1970

Murray Fleming is This Years Cardinals Top Senior Athlete. Murray an ALL MBL end and a top track man has been chosen the schools outstanding senior athlete. Fleming received the Leibbandt and Puget honor from Principal Aaron Nelson at the SC spring awards banquet. Lee Sims former principal at SC for 14 years and recently retired as the CCS commissioner was guest of honor at the affair. Marty Gilbert, who compiled a .410 batting average and won seven games for the MBL champion baseball team won Most Valuable player for the team. Marty along with co-captain Dee Herren accepted the Region IV plaque after winning that award by beating both Hollister and Mora in the region IV playoffs. The Cards were defeated in the CCS finals. Varsity sportsmanship awards went to Stan Herum for baseball, Dennis Baldwin for track, Byron Foster in swimming, Pat Swafford for tennis and Bob Flam in golf. Junior varsity honors went to Harry Kypreos in baseball, Ely Villa in lightweight track and Matt Lezin in lightweight swimming.

Coaches: Dick Logan, varsity football. Tex Ronning, wrestling and varsity football assistant Larry Griffin, varsity football assistant. Ernie Penrose, manager for football, basketball and baseball. Don Dempwolfe, track and junior varsity football. Bob Shook, assistant junior varsity football and track. Al Weimer, water polo and swimming. Ray Hunter, assistant football and basketball and junior varsity baseball. Dennis Mullen, tennis. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball

FOOTBALL

Practice game San Jose 27-13. League: Salinas 0-8, North Salinas 14-24, Monterey 6-20, Harbor 22-6, Alisal 25-34, Seaside 39-26, Watsonville 28-18, Aptos 42- 20, Soquel 12-21. League record 4-5 for sixth place. Season record 5-5.

Team members were: Bob Atwood, Mike Johnson, Murray Fleming, Dave Mendez, Dennis Tietz, Dee Herren, Rick McCullah, Gary Rochelle, Tom Elms, Gary Dinatale, Kurt Jernstrom, Jay Peterson, Randy Bridinger, Ken Rodkey, Marty Gilbert, Willie Head, Steve Vomvolakis, Paul Tanner, Gary Marietti, Steve Roland, Don Carniglia, Dave LeBleu, Gene Anderson, Corey Brown, Jerry Vellutini, Mike Biddle, Ben Krupp, Bret Merha, Joe Thuringer, Bert West, Mark Drummond, John Slaughter, Gus Penniman, Alan Paul and Richard Howell.

From Sentinel stories
At the MBL jamboree were competition is for ten minutes and points are given for first downs, stopping the other team from making a first down, plus the normal scoring, the Cards defeated Seaside 20-2, Harbor 3-2 and lost to Monterey 1-2 and Soquel 2-4. Even with a fifth place finish SC didn’t look bad. Speedy Willie Head opened the Seaside game with a kickoff return straight up the middle for a touchdown behind good blocking. Top rusher was Marty Gilbert with 39 yards in 5 carries. Quarterback Mike Johnson completed four passes in five throws. Murray Fleming was the top receiver with 117 yards in seven catches. Some of the catches were made with defenders battling him head on for the ball, but the Card receiver came out on top.

Starting lineup in the Sentinel for the San Jose game. On Offense: Ends, Alan Paul and Murray Fleming; Tackles, Ben Krupp and Jerry Vellutini; Guards, Cory Brown and Gene Anderson; Center, Paul Tanner; Quarterback Bob Atwood; Halfbacks, Marty Gilbert, Willie Head or Dee Herren. On Defense: Ends, Burt West and Monty Puget; Tackles, Vellutini and Anderson; Middle guard, Gary Marietti; Line backers, Gary Rochelle and Don Carniglia; Halfbacks Fleming and Head; Safety Gilbert and Monster Back, Steve Vomvolakis.

Cardinals Triumph 27-13 over San Jose and displayed some dazzling footwork as they came back in the second half from a 13-6 deficit. But with each succeeding series the Red Birds appeared to gain confidence and in the fourth quarter it was no contest. A young team basically, the Cards displayed a host of new names with a smattering of old ones. Marty Gilbert and Dee Herren provide the experience in the backfield and they received excellent help from Gary Rochelle, Tom Elms and Kurt Jernstrom. Murray Fleming looks like one of the best ends to come out of this are in a Cards age. Don Carniglia, a junior up from the JV’s, picked up two fumbles and contributed seven tackles to the cause.
The most pleasant surprise was senior quarterback Bob Atwood, who played two years in the shadow of Kirk Waller. Atwood completed five of the eight passes, he threw for 98 yards and was the leading rusher with 29 yards gained on the ground. The Cards first score came on a swing pass from Atwood to Gilbert who caught the ball on the ten, gave a hip to one defender on the seven and hopped over the last man for a touchdown reception of 22 yards.
At the start of the second half, Carniglia recovered a San Jose fumble on the Card 48. Gilbert started the drive on a twisting 12 yard run over right tackle. Atwood hit speedy Fleming for five yards. After two plays Atwood spotted Herren all alone on the 20 and Herren ran it in. Willie Head took a pitchout around right end for two on the extra points try to put the Cards ahead for good 14-13. A bad center snap on a punt allowed SC to take the short punt and run it back to the twenty. Five plays later Atwood snuck over from the one. Gary Rochelle contributed the longest gain of the short series, an eight yard gallop over left tackle. The fourth and final score came late in the fourth quarter, when Herren received a punt on the SC forty and ran to his right, then reversed the ball to Fleming who raced down the east sidelines threading his way 60 yards for the score.
Coach Logan said, “The key to the victory was the play of Atwood. “He was a question mark before tonight, but he proved that he can do the job. The team found they could play and that what we did tonight.” SC out gained San Jose 144 yards to 96 yards rushing and 98 to 36 yards passing. Nine players ran the ball for the Cards. The top rushers were Atwood 39 yards, Rochelle 28, Herren 25, Head 20, Gilbert 19, McCullan 13, Jernstrom 6 and Elm 5. Pass receiving Fleming 46 yards, Herren 42 and Gilbert 22.

Pregame write up. Santa Cruz, Salinas In ‘Crucial” Game. Both teams are figured to be serious title contenders, come off decisive victories. Mike Johnson gets the starting quarterback nod this week, because “he’s won the job” in this weeks practice sessions. Other new starters are Kurt Jernstrom, who will start and rotate with Gary Rochelle at fullback. On defense Dave Mendez will start at safety and Len Pearson at middle guard.

In a 0-8 loss to Salinas the Cards completely dominated the first half. Four times they moved with in scoring distance. It seemed only a matter of time before the hard pressed Cowboy defense would crumble. During the first half the Cards held Salinas to 14 yards, one first down and no pass completions. At the same time the Cards moved the ball for 63 yards on the ground and an additional 42 yards in the air while picking up eight first downs. But in the final 24 minutes the game reversed itself. The Cards; couldn’t get their offense untracked and the inept Cowboy offense became potent.
During the second half the Cowboys gobbled up 91 yards while the Cards could add only one yard to their total. Salinas added 23 yards in the air while SC was unable to complete a pass. At the start of the second half, the Cowboys ran the kickoff back to their 44 yard line and started to move. They drove to the Cardinal two yard line were the stubborn goal line defense stopped them. After two Herren dives into the line, the Cards attempted a quick kick by Dave Mendez and it was blocked into the end zone and recovered by the Cowboys for the TD. A pass was completed for the two point conversion to make the final score of 0-8 Salinas.

North Salinas Drops Cards 24-14. SC scored first and lasts, but in between a trio of running backs shredded the SC defense as they scored 18 points in the second quarter to lead 18-8 at halftime and scored again in the third period to make the score 24-8 going into the last quarter. North Salinas and SC were only 8 yards apart on ground yardage 118 to 110. The loss of Willie Head in the last game hurt the Cards outside running game. But Dee Herren picked up the slack gaining 76 yards in 20 carries followed by Elms 21 yards, Johnson 13, Gilbert 10 and Jernstrom 2. Fleming caught 5 passes for 73 yards and Herren two for 24 yards. Dee Herren’s 15 yard run was the longest gain of the 71 yard drive. Herren trotted through right tackle for the six. Running like a fullback, speedy Dee drove over for the Pat making the score 8-0 midway in the first quarter. The Cards last touchdown came in the last minutes as they drove 80 yards. A screen pass to Herren was the longest gain. Marty Gilbert went the final yard for the TD.

After three games the following are the rushing yardage for the Cards: Dee Herren has 76 yards in 20 carries followed by Head with 47, Elms 34, Rochelle 30, Gilbert 29, Atwood 15, Jernstrom 14, McCullah 14, Johnson 8 and Mendez -12. Mike Johnson tossed 11 completions out of 30 passes for 139 yards and Mike Atwood completed five of nine passes for 98 yards and had two interceptions. Murray Fleming has caught 8 passes for 133 yards, Herren caught six passes for 74, Gilbert one for 22 and Paul one for 8..

Toreadore Soph Burns Cardinals 20-6. Last years champion Monterey is undefeated and leading the league again this year. They dominated the Cards even thought the score was only 20-6.
Coach Dan Albert’s Monterey teams have dominated the area since the late 1950’s, but this year his opponents were expecting to gain revenge. SC can tell you Albert has done a rush construction job. Monterey won their fourth straight and the score doesn’t indicate how one sided a contest it was. Monterey is known for great backs and have another one, who is a sophomore and has run the 40 yard dash in full uniform in five second flat. He picked up 106 yard in this his first game.
The Monterey defensive unit was fierce, holding the Cards to no first downs and minus 15 yards on the ground. Trailing 20-0 in the third quarter, the Cards never gave up. A 47 yard pass from Mike Johnson to Murray Fleming, who broke two tackles and out raced the rest to get to the end zone and make the score 20-6. Fleming was the lone bright spot of the evening. He picked up five aerials for a total of 87 yards. Allan Paul caught one pass for one yard. Rushers with positive yards were Gilbert with 12 yards and Jernstrom 2. Johnson completed seven of 13 passes for 88 yards and had one interception. Atwood threw four passes without a completion. SC ended up with minus 13 yards rushing and 42 yards on punt and kick off returns. Monterey scored in all quarters, but the last quarter.

Card Speed Burns Bucs 22-6. Harbor made a game of it in the first half as the score was tied 6-6, but Murray Fleming turned it into a one sided fray in the second half. Speedy Murray, the senior 175 pound end had his finest night of the season. He was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes from Mike Johnson and did an excellent job of punt and kickoff returns. Murray must share the honors with Marty Gilbert and Dee Herren, two hard running backs who made life miserable for the losers. The game was a return to form for the Cards. They played back to their opening game. After stopping a Harbor drive on the 12, SC drove 88 yards in 16 plays. The longest gain and the key play was the scoring pass from Johnson to Herren with a third and ten on the 22. A screen pass to Herren ended up in the end zone to put the Cards up 6-0 in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Cards blew two scoring opportunities. One on a fumble at the Harbor 15 and the other on an interception. Harbor came back to tie the score 6-6 at the end of the half. Early in the third quarter the Cards took over on the Harbor 33 after a 12 yard punt return by Fleming. From the 32 Johnson found Fleming behind his defender, hit him in the chest and he scored untouched. Gary Rochelle raced around end for the two point conversion. The next time SC received the ball it marched 43 yards to add icing on the cake. Again it was Fleming made a circus catch off a low 11 yard pass while diving out horizontally in the end zone. The Cardinal offense against Harbor had balance as the Cards gained 138 yards in the air and 159 on the ground for a total of 297 compared with 165 total yards for Harbor. Marty Gilbert and Dee Herren combined to gain 116 yards. Joe Thuringer stopped a Harbor drive, by ripping through the Harbor line and throwing the quarterback for a 11 yard loss. Johnson completed 10 of 16 pass attempts for 138 yards. Marty Gilbert was the top rusher with 16 carries for 80 yards followed by Herren with 36 yards, Johnson 19, Rochelle 11, Head 6 and Fleming -2. Murray Fleming caught 4 passes for two touchdowns and 73 yards. Herren caught three passes for 42 yards, Gilbert 18 yards and Elms 6.

Cards Blow Lead, Defeated By Alisal in what can only be described as one helluva football game. SC had game control for nearly three quarters and led 19-6, blew it and then came within a whisker of winning it all. The game did not pack many thrills for the first three quarters, but the final 12 minutes packed more than an ordinary season. Key play was the try for the double extra point by SC when it was trailing by one, 25-26 with 2:01 remaining. The running game was nearly stifled as Johnson’s passing was the major reason for the Cards points. After falling back 19-26 in the fourth quarter, Johnson hit Herren for a six pointer to make the score 25-26. Willie Heads attempted sweep around end was ruled no good by the refs. But the SC crowd and team thought it was good. As time was running down the Cards tried an on side kick, but Alisal recovered and drove for a score to put the game away.
There were heroes aplenty. Junior quarterback Mike Johnson, may not be a picture passer, but completed 16 of 23 passes for two TD’s and 194 yards and no interceptions. Fleming caught 8 passes for 113 yards, plus returning a punt 50 yards for a touchdown. Dee Herren picked off four passes and returned one of them for a touchdown. He also scored again on a five yard scamper. The running game only gained 59 yards. SC opened the scoring midway through the first quarter, when Herren climaxed an 80 yard march with a five yards dive off left tackle, then went wide and out sped the defense. Marty Gilbert kicked the extra point.
In the second period Fleming took a high punt on the fifty yard line. SC blockers formed a beautiful picket line down the east side line and Murray turned on the steam. One tackler got a hand on his leg at the 20, but he shook it off and raced for six points. After recovering a fumble at the SC 31 Alisal scored. In the third quarter, Johnson faked to Gary Rochelle diving into the line, faded back and found Alan Paul in the end zone, where he made an over the shoulder catch for a score. Alisal scored again in the third quarter to make the score 19-12. But then with a relentless ground game, Alisal scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Down 26-19 SC reawakened with a fierce aerial attack that carried the Cards 66 yards in 11 plays. The capper was a screen pass to Herren for the final 8 yards. Then came the all important try for two points. Card rushing were Gilbert 26, Herren 14, Rochelle 12 and Head 12. Receiving Fleming 113, Herren 50, Paul 23, Gilbert 7 and Head 2.

The starting defensive lineup for Seaside; Ends, Bert West and Marty Gilbert; tackles, Ben Krupp and Joe Thuringer; Middle guard, Gene Anderson; Linebackers, Don Carniglia and Gary Rochelle; Halfbacks, Rick McCullough and Willie Head; Safety, Dave Mendez and Monster, Steve Vomvolakis.

Cardinal Offense Explodes For 39-26 Victory over Seaside. SC quarterback Mike Johnson, created an aerial circus, passing four times for pay dirt. He completed 13 of 17 passes for 178 yards. Willie Head gained 92 yards rushing and 16 receiving to lead the team in yards gained with 108. The Cards went quickly and forcefully to work on Seaside. The Card defense held Seaside on their first possession. Johnson went right to work hitting Fleming with a pass to the 30. Dee Herren challenged the Seaside nine man line and drove to the 20. Gilbert snatched a pass at the three and Johnson ran behind Paul Tanner the rest of the way on a quarterback sneak, just minutes into the first quarter. Seaside scored and the Cards followed suit with Herren and Gilbert running the ball to the one. A pass to Fleming surprised the Spartans for a second score. In the second quarter on a fake pass and run (called the Statue of liberty play) Willie Head takes the ball from behind Johnson’s head with his hand in passing position and ran from the 45 to the eight yard line. Herren gained five yards followed by a Johnson pass to Alan Paul for the score. A pass to Fleming added two for the PAT. Just before halftime, Johnson threw a screen pass to Gary Rochelle and then another pass to Tom Elms to make the score 26-6. The next touchdown included a 41 yard pass to Fleming and ended with a 16 yard pass to Head as Willie made a tumbling catch between the goal posts.
The last score came on a fake pass and run, when Head slipped around the left side unharmed. A Seaside lineman drove into Johnson knocking him to the ground, then rose and clapped his hands and smiled, until he looked down field to see the refs signaling a score. Don Carniglia kicked the extra point. The Cards rolled up 409 yards to Seaside’s 236. Johnson Completed 12 of 17 passes for four TD’s and 178 yards. Rushing for the Cards: Head 92, Herren 60, Gilbert 44, Elms 30, Rochelle 10, Johnson 4, Bridinger 2 and Mendez 1. Receiving: Fleming 84, Gilbert 34, Paul and Rochelle 19, Elms and Head 16 and Herren 6 yards. The Cards out gained the Spartans 408 yards to 243.

Pre game for Watsonville from the Trident. At this point in the season Junior Mike Johnson is tied for second place in the Central Coast Section with 10 touchdown passes. The leaders have 12.. Mike has completed 59 of 98 passed for 737 yards. Senior Dee Herren is among the scoring leaders with 30 points. Injuries to Gary Dinatale, Gary Marrietti and Len Pearson has hurt the defense. So far this year Dee Herren and Marty Gilbert are two of the finest rushers in the area. They have ample help from Willie Head, Gary Rochelle and Tom Elms. The Cards have fine blocking from tackles, Ben Krupp and Jerry Vellutini; guards, Gene Anderson and Cory Brown and center, Paul Tanner. Ends are Alan Paul and Murray Fleming, one of the best on the Central Coast. Fleming has 30 catches so far. The Bird defense is highlighted by an exceptional secondary and a hard rushing front line. Watsonville and SC have identical 2-5 MBL records.

Late Card Surge Nets 28-18 Win over Watsonville. SC scored in bursts, tallying a quick 14 points and then lost the advantage before tapping 14 more digits late in the third quarter. SC was badly hurt with penalties giving up 70 yards. The Cards tallied first on a 29 yard run by Dee Herren. With four minutes left in the quarter, Murray Fleming fielded a punt and ran 96 yards for a score, but it was called back on a red flag. (A picture in the Trident shows Murray running free with everyone else far behind.) Two plays later Tom Elm raced for 86 yards and an ensuing pass for the extra point made the score 14-0. A Card fumble just before half time allowed the Cats to make the score 14-6.
In the fourth quarter Watsonville went ahead 18-14. The Cards mounted a 65 yard drive to pay dirt. Elms and Herren handled the ball carrying chores to get the Cards to the Cat 26 yard line. Johnson hit Fleming with a 26 yard pass for the score and again to Fleming for the extra point. Starting on the Cat 45, Tom Elms ran for 19 yards and at the same time added 15 yards for a Cat personal foul. Gary Rochelle finished off the drive with a one yard run with two minutes left. The Cards out gained the Cats 357 yards to 176. Elms carried 11 times for 149 yards, Herren carried 16 times for 87 yards and Rochelle carried 5 times for 14. Johnson completed 9 out of 19 passing attempts for 125 yards. Fleming caught five passes for 91 yards followed by Herren with 37.

Pre game for Aptos. The Cards will be going for their third straight victory. According to coach Logan, the team is still operating below their potential and he expects them to have a downpour of points. According to the Aptos coach, they have spent most of their time in practice working on stopping the Cards big offensive weapons Murray Fleming and Dee Herren. It is expected that Fleming one of the best ends to come through Santa Cruz area in some time will be Johnson’s main target again tonight. The offensive lineup stays almost the same as the beginning of the season except at guard where Cory Brown and Gene Anderson have started most of the time. The backs for this game will be Herren, Elms and Rochelle. On defense: Ends, Bert West and Marty Gilbert; Tackles, Ben Krupp (going both ways) and Joe Thuringer; Middle guard, Gene Anderson (two ways); Line backers, Don Carniglia and Rochelle (two way); The backs are the same.

Cards Explode For 42-20 Victory over Aptos. But the Cards did not score until the second quarter when they rang up 30 points. On a 61 yard, eight play drive, Dee Herren ran for 21 yards down the right sideline for the first score.. A Johnson pass to Fleming was good for a two point PAT. Dave Mendez sent the kick off deep in Mariner territory and the runner was quickly stopped by Dennis Tietz. A short Aptos punt gave the Cards possession on the Aptos 25. Four plays later Tom Elms broke through the middle for six yards and a TD. A pass for the extra point failed. After Aptos failed to move the ball the Cards took over on their own 42. Guided by nice runs by Elms and Herren and a 29 yards pass from Johnson to Fleming had the Cards scoring in five plays. A Johnson to Herren pass was good for the two point conversion. Again the Cards took over on their own 44. Marty Gilbert on first down went the whole distance, 56 yards for the score. Johnson to Willie Head for a two point conversion ended the half SC 30-6. SC scored the first two times they had the ball in the second half. The first score of the half took only four plays and ended with a Johnson to Fleming pass for 28 yards. The last score resulted from a fumble recovery on their own 43. A eight yard run by Elsm and a 31 yard pass to Fleming put the ball on the Aptos 18. Johnson tossed to Herren to make the score 48-6. Card subs finished the game and Aptos scored two touchdowns. The following players had a chance to touch the ball either running or receiving passes: Dave Mendez, Ken Rodkey, Bob Atwood, Kurt Jernstrom, Rick McCullah and Willie Head.
With this win the Cards have won three games in a row. The Cards out gained Aptos 418 yards to 160. Johnson completed 10 of 22 passes for two touchdowns and 190 yards. Receiving passes Fleming 113 yards, Herren 49, Paul 12, Rodkey 11 and Rochelle 5. Rushing were Herren 83, Gilbert 50, Elms 36, Head 27, Johnson 12, Jernstrom 10, Mendez 7 and McCullah 5.

Soquel pre game from Trident by Casey Tefertiller. Birds Fly To Dented Knight. Flitting out of a three game win streak, SC meets Soquel at Cards homecoming game for the county championship. This clash does not hold the importance of the last two years in which either one or the both of the squads were going for the league championship, But Santa Cruz County’s top crew will be the one with the higher score. The wingers hold a 4-4 record in league, while the Knights are 5-3. Stepping into recent history, Soquel took last year’s match in a poorly refereed game. This dropped SC from a tie for the league crown. Two years ago, both reached this point with undefeated records. SC tallied in the final seconds to win the MBL title.
The Knights were expected to be a runaway winner of the MBL this season, but were hit with injuries to their top five players, including their quarterback. SC and Soquel both carry impressive streaks into this game, the Cards with three wins and the Knights thrice rusted. The Cards powerful attack starts with the offensive line of Jerry Vellutini and Ben Krupp at tackle, Gene Anderson and Corry Brown at guard and Paul Tanner at center. Then come the super flyers Tom Elms, Willie Head, Marty Gilbert led by Dee Herren. A key in the game could be how the iron gloves of whichever Knight cover Murray Fleming one of the finest pass receiver to grace the MBL in many years. Some teams have tried to double coverage to stop Murr. If they do, it will result in long gainers to the other end Alan Paul.

Soquel Over Santa Cruz 21-12. The Knights scored all three of their touchdowns in the first half then outlasted the game Redbird unit over the second half for a 21-12 win. On the first play of the second half, Mike Johnson threw a 50 yard pass to Alan Paul down to the Knight 19. Johnson then passed to Murray Fleming for ten yards to the nine yard line. Three plays later Johnson went to Fleming again with a three yard pass for a score. Willie Head tried to sweep end for the two point conversion, but was stopped. In the fourth quarter another long bomb of 55 yards accounted for most of the yardage down to the eight yard line. Tom Elms scored on the next play behind the blocking of center Paul Tanner.
Overlooked in it all was the performance of Johnson. Despite six interceptions, Johnson had a good game. Mike completed 13 of 26 pass for 138 yards. He really stood up to the fierce defensive rush put on by the Knights. He was decked more then once by vicious hits, but bounced back up each time. The Cards out gained the Knights 321 to 246, but two fumbles and six interceptions slowed down the Card offense. Receiving yards gained by the Cards were Murray Fleming 87, Gary Rochelle 69, Tom Elms 34, Dee Herren 32 and Alan Paul 16. Rushing yards were Herren 58, Head 13, Elms 11 and Johnson 2.

Mike Johnson was the MBL touchdown pass leader with 13 and had the team rolling at the end of the year.

Santa Cruz Sentinel Team Stats for the season
Scores by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total points
Opponent 32 61 51 56 200
Santa Cruz 47 57 59 53 216

Team Stats SC Opponents
First downs 124 109
Rushing yardage 1269 1267
Passing yardage 1388 741
Return yardage 659 705
Passes 180-93 107-42
Fumbles lost 14 8
Yards penalized 697 665

Individual scoring by name, touchdowns scored, points on conversions and total points.
TD PAT TP
Herren 9 3 60
Fleming 9 3 60
Elms 4 0 24
Gilbert 3 1 20
Head 2 2 16
Paul 2 0 12
Johnson 1 1 8
Atwood 1 0 6
Rochelle 1 0 6
Mendez 0 1 2
Carniglia 0 1 2
Totals 32 12 216

Individual Rushing stats by name, total times carried the ball and net yards gained
TCB NYG
Herren 115 471
Gilbert 55 289
Elms 41 260
Head 29 90
Rochelle 21 76
Johnson 31 41
Jernstrom 17 35
McCullah 4 19
Birdinger 1 2
Fleming 1 -2
Atwood 12 -8
Mendez 3 -4
Totals 330 1269

Individual receiving stats by name, number of catches, touchdowns scored and net yards gained.
NC TD NYG
Fleming 50 7 802
Herren 21 4 287
Gilbert 7 1 80
Paul 6 0 62
Elms 3 1 56
Rochelle 4 0 83
Head 1 0 16
Totals 93 16 1388

Individual passing stats by name, passes attempted, passes completed, touchdown passes thrown and net yards gained.
ATT C TD NYG
Johnson 166 88 14 1290
Atwood 13 5 2 98
Herren 1 0 0 0
Totals 180 93 16 1388

Team captains Jerry Vellutini and Murray Fleming.

In Sentinel end of the season recap there was a list of the area all time receivers with there year that they played and number of passes the caught. Murray Fleming was third on the list with 50 passes caught in 1969 and Tom Mitchell at thirteenth with 38 passes caught in 1968.

Dee Herren was nominated to the National Football Hall of Fame for his skill with the ball, including his performance, his attitude, his leadership and citizenship.

Murray Fleming was team MVP. Murray received a certificate of Nomination for his outstanding performance and ability on the football field to be nominated as a member of the 1970 Shrine North-South All Star Football Squad by the selection committee, composed of sports writers and coaches throughout the State of California.

Murray Fleming was the only Santa Cruz county player mention by the San Jose Mercury on their dream football team. He was an honorable mention. Only one other player from the league was honored, Hagood from Monterey was a first team defensive line backer. The Mercury had eleven players on offense and eleven on defense and the rest of the players were honorable mention. A big honor for Murray.

Local newspapers, excluding the Trident met to form an All County team. Six Cards were selected. On offense were seniors, guard Gene Anderson, end Murray Fleming and back Dee Herren, junior quarterback Mike Johnson. Defensively Marty Gilbert and Jerry Vellutini were selected.

Sentinel All County team: Lineman of the Year, Murray Fleming. Coach of the Year: Norman Costa of Holy Cross (a former Cardinal)
Offense: senior end, 5-10, 165, Murray Fleming; Senior guard, 6-1, 195 pound, Gene Anderson; Junior quarterback, 6-0, 165 pound Mike Johnson; Senior back, 5-10, 180 Dee Herren.
Defense: senior end, 5-11 185 pound Marty Gilbert; senior tackle, 6-1 190 pound, Jerry Vellutini. Honorable mention: Ben Krupp and Rick McCullah.

End Murray Fleming at 5”10”, 165 pounds was the lone Cardinal selected to the ALL MBL team. Fleming was the top receiver in the MBL this season with 50 receptions for 802 yards, good for seven touchdowns. Fleming’s statistics averaged out to 17 yards per catch.
For the ALL MBL squad, twelve players were picked for a offensive team and thirteen on the defensive team for a 25 man squad. Co-champion Salinas and Monterey dominated the team with Salinas placing nine players and Monterey four. Honorable mention for the Cards were Mike Johnson, Gene Anderson, Dee Herren, Jerry Vellutini, Rick McCullah, Ben Krupp and Gary Rochelle.

JV FOOTBALL

Practice game San Jose 6-0. League: Salinas 14-24, North Salinas 0-29
(No squad names listed in either the yearbook or Trident)

Milt Thompson started the season off with a 45 yards run for a touchdown and only score of the game against San Jose High. Top players on defense were Alex Bastine, Bill Scott, John Bertucelli and Manuel Alvarez.

In the first league game Salinas defeated the Cards 14-24. The two scores were by Kelly Graff on a 20 yard romp and Rick Tripp tallied from 25 yards out. Milt Thompson suffered a broken leg, but was reported in good condition. (Milt had to have a rod put in his leg and was in the hospital for two weeks)

North Salinas registered a 29-0 victory.

LIGHTWEIGHT FOOTBALL

League: Aptos 14-0, Harbor 14-6, Soquel won.
(No squad names listed in either the yearbook or Trident)

Wayne Royals led the way with to victory over Aptos 14-0, by scoring on a 80 yard kickoff return and a 25 yard sweep. Craig Deane and Chuck Strong were commended for their defensive play.

Chuck Strong running like a steamroller over fresh tar, helped the Cardlets steam over Harbor 14-6. Strong scored both touchdowns on runs of five and one yards. Craig Deane marched in for the conversions.

CROSS COUNTRY

It has taken four years for the team to win its first league match. With just five runners, the complete squad beat 35 runners from North Salinas 27-28. The reason for this is only the scores of five runners are counted. The lowest score wins as winning runner receives one point, the second place runner two points, so the team with the higher placed runners will have the lowest score. SC runners and place they took: Doug Huskey, 1; Casey Webber, 4; Elloy Villa, 5; Paul Goodrich, 7; and Sam Villa, 10. Adding these places up comes out to 27.

In a five way meet with Alisal, Monterey, Soquel and Watsonville the Cards placed last.

There were a lot of terrific sophomores this year, but performance wise Eloy Villa was the outstanding member of the squad. He consistently ran well throughout the season. Eloy won the sportsmanship trophy for cross country. Brother Sam’s highlight of the season was his best run ever in the City Meet. He is also a top wrestler and cross country is good training for it. Bruce Hunter came out a little late, but improved tremendously. Dave Gallacinao showed a lot of improvement. Norman Eldridge was using this time to improve himself for track. The only junior was Casey Webber, who was one of the top runners on the team. There were two returning lettermen seniors. Paul Goodrich started out as the fifth man and through hard work, such as running up to UCSC every afternoon improved steadily and by the end of the season was the best Cardinal in the league meet. Paul’s comment on the endless miles a runner has to put in. “After the frantic surge at the start there is the long tour through the countryside. This is the beautiful part of the run, when you forget about your striving feet, your breath rasping in your throat, beauty and nature surround you, instilling an inward calm, a sense of unity with the world and the other runners.” Doug Huskey, who reported on the cross country this season without much individual information until this last column was a four year lettermen and over that period of time has been on of the Cards best runners.

WATER POLO

is not a recognized yet as an official league sport. The participants play for the enjoyment and love of the sport. As in basketball the teams use man for man, zone and full court press defenses and passing in attempting to score. Shooting and handling the ball while swimming takes a lot of skill. It is very tiring and takes physical endurance. The matches are extremely rough and has strict rules and fouls. Free shots are given, when fouls are committed. Players are in swimming position throughout the games and can not touch the bottom of the pool. A soccer sized rubber or leather ball is used to through the ball into a net hanging in the goal post which are 10 feet wide and go three feet above the water level. Seven players make up a team made up of a goalie, three forwards and three guards and the game is broken up into four quarters.

The varsity squad members are captain Don Foster, Karl Fieberling, Paul Darling, Roger Elledge, Byron Foster, Dennis Finnegan, Anton Kerkove, Mike Jones and Robert Bivins. Coach Al Wiemers.

JV team members were Kurt Calender, Mike Foster, Matt Lezin, Mike Carmell, Steve Gray, Howard Connor, Ted McElroy, Jim Smith, Bob Demos, Sam Huff, Joe Kapp, Ray Niteschi, and Steve Withrow.

Aqua Boys Sunk Twice. Lost to RLS 5-21 and Live Oak 6-24. Don Foster scored all five points against RLS. Scoring against Live Oak was Dave Foster 3, Kerkove 2 and Byron Foster 1. In a JV match against Live Oak it was an identical score 6-24.

Commuting frequently between the winning and losing tracks the squads split their last four seasonal contests. The water birds won over Soquel and Seaside, but lost to a more experienced Carmel and to Harbor 4-14. The record so far is 2-4. The first victory of the season was a 11-2 win over Soquel. Goalies Roger Elledge and Dennis Finnegan traded off holding down the Knights.

Drips take two from Harbor winning the varsity 10-3 and losing the JV 4-5. Staring for the varsity, once again was Don Foster, who added five more notches to his belt. Paul Darling added three goal tosses. The score was tied at half time 2-2, but the birds out scored Harbor 8-1 in the second half. Goalie Mike Jones held the Bucs to one goal the second half. Standing out in this fierce rivalry’s statistics were the 13 team fouls by the Cards and 11 for Harbor. There were in addition numerous turnovers involving contestants touching the bottom of the pool. The team record is now 4-4.
The JV game was an exciting see saw affair. The Cards tied the game at four all in the fourth quarter on a shot by Matt Lezin, but Harbor came back to score with 30 seconds left to play.

Top performances by forwards Don Foster scored 6 and Dennis Finnegan 5 while piloting the Cards to a 16-2 rout of Soquel. Bryon Foster added three goals. A chirping SC offense managed to fire in both short and long range goals as the Cards put across six points in the second quarter and five in the third. SC threw into the net 16 of the 32 shots taken for 50 percent. Mike Jones only allowed 2 goals out of the 8 shots by the Knights.

The squad ended the season in a blaze of glory taking both Soquel and Harbor, who had won the first encounter, to end the season 4-4. The junior varsity record of 0-7 does not show their hard work and close competitiveness during the season. An excellent example was the 4-5 squeaker loss to Harbor as time ran out. Matt Lezin proved himself as an all around player both in shooting ability and aggressiveness on defense. Seeing a lot of action at the goalie position, Sophomore Mike Carmel showed he is a good prospect for varsity. Carmell amazingly whacked away three consecutive Buc goal attempts within seconds of each other. Starter Ted McElroy missed most of the season with a broken leg.

The most consistent part of the Cards’ offense was through senior captain Don Foster, who was the only returning veteran. Excluding the Seaside match, Don totaled 24 points during the season for an average of 3 points a game. Other key performers were Byron Foster Other key performers were Byron Foster who contributed 11 points. Even though he missed the first two contest, Paul Darling stood out for both his defense and play making. Roger Elledge, Dennis Finnegan and Mike Jones all were called upon to defend the Cards’ goal during the course of the season.

WRESTLING

There was a three way tie for the MBL championship between Harbor, Alisal and Salinas. Santa Cruz finished in fourth place. The season record was 9-4. The JV team record was 8-4-1.

The Cards took second place at the Gonzales Invitational Tournament.

The team also participated in the Harbor and Del Mar tournaments were some awards were won and will show at the end of this section.

The highlight of the season was the excellent performances of team leader Craig Deane a first place finisher and Bill Scott a third place finish at the MBL Tournament. They both qualified through league, area and section tournaments for a berth in the Northern California finals. At the CCS finals Scott took second place and Deane grabbed third.

AT NORTHERN CAL CHAMPIONSHIP, CRAIG DEANE WINS 148 POUND TITLE

Deane won three matches against the best in the North state to claim the title. His biggest assets are his power, energetic style and the fact that he does not tire easily. Bill Scott was eliminated earlier in the tournament against the very best wrestlers in the North.

With only two seniors on the team Frank Mendez and Gary Rochelle, who were elected captains, the Cards are looking forward to another highly successful season. There is a strong group of juniors, which ensures a strong future. Forty boys participated in the program this year. Head coach Tex Ronning and assistant Larry Maibaum

Two wresters placed in the Novice tournament, Nate Curtis with a second and Bill Ray a fourth.

At the beginning of the season the Cards were impressive in winning by high scores against Branham and Mountain View. Bill Scott, Marty Gilbert and Craig Deane have been quite impressive.

Against a tough Hollister team a win in the last match by Steve Poston allowed the Cards to come from behind to tie. Bill Scott and Rick Hope picked up decisions in the lighter weights. The Cards returning superman, Craig Deane pinned his man. Paul Tanner and Marty Gilbert collected wins to put the Cards within two points going into the last match which Poston won.

SC Wrestlers Win 9 Out of 11 Matches in a practice meet with Soquel. Rick Hope, Ron Staub, Frank Mendez and Craig Deane came through with smart performances in the overwhelming SC victory.

In a match with league championship contender Watsonville the Cards pulled out a 29-27 win on the last match by Steve Poston again winning as he did against Hollister. Going into the last match the score was 26-25 SC. Poston’s opponent scored two points on a takedown, but with his teammates yelling Steve scored three points for the win 29-27. In a meet that almost brought the rafters down., there were eight pins in the meet. For the Cards Kevin O’Conner, Gary Rochelle and Frank Mendez all come through with important pins. Craig Deane and Bill Scott won their matches.

At the Gonzales tourney the Cards showed power at the lower weights, when Steve Hope at 95 pounds took first place and joined Eloy Villa at 103 and Bill Scott at 112 winning individual awards. Strong man Gary Rochelle reached the finals, but was downed by decision to take second place.

In the final dual meet of the year the Cards lost to Monterey 23-29.

A list of won and loss records for the top wrestlers.
Juniors Craig Deane 20-2-3, Rick Hope 6-5. Paul Tanner 44-5-2.
Sophomore Steve Hope 10-1. Eloy Villa 13-5. Bill Scott 17-4.

Team members were: Steve Hope, Eloy Villa, Bill Scott, Rick Hope, Frank Mendez, Kevin O’Connor, Gary Rochelle, Craig Deane, Bill Kiff, Gary Dinatale, Paul Tanner, Ron Staub, Steve Poston, Steve Roland, Corey Brown, Jack Johnson, Sam Villa, David Reddell, Dennis Clark, Rick Nelson, John Glines, Jurt Jernstrom, Tom Cooper, Mike Clark, Vince Enrico, Mike Serbinski, Juan Alvarez and Dennis Meakin.

Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in the tournament (will just use the number instead of writing out first place as 1 standing for first place):
Steve Hope 95, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 3
Eloy Villa, 103, Harbor Tourney 3, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 4
Bill Scott, 112, Del Mar Tourney 2, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 3, CCS Tourney 2
Frank Mendez, 127, Co-captain, Harbor Tourney 4, MBL Tourney 4
Gary Rochelle, 138, Co-captain, Harbor Tourney 3, Del Mar Tourney 2, Gonzales Tourney 2, MBL Tourney 2
Craig Deane, 145, Harbor Tourney 1, Del Mar Tourney 1, Gonzales Tourney 3, MBL Tourney 1, CCS Tourney 3
Paul Tanner, 175, MBL Tourney 4.

Other first stringers were: Rick Hope, 133; Kevin O’Connor, 127; Bill Kiff, 154; Gary Dinatale, 165; Ron Staub, 191 and Steve Poston, heavyweight.

Special Awards–Most Pins, Bill Scott;
Most Takedowns, Bill Scott;
Most Improved, Eloy Villa;
Most Valuable, Craig Dean;
Team Captains, Gary Rochelle and Frank Mendez.

BASKETBALL

(For extended information the Trident was the source and for mainly game statistics, the official scorebook was the source. Games with a lot of information came from the Sentinel)

Practice games: Los Gatos 40-51, SLV 60-50. Dads Club tournament: Aptos 61-71, Soquel 59-47, SLV 51-58. Cabrillo Tournament: Piedmont Hills 53-59, Fremont of Sunnyvale 29-79, Holy Cross 72-65 for seventh place. Practice record 3-5. League: Alisal 68-100, 58-94; Seaside 64-72, 86-78; Monterey 51-80, 55-75; Aptos 51-48, 61-73; Watsonville 46-58, 48-78; North Salinas 53-48, 49-66; Salinas 47-66, 51-67; Harbor 34-56, 63-68; Soquel 57-70, 39-45. League record 3-15. Season record 6-20.

After three straight league championships and four championships out of the last five years, this team has only one returning player, Ben Krupp. Those who will be contributing are seniors Dennis McCarthy and Alan Paul, sophomore Dave Martini, juniors Rick Hoefer, Vince Wilson, Steve Ellis, Mike Johnson, Jeff Davis, John Bertuccelli and Bill Parmenter. Part way through the season Gordon Crafts, Dave Mendez and Scott Barber were added to the team.

Los Gatos defeated the Cards 51-40 in the season opener. The score was tied at 11-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Cards won the second quarter 11-6 to lead at halftime 22-17, but the second half was another story. Los Gatos out scored the Cards 19-8 in the third quarter. Scoring: McCarthy 7, Martini 8, Krupp 9, Hoeffer 9, Wilson 4, Paul 2 and Parmenter 1.

Cards win their first game defeating SLV 60-50. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied 16-16. At halftime it was SLV 32-28, but SC came out strong in the third quarter and outscored the Cougars 15-8 and also took the fourth quarter 17-10. The Cards shot well at the foul line going 18 for 24 at 75 percent accuracy. From the foul line, Ben Krupp went 6 for 7, Dave Martini 10 for 15, Rick Hoefer and Vince Wilson when 1 for 1. Scoring: Ellis 2, Hoefer 3, Krupp 10, Martini 24, McCarthy 4, Paul 4 and Wilson 13.

In the first game of the Dads Club Tournament, Aptos outscored the Cards in the fourth quarter 27 to 19 to win 71-61. SC led 14-12 in the first quarter and the score was tied at halftime 32-32, but Aptos went ahead 44-42 at the end of the third quarter. The Cards foul shooting dropped off to 11 for 19 or 58 percent. Scoring: Krupp 16, Martini 11, McCarthy 8, Wilson 17, Hoefer 6, Parmenter 2 and Paul 1.

Cards win over Soquel 59-47 in the second game of the Dads Club. SC behind the eight points scored by Rick Hoefer and six by Dave Martini went ahead 15-8 in the first quarter. Both teams scored 14 points in the second quarter, as SC still led 29-22 at the half. It was still close in the third quarter with the Cards still ahead. 40-32. Steve Ellis and Dennis McCarthy each with 5 points and Ben Krupp with 6 points carried the team in the fourth quarter as they won the quarter 19-15. SC did better at the foul line going 23 of 37 for 62 percent. Dave Martini was 9 of 11. Scoring: Ellis 5, Hoefer 11, Martini 15, McCarthy 6, Wilson 5, Krupp 10, Paul 7, Parmenter 0 and Davis 0.

SLV won the consolation championship of the Dads Club, defeating the Cards 58-51. The game was decided in the third quarter, when the Cougars outscoring the Cards 20 to 12. SLV won the first quarter 16-9, but the Cards came back in the second quarter behind the sharp shooting of Vince Wilson’s 10 points, to go ahead 30-29 at halftime. The four quarter was a 9-9 tie, but the third quarter was the deference in the game. Ben Krupp went 5 for 5 from the line and the team went 11 for 16. 70 percent. Scoring: McCarthy 12, Paul 2, Hoefer 6, Martini 7, Wilson 11, Krupp 13 and Ellis 0.

Alisal hit’s the century mark against the Cards winning 100-68. Ten players scored for Alisal and nine players scored for SC. Alisal had six players in double figures and SC had four. Alisal scored over 20 points in every quarter. In the last quarter scoring, SC tied the Trojans 24-24 . Scoring: McCarthy 2, Paul 3, Hoefer 2, Martini 14, Wilson 15, Krupp 13, Ellis 10, Parmenter 7 and Davis 2.

Seaside downs Cards 72-64. The Cards were ahead 14-11 at the first quarter, 32-31at halftime and down one 46-47 at the end of the third quarter. Seaside’s top two scorer scorers tallied 35 and 24 points for a total of 59 points out of Seaside’s 72 total points. The three other scorers had 8, 3 and 2 points. The Cards has a much better balance in their scoring. SC hit 18 of 26 from the line for 69 percent. Scoring: McCarthy 2, Paul 7, Hoefer 8, Martini 22, Wilson 11, Krupp 11, Ellis 1 and Parmenter 2.

In the first game of the Cabrillo Tournament, the Cards led all the way through the end of the third quarter 39-37, but Piedmont Hills out scored SC 22-14 in the final quarter to take the game 59-53. The Cards led 16-11, 33-23 at halftime and 39-37 to start the fourth quarter, where they were outscored 22-14. For the second game in a row SC faded in the final quarter. SC went 15 for 19 for 79 percent shooting at the foul line. From the foul line, Ellis went 4 for 4, Wilson and Krupp 2 for 2, McCarthy 1 for 1, Paul 1 for 2 and Martini 5 for 8. Scoring: McCarthy 1, Paul 5, Hoefer 2, Martini 17, Wilson 8, Krupp 8, Ellis 10 and Parnenter 2.

In the second game of the Cabrillo Tournament it was no contest as Fremont of Sunnyvale trounce SC 74-29. The first quarter was a sign of what was to come, as the Cards were down 21-8 right off the bat. A sample of the Cards shooting was their foul shooting only 9 for 24.. Bill Parmenter had a big fourth quarter scoring all his nine points then. Scoring: McCarthy 0, Paul 1, Hoefer 4, Martini 2, Wilson 5, Krupp 4, Ellis 4, Parmenter 9, Dave Mendez. Jeff Davis, Gordon Crafts and John Eicholz all 0.

SC defeats Marello 72-65 for seventh place at the Cabrillo Tournament. The game was tight until the second half when the Cards went ahead by outscoring the Panthers 23 to 13 in the third quarter to go ahead 50-42. Marello won the last quarter by one point 23-22. The first quarter was tied 14-14. At halftime Marello was ahead 29-27 and then SC made their push, led by Dave Martini’s 10 points in the second half. The Cards won the game at the foul line hitting 30 of 44 for 68 percent. Martini was 10 of 12, Steve Ellis 7of 9, Allan Paul 3 of 4 and Bill Parmenter 3 of 5. Scoring: McCarthy 0, Paul 3, Hoefer 0. Martini 22, Wilson 15, Krupp 14, Ellis 11 and Parmenter 7.

Back into league play and to start the new year, SC lost to Monterey 51-80. The first quarter was Monterey 18-14 and then the Toreadors kicked it into overdrive and outscored the Cards 20-10 in the second quarter to go ahead 38-24 at half. SC played Monterey even in the last quarter. Their foul shooting stays steady going 21 of 31 for 68 percent. Scoring: McCarthy 0, Paul 8, Hoefer 4, Martini 7, Wilson 6, Krupp 9, Ellis 11, Parmenter 4, Dave Mendez 2 and Jeff Davis 0.

Cards win their first league game by beating Aptos 51-48 at the Civic Auditorium. Aptos led 15-14 at the quarter. SC held the Mariners to four points in the second period while scoring only nine themselves with four players scoring, to take the lead 23-19.. At the end of the third quarter the Cards held a one point lead 36-35. In the final quarter, Dave Martini went 5 for 6 from the foul line and added two buckets to score nine of the Cards 16 point, Vince Wilson added 5 points and Ben Krupp two points as SC outscored the Mariners 16-14. The Cards foul shooting fell off some as they hit on only 13 of 23 for 57 percent. Scoring: McCarthy 2, Paul 1, Hoefer 0, Martini 17, Wilson 12, Krupp 13, Ellis 4 and Parmenter 2.

Watsonville’s ‘Platoon’ Out Mans Cards 58-46. With 11 of 12 players scoring, the Cats defeated the out manned the short handed Cards. Watsonville has a 11-3 overall record and is 4-2 in league. Watsonville using a platoon system throughout the game, at times substituting five players at one time. The Cards were only down 9-12 after the initial period. But the second stanza was disastrous for the Red Birds as the Cats outscored them 14- 7 to go ahead 26-16 at halftime. Three minutes before the third period buzzer, Dave Martini hit two free throws to narrow the score to 38-26. SC initiated an aggressive press. At first, the press was most effective, rattling the Cats into mistakes as the Cards closed it to nine points, 29-38, thanks to a three point play by Bill Parmenter, who had been fouled on a successful lay in. Just when it appeared SC might gain momentum, the roof fell in, when a revitalized Watsonville defense forced two successive turnovers, which the Cats turned into field goals. Vince Wilson hit from the corner to disrupt the Cats run, but the Cats regained their 15 point bulge. Watsonville at one time had a 20 point lead, but a last ditch Card rally, sparked by Dennis McCarthy and Parmenters hustle at least made the score some what more respectable. SC outscored the Cats 15-12 in the final quarter, but by that time, it was out the window. Martini thanks to a nine for 12 night at the free throw line tallied 13 points to top Cards scorers. Ben Krupp added eight and the other six Cards all scored. Scoring: McCarthy 3, Paul 5, Martini 13, Wilson 5, Krupp 8, Ellis 5, Parmenter 5, Mendez 2.

Santa Cruz Trims Vikings 53-48 in a come from behind win. A steal at half court by Alan Paul, who picked off a dribble and as he was going up for the basket he was fouled. He scored the basket and the foul shot for a three point play to give the Cards a 49-48 lead with 1:57 left for their second league victory. North Salinas dropped to 3-3. SC trailed most of the game, tying the score only twice before gaining the lead on Paul’s basket, but once the “Cards got in front, they were there to stay. SC ran off the games final nine points without yielding a score. On an air ball shot by the Vikings, Krupp rebounded, passed to Martini on the fast break, Martini was fouled and made his foul shot as the official called the foul before the shot attempt. Vince Wilson swished two foul shots to finish out the game with a five point lead. The Norseman led 29-21 at halftime. SC kept pace until the score ran to 35-26. Then they went to work. Martini made back to back assists to Alan Paul and Vince Wilson. Ben Krupp hit a pair of free throws and scored a basket on a fine pass from Wilson deep in the key helped tightened the match to 34-36 at the end of the third period.
SC started getting some good passes to the men under the basket. Krupp assisted on a Martini score and Steve Ellis hit Wilson for two for back to back SC scores. Bucket trading continued from there until late in the quarter, when down 44-48 Martini passed to Krupp for a score and an extra point on the foul to make the score 47-48. Then came Paul’s three pointer.
The Cards strong defense over the last half, particularly in the last period played a huge role in the comeback. With the Vikings behind, the Card defense was even tougher. SC got the boards and that helped a lot. Then they started picking off hurried Viking passes and that broke North Salinas. The Cards outscored the Vikings 13-7 in the third period and 19-12 in the fourth period.
Paul led the rebounding with 12, while Krupp picked off eight. Martini recorded eight assists and Krupp three. Senior power was evident as the top scorers were Ben Krupp and Alan Paul. It was senior center Ben Krupp’s best game this year scoring 16 points, showing some good moves around the basket and a lot of hustle. Allan Paul gave 110 percent down the stretch. He was everywhere, whether it was rebounding, scoring 15 points or breaking up passes. The Cards improved in every way most notably in ball handling. Dennis McCarthy’s skills put on quite a show in the second quarter.
This win found the Vikings without a win against SC in four years. Gordon Crafts has been move up from JV’s and Dave Mendez from last years lightweights and Scott Barber have been added to the team. Scoring: Paul 15, Martini 6, Wilson 8, Krupp 16, Ellis 8 and Parmenter 0.

Salinas lays out SC 66-47. Game over in the third period, when Salinas outscores the Cards 27-9. SC made a game out of it in the first half, being down only 23-29 at halftime. The Cards are still doing well at the foul line making 19 of 26 for 73 percent. Ben Krupp went 9 of 10, Alan Paul went 5 of 6, and Vince Wilson 5 of 7. Scoring: Paul 7, Ellis 0, Krupp 11, Wilson 17, Martini 6, Parmenter 0, McCarthy 6, Mendez 0 and Barber 0.

Soquel pulls away in the fourth quarter to win 70-57. The Cards led the first quarter 13-10, but Soquel went ahead 32-27 at halftime. SC closed it to 45-48 at the end of the third quarter. Soquel made 13 of 16 foul shots in the fourth quarter to pull away with the win. SC hit 15 of 20 foul shots for 75 percent, but Soquel made 22 of 30 for 73 percent. The Cards two top scorers Krupp and Martini fouled out, hurting the Cards. Scoring: Paul 10, Ellis 2, Krupp 24, Wilson 1, Martini 17, Parmenter 1, McCarthy 2, Mendez 0.

SC after holding a half time lead of 23-20 against Harbor, the Bucs bashed the Cards 19-6 in the third quarter to win 56-34. The first quarter was a 10-10 tie. The Cards led 23-20 at the half, but Harbor won the next two quarters 19-8 and 17-3. The Cards foul shooting was a poor 8 for 21. Sophomore Gordon Crafts up from the JV’s scored in the second and third quarters. Dave Martini the teams top scorer was unable to play, because of a knee injury. Scoring: Paul 6, Ellis 5, Krupp 11, Wilson 2, McCarthy 3, Parmenter 1, Mendez 2, Barber 0 and Crafts 4.

To start the second round of the league, Alisal did not hit the 100 mark this game, but came close, winning 94-58. The first quarter was as close as the Cards could get, behind 14-23, led by Steve Ellis with 7 points and Ben Krupp with 6. They came back in the last quarter and scored 18 points to Alisal’s 22. Ellis was 5 for 7 from the line and Ben Krupp was 6 of 8. Martini was still out with a knee problem. Dee Herren a starter for the lightweights last year and Jeff Gordon have been added to the team. Scoring: Paul 8, Ellis 15, Krupp 24, Wilson 0 and fouled out, Parmenter 6, Mendez 0, Barber 1, Crafts 3, Dee Herren 0 and Jeff Gordon 1.

Aptos downs SC 73-61 to avenge their first round loss. For the first time in a long while, the Cards had four players in double figures. Aptos led throughout the whole game — 17-11 in the first quarter, then 40-32 and 51-44. The Cards did outscore Aptos in the third quarter 17-11. The Cards were 15 of 23 from the line for 63 percent. Scoring: Paul 12, Ellis 0, Krupp 16, Wilson 12, Martini 13, McCarthy 2, Parmenter 2, Crafts 4.

Monterey takes down SC 75-55. Monterey led 19-14 at the quarter mark and 39-33 at halftime and up it to 53-43 at the end of the third quarter and then pulled away by ten more points in the fourth quarter. The Cards went 21 of 30, 70 percent from the foul line. Krupp was 7 of 8, Martini 4 for 4, Paul 2 for 2 and McCarthy 2 for 3. Gordon Crafts scored in each of the last three quarters. Scoring: Paul 8, Ellis 6, Krupp 13, Wilson 6, Martini 6, McCarthy 8, Parmenter 2, Crafts 6, Mendez 0 and Barber 0.

Cards astonish high ranking Seaside 86-78 by asserting their power in the second quarter. Seven Cards performed in this game, all with considerable success. Ben Krupp led the scoring with 30, followed by Vince Wilson with 26. Until this contest the most points tallied in a game by one Cardinal was 24. Wilson played one of the greatest games by a Cardinal so far this season. Vince continuously stole the ball from the Spartans and then took it in for a score. Vince was also the top rebounded with 14. He was praise from every corner of the Auditorium. Krupp was also fantastic, in addition to his 30 points, he had 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Dave Martini had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Alan Paul also reached double figures with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Dennis McCarthy, Gordon Crafts and Steve Ellis were also impressive. The 5’ 9” McCarthy collected 6 rebounds and had 3 assists.
It all started routinely with Wilson hitting from the corner. The Cards held a slight edge at the end of first quarter 19-17. The second quarter was the finest of the season. The Cards scored six points before the Spartans could reach the scoreboard. Midway through the quarter the Cards had outscored the Spartans 19-5 to put the score at 44-22. Seaside came back to make the score 50-32. Seaside’s leading scorer has been the leading scorer in Northern California averaging 30 points a game. He found cold water in SC scoring only 17. The Cards were 28 of 41 from the line for 68 percent. Alan Paul was 9 for 11 and Krupp was 14 of 17 to lead the Cards at the line. Scoring: Paul 13, Ellis 0, Krupp 30. Martini 10, Wilson 26, McCarthy 4 and Crafts 3.

Wildcats Drill Cards 78-48. In a complete reversal from their rousing win over Seaside in their last game, the Cards fell back on their evil ways. Watsonville shot out to a 20-9 edge in the first quarter and remained in third place in league with the win. Alan Paul, Vince Wilson and Steve Ellis remained busy on offense all scoring in double figures. The Cards bounced back in the second quarter to be down 21-34. But in the third quarter Watsonville out scored them 23-10. Eleven Cat players scored and all scored three or more points.
Wilson helped the Cards with six rebounds and a pair of assists. Krupp was good for five off the backboards. Gordon Craft led the Cards in rebounding hauling down seven as the lanky junior netted six points to register another solid effort. The Cardinal consistency, which led to Seaside’s downfall, was not to be found this night. The Cats along with other teams in the MBL are making up for some lost time against SC this year, but the table could very well be turned again in the near future. Scoring Paul 15, McCarthy 0, Krupp 0, Wilson 13, Martini 2, Ellis 11, Crafts 6, Parmenter 1 and Mendez 0.

Salinas High Rambles To 67-51 Win Over SC. Salinas jumped out to an early lead, mostly on the strength of its rebounding dominance at both ends of the court. SC was usually only able to get off one shot each time down the floor. Salinas was getting second and third chances at the hoop and slowly pulled away. It was Salinas 18-9 at the end of the first quarter. It took over three minutes for the Cards to hit their first field goal. SC never recovered from the opening stanza. SC kept trying, but instead threw away passes and committing costly turnovers that added to the Cowboys cause. Salinas, at least doubled SC’s scoring efforts in each of the first three quarters. It wasn’t until the final quarter that the Cards put together a sustained attack, outscoring the host Cowboys 25-12. By that time the Salinas reserves were playing. SC wasn’t penetrating the Cowboy defense and was forced to shoot from outside. Scoring: Krupp 12, Wilson 7, Martini 4, McCarthy 2, Parmenter 2, Crafts 6, Paul 2, Mendez 0 and Barber 3.

The Cards have played Soquel twice, once in preseason and once in league and have split the games. In a very disappointing loss to Soquel the Cards led 32-28 at the end of the third quarter and held the lead 39-37 with three minutes left in the game. Soquel broke the SC press to tie the score and then put on their own press to win 45-39. Gordon Crafts led the rebounders with nine and Ben Krupp the scorers with 13. Scoring: Paul 5, Ellis 8, Krupp 13, Wilson 4, Martini 6, McCarthy 0, Crafts 3, Parmenter 3.

In a 63-68 loss to Harbor, several locals were impressive, mainly Vince Wilson who grabbed 12 rebounds and scored 15 points. Dave Martini took 12 off the boards, while passing for four assists. Ben Krupp and Steve Ellis scored in double figures. Harbor went out 19-15 in the first period and led 42-34 at halftime. Both teams scored 11 points in the third quarter and SC picked up three more points then the Bucs in the fourth quarter to lose by five points. The Cards were 21 of 33 from the foul line for 64 percent. Wilson went 9 or 10 at the line. Scoring: Paul 7, Ellis 11, Krupp 12, Martini 9, Wilson 15, McCarthy 5, Crafts 2 and Parmenter 2.

Vikings Finally Defeat Santa Cruz High, 66-49. It was a long time coming, but North Salinas finally beat a SC varsity basketball team, dropping the Cards into last place in the season finale. It was the first win over the Cards since 1966, when they won the first two games, but the Cards came back later in the same year with a win. North Salinas has chased the Cards for the MBL crown these last three years, always coming in second. Dave Martini led the Cards in scoring with 15 points, nine in the first quarter, when it looked as if SC had a chance to continue its mastery over North Salinas.
It wasn’t to be, as the Vikings forced SC turnovers and controlled the boards to pull away 20-12. By half North High led 41-28. The Cards won the third period 11-10. The Vikings finished with a 15-10 advantage in the fourth period, with reserves seeing much of the action on both sides. The Cards were 17 of 24 at the line for 71 percent. There were some bright spots for the SC future.
Sophomore Martini, of course, was a standout and appears to be recovering from a knee injury that hampered him much of the last part of the season. Vic Wilson and Gordon Crafts, particularly Crafts, topped off the season with strong games. Crafts spent only a portion of the season with the varsity, starting the year with the junior varsity. Each finished with 10 points. Scoring: Martini 15, Krupp 2, Wilson 10, McCarthy 4, Parmenter 2, Crafts 10, Paul 0, Barber 0 and Ellis 6.

There were only three seniors on this years team: Ben Krupp a returning varsity lettermen, Dennis McCarthy up from lightweights and Alan Paul up from the JV team. They all were starters this year along with Dave Martini and Vince Wilson.

Alisal kept the MBL’s record of coming in second at CCS intact for the third straight year. SC took second the first two years of section competition. It shows how tough the MBL league is.

Ben Krupp was the lone SC player to receive an honorable mention for All League. Krupp led the Cards in scoring with 238 points. Dave Martini led in rebounds with 122 and assists with 42. Alan Paul led in free throw accuracy hitting at a 78 percent rate and was second in assists with 41, just one back of the top 42..

Ben Krupp was awarded the Dads Club sportsmanship award. He also received a special award for combined scholar-athletic ability. Ben was a first string tackle on the football team.

LIGHTWEIGHT BASKETBALL

Season record 17-6. The team ended the season winning seven of the last eight games. At the end of this section more information about losing wins by forfeiture in the first semester. League scores of the actual games played: North Salinas 63-49, won; Monterey 48-41, 79-48; Aptos win, 59-38; Watsonville win, loss; Harbor loss, win; Alisal loss, Seaside win. Salinas 57-53
After the forfeiture’s of all games before the end of the semester a 8-4 record became a 2-10 record official record.

First stringers were Kevin O’Connell, Glen Reed, Mike Ferrin, Tom Lusby and Pete Corneliussen. Top reserves were Robbie George, Harry Kypreos and Waland Childs. Other players were Mike Atwood, Manuel Alvarez, Stan Frazier, Jim Lyster, Rudy Cortez and Dan Urioste. The team was composed of all freshman and sophomores. Coach Jack Alzina.

A Cardlet win skein started with a 48-41 win over rough Monterey, who got within three points, before the Cardlets pulled away at the end. Top scorers were Mike Ferren with 16 and Glen Reed with 9. Tom Lusby, Ferrin and Robbie George were praised for their defensive effort.

In the following games against Aptos and Watsonville the Cardlets won both. Kevin O’Connell was outstanding against the Mariners popping in 17 points.

Balanced scoring by four players Glen Reed with 16, Pete Corneliussen and Kevin O’Connell with 13 apiece and Tom Lusby 11, extended the Cardlets win streak to four by easily defeating North Salinas 63-49.

Anchored by Kevin O’Connell’s 27 points, the Cardlets ran over Monterey 79-48. Big quarters were the second with 29 points scored and the third with 23, while holding Monterey to 6 and 15 points. There was praise for the whole team for their fine hustle on offense and defense. Glen Reed was next in score with 17.

In two losses to Harbor and Alisal, Tom Lusby responding to pressure swished 26 and 20 points.

Kevin O’Connell with 26 points and Pete Cornelissen with 11 paced the Cardlets to a 59-38 win over Aptos.

In one paragraph it said, the Cardlets won four games and lost one. The wins were against North Salinas, Soquel, Salinas and Seaside. The only loss was to Watsonville the MBL championship team.

In a comeback win over Salinas 57-53, the Cardlets outscored Salinas 16-11 to pull out the game. Leading scorers were Kevin O’Connell with 20 points followed by Tom Lusby, 16 and Pete Corneliussen 13. Other scorers were George 1, Reed 1, Ferrin 4 and Wayne Childs 2. Coach Alzina singled out Glen Reed for doing a fine job of rebounding, but stressed the victory was the result of an overall team effort.

Freshman Glen Reed was chosen by the team as MVP, which shows you don’t have to be a top scorer to be valuable to your team. Harry Kypreos was awarded the Dads Club sportsmanship award. Kevin O’Connell was named ALL MBL as a forward. Tom Lusby was named honorable mention.

JV BASKETBALL

by thirds of the season the Cards went 2-4, 3-3 and 2-4 for a final record of 7-11. League: Alisal win, win; North Salinas win, loss; Seaside loss, 39-55; Monterey loss, 22-47; Aptos loss, loss; Salinas win, 46-70; Soquel win, 50-37; Harbor loss, 44-42. League record 7-8. Season record 7-11.

The loss of 6’ 3” Gordon Crafts, who help the team to 4-4 record, before being moved up to varsity, meant the loss of 6 or 7 more wins.

Normal starting lineup was Ron Pohlert, Gary Lyster, John Eicholz, John Mendez and Kevin McCarthy. Substitutes were John Bertucelli, Bob Lowery, Mark Gonzales, Don Logan, Robert Mahan, Bob Pianavilla, John Morris and Dan Trybom. Statisticians were Larry Mack and Mike Maddux. Timer, Jim Thuringer. Scorekeeper and reporter, Nick Natanson.

Against Watsonville in a practice game the team was down 16-25 at half time, but in the fourth quarter the Cards came within eight points. Top point makers were John Bertucelli and Ron Pohlert with 6 apiece.

Pairing a rugged defense with an upturning third quarter, the Cards came from behind to rip North Salinas 47-32. John Mendez led the scoring with 13 hoops.

The Cards have not been able to put their defensive and point producing resources together in their last six games. They beating Alisal and North Salinas and losing to Seaside, Monterey, Aptos and Watsonville 33-43 giving them a 2-4 record at this point. Top players so far have been Gary Lyster with a 9.2 scoring average in this the first third of the schedule. Gary and center Gordon Crafts have been consistently strong on the boards.
Cards lose to North Salinas 26-54. SC mustered only seven points in each of the first two quarters to trail by 14-33 at halftime. The second half was no better when they scored six points a quarter. Scoring: Lyster 5, Eicholz 2, Pohlert 8, John Mendez 4, Morris 3, Mahan 1 and Pianavilla 3.

In their next games the Cards beat Salinas, Soquel, and Alisal for the second time. The Cards distinguished themselves as highly potent scorers in the third quarter to break rather tight games wide open. At Harbor the SC defense was able to bottle up the Bucs top scorer, but were not able to find the hoop themselves and lost a low scoring game. Aptos’s big second quartered ended up with a SC loss. Monterey won 47-22 for the worst loss of the season. Top scorer in this game was John Mendez with 6.

At the end of the second third of the schedule the team record is 5-7. Starters Kevin McCarthy and John Eicholz, reserves Bob Lowery and Bob Pianavilla have been out of action part of this time. Plus the loss of Gordon Crafts to the varsity.

The Cards stayed in contention for three periods before losing to Seaside 55-39 and the same situation happened in a loss to Watsonville 64-45. They held Salinas even until the half before losing 70-46.

After five losses the Cards reversed everything utilizing spirit and accurate shooting to win the last two games. Soquel went down 50-37 with accurate shooting from John Mendez.

Ron Pohlert sacked a pair of field goals in the game’s final minute to wrap up a hair raising fourth quarter as the Cards shaded Harbor 44-42. Striking early with a John Mendez jumper the Cards led 14-6 at the end of the quarter and 25-17 at half. John Eicholz hauled in 19 rebounds, Gary Lyster scored 17 points to help led the Cards.

Top players were outside weapon, junior Gary Lyster, scored 199 points for a 11.4 points per game average. John Mendez chalked up 150 points for a 8.6 tallies per contest. Sophomore, center John Eicholz, who shone brilliantly under the backboards and on defense. Ron Pohlert averaged 5.1 points a game and Kevin McCarthy 4.9 rounding out the starting five’s statistics.

Marc Gonzales was awarded the Dads Club sportsmanship award.

SWIMMING

Practice meets: Carmel 37-52, Pacific Grove 45-41. League: Monterey 40-54, Alisal 79-16, Aptos 40-56, Salinas 54-35, Seaside won, Soquel won. (incomplete. With these scores the league record would be 4-2. Season 5-3.

It was powerhouse Monterey and Aptos monopolizing the finals of the MBL regular season .
The Santa Cruz swim team was able to capture a second place by senior Don Foster in the 100 yard freestyle. SC had a young freshman-sophomore team this year and with a year of experience they could be contenders next year. During the season Foster, Roger Elledge and Anton Kerkhove were the consistent winners.

Other swimmers other than those mentioned above are Sam Huff, Mike Foster, Kevin Jones, Bob Demos, Ted McElroy, Ray Niteschi, Howard Conner, Joe Namath, Joe Kapp, Mike Jones, Mike Biddle, Steve Roland and Steve Gray.

In the first match of the year, the Cards soaked Soquel (win, no score given). Rodger Elledge again dominated the pool in the 200 and 400 freestyle. Don Foster was impressive in the 100 butterfly.

As a tune-up for league action, the Card Mermen took on the Carmel Padres. They fell twice, 52-37 in the varsity and 51-36 in the lightweight. The only varsity members to pick up firsts were Don Foster in the 200 yard freestyle and reliable Roger Elledge in the 100 yard freestyle. Elledge also picked up a second in the 50 yard freestyle. Lightweights Kurt Calendar and Dennis Finnegan picked up firsts, Calendar in the 200 yard freestyle and Finnegan a first in the 50 yard butterfly.

The Cards took their first loss of the season at the hands of the Toreadores 40-54. Rodger Elledge continued his fine start, taking a first in the 200 freestyle and second in 400 freestyle. Sophomore Howard Connor took first in diving. Byron Foster dripped to second in the breaststroke and Paul Darling took third in the back stroke. The team record at this point is 1-1.

Against Pacific Grove the varsity won 45-41, while the lightweights lost 38-39. Freshman Anton Kerkhove and senior Don Foster swam to a pair of wins. Kurt Calendar was the big man for the lightweights winning two events.

Both teams won against Alisal, the varsity 79-16 and lightweights 65-20. Roger Elledge, Paul Darling and again Anton Kerkhove were two time winners. Kurt Calendar again won two events.

Both the varsity 40-56 and lightweights lost 42-46 to the front running Aptos. Roger Elledge won the 50 and 100 yard freestyles. Byron Foster won the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:15.2. In the big race of the day, Don Foster missed winning the 100 freestyle by 6/10 of a second. Matt Lezin took the only first in the 50 yard freestyle.

Against Salinas the varsity won 54-35 and lightweights lost 35-52. Elledge again won his two races. Anton Kerkove won the 200 yard individual medley and the 100 yard backstroke. Matt Lezin and Dennis Finnegan paced the lightweights, both corralling first places, Lezin in the 50 yard freestyle and Finnegan in the 50 yard butterfly.

Both teams picked themselves up against Seaside with the varsity collecting 9 first places and the lightweights 4 first places. Paul Darling, a new comer to the two win circle took the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly. Roger Elledge got victories in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles, while Don Foster was winning the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. The lightweights had tremendous balance with Matt Lezin, Dennis Finnegan, Kurt Calendar and Gary Feiberling picking up firsts. A surprise winner was David DeJesus in the diving competition.

TRACK

Willie Head won the 100 yard dash 9.9 seconds at the MBL meet and took fifth at CCS.

Last years coach Mel Fishburn has been transferred to Soquel and former assistant Don Dempewolfe has assumed the head coaching position. Coach Dempewolfe is worried about the lack of manpower with only 11 on the varsity squad. He feels at least 20 to 25 members are needed for a competitive team. Though they lack depth, there are some individual standouts. Willie Head will win his share of points in the sprint events. He has already run the 100 yard dash in 10.3 seconds in practice. Murray Fleming considered the best 180 yard low hurdler in the MBL this year, should also proved points. The top distance runners returning are Doug Huskey in the mile, who had a time of 4:51 in the Harbor meet. Casey Webber is running the half mile again. The varsity 440 yard relay team of Willie Head, Ron Pohlert, Dennis Baldwin and Murray Fleming will be strong.

Team members were: Ron Pohlert, Dennis Baldwin, John Bagnall, Willie Head, Ron Staub, Dave Gallicinao, Glen Liberatore, Charles Alexander, Alex Bastine, Lorenzo Lowery, Norman Eldredge, Rick Nelson, Dennis Meakin, Gary Eakin, Mike Reed, Ernie Hightower, Jim Finch, David Freeman, Elmer Mankins, Frank Smith, Casey Webber, Dan Urioste, John Geyer, Bill Terzachi, John Bertucelli, Murray Fleming, Gene Anderson, Jerry Vellutini, Eloy Villa, John Glines, Bruce Gabriel, Steve Park, Bret Merha, Pat Lively, Rich McCullah, Manuel Alvarez, and Larry Wick. Not all these members finished the season.

In the first dual meet, the varsity lost to Harbor and the JV’s won. The varsity 440 yard relay team of Willie Head, Ron Pohlert, Dennis Baldwin and Murray Fleming won with a 45.3 time. Head won the 100 yard dash in 10.4 followed by Fleming in second place. Fleming won the 120 low hurdles.

SC came in second to Alisal and ahead of Robert Louis Stevenson in a three way meet. We took the first three places in the high jump with Ron Pohlert, Casey Webber and Rick McCullah finishing in that order. In the first year of competition in a new event, the triple jump, Ron Pohlert won with a jump of 43 feet just a few feet short of the top jump in Northern California. On the nice all weather track at RLS, Willie Head turned in a beautiful 9.9, 100 yard dash. Murray Fleming won the high hurdles and the relay team won also. Not bad for a 15 men team.

The Cards put up a good fight in a three way meet against Monterey 52, Seaside 48 and SC 47 in a very tight meet. Dennis Baldwin won the high hurdles and Willie Head won the 100. The distance men are coming on strong. Frank Smith is getting some good times in the two mile and little Bill Terzaghi is moving in on Frank hitting 11:28.5 for second place.
The following week he did 11:01.3 at the Pacific Grove meet. Eloy Villa in the mile is making tracks, winning in 4:55.7, then running a 4:47.2 in a relay at the Blossom Hill Relays the following day and at the Pacific Grove meet he took a second. Bruce Gabriel and David Gallacinao have been steadily moving their times down in the two mile. John Glines and Casey Webber lead our field in the half mile. Glines a lightweight has a best of 2:12 and has improved as much as five seconds at a time, which is unheard of in the 880.
Webber, “old dependable”, keeps moving down too with a best of 2:01. The varsity mile relay team has been making progress also with Ron Pohlert, Rick McCullah, Casey Webber and Dennis Baldwin usually winning their races. They were timed in 3:40 at Pacific Grove. For the sprinters. Ernie Hightower has been pushing record times for freshman running a 24 flat in the 220 at PG. Lightweight John Bagwall jumped 33” 10” in the new triple jump. Only six men showed for the Pacific Grove meet.

Fleming, Head Power SCHS Relay Teams. At the Santa Cruz Relays held in Watsonville, to take advantage of their better track conditions, the SC speed freaks tripped to an unexpected eighth place. Leigh won with 45 points followed by Monterey 37, Watsonville 29, SC 19. The top individual varsity performance came from Willie Head who took third in the 100. Don Green of Harbor, who attended SC as a freshman, before Harbor high opened, took first. Card relay teams took first in the 880 and third in the 440. The teams were in running order Rick McCullah, Dennis Baldwin, Murray Fleming and Willie Head. On both relays the fast feather men were trailing into the last half where third man Murray Fleming raced hard to gain good position for finisher Head.

At this point in the season there are only eight men left on the varsity team. The four relay men mentioned above plus Ron Pohlert, shot putter Jerry Vellutini and runners Casey Webber and Frank Smith. Top lightweights still out are Bobby Lowery in the high jump and hurdles; Alex Bastine and Ernie Hightower are fine sprinters; Eloy Villa and Bill Terzaghi are the distance men. Steve Parke, Dennis Meakin and Gary Eakin have done will this year.

BASEBALL MBL CHAMPIONS AND THIRD PLACE IN CCS

Through the last four years the Cardinals have played better baseball than any other team in the Central Coast Section, winning all four league championships and four region titles. Santa Cruz holds the honor of being he only team to participate in all four CCS championship tournaments. The Cards were third in 1967, second in 1968 and 69 and third in 1970.

Practice games: Oak Grove 8-0; Piedmont Hills 8-3; SLV 2-0; Carmel 3-2; Salinas Lions Tourney with 16 teams: Monterey 7-2; Mora 9-1; Seaside 13-4; Hollister 5-3 for tourney championship. Practice record 8-0. League: Alisal 9-2, 2-0; Seaside, 18-1, 3-0; Monterey, 5-1, 9-0; Aptos, 7-3, 8-1; Watsonville, 8-0, 5-1; North Salinas, 6-3, 7-3; Salinas 5-4, 3-2; Soquel, 3-2, 3-2; Harbor 4-8, 8-2. League record 17-1. Regular season record 25-1. CCS: Hollister 13-3, Mora 10-4, Willow Glen 2-5, Aragon 9-2 for third place. Complete season including CCS record 28-2.

Leading the effort to keep the Cards’ championship streak of three straight years going will be five returning first stringers: Marty Gilbert valuable pitcher, outfielder and power hitter will be in his third year as a starter; Dee Herren the league’s premier base runner who led the Cards in stolen bases with 17; Steve Vomvolakis one of the finest infielders in the league, whose clutch run scoring double put the Cards in the CCS finals; Craig Foust and Stan Herum both hit over 300 last season. Other returnees are catcher Jeff Gordon and first baseman John Slaughter who served as very efficient reserves. Up from the JV’s are pitcher Mike Johnson who did some varsity pitching the last two years; Preston Dyson another pitcher with potential; Gus Penniman, Steve Ellis, Dave Mendez, Gary Lyster, Duke Sheldon and Bill Parmenter. Important members of the group were Casey Tefertiller and Jose Nova

Oak Grove falls 8-0 in Cards opener. Three pitchers worked the shutout: Marty Gilbert started and went two innings giving up one hit and walked two. Preston Dyson collected the win going the next four innings while striking out nine and giving up only two hits. Duke Sheldon finished up the last inning giving up one hit, walked one and struck out one. The Cards broke the game open with a seven run second inning. Herren had 2 doubles and Johnson one. Runs batted in by Herren two and Gordon, Penniman, Herum, Lyster and Slaughter one apiece.
Cards had no errors. The starting line up, position, at bats followed by number of hits: Herren CF, 4-3, Gordon C, 2-1; Gilbert P/LF, 3-0; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Vomvolakis SS/2B, 2-1; Herum 3B, 2-2; Johnson RF, 2-1; Lyster 2B, 3-1 and Slaughter LF, 1-1. Substitutes were Foust SS, 1-0; Mendez LF, 1-0; Sheldon P, 0-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.

Piedmont Hills another San Jose team ventured to SC and lost 8-3. Gilbert started and went four innings giving up only one hit, walked three, no earned runs and struck out two for the win. Johnson finished the last three innings giving up four hits, walking two, no earned runs and striking out six. Neither pitcher allowed an earned run, Top hitters were Gordon with three hits, Herren, Slaughter and Vomvolakis with two each. Herren had a triple and Vovomlakis a double and two RBI’s. Gordon also had two RBI’s and Foust and Herum also drove in a run. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-2; Gordon C, 3-3; Gilbert P/LF, 3-1; Foust SS, 2-1; Herum 3B, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 4-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Johnson P, 2-0; Lyster LF, 4-0 and Slaughter RF, 3-2.

Marty Gilbert and Preston Dyson split the pitching assignment in the shut out win against SLV 2-0. Gilbert started an went 3 innings striking out 5 and giving up two hits. Dyson went four innings, striking out 7 and giving up one hit for the win. No SLV batter got past second base. The first run was scored in the fifth, when John Slaughter doubled Steve Vomvolakis to third and he scored on an infield out by Dyson. The other run was scored in the sixth by Gilbert, who got on base on a fielders choice, stole second, went to third on a pass ball and scored on an error. The Cards played errorless ball. Lineup: Herren CF, 2-0; Gordon C, 2-1; Gilbert P/LF, 3-0; Foust SS, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Slaughter LF/1B, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 1-0; Dyson P, 1-0 and Mendez RF, 3-0.

Redbird win tight 3-2 victory over Carmel. The Cards went ahead in the third inning when Jeff Gordon doubled to drive in Gus Penniman and Dee Herren. In the sixth the winning run was driven in by Stan Herum‘s double. Gilbert started and went three innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out one. Dyson went four innings giving up one hit, no runs or walks and struck out seven to earn the win. Dyson allowed only one base runner in his four innings. Doubles: Herren, Gilbert, Gordon and Herum. RBI’s Gordon two and Herum one. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 4-1; Gilbert P/RF, 3-1; Foust SS, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-1; Slaughter LF, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 1-0; Lyster LF, 2-0; Mendez RF, 1-0 and Dyson P, 2-0.

LEAGUE STARTS

Cards Explode For 9-2 League Win against Alisal. Dee Herren provided the biggest blow of the afternoon when he lifted a shot over the usually elusive right field barrier at Harvey West for a grand slam home run. He drove in five runs for the day. Sophomore Preston Dyson the big strong right handed starter was again impressive and went five innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked none and struck out seven for the win. Mike Johnson went two innings giving up three hits, one earned run and walked one. Not one Cardinals went down on strikes. Home run by Herren. Doubles: Vomvolakis and Herum. RBI’s: Herren four and the rest one, Gilbert, Johnson, Vomvolakis and Herum.. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-2; Gordon C, 4-0; Gilbert RF/LF, 2-2; Foust SS, 4-0; Vomvolakis 2B/C, 3-1; Herum 3B, 3-3; Mendez LF, 3-0; Dyson P, 3-1; Slaughter 1B, 1-0; Johnson P, 1-1 and Penniman 1B, 1-0.

Cards Bomb Sparta 18-1 at Seaside. SC unleashed a 15 hit attack led by Dee Herren, who drove in six runs. Herren again had a grand slam home run. Gilbert started and went six innings giving up three hits, walked only one and struck out three for the win. Duke Sheldon went one inning giving up one hit, one earned run and walked one. Lyster, Gilbert and Herren all had doubles. RBI’s: Herren six, Johnson and Lyster two apiece and Foust, Herum, Slaughter, Vomvolakis and Mendez one apiece. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 5-3; Gordon C, 2-0; Gilbert P/RF, 5-2; Herum 3B, 3-1; Foust SS, 3-1; Slaughter 1B, 2-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-1; Johnson RF, 2-1; Ellis RF, 2-2; Lyster LF, 2-1 and Mendez RF, 3-2.

SALINAS LIONS TOURNAMENT

The Cards won four games and the tournament title with a 5-3 nine inning win over Hollister.
The first game of the tournament ended with a 7-2 win over Monterey. Preston Dyson threw a complete game giving up six hits, one walk, two earned runs and struck out ten. The Cards scored three runs in the third inning to take the lead 3-0. Foust led off with a double, went to third on Slaughters bunt base hit and scored on a single by Vomvolakis. Mendez bunted for a base hit moving Slaughter to third and Vomvolakies to second. With the bases loaded Herren reached first on an error and Slaughter scored. Gordon walked to score Vomvolakis. The Cards scored two more runs in the fourth and six innings. Doubles: Herren, Foust and Dyson. RBI’s: Herren three, one each for Gordon and Vomovolakis. Cards had a double play and no errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-3; Gordon C, 3-0; Gilbert RF, 3-0; Herum 3B, 3-0; Foust SS, 3-1; Slaughter 1B, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Mendez LF, 3-2 and Dyson P, 3-1.

Cards score seven runs in the second inning to beat Mora Central of Watsonville 9-1. Mike Johnson started and went four inning giving up one hit, walked one, no earned runs and struck out five for the win. Duke Sheldon went three innings giving up one hit, three walks, one earned run and struck out two. Gilbert and Foust had triples. RBI’s were Mendez three, Gilbert and Johnson two apiece, Foust and Herum each had one. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-1; Mendez LF, 2-2; Gilbert RF, 3-0; Foust SS, 4-2; Herum 3B, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 4-1; Johnson P, 3-3; Slaughter 1B, 2-1; Gordon C, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 1-1; Parmenter 2B, 1-0; Ellis LF, 1-0; Lyster RF, 0-0 and Sheldon P, 0-0.

Cards beat Seaside 13-4 in the third game of the tournament. Marty Gilbert pitched a complete game giving up seven hits, walked four, no earned runs and struck out six. The Cards had four errors that allowed the four runs to score. Gilbert and Herum had doubles. Herum and Herren had triples. RBI’s: Herum four, Herren three, Gilbert and Gordon two apiece and Penniman one.
Lineup: Herren CF, 4-3; Mendez LF, 4-1; Gilbert P, 4-2; Johnson RF, 3-1; Foust SS, 3-2; Herum 3B, 4-3; Vomvolakis 2B, 4-1; Johnson P, 3-3; Slaughter 1B, 2-1; Gordon C, 3-2; Penniman 1B, 4-2;

Extra Inning Win Nets Cardinals Salinas Title with a 5-3 win over Hollister. Cards Roar In Salinas Lions’ Tournament Finals. The Hollister right fielder races for the fence and watches a small sphere disappear over the fence 360 feet away from home plate at Salinas Municipal Stadium. Jeff Gordon, who had singled was sacrificed to second, waits at home plate for Dee Herren who had just driven the ball with the force of a sledge hammer for his fourth home run of the year. This puts the Cards ahead 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning. Hollister had just gone ahead 1-2 in the previous half inning. Marty Gilbert had put the Cards ahead 1-0 in the fourth inning on an inside the park home run.
Preston Dyson went the first six innings giving up only two hits, allowing only six base runners and the two runs scored against him were unearned. Mike Johnson started pitching in the bottom of the seventh inning, gave up a single and on two stolen bases and a throwing error the game was tied once more 3-3. Johnson was impressive the next two innings giving up three hits, walked two, no earned runs, struck out five and was credited with the win. With two outs in the ninth inning, Gus Penniman took four straight balls for a walk. Marty Gilbert hit a triple scoring Penniman to put the Cards ahead. Craig Foust singled to score Gilbert for an insurance run.
The Cardinals reached the finals by beating Monterey, Mora and Seaside. Herren was named the tournament MVP by batting .529 with two home runs, eight runs batted in, carried 18 total bases with three steals, a double and triple to go along with the two homers. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-2; Mendez LF, 1-0 and two walks; Penniman 1B, 1-0; Gilbert RF, 4-2; Foust SS, 4-1; Herum 3B, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Slaughter 1B, 2-0; Gordon C, 4-1; Dyson P, 2-0; Johnson P, 1-0 and Ellis PH, 1-0.

