1980′s

Top Senior Athletes Of The Year selected by a school staff committee were Kathy Wilson and Rudy Escalante. The following is a condensed summary of their interviews with the Trident. Kathy has played varsity tennis, basketball and softball. My favorite would be softball, because it is the easiest both mentally and physically. Playing sports is a way to meet people and it teaches you how to get along with them. Pus a way to discover your capabilities and yourself. Honors have been making All League in softball my last two years. I come from an athletic family. My dad played basketball and baseball. My mom played field hockey, volleyball and still plays tennis. My oldest sister, Sue ran track and cross country. John played football, basketball and baseball. The youngest, Joanna plays basketball, softball and volleyball. So my family is very supportive. I would like to coach basketball or softball. (she was head girls basketball coach at SC)

Rudy plans to follow a career in law enforcement after attending Cabrillo and San Jose State, while playing football and baseball. (Rudy did go on and play both. At present, 2008 he is a lieutenant on the Santa Cruz police force.) Rudy played four years of football, basketball and baseball. The highlight of my career was a basketball game against the top team in the league Aptos, because I score a lot of points, even though I thought I couldn’t. It was sort of a dream come true for me. Another was making All League in football and getting letters from colleges saying that they wanted me. My most redeeming qualities are that I can recognize what I can and can’t do and then pursuing what I can do as far as I can. What I would most like to be remembered for is I played fair, for being a good player who didn’t give up and that I kept working hard.

Mr. Newell is the new advisor for the Trident, plus the entire staff is new this year. (Sports editor Chuck McDaniels has come up with some new innovations to get more information from the coaches and to highlight more student athletes and to get more information from them.)

Material other then basketball and baseball came from the Trident or yearbook.

WALKING TALL

By Chuck McDaniels

As observers of the sports scene, we are really in no position to judge a team simply on the work of those who play most or all of the time. Even if we aren’t aware of their daily contributions, their coaches surely are. All teams in all sports rely on such athletes for team unity. The students presented in this article are those that are chosen by their coaches for their unique human characteristics and drive to be their best. Above all else, one thing that can be said about these individuals is that through their involvement on a team in high school, they have learned some important things that not only make them winners now, but it will help them to overcome any problems they meet later in life. Each coach was asked to choose one such athlete on their team and to comment on their contributions.

CROSS COUNTRY

Coach Greg Brock’s comments on Sunil Bald: “Sunil is very consistent at practice. He worked really hard during the summer and he’s the kind of runner who doesn’t receive a lot of recognition. In cross country, your fourth and fifth runner are very important to the total team score. If they place too far back, they add too many points to your score, and you don’t do as well. Also the fact that he works very hard is an example of what hard work can do for you and for the team as a whole.”

Coach Brock’s comments on Allison Stanford: “Allison has run three seasons of track and two seasons of cross country, (she is in her third year now), and this season I’ve seen a marked improvement in her concentration and concern about running. She did a lot more running during the summer and she’s racing much better this year. It’s really helping the girls’ team to have her up there because she’s the girls’ captain. She works out hard. She believes in what she is doing and that’s a good example for the other girls.”

FOOTBALL

Coach Ron Mehuron’s comments on Larry Hubbell: “He constantly strives to improve and he’s played hard since the two-a-day workouts this summer. He plays with injuries, which is a necessary thing. He could just say that he was hurt and not play but he is really dedicated.”

Coach Vic Miguel’s comments on Billy Lambert: “Billy is a really aggressive player on the field, but he is a calm, even shy person away from practice. He is a positive asset to the team.”

VOLLEYBALL

Coach Dennis Hare’s comments on Chris Ann Louv: “Chris is really putting out a lot of effort. She is getting excited about her performance. She is improving rapidly.”
Coach Hare’s comments on the varsity: “The whole varsity team is team oriented. Everyone who is out there is putting out a good effort.”

WATER POLO

Coach Jim Booth’s comments on Marty Little: “Marty’s enthusiasm on the Frosh/Soph team has been an inspiration to all of the other players. He has helped the others to perform better.”
Coach Booth’s comments on Tom Foster: “Tom has been a reliable player for the last four years at Santa Cruz High School. His concerns have always been for the team.”

GIRLS TENNIS

Coach Dennis Mullen’s comments on Carmella Munoz and Laura Holck: “One important thing to be is consistent. It is harder to be consistent when you don’t play in the number one position. The one thing that these girls show me is that they are willing to work hard and try to be their best. Their efforts really help the team a lot.”

TOP SENIOR ATHLETES

There are currently four after-school sports at Santa Cruz High in competition during the Winter. Each of the four coaches was asked to select the “Outstanding Senior Athlete” for his particular sport. The choices were: Mitch Ronning – Wrestling, Tony Lopez – Boys Basketball, Sharon Hightower – Girls Basketball, Will Schlegel – Soccer. These people, competing in their final high school season, were interviewed by members of the Trident staff in regard to their sports. Following are their comments:

Mitch Ronning–Wrestling “I’ve been wrestling seriously since Branciforte Junior High. I got started through my father, who has been a coach at Santa Cruz High for a long time. You might say I grew up with the sport.
“In wrestling, there is a lot of psyching out between opponents and you need to be mentally ready. You have to have a positive state of mind before each match, regardless of your opponent. You also have to take every opponent seriously.
“During competition I experience exhaustion; wrestling is a very tiring sport because you are straining your whole body all of the time. There is also a period of evaluating your opponent before you plan your strategy. “Wrestling is a very challenging sport and it is a one-on-one competition: Just you against your opponent. Either you win or you lose, nobody else. It is very satisfying to win on your own skill.
“Believe it or not, the highlight of my career came as a loss. I had to wrestle varsity as a sophomore against an all-league opponent. Nobody thought the match would last more than one round. May goal was not to get pinned. I lost the match, but accomplished my goal.
“At this time, I have no future plans concerning wrestling. However, I do plan to go to college where I may consider wrestling.”

Sharon Hightower–Girls’ Basketball.
Basketball requires total concentration. In a game, those who pay the most attention excel. Total concentration is an easy request to make, but few can really follow it. SCHS senior, Sharon Hightower is one of those. Wherever the ball is, you can be sure that Sharon is nearby.
“I’ve played basketball since seventh grade, or for about five years. The main things I work on during the games I play in is just doing my best, and keeping the team going. One of the major mental aspects of basketball is concentration, and it isn’t easy to be totally “into” the game all the time.
“I feel that the highlight of my career was when our team (the varsity) went to the CCS Championships, because our team really worked hard and worked together to go so far. “I definitely will play basketball through college, but I haven’t really considered what I’ll do beyond that.”

Tony Lopez–Boys’ Basketball
Tony Lopez has been playing varsity basketball at SCHS for the past three years. He plays the position of point-guard which requires ball-handling skill and team leadership. Tony possesses both qualities. Basketball at SCHS is probably more demanding than any other school in the league, but Tony not only enjoys the pressure, he thrives on it. “I’ve been playing basketball since about the fourth grade. I started by taking the ball out at recess and playing against the fifth and sixth graders at Natural Bridges School.
“To play basketball you need a positive attitude, you have to like the game and to be good, you have to be dedicated. “During competition I experience nervousness that the other team is out to challenge me, and that I am not playing for myself, but rather for my school. “I am motivated by my teammates and by my coach. I have to play hard to set an example to the rookies on the team.
“The highlight of my career was the 1978 Dads’ Club Tournament when I helped lift the Cards and Coach Pete Newell to their first Championship, and, of course, winning the MVP award in that tournament. “I plan on going to college and playing basketball although I’m not sure where. I also want to continue coaching the girls’ eighth grade team at Mission Hill Junior High.”

Will Schlegel–Soccer
Watching a soccer game is a study of intensity. Although contact is not considered a hallmark of the sport, it does play a role. Intimidation, both mental and physical, is certainly a key to victory in soccer as are concentration and teamwork. The correct combination of these three is rarely found, but Will Schlegel, senior goalie for the varsity team, probably comes close. “I’ve been in soccer for four seasons, and most of my time during the games is spent in keeping up on where the ball is and in being ready in case I have to block a shot. “Our 1977 season would be the highlight for me, because both our varsity and JV teams won the league championship. The reason is that we were really together on both teams–we were really a team. “I’m not sure if I’ll continue in soccer in the future–maybe.”

Coaches: Ron Mehuron, varsity football. Vic Miguel, JV football and varsity softball. Pete Newell, basketball. Eric Forgaard, JV basketball. Dennis Hare, girls volleyball. Greg Brock, cross country and track. Jim Booth, water polo and boys swimming. Ray Hunter, girls basketball and JV baseball. Don Dempwolf, soccer. George Martinez, JV soccer. Khaled Rasheed, girls soccer. Dennis Mullen, girls and boys tennis. Carole Kreppel, girls swimming. Mrs. Carey, gymnastics. Bill Dodge, baseball. Dee Herren, assistant baseball. Ronning, wrestling. Larry Maibaum and Don Dummler, wrestling assistants.

FOOTBALL

Practice games: Santa Clara 0-30, Castro Valley 6-7, San Jose 13-21, San Carlos 13-46. Practice record 0-4. League: Marello 20-7, Harbor 7-6, Aptos 7-13, Soquel 14-35 and SLV 7-13. League record 2-3. Tied for fourth. Season record 2-7.

The 1979-80 football team had a surprising start this year capturing the runner up trophy for the annual Santa Cruz County Football Jamboree. There are only seven returning seniors: Rudy Escalante, Darryl Jessen, Mike Scott, Mitch Ronning, Mark Hodges Bob Sanders and Jeff Hurley, who provided leadership for the team. Troy Berry and Jim Nulph were top players also. The teams efforts are to be commended along with the most enthusiastic and supportive student body seen in years. Coach Ron Mehuron.

Football roster by players by name, position by offense then defense, height, weight and year in school.
OF DF HT WT YR
Mike Scott RB DB 6-0 162 SR
Mitch Ronning QB DB 6-0 150 SR
Eric Jones QB DB 5-7 130 SO
Bob Sanders RB DB 5-11 165 SR
Jerry Hovey TE DB 5-9 155 SR
Mark Hodge s RB DB 5-6 140 SR
Jeff Harper FB DB 6-0 170 JR
Peter Drake RB DB 6-0 160 SR
Daryl Jessen FB LB 5-5 150 SR
Darryl Hightower FB LB 5-6 145 JR
Frank Bowen RB LB 5-8 168 JR
Rudy Escalante C LB 6-0 175 SR
Jim Nulph G NG 5-10 168 SR
Joe Link G DE 5-8 140 SR
Steve Fox G NG 5-11 158 JR
Lucky Farales G NG 5-5 168 JR
Jim Campbell G LB 5-7 150 SR
S VanSommeran G NG 5-6 180 JR
Karl Goin T DT 5-10 155 SO
Steff Deeg T DT 6-0 190 SR
Troy Berry G NG 5-8 170 SR
David Maier T DT 5-10 185 JR
Marco Cochrane T DT 6-0 190 JR
Mike Dobson T DT 5-11 205 SR
Fred Sotello T LB 5-10 160 JR
Jerry Whitehail TE DE 5-8 140 SR
Larry Hubbell TE DE 5-10 140 SR
Jeff Hurley TE DE 6-2 195 SR
Craig Strong TE DB 5-8 145 SO
Todd Noland
Kurt Likins
J. Chavez

Cardinals Routed by Santa Clara 30-0. All the scoring was done in the first half. The Cards were out gained 120 yards to 260 by Santa Clara. Rushing yards for the Cards were Jessen 6, Scott 43, Hodges 9, Sanders 32 and Ronning -9. Ronning completed 4 out of 5 attempts for 39 yards. Pass receiving yards: Jessen 3, Sanders 6, Strong 25 and Scott 5.

Cards Ahead Except In Points. SC out gained Castro Valley 200 yards to 137. In the one point 6-7 loss to Castro Valley, Bob Sanders gained 91 yards rushing and scored with 30 seconds left in the game on a six yard pass from Mitch Ronning. But SC failed to convert the extra point. Despite the loss, Coach Mehuron was relatively happy. “There was a tremendous improvement in our defense as they had good pursuit the whole game.” He was especially happy with the running backs– Mark Hodges, Mike Scott and Sanders, plus weak side linebacker Darryl Jessen on defense. Rushing yards: Sanders 91, Scott 29, Hodges 32 and Ronning -8. Ronning completed 8 of 12 passes for 56 yards. Receiving yards: Hurley 15, Scott 11, Sanders 17, Hodges 10 and Strong 3.

Cards Give It A Battle, But Fall to San Jose 13-21. In what was undoubtedly the Cards best effort of the young season, SC battled only to come up short for the third time in as many tries. Coach Mehuron said, “it was a game they should be proud of.” Two senior backs ran up some yardage: Mike Scott caught seven passes for 137 yards and scored a touchdown. Bob Sanders ground out on the ground for 67 yards in 17 carries against a tough defense. Quarterback Mitch Ronning had a good night passing completing 10 passes of the 17 attempts for 165 yards and two touchdowns. SC racked up an impressive 286 yards in total offense to San Jose’ 204. SC took the opening kickoff and marched 66 yards to the San Jose four. But ended up trying a field goal that missed. San Jose recovered a SC fumble on the Card 17 and scored mid way in the second quarter to go up 7-0. With less than a minute remaining in the second quarter, Mike Scott intercepted a pass and returned it to the Bulldog 12. Two plays later, Ronning hit Sanders for a 11 yard scoring strike to tie the game 7-7 at halftime. San Jose took the lead for good on the opening kickoff of the second half running it back 88 yards for a score. San Jose scored on a pass in the third quarter to go up 21-7. With two minutes remaining in the game, Ronning hit Scott for a 19 yard score. SC’s on-side kick failed. Coach Mehuron, “We really turned it around tonight and I think we’re going to be there this season.” Mark Hodges gained 6 yards on the ground and 9 yards in the air. Other receiving yards were Strong 8 and Sanders 11.

Write up after three games. On offense, the running of swift backs Bob Sanders and Mike Scott has been a key. The blocking has been led by lineman Rudy Escalante, Jim Nulph, Jeff Hurley and Karl Gain. Quarterback Mitch Ronning’s passing also came around last week, with the senior connecting on 10 of 25 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, the leaders are linebackers Jeff Harper and Darryl Jessen.

San Carlos KO’s Cardinals Early in the last practice game for a record of 0-4. San Carlos scored the first three times it offense had the ball, mounting a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and things didn’t get much better for SC in a 46-13 defeat. Top runner for the night was 6-0, 162 pound senior Mike Scott, who broke off one run for 41 yards and his nine yard touchdown run in the late going gave him 107 yards in 14 carries. Coach Ron Mehuron, “the defense did well against the run, but we were embarrassed against the pass. We have to show character after this to keep our heads up. When our plays had time to develop, they were decent.” In the third quarter, the Cards marched 61 yards in eight plays. Scott ran five times for 53 yards and caught one pass for four. Quarterback Mitch Ronning ran for four yards to score. San Carlos out gained SC 415-129. Other SC rushers were Sanders 6 yards in 4 carries, Hodges 20 in 4 and Harper 4 in 2. Quarterback Ronning lost 55 yards. Receiving yards were Harper 14, Scott 4 and Hurley 29. Passing: Ronning completed 3 of 11 passes for 47 yards.

Male Athlete of the Month of October was halfback Mike Scott. In the four non-league games, Mike rushed for 227 yards in 48 carries, caught 10 passes for 157 yards and scored two touchdowns. He ranks second in the county in combined yards rushed and pass receptions.

Great Scott – Santa Cruz Rushes Past Marello Prep 20-7 in their first league game. The Panthers were unable to contain Mike Scott as he gained 167 yards in 14 carries and caught three passes for 43 yards, while scoring two touchdowns. The two teams though they had opportunities in the first half were not able to score. SC drew first blood in the third quarter on its first play from scrimmage. With a first and 10 on its own 36, Scott broke off tackle and aided by a awesome Bob Sander’s block, raced 64 yards for a TD. Sanders converted the PAT.
Marello responded three minutes later, aided by a 67 yard pass, finished off the drive with a one yard plunge to tie the score 7-7. SC took possession after the kickoff and marched 62 yards in 11 plays to take the lead for good. Scott scored on a two yard run. Sanders converted to put SC ahead 14-7. With 1:58 remaining in the game with Marello marching down the field, on a disputed play, Scott intercepted a pass at the SC 18. Marello was so upset they were flagged for two unsportsmanship penalties to move the ball to the Panther 47. With the aid of several more Marello penalties, the Cards marched down to the Marello seven. With the game won and one second on the clock, SC called time. Ronning hit Jeff Hurley for a score to close the game 20-7. SC out gained Marello 301-178. Sanders rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries and Harper gained 25 in 2. Receiving yards: Scott 43 and Hurley 7. Passing: Ronning completed 4 of 7 passes with 3 interceptions.

Santa Cruz Cards Turn Back Harbor Pirates On a rainy muddy night at Memorial Field. The Cards upset Harbor 7-6 in their first victory over Harbor in six years. SC is now tied for the league lead with a 2-0 record. It didn’t take long for SC to get on the board as they scored on their first possession in the first quarter, when Troy Berry recovered a fumble on the Cards 48 yard line. It was one of three fumbles Harbor lost during the game. It was Troy’s first start of the season and the senior nose guard responded with two fumble recoveries, 11 tackles and a sack. It took the Cards just five plays to score their only points of the game. After a Harbor off sides, a rush for no gain by Mike Scott, Junior Jeff Harper stunned the Pirate defense with a 32 yard gallop down the right sidelines to the Harbor 12. Two plays later, senior Daryl Jessen took it in from four yards out on his only rushing attempt of the night. Bob Sanders added the extra point. It was enough as Harbor scored in the third period, but failed in their attempt at a two point conversion. Defensive back Mike Scott played the pass attempt for a two point conversion and the win, just perfectly, said the Harbor coach. “That run by Harper on our first series was a real key play for us. We got a lot of yards real quick. We were also lucky we recognized their defensive setup and got the score right away because it is very hard to score late in a game like this, since the field gets so torn up,” said a happy Coach Ron Mehuron. Harper led the SC rushers with 43 yards in six carries and Sanders followed with 32 yards.
Scott 15 yards, Ronning 12 and Jessen 4 for a total of 106 yards gained. Harbor had 155 yards gained. Ronning threw one pass and Harbor passed three times with no completions.

In Two Weeks, Santa Cruz Has Been Biggest Surprise In SCCAL. What a difference two weeks has made for SC in football. Two weeks ago the Cards had lost four games and two of them were blow outs. But in two weeks all of a sudden, they’ve played very well and they’ve seemed to have put everything together. The Harbor win was a clear cut upset. Now SC is tied for the league lead with a 2-0 record. Coach Mehuron made the following comments. Defensively the Cards were led by linemen Troy Berry and Rudy Escalante. Linebackers Darryl Jessen and Jeff Harper and backs Mike Scott, Bob Sanders and Mark Hodges. Offensive linemen Jim Nulph, Jeff Hurley and Larry Hubbell were standouts in blocking. The rushing game was led by Sanders, Jessen and Harper.

Sentinel special report on Mike Scott and Bob Sanders, two of the Cards top running backs.
HEADLINE Scott, Sanders: Welcome ‘Dilemma’
There’s this “dilemma” Santa Cruz Coach Ron Mehuron has been forced to deal with in the 1979 football season–but he’s not complaining one bit. In fact, the so-called dilemma is one more than a few football coaches would like to get the chance to mull over for an entire season.
The dilemma? Whether to let either Mike Scott or Bob Sanders run with the ball more. “It’s quite a dilemma for a coach, because they’re both so good in their own ways that you hate to give one the ball more than the other. So, I just try to break it up.”
When trying to appraise the talents of Scott and Sanders, both of whom are halfbacks, one finds there is little difference between the two. For instance, both are about the same size and, more important, are game-breaking runners with blazing speed. Both are constant threats to run for a long gainer–or for a touchdown–at almost any time. Scott, a 6-0, 160 pounder, is the Santa Cruz County Athletic League’s second-leading runner with 93 rushes for 562 yards, while Sanders, 5-11, 165, is fourth in the league with 93 attempts for 365 yards–despite the fact the two are running behind perhaps the smallest offensive line in the SCCAL, led by Jim Nulph and Karl Goin.
“We never feel like we’re out of a game,” said Scott. “If the hole’s there, we’re going to take it, so we’re never going to be out of the game.” “We complement one another, I guess you could say, with our running abilities,” said Sanders.
Mehuron feels both are ideal running mates, since neither is more concerned with personal statistics that with the overall success of the Cardinals. “From their viewpoint, I think it’s very commendable they realize they both have sunning ability and they maintain such mature outlooks and attitudes. They’re really supportive of one another–and I think that’s a really good attitude to have.”
When there are two good runners–or more– in the same offensive backfield, one cuts into the other’s statistics. On the other side of the coin, however, by being in the same offense together, Scott and Sanders are capable of taking pressure off one another, since defenses cannot “key” on either.
“In the beginning,” said Sanders, “I thought there might have been (some competition between the two). But, for that reason, I always tried to be more friendly toward him, because I know that to have a good team, we have to work together.” “It’s a lot better (with Sanders), because if the defense keys on me, then Bob’s open–and he’s just going to run away with it,” said Scott.
They’re very complimentary of one another in terms of wishing the other one well,” said Mehuron of the two senior speedsters. “There’s not that envy, I don’t think–at least it isn’t an open type of thing. They’re both intelligent players, they both realize the team concept and they’re not pumped too much over the statistics or individual accomplishments.
“They’ve meant respectability for our team,” said Mehuron. “They’ve both scored when we’ve (the Cards) needed it most. In other words, they’re valuable in terms of just making the rest of the guys stay in there and fight. The team always believes that whether Mike or Bob gets the ball, the scoring threat is there. Just like the defenses that play against us believe it.”
While Scott and Sanders are alike in many ways, their running styles are somewhat different. Mike is more of a straight-ahead runner, while Sanders is more deliberate at looking for the holes, according to Mehuron. “I just lower my head and run,” said Scott. “If I break into the open, I just go as hard as I can.” “I always try to make it through the hole first and then I try to look for the linebackers and “break off” the linebackers,” said Sanders. “The big thing is getting through the hole. Once you’re through it, it’s pretty much a one-on-one situation with the linebackers and if you can put your move on them or use your quickness, then you can break loose.”
“Bob has really good acceleration; he accelerates very quickly,’ said Mehuron. “Mike had that ability to move up the field and at the same time be able to make those good cuts. I’d say they’re both pretty equal. They’re both about the same weight, they both have the same quick feet. “Bob probably looks for the hole to break a little more than Mike,’ continued Mehuron. “Mike will really run up in there until he’s absolutely sure it’s shut off. He’s much more the type who is going to try to pop the hole real hard.
Though Scott and Sanders are noticed more because of the runs they make from the halfbacks spots, both are also standout defensive backs for the Cardinals. Scott is a corner back, while Sanders is a free safety. Since both like playing offense and defense, neither minds going two ways. “I like defense and offense,’ said Scott, “so it really doesn’t matter.” “When I’m on defense, I feel I have to do my job out there,” said Sanders, a 10.3 sprinter in the 100 in track. “But I also have to come right back out on offense. I can’t be tired; I can’t lose a half step or nothing. If I have a chance to break a run for a touchdown, I have to because our offense may not have another chance to score again.
“With as much concentration as they are able to give it going both ways, they do really well on defense,” said Mehuron. “They’re both good tacklers, very sure tacklers–and that’s what you need in the secondary. I like to think they do an excellent job on defense.” A “dilemma” obviously not worth solving.

Aptos Mariners Pack All The Thunder in Important SCCAL Victory. SC struck first with lighting. But for the remainder of the game, it was Aptos who packed all the thunder as they won 13-7. SC speedster Mike Scott, who resembles a bolt of lightning when running at full sprint, excited Card fans when he took the opening kickoff, broke through Aptos’ initial wall of defenders and raced down the left sideline for and electrifying 87 yard touchdown return. Sanders kick the extra point to put SC up to a quick 7-0 lead. Aptos came right back and went 65 yards in 11 plays to score. The extra point try failed. SC still up 7-6 with 6:20 left in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Aptos started on its own three yard line and in a 15 plays, 13 of them rushing plays, drive to score, but missed the extra point to lead 13-7. This was the end of the scoring for the game, but both teams had scoring opportunities. Other then the opening 87 yard kickoff run, SC was out done in all categories. On offense Aptos outgained SC 280-91, including 189 yards gained with a consistent time consuming running attack. Coach Mehuron, “Aptos had a good line surge and were consistently able to move the ball. Our defense was on the field too much as our offense was unable to get any type of drive going.” The farthest SC was able to penetrate the Aptos defense was the Mariner 27, before an interception stopped the drive. The Cards two big running threats Scott and Sanders were limited to 42 yards in 13 carries and 41 yards in 10 carries respectively. Other rushing yards were Ronning 6 yards in 4 carries, Harper 3 yards in 2, Bowen 3 in one carry. Sanders caught a pass for 10 yards. Ronning completed one pass in four attempts for 10 yards and had two interceptions.

It’s Make-Or-Break’ Week In SCCAL Title Chase. Soquel is the league leader with a 3-0 record. Harbor, SC and Aptos are tied 2-1 for second place. This week Soquel plays SC and Harbor plays Aptos. Soquel’s main concern is trying to contain SC halfbacks Mike Scott and Bob Sanders, both of whom possess blazing speed and are capable of altering the course of a game with long runs. They are break away types who can score from anywhere on the field. In the 1970’s SC has done poorly in football. This is one of the rare times in the decade the Cards have been in contention for a league title.

Knights Dismantle Big Red Machine 35-14. With SC off to its best start ever in SCCAL play and the stands packed to capacity with a festive homecoming crowd, Soquel took less than two hours to dismantle the Cards. After Soquel’s first touchdown, Scott returned the kickoff to the Soquel 48, where he was tackled in a touchdown saving play. With 8:48 left in the game, Soquel led 35-0 as the league leading Knights defense clearly lived up to its reputation. During this time, SC was limited to 31 yards, a pair of first downs and 20 plays from scrimmage. At this time Soquel began to substitute. To their credit, SC bounced back in a ferocious fourth quarter charge, scoring two touchdowns and quickly amassing 129 yards of which 96 yards were by Scott. The Cards first score was started with a 8 yard pass from Mitch Ronning to Scott, who on the next play scampered 54 yards for a score. SC recovered Soquel’s first fumble with less than two minutes left. Bob Sanders scored on a 5 yard sweep. He also ran in a two point conversion. Scott gained 111 yards in 12 carries. Sanders 25 in 6 carries. Ronning lost 25 yards. Receiving: Strong 9, Scott 8, Hodges 21 and Sanders 11. Ronning completed 4 of 9 passes for 49 yards.

SLV Wraps Up Year In Style beating Santa Cruz 13-7. The victory like the season, did not come easy. They had to come back from an early deficit 7-0, overcome 110 yards in penalties and then finally hold off the Cards furious last second drive that ended ten yards from pay dirt. SC scored its only points with just under three minutes left in the first quarter. Quarterback Mitch Ronning capped a 53 yard drive when he rolled three yards around left end untouched into the end zone. Sanders kicked the extra point. SLV scored on the next possession to tie the score 7-7. SC almost took a one touchdown lead on the last play of the half. Mark Hodges caught SLV completely off guard, when he carried the ball 65 yards on a reverse. Only a desperation tackle on the 7 yard line as time ran out saved the day for the Cougars. Defense fueled the game for the second half. Neither team could muster any sort of aerial attack, so the defense keyed on the run. It wasn’t until there were only two minutes in the game with the Cougars starting on their own 36 began a winning drive. The score came with 37 seconds on the clock, when a leaping finger tip catch won the game. SC took over on the SLV 37 and drove to the 10 yard line as time ran out. SC outgained SLV 311-237. Rushing yards were Sanders 81 yards in 17 carries, Scott 99 yards in 20, Hodges 91 in 5 carries, Ronning 21 in 6 and Jessen one in one. Receiving: Scott 18 yards. Passing: Ronning completed two passes in five attempts for 18 yards with one interception.

How the Cards did for the season in comparison with the rest of the league. For rushing they are listed by name, place in order total yards gained, rushing attempts, yards gained and touchdowns scored.
NAME OR ATT YD TD
Scott 2 113 661 5
Sanders 5 110 446 2
Hodges 16 33 155 0

For Receiving
NAME OR REC YD TD
Scott 4 16 227 1

Passing by name, place, attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns.
NAME OR ATT COM YD TD
Ronning 4 39 76 434 5

Santa Cruz was third in fewest yards allowed on defense giving up 2139 yards for an average of 238 per game. In offense SC was fourth gaining 1704 yards for an average of 189 per game

Team honors
Mike Scott– Most Valuable
Rudy Escalante– Best Lineman and Physician’s Scholar award.
Darryl Jessen– Most Inspirational
Mike Dobson– Most Improved
Mitch Ronning– Danny O’Connell Sports Award
Mitch Ronning and Rudy Escalante were SC’s nominees for the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame award for Santa Cruz county.

Santa Cruz Sentinel All County team consists of an offensive and defensive team. Senior running back at 6-0, 160, Mike Scott was honored on both as a running back and a defensive back. Senior 6-0, 180, Rudy Escalante was chosen as an offensive lineman.
Honorable mention were Bob Sanders, Mitch Ronning, Mark Hodges, Jeff Hurley, Darryl Jessen and Troy Berry.

ALL SCCAL

selections were by name, position, height, weight and year in school.
NAME POS HT WT YR
Mike Scott RB-DB 6-0 160 SR
Rudy Escalante OL 6-0 180 SR
Darryl Jessen LB 5-9 155 SR
Jessen called the defensive signals and played fullback on offense, used mainly as a blocker. Escalante besides playing offensive line, he anchored defense at defensive end.
Escalante
Honorable mentions were Bob Sanders, Troy Berry, Mark Hodges and Mitch Ronning.

FOOTBALL WORKOUTS

In preparation for next year’s football season, coach Ron Mehuron has started a Football Fundamentals class. The program consists of the most basic of football skills, blocking, passing receiving and conditioning for endurance. Also there is an optional weigh training and running session after school each day. Coach Mehuron feels that the team is not only benefiting from the teaching of skills, but they are also developing a sense of team unity. The progress of the team involves the developing of leaders and the ability to cooperate as a unit. The ultimate goal is to win and to do so all aspects of the game must be perfected.

FROSH/SOPH (JV) FOOTBALL

San Carlos 0-30, Castro Valley 7-2,
League: Marello 0-14,

From the yearbook. The highlight of the season was a game against Castro Valley. The game best exemplifies the desire and determination this team has proven all season long. The score was 0-2 in favor of Castro Valley for most of the game. With two minutes left in the game, the Cards engineered an offensive drive down to the 19 yard line. Facing fourth down, the Cards came through with a touchdown pass. The extra point was good for a 7-2 win.
The team was very young, but improved throughout the season. Coach Vic Miguel.

All season long, the standouts on defense have been LB, Mark Johnson; DE ,Phil Sims; LB, Pete Clemens; DB, Lloyd Rogers with one interception to his credit and lineman, Scott Tuomey.
On offense, these players have to be commended for their fine efforts: QB, Troy Strong; Fullbacks, Lloyd Rogers and Gary Oliveros; Halfbacks: Mark Johnson, Bob Garvin and Sean Miller; OG, Chris Codiga; TE, Ron Esche; OT Ken Lira
Other team members were Bill Lambert, M. DiSalvo, T. Leon, R. Munoz, C. Ruiz, Mendez, P. Ronzano, and R. Kliegel. Coach Vic Miguel.

Team Honors
Marv Johnson– Most Valuable
Scott Tuomey– Danny O’Connell Sports Award
Both are sophomores

CROSS COUNTRY

Won the SCCAL dual Title with a 4-0 record. SC won two of the three boys divisions in the SCCAL championship final meet.

Capping off a spectacular season, the varsity won the SCCAL title at the SLV 2.8 mile course. Sophomore Stefan Ruiz came in third in 15:16.7. Senior David Delucchi finished sixth in 15:34.8, followed closely by two other seniors Chuck McDaniels 15:45.5 and Ray Rembao 15:45.9 in eighth and ninth places. The performance that clinched the championship for SC was when senior Gary Wright kicked past three Harbor runners in the home stretch to take twelfth place in 16:18.4. Also running fine races were senior Joe Deck for eighteenth place in 16:35.4 and junior Per Hjalmarsson in twenty-third place in 16:40.2.

Sentinel November 9. Upsets Mark Cross Country League Finals. In the boys competition, SC came out on top with 36 points followed by Harbor 45, SLV 67, Soquel 74, Aptos and Marello finished with incomplete scores. SC times: 3. Ruiz, 15:16. 6. Delucchi, 15:34. 8. McDaniels, 15:46. 9. Rembao, 15:46. 13. Wright, 16:18. 18. Beck 16:35.
In the Girls division, Soquel won with 25 points followed by Aptos 55, SLV 57, SC 94, Harbor and Marello finished with incomplete. SC times: 14. Grant, 20:31.18. Stanford, 20:45. 20. Francis, 20:48.
Boys Frosh-Soph winner SC 29, Soquel 54, SLV 62, Aptos 89 and Harbor 108.. SC times: 3. Kliegel, 16:29. 4. Bald, 16:35. 5. Spano, 16:41. 8. Bowdoin, 17:15. 9. Bald, 17:30.
Boys junior varsity: Soquel 23, SC 32, SLV incomplete. SC times: 3. Harris, 18:07. 4. Kliegel, 18:10. 9. Deck, 19:49.

November 15. CCS Region IV Cross Country. In the boys frosh-soph, Stephan Ruiz was the individual winner in 16:14. Ruiz led the Cards to second place and qualified for the CCS finals. Hollister won with 78, SC 80, North Monterey 123 and Soquel 126.

SCCAL Meet. A badly shorthanded girls team could only manage a fourth place showing, but each team member had fine runs. Sophomore Robin Grant led SC with a fourteenth place in 20:31.9. Senior Alison Stanford wasn’t far behind for eighteenth place in 20:45.3. Senior Tami Francis was twentieth in 20:48.5. Terry Hathaway was twenty-fourth in 21:45.3 and Tracey Nansel finished thirtieth first in 23:07.4.

SCCAL Meet. The frosh-soph team had little trouble winning their division, placing five of their runners in the top ten. Freshman sensation Russ Kilegel was third with a 16:29 clocking. Sophomores Sunil Bald took fourth place in 16:33.2, Paul Spano taking fifth place in 16:41 and Jim Bowdoin was eighth in 17:15.2. Freshmen Vivek Bald took ninth place 17:20.5 and Alex Sweet was twenty-sixth in 19:30.2

The junior varsity at the SCCAL meet took second place to Soquel’s first place. But due to the dual meet scoring the Cards were awarded the SCCAL championship. Junior Cliff Harris finished third in 18:07.9, followed closely by senior Mike Kliegel in fourth in 18:10.7. Sophomore Jerry Deck took ninth in 19:49.2. Junior Ian Chick ran eleventh in 20:14.8. Freshman Greg Wallace finished twelfth in 23:12.9

The boys Frosh-Soph team ran well at the at the end of the seasons CCS Championships (covering nearly 100 schools), finishing tied for eighth place at Crystal Springs near San Mateo. Sophomore Stefan Ruiz finished twenty-fifth to lead SC. Will list the place and then the name for the rest. 67, Paul Spano; 68, Sunil Bald; 79, Jim Bowdoin; 80, Russ Kliegel; 113, Vivek Bald; 135, Alex Sweet. All ran fine races.

Sentinel October 7. At the Aptos Invitational, Dave Delucchi took ninth place and finished the two and a half mile course in 13:54 to lead the Cards. In the frosh-soph boys Division B, SC placed third, behind the second place showing of Stephen Ruiz. In the girls frosh-soph race Terri Hathoway was the top area finisher in fifteenth place. Heidi Teachout took fifth place to lead the varsity girls.

Sentinel October 14. SC was the only local school to win a team race at the SLV Highs Redwood Invitational at Henry Cowell State Park and Roaring Camp in Felton. Over 20 schools and nearly 400 runners participated. Ray Remboa had an eighth place finish in the varsity small schools division. In the small schools frosh-soph race, Stephen Ruiz led his school to victory with a first place finish in 16:27.

In their opening meet, the varsity defeated SLV 16-40. The Muskrats took the first four places, led by sophomore Stefan Ruiz, who finished the three mile course in 16:31. The rest of the team: Ray Rembao second, Dave Delucchi third and Chuck McDaniels fourth and Joe Deck sixth.
The girls team won 24-32 as Heidi Teachout won the race.
Sophomore Stefan Ruiz led the Frosh-Soph team to victory with his second place finish.

Sentinel October 19. SC defeated Harbor in a dual in all four divisions. In the varsity meet SC defeated Harbor 24-32 as Stephen Ruiz, who moved up to varsity for this race, led the way with a second place finish in 11:34 for 2.08 miles. Senior Dave Delucchi was third in 11:56 and Rambao was fifth in 11:59. In JV action the Cards won by 20 points led by junior Cliff Harris and senior Mike Kliegel both at 13:35 took second and third.
The Girls won 17-38 led by senior, Heidi Teachout, who won the race in 14:08 followed by another senior Allison Stanford in second place in 14:54. Third place Hankal in 15:28. Fifth place Francis in 16:10, sixth place Hathaway 16:25.
Boys frosh-soph SC 17, Harbor 40. SC won the first four places: Kliegel won in 12:35; second, Spano in 14:54; Baled in 12:43 and Bowden in 13:10.
Boys Junior Varsity SC 20, Harbor incomplete. SC took second to fifth places: Second place Harris in 13:35; Kliegel in 13:35; Kirkwood in 14:33 and Chick in 15:10.

Sentinel October 26. SC varsity boys 18 Aptos 45. Steffan Ruiz won in 11:46 followed by David Delucchi in 11:55. Fourth was Ray Remboa in 11:59. Fifth, Chuck McDaniels in 12:00.
Sixth, Deck in 12:25. Seventh, Hjalmarsson in 12:45. Eighth, Wright in 12:46.
Girls varsity, Aptos 27, SC 29. Heidi Teachout took second in 14:05. Stanford was third in 14:46. Sixth, Grant in 15:14. Francis was seventh in 15:58.
Boys frosh-soph SC 27, Aptos 29. Kliegel took second in 12:28. Third was Bald in 12:39 and fifth, Bowdoin in 13:08.

Sentinel October 21. Runners Brave Wet Weather at the Tenth Annual Soquel Cross Country Invitational. Over 600 runners from 37 schools braved inclement weather conditions. The varsity boys finished sixth in the small schools division led by Ray Rembao in fourteenth place, David Delucchi twentieth and Chuck McDaniels thirty-first. Stefen Ruiz was second in the small schools sophomore race. Heidi Teachout took ninth for the girls

Sentinel November 2. SC varsity boys: SC 23, Soquel 34. Placers for SC by place, name and time. 2. Ruiz, 14:13. 3. Rembao, 14:23. 4. Delucchi, 14:29. 5. McDaniels, 14:34. 9. Deck, 15:09. 10. Hjallmarsson, 15:17.
Girls Varsity: Soquel 15, SC 43. Sixth place by Stanford in 18:55.
Boys frosh-soph: SC 17, Soquel 38. Times: 1. Spano, 15:23. 2. Kliegel, 15:24. 3. Bowdoin, 15:26. 4. Bald, 15:54.
Boys junior varsity: SC 15, Soquel incomplete. Times: 1. Harris 16:04. 2. Kliegel, 17:21. 3. Sweet, 17:41. 4. Chick, 18:32. Wallace, 21.08.

Trident. In dual meets the varsity was 4-0 defeating Aptos 18-45 and Soquel 23-34. The girls split their four meets going 2-2. They lost to Aptos in a close match 29-27. At this meet the Cards lost their number one runner Heidi Teachout with a foot injury. A week later Soquel defeated them 43-15, but fine efforts by Alison Stanford, Robin Grant, Terry Hathaway and Tracy Navel deserve mention.
The frosh-soph boys edged Aptos 27-29 and then romped to a 17-38 victory over Soquel, led by Spano, Kliegal, Sunil, Vivek Bald and Jim Bowdoin.
The JV’s won both meets by default. Cliff Harris and Mike Kliegal both ran well over the season.

Sentinel November 4. At the two mile race at the Postal Meet at Los Gatos High, Dave Delucchi led SC with a time of 10:13.8. Sunil Bald led the frosh-soph with a 11:01.
The SCCAL meet will be held at Henry Cowell Park in Felton Thursday. SC boys and Soquel girls varsity teams, which both finished unbeaten 4-0 in league dual meets are favored. Dual meets count toward one-third of the league team title, with two-thirds of the crown decided by the league meet results.
In the frosh-soph race, SC with a 4-0 record will be threatened by SLV, while SC expects little challenge in the junior varsity competition due to a weak year in the league.

November 20. Wildcats Second In CCS Cross Country. There are 143 schools in the CCS section. Watsonville was first in CCS in 1972 and have been fourth three times. Frosh-soph placers for SC were number 25. Stephan Ruiz; 67. Paul Spano; 68. Sunil Bald; 79, Jim Bowdoin and 80. Russ Kliegel.

From the yearbook. People often wonder why we run cross-country. The reason is hard to understand. There is a feeling of accomplishment after a good race or even a hard workout. This feeling unites us as a team. Cross-country is often thought of as an individual sport, yet the support that we each give to each other makes it more of a team sport.

From the Trident. Coach Greg Brock is confident in his teams chances, but is somewhat hesitant about the girls team as it has only eight members as opposed to 15-20 in the past.

Girls team members were Robin Grant, Gretchen Hankel, Lisa Mansen, Terry Hathaway, Tami Francis, Andrea Moore, Lisa Delucchi and Tracy Nansel.

Varsity boys were Per Hjalmarsson, David Delucchi, Ray Rembao, Stephen Ruiz and Chuck McDaniels.

Boys JV members were Clifford Harris, Mike Kliegel, Ian Chick, Alex Sweet and Jerry Deck.

Boys Frosh/Soph members were Sunil Bald, Jim Bowdoin, Vivik Bald, Jerry Deck, Alex Sweet, Paul Spence, Stefen Ruiz and Russ Kliegel.

GIRLS TENNIS CO- LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

With Aptos each with 9-1 records.
Practice matches: Watsonville 6-1, 7-0; RLS 6-1, 5-2; North Salinas 6-1, Carmel 4-3
League: SLV 7-0, Harbor 6-1, Aptos 3-4, Marello 7-0, Soquel 7-0, SLV 7-0,
League records 9-1. Season record 14-2

In the SCCAL championship matches, the doubles team of Kathy Wilson and Gwyn Adams defeated teammates Lilly Dong and Leslie Alexander in the finals 6-2, 6-2, to win the title and advance to CCS play. It was Gwyn’s second year as part of the SCCAL championship double team. Andrea Barbic finished third in singles play.

The doubles team of Gwyn Adams and Kathy Wilson finished third at CCS, this beat what any girls representative from SC has ever done. Their only loss in the matches came to number one seeded Woodside 2-6, 4-6. They secured third place by beating Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco doubles team 7-5, 6-4.

Doubles teams of Gina Sutton and Lori Shaw and Leslie Alexander and Lilly Dong both finished league play undefeated. The doubles team of Amy Zavak and Carmella Munoz lost only one league match as did singles standout Kathy Wilson.

After taking second to Aptos for five straight years, the team is looking for the league championship this year.

In the first round of league play, in a match that could decide the league championship, Aptos won the singles matches and SC won the doubles matches for an Aptos win 4-3. In a non league match against always tough Carmel, the Cards won when Kris Macken overcame the pressure and defeated her opponent 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to help the Cards win the match 4-3. At the present time the Cards league record is 3-1 and the overall record is 8-1.

In the match to determine the league champion, SC hosted Aptos and stunned the Mariners with a 5-2 upset, ending Aptos’ 37 match winning streak in league. Kris Macken showed how with a 6-2, 6-3 win over the player who had previously beaten her in the first round. Kathy Wilson in singles and the three doubles teams gave the Cards the five matches for the win and good possibility of at least a co-championship.

Both Soquel and SLV were defeated 7-0 and Harbor 6-1 in league matches. The Cards took on Leland high of San Jose, a perennial CCS Region II champion and were defeated 1-6, but Coach Mullen felt that they had done well.

With only two matches yet to be played, SC has their best shot at the league championship in six years. They now hold a 7-1 record in league and 12-2 overall.

Practice matches
SC 5, RLS 2. Card winners in singles were Gwyn Adams, Kathy Wilson and Macken. Loser was Andrea Barbic. Doubles winners were Dong and Shaw, Alexander and Sutton. Losers were Munoz and Zavala.

SC 6, Watsonville 1. Singles winners were Andrea Barbic, Kathy Wilson, Macken and Alexander. Loser Zavala. Doubles winners were Dong and Shaw and Sutton and Munoz.

They have gotten off to a good start demolishing their opponents in four straight matches. Highlights were Kathy Wilson’s comeback victory against North Salinas after losing the first set 0-7, she took the important second set 7-6 and finally crushed her opponent 6-2. In doubles, Dong-Alexander won 6-1, 6-0. Shaw-Sutton won 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. Zavala-Munoz won 6-2, 6-1.

In the second match with Watsonville the Cards won all the matches 7-0. Singles winners were Adams, Barbic, Wilson and Macken. Doubles winners were Sutton-Shaw, Dong- Alexander and Munoz-Zavala. Kris Macken came back from losing her first set 3-6 to Watsonville, then she won the last two sets 6-4, 6-2.

League matches
SC 7, SLV 0. Singles winners: Adams, Barbic, Wilson, Dong. Doubles winners: Sutton-Shaw, Alexander-Munoz and Zavala- Ruiz.

SC 7, Marello 0. Singles winners: : Adams, Barbic, Wilson, Macken. Doubles winners: Dong-Alexander, Sutton-Shaw and Munoz-Zavala.

SC 6, Harbor 1. Singles winners: Barbic, Macken and Wilson. Doubles winners: Dong-Alexander, Sutton-Shaw and Munoz-Zavala.

SC 7, SLV 0. Singles winners: Adams, Barbic, Wilson and Zavala. Doubles winners: Dong-Alexander, Sutton-Shaw and Munoz-Ruiz.

Varsity team members were Kathy Wilson, Gwen Adams, L. Alexander, L. Shaw, A. Barbic. L. Kitsuse, L. Dong, C. Munoz, Kris Macken, K. Kimoto, M. Ruiz and G. Sutton. Coach Dennis Mullen.

GIRLS JV TENNIS

finished undefeated, but few opponents had compete teams.
JV team members were K. Jernstrom. L. Stumpf, Kelly Wright, M. Munoz, L. Holck and K. Christianson

BOYS WATER POLO

League record 1-5 and overall record 10-6.
Practice games: Hollister 13-3, Gilroy 16-6, RLS 16-8, Gilroy 16-7, Carmel 7-18,
League: Soquel 10-6. Aptos 6-7, Harbor 1-9, 4-5.
JV games: Hollister 5-1, Gilroy 13-7

Trident November 30. The Cards closed out their season with their best game giving SCCAL champion Harbor one of their toughest games, before losing 5-4. After Harbor went out to a 4-0 lead, the Cards finally scored in the closing minutes of the second period on a shot by Junior Mike Schmall. In the third period SC made it interesting, when senior John Mockus hit two consecutive goals to pull within one of the Pirates. But with five second left in the period Harbor scored to make the score 5-3. In the closing minutes of the fourth period Gary Eisenberg scored on a penalty shot to pull SC within one, but that’s how it ended.

Trident. SC picked up its first varsity league water polo victory in four years with a 10-6 victory over Soquel. Scorers were John Mockus with five goals, Kostos Karacahristos three and Gary Eisenberg one.

After starting the preseason with four wins, SC lost to Carmel 18-7. Karachristos had three goals, while Mockus, Eisenberg, Foster and Schmahl each scored one goal.

Yearbook. This Fall was one of the best seasons for SC s’ water polo team. Although their overall record was 6 for 13, the team showed much improvement from its previous season. This year two SCHS players made the coaches’ all-league team: John Mockus made the first team, and Kostas Karichristos for the second team. Gary Eisenberg was given honorable mention. Other outstanding varsity players were: Eric Wagner, Tom Foster, Tom Mulholland, Mike Schmahl and goalie Will Schlegel. Other team members were Theo Byasee, Mark Hill, Ben Irons, Ed Braunhut, David Nelson Gary Eisenberg and Eric Wagner. J V players were John Nelson, Mike Curry, Joe Dehart, Jim Henry, Robert Marenghi, John Roos, Pete Cochrane, Kit O’Leary, David Allen and Tony Riccabona.

Both the varsity and the JV’s won their first two practice games against Hollister and Gilroy.
In the 13-3 varsity win against Hollister, the top scorers were seniors John Mockus, who scored 5 goals and Kostas Karachristos added three goals. The JV’s won 5-1.

Against Gilroy in a 16-6 victory, Karachristos and Tom Foster each scored four goals. The JV’s won 13-7.

Sentinel. Oct. 3. Undefeated SC raised its season mark to 4-0 with a 14-7 victory over Gilroy. John Mockus led the Card charge with five goals, followed by Kostas Karachristos with four, Gary Eisenberg three and Eric Wagner two goals to round out the scoring.

SC’s winning streak end with a 7-18 loss to Carmel. Karachristos had 3 goals, while Mockus, Eisenberg, Foster and Schmahl each had one. At this point the team is 6-2.

Sentinel from here down. Sept. 30. At the Harbor frosh-soph Water Polo Tournament of five teams, SC took fifth.

Sentinel. Oct 2. High Scoring Cards Win 16-8 over RLS. John Mockus led the Cards with six goals, followed by Eric Wagner and Mike Schmahl each with three goals. Goalie Will Schlelgel had nine saves and SC ran their overall record to 5-1

October 11. Aptos held off a second half comeback by SC to win 7-6. Trailing 4-1 at halftime the Cards scored twice in each of the last two quarters. Team captain John Mockus led SC with two goals.
In the frosh-soph match Aptos won 12-6.

Oct. 16. SC 10, Soquel 6. SC scoring: Mockus 5, Karachristos 3 amd Eosemberg 2. The scoring by quarters with SC first: 4-2, 3-1, 1-1, 2-2.

Oct. 25. Harbor 9, SC 1. Schmahl scored the Cards only goal. Harbor also won the frosh-soph game 10-1.

Oct. 16. SC 10, Soquel 6. SC scoring: Mockus 5, Karachristos 3 amd Eosemberg 2. The scoring by quarters with SC first: 4-2, 3-1, 1-1, 2-2.

Oct. 19. Carmel 18, SC 7. Scoring: Karachristos 3, Mockus, Eisenberg, Foster and Schmahl all 1apiece.

Oct. 25. Harbor 9, SC 1. Schmahl scored the Cards only goal. Harbor also won the frosh-soph game 10-1.

This year two SCHS players made the coaches’ all-league team: John Mockus made the first team, and Kostas Karichristos for the second team. Gary Eisenberg was given honorable mention.

GIRLS SWIMMING

At the SCCAL meet, the varsity took fourth and the frosh-soph finished third. In dual meets SC was 2-2 according to Trident. Meets: Soquel 98-39, Aptos 66-98, Harbor 58- 95.

Sentinel. Nov. 2 At the league swimming and diving championships Soquel was first, then Aptos, Harbor, SC and SLV. CCS qualifiers for the Cards were Little in 200 medley relay and 100 breaststroke; Melton in 200 medley relay; Raffaelli in 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle and 100 fly; Mockus in 200 medley relay; Shady and Cheryl Eustice qualified as divers. Qualifying in frosh-soph were McPherson in 50 backstroke and 100 backstroke; Matejcek in 50 freestyle and Colleen Mulholand in 100 backstroke.

Soquel won the frosh-soph with 315 points followed by SLV 273, SC 160, Aptos 128 and Harbor 82. Colleen Mulholland paced the frosh-soph to their third place team finish with a first place in the 100 yard backstroke and a second in the 50 yard backstroke. The 200 yard medley relay team took third. Robin Davish and Lisa Theibout tied for third in the 50 yard freestyle.

Yearbook. Girls swimming has a short season consisting of the league relays, only three meets and then the league finals. According to coach Carol Kreppel, the team, led by the seniors performed well at the league relays at SLV. SC won the 400 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and the 200 freestyle. They took second place in the 200 backstroke and third in the progressive freestyle. Scoring for the meet was Harbor 92, Aptos 88, SC 68, Soquel 42 and SLV 40.
In frosh-soph SC took last place. I think we have a wining team now. We need more girls to swim for the team and I would encourage any interested girls to come out as soon as possible.” SC took second in the 200 free in 2:18.46 and 100 free in 1:03.89.

Oct 5. There were three double victors in the 98-39 defeat of Soquel. Ashley Melton set two school records winning the 500 freestyle in 5:43.9 and also the 200 individual medley in 2:33.6. Jan DeGennaro won the 100 butterfly 1:16.8 and the 100 backstroke in 1:19.5. Kathy Little won the 100 freestyle in 1:04.3 and the 200 freestyle in 2:18. Other first place finishers were Collopy in 100 breaststroke plus she was second in 200 freestyle, and 100 freestyle. Farstad was third in the 200 freestyle. Michaelson was second in the 200 IM and third in 100 freestyle. Baumgartner was third in the 100 freestyle and the 500. Person was second in the 500 freestyle.
The frosh-soph lost to Soquel 64-101. Mulholland won the 50 yard backstroke in 40.4 and the 100 backstroke in1:29.2. (No other places were listed)

Oct. 19. Aptos 98, SC 66. Junior Jeannie Collopy was the only Card double winner taking the 200 freestyle in 2:15.2 and the 500 freestyle in 6:02.3. Ashley Melton picked up second in the 200 individual medley in 2:39.8and the 100 back in 1:12.26. Jan DeGennaro was second in the 50 freestyle in 29.1 and the butterfly in 1:17.5. Bryant was second in the 500free in 6:44.60. third in the 50 free in time of 30.92. Little was second in the 100 free in 1:03.5and the 100 breast in 1:20.7. SC won the 400 free relay in 4:29.3 with a team of Bryant, Collopy, Little and Melton.
Aptos won the frosh-soph 110, SC 56. Only winners are listed and Mulholland was the only SC winner. She won the 100 back in 1:25.6.
The Girls Athlete of the Month is swimmer Ashley Melton as she broke two school records: The 500 freestyle in 5:43.9 and the 200 individual medley in 2:33.6. Ashley’s performance helped her team to an easy victory.

Nov. 2. School Bests Can’t Save SC. Harbor 95, SC 58. Despite getting two record breaking performances from Ashley Melton, who set school record in the 200 freestyle in 2:07.07 and 500 freestyle in 5:35.18, they were only good for second place in this meet. SC had three winners: Bryant in the 100 free in 1:04.34; Jeanne Collopy in 100 back in 1:16.37 and was second in the 200 individual medley in 2:36.76; Little in 100 breast in 1:20.01. Other SC placers: SC second in 200 medley relay in 2:23.4 and second in 400 free relay in 4:22.48. 200 free, Little third in 2:15.41. 50 free, Bryant second in 29.50. 100 fly, DeGennaro, second in 1:15.65. 500 free, Melton second in 5:35.18.
SC won the frosh-soph 100, Harbor 41. Mulholland and Thiebout were double winners. Mulholland won he 50 back and 100 back. Thiebout won the 100 free and was second in 100 individual medley. Other winners were Davish in 50 free and in 50 breast. Eustice won diving. 200 medley relay team and 200 free relay team. Other placers: Clark second in 50 back and 100 back; Wamsley was second in 50 fly and third in 100 individual medley; Mahaney second in 100 free and third in 50 free; Ellis second in 100 breast; Reveaux third in 100 breast.

Team members were Jeanne Collopy, Lisa Thiebout, C. Clark, Kathy Little, Laura Wamsley, R. Cohen, J. Ellis, Ashley Melton, E. Mahoney, C. Mulholland, B. DellaSantino, K Reaueux, Jan Degennaro, R. Michelson and C. Collopy. Coach Carol Kreppel.

CCS qualifiers were Kathy Little, Jan Degennaro, Ashley Melton and Jeanne Collopy

ALL SCCAL

Kathy Little, Jan Degennaro, Ashley Melton and Jeanne Collopy

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

placed second in league with a 10-2 record.
Trident. Finished third in league and made the league playoffs for the first time ever. The league has a three way playoff system for volleyball in which the top three teams compete in a mini-tournament. After finishing third in league, SC defeated second place Soquel 15-10, 15-12. Then SC faced first place Aptos, the defending CCS Region IV champion and need to beat them twice in a row to make the CCS playoffs. SC lost in a hard fought battle 15-13, 15-13. Coach Dennis Hare said every player should be proud of the fact that they surpassed any of their expectations for the season.

SC won three of their first four matches. Soquel gave them their only loss 9-15, 15-17. Coach Hare feels his best players are seniors Loreen Giudici and Kelly Wright. The JV’s beat Soquel 15-7, 15-10.

In their second match they beat Watsonville 15-10, 15-6. The junior varsity won 15-7, 15-6.

Unbeaten Aptos beat the Cards 15-13, 15-10 in a well played game. The varsity is now 2-2 in league good for fourth place. The JV’s also lost a close one to Aptos 13-15, 11-15.

SC forced Harbor into an extra game before losing 9-15, 5-15, 10-15. The JV’s lost 7-15, 6-15.

Varsity team members were Lisa Iuliano, Kelly Wright, Theresa Silva, Patti Frazier, Loreen Guidici, and Lisa Wright. Coach Dennis Hare.

JV team members were not available.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Practice games: Los Gatos 55-50. Dads Club Tournament: SLV 66-70, Soquel 47-62 and Marello 66-57 for seventh place. North Monterey 48-49, Gilroy 62-55, Palma ?,Watsonville 53-67, Carmel 37-57. Alisal 54-67, Seaside 60-71. Practice record 3-7. League: Harbor 48-74, 26-49; Soquel 48-53 in OT, 61-40; Marello 39-51, 69-49; SLV 64-55, 47-49; Aptos 60-49, 52-48. League record 5-5. Happy days are back for SC basketball as they secured a league playoff position. It is even more gratifying when one considers they were 0-3 in league at one time. In the league playoff games: Aptos 64-45, Soquel 47-46 in two overtimes and lost to Harbor 45-83 in the finals. First game of CCS playoff, Hollister 54-64. Season record 10-14.

Yearbook. The Cardinals were led by seniors Tony Lopez, Brian Whitesell and Rudy Escalante who provided vital leadership to the sophomore dominated team. Returning juniors: Dan Orozco and Kevin Ratliff. Sophomores: Eddie O’Brien, Rick Lyons, Craig Strong, John Wilson, Joe Vitug and Craig Whitesell.

Sentinel preseason write up on Nov. 25. I think we have more depth this year than any other year I’ve been at Santa Cruz, said coach Pete Newell. Tony Lopez and Brian Whitesell are returning starters and were both honorable mention all league last year. I’m optimistic for a number of reasons. The quality of the players and their willingness to work hard, to learn and to play well together at both ends of the court are just a few reasons. At one forward will be returnee Dan Orozco, who Newell says has improved tremendously from last year. He could be our best perimeter shooter. Alternating at center will be 6-2 sophomore Craig Whiesell and 6-3 sophomore Ed O’Brien, who will be shuffled in and out depending on the situation. O’Brien’s strength is rebounding and defense, while Whitesell’s is scoring. The other forward spot is up in the air with three players battling for the starting berth. On offense SC will run when the situation dictates it. Our offense is devised that whoever has the open shot takes it. Any team that plays man to man will have to have two good defensive guards. Tony is very capable of penetrating and Brian is an excellent outside shooter. They balance each other well.

SC ROSTER

Forwards: senior, Rudy Escalante 6-0. Juniors: Dan Orozco 5-11and Shawn Kinney 6-0. Sophomore, Rick Lyon 6-0. Centers: Sophomores: Ed O’Brien 6-3 and Craig Whitesell 6-2. Guards: Seniors, Tony Lopez 5-9 and Brian Whitesell 6-2. Sophomores: Kevin Ratliff 5-7, John Wilson 5-8, Craig Strong 5-8 and Joe Vitug 5-6

Cards win opener against Los Gatos 55-50, led by 5-9 senior guard Tony Lopez with 26 points and the other starting guard Brian Whitesell with 18. Coach Newell comment, “Early in the season we will probably rely on them to supply most of the offense, since Tony is a three year starter and Brian has also played for three years, two as a starter. Later in the year, I hope the offense will be more balance. We made a conscious effort to change our tempo throughout the game. We were smaller than Los Gatos. Because of our lack of size, we wanted to run more than usual tonight.” SC displayed a relatively wide-open offense compared to their previous years of control basketball. Los Gatos put on a tenacious full court press in the fourth quarter to tighten up the game some, but Lopez, out with four fouls reentered the game and effectively broke the press. Scoring: Escalante 2, Orozco, 4, Kinney 1, Lyon 0, O’Brien 2, Lopez 26, Whitesell 20, Wilson 2 and Strong 0.

