JV’s.

Marty Gilbert scored two touchdowns against Monterey for a 14-6 win.

In the first quarter against Seaside, Marty Gilbert returned a punt 75 yards for the only SC TD in a 7-25 loss. The extra point was made on a pass from Bob Atwood to Murray Fleming.

The lone score against Salinas was made in the fourth quarter as Wayne Royals ran through right guard for 50 yards down by the goal line. Two plays later Gary Rochelle ran it in from the five.

With two games left in the season against North Salinas and Soquel, the JV’s are 2-3 in league and 4-3 for the season.

Marty Gilbert was the JV MVP. Gary Rochelle was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award.


Top runners this year should be Linsey Cramer, Kent Webber, Eric Smith and Frank Smith.

At the beginning of the season ten men are out for the team. They are listed here by year in school, name and years they have been running cross country. Juniors, Mike Moore, 2; Eric Smith, 3; Frank Smith, transfer; Chuck Spray, 3; Paul Westberg, 3. Sophomores, Kent Webber, 2; Doug Huskey, 1; and Linsey Cramer,1. Freshman, Casey Webber, Jim Ruiz and Jesus Alvarez.

The runners are trained by their sustained running to the beach, running a certain length of time; interval work running the 220 and 440 and any kind of short runs, then resting and running again. Everyone on the team tries to train every day of the week, running five to ten miles a day. The amount of running we do depends on how we do.

Meets can be divided into three or four separate divisions as frosh, sophomore, JV or Varsity.

In Cross Country the low score is the winner. The score is the total of the places earned by each team. Alisal won 15-49 as they had higher placing runners then SC. Placers were by name and place in the race: Eric Smith, 7; Kent Webber, 9; Paul Westburg, 10; Casey Webber, 11 and Tim Christensen, 12.

Watsonville won 15-43. Placers in the JV race were Casey Webber, 5; Frank Smith, 6; Linsey Cramer, 12. For the varsity it was Paul Westberg, 6; Eric Smith 7; Kent Webber, 9; Charles Spray, 10 and Doug Huskey, 11.

North Salinas won varsity 17-46 and Junior varsity 18-40. (Lowest score wins) Varsity results: Eric Smith, 4; Paul Westberg, 9; Kent Webber, 10; Harry Huskey, 11 and Linsey Cramer, 12.
Junior varsity results were Casey Webber, 3; Chuck Spray, 7; Frank Smith, 9; Ruiz, 10 and Steve Cramer, 11.

In a four way meet the scoring was Salinas 24, Soquel 44, North Salinas 61, SC 83. SC placers were Paul Westberg, 12; Eric Smith, 13; Casey Webber, 17; Chuck Spray, 19 and Steve Cramer, 22. Junior varsity scoring: North Salinas 24, Santa Cruz 54, Salinas 64, Soquel 90. SC placers were: Doug Husky, 7; Jim Ruiz, 8; Frank Smith, 10; Lindsey Cramer, 14; Doug Johnson, 15 and Tim Christensen, 20.

Results for SC at the CCS qualifying meet at York School. Varsity results with places were: Eric Smith, 40; Chuck Spray, 55. Sophomore results were: Tim Christensen, 12; Frank Smith, 16; Doug Husky, 17 and Lindsey Cramer, 27. Freshman results were: Jesus Alvarez, 3; Casey Webber, 5 and Jim Ruiz, 17.

In a dual meet with Soquel varsity results: Soquel, 15 and Santa Cruz, 47. Paul Westberg, 6; Eric Smith, 8; Kent Webber, 10; Chuck Spray, 11 and Steve Cramer, 12.
Junior Varsity wins meet with Soquel winning 22-33. Jim Ruiz wins the race! Doug Johnson, 3; Doug Husky, 4; Lindsey Cramer, 6 and Casey Webber, 8.

Results for SC at the CCS Meet finals. Varsity results Paul Westberg, 37; Eric Smith, 42; Kent Webber, 50; Steve Cramer, 60; Chuck Spray, 62. Sophomore results; Doug Husky, 9; Doug Johnson, 12; Lindsey Cramer, 14. Freshmen results: Casey Webber, 7.

Paul Westburg was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award.


Practice games: Los Gatos 54-43. Dads Club SLV 80-46, Soquel 53-44, North Salinas 57-55 in overtime for the title. Live Oak tourney: Ayer of Milpitas 61-31, Andre Hill 53-46, Fremont 55-57; Moreau of the East Bay Catholic league 49-39, SLV 68-41, Mitty 78-65. Practice record 9-1. League: Monterey 70-49, 60-52; Watsonville 61-34-50-52; Alisal 53-47, 80-65; Soquel 65-51, 67-54; Salinas 76-50, 67-57; North Salinas 72-58. 74-65; Seaside 69-67, 78-55. League record 13-1. Regular season 22-2. CCS playoffs: Mora 74-66, Del Mar 71-56, Fremont 53-49, for second place of all CCS teams. Final season record 24-3.

Final MBL standings: SC 13-1, North Salinas 12-2, Seaside 10-4, Soquel 6-8, Monterey 5-9, Watsonville 4-10, Salinas 4-10 and Alisal 2-12.

Starters: forwards, 6’6” Kris Sorensen, 6’6” Dan Rodriquez and 6’4” Dave Paul; center, 6’5” Tom Foster; Guards, 6’0” Gary Ghidinelli, 6’1” Kirk Waller and 5’11” Grant Wilson. Top substitutes: 5’10” Rod Fleming and 6’2” Steve Seymour. Others with playing time 5’9” Steve Canepa, 6’ Doug Ley, 5’11” Roger Barat and 6’3” Dave Hendershott.

In the first game of the Dads Tournament the Cards beat SLV 80-46. The Cards dominated the backboards with their size advantage. Foster, Rodriguez and Sorensen repeatedly banged the ball against the backboard until it went in. On four occasions they had four tips between them, before the ball would drop. The Cards won the boards 37-21 led by Dan Rodriguez and Dave Paul with eight each. Tom Foster set a new tournament record as he sank nine of ten field goal attempts for a 90 percent accuracy. The old record was 80 percent. The team set the team record for the most points scored and the number of field goals 36 as well. Each squad member saw valuable action, displaying the Cards fine depth. Scoring: Foster 19, Sorensen 7, Rodriguez 11, Ghidinelli 11, Wilson 5, Waller 10, Paul 10, Fleming 2, Seymour 2, Barat 2, Ley 1, Canepa and Dave Hendershott 0.

Cards beat Soquel 53-44 in the semi finals, but not until after the Knights built an early lead to give the Cards a scare. SC began pressing in the second quarter on defense forcing the Knights out of their controlled type offense and they began making mistakes. Meanwhile the Cards capitalized on the mistakes and steals to close in and finally take an unbeatable lead. The third quarter was the deciding one as the Cards outscored the Knights 19-9. Scoring Rofriguez 13, Sorensen 3, Waller 4, Ghidinelli 8, Foster 16, Wilson 9, Seymour 9 and Fleming 0.

Cards Take Tourney In Overtime. An impressive, well rounded SC basketball team won the Dads Club Tournament with and exiting 57-55 overtime win over North Salinas. It was not any one player that brought the victory. It was a team effort. A pass from Gary Ghidinelli to center Dan Rodriguez breaking down the free throw lane gave Rodriguez the opportunity to layup the ball for the go ahead basket 55-53 with 30 seconds left in the game. North Salinas shot and missed, the Cards rebounded and got the ball to Ghidinelli, who was fouled and hit both his one and one free throws to ice the game. It was a tight game all the way. Scoring by quarters SC 13-13, 26-31, 38-39, 47-47 regulation, 57-55 OT. Kris Sorensen had a goal tending call against him. (does not happen often in high school). Dan Rodriguez playing his best game in varsity competition, hit a field goal on a follow up shot a watched the basketball bounce three times on the rim and finally go in to bring SC within two points. In the fourth quarter with the Cards down 38-43, put forth its biggest scoring spree of the game scoring six straight point sto take the lead 45-43. Free throws by Rodriguez and Kirk Waller, plus field goals by Waller and Ghidinelli accounted for the scoring. Tom Foster made a field goal to put SC up 47-43, but North Salinas tied the score to put it into overtime. Eighteen quick points were scored in the next three minutes. The Cards got ten of them. Rodriguez accounted for 4 as did Ghidinelli and Waller had a field goal. Scoring: Foster 9, Sorensen 12, Rodriguez 13, Wilson 5, Ghidinelli 13, Waller 5 and Fleming 0.
Three Cards were chosen All Dads Club. They were senior Dan Rodriguez and juniors Tom Foster and Gary Ghidinelli.

In the first game of the Live Oak Tournament the Cards had an easy game against Samuel Ayer winning 61-31.

The semi-final game against Fremont, the first loss of the season for the Cards 55-57. Fremont rolled to a 20-11 lead in the first quarter and the Cards made a come back in the second quarter to be down 35-31. Ghidinelli worked under the handicap of four personal fouls over the second half. It restricted his stock and trade, his ability to drive and force defensive mistakes in the key. Fremont busted out again in the third quarter to up its lead to 54-43. After Fremont scored the first basket of the last quarter the Cards scored 12 consecutive points to make the score 56-55 Fremont. Ghidinelli hit consecutive jumpers to pull the Cards within one. with a minute to play. With a minute to play, the floor turned into a small mob scene following each shot as the Cards went into a full court press and forced the Indians into two turnovers, non of which the Cards were able to capitalize on. Fremont threw the ball out of bounds. Card called for traveling. Next play made an interception and step out of bounds. Fremont’s two big men equalized the Cards front line. ( This is the same team that beat the Cards in the CCS championship game) The Cards showed heart in the fourth quarter that will help them in future game. Scoring: Foster 21, Sorensen 6, Rodriguez 4, Wilson 9, Ghidinelli 13 and Waller 2.

In the third place game of the Live Oak Tournament the Cards came from behind to out scored Andrew Hill 16-9 in the fourth quarter to win 53-46. A third period scoring spree by 6’6” senior Dan Rodriguez scored eight of his 17 points in the third quarter to bring the Cards from a 21-26 halftime disadvantage to a 27-26 lead. The SC effort was anything, but a one man show as Gary Ghidinelli, Kris Sorensen and Tom Foster played key roles. Ghidinelli in addition to scoring 10 points turned in a stellar defensive game and forced the Falcons into several bad passes and ball handling errors. Sorensen and Foster, the giants who team with Rodriquez on the Card front line again dominated the rebounding department. In the first half the Hill zone press gave the Cards trouble. Scoring: Foster 4 Sorensen 5, Waller 6, Ghidinelli 10, Wilson 9, Rodriguez 15, Paul 4 and Fleming 0.

At the Live Oak tournament the Cards took third place after losing by two points to the tournament champions Fremont. Gary Ghidinelli and Tom Foster were chosen All Tournament.

The scoring in the SC 68-41 win over SLV was Foster 14, Ghidinelli 10, Rodriguez 13, Sorensen 8, Waller 10, Wilson 0, Fleming 0, Paul 5, Ley 6, Seymour 2, Hendershott 0 and Canepa 0.
Cards beat Moreau of the East Catholic Athletic League 49-39. SC made 20 of 49 shots for a 41 percent average. SC also captured the boards 40-31 with Rodriguez leading with 13. Scoring: Foster 8, Ghidinelli 2, Rodriguez 11, Waller 6, Wilson 5, Sorensen 9, Fleming 8 and Paul 0.