Cards Win Third Straight MBL Contest beating Monterey 5-1 behind the complete game by Preston Dyson who struck out 11, allowed five hits, no earned runs and walked two. Dyson got stronger as the game progressed, retiring 12 of the last 14 batters he faced. Dee Herren scored two runs and knocked in two others to lead the hitters. Herren just missed a homer in his first at bat as it was flagged down at the fence. Twice, Herren singled, stole second advanced to third on infield outs and scored on hits by Marty Gilbert. Doubles: Herren and Vomvolakis. RBI’s: Herren and Gilbert two apiece and Slaughter one. Cards had one error. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-2; Mendez LF, 4-0. Gilbert RF, 3-2; Foust SS, 3-0; Herum 3B, 4-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-1; Gordon C, 4-1; Slaughter 1B, 3-1 and Dyson P, 1-0.

SC Ease by Mariners 7-3. SC riding a 10 hit attack, against a pitcher who no hit Soquel several weeks ago, extended its MBL record to 4-0. SC pitching, although far from sharp came through when necessary. The perfect Card defense went without a miscue. Gilbert started and went four and two thirds innings giving up three earned runs, seven hits, walked five and struck out five for the win. Dyson pitched two and one third innings giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out four. In the first inning Herren walked, stole second, when the throw from the catcher ended up in the outfield, Herren scored all the way from first. The second run came on a single by Mendez, who moved to third on two walks and was singled home by Gordon. In the second inning the Cards scored two more on Gilberts double. Herren drove in two more runs in the third. In the fifth inning Slaughter singled and scored on errors. Gilbert picked a runner off first and the Cards had no errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-2; Mendez LF, 3-1. Gilbert P/RF, 4-2; Foust SS, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-1 and two walks; Gordon C, 4-2; 2-0; Slaughter 1B, 3-1; Ellis RF, 2-1; Lyster 2B, 1-0 and two sacrifices; Penniman 1b, 1-1 and Dyson P, 1-0.

Cards Keep Rolling with a 8-0 defeat of Watsonville. The Cards score three in the first inning, one in the second, three in the third and one in the fifth. Marty Gilbert went the distance giving up three hits, walked four and struck out five for the win. He put the side down in order in four of the innings. The Cards had one error. RBI’s: Herren three, Ellis two and one each for Herum, Vomvolakis and Gordon. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-2; Mendez LF, 3-0. Gilbert P, 3-1; Foust SS, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-1; Gordon C, 2-1; Slaughter 1B, 3-0; Ellis RF, 3-2; Lyster 3B, 0-0; Penniman 1B, 1-0 and Parmenter 2B, 0-0.

Cardinals Keep Rolling with 6-3 league victory over North Salinas in their toughest league game so far. Dee Herren had a perfect day at the plate and threw out one runner at the plate trying to score. Marty Gilbert slugged a two run seventh inning homer. Preston Dyson went a complete game giving up seven hits, walked one, allowed no earned runs and struck out five to run his season record to a perfect 7-0 This was the Cards sixth straight victory in league to put them two full games ahead.
Herren raised his MBL batting average to .565 with four singles in four trips to the plate to lead the Cards nine hit attack. Jeff Gordon had two hits and scored two runs. Gilbert’s homer, which scored Gordon was a towering shot to left that carried 425 feet on the fly. There are no fences surrounding the Viking diamond and by the time the outfielder caught up with the ball Gilbert was rounding third. In the first inning Gilbert unloaded a shot at least 390 feet that was easily caught as they outfielder only had to go back a short way. He hit another nearly as far in the third with the same result. But the last one gave the Cards a little breathing room in a closely contested game. These top three men in the batting order did their job this day.
SC had some tense moments in the sixth inning with the bases loaded with only one out. The Vikings went for a suicide squeeze. It was suicide. Dyson put the ball low and outside so the batter couldn’t reach it and Gordon put the tag on for the out. Gordon had action at the plate in the third inning when he took a perfect letter high throw from Herren in center to make the tag out of the runner trying to score from second.
Herren singled to start the game, stole second and continued to third on the bad throw and scored on Gordon’s single. In the second inning a walk and back to back sacrifice bunts loaded the sacks for the Cards. A wild throw to third scored one run and Herren drove in another. Gordon bunted for a hit in the fifth, moved to second on Stan Herums bunt single, stole third and scored on an error. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-4; Gordon C, 3-2; Gilbert RF, 4-1; Herum 3B, 4-1; Foust SS, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Ellis LF, 2-0; Slaughter 1B, 2-0 and Dyson P, 3-0.

The Cards come from behind to beat second place Salinas 5-4. After trailing a MBL opponent for the first time this season, the Cards rallied for four runs in the final two innings thus maintaining their unblemished league mark of 7-0. This victory has to be one of the most satisfying. Salinas went ahead 3-1 in the third and held the lead until the sixth, when the Cards scored three runs. Gus Penniman walked to lead off the rally, then Herren was hit by a pitch. Jeff Gordon bunted for a base hit to load the bases. With Stan Herum at the plate, Penniman and Herren took off as Herum executed the squeeze bunt. Penniman scoring easily. Herren who had started a little early easily scored from second to make it a two run sacrifice bunt that tied the score 3-3. With Gordon on second Craig Foust bunted down third baseline, the ball was thrown away and Gordon scored to put the Cards ahead 4-3.
Salinas tied the score 4-4 in the top of the seventh. Dyson, who had walked was sacrificed to second by Penniman. Dee Herren, one of the many Card clutch hitters drove in Dyson with the winning run. The Cards first score came in the second inning when Foust singled, moved to third on walks and scored on Penniman’s fielders choice. Gilbert started and went five and one-third innings giving up six hits, three earned runs, seven walks and struck out four. Dyson went one and two-third innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out two and got the win. Foust led the Cards eight hit attack going 3 for 3. Catcher Jeff Gordon, while playing inspired ball behind the plate was 2 for 3. Each team had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-1; Gordon C, 4-2; Gilbert P/RF, 4-1; Herum 3B, 2-1; Foust SS, 3-3; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Ellis LF, 4-0; Penniman 1B, 1-0; Mendez RF, 1-0; Johnson PH, 1-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.

Cards scratched a 3-2 win over Soquel. Both teams scored in the first and third innings. The first Card score started with two walks to Gordon and Gilbert, an infield error and another walk to Foust to force in a run. In the third Gilbert doubled and scored on Penniman’s fielders choice The winning run came in the seventh, when Gilbert walked and stole second. Vomvolakis was intentionally walked bringing up left handed hitting, first baseman Penniman, who singled to right field to score Gilbert for his second RBI of the game. Foust drove in a run and Gilbert had a double. Dyson gave up 6 hits, two earned runs, no walks and struck out seven in a well pitched complete game effort. In each of the last four innings, he put the side down in order. Herren, Gordon and Gilbert, the first three men in the batting order stole bases. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 3-0; Gilbert P/RF, 2-1; Herum 3B, 2-0; Foust SS, 2-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Ellis LF, 4-0; Penniman 1B, 4-1; Mendez RF, 3-1 and Dyson P, 3-1.

Harbor pulls a major upset beating the Cards 8-4. The Bucs went ahead 4-0 early, scoring three runs in the first inning on three infield errors. All the Card runs came on Marty Gilbert’s grand slam home run in the fifth inning to tie the score, but the Harbor came back to score four in the sixth inning for the win. The loss was the first for the Cards in league play and the second overall, but SC maintained a two game edge over second place Watsonville. The defensive play of the game came in the fifth inning when Mike Johnson raced back to the right field fence and made a twisting jump to snare the ball and tumbled to the ground. Two of the Cards six hits were by Steve Ellis. Penniman had a double. Gilbert started and went five plus innings giving up seven hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out three. Gilbert was given the loss as he put the first runner of the sixth inning on base. Dyson went two innings giving up three hits, three earned runs, walked one, struck out two and took the loss. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-0; Gordon C, 3-1; Gilbert P/RF, 4-1; Herum 3B, 3-0; Foust SS, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 3-1; Ellis LF, 3-2; Johnson RF, 3-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.

Starting a new win streak after the Harbor loss, Alisal gave the Cards a tough game, before SC won the game 2-0 in the seventh inning. In a complete game shut out, Preston Dyson did not allow a runner to reach third base, He gave up only two hits, no earned runs, walked only one and struck out ten. In another fine performance. Herren singled, stole second and took third on a bad throw to second. Gordon squeezed Herren home and was safe at first. Gordon went to second on a pass ball and third on a wild pitch and Herum squeezed him home for the Cardinals two runs. The Cards had chances during other innings because of walks and errors, but the Trojan pitcher allowed only four hits and two of them came in the last inning. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 3-2; Gilbert RF, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-0; Ellis LF, 2-0; Foust SS, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 1-0 and two walks; Dyson P, 3-0; Mendez LF, 0-0 and a walk and Johnson PH, 0-0 and a walk.

Gilbert follows Dyson’s two hitter with one of his own in a 10-1 win over Aptos. In a complete game win Gilbert gave up an unearned run in the first inning and that was it. He gave up two hits, walked five, allowed no earned runs and struck out three for a nice performance. Johnson, Herum, Vomvolakis and Gilbert each had two hits. Gary Lyster drove in three runs. Gilbert, Herum, Penniman, Johnson and Vomvolakis each had one RBI. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-0; Gordon C, 4-1; Gilbert P, 3-2; Herum 3B, 2-2 plus a walk and a sacrifice; Penniman 1B, 2-1 plus a sacrifice and walk; Johnson RF, 3-2; Vomvolakis SS, 2-2 plus two walks; Ellis LF 3-0 and Lyster 2B, 3-1.

Cardinals Smash Toreadores 9-0 as they parlayed 10 hits and five Monterey errors into nine runs. Preston Dyson SC’s unbelievable sophomore pitcher had Monterey eating from his hand all afternoon. Dyson in his seven innings fanned 12, walked one and gave up four hits for the win. Doubles for Mendez, Ellis and Dyson. RBI’s for Mendez, Herum, Johnson, Ellis and Lyster. The Cards had one error. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-1; Gordon C, 2-0; Gilbert RF, 3-1; Herum 3B, 2-1; Johnson LF, 4-1; Penniman 1B, 2-2; Ellis CF, 1-1; Vomvolakis SS, 2-1; Lyster 2B, 3-0; Mendez LF, 1-1; Dyson P, 2-1 and Parmenter 2B, 0-0.

Cardinals Close In On MBL Pennant as Marty Gilbert tossed a one hitter for his second game in a row to beat Seaside 3-0. The Cards unscored upon in 14 innings have been getting outstanding pitching. Gilbert and Dyson have given up only seven hits in the last 28 innings. The Cards scored two runs in the first inning as lead off hitter Dee Herren was hit by a pitch, stole second and was bunted to thirds by Jeff Gordon who beat the throw to first. Herren scored on a Gilbert ground out. Gordon scored when Mike Johnson parted the pitchers hair with a shot through the box to make the score 2-0. In the third inning Steve Vomvolakis drove in Stan Herum. Gilbert who usually suffers some control problems in the early innings, walked five, but upped his strikeout quota to seven. SC had no errors. SC is now a solid 12-1 in league and 22-2 overall. Lineup: Herren CF, 2-0; Gordon C, 4-2; Gilbert P, 4-1; Herum 3B, 3-1; Johnson RF, 4-2; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Vomvolakis SS, 2-2; Lyster 2B, 3-0; Ellis LF, 2-0 and Mendez LF, 0-0 and walked.

Dyson’s pitching clinches Cards at least a tie for their fourth league title in a row. Gilbert pounds out four hits and two RBI’s in a 5-1 win over Watsonville with four games to go. Dyson walked just one, allowed one earned run and struck out 10. In the fifth and sixth innings he fanned the side. After the second inning, when the Cats scored their run, only two runners reached third. Watsonville scored first and the Cards tied the game in the fourth when Gilbert singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Johnson’s single to center. Penniman started the fifth with a single, then two misplayed bunts loaded the bases. After an out Gilbert slashed a double scoring two runners. Herren then scored on a passed ball making the score 4-1. Gordon slapped what should have been a single, but when the outfielder was lax in going after the ball the hustling catcher went to second. Gilbert’ infield single moved Gordon to third and Foust squeezed him home to make it 5-1. Gordon had a double. RBI’s were Gilbert two, Johnson and Foust one each. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 4-1; Gilbert RF, 4-4; Johnson LF, 4-1; Foust SS, 3-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 3-1 and Dyson P, 1-0.

Another MBL Flag For The Cardinals for the fourth consecutive time with a 3-2 win over Salinas. Gilbert pitched a five hitter to run the Cards MBL record to 14-1 with three games left. Watsonville the closes team to them trails by four games. Gilbert fanned 12 batters in upping his MBL record to 6-1. He struck out two batters in the first, second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings and one batter in the third and fifth. In the first inning Gilbert scored the first SC run, on a single to right, when the ball got passed the right fielder he went to third. Johnson walked, stole second and when the second baseman lost the ball, Gilbert scored. Dave Mendez led off the third with a single. Jeff Gordon bunted him to second and when the throw was off, Mendez went to third and Gordon was safe at first. Gordon then took off for second and the pitcher trying to get him at second threw the ball into the outfield and Mendez scored. Salinas tied the score in the fourth. In the fifth inning Mendez drew a two out walk, stole second and scored on Dee Herren’s single. Both teams had four errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 2-0; Gilbert P, 3-1; Johnson LF, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum 3B, 3-0; Foust SS, 3-0 and Mendez RF, 1-1.

The Cards took the pennant behind some great hitting and pitching. Gilbert led the hitting with a .440 average, followed by Herren at .386, Vomvolakis, Johnson and Ellis at .333 and Gordon at .319. SC has a .309 team average. RBI’s Herren 20 and Gilbert 19. Herren has three home runs and Gilbert has two. Pitching wise Dyson has fanned 70 batters in 52 innings and complied a 8-0 mark. Gilbert has 46 in 49 innings.

In the second round of league play, the score against Soquel stayed the same as it was in the first game, SC 3 and Soquel 2. The Cards scored all three of their runs in the first inning. Herren opened the game with a home run. Gilbert singled and was forced out at second by Johnson. Vomvolakis singled Johnson to third and then stole second. A throwing error on Penniman’s infield ball scored Johnson and Vomvolakis. Dyson continued his excellent pitching giving up five hits, one walk, one earned run and struck out ten. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-2; Gordon C, 3-0; Gilbert RF, 3-1; Johnson LF, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 1-1 and two walks; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Herum 3B, 2-0; Foust SS, 3-0 and Dyson P, 3-1

Cards avenge their only league loss, by taking Harbor 8-2. SC capped an 11 hit attack with a four run sixth inning to secure the win. Herren got on base with a fielders choice and scored on Gilbert’s triple. Johnson walked and stole second. Vomvolakis drove them both in and went to second in the throw to the plate and scored on two wild pitches. Gilberts two hits got his average up to .432. Gilbert struck out 10, gave up five hits, no earned runs and walked four. Johnson, Vomvolakis and Herum all drove in two runs and Gilbert had one. Gilbert had a triple. Gordon and Johnson doubled. The top of the order scored all 8 runs. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-0; Gordon C, 3-1; Gilbert P, 4-2; Johnson RF, 3-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 4-2; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Herum 3B, 3-2; Foust SS, 3-1; Mendez LF, 2-1 and Ellis LF 1-0.

In the last league game of the season the Cards defeated North Salinas 7-3. Mike Johnson started his first game since coming back from mononucleosis and went three innings giving up one hit, two walks, no earned runs and struck out three. Preston Dyson finished up the last four innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, walked none, and struck out seven for the win. Herren tripled to drive in two runs in the sixth inning. Vomvolakis doubled in a run in the third inning. Johnson scored three runs after doubling twice and walking once. Stan Herum drove in a run. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-1; Gordon C, 3-0; Gilbert RF, 4-0; Johnson P/LF, 2-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum 3B, 2-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Foust SS, 2-0; Mendez LF, 1-0; Ellis PR, 0-0; Dyson P, 1-0; Parmenter 2B, 1-0; and Lyster 3B, 1-0.

To start the region playoffs, the Cards scored three runs in the first inning, five in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth in a no stress game this time against Hollister winning 13-3. The previous game with Hollister in the Salinas tournament finals went nine innings. Top hitter was Stan Herum, who went 4 for 4, doubled and drove in three runs. Players with two hits were Herren, Gilbert and Johnson, who also had two RBI‘S. Dyson gave up three hits, one earned run, walked seven and struck out three and earned another win. Gilbert, Johnson and Herum doubled. Gilbert, Johnson, Penniman and Herum each stole a base. RBI’s: Herum three, Johnson two and Herren, Gilbert, Vomovolakis, and Foust one each. Cards had one errror. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-2; Gordon C, 5-1; Gilbert RF, 5-2; Johnson LF, 3-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum 3B, 4-4; Penniman 1B, 4-0; Foust SS, 2-1 and Dyson P, 4-0.

Cards Win Region IV Crown 10-4 over Mora, who won their league, the Coast Athletic Association. Mora had a season record of 20-7 and became the second CCS victim of the Cards. Marty Gilbert went the first five innings, striking out 10, allowing only three hits, no earned runs, walked four to earn the win. He whiffed the side in three innings. Mike Johnson finished the last two innings giving up no hits, two earned runs, walked four and struck out three. Gilbert, Lyster and Johnson had doubles. RBI’s were Johnson three and one each for Gilbert and Foust. Stan Herum extended his consecutive hitting streak to five games. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 5-1; Gordon C, 2-0; Gilbert P/RF, 2-2; Johnson RF/P, 4-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum 3B, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Foust SS, 3-0; Mendez LF, 2-0; Lyster 1B, 1-1, Parmenter 2B, 0-0. and Ellis LF, 1-1.

In the semi-final game loss to Willow Glen 2-6 an uncharacteristic five errors played a big part in the loss. The extra at bats given the opponent makes it hard on the pitcher. The Cards got their two runs with help of two errors. Gary Lyster got on by a throwing error and ended up on second. Dee Herren singled him home. Herren then stole second and was singled home by Jeff Gordon. The Cards had 7 hits against Willow Glens’ 13. Dyson started and went five innings giving up 11 hits, three earned runs, walked one and struck out five. Johnson pitched the last two innings giving up two hits, no earned runs or walks and struck out three. The most the Cards have given up this season, but the errors put more pressure on the pitchers. Even though they lost this game and did not have the chance they were looking for, to play in the championship game, the team did not let down the next day and ended the season with their business like game. No errors, 10 runs and with confidence in their ability. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-2; Gordon C, 3-2; Gilbert RF, 4-1; Johnson LF, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-1; Herum 3B, 3-0; Foust SS, 3-0; Penniman 1B, 1-0; Lyster 1B, 2-0; Mendez PH/LF, 2-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.

In the final game of the season in the CCS third place game, the Cards beat Aragon 10-2. Marty Gilbert pitched his best game of the season. He was in complete control the whole game, striking out 8, giving up 5 hits and one earned run. A big fourth inning broke the game open with 13 plate appearances and 7 runs. The big hitters in the inning were Steve Ellis with a 3 RBI triple. Others with RBI’s were Mike Johnson 2, Gary Lyster 1 and Dee Herren 1. Johnson and Ellis each had 4 RBI’s for the game and Herren and Lyster each had one. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 5-1; Gilbert P, 4-2; Johnson RF, 4-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum 3B, 3-2; Foust SS, 2-1; Lyster 1B, 1-0 plus two walks and a sacrifice; Ellis LF, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 0-0; Mendez LF, 0-0 and Parmenter 2B, 0-0..

As a team the Cards hit .304 and carried a 1.06 earned run average.

Six Cardinals were honored as ALL MBL players. Marty Gilbert was selected league MVP. The other five were Dee Herren, Jeff Gordon, Steve Vomvolakis, Stan Herum and Preston Dyson. Mike Johnson was award an honorable mention, (only because he missed games with Mononucleosis, otherwise he would have definitely have been on the first team.) All seven were selected to the SENTINAL ALL COUNTY team, which included Johnson. Bill Dodge was coach of the year for both.

All the following stats are for league only.
Gilbert a three year starter on three MBL championship teams, who did everything for SC except sweep the stands after the home games was one of the top pitchers in the league carrying a 7-1 record with a 1.00 earned run average. The senior southpaw carried a .410 batting average along with two home runs. Marty pounded out 39 total bases and had 16 runs batted in.
Dee Herren was an unanimous choice. Dee a second year starter had a dream senior season leading off, batting .365, stealing 18 bases, and scoring 20 runs. Dee hit four home runs, totaled 39 bases and drove in 23 runs. The fleet centerfielder is one of the best defensive players on the team and also has the arm to throw out runners from the outfield. Herren helped the Red Birds over so rough spots early in the year with his hitting, which at one time was close to .500.
Senior second baseman Steve Vomvolakis was an unanimous choice. Steve a second year starter averaged .368, walked 20 times, reaching base on a average of over six times in every ten at bats, was a clutch hitter, while playing fine defense.
Catcher Jeff Gordon was an unanimous choice. Jeff ripped for a .268 average, while being one of the best bunters on the team and used it as a weapon to move up runners and squeeze them in for runs. He was a base stealer, who knew how to run the bases from his number two spot in the lineup. His main importance to the team was his being the best catcher in the league, never letting a ball through him and terrorizing enemy base runners with his strong throwing arm. Jeff could be considered one of the most improved players in the area this year and doing a heady job handling the SC hurlers.
Stan Herum moved from the outfield last year to fill the important third base spot this year. Possible the hardest worker on the team, who helped steady the infield after playing in the outfield last year. Stan finished the year with a tremendous batting streak, raising his average to a stunning .311 along with 10 RBI’s.
The all leaguer who is probably the most promising athlete in the Central Coast area. Preston Dyson in only his sophomore year has compiled a 10-0 record in league and a 15-1 season record for a 1.00 ERA. He leads the All County pitching staff. Pres struck out 81 batters and tossed two shutouts.
Pitcher, outfielder, hitter all everything man Mike Johnson popped out a .394 average, while getting nine RBI’s. Mike missed time during the season with mono or he would certainly made all league. Mike was impressive in relief on the mound carrying a 1.40 ERA without a decision. (saves were not recorded at this time)

JV BASEBALL

the Cards ended the season in stride to win the MBL , JV league championship behind it’s fine pitching and catching staff.

SC has an unknown team this year and the only thing that it does is win, so recognition should be given. The pitching chores are being ably handled by Pat O’Brien, Bob Johnson, Rick Erlin and George Barbic. The catchers spot, the back bone of the team is manned by Harry Kypreos, one of the best around. Outfielder Milt Thompson is the big stick. Infielders Mike Ferrin, Tom Lusby, John Mendez and Pete Corneliussen

The young team stumbled a but during the middle of the season, but have recovered. Seaside and Watsonville have been added to the list of the latest victims. Milt Thompson was a big gun against Seaside with two hits, including a home run. Rick Erlin limited the Spartans to four hits in a 4-1 victory.

A 11 hit attack and Pat O’Brien’s five hit pitching were the main reasons SC strutted away with an easy 8-1 triumph against the Wildcats. A four run seventh inning provided a cushion. Tom Lusby, John Mendez and Pete Corneliussen pounded out two hits apiece. Harry Kypreos knocked in three runs. This years team appears to be one of the best in quite a few years and should keep the varsity winning streak going. (it was true)

Cardinal Jayvees Nip Wildcats 1-0. Kelly Graff doubled to score Harry Kypreos to provide the winner for the Cards. Bob Johnson went all the way on the mound, giving up two singles, walked two and struck out eight. The Cards have a 10-2 record so far.

Mike Ewald showing his power, hammered a home run against Salinas in the last game.

Comments from coach Ray Hunter, when asked who are the best prospects to go to the varsity next year. They are Milt Thompson, Harry Kypreos, Tom Lusby and Pat O’Brien. Who would be next? Those mentioned were John Mendez, Rick Erlin, George Barbic, Mike Atwood and Kelly Graff. Other contributors would by Mike Ewald, Jim Lyster, Pete Corneliussen, Mike Ferrin and Bob Johnson. Returning for another year are Phil Johnston, John Evans, Scott Fleming, Jim Jensen and Randy Strong.

In describing the team, he said, “it will be the nucleus of a fine varsity team in the future as they are very smart and willing to work at improving themselves.

End of the year write up in the Trident. The Card’s first league defeat came at the hands of North Salinas in a squeaker 2-1. Each team had four hits and two errors apiece, but the statistical tie ended at the final score, the post important statistic. The team took the defeat out against Salinas in the next game. Bob Johnson, brother of senior standout Mike on the varsity, certainly anyone’s choice for pitcher on an all league JV team, if they picked one, chucked a three hitter and allowed one score while his teammates crossed the plate with eight tallies. Including the Salinas game, Johnson sported an undefeated record in league with an eight-zip slate. Since Johnson fanned 11 Cowboy batters, the Cards didn’t get enough exercise in the field, so coach Ray Hunter frequently employed the steal signal. SC garnered eight stolen bases. Johnny Mendez paced SC with three thefts, followed by Glen Reed with two.

A heart breaker followed with arch rival Soquel slithering by in 10 innings 2-1. Hurler Rick Erlin, a tremendous pitcher for SC all year went the distance, striking out 12 and allowing just six safeties. However two of those safeties came in the tenth inning and coupled with an error led to the tie breaking run. Even with the latest defeats the JayVees will lay claim to the league championship at the end of the season. If the varsity comes through, SC would lock up the baseball crowns for this year.

SC’s pitching and catching have been more than adequate, but it has been errors that have done them in lately. This isn’t usually associated with a SC baseball team, but it’s still part of the game and you have to accept it.

Led by, Milt Thompson still crippled from a broken leg, limped to his second MVP award in a
row in JV baseball. Harry Kypreos was selected the Dad Club sportsmanship award winner. Harry a left handed batter was also selected the Most Valuable Player at the Carmel tournament, won by the Cards.

TENNIS

The only mention in the Trident shows a picture of Gene Ashlock and a write up saying stretching to return a shot to his opponent. The cat gut crew has held a nearly even record this year and the coach expresses satisfaction. Top man Pat Swafford missed most of the season with Mono.

In the yearbook other team members were Tom Matthews, Dennis Sherman, Greg Carroll, Jeff Currin, Tom Knight and Marc Ballgae. Coach Dennis Mullen.

GOLF

Golf Team In Sand Trap. The team has had some rough moments this season. Only senior Bob Flamm has been able to win consistently. Bob had won every match up until a week ago and then he twice tasted defeat, but he came back and won two in a row. Other seniors on the team are Alan Paul, Scott Macauley, Lloyd Antonett and sometimes Rick Tripp, but they have been overmatched this year and have been unable to put together a win streak. Junior Jay Bogiatto will be the only returning letterman next year.

In a match prior to the league finals, Jay Bogiatto and Lloyd Antonetti surprised their opponents and came through with victories.

Bob Flamm and Scott Macauley represented the Cards in the MBL finals, but did not place.

INDIVIDUALS

Marty Gilbert went both ways in football this year as a running back and defensive end. As a running back he was second in rushing carrying the ball 55 times for 289 yards. He caught 7 passes for 80 yards and score 20 points. Marty was selected for the ALL COUNTY TEAM as a defensive end. Gilbert a three year starter on MBL championship teams was one of the top pitchers in the league carrying a 7-1 record with a 1.00 earned run average. The senior southpaw carried a .410 batting average along with two home runs. Marty pounded out 39 total bases and had 16 runs batted in.

Dee Herren was nominated to the National Football Hall of Fame for his skill with the ball, including his performance, his attitude, his leadership and citizenship. He was a two way player in football as a running back and a defensive back. He was the top ground gainer on the squad carrying the ball 115 times for 471 yards. He tied for the most points scored with 60 and was second in pass receiving catching 21 passes for 287 yards. Dee was selected for the ALL COUNTY TEAM offensive team, plus winning honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. He was a starter on the lightweight basketball squad for two years. In his freshman and sophomore years he was sprinter and a member of the top relay team in the MBL. In his junior season he turned to baseball and was the lead off man for the league champion and CCS finalist Cards. Centerfielder Dee Herren a second year starter had a dream senior season leading off, batting .365, stealing 18 bases, and scoring 20 runs. Dee hit four home runs, totaled 39 bases and drove in 23 runs. He also had the arm to throw out runners from the outfield.

Steve Vomvolakis was a starter on the varsity football team as the defensive “monster” back.
Senior second baseman Steve Vomvolakis a second year starter averaged .368, walked 20 times, reaching base on a average of over six times in every ten at bats, was a clutch hitter, while playing fine defense.

Catcher Jeff Gordon ripped for a .268 average, while being one of the best bunters on the team and used it as a weapon to move up runners and squeeze them in for runs. He was a base stealer, who knew how to run the bases from his number two spot in the lineup. His main importance to the team was his being the best catcher in the league, never letting a ball through him and terrorizing enemy base runners with his strong throwing arm.

Stan Herum moved from the outfield last year to fill the important third base spot this year. Stan finished the year with a tremendous batting streak, raising his average to a stunning .311 along with 10 RBI’s.

Preston Dyson. A junior all league baseball pitcher is probably the most promising athlete in the Central Coast area. Preston Dyson in only his sophomore year has compiled a 10-0 record in league and a 15-1 season record for a 1.00 ERA. Pres struck out 81 batters and tossed two shutouts. Preston was also a starting lineman on the football team.

Mike Johnson was the MBL touchdown pass leader with 13 and had the team rolling at the end of the year. Mike was selected for the ALL COUNTY TEAM offensive team as quarterback, plus winning honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. Mike has been a top player on the championship winning baseball team. Pitcher, outfielder, hitter all everything man Mike Johnson popped out a .394 average, while getting nine RBI’s. Mike missed time during the season with mono or he would certainly made all league. Mike was impressive in relief on the mound carrying a 1.40 ERA without a decision.

Jerry Vellutini was co-captain of the football team Jerry was selected for the ALL COUNTY TEAM for defense, plus winning honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. Jerry did the weight events in track, shot put and discus.

Murray Fleming was team MVP and co-captain of the football team. Murray received a certificate of Nomination for his outstanding performance and ability on the football field to be nominated as a member of the 1970 Shrine North-South All Star Football Squad by the selection committee, composed of sports writers and coaches throughout the State of California.
In Sentinel end of the season recap there was a list of the area all time receivers with there year that they played and number of passes the caught. Murray Fleming was third on the list with 50 passes caught in 1969 and Tom Mitchell at thirteenth with 38 passes caught in 1968.
Murray Fleming was the only Santa Cruz county player mention by the San Jose Mercury on their dream football team. He was an honorable mention. Only one other player from the league was honored, Hagood from Monterey was a first team defensive line backer. TIn Sentinel end of the season recap there was a list of the area all time receivers with there year that they played and number of passes the caught. Murray Fleming was third on the list with 50 passes caught in 1969 and Tom Mitchell at thirteenth with 38 passes caught in 1968.
This year Murray caught 50 passes for 802 yards.
In track Murray has been successful running the low hurdles and the relay events. Last year the relay team placed at CCS and qualified for the state meet.

Gary Rochelle a two way player in football as a running back and line backer. He carried the ball 21 times for 76 yards, scored 6 points and caught four passes for 83 yards. Gary won honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. Gary at the 138 weight classification as a wrestler he was co-captain of the team and wrestled in these following meets and listed with the places he took: Harbor Tourney third place, Del Mar Tourney second, Gonzales Tourney second and MBL Tourney second to qualify for the CCS meet. He did not place, but had a very successful season.

Tom Elms a two way back in football a quick darting runner and a defensive back. He carried the ball 41 times for 260 yards, was third in scoring with 24 points and caught 3 passes for 56 yards.

Gene Andersen was a two way player in football playing offensive center and defensive middle guard. Gene was selected for the ALL COUNTY TEAM on offense, plus winning honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. Gene threw the shot and discus on the track team.

Rick McCullah was a starting defensive back and played some in the offensive backfield were he carried the ball four times for 19 yards. Rick won honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. Rick was a member of the mile 880 relay team the took first in the Santa Cruz Relays.

Denis Baldwin was an important part of last year and this years relay teams, which last year placed at CCS and qualified for the state meet. Dennis won the high hurdles in some meets.

Alan Paul was a starting offensive end all year and caught six passes for 62 yards. His forte was his blocking skills. Alan was a starter on the varsity basketball team, he led in free throw accuracy hitting at a 78% rate and had 41 assists. Alan always put out his optimum effort.

Ben Krupp was a two way player in football playing offensive and defensive tackle one of the toughest places to play both ways. Ben won honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad.
Ben Krupp was the only returning player on this years varsity basketball team and was the lone Card to receive honorable mention for All League. Krupp led the Cards in scoring with 238 points. He was awarded the Dads Club sportsmanship award and also received a special award for combined scholar-athletic ability.

Pat Swafford has been a top tennis player in the area for all four years. This year he had mono, which hampered his play, when he did get on the court.


1971

Feathered Femmes Tops. One of the 90 pom-pom corps chosen from over 300 schools in Northern California to participate in the Annual Pom-Pom Competition in San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium at a 49er game was our Cardinal ladies led by head pom-ponist Des Arvelas along with Maria Arvelas, Linda Sandretti, Vicki Evans and Sharon Jones.

Coaches: Tex Ronning, varsity football and wrestling. Don Dempwolfe, assistant varsity football. Nick Delurgio, junior varsity football and track. Bob Shook, assistant junior varsity football. Gordon Dolinar, cross country. Al Weimer, water polo and swimming. Ed Farrell, track. Joe Neipp, track. Tony Foster, golf. Dennis Mullen, tennis and lightweight football.
Larry Maibaum, assistant wrestling. Jack Alzina, lightweight basketball. Ray Hunter, freshman basketball and junior varsity baseball. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball.

FOOTBALL

Practice game: San Jose 0-7. League: Aptos 0-12, Salinas 14-40, North Salinas 0-6, Monterey 0-52, Harbor 20-26, Alisal 0-34, Seaside 0-37, Watsonville 6-47, Soquel 6-46. League record 0-9. Season record 0-10. Monterey beat Seaside 16-14 in the last game for the MBL title and went undefeated.

Squad members by position
Ends: Joe Thuringer, Gayland Swain, Jay Howard, Gary Lyster and Craig Deane
Tackles: Preston Dyson, Mike Biddle, Dave Samson, Ward Shlee, Ron Staub and Steve Poston
Guards: Greg Carroll, Dave LeBleu, Tom Bissel, Andy Herum, Steve Roland and Corey Brown
Center: Paul Tanner and Phil Johnston
Quarterbacks: Mike Johnson and Kevin O’Connell
Half Backs: Dave Mendez, Kurt Jernstrom, Chuck Strong, Jay Peterson, John Morris, John Bertuccelli, Sam Villa and Bill Scott
Fullback: Don Carniglia, Gary Dinatale and Ronald Shaffer
Monster on defense: Glen Libertore
Head coach Tex Ronning and assistant Don Dempewolfe

Ernie Penrose has been manager of Santa Cruz athletic teams for many years. The work he has put into the teams has been greatly appreciated.

“There Is No Dishonor in Defeat”
On each Monday afternoon 27 or 28 men gathered to regroup for another contest. They cheered and applauded for heroic achievements in the previous contest. On Tuesdays they worked offensive techniques and on Wednesdays they reviewed defense. Thursday tee shirts and shorts and spirits soared as we reviewed the weeks work. Fridays or Saturdays were never successful for us. Life is full of disappointments but after all we were successful 4 out of 5 days. In this respect our season was a pleasant one. Coach Tex Ronning and assistant coach Don Dempewolf.

At the beginning of the year the top backs are John Bertuccelli, who has great break away speed characteristic of the fine Card rushers of the past. Kurt Jernstrom is a strong runner and has quick moves. Fullback Don Carniglia is the backfield bruiser, cracking out the tough yards and a lineman on defense. Craig Deane and Gary Dinitale add depth to the backfield. The man who handles the ball every play quarterback, Mike Johnson, who was honorable mention All MBL last year and was the leagues supreme passer. Top offensive lineman are center, Paul Tanner; guards Corey Brown and Steve Roland; tackles, Steve Poston and Preston Dyson; ends, Gary Lyster and Joe Thuringer, backed up by Jay Howard, John Morris and Vince Wilson.
On the defensive line and line backers are Thuringer, Poston, Tanner, Dave Samson, Dyson, Brown and Carniglia. Deep backs are John Morris, Kevin O’Connell, Glen Liberatore and Chuck Strong. Others who will get playing time are Gayland Swain, Dan Finnegan, Ron Shakespeare, Gus Penniman and Scott Barber.

In the first game of the year the Cards went scoreless, only allowed a touchdown in the last minutes of the game. Both teams had chances to score during the game to no avail. The trio of Corey Brown, Preston Dyson and Don Carniglia forced a fumble, which was recovered by captain for the night, Steve Roland recovered on the San Jose 35. Don Carniglia ran it to the 19. The next play the ball was lost back to San Jose. Glen Liberatore made a diving tackle on a long run that saved a touchdown. Carniglia led the team in yards gained with 46 on 11 tries. Mike Johnson completed 9 of 20 passes for 96 yards. Gary Lyster caught three passes for 45 yards. Joe Thuringer, Jay Howard and John Bertuccelli captured two apiece.

Against Salinas the Cards held Salinas to a 14-14 tie at the end of the half, but the second half was a different story. Mike Johnson’s passing led the Cards to their first score on a 62 yard drive with two passes to John Bertucelli for 35 yards and 27 yards to Jay Howard for the paycheck. Don Carniglia kicked the extra point. Johnson led another drive late in the half completing three straight passes and a 16 yarder to handy man Craig Deane for the TD. Carniglia kicked the PAT.

Recent improvement among the Cards has been visible. Dave Mendez a veteran running and defensive back from last years team is now playing Monster on defense and doing the kickoffs and punts. Dave missed early practice when he lost his appendix. Craig Deane is now playing the Hero spot on defense and fills in at split end. Jay Howard is showing improvement at split end. Sophomore John Morris has played a solid defensive back and has returned punts and kickoffs well. Top defensive linemen have been Tanner, Thuringer, Sampson, and Ron Staub. Linebacks Carniglia and Corey Brown have played well. Don Carniglia has won the first three Mad Dog awards. Starting backs have been O’Connell, Strong, Mendez and Morris.

With two minutes left in the North Salinas game and the score tied 0-0, a large crew of Vikings shot through the line and blocked Carniglia’s punt sending the ball careening back toward the Card goal line with Carniglia and Vikings in pursuit. Carniglia recovered the ball on the 27, but a 15 yard penalty, put the ball on the twelve from were the Vikings scored the only points of the game. Earlier Craig Deane slammed through the line intercepted a lateral and streaked into the end zone, but it was nullified by a clipping penalty. The entire Card defense was outstanding especially Paul Tanner; line backers Carniglia, Corey Brown and back up Gary Dinatale; and defensive backs Kevin O’Connell, Chuck Strong and Glen Liberatore.

Mad Dogs so far this season were Don Carniglia three times, Craig Deane and Joe Thuringer.

In a lopsided loss to a top league leading Monterey team, Joe Thuringer played one of the finest defensive games in recent history, collecting 23 tackles and was constantly in every part of the field pulling down rushers.

Juniors Glen Liberatore and Ron Shaffer were the top player in the Alisal game, Liberatore show cased his running talents with several long runs and is now in the starting line up on offense. He also was named Mad Dog of the week.

In a 20-26 loss to Harbor the Cards scored first when Carngilia picked up a fumble on the ten from where Johnson fired a pass to Thuringer for the score. The second score came with Harbor players hanging on to every part of Johnson’s body, he was able to get a throw off to Kurt Jernstrom, who raced 41 yards for a TD making the score SC 12-8 at halftime. With Kevin O’Connell at quarterback, he flipped a screen pass to Bertuccelli down the left sideline for a score. Jernstrom punched in the extra point to tie the score 20-20. Harbor scored with four minutes left. Carniglia was Mad Dog of week.

Gayland Swain, Dave LeBlue, Jay Howard and Ron Shaffer have moved into starting defensive roles. Poston is still going both ways though the coaches are trying to rest players, so they will better able to play in the end of the game. The defensive backfield is Liberatore, Strong, Morris and Deane.

Against Watsonville, John Bertuccelli ran for 100 yards in seven carries. The first Card rusher to break into triple digits. Jay Howard almost pulled a touchdown out of punt return with Dave Mendez sweeping off three tacklers and Jay straight arming another, before being brought down on the 20 by the last man. Linebackers Carniglia and Swain were the most consistent performers. Craig Deane collected his 63 tackle to tie Tom Stagnaro.

Carniglia is coming near the school record for tackles set by Scott Graff with 103 in 1968. Don has 86 with two games left. He has passed previous records by Walt Edwards in 85, Jerry Johns in 67 and Tom Stagnaro in 63. Two games later Carniglia broke the record by having two games with ten tackles against Seaside and Watsonville who are tied for first place. It brings his total up to 106 with one game left. Graff’s total came in nine games, where the Cards are right now, so it is in the same number of games. Carniglia is now the record holder on equal terms as far as games and tackles are concerned. Carniglia’s glory came at linebacker and Graff’s at middle guard. They played two different positions and on different caliber teams, so they should not be rated against one another. Much praise should be given Carniglia as he has played both ways fullback, linebacker and punter. He hardly ever comes off the field. Being down in the score in games and with aches and pains, Don has shown how one can still play hard and never let down, no matter what. He is an inspiration to all.

Substitute linemen coming back next year are Phil Johnston, Andy Herum, Greg Carroll, Tom Bissell and in the backfield are Bill Scott and Sam Villa.

Special Awards
Most Valuable — Don Carniglia
Most Inspirational — Craig Deane
Cardinal Sportsmanship — Steve Roland
Most Tackles — Don Carniglia
Co-captains — Corey Brown and Mike Johnson
Athlete-Scholar — Craig Deane

Sentinel All County team. Defense: senior lineman, 6-1 190 pound Paul Tanner; senior linebacker, 5-1 170 pound Don Carniglia. Honorable mention: Joe Thuringer and Corey Brown.

Don Carniglia was selected on the second team ALL MBL. He and Paul Tanner, another two way player were named to the Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY TEAM. Thuringer and Brown received honorable mention. Corey Brown was probably the most consistent feather man this year going both ways at offensive guard and powerful linebacker.

JV FOOTBALL

Practice game: San Jose 12-14. League: Aptos 28-24, Salinas 0-22, North Salinas 12-22, Monterey 0-22, Harbor 6-0, Alisal 26-18, Seaside 8-28, Watsonville 12-28, Soquel ?. Without counting Soquel, the league record 3-5 and season 3-6.

Team members: Lorenzo Lowery, Randy Silva, Steve Samson, Bill Mitchell, Alex Bastine, Dennis Meakin, Doug Simms, Nick Scontriano, Kelly Graff, Rick Martin, Mark Gonzales, Chris Clarke, Rick Tripp, Steve Schneider, Larry Wick, Dale Massek, Manuel Alvarez, Gary Trowbridge, Mike Atwood, Steve Parke, Ernie Brown, Bruce Gabriel, Don Bride, Scott Jernstrom, Rick Nelson, Tom Matthews, Randy Strong, Frank Mendez and Randy McCullah.

In a 12-14 loss to San Jose, Rick Tripp was impressive scoring a touchdown and continually pounding the Bulldog line. Mike Atwood at quarterback is moving the team and hitting his passes. Bill Mitchell is the outstanding freshman captured a starting position.

Cards defeat Aptos 28-24 in the league opener. The first score came after Steve Parkes intercepted a pass on the Card 12. Four plays later Atwood passed to Danny Urioste, who moved it 65 yards down the field. Alex Bastine doesn’t come off the field as he has been very impressive playing running back, defensive back, returning kick offs and punts. Two Uriostes are playing this year, freshman Randy a could be star of the future and brother Danny has become a star of the present.

Ernie Hightower was getting his line mates going and he and his mates Kelly Graff and Manuel Alvarez were named Mad Dogs of the week for their play in the North Salinas game. Three days later Ernie broke his leg in practice.

Harbor had a 4-1 record going into the game, but the Cards won 6-0. A big play was an interception by Steve Parke to stop a goal line drive by the Bucs. Power backs Manuel Alvarez and Rick Tripp set up quarterback Mike Atwood’s sneak into the end zone. The defense put up its first shut out of the year with outstanding play by Alex Bastine, Doug Sims, Rich Martin and Randy McCullah. Mad Dogs for the game were Alvarez, Bastine and Doug Sims.

Cards Rallying from a 12 point deficit to defeat Alisal 26-18. The Cards went ahead in the second quarter, while holding the Alisal Trojans scoreless. Atwoods short plunge was the go ahead factor. Alvarez scored on a eight yard run in the third quarter and Tripp scored on a ten yard run in the fourth. It was a great team effort.

SC held a 12-8 lead at half time against Watsonville, but the Cats came back to score 20 points in the second half to end up defeating the Cards 12-28. Mike Atwood threw passes for the two scores. One to Steve Samson for 55 yards and the other to Steve Parke for 30 yards.

Comments from the coach, “People like Kelly Graff are inspirational to coach and play with, A team’s success is based on players who are coachable, hard working and loyal. Kelly is that kind of man. Manuel Alvarez sees the field ahead of him and picks the spots that are open for him to run. Steve Samson can catch the ball in a crowd and still make yardage, plus being a good blocker. Two linemen who have ambitions to be good at offense a well as defense are Ernie Brown and Doug Sims. They not only play both ways, they also willingly play several positions as well. These are the type of people who give a team character and success.

FRESHMAN FOOTBALL

Soquel 26-16, The is no mention of the team anywhere other than the following.

Timothy Tucker leads his freshman Cardinals past Soquel 26-16. Halfback Randy Urioste scrambled for three touchdowns and ran over 100 yards. The lightweight program has been discontinued and has been replaced with freshman teams.

CROSS COUNTRY

(from the information below, the Cards defeated four teams and lost to three teams in meets)

Eloy Villa walked away with a medal at the MBL meet. Eloy Villa placed twelfth followed by Bill Terzaghi thirty-fourth, Don Jacobs fortieth and Bruce Hunter fifty-fourth. For the sophomores, Steve Pelton placed thirteenth and Moose Jacobs twenty-first. Others to finish were Robert O’Brien, Kurt Calendar, John Armstrong and Fred Dickson.

In a tri-meet with Watsonville the big winner and Harbor the top Card placers were Eloy Villa in eighth place. In the Frosh-Soph race three sophomores Steve Poston, John Armstrong and Dave Fleeman took tenth, eleventh and twelfth places.

In a four way meet with Salinas, Monterey and Aptos, the Cards lost out being the winner by six points to Aptos and defeated Salinas and Monterey. Eloy Villa burnt up the course to take second place followed by Bill Terzaghi ninth, Don Jacobs twelfth, and Moose Jacobs thirteenth. Barry Marchisio was the last Card runner to finish.. In the Frosh- Soph race the Cards took second also. Leading runner was Steve Pelton.

The next course the Cards ran on was at the Rio Del Mar Beach. The race is still 2.1 miles and it is level with no hills, but sand is hard to run on. Bill Terzaghi was the top Cardinal taking nineteenth place. Eloy Villa was next and the third man was Don Jacobs at thirty-second. Kurt Calender and Barry Marchisio rounded out the Card team. The Frosh-Soph race was a highlight for SC. Moose Jacobs twelfth, Ron Duel seventeenth, Steve Pelton nineteenth and John Armstrong twenty-first.

Winning Is Wonderful as the Cards beat Salinas and North Salinas in a tri-meet. Eloy Villa gave the Salinans a taste of his dust gliding over the 2.6 mile course in 16.10 for first place. Little Willy Terzaghi placed fourth. Moose Jacobs seventh, Don Jacobs eighth and Steve Pelton tenth for a Cardinal total of 30 points. The Sophs took third place. The top SC runner was Robert O’Brien for eighth place.

At the Soquel Invitational in the small schools division, Eloy Villa was in the lead going up the hill, but dropped back at the finish to twelfth place. In the sophomore race, Steve Pelton and Moose Jacobs came away with medals.

Other members not mentioned above were Ray McIlvain, Bruce Hunter, Jim Finch and Stuart Schellberg.

Eloy Villa a junior makes All League. He was the top Card runner all year and won medals and ribbons at Invitational meets. Comments from Eloy were “You get out of it what you put into it and I improved more this year with determination and experience over the last two years.”

WRESTLING

Season record 9-4. Finished third in the league dual meets with a record of 6-3. Monterey was 9-0 and Watsonville 8-1. At the league finals the Cards took third place also. Five MBL wrestlers placed in the North State Tournament shows how strong the league was.

Deane All American. Craig Deane, SCHS senior and varsity wrestler was named to the High School All American wrestling team sponsored by the “Scholastic Wrestling News” magazine. To list all his credits would take up the whole sports page. A few of the major ones are two time Northern California Champion, League champion, CCS champion and the list drags on and on. There are 36 wrestlers picked across the nation by 168 wrestling coaches. TV, radio and newspaper sportswriters also help in choosing. The wrestlers are picked based on their wrestling record, school background and academic achievements. The article concerning Deane and his All American Award will be in the May 19, 1971 issue of the Scholastic Wrestling News.

Craig Deane and Kevin O’Connor took first places at the MBL meet. Deane a wounded hero with a cracked rib pushed pain aside to win his 148 pound match 9-4. O’Connor at 138 pounds had the crowd on edge and fingers crossed, but no need as he used his 101 moves and finesse to over come his man 4-2 as the SC crowd went wild. Second place winners were Bill Scott at 112 and Sam Villa at 130. These four will go on to the Area 2 of CCS. Other SC finishers were Paul Tanner a third place; fourth place finishers were Dennis Meakin, Steve Roland and Gary Dinatale.

Craig Deane was the only Card to make it out of the CCS meet to go on to Northern Cals.

Craig Deane again won the highest honors with his repeat win in the 145 pound weight class of the Northern California championship. Craig was named the most valuable wrestler in Northern California. His record this year is 38-1 and the one loss was due to a disqualification.
Craig won all the following tournaments: Harbor Tourney 1, Del Mar Classic 1, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 1, Area 2 Tourney 1, CCS Tourney 1, Northern California Invitational 1, Most Valuable Wrestler at Northern California. Craig holds the school record for most pins at 23 and led the team in takedowns with 52 and was the team co-captain.

In the first match of the season against SLV, the Cards won all but two matches. The first Card to win by pin was Nate Curtis at 120. Other winners by pins were Sam Villa, Glen Libertore, Rick Nelson, Craig Deane, Paul Tanner. Winners by decision were Bill Scott, Kevin O’Conner, Gary Dinatale and Steve Roland. Final score 48-12.

Gonzales took our gang 19-32. Gonzales started off with two pins and a decision. Villa Inc. of Sammy and Eloy, plus Kevin O’Conner brought the Cards to within two points. The only other Card wins were by Craig Deane and Paul Tanner.

Cats Stun Mat masters 23-28. In the most exciting meet of the year so far and the most competitive one. The meet started off in Watsonville’s favor with a forfeit and a pin. The first win was by Bill Scott in a close decision win. Brothers Sam and Eloy Villa, Kevin O’Conner and
Craig Deane, took decisions. Steve Poston pined his man in the heavyweight class.
The JV’s walked over Watsonville 39-18. The Cards lost the first two matches, but Nat Curtis had the fastest pin of the night, followed by four wins in a row by Glen Liberatore, Andrade, Rick Nelson and Mike Clark.

Cards Terrorize Mats. There have been so many dual meets recently that I have lost count, however the consistent winners still remain the same.

At the 16 team Gonzales Invitational, the Cards walked off with seven places. Once again Craig Deane took a first place along with Bill Scott, Kevin O’Conner and Paul Tanner. Sam Villa took a third place.

In a 25-26 loss to Alisal the met came down to the last two contestants, Paul Tanner and Steve Poston. They both need to win by pin for the team to pull out the win. Tanner was only able to manage a decision 14-10. Poston did go out and pin his man. Other winners were Deane by a pin. Sam Villa 15-1, Eloy Villa 6-1 and Kevin O’Conner 14-3 won by decisions.

Craig holds the school record for most pins at 23. His record this year is 38-1 and the one loss was due to a disqualification. More on his records will be at the bottom of this section.

Seventeen varsity wrestlers lettered this year with six of them seniors. Besides the illustrious Deane, the Cards had many other fine champions. Kevin O’Conner, league champion and always a high point getter went out with a boom. Junior Bill Scott usually is the one with the most fans at the meets. The name Villa has also stuck into many a fan’s memory, thanks to Sammy and Eloy Villa, who both helped win many dual meets. Steve Roland teamed with the blond bombshell Paul Tanner went to the mat to further the Cards; wins. Only two other seniors competed this year Gary Dinatale and Cory Brown. Randy McCulloch, Glen Libratore and Steve Poston also served on the team.

The most valuable wrestler is Craig Deane with 136 points. Following him are O’Conner 85; Scott 84; Tanner 82 and Sam Villa 54.

Most pins and takedowns :
Deane with 22 and 52;
O’Conner and Scott followed with totals for the two with 46 and 45 respectively
Tanner came in second in the pin category with 10.

Kevin O’Conner, Bill Scott, Sam Villa and Paul Tanner constantly brought home high finishes. Pleasant surprises as a result of hard work, brought the following boys high honors: Eloy Villa, Dennis Meakin, Gary Dinatale, Steve Poston and Steve Roland. Great promise was shown by Randy McCullah as he earned his varsity block as freshman wrestler.

The Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in a tournament.
Bill Scott, 112, Harbor Tourney 2, Del Mar Classic 2, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 2, Area 2 Tourney 6
Dennis Meeken, 138, MBL Tourney 4
Gary Dinatale, 165, MBL Tourney 4
Co-captain; Craig Dean, 148, Harbor Tourney 1, Del Mar Classic 1, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 1, Area 2 Tourney 1, CCS Tourney 1, Northern California Invitational 1, Most Valuable Wrestler at Northern California,
Co-Captain; Steve Roland, 154, MBL Tourney 4
Paul Tanner, 175, Harbor Tourney 4, Del Mar Classic 3, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 3 Kevin O’Connor, 136, Del Mar Classic 3, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 1, Area 2 Tourney 5
Sam Villa, 127, Gonzales Tourney 4, MBL Tourney 2.

Other varsity wrestlers were: Bill Starrs, Randy McCullah, Glen Liberatore, Steve Poston, and Eloy Villa. JV and lightweight wrestlers were: Corey Brown, Nate Curtiss, Rick Nelson, Chris Clarke, Mike Bishop, Paul Andrade, Mike Serbinski, Louis Bregante, Mike Clarke, Paul Scott and John Glines.

Moving up from the JV team next year are people like Nate Curtis, Mike Clark, Rick Nelson and Chris Clark.

Craig Deane’s awards are listed at the top of wrestling. Other awards were most improved to league champion, senior Kevin O’Connor. Gary Dinatale was team co-captain along with Craig Deane. Bill Scott won the sportsmanship award for varsity and Rick Nelson won for junior varsity.

For extended information the Trident was the source and for mainly match statistics, the official scorebook was the source. Games with a lot of information came from the Sentinel.

BASKETBALL

Practice games: SLV 52-38, Los Gatos 66-64, Dads Club Tourney Milpitas 65-50, Watsonville 65-66, Aptos 64-54 for third place. Practice record 4-1. League: Aptos 36-37, 64-62; Monterey 59-71, Seaside 61-55, 75-54; Watsonville 48-61, 55-59; Salinas 39-41, Soquel 56-65, 54-55; Alisal, loss, 73-71. League record 5-13 ninth place. Season 9-14.

Squad members and year in school
Senior — Steve Ellis and Vince Wilson, who left the team with half a season to go to Winter track competition.
Juniors: Dave Martini, Milt Thompson, John Eicholz Kevin O’Connell, Gordon Crafts, Gary Lyster and Gordon Crafts. Sophomores: Glen Reed and Dave Bruce.

(Cards defeat this years MBL league champion, CCS Region IV champion and CCS champion Alisal) in their last game of the season with the number nine team against the number one team, Alisal to decided whether Alisal won the league undisputed or would be tied with Watsonville and North Salinas. A fabulous game by Dave Martini who scored 38 points on 13 of 21 field goal attempts, hit 12 of 14 free throws and knotted 11 rebounds.
With the score knotted 71-71 with seven seconds remaining the Cards called time out. The end bounds pass went to Martini on the foul line, who drove for the basket and was fouled. Four seconds left, Martini moves his hands and the ball arches high and falls unscathed through the rim. He repeats on the second throw. SC up 73-71. Alisal gets off a shot from half court that hit the rim, but not in.
The first half was close all the way with Alisal ahead 38-35 at half. At the end of the third quarter Martini hit a 45 foot desperation shot to make the score 60-59 Alisal. Martini hit everything he put up. With three minutes left Eicholz popped a ten footer to tie it 69-69. Alisal scored and with two minutes left, Bruce hit two free throws to tie it up 71-71. With a minute 20 seconds, the Cards took time out and went into their Kentucky stall until seven seconds left and called time again. A pass to Martini at the foul line from where he drove to the basket and was fouled. Martini then converted the game winning foul shots. The SC rooting section rushes the floor massing the players and crowds into a jumble.
The final stats seem to indicate that Martini was the only reason the Cards won, but this is far from the fact. Eight different Cardinals played well in the contest and exhibited true team play.
In the playoffs to go to CCS Alisal beats North Salinas 62-54 and Watsonville in double over time 67-65. Alisal goes on to win CCS.

In season opener Cards down Cougars 52-38 at Tuner gym. Scoring: Ellis 11, Thompson 5, Wilson 6, Martini 4, Bruce 7, Eicholz 8, Crafts 8, Parmenter 5, Givens 6 and Bertuccelli 0.

Cards in a two point game beat Los Gatos 66-64. Scoring: Ellis 8, Thompson 8, Wilson 2, Martini 21, Bruce 12, Eicholz 10, Crafts 0 and Parmenter 5.

The first game of the Dads Club Dave Martini with 27 points and John Eicholz with 19 carried the Cards to a 65-50 win over Milpitas. Scoring: Burce 6, Johnson 0, Eicholz 19, Martini 27, Crafts 8, Bertuccelli 2, Barbic 1, Mahan 2, Steve Samson 0.

In the semi-finals Watsonville slipped by the Cards by one point 65-66 to go into the finals. Guards from both teams were quick, constantly stealing the ball and speeding through the defenses. The Card guards, Steve Ellis and Milt Thompson are fine shooters. Milt usually speeds around his man to take unguarded shots or to pass the ball off to open men, when their defenders come to help on him. Steve is more an open jump shooter and has improved his ball handling a pass from last year.
The Cards pulled ahead in the first quarter and continued in the second as junior, veteran Vince Wilson and sophomore, forward Dave Bruce pushed the lead up to 26-16. Bruce would take fancy passes from Thompson and Ellis and drive into the key to get bashed by a defender and go to the foul line. Bruce went 14 for 15 on the foul line and ended up with 22 points in the game. Dave Martini scored 15 points, had 15 rebounds and held Aptos’ best scorer to seven points. Scoring: Martini 9, Bruce 13, Eicholz 18, Crafts 5, Thompson 13, Ellis 7.

Cards beat Aptos 64-54 for third place in Dads Club Tournament. Scoring: Ellis 2, Thompson 5, Eicholz 13, Martini 15, Bruce 22, Wilson 6 and Crafts 1

Juniors Dave Martini and John Eicholz and sophomore Dave Bruce made the All Tournament team, the only team to have three players make the select group.

Aptos Nips Santa Cruz 37-36 In MBL Kickoff. The Mariners win avenged last Saturdays 64-54 SC victory for third place in the Dads Tournament. During Tuesday nights first quarter, it appeared the Cardinals would have little trouble making it two in a row over the second year Mariners. But that certainly wasn’t the case. The Cards had a health 11-5 lead with 1:30 remaining in the quarter, but the Cards went into some offensive tactics, which had Aptos followers howling. It’s called holding the ball. SC guards played keep-away from the Aptos defenders, firmly implanted in a zone defense. The Red Bird strategy was intended to open up the middle and when it worked, it was beautiful, but it didn’t work enough. The Cards got two buckets off those tactics before the quarter ended, but Aptos dumped in three inside field goals and it was SC 15-13 as the quarter ended.
SC continued holding the ball in the second and third quarters, netting six and four points respectively, in those two disastrous periods. Aptos threw in nine points each quarter, even though SC applied pressure in the second period. The score was tied at halftime 21-21. Aptos pulled away to a 30-25 lead going into the final stanza.
SC came out with heavy pressure at the start of the fourth quarter and it resulted in three straight SC field goals, which put SC up 31-30. Aptos scored three points and Dave Bruce hit a 12 footer to knot the score again 33-33. Aptos scored on a fast break and Vince Wilson hit a 10 footer to tie it 35-35 with 3:20 left. Aptos scored on another fast break to go ahead 37-35. The teams exchanged turnovers and after Milt Thompson intercepted a pass and drove for the bucket, he was fouled. He hit the free throw to make the final score 37-36.
The Cards had chances to tie and go ahead in the final seconds, but nothing went right, or rather, on. SC went to the free throw line just five times, hitting two, while Aptos hit five of ten tries. SC got off 10 more shots than Aptos sinking 17 of 43 attempts, while Aptos drilled 16 of 33. The Mariners dominated the boards snatching 29 to the Cards 17. Bruce was tops with five. Starting center John Eicholz missed the game with the flu. Scoring: Ellis 3, Thompson 5, Martini 10, Bruce 6, Wilson 10, Crafts 2 and Parmenter 0.

Cards Fall To Potent Dores 71-59. Monterey jumped out to a 18-13 lead in the first period, but the Cards outscored the Dores 21-20 in the second quarter to trail by four points 34-38. Monterey came out running to start the second half and caught the Cards flat footed on defense. Monterey ran the score up to 54-43 to start the final quarter. The loss was no fault of guard Bill Parmenter, who ended up five rows deep in the seats and went tail over teakettle trying to save a loose ball. We give him the “Charlie Hustle” award this week.
Vince Wilson enjoyed his biggest night as a Card this year, when he netted seven field goal and a trio of shots from the line for 17 points. Monterey took advantage of some very physical leapers in its front line on offense. Monterey rarely got off less than three straight shots at the bucket. The Cards did not get off enough field goal attempts, but did hit 15 of 20 foul shots for 75 percent shooting. Parmenter and Bruce were 4 for 4 and Wilson 3 for 3. Scoring: Ellis 0, Parmenter 6, Wilson 17, Martini 13, Bruce 14, Crafts 5 and Reed 4.

Cards take Seaside 61-55. Vince Wilson tore through the floor with tremendous power at each end of the court as he snatched 18 rebounds and scored 20 points, while collecting “ooohs and aas” of admiration from onlookers on both sides off the court. In addition Vince held Seaside’s top scorer, who averages in the mid 20’s to half his normal average by playing him tight and tough. Wilson with the help of Dave Martini controlled the game for a 61-55 win. He is suddenly showing more than anyone else in the league.
In league stats Vince leads the team in scoring, rebounding and overall performance, averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds a game. Two new players Glen Reed missed making lightweights exponents and has started playing with the varsity and Kevin O’Connell, who has just returned from a football injury were factors in this game. Scoring: Ellis 3, Eicholz 9, Martini 8, Bruce 8, Wilson 20, Reed 7 and Kevin O’Connell 6

Salinas ekes out a 41-39 victory over SC. Milt Thompson has returned from Louisiana.
Scoring: Ellis 2, Bruce 11, Eicholz 6, Wilson 3, Martini 16, Reed 1, Crafts 0 and Thompson 0.

The Cards lost to Watsonville 48-61. The Cards lost by 13 points and missed 14 free throws. Wilson played with his usual brilliance, balanced by the scoring of sophomore Dave Bruce, the rebounding of Dave Martini and the ball handling of Steve Ellis, the Cards were in the game until three minutes left and still down six. Then the Cards put on extra pressure and started fouling to end up with the final 13 point spread.

Soquel 65-56. Scoring: Thompson 0 and fouled out. Bruce 9, Eicholz 2, Martini 14, Wilson 7, Ellis 2, Reed 7, Crafts 4 and O’Connell 11.

After this game Vince Wilson left the team to work on his sprinting on the track team and run in some of the winter special track competition for top track men. He did very well and won the league in the 100. It did have a big impact on the basketball team.

Alisal loss.

Cards slip by Aptos 64-62. The crowd became excited in the fourth quarter as the Mariners held a 47-51 lead. The lead bumpered between the contesters nine times in the quarter. Enter Steve Ellis and Dave Martini. Martini crashed through the Aptos zone to put the Cards up 55-54. Aptos scores to put Aptos up by one. One minute left, Ellis comes down court and hit’s a 17 footer to put the Cards up again 57-56. Aptos scores again. Dave Bruce takes a pass from Kevin O’Connell and drives in for a lay up. SC up 61-60. Aptos scores up one. Twelve seconds time out. O’Connell inbounds to Ellis drives down court and pulls up at 25 feet for a swisher. SC up 63-61. Seven seconds left and Aptos throws a pass to half court, intercepted by Martini, who passes to Glen Reed, who was then flagrantly fouled and given two shots. Glen missed the first but made the second for final of SC 64-62. Bruce had a strong shooting night, hitting 10 of 18 and totaled 21 points plus leading in rebounding. O’Connell hit five of ten for 10 points and Martini had 14 points.

Cards 75-54 over Seaside. The Cards led the first quarter 13-8. In the second period the Cards went 1 for 10 from the foul line. A 51 point second half finished the game off. Bruce popped 22 points followed by Reed with 12. Eicholz snatched 16 rebounds, followed by Martini at 15. Ellis shoved out six assists. Gary Lyster played his most impressive game of the season. The Cards resurgence has to be hinged on two major factors, guards Ellis, O’Connell and Bruce are working, scoring crucial points and winning games. With an injury to top defensive man Thompson, it means more work for the other guards. Forwards Martini, Reed and Bruce, when not playing guard, are sharp and building the team. Gordie Crafts and John Eicholz can battle anyone in the league for board strength. Mike Johnson and Gary Lyster have been added to the team for depth.

The MBL has a strange distinction this year, ten very good evenly matched teams. At any one time, any team could beat any other team. With about a third of the season gone there remains not one undefeated team or one team without a win. All squads still have a solid shot at the championship.

In the last seconds of the Soquel game with the score 54-53 SC, a foul was called on SC and Soquel made both for the win. After the game the Soquel vice principal went into the dressing room and said there was no foul committed. He was being a true sportsman saying what happened was not right.

SC has been play pretty well recently. They just have not been winning. The Cards presented challenges to high ranking Watsonville and North Salinas in two of the three last games. Watsonville topped the Cards in the last seconds with two straight field goals 59-55. With the score tied 55-55 with almost a minute left the Cats held the ball for the last shot, which they missed, but put the rebound shot back in and the stole the end bounds pass and scored again. Strong scoring came from Martini with 22 and Bruce with 21. Eicholz romped with rebounds and Ellis played solidly at guard. Milt Thompson has missed four games with a shoulder injury and missed other games earlier in the year. Ellis missed two games this last week. Leaving the Cards with a short guard corp. Well manned underneath the Cards are starting Martini and Reed at forwards and Eicholz at center with very capable back up in Gordon Crafts. The top three contributors have been Martini, Bruce and Eicholz. The only senior on the team is Ellis.

SC boasts only one senior, hot shooting guard Steve Ellis. Steve had started all through the season until being weakened late by the flu. Ellis is a great natural shooter, a fine ball handler and an excellent defender.

Dave Martini was selected ALL MBL. He led in the following stats, averaging 16.8 points a game, 9.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Dave Bruce was honorable mention.

LIGHTWEIGHTS

league record 14-4 one game out of first place. The Cardlets beat league champion Aptos three times. Won the lightweight tournament at Harbor. Seasons record 19-4.

Harbor Tourney, Monterey 36-39, but Monterey had to forfeit; Aptos 58-74; beat SLV for the tournament championship.
League: Alisal 54-55, Seaside won, Aptos 64-55,Watsonville 40-38, won; Monterey won, North Salinas 40-42, Salinas loss, 42-67;

At the Harbor Lightweight tournament in the first game the Cardlets lost to Monterey, but since Monterey played an ineligible player the Cardlets won by forfeit. In the semi-finals against Aptos the Cardlets walked all over the Mariners 74-58 with Tom Lusby and Mike Ferrin leading the way. Against SLV in the championship game the top scorers were Mike Ferrin 19 and Pete Corneliussen 12.

The Cardlets borrowed the old Cat adage of having nine lives as they squeaked by the Watsonville Wildkittens 40-38 for their ninth victory of the season without a defeat. Defense proved to be the best offense as the Cardlets held the Kittens to two fourth quarter field goals, while potting five themselves. Mike Ferrin again led the scorers with 16 points and board man Pete Corneliussen backed him with nine.

Magical Mike Ferrin dropped 25 points and Tom Lusby scored 14 and had a fine floor game as the leader of the offense in a 65-24 win.

The Cardlets used Monterey and Watsonville as practice games as they embarrassed both teams by unimaginable scores.

After losing a toughie against North Salinas 40-42 on a last seconds desperation shot, fell completely apart and out of the championship race with a 42-67 disaster against Salinas. The Redbirds were down only four points at the start of the second quarter, but only scored two points against 15 for Salinas. Tom Lusby and Mike Ferrin led the scoring with 10 apiece.

Other players not mentioned in the write ups are Harry Kypreos, Stan Frasier, Wyland Childs, Manuel Alvarez, Jim Lyster, Bob Lowery, Rudy Cortez, Gary Moro and Steve Palazzo. Coach Jack Alzina.

Mike Ferrin, who averaged 20.3 points a game was selected MBL league MVP. Pete Corneliussen was All MBL and averaged 13.2 points a game. Guard Tom Lusby was an honorable mention all league and was elected team captain.

JV BASKETBALL

SLV 69-26, Watsonville 52-38, Harbor 38-33, Aptos JV tourney Harbor 60-46, semi-finals won, Watsonville 60-68 for second place. League: Watsonville 51-45, Seaside 41-30, Salinas 39-63, 60-70; Aptos 44-38, Monterey loss
League record 7-11. Season record of 8-12.

Four returnees from last year are starter, sophomore John Mendez, who is an artful ball handler and a fiery defensive guard. Pivot man 6’ 3” George Barbic, a excellent board cleaner and a steadily improving shooter. Bob Mahan a hustling all around player and Bob Pianavilla a rugged backboard contender. New players are sophomore Rick Erlin a outside net Jumper at guard, Dave Stengl a high leaping freshman, another freshman rebounder Art Terry and sophomore Steve Samson a dependable clutch player. Other players are Nobert Szczurek, Roy DeRego, Todd Jones and Steve Parke. Coach Ray Hunter.

Rick Erlin pelted the nets for eight points in the third quarter and Art Terry hooked in a pair of last minute buckets in a come from behind 38-33 win over Harbor in a hotly contested game.

Against Watsonville in a practice game the Cards were down 27-45 at the end of the third quarter, when the Cards put on a big push to score 18 points and held the Cats to 7 losing by a much closer 45-52 score. Center George Barbic led his team in scoring with 11 points and rebounding with 17 while showing much improved flare and drive.

At the Aptos JV tournament during Christmas vacation the Cards won their first two games, before losing in the finals to Watsonville 60-68. John Mendez was selected All Tourney.
Starting the new year right, Bob Mahan planted 15 points as the Cards utilized a hot second half to pull away from Seaside 41-30.

A bucket by George Barbic and clutch free throws by Bob Pianavilla and Norb Szczurek in the final 2 minutes of the game lifted the Cards to a 43-37 victory over Aptos in a real ulcer builder to up the Cards record at this point to 5-6 in league and 6-7 for the season. With the score tied 34-34 at the start of the fourth quarter the Cards stalled for four minutes as guards Szczurek and Erlin played a little catch until Szczurek was fouled and made both. Barbic wielded 16 points and snared 22 rebounds to continue his MBL tear.

Scrubbing the boards and jostling the nets like a famished bird in a worm ranch, the floor dominator has averaged 16 points and 14 rebounds a contest in the past seven matches. Big G (George Barbic) etched a team personal scoring and back board swiping high of 27 points and steam shoveling 27 rebounds in a 60-70 setback to Salinas.

In a loss to Salinas 39-63, center George Barbic pulled down 11 rebounds, but could not match his 11 points per game average.

The Cards ended the season with a 44-38 win against Aptos.

In review of the season: receiving little publicity, but gracing the backcourt with a defensive taunt, club quarterback John Mendez fueled the real Cardinal red and swiveled in 4.2 per game savvy. Forwards Steve Samson and Bob Mahan pioneered the Jay Vee caravan in the early going with fabulous ring rattling moves under the basket. Samson finished with a 8.3 points per game average and Mahan a 8.6 average. Catching on, to say the least, the red flapper pivot George Barbic at 6’ 3” started treating the net seams harshly and brushing the boards empty. He proceed to head the Bird attack the rest of the season with 11.4 notches a contest. It showed massive varsity potential for next year.

BASEBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Practice games: Oak Grove, 1-4; Piedmont Hills, 5-4; SLV, 2-3; Carmel, 5-4, 3-6. Salinas Lions Tournament; Watsonville 4-3; Salinas 1-3; Seaside 10-2; Pacific Grove, 5-12. Practice record 4-5. League: Seaside 8-0, 5-1; Monterey 13-0, 14-1; Aptos 16-0, 2-0; Watsonville 0-2, 4-3; North Salinas 14-2, 8-4; Salinas 0-0 (9 innings) 2-1; 0-1 make up tie game; Soquel 8-2, 11-2; Harbor 3-0, 1-3; Alisal 4-0, 6-4 (14 innings). League record 15-3, CCS: Hollister 1-6. CCS record 0-1 Season record 19-9.

MBL league standings; SC 15-3, Soquel 14-4, Harbor 10-8, Watsonville 9-8-1, Seaside 9-8-1, Alisal 9-9, North Salinas 7-10-1, Aptos 7-11, Salinas 4-12-2 and Monterey 3-14-1.

Team members: Seniors: Mike Johnson, Steve Ellis, Gus Penniman, Gary Lyster and Dave Mendez. Juniors: Preston Dyson, Pat O’Brien, Milt Thompson, Mike Ferrin, Harry Kypreos, Mike Ewald, Duke Shelden and Tom Lusby. Sophomores: Glen Reed and Dave Bruce.

The Cards started slow using different line ups and losing more then usual, but when the lineup was solidified the wins started coming.

Cards lose to Oak Grove 1-4 in nine innings. The Cards lone run came in the fifth inning when Milt Thompson led off with a single, went to second on an error, to third on a wild pitch and scored on Mike Ferrins ground out to second. Mike Johnson started on the mound and went four innings giving up one hit, no runs, walked one and struck out four. Preston Dyson pitched the next four innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out three. Pat O’Brien pitched the last inning giving up one hit, two earned runs, walked two, struck out two
and took the loss. Harry Kypreos had a double. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Ferrin LF, 5-0; Kypreos C, 5-2; Johnson P/3B, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Gary Lyster SS, 4-1; Steve Ellis CF, 3-1; Mendez 3B, 2-0; Thompson RF, 4-2; Lusby 2B, 4-1; Dyson P, 1-0; Bruce PH, 1-1 and O’Brien P, 0-0.

Cards strike early to take Piedmont Hills 5-4. Johnson started and went four innings giving up four hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out four to gain the win. Dyson went the next three innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out four. In the first inning the first three batters walked. Clean up hitter Penniman hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Thompson. Lyster drove in Kypreos on infield ground out. In the third, Kypreos singled and Johnson singled him to second. Penniman sacrificed the two runners to third and second. Lyster singled in Kypreos and Johnson was out trying to go to third, but Lyster went to second on the throw. Ferrin singled him home. Ellis double in Ferrin to make the score 5-2. RBI’s: Lyster two and one each for Penniman, Ferrin and Ellis. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-1; Kypreos C, 3-2; Johnson P/LF, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0 and had two sacrifices; Gary Lyster SS, 4-3; Ferrin LF, 3-1; Ellis CF, 3-1; Mendez 3B, 2-0; Reed 2B, 2-0 and Dyson P, 3-1.

SLV downs SC 3-2. SLV scored in the first on an error, the first of four made by the Cards. In the third Lusby was hit by a pitch, went to second on a balk, to third on Bruce’s single and scored on a wild pitch. To led off the seventh with SLV up 3-1, lead off hitter Ellis doubled and went to third after tagging up on a fly to right and scored on a balk. SLV’ pitcher threw a two hitter. Johnson started and went five innings giving up four, hits one earned run, walked one and struck out seven for the loss. Dyson went the next two innings giving up no hits, runs, or walks and struck out five. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-0 Kypreos C, 3-0; Lyster SS, 3-0; Johnson P/3B, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Ellis CF, 3-1; Ferrin LF, 1-0; Mendez LF, 2-0; Lusby 2B, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 2-1; Reed 3B, 1-0; and Dyson P, 1-0.

Cards rally in sixth inning to defeat Carmel 5-4. Three straight singles by Kypreos, Lyster and Johnson loaded the bases. A walk to Ellis forced in a run. A sacrifice fly by Ferrin drove in another run and Penniman’s single drove in the last two runs. The other run came on Ellis’ home run in the fourth inning. Johnson started and went four innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out five. O’Brien went three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked none and struck out three. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-1; Kypreos C, 3-1; Lyster SS, 3-2; Johnson P/3B, 3-0; Ellis CF, 1-1, two walks; Ferrin LF, 2-1, sacrifice; Penniman 1B, 3-1; Mendez 3B, 1-0; Reed 2B, 2-0; and O‘Brien P, 2-0.

In the second game of a double header with Carmel the Cards used a revamped line up an gave up five runs in the sixth inning to lose 3-6. In the third inning Ewald walked, when to second on Dyson bunt base hit, to third on Ferrin’s sacrifice bunt and scored on an error by the pitcher. Dyson scored on a sacrifice fly by Thompson. In the fourth, Lyster walked, stole second and scored on Mendez’s single. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-0; Thompson RF, 3-1; Johnson 3B, 4-0; Ellis CF, 2-0; Lyster SS, 2-0; Bruce C, 1-0, two walks; Mendez 2B, 3-1; Ewald LF, 1-0, two walks; Dyson P, 1-1; Kypreos PH, 1-1; Sheldon P, 0-0; O’Brien P, 1-1 and Penniman RF, 1-0. The pitching stats by inning, hits, earned runs, walks and strike outs.
IN H ER BB K
Dyson 5 2 1 4 3
Sheldon 1/3 1 5 5 0
O’Brien 1 2/3 2 0 0 5

Johnson One Hits Seaside in 8-0 win in the first league game. Mike Johnson pitches a complete game giving up one hit, no runs, one walk and struck out nine. Steve Ellis started the scoring with a double off the left field fence to drive home two runs. Mike Ferrin and Dave Mendez doubled in the Cards four run sixth inning. Mendez crushed in three RBI’s followed by Ellis with two and Ferrin and Kypreos one apiece. Ellis had a double. Cards had only one error. Lineup: Ferrin LF, 3-1; Kypreos C, 4-1; Johnson P, 4-1; Thompson RF, 4-1; Ellis CF, 2-1; Gary Lyster SS, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 3-2; Bruce 3B 1-0, sacrifice, walk; Mendez 3B, 2-1 and Reed 2B, 1-0.

Cards Preston Dyson pitches five inning no hitter to beat Monterey 13-0 in a game called by darkness. Dyson pitched all five innings giving up five walks and struck out five. Thompson, Johnson and Lyster had doubles. RBI’s were two each for Ellis, Lyster and Bruce. One each for Ferrin, Johnson, Ferrin and Mendez. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Thompson RF, 1-1; Kypreos C, 3-1; Ellis CF, 4-3; Johnson 2B, 4-3; Lyster SS, 2-1; Ferrin 1B, 2-1; Penniman LF, 1-0; Bruce 3B, 3-1; Dyson P, 2-1; Lusby SS, 1-0; Ewald RF, 1-0; Reed 3B, 0-0; Mendez LF, 1-0.

Cards blast Aptos 18-0. Aptos was held to one hit, Mike Johnson started and went four innings giving up the one hit, walked four and struck out four for the win. Dyson went one inning walking one and striking out one. O’Brien went one inning striking out the side. Ellis and Lyster doubled. RBI’s with three were Penniman and Lusby. Two were Thompson, Lyster, Ferrin, Mendez and Ewald. Bruce had one. Cards had one error. Cards have one error. Lineup: Thompson RF, 5-3; Kypreos C, 5-1; Ellis CF, 5-2; Johnson P/3B, 1-0 and walked four times; Lyster SS, 4-1; Ferrin 1B, 1-1; Penniman 1B, 2-1; Bruce 3B, 3-1; Mendez LF, 3-3; Dyson P, 1-0; Lusby 2B, 2-0 and two walks; Ewald LF, 1-1 and O’Brien P, 0-0.

Home team, Watsonville gave SC their first league loss 2-0 after the Cards had pitched three straight shut outs in league games, but are now 3-1 in league. The Cats started their first at bat with a walk. A sacrifice put the runner on second and he scored on a double. A second runner, who got on with a walk was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw from Johnson in deep left center to shortstop Gary Lyster to Harry Kypreos at the plate. The second run scored in the fourth on two consecutive walks and two infield errors. SC was held to four hits, one a double by sophomore Dave Bruce. Preston Dyson went all the way giving up six hits, three walks, one earned run, struck out three and took the loss. Linuep: Thompson RF, 3-0; Kypreos C, 3-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Johnson LF, 3-1; Lyster SS, 3-1; Ferrin 1B, 2-0; Bruce 3B/C, 2-2; Lusby 2B, 2-0; Dyson P, 2-0; Ewald LF, 0-0 and Mendez 2B/3B, 0-0.

North Salinas had the Cards down 3-4 going into the last of the sixth inning, when the Cards broke out with a five run inning to win 8-4. Ferrin started the inning off with a single and went to second on a pass ball. Kypreos doubled him home. Thompson got on by an error and Mendez bunted the runners up a base to second and third. Johnson doubled them home. Lyster tripled Johnson home. Runs batted in were two for Johnson and Bruce, one each for Ellis, Lyster and Kypreos. Extra base hits triples for Thompson and Lyster. Doubles for Ellis, Johnson and Bruce. Johnson struck out 11, allowed only one walk, gave up 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1; Mendez LF, 4-1; Ellis CF, 3-1; Johnson P, 3-3; Lyster SS, 4-1; Bruce 3B, 4-1; Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Lusby 2B, 3-0 and Kypreos C, 3-2.

Preston Dyson went nine innings of no run ball, striking out 11 allowing only one walk and 4 hits in 0-0 game. His Salinas counter part gave up only three hits by Thompson, Kypreos and Ferrin. The game was called by darkness and will be replayed later in the season. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1; Kypreos C, 3-1, sacrifice; Ellis CF, 4-0; Johnson LF, 2-0, two walks; Lyster SS, 4-0; Bruce 3B, 4-0; Ferrin 1B, 4-1; Lusby 2B, 2-0, walk and Dyson P, 3-0.

In the opening game of the Salinas Tournament, SC reversed their league loss to Watsonville with a 4-3 win behind the pitching of Mike Johnson and Pat O’Brien. Johnson went four innings, gave up four hits, one walk, no earned runs and struck out five for the win. O’Brien went the last three giving up four hits, two walks, one earned run and struck out four for a save. SC scored all four of their runs in the third inning. Lusby led off the inning with a hit, went to second on a wild pitch and was bunted to third by Kypreos. Consecutive hits by Thompson, Ferrin, Ellis and Lyster drove in the four runs. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1, Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Ellis CF, 3-1; Johnson P/LF, 2-0; Lyster SS, 3-1; Mendez LF/3B, 3-0; Lusby 2B, 3-1; Kypreos C, 3-1, sacrifice; Bruce 3B, 1-0, sacrifice and O’Brien P, 1-0.

In the winners bracket, SC lost to Salinas 1-3 to go into the consolation bracket. Mike Johnson went all the way giving up five hits, no walks, three earned runs and struck out nine. He had four three up and three down innings. SC had one error. The Cards run came on a walk to Ellis, who stole second and scored on Lysters triple. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-0; Ferrin 1B, 3-0; Ellis CF, 2-1; Johnson P, 3-1; Lyster SS, 3-1; Kypreos C, 3-0; Lusby 2B, 3-0; Mendez LF, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 2-0 and Ewald PH, 1-0.

In the third game of the Salinas tournament, the Cards defeated Seaside 10-2. Pat O’Brien struck out 12, walked 3, gave up 7 hits and 2 earned runs for the win. Mike Ewald had a grand slam home run, two hits and four RBI‘s. Others with RBI’s were Dave Mendez with 2 and Ferrin, Johnson and Kypreos with one each. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1; Ferrin 4-1; Ellis CF, 4-2; Johnson 2B, 3-2; Lyster SS, 2-1; Mendez 3B, 2-1; Kyreos C, 1-0, walk; Ewald LF, 3-2; O’Brien P, 3-1; Lusby 2B, 0-0 and Bruce C, 1-0.

Card lose the last game of the tournament 5-12 to Pacific Grove. Dave Mendez had the big hit for SC with a three run homer. SC was only able to come up with four hits. George Barbic, up from JV’s, pitched five innings. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-0, Ferrin 1B, 4-1; Ellis CF, 3-0; Johnson 2B, 1-1; Lyster SS, 2-0; Mendez 3B, 3-1; Kypreos C, 1-0; Ewald LF, 3-1; Dyson P, 0-0; Barbic P, 2-0, walk; Bruce C, 0-0, walk and Lusby 2B, 0-0, two walks.

Mike Johnson threw a four hitter, allowed one walk, no earned runs and struck out three against Soquel in a 8-2 win. Milt Thompson drove in three runs and Ferrin, Ellis, Johnson and Lusby drove in one apiece. Ferrin had two hits and 2 stolen bases and Ellis had one hit and one stolen base. The Cards did have one area that was not good and that was four errors. Not characteristic of the Cards defense. Ferrin stole two bases, followed by Ellis and Lusby with one each. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1; Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Ellis CF, 4-1; Johnson P, 3-1; Lyster SS, 2-1; Mendez LF, 3-0; Kypreos C, 2-1; Lusby 2B, 3-1; Bruce 3B, 2-1, walk and Ewald LF, 0-0.