In the Dads Club Tournament the defending champion Cards slipped to seventh place. They lost to SLV 66-70 and Soquel 47-62, but came on to beat Marello 66-57 behind Tony Lopez’ 24 points.
In the first round of the tourney, SLV out scored the Cards 14-8 in the last quarter to come away with a 70-66 win. SC went to the charity stripe 17 times in the second quarter making 14 to take a 40-37 lead going into halftime. SC led by 12 after a steal and quick bucket by Tony Lopez late in the third quarter, but the Cougars kept their cool and closed the quarter with ten straight points. Forced to foul at the end the Cards watched SLV make 4 of 6 from the stripe to win the game. Scoring: Orozco 15, Escalante 4, Lyon 4, Kinney 0, O’Brien 2, Lopez 20, Brian Whitesell 13, Wilson 0 and Ratliff 8.

In the second round game against Soquel, the score was tied 12-12 at the end of the quarter, but the next two quarters Soquel outscored the Cards 33-16 to come away with a 62-47 win. Scoring: Orozco 8, Escalante 4, Lyon 2, Kinney 2, O’Brien 6, Lopez 6, Brian Whitesell 2, Ratliff 0, Wilson 0, Strong 6, Vitag 1, Craig Whitesell 0.

Tony Lopez led the Cards to a 64-58 win over Marello, by scoring 24 points, dishing out 7 assists and hauling down 6 rebounds. Coach Newell changed his starting line up by moving Brian Whitesell to center and replacing him with Kevin Ratliff at guard. Ricky Lyon moved into a forward spot. His reasoning was that with the other two starters Lopez and Dan Orozco, it gave him his quickest lineup. SC scored numerous points on backdoor plays. Newell, “We call those counters. Its more like players recognizing the defense overplay and then react to it.” Scoring: Ratliff 6, Lopez 24, Strong 1, O’Brien 6, Brian Whitesell 8, Wilson 3, Lyon 5, Escalante 2 Orozco 6 and Kinney 5.

Santa Cruz Boys Lose Game And Guard, In Non League Contest. SC lost more than a game to North Monterey 48-49, but also lost star forward Brian Whitesell with a hand injury. He will be out five weeks. SC was ahead 35-29 at the end of the third quarter, but the unbeaten Condors ripped off 20 points in the last quarter for the win. Lopez had 17 points and Whitesell 10 despite his injury. Scoring: Orozco 12, Escalante 5, Lopez 17, Brian Whitesell 10, Ratliff 2, Wilson 2, Lyon 0 and O’Brien 0.

Cards Shoot Down Gilroy 62-55, led by Lopez and junior Dan Orozco. Senior Rudy Escalante filled in admirably for Whitesell. The Cards held a 18 point lead mid way through the third quarter, but Gilroy pulled within four with 3:51 remaining. Coach Newell gave his offense credit for the victory. “Our offensive sets were effective for mid December.” They used a two man screen inside most of the time, which left Lopez open for set shots. The weave created lane openings periodically, which caused a number of Mustang fouls. The Cards out shot Gilroy 18-7 from the line. “The team has adjusted very well to playing without Brian Whitesell,” added Newell. “Rudy Escalante had a lot to do with that. He had his best offensive game this season. The kids really look up to the seniors and Rudy is a real gentleman.” SC’s win was called a “team effort” by Newell. Danny Orozco was deadly from outside. Kevin Ratliff chipped in seven points and six assists. The Cards had 10 steals, but were out rebounded 26-22. They also committed 17 offensive ball control errors. The Cards are now 3-3. Scoring: Lopez 24, Orozco 12, Escalante 10, Ratliff 7, Craig Whitesell 4, Lyon 3, O’Brien 1, Wilson 1 and Kinney 0.

Watsonville Rallies Past SC 67-53, despite a fine team effort. The Cards lead at the quarter 15-6, but Watsonville narrowed the game to 25-24 at halftime. From there the Cats controlled the game, outscoring SC 43-28 in the final two quarters. Lopez and Escalante fouled out in the fourth quarter. Scoring: Lopez 16, Orozco 10, Escalante 9, Lyon 7, Craig Whitesell 5, O’Brien 4 and Ratliff 2.

Carmel defeats SC 57-37 at home. SC jumped out to a 16-13 lead in the first quarter, but that was the lone highlight for SC as Carmel outscored them 44-21 the rest of the way. Scoring: Orozco 6, Escalante 0, Lyon 8, Kinney 0, O’Brien 2, Craig Whitesell 1, Lopez 6, Ratliff 6, Wilson 6, Strong 2 and Vitug 0.

In a none counting game on the record, the Cards lost 82-90 against the Alumni . A big third quarter by the Alumni turned the game around, SC scoring: Orozco 10, Escalante 10, Lyon 12, Kinney 4, Craig Whitesell 8, Lopez 21, Ratliff 8, Wilson 3, Strong 6 and Vitug 0.
Alumni scoring: Burks 4, Pini 23, Harper 6, Weber 18, Wainscoat 5, Anderson 2, Seymour 9, Bruce 5, Ronda 4 and Forgaard 14.

Cardinals Turn It Around Too Late losing to Alisal 54-67. After trailing 12-35 at halftime, the Cards did a complete turn around in the second half. Coach Newell, “We were two different teams, In the first half we didn’t take advantage of what Alisal was giving us and we got discouraged, when we got behind.” To start of the second half the Cards began taking their shots and forcing some turnovers with a full court zone press. We were more determined on both ends of the court. Of the Cards 18 turnovers only six came in the second half. Alisal held a 32-28 edge on the boards. Orozco, Escalante and Ratliff each had six rebounds. Scoring: Orozco 13, Escalante 0, Lyon 3, Kinney 0, O’Brien 4, Craig Whitesell 8, Lopez 20, Ratliff 6, Wilson 0, Strong 0 and Vitug 0.

Cards Hit by Flu Bug and lose to Seaside 60-71. Danny Orozco scored a career high 20 points. The Cards had only seven bodies for this game and some of them were affected by the flu as well as those missing. Coach Newell credited Kevin Ratliff, who dished out five assists and scored 12 points and Craig Whitesell, who grabbed eight rebounds, as playing their best games ever. Scoring: Orozco 20, Escalante 3, Lyon 10, Craig Whitesell 3, Lopez 12, Ratliff 12 and Strong 0.

In League Opener, Harbor Shreds SC’s Slow Down Tactics. The Cards slowed down Harbor, but could not stop last years league champion Pirates losing 48-74. Harbor went out to a 18-10 lead in the first quarter, but SC closed it to 24-29 with 3:20 left on the clock in the second quarter. Harbor had another spurt of 10 straight points to make it 24-39 at halftime and continued the onslaught to the end. Brian Whitesell in his first game back scored 10 points. Scoring: Orozco 14, Brian Whitesell 10, Lyon 4, Craig Whitesell 4, Lopez 3, Escalante 3, O’Brien 2, Ratliff 2, Wilson 2, Vitug 2, Kinney 1 and Strong 1.

Soquel Nips Santa Cruz In Overtime 53-48. Except at the outset of the first quarter, Soquel was always behind until early in the fourth quarter, but SC jumped back in front almost immediately. With two minutes left, SC went in front by six points on a jumper by Brian Whitesell, but Soquel came back with two key baskets. With only five seconds on the clock, SC missed a free throw. Soquel rebounded and scored to tie the score 48-48. SC failed to score in overtime, while Soquel tallied five points. Scoring: Lyon 9, Escalante 6, Lopez 22, Brian Whitesell 5, Ratliff 6, Orozco 0, Craig Whitesell, Kinney, O’Brien, Strong and Vitug all 0.

Marello Upsets Santa Cruz. The Cards gave up a stunning loss to previously winless Marello 39-51. Marello went out to a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but SC came back and tied the game at half 23-23. Marello burst out to a 31-23 lead on four unanswered baskets in the third and weren’t really threatened the rest of the way. Coach Newell, “Basketball involves three basic things to be played successfully: you need the physical, the emotional and the mental ability. If you have all three, you’ll win most of the time. Tonight Marello had all three.” This proved to be the turning point of the season for the young Cardinals as this was their sixth straight loss. Scoring: Orozco 13, Lyon 7, Brian Whitesell 7, Lopez 6, O’Brien 4, Ratliff 2, Kinney, Craig Whitesell, Wilson, Strong and Vitug all 0.

‘Embarrassed’ Santa Cruz Surprises SLV 64-55. The first two quarters were nearly dead even as the halftime score was SC 24-23. SC behind a 22 point third quarter surge pulled away in the second half. The Cards shot 48 percent making 24 of 50 field goal attempts. Senior forward Rudy Escalante hauled down 13 rebounds in a great effort. Coach Newell, “Rudy is just a great person. He is hard working, loyal and there is no quit in him” The Cards out rebounded the Cougars 35-23. Scoring: Craig Whitesell 6, Escalante 6, Orozco 14, O’Brien 4, Brian Whitesell 14, Lyon 1, Lopez 14 and Ratliff 5.

Santa Cruz Shocks Aptos 60-49 at home before a vocal home crowd. Brian Whitesell showed that he is fully recovered from his preseason hand injury. He shot eight of 14 from the field, while netting 19 points. Defensively he held Aptos’ hot handed center to two points. Coach Newell, “Brian is an outstanding leader. His leadership more than my coaching is responsible for the overall good play of our younger players. Danny Orozco played a vital role in the victory with his defense and offensive rebounding. The overall aggressiveness on the boards were crucial tonight.” Throughout the contest, the Cardinals controlled the tempo. They forced the Mariners to play Santa Cruz’ game and in doing so forced Aptos in a position of playing catch up basketball. SC hit 24 of 50 from the floor. The game was unusually fast. The Cards committed only five turnovers, while Aptos had only 12. The score at halftime was SC 32-29. The Cards outscored Aptos 28-20 in the second half. Scoring: Brian Whitesell 19, Orozco 16, Lopez 12, Escalante 4, Lyons 4, Ratliff 2, Vitug 2, Craig Whitesell 1, Kinney, O’Brien, Wilson and Strong 0.

‘Patient’ Harbor Topples Cards, Slow Down Game 49-26. There was so much patience, that offensive basketball took a back seat, because of the deliberate play. Going into the last quarter, Harbor was ahead 24-14, but then Harbor scored 25 points in the fourth quarter. The Cards hit 11 of 34 from the field, while hitting nine of 14 free throws. Scoring: Craig Whitesell 8, Lyon 6, Orozco 6, Brian Whitesell 4, Lopez 2, Escalante, Kinney, Ratliff, Wilson, O’Brien, Strong and Vitug all 0.

Santa Cruz Defense Suppresses Soquel. Santa Cruz’ rough defense tied up Soquel 61-40 to take sweet revenge on their overtime loss in their first game. Coach Newell, “We forced them into turnovers.” Soquel had 21 turnovers and SC scored 19 points off them. SC had only ten turnovers. Newell praised his front line of Escalante, Orozco, Lyon and Brian Whitesell as key to the victory. Escalante held the league leading scorer with a 17.4 average to ten points, while collecting 10 rebounds. Lyon held the league seventh leading scorer to three points, while scoring 16 of his own. Newell, “One of the keys was Brian Whitesell’s defense on Soquel’s big center and his intercepting several passes into the post.” The Cards were 30 of 60 from the floor for a blazing 50 percent. They held Soquel to 32 percent. Top man was Tony Lopez, who scored 19 points. Despite his scoring performance, Lopez was happier about the SC defense. “Defense is the key to winning games, When you play good defense, you get the ball on offense and when you get the ball, you can score. We always work on defense in practice.” The Cards out rebounded Soquel 35-23 and 15 of them came on the offensive boards. The Cards led 36-20 at halftime. Coach Newell is optimistic about his team’s chances of making the upcoming four team Shaughnessy playoff, of which the top two teams will go on to CCS playoffs. Newell, “We’ve always been in the position of controlling our own destiny, even when we were 0-3 at the beginning of league. The players realize what they have to do. Our objective has always been to make the playoffs and the players have never lost sight of this.” Scoring: Lopez 19, Brian Whitesell 6, Escalante 6, Orozco 16, Ratliff 6, Lyon 8, Wilson, Vitug, O’Brien, Kinney, Strong and Craig Whitesell all 0.

Santa Cruz Handles Marello This Time 69-49. SC was led by its three seniors Brian Whitesell, Tony Lopez and Rudy Escalante, who combined to score 47 of the Cards 69 points. Lopez netted 22, Whitesell 13 and Escalante 12. Marello jumped out to a 16-11 lead at the end of the first period, but the Cards came back to take a 26-23 lead at halftime as the Cards held Marello to 7 points in the second quarter, while scoring 15 themselves. Defensively the Cards were anything but generous as Marello was able to score only 12 points total for the second and third quarters, while SC poured in 33 points to lead at the end of the third 44-28. Coach Newell, “We played with tremendous intensity. Our transition game suffered somewhat in that we were not passing as quickly or as crisply as I would have liked. After opening the season 0-3, we knew we would have to win some of our home games to get into the playoffs. We won four out of five and that’s a very good feeling.” SC converted 19 of 25 from the foul line. Kevin Ratliff played a fine game for the Cards, although he netted only six points. Newell, “Kevin, is so quick, that he will be a real asset to us next year, not to mention the playoffs coming up. The way he looks off a pass, he is able to move the ball inside before the defense knows what is happening.” Scoring: Lopez 22, Brian Whitesell 13, Escalante 12, Orozco 5, Kinney 5, Craig Whitsell 2, Wilson 2, Lyons 2, Strong 1, Vitug 0 and O’Brien 0.

Cardiac Arrest: SLV Handcuffs Cards 49-47. With virtually no time on the clock, the Cougars scored the winning goal. The Cards had led 16-14 at the end of the first period and 32-26 at halftime. SLV trailing by as many as 10 points early in the second quarter, fought back to finally take the lead with 1:25 left in the third period. The switch from a zone to an effective man-to-man proved to be the catalyst as SC was held to five points in the quarter. The two clubs exchanged hoops throughout the four quarter. Brain Whitesell hit two free throws with 39 seconds remaining to tie the game for the eighth time. The Cards concentrated on the Cougars most successful shooter for the season, but it went to the hottest shooter this night and he did it. Scoring: Orozco 14, Brian Whitesell 10, Lopez 8, Ratliff 5, Craig Whitesell 4, Lyons 4, Escalante 2 and Wilson 0.

Santa Cruz Nips Aptos–Again. With a 52-48 win over Aptos in the last league game, the Cards secured a playoff spot in the league playoffs, while tying Aptos for third place behind league leader Harbor and second place Soquel. Senior Rudy Escalante rallied the Cards in the final quarter scoring eight of his 12 point in that all important period. The Cards started out hot with a 16-8 lead in the opening quarter and continued on with a 26-20 lead at half. With 5:26 left in the third quarter and SC leading 30-24, the Cards talented guard Tony Lopez, picked up his fourth foul a was removed from the game until 5:27 left in the fourth quarter. During this time Aptos tied the score 41 all and after a time out, Escalante began to dominate the game. Newell, “Rudy took charge of the game for two or three minutes late in the fourth quarter. He got open a lot. Rudy made some easy shots and some hard shots underneath the basket. He also collected 11 rebounds. Kevin Ratliff defense of the Mariners league leading scorer averaging 18.5 points a game was held to only seven by Kevin. In the previous game he held him to 12. He covers all the top guards in the league and consistently holds them to low point totals.” Kevin held Harbors top guard with a 18 points per game to 12 points in each game, In the first game against SLV their guard scored 23 points, but only nine in the last game. Each game Kevin has cut more points off his opponents average. Newell, “Kevin’s defense is worth the going rate in gold these days.” Scoring: Ratliff 6, Lopez 11, Brian Whitesell 3, Lyon 2. Escalante 12, Orazco 14 and Craig Whitesell 4.

Cards Advance In playoffs. The fired up Cards beat Aptos 66-45 in the first round of the league playoffs on Monday. Aptos lost their coach during half time and sixteen minutes later the game as well. Kevin Ratliff with a little help from his teammates gave Aptos’ leading scorer fits all night holding him to just nine points. On Wednesday the Cards play Soquel to see who plays in the finals against Harbor. SC which had beaten Aptos on Friday and in their first game, completely dominated the first half. Aptos became the seventh team in succession to score less than 50 points against the defense-minded Cards. Coach Newell, “We played nearly flawless basketball in the first half. We controlled the tempo and the game. We held Aptos, a high scoring ball club to 11 points in the entire first half.” The Cardinals, known for their stall, taunted the Mariners constantly with passes. At one point in the second quarter, the Cards held the ball for over three minutes without taking a shot. Aptos managed only four points in the quarter. Frustrated in its inability to execute, proved to be more than Aptos could handle. The Aptos coach was called for a technical foul after a disagreement with an official over a back court call. At half time the disagreement continued and a double technical was called and the coach removed from the game. SC outscored the Mariners in every quarter. The Cards shot a blistering 54.3 percent from the field. The Cards had 26 points on free throws, led by Brian Whitesell’s 10 plus 8 more points from the field. Kevin Ratliff had another sensational game on defense. He held the league leading scorer to only seven, while scoring 11 points of his own. Newell, “Kevin is a super defensive player. All he is interested in is winning and he is unselfish when he plays. Some games he only takes two of three shots, but he doesn’t care as long as the team wins. When the Cardinals play, they play as a team, according to Rudy Escalante. “Every win is a team win. From the starters to the bench, everyone helped tonight.” Tony Lopez, “We wanted it more than Aptos. They had the pressure tonight, because they had to prove they could beat us. We beat them in their gym and that was really the key.” Scoring: Brian Whitesell 18, Ratliff 11, Craig Whitesell 8, Lopez 6, Orozco 5, Lyons 4, Escalante 4, Kinney 3, Strong 2, Vitug 2, O’Brien 1 and Wilson 0.

Overtime Win For Santa Cruz In Shaughnessy Playoffs 47-46 Over Soquel. Ricky Lyon scored just two points, but those two points may turn out to be the biggest of Lyon’s career. He calmly sank two free throws in the last seconds to give the Cards a 47-46 overtime victory over Soquel in the second round of the league playoffs. The win puts the Cards against first place Harbor with a 9-1 league record in the finals. The victory also handed SC its first ever CCS tourney berth since the existence of the SCCAL. Coach Newell had nothing but praise for his team, which ended the regular season with a league record of 5-5 and an overall record of 8-12. “At one point this season we had lost seven games in a row, including our first three league games. We turned it around, because of the quality of character we have in our players. All rewards we are realizing now are the result of countless hours of perspiration on the court in practice. I am extremely proud to be associated with these young men. I’ll never forget the experience that I’ve had with them.” SC led 12-4 at the quarter, 28-17 at half and 36-33 at the end of the third. With a 1:18 left in the game, Soquel tied the score 41-41. Soquel went ahead 43-41, but Brian Whitesell canned two free throws to tie the score 43-43 and send the game into overtime. Soquel scored the first three points, then Orozco hit a basket and Lyon’s hit his two free throws to put the Cards into the CCS playoffs, no matter what happens against Harbor. Santa Cruz’ starting forwards Rudy Escalante and Dan Orozco both agreed that defense would be the key to beating Harbor. Said Escalante, “Against Harbor, we’re going to have to stress defense and patience on offense. As they say, offense scores points, but defense wins ballgames.” Added Orozco, “Defense does it.” He continued with, “We tried to take away the baseline from the top Soquel scorers.” Lyon, the Cards sixth man, agreed with Orozco. “We stopped the baseline penetration pretty well, but we slacked off once in a while and gave them an outside shot.” All three players admired the way the team never gave up during the game, “There’s an old saying,” Escalante said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That’s very important, especially for a sophomore like Rick (Lyon).” Scoring: Escalante 2, Lopez 10, Ratliff 12, Brian Whitesell 19, Orozco 2, Lyon 2 and Craig Whitesell 0.

‘Cinderella’ Cards Down But Not Out. Cards lose the league finals to Harbor 45-83. The Cards will play Hollister at Hartnell College in the first round of CCS playoffs. Everyone was expecting SC to take the air out of the ball, a technique that was successful in getting the Cards into the finals of league playoffs in the first place. Coach Newell, “We could have held it, but I felt the kids deserved to play Harbor the way they’ve been playing these past two weeks. Besides we played Aptos on Monday and had a tough game Wednesday in overtime against Soquel and it was just not enough time to prepare.” (The players had to be worn down also. Harbor is fresh never having to play this week). The real “story” of the game was the fact SC was there in the first place. Only two weeks ago the Cards were 5-11, but they earned the fourth playoff spot with a big win over Aptos. The win over Soquel Wednesday was the big one, since it clinched a ticket to CCS playoffs for SC, which in essence made Friday nights contest somewhat anti-climatic. The trip to the section tourney will be the first since the Cardinal glory years of the late 1960’s, when SC twice made it to the tournament finals. Newell, “Our season has had one objective and that was to make the playoff. We never lost sight of that goal. Now that we’ve made them, we’re 32 minutes away from the end of the season every time we set foot on the basketball court.” This seasons 10-13 finish is the best ever for Newell in his six years at the helm of the Cards. Newell, “It takes a long time to lay the foundation for a year like this one. I don’t know much about Hollister, but they did not have much trouble winning their league. But I promise you we’ll be more prepared then we were against Harbor.” Newell praised the play of senior leaders Brian Whitesell, Rudy Escalante and Tony Lopez as the real key to this seasons success. “These three have given us the leadership more than any other group of seniors we’ve had. They actually deserve more credit than I do for this year.” Scoring: Escalante 14, Lopez 8, Ratliff 7, Orozco 7, Lyons 5, Brian Whitesell 2, Craig Whitesell 1, Wilson 1, O’Brien 0, Kinney 0 and Strong 0.

Cards Thrilled To Play Balers. This Hollister team has made two firsts for their schools basketball program,. One in winning a league basketball championship and the second, first ever playing in a section tournament. They won the Mission Trail Athletic League title going 13-1 and had a season record of 18-4. While SC had to battle for two weeks with its back to the wall to get the same invitation to post season play. The Cards have literally become ‘Red’ hot, winning five of their last seven games. During this span they have become accustomed to winning, as if there were no tomorrow–because there wasn’t. Newell, “It draws a team more together knowing that just one loss and your season is over. The players realize this and they also understand that no one player is going to carry us. It has to be a team effort.” The game will pit the tall Haybaler group against the shorter but quicker Cards, a fact not lost on both coaches. Newell, “The height advantage is not going to be anything new for us since we’ve given away inches to everybody we’ve played. I think the bottom line for us to win is that we must execute and not worry about what Hollister can and cannot do.” Hollister’s post man is 6-6, but the next tallest are 6-1 and 6-0. Brian Whitesell and his brother Craig will be assigned the task of guarding the 6-6 post man. SC, which led the league in team defense–allowing only 56.6 points a ballgame. SC has been especially successful this season when keying defensively on just one opponent, holding many talented explosive foes to little if any offensive effort. Hollister plays a 2-3 zone defense, which SC has enjoyed some success against Aptos and Soquel. One of Hollister’s biggest weapons has been its full court zone press, which probably won’t be too effective against the slippery duo of Kevin Ratliff and Tony Lopez.

Hollister Center Too Much For Cardinals To Handle as Hollister defeats the Cards 64-54. The 6-6 Baler center scored 26 points and hauled down 19 rebounds. He connected on 13 of 21 attempts from the floor for a blistering 62 percent. Hollister went out to a 26-17 lead the first quarter and led at halftime 36-25. Newell, “We lost the game in the first eight minutes. We were too tentative on defense in the first quarter. Even when the Balers were not hitting their shots, they were rebounding and putting the ball back in.” He was much happier with the teams play in the remaining three quarters. At one point in the third quarter, Hollister was ahead by 19 points. SC was able to cut the lead to only six with five minutes left on the clock. Newell attributed the second half come back to the performance of Brian Whitesell. “We moved Brian to the top of the key during the second half. He was able to make several jumpers. He got us back into the game.” Ten of Brian’s 13 points were scored in the third quarter. Tony Lopez was the Cards leading scorer with 22 points. Lopez was the sixth leading scoring in the league averaging 15.1 points during the regular season. Newell, “Tony had a good game. He rose to the occasion. He finished his career in fine style.” SC was out rebounded 22-47. Newell is optimistic about next year. “We have nine quality people coming back, who have had a year of varsity experience. They understand the day-t0-day commitment that they must make and they have learned the essence of teamwork. I feel the foundation for next year has been laid this year. We should have some good young sophomores filling out the varsity and I think we’ll be competitive next year.” Scoring: Orozco 12, Brian Whitesell 13, Lopez 22, Escalante 2, Lyon 2, Ratliff 1, Vitug 2, Craig Whitesell, Wilson, Strong, O’Brien and Kinney all 0.

This years team achieved its objective of making the SCCAL playoffs. The team was led by seniors Tony Lopez, Brian Whitesell and Rudy Escalante, who provided vital leadership to a sophomore dominated team. Pressure defense, execution on offense and rapid transition from defense to offense made the Cards a highly entertaining team to watch. With nine of the 12 players back next year the future looks promising. Returning juniors are Dan Orozco and Kevin Ratliff. Sophomores Eddie O’Brien, Rick Lyons, Craig Strong, Joe Vitug, John Wilson and Graig Whitesell.

Sentinel final SCCAL league stats on Feb 21. Listed by place, name, games played, high game, total points and average per game.

PL NAME GP H TP AV
6 Lopez 20 26 302 15.1
8 Orozco 20 20 232 11.6
14 B. Whitesell 18 19 142 9.5

4 SC team 20 69 1162 58.1

On team defense, SC was number 1
1 SC team 20 71 1132 56.6

Sentinel. Feb. 19. ALL SCCAL second team selections were Tony Lopez, Daniel Orozco and Brian Whitesell. Rudy Escalante and Kevin Ratliff were honorable mention.

JV BASKETBALL

league games: Harbor 47-51, 26-44; SLV 36-40, 48-62; Aptos 33-70, 36-94. League record 0-8.
Gilroy 43-50,

Team members were Harrod Blank, Lonnie Iliff, Ben Tinetti, Bao Kephart, Jim Bowdoin, Marv Johnson, Chip Bogard, Joe Trebbien, Anthony Castro, Lloyd Rogers, Wit Wolizcko, and Calvin Perez. Coach Eric Forgaard.

Trident. Despite the effort put forth by the boys, the season has not been especially good for them. Eric Forgaard the JV coach partially attributes the losses to factors beyond his control. Six high potential players moved up to varsity, weakening the team quite a bit. After losing last year, it has effected the players attitudes. They need to forget the past and concentrate on the future.

Gilroy staves off a fourth period rally to defeat SC 50-43. The Cards led the first period 10-4, but Gilroy came back the next two periods scoring 16 in each quarter, while SC score 8 in each period as Gilroy went ahead 36-26 going into the fourth quarter. Scoring: Harrod 17, Perez 11, Iliff 2, Rogers 2, Wolizcko 2, Castro 4, and Kephart 5.

SLV went ahead 21-16 at halftime, but the Cards came back in the third to close it to 26-24 at the end of the third period. Scoring; Rogers 8, Kephart 2, Blank 12, Bogard 1, Trebbien 5 and Castro 8.

The Cards had some close games. Against Harbor they were up 14 points in the early fourth quarter and were ahead by 10 with 2:24 remaining. Unfortunately Harbor came back to win 51-47. Scoring: Woliczko 14, Rogers 11, Trebbien 10, Perez 4, Iliff 4, Castro 2 and Kephart 2.

The Cards lost to SLV 48-62. Harrod Blank led the team with 13 points. Ben Tenetti scored three key baskets in the fourth quarter, but could not clinch the game. Scoring: Blank 13, Rogers 6, Iliff 6, Tinetti 6, Castro 6, Wolizcko 4, Trebbien 3, Bogard 2, Kephart 0, Bowdoin 0 and Johnson 0.

Aptos defeats SC 72-33. Aptos was flawless with a 8-0 league record and 17-1 for the season. Scoring: Rogers 10, Woliczko 5, Castro 4, Iliff 4, Trebbien 2, Blank 2, Johnson 2, Tenetti 2, Kephart 1 and Bowdoin 1.

Scoring in a 26-44 loss to Harbor: Rogers 10, Blank 4, Trebbien 4, Castro 2, Bowdoin 2, Perez 2, Kephart 2 and Iliff 0.

Scoring in a 26-41 loss to Soquel: Rogers 6, Perez 6, Iliff 2, Woliczko 4, Kephart 6 and Bowdoin 2.

Aptos defeats Cards 94-36. Scoring: Rogers 12, Perez 1, Iliff 4, Trebbien 2, Wolizcko 3, Kephart 1, Tinetti 2 and Castro 2.

Outstanding players were Calvin Perez for his consistency, center Harrod Blank, who averages 10 points a game and Lloyd Rogers for his defensive efforts.

FROSH BASKETBALL CO-CHAMPIONS WITH APTOS
League games: Harbor 67-44, win; Soquel 62-47, win; Marello 51-37, 41-37; SLV 49-22; win; Aptos 49-50, 54-53. League record 9-1 to tie with Aptos for the league championship. Season record 17-5.

Team members were Bill Domhoff, Sean Oliver, Glenn Hill, Ron Esche, Steve Glass, Ryan Dye, Josh Shaw, Gino Panelli, Richard Fox, Sean Miller, Kevin Kinney, Danny Trebbien and Bob Garvin.

In their first game against Aptos, they struggled for victory, but came up one point short 49-50.
Scoring: Esche 18, Hill 10, Domhoff 8, Kinney 6, Glass 5, Oliver 2 and Trebbien 0.

In their next meeting in the last league game, the Cards led throughout the game for a 54-52 win. Glen Hill was especially good in his all around plays as was Bill Domhoff with his leadership. Scoring: Esche 18, Hill 16, Glass 9, Domhoff 7, Kinney 4, and Panelli 2.

Cards beat Soquel 62-47. Scoring: Esche 15, Hill 12, Glass 15, Domhoff 11and Kinney 10.

SC 51 Marello 37. Scoring: Esche 20, Glass 12, Kinney 7, Domhoff 7, Hill 4, Oliver 0 and Garvin 0.

SC easily beat Harbor 67-44

Against Marello, Glen Hill’s performance was excellent, playing a very aggressive defense.
Scoring: Hill 16, Esche 9, Miller 8, Oliver 6, Domhoff 5, Glass 4, Shaw 4, Trebbien 3, Kinney 2, Dye 2, Garvin 2, Panelli 0 and Fox 0.

Trident. Coach Terry Bernard commends, “Ron Esche, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder on his outstanding efforts and Kevin Kinney, who has played aggressively all year.” Bernard enjoyed working with the team and felt the group was outstanding.

GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL.
Practice games: Los Altos 49-25, Notre Dame of Salinas 35-39, Leland 51-39, Carmel 38-49, Hollister 40-31, North Monterey 56-23, Pacific Grove 57-32, Fremont 59-45, Cardlette Tournament: Lynbrook 40-55, Aptos 52-48 and Piedmont Hills 66-60, Watsonville 53-31 Monte Vista ? Practice record 10-3. League: Harbor 61-43, 54-52 in overtime; Soquel 61-31, 62-41; Marello 75-34; SLV 77-33, 59-35; Aptos 33-38, 42-60. League record 8-2. Record before the playoffs 18-5. League playoffs in the first round: Harbor 66-45. Second round Aptos 53-67. First game of CCS against Seaside 39-50. Final season record 18-8 according to the Sentinel.

In the preseason the team was ranked fourteenth in CCS and favored to dethrone Aptos as league champions, did have a fine start going 9-3 to begin the season.

Sentinel. Nov. 28. Notre Dame 39, SC 35. SC had its chances, but couldn’t put the ball in the hoop. “We had a bad case of first-game ‘itis’,” Coach Ray Hunter explained. SC fought back to tie the game at the end of three quarters on the hot shooting of All League center Sharon Hightower, who also led the team in rebounding. Hightower scored a game high of 17 points.
Other scoring: Gwyn Adams 4, Biondi 2, Collopy 2, Novo 8 and Wilson 2.

Dec. 2. The team got back on track as they beat Leland, the ninth ranked in CCS at the time, behind the all-round outstanding play of Sharon Hightower, who dominated the boards with 24 rebounds and scored a game high 28 points. Teammates Kathy Wilson handed out nine assists and Gwyn Adams had seven. SC made 23 of 57 field goal attempts for a 40 percent average and added only five of 14 from the free throw line. Other scoring: Gwyn Adams 4, Hope Adams 5, Novo 6 Wilson 6 Collopy 2.

Dec. 3. Carmel stopped SC 38-49, despite the fine performances of Hightower and sophomore Hope Adams. Each had 12 points. Hightower pulled down 19 rebounds and Serena Novo had 14 The loss gives SC a 1-2 record. Despite Carmel height advantage, SC kept with them on the boards. Hightower and Hope Adams each scored 12 points. Other scorers: Gwyn Adams 2, Newberry 8 and Novo 4.

Dec. 5. Cardinal Pair Shines in 40-31 win over Hollister. Sharon Hightower led the scoring with 14 points and in rebounding with 23. Hope Adams scored eight points and had nine rebounds. Other who rebounded were Serena Novo with 11 and Katy Wilson and Gwyn Adams had nine apiece. Despite winning the Cards were cold from the field going 15 of 66 field goal attempts for just a 23 percent average and hit only 10 of 18 from the line. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 2, Hope Adams 8, Collopy 2, Hightower 14, Newberry 4, Novo 6 and Wilson 4.

Dec 6. SC was ranked fifteenth this week in the CCS rankings, defeated an over-matched North Monterey 56-23. SC is now 3-2, got out to a 16-8 first quarter lead and were not challenged after that. The SC defense held North Monterey to 15 points in the last three quarters.
Hightower led the way with 14 points even though she only played 16 minutes, followed by Serena Novo’s 8 points and Annette Jung’s 7 points. Scoring: Hope Adams 2, Biondi 4, Collopy 6, Dalbey 3, Hightower 14, Jung 7, Newberry 2, Novo 8, Scargill 1, Wilson 4.

Dec. 9. Hightower, Cardinals Bomb PG. Led by the scoring and rebounding of Sharon Hightower, SC bombed Pacific Grove 57-32. Limiting PG to four points in the opening quarter and just two points in the second quarter, SC rolled to a halftime lead of 25-6. Hightower scored 20 points and pulled down 22 rebounds as SC improved its record to 4-2. Senior Gwyn Adams and sister Hope registered eight rebounds. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 9, Hope Adams 8, Bianconi 4, Biondi 2, Dalbey 2, Hightower 20, Jung 2, Newberry 2, Novo 6 and Wilson 2.

Dec. 13. Cardinal Girls Boost Record, knocking off Fremont 59-45. Led by Sharon Hightowers 20 points and 19 rebounds, SC powered its way to a 29-22 halftime lead, then out pointed Fremont 18-3 in the third quarter to blow the game away. Kathy Wilson had 11 points and Hope Adams had eight points and 10 rebounds. SC hit a respectable 43 percent on 23 of 53 shooting and connected on 13 of 23 from the charity stripe. Scorers: Gwyn Adams 6, Hope Adams 8, Biondi 2, Collopy 2, Dalbey 4, Hightower 20, Jung 2, Newberry 2, Novo 2, Wilson 11.

Dec. 16. Santa Cruz Girls Notch Another Win. Holding Los Altos scoreless in the first quarter and cruising the rest of the way to defeat Los Altos 49-25. SC led by Serena Novo’s 10 points , bolted to a 19-7 halftime lead and continued to expand the lead throughout the game, leading 33-15 at the end of the third period. The Cards of coach Ray Hunter are now 7-2. SC connected on 24 of 71 field goal tries for 34 percent and added one of two free throws. “It was a good game for us, because we were able to play the reserves and they did real well,” said Hunter. Sharon Hightower scored 7 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Novo and Jennifer Dalbey recorded ten apiece. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 2, Hope Adams 6, Bianconi 2, Biondi 4, Dalbey 6, Hightower 7, Jung 6, Newberry 2, Novo 10, Scargill 2 and Wilson 2.

Dec. 19. SC Girls Win Big. Twelve Cardlettes scored as they wore out Watsonville 53-31. Top scorers were Hightower with 9 and Annette Jung with 8. Hightower pulled down 16 rebounds followed by Jennifer Dalbey with 11. Scoring: Hope Adams 2, Bianconi 3, Biondi 4, Collopy 8, Dalbey 2 Hightower 9, Jung 8, Newberry 2, Novo 4, Scargill 2, Weaver 2 and Wilson 7.

Senior Sharon Hightower was named Sentinel Prep of the Week. A four year starter on the girls basketball team and this years leading scorer and rebounded last week in three games averaged 12 points and 18 rebounds a contest, despite playing about only three-quarters a game.

Beginning of Santa Cruz Cardlette Invitational in the Sentinel.
Dec. 19. Number One Lynbrook Picks Off SC In Cardlette Tourney.55-40. Last spring when SC coach Ray Hunter paired his girls team against Lynbrook in the opening round of the Cardlette Invitational, he had no idea the Vikings would enter the prestigious tournament ranked as the number one team in CCS. Lynbrook lived up to its status ousting the CCS’ fourteenth ranked Cards from the championship bracket. SC hit a cold streak in the middle of the second period, when Lynbrook extended a 16-15 lead with 12 straight points. The closest SC could get after that was eight points late in the first half. Sharon Hightower paced SC with 14 points and 18 rebounds, but SC could not hold down Lynbrooks top scorer who had 25 points. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 4, Hope Adams 5, Collopy 0, Dalbey 2, Hightower 14, Newberry 2, Novo 5 and Wilson 6.

Dec. 21. Santa Cruz Upends Aptos In Overtime, 52-48. Santa Cruz took a 26-19 advantage into the locker room at the halftime intermission, but the Mariners battled back in the third quarter to out point the Cards 13-8 to get back into the game down only two points. At the 2:11 mark of the four quarter, Aptos was ahead 44-37. SC came back and scored the last seven points to tie the score in regulation. Free throws by the sisters Hope and Gwyn Adams in the final moments carried the Cards to the tie. SC out scored Aptos 8-4 in the overtime, when Sharon Hightower scored the winning bucket with 27 seconds left. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 6, Hope Adams 8, Biandi 1, Collopy 2, Hightower 16, Newberry 1, Novo 12 and Wilson 6.

In the consolation final against Piedmont Hills the Cards won 66-60 for the consolation title. It was close the opening half with the Cards ahead 29-26. But the Cardlettes scored 22 points in the third quarter to go ahead 51-38. Sharon Hightower scored 21 points and grabbed 21 rebounds and was named to the All Tournament team. Hope Adams put in 14, Serena Novo added 11 and Gwyn Adams contributed 10 en-rout to the victory. Others: Bianconi 0, Biandi 0, Collopy 2, Dalbey 0, Jung 0, Newberry 2, Scargill 0 and Wilson 6.

Jan. 10. Monta Vista Registers Win Over SC Girls 38-29. After a 19 day layoff, the Cardlettes lost to CCS twelfth ranked Monta Vista of Cupertino. The loss dropped SC to a 9-4 record. “We just didn’t play very well, we were a little stiff. But we’re ready for league. I would have liked to have won tonight to carry us into it , but you can’t have it your way all the time.” Sharon Hightower pulled down 17 rebounds. Poor shooting from the floor, connecting on just 32 percent of their tries, effected the Cards. Scoring: Hope Adams 8, Gwyn Adams 2, Hightower 5, Newberry 2, Novo 6 and Wilson 6.

Jan. 16. Santa Cruz Rallies Past Harbor In SCCAL Girls Opener 61-43. Led by the high scoring of Serena Novo and Sharon Hightower, who scored 20 and 18 points respectively rallied in the second half after having only one point lead at half time. SC came out hot the first quarter with a 16-1 lead, but Harbor outscored them 22-8 in the second quarter to make the halftime score 24-23. SC outscored Harbor 37-20 in the second half. Scoring: Novo 20, Hightower 18, Wilson 9, Gwyn Adams 5, Hope Adams 5, Jung 2, Dalbey 2, Biondi, Bianconi, Collopy, Newberry, Scargill and Welzor all 0.

Jan. 20. Cards Keep SCCAL Record Spotless by defeating Soquel 62-41 even without standout Sharon Hightower. The Cards big gun was Serena Novo, who scored 20 points for the second straight contest. Kathy Wilson also chipped in 17 points. SC made 26 of 58 field goal attempts for 45 percent. The Card led only 28-24 at halftime, but blasted forth outscoring the Knights 23-7 in the third quarter. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 8, Hope Adams 4, Biondi 6, Collopy 4, Jung 1, Newberry 2, Novo 20 and Wilson 17.

Jan. 27. Santa Cruz, Aptos Stay Tied In SCCAL. SC 77, SLV 33. SC had a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Jennifer Biondi paced SC with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Hope Adams had 16 markers. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 8, Bianconi 2, Collopy 10, Hightower 10, Jung 1, Novo 10, Wilson 8.

Jan. 28. SC easily beat Marello 58-21. Sharon Hightower once gain led the Cards with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Hope Adams had 15 points and eight rebounds. SC went out to a first quarter 20-0 lead. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 3, Biondi 4, Collopy 2, Jung 2, Newberry 3, Novo 5 and Wilson 2.

Jan. 30 Aptos came from behind in the final quarter with a 16 point surge and defeated SC 38-33. Aptos is 5-0 and SC 4-1 as the top two teams in the SCCAL. With 3:28 remaining in the third quarter, things weren’t looking too bright for Aptos, which was trailing SC 26-17 and was having trouble scoring. But Aptos rallied back and went into the fourth quarter down 26-22. A basket by Sharon Hightower, who led the Cards with 17 points made it 28-22 early in the fourth quarter. Aptos scored five unanswered points and were down by only one point 28-27 with 4:45 left. Hope Adams scored to make the score 30-27 with 4:25 left. With 3:23 left Aptos went ahead 31-30. Aptos built the led to 36-30 with 1:33 left. Aptos connected on 12 of 32 shots for 37 percent. SC made 12 of 47 for 26 percent. Aptos went out to a 10-2 advantage just past the midway point in the first quarter, but SC came back to tie the score 10-10 at the end of the quarter. SC dominated the second quarter and led 24-17 at halftime. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 4, Hope Adams 2, Novo 8, Weaver 2 and Wilson 0.

Feb. 3. Santa Cruz Girls Nip Harbor 54-52, In OT. The Bucs caught the Cards napping as they zipped out to 24-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter. SC trailed 30-19 at halftime. SC finally got things rolling in the second half and tied the score on a Sharon Hightower basket with just seconds left before the end of regulation play. In overtime, Harbor went ahead on a free throw. SC took the lead on a basket by Gwyn Adams with 1:20 left. Hightower hit a foul shot with 30 seconds left to provide the winning margin. SC was led by Hightower’s 18 points and 14 rebounds followed by Gwyn Adams with 14 points and Serena Novo with 12. Other scorers: Hope Adams 6, Newberry 2 Wilson 2.

Feb. 6. Big Opening Quarters Key Aptos, Santa Cruz Wins. SC blasted Soquel 22-8 in the first quarter and coasted to a 61-31 decision. SC was paced by Gwyn Adams with 14 points and Sharon Hightower with 13 points and 15 rebounds. SC heavily out rebounded Soquel and SC had six players with at least eight or more rebounds. Scoring: Hope Adams 6, Biondi 6, Dalbey 2, Novo 8, Weaver 5 and Wilson 7.

Feb. 10. SC 75, Marello 34. The SC sister duo Hope and Gwyn Adams, who accounted for 25 points between led the way. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 15, Hope Adams 10, Hightower 16, Wilson 8, Bianconi 4, Biondi 4, Collopy 1, Dalbey 2, Novo 11, Scargill 4, Weaver 0.

Feb. 13. SC turned the gas on in the second half to beat SLV 59-35. SC trailed at halftime 24-23, poured it on in the second half to notch 19 and 17 points in the third and fourth quarters. Hightower led the attack with 17 points and 18 rebounds. Gwyn Adams and Serena Novo added 28 more points between them. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 15, Hope Adams 2, Biondi 4, Newberry 6, Novo 13, Wilson 2.

Feb. 17. Aptos Proves It’s No. 1 In SCCAL in a convincing 60-42 win over SC. Aptos now 10-0 blew the game wide open in the fourth quarter, expanding an eight point lead by outscoring SC 22-10 in the last quarter. SC opened the game like gangbusters, running their way to an 11-2 lead. Aptos knotted the score with 50 seconds left in the first half, the went ahead 26-24 before the buzzer. Aptos hit 12 of 14 free throws in the first half and 22 of 33 for the game. Aptos won the rebounding battle 34-25. Sharon Hightower paced SC with 14 points followed by Gwyn Adams 9. SC at 8-2 with both losses to Aptos for second place. Scoring: Hope Adams 6, Bionconi 0, Biondi 0, Collopy 5, Newberry 0, Novo 8 and Wilson 0.

Trident. After their non league win over Aptos in December the girls looked to win the SCCAL championship for the first time since the 76-77 season. But the Mariners decisive 60-42 win in February ended those hopes. Senior Sharon Hightower led the Cards with 14 points followed by Gwyn Adams with 9. SC’s domination of the other teams in the league is evident, by the scores.

Feb. 20. SC Girls Get Another Shot At Aptos. SC earned a fourth and final shot at league champion Aptos with an easy victory over Harbor 66-45 in the first round of the SCCAL championship playoffs. Led by Sharon Hightower’s 23 point effort, SC exploded for 42 of its total scoring in the second and fourth quarters, while holding Harbor to 24 during that time. SC is 1-2 against Aptos this season, winning in the Cardlette Invitational and losing the two league games. “We have to be a lot quicker, shoot better and play better defense this time. We have to try and be a lot more intense, too,” said coach Ray Hunter. SC did all these things, topped by a red-hot 50 percent shooting performance from the floor and from the line. The defense forced Harbor into numerous poor shots. SC had only 12 turnovers to 26 for Harbor. SC pulled away in the second quarter, to break open a 12-12 first quarter tie. SC hit 9 of 11 shots in the second quarter to go ahead 34-24 at halftime. Other Scoring: Gwyn Adams 13, Hope Adams 8, Bianconi 2, Collopy 2, Dalbey 2, Newberry 2, Novo 7 and Wilson 7.

Feb. 22. Aptos Girls Continue Torrid Streak defeating SC 67-53 in the finals of the SCCAL Shaughnessy playoffs. The score was tied 36-36, shortly into the third quarter, when Aptos ran off a string of seven points within two minutes and then scored seven of the next nine to take a 50-38 lead with three minutes remaining in the period. The score was 66-47 with 1:24 minutes left in the game, when Aptos sat their its starters. Aptos is 20-3 on the season and its last loss was to SC 52-48 in overtime in early December. Sharon Hightower topped all scorers with 21 points. Scoring: Gwyn Adams 6, Hope Adams 7, Collopy 2, Hightower 21, Novo 15 and Wilson 2.

Starting this year second place teams go into the CCS playoffs, so the Cardlettes will have at least one more game.

In the first game of the CCS playoffs Seaside defeated SC 50-39. SC shocked the Spartans by staying within one point at intermission 24-23. SC entered the game as the eleventh ranked team in CCS, while Seaside was ranked fourth. Early in the first period, SC was trailing by four points and passing erratically. With less than two minutes gone, Seaside was controlling the game at both ends of the court. Kathy Wilson drove through the Seaside zone, layed it in and was fouled. Wilson reaped three points on the play to put SC ahead 7-6. The lead changed hands seven more times during the first half, before Seaside took the lead for good just two second before the end of the half. With 2:48 remaining, SC pulled to within four points, but Seaside to three quick breaks and had the game in hand with a ten point lead. Seaside outscored SC 9-2 in the closing two minutes, making the score more lopsided than it really was. Once Seaside finally realized they were in a ball game, their superiority became evident and they pulled away in the second half. The Seaside coach, “They did a few things I wasn’t expecting, like going man-to-man on defense and we had trouble adjusting. They worked us a little harder than we wanted to work. If they’re on, they’re a good them. They can play well.” SC took the lead four times in the first half and held it close to start the third period before the Spartans were able to take control. SC did not quit. Despite the momentum built by the Spartans to start the second half, SC fought back and still was in the game as the fourth period opened. Seaside reeled off six unanswered point to start the fourth to put the game on ice. Sharon Hightower was the main thrust on offense and defense with 15 points and 17 rebounds, before fouling out. Seaside keyed on Hightower throughout the contest and gave her no shots from inside the key until well into the second half. Coach Ray Hunter, “Every time Sharon got the ball, there were at least two people all over her. She played a fine game as she usually does and has been doing all year.” Gwyn Adams was another bright spot for the Cards. She was the leader on defense, as she kept the pressure on Seaside’s top scorer and held her well under her what she is accustomed too. Serena Novo added seven rebounds and blocked three shots. Coach Ray Hunter, “We almost had them. We just got intimidated by them. They got a few breaks and turned them into points. I was real pleased with the teams play tonight and throughout the season. The players are just a great bunch.” Scoring: Gwyn Adams 8, Hope Adams 3, Collopy 4, Hightower 15, Novo 4 and Wilson 5.

From the Trident. Cardlette basketball enjoyed one of its most successful seasons this year, with and 18-8 record. In league play, Santa Cruz finished second with a record of 8-2. The 79-80 season was highlighted with the selection of three Cardlettes to the all-league team. Sharon Hightower and Gwyn Adams, who are seniors and sophomore Serena Novo were the representatives of Santa Cruz High picked by the league coaches. Although not picked to the all league team, Kathy Wilson, senior point guard and Jeannie Collopy were big factors in our winning season. The rest of the team contributed greatly to our successful season with timely shooting and great hustle. Yes, it was a good year. Coach Ray Hunter.

Team members were Sharon Hightower, Gwyn Adams, Kathy Wilson, Serena Novo, Jeannie Collopy, Jennifer Dalbey, Hope Adams, Elaine Scargill, Jennifer Biondi, Ellen Newberry, Salena Weaver and Kim Bianconi.

SC had three players on the ten players first team ALL SCCAL squad selected by the league coaches. They were seniors Sharon Hightower and Gwynn Adams and sophomore Serena Novo.
Sharon Hightower is a four year first team player. As a freshman she was the starting center on the MBL championship team, which went on to take third place in the first CCS playoffs for girls. Senior Gwynn Adams is a four year varsity player with three years first string play and has been an honorable mention. Sophomore Serena Novo started her freshman year also and has been one of the top scorers and board crashers on the team.

GIRLS JV BASKETBALL

Practice games: Leland 43-22, Carmel 53-18, Watsonville 47-31, Fremont 49-16, Los Altos 36-21.
League: Aptos 36-38, 52-46; SLV 69-35, Soquel 49-38, 47-36; Harbor 33-44, Marello 61-15.
The JV teams league record mirrors the varsity record going 8-2, but they defeated Aptos once and lost to Harbor.

Dec. 2. SC 43, Leland 22. Scoring not listed
Dec. 3. SC 53, Carmel 18.
Dec. 12. SC 47. Watsonville 31.
Dec 13. SC 49, Fremont 16.
Dec. 16. SC 36, Los Altos 21.

In the first Aptos game, the Cardlettes led by five points with one minute left, when three starters fouled out within seconds of one another. Then Aptos scored seven points to win 38-36.

In the second round, SC challenged the Mariners at home and were down 10 points in the middle of the first half, when they put on a furious rush and led 25-24 at half. SC maintained their lead to win 52-46.

SC defeated SLV 69-35. Coach Chris Cowie states, “The girls run away from the mediocre teams by building up large leads early in the game.” He feels the teams real strong point is their tenacious defensive play all over the court. The team is made up of star outside shooter Stacey Harper; floor general Lawanda Burks; power forward Tammy Gonzales; finesse forward Maria Aguirre and defensive stalwart Ann McFadden. Substitute Kimi Strong averages a point per minute.

SC defeated Soquel 49-38. Scoring: Aguirrie 7, Burks 21, Darrow 4, Gonzales 10, Sullivan 4 and Kinny 3.

Jan. 23. SC 61, Marello 15. The Cards led 30-9 at halftime. Scoring: Burks 18, McFadden 5, Sullivan 6, Munoz 6, Strong 2, Darrow 10, Gonzales 6, Aguirre 4, Kinney 4

Feb. 3. Harbor 44, SC 33. Halftime score 22-12, Harbor. Scoring: Aguirre 9, Burks 10, Kinney 8, McFadden 2, Mulholand 4.

Feb. 6. SC 47, Soquel 36. Halftime score 23-10, SC. Scoring: Aguirre 19, Darrow 1, Burks 11, Gonzales 4, Harper 2, Kinney 8, McFadden 2.

Team members were Marnie Munoz, Tami Gonzales, Stacy Harper, Marie Aguirre, Teresa Cruz, Ann McFadden, Doreen Agurrie, Kerry Kinney, Sue Sullivan, Lawanda Burks, Cindy, and Colleen Mulholand.

WRESTLING WINS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

with a 6-3-1 record.
Yearbook. The team lacked vital experience as 11 of last years starting 13 players had departed. This year five seniors completed their wrestling careers and 14 underclassmen gained valuable experience. Mitch Ronning and Kurt Likens were elected Co-Captains by the squad. Other team members were Don Dumller, Juan Corona, Jason Mosher, Robert Marangi, Mike Dobson, Sergio Hernandez, Billy Lambert, Duke Lee, Steve Rodriguez, Scott Limroth, Joe Zavala and Randy Hand.

Sentinel. Feb. 11. Santa Cruz Cards Edge Soquel In SCCAL Mat Championship. Points earned at the Tournament were SC 141, Soquel 131, SLV 113 and Aptos 106.
In February after an uphill climb we won the SCCAL for the fourth successive year. Individual championships were captured by Rick Matoza, 98; Randy Hand, 106; Kurt Likens, 115 and Joel Bettencourt, 130. All four will be going on to compete at the CCS Region IV tournament at Cabrillo College. Those who placed second were Blanco, 141; Ronning, 148 and Hernandez, 238. Lee, 123; Berry, 178 and Dobson, 194 took third place. Limroth, 136; Workman, 157; took fourth. From the Trident. Matoza, Hand and Bettencourt are all sophomores. Likens is a senior who enjoyed a outstanding year.

Sentinel. Feb. 24. At the Region IV championships with seventeen teams entered, SC came in eleventh with 20 points. Watsonville won with 102 points. Matoza, 95 and Hand 103 took third places. They were the only Cards to qualify for the CCS finals.

Sentinel. Mar. 2. SCCAL Wrestlers Strike Out In Sectional Championships. At the CCS finals both Matoza and Hand lost in the opening round and were eliminated.

Sentinel. Dec. 2. In an early season Aptos Takedown Tourney the Cards came in sixth. Rich Matoza, 95 and John Bettancourt, 127 took second places, Randy Hand, 103 took third and Juan Corona at 133 took fourth.

Sentinel. Dec 6. The season dual meet opener was a loss to Mount Pleasant 15-48. Winners were Richard Matoza at 95 pounds by decision, Steve Rodriguez at 138 by pin and Mitch Ronning at 145 by forfeit.

Dec 9. At the novice tournament (limited to wrestlers without any prior high school experience) at Aptos, SC had six place. They were first placers: Strong, 133; Limroth, 138 and Berry, 175.
Second place: Hernandez, heavyweight. Third placers: Mosher, 112 and Zavala, 19.1

Dec 12.At the Eight-Way Tourney at Branham High the Cards took first place in the team competition. Randy Hand, Kurt Likens and Tom Blanco each won three matches to win their weight classes to help their team beat the three other teams in the competition. In the first round SC beat Leigh 45-30. Winners by pins were Likens, 112; Corona, 120; Bettencourt, 127; Blanco, 138; Ronning, 145 and Berry, 175. Matoza, 95 won by decision.
In the second round SC and Branham tied 33-33, but since SC “out pinned” Branham, SC went to the finals.
In final round, SC 36, Yerba Buena 31. Winners by pins were Likens, 112; Bettencourt, 127; Blanco, 138 and Goin, 165. Ronning, 145 won by decision. Berry, 175 and Hernandez, 191won by forfeits.

Dec. 21. Just before Christmas vacation Watsonville beat the Cards 40-30 in a non-league match.. Winners by pins were Hand, 103; Bettencourt, 120; Limroth, 133; Berry, 165. Winners by decision were Blanco, 138 and Likens, 112. Each team won four matches by pin.

Card Matters top San Jose 36-24. Winning by pin were Tom Blanco, 138. Kurt Likens, 112 and Mitch Ronning 145 won by decision. Richard Matoza, 95; Karl Goin, 165; Joe Zavala, 191 and Mike Dodson, heavyweight all won by forfeit.

Senior Kurt Likens was selected as the Sentinel Prep of the Week. He wrestles in the 120 pound division and last week was a triple winner in the prestigious Branham Eight-Way Wrestling meet, helping SC take first place.

Jan. 11. In the first league match for both teams. Soquel picked up five wins in the upper weight classes to beat SC 36-25. Soquel forfeited three lower classifications. Corona won by decision at 127. Limroth at 133 won by decision. SC is 4-3. SC won the JV match 30-6.

Jan 16. Cards tie with Pacific Grove 33-33. Randy Hand, 103, Scott Limroth, 133 and Mitch Ronning, 145 won by pins. Richard Matoza, 98 won by decision. Troy Berry, 175 and Mike Dobson, 191 won by forfeit.

SC Wrestlers Finish Tenth At Westmont Tournament. Richard Matoza, 98 and Joel Bettencourt, 129 both finished third in their divisions. Others who placed at the tournament, but places were not mentioned were Randy Hand, 105; Tom Blanco, 140; Mitch Ronning, 147 and Mike Dobson, 193. As a team SC scored 33 points in the 18 school tournament.

Jan 25. Cards Pin Aptos 40-27. Rich Matoza and Joel Bettencourt pinned their opponent and three other Cards Kurt Likens, 112; Joe Workman, 154 and Troy Berry, 175 won by decision as
SC is now 5-3 overall and 1-1 in league.

Jan. 27. SC Wrestlers Third At Gonzales Tournament. Richie Matoza, 95 and Randy Hand, 103 each picked up third places in the Gonzales Tournament. Other point winners were Kurt Likens, 114; Joel Bettencourt, 135; Steve Rodriguez, 135 and Mitch Ronning, 147. At the 16 team tournament the Cards grabbed 36 team points.

Feb. 6. Card Wrestlers Top SLV 39-23. SC season record 6-3-1 and 2-1 in league. Winning by pins were Richie Matoza, 95; Randy Hand, 103; Bettencourt, 127 and Dobson, 191. Winners by decision were Likens, 112 and Limroth, 133. Won by forfeit were Rodriguez, 138 and Hernandez, heavyweight. Blanco, 145 tied. Not bad for a team expecting a rebuilding season!

Team Honors
Randy Hand–Most Valuable and most pins
Rich Matoza– Most Take-Downs
Troy Berry– Rookie of the Year
Kurt Likens and Mitch Ronning team co-captains and Sportsmanship award winners.
Mitch Ronning– Spartan award
Thanks to Linda Imonti and Rovonda Hand who served as mat maids. Coach Tex Ronning.

BOYS SOCCER

Practice games: Baymonte 2-4, Seaside 0-2, 2-4; Alisal 0-3, Gunn 1-5, Monterey 2-4, 2-5; Los Gatos 0-4, 0-7; North Monterey 1-4. Practice record 0-10. League: SLV 2-7, 2-3; Harbor 3-4, 0-3; Aptos 5-7 in overtime, 5-4; Marello 1-0 (forfeit); 6-1; Soquel 1-0 (forfeit), 3-2. League record 5-5 for fourth place. Season record 5-15.

Sentinel Dec 2. SC scored its lone goal against Gunn on a kick by Chuck Dunbar about 25 minutes into the game, giving SC a 1-0 lead. Thirty seconds later Gunn tied the score to ahead 2-1 at halftime. Gunn added three more goals in the second half.

Dec. 5. Monterey Rally Passes SC 4-2 and SC is no 0-5 overall. SC struck first when Elio Eizzi scored 16 minutes into the game. Jeff George scored the final goal of the match. The defense was led by goalie Will Schlegel, who recorded 22 saves and by Mike Ekkart and Mike Schmahl. On offense Dunbar and Larry Guthrie were the leaders.

Trident. The soccer team has not had much luck in their preseason, but they are gaining momentum and may yet be a contender. They are better than their 0-8 record would indicate. Goalie Will Schlegel made 22 saves in a 1-5 loss against Gunn. Chuck Dunbar scored the only goal.
Los Gatos shut out the Cards 4-0.
North Monterey won 5-2 with Samadani and Ramirez scoring for the Cards.

Jan. 11. Cardinals Can’t Make Enough Out Of Shots. SC converted 50 percent of its shots on goal against Harbor, which is a figure usually good enough to produce a victory. But the Cards got off only six shots and lost to Harbor 4-3 in the mud at Harbor. Chuck Dunbar hit twice for the Cards and Jose Ramirez added the other. SC dropped to 0-2 in league.