In the last practice game, the Cards got together and played what may have been their best team game of the year in beating Mitty 78-65 after being down 15-20 at the end of the first quarter. They came back and outscored Mitty 21-7 in the second quarter. Tom Foster, who had set out the first quarter came in at the start of the second quarter and picked up the lagging Cards with some quick passing and three for three at the line to get the Cards back into the game. Rodriguez and Ghidinelli also were instrumental in the come back as they both scored six points. SC still has some trouble hanging on to the ball. The Redbirds moved the ball well against all the defensess the Monarchs has as they scored almost at will of the zone and clipped the losers on the full court press. Scoring: Sorensen 13, Foster 9, Rodriguez 19, Ghidinelli 18, Fleming 8, Waller 8, Paul 2, Hendershott 1, Ley, Seymour and Canepa 0.

The Sentinel column ‘Sporting Goods’. During an interview with long time keeper of the clock for SCHS basketball games since 1951 or 17 years, Don “Lefty” Waltrip, suggested that this years team is potentially the best in the last 15 years.

Cardinals Walk To 70-49 Victory over Monterey. In their first league game the Cards still did not look consistently sharp throughout the contest. The Cards were down 12-14 at the end of the first period, but scored 20 in the second quarter, when three fast break baskets sparked the surge to go ahead at half 32-24. Kirk Waller produced his highest point output in his initial year on the varsity by connecting on nine field goal and a perfect three for three from the foul line for 21 points. Many of Waller’s points came on jump shots from the free throw line area after the Cards had broken into the fast break. Backcourt leader Gary Ghidinelli scored 15 points, but even more important is the fact the junior guard was credited with nine assists, so chalk up another 18 of SC’s points to the credit of Ghidinelli. SC had a good night from the field going 24 for 55 and were nearly perfect from the free throw strip 19 for 22. All was not peaches and cream for the Cards as Monterey was able to drive the baseline and pass inside, while the Cards were not overly aggressive. Scoring: Waller 21, Sorensen 4, Rodriguez 12, Paul 0, Ghidinelli 15, Foster 12, Fleming 4, Wilson 2, Seymour and Ley 0.

Cardinal Breeze, 61-34. With double figure performances from four starters the Cards handily dismantled Watsonville 61-34. The Cards again put forth a strong team effort as Foster had seven assists followed by Ghidinelli with three. Four of Foster’s field goals came on tip ins. SC employed a stiff zone defense that did not allow penetration and forced the Cats to shoot from the outside. The Cards shot 43 percent from the field and 44 percent from the line. The Cards scoring by quarters were 8, 20, 18 and 15. Scoring Sorensen 8, Foster 11, Rodriguez 10, Ghidinelli 10, Waller 11, Paul 6, Fleming 2 and Ley 0.

Cards Win A Flat One Over Alisal 53-47. Alisal led the Cards at halftime 24-28. The Cards were somewhat confused by a zone defense the Trojans threw at them and were not able to gain control of the offensive boards until the middle of the third quarter. After consecutive field goals by Rodriguez, Waller and Foster put the Cards ahead for good. Foster played a fine defensive game to match his offense scoring 16 points, making four assists to go with his four blocked shots and 9 rebounds. Kris Sorensen led the rebounders with 13. Gary Ghidinelli, while only scoring five points had four assists. Although the Cards did not do a lot of shooting they hit 61 percent of their shots. Alisal held the ball out and did not let the Cards get into their running game. In the second half the Cards outscore Alisal 15-10 in the third quarter and 14-9 in the final quarter. Scoring: Foster 15, Waller 15, Rodriguez 13, Ghidinelli 5, Sorensen 4, Wilson, Paul and Fleming 0.

SC Nab 65-51 Win Over Soquel. The Cards found the Knights had thoughts of an upset, but put away andy serious ideas by hitting nine of 11 field goals attempted in the third quarter for a 50-35 lead. All but two of the nine field goals were within five feet of the bucket. This was the most impressive MBL win for the Cards this year. Once again the SC attack was directed capably by steady Gary Ghidinelli, who potted 17 points, some on good drives and enabled the Cards to put 20 more points on the board with 10 assist. The Cards out rebounded the Knights allowing them to get off one shot at a time, while the Cards put the ball up three of four times in a row. SC had 48 rebounds to Soquel’s 28. Kris Sorensen and Tom Foster both had 16 rebounds. At one point, Foster attempted two tips, missed, but came up with a score on the third try. SC connected on 26 of 51 field goals attempts for 52 percent and hit 13 of 20 from the charity stripe. Scoring: Foster 19, Sorensen 13, Rodruguez 7, Ghidinelli 17, Waller 3, Wilson 4 and Fleming 2. As a sidelight, a volleyball player claimed that on a Sorensen’s backward jump shot or “Castle Beach volley ball shot” was the highlight of the game for style points.

Cards Sharp Post 75-50 Win over Salinas. SC boomed out to a fast start gaining a first quarter 21-9 lead. For the second time this week the Redbirds displayed a good show of teamwork and a rebound and run brand of basketball and were rarely victims of turnovers. When it looked like the Cards were going to run the Cowboys out of the auditorium they went to the bench and they kept scoring. The most impressive player was Dan Rodriguez, who connected on eight of 11 shots from the field, mostly from within five feet of the basket and showed everyone he has the arability to shoot well in close with either hand. Rebounding wise Tom Foster led with 18 followed by Dave Paul with 11. As usual Gary Ghidinelli led in assists with seven while he did his normal job of directing the offense and being overly unselfish and not shooting himself. Foster and Kirk Waller were next in assists with four. SC built a 15 point lead at half and midway through the third period started to do more substituting. Dave Paul was aggressive on the boards and went five for five at the line. Steve Seymour had a nice tip in and Doug Ley handled the ball well. The Cards hit 27 of 64 from the field and 22 of 42 from the charity stripe. Scoring: Sorensen 15, Foster 12, Rodriguez 18, Ghidinelli 0. Wilson 6, Waller 9, Fleming 4, Paul 5, Seymour 3, Ley 4, Hendershott, Canepa and Barat 0.

Cardinal Title Drive In Gear as they drove themselves into undisputed possession of first place by handing North Salinas a convincing 72-58 thrashing. The Cards produced their highest one quarter point total in the fourth period with 25 points to turn a close game into a runaway. Tom Foster found the opportune time to have one of his best games. He made 10 of 12 shots from the field, four of five from the line for a total of 25 points. In previous games Foster has been content to let others do the scoring while was getting them the ball in good position for them to score. One man did not win this game by a long way. Rather it was a display of power, balance and good defense that did the job. When the taller and stronger Cards started to pull away in the fourth quarter after holding a three point third quarter lead, North High went into a press, but it did not bother the SC attack and proved to be of no avail. Defense was every bit as important in this one as the Cards held the league leading scoring in check as he was forced to take shots from way out or of balance. The Vikings led 15-12 in the first period and 33-31at half. The Cards outscored the Vikes 16 to 11 in the third quarter to go up 47-42. From the start of the fourth quarter the Cards literally were scoring two or three baskets for every one for North Salinas. North Salinas appeared to be tiring just when SC was starting to make the shift into “fourth” gear. SC sank 28-52 shots from the field for an impressive 53 percent and were 14 for 21 from the line. As usual Ghidinelli was tops in assists with eight followed by Waller with four. Sorensen led the rebounding with 11 followed by Rodriguez with 10. Very likely this was the best game of the season for the Cards, who have really started to come into their own in the last three games. Scoring: Sorensen 12, Foster 25, Rodriguez 11, Ghidinelli 15, Waller 6, Wilson 3 and Paul 0.

Cards Stop Spartans, Surge To Win 69-67. Cards go undefeated for the first half of MBL play. Cards survive a last minute rush by Seaside. With 54 seconds remaining in the game the Cards were holding a 69-60 advantage over the hosts. SC stayed away from the Seaside shooters, so as not to foul. A bad decision as the Spartans hit their shots to close the gap. Kris Sorensen and Tom Foster had their best rebound nights as a duo with 23 and 21 respectively. Foster also spent a quite a bit of time blocking Seaside shots, while Sorensen was harassing Spartan shooters, though fouling out in the final quarter. Again the Cards scoring was balanced as all five starters were in double figures and four of them were within three points of each other. Gary Ghidinelli sparkling back court work accumulated seven assists. For the first time in his high school career he fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter. Grant Wilson stepped in at
guard and along with Kirk Waller did a fine job at eluding the Seaside press, which the Spartans put on for almost three quarters. Scoring: Foster 16, Rodriguez 13, Sorensen 14, Waller 16, Ghidinelli 10, Wilson, Paul and Fleming 0.

The Trident showed statistics up to this point of the season, which show the Cards have an all around team talented in scoring as well as rebounding and passing the ball. In points, Foster leads with 167, Rodriguez 152; Ghidinelli 127 and Waller 119. In assists Foster leads with 66, then Ghidinelli 58, Waller 28 and Wilson 23. Top rebounded is Rodriguez 129, Foster 121 and Sorensen 108.

Cards Trail, Then Post 60-52 Victory over Monterey. The Cards had their feathers ruffled for three quarters, before a late rally put them on top. Sloppy SC playing and inept backboard control helped the smaller Toreadors assume a 15-12 first quarter lead. This continued in the second period with Monterey still leading 29-22. SC appeared just to go through the motions in the third quarter as Monterey up their lead to seven points. With less than 1:30 left in the quarter SC hit six straight field goals. Dan Rodriguez tipped in a shot to put the Cards ahead 42-40 with two seconds left. Monterey refused to allow SC any breathing room as the remained within on to a three point spread until the final two minutes with SC ahead 52-50. Foster scored three field goals and Sorensen a foul shot to decide the game. Rebounding leaders were Foster with 12, Rodriguez 11 and Sorensen 10. Scoring: Rodriguez 6. Sorensen 21, Foster 11, Ghidinelli 13, Waller 9 and Wilson 0.

It’s happened; Cats upset SC 50-52. Coming into the game the Cats were 2-6 in league. Watsonville clawed holes in Santa Cruz’ colored glasses, forcing the Redbirds to see reality. As has been the case many times, particularly early in this season, the Cardinals went through the motions of playing basketball most of the game. Spirited Watsonville, on the other hand, scrapped its way and built momentum, which carried it through an exciting fourth quarter. Santa Cruz led 25-22 at halftime. At the 3:55 mark of the third quarter Watsonville led 34-33. The tempo of the game picked up with both teams pressing. The score changed hands five times before Watsonville went ahead 41-39 at the end of the third quarter. Both squads exchanged early buckets, before Watsonville changed the tempo to a stall and a good one at that. Watsonville went ahead by seven, 49-42 with two minutes left. Sorensen and Ghidinelli each potted a pair of charity tosses to put SC back in contention at 49-46 with a minute to go. During this minute, Watsonville made three free throws and Waller tanked two field goals for the final 50-52 score. The Cats delay game was a decisive factor in the game as SC was limited to 13 scoring attempts the second half of which they made 9 for a 69 percent. But Watsonville made 12 of 21 attempts for 59 percent. Watsonville aided their cause with six offensive rebounds, which added to extra shot attempts, to Santa Cruz’ zero. After playing improved ball the last several games, the Cards fell back to sloppy play and disunity on the team of earlier in the year. Scoring for the Cards where Sorensen 14, Ghidinelli 11, Rodriguez, Waller and Wilson 8 apiece, Foster 1, Paul and Fleming 0.

Cards Destroy Alisal Upset Hopes 80-65. The Cards score 41 points to Alisal’s 28 in the first half. During this time the Cards hit 18 of 40 field goal attempts. The Cards did not sit back and wait this game. They executed the fast break well and players were taking the open shot when it was presented to them. Midway through the third quarter with a 56-35 lead full scale substitutions started for the Cards. Scoring: Foster 10, Sorensen 11, Rodriguez 16, Wilson 12, Waller 5, Ghidinelli 16, Paul 2, Barat 2, Canepa 2 Seymour, Hendershott and Ley 0.