Cards 3, Harbor 0. Harbor threw a three hitter against the Cards, but crafty base running and timely hitting made those three hit into three runs. Mike Johnson started and went 5 innings giving up six hits, walked none and struck out four for the win. Pat O’Brien went two innings giving up two hits, one walk and struck out two for the save. Harbor had a chance to score in the first inning, but Mike Ewald uncorked a shot to Bruce to throw out the runner at third base. From right field Milt Thompson fired the ball to the cut off man Mike Ferrin who alertly tagged out the runner rounding first base for the third out before a runner headed home could get to the plate saving a run.
Two runs were scored in the third inning when Dave Bruce walked was sacrificed to second by Dave Mendez. Bruce scored on Milt Thompson’s single. Milt took second on the throw home. Ferrin doubled Milt home. In the sixth, Milt singled and went to second on an infield out. As Milt was stealing third, the catcher made a bad throw and Milt scored. This was a game were players made good use of their opportunities while on base. Alert play and good throws from outfielders also came into play. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-2; Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Ellis CF, 3-0; Johnson P/LF, 1-0, two walks; Lyster SS, 3-0; Kypreos C, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 1-0, walk; Mendez 2B, 1-0, sacrifice; Ewald LF, 2-0 and O’Brien P, 0-0.

Cards trip Alisal 4-0. O’Brien and Dyson two hit Alisal. Dyson started and went four innings giving up one hit, six walks, and struck out four for the win. O’ Brien went the last three giving up one hit, no walks, striking out five of the ten batters he faced for the save. Penniman and Bruce had doubles. Ferrin had 2 RBI’s, Bruce and Penniman had one each. SC had two errors.
Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-1, Kypreos C, 4-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Johnson RF, 3-1; Lyster SS, 2-2; Mendez 2B, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 3-3; Ewald LF, 2-0; Dyson P, 1-0; Penniman PH, 1-1 and O’Brien P, 1-0.

To start the second round of SCCAL play, the Cards had a six run fourth inning ignited by a three run home run by Johnson to down Seaside 8-1. Mike Johnson went all the way giving up seven hits, two walks, one earned run, struck out eight for the win. SC had only one error. Dave Mendez had a double and walked twice. Johnson drove in three runs and Thompson, Ellis, Lyster and Bruce each drove in a run. Lineup: Thompson RF, 2-2; Ferrin 1B, 4-2, Ellis CF, 5-1; Johnson P, 4-1; Lyster SS, 3-1; Bruce 3B, 3-1; Mendez 2B, 2-1; Kypreos C, 4-0, Ewald LF, 4-2 and Penniman RF, 2-0.

Cards have another high scoring game against their old nemesis for the league title Monterey, winning 14-1. SC had three base runners in the first inning and two in the second inning, but could not score. They made up for it scoring in all the rest of the innings. Top RBI contributors were Gus Penniman with four, Johnson with three and Dave Mendez with two. Thompson, Ellis and Lyster each had one. Penniman had four hits, Johnson three and Ellis two. Ellis stole two bases followed by Ferrin, Penniman, Ewald and Lyster with one each. SC had two errors. Dyson started and went four innings giving up four hits, no walks, no earned runs and struck out one for the win. O’Brien went three innings giving up no hits, three walks, no earned runs and six strike outs for the save. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Penniman LF, 5-4; Ellis CF, 4-2; Johnson RF, 4-3; Lyster SS, 3-1; Bruce 3B, 4-1; Mendez 2B, 1-1; Kypreos C, 3-0; Dyson P, 3-0; O’Brien P, 1-1; Thompson RF, 1-1 and Ewald CF, 1-0.

After defeating Aptos 16-0 early in the year, the Mariners, especially their sophomore pitcher, who gave up just three hits made the Cards sweat for their 2-0 victory. Mike Johnson picked up his second complete game shout out and stretched his record to 7-0. Mike struck out 7, walked 3 and gave up 5 hits. Johnson aided his own cause doubling in the second inning was bunted to third by Lyster and scored on Pennimans infield out. To lead off the sixth, Johnson singled went to second on a wild pitch, was bunted to third by Penniman and squeezed home by Mendez.
Lineup: Thompson RF, 2-0, walk; Ferrin 1B, 3-0; Ellis CF, 2-0, walk; Johnson P, 3-2; Lyster SS, 1-0, sacrifice, walk; Penniman LF, 3-1; Mendez 2b, 1-0, walk, sacrifice; Bruce 3B, 3-0, Kypreos C, 1-0, hit by pitch and Ewald LF, 0-0.

Bases Loaded Walk Nets Another Cardinal Win. Milt Thompson’s bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning provided the winning run in the Card 4-3 win over Watsonville. The free pass, which forced in Gus Penniman with the winning run was somewhat anti-climactic in the well played come from behind game. It shot the Cards league record to 11-1-1 good enough for a two game lead over second place Soquel. SC fought back to tie the game after Watsonville jumped to 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Cards two run second inning squared things. SC went up one with a single run in the sixth. Then it was the Wildcats turn for a come back with the tying run coming in the Cats’ last chance seventh inning.
The Cats; played like the game decided the championship. Both teams played strong defense, especially Watsonville, which cooled off potential SC threats all game, notably in the last three innings. The Cards made the only error of the game. SC, as usual, was heads up defensively, as shortstop Gary Lyster was the most noticeable defender on the diamond. The senior covers ground as well as any shortstop in the league this season.
Gus Penniman rapped two hits and scored the winning run. Dyson went all nine innings striking out five, walking 4 and allowing 7 hits, but only once did the Cats get more than one hit in an inning. Watsonville started the first inning scoring two runs. In the second, Penniman tripled and scored on Lyster’s single. Mendez sacrifice him to second. Kypreos singled and Lyster was thrown out at the plate by the center fielder. Kyperos went to second on the throw home. Dyson doubled home Kypreos to tie the score. In the sixth Ellis walked, stole second and on a fly to center tagged up and went to third from where he scored on a hit by Penniman. Watsonville came right back and scored the tying run in the seventh.
Two SC double plays came on line drives catches and doubling off runners. The plays were made by Johnson in left field and Lyster at short. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1; Ferrin 1B, 1-0; Bruce 3B, 2-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Johnson LF/3B, 4-0; Penniman LF, 3-2; Lyster SS, 3-1; Mendez 2B, 2-0; Kypreos C, 3-1; Dyson P, 3-1 and Ewald PH, 1-0.

Johnson Hurls Santa Cruz To 4-0 Shutout Over Vikings. Senior right hander Mike Johnson upped his league record to 8-0. Johnson was near flawless in his performance by hurling a nifty three hitter, walked three and struck out 12 in a shut out. Johnson was overpowering from the very first inning by striking out at least two North Salinas batters in every frame with the exception of the four and fifth innings. Johnson also doubled. RBI’s were Bruce, Lyster and Johnson. Cards had two errors to none for North Salinas. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-0; Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Ellis CF, 4-2; Johnson P, 3-1; Penniman 1B/LF, 3-1; Lyster SS, 3-1; Mendez 2B, 1-0, two walks; Kypreos C, 1-0 Bruce 3B, 3-1.

In a make up game against Salinas the Cards oozed out a 2-1 win. The Card runs came in the sixth inning when Thompson hit a line drive single and went to second base when Ferrin dropped a sacrifice bunt. Ellis grounded to third baseman, who threw the ball in the dirt at first base and as the first baseman was picking up the ball Thompson faked going home, which drew a throw from the first sacker. The throw got away from the third baseman allowing Thompson to score and Ellis went to third. On a wild pitch, Ellis scored the winning run. Dyson control was off a little in this game as he walked eight, struck out 6, but gave up only 3 hits. Mike Johnson has missed the last two game with the knock out flu. Card had only one error. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-1; Ferrin 1B, 2-1; Ellis 2-0, hit by pitch; Johnson LF, 2-0, walk; Lyster SS, 3-0; Mendez 2B, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 1-0, walk; Kypreos C, 1-0, walk and Dyson P, 1-0.

Lefty Pat O’Brien filling in for the ailing Mike Johnson, threw a no hitter against Salinas, but ended up losing 0-1. What a fill in job by Pat, as he showed real confidence on the mound and that he is a capable of being a starting pitcher. In the first inning with a runner on first, Pat threw the ball away on a pick off attempt with the runner going to third. A wild pitch on a hard breaking curve ball scored the runner from third. Every inning after the first, Pat went three up and three down in an almost perfect game. Pat struck out seven and walked only two. The Cards were only able to come up with three hits. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-0; Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Ellis CF, 3-1; Penniman LF, 2-1, walk; Lyster SS, 3-0; Mendez 2B, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 2-0, walk; Kypreos C, 2-0, walk and O’Brien P, 0-0, two walks.

Santa Cruz’s 11-2 victory over Soquel was important, since the Knights trailed the Cards by only one half a game. The Cards used their bunting, running and baseball savvy game to help score many of their runs. Dyson had three RBI’s, Penniman and Mendez 2 apiece, Thompson, Lyster and Kypreos one each. Dyson gave up 4 hits, no walks, no earned runs and struck out a low for him 3 in a well pitched game against the heavy hitting Knights. He had four, three up three down innings. Lineup: Thompson RF, 5-3; Ferrin 1B, 5-2; Ellis CF, 4-4; Penniman LF, 4-3; Lyster SS, 2-1; Mendez 2B; 3-2; Bruce 3B, 3-1; Kypreos C, 3-0 and Dyson P, 3-1.

Harbor knocks off Cards 3-1 to tighten the MBL race. SC needs to beat Alisal in the last game of the season to take the championship all to themselves. Val Carpenter, who pitched a few varsity games for the Cards as a freshman, before Harbor opened, allowed the Cards but one hit and one run in a well pitched game. Lyster walked, was sacrificed to second by Mendez, when to third on a fly ball to right by O’Brien and scored on an error. Ellis walked twice and stole two bases and Penniman had the only Card hit. Cards had two errors. O’Brien went five innings giving up six hits, three earned runs, walked one and struck out five. He struck out the side in the second inning. Dyson relieved in the sixth giving up a hit and striking out one. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-0; Ferrin 1B, 4-0; Ellis CF, 2-0; Penniman LF, 4-1; Lyster SS, 3-0, walk; Mendez 2b, 1-0, sacrifice and two walks; O’Brien P, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 1-0; Kypreos C, 1-0, two walks; Johnson PH, 1-0 and Dyson 1-0.

From Trident. SC has made its mark with pitching and defense, plus having players adjust to fill spots that they have not played before. Dave Bruce, who has always been a catcher and early in the year was doing some part time work behind the plate, is now an outstanding third baseman. Dave Mendez who earlier in the year was playing in left field and third base has moved in at second base and has made many great plays and run saving stops. Milt Tompson is challenging Mike Johnson for the league batting title and along with Mike Ferrin gives the Cards a solid one-two pop at the top of the order. Catcher Harry Kypreos shares credit for the Cards pitching staffs success by known when to call the right pitch.

Cards clinch the sole MBL title with a 14 inning marathon with Alisal for a 6-4 victory. Alisal scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning with only two of them being earned. Two walks, two hits and a error with two outs did the damage. The Cards scored two in each of the second sixth and fourteenth innings. Dyson pitched 12 innings striking out 14, giving up 7 hits and 7 walks for a terrific game. Pat O’Brien carried over from his no hitter against Salinas giving up no hits or walks in two innings for the win. RBI’s came from Ellis, Penniman, Gary Lyster, Mendez and Bruce. Mendez hit a double and a triple and Ferrin had a double.
The Cards played good defense only giving up two errors in a pressure cooker game. Special commendations to Dave Bruce, who did a fine catching having not caught in game action much this year. To Jim Lyster who has not played much and to Steve Ellis with a bad ankle and not able to run, who pinch hit at a very crucial spot in the game to drive in the tying run in the sixth inning to extend the game. The whole lineup was superb. Lineup: Thompson LF, 7-1; Ferrin 1B, 6-1; Penniman LF, 7-2; Johnson RF, 5-0; Gary Lyster SS, 5-2; Mendez 2B, 7-2; Bruce 3B/C, 4-0; Kypreos C, 1-0,walk; Steve Ellis pinch hitter drove in the tying run 1-1, Jim Lyster 3B, 3-1; Dyson P, 5-0; and O’Brien 1-0

Balers End Frustration, Defeat Cardinals 6-1 In Region IV Finals. Cardinal Streak Falls In Regional. Two SC streaks have tested the yearly change in the past two weeks, one continuing and one being destroyed. SC won its fifth straight MBL title with a 14 inning 6-4 jolt over Alisal. This put the Cards in the Region IV championship game at Hollister. These two teams have played for that title the last four years with the Cards the winner each time. This year it was not to be as the Balers took an early lead to win 6-1 and end the Cards run as Region champions.
In the first inning the first two batters walked and ended up scoring. Mike Ferrin saved more damage in the second inning on a diving catch of squeeze bunt, then threw to third for a double play. After a home run by Hollister’s main man hitting and pitching, Pat O’Brien came in to pitch and Pat gave up three hits, walked none, allowed no earned runs and struck out nine in the five innings he worked. Dyson started and went two plus innings giving up three hits, four earned runs, walked four.
The only SC run was by Ferrin after singling, stealing second and third, then scored on Johnson’s sacrifice fly. Ferrin was the top hitter for the Cards with two hits out of the four allowed by the Hollister ace. Mendez doubled. Cards had one error. Lineup: Thompson LF, 3-0; Ferrin 1B, 3-2; Ellis CF, 3-1; Johnson LF/3B, 2-0; Gary Lyster SS, 3-0; Mendez 2B, 2-1; Bruce 3B/C, 3-0; Kypreos C, 1-0; Penniman LF, 1-0; Dyson P, 0-0; and O’Brien 2-0.

Team hitting stats up to the start of the second half of league play (18 games). Listed by name, batting average, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, stolen bases, base on balls, strike outs, runs batted in, clutch hits with men in scoring position and on base percentage.
AV AB R H 2B 3b HR SB BB SO RBI CH OBP
Lyster 322 56 12 18 3 2 0 2 6 7 12 29-19 492
Johnson 321 53 13 17 3 0 1 1 13 5 8 23-15 507
Thompson 301 63 14 19 1 2 0 3 1 7 10 20-11 364
Bruce 303 33 7 10 3 0 0 1 10 11 6 21-13 535
Ellis 279 61 16 17 7 0 1 8 6 7 11 23-11 373
Ferrin 267 60 11 16 2 0 0 3 3 15 13 29-20 369
Kypreos 254 55 9 14 2 0 0 0 3 5 3 21-4 328
Mendez 225 40 6 9 2 0 1 4 7 8 11 22-11 404
Ewald 286 21 7 6 0 0 1 1 2 4 7 9-3 400
Penniman 250 20 4 5 1 0 0 3 3 0 5 13-10 478
O’Brien 375 8 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2-0 500
Dyson 167 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 7-1 231
Others 083 36 3 3 0 0 0 4 9 9 4 15-9 333
Totals 268 518 104 139 25 4 4 30 63 82 90 234-107

Team pitching stats up to the start of the second half of league play (18 games) by name, innings pitched, strike outs, base on balls, hits, runs, earned runs, doubles, triples, home runs, games started, games finished, won, lost, save and earned runs.
IP SO BB H R ER GS GF CG W L S ERA
Johnson 64 73 15 34 20 10 12 5 5 8 2 0 1.09
Dyson 40 41 24 19 8 6 6 5 3 2 2 1 1.05
O’Brien 25 42 9 19 7 5 1 8 1 0 1 4 1.40
Others 7 7 15 7 16 11 0 1 0 0 1 0 9-62
Totals 136 163 63 79 51 32 19 19 9 12 6 5 1.65

End of the season pitching wins, losses and saves.
W L S
Johnson 10 2 0
Dyson 6 2 1
O’Brien 3 3 2
Totals 19 9 3

Sentinel final MBL league stats
Listed by name, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI’s and batting average.
NAME AB R H 2B 3b HR RBI AV
Penniman 40 12 18 1 2 0 11 450
Johnson 49 13 17 5 0 7 10 347
Ellis 61 13 18 0 0 0 8 295
Ferrin 62 13 18 2 0 0 8 290
Mendez 39 10 11 3 1 1 11 282
Thompson 64 11 18 1 3 0 12 281
Lyster 57 15 15 2 0 0 11 263
Bruce 52 10 11 3 0 0 5 212
Kypreos 48 7 8 1 0 0 1 167

Sentinel final MBL league pitching stats of pitchers over a certain number of innings pitched.
Listed by name, wins, loses, inning pitches, strike outs and winning percentage.
NAME W L IP SO WP
Johnson 8 0 49 57 1.000
Dyson 6 1 65 53 0.857

Sentinel All County team. MVP Mike Johnson. Preston Dyson, Steve Ellis, Gus Penniman and Dave Mendez. Honorable mentions Gary Lyster, Milt Thompson and Mike Ferrin.

Santa Cruz Dominates All MBL Selections. MVP Mike Johnson. Preston Dyson, Steve Ellis, Gary Lyster, Gus Penniman and Dave Mendez. Honorable mentions Milt Thompson and Mike Ferrin.

Santa Cruz Nabs Six All MBL Spots. Mike Johnson was a unanimous choice for MVP honors not only in the MBL, but on the Sentinel All County squad as did the rest of the squad who made all league, but for Gary Lyster. Pitcher Preston Dyson also was a unanimous choice garnering nine votes. Both Johnson and Dyson were on the Sentinel All County squad last year. A coach can not vote for his own players. Collecting eight votes was outfielder and clutch hitter Steve Ellis. Getting seven votes were shortstop Gary Lyster, second baseman Dave Mendez and first baseman Gus Penniman. Every one made the Sentinel All County team, but for Lyster, who deserved the honor. The Sentinel named Bill Dodge coach of the year as did the MBL. SC has won nine titles since the 1957 season and has a 253-98-6 record over this time span.

MVP Johnson, whose outstanding performances led the Cards to their fifth straight MBL championship. Johnson held the league’s best pitching record going 8-0. Mike was also high in the league batting averages with a .347 average while hitting in the clean up spot and getting the needed hit in the clutch. Mike had a dream year and was consistently strong through the entire season. He walked few and struck out many, giving the opponents little chance to score runs. Last year Mike was the MVP of the Connie Mack league and will be pitching there this summer. He has to be the greatest combination of hard work and talent in the league. He has truly earned all his honors.

Junior pitcher Preston Dyson is on the all league team for the second year. Pres complied a 6-1 record in league with 54 strike outs in 65 innings. He no hit Monterey early in the season.
Steve Ellis snapped out a .296 batting average, but his real style was shown with his glove and his speed. Batting in the third hole Ellis drove in nine runs and stole 13 bases. Steve moved from last years occasional starter to a league star. Injured and not able to run, he was put in as a pinch hitter with the tying run on second and told, just do your thing at the plate and do not run to first and he did it. It was only for the league championship. No pressure at all.
Dave Mendez was the Cards’ phenom since taking over at second base, played excellent defense with only one error for the season. Dave consistently made contact as it is important to put the ball in play. Dave developed his power late in the season, showing several hard cracks to hit .282. Dave hit in the clutch and was tied for second in RBI’s with 11 for the league season.
Gus Penniman led the league in hitting with a .450 batting average that was a full 0.35 ahead of the next batter. Gus’s ability to drop in critical base hits has made for an important season.
Gary Lyster at shortstop, held a .263 batting average and played a great defense as the pitchers will attest too. The coach too. In the final championship Alisal game with the wind blowing in many miles an hour a high fly ball went up that looked like it was headed to the outfield, but instead it ended up almost to the pitchers mound where Gary made a diving catch to save what would have been a winning run for Alisal. That is clutch on defense.

Other top players who were honorable mention on the All League and Sentinel teams were juniors Milt Thompson and Mike Ferrin.
Outfielder Thompson batted .281, ran the bases well and never made an error was an important cog in the SC machine along with first baseman Mike Ferrin, who mixed his speed with his hitting skill .290 and defensive ability. One big play in a tight game, the opposition was trying to bunt a runner to third, Ferrin charged fielded the ball before the batter could get out of the box and threw the runner out at third in plenty of time.

JV BASEBALL

Won the Carmel JV tournament.
League: North Salinas 1-2, Salinas 2-1, Watsonville 6-3, Aptos 7-2, 9-1; Alisal 15-2.
League record 15-2-1. Season record 20-3-2.

Team Members: George Barbic, Randy Strong, Tom Poston, Gary Moro, Ed Monroe, Bob Johnson, Kelly Graff, Mike Atwood, Manuel Alvarez, Rick Erlin. Scott Fleming, Charley Harris, Norbert Szczurek, Mike Boegel, Steve Schneider, Scott Daley and John Mendez.

Baby Reds Roll. The JV’s will go as far as their pitching carries them. In their most recent games, triumphs of course, SC has limited their opponents to a paltry 2 or 3 runs a contest. Anytime you do that, you will be in the ball game. Watsonville and Aptos are the latest victims of the “big Red Machine.” Fire balling Bob Johnson, younger brother of Mike, the top player on varsity limited the Cats to three scores for a SC 6-3 win. Sophomore Glen Reed led the attack with a 2 run round tripper.

Aptos was the preceding victim as natural athlete, George Barbic fired three innings to gain a 7-2 triumph. One major surprise about the Cards is they are knocking in quite a few runs this year along with their superb pitching. Catcher Kelly Graff must take some credit for his handling of the pitching staff.

As the reporter for the JV games, “I fearlessly forecast a league championship. The way the Cards cleaned out the other teams in the Carmel tournament had diehards of baseball comparing them to ExLax. Again and again, although it may sound repetitious, it has been the chucking of the hurlers with some solid hitting that has put them head and shoulders above almost every team in the league. Bob Johnson, Rick Erlin and George Barbic are these wingers and they are a mighty fine hill trio indeed. They easily compare at the same age with the varsity trio of Mike Johnson, Preston Dyson and Irish O’Brien. Every fine mounds corps always has a catcher to complement the hurlers and SC is no exception. Kelly Graff is the JV’s man. He handles himself gracefully behind the plate along with steady stick work. SC has a steady, sound club which will always be in the running as long as its hurlers stay healthy.

Radio’s Men Turn On. In a 9-1 wipe out of Aptos, they still have maintained their undefeated record in league although a few blemishes have occurred outside league play. It was a combination of fine pitching and cultch hitting that turned the trick on the Mariners. Little used Norb Szczurek, little used because of SC’s tremendous mound depth, limited the Mariners to four safeties and one score while going the distance. Bob Johnson, showing his versatility by playing left field paced the 7 hit attack with two hits and three runs batted in.

The Cards first league defeat came at the hands of North Salinas 1-2. Each team had four hits and two errors, but the statistical tie ended at the final score, the most important statistic.

At a road game at Salinas, the Cards took out their bitterness on the poor Cowboys. Bob Johnson a certain choice for all league, if JV’s had one, chucked a three hitter and allowed one run. Final score 8-1 Cards. At this point in the season Johnson has a 8-0 record. Since Johnson fanned 11 Cowboys the Cards did not get enough exercise in the field, so the coach frequently employed the steal signal to garner eight stolen bases. John Mendez paced the Cards with three thefts followed by Glen Reed with two.

The Cards have already laid claim to the MBL title even before their second loss of the season, which came in a ten inning loss to Soquel 1-2. Rick Erlin, a tremendous pitcher for the Cards this season struck out 12 and allowed six hits. However two of them came in the tenth inning and coupled with an error led to the tie breaking run. The pitching and catching have been more than adequate, but the errors have done them in during these tight one run games. This is not usually associated with a Santa Cruz baseball team, but it is still part of the game and you have to accept it.

JV’s Ravage MBL. Cards close their season with a win over Alisal 15-2, which gave them a league record of 15-2-1 and a season record of 20-3-2. Rick Erlin, one half of the celebrated pitching duo along with Bob Johnson finished the game coasting with a five hit, nine strike out effort backed by a 15 hit SC barrage. The biggest noise was a round tripper by Glen Reed. Little mentioned Scott Fleming pace the rampage with three hits. This made it a double win for SC as the varsity were champions also. There will be some interesting battles for starting positions on the varsity next year. At catcher between Harry Kypreos and Kelly Graff should be a titanic one. Bob Johnson and Rick Erlin will do battle with Preston Dyson and Pat O’Brien for starting pitcher honors.

Other team members who have not been mentioned above are Randy Strong, Tom Poston, Gary Moro, Ed Monroe, Mike Atwood, Manuel Alvarez, Charley Harris, Mike Boegel, Scott Dailey and Steve Snyder.

TRACK

The lightweight track team made its mark at the MBL finals. Eloy Villa won the 440 and took second in the mile. Dennis Meakin soared to second place in the pole vault. Sam Villa walked off with three fifth place awards in the hurdles, 880 and mile relays. John Morris ran the 440 and the last leg of the mile relay to receive an award in both events. Moose Jacobs and Gary Trowbridge were the only others to place as each was a member of the fifth place mile relay team.

Due to the overwhelming number of athletes out for varsity track, on the last count there were nine, SC was able to score 31 points against Watsonville and 29 against Soquel, meaning SC lost by around 70 points in each meet. However there were a few bright spots as Ernie Hightower came across with two firsts, the 100 and 220. Ron Staub was the only other Card to capture a first. Ron threw the discus 149’ 8”. Casey Webber took two seconds in the pole vault and high jump. Other second place finishers were Scott Crain in 120 high hurdles and Don Jacobs in 180 low hurdles.

In the Soquel lightweight meet the Cards took nine first places. Double winners were John Morris in the 100 and 220, Bob Lowery in 70 high hurdles and 120 low hurdles and Rick Nelson in discus and shot put. Other winners were Eloy Villa in 440, Gary Trowbridge in 880, Dennis Meakin in pole vault, Gary Eakin in long jump plus the 440 relay team.

In a 112-14 loss to Seaside, Casey Webber was the only Card winner and it was in the pole vault. Ron Staub took second in the discus and third in the shot put. Fred Dickinson took second in the two mile. Other point winners were Malio Stagnaro in triple jump and Don Jacobs in long jump. The lightweights did much better. Three Cards were double winners. Mike Reed in the long jump and triple jump. Eloy Villa in 440 and mile. Bob Lowery in the high and low hurdles.

A total of 8 athletes have survived to form the last remnants of the Card track team. The team of eight usually score from 14 to 31 points against teams of 30 or 40 in number. The main point getters for the varsity are consistently Ron Staub in discus and shot put, Casey Webber in pole vault and high jump and Alex Bastine in 100 and 220. The eight members left forlornly watch the door in the locker room in hopes that some new recruits might trickle in. At this time it seems that all hope is lost. The athletes are concentrating on personal achievement or just having fun. The lightweight team is coming into its own with a 2-2 record. Principal point men are Eloy Villa in mile and 440. Rick Nelson in shot put and discus. Dennis Meakin cleared 11’ in the pole vault at practice. Bill Terzaghi in two mile, Sam Villa in 880 and John Morris in 100 and 220.

In a dual meet with Salinas the varsity lost 22-106. The lightweights made it close losing 59-66.

Santa Cruz Relays, Cardinal results for frosh-soph were a second place for the 440 relay team of Alex Bastine, Gary Eakin, Jim Finch and John Morris. Alex Bastine carried off three second place medals: one in the 440 relay, 100 yard dash and in the hurdles. It made him sound like a tin can factory as he clinked home with his medals, Dennis Meakin took second in pole vault. Gary Trowbridge took second in 880. Don Jacobs took fourth in the long jump. After each victory the spikesters rallied around their coach to see if he brought any donuts. The mile relay team of Roy Trowbridge, John Morris, who had the fastest time; Moose Jacobs and John Bagnall took second place. The varsity relay team of starting man Don Jacobs to Sammy Villa to Casey Webber to anchor Eloy “hot wheels” Villa for a second place. Eloy took a fourth place in the 440 and a fifth in the mile. Ron Staub was third in the discus.

Due to the apathy plague, the varsity only had two competitors at the MBL finals. The rest of the team competed in the lightweight and frosh-soph finals.
Discus thrower Ron Staub, who placed fourth at the MBL meet was the only Card to advance to the regionals took a second there, but failed to place at CCS. Staub consistently placed first through the season in dual meets. His best throw was 159’ 2”. Since Staub is only a junior, he should be able to do 170’ next year. Ron was high point man for the team with 87 points for the season.
There were only two seniors on this years team, Casey Webber and Don Jacobs. Jacobs was the top varsity long jumper and 440 yard man and was second in scoring with 77 season points. Webber spent his time pole vaulting, high jumping and running on the 440 relay team.
Sophomores Alex Bastine, who ran the 100 and 220 would drop down and compete with the lightweights in big invitational meets. Scott Crane was a consistent finisher in the high hurdles. Jim Finch and David Fleeman both did the 100 and 220 plus the 440 relay team. Senior Malio Stagnaro was the top varsity triple jumper, hurdler and placed often in the long jump. Fred Dickinson and Louis Bregante served time on the varsity.

The lightweights won dual meets against Soquel, Aptos and Harbor. They lost several meets by a mere two or three points. High point man was Eloy Villa with 101 season points. Among his many laurels were the MBL 440 champ and second place in the MBL mile run. His school record breaking times were 52.6 in the 440 and 4:47 in the mile. And who knows how many pairs of shoes he went through!
Number two high point man was brother Sam Villa with 73 points in the hurdles and 880. In the MBL meet he place third in the hurdles and 880. Third man was Dennis Meakin top pole vaulted with a best of 11’ scored 72 points. Followed by fellow pole vaulted and top discus thrower Rick Nelson with 60 points.
Gary Trowbridge ran the 880 and on the mile relay team and took second at the county meet in the 880. Bill Terzaghi was the number one man in the two mile. John Morris was a mainstay on the team as he ran the 100, 220, 440 and anchored the 440 relay team. That is a lot of work. Mike Reed did the long jump and triple jump. Speedsters Moose Jacobs, Gary Ekin and John Bagnall all added depth in the hurdles, 440 relay and 440 yard run. Steve Pelton and John Armstrong took care of the mile and two mile. Others who stuck out the season were Randy Urioste, Larry Harris, Peter Yee, Ron Hayes and David Ventura. Coaches Ed Ferrell and Joe Neipp.

SWIMMING

Meets: MBL relays, SC took second place. North Salinas 55-39, Monterey 51-44, Alisal 75-16, Salinas 73-22, Pacific Grove 62-41, Aptos loss in close meet.
SC had a 7-2 league record for third place behind Harbor and Aptos. Season record 9-2.

At the MBL relays, the Cards took a startling second place. The wet feathers totaled 52 points to 69 for Aptos. The Cards were expected to take last place. The relay teams of Paul Darling, Roger Elledge, Mike Carmel, Matt Lezin and Ted McElroy won the freestyle and 400 backstroke relays.

Cards beat North Salinas and their female coach 55-39. Matt Lezin turned out to be the Cardinal Super drip, setting a new meet record in the 50 yard freestyle. Roger Elledge twice won taking the 100 and 50 yard freestyle. Kurt Calendar, Paul Darling and Mike Carmel pulled out firsts.

Mermen Dunk Dores. On a super effort by Paul Darling the Cards stopped defending champion Monterey 51-44. Darling beat Monterey’s top swimmer in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, winning both events by less than two tenths of a second. Darling remains undefeated in the 200 individual medley. Darling and the whole Card team showed the value of good conditioning and a fantastic drive of team spirit. Coach Al Wiemers comment, “after 5,000 yards of workouts, the meets are nothing. I think we will be able to go all the way this year.” Mike Carmel netted a first and third places. Roger Elledge took two seconds. In diving Howard Conner won a highly contested diving match and Bill Ruddock took third.

Things at this point are crowded at the top of the MBL with SC, Harbor and Aptos undefeated at 5-0. With Elledge and Darling out with injuries, others took up the slack as Dennis Finnegan, Ted McElroy, Bryon Foster and Mike Carmel to take double first to beat Alisal 75-16. Howard Connor continuing great diving performances to take another first. SC took every first and allowed Alisal only four seconds.

Cards thrash Salinas 73-22.

Aptos slides by the Cards in a close meet and now leads the league. SC leads early on the triumphs of Mike Carmel and Howard Conner’s. After seven events the Cards are ahead 36-35.Chances are still there with the last event, the 200 freestyle relay, Had the Cards won this they would have won 48-47. Aptos pulled away and won by 16 seconds.

Card splashers dunk Pacific Grove 62-41. Mike Carmel, Mike Biddle and Byron Foster took double wins for the drips. SC won a total of nine events. Team captain Bob Bivens has to be on of the major portions of the BIG WET MACHINE. Bivens is the master of inspiration and the leader of the team’s outstanding attitude. This kind of a man is the necessity of a winning team.

The wet team boasts seven outstanding seniors, who are Mike Biddle, Bob Bivens, Paul Darling, Rodger Elledge, Byron Foster, Denny Finnegan and Bill Rudock. Other team members not mentioned above are Karl Fleberling, Bruce Gabriel, Ken Dolor and Harland Johnson.

From coach Al Wiemers,“ A lot of the success the team has had was due not only to good team spirit, but by ideas and assistance the team members gave to each other. There were great combinations of leadership in some, spirit in others, guidance and strategy thinking in others. The team was small in numbers, but giant in character. This team has worked harder and improved more than any other swimmers we have had.”

TENNIS

The team has a 1-2 record to start the season. The win was over Alisal.

The top player this year is Jeff Currin a junior followed by Marc Ballage, Tom Mathues , Mike Thomas and Eric Luning. Other members are Steve Gray, Mike Foster, Bruce Hunter, Jack Harbery, Tom Matthews, Scott Jernstrom, Greg Weber, Erick Dilloughery and Mike Ray.

The Cards eked out a 5-4 win over Harbor. Singles ended up with a tie 3-3, so the doubles proved decisive for the Cards. The teams of Jeff Currin and Tom Mathues, along with the team of Marc Ballsge and Steve Gray posted wins in the doubles series. This is the start of a new tennis program with a new up and coming coach Dennis Mullen.

GOLF

The golf team is down to three hardy duffers as everybody else has quit or been booted off the club. Number one man Pacheco Bogiatto admits he is the equivalent of a third man on most teams. Coach Tony Foster.

INDIVIDUALS

Don Carniglia running back and defensive line backer was selected on the second team ALL MBL squad. Don was also named to the Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY team. Don has won the first three Mad Dog awards. Carniglia is coming near the school record for tackles set by Scott Graff with 103 in 1968. Don has 86 with two games left. He has passed previous records by Walt Edwards in 85, Jerry Johns in 67 and Tom Stagnaro in 63. Two games later Carniglia broke the record by having two games with ten tackles against Seaside and Watsonville who are tied for first place. It brings his total up to 106 with one game left. Graff’s total came in nine games, where the Cards are right now, so it is in the same number of games. Carniglia is now the record holder on equal terms as far as games and tackles are concerned. Carniglia’s glory came at linebacker and Graff’s at middle guard. They played two different positions and on different caliber teams, so they should not be rated against one another. Much praise should be given Carniglia as he has played both ways fullback, linebacker and punter. He hardly ever comes off the field. Being down in the score in games and with aches and pains, Don has shown how one can still play hard and never let down, no matter what. He is an inspiration to all. Don was voted Most Valuable by his teammates and had the most tackles.

Corey Brown a two way lineman received an honorable mention on the Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY team. Corey was probably the most consistent feather man this year going both ways at offensive guard and as a powerful linebacker. Corey was team co-captain.

Joe Thuringer received an honorable mention on the Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY football team. Joe was a Mad Dog of the Week during football season.

Deane All American. Craig Deane, SCHS senior and varsity wrestler was named to the High School All American wrestling team sponsored by the “Scholastic Wrestling News” magazine. To list all his credits would take up the whole sports page. A few of the major ones are two time Northern California Champion, League champion, CCS champion and the list drags on and on. There are 36 wrestlers picked across the nation by 168 wrestling coaches. TV, radio and newspaper sportswriters also help in choosing. The wrestlers are picked based on their wrestling record, school background and academic achievements. The article concerning Deane and his All American Award will be in the May 19, 1971 issue of the Scholastic Wrestling News.
Craig Deane took first place at the MBL meet. Deane a wounded hero with a cracked rib pushed pain aside to win his 148 pound match 9-4. Craig was the only Card to make it out of the CCS meet to go on to Northern California championships. Craig Deane again won the highest honors with his repeat win in the 145 pound weight class of the Northern California championship. Craig was named the most valuable wrestler in Northern California. His record this year is 38-1 and the one loss was due to a disqualification. Craig won all the following tournaments: Harbor Tourney 1, Del Mar Classic 1, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 1, Area 2 Tourney 1, CCS Tourney 1, Northern California Invitational 1, Most Valuable Wrestler at Northern California. Craig holds the school record for most pins at 23 and led the team in takedowns with 52 and was the team co-captain. Craig also played football and was chosen Mad Dog of the Week. In football he was named Most Inspirational and the Athlete-Scholar. Craig collected 63 tackles to tie Tom Stagnaro for the Cardinal record for a season.

Kevin O’Connor took first place at the MBL wrestling meet. O’Connor at 138 pounds had the crowd on edge and fingers crossed, but no need as he used his 101 moves and finesse to over come his man 4-2 as the SC crowd went wild. Kevin was second in scoring for the Cards in wrestling with 85 points and tied for second in pins and takedowns with 46 and 45 respectively. The Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in a tournament. Kevin O’Connor, 136, Del Mar Classic 3, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 1, Area 2 Tourney 5.

Bill Scott, a top wrestler, tied for second in pins and takedowns with 46 and 45 respectively. Bill was third in scoring with 84 points. The Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in a tournament. Bill Scott, 112, Harbor Tourney 2, Del Mar Classic 2, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 2, Area 2 Tourney 6

Paul Tanner was fourth in scoring with 82 points. Tanner came in second in the pin category with 10. The Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in a tournament.
Paul Tanner, 175, Harbor Tourney 4, Del Mar Classic 3, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 3
Paul was a two way player at offensive center and defensive end was named to the Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY football team.

Sam Villa was fifth in scoring with 54 points. The Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in a tournament. Sam Villa, 127, Gonzales Tourney 4, MBL Tourney 2. In lightweight track the number two high point man was Sam Villa with 73 points in the hurdles and 880. In the MBL meet he place third in the hurdles and 880.

Swimming had a 7-2 league record for third place behind Harbor and Aptos. Season record 9-2. At the MBL relays, the Cards took a startling second place. The wet feathers totaled 52 points to 69 for Aptos. The Cards were expected to take last place. The relay teams of Paul Darling, Roger Elledge, Mike Carmel, Matt Lezin and Ted McElroy won the freestyle and 400 backstroke relays.

Matt Lezin turned out to be the Cardinal Super drip, setting a new meet record in the 50 yard freestyle. Roger Elledge twice won taking the 100 and 50 yard freestyle. Kurt Calendar, Paul Darling and Mike Carmel pulled out firsts.

Mermen Dunk Dores. On a super effort by Paul Darling the Cards stopped defending champion Monterey 51-44. Darling beat Monterey’s top swimmer in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, winning both events by less than two tenths of a second. Darling remains undefeated in the 200 individual medley.

Card splashers dunk Pacific Grove 62-41. Mike Carmel, Mike Biddle and Byron Foster took double wins for the drips.

Eloy Villa a junior makes All League in Cross Country. He was the top Card runner all year and won medals and ribbons at Invitational meets. Comments from Eloy were “You get out of it what you put into it and I improved more this year with determination and experience over the last two years.” High point man in lightweight track was Eloy Villa with 101 season points. Among his many laurels were the MBL 440 champ and second place in the MBL mile run. His school record breaking times were 52.6 in the 440 and 4:47 in the mile. And who knows how many pairs of shoes he went through!

SC basketball team boasts only one senior, hot shooting guard Steve Ellis. Steve had started all through the season until being weakened late by the flu. Ellis is a great natural shooter, a fine ball handler and an excellent defender.

Junior Dave Martini was selected the ALL MBL basketball team. He led in the following stats, averaging 16.8 points a game, 9.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists. A fabulous game by Dave Martini who scored 38 points on 13 of 21 field goal attempts, hit 12 of 14 free throws and knotted 11 rebounds. With the score knotted 71-71 with seven seconds remaining the Cards called time out. The end bounds pass went to Martini on the foul line, who drove for the basket and was fouled. Four seconds left, Martini moves his hands and the ball arches high and falls unscathed through the rim. He repeats on the second throw. SC up 73-71 to defeat CCS champion Alisal in the last game of the season.

Third man in lightweight track scoring was Dennis Meakin top pole vaulted with a best of 11’ scored 72 points.

The main point getters for the varsity track are consistently Ron Staub in discus and shot put, Casey Webber in pole vault and high jump and Alex Bastine in 100 and 220.

Santa Cruz Nabs Six All MBL Spots. Mike Johnson was a unanimous choice for MVP honors. Pitcher Preston Dyson also was a unanimous choice garnering nine votes. A coach can not vote for his own players. Collecting eight votes was outfielder and clutch hitter Steve Ellis. Getting seven votes were shortstop Gary Lyster, second baseman Dave Mendez and first baseman Gus Penniman. Every one made the Sentinel All County team, but for Lyster, who deserved the honor also.

Mike Johnson team quarterback was an honorable mention All Leaguer in football last season and is this years co-captain. Unanimous choice for the MBL Most Valuable player award. Johnson held the league’s best pitching record going 8-0. Mike was also high in the league batting averages with a .347 average while hitting in the clean up spot and getting the needed hit in the clutch. Mike had a dream year and was consistently strong through the entire season. He walked few and struck out many, giving the opponents little chance to score runs. Last year Mike was the MVP of the Connie Mack league and will be pitching there this summer. He has to be the greatest combination of hard work and talent in the league. He has truly earned all his honors.

Junior pitcher Preston Dyson is on the all league team for the second year. Preston complied a 6-1 record in league with 54 strike outs in 65 innings. He no hit Monterey early in the season.

Steve Ellis snapped out a .296 batting average, but his real style was shown with his glove and his speed. Batting in the third hole Ellis drove in nine runs and stole 13 bases. Steve moved from last years occasional starter to a league star. Injured and not able to run, he was put in as a pinch hitter with the tying run on second and told, just do your thing at the plate and do not run to first and he did it. It was only for the league championship. No pressure at all.

Dave Mendez was the Cards’ phenom since taking over at second base, played excellent defense with only one error for the season. Dave consistently made contact as it is important to put the ball in play. Dave developed his power late in the season, showing several hard cracks.

Gus Penniman’s .450 batting average was a full 0.35 ahead of the next batter. Gus’s ability to drop critical base hits has made for an important season.
Shortstop Gary Lyster held a .263 batting average and played a great defense as the pitchers will attest too. The coach too. In the final championship deciding Alisal game with the wind blowing in many miles an hour a high fly ball went up that looked like it was headed to the outfield, but instead it ended up almost to the pitchers mound where Gary made a diving catch to save what would have been a winning run for Alisal. That is clutch on defense.

Other top players who were honorable mention on the all league and Sentinel teams were juniors Milt Thompson and Mike Ferrin. Outfielder Thompson batted .281, ran the bases well and never made an error was an important cog in the SC machine along with first baseman Mike Ferrin, who mixed his speed with his hitting skill .290 and defensive ability. One big play in a tight game, the opposition was trying to bunt a runner to third, Ferrin charged fielded the ball before the batter could get out of the box and threw the runner out at third in plenty of time.


1972

Coaches: Tex Ronning, varsity football and wrestling. Don Dempwolf, assistant varsity football and golf. Nick Delurgio, head junior varsity football and track. Larry Maibaum, freshman football. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball. Ray Hunter, junior varsity basketball and baseball.

FOOTBALL

only one practice game as there are 10 teams in the league this year, which means nine league games. Practice with King City 7-20. League: Watsonville 6-13, Aptos 6-14, Salinas 12-41, North Salinas 8-19, Monterey 14-46, Harbor 7-23, Alisal 6-20, Seaside 0-21, Soquel 6-23. League record 0-9. Season 0-10.

Starting offense linemen were center, Phil Johnston; guards, Andy Herum and Steve Poston; tackles, Preston Dyson, George Barbic and Ron Staub; ends Ernie Hightower and Jay Howard. Backs were quarterback, Mike Atwood; backs, Mike Ferrin, John Bertucelli, Glen Liberatore, Rick Tripp and Lorenzo Lowery.
Other starters were line backers, Ron Shaffer and Kelly Graff; tackle, Mark Crane; safety, John Morris; guard, Phil Lacki and end, Steve Parke.
Other players were Sam Villa, Kevin O’Connell, Dan Urioste, Robert O’Brien, Alex Bastine, John Bagnall, Russell Strong, Bruce Gabriel, Jim Jesson, George Soloman, Scott Crane, Don Parham, Bill Kelly, Ralph Dinatale, Don Gibb, Nick Scontriano, Pete Corneliussen, John Mendez, Randy Strong and Brian Amos.

Again Cardinal miscues played a big role in the 21-0 loss to Seaside. The bright side was the SC defense was monstrous with Ron Shaffer playing a very strong game at linebacker. Defensive linemen Steve Poston and Preston Dyson gave the Spartan runners very little room up the middle. On one series they threw Spartan runners for losses of four and six yards. Jay Howard had a sack of the quarterback. Sam Villa and John Morris played well on pass defense. Shaffer picked up a fumble early in the first quarter. Mike Atwood passed to Ernie Hightower at the Seaside 19. Kelly Graff bulled for eight up to the 11, but a penalty and losses stopped the drive.

Honors voted by the players
Steve Poston won the MVP award and he and Preston Dyson were named teamed co-captains. Most Tackles — Ron Shaffer
Dr. Pederson scholar athlete award — Kevin O’Connell
Most Inspirational — Glen Liberatore
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award. — Kelly Graff

Coaches comment, “Many good things were accomplished this season. As a team we had lots of fun. We played with real gusto, we hit hard and we hit often. Many people commended that there was always true Cardinal spirit form every starting whistle until the final gun. We lacked speed and size, but we played good football in a strong league where the above ingredients were present in many of the other schools. The men who played were to be complimented for the pride they displayed while wearing our colors. Trainer Brian Amos. Head coach Tex Ronning and assistant Don Dempewolf.

Sentinel All County team: Offense: senior back, 6-0 170. Mike Ferrin. Defense: senior linebacker, 5-11 160, Ron Shaffer. Honorable mention: quarterback Mike Atwood, offensive end, Kevin O’Connell; tackle Steve Poston.

JV FOOTBALL

no information available.

FRESHMAN FOOTBALL

Season record 1-2-1. The Freshman play in the Santa Cruz School district league with Harbor and Soquel. This years team broke the two year losing streak with a 16-8 win over Soquel. Rugged halfback Keith Blew, a rushing stalwart all season long, provided the spark for what was to be the lone Cardlet triumph by splitting the defense for two touchdowns. With only 19 players it is all about giving them the opportunity to play. The Cardlets tied Harbor 6-6 in the last game of the year. The team finally melted the fragments of potential into a potent attack with the coaches fiery drill directions.

CROSS COUNTRY

In dual meets, the Cards beat Monterey, Salinas and Harbor.
SC took fifth place at the MBL meet beating Alisal, Harbor, Monterey, Salinas and North Salinas. The top SC runner was Eloy Villa, who came in fifth. Next was Alan Sandretti who finished in the top half of the race. The rest of the team, who helped push the Cards up to the middle of the pack were Bill Terzaghi, Moose Jacobs, David Clouse and David Gallacinao. The JV team took seventh place out of ten in the league. The top runners were Ed Price, Tom Armstrong and Fred Dickinson.

The team entered the league meet with few victories. One was against Monterey, Salinas and Harbor. Eloy Villa placed first followed by Alan Sandretti, Bill Terzaghi, Moose Jacobs and David Clouse.

Other team members were Stuart Schellberg, Larry Harris and Steve Pelton.

End of the year honors
Most Valuable –Eloy Villa ,
Most Improved –Alan Sandretti
Sportsmanship Award — James Jacobs

BASKETBALL

practice games: SLV won, Los Gatos 77-39. Dads Club Tournament: Milpitas 64-52, Watsonville 50-51, Salinas 66-42, consolation winner; Cabrillo Tournament: St. Francis 55-71, George Washington of San Francisco 56-58 OT, Wilcox 80-51. Practice record 5-3. League: Salinas 57-56, 59-56; Seaside 60-56, 58-66; Monterey 74-42, 65-45; Soquel 71-89, 63-67; Harbor 69-41, 75-50; North Salinas 50-54, 78-79, 2 OT; Watsonville 66-52, 61-58; Alisal 54-63, 75-86; Aptos 53-46, 69-64; League record 11-7, for third place in the ten team league. Season record 16-10. Alisal went on to play in the CCS finals after being second two years ago and won the CCS championship last year.

Trident. Returning lettermen were senior and All MBL player last year in his third season on varsity, Dave Martini an all around top player in the league; Senior, first stringer at center John Eicholz. Junior, starting guard Dave Bruce. Junior, starting forward Glen Reed. Milt Thompson senior starting guard. Gordon Crafts a reserve center last year was a big factor in helping the team work the boards in their upset of league champion Alisal last year. Kevin O’Connell senior guard who had a lot of playing time. With this much experience and ability coming back, plus the new comers Mike Ferrin, lightweight All MBL most valuable player and top scorer. Junior, George Barbic 6’ 3” center and top player on the JV team and a three sport man. Senior, Pete Corneliussen a lightweight All MBL player. Junior, Stan Frasier a top lightweight. With four starters returning, plus two other lettermen this team has a lot of varsity game experience. Add the excellent players coming in, this team will match up with the top teams in the league.

SLV game have no record other than an item in the Los Gatos game write up: the Cards drilled SLV in their debut Tuesday night.

Cardinals Blitz Los Gatos 77-39. SC dominated from the opening tip off. Dave Martini, Dave Bruce and Milt Thompson scored in double figures. The Cards carried a 22-14 lead into the second quarter and extended it to 38-20 at halftime. Every player on the Card roster scored at least two points. SC was again impressive on defense, batting the ball away time and time again, harassing the Wildcats with a full court press that really put the heat on at half court. The Card rebounders, John Eicholz, Gordon Crafts, Martini and Bruce cleared the boards especially well on defense, rarely giving Los Gatos more than one shot. The reserves scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. Mike Ferrin and Kevin O’Connell played heated defense in the second half in the back court. They badgered Los Gatos into many ball handling errors in the last two periods. SC seems to have the material for a full fledged run at the MBL title. Scoring: Barbic 2, Bruce 14, Corneliussen 3, Eicholz 9, Ferrin 4, Crafts 2, Reed 8, Martini 15, O’Connell 4, Lusby 4 and Thompson 12.

Bruce, Martini Lead Cards 64-52 in opening round of the sixteenth annual Dads Club Tournament. The Red Birds stormed to a 15-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. During that time, SC reeled off ten straight points. Then extended the lead to 33-18 at halftime. SC got balanced scoring from Dave Bruce, Dave Martini, Kevin O’Connell, John Eicholz, Mel Thompson and Gordon Crafts in the second quarter. SC’s balanced scoring, a big basis for the championship hopes this season, continued throughout the game. Four of the above players scored in double figures. Despite the balance attack, SC did not fare well from the floor shooting 23 of 70 attempts for 33 percent. Glen Reed shot well hitting 4 of 5 attempts. A big advantage for SC was its control of the boards. Top rejoinders were Eicholz with 14 and Reed and Martini with 12 each. Scoring: Martini 12, Bruce 15, Crafts 1, Eicholz 5, Reed 11, Thompson 10, O’Connell 8, Lusby 2, Ferrin 0, Barbic 0 and Corneliussen 0.

In the Dads Club semifinal game the Cards suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to Watsonville 50-51. At the end of regulation the score was 47-47. If it had not been for Mike Ferrin’s quick six points in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, the Cards would not have made it to overtime. In overtime, Dave Martini hit from outside. Seconds later Watsonville was called for a delay of game technical foul and Dave Bruce sank the free throw to put the Cards up 50-47 with two minutes left. Watsonville’s top scorer hit a 12 footer to make it 50-49. Later he shot and missed, but SC threw the ball away. With two Cards on him he scored again at the buzzer, climaxing one of the area’s most exciting basketball game in some time. Scoring: Martini 14, Bruce 16, Crafts 0, Eicholz 8, Reed 2, Thompson 4, Ferrin 6 and O’Connell 0.

In Dads Club Action. Scoring seven more points in the third quarter than they had in the first two combined, SC stomped Salinas 66-42 for third place. The first half ended 21-18 Cards, but in the third quarter the gang ripped apart the Salinas defense scoring 28 points to Salinas’ seven. Eleven turnovers in the first half keep the Cards scoring down. These errors were eliminated in the third quarter as they made many quick breaks with football timing in their passes. The Cards forced the Cowboys to shoot from the outside, cutting off their top inside player. There were few contested rebounds as the Cards controlled the boards. Top rebounders were Dave Bruce, Dave Martini, John Eicholz and Glen Reed. It was a tremendous all around game for SC as the defense was outstanding. Every man on the squad scored but one. Top scorers were Bruce with 17, Martini 12 and Mike Ferrin, scoring machine for lightweights last year, kicked in 10. The Cards got aggressive games from a number of players, including Mike Ferrin, Kevin O’Connell and Glen Reed, among others. Ferrin and Bruce particularly passed well, repeatedly hitting various players for good shots. Scoring: Martini 12, Bruce 17, Crafts 1, Eicholz 2, Reed 3, Thompson 5, Ferrin 10, Barbic 6, Corneliussen 2, Lusby 2, O’Connell 6 and Frazier 0.

Dave Bruce and David Martini were named to the Dads Club All Tourney team.

Cabrillo Tournament information is from the official scorebook.
In the opening round of the Cabrillo Tournament, St. Francis of Mt. View defeats the Cards 71- 55. St. Francis went out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter and continued on to lead 37-24 at halftime. The Cards held their own in the second half losing 12-13 in the third period and 19-21 in the last quarter. A negative point was the Cards poor showing at the foul line hitting only 13 of 29 attempts, less than 50 percent, while St. Francis went 23 of 35. Mike Ferrin was 6 for 7 at the line. Scoring: Thompson 5, Reed 4, Eicholz 5, Bruce 8, Martini 10, Ferrin 14, Crafts 3, Lusby 3, Barbic 1 and Stan Frazier 2.

In the second round, Card lose to George Washington of San Francisco 56-58 in overtime.
SC outscored Washington 15-12 in the first quarter. Both teams scored 13 in the second period to leave SC ahead 28-25. SC was outscored in the third period by one point to still hold the lead 41-39 to start the fourth quarter. Washington outscored SC 13-11 in the fourth stanza to tie the score in regulation 52-52. In overtime, Washington hit two field goals and two free throws, while SC sank two field goals for a Washington win 58-56. SC hit 20 of 30 foul shots for 67 percent, while Washington sank 14 of 19. Scoring: Thompson 13, Reed 2, Eicholz 16, Bruce 15, Lusby 2, Martini 8.

Cards beat Wilcox 80-51 for seventh place. SC broke out to a 16-8 first period lead. In the second quarter, SC had their biggest quarter of the season with a 31 point out burst to expanded their lead to 47-29 at halftime. The third quarter was 63-41 and the Cards won the fourth quarter 17-10. Foul shooting was 12 of 16 for 75 percent. Dave Bruce was 6 for 8 and Pete Corneliussen 3 for 3 from the line. Ten Cards scored. Scoring: Thompson 9, Ferrin 15, Eicholz 5, Bruce 14, Martini 12, Reed 4, Crafts 6, Barbic 4, Corneliussen 9, Lusby 0. and Frazier 2

SC Opens League With 57-56 Victory over Salinas at the Civic Auditorium. The Cards opened the game with a quick 11-3 advantage, but soon the game settled down to a see-saw battle all the way to the wire. The quarter ended SC 11-8 with six of Salinas’ points coming on foul shots. The Cards led at halftime 26-22. Salinas played a methodical man-to-man offense, taking only high percentage shots inside. When they did not hit, they often picked up a foul in the process. Twenty made free throws kept the Cowboys in the game. The Cards also worked for good shots off their pattern, but they didn’t come back with the successful pressure defense and run-an-shoot offense they made click against the Cowboys in the tournament. The Cards outscored Salinas 7-2 in the final minute of the third quarter to go up 44-41 at the end of the third quarter. Salinas’ big man scored 27 points for the night. Martini hit a foul shot and Ferrin hit two foul shots to put the Cards up 55-52 with 50 seconds left to insure the win. Scoring: Thompson 9, Eicholz 4, Bruce 15, Martini 21, Ferrin 4, Reed 4 and O’Connell 0.

Santa Cruz Squeezes By Seaside 60-56. The Cards, one of three preseason favorites for the MBL title, have quickly found that plenty of battles will be in store in the coming weeks. Mike Ferrin, Glen Reed and Kevin O’Connell came up with crucial points in the closing minutes to put the game away. The game was a physical battle from the opening tip off. The Cards built a 18-15 lead in the first quarter and was ahead 31-29 at halftime. Led by guard Milt Thompson, SC scored on several fast breaks for eight straight points and a 41-34 advantage with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter. Seaside came right back and closed the score to 44-43. Neither team shot particularly well, SC kept things close at the free throw line were they made only 14 of 35 attempts. High point man Dave Martini did hit 8 of 12 free throws to score 20 points. John Eicholz and Gordon Crafts each scored only five points, but gave the Cards strength on the boards with fine efforts. Scoring: Bruce 5, Martini 20, Eicholz 5, Thompson 8, Reed 5, Ferrin 5, O’Connell 7 and Crafts 5.

Santa Cruz’ Martini Hits 26 In Easy 72-42 MBL Victory over Monterey. The Cards are 3-0 in league. Martini, who seemed much looser than in earlier games, had a fine night as he connected on nine field goals and 8 of 12 free throws for a game high 26 points. He scored half of SC’s 18 points in the opening quarter as SC led 18-10. Guard Mike Ferrin, who impressed in the Cards outing against George Washington pumped in five in the opening quarter. The Cards upped their lead to 38-24 at halftime. SC blitzed their hosts in the third quarter to ring up the victory flag with a 55-32 advantage. A combination of an effective pressure man-to-man and trapping SC defense held the Dores to just eight counters in the period. SC hit well from the field as they sank 27 shots and picked up 20 points from the foul line on 34 attempts. Scoring: Ferrin 14, Eicholz 4, Bruce 14, Martini 26, Reed 8, Crafts 1, Lusby 4, O’Connell 1, Corneliussen 2 and Thompson 0.

Knights In Convincing Win Over Cards 89-71 in Cards first league loss, puts Soquel tied with Alisal for first place and drops SC to second place. Soquel repeatedly ran their fast break against the Cards. Soquel’s tenacious zone defense did the trick on SC, which has the people who can pop them from all over. The Red Birds got up 77 shots, but hit only 28 for 36 percent. SC hit 15 of 25 from the line for 65 percent. The Knights pulled away early to lead 24-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Cards came back in the second quarter to tie the score 31-31 with 3:50 left in the quarter. Milt Thompson, Glen Reed, John Eicholz and Dave Bruce led the comeback. But Soquel scored five quick points just before the half ended to go back ahead 36-31 with a minute to go. But it did not stop there as the half ended with Soquel up nine 46-37.
The Cards came back again to be down only four points early in the third quarter, but the Knight outside shooting broke the game open. With 4:35 left in the game, after Soquel hit two straight 20 footers, the Cards melted. Until that point the Cards appeared capable of coming back, even though being down 15 points or so. SC won the rebounding 48-40.
John Eicholz was the games leading rebounder with 14 and Dave Martini tied for second with ten. Dave Martini played his usual game scoring 20 points, snagged ten rebounds and playing hard the whole way. John Eicholz grabbed off 14 rebounds and scored nine points. John is really starting to play heads up ball as he made many nice outlet passes for fast breaks and is handling himself and the ball better. Dave Bruce played a good defensive game while kicking in ten points. Gordon Crafts, while playing very little showed great finesse in getting his four points. Scoring: Thompson 7, Ferrin 10, Eicholz 9, Bruce 11, Martini 20, Reed 10, Crafts 4 and Corneliussen 0.

Cardinals Drop Bucs 69-41, Trail Leaders By One Game. Soquel lost to Alisal, the Cards are tied with Soquel and Aptos for second place with 4-1 records, behind Alisal’s 5-0 record. The Red Birds hit 8 of 13 shots in the first quarter, to go out to a 17-5 lead. Mike Ferrin, who finished up the night with 14 points and five assists, led the Cards in the early go with a trio of baskets. The halftime score was 28-13. SC came back in the third quarter as forward Dave Martini, who had not scored in the first half, broke his scoring ice, to put SC ahead 43-24. Martini led the team in scoring with 15 points going 7 for 10 at the line and led the team in rebounding with ten. The Cards had the best shooting night of the season at the line going 23 of 31 for 74 percent. Dave Bruce went 6 of 7 and Ferrin, Pete Corneliussen and George Barbic went 2 for 2. The low scoring affair changed in the final period as the Cards scored 26 points to Harbor’s 17. Dave Bruce scored 12 points and picked off seven rebounds. Scoring: Thompson 5, Ferrin 14, Eicholz 4, Bruce 12, Martini 15, Reed 9, Crafts 6, Corneliussen 2 and Barbic 2.

Vikes Hold Off Cards 54-50. Dave Martini and Milt Thompson led the Cards on a desperate last minute drive. With 25 seconds left in the game and North Salinas ahead 54-46, Martini was fouled trying to shoot. He made the first and missed the second, but SC took the rebound and got the ball to Martini who was fouled again, but he made both this time. Glen Reed intercepted the inbounds pass and tossed it to Thompson, who was fouled. He made the second shot. With 10 seconds still showing, Thompson intercepted the inbounds pass and drove for the basket, but was called for traveling, but the call was not excepted by the SC crowd.
Finally North High got the ball in. The Cards had to travel the return route all game as they trailed 10-12 at the end of the first quarter. Mike Ferrin quickly tied things up, drawing a foul and hitting both free throws. The same thing happened again to put the Cards up 14-12. When the Vikings brought the ball back, Ferrin timed his leap, stole a pass and went to the basket for an uncontested lay in to put the Cards up by four. After Ferrin’s quick opening surge, the half ended with the Cards trailing 18-25. SC took control of the third quarter, outscoring North Salinas 17-13. Hot handed Ferrin contributed six points in the quarter. Late in the quarter, Martini hit two foul shots. Then the Cards worked the ball to Eicholz, who potted a six footer to put the Cards ahead by a bucket, but the Vikings went back ahead 38-35 at the end of the quarter. At the start of the last quarter, The Vikings made a foul shot, then Thompson and Martini scored to tie it back up again 39-39. North Salinas went ahead 48-42. Bruce made a nifty inside move and Ferrin sank a long outside shot to move the Cards within two. A two pointer and four foul shots ended the Viking scoring. The second quarter was the decider of the game as North High outscored the Cards 13-8. Eicholz and Martini worked well on the boards. The Cards shot well from the foul line making 22 of 30 for 73 percent. Ferrin was 8 for 8, Bruce 5 for 6 and Martini 8 for 10. Scoring: Thompson 3, Ferrin 16, Eicholz 6, Bruce 9, Martini 16 and Reed 0.

Second Quarter Blitz Helps Cardinals Over Cats 66-52. Dave Martini turned in his best offensive performance of the season sinking 10 field goals and making 7 of 10 free throws for a game high 27 points. SC gained sole possession of third place with a 4-2 record. Never-say-die Watsonville led throughout the first quarter and held a 10-8 lead going into the second period. SC straightened its defenses and took command by pouring in 22 points in the second quarter to take a 30-19 lead into halftime. Martini after scoring only two points in the first quarter on foul shots, he warmed up in the second period scoring nine points. The lanky forward, once he warmed up, hit 16 points in the second half. Previously his best night was against Monterey with 26. This game of 27 and Monterey with 26 intermingled with three other games when he scored 20, 20 and 21 points gives him 114 points in just five games.. The threesome of Martini, Bruce and Ferrin upped the Card lead to as much as 16 points, but the Cats got it back to 44-33 at the end of the third period. On two occasions in the last quarter, SC was in front by as many as 18 points. SC sank 16 of 24 free throws for 66 percent. Scoring: Thompson 0, Ferrin 8, Eicholz 11, Bruce 10, Martini 27, Reed 4, Crafts 4, Corneliussen 2 Barbic 0.

Cards fall to Alisal undefeated for the season and in league 54-63 at the Civic. Neither team shot particularly well from the floor, but Alisal was red hot from the charity stripe, and that’s were the game was won. Alisal blistered the nets from the free throw line sinking 25 of 31 for 81 percent. SC could only connect on 12 of 23 for 52 percent. The difference of 13 points. Alisal put the game away in the closing minutes by sinking eight straight foul shots, as the Cards pressured for the ball. SC played catch up basketball from the very start. The score was tied only once, 2-2 and that was the last time it was close until the six minute mark in the final period. SC was down 37-45 to start the last period. The Red Birds then charged back with three quick baskets to trail by four, 43-47. Mark Haddan, (who later started at Fresno State and was the coaches son) had a pair of 50 point games so far this year, had 28 against the Cards.
The man to man coverage by Milt Thompson and Glen Reed did hold him to six points in the second half. The victory marked the twenty-first straight victory for Alisal spanning the conclusion of the last year, when they won the MBL championship, the Region IV title and finally the CCS crown. So far this season they have won 17 straight. Ironically, the last team to beat Alisal was SC in the Cards last game of the year. The win was the treasure of the year for the up and coming Cards. Scoring: Thompson 3, Ferrin 3, Eichoz 8, Bruce 8, Martini 12, Reed 12, Crafts 2, Corneliussen 6 and Barbic 0.

SC Tops Aptos 53-46, Splits Loop Slate. Cards storm back in the third quarter to salvage a week-end split after losing to undefeated Alisal on Friday. Saturday nights win was truly a comeback effort, in that the Cards were held without a field goal in the first quarter, by Aptos’ tough zone defense. The ensuing period was no jewel either, as Aptos was ahead 25-15 at halftime. Things changed drastically, for both teams in the third period as SC broke out of its shell and put it to the Mariners. Mike Ferrin scored 8 points and Dave Bruce scored 5 to ignited the Cards outburst, netting them 13 points before Aptos could score. SC didn’t let up, running past the Mariners with the help of Ferrin, Glen Reed and Martini. Aptos recovered and finally found the range and stayed within four to six points through the period, which ended with the Cards ahead 38-34.
But in the fourth SC continued to pull away. Aptos got to within four points 43-39, midway through the final stanza, but the Card defense — pressing almost the entire game– would not buckle. Even in the first quarter when Aptos was up 11-2, the pesky SC press rattled the Mariners into seven turnovers. SC cold from the field and the line committed eight turnovers themselves. SC once they got moving, came up with a well balanced scoring attack. Ferrin, Reed and Eicholz were particularly effective defenders against a dangerous Aptos offense.
Scoring: Thompson 4, Ferrin 13, Eicholz 7, Bruce 12, Martini 9, Crafts 0 and Reed 8.

Strong Second Half Aids Cards in 59-56 win over Salinas to start the second half of the league season, in another close encounter. The Cards won the first game against Salinas by one point. SC did the trick, by pressing in the third quarter and controlling the ball in the final eight minutes of play. The Cards pressure defense sparked them to a running game as they threw in 22 points to overcome a five point deficit and tie up the game at 49-49. Mike Ferrin scored eight, Dave Martini six, John Eicholz and Gordon Crafts added four apiece for the 22 points.
Ferrin scored six of the ten points the Cards had in the final quarter. The other four points came from Milt Thompson and Dave Martini each with two points. The lead see-sawed early in the period. SC gained command with four minutes left, when Thompson hit a 15 footer for a 57-56 advantage. From then on SC controlled the ball. Ferrin gave the Cards their final two points by sinking both ends of a one-on-one free throw.
The Cards led 15-11 in the opening period. Salinas outscored the Cards 21-12 in the second period to lead at halftime 32-27, then the Cards put the pressure on. Dave Martini scored on 10 of his 17 attempts from the field. Ferrin was 7 of 14 from the floor and also sank 9 of 10 from the line for a game high 23 points. SC gained a slight 39-36 rebounding edge. Eighteen of SC rebounds came off the offensive board. Martini led with nine rebounds and Glen Reed had eight. Scoring: Thompson 2, Ferrin 23, Eicholz 6, Crafts 4, Martini 24, Reed 0, Corneliussen 0 and Barbic 0.

Santa Cruz Suffers 66-58 Loss To Seaside Spartans to drop the Cards five games off the pace with a 7-4 league record. Alisal is now 13-0. Seaside outscored SC in every quarter but the last. Seaside led 36-29 at halftime and increased the lead by four more points in the third period to lead 51-40. The Cards won the fourth quarter 18-15. SC closed the deficit to just five points 50-55, but that was as close as the got. John Eicholz and Dave Martini were the prime forces behind the fourth quarter surge as each scored five points in the quarter. Eicholz, a 6-6 senior center, scored a personal season high 17 points, was the Cards leading rebounder with eight and had four assists for a fine overall game. Junior forward Glen Reed had seven rebounds and four assists. Junior starting guard Dave Bruce, who almost always scores in double figures may be out for the rest of the season with mononucleosis. Scoring: Thompson 0, Ferrin 15, Eicholz 17, Crafts 3, Martini 13, Reed 5, Corneliussen 2, Barbic 3 and Frazier 0.

Santa Cruz Posts 65-45 Win Over Monterey. Monterey entered the game with four wins in its last five outings and were considered one of the hottest clubs in the MBL. SC quickly took control of the game with a 21-12 lead in the opening period. Martini scored 9 points and Thompson with 6 led the surge. In the second stanza, Gordon Craft hit a quick two and then Martini went on a personal scoring assault with nine straight points as the Cards built a 35-12 lead. Monterey went six and a half minutes without a score.
Aggressive SC, forced Monterey into a one shot offense and that is when the visitors didn’t turn the ball over before getting a shot attempt. Monterey pulled back into the game in the third period outscoring SC 16-9, to cut the Card lead to 46-31. Ferrin tallied 11 points and Martini 7 in the last period as SC finished with a flurry. Martini had a fine shooting and rebounding night, leading SC in both departments. He had 18 points from the field and hit 11 of 14 free throws for 29 points and had 11 rebounds. Ferrin score 13 points and had five assists. Scoring: Thompson 9, Ferrin 13, Eicholz 2, Crafts 7, Martini 29, Reed 4, Corneliussen 0, Barbic 1 and Frazier 0.

From the scorebook. Soquel defeats Cards 67-63 in a tough game to lose. Soquel went out to a 21-19 lead in the first stanza and extended it to 41-33 at halftime. SC came out after intermission and outscore Soquel 16-9 to get within two points of taking the lead 49-50. Soquel’s top scorer with 21 points, scored 12 of Soquel’s 17 points scored in the last quarter to be the major reason for the win. SC was 15 of 23 from the free throw line for 65 percent. Soquel was 21 of 31. Ferrin was 3 for 3 and Martini 6 for 8 from the line. Scoring: Thompson 10, Ferrrin 11, Eicholz 14, Martini 16, Reed 4, Crafts 5, Corneliussen 3 and Barbic 0.

Cardinals Hand Pirates 75-50 Defeat. SC nullified a brief fourth quarter Harbor surge with one of their own to pull away with a 25 point margin. The Cards are now 9-5 in league. Harbor outscored the Cards 17-14 in the second quarter, but were still down 35-31 at halftime. Harbor closed to within six points with about five minutes remaining in the game 54-48, but the Cards moved out again, increasing its lead to a dozen within a minute and then went on a 15-0 run to finish out the game. The third period was all SC, as fast breaks by Ferrin, after taking feeds from Thompson and Martini, broke things loose for the Red Birds. They surged to a 52-40 lead to start the fourth quarter.
Ferrin a 5-11 senior guard had a fine night for the Cards was all over the court, running and running, both offensively and defensively. His offensive reward was a game and season high 28 points. Defensively Ferrin constantly intimidated the Harbor ball handlers, stealing the ball several times. Martini chipped in 20 points. The Cards were 21 of 27 from the line for 74 percent. John Eicholz was the games leading rebounder with 12 and also played a strong defensive game. Harbor out rebounded SC 41-37. Scoring: Thompson 4, Ferrin 28, Eicholz 4, Martini 20, Reed 6, Crafts 7, Corneliussen 2, Barbic 4 and Frazier 0.

SC Suffers Double Overtime Loss To North High 79-78. The Vikings dropped a rebound shot through the hoop with five seconds remaining for the win. The heartbreaking loss drops the Cards to a 9-6 record and leaves them two games behind Soquel for second place. SC led throughout most of the game, but lost a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter sending the game into extra periods. SC began the game with a press, which got action off at a high tempo. Led by Glen Reeds six points and John Eicholz and Dave Martini with five each, the Red Birds pulled to a 21-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter paralleled the first with Mike Ferrin and Dave Martini dropping eight points each. At halftime the score was 43-39 SC.
The Cards led 60-50 at the end of the third quarter, led by Eicholz’s eight nets. North Salinas struck for 22 points to the Red Birds 12 in the final quarter to tie the game 72-72. The Vikings took over the lead by five 71-66 with 2:30 remaining to be played. Ferrin saved the “tie” by hitting both ends of a one-and-one free throw bonus in the final seconds of regulation play. Each team scored two points in the first overtime. Eicholz hit a pair of free throws for SC’s two points. In the second overtime Thompson hit a basket and then Ferrin hit a shot to put SC up 78-77. A foul by the Cards allowed North Salinas to score the winning points on a rebound shot from the missed free throw.
The Cards were hurt in their overtime efforts by the loss on fouls of Martini, who had 25 points. Others in double figures were John Eicholz, Mike Ferrin and Glen Reed with 19, 18 and 10 respectively. SC was 26 of 34 from the line for 76 percent. Martini was 11 of 12 and Eicholz was 11 of 14 from the line. Scoring: Thompson 6, Ferrin 18, Eicholz 19, Martini 25, Reed 10 and Crafts 0.

Late Rally Sparks Santa Cruz in 61-58 win. SC outscored Watsonville 11-2 in the final four minutes for the win. Six straight turnovers by the Wildcats helped the Cards get back into a game which looked out of reach for a time. The victory secured a hold on third place for SC with a 11-5 league record. The score was see-saw all the way with the game being tied eight times. With SC leading 57-56 and seconds ticking off the clock, Stan Frazier put the game on ice for the Cards, when he took an inbounds pass from the sidelines with 35 seconds left to score on a driving lay up. SC nursing a five point advantage, gave up a bucket as time ran out. Only seven players were in uniform as two players missed the bus.
Dave Bruce, who has not played in the last five games being knocked out of action by mononucleosis, suited up for the second half for protection. SC was 22 of 54 from the floor for 40 percent and only 17 of 30 from the foul line for 57 percent. SC led 14-11in the first quarter, the score was tied at halftime 29-29 and 43-43 at the end of he third.
Watsonville went out to a 48-43 lead and upped to 56-50 with 3:52 left in the game. Reed and Martini had field goals and Ferrin a free threw to get SC to 55-56 with 1:28 to go. Reed stole a pass and drove the distance for a score, Martini connected from the corner and a fast break basket by Gordon Crafts pushed the Cards in front. Scoring: Ferrin 12, Eicholz 9, Martini 21, Reed 10, Crafts 2 and Frazier 7.

Santa Cruz Falls 86-75 To League Champion Alisal. Three double fouls coupled with two technical fouls turned what started as a good basketball game into a nightmare. The score was tied three times, before the real fireworks began to fly. With the score 11-10 in favor of SC a Alisal player dribbled aggressively into SC’s Stan Frazier and one official called a foul on Alisal, but as this official went to the scorers table to report the call, the other official called the foul on Frazier. The call brought immediate disapproval from the Cards and seconds later the coach picked up the first of two technical fouls.
Dave Martini was inspirational in keep SC close with four straight baskets following the loud ruckus. Two of his shots came from the outside, while the others came on a steal and a rebound tip. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied 17-17. Eight times the score was knotted, before the roof began to tumble on SC. Alisal went on a 13-2 run to go ahead 32-23. Alisal out scored the Cards 26-9 in the second quarter to lead 43-26 at halftime.
Ferrin seemed to be in the spotlight wherever he went on the floor and got mixed up in two double fouls. In the third period Alisal again outscored the Cards 26-17 to take a 69-43 lead going into the fourth quarter. The game was in the bag for Alisal, but that didn’t stop a gallant effort by the Cards during the final eight minutes.
SC was inspired and failed to lie down and play dead. SC outscored Alisal 32-17 in the last quarter. Reed had has top scoring night for the season with 23 points. SC sank 15 of 27 free throws for 56 percent. Scoring: Thompson 7, Ferrin 13, Eicholz 5, Martini 23, Reed 23, Crafts 3, Frazier 6, Barbic 3 and Corneliussen 0.

From the scorebook
In the finale of he season SC defeats Aptos 69-64 at Aptos. The Cards ended the league season with a 11-7 record and third place in the MBL. Not a record that they had hoped for. This was the last game for six Cards: Milt Thompson, Mike Ferrin, John Eicholz, Dave Martini, Gordon Crafts and Pete Corneliussen. Aptos took a 14-10 lead in the first quarter, led 28-27 at halftime and still led 46-44 going into the fourth quarter. Then the Cards out scored the Mariners 25-18 in the final quarter for the win. SC connected on 29 of 43 foul shots for 67 percent, while Aptos sank 22 of 36 for 61 percent. There were a total of 79 foul shots in the game. Dave Bruce played in this last game and went 5 of 6 from the line. Ferrin was 5 of 6, Thompson 8 of 10, Reed 2 of 2 and Martini 8 of 13 from the foul line. Scoring: Thompson 14, Ferrin 17, Eicholz 4, Martini 22, Reed 6, Crafts 1, Frazier 0 and Bruce 5.

JV BASKETBALL

SLV 55-20, Los Gatos 51-47, Watsonville 58-56, Harbor 54-40, Seaside 64-80.

JV’s Win First Four. Against SLV in a 55-20 win, top scorers were Charles Terry 14 and Stan Frazier 12.

Cards beat Los Gatos 51-47. High scorers were Stan Frazier 17, Steve Bruce 14 and Terry 11.

In a fantastic tight game the Cards took Watsonville 58-56. The whole team played well. Frazier scored 17, Terry and Bruce 12 apiece.

For their fourth straight win the Cards defeated Harbor 54-40. Bruce led the scorers with 16 followed by Terry with 13.

Barbic’s Bounds Beat Soquel 48-43. George Barbic with 13 rebounds and 15 points led the charge against the Knights. Other scorers were Bruce, Danny Urioste, Frazier and Terry.

Steve Bruce, the fearless freshman, played an outstanding game again with Stan Frazier right behind him. Super Norb is showing us and everyone else that he can score, as lately he has been racking up the points.

Team members were Steve Bruce, Charles Terry, Stan Frazier, Dan Urioste, Scott Crane, Guillermo Alvarez, Todd Jones, Dennis Boegel and Don Hopping. Coach Ray Hunter.

FROSH BASKETBALL

North Salinas beat our fantastic Frosh team at the auditorium 71-51. Miracle man Gary Rudolph with 10 points, Dave Hightower had 20, Dan Dodge 8, Richard Vanslager 7, Steve Palazzo 3, Mike Reedy 2 and Don Hopping 1.

WRESTLING

Cards Nab Third at MBL meet finals. The Cards tied Monterey 57-57 for third behind Salinas and Alisal.

Dual meets reported; Gonzales loss. League: SLV 48-12, North Salinas 39-18, Aptos 41-15, Soquel 50-8, Monterey loss, Salinas win. In dual meet competition in the league the Cards took second place.

At the MBL finals Mark DiGirolamo in 120 and Bill Scott in 130 captured first places. Ron Staub nabbed a second in the heavyweight division. Five wrestlers grasped fourth places. They were Randy McCullah, Sam Villa, Eloy Villa, Rick Nelson and Chris Clarke.

The top Cards and their weight divisions are Bill Starrs 95; Ken Pollastrini 103; Randy McCullah 112; Luther Harris; Mark DiGirolamo 120; Bill Scott 127; Eloy Villa 133; Sam Villa 138; Dennis Meakin 145; Rick Nelson 154; Bill Mitchell 165; Chris Clarke 175; Steve Poston 191 and Ron Staub unlimited. Coach Tex Ronning. Mat Maids: Jennie Bork, Lucy Vega, Suzie McBeth, Sur Muttersback and Pam Scott.

Wrestlers started their season with two wins over Mt. View and SLV 48-12. Against SLV pins were made by Bill Scott, Rick Nelson and Chris Clarke, Winners by decisions were Randy McCullah, Mark DiGirolamo, Sam Villa, Dennis Meakin and Steve Poston.
The Cards won the SLV JV match also. The JV match results listed by weight, name and how the match went. 95, Howton, won by pin; 112, Pelton won by forfeit; 120, Price was pinned; 127, Harris won by decision 7-1; 133, Scofield was pinned; 138, Ruiz won by pin; 145 Scott won by forfeit; 154, Reyes won by decision 5-1; 165 Newton won by forfeit; 175, Jordon won by forfeit; 191, Papa won by forfeit; 232, Gallick by pin.

The third match was a loss to Gonzales even with wins from Bill Scott and Mark DiGirolamo.

The Cards posted five wins in the last few weeks. The swept eight out of thirteen matches against Harbor. Beat North Salinas 39-18 with a pin from DiGirolamo.

Aptos is creamed 41-15. Winners were DiGirolamo, Scott, Eloy Villa and Staub.

Cards Strangle Knights. Soquel went down 50-8. The varsity won every match but two. Ron Staub and Bill Mitchell got the only two pins for the Cards. Bill Scott, Sam Villa, Mark DiGirolamo, Rick Nelson and Chris Clarke were other winners.
The JV won 54-9. Pins were gained by Bob Deane, James Jacobs, Paul Newton, Tim Howton, Steve Pelton, Steve White, John Morris and Gabriel Reyes.

At the Harbor Invitational SC placed eighth with 34 points, DiGirolamo won at 120 pounds.

The only loss all season was to Monterey. DiGirolamo and Clarke won by pins, Scott and Staub won by decision. A couple of days later they came back and killed Salinas.

The junior varsity had a 3-6 record. Paul Scott, Bob Deane, Tim Howton and Luther Harris placed at the JV tournament.

The following is a composite record of Mark DiGirolamo in his four years of high school wrestling at Santa Cruz High School. All his matches were on the varsity level. Mark has never lost in a dual meet. Truly an impressive record.
Freshman year–39 wins, l loss, l draw. First place in the following: Monterey Bay League Novice Tourney, Harbor Holiday Tourney, Overfelt Tourney, Westmont Tourney, MBL Finals, CCS Finals, Northern California.
Sophomore year–36 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw. First place in the following: Harbor Tourney, Kennedy Tourney, MBL Finals and CCS. Third at the Ayer Tourney. First place at 106 pounds at the Northern California State Meet.
Junior year–37 wins, 0 losses at the 115 pound classification. Firsts in the following 115 class: Harbor Tourney, Kennedy Tourney, MBL League, Area II Tourney, CCS Finals, Northern California.
Senior year–36 wins, 1 loss at 123 pounds. Firsts in the following, Del Mar Classic and named outstanding wrestler; Gonzales Tourney, named outstanding wrestler; MBL, CCS Division IV third, Northern California first place, plus named outstanding wrestler. Special award by Northern California coaches, only wrestler ever to win a Northern California Tourney title four times in a row.
LIFETIME RECORD–148 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws

WATER POLO

beat Soquel 13-6. Top point getters were Mike Carmel, Matt Lezin and Karl Fieberling. Against Carmel, Matt Lezin had 35 blocks and Harlan Johnson 38.

Other team members were Ken Dolor, Bob Deane, Ted McElroy and Chris Clarke.

BASEBALL SIXTH CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP

Practice games: Oak Grove 14-4, Piedmont Hills 2-1, Carmel 1-0, SLV 1-2 in eight innings, Salinas Lions Tournament, RLS 3-1, Harbor, 11-10, Alisal 3-4 and North Salinas, 2-0. Practice record 6-2. League games: Monterey 2-0, 1-2; Seaside, 2-0, 3-0; Alisal 2-0, 4-3; Aptos 13-4, 7-2; Watsonville 4-2, 6-4; North Salinas, 3-3, 12-6, 5-7; Salinas 5-3, 8-2; Soquel, 7-6, 4-1; Harbor 14-4, 0-1. League record 15-3. Sixth consecutive championship for the Cardinals. CCS, Pacific Grove 2-5. Season record 21-6. Nineteen of the twenty-seven games were decided by two or less runs.

Team members: Seniors: Preston Dyson, Pat O’Brien, Harry Kypreos, Mike Ferrin, Milton Thompson, Mike Ewald, Jim Lyster and Joe Lantry. Juniors: Glen Reed, Kelly Graff, Dave Bruce, Mike Atwood, Rick Erlin, George Barbic, Randy Strong, Scott Fleming and John Mendez. Sophomore Norbert Szczurek moved up from Jayvees midway in the season.

There is no truth to the rumor the MBL title will be nicknamed “the Cardinal award” it only seems that way. The Cards clinched the MBL crown for the sixth consecutive year and tenth in thirteen years. There was a four year in a row string followed by a second, fourth and a third place finishes, then this sixth title..

During this six seasons the Cards have racked up and impressive record of 105 wins and 33 losses for a .884 win percentage. In league it was 84 wins and 11 losses for a .761 record.

The Cards started the season off with a bang thumping Oak Grove 14-4. It was one of the Cards’ best starts in a number of years. Top hitters were Harry Kypreos, Milt Thompson and Mike Ewald each with three hits. The team bashed the ball for hits 14 times. Top RBI men were Thompson with three and Kypreos with two. Others with one are Strong, O’Brien, Lyster, Ewald and Atwood. The pitchers were on their game also.
Pat O’Brien started and went four innings giving up one hit for the win. Preston Dyson hurled the next two giving up no hits. Rick Erlin finished off the game pitched the seventh. The trio gave up five hits and struck out 9. The whole squad saw action. It was a good day for the Cards. The whole squad participated in the Oak Grove game.
The following is the complete lineup, position, at bats and hits was Mike Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Harry Kypreos C, 5-3; Milt Thompson CF, 5-3; Pat O’Brien P, 4-2; Jim Lyster RF, 3-0; Mike Ewald RF, 5-3; Scott Fleming 2B, 3-0; Mike Atwood SS, 2-0; Dave Bruce 3B, 2-0. Substitutes were Randy Strong 1B, 1-1; Kelly Graff C, 1-0; Joe Lantry LF, 0-0; Glen Reed 2B, 2-0; John Mendez 3B, 2-0, Preston Dyson P, 1-0; Rick Erlin P, 1-0 and George Barbic warming up in the bull pen for this game.