Jan 24. SC winless in three league matches scored first against SLV and held it on a goal by Jose Rameriz at the half. SLV scored three goals and SC one for a SLV 3-2 victory. “We had them on the ropes, but we just couldn’t hang on,” coach Dempewolf.

Jan. 27. Aptos Clips SC In OT. It was far from flawless soccer, but when the dust cleared Aptos beat SC in overtime 7-5 to remain undefeated in league. Aptos had to battle back four times, before getting the winning goal. Kay Samadami scored twice in the first half, which opened the game with a 2-0 lead in the first eight minutes. Harbor beat SC 3-0 the day before.
League standings at the of the first round of league games at this date: Harbor 5-2, Aptos 4-01, SLV 4-0-0, Soquel 2-2-1, SC 05-0, Marello 0-5-0.

Jan. 31. Santa Cruz, SLV Triumph. It was a long time coming, but the wait was well worth it as SC notched its first league soccer match over previously undefeated Aptos 5-4 in overtime. At the end of the first half the score was tied 3-3. The scoring for SC in the first half were two by Chuck Dunbar and on by Jose Ramrez. Aptos scored to make it 4-3, but the game was sent into overtime, by Kay Samadani, who took a corner kick from Larry Guthrie with one minute left in regulation for SC to send the game into OT. In the first five minute overtime neither team scored. Guthrie scored the winning goal with seconds left in the second overtime. “He was definitely the outstanding player for us,” said Dempewolf of Guthrie, who also collected three assists. “Needless to say this was a well deserved win for our kids.”

Feb. 1. Cards blast Marello 6-1. Dunbar score three goals, his first hat trick and Samadani had two.

The Cards take Soquel 3-2 for their fourth victory in a row. Scorers were David Sweet, Gunthrie and Samadani. “I was really pleased with the play of our midfielders, something I’ve been looking for all season,” coach Dempewolfe.

Feb. 10. In the final game of the season, Soquel had only eight players and forfeited to SC.

From Coach Don Dempewolf, “Even though the Cards got off to a rocky start, the season was not a total loss. There were many games we could have won and felt that we were only “out” of two league games. In spite of setting a new school record for consecutive losses with 15, we did well in SCCAL play. The Cards won their last five games in a row to place fourth in league. The future looks bright with 10 lettermen returning for next season.”

The Cards were outscored by their practice opponents 10 to 42, they out scored their league opponents 28-27 and for the whole season were outscored 38 to 69.

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Chuck Dunbar and Khosrow Samadani two each
Pre-season total scoring — Chuck Dunbar 3
League season total scoring — Chuck Dunbar 9
Overall season scoring — Chuck Dunbar 12

Stats for the team:
Highest game score — Marello 6-1
Shut outs — two
Consecutive wins — five
Consecutive losses — 15

Individual scoring by practice games, league and total for season:
PR LEA TOTAL
Chuck Dunbar 3 9 12
K. Samadani 2 7 9
Jose Ramirez 1 6 7
Larry Guthrie 0 3 3
Elio Gizzi 1 0 1
Jeff George 1 0 1
Art Wilson 1 0 1
Phil Biagini 1 0 1
Dave Sweet 0 1 1
Totals 10 26 36

ALL SCCAL

selections were mid fielder Larry Guthrie and left wing Chuck Dunbar.
Honorable mention were Mike Schmahl, Gustavo Ibarra, Mike Ekkart and Jose Rameriz.

Other team members were Greg DeRenne, Efrain Diaz, Behruz Kangarlou, Dan Kier, Mitch Kimura and goal keeper Pedro Villalobos.

FROSH-SOPH BOYS SOCCER

Practice games: Baymonte 2-0, Gilroy 4-1, 1-3; Monterey 1-0, 1-1; Seaside 3-2, 0-2; Alisal 0-3, Gunn 0-2, North Monterey 2-0. Practice record 5-4-1. Played Los Gatos varsity reserves, so not included in the records, though the scores were Los Gatos 0-3, 0-2. League games: SLV 0-1, 5-0; Harbor 4-0, 4-2; Aptos 0-1, 1-2; Soquel 0-1, 2-0. League record 4-4 for fourth place. Season record 9-8-1.

SC tied with Monterey 1-1 with Jose Cabrera two minutes into the second half. Top defensive players were fullback Gregorio Camarena and goalie Dave D’Esposito, who registered 13 saves.
Jan. 24. Danielle Howe became the first girl in the schools soccer history to score a goal against boys competition as SC blanked SLV 3-0.

The JV’s strongest opponent was Aptos, who defeated the Cards in close matches 1-0 and 2-1. Coach George Martinez feels the team could have beaten Aptos, if it were not for the absence of two starters.

The JV’s split their games with Soquel 0-1 loss and 2-0 win.

Fredrico Cubilla and Rudy Valdez are the teams two strongest and most dependable players.

“We have a strong team and there is tremendous potential. When they are juniors and seniors they will definitely take the championship,” said coach Martinez.

The Cards goals scored were even with their practice opponents 14 to 14, they outscored their league opponents 16 to 7and for the whole season 30 to 21.

From Head Coach Don Dempewolf, “The Frosh-Soph team maintained the winning tradition at SC by finishing with a winning record 9-8-1 and a fourth place finish in the SCCAL. The team was led in scoring by Matt Biggs with 13 goals in 14 games. The team was weakened when Matt moved to Saratoga with four games remaining in the season. The team again was stingy on defense allowing only seven goals in SCCAL play. Defensive leaders were goal keeper Fred Plageman, defenders Andrew Harvey Mike Kimura and Gregorio Camerena. Only three of the 23 players who lettered were sophomores, so we are looking forward to a good season next year.”

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Matt Biggs with three
Pre-season total scoring — Matt Biggs seven
League season total scoring — Matt Biggs six
Overall season scoring — Matt Biggs 13

Stats for the team:
Highest game score — Marello 5-0
Shut outs — six
Consecutive wins — four
Consecutive losses — three

Individual scoring
PR LEA TOTALS
Matt Biggs 7 6 13
Sergio Sierra 3 4 7
Jose Cabrera 1 3 4
Danielle Howe 0 3 3
Rudy Valdez 1 0 1
Larry Cox 1 0 1
Mike Kimura 1 0 1
Totals 14 16 30

Other team members were Gegoric Camerena, Frederico Cubillo, Dave D’Esposito, Eddie DeWinter, Samuel Diaz, Kenny Frye, Pete Ehrman, Zack Hagler, Mike Hand, Andrew Havey, David Hunter, Scott Kier, John Nelson, Tom Passerino, Hilario Perez, Fred Plageman, ChiCho Ruiz and Sander Williams. Head Coach George Martinez and assistant Rafael Santana.

GIRLS SOCCER CLUB

Team members were Wendy Johnson, Marcy Johnson, Silvia Garcia, Kim Hodges, Dawn Overson, Gina Ellena, Linda Avila and Amy Zavala.

Tennis, swimming after baseball

BASEBALL

practice games: Camden 11-8, North Monterey 6-5, Watsonville 0-3, 9-2; Hollister 5-3, Alisal 11-10, Carmel 3-2, Morro Bay 4-3, 8-0; Watsonville Boosters Tournament: Hollister 5-4, North Monterey 9-7 and Terra Nova 1-5 for second place. Practice games 10-2. League: Soquel 3-8, 2-1, 5-2; Marello 6-0, 13-2, 9-0; Aptos 2-9, 5-1, 3-4; SLV 9-7, 10-5, 9-5; Harbor 4-5, 6-3, 2-4; League record 10-5, second place. Season record 20-7.
CCS first round game lost to Carmel 3-5. Final season record 20-8.

Returning from last years league champions are all league selections, shortstop Mike Scott and first baseman/pitcher Rich Barker. Other returning starters are Mike DiTano, P; Mark Hodges, 2B; Steve Pacheco, 3B; Greg Pacheco, OF/1B; Robert Medina, OF; Rudy Escalante, C; and Dennis Hunter, OF. Up from the JV team are pitchers John Abicht, John Wilson and Brian Whitesell; catcher, Eric Lowdermailk; outfielders, Todd Noland, Larry Robinson, Frank Bowen and Jim Loftus.

Sentinel preseason write up. SC Coach, “We’re looking forward to the start of the season. Its been nice to be able to work with guys who understand what’s going on and are willing to work. We’ve covered a lot of things in a short period of time this year, which makes things enjoyable. The guys think they have a pretty good chance to win league again. They think they can win. They found out last year that they could win. It’s not going to be easy, but they’ve got a shot. The infield is good and the hitting shouldn’t be bad. Their are guys who can hit the ball right down the lineup. There is pretty good speed throughout the team. We even have substitutes this year. The pitching arms are there, its just a matter of them coming along during the season. The good defense is going to help the pitching out and it will make the pitchers job a little easier.”

In their opener the Cards led 8-3 after two innings, but had to hang on to win 11-8. Both teams had 11 hits, but errors by both teams played a big factor in the outcome. Camden had six errors and SC four. Mike DiTano started on the mound and went three innings for the win. John Abicht went the next two and two thirds innings and Rich Barker finished up. Top hitters were Mark Hodges who collected three hits, including a double and drove in three runs. Robert Medina had a pair of safeties and knocked in three runs. Others with an RBI were Todd Noland. Mike Scott and Eric Lowdermilk Lineup: Greg Pacheco 1B, 3-2; Mark Hodges 2B, 4-3; Mike Scott SS, 4-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 2-0; Robert Medina CF, 3-2; Mike DiTano P, 2-1; Todd Noland LF, 2-1; Dennis Hunter RF, 4-0; Lowdermilk C, 2-1; Frank Bowen CF, 1-1; John Abicht P, 1-0 and Rich Barker P, 1-0.

Down 5-0 going into the six inning the Cards scored three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat North Monterey 6-5. SC down to its last out of the ball game, got a shot in the arm from Larry Robinson, who banged a two strike bases loaded single off the fence at Harvey West to drive in the winning run. Earlier in the sixth inning, Robinson made his presence felt when he entered the game and singling in a run. Others with RBI’s were Mark Hodges with two, Gregg Pacheco and Robert Medina had one each. Hodges also had a double. Rich Barker started and went two innings allowing two hits, one walk, two earned runs and struck out four. Mike DiTano threw the next three innings allowing two hits, three walks, two earned runs and struck out four. John Abicht threw shut out ball the last two innings allowing no hits, no walks, striking out three for the win. The Cards had six hits and allowed only four hits. They also cut their errors down to two. Lineup: Greg Pacheco 1B, 4-1; Hodges 2B, 4-2; Scott SS, 4-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 2-0; Modena CF, 2-1; Barker P, 1-0; Noland LF, 2-0; Hunter RF, 2-0; Lowdermilk C, 1-0; Escalante C, 0-0; Bowen RF, 0-0; Robinson LF, 2-2; DiTano 1-0 and Abicht P, 1-1.

Watsonville shut out the Cards 3-0 and allowed them just two hits. The Cards used four pitchers who gave up five hits and walked eight. Rich Barker started and went two innings, followed by Brian Whitesell who took the loss giving up two runs in one inning, John Abicht for two and John Wilson for one. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Scott SS, 3-1; Greg Pacheco CF, 2-0; Hodges 2B, 3-1; Robinson RF, 3-0; Modena 3B, 3-0; Ecalante C, 2-0; Noland LF, 3-0; Barker P/1B, 2-0; Wilson 1B/P, 1-0; Lowdermilk C, 1-0; Whitesell P, 0-0 and Abicht P, 0-0.

Cards Rally In Sixth, Come Back Again, 5-3 over Hollister in a typical, come from behind fashion. Mike DiTano started and went the first three innings allowing four hits, one walk, two earned runs and struck out three, John Abicht went the next three innings allowing four hits, no walks, one earned run and struck out three for the win. Brian Whitesell pitched the seventh giving up one hit, two walks and no runs for the save. Rich Barker drove in the two go ahead runs in the sixth inning. Mike Ditano and Mark Hodges each had an RBI. The Cards played errorless ball and ended the game with a double play. Lineup: Scott SS, 0-0 with three walks and two runs; Modena RF, 2-0; Hodges 2B, 3-1; Robinson CF, 3-1; DiTano P, 1-1; Escalante C, 2-0; Barker LF, 3-2; Steve Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Wilson 1B, 2-1; Lowdermilk C, 0-0; Noland 2B, 0-0; Hunter CF, 1-0; Abicht P, 1-0 and Bowen RF, 1-0.

SC won a 21 run slugfest at Alisal 11-10 to run their record to 4-1. Larry Robinson was the big gun for the Cards, banging out four hits in five at bats, each hit driving in a run. Tied 9-9 after four innings the Cards rallied for two runs in the fifth inning for the win. Rich Barker started, but did not make it out of the first inning, being replaced by John Abicht who pitched through the third inning. Mike DiTano went three and two thirds innings for the win. Brian Whitesell threw one pitch for the last out and got the save. Robinson hit a triple to go with his four hits and four RBI’s. Bowen had a double. Other RBI’s were by Hodges two, Robert Medina, Barker and DiTino each had one. The Cards had a bad day in the field making seven errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 4-2 with three runs; Modena SS, 5-2; Hodges 2B, 3-1; Robinson CF, 5-4; Barker P/1B, 4-1; DiTano P, 2-0; Escalante C, 1-1; Hunter RF, 2-0; Bowen LF, 1-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 1-0; Wilson 1B, 0-0; Abicht P, 2-1 and Lowdermilk C, 1-0.

Card hurlers give up only one hit in a 3-2 win over Carmel. The Cards have notched four of their five victories through come from behind efforts, worked their magic once again when they rallied for three runs in the sixth inning. Baker started and pitched two innings striking out four, giving up no hits, walks or earned runs. DiTano went three innings gave up one hit, three walks, two earned runs and struck out two. John Wilson set the side down in one-two-three order in the last two innings for the win. Robinson started the rally with a single, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on Barkers single. Barker then stole second and third. Noland walked and stole second. They both scored on a misplayed dribbler. Errors are still a problem for the Cards with four more this game. Lineup: Scott SS, 4-1; Medina RF, 3-0; Hodges 2B, 3-1; Robinson CF, 3-1; Steve Pacheco 3B, 3-1; Barker P, 1-1; Noland LF, 2-0; DiTano P, 2-0; Escalante C, 3-1 and Wilson P, 1-0.

Cards come from behind again beating Morro Bay 4-3, when Steve Pacheco doubled in Hodges with the winning run in the last of the seventh. Pacheco doubled in the first run of the game also. Wilson had an RBI and DiTano had a double. The Cards out hit Morro Bay 5 to 4 and both teams played well in the field each giving up only one error. Coaches comments, “We’re always in the game. Ever body’s been with it for the whole game. Our defense is looking good and we’ve been hitting the ball well, too.” Mike DiTano started and went the first five innings for the longest stint by a pitcher this year. He gave up one hit, six walks, one earned run and struck out three. Barker finished up the game allowing three hits, two walks, one earned run and struck out three for the win. Lineup: Scott SS, 3-0; Medina RF, 2-1; Hodges 2B, 3-0; Robinson CF, 3-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 4-2; Whitesell DH, 2-0; Escalante C, defense; Lowdermilk C, defemse; defense means the designated hitter hit for them; Barker P, 0-0; DiTano P, 3-1; Noland LF, 1-0; and Wilson 1B, 2-1.

Three Card pitchers hurl No Hitter. John Wilson started and went for two innings, Brian Whitesell for one and John Abicht for four innings as they no hit Morrow Bay in a 8-0 win on Saturday at Harvey West. The Cards allowed only three walks and one error, while come up with nine base hits. Abicht got credit for the win. It was a tight 2-0 game going into the sixth inning, when the Cards exploded for six runs as 11 batters went to the plate. The top hitter was Barker, went two for four and drove in three runs. DiTano and Hodges also drove in a run. Lineup: Noland 2B, 3-0; Modena SS, 1-0 and three runs; Barker 1B, 4-2; Steve Pacheco 3B, 1-0; Wilson P, 2-1; Bowen CF, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, 1-0; Hunter RF, 3-1; Loftus LF, 1-0; Robinson LF, 2-2; Hodges 2B, 1-1; Scott SS, 1-0; Whitesell P, 2-0; Abicht P, 0-0; Escalante C, 1-0 and DiTano PH, 1-1.

Cards Rally, Blast Watsonville 9-2 in a night game at Harvey West. The Cards on the strength of a six run sixth inning overwhelmed the Cats. Four Card hurlers gave up four hits, six walks and no earned runs due to the two Card errors in the game. Wilson, DiTano and Barker each pitched two innings and Abicht got the save pitching the last inning. Starter John Wilson got the win. Barker and Hodges had triples. Noland a 5-7, 150 pound junior outfielder drove in two runs and Steve and Greg Pacheco, Hodges, and Wilson drove in one each. Lineup: Greg Pacheco LF, 3-1; Modena SS, 3-0; Robinson CF, 3-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 4-2; Hodges 2B, 4-2; Barker 1B/P, 3-2; Wilson P/1B, 1-1; Escalante C, 1-0; Noland RF, 3-2; Scott SS, 1-0; DiTano P, 1-0 and Lowdermilk C, 1-0.

Soquel Stuns Santa Cruz 8-3 on a cold and windy day at Soquel High. In the sixth inning the game was halted for about 15 minutes, because of the sun’s angle was making it difficult for the batter and catcher to see the pitched ball. Soquel had 12 hits and 10 stolen bases, but only three earned runs partially due to eight Card errors. The Soquel pitcher held the Cards to five hits. DiTano started and went three and two thirds innings and gave up three earned runs. Wilson relieved and went two and one third innings and allowed no earned runs. Barker doubled and drove in the only Card earned run. Lineup: Scott SS/LF, 3-0; Greg Pacheco LF, 3-1; Hodges 2B, 4-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 2-1; Robinson CF, 3-0; Barker 1B, 3-2; Modena DH/SS, 3-1; Escalante C, defense; Lowdermilk C, defense; DiTano P, 1-0 and Noland RF, 1-0.

Marello Downed By SC 6-0. John Wilson a 5-7, 145 pound sophomore lefthander, allowed only four hits in a Wednesday night game at Harvey West. Wilson displayed pinpoint accuracy the entire game, striking out seven and walking none. Wilson does not posses an overpowering fastball. The lefthander did well, because he kept the ball down and mixed his pitches well, changing speeds frequently. His coach was extremely pleased with his performance. “John did a great job. He has done well all season. Tonight was the first time he has gone over four innings. John’s going seven was a big plus for us.” The coach also had high praise for catcher Rudy Escalante. “Rudy did an excellent job behind the plate and in calling the pitches. It probably was his best game this year. He was relaxed and threw out the first Marello player trying to steal in the first inning. Marello never tried to steal again. Rudy also produced at the plate with a double. The coach was happy with the play of Robert Modena at shortstop. “He has not played much there this year, but he made every play that came to him. This was a big game for us after not playing well in our first league game. The Cards did not make an error.
Wilson and Scott each had RBI’s. Lineup: Scott RF, 2-0; Modena SS, 4-1; Greg Pacheco LF, 3-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Robinson CF, 2-0; Barker 1B, 4-0; Hodges 2B, 3-0; Wilson P, 3-1; Noland DH, 1-0; Escalante C, 1-1. Lowdermilk C, 0-0; Whitesell PH, 1-0 and Bowen PH, 1-0.

Aptos Romps By Santa Cruz 9-2. SC scored two unearned runs in the top of the second inning, which was the extent of their scoring. The Cards were held to five hits, one of which was a double by Barker. DiTano started and went four innings and gave up six earned runs. John Abicht went one and two thirds innings and gave up two earned runs. Barker got the last out. The Cards had three errors to Aptos’ one. Lineup: Modena RF, 3-0; Scott SS, 3-0; Greg Pacheco LF, 3-2; Steve Pacheco 3B, 2-0; Barker DH/P, 2-1; DiTano P, defense; Abicht P, defense; .Hodges 2B, 3-1; Robinson CF, 3-0; Wilson 1B, 3-1and Escalante C, 2-0.

At the Watsonville Boosters Tournament the Cards defeated Hollister 5-4 after being down 2-4 going into the fifth inning. In the top of the seventh the Cards tied the score as Robinson walked, stole second and was sacrificed to third and scored on Scott’s single. Scott stole second and scored the winning run on Modena’s single. Wilson started and went the first three innings giving up two earned runs. DiTano finished the game for the win. He gave up no hits struck out six, walked one and allowed no runs. Of his four innings, three innings were in one-two-three innings, but the seventh he walked one batter. A fine outing. There was only one error by the Cards. Wilson and Hodges each had an RBI. The Cards only struck out twice. Lineup: Scott SS, 4-2 and two stolen bases and two runs; Greg Pacheco 1B/LF, 2-0; Wilson P/1B, 4-2; Steve Pacheco 3b, 3-1; Modena RF, 2-1; Hodges 2B, 3-1; Escalante C, 2-0; Robinson CF, 2-0; Bowen LF, 1-0 and DiTano P, 1-0.

Santa Cruz topped North Monterey 9-7, despite committing seven errors. The Cards started poor and ended poor, giving up three runs in the first inning without giving up a base hit, due to four errors and three walks. In the seventh inning the Cards put the first two batters on by errors and gave up four runs with only two earned on three straight hits. In between the Cards played fairly well. Barker started and went four innings giving up three hits and no earned runs. He did not give up a walk after the first inning. Barker earned the win. John Abicht pitched the last three innings for the save giving up three hits and allowing two earned runs. Scott and Noland had triples. Steve Pacheco and Hodges had two RBI’s apiece and Noland, Modena, Scott and Greg Pacheco had one apiece. Lineup: Scott SS, 3-3 and two stolen bases and two runs; Greg Pacheco LF/CF, 4-1; Barker P/LF, 4-0; Wilson 1B, 4-1; Steve Pacheco DH, 4-2; Lowdermilk C, defense; Modena 3B, 3-1 and two stolen bases and two runs; Hodges 2B, 4-2; Robinson CF, 1-0; Noland RF, 3-1; Abicht P, 2-1 and Loftus RF, 1-0.

The Cards tied for second with four other schools at the twelve team Watsonville Booster Tournament. Alisal won the event. The Cards lost to Terra Nova, from Pacifica 1-5 in their last game of the tourney. It was a well played game with only one error in the game and it was by the Cards. The Cards were limited to six hits and three of them came in the seventh inning, but a double play ended the game. Scott tripled in the first inning, but could not score. Greg Pacheco doubled and Modena drove in the lone run. DiTano started and went five innings giving up three earned runs and taking the loss. Wilson finished the last two inning giving up one run. Lineup: Scott SS, 1-1; Greg Pacheco LF, 3-1; Wilson DH/P, 2-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 2-0; DiTano P, defense; Modena SS/CF, 2-1; Hodges 2B, 3-1; Barker 1B, 3-0; Escalante C, 2-1; Robinson CF, 2-1 and Noland RF, 3-0.

Back to league play
Valley Stretches Hit, But Cards Hold Up 9-7 as the league season resumes. SLV stretched one hit into seven runs. In the first inning two walks, a wild pitch, a throwing error and a single, the only Cougar hit of the day, scored two runs for the Valley. The Cards came right back to tie the score. Scott doubled and stole third. Greg Pacheco singled him home, stole second, went to third on a fielders choice and scored on a ground out. The Cards scored two more in the fifth and five more in the sixth inning to put them ahead 9-2. DiTano started on the mound and the first batter flied out, then three walks and a hit brought lefthander Wilson to the mound. He pitched six and two third innings of no hit ball for the win. He struck out seven and walked two. After Wilson walked the first batter of the seventh inning, two relievers came in and walked four batters, hit two batters along with an infield error and a sacrifice fly left two runners on base and the score 9-7. Wilson went back to the mound and struck out the next two batters to end the game. The last two innings were pretty wild for both teams. SC had five errors and SLV committed three errors. Wilson hit a triple and Scott a double. RBI’s were Steve Pacheco with two and Greg Pacheco, Robinson and Wilson with one apiece. Lineup: Scott SS, 2-2; Greg Pacheco LF, 4-3; Robinson CF, 2-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 2-1; Wilson DH/P, 4-1; Modena RF, 3-0; Barker RF/P, 3-0; Escalante C, 2-0; Hodges 2B, 3-0; Hunter RF, 1-0; Abicht P, 0-0; Nolan PH, 1-1 and Lowdermilk C, 0-0.

Harbor Holds On To Edge SC 5-4. Both teams were plagued by errors. The Cards led with six and Harbor had five. The Cards out hit Harbor 9 to 5. The Cards coach was pleased with his team’s performance in the late going. He thought they played real well. “We were down by four runs and yet we did not quit. I am real proud of the play of the team” Barker started on the mound and went two and two thirds innings giving up five hits, five runs, but only one earned run, walked none, struck out three and took the loss. DiTano finished up giving up one hit, walking one and striking out six in an excellent performance. Scott and DiTano had triples. Scott and Greg Pacheco had RBI’s. Lineup: Scott SS, 4-1; Modena DH, 3-0; Escalante C, defense; Greg Pacheco LF, 4-3; Steve Pacheco 3B, 4-1; Robinson CF, 4-0; Wilson 1B, 4-3; Barker P/RF, 3-0; Hodges 2B, 2-0; Noland RF, 0-0 and DiTano P, 3-1.

Cards End Soquel Win Streak. Behind the brilliant pitching of Sophomore John Wilson the Cards upset the league leading Knights 2-1 under the lights at Harvey West. Wilson allowed just one unearned run on five hits and four of them were infield hits. Wilson as usual displayed pin point accuracy rarely throwing the same pitch in the same spot to the same batter twice in a row. Catcher Rudy Escalante is responsible for helping with the pitch selections and for the fine job of framing the pitches. Wilson and Escalante effectively shut down Soquel’s running game. The Knights have been averaging seven stolen bases a game, but were held to three steals this game. Wilson walked only two while striking out eight. In 23 league innings, Wilson has given up three earned runs for an earned run average of 0.91. Mike Scott led off the Cards first inning with a line shot double to left center and scored on Greg Pacheco’s single. They teamed up in the fifth inning to score the winning run. Both teams committed two errors. Soquel and Aptos are tied for first with 5-1 records. SC and Harbor are tied for third with 3-3 records. Lineup: Scott SS, 3-2 and two runs; Modena RF, 1-0. Greg Pacheco LF, 3-2; Wilson P, 3-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 2-0; DiTano DH, 2-0; Barker 1b, defense; Robinson CF, 3-1; Escalante C, 2-0 and Noland 2B, 1-0.

Cardinal Team Up On Prep. Hitting, Pitching Sharp. Rich Barker was masterful, Steve Pacheco was awesome and the rest of the Cardinals weren’t bad either as they toppled Marello Prep 13-2 Friday night at Harvey West. Barker started and pitched five and two thirds innings of superior ball. He faced only 20 batters while recording 17 outs. His curve was moving well on the hitters, his ball tailing in and jamming them. Barker had good control and left the game when he appeared to be getting tired. He gave up two hits, walked only one, struck out two and allowed no earned runs. John Abicht finished out the game walking five, allowing one earned run and striking out two. The top hitter of the game was Steve Pacheco with two triples, four RBI’s, two runs and hitting three for four. Hodges had a double. Other RBI men were Modena, Greg Pacheco, Wilson and Abicht. Lineup: Scott SS, 3-2; Modena DH,SS, 3-2; Greg Pacheco LF/CF, 3-2; Wilson 1B, 3-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 4-3; Escalante C, 3-0; Hodges 2B, 2-1; Barker P, 2-1; Noland RF, 1-0; Robinson CF, 0-0; Lowdermilk C, 0-0; Abicht P, 0-0; Hunter PH/RF, 2-0 and Loftus PH/LF, 1-0.

Cardinals Have Coach Smiling. Making Run At Leaders. The Card coach was wearing a rare smile from ear to ear late Wednesday night and he had a very good reason. The red hot Cardinals knocked off Aptos 5-1 at Harvey West Park to grab a share of second place. SC which opened league play dismally has now suddenly jumped into the thick of things with three wins in a row, including a win over league leading Soquel. Warning from the coach, “It doesn’t matter where we are now. What is important is where we are at the end of the year. I’m smiling now, though. The kids are really looking good. Tonight was the hardest we have hit the ball all year. Our defense has been sharp, too.” SC executed two big double plays to back up a superb pitching performance by sophomore lefty John Wilson. What was expected to be a pitching dual between two of the top three pitchers in the league did not materialize. Wilson retired 15 out of the first 16 batters he faced thanks to the solid Card defensive play. Wilson gave up five hits, walked two, struck out three and allowed no earned runs. Wilson is the top pitcher in the league with an ERA of 0.70 in thirty innings, while walking only six and striking out 25. The Cards scored in the first on a bases loaded walk. The inning ended when Hodges lined into a double play. Greg Pacheco went three for four giving him 15 hits in 25 SCCAL trips to the plate for a sizzling .556 average. The Cards made three errors to go along with their good plays. Scott doubled and had a RBI. Other RBI’s Greg Pacheco two and Robinson one. Lineup: Scott SS, 4-2; Modena RF, 4-1; Greg Pacheco LF, 4-3; Steve Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Robinson CF, 2-0; Hodges 2B, 2-0; Barker 1B, 2-0; Escalante C, 2-0; Noland DH, 3-1 and Wilson P, defense.

Fifth Inning Rally Lifts Santa Cruz. With the score deadlocked at 5-5 the Cards sent ten men to the plate and erupted for five runs in the fifth inning to beat SLV 10-5. The Cards scored two runs in the second inning, but the home team, Cougar’s scored five in the bottom half of the inning sending Card starter Barker to the outfield to be replaced by DiTano, who allowed a run, but shut down SLV the rest of the way allowing five hits, struck out six, walked four and allowed one earned run in five and two thirds innings for the win. The Cards scrapped for three runs on two hits in the third to tie it up. Scott, Modena and Noland had doubles. RBI’s were Modena and Wilson had two apiece, Noland and Escalante one each. The Cards had two errors and stole six bases. Lineup: Scott SS, 4-1; Modena RF, 5-2; Greg Pacheco LF/CF, 3-1; Steve Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Wilson 1B, 5-2; Noland 2B, 3-1; Barker P/LF, 4-1; Escalante C, 2-0; Robinson CF, 1-0; DiTano P, 2-0; Bowen PR, 0-0; Lowdermilk C, 0-0 and Loftus PH/3B, 1-0.

Grand Slam Lifts SC 6-3 over Harbor. One crack off Robert Modena’s bat made the Cardinal bench breath just a little easier. Comment, “That grand slam kind of took the sweat off. He really hit that ball hard. It was a big win. Every game from here on in is a big game.” Soquel, Aptos and SC are still tied for first with 7-3 records. SC scored all six of their runs in the fourth inning. Greg Pacheco made a shoe string catch in left field and then doubled the runner off second base was a big play for the Cards. Wilson started on the mound and went five and one third innings giving up four hits, one earned run, five walks and had three strike outs for the win. DiTano went one and two thirds innings giving up one hit, no runs, walked none and struck out two for the save. Modena had four RBI’s and Rudy Escalante one. The Cards made four errors. Lineup: Scott SS, 3-1; Modena RF, 4-2; Greg Pacheco LF, 4-1; Wilson P/1B, 4-1; Steve Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Hodges 2B, 3-0; Barker 1B, 3-0; Escalante C, 3-1; Noland DH,, 1-0; Robinson CF, defense; DiTano P, 0-0 and Bowen PR, 0-0.

Cards Continue “Upward Swing” In SCCAL. Knock Off Soquel 5-2. Mike DiTano started and was superb as he scattered five hits, walked one, struck out eight and allowed two earned runs for the win. Wilson pitched the last inning giving up one hit for a save. SC played errorless ball, while scratching out five runs on seven hits. Coaches comments, “I’ve felt we’ve had a good team all along. We have the personnel right on down the line. The difference is that they’re beginning to realize that they can win, which we must do for the next four games.” Gregg Pacheco had two doubles and two RBI’s. Wilson had two RBI’s and a double. Barker had an RBI. It had been nearly half an hour since the Cards finished the game and the Cards ace pitcher John Wilson was on the Soquel mound working on his overhand curve ball getting ready for the big game with Aptos coming up. This kind of attention to detail is one of the main reasons SC currently shares first place with Aptos both with 8-3 records. Lineup: Scott SS, 4-1; Modena RF, 2-0; Greg Pacheco LF, 3-2; Wilson DH/P, 4-2; DiTano P, defense; Steve Pacheco 3B, 4-0; Escalante C, 2-0; Robinson CF, 2-0; Barker 1B, 3-0; Hodges 2B, 3-2 and Bowen PR, 0-0.

Cards Attack, Destroy Marello Prep 9-0 with a 12 hit attack. Four players had two or more hits with Mark Hodges leading the way going 3 for 4. Todd Noland, Robert Modena and Greg Pacheco all went 2 for 4. Greg is now 21 for 41 for the league season for a batting average of .512 making him the leagues leading hitter. Along with his hitting he has scored seven runs and drove in 11 runs. Wilson started an went five innings giving up two hits, two walks and struck out two. DiTano threw one inning giving up one hit, one walk and struck out one. John Abicht pitched the last inning gave up no hits or walks and struck out two. Wilson is now 6-0 in league play and has the top record in the league. He has given up only four earned runs in 41 and one-third innings for an ERA of 0.68. He has walked only 13 batters while striking out 31. The Cards had no errors. Lineup: Noland LF/RF, 4-2; Modena SS, 4-2; Greg Pacheco 1B/LF, 4-2; Wilson P/1B, 4-1; Steve Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Hodges 2B, 4-3; Escalante C, 3-0; Robinson CF 2-1; DiTano DH/P, 2-1; Bowen RF, defense; Hunter RF, 0-0; Abicht P 1-0 and Loftus PH, 1-0.

Towering Seventh Inning HR Lifts Aptos 5-4. With the Cards ahead 4-3 going into the last of the seventh inning and a runner on first, starter Mike DiTano was relieved by Card ace John Wilson. Phil Ingram the Mariners top hitter was the next batter. He hit a high fly ball to center field for a walk off two run homer. “I thought it was a fly out“ admitted the Aptos coach. “When he hit’s the ball it is very deceptive. It just keeps going and going until its finally out of here.” (The ball just made it over the short center field fence. No matter were a game is played the outcome would be different at another field such as Harvey West). (Another side light. Ingram would not have been available on the regular game day postponed because of rain.) The Card coach took responsibility for the loss, as he did not allow Wilson enough time to warm up. DiTano almost matched the pitching line of Ramsey Aptos’ pitcher, who is one of the best in the league. DiTano hurled six innings, allowed five hits, four earned runs, walked four and struck out three. Ramsey threw one inning more, allowed one less earned run, but walked one more. SC had one error and Aptos two. Steve Pacheco had two RBI’s and league batting leader brother Greg went 3 for 3. Scott had the other Cardinal hit. The Cards scored twice in the first inning and still had the bases loaded and no outs, but could not score again. SC had the bases jammed again in the third with no outs and failed to score. Ramsey had a string of 16 scoreless innings going into the game and upped his league record to 6-1. The loss broke a six game win streak for the Cards. Lineup: Scott SS, 4-1; Modena RF/LF, 3-0; Greg Pacheco LF/1B, 3-3; Wilson 1B/P, 4-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 2-1; Hodges 2B, 4-0; Noland DH, 3-0; DiTano P, defense; Escalante C, 3-0; Robinson CF, 2-0; and Hunter RF, 0-0.

Cards Surge Past San Lorenzo Valley 9-5. With the Cougars ahead 3-1 going into the fifth inning the Cards rallied for eight runs to win. Under a new format for the CCS playoffs second place teams are now included. This win clinched second place for the Cards. If they can beat Harbor on Friday, they could tie for the championship. Wilson went the distance on the mound giving up eight hits, four earned runs, walked six and struck out seven. His league record went to 7-1. Cards had two errors. Scott had a double and a RBI. RBI’s were Modena and Robinson two apiece and one each for Greg Pacheco, Noland and Wilson. Lineup: Scott SS, 2-1; Modena RF, 3-1; Greg Pacheco 1B, 3-0; Wilson P, 3-1; Steve Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Hodges 2B, 4-3; Noland LF, 2-1; Escalante C, 2-1 and Robinson CF, 3-1.

Santa Cruz Runs Out of Chances lose to Harbor 4-2. SC Faces MTAL Champ Carmel in CCS first round. Friday night the Cards lost a game they shouldn’t have. Their pitching was fine, their hitting was fine, but their base running was at a best a disaster. A win would have given them a co-championship with Aptos, who also lost. Harbor led 3-2 at the end of the third inning. In each of the final four innings the Cards had a runner either picked off base or thrown out trying to steal. Each of the base running misfortunes squelched possible Card rallies. The final straw came in the last inning with two outs, when a Card runner was thrown out trying to steal third. A cardinal sin in baseball. Greg Pacheco went 2 for 3 to garner the league batting title. He also scored one of the Card runs. The Cards had one error and Harbor four. The Cards had no extra base hits or RBI’s. The Cards had seven hits and Harbor six. Starter Ditano threw five innings giving up five hits, three earned runs, walked three and struck out three. Wilson pitched two innings giving up one hit, no earned runs, walked one and struck out one. Lineup: Scott SS, 4-0; Modena RF/LF, 2-1; Greg Pacheco LF/1B, 3-2; Wilson 1B/P, 3-1; Steve Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Hodges 2B, 3-0; Robinson CF, 3-1; Escalante C, 2-1; Noland DH, 3-1 and DiTano P, defense.

Carmel Eliminates Cardinals 5-3 in first round of CCS at Salinas Municipal Stadium. Santa Cruz, which had played flawlessly in the field through four innings, running down drives in the outfield and vacuuming up everything on the ground made three errors in the fifth to betray lefthander John Wilson. Of the four runs scored in the fifth inning none were earned. The Carmel pitcher was the Most Valuable Player of the MTAL, but the Cards had nine hits against him and he walked six. The Cards had plenty of opportunities to score. The Cards scored one run in the first inning and had the bases loaded with no outs and did not score again. They had bases loaded with two outs in two innings. The telling statistic was the ten runners the Cards left on base. Wilson went six innings giving up six hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out two. DiTano pitched the last inning giving up one hit. Lineup: Scott SS, 3-0; Modena RF, 3-1; Greg Pacheco 1B, 4-3; Wilson P/LF, 2-0; Steve Pacheco 3B, 4-2; Hodges 2B, 4-1; Noland LF, 2-0; Robinson CF, 3-2; ; Escalante C, 1-0; Di Tano P, 1-0 and Bowen PR.

LEAGUE STATS

by at bats, runs, hits, batting average, runs batted in, stolen bases, total at bats, total times on base and total on base average.
Batting AB R H AVE RBI SB TB TTB OBA
G. Pacheco 51 9 27 529 11 14 58 39 672
Scott 44 13 14 318 4 7 55 25 455
Noland 23 9 7 305 5 5 34 23 676
Modena 48 13 14 292 9 18 58 29 500
Wilson 48 9 14 292 11 0 51 26 509
Hodges 40 8 9 225 0 6 44 18 409
S. Pacheco 43 9 8 186 9 7 55 20 363
Barker 27 5 5 185 3 3 33 10 303
Escalante 28 4 5 181 5 2 38 18 489
Robinson 31 6 4 129 3 7 41 19 463
DiTano 10 2 2 200 0 1 13 5 385
Hunter 3 0 0 000 0 0 3 0 000
Loftus 2 0 0 000 0 0 3 1 333
Abicht 1 0 0 000 1 0 2 0 000
Bowen 1 1 0 000 0 0 1 0 000
Lowdermilk 0 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 000
TOTALS 400 88 109 273 61 70 489 233 477

LEAGUE STATS

By innings pitched, runs allowed, hits allowed earned runs, earned runs average for seven innings, home runs allowed, walks, strike outs, wins, losses and saves.
Pitching INN R H ER ERA HR BB SO W L S
Wilson 49 13 32 9 1.29 1 19 39 7 1 1
DiTano 40 27 40 21 3.68 2 24 35 2 3 2
Barker 10 12 10 6 4.08 0 4 6 1 1 0
Abicht 3 5 2 5 15.0 1 10 2 0 0 1
TOTALS 102 57 84 41 2.73 4 57 82 10 5 4

SEASON STATS

by at bats, runs, hits, batting average, runs batted in, stolen bases, total at bats, total bases reached and on base average.
Batting AB R H AVE RBI SB TB TTB OBA
G, Pacheco 77 17 37 481 14 20 88 56 636
Scott 77 23 25 325 8 19 88 46 523
Hodges 83 17 26 313 12 8 90 39 433
Modena 85 29 26 306 19 31 111 57 514
Robinson 69 15 21 304 14 13 83 40 482
Wilson 72 14 21 292 15 1 82 45 549
Noland 54 15 14 259 9 8 73 37 507
S. Pacheco 83 12 20 241 15 8 98 46 469
Barker 61 9 13 213 10 9 69 23 333
Escalante 46 9 9 196 6 3 66 27 409
Abicht 9 5 4 444 2 0 12 6 500
Bowen 14 7 5 357 2 1 16 9 563
DiTano 26 5 7 269 3 2 39 15 385
Loftus 7 1 2 286 1 1 11 6 595
Lowdermilk 11 0 2 182 3 0 14 4 286
Hunter 17 2 2 118 0 0 21 5 238
TOTALS 791 180 234 296 133 124 956 461 482

SEASON STATS

By innings pitched, runs allowed, hits allowed earned runs, earned runs average for seven innings, home runs allowed, walks, strike outs, wins, losses and saves.
Pitching INN R H ER ERA HR BB SO W L S
Wilson 70 25 51 16 1.60 1 26 55 9 2 1
DiTano 72 47 66 37 3.58 2 50 61 5 4 2
Barker 26 23 23 14 3.77 0 16 24 3 1 1
Abicht 26 20 19 16 4.26 1 29 18 3 0 3
Whitesell 3 2 2 2 0 5 2 0 1 1
TOTALS 197 117 161 85 3.03 4 126 160 20 8 8

END OF THE SEASON
By team vote. MVP– Greg Pacheco.
Captain– Mike Scott.
Most Improved– Mike DiTano and John Wilson.
Mr Hustle– Todd Noland.
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship Award– Rudy Escalante.

Best Birds in league play.
Batting average– Greg Pacheco .529 led the league. Scott .318, Noland .305, Modena and Wilson .292
RBI’s– Greg Pacheco and Wilson 11. Steve Pacheco and Modena 9.
Total bases– Greg Pacheco 31, Scott 27, Wilson 21 and Modena 20.
Doubles– Scott 5, Greg Pacheco 2
Triples– Steve Pacheco 2
Home run– Modena 1 grand slam
Stolen bases– Modena 18, Greg Pacheco 14, Scott, Robinson and Steve Pacheco 7, Hodges 6.
Walks–Scott, Noland and Steve Pacheco 9. Escalante 7, G. Pacheco, Modena and Robinson 6
Least number of Strike outs– Greg Pacheco 1, Steve Pacheco and Noland 2, Wilson 3

Best Birds for the Season
Batting Average–Greg Pacheco .481, Scott .325, Hodges .313, Modena .306, Robinson .304 and Wilson .292
RBI’s– Modena 19, Wilson and Steve Pacheco 15, Greg Pacheco and Robinson 14
Total bases-Greg Pacheco 45, Scott 40, Hodges 35; Modena & S. Pacheco 30, Robinson 28
Doubles–Scott 6, Greg Pacheco and Hodges 4
Triples–Scott 3, Robinson and Steve Pacheco 2
Home run– Modena 1
Stolen bases– Modena 31, Greg Pacheco 20, Scott 19 and Robinson 13
Walks– Scott 19, Noland 16, Modena and Escalante 13, Steve Pacheco 11
Least number of Strike outs– Barker 3, Greg Pacheco 4, Wilson 5

ALL LEAGUE– Greg Pacheco, Mike Scott, John Wilson and Robert Modena.
SENTINEL ALL COUNTY– Greg Pacheco, Mike Scott, John Wilson
Outfielder Greg Pacheco was the SCCAL’s leading hitter with a .520 average going 26 for 50, also was third in the league with 12 RBI’s. Sophomore pitcher John Wilson was the SCCAL leader in ERA at 1.24. He pitched 51 innings, allowing 35 hits, walking 20 and striking out 39. Shortstop Mike Scott was chosen after batting .311 and tying for firs in runs scored with 14.
Honorable mentions were Robert Modena, Rudy Escalante and Mark Hodges.

JV BASEBALL

League: Soquel 5-4,

Yearbook. Team members are Glen Hill, Craig Whitesell, Rick Lyons, Steve Glass, Mike DiSalvo, Dan O’Conner, Bill Domhoff, Dave DiEsposito, Mark Ripley, Gino Panelli, Rob Holheim, Andre Jones, Bob Garvin, Dan Trebbien and Paul Derego.

The Cards behind the pitching of Gino Panelli, who only gave up two hits in a complete game win over Soquel 5-4. Glen Hill was the hitting star driving in five runs and hitting a home run.
Rick Lyons had a double.

SOFTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

10-0.
Practice games: Monterey 4-3, 12-2; North Monterey 18-8 in ten innings, 8-1; Watsonville 19-5, 10-4; Davis of Modesto 26-2, 12-2; Central Catholic Raider Softball Tournament: Patterson 18-5, Atwater loss, Byer 11-2 for third place in 16 team tournament. League: Harbor 6-1, 6-3; Soquel 11-8, 17-1; Marello 18-1, 17-9; SLV 10-2, 10-2; Aptos 4-2, 8-2. League record 10-0. CCS Region IV playoffs: Salinas 6-1, North Monterey 0-5. Overall record 21-2.

Yearbook. Coach Vic Miguel’s comments, “Our whole infield is made up of veteran players. Gina Sutton P, Loreen Giudici 1B, Kathy Wilson 2b, Andra Farstad 3B, Ellen Newberry SS and Kelly Wright CF. Outstanding new players are Kim Bianconi, Jennifer Biondi, Rwanda Hand, Mayo Ruiz, Carmella Munoz and Joyce Corralejo. We expect a very strong team and to be in contention for post season play. We have gotten off to a slow start because of the weather and the fact that a few of the players were playing basketball part way into our preseason.”

Yearbook. The following was submitted by the Softball team members in the yearbook. It’s sometimes hard for people not involved with some type of athletic team or group to understand what a thrill it is to compete and represent a school. Santa Cruz High School’s girls teams are really coming up and are really striving to show the spunk, spirit and talent they have. This year there were many championships to be had by our girls. The girls’ softball team certainly was one group working towards that goal. We were a team, we worked together and shared victory and defeat together. We have appreciated the support of our school and our community and we hope they all appreciate the job we did this year.

Senior pitcher Gina Sutton has been a pitcher of all four years on the varsity team. Other seniors are Kathy Wilson, Andra Farstad, Kelly Wright and Loreen Giudici.
Returnees for next season are junior catcher Mayo Ruiz and Carmella Munoz; sophomores Maria Aguirri, Lisa Brown and shortstop Ellen Newberry is a second year varsity player; freshman Rovonda Hand.

Sentinel Feb. 24. Girls’ Softball May Undergo Changes. Aptos won the SCCAL the last two years, but SC and Harbor tied for second place last year and are favored by most to fight between themselves for the title this time around. “We’re off to a shakey start.” admits Coach Vic Miguel, who is cheered by the return of five starters, three of them All SCCAL selections last season. Leading returnees are All League hurler Gina Sutton, who lost only three games last year, Add to that the experienced infield of from first to third, Loreen Guidici, Kathy Wilson, Ellen Newberry and Andra Farstad and the Cards are looking as strong as anyone in the league.

Sentinel March 5. Santa Cruz Comes From Behind In Softball Win Over Monterey. SC rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to defeat Monterey 4-3 in the Cards season opener. SC was trailing 3-2, when Gina Sutton led off with a single, while Ellen Newberry, Andra Farstad and Loreen Giudici followed with walks, forcing in a run to tie the score. Two outs later Newberry scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Newberry scored three runs, while Farstad went 3 for 3. Sutton struck out seven and gave up only three hits, SC had five hits and both teams played good defense as each had only one error.

Sentinel March 12. SC waited to the ninth frame, to break open a 8-8 tie with ten tallies to bury North Monterey 18-8. In the ninth, SC had seven hits, two walks and one error as every Card base runner scored. SC had fallen behind 6-1 during the game, but prevailed to up their record to 2-0. Kathy Wilson and Lisa Brown each stroked two run doubles in the ninth inning. Brown led SC with three hits, including a double and a triple to knock in five RBI’s. SC had 19 hits and only one error. Battery was Sutton and Ruiz, with Sutton going all the way for the win. Other extra base hitters for SC were Newberry with a triple and Wilson had two doubles. RBI’s, two for Newberry, Wilson, Wright and Ruiz. Sutton and Brown had five apiece.

Sentinel March 13. Santa Cruz Remains Undefeated by beating Monterey 12-2. SC upped its season record to 3-0, taking advantage of seven walks and four errors in the top of the fifth to score nine of its 12 runs. Gina Sutton was the winning pitcher giving up only four hits, four walks and striking out three. The Cards had nine hits and had only one error. Those with RBI’s were Brown, Ruiz and Newberry.

March 16. Santa Cruz Walks Off With Victory. Taking advantage of 14 walks SC bombed Watsonville 19-5 in a none league game. SC was sparked by Kathy Wilson and Loreen Guidici with three RBI’s apiece. Wilson also had a double. Andra Farstad drove in two more. Wright also drove in a run. Giudici was the leading hitter going 4 for 4, including a double and triple. Farstad was 3 for 4, while Ellen Newberry and Wilson contributed two hits apiece. Gina Sutton started and when three innings, while striking out four and walking none for the win. SC had ten hits and two errors., while Watsonville was held to five hits. Bianconi pitched the last four innings.

March 19. Soph Catalyst For Santa Cruz In Victory Over North Monterey. Sophomore Lisa Brown playing in her second varsity game, clubbed a grand slam home run in the second inning to lead SC to a 8-1 win over North Monterey. Gina Sutton pace SC on the mound, winning her fifth game with no set backs. She allowed four hits, walked none and struck out five. SC had five hits and three errors. Wilson tripled and Brown had all the Cards RBI’s.

March 23. SC extended its winning streak to 8-0 on Saturday, with a doubleheader sweep of Davis of Modesto, 26-2 and 12-2. after defeating Watsonville 10-4 on Friday. In the first game with Davis, SC benefited from faulty Davis pitching, receiving 12 walks in a 17 run second inning. Lisa Brown delivered the big blow of the inning with a three run triple. Kelly Wright had four RBI’s in the first game. Wilson, Ruiz and Aguirre each had RBI’s. Aguirre in a complete game win gave up six hits.
In the second game SC scored in each of the first three innings. Wilson homered and had three RBI’s. Ruiz doubled and drove in two runs. Giudici and Farstad each drove in a run. SC had only one error in each of the Saturday games and had eight hits in each game.
Against Watsonville SC had 16 hits and two errors. Aguirre started and went three innings on the mound for the win and Bianconi finished up. Wilson was behind the plate. Biondi doubled. Guidici and Wilson tripled. RBI’s: Wilson 3, Giudici 2, and Newberry, Biondi and Ruiz one each.

March 30. SC Girls Explode For Win. Scoring 13 runs in the final inning, SC blasted Patterson 18-5 in the first round of the Easter Central Catholic Raider Softball Tournament. SC was trailing 5-3, but scored two runs in the fifth inning on a home run by Loreen Giudice to tie the game, before breaking it open with a 13 run sixth inning. SC was aided by nine Patterson errors, ten walks and a 16 hit attack. Gina Sutton drove in four runs, Kathy Wilson drove in three, while Ellen Newberry, Andra Farstad and Giudici all posted two apiece. Others with an RBI were Ruiz, Wright, Bianconi, and Biondi. Wilson went 4 for 5, while Giudici, Bianconi and Sutton all had two hits. SC had five errors. Sutton pitched a complete game win, giving up five hits.

April 2. Santa Cruz Takes Third In Tourney. In the 16 team event, SC beat Byer of Modesto 11-2. Ravonda Hand provided all the runs needed with a grand slam home run in the fourth inning. Lisa Brown added a two run homer in the sixth and SC tallied five more times in the sixth. Wilson and Giudici also had RBI’s. Sutton had another complete game win and gave up only two hits. SC had no errors and had five hits. The victory ups the Cards to 10-1 on the season.

April 13. SC Explodes Past Harbor. A two run single by Kelly Wright knocked in the decisive runs as SC exploded for five runs in the ninth inning to defeat Harbor 6-1 in the SCCAL opener. With the score tied 1-1 after eight innings, Wright drove in Lisa Brown and Ellen Newberry with her two run single. Gina Sutton went the distance, scattering nine hits, walked one batter and struck out one. Andra Farstad went 3 for 5 and drove in two runs. Loreen Giudici went 2 for 4, including a home run in the fourth inning and had two RBI’s. Both teams had only one error. SC had 12 hits.
SC’s JV’s won 11-5 and had 8 hits and two errors. Robin Neri was the starting and winning pitcher.

April 16. Six Run First Frame Lifts Santa Cruz. SC scored six runs in the first inning, before an out was made and hung on to defeat Soquel 11-8. After SC took a six run top of the inning lead, Soquel came right back in the bottom half and scored three runs to make the score 6-3. Each team scored a run in the second inning, but SC scored the only run of the third inning to go ahead 8-4. At the end of five innings, Soquel closed it to 8-7. Each team had 12 hits, but SC had seven errors to Soquel’s three. Andra Farstad was 3 for 3 and drove in three runs. Ellen Newberry and Mayo Ruiz were 2 for 4 with Newberry getting two RBI’s. Others with RBI’s were Munoz and Biondi. Newberry and Farstad had two doubles and Bianconi had one. Wright had a triple.

April 30. SC 18, Marello 1. SC scored eight runs in the second inning, four in the third and four more in the fourth to break the game open. SC took advantage of 12 Marello walks, while SC turned four double plays on defense. Carmela Munoz was 3 for 5 with two doubles and drove in six runs. Kathy Wilson and Kelly Wright were 3 for 3, with Wright knocking in three runs. Starter Gina Sutton hurled three scoreless innings, striking out two and walking two for the win. Aguirre finished out the game on the mound. Farstad and Biondi also doubled. Others with RBI’s were Biondi with 2 and Farstad and Wilson had one. SC had 11 hits and only one error.
SC JV’s won 23-5 with 18 hits and three errors.

April 27. Santa Cruz Still ‘Perfect’ In SCCAL. With an easy 10-2 win over SLV. SLV jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a bases loaded walk and an error in the top of the second. SC came roaring back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jennifer Biondi tripled in two runs and the third scored on an error. Carmela Munoz led SC at the plate with two hits, including a double, a RBI and scored a run. SC scored two runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. Sutton had a complete game win and gave up eight hits, while SC had nine and only one error. Farstad and Wright had doubles and Farstad had two RBI’s.
SC JV’s won 16-1, while upping their league record to 4-0. SC had 12 hits and no errors. Pitcher Robin Neri threw a one hitter.

April 30. Another Victory For Santa Cruz. SC remained unbeaten with a 6-3 victory over Harbor. SC now 5-0 in league was led by Kathy Wilson, who knocked in a run in the first inning with a triple and two more in the fifth on another triple. Pitcher Gina Sutton gave up seven hits, but the SC defense had five errors behind her. SC had nine hits. Others with RBI’s were Wright, Brown and Ruiz with one each.

May 4. ‘Take-A-Walk’ Time In SCCAL Softball. Bases On Balls Galore. SC raised its league record to 6-0 with a 17-1 over Soquel, taking advantage of 21 walks and the one hit, one walk, two strike out pitching of Gina Sutton. SC collected only 6 hits to score their 17 runs. SC made more errors than Soquel 3-1. Kelly Wright had a home run and Ellen Newberry had a triple. RBI’s were Sutton with three, Farstad, Ruiz and Munoz with two apiece and Giudici, Newberry and Wright with one each.

May 7. Offense Rules In SCCAL Softball. Total Of 99 Runs Scored. SC remained undefeated stopping Marello 17-9. Marello took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but SC came back with five runs in the first inning and six in the second, four in the fourth and two in the sixth. Each team had eight hits. Marello had seven errors with SC right behind with six. Morello walked twelve batters. Aguirre went the distance on the mound for the win. Wilson led SC with two hits, including two run triple in the first inning. RBI’s were Hand and Wilson with three, Farstad, Wright, Newberry and Ruiz with two each. Those with one were Brown, Munoz and Aguirre.
SC JV’s won 29-0 with 12 hits and no errors. Robin Neri threw a five inning no-hitter as the game was called because of the mercy rule.

May 9. SCHS Girls Nab SCCAL Championship. SC grabbed undisputed possession of first place with a 8-0 record and the SCCAL title with a 4-2 victory over defending champion Aptos. Aptos took a 1-0 lead on a home run in the third inning. SC answered with two runs of their own in in each of the next two frames to take a 4-1 advantage. Winning pitcher Sutton gave up six hits, while SC had four. SC had one error to Aptos’ three. Wilson had a triple. RBI’s were Giudici, Wilson and Wright.

May 14. Aptos, Santa Cruz ‘Walk’ To Victories. SC used ten SLV walks to win 10-2. SC tallied three runs in the first frame and then added four more in the second to put the game out of reach. SC had six hits and no errors. Sutton gave up five hits and got the complete game win. RBI’s were Ruiz and Munoz two apiece. Giudici, Wright and Newberry one each.

May 16. Santa Cruz Finishes 10-0 In Softball. SC capped a perfect SCCAL season with an easy 8-2 victory over defending champion Aptos and will advance to the CCS Region IV playoffs against an MBL team. SC is also 19-1 overall. SC won the SCCAL crown in the leagues first year of play in 1977 and shared the title with Aptos the next year in 1978. Last season Aptos went undefeated in league 10-0. Gina Sutton upped her personal league mark to 9-0 with her victory and is now 19-0 for the season. Sutton struck out two and didn’t give up a walk, while allowing only two hits. She received good defense as the Cards had only one error.
SC scored all the runs it needed in the first inning, when it pushed across three runs. The big blow was a single off the bat of Wilson, who had two singles in the game. SC added a solo run in the fourth, then exploded for three more runs in the fifth. RBI’s were Wright two and Wilson and Newberry one apiece. SC had six hits.

May 19. Cardinals Face Salinas In Softball at Salinas’ Sherwood Park. Salinas won the MBL Crown. The winner of the next game will be the CCS Region IV champion and advance to the CCS finals.

May 20. SC Girls In Region IV Softball Finals. Falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, SC came back with two runs in the fourth inning and tacked on four more before they were done for a 6-1 victory over Salinas in the first round of CCS Region IV. SC moves into the finals against Mission Trail Athletic league champion North Monterey. By the fourth inning, the Cards had seen all they needed. And the coach Vic Miguel began working some magic with pinch hitters. With the bases loaded and two outs, Miguel sent up Lisa Wright to pinch hit and she delivered a two run single to center after falling behind 0-2 in the count. In the sixth, three consecutive singles by Newberry, Lisa Brown and Mayo Ruiz loaded the bases with one out. Miguel went to the bench for Coleen Mulholand, whose single in the pinch made the score 3-0 and opened the flood gates to a big inning. Another run scored on a dropped popup and Farstad singled in the third run of the inning as the Cards blew out to a four run lead. Sutton after giving up the run in the first inning, pitched a six hit shut out the rest of the way. She was backed by a stingy defense that had no errors and turned two double plays. Right fielder Kim Bianconi took away a possible extra base hit with a running catch. Farstad was solid at the hot corner at third. “Defense has been our strongest asset,” Miguel said. “We’ve had our shaky moments, but when it’s been important, the girls have pulled through.” Farstad had a double. RBI’s were Lisa Wright with two, Mulholand, Farstad and Ruiz one apiece. SC had 15 hits.

May 23. Card Girls Absorb KO Punch 5-0. The number two batter for North Monterey ripped a line drive off pitcher Gina Sutton’s left shin, who from that point on didn’t appear to have the stuff that made her the MVP of the SCCAL this spring. The liner started a two run rally that sent North Monterey on to the CCS tournament in San Jose. “Their pitcher had a very good day. She just knocked us out. It was the only time all season that we have been blanked,” said Miguel. “We beat them twice at the beginning of the season, but I don’t think we were overconfident. They were really psyched for the game.” SC won the first game 18-8 in ten innings, then stopped them 8-1. Sutton gave up ten hits, struck out three and walked one. SC got only two runners as far as second base, but couldn’t mount a serious threat to score. In one stretch from the third to six innings, 11 of 12 batters were retired in order. Both teams played good defense, committing only one error apiece. SC had only four hits and no one was walked.
SC finished the season with a 21-2 record.

May 21. Card Right-Hander Named As SCCAL’s Most Valuable. Senior Gina Sutton. It is the fourth straight year Sutton has been named to the all league first team, the only time it has happened in the four year history of the league. Sutton was 9-0 in league, winning all but one for the Cards in league games. She was also 17-0 for the season. SC had five players on the first team, four seniors and one junior catcher Mayo Ruiz with a .265 average. Seniors were third baseman Andra Farstad with a .428 average, first baseman Loreen Giudici .369; second base- man Kathy Wilson .395 for the second year in a row. Honorable mention were Kelly Wright and Ellen Newberry.