Sizzling Second Period Sparks SC in 67-54 win over Soquel. The Cards stood around flat footed for the entire first stanza and saw the sharp shooting Knights take a 19-13 lead, before they decided to put forth the effort of which they are capable. The ball game turned around completely in the second stanza. SC started to run, force Soquel turnovers and working the fast break well. The extra effort paid off in nothing but points for the Cardinals. Trailing 20-13 in the first minute in the second quarter, the Cards reeled off 14 straight points. The spark of the Cards attack was Grant Wilson, who stole the ball, made some good passes on the fast break and scored a season high of 13 points. His backcourt mate, Gary Ghidinelli, did much of the same, but it was Tom Foster who grabbed eight rebounds, held Soquel center and scoring ace to six points, scored 21 important points himself from underneath and around the 10 foot area, who provided the difference in the game. SC shot 15 for 34 in the first half and 12 for 23 in the second half for a game total of 27 for 57 or 47 percent. Scoring: Ghidinelli 10, Wilson 12, Foster 21, Rodriguez 16, Waller 4, Sorensen 2, Paul 2 and Fleming 0.

Cards Post 67-57 Win Over Salinas. The Cowboys dazzled the Cards in the first period, but the Cards capitalized on Cowboy fouls. The Cards hit 25 of 41 free throws for a 60 percent average and wipe out the 24-21 advantage the Cowboys had in field goals. Foster hit 12 free throws and Sorensen was next with 5. Salinas displayed some dandy corner shooting hitting 6 of 9 first period field goals to go ahead 18-12. In the second quarter the Cards defensive play improved. Waller began timing the Salinas passes and deflecting them to his mates. More pressure was put on the outside shooters and the big back line of the Cards did not allow the ball to be passed inside. The Cards went ahead 28-27 at half. At the end of the third quarter the Cards were still holding on leading 44-41. The Salinas’ excessive fouling caught up with them when the Cards hit their foul shots. Foster and Sorensen started the last quarter making both their one an one foul shots for four points. Waller and Foster paced the Cards 23 point scoring in the final quarter with six points apiece. Ghidinelli tallied four, but his major contributions were his numerous assists and fine play making. Scoring: Sorensen 11, Foster 22, Rodriguez 10, Ghidinelli 6, Waller 15, Wilson 2, Paul 1, Fleming, Seymour and Ley 0

Cards, Vikings Vie For Title Tonight was the headline in the Sentinel. Radio station KSCO (10800 will be broadcasting beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Dick Little at the mike.

The Cardinals drove themselves into undisputed possession of first place by handing North Salinas a convincing 72-58 defeat. The Cards produced their highest one quarter point total with 25 in the fourth period, to turn a close game into a runaway. Foster found the opportune time to register his highest one game point total of the year, by hitting 10 of 12 attempts from the field and four of five from the line to accumulate 25 points. His previous high was 22 in the first game of the year. Since that game, he has been content to let the others on the team do the scoring, by coming up with numerous assists. One man did not win this game by a long ways. Rather, it was a display of power, balance and good defense that did the job. When the taller and stronger Cards started to pull away in the fourth period after holding a three point third quarter lead, North High went into a press, but it did not bother the SC attack and proved to be of no avail. Defense was every bit as important in this game as the Cards forced Haddan, the league leading scorer, to take shots from way out or off balance. North High led at the end of the first quarter 15 to 12 and at half 33 to 31. North scored first in the third quarter, but SC exploded for nine points to go ahead and were never headed again. Foster’s three point play was s big play. From the start of the fourth quarter, the Cards literally were scoring two or three baskets for every one for North Salinas. In short, North Salinas appeared to start tiring just when the Cards started to make the shift into “fourth” gear. SC sank 28 of 52 shots from the field for an impressive 53 percent and were 14 for 21 from the line. As usual, Ghidinelli passed off for eight assists and Waller followed with four. Sorensen led in rebounds with 12 followed by Foster 11 and Rodriguez 10. Very likely, this was the best game of the season for the Cards, who have really started to come into their own in the last three games. Scoring: Foster 23, Ghidinelli 15, Sorensen 12, Rodriguez 11, Waller 6, Wilson 3, Paul 0.

From the San Jose Mercury. An awesome performance by the big three tome Foster, Dan Rodriguez and Kris Sorensen paced the Cards to a 74-64 win over North Salinas to take the loop lead. The trio combined for 54 points and controlled both backboards. Foster was the big gun scoring 28 points and collecting 15 rebounds. Eighteen of his points came in the second half to help Santa Cruz break open a tight contest. Gary Ghidinelli distributed the ball giving out eight assists. North Salinas retained their one point lead from the end of the first quarter until two minutes before halftime. At this time Santa Cruz was able to capitalize on three quick turnovers for points and a 36-31 intermission lead. With Foster popping in jumpers and hitting from the foul stripe, Santa Cruz zoomed to a ten point spread with 1:30 left in the third stanza. From then on, both clubs played on even terms. Sorensen and Rodriguez fouled out in the last quarter, were instrumental in keeping the Cards close at the start of the game. They had nine points each at half time and wound up with 3. Scoring was Foster 28, Sorensen and Rodriguez 13 each, Waller, Ghidinelli and Wilson 6 each and Paul 2.

Additional from the Sentinel: Headline — SC Continues Climb to MBL Crown. The Santa Cruz defense was impressive. It forced North Salinas into nine important turnovers in the second half, five of which were turned into baskets for the Cards.. It was SC’s overpowering rebounding, six straight points on two Sorensen’s tip ins and a two pointer by Foster after he stole the ball to put them ahead at half time 36-31. SC boomed into a comfortable lead early in the third quarter by scoring seven consecutive points for a 46-37 lead. From that point on, SC held a 8 or 10 point lead throughout the game and were in control all the way. Rodriguez picked up his fourth foul in the first half and limited him some what until he fouled out. He still played good defense. On one shot while underneath the basket, twisting one way and shooting from the other, which made the fans blinking their eyes. The SC defenders held Hadden, the league leading scorer to one point in the first half. He ended the game with 19 points, while unofficially shooting 28 times, but they were all under pressure. Not many wide open shots. Santa Cruz connected on 16 of 33 attempts in the first half and 29 of 66 for the game for 44 percent. They were 16 for 21 from the charity stripe. Foster led the team in rebounding with 15 and Ghidinelli was tops in assists with eight.

Another glimpse about the three game series with North Salinas in a column labeled ‘Sideline Synopsis’ in the Salinas Californian. It is true that Santa Cruz’s height made the difference, but size is what the game of basketball is all about. The Cards big men Foster, Rodriguez and Sorensen are more than tall. They are strong and agile and all three can shoot well in the 10 to 15 foot range. Santa Cruz also has to be given credit for doing a great job defensively against North star Dennis Haddan, who had two games of 19 points and a 15 pointer in the three games, which is under his 24 points a game average. But he had to work very hard to get those points and had to force even some that he made. Certainly North Salinas has nothing to be ashamed of as their only losses were to Santa Cruz and the Santa Teresa league champion, Lincoln High of San Jose.

Santa Cruz Cards nab MBL title with 78-55 rout over Spartans. Teamwork was the key to the Santa Cruz victory. No one player was the exceptional star as the entire squad played quality basketball. The Cardinals worked the ball well, waiting for their shots and fed the open man. Seaside made it known early in the contest that the Cards would have to win by playing exceptional basketball. The Spartans paced Santa Cruz shot for shot in the first quarter, while maintaining a hectic defense. At the end of the first quarter it was SC 18-16. The Cards pulled away a little for a halftime lead of 39-32, led by the shooting of Ghidinelli and Waller. In the third quarter, the Cards pulled away a little more, out scoring the Spartans 22 to 13. In this quarter, Sorensen was the big gun with eight. Even though Cards shot effectively from the floor 45 percent of the time, they took fewer shots in the second half as they worked the ball well and took their shots with care. The buoyant Spartans stayed close in the rebounding category only losing this battle 43 to 47. Foster headed the Cards board clearers with 15. Ghidinelli and Foster were tied with seven assist out of the teams 23. Foster and Rodriguez played fine defensive games as they broke up many Seaside plays and blocked several shots. Scoring were Waller 16, Ghidinelli 15, Foster 14, Sorensen and Rodriguez 12 apiece, Wilson 3, Paul, Seymour and Canepa 2 apiece. The only games lost in league by Seaside were to the Cardinals and North Salinas.

Five Cards were in the top fifteen scorers in the league: Tom Foster fourth with 223 points, Dan Rodriguez seventh with 177, Kris Sorensen ninth with 165, Gary Ghidinelli eleventh with 149 and Kirk Waller thirteenth with 148.

In MBL play, Santa Cruz was second to North Salinas in both offensive and defensive totals by two points per game.

From the San Jose Mercury: One man teams will be conspicuous by their absence in the four regional playoffs. Evenly balanced teams have fought their way to the quarter finals of the maiden CCS tournament. Santa Cruz appears to be one of the class teams in the CCS, blending height and board strength with adequate speed.

From the Sentinel: In the toughest league game of the season against Seaside for a 69-67 win, two Cardinals grabbed off 43 rebounds. Kris Sorensen had 22 and Tom Foster 21. All five Card starters averaged in double figures in MBL play.

In the CCS playoffs, the first game was played at Cabrillo against Mora of Watsonville, who had beaten Palma for the right to play SC. Mora gave the Cards more than was anticipated with their press and hard nosed play causing more turnovers than normal for the usually sure handed Cards. The Cards won 74-66. Scoring for SC: Kris Sorensen 20, Gary Ghidinelli 15, Dan Rodriquez 15, Tom Foster14, Kirk Waller 10. Dave Paul, Rod Fleming and Grant Wilson did their jobs without scoring.

The semi finals and finals were played at Stanford. These games were covered by Dick Little on KSCO. The Cards beat Del Mar 71-56 in the semi-finals. All comments from the Sentinel. SC played a solid game from start to finish. The front line went after the ball with power and out rebounded Del Mar 55-49. Sorensen showed what he can do once he puts his mind on the game. He and Rodriquez each had 16 rebounds. The Card was behind for only the first 15 seconds, when Del Mar scored on the tip. Ghidinelli came right back with a 20 foot jumper followed by jumpers by Rodriguez and Sorensen. Del Mar only got as close as four points the rest of the game. Kirk Waller was hot from the floor making 8 of 17 shots. Ghidinelli was again the leader on the floor keeping the front line well fed with passes and harassing the Don guards all night. Foster the defender of the middle, blocked three shots. Grant Wilson came into the game and supplied good defense an gave the Cards a lift mid way through the third quarter. Scoring: Sorensen 17, Waller 17, Foster 16, Rodriguez 12, Ghidinelli 7, Wilson 2, Fleming, Paul, Seymour and Canepa 0.