Second Straight For Cards. The Cards picked up their second win of the season beating Piedmont Hills 2-1 on some fine pitching by Pat O’Brien and Preston Dyson, who only allowed three hits between them. O’Brien went four innings for the win was especially impressive with his control gave up one hit, no walks and struck out four. Dyson had outstanding velocity on his fast ball went three innings gave up two hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out one. In the home half of the first inning, lead off hitter Mike Ferrin singled and went to third after singles by Harry Kyreos and Pat O’Brien. He scored on an infield error. Piedmont Hills tied the score in the sixth inning. In the last of the sixth inning Milt Thompson singled, stole second and scored on Mike Ewald’s single. In the top of the seventh third baseman John Mendez threw out a runner at the plate to end the game. Other notables included center fielder Milt Thompson who stole three bases and Mike Atwood who played a commendable shortstop, Cards had one error. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-2; Kypreos C, 2-1; Thompson CF, 2-1; O’Brien P, 3-1, Ewald RF, 3-1; Atwood SS, 3-0; Fleming 2B, 2-1; Mendez 3B, 2-0; Lantry LF, 1-0; Dyson P, 1-0; Graff PH, 1-0 and Bruce 3B, 0-0.

Cards beat Carmel ace 1-0 behind the scintillating pitching of O’Brien, who no hit the Padres and struck out two in four innings for the win. Dyson allowed one hit, and struck out four the last three innings. The lone run of the game came in the first inning after a Thompson single. He moved up on an error and scored on single by Ewald, Ewald had a triple. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 2-0; Kypreos C, 2-0; Thompson CF, 2-1; O’Brien P, 3-0, Ewald RF, 3-2; Fleming 2B, 3-0; Lyster LF, 2-1; Reed SS, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 2-1; Atwood SS, 1-0; Lantry LF, 0-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.

En route to a 1-2 eight inning loss to SLV the Cards showed more great pitching. Pat O’Brien struck out 10 batters and allowed only two hits, no earned runs, struck out 9, and allowed one walk in four devastating innings of work. Rich Erlin held the opposition to one earned run, three hits, struck out three and walked five in the final four frames. Unfortunately the SLV pitchers were equally impressive giving up only two hits, walking no one and striking out eight. The Cards tied the game in the seventh inning on a line drive single and some crafty base running by Scott Fleming. A RBI single by Milt Thompson produced a run to tie the score. The Cards made two errors, one of which allowed a run to score.
Throughout the game, catcher Harry Kypreos did an excellent job. He displayed a better than average arm, did a superior job blocking pitches in the dirt and did everything else expected of a good catcher. Pitchers O’Brien, Dyson, Erlin and Barbic give SC one of the better staffs in the league. As any good baseball fan will tell you, pitching is the most important facet of the game. Lineup: Fleming 2B, 3-1, Kypreos C, 3-0; Thompson CF, 2-1, O’Brien P, 3-0; Ewald RF, 3-0; Atwood SS, 3-0, Strong 1B, 1-0; Ferrin 1B, 2-0; Reed LF, 1-0; Erlin P, 2-0; Mendez 3B, 1-0 and Bruce 3B, 1-0.

Cardinals Off On Right Foot; Open MBL With 2-0 Shut Out of Monterey. The Cards got a good test in what is expected to be a tough MBL race as Monterey as well as several other teams showed themselves respectable in opening action. In the opening of league, against long time rival for the league championships, Monterey was beaten 2-0 by the glittering two hit shutout pitched by Pat O’Brien and Preston Dyson. O’Brien went four innings for the win and Dyson three for a save. Both had good control giving up only three walks limiting Toreadore base runners.
Mike Ferrin led off the game with a single and was bunted to second by Scott Fleming. Ferrin then stole third and scored on a pass ball. The second score came when Kypreos singled and was sacrificed to second by Mike Atwood. Ferrin moved him to third on an infield hit. They ran the double steal and Kypreos scored. Jim Lyster doubled and collected a pair of hits. A comment was “this is how you win a game without doing to much offensively, but with great pitching and defense.” Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-2; Fleming 2B, 3-0; Thompson CF, 4-0; Ewald RF, 4-1; Lyster LF, 3-2; O’Brien P, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 3-0; Kypreos C, 3-1; Atwood SS, 1-1 and Dyson P, 0-0.

Santa Cruz Scores Early, Then Breezes Past Aptos 13-4. In what was expected to be a “tight one” for the first time this year, the Cards unleashed a bona-fide offensive attack. SC got going quickly with a big four run rally in the bottom of the first. Ferrin singled and went to third on Thompson’s single, who then stole second. Ewald singled them home. Ewald later scored on a balk and Bruce on an error. RBI’s, O’Brien two and one each for Ferrin, Kypreos, Ewald , Bruce and Atwood. Milt Thompson collected three hits and stole 6 bases. Mike Ferrin singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice. Dave Bruce had a perfect day going two for two with a double and an RBI.
Dyson started and went five innings giving up six hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out two for the win. O’Brien went two innings striking out three. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 5-2; Kypreos C, 4-1, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 4-3; Ewald RF, 4-2; Lyster LF, 4-1; Bruce 3B, 2-2, two walks; Fleming 2B, 2-0, sacrifice; Atwood SS, 2-1; Dyson P, 2-1, sacrifice; O’Brien P, 1-1; Strong 1B, 0-0; Mendez 3B, 0-0, walk and Reed SS, 0-0, sacrifice.

Wildcat Errors Aid 4-2 Santa Cruz Triumph. The Cards made it three wins in a row in league.
A comedy of errors by the Cats proved to be the deciding factor in the game. The good bunting of the Cards had an effect on the Cats as it led to a barrage of Cat errors. The Cards had only three hits themselves, but good pitching and defense keeps them winning.
Pat O’Brien worked all seven innings for the first time this year and finished strong, while giving up only two hits, no earned runs, four walks and struck out seven. He seemed to improve as the game progressed.
Watsonville jumped out to a two run lead in the first inning on a pair of unearned runs. In the third inning SC sent seven batters to the plate and had three unearned runs. Glen Reed led off with a walk. Ferrin sacrificed with a perfect bunt and was safe at first as Reed beat the throw to second. Harry Kypreos put down another perfect bunt that was thrown away at first and two runs scored and Kyreos took second. Mike Ewald reached base on a fielders choice and scored on an error. In the fourth, Ferrin singled home O’Brien to end the scoring. Cards had two errors. Thompson doubled and Ferrin had an RBI. . Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Kypreos C, 2-0; Thompson CF, 2-1; Ewald RF, 3-0; Lyster LF, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 3-0; O’Brien P, 2-0; Atwood SS, 2-0 and Reed 2B, 2-1.

Big Cardinal Game Ends In Deadlock 3-3 called after nine innings, because of darkness at the Viking field. Both teams were tied for the league lead with unbeaten records and stay that way. SC took a short lived 1-0 lead in the first inning, when Jim Lyster singled and went to third on Mike Atwood’s single. Lyster scored on Reeds squeeze bunt. North Salinas came right back in the second and went ahead 2-1. They scored another run in the third on two errors. The Cards had five for the day. The Cards scored two runs in the sixth inning started with a Ferrin single. He went to second on an error. Thompson singled him to third. Ferrin scored on an infield out by Ewald and Thompson went to second and scored on Lyster’s single to tie the game.
Dyson started and went six innings giving up six hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out five. O’Brien went three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs or walks and struck out five. Ewald, Lyster and Reed had RBI’s. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-1; Kypreos C, 4-1; Thompson CF, 4-1; Ewald RF, 4-0; Lyster LF, 4-2; Atwood SS, 4-1; Reed 2B, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 3-0; Dyson P, 3-0; O’Brien P, 0-0; and Fleming 2B, 0-0.

In the opening game of the Salinas Lions Baseball Tournament, the Cards defeated RLS 3-1. Rick Erlin went five innings giving up only two hits, no runs, walked two and struck out six for the win. George Barbic went the last two innings allowing one hit. no earned runs, walked none and struck out three for the save. Harry Kypreos had two hits. Milt Thompson had a home run, John Mendez hit a triple for an RBI and scored. Scott Fleming had the other hit. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-1; Kypreos C, 4-1; Thompson CF, 3-1; Lyster LF, 2-0; Ewald RF, 3-0; Bruce SS, 2-0; Mendez LF, 2-1; Fleming 2B, 3-1; Erlin P, 2-0 and Barbic P, 1-0.

In the second game of the tournament the Cards lost to Alisal 3-4 on an unearned run in the seventh inning. O’Brien started and went six innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out five. Barbic took the loss in the seventh inning, when the lead off man got on by an error. Barbic went one inning giving up one hit, no earned runs, walked two and struck out one. The best play of the day for the Cards was a double play from Reed to Atwood to Ferrin. In the first inning Ewald singled and was driven in by Lyster’s triple. In the sixth, Lyster got on by a fielders choice, stole second and scored on Reed’s single. In the top of the seventh the Cards tied up the score, when Ferrin doubled and was driven home by Kypreos‘ double.
Cards had five errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Kypreos C, 4-2; Ewald CF, 4-2; Lyster RF, 4-1; O’Brien P, 3-0; Atwood SS, 2-1; Reed 2B, 3-2; Bruce 3B, 3-0; Mendez LF, 3-0.Barbic P, 0-0 and Fleming 2B, 0-0.

SC Edges Bucs, 11-10, In Slugfest. In their third game of the Salinas Lions Baseball Tournament. The Cards led 4-1 in the fourth inning. When everything broke loose in the fifth inning, Harbor scored six runs to go ahead 7-4. In the seventh inning Harbor scored three and the Cards came back with seven runs to win 11-10 in wild game. Jim Lyster drove in the winning run and went 4 for 5. SC had seven errors and Harbor four. RBI’s were Atwood four and Ferrin and Lyster two apiece. Dyson started and was relieved by George Barbic. Rick Erlin came in to earn the win. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-3; Kyreos C, 5-0; Ewald CF, 5-2; Lyster 2B, 5-4; Bruce 3B, 3-0; Atwood LF, 4-3; Reed SS, 2-0; Graff RF, 1-0; Fleming PH, 1-0; Dyson P, 2-0; Mendez PH, 1-0; Barbic P, 0-0 and Erlin P, 0-0.

Cards beat North Salinas 2-0 for fifth place in the Salinas Lions Tournament behind the pitching of junior Rick Erlin who went five innings giving up four hits, walked one and struck out four for the win. Dyson pitched the last two innings giving up three hits and striking out two for the save. Ewald drove in Erlin in the third inning and Thompson as a pitch hitter drove in Erlin with a double in the fifth inning. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-2; Mendez RF, 2-0: Ewald CF, 3-0; Lyster 2B, 3-0; Atwood LF, 3-1; Bruce SS, 2-0; Graff C, 3-0; Fleming 3B, 1-0; Kypreos C, 2-0; Erlin P, 0-0, two walks, two runs; Dyson P, 0-0.

Cards Come Back For a 5-3 Victory over Salinas. Now Stand Alone In First Place. After playing four games in the 16 team Salinas tournament, the Cards beat Salinas 5-3 in league. Salinas went ahead 3-1 in the second inning, when starter Pat O’Brien took a shot off his pitching arm, which affect him. Preston Dyson came in and shut out the Cowboys the rest of the way. Dyson gave up four hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out six for the win. The Cards top hitters were Milt Thompson with two hits, one a triple, and an RBI. Jim Lyster and Mike Ferrin had two hits and each had a double. Ferrin had an RBI. Since the team has more fine players then can play at any one time, the line up has changed through out the preseason and the beginning of league. For this game four players changed positions and the team had only one error instead of the multiple errors they had in some previous games. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Kyreos C, 4-0; Thompson CF, 4-2; Ewald RF, 3-0; Lyster 2B, 3-2; Bruce 3B, 3-0; Atwood LF, 2-0; Reed 3B, 3-0; O‘Brien P, 1-0; Bruce SS, 2-0 and Dyson P, 2-1.

Seventh Inning SC Rally tops Soquel 7-6. In a tension packed league affair, the Cards had to come from behind and scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to eke out a 7-6 win over Soquel. One can never question the fact that Soquel didn’t come out fighting. They did as they scored in four different innings. The Knights gave it their best shot only to see the never say die Cardinals have something left when it counted the most.
The Cards scored in five separate innings in a see saw game. In the seventh, Thompson reached second on an error and scored on Ewald’s triple. Ewald scored moments later on a wild pitch for the winning run. It was a hitters day with Ewald going 4 for 4 plus 4 RBI’s. Thompson and Ferrin had two hits. Other RBI’s were by Ferrin and Atwood. O’Brien went the first four innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out four. Dyson went the last three innings and got the win, since the winning runs scored while he was pitching. Dyson gave up five hits, three earned runs, walked none and struck out three. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-2, steal; Kyreos C, 3-1, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 2-2, sacrifice, walk, steal; Lyster 2B, 2-0,sacrific, walk; Ewald RF, 4-4, steal; Atwood LF, 3-0; Bruce SS, 3-0; Reed 3B, 3-0; O‘Brien P, 2-1 and Dyson P, 1-1.

Cards Rap 21 hits In 14-4 Triumph over Harbor. With a stunning 21 hit attack the Cards beat Harbor 14-4 on a rained soaked field at Harbor. Harbor scored a pair of runs in the first and last innings, but in between it was all SC. The win by the Cards was their first ever on the Harbor diamond, scene of frustrations in past years for SC. The Cards started scoring from the beginning as lead off hitter Mike Ferrin singled was bunted to second by Harry Kypreos and then stole third. He scored on Milt Thompson’s deep fly to center. The Cards continued to score in every inning. The Cards had seven doubles, Thompson with two and one each for Ferrin, Lyster, Atwood, Bruce and Fleming.
Thompson hit a ball off the glove of and outfield and went over the fence, which should have been a home run, but the umpire ruled it a double. He scored anyway. RBI’s were Ewald and Bruce two apiece, those with one are Ferrin, Thompson, Lyster, Atwood and Fleming.
O’Brien started and went four innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, three walks and struck out three for the win. Promising junior Rick Erlin went the last three innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out three. Cards had one error. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-2, steal; Kypreos C, 3-0, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 3-3, steal; Lyster 2B, 4-3; Ewald RF, 5-4, steal; O’Brien P, 1-0, sacrifice; Atwood LF, 3-2; Bruce SS, 4-4, Fleming 3B, 3-2, sacrifice. Substitutes were Randy Strong 1B, 1-0; Kelly Graff C, 1-0; Joe Lantry RF, 1-0; Rick Erlin P, 2-0; John Mendez LF, 2-1.

Cards Stay Unbeaten In League With 2-0 Win over Alisal. In what could be called a grudge match, since Alisal had beaten the Cards for the Salinas tournament championship, Preston Dyson turned in his best pitching performance of the year giving up only a bad hop single for a one hit shut out. He was not as over powering as usual, but moved the ball around well and was not hit hard. Most of the outs came on the infield, where Dyson enjoyed good support from his teammates. The Cards had only one error.
The Cards scored all their runs in the second inning. Mike Ewald walked, went to second on Mike Atwood’s infield grounder that he was safe on, as a play was made unsuccessfully to get Ewald at second. Bruce followed with a base hit to load the bases. Glen Reed hit a sacrifice fly scoring Ewald. Atwood tagged up and went to third from where he scored on an error. At this point the Cards are 7-0-1 in league and have a two game lead over Watsonville and North Salinas. Lineup: Lyster 2B, 4-1; Kypreos C, 2-0, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 3-0, steal; Ewald RF, 2-0, walk; Atwood LF, 3-0; Bruce SS, 3-2, steal; Reed 3B, 2-1, sacrifice; Dyson P, 3-0 and Strong 1B, 3-1.

SC Still Unbeaten In League After 2-0 Win Over Seaside. In a well pitched game by both teams hurlers, Pat O’Brien pitched a two hitter, while striking out 13 and allowing no walks in an outstanding hurling performance to beat Seaside 2-0. He allowed only one runner to reach second base. The Seaside hurler gave up only one hit to Milt Thompson, but walked six. In the second inning Glen Reed walked and stole second, John Mendez bunted him to third and Reed scored on a wild pitch.
An insurance run was scored in the sixth inning. Lead off man Jim Lyster reached first on an error, was sacrificed to second by Harry Kypreos, went to third on a hit by Milt Thompson and scored on a squeeze bunt by Mike Ewald. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Lyster 2B, 2-0, walk; Kypreos C, 2-0; Thompson CF, 3-1, steal; Ewald RF, 2-0; Bruce SS, 1-0, two walks; Reed 3B, 2-0, walk; Mendez LF, 2-0; O’Brien P, 2-0; Strong 1B, 1-0 and Ferrin 1B, 0-0, two steals, walk.

Cards In First Loop Loss 2-1 to Monterey. Monterey came up with a run in the sixth inning to snap the Cards unbeaten record in league. A short blooper to the outfield was catch able, but it drove in the winning run. Ironically the two walks Dyson gave up ended up scoring. After Monterey scored in the top of the third inning the Cards came right back with a score. Norb Szczurek, up from the Jayvees, doubled and went to third on a wild pitch. Ferrin walked and stole second. Kypreos laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Szczurek, but when Ferrin tried to score from second, as he has before, he was thrown out at the plate.
Dyson went all the way in a well pitched game giving up three hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out six. But his opponent also pitched a fine game having nearly the same stats other then giving up two hits. Cards had one error. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 2-0, walk, steal; Kypreos C, 2-0, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 3-0; Bruce SS, 3-1, double; Reed 2B, 3-0; Mendez 3B, 2-0, walk; O’Brien RF, 2-0; Dyson P, 2-0 and Szczurek LF, 2-1.

Card Hitters Spark 7-2 League Victory over Aptos. SC has been fortunate this season to get good hitting when the pitching has been off and good pitching when the hitting has been off. Left handed ace Pat O’Brien did not enjoy one of his better days, but he had plenty of support from his teammates at bat and in the field. O’Brien went six innings giving up five hits, no earned runs, walked four and struck out seven for the win. Rick Erlin relieved in the seventh giving up two hits, one earned run and struck out one.
SC got its first run in the third inning, when O’Brien was hit by a pitch and was sacrifice bunted to second by Ferrin, who was safe at first. Kypreos bunted and the throw was over the first baseman’s head and O’Brien scored. Szczurek stole home in the fourth inning to put the Cards up 2-0. Errors played a role in five of the Cards runs. The Cards had one error. RBI’s by Lyster and Ewald. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-0, steal, sacrifice, walk; Kypreos C, 1-0, steal, sacrifice, 3 walks; Thompson CF, 4-1, walk; Lyster 2B, 5-1; Ewald RF, 4-2; Bruce SS, 2-0, 2 walks; Szczurek LF, 3-1,steal; Reed 3B, 3-0; O’Brien P, 3-0; Atwood LF, 1-0; 0-0; Fleming 2B, 1-1; Erlin P, 0-0; Strong 1B, 1-0 and Mendez 3B, 0-0, walk;

Cards Maintain Lead With 6-4 Win Over Cats. It was another must game for the Cards, who are 10-1-1 with Soquel at 9-2 and Watsonville and North Salinas at 7-4. But the Cards concern is simply win every game and that’s the way they’re playing it. The Cards scored three runs in the second inning when Szczurek reached first on an error. Kypreos bunted him to second. Reed singled Szczurek to third. Dyson bunted and the pitcher threw home, but it was a safety squeeze and Szczurek stayed at third to load the bases. Ferrin doubled to unload the bases for three RBI‘s. The next run in the third inning resulted from Ewald’s towering triple and he scored on Bruce’s double. Thompson and Ewald drove in runs in the fourth inning to finish the Card scoring.
Dyson pitched a complete game giving up ten hits, three earned runs, walked two and struck out seven. Cards had five errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Lyster 2B, 3-1, walk; Thompson CF, 4-2, steal; Ewald RF, 4-2; Bruce SS, 4-1; Szczurek LF, 3-1, sacrifice; Kypreos C, 1-0, sacrifice, 2 walks; Reed 3B, 3-2; Dyson P, 3-2; Atwood LF, 1-0; Fleming 2B, 0-0 and Mendez 3B, 0-0;

In the first league game with North Salinas ended in a 3-3 tie in nine innings because of darkness. This time in the make up game the Cards won 12-6, scoring in five innings and getting a hit in every inning, but the seventh. North Salinas scored two in the first on walks and errors and another four in the third with the big blow coming on a home run. Pat O’Brien went the distance after walking three batters in the first inning and giving up three hits, one a home run in the third inning. Pat got in the flow and shut them down 1-2-3 in three innings and the other inning a walk and an error prolonged the inning. His line was four hits, three in the third inning, four earned runs, five walks and seven strike outs.
Ferrin, Thompson and Ewald had home runs at North Salinas. Each homer drove in two runs. Ferrin also had a double. Cards had three errors. RBI’s were Ferrin 4, Thompson and Ewald 3 apiece. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 5-3; Lyster 2B, 3-1, walk; Thompson CF, 4-2; Ewald RF, 4-3, steal; Bruce SS, 3-0, wakj; Atwood LF; 3-1, walk; Reed 3B. 4-2,steal; Kypreos C, 3-1 and O’Brien 2-0, 2 sacrifices.

The next day the Cards lost 5-7 to the Vikings. Rick Erlin started and when he left with a man on first in the seventh inning, the score was tied 3-3. The Vikes scored four runs in the seventh, but only one was earned. Erlin went six plus innings giving up six hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out three. Preston Dyson relieved with a man on in the seventh. He gave up a walk, allowed no hits, but two errors accounted for the runs. The Cards made a come back in their half of the seventh, when Ewald drove in two runs with a double. Other RBI’s were Thompson 2 and Atwood one. Top hitters were Thompson 3 for 4 and Ewald 2 for 4. The Viking pitcher walked no one. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 2-1, steal; Lyster 2B, 2-0, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 4-3; Ewald RF, 4-2; Bruce SS,4-0; Reed 3B. 3-0; Atwood LF; 2-1, sacrifice; Kypreos C, 3-0; Erlin P, 2-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.

Cards beat Salinas 8-2. A combination of pitching, a complete game win by Preston Dyson and the hitting of Milt Thompson and Mike Atwood powered the win. Dyson gave up four hits, two earned runs, walked seven and struck out seven. The Cards struck quickly in the first inning scoring four runs on three walks, two hits and a sacrifice fly by Dyson. Thompson tripled and drove in three runs. Ferrin doubled. Other RBI’s were Atwood two and Bruce, Reed and Dyson one apiece. Kelly Graff filled in for Harry Kypreos behind the plate and did a fine job. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Lyster 2B, 1-0, two sacrifices, walk; Thompson CF, 3-2; Ewald RF, 2-0, two walks; Atwood LF; 3-2; Bruce SS, 3-1, walk; Reed 3B. 2-0, walk, sacrifice; Dyson P, 2-0; Graff C, 2-0, walk; Strong 1B, 0-0; Mendez LF, 0-0 and Fleming 2B, 1-1.

Cards beat Soquel 4-1. Pat O’Brien working all seven innings turned in one of his best performances of the season. Pat give up only four hits and walking only one in a 4-1 win over Soquel to put the Cards two games ahead of Soquel with three games remaining in the season. Mike Ferrin went a perfect 4 for 4, doubled, stole two bases, drove in a pair of runs and hustled all over the field. Mike went all out on any balls on his side of the field, which included a foul pop up for the games final out, which he made a step from the Cardinal dugout a long way from first base at the Soquel field. He makes those type plays all the time.
Scott Fleming has played a lot this season, but just recently has been playing third base and playing like he as been there all year, turned in some nice plays defensively and went 2 for 4 at the plate and scored twice. One of his better plays was cutting in front of short stop Dave Bruce and throwing out the runner, who probably would have been safe otherwise.
In the fifth inning with runners on second and third with one out, Bruce cut off a ball head to centerfield stepped on second ant threw to first for a double play to end the threat. Throughout the contest SC played alertly and aggressively and as the coach called it “using the brain cells.” The Cards played errorless ball and also important was the club’s ability to bunt successfully, take the extra base and of course hit with authority. Thompson stole two bases. RBI’s Ferrin two and O’Brien and Kypreos each had one. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-4; Jim Lyster 2B, 3-1, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 3-1, 2 steals, walk; Ewald RF, 3-1, walk; Atwood LF, 4-0; Bruce SS, 2-0, 2 walks; Fleming 3B, 4-2; O’Brien P, 2-1, sacrifice; and Kypreos C, 2-1, steal, sacrifice.

Harbor upsets SC 1-0 on and unearned run in the fifth inning. Harbor hurler pitches a one hitter and strikes out eight against the slugging Cards. Preston Dyson’s also pitched a superlative game gave up five hits, no earned runs, walked three and struck out 11. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-0; Jim Lyster 2B, 3-0; Thompson CF, 1-0 2 walks; Ewald RF, 3-1; Atwood LF, 3-0; Fleming 3B, 3-0; Kypreos C, 2-0, walk; Bruce SS, 2-0 and Dyson P, 2-0

Cards come from behind to defeat Alisal 4-3. In a must win the Cards scored two runs in the second inning when Atwood led off with a single and was bunted to second by Kypreos. Fleming single him to third and O’Brien singled him home. Fleming scored on an error. Alisal went ahead 3-2 in the third. The Cards tied it up in the fifth, when Ferrin singled, stole second went to third on a ground ball and scored on a pass ball. Ferrin had two stolen bases for the day. The Cards went ahead in the sixth on a Mike Ewald single followed by Mike Atwood’s single moving Ewald to second. Then Scott Fleming got a clutch hit driving in Ewald for the winning run. Fleming’s single was his second hit of the afternoon. Since his starting at third base, the Card junior has four hits in three games.
Pat O’Brien gave up only three hits in the game while striking out 11. The only trouble Pat had was with the bottom of the order in the third. Atwood and Fleming had two hits apiece. Lyster had a double. Cards had no errors, Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Jim Lyster 2B, 3-1, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 3-0; Ewald RF, 3-1; Atwood LF, 3-2; Kypreos C, 2-0, sacrifice; Fleming 3B, 3-2; O’Brien P, 3-1 and Bruce SS, 2-0.

Dyson NO HITS Seaside in 77 pitches to win 3-0. Dyson went out in his last high school game with a no hitter against Seaside, walking only three, faced only two more batters than the minimum 21 and struck out eight. The Seaside pitcher limited the Cards to only two hits, but walked 10 batters and his teammates made five errors behind him.
Ferrin started the game off with a walk, stole second, went to third on a ground ball to second and scored on an error. In the third inning Thompson got on base on a fielders choice, stole second, went to third on a pass ball and scored on another pass ball. Ewald walked, went to second on Atwood’s walk and scored on an error. Cards stole five bases, two each by Ewald and Thompson and one by Ferrin. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Jim Lyster 2B, 3-0, walk; Thompson CF, 4-1; Ewald RF, 1-0, 2 walks; Atwood LF, 1-0, 2 walks; Fleming 3B, 2-0, walk; Kypreos C, 2-0, walk; Bruce SS, 2-0, sacrifice and Dyson P, 1-0, 2 walks.

Cards Do It Again! Add another chapter to the continuing series of “How To Win Monterey Bay League Baseball Championships.” The players may have changed, but the script still reads the same as the Cards add their sixth consecutive championship to the trophy case. The Cards concluded the league schedule with a 15-3 record, identical to that of last years championship edition. Ironically, Soquel ended in second place with the same 14-4 mark of a year ago. In the last six years the Cards have won 105 games and suffered a mere 33 losses and two ties for a .760 winning record.

Three days after the Seaside game the Cards lost to Pacific Grove 2-5 in the Regional CCS playoffs at Salinas Municipal Stadium ending their hopes of going all the way to the finals at San Jose Muni. It seemed to be a bad omen from the very start. And instead of the situation getting better, it ultimately got worse. A couple of so called “flukes” that quickly turned into two errors knocked the wind out of SC in the first inning. The Red Birds never came out of shock, thereafter. combination of poor fielding, bad breaks and some questionable calls, which did have a psychological affect and helped PG go ahead and get momentum.
It did have an affect on pitcher O’Brien, who had cleanly picked off the runner at first base, but he was called safe. O’Brien had not given up a hit until this time. Ewald in right field made his finest throw ever following a fly ball catch going to the foul line in the fifth. He pivoted and rifled a throw to third base and the ball got there three or four strides ahead of the runner, who kicked the ball out of the third baseman’s mitt.
The big decider though was the Pacific Grove pitcher who limited the Cards to six hits, never more than one in any inning. At the plate he went 2 for 2, walked twice and scored three runs. In the fourth inning Ewald singled and stole second and was driven home on Atwood’s single. With two outs in the fifth, Lyster walked and went to third on Thompson’s single, who then stole second. Ewald walked to load the bases. Atwood walked to force in a run. A strike out ended the inning.
At this point the Cards were down only 2-3, but PG scored two in the top of the fifth. Atwood had two doubles and two RBI‘s. Thompson had one double. Cards had four errors. Junior pitcher Rick Erlin got the last out in the seventh. Coming into the game Pacific Grove had a 24-3 record. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-0, walk; Jim Lyster 2B, 2-1, steal, 2 walks; Thompson CF, 4-2, 2 steals; Ewald RF, 3-1, steal, walk; Atwood LF, 3-2, walk; Fleming 3B, 3-0, sacrifice; Kypreos C, 2-0; O’Brien P, 3-1; Bruce SS, 2-0; Mendez 3B, 1-0; Graff C, 0-0 and Szczurek PH, 1-0.

BEST BIRDS

for the season
Average–Thompson .432, Ferrin .429 and Ewald .358
RBI’s– Ewald 19, Thompson 17, Ferrin 16 and Atwood 15
Total bases– Ferrin 53, Thompson 50, Ewald 46
Stolen bases– Thompson 19 and Ferrin 18
Walks– Bruce 15, Lyster 12 and Ferrin 11
Least number of strike outs– Ferrin 5, Thompson 6 and Kypreos and O’Brien 7

SEASON hitting stats, by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, triples, runs batted in, walks and stolen bases.
AB R H AV 2B 3B RBI BB SB
Thompson 88 20 38 432 5 2 17 9 19
Ferrin 91 19 39 429 9 1 16 11 18
Ewald 95 20 34 358 1 4 19 7 9
Fleming 43 6 12 279 1 0 3 2 1
Atwood 67 9 18 269 3 1 15 10 0
Lyster 77 14 20 260 6 0 7 12 3
Bruce 71 13 14 197 3 1 7 15 1
O’Brien 46 7 9 196 0 0 5 2 1
Kypreos 73 10 14 192 0 0 8 10 3
Dyson 27 3 5 185 0 0 2 2 0
Reed 49 7 8 163 0 0 4 5 2
Mendez 22 6 3 136 0 1 2 3 0
Strong 11 2 1 091 0 0 1 1 0
Graff 11 2 0 000 0 0 0 3 0
Szczurek 10 3 2 200 1 0 0 4 1
Erlin 9 3 0 000 0 0 0 3 0
Barbic 3 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 793 144 217 274 29 10 106 99 58
Home runs were Thompson two, Ferrin and Ewald one each.

SEASON pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN ER H ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Dyson 80 13 61 1.14 4 0 0 28 72 8 2
O’Brien 89 21 49 1.65 3 1 1 45 102 10 2
Erlin 31 7 24 1.58 2 2 0 12 28 3 2
Barbic 9 7 13 5.44 2 2 0 9 10 0 0
Szczurek 4 3 8 5.25 0 1 0 1 3 0 1
TOTALS 213 51 155 1.68 11 6 1 95 215 21 7

BEST BIRDS in League
Average– Ferrin .441, Thompson .397, Ewald .396 and Fleming .364
RBI’s– Ewald 17, Ferrin and Thompson 11
Total bases– Ferrin 37, Thompson 35 and Ewald 31
Stolen bases– Berrin 16, Thompson 11 and Ewald 8 Walks– Bruce 11 and Kypreos 8
Least number of strike outs– O’Brien 3 and Kypreos, Ferrin and Fleming 4

LEAGUE hitting stats, by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, triples, runs batted in, walks and stolen bases.
AB R H AV 2B 3B RBI BB SB
Ferrin 59 15 26 441 6 1 11 6 16
Thompson 63 15 25 397 3 2 11 7 11
Ewald 58 16 23 396 1 2 17 6 8
Fleming 22 5 8 364 1 0 3 2 0
Atwood 41 5 11 268 1 0 8 6 0
Lyster 55 9 13 236 5 0 3 7 0
Dyson 23 3 5 217 0 0 2 2 0
Bruce 52 8 11 210 3 0 7 11 0
Reed 32 4 6 188 0 0 3 3 1
O’Brien 25 6 4 160 0 0 4 2 0
Kypreos 43 7 6 140 0 0 5 8 2
Szczurek 7 3 2 289 1 0 0 0 1
Strong 5 0 1 200 0 0 0 0 0
Mendez 6 3 1 167 0 3 0 3 0
Erlin 4 0 0 000 0 0 0 3 0
Graff 7 2 0 000 0 0 0 3 0
Barbic 0 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 502 101 142 283 21 5 74 69 39

LEAGUE pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN ER H ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Dyson 65 12 45 1.29 3 0 0 21 62 7 2
O’Brien 60 17 33 1.98 2 0 1 30 70 8 0
Erlin 10 4 11 2.80 0 1 0 2 7 0 1
TOTALS 135 33 89 1.71 5 2 0 53 139 15 3

(To simplify who was on what all star squad, will just name them here)
SENTINEL ALL COUNTY squad. MVP Mike Ferrin. Milt Thompson, Pat O’Brien, Preston Dyson and Mike Ewald. Honorable mention Harry Kypreos.

MBL ALL LEAGUE

MVP Mike Ferrin. Milt Thompson, Pat O’Brien and Preston Dyson. Honorable mention, Mike Ewald, who missed making the team by one vote and Harry Kypreos.

Four Cardinals named to MBL All League team and the Sentinel All County team were all seniors.
All league and All County MVP Mike Ferrin was the lead off man, top hitter and run scorer, all out hustler and defensive first baseman. Mike had a .429 batting average with 9 doubles, a triple, one home run, 16 RBI’s and 18 stolen bases.
Center fielder Milt Thompson, who finished the year with a league batting average of .485, hitting in the third spot as the top hitter on the team, top base stealer and fine defensive outfielder with a good arm. Milt had 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 17 RBI’s and 19 steals.
The two top pitchers in the league:
Preston Dyson selected for the third year in a row, probably one of a few who have ever accomplished this feat, with a 7-2 won loss league record and a 1.29 earned run average.
Pat O’Brien finished the season with a 8-0 record and a ERA of 1.98. Pat is not the tallest pitcher in the league, but he pitches like it.
Catcher Harry Kypreos was All County and All League honorable mention. Harry was good at moving runners up to put them in scoring position. Harry small in size, but big in results was important to the fine season the pitching staff produced.
Mike Ewald, a senior outfield and clean up hitter with a .357 batting average was the fifth Card to make the 13 member Sentinel All County team. Mike missed making the all league team by one vote, was a honorable mention on the All League team. Mike led the team in RBI’s with 19, had one double, 4 triples, one home run and stole 9 bases. He had a rocket arm from right field and threw out runners, who dared run on him.
Bill Dodge was coach of the year for both the league and the Sentinel. This was the sixth straight championship for the Cards and tenth since 1957. Dodge was recently named a North All Star coach for the State North-South baseball classic in July at Candlestick Park.
(To the memory of former team writer and scorer book man Garson Mattsoff, who was a pure baseball fan, but unfortunately is not with us any longer)

JV BASEBALL

SLV 8-1, Aptos 2-1, Harbor 3-8, Soquel 1-3,
The big events of the SLV game were Randy Pate’s going 3 for 4, Steve Bruce going 2 for 3 and
doubling, John Lunsford 1 for 3 and two RBI’s and Dennis Boegel 1 for 1 on a solid drive over the shortstop. Sophomore pitching ace, Norb Szczurek pitching five innings with seven strikeouts for the win.. Norb gave up only two hits and one run and went 1 for 3 at the plate. Doug Ellis took over and pitched the last two innings and struck out four of the six batters he faced.

In the 2-1 win against Aptos Steve Bruce scored both runs. In the fourth he singled, stole second and scored on a slam by Gary Moro. In the sixth Bruce doubled and scored on an error. Norb Szczurek was the winning pitcher.

Norb Szczurek pitched his usual best, but errors played into a Soquel win 1-3

Congratulations to Norb Szczurek for his outstanding work on the mound and for his overall constant teamwork and spirit. Randy Pate the top hitter on the team and Doug Ellis for his fine pitching and hitting. Others to mention were Steve Bruce, Gary Rudolph and Don Hopping.
Other players not mentioned above are Don Enrico, Randy Gomez, Alan Amos, Dan Dodge, Greg Wehr, Keith Blew, George Lopez and Keith Dotson.

TRACK

Dual meets: Watsonville 50-84, Harbor 50-85, North Salinas 42-93.
SC place seventh at the MBL meet. At the MBL meet Eloy Villa set a school record as he took first in the 880 in a time of 1:57.5. Ron Staub took fourth in the discus at 136-10. Ernie Hightower was the only Card to place in two events placing third in the 440 in 51.3 and fourth in the 220 in 23.0. Only two frosh-soph placed. Rick Vanslager was third in the pole vault and the mile relay team took a fifth. Seaside won the meet with 68 points and SC tied for seventh place with 14 points. Watsonville won the frosh-soph with 53 points and SC was ninth with 6 points..

Track Ends In Sprint. Four members made the CCS track meet. Eloy Villa in 880, Ernie Hightower in 220, Ron Staub in discus and freshman Nick Vanslager second in the pole vault.

At the Santa Cruz Relays, Ernie Hightower place second in the 100 with a great time of 9.9. The sprint medley relay team of Eloy Villa, Jim Finch, Glen Liberatore and Hightower took a fourth.

Lost to Watsonville 50-84. The big man for the Birds was Ernie Hightower who took first in the 440 and 220. Other firsts were Ron Staub in discus with throw of 197-7, Dennis Meakin in pole vault of 10-6 and the 440 relay team. Second place finishers were Glen Liberatore, John Bagnall and Sam Villa. John Armstrong and Ed Price captured second and third places respectively in the triple jump. Mike Reed jumped his usual 18 feet in the broad jump. Alan Collins took second in the pole vault. Eloy Villa took third in the mile. In the mile relay the team of Sam Villa, John Bagnall, Dave Fleeman and Moose Jacobs took second.
Frosh-Soph lost 33-101. First placers were Gary Trowbridge in 440 and 880 and Rick Paris in 120 low hurdles. Chris Clarke, Larry Harris, David Hightower and Luther Harris took some seconds and thirds.

Cards loss to Harbor 50-85. Ernie Hightower pulled in two first in the 440 and 220. He was also
part of the 440 relay team. Other first place winners were Eloy Villa in mile and Bill Terzaghi in two mile. Second place winners were Sam Villa in 880, Ron Staub discus and Mike Reed in long jump. Third placers were Moose Jacobs in mile, Dennis Meakin in pole vault and Ron Duel in two mile.
Frosh-Soph lost to Harbor 45-90. Winners were Luther Harris grabbed the 220, Tom Armstrong the mile and Larry Harris the two mile. Chris Clarke took first in discus and seconds in the 880 and shot put. Ricky Paris won the hurdles. Ricky Bastine placed in the long jump.
SC walked away with a few medals at the Gilroy Invitational. The mile relay team of Eloy Villa, Sam Villa, Jim Finch and Glen Liberatore took fifth. Jim Finch, Lorenzo Lowery, Eloy Villa and Ernie Hightower took fourth in the 440 relay. Individual medals were won by Eloy Villa in mile and Ernie Hightower in 440 and 220.

In a dual meet the Cards lost to North Salinas 42-93. The varsity grasped five first, two of which came from Eloy Villa, who swept the 440 by finishing ten yards in front of everyone and the mile in a time of 4:50.4. Allen Collins won the pole vault, Ron Staub won the discus and Sam Villa did his best time in the 880 to win in 2:07.5. Seasonal best were gained by John Armstrong in mile and Glen Liberatore in 440. Second places were won by Jim Kahlow in high jump of 5’ 4”and Dennis Meakin in pole vault went from 10’ 6” to 12’ at the Blossom Hill Relays a big improvement.
The frosh-soph lost 21-115. Gary Trowbridge captured the only first in 880. Second places were obtained by Luther Harris in 220, Alan Sandretti in mile time of 5:04.8 and Jack Ambler in triple jump.

Comments from the coach Nick Delurgio, “This is the first year that many of our athletes have really dedicated themselves to achieve personal goals. This dedication has been demonstrated in our first two meets this year, when almost every team member went out and equaled or bettered his best previous performance in his events. We hope this dedication continues on into the years ahead.

The varsity track athlete of the year was senior, Eloy Villa, who ran the 880, mile, 440 and mile relay.
The varsity field athlete of the year was senior Ron Staub, who threw the discus and shot put.
High Point man was junior, Ernie Hightower with 164 ¾ points.
Varsity Sportsmanship award went to senior, Sam Villa
Frosh-Soph track athlete of the year: Sophomore, Gary Trowbridge, who ran the 880, 440, mile relay
Frosh-Soph field athlete of the year: Freshman, Rich Vansager, Pole Vault.
Frosh-Soph high point man: Gary Trowbridge with 83 ¾ points
Frosh-Soph Sportsmanship award: Freshman, Garry Lim in discus and shot put

SWIMMING

At the MBL swimming championships for the varsity: Ted McElroy took fifth and sixth places. Mike Carmel earned a sixth, Karl Fieberling took a sixth, the 400 freestyle relay got third, Howard Connor place fifth in diving.
For the frosh-soph Harland Johnson took two fifth places, Ken Doler got a sixth and the 200 freestyle relay team place fifth.

Cards out swim Pacific Grove varsity 59-36 and Frosh-Soph 80-17. Joe Marasse dogpaddled to two victories as did Ted McElroy. Swimmers with just one win were Matt Lezin, Howard Connor, Mike Carmel and Karl Fieberling. Other Swimmers who did good were Kurt Calender and Charlie Harris. Howard Conner pulled in a second in diving.
In Frosh-Soph competition SC won every event. Harland Johnson, Mark Finders and Brian Person each won two events. Randy Shaffer, Steve Ricar and Ken Douglass each won one. Other swimmers who did good were Joe Soloman, Brian Mayer and Ernie Faitos.

Cards Trounce Alisal Trojans. Varsity 55-40 and Frosh 98-25. Three varsity swimmers were double winners: Ted McElroy, Mike Carmel and Kurt Calender. Karl Fieberling got a first and a second.
Frosh-soph had two double winners: Harland Johnson and Ken Doler. Randy Shaffer and Ken Douglass had wins. Both teams divers won: Howard Connor and Casey Frasier.

TENNIS

The two man tennis team of Jeff Currin and Marc Ballgae captured the MBL doubles tournament by the scores of 6-2 and 6-3.

SC beat Monterey 6-3 at the end of April. Singles winners in ladder order: 1) Jeff Currin 6-1, 6-2; (2) Marc Ballgae 6-4, 6-4; (3) Tom Mathews 7-6, 6-1; (4) Scott Jernstrom 7-5, 6-2. Losers were (5)Jack Harbert 1-6, 6-4, 6-0; (6) Luke Violante 0-6, 1-6. The Cards won the first two doubles matches. (1) Currin-Ballgae 10-4 and (2) Mathews-Jernstrom 10-8. (3) Harbert-Weber lost 2-8.

GOLF

The Cards flogged SLV 42-12. The team of Herb Knox and Ken Juhlian sunk their opposition 5-1, 6-0 respectively. The second team of Randy Wilson and Tim Brown each won 6-0. Roy Mucsitelli won 5-1.

The Cards received a much welcome victory over Alisal 41-13. Randy Wilson was medalist with the low score of 77. The other Card winners were Wilson and Ken Juhlian. Two Red Birds won by forfeit. Herb Knox tied. Marty Hernandez lost.

Other team members were Ron Winnick, Greg Mainis, Greg Hauberg, John Gripenstraw, Steve Sparks, Tom White and Fred Dickinson.

INDIVIDUALS

The following is a composite record of Mark DiGirolamo in his four years of high school wrestling at Santa Cruz High School. All his matches were on the varsity level. Mark has never lost in a dual meet. Truly an impressive record.
Freshman year–39 wins, l loss, l draw. First place in the following: Monterey Bay League Novice Tourney, Harbor Holiday Tourney, Overfelt Tourney, Westmont Tourney, MBL Finals, CCS Finals, Northern California.
Sophomore year–36 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw. First place in the following: Harbor Tourney, Kennedy Tourney, MBL Finals and CCS. Third at the Ayer Tourney. First place at 106 pounds at the Northern California State Meet.
Junior year–37 wins, 0 losses at the 115 pound classification. Firsts in the following 115 class: Harbor Tourney, Kennedy Tourney, MBL League, Area II Tourney, CCS Finals, Northern California.
Senior year–36 wins, 1 loss at 123 pounds. Firsts in the following, Del Mar Classic and named outstanding wrestler; Gonzales Tourney, named outstanding wrestler; MBL, CCS Division IV third, Northern California first place, plus named outstanding wrestler. Special award by Northern California coaches, only wrestler ever to win a Northern California Tourney title four times in a row.
LIFETIME RECORD–148 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws

Returning lettermen were senior and All MBL player last year in his third season on varsity, Dave Martini an all around top player in the league;

Four Cardinals named to MBL All League team. MVP Mike Ferrin lead off man, top hitter and run scorer, all out hustler and defensive first baseman.

Center fielder Milt Thompson, who finished the year with a league batting average of .485, hitting in the third spot as the top hitter on the team, top base stealer and fine defensive outfielder with a good arm.

And the two top pitchers in the league Preston Dyson for the third year in a row, probably one of a few who have ever accomplished this feat, with a 7-2 won loss league record and a 1.29 earned run average.

Pat O’Brien finished the season with a 8-0 record and a ERA of 1.98. Pat is not the tallest pitcher in the league, but he pitches like it.

Team writer and scorer book man was Garson Mattsoff. (who was a pure baseball fan, but unfortunately is not with us any longer)


1973

This year marked the first season of divisional play in the MBL. Under the new system the first and second place teams in both divisions (North and South) compete in a single elimination playoff to see who will advance to regional competition. The new alignment had success in both football and basketball. As a result of it more teams were in the running and races in both divisions tightened up. Close races are a key to generating fan interest. Every team played the schools in their division twice, while playing the other division schools only once. This meant that most games would be locally oriented and cross town rivalries would rise to an all time high. All in All the change was to the better, However a flaw in the system cost SC baseball a spot in the playoffs.

Coaches: John Volek, varsity football and assistant track. Bob Shook, assistant varsity football. Tex Ronning, assistant varsity football and wrestling. Don Dempewolf, head junior varsity football and golf. Larry Maibaum, assistant junior varsity football, assistant wrestling and track. Monte Blew, assistant junior varsity football. Terry Eckert, water polo. Dick Weaver, swimming. Dennis Mullen, girls and boys tennis. John Horner, cross country. Jack Alzina, varsity basketball. Bill Kypreos, assistant basketball. Pete Pappas, freshman basketball. Nick Delurgio, track. Bill Dodge, baseball. Ray Hunter, junior varsity baseball.

Most of the information came from the Trident.

FOOTBALL

Practice game: Prospect 12-6. League: Monterey 0-46, Alisal 0-22, SLV 18-13, Watsonville 7-6, Harbor 15-0, Aptos 6-19, Soquel 6-15. Southern division record 0-2. Northern division record 3-2. MBL League record 3-4. Season record 4-4.

The season was a success in that the Cardinals were always in the race for the championship playoffs. The Cards ended up one half a game from qualifying for the playoffs. The team will be noted for their attacking, relentless attitude. The team has laid a sound foundation for the future teams to build on. Coach John Volek and assistant Bob Shook. Trainers Bryan Amos and Earl Urioste.

The team by positions for the offense.
Ends, George Barbic, Todd Jones, Steve Parke,
Tackles, Tom Poston, Steve Scheider, Ernest Brown, Robert Mahan, Bill Kelly, Roy Musitelli
Guards, Scott Jernstrom, Homer Weston, Doug Sims
Centers, Chris Clarke, Scott Crane,
Quarterbacks, Mike Atwood, Rick Erlin
Running Backs, Manuel Alvarez, Tom Smith, Bill Mitchell, Russell Strong, Lorenzo Lowery

Defensive linemen, Ernie Hightower, Warren Scaroni, Gary Ekin, Keith Blew, John Mendez
Linebackers, Dan Urioste, Scott Daly, Alex Bastine
Defensive halfbacks, Rick Bastine, Gary Moro,
Safeties, John Morris, Robert O’Brien
Other players were Doug Woodall, Bruce Gabriel, Kelly Graff, Earl Urioste and Bryan Amos.

Two articles from the Sentinel. SC comes in fourth at the Santa Cruz Football Jamboree with 11 points. SC scoring for their four 10 minute games were ties with Seaside 1-1 and Harbor 0-0, win 9-3 over Monterey the winner of the Jamboree and loss to Soquel 11-1. Jamboree scoring includes touchdowns, PAT’s, field goals, but also features one point for each first down achieved. Even SC had something to get excited about, because they were not last as they have been.
New head coach John Volek’s team, led the Jamboree on defense until they lost to Soquel giving up 11 points. The Cards led alternately at quarterback by Mike Atwood and Rick Erlin, moved the fairly well at times on offense, especially during their bout with Monterey, which they won 9-3. Atwood got the period going with a long bomb that was dropped on a possible touchdown. Bill Mitchell drove five yards for a TD capping off a 50 yard drive. Key plays along the way were a 17 yard pass from Atwood to Manuel Alvarez and a 15 yard run by Alex Bastine on the option, both for first downs. Bastine led the SC rushers with 40 yards in 12 carries. As a team the Cards gained 62 yards rushing and Atwood added 39 from the air.

From the Sentinel. It Happens! Cards Snap Losing Streak with a 12-6 win over Prospect of San Jose in the season opener. It looked like the Cards had just won the Super Bowl as local fans, players and coaches went wild. High on the scoreboard was a strange sight, Home 12, Visitor 6. A 21 game losing streak was over, at last. Linebacker Dan Urioste intercepted a pass and ran it back 30 yards with four seconds on left in the third quarter for the winning touchdown.
Stiff defense played a big part in the win. Prospect moved the gall well between the twenties, but once deep in SC territory, the Cards got tough. Twice in the first half, the Cards held, once on their own two yard line and then on their 20 yard line. In the first quarter SC marched 65 yards for a score, paced by a 50 yard pass from Mike Atwood to Steve Parke from the SC 36 to Prospect 14. SC went to the ground twice, but lost a yard. Atwood passed to Parke again, who made a diving catch in the end zone.
Statistics reveal a close game. SC out gained the Panthers by a mere six yards, 187-181. SC appears headed to the same kind of offense as last year, one dominated by the pass. Atwood looked sharp completing 5 of 13 passes for 159 yards. SC picked up only 28 yards on 33 rushing attempts, as they were held to no gain or were thrown for losses on 14 attempts.

From Trident. In the first Northern division win over SLV 18-13, Tom Smith rushed fro 148 yards. Manuel Alvarez was the kicker for the team using his soccer skills.

In the second quarter the Cards scored on a Mike Atwood pass to Rick Erlin. Just before half time, Dan Urioste ran back an intercepted pass for the second touchdown. The final score was on a field goal to finish off Harbor 15-0.

Against Aptos the only SC score was on a run by Alex Bastine. Aptos scored their three touchdowns without throwing a pass all game.

After being down 0-15 at halftime against Soquel in the final game of the season, the Cards exploded with a 65 yard run by Lorenzo Lowery. In the final minutes of the game the Cards got down to the 15 yard line, but could not put it in. With a win the Cards would have had a winning record for the season and second place in league.

Honors voted by the team
Most Valuable — Ernie Hightower
Top Lineman — Ernie Brown
Most Inspirational — Lorenzo Lowery
Sportsmanship Award — Robert Mahan
Best Back — Rick Erlin also the
Football Scholar Athlete award — Rick Erlin

JV FOOTBALL

Aptos 0-21, Soquel 0-14.
Against Aptos the Card defense lead by Ron Hayes stopped the Mariners twice inside the ten yard line.

The defense against Soquel was impressive the second half. Not allowing the Knights to cross mid field. The rain did hamper the Card offense.
Season record 2-6.

Team members were: Rick Watson, Ken Brown, Brent Gallick, Bruce Noland, Mike Moro, Dave Gregoric, Kevin King, Carl Jones, Marc Malory, Keith Dotson, Rich Osgood, Rosendo Alvarez, Mike Scofield, Mike Jones, Jim DeBoi, Larry Monroe, Rich Vanslager, Andrew Creely, Dan Moreno, Albert Reynaga, Manuel Ruiz, Leo Cortez, Jim Merkel, Ken Pollastrini, Ken O’Connell, Mike Helm, Brian Person, Jim Townsend, Dave Jessen, Bob Baker, Larry Roland, Robbie Irving, Don Hopping, Scott Seymour, Ken Thompson, David Hightower and Bob Johnston.

CROSS COUNTRY In MBL meet fifth and CCS seventh.
At the MBL meet at Mount Madonna the varsity came in fifth. The first five finishers for each team have their places added for the team total. The Cards score was 153 points. John Armstrong was the first Card across the line in twenty-second place followed by Allen Sandretti at twenty-sixth, Ed Price at thirty-first, Tom Watson at thirty-fourth and Gary Trowbridge at forty-first.

At the CCS meet the team came in seventh which was outstanding. The team was spirited and hardworking. Especially noteworthy in setting this tone were John Armstrong and Ed Price.

At the Soquel Invitational the Cards placed as one of the top teams in the small schools division. John Armstrong nabbed a twenty-fourth place and Moose Jacobs a twenty-fifth place out of ninety-eight runners. In the sophomore race, Allen Sandretti placed tenth after leading the way through the first half of the race. In the freshman race Ron Sims took fifteenth place.

At the main beach in Santa Cruz many fans watched from the pier as the Cards defeated Harbor 17-44. Allen Sandretti covered the 1.9 mile course in a course setting time of 10:09 for first place. Following directly behind Allen in two second intervals were Ed Price, Moose Jacobs and John Armstrong. Other runners were Tom Watson in fifth, Tom Armstrong, eighth and Gary Trowbridge, ninth.

At the RLS Invitational the varsity placed fourth. James Jacobs took ninth place followed by Ed Price in fifteenth place, John Armstrong in sixteenth, Tom Watson in twentieth and Tom Armstrong at twenty-second.
In the sophomore race Allen Sandretti took second place followed by Ron Sims in nineteenth place.

Other members not mentioned above are Stew Schellburg, Alfred Munoz and Englebert Wichilo.

Considering the small size of the twelve member team, since both varsity and JV’s have to have five runners for the team to be counted in the final score, the fifth place finish in the MBL meet and seventh in CCS it was an outstanding year. The team was spirited and hardworking. Especially note worth in setting this tone were John Armstrong and Ed Price. My thanks to them and to the rest of the team for a good year. First year coach John Horner.

Team vote honors
Most Valuable — Allen Sandretti
Sportsmanship Award — Moose Jacobs
Most Improved Runner — Ron Sims

WATER POLO

no records or information available
Team members were: Barton Robinson, Charles Harris, Harland Johnson, Carl Fieberling, Bob Pianavilla, Dan Colton, Les Hill, Jon Smith, Matt Lezin, Tanya Lezin, Randy Shaffer, Bryron Blue, Brian Mayer, Joe Soloman, Ken Dolar, Keith Johnson, Ernie Faitos, Jon Hatch, Steve Ricar and Mike Marrase.

BASKETBALL

Practice games: Los Gatos 58-48. Dads Club Tournament: Harbor 83-41, Milpitas 70-42, Aptos 80-71 for the Championship. Third place at the Carmel tournament. League: Harbor 68-53, Watsonville 58-46,
League record 11-4. Season record 19-6. The Cards were runners up to the Northern Division champion Aptos.

Many missing games.

In the opening game win against Los Gatos 58-48, Glen Reed scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Dave Bruce scored 13 points, while being a perfect 5 for 5 at the line. George Barbic scored ten points and snagged 11 rebounds. Dave Stengl scored 10 points.

In the first game of Dads tournament the Cards butchered Harbor 83-41, while showing superb defense. Glen Reed played a brilliant game scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. George Barbic was high scorer with 24 points.

In the semi finals, the Cards took a 15-2 lead against Milpitas at the end of the first quarter to finish with a 70-42 win. The Cards shot a good 28 of 68 from the field. Four starters scored in double figures. They were Barbic 15, Reed 13, Stengl 11 and Stan Frazier 10.

SC Takes It All by defeating Aptos. Dave Bruce played his most superb game this year scoring 28 points. George Barbic had an outstanding game scoring 15 and pulling down 15 rebounds. Glen Reed got into foul trouble and fouled out late in the third quarter, but still scored 11 points. After gaining a five point lead in the fourth quarter the team went into a stall that set the stage for Aptos to start fouling that ended up with many free throws by SC.

All Dads Club Tournament selections were seniors, Glen Reed, George Barbic and Dave Bruce.

Named to the six man All Tournament at Carmel were seniors Glen Reed and Dave Bruce, three year starters for the Cards.

Cards in easy victory over Harbor 68-53. At the end of the first quarter the score was 25-10 and Harbor was never in the game despite early substitutions. Three players scored in double figures. They were Dave Bruce with 24. George Barbic played a tough board game and scored 13. Glen Reed contributed a solid 17 points.

The Cards finished league play with a 58-46 win over Watsonville. Down 29-30 at half the Cards came alive in the second half and out scored the Cats 29 to 16, while playing tough defense. The top three scorers as usual were Bruce 20, Barbic 13 and Reed 11. The rest of the points came from Dave Stengal 6, Stan Frazier and Steve Bruce 4 apiece.

Since the league was divided into North and South divisions this year with each division school playing each other twice while playing the opposing division schools only once, there was a play off between the two divisions. Alisal in a hot shooting first half took a 32-16 lead into the locker room. The final score was Alisal winning 65-42. Dave Bruce led the Cards in scoring with 13 points. Aptos champions of the Northern division won the MBL title with a 58-48 win over Southern division champion Alisal to move into CCS regional play.

Some of the high points of the year were capturing the Dad’s Club Trophy. The play of Glen Reed and the development of George Barbic into a top flight center must rank as top individual achievements. The Cards got off to a fast start and were undefeated until the second round loss in the Carmel tourney. The Cards finished with the third best winning percentage in the entire MBL. New coach Jack Alzina promised that the team would be defense oriented, run patterned plays and make it enjoyable for his players. He kept his promise. The defense and offensive objectives were the result of many SC games being of the low scoring nature.

Average per game stats for the season were Glen Reed 15.4, George Barbic 15.0, Dave Bruce 13.3, Stan Frazier 8.3, Dave Stengl 8.1, Ken O’Connell 6.0, Steve Bruce 2.9, Todd Jones 2.1, Norb Szczurek 1.3, Eric Anderson 1.1, Ed Monroe 1.0 and Rick Erlin 1.0. Others were Charles Terry and Ray Poteete.

Seniors, Glen Reed, George Barbic and Dave Bruce were selected to the All Northern division of the MBL team.

JV BASKETBALL The team showed great improvement as the season progressed. In one stretch during the latter part of the season they won 10 of 12 games, while playing an aggressive pressing type of basketball.

JV’s Finish In Style beating Watsonville 60-55. The Cards led 49-31 at the end of three quarters and never looked back. Randy Wilson played one of his best games of the year scoring 14 points. Steve Palazzo delighted the crowd by sinking a pair of last second desperation shots. Dave Hightower led the club with seven rebounds.

Average points per game scoring for the season for the JV’s were Brian Bogaard 14.6, Gary Rudolph 6.4, Randy Wilson 6.2, Fred Rodkey 6.1, Dave Hightower 5.7, Ken Jones 5.1, Steve Palazzo 2.9, Rick Bastine 2.2 and Tom Schulze-Melmke 1.4.

Team honors
Most Valuable — Brian Bogard
Most Improved — Randy Wilson
Most Inspirational — Fred Rodkey
Captain — Gary Rudolph

Other members of the team were Eric Nelson, Scott Seymour, Terry Finn, John Musselman, Ed Marez, Phil Boegel, Andrew Creely, Scott McBeth and Martin Vanslager.

FRESHMAN BASKETBALL

Players: Eric Nelson, Scott Seymour, Terry Finn, John Musselmand, Ed Marez, Phil Boegel, Andrew Creely, Scott McBeth and Marty Vanslager. Coach Pete Pappas.

WRESTLING

won eight and lost seven. It was a young team with only three seniors. Forty five wrestlers finished the season. Wrestling is continuing to attract new athletes as the attributes of strength, agility and balance continue to build better men. Rick Nelson capped a very successful season as he won trophies for the most pins, most takedowns and was voted the most valuable wrestler and team co-captain. Head coach Tex Ronning and assistant Larry Maibaum.

Rick Nelson took first place in the 148 pound division at the MBL meet and a first in the CCS region IV meet. Randy McCullah also took a first in the 112 division of the MBL and a third at the CCS region IV meet to qualify them for the CCS finals.

In a four way meet at Soquel were each wrestler went against two different schools, the following pinned both their opponents: Randy McCullah, Rick Nelson, Bill Mitchell and Chris Clarke.

As usual the upper weights led the way in defeating Mountain View. Winners were Rick Nelson, Dennis Meakin, Bill Mitchell and Chris Clarke. Bill Starrs in the lower weights had his best ever match dominating his man for six minutes for a big win by a decision.

Into each life some rain must fall as the Cards lost their first dual meet of the year to Gonzales 24-31. The pin twins, Rick Nelson and Dennis Meakin kept their pin streak going. Bill Mitchell had his pin streak stopped, but he still won by decision as did Chris Clarke six minutes later.

First team wrestlers by name, weight division, year in school and honors they earned. Instead of putting a ‘th’ after the place it will show just the number 6 instead of 6th.
Jack Palazzo 95, Freshman.
Bill Starrs 103, Junior, 6 MBL Tourney.
Randy McCullah 112, Senior, 4 Harbor Tourney, 4 Del Mar Classic, 4 Gonzales Tourney, 1 MBL Tourney, 3 Region IV
Rick Osgood 120, Freshman.
Luther Harris 127, Sophomore, 4 Del Mar Classic, 6 MBL Tourney.
Rosendo Alvarez 133, Sophomore, 4 Novice Tourney.
Bobby Deane 133, Senior.
Mike Scofield 138, Sophomore, 2 JV Tourney.
Rick Nelson 145, Co-Captain, 1 Harbor Tourney, 2 Del Mar Classic, 1 Gonzales Tourney, 1 MBL , 1 Region IV.
Dennis Meakin 154, Senior Co-Captain, 3 Harbor Tourney, 4 MBL Tourney.
Gabriel Reyes 154, Sophomore, 4 JV Tourney.
Jim Highes, 165, Junior.
Bill Mitchell 175 Junior, 4 Harbor Tourney, 6 MBL Tourney.
Chris Clarke 191, Junior, A.F.S.
Bob Johnston 191, Freshman, 3 Novice Tourney 4 JV Tourney.
Mike Helm 235, Freshman.

Other team members were: Tom Smith, Peter Yee, Manuel Ruiz, Tim Howton, Peter Stelling, Brent Gallick, David Gregoric, Paul Gabriel, Bob Baker, Alex Alvarez, Anthony LoGiudice, Richard Zak, Ken Pollastrini, Jose Saucedo, Jim Rameriz, Garrett McKeeman, Rory Willis, Mark Dugger, Kevin Lukan, Tom Spencer, Stan Baldwin, Pat Palazzo, Jay Soderling, David Soderling, Jim Rowe, Jim Hughes, Mario Alvarez, Dan Owen, Larry Roland, Kevin Jordan, Marc Stolman, and Nick Ruiz.

Rick Nelson capped a very successful season as he won trophies for the most pins, most takedowns and was voted the most valuable wrestler and team co-captain.

BASEBALL

Practice games: Del Mar 0-3, Carmel 3-4, Piedmont Hills 1-0, Pioneer 1-4, Hollister 0-1. Salinas Tournament, North Salinas 12-5, Watsonville 4-3, Salinas 0-13, Pacific Grove, 1-5. Practice games 3-6. League: Southern Division only one round before playing two rounds against the Northern Division. South Division: Alisal 1-8, Monterey 4-10, Seaside 9-6, North Salinas 13-10, 9 innings; Salinas 4-1. South record 3-2. North Division: Harbor 1-4, 6-7 in 8 innings; Soquel 6-3, 2-1; Aptos 2-5, 2-1; Watsonville 6-2, 2-1; SLV 6-5, 1-3. Total League record 9-6 in three way tie for second with Soquel and Aptos.. Season record 12-12.
League standings for just the games played between members of the North Division of the MBL: Harbor 9-1, SC, Aptos and Soquel all 6-4, Watsonville 5-5 and SLV 2-8.

Team members: Seniors: Scott Fleming, Rick Erlin, Randy Strong, Mike Atwood, George Barbic, Glen Reed, Dave Bruce, Kelly Graff, John Mendez, Dennis Boegel, Garson Matasoff, Brian Amos and Monte Parmenter. Juniors: Dave O’Brien, Norbert Szczurek,

Del Mar shuts out Cards in the season opener 3-0. Four pitchers do well for first game giving up seven hits, three earned runs, striking out eight, but walked a not so good nine batters. The defense was good with only one error. But the hitters only came up with three hits. Reed and Ellis doubled. Lineup: Mendez 3B, 3-0; Reed SS, 2-1; Scott Fleming 2B, 3-0; Atwood P/SS, 3-0; Graff RF/C, 3-0; Ellis RF, 2-1; Strong 1B, 3-0; Bruce C, 1-0; O’Brien SS, 1-0; Szczurek CF, 2-1; Erlin CF/P, 1-0; Barbic P, 0-0, walk and Boegal LF, 0-0, walk. Pitching stats by innings pitched, earned runs, hits, walks and strike outs.
IN ER H BB SO
Atwood 3 0 2 3 5
Erlin 1 1 2 2 1 loss
Barbic 2 1 3 0 1
Doug Ellis 1 1 0 0 1

Pitchers Great In Early Going. Carmel was able to capitalize on four unearned runs to defeat the Cards 4-3. SC scored their three runs in the first inning. After an out, Scott Fleming singled and went to third on Glen Reed’s double. Mike Atwood grounded out on a fielders choice for two outs. Sophomore Doug Ellis walked to bring up Randy Strong. Strong singled to left field and the ball eluded the outfielder and all three runs scored. Mike Atwood started the game and threw a perfect two innings. George Barbic threw the next three innings and using his new no wind up style looked impressive. Rick Erlin pitched the last inning and gave up a cheap infield hit and a bad call at first that allowed the winning run to score. Good pitching. The outstanding defensive play was made by Kelly Graff making a diving catch of a line drive down the right field line. Reed doubled. Lineup: Mendez 3B, 4-0; Scott Fleming 2B, 4-1; Reed SS, 3-1; Atwood P/SS, 3-1; Ellis RF, 1-1, two walks; Strong 1B, 2-1; Bruce C, 3-0; Graff RF, 2-1; O’Brien SS, 3-0; Szczurek LF, 2-1; Erlin P, 0-0 and Barbic P, 1-0.
IN ER H BB SO
Atwood 2 0 0 0 0
Barbic 3 0 2 1 0 loss on unearned run
Erlin 1 0 1 0 0

The first win of the season came against Piedmont Hills in a 1-0 game won in the seventh inning, when Glen Reed tripled and scored on a Mike Atwood sacrifice fly to center. The hit was the only one the Cards had in the game. Mike Atwood started and went four innings followed by Rick Erlin, who finished the game and received the win. Mike gave up only one hit, walked two and struck out three. Rick gave up two hits and struck out two. Reed tripled. There were no errors by either team. Lineup: Erlin RF, 3-0; Fleming 2B, 2-0; Reed SS, 3-1; Atwood P/RF, 3-0; Szczurek LF, 2-0, walk; John Mendez 3B, 2-0, walk; Strong 1B, 2-0; Bruce C, 1-0, walk and Hollis O’Brien CF, 2-0.

Pioneer hold Cards to two hits to win 4-1. Norb Szczurek started on the mound and went three innings giving up four hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out two. George Barbic went the next three innings giving up one hit, two earned runs, walked five and struck out six. The Cards had four errors. Lineup; John Mendez 3B, 2-0, Fleming 2B, 2-0; Reed SS, 3-1; Atwood RF, 3-1; Szczurek P, 2-0; Strong 1B, 3-0; Erlin LF, 2-0; Barbic LF/P, 1-0; Bruce C, 2-0 and Hollis O’Brien CF, 2-0, one run.

Cards Drop League Opener. In the first league game Alisal trimmed the Cards 8-1. The Cards led off the game with Rick Erlin walking, advancing to second on Glen Reeds walk and scored on Mike Atwood’s single. The closes they came to another run was the sixth inning when Kelly Graff walked and was singled to second by Randy Strong. Alisal scored all their runs in the first two innings helped by four Card errors. Lineup; Erlin CF, 2-0; Fleming 2B, 4-2; Reed SS, 2-0; Atwood P/RF, 2-1; Szczurek LF/P/CF, 3-0; Graff RF/LF, 2-0; Strong 1B, 2-0; John Mendez 3B, 2-0; Bruce C, 2-0; Barbic P, 1-0; Boegel LF, 0-0, walk and Hollis O’Brien CF, 1-1.
IN ER H BB SO
Atwood 2 5 6 3 1 loss
Barbic 2 0 1 2 1
Erlin 2 0 0 1 3

In a game played at Soquel High, because of the field conditions elsewhere and the cooperation of Soquel coach Ron Walter, Monterey ripped the Cards 10-4. The Cards scored two runs in the first inning, when Szczurek walked, but was forced out on Fleming’s ground ball. Reed doubled in Fleming and Atwood doubled in Reed. In the third, Szczurek walked was sacrificed to second by Fleming and scored on Reeds single. In the fifth, Szczurek singled was sacrificed by Fleming again and scored on a error on Atwood’s ground ball to put the Cards ahead 4-3. But in the sixth inning Monterey scored five times on three walks, three hits and one error. Reed and Atwood doubled. Cards committed two errors. Lineup; Szczurek LF/CF, 3-1; Fleming 2B, 2-0, two sacrifices; Reed SS, 3-2, one RBI; Atwood P/RF, 3-1, one RBI; Graff C, 3-0; Mendez 3B, 3-0; Strong 1B, 3-0; Boegel RF, 1-0; Bruce RF, 2-1; Barbic P, 1-0; Hollis O’Brien CF, 1-0 and Erlin P/CF, 2-0;
IN ER H BB SO
Atwood 4 3 4 3 3
Erlin 2 5 3 3 2 loss
Barbic 1 0 1 2 0

Cards Score Big Victory finally got on the winning track in league play. Cards behind good pitching by Rick Erlin and George Barbic plus good hitting, as they broke out with eleven hits to defeat North Salinas 12-5 in six innings because of darkness. Second baseman Scott Fleming sparked SC at the plate going three for five, which included a double and three runs batted in. Starter Rick Erlin went four innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked three and struck out three for the win. George Barbic went two innings giving up one hit, one earned run, walked two and struck out four for a save. The Cards scored in every inning, but the first. RBI’s, three for Fleming and one each for Szczurek, Atwood, Barbic, Bruce, Erlin, Strong and O’Brien. Cards had three errors. Lineup; Szczurek CF, 3-1, walk, two runs; Fleming 2B, 5-3; Reed SS, 4-2, walk; Atwood RF, 1-0, three walks; Graff C, 3-0, 2 walks; Bruce LF, 2-2, 2 walks; Erlin P/RF, 2-0, walk, sacrifice; Strong 1B, 3-1; Mendez 3B, 3-0, walk; Barbic P, 1-1; O’Brien CF, 1-1.

Hollister scores on an unearned run, the one error by the Cards all day, to take SC 1-0. Excellent pitching by Norb Szczurek and George Barbic was not rewarded. Szczurek started and went five innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked none and struck out three, but was tagged with a loss. In one inning, Barbic allowed no hits or runs, walked one and struck out one. Lineup; Szczurek P/CF, 2-0, two walks; Fleming 2B, 3-0, sacrifice; Reed SS, 4-2; Atwood RF, 4-1; Bruce LF, 3-0; Graff C, 3-0; Strong 1B, 3-2; Mendez 3b, 3-2; Barbic P, 0-0; Erlin PH, 1-0 and O’Brien CF, 2-0.

Cards top Seaside 9-6. Cards score seven runs in the second inning and two in the third to go ahead 9-2. Seaside came back in the sixth inning and scored three runs all unearned. Szczurek, Atwood and Graff doubled. Fleming, Reed, Atwood, Graff Bruce and Strong had stolen bases. RBI’s were three for Szczurek, two for Graff and one each for Fleming, Reed, Strong and O’Brien. Lineup; Szczurek P/LF, 4- 2, two runs; Fleming 2B, 3-0, hit by pitch; Reed SS, 3-0, walk; Atwood RF, 3-1, walk; Graff C, 4-2; Bruce LF, 1-0, walk; Mendez LF/3b, 3-0. walk; Strong 1B, 4-2, two runs; O’Brien CF, 3-0, sacrifice and Erlin P, 1-0.
IN ER H BB SO
Szczurek 4 0 2 1 4 Win
Erlin 2 0 5 2 4
Barbic 1 0 0 0 1

League leading Harbor wins at their home field 4-1. Harbor came right out and scored two runs the first inning and followed with two more in the third. The Cards had runners on base every inning, but the fifth inning. The Cards scored their lone run in the fifth inning when Mendez walked, was singled to second by Erlin and driven home by Fleming. George Barbic started on the mound and went three innings giving up four hits, four earned runs, hit a batter and struck out one. Rick Erlin pitched the next three innings giving up two hits, no runs, hit one batter and struck out two. Strong doubled. Szczurek stole two bases. Cards had no errors. Lineup; Reed SS, 4-0; Fleming 2B, 3-1; Szczurek CF, 2-1, walk; Atwood RF, 3-1; Graff C, 3-1; Bruce 3B, 1-0, sacrifice, walk; Strong 1B, 3-1; Mendez LF, 2-0, walk; Barbic P, 1-0; Erlin P, 2-2 and O’Brien RF, 0-0.

Cards Corral Soquel 6-3 at Harvey West behind the complete game pitching of Norb Szczurek, who weathered an eight hit Soquel attack and four SC errors to gave up just two earned runs, walked two and struck out seven. Szczurek didn’t dominate the Soquel hitters, but he never let down even though he was under pressure throughout. Soquel had runners on base in every inning. He was backed up by his mates, who had a big fourth inning, when they batted around the order.
In the fourth inning, O’Brien walked and scored on Reed’s double. Fleming walked and Szczurek beat out a sacrifice bunt for a base hit, moving up Reed to third and Fleming to second. Reed scored on Atwood’s sacrifice fly. Kelly Graff sent Fleming home with a right field single as Szczurek going on the pitch steamed around to third. Graff stole second and scored when Strong’s ball was miss played. The Cards scored in the first inning on a single by Fleming, a walk to Szczurek and Atwoods single to score Fleming from second. The big Cardinal hitter was lead of man Reed, the Cards lanky shortstop went 3 for 4, doubled and stole three bases. Strong also stole a base. RBI’s Reed, Atwood, Graff and Strong. Cards had four errors . Lineup; Reed SS, 4-3; Fleming 2B, 2-1, two walks; Szczurek P, 2-1, 2 walks; Atwood RF, 3-1; Graff C, 3-1,steal, walk; Strong 1B, 3-0, walk; Bruce 3B, 4-1; Mendez LF, 3-0, walk and O’Brien CF, 2-0, walk.

Aptos scores two in the first inning to set the tone for the game in their 5-2 win. Rick Erlin started and went six innings giving up seven hits, five earned runs, four walks and five strike outs. George Barbic pitched the last inning and struck out two while pitching to only three batters. The Cards scored in the second inning on a walk to Atwood, a sacrifice by Graff and a single by Bruce. The other run came in the fifth when Reed was plunked, stole second and scored on Szczurek’s single. Fleming, Bruce and Graff stole bases. Cards had one error. Lineup; Reed SS, 2-0, hit by pitch, walk; Fleming 2B, 2-0, two walks; Szczurek CF, 4-1; Atwood RF, 3-0, walk; Graff C, 1-0, hit by pitch, sacrifice; Strong 1B, 3-1; Bruce 3B, 3-1; Erlin P, 3-1; Mendez LF, 3-0, walk and Barbic P, 0-0.

In the first game of the Salinas Lions Club Tournament the Cards defeated Watsonville 4-3 behind the excellent complete game pitching of George Barbic, plus his two run homer. He gave up only four hits, three earned runs, walked none and struck out nine. The no walks was an exceptional feat for big George, who is intimidating on the mound. All three of the runs came in the fourth inning. For five innings George put down the side in order and the one other inning, he threw to only one extra batter. This had to be one of George’s top high school games. The Cards scored all four of their runs in the fifth. Mendez walked and scored on Barbic’s home run to left center at the North Salinas diamond. Reed singled, stole second and scored on a throwing error on Fleming’s ground ball, which put Scott on second. He went to third on a ground out by Graff. Atwood walked, then he and Fleming worked a double steal to score Fleming with the winning run. Fleming had another stolen base and sophomore Doug Ellis, up from the JV team, had two. Reed and Atwood also stole a base. Cards had no errors. Lineup; Reed SS, 4-1; Fleming 2B, 4-1; Graff C, 4-0; Atwood RF, 3-0; Ellis CF/RF, 2-0; Strong 1B, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 2-0, walk; Erlin LF, 0-0, two walks; Mendez LF, 1-0, walk and Barbic P, 3-1.

In the second game of the tournament, the Cards and North Salinas had a free for all with the Cards coming out ahead 13-10. At the end of seven innings the score was tied 8-8. Rick Erlin pitched the first seven innings giving up seven hits, six earned runs, walked five and struck out eight. He got stronger as the game went along. Mike Atwood pitched the last two inning giving up three hits, two earned runs, walked none and struck out three to earn the win. Top hitters were Strong, who went 4 for 5, tripled, had two RBI’s and a steal. Mendez went 3 for 4, had a RBI, run and a steal. Reed was 3 for 6, two RBI‘s, a run and two steals. Atwood was 3 for 6, three RBI‘s, a run and a sacrifice. Doug Ellis up from the JV’s for the tournament had a good day going 1 for 2 with two walks, two runs and a sacrifice. Cards had one error. Lineup: Reed SS, 6-3; Fleming 2B, 5-0, one run, one walk; Graff C, 6-2, double, steal and three runs; Atwood RF/P, 6-3; Doug Ellis CF, 2-1, two walks, two runs, one sacrifice; Strong 1B, 5-4; Erlin P, 3-2, walk, sacrifice; Bruce 3B, 3-0, walk, sacrifice; Mendez LF, 5-3 and O’Brien PR.

Salinas slaughters Cards in the third game of the tourney as the Cowboys score seven runs in the fourth inning to win 13-0. Mike Atwood started and went three and two-thirds innings giving up 12 hits, but only four of the 12 runs scored against him were earned as the Cards made five errors. Sophomore Doug Ellis relieved and went two and one-third innings gave up one hit, no earned runs and struck out two. Lineup; Reed SS, 3-1; Erlin CF, 1-0, two walks; Graff C, 1-0, two walks; Atwood P/RF, 3-0; Strong 1B, 3-0; Fleming 2B, 2-0; Ellis RF/P, 2-0; Mendez 3B/LF, 2-1; Bruce 3B, 1-0; Lunsford RF, 0-0 and O’Brien LF, 1-0.

In the fourth and last game of the tournament, Pacific Grove dumps Cards 5-1 as they score four runs in the first inning after two were out. George Barbic started and after the first inning, he put down the side in order the next two innings. In his next three innings, he only pitched to four batters each inning. After the first inning, Barbic was in control. Sophomore Doug Ellis got the next three batters on three ground balls. Mendez drove in the only Card run. Cards had no errors. Lineup; Reed SS, 4-0; Erlin CF, 1-0; Graff C, 3-1, walk; Atwood RF, 4-0; Strong 1B, 3-1; Fleming 2B, 3-2; Mendez LF, 3-1; Bruce 3B, 2-0, walk; Barbic P, 2-1 and Ellis P, 1-0.

Cards Even With 6-2 Win. Evened their league record to 4-4. Cards score first in 6-2 win over Watsonville as Szczurek and Barbic combined to hold the Cats to just five hits and gave up no earned runs. Lead off hitter Reed singled up the middle, stole second and third and scored on a single through the right side by Szczurek. Reed scored three times in a row, stole four bases and went 3 for 4.. Reed led off the big four run, third inning with an infield hit, stole second and after Szczurek walked, scored on Kelly Graff’s double. Mike Atwood singled to drive in Szczurek and Scott Fleming tripled to left to score Graff and Atwood. Graff singled home Reed, who had collected his third hit of the game and then stole second for SC’s final run in the fourth inning. Szczurek started and went five innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked two and struck out three for the win. Barbic went the next two giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked none and struck out two for a save.. The Cards had two double plays to stop two potential Cat rallies. The first was Fleming to Reed to Strong. The second was Strong to Reed back to Strong, a tough play to make. But the Cards did make four errors, which allowed the two runs to score. Lineup; Reed SS, 4-2; Szczurek P/CF, 2-1, two walks; Graff C, 4-3; Atwood RF, 4-1; Strong 1B, 4-1; Fleming 2B, 2-2, walk; Erlin CF, 2-0, walk: Mendez LF, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 3-0 and Barbic P, 0-0.

SC In Third Place Deadlock. The day following the Watsonville game a make up game against Salinas originally called after two innings, because of heavy rain in March ended with a 4-1 Card victory. Rick Erlin pitched a complete game, his best game of the year, giving up only three hits, one earned run, no walks and striking out five. In the first inning, Fleming singled, stole second, went to third on a fly ball to right by Szczurek and scored on a wild pitch. In the third, Strong singled and scored on Erlin’s double. The final two runs, insurance runs, came in the sixth, when Graff was safe on an error, but was forced at second on a ground ball by Atwood. Strong tripled Atwood home. Erlin walked and as he took off on the double steal the pitcher balked to score Strong. The Cards had only one error. Lineup; Reed SS, 3-0; Fleming 2B, 3-1, steal; Szczurek CF, 3-0; Graff C, 3-1; Atwood RF, 3-0; Strong 1B, 3-2; Erlin P, 2-1, walk: Mendez LF, 3-0 and Bruce 3B, 2-1.

SC Moves Into Second Place Tie. The defending MBL champion SC moved into a three way tie for second place in the MBL North with a 6-5 win over SLV. The Cards went two games over .500 to increase their league record to 6-4, tying them with Soquel and Aptos. All three are three games behind front running Harbor at 9-1. George Barbic started and went 5 plus good innings for the win with relief help from Norb Szczurek for the last two innings for a save. Glen Reed started off the game with a double and scored on Mike Atwood’s single. In the second inning the Cards scored four runs, while batting around. Rick Erlin led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by John Mendez. Dave Bruce walked and then Erlin was forced out at third on what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt. Reed was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bruce scored on a wild pitch and the other runners moved up. Reed and Barbic scored on Scott Fleming double to deep center. Fleming scored on an error.
In what turned out to be the winning run came home in the fifth inning. Mendez singled sharply to left, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a ground out and after Reed walked they worked the double steal and Mendez scored. Reed and Mendez each had two hits. Three Card errors in the sixth inning allowed SLV to score twice and another error in the seventh tightened up the score. The defense had been playing well.
Barbic in all probability would have finished the game with a little better support. He gave up three hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out seven. Szczurek went two innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out one. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Reed SS, 2-2, two walks, one steal; Fleming 2B, 4-1; Graff C, 4-1; Atwood RF, 3-1; Strong 1B, 3-0; Erlin CF, 3-1: Mendez LF, 2-2; Bruce 3B, 2-0, walk; O’Brien PR and Szczurek P, 0-0.

Pirated Edge Cardinals, 7-6, Eight Innings. The win boosts Harbor’s league record to 10-1 as the Pirates enjoy a three game lead over Aptos in the Northern Division race. SC is tied for third place with Soquel with a 6-5 record. In a eighth inning, real thriller against Northern Division winner Harbor, the Cards had 8 hits, while losing 6-7. Erlin started and went 4 and two-thirds innings giving up seven hits, six earned runs, walked one and struck out one. Barbic went three and one-third innings giving up four hits, no earned runs, walked none and struck out one. Barbic took the loss even though he should have been out of the inning without any runs scored.
The Cards scored two in the first inning and two more in the third to go ahead 4-0. In the fourth inning, Harbor scored two runs and four more in the fifth to go ahead 6-4. The Cards scored one in the fifth, when Reed reached first on an error, stole second, went to third on a ground ball and scored on Graff’s sacrifice fly to put the Cards down one. In the sixth the Cards tied the score as Mendez led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Bruce and scored on Reed’s single.
Top hitters for the Cards were Reed with two hits and an RBI, Graff with 3 RBI’s and Atwood an RBI. The best defensive play for the Cards was turned in by Reed in the seventh inning. With the winning run on second, Reed made a diving stop of a hot grounder and threw the runner out at first to save the run. The Cards had a runner thrown out at the plate on a good throw from the centerfielder to deny the tying run in the last of the eighth. Lineup: Reed SS, 5-2; Fleming 2B, 3-1, walk, double, steal; Graff C, 2-1, sacrifice, hit by pitch; Atwood RF, 3-1, sacrifice; Strong 1B, 3-0, walk; Erlin P/CF, 3-1, walk: Mendez LF, 4-1; Bruce 3B, 1-0, two sacrifices, walk; O’Brien CF, 2-0; Barbic P, 1-1; Szczurek PH, 0-0, walk and Boegel RF, 0-0.

In a 2-1 win over Soquel for the second win against the Knights, put the Cards in a second place tie with a 7-5 record with Aptos. Szczurek started and went four strong innings, while giving up only two hits, one walk and one run. Erlin went three innings, never in trouble, while giving up one hit, no runs, one walk and struck out five for the win.
Both of the Card runs came in the sixth inning. Fleming led off with a single, went to second on a ground out and scored on a throwing error that put Graff on second. Atwood singled to center and the throw got away at the plate as Graff scored the winning run.
Mendez was perfect at the plate going two for two, while Atwood collected two hits in three plate appearances. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Reed SS, 4-1; Fleming 2B, 3-1; Szczurek P/CF, 2-0, walk; Graff C, 3-0; Atwood RF, 3-2; Strong 1B, 3-0; Mendez LF, 2-2, walk; Bruce 3B, 1-0, walk; O’Brien CF, 1-0; Erlin P, 2-0; Boegel PH, 1-0.