JV SOFTBALL

JV team members were Kelly Shannon, Anne McFadden, Mindy Lopez, Tammy Gonzalez, Cindy Sarrow, Ofelia Hernandez, Lisa Brown, Melissa May, Stephanie Guidici, Megan Blake, Colleen Mulholand, Maria Aguirre, Stacey Harper, Sherry Glass, Vicky Rahb, Robin Neri, Lissa Wright, Kerry Kinney, and Rondalyn Myler.

BOYS TRACK

At the SCCAL trials for the league finals, Bob Sanders was the only boys varsity runner to qualify number one in two events, leading the pack in both the low hurdles in 41.6 and the 100 meter dash in 11.5.
In the boys frosh-soph Joe Vitug won the low hurdles in 42.5. Wit Woliczko won the high hurdles in 9.7.
In girls frosh-soph, Delucchi won the 200 meter in 27.6. Novo won the 100 meter dash and the long jump at 16-1.

Sentinel May 18. Scoring at the SCCAL boys varsity track and field finals: Aptos 113, Soquel 104, Harbor 85, SLV 76, SC 74, Marello 31.
Bob Sanders won two events, the high hurdles in 15.3 and low hurdles 40.8 and was second in the 100 meter dash to qualify in all three events at the CCS Region IV meet. The 440 and mile relay teams took second places. Junior Daniel Orozco leaped to two second place marks in the long jump and triple jump. Senior Dave Delucchi took third in the mile give SC three athletes to qualify for the CCS Region IV meet. Bob Sanders has recorded the best time in the CCS this season in the high hurdles, which should place him high in the CCS meet to qualify for the State meet.
Varsity girls scores were SLV 136, Soquel 89, Aptos 68, Harbor 57, SC 22, Marello 12. SC qualifiers for CCS Region IV were Tami Francis, who was second in the 800 meter and four in the 400. Allison Stanford was fourth in the 800 meters and in the mile.
Boys frosh-soph scores were Aptos 245, Soquel 65, SC 62, SLV 48, Marello 39, Harbor 10. Vitug won the 65 high hurdles in 9.9, second in low hurdles, third in the long jump and was fourth in the 100. Woliczko was second in the 65 high hurdles an third in the low hurdles. In the two mile, Havey was second, Bald was third and he was third in the mile.

Sentinel, May 25. At the CCS Region IV meet at Hartnell College, only the top three finishers qualify for the CCS finals. Bob Sanders won the high hurdles in 14.4 and placed third in the low hurdles to qualify for the CCS finals in two events.
Kim Hodges finished second in the 300 meter low hurdles in 46.5 to qualify for CCS in the girls varsity.
In the frosh-soph division Joe Vitag placed third in both the low and high hurdles to qualify for both in the CCS finals. Others who placed at the meet but just missed out in qualifying are Danny Orozco, who placed fourth in both the triple jump of 43-1 1/2 a school record and the long jump at 20-1. Stefen Ruiz was fourth in the 3200 meters.

Yearbook. Team members were Danny Orozco, Mark Saunders, Jeff George, Jeff Harper, Ray Rembao, Kan Kliegel, Chuck McDaniels, Dave Delucchi, Witold Woliczko, Stefan Ruiz, Eric Kirkwood, Suni Bald, Joe Vitug, Curtis Williams, Ian Chick, Mark Spencer, Joe Deck, Russell Kliegel, Vivek Bald, Andy Harvey, Alex Sweet, John Irons, Dan Louv, Matt Darling, Jeff Rice, Cliff Harris, Jerry Deck, Chuck Dunbar, Fred Plageman, Larry Guthrie and Evan Grossman.

Preseason write up in the Trident. Coach Brocks comments, “We have several top runners back starting with Bob Sanders last years league champion in the 100 meter high hurdles; Tami Francis should score points in the quarter mile and as a 4’10” high jumper. Serena Novo and Lisa Delucchi set school records last year as freshman. Long distance runners are Dave Delucchi, Chuck McDaniels, Joe Deck, Ray Rembao, Susie Bald and Alison Stanford. The outstanding newcomers are Stephan Ruiz and Chuck Dunbar. I expect the team to do well this season, but unfortunately we are weak in a few places. About one half our team are distance runners. We have very few people in the pole vault and weight areas. However, since there are so many coaches working with the team, there should be a lot of individual success.”

Trident. The varsity started the season with a 4-2 record and the frosh-soph is 3-3. At the Salinas Relays, on March 15 the 3 X 1,600 relay team of Sunil Bald, Paul Spano and Stefan Ruiz captured first place with a time of 15:05.0.

On March 20, the varsity lost to James Lick 83-53. Bob Sanders took three first places, winning the 100 high hurdles in 14.8, the 100 yard dash in 11.2 and the 330 low hurdles in 44.5. Jeff George won the 440 in 54.6 and the 220 in 24.4.
The frosh-soph lost also 86-38. Joe Vitug was the lone winner for the Cards winning three events, the 70 yard dash in 9.8, the 70 yard high hurdles in 11.7 and the 330 low hurdles in 44.9.

March 23. At the Eleventh Annual Kiwanis Santa Cruz All County Relay meet Santa Cruz came in fourth with 34 points. SC took second in the 4X120 high hurdles in 1:14.5, the pole vault at 33-6, the low hurdles in 2:59.0 and the triple jump at 149-5. SC won the long jump at 70-2. SC was third in the 4×800 in 8:40.6.

On March 27 in a four way meet against Marello, Calvary Christian and Valley Christian both boys and girls varsity’s won easy victories. Bob Sanders won four events, winning the high hurdles in 15.1, 100 meters in 11.7, long jump in 18-10 and the low hurdles in 41.5. Danny Orozco won the triple jump at 39.5 and was second in the long jump.
For the girls Alison Stanford won two events, the 800 meters in 2:37.9 and the 1600 meters in 6:08.0. Tami Francis won the high jump at 4-3 and the 400 meters in 1:04.3..
The frosh-shop boys took second place. SC winners were Woliczko the high hurdles in 10.9; Vitug the 400 in 55-9 and Stefan Ruiz the 1600 meters in 4:57.0.

March 30. At the Wildcat relays, the frosh-soph placed third in the 8 mile relay with a team of Stefan Ruiz, Sunil and Vivek Bald and Andrew Harvey. The distance medley team of Sunil Bald, Paul Spano, Joe Vitug and Ruiz finished sixth in 11:45.2.

April 11. Aptos beat SC 88-45. Bob Sanders won the high hurdles in 15.5 and 200 meter dash in 23.6, but couldn’t stop Aptos, which won the other 14 events.
Aptos won the frosh-soph also 90-40. SC winners were Woliczko the high hurdles in 10.1 and the high jump at 5-4; Vitug the 100 meters in 12.0, the low hurdles in 12.5 and the long jump at 17-7; Harvey the 1600 meter in 5:00.8;

April 13. At the Second annual Valley Christian Invitational the Cards varsity took eighth place with 37 points and the frosh-soph team was fourth with 58 points.

April 18. Soquel stopped SC 68-65 after SC led 64-51 with only two more events to run. SC captured ten of the 16 events, but Soquel’s overall depth prevailed. Bob Sanders put on an awesome display with four individual victories. In low hurdles in 40.45, high hurdles in 15.5, long jump 19-0 and 100 meter dash in 11.7. Other SC winners were DeLucci the 800 meters in 2:04.1. George the 400 meters in 53.7; Wright the 3200 meters in 10:33.2; Rice the 200 meters in 24.8; Orozco 38-1 triple jump.
Soquel won the frosh-soph 59-45. Woliczko the high hurdles in 10.1; Vitug the 100 meters in 12.2, the long jump 16-1and the low hurdles in 42.4; Bald the 3200 meters in 11:12.2; Harvey the 1600 meters 4:48.0;

April 20. Sanders Paces Santa Cruz in the 58 school meet at the Gilroy Invitational, by taking third in the 120 yard high hurdles in the time of 14.51. Dave Delucci turned in a personal best in the mile at 4:35.8, which was the best time turned in by a SCCAL runner this year, said coach Greg Brock.

April 25. SC beat Marello 87-48. SC winners were Chuck McDaniels in the 800 meters in 2:10.0 and the mile in 4:51.9; Mark Cockrane the discus at 115-11 and shot put 40-5; Danny Orozco the triple jump at 37-9 and long jump 17-8; Bob Sanders the low hurdles in 41.0; Rice the 400 meters in 55.9; Delucchi the two mile in 10:17.7 The 440 relay team of Rice, Wallace, Harris and Orozco won in 47.8. The mile relay team won also in 3:48.8.
Marello won the frosh-soph meet 53-52. SC winners were Bauld the 800 meters in 1:22.0 and the mile in 5:08.8; Vitug the 400 meters in 54.4, 200 meters in 24.9 and long jump at 17-8; Frye the high jump at 4-10; Harvey the two mile in 11:19.3; The mile relay team won in 4:28.8.

April 27. At the Leigh-West Valley Relays Bob Sanders broke his own school mark in the 120 yard high hurdles, clipping his best time down to 14.3 to place fourth in the meet. His old mark was 14.5 set earlier this year.

May 2. SC at 2-2 in SCCAL dual meets edged SLV 72-63. Bob Sanders led SC with double victories winning the 100 meters and the low hurdles. Jeff George also had double wins in the 440 and pole vault.
SLV won the boys frosh-soph meet 52-25. Bald won the 880 in 2:14.8 and the mile in 4:55.8. Louv won the 440 in 1:01.5 and the 220 in 28.1.

May 4. At the SC Relays, the Cards best event was taking third in the distance relay in 11:30.4.

May 4. At the Top 8 Invitational meet at Los Gatos, Bob Sanders was second in the 110 meter high hurdles in 14.4 to be the only Card to place.

May 9. SC finished the SCCAL dual meet season 3-2, by edging Harbor 72-64. SC winners were Bob Sanders in the high hurdles in 16.8; Dave Delucci the 800 meters in 2:08.6; Wright the 300 meters in 10:38.0; Vitug the low hurdles in 42.9; McDaniels the 1500 meters in 4:48.9; George the pole vault at 8-0 and the SC 1600 meter relay team in 2:40.5.
Harbor won the boys frosh-soph meet over SC 89-22. SC winners were Lour the 400 meters in 59.8 and Bald the 1500 meter in 5:09.1;

GIRLS TRACK

Yearbook. Team members were Alicia Kitsuse, Sue Ingersoll, Cheryl Eustus, Debbie Comerford, Vivian DeGarmo, Mercedes Asavido, Michelle Gigandet, Alison Stanford Tami Francis, Tracy Nansel, Sue Sullivan and Robin Grant.

May 24. At the CCS Region IV meet, Kim Hodges took second place in the 300 meter low hurdles to qualify for the CCS finals.

Trident. The girls started the season with a 4-2 record.

March 21. The girls defeated James Lick 57-51. Serena Novo won two events. SC winners were Burks, the low hurdles in 19.6; Kitsuse the 880 in 2:52.0; Novo the 100 in 13.1 and the long jump at 5-1; Sanford the mile in 6:05.0; Francis the high jump at 4-4; Delucchi the 220 in 28.6; Grant the two mile in 13:30 and the 440 relay team win in 53.0.

March 23. At the Eleventh Annual Kiwanis Santa Cruz All County Relay meet Santa Cruz came in sixth with 52 points. SC took second place in the 4X100 in 52.7.3; the sprint relay in 4:38.0, the 4X200 at 1:57.3. SC was third in the long jump at 56-2.

On March 27 in a four way meet against Marello, Calvary Christian and Valley Christian both boys and girls varsity’s won easy victories. For the girls Alison Stanford won two events, the 800 meters in 2:37.9 and the 1600 meters in 6:08.0. Tami Francis won the high jump at 4-3 and the 400 meters in 1:04.3.

April 11. Aptos defeated SC 58-29. Tami Francis won the 400 meters in 28.2, the 200 meters in 28.2; Serena Novo won the 100 meters in 13.2.
Aptos won the frosh-soph 41-26. SC winners were Burks, the low hurdles in 17.4 and the long jump at 14-3; Nansel the 3000 meters in 15:06.5; Howe the 1600 meters in 6:05.

April 13. At the Second annual Valley Christian Invitational the girls took sixth place with 37 points

April 18. Soquel defeated SC 81-21. SC winners were Stanford the 800 meters in 2:31.9; Francis the 400 meters in 1:04.4; Grant the 3200 meters in 13:25.5.
Soquel won the frosh-soph also 68-13. SC winners were Nansel the 3200 meters in 15:06.7; Howe the 1600 meters in 5:52.0.

April 25. Marello defeated SC 41-37. SC winners were DeLucchi in the 100 meters in 13.1 and the 200 meters 27.6 and the long jump at 14-0; Stanford the 400 meters in 1:10.3 and the mile in 6:00.1; Grant the two mile in 12:52.6.
The frosh-soph beat Marello 31-14. SC winners were Burks in three events, the 400 meters in 4:08.9, low hurdles in 18.0 and long jump at 13-7; Howe high jump at 3-8 and the mile 6:00; Ingersol the two mile in 14:45.0; Crawford the discus at 61-9.

May 2. SC at 1-3 in league lost to SLV 63-45. Serena Novo was the lone double winner for SC, winning the high hurdles in 18.9 and the low hurdles in 16.0. Howe won the high jump at 4-0.

May 9. Harbor defeated SC 64-34. SC winners were Burks the hurdles in 18.4; Francis the 800 meters in 2:33.8; Stanford the 1500 meters in 5:59.1 and DeGarmo the shot put at 22-0.
Harbor won the girls frosh-soph meet 82-12. SC winners were Hess in the 300 meters and Ingersol the 1500 meters in 6:46.2.

BOYS SWIMMING LEAGUE CHAMPIONS SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Sentinel April 27. SC squeaked in the SCCAL finals, when the Harbor relay team was disqualified for re-entering the pool, before all the other teams had finished. That mistake, coupled with a strong performance by the Cards gave them their second consecutive championship. SCCAL champion SC 332, Harbor 313, Soquel 237 and Aptos 124. Senior Steve Harch set two league records, one in the 200 individual medley in 1:5821 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.75. Senior John Mockus raced to a new league record in the 100 free in 48:97, took second in the 200 free in 1:47.8 and third in 500 free in 5:13.0. Cortez won the 100 back in 59.2 and was third in 100 fly in 58:7. Other SC scorers: SC won the 400 relay in 1:47.0. And the 400 free relay in 3:31.8. In the 50 free, Schmahl was third in 24.7.

May 4. At the CCS Swimming and Diving Championships at Stanford, Steve Hatch swam a school record and high school All-American time of 59:36 in the 100 yard breaststroke and placed fourth in the 200 individual medley in a school record and All-American qualifying time of 1: 56.51.

Feb. 24. At the Salinas Relays at Hartnell College, Live Oak won the event with 76 points followed by Harbor 75, SC 64, Salinas 52, Carmel 50, Monterey 38 and Soquel 32. SC first places: 400 breast-butterfly relay, SC team of Mulholland, Jeff Mockus, Braunhart and John Mockus in 4:38.0. Diving relay team of Tara and Court with 113.85 points. Other SC placers: 400 back relay, SC second in 4:33.37. 400 individual medley relay, second in 4:21.74.

March 12 Card Swimmers Churn Dual Win, defeating RLS 92-75. Jeff and John Mockus each won two events. John won the 200 free in 1:58.0 and the 100 back in 1:01.80. Jeff captured the 100 fly in 57.47 and the 500 free in 5:25.19. Other SC winners were the SC medley relay team in 1:56.22 and the free relay in 4:.5.09. Cortez 200 individual medley in 2:16.48. Schmahl, 50 free in 24.89. 100 breast, Mulholland in 1:14.12.
RLS won the frosh-soph 83-53. Kranich and Little were double winners. Kranich won the 100 free in 1:03.47 and the 100 back in 1:03.47. Little won 100 individual medley in 1:07.50 and 100 breast in 1:16.87. Other winners were 200 free, Cheer in 2:47.03. 500 free, Thigpin in 7:39.36.

March 30. SC edges Soquel 96-79. John Mockus and Steve Hatch were double winners. Mockus won the 200 free in 1:49.47 and 100 free in 50.03. Hatch won the 200 individual medley in 2:01.10 and the 100 breast in 1:02.40. SC won the medley relay in 1:47.37. (Only winners were listed.
SC won the frosh-soph 57-36. SC winners were Kranich, 200 free in 2:28.20 and 500 free in 6:37.09.. Individual medley, Henry in 1:09.28 and 50 fly in 33.58. Thigpin, 50 free in 31:20. Cheer, 100 back in 1:37.44. SC won the freestyle relay in 2:07.12.

April 13. Harbor Swimmers Dunk Santa Cruz 94-78. SC’s 200 medley relay team of Cortez, Hatch, Eisenberg and Schmahl won in 1:48.20. SC’s 400 free relay team of John Mockus, Foster, Mulholand and Jeff Mockus win in 3:32.78. 200 individual medley, Hatch in 1:59.93 and the 100 breast in 1:01.56. Diving, Tara in 147.00. 100 free, John Mockus in 49.01. 100 back, Cortez in 59.20.
Harbor won the frosh-soph 127-20. SC had no winners.

April 20. Harbor won the dual meet championship going 3-0 in league followed by SC 2-1, Soquel 1-2 and Aptos 0-3.
In the last dual meet of the season SC breezed past Aptos 114-46. SC captured seven of the ten individual events. John Mockus was a double winner taking the 200 individual medley in 2:14.35 and the 500 free in 5:03.95. Other Card winners: 200 medley relay in 1:51.5 with a team of Cortez, Little, Mulholand and Schmahl. 400 free relay in 3:41.3 with team of John and Jeff Mockus, Eisenberg, Foster. 50 free, Eisenberg in 25.09. 100 free, Jeff Mockus in 54:55. 100 fly, Cortez in 59.97.
Aptos won the frosh-soph 68-21. Cheer was the sole SC winner taking the 500 free in 7:04.9.

Yearbook. Team members were John Mockus, Theo Byasse, Bill Barber, Tom Mulholand, Ben Irons, Jeff Mockus, Ralph Cortez, Gary Eisenburg, Andrew Ellis, Beau Bland, Kitt, Mick Schmall, Mike Curry, Ed Braunhut, Joe Tera, Tom Foster, Travis Cheer and John Figpen.

BOYS TENNIS SIXTH CONSECUTIVE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

as co-champions with Aptos both with 7-1 records.

Yearbook. Team members were John Karwin, Todd Hatch, Ed Kitsuse, John Kotcher, John Curotto, Joe Neri, Michael Harvey, Don Grube, Mickey, Paul Daniels, Mark Dybdahl and Ron Harris. Coach Dennis Mullen.

Sentinel March 16. Cards Shut Out by defending CCS champion Carmel 7-0. Coach Mullen praised number one singles player John Kotcher with a fine performance, despite the fact that he lost 3-6, 6-1, 3-6. The scores for the rest of the matches are in order of the ladder: Daniel, 2-6, 5-7; Tsugawa, 2-6, 2-6; Harris, 2-6, 3-6; Kitsuse, 2-6, 2-6. Doubles: Neri-Curotto, 5-7, 3-6; Dybdahl-Grube, 4-6, 4-6.
JV’s SC 1, Carmel 1. Cloer-Boyle won 6-4, 6-2 and Karwin-Hatch lost 6-7, 1-6.

Sentinel. Aptos Drops Crucial Net Match To SC. SC defeated Aptos 4-3 to tighten the league race to Aptos at 6-1 and SC, the defending league champions, at 5-1. Aptos had beaten SC 4-3 in the first round of league play. Aptos had a 3-2 edge in singles play, but SC won the two doubles matches for the win. Ron Harris posted a big win for SC at number four singles, getting down 0-5 in the first set, before rallying to win 7-6, 6-2. In doubles, Joe Neri-Mark Dybdahl won 7-6, 6-2 and John Curotto-Don Grube won 6-3, 6-1. By the ladder, Kotcher lost 0-6, 1-6. Daniel won 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Tsugawa lost 2-6, 2-6. Kitsuse lost 4-6, 6-4, 4-6. In case of a tie for league, a special playoff has been tentatively set for May 8.
JV score SC 3, Aptos 0. Karwin in singles 10-2 In doubles, Boyle-Cloer 10-1 and Lee-Hatch 10-0

Trident. May 30. The team which includes seven seniors, finished with a 7-1 league record and continued their dominance of tennis, which began in 1975 in the MBL. SC did find a new challenge in Aptos, as the Mariners ended SC’s 56 match winning streak on April 8. The 4-3 loss served as the Cards first loss since April 1975, when Harbor dealt them a loss. SC avenged the Aptos loss, by sinking the Mariner ship, 4-3 on April 25. In a playoff to see who would represent the league in the CCS Region IV playoffs, the Mariners won 4-3. Seniors John Kotcher and David Tsugawa played on four championship teams. Kotcher, the number one singles player this year amassed a remarkable 38-2 league record, while Tsugawa compiled a 28-3 mark.
Other seniors are John Curotto, Ed Kitsuse, Joe Neri, Mark Dybdahl and Don Grube. Undefeated this year were Curotto, Grube, Paul Daniel and Ron Harris. Daniel a sophomore was the Cards number two singles player this year and has a 16-4 record after two years. Harris has an impressive 13-4 mark.

GOLF

Coach Terry Bernard’s comments, “The top returning players are Steve Mahagen, Steve Ball, Indigo Rose and Corell Davis. The outstanding newcomer is Mike Melville. We expect to get at least third in the league with Harbor firsts and Aptos second. Other team members were Scott Bell, Mike Melville and Joe DeHart.

Sentinel April 11. SC 21, SLV 6. Number one golfer, Steve Mehigan won his match 2-.1. Roas won 3-0 and SC won the best ball, 3-0. Bell and Davis won and won the best ball 3-0. Melville lost and DeHart won.

Sentinel April 15. SC blanked Marello 27-0. Winners for SC were Enigo Rose, Steve Mehigan, Mike Melville, Joe DeHart, Scott Bell and Cordel Davis. SC, is now 2-1 in league and was led by low medalist Rose, who shot a 66 for 16 holes at DeLaveaga.

Players will be listed by order of play, name and whether it was a win or loss.
April 18. SC defeated Soquel 17-10 to up its record to 3-1. Indigo Rose fired a 80 for SC as number one man. Number two, Mehigan lost; three, Bell won; four, Davis won; five, Melville won and six, DeHart lost.

April 30. SC 22, SLV 5. One, Rose won; two, Mehigen lost; three, Bell won; four, Davis won; five, Melville won; six, DeHart won.

May 2. SC 25, Marello 2. Steve Mehigan was medalist with a 70 at Pasatiempo. SC is now 5-2. One, Rose won; two Bell won; Three Mehigan won; four, Melville won; five and six were forfeit by Marello.

May 4. Harbor 26, SC 1. Bell lost his match but gained a point. With the win Harbor has won the SCCAL crown for three straight years.

May 7. Soquel 16, SC 11. One, Mehigan lost; two, Rose won; three, Melville lost; four, Davis won; five, DeHart lost and SC forfeited the last match.

May 9. Harbor 23, SC 4. One, Indigo Rose tied; two Davis lost; three, Mehigan won; four, Bell lost. SC forfeited the last two matches.

May 14. Scoring at the SCCAL championship: Harbor 72, Soquel 73, SLV 74, SC 76, Aptos 80 and Marello 82. There were four low qualifiers for the CCS Region IV tourney and Steve Mehigan was one of them.

May 21. At the Region IV tourney, Salinas won, followed by King City and Harbor. Steve Mehigan shot a 85, which was not enough to qualify for the CCS championship tourney.

GIRLS GYMNASTICS

Team members were Suzette Reed, Cynthia Rogers, Katie, Teri Guidry, Debbie Hannon, Carrie Hatruk, Lori Thompson, Tricia Shady, Tina Matta, Heather Carter and Sandy Cramer. Coach Mrs. Carey.

INDIVIDUALS

Kevin Ratliff played a fine game for the Cards, although he netted only six points. Newell, “Kevin, is so quick, that he will be a real asset to us next year, not to mention the playoffs coming up. The way he looks off a pass, he is able to move the ball inside before the defense knows what is happening.”
Kevin Ratliff defense of the Mariners league leading scorer averaging 18.5 points a game was held to only seven by Kevin. In the previous game he held him to 12. He covers all the top guards in the league and consistently holds them to low point totals.” Kevin held Harbors top guard with a 18 points per game to 12 points in each game, In the first game against SLV their guard scored 23 points, but only nine in the last game. Each game Kevin has cut more points off his opponents average. Newell, “Kevin’s defense is worth the going rate in gold these days.” Scoring: Ratliff 6,
Kevin Ratliff had another sensational game on defense. He held the league leading scorer to only seven, while scoring 11 points of his own. Newell, “Kevin is a super defensive player. All he is interested in is winning and he is unselfish when he plays. Some games he only takes two of three shots, but he doesn’t care as long as the team wins. When the Cardinals play, they play as a team, according to Rudy Escalante. “Every win is a team win. From the starters to the bench, everyone helped tonight.”

Brian Whitesell showed that he is fully recovered from his preseason hand injury. He shot eight of 14 from the field, while netting 19 points. Defensively he held Aptos’ hot handed center to two points. Coach Newell, “Brian is an outstanding leader. His leadership more than my coaching is responsible for the overall good play of our younger players.
“The team has adjusted very well to playing without Brian Whitesell,” added Newell. “Rudy Escalante had a lot to do with that. He had his best offensive game this season. The kids really look up to the seniors and Rudy is a real gentleman.” SC’s win was called a “team effort
Cards win opener against Los Gatos 55-50, led by 5-9 senior guard Tony Lopez with 26 points and the other starting guard Brian Whitesell with 18. Coach Newell comment, “Early in the season we will probably rely on them to supply most of the offense, since Tony is a three year starter and Brian has also played for three years, two as a starter.
Lopez was the sixth leading scoring in the league averaging 15.1 points during the regular season. Newell, “Tony had a good game. He rose to the occasion. He finished his career in fine style

All SCCAL selections were senior Sharon Hightower a four year first team player. As a freshman she was the starting center on the MBL championship team, which went on to take third place in the first CCS playoffs for girls. Senior Gwyn Adams a four year player with three years first string play and sophomore Serena Novo.

Bob Sanders was a honorable mention in football as a running back. In the one point 6-7 loss to Castro Valley, Sanders gained 91 yards rushing and scored with 30 seconds left in the game. He rushed for 67 yards in 17 carries against San Jose. In a 7-6 win over Harbor, Sanders kick the extra point, which turned out to be the winning point. At the SCCAL finals, Bob Sanders won his two events to qualify for the CCS Region IV meet.

Dave Delucchi took third in the mile at the SCCAL finals to qualify for the CCS Region IV meet. He was also a top placer in the SCCAL cross country meet.

On a rainy night at Memorial Field, the Cards upset Harbor 7-6 in their first victory over Harbor in six years, Darryl Jessen took it in from four yards out. Darryl a defensive player was selection ALL SCCAL.

Mike Scott was selected for the ALL SCCAL football team. Mike Scott, in practice games collected 137 yards rushing and scored a touchdown against San Jose. Against San Carlos in the last practice game, Scott led all rushers with 107 yards in 14 carries. Male Athlete of the Month of October was halfback Mike Scott. In the four non-league games, Mike rushed for 227 yards in 48 carries, caught 10 passes for 157 yards and scored two touchdowns. He ranks second in the county in combined yards rushed and pass receptions. Cards defeat Marello 20-7 in the first league game, led mainly by the rushing of Mike Scott, who amassed 167 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Scott picked up his first touchdown early in the third quarter on a 64 yard run and another in the fourth quarter from two yards out.

Rudy Escalante, a team leader and three sport first stringer in football, basketball and baseball was selected on the ALL SCCAL football team and was named the Boys Athlete of The Year.

Mark Hodges was a team leader and first stringer in football and baseball. Mark made honorable mention on the ALL SCCAL football team.

Mitch Ronning was a first string quarterback on the football team, an outstanding wrestler and participated in track. Mitch made honorable mention on the ALL SCCAL football team.

Ray Rembao took second place at the first cross country meet against SLV. In a 24-32 win over Harbor, Rambao was fifth in 11:59. At the Soquel Invitational, the varsity finished sixth and Ray finished fourteenth for the top Card finisher.

Dave Delucchi took third place at the first cross country meet against SLV. At the Aptos Invitational, Dave Delucchi took ninth place and finished the two and a half mile course in 13:54 to lead the Cards. In a 24-32 win over Harbor, Dave was third in 11:56. At the Soquel Invitational, the varsity finished sixth and Dave finished twentieth to be the Cards second finisher..

Chuck McDaniels took fourth at the first cross country meet against SLV. At the Soquel Invitational, Chuck placed thirty-first and was the Cards third finisher.

Heidi Teachout won the first cross country meet against SLV to lead the girls team to a 24-32 victory. At the Aptos Invitational, Heidi placed fifth to lead the girls team. In the Girls win 17-38 Harbor the team was led by Heidi, who won the race in 14:08. In the Girls win 17-38 Harbor the team was led by Heidi, who won the race in 14:08. In the Girls win 17-38 Harbor the team was led by Heidi, who won the race in 14:08. At the Soquel Invitational, she placed ninth.

In the Girls win 17-38 Harbor, Allison Stanford took second place in 14:54.

Greg Pacheco was ALL SCCAL and Sentinel All County in baseball, while leading the league in hitting. For the season he hit .481 and for the league season .529. Most of his career was spent as a stellar centerfielder. This year he also played first base. He led the team in total basses, struck out only four times and was second in steals with 20

For the second year in a row Kathy Wilson was selected softball ALL SCCAL. She is a four year starter on the softball team as well as tennis and basketball. In basketball she is a starting point guard. This year she has been selected Girls Athlete of the Year.

At the league meet, Steve Hatch was a double winner and at the same time broke league records as the swim team won its second consecutive year.

At the league meet, John Mokus was a double winner and at the same time broke league records as the swim team won its second consecutive year.


1981

SENIOR ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Trident June 12. The coaches selected Jeannie Collopy and Todd Noland as the senior athletes of the year.
Jeannie swam for her first three years with one year on frosh-soph and two on the varsity. Jeannie holds three school records. Two frosh-soph records in the 100 breast and 50 freestyle and the 100 breast on varsity, which she qualified for at CCS for three years. Jeannie played basketball all four years with three on varsity and one on frosh-soph. She was ALL SCCAL and is currently on the CCS North-South All Star team. One of her top highlights was beating Aptos this year for the SCCAL championship, after losing to Aptos for the other three years.
Todd was ALL SCCAL in baseball and honorable mention in football. He became interested in football, because of the action involved and it is fun. For baseball, if you put a lot into it, you’ll get a lot out of it. In baseball he worked on trying to relax, not to worry so much and not to place too much pressure on myself. His athletic highlight was when we tied Aptos 7-7 in football this year, when they were favored to beat us. In baseball, I went 3 for 4 in the second game against SLV was also a big thrill. His playing philosophy is try to do the best I can, do not drop my head, if I do not succeed and not let it bother me a lot.

Coaches: Gary Sakamoto, varsity football. Varsity football assistants were Ernie Cooper, Dee Herren and Rick Downey Bill Bunner, JV football. Darrel Jessen, assistant JV football. Terry Eckardt, boys swimming. Lee Rider, water polo. Carol Kreppel, girls swimming. Greg Brock, cross country and track. Don Dempwolfe, soccer. Mike Lopez, assistant soccer. Hillel Rom, JV soccer. Dennis Mullen, girls and boys tennis. Pete Newell, basketball. Tex Ronning, wrestling. Vic Miguel, softball. Kathy Wilson, JV softball. Bill Dodge, baseball. Ray Hunter, girls basketball and assistant baseball. JV baseball coaches, DiTano, Steve Pacheco and Rich Castillo. Sandy Rogers, head track. Track assistants: Doug Boudinot, Ben Cline, Jake Viebrock, Bill Johnson and Bryan Wall.

FOOTBALL

Practice games: Santa Clara 0-14, Castro Valley 13-26, Gonzales 6-30, Las Lomas 6-27. Practice record 0-4. League: SLV 7-14, Marello 18-13, Harbor 0-14, Aptos 7-7 and Soquel 0-35. League record 1-3-1 tied for fourth. Season record 1-7-1.

Team members were John Wilson, Shawn Kinney, Rich Barker, Todd Noland, Steve Fox, Marv Johnson, Karl Goin, Chris Codiga, Lucky Farales, Shawn Vansomeran, Mike DiTano, Paul Ronzano, Chip Bogard, Craig Strong, Pete Clemens, Darryl Hightower, Ken Lira, Mark Stephanie, Larry Robinson, Jim Loftus, Andre Jones, Frank Bowen, Larry Brown, Don Ghio, Wit Woliczko, Jeff Harper, Steve Monroe, Steve Jackson. Coaches were Rick Downey, Dee Herren, Ernie Cooper and head coach Gary Sakamoto.

At the SCCAL jamboree at Cabrillo, the Cards tied for fourth place as they won one mini- game and lost two. Highlights were Larry Robinson’s longest run of 16 yards against Soquel and the overall defensive backfield play of Robinson and Todd Noland, who also made an interception. Jeff Harper stepped in in short notice to play quarterback. The Cards finished the evening with a 3-1 win against Aptos. Darryl Hightower provided the offense and the defense held the Mariners to just one first down.

The team made significant progress in their opening game loss 14-0 loss to Santa Clara according to coach Sakamoto. Darryl Hightower, Andre Jones and Jim Loftus were potent on defense. After the game, coach Sakamoto had this to say, “I won’t be satisfied until we are winning games. We’ve improved 100% since the Jamboree. We are improving every week.
The improvement came on defense in pursuit and gang tackling. On offense we were a little inconsistent. We had spurts of execution.” Both scores came in the first half. The SC performance was almost completely mistake free. SC had only two penalties and two fumbles, they recovered themselves. He believes in players with potential like linebackers Jeff Harper and Darryl Hightower, cornerback Todd Noland, running backs Larry Robinson and Frank Bowen and strong safety Andre Jones. Marvin Johnson, who just came off a thumb injury to play quarterback did a good job. These players will get things done.

Castro Valley Stops Santa Cruz 26-13. Taking advantage of six SC turnovers in the game, with three of them in the first half on two interceptions and a fumble recovery. turned into a 19-0 lead, which was enough to win the game. The Cards held Castro Valley to one TD the second half, while scoring two themselves. Both SC touchdowns were scored by junior tailback Larry Robinson. The 6-0, 175 pound Robinson ran for 120 yards on 10 carries, including touchdown gallops of three and 56 yards. “Robinson certainly blossomed. He didn’t start the game, but it looks like he may be our top tailback from now on. It’s going to hard to keep him out of the lineup,” Coach Sakamoto. Junior quarterback Marvin Johnson hit 11 of 22 aerials for 97 yards, but he did get intercepted three times. In the final quarter, Robinson capped a 92 yard, 16 play drive with a three yard burst. Robinson and Todd Noland kept the drive alive with 15 yard scampers. Craig Strong led all receivers with seven catches for 52 yards and Robinson snagged two passes for 20 yards. Other receivers were Bogard 1 or 20 yards and Wollczko 1 for 5 yards. Castro Valley out gained SC 299-237. Other runners yards were Noland five carries for 32 yards, Bowen 4 for 9, Harper 5 for 7 and Johnson 4 for minus 20 yards.

Key Mistakes Costly For Cardinals 30-6 loss to Gonzales. The game was closer than the score indicates as Gonzales scored on two long runs in the last quarter. SC tallied its first touchdown just 20 seconds before halftime after returning a Gonzales kickoff back to their own 36. Quarterback Marvin Johnson hit Craig Strong with a 6 yard scoring pass. In the third quarter SC drove to the Gonzales 15, before fumbling the ball away. In the fourth quarter the Cards drove all the way to the Gonzales 3 yard line, before losing the ball on a fumble. Larry Robinson had another fine game running the football for 168 yards in 26 carries. Gonzales out gained SC 239-200. Other rushing yards were Noland 4 carries for 13 yards, Bowen 5 for 20 and Johnson 7 for minus 36. Receiving yards were Robinson 29 and Strong 6. Passing: Johnson three completions in 12 attempts for 35 yards and one interception.

Lapses, Mistakes Again Get Best Of Santa Cruz in a 27-6 loss to Las Lomas. “We got blown out by long passes and we fumbled the ball away twice inside their 10 yard line,” Coach Sakamoto. Las Lomas scored in every quarter. One bright spot for SC was the running of tailback Larry Robinson, who rushed for over 100 yards for the third game in a row. Robinson carried the ball 28 times for 169 yards and scored the Cards lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 6 yard gallop. SC totaled 15 first downs, ran for 156 net yards and passed for 50. “We couldn’t seem to generate a consistent passing attack. We’ll really have to evaluate our passing attack and just work harder at holding on to the football,” Sakamoto said. Receiving yards were Ghio 12, Strong 11, Jones minus 6, Jackson 9 and Robinson 24. Passing: Johnson completed 5 of 9 attempted for 50 yards, but had two intercepted. Rushing yards Bowen 3, Noland 5, Jones minus 1 and Johnson minus 21.

Coach Sakamoto comments, “In our practice games our strengths are in our secondary and our offensive backfield. On offense it would be Craig Strong, Darryl Hightower and Jeff Harper. On defense we feel real good about Todd Noland, Steve Fox and Andre Jones. In the league we are looking to finish some place in the middle of the pack”

Cards Make It Tough, But Valley Too Much. SLV’s 14-7 victory advanced their record to 4-1. In the second quarter with 4:13 remaining, SLV recovered a SC fumble on the Cougar 23. On the second play a SLV wide receiver out raced two SC defenders for a 73 yard score. In the third quarter SLV took advantage of a SC 18 yard punt to the Cards 26 yard line. A 31 yard pass play made the score 14-0 SLV. Larry Robinson scored on a 51 yard run with just 16 seconds left on the clock. Robinson finished the night with 98 yards on 20 carries. Other rushing yards were Bowen four carries for 7 yards, Johnson 2 for 1 and Wilson 2 for minus 13. Receiving yards were Strong 43 and Bogard 5. Passing: Johnson completed 3 of 11 passes for 21 yards and Wilson completed three of 7 passes for 24 yards.

Pre-game write up. Cardinals Entertain Panthers. Although SC is winless, they have been competitive in every game they’ve played. They have improved each game and are very hungry for their first victory. SC boasts the counties leading rusher Larry Robinson, who has dashed for 555 yards and four touchdowns in only four games. The Cards have a competent passing game led by quarterback in Marvin Johnson, who is 25 of 62 for 213 yards. Receiver Craig Strong currently ranks second in the county with 14 receptions for 42 yards and a TD.

Robinson Led Cards Down Marello Prep 18-13. One player does not a football team make. Someone forgot to tell that to Larry Robinson, who rushed for 204 yards in 31 carries to lead the Cards to their first victory of the season. Marello coach, “Robinson is as good of a running back as I’ve seen in my six years of coaching.” From the opening kickoff, the Cards stuck to their game plan, remaining on the ground and giving the ball to their strongest back. By the end of the first half, Robinson had racked up 145 yards and scored both SC touchdowns. The first score came in the second quarter. Robinson ground out 65 yards in nine plays, including a brilliant 17 yard run to draw first blood for SC. A few minutes later, Robinson wasted no time as he broke for 50 yards on his first carry of the drive. Five more Robinson carries put the ball on the Marello one, from where he went up the middle to make the score 12-0. The Panthers ran the kickoff back for a touchdown and conversion to go into the locker room 12-7 SC. Robinson was held to ten yards in the third quarter. To start the last quarter, Marello went ahead 13-12. Ten minutes was all Robinson needed. A string of 12 runs and one pass reception brought Robinson and SC to within inches of the goal line. Quarterback Marvin Johnson took it in on a keeper with 2:34 left to play to put SC ahead 18-13. The SC defensive backs Craig Strong, John Wilson and Todd Noland took care of the Marello aerial attack. SC out gained Marello 227-188. Rushing yards were Bowen one carry for 6 yards Johnson 1 for 1, Jones 1 for 5. Receiving yards Jackson 5 and Robinson 6. Passing: Johnson completed two of seven passes for 12 yards.

Cards battled the Pirates on almost even terms before losing 0-14. SC started out very impressively driving the ball all the way down to the one yard line, led by the throwing and running combination of quarterback Marvin Johnson and tailback Larry Robinson, but failed to score. SC took the opening kickoff of the second half to the Harbor 15 before running out of gas once again, failed to score and things went downhill. On the drive Robinson piled up most of the yardage, including a 18 yard run to the Pirate 32. The Cards had apparently converted on a fourth and five situation for a first down that would have put them on the Harbor ten, but a holding penalty pushed them all the way back to the Harbor 34. Harbor then drove down the field and led 7-0 at half time. The second half was a stalemate until the last minute when the Pirates took advantage of defensive breakdowns to score again. The standout for SC was wide receiver Craig Strong ,who caught four passes for 48 yards. Harbor dominated the statistic rolling up 277 yards to the Cards 163. Rushing yards were Robinson 36 carries for 78 yards, Bowen 2 for 5, Noland two for 15 and Wilson 4 for minus 5. Receiving yards Jackson 19 and Strong 50. Passing: Johnson completed one of 5 for six yards and Wilson 5 for 11 for 63 yards.

The following week, SC tied heavily favored Aptos 7-7. The Cards scored their only touchdown late in the fourth quarter with 2:14 left in the game. The hero of the game was center Steve Fox, who recovered a SC fumble on the one yard line and rolled into the end zone with the ball for the score. A fifty yard pass from John Wilson to Craig Strong moved the ball into scoring range. Larry Robinson was the leading rusher gaining 60 yards in 20 carries. The stars for the Cardinals were the entire defensive wall, who kept Aptos out of the end zone, except when the Mariners scored after recovering a Card fumble at the SC 11 yard line and then took it in to score. Both teams gained an equal amount of yards at 107. Rushing yards were Robinson 20 carries for 60 yards, Noland 1for three, Bowen 1 for 1, Fox 1 for 2, Strong 1 for minus 11 and Wilson 15 for minus 43. Receiving yards Strong 84 and Ronzano 11. Passing: Wilson completed 4 of 8 passes for 95 yards.

Soquel Rambles Past Santa Cruz, To End SCCAL With 5-0 Mark and at least a tie for the Championship. The Soquel defense was an immoveable object and their offense was the irresistible offense as the Knights defeated SC 35-0. Soquel out gained SC 381- 76. Soquel consistently overpowered the smaller SC defensive line and were able to run the ball almost at will. Passing was not emphasized by either squad. Larry Robinson was mobbed every time he got the ball, gaining a mere 41 yards in 22 tough carries. Other rushing yards were Noland 3 carries for six yards, Johnson 1 for 3 and Jones 3 for minus 13. Receiving: Strong 12 and Pacheco 7. Passing: Jones completed two of 7 passes for 19 yards and Johnson 0 for 1.

Sentinel All County team: Offense: senior running back, 5-10, 170, Larry Robinson.
Honorable mention: Darryl Hightower, Todd Noland, Andre Jones, Craig Strong, Frank Bowen.

Trident Dec. 12. All SCCAL players were Larry Robinson, Darryl Hightower and Todd Noland. Comments by coach Sakamoto. Larry was the leading rusher in the county gaining 938 yards, scored six touchdowns in a nine game season and was voted most valuable player by his teammates. Darryl performed well all season. He emerged as a real team leader on our defense, while playing linebacker and from the third game of the season he was the catalyst of the defense. Todd was our most consistent defensive player and the best open field tackler on the team. He was a team leader by example.

FROSH-SOPH FOOTBALL

SLV 0-6, Marello 0-28
Team members were Jeff Ribordy, Tom Russo, Alfred Muse, Dirk Rower, Gino Panelli, Carl Jackson, Troy Strong, Mark Shepard, Ted Taylor, Bob Garvin, Pat McCoy, Gary Silva, Paul Covigliano, John Rodriguez, Paul Derego, Scott Thiebout, Ron Bailey, Mido Mendez, Billy Joe Lambert, Mitch Wright, Paul Rocha, Tracy Schultz, David Chase, Ricky Munoz, Bill Burr, Larry Sagarini, Randy Criswell and Doug Humphrey. Head Coach Bill Bunner and assistant Darrel Jessen.

CROSS COUNTRY BOYS AND GIRLS

Yearbook. Coach Greg Brock, “There is some good talent on this team. They have a really good attitude and they are willing to work hard. The top boys are Stephan Ruiz, Sunil Bald, Andrew Harvey and our returning senior Per Hjamarson. Top girl is Robin Grant. This years team is very young and maybe a year away from realizing their full potential. However, if they do mature during the season they may win the league. This is based on the fact that the varsity boys have won the league three out of the last four years and that all three boys teams, the Frosh-Soph, JV’s and varsity won last year.”

Team members were Russ Kliegel, Andrew Harvey, Danielle Howe, Jerry Deck, Brent Smith, Robin Grant, Celeste Deck, Natalie Duffy, Tracy Nansel, Sue Ingersoll, Per Hjamarson, Stefan Ruiz, Don Louv, Clifford Harris, Lester Roberts, Joe Vitug, Sunil Bald, Chris Trevino, Vivek Bald, Dan Kliegel, Erik Kirkwood and Ian Chick. Coach Greg Brock.

November 7. At the SCCAL meet, the only mention of SC was SC’s Joe Vitug

November 14.Stefan Ruiz was All SCCAL. From coach Brock: Stefan placed eighth in the CCS Region IV meet to qualify for the CCS finals. Stefan has been involved in competitive cross country since Junior High. Although he has had several injuries, his overall determination have allowed him to be successful.

Sentinel September 26. Soquel boys 27, SC 28 in the league opening meet. Stefan Ruiz took second place in 12:02. In the girls meet, Soquel swept the first three places to win 20-36. Danielle Howe placed fourth in 14:52.

Sentinel. October 3. SC took three out of the four divisions from SLV. Stefan Ruiz was the individual winner in the boys varsity race in a SC win 23-34. Ruiz ran a 11:54 on the SC course. The girls varsity registered a win over an incomplete SLV team. Danielle Howe led the way in 15:08. SC took the junior varsity and SLV won the frosh-soph race.

October 5. At the Aptos Cross Country Invitational in the small schools frosh-soph division, Russ Kliegel was eighth in 14:27.

Sentinel October 19. At the Soquel Invitational with 40 teams and over 700 runners competing on the 2.7 mile Soquel course, the SC frosh-soph teams did well in the small schools division. For the girls, Danielle Howe took sixth and Celeste Deck was ninth. For the boys, Dan Kliegel was seventh. In the varsity boys small schools division, Stephan Ruiz was thirteenth.

October 31. Aptos 26, SC 30 in the varsity boys race. Stefan Ruiz was second in 13:58. In the girls race, SC ran incomplete. Celeste Deck won in the time of 17:24.
SC ran incomplete in the frosh-soph race and Aptos took the junior varsity race 22-35.

GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS

Practice: Salinas 2-5, Carmel 6-1 League: Watsonville 5-2,
Coach Dennis Mullen, “We have a young team this year, but we have lots of ability and if we work hard we should do well this year. Returning letter winners are Leslie Alexander, Lilly Dong, Alicia Kitsuse, Mayo Ruiz, Carmella Munoz and Amy Zavala.”

In the practice game loss 5-2 to Salinas, number one singles player Lilly Dong lost 2-6, 1-6. Number two Leslie Alexander won 7-5, 6-0. Number three Amy Zavala lost 2-6, 2-6 as did number four Alicia Kitsuse 0-6, 0-6. The first two doubles team lost. Starting with number one double team Carmella Munoz and Mayo Ruiz 6-3, 0-6, 4-6. Kara Jernstrom and Stephanie Dekking 2-6, 4-6. Doubles winners were Hope Adams and Katherine Christensen 6-4, 7-6.

Team members were Alicia Kitsuze, Leslie Alexander, Stephanie Dekking, Marnie Munoz, Lilly Dong, Amy Zavala, Kara Jernstrom, Carmella Munoz, Mayo Ruiz. Coach Dennis Mullen

Trident Oct. 17. At this point SC is 2-2 Watsonville was defeated 5-2. Number one, Leslie Alexander was defeated 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Number two Lilly Dong won her match 6-1, 6-1. Amy Zavala won 7-6, 7-6. Alicia Kitsuse won 6-3, 7-6, 6-4. Number one doubles, Mayo Ruiz and Carmella Munoz won 6-1, 6-3. Number two doubles, Kara Jernstrom and Stephanie Dekking lost 5-7 and by default. Three doubles, Katherine Christensen and Hope Adams won 6-0, 6-4.

The next opponent, Carmel won 6-1. The only point for SC was a remarkable three set victory 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 by Munoz and Adams in doubles. Coach Mullen, “Carmel was the best team we played so far. Our team is improving all the time. There is only one more preseason game against RLS.”

ALL SCCAL players Leslie Alexander and Lilly Dong. Coach Mullen’s comments: Leslie had the hardest position on the team playing the number one spot. She had no previous singles play before this season and she did an outstanding job. A majority of her losses were extremely close and could have gone either way. She and Lilly Dong won the SCCAL doubles title to qualify for CCS. Lilly is one of the most competitive and most consistent people on the team for all four years. Lilly lost only one league match and that was this year, but in a later rematch she defeated the same girl. Until this year she had no singles experience.

GIRLS JV TENNIS

Team members were Janette Mungai, Sherri Wells, Kathy O’Brien, Danielle Machotka, Laurel Stumpf, Julie Atkinson, Andres Marcus, Jean Vitug, Kara Elder, Katy Wright.

BOYS WATER POLO

Practice: Hollister 5-4, League Harbor 1-14, 5-14; Aptos 3-14, Soquel 11-13 in OT,
Final SCCAL varsity standings were Harbor 6-0, Aptos 4-2, Soquel 2-4 and SC 0-6
Yearbook. New coach Lee Rider, “Our teams strengths are size and physical strength, but its only what I’ve seen so far. We Haven’t actually practiced with the balls. Gary Eisenburg and Mike Schmahl seem to be our most skilled players. Jeff Mokus and Ralph Cortez seem to have potential also. I feel we should be improved over last years 1-5 record.”

Team members were Buckwheat Winbagler, Ed Braunhut, Joe DeHart, Jeff Mockus, Mike Schmahl, Ralph Cortez, Gary Eisenberg, Ted Irons, Bart Codiga, Brian Kranich, Mike Sullivan, David Haughton, Eric Mitchell, Jim Body, Martin Little, Brian Rayburn, Robert Maranghi, Dave Nelson, Paul Niebanck, Brian Enick, Kit O’Leary.

Trident Oct. 17. SC opened the season with a 5-4 victory over Hollister. Coach Rider, ”The team is starting to improve tremendously. Our shooting is becoming a lot more accurate and the team is starting to pick it up.”

Sentinel Oct. 9. In the league opener SC lost to Harbor 14-1. The frosh-soph team did better losing 17-6.

Oct. 10. SC lost to Aptos 14-3 at Cabrillo College.

Oct. 30. Harbor 14, SC 5. Mark Schmall paced SC with three goals, while Lou Champion added a pair. Harbor won the frosh-soph game 13-8.

Nov. 13. Soquel edged SC in overtime 13-11. In the frosh-soph action SC upended Soquel on a sudden death goal by Marty Little 6-5.

GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING

took fourth place in the SCCAL meet.
Practice meet: Santa Catalina 85-80. League: Aptos 62-189, SLV 109-57, Harbor 71-99, Soquel 101-18. League record 2-2. Overall record 3-2.

Yearbook. Coach Carol Kreppel, “We have a great enthusiastic, excited team with a lot of potential, We have a great diving coach and lots of divers, so a large team will go far in achieving our goals, This is a great team sport which requires the efforts of everyone involved. There are no ‘top’ performers. However, our returning seniors are Janette DeGennero, Kathy Little and Ashley Melton. We will give every team a struggle. We will never be totally wiped out. We have a great chance at the league championship and if we all work hard, we will surely obtain it.”

Team members were Laura Wamsley, Anne Marie Mockus, Andrea Moore, Cheryl Eustice, Brook Davis, Tiffany Shaffer, Lynn Bargiacchi, Cindy Samo, Michelle Hussey, Amy Bogard, Chris Neff, Christina Raffaeli, Julie McPherson, Cynthia Zwerling, Trish Shady, Erin Mahaney, Melissa May, Karen Wilson, Jill Bender, Sandra Fox, Janette DeGennaro, Brenda Della Santina, Colleen Mulholland, Patti Press and Kathy Little. Coach Carol Kreppel

Sentinel Nov. 2. Mariners Nab SCCAL Crown with 364 points followed by Harbor 301, SC 217, SLV 110 and Soquel 72. Christina Raffaelli was the only SC winner taking the 100 butterfly in 1:02.30.
Soquel won the frosh-soph crown with 428, SC 215, Aptos 168, Harbor 121, SLV 57.

Nov. 16. At the CCS frosh-soph meet Cristina Raffaelli placed tenth in both the 100 butterfly in 1:01.40 and the 200 freestyle in 1:50.43.

In the first dual meet against Santa Catalina, SC won 85-80. First place winners were Raffaelli in the 200 freestyle and the 100 fly, McPherson the 500 free and Little the 160 breast.
Christina Raffaelli set a new school record and CCS qualifying tine in the 200 free. The requirements and old school record were 2:07. The record is now 2:05.48. She also set a new record in the 100 fly. The old record standing since 1976 was 1:09. Raffaelli swam a 1:03.69.

Sentinel Oct. 10. Aptos showed its strength by defeating SC 189-62. SC won three events and took four of the runner up spots.

Oct. 17. SC topped SLV 109-57. SC swept all but two of the 11 events.
SC won the frosh-soph meet 106-44.

Trident Oct. 17. At the SCCAL swim relays, Aptos won with 110 points followed by SC 88, Harbor 74, Soquel 36 and SLV 18. The 400 freestyle relay team of Mockus, DeGennaro, Thiebout and Little took first place. The 200 fly/breaststroke won with Raffaelli, Melton, De Gennaro and Little. The dive team of Shady, Eustice and Neff took first. The progressive freestyle swimmers: Thiebout, Melton, Little and Mockus set a school record for the 550 yards in a time of 5:12.46.

Oct. 24. Harbor 99, SC 71. Cristina Raffaelli st the school record in the 200 free in 1:59.61 for second place.
Unbeaten SC stopped Harbor in the frosh-soph meet 112-51.

Sentinel Oct. 30. The Cards took all the first places and all but one second place to drub Soquel 101-18. SC won every event of the day, led by three double winners: Cristina Raffaelli, Kathie Little and Julie McPherson. First place finishers were the 200 medley relay team of Ashley Melton, Anne-Marie Mockus, Christina Raffaelli and Kathy Little; 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke by Little; 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke by Julie McPherson; 50 freestyle and 100 fly by Raffaelli; diving by Patricia Shady; 100 free by Lynn Matejcek; 500 free by Melton, 400 freestyle relay team of Mockus, Janette DeGennaro, Matejcek and Little.

Trident Dec. 12. Seven members of the swim team are consider ALL SCCAL players for taking first place at the SCCAL meet or getting a qualifying time or dive to qualifying for CCS. They are Christina Raffaelli, Anne Marie Mockus, Ashley Melton, Kathie Little, Janette De Gennaro and divers Tricia Shady and Cheryl Eustice. From coach Kreppel: Even though Christina qualified for CCS in five events, she could not swim all five physically, so she choose two. Anne Marie made CCS by being the fastest varsity swimmer to swim in the 200 medley relay. Ashley had the best 50 backstroke at the SCCAL meet to qualify for CCS. Kathie made it to CCS by swimming an entry time on the medley relay team. Janette made it to CCS as a alternate for the relay team. Tricia made CCS by getting third place in league diving. Cheryl made it to CCS as a diver for placing sixth in SCCAL and in the top eight in the regionals.

All SCCAL

Christina Raffaelli, Anne Marie Mockus, Ashley Melton, Kathie Little, Janette DeGennaro, Divers Tricia Shady and Cheryl Eustice.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Practice Gilroy loss. League: Soquel 4-16, 7-15; SLV 15-5, 15-8; Monte Vista 15-12, 15-9.
Coach Sam Edwards, “Our team is enthusiastic and has good talent. Now we just need to learn how to use it. Heather Carte, Kristen Barret, Stephanie Giudici and Lisa Wright are our top players. We may have problems at the beginning, but towards the end of the season we should be good,”

Players and their positions: Hitters, Stephanie Giudici, Lisa Harding and Maria Aguirre; hitter and blocker, Kristen Barrett; server and hitter, Lissa Wright; setters, Marcy Johnson, Megan Blake and Debra Papa.

Trident Oct. 17. The first game ended with a loss to Gilroy. The team came back with a victory over Monte Vista 15-12, 15-9. Some shining individual performances were turned in by setters Marcy Johnson and Debbie Papa, while Kristen Barrett and Stephanie Giudici were consistent hitters. Other contributors were Lissa Wright and Maria Aguirre.

In the 15-5, 15-8 win against SLV, the outstanding performers were Johnson, Papa and Blake. Giudici, Harding and Aguiree also performed well.

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

Practice games: Alisal 53-51. Los Gatos 43-60, Carmel 41-49. Dads Club Tournament: Harbor 69-65, Aptos 55-74, SLV 52-46 for third place. Gilroy Tournament: RLS 49-58, Valley Christian 64-55, North Salinas 64-49 for consolation title. Seaside 43-48, North Monterey 60-52, Mitty 47-59, Watsonville 58-53. Practice record 7-6.
League: Marello 60-49, 44-45 OT; Aptos 29-31 OT, 42-52; Soquel 68-50, 35-36; SLV 38-49, 44-46 OT; Harbor 50-54, 67-69 triple OT. League record 2-8. Season record 9-14.

Yearbook. Coach Newell, “I was proud of the combined efforts of our team throughout the league season. When a team losses a few games in overtime, it is natural to get discouraged and quit trying your hardest. Even though we lost our last three games in overtime, 37-38 to Soquel, 46-48 to SLV and 66-68 to Harbor, our team never quit and it’s a credit to their character even more than to their basketball ability.”

Returning seniors are Dan Orozco and Kevin Ratliff. Senior transfer, center Kaydon Coburn. Returning juniors are Eddie O’Brien, Ricky Lyons, Craig Strong, Joe Vitug, John Wilson and Craig Whitesell. Up from the JV team Harrod Blank and Lloyd Rodgers. Up from the freshman team are Glen Hill, Steve Glass, Bill Domhoff, Kevin Kinney, DiSalvo and Josh Shaw

Final Quarter Rally Vaults Santa Cruz past Alisal 53-51 in the season opener. SC scored eight unanswered points in the fourth quarter and Danny Orozco hit a short jumper with 1:20 left to put the Cards ahead by two and the win. Coach Newell, “It was a good opening season game, especially coming back down the stretch. I think we were fresher at the end, because we had a deeper bench.” Scoring: Orozco 12, Craig Whitesell 7, O”Brien 11, Ratliff 3, Lyon 8, Hill 5, Glass 2, Blank 2, Domhoff 3 and Wilson 0.

Los Gatos outscored the Cards in every quarter to win 60-43. The combined teams committed 39 fouls with 20 of them by the Cards. The Cards out rebounded the Cats 35-30, but shot 13 of 51 from the field for 25 percent. Scoring: Orozco 12, Whitesell 5, O’Brien 3, Ratliff 6, Lyons 4, Hill 4, Glass 1,Coburn 2, Domhoff 2, Wilson 1, DiSalvo 1, Kinney 2.

Carmel Zone Shuts Off Cardinals to win 49-41. The Cards learned that the fast break style of play, they would like to use, needs practice. With 26 turnovers, 15 coming in the second half, the Cards made things easy for the Padres. Coach Newell, “We can break effectively, but it will take the month of December to learn ‘when and how’. We’re not sure yet what we can and can’t do.” The Cards led at the quarter 12-8 and at halftime 26-22, With 2:27 left in the third quarter, Carmel ran off eight straight points to go ahead 42-33. The Carmel zone limited the Cards to one shot a possession and only allowed the Cards 15 points in the second half.
Scoring: Lyon 8, Whitesell 10, Glass 2, Coburn 3, Orozco 6, O’Brien 2, Ratliff 6, Wilson 2, Domhoff 2.

No write ups of the Dads Club Tournament, but did have the scoring.
Cards beat Harbor 69-65. SC scoring: Orozco 4, Whitesell 24, Coburn 8, Ratliff 2, Lyon 15, Gill 6, Glass 2, O[Brien 1, Domhoff 0, Wilson 6, Blank 1.

Aptos won 74-55 in the semi-finals. SC scoring: Coburn 29, Whitesell 2, Orozco 8, Ratliff 5, Lyon 2, Shaw 2, Hill 1, Kinney 1, Glass 5.