In the finals the Cards lost to Fremont 53-49. Fremont had previously beaten Palo Alto 60-49 and Hillsdale 60-55. What turned out to be the possible game deciding moments came with just seconds on the clock at the end of two quarters. With two seconds left in the half Tom Tarabnovic scored. With three seconds left at the end of the third quarter he scored again. A four point difference, was the spread in the final score. Fremont scored the bulk of their shots from under the basket or close in. In the past, this in one area where the Cards have not allowed many shots. The Cards started with a 7 to 2 lead, but it was Fremont 15-14 at the quarter. SC missed chances in the second quarter to regain the lead. The Cards scored only 6 points in the quarter. In the first half there were 5 turnovers and a poor 4 for 11 from the line. The Cards were down from 5 to 7 points throughout the game. It even got to 33-41 in the third quarter. But the Cards with their effective press were able to cut into the lead. Foster did a good job on the boards, blocked shots. while scoring 14 points. Kirk Waller spearheaded the last quarter scoring 8 points to help close the gap and ended up with 11 points. Others scoring were Rodriguez 13, Sorensen 6, Ghidinelli 3 and Wilson 2. Fremont’s front line went from 6’4 to 6’5”, while Santa Cruz’ went from 6’5” to 6’6”, probably one of the most evenly matched groups in the area. Fremont’s front line came out ahead both in rebounds 29 to 23 and scoring 40 to 33. Fremont had previously beaten the Cards 57-55 at a preseason tournament at Live Oak. The Fremont team were all seniors accept for one junior. The Cards lose only one senior valuable Dan Rodriguez.

Foster and Kris Sorensen were chosen for ALL CCS TOURNAMENT honors.

Stats from the Sentinel: This was a well rounded team. Santa Cruz had four men average in double figures in scoring. Their top six scorers shot 40 percent of better from the field. There was only a 25 shot difference from the fifth man to the first man. Three players had over 200 rebounds, Foster 272, Sorensen 238 and Rodriguez 218. Ghidinelli led in assists with 131 and Foster was next with 121 followed by Waller and Wilson.

Five players had at least 200 shots and the range was 210 to 235. The same five scored from 219 to 343 points. The following is listed by shooting average, number of points scored and average points per game.
Foster 51 343 14.3
Rodriquez 49 278 11.6
Ghidinelli 43 248 10.3
Sorensen 48 231 10.0
Waller 43 219 9.8

The rest of the team with games played and points scored.
Wilson 22 116
Paul 19 49
Fleming 15 33
Seymour 11 9
Ley 9 1
Canepa 8 6
Hendershott 7 5
Barat 5 6

Total shots taken 1305 with 592 made for 45 percent shooting. In foul shooting the team made 366 out of 588 for an average of 62 percent. Leaders were Foster with 71 percent followed by Ghidinelli at 69, Waller 68 and Sorensen 60 percent.

The average offensive score was 64.6 and the points against was 51 points a game. A spread of 13.6 points in favor of the Cards.

Tom Foster was recognized as the Most Valuable player.

Gary Ghidinelli received the Dads Club sportsmanship award.

Selected on the ALL MBL ten man team by the coaches were Tom Foster and Gary Ghidinelli, who were the second and third place finishers plus Kris Sorensen and Dan Rodriguez. SC had 4 players on the ten man team and North Salinas had the next most representatives with two.

Four Santa Cruz High cagers, three of them second time choices, dominate the Sentinel All County team. They were the same four as the ALL MBL team. Juniors Ghidinelli, Foster, Sorensen for the second year and senior Rodriguez. Ghidinelli, one of the areas finest all around cagers, is the best ball handler in the league. He is a floor leader and a top notch playmaker and still is a constant scoring threat with hard drives and effective outside shooting. All three big men are effective and at times dominating on the boards and all provide the Cards with an multi threat scoring attack on the inside as well as mid range. All four have been pivotal in winning games.


tying the record set 26 years ago in 1942
Practice games: Los Gatos 48-38. The Cardlets beat North Salinas to take seventh place in the MBL league preseason tournament. League: Monterey 43-42 in overtime. Seaside 70-46, North Salinas won, Watsonville 65-57, Seaside 70-44. These scores were the only ones found in the Tridents. The season records are from the Trident.

League standings with two games to go. Santa Cruz 11-3; Watsonville 9-5; Alisal and Salinas 8-6; North Salinas 6-8, Soquel and Monterey 6-8 and Seaside 2-12. Season record 16-5

Bill Kypreos, the only returning starter from last years team was a real leader in turning this team into an excellent squad. Great team effort in rebounding and defense plus a balanced scoring attack were the major reasons the Cardlets emerged as Champions.

After losing the first two games of the year, the Cardlets came back to win 11 straight.

SC Cardlets Rip Los Gatos Frosh-Soph team 48-38. After trailing 23-24 at halftime the Cardlets scored 25 points to Los Gatos’ 15 in the second half to win going away. Bill Kypreos was the leading scorer with 17 followed by Mike Johnson who hit for 11 and Murray Fleming with 10 to round out the Cardlets scoring in double figures. Other scorers were Bob Nunes 6, Steve Ellis 3 and Dee Herren 1.

Cardlets Trip Mitty Jayvees 59-57. It was the third straight win for the Cardlets, who now own a 5-2 record and open league play against Monterey this Friday. Mitty rolled up a 10-1 record before facing SC, had a large team and Cardlet coach Jack Alzina was very happy with the way his team stuck with the larger Monarchs. SC had a good night on the boards as Bob Nunes, Herb Carone and Murray Fleming cleaned the boards.
Bob Nunes led the team in scoring with 16 points, Herb Carbone and Bill Kypreos followed with 14. Other scorers were Murray Fleming 9, Steve Ellis 4, Dee Herren 2 and Steve Vomvolakis 2.

Cardlets Post 56-47 Victory over Monterey in their first league game and their fifth straight victory. Monterey was undefeated going into the game. SC had balanced scoring with three men in double figures. Nunes led with 15 points, Kypreos 14 and Fleming 11. Other scorers were Carbone 6, Vomvolakis 4, Herren 6 and Ellis 0. SC hit on 12 of 20 free throws for 60 percent. Herren came up with six points from the foul line. The Cardlets are 6-2 on the season.

Cardlet Comeback Nets 51-40 Victory over Alisal. It was the third straight victory over the Trojans this year. In the first quarter SC scored only six points. While Alisal hit 13 counters. SC out scored Alisal in the second quarter 11-7 to make the half time score Alisal 19-17. In the third quarter SC won out 11-10 to put the Cardlets down only one point. In the fourth quarter Bill Kypreos nearly out scored Alisal by himself, by scoring 10 points to Alisal’s 11. The rest of the Cardlets added another 13 points for a total SC out break in the fourth quarter of 23 to put the game away. The Cardlets hit on 27 of 40 free throw attempts for a 68 percent average. They scored more points from the line than from the floor. Coach Alzina praised the defensive work of Dee Herren, who displayed a lot of hustle and stole the ball on a number of occasions. He also added that Kypreos’ ability at the foul line played a big part in the comeback. Scoring: Kypreos 19, Nunes 13, Fleming 10, Carbone 4, Herren 3, Vomvolakis 2.

Cardlets Post Overtime Win In Monterey 43-42. Bill Kypreos came up with two points from the line with only eight seconds left in overtime for the win. SC shot an impressive 37 percent from the floor. Kypreos collected seven important assists and Vomvolakis followed with three. Carbone led in rebounds with 12 and Fleming collected 11. Both teams started off slow and SC led 6-5 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was so fast moving Nunes picked up four fouls before half time, but the Cardlets led 26-19. In the third quarter, Monterey outscored SC 11-4 to tie the score 30-30. Both teams scored nine points in the fourth quarter to leave the score tied 39-39. Nunes hit for six of the nine points to keep SC in the game. He did not foul out. Kypreos scored all four SC points in overtime on foul shots. SC is alone in first place with a 7-1 league record. Scoring: Nunes 14, Kypreos 10, Carbone 10, Fleming 4, Vomvolakis 3 and Harrold 2.

At the half way point of the league season the Cardlets are 6-0. Bill Kypreos has played a big role in the Cardlet drive as has Bob Nunes, who tied an all time Santa Cruz lightweight scoring mark, when he connected for 33 points against North Salinas.

The Cardlets soared over the third place Wildkittens 65-57. Bill Kypreos led the scoring with 22 points followed by Murry Fleming and Bob Nunes hitting 11 each, Steve Vomvolakis and Jim Harold 7 apiece, Herb Carbone 5 and Dee Herren 2. The top rebounded was Carbone with 9 followed by Fleming and Nunes with 5. The Cardlets one of the smallest in size in the league, owe their success to steady teamwork and the desire to win.

Cardlets rout Seaside 70-44 in final game to clinch their third consecutive league championship with a 11-3 record. Seaside led at the end of the first quarter, but the Cardlets came back with a thirty point second quarter to take a 34-11 halftime lead. Bill Kyperos, who led the team in assists all year, collected 13 followed by Dee Herren and Bob Nunes with two each. Murray Fleming tanked 17 points, while Nunes and Kyperos hit 15 and 11 points respectively. The Cardlets shot for a 60 percent average from the floor, their best effort all year. From the line, SC hit on 16 of 28 tries for a 57 percent average.

Over the last two years the champion Cardlets won 37 games dropping only five in the process.

Bill Kypreos the only returning starter, led the team in assists and playmaking. His ability at the free throw line pulled the Cardlets out of three overtime games, while making 80 percent of his foul shots. Herb Carbone, Murry Fleming, Jim Harold and Nunes provided most of the rebounding. Steve Vomvolakis was outstanding in ball handling and Dee Herren hustled on defense. The other members of the team: Dennis McCarthy, Dave Mendez, Steve Ellis, Alan Paul, Bill Parmenter

Lightweight stats listed by name, games played, points scored and average points per game:
Nunes 21 295 14.1
Kypreos 21 260 12.4
Fleming 21 181 8.6
Carbone 20 150 7.5
Herren 21 77 3.7
Ellis 21 63 4.5
Vomvolakis 21 58 2.8
Mendez 6 4 0.4
Paul 3 3 1.0
Parmenter 5 3 0.4
McCarthy 8 2 0.3

In league scoring listed by name, place in the order of points scored, number of points scored and average per game: Nunes 3, 213, 15.2; Kypreos 5, 182, 13.6; Fleming 14, 122, 8.7.

In league play the Cardlets tied with Alisal in number of points scored. Total points 761 for a 54.4 average per game. They tied with Salinas for fewest points scored against at 635 points for a 45.4 average.

Bob Nunes was voted the most valuable player by the team, Dennis McCarthy received the sportsmanship award, Herb Carbone the most improved and Bill Kypreos as captain.


first team players were Bill Kypreos, the only returning starter, who played in every game and was fifth in league scoring with 182 points for a 13.6 average and Bob Nunes, who is third highest scorer in the league games with 213 points for a 15.2 per game average. Honorable mention were Murray Fleming and Herb Carbone. Coach Jack Alzina was voted coach of the year.


Soquel 40-39, Alisal 58-54, Watsonville 60-53, 45-54,
With one game to go the Cards are 11-2 in league, which probable means they won the league, which would be three championship basketball teams.
Season record 13-5.

Two of the top players on the team, freshman Val Carpenter and Don Green will be going to the newly opening Harbor High next year. They made their athleticism known this year.

One point kept the team on top of the league standings and their undefeated status intact with a 40-39 win over Soquel. Top scorers were Ben Krupp 12 followed closely by Mike Johnson and Don Green with 11 each.

Mike Johnson and Don Green’s defensive play was important in the 60-53 win against Watsonville. Scoring were: Val Carpenter 16, Johnson 16, Ben Krupp 13, Green 8 and Al Marshall 7.

Coach Severin said, “It is nice to play a bad game and still win. We did a lot of things wrong and did not play our usual good defense.” Alisal was beaten 58-54. Scoring: Marshall 15, Krupp 14, Green and Johnson 9, Carpenter 8 and Puget 2.

In the second to last game of the season the Cards have a 11-2 league record. This is after a 45-54 loss to Watsonville. Watsonville dominated the first half, but the Cards came back in the third quarter to gain a five point lead they could not hold. Leading scorer was Ben Krupp with 18 points followed by Mike Johnson with 13.