SC Edges Into Second Place; Defending Champions defeat Aptos, 2-1 for the second game in a row to take a giant step in clinching the remaining berth in the league playoffs. In case of a tie for second, the tie will be broken by the overall record, record within the division, common games between the schools and the record versus higher finishing teams within the division would determine the winner, before a single playoff game would be played.
SC’s pitching, after getting off to a slow start, seems to be peaking just at the right time along with sound defensive play of their teammates. Glen Reed’s play at short was phenomenal as he made five put outs and assisted on several hot liners that could have could have gone for extra bases.
Again good pitching prevailed for the Cards. Erlin pitched six innings giving up five hits, one run, no walks and struck out four to gain the win. Erlin had three innings of three up and three down, plus three more with just four batters an inning. With the tying runner on in the last inning and no outs, George Barbic came in to pitch. First baseman Randy Strong made a fine defensive play on a sacrifice bunt. Randy threw the runner out at second to prevent a potential tying run on a base hit. Barbic, then proceeded to strike out the next two batters to save the game 2-1.
The Cards scored their runs in the third inning. Erlin reached base on an error, O’Brien sacrificed him to second, but the pitcher threw the ball away and each runner moved up a base to third and second. Erlin scored on Reed’s sacrifice fly to left field. O’Brien scored the winning run on a ground ball by Fleming. On no hits the Cards scored two runs. The Cards had only three hits in the game, but they had no errors. Lineup: Reed SS, 3-0, sacrifice; Fleming 2B, 3-0, walk.; Szczurek LF, 1-0, walk; Graff C 1-0, 2 walks, steal, double; Atwood RF 3-0; Mendez 3B, 3-1; Strong 1B, 3-0; Erlin P, 2-1; O’Brien CF, 3-0, sacrifice and Barbic P, 0-0.

For the third game in a row SC won 2-1, this time against Watsonville. Barbic started and went 6 and one-third innings giving up no earned runs, only four hits with two of them coming in the last inning, struck out 8 and walked only one in a fine performance. Szczurek entered in the seventh inning with two runners on base and one out. Norb proceeded to strike out the next two batters to end the game for a save. In the second inning, Mendez was hit by a pitch and was doubled home by Strong. In the fifth inning, Barbic doubled and scored the winning run on Szczurek’s single. Barbic has helped himself win other games with his bat. Lineup: Reed SS, 3-0; Fleming 2B, 3-1; Szczurek CF/P, 1-1, two walks, two steals, RBI; Graff C, 3-0; Atwood RF, 3-0; Erlin LF, 3-0; Mendez 3B, 2-0, hit by pitch; Strong 1B, 2-1; Barbic P, 2-1; O’Brien CF, 0-0 and Bruce LF, 0-0.

A three run home run in the first inning by SLV gave the Cards a 1-3 loss in the last game of the year kept the Cards from taking second place all to themselves. They tied with Soquel and Aptos, but lost the opportunity to continue playing for the league championship. The Card pitchers did well the rest of the game. Norb Szczurek started and went four innings giving up three runs and five hits in the first inning, but only two other hit’s the other three innings he pitched. The second inning it went 1-2-3 and out. The other two innings only one extra batter came to the plate for two more hits.
George Barbic ended his season in good style giving up one hit, no runs, walked none and struck out three in two innings. There were four innings when the Cards went three up and three down. Two other innings they were able to get and extra batter to the plate. SC was only able to get four base hits and three of them came in the last inning, but they could get only one run from them. Kelly Graff started off the last inning with a triple. Mike Atwood followed with an RBI single. Scott Fleming grounded out and George Barbic singled to put the tying runs on base. A strike out made it two outs. Randy Strong drove a line shot that was caught to end the come back attempt. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Szczurek P/CF, 1-0, two walks; Reed SS, 3-0; Graff C, 3-2; Atwood RF, 3-1; Fleming 2B, 2-0, walk; Erlin LF, 2-0; Mendez LF, 3-0; Strong 1B, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 2-0 and Barbic P, 1-1.

The Cards played five one run games at the end of the season with four of them being wins and three of them being 2-1 wins.

All of the following is from the June 1 Trident. The Cards started the year in sad shape. They won only one of their first six games. The talk of the league was “SC will no longer be a force to reckon with in MBL baseball.” But the Cards came roaring down the stretch to finish the season in a tie for second in the league. Strong points were hard to assess. There was never a consistent display of hitting, pitching or desire. There was no one individual who stood out above the others though there were many good seasonal performances. The high point of the season was when they beat Aptos 2-1 for undisputed possession of second place. The biggest handicap of the team was not only the lack of hitting, but the lack of spirit. There were times when the dugout sounded like a funeral. The team also lacked a “never say die” attitude. They simply did not have the ability to come from behind and win.

Outstanding individuals are easy to spot. There was the All MBL League double play combo of Glen Reed and Scott Fleming, both who also finished the year hitting over .300. They were the heart of the inner defense and made many key defensive plays. One of the SC pitchers summed it up near the end of the year when he said, “ I have confidence in both of them, I know they will make the plays.”

ALL MBL pitcher Rick Erlin finished the league season with a 3-2 record and pitched the most innings with 39 and 2/3, struck out 30, walked 13, had an ERA of 3.30, while hitting a respectable .250.

Others who deserve recognition are George Barbic who saw action in 12 out of the clubs 15 league games and won the honor as being the most improved player. He compiled and ERA of 1.63 and in 30 innings pitched struck out 31 while walking only seven. George grew fast and in the past has had some trouble with his control. This year in a interview with the Trident, George had this to say, “I no longer work from the wind up, but always go from the set position. It has worked well for me and I have enjoyed a lot of success with it. I do not believe I lose any velocity by junking the wind up. It is just a waste of motion for me. Not using it will help me save energy and be a more effective pitcher in the late innings besides helping my control.” All of this was true. George had his most productive season.

Kelly Graff, the number four hitter, was more consistent in driving the ball than anyone else and hit .279, but a lot of his outs were line shots. Kelly developed into one of the leagues best defensive catchers.
Norb Szczurek led the Cards with four wins despite pitching in only six games. He pitched 22.2 innings, struck out 13 and walked six with an ERA of 1.83, while hitting .281. Norb spent a lot of time in the outfield, where he showed better than average defensive ability. Of the six players mentioned Norb is the only one returning next year. There are a host of JV players who could have helped this year and will be key players next year. More specifically we speak of Doug Ellis, Keith Blew, Ken O’Connell and Randy Pate.

Top RBI men in league were Fleming 10, Atwood 8, Szczurek 6 and Graff 4. Top base stealers were Reed 12, Fleming and Szczurek 6, Bruce and Graff 4. Tops in doubles were Graff and Reed 3, Strong, Fleming and Atwood 2.

LEAGUE

hitting stats, by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, triples, total bases, runs batted in, walks, stolen bases and sacrifices.
AB R H AV 2B 3B TB RBI BB SB SAC
Fleming 44 8 14 318 2 1 25 10 5 6 2
Reed 49 11 15 306 3 0 25 8 4 12 1
Szczurek 32 8 9 281 1 0 24 6 11 6 1
Graff 43 7 12 279 3 1 25 4 4 4 0
Atwood 43 6 11 256 2 0 21 8 6 3 2
Erlin 32 2 8 250 0 0 15 2 3 2 1
Strong 45 5 8 178 2 1 15 3 2 3 0
J Mendez 40 5 6 150 0 0 11 0 3 1 1
D Bruce 27 4 4 148 1 0 14 0 7 4 3
D O’Brien 14 5 2 143 0 0 5 0 3 0 1
Barbic 9 3 3 333 1 0 5 2 0 0 0
D Boegel 2 0 0 000 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Totals 380 64 92 242 15 3 186 43 49 41 12

LEAGUE pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN ER H ERA BB SO W L G
Erlin 40 19 13 3.30 13 30 3 2 10
Barbic 30 7 23 1.63 7 31 2 2 12
Szczurek 23 6 22 1.83 6 13 4 1 6
Atwood 6 10 10 11.66 6 5 0 1 2
Totals 99 42 68 2.97 32 79 9 6 15

SEASON hitting stats, by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, triples, total bases, runs batted in, walks, stolen bases and sacrifices.
AB R H AV 2B 3B TB RBI BB SB SAC
Reed 81 15 26 317 6 1 38 6 5 15 1
Fleming 70 10 18 257 2 1 37 11 6 9 3
Szczurek 40 8 10 250 1 0 28 6 13 7 1
Atwood 74 9 18 243 2 0 30 12 7 4 3
Erlin 46 4 11 239 0 0 26 3 9 3 2
Strong 71 7 16 225 3 2 26 7 3 4 0
Graff 67 10 15 223 3 0 34 4 7 5 2
J Mendez 65 6 13 200 0 0 20 2 5 2 1
Barbic 18 4 5 278 1 0 11 5 3 0 0
D Bruce 47 5 4 085 1 0 18 2 11 4 4
D O’Brien 24 6 2 085 0 0 5 0 1 0 3
D Boegel 2 0 0 000 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Totals 605 84 138 228 19 4 274 58 71 53 20

SEASON pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN ER H ERA BB SO W L G
Barbic 52 15 42 2.02 15 51 3 4 17
Erlin 52 24 48 3.23 18 41 4 4 14
Szcsurek 35 7 31 1.43 7 22 4 2 9
Atwood 20 19 27 6.55 18 17 1 2 7
Totals 159 65 148 2.86 58 131 12 12 24

All MBL-NORTH players were the double play combo of shortstop Glen Reed and second baseman Scott Fleming and pitcher Rick Erlin.

JV BASEBALL
With a 9-2 win over SLV the Cards have a six game win streak going. Greg Wehr pitched a complete game for the win. Greg retired the first nine men he faced, before giving up a walk. The Cards had a six run second inning started off with a Alan Amos walk, followed by an error on Keith Dotson grounder and a walk to Don Enrico to load the bases. Wehr grounded out to the pitcher for a force out at home, but the bases were still full. Ken O’Connell doubled in Dotson and Enrico. Keith Blew emptied the bases with a three run homer. In the third Dotson singled was sacrificed to second by Enrico, stole third and scored on a ground out. Wehr walked and scored on Randy Pate’s hit. The final run came on Blew’s second round tripper.

Team members were pitchers, Greg Wehr, Doug Ellis also OF, Gary Rudolph also infield; catchers, Keith Blew and John Lunsford also OF; first base, Steve Bruce also P, and Alan Amos; infielders, Ken O’Connell, Randy Pate, Phil Boegel, Scott McBeth and Keith Dotson; outfielders, Don Enrico, George Lopez, Dan Dodge, Randy Gomez and Scott Seymour.

TRACK

Cards lose to Monterey 33-102 in a dual meet. Alan Sandretti, Moose Jacobs and Eddie Price swept the two mile. Gary Trowbridge and Todd Jones finished 2-3 in the 880, while Sandretti and John Armstrong did the same in the mile. Gary Ekin took second in both hurdles plus scoring in a field event. Peter Yee placed in the field events. The frosh-soph did much better losing only 55-81. Richard Vanslager, Rick Paris, Rick Bastine, Mike Scofield and Don Hopping all placed in two events. Placing in one event were Mike Helm, John Whichlow, Martin Vanslager, Robert Baker, Dave Gregoric and Ron Sims.

For the first time in two years, the varsity won a dual meet. It was against Aptos 75-61. SC started in style winning the 440 yard relay with an impressive time of 46.8. From there the sprinters took control with Ernie Hightower taking first in the 100 and 220. Jim Finch first in 440. Gary Ekin took second in the low hurdles and third in the highs. Scott Crane took second in the high hurdles, won the high jump and a third in the triple jump. Ron Hayes and Scott Daly went 1-2 in the shot put. Rick Nelson and Robert O’Brien went 2-3 in the discus. Alan Sandretti and Eddie Price went 1-2 in the two mile and 2-3 in the mile. Gary Trowbridge took second in 880. Todd Jones took second in long jump and third in 440. Dennis Meakin second in pole vault and was on the mile relay in a first place finish.
The frosh-soph lost to Aptos 63-73. Top performers were Rick Paris first in both hurdles and second in long jump. Mike Scofield first in long jump and second in the 100 and 220. Andrew Creely took seconds in the triple jump, the high jump and the 440. Richard Vanslager took first in the pole vault and second in high hurdles. Robert Baker and Don Hopping went 2-3 in the discus. Matt Helm third in the shot put. Rick Bastine first in triple jump. Ron Sims second in two mile. Ken Pollastrini third in high jump. Gary Ekin leaped 18’2” in the broad jump.

Frosh-Soph track team kills Harbor.

Three track men qualified for the CCS championship meet. They were Ricky Bastine in the triple
jump; Dennis Meakin in pole vault and Mike Scofield in low hurdles. Other top men were Rick Paris, who looked impressive in the high hurdles and anchoring the 440 relay team. John Whichelow should continue to improve while continuing to try different events. Right now he is best in the 440 and is a starter on the mile relay team where he runs the 440.

The frosh-soph distance runners are up and coming. Ron Sims also ran cross country as well as distance events in track. Dave Gregoric looked very good in the 880 and runs on the mile relay team. Martin Vanslager did his bests in the mile. The sprints are not the Cards strongest point, but there is good potential coming. Mike Scofield ran the 100, Rick Paris the 220 and Mike Jones did well before being injured. Rick Bastine has shown he is one of the league premier triple jumpers. In the weight events, Mike Helm set the new frosh-soph shot put record for SC. Robert Baker and Don Hopping did well in the discus. Other weight men were Garrett McKeeman, Carl Jones, Gary Lim and Mark Dugger.

Other varsity team members not mentioned above were Bill Kelly, Steve Park, Peter Yee, Gary Moro, Ron Hays, Robert Brien, Scott Daly, Tom Watson, Scott Crane, Ernie Hightower, Stuart Schellberg, Rick Nelson, Tony Sanchez, Ed Price, John Morris, Dale Massek, Todd Jones, Moose Jacobs, John Gomez, Brian Hitchcock and Tom Armstrong.
Track award winners:
Varsity track athlete of the Year. Sophomore, Allen Sandretti ran the two mile, mile and 880.
Varsity field athlete of the year: senior, Ron Staub in the Discus and Shot Put.
High point man: Sophomore Allen Sandretti was 92 points.
Sportsmanship award: senior, Stu Schellberg in the two mile
Frosh-Soph track athlete of year: Sophomore, Mike Scofield, low hurdles, 100, 220, 440 relay.
Frosh-Soph field athlete of the year: Sophomore, Rick Bastine in triple, long and high jumps.
Frosh-Soph high point man: Sophomore, Mike Scofield, 184 2/3.
Frosh-Soph Sportsmanship award: Freshman, John Whichelow in 440, mile relay.

Other JV team members not mentioned above were Rick Chadwick, Garret McKeeman, Dave Hightower and Dan Moreno. Head coach Nick Delurgio, assistants John Horner, Larry Maibaum and John Volek.

SWIMMING

At the MBL relays the Cards placed fourth out of eight teams. One of the bright spots was winning the 200 meter relay by Matt Lezin, Jon Hatch and Harland Johnson did it in 1:14.3.

Both varsity and frosh-soph enjoyed victories over Pacific Grove. The frosh-soph clinched the meet by taking the 200 yard free style relay at the end of the meet to put them ahead 45-43.
Jon Hatch set two meet records and Brian Person set one. Person did the 100 yard backstroke in 1:22. Steve Ricar is the team diver. At this time the team record is 2-2.

Other team members were: Clinton George, Ernie Faitos, Randy Shaffer, Jeff Darling, Steve Ricar, Jim Townend, Ken Doler, Dean Stengl, Ken Douglas, Karl Fieberling, Joe Soloman, Les Hill and Brian Mayer. Coach Dick Beaver.

The Aqamaids are kept busy managing the swimmers times and scores. They are Becky Nash, Judy Leindecker, Pandie Kirkwood. Debbie Blake, Melody McElroy, Peggy Rogers and Barbara Deffee.

TENNIS

finished sixth in the league. The season record was 7-11.The newly formed JV team did fantastic, not losing a game.

The varsity easily beat North Salinas 8-3. Winners were Eric Fieberling, Tom Matthews, Taka Baba, Ed Costa and Bill Slakey in singles. Doubles winners were Jernstrom and Matthews, plus Caiocca and Costa.

Frosh team ties Aptos 4-4. Winners were Greg Mainis, Peter Tsuagwa and Matt Bowe. In doubles Bowe and Pat Dennhey won.

The last match of the year was a 2-7 loss to Harbor. The Card winners were Eric Fieberling in singles and Jack Harbert and Ed Costa in doubles.

The varsity played against great odds, but winning most of the time. This can be contributed to the hard work and long hours of practice under direction of their coach Dennis Mullen. Tennis is a growing sport with talent coming out every where. A good example is Fred Caiocca, who just started practicing in the Fall working day and night. Even with the odds against him, Fred kept working. Today Fred is the fourth man on the team. Fred is probably the most improved player in the league.

Varsity season records: Tom Mathews 11-6; Eric Fieberling 7-11; Taka Baba 7-10; Ed Costa 9-7; Fred Caiocca 5-8; Jack Harbert 1-8 and Scott Jernstrom 2-14.

Other team members not mentioned above were Keith Johnson, Luke Violante and Doyle Foreman.

GOLF no names or information available

INDIVIDUALS

George Barbic was a rare athlete competing in three sports this year. George was a three sport starter and top contributor in football as a defensive tackle, in basketball as the top rebounded and one of the top scorers and baseball were he pitched in 12 of the 15 league games. After spending three years in relative obscurity, though doing well on JV teams, he had not made the first teams of varsity previously, but has blossomed into one of the schools outstanding players.

Rick Nelson who wrestled at the 145 pound weight classification capped a very successful season as he won trophies for the most pins, most takedowns and was voted the most valuable wrestler and team co-captain. He took first places at the following tournaments: Harbor Tourney, Gonzales Tourney, MBL final and the CCS Region IV finals. He was second at the Del Mar Classic

John Armstrong was the first Card across the line in twenty-second place at the MBL meet. John nabbed a twenty-fourth place out of ninety-eight runners at the Soquel Invitational and the Cards placed as one of the top teams in the small schools division. John was a main player in his team placing seventh at the CCS meet and fifth at the MBL meet.

FORMER PLAYERS

Kris Sorensen a 1969 grad last year in his junior year at San Jose State posted a 5-3 record and a fine 1.90 ERA. In the summer he signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and pitched for their rookie league club at Sarasota, Florida were he was 3-2 with an 2.05 ERA. He also led the league in strike outs, 60 in 60 innings. Kris worked out with the SCHS team this Spring before reporting to the Cardinals double A team.


1974

New MBL Rules state that any girl attending high school may try out and compete in boys varsity sports, such as swimming, track, tennis, etc. At SCHS there are a few girls out for boys varsity sports. In boys swimming Michelle Lewis, Jenny Wilson, Sherry Ricar, Liz Crowell and Carol Dillerie are participating. Those out for track are Becky Natali, Patty Dolar, Tristen Carter and Sherry Walton.

New girls teams in basketball, tennis, softball, volleyball and swimming were started this year.

A new team in boys soccer was started this year.

Gary Moro was honored as the Outstanding Senior Athlete for 1974. Moro quarterbacked the football team and competed on the track team this year.

The Alumni Association is having a building built next to the school gym. The building will house Doc Feldman’s materials and all alumni records at a cost of $30,000.

Coaches: John Volek, varsity football, junior varsity basketball. Tex Ronning, assistant varsity football and wrestling. Bob Shook, assistant varsity football and track. Steve Parks, assistant varsity football. Nick Delurgio, track and unior varsity football. Larry Maibaum, assistant JV football and wrestling. Larry Anderson, assistant JV football. Kirk Waller, assistant JV basketball. Byron Foss, swimming and water polo. Don Dempwolfe, golf. Ray Hunter, girls basketball and junior varsity baseball. Bill Dodge, baseball. Dennis Mullen, girls and boys tennis.

The only Tridents available were for the Spring sports. All other material taken from the year book.

FOOTBALL

Practice games: Camden 14-6, McClatchey of Sacramento 7-25. Practice record 1-1. League: South division: Seaside 7-41. North division: Aptos 12-13, Soquel 7-14, Watsonville 14-35, Harbor 7-15, SLV 18-6. MBL record 1-5 for sixth place. Season record 2-6.

Team members were Gary Moro, Mike Helm, Gary Rudolph, Bill Mitchell, Ron Hayes, Don Hopping, Rick Bastine, Ernie Brown, Paul Newton, Keith Blew, Brian Amos, George Lopez, Ken O’Connell, Keith Dotson, Andrew Creely, Mike Scofield, Rosendo Alvarez, Manuel Ruiz, Tony Sanchez, Kevin Lukin, Richard Vanslager, Tom Smith, Bob Baker, Scott Daly, Steve Schneider, John Gomez, Glen Ikenberry, Roy Mussetelli, Todd Jones, David Hightower, Bob Johnson, David Jessen, Tom Poston and Ed Marez, Head coach John Volek, assistants Bob Shook, Tex Ronning and Steve Parks.

JV FOOTBALL

Team members were Parcher, Martin Vanslager, Dan Moreno, Bruce Noland, Gallick, Brown, Lopez, R. McDuffee, Munoz, Matt Tsugawa, Johnston, Larson, Anicito, Conover, Brey, Garcia, Ernie Hightower, Bob Baer, Mike Jones, Marc Mabry, Uriosite, Claude Pearsley, Cortez, Gomez, Norman, Lloyd Wainscoat, Rick Watson, Richard Osgood, Bucholtz, Martin, Royce Copeland, Franks, Hastings, McKeeman, L. McDuffee, Thompson, Scott Seymour, Randy Quilici, Kevin Jordan and Deboi.

CROSS COUNTRY

The top runner this year was junior Allen Sandretti who finished first at the RLS Invitational and set a new course record. At the MBL varsity finals, Allen finish in fourth place and was awarded a spot on the All MBL team.

Senior runners were Brian Hitchcock, Charlie Patterson, John Wichelow, David Gregoric and Tom Watson. Back next year in addition to Sandretti will be standouts Stan Thurman, Kent Zilliox and Mark Harlan.

Frosh-soph standouts were Mitch Burkhard and Mark Harlan. Harlan medalled at Invitational meets at Aptos, Soquel and Alisal. and placed eleventh at the MBL finals. Mitch Burkhardt was instrumental in bringing the team a record of 6-4, good for fourth place in the MBL standings. Bob Layton earned a varsity letter.

WATER POLO

Team members were Alan Spano, Dean Stengl, Jeff Darling, Jon Hatch, Ernie Faitos, Keith Wileman, Dan Colton, Charlie Waite, Ken Dolaf, Randy Shaffer, Brian Person, Brian Mayer, Les Hill, Steve Ricar and Jeff Weber.

BASKETBALL

Dads Club Tournament lost first game, Salinas 39-48, San Jose 55-65, Yerba Buena 43-59 for last place.
League record 3-12 for last place. Season record 4-19.

The surprisingly stubborn Cards stayed close to Salinas in their second game of the Dads Club before the Cowboys broke away in the third quarter to win 39-48. Line up and scoring were Wainscoat 4, Seymour 4, Webster 0, Pini 0, Hightower 7, Bruce 12, Alongi 2 and Jones 10.

In a game for seventh place the Cards lost to San Jose 55-65. David Hightower scored 27 points for the best individual scoring performance of the tournament. David had a break out fourth quarter scoring 13 points. Other players Wainscoat 6, Webster 2, Pinin 4, Bruce 2, Alongi 10 and Jones 4.

Team members were Gary Rudolph, Erik Anderson, Sam Alongi, Brian Bogard, Dave Stengl, Ken Jones, Norb Szczurek, Steve Bruce, Fred Rodkey, Carl Keller, Ken O’Connell, Randy Wilson, Steve Polazzo and David Hightower. Coach Jack Alzina.

JV BASKETBALL The team ended with a 5-15 record. The plus parts were when they took a third place at the Soquel JV tournament and turned in a crushing victory over Harbor in the last game of the season.

Members of the team were Guards, juniors, Rick Bastine, Doug Ellis, Keith Dotson and Richard Vanslager; sophomores were Lane Webster, John Musselman and Dan Moreno. Centers were junior David Hightower and sophomore Greg Wehr. Forwards were junior Eric Nelson and Robert Keller; and sophomores Mike Jones, Scott Seymour and Lloyd Wainscoat.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Four wins and three loses
The original sign up of 28 girls eventually was reduced to twelve varsity athletes. The first season gives great promise for the future as the team was composed of nine freshmen, three sophomores, one junior and only one senior.

Team members were senior Debbie Tuana; junior center and rebounder Carol Doyle; sophomores Candy Jackson, Joyce Hightower and Colleen Reedy and freshmen Elaina Guidici, Georgia Sandas, Mary Bronson, Evonne Sanda, Sue Dodge and Karen Humphrey. Coach Ray Hunter.

The high point of the season was a 36-35 win over previously undefeated North Salinas in the last game.

WRESTLING

Top wrestlers and the places they won at tournaments with just the number, rather then second or 4th.
Luther Harris, 4 Harbor; 3 Gonzales; first MBL and second at CCS Region IV
Chris Clarke, 4 Del Mar; 3 MBL and third Division IV CCS.
Bob Layton, 4 Harbor and fifth MBL
Richard Osgood, 3 Harbor and fifth MBL
Gabe Reyes, 2 Gonzales and second MBL
Bill Starrs, fifth MBL.

NEW BOYS SOCCER TEAM ORGANIZED

This was the first organized soccer team in SCHS history. They played with cast off football jerseys as their uniforms. They played well against some of the areas best teams. No team records were kept. Don Dempewolf coach.

Team listed by position:
Wings — Oscaar Abundez, Matt Bowe, Jack Cabrera and Pablo Chagolla
Halfbacks — Manuel Ruiz, Richard Johnson and Tony Sanchez
Fullbacks — Klynn Buckholt, Dan Dodge, Gary Goody, Humberto Guiterrez, Leo Limas, Rome Norman, Ed Sims and Les Vassuer
Forward — Jesus Hernandez, Leo Cortez and Armando Veloz (leading scorer)
Goalie — Jay Yambrovich

BASEBALL Practice games: Prospect 2-3. PAL tournament in San Jose, Harbor 9-7 in nine innings, Piedmont Hills 7-1 and Andrew Hill 6-2 for the PAL championship. Carmel 1-3, Pacific Grove 8-10, Hollister 6-4, Pioneer 6-7; Salinas Tournament, Seaside 6-1, Watsonville 0-9 and Monterey 5-9 for fourth place. Practice record 5-6. League: Played a single round with the Southern Division teams at the beginning of the season; North Salinas 6-5 in eight innings, Monterey 15-2, Salinas 1-2, Seaside 9-5, Alisal 0-3. South record 3-2. Then a double round with the North Division teams; Watsonville 2-7, 2-1; Harbor 3-5, 7-3; Aptos 13-4, 3-0; Soquel 1-3, 4-5; SLV 5-0, 18-5. Against the South Division record 3-2; North Division record 6-4 to tie for second in the Northern Division. The combined MBL league record was 9-6 and tied for third. Season record 14-12.

Write ups for the second Harbor game and the two Soquel games were not available.

Team Members
Seniors; Norbert Szczurek and Dave O’Brien. Juniors: Allan Amos, Keith Blew, Steve Bruce, Doug Ellis, Randy Pate, Don Enrico, John Lunsford, Gary Rudolph and Luke Violante. Sophomore Kevin Rains. Mike Johnson assistant coach.

Cards Open With 3-2 Loss to Prospect. Bright spots for the Cards found them out hitting Prospect 6-4 and coming up with four stolen bases by Norb Szczurek, Randy Pate, Keith Blew and John Lunsford. The Cards did leave 10 men stranded on base and had three errors. Szczurek had an RBI. Lineups are listed by name, position, at bats and hits. Szczurek 1B, 1-1; Gomez RF, 0-0; Pate 2B, 4-2; Ellis P/RF/1B, 4-1; Blew C, 2-1; Amos 3B, 3-1; Lunsford LF, 3-0; Rains RF/P 3-0; O’Brien SS, 2-0; Enrico CF, 2-0, walk; Rudolph P, 0-0 and Bruce P, 0-0.
Pitching chart by innings pitched, hits, runs, earned runs, walks and strike outs.
IP H R ER BB SO
Ellis 2 1 1 1 0 4
Rudolph 1 1 1 0 1 0
Rains 1 1 1 1 1 2 loss
Bruce 2 1 0 0 0 2

SC wins Santa Clara Valley PAL diamond title. SC launched tournament play against Harbor and had to go nine innings for a 9-7 win. Szczurek started and went three innings followed by Rudolph for one, sophomore Rains for three and Bruce for the last two innings for the win. Blew led off the ninth with a single and Alan Amos drove him in with a two run homer to make the final score 9-7. Both teams took turns playing giveaway in a cold, biting breeze. Allan Amos had a big day going 2 for 4, scoring three times and defensively at third base throwing out four runners. Both teams scored four runs in the eighth inning to force a ninth inning. Randy Pate and Amos each had two RBI’s. Kevin Rains and Dave O’Brien each had a RBI, plus both hit doubles. Stolen bases were Ellis two, Blew and O’Brien one each. The Cards had six errors, one more than Harbor. Lineup: Szczurek P/1B/RF, 5-0; Pate 2B, 4-2, walk; Ellis CF, 5-1; Blew C, 4-1, walk; Amos 3B, 4-2; Lunsford LF, 5-0; O’Brien SS, 4-2, walk; Bruce 1B/P, 3-0; Rains P, 2-1; Enrico RF, 3-1; Rudolph P. 2-0.
IP H R ER BB SO
Szczurek 3 3 0 0 1 2
Rudolph 1 0 0 0 1 0
Rains 3 2 1 0 2 2
Bruce 2 5 6 1 2 0 Win

The second win in the PAL tourney was against Piedmont Hills helped by Randy Pate, who belted three hits in four trips to the plate for a 7-1 win. Steve Bruce clouted a two run single to highlight a six run sixth inning. Doug Ellis started and went the first three innings giving up four hits, one earned run, no walks. Norbert Szczurek went four innings to finish the game for the win. He put down the hitters down 1-2-3 except for a hit in the last inning, struck out three to gain the win. Doubles were Pate two, Rains and O’Brien one. Stolen bases were Ellis, Blew and Bruce two apiece and Pate one. RBI’s: Bruce and Rains two apiece and O’Brien one. Lineup: Szczurek CF, 2-0, 2 walks; Pate 2B, 4-3; Ellis P/CF, 5-1; Blew C, 2-0, 2 walks; Amos LF, 3-0; Lunsford RF, 2-0, walks; Rains 3B, 4-2; O’Brien SS, 4-1; Bruce 1B, 3-1 and Enrico CF, 0-0.

In the PAL championship game the Cards waited to the sixth inning to score 5 runs in a 6-2 win over Andrew Hill. Again the Cards were helped by stealing five bases and scoring five runs in the sixth inning. Steve Bruce started and went two innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked 2 and struck out one. Followed by Gary Rudolph for three innings giving up three hits, no runs and no walks and earned the win. Kevin Rains hurled the last two innings, giving up two hits, one run, walked three and struck out one to earn a save. Base stealers were Pate two and Blew, Amos and Bruce one apiece. Szczurek and Violante each had 2 RBI’s and Blew and Rudolph each had one.
Lineup: Szczurek 1B, 2-1; O’Brien 2B, 3-0; Rains P, 1-0; Pate SS, 3-0; Blew RF, 2-1; Amos 3B, 4-1; Lunsford C, 3-0; Bruce P, 1-1; Rudolph P, 1-0; Enrico CF, 4-0; Violante LF, 3-1.

SC 6 Hollister 4. Steve Bruce started and pitched the first 4 innings with out giving up a hit. H walked four, allowed no earned runs and struck out two. Kevin Rains pitched the last 3 innings and gave up 5 hits, but no earned runs for the win. John Lunsford drove in Keith Blew in the fourth inning. The sixth inning was the deciding inning as the Cards scored five times on five hits. Rains drove in the first run on a ground out. Doug Ellis drove in two with a single, followed by RBI’s from Luke Violante and Randy Pate. Lineup: Szczurek 1B, 4-1; Bruce P/LF, 4-1; Ellis CF, 4-1; Blew RF, 3-1; Pate 3B, 2-1; Lunsford C, 4-1; O’Brien SS, 3-1; Rudolph 2B, 1-0; Enrico LF, 1-0; Rains P, 1-0; Violante RF, 1-1; Sims RF, 0-0.

SC Nabs 6-5 Extra Inning Win in the league opening game against North Salinas. The Cards were ahead of North Salinas 5-0 going into the sixth inning when the Vikings scored four runs and scored again in the seventh to tie the score.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Cards put together a solid single, two bunts and a “sliced” single to the off field to win with no outs. These are the participants of that run, John Lunsford singled and Don Enrico came in as a pinch runner. Dave O’Brien bunted Enrico to second. Steve Bruce bunted him to third on an infield hit. Norb Szczurek singled Enrico in with the winning run. Blew hit a triple to drive in two runs in the fourth inning. Szczurek, Pate and Ellis each drove in a run with Ellis driving in his with a double. The Cards had 11 hits to North Salinas’ 6.
Szczurek pitched 5 plus innings giving up three hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out four. Gary Rudolph went two innings, giving up three hits one earned run and struck out two. Ellis pitched the last inning getting the side out in order, striking out the last two for the win. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Szczurek P/CF, 5-3; Amos 3B, 4-1; Blew C, 4-2; Rains RF, 3-0; Pate 2B, 4-1; Violante PR, 0-0; Ellis CF/P, 3-1; Rudolph P, 0-0; Lunsford LF, 3-1; Enrico PR, 0-0; O’Brien SS, 4-0 and Bruce 1B, 4-2.

Cardinals Suffer 10-8 Loss To PG in make up game for rain out. Outbursts of five runs in the third inning and three more in the fifth were not enough at PG on Saturday. A big problem for the Cards were five errors. RBI’s were O’Brien two, Blew, Amos and Lunsford one apiece. Blew, Rains, Lunsford and Enrico had stolen bases. Bruce went three innings giving up eight hits, six earned runs, three walks and struck out two to take the loss. Ellis went two innings giving up no earned runs and no hits, walked two and struck out four. Rains went one inning giving up three hits, one earned run and struck out one. Lineup: Bruce P/1B, 4-2; Pate 2B, 3-0; Blew RF, 3-1; Rains 1B/P, 1-0; Amos 3B, 3-0; Lunsford C, 3-2; O’Brien SS, 2-1; Enrico CF, 2-1; Violante LF, 4-0; Ellis P, 1-0 and Rudolph 2B, 2-1.

Szczurek Paces Redbirds Past Toreadors 15-2. SC’s high flying Cardinals won their second MBL game in as many tries as they unveiled their heavy artillery for 15 hits. Norb Szczurek knocked in five runs, scored five times while going 3 for 4, including two doubles. All 15 of the runs scored were earned. Three big innings spiced the triumph, when the Cards scored six in the third inning and add four run bursts in the sixth and seventh innings.
Monterey is pretty tough to beat and have been SC’s chief opponent for league titles in the CCAL and MBL. John Lunsford, Dave O’Brien and Keith Blew each drove in two runs and Bruce and Ellis each had one. Doug Ellis started and went four innings giving up three hits, two earned runs, two walks and struck out three for the win.. Szczurek went three innings giving up one hit and struck out two. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Szczurek CF/P, 4-3; Bruce 1B, 5-1; Ellis P/CF, 3-2; Blew C, 5-2; Rains 3B/RF, 3-0; Pate 2B, 4-2; Amos 3B, 1-0; Lunsford LF, 3-2; O’Brien SS, 4-2; Rudolph RF, 1-0 and Violante RF, 1-1.

Five Run Outburst Sparks Cards 7-6 win over Seaside brought them from behind 5-2 in the sixth inning. The Cards are now 3-0 in league. Steve Ellis started on the mound and went five innings, while five runs were scored against him only one was earned. Ellis got the win since he was the pitcher of records when the Cards went ahead. Norb Szczurek pitched the last two innings and drew plaudits from his coach for “using his head plus his arm.” Facing the middle of the Seaside lineup in the seventh inning, he struck out all three for the save.
Ellis carried a wicked bat smashing a triple and a double, drove in a run and went 2 for 4. Kevin Rains also sparkled at the plate with a perfect 3 for 3 with two of the hits doubles. Bruce had a double. Dave O’Brien had three RBI’s. Others with one RBI were Bruce and Rudolph. All but two starters had at least one hit. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Bruce 1B, 4-1; Szczurek, CF/P, 3-1; Ellis P/CF, 4-2; Blew C, 2-0; Pate 2B, 3-1; Amos LF, 3-1; Rains 3B, 3-3; O’Brien SS, 3-1; Enrico RF, 2-0; Rudolph RF, 1-0; Lunsford C, 1-0 and Violante RF, 0-0.

Cards Fall To Pioneer 7-6 with sloppy fielding and a disastrous last inning spelled doom as they gave up five runs in the last inning after being comfortably ahead 6-2. Doug Ellis started and went three innings giving up three hits, one earned run and struck out five. Norb Szczurek went four innings giving up five hits, one earned run, struck out three and took the loss. Ellis had a double and two RBI’s. Other doubles were Blew and Rains. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Bruce 1B, 4-2; O’Brien SS, 3-1; Ellis P/CF, 3-1; Blew C, 3-1; Pate 2B, 4-0; Rains 3B, 3-1; Amos LF, 4-0; Enrico CF/RF, 1-0, two walks; Violante RF, 1-0 and Szczurek P, 2-0.

At Salinas Municipal Stadium, in a tough Card lost to Salinas 1-2 as the two runs scored in the fourth inning were unearned. Norb Szczurek started and went four innings giving up five hits, two unearned runs, two walks and struck out one for the loss. Doug Ellis went two innings giving up no hits or runs, walked one and struck out three. Both pitchers pitched well enough to win. The Cards run came in the sixth inning, when Blew walked and scored on Pate’s double. SC had runners on base in every inning but the first inning. Amos and Pate had doubles. Cards had no errors. Base stealers were Bruce, Ellis, Blew and O’Brien. Lineup: Szczurek P/CF, 4-0; Bruce 1B, 4-1; Ellis CF/P, 4-1; Blew C, 2-0,sacrifice, walk; Pate 2B, 2-1; Rains 3B, 1-0, sacrifice, walk; Amos LF, 3-1; O’Brien SS, 2-0; Enrico RF, 1-0 and Lunsford RF, 2-0.

Alisal Blanks Cards 3-0 on a one hitter to stay 6-0 undefeated in league. Their coach is Chuck Filice a former Card athlete. In the first inning, the first three batters scored. Two errors made them all unearned. Alisal only had two hits. Cards had two errors and Alisal one. It was a well played game. The only difference was the Cards struck out 11 times and Alisal only once. Szczurek started and went four innings giving up one hit, no earned runs, walked three and struck out one. Ellis went two innings giving up one hit and no earned runs. Lineup: Bruce 1B, 3-0; Szczurek, P/CF, 3-0; Ellis CF/P, 2-0, walk; Amos LF, 3-0; Pate 2B, 3-0; Blew C, 3-0; Rains 3B, 3-1; O’Brien SS, 2-0; Lunsford RF, 1-0 and Enrico CF, 0-0.

At the Salinas Tournament Cards beat Seaside 6-1. Doug Ellis pitched a complete game giving up six hits, one earned run, walked four and struck out eight. Rains and O’Brien had doubles. RBI’s were Bruce three and Enrico one. Each team had two errors.

In the second game the Cards lost to Watsonville 11-2, while only collecting two hits. Bruce started and went four innings giving up six hits, two earned runs, walked two, struck out one and took the loss. Sophomore Greg Wehr, up from the JV’s for the tournament, went three innings giving up five hits, three earned runs

Monterey Tops Cardinals for third place in tournament 9-5. The Cards charged to a 4-0 lead in their first time at bat, but then faded hitless as the Toreadores rallied. Lundsford and Enrico each drove in two runs. Bruce started and went three innings giving up six hits, five earned runs, walked three. struck out one and took the loss. Rains went two and two thirds innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked six and struck out two. Szczurek went two thirds of an inning and walked one. Lineup: Bruce P/1B, 3-0; Szczurek 1B/P, 1-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Amos 3B, 2-0; Blew RF, 4-0; Lunsford C, 2-1; O’Brien SS, 1-1 and two walks; Enrico LF, 3-1; Munoz 2B, 2-0 up from JV’s; Pate 2B, 1-0 and Rains P, 0-0.

SC and Harbor played to a 3-3 tie for seven innings, when the game was called because of darkness. The game will be replayed in its entirety later. Doug Ellis started on the mound and went four innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out one. Steve Bruce pitched the next three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked none and struck out two. Allan Amos drove in two runs. Randy Pate went 3 for 3, drove in a run and scored two as he tripled and doubled. Lineup: Bruce 1B/P, 4-0; Szczurek Cf/1B, 4-2; Ellis CF/P, 3-1; Blew C/RF, 3-0; Rains 3B/LF, 3-1; Pate 2B, 3-3; Amos LF, 3B, 3-1; Lunsford RF/C, 3-0; and O’Brien SS, 3-0.

Pirates Upend SC 5-3 in a make up of their 3-3 tie game. Harbor enjoyed the comfort of six SC errors, some of which allowed the Bucs to score three runs, the difference in the game. Harbor scored its five runs in the first four innings against SC ace Doug Ellis, but three of them were unearned. Doug allowed five hits, walked four and struck out six. Steve Bruce pitched the last three innings giving up one hit, no runs or walks and struck out two.
But more importantly SC finally tightened up its defense. SC grouped two hits in the second inning to score its first run. Randy Pate, who had three of the Cards seven hits led off with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Alan Amos’ single. Sophomore Kevin Rains led off with a single in the sixth inning and scored on Pates triple. Pate scored on Amos’ infield out. Both teams are still in the title hunt. SC will be playing Soquel twice this coming week as one is a make up game, plus playing Aptos. Lineup: Bruce 1B/P, 4-0; Sczcurek CF/1B, 3-2; Ellis P/CF, 3-0; Blew C/RF, 3-0; Rains 3B/LF, 3-1; Pate 2B, 3-3; Amos LF/3B, 3-1; Lunsford RF/C, 3-0 and O’Brien SS, 3-0.

Hamm, Knights Shuffle Cards 3-1. Today’s game is a make up of a rain out. The two teams will play again tomorrow. Tuesdays victory was a most satisfying one for the Knights, who so often have seen league pennant hopes go down the drain in late season games against SC. The defeat dropped SC to a 4-5 record. SC did not score until the seventh, when they mustered two of their four hits and scored their lone run, adding a bit of suspense to the contest. With one out, Randy Pate who had two of the Cards four hits doubled to right center. Kevin Rains was safe on an error to more Pate to third. Alan Amos drove in Pate. Doug Ellis started and went six innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out two for a good outing. Norb Sczcurek pitched the seventh giving up two hits and walked none. Dave O’Brien had a double. Lineup: Bruce 1B, 2-0; Sczcurek CF/P, 3-0; Blew C, 3-0; Pate 2B, 3-2; Rains 3B, 2-0; Ellis P/CF, 3-0; Amos LF, 3-1; Lunsford RF, 3-0 and O’Brien SS, 2-1

Knights Walk To Crucial Victory Over Cards 5-4. The division leading Knights made it two in a row over their long time baseball nemesis SC, when a base on balls pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. It marked only the second time in 12 seasons that Soquel has defeated SC in both league games during a single campaign. The last time was in 1965 when Pete and Scott Hamm combined to pitch a “sweep”. This year it was little brother 6-3 Jeff Hmm, who four hit the Cards yesterday. Soquel rapped out 12 hits and finally overcame the scrappy, but mistake prone Cards in a typical Soquel-SC game fashion, a late inning rally.
After SC had rallied from a 3-2 deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on a Steve Bruce lead off double. A nubber by Sczcurek moved him to third and Blew singled to drive him in. Blew stole second and moved to third on an infield out, before Kevin Rains singled him home. The Cards two other runs came in the third inning largely thanks to two errors. Dave O’Brien and Sczcurek had singles and drove in runs. Only three Soquel runs were earned. Both teams had two errors. Lineup: Bruce P/1B, 3-1; Sczcurek 1B/P, 3-2; Blew C, 4-1; Pate 2B, 4-1; Rains 3B, 3-1; Amos LF, 3-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Lunsford RF, 1-0; Enrico PR/RF, 0-0 and O’Brien SS, 3-1.
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SC Gains Share Of First With A 13-4 Win Over Aptos. A relentless, 17 hit attack powered the Cards to a 4-2 MBL record and a tie with Harbor for the league lead. After five full innings the score was SC 6-4. The Cards exploded the last two innings. Rains tripled, doubled, drove in two runs and went 3 for 4. Pate had two doubles and went 3 for 4. Amos doubled, drove in three runs and had two hits. Szczurek doubled and drove in two runs.
The Cards had a total of six extra base hits. Ellis drove in three runs and Blew two. Despite the fact the each team had three errors their were some outstanding defensive plays. Third baseman Rains played his position particularly well, especially noticeable in the third when he made five successive plays. Another play, when a ball was ripped off Bruce’s glove, O’Brien scooped it and fired a strike to first, barely nipping the batter.
Szcaurek started and went two innings giving up three hits, three earned runs, walked three and struck out two. Bruce went three innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out one for the win. Ellis went two innings gave up two hits, no earned runs and struck out one. Lineup: Bruce 1B/P, 5-2; Pate 2B, 4-3; Ellis CF/1B/P, 3-1; Blew C, 3-2; Rains 3B, 4-3; Amos LF, 4-2; O’Brien SS, 5-0; Szczurek, P/CF, 4-1: Lunsford RF, 4-0; Enrico CF, 0-0 and Violante PH, 0-0..

Wildcats Claw SC 7-2. The Cards were shuffled rudely and dealt a severe setback and are no longer at the top of the MBL deck. The Cards were never in the game as they made five physical errors and even a couple of mental miscues very uncommon for a school which has produced 10 championships in 14 years. Watsonville is 2-5 in league, but four of the loses were by one run. The Cards got their two runs in the fourth inning when Rains walked and was driven in by Amos’s triple. Lunsford singled him home. Bruce also had a triple. Ellis threw a complete game giving up seven hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out three. Lineup: Bruce 1B, 2-1; Pate 2B, 4-0; Ellis P, 3-1; Blew C, 3-0; Rains 3B, 2-0; Szczurek, CF, 2-0; Amos LF, 3-1; O’Brien SS, 3-0; 4-1 and Lunsford RF, 3-1.

Ellis, Bruce Fire Cards Past Mariners 3-0 combining to toss a quick one hitter. Responding to a plea To “get with it”, the Redbirds coordinated both defense and offense for a convincing victory. No Aptos player made it past first base with catcher Keith Blew doing his part by cutting down two base runners. Doug Ellis breezed though the Mariner lineup, retiring 12 Aptos batters in a row and used a minimum of pitches. Ellis threw his best game of the year when he went five innings throwing only 54 pitches, while giving up one hit and struck out none. Mark Bruce went two innings walking none and striking out two. John Lunsford started off the third with an infield single was sacrificed to second by Dave O’Brien and scored when Bruce crushed a triple. Bruce scored on Blew.s single. Norb Szczurek walked to lead off the sixth inning was sacrificed to second by Blew and driven in by Pate, who singled him home. SC now owns a 5-6 MBL record. Lineup: Bruce 1B/P, 3-1; Szczurek, CF, 2-0; Blew C, 2-2; Pate 2B/1B, 2-1; Rains 3B, 2-1; Ellis P/2B, 3-0; Amos LF, 3-0; Lunsford RF, 2-1 and O’Brien SS, 1-0. (this game started a end of the year five game win streak.)

From the Trident. A down spot in the season was a 3-5 loss to Harbor in the first round, when the Cards made 6 errors and gave up 3 unearned runs. In the next game a 13-4 win over Aptos was one of the high points so far in the season, when the team garnered 17 hits and was alert in the field for the complete game. The team has been up and down this season. They have not played with any consistency. The team is looking to finish out the season playing up to its capabilities each game. Doug Ellis has looked sharp on the mound and Dave O’Brien has made some excellent plays at shortstop.

Cardinals come To Life For 2-1 Victory Over Cats in a nine inning affair. Ellis started and gave up an unearned run, three hits, one walk and struck out three in 4 innings of work. Steve Bruce came in relief and pitched his best game of the year throwing only 49 pitches in 5 innings for the win. He retired the first 11 men in order. Going into the seventh inning with Watsonville ahead 1-0 and the Cards without a hit, Randy Pate walked, Kevin Rains and Alan Amos singled to load the bases. John Lunsford hit a sacrifice fly to right field drove in Pate to tie the score.
In the ninth, Pate led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Rains. Amos singled Pate to third. Lunsford, who likes to make a habit out of knocking in runs, drilled a grounder through the box into center to drive in his second run. Pate scored both runs and Lunsford had the two RBI’s. Cards had two errors. The lineup: Ellis P/CF, 4-1; Szczurek 1B, 4-0; Blew C, 3-0; Pate 2B, 3-1; Rains 3B, 3-1; Amos LF, 3-2; Lunsford RF, 3-1; Violante PR; O’Brien SS, 4-1; Enrico CF, 1-0; Bruce P, 3-0.

SC Rains On Valley 5-0 in a make up of an earlier rained out game. Sophomore Kevin Rains in his only league pitching assignment, as rained out games were being made up in the last two weeks, Rains saved the pitching staff from over work, by pitching a complete game giving up 4 hits, no runs or walks and struck out 7. Rains mixed his pitches well and was in serious trouble just once. The Cards rode a four run second inning to victory. The lineup: Bruce 1B, 3-2; Blew C, 3-1; Pate 2B, 3-0; Rains P, 4-0; Amos 3B, 3-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Lunsford LF, 3-0; O’Brien SS, 3-1 and Violante RF, 2-1.

Cards Cinch Third With 18-5 Victory. SC broke out of its low scoring syndrome by collecting 16 hits against SLV. Yesterday in a make up game, the Cards only had five hits. SC first baseman Steve Bruce was the spark the Cards needed at the plate all season. Bruce almost had a perfect day at the plate collecting two triples and two singles in five appearances and it all added up to five runs batted in. Rains had two doubles, a triple and drove in a run. Keith Blew had three hits and drove in two runs. Others with RBI’s were Lunsford and O’Brien two each and Szczurek, Pate, Ellis one each. Doug Ellis pitched a complete game win giving up seven hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out eight. Cards had three errors. The lineup: Bruce 1B, 5-4; Szczurek CF, 4-0; Pate 2B, 4-0; Rains 3B/RF, 5-3; Blew C, 5-3; Amos LF/3B, 2-1; Ellis P, 4-2; Lunsford RF, 3-1 and O’Brien SS, 3-2.

In the last game of the season the Cards won their fifth straight game beating Harbor 7-3, while playing flawlessly the whole game, to tie Harbor for second place with 9-6 records. But by a tie breaker system, Harbor will be going to the league playoffs to play the 13-1 Alisal Trojans. The Pirates were defending league champions. SC got up for the game as they wanted to show that they were a good capable team. It added to the frustration of an “almost” season.
It marked the second consecutive season the Red Birds tied for second, only to miss the playoffs by the tie breaker rules. The game was an wide open affair as the teams combined for 19 hits, eight for SC and 11 for Harbor and six errors, three apiece. Of the ten runs scored only four were earned and one, SC’s first, had particular significance.
The big accomplishment was to score a earned run against Harbors ace pitcher as no team had been able to all season, that’s 60 innings. Steve Bruce and Doug Ellis led off with singles and were driven in by clean up hitter Kevin Rains. SC got three unearned runs in the second inning on a bases loaded double to clear the sacks by Ellis. In the third, John Lunsford and Bruce had RBI singles to make the score 7-0.
The team had a .300 batting average for the year. For most of the league season three pitchers, Ellis, Bruce and Szczurek split up game pitching duties. In this game Ellis started and went five innings giving up seven hits, no runs, one walk and struck out one for the win. Bruce pitched the last two innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, no walks and struck out two. Lineup: Bruce 1B/P, 4-2; Ellis P/CF, 4-2; Blew C, 3-0; Rains 3B, 4-1; Pate 2B, 4-0; Amos LF, 3-2; Szczurek CF/1B, 4-0; Lunsford RF, 3-1 and O’Brien SS, 1-0.

With Szczurek and O’Brien the only seniors on the team, the outlook for next year should be something to look forward too.

End of the year comment from the coach, “the team found out they could play and finished very strong. There was much more determination and confidence at the end of the season. Next year the good finish should carry over to a championship team. The team has the ability. All they will need is the extra effort necessary to get over the top.”

League stats by player, times at bat, RBI’s, total bases and batting average.
AT RBI TB AV
Pate 50 5 24 340
Bruce 54 10 38 333
Rains 45 6 24 333
Amos 44 7 18 318
Szczurek 48 11 18 313
Lunsford 37 9 11 297
Blew 48 11 15 271
Ellis 54 11 19 259
O’Brien 45 8 11 200
Violante 4 1 3 500
Enrico 4 1 0 000
Rudolph 2 1 0 000

League pitching stats by name, games pitched in, innings pitched, hits, walks, strike outs, earned runs per game allowed, earned run average, wins and losses.
G IN H BB SO ER ERA W L
Ellis 13 50 37 17 35 11 1.54 6 3
Szczurek 8 24 20 14 13 5 1.46 0 3
Bruce 7 23 20 5 11 6 1.83 2 0
Rains 7 7 4 0 7 0 0.00 1 0
Totals 13 80 81 36 75 22 1.92 9 6

If a player commented to the Trident, the main opinion was next years team will be very good. This years team closed with a five game win streak and most of the previous league losses were by one or two runs.

Team honors
Most Valuable Player and received the sportsmanship award– Randy Pate

Best Birds in league
Average– Pate .340 and Bruce and Rains .333
RBI’s– Blew, Ellis and Szczurek 11 and Bruce 10
Total bases– Bruce 28, Pate and Rains 24
Stolen bases– Bruce, Amos, Szczurek and Blew 4
Walks– Amos and Rains 8
Least number of strike outs– O’Brien 4 and Lunsford 5

Best Birds for the season
Average– Bruce .330, Rains .32 and Pate .300
RBI’s– Bruce 15, Blew, Ellis and Szczurek 14
Total bases– Bruce 38, Rains 35 and Pate 34
Stolen bases– Blew 10, Bruce 9 and Ellis 8
Walks– Szczurek and Blew 16, Rains 14
Least number of strike outs– Rains 9 and O’Brien, Pate and Enrico 10

Sentinel. May 22. ALL MBL NORTH DIVISION players were senior Norb Szczurek and juniors Randy Pate and Steve Bruce. Honorable mentions were juniors Doug Ellis and Keith Blew.
SC which tied with Harbor for second place with 9-6 records had three members on the team. The following are what these players did to deserve the honor and the stats are for the league season.
Norbert Szczurek, a senior played first base when Bruce pitched, center field when Doug Ellis pitched and pitched himself. Norb hit .318 was third in hits with 15 and tied for the lead in RBI’s with 11. Norb pitched 23.2 innings in 8 games with a 1.46 ERA and a 2-4 won loss record.
Randy Pate a junior, second baseman led the team in hitting .340 and made some outstanding defensive plays, to help his team win the last five games of season to tie for second place.. Randy also led in runs scored 12, tied with sophomore Kevin Rains for the most doubles with 5 and was second in hits with 17.
Steve Bruce a junior tied for second in batting average hitting .333. Steve led in number of hits 18, and triples 4. Steve was second in runs batted in with 10. Steve normally played first base, but he pitched seven times during league for a total of 23 innings, winning 2 and losing 2 with a 1.83 earned run average.
Keith Blew and Doug Ellis, who are juniors were selected for honorable mention. A disappointment was the absence of Doug Ellis from the team. Ellis was 7-4 with an ERA of 1.54. Another strong Card nominee was junior Keith Blew a .271 hitter with 11 RBI’s. (They both were very important to the success of this years team and will be expected to be the best battery in the league next year.)
(Blew missed making the first team by one vote, plus the team was picked without having a player at ever position. There are no catchers on the first team, which supports his being included as the number one catcher in the league.)
(Doug Ellis played the outfield when not pitching, but pitching is what he did most of the time as he pitched in 13 of the 15 league games. Doug threw 50 innings, won 6, which is two thirds of the teams wins and lost 3. His ERA of 1.54 is good enough to win every game.)

JV BASEBALL

Hollister 4-0, Carmel 4-1 Seaside 4-1
As of April 22 the league record is 1-5 and 3-9 for the season. The only returning players this year are Greg Wehr and Randy Gomez. Hitting wise the team is a very sound ball club with Royce Copeland and Dave Munoz leading with the best batting averages. Long ball hitters are Randy Gomez, Ralph Russo, Bobby Rodriguez and Greg Wehr. The two top pitchers are Wehr and Al Kensinger, who usually go the distance. Relievers are Jim Abicht, David Ellis, Russo and Ron Colby. Other team members are Lloyd Wainscoat C/OF, Paul Wainscoat 2B/SS, Bill Bray OF.

The usual starting line up is Gomez CF, Ellis 1B, Kensinger SS, Russo RF, Munoz C, Rodriguez 3B, Abicht 2B, Mike West LF, Wehr P

Coaches comment “the desire is there, but the breaks are not and that is what we need.”
Albert Kensinger won JV the sportsmanship award.

Gary Hand won the Frosh sportsmanship award.

GIRLS SOFTBALL

In the first year of girls softball at SCHS the team was made up of 12 players, the most of them freshman. The players were Elaina Guidici, Molly Hall, Sharon Ham, Candi Jackson, Evonne Sandas Leslie Schlee, Robin Shannon, Georgia Sandas, Dannette Sutton Diane Vaggioli, Berta Ruiz and Tina Olimpio all varied the positions they played during the season. Other teams in the league have been organized longer than SC.

Diane Vaggioli won the sportsmanship award.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

In the teams first season of play, both the varsity and JV’s played seven games. The varsity record was 5-2 and JV 4-3. The competition was Alisal, North Salinas, Soquel, Harbor, Watsonville, Aptos and SLV. The players on the JV and varsity teams vary from game to game. The only qualification is “the desire to play as a team.”

There was no money in the budget to buy equipment such as balls, uniforms and knee pads. This years uniforms were old boys basketball jersey’s worn over the girls’ gym clothes. Comments from the girls were “Bleh”, the jersey’s are old and stained, they were too BIG, but they are better than nothing another said. The girls went out and bought their own knee pads as diving for balls is the norm in volleyball.

The teams were made up of eight enthusiastic and ambitious freshmen. They are Patty Fuller, Alice Grube, Dina Curotto, Lori West, Leah Rappaport, Laura Weybright, Kerstin Meyer and Pam Mills. The strong sophomores and juniors were Mary Alvarez, Carol Doyle, Maureen Gallagher, Julie Johnson, Melody Copp and Kim Bridinger. The three starting varsity seniors were great this year. The skills of Debbie Tuana, Jill Abicht and Jeanette Scofield will be missed.

Jill Abicht won the sportsmanship award.

TRACK

Allen Sandretti and Mike Helm qualified for the CCS region IV meet. Sandretti was the lone SC qualifier to the CCS finals with a 9:47.6 time for the two mile.

The Cardinal Club, SC Little Helpers and others have donated $800 to high jump and pole vault shelters and landing pit for the high jump. The school board has promised to provide new running suits to replace the ragged ones and a sweat jacket with our school emblem and colors.

Against Harbor SC winners were Allen Sandretti, who won the mile with a time of 4:48.8 and took second in the 880 with a 2:08.8 time. In the 880 Eric Franks took second and Todd Jones a third. In the JV division all turned out in favor of the Cards. Winners were Dave Gregoric in the 880 with a time of 2:12.6; John Whichelow in the 440 in time of 55.2; Rick Larson in 220 at 25.1 and Mike Helm in the shot put at 48’ 5”. Other placers were Mark Harlan second in the triple jump at 33’2” and Kent Zilliox was third at 33’. Brian Hitchock placed third in the 220. Ron Sims placed third in the mile at 5:08.

At the Pacific Grove Invitational meet, Mike Helm won the shot put with a mark of 49’5”, which was a personal record and put him second on the school shot put list of throws. Allen Sandretti won the two mile run at 9:42.4 to finish way in front of the pack. Rick Bastine placed third in the triple jump with a seasonal best 41’ 11”. John Whichelow took fourth in the 440 at 55.5.

At the SC county meet Sandretti demolished the two mile school record by 13 seconds placing second at 9:39.7. Dave Gregoric captured fourth place in 880 with a time of 2:11.3. The high point of the day in the JV division was the second place finish and school record breaking time of 3:47.6 by the mile relay team of Whichelow, Larson, Zilliox and Gregoric.

Twenty six school participated at the 14th annual SC relays. Allen Sandretti placed third in the mile at 4:30, which put him a half second off he school record and gave him the title of the junior class record holder. Sandretti took a second in the two mile at 9:47.2 David Gregoric ran his best race of the year taking third place at 2:05.2, which is his personal best and a school record. Mike Helm took second in the shot put of 52’ a personal best. Other personnel bests were made by Ron Sims in the mile at 5:05.9; Rick Larson in 220 at 24.4; John Whichelow in 440 at 54.0; Todd Jones in 880 at 2:05.6.

Other team members were Stan Thurman, Don Hopping, Gary Moro, Bob Baker, Scott Seymour, Ken Pollastrini, Ron Sims, Dan Moreno, Charlie Hastings, Tom Armstrong, Eric Franks, Todd Jones and Mike Scofield. Three girls were on the team, they were Tristin Carter, Sherrie Walton, Becky Natali. Head coach Nick Delurgio.

Junior, Allen Sandretti walked away with two track awards: High Point Man with 80 1/3 points and Most Outstanding Track Athlete. The Outstanding Field Event award went to Junior, Ricky Bastine in the triple jump and high jump.
Varsity sportsmanship award went to junior, Sherrie Walton in the 440 and low hurdles.

For the Frosh-Soph team the Most Outstanding Track Athlete was Sophomore, Dave Gregoric in 880, 440, mile relay. Freshman, Ricky Larsen was the High Point Man with 57 ½ points.
Sophomore, Mike Helm was the Outstanding Field Event athlete in the shot put.
Brian Hitchcock won the Frosh-Soph sportsmanship award. Brian ran the two mile and mile.

SWIMMING
Dual meets: Hollister 99-45. League North Salinas 114-28, Seaside 104-28, Watsonville 104-48, Salinas 62-109, Soquel 62-112, Alisal 106-63, SLV forfeit) Harbor 70-102. (meets missing) League record 7-3 for fourth place. Season record 8-3.

This year five girls participated on the boys swim team. Michelle Lewis did the 100 yard backstroke and dove, Jenny Wilson, Sherry Ricar did the medley relay, Liz Crowell and Carol Dillerie are participating. Other team members were Jim Reedy, Dean Stengl, Ernie Faitos, Jon Hatch, Alan Spano, Erin Nadler, Joe Soloman, Harland Johnson, Randy Shaffer, Charlie Waite, Brian Mayer, Les Hill, Ken Dolar, Steve Ricar, Greg Foltz and Dan Colton. Coach Bryan Foss.

The Cards started off their great year with a convincing 99-45 conquest of Hollister. Followed with a resounding conquest of North Salinas 114-28.

In a dual meet with Seaside the Cardinals won 104-48 capturing nine first places in the process.
For the varsity Jon Hatch and Charlie Waite were each double winners. Hatch took the 200 yard individual medley and the 500 yard freestyle, while Waite won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events. Randy Shaffer won the 100 yard backstroke and Steve Ricar won the diving competition. The 200 yard medley relay team of Shaffer, Ricar, Spano and Johnson won. The 400 freestyle relay team of Johnson, Waite, Stengl and Hatch were winners.
The frosh-soph team lost 40-75. In frosh-soph action the only two SC first places from two young ladies Shelley McElroy in the 200 yard freestyle and Michelle Lewis won the diving. Placers in the following events were 200 yard individual medley were second place, Johnson and third, Person. In 50 freestyle third, Soloman and fourth, Hill. In diving: second, Colton. In 100 butterfly: second, Mayer and third, Shaffer. In 100 freestyle: second, Spano; third Stengl; fourth, Johnson and fifth, L. Waite. In 500 freestyle: second, Hill. In 100 backstroke: fourth, Mayer. In 100 breaststroke: third, Ricar and fifth, Person.
The 200 medley relay: second place for the team of McElroy, Crowell, Ricar and Lewis. In 100 individual medley: second, Ricar. In 50 freestyle third: Reed and fifth, Crowell. In 100 yard breaststroke: second, Grove. In 100 freestyle: fourth, Reed. In 100 backstroke: second, McElroy.

SLV did not have a team and forfeited.

The Cards whipped Watsonville 104-48. Closer meets were a 94-64 win over Aptos and with an all out team effort beat Monterey 93-76. At this time the team is undefeated with a 7-0 record.

A very strong Salinas team gave the Cards their first loss 62-109.

In a 62-112 loss to Soquel, the Knights won 10 of the 11 events. Steve Ricar was the lone SC winner, which he won in diving.

An easy win against Alisal 106-63 was next.

Swimmers Finish Season In Fourth Place. To wrap up the season the Cards lost to Harbor 70-102 at Harvey West Pool, with Harbor winning 9 of 11 events. The two winners for the Cards was freshman Alan Spano, who won he 100 yard butterfly with a 1:03.3 clocking and Jon Hatch won the 500 freestyle in 5:23.8.

The top swimmer was sophomore Jon Hatch, who last year as a freshman set many Frosh-Soph swimming records. John has continued his winning ways setting two records this year. He broke the five year old record in the 200 yard freestyle set in 1969, by two tenths of a second in 1:57.6. He also set the record in the 500 yard freestyle in a time of 5:20.2.

Another record breaker was freshman Alan Spano, who broke two JV records. They were in the 100 yard backstroke in 1;06.2 and the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:02.1

Team captain Harland Johnson’s comment was, “We did not expect to be 8-3, we expected it to be the other way around. I think the main reason was because we swam as a team and always worked together as a team.”

Ernie Faitos won the sportsmanship award.

GIRLS SWIMMING

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In the first year even though there were no wins, the girls showed a lot of desire and dedication. What we lacked in depth, we showed in determination.

Team members were Barbara Deffee, Sue Ross, Julie Samuelson, Mary Jane Bernard, Dorothy Franks, Toby Hansen, Carol Silva, Alice Grube, Lori Muttersbach and Shelly McElroy.

TENNIS

League matches: Harbor 5-4, 4-5; Watsonville 2-7, North Salinas 8-1, Aptos won, Seaside 6-2. (matches missing) League record 6-3 for second place in the MBL Northern division. The Cards lost to eventual MBL champion Harbor by a 5-4 score. The final match was won by Harbor in a thrilling tie breaker. Season record 13-5.

At the beginning of the season the Cards were on their way to being the most successful season in the last decade. The teams sole loss came at the hands of perennial powerhouse Monta Vista of Los Altos.

The Cards came from behind to win the first league match beating Harbor 5-4. Leading the victory were Phil Kashap and Ed Costa who won their singles matches and came back to help win two doubles matches. Kashap teamed with Fred Caiocca to engineer a brilliant tie breaker victory in the number two doubles match. Costa teamed with Scott Jernstrom to clinch the match with a 3 set victory at number three doubles.

A vastly improved Watsonville team sent the Cards home with an unexpected 2-7 loss. Most of the matches were extremely close and could easily have gone either way.

North Salinas 8-1. Winners against North Salinas listed in order of the ladder with first man Eric Fieberling, Fred Caiocca, Ed Costa, Phil Kashap, Scott Jernstrom, Bill Slakey. Doubles winners were first team, Fieberling and Kashap and third team, Slakey and Costa. Losers were second team, Jernstrom and Caiocca.

The Cardinal net team ended its season with a win over Aptos. The victory put the finish on new team and personal records. SC finished the campaign on the crest of a four match winning streak, including a tremendous 6-2 victory over defending MBL champion Seaside. This years edition of the tennis team proved themselves the best ever by an unprecedented onslaught of the record books. Three team records were snapped as the Cards were victorious in 75 of 108 singles matches, eclipsing the old mark by 26 matches. The doubles matches also showed dividends as the Netmen snapped a record which had stood since last year. The teams 13-5 record was also a team best.

Sophomore Bill Slakey led the assault on the personal record book as he set three new team standards in singles play, bettering the marks set by Tom Matthews last year. Slakey set the marks for best record, most wins and consecutive wins. Freshman Phil Kashap set a new record for a varsity first year man by posting a 13-5 record.

Seniors Scott Jernstrom and Ed Costa will not be back, but the Cards show great promise for the future with returnees Slakey, another sophomore Eric Fieberling who went 10-8 against the best in the league along with junior Fred Ciaocca will again exhibit some of the best doubles play in the league next year. Plus JV members Matt Tsugawa and Greg Mainis are ready for varsity play. Coach Dennis Mullen.

Bill Slakey’s 17-1 record garnered him the Most Wins trophy. Harland Johnson was voted the team captain. Scott Jernstrom won the sportsmanship award.

GIRLS TENNIS

The first girls tennis team had a good turnout. The high light of the year was Liz Crowells undefeated season. Next year should be very promising as most of the girls will return. Coach Dennis Mullens

GOLF

Practice matches: Mission San Jose 28-26, RLS 14-40, Los Gatos 14-40, 17-37; Saratoga 14-40, 22-32. League: Seaside 7-47, Alisal 37-17, Soquel 31-23, 14-40; SLV 43-11, 35-19; Watsonville 21-31, Harbor 14-40. (matches missing)

Team members were Bill Starrs, Jeff Weber, Bryon Pini, Roy Musitelli, Curt Froid, Ed Marez, Doak Gintert and Tim Brown. Coach Don Dempewolf

The first practice match ended with a 28-26 win over Mission San Jose. Winners were Pini, Marez and medalist with a 40 score was Randy Wilson.

The Cards lost their first league match to Seaside 7-47 at Fort Ord. Ed Marez’s day typified the day, when his ball rolled off the fairway and disappeared down a gopher hole costing him his match. Marez and Jeff Webber were medalist for the Cards with 75’s.

Winner over Alisal 37-17 the individual winners were Pini, Wilson, Tim Brown and Doak Gintert. Pini was the days medalist with a four over par 53 for twelve holes.

Loss to RLS 14-40. Brown was the one winner. Marez did score some points. A top player was suspended for throwing his clubs in anger.

Los Gatos won 14-40. Brown again came through as the only winner and medalist for the Cards with a 54. Pini and Marez were right behind carding 55’s.

Lost to Saratoga, defending league champions in San Jose 14-40. Pini won his match and fired an even par.

Beat Alisal 37-17. Pini, Marez, Webber, Bill Starrs and Roy Musitelli won their matches. Pini was medalist at 53 over 12 holes.

Saratoga won again 22-32. Marez and Webber were the only winners and combined scored 17 of the 22 points. Marez shot a 3 over par 58 in 14 holes for medalist honors.

Bryan Pini shot a one under par 71 to lead the Cards to a 31-23 win over Soquel. Other winners were Marez, Brown and Froid.

Cards kill SLV 43-11. Winners were Pini, Marez, Brown, Gintert and Froid. Hard luck Jeff Webber was the lone loser when his ball got stuck in a tree on the last hole. Pini was again medalist with a 75.

SC dropped a 21-31 decision to Watsonville. Pini and Froid were the only winners.

SC blasted by Harbor 14- 40. Marez was the lone winner and was medalist with a four over par 59. Froid tied 3-3, which put him on a hot streak as he has not lost a match since Spring break.

During Spring break, Sophomore and the Cards number 1 man Bryan Pini won a four day golf tournament for the age group from 14/15 in Fresno with over 350 junior golfers in Northern California. Starting the first day he shot a 68 followed by a 81, 75 and 78 for his winning total of 302

Lost to Los Gatos 17-37. Pini was the sole winner and was medalist shooting a four over par 76 for all 18 holes.

Cards beat SLV 35-19. Players listed in order of the ladder with the number one man first and the score of the match. Bryan Pini 6-0, Tim Brown 6-0, Curt Froid 4-2, Jeff Webber 6-0, Bill Starrs 0-6 and Doak Gintert 1-5.

Cards lost to Soquel 14-40. Bryan Pini 4-2,Tim Brown 6-0, Curt Froid 0-6, Bill Starrs 0-6, Jeff Webber 0-6, Doak Gintert 0-6.

At the MBL end of the season match with the best two players on each of the 11 schools, the Cardinals were represented by Bryan Pini and Tim Brown, who took fourth place. Sophomore, Pini’s score was high enough to qualify him for the sectional meet where he missed the cut by 3 strokes.

Sophomore Bryon Pine was awarded the Most Valuable Golfer for the second straight year. He won last year as a freshman. Senior Curt Froid coveted his prize of Most Improved Golfer.
Bill Stairs won the sportsmanship award.

INDIVIDUALS
The top cross country runner this year was junior Allen Sandretti who finished first at the RLS Invitational and set a new course record. At the MBL varsity finals, Allen finish in fourth place and was awarded a spot on the All MBL team. In track, Sandretti walked away with two track awards: High Point Man and Most Outstanding Track Athlete. Allen qualified for the CCS region IV meet. Against Harbor, Sandretti won the mile with a time of 4:48.8 and took second in the 880 with a 2:08.8 time. At the SC county meet Sandretti demolished the two mile school record by 13 seconds placing second at 9:39.7. At the Pacific Grove Invitational, Sandretti won the two mile run at 9:42.4 to finish way in front of the pack.

The Outstanding Field Event award for track went to Ricky Bastine. At the Pacific Grove Invitational meet, Rick Bastine placed third in the triple jump with a seasonal best 41’ 11”.

At the Pacific Grove Invitational meet, Mike Helm won the shot put with a mark of 49’5”, which was a personal record and put him second on the school shot put list of throws. Helm qualified for the CCS region IV meet in the shot put.

Luther Harris was a first place finisher at the MBL wrestling meet and took second at the CCS Region IV meet. At the Harbor tournament he took fourth and at the Gonzales tournament he was third.

Chris Clarke was third at the MBL meet and the CCS Region IV meet. At the Del Mar tournament he was fourth.

Sophomore Bill Slakey led the assault on the personal record book as he set three new tennis team standards in singles play, bettering the marks set by Tom Matthews last year. Slakey set the marks for best record, most wins and consecutive wins.

Freshman Phil Kashap set a new record for a varsity tennis, first year man by posting a 13-5 record.

ALL MBL NORTH DIVISION

baseball players were senior Norb Szczurek and juniors Randy Pate and Steve Bruce. Honorable mentions were juniors Doug Ellis and Keith Blew.
The following stats are for the league season.
Senior, Norbert Szczurek played first base, when Bruce pitched, center field when Doug Ellis pitched and pitched himself. Norb hit .318 was third in hits with 15 and tied for the lead in RBI’s with Blew and Ellis with 11. Norb pitched 23.2 innings in 8 games with a 1.46 ERA.
Junior, second baseman Randy Pate, who top the team in hitting .340. Randy also led in runs scored 12, tied with sophomore Kevin Rains for the most doubles with 5 and was second in hits with 17.
Junior, Steve Bruce tied Rains for second in batting average hitting .333. Steve led in number of hits 18, and triples 4. Steve was second in runs batted in with 10. Steve normally played first base. Steve pitched seven times during league for a total of 23 innings, winning 2 and losing 0 with a 1.83 earned run average.
Juniors, Keith Blew and Doug Ellis were selected for honorable mention. They both were very important to the success of this years team and will be expected to be the best battery in the league next year. Blew missed making the first team by one vote, plus the team was picked without having a player at ever position. There are no catchers on the first team, which supports his being included as the number one catcher in the league.
Doug Ellis played the outfield when not pitching, but pitching is what he did most of the time as he pitched in 13 of the 15 league games. Doug threw 50 innings, won 6, which is two thirds of the teams wins and lost 3. His ERA of 1.54 is good enough to win every game.

At the Dads Club Tournament in a game for seventh place the Cards lost to San Jose 55-65. David Hightower scored 27 points for the best individual scoring performance of the Dads Club tournament.

FORMER PLAYER

Kris Sorensen a 1969 grad last year in his junior year at San Jose State posted a 5-3 record and a fine 1.90 ERA. In the summer he signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and pitched for their rookie league club at Sarasota, Florida were he was 3-2 with an 2.05 ERA. He also led the league in strike outs, 60 in 60 innings. Kris worked out with the SCHS team this Spring before reporting to the Cardinals double A team.


1975

First time ever SCHS soccer team joins MBL soccer league.

SC band victorious in East-West game Shriner competition. This years fiftieth anniversary of the Cardinal Marching Band continues to prove that it is one of the finest bands ever at SCHS. The band won the sweepstakes in their division, which put them in second place of all the bands entered. Last year the band took the overall championship with a score of 90.8.

Senior Athletes of the year, the highest honor which can be given in the Cardinal sports program were given to Gabe Reyes, Sherrie Walton and Allen Sandretti. Reyes was the Cardinal entrant in the State Wrestling tournament and also ran cross country. Since his freshman year Sandretti has been the mainstay of the track and cross country teams. Walton the Girls recipient was a member of the track team and was a fine asset to the tennis team at the number three singles position.

Principal James Coulter Speaks on Sports. “Sports are magnets and without sports in our high schools we would have many more problem kids.” He feels that the athletic program in high school plays a major factor in school morale. Sports serve a an outlet for student energy, both the player and the spectator can get directly involve in any game. He feels an intramural program would be a benefit to SCHS. As President of the MBL Board of Managers, he feels that an girl good enough should be allowed to play on a boys team. Currently eight boys teams with JV and or Frosh-Soph teams are allotted $19,000 to cover all cost, which it does not. The six brand new girls teams are given $3,333. The School Board is not meeting its responsibilities to girls athletics.

Coaches: Ron Mehurn, varsity football. Tex Ronning, wrestling and assistant varsity football. Don Dempwolf, soccer and golf. Pete Newell, basketball. Al Weimers, JV football. Larry Anderson, assistant JV football. Larry Maibaum, assistant wrestling and JV football. Ray Hunter, girls basketball and JV baseball. Bill Dodge, baseball. Tom Crichton, assistant baseball. Dennis Mullen, girls and boys tennis. Pete Newell, basketball. Mike Thiebault, JV basketball. Brian Foss, swimming and water polo. Ginger Anderson, girls volleyball. Patti Dolar, assistant volleyball. Don Dempwolfe, soccer and golf. Ronnie Mills, gymnastics.

The Trident put out a eight page Special Edition Sports Page reviewing all sports for the school year, which has been copied below. This is why each sport has at least a short recap of its season. It was very well done.

FOOTBALL Practice game: Gilroy 14-34. League: North Salinas 9-7, Salinas 14-21, Monterey 7-33, SLV 9-14, Aptos 0-33, Soquel 7-39, Watsonville 7-6 and Harbor 7-14. League record 2-6 for sixth-last place. Season record 2-7.

Players were Mike Jones, Martin Vanslager, Scott Seymour, Clyde Persley, Mike Scofield, Carl Jones, Keith Blew Gary Rudolph, Ken O’ Connell, Andrew Creely, Manuel Ruiz, Dan Moreno, Keith Dotson, Rick Bastine, Allan Amos, Don Hopping, Garret McKeeman, Brent Gallick, Doug Martin, Peter Anecito, Greg Lopez, Bruce Nolan, Larry Monroe, Greg Manis, Bill Wassen, Dave Jessen, Randy Quilici, Bob Baker, Rick Watson, David Hightower, Edward Hightower, Ed Marez and Kevin Lukan. New head coach Ron Mehuron.

From the Sentinel. Gilroy Topples Cards 34-14. Bolting out of the starting gate with three first half touchdowns Gilroy controlled the game with 51 rushing plays to only 21 for the Cards. Gilroy gained 260 yards on the ground to 58 for SC. SC was its own worst enemy during much of the contest drawing eight off sides or illegal procedure calls to lose 108 yards on penalties, which thwarted numerous advances. SC started with a flourish by driving to the Gilroy 28 on the games first series of downs. Keith Dotson’s 20 yard kickoff return and Ken O’Connell’s 17 yard run highlighted the series. A pair of incomplete passes killed the threat. A Card punt that bounced off the back of an SC player and a fumble set up two Gilroy scores. Gilroy led 20-0 at halftime. David Jessen, who played offense, defense and special teams was effective on all three. The first SC touchdown was made possible by alert defensive play by Manuel Ruiz, who forced a fumble and by Keith Blew, who scooped up the ball and thundered 24 yards to the six. It was a defensive lineman’s dream being denied when he was finally tackled. Rick Bastine surged for four yards and Mike Jones burst over left guard on a trap play for the TD. Gary Rudolph booted the PAT.
With seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter Keith Dotson rambled 89 yards on a kickoff return. He reversed his field at his own 30, cutting to the sideline and out sprinted everyone. Bastine rushed for 15 yards, Jones for 31 and O’Connell for 26. Their were 14 yards of miss rushing. Receiving were Dotson 13, Creely 8 and O’Connell 6. Passing Seymour completed one of three for 13 yards and Rudolph two for 7 for 14 yards.

Trident Athlete of the month of September was Keith Dotson, who had a spectacular 89 yard touchdown run against Gilroy and scored on a 54 pass reception against North Salinas.

Sweet Cardinal Victory: SC 9, North Salinas 7. Rudolph’s 31 yard Field Goal Nets Win. The Cards shocking upset of North Salinas should be savored as long as possible. The Cards were both lucky and good, especially on defense. They received a tremendous performance from punter, Keith Blew, who late in the third quarter set up the go ahead score by booming a 48 yard kick to the Viking one yard line. North Salinas was not able to advance and kicked the ball to their 35. Dame Fortune chose that moment to smile on SC as the Viking’s were penalized for a personal foul to put the ball on the 18 yard line. The Cards were held and Rudolph kicked a field goal to put SC ahead 9-7. In the fourth quarter time and again the Cards came up with crucial defensive plays. The big spark came when safety Mike Scofield intercepted a pass that had been tipped at the line of scrimmage.
The heroes were many for SC. Blew’s punts kept North Salinas from gaining good field position. Defensive lineman like Don Hopping stopped the run. Offensive hero was Rudolph, who in addition to his field goal hit flanker Keith Dotson over the middle late in the first half and Dotson ran through a host of defenders some 54 yards to a TD. Previously North Salinas had scored on a 55 yard pass. North Salinas fumbled three times and lost all three. SC fumbled six times, but lost the ball only twice. Ron Mehuron is back coaching the Cards. North Salinas gained 175 yards to SC’s 134. Positive rushing yards were Jones 29 and Amos 1. Receiving yards were Dotson 63, Hightower 18 and O’Connell 37. Passing: Rudolph passed six times and completed three for 79 yards and Seymour 5 times completed two for 39 yards.

Repeat of North Salinas game in the Trident. In the first league game of the season the Cards came from behind to beat North Salinas 9-7. The first half ended in a scoreless tie as the Card defense playing as if it were mid season, bore down even more in the third quarter after the Viking went ahead 7-0.
Split wide on third down, senior Keith Dotson cut loose on a pattern deep into Viking territory. On about the Viking 30 yard line and about 15 yards into his pattern, quarterback Gary Rudolph place the ball out for Dotson who ran under it and kept on going for a 45 yard Card TD. Rudolph kicked the extra point. Minutes later, Rudloph split the uprights with a 21 yard field goal to give the Cards their first win of the season. The field goal was set up by a Keith Blew’s 48 yard punt down to the one yard line, which helped the Cards get better position when they got the ball back.

Salinas Outlasts SC 21-14. Keith Dotson scored touchdowns on the Cards first and final offensive efforts. Dotson shocked the Cowboys with a 81 yard opening kickoff return and then with five seconds left in the game, rambled 63 yards from scrimmage on a reverse, which was only the first time in the game that he had carried the ball from scrimmage. Gary Rudolph kicked both PAT’s. In between the two touchdowns, Salinas took advantage of costly SC errors. Three pass interceptions, two lost fumbles and 85 yards of penalties contributed to the Red Birds downfall. Otherwise, SC played the Cowboys head to head. Keith Blew blocked a PAT. Defensive standouts were Blew, David Jessen and Don Hopping. Late in the second quarter Blew and Hopping sacked the quarterback deep in Card territory. On the preceding play Ed Hightower dumped the quarterback for a ten yard loss. Salinas gained 152 yards to 141 for the Cards. Rushing yards: Jones 22, O’Connell 24, Dotson 63 and Rudolph 9. Receiving: Jones 23. Passing: Rudolph completed one of six passes for 9 yards and Seymour one of six for 14 yards.

Cardinals Fall 33-7 To Monterey. The game could easily been closer, but Monterey capitalized on several SC mistakes. Monterey scored first. SC came right back and threatened to score early in the second quarter. Quarterback Gary Rudolph connected on a 33 yard bomb to flanker Keith Dotson to put the ball on the Monterey 12, but Monterey stiffened and Rudolph missed a field goal try. Monterey squeezed a third touchdown in just before halftime to make the score 21-0. After Monterey scored again in the third quarter, SC began to feel its oats offensively. Dotson gained 25 yards and the Cards went 73 yards on 14 plays for their sole TD scored by Rick Bastine on a six yard run. Rudolph kicked the PAT. Rushing yards: O’Connell 54, Dotson 56, Jones 36, Bastine 10, Monroe 6 and Scofield 4. Receiving: Dotson 33. Rudolph completed two of six passes for 32 yards.

Cards make comeback in second half, but lose to SLV 9-14. The Card defense again turned in a strong performance holding down two talented running backs to less than their normal yardage. Gary Rudolph kicked a field goal in the first quarter. At the end of the third quarter the score was 3-14. SC then made thing interesting when Dotson blew through the Cougar defense for 19 yards and a TD to make the score 9-14. Rick Bastine breaking tackle after tackle ran 54 yards for an apparent TD to put the Cards ahead, but with penalty flags all over the field, scratch one TD.