SC beat SLV 52-46 for third place. SC scoring: Ratliff 8, Lyon 9, Coburn 13, Orozco 4, O’Brien 4, Whitesell 4, Wilson 4, Blank 2, Glass 2, Rogers 2.

Kaydon Coburn was voted most valuable player in the Dads Club Tournament.

At the Gilroy Tournament, Cards Mistakes Make Difference In Tourney loss to RLS 49-58.
Too many ball control errors and a couple of missed lay ups in the final two minutes helped decide the game. The Cards had 24 turnovers in the game. The Cards were outscored 17-9 in the last quarter in stark contrast to the first quarter, when the Cards ran through RLS’ pressing defense for a 21-20 advantage. RLS had a one rebound advantage 31-30. Whitesell had eight rebounds and Coburn had seven. Scoring: Orozco 20, Whitesell 2, Coburn 17, Ratliff 5, Lyon 0, Glass 2, O’Brien 2, Wilson 1.

Santa Cruz Rallies In Final Quarter for a 64-55 win over Valley Christian in a consolation game at Gilroy. Playing the entire fourth quarter with only one starter after trailing by 10 points at half time, the Cards staged a major comeback. SC’s only starter, junior guard Ricky Lyon, rose to the occasion to score 17 points, grab 10 rebounds and dish off five assists as the Cards outscored the Warriors 21-6 in the final frame. Newell, “It was quite a comeback. John Wilson also played just super for us in terms of leadership throughout the entire game, but particularly in the fourth quarter, We’ve been dying down the stretch lately. So it was really nice, We just got stronger as the game wore on.” Wilson a junior guard scored 12 points and added eight assists. SC outscore Valley 39-20 in the second half. SC connected on 24 of 49 shots for a 49 percent accuracy. The win evened the Cards record at 4-4. Scoring: Orozco 0, Whitesell 2, Coburn 10, Lyon 17, Wilson 12, Glass 6, Shaw 2, O’Brien 4, Domhoff 11, Vitug 0.

Cards win Gilroy tournament consolation title beating North Salinas 64-49. SC fell behind by four points at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Vikings 21-5 in the second period to take the lead for good. Kaydon Coburn led the SC attack with 25 points with 16 of them coming in the fourth quarter, when the Cards exploded for 24 points to ice the game. The Cards out rebounded North Salinas 29-17 and connected on 26 of 35 free throws. Scoring: Orozco 2, Whitesell 9, Coburn 25, Ratliff 0, Lyon 14, Glass 4, DiSalvo 2, O’Brien 0, Domhoff 2, Wilson 4.

Santa Cruz held a three point lead at half, but managed only 13 points in the final two periods and lost to Seaside 43-48. SC jumped out to a 29-8 lead at the beginning of the contest, but then Seaside outscored the Cards 17-1 to close the gap at halftime. The Cards only hit nine of 22 at the charity stripe. Scoring: Orozco 4, Whitesell 5, Coburn 16, Lyon 8, Wilson 0, Ratliff 0, Hill 5, Glass 2, O’Brien 3, Domhoff 0.

Cards drop a 47-59 decision to Mitty. SC never recovered from an ice cold first period managing only six point compared to 16 for Mitty. “It took us eight minutes to realize the brand of basketball they play,” said coach Newell. “We played them even the last 24 minutes. It was a very physical game. But we adjusted to that fact and played well.” Kaydon Coburn topped all scorers with 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Scoring: Orozco 0, O’Brien 4, Coburn 21, Whitesell 6, Ratliff 3, Lyon 4, Hill 4, Glass 2, Domhoff 1, Wilson 2, Blank 0.

Extra ‘Practice’ Aids Santa Cruz to defeat North Monterey 60-52. SC connected on only 8 of 16 foul shots in the first half, so coach Newell instead of spending the intermission in the locker room drawing X’s and O’s had the Cards remain on the court during halftime practicing foul shots. As a result the Cards hit eight of their nine foul shots in the final two minutes to hold off the Condors, who had sliced a comfortable Card lead to four points. “We need to practice foul shots more than we needed to listen to me for five minutes,” explained Newell. Six-two, junior guard Ricky Lyons scored a career high 19 points. Ricky has gained more experience and with it more confidence in his play at the guard position. It marks the third time in the last five games that he has scored in double figures. Lyon has been converted from forward last year to guard this year. Cards evened their record to 6-6. Scoring: Orozco 4, O’Brien 4, Coburn 17, Ratliff 6, Lyon 19, Hill 2, Glass 4, Blank 0, Wilson 4, Kinney 0, Domhoff 0.

Santa Cruz Slips By Watsonville 58-53. Led by Kaydon Coburn, Rick Lyon and Dan Orozco helped the Cards take a 18-11 lead in the first quarter. At halftime it was 28-23. With seven minutes left in the game the score was SC 42-41, then the Cards scored six unanswered points to pull away. SC connected on 23 of 48 shots for a 47 percent average and added 12 of 20 free throws. Scoring: Whitesell 3, Glass 4, Coburn 13, Wilson 3, Lyon 11, Orozco 10, Hill 6, O’Brien 3, Ratliff 5, Vitug, Blank, Shaw and DiSalvo all 0.

Coach Newell describes it as “A month of learning and at times we played pretty well.”

Santa Cruz Rolls Past Marello Prep 60-49 in the league opener. “Every player, who played made an important contribution. SC started out slow, but finished strong. SC led 14-10 at the quarter and 26-19 at half. Early in the second half, the Cards jumped out to a 10 point lead, which eventually became an 18 point lead as the Cards began to gamble more on defense attempting to intercept passes more frequently. The Cards were very successful working the ball inside to their big men. Whitesell and Glass the two leading scorers, spent much of their time in the low post positions. Newell, “Marello is basically a team of four guards and a 6-7 center, so we had a definite advantage at the forward positions. I am optimistic about the team’s chances this season. We practiced hard and we played well. We still have room for improvement in many areas, but we expect to be playing our best basketball down the stretch.” Kaydon Coburn the Cards leading scorer did not suit up as well as Glen Hill. Hill an extremely talented sophomore and an important part of the SC squad is recovering from a broken foot. Scoring: Orozco 9, Lyon 6, Whitesell 14, Glass 13, Ratliff 3, Wilson 8, Blank 1, Domhoff 6.

Aptos Slips Past SC In Overtime 31-29. SC used a slow paced, patient offense and a sticky, man-to-man defense to frustrate the talented Mariners. Aptos found themselves trailing 23-29 with exactly four minutes to play. Then they rose to the occasion and scored six unanswered points to tie the game with 2:46 left in the game. Each team turned the ball over twice and missed easy shots in the final minutes and the game remained tied at the end of regulation. Just 18 seconds in overtime SC fouled and Aptos scored two points for the only scoring in overtime. Newell, “I’m very proud of our team. We executed our game plan to perfection. We made Aptos play our game in their own gym.” SC took only 28 shots with only eight of them in the second half and connected with 12 of them for 46 percent average. Aptos was 10 of 27. But there is no defense at the free throw line and Aptos outscored the Cards 11-5 there. The Cardinal offense was nearly a one man show as Orozco poured in 20 points. Aptos won the rebounding battle 26-13. Kaydon Coburn a vital man scoring and on the boards did not play again as he is sitting out three games for missing a team meeting. Scoring: Orozco 20, Whitesell 3, Lyon 2, Wilson 4, Ratliff 0, Glass 0, Blank 0.

Santa Cruz Buries Soquel After Slow Start 68-50. Soquel shot out to an early 8-4 lead in the first four minutes, but the Cards buckled down and controlled the remainder of the contest. The Cards led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, thanks to eight straight points to end the quarter. Craig Whitesell sank three of the baskets. SC destroyed Soquel in the second quarter 21-9 and took a commanding 33-17 lead at halftime. Newell, “Overall I was pleased. We played well, with intensity and were smart. This was a team victory. We played to our strengths tonight. I thought we played good games back-to-back (lost to Aptos in overtime on Tuesday). We played good team defense in both games. That’s what’s going to carry us this season is our defense.” Knight coach Jack Alzina, “the Cards intimidated us with their speed. This is one of SC’s better teams and I think they executed extremely well. We’ve had problems playing with intensity for any length of time.” SC connected on 29 of 55 shots for a 52 percent average. Whitesell scored 15 points on seven of seven from the field. Scoring: Whitesell 15, Ratliff 12, Orozco 10, Lyon 9, O’Brien 6, Glass 2, Wilson 4, Domhoff 2, DiSalvo 2, Blank 4, Shaw 2, Kinney 0.

SLV Is This Season’s ‘Dark Horse’ In League came out of nowhere to challenge for the league title. They have won eight out of their last 10 games and are 4-0 in league after defeating the Cards 49-38. The Cards, who trailed 22-36 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, put on a furious rally to climb back to within five points on a 15 foot jump shot by Danny Orozco with 2:36 left to play. The Cougars outscored SC 8-2 in the final two minutes. SLV out rebounded the Cards 31-22. Ricky Lyon topped the Cards in scoring with 16 points. SC drops to a 2-2 record in league, was held to six points in both the second and third quarters and was never able to get its offense going in the game. Coach Newell, “Our quickness was neutralized, because from the opening tip we got caught in the position of reacting to everything. You have to dictate the game to win and we didn’t do that tonight. They dictated it to us.”

Harbor Slams Door On Santa Cruz 54-50. Harbor survived a furious comeback by SC with a tenacious zone defense they used the whole game. SC was virtually unable to use one of their biggest offensive weapons, the cross court pass against the zone as it reacted quickly to take away good shots. Harbor led 19-18 at the quarter, then broke away in the second quarter to lead 26-22. The third period was a low scoring affair with Harbor outscoring the Cards 8-7. The Cards won the last quarter 17-14. The game was decided on the foul line as Harbor was 18 of 29 from the line and SC was only four of nine. Harbor plays a passive zone, while SC goes out and plays tight defense in their man-to- man defense. Scoring: Orozco 12, Ratliff 9, Lyon 8, Wilson 10, Blank 2, Whitesell 5, Glass 2, Hill 2, O’Brien , Domhoff and DiSalvo all 0.

Marello Puts Together Solid Team Effort To Outlast Cardinals In Overtime 45-44, for their first league win. Marello was ahead 31-30 with 2:18 left in the game, when Marello’s 6-7 center fouled out. Marello then score three points to go ahead 34-30. Rick Lyon and Dan Orozco hit baskets to tie the game 34-34 and send it into overtime. In overtime, Marello hit seven of eight free throws and added two field goals to outscore SC 11-10. Marello outscored the Cardinals 19 to 6 from the free throw line. Scoring: Lyon 12, Ratliff 2, Orozco 14, Whitesell 2, Hill 12, Domhoff 2.

Bol Keys Late Aptos Charge; Mariners Hold Off SC 52-42. With Aptos holding a slim two point advantage and just six minutes left to play, Bol came off the bench and exploded for eight straight points to shut down a late SC rally. Aptos leads the league with a 7-0 league record and 16-5 overall. Coach Newell, “There are times when we become spellbound to our own unpredictability. Our kids really get pumped up to play Aptos. They are the standard of excellence in our league.” Aptos took an early 26-16 lead at the 3:49 mark of the second quarter, but SC came nibbling back to cut the margin to five points by intermission. Aptos hit the first two shots of the second half to go up 33-24. Then forward Danny Orozco started hitting his baseline jumper, scoring eight quick points and suddenly the Aptos lead was down to one point going into the final quarter. Spotting Aptos in a rare man-to-man defense, guard John Wilson drove the lane for a lay up with 7:07 left in the game to give the Cards their only lead 38-37. Aptos outscored SC 15-6 in the fourth quarter including going 7 for 7 at the foul line. For the game, Aptos was 12 for 13 at the stripe and SC connected on 2 of 4 trips. The Cards opponents have now out shot SC 82-22 at the free throw line over the past four games. SC is now 2-5 in league and 9-11 overall. Scoring: Orozco 12, Whitesell 4, Ratliff 4, Lyon 14, Glass 0, Wilson 6, Blank 2.

Soquel ‘Checkmates’ SC 36-35. The results leave both teams with 2-6 records. Soquel led 10-6 at the first quarter, but SC came back to tie the score at halftime 19-19. SC scored three quick buckets to open the third quarter, but Soquel answered with eight straight points to start the fourth quarter with a 27-26 lead. This set the stage for a see-saw fourth quarter. Soquel scored its only field goal with 5:07 left in the game. SC drew within one point at 3:06, when Glen Hill put in a rebound basket to make the score 29-28. Soquel started marching to the free throw line and connected on seven of nine in the final three minutes. Kevin Ratliff hit an 18 footer with 0:56 left to bring SC within one point again, but Soquel connected on two more foul shots with 0:26 left to ice the game. A desperation SC bucket at the buzzer provided the final margin. The biggest advantage for Soquel came at the free throw line where they converted 12 of 19 shots compared to a 3 for 12 showing for SC. Scoring: Orozco 0, Whitesell 1, Ratliff 10, Lyon 4, Wilson 0, Glass 8, Blank 0, Domhoff 8, Shaw 0, Kinney 0, Hill 4.

Cougars Put It On The Line, Make Narrow Escape In OT 46-44. SLV has been having trouble at the foul line and this game was no different as they connected on only 6 for 17 at the stripe. But two of these made foul shots came with five seconds left in the game to hand SC their sixth straight league setback. The victory ties SLV with Aptos with 8-1 records. The Cards led the whole game until SLV went ahead 38-36 with 2:30 left in the game. Another Cougar bucket made it 40-36, but SC rallied and tied the score in regulation on Kevin Ratliff’s basket with 24 seconds left. Ratliff, who led all scorers in the game with a season high 18 points, scored all four of the Card points in the three minute overtime. SC committed 20 turnovers compared to 12 for SLV, which easily out rebounded the Cards 30-21. Scoring: Orozco 0, Whitesell 10, Ratliff 18, Lyon 0, Wilson 2, Glass 6, Blank 0, Domhoff 4, Hill 4.

Hart’s 46 Points Spark Harbor In Triple Overtime victory over Cards 69-67. It looked as if SC was on easy street late in the third quarter as they led 48-36. Harbor came back and outscored SC 15-5 in the last quarter to tie the game. SC led 16-14 in the first quarter and 31-30 at halftime. Then the Cards out scored Harbor 17-8 in the third period to make the score 48-38. Each team scored four points in the first and second overtimes. (no information on Card scoring in first overtime) In the second overtime, Kevin Ratliff scored and John Wilson’s bucket with 38 seconds left forced the third overtime. Sophomore Jim Hart of Harbor scored the last of his 46 points with the game winning two foul shoots to put Harbor up by four. Ratliff scored for the Cards as the clock ran out to leave the Cards two points down. The loss eliminated SC from the league playoffs. Scoring: Ratliff 20, Orozco 16, Lyon 14, Whitesell 5, Wilson 5, Hill 4, Blank 2, Domhoff 1.

Kaydon Coburn was the Most Valuable Player of the Dads Club Tournament. Kaydon Coburn a vital man scoring and on the boards did not play in the first league game as he is sitting out three games for missing a team meeting. He ended up not playing in any league games. (The next year he was ALL SCCAL)

No Cardinals made the ALL SCCAL team.

JV BOYS BASKETBALL

No names in yearbook

GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL SCCAL CO-CHAMPIONS

Practice games: Leland 48-50, Hollister 46-49, Carmel 59-48. Monte Vista 37-55, Seaside 42-48, Oak Grove 63-21, Notre Dame 47-37. Cardlette Invitational: Los Gatos 37-53, Piedmont Hills 45-59, Notre Dame 49-44 in overtime for seventh place. Practice record according to the Sentinel 6-4. League: Marello 65-20, 76-24; Aptos 38-48, 51-49; Soquel 53-40, 59-46; SLV 32-26, 60-31; Harbor 57-37, 60-28. League record 9-1 regular season championship lost to Aptos in the League playoffs 33-45. First round of CCS playoffs beat Hollister 47-46 and lost to Seaside in the second round 32-44. Final season record 16-7 from the Sentinel.

Sentinel preseason write up. Last year, Coach Ray Hunters Cardinals came close, but close doesn’t count. SC was 8-2 with its only two losses coming from the undefeated league champion Aptos. This year there are six strong returnees back, led by junior center 5-10 Serena Novo. “How Novo goes, so goes the world,” quipped Hunter. “She’s tough, quick and has speed. When she goes to the basket, you’ll think you’ve been hit by a lightning bolt.” Top returnees are guard Ellen Newberry, forwards Kim Bianconi, Jennifer Biondi and Jeannie Collopy, as well as 5-10 center Hope Adams. “ The team is more experienced this year. It makes a difference when you have players coming back with two or three years playing together. We’re a little tougher inside than last year and it all gives us a better chance of winning the title, Hunter said. Varsity new comers, who figure to see playing time are sophomore forward Kerry Kinney and junior guard LaWanda Burks. Team members starting with seniors, by name, position and height. Seniors: Jeannie Collopy, F, 5-8; Tammy Gonzales, C, 5-10; Gloria Roberson, C, 5-9. Juniors: Hope Adams, C, 5-10; LaWanda Burks, G, 4-11; Ellen Newberry, G, 5-5; Serena Novo, C, 5-10. Sophomores: Kim Bianconi, F, 5-8, Jennifer Biondi, F, 5-7; Joan Darrow, C, 5-11; Kerry Kinney, F, 5-7. Freshmen: Fonsella Brown, F, 5-4 and Joanna Wilson, G, 5-5.

Sentinel Nov. 26. Leland 50, SC 48. SC ran into trouble at the foul line against Leland. Leland went 10 for 17 from the line and SC was just 2 for 8. Serena Novo led SC against a taller Leland front line, grabbing 14 rebounds to compliment her 16 points. Ellen Newberry and Jeannine Collopy both scored 10.

Nov. 30. SC 47, Notre Dame 37 to even their record to 1-1. SC raced to a 22-0 lead before Notre Dame of Salinas ever got on the scoreboard. SC shot 38 percent from the floor. SC scored the first six times it had the ball. Serena Novo had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Hope Adams followed with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Sentinel Dec. 3 Seaside tops SC 48-42. Seaside outscore the Cards 22-14 in the first half. “We had an awful lot of shots that were in and out. And they were a tough team. We made some bad passes early and it hurt us. They capitalized on every mistake we made,” said coach Hunter. Serena Novo led the Cards with nine rebounds and 14 points.

Dec. 7 Monte Vista 55, SC 37. “We had spots where we looked real good. We went up 10 at the start of the game, but that was it. It was like we ran into a brick wall after that,” said Hunter. Jennifer Biondi led SC with 13 points. SC falls to 1-4.

Dec. 12. SC 63, Oak Grove 21. SC not only scored at will, but held Oak Grove to two points in the first quarter and five for the first half. Serena Novo score 17 followed by Kim Bianconi with nine. SC is now 3-4. Other scorers: Adams 8, Biondi 7, Brown 4, Kinney 6, Newberry 7, Wilson 3.

Dec 14. Cardlettes Run Past Carmel 59-48, behind the scoring and rebounding ov Serena Novo. 24 points and 11 rebounds, despite sitting out the third quarter with foul trouble. We got the ball inside and they couldn’t stop Serena. She springs too high and too quick,” said coach Ray Hunter. SC is now 4-4. Scorers: Adams 8, Bianconi 10, Biondi 4, Collopy 4, Newberry 7.

Dec. 17 Cardlettes Too Gracious In Hosting Tournament Opener. Los Gatos defeated SC 53-37 in the first round of the Santa Cruz Cardlette Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament.
Los Gatos top shooter shot 63 percent from the floor, while SC was having trouble putting the ball in the hoop, hitting only 17 of 58 attempts for a 29.3 average. Los Gatos had 52 rebounds to SC’s 31. Serena Novo led the Cards in scoring with 11 points and rebounds with six. Ellen Newberry and Kim Bianconi each scored eight points. LaWanda Burks came off the bench to score six points.

Dec 19. Card Girls Beaten Again In Tournament competition. Piedmont Hills defeated SC 59-45 in the semifinals of the consolation bracket game. LaWanda Burks scored 12 points followed by Jennifer Biondi and Jeannie Collopy each score 10. Piedmont Hills led at half time 28-22.

Dec. 21. Los Gatos Captures Cardlette Invitational with a 42-39 win over Seaside. SC Wins In OT 49-44 over Notre Dame. SC, led by Serena Novo, who scored five of the Cards seven points in the overtime period, which gave her 19 points for the game, plus hauling in 12 rebounds, followed by Jeannie Collopy with eight points and Hope Adams with seven. Other scorers: Bianconi 5, Biondi 4, Burks 4, Collopy 4, Newberry 2.

Jan. 11. SC 65, Marello 20. Hope Adams and Jennifer Biondi led the Cards with 14 points each. SC ran an effective fast break and scored most all of their points inside. Scorers: Adams 12, Bianconi 2, Biondi 14, Brown 6, Burks 6, Collopy 7, Kinney 2, Newberry 5, Novo 6, Wilson 5.

Jan. 14. Mariners Front Line Too Much For Cards. In recent years the SCCAL crown has been decided by games pitting Aptos against SC and this season appears to be no exception, as Aptos defeated a stubborn SC team 48-38. “They were up by four points early in the fourth quarter and then we took it inside and killed them,” Aptos coach Dan Gruber. Aptos outscored SC 16-4 in the final quarter and out rebounded SC 53-22. SC was led by Serena Novo with 15 points, followed by Ellen Newberry with 10. Other scorers: Biondi 9, Collopy 4.

Jan. 16 SC 53, Soquel 40. SC’s man-to-man defense, so confused Soquel that the Knights failed to score a point in the first quarter. Soquel fought back to within four points entering the fourth quarter, but SC used its press to force Soquel into numerous turnovers and easy points. Jeannie Collopy led SC with 15 points followed by Serena Novo with ten. Other scorers: Adams 9, Biondi 6, Newberry 8, Bianconi 5.

Jan. 21. SC 32, SLV 26. SC held onto second place in the league race with a 3-1 record in a hard fought victory. After SLV had climbed to within two points in the fourth quarter. Serena Novo hit back-to-back three point plays to give SC the victory. Novo led all scorers with 12 points. Scorers: Adams 2, Biondi 4, Collopy 4, Newberry 5, Bianconi 2.

Jan. 26. Santa Cruz Trio Outmatch Bucs 57-37. It all came down to the Cards front line of wings Jennifer Biondi and Jeannie Collopy, along with low post Serena Novo, who combined for 43 points. “We played well. We passed the ball and we shot it well. I’m sure we shot around 56 percent. We played smart and took advantage of what was there at the moment,” said coach Hunter. SC took over possession of sole possession of second place with a 4-1 record. Biondi led all scorers with 17 points followed by Collopy with 14 and Novo with 12. Other scorers: Adams 1, Bianconi 2, Brown 1, Burks 2, Darrow 2, Gonzales 2, Newberry 4.

Feb. 1. Santa Cruz Shocks Reeling Aptos 51-49. For Ray Hunter and the SC girls basketball team the long wait is over, as they beat Aptos for the first time since February of 1977 and to take a half-game lead in the SCCAL standings with three games to go. “It’s been a while,” said Hunter with a gleam in his eyes and a ring of sweat on his forehead, signs of an emotional victory his team had just won. “We’ve never let down in the past even when we played well and lost. Now we want it more than ever.” With just 15 seconds to play, SC’s Kim Bianconi calmly sank two free throws to give SC a three point lead and enough to insure the hard fought victory. Each team had opportunities in the final minute to take the victory. With 30 second to play and trailing 48-47, Aptos missed two free throws and SC immediately turned the ball back over to Aptos and then Aptos gave it right back with 24 second left, setting up Bianconi’s cool free-throw shooting. Aptos raced to a 15-3 lead to open the contest and looked to make it a rout. But with Ellen Newberry running the offense and Serena Novo scoring inside, SC scored 12 straight points to tie the game at 15 and with a tough full court man-to-man press moved ahead at halftime 28-27. The second half was a series of scoring streaks by both teams. Aptos moved ahead 39-33. SC caught up to tie the score 42 all with 4:38 left in the game. With two minutes remaining, Aptos when ahead 49-42, but SC had one streak left with Newberry sparking a final comeback. Scoring: Bianconi 7, Biondi 11, Collopy 5, Newberry 15, Novo 13.

Feb. 4. SC Cards Triumph; Aptos Keeps Pace. Starting slow and finishing fast, SC rolled over Soquel 59-46. “We were tight at the beginning, but our press finally wore them down. I told the girls that when you’re on top everyone is shooting at you. Every game is for the championship now,” Coach Hunter. SC took advantage of numerous turnovers caused by the press to break open a close 34-30 game in the third quarter. “We play better off the press and we have short quick people who can do the job,” Hunter said. SC’s four point lead became a ten point advantage, 40-30 and a fourth quarter blitz made the victory a convincing one. Serena Novo had another fine game for SC, “holding” Soquel’s 6-2 center to 13 points, but more importantly kept the ball out of her hands and her long arms away from the basket. Soquel coach, “We played against a man-to-man defense only twice this year and both times were against SC and SC plays it very well. SC got good balanced scoring from their five starters, on long jumpers from the outside by Kim Bianconi and Jennifer Biondi as well as inside scoring from Novo. “We don’t have any one ‘star’ what we have is five or six girls who mesh together well. The last half of the season we have really come together. This is one of the best team I’ve had in my eight years with girls. I felt we could take it this year. We lack the one big girl, but we are very quick and shoot well from the outside. The turning point for us was definitely the win last week over Aptos. Everything came together then,” Hunter. Scoring: Adams 2, Bianconi 9, Biondi 14, Collopy 12, Newberry 9, Novo 13.

Feb. 6. Santa Cruz Remains Atop Standings with a 60-31 win over SLV. SC took a 16-4 lead in the first quarter and continued to press the Cougars the entire game. “That’s our defense, because we’re not big enough to play anything else,” Coach Hunter said of the game long full court pressure. Serna Novo score 14 points and Jeannie Collopy had 12. Hunter was pleased with the play of guards Ellen Newberry and LaWanda Burks. “They put the ball inside and so did our wings

Feb. 8. Santa Cruz Cardinal Girls Can Clinch Basketball Title. Since the second game of the league season a ten point loss to Aptos, SC has rolled along unbeaten and tonight can clinch the title with a win over Harbor. With one game to go SC is 8-1 and Aptos is 7-2. SC hasn’t won a league championship since 1977, the maiden season of the SCCAL after county teams left the old MBL. The Cards won the MBL title in 1975-76 to make it a three year sweep for SC. SC has gone four consecutive years as the SCCAL runner up, but not this year. Tonight SC beat Marello 76-24. Scoring: Biondi 15, Bianconi 14, Brown 3, Burks 8, Collopy 6, Darrow 4, Kinney 6, Newberry 6, Novo 10, Wilson 4.

Feb. 11. Santa Cruz Girls Take SCCAL Title. By virtue of their 60-28 victory over Harbor. Jeanne Collopy went 6 of 13 from the floor for 46 percent shooting and 13 points. Serna Novo went 3 for 8 from the field for 38 percent and ten points. SC ended the SCCAL season 9-1 and Aptos was second at 8-2.

Feb. Mariner Girls Topple Santa Cruz 45-33 for the SCCAL Shaughnessy Playoff Title and league number one seed in the CCS playoffs. Aptos fought their way to a 12-8 advantage by the end of the first quarter, then exploded in the second quarter to close the half with ten unanswered points. Aptos outscored SC 14-5 in the second quarter to take a commanding 26-13 advantage into the locker room at halftime. “We just didn’t do it the first half,” said Coach Ray Hunter, whose Cards were out-rebounded 20-11 and connected on 6 of 21 shot from the floor in the first half. “We got behind and we couldn’t keep them off the boards. They had the inside game tonight.” SC fought back furiously in the third period and held Aptos to only seven points, while forcing 11 turnover, but SC was not able to take advantage of the situation, because of poor shooting from the field. SC hit on only 3 of 19 attempts in the period. Trailing by 11 points going into the last quarter, SC cut the margin to five points on a 15 foot jumper by Jeannie Collopy with 2:48 to play. Aptos rose to the occasion and outscored SC 10-3 the rest of the way. SC forced 28 turnovers, but the rebounding edge went to Aptos 43-26. Kim Bianconi and Ellen Newberry each score 10 points for SC. Aptos hit 19 of 44 shots for 43 percent, while SC was held to 14 of 52 for only 27 percent. Aptos finished the regular season 18-6, while SC was 14-8.

Feb. 25. Santa Cruz Nearly Don’t. SC dodged a bullet at the buzzer, holding on to register a 47-46 victory over Hollister in the opening round of the CCS playoffs at Hartnell College. “Just another day’s work,” dead panned Coach Hunter after watching Hollister score the final four points of the game and miss three straight shot in the final seconds. SC led by five points, when Hollister closed in on a three point play with 50 seconds to play in the game. SC turned the ball over on its next possession, then fouled. Hollister hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to one. SC worked the ball up court, but missed an uncontested layup with time running out. Hollister scrambled down the floor and got off three straight shots before Jennifer Biondi forced a jump ball off a rebound with one second left. “We had them down by as much as 12 points in the second quarter, before they cut it to six at halftime. Then we made some mistakes in the fourth quarter and lost the ball. Hollister took advantage of those turnovers at the end,” Coach Hunter. SC opened the game by outscoring Hollister 8-0 in the first quarter. Kim Bianconi led the scoring with 16 points followed by Biondi with 11 and Serena Novo with 10. Bianconi and Novo each grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Cards on the boards, while Biondi and Novo each dished off seven assists. Other players Collopy 6, Newberry 4 and Adams 0.
The next game will be against MBL champion Seaside.

Feb. 27. Seaside Girls Too Quick, Too Strong. CCS’s second ranked team, Seaside toppled SC 44-32 at Hartnell College. SC was out-rebounded 44-32 and shot an anemic 8 of 41 attempts a 19.5 percent average. Only two Cards scored a field goal for SC, but SC stayed in the thick of things by converting on 16 of 18 trips to the free throw line. “We just didn’t shoot worth a darn. We’ve had trouble in this gym before. The background affects your shooting and it shows in the score. Everything was falling short,” said Coach Ray Hunter. The score was tied 12-12 until 4:14 left in the second quarter, when Seaside outscored SC 11-3 to make the halftime score 23-15. Two minutes into the third quarter Seaside went ahead 31-15 and the game was never in doubt. Serena Novo topped SC with 14 points and netted all but one of the Cards eight baskets in the game. Kim Bianconi added 11 points, nine of them from the charity stripe. Other players and scorers were Biondi 3, Collopy 0, Newberry 4. Seaside is now 24-1. The last of November, Seaside beat SC 48-42.

All the rest of the material from the Trident. Coach Ray Hunter considered the pre-season games as a learning experience to prepare the team for the league games, but the losses had even some of the players wondering how the league season would come out. There were a couple of close games against good teams that were lost by two or three points. But the team knew they had the goods.

A team with tremendous talent, expended tremendous effort results in nothing less than a great season. With the start of the league season against Marello, the Cardlettes demolished the Panthers 65-20 and carried this winning style through all their games except a ten point loss to Aptos 38-48. But the determined Cards were still to be reckoned with. They later ventured to the Mariners gym and squeezed out a 51-49 victory to tie for the league title. Ellen Newberry, Serena Novo and Jennifer Biondi each scored in double figures. In the Shaughnessy playoffs, the two rivals met again and the Mariners prevailed 45-35, despite the fact the Cards forced them into 28 turnovers. This made the Cards the leagues number two seed to play a tougher opponent. The Cards barely survived their first CCS game against Hollister. Sophomore Kim Bianconi led the Cards scoring 16 points as they edged Hollister 47-46. A persistent SC defense held Hollister scoreless through the entire first quarter. All good things must come to an end. The Seaside Spartans took this old familiar saying and handed the Cards a 32-44 loss. The Cards shot 8 for 41 from the floor for a 19.5 percent shooting average.

Overall Ray Hunter’s girls did great this year. What’s the key behind a winning season such as this? Jeannie Collopy explained, “We were a lot quicker than other teams in our league.” But perhaps Serena Novo said it best, “We all wanted to make it work!”

The highlight of the season was definitely the great unexpected victory over Aptos. Some players described the game as “great, the stands were filled and the spectators were very energetic. Everybody was so loud that I couldn’t hear the buzzer at the end until it stopped. It was terrific.”

From the Sentinel. In Cardlette Tournament for seventh place, Serena Novo scored five of SC’s seven points as SC outscored Notre Dame 7-2 in overtime for the win. Novo had 14 points in regulation time to end up with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jeannie Collopy contributed eight points and Hope Adams seven. SC was behind most of the game until Novo hit a short jumper with 17 seconds left to put SC ahead 42-40. Notre Dame scored at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Novo took over in the extra period. In overtime Kim Bionconi had five rebounds and Novo three to control the boards.

ALL SCCAL

players were Jeannie Collopy, Serena Novo and Ellen Newberry. Honorable mention was Jennifer Biondi. Jeannie Collopy also was selected for the CCS North-South All Star team.

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WRESTLING

Yearbook. The Cards pre-season record was 1-6. It was pretty frustrating especially since only one more individual victory would have won four out of the six matches that were lost.

Coach Ronning, “The pre-season wasn’t really bad, because the individual achievements made up for the team losses.” Three wrestlers Karl Goin, Richard Maitoza and Dan Egan are going to regional competition and from there to CCS and to possibly to State competition. “Hopefully the highlight of the season isn’t here yet and will come about in the accomplishments that these three young men have the chance to make.”

Team members were Billy Burr, Kurt Karsi, Martin Corona, Rich Maitoza, Juan Gonzales, John Corona, Karl Goin, Martin Cordy, Steve Rodriguez, Rick Munoz, Ken Lamb, Duke Lee, Joel Bettencourt, Dan Egar, Matt Vorsanger, Jim Ruso and Billy Lambert.

Sentinel. Dec 4. Watsonville Pins Santa Cruz Cards 48-18 in non-league match. Winners for SC were Richard Matoz at 105 and Karl Gain at 167, both by pins. Watsonville also won the JV match 52-22.

Sentinel. Dec. 7 Aptos third, SC Fourth At Takedown Tourney. SC grapplers garnered three first places, second to tournament winner North Salinas in posting individual titles. The winners were Richard Matoza at 98, Joel Bettencourt at 132 and Karl Goin at167. Matthew Voorsanger at 185 and Billy Lambert at 200 took third places.

Dec 10. Cardinals Win One, Drop Two At Tourney. At the Branham Invitational eight team wrestling tournament, SC fell to host Branham in their first match 48-15, but bounced back in their second to overtake Lynbrook 36-25. Leigh defeated SC in the third match 54-18. Joel Bettencourt easily turned in the best effort for SC with three pins in his three individual matches. Against Branham Richard Maitoza and Juan Gonzales each earned decisions. SC used three forfeits to account for 18 of their 36 points against Lynbrook, plus a pin by Darryl Hightower and a decision from Gonzales. In a wild meeting with Leigh, nine of the 13 individual matches were decided by pins, but only two were registered by SC grapplers. Beside Bettencourt, Steve Rodriguez pinned his man.

Dec. 12. Late Matches Mean Cards’ Loss. Losing two matches by pins and a third by forfeit in the top three weight classes doomed SC as it fell to Mount Pleasant 37-22. SC scored pins in six of the 10 other match ups, with one draw. Card winners by pin included Richard Matoza 105, Juan Corona 126, Troy Strong145 and Karl Goin 167. While Steve Rodriguez earned a 7-7 draw at 138. SC lost the JV match 44-17.

Dec. 17. Cards Drop Match to Pacific Grove 36-29 in a non-league match. PG held a one point lead going into the last match and ended up winning the 145 pound match. Matoza and Billy Lambert pinned their men. Winners by decision were Duke Lee, Juan Corona and Karl Goin. SC won the frosh-soph match 36-33.

Jan 9. SC downs Aptos 41-25. SC registered five pins by Martin Corona 98, Duke Lee 119, Huan Kephardt 132, Joel Bettencourt 138 and Darryl Hightower 155.

Jan. 16. SC’s Goin Fourth In Tourney. Karl Goin was the only SC wrestler to place at the Westmont Invitational, finishing fourth in the 169 pound weight class. Goin won decisions in his first two matches, then dropped a pair of one point decisions in the semifinals and third place bouts. Other Cards winning matches in the tourney were Martin Corona at 100, Steve Rodriguez at 140, Bill Lambert 202 and Richard Munoz 187. Sixteen team were in the tournament.

Trident Jan. 22. Three Wrestlers.
Richard Matoza is the Cards 98 pound wrestler, who has a 11-2 record as of December 19. Richard took a first place at the Aptos tournament and third at the Alisal tournament. Last year he was 19-7, won the SCCAL championship and placed third at the CCS Region IV tournament. He has wrestled all four years for the Cards. He likes wrestling, “because it’s a one-on-one sport. When you win you know you did it and when you lose you know it was your fault. My most memorable moment was making it to CCS last year.”
Joel Bettancourt is also in his fourth year wrestling at SC. In the 132 pound class, Joel is 6-1 this year with a first place finish in the Aptos tournament. Last year he was 15-9 and won the SCCAL championship. Joel has relatives, who were wrestlers and he enjoys wrestling, “because it’s physical and it’s one-on-one. The most pounds he lost in a 24 hour period was five. Now I’m maintaining my weight and not having to lose a lot of weight, which keeps me stronger,“
Karl Goin had a 5-5 record last year, when he became ill and was forced to sit out the rest of the season. At the 167pound class this year, he has 9-4 record with a first place at the Aptos tournament and a fourth at the Alisal tournament. He enjoys wrestling, “as it is a good sport because it involves total exertion in a three minute round …so that everything you have learned has to be applied in that short period of time.” Normally he keeps a watch on his weight, so he doesn’t have to lose a lot of weight all at once. Earlier in his career, he had to lose 6 pounds in 24 hours to make weight.
The contributions of these three wrestlers should boost the Cards in their efforts to defend their SCCAL championship.

Jan 23. Santa Cruz, SLV Earn League Victories. SC blasted Soquel 54-9. SC and SLV are tied for the league lead with 2-0 records. SC took advantage of six forfeits by Soquel. Matoza and Bettencourt won by pins and Gonzales and Juan Corona won by decisions.

Jan 30. Cougars Nab Tension Packed Dual Match To Clinch Crown. SLV won its first SCCAL dual match championship with a 3-0 record. SLV registered five pins against the Cards in a title show down. SLV wrestler was down 12-5, against one of the Cards best wrestlers, Joel Bettencourt and came back with a reverse move and pinned Rodriguez in what was the highlight of the night. SC had six individual winners and Duke Lee battled to a 5-5 draw. (there is no mention of the SC winners in the article. Mostly all SLV) SC finishes SCCAL action 2-1.

Feb 8. Valley Takes Hold Of Wrestling Title. SLV won their first ever SCCAL championship meet team title. By adding the dual match record and the league tournament points, SLV wrapped up overall honors with 184 points to runner up SC with 148, Aptos 122 and Soquel 100. Only the first place winners automatically qualify for the CCS Region IV championships.
Second place finishers will be eligible to be picked by the CCS wrestling committee to fill out the regional bracketing. In the championship round SC’s Karl Goin at 170 hooked up in a tough match won by decision 9-7. Richard Maitoza at 101 won by decision 13-9. Second place finishers, who lost in the championship finals: Joel Bettencourt at 129 lost by decision 15-0. At 135 Juan Corona lost by decision 11-4. At 141, Steve Rodriguez lost by decision 7-1. At 148 Darryl Hightower lost by pin. In the heavyweight division, SC’s Danny Egin won by pin. At 203. Billy Lambert was pinned.

At the CCS Region IV meet, no Card qualified to go on to the CCS finals. SC placers at Region IV were two fifth place finishers: Karl Goin at 170 along with Billy Lambert at 203.

BOYS SOCCER UNDEFEATED LEAGUE CHAMPS

Practice games: Alisal 0-2, 2-1; Seaside 1-0, Gunn 0-8, Los Gatos 1-4, 1-8; North Monterey 3-0, Bucsher 1-2 and Menlo 2-4. Practice record 3-6. League: Harbor 2-1, 3-0; Aptos 3-2, 5-3; Marello 8-1, 2-1; Soquel 5-0, 4-2; SLV 3-2, 2-1. League 10-0. Lost to RLS 1-7 in the first round of CCS. Season record 13-7.

Sentinel Nov. 26. SC edged Seaside 1-0 with a goal from Bobby Coffaro in the second half. SC is now 1-1.

Sentinel Dec. 3. Gunn shuts-out SC 8-0. Gunn scored just two minutes into the match and added another in four minutes to take a 5-0 lead at halftime. “We came on strong in the second half, but couldn’t score. But we never quit,” Coach Dempewolf.

Dec. 7. Los Gatos stops SC 4-1. Just eight minutes into the match Nick Dadigan scored for SC to take a 1-0 lead, but that was all the offense SC could muster. “We played a lot better today then we have been,” coach Dempewolf. SC is now 1-3.

Dec. 10. Late Goal Lifts Santa Cruz. SC scored the winning goal with two minutes left in the match, when Nick Dadigan tallied the game winner on a penalty kick. Ten minutes into the game SC scored first on a goal by Chuck Dunbar with an assist from Dadigan. Coach Dempewolf, “I was really pleased with our kids. They’ve made some big improvements. This was our best overall effort of the season.” Coach credited Mitch Kimura and Efrian Diaz with standout defensive efforts. SC now stands at 2-3.

Dec. 14. Buchser scored on a penalty kick with less than a minute to play to trip SC 2-1. Nick Dadigan scored ten minutes before the half to break a scoreless tie. The goal was Dadigans fifth of the season and SC has scored only seven altogether. Sophomore goalie Fred Plageman had eleven saves. SC drops to 3-4.

Sentinel preseason write-up on December 21. Coach Don Dempewolf is confident that the Cards will be making some big strides this year. Last year SC was 5-5 in league, but he expects improvement this year. “We have the returning lettermen this year and last year we were very inexperienced. We are a little weak on defense. We’re have a little trouble keeping other people from scoring, but we’re trying to straighten that out.” Standout Nick Dadigan, a junior transfer from Southern California is the leader along with returning seniors Chuck Dunbar, Mike Schmahl and Larry Guthie, who is a three year varsity starter. Other top players are juniors Mike Kimura, Greg DeRenne and Efrian Diaz along with sophomore goalie Fred Plegman.

Jan. 8. SC edged Harbor 2-1. Larry Guthrie broke a 1-1 tie, 17 minutes into the second half. Nick Dadigan gave SC the early lead, but Harbor knotted the score 30 seconds later. The Harbor coach, “It was an intense game to watch. Both teams played poorly and both were nervous. Everybody was making a lot of mistakes.”
SC frosh-soph nipped Harbor 1-0.

Jan. 11. SC Edges Aptos In Overtime. “Needles to say this was big win for us. It seems the farther we get into the season the more intense we play, We’re building momentum,” said coach Dempewolf. Although SC led at the half 2-1 on two goals by Nick Dadigan, Aptos came back and tied the score 13 minutes after intermission. A goal by Larry Guthrie in the third minute of the first of two overtimes, put SC ahead 3-2 and the Cards were able to hold on through the second overtime. Guthrie’s goal came on a corner kick. It bounced around in
a crowd and he popped it in. Aptos coach, “It was a good soccer match with a lot of excellent play by both sides.”

Jan. 15. SC Cardinals Climb Into First Place in SCCAL Soccer. The climb to the top has been sudden and swift for the Cardinals. SC took undisputed control of first place with a 8-1 win over Marello. “The kids are really high. We are pumped,” admitted coach Dempewolf. “The entire team played well as a unit. This was our best team effort. They rose to the occasion.”
Nick Dadigan score four goals and Larry Guthrie and Rafael Granados each had two goals. Marello scored the first goal of the game only eight minutes into the first half. Dadigan tied the score 12 minutes later and then scored again before halftime to put SC ahead. SC broke open the tight match with five goals in the final 20 minutes of play,

Jan. 16. SC 5, Soquel 0. SC is undefeated in league play with a 4-0 record. SC played a fine defensive game as its keeper Jason Mosier only touched the ball once in the contest. SC had 22 shots on goal to five for Soquel. Nick Dadigan scored his eighth goal of the year at the 14 minute mark of the first half. George Abraham scored two goals within 30 seconds in the second half, his only goals so far this season. Larry Guthrie scored on a free kick from 36 yards out that was just a fantastic goal. He kicked it over the wall of players and into the top corner.

Jan. 22. Santa Cruz Remains Unbeaten In SCCAL. After two long years out of The SCCAL soccer limelight, SC is back on top. SC proved that beyond a doubt by defeating defending league champion SLV 3-2 to remain unbeaten 5-0. SC won the league title in 1978 and finished second in Region IV to perennial powerhouse Watsonville, but slipped to second place in league in 1979. Last year SC dropped their first 15 games and then finished fourth in league at 5-5. “We were down. But not that far down. It’s good to get back up there again, though. The kids are hyper about it and rightly so,” Coach Dempewolf. Nick Dadigan stunned SLV with two goals in the final five minutes of the first half to give SC a 2-0 edge at the half. SC out shot SLV 29-3. Both the SLV goals were inadvertently scored by Card defenders in the second half, allowing SLV a comeback opportunity.
SC frosh-soph beat SLV 2-0.

Feb. 1. Dunbar’s Last-Minute Goal Nips MP. After nearly two weeks of standing on the sidelines due to the recent rain activity that flooded area soccer fields, the highflying Cards were due for a let down. But with one minute left in the second and final overtime, Chuck Dunbar booted a left footed goal to lifted SC past upset minded Marello Prep. Marello took an early lead 25 minutes into the game, but Nick Dadigan score four minutes into the second half to knot the contest 1-1. After the first five minute overtime remained scoreless, it almost looked as if SC’s five game league win streak was over, before Dunbar came up with his big play. Dunbar got the ball around midfield, dribbled down the left sideline and shot it in at a very tough angle. It was an all out individual effort. He really drilled it. SC remains atop the SCCAL with a spotless 6-0 mark.

Feb. 5. SC 4, Soquel 2. Thanks to Nick Dadigan’s four goals, which now give him 16 in league play, a better than two goal a game average. If SC finishes the SCCAL season without a loss, a league playoff will not be played and SC will automatically advance to the CCS playoffs under league rules. Soquel coach, “It was a good game. We played well, but they just played a lot better. Dadigan is a good player. We marked him and he still scored four goals. That tells you what kind of player he is.” SC is now 7-0.

Feb. 6. Santa Cruz Cards One Step Closer To Soccer Title by defeating SLV 2-1. “We started out flat. We didn’t really play that well until midway through the second half. We were off. I don’t know what it was.” said coach Dempewolf, who singled out the defensive play of fullback Kim Hodges and sweeper Mitch Kimura as a key for SC. Nick Dadigan scored both SC goals, giving him 18 for the league season. SC is now 8-0

Feb. 8. Cardinals Playoff-Bound. Soccer Playoffs On The Line. SC is just one victory away from shutting the rest of the league out of the playoffs. SC went double overtime to edge Aptos 5-3. Larry Guthrie and Mike Schmahl each scored a goal in the second overtime period, after the teams played to a 3-3 tie in regulation and went scoreless in the first extra period. SC had taken a 3-0 lead, but Aptos rallied to tie with three goals in the second half. Dadigan gave SC a 2-0 lead in the first half. Guthrie’s first goal gave SC a three goal cushion.
Aptos’ junior varsity beat SC 4-1 to clinch its third straight league title.

Feb. 13. Cardinals Earn ‘Two’ Soccer Victories In One. Not only did SC blank Harbor 3-0, but they shutout the rest of the SCCAL. With a spotless 10-0 record in the SCCAL, it eliminated the need for league post season playoffs. Under recently adopted league rules, if a team finishes the SCCAL regular season unbeaten and untied, it automatically advances as the league representative to the CCS Region IV playoffs. SC will meet the Mission Trail Athletic League champion RLS. Dadigan put SC on the board on a penalty kick only six minutes into the match. It was Dadigan’s nineteenth goal in league play to tie for the league single season scoring record set last year. He has 25 goals for the season. George Abraham added two goals in the second half to provide SC with the victory. “The kids made quite a turnaround this year,” said coach Dempewolf, whose team lost their first 15 games last season and finished 5-15. “We came back with pretty much the same bunch of kids and I hope it carries over to Region IV.”

Feb. 14. Unprepared Cards Roughed Up in Region IV Soccer Playoffs. Playing against rough and physical RLS, SC was crushed 7-1 in the first round of CCS Region IV playoffs at El Estero Park in Monterey. RLS will play Watsonville in the Region IV championship game. The winner goes on to the four team semifinals and to the final for the CCS championship. “We were not prepared for as physical a game as RLS played. They played a tough brand of soccer and we weren’t ready for it, Before we had a chance to settle down, they had one into the net,” said coach Don Dempewolf. RLS scored in the first three minutes of the game, setting the tone for the contest. SC’s first and only goal was scored 29 minutes into the game, by Larry Guthrie. Nick Dadigan, the SCCAL MVP and leading scorer was shut down by the RLS defense. RLS was ahead 3-1 at halftime. “Our kids weren’t ready for it. They were nervous, really nervous. They were really excited about qualifying for the Region IV. But, I don’t think they were quite ready to play against a higher-caliber team. We were just unorganized. They had the jitters and no one played really well,” said Dempewolf, who wasn’t dissatisfied with his team. I’m really proud of the kids. They worked hard to get to the playoffs. It just wasn’t their day. We are not unhappy with our season.” SC finished the season 13-7 overall.

From Coach Dempewolf.
The pre-season games even though their were more losses than wins, allowed more players to get experience and allowed the coach to work players at different positions to see were they could be of greatest value to the team.

In league play the Cards were known as an offensive team, but what was forgotten is the team defense, which gave up only 13 goals in 10 league games. It was actually a well rounded team effort that rolled through SCCAL play.

In the CCS playoffs against Robert Louis Stevenson, the Cards ran into a very aggressive team that played a different type of game than the teams in league and as a result the Cards went one and out. This should take nothing away from the fine team chemistry that took the team through a fine league season.

From the Trident. In questioning three seniors about the season the following is what they told us about some of this years team and individual highlights. Mike Schmahl said, “This whole year was a highlight, going 10-0. Also the second Aptos game when we clinched the title, where I scored one goal in regulation play and one in overtime to help win the game.”
Kim Hodges responded, “The first game against Harbor was because it was my best game and the article that appeared in the Sentinel.
The whole season was a big highlight and also my first goal against Marello,” replied Larry Guthrie.

We asked the three of them in their four years on varsity, where they thought they improved.
Mike replied, “My leadership qualities have improved greatly. Also my skills, through lots of practice have improved.
Kim said, “I have most improved in being able to play more than one position. My defensive abilities have also much improve.”
Larry responded, “I have improved in all aspects through practice, especially in conditioning.”
Thinking ahead to next year, keeper Fred Plageman was injured this year and missed the whole season, but will be back next year. The sophomores from the second place Frosh-Soph team will be moving up next year to fill any where they are needed.

From Coach Don Dempewolf, “The Cards started slow this season, but gained momentum as the league season drew near. We were 3-6 in pre-season games and we had no where to go but up. The Cards came back from Christmas vacation well rested and eager to get into SCCAL play. Play they did, winning the SCCAL with a perfect 10-0 record and qualifying for the Region IV playoffs. The Cards were led by the record breaking scoring of Nick Dadigan with 26 goals for a new school record . Fine mid-field play by Larry Guthrie and Chuck Dunbar, strong defense by Mike Schmahl, Mitch Kimura and Kim Hodges, the first girl to win a varsity letter in soccer at SC. These players were ably supported by Keeper Jason Mosher, halfback Greg DeRenne, fullback Mike Harvey and wingers Inigo Rose and Sergio Sierra and fine play from Rafael Granados and George Abraham. Prospects for next year look good as only four starters will graduate. We are looking forward with great enthusiasm to defend our championship.” Other team members were Fred Plageman, Jason Mosher, Luan Champlin and Ben Nasari.

In practice games the Cards were outscored 11 to 28 opponents goals. In league the Cards had 37 goals to their opponents 13 for the final total of 49 to 48 in favor of the Cards.

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Nick Dunigan 4
Pre-season total scoring — Nick Dunigan 7
League season total scoring –Nick Dunigan 19
Post season total scoring — Larry Guthrie 1
Overall season scoring — Nick Dunigan 26

Stats for the team:
Highest game score — Marello 8-1
Shut outs — four
Consecutive wins — ten
Consecutive losses — three

Individual Season Scoring by practice game, league games and total season.
PR LEA TOTAL
Nick Dadigan 7 19 26 for a new school record
Larry Guthrie 0 6 7 Larry scored the only post season goal
Mike Schmahl 1 3 4
George Abraham 0 4 4
Chuck Dunbar 1 2 3
Rafael Granados 1 2 3
Bobby Coffaro 1 0 1
Total 11 37 49

From the Sentinel SCCAL final SCCAL Soccer Scoring Leaders. Listed by place, name and goals scored.
PL NAME GOALS
1 Dadigan 19
5 Guthrie 6
8 Abraham 4

ALL SCCAL

selections were Nick Dadigan, Offensive Player of the Year.
First team SCCAL were wing Sergio Sierra, fullback Mike Schmahl, halfback Chuck Dunbar and fullback Mitch Kimura. Honorable mention were fullback Kim Hodges, halfback Greg ReRenne, fullbacks Mike Harvey and George Abraham.
Coach of the year Don Dempewolf

FROSH-SOPH SOCCER

Practice games: Alisal 0-2, 2-1; Seaside 6-2, Gunn 2-4, North Monterey 5-1, Bucsher 1-1, Menlo 0-4. Practice record: 3-3-1. League: Harbor 1-0, 8-0; Aptos 1-2, 1-4; Soquel 1-0, 1-0 (Soquel forfeited both their games); SLV 2-0, 1-0. League record 6-2 for second place. Season record 9-5-1.

The team out scored their practice opponents 16 to 15, their league opponents 16 to 6 for an overall 32 to 21 goals for the season.

From Head Coach Don Dempewolf, “The frosh soph team started the season with a strong line up, but due to injuries at the varsity level three starters were moved up to the varsity early in the season. Fred Plageman, Jason Mosher and Sergio Sierra were move into starting varsity positions. Thanks to a stout defense led by Andrew Harvey at keeper, Gregorio Camarena and Raul Oliva at fullbacks and many other fine players the team finished a strong second in the SCCAL to a fine Aptos team. We are looking forward to many of these young players moving up to the varsity level next year to aid in the defense of the varsity SCCAL championship.”

They out scored their practice opponents 16 to 15 and their league opponents 16 to 6 for a season difference of 32 to 21.

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Jose Sierra 3
Pre-season total scoring — Gregorio Camarena, Darren Hunter and Sergio Sierra 2
League season total scoring — Jose Sierra 5
Overall season scoring — Jose Sierra 6

Stats for the team:
Highest game — Harbor 8-0
Shut Outs — 6
Consecutive wins — 4
Consecutive losses — 1

Individual scoring for the season by practice games, league games and total for the season.
PR LEA TOTAL
Jose Sierra 1 5 6
Jose Cabrera 5 0 5
ChiCho Ruiz 1 2 3
Darren Hunter 2 0 2
Gregorio Camarena2 1 3
Sergio Sierra 2 0 2
Vince Parish 1 1 2
Hilario Perez 1 0 1
Ethan Alpert 0 2 2
Roy Zavala 0 1 1
Larry Espinosa 0 1 1
Raul Oliva 0 1 1
Totals 15 14 29

Other team members were Andrew Harvey, Mike Harvey, Danielle Howe, Carlos Chagolla, Raul Oliva, Tom Passarino, Greg Hartley, Mike Hand, Luan Champlin, Kurt Mylar, Linda Avila. Head coach Hillel Rom and assistance Mike Lopez and Hahlid Rasheed.

BASEBALL

Practice game: North Monterey 11-7, Santa Clara 4-3, Morro Bay 9-1, 0-4; North Salinas 2-10, Hollister 9-8, Alisal 8-0, Watsonville 5-1. Watsonville Booster Tournament: Pacific Grove 11-0, RLS 1-2, Hollister 2-3. Practice record 7-4. League: SLV 8-3, 9-11, 4-5; Aptos 1-10, 3-4, 7-3; Harbor 5-2, 4-3, 10-5; Marello 14-5, 3-1, 14-1; Soquel 4-2, 8-0, 5-6. League record 10-5 for second place. Regular season record 17-9.
League Standings: Aptos 13-2, SC 10-5, Soquel 8-7, SLV 6-9, Harbor 5-10 and Marello 2-13.
CCS playoffs: RLS 1-0 in nine innings, Peterson 1-4. Final record 18-10.

Returning seniors are Steve Pacheco, Todd Noland, Mike DiTano, Eric Lowdermilk, Mark Ripley, John Abicht and Larry Robinson. Juniors are Rich Barker, John Wilson and Clyde Brown. Sophomores are Steve Glass, Glen Hill, Bill Domhoff, Dave D’Esposito, Rick Lyons, and Gino Panelli.

Sentinel March 2. Quality depth promises to be one of SC’s strengths this season. In the past, depth has been one area the Cards have been short on. “I think the strongest area of the team is we have a lot of depth, more than I can remember for a long time. We’ve been saying its wide open and whoever wants needs to go after it,” coach Dodge. Top returnee is junior John Wilson, who had a 1.24 earned run average in 51 innings of work last season, plus being a All SCCAL selection. The sophomores are talented and would not be on the varsity if they were going to sit on the bench. It’s a good group, but we don’t anticipate having a set lineup. Many of the players can play any position.
SC has power in Pacheco, Hill and Panelli. Overall SC has more power than last year. “I think we’ve got more guys who can hit the ball than we did last year. At least we’re going to make contact. Last year and for the last few years, we didn’t get many extra base hits. This year should be different.
Speed is also another strong point, along with the starting pitching of Wilson and DiTano. There is good speed throughout the lineup. There aren’t too many slow guys on the team.

March 3. Cardinals Off To Good Start scoring early and often, racking up 16 hits in the season opening victory over North Monterey 11-7. It was the first time in two years that the Cards opened the season on a winning note. SC wasted no time building a lead, scoring six times in the top of the first inning and led 9-0 by the end of the third. In the first inning John Wilson double in two runs. Steve Glass and Eric Lowdermilk each drove in a run. In the third Steve Pacheco doubled in two runs and was driven in by Larry Robinson’s double. Wilson started on the mound and pitched three innings giving up three hits, three walks, struck out two and allowed no earned runs for the win. Gino Panelli pitched the next three innings giving up six hits, two walks, four earned runs and struck out four. Glen Hill pitched the last inning giving up two hits, one earned run and struck out one. Pacheco and Hill had two stolen bases, Brown and Glass had one apiece. RBI’s were Lowderwilk three, Pacheco and Wilson two, Hill, Robinson and Glass one. The Cards had 16 hits and four errors. Lineup: Noland LF/2B, 3-2; Brown DH, 4-1; Steve Pacheco 3B, 5-2; Robinson CF, 4-2; Hill RF/P, 4-2; Wilson P/1B, 4-3; Panelli 2B/P, 4-1; Glass SS, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, 4-2; Lyons 1B, 0-0; Ripley RF, 1-0; D’Esposito LF, 1-0 and Domhoff PH, 1-0.

Cards defeat Santa Clara in eight innings 4-3. Glen Hill led off the eighth with a double and was driven home by Steve Glass with a walk off single. Glass at shortstop also made strong defensive plays for the Cards along with centerfielder Larry Robinson. Each team had two errors. The Cards had ten hits to the Panthers eight. Starting pitcher Mike Ditano went the first four innings giving up six hits, walked one, allowed two earned runs and struck out three. John Abicht pitched the last four innings giving up two hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out two for the win. Glass had two RBI’s and Todd Noland had one. SC had ten hits and two errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 4-2; Brown DH, 3-1; DiTano P, defense; Abicht P, defense; Pacheco 3B, 2-1; Robinson CF, 4-0; Hill RF, 4-2; Wilson 1B, 4-1; Panelli 2B, 2-1; Glass SS, 3-2; Lowdermilk C, 2-0 and Domhoff C, 1-0.

Cards beat Morro Bay 9-1 with twelve hits. Steve Pacheco drove in three runs and had a double. Todd Noland and Clyde Brown each drove in runs. Glass also doubled. Wilson started and went four innings giving up four hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out four for the win. DiTano went three giving up no hits or runs, walked one and struck out three for a save. The Cards had no errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 5-2; Glass SS, 3-3; Pacheco 3B, 1-1; Wilson P/1B, 4-2; DiTano DH/P, 3-0; Hill CF, 2-1; Panelli 2B, 3-0; Lowdermilk C, 4-2; D’Esposito RF, 2-1; Ripley LF, 0-0; Brown RF, 1-0 and Lyons 1B, 0-0.