Listed by name, games played, total points and average points per game.
Krupp 18 224 12.5
Johnson 16 170 10.6
Marshall 17 165 9.7
Carpenter 18 124 6.9
Hoefer 14 65 4.6
Puget 14 21 1.5
Atwood 7 12 1.7
Davis 8 3 0.3
Bromgiel 4 0 0
Head 1 0 0

Al Marshall was voted the most valuable player and Jeff Davis received the sportsmanship award.


Won the league dual meet championship. Took first place at Homestead tourney and Gonzales tourney, second place at Overfelt tourney and MBL league tourney.
Coached by Tex Ronning

Cardinal Matmen MBL Champs. Cardinal wrestlers carried the undefeated MBL championship title after defeating Monterey 23-19. Allan Rochelle, 145, was the only SC wrestler to win by a pin. From coach Ronning, “Most of the guys have been together for three to four years. John Carniglia came out late in the season and without John we couldn’t have won.” Varsity results: DiGirolamo, 120, decision; Kip Herren, 127, decision; Gary Rochelle, 133, decision; Allan Rochelle, 145, pin; Jerry Malmin, 154, decision; Matthews, 175, decision; Mitchell, 191, decision and Carniglia, unlimited, decision. Losers: Bell, 95; O’Conner, 103; Garcia, 112; Cortez, 138; Pennell, 165.

At the MBL league meet: First place winners were Phil DiGirolamo, Kip Herren and Allan Rochelle. Second place, Jerry Malmin, Tom Mitchell and Pat Pennell. Third place, John Garcia. These wrestlers qualified for the CCS region meet.

Seven wrestlers qualified at the region meet for the CCS tournament in Gonzales. They were DiGirolamo, Herren, Temmerman, Rochelle, Malmin, Pennell and Mitchell. At the CCS meet DiGirolamo earned a second place medal and Herren a third, qualifying them for the Northern California Wrestling Championships at Chabot College.

At the CCS tournament: Phil DiGirolamo took second, Kip Herron placed third, which qualified them for the Northern Cal Invitational.

At the Northern California Invitational at Chabot College in Hayward for all top wrestlers, Kip Herren took third place. During his four years of wrestling at SCHS, Kip has a logged in 103 wins, 19 loses and a single tie. He was recognized as the teams MVP as well as receiving the sportsmanship award.

Wrestlers win Homestead Invitational Tournament scoring 76 points against 16 other schools.
Allan Rochelle, 145, took top honors by winning with two pins and two decisions. The championship decision was won in overtime. Receiving second place medals were: Phil DiGiralamo, 120: Kip Herren, 127: Pat Pennell, 165: and Tom Mitchell, 191. Mark Temmerman, 133 placed third and Jerry Malmin, 154 took fourth.

At Gonzales: Mark Temmerman, DiGirolamo, Herren and Rochelle were all first place men. Jerry Malmin took a third.

At Overfelt: Pennell was the lone first place finisher. Second place finishers were Allan Rochelle, Herren and DiGirolamo. In third place was Jerry Malmin.

Cards win dual meets against Carmel, Varsity 58-8 and JV’s 51-6.

Beat Hillsdale Varsity 36-6 and JV’s 44-11. Hillsdale Varsity results: Winners by weight and how they won were varsity placers Phil DiGirolamo, 120, pin; Kip Herren, 127, pin; Garcia, 133, decision; Temmerman, 138, decision; Gary Rochelle, 154, pin; Pat Pennell, 165, pin; Jerry Malmin, 175, decision; Tom Mitchell, unlimited, pin. Varsity losers: S. Langston, 95; Winchell, 103; P. Langston, 112; Cortez, 145 and Sam Matthews, 191. J V results: Bell, 95, forfeit; O’Conner, 103, pin; Mendez, 120, pin; Allan Rochelle, 127, decision; Royals, 133, decision; Moore, 145, decision; Lambright, 154, pin; Jerry Lezin, 165, pin; Urbani, 175, decision; Darrah, unlimited, forfeit. Losers: Howton, 112; Temmerman, 138; Demos, 181.

Dual meets against Del Mar Varsity lost 22-27 and J V’s win 36-19. Del Mar results: Langston, 95, decision; Phil DiGirolamo, 120, decision; Kip Herren, 127, decision; Allan Rochelle, 145, pin; Lambright, 154, pin; Matthews, 191, decision. Losers: O’Conner, 103; Langston, 112; Timmerman, 133; Cortez, 138; Lezin, 165; Vellutini, 175 and Tom Mitchell, unlimited. J V’s: Bell, 95, decision; Mendez, 120, pin; Allen Rochelle, 127, pin; Gillespie, 138, pin; Frank Trowbridge, 145, decision; Pat Sines, 154, forfeit; Steve Stolle, 175, pin. Darrah, unlimited, forfeit. Losers: Hamb, 103; Howton, 112; Royals, 133; Motell, 165; Tanner, 191.

Beat Homestead Varsity 34-23. Homestead Varsity results: Mendez, 103, decision; Herren, 127, pin; Timmerman, 133, pin; Allan Rochelle, 154, pin and Pat Pennell, 175, forfeit. Losers: Langston, 98; Howton, 120; Gillespie, 138; Trowbridge, 145; Jerry Malmin, 165; Mitchell, 191and Darrah, unlimited.

At the Novice Tournament at Alisal Tom Cortez, 138, won his weight by scoring three pins and a decision. Fourth place finishers were Curt Jernstrom, 133; Brent Temmerman, 138 and Pat Sines, 154, to give SC a total of 39 points.

Three consecutive varsity wins were posted in the last two weeks as the Cards topped Alisal, 33-28, Pacific Grove, 29-21 and Soquel, 26-25.

Perfect records were accomplished by Phil DiGirolamo, Kip Herren and Pat Pennell. Perfect records for JV wrestlers were Gary Rochelle, Roy Trowbridge, Jim Lambright and Scott Stolle.

Honors won by team members:
Kip Herren, 3rd CCS Tourney; 3rd Northern California; 2nd Homestead; 1st Gonzales; 2nd Overfelt and MBL champ.
Phil DiGirolamo, 2nd CCS Tourney; 2nd Homestead; 2nd Overfelt; 1st Gonzales and MBL Champ.
Allan Rochelle, 1st Homestead; 1st Gonzales; 2nd Overfelt and MBL Champ.
Jerry Malmin, 4th Homestead; 3rd Overfelt; 3rd Gonzales and 2nd MBL.
Mark Temmerman, 3rd Homestead; 1st Gonzales, but missed the rest of the season with mumps. Pat Pennell, 1st Overfelt; 2nd Homestead and 2nd MBL champion.
Tom Mitchell, 2nd Homestead and 2nd MBL.
John Garcia, 3rd MBL.

Other team members: Dino Dimeo, Bill Kiff, Corey Brown, Jesus Alvarez, Robert Darrah, Frank Mendez, Paul Tanner, Steve Roland, Craig Deane, Mark Motell, George Rembao, Steve Howton, Brian Winchell, Charles Moore, Dennis Oneto, Roy Trowbridge, Jim Shaw, Steve Langston, Paul Langston, Bret Temmerman, Steve Bell, Wayne Royals, Jim Lambright, Jerry Lezin, Scott Stolle, Joe Urbani, Harley Gillespie, Kurt Jernstrom, Pat Hamb, Kevin O’Conner, Tom Cortez, John Carniglia, and John Garcia.

Gary Rachelle, 133 pounds received the junior varsity sportsmanship award. His brother senior Allan was elected team captain and was award the most pins trophy with 21 pins to lead the team. Allan was followed in pins by Herren, DiGirolamo and Jim Lambright with 12 pins apiece followed by Jim Gillespie with 7. DiGirolamo won the most takedowns trophy with 48, followed by Herren with 43 and Rochelle with 34. Bret Temmerman was chosen most improved. Kip Herren received the varsity Dads Club sportsmanship award.


Practice games: Carmel 11-7, San Lorenzo Valley 1-3, Bellarmine 2-6, Redwood of San Rafael 6-8, Mitty 2-6 Salinas Tournament: Monterey 4-11, North Salinas 1-2 in twelve innings, Watsonville 7-4. Soquel boosters tournament: won first game, Watsonville 11-1, lost to Soquel for second place. Practice record 4-7. League: Monterey 1-3, 11-6 in 10 innings; Watsonville 4-3, 17-0; Alisal 5-4, 2-1; Soquel 4-5, 11-4; Salinas 3-3 in 10 innings, 11-5 to make up the tie and 5-1; North Salinas 8-2, 10-3; Seaside 14-1, 10-1. 12-2 in league for the championship. In MBL play, four teams tied for second place with 9-5 records. They were Soquel, Alisal, North Salinas and Monterey. Season record before CCS play offs 16-9.
In the CCS playoffs: Hollister 8-6, Camden 3-2 in semi-finals, Homestead 2-5 in finals. Including CCS games the complete season record 18-10. ? 17-10-1

Last year both the varsity and JV teams won the league championships. They will be trying to duplicate it again this year.

Players: pitchers, Kris Sorensen, Dan Rodriquez, Sam Trybom, freshman Mike Johnson, Scott Graff and freshman Val Carpenter; catcher, Gary Ghidinelli ; Infielders, Jim Sutherland, Tom Crichton also OF, Rod Fleming, Bill Kypreos and Chuck Frazier: Outfielders, Marty Gilbert also a P, Dale Lyster also a C, Steve Seymour, Jerry Malmin, Bob Nunes, Steve Trybom and Steve Grever

At this point in the season the Cards overall record is 1-5 and 0-1 in league. One factor for this record is due to the late start of the two top pitchers Sorensen and Rodriguez, plus catcher, Ghidinelli and short stop Fleming, all important cogs on the team, who competed in the CCS basketball tournament, which lasted two weeks after the regular season.

A sample of how the Cards approached the practice games, the following is how the pitching staff was used in the preseason games. In the opening game against Carmel: Scott Graff started and went three innings and Sam Trybom finished the last five for the win in an eight inning game. Next game with SLV: Sorensen went two innings, freshman Mike Johnson three and Rodriguez two. Against Bellarmine: Rodriguez went three, Trybom two and Graff one. Against Redwood: Rodriguez four, Gilbert two and Johnson one. Against Mitty: Sorensen two, Rodriguez one, Scott Graff one, and freshman Val Carpenter three. In the field there were also many different line ups.

Cardinals suffers fifth loss in row. Monterey scored three unearned runs to win the first league game of the season 1-3. The highlight of the day for SC was the combined pitching effort of Kris Sorensen and freshman Mike Johnson. Sorensen, who recently completed a long basketball season, held the Toreadors to three hits and three unearned runs. Johnson finished up the last two innings by facing only seven batters. The Cards scored first in the third inning, when Rod Fleming walked and stole second. Gary Ghidinelli hit a single up the middle to plate Fleming. Monterey’s record is now 9-1 and SC is 1-5. Lineup: Fleming SS, 2-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Crichton 2B, 2-0; Sutherland 1B, 3-0; Seymour LF, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 2-0, Malmin RF, 2-0; Nunes CF, 1-0; Sorensen P, 1-0; Frazier PH, 1-0; Lyster PH, 1-0 and Trybom PH, 1-0.

After six games, five pitchers have pitched 7 or more innings. Kris Sorensen pitched 11 innings, Dan Rodriquez and Sam Trybom 10 each, Mike Johnson 9 and Scott Graff 7. The staff has had a chance to get some innings in and will be ready for the rest of the season.