Aptos Rush By Cardinals 33-0. The score was only half of it. Not only were the Cards clobbered physically, they failed to chalk up a first down, failed to get beyond the 50 yard stripe and gained only 12 yards total offense.

Knights Breeze 39-7, Earn Shot At MBL Title. Before a good sized Memorial Field crowd, Soquel put the game away in the first half, scoring 26 points and gaining yards in any manner it chose. SC in its first series of the third quarter, took possession on its own 31 and nine plays later they were on the scoreboard. Rudolph started things with a 9 yard pass to Ed Hightower. SC chipped a way on the ground until O’Connell gained a critical first down with a 12 yard jaunt on a third and 11 situation. Two plays later, Rudolph connected with O’Connell for 10 yards and another first down on the Soquel 20. From there Rudolph found Dotson all alone and hit him for a TD. Rudolph kicked the PAT.
SC had nine first downs, three rushing, two passing and four by penalty. Soquel reserves started filtering in late in the second quarter. Soquel held the Card rushing game to 28 net yards. The lone Card with any degree of running success was gutsy Ken O’Connell with 35 yards in seven carries. Other rushers with positive yards were Amos 1, Jones 9 and Dotson 9. Receiving: Hightower 9, O’Connell 16, Dotson 20 and Bastine 5. Rudolph completed five of 15 passes for 45 yards and O’Connell one of three for 5 yards.

Mehruon Cites SC ‘Will To Win’ Surprising Card Defense Stuns Wildcats 7-6 for their second league win with a surprising show of team defense. The Cards led the Cats at the end of the first half 7-0 as the Cards ran off the field ahead for the first time this season. A 42 yard punt return by Gary Rudolph gave the Cards possession at the Cat 39 yard line. A face mask penalty put the ball on the Wildcat 21. Rudolph gained ten yards on a pair of quarterback keepers. On third down, flanker Keith Dotson ran for a 12 yard touchdown on a reverse. Rudolph kicked the crucial PAT. The defense stiffened after a Watsonville 90 yard kick off return to start the half was called back. As some hard tackles took place the Card bench exploded, the entire team jumped up and began screaming for more. Watsonville scored, but was not going to settle for a tie against the supposed worst team in the league. The decision was made to go for two points. Again lady luck was on the Cardinals side as a delay of game penalty moved the ball back to the seven yard line. A conversion would put the Cats up 8-7. David Jessen and Brent Gallick had other ideas and as the pass receiver caught the ball on the three yard line they leveled him short of the goal line. On another drive near the SC goal line, David Hightower clobbered the Cat quarterback as he virtually ran through the Wildcat offensive line to stop another Cat drive to score.
The Cards had their second league win. Near the end of the game, Mike Jones went for 50 yards for an apparent TD that was called back for clipping. Keith Dotson, David Jessen and Don Hopping received recognition for their fine season. Coach Ron Mehuron, “Our defense was outstanding. We received good efforts from both our backs and linemen. A lot has been said about the lack of spirit here. But these guys showed tonight that they really care about their school. There are many seniors on the club and they knew it was the last time they would be able to play on this field.”
Rushing yards were Bastine 41, O’Connell 26, Jones 18, Dotson 37. Rudolph threw three pass and completed none.

Harbors Last Minute TD Stops Cardinals 14-7. Harbor’s winning TD came with 16 seconds left on the clock in the curtain closer for both teams. The sad part of the game was the serious knee injury suffered by Ken O’Connell with 55 seconds to go in the first quarter. O’Connell was hit low by one man and high by another as his knee buckled under impact. (O’Connell missed both the basketball and baseball seasons) SC took a 7-0 lead in the third quarter and Harbor came right back in the next series and tied the score.
Keith Dotson and Mike Jones were the most effective for SC with 44 and 73 yards rushing respectively. Dotson completed a halfback pass for 31 yards to Ed Marez. Both teams struggled in the first half, although SC drove from its own 21 to the Harbor 29, before a fourth down passes was broken up. In their first series in the second half, SC ate up 65 yards in three plays to take a 6-0 lead. Jones careened the final 48 yards, hitting into the line and then smartly sliding outside when his path was blocked. Rudolph kicked the PAT.
Harbor came right back and tied the score. Two SC drives were stopped in the fourth quarter, before Harbor started its winning drive with 1:55 left in the game. Harbor out gained SC 305 to 196 yards. Rushing yards: Bastine 18, Dotson 44, Jones 73, Monroe 5 O’Connell 2. Receiving yards Marez 31, Bastine 16 and Hightower 10. Rudolph completed two of 9 passes for 26 yards and Dotson one for one for 31 yards.

Keith Dotson was named the athlete of the month of September for his two touchdowns covering 45 yards and 95 yards as well as his play as a safety man on defense.

Athlete of the month of November was Ken O’Connell a star performer on offense and defense all season, whose unfortunate knee injury will probably sideline him from the basketball season and could hamper his athletic ability in the future. Ken has been a valuable asset to basketball and baseball as well as the football team.

Team honors
The most outstanding player on this years team was Senior David Jessen, who was voted MVP, most valuable lineman and the Golden Helmet award.
Keith Dotson was the most valuable back.
Senior Rick Bastine was named the Most Inspirational player
Ken O’Connell received the Sportsmanship award.
Andrew Creely garnered the Physicians scholar athlete award for having the highest grade point average.

Sentinel All County team: Defense: senior lineman, 5-10 185, Don Hopping. Honorable mention: David Jessen, Keith Dotson, Rick Bastine, Ken O’Connell, Mike Scofield.

Keith Dotson and David Jessen were named to the MBL ALL LEAGUE team.

FROSH-SOPH FOOTBALL Soquel 0-28, Watsonville 12-28, Aptos 0-20, SLV 20-14, Harbor 6-7. Seasons record 1-8.

Players were Ends: Dan Stevens, Jerry Soper, Dan Paine, Mitch Levine, Steve Wohl, Dan Passerino
Tackles: Andrew Foster, Adam Schaefer, Randy Smith Gary George
Guards: Henry Lavender, Monty Alton, Robert Agorastos, Pat Simmons, Ron Hill, Dave Singleton, Richard Castro. John Chenowith.
Centers: Bill Sarrow, Gregg Rafel
Quarterbacks: Greg Ronning, Clyde Persley and Robert Chavez
Backs: Bob Rodriguez, Ed Burks, John Hopping, Richard Castillo, Buck Rodriguez, Tony Lopez, Steve Imonti, Jon Fenton
Head coach Al Wiemers and assistants Larry Anderson and Larry Maibaum.

SC changed from a JV team to one which concentrated on the younger players. Playing a JV schedule, while other teams had some juniors on their team. It made it difficult for the younger Cards, who ended up with a 1-7 league record. Head coach Al Wiemers comment about the team, “A team with the best potential I have seen in a long time.” A lot of people got in some playing time. The coaches taught the basic fundamentals to get the players ready for varsity action.”

Trident November 7. Against Soquel in a 0-28 loss, John Hopping ran twelve yards, but came up a foot from a TD and an inch from a first down. John rang up 132 rushing yards.
Aptos scored twice in the first half and added another TD in the third quarter to win 20-0.

In a 6-7 loss against Harbor, Sam Schaefer recovered a Harbor fumble on their own 45 yard line. On first down John Hopping ran 35 yards to the ten and on the next play Bob Rodriguez ran it in for a TD.

The best game of the season was a win over SLV 20-14.

Team honors
Clyde Persley was named Most Valuable Player.
John Hopping was most valuable back.
Randy Smith was the most valuable lineman.
Ricky Castro was most improved.
Greg Ronning received the Sportsmanship award.

CROSS COUNTRY
Yearbook. Senior Allen Sandretti shows his dedication and sacrifice by running up to 20 miles per day and still runs and trains hard even after the season is over. All of which helped him be the leading man on the team this year and also in the league. Since his freshman year he has been a top runner on the team. Alan Spano a sophomore newcomer surprised this year beating many of the returning lettermen.

This years returning lettermen are Dave Gregoric, Ron Sims, Mark Harlan, Stan Thurman and Brian Hitchock. New runners are Mitch Burkardt, Time Ronda, Rick Davis, Scott Foster, Mark Snow, Alex Johnson, Mark Mahaney and Bob Layton.

Trident November 7. At the SC Invitational at UCSC’s Crown College all runners improved their times by at least a minute and 45 seconds. In the JV race Dave Gregoric took second, Alan Spano placed seventh and Harlan Johnson placed fifteenth. In the varsity race Allen Sandretti placed seventeenth.

Alan Sandretti was the athlete of the month of October. Allen won the first tri meet of the year against Aptos and Monterey. He has been a mainstay of the team for four year. Alan is always a factor in any race he is in and this year he has become a dominant runner.

GIRLS TENNIS
League matches reported: Salinas loss, Watsonville 5-2, Harbor 7-0, North Salinas 5-2, Alisal 6-1. (three winning matches missing) SC posted a fine 7-1 league record for second place. The only loss was to the championship Salinas team.

Liz Crowell has won three straight matches this year to extended her personal win streak to ten matches. In a team loss to Salinas, Liz beat the defending league champion 10-5, but unfortunately for the Cards Mary Alvarez and Kim Bidlenger in doubles were the only other winners.

Trident November 7. Going into their match, SC and Watsonville were tied for second with 4-1 records, behind undefeated Salinas at 5-0. The Cards gained the runner up position with a fine 5-2 victory over a tough Watsonville team. It was a lesson in team work as SC singles players Liz Crowell, Libby Papas and Toby Hansen gave the Cards a quick 3-2 lead. The doubles teams of Julie Rice and Julie Jackson along with Mary Alvarez and Kim Bridlinger followed suit with two thrilling victories. For Kim and Mary it was their fifth straight victory. Tracy Tsugawa and Sherrie Walton although not victorious turned in fine performances.

Trident November 7. The following match was against Harbor, whose tennis program represents a comparison of opposites. The boys were reigning MBL champions, while the girls are in a dreadful slump. SC took advantage beating Harbor by a total game score of 70-3. This represents the Girls’ tennis program its finest hour. Liz Crowell is currently riding on the crest of a 12 match winning streak, stretching over a period of two seasons. She has virtually assured herself of the number one seed at the MBL singles championship.

Wins were posted against North Salinas 5-2 and Alisal 6-1. Winners against North Salinas were Crowell, Joanne Hart, Sherrie Walton, Tsugawa and Toby Hanson. Doubles winners were the them team of Julie Johnson and Julie Rice along with the team of Alvarez and Anita Paz. The JV team winners were Kathy Burnett, Carolyn Person, Gina DeLucchi, Annette Mungai, Laura Weybright, Pam Mills, Melody Copp and Kristin Beiers.

Trident November 27. In the final match of the season a win over Aptos, Liz Crowell was out injured and number two player freshman Tracy Tsugawa replaced her at the number one spot and won her match 10-0.
Liz Crowell the teams star suffered an injury, which kept her out of the MBL finals at Carmel Valley Courts. Junior Liz Pappas filled in and placed fourth. Sherrie Walton and Tracy Tsugawa were the second seeded double team, but lost to the eventual winners in a thrilling tie breaker match.
Five seniors finished the season with winning records. They are Alvarez, Julie Johnson and Bridlinger won all their doubles matches for the season. Toby ”the shark” Hanson won all her singles matches.

Athlete of the month of November was Junior Crowell, who won all her matches before she was injured before the last match of the regular season. Liz has been the teams number one player for two years and had a twelve game winning streak going.

Other team members were Kathy Burnett, Carolyn Person, Gena DeLucchi, Cathy Pera, Kristen Beyers, Anne Mills, Annette Mungai, Laura Weybright, Sue Wilson, Pam Mills, Melody Copp and Lori DeRego.

WATER POLO
Cabrillo College Invitational: Soquel 6-5 in OT, Carmel 5-7, Mt. View 10-12. League: Salinas 8-20, RLS 10-23, 9-16; Harbor 21-10, Soquel 4-5, Aptos 10-12. (games missing)
Partial
The best game of the season was during the Cabrillo College high School Water Polo Invitational double elimination Tournament, when the Cards beat Soquel in a dramatic sudden death overtime game 6-5. The game was tied at the end of the regular game 4-4. After the first overtime the score was tied 5-5. This forced the game into sudden death. The first team scoring wins.
It took SC two minutes to score on a Dean Stengl shot. Many Cards played hot and hard. Jon Hatch and Dean Stengl spearheaded the offense scoring three points apiece. Randy Shaffer, Brian Blew and Jon Hatch led the aggressive SC defense and each of them fouled out. Goalie Brian Person kept the score down by saving 13 shots.

The win against Soquel put the Cards in the winners bracket game, which followed in an hour. The rested Carmel team, as it had a bye before this game, won a tight game 5-7. The third place game was played against Mt. View was a 10-12 loss, as the seniors were taking the SAT at the time of the game.

The Cards lost their first two games to powerhouses Salinas 8-20 and RLS 10-23. Against Salinas the Cards were down 0-9, but then controlled the next two quarters. At the end of the second quarter the score was 7-14. Salinas started pressing and the score ballooned again. Each of the scorers had two point, they were Mayer, Jon Hatch, Stengl and Rob Hatch.

Scorers were Brian Mayer with two points and, Brian Mayer’s hot shooting scored three out of the Cards 10 points against RLS. Other scorers were Jon Hatch, Randy Shaffer, Dean Stengl and Brian Person.

Trident November 7. In their first win of the season against Harbor 21-10, the Cards started out with a 9-1 lead in the first quarter. With a 8 point lead the substitutes came into the game and held a 10-5 lead at the end of the second quarter. The starters returned for the third period to up the lead to 17-9. All the players scored for the Cards. Athlete of the month of October Dan Colton led the scoring with six goals. In a tight low scoring game against Soquel the Cards led up to the last two minutes 4-3. Soquel went on two fast breaks to defeat the Cards 4-5.

The Cards led Aptos 9-8 at half, but lost the game 10-12. Since Dan Colton was hampered by a leg injury, he was inserted at goalie and he did his job well blocking 40 percent of the Aptos shots.

The next day the Cards lost to undefeated RLS 9-16.

Top players were Jon Hatch, Dean Stengl, Ernie Faitos, Randy Schaffer, Brian Person and Brian Maier kept the team moving forward the whole season. Other team members were David Darlng, Dan Colton, Keith Johnson, Greg Fulks, Tony Webb, Cori West, John Mahaney, Bob Hatch and Pat Dennehy.

Trident Athlete of the month of November was Dan Colton. In a recent game against Harbor Dan scored six points. Dan was hampered by a leg injury for the Aptos game, so he was inserted at goalie, a less strenuous but just as important a job. Dan did his job well blocking 40 percent of the Aptos shots.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Trident March 21. Volleyball Season Begins, (but in the spring instead of the fall this year)
Coach Ginger Anderson’s team scored a tight three game victory over Salinas for their first win of the young season.

Both the varsity and JV teams rebounded from their losses to Aptos to take the third and decisive game from Salinas. SC varsity scoring, 15-6, 8-15, 15-7.
The JV coach Patty Doler a SC alumnus came up ahead 15-6 in their third game to ice their victory

Varsity players are Mary Alvarez, Kim Bridinger, Julie Johnson, Tracey Tsugawa, Lori West and Laura Weybright.
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BASKETBALL

Dads Club Tournament: Watsonville 22-38, Salinas 39-48, San Jose 55-65 Last place. Carmel Tournament: Carmel 14-17, Mt. View 45-48 OT, Pacifica 48-52 Last place. Other practice games: Yerba Buena 43-59, San Jose 41-56, Gonzales 31-42. South MBL games: Salinas 41-53, Alisal 37-51, North Salinas 56-59, Seaside 52-65, Monterey 42-44. North MBL games: Harbor 52-56, 37-60; Watsonville 51-55, 47-46; SLV 36-54, 50-57; Soquel 30-49, 51-65 and Aptos 48-61, 44-73. League record 1-14. Season record 1-23.

MBL North Division standings: Aptos 9-3, Harbor 7-5, SLV 7-5, Watsonville 4-8, Soquel 4-8 and SC 1-11. MBL Southern Division standings: Monterey 11-1, Salinas 9-3, Seaside 7-5, North Salinas 4-8 and Alisal 2-10. Playoffs will decide the league champion.

Pete Newell Jr. in his first year as coach of the Cardinals (the start of a 30 year career as the Card coach, who in his last year guided the Cards to the State Division III title). He proceeded to institute a “never say die attitude” into his players.

Team members were Paul Wainscoat, David Hightower, Steve Bruce, Scott Seymour, Jeff Weber, Brian Pini, Ken Jones, Ernie Hightower, Gary Rudolph, Sam Alongi, Royce Copeland and Lane Webster.

Trident. As the team is getting used to a totally new style of coaching, it will be looking toward improvement after taking last place at the Dads Club Tournament. After losing to Watsonville 22-38 in the first game, Salinas was next and led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and 20-16 at half, before bolting out to a 36-24 lead. Mental mistakes appeared to be the major factor in the 12 point spread and the 39-48 loss. In the first half the Cards worked their patterns and gave Salinas a good go. Scoring: Wainscoat 4, Seymour 4, David Hightower 7, Bruce 12, Alongi 2, Ken Jones 10, Lane Webster 0 and Pini 0.

The bright spot of the tournament was David Hightower’s 27 point game against San Jose, which was the highest single game tally during the tournament, as San Jose won 65-55. He scored 13 in the fourth quarter. Scoring: Wainscoat 6, Webster 2, Pini 4, Hightower 27, Bruce 2, Alongi 10 and Jones 4. Watsonville beat Harbor for their third title in eight years.

Senior forward Steve Bruce was Jock of the month of December. Steve is the silver lining in the Cards stormy basketball picture. He was a bright spot for the Cards in the Dads Club Tourney.
Steve scored 10 points against Watsonville and 12 against Salinas. Steve’s hustling defense helped keep SC in the game until the third period.

Carmel Decks Cards 17-14. Basketball, Not Football. In the first round of the Carmel Tournament it was not a pure “stall” game. Both team were obviously cold from the start. SC realizing a slow down approach would give it a shot at the running Padres went into a deliberate offense. The Cards led 6-4 at the quarter. Carmel shut out the Cards in second quarter and led 8-6 at half. End of third quarter Carmel 13-12. In the last period SC scored two points an Carmel 4. With 3:19 to go there was no more scoring. Carmel missed its last shot with 1:40 left in the game. The Cards kept control of the ball until a loose ball situation ate up the final seconds, without a shot. Scoring: Wainscoat 6, David Hightower 2, Steve Bruce 4, Weber 0, Rudolph 0 and Jones 2.

Press Buries Cardinals. In a practice game against Yerba Buena in San Jose, the inability to handle the pressure defense for the first three quarters ended with another loss for the Cards 43-59. SC broke out of their slump with 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Trident January 24. Cagers Getting Closer To Win. The schedule has the North teams playing the South teams one round, before the Santa Cruz county games start. In the first South game, the Cards lost a nail biting thriller to North Salinas 56-59. The Cards jumped out to an early lead 23-11, but the Vikings closed it down to one point at half and continued on at the start of the half to get a nine point lead. The Cards kept scraping back to lose by only three. Top Card David Hightower scored 27 points again.

In the second south game, Salinas won 41-53.

Alisal outlasted SC 57-37. The Cards were ahead 11-9 at the end of the first quarter and down only three at halftime. Alisal’s height was too much for SC and they pulled away at the end of the game. This means SC has started the league season 0-3, but the future looks anything but bleak.

In the last two South games Seaside won 52-65 as did Monterey 1n a nail biter 42-44 in the best game of the year for the Cards.

It Happens! SC Stuns Cats For First Win. SC 47, Watsonville 46? Yes, it’s true! After 20 defeats SC won it’s first game of the year. Seven of these defeats were by four points or less. The win avoided what could have turned out to be the schools first ever winless season.
Patience under pressure paid off as the Cards weren’t disturbed by a 12 point deficit in the second quarter. They came on like gangbusters in the second half and especially in the fourth quarter, when they shot a torrid 9 for 14 attempts. SC reduced its turnovers to 13, while forcing Watsonville into 23 miscues. The first quarter ended with Watsonville ahead 10-6. At half it was still Watsonville 22-10.
When the second half started so did some action. The Card offense started moving, while the defense kept gnawing away at the Cats to cut down the lead to 25-32. The fourth quarter fireworks were saved until the last four minutes. With the score 38-32 Watsonville, Ed Hightower sank a ten foot jumper and was fouled. Ed made his foul shot and the Cards were down only three points. With 35 seconds left Gary Rudolph sank an incredible base line jump shot putting the Cards in front for the first time 45-44. (some scoring was left out in there).
A super defensive play by David Hightower, who knocked a pass down after making a difficult switch on a screen. His brother Eddie pick up the loose ball and was fouled. Eddie sank both foul shots with seven seconds left and a three point lead. At the time out the Cards were instructed to do nothing on defense so not to risk making a foul and giving the Cats to tie the score. The Cats scored easily, but the game ended 47-46 Cardinals. Scoring: David Hightower 6, Ernie Hightower 11, Rudolph 6, Bruce 6, Wainscoat 5, Alongi 4, Seymour 2, Weber 2 and Pini 0.

Another top game for the Cards was a 42-44 loss to the MBL champion Monterey. No other Northern division team came within 14 points of the Toreadors, (who went on to win the championship. There were other tight games that could have gone either way. This years team had as many sophomores as seniors, who will carry this experience to an even better result next year.

The Cards were led through their season by senior center David Hightower, who time and time again reached double figures with his scoring, while playing steady defense. Senior Steve Bruce was also a bright spot for the SC fans.

Senior center David Hightower was named Jock of the month of February, who is averaging 15 points a game and leading the league in scoring. David is a top rebounder and defensive player.

Total points scored for the season were David Hightower 263, Bruce 185, Ernie Hightower 132, Alongi 119, Wainscoat 105, Rudolph 47, Weber 42, Pini 36, Ken Jones 31, Copeland 30, Seymour 9 and Webster 4.

Bryan Pini received the Most Spirited trophy. .

JV BASKETBALL had a 10-13 record under new coach Mike Thibeault (who later went on to coach as an assistant in college and the NBA, part of the time with the LA Lakers. When the NBA started a woman’s league, Mike became a head coach and a league championship coach at Connecticut.) With a team of six sophomores and three freshmen carried the Card banner as having the best record of the three Card teams.

The Cards beat Soquel 39-35 to win the Consolation title of the Soquel Tournament. Ephraim Braga led the scoring with 17 points.

Three freshman moved up the JV squad this year and this crippled the frosh-soph team.. They were Rusty Locatelli, Jerry Soper and Mitch Levine. Other team members were Clyde Persley, Royce Copeland, Ephraim Braga and Lane Webster.

Team honors
Doug Martin gained the Most Valuable award
Mark Snow and Charles Burks shared the Sportsmanship Award

FROSH-SOPH BASKETBALL

under coach Pete Pappas started out with just six players, some who had never played competitively before. With so few players it was hard to develop realistic situations at practice. The Cards hustled as hard and as long as they could, which was quite a while.

Team members were Henry Lavendar, Tony Webb, Jon Fenton, Bob Lebarre, Dan Stevens and Richard Castillo.

Team honors
Most Valuable — Chuck Middletown
Sportsmanship award — Bill Sarrow

GIRLS BASKETBALL IN FIRST YEAR OF GIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUE PLAY
WIN INAUGURAL MBL CHAMPIONSHIP

GO UNDEFEATED 8-0.
WIN ARMY, NAVY / SEASIDE HIGH END OF SEASON TOURNAMENT. SEASON RECORD 11-0.
League games: Soquel 35-32, Alisal 57-32, Harbor 52-45, Watsonville 47-27, North Salinas 47-30. Salinas 58-26, Aptos 52-40, SLV 49-27. League record 8-0. Army, Navy/ Seaside High tournament: Lettermen’s General Hospital 70-37, Hartnell College 58-44, Seaside High 47-45 for the tournament championship all played in one day. Which made the accomplishment of this team that much more a feat to be remembered. Final season record 11-0

The team. Colleen Reedy, Nancy Marez, Elaina Guidici, Georgia Sandas, Robin Shannon, Candi Jackson, Holly Hall, Michele Hoga, Joyce Hightower, Carol Doyle, Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge.

SC girls cagers win over Soquel 35-32. Scoring: Evonne Sandas 10, Joyce Hightower 9, Carol Doyle 8, Colleen Reedy and Sue Dodge 4 each.
Scoring by quarters and final score.
Soquel 9 4 9 10 32
Santa Cruz 8 7 12 8 35

Girl Cards defeat Aptos 52-41. SC scoring well in the second quarter 15 and third quarters 18 to break open the game. Joyce Hightower had an outstanding game grabbing 14 rebounds and scoring 14 points. Other scorers Dodge 17, Doyle 11, Sandas 4. Elaine Guidici, Nancy Marez and Hoga 2 each.

Girl Cards stay unbeaten with win over Alisal 57-32. It was the third straight victory and in all three games the Cardinals had at least 10 assists. Top rebounder was Hightower with 13 followed by Doyle with 9. Scorers: Dodge 20, Doyle 15, Hightower and Evonne Sandas 9, Hoga 4.
Scoring by quarters and final quarter
Santa Cruz 14 17 15 11 57
Alisal 12 5 10 5 32

SC girls nab cage triumph with a 20 point opening quarter and 18 points in the third quarter propelling the Cards to a 52-45 win over host Harbor. The rebounding of Hightower and Doyle was outstanding again. Dodge scored 20 points for the second straight game. Other scoring Evonne Sandas 17, Doyle 10, Hightower 3, Hoga 2.

Dodge hits 21 in SC win over Watsonville 47-27. Dodge hit the 20 point barrier for the third straight game, but unfortunately for Watsonville it was not their Paula Dodge, who topped her team in scoring with 6 points. The girls are second cousins. Joyce Hightower and Carol Doyle rebounded well and Sue Dodge stole the ball 13 times. Other scoring: Evonne Sandas 10, Hoga 7, Doyle 6, Hightower 3.
Scoring by quarters
Santa Cruz 14 5 10 18 47
Watsonville 7 5 10 5 27

SC girls’ cage team wins again beating Salinas 58-26. Scorers: Evonne Sandas and Dodge 15 each, Hightower 11, Doyle 9, Hoga, Nancy Marez and Elaina Guidici 2 each.

Joyce Hightower was athlete of the month of October for her splendid all around performance on the basketball court. Joyce has been hitting her shots well, pulling down rebounds and harassing opposing players into costly errors.

The North Salinas game was sized up to be the most important game of the season for both teams. The winner would win the MBL championship. The game started out slowly with both teams appearing sluggish. The Cards had trouble getting off shots as the Viking 6’ 3” center was dominating the middle on defense. Much credit for the win should be given SC center Carol Doyle as she held the opposing center scoreless until there were only four minutes left in the game and the game was in SC control. Evonne Sandas hits 17 as Cards win seventh straight downing North Salinas 47-30. Other scorers were Sue Dodge 8, Candi Jackson 7, Joyce Hightower 6, Michele Hoga 4 and Holly Hall 1.
Scoring by quarters
North Salinas 6 4 5 15 30
Santa Cruz 10 14 12 11 47

SC Girls Nab Cage Title. The Cardinals end their season with a win over SLV 48-27 for an undefeated season.. The team averaged over 15 assists a game and 21 rebounds a game. Their press has been very effective and made the other teams play run and shoot. Scorers: Dodge 19, Doyle 15, Evonne Sandas 10. Hoga and Jackson 2 each.

SC Girls win Army, Navy/Seaside High Cage Tourney after MBL season.
The Cardinals opened tourney play with a 70-37 breeze over Lettermen General Hospital. Evonne Sandas topped all scorers with 17 points. Others Doyle 14, Hightower 12, Candy Jackson 7, Elaina Guidici 6, Dodge 4, Georgia Sandas 3, Holly Hall, Michele Hoga and Robin Shannon 2 each, Nancy Marez 1 and Colleen Reedy 0.

The second game was a 58-44 win over Hartnell College with Sandas pouring in 26 points. Others Hightower and Doyle 10 each, Georgia Sandas 6, Dodge 4, Marez 2.

The championship game against Seaside high was a tight 47-45 win for the Cards. The Cards had to pull together all the determination and strength they could muster in this their third game of the day. Dodge led the scoring with 23 points, Evonne Sandas 12, Doyle 10, Hightower 2 and Marez 1. Evonne Sandas and Dodge were selected for the All Tournament team with Dodge named MVP.

The Cards racked up 397 points in the eight games averaging 50 points a game, while only giving up 250 points for and average of 32 points.

Trident November 7. Undefeated Cagers Nab League Title.
Much of their success was the shooting of sophomore guard Sue Dodge, who at one time in the season had three 20 point games in a row. Other individual standouts included another sophomore Evonne Sandas, who went through the season with solid performances. Two seniors, center Carol Doyle and Joyce Hightower played very important roles, by keeping SC alive on the boards with solid rebounding and defense. Freshman forward Michelle Hoga had a good shooting touch and played well all season.
Sue Dodge was athlete of the month of November, for her basketball skills for the first SC girls team to win a championship. Sue led the team in scoring 125 points for a 15.5 per game average, six assists per game average and in steals. Evonne Sandas was second in scoring with 91 points for a 11.4 average per game. Dodge and Sandas are sophomores and Michele Hoga is a freshman.

By team vote, awards were presented at the SCHS awards banquet.
Most Valuable Player, Sue Dodge.
Team Captain, Evonne Sandas
Most Inspirational Player, Joyce Hightower.
Sportsmanship, Carol Doyle.

BOYS SOCCER TEAM

Practice games: Hollister 3-2, 4-3; St. Josephs 2-1, Harbor 8-1, 6-0; Gonzales 2-3, Soquel 6-1. Practice record: 6-1. League: Aptos 3-2, 0-4; Harbor 2-2, 2-3; SLV 7-0, 3-2; Salinas 2-1, 3-5; Watsonville 1-3, 0-6; North Salinas 4-1, 1-1; Alisal two forfeits. League record 7-5-2 for fourth place. Season record 13-6-2.

Trident November 27. Already veterans of one match, this years Cardinals are off and running with a 3-2 win over Hollister. Jack Cabrera, Jesus Hernandez and Leo Cortez scored for SC. A fine defensive showing by seniors David Jessen and Ed Marez kept Hollister from developing a consistent offensive attack.

In only their second season under coach Don Dempewolfe, this years team will play a much enlarged schedule in comparison with last years slate. Seven lettermen return giving the squad experience at positions all over the field. Halfbacks Jack Cabrera, Jesus Hernandez and Manuel Ruiz give the offense its punch along with forwards Leo Cortez, Matt Bowe and Pablo Chogilla return at the wings with Jay Yambrovich at goalie. SC will have a junior varsity team this year as well.
New varsity team members were David Jessen, Frank Olimpio, Andrew Creely, Jim Cabrera, Ramiro Hernandez, Ed Marez,

In the most exiting game of the season the Cards fell behind Salinas and with time ticking away exploded for two goals and the victory. Through the first quarter both teams were able to penetrate deep into enemy territory, but came up empty handed time and time again as close range shots slid off wide of there mark. In the second period the Cowboy fullbacks began dominating the play. More than once a SC rush was turned back by the a timely defensive play by Salinas. On the other half of the field, Card goalie Jay Yambrovich played brilliantly at his position racking up four saves and foiling a Cowboy rush with a leaping catch between three opposing halfbacks. In the opening minutes of the final stage, the Red Bird defense led by Ed Marez, Andrew Creely and Gustavo Sanchez became a little over zealous and drew a hands penalty that led to a Cowboy penalty kick which they neatly converted to lead 1-0.

Trident January 24. Cards Win Thriller. Playing with the poise of a championship team. SC stayed even, fell behind, the exploded with two second half goals to defeat Salinas 2-1 in MBL action. Through the first half, both teams were able to penetrate deep into the others territory, but came up empty handed time and time again, as close range shots slide off wide of there mark. Later in the period the Cowboy defensive fullbacks began to dominate play. SC’s goalie Jay Yambrovich played brilliantly racking up four saves and foiling a Cowboy rush with a leaping catch between three opposing halfbacks. To open the second half, the Red Bird defense led by Ed Marez, Andrew Creely and Gustavo Sanchez became a little over zealous and drew a hands penalty that Salinas turned into a goal to go ahead 1-0. No sooner had the Cards fallen behind, then they made a clean break down the right sideline. From the corner, Matt Bowe lofted a perfectly placed pass to Jesus Hernandez, who headed the ball past the diving goalie, to tie the score 1-1. With time ticking down, Salinas began making short quick passes down the field. Manuel Ruiz picked off a pass and sent it down field with three minutes remaining. Ruiz ended up with the ball again and scored to win the contest 2-1. SC now supports a 9-1-1 overall record and a 3-0-1 MBL record.
Later in the period the Cowboy defensive fullbacks began to dominate play. SC’s goalie Jay Yambrovich played brilliantly racking up four saves and foiling a Cowboy rush with a leaping catch between three opposing halfbacks. To open the second half, the Red Bird defense led by Ed Marez, Andrew Creely and Gustavo Sanchez became a little over zealous and drew a hands penalty that Salinas turned into a goal to go ahead 1-0.
No sooner had the Cards fallen behind, then they made a clean break down the right sideline. From the corner, Matt Bowe lofted a perfectly placed pass to Jesus Hernandez, who headed the ball past the diving goalie, to tie the score.
With time ticking away Salinas began mailing the ball up field with short quick passes. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the ball wound up in care of Manuel Ruiz, who sent it back up the field post haste. Finally with three minutes showing on the clock, Manuel drove the ball home through a befuddled Salinas defense and the Cards had their comeback victory.

The Cards outscored their practice opponents 31 to 11, their league opponents out scored them 30 to 31, but for the whole season they scored the most goals 61 to 42.

Individual scoring by practice games, league and total for season:
PR LEA TOTAL
Manuel Ruiz 5 13 18
Jesus Hernandez 7 5 12
Jack Cabrera 8 0 8
Leo Cortes 3 5 8
Pablo Chagolla 4 3 7
Matt Bowe 2 4 6
Ed Marez 1 0 1
Jim Cabrera 1 0 1
Totals 31 30 61

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Manuel Ruiz and Jack Cabrera three each with Ruiz doing it twice in league.
Pre-season total scoring — Jack Cabrera 8
League season total scoring — Manuel Ruiz 13
Overall season scoring — Manuel Ruiz 18

Team stats:
Highest game score — Harbor 8-1
Shut outs — 3
Consecutive wins — 4
Consecutive losses — 2

Team Honors
Most Outstanding player — Manuel Ruiz
Best Defensive — Ed Marez
Best Offensive — Jesus Hernandez
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award — David Jessen

Other players were Jim Cabrera, Andrew Creeley, Ramior Hernandez, Frank Olimpio, Aaron Zajac and goalie Jay Yambrovich.

Soccer cheerleaders were Ticha Alvarez, Julee Castanza, Sharon Hamm, Tina Olimpio and Molly Castillio.

ALL MBL

selections were Manuel Ruiz, Jesus Hernandez and Ed Marez
Honorable mention were Leo Cortes and Matt Bowe

JV SOCCER

Practice games: Hollister 0-3,1-1; Harbor 4-0, win; Soquel 2-3, Gonzales loss. Practice record 2-3-1. League: Aptos 0-2, 4-1; Harbor 2-2, 1-0; SLV 3-1, Rain; Salinas 3-1, 0-5; Watsonville 0-5, 1-5; Alisal 0-2, 1-0; North Salinas 1-2, 1-1. League record 5-6-2 for fifth place. Seasons record was 7-9-3.

There were 19 players and most of them were freshmen, who improved during the year.
The top players were Mike Lopez and Filo Perez. Other team members were Richard Ellis, Joey Lopez, Homberto Guiterrez, Jose Limas, Doug Snyder, Tom Lowdermilk, Apolonio Ramirez, Cliff Lupton, Gary George, Steve Wohl, Dave Richardson, Nick Curran, Jon Beiers, Dennis Modena, Scott Foster, Mike Sullivan, Fidel Ruiz and Tim Firestone.

Hollister beat the JV’s 0-3 in their first game. In their second game with Hollister it took a last second goal to escape with a 1-1 tie.

Watsonville won 1-5 and North Salinas won 1-2. Filo Perez scored both goals. Mike Lopez’s goal beat Alisal 1-0.

The Cards were outscored by their practice opponents 4 to 15, they out scored league opponents 64 to 8 and for the whole season they outscored their opponents 68-23.

Highest game score — Harbor 4-0
Shut outs — 3
Consecutive wins — 2
Consecutive losses — 3

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Filo Perez with three
Pre-season total scoring — 7
League season total scoring — 18
Overall season scoring — 24

Individual scoring by practice games and total for season:
PR LEA TOTAL
Filo Perez 3 9 13
Joey Perez 1 4 5
Mike Lopez 2 2 4
Polo Ramirez 0 1 1
Fidel Ruiz 0 1 1
Rose Limas 0 1 0
Total 6 18 24

Mike Lopez was named the Most Outstanding player and Richard Ellis was Cardinal Club Sportsmanship winner.

Other team members were John Beiers, Ruck Curran, Tim Firestone, Scott Foster, Gary George, Humberto Gutierrez a second year man, Cliff Lupton, Dennis Modena, Dave Richardson, Doug Snyder, Mike Sullivan and Steve Wahl. Coach Don Dempewolf.
WRESTLING 16-1 record proved to be the finest in SC history. 8-1 record in league was good for second place. First place was only one point away as the Cards lost to undefeated Alisal 24-25. The JV team had a fine season with a 12-5 record.

Seven fine senior grapplers provided the skill and leadership for the nucleus of the team. Thirteen freshmen combined with some formidable sophomores and juniors propelled the Cards to a 8-1 league record, for second place in the tough MBL standings.

Trident November 27. There are 13 lettermen returning. They are listed by name and weight classification. Bob Layton, 95; Tim Ronda, 103; Jose Saucedo, 120 and senior Luther Harris, who was undefeated in dual meets and a league champion; Ken Pollastrini, 133; Rosendo Alvarez, 138’ Gabe Reyes, 154; Pete Stelling, 165; Bob Baker, 175; Kevin Jordan, 191 and Bob Johnston, 235. There are 13 weight classifications and there will be about 92 people on the team. At each match there will be 39 people wrestling, 13 on each of the varsity, junior varsity and frosh-soph squads.

Yearbook. Other team members were Royce Nelson, Cecil O’Francis, John Pope, Kevin Armstrong, Peter Anecito, Bob Baer, Ricky Castro, Alan Castro, Alan Cloud, Mike Dumller, Andrew Foster, Joe Esparza, Steven Ghio, Clinten George, Brent Gallick, Mark Harlan, Kevin Jordon, Kevin Lewis, Roy Lopez, Anthony Lopez, Robert Johonston, David Lunsford and Ron Hill.

First place finishers at Invitational tournaments were Layton at the Harbor Holiday Tournament, Reyes at the Del Mar Classic and Harris at Gonzales.

At the MBL league tournament the following were second place finishers: Bob Layton, Luther Harris, Rosendo Alvarez, Richard Osgood, Gabe Reyes and Pete Stelling. Bob Baker placed third and Tony Copey place sixth.

Gabe Reyes was the top wrestler taking second at the MBL meet, first place at the CCS Region IV, second at the CCS finals that qualified him for the Northern California State tournament.
Others at the CCS region IV tournament were Bob Layton who took second. Luther Harris took third. Rosendo Alvarez, Rich Osgood and Pete Stelling took fifth places.

At the finals of CCS Reyes took second, which qualified him for the Northern California finals.

Varsity captains are Ken Pollastrini and Luther Harris. JV captains are Greg Lopez and Alan Cloud.

In a meet with Branham the varsity won 37-24 and the JV lost 23-30. Varsity winners were Roy Lopez and Bob Layton in the first two matches. Tim Ronda and Jose Saucedo both lost. Ken Pollistrin and Luther Harris won by pins. Rosendo Alvarez lost. Rich Osgood won by pin. Gabe Reyes won in a super decision. Pete Stelling, Bob Baker and Gary Quilici lost. Bob Johnston pinned his man in the unlimited match. Winners for the JV’s were Greg Ronning, Alan Spano, Bruce Rowe, John Munoz, Greg Lopez and Paul Gabriel. Bruce Rowe was the only man who pinned his opponent.

Cards beat Mountain View. Roy Lopez, Bob Layton and Tim Ronda all pinned their man for a total of 12 points. Jose Saucedo won by forfeit to make the score 16-0 at this point. Ken Pollastrini lost on decision. Luther Harris won by pin. Rosendo Alvarez lost by pin to make the score 20-8, but this was the end of the clipping.

Against Monterey Roy Lopez, Bob Layton and Tim Ronda started off with pins. Jose Saucedo won by forfeit. Ken Pollistrini lost by decision. Luther Harris won by pin and Rosendo Alvarez lost by pin. (end of the article)

Trident January 24. Matmen Going Strong. Matmen upped their overall record to 7-1. They ended the year with two fine showings. On December 14, SC placed first in a field of five schools, which included Homestead, James Boys Ranch, Soquel and Harbor, by scoring 143 points.
At the Harbor Holiday tournament, Bob Layton at 103 pounds placed first with three pins and superior decision (by beating your opponent by ten points of more). Tim Ronda at 105 placed fourth. SC ended with a total of 28 points.
At the Del Mar Classic with 15 other schools, SC scored well. Gabriel Reyes at 156, placed first with three decisions and no losses. Luther Harris at 129, placed fifth with three decisions won and one lost. Bob Johnston in the unlimited class, came in sixth with two pins and losses by pin and a decision.
In the next league match with North Salinas the Cards won. No score.

Trident of January 24. Jock of the month of December went to sophomore Bob Layton, who as the lead off wrestler in each meet, has helped the wrestling team off to its best start in quite some time. Competing at 105 pounds Layton has compiled a 12 win 3 loss record so far. His record is highlighted by seven pins and two superior decisions. His top performance so far was winning his weight division and the team won the five team crown at the Harbor Holiday Invitational. Bob won with three pins and a superior decision to totally outclass the competition. In helping the team to a present 7-1 record, he is the team high point man, which if he holds that lead he will be named the team MVP.

Gabe Reyes was named Jock of the month of March for being one of the top wrestlers in Northern California. Gabe took second place in at CCS and wrestled at the Nor Cal meet.

Roy Lopez took Rookie of the year honors.

The JV record of 12-5 was the finest of any JV squad. Five freshmen won varsity letters.

GIRLS GYMNASITCS

In its first MBL season began late and with poor equipment. The all novice team of Carol Dilloughery, ?Wendi Strong, Claire Dolon, Kathy Dolar, Lisa Little, Feliciana Cota-Robles, Star Gabrielle, Barbara Wolf, Sara Nordmark, Kim Knox and Emmilou McCrary plan to return to the team next year. All around gymnasts (girls who are able to compete well on the bars, beam, floor exercises and the vault) included Kathy Dolar, Barbara Strong, Sara Nordmark, Kim Knox and Emmilou McCrary.

Emmilou McCrary won the Sportsmanship award.

BASEBALL

Champions of the MBL NORTH DIVISION. Best overall record in whole league.
Practice games: PAL tournament Harbor 4-5, Live Oak 2-6 and Hill 11-3. Prospect 2-1, Carmel 13-14, Hollister 6-2. Salinas Lions Tournament: Palma 2-3, Watsonville 3-2 and North Salinas 13-3 for third place. Pacific Grove 9-1, Serra 1-2. Practice game record 6-5.
League: Single round with MBL SOUTH; Monterey 8-5, Seaside 5-4, Salinas 3-4, Alisal 0-4 and North Salinas 5-2. Record 3-2.
Double round with NORTH: Aptos 2-1, 4-6; Watsonville 4-3, 2-1 ten innings; Harbor 8-3, 5-2; Soquel 2-1, 2-3 eight innings. SLV 8-7, 7-5 eight innings. Record against the North 8-2. Complete MBL record 11-4.
MBL North Division standings: SC 11-4, Soquel 9-6, Aptos, Harbor, Watsonville, SLV. Southern Division Alisal, Salinas, North Salinas, Monterey and Seaside.
SC North Division champions. MBL playoffs: Salinas 4-0, Soquel for the championship of MBL loss 4-5. After the playoffs, league record 12-5. Season record 18-10. Eight games were won by one run and seven were lost by one run.

Team members. Seniors: Alan Amos, Keith Blew, Steve Bruce, Doug Ellis, Don Enrico, John Lunsford, Randy Pate, Luke Violante and Mike West. Juniors: Dave Munoz, Kevin Rains and Greg Wehr. Sophomore: Albert Kinsinger.

In the first practice game against Prospect, the Cards came from behind 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 2-1. Keith Blew and Doug Ellis led off the inning with walks and moved up on a bunt single by Rains. An infield out by Randy Pate plated Blew and another fielders choice by Alan Amos scored the winning run. Doug Ellis started and went five innings giving up no hits, no earned runs, walked two and struck out five. Greg Wehr pitched the last two innings giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked one, struck out four and received the win. Cards had one error. Lineup: Munoz LF, 3-0; Blew C, 2-0; Ellis P/CF, 3-0; Pate SS, 3-1; Amos 1B, 3-0; Lunsford RF, 3-0; Violante 2B, 2-0; Enrico CF, 1-0 and Wehr P, 0-0.

In the first game of the San Jose PAL tournament lost to Harbor 4-5

Live Oak ‘9’ Topples Cards. In the second PAL game the Cards lost to Live Oak 2-6. A six hit, six run third inning broke open a close game. The Cards scored their two runs in the second inning, when John Lunsford got on board on an error and was doubled home by Luke Violante. A second error sent Violante home. The Cards were limited to four hits. Kevin Rains started and went three innings giving up nine hits, five earned runs, walked none and struck out two. Greg Wehr went four innings giving up two hits and struck out one. Lineup: Munoz LF/C 1-0; Blew C, 2-0; West LF, 2-0; Doug Ellis CF, 1-0; Rains P, 3-1; Pate SS, 3-0; Lunsford RF, 2-0; Violante 3B/CF. 3-1; Kensinger 2B, 1-0, Dave Ellis 1B, 3-1; Wehr P, 0-0 and Enrico CF, 1-0.

Santa Cruz Nabs PAL Consolation Title 11-3 over Andrew Hill in a game played at the Upper Diamond due to bad field conditions else ware to give them a 1-2 tournament record. The Cards scored once in the first inning, four in the fourth and six in the fifth. Rains started on the mound and went five innings giving up one hit, no earned runs, walked none and struck out three for the win. Al Kensinger pitched the last two innings giving up one hit, one earned run and walked none. RBI’s were Enrico three, Munoz and Violante two apiece and Rains one. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 2-1; Violante 3B, 3-1; Pate SS, 3-2; Rains P/3B, 4-2; Blew C, 2-0; Lunsford RF, 2-1; Kensinger 2B/P, 4-0; David Ellis 1B, 4-0; Enrico CF, 2-1 and West RF, 1-0.

Cards Drops 14-13 Marathon to Carmel. The Cards held a 13-7 lead going into the last of the seventh, when Carmel tied the game scoring six runs in the bottom half of the inning. Carmel won in the eighth inning. A statistical look at this mind boggling game reveals that there were 27 runs, “only” 18 of them earned, 19 strikeouts, five doubles, one home run, 19 singles, 11 errors and 77 official at bats. Doug Ellis started and went two innings giving up two hits, three earned runs, four walks and two strikeouts. Greg Wehr went six innings giving up 11 hits, seven earned runs, five walks and seven strikeouts. Cards had four errors. Rains and Amos had two RBI’s and Kensinger and Enrico had one apiece. Lineup: Munoz LF,, 4-0; Blew C, 6-1; Doug Ellis P/CF, 3-2; Rains 3B, 4-2; Pate SS, 4-3; Amos 1b, 3-2; Violante RF, 4-0; Wehr P, 2-0; Kensinger 2B, 5-1; Lunsford 2B, 0-0; Enrico CF, 3-1

Cardinals Stop Hollister 6-2. Cards take Hollister, a team they have been meeting regularly in the CCS playoffs, there 6-2. Junior Greg Wehr pitched a complete game giving up eight hits, four walks, two earned runs and struck out two for a well deserved win. The last four innings he dispatched the hitters in order 1-2-3. The Cards went ahead 3-2 in the third inning, then scored one in the fourth and two in the sixth. Rains had a home run, a double and drove in four runs, while going 3 for 4. Wehr also had an RBI. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Dave Munoz LF, 2-0; Keith Blew C, 3-0; Pate SS, 3-2; Kevin Rains 3B, 4-3; Alan Amos 1B, 3-1; Al Kensinger 2B, 3-0; Don Enrico CF, 3-0; Wehr P, 3-0 and Lunsford LF, 0-0 one run on two walks.

In the first game of the Salinas Lions Tournament the Cards lost to Palma 2-3. Rains pitched a complete game giving up five hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out four. Pate and Violante had RBI’s. Munoz and Pate had two stolen bases, Blew and Kensinger each had one. Lineup: Dave Munoz LF, 3-0; Keith Blew C, 3-0; Pate SS, 2-0;; Kevin Rains P, 4-1; Doug Ellis CF, 2-0; Alan Amos 1B, 1-1, two walks; Lunsford LF, 1-0, two sacrifices; Violante 3B, 2-0 and Al Kensinger 2B, 3-0.

Cards beat Watsonville 3-2 in the second game of the tournament. Doug Ellis pitched a complete game giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out four. In the first inning three Cards in a row walked. After two outs John Lunsford walked to force home Luke Violante. With two outs in the third inning, Lunsford drove in another run with a single. Rains homered in the sixth, but the Cats came back and scored two in the bottom half. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 3-0; Violante 2B, 3-0; Ellis P, 2-0; Rains P, 2-2; Amos 1B, 2-0; Lunsford LF, 2-1; Kensinger SS, 3-1; Rodriguez CF, 3-0 and West RF, 3-0.

In the third tournament game, the Cards beat North Salinas 13-3 for third place. The Cards had ten at bats in the second inning and scored seven runs. North Salinas scored one in the first and two in the second, but after that Greg Wehr who pitiched a complete game, shut them down the last five innings. For four innings he set them down 1-2-3. He gave up nine hits, three earned runs, walked one and struck out four. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 5-2; Violante 2B, 2-1, walking three times, scoring three runs; Ellis CF, 4-1; Rains 3B, 4-2; Amos 1B, 5-4; Lunsford LF, 3-0, walked twice; Kensinger SS, 3-1; Wehr P, 3-0; West RF, 2-0 and Lebarrre RF, 0-0.

Cards win first league game 8-5 over Monterey, by scoring seven runs in the first inning. Doug Ellis went all seven innings in a well pitched game giving up only four hits, two earned runs, walked six and struck out four. Blew and Pate each had two doubles. RBI’s one each for Munoz, Blew, Rains, Amos, Pate, Wehr and Enrico. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Dave Munoz LF, 3-1; Keith Blew C, 3-3; Doug Ellis P, 3-0; Kevin Rains 3B, 4-1; Randy Pate SS, 2-2, walked twice; Alan Amos 1B, 2-0; Greg Wehr 1B, 0-0; John Lunsford RF, 4-0; Al Kensinger 2B, 3-0 and Enrico CF, 2-1

Cards Alone In First Place. Cards start out strong scoring three runs in the first inning to eke out a 5-4 win over Seaside. Pinch hitter Bob Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to drive in Alan Amos with the winning run. The three runs in the first inning started with lead off hitter Dave Munoz singling and stealing second for the first of three thefts for the afternoon. Blew bunted down the third base line and was safe. Pate, Rains and Ellis walked to force in two runs. Ellis scored on a throwing error.
All four of Seaside’s runs came with two outs. Doug Ellis started and went four innings giving up six hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out one. Ellis did not have a pitch out of the strike zone in the first inning and threw only 44 pitches in his four innings. Greg Wehr went the last three innings giving up two hits, two earned runs, walked four and struck out two. Wehr got the win, when the Cards scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Enrico in the seventh inning. Ellis had a double.
RBI’s one each for Blew, Rains, Ellis, Enrico and Kensinger. Munoz stole three bases. Cards had one error. Lineup: Dave Munoz LF, 2-1; Keith Blew C, 3-2; Randy Pate SS, 3-0; Kevin Rains 3B, 2-0, sacrifice, walk; Doug Ellis P/CF, 3-1; Alan Amos 3B, 3-0; Lunsford LF, 3-1; Kensinger SS, 4-1 and Enrico CF, 2-0 and Wehr P, 0-0, sacrifice.

Salinas Pins Key Loss On SC 4-3. A seventh inning rally by SC fell short in a make up game at Harvey West. Trailing by three runs, Luke Violante walked and went to second on error on Bob Rodriquez’s misplayed ground ball. Al Kensinger was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dave Munoz hit a sacrifice fly to score Violante. The Cards leading hitter catcher Keith Blew continued his red hot pace with his second base hit of the game to load the bases again. Kevin Rains doubled in Rodriguez.
A base running error stopped the Cards from tying the game. Rains threw a complete game giving up eight hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out four. Cards had only one error as did Salinas. Lineup: Munoz RF, 4-0; Blew C, 3-2; Pate SS, 4-1; Rains P, 4-2; Ellis CF, 3-0; Amos 1B, 3-1; Violante 3B, 2-1; Lunsford LF, 1-0; Rodriguez LF, 2-0 and Kensinger 2B, 2-1.

Cards Fall To Alisal 4-0 In Wet One. Two league games were cancelled, but SC and Alisal got their game in though the contest was halted three times, the longest for 25 minutes. When SC charged onto the field there was a hit of rain in the offing and the drops held off just long enough to complete one inning when it came down the size of silver dollars. It was hard on the pitchers, who had to come back after the stoppages. By the third stoppage the infield around first and third were muddy. It hurt Doug Ellis as he gave up five hits, four earned runs, walked three and struck out one in three innings. Greg Wehr pitched the rest of the game and performed near flawlessly, considering the conditions, He allowed no hits or runs, walked one and struck out six. All this coming with a water logged baseball. SC left runners on second twice, but couldn’t drive them around. In less than a week the Cards dropped from first to third. Al Kensinger punched out two of the Cards four hits. Both teams had only one error, good for the conditions. Lineup: Munoz RF, 4-0; Pate S, 4-0; Blew C, 2-0; Rains 3B, 3-1; Ellis P/CF, 3-1; Amos 1b, 3-0; Kensinger 2B, 3-2; Rodriguez LF, 3-0; Enrico CF, 0-0; Wehr P, 0-0 and Violante PH, 1-0.

Cards Topple Pacific Grove 9-1. In a practice game after the Southern part of the MBL schedule was completed. Kevin Rains hurled a five hitter. Dave Munoz cracked a pair of doubles. Luke Violante and Don Enrico each had two hits. The Cards broke the game wide open in the top half of the fifth inning, scoring six runs to jump from a 2-1 lead to a 8-1 lead. Rains surrendered only one hit over the final three innings. Munoz and Al Kensinger each had two runs batted in. Rains pitched a complete game win giving up five hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out four. Lineup: Munoz RF, 4-2; Blew C, 4-0; Pate SS, 5-1; Rains P, 4-0; Ellis CF, 2-0; Amos 1B, 3-1; Violante 3B, 3-2; Rodriguez 3B, 0-0; Kenisnger 2B, 3-1; Enrico RF, 2-2 and Wehr RF, 0-0.

Two Hits, But Cards Win. To open the North Division race, the Cards beat Aptos 2-1 on only two hits and Doug Ellis’ strong pitching giving up no earned runs. (The Aptos pitcher eventually pitched professionally all the way to AAA ball) In the fifth inning Al Kensinger was hit by a pitch, went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a ground out. Don Enrico put down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Al. The sixth inning started with Alan Amos being hit by a pitch, he went to second on a ground ball and scored on Doug Ellis’ single to center for the winning run. Cards had one error. Lineup: Munoz LF, 1-0, walk. sacrifice; Blew C, 3-0; Amos 3B, 2-0; Kevin Rains 3B, 3-0; Ellis P/CF, 2-1; Pate SS, 3-0; Kensinger SS, 2-0; Rodriguez LF, 1-0; Violante LF, 1-0 and Enrico CF, 2-1.

Cards Rally In Seventh For 4-3 Win Over Cats. Wehr Is Sharp In Relief Role. Greg Wehr’s shut out relief pitching and a seventh inning run netted SC a win pushing them into first place in the MBL North Division with a 4-2 record.. Wehr, who relieved starter Kevin Rains after five innings, allowed just one base runner on a walk, during his two inning mound stint. The Cards winning seventh inning run came when Luke Violante singled to left field with two outs to drive in Doug Ellis, who had opened the inning with a double.
In the first inning, the Cards lead off hitter Dave Munoz, nubbed a ball at the plate that was mishandled. He stole second and on a bad throw went to third. Blew walked and stole second. Munoz scored on Rains ground out. In the third inning Munoz again led off the inning, singled and stole second. With two outs, Rains doubled down the left field line to score Munoz. Randy Pate doubled down the right field line to score Rains making the score SC 3-0. Watsonville tied the score by scoring two in the fourth on two infield errors and one in the fifth inning. SC had nine hits, including two for Violante, Munoz and Dave Ellis. Munoz, Doug Ellis, Rains and Pate all had doubles. Rains with two and Pate and Violante with one RBI apiece. Rains went five innings giving up five hits, one earned run, two walks and five strikeouts. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz RF, 4-2; Blew C, 3-0; Doug Ellis CF, 4-1; Pate SS, 3-1; Violante 3B/2B, 4-2; Dave Ellis 4-2; Rodriguez 2B, 1-0; Enrico LF, 3-0 and Wehr P, 0-0.

Cards Win, Take One Game Lead. SC did all its damage in the first three innings rolling to a 5-2 win over North Salinas. After this make up game win, the Cards are now 5-2, which now gives them a one game lead over Aptos, Harbor and Soquel each with 4-3 records. Doug Ellis went the complete game allowing six hits, no earned runs, two walks and five strikeouts. North Salinas nearly kept pace with SC by scoring single runs in the first and second innings all on errors. Pitcher Doug Ellis was also the lead off batter in the first inning, walked, stole second, went to third on his brother Dave’s ground out and scored on an error.
In the second inning, senior catcher Keith Blew hit a long home run to right field. Al Kensinger singled and stole second. Don Enrico got his first of three hits as Kensinger stopped at third and scored on a fielders choice. In the third frame, Randy Pate led off with a single and advanced to third on Rains single, who then stole second. Second sacker Kensinger, who has been the Cards hottest hitter of late, drove them both in with a triple. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Doug Ellis P, 3-1; Dave Ellis RF, 4-1; Pate SS, 4-1; Rains 3B, 4-1; Amos 1B, 4-1; Blew C, 3-1; Kensinger 2B, 4-2; Munoz LF, 2-0 and Enrico CF, 3-3.

From the Trident. Senior catcher and captain Keith Blew was selected Jock for the Month of April as the baseball team owes much of its early success to his leadership and hard work. Keith and Kevin Rains provide much of the offensive punch for the Red Birds.

Cardinals Drop Non-League game to Serra 1-2. With the Cards leading 1-0 going into the seventh, a combination of two walks and two infield errors allowed two runs to score. Greg Wehr started and pitched four innings giving up no hits or runs, walked four and struck out two. Kevin Rains went two innings giving up one hit, no earned runs and walked two. Rains had a double and a RBI. Al Kensinger pitched the last inning giving up no hits or earned runs and walked two for the loss. Lineup: Kensinger 2b/P 2-0; Enrico LF 1-0; Blew C, 2-0; Doug Ellis CF, 3-0; Pate SS, 3-0; Amos 1B, 2-0; Dave Ellis 1B, 1-0; Violante LF, 3-0; Rodriguez 3B, 2-1; Rains P/3B, 2-2; West RF, 3-0; Wehr P, 0-0 and Munoz C, 0-0.

Cards Hold Off Bucs, Stay One Game On top with a 8-5 win Over Harbor. After two and a half innings, the Cards held a 5-0 lead, but Harbor, as it did all day, scraped back and closed it to 5-4, before giving away three late Card runs, which assured the win. In the first inning and on the first pitch of the day, Dave Munoz was hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to second by Al Kensinger’s bunt that was miss played. Munoz scored on Doug Ellis’ single. Kensinger was driven in by Randy Pate. In the third inning Munoz led of with a walk, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored as a pitch that hit the plate and bounced away. Kevin Rains hit a home run over the left field fence. Pate drew life on an error and stole second. Keith Blew ripped a triple to right center to score Pate. Harbor battled back in the same inning scoring three themselves. In the fifth, Kensinger tripled and scored on Rain’s single. Singles by Alan Amos and Dave Ellis and a walk to Munoz loaded the bases n the sixth. Kensinger singled in Amos and Doug Ellis’ sacrifice fly scored the Cards final run.
Rains went four innings giving up five hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out two for the win. RBI’s Doug Ellis and Rains two each, Kensinger, Pate and Blew one each. Rains pitched the first four innings giving up five hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out two. Greg Wehr threw three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs or walks and had two strikeouts. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 0-0, two walks; Kensinger 2B, 3-2; Doug Ellis CF, 3-1; Rains P/3B; 4-2; Pate SS, 4-0; Blew C, 4-1; Amos 1B, 4-1; Dave Ellis RF, 3-2; Enrico PH, 1-0; Violante 3B, 2-0 and Wehr P, 1-0.

Cards Nip Soquel, Open Two Game Lead. While a cold wind blew, Card hurler Doug Ellis chilled the Knights on a three hitter, while his catcher, Keith Blew, supplied a two run RBI double in the fourth inning. The Cards, a dark horse pick for the title, gained control of the MBL Northern Division a little more than half way through the season when they downed Soquel 2-1 to make their MBL record 7-2, which gives them a two game lead over second place Aptos at 5-4.
The two runs were scored when Ellis started off the fourth inning by lining a double down the left field line. Kevin Rains hit an infield single moving Ellis to second. Ellis stole third and Rain stole second. With two outs, Keith Blew crunched a double scoring them both. Both pitchers had fine games, each giving up only three hits and pitching out of trouble at least twice. Ellis gave up no earned runs, walked two and struck out three.
SC got some fine defensive work by first baseman Alan Amos. In the second, a good stretch nipped the runner. In the fifth a throw pulled Amos off the base, but he made a fine tag on the runner down the line. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 4-0; Kensinger 2B, 3-0; Doug Ellis P, 2-1; Rains 3B, 2-1; Pate SS, 2-0; Blew C, 2-1; Amos 1B, 3-0; Dave Ellis RF, 3-0 and Enrico CF, 3-0.

Aptos Stuns Cards, Moves Closer To Top Spot with a 6-4 win at home. The young Mariners moved within one half game of the Cards, a position which appeared most unlikely prior to the season. Aptos had two home runs at their smaller park. Kevin Rains started and went four innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked none and struck out three. Greg Wehr finished up giving up four hits, two earned runs and walked two for the loss. Early in the game, Card first sacker Alan Amos was hit in the head by a high fast ball that split his helmet knocking him unconscious for over five minutes. He was taken to Dominican Hospital, where he was treated and released. In the fourth inning, Rains doubled, went to third on a ground out and scored on a delayed double steal. In the fifth inning, Violante and Kensinger walked and Violante scored on Doug Ellis’ single.
In a come back attempt in the seventh, Kensinger led off with a walk, went to second on an infield error and scored on Rains hit. Rains scored on a miss played ball in the outfield. Eight Cards walked, but the Cards were not able to take full advantage. SC had early inning blahs, but got fine defensive play form shortstop Randy Pate, who recorded six putouts and five assists. Two of his plays involved the timing of his leaps to snare two liners. Rains had a double. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 3-0; Kensinger 2B, 2-0, two walks; Doug Ellis CF, 4-1; Kevin Rains P/3B, 3-2, steal, walk; Keith Blew C, 2-0, two walks; Randy Pate SS, 3-1; Alan Amos 1B, 1-1; Dave Ellis RF/1B, 4-1; Luke Violante 3B.1-0, walk; Don Enrico RF, 0-0; Greg Wehr P, 0-0, walk; Rodriguez PR and John Lunsford PH, 1-0.

Division Leading Santa Cruz Faces Big Week. With a game and a half league lead the Cards will have to shake off mental mistakes they made against a last place Watsonville squad. There will be no room for error next week when they play SLV twice and Harbor. The Cards can ill afford to go to sleep like they Friday and expect to stay on top. Numerous base running mistakes were made by the Cards. Way too many for this time of the season. Cards beat Watsonville 2-1 in ten innings in another pitching dual.
Card ace Doug Ellis went all the way giving up six hits, one unearned run, walked two and struck out six, which would be good for a seven inning game. There were no runs scored through the first seven innings.
Watsonville scored first in the eighth inning, when SC literally “gave” the game away on a throwing error. The Cards came right back and with two outs, Dave Munoz walked, stole second and was driven in by Al Kensingers single to center. The last score came on a walk to Randy Pate, who was sacrifice to second by Don Enrico, went to third on a ground out and scored on Kensingers second RBI single for the long delayed end of the game.
With the exception of the eighth, Watsonville never mounted any sort of scoring threat although a running, falling down circus catch by Don Enrico quickly drenched the Cats hopes in the top of the tenth. Doug Ellis stole two bases, Munoz and Blew one apiece. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 3-0, walk; Kensinger 2B, 3-2, two walks; Doug Ellis P, 3-1, walk; Rains 3B, 4-2; Blew C, 2-0, two walks; Amos 1B, 4-0; Dave Ellis RF, 3-1, hit by pitch; Pate SS, 3-1, walk; Enrico CF, 2-0, sacrifice, Violante PH, 0-0, walk and Lunford PH 1-0.

Cardinals Hold Off Stubborn Cougars 8-7. In the first game of back to back games with SLV, SC held a six run lead 8-2 going into the sixth inning when the Cougars came on to score five runs to make the final score 8-7. Top hitters for the Cards were Doug Ellis with two hits, two runs and two RBI’s. Kevin Rains with 3 hits, one run and two RBI’s. Randy Pate went 2 for 2 at the plate, scored two runs, stole two bases and walked once.. Luke Violante had a hit and played well at 3B. Rains started and pitched five and two-third innings giving up eight hits, but five of the hits came when he tired in the sixth inning. He gave up six earned runs, walked three and struck out six. He was relieved by Greg Wehr with two outs. Wehr struck out the next batter. In the seventh he gave up two hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out one for a save. Rains received the win. Doug Ellis and Pate each had two stolen bases. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 3-0; Kensinger 2B, 4-1; Doug Ellis P, 2-2; Kevin Rains 3B, 4-3; Keith Blew C, 4-1; Dave Ellis RF, 3-0; Alan Amos 1B, 2-0; Randy Pate SS, 2-2; Luke Violante 3B, 2-1 and Lunsford PH, 0-0, walk.

Santa Cruz Cards Wrap It Up with the 7-5 win over SLV. In back to back games with SLV, to make up a rain out, both games were hotly contested. On the second consecutive day the Cards won and when Soquel and Aptos lost, the Cards won the championship out right. It took the Cards an extra inning to beat SLV 7-5, in the make up game. The scrappy Cougars scored two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game up.
The Cards came back in the eighth starting with a walk to Munoz, a sacrifice by Kensinger followed by a Doug Ellis single to drive in Munoz. Ellis stole second and scored on Rains single to put the Cards up by two. Rains is hitting .435. 20-46 for second place in the North. Ellis replaced Wehr, who had pitched well, for the last out in the sixth inning. After the Cards went ahead by two in the eight inning, Doug made quick work of the tough Cougars in the bottom of the inning for a hard fought win.
Wehr went five and two-thirds innings giving up six hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out seven. Doug Ellis pitched two and one-thirds innings giving up one hit, two earned runs, walked two and struck out two for the win. SLV scored in the first inning and SC tied it in the top of the second, when Amos stole home. They scored two more in the third on Pate’s two run shot to leftfield.
SC coach had nothing but praise for his 1975 edition of Cardinals, which brought a baseball championship back to SC after a two year absence. “What can I say. The players have come through in the clutch, they worked and played hard and deserved to win. We’ve had to come from behind and the team has hung in there and done the job.” Interestingly enough, the 10-3 Cards haven’t had an easy win all season as six of their victories were by one run, one by two runs and the remaining trio by three tallies.
Top hitters again were Doug Ellis with two hits, two steals and an RBI. Kevin Rains had three hits, walked and two RBI’s and Randy Pate had two RBI’s. The Cards ran the bases hard. Those with stolen bases were Amos three, Doug Ellis two, Kensinger and Dave Ellis one each. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 3-0, sacrifice, walk; Kensinger 2B, 3-1, sacrifice, walk; Doug Ellis CF/P, 2-2, three walks; Rains 3B, 5-3; Blew C, 2-0, hit by a pitch twice, walked; Randy Pate SS, 4-1; Amos 1B, 3-1; Dave Ellis RF, 2-0; Wehr P, 2-0; Violante PH, 1-0; Rodriguez PR, 0-0; Lunsford PH, 0-0, walk and Enrico RF, 0-0.

Santa Cruz Stings Bucs 5-2. The Cards played like the champions they are as senior ace pitcher Doug Ellis survived a nine hit attack and nabbed his seventh victory against one loss. Ellis’ success can largely can be attributed to his fine control. He pitched another complete game giving up two earned runs, walked one and struck out three. He was able to keep the Bucs away from the plate in all but the fourth and fifth innings. SC never trailed, taking a 2-0 lead in the third inning, by scoring two unearned runs. Al Kensinger led off with a walk, then Keith Blew dropped a bunt to the pitchers left, who then threw wildly to first and Kensinger steamed into third and Blew to second. Kevin Rains belted a double to the base of the left center fence to drive in both runs. Harbor came back in the top of the fourth to score one.
SC grouped three fifth inning hits for another run as Rains ripped his second double to start the inning. He went to third on a ground out and scored on Allan Amos’ single. In the sixth Blew singled and went to third on a throwing error on Ellis’ ground ball. Pate drove them both in. Rains had two doubles, walked and drove in two runs. Pate and Amos drove in runs. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Kensinger 2B, 3-0, walk; Blew C, 2-1, walked, sacrificed; Doug Ellis P, 4-1; Rains 3B, 3-2; Pate SS, 4-1; Amos 1B, 2-2, walk; Violante RF, 3-1; Lundsford LF, 3-0; Enrico CF, 2-1, walk; Rodriguez PR, 0-0 and Munoz LF, 0-0.

Knights Nip SC 3-2, Gain Playoffs. The Knights and Cads battled in a style very similar to numerous past meetings of the baseball rivals. Soquel won a playoff spot with the win. In the last regular season game the Cards lost to Soquel 2-3, in eight innings. The Knights scored two runs in the first inning, but the Cards came back to tie the score in the seventh when Amos led off with a single and went to second on a pass ball and was driven to third on a single by Munoz, who then stole second. Dave Ellis drove in Amos on a ground ball to second. Kensinger then drove in Munoz to tie the score.
In the eighth, Soquel led off with a walk was sacrificed to second and scored on a single. The Cards went down 1-2-3 in the last of the eighth inning. Wehr after the original jitters of walking and hitting a batter in the first inning pitched well enough to win and probably should not have been replaced at the end of the seventh, since he got the batters out 1-2-3 in that inning. Wehr gave up five hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out two. Rains pitched the last inning giving up a walk, a hit and one earned run. The Cards had two double plays and no errors. Lineup: Kensinger 2B, 4-1; Pate SS, 4-0; Doug Ellis CF, 3-0, walk; Rains 3B/P, 4-1; Blew C, 3-2; Amos 1B, 3-1; Violante RF/3B, 3-0; Munoz LF, 2-1, walk, Wehr P, 0-0, walk; Lunsford PH, 1-0 and Dave Ellis RF, 1-0.

The baseball playoff involve just the top two teams of each the North and South Divisions. In the South Division Salinas and Alisal tied for the title. In the North SC won the title with Soquel second.

Cards Blank Salinas. In the first round of the MBL play offs, the two hit pitching of Doug Ellis and the productive bat of Kevin Rains propelled SC past Salinas 4-0. Ellis relied on the same trait that made him league MVP, his accuracy, as he walked only one batter and hurled the Cards first shut out of the year. During league play he walked only 20 batters in 54 innings. He isn’t an overpowering pitcher, but he’s still been a pain in the gluteus maximums for the opposition. He struck out five, while putting down the Cowboys in 1-2-3 order for four innings. Two other innings he pitched to just one extra batter. He was in complete control with only one batter getting as far as third base. One player who had the audacity to break up his bid for a no-hitter, he picked off first.
Junior third baseman Rains, had a perfect day at the plate. He got on base all four times he came to the plate, drilling three hits and walked. The Cards scored single runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. In the first inning Munoz led off with a single and stole second and was driven in by Rains double. In the third Kensinger walked, went to third on Rains single and scored on Blew’s single. In the fourth Munoz walked, stole second again and scored on Kensingers hit. In the fifth Doug Ellis doubled and scored on Violante’ single up the middle. The Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 4-2, two steals, walk; Kensinger 2B, 2-1,two walks; Doug Ellis P, 3-1, walk; Rains 3B, 3-3, walk; Blew C, 3-1, walk; Amos 1B, 4-0; Pate SS, 3-1; Violante RF, 2-1; Enrico CF, 2-0 and Dave Ellis PH, 1-0.

The Cards won the Northern Division of the MBL by two games over Soquel with a record of 8-2 in North division play and a 11-4 total record in the MBL. The team gained their division title on the type of hard work which the Cards thrive on. Players who were not out for another sport conditioned themselves in the off season as well as working hard during the season.
Catcher and team captain Keith Blew was a leader who knew how to motivate his team mates to work even harder then they might even have planned on, running on the beach and up hills and at practice always working on their game and skills. It brought the team together as a unified group. Their competitiveness of never giving up was evident with the 15 one run games or just over fifty percent played by the team. The were able to win eight of these one run games, but they lost seven by one run.

Cards Vs Knights A Familiar Cast For Finals. The teams and stakes have been the same so many times. Before this division format engulfed the MBL three years ago, the leagues baseball title was most often decided by meetings of these two teams. The players change, but the coaches and prize are the same. For former Cardinal athlete and now Soquel’s baseball coach Ron Walters a win would be the first league title in his 13 years as Soquel’s coach. He will be retiring after the teams last game. SC won the MBL North Division after an unfamiliar two year absence.
A SC win would return the Cards to the position they’ve enjoyed the most often for the past 15 years, number 1 in the MBL. SC tied for second during the past two divisional seasons and each time, the Cards have lost a playoff bid after the league’s tie–breaker rules were applied. This year the Cards assured themselves a playoff spot by winning the Division out-right with a 11-4 record. Soquel was second at 9-6.

Soquel Wins MBL Baseball Flag. After 13 years of trying, the Knights captured the MBL championship and while doing it, they defeated the school which has for so many times deprived them of a pennant. With two outs and no one on base, Soquel broke a 5-5 tie in the sixth inning with three straight hits to nip SC, 6-5 at wind swept Watsonville.
SC had rallied from deficits all day, so the game was far from over at this point and they still had two at bats. SC went down in order in the sixth, but nearly tied it in the last chance seventh. With two outs Ellis singled, stole second and on the over throw went to third. Rains the league batting champ lined out to center.
Like all games, this one was jam-packed with important plays, but the most memorable came in the fifth inning, when SC scored three times to tie the score after Soquel had score three to take a 5-2 lead. With Al Kensinger on first base and three runs in to tie the score, Rains blasted a liner to the deepest part of left center. The ball hit a few feet from the fence, which is 395 feet from home plate, and the ball bounced over the fence for a ground rule double. Kensinger was held at third, but would have scored easily if the ball had stayed in the park. But it didn’t.
Soquel Coach Ron Walters felt this was the key point of the game. “As I look back, that was a break of us. Rains is a fine hitter. He’s aggressive with the bat, but he has a controlled swing.“ The next hitter, Keith Blew, one of the top hitters was intentionally walked to fill the bases. The next batter made an out.
The Knights broke a 2-2 tie with a three run rally in the top of the fifth, which featured four hits and two costly Card errors. In the Cards three run sixth, Pate started it off with a line shot to left, pinch hitter John Lunsford walked and Dave Rodriguez ran for him. Dave Munoz singled home Pate. Kensinger singled to right scoring Rodriguez and Munoz went to third and scored on Ellis’ sacrifice fly. Then came Rain’s ground rule double.
SC took a one run lead in the bottom of the first, when Rain’s turned a curve into an RBI double to score Kensinger, who had beaten out an infield hit and stole second. Soquel came back with a brief 2-1 lead in the third. Centerfielder Don Enrico made a nice running catch on a well hit ball, to cut the damage. Doug Ellis led off the fourth with a single and after stealing second, went to third on fly out to right by Blew. Ellis scored on a wild pitch.
(Ellis, working on only two days rest, put the ball exactly were he wanted to and the Soquel batters were not able to take their normal swings. It caused them to hit balls to spots they did not normally hit too. The coaching error of over playing the defense, led to hits that should not have been. Ellis had complete control of his pitches walking only one batter and had terrific movement on his pitches. Loss to the coach.) Greg Wehr pitched the last two innings giving up three hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out three.
(Soquel had a fine team and proved it by becoming league champions.) Cards had three errors. The line up for the last game of the season was Munoz RF, 4-1, one RBI; Kensinger 2B, 4-2, one RBI; Doug Ellis P/CF, 3-2, one RBI; Rains 3B, 4-2, one RBI; Blew C, 2-0, walk; Violante LF, 3-0. Amos 1B, 3-0; Pate SS, 3-1; Enrico CF, 1-0; Lunsford PH, 1-0, walk; Rodriguez PR, 0-0 and Wehr P, 1-0.

Sentinel May 21, 1975. Dodge Lauds Cards. He couldn’t possible have been more proud of his players, who took the defeat hard and many of whom were stunned. To say they were downcast would be an understatement. Their season, during which they had worked so long and hard, suddenly had disappeared down the drain. The Cardinals had come into the playoffs as proud champions of the MBL Northern Division. They left the playoffs empty handed, losing to a team from within their own division.
Dodge has felt all season, long before Tuesdays game, that there should be some reward for winning the division title. It’s his firm convection that there is no real incentive for being a division champion the way the present system is set up. And he has felt this way for a long time. It wasn’t an emotional reaction to defeat. The reaction of Dodge and others is that a second place team from one division should have to beat a first place team twice in order to advance, or else the league should have a one game playoff between the two first place teams. (When the new SCCAL league started and used a playoff system for basketball, the rule was the first place team had to be beaten twice, before the contender was considered a co-champion.)
“I don’t want to take anything away from Soquel. They beat us,” stressed Dodge. “I think our kids hung in there. They came back. I couldn’t have asked any more from them. I think they played a great game. They fought right down to the end,” Dodge stressed. “Maybe we wouldn’t beat Soquel a second time, but at least we’d like a chance. The kids feel pretty bad about the game. They put quite a bit of effort into it and I feel very bad for them,” Dodge said.

Following the game, coach Bill Dodge had nothing but praise for the team. “The team this year worked as hard as any SC team. They played hard the whole season. They never gave up in any game. They hung right in there the whole season. We feel bad for the players as they were more than deserving.”

Players and their spots on the MBL North Baseball Statistics by the Sentinel; Kevin Rains number one, Doug Ellis 5, Blew 7, Kensinger 15, Amos 28, Pate 29 and Munoz 30.

Pitching stats for the MBL North: Ellis number 4, Rains 16 and Wehr 17.

By team vote Doug Ellis was named MVP and best overall
Keith Blew, team captain, best defensive player and Mr. Hustle
Greg Wehr, most improved
Kevin Rains, best hitter

Former players who helped coach were Tom Crichton and Kris Sorensen. Scorekeeper Charles Burks and manager Jeff Scargill.

LEAGUE STATS
In league play the top Birds were
Average; Rains .458, Ellis .340, Blew .326 and Kensinger .319
RBI men were Rains 12, Doug Ellis 9, Kensinger 8 and Blew 7.
Total bases were Rains 37, Blew 23 and Doug Ellis 21.
Most walks were Blew 15, Doug Ellis 14 and Munoz 12.
Batters who struck out the least were Rains 5, Doug Ellis 6, Pate and Amos 8 apiece.
The top base stealers were Doug Ellis 15, Munoz 14, Blew and Kensinger 7 apiece.
Home runs: Rains and Blew one each.

LEAGUE hitting stats, by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, triples, runs batted in, walks and stolen bases.
AB R H AV 2b 3b RBI BB SB
Rains 59 10 27 458 7 0 12 6 4
Doug Ellis 50 14 17 340 4 0 9 14 15
Blew 46 6 15 326 3 1 7 15 7
Kensinger 47 9 15 319 0 0 8 9 7
Enrico 23 0 6 261 0 0 2 4 0
Dave Ellis 28 1 7 250 0 0 1 1 2
Pate 58 7 12 207 3 0 5 4 3
Violante 28 3 5 179 0 0 3 4 0
Munoz 45 13 8 178 0 0 3 12 14
Amos 46 5 8 174 1 0 2 4 4
Lunsford 15 1 2 133 0 0 1 3 0
Rodriguez 9 3 0 000 0 0 1 1 2
Wehr 5 0 0 000 0 0 1 3 0
West 0 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 459 72 122 266 18 1 55 80 58

LEAGUE

pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN ER H ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Doug Ellis 68 13 54 1.34 4 2 0 19 39 8 1
Wehr 31 9 26 2.03 8 0 2 12 27 2 1
Rains 26 11 31 2.96 9 1 1 8 20 2 3
TOTALS 125 33 111 1.84 21 3 3 39 86 12 5
Doug Ellis’ record would have been 9-0, but for some coaching errors

SEASON STATS
The top three Birds for different categories for the complete season
Average: Rains .453, Ellis .280 and Kinsinger ..270
RBI’s: Rains 21, Kensinger 13, Violante and Doug Ellis 11.
Total bases: Rains 63, Pate 27, Doug Ellis 26.
Stolen bases: Munoz 21, Doug Ellis 17 and Kensinger 10.
Walks: Doug Ellis 23, Blew and Munoz 21 apiece.
Struck out the least: Rains 7 and Pate 8.
Home runs: Rains 3 and Blew 1

SEASON hitting stats, by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, triples, runs batted in, walks and stolen bases.
AB R H AV 2b 3b RBI BB SB
Rains 95 18 43 453 11 0 21 13 7
Doug Ellis 75 20 21 280 5 0 11 23 17
Kensinger 74 16 20 270 0 0 13 15 10
Pate 87 10 23 264 4 0 7 7 8
Enrico 39 3 10 256 0 0 8 10 0
Amos 71 9 18 254 1 0 8 11 8
Blew 72 13 18 250 3 1 7 21 9
Dave Ellis 37 1 8 216 0 0 1 1 2
Violante 58 11 10 172 2 0 11 9 0
Munoz 76 19 13 171 2 0 7 21 21
Lunsford 30 5 5 167 1 0 4 9 0
West 12 1 1 083 1 0 1 0 0
Rodriguez 15 4 1 067 0 0 1 1 2
Wehr 14 1 0 000 0 0 2 8 0
TOTALS 755 131 191 253 30 1 102 150 84

SEASON pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN R H ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Doug Ellis 82 22 63 1.89 5 2 0 34 50 9 2
Wehr 59 23 57 2.73 14 1 3 27 44 5 2 2
Rains 53 21 57 2.77 13 3 1 12 41 4 5
Kensinger 4 0 2 0.00 0 0 0 3 0 0 1
TOTALS 198 66 179 2.33 32 6 4 76 135 18 10 2

Santa Cruz Sentinel All County Baseball Team of twelve players. Most Valuable Player–Doug Ellis senior pitcher, centerfielder and second leading hitter, whom his coach called “our best player“.
Keith Blew was a runaway choice at catcher. He was the county’s best defensive catcher and batted .326. The hard hitting senior rapped three doubles, a triple and a home run in league action.
Kevin Rains junior third baseman and pitcher led the county in three categories, batting average of .434, going 23 for 53 including playoff games, runs batted in 13 and six doubles. Co-coach of the year was Bill Dodge. The Cards were considered a dark-horse preseason pick, but ended up as the MBL North champions with a 11-4 mark, but lost to Soquel in the league finals 6-5.

Sentinel. May 15. ALL MBL PLAYERS. Top Honor Bestowed On SC’s Ellis.
All MBL honorees were Doug Ellis MVP, Keith Blew, Kevin Rains and Randy Pate. Honorable mention were Alan Amos and Al Kensinger.
There were few easy games for the Red Birds, every game was a fight and although the Cards won their games on great team effort, the league champs were not without their stars.
Ellis was an unanimous choice to be selected the league MVP award by having a 8-1 league pitching record and a 1.28 ERA , while hitting .340.
Kevin Rains lead the league in hitting with a .434 average and 22 RBI’s.
Keith Blew hit .326 to go with his running the team and handling the pitching staff.
Randy Pate batted only .200 in league, but the senior shortstop did everything else. “He played a great shortstop” note his coach and the other five coaches agreed and named him to the squad.
Of the 31 players nominated, Al Kensinger was the lone sophomore.

JV BASEBALL
Trident March 21. JV Nine Ready For League. Coach Ray Hunter has been following a platoon system in his non-league coaching strategy in an effort to give first year players experience which will prove valuable in the MBL. SC has dropped four non-league games, playing mostly inexperienced players. Returning lettermen have seen limited action in early play as coach Hunter has been substituting freely, trying to find a starting line up for MBL play.

Three players who started on the JV team were moved up to the varsity, which had an affect on the success of the team. Al Kensinger, short stop and pitcher went early followed later, by Dave Ellis and Bob Rodriguez. Ralph Russo was the teams leading hitter and Royce Copeland anchored the Card defense at third base. Paul Wainscoat used his bat to drive the Card offense. John Hopping, Don Passerino and Andre Wilkes made up a fine outfield. Others who show great promise for the future were Rich Castillo, who pitched the Cards to all three of their victories and Tony Lopez.
Other team members were Jim Abicht, Ed Hightower, Don Passerino, Ralph Russo, Bill Sarrow, Paul Sander, John Pappas, John Lopez, Dan Stevens, Andre Willis, John Hopper, Henry Lavendar and Robert Lebarre.

GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Scores: Watsonville 7-5, Aptos 5-2, Alisal 7-3, North Salinas 19-3, SLV 19-1, Harbor 24-9, Soquel 11-10, Salinas 5-7. Record 7-1.
In JV action the team ended with a 5-2 record for second place in league.