Cards in first loss of the season to Morro Bay 0-4. Gino Panelli started and went three innings giving up two hits, three earned runs, walked five, struck out three and took the loss. John Abicht pitched the last four innings giving up three hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out four. Hill had a double. The Cards had four errors. Lineup: Noland 2B, 4-0; Panelli P, 2-2; Pacheco 3B, 5-0; Hill CF, 4-1; DiTano DH, 4-0; Lyons RF, defense; Wilson 1B, 3-1; Brown SS, 2-0; D’Esposito LF, 1-0 Domhoff C, 3-1; Abicht P, 2-1; Glass SS, 3-2 and Ripley PH, 1-1.

March 10. Cards lose to North Salinas 2-10. The Cards were held to four hits while the Vikings banged out nine. Wilson started and pitched two innings and took the loss. Abicht went two thirds of an inning and DiTano one and one third. Panelli was the pitching bright spot for the Cards, putting down Viking batters in 1-2-3 order for the last two innings allowing no hits, runs or walks and struck out one.
A botched relay throw opened the flood gates in the third inning sending ten batters to the plate and six runs to score. The Cards got their two runs in the fifth inning, when DiTano singled to open the inning, then a walk and a single by Lowdermilk loaded the bases. Dave D’Esposito walked to force in a run and a double play plated the second run.
D’Esposito had a double and an RBI and Noland drove in a run. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 3-0; Panelli 2B/P, 3-0; Pacheco 3B, 2-0; Hill CF, 3-0; Wilson P/1B, 3-1; DiTano DH/P, 2-1; Lyons 1B, defense; Brown SS, 1-0; Lowdermilk C, 2-1; Domhoff C, 1-0; D’Esposito RF, 2-1; Abicht P, 0-0 and Ripley PH, 1-0.

March 12. Hollister out hit the Cards 14 to 9, but lost to the Cards 9-8. The Balers struck for four runs in the first inning, but the Cards rallied to tie the score their next at bat. SC then scored four more runs in the fourth and added another in the sixth to go ahead.
Wilson started and went two innings giving up four hits, three earned runs, no walks and struck out three. Panelli hurled the next two innings giving up five hits, two earned runs and no walks. DiTano pitched the last three innings giving up five hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out seven for the win. It was DiTano’s best outing this year. Under pressure, ahead only by one run in the seventh, a runner on second and DiTano struck out the next two batters to end the game. RBI’s were Pacheco four, DiTano three, Domhoff and Wilson one each. Domhoff had a double. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Glass SS, 4-1 and three runs; Noland 2B, 2-1; Pacheco 3B, 4-2; Wilson P/1B, 4-1; DiTano DH/P, 4-2; D’Esposito LF, defense; Panelli P/LF, 2-0; Brown CF, 3-0; Lowdermilk C, 4-0; Domhoff RF, 3-2 and Lyons 1B, 0-0.

March 17. Four Card hurlers limited Watsonville to two hits in a 5-1victory. Three of the four pitchers, Wilson, Panelli and Abicht were sharp on the mound and did not allow a single base runner. John Wilson started and went two innings of no hit ball and struck out two for the win. Watsonville coach Harlan Guy commented about Wilson was “The young man looked pretty good out there.” Gino Panelli went the next two innings giving up two hits and one run. Mike DiTano also had a strong outing on the mound allowing just one run on one hit in the next two innings. John Abicht twirled the last inning and struck out two for a save.
SC opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning. on a walk to Steve Glass, a bunt single by Steve Pacheco and a line drive double by Bill Domhoff to drive them in. SC closed out the scoring in the fifth with a three run outburst. Singles by Todd Noland and Clyde Brown an error and a two run single by DiTano finished the Cards scoring.
Glass injured his knee sliding into third in the first inning and might not make the first league game. Clyde Brown filled the shortstop spot flawlessly. The Cards had no errors. Lineup: Glass SS, 0-0, Brown SS, 3-1; Noland 2B, 2-1; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Domhoff RF, 3-1; DiTano DH, 3-1; Barker 1B, defense; Wilson P/1B, 3-0; Ripley LF, 1-0; Panelli P/RF, 1-0 and Hill CF, 3-0.

March 14. Two Card pitchers held Alisal to one hit in a 8-0 win. The pitching and hitting both were super. Wilson went four innings giving up one hit, walked one and struck out three for the win. DiTano pitched the next three innings for the save, allowing no hits, two walks and three strike outs. Each teams made only one error. Doubles were hit by Brown, Glass, Noland and Pacheco. RBI’s by Glass three, Pacheco two and Noland one. The Cards are 6-2 going into the league season. Top hitter was Clyde Brown who went 3 for 3, doubled and scored twice. The Cards had 11 hits and every starter, but two had a base hit. Cards end non-league schedule 6-2. Lineup: Glass SS, 3-2; Noland LF, 3-1; Pacheco 3B, 4-2; Ditano DH/P, 3-0; Panelli 2B, 4-1; Wilson P/1B, 3-1; Domhoff RF/C, 3-1; Brown CF, 3-3; Lowdermilk C, 1-0 and Hill RF, 1-0.

March 24. Aptos Hitters Tee Off, Feast On Card Pitching exploding for 17 hits for a 10-1 victory. In the afternoon Aptos took two hours of batting practice and in the evening game continued their batting practice in the fourth and seventh innings scoring 9 of their 10 runs. The Cards were only able to come up with four spaced out hits. Wilson started and went three an one-third innings giving up seven hits, four walks, two earned runs and struck out one. DiTano went three and two-thirds innings giving up four earned runs, walked four and struck out three. The Cards had two errors. The Cards only run in the first inning was aided by two errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 3-1; Wilson P/1B, 2-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-1; Domhoff RF, 3-0; DiTano DH/P, 3-0; Brown SS, 2-0; Panelli 2B, 2-1; Hill CF, 2-0; Lowdermilk C, 2-1; Barker 1B, 0-0 and Lyons PH, 0-0.

March 27. Wilson, Santa Cruz Roll Over Harbor 5-2. Junior John Wilson, the most effective pitcher by far in the SCCAL last year, appears to be back in top form. Wilson, who went all the way, easily held the usually potent Harbor attack in check, limiting the Pirates to four hits, no earned runs and one walk to go along with nine strike outs, despite some obvious fatigue in the late innings. Wilson admitted he, “felt a lot better this game. I worked harder in practice these last couple of days. If you work hard enough at something you want, you’ll finally get it if you keep trying. I got tired at the end and lost my concentration,” admitted Wilson, who was pitching past the fourth inning for the first time this season. SC had the bases loaded and no out in the first inning, but failed to score. But in the second inning a hit and a pair of walks loaded the bases again and Noland singled in a run. Pacheco drove in two runs, stole second and went to third on an over throw and scored on Domhoff’s single. RBI’s by Pacheco two, Noland, Domhoff and Brown one apiece. Lineup: Noland 2B, 3-2; Wilson P, 3-0; Pacheco 3B, 4-2; Domhoff RF, 4-1; DiTano DH, 3-0; Lyons 1B, defense; Robinson CF, 4-0; Barker LF, 3-2; Brown SS, 3-0 and Lowdermilk C, 1-0.

March 31. Cards Bats Lash Out At Marello behind a four run outburst in the second inning swamping the Panthers 14-5 in a night game at Harvey West. The Cards scored in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Larry Robinson. Then scored four more runs in the second. The leading hitters were Pacheco, who went 2 for 2 with four RBI’s, Robinson went 1 for 2 with four RBI’s and Noland went 3 for 5 with one RBI. Others with RBI’s, Domhoff 2, DiTano, Barker, and Hill one. DiTano also had a double. Stolen bases: Barker three, Noland two, Domhoff and Hill one. The Cards had two errors.
Sophomore Gino Panelli started on the mound and went three and two-third innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out four to get credit for the win. Panelli effectively mixed his fastball with a slider and a curve. DiTano relieved and went two and one-third innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, two walks and struck out four to earn the save Abicht pitched the last inning giving up no hits or runs, walked one and struck out one. Lineup: Noland 2B/LF, 5-3; Wilson 1B, 3-0; Pacheco 3B, 2-2; Barker LF, 2-1; Robinson CF, 2-1; Domhoff RF/C, 4-1; Panelli P/2B, 5-1; Brown SS, 1-0; Hill DH/RF, 3-2; Lowdermilk C, defense; Ripley PH, 1-0; DiTano P, 1-1 and Abicht P, 0-0.

April 3. Wilson Hurls Cardinals Past Soquel 4-2 under the lights at Harvey West. Wilson, the Cards ace, effectively mixed his fastball with his equally effective curve ball to stymie the Soquel hitters. He held the Knights hitless for the first three innings, before allowed only three hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out eight in a complete game win.
SC scored the winning run in the in the bottom of the sixth inning. With the game tied 2-2, Larry Robinson led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and went to third on Glen Hill’s ground out. Gino Panelli struck out, but reached first as the ball got away from the catcher and Robinson scored. Panelli stole second, went to third on Clyde Brown’s infield single. Panelli then scored on an error.
The Cards were held to five hits. Hill had a double. Barker and Robinson had RBI’s. Stolen bases: Barker two and one each for Hill, Domhoff, Robinson and Panelli. The Cards had two errors. Clyde Brown has been doing a fine job substituting for injured Steve Glass at shortstop. SC is now second in the league with a 3-1 record. Lineup: Noland LF, 4-1; Domhoff RF, 1-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Barker 1B, 3-2; Robinson CF, 1-0; Hill DH, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, defense; Panelli 2B, 3-0; Wilson P, 2-0 and Brown SS, 2-1.

April 6. Cardinals Makes Their Move, Top SLV. Tie For League Lead. A four run third inning rally and errorless defensive play paved the way for a 8-3 victory and a 4-1 league record at the end of the first round of league play to tie with Aptos. SLV coach Bob Beach, “SC was hungry for it. They didn’t make any mistakes and they hit the ball well all day. It was a well played game on both sides. We played well, but just hit the ball at people.”
Robinson iced the game in the top of the seventh with a two run homer. DiTano started and went four and one-third innings allowing four hits, seven walks, three earned runs and struck out four for the win. Abicht entered the game in the fourth with one out and two runners on base. He got out with a ground out and a strike out. He got the save with two and two-thirds innings pitched. He gave up one hit, no runs, two walks and two strike outs for the save. RBI’s: Robinson three, Noland, Pacheco, DiTano and Panelli one each. Doubles: Domhoff, Pacheco and Panelli. Lineup: Noland LF, 2-0; Domhoff DH, 3-2; Lowdermilk C, defense; Barker 1B, 2-0; Pacheco 3B, 4-1; Robinson CF, 3-3; Hill RF, 3-0; DiTano P, 3-0; Panelli 2B, 1-1 and Brown SS, 3-1.

April 7. Bunt Crazy SLV Upsets Santa Cruz 11-9 after losing to the Cards the day before. The Cougars have beaten the two league leaders to put themselves in the league hunt. SLV attempted numerous bunts, safety squeezes, suicide squeezes and bunting with two strikes on the batter. Coach Beach said, “We just had to get the ball down and make them make the plays. If they did they would beat us, but they didn’t. We are super exited. This was a big win for us. It is a sweet victory. Anytime you beat SC its got to be gratifying.”
Fifteen walks and seven errors made by seven different players also was a big factor in the Cardinals losing the game. The Cardinal pitchers gave up only three hits and four earned runs. The Cards had a 9-7 lead going into the six inning, when the Cards walked four batters, made three errors, allowed no hits and gave up four runs to put SLV ahead 11-9. The Cards came back with two hits to start the seventh inning, but could not score. Panelli started on the mound and went three plus innings. DiTano went two-thirds of an inning. Wilson pitched three and one-third innings for the loss.
RBI’s: Brown and Noland two, Pacheco, Hill and Wilson one each. Lineup: Noland 2B/LF, 4-3; Domhoff RF, 3-1; Barker 1B, 4-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-1; Robinson CF, 3-0; Hill LF, 3-2; DiTano P, 0-0; Panelli P/2B, 3-1; Wilson DH/P, 3-2; Brown SS, 1-1; Glass SS, 2-1 and Lowdermilk C, 0-0.

April 9. Sentinel stats. Hitting for SC by place, name, at bats, runs, hits, runs batted in and average.
PL NAME AB R H RBI AVG
3 Noland 22 6 10 6 .455
16 Pacheco 20 4 6 4 .300
16 Hill 10 2 3 1 .300
19 Barker 14 5 4 1 .286
19 Robinson 14 4 4 8 .286
Team batting
1 Aptos 164 33 48 .293
2 SC 158 41 44 .278
3 Marello 175 47 41 .234

John Wilson is fifth in pitching with a 2-2 record 20.2 innings pitched and a ERA of 2.32.

April 12. Law of Averages Work For Aptos in Seventh. After striking out three times, Aptos’ best hitter won the game by hitting a walk off drive into the left field corner for the winning run in the seventh inning to give Aptos a 4-3 win. Aptos scored first on a home run in the second inning and scored again on a wild throw in the third inning. The damage in the third inning could have been worse, but catcher Eric Lowdermilk cut down a runner trying to steal second. The Cards came back in the fifth inning to score all three of their runs on two home runs and to take a 3-2 lead on a lead. Larry Robinson started it off with a home run. Then Barker singled and Panelli drove him in with a home run.
“I sort of got pumped up when we started hitting the ball out of the place,” Said Wilson, who was in trouble most of the game, but still grew stronger by the inning. He gave up 11 hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out six.
Aptos coach Barrington commented that “we get up more for SC than for any other team in the league.”
Robinson had a double to go with his HR. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 3-1; Domhoff RF, 3-1; Hill DH, 3-0; Lowdermilk C, defense; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Robinson CF, 2-2; Barker 1B, 3-1; Wilson P, 2-0; Panelli 2B, 3-2 and Brown SS, 3-0.

April 13. Watsonville Boosters Tournament games against Pacific Grove, RLS and Hollister.
In their first game of the tournament, the Cards showed they are one of the best hitting Card teams in the last several seasons, collecting 14 hits in a 11-0 win over Pacific Grove. Three pitchers limited PG to two hits. Top hitters for the Cards were Panelli who went 2 for 2 with a home run and two RBI’s. Pacheco ripped two triples and drove in two runs. Hill tripled and drove in four runs. Noland went 3 for 4, had a double and a RBI. Other RBI’s were Robinson and Wilson one apiece.
DiTano started and went three innings giving up no hits, walked three and struck out two for the win. Panelli pitched two inning giving up no hits or walks and struck out four. Hill finished up the last two innings giving up two hits, two walks and struck out two. Lineup: Noland 2B, 4-3; Domhoff C, 4-0; Hill RF/P, 5-3; Robinson CF, 4-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-2; Barker LF, 3-0; Wilson 1B, 2-0; Glass SS, 4-2; DiTano P, 1-1; Panelli P, 2-2; Brown 3B, 1-0 and Ripley LF, 1-1.

April 14. Cards lose to RLS 1-2 in a well played game. Both teams scored in the first inning. RLS on an error and SC on a walk to Noland, who stole second, was bunted to third and scored on an infield out by Hill. The Cards made two fine plays in the fifth inning that saved two runs from scoring. A fine relay from outfielder Mark Ripley to first baseman Barker to catcher Lowdermilk cut down a runner at home. A pick off throw from pitcher John Abicht to third baseman Pacheco cut down another potential run. The Cards had two errors to one for RLS. The Cards had 5 hits to 4 for RLS. Noland, Glass, Robinson and Panelli each stole a base. Panelli started and went four and one-third innings giving up one earned run, walking five and struck out seven for the hard loss. John Abicht went two and two-thirds innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out two. Both pitchers threw well. Lineup: Noland 2B, 3-1; Glass SS, 2-1; Hill RF/P, 4-0; Pacheco DH, 2-0; Ripley LF, defense; Robinson CF, 1-0; Panelli P, 3-1; Barker 1B, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, 2-1; Brown 3B, 1-0; Abicht P, 1-0 and DiTano PH, 1-0.

April 15. Hollister came from behind to score two runs in the seventh inning to beat the Cards 3-2 in a well pitched complete game by Mike DiTano, who gave up two earned runs, six hits, walked two and struck out three.
SC scored a run when sophomore Glen Hill doubled, stole third and scored on an infield ground out by Rich Barker. In the fifth, Steve Pacheco reached base with two outs, stole second and scored on sophomore Gino Panelli’s double.
The Cards had two errors. Panelli and Hill had doubles. Panelli and Barker had RBI’s. Lineup: Noland LF, 3-0; Glass SS, 4-2; Pacheco 3B, 1-0; Panelli 2B, 3-1; Robinson CF, 2-0; Hill RF, 3-1; Domhoff C, 3-0; Barker 1B, 2-0 and DiTano P, 3-1.

Back to League
April 21. Cardinal DH Socks It To Harbor, Keys Winning Rally to win 4-3. A designated hitter, like football place kickers, must do various thing to keep occupied during games when he is not performing in the game. During innings when the Cards were on the field, Hill the DH for this game, played with old sweat socks. For batting practice before games, the Cards hit old socks stuffed with socks or other clothing material, that are knotted at one end that look like softball sized baggies. Behind the third base dugout at Harvey West, Hill loosened up hitting the practice “balls” against the cyclone fence. “It helps you relax a lot” said the SC sophomore. “It’s something I like to do to get my timing down.”
With two outs and runners on second and third in the fourth inning, Hill came through with a single to drive in a run. All four runs the Cards scored were in the fourth inning. Robinson, Wilson and Domhoff drove in the other three runs. Hill said of being on the spot, “I didn’t feel the pressure. I just went up to hit the ball. If the pitch was there, not just anything, a good pitch I was going to hit it.”
The Cards had two errors and Harbor three. Both teams made some fine defensive plays. Wilson started and went four plus innings giving up three hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out two for the win. DiTano went three innings giving up two hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out three for the save. Lineup: Glass SS, 3-0; Noland LF 3-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-2; Barker 1B, 3-0; Robinson CF, 3-1; Panelli 2B, 2-0; Hill DH, 3-2; Lowdermilk C, defense; Wilson P, 1-1; Domhoff RF, 2-1 and DiTano P, 1-0.

April 24. Santa Cruz Edges Marello Prep In ‘Classic’ Pitching Duel 3-1. Wilson mixed his sneaky fast ball with a slower curve to keep the Marello batters off balance for four innings. He gave up three hits, no earned runs, walked three and struck out five. DiTano relied on his fast ball along with a hard curve for the last three innings. He gave up no hits or runs, walked one and struck out three for the win.
Both teams scored after there were two outs in the third inning. Glass singled, stole second and scored on Panelli’s double. In the sixth inning Robinson led off with a triple to deep right center and Hill followed with a sharp single to center to score Robinson. Hill stole second and third and was driven in by a sacrifice fly by Noland.
SC is in second place with a 5-3 record, two games behind Aptos. Robinson hit a double to go along with his triple. The Cards stole eight bases, made two errors and had nine hits. Lineup: Glass SS, 4-2; Panelli 2B, 4-1; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Robinson CF, 4-2; Hill RF, 4-1; Domhoff C, 3-1; Barker 1B, 2-0; Noland LF, 3-1;Wilson P, 2-0 and DiTano P, 1-1.

April 28. Cards Wilson Hot, Beats Soquel 8-1. Hot weather, though good weather for baseball, isn’t really ideal for a pitcher. It did not bother Card pitcher John Wilson, who tossed a three hitter at Soquel. After notching the Cards seventh win in ten games to stay close to the front running Aptos, Wilson said, “I like the heat. It keeps you loose. You don’t have to run around or wear a jacket to keep from tightening up.”
Soquel coach John Hoglund called Wilson’s performance a “gem.” Wilson mixed a good fastball with deceptive off speed pitches and mixed deliveries. Wilson faced just 25 batters four more than the minimum. He gave up no earned runs, walked none and struck out eight.
Bill Domhoff with three hits and three RBI’s and Gino Panelli with two hits, one a double and two RBI’s swung the big bats for the Cards, who batted around in the three run second inning and in the six run seventh. Noland had a RBI. Of the six stolen bases Pacheco had two, Panelli, Hill, Domhoff, and Barker had one apiece. Lineup: Glass SS, 2-0; Noland LF, 3-1; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Robinson DH, 3-0; Lowdermilk C, defense; Panelli 2B, 4-2; Hill CF, 4-0; Domhoff RF, 4-3; Barker 1B, 3-1 and Wilson P, 2-1.

Sentinel Stats up to April 28
April 9. Sentinel stats. Hitting for SC by place, name, at bats, runs, hits, runs batted in and average.
PL NAME AB R H RBI AVG
1 Noland 29 7 13 8 .448
7 Robinson 26 8 9 10 .346
11 Domhoff 30 5 10 6 .333
18 Panelli 27 7 8 4 .296

Team batting
1 Aptos 275 53 54 . .309
2 Santa Cruz 266 59 73 .274
3 Marello 267 58 60 . .225

John Wilson is third in pitching with a 4-3record 42 innings pitched and a ERA of 2.17.

SC is in second place with a 7-3 record, two games behind Aptos at 9-1.

May 1. Explosion In First Inning Holds Up For SLV 5-4. The Cougars jump on Card hurler Mike DiTano for four quick runs in the first inning. After getting the first batter things went downhill after that. After giving up three earned runs on two hits and two walks, DiTano was relieved by Gino Panelli, who struck out the next two batters to end the inning. Panelli pitched well giving up only one hit, one run, walked four and struck out eight the rest of the way.
SC scored in their first at bat on singles by Glass and Panelli. The second run came in the fourth on a single by Panelli and a RBI ground out by Wilson. In the sixth inning Pacheco led off with a bunt single, went to second on a pass ball and to third on DiTano’s single. On the outfielders throw to third to try for Pacheco, DiTano took second.. Wilson drove in Pacheco with a single for his second RBI of the game. Hill followed with a double to the right field corner to drive in DiTano. With runners on second and third and no outs, the first out was a fly out, then a strikeout, an intentional walk and then a inning ending infield fly to leave the Cards one run short.
Eight Cardinals had a hit. The Cards had only one error, but it allowed a run to score. Good pitching by Panelli, good hitting and defensive play ended in a loss. RBI’s, Wilson two, Panelli and Hill one each. Hill doubled. Glass, Panelli and Pacheco stole bases. Lineup: Glass SS, 3-2; Noland LF, 3-0; Panelli P, 4-2; Pacheco 3B, 3-1; DiTano P/DH, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, defense; Wilson 1B, 3-1; Hill CF, 3-1; Barker RF, 3-1 and Brown 2B, 3-1.

May 6. Timely Hitting, Steady Defense Propel Cardinals to 7-3 win over Aptos in a night game at Harvey West. Despite playing without three starters, a relaxed second place SC team upset the front running Mariners. Aptos still leads the league with a 10-2 record and SC is second at 8-4. Steve Pacheco, who anchored the Cardinal defense, spoke for his team. “We all realized that the top two teams in the league earn berths in the CCS playoffs. They (Aptos) were real loose in warm-ups like they thought they were going to get it, but we came prepared and wanted it more. It felt really good to win.” Pacheco, the Cards cleanup hitter, did not have a hit today, but more than made up for it with his glove. He came up with at least five fielding gems to highlight a superb Cardinal defensive effort. Fittingly the game ended with Pacheco getting the last out of the game.
A big play in the game was made by pitcher Mike DiTano, who barely deflected a smash back at him with his glove and made two stabs at it before incredibly catching it for the third out while lying on his stomach. The bases were loaded at the time.
John Wilson started and pitched two predetermined innings giving up one hit, one walk, no runs and struck out two. SC evidently realized their chances of catching Aptos would be minimal, but the they could still make the CCS playoffs by beating Harbor and Soquel to finish second. Wilson explained, “Our coach figured that we could just play this game and if we lost then it was no big deal. That’s the way our COACH saw it. The players wanted to beat Aptos though, because we hadn’t beaten them all year.” And they did!
Mike DiTano finished the game giving up 11 hits, three runs and one walk for the win. The ‘burly’ right hander escaped from enough tight situations to turn Houdini green with envy.
The Cards scored two runs the first inning and had their big inning in the fifth inning scoring four runs. In the first inning a pair of walks and two run scoring singles by Hill and Wilson put the Cards up 2-0. The third run came in the fourth inning on a RBI single by Glass. Nine batters went to the plate in the four run fifth inning. The big blows came from a two run single by D’Esposito and a two run double to right by Lowdermilk.
RBI’s were Dave D’Esposito and Lowdermilk two, Hill, Glass and Wilson one apiece. Noland stole two bases. Lineup: Glass SS, 4-2; Noland LF, 2-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Robinson DH, 4-0; Brown 2B, defense; Hill 1B/RF, 4-0; Wilson P, 1-1; D’Esposito CF, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, 3-1; Ripley RF, 1-0; DiTano P, 2-1.

Eight Run, Sixth Inning Spree Powers Cards to 10-5 Triumph over Harbor. SC was in front going into the sixth inning 2-0, when they scored eight times on seven hits to go ahead 10-0. Eight straight batters reach base for the Cards in the inning. Harbor came back and scored five in the last two innings. Starter John Wilson was breezing going into the sixth inning. He pitched to only 17 batters out of the minimum 15, but tired and walked three and gave up two hits. Mike DiTano came in with one out and the bases loaded and promptly made a crucial play, by picking the runner off at third base in coordination with third baseman Steve Pacheco. DiTano went one and two-thirds innings allowed no earned runs, walked none and gave up two hits for the save. Wilson picked up the win. Steve Glass went 2 for 5, with a double and a triple plus two RBI’s. Eric Lowdermilk went 3 for 4, had a double and two RBI’s. Glen Hill had a double and an RBI. Others with RBI’s were Panelli and DiTano one apiece. Lineup: Glass SS, 5-2; Noland LF, 3-1; Panelli 2B, 5-1; Hill 1B, 3-1; Wilson P, 4-1; DiTano DH/P, 4-2; Brown 2B, defense; Robinson CF, 3-1; Pacheco 3B, 2-0; Lowdermilk C, 4-3; and Abicht 3B, 2-0.

Sentinel. May 12. Santa Cruz Downs Marello, Clinches Playoff Berth. SC out hit Marello 11 to 3 for a 14-1 victory in a night game at both teams home park, Harvey West. SC’s pitching staff fared extremely well. Sophomore starter Gino Panelli, who went four innings mixed up his hard fastball with a slow curve and a hard slider to effectively baffle Marello hitters giving up two hits, walked one, allowed one earned run and struck out one to earn the win. Both relief pitchers did excellent jobs also. Wilson went one inning walking two and striking out one and John Abicht finished up the last two innings giving up one hit and striking out two.
SC had two five run innings in the third and sixth innings. Larry Robinson led off the third inning on an error, went to second on a bunt single by Steve Glass. Todd Noland walked to load the bases. Panelli drove in Robinson and Glass, with Noland going to second. Glen Hill drove them both in with a double, moved to third on Wilson’s single and scored on a pass ball.
In the fourth inning, Glass walked and scored on Noland’s double. Noland went to third on a pass ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Panelli, but Panelli was awarded first base on catcher interference. Designated hitter Mike DiTano drove him in.
Noland, Hill and Pacheco had doubles. RBI’s were Panelli 3, Pacheco and Hill 2. One each for Noland DiTano, Lowdermilk and Robinson. Lineup: Glass SS, 4-1; Noland LF, 3-1; Panelli P, 2-1; Hill 1B, 3-1; Wilson RF/P, 3-1; DiTano DH, 3-2; Brown 2B, defense; Pacheco 3B, 2-2; Lowdermilk C, 4-1; Robinson CF, 4-1; Ripley RF, 1-0 and Abicht P, 2-0.

Soquel Fattens Up On Santa Cruz Errors to win 6-5. Three errors by the Cards gave the Knights the winning run. The Cards took second place in the league with a 10-5 record and will play RLS on Tuesday in the first round of CCS. Mike DiTano started and went four innings giving up four hits, two walks, two earned runs, struck out three and took the loss caused by faulty defense. John Wilson went three inning giving up no earned runs, one hit, walked three and struck out two.
The usually slick fielding Card infield made five errors. The Cards jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, when Glass walked, stole second and went to third on Hill’s single. Wilson singled in Glass and Hill went to third to set up a first-and-third situation. Wilson got in a run down and Hill scored to put the Cards ahead 2-0. Soquel came back and scored three in the third to go ahead 3-2 an add two more in the fifth.
The Cards tied up the game in the sixth inning scoring three runs on three walks, singles by Larry Robinson and Steve Glass and a squeeze by Eric Lowdermilk. Lineup: Glass SS, 3-1, two runs; Noland LF, 2-0; Panelli 2B, 4-0; Hill 1B, 4-3, run; Wilson DH/P, 3-1; Abicht RF, defense; DiTano P, 3-0; Brown RF, defense; Pacheco 3b, 2-1, run; Lowdermilk C, 1-0 and Robinson CF, 3-1.

Wilson Strikes Out 17 In SC Win 1-0 in ten innings against RLS champions of the Mission Trail league with a 17-5 record, in a pitchers duel at Salinas Municipal Stadium in the first round of CCS play. It is the Cards first win in three years of trying at the Salinas field and Wilson has been along on all three trips. Last year he was the losing pitcher against Carmel.
In a duel that lasted nearly three and a half hours between junior, John Wilson and senior Kevin Piper, who has a scholarship to the University of Arizona. The win means the Cards will be playing at Washington Park in Santa Clara this Friday in the second round of CCS.
“It was a nice night out there,” said a very modest Wilson after the game. “I didn’t feel like I used a lot of energy. Usually I throw a lot of pitches, but tonight I was ahead of the batters. I was getting a little tired in the ninth and tenth, but I felt pretty good.” Wilson did not allow his teams failure at the plate to upset his rhythm on the mound. “I said if we don’t get it (any runs) I’ll just go out and do it again. The guys were behind me.” In addition to striking out 17, Wilson gave up only two hits, two walks and allowed just three balls hit out of the infield. One of the balls hit out of the infield was a long drive to right canter that was hauled in by right fielder Clyde Brown after a long run.
Piper struck out 15, but walked five, which proved fatal. In the tenth inning, lead off batter Steve Pacheco a good bunter, perfectly placed a bunt down the third base line and beat it out for a hit to become only the fifth Card base runner. The next batter struck out. Piper walked Larry Robinson and struck out the next batter for two outs. Todd Noland was intentionally walked to load the bases. Glen Hill was up next and had struck out four times on sharp breaking curve balls. “I was determined to do well against him that time,” said Hill. “He didn’t show much respect for me by walking Noland so he could pitch to me. He thought he could get me again.” Hill looked at a one-two count very quickly, but battled back to a full count and with all the runners going Hill leaned in and the pitch was wide for ball four to put the Cards ahead.
In the second inning Gino Panelli singled and stole second to get into scoring position. Steve Pacheco hit a screamer headed for extra bases down the third base line, but a diving stop by the third baseman who caught the ball ended the inning. In the seventh the Cards had runners on first and third, their best rally of the night, when Eric Lowdermilk drilled a long fly to center that was hauled in to end the inning. Lineup: Glass SS, 5-0; Noland LF, 4-0; Hill 1B, 4-0; DiTano DH, 4-1; Brown RF, defense; Panelli 2B, 3-1; Wilson P, 4-0; Pacheco 3B, 4-1, run; Lowdermilk C, 4-0 and Robinson CF, 2-0.

Santa Cruz Downed By Peterson champions of the Santa Clara Valley league in the second round of CCS play 4-1 at Washington Park. No Breaks For Cards. SC out hit Peterson 7-6. The Cards hit the ball hard, but more often then not, the ball was hit directly at a Pirate defender. “We hit the ball real well today,” said Card third baseman and three year senior starter Steve Pacheco. “But it was always right at somebody. I guess that’s just the breaks of baseball.” John Wilson, who had won Tuesdays game agreed with Pacheco. “A lot of us were right on him. We were hitting the ball well. We just didn’t get the breaks like they did.” Cardinal starting pitcher Gino Panelli baffled the Pirates until two outs in the third inning. Until then Panelli did not allow a hit, giving up only two base runners, both on walks. Then three straight singles scored a run. Mike DiTano relieved and got the third out. The Cards entered the sixth inning behind 4-0. Todd Noland perfectly placed a bunt down the third base line for a hit and stole second. DiTano walked, followed the Glen Hill’s single to load the bases with no outs. Noland scored on an error. With two outs, Eric Lowdermilk drove the ball deep into right center for a possible game tying hit, but the centerfielder made a nice running catch for the third out.
Each team had an error in a well played game. Both Wilson and Pacheco were philosophical about the year. “We could’ve done better,” Wilson said. “At the beginning of the year, we all knew we had a good team. I think we might have thought a little too high of ourselves at the beginning.” Pacheco said, “This is the best I’ve seen in my three years of playing varsity.”
Aptos won the SCCAL championship with a 13-2 record, while the Cards were second at 10-5. Lineup: Glass SS, 4-1; Noland LF, 4-2; Panelli P/2B, 4-0; DiTano DH/P, 1-1; Brown 2B, defense; Hill 1B, 3-2; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Wilson RF, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, 2-0; Robinson CF, 3-0; and Abicht RF, 0-0.

LEAGUE STATS compiled by SC for hitting by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, RBI’s, sacrifices and stolen bases
Name AB R H AVE 2b RBI SAC BB SB
Domhoff 30 5 11 367 1 7 1 4 5
Glass 30 17 11 367 1 3 1 4 4
Hill 44 11 16 364 4 10 3 6 10
Noland 46 13 15 326 2 9 3 14 10
Pacheco 43 8 13 302 3 10 2 12 2
Panelli 43 9 13 302 3 10 1 5 3
Robinson 40 12 12 300 2 13 5 8 2
Barker 28 8 8 286 0 2 2 5 3
DiTano 25 6 7 280 1 3 1 2 1
Wilson 34 7 8 235 0 8 5 10 3
Brown 18 3 4 222 0 4 3 3 1
Lowdermilk 15 3 6 400 2 5 2 2 0
D’Espisito 3 2 1 333 0 2 0 0 0
Abicht 4 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
Ripley 3 1 0 000 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 406 105 125 307 19 86 29 75 45

From the Sentinel May 24, SC was second in team hitting .015 behind Aptos and .071 ahead of Harbor.
Sentinel batting averages showed by place in the league order, name, at bats, RBI and batting average.
PL NAME AB RBI AVG
5 Glass 27 3 .370
7 Noland 42 9 .357
10 Hill 40 7 .350
11 Domhoff 30 6 .333
17 Robinson 40 11 .300
18 DiTano 27 1 .296

LEAGUE STATS by Cards. Listed by innings pitched, runs allowed, hits allowed earned runs, earned runs average for seven innings, home runs allowed, walks, strike outs, wins, losses and saves.
Pitching INN R H ERA 2B HR BB SO W L S
Wilson 53.1 13 39 1.68 4 0 27 53 5 4 0
DiTano 28 16 38 4.00 1 0 25 21 3 1 2
Panelli 19 4 10 1.47 1 1 16 19 2 0 0
Abicht 6 0 2 0.00 0 0 3 9 0 0 2
TOTAL 107 33 89 2.18 6 1 69 98 10 5 4

SEASON STATS for hitting by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, RBI’s, sacrifices and stolen bases.
Name AB R H AVE 2b RBI SAC BB SB
Glass 70 15 29 414 3 9 3 8 10
Noland 94 20 32 340 6 14 5 23 18
Hill 87 17 29 333 7 18 5 9 16
Domhoff 55 12 18 327 4 10 1 8 5
Panelli 80 14 24 300 6 15 3 8 7
Pacheco 83 14 24 289 6 25 4 17 16
Lowdermilk 42 4 12 286 2 8 3 3 0
Wilson 74 13 21 284 2 11 6 11 5
DiTano 54 8 15 278 1 8 3 7 1
Barker 34 8 9 265 0 2 2 5 3
Brown 43 10 11 256 2 5 3 11 2
Robinson 58 13 14 241 3 13 6 10 3
Ripley 11 1 2 182 0 0 0 1 0
Desposito 9 4 3 333 1 3 1 0 0
Abicht 8 0 1 125 0 0 2 0 0
TOTALS 805 160 246 .306 43 141 46 121 87

SEASON STATS by SC. By innings pitched, runs allowed, hits allowed earned runs, earned runs average for seven innings, home runs allowed, walks, strike outs, wins, losses and saves.
Pitching INN R H ERA 2B HR BB SO W L S
Wilson 81 19 55 1.64 8 0 33 84 10 5 0
DiTano 59 27 61 3.20 9 0 38 47 5 2 5
Panelli 40 16 39 2.80 5 1 31 41 2 3 0
Abicht 21 15 18 5.00 0 0 14 18 1 0 1
Hill 5 3 9 4.20 1 0 4 4 0 0 0
TOTALS 206 80 187 2.73 23 1 120 194 18 10 6

Team Vote: Most Valuable player– Todd Noland.
Captain–Steve Pacheco.
Most Improved–Eric Lowdermilk.
Best Hitter– Todd Noland.
Best Defensive player– Eric Lowdermilk.
Mr. Hustle– Todd Noland.
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award– John Abicht.

Tops in league stats
Batting average: Domhoff and Glass .367, Hill .364, Noland .326, Pacheco and Panelli .302
RBI’s; Robinson 13, Hill, Pacheco and Panelli 10 apiece, Noland 9, Wilson 8 and Glass 7.
Sacrifices: Wilson and Robinson 5 apiece
Walks: Noland 14, Pacheco 12, Wilson 10 and Robinson 8.
Least number of strike outs with at least 30 at bats: Wilson 1, Panelli 2, Glass 3, Pacheco and Domhoff 6.
Stolen bases; Hill and Noland 10 apiece, Domhoff 5 and Glass 4

Tops in season stats:
Batting average: Glass .414, Todd Noland .340, Hill .333 and Domhoff 327.
RBI.s: Pacheco 25, Hill 18, Panelli 15, Noland 14 and Robinson 13.
Runs scored: Noland 20, Hill 17, Glass 15, Panelli and Pacheco 14 each.
Doubles: Hill 7, Noland, Panelli and Pacheco 6 apiece.
Triples; Pacheco 3, Hill 2 and Robinson 1.
Home runs; Robinson and Panelli 2 apiece
Walks: Noland 23, Pacheco 17, Wilson and Brown 11 apiece and Robinson 10.
Least number of strike outs with at least 70 at bats: Panelli 5, Glass 7, Wilson 8
Stolen bases; Noland 18, Hill and Pacheco 16 apiece and Glass 10.

ALL SCCAL and All County; John Wilson and Todd Noland
Players named to the All County team from the SCCAL’s second place team were junior pitcher John Wilson for the second time in a row, hit .265 and after struggling over the early half of the season, bounced back to lead the Cards on the mound with a 5-4 record and an outstanding ERA of 1.84. Wilson walked 27 and led the league in strike outs with 53. Todd Noland was among the SCCAL top ten hitters with a .357 average with nine RBI’s and 13 runs scored.
Sentinel All County honorable mention were Mike DiTano, Gino Panelli and Glen Hill.
ALL SCCAL Honorable Mention, Eric Lowdermilk.

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GIRLS VARSITY SOFTBALL

Practice games: Watsonville 4-0, 4-3; Monterey 19-0, North Monterey 11-3. Burlingame Invitational Tournament: Burlingame 8-1, Lynbrook 7-6, Half Moon Bay 3-5 for third place. Bethany College 12-8. Practice record 7-1. League: SLV 1-7, 8-11; Harbor 7-4, loss; Soquel 13-3, 19-4; Marello 21-2, 18-2; Aptos 10-9, 11-8. League record 7-3 tied for second with Harbor. In playoff necessary to see who qualifies for the CCS playoffs, SC 6, Harbor 1. At CCS playoff first round Monte Vista 13-0, second round Peterson 3-10. Overall record 16-7 from Sentinel.

Yearbook. Returning from last years championship team are infielder Kim Bianconi, shortstop Ellen Newberry and catcher Mayo Ruiz.

Team members were Martha Pepito, Joanna Wilson, Robin Neri, Ellen Newberry, Sherri Glass, Mayo Ruiz, Pam Flynn, Kim Bianconi, Tric Shady, Fon Brown, Colleen Mulholand, Shannon Whitesell and Lissa Wright. Coach Vic Miguel

Sentinel March 1. Last year, coach Vic Miguel’s Cards were experience and went 10-0 for the SCCAL title and 21-2 overall. But much of the experience is gone and “We hope to be competitive. We’ve got of young players, but they are really talented,” said Miguel. One of the cornerstones for SC is junior shortstop Ellen Newberry, a three year varsity starter as is Kim Bianconi a junior at third base. All the infielders are juniors. Returnees Colleen Mulholand at first base and Lisa Wright at second and senior catcher Mayo Ruiz. Sophomore Robin Neri, who was successful with the JV team last year figures to be the number one pitcher. In the outfield there are no returnees. Freshman Fonsella Brown, sophomore Sheri Glass and junior Shannon Whitesell are likely to start in the outfield. Other players are senior, pitcher/infielder Pam Flynn, sophomore outfielder Tric Shady, freshman outfielder Joanna Wilson.

Sophomore Pitches Shutout In Season Opening Victory. Led by the standout pitching of sophomore Robin Neri, the Cardinals blanked Watsonville 4-0 in a non-league game. SC scored single runs in the first, second, third and sixth innings, while Neri limited the Cats to five hits, struck out three and walked one. “She’s pretty deceptive,” said coach Vic Miguel. “For the first game of the season, she held together pretty well.” In the third inning the Cats had runners on first and second, but Neri worked out of the jam without allowing a run. SC started the scoring in the opening inning as Shannon Whitesell knocked in a run with a double. Mayo Ruiz drove in another run with a single. A sacrifice fly by Kim Bianoni in the fifth and a squeeze bunt by Neri in the sixth accounted for the Cards other runs. Neither team had an error. SC had six hits.

Profile in Trident–Ellen Newberry is a little late getting to the softball team as the basketball team won league and got to the second round of CCS. The two sports and positions she plays, guard and shortstop, require quickness, agility, concentration and enormous pressure on being ready for action. She has been playing since age seven. Between basketball and softball, she does not have a favorite. She enjoys the relaxation of softball and the challenge and the learning experience of basketball.

March 8. SC 4, Watsonville 3. Pitcher Robin Neri struck out four, walked one and gave up six hits. “It was closer than I hoped it would be,” said coach Miguel after beating Watsonville 4-0 last week. SC is 2-0 for the season. Watsonville took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, but SC went on top to stay with two runs in the top of the fourth frame. Fonsella Brown knocked in the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly and Ellen Newberry drove in the second run with a RBI single. The eventual winning run came from Browns double and Lisa Wright’s RBI single. It was a good defensive game as both teams had only one error. The Cards had five hits.

March 11. SC 19, Monterey 0. SC scored every inning, but the first. “this is by far the best hitting game we’ve had this season,” said Miguel. Joanna Wilson led SC at the plate with three hits and scored four runs. Mayo Ruiz and Kim Bianconi each collected four RBI’s. Fonsella Brown keyed an eight run fifth inning with a two run home run as the Cards sent 11 batters to the plate. Starting and winning pitcher Robin Neri only gave up two hits in four innings of work. Pam Flynn pitched the rest of the game. SC had 13 hits and no errors. Mayo Ruiz doubled. Others with RBI’s were Newberry Whitesell, Wright with two apiece. Those with one were Shady and Glass. SC is 3-0.

March 18. Undefeated Cardinals Romp In Softball. SC banged out 13 hits on their way to an easy 11-3 victory over North Monterey. “Our bats really came together today. We played very well. This is probably the toughest game we have had this year.” Miguel. “I’m definitely happy. Our biggest test is going to come in our league and I’m looking forward to some good games.” North Monterey returned its entire team from the CCS Region IV champions, who eliminated SC last year in the championship game. SC has only two players back, which makes the win that much sweeter, Miguel pointed out. Led by Newberry and Bianconi, both of whom had three hits apiece, the Cards didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. SC scored seven runs in the first three innings, one of the big blows being a two run triple by Mulholand in the three run SC third inning. In the fifth, SC had the bases loaded and no outs, as it pushed four more runs across the plate to take a convincing 11-1 advantage. Hurler Robin Neri scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out one on her way to victory. /SC had two errors. Flynn, Shady and Bianconi had doubles. RBI’s were Wright 3, Flynn, Bianconi and Mulholland 2 apiece, Newberry and Shady one each. SC is now 4-0.

April 5. Cardinals Lose Opener to SLV. Defending SCCAL champion SC lost 7-1 to SLV and were only able to get two hits. SLV was in front, 1-0 after one inning, but broke the game open by scoring three runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth.

April 8. SC 7, Harbor 4. SC was led by Colleen Mulholands three run, third inning home run. She was 2 for 3 as was Kim Bianconi. Sophomore Robin Neri gave up 11 hits, but only four runs. She walked two and struck out two for the win. SC had eight hits and only one error. Bianconi, Brown, Flynn and Wright all had one RBI.

April 12. SC 13, Soquel 3. SC scored in each of the first six innings and never looked back. SC is now 2-1 in league. SC scored five runs in the fifth. The big blow being a bases loaded double by Joanna Wilson. Lisa Wright had three hits and scored three runs. Flynn started on the mound and threw three shut out innings for the win. Neri pitched the last four innings and gave up three runs in the fifth inning. SC had no errors and had eleven hits to Soquel’s eight hits. Newberry and Bianconi had triples. Wright and Wilson had doubles. RBI’s were Wilson two, Newberry, Mulholand and Brown one each.

April 14. Cards Triumph. A two run triple in the eighth inning powered SC into the semifinals of the Burlingame Invitational tournament, by way of a 8-4 win over Burlingame. Newberry provided the punch at the plate in the eighth inning, unloading a triple that scored two runs in the five run rally, SC had taken a 3-0 edge, before Burlingame scored two in the sixth and a solo home run in the bottom half of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Neri was credited for the win.

April 15. SC Girls Prevail. SC held off Lynbrook 7-6 to vault into the finals of the Burlingame Tourney. SC scored four runs in the first inning. Two runs scored on wild pitches and two more on RBI singles by Bianconi and Tric Shady. Bianconi led SC with three hits and two RBI’s. SC added two more runs in the sixth on another run scoring single by Shady and a bases loaded walk by Mayo Ruiz. Lybrook gave SC a scare in the bottom of the seventh, but starting and winning pitcher Robin Neri put down the rally. SC is now 8-3 overall. Both teams had eight hits and four errors. RBI’s were Shady and Bianconi two each and Ruiz one.

April 16. Home Run Ruins SC In Tourney. A three run home run in the third inning paced Half Moon Bay to a 5-3 win and the tourney title. They scored two more in the sixth that won the game. SC scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Bianconi drove in the fourth inning run with a single. In the fifth, a double by Newberry plated another. Mulholand knocked in SC’s final run with a single. SC out hit Half Moon Bay 7-4. Sophomore pitcher Robin Neri pitched well and gave up just four hits. Bianconi was 2 for 3. Both teams had three errors. Bianconi and Tric Shady were selected to the All Tournament team.

April 22. SC 21, Marello 2. SC scored ten runs in the fourth inning to take a 17-1 lead, while sending 16 batters to the plate. Newberry had three hits, a double and two RBI’s. SC 3-1 remains one-half a game behind SLV. SC had 14 hits and one error. Neri went four innings for the win and Pam Flynn pitched the last three innings. Mayo Ruiz had a double. RBI’s were Wright, Bianconi, Shady, Newberry and Ruiz two apiece. Brown, Flynn and Wilson one each.
Trident April 24. In the league opener SC lost to SLV 7-1 and were only able to get two hits.
Behind the bat of Colleen Mulholand SC defeated Harbor 7-4. In the third inning Mulholand hit a three run homer and went 2 for 3. Pitcher Robin Neri allowed 11 hits, but only four runs.

Trident April 24. In the league opener SC lost to SLV 7-1 and were only able to get two hits.
Behind the bat of Colleen Mulholand SC defeated Harbor 7-4. In the third inning Mulholand hit a three run homer and went 2 for 3. Pitcher Robin Neri allowed 11 hits, but only four runs.

April 26. Santa Cruz Nips Aptos In Bottom Of Seventh. SC scored the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 10-9 victory. Pam Flynn led off the seventh with a walk, Lisa Wright reached base on an error. Tric Shady followed with the game winning hit to score Flynn. Walks were a big factor in the game, SC walked eight and Aptos walked ten. SC was ahead 9-6 going into the seventh, but Aptos scored three runs to tie it up. Bianconi was 2 for 3, including a triple and Shady was 2 for 4 with three RBI‘s. SC out hit Aptos 10-7. SC had three errors to Aptos’ four. Others with RBI’s were one each for Newberry, Wright and Ruiz.
SC is now 4-1 in league

April 29. SLV Undefeated In SCCAL Race by downing SC 11-8. SC now 4-2 in league is in second place, was leading SLV 7-3, but SLV scored four runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings to come from behind. SC’s big inning was a four run third, when two SLV errors with two outs brought in the runs. Despite SC getting 11 walks, the Cards weren’t able to fully capitalize on them. Ten of SLV’s 16 hits came from the bottom of their order. Mulholand was 3 for 4 and knocked in a run.

May 6. SC 19, Soquel 4. SC was aided by 24 walks. Pitcher Robin Neri allowed all four runs in the fourth inning. She struck out four and walked five for a complete game win. Sheri Glass was SC’s leading hitter going 2 for 4. SC which managed five hits, got three RBI games from four players: Lisa Wright, Newberry, Bianconi and Fon Brown. Glass and Ruiz had two apiece. With one were Joanna Wilson, Neri and Mulholland. SC had three errors.

May 7. Cards Defeat Bethany College 12-8 in and exhibition game at SC. SC took a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two run home run by Fon Brown, but Bethany rallied to tie the score in the next inning. SC went ahead to stay with a solo run in their half of the fifth and then exploded for six runs in the sixth. The big blows being a two run single by Sheri Glass and a RBI double by Mayo Ruiz. Winning pitcher Colleen Mulholland allowed six hits, while walking ten and striking out one. SC now 11-4 overall got two hits apiece from Tric Shady, Kim Bianconi, Mulholland and Ruiz. Ellen Newberry had a double. Those with two RBI’s were Shady, Bianconi, Brown and Glass. Those with one RBI: Mulholland and Newberry. SC had 13 hits and four errors.

May 10. SC 18, Marello 2. SC scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to provide all the scoring needed. Kim Bianconi had a team high three RBI’s, Kim and Tric Shady were tops for hits with three. Marello scored its two runs in the bottom of the fourth and SC answered with a five run outburst in the bottom half, keyed by a two run single by Bianconi. SC scored four in the fifth and five in the sixth, while pitcher Neri held Marello to two hits. SC is now 8-3 in league. SC had 12 hits and two errors. RBI’s were Bianconi three; Wright, Shady and Mulholland two apiece. Neri had one.

May 13. SC 11, Aptos 8. Led by Tric Shady’s three hits and six RBI’s, SC barely held off an upset in a crucial SCCAL encounter. Aptos took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, but SC came roaring back with six runs in the third. The key blow was a two run double by Shady, who contributed a three run triple to put SC ahead 9-2. Aptos narrowed the score to 9-8 by the end of the fifth. SC scored a solo run in the six on a run scoring single by Shady and added an insurance run in the seventh. Robin Neri gave up 11 hits, striking out three and walking three for a complete game win. SC had ten hits and both teams had two errors. RBI’s after Shadys six, were one each for the following: Wilson, Brown, Ruiz, Mulholland and Bianconi.

May 17. Four Run Outburst Pace Santa Cruz. Special Playoff Game. SC exploded for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and coasted past Harbor 6-1 in a special playoff game at De Laveaga Park. Both teams finished the season with 7-3 records to tie for second place. The two teams split a pair of games in league play. The playoff victory makes SC the leagues number two representative to the CCS playoff tournament. Coach Vic Miguel’s Cards broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Lisa Wright and Tric Shady, both had RBI singles. A dropped ball in the outfield allowed Harbor to score a run. SC broke the game open with four big runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out and the bases loaded, SC received run scoring base hits from Shady, Bianconi, Mulholland and Fon Brown. Robin Neri scattered six hits and walked one for the complete game win. Wright and Shady were the top hitters with two hits apiece. SC had nine hits and two errors.

May 22. Santa Cruz Blasts Monte Vista 13-0. Section Playoffs. Pounding out 16 hits SC won in the first round game at the CCS playoffs at PAL Stadium in San Jose. SC broke the game open early with a six run second inning, which included a two run single by Colleen Mulholland, the contests leading hitter, who went 3 for 4 and knocked in three runs. Monte Vista, the Christian Schools Athletic League champions had the bases load in the second inning, but sophomore pitcher Robin Neri bore down and didn’t allow a score in the game. “Neri has to be given credit for being very consistent on the mound. Even under pressure with the bases loaded, she was able to put the ball in there and not allow them to get a key hit and score,” Miguel said. Neri wasn’t overpowering, while hurling a four hitter. She went the distance and walked four and struck out one. SC had 16 hits. Both Lisa Wright and Tric Shady were 2 for 5. Kim Bianconi, Sheri Glass and Joanna Wilson were all 2 for 4.

May 26. Santa Cruz Is Eliminated In CCS Softball Playoffs. Peterson Wins 10-3. Peterson jumped on the Cards early and kept on jumping at West Valley College in the second round of CCS play. “We made an error on the first ball they hit of the game and it was down hill from there,” said Coach Vic Miguel, whose Cards close the season at 16-7 overall. Peterson advances to the quarterfinals. Going into the sixth inning SC was down 6-0, before scoring a solo run in the bottom of the inning. “It took us a long time to get adjusted to the pitching and by the time we did, it was too late,” said Miguel. Peterson banged out 12 hits. No Cards struck out and had nine hits. “We left a lot of people on base. We hit the ball, but right at them. They made some good plays and we couldn’t get our runners around,” Miguel said. Peterson scored twice in the first inning, once in the second and third and two more times in the sixth, before SC scored it first run on a line single to right with two outs by Fon Brown. Peterson came right back and scored four runs in the top of the seventy to nail down the victory. SC battled back to score two runs with two out in the bottom of the final inning, when Kim Bianconi doubled home Lisa Wright and Tric Shady. Wright led the Cards at the plate with three singles in four at bats.

Three Cards were selected for the ALL SCCAL first team. They are senior catcher Mayo Ruiz a .286 hitter, junior shortstop Ellen Newberry at .300 and sophomore Kim Bianconi, who was second in league hitting at .500. Honorable mention were Lisa Wright, Trish Shady, Robin Neri and Fon Brown.

GIRLS JV SOFTBALL

Team members were Cyleste Clark, Sheri Wells, Kathy O’Brian, Giovanna McLean, Whitney Schneider, Annette Glass, Melissa May, Cindy Sarow, Tonya Wright, Lynn Bargiacchi, Georgann Rovetti, Antigone Burns, Amy Bogard, Cynthia Zwerling, Lori Landino, Nora Black, Michele Thrun and Karen Tidd. Coach Kathy Wilson

TRACK

At the SCCAL Finals, both the boys and girls took second place.

Boys league dual meets: Soquel 48-69, Marello 51-76, Aptos 30-100, SLV 72-52, Harbor 68-65 and Watsonville 92-37 for a league record of 3-3.
Girls league dual meets: Soquel 47-66, Marello 70-18, Aptos 55-59, SLV 60-53, Harbor 54-64 and Watsonville 85-36 for a league record of 3-3.

At the SCCAL track and field finals for the boys, Aptos won with 168 points followed by SC 97, Soquel 83, Marello 79, Harbor 35, SLV 30. In a normal year, SC’s 97 points would be enough to win the league. The top five finishers in each event qualify to move on the CCS Region IV meet at Hartnell. Dan Orozco won both the long jump 19-11 and triple jump in 42-3; Stephan Ruiz won the two mile in 10:31.2 and was third in the mile in 4:45.6; Other placers were Blank second in the two mile in 10:55.2; In the low hurdles, Wallace was in second place in 40.7 and Vitug was third in 40.8; Irons was second in the pole vault at 10-0; Kirkwood fifth in pole vault at 9-2; Guthrie was fifth in the long jump at 38-10;
Clark fifth in the 100 meter in 12.0. Wallace second in the 400 meters in 51.6; SC was third in the 440 relay in 46.2.
For the varsity girls, Soquel won with 140 points followed by SC 76, SLV 53, Harbor 49, Aptos 45, Marello 38. Kim Hodges won the 400 meters in 59.6 and took second in the 300 meter low hurdles in 48.8; Howe won the mile in 5:34.8 and was second in the 800 meters in 2:26.2; Grant was second in the two mile in 12:28.2; Deck was fifth in two mile in 13.08.7; Wilson was fourth in the 800 meters in 2:35..7; Delucchi was third in the 100 meters in 12.9 and the 200 meters in 27.0; SC was second in the mile relay in 4:31.4; Novo was third in the long jump at 14-11.
Boys frosh-soph Aptos 154, Soquel 102, SLV 100, Harbor 79, SC 32, Marello 21. McLean won the 70 high hurdles in 10.4; Lour was fifth in the 800 meters in 2:12.1; SC was fourth in the mile relay in 4:11.5;
Girls frosh-soph Harbor 192, Aptos 80, Soquel 59, SLV 52, SC 16, Marello 14. Novo was fourth in the 100 meter low hurdles in 19.5; Smith was fourth in the 400 meters;

May 24. At the CCS Region IV meet at Hartnell College only top three finishers qualify for the CCS finals. Kim Hodges qualified for the CCS finals taking second place in the 300 meter low hurdles in 46.5 to the winners 45.32. Hodges placed in the 400 meters in 1:02.03, but did not qualify to go on in the event. Danielle Howe was fifth in the 800 meters in 2:25.57.
Danny Orozco placed fourth in the triple jump in 43-1 ½, a school record and sixth in the long jump at 20-1. Stefen Ruiz was fourth in the 3200 meters in 9:56.5.

New head track coach Sandy Rogers will be assisted by assistant coaches, by name an events they will coach: Doug Boudinot, working with the quarter and half milers; Ben Kline and Jake Viebrock, long distance runners; Bill Johnson, helping sprinters and hurdlers; Bryan Wall, weights and pole vaulters; Sandy will oversee the whole program and coach the high, long and triple jumpers.

March 13. Cards win first meet, a tri-meet between SC, Harbor and Alisal. SC boys had 54 points followed by Alisal 39 and Harbor 38. The Cards held fast in both short and long distances. Finishing first for the boys were Joe Vitug in the 100 meter high hurdles in 18.4 and 300 meter low hurdles in 43.84. Danny Orozco, took the long jump at 19-5 and triple jump at 39-11. Other Card winners were Curtis Wallace the 220 meters in 24.0. Ruiz the two mile in 10:31.6. Bald the mile in 4:59.0. Kirkwood the pole vault at 9-0. SC won the mile relay in 3:56.35.
SC won the girls meet with 58 points followed closely by Harbor with 54 and Alisal 27. First place winners for the girls varsity included Kim Hodges, 100 meters in 12.79 and 200 meters in 27:32; Danielle Howe, 800 meters 2:34.85 and one mile in 5:55.0. Other SC winners were Robin Grant the two mile in 13:07.2. Serena Novo the long jump at 15-10. SC won the mile relay in 4:44.0.
The SC boys frosh-soph edged Harbor 48-44.

March 25. Cardinals Race To Victories. SC edged SLV 74-73 followed by Marello 55, Monte Vista Christian 11and Baymonte 0 in a five way meet at Cabrillo College. Dan Orozco won both the triple jump at 38-4 and long jump at 18-6. Other SC winners were Woliczko the 120 high hurdles in 17.6; Wallace the 440 in 54.1; Ruiz the two mile in 10:22.86; Vitug 330 low hurdles in 43.4; SC won the mile relay in 3:56.03.
SC girls took first with 62, SLV 43, Marello 40, Monte Vista 17, Baymonte 0. Double winners for the girls were Kim Hodges the 440 yard dash in 1:02.5 and the 220 in 27.2. Danielle Howe won the 880 in 2:31.5 and the mile in 6:03.0. Other SC winners: Deck the two mile in 13:09.9; Novo long jump at 14-10.
Girls frosh-soph came in last with 6 points.
Boys frosh- soph came in second with 65 points.

Sentinel April 3. Soquel 69, SC 48. Danny Orozco was a double winner in the long jump in 19 feet and the triple jump in 38-2. Other SC winners were Wallace the 440 in 54.4; Kirkwood the pole vault at 9-0; Vitug the 330 low hurdles in 42.9; Ruiz the mile in 4:46.5.
Soquel boys frosh-soph won 100-24.
In the league opener the girls lost to Soquel 66-47. Kristen Burnett was the Cards only double winner with a toss of 85-2 in the discus and 27-2 in the shot put. Other SC winners were Novo the long jump at 14-2; Ingersol the mile in 6:14.9. SC won the mile relay.
The Soquel girls frosh-soph team beat SC 57-21.

Profile in Trident — Danny Orozco has just finished playing basketball and is now doing three 330’s, lifting weights and jumping daily in his bid to break the school triple jump record. As of now he is second in the triple jump.