Cards Comeback Down Watsonville. Cards win first time in five games, beating Watsonville 4-3. Kris Sorensen hurled the first five innings allowing only one hit and retiring 13 in a row at one point. With the score 4-0 Kris moved to right field as Mike Johnson came into pitch the sixth. Watsonville scored two runs in the sixth to make the score 4-2. In the seventh inning after one out and men on Sorensen came back to the mound to finish off the game. In the first inning lead off man Rod Fleming wasted no time in getting on base by an error. Gary Ghidinelli beat out a bunt down the first baseline. Tom Crichton singled to score Fleming. Jim Sutherland drove in the two runners for a 3-0 lead right off. Rod Fleming started off the fifth inning by reaching first on an error on a shot down the first baseline. He went to second on a wild pitched and to third on Ghidinelli’s sacrifice fly to right field. Crichton doubled to score Fleming for what turned out to be the winning run. Ghidinelli, Sutherland and Crichton all had two hits. Fleming and Kypreos each had a hit. Crichton and Sutherland had two RBI’s apiece. Lineup: Fleming SS, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-2; Crichton 2B, 3-2; Seymour LF, 4-0; Kyproes 3B, 3-1; Sutherland 1B, 3-2; Malmin RF, 3-0; Johnson P/RF, 0-0; Nunes CF, 2-0; Frazier PH 1-0 and Sorensen P/RF 2-0.

Following the Watsonville game the Cards won another one run game beating Alisal 5-4. Alisal scored one run in the first inning and the Cards came right back to score, when Crichton singled and Scott Seymour doubled him home. Alisal scored three in the second to go up 4-1. The Cards came back with four in the third inning for the last scoring in the game. Fleming tripled and was driven home by Ghidinelli, who then stole second. Crichton singled Ghidinelli to third and then stole second,. Seymour drove them both in for his third RBI, but was thrown out going for another double. Sutherland walked and went to second on a ground out and to third on a pass ball. Chuck Frazier drove him home. Lineup: Fleming SS, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Crichton CF, 3-2; Seymour LF, 3-2; Sutherland 1B, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-0; Frazier 2B, 3-1; Malmin RF, 1-0; Rodriguez P, 2-0; Lyster PH, 1-0; Sorensen P in relief.

Cardinals Move Toward MBL Crown. SC Comeback Yields 10-3 Loop Win over North Salinas. In a tight game at the time, pitcher Kris Sorensen with the bases loaded and the a full count received the signal to square early to get the pitcher to make the normal, do not throw a buntable pitch. Kris did his job perfectly as the pitcher threw it right between his legs to the backstop. It was a good thing Kris is so tall. Two runs scored and the game was won, but he was never asked to do it again. (During this period of time in high school baseball, the starting line up had hit, which included the pitcher. There was no DH or taking a man out and being able to put him back later in the same position. That is why Sorensen went to play right field, so he could come in an pitch if he needed to.) Sorensen pitched six innings and gave up two runs. Dan Rodriguez came in and finished up the game. Tom Crichton had two doubles and hit another off the wall. Steve Trybom doubled in a run. Bill Kypreos and Crichton both drove in two runs. Marty Gilbert drove in another. Lineup: Fleming SS, 3-2; Ghidinelli C, 4-0; Crichton 2B, 3-2; Lyster RF, 4-1; Gilbert CF/RF, 4-0; Trybom CF, 3-3; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Sutherland 1B, 4-1; Sorensen P, 1-0; Frazier 2B, 0-0 and Rodriguez P, 0-0.

Cardinal Comeback Nets 11-6 League Win Against Monterey. It took three hours and 46 minutes, but a six run rally in the top of the tenth inning finally clinched the game at El Estero Park in Monterey. Ten men came to the plate in the last inning. The Cards forced the game into extra innings by scoring four runs in the top of the seventh. A two run scoring triple by Gary Ghidinell and another run scoring hit by Tom Crichton were the big hits in the inning. In the ninth inning centerfielder Steve Trybom, who just entered the game, saved the winning run from scoring with a nice peg to the plate to nip the runner. Kris Sorensen started and went six innings. Dan Rodriquez and Marty Gilbert each went two with Gilbert getting the win. Rod Fleming, Gary Ghidinelli, Crichton and Dale Lyster each had two RBI’s. Line up was Fleming SS, 5-1; Ghidinelli C, 5-2; Crichton 2B, 4-2; Lyster RF, 3-2; Seymour LF, 3-2; Gilbert CF, 5-2; Kypreos 3B, 4-1; Sutherland 1B, 2-0; Sorensen P, 2-0. Subs were Jerry Malmin RF, 2-0; Chuck Frazier PH, 0-0; Steve Grever pinch runner, Rodriquez P, 1-0 and Trybom CF, 0-0.

Cards hold grasp on first place as the second round of league play is started. In a pitchers dual, the Cards beat Alisal 2-1. Kris Sorensen pitched an effective complete game striking out ten, walking only two, giving up two hits and one run. Kris only allowed four base runners and appeared to get stronger as the game progressed. He struck out the last four batters to face him. Sorensen was assisted by perfect fielding from his mates. Bill Kypreos made a better than normal play at third and shortstop Fleming handled six chances flawlessly. SC had only three hits by Rod Fleming, Dale Lyster and Steve Seymour. Two hits and three Alisal errors accounted for the two unearned runs. The line up was Ghidinelli C, 3-0; Fleming SS, 3-1; Crichton 2B, 3-0; Lyster 1B,3-1; Gilbert CF, 3-0; Seymour LF, 2-1; Kypreos 3B, 2-0; Malmin RF, 2-0; Sorensen P, 2-0; and substitutes Grever RF, 0-0 and Sutherland 1B, 1-0.

Cards Humble Knights 11-4. The soaring Cards continue their climb to the top of the MBL pennant race and are tied with Monterey after this game. The Cards had two big hits. To start the game an error and a home run by Tom Crichton put the Cards ahead 2-0. The other big hit was a booming triple by Steve Trybom to drive in two runs to make the score 9-2. Marty Gilbert pitched into the sixth inning when Dan Rodriquez relieved. SC RBI’s were Crichton 3, Gilbert 2, Trybom 2, Lyster 1. Line up by name, position, at bats and hits: Fleming SS, 4-1; Ghidinelli C, 2-0; Crichton 2B, 3-2; Lyster RF, 4-2; Gilbert P/LF, 2-1; Seymour LF, 2-0; Rodriguez P, 1-0; Kypreos 3B, 4-1; Sutherland 1B, 3-1 and Trybom CF, 3-1.

Marty Gilberts home run was the big hit in the 5-1 win over Salinas. Dan Rodriguez went all the way on the mound for the win giving up only four hits and one walk. Line up was Fleming SS, 3-2; Ghidinelli C, 3-0; Crichton 2B, 3-0; Lyster RF, 3-0; Gilbert LF, 3-1; Trybom CF, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-0; Sutherland 1B, 2-1 and Rodriguez P, 2-1. Rodriguez drove in two runs and Gilbert and Sutherland each had one.

Cardinals Sweep, Take MBL Crown. SC Scores 24 Times In Wins Over Seaside, in a double header to close out the league season and make up a canceled game with Seaside. The Cards in the two games out scored the Spartans 14-1 and 10-1. These wins give the Cards a nine game win streak. The Cards had a two and a half game lead over the next three teams in the league who were tied for second. In the first game Sorensen pitched five innings giving up only two hits and striking out five. Freshman Mike Johnson finished the game and gave up three hits and allowed no earned runs. Dan Rodriguez pitched a complete game in the second titl giving up five hits, striking out four and giving up no earned runs. In the first game, Sorensen, who had not had a hit in two years of play was the big weapon in the SC offensive attack with a bunt single and a 350 foot double to drive thee runs. Other RBI’s were Lyster, Trybom, Fleming and Sutherland two. Crichton had two doubles and Gilbert one. Lineup: Fleming SS, 5-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Crichton 2B, 5-2; Lyster RF, 5-1; Gilbert LF, 3-2; Trybom CF, 3-1; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Sutherland 1B, 3-3, Sorensen P, 4-2; Graff PH, 1-0; Johnson P, 0-0; Malmin LF, 2-1; Frazier 2B, 1-1 and Seymour LF, 0-0.
Lineup for the second game: Fleming SS, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 4-3; Crichton 2B, 3-2; Lyster LF/1B, 3-0; Malmin RF, 3-0; Trybom CF, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 4-0; Sutherland 1B, 3-1; Rodriguez P, 2-0; Seymour LF, 0-0; Graff CF, 1-0 and Frazier 2B, 0-0.

For the first time in the MBL history that a school has won the championship in all three major sports, football, basketball and baseball. SC also won the wrestling crown.

Athlete’s Feat column by John Lindsay in the Sentinel. The big surprise from here, of this prep season was the Santa Cruz’ Cardinals. At the beginning of the season, the Cards were rough, so rough that you’d give darn good odds that they didn’t have a shot at the MBL pennant. As each game passed, the players started working as a unit. Individuals apparently became more aware of what the game’s about and before we knew it, the Cards were steady winners. Take guys like first baseman Jim Sutherland, shortstop Rod Fleming and outfielder Dale Lyster; these fellows, not limelighters from the start, just went to the park to do the job and that’s what they did. The leadership of Gary Ghidinelli, the near flawless defense of third sacker Bill Kypreos, the clutch and power hitting of Tom Crichton and the “know they’re there” play of Steve Trybom, Marty Gilbert and Steve Seymour all played their own roles in this championship team. Santa Cruz’ pitching, Kris Sorensen, Dan Rodriguez and Marty Gilbert the mainstays, not be any means the strongest in the league, still did the job and that’s what counts. So no matter how far the Cards go at the CCS tourney next week, we can look back and see all the little things which made this season such a big one.

From the Trident. There are many reasons why this team has improved so much and is starting to look like a baseball team. The players gave a variety of reasons for the teams improvement such as some players leaving, more practice time, working as a team, a change of attitude and knowing we could win if we wanted to. The team in general has a winning attitude and confidence. Most players have eight or nine years experience in organized baseball and play for the enjoyment of the sport. Out of the 15 players on the squad, 14 plan to continue in college and Tom Crichton plans to make it a career professionally. This is Tom’s fourth year as a starter.

Cards make use of Baler bobbles in CCS playoff game. The game was marred by errors by both teams. SC down 1-6 in the fifth inning rallied for seven runs, while sending 11 batters to the plate in the frame with the aid of Hollister errors to pull out a 8-6 victory. Steve Trybom drove in two runs to tie the score and Marty Gilbert drove in the go ahead run and Jim Sutherland surprised everyone squeeze bunting in the last run for a two run advantage. Hollister scored all their six runs in the fourth inning. Lineup: Fleming SS, 4-1; Ghidinelli C, 4-0; Critchton 2B, 2-0; Lyster RF, 2-0; Trybom CF, 4-2; Gilbert LF/P, 4-1; Sutherland 1B, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 2-0; Sorensen P 1-0 and subs Rodriguez P, 2-2 and Seymour LF. RBI’s were Trybom 2, and one each for Fleming, Gilbert, Kypreos and Sutherland. Sorensen went the first 3 2/3 innings, was relieved by Rodriguez with two men on base and got the side out without any more damage. Gilbert came in to get the last out of the game with the bases loaded.