Trident April 18. The team started practice on April first under head coach Pete Newell and assistant Vic Miguel. There will be eight games this year, with the first game against North Salinas on April 22. There are seven returning girls: Judy Escalante, Georgia and Evonne Sandas, Elaina Guidici, Cindy Jackson, Robin Shannon and Dannette Sutton.

Led by senior slugger Kim DiOro, who hit a torrid .533 while playing a solid left field. Kim had six home runs and 22 runs batted in. Senior second baseman Carol Morgan was the second leading hitter. Both Carol and Kim socked five hits in a single game.
Anchoring the Red Birds defense was the Cardinals all everything sophomore short stop Sue Dodge. Sue punched the ball to the tune of a .406 batting average and was the Card mainstay on defense.
Sophomore Elaina Guidici, the Card hard hitting third baseman, rounded out the Cardinal quartet of hitters over .400 with a brilliant .406 showing at the plate. It was this type of slugging which helped the Red Birds attain a team batting average of .355, and unbelievable performance for any sport. Eight of the nine varsity players hit better than .300.
Sophomore center fielder Evonne Sandas and senior right fielders Robin Shannon both hit over .300 and combined with DiOro to cover the outfield.
Senior catcher Leta Stagnaro hit .300 and first baseman Candy Jackson hit .333 completed the infield. The Card mound corps this year consisted of a starter, reliever and designated hitter all rolled into one..
Georgia Sandas started and finished all eight games and was responsible for restraining the bats of opposing hitters while defending her position perfectly.

Georgia Sandas was the winning pitcher for SC against Watsonville by the score of 7-5. The Cards broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning scoring 3 runs on Kim DiOrio’s home run, while Watsonville came up with only one. DeOrio also had a double, Robin “killer” Shannon picked up two hits and Sue Dodge had three of the Cards eight hits.

Headline: Three in Row for SC Girls. Georgia Sandas nabbed her second game in two days for Santa Cruz by giving up nine scattered hits to Aptos over the seven innings of play for a 5-2 win. Coral Morgan was the top hitter slamming three hits in three appearances.

Cardinal Girls Nab 7-3 Victory over Alisal for their fourth straight victory. Georgia Sandas was credited with her third victory of the week. The top hitter for SC was Georgia’s twin sister Evonne who collected two hits in four appearances.

Card Girls stop Vikes 19-3 with Georgia Sandas going all the way for the win. Carol Morgan led the 18 hit attack with 5 hits of her own including a home run. Evonne Sandas, “Help” DiOrio and Sal Guidici had three hits. Leta Stagnaro and Sue Dodge had two hits. One of DiOrio’s hits was a home run.

SCHS softball team continued to dominate the MBL slate with a convincing 24-9 victory over Harbor. Leading the Cardinals 16 hit attack was Kim DeOrio, who hit for the circuit, getting a home run, triple, double and two singles for a 5 for 5 day. The four bagger was her sixth of the year. Evonne Sandas was 3 for 4 and Carol Morgan, Sal Guidici and Leta Stagnaro each added two hits. Georgia Sandas picked up the win.

Card Girls Keep Winning. It took the Cards eight innings to overcome Soquel 11-10, as Georgia Sandas’ hit scored Robin Shannon for the winning run. Georgia also was the winning pitcher as she has been in each of the Cards’ seven victories. Leading the SC 14 hit attack was Sue Dodge, who went 3 for 4. Carol Morgan drove in four runs with a 2 for 5 day at the plate. Evonne Sandas, Elaina Guidici, Robin Shannon and Candi Jackson each added two hits to the Cardinals’ cause.
Add from the Trident June 4. SC captured the MBL crown by coming from behind to beat Soquel. Soquel was ahead 10-5 going into the seventh inning, when SC scored five runs to tie the game and force the game into extra innings. Soquel went down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth inning. Robin Shannon started off the SC eighth with a double. Pitcher Georgia Sandas drove Robin in with a double to win the game.

SC Gals Lose But Still Win League Flag. Salinas defeated the Cards 7-5 in the season finale. SC won the title by one game with a 7-1 record. Salinas was second with a 6-2 record. Candi Jackson was 2 for 3 and Carol Morgan and Robin Shannon were both 2 for 4. The SC junior varsity team ended the season in second place.

Carol Morgan’s has been selected Jock of the month for May for her 5 for 5 hitting in a game with a home run, hitting 13 for 17 at bats for a .764 batting average and her solid play at second base.

GIRLS JV SOFTBALL

League record 5-2 for second place, behind champions North Salinas.
Trident June 4. In JV action the team lost to North Salinas 3-47, to Watsonville 6-28, but returning to their own field showed their stuff in a exciting extra inning game to beat Aptos 8-7 and beat Alisal 27-26. The girls won their last three games: SLV 31-5, Soquel 23-7 and Salinas 15-9. Harbor did not have a JV team.

Behind by 10 runs to Alisal the team tied the game in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the eighth with Alisal ahead 26-25, two outs, the crowd yelling and runners on third and second, Judy Escalante singled to drive in Candy Jackson to tie the score. Karen Sutton hit’s a smashing single to score Danette Sutton to win the game 27-26. Coach Vic Miguel comment, “We have a young and eager team with great promise for the future.”

Team members were Danette Sutton, Shelly McMillian, Karen Sutton, Teri Burbe, Lindsay Thrasher, Nancy Rice, Tina Olympia, Leah Rappaport, Laurie Thomas, Judy Escalante, LeAnn Sherwood and Mary Bronson.

TRACK

Yearbook. A total of eighteen thinclads finished the season on the combined varsity and JV’s. It is like the equivalent of playing football with eight player on your team. Although relegated to a poor team showing, the Cards did have some fine individual performances. The ideal situation would be to have a 40 man squad, ten athletes from each of the four classes. Many athletes have already participated in two sports before Spring comes around.

Sentinel. May 25. At the CCS Region IV meet at Hartnell College, Allen Sandretti took second place in the two mile run in a school record time of 9:38.0, which qualifies him for the CCS finals at San Jose City College.

In the March 21 edition of the Trident the varsity track team had a total of seven members. In a three way meet with Cupertino and Harbor, the Cards were only able to muster eight points. Although out-manned as a team, Allen Sandretti led the field in the two mile run and David Gregoric won the 880.
In the frosh-soph meet, SC was up six points on Harbor, but lost to Cupertino. Rick Larson and Mark Harland scored victories.

Card Trackers fall to SLV. The Cougars won ten of the sixteen events. Sandretti always the Cards most steady performer outclassed the field nabbing the mile in 4:35. The premiere event was senior Ken Pollastrini’s personal best 11’ 1/3” in the pole vault. It put Ken in ninth place for SC pole vaulters. Rick Larsen, last years frosh-soph high point man hit his personal best varsity long jump of 17’ 4”, coupled with a fourth place in the 220 and a third place in the 100. Mark Harlan nabbed a first in the triple jump at 35’ a personal best. Sophomore Mark Harlan nabbed first place in the triple jump with a 35 foot leap for a personal best.

Senior Allen Sandretti topped the performances with a new school record in the two mile run. Allen qualified for the CCS finals in the two mile. Sophomore Mark Harlan was the most productive frosh-soph runner. Mark nabbed school best for the year in five events. Rich Larsen another sophomore, nabbed bests in four events. Senior Ken Pollistrini broke the SCHS honor roll with a 11’ 6” pole vault. In the hurdle events, Mike Scofield led the Cards with bests in the 120 yard high hurdles and a new school record in the 120 low hurdles.

GIRLS TRACK

In their first full season in the MBL the team had the same low turn out the boys had. Non-the-less there were some fine individual performances. There were three main groups made up of the main group, the sprinters, field events with five girls and two distance runners.
The field event girls were Annette Mungai, Betsy Slakey, Jacki Palmer, Colleen Reedy and Lorraine Rice. Distance runners were Annette Mungai and Laila Soloman. Sprinters are Sue Roberts, Joan Hoedemaker, Michelle Hoga, Nancy Marez, Annette Mungai, Sherrie Walton, Lorraine Rice, Nina Peticolas, Lydia Wilson and Star Gabrielle.

Against Harbor the varsity team fell in a narrow decision, while the JV girls came through triumphantly.

In varsity competition Salinas wins 69-22 and in JV’s 70-28. Three new SC records were established by Joyce Hightower in the 440 with time of 62.4. The time qualified her for the upcoming CCS meet. Michele Hoga finished third in 440 in 67.2 breaking the Frosh-Soph record. Colleen Reedy tossed the discus 70’ 8” in another top performance. Sherrie Walton won the 880 in 2:39.9. For the frosh-soph Annette Mungai nabbed the 880 in 2:48 and the mile in 6:31for a new school record. Nan Marez cleared 4’4” in the high jump.

As is customary with Red Bird teams, this years squad began to reach its peak performance as the season drew to a close. Sherrie Walton this years female senior athlete award winner led the team all season. Sherries 14.1 time in the 80 yard low hurdles, set at the CCS qualifying meet still stands as the standard for SC girls. She also owns the school record in the events ranging from the mile run to the 80 yard run, along with six class records in events ranging from the mile to the 80 yard low hurdles.
Junior Joyce Hightower lent spark to the SC scoring. Joyce holds school records in the 100, 220 and 440 yard dashes and anchored the school record 440 yard relay team of Hightower, Gina DeLucchi, Michelle Hoga and Nina Peticolas of 54.9 at the SC county meet.
In the weight events freshman Julie Schneider and junior Colleen Reedy, both of whom nabbed records in the shot put and discus events.

In Frosh-Soph meets, Michelle Hoga was the most steady performer walking away with school records in the 100, 200 and 440 yard dashes. Annette Mungai also sparkled as an underclass person. Annette led the team in th 880 and mile runs along with leading the varsity in the high jump. The relay team of Julie Schneider, Michele Hoga, Nina Peticolas and Lorraine Rice nabbed school records in the 880 and 440 relays, setting both standards in the MBL finals. Nancy Marez, Nina Peticolas and Michelle Lewis joined Mungai a sophomore class record holders. Junior Star Gabrielle and freshman Susan Roberts also nabbed class standards.

SWIMMING

Meet scores: Harbor 84-87, Seaside 60-42, North Salinas 100-54, Soquel lose, Monterey 41-42. Watsonville win, Alisal 105-59, Salinas loss, Aptos loss. League record 4-5.
At the league finals the Cards finished fifth out of ten teams. Following champion Salinas, Soquel, Harbor and Monterey.

At the MBL finals Jon Hatch registered two personal bests with his 2:09.6 in the 500 freestyle (the second was not mentioned) Jon placed third in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. And will swim them at CCS. Rob Hatch will swim the 100 individual medley and the 50 butterfly at CCS. Alan Spano will swim the 50 butterfly at CCS. Brian Mayer, in his last meet earned a personal best with a 1:08 for the 100 butterfly. Anthony Evans a top diver all season will go to CCS.

Trident March 21. The Cards started the year with three straight losses, one of these was by the narrowest of margins to Harbor 84-87. Although SC won seven of the eleven events, Harbor snatched the win, by taking the first three places in the final event of the meet in the 400 yard freestyle relay. The SC quartet of Brian Person, Rob Hatch, Jon Hatch and Alan Spano accounted for all seven SC victories.
Spano turned in a clocking of 1:01.4 in winning the 100 yard butterfly. Person stopped the watches at 1:16.2 in the 100 yard breaststroke. Card freestyle ace, Jon Hatch scored a double by out distancing the field by 40 seconds in the 500 yard freestyle and the 200 yard freestyle in the record time of 1:57.2. Rob Hatch, Jon’s younger brother, scored his double in the 100 yard backstroke and 200 individual medley. In the frosh-soph competition, Lisa Mulley scored the Red Birds lone victory, in the diving competition.

The squad then got on track with a 60-42 victory over Seaside and a 109-54 win against North Salinas, the most lopsided win of the season. The next two meets were losses to league runner up Soquel and the other a heartbreaking, cliff hanger to Monterey 41-42. The season was completed with victories over Watsonville and Alisal 105-59.

Individuals who sparkled were numerous. Junior Jon Hatch spent the year breaking school records and personal best. Jon established new Red Bird records in the 500 yard freestyle, 200 yard individual medley, 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard freestyle. Jon qualified for the CCS meet where he responded to the pressure with a lifetime best performance. Jon’s freshman brother Rob set the school varsity record in his first meet with a 58.5 clocking in the 100 yard butterfly. He also eclipsed Frosh-Soph standards in the 200 freestyle, 150 backstroke, 100 individual medley, 500 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Another high point for the Cards came when the Hatch brothers combined with sophomore Alan Spano and junior Dean Stengl to set a new MBL record in the 400 yard backstroke event.

In a win over Watsonville, the Cards took most of the first and the Cats most of the seconds and thirds. Jon and Rob Hatch both won two events and were also the winning medley relay. Jon won 200 and 100 freestyle and Rob won the individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Anthony Evans won the varsity diving and Lisa Malley continued undefeated in frosh-soph diving. Other then Lisa the only other winner in frosh-soph was Greg Fultz winning two events the 200 and 500 freestyle. Shawn Weaver dropped ten seconds off his time in the 500 free for second place.
The varsity medley relay of Jon and Rob Hatch, Alan Spano and Brian Person just missed the school record with a 1:53.

Trident April 18. In the 109-54 romp over North Salinas, Jon Hatch won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. Rob Hatch won 200 freestyle in 2:10.8 and 100 backstroke. Other individual winners were Dan Colton, diving; Dean Stengl, 110 freestyle; Ernie Faitos, 500 freestyle; Brian Person, 100 breaststroke. In the 200 freestyle relay Dan Colton, Ken Dolar, Sherrie Ricar and Brian Blew won in 2:15.0. In the 200 Faitos took second in 2:13.4. In the individual medley, Jon Hatch took first in 2:13.4 and Spano was second in 2:45.5.
In the frosh-soph division, SC lost 77-86. Greg Fultz doubled, winning the 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle. Other winners were Tom Shaffer in the 100 individual medley, Lisa Malley in diving and Bob Crosby in 50 butterfly.

Alisal was beaten 95-72, but the times were not up to par. Best performances for frosh-soph were Lisa Malley remaining undefeated and Greg Fultz broke the seven minute barrier for the first time.
Alisal won the frosh-soph meet 86-77. For the frosh-soph, Greg Fultz had a double win in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Other winners were Tom Shaffer, 100 individual medley; Lisa Malley, diving; Bob Crosby, 50 butterfly.

Other swimmers were Tim Yeaney, Bob Crosby, Shawn Weaver, Tim Rhonda, Jim Reedy, Ron Hill, Doug Svihus, Debbie Densusan and Shelly McElroy.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

League record 5-3 for third place. The JV team finished the season 5-2. (This year girls volleyball was moved from the fall to the spring)

A volleyball team consists of six players and the Cards had six dedicated and in shape players as there were only six players on the team. They were Laurie West, Kim Bridinger, Laura Wybright, Tracy Tsugawa, Julie Johnson and Melody Copp. Most of these girls will be back next year. Coach Ginder Anderson.

The Cards rebounded from a loss at the hands of Aptos to take their first win of the season by beating Salinas in three games 15-6, 8-15, 15-7.

Girls Volleyball Team Upset League Champs. The team ended their season on a thrilling note, when they beat previously undefeated Soquel and pushed their way up to third in the MBL. Taking control at the outset, SC played with total team effort on the defensive side, as the Cards dug nearly every spiked ball off the floor. Offensively the team of Kim Bridlinger and Mary Alvarez led the attack. Taking the ball from backcourt players led by Tracy Tsugawa, who played a fine all around game, Alvarez pinpointed her sets, which left the Soquel defense helpless under the barrage of the Bridlinger spikes.
The Card JV team also emerged victorious, scoring a close win over the Knights to complement the Varsities 15-6, 15-10 triumph. The JV team also beat the Knights.
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SC ended the season the following day with a win over SLV. Perhaps suffering from post Soquel let down from the day before, the Cards entered their final match a bit over confidently and quickly fell behind. Melody Copp, Laura Weybright, Julie Johnson and Tracy Tsugawa began punching the ball to Alvarez, who set up Bridlinger who began to find the range with her spikes and the Cards spurted to a 15-11 first game win. The second game was not as close as SC scored and easy 15-5 victory. The teams sixth player and only substitute Laurie West saw a lot of action in the last game. The Red Birds, Coached by Ginger Anderson, ended the season with a 5-3 record for third place in the MBL.
The frosh-soph team walloped the Cougars and ended their season with a 5-2 record.

Kim Bridlinger was selected girls Jock of The Month of April for being the super spikier of the successful volleyball team, which upset league champion Soquel. Kim was instrumental in the fine record the team had this year.

JV team members were Jody Hanson, Pat Wainscoat, Inbrit Christianson, Phina Alvarez, Dina Currato, Alice Grube, Nancy Andisido, Edna Robles, Wendy Anderson, Laurie Thomas, Nancy McPherson, Robin Thomas, Sarah Lynch, Julie Schneider. Coach Patti Dolar.

TENNIS

Some of the matches. Practice: RLS 6-1. League: Salinas 5-4, Harbor 5-4, 6-3. (Last years champs;) Aptos 9-0, Monterey 8-1. League record 9-1. Season record 14-2.
After a seventeen year absence the MBL tennis championship has finally returned to the hollowed halls of Santa Cruz under the direction of coach Dennis Mullen. The championship was a total team effort. Junior Eric Fieberling along with sophomore Phil Kashap and senior Fred Caiocca gave fits to every opponent, while junior Bill Slakey, sophomore Matt Tsugawa and senior Greg Mainis provided the Cards their bread and butter wins all through the season. Mainis and Slake finished the year with 16 wins and no defeats. Tsugawa lost only one match the entire season. Together this trio amassed total record of 41 wins and one loss.

Trident March 21. Netters Lasso Cowboys. Early in the season, seniors Fred Caiocca and Greg Mainis rallied from a 8-6 down, in the evenings final match, to score a 10-8 victory in their doubles match to propel SC to a narrow 5-4 decision over Salinas. SC now boosts a 5-1 overall record and 2-0 in the MBL. SC began the match on the right foot snatching three quick singles victories, before Salinas could tally a single win. Sophomore Phil Kashap notched his fifth victory at the number two singles position with a 6-2, 6-3 decision. Kashup then teamed with SC star Eric Fieberling, to crush the Salinas effort at number one doubles. Mainis and junior Bill Slakey, both scored singles victories as well as the doubles victory.
The stage was set for the dramatic final set and the score sea-sawed back and forth to six all. Then Salinas spurted to a 8-6 advantage. Faced with a possible loss, Mainis began placing his volleys more accurately and Caiocca started climbing all over anything near him. The two ran off eight straight points to pull even at 8-all. SC won the set in its eighteenth game, when a slashing Caiocca return set up a Mainis volley, which Salinas dumped into the net for the win.
In its matches this year, SC has been led by junior star Eric Fieberling. Fieberling has to his credit this season, victories over the ninth and twenty-fifth ranked 16 year olds in Northern California as well as a victory over the thirteenth ranked 18 year old.
The team represented a perfect blend of talent and experience. Two seniors and a like number of juniors and sophomores made up the Cards’ first team. In the title deciding matches with Salinas, number one man and a mainstay of the squad Eric Fieberling, won the first set and lost the second. The third set ended in a tie, which required a best of nine point tie breaker. Tension rose as the tie breaker began. Four other singles matches had been completed with the Cards winning them all.
Under the MBL format, five match victories gives a team their victory and SC could clinch their fifth and decisive win if Fieberling could keep the pressure on. Five minutes and eight points later it was over as the opponent dumped his approach shot into the net.

Although the Salinas victory was the official championship match, SC perhaps had won the season with their two narrow victories over defending champion Harbor. One of those wins in one of the most exiting matches of the season, when after the first eight matches showed a 4 to 4 tie leaving the number two doubles match to decide the winner. Caiocca and Slakey withstood the pressure winning in two sets to give the Cards a 5-4 win. SC now boast a 5-1 overall record and 2-0 in the MBL.

Trident April 18.Netters Mash Mariners 9-0. SC is off to their best early season start in years. Sporting an 8-1 overall record, coach Dennis Mullen’s Cards will meet two the MBL’s stronger Northern Division teams, Watsonville and defending champion Harbor this week. SC is 3-0 in league. Against Aptos, the Cards had little trouble with the singles lineup, as SC blitzed Aptos 6-0 with six straight set victories. In doubles, Aptos came close to breaking the Card win streak. The number two doubles team of Fred Caiocca and Bill Slakey was pushed to a tie breaking, before emerging with a 9-8 victory. The number one doubles team of Eric Fieberling and Phil Kashap scored a 8-3 win to compliment their singles victories.
In non-league match up with RLS, who last year defeated MBL champion Harbor in the CCS playoff, lost to SC 6-1. SC race through five singles matches without a loss of a set. The only loss was at the number two doubles team.

Facing a must win situation for the first time this year the Cards responded with a smashing 6-3 win over Harbor, who had beaten them earlier in the season. They are tied for the league lead at this point. Caiocca figured in a thrilling win coming from behind to defeated his man in the third set nine point tie breaker on a blistering overhead to the corner. In winning the match the Cards received on outstanding performance from the lower half of their ladder, Bill Slakey, Matt Tsugawa and Greg Mainis, who won their singles matches. The team out scored Harbor in games to the tune of 60-11.

The Cards record at this point is 9-1 in league and 14-2 overall.

Cards beat Monterey 8-1 in a make up match. Eric Fieberling lost one of his few matches this season. The rest are all winners listed second man, third, etc and the scores. Number two singles player Phil Kashap 6-2. 6-3; Bill Slakey 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Fred Caiocca 6-1, 6-1; Matt Tsugawa 6-0, 6-1; Greg Mainis 6-1, 7-6. Doubles winners: Fieberling-Kashap 10-4; Slakey-Caiocca 11-9; Tsugawa-Maninis 8-1.

Other team members were Greg Ronning, Terry Finn, Jim Hall, David Darling, Tim Firestone and Keith Johnson.

Eric Fieberling was the sportsmanship award winner. Eric the teams number one player since he was a freshman has to his credit victories over the ninth and twenty-fifth ranked 16 year olds in Northern California as well a victory over the thirteenth ranked 18 year old. Last year Eric played in the semifinals of the MBL singles championship and in the semifinals of the Santa Cruz County Open. Playing in a tournament a week, Eric worked his way up to the quarterfinals of a large Northern Cal tournament in Stockton, this finish along with other big victories earned Eric the thirty first ranking in Northern California.

JV TENNIS

followed in the footsteps of the varsity, losing only one match en route to a MBL championship.

Led by junior Pat Dennehy and sophomores Jill Hall and Rob Kanes, members of the JV squad played great tennis and also in some varsity matches. Kanes earned the number 6 position on the varsity to play in the Cards match against region IV champion Carmel. Kanes provided the final point in the Cards narrow 5-4 win.

Beat Salinas 6-3. Singles winners were number two man, Pat Dennehy; four man, Keith Johnson; fifth man, Tim Firestone and sixth man, Greg Ronning. Losers were number one, Jim Hall and third man Rob Kanes. In doubles winners were Hall-Dennehy and Kanes-Johnson. Losers were Firestone-David Darling.

Cards take Soquel 7-1. Singles winners listed in order of the ladder 1 through 6 as the Cards swept all six. Jim Hall, Pat Dennehy, Rob Kanes, Keith Johnson, Tim Firestone and Greg Ronning. Doubles winners Hall-Dennehy. Losers were Ronning-Firestone.

Cards beat Watsonville 6-3. Singles winners were Hall, Dennehy, Johnson and Running. Losers were Firestone and David Darling. Doubles winners were Hall-Dennehay and Johnson-Firestone. Losers Ronning-Darling.

GOLF

Some scores: Practice: RLS 18-36, Saratoga 18-36. League: Salinas loss, North Salinas 37-17, Monterey 30-24, Aptos loss, Soquel loss, Watsonville loss, Harbor 27-27, SLV 43-11. (matches missing) League record 4-7-1 for fifth place. Season record 6-11-1.

Trident June 4. At the MBL two man best-ball tournament, seniors Ed Marez and Tim Brown represented the Cards, as Pini was playing in another tournament and also playing a qualifying round for the US Open. SC played in two tournaments. At the Hollister Invitational, the Cards took seventh place. In the Aptos Invitational the team finished ninth out of 18 competitors. Top SC scores were Marez taking fourteenth place and Pini in sixteenth place.

Bryan Pini, the number one ranked in Northern California for 16 year olds, finished the season with 15 wins, one loss and one tie in high school play. Bryan received the number one ranking in the 14-15 age group, by winning 6 of the 20 tournaments he entered during the year. In so doing, Brain received an invitation to play in the Nor Cal Tournament of Champions at Pebble Beach. He was part of the fifth place team in the California State Open.

Senior Ed Marez was the second most productive performer finishing his season with 10 wins and 7 losses. Marez teamed with fellow senior Tim Brown a four win and 13 loss performer as the Cards entry in the MBL two man best ball tournament.

Trident March 21. The Cards lost against power house RLS 18-36. Brian Pini was the lone winner and was the medalist firing a 3 over par 55 for 13 holes in route to a 6-0 victory. Ed Marez won the back nine, but lost 2-4.
Saratoga was another 18-36 loss. Pini again was the lone winner. Ed Marez, Jeff Weber and Garre McKeeman rounded out the SC scoring. Three other matches were called because of rain.
Matches at Alisal, Mission San Jose and Newark were called because of rain.

Trident April 18. Golfers Split Matches. Trailing only 16-20 against Salinas, Garrett McKeen and Mitch Levin were both winning their matches when they and their opponents decided to wave the out of bounds rule. This action nullified their scores to give Salinas the win and first loss for the Cards in league.
The Cards won the next two league matches against North Salinas 37-17 and Monterey 30-24. Both matches were decided before the fifth and six men finished play. In the North Salinas match Pini, Weber and McKeeman were individual winners as the Cards had little trouble handling the defending MBL champions. Against Monterey Pini, Marez and Doak Gintert all won 6-0. Pini remains undefeated in winning all his matches 6-0.
Much individual improvement over last year has made the Cards contenders for the MBL title. The first five men can break 80 on any given day. There is more depth than last year as there are seven players.

The slumping Cards dropped successive matches against Aptos, Soquel and Watsonville. Against league leading Aptos Pini was the only player able to score with a 5-1 victory. Tim Brown was medalist shooting 78 and scoring all the Card points in a 8-40 loss (does not say against who).

After dropping three straight matches, the Cards have dropped out of contention for the league title. The Cards tied Harbor 27-27 as Pini returned to form shooting two under par for 14 holes.

SLV was easily beaten 43-11. Four of the Cards won easily, while Gintert lost 2-4 and Pini tied 3-3. The league record at this time is 4-4-1.

Junior Doak Gintert turned in fine rounds on the Cards home course at DeLaveaga and ended with 6 wins and 12 defeats. He was selected by coach Dempewolf as the most improved player.

Senior Garret McKeeman ended a illness plagued season with a record of 5 wins and 6 losses.

Bryan Pini was selected Jock of the Month of May for having a 11-1-1 record up to this time. Bryan was unbeaten in his first ten matches. Bryan’s average score over 18 holes has been a sparkling 73. In dual match play, Pini has outscored his opponents 68 to 10.

The JV team members were Rick Davis, Gary George, Pat Simmons, Eric Forgaard, Scott Foster. and Jon Beiers.

GIRLS GYMNASTICS

Trident January 24. Coach Ronnie Mills and her team only recently finished their first MBL season. Beginning late with poor equipment, coach Mills did what she could with what she had. The novice team consisted of Carol Dilloughery, Wendi Strong, Claire Dolon, Lisa Little, Feliciana Cota-Robles, Star Gabrielle and Barbara Wolf. All around gymnasts (girls who are able to compete well on the bars, beam, floor exercises and the vault) include Kathy Doler, Barbara Strong, Sara Nordmark, Kim Knox and Emmilour McCrary, who plans to return to the team next year.

INDIVIDUALS

Senior Athletes of the year, the highest honor which can be given in the Cardinal sports program was given to Gabe Reyes. Reyes was the Cardinal entrant in the State Wrestling tournament and also ran cross country.

Senior Athletes of the year, the highest honor which can be given in the Cardinal sports program was given to Allen Sandretti. Since his freshman year Sandretti has been the mainstay of the track and cross country teams. Senior Allen Sandretti topped the performances with a new school record in the two mile run. Allen qualified for the CCS finals in the two mile. Senior Allen Sandretti shows his dedication and sacrifice by running up to 20 miles per day and still runs and trains hard even after the season is over. All of which helped him be the leading man on the team this year and also in the league. Since his freshman year he has been a top runner on the team. Alan Sandretti was the athlete of the month of October. Allen won the first tri meet of the year against Aptos and Monterey. He has been a mainstay of the team for four year. Alan is always a factor in any race he is in and this year he has become a dominant runner.

Athlete of the month of November was Ken O’Connell a star performer on offense and defense all season, whose unfortunate knee injury will probably sideline him from the basketball season and could hamper his athletic ability in the future. Ken has been a valuable asset to basketball and baseball as well as the football team.

Some bests for the track team this year. Sophomore Mark Harlan was the most productive frosh-soph runner. Mark nabbed school best for the year in five events. Rich Larsen another sophomore, nabbed bests in four events. Senior Ken Pollistrini broke the SCHS honor roll with a 11’ 6” pole vault. In the hurdle events, Mike Scofield led the Cards with bests in the 120 yard high hurdles and a new school record in the 120 low hurdles.

Senior Athletes of the year, the highest honor which can be given in the Cardinal sports program was given to Sherie Walton. Sherrie the Girls recipient was a member of the track team and was a fine asset to the tennis team at the number three singles position.
Sherrie led the track team all season. Sherries 14.1 time in the 80 yard low hurdles, set at the CCS qualifying meet, still stands as the standard for SC girls. She also owns the school record in the events ranging from the mile run to the 80 yard run, along with six class records in events ranging from the mile to the 80 yard low hurdles.

Junior Joyce Hightower lent spark to the SC scoring. Joyce holds school records in the 100, 220 and 440 yard dashes and anchored the school record 440 yard relay team of Hightower. Joyce was also a key member of the MBL champion basketball team. Girl Cards defeat Aptos 52-41. SC scoring well in the second quarter 15 and third quarters 18 to break open the game. Joyce Hightower had an outstanding game grabbing 14 rebounds and scoring 14 points against the best other team in the league. She had many more games like this, especially in rebounding. Joyce Hightower was athlete of the month of October for her splendid all around performance on the basketball court. Joyce has been hitting her shots well, pulling down rebounds and harassing opposing players into costly errors. She was voted the most inspirational player on the team.

Gabe Reyes was the top wrestler taking second at the MBL meet, first place at the CCS Region IV, second at the CCS finals that qualified him for the Northern California State tournament.
Gabe was Jock of the Month of March for getting to the State meet, the ultimate for wrestlers.

Carol Morgan’s has been selected Jock of the month for May for her 5 for 5 hitting in a game with a home run, hitting 13 for 17 at bats for a .764 batting average and her solid play at second base.

The MBL softball team was powered by senior slugger Kim DiOro, who hit a torrid .533 while playing a solid left field. Kim’s solid hitting led the league with six home runs and 22 runs batted in. Her .533 average was second to teammate Carol Morgan’s .764. Kim was also captain of the team. Leading the Cardinals 16 hit attack against Harbor was Kim DeOrio, who hit for the circuit, getting a home run, triple, double and two singles for a 5 for 5 day. The four bagger was her sixth of the year.

Kim Bridlinger was selected girls Jock of The Month of April for being the super spikier of the successful volleyball team, which upset league champion Soquel. Kim was instrumental in the fine third place finish in the MBL of the team this year. For the second place Girls tennis team, Kim teamed up with Mary Alvarez to win practically all their doubles matches.

Eric Fieberling was the sportsmanship award winner. Eric the teams number one player since he was a freshman has to his credit victories over the ninth and twenty-fifth ranked 16 year olds in Northern California as well a victory over the thirteenth ranked 18 year old. Last year Eric played in the semifinals of the MBL singles championship and in the semifinals of the Santa Cruz County Open. Playing in a tournament a week, Eric worked his way up to the quarterfinals of a large Northern Cal tournament in Stockton, this finish along with other big victories earned Eric the thirty first ranking in Northern California.

Junior Jon Hatch spent the year breaking school records and personal best. Jon established new Red Bird records in the 500 yard freestyle, 200 yard individual medley, 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard freestyle. Jon qualified for the CCS meet where he responded to the pressure with a lifetime best performance.

Jon’s freshman brother Rob Hatch set the school varsity record in his first meet with a 58.5 clocking in the 100 yard butterfly. He also eclipsed Frosh-Soph standards in the 200 freestyle, 150 backstroke, 100 individual medley, 500 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Another high point for the Cards came when the Hatch brothers combined with sophomore Alan Spano and junior Dean Stengl to set a new MBL record in the 400 yard backstroke event.

FORMER PLAYERS

Kris Sorensen was picked by the Washington Senators in the twenty seventh round of the major league baseball draft. After posting a 5-3 pitching record with a fine 1.90 ERA at San Jose State in his junior year, Kris signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and was sent to their rookie league team in Sarasota, Florida. There he went 3-2 with an ERA of 2.05. He led the league in strikeout getting 60 in 60 innings pitched. The next year he was promoted to the top A league, the California league in Modesto. He pitched well their and was then promoted to the double AA league, the Texas league with the Little Rock, Arkansas Travelers.


1976

Coaches: Ron Mehuron, varsity football. Al Marshall, assistant varsity football. Tex Ronning, JV football and wrestling. Scott Graff and Ken O’Connell assistant JV football. Nick Dilurgio, frosh football and head track. Jeff Beeman, water polo and swimming. Greg Brock, cross country and track. Don Dempwolf, soccer and golf. Dennis Mullen, girls and boys tennis. Pete Newell basketball and girls softball. Mike Thibault, JV basketball. Pete Pappas, frosh basketball. Ray Hunter, girls basketball and JV baseball. Bill Dodge, baseball. Ginger Anderson, girls volleyball and her assistant Julie Johnson.

FOOTBALL All games were league games in the last year SC was a member of the MBL. The next year the SCCAL started. North Salinas 0-43, Watsonville 12-30, Alisal 6-34, Harbor 8-53, Monterey 0-54, Soquel 13-61, Seaside 6-60, Aptos 12-14, SLV 12-22. League record 0-9 last place. Season record 0-9.

From the Trident. 76’ Varsity Football A Valiant Few. This year the Cards took their lumps, but kept their pride. They were hard hit by losses, by injuries, by criticism and by opposing players. Nonetheless, sixteen Cardinals sweated it out — not because they had to, but because they were willing to. They were a valiant few. Their last two games were their best. They nearly overthrew Aptos, losing 12-14. In final game they were barely outrun by SLV 12-22.
Despite the conditions, the teams Most Valuable Back, Larry Monroe played brilliantly easily making the ALL MBL team and leading the league in rushing. His top games were 176 yards against Soquel and 148 against SLV. Quarterback Scott Seymour, from a comment by a teammate, as the guy who “kept the team together.” He was named the teams Most Valuable player.
All sixteen showed a certain valor. After the Monterey game, referee Jack Harris summed up the season by saying, “Though badly overmatched and outweighed, the SC team and coaches were perfect gentlemen and were certainly winners in that they never quit. I feel they should be recognized.” We agree. We will remember not so much the record they made, but the respect they earned.
The Valiant Sixteen: Peter Anecito, Edward (later, Charles) Burks, Joe Clarey, Brent Gallick, Carl Jones, Gerald Logan, Greg Lopez, Tony Lopez, John Mahaney. Doug Martin, Larry Monroe, Clyde Persley, Jeff Rogers, Scott Seymour, Dan Marino and Mike West.

Junior Clyde Persley has earned the Jock of the month award for his leadership qualities and astounding tenacity for the out manned football team in their last season of tough MBL play. Clyde’s efforts inspire his teammates as well as the local fans. As one of the eleven returning players, Clyde is a standout in all phases of the game, offensive and defensive back in addition to all the special teams.

Rest from the Sentinel. First Half Blitz Overcomes Cards In MBL Opener. North Salinas speed, quickness and depth were too much for SC. The Cards were down by three touchdowns in the first seven minutes of the game en-route to a 43-0 loss. North Salinas was ahead 35-0 at halftime. The closes penetration to the North Salinas goal line was the 22 yard line. The only play that worked very well for SC was an end around play which resulted in Bruce Gardner picking up 44 yards in four carries. Larry Monroe carried 16 times for 35 yards was the only other Card with plus yards gained. Pass receiving yards were Persley 46, Burks 7 and Hightower 6. Seymour completed 5 of 15 passes for 59 yards. Eddie Hightower suffered a knee injury in the last quarter. North Salinas out gained SC 329-98.

Running, Passing Trounce Santa Cruz. In the sixty-seventh meeting of the long time rivals resulted in a 30-12 Watsonville victory. From the Watsonville coach, “They’re a good team, but they just don’t have enough bodies.” SC suited up just 17 players. Watsonville had piled up a 30-0 lead before SC scored.
But when SC did score they did it in style. SC took over on their own 24 yard line. Quarterback Scott Seymour handed off to Clyde Persley, who turned the corner and ran 76 yards for the Cards first touchdown of the season. SC scored once more in the last minutes of the game. Persley set up the score with 12 yard run on a crucial fourth and three situation and then scored on a one yard plunge.
Watsonville out gained SC 267-185. Rushing yards were Persley 15 carries for 130 yards; Monroe 13 for 37. Receiving yards: Clarey 4 and Persley 16. Scott Seymour attempted 15 passes and completed two for 20 yards.

Alisal Dominates Cardinals 34-6. The Cards battled valiantly through the first quarter, shutting off the explosive Alisal offense. Fine defense by John Chenoweth, Brent Gallick, Peter Anecito and John Manoney controlled the Trojan running game in the early going. The Cards are forced to play both ways, offense and defense and get worn down as the game goes on. Only once did SC threaten to score in the early going. A frantic Card rush blocked a punt and recovered on the Alisal 22. SC relied on the running of Clyde Persley, who moved the ball to the three yard line, where the drive stalled.
Half way through the fourth quarter, the Cards finally engineered an impressive drive. Starting at their own 16, quarterback Steve Seymour passed twice to Larry Monroe, then used the running of Monroe and Persley to scramble to the one yard line, before Monroe dove over guard Anecito for the touchdown. Alisal out gained SC 351-201. Larry Monroe had a fine game rushing for 91 yards in 23 carries, followed by Persley 16 for 49, Lopez 6 for 7 and Seymour 6 for minus 11. Receiving yards: Monroe 49, Rogers 9 and Persley 7. Seymour completed 5 of 8 passes for 85 yards.

Harbor Takes Advantage Of Santa Cruz Miscues 53-8. SC ran at Harbor with some success in the first quarter, but three turnovers in the first half and one after intermission effectively stymied the Cards, while Harbor made the most of its superiority in numbers and weight. SC clearly were over matched, giving up 70 to 80 pounds a man in some cases, although they didn’t lack for courage as they gritted their teeth and battled with all the energy they had.
Tiny Ed Burks, a 125 pounder, who did not back up from the much larger Harbor players all night, intercepted a pass. Pete Anecito, who like Burks is a junior recovered a fumble. Harbor scored on its first possession after recovering a fumble on the Card 30. SC came right back on the kickoff return of Clyde Persley for 21 yards to the SC 28. Quarterback Scott Seymour kept it for four yards and Harbor was penalized five yards on the next play. Then Larry Monroe, his line sustaining its blocks, stunned everyone by galloping 63 yards for a Card touchdown. But it was called back for backfield in motion.
SC managed to keep their heads high in the fourth quarter and on pride alone averted a shutout. Anecito recovered a fumble on the Harbor 29 and in six plays SC scored its only touchdown. Monroe packed the ball three times for 15 yards and Persley scored on a reverse around left end on a third and goal. Monroe rammed into the end zone for a two point conversion. Harbor out gained SC 260-181. Rushing yards were Lopez 6 carries for 17 yards, Seymour 7 for minus 7, Monroe 18 for 50 and Persley 9 for 14. Receiving: Persley 29 yards. Seymour completed one out of 4 passes for 29 yards.

Monterey Topples Cardinals 54-0. With only 18 men suited, the team put out their best and that is all anyone can ask, especially against last years league champion and probably the champion again this year. In looking for a bright spot, one would have to single out quarterback Scott Seymour, who avoided a heavy rush often enough to complete seven of 11 passes for 48 yards. Leading receiver for SC was Ed Burks who snared three passes for 18 yards. Jeff Rogers and Clyde Persley each caught two passes. SC was held to 48 yards on the ground and Larry Monroe picked up 29 of them. Other ball carriers where Persley 19, Olympio 5, Lopez 13 and Clarey 0. Monterey had a 30-0 lead at halftime. Monterey out gained the Cards 467-96. Mike West made three solo tackles.

Soquel Topples SC In ‘Big Game’ 61-13. The game seemed more like a light workout than a heated football game for the Knights, who dominated the game from the opening kickoff. SC played respectively, especially on offense, but the power football employed by Soquel was too much for the Cards. SC fullback Larry Monroe went 65 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter for the Cards first tally. Monroe carried the ball 25 times for 176 yards, easily his best performance of the season. Monroe scored once again on a two yard crack with five minutes left. Lopez carried 17 times for 57 yards. Receiving yards were Persley 14, Moreno 56 and Monroe 14. Seymour completed 5 passes for 84 yards.

Seaside Drops Cards 60-6. Only four times that Seaside had the ball that it failed to score. In the first and early second quarter action, the Card defense would not play dead for the aggressive Spartans. But numerous offensive miscues kept the defense on the field to long and they wore down. Tony Lopez plunged two yards for the last score of the game to put SC on the scoreboard. SC players must be credited, if for no other reason, for their determination and sportsmanship on the field. Rushing yards were Monroe 13 carries for 70 yards and Lopez 8 for 26. Receiving yards: Monroe 52, Moreno 13, Rogers 6 and Persley 10. Seymour completed 10 of 24 passes for 81 yards.

Aptos Survives Scare From SC for 14-12 Win. Gallant Effort By Cards Falls Short. The silence was deafening. The spectators from both sides were emotionally drained. They couldn’t quite believe, somehow that SC almost won a football game. The “almost” meant the Cards, victims of numerous lopsided defeats this season played their finest game of the season only to drop an agonizing decision to Aptos.
SC out gained Aptos 255-118 yards. Neither team had a fumble. SC lost only 20 yards on penalties and Aptos 36. SC had 13 first downs Aptos 11. SC won the statistical battle. Aptos had to kick a pair of extra points, stop two SC two point conversion tries and cut the Cards off at the pass on a fourth and goal inside the one yard line in the second quarter. SC had traveled 90 yards only to be thrown back on that one play. To say the game was unbelievable wouldn’t do it justice. Aptos sporting the league’s most awesome passing attack, came to the game as a 30 point favorite. But SC covered the Aptos receivers well enough to limit the Mariner aerial game to 3 completions in 9 passes thrown for 49 yards.
SC out gained Aptos on the ground 93-69 and in the air 162-49. Clyde Persley caught five passes from Steve Seymour for 113 yards, once wrestling the ball away from a defender. One of his receptions was a 43 yard shocker in the first half and the other a 41 yarder in the second half, both on very fine efforts. This game contained enough drama to keep Maalox folks in the chips for years to come. It was enough to jangle the nerves of the calmest of football fans. Aptos succumbed to SC in the final few seconds of the first half, but refused to budge down the stretch, killing the final SC threat with only 41 seconds left in the game.
The key to SC remaining in contention until the last few seconds, Coach Ron Mehuron felt, was the dedication of his players. “They were able to come back and score after Aptos had scored and then the defense was able to hold them. Everybody made up their minds to put forth their best effort, something they hadn’t always done before. It was a tough one to lose. I feel very badly for them.”
Assistant coach Larry Griffin, a former sports great at SC, lauded the defensive secondary. “They really played heads up football against the number one passer in the league. I think we showed a lot of people that we can stop a passer of that caliber. The players have made great strides since the beginning of the season and they’ve learned a lot.”
Larry Monroe picked up 58 yards rushing and also was exceptional on defense, a fact especially evident when he intercepted a pass to choke off the first Aptos offensive series of the game. Later in the first quarter, Aptos made the most of their second opportunity, gaining possession at the SC 37 on a botched SC punt attempt and moving to the end zone in six plays. SC fought back brilliantly, gobbling up 90 yards in a drive that was to end in frustration. With fourth and goal inside the Aptos one yard line, Monroe crashed into the line, but was driven back a yard to stop the winning score. Aptos punted to the SC 42, 58 long yards from promised land with only 52 seconds left in the first half. Tony Lopez rushed for a yard, Monroe sliced around the left side for 14 and SC called time out at the Aptos 43 with only 26 seconds left. After an incompletion, Seymour got hot, hitting Persley for 10 yards, Dan Moreno for 19 and with two seconds left, rifled a 19 yarder over the middle to Monroe for a TD. Monroe’s run for the two point conversion was stopped a foot short.
Aptos took the second half kickoff to their 42 yard line and then took 11 plays, all on the ground to score and make the extra point for a 14-6 lead. It looked like Aptos might bust the game open, but it wasn’t to be. SC showed spunk by moving 67 yards in eight plays in the ensuing series following Persley’s 22 yard kickoff return. The big play of the march was a 41 yard completion from Seymour to Persley, who wrestled the football a way from a defender to make it first and goal at the Aptos four yard line. Tony Lopez drove for a yard and on the next play was held for no gain. Then Monroe stormed over left guard for the touchdown. Persley was stopped short on the two point conversion to leave the score 14-12.
The rest of the ballgame was played in scoreless, but far from dull fashion. SC took possession for the last time with 5:43 remaining in the fourth quarter and advanced from its own 38 to the Aptos 35 in 11 plays before Scott Seymour was brought down for a five yard loss on fourth down with 41 seconds left on the clock. Aptos killed the clock with three straight kneel downs, killing a few hundred SC hearts. Rushing yards were Tony Lopez carried 14 times for 36 yards, Monroe 18 for 58, Persley 2 for 4 and Seymour 10 for minus 5. Receiving were Persley 113 yards, Moreno 19 and Monroe 20. Seymour completed 8 of 12 passes for 162 yards and no interceptions, his best game of the season..

Cougars End Season by Toppling Game SC 22-12. From the opening kickoff , when Valley coach John Kirby, former star athlete in three sports at SC and the most outstanding player of the last fifty years in Santa Cruz county, called for an onside kick. The Cougars made it apparent they were out to win. Neither team had won a contest prior to this game, but both teams played with the intensity of a championship being at stake.
SC led at halftime 6-0. SC drove 95 yards in a dozen plays, the first time they had the ball. Larry Monroe carried three times for 57 yards during the drive, including a 29 yard jaunt for a touchdown. He was stopped in a bid for a two point conversion. Twice in the first half, SLV drove within the SC five yard line, but fumbles killed both efforts. SLV drove to tie the score in the third quarter. A pass interference penalty allowed the drive to continue as it was a fourth and ten situation. Another Card penalty helped the drive. The Cougar line was blowing big holes in the SC line to make the touchdown drive into the end zone. Scott Seymour batted down the pass for the two point conversion and the score was tied 6-6.
The Redbirds showed good form and poise after the SLV touchdown, by promptly driving 51 yards to regain the lead. SC never gained more than five yards at a time during the drive, but Monroe and Tony Lopez and 25 yards in SLV penalties pushed SC inside the SLV 10 yard line. Seymour nailed down a key first down at the six, sneaking one yard on a fourth down play. Monroe hit pay dirt on the very next play, ramming up the middle. With 3:26 left in the third quarter. Lopez tried unsuccessfully for the two point conversion, but SC had an unaccustomed 12-6 advantage. SLV returned the ensuing kickoff back to their own 45 yard line, but were forced to punt. SC was penalized for too many players on the field, which allowed SLV to regain possession. In a time gobbling drive, SLV scored and added the two point conversion to go ahead 14-12.
Monroe, who rushed for over 100 yards in the first half was virtually shut down by the Cougars, when the going got really tough in the third and fourth quarters. With 6:11 left in the game SLV scored and added the two point conversion to end the scoring 22-12.
The only other action after the score was an all out brawl after time had run out. No one was injured in the melee, during which spectators seemed on the verge of joining. Unfortunately, some players took to the fight with much more vigor than they did the game.
SC out gained SLV by only 18 yards, 271- 253. First downs were even with 15 each. The stats were very close. Rushing yards were Monroe 19 carries for 148 yards, Lopez 10 for 28, Seymour 4 for 26, Persley 3 for 2 yards. Receiving yards were Moreno 15, Burks 5 and Persley 47 yards. Seymour completed five passes out of 18 attempted for 67 yards and had no interceptions.

Larry Monroe was chosen Jock of the Month for his play against Aptos. Larry picked up 58 yards rushing and scored both Card touchdowns. Monroe was exceptional on defense and one of his plays was intercepting a pass.

Team honors
Most Valuable — Scott Seymour
Outstanding Lineman — Brett Gallick
Outstanding Back — Larry Monroe
Sportsmanship award — Mike West

Sentinel All County team: senior running back, 6-0, 185, Larry Monroe. Honorable mention: Brent Gallick, Greg Lopez, Scott Seymour, Tony Lopez, Clyde Persley, Doug Martin, Danny Moreno.

The teams Most Valuable Back, Larry Monroe played brilliantly easily making the ALL MBL team and leading the league in rushing. His top games were 176 yards against Soquel and 148 against SLV.

JV FOOTBALL League: Alisal 40-12, Harbor 21-18, Monterey 12-48, Watsonville 12-21, SLV 20-12, Soquel loss, Seaside loss, Aptos 14-15. Season record 3-6.

Team members by position
Ends: Rusty Locatelli, Fidel Ruiz, Ken Rodgers, Mitch Levine and Don Passerino
Tackles: Andy Foster, Joe Stoops, Randy Smith, Bill Sarrow, John Papa, Robert Agorastos and Pat Simmons
Guards: Jon Fenton, Henry Lavender, Ron Hill and Gary George
Centers: Nick Curran, Robert Chavez, Greg Raphael and David Arenes
FL: Jerry Alvarez, Ron Love and Andre Wilkes
Quarterbacks: Greg Ronning and Steve Wahl
Backs: Dave Singleton, David Richardson, Steve Imonti, Dennis Modena, Toney Lopez, John Munoz and John Hopping
Head coach Tex Ronning and assistants Scott Graff and Kenny O’Connell.

Super defense and an excellent offense that rolled like they are supposed to for the BIG RED machine posted an impressive win over Alisal 40-12 even though they were down 6-12 at half time. The football team played like a track team in the fourth quarter. John Hopping with one of those “hello good by days” rang up 105 yards rushing. Quarterback Greg Ronning, behind the blocking of center Robert Chavez scored on runs of 7 and 2 yards. Rusty Locatelli topped it all off with his ability to run dazzled the fans with a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown. David Richardson tacked on six points on a 9 yard jaunt. Jon Fenton kicked four extra points in the fourth quarter. The Card defense was super led by Jerry Alvarez, Ron Hill and Jon Fenton, who were given special praise for their play.

Cross town rival Harbor was downed 21-18. John Hopping had another big day running for 123 yards and two scores of 25 and 65 yards. Henry Lavender pounced on a Harbor fumble in the end zone for six points. Jon Fenton kicked three extra points.

The next game was a loss to Monterey 12-48. John Hopping was chosen as the JV player of the week. He gained 228 plus two scores in two weeks action.

Cards Drop 28-12 Loss to Watsonville. Card running back Andre Wilkes scored two touchdowns, one on a 42 yard pass from Greg Ronning and the other on a 26 yard run. Ronning completed 12 passes for 147 yards and one TD. Coach Tex Ronning praised the play of defensive back Jerry Alvarez and defensive linemen Robert Chavez and Henry Lavender.

JV’s lose tough battle with Aptos 14-15. Aptos scored first, then John Hopping scored on a long run down the sidelines. Andre Wilkes scored the extra point to tie the game. Rugged John Munoz set up the next Card score by intercepting a pass. Wilkes then on the third play from scrimmage scored to make it SC 14-8. Jerry (Alvin) Alvarez had a good day on defenses as he stopped numerous threats by Aptos all night long. This was by far the best and toughest game of the season for the Cards.

Card JVs Top Valley 20-12. Two first half touchdowns propelled the victory. Touchdowns were scored by John Hopping, John Munoz and Steve Imonti. Jon Fenton booted two extra points.

Team Honors
Ron Hill was chosen Outstanding Lineman.
Andre Wilkes was Outstanding Back.
John Hopping was Most Valuable player.
Greg Ronning was selected for the sportsmanship award.
Bob Agorastos was Most Improved.

FROSH-SOPH FOOTBALL Harbor 33-0, Monterey 7-20
The team had a very successful season going 4-4-1in a tough league. The team is led by Coach Nick Delurgio and quarterback Mike Gregoric. The standouts were Bob Martin, Chris Harper and Carlos Ybarra. Other players mentioned in the yearbook were Peter Pinavilla, Warren Harding, David Alvarez, Eddie Camacho, Don Dummler and Dwayne Whitley.

The team has won 3 games and is on a two game winning streak. The last game they beat Harbor 33-0. Touchdowns were scored by David Alvarez, Greg Gregoric, Dwayne Whitley and Chris Harper who scored twice.

In a 7-20 loss to Monterey Bob Martin scored the only Card TD.

In a win against Aptos, Mike Gregoric had the best day of his young career by throwing two touchdown passes a and running one in himself. Powerful and dangerous David Alvarez got the team rolling along with a 8 yard run for the first TD. Then Gregoric hit “To Tall” Bob Martin for a 68 yard pass and run for the Cards second score to end the half ahead 12-0 It did not take the Cards long in the second half to score on a pass from Gregoric to Martin for 22 yards. Ed Camacho caught a pass to the extra point making the score 20-0. On the next possession Gregoric ran for a TD.

Mike Gregoric and Don Dummler received recognition as team co-captains.
Chris Harper was Most Improved.
Dummler was selected for the sportsmanship award.

CROSS COUNTRY
At the CCS Region IV meet at Crystal Springs in Belmont, Dave Gregoric placed seventh out of 75 runners and advanced to the CCS meet.

Boys team had six members, just enough to compete as a team. They were Blake Lua, Alan Spano, Mark Harlan, Dave Gregoric, Jeff Weber and Charles Patterson.

The SC cross country Muskrats ended the season with a good showing in the 11 team MBL league meet. The varsity placed fifth with two runners finishing in the top 15 and earning medals. Dave Gregoric placed sixth and Mark Harlan took fourteenth. The frosh-soph team took fourth place led by medal winner Mark Mahaney, who placed fifth. The JV squad placed sixth for their best showing of the year.

In a dual meet with Seaside, out of the four separate races, a Card runner crossed the finish line first in three of them. Dave Gregoric won the varsity race. Mark Mahaney broke the tape in the frosh-soph race and Terry Schneider won the girls race with little trouble.

David Gregoric a senior and four year letterman grabbed the male Most Valuable Runner award. Mark Harlan, Charles Patterson and Jeff Weber walked away with trophies as well.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY had a 9-1 record in league.
Terri Schneider led the girls with a second place finish at the MBL meet. She also won the dual meet against Seaside with little trouble.

Girls team had eight members. They were Linda Rablado, Terri Schneider, Lydia Wilson, Terri Soloman, Janet Garcia, Nancy Pancake, Nina Peticolas and Laila Soloman.

Terri Schneider four year letterman was recognized at the Fall Sports Awards night for her leading the cross country team to a 9-1 record. Schneider placed second at the league meet for which she was honored with the schools Most Valuable Female Runner award.

Nina Peticolas received the cross country sportsmanship award.

GIRLS TENNIS BIG SUCCESS.
Scores: Defeated Notre Dame, Marello, Harbor and SLV by consecutive scores of 7-0 and Alisal 6-1. (scores missing) Season record 9-1 second in SCCAL.

Three years ago in their first year as a team their record was 2-5. Last years record was reversed to 5-2 and second place tie in the league. This year it improved again to 9-1 and a clear second place to Salinas, who beat the Cards 4-3 in the last match of the season. One more win in this last match would have ended Salinas’ 21 match win streak. Next year this will not be the case as the Cards will be playing in the Santa Cruz County Athletic League.

On the way to the title, undefeated Tracey Tsugawa with a record of 6-0 and Pam Mills 5-0 were a big factor in the teams success. The team is undefeated with a match record of 6-0 with four impressive wins over Notre Dame, Marello, Harbor and SLV by consecutive scores of 7-0 each time.
Other singles players Liz Crowell, Libby Pappas and Laura Weybright plus the two girls mentioned above are to receive praise for their singles play along with doubles partners Gina Delicchi and Melody Capp; Nancy Rice and Barbara Bernard; Julie Schneider and Annette Mungai for their super doubles play. The team has four more matches left this season.

The Cards toppled Alisal 6-1. Tracy Tsugawa finished her season undefeated with a 10-0 record. The doubles tandem of Barbara Bernard and Nancy Rice went 10-0 and will be back next year. Laura Weybright started slow, but came on to win her last 8 matches. Seniors Liz Crowell and Libby Pappas finished 8-2. Liz Crowell has a tremendous record over her three years on the tennis team with a 21-3 won loss total. Other seniors playing their final matches for the Cards are Gina Delucchi and Melody Copp.

Liz Crowell was named Jock of the Month for her play as the number one player on the fine Cardinal tennis team for three years. This year Liz progressed to the finals of the MBL singles tournament with a 8-2 record. Her overall record for three years are 7-0 as a sophomore; 5-1 as a junior and 8-2 as a senior.

Lori DeRego was selected for the sportsmanship award.

WATER POLO
Time and again, the Cardinals scored this year, but so did their opponents and more often. Still the team deserved more credit then they got. As bodysurfing is to surfing, water polo is to basketball. In both cases the first is less popular to watch, since most of the action cannot be seen. Yet the action is there and so is the effort.

Dean Stengl and Jon Hatch were honored for outstanding water polo performances. Dean Stengl was selected for the sportsmanship award. Coach Jeff Beeman.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Less gifted and less victorious than last year, this years varsity squad struggled through the early part of the season losing five out of the first six games. Without a hint of panic, coach Ginger Anderson gingerly guided the team back to a respectable level of play, teaching direly needed fundamentals,

Players were Jody Hansen, Julie Schneider, Laurie Thomas, Michelle Lewis, Nancy McPherson, Terry Schneider, setter Dina Curotto and Melody Copp, senior owner of a volcanic serve.

GIRLS JV VOLLEYBALL (have no information on the season)
Team members were Laura Johnson, Ingbritt Christensen, Sarah Lynch, Lisa Johnson, Tina Badeaux, Sue Wilson, Kim Knox and Jeannine Esposito.

BASKETBALL Practice games: Palma 36-51. Dads Club Tournament: Soquel 47-49, Hollister 53-63, Watsonville 56-41 for seventh place. Carmel Invitational: Gilroy 32-49, Mt. View 37-32, Seaside 32-36 for fourth place. King City 34-59, Marello 40-47. Practice record 2-7. League Southern Division: Monterey 29-59, North Salinas 51-65, Seaside 52-45, Salinas 23-43, Alisal 45-69. Southern record 1-4. Northern Division: Harbor 49-48, loss; Watsonville 30-61, loss; SLV 35-38, loss; Soquel 46-37. Loss; Aptos 57-58, 44-42. North Division record 3-7. Combined MBL record 4-11 for sixth place. The final standings of the MBL North were Aptos 10-5, Harbor 9-6, Watsonville 8-7, SLV 5-10, Soquel 5-10 and SC 4-11. Season record 6-18.

(Missing a practice game and second games with Harbor, Watsonville, Soquel and SLV.)

Team members: Seniors are Bryon Pini and Kenny O’Connell, who missed all of last season with a knee injury is well and will make a big difference to this team.
Juniors are Al Kensinger, John Musselman, Scott Seymour, Paul Wainscoat, Clyde Persley, Eddie Hightower, Mark Snow and Larry Yien
Sophomores: Jeff Weber, Paul Wainscoat, Charles Burks, Doug Martin, Matt Tsugawa,

Turnovers Hurt SC in a 36-56 loss to Palma in the season opener. SC was plagued by 21 ball control errors, was out rebounded 27-28 and shot a whopping 26 percent from the floor. SC trailed by just three points 8-11 at the end of the first quarter, but a fruitless second period saw the Cards score just two points to go down 10-28 at half. Scoring: Weber 0, Kensinger 4, Seymour 4, Pini 10, Martin 2, O’Connell 8, Wainscoat 2, Persley 4, Musselman 2 and Tsugawa, Burks, Yien all 0.

Soquel Knights Nip SC 49-47, In Dads Club Thriller in one of those barnburners that nobody should really lose. In the first round of the tourney it was anything but artistic, but it was most entertaining. Turnovers played a big role for both clubs. Soquel surged out to a seven point lead in the final three minutes of the game. But SC responded as Jeff Weber pumped in two baskets and Ken O’Connell added a foul shot to make the score 45-49. O’Connell with his hustle on defense and another bucket from Weber got the Cards back in the game 47-49. Soquel turned the ball over twice and SC had plenty of time to tie the game, but fell victim of turnovers themselves. Scoring: Weber 10, O’Connell 17, Kensinger 9, Wainscoat 4, Pini 1 and Musselman 6.

Hollister beats SC 63-53 in consolation game. Hollister had a 28-16 halftime lead. At the end of the third it was 42-34. After scoring only 16 points the first half, the Cards more than doubled their score in the second half by sinking 37 points. With four minutes to play the Cards drew within four points at 42-46. But against the tall Hollister team the Cards were like midgets in the land of the giants. Scoring : Tsugawa 0, Weber 17, O’Connell 13, Kensinger 12, Wainscoat 4, Pini 6 and Musselman 2.

O’Connell Sparks Cards To Seventh Place In 56-41 win over Watsonville. Senior guard Kenney O’Connell tossed in a game high 19 points and dished out five assists. He finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field on 9 of 18 attempted with most of them coming from the 16 to 20 foot range. “Kenny played a super game out there tonight and when you look for senior leadership there’s none better than Kenny and Brian Pini to give it.” said coach Pete Newell. Despite standing only 6-2 Pini, who plays center grabbed 10 rebounds to lead SC to a 33-31 rebounding edge over the taller Cats, who have two 6-6 front liners.
Many of the other Cards were instrumental in the win. Jeff Weber and Al Kensinger each had eight points and five assists with the former pulling down seven rebounds. Jerry Soper who the night before played for the JV’s, netted seven points coming off the bench. Guard Paul Wainscoat tossed in five points and John Musselman led the defensive charge with four steals. After playing almost 10 minutes of nip and tuck basketball the Cards took the lead for good when O’Connell popped in a 16 foot jumps shot to put the Cards ahead 20-18 for good. SC increased the lead to 34-24 at half time. SC reeled off the first nine points of the second half for a total of 15 unanswered points to go up 43-24 with 2:20 left in the third quarter. Scoring: Weber 8, O’Connell 19, Kensinger 8, Soper 7, Wainscoat 5, Pini 7, Musselman 2 and Snow, Yien, Tsugawa all 0.

Santa Cruz Cards Dumped, 32-49 by Gilroy in the first round of the Carmel Invitational. Gilroy practically shut down the Cards only allowing seven points in the first quarter and five in the last quarter. They did an exceptional job on O’Connell holding Kenny to four points. Kenny has been averaging 14 points a game. Scoring: Weber 4, Burks 2, Persley 2, O’Connell 4, Kensinger 6, Seymour 0, Wainscoat 5, Martin 5, Pini 4 and Tsugawa 0.

Fine defensive effort won the second game of the tourney against Mt. View 37-32. The defense allowed Mt View only 25 shots in the game. “We came to play tonight. Our defense won the game for us. We played more together as a unit at both ends of the floor,” said Coach Newell. SC forced the Eagles into 18 ball handling errors, many of them down the stretch. The Cards led 19-18 at half and then held Mt. View to only six points in the third quarter to go ahead by five points, which they held to the end of the game. Scoring: Weber 2, Kensinger 0, Seymour 9, Pini 6, Martin 0, O’Connell 13, Persley 1 and Wainscoat 6.

Cardinals Drop Close One 32-36 to Seaside in the third round at Carmel. Very poor foul shooting came back to haunt SC. The Cards missed five one-on-one foul shots in the last six minutes. “We played really good defense overall. The only exception being a letdown, which let the Spartans score six points in the last 30 seconds of the game, We played well enough to win,” said Coach Newell. Newell cited, Jeff Weber for his outstanding defensive play. Weber led the Cards with 12 points, seven rebounds and held Seaside’s best scorer to six points. Brian Pini grabbed 11 rebounds as SC won the rebounding battle 28-27. Scoring: Weber 12, Kensinger 10, Seymour 2, O’Connell 2, Persley 2 and Pini 4.

In their last two tune ups before the start of league play next week the Cards lost to King City 34-59. There was no write up. Scoring: Weber 8, O’Connell 10, Persley 4, Kensinger 6, Seymour 2, Wainscoat 4 and Burks 0.

SC had Marello on the ropes, but let them slip away 40-47. The Cards took leads as large as seven points over the heavily favored Panthers, but a third period charge in which Marello outscored SC 12-4 gave the Panthers a hard earned victory. This game was probably SC’s best performance to date. Although some players were grossly mismatched size wise, SC played well enough to trail by just three points 22- 25 at halftime. SC took the lead at the end of the third period on Scott Seymour’s jump shot with five seconds remaining to make the score SC 36-35. SC ran off ten straight points in a five minute stretch in the third quarter to suddenly take a 34-27 lead. O’Connell accounted for six of the points on clutch jump shots and Seymour swished a jumper. Scoring: O’Connell 14, Martin 10, Wainscoat 2, Kensinger 2, Persley 8, Seymour 8 and Weber 2.

Monterey Trounces Cardinals 59-29 in the MBL Northern Division opener. Monterey led 44-9 going into the final quarter. SC made 27 ball control errors and Monterey only seven. Scoring: O’Connell 5, Wainscoat 2, Weber 9, Kensinger 2, Martin 4, Persley 2, Seymour 2 and Musselman 3.

North Salinas defeats SC 65-51. The Cardinals had a good offensive game. The half time score was North Salinas 38-27. SC shot a cold 18 for 47 attempts from the floor. North Salinas hit 27 of 47 for a blistering 59 percent. North High won the boards 27-25. Scoring: O’Connell 11, Pini 13, Weber 15, Wainscoat 2, Musselman 2, Martin 2. Seymour 2, Kensinger 4 and Persley 0.

Card Cagers Stun Seaside 52-45. SC thoroughly beat the Spartans in almost every department. The Cards are finally beginning to gel. The Redbirds led right from the start, when Clyde Persley canned a 15 footer with 7:40 left in the first quarter. Persley was one of several SC players who played well. More than once he broke the game with steals and other good defensive plays.
This was the first game substitutions could be made without any drop in talent. Doug Martin, Al Kensinger and Paul Wainscoat came in to give the starters a rest and did a super job. Martin entered the game midway through the second quarter and quickly responded by drawing a foul and sinking a free throw giving SC a 14-12 advantage. Martin scooped up a loose ball and muscled it in for a basket moments later, then tipped in a rebound and then did a reverse lay up to make the score 24-18.
Kensinger hit a critical jump shot with 2:17 left in the half, added some fine ball handling and played good defense to really help out.
Wainscoat went hog wild during a five minute stretch in the second period, hitting a jumper, stealing a pass, laying it in for two more and adding two free throws to give him six second quarter points. This gave SC a 28-18 lead. Between them they contributed 15 of SC’s 17 points in the quarter.
Kenny O’Connell obviously was the catalyst. He used his poise and basketball savvy to run the SC attack. He broke Seaside with key hoops many times in the game. His patience on offense was a big factor in the win. SC stalled at the end of the third quarter and O’Connell hit a jumper with 4 seconds left to put the Cards up 38-28. With 6:50 left Seaside hit four points to cut the lead to 38-32.
Bryan Pini scored four points to put the score 42-38 with four minutes to play. With 18 seconds left, O’Connell sank two free throws to end the game 52-48. The 6-2 Brian Pini’s return to the lineup made a big difference. Scoring: O’Connell 17, Wainxcoat 6, Weber 2, Kensinger 2, Pini 8, Persley 6, Seymour 4 and Martin 7.

Against Salinas without their two centers Doug Martin and Bryan Pini, Coach Newell tried a little strategy, because of the Salinas height advantage, the Cards stalled the whole first half. It did hold Salinas to a 8-0 lead. SC took only two shots in the first half and both were by O’Connell. In the second half the stall was lifted. Jeff Weber broke loose for a 15 foot jumper to make the score 2-10. The final score was 23-43. Scoring: O’Connell 8, Wainscoat 4, Weber 6, Kensinger 1, Persley 0, Musselman 2, Burks 1 and Yien 1.

SC Errors Spell 45-69 loss to Alisal. Alisal is the biggest team in the MBL, so SC conformed to Coach Newell’s careful, deliberate offense. Alisal broke out to a 8-0 led, but Scott Seymour hit a jumper, Weber scored on a fast break, then sank two free throws and O’Connell hit a jumper to make the score 8-12 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime Alisal led 28-20 and at the end of the third 50-33. Scoring: O’Connell 17, Wainscoat 2, Weber 8, Kensinger 2, Persley 4, Seymour 4, Musselman 8 and Snow 0.

Ken O’Connell was Jock of the Month. Ken is leading the team in assists and averaging about 11 points a game. His worth to our team can not be measured by the box score, largely because his major contribution comes from his leadership. Kenny is not only a good basketball player, but he is also a very good all around athlete. Because of his prior leg injuries he received in football last year, he was not able to play basketball or baseball. Ken is a great asset to SCHS sports.

SC Wins over Harbor 58-57. Harbor opened with a zone defense and SC played a patient offense. “Basically, we made Harbor play at our tempo, said coach Newell. SC held an eight point lead at halftime, 23-15. The Pirates tied the score at 44-44 and then Paul Wainscoat put SC ahead to stay with a pair of free throws. SC shot 17 for 21 at the foul line and 16 for 35 from the floor. Both excellent shooting. Coach Newell, “We just spread out. I call it our delay game. All we really shot were lay ups. We didn’t shoot any of those perimeter jump shots in the second half. Scoring: O’Connell 4, Wainscoat 8, Weber 13, Kensinger 0, Pini 7, Persley 6, Musselman 2 and Martin 0.

Then Stumbles against Watsonville 30-61 the day after the win against Harbor. What a difference a day makes! Watsonville scored the first 23 points and then coasted. Coach Newell, “They hit the first five or six shots they took and we missed five or six. Now we are looking up at the scoreboard and we start to press, because we see we haven’t any points.” SC went 0 for 10 attempts in the first period and made 10 turnovers to boot. At halftime the Cards were 3 for 23, while Watsonville went 15 for 25.
But the real story was on the boards where Watsonville had a 34-20 edge. The halftime score was 35-7. Clyde Persley scored SC’s first basket with 4:49 to play in the second quarter. (The night before, SC played a super game against one of the top teams in the league to win. A game like that, when you are the underdog, takes a lot out of the players. Too bad they had to play on consecutive nights.) Scoring: O’Connell 4, Wainscoat 2, Weber 4, Kensinger 2, Pini 2, Persley 6, Seymour 7, Musselman 2, Martin 1 and Tsugawa 0.

Cougars upend Cardinals For First League Triumph winning 38-35 by fighting off a late SC rally. Both teams have identical 2-7 league records. Even more costly to the Cardinals then the loss of the game was the loss of Kenny O’Connell, who broke his left thumb in practice. O’Connell was the catalyst of the team as well as its leading scorer averaging 11.6 points a game, total 93 points. His absence might be one SC won’t be able to overcome. Coach Newell felt, “Considering the fact that we lost Kenny, the kids played quite well. Paul Wainscoat filled in for Kenny very well. Eddie Hightower in his first action of the year (who’s been out with a knee injury) also played well. Once he gets his confidence and timing down he’s going to give us and added dimension to our forward spot. The difference in the game was the bouncing of the ball. We just could not get it to fall in on our inside shots.”
SC especially had trouble shooting in the second half, when they made only 5 of 18 for 26 percent. Overall the Cards were 16 of 43 for 37 percent. The lead changed hands nine times and was tied six occasions, before SLV moved out to a 32-30 lead at the end of the third period. SLV upped it to 38-30, before Wainscoat hit a 15 footer with 3:50 left in the game. Pini pulled it to within four on a rebound basket with 2:13 left. Clyde Persley cut it to three on a foul shot. A blown lay up and another close in shot missed drove the final nail into the Cards. Pini topped the Cards in rebounding with nine. Scoring: Wainscoat 6, Weber 6, Pini 11, Persley 5, Seymour 0, Musselman 5 and Hightower 2.

Santa Cruz Surprises Soquel 46-37. Soquel like so many other league teams, didn’t take the Cards seriously. SC is tough to beat at home. Eddie Hightower, a fine athlete with a problem knee had a excellent game. “Ed Hightower as the game progressed was the best player on the court. He gives us a big man who can go to the hoop with authority,” said coach Newell. Ten of Hightower’s twelve points were scored in the second half, when SC jumped to leads as large as 14 points.
SC went to the boards with a lot of muscle out rebounding Soquel 32-18. Newell felt, “We rebounded better, played harder and our defense was better than Soquel.” Scott Seymour hit a jump shot from the top of the key with over two minutes to play in the first half to give SC their first lead of the game 17-15. Brian Pini tipped in a shot to send the Cards into the locker room with a 19-17 lead.
SC held the Knights to just six points in the decisive third quarter. Pini, who had a super defensive game, scored two big baskets in the third quarter to make the score 25-21. At the end of the quarter SC was ahead 31-23. Soquel never threatened in the fourth quarter. SC now has a 3-7 league record. Scoring: Wainscoat 3, Weber 10, Kensinger 0, Pini 6, Persley 6, Musselman 2, Martin 2, Snow 1, Hightower 12, Yien 0 and Tsugawa 0.

Wild 44-42 Santa Cruz Victory Over Mariners. Paul Wainscoat threaded a pass through a host of Aptos defenders and into the arms of senior center Bryan Pini, who banked the ball into the hoop with just three second remaining on the clock. Earlier in the season, Aptos escaped with a one point 58-57 win over the Redbirds.
In SC’s packed gym with area wide renown cheerleader Crazy George leading pregame cheers to get the crowd into game form, turned the tables this game. SC jumped to an early lead and threatened to make it a runaway by leading 18-10 at the quarter. But Aptos came back and Pini hit a last second basket to end the half with SC ahead 27-22. SC still led at the end of the third quarter 39-34. The Cards might have been able to blow the game wide open in the fourth stanza, but errors after good defensive plays kept the game close. Aptos reeled off six straight points to tie the game to knot the score 40-40 with 1:35 left to play.
Clyde Presley greeted the Aptos ball handler at half court with a good clean steal and with coach Newell following him down the sidelines, put up the go ahead lay up. Aptos tied it up again 42-42. SC called time with 1:08 remaining. The Cards played catch until only 0:11 showed on the clock. Not every team in the league can work the ball as well as SC did. SC has begun to show good poise for a team made up of mostly juniors. Pini did his part and the Cards completed the second part of a one-two knockout punch, which previously put away another league leader Harbor.
The Redbirds have now won three of five and two in a row. Newell probably wishes the season started now, for his Cards can play with anybody in the MBL. Jeff Weber led the Cards in scoring with 17, most of them in the first half, when the Cards needed some scoring punch. He has staked out the right side baseline as his hot spot. Scoring: Pini 8,Wainscoat 6, Weber 17, Persley 5, Seymour 4. Musselman 0, Martin 0 and Hightower 4.

Last Second Mariner Win 58-57. Aptos held onto first place in the North by the skin of their teeth. It looked like Aptos had things well in hand with a 58-53 lead with 15 seconds to play. But then Jeff Weber hit a jump shot. On the inbound pass, John Musselman intercepted the pass under the bucket and laid it in to make it 57-58 with five seconds to play. SC tried to get a time out, but the officials wouldn’t call time as the clock ran out.
Aptos built up a 31-23 lead at half. Two minutes into the second half Aptos led 35-23. But the Card team would not quit and ran off four straight buckets to make it 31-35. SC pulled to within 43-44 with 5:30 to play, but could never over take Aptos. The Cards got within one at 50-49, 52-51, 54-53, but every time the defending MBL North champions had enough to pull away. SC controlled the boards 27-18. Aptos coach Bill Warmerdam said, “They moved the ball well. Nobody has moved the ball like that against us all year. You saw what happened when we tried to go man-to-man, didn’t you. They are quick.” Coach Newell praised, “Jeff Weber for his offensive rebounding and was also pleased with Musselman and Paul Waiinscoat. Scoring: O’Connell 18, Weber 13, Wainscoat 6, Kensinger 0, Persley 6, Musselman 7 and Pini 7.

Sentinel County Basketball Scoring Leaders by place in order, name, points and average.
PL NAME PT AV
10 O’Connell 119 10.8
15 Weber 111 9.2
19 Pini 93 8.4

On offense the SC team was sixth with 593 points with 47.4 points a game scored.
On defense the SC team was also sixth allowing 726 points scored for and average of 51.9 points a game.

Kenny O’Connell was selected to the ALL MBL squad.

JV BASKETBALL WIN CHAMPIONSHIP with a 11-4 MBL record and a season record of 16-8. At the SLV JV tournament: Aptos 54-36, Harbor 30-43, Soquel 51-44 for third place. Some of the league games: Monterey 42-59, Salinas 51-62, Soquel 57-47, SLV 71-63, Watsonville 64-29 and Harbor 29-20.

Team members are Geoff Girard, Mark Bruce, Jerry Soper, John Trebbien, Bob Martin, Rusty Locatelli, Chuck Middleton, Mitch Levine, Charles Burks, Steve Wahl, Steve Imonti, Michael Gerety and Henry Lavender.

Our first boys’ basketball champions in any division in more than six years. Coach Thibault sported leisure suits during the games, but he conducted the team in no leisurely manner. Sweat ran freely! At times the JV’s even worked as hard as the varsity. An influx of super freshmen talent provided by Mark Bruce and Bob Martin and the steady play of sophomores Oreste “Rusty” Locatelli, Jerry Soper and Chuck Middleton combined to bring SC the long awaited Title

Coach Mike Thibault (who went on to coach in college, the NBL and the women’s WNBL as head coach and winning league titles. The team had a top notch coach.) commented on his team, “This championship was a total team effort that began last Spring during our preparation for Summer League. These players have put in a lot of hours of hard work and I am glad that they were rewarded for their efforts. Hopefully, this championship is only one step in the improvement of our entire basketball program. The Cards are on the way up.”

In a warm up game for the season the JV team played the varsity and held their own except in the third quarter, when they were outscored 23-7, otherwise they were in the game. Scoring for the JV’s: Mark Bruce 8, Chuck Middleton 4, Jeff Girard 5, Rusty Locatelli 5, Mitch Levine 7, Jerry Soper 7, Steve Imonti 2, Henry Lavender 5 and Bob Martin 7.

This is the first league championship for a SCHS basketball team since the varsity won the league in 1969. The Cards nailed down the title in a come from behind 57-47 win over Soquel, although down by 11 points in the first half. The Cards never quit hustling and turned the game around by scoring the first ten points of the second half. They gradually increased their lead with some clutch free throw shooting by Chuck Middleton, Rusty Locatelli and Jerry Soper. Bob Martin was the leading rebounded with nine. The Cards had four players in double figures. Middleton with 18, Locatelli 16, Soper 11 and Martin 10.

The Cards got themselves in position to win the title by winning the previous three games. The most important of the wins was upsetting SLV, who was leading the league at the time 71-63. Locatelli scored a season high 26 points and Soper added 18. The two other wins were against Watsonville 64-29 and Harbor 29-20. John Trebbien went on a shot blocking binge, highlighted by 6 vs. the Cats and 5 against SLV.

The Cards took third place at the SLV JV tournament behind SLV and Harbor. In the first game they prepared themselves to play the dominate school in basketball the last few years Aptos and beat them convincingly 54-36. Jerry Soper scored 17 and Rusty Locatelli got 10 points to lead the scoring. Bob Martin led the rebounders with 10. Against physical Harbor the Cards led a half time 20-17. In the second half they were held to ten points to lose 43-30. High point man was Mark Bruce with 9 points. In the third place game the Cards beat Soquel 51-49 in an up and down close game. Highlights were when Geof Girard scored three points to put the Cards ahead for good. Jerry Soper with 15, Bob Martin with 12 points and Jerry Soper making the All Tourney team. The record so far is 3-1.

The league record at the end of January is 6-2, despite two losses in the first two games. The first was a loss to Monterey 42-59, due to the absence of 5 players from injury or disciplinary reasons. At Salinas they lost 51-62. In the two losses there have been two bright spots for the team and that is the play of Bob Martin and Chuck Middleton. Martin scored 16 points and led in rebounding. Middleton played very well on defense as he took three offensive charges, seemed to be on the floor most of the time diving for loose balls, trying to steal balls and scored 12 points.

Santa Cruz JV’s Capture MBL North Title by rallying back from a first half 22-30 deficit against Soquel to out score the Knights 35-17 in the second half to win 57-47. Chuck Middleton led all scorers with 18 points followed by Rusty Locatelli with 16. Other scorers were Bruce 2, Soper 11, Trebbian 0, Martin 10, Burks 0 and Levine 0.

FROSH BASKETBALL Season record 4-19.
Team members were Chris Harper, Ken Rosa, Clay Badger, Rob Stone, Jeff Anecito, Larry Johnson, Dwayne Whitley, Davie Ferrara, David Ronda and Joe McCroskey.

Coach Pete Pappas smiles as he is sending seven outstanding freshman to the JV team next year.
Guard Chris Harper was the most consistent player and was elected Most Valuable Player. Steady David Ronda received the Sportsmanship award. Hustler Joe McCroskey garnered the Most Inspirational Honor.

At the Harbor frosh-soph tournament the team lost two games and is now 0-5 on the season. Injuries and grade problems have hindered the team.

Harbor Frosh Nab 44-28 victory over SC. Harbor led 20-13 at half. Harbor is 13-3 overall and 6-1 in league. Scoring: Harper 3, Ronda 2, Sanford 8, Johnson 5, Ken Rosa 8 and Stone 2.

GIRLS BASKETBALL UNDEFEATED IN LEAGUE WIN TITLE FOR SECOND CONSECUATIVE YEAR.

Santa Cruz Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament Games: Notre Dame 43-21, Aptos 37-36, Harbor 31-50 for second place. League: Harbor 53-34, Alisal 40-12, Soquel 52-9, SLV 49-31, Notre Dame 41-17, Marello 44-23, Aptos 46-43, Watsonville 42-31, Salinas 58-23, North Salinas 59-45. League record 10-0. Season record 12-1.

Team members: Nancy Merez, Georgia Sandas, Colleen Reedy, Michele Hoga, Leta Stagnaro, Laurie Thomas, Joyce Hightower, Candi Jackson, Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge.

In the first game of the Santa Cruz Invitational, SC easily took Notre Dame 43-21. Scoring Evonne Sandas 19, Michele Hoga 12, Sue Dodge 7, Nancy Marez and Colleen Reedy 2 each and Georgia Sandas 1.

In the second game against Aptos, Nancy Marez hit a free throw with one second left on the clock to give SC a one point win over Aptos 37-36. Sue Dodge led all scorers with 17 points. Other scorers Evonne Sandas 8, Nancy Marez 6, Michelle Hoga 4.

In the finals Harbor upset the Cards winning easily 50-31. Scoring Dodge 18, Candy Jackson 5, Evonne Sandas and Hoga 4 each.

Sue Dodge was named to the All Tournament team.

In the next game and the first league game, the Cards made Harbor pay for the big loss in the tournament by blitzing them 53-34. Four SC players scored in double figures. Dodge 14, Evonne Sandas and Hoga 12, Joyce Hightower 10, Marez 4 and Laurie Thomas 2.
Scoring by quarters
Santa Cruz 13 11 15 14 53
Harbor 4 12 10 8 34

Eleven girls scored for SC in a 40-12 win over Alisal. Scoring: Hightower 10, Dodge 8, Evonne Sandas 5, Hoga 4, Leta Stagnaro, Candi Jackson, Colleen Reedy, Laurie Thomas, Elaina Guidici and Georgia Sandas 2 each and Marez 1.

SC girls rip Soquel 52-9. Scoring: Evonne Sandas 12, Hightower 7, Hoga 6, Marez and Jackson 5, Thomas and Guidici 4 each, Stagnaro 3, Lewis, Georgia Sandas and Dodge 2 each.

Fourth straight SC hoop triumph over SLV 49-31. A 30-14 edge in the first half catapulted the Cards to the win. Scoring: Evonne Sandas 14, Hoga 10, Dodge 9, Hightower 8, Thomas 5, Marez 3.

SC wins fifth straight with victory over Notre Dame 41-17. In the five games, the Cards have a scoring average 48 points a game and gave up only 20 points a game. Scoring for this game. Hightower and Evonne Sandas 12, Dodge 8, Hoga 7, Georgia Sandas and Marez 1 each.

SC girls topple Marello 44-23. Big edges in the second and fourth quarters carried the Cards to their sixth league win. Scoring: Dodge 16, Jackson 8, Hoga 9, Guidici 6, Evonne Sandas 4, Thomas 2 and Leta Stagnaro 2.

Aptos rally falls short as SC pulls out a 46-43 win. Aptos was down 38-30, before a fourth quarter Aptos charge. Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge were key factors on defense, while Joyce Hightower supplied the offensive power under the basket and paced SC’s scoring with 13 points.

Eight in a Row for SC in a 42-31 win over Watsonville. Consistent play throughout propelled the Cards to their victory. This year Watsonville’s Paula Dodge out scored Sue Dodge 15 to 14. Other scoring; Hightower 10, Evonne Sandas 8, Jackson and Hoga 4 each, Marez 2.

SC girls still unbeaten run its record to 9-0, posted a 58-23 victory over Salinas. Joyce Hightower pulled down 13 rebounds and tallied 15 points. Sue Dodge scored 12 points and contributed 6 assists. The SC defense was “extraordinary’ in the first quarter, allowing zero points and in the third period only allowing 2 points. Other scoring: Evonne Sandas 14, Candi Jackson 5, Georgia Sandas 4, Nancy Marez, Leta Stagnaro, Colleen Reedy and Elaina Giudici 2 each.