March 29 Sentinel pre-league run down. First year coach Sandy Rogers has both the boys and girls with 4-0 dual meet records. One of the main reasons is the contribution of junior Joe Vitug, who is an important cog in the SC machine competing in both the high and low hurdles and both relay teams. Vitug’s best event is the 120 yard high hurdles, an event he clocked 18.4 earlier in the week. “Joe is very important to us. He is a hard worker and a dedicated athlete,” said coach Rogers. Additional mainstays for the boys include senior distance runner Stephen Ruiz, who recently ran a 10:22.86 in the two mile. Senior Dan Orozco has been looking strong in the long jump and the triple jump, where he has already gone 39-11. “We are a little thin numbers wise, but I want to get people in more events and stress the team concept, rather than let individuals specialize in one or two events,” said coach Rogers.
Senior walk on Kim Hodges has been turning some heads in the girls competition. Hodges has already clocked 62.5 in the 400 yard dash and a 27.2 in the 220 yard dash and also runs on both relay teams. “She’s an excellent athlete and very dedicated. You never have to worry about her skimping on her practices. She is very quick,” coach Rogers. Sophomore Danielle Howe will be the other Card to watch. Howe specializes in the 880 yard run and has been timed in 2:31.5. She also runs the mile and is on the mile relay team. “This year we’re packing the girls varsity because we are so thin. We’ve had some injuries and a few girls have dropped out. We’ll see what happens,” Rogers.

April 5. At the Valley Christian Invitational, the Card boys finished third and the girls finished sixth.

April 10. Marello Boys Surprise Santa Cruz. Marello downed the boys 76 to 51, while the girls were victorious 70-18. Danny Orozco was the only double winner for the boys, winning the long jump at 19’6” and the triple jump at 38’6”. Other SC winners were Wallace the 400 meters in 53.0; Ruiz the 3000 meters in 10:21.0; Vitug the low hurdles in 42.6; Orazco the long jump at 19-6 and triple jump at 38-6; Kirkwood the pole vault at 10-6.
SC girls down Marello 70-18. For the girls Danielle Howe won the 800 meters in 2:26.8 and 1600 meters in 5:43.0; Natalie Duffy took the 100 meter hurdles in 17.66 and 300 meters in 51.2 and Kris Barrett tossed the shot put 29’10” and the discus 85’4”. Other winners: Duffy low hurdles in 17-7l; SC won the 400 meter relay in 53.3 and the 1600 meter relay in 4:25.7; Delucchi the 100 meter in 12.7; Kim Hodges 400 meters in 1:02.3; Grant 3000 meters in 12:38.5; Serena Novo long jump at 15-2.
SC frosh-soph girls defeated Marello 28-5 and also topped Valley Christian in a non league meet 62-26.
SC frosh-soph boys defeated Marello 72-37 and lost to Valley Christian 64-52 in a non league meet.

Aptos defeated SC 100-30. SC winners were Blank in the 1600 meters in 4:52.5; Ruiz the 3200 meters in 10:46.4; Danny Orozco was the only double winner for SC taking the long jump at 18-7 and the triple jump at 39-7; Wallace in the 300 meter low hurdles in 41.4.
Girls, Aptos won 59-55 in a close meet. SC winners were Delucchi the 100 meters in 12.8; Howe the 1600 meters in 5:51.8; Grant the 3200 meter in 13:21.5; 440 relay of Hodges, Marcenaro, Delucchi and Novo in 53.9; Duffy the 110 meter low hurdles in 17.9; Kim Hodges running the 330 low hurdles for only the second time won in 49.6.

At the Kiwanis Relays at Cabrillo College, the boys finished fourth with 46 points, while the winner Aptos had 110 points. The boys did not win an event. SC took second in the 300 meter hurdle relay. SC was third in the added high jump heights. SC was second in adding the pole vault heights.
The SC girls won the sprint medley relay in 4:26.8 and the 1600 relay in 4:23.6. SC was second adding the long jumps. SC was second in the 400 relay. SC was second in the distance medley relay. SC took fourth place at the meet with 46 points.

April 24. The Card boys grabbed their first league win of the year sweeping all but one of the running events to sweep SLV in the boys 72-52 and the girls 60-53. Joe Vitug paced SC with victories in both hurdles, the high in 18.21 and lows in 44.31, plus running on the winning 400 meter and mile relay teams. Danny Orozco ran on both relay teams and won the triple jump at 39-2. Curtis Wallace won the 400 meters in 53.92 and the 200 meter in 23-81 and then helped win the relays. Stephan Ruiz won the two mile in 10:26.0. SC is now 1-2 in league dual meets.
SC girls defeat SLV 60-53. Kim Hodges was the only SC girl to win two events, winning the 400 in 62.95, the 200 meter dash in 27.7, plus running on the first place 400 and mile relay teams. SC upped it league record to 2-1.
SLV won the boys frosh-soph meet 74-36.

April 26. At the Pacific Grove Invitational, Stefan Ruiz placed fourth in the small schools division two mile run in 10:19.0.

Boys slip by Harbor 68-65. Girls lose 54-64. Orozco continues to out leap the league with a long jump of 18’2’ and a triple jump of 39’. Stefan Ruiz captured the mile in 4:53.2 and the two mile in 10:20. Depth of the other teams did the girls in as they managed to win nine events, but still lost. Howe, Hodges and Barrett were double winners.

Trident April 24. In a five way meet at Cabrillo, SC took both the boys and girls division. The boys squeaked by SLV 74-73 followed by Marello with 53 points, Monte Vista 11 and Baymonte 0. Danny Orozco took the long jump with a leap of 18-6 and the triple jump in 38-4. Wit Woliczko took the 120 high hurdles in 17.6; Curtis Wallace took the 440 in 54.1; Joe Vitug captured the 330 low hurdles in 43.4 and SC won the mile relay in 3:56.03.
At the same meet the girls won with 82 points, SLV 74, Marello 40, Monte Vista 17 and Baymonte 0. The girls were led by the running of Kim Hodges, who took the 440 in 1:02.75 and the 220 in 27.2. Danielle Howe won the 880 in 2:31.75 and the mile in 6:03.0. Celeste Deck captured the two mile in 13:09.9. Serena Nova won the long jump with a leap of 14-10.

At the Valley Christian Invitational SC took third place behind Soquel in the boys division and was sixth in the girls. In the boys division Wallace won the 440 and 220.

May 10. At the Cabrillo Classic, SC girls scored three points to tie for twelfth place. Howe took fifth place in the 800 meters in 2:29.0. Grant placed sixth in the 3200 meters in 12:48.9.

No list of team members available.

BOYS SWIMMING

Took second place at the SCCAL meet.
Dual meet scores: Practice: Salinas 62-107, Gilroy 91-69. League: Watsonville 87-61, Aptos 93-54, Soquel 88-61, Harbor 50-121. League record 3-1. Overall record 4-2 in dual meets

Sentinel. April 26. Harbor won the SCCAL Swimming title with 381 points followed by SC 223, Soquel 187 and Aptos 140. The Cards did not win an event, but managed to place in enough positions to give them enough points to come in second. (has no other SC mention)

Trident. The Cardinals have been busy competing in two dual meets, two relay meets and a invitational. The Invitational, held at Harbor was by far the teams most impressive performance, finishing in a tie for second place in a field of ten teams.

March 4. SC Swimmers Dunked by Salinas 107-62. SC won three of the eleven events, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:52.5 with a team of Ralph Cortez, Marty Little, Gary Eisenberg and Jeff Mockus. Cortez won the 100 back in 1:04.73. Eisenberg took the 50 free in 24.56.

March 15. Harbor won their own Invitational with 299 points followed by SC, Monterey and Salinas tied for second with 148 points each. Ralph Cortez in the 100 butterfly was third was the only Card to finish in the top three places. SC was second in the 400 free relay and utilized a balanced team effort to post its second place showing in the team scoring.
In frosh-soph, SC placed in tenth the last place.

March 22. Harbor Dominates SC Relays with 96 points followed by Monte Vista Christian 52, SC 50, Aptos 42 and Soquel 14. SC took two firsts and a second place. SC won the 400 individual medley in 4:23.65, 800 free relay in 8:35.20. and second in the 200 free relay in 1:50.74.

SC defeats Watsonville 87-61. Mockus, Little and Cortez were double winners. Mockus, 200 free in 2:00.5 and 500 free in 5:34.7. Cortez, 100 back in 1:04 and 50 free in 24.8. Little in 200 individual medley in 2:17.4 and 100 breast in 1:13.1. Van Dine won 100 free in 59.2. SC won the 400 free relay in 3:52.8.
Watsonville won the frosh-soph 11-19.

March 26. SC defeated Gilroy 91-69 to even their dual meet record at 2-2. Jeff Mockus won both the 200 yard individual medley in 2:19.31 and the 100 freestyle in 54.66. SC took the 200 medley relay team of Van Dine, Little, Cortez and Cline in 1:58.89 and the 400 freestyle relay team of Mockus, Eisenberg, Saunders and Kranich in 3:17.43. Eisenberg won 200 free in 2:00.6.

March 29. In the league opener, SC sank the Mariners 93-54. Mockus was a double winner again, winning the 200 freestyle in 2:00.73, the 100 freestyle in 54.19, plus swimming a leg on the winning 400 free relay team. Ralph Cortez captured the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.28 and the 100 backstroke in 1:07.23. Gary Eisenberg won the 200 free in 2:00.8. Marty Little won the 500 free in 5:53.77.

April 5. Cards defeat Soquel 88-61. Cortez was again a double winner, taking the 100 butterfly in 1:00.77 and the 100 back in 1:04.61. Other winners were Gary Eisenberg , 50 free in 24.55., Jeff Mockus, 100 free in 55.13 and Matt Micuda in diving. SC won the 200 medley relay in 1:55.02 with team of Cortez, Little, Eisenberg and Mockus. The relay team of Saunders, Kranich, Cline and Van Dine won in 3:58.48.

April 12. To end the dual meet season Harbor Crushed SC 121-50, winning all eleven events. Jeff Mockus took second in the 200 free in 1:57.4 and the 500 free in 5:25.25.

Trident. The events the top six swimmers compete in. Junior Jeff Mockus the top swimmer on the team swims the freestyle events. His goal this year is to break the 50 second barrier in the 100 freestyle and for the team to take second at the SCCAL meet. Jeff competed at the CCS meet last year.
Junior Lvan Chaplin competes in the butterfly and the medley and freestyle relays. Goal swim the 100 breast under 1:12 and to beat Harbor.
Junior Rod Van Dine competes in the freestyle and backstroke.
Sophomore Marty Little swims the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. His goal is to get a time of 1:10 in the 100 breaststroke at CCS.
Senior Ralph Cortez swims the 100 butterfly, 100 back and 200 medley relay. Goal go undefeated in league.
Junior Brian Kranich competes in the 50 and 100 free. Goal to bring his times down. He has been doing it.

Team members were Brian Kranich, Beau Blank, Marty Little, Gary Eisenberg, David Haughton, Loy Chaplain, Guy Mitchell, Kit O’Leary, Matt Saunders, Bruce Cline, Ben Hendin and Jeff Mockus. Coach Terry Eckhardt

BOYS VARSITY TENNIS

Practice matches: Monterey 5-2, Carmel 3-4, League: Harbor 7-0, Aptos 3-4, SLV 7-0, Soquel 7-0,

The Cards have posted a fine preseason record of 6-1-1. A pleased coach Mullen remarked, “I’m surprised how well the younger players are doing.” His statement was aimed toward such tennis prodigies as number 3 singles player Mickey Boyle who is 8-0; number 4 singles Jeff Newman at 6-2 and number 5 singles Andrew Kashup at 8-0.

May 29, at seasons end, Andrew Kashup had a season record of 19-1.

At the SCCAL Championships, Paul Daniels won the singles crown by the score of 6-3, 6-3.
In doubles, Mickey Boyle and Ron Harris lost by the scores of 2-6 and 3-6.

Paul Daniels won the SCCAL singles crown by the score of 6-3, 6-3. In the CCS Regions,

In the CCS Regions, Daniels lost 5-7, 3-6 in the first round.

Trident April 24. On March 24 SC started league play with a 7-0 win over Harbor, who could not win a set off the Cards all day. Ron Harris led the play with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Jeff Newman and Andrew Kashap only lost two games each.

The next match was a 7-0 loss to arch-rival Aptos. The number one doubles team of John Karwin and Duke Lee won the only set from Aptos 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

SC bounced back to beat SLV 6-1. In none league match on April 2, SC swept Pioneer 7-0. The next day SC swept Soquel 7-0. Harris won the only match that went three sets 6-0, 5-7, 6-3. In a non-league match against Leland, SC lost 5-2. The winners were Newman and Kashap.

Team members were Mickey Boyle, John Karwin, Ron Esche, Eddie O’Brien, Duke Lee, Jeff Newman, Matt Kwan, Andrew Kashap, Paul Daniel, Paul Brooke, and Ron Harris. Coach Dennis Mullen

BOYS JV TENNIS

Team members were Craig Dale, Matt Smith, Tony Castro, Peter Castillo, Tim Berger, Devin Teachout and Chris Grube. Coach Dennis Mullen

GOLF

no team this year


1982

Other than basketball and baseball all the material came from the Trident. A few items like comments by the coaches in the yearbook and the team members were from the Cardinal yearbook, but few names were listed with the pictures.

SCHS MEMORIAL FIELD

Santa Cruz High’s Memorial Field was dedicated to those Santa Cruz High students who died during World War I. When the dedication took place on Memorial Day 1924, eleven trees were planted around the stadium in memory of the fallen soldiers. These soldiers were: Pearl Turner, Paul Herriott, Donald Rose, Vance Bliss, Roy Evans, Ruben Wilkenson, Ward Church, Clare Parker Norton Pratt, Kenneth Reed and Barnard Pillsbury.

For several years after the Dedication Ceremony, the High Tow Tong and Girls’ Honor Society gathered each Memorial Day to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers.

During the stadium’s 57 year history it has been used for: Soccer, Track and Field, PowderPuff Football and Boy’s Football. It’s also been used for many of the same purposes by the other high schools in our district. Throughout its history the facility has had its moments of glory, but none so great as the night of November 11, 1962 when SCHS closed the season by defeating North Salinas High 42-20 to win the CCAL Division A Football Championship before an overflow crowd of 2300. The ‘62 Cardinals finished the season with a 7-0-1 record.

Senior athletes of the year were John Wilson and Ellen Newberry. John has played football as the quarterback, guard in basketball and pitcher/first base in baseball. His drive to win has helped each program. For the third year in a row John was selected All League and All County in baseball. Basketball coach Pete Newell said of John, “Since I have been at SC I can count on one hand the players that have the utmost peer respect that John Wilson has. John is a winner, who always found a way to get the job done.” Asked what has been his greatest highlights in his four years. John replied, “In football making All County and in basketball being chosen to the Dad Club All Tournament team. In baseball making All County and All league for three years has been a great thrill and also pitching 10 innings in a 1-0 win against Robert Louis Stevenson in the CCS playoffs last year.” His greatest challenge is trying to be consistent and to perform my best in each game.” On his playing philosophy John said, ”Trying to out smart my opponent, because my ability might not be as great as his. Thus I can outplay him by being smarter then him.” John is the second person in his family to honored as the senior athlete of the year at SCHS.

Ellen Newberry has played basketball and softball. Ellen was named Most Valuable Player All League and All County softball teams. Softball coach Vic Miguel has had Ellen as a player for four years. Ellen is a very energetic player and her enthusiasm has spilled off to the other players. She has been an intricate part of the success the teams have had over the four years.” Basketball coach Ray Hunter commented, “She has been a scholar athlete for all four years as well as being an important member of the team for four years. On her greatest highlights she said, “A big thrill was almost beating Los Gatos in the Cardlette Tournament for Los Gatos ended up as the number one Girls team in their division in Northern California. Also we got to the quarter finals of CCS this year and finished first last year. In softball this whole season was a highlight and the fun times the team had going to various tournaments.” Her greatest challenge was “Putting 100% into each game and practice, because playing every day tends to make a person mechanical. In each game you have to fully concentrate. Her playing philosophy, “Putting a full effort into every part of the game so you achieve your full potential.”

BOY’S SPORTS AT SCHS by Peter Castillo, Trident Staff
The students of Santa Cruz should feel fortunate that they have one of the best all around athletics program available. Time after time Santa Cruz teams take league championships or place very close to the top due to the good coaching and the commitment they put into making the programs successful. But it is also the athletes who go out, that make the program successful by putting 100% into the program. They execute what they are taught to help make the programs successful.

FOOTBALL

Gary Sakamoto was hired last year to replace Ron Mehuron as the football coach. Sakamoto started his second season with a larger and more experienced squad from last year.
Coach Sakamoto summarized his coaching philosophy, “My philosophy is to try and get the most out of our players. I try to get the players to achieve their full potential.” A good example of this was all-county running back Larry Robinson, who after a year of not playing returned to dominate the league. When asked if he thought the program is successful, Sakamoto replied, “I think it is more successful than last year, because we have more athletes. The people who are returning also understand the system better than last year.”

WRESTLING

Tex Ronning began coaching the wrestling team in 1963, because he did not want to coach track that year. While attending graduate school, Coach Ronning taught wrestling to college freshmen. At Santa Cruz, Ronning has produced a steady stream of good wrestlers. Outstanding past wrestlers: Kip Herren, who now coaches wrestling Auburn, Washington and will bring his team to SC December 29 for a meet; Mark DiGirolomo, who won the state championship for four years and a NCAA title at college; Greg Ronning, who twice won the Southern California NAIA championship; Craig Deane and returning this year Joel Bettancourt and Karl Goin. In 1967 the team won the Monterey Bay League championship and in 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79 seasons the team won the SCCAL championship. This year the toughest league opponent will be newcomer North Monterey County. Coach Ronning summarized his coaching philosophy, “I try to find kids who are intelligent and who also have good balance, strength and coordination. They need to be smart because there is a lot to learn in balance, leverage and strategy. Also the athlete has to be able to compete one on one with another person.” Coach Ronning explained why the wrestling program is so outstanding. “I think the program is successful because the wrestlers put in the extra effort to make the program successful.”

SOCCER

Don Dempewolf began coaching the soccer team in 1973 because at the time he was the only person who had soccer coaching experience. Since then Coach Dempewolf has been building the program and last year the team finished 10-0 in league play and also had two other past championships. Coach Dempewolf summarized his coaching philosophy, “I feel that the person who goes out for the team should play. Also try to emphasize to the players that soccer is a team sport and they must play as a team.” On why he feels his program is successful, Coach Dempewolr replied, “Our program is a success because the team has good players and they have dedicated themselves to improve the program. Both I and the players work hard in a joint venture; I put in my time and work and they put in their time and work also.” All county players for last year: Nick Dadigan, Mitch Kimura, Mike Schmall, Chuck Dunbar and Larry Guthrie.

BASKETBALL

Pete Newell was offered the coaching position for basketball in 1974. Coach Newell played at San Jose State, the Sub-Pac team while in the Navy and A.A.U. basketball.
Past all-county players since 1974 are: Tony Lopez, Eric Forgaard and Duane Whitley. This year promises to be tough as the Cards schedule is packed with good teams. Coach Newell summarized his coaching philosophy saying, “Basketball is a team game and the players must play as a team. Basketball requires more athletic skill than perhaps any other sport and one must be in shape to play it.” When asked if he thought the program is successful, Coach Newell answered, “In terms of games won or lost it is not successful. But in terms of commitment of the players during the season it is better than average.”

TENNIS

Dennis Mullen began coaching tennis in 1970 and since then the team has won one MBL championship and four straight in SCCAL before losing out to Aptos last year. Coach Mullen is an active player and plays often in tournaments. Past league champions are: Pat Swafford, Marc Bullgae, Jeff Currin, Matt Tsugawa, John Brooke, Mike McNeal, Steve Alves, Phil Kashap, Eric Fieberling and Paul Daniel. This year Santa Cruz will face a tough challenge by Aptos and SLV. Coach Mullen summarized his coaching philosophy, “I try to get the players to reach their full potential as players.” Why he thought the tennis program is successful, Coach Mullen responded, “The program is successful because both I and the players put 100% into make the program successful.”

WATER POLO

Trident. The polo team has a new coach, Doug Nisbet, who is bringing a new approach to the team. Coach Nisbet coached at Maricosa High School in Southern California from 1972-1976, the 1975 Junior Olympic Nation Championship team and the University of Queensland in Australia for another year. The team has to practice in the morning and afternoon because they have to share the pool with the girl’s swim team. Coach Nisbet, though, gets the most of his players during all sessions. In the spring he’ll be forming an A.A.U. team, junior and senior. Both Coach Nisbet and Steve Hobert, the morning coach, will play with the team. Doug hopes having the team playing tougher opponents will make them stronger next year.
Coach Nisbet summarized his coaching philosophy by stating, “We have to execute what is coached. Also, if you come to practice, no matter how good you are, you should play. Everybody that comes out is a varsity player. Playing time is important because it is the only time for many athletes to play. If you are going to get better you have to play more.” In what he believes is needed to make the team successful, Coach Nisbet answered, “We have to institute our game plan and execute. Also practicing our offensive drills and making sure players can shoot with either hand. Next year the team is planning to go to the CCS playoffs.”

CROSS COUNTRY

Greg Brock came to Santa Cruz in February of 1974 to coach track. He began coaching, because he had a very enjoyable experience in running and wanted to share it with others. Coach Brock was twice an All-American cross country runner at Stanford. He placed fifth at the Olympic Marathon time trials in 1972 and last year was 22nd at the Wharf-to-Wharf run. Coach Brock capsulated his coach philosophy remarking, “I try to get a lot of people exposed to the sport and keep them out by not making the practices too demanding.” Two outstanding runners in cross country have been for the boys John Rembao and for the girls Teri Schneider. North Monterey County will be a tough opponent, but no team should be taken for granted. The boys have won the league championship three of the past five years and the girls once.

BASEBALL

For almost a quarter of a century Bill Dodge has been the coach of SC’s baseball team. During these years Coach Dodge has produced countless all-county players and league championships. Instead of talking to the coach, Mr. Dodge thought it best to talk to the players on why they felt the program was successful. Clyde Brown, “Our team is good because of the coaching, the talent of the players and the superior training methods.” Bill Domhoff, “Superior talent, good coaching, which makes you work hard and to your abilities, starting training early, and a good little league system in Santa Cruz makes us successful.” Steve Glass, “We are good because of the coaching, attitude of the players and the will and desire to win.” Gino Panelli, “Same as above.”
The water polo league this year is called the Coast Counties Water Polo League, CCWPL. In addition to the SCCAL members, Harbor Aptos, SC, Soquel and Watsonville, four more schools Salinas, Gilroy, Carmel and Hollister are included.

Coaches: Gary Sakamoto, head football. Dee Herren, assistant football and baseball. Ernie Cooper, Kevin Phariss and Tim Morley assistant varsity coaches. Greg Brock, cross country and track. Don Dempwolfe, soccer. Tex Ronning, wrestling. Vic Miguel, softball. Terry Eckhart, swimming. Doug Nisbet, water polo. Dennis Mullen girls and boys tennis. Pete Newell, basketball. Bill Dodge, baseball. Ray Hunter girls basketball, assistant baseball.
Carol Kreppel, girls swimming. Mike Ditano, Steve Pacheco and Rich Castillo, JV baseball.
Dave Fafura, diving coach. Lee Geary, JV soccer.

(yearbook for most teams has no names of players. No JV or fresh basketball information)

FOOTBALL

Practice games: Gonzales 13-35, Valley Christian 7-18, Prospect 22-19, Marello 34-7, Washington of Fremont 14-35, Practice record 2-3. League: Harbor 6-26, SLV 31-0, Aptos 18-20, North Monterey 12-36 and Soquel 2-33. League record 1-4 for fifth place. Season record 3-7.

From the Trident. This season was a marked improvement over last year. Coach Sakamoto in his second year at the helm brought 28 scrapers together and formed a team. Quarterback John Wilson and running back Glen Hill led the offensive charge, while Chris Codiga and Karl Goin shored up the defense.

Sentinel. Sept. 18. Gonzales Downs SC 35-13. Gonzales wasted no time in the contest, drawing first blood. On receiving the kickoff, the Spartans drove 74 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown. On SC’s first possession the Cards had to punt and Gonzales went 75 yards in 10 plays to score. The Cards best series of the night came in the closing minutes of the second quarter. With 2:49 left in the half, quarterback John Wilson guided the Cards back to within striking distance. After taking possession of a Spartan fumble, the rally began. The southpaw competed three passes for 36 yards in a 10 play drive and with no time remaining on the clock, hit Craig Strong in the end zone to put the Cards on the board. Bill Domhoff converted the extra point to trim the lead to 14-7. Gonzales scored 14 points in the third quarter. Despite losing, SC walked off the field with a few positive notes. Wilson displayed an accurate and potentially dangerous throwing arm, completing six passes for 63 yards, while Hill rushed for 81 yards in 17 carries.

Sept. 25. Santa Cruz Rallies Against Prospect to win 22-19. Interception Keys Victory. When linebacker Karl Goin intercepted a desperation pass late in the game, it was the turning point in one the most exciting, well played games. Prospect started out rushing 195 yards on 28 carries in the first half. The Panthers led in the game until wide receiver Craig Strong made a fine touchdown catch of John Wilson’s 30 yard pass with 9:43 left in the fourth quarter, proved to be the game winning score. It was Wilson’s third TD pass of the night. Prospect led 19-9 at halftime. Bill Domhoff kicked a 18 yard field goal in the first quarter and kicked two extra points for the night. In the second half the Cards came storming back, led by the powerful running of Andre Jones, as well as the receiving of Strong, who is described by Coach Sakamoto as “one of the finest receivers in the county.” The outstanding players were Andre Jones, who rushed ten times for 72 yards, caught two passes for 62 yards, ran in a two point conversion and scored a touchdown. Wide receiver Strong caught three passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Other key players were quarterback Wilson, who completed nine of 15 passes for 190 yards and three TD’s. Eddie O’Brien the stalwart defensive end, who led the second half charge that negated the Panther ground attack. Even inexperienced running back Glen Hill, who was held to seven net yards in the first half, exploded on a few occasions and gained 45 yards on his last nine carries, including runs of 15 and 24 yards. Bill Domhoff kicked two extra points. Coach Sakamoto attributed the difference in the final outcome to, “We were in better condition then they were.” This appeared to be true in the second half as the Cards held them scoreless. Both coaches described the game as one of the cleanest games they had ever experience.

Valley Christian Running Back Overwhelms Cardinals. On a drizzly night at Harvey West Park the Cards lost 18-7 to put their record at 0-2. SC fumbled the ball away on their third play from scrimmage. Valley Christian’s top back scored on their first play from 43 yards out. On the kick off SC returned the ball to their 9 yard line and then marched to the Warrior 38. Glen Hills 28 yard scamper was the top play. In the second quarter after an interception, quarterback Medo Mendez hit Chris Francis for 14 yards and then another toss to Mike Francis for 31 yards. Ron Bailey’s 14 yard burst with two tacklers holding onto his legs as he ran capped the 79 yard drive. Hill’s PAT at the 5:32 mark put SC up 7-6 at the half.
Valley Christian scored to open the second half going ahead 12-7. SC fumbled after the kick off and the Warriors scored their final touchdown to make the score 18-7. The rest of the game was marred by penalties and turnovers. Sakamoto admitted how much it hurt his team. “Just too many missed opportunities, too many penalties,”
Despite the loss, Hill was a standout with 131 yards on 24 carries, plus a pass reception good for 33 yards.

Oct. 2. Santa Cruz ‘Drenches’ Marello 34-7. The Cards displayed an explosive offensive attack blended with a stubborn defensive showing kept the Panthers in check all evening. The offensive club navigated by quarterback John Wilson, hogged the football by keeping possession for most of the night. SC reeled off 56 offensive plays. Craig Strong returned a punt 24 yards to set up the Cards first score. Wilson hit Strong on a three yard pass for the score. Strong is also a starting defensive back. Running backs Andre Jones and Glen Hill combined to score the Cards remaining four TD’s. Jones the workhorse in the contest, carried the ball 20 times for 112 yards. Jones capped the Card scoring with a two yard run in the fourth quarter. Hill powered his way to three Card touchdowns, scoring his first two on 3 and 4 yard runs. The third was the charm as Hill caught a screen pass from Wilson and raced 34 yards eluding Panthers along the way for a score. Wilson completed all six of his passes for 72 yards. The Card defense held Marello to just 95 total net yards. The rushing attack was a minus 2 yards. Coach Sakamoto said, “We had a good pass rush and excellent pass coverage. We have some real weapons on our offensive squad with Jones and Hill. I’m really pleased in their consistency. I saw a significant improvement defensively. We had a good pass rush and excellent pass coverage.”

Oct. 9. Washington Upends Santa Cruz To Score Non-League Victory 34-14. Washington’s defense allowed SC a total of only 161 yards, while gaining 325 yards of their own. SC received the opening kickoff, but was not able to move the ball and had to punt. Punter Mike DiSalvo booted the ball to the Washington 40, where it was fumbled and recovered by Dan Egan, who also recovered another fumble. On the next play Glen Hill rambled around right end for 29 yards to the 11. Two running plays gained four yards. John Wilson found Craig Strong in the end zone for the first score of the night.
Wilson was 7 of 18 passing for 103 yards and one TD. He also threw a two point conversion after the second SC touchdown. Strong a 5-9, 155 senior wide receiver caught three passes for 44 yards. Washington scored in the first and second periods to lead 13-6 at half. The Cards scored in the fourth quarter. SC began the drive on the Washington 39. Wilson fired a 36 yard pass to Strong crossing over the middle. Andre Jones blasted off right guard for the score.

Oct. 16. Harbor Rolls Over SC 26-6. SC took the opening kickoff, but was unable to move the ball and was forced to punt. The snap from center went over punter Mike DiSalvo’s head. By the time DiSalvo recovered the ball, he was tackled on the SC 22. Harbor scored in five plays.
Glen Hill was SC’s most effective and versatile offensive weapon. He carried the ball 12 times for 68 yards and caught six passes for 39 yards. Other rushers were Brown 11 yards in 2 carries; Clemens 9 yards in 3 carries and Johnson 16 yards in one carry. Brown caught 2 pass for 27 yards and Strong caught 2 pass for 64 yards. Harbor gained 294 yards to 195 by SC.

Oct. 24. Hill Leads Santa Cruz Over SLV. Cards Beat SLV 31-0 behind the scoring of Hill and the defense of Clyde Brown. Coach Gary Sakamoto said, “It felt like we hadn’t won in a month. We had a good defensive effort today. But I am unhappy about all the errors. I guess we’re not used to being so far ahead. We got sloppy and tired in the second half. SC may have been ragged in the second half, but the SC offense was precision like in the opening drive of the game. After SLV punted on their first possession, SC took over on its own 43 yard line. Quarterback John Wilson engineered a nine play 57 yard drive that consumed three minutes off the clock. Wide Receiver Clyde Brown capped the drive with a 25 yard prance to the end zone on a reverse.
“Wilson showed good leadership qualities. Our offense does well behind him. He was very consistent today and he was able to scramble out of trouble when he had to,” said Sakamoto. But the main man was junior halfback/kicker Glen Hill. Playing his first year of organized football, Hill is beginning to live up to the potential envisioned by the SC coaching staff. After a solid game last week that Sakamoto called his best of the year, Hill was just short of spectacular against SLV in scoring 18 points and leading the Cards in both rushing and receiving and also kicked a 34 yard field goal. During a time when kickers were practicing kicking extra points, Hill asked Sakamoto if he could try kicking. His first kick hit the score board about 40 yards away. He soon became the regular kicker.
Another standout was tackle Ken Lira, who plays both ways and helped SC control the line of scrimmage. “What can I say …the shut out speaks for itself. It was a big advantage scoring first. That was one of the keys,” Sakamoto said.
Hill scored two touchdowns, rushed for 101 yards in 21 carries, caught three pass for 58 yards and kicked a 34 yard field goal to top it off. Brown intercepted two passes, recovered a SLV fumble and ran 25 yards on a reverse for a touchdown. Wilson completed 8 of 13 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. SC out gained SLV 303 to 123 yards. Rushing yards and carries other than Hill: Fullback Clemens 11 carries for 52 yards; Brown 3 for 20; Johnson one for 10, Whitley 3 for 5 and Wilson 4 for 2. Receiving by catches and yards gained. Strong 4 for 44; Hill 3 for 58 and Johnson one for 11. SC is now 1-1 in league and 3-3 overall.

Oct. 30. Critical Santa Cruz Mistakes Leave Aptos A 20-18 Winner. It’s been said it is better to be lucky than good. Saturday afternoon, SC was good and Aptos was lucky. Aptos depended on an interception, a crucial pass interference call and a fumbled kickoff return to put two touchdowns on the board in the second half, while only gaining 21 yards in total offense. In addition, SC lost two first half scores on a penalty that would have given the Cards a three touchdown lead early in the second quarter. SC also had a few big breaks, but in general failed to capitalize on them. An early fumble killed an Aptos drive in the first quarter, a key pass interception and a fumbled onside kick kept SC hopes alive in the fourth quarter. On offense, the receivers were the dominant players.
Glen Hill, who scored all three SC touchdowns caught five passes for 80 yards and had a 46 yard pass and run called back when a teammate jumped off side. Defensive back Marvin Johnson intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter. Quarterback John Wilson drove the Cards to a TD in five plays, capping the comeback with a 39 yard scoring pass to Hill for a TD. The two point conversion attempted failed. The Cards successfully pulled off an onside kick attempt on the ensuing kickoff, but then fumbled and recovered it again on the Aptos 45. Wilson drove the Cards to within striking distance, but the 27 yard field goal attempt failed.
Even though Aptos won the game on the scoreboard, SC dominated most of the game on both offense and defense. Wilson completed 13 of 23 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Aptos held Hill to 34 yards in nine carries, but gave some openings to Clemens, who gained 81 yards in 17 carries. For SC, 5-10, 165 pound Andre Jones gave up his starting fullback position to help his team’s beleaguered defense and play defensive tackle.
Coach Sakamoto, “Jones is a player who selflessly has sacrificed offensive speed and quickness to our defensive line.” Jones forced a fumble, recovered another and pressured the Aptos quarterback into several key mistakes. Other top players were quarterback John Wilson and fullback Pete Clemens on offense. Linebacker Gino Panelli, lineman Steve Jackson and Craig Strong on defense.
SC out gained Aptos 285-183 yards. Five players caught passes, listed by name, passes caught and yards gained.
PC YD
Hill 5 80
Strong 3 52
Brown 3 23
Johnson 1 11
Bogaard 1 8

Nov. 6. Second Half Surge Downs Cardinals 36-12. North Monterey clinched a SCCAL co-championship. SC coach Gary Sakamoto walked on to the field following the halftime intermission, glanced at the scoreboard (which read visitor 7, SC 6) and smiled. “I really don’t care what the outcome of this game is, I couldn’t be happier with the way we played in the first half. This has made it all worthwhile.”
Unfortunately there were 24 minutes of football left. The Condors turned what had been a close, hard fought game into a rout by exploding for 22 points in the third quarter. NMC 4-0 in league, 6-0-1 overall, clinched at least a tie for the title and their third straight CCS playoffs. SC had all the momentum in the first half. SC moved the ball almost at will and could easily have taken a 10-7 lead into the locker room, if not for two misguided snaps on a 32 yard field goal attempt by Glen Hill in the first quarter and a PAT try in the second quarter following SC’s first touchdown.
Hill was the offensive standout rushing for 105 yards on 16 carries, catching three passes for 51 yards , including a fourth quarter screen pass from Wilson good for a 34 yard TD. “I thought Glen played his best game of the year by far. We were pretty effective over all. I think everybody has underestimated us this year. We do have some good players. John passed very well tonight. He was 13 of 27 for 153 yards. He has really matured as a quarterback,” said Coach Sakamoto. SC entered the game after losing three starting defensive players to injury and illness in the past week. Marvin Johnson, appendicitis; Bill Domhoff and Mike DiSalvo, knees. Early in the second half, defensive tackle/fullback Andre Jones, who in the second quarter scored on a 7 yard run, suffered a compound fracture-laceration of the little finger of his left hand.
SC limited NMC to only 106 yard in offense in the first half. NMC scored first in the second quarter on a nine play drive. SC came right back driving from its own 38 in eight plays and in 3 minutes. The big play was an eight yard run by Hill and a face mask penalty gave SC the ball on the Condor 31. Jones scored, but a bad snap on the PAT prevented SC from tying the score.
To start the second half NMC blocked a punt and took over on the SC 30. Four plays later NMC scored and they were on a roll. SC mounted their final touchdown march with 4:40 left to play. Hill kept the five play drive alive with a 31 yard run and capped it with a 34 yard TD catch on a perfectly executed screen pass from Wilson. Clemens on three carries rushed for 7 yards; Jones 4 for 11; Brown 3 for 13 and Panelli 2 for 20. Strong caught 5 passes for 69 yards; Brown 3 for 12; Bogaard 2 for 21 and Hill 3 for 51.

Nov. 8. Soquel’s Big Plays Top Santa Cruz 33-2. SC ‘s only score came on a safety by Chris Codiga on a fumble recovery. Time of possession can at times be the most meaningless of football stats. In the first half Soquel controlled the ball for only six of the 24 minutes, but had a 20-0 lead. Three long, single play scoring drives by Soquel broke the heart of the gritty Cards in the first half. Then a 97 yard kickoff return to start the second half effectively ruined any hope of a Card comeback.
Craig Strong played well for SC at offensive end, defensive back and kick returner. Strong caught six passes for 91 yards, despite being double teamed. Quarterback John Wilson played well, completing seven passes for 102 yards in the face of a ferocious Soquel rush. Several times Wilson engineered long drives, only to see them end in turnovers. SC’s defense played with great tenacity, but were vulnerable to the big play. Clemens carried for 41 yards in ten carries. Hill was held to 7 yards in ten carries, but did catch a pass for 11 yards. The Cards ended up with zero net rushing yards, but had 102 in the air. Soquel had a total of 262 yards.
SC ends the league season 1-4 for fifth place in a six team league and a 3-6 overall record, which is an improvement over last years 1-7-1 record.

Nov. 22.

SENTINEL ALL COUNTY TEAM

Junior Glen Hill a 6-2, 185 pound junior running back/kicker. Senior John Wilson 5-10, 150 pound quarterback. Senior Craig Strong a 5-11, 155 pound wide receiver. Honorable mention were Chris Codiga and Clyde Brown.

ALL SCCAL

quarterback John Wilson and wide receiver Craig Strong. Special team kicker Glen Hill. Honorable Mention: Hill, Chris Codiga, Ed O’Brien and Clyde Brown.

JV FOOTBALL

Nov. 6. Undefeated North Monterey gave SC its first loss of the season 28-0. The game was largely decided in the first half, when NCM scored 22 points and managed to point toward a shutout. NMC added another touchdown in the game’s final minute of play.

FROSH-SOPH FOOTBALL

Prospect 0-13 Harbor 12-16, SLV 12-12,Aptos 0-19, North Monterey 43-0, Soquel 0-36

Yearbook. SC did not have a prosperous year as far as winning went. They did have some outstanding athletes including Mitch Wright, Kevin Grindy, Ron Bailey and Bill Burr. They gave everything they had in each game. The teams best game came against SLV.

(No names of players in yearbook)

CROSS COUNTRY
SCCAL END OF SEASON TEAM STANDINGS

Boys varsity: Harbor, North Monterey, SLV, SC, Soquel, Marello and Aptos.
Girls varsity: Soquel, SC, Aptos, North Monterey, SLV, Harbor and Marello.
Boys frosh-soph: North Monterey, Aptos, SLV, Harbor, Marello, Soquel and SC.
Boys junior varsity: North Monterey, Aptos, SLV, Harbor, Marello, Soquel and SC.

The girls team with six very dedicated girls made it to CCS as a team for the FIRST TIME EVER! They placed second in league and the region. Team members were Robin Grant, Celeste Deck, Danielle Howe, Natalie Duffy. Leaders were Deck and Howe.

The boys placed fourth in league and qualified for the regions. Various injuries and changing courses due to rain held them back. This was coach Greg Brock’s last year as coach at SC.
Team members were Joe Vitug, Sunil Bald, Don Louv and Dan Kliegal. Leaders were Louv and Kliegel.

INDIVIDUAL

places and times for the top ten runners, by name, place and time in the league
Boys varsity: none
Girls varsity: Howe, 2, 11:16; Grant, 7, 43.0 and Deck, 10, 11:53.
None for frosh-soph or junior varsity.

Sentinel Nov. 25.
In the CCS girls team races, SC was thirteenth and Aptos fourteenth.
The top three teams and the top nine individuals advance to NorCals.

Girls League standings: Soquel 6-0, SC 5-1, Aptos 4-2, SLV and North Monterey 3-3 and Harbor and Marello 0-6.

Sentinel Nov. 15. At the SCCAL championship meet at Aptos, Harbor nosed out North Monterey for its second straight boys crown. In the girls action Soquel topped the runners up SC for the title. North County won both the boys frosh-soph and junior varsity titles. Due to the inclement weather the 4.8 mile course was run in three loops around the Aptos parking lot. The dirt course normally used was just like ice.
In the girls meet Danielle Howe took second place in 11:16.

Sentinel Nov. 19. Santa Cruz Area Runners Dominate Region Meet. Harbors Santos won the boys race and Soquel’s Muth won the girls race. The SCCAL teams swept the top three team places in the CCS Region IV championships at Crystal Springs Park 2.93 mile course. “this is probably the greatest day our league has ever has in the Region championships,” said the Soquel coach, whose team took the girls regional title for the fifth straight year.
The top three teams in each division qualify their runners for the CCS championship finals along with the other top 13 boys and top seven girls. SC’s Danielle Howe finished sixth in 20:10 to qualify for the CCS finals.
How did the SCCAL fare for placing at the meet, by school? SC was fifth, Watsonville eighth, Soquel tenth and Aptos twelfth. In the girls, SLV was tenth.

Trident Oct. 9 preseason write up. Coach Brock’s comments: “In my eight years coaching the team this is the smallest turnout ever. There are not enough athletes out to have a junior varsity team, but I’m pleased with the attitude of the people who are out, because they work hard and seem to be very motivated. Top returning runners are Stefan Ruiz, a CCS qualifier last year. Sunil Bald, division winner at the Johnny’s Ten Mile race this summer. Russ Kliegal, who placed in the top half of the varsity division in his freshman year. Danielle Howe, the top girl runner. Robin Grant, division winner at the Valentine’s Day Race and the Marianne’s Fun Run this year. Celeste Deck, who ran a 5:51 mile as a freshman and Sue Ingersoll, division winner of a ten kilometer race last February.

Sentinel Oct. 9. In the first meet of the season, SC girls beat North Monterey 28-30, on the SC 2.08 mile course at UCSC. SC swept the first three places with Danielle Howe finishing first, Celeste Deck, second and Sue Ingersoll taking third.
In the boys, North Monterey won 24-30, but SC had an individual best by Dan Louv in 12:00 for fifth place.

Oct. 11. At the twelfth annual Aptos Invitational meet with 26 schools and over 300 runners entered the 2.4 mile races. In the small schools boys division, SC was third. Don Louv finished in eleventh place and Dan Kliegel came in twelfth place. Both received medals.

Sentinel Oct. 16. In a three way meet, the SC girls defeated SLV and Marello (but no scores were give) Danielle Howe ran a 14:12 to lead a first through fourth place finishes for the Cards. Celeste Deck took second in 14:34 followed by Sue Inersoll in 14:52 and Robin Grant in 15: 35.
SLV boys edged SC 28-29. Stefan Ruiz took third place in 11:47. SC is 0-2 in SCCAL meets.

Sentinel Oct. 21. At the twelfth annual Soquel Invitational with an estimated 1,000 runners from 50 schools, there will be nine different races on the 2.5 mile course.

Sentinel Oct. 23. In boys action at Soquel’s grueling 2.4 mile course, SC defeated Harbor 27-33 and Marello (no score) in a three way meet. Hans Beenhakker was the top SC runner coming in second overall in 14:22. Don Louv fourth place in 14:27; Dan Kliegel sixth place in 14:31
In the girls meet SC won both meets, as Harbor and Marello ran incomplete. Celeste Deck paced SC in 17:38 for second place overall.

Sentinel Oct. 30. Cardinals Pile Up Cross Country Wins. SC didn’t dominate the individual honors, but both the boys and girls swept three way meets.
The boys defeated Aptos 20-40 and Marello 20-41. SC’s top finish was at third place, by Dan Louv with a 11:46 and the Cards took the next five spots to take command.
SC girls defeated Aptos 24-32 and Marello was incomplete. Danielle Howe led a top three finish, taking first place in 13:54, followed by Robin Grant in 14:25 and Celeste Deck one second later in 14:26. The trio gave the Cards a big boost to the double win.
In the boys frosh-soph, Aptos won both meets as both SC and Marello were incomplete. The same thing applied to the junior varsity meet.

Sentinel Nov. 6. North Monterey finished the SCCAL season undefeated in dual meets for a 6-0 record. SLV and SC were in second place at 4-2 records. Other records; Harbor 3-3. Aptos 2-4, Soquel 1-5 and Marello 0-6. The championship is based on points awarded for dual meet wins and the finish in the championship finals.
In this weeks meet SC boys defeated Soquel on their 2.25 mile course 26-30. The Cards top runner was Hans Beenhakker third in 11:50.
SC girls were beaten by Soquel 24-34. Cards top runners were Danielle Howe in second place in 13:46 and Robin Grant in third place at 14:09.

GIRLS TENNIS UNDEFEATED LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

with a 10-0 SCCAL record. To show their dominance in league they beat Harbor 6-1. They narrowly lost the Region IV championship to Santa Catalina 3-4. In a banner year the Cards only lost three matches all season.

Trident Dec, 12. Coach Mullen, “Big highlights for the team was going undefeated in league. Leslie Alexander being the first number one singles player to go undefeated in league since 1973. April Janow and Alicia Kitsuse were league champs in doubles, which qualified them to participate in the CCS matches. A proud achievement for the team was winning 67 out of 70 points in league.”

At the end of the season, Leslie Alexander, Alicia Kitsuse, Kim Bianconi, April Janow and Kara Jernstrom played in the SCCAL championships. April Janow and Alicia Kitsuse were league champs in doubles, which qualified them to participate in the CCS matches. Kim and Kara were third in doubles. Leslie was second in singles. There were eleven girls on the team. Coach Dennis Mullen.

Trident Oct. 9. In the first practice match SC narrowly lost to RLS 4-3. Number one singles player Leslie Alexander lost 1-6, 1-6 and number two Alicia Kitsuse lost 3-6, 1-6. No. 3. Cathy Corvino won 6-3, 6-2. No. 4, newcomer Danielle Machotka won 7-5, 6-4. Number one doubles team of Kara Jernstrom and Stephanie Dekking lost in a close three set match. No. 2 Marnie Monroy and Hope Adams lost in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 0-6. No. 3 Kim Bianconi and April Janow won 6-0, 6-0. In JV play, junior Rachael Frosch won 6-2, 6-2.

During league play there was no competition as the awesome Cards lost only three match points out of a possible 70. Their only loss came in a preseason match against Robert Louis Stevenson.

At the half way point of the league season the team is undefeated and beat Marello, Soquel and SLV 7-0 with out losing a set.

Harbor was the match of the season! Both teams were undefeated in league play and Harbor has some strong players, but they didn’t stop the Cards as they walloped the Pirates 6-1. Leslie Alexander won 6-1, 6-4 in a superbly played match. Alicia Kitsuse and Cathy Corvino both walked off with victories. Danielle Machotka lost in a close match. All three doubles teams won while allowing the Pirates to win no more than three games per match.

Kara Jernstrom was voted MVP and Leslie Alexander and Alicia Kitsuse were voted Most Inspirational Players.
SCCAL doubles champions Alicia Kitsuse and April Janow will be meet a doubles team from St. Frances of Mt. View in the first round of CCS.

JV GIRLS TENNIS

had nineteen girls out. The only one mentioned in the yearbook was Deidre Nitzberg.

BOYS WATER POLO

Games: RLS 6-10, Hollister 8-6, Salinas 2-8, Aptos 5-8, 5-10; Harbor 1-13, Gilroy 13-9, plus Soquel, Watsonville and Carmel in the CCWPL league which had a playoff. Aptos 12-11 to eliminate SC
Yearbook. The team is still warming up to new Coach Nisbet’s new style of playing water polo. He is organizing a summer program to be called the Steamer Lane Water Polo Club to give the players more experience in how water polo needs to be played. Joe DeHart’s job as goal keeper helped the team stay competitive.

Out of the first four games played the team has won one and lost three. Against Aptos the Cards zipped to a 4-0 lead, but Aptos got more organized in the second period and ended up winning 8-5. Coach Nisbet, “I was very pleased with the Aptos game. Robert Marangi and David Houghton, two guys that don’t usually score just blasted away.

Sentinel. The league this year is called the Coast Counties Water Polo League, CCWPL. In addition to the SCCAL members, Harbor Aptos, SC, Soquel and Watsonville, plus Salinas, Gilroy, Carmel and Hollister.

Sentinel. Oct. 5. Harbor 13, SC 1. Harbor had a first half lead of 7-0. Harvey scored for SC.

Oct 22. Aptos 10, SC 5. Aptos had a 5-0 halftime lead. SC cut the spread to 6-4 after three quarters. Frosh-soph: Aptos 10, SC 6.

Nov. 3. SC 13, Gilroy 9. SC got off to an early lead and with a seven goal effort by junior Robert Maranghi, rolled to clinch a spot in the league tournament. The CCWPL tournament is to be played at Hartnell on Friday and Saturday. The top eight of the leagues nine teams will compete. In frosh-soph action SC edged Gilroy 14-13 behind Bodi Tunheim’s ten goals.

At the CCWPL Tournament Aptos defeated SC 12-11 to eliminate SC from the tournament. Scoring by quarters with SC first: first quarter 0-6, 4-2, 2-2, 5-2. Scorers: Mitchell and Mockus 3 each, Maranghi and Harvey 2 each and Little 1.

GIRLS SWIM UNDEFEATED SCCAL CHAMPIONS

in the first year of the league. Practice meet Half Moon Bay 115-47. League dual Meets: Soquel 100-72, Notre Dame 101-63, Pacific Grove 91-56, Watsonville 122-25, Seaside 133-34, Harbor 86-91 and North Salinas 85-83 for a 6-1 record (which does not agree with article below)

Trident. In these first six meets the team scored a hundred or more points in five of them and the sixth their score was 91. All routs. Coach Carol Kreppel smiled broadly and said, “this team is putting out a great effort. They have a goal and they’re striving for it. This is a truly remarkable, terrific team.” Come out and see these girls swim, if your eyes are that fast!
The team is really living up to Coach Kreppel’s expectations. Since the league relay meet in which they emerged third, not a dual meet has been lost.

Sentinel Nov. 4. Santa Cruz Accomplishes ‘First’ SC captured first place in the dual meet competition of the Southern Division of the Southern Girls Swimming Conference by edging North Salinas 85-83. SC finished the dual meet competition with a 7-0 record, followed by North Salinas with a 6-1 record. However, the league championship meet at Hollister will determine the league champion. “We’re half way there. It feels wonderful. The girls are all elated about it,” Coach Carol Krepple. It is the first time SC has ever finished the dual meet season undefeated. SC won just two events and took another by forfeit, but fared well in second and third places to take the overall competition. Susan Hackbarth won the 50 free in 28.56 and Christina Raffaelli won 100 butterfly in 1:02.40 and SC won diving by forfeit.
Frosh-soph SC finished in a three way tie for first with Soquel and Watsonville.

Sentinel Nov. 8. Santa Cruz Girls’ Swim to First-Ever League Crown. Team scoring: SC 261, North Salinas 217, Notre Dame 187, Soquel 50, Pacific Grove 126, Hollister 91, Watsonville 62 and Seaside 59.
The Cardinals dominated the finals of the Southern Conference’s Southern Division League Championships at Hollister. SC scored 261 points to run away from all challengers to cap a season in which the Cards were undefeated in league dual meets. Individual winners were Cristina Raffaelli, who won both the 200 free in 2:02.38 and the 100 butterfly in 1:02.29. Tami Sjoberg won diving with 265.20 points to edge Tric Shady with 255.10. The third Card diver Cheryl Eustice took fourth. All three qualify for CCS. SC qualifiers for CCS are Raffaelli, the 100 fly and 200 free; Loni Lau, in 500 free and in 100 breast; the 200 medley relay team of Lau, Julie McPherson, Susan Hackbarth and Raffaelli, who placed second in the league meet. Lau placed second in the 500 free in 5:41.93 and 100 breast in 1:15.84. The 400 free relay team took third.
Hackbarth placed fifth in the 100 free and seventh in the 50 free. Shady placed fourth in the 100 breast. Coach Carol Kreppel said all SC times were personal best. Since this year was the first for the swim league under the new Southern Conference realignment play, all winning times automatically qualified as league records.
Soquel won the frosh-soph competition with 257 points, SC 227, Watsonville 206, Notre Dame 181, North Salinas 124, Pacific Grove 49, Hollister 27 and Seaside 6. SC had three first place swims. Two by Tara Dellamora in the 50 free in 31:09 and the 100 free in 1:10.20 and Janice Rosebaugh won the 50 breast in 41.65.

Trident Oct. 9. Tami Sjoberg and the 200 yard medley relay team of Julie McPherson, Susan Hackbarth, Lau and Christina Rafaelli all advanced to CCS where Rafaelli placed. Other top swimmers were Cheryl Eustice, Colleen Mulholland, Trish Shady, Ann Marie Mockus, Lynn Bargiacchi, Jilly Ellis, Erin Mahaney, Amy Houser and top freshman talent such as Loni Lau and Niki Gaushos.

Sentinel Sept. 27. Cards Topple Half Moon Bay 115-47. SC swept all eleven events. Susan Hackbarth, Lani Lau and Cristina Raffaelli led the Cards with two individual event victories, while also swimming on a winning relay team. Other SC winners: 200 medley relay team of McPherson, Lau, Hackbarth and Matejcek in 2:10.25. The 400 free relay team of Zwerling, Matejcek, Mockus and Raffaelli, in 4:25.55. Tammy Sjoberg won diving with 78.45 points. Mockus won the 500 free in 6:46.19. McPherson, won 100 back in 1:16.26
SC won the frosh-soph also 94-60.

Sentinel Sept. 28. SC downs Soquel 100-72. SC took nine of the eleven events. There were three double winners, Cristina Raffaelli, Susan Hackbarth and Lani Lau. Raffaelli won 200 free in 2:04.92, nearly 22 seconds faster than the second place finisher. She also won the 100 butterfly in 1: 03.15. Hackbarth won 220 individual medley in 2:35.78 and the 100 free in 1:02.91. Lau won 500 free in 5:43.20 and the 100 breast in 1:18.80. SC also won the two relay events, the 200 medley relay in 2:11.15 and 400 free relay (no time). Sjoberg won the diving, (but no points mentioned)

Oct. 2. SC Girls Swim To Win over Notre Dame 101-62 in a non-league meet. Raffaelli set a new school record in the 100 yard free in 58.72 and won the 200 free in 2:04.44 and swam the anchor leg of the 400 medley relay to win by nearly 20 seconds. Other double winners: Lau, 100 breast in 1:18.22 and the 500 free in 5:41.33 and McPherson, 100 back in 1:13.36 and 200 individual medley in 2:39.97. Other winners: Tic Shady in diving. The 200 medley relay team of McPherson, Lau, Hackbarth and Matejcek won in 2:09.60. The 400 free relay of Zwerling, Matejcek, Mockus and Raffaelli won in 4:27.52.
SC won the frosh-soph 85-72.

Oct. 9. Cards Remain Undefeated with a strong victory over Pacific Grove 91-54. SC upped its record to 3-0. Two Cards had double victories: Lani Lau in 100 free in 1:01.19 and 100 breast in 1:19.03 in addition to swimming the second leg of the winning 200 medley relay team. Cristina Raffaelli won 200 free in 2:04.17 and 500 free in 5:35.36.
SC won the frosh-soph 119-27 to up its record to 3-0.

Oct 16. Santa Cruz Scores Sweep of Watsonville 122-25. Cristina Raffaelli, Susan Hackbarth and Lani Lau were double winners. Raffaelli won 200 free in 2:03.65 and 100 butterfly in 1:03.88. Lau won 200 individual medley in 2:37.5 and 100 breast in 1:19.6. Hackbarth won 100 free in 29.85 and 500 free in 6:15.26.
Watsonville won frosh-soph 87-81.

Oct. 23. Card Swimmers Prevail. Taking 10 first places in eleven events, SC Smashed Seaside 133-34, in the Southern Conference girls swimming league of eight teams. SC is now leading with a 5-0 record. Lani Lau and Cristina Raffaelli were double winners. Lau won the 200 free in 2:11.36 and the 100 breast in 1:21.17. Raffaelli, ranked second in the CCS in the 100 butterfly won the event in 1:03.87 and the 50 free in 26.28. Other first place finishers were Tammy Sjoberg, diving; Susan Hackbarth, 100 free, Erin Mahaney, 500 free and Julie McPherson, 100 back.
SC won the frosh-soph by forfeit.

Oct. 28. Records, But No Win For SC. Harbor held off SC for a 91-86 win. SC held an early lead and remained close. SC set a new school record of 2:05.13 in the 200 medley relay. Raffaelli won the 200 free and 100 butterfly, while Lau won the 500 free.
SV downed Harbor 96-64 in frosh-soph.

Trident Dec. 12. SC’s tremendous depth of talented swimmers and divers allowed SC to sink all their opponents. The JV team finished second in league after a heartbreaking defeat to Soquel in the last match.

Yearbook. SC dominated the league with their depth, which allowed them to sink their opponents. The team was loaded with talent and used that talent for all it was worth. The swimmers and divers combined efforts in order to bring home an undefeated record and win the SCCAL championship. The highlight for the squad was going undefeated and the team spirit.

ALL SCCAL

Divers: Tami Sjoberg, Tric Shady, Cheryl Eustice, and relay team including Julie McPherson, Loni Lau, Christina Raffaelli and Susan Hackbarth. Qualified individually for CCS Cristina Raffaelli and Loni Lau.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Practice matches: Leland, loss; RLS, win; Gilroy, loss and Gonzales, win. Practice record 2-2.
League: Soquel win, loss; Aptos, two losses; Harbor, two losses; Marello, two wins; SLV, two wins; North Monterey, two losses. League record 5-7 and overall 7-9.

Yearbook. League record 5-7 and Overall 7-9, but lost some close matches. Played with great enthusiasm and team spirit. Their record was 7 wins and 9 losses doesn’t reflect their overall season effort. Their best games were against Soquel in the league opener winning 15-8, 11-15, 15-10: In a loss against league leading Aptos in another good effort after winning the first set before losing 15-12, 13-15, 5-15 in a hard fought match: And doing the same against league champion Harbor going 15-11, 3-15, 9-15.
Team members were Lissa Wright, Debbie Papa, Stephanie Giudici, Marcy Johnson, Kristina Barrett, Megan Blake

Trident Oct. 9. In the preseason, in their first match against Leland, SC lost a tough three set match 13-15 13-12, 11-15. SC beat RLS 15-3, 15-1 and a day later lost to Gilroy in a tight match. Then the Cards rolled over Gonzales 15-4, 15-2.

Sentinel September 30. SC bounced back from an early setback to defeat Soquel 8-15, 15-3, 15-8. Megan Blake and Steph Giudici keyed the SC defense. SC is 2-2 overall.

Trident. After winning the league opener against Soquel the Cards lost in the second round 8-15, 9-15.

October 2. SC received outstanding play from Marcy Johnson, Kristina Barrett and Steph Giudici that forced Aptos to three sets, 8-15, 15-12, 15-5 to win. SC is 1-1 in league and 2-3 overall.

October 28. Aptos struggled to beat SC 12-15, 15-13, 15-5. Lissa Wright contributed a solid game with sets and defense.
SC’s junior varsity beat Aptos 15-6, 15-7.

November 11. Harbor clinched the SCCAL title and remained undefeated with a tough three game victory over SC. After losing the first game 6-15 Harbor rallied back to win the next two games 15-1, 15-5.
Trident. Against Harbor, SC played a good game with the score 2-2, the game was called, because a referee leaning against the net pulled up six boards from the floor.

Trident. SC takes Marello 15-6, 15-1 and in the second round 15-2, 15-4.

Trident. SC defeated SLV 15-4, 15-5 in the first round and 15-1, 15-3 in the second round.

North Monterey junior varsity beat SC 15-13, 15-8.

Harbor finished Fourth In CCS.