From the San Jose Mercury. Camden tripped in first major upset of the CCS baseball tournament. Santa Cruz by downing tourney favorite Camden 3-2 will meet Homestead in the finals. In the second semi finals game Homestead trounced Bellarmine to set up the final match up between the two winners tomorrow at 8 PM. In the first inning lead off man Steve Trybom singled to center, but was forced at second on a ground out by Gary Ghidinelli, who was forced at second on a ground out by Tom Crichton. Dale Lyster grounded to the third baseman who could not make the play, putting runners on first and second two outs. On a pick off throw to second the ball went to center and the runners moved up a base. Marty Gilbert hit a triple over the center fielders head scoring the two runners. The decisive tally came in the third frame when Ghidinelli beat out an infield single and moved to second on an error. Crichton tripled into a huge hole in left center to drive in the winning run. Two close plays at the plate were not in time as the Camden runners scored in the second inning, but this was the extent of the scoring for the game. Kris Sorensen pitched a complete game walking only one and struck out just 2, while giving up six hits. Kris was in control of his pitches and there were no other threats. He was backed up by good defense. Rod Fleming had two hits and a stolen base. Jim Sutherland also stole a base. The line up by name, position, at bats and hits: Trybom CF, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Crichton 2B, 3-1; Lyster RF, 3-0; Gilbert LF, 3-1; Sutherland 1B, 2-0; Fleming SS, 2-2; Kypreos 3B, 2-1 and Sorensen P, 1-0.

Finals of CCS at San Jose Municipal stadium Homestead defeated SC 2-5. The loss ended the Cards twelve game win streak. Homestead scored one run in the second inning and had two runners thrown out at the plate.. In the third inning Homestead scored one run on two hits and a error. The fourth inning was the big inning for Homestead. After one out, a walk, a hit, a walk and an error and a balk score three runs. The Cards had hits in five of the seven innings, but were only able to string them together in the last inning. Jim Sutherland started off with a single and was driven in by Rod Fleming triple. Dan Rodriguez drove in Fleming with the second and last run with a double. Each team collected seven hits, but Homestead received 5 walks to SC’s 0. For the second night in a row Fleming had a two hit night. The only difference in the lineup from the night before was Gilbert started pitching and Rodriguez relieved in the third inning and Steve Seymour started in leftfield.

Crichton tops Cards final stats in practically all categories as follows home runs 8, triples 5, doubles 7, hits 42, RBI’s 40, average .452, runs 25 and stolen bases 14. Fleming and Ghidinelli tied for second in runs with 21.

Players season stats list by at bats, hits, average and RBI’s.
Crichton 93 42 452 40
Fleming 104 34 327 10
Trybom 37 12 324 8
Lyster 75 23 307 15
Ghidinelli 88 22 250 12
Sutherland 77 19 247 13
Gilbert 57 13 228 14
Kypreos 88 19 215 4
Seymour 62 13 209 8
Rodriguez 24, 5 208 3
Frazier 45 9 200 3
Graff 19 3 158 2
Malmin 43 5 116 3
Sorensen 19 2 105 4
Others 51 9 176
Totals 887 230 259 140

Pitching stats by innings pitched, walks, strike outs, won-loss, earned run average:
Innings BB SO won loss ERA
Johnson 22 12 16 1 2 0.64
Sorensen 75 37 73 6 3 1.68
Rodriguez 72 47 44 6 2 2.24
Gilbert 32 16 16 3 2 2.41
Sam Trybom 5 8 5 1 0 4.20
Carpenter 5 5 3 0 1 4.20
Graff 6 14 8 0 0 8.10
17 10
SC had five hitters in the top 14 batting averages during league play. They are listed by their order on the list, name, at bats, hits and their average.
1. Crichton 45 20 444.
5. Fleming 43 16 375.
7. Sutherland 37 12 324.
8. Lyster 41 13 .3 17.
14. Ghidinelli 45 13 .289.

Tom Crichton was the league leading hitter at .444, Rod Fleming was fifth at .372, Jim Sutherland was seventh at 324, Dale Lyster eighth at .317 and Gary Ghidinelli fourteenth at .289.

Rod Fleming was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award.

Gary Ghidinelli collected his third All League first team award as he first honor was as defensive back in football, followed by his selection at guard in basketball and all won MBL championships.

Six Cardinals or half of the Sentinel All County squad of 12 players were Cardinals.
Sentinel All County selections with complete season batting averages were second baseman
Tom Crichton .463; catcher Gary Ghidinelli .250; shortstop Rod Fleming .327; outfielder Dale Lyster .307; pitcher Kris Sorensen 6-3 record and a ERA of 1.63 and First baseman Jim Sutherland who came on strong at the end of the season and ended with a .324 league batting average to take the seventh spot in league hitting.

Five Cards made the fifteen man squad or one third the total. It shows how dominate the team was in league. The coaches decided to vote for whom they thought were the best fifteen players in the league, therefore disregarding positions. ALL LEAGUE members and their league batting averages. Unanimous MVP and repeat All Leaguer, Tom Crichton was the league leading hitter at .444 and led the league with 10 home runs. Unanimous choices shortstop Rod Fleming was fifth in league batting at .372 and catcher Gary Ghidinelli fourteenth at .289. Dale Lyster was eighth in the league batting at .317. Kris Sorensen the top pitcher in the league with an ERA of 0.26 and record of 5-2.

Tom Critchon, who has started for the varsity baseball team for four years and played on two championship teams that were CCS finalist, led the league in hitting .444, home runs 10 and runs batted in with 36. Tom was an unanimous choice as MVP and many believe Tom is the best hitter to ever come out of the league going back to the CCAL days as well. Tom went on to play double A (AA) professional baseball. Tom injured his knee and shoulder in high school and that finally caught up to him in his rise through the professional leagues.


Practice games: Carmel 14-2, Mitty 2-7, Bellarmine 0-0 called for darkness, League: Salinas 2-1in extra innings, Alisal 2-0, Soquel 16-6, Monterey 4-3, Watsonville 4-3, Seaside 1-3. From the Sentinel. League record 7-6. Season record 11-7-1.

There are seven returnees this year. They are pitchers, Marty Gilbert and Sam Trybom; catcher, Jeff Gordon; 1B, John Slaughter; SS, Steve Vomvolakis; 3B, Craig Foust and OF, John Carniglia. New comers are pitchers, Val Carpenter, Mike Johnson and Gene Brush. Infielders, Ken Ebert, Dave Mendez, Stan Smith, Bill Parmenter, Gary Lyster and Gary Neil. Outfielders, Stan Herum, Dennis Tietz, Steve Ellis, Steve Cunha and Tom Elms.

Marty Gilbert moved up as a starter for the varsity and Sam Trybom pitched in many of the varsity practice games.

JV’s win first league game against Monterey 4-3. Marty Gilbert started and went three innings and Val Carpenter finished the game and got the win. Steve Ellis hit a home run to win the game.

After seven innings against Mitty the score was 2-2, but Mitty scored five runs to win 7-2. Marty Gilbert had a home run.

Marty Gilbert was a driving force in the two runs scored in the win against Alisal. Gilbert drove in Steve Ellis with a triple and scored the second run on a hit by John Carniglia.

It took nine innings for the Cards to beat Watsonville 4-3, when Val Carpenter drove in Steve Cunha with the winning run.

The Cards squeezed by Salinas in eight innings 2-1. Stan Herum led off the eighth with a double, took third on a infield hit by Mike Johnson and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Val Carpenter pitched the first six innings, striking out four. Johnson pitched the last two inning striking out five of the six batters he faced.

In the 16-6 win over Soquel, Craig Foust went four for five and had four runs batted in. Other hitters were Steve Cunha with three, Val Carpenter, Steve Vomvolakis and Dave Mendez with two hits apiece. Mike Johnson claimed the win.

The Cards ended the season on a losing note going down 1-3 to Seaside as their pitcher threw a one hitter. According to the coach the most outstanding players during the season were pitcher Mike Johnson, third baseman Craig Foust and shortstop Steve Vomvolakis.

Craig Foust was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award.


At the MBL meet, varsity was fifth and lightweights were fourth. At the CCS Region III meet SC was second. Al Marshall made it all the way to the State finals.

Track is definitely on the upswing at SCHS. In the last five years, the varsity has broken all but three school records. In the past year alone, three members of the track team received scholarships.

June 3. Cardinals Do Well. SC set two school records at the annual Hollister Relays. Walt Edwards set a school mark in the shot put with a 55-1 throw for second place. Tom Mitchell finished third with a 50-6. Edwards also placed third in the discus.
Lightweights: While not placing in his event, Doug Huskey established a school lightweight mile record in 4:42.5. The 440 relay team again turned in a good performance with a second place time of 44.6. Relay members were Willie Head, Gary Rochelle, Murray Fleming and Dee Herren.

May 31. SC’s Marshall In State Meet At Berkeley. California’s powerful high school track and field athletes will decide the state’s individual and team champions with a record 506 entries and 215 schools. The Fiftieth CIF meet will start Friday with qualifying trials on Edwards Field at Cal. The championships will be held Saturday. Watsonville’s high jumper and Al Marshall in the 220 are the only Santa Cruz county athletes competing. The scoring in the 15 events will be 6-4-3-2-1. In the trials on Friday Marshall did not qualify to compete in the finals. The top four sections of the CIF state meet were the Southern Section first with 107 points. Second was the Central Section, third San Diego and fourth place CCS in which the MBL is part of. There are more sections in the state. Centennial of Compton won the school title with 26 points trailed by Compton 13, Dorsey of LA and Roosevelt of Fresno.

May 26. SC’s Al Marshall State Qualifier. Al Marshall was the only Cardinal to place at the CCS finals at Spartan Stadium. Al Marshall qualified for the State meet at Berkeley in the 100 and 220 yard dashes, by taking third in the 220 and fifth in the 100 at the CCS finals. SC athletes who just missed making the third place cutoff to qualify for State were Walt Edwards in the shot put and discus. George Hightower in the mile and weight man Tom Mitchell
Lightweights: The 440 relay team took second place in 44.20, setting a new school record. Team members: Willie Head, Gary Rochelle, Murray Fleming and Dee Herren. Lightweights who just missed the cut were Doug Huskey in the two mile and Murray Fleming in the 220.

May 19. Edwards Stars In CCS. At the CCS Region III meet at Alisal, Walt Edwards won the shot put at 54-8 and the discus at 155-4 to become the only local to win two events. They both were CCS Region III record breakers. Al Marshall was second in the 220 yard dash and Tom Mitchell was second in the shot put. Alisal won the meet with 34 points followed by SC with 27.
Lightweights: Sprinter Willie Head took second in the 100 yard dash in 10.4 and 220 in 23.1. The 440 relay team snapped the old SC mark with a time of 44.8. Murray Fleming took a third in the 180 low hurdles in 21.5. Watsonville was first with 41 points followed by Salinas 33.

May 9. 23 County Cindermen Qualify MBL Finals. In a qualifying meet at Alisal, all the events held trials to qualify for the championship meet next week, except the mile, two mile and relays. Walt Edwards and Tom Mitchell paced the shot put competition, but were hampered by the strong wind as they had to throw against it. They both tied for first at 51-5 in the shot put. Edwards is in a fight against his closes competitor, who has a throw of 152-7 to Edwards best of 154-2. Sprinter Al Marshall qualified. All top six distances and heights in all field events advance to the finals.
Lightweights: Tom Cortez in 16.4 and Don Roberts in 16.2 qualified in the 120 high hurdles. Sprinters Dee Herren and Wille Head qualified.