SC Nabs Girls Hoop Title for the second consecutive year, by beating North Salinas 59-45. The first period decided the game as the Cards came out on fire scoring 21 points while holding the Vikings to only 6 points. Hightower pulled down 13 rebounds, while Dodge chipped in 11 assists and 18 points to spark the team in this hard fought battle. Evonne Sandas had a tough time scoring, but her outstanding defense played a key role in the game. Three Cards scored in double figures. Dodge had 18, Hoga 16 and Hightower 13. Other scorers: Evonne Sandas 6, Thomas 4, Stagnaro 2.
Coach Ray Hunter’s comments on the highly successful season were “ This team consists of twelve wonderful kids, who really worked hard to make it two straight undefeated season in a row and next year we are going to try to do it again.”
Scoring by quarters
North Salinas 6 14 11 14 45
Santa Cruz 21 10 14 14 59

To show the balance of the Cards scoring for the season the top four scorers were close in total points in League: Dodge 108, Sandas 97, Hightower 96 and Hoga 75. For the season Dodge 150, Sandas 128, Hightower 96, Hoga 95.

Sentinel column headline: Banner year for SC Girls. Sue Dodge and Evonne Sandas, two young ladies with refreshing outlooks on life, have helped make this a banner year for girls athletics at SCHS. They have done it all with the guidance of male coaches. Among the things they have in common is the love to compete. Both their teams, basketball and softball won league championships. Basketball going 11-0 and softball 7-1. They and their teammates are willing to put forth the hard work necessary to duplicate these success to win league again next year.
Yet they are not sacrificing their femininity or their schoolwork in the process. They say it does not make you any less a girl. There is ample time to compete in athletics and study, too.
The two of them play against boys in pick up games any chance they get, if they can find willing guys, who are willing to get beat by two girls. Since they are good enough to compete against boys, they have been invited to play on the boys JV team. Since the girls played in the Fall, there is no overlap in seasons. But they are not interested, thank you. Miss Dodge said, “You can take it as a compliment, when they say you have the ability to participate on a boys team, but it would not really be fair to the boys or to us.” Miss Sandas said, “ they have their sport and we have ours and there is nothing to be gained by us joining a boys team.”
Their coach ran the girls team just like he would a boys team and one might think this approach would be too harsh for sophomore girls and even senior girls to take. But there weren’t any floods of tears. Sometimes they objected to one thing or another, but for the most part, the girls said, “when we found out the way he was coaching us was working, we did not mind”.
When the team started winning, people being people, liking a winner and all, the attendance began to increase. When the team won the end of the season Seaside tournament against good teams like Hartnell College and Seaside high, Miss Sandas admitted “Our heads got a little big for us, but it did not last long as we went right into softball and our softball coach would not allow any of that”.
Their coaches expected everyone to be into the games and to compete. Miss Dodge has an idea along that line, which I think hit’s the nail on the head. “Girls attitudes towards sports now are the same as boys’ attitudes were about 10 years ago. A lot of boys are now saying, if practice is too long, if I don’t like what the coach says, I’ll just quit.” “We seem to be willing to listen more than a lot of the boys, they seem to want to make stars out of themselves and not play for the team.”
They both were happy to see more girls sports being added. This year there were teams in track and volleyball. Next year there will be tennis. But as for playing on boys teams, they are proud being where they are right now and won’t be swayed.

Evonne Sandas has been named the Jock of the month of October for her floor leadership and one of the defensive stars of the league. She is shooting 40 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the foul line. She is second in assists and is one of the quickest thinkers in game situations.

The most impressive Cardlette squads was the two time league champion basketball team led by Sue Dodge and captain Evonne Sandas, who their coach Ray Hunter called the “two best basketball players in this part of the country.” He might be a little prejudice. Joyce Hightower was chosen Most Valuable Player. Coleen Reedy was selected for the sportsmanship award.

BOYS SOCCER Practice games: Hollister 3-3, 1-0; Soquel 1-2, 3-4; SLV 10-0, 1-2; Harbor 12-0, Watsonville 0-4. Practice record 3-4-1. League: Aptos 1-4, 3-2; SLV 7-0, 2-0; Harbor 5-1, 0-3; Watsonville 1-9, North Salinas 2-0, Alisal 2-6, Salinas 1-5. League record 5-5 for second place in the MBL NORTH. In a MBL play off with Watsonville the Cards were defeated 1-8 to make their season record 8-10-1.

Second place is the MBL North is the highest a SC varsity soccer team has ever finished. This in itself speaks highly of a team which has been in competition for only three years.

SC hosted its first ever soccer tournament, a preseason MBL competition, which was won by Alisal. Other teams competing were SLV, Salinas, North Salinas and Harbor for a group of six schools. Each team played three games of 25 minute halves. SC set a new team scoring record, when they defeated Harbor 12-0 for their only win in the MBL tournament. Jack Cabrera set an all time individual player scoring record with five goals in this game.

Soccer is getting more and more popular and the turnouts have doubled since last year. Soccer is in its third year of play. The first year did fairly well to get started. Last year started with a 9-0 record fell off a little and just missed the CCS playoffs. This years team is young and has only three seniors: Leo Cortez, Pablo Chagolla and Jose Saucedo.
The first game this season was a 1-1 tie with Hollister. The next game with Soquel started with the Knights scoring 2 points in the first half, while the Cards were being too careful and not passing enough. The Cards scored to make the final 1-2 loss. The rematch with Hollister, the Cards played the whole game well with a lot of passing and good defense. Pablo Chagolla scored the only goal on a penalty kick.
At this point in the season the varsity record is 1-2-1 and the JV record is 2-2. The team has three cheer leaders this year, they are Diana Ybarra, Cindy Olympio and Ticha Alvarez.

SC retains its position on top of the MBL North with a 4-2 record in a double overtime game win 3-2 against Aptos, in the most exciting game of the season. This is the fourth straight win for SC and puts them in first place. Mike Lopez won the game on a goal with one minute left in the second overtime. Lopez also had scored the goal that sent the game into overtime, finding the range with five minutes left in regulation. Leo Cortez scored the first goal. Coach Dempewolfe praised Mike Lopez for “an outstanding game” and noted that Romiro Hernandez played “probably the best game of his career at SC. At middle fullback, he controlled the whole field. Pablo Chagolla and Leo Cortez played their usual steady games.”
The JV’s are also in first place with a 5-1 record.

Leo Cortes established a new school individual scoring record with 20 goals this season.

SC was shut out of only one game, while blanking six opponents.

The Cards outscored their practice opponents 31 to 13, but were out scored by their league opponents 24 to 30. For the whole season SC out scored their opponents 55 to 43.

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Jack Cabrera 5
Pre-season total scoring — Jack Cabrera 11
League season total scoring — Leo Cortes 10
Post season total scoring — Leo Cortes 1
Overall season scoring — Leo Cortes 20

Stats for the team:
Highest game score — Harbor 12-0
Shut outs — 6
Consecutive wins — 4
Consecutive losses — 2

Individual scoring for the season:
Leo Cortes 20
Jack Cabrera 16
Mike Lopez 7
Pablo Chagolla 4
Joey Lopez 3
Filo Perez 2
Jim Cabrera 1
James Bell 1
Lupe Gonzales 1
Total 55

Awards voted on by the players:
MVP — Ramiro Hernandez
Best Offensive player — Leo Cortes
Best Defensive player — Ramiro Hernandez
Dads Club Sportsmanship award — Mike Lopez

VARSITY AND JV players listed by year in school:
Seniors: Leo Cortes, Pablo Chagolla and Jose Saucedo,
Juniors: Jack Cabrera, Jim Cabrera, Joey Lopez, Tim Firestone and Ramiro Hernandez,
Sophomores: Richard Ellis, Scott Foster, John Beiers, Mike Lopez, Dennis Modena, Gary George, Nick Curran, Eric Forgaard, Filo Perez, Lupe Gonzales, Fidel Ruiz and Polo Ramirez
Freshman: Kit Kashap, Nick Perez, Grant Codiga, Pete Gunn, Marty Davis, Mark Signor, James Bell, Len Schlegel, Chris Hossay, Juan Gonzales and Mark Grant.
Coach Don Dempewolfe

JV SOCCER Practice games: Hollister 0-1, 1-2; Soquel 5-0, 4-1; SLV 2-0. Practice record 3-2.
League: Aptos 3-0, 3-0; SLV 4-0, 1-1; Harbor 2-1, 0-1; Watsonville 2-7, North Salinas 1-0, Alisal 0-2, Salinas 2-1. League record 6-3-1. Tied for first place in the MBL Northern Division
The JV’s went 9-5-1 for their first winning season.

SC beat Aptos 3-0. In league play they are now 5-1 and are in first place. Richard Ellis and Pete Gunn scored and the third goal came when the ball bounced off a Aptos player into the goal.

They also set a consecutive winning mark with a five win in a row. The most for any SC soccer team. A season scoring record was also set of 30 goals scored against only 18 by the opposition. The team played well as a team with everyone contributing to the overall success of the season.

They out scored their practice opponents 12 to 4 and their league opponents 18 to 14 for a season difference of 30 to 18.

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Pete Gunn and Lupe Gonzales 3
Pre-season total scoring — Lupe Gonzales 6
League season total scoring — Pete Gunn 7
Overall season scoring — Pete Gunn and Lupe Gonzales 11

Stats for the team:
Highest game — Soquel 5-0
Shut Outs — 6
Consecutive wins — 5
Consecutive losses — 1

Season individual scoring:
Lupe Gonzales 11
Pete Gunn 11
Ricky Perez 3
Polo Ramirez 1
Richard Ellis 1
Scott Foster 1
Total 28

JV awards were Chris Hossay, Sportsmanship award. Richard Ellis, Most Valuable Player

WRESTLING Practice scores: Branham 42-33, Homestead 36-17, Mt Pleasnt 41-25, Live Oak 46-15; Mt. View 36-26. Practice record: 5-0. League: Monterey 47-21, Salinas 43-18, Alisal 26-34, Harbor 42-23, Seaside 45-9, Watsonville 22-30, SLV forfeit, Soquel 44-25, Aptos 26-23, North Salinas 26-28. MBL dual meet record 7-3.

All from the Trident. Both squads had great a year going 13-2 and took third place at the MBL Tournament. The JV’s went 12-2-1.

The Cardinals had three league champions, more than any other school. The Champs were Roy Lopez at 98 pounds, Bob Layton at 106 and Paul at Gabriel 157. Greg Lopez and Peter Stelling took second places. Tony Lopez, Bruce Rowe and Greg Ronning finished fourth. All eight will compete in the CCS Region IV tournament.

The top wrestlers with the most points were Roy Lopez and Bob Layton tied for the top spot with 74 points. Greg Lopez 65; Tim Ronda 50; Bruce Rowe 50; Paul Gabriel 49; Pete Stelling 49 and Greg Ronning 48. Those who led in pins were Don Dummller with 14; Roy Lopez 12; Bruce Rowe 10; and Rick Hand 10. Leaders for the Rookie of the year are Mike Gregoric 43 points; Rick Hand 32 and Don Dumller 32. Breaking the record for the most take downs is Greg Lopez with 66 to break the old record in 1969 by Phil DiGirolamo who had 62.

At the Aptos Tournament Bobby Layton at 112 pounds place second. Sophomore Roy Lopez at 103 pounds took third. Tim Rhonda, Bruce Rowe and Greg Ronning all finished in fourth place.

There are 33 wrestler’s out for JV and varsity. According to Coach Tex Ronning there are 3 returning seniors, 3 juniors and 5 sophomores all holding down varsity positions. Outstanding freshmen out this year are Mike Weybright, Chris Ronzano, David Alvarez, Mike Gregoric, Rick Hand, Don Dumller, Troy Higgins and John Faylor. Spectacular years are expected from Roy Lopez, Bob Layton and Pete Stelling.
The JV squad took fourth place at the Soquel JV tournament. Pat Rodriguez at 112 pounds took the only first place for the Cards. Freshmen Mike Gregoric at 138 and Rick Hand at 145 took second places. Jerry Alvarez at 120 took third place. Troy Higgins at 191 took fourth place along with John Munoz at 154 pounds.

Sentinel. Dec.11. Cardinals Dominate Novice Mat Tournament. SC had six winners: John Corona at 120; Steve Rodriguez 127; Victor Mungia 133; Tom Blanco 133; Mike Mahaney 145; and Ruben Della-Sera 235. Easter at 127 was a second place finisher and Baird placed third.

Cardinal varsity Matmen Undefeated 3-0. The Cards riding on five pins, rolled up a 41-25 victory against Mt Pleasant on Saturday and topped Homestead 36-17 on Friday. Against Mt Pleasant freshman Rich Hand at 145 pounds, led the SC assault with a very lopsided 21-6 decision. Recording pins were Rudy Silva, 95; Bob Layton, 112; Bruce Rowe, 127; Greg Lopez, 165 and Brent Gallick 175.
Against Homestead, freshman Mike Gregoric, 133 racked up a 13-0 decision. Rowe posted the only pin. Others who won by decisions were Roy Lopez, Layton, Rhonda, Gabriel, Gallic and Papa. Ronning had a draw.

JV’s beat Mt Pleasant 44-26 and Homestead 61-12. Winners against Mt Pleasant by pin were Alvarez, 120; Gregoric, 138; Passerino, 145; Stoups, 154; Dumlle,r 165 and Cloud, 175. Winners by decision were Munoz, 112 and Nelson, 127. Against Homestead winners by pin were Rodriquez, 112; Hopping 127; Alvarez, 123; Hand, 145, Munoz, 154; Dumller, 165; Cloud, 175; Faylor, heavyweight. Winners by decision were Reedy, 120 and Passerino, 138.

Matmen Undefeated. The Cards are now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in league. The last win was over Salinas 43-18. Roy Lopez, Bruce Rowe and Paul Gabriel all won by pins. Winners by decision were George Lopez at 145 and Pete Stelling at 165; The heavier weights lost in close matches. Alan Cloud at 175, John Papa at 191 and John Faylor at heavyweight.
In the JV match the Cards prevailed again 44-21. Chris Ronzano, John Hopping, Rick Hand, John Munoz, Don Dumller and Troy Higgins each won by pins. The JV’s are also 6-0 and 2-0 in league.

Mat-maids were Kathy Bagnall, Tammy McNeil, LeAnn Meyers and Judy Esche.

BASEBALL MBL CHAMPIONS, REGION IV CHAMPIONS AND SECOND PLACE IN CCS.
Practice games: Prospect 6-1, PAL tournament: Harbor 8-9, Live Oak 5-6 ten innings, Hill 15-2. Carmel 9-1, Pacific Grove 3-2, Hollister 3-1, Serra 5-4 eight innings. Monterey Tournament: Monterey 2-1, Pacific Grove 4-5, Alisal 2-5. Practice record 7-4. South Division League: North Salinas 6-5, Monterey 3-4, Alisal 3-4 ten innings, Seaside 0-8, Salinas 8-8 eight innings, 11-5 to make up the tie game. Southern Division record 2-3. Northern Division: Soquel 7-6 nine innings, 6-2; Aptos 6-8 nine innings, 1-3; Watsonville 6-5 eighth innings, 4-3; SLV 5-3, 15-7; Harbor 4-7, 8-5. Northern Division record 7-3. Combined MBL record 9-6 for a tie with Aptos. MBL Playoffs Seaside 8-0, Aptos 6-5 for championship with total MBL record 11-6. CCS playoffs: Valley Christian 4-1, Hollister 6-2 for Region IV title.
El Camino 5-4, Leigh 2-6 for second place in CCS. Season record 21-11.

Played seven extra inning games, losing four of them. The team really matured as the season progressed. They wound up the season on a high note winning 13 out of 16 games after Spring vacation and had 8 straight wins until the CCS final.

MBL playoffs for the first time since inception of playoffs three years ago, there will not be a second place team playing. Both the North and South Divisions finished with co-champions. In the South, Alisal and Seaside were identical at 11-3. They split their series 1-1. SC and Seaside play and Seaside shut out the Cards 8-0 in their one league game.

The SC baseball team won the CCS Region IV championship six straight years from the first
CCS championship in 1967 to 1972. This year makes SC a seven time Region IV champion.

Three first stringers return from last years Northern Division champions. They were senior pitchers Kevin Rains, a third year starter and Greg Wehr. Last years outfielder senior Dave Munoz is the catcher. Other players are junior, Al Kensinger, who played second base last year is now the shortstop. New senior players to the team this year are Ken O’Connell a top athlete, who was not able to play last year due to a knee injury and another top athlete Larry Monroe, a fine football player. Senior Jeff West is a transfer student. Junior Dave Ellis spent some time with the varsity last year. Juniors, Jim Abicht, Ralph Russo, Mike West, Mitch Levine and Tony Lopez are up from the JV team. Freshman Carlos Ybarra and Jaime Bell stepped in as first stringers.

Rains, Wehr combined to pitch a three hitter to lead Cardinals to 6-1 opening game win over Prospect. Last years defending MBL Northern Division champions got on the score board with three quick runs in the top of the first inning. Walks to Carlos Ybarra and Kevin Rains followed by Dave Ellis being hit by a pitch loaded the bases. Ralph Russo walked to force in Ybarra. Al Kensinger also walked to force in Rains. Mike West hit a sacrifice fly to score Ellis. In the second inning, Ybarra drove in West. Rains drove in a run in the fourth, Ken O’Connell drove in two runs in the fifth. Kensinger drove in a run in the sixth to finish the scoring. Kevin Rains started on the mound and went four innings giving up two hits, one run, walked two and struck out five for the win. Greg Wehr finished the last three innings giving up no hits, runs or walks and struck out four. Ralph Russo and Mike West both drove in two runs. Munoz, Ellis and Abicht each stole a base. Cards had one error. Lineup: Munoz C, 4-2; Ybarra 2B, 1-0; Rains P/3B, 3-0; Dave Ellis RF, 2-0; Russo 1B, 3-1; Kensinger SS, 1-1; Rodgers CF, 2-0; Abicht 3B, 2-0; West LF, 3-1; Passerino C, 0-0; O’Connell 2B, 1-0; Hopping CF, 1-0; Wehr P, 0-0 and Bray RF, 1-0.

In the first game of the San Jose PAL tournament the Cards lost to Harbor 8-9. Again the Cards scored three runs in the first innings on four walks, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly. The Cards scored in every inning but the third and seventh even though the first two batters in these two innings walked.
Rains started and went three and two-thirds innings giving up five hits, two earned run, one walk and struck out four. Wehr finished up the last three and one-third innings giving up seven hits, seven earned runs, walked seven and struck out six for the loss. O’Connell and Kensinger drove in two runs apiece. Others with RBI’s were Ybarra, Rains, Russo and Rogers. Munoz, Ybarra and O’Connell each stole a base. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 3-1; Ybarra 2B, 1-1; Rains P/3B, 3-1; Dave Ellis RF, 3-1; Russo 1B, 2-0; Kensinger SS, 2-1; Rodgers CF, 3-0; Abicht 3B, 1-0; West LF, 3-1; O’Connell 2B, 2-1; Wehr P, 1-1 and Bray RF, 1-0.

Cards lose to Live Oak 5-6 in ten innings in the second game of the tournament. Kevin Rains threw a complete ten inning game giving up 16 hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out seven. Rains gave up an earned run an inning in the first two innings and that was the end of Live Oak earned runs. Live Oak did score three more runs in regulation play, but they were unearned.
From the sixth through the nine innings, Rains held the Acorns scoreless, but in the tenth an error accounted for the winning run. A fine pitching performance under pressure for Rains. RBI’s two by Dave Ellis, one each for Munoz, Ybarra and West. Munoz had two stolen bases and Ybarra one. Ellis had a triple and double plus his two RBI’s. Rogers had a double, O’Connell and Munoz both had triples. The Cards scored again in the first inning, but only twice this time. They scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh. Cards had six errors.
Lineup: Munoz C, 2-1, four walks; Ybarra 2B, 3-0, three walks: Rains P, 3-0; Dave Ellis 1B, 4-2; Russo RF, 5-1; Kensinger SS, 3-0; Rodgers CF, 5-1; West LF, 1-0; Abicht 3B, 4-1; O’Connell LF; 4-1 and Hopping PH, 1-0.

In the third and last game of the tournament the Cards scored early and late to win 15-2 over Andrew Hill. The Card record in the tournament was 1-2. The Cards were still in the get players some playing time mode. Greg Wehr started and went five innings giving up four hits, no earned runs, walked two and struck out nine for the win. Four out of his five innings, he put down the side in 1-2-3 order. Jim Abicht pitched the last two innings giving up three hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out the side in one inning.
Ken O’Connell had a triple and drove in a run. Jim Abicht went 3 for 3 with two doubles and a RBI. Rains doubled and drove in three runs. Those who drove in one run were Russo, Rodgers and West. Cards had one error. Lineup: Munoz C, 2-2, two walks; O’Connell 2B, 2-1; Rains 3B, 4-1; Dave Ellis 1B, 5-1; Russo DH, 5-1; Kensinger SS, 3-3; Rodgers CF, 5-1; West RF, 4-1; Hopping LF, 2-0, two walks; Wehr P, 0-0; Abicht 2B/P, 3-2 and Passerino C, 1-0.

Cards Rip Carmel, 9-1. Lefty Greg Wehr hurled a nifty one hitter for five innings and Al Kensinger came on in relief to give up one more bingo. Between the pitching of Wehr and Kensinger along with a three run home run shot by Kevin Rains, the game for intensive purposes was over after two innings. Three times the Cards scored in the bottom half of the first and a 320 foot blast Rains hit over the left field wall pushed SC to a commanding 8-0 lead.
Wehr went the first five innings giving up two hits, no runs, walked none and struck out five for the win. Al Kensinger went the next two giving up two hits, no earned runs and hit one player. In the fifth game of the season, the Cards were still using these practice games to get all players some playing time. O’Connell had two stolen bases and one each for Munoz, Kensinger and Rains. O’Connell had two stolen bases and one each for Munoz, Kensinger and Rains. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 4-2; O’Connell 2B/SS, 3-1; Kensinger SS/P, 2-1; Rains 3B, 3-2 with a home run and three RBI‘s; Dave Ellis LF, 3-1, one RBI; Ralph Russo 1B, 4-2, one RBI; Jeff Rodgers CF, 3-1, one RBI; Jim Abicht RF, 3-0; Greg Wehr P, 3-0; Eddie Camacho 2B, 0-0.

Seventh Inning Single Rallies Santa Cruz to a 3-2 win over Pacific Grove. For an early season baseball game, you can bet your bottom dollar you won’t see a more exciting game. In the end, an opposite field single with two outs off the bat of Al Kensinger drove in Munoz to provided SC with a victory. Kensinger became the hero in two ways. Not only was his bat the lethal weapon, but his pitching arm proved a big factor in the seventh frame. Kensinger took the mound to relieve Kevin Rains to start the sixth inning. Kensinger went the next two allowing only one hit, no runs and struck out three in the last inning for the win.
Rains went five innings giving up seven hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out three. In the first inning Kensinger also drove in Munoz, who had singled and stole second and third. In the fourth O’Connell singled in Rains who had doubled. This was senior Larry Monroe’s first varsity baseball game, even though he has been a major player on the football team. (his value to the team will grow as the season progresses) Lineup: Munuz C, 4-1; Ybarra 2B, 2-0; Kinsinger SS/P, 3-2, two RBI’s; Rains P/3B, 3-0; O’Connell 3B/SS, 3-1, one RBI. Monroe CF, 3-1; Rogers LF, 3-0; West RF, 2-0; Wehr 1B, 3-1 and Camacho PH, 0-0.

Again this year the league is divided up into North and South Divisions. The schedule is one round of games against the opposite division at the beginning of the schedule and then two rounds against the same division. For the second straight year two Northern division teams played for the combined league championship.

Cardinals Win Thriller in 6-5 come back win over North Salinas in the first league game. The Cards seem to be saving their best for last. Two games in a row, the Cards have rallied in the seventh inning. Down by three runs, Larry Monroe led off the inning and lifted SC off the seat of its pants with a towering 365 foot home run shot over the center field wall and suddenly the Redbirds were off and running. After an out, Russo got aboard on an error and a shot up the middle by Greg Wehr, who had reentered the game after hurling the first four innings, put a pair of runners on base and was replaced by pinch runner Hopping. Munoz drove them both in with a double to tie the game 5-5. On the first pitch to O’Connell Munoz stole third. O’Connell then drove Munoz in with a walk off single.
Only one Viking run was earned and the real nightmare came in the fifth, when they scored three runs as the result of two of the four errors the Cards had for the day. In the first inning the Cards scored two runs. Munoz led off with a walk, O’Connell singled, Kensinger bunted them up and Rains drove them home to put the Cards ahead 2-1, which lasted until the fifth inning when North Salinas scored three runs to take the lead 4-2. They scored another run in the seventh to extend their lead to 5-2.
Greg Wehr started and went four and two-thirds innings giving up seven hits, two earned runs, four walks and two strike outs. Al Kensinger pitched two and two-thirds innings giving up two hits, no earned runs, no walks and struck out one for the win. Munoz and Rains each had two RBI’s and O’Connell and Monroe each had one. Lineup: Munoz C, 2-1; O’Connell LF/SS, 4-3; Kensinger SS/P, 2-0; Rains 3B, 3-1; Ellis 1B, 3-1; Monroe CF, 3-1; Ybarra 2B, 2-0; Russo RF, 3-0; Wehr P, 1-0; Rogers LF, 2-1 and Hopping PR, one run.

Cardinals Suffer Loss To Monterey 4-3. Seven games in a row the Cards have scored in the first inning and most of the time it has been at least two runs. This game was no exception. Munoz walked and was singled to third by O’Connell, who was thrown out at second on a steal attempt. Kensinger singled home Munoz. Rains singled Kensinger to second and Ellis singled infield to load the bases. Ybarra singled in Kensinger for the second run. In the second inning Monterey tied the game, with one hit, a hit batter, a walk, wild pitch and an error. In the fifth inning Munoz singled, stole second and scored on an error. In the sixth inning Rains singled, but the ball got away from the outfielder and when Rains tried to score, he was cut down at the plate. In the seventh Russo got on by an error and was sacrificed to second, but two ground outs ended the game. Dave Ellis had a double.
Rains started on the mound and went four and two-thirds innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked three, struck out two and took the loss. Wehr went one and one-third innings giving up no hits or runs, one walk and one strike out. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 3-1; O’Connell 3B/LF, 4-1; Kensinger SS, 3-1; Rains P/3B, 3-2; Ellis 1B, 3-2; Monroe CF, 3-0; Ybarra 2B, 3-1; Russo RF, 3-0; Rodgers LF, 2-0; Wehr P, 0-0, sacrifice and West PR.

Cards beat Hollister 3-1. Cards continue to score in the first inning as Munoz singled and went to second on a bad pick off play. He went to third on a ground out and scored on another ground out. Kensinger started and went four innings giving up five hits, one run, walked one and struck out four for the win. Wehr went the last three innings giving up no hits, runs or walks and struck out six out of nine possible outs for a save. In the fourth inning Rains hit into a force out, then stole second, went to third on and error and scored on a first and third play with Ellis stealing sescond. Munoz homered in the fifth inning. Rains had two stolen bases, Munoz and Ellis had one. Cards made one error. Lineup: Munoz CF, 3-1; O’Connell SS/LF, 3-0; Kensinger P/SS, 3-1; Rains 3B, 2-0; Ellis 1B, 3-0; Monroe C, 1-0; Ybarra 2B, 2-0; Rodgers LF, 1-0; West RF, 1-0; Wehr P, 1-0 and Abicht RF, 1-0.

Suicide Squeeze Ruins Cardinals 4-3 in ten innings. Greg Wehr pitched more than well enough to have earned a win. He went nine innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out five. Al Kensinger relieved in the tenth and gave up two hits, one run and hit a batter. Alisal started off the scoring with two unearned runs in the third inning. SC tallied three runs in the sixth to go ahead 3-2. Lead off man Dave Munoz walked, Ken O’Connell singled to centerfield and when the ball was miss played each player move up a base. Al Kensinger walked to load the bases. Rains hit a sacrifice fly to score Munoz. Monroe walked to load the bases again. Greg Wehr drove in O’Connell and Rains.
In the last of the seventh the Alisal number nine hitter homer to tie the score. In the bottom of the ninth with one out, the second place hitter singled. When he stole second, the throw to second got away and he went to third. From there he was squeezed home to end the game. Rains had two stolen bases, Munoz and Kensinger each had one. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 4-1; O’Connell 2B/CF, 5-2; Kensinger SS/P, 3-0; Rains 3B, 4-1; Ellis 1B, 5-0; Monroe CF, 2-0; Ybarra 2B, 1-0; Wehr P, 4-2; Abicht RF, 3-0, Rogers LF/CF 3-0 and Russo LF, 1-0.

Seaside Wallops Cards 8-0. The first Seaside batter got on by an error, but was doubled off base on a line drive. In the fourth inning Seaside scored three runs, but none were earned, because of errors. In the fifth inning Seaside scored five runs, but only one was earned. Due to three errors. The Cards ended up with five errors, which allowed seven extra runs to score. In addition to the errors the Cards only had four hits. They will need to play much better if they expect to be a player in the league this year. Kensinger started and went four innings giving up no earned runs, four hits, walked none and struck out one. Rains pitched two innings giving up five hits, one earned run and walked none. Lineup: Munoz C, 3-0; Kensinger P/SS, 3-0; O’Connell SS/3B, 3-0; Rains 3B/P, 3-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Wehr 1B, 3-2; Russo LF, 2-0; Ybarra 2B, 2-1; Abicht RF, 2-0 and West RF, 0-0.

Eight Innings Later SC, Salinas Tied. The game that ended in an eighth inning 8-8 tie with Salinas will be replayed all over again at a later date. All told, nine of the eleven MBL teams have played to at least one standoff. The game at Salinas Municipal Stadium for the last two innings was played under the lights, but had to be stopped at 7, because Hartnell had a 7:30 game there. SC scored two in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the sixth. In the fifth Monroe drove in Dave Ellis and Mike West with a towering 375 foot triple to left center. Al Kensinger drove in Monroe and Munoz with the tying runs on his clutch two out single. In the top sixth, Rains opened the inning with a 390 triple to left center and scored on Wehr’s single. Wehr moved to second on a ground out and scored on Mike West’s double, which he stretched with sheer hustle.
Had it not been for the sparkling defensive play of second baseman O’Connell, who came up with three gems to prevent no less than three runs, SC would have left Salinas with a loss. One was a two out diving catch going toward second leaving a runner stranded on third. After making a diving stop of a two out shot up the middle, he recovered and fired a bullet to catcher Munoz to cut down a runner at the plate. With a runner on second, he took a relay throw from right fielder West and uncorked a cannon shot to Munoz to cut of the runner at the plate to stop the winning run from scoring. The defense played much better, even though it made three errors, only one caused a run to score.
The pitchers control was much better also as they walked only one batter, but they did give up 14 hits. Wehr started on the mound and went two innings giving up three hits and two earned runs. The top batting order was more involved this game scoring five of the Cards eight runs. Larry Monroe and Kensinger each had two RBI’s followed by Munoz, O’Connell and Wehr with one each. Rains and Monroe had doubles. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 2-1; Kensinger SS/P, 4-1; O’Connell 2B/3B, 5-0; Rains 3B/P, 4-1; Ellis 1B/CF, 5-2; Wehr P/1B, 5-1; Russo LF, 5-0; Rogers CF, 1-0; Ybarra 2B, 1-1, two walks, three runs; Abicht RF, 0-0, walk; Monroe RF, 3-2 and West RF, 0-0.

Cards make a comeback to take Soquel 7-6 in a ten inning battle at Harvey West. Excellent relief pitching by both teams pitchers added suspense to the game as it took three extra innings for the winning run to be scored with the aid of two Soquel errors. Big hitters for the Cards were Wehr, who went 3 for 5 with two doubles and four RBI’s, and Kensinger who tripled in two runs.
Soquel started the scoring in the first inning, helped along with a throwing error. SC came right back and scored two, when O’Connell led off with a single, Rains walked and Wehr doubled them home. In the top of the fourth Soquel rocked Wehr for four straight hits to score four runs. SC came back with a run when Rains walked, went to second on Wehr’s single and scored on Monroe’s single.
In the fifth, Rains relieved Wehr and gave up an unearned run and then went on to blank the Knights the rest of the way. SC scored three runs in the fifth to tie up the game 6-6. Abicht led off with a single, O’Connell walked and Kensinger tripled them home. Rains doubled Kensinger home to end the scoring until the ninth inning.
Kevin Rains threw five innings of brilliant relief giving up four hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out two for the win. Greg Wehr started and went four innings giving up five hits, three earned runs, walked two and struck out three. Cards had four errors, three of them allowed runs to score. Lineup: O’Connell CF, 4-1, three runs; Kensinger SS, 4-1; Ellis 1B, 4-0; Rains 3B/P, 2-1, double, three walks, three runs. Wehr P/1B, 5-3; Monroe C, 3-1; Russo LF, 4-0; Ybarra 2B, 1-0; Abicht RF, 4-1; Rogers CF, 1-0; West RF, 1-0 Lopez C, 0-0 and Levine RF, 0-0.

Cards lose to Aptos 6-8 in nine innings. The game ended on a two run home run by Aptos. The game might not have been artistic, but it kept the fans on the edge of their seats throughout. This was one of those games where its too bad one team must lose. Aptos is in first place with a 3-3-1 record and SC is 2-4-1. A single round against the Southern Division is in those records.
The score was tied twice and the lead changed hands five times during the afternoon. Kenny O’Connell did a little of everything for the Cards. He played shortstop, centerfield, third base and even coached third base. He also drove in two runs and made two nifty fielding plays in the bottom of the seventh inning. A falling down grab of a popup in foul territory near the fence and made a long throw to first to retire another batter.
Two errors, a walk, a fielders choice and Mike West’s single followed by O’Connell’s RBI groundout enabled the Cards to grab a 3-1 lead in the top of the second. West walked was sacrificed to second by Jim Abicht and came roaring home on O’Connell’s single to put the Cards one run behind 4-5 at the top of the fourth. In the fifth, Rains walked, Monroe was hit by a pitch and Ralph Russo drove in Rains. Russo was sailing toward second, but the throw was bad and Monroe scored to put the Cards up 6-5.
Aptos scored in the sixth to tie the score 6-6. Errors SC 6, Aptos 5. RBI’s O’Connell 2 Russo and West one each. Lineup: O’Connell SS/CF/3B, 5-1; Kensinger P/SS, 5-1; Ellis CF/1B, 5-1; Rains 3B/P, 4-0; Wehr 1B/P, 3-1; Monroe C, 3-1; Russo LF, 3-1; West DH, 3-1; Abicht RF, 3-0 and Bell 2B, 0-0.
Pitching stats by name, innings pitched, hits, earned runs, walks and strike outs.
NAME IP H ER BB SO
Kensinger 2 4 2 1 0
Wehr 1 2 0 0 0
Rains 5 6 1 3 3

In the first game of the Monterey Tournament the Cards took revenge from their earlier league loss to Monterey, by winning 2-1. Greg Wehr pitched a complete game master piece. In five innings, he put down the side in order. In the other two he only faced four batters, two over the minimum for the game, while striking out 13. He allowed one hit a home run and walking only one. Plus Wehr also served as the Cards clean up hitter. The Cards had only one error. Kensinger led off the game with a walk, went to second on a wild pitch, to third on Ellis’ single and scored on a double play. Freshman Jaime Bell in his first varsity game got a hit for the second time in the game in the fifth inning. He was sacrificed to second by Kensinger and scored the winning run on fielders choice by O’Connell. Lineup: Kensinger SS, 0-0, two walks, two sacrifices; Ellis 1B, 4-1; O’Connell CF, 4-0; Wehr P, 3-0; Monroe C, 3-0; Rains 3B, 2-1; Russo LF, 2-0. West DH, 2-0; Bell 2B, 3-2 and Rogers RF, 1-0.

Cards lose to Pacific Grove 4-5 in the second game of the tournament after going ahead 4-2 in the second inning as Ralph Russo hit a grand slam home run. The Cards were held to four hits. Pacific Grove scored two runs in the first inning at El Estero Park, then the Cards scored all four of their runs in the second inning as they batted around. Rains led off with a walk, Wehr followed with another walk, Monroe beat out a sacrifice bunt to load the bases. Bell hit into a force out at the plate and then Russo hit his grand slam homer to end the SC scoring for the day. Rains pitched a complete game giving up nine hits, five earned runs, walked two and struck out one. He had three innings of one up and three down and two others he faced only four batters, which is a good outing. Cards had only one error. Lineup: Kensinger SS, 1-0, three walks; O’Connell 3B, 4-0; Ellis 1B, 4-0; Rains P, 1-0, three walks; Wehr DH, 3-1; Monroe C, 3-1; Bell 2B, 3-0; Russo LF, 3-1; Abicht RF, 3-1 and Rogers RF, 0-0.

Cards lose to Alisal 2-5 in the last game of the tournament. The Cards scored first with two runs in the third, when Rodgers walked, went to third on Kensinger’s hit and was thrown out at the plate on an infield fielders choice grounder by O‘Connell. Putting runners on first and second. Rains singled to drive in Kensinger and O‘Connell sped to third. Rains got into a run down on a first and third play and was hit in the back of the neck by the ball and in the process O’Connell scored. Alisal came right back and scored two in the top of fourth to tie the game up 2-2. Then picked up one in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Al Kensinger started and held the Trojans scoreless in the first three innings. He went six innings giving up seven hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out one. Rob Agorasitos up from the Jayvees pitched the seventh inning giving up two hits and two runs driven in by a home run. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Kensinger P/SS, 3-0; O’Connell LF, 3-1; Rains 3B, 3-2; Wehr 1B, 3-1; Ellis CF, 3-1; Monroe C, 3-1; Bell 2B, 3-0; Russo LF, 3-0; Rodgers RF, 2-0; Agoratos P, 0-0, Lopez C, 0-0 and West PR.

Cards come from behind to defeat Watsonville 6-5 in the eight innings. The Cards used three pitchers to win in eight innings. Rains started and got the side out in order in his last three full innings pitched. But he ran into trouble in the fifth frame, when two hits and two errors got him into trouble. Wehr came in to get a strike out for the second out, gave up a single that drove in two runs and got the final out on a fly ball. None of the runs were earned. Kensinger finished up the last two innings. A hit batter and an error helped an unearned run to score in the top of the seventh to tie the score.
The Cards came right back, when a Cat error and three straight hits scored two runs with no outs. Two freshman, Ybarra doubled in the tying run and Bell singled in the winning run. Monroe had a triple. The Cards batted around in the fourth to go up 4-0. Those with RBI’s were Wehr, O’Connell, Munoz, Ybarra and Bell. This is the first playing time for Munoz since his illness. His speed is an asset to the team. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Kensinger SS/P, 4-0; Ellis CF, 4-1; Rains P/3B, 4-2; Wehr 1B/P/1B, 4-1; Monroe C, 3-2; O’Connell 3B/LF, 3-2; Ybarra LF, 2-1; Bell 2B, 3-1; Munoz RF, 3-1.

Cards Knock Off SLV For Big Win 5-3. Cards score three in first inning with Dave Munoz back at the lead off spot after losing time to illness. At the beginning of the season the Cards were scoring in the first inning regularly. Kevin Rains double drove in the first run and Larry Monroe’s triple drove in two runs. SLV came back and scored two in the fourth. In the fifth, Munoz singled, then stole second and third and scored on Al Kensinger’s hit. SC scored again in the sixth when Ybarra was hit by a pitch and went to second on a wild pitch and was driven home by Dave Ellis. SLV scored their last run in the seventh with the benefit of two errors. Greg Wehr started and went six and two-thirds innings giving up three hits, one earned run walked two and struck out six. Al Kensinger pitched one-third of an inning . He moved to the mound with two outs and runners on first and third and got the final out. Munoz had two stolen bases and Kensinger one. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Munoz RF, 4-2; Kensinger SS/P, 4-2; Rains 3B, 3-1; Wehr P/1B, 2-0; Monroe C, 4-1; O’Connell CF/SS, 2-0; Ybarra LF, 3-1; Bell 2B, 2-0; Russo 1B, 2-1 and Ellis 1B, 1-0.

In a practice game against Serra of San Mateo, a member of the strong WCAL, the Cards pulled out a 5-4 victory in the eighth inning, when Russo squeezed in O’Connell. Al Kensinger started and went four innings giving up six hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out one. Kevin Rains relieved and went two innings giving up one hit, no runs or strike outs and one walk. Jim Abicht pitched the last two innings giving up one hit, no earned runs, walked one for the win. In the first inning Kensinger walked, stole second and scored on Rains single.
In the sixth, the Cards down 4-1 rallied. Rains led off with a walk followed by Monroe who walked. Dave Ellis tripled them home and scored on an over throw to tie the score. In the eighth, O’Connell walked, went to second on a wild pitch and stole third. Ralph Russo bunted on a safety squeeze and great base running by O’Connell, who waited for the throw to go to first and then on a tight play at the plate jarred the ball loose from the catcher, scored the winning run. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Kensinger P/SS 2-0, two walks; Ybarra 2B, 2-1 Rains 3B, 3-2; Monroe C, 1-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; O’Connell SS/LF, 1-0, three walks; Russo 1B, 2-0, two sacrifices for RBI’s; Abicht RF/P, 2-0; Munoz C, 2-0; Tony Lopez LF, 1-0; Mitch Levine RF, 1-0 and Bell 2B, 0-0, walk.

Harbor comes from behind to give the Cards their second loss in MBL North Division play. It gives SC a 3-2 record in the first round of play. The Cards were ahead 4-3 going into the seventh inning, but the Pirates scored four runs, all earned, in the top of the seventh to win. Rains started and went three innings giving up two hits, one earned run, hit two batters and walked one. Kensinger pitched the next four innings giving up three hits, four earned runs, walked two and struck out four for the loss.
In the first inning Rains walked, stole second, and scored on Wehr’s single. In the third Rains and Wehr walked. Monroe hit into a fielders choice at second and then stole second.. Ellis drove in Rains on a sacrifice fly to right field. Monroe stole second and on two wild pitches in a row he scored. In the fifth Monroe singled, stole second and on two ground balls scored. Lineup: Munoz RF, 2-0; Kensinger SS/P, 4-0; Rains P/3B, 2-1; Wehr 1B, 3-1; Monroe C, 3-1; Ellis CF, 2-1; O’Connell 3B/SS, 4-0; Ybarra LF, 2-0 and Bell 2B, 1-1, two walks.

Santa Cruz High Gains Some Breathing Room by beating Soquel 6-2 to start the second round of league play. Santa Cruz put some breathing room between itself and the three other contending teams for the second place playoff spot with a 5-5-1 record. SC MUST defeat red hot Aptos, who’ve won five straight in order to have any shot at catching them for first place. Soquel scored both their runs in the first inning.
The Cards scored single runs in the second and fourth innings to tie the score.. Centerfielder Larry Monroe scored them both and went 2 for 4 to raise his batting average to .323. Bell’s infield force out drove in the first run and O’Connell’s grounder drove in the second. Dave Munoz started the winning rally in the fifth with a single and stole second. Rains drove him in with a double. Dave Ellis drove Rains in. A pair of insurance runs were added, when Jaime Bell tripled to center to drive in Ken O’Connell from first and a wild pitch enabled Bell to score.
Soquel had men in scoring position in four of the last six innings, but Wehr with some clutch pitching worked his way out of the jams. RBI’s Bell two and one each for O’Connell and Rains. Munoz and Monroe each had two steals and Kensinger and O’Connell each had one. Wehr went all the way on the mound giving up nine hits, two earned runs, no walks and struck out four for the win. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Munoz RF, 2-1, two walks; Kensinger SS, 3-1; Rains 3B, 3-1; Wehr P, 3-0; Ellis 1B, 4-1; Monroe C, 4-3; O’Connell RF, 2-1; Ybarra LF, 3-1 and Bell 2B, 4-1.

Cards Come Alive. In a make up of the 8-8 tie with Salinas earlier in the season, the Cards came out with a 11-5 win. SC with a 6-5 record is defending Northern Division champions, but the pressure of winning the title is on the shoulders of the Cards. Aptos is in first place with a 7-3-1 record.
The Cards led off the game with three runs, added one more in the second and one in the fourth. Salinas scored two in the second and three in the fifth to tie the score 5-5. The Cards scored three runs in each of the sixth and seventh to pull out a win. Kensinger started and went five innings giving up eleven hits, five earned runs, walked none and struck out two. Rains finished the last two giving up one hit, to runs, four walks and two strike outs for the win.
Top hitters were Monroe, who went 3 for 4 with two triples and a RBI. O’Connell had a triple and a RBI. Wehr had a triple and a RBI. Others with RBI’s were Rodgers with two and Rains, Ellis and Kensinger one each. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 3-0; O’Connell 3B, 3-1; Monroe CF, 4-3; Rains 3B, 3-1; Wehr P, 3-1; Ellis RF, 2-0; Kensinger P, 2-1, three walks; Ybarra LF, 4-1; Bell 2B, 3-0; Russo PH, 1-0 and Rodgers RF, 1-1, sacrifice RBI.

Cards again lose to Aptos 1-3. Rains pitched a complete game giving up six hits, two earned runs and did not give up a walk or strike out a batter. The Cards were only able to eke out two hits. It was a well pitched and played game on both sides. Cards made two errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 3-0; O’Connell SS, 4-3; Monroe CF, 3-0; Rains P, 2-0; Wehr 1B, 3-0; Ellis RF, 3-0; Kensinger SS, 2-0; Ybarra LF, 2-0 and Bell 2B, 2-1.

Cards beat Watsonville again by one run 4-3. Wehr pitched another good game giving up six hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out four going the route. In the first, O’Connell singled and Monroe doubled him home. Ybarra drove in Monroe with a single and reached third on two pass balls. Munoz singled him home and then stole second. He scored on O’Connell’s single. In the fourth Bell reached base on an error, went to second on Munoz single, to third on O’Connell’s hit and scored on Monroe’s sacrifice fly to right field. Munoz stole two bases. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 4-3; O’Connell RF, 4-3; Monroe CF, 3-1; Rains 3B, 4-1;; Wehr P, 2-0; Ellis 1B, 2-0, two walks; Kensinger SS, 3-0; Ybarra LF, 2-1 and Bell 2B. 3-0.

Cards Explode In Late Innings. Both teams fatten up their batting averages as Cards defeating SLV 15-7. Although SC failed to defend its Northern Division title, the Cards did manage to
scramble after the Easter break to make the upcoming MBL playoffs. And they did so with several unheralded freshman like Carlos Ybarra and Jamie Bell, the eighth and ninth batters in the lineup.
SLV rallied for five runs in the fifth inning for what looked like and insurmountable 7-3 margin with the bottom of the order coming to the plate. Up to this time SC had only one hit. Ybarra promptly ended that theory, with a sharp single. Bell hit a triple to score Ybarra. A single by Dave Munoz and back-to-back doubles by Ken O’Connell and Larry Monroe put SC ahead 9-7. Two more extra base hits, one by Kensinger and a second by Monroe, produced six more runs and a lopsided win after a shaky start. Five of SC’s ten hits were for extra bases.
Rains started and went four innings giving up six hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out one for the win. Kensinger went one inning and gave up four hits, three earned runs and one walk. Wehr went two innings giving up five hits, four runs, one walk and two strike outs. Lineup: Munoz C, 3-2 a walk, three runs, one RBI, stolen base; O’Connell 3B/RF, 3-2 a walk, two doubles, three runs; Monroe CF, 3-2 two doubles, two runs, sacrifice fly, five RBI‘s; Rains P/3B, 3-0, one run; Wehr 1B/P, 4-0; Ellis RF/1B, 1-0 three walks, two runs; Kensinger SS, 4-1 one triple, two RBI;s, one stolen base; Ybarra LF, 3-2 one run; Bell 2B. 3-0 a triple, two runs, walk, stolen base and West PH, 0-0, walk..

Cards Gain Playoff Momentum knocking off Harbor 8-5 grabbing a big early lead and then surviving a fast finish by their hosts. Cards reverse earlier meeting with Harbor. Cards tied Aptos for the best the best record in MBL North Division with a 9-6 records. SC will play the South Division champions Seaside in the opening round.
A four run first inning got SC off and running as lead off batter Dave Munoz singled, stole second and scored on Kenny O’Connell’s double. Larry Monroe walked and Kevin Rains clouted a three run homer to left center. Wehr started and went four innings giving up two hits, one run, one walk and four strike outs. Three of his four innings pitched were three up and three down. Since the Cards scored four runs in the first inning on Rains grand slam home run, Wehr was credited with the win, which he deserved anyway. Rains pitched the last three innings giving up six hits, four earned runs, walked three and struck out two.
The Cards scored three runs in the sixth, when Bell tripled and scored on Munoz ground ball. Munoz stole second, O’Connell walked and they both moved up on a wild pitch. Munoz scored on Mike West’s sacrifices fly to center. O’Connell scored on Rains double. In the seventh Ellis walked, stole second and scored on Bell’s single. Harbor made a run in the seventh inning scoring three runs. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 5-2, two runs, two stolen bases; O’Connell RF/3B, 2-2 double, two runs, two walks; Monroe CF, 3-1; Rains 3B/P, 3-2, homer, 4 RBI’s, double, one run, one steal; Wehr P, 2-0; Ellis 1B, 3-1, two steals, one run, one walk; Kensinger SS, 4-1; Ybarra LF, 4-1 and Bell 2B. 4-3 triple, run, one RBI; Rogers RF, 2-0; Levine CF, 0-0, Lopez CF,0-0 and West PH, 0-0 had a sacrifice fly for an RBI.

Greg Wehr was named Jock of the month of May for being a major contributor to the team, being the number one pitcher, for his versatility of playing first base while not pitching to keep his clutch hitting bat in the game. Greg plans to continue playing at Cabrillo.

Playoffs In MBL Tuesday. For the first time since inception of playoffs three years ago, there will not be a second place team playing. Both the North and South Divisions finished with co-champions. In the South, Alisal and Seaside were identical at 11-3. They split their series 1-1. SC and Seaside play and Seaside shut out the Cards 8-0 in their one league game.

Cards Blank Seaside 8-0. Seaside, who had beaten the Cards 0-8 at the beginning of the league season had the score reversed in the first game of the league playoffs as the Cards won 8-0. But SC traditionally gets better as the season progresses and once again the Cards were at their best when the chips were down.
Wehr got the win scattering four harmless hits, walking only two and striking out seven in five fine innings. Rains worked the last two innings striking out four hitters. He ended the seventh by striking out all three batters. The Cards broke the game open in the third inning scoring 6 runs. Rains again had a fine day at the plate going 3 for 4, while hitting a home run in the second game in a row.. Freshman Carlos Ybarra had a big day at the plate going 3 for 3 and driving in two runs.
There were four sharp defensive plays by the Cards, which aided in the win. The first one was by Ybarra as he ran for what seemed to be forever and made a chatch in short left field. Catcher Dave Munoz made an excellent throw to first base for an out in the fourth inning. Shortstop Al Kensinger was on target with a long throw to first in the fifth. Freshman Jaime Bell knocked down and prevented an extra base hit later in the fifth. Toss in a good scoop later by first baseman Dave Ellis and you have five reasons why Seaside had difficulty SC.
Aptos beat SC twice in league play, but the Mariners will be bucking the Cards’ playoff tradition in the league finals Friday. Cards had one error. Lineup: Munoz C, 3-1; O’Connell RF, 4-0; Monroe CF, 4-0; Rains 3B/P, 4-3;; Wehr P, 4-0; Ellis 1B, 4-0; Kensinger SS, 3-1; Ybarra LF, 3-3 and Bell 2B. 3-0.

Cardinals Edge Aptos 6-5, Wrap Up MBL Crown. Region IV Tourney Opens Monday Night.
SC vaulted one giant step closer to its ultimate goal a CCS baseball title. For the MBL championship, the Cards were going against an Aptos team who had beaten them twice in close games. The Cards went ahead in the first inning scoring two runs on lead off hitter Munoz’s single, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and romped home on an error on Rains ground out. Monroe walked and scored on an error on Wehr’s ground out. Wehr started and had given up only one hit and no runs before the roof fell in on the tired southpaw in the third inning, when he gave up four runs. With one in the third, he was relieved by Rains, who put out the fire, by striking out the next two batters to end the inning. The Cards came right back and scored a run to inch closer to only be down 3-4. O’Connell walked, took second on a pass ball, went to third on a pass ball and scored on Monroe’s ground out. But three base runners, who had been walked were stranded. Rains gave up three hits, no earned runs, walked two and struck out five in four and two thirds innings to get credit for the win. SC had a three run fifth inning, helped by three errors to go ahead 6-4. Freshman Carlos Ybarra played a significant role along with Rains, climbing off the deck after an accidental knockdown pitch to hammer the next delivery for a two run single. Another Freshman second baseman Jaime Bell turned in a couple of good throws from balls hit up the middle of the diamond for outs during a comeback attempt by Aptos in the seventh. Senior Larry Monroe went 2 for 3 at the plate and scored twice. Senior catcher Dave Munoz made a pair of catches of pop ups behind the plate in the first inning. One of which was a super play on a wind blown high fly toward the dugout along the first baseline. Munoz also drilled two hits and scored a run. Aptos led off the seventh with a hit, which scored after two were out on a single. The last out was made short stop Kensinger to Wehr, who went from the mound to playing first to keep his hot bat in the line up. RBI’s one each for Monroe, Rains, Wehr, Kensinger, Ellis and Ybarra. Cards had three errors. On to the CCS playoffs. Lineup was Munoz C, 4-2, walk; O’Connell RF/3B, 3-0; Monroe CF, 2-2, two runs, one RBI; Rains 3B/P, 4-0, one RBI; Wehr P/1B, 1-0, one RBI; Dave Ellis 1B/RF, 2-0, walk; Kensinger SS, 2-1, sacrifice; Ybarra LF, 2-1, two RBI; Bell 2B, 3-0.

Rains Hurls Cardinals Into Region IV Finals 4-1. In the first round of play SC defeated Valley Christian 4-1 at Salinas Municipal Stadium and will play Hollister the champions of the Mission Trail league with a 13-1 record. Hollister is the defending Region IV kingpin. Three times the Cards were doubled up because of sloppy base running and that quickly eliminated the chance for big innings. Senior Kevin Rains went the complete game striking out 13 batters and only once, beside the inning the run score did a runner get as far as third base. Rains gave up two hits, no earned runs and no walks. As is their custom in the first inning the Cards jumped right out scoring two runs, when Munoz led off with a hit and O’Connell tripled him home. Monroe plated O’Connell with a deep sacrifice fly. They added a third run in the second inning when Ybarra singled and Dave Ellis doubled him home. O’Connell was 2 for 2 and scored 2 runs plus an RBI. Rains threw a two hitter and struck out thirteen, The one run that scored was unearned. Lineup was Munoz C, 3-0; O’Connell 3B, 2-2, two triples, two runs, one walk; Monroe CF, 2-0, RBI on sacrifice fly; Rains P, 3-1, RBI, steal; Wehr 1B, 3-1; Ybarra LF, 3-1; Dave Ellis RF, 2-1, double, walk; Kensinger SS, 2-1, triple, run; Bell 2B, 1-1, two walks and Rodgers RF, 0-0.

Cardinals Fly to Region IV Baseball Crown, 6-2. It took only one pitch for senior centerfielder Larry Monroe to slam a 350 foot plus triple in the fifth inning to spark the Cards to the Region IV championship at Salinas Municipal Stadium. Monroe an All MBL and All County performer ignited the Cards to a five run fifth inning. The victory, the first Region title since 1970 for the Cards sends them to the CCS final four at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Until the fifth inning the Cards had only one hit a triple by Al Kensinger, who scored on ground out by Munoz in the third inning for a SC lead 1-0. Hollister scored two in the bottom half of the third and held the lead 2-1 going into the fifth. Freshman Carlos Ybarra opened the fifth inning with a walk, scrambled to second on Kensinger’s sacrifice bunt. The other freshman Jaime Bell walked and lead off hitter Munoz singled to load the bases. O’Connell “Mr. Hustle” singled to score Ybarra to tie the score 2-2. On the next pitch Monroe hit his blast to unload the bases. Rains grounded out sending Monroe streaking across the plate to put SC up 6-2. It was a stellar performance on the mound by senior lefthander Greg Wehr. Not only did he silence the potent Baler bats, but he did it by battling a bad head cold all week. He recorded nine strikeouts, walked five, gave up one earned run and five hits. In the seventh inning after getting an out, Wehr then walking two batters. Rains relieved and got the next two outs for a save, Lineup; Munoz C, 3-1, RBI; O’Connell RF/3B, 4-1, RBI; Monroe CF, 3-1, triple, three RBI‘s; Rains P, 2-0, RBI; Wehr P, 3-0; Dave Ellis RF, 2-0, walk; Ybarra LF, 2-0; Kensinger SS, 2-1, steal; Bell 2B, 1-0; Rodgers RF, 0-0 and West DH, 2-0.

Santa Cruz Guns For Championship Tonight. Cards Into finals After Beating El Camino 5-4. SC has played for the title twice finishing second on back-to=back occasions. Against El Camino who was this years front runner to win the crown, faced a Card team, who batted around. All nine batters went to the plate in the first inning. Munoz struck out, O’Connell singled and Monroe tripled to drive in O‘Connell. Rains singled in Monroe. Wehr walked, Ellis was out, Ybarra walked to load the bases, Kensinger singled in two runs and the ninth man hit into a force play. In the second inning Monroe got on base on an error and stole second. Rains singled him home. This ended the Card scoring.
Two major league catches by Dave Ellis and Larry Monroe kept El Camino from really breaking the game open in the fourth inning. Ellis’ catch was bordering on the right field warning track, while most of the on-lookers sat in disbelief on Monroe’s running effort. On what looked like a sure extra base hit, Monroe got a great jump on the ball and made the catch with his right arm fully extended over his body. Kensinger accounted for spearing a pair of hot line outs to squelch Colt rallies.
In the last six outings, Monroe has driven in six runs, pounded two triples and a double. Rains had a blistering .500 average going six for 12, while hitting two homers and registering five RBI. Third baseman O’Connell, who made a diving catch to get the last out of the game, only had one hit, he hit the ball solidly the other three times.
Rains went 3 for 4 had a double and drove in a run to go with his fine complete game pitching performance allow only two earned runs and striking out eight. Card had one error. Lineup; Munoz C, 4-0; O’Connell 3B, 4-1; Monroe CF, 4-1, triple, one RBI; Rains P, 4-3, double, RBI; Wehr P, 3-1; Dave Ellis RF, 2-0, sacrifice; Ybarra LF, 2-0, walk; Kensinger SS, 3-1, two RBI‘s; Bell 2B, 3-1; Rodgers RF, 0-0

From part of an article on the front page of the Sports section of the San Francisco Examiner. Headline, Santa Cruz Tops El Camino. A quick getaway is a most desirable thing in track and horse racing, but in baseball its merits are questionable. For Santa Cruz High, a good start was just enough to hold off El Camino 5-4, in the first half of last nights CCS baseball playoffs.
They jumped out to a four run lead in the first inning and added the fifth run in the second, then relied on senior right-hander Kevin Rains to keep the door closed the rest of the way. He had his difficult moments, but Rains managed to do his job. “Its never easy, even with a five run lead,” said Rains afterward. “Once you get this far, you know the other guys can come back on you. They had some good chances, especially in the fifth and seventh, but I got good fielding behind me, so we held on. We’re a funny team. At the beginning of the year, we were making a lot of errors, four or five a game, but we always had big first innings to help us out. Today we got the inning, but our fielding was much better. We survive on our hitting, so it’s nice to get good efforts on defense, too.”

Unearned Runs Topple Cards In CCS Finale. Losing to Leigh 6-2. Ridiculous as it may sound, SC saved its worst for the last. The Cardinals weren’t so much defeated by Leigh, but simply beat themselves in every imaginable way be committing seven unanswered errors which produced four unearned runs.
Leigh turned the ball over on five occasions, three times on one play, in their unimpressive showing. What hurt even more was the very unsportsman like display of Leigh tempers, as well as physical conduct from the start of the game, right down to the final out. Probably the turning point of the game came in the bottom half of the third, when Wehr struck out the leadoff hitter and got the next batter to pop out to Dave Ellis at first. There was a runner on first, following the second Card error, when the plate umpire gave the hitter a new lease on life when he should have been called out on strikes. Wehr served up a fast ball that the hitter chased, but instead of going to the dugout as the third out, the umpire changed his decision. The batter eventually walked and the momentum from then on was on Leigh’s side of the field.
Twice that inning Leigh scored. Leigh was not impressive in hitting as they had five hits in their two final four games. Three came against SC. The Cardinals were not their normal clean fielding team making six errors as the pitchers Wehr and Kensinger gave up no earned runs. Wehr started and went three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs and walked five. The senior left-hander tossed 64 pitches in three innings. Kensinger pitched three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out one. As in past games the Cards scored in the first inning getting two runs. Munoz led off with a single, Monroe got on base on an error and both runners scored on errors, but that was it for the Cards. In the second inning the Cards got two walks and a base hit, but a base runner was thrown out at the plate and they could not score. In three innings they went down in order and the other two innings four batters went to the plate. SC only had four hits. Lineup; Munoz C, 3-2, one run, one walk; O’Connell RF/SS, 4-0; Monroe CF, 4-0, one run; Rains 3B, 3-0; Wehr P/1B, 3-1; Kensinger SS/P, 3-0, Ybarra LF, 3-0; Dave Ellis 1B/RF, 3-0, stolen base, sacrifice; Bell 2B, 2-0, walk.

In a Sentinel Column more on Leigh. The fact the way Leigh won the title hurt the most. Those 12 errors, five by Leigh, coupled with the ridiculous un-sportsman like conduct by the Longhorn players cut deeply into the team and coaches personal pride. Leigh wasn’t a better team, although SC didn’t deserve to win either after committing seven unanswered errors. Leigh just happened to have the ball roll its way. And even more disgusting, the Longhorn’s didn’t show the class of a champion. The post-game awards ceremonies were marred when boos rang out, when the four SC players garnered All-tourney honors. That did nothing more to aggravate the situation.

Four Santa Cruz players, Rains, Monroe, Kensinger and O’Connell were named to the CCS All Tournament team for some consolation.

The team really matured as the season progressed. They wound up the season on a high note winning 13 out of 16 games after Spring vacation and had 8 straight wins until the CCS final.

Ken O’Connell was a big asset to this years team after missing last season, because of a knee injury requiring major surgery. Ken played where ever need by the team. He played every position except pitcher, catcher and first base and played them well. As is shown below his teammates appreciated what he did for the team.

Team vote:
Captain, best defensive player, best over all player, Mr. hustle and sportsmanship award– Ken O’Connell
MVP– Greg Wehr
Best hitter– Larry Monroe.
Most improved:– Jeff Rodgers and Jamie Bell

The top three Birds for different categories for the MBL season
Batting average Monroe 432, O’Connell 393, Bell 333 and Wehr 311.
RBI’s: Monroe 13, Kensinger 10 and Rains 8.
Stolen bases: Munoz 16 and Kensinger 8.
Walks: Monuz 14 and Rains 11.
Struck out the least: O’Connell 4, Bell and Ybarra 5 apiece.
Home runs: Monroe and Rains two each.

League stats by player, official times at bat, runs, hits, batting average, doubles, triples, runs batted in, walks and stolen bases..
AB R H AV 2b 3B RBI BB SB
Monroe 44 20 19 432 3 4 13 5 6
O’Connell 56 16 22 393 3 1 6 6 1
Wehr 45 4 14 311 1 1 6 7 0
Munoz 44 16 13 295 1 0 4 14 16
Rains 50 12 14 280 3 1 8 11 4
Kensinger 51 4 13 255 1 2 10 8 8
Ybarra 40 5 10 250 0 0 2 6 0
Dave Ellis 50 4 9 180 1 0 4 7 3
Bell 24 4 8 333 1 3 3 4 1
Russo 21 3 3 143 3 0 1 1 0
Rogers 15 0 3 200 0 0 2 3 0
Abicht 13 1 2 154 0 0 0 1 1
West 6 1 2 333 1 0 3 1 0
Lopez 1 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
Levine 0 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 460 90 132 287 15 12 62 74 40

Pitching stats for league by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples home runs, walks strike outs wins and losses
IN H ER ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO WIN LOSSES
Wehr 58 55 14 1.69 4 2 1 17 39 5 1
Rains 41 37 13 2.22 7 1 1 18 22 2 3
Kensinger 28 17 17 4.25 6 2 0 5 16 4 2
Totals 127 109 44 2.43 17 5 2 40 77 11 6

The top three Birds for different categories for the complete season
Batting average: Munoz 333, Monroe 329, Rains and Kensinger 318
RBI’s: Rains 20, Monroe 18 and Kensinger 17.
Stolen bases: Munoz 23 and Kensinger 14.
Walks: Munoz 24, Rains 22 and Kensinger 20.
Struck out the least: Monroe, O’Connell and Bell 9 apiece.
Home runs: Rains 3, Monroe 2, Russo grad slam and Minoz 1

Season stats by player, official times at bat, runs, hits, batting average, doubles, triples, runs batted in, walks and stolen bases..
AB R H AV 2B 3B RBI BB SB
Munoz 81 30 27 333 1 1 8 24 23
Monroe 76 28 25 329 3 6 18 7 7
Rains 96 22 31 318 5 1 20 22 8
Kensinger 88 10 28 318 1 3 17 20 14
O’Connell 104 28 33 317 3 4 10 10 6
Ybarra 59 9 17 288 0 0 5 14 3
Wehr 81 9 23 284 1 1 11 11 1
Bell 46 6 12 261 1 3 3 8 2
Abicht 29 5 7 241 2 0 1 1 2
Dave Ellis 96 12 22 229 6 1 11 12 4
Russo 43 4 8 186 0 0 9 3 0
Rogers 35 1 6 171 0 0 2 3 0
West 19 2 4 211 1 0 4 2 0
Lopez 3 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
Levine 1 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 857 166 243 284 24 20 119 137 70

Pitching stats for the season by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples home runs, walks strike outs wins and losses.
IN H ER ERA 2B 3b HR BB SO Wins Loses
Wehr 93 17 17 1.25 5 3 2 40 89 9 3
Rains 91 83 25 1.92 19 1 1 24 70 5 5
Kensinger 49 53 19 2.71 10 3 1 9 24 6 3
Abicht 4 3 0 0.00 0 0 0 4 4 1 0
Totals 237 61 61 1.80 34 7 4 77 187 21 11

The Sentinel All County team included five players all seniors, the most of any team. The were Kevin Rains, Ken O’Connell, Larry Monroe, Dave Munoz and Greg Wehr.
Kevin Rains, P/INF, 5-9, 180, senior. Rains has been coming on strong, beginning to show why people for three years have thought highly of him. He was 5-3 on the mound. He hit .285 and drove in eight runs. In the final league game and the playoff opener, he hit a home run, two round trippers in two days to get the Cards off and running.
Ken O’Connell, OF/INF, 5-8, 150, senior, was an asset wherever he was asked to play. He played second base, third base, shortstop, right field and he and Dave Ellis even coached third base. He was an inspiration to his teammates, because he always was the holler guy urging them to do their best and keeping everybody up. A .400 hitter is another indication of his value.
Larry Monroe, OF/C, 6-0, 200 senior led the team in hitting with a .413 average and knocked in 12 runs. Without Larry we probably would not have been as successful as we were. He filled in at catcher when Munoz was out.
Dave Munoz C, 5-8, 160, senior was a good fielding catcher and a very effective leadoff hitter with a .325 average, seven RBI’s sandwiched in with his 16 stolen bases, all this despite missing two games because of sickness.
Greg Wehr, P/INF, 6-2, 210, senior. A southpaw was 5-1 through the MBL playoffs and if that wasn’t enough he chipped in nine RBI’s and a .311 average at the plate and did a commendable job at first base to stay in the lineup to hit.
Co-coaches of the year were Paul Barrington and Bill Dodge, whose teams defied preseason expectations. The two teams tied for the MBL North Division title and SC defeated Aptos 6-5 in the MBL playoff game for the league Championship.

All MBL NORTH TEAM. Kevin Rains, Greg Wehr, Dave Munoz, Ken O’Connell and Larry Monroe. All seniors. Five Cardinals on a 15 man team.
Centerfielder Monroe was the Cards plate leader with a .413 league average and 12 runs batted in and earlier in the season he filled in well for catcher Munoz, when he was out.
O’Connell hit .400 and was a great asset in many positions, He played shortstop, third base, right field, second base and he and Dave Ellis coached third base. This is O’Connell’s second All MBL team this year. The other sport was basketball.
Wehr, who pitched the win against Hollister to put the Cards in the CCS final four was 4-1 in league and adding the regionals is 5-1. He also played first base to keep his bat in the lineup. He hit .311 and drove in 9 runs.
Munoz hit .325, stole 16 bases as the Cards leadoff man and played good defense.
Rains was one of two repeaters on the all league team.

ALL CCS Tournament selections were Kevin Rains, Ken O’Connell, Larry Monroe and Al Kensinger.

JV BASEBALL Harbor 8-5
The team is comprised of 15 freshmen and four sophomores. The most valuable players part way through the season were pitcher Mark Bruce and Jamie Bell the best all around player, who move up to play second base for the MBL champion varsity half way through the season. Pitchers were Mark Bruce, Dwayne Whitley and first base, Dennis Modina, Robert Agorastos and Bob Turner. Catchers: Tony Lopez, John Faylor and Mark Signor. Infielders: Eddie Camacho, Bob Martin, Len Schlegel, Dan Stevens, Greg Ronning, Troy Higgins and Gene Lavender. Outfielders: Jim Brice, Don Passerino, Rick Hand, Mitch Levine and John Munoz.

The Cards won their last game of the season beating Harbor 8-5 behind the pitching of Mark Bruce and the hitting of Dan Stevens and Dwayne Whitley, who both went 2 for 3. The Cards were down 2-5 going into the last inning. Stevens and three more players walked to score Stevens. Whitley singled to score two more runners (that is all the information of the inning), but at the end of the Cards at bat they were ahead 8-5. Bruce retired the next three batter to end the game.

GIRLS SOFTBALL Marello 38-6, Soquel 14-0, Watsonville 14-1, Harbor 1-3, Notre Dame 7-6, Aptos 12-5, Alisal 9-6, SLV 18-12. Two games missing. Season record 7-3

One hitter leads SCHS Girls to win over Marello Prep 38-6. Georgia Sandas started for the Cards and hurled four innings of no hit ball, before turning over the pitching chores in the fifth and final frame to Tammy Bogard, who gave up the lone Marello hit. Bogard and Julie Schneider paced the Cards at the plate with 4 for 5 games, which included a grand slam home run apiece. Other sticks for SC were Leta Stagnaro and Sue Dodge 4 for 6; Georgia Sandas 3 for 5; Candi Jackson 3 for 6; Evonne Sandas, Elaina Guidici and Carol Person 2 for 5;

Behind the one hit pitching of Georgia Sandas and a defense which committed only one error and made two double plays, the Cards registered a 14-0 win over Soquel. Hitters: Evonne Sandas 3 for 4; Leta Stagnaro 2 for 2; Sue Dodge 2 for 4. RBI’s Dodge 4 and Georgia Sandas 3.

SC beats Watsonville 14-1 behind the 4 hit pitching of Georgia Sandas. Top hitter Leta Stagnaro 2 for 2.

Harbor Girls Down Champion SC High in an upset 3-1 victory.

Santa Cruz Girls post 7-6 Win over Notre Dame. Sue Dodge scored the winning run in the eighth inning, when she singled, stole second, went to third on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch. Georgia Sandas was the winner.

SC beats Aptos 12-5. Winner Georgia Sandas. Hitters: Evonne Sandas 3 for 5, Sue Dodge and Joyce Hightower 2 for 5, Leta Stagnaro 2 for 4. Home runs Julie Schneider and Dodge.

Georgia Sandas wins another game. Beats Alisal 9-6. Top hitter Tami Bogard 2 for 3. SC capitalized on 13 walks.

Cards defeat SLV 18-12. SC rallied for ten runs in the fifth inning to lock up the win. Leta Stagnaro’s home run and three hits each from Tammy Bogard and Candi Jackson, plus two hits from Evonne Sandas, set the pace for the Red Birds. Winning pitcher as always was Georgia Sandas.

Season ending statistics by position, batting averages and runs scored:
PO AV R
Tami Bogard LF 441 10
Leta Stagnaro C 389 15
Sue Dodge SS 378 16
Evonne Sandas CF 351 16
Julie Schneider IB 269 10
Elaina Guidici 3B 267 9
Candi Jackson RF 261 4
Carolyn Person 2B 238 13
Tina Olimpio RF 111 5

The best at not striking out with at bats first and number of strike outs next. Stagnaro 36-0; Guidici 30- 0; Dodge 37-1; Evonne Sandas 37-3; Bogard 34-3 and Georgia Sandas 28-3.

Pitching stats. Georgia Sandas ten games, 65 innings, 53 hits, 35 runs, ERA 2.77 very good, strike outs 14, walks 51 and earned runs 13.

BOYS TRACK (only information came from the yearbook for boys and girls track)
Interest seemed high at the opening of the track season with a larger than usual turnout. Thirty participants took part in the early meets. Leading the varsity team were senior Dave Grigeric and junior Clyde Presley.

The frosh-soph team was led by Andre Wilkes, who broke the first record of the season with a 9.9 hundred yard dash. A excellent time for even a senior. His time replaced the old record set in 1946 of 10.2. Also cited for outstanding performances were Geoff Girard, Oreste ‘Rusty’ Locatelli and Steve Imonti.

Team members were Paul Signor, Mike Clifford, Jack Nitzche, Steve Harris, Mike Yambrovich, Robert Stone, Mark Mahaney, Andrew Foster, Geoff Girard, Rick Larsen, Ed Burks, Jimmy Munoz, Dave Rhonda, Chris Hummel, David Ferrara, Mike Mahaney, John Papa, Charlie Patterson, Bill Sarow, John Fenton, Warren Harding, Clyde Persley, Lee Lowery, Pat Simmons, Steve Imonti, Peter Pianavilla and Dave Gregoric.

GIRLS TRACK team tears up opponents. The team got off to a good start with many records broken. Linda Huskey hurled the discus 84’10” beating the old school record of 70’8”. Robin Calender broke he 80 yard low hurdles with a time of 13.9 seconds. The last record was 14.1 second. Nina Peticolas shattered the old mile record of 6:12.8 with a time of 6:9.2.

In the frosh-soph division, three more school records were broken. Michelle Hoga broke both the varsity and frosh-soph records in the 100 yard dash with a time of 12.5 and then did the long jump with a leap of 5’1”. Her old record was 14’3”. Linda Ayers broke the high jump record with a jump of 4”7”, beating the old record of 4’5”.

Team members were Erin Copland, Michele Hoga, Liz Crowell, Lori Medlin, Kathy Keller, Annette Mungai, Robin Calendar, Kim Pianavilla, Colleen Reedy, Linda Huskey, Julie Bogaard, Lydia Wilson, Linda Ayers, Lynette Wehr, Amy Chirman, Tanya Gregoric, Betsy Slakey, Sandy Harlan, Cindy Guzzetti, Lorraine Rice, Emmy Lou McCrary, Leah Ruby, Erin Riley, Candy Brown, Michael Powell, Claire Dolan, Gilly Stratton, Maryann Wainscoat, Kathy Mullins, Nina Peticolas and Lori DeRego.

SWIMMING BOYS AND GIRLS SWIMMING
(No information on the season)
The swim team began the season headed for the number one position. Even the frosh-soph looked able to handle themselves well. The musclemen of the crowd were Jon Hatch, Dean Stengl, Alan Spano and Rob Hatch. The swim team has always been a strong one and this year with a new coach, Jeff Beeman, looks like they would work hard and be in good position in the MBL.

Team members were Loretta Palazzo, Fritz Bensusan, Danette Sutton, Bruce Edgar, Sue Thiel, Mark Grant, Joanne Fitzgerald, Pat Lacki, Wendy Batt, Lisa Malley, Sherri Ricar, Jackie Cortez, Debbie Bensusan, Tim Rhonda, Shawn Weaver, Rob Hatch, Dean Stengl, Tom Shaffer, Jon Hatch, Alan Spano and Joe Clarey,

TENNIS LEAGUE CHAMPIONS FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Yearbook. Team members were Peter McMillan, Greg Saunders, Rob Kanes, Keith Johnson, Phil Kashap, John Brooke, Joe McCroskey, Bill Slakey, Greg Peterson, Erik Fieberling, Jim Hall, William Rose, Kevin Slakey, Mike McNeal, Josh Aronson, Paul Lukan, Ron Delaney, Les Stickles, Kit Kashap, Pat Dennehy, Matt Tsugawa and Harry Dong.

In sixteen league encounters, the Red Birds destroyed the competition with a combined match score of 101-11. Led by CCS runner up Eric Fieberling, the record setting Red Birds squelched Salinas 5-2 to nab their second consecutive title.

Pre season write up in Trident. All the rest of material comes from the Trident. Tennis is on the way led by senior star Eric Fieberling and eight returning varsity lettermen, who will start the season as early favorites to win the MBL title. SC will be defending their MBL championship they won last year, by trouncing the Southern division champions Salinas 6-0. Fieberling ranked in the top 30 of this years Northern California juniors will lead the Cards in the number one singles position for the fourth consecutive year. Eric will head up one of the most intimidating singles lineups in the MBL will be followed by Phil Kashap and Matt Tsugawa both juniors and senior Bill Slakey. Kashap last year handled the number two position and at the end of the year in the county frosh-soph tourney took top honors. Twugawa and Slakey combined for a 27-1 singles record in MBL play last year.
Matt advanced to the finals of the frosh-soph County tourney before falling to Kashap. Preseason scrambling for the fifth singles position has yet to produce a definite front runner. Junior Rob Kanes, senior Keith Johnson, freshman Kit Kashap and Mike McNeal all have a chance for the spot.
The doubles team of Jim Hall and Pat Dennehy seem to have a lock on the number one, doubles position with the number two tandem as yet undecided. Sophomore John Brooke a, first year player, will most likely will find himself in a varsity uniform early in the Card’s season.

This year’s JV team seems to be every bit as good as any the Cards have had. Freshman Steve Alves and Harry Dong along with junior Les Stickles have shown early promise. Freshmen Peter McMillan, Kevin Slakey, William Rose and Josh Aronson rounded out this year’s JV team.

SC won the MBL championship by defeating Southern Division winner Salinas in the league playoffs. Tsugawa and Kashap both registered impressive singles wins. Rob Kanes, the number five singles player reversed an early season set back, when he scored a straight set victory over his previously undefeated Salinas opponent. The number one doubles tandem of Jim Hall and Pat Dennehy also reversed an earlier decision, when they nabbed a thrilling three set win, which at the time was the title clinching point for the Red Birds. John Brooks and Kit Kashap, the Cards number two doubles team went down to only their only loss of the season, when they dropped a three set decision to their Salinas opponents.

Phil Kashap and Matt Tsugawa both ended up with perfect 16-0 records in league. Fieberling won all his matches until the league championship matches when he had to retire with a pulled muscle. At the time he had won four singles and a doubles match.

At the league tournament for each schools top players, Fieberling won the individual title by dropping only four games in four matches to earn the right to represent the MBL in the CCS tournament.

At CCS Eric faced some of the top ranked juniors in Northern California. The defending CCS champion, who ranked sixteenth for 16 year olds in the nation, had beaten Eric twice this year. But in the CCS semi finals, Eric turned the tables and won 7-6, 6-2 to go into the finals. In the finals Eric had split matches with his opponent previously this year. Eric was not able to pull the upset the second time and became the runner up.

Sentinel. May 30. Fieberling Santa Cruz County High School Net Champ. In the seventh annual SCHS Tennis Tournament with competitors from all the county high schools divided into varsity and junior varsity divisions. Past SC winners were Pat Swafford, 1971 and Marc Ballgae, 1972. SC’s Eric Fieberling defeated Bill Jue of Soquel in the finals. Jue posted an upset victory over Bill Slakey 6-3, 6-3. John Brooke lost in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5-3 in the tie breaker)

GOLF finished fourth in the league
(only information is in yearbook) The team is in contention for the upper part of the league. As was mentioned last year, Bryan Pini is not only the premier golfer in the MBL, but according to fiercely competitive Junior Golfers Association, the number one golfer in Northern California. Bryan is now a senior. Two other golfers to be reckoned with are Doak Gintert, the teams lone owner of a hole-in-one and junior standout Jeff Weber. To round out the match team are Mike Boldrick, Eric Forgaard and Gary George.

Other team members were Rick Davis, Nick Curran, Scott Foster, Michael Barnhart, John Beiers, Rich Baird and Mark Hansen.

GIRLS GYMNASTICS
This years squad is small in number and will only field a Novice (new) team. Some of the new team members will only work in the beginners group learning the compulsory routines that are expected to be performed by all gymnasts. The team is short on equipment and will be hindered because of it. Beginners are Kelly Brady, Claire Dolan, Kim Knox and Emmilou McCrary. Novice participants are Wendy Batt, Lisa Bertram, Sandy Harlan, Leah Ruby, Lee Ann Sherwood and Stephani Wilson. Highest point earners this far this season are Emmilou McCrary and Lee Ann Sherwood.

Leah Ruby was voted by the team as person with the best sportsmanship, perseverance and enthusiasm. Leah has all of these qualities as well as caring for the other team members and trying her hardest. She received a trophy with a foot high figure of a gymnast on it to keep for herself.

INDIVIDUALS

Terri Schneider was recognized at the Fall Sports Awards night for her leading the cross country team to a 9-1 record. Schneider placed second at the league meet for which she was honored with the schools Most Valuable Female Runner award.

Liz Crowell has a tremendous record over her three years on the tennis team with a 21-3 won loss total. Liz Crowell was named Jock of the Month for her play as the number one player on the fine Cardinal tennis team for three years. This year Liz progressed to the finals of the MBL singles tournament with a 8-2 record. Her overall record for three years are 7-0 as a sophomore; 5-1 as a junior and 8-2 as a senior.

Eric Fieberling ranked in the top 30 of this years Northern California juniors will lead the Cards in the number one singles position for the fourth consecutive year. Eric will head up one of the most intimidating singles lineups in the MBL. Fieberling won all his matches until the league championship matches, when he had to retire with a pulled muscle. At the time he had won four singles and a doubles match. At the league tournament for each schools top players, Fieberling won the individual title by dropping only four games in four matches to earn the right to represent the MBL in the CCS tournament. At CCS Eric faced some of the top ranked juniors in Northern California. The defending CCS champion, who ranked sixteenth for 16 year olds in the nation, had beaten Eric twice this year. But in the CCS semi finals, Eric turned the tables and won 7-6, 6-2 to go into the finals. In the finals Eric had split matches with his opponent previously this year. Eric was not able to pull the upset the second time and became the runner up. Pre season write up. SC will be defending their MBL championship they won by trouncing the Southern division champions Salinas 6-0.

As was mentioned last year, Bryan Pini is not only the premier golfer in the MBL, but according to fiercely competitive Junior Golfers Association, the number one golfer in Northern California. Bryan is now a senior. He was the top rebounded on the varsity basketball team and at times contributed to the scoring attack at crucial times. In an upset of Seaside, the 6-2 Pini scored four points to put the score 42-38 with four minutes to play and was the top rebounded of the game and kept the Spartans center under control.

Most Valuable Back, Larry Monroe played brilliantly easily making the ALL MBL team and leading the league in rushing. His top games were 176 yards against Soquel and 148 against SLV. Larry’s top rushing games were 176 yards against Soquel and 148 against SLV. He was limited to 58 yards in a two point loss to Aptos, but was exceptional on defense. One of his top plays was intercepting a pass on Aptos’ first offensive play to set the tone of how SC was going to give them a game. Larry scored the two touchdowns scored against the Mariners. Larry Monroe was chosen Jock of the Month for his play against Aptos. Larry was ALL MBL, All County and All CCS Tournament in baseball.

Quarterback Scott Seymour, from a comment by a teammate, as the guy who “kept the team together.” He was named the teams Most Valuable player. Against the MBL champion Monterey Scott completed seven out of 11 passes. In the Cards best game of the year against Aptos Scott threw for 162 yards in a two point loss. Seymour got hot hitting Persley for 10 and Dan Marino for 19 with only 2 seconds left on the clock, he then rifled a 19 yarder over the middle to Monroe for the TD. Scott was one of the top defenders and rebounders on the varsity basketball team.

Cross country runner Dave Gregoric placed seventh out of 75 runners at the CCS Region IV meet to advance to the CCS finals. Dave was sixth at the MBL meet and won numerous dual meets.

Ken O’Connell was Jock of the Month. Ken is leading the basketball team in assists and averaging about 11 points a game. His worth to our team can not be measured by the box score, largely because his major contribution comes from his leadership. Kenny is not only a good basketball player, but he is also a very good all around athlete. Kenny, who missed all of last season with a knee injury is well and made a big deference to this years basketball and baseball teams. Ken is a great asset to SCHS sports. Ken’s top scoring games were 19 points against Watsonville and 17 points against Soquel and Alisal.
Kenny was obviously the catalyst in the 52-45 upset of Seaside. He used his poise and basketball savvy to run the SC attack. He broke Seaside with key hoops many times in the game. His patience on offense was a big factor in the win. SC stalled at the end of the third quarter with the ball mainly in control of O’Connell, who hit a jumper with 4 seconds left to put the Cards up 38-28. O’Connell sank two free throws to end the game 52-48.
Ken was the lone Cardinal on the ALL MBL team and also was ALL MBL in baseball as the team made it all the way to the championship game of CCS.

Junior Clyde Persley has earned the Jock of the month award for his leadership qualities and astounding tenacity for the out manned football team in their last season of tough MBL play. Clyde’s efforts inspire his teammates as well as the local fans. As one of the eleven returning players, Clyde is a standout in all phases of the game, offensive and defensive back in addition to all the special teams. Clyde was also a first stringer on the varsity basketball team.

Greg Wehr was named Jock of the month of May for being a major contributor to the team, being the number one pitcher, for his versatility of playing first base while not pitching to keep his clutch hitting bat in the game. Greg plans to continue playing at Cabrillo.

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