May 12. Seaside Wins MBL Track Crown as they humbled last years champion Watsonville 68-50. Rest of scoring: Salinas 38, Alisal 33, SC 27, Monterey 17. Soquel 4, North Salinas 3.
At the MBL finals the varsity came in fifth and fourth in lightweights. Walt Edwards brought home two gold medals winning both the shot at 51-9 and the discus at 154.2. Tom Mitchell took second in the shot put at 51-8. George Hightower was fourth in the mile in 4:48.4. Al Marshall, took second in the 220 in 22.5 and was fourth in the 100. The 440 relay team came in fourth and the mile relay team was fifth.
Lightweight score: Watsonville 63, Monterey 40, Salinas 37, SC 34. Seaside 33, North Salinas 25, Soquel 13, Alisal 10. The SC 440 relay team opened meet action in championship style for area fans. Behind five yards to start in the first leg, the Cardlets had to fight all the way, but anchorman Dee Herren finally caught the pack on the last curve and raced neck and neck until he pulled ahead with 40 yards to the tape and stayed there. The winning team comprised of Willie Head, Alan Rochelle, Murray Fleming and anchor Dee Herren was clocked in at 45.2. Willie Head paced SC with a second in the 220 in 23.1 and a third in the 100. Dee Herren took fourths in the same two races. Doug Huskey was second in the two mile in 10:28.1. Dee Herren took a fourth in the 100 and the 220 and anchored the winning 440 relay team, which made it three events Dee placed in for the day. Murray Fleming took second in the 180 low hurdles in 21.1. All the Cards mentioned above will compete in the CCS regional meet at Alisal.

March 3. Westmont Wins SC Track Meet. In the annual triangular meet with Westmont and Soquel the Cards came in second. Westmont scored 82 points followed by SC 43 and Soquel 32. Walt Edwards was the only SC double winner in the shot put at 49 feet and discus at 142-4.. Lovon “Lollie” Lowery took first in the 120 high hurdles in 15.6 and Jim Kerksey took first in the broad/long jump at 20-3. Second places; Smith in 440. Mitchell in shot put. Hightower, high jump and mile. SC mile relay team. 440 relay team. Third place: Mendez, 220.
Lightweights: Westmont 72, SC 58, Soquel 19. (no lightweight individual scoring)
Frosh-soph division SC 72, Westmont 69, Soquel 16.
First placers were Frahn in 880 in 2:17.9. Herren, 100 in 11.1 and second in 220. Freitos, high jump in 5-1. Hayden, 220 in 25.2 and second in 440. Rochell, pole vault at 9 feet. McCullah, mile. SC 440 relay in 48.4.
Second places: Baldwin, 70 high hurdles and 120 low hurdles. Krupp, long jump. Johnson, two mile. Huskey, mile. Third places: Frahn, 70 high hurdles. Avery, 880. Rogers, two mile.

March 13. Card Spikers Fall To Alisal. Alisal won the varsity meet 69-58 and the lightweights 72-46. Lollie Lowery and Walt Edwards remain unbeaten. Lowery captured the 120 high hurdles in 15.6 and Edwards pushed the shot 51-9.
Lightweights: Dee Herren flashed to a first in the 100 dash that was run five yards too far, so Herrens 11.1 was not right for what he could have done in five less. Tom Hughes won the pole vault at 10-9. The Cards 440 relay team won in 45.2. (no other information)

March 18. Both Cardinal Track Teams Suffer Defeats. Watsonville varsity won 82-45 and the lightweights 117-10 for the worst loss in long time. The bright spots for the varsity was Walt Edwards eclipsing the old SC discus mark with a 152 foot toss. Edwards throw was the best for a Cardinal since Phil Netoff threw the discus 149 feet in 1949. Al Marshall competing in his first year of track, won the 100 yard dash in 10.5 and took second in the 220. Edwards and Tom Mitchell combined for a one-two finish in the shot put, with Edwards taking first with a 49-2 heave. Cortez was the third SC winner with a 16.6 win in the 120 high hurdles and was second in the 180 low hurdles. Second placers: Webber, 880. Hayden, 440. Westberg, two mile. Kirksey, long jump. Hughes in pole vault. Third placers: Mendoza, 100 dash. Smith, 440. Hightower, high jump and mile. Hughes, long jump.
Lightweights: Second placers were Herren, 100. Third placers: Newby, 880. Baldwin, 180 low hurdles. Rochelle, pole vault. Johnson, mile.

March 24. Seaside track Teams Stop Cardinals. Seaside varsity won 100-27 and lightweights 78-48. The brightest spot for SC was the sweep of the lightweight two mile as Doug Johnson, William Rogers and Dave Zulin finished one-two-three. Varsity winners: Edwards, discus and second in shot put. Second place: Hayden, 440. Westberg, two mile. Cortez, 180 low hurdles and third I 120 high hurdles. Hughes, pole vault and third in long jump. Hightower, mile.
Third place. Marshall, 100 and 220.
Lightweights: Winners: Johnson, two mile in 11:20.0. Carson, high jump in 5-4. Huskey, mile in 5:01.7.
Second place: Baldwin, 120 high hurdles. Newey, 880. Bridinger, 440. Rogers, two mile. Jerstrom, shot put and discus. McCullah, high jump and third in mile. Herren, 220 and third in 100. Rochelle, pole vault. Third place: Atwood, 120 high hurdles. Zulin, two mile. Royals, shot put. Murray Fleming, 180 low hurdles.

March 31. Meet Records Tumble At MBL Track Relays at Watsonville. Scoring: Watsonville 42, Seaside 40, Alisal 38, Salinas 31, Monterey 27, Soquel 21, SC 18, North Salinas 4.
The SC 280 yard high hurdle shuttle relay team of Tom Cortez, Walt Edwards, Tony Alvarez and Danny Roberts was clocked in 42 flat for fourth place. In the shuttle and mile relays the Cards took fourth place. In pole vaulting, 880 relay and the distance medley the Cards finished fifth. Walt Edwards the MBL’s top shot putter, won his specialty with a 51-2 throw to establish a new meet standard. Tom Mitchell took second place in the same event with a 48-7 throw. Edwards took second in the discus.
Lightweights scoring: Watsonville 75, Salinas 35, Seaside 33, Monterey 29, North Salinas 19, Alisal 18, Soquel 9, SC 6. SC’s best event was the distance medley relay team of Rick McCullah, Randy Bridinger, Dan Newey and Doug Huskey took second place with a time of 11;44.5. Fourth place finishes were in the 880 relay and the two mile relay. The 440 relay came in fifth.

April 7. King City Invitational Relays involving 30 schools, Walt Edwards captured second place in the shot put with a heave of 50-6 and was fourth in the discus at 146-11. The mile relay team of Lou Antonetti, Eric Smith, George Hightower and Gay Hayden clipped off a time of 3:43 to come in sixth.
Lightweights: The 440 relay team of Willie Head, Gary Rochelle, Murray Fleming and Dee Herren took fifth place. Rich McCullah and Doug Huskey both turned in personal bests.

April 7. Soquel Reserves In Win, while regulars go to King City. Soquel 64, Watsonville 56, SC 29. SC was able to scrape up only one first by Charles Spray, who broad jumped 18-8.
Lightweights: Watsonville 87, Soquel 40, SC 32. Dan Newey, Randy Bridenger and Dan Baldwin took first places.

April 21. Salinas downs the Cards in a dual meet. Varsity 82-45 and lightweights 72-15. George Hightower stopped the watch in the 880 at 2:04 for a first place was impressive as it was only the second time running the event this year. He also placed third in the high jump. Al Marshall won both the 100 in 10.2 and 220 in 23.4. Walt Edwards pegged two of the five varsity wins in the field events. Edwards broke his own record in the discus throwing for 163’ 5” to surpass his previous record of 152’. His record setting shot put was 52’ 1”. He also was third in the 120 low hurdles. Tom Mitchell was second with a throw of 49’ 8” in the shot put. The 440 relay team of Steve Mendoza, John Thomas, Gary Hayden and Al Marshall turned in its best time of the season and came within three-tenths of a seconds off the school record in a time of 44.9. Second place: Roberts, 120 high hurdles. Hayden 440. Third place: Thomas, 100. Spray, long jump. Westberg, two mile. Jaime, pole vault. Webber, mile.
The lightweights 440 relay team of Willie Head, Gary Rochelle, Dee Herren and Murray Fleming took first place in 45.7. Willie Head beat his own best time in the 100 at 10.4 for a first place. He also won the 220 in 24.1 and ran a leg on the winning 440 relay team, giving him three wins for the day. Carson won the high jump at 5-1. McCullah won the mile in 5:04.0 and was third in high jump. Second placers: Fleming, 120 high hurdles and 120 low hurdles. Elms, 440 and long jump. Huskey, two mile. Herren 220 and third in 100.
Third placers: Newey, 880. Rogers, two miles. Johnson, mile.

April 25. SC’s Edwards Tops In Discus And Shot Put. Walter Edwards holds the top marks in the MBL and MTAL for the discus at 163-5 and the 12-pound shot put at 52-1.

April 28. SC Spikers Take Second in both Varsity and Lightweights at the Pacific Grove Invitational involving ten teams. Varsity score Seaside 59, SC 34. Ceres 33, King City 25
Highlighting SC’s performances were record finishes by both squads 440 relay teams. The varsity team of Steve Mendoza, John Thomas, Gay Hayden and Al Marshall tied the school record of 44.6. Also pacing the Cards was a one-two finish in the shot put. Walt Edwards won with a toss of 50-8 followed by Tom Mitchell with his best toss of the year at 49-9. Marshall and Head tied for firsts in the 220 in their respective divisions. Many other Card spikers established personal best though not winning. Other varsity placers will be listed by event, name and place: 100, Marshall, second. Discus, Edwards, second. 440 relay, third. 880, Hightower, fourth. Mile relay, fourth.
In lightweights Seaside 49, SC 43, King City 39, Pacific Grove 35. The “B” team 440 relay team composed of Willie Head, Kip Herren, Gary Rochelle and Murray Fleming shattered the school record win a fine 45.0 first place clocking. Lightweights Doug Huskey took first in the two mile in 10:38.7 and Rick McCullah won the mile event in 4:53.7, both slowed by the wind. Willie Head tied for first in the 220. Others will be listed by event, name and place. 180 low hurdles, Fleming, second. 100, Head, second. Shot put, Kip Herren third. 100, Dee Herren third. Long jump Tom Elms, fourth. 220, Dee Herren, fourth. 70 high Hurdles, Dennis Baldwin, fifth. Two mile, Johnson, fifth.

April 30. Edwards Breaks Record; Wildcats Dominate Meet. Walt Edwards heaved the shot put 53-7 to set a new SC school record, but it was not enough to over Watsonville in a triangular meet including Soquel. Edwards effort broke the record of Al Cheney, who had a 53-5 throw in 1952. Edwards was also was second in the discus and third in the 180 low hurdles. George Hightower won the mile in 4:44.6 and Al Marshall won the 100 in 10.3. The 440 relay team won in 45.9. Second place: Cortez, 120 low hurdles. Mile relay team came in second. Third place: Roberts, 120 low hurdles. Hayden, 440, 220 and pole vault. Mitchell, shot put.
Team scoring: Watsonville 79, SC 42, Soquel 37.
Lightweight score: Watsonville 101, SC 31, Soquel 19. Willie Head had a personal best of 23 flat in the 220 and won the 100 in 10.5. The 440 relay team won in 15.7. Second place: Carson, high jump. Fleming, 180 low hurdles. Huskey, mile. Third place: McCullah, 880. Herren, 100. Jernstrom, Discus.

May 5. At the Eighth Annual Santa Cruz Relays involving 22 schools, which is one of the biggest in the CCS. The lightweights took third place with 38 points and the varsity, which won last years event captured fourth with 24 points. Watsonville with its well manned teams took both divisions. Leading the way for the Card varsity was senior weight man Walt Edwards won both the sho