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

Practice games: Seaside 62-64, Watsonville 54-66, Mitty 63-65, Los Gatos 49-52. Dads Club Tournament: Watsonville 43-47, Soquel 60-50, Marello 48-44 for consolation title. Carmel Tournament: Westmont 43-46, Carmel 51-41, Hollister 60-55 for the consolation title. Alisal 65-47, Carmel 61-43. Practice record 6-6. League: SLV 41-38, 61-58 OT; Soquel 56-46, 68-60; Aptos 38-51, 60-69; Marello 57-32, 65-61; North Monterey 62-49, 65-61 in 2 OT; Harbor 45-50, 72-63. League record 9-3 tied for second.. Season record 15-10 before playoffs. League playoffs: SLV 54-47 and Harbor 49-57. The Cards overcame a 1-7 start to finish the season with a 9-3 second place tie in league and finished with a 16-11 overall record.

Sentinel preseason write up of November 26. SC is a team in search of an “identity.” Coach Pete Newell’s team is young, but experienced and may be on the verge of being a strong contender for the SCCAL title. “I think as we enter the season that our greatest strength is depth and our greatest weakness is we lack an identity.” said Newell, whose Cards were 2-8 in the league last season and tied with Marello for last place. Hopefully, sometime in December the players will come to the realization they have the talent to be competitive with anyone we play against,” said Newell. The most talented Card is Kaydon Coburn, a 6-5 senior forward, who was on the team briefly last season. However, he was “removed” from the team just before league started because of discipline reasons. In Coburn, SC has a dominating player, one of the best raw talents in the league. “He’s definitely a very gifted young man. He’s an important part of our team,” Newell said.

Players are listed by year in school then position and height.
Returning players are seniors: John Wilson, G, 5-10; Kaydon Coburn, F, 6-5; Ricky Lyons, G, 6-1; Craig Whitesell, F, 6-2.
Returning juniors: Steve Glass, F, 6-2; Bill Domhoff, G, 5-11; Glen Hill, F, 6-2; Craig Strong, F, 5-10; Kevin Kinney, G, 5-10; Josh Shaw, F, 6-1; Ron Esche, F, 6-3
Sophomores: Neil Whitesell, F, 6-3; Dan Dalbey, G, 6-1 and Sean Miller, G, 5-7..

Furious Santa Cruz Rally Not Enough. Santa Cruz opened the season with a tough loss to Seaside, 62-64 on November 28. Trailing by 16 points going into the final quarter Santa Cruz rallied, but fell a little short. Senior guard John Wilson led the SC surge by scoring all his 11 points in the fourth period as the Cards outscored Seaside 23-9. Kaydon Coburn led SC in scoring with 15 points, while teammates Ricky Lyons and Craig Whitesell added 12 and 6 points respectively. Whitesell led the rebounding with nine as SC enjoyed a 29-28 advantage on the boards. SC led 19-18 at the end of the first quarter. With the score tied 35-35 in the middle of the third quarter, Seaside reeled off 16 unanswered points to take a 51-35 advantage. “We lost our aggressiveness and started playing tentatively. We began turning the ball over on their press, before we regained our aggressiveness down the stretch. Our defense started forcing them into turnovers and it was a great comeback,” said Coach Newell. Scoring: Coburn 15, Neil Whitesell 6, Wilson 11, Lyons 12, Hill 4, Shaw 6, Glass 6, Domhoff 2, Craig Strong 0 and Kinney 0.

The Cards lost to Watsonville 54-66 with Watsonville exploding for a 22 point third quarter, while SC only scored 6. The Cards made a comeback in the fourth quarter outscoring Watsonville 25-19. “We got out hustled, period,” said Coach Newell. “ We played like 12 point losers. It was just everything the Cats did seemed to work and everything we did seemed to go wrong.” SC led 11-9 at the end of the first quarter and Watsonville led 25-23 at half. Scoring: Domhoff 12, Lyons 10, Coburn 9, Strong 2, Craig Whitesell 3, Wilson 0, Hill 4, Glass 6, Neil Whitesell 6, Kinney 2, Dalbey 0 and Miller 0.

Mitty Rally Overtakes Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz lost to Mitty 65-65 in which four Cardinal players fouled out. The Cards top player Kaydon Coburn fouled out in the third quarter. Fellow starters Craig Whitesell, Ricky Lyon and Steve Glass followed him to the bench in the fourth quarter. “You’re finishing the game with basically four guards and asking a couple of kids to play positions they’ve never played before. Still they did a great job,” said coach Newell. Without our starters fouling out, Newell believes SC was in line for a victory. “ The kids played super hard and deserved a better fate.” Bill Domhoff led the scoring with 15 points followed by Josh Shaw with 14 points, no other Cards scored in double figures. Santa Cruz held a 6 point halftime lead and a five point lead going into the fourth quarter, but Mitty out scored the Cards 19-10 in the last quarter. Scoring: Coburn 4, Craig Whitesell 6, Wilson 5, Lyon 6, Glass 8, Domhoff 14, Shaw 14, Kinney 5 and Strong 0.

Dec. 6. Another Close One (Now Three) For Winless Santa Cruz. In another heartbreaker to Los Gatos 49-52. Three out of Cards four opening losses have been by three points or less. The Cards appeared to be in control at the end of the first period ahead 21-10. SC had committed only two turnovers in the first period, turned the ball over 15 times in the second quarter to end the half tied 33-33. In the third period SC went 2 of 15 from the floor, scoring only 4 points to Los Gatos’ 11. SC got their game under control in the fourth period and slowed the game down and tied the game with 4:39 left. The teams exchanged baskets and then Los Gatos rattled on a 6-1 streak and then held off a SC rush of four quick points in the last 30 seconds. Scoring: Coburn 11, Strong 4, Craig Whitesell 4, Wilson 0, Lyon 11, Neil Whitesell 6, Glass 0, Domhoff 9, Dalbey 2, Shaw 2 and Kinney 0.

In the opening game in the Dad’s Club Tournament, December 9, Watsonville again beat Santa Cruz 47-43 as the Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter to win. Free throw shooting was a sore spot for SC as they went 1 for 9 for the game and 0 for four in the fourth quarter. It was a physical game pitting SC’s man-to-man against the Cats 1-3-1 zone. Neither team was able to score until nearly five minutes had elapsed in the game. Although SC led for the entire second and third quarters they were never able to extend their lead to more than four points. Red hot shooting by SC going 12 of 23 in the second and third quarters cooled off to 3 of 12 in the fourth period. Watsonville grabbed the lead for good with 5:46 remaining with two free throws, which led a late surge of seven points for the Cats. SC out rebounded the Cats 28-27, but committed 19 turnovers to 12 for the Cats. Scoring: Coburn 16, Glass 4, Craig Whitesell 0, Wilson 3, Lyon 8, Domhoff 2, Strong 2, Hill 6 and Neil Whitesell 2.

Now in the consolation bracket, the Cards trailed by one at the half. Santa Cruz then exploded in the second half to defeat Soquel 60-49. The first quarter ended tied 16-16. The second quarter, Soquel went ahead by one 30-29. In the third period the Cards broke away scoring 10 points, held Soquel to two points and then out scored the Knights by three in the final period. Scoring: Coburn 7, Craig Whitesell 14, Glass 2, Wilson 3, Strong 0, Neil Whitesell 3, Shaw 8, Hill 8, Dalbey 0, Domhoff 8 and Lyon 6.

In the consolation round finals, the Cards were upset by Marello 48-44 in overtime.
A last second field goal by Marello pushed the game into overtime, where they took control. Kaydon Coburn lead the Cards with 22 points. Scoring: Coburn 22, Craig Whitesell 0, Glass 4, Wilson 6, Lyon 4, Hill 3, Neil Whitesell 2 and Dalbey 4.

Santa Cruz began the Carmel Invitational Tournament with a 46-43 loss to Westmont. “We’re just trying to catch up with the law of averages. When we do that, we’re going to ride that wave for about a dozen close victories,” said Coach Newell. Six of the seven games the Cards have lost have been by four or less points. SC led 17-12 at the end of the first period, but Westmont outscored them 12-6 in the second period to go ahead 24-23 at half. SC went ahead 37-34 going into the final period. SC was ahead 43-40 with 3:24 left in the game, but did not score again. “I thought we played well enough to win. We executed well, but we just can’t do what needs to be done at the end to win. In the game, we kept getting the same good shots. We must have missed 20 shots inside 10 feet,” said Coach Newell. SC hit 17 of 53 shots for 32 percent. Coburn led all scorers with 23 points. Scoring: Coburn 23, Strong 1, Neil Whitesell 2, Wilson 0, Lyon 6, Hill 2, Glass 4, Domhoff 3, Shaw 2 and Esche 0.

In the second round of the Carmel Tournament, against the Carmel Padres, Santa Cruz controlled the game from the tip-off to win 51-41. “We had control of the game from the second quarter until six minutes to go when they pulled to within two. We kept our composure and executed when we needed to and reestablished control. This was our best defensive effort of the year and everybody contributed for us. If we make our foul shots, we would be winning the close ones and winning these games by 20 points. We’re coming along. I’m not concerned with the overall record, I’m concerned with our improvement as a team,” said Coach Newell. The Cards foul shooting when 9 for 22 in foul plagued contest were 45 fouls were called. Scoring: Coburn 13, Strong 4, Neil Whitesell 6, Wilson 0, Lyon 6, Hill 8, Glass 2, Esche 2, Domhoff 8, Kinney 0, Craig Whitesell 2, Miller 0 and Shaw 0.

Cards beat Hollister 60-55 for the Carmel Tournament consolation tile. Buoyed by the depth of its bench SC exploded for 25 points in the second quarter to go ahead 36-25 at half time. Bill Domhoff, Glen Hill and Steve Glass came off the bench to key the second period surge and finished the game with 12, 13 and 12 points respectively. “We have a lot of people on this team who can play. If some guys aren’t in their natural rhythm, then we have the bench that can pick up the slack,” said Coach Newell. SC shot over 50 percent from the floor for the first time this season, hitting 24 of 47 shots. SC out rebounded Hollister 28-19 led by Glass with seven. The Cards were out scored 16-6 in the third quarter to close the gap to SC 42-41. Leading by one going into the final period, Santa Cruz outscored Hollister 18-14 in the final quarter. The Cards record is now 3-7. Scoring: Coburn 2, Shaw 3, Neil Whitesell 0, Wilson 4, Lyon 8, Hill 13, Glass 12, Domhoff 12, Craig Whitesell 4, Dalbey 2, Esche 0, Miller 0 and Kinney 0.

The Cards won their last two practice games.
Cards Rout Alisal. In another strong performance, Santa Cruz rolled over Alisal 65-47. Putting together their best first quarter of the season, when they scored 23 to Alisal’s 8 and kept improving the scoring difference. The score at halftime was SC 40-22. SC out rebounded Alisal 36-26 with Steve Glass collecting 10. John Wilson, although not scoring, had six assists and five steals. SC was 29 of 53 for 54 percent shooting. Scoring: Coburn 20, Shaw 6, Neil Whitesell 0, Wilson 0, Lyons 12, Hill 13, Glass 6, Esche 0, Craig Whitesell 0, Domhoff 6, Dalbey 0, Kinney 0 and Miller 0.

Santa Cruz continued its winning ways with an easy 61-43 victory over Carmel. Patience is a virtue, at least for SC against Carmel. Going for high percentage shots, the Cards connected on 21- of 40 field goals for 52 percent and added 19 of 28 from the foul line. Senior Craig Whitesell, whose all around play led the Cards with 12 points, 11 rebounds and handed out five assists. Kaydon Coburn scored 18 points and registered 10 rebounds. Eighteen of his points came in the second half and 10 came in the fourth quarter. The Cards finished their practice schedule 5-7. The Cards led 28-18 at half. “We were quicker than they were and we were very patient in our offense. Instead of passing the ball three times and taking 12 footers, we passed the ball six times and made lay ups. We are playing with much more confidence now than at the beginning of the season. Much of it is we have a greater understanding of what we’re attempting to do on the court. And our defense has improve every game,” said Coach Newell.
Scoring: Coburn 18, Hill 8, Craig Whitesell 12, Wilson 2, Lyon 6, Glass 4, Shaw 8, Esche 0, Kinney 2, Dalbey 1, Miller 0 and Domhoff 0.

Following a 50 minute delay because of a power ‘brown out’ Santa Cruz began league competition with a 41-36 victory over San Lorenzo Valley. SC shot 18 for 70 and SLV shot 18 for 48 from the field. From the foul line SC shot 5 for 14 and SLV shot 0 for 3. “I think playing for the first time in 10 days had more of an effect then the delay. I feel fortunate that we came away with the victory,” said Coach Newell. The game would have been called in another five minutes. Glen Hill led the Cards scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. SC had a 37-33 rebounding advantage. No scoring available.

Cards Make It Seven as the Cards overcame a slow first half to defeat Soquel 56-46. Keyed by an explosive third quarter charge, SC ran away to their seventy straight victory. SC’s current 8-7 record is even more impressive considering the Cards opened their season by losing six of their first seven games. “The whole objective of December is to improve and have your team peaking for league. I think our record shows we have done that. We still have a long way to go, but we’re gaining confidence every time we step on the basketball court,” said coach Newell. The Cards led 28-23 at half time. Soquel started the second half in a man-to-man defense rather then their normal zone defense. The Cards found it to their liking and utilized their team speed to outscore Soquel 11-2 in the first four minutes of the period. Leading the charge was senior center Kaydon Coburn, who quickly poured in seven of his game high 19 points in that span. Coburn picked on Soquel’s defensive ace repeatedly for easy lay ups. The defender obviously frustrated pick up three quick fouls and headed for the bench. By the time the Card scoring flurry was over, they held a solid 43-31 lead and were not seriously in trouble after that. “We went to an entirely new offense in the second half, one they had not seen before. Before they could make an adjustment, we had expanded our lead. In the first half they played a triangle-and-two, so we ran our zone offense. When they opened in a man defense, we went with our secondary man offense with Kaydon in the middle of the court. That offense is designed to get him the ball and it worked pretty well,” said Coach Newell. Coburn certainly knew what to do with it as he hit 7 of 11 shots. The Cards buoyed by at least a dozen lay ups, connected on 23 of 40 shots for a torrid 58 percent. Glen Hill added ten points in a reserve role. The Cards are 2-0 in league.

Aptos 51, Santa Cruz 38. In a match up of the previously unbeaten, the teams leaned on each other with some physical defense throughout the contest. Aptos Coach Bill Warmerdam, “They were so tight on us, that we couldn’t run our patterns worth a hoot.” The 13 point victory was not as easy as it might look. SC was within six late in the game. SC with top scorer Kaydon Coburn was limited to four first quarter points, stayed on the Mariners heels with Steve Glass getting inside for 17 points.

SC’s Coburn Dominates Inside, Cards Nab Easy Victory, behind Coburn’s 26 points, Santa Cruz defeated North Monterey County 62-49. Most of Coburn’s baskets came from inside the key, as the Condors couldn’t stop the 6-5 senior forward-center once he got down low. SC outscored North County 10-2 in the first four minutes of the game. The Condors came right back and out scored SC 16-7 in the final four minutes to go ahead 18-17 at the end of the quarter. “They came out in a half court trap. We executed well and got lay up after lay up early in the game. We got an early lead, but then we relaxed, said Coach Newell. The Cards went ahead 31-29 at halftime. SC jumped out to a six point lead in the first four minutes of the second half and then began to slow the ball down. “I wanted to get them out of their zone,” Newell said. The strategy failed to get the Condors all the way out of their zone, but North County could not handle the Cards spread offense, as SC out scored them 8-4 in the final four minutes of the third period to lead 45-35. When North County stretched their zone, it made them more vulnerable as they had more area to cover and that left openings for the Cards to drive..

Defense Leads Cards. SC held Marello to one first half field goal and coasted to a 57-32 win. While SC employed a full court trapping zone press, Marello was forced into nine turnovers in their first ten possessions. SC jumped to a 10-2 lead, which they never relinquished. The plan was to keep the ball away from the Panthers big center and it did, as he was only able to put up three shots in the game and he was the second leading scorer in the league. He fouled out with four points near the end of the third quarter. Kaydon Coburn had the assignment to stop the center. Coburn prevented him from getting the ball where he likes to. Coburn had a great weekend scoring 26 points last night against North County and tonight doing the job on Sinnott. Coburn led the Cards in points with 12, five steals and grabbed seven rebounds. Steve Glass was another Card who turned in a stellar performance. Glass was the game’s top rebounder with 10, scored nine points and came up with four steals.

Pirates Hold Off Cardinals In Crucial SCCAL Contest. Harbor opened up a 25-14 halftime lead on the strength of some incredible shooting. The Pirated connected on 10 of 14 shots from the floor. But it was Harbors tight zone defense that caused disaster for the Card offense. The Pirates stayed back and took away the Cards inside game, forcing them to take outside shots. The Cards were successful on 5 of 27 shots for a miserable 18.5 percent in the first half. Coach Newell said his team hustled in defeat. “We never quit trying to overtake them. Our bench stood to encourage their teammates most of the second half.” With 5:24 left in the third quarter Harbor went ahead 31-18. Playing a full court trapping press, the Cards forced Harbor into three turnovers and several bad shots, while scoring a run of 11 straight points and pulling to within two points at 29-31. Harbor then scored six of the quarters eight points to regain a 37-31 lead. In the fourth quarter the teams exchanged baskets and turnovers, but not the lead. SC had several opportunities, but came away just short. Glen Hill led the Cards in scoring with 12 points and Kaydon Coburn pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Cards. SC is now 4-2 in the first round of league play and 10-9 overall.

To start the second half of league action SC defeated SLV 61-58 in overtime. Kaydon Coburn got five of his 21 points in the overtime period. “The key play of the game came when Bill Domhoff coming out of backcourt with his eyes up and made a three quarter court pass to Coburn under the basket, who dropped the ball into the bucket to put SC ahead to stay. What a play? That turned the whole game around,” said Coach Newell. Then SLV called time out by mistake, as they had used up all their time outs and were called for a technical foul. Coburn sank the technical shot and SC took the ball out of bounds. That virtually put the game on ice for the Cards. Glen Hill followed Coburn’s 21 points with 16 of his own. Ricky Lyons held an ace SLV player to only two field goals, which coach Newell said, was an important factor in the game.

Cards Overcome Slow Start, Hold Off Knights. Santa Cruz unleashed a 25 point second quarter on their way to a 68-60 victory over Soquel. The Knights took advantage of seven first quarter turnovers by the Cards and jumped to an early 15-4 lead. “Our sluggishness can be attributed to finals, end of season staleness and not having Glen Hill to pick us up as he was ill,” said Coach Newell. At the end of the quarter it was Soquel 15-8. Kaydon Coburn came off the bench late in the first quarter to ignite the Cards. SC then outscored Soquel 10-2 in a four minute stretch and tied the score when Ricky Lyons took a pass from Coburn for a lay in with 5:06 remaining in the first half. Cardinal Craig Whitesell had a personal scoring battle going on with the Knights at one point in the second quarter. With SC trailing 21-25 and 2:48 to go, he went on a tear, scoring on six free throws and two lay ups to give the Cards a 31-30 lead, their first since the opening bucket of the game. Early in the second half SC made another 14-6 run over the Knights with hard nosed defense that caused seven third quarter turnovers and good shot selection produced six lay ups to go ahead 51-44.

Down by nine points in the fourth quarter, Santa Cruz rallied to push the game into overtime with North Monterey County. After two overtime periods Santa Cruz won 64-60. “A superlative defensive effort allowed us to catch up and tie the game in regulation. In the overtime periods, it was just who was going to outlast who. We were fortunate enough to hang on to win.,” said Coach Newell. SC played both overtimes without the services of center Steve Glass and forward Glen Hill, both having fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter. Newell pointed to the shooting of Ricky Lyon and Hill in the fourth quarter as providing the offensive spark for the comeback. Lyon and Hill both finished with ten points apiece. Craig Whitesell contributed 11 points off the bench and Coburn added 10 points.

After shutting out Marello in the first period, SC went on to win 55-44. Marello was limited to three shots in the first period, because of numerous turnovers forced by the Cards half court man to man pressure defense. The Cards were hot from the field connecting on 21 of 43 shots for 49 percent. Kaydon Coburn led the scorers with 16 points followed by Steve Glass with 11.

Cards Upset Pirates In SCCAL Crucial 72-63. SC’s front line was too much for Harbor and moved into a second place tie with Harbor. The Cards had little trouble with Harbors zone defense. “Against a zone, you take what you can get. Tonight, we were able to penetrate the openings in the zone and got great shots. This win is very gratifying, because we had to win. Otherwise we would be out of the race. Now we have good momentum moving into the last two weeks of the season,” said coach Newell. SC took advantage of its shooting opportunities, connecting on 33 of 52 shots for a red hot 63.5 percent. The two teams played it close in the first half and SC ended the half ahead 35-31. The difference being the Cards ability to score last in both quarters. With four seconds remaining in the first quarter and on a tip by Coburn with two seconds left before intermission. A steal and a basket by Craig Whitesell with 2:25 remaining in the third period capped a streak which saw the Cards outscore Harbor 15-6, giving the Cards an 11 point bulge. The Cards were able to maintain their edge throughout the final period to win. Glen Hill got two of his 24 points on a slam dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. Hill also pulled down eight rebounds. Coburn pitched in with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists. SC is now 6-2 tied for second in league and 12-9 overall.

Aptos Fends Off Santa Cruz In Double Overtime 69-60 in the league season finale. The game was won on the free throw line where Aptos was 31-38 and Santa Cruz 6 for 23. Aptos showed an abundance of poise by hitting 19 of 20 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and the two overtimes. They were 8 for 8 in the second overtime. SC hit 3 for 16 in the fourth quarter and overtime. “That’s the game. We lost the game on the line. But no game is that simple. We had our chances,” said coach Newell. A 16 foot bank shot by Ricky Lyon with three seconds left in the first quarter gave SC a 14-10 lead. SC increased its lead to nine points at the 3:40 mark of the second quarter, when Kaydon Coburn scored two of his 16 points on a lay up after receiving a pass from Glen Hill, one of his five assists in the game. SC led 23-18 at halftime. Aptos broke ahead 36-31 at the end of the third quarter. But SC fought back by dominating a four minute stretch of the fourth quarter, grabbing most every rebound, forcing Aptos into hurried shot and scoring ten points in a row to hold a brief three point lead. SC suddenly went cold and Aptos on the strength of its foul shooting converted ten straight free throws to gain a five point lead with only 20 seconds remaining. This lead did a disappearing act. An eight foot bank shot by Craig Whitesell, a steal by John Wilson who passed to Steve Glass for a lay up and it was 50-49 for Aptos with 14 seconds left. As the Mariners brought the ball down the court against the pressing Cards, somehow the feet were quicker than the eye, as Glen Hill literally ran a circle around a Mariner, knocked the ball away and headed back the other way. Hill slipped a pass between two defenders to Steve Glass, who was fouled as he was going for a lay up and received two foul shots. Glass missed both foul shots, but Hill rebounded the last miss and was fouled. He missed the first, but made the second to send the game into overtime. An eight foot jump shot by Hill with 14 seconds to play in overtime, necessitated another overtime. But this was not the Cards night as they were outscored 12-3 in the last overtime in what may have been the most exciting game of the season. Aptos ends up with a league record of 11-1 in first place and SC tied for second at 9-3 with Harbor.

Cards Take It Down To Win As Usual. In the opening round of the Shaughnessy (league) Playoffs, Santa Cruz defeated San Lorenzo Valley 54-47. The Cards defeated SLV three times this year and in the previous two games, both were not decided until the final 30 seconds of play and this game was no different. After playing a tentative first half, the Cards came alive in the third quarter and then held off a final SLV charge. SC beat SLV by keeping their poise in the waning moments, despite a furious Cougar comeback attempt. SC appeared to have the game well in hand with a 49-43 lead and only 29 seconds remaining to play. A technical was called on a protest of a time out and SLV made both foul shots and retained the ball. But Glen Hill picked off an errant pass and head up court and was fouled. SLV claimed Hill had walked and received a technical. John Wilson made the two technical tosses and Hill made his first free throw and SC had all the breathing room it needed.
Hill and guard John Wilson performed almost flawlessly in a pressure packed game. Hill closed the night with a team high 16 points, eight of them in the fourth quarter as he hit 7 of 10 shots from the field. Despite the final dramatics, Wilson’s steals in the third quarter undoubtedly led to the turning point in the game. SLV scored the first points of the second half to go ahead 25-19. Then SC and Wilson immediately went to work. On the ensuing possession, Wilson scored quickly on a driving lay up, then picked off an inbounds pass and scored again. Kaydon Coburn intercepted the next SLV pass and scored to knot the score 25-25. After the two teams traded baskets, Wilson stole another pass and drove the length of the court for a lay up to put the Cards on top to stay. Both teams shot similar percentages from the floor and from the free throw line, while SC held a slight rebounding edge. A big difference was that SC made 14 turnovers in the first half, but only two in the second half. SLV committed five turnovers in the first half, but then came apart and made 15 in the second half. The Cards move on to play Harbor there next.

Santa Cruz’s drive to the CCS playoffs finally ran out of gas as they lost to Harbor 57-49. It was the second quarter that did the Cards in as Harbor was able to open a 29-21 halftime lead that Santa Cruz could not close. The win assures Harbor of a CCS playoff berth and ends the Cards season. Harbor still has a chance to be co-champions with Aptos, if Harbor can beat them on Saturday. Harbor led at the end of the first quarter 11-8. Harbors front line split the scoring in the second quarter as the Pirated took a 29-21 halftime lead. As it turned out, the third period was the pivotal one. The period SC needed to catch up in went to Harbor 13-10 and their lead went to 42-31 entering the final eight minutes. “This game showed we never could put together three or four baskets in a row. Harbor was very patient in its offense and played a very active game,” said coach Newell. Junior forward Glen Hill had the duty of guarding Harbors top scorer in the Cards man to man defense. Hill allowed only ten shots, but Hart made eight of them. SC led by Coburn’s 12 points, Rick Lyons 9 and Steve Glass 8 points, played hard to the end, trying desperately to come back in the final minutes, even though the game was all but over. “I was very proud of them. They never stopped playing all the way to the final buzzer. It’s just our best wasn’t quite good enough tonight. Harbor played a fine game and deserved to win,” said coach Newell. SC was ice cold from the free throw line and so was Harbor. SC went 9 of 23 from the line and 20 of 50 for 34 percent from the field. SC concludes its season at 16-11.

In the Yearbook. The highlight of the season for coach Newell was “during the first Harbor game, when the bench stood during the entire second half in support of their teammates on the floor.” “Overall we had a fine year on the court. Throughout the season the players played as hard as they could. They played together and were fine representatives of SCHS. Part of the success can be traced to the outstanding support of the parents, community, and particularly the students. I would like to give a special thanks to the cheerleaders, the band and the High Tow Tong.”

From the Trident — Highlights of the season included Hill’s slam dunks against Harbor and SLV, a double overtime victory over North Monterey and unity among team member that became the catalyst for tremendous support from students, parents and community.

From the San Jose Mercury. Final Rankings before the CCS playoffs had Aptos number 11 and Harbor fifteenth. Harbor Hart was third in scoring and Hill of Aptos was ninth. Jefferson who beat Aptos and won the CCS title was ranked fifth.

Sentinel final SCCAL Top 20 individuals stats of Feb. 18.
Individual scoring by place, name, games played, total points, high game and average per game.
PL NAME GP TP HI AV
5 Coburn 23 327 26 14.2
15 Hill 21 203 24 9.7
3 SC team 24 1335 72 55.6

On defense the Cards were second with 1273 points allowed with low game of 32 and an average per game of 51.8.

Sentinel All County first team included Kaydon Coburn and Glen Hill. Honorable mention were John Wilson and Steve Glass.

Kaydon Coburn a 6-5 senior center and Glen Hill a 6-2 junior forward were chosen for the ALL SCCAL first team. Ricky Lyons was picked for the All Defensive team. Honorable mention: John Wilson, Steve Glass, Ricky Lyon and Craig Whitesell.
Coach Pete Newell was voted a Co-Coach of the Year

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had a winning season. Leaders were Kevin Grindy and Mitch Wright.

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Practice games: Notre Dame of Salinas 47-34, Alisal 62-23, Seaside 53-67, Pacific Grove 52-45, Leland 27-43, Hollister 62-31. Cardlette Tournament: St. Francis 49-30, Lynbrook 41-34 and Los Gatos 56-61 in overtime for second place. Practice record 6-3. League games: SLV 59-34, 64-33; Soquel 53-43, 62-46; Aptos 41-43 in overtime, 31-50; North Monterey 71-38, 44-35; Marello 84-23, 72-25; Harbor 58-39, 64-32. League record 10-2 for second place. Final league standings: Aptos 12-0, SC 10-2, Soquel 7-5, Harbor 6-6, North Monterey 4-8, SLV 2-10, Marello 1-11. League playoffs; Soquel 70-53 and Aptos in finals 30-49. CCS playoffs: Pacific Grove 47-33, Seaside 58-47, Los Gatos 28-73. Complete season record 19-7.

Sentinel preseason write up on Nov. 27. As defending SCCAL champions, ninth year coach Ray Hunter knows the Cards are going to have their hands full this year. But with three starters back, two transfers and an abundance of talented underclassmen ready to make their mark, SC has a very good chance to improve last years 16-7 overall record. Leading the returnees are ALL SCCAL selections Serena Novo a post player, who averaged 15 point a game last year and Ellen Newberry the Cards floor general from her point guard position. Kim Bianconi is the third starter back as a post player. “We are going to have to rely on our skills to get by people, because we aren’t going to out-muscle anybody,” said Hunter. “We have a lot more of a bench this year and we were pretty deep last year. We will press all over the court from the locker room until the time we get back home.” Roster by year in school, name position and height. Seniors: Ellen Newberry, G, 5-4, Serena Novo, P, 5-9. Juniors: Kim Bianconi, P, 5-8, Joan Darrow, P, 6-0, Kerry Kinney, W, 5-8, Muriel Meyers, G, 5-6, Johanna Wilson, W. 5-6. Sophomores: Fonsella Brown, W, 5-6, Sheral Vaclavik, P, 4-10, Patty Weybright, P, 5-11, Tanya Wright, G, 5-3.

Nov. 29. Cardinals Open Year With Two Victories.
SC 47, Notre Dame of Salinas 34. Novo scored 15 points and Bianconi had ten. After a slow first quarter with SC ahead 6-2, SC outscored Notre Dame 15-4 in the second quarter to go ahead at halftime 21-6. Other scorers: Hill 4, Kerry Kinney 5, Newberry 7, Wilson 4, Wright 2.
SC 66, Alisal 23. Both wins were keyed by a decided rebounding edge. “We just ate them up on the boards,” said Coach Ray Hunter. Who singled out the play of front liners Serena Novo, Kim Bianconi and Kerry Kinney, who combined for 37 points against Alisal. The fast break went very well, even though we missed about 12 layups, but overall our outside shooting was pretty good.” Scoring: Bianconi 8, Brown 11, Kerry Kinney 12, S. Kinney 2, Newberry 6, Novo 17, Wilson 4 and ? 6.

Dec. 2. Seaside Dominates Santa Cruz with their center scoring 33 points and pulling down 18 rebounds in a 67-53 win. Seaside won the game in out rebounding SC 58-38. SC remained close until the fourth quarter. SC managed to tie the score 42-all at the end of the third quarter. Seaside out scored SC 25-12 in the fourth. (no SC names in write up) Scoring: Bianconi 14, Brown 2, Kerry Kinney 15, Newberry 9, Novo 9, Wilson 4.

Dec. 11. Leland 43, SC 27. SC ran out to a 8-0 lead in the first two minutes. But the girls ran out of gas, rather air as the cold bug has limited the teams physical capabilities. “We were 0-12 in the first quarter on layups. We could have blown them out if we had made those. But after a while, we couldn’t get up and down the floor,” said Coach Hunter. Serena Novo was the lone Card in double figures with 10 points. It was the second loss in five games for SC. Other scorers: Bianconi 6, Brown 3, Hill 1, Newberry 6, Wilson 1.

Dec. 13. Santa Cruz Pours It On Hollister. Employing a tenacious, ball hawking, man-to-man defense, SC was able to take the ball and the game, 62-31 away from Hollister. “We like pressure and we love to press,” explained Coach Ray Hunter. SC’s defense caused 19 first half turnovers, 11 of those in the opening period and used the advantage to take a 12-6 first quarter lead. Offensively, SC moved the ball well, only giving up the ball 11 times in the whole contest and hit the outside shot consistently to open up a 28-14 lead at the intermission. After playing zone the first half, Hollister went to a man-to-man to start the second half and the Cards really went to work. Taking advantage of superior personnel, SC worked the ball to the inside for easy shots, resulting in an amazing 9 for 12 or 75 percent in the third period. With the score now a lopsided 46-21, the Cards had little to do, but empty the bench. Nine of the 11 Cards scored. Senior guard Ellen Newberry, scored 13 points mainly on short jump shots. SC shot 40 percent from the floor and made 6 of 11 from the line. Scoring: Kerry Kinney 11, Bianconi 10, Darrow 8, Novo 6, Hill 4, S. Kinney 4, Wilson 4, Brown 2.

Dec. 16. In the first game of the Eighth Annual Santa Cruz Cardlette Invitational tournament, the Cardlettes beat St. Francis of Mountain View 49-30. Taking advantage of its superior quickness, the Cards jumped out to a early 10-2 lead, then coasted the rest of the way. “We were quicker and pressed all over the court and as a result we got lots of easy baskets off of bad passes and steals,” said Coach Hunter. SC forced 27 turnovers and won the rebounding battle 41-25. SC held the Lancers scoreless until the 1:27 mark of the first quarter. There is no “fear-of-shooting” in the Card pattern offense. When we have the ball within 15 feet of the basket, unless guarded, the offense ends and the shot goes up,” Hunter said. The shooting and rebounding of SC’s two post players was the key to victory. Kim Bianconi scored 16 points and Serena Novo had 13. Other scorers: Kerry Kinney 8, Newberry 6, Wilson 4, S. Kinney 2.

Dec. 18. Santa Cruz Into Cardlette Finals. With a 41-34 win over Lynbrook in the semifinals. Defense marked the play of SC. “We played a lot better defense than a lot of people thought we would. They like to run a lot, but our defense held them down. SC’s defense sparkled in the second half, when they held Lynbrook to two field goals. The first field goal wasn’t until three minutes left in the game. “We changed our presses a lot tonight. It disrupts the other team. It makes things happen,” SC had balanced scoring with Kim Bianconi and Ellen Newberry each scoring ten points, Serena Novo 8, Fonsella Brown 6, Johanna Wilson 4, Kerry Kinney 3.

Dec. 20. Santa Cruz Girls Lose Title To Los Gatos In OT. SC took the number one ranked team in CCS, Los Gatos to overtime, but ran out of steam down the stretch and faltered losing 61-56. A nervous Card team turned the ball over ten times in the first quarter and found themselves behind 14-4. After two quick Los Gatos buckets to start the second quarter, the Cards began to find their rhythm. Behind a balanced scoring attack, six Cards scored in the period and a hard nose, physical defense that caused 13 Los Gatos turnovers got SC back into the game and only trailing 26-14 at halftime.
Three long jump shots by Kerry Kinney and more ball hawking defense put SC on top 38-30 halfway through the third quarter. The tournament MVP led the Wildcats back to within four points at the end of three quarters. The Cards representative on the all-tournament team Serena Novo was spectacular at both ends of the court, hitting jump shots, diving for loose balls and gathering rebounds against the taller Wildcats. “We had it in our grasp,” said coach Hunter. A few costly errors at the end of regulation, while Los Gatos’ superior height and the Cards inability to break the Cats full court zone press led to the overtime period. SC couldn’t score in the last two minutes of the game. Los Gatos tied the score with six seconds to go on a follow shot of a missed free throw. The overtime was all Los Gatos, who won it 7-2. SC outscored Los Gatos 40 to 26 in the middle two periods. Scoring: Novo 21, Kerry Kinney 15, Bianconi 10, Brown 4, Wilson 4, Newberry 2.

Jan. 13. SC 59, SLV 34. After shaking of the cobwebs of the long layoff, the Cards looked like world beaters against SLV. “We were a little rusty. It took us half of the first quarter to get unhinged. We were in the right places, but the timing was all wrong,” Coach Hunter. The first quarter ended deadlocked at 8-8. SC exploded in the second quarter outscoring SLV 18-4. “I hope we can keep this up. We are getting tougher as we go along, too,” said Hunter, whose Cards opened their SCCAL championship defense on a high note. Junior forward Kim Bianconi scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Senior center Serena Novo scored 15 points, while dishing off 14 assists. Senior guard Ellen Newberry caused seven turnovers off the Cards press.

Jan. 15. SC 53, Soquel 43. SC shot out to a quick ten point lead by halftime. “he offensive difference in the game, said the Soquel coach, was Serena Novo, who scored a game high 21 points followed by Bianconi 11 and Newberry ten. SC is a good disciplined team.” Other scoring: Brown 4, Kerry Kinney 7.

Jan. 17. Mariners Take ‘Round One’ In OT. Aptos dropped in a 10 foot shot with ten seconds left in overtime to give Aptos a 43-41 victory. With the score tied at 41 all and 23 second left in the overtime period, Aptos called a time out. With about 15 seconds left, there was a drive down the right side of the key and the dribbler stopped about ten feet from the basket. At first she was well covered, but SC dropped back to try and protect inside and left her with a wide open shot, which she made. SC was led by Novo, who scored 14 points followed by Bianconi and Kerry Kinney each with ten points. SC controlled the game 80 percent of the time as they led for most of the game until late in the fourth quarter. With 48 seconds left in regulation, Aptos went in front by two, but Novo hit a short jumper to send the game into overtime. Aptos dominated the boards 45-23. Scoring: Bianconi 10, Kerry Kinney 10, Newberry 7, Novo 14.

Jan. 24. Cardinals ‘Press’ Their Way Past Marello for a 84-23 win. SC employed a full court press throughout the contest until 1:40 left in the game. Many irate fans shouted at SC coach Ray Hunter near the end of the contest, attempting to persuade him to remove the press. Regarding the press, Hunter said, “We play our game whether we’re ahead or behind. Any team we play doesn’t get any good out of it either. They need to learn how to handle the press. That’s part of basketball.” Serena Novo scored 23 points and Kim Bianconi 21. Joan Darrow and Fonsella Brown each scored 11. Coach Hunter, “Joan Darrow looked a lot better tonight and we need her to come off the bench on a regular basis. I was pleased that the girls who aren’t playing regularly got to play a lot tonight. I was happy about that.” Other scoring: Hill 2, Newberry 5, S. Kinney 2, Kerry Kinney 2, Wilson 7, Wright 2.

Jan. 27. Santa Cruz Runs Past Harbor. Kim Bianconi dropped 22 points to lead SC to a 58-39 victory over Harbor. Bianconi turned in an outstanding performance at every level. Beside her scoring where she hit 9 for 18 attempts, she hauled down eight rebounds and stole the ball five times. Most of Bianconi’s points came from inside the key. From that position, Bianconi baffled the Harbor defenders time after time. “That’s her game. Down on the baseline trying to stop her is like trying to catch wildfire. She played a great game,” coach Hunter. “Serena Novo was responsible much of the time for Bianconi receiving the ball as she was setting Kim up.” Novo had seven assists, ten points, six rebounds and five steals. SC employed a half court trap defense for most of the game, instead of the full court press, which they had used in the past. The half court trap forced 36 Harbor turnovers. Johanna Wilson was the high scorer off the bench with six points. SC is 5-1. Other scorers: Brown 2, Darrow 2, Hill 4, Kerry Kinney 5, S. Kinney 2, Newberry 5.

Jan. 31. Fourth Quarter Card Blitz Downs Marello. SC scored 32 points in the fourth quarter, enough points in itself to win the game as SC posted a 72-25 win over Marello. The half court press was not as effective against Marello as the full court press. Marello only trailed 25-13 at halftime. Kim Bianconi scored 20 points and Serena Novo 17. Other scorers: Wilson 9, Newberry 8, S. Kinney 6, Brown 4, Wright 4, Hill 2, Darrow 2, Kerry Kinney 0, Weybright 0.

(Two league games without Sentinel write-ups had the scoring, which follows)
SC 64, Harbor 32. Scores by quarters starting with the first quarter: SC 18-6, 36-12, 54-22, 64-32. SC scoring: Newberry 4, Novo 16, Bianconi 22, Brown 2, Kerry Kinney 16, Hill 5, S. Kinney 1.

SC, 71, North Monterey 38. Scores by quarters starting with the first quarter: SC 20-3, 28- 18, 39-24, 71-38. SC scoring: Bianconi 15, Brown 8, Darrow 1, Hill 8, Kerry Kinney 10, Newberry 12, Novo 10, Wilson 2, Wright 2.

Feb. 3. SC 64, SLV 33. SLV jumped out to an early 11-2 lead, but SC recovered to take a 13-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter. SLV broke the Cards full court press for layups, but then dropped back into its half court press and too the layups away. SC dominated inside, outscored SLV 35-12 in the second half. Serena Novo led all scorers with 22, followed by Ellen Newberry 14 and Kerry Kinney 12. Other scoring: Wright 2, Bianconi 8, Wilson 2, S. Kinney 2, Hill 2.

Bianconi Led Santa Cruz Girls Blast Harbor 64-32. Kim Biaconi was 10 for 19 from the floor for a 53 percent proficiency and add two free throws to score 22 points, while making five steals and hauled down eight rebounds. SC employed a swarming defense, switching intermittently from a full court press to a half court trap. Harbor turned the ball over 33 times. SC made 19 steals and Novo led with nine. Novo scored 16 points and Kerry Kinney was right behind with 14. SC shot 42 percent from the field. “We played last night and ran a lot. We were a little tired and it showed,” said coach Hunter, who was pleased with the performance of 5-7 freshman wing Ann Hill, who scored five points off the bench. Harbor out rebounded SC 50-40. Novo led the Cards with 12 rebounds followed by Kinney and Bianconi each with eight.

Feb. 7. Santa Cruz ‘Two’ Much For Condors. North Monterey played ‘two’ SC teams, the Cards first string, which was more than the Condors could handle and the Card reserves, who were no match for the condors front liners. SC’s first string posted its reserves a huge lead and the Cards captured their tenth SCCAL victory 44-35. It took a while for SC to penetrate the Condors zone, but when they did the buckets came fast and easy. At the same time the Card offense was rolling, the SC defense took control of the game, which is no surprise because SC‘s best offense is its full court pressing defense. So dominating was the Cards press, the Condors put up only two shots in the last three minutes of the first quarter, in which SC outscored the Condors 10-0. Early in the second half, with SC leading 32-8, coach Hunter inserted his second team and except for a short spurt in the beginning of the final quarter the reserves played the rest of the way. Scoring: Novo 144, Bianconi 14, Newberry 7, Brown 4, Kerry Kinney 3, Wilson 2, Darrow, Hill, S. Kinney. Weybright and Wright didn’t score.

SC 62, Soquel 46. SC played a near perfect first quarter to blow Soquel off the floor as SC established a 24-3 lead by the end of the quarter. “We pressed them in the first quarter, then put our second team in the second quarter. Everyone for us played at least half the game,” said coach Hunter. Kerry Kinney led the charge in the first quarter getting 12 of her 14 points in the period with three buckets off steals and three long range bombs. Scoring: Bonconi 16, Brown 4, Kerry Kinney 14, Newberry 10, Novo 18. SC is now 9-1 in league.

Feb. 10. Mariners Run Over Cards 50-31. Aptos 5-10 center and best player scored 28 points and pulled down 22 rebounds as she took control. Coach Ray Hunter comments, “She looked great. She did one heck if a job. There was no way of stopping her. We were trying to cover up inside and block the passing lanes and keep her from getting the ball, then they would hit an outside shot.” Aptos was in front of SC 20-16 at halftime, but came out and outscored SC 16-5 in the third quarter to lead 36-21 going into the fourth quarter. Aptos was hot from the field connecting on 21 of 50 shots for 42 percent, while SC was 14 of 59 for 23 percent. Kim Bianconi was the top scorer for SC with eight points. Aptos is now 11-0 and SC 10-2, both losses to Aptos.

Feb. 19. Santa Cruz Runs Away With Victory Over Soquel. The Cards earned a trip to the CCS playoffs and another shot at Aptos by virtue of a resounding 70-53 victory over Soquel, who could not handle SC’s infamous full court press. Soquel committed 41 turnovers and SC turned them into easy baskets and a 50-25 third quarter lead in the second round Shaughnessy playoff game. Bianconi, Newberry and Novo combined for 49 points, 22, 14, 13 respectively, Bianconi and Novo effectively nullified Soquel’s inside game that beat Harbor to get to this game. SC scored the first eight points of the second period to jump to a 16-10 advantage. SC maintained the lead on the strength of an effective passing game, one which netted 15 assists on the way to a halftime lead of 36-20. Bianconi was able to drive through the Soquel man-to-man defense and score on short range shot usually before the stunned Knight could make their transition from offense to defense. At the end of the third quarter SC had a 25 point lead. Hunter then gave his starters a rest and Soquel closed to 14 points and the starters returned. Novo had six assists and Kerry Kinney handed out five.

Before the last league game of the season the following article appeared in the Sentinel on February 10.
Aptos-Santa Cruz Games Mean More Than Rivalry boys and girls. Although the Mariner girls edged the Cards 43-41 in overtime earlier in the season, this nights title encounter wasn’t even close as Aptos blasted SC 53-31. A one sided score like that is truly the exception, rather than the rule, admits SC coach Ray Hunter. “Its really been even. We’ll split during league, they’ll win two, then we’ll win two. Either way there can’t be more than a one or two game difference in the nine years we have been playing.” In the nine years that the two girls’ team have played each other for the league honors, Aptos has won four titles, Santa Cruz four and the pair have been co-champions once. The players don’t necessary say any thing, but its understood, when the two teams play its going to be a white-knuckler. It will be a physical game and that’s an unsaid fact.

Feb. 21. Aptos Makes Clean Sweep Of Santa Cruz. At the SCCAL championship playoff final, Aptos made it three in a row over SC topping the Cards 49-30. The Mariners wasted little time jumping out in front 15-2 in the opening quarter. SC was ice cold shooting 2 for 14 in the period. SC usually a good shooting team, appeared nervous and tentative in the early going, when almost half of their shots were air balls or barely drew iron. SC shot a miserable 21 percent in the contest, 14 for 66. Aptos’ ability to control the boards proved to be too much for SC as their offensive rebounds often gave them two and sometimes three extra shots. In contrast SC seldom took more than one shot in an offensive sequence. SC got untracked in the second period. Behind Kim Bianconi’s eight points they pulled to within seven at 21-14 halfway into the quarter, which was as close as the Cards got in the game. Aptos employed a box and one defense to neutralize the talented Serena Novo, who was limited to eight points. Kim Bianconi led the Cards with 10 points. In the third period, the Cards took 12 shots before Kerry Kinney hit a 12 footer.

Feb. 24. Santa Cruz Girls ‘Wake Up’ In Time, Stop Pacific Grove. The low post combination of Kim Bianconi and Serena Novo combined for 34 points to led SC over Pacific Grove, the Mission Trail Athletic League winner 47-33 in the first round of the CCS playoffs. SC will tackle third seeded Seaside The MBL champion with a 21-3 record at Hartnell on Friday.. Last year Seaside defeated SC in the second round before finishing among the top four in the CCS Tourney. PG started the game in a slow down, which appeared to put SC in a trance during the first half, as PG led 18-16 at halftime. SC quickly got on track in the third quarter outscoring PG 17-6. Coach Hunter credited the turnaround to his team’s half court press, which quickly forced three turnovers to open the second half. “Once we got PG moving, our tempo picked up. We just didn’t dictate the tempo in the first half.” Bianconi, who scored 18 points in the game, while hitting 7 of 11 shots and Novo, who pumped in 16 points on 8 of 16 accuracy, also led SC to a 40 percent shooting performance. Novo grabbed eight rebounds and made five steals, while Bianconi had five rebounds and Kerry Kinney made five steals. Although only four Cards scored, individually, Hunter said he was pleased with the play of guards Ellen Newberry and Fonsella Brown, who each were credited with four assists. “They didn’t have to score, because once we got going we just concentrated on getting the ball inside to Bianconi and Novo.” Normally the top scorer for PG, who scored 25 points against the Cards in a practice game earlier in the season was held to four points.

Feb. 28. Good ‘D’ Cards Surprise Seaside. Defense led the way to SC’s dominated the third ranked Seaside 58-47 in the second round of the CCS playoffs. “We played defense very, very well tonight. Everybody did their job,” said coach Ray Hunter. “We figured we had to stop Seaside’s two best scorers and we did. We wanted to make Seaside’s other players shoot the ball. In SC’s man-to-man defense, Serena Novo guarded one of the top players and Kerry Kinney covered the other. Hunter was extremely happy with the play of Kinney. “She did a heck of a job making her opponent work hard for every shot.” SC played the entire game in a full court press, harassing the Spartans continually and it created 28 turnovers. Ellen Newberry was the top ball stealer with seven. At one point in the game, she stole the ball three times in less than a minute. Novo, Kim Bianconi and Fonsella Brown each had three steals. “Fon did a good job tonight. When she has a good night, it makes everybody go. She’s sort of an inspirational player,” said Coach Hunter. Brown was the Cards third leading scorer with 12 points. Novo led with 20 points followed by Kinney 13 and Bianconi with nine. Both teams scored 16 field goals, but SC had 16 points from the foul line, while Seaside only scored five. Seaside had 22 fouls, while SC had 14. “That was probably the most free throws we’ve gotten all year. We just don’t get fouled that much. We shoot pretty well from outside, so we don’t get fouled as much as other teams,” Hunter said. Seaside out-rebounded SC 42-25, but the missed numerous rebound shots right under the basket. Much of SC’s success was credited to their relaxed play. SC players were laughing and joking throughout the contest and Hunter felt this attitude had spilled over from the teams practice the day before. “We had an excellent practice yesterday. They were loose and alert,” Coach Hunter. “All five of the players Novo, Bianconi, Newberry, Brown and Kinney played well. No one let down tonight.”

March 3. Santa Cruz Girls Run Into ‘Buzzsaw’. “I knew we were going to hit a buzz saw tonight,” Those were the words of Coach Ray Hunter after watching his Cardlettes fall to undefeated and number on ranked Los Gatos Orange-Crush 73-28 in the third round of CCS playoffs. Los Gatos is now 27-0. (Los Gatos went on to win the Northern California crown and advance to state) “Los Gatos didn’t play well in their previous game, so I figured they were going to be up for the game tonight,” Coach Hunter. Los Gatos left no doubt at the outset of the contest who the victor would be and took a 25-4 lead into the second quarter. Los Gatos shot 57 percent from the field, while SC shot 23 percent. Kim Bianconi led SC in scoring with seven, followed by Serena Novo and Kerry Kinney with six points each. Kinney had six rebounds followed by Novo and Ellen Newberry with five rebounds each. SC committed 24 turnovers and Los Gatos 22. Hunter was happy with the play of his squad over the entire season. “We improved all along. We played up to a lot of big games.”
Aptos beat Mitty 61-53 in the third round to make it into the final four.

From the Trident. The Cardlettes rolled over their league opponents except Aptos and had a great season taking second place in league. They lost to Los Gatos for the Cardlette tournament championship in overtime. Some highlights in the season were holding Lynbrook to two field goals in the second half. Serena Novo had 19 points against Pacific Grove in a 52-45 win in their practice game. She scored 21 and 22 points against SLV. Against Marello she had 23 points,
High scoring, junior Kim Bianconi had four 20 plus games. They were against SLV was high scorer with 22 points. Against Marello she scored 21 and 20 points. Against Harbor she scored 22 points
Against North Monterey, the SC press forced 25 turnovers and against Harbor 33 turnovers.
The highlight of the season for coach Ray Hunter, who is in his eighth season has won four championships and has never had a team finish below second place, was the championship game of the Cardlette tournament against Los Gatos. It was the best played game of the season even though they lost in overtime. Los Gatos got off to a quick 14-4 lead, but SC rallied to close the lead to two points at half time. At the end of regulation game, Los Gatos scored a last second field goal to tie the score 54-54. He summed up the season by saying, “Its been a very enjoyable season with a lot of the players were returning ones, thus making it enjoyable working with them.”

Senior Serena Novo had a banner year in basketball being named All League, All County and to the Cardlette All Tournament teams. Another big accomplishment was her team making the third round of the CCS playoffs. The biggest highlights of her four year varsity career was making All League as a sophomore and beating Aptos to win the SCCAL championship last year. Her coach for all four years was Ray Hunter, who said of Serena’s importance to the team, “She is our controlling force on the boards and also her motivating force. She has matured as a player. She has become very game wise and has the ability to feel when there is a change in the tempo of the game.”
Serena sums up her playing philosophy saying, “It is to give all you can in every game and to make a minimal amount of mistakes, so that you do not have to look back and think about all the things you should have or should not have done.”

Sentinel All County first team included Serena Novo and Kim Bianconi. Honorable mention were Ellen Newberry and Kerry Kinney.

SC had two on the ten player ALL SCCAL first team selected by the coaches. Senior 5-9 center, Serena Novo and junior 5-8 forward Kim Bianconi. Ellen Newberry was picked for the seven player ALL SCCAL DEFENSIVE team. Honorable mention were Kerry Kinney and Fonsella Brown.

JV GIRLS BASKETBALL

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WRESTLING LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Winning the league tournament with 156 points. The second place team was Carmel with 126 points.
Practice matches: Mt. Pleasant 33-30, San Jose 34-33, Saratoga 38-28 and Lynbrook Loss.
League: North Monterey 26-42, Aptos 36-35, Hollister 41-17, Palma 44-21, Carmel 49-19, Soquel 68-12 and SLV 60-12. League record 6-1 for the championship.

The wrestling league this year includes the normal SLV, Soquel, Aptos, SC and North Monterey, but with the addition of Carmel, Hollister and Palma. From the league tournament the top three finishers will qualify to move on, instead of the two before.

Sentinel. March 5. At the state meet, Dan Prucha at 130 pounds lost his first round match by 10-5 to be knocked out of competition. A picture by Bill Lovejoy accompanies the article.

Sentinel. March 4. Top SC wrestler was Dan Prucha a senior transfer from Nebraska, who placed fourth in the State championship tournament there as a junior. Dan started wrestling at the age of twelve, while in California, wrestlers don’t usually start until junior high. But in the Mid-West wrestling is one of the main sports. In his four tournaments this year, he won two and placed second in two, while qualifying for the State meet.
Going into the State meet Prucha has a 27-4 record. Two of the setbacks, one a 3-1 loss in overtime at the Westmont Tournament and a pin in the finals of the Cabrillo Classic were against Monterey’s 130 pound wrestler, who won his division at CCS. His other two loss came in the CCS championship tournament. Comments from Coach Tex Ronning. “He’s capable of beating anyone. Even though he lost two at CCS, he has the skills to beat anyone. That’s partly because he never going to get whipped out of a match. In my 19 years coaching at SC, I rate Prucha as one of the top all-time wrestlers. He has great he has great heart of wrestling. He does things, because he wants to do them. He’s mentally tough. He’s very good on his feet. He has a lot of background on freestyle wrestling has been since he was young. He doesn’t relay on strength, he has very good balance, agility and quickness. Confidence is another factor, which makes Prucha tough. In the Cards first match of the year, Prucha moved up a weight to cover a hole in the lineup and pinned the larger wrestler in 37 seconds.

Sentinel. Feb. 14. At The SCCAL Championship Tournament. Card Wrestlers Turn Feeling Into Reality. “We had a feeling all week, said coach Tex Ronning, “that we could do it.” And the Cards did it in impressive style, winning three individual titles. Senior Dan Prucha at 129 pounds pinned his man 42 seconds into the third period. Joel Bettencourt at 141, pinned his man in 1:06 of the second period and Dan Egan won the heavyweight crown with a pin in the first round. SC wrestlers finished as runner-ups in five more weight classes. “It was a team win. Ten of our 13 wrestlers placed in the top four. That shows good balance,” said Coach Ronning. The top three finishers in each division advance to the CCS Championships at West Valley College. The top four individual finishers at the CCS tournament will go to the State meet. Talking about the SCCAL meet, “Any thing can happen in a tournament. We got some good seedings for the match and we got a few breaks,” Ronning said. In the league format, the seasons overall champion is decided by a combined score, which is determined by dual meet record and team placement in the league final tournament. SC outscored Carmel 155-135 for the league championship. SC had three individual league champions and how they did it follows: Prucha battled to a 2-2 score after two rounds. In the third round he pulled a reversal and the pinned his man 42 second into the last round. Bettencourt at 141 pounds held a slim 2-1 lead, when he pinned his man at 1:06 of the second round. Egan was too strong for his man and pinned him in just 1:48 of the first round. Bill Burr, Juan Gonzales, Duke Lee, Karl Goin and Lambert all finished second to qualify for the CCS championship meet.

Feb. 21. At The CCS Championship Tournament. Five Area Wrestlers Advancing To State. Dan Prucha is the lone SC entrant. Prucha finished in fourth place in the 126 pound division, losing 12-4 in the third place match. Prucha began the tournament with a third period pin. In the second round, he won with a second period pin. In the third round he won a 12-6 decision over the Mount Hamilton Athletic League most outstanding wrestler. In the semifinals Prucha lost a 5-4 decision. That forced Prucha down to the consolation bracket were he won a 3-1 decision, which moved him to the third place match. The top four finishers qualify for the State meet at Independence High in San Jose, which qualifies Prucha.

Trident. The Cards had three league champions–Dan Prucha with a 23-2 season record, Dan Egan at 20-4 and Joel Bettencourt, who came out late in the season, There were five second place finishers. They were Bill Burr, Juan Gonzales, Duke Lee, Karl Goin and Bill Lambert. The highlight of the season was having eight SC wrestlers win their second round matches to give SC 124 points going into the finals. All of these wrestlers went to the CCS meet.
Dan Prucha by placing fourth at CCS qualified to participate at the State wrestling tournament.

Sentinel. Dec. 4. Cards Pin Mt. Pleasant 33-30 in their first competition of the season. SC was led by pins from Don Prucha at 138 in 37 seconds, Bill Lambert at 200 in 37 seconds and Dan Egan at 245 in 1:20. At 98 pounds, Bill Burr won by decision 13-8. At 105 Martin Corona blanked his opponent 3-0. At 155, Mike Tracy won by decision 9-6 and Martin Corley at 185 won by forfeit.

Sentinel. SC wrestlers who placed at the SCCAL Novice Tournament. At 98 pounds, second place Ronzano. 155, second place McLean. 167, second place Butts and third place Hohnhorst
245, first place Lira.

Sentinel. Dec. 6. At the Aptos Takedown Wrestling Tournament SC took fourth place in the eight team tourney. SC won two individual championships. Senior Dan Prucha pinned all three of his opponents in the 132 pound class. Senior Dan Egan in the heavyweight division also pinned all of his opponents, including his teammate Ken Lira in the final match. Bill Burr at 98 pounds took second place. Fourth place finishers were Martin Corona at 105, Troy Strong at 145 and Bill Lambert at 200.

Dec. 13. SC Cardinal Matters Overtake SJ Bulldogs 34-33. SC with their backs to the wall, came up with a furious comeback. Trailing by over 20 points, SC closed the match with five straight individual victories, four by pins, to earn the win and raise its record to 3-1 on the season. Going into the final match of the night, the Cards needed a pin to insure a team victory. Heavyweight Dan Egan pinned his San Jose opponent in just 11 seconds to cap the comeback drive.

Trident. Santa Cruz began the season, December 3, with a tough 33-30 victory over Mount Pleasant. In the Aptos Takedown Tourney, Santa Cruz placed fourth. Dan Prucha took his weight class pinning all three opponents. In the Branham Team Tourney Santa Cruz lost its opening round match to Lynbrook. In the next match the Cards defeated Saratoga 38-28. Trailing by 20 points with five matches remaining, Santa Cruz rallied to defeat San Jose 34-33.

Sentinel. Dec. 18. The Cards lost their league season opener, 42-26 to North Monterey County. Card winners were Martin Corona at 105 and Don Prucha at 126, who both won by decisions. Winners by pins were at 167 Joe Workman, at 200 Bill Lambert, 245 Dan Egan.

Jan. 15. SC Wrestlers Edge Aptos 36-35. Each team drew two wins through forfeit, but the Cards domination of the lower weight classes gave them a solid advantage. Bill Burr at 95, Matin Corona 105 and Don Prucha at 126 each scored pins, while Juan Gonzales won by forfeit. SC is 1-1 in league and 4-2 overall.

In the San Lorenzo Valley Coast Classic the Cards highest finisher was Dan Prucha, who was runner-up in his division.

Trident. In the Westmont Tournament Karl Goin and Bill Lambert both placed fifth.
The team was hurt late in the season when starters Martin Corona and Troy Strong were injured.

Trident. Against Hollister, Santa Cruz had an easy time with a 41-17 victory.

Jan. 29. Carmel is leading the league with a 3-0 record followed by SC, Aptos and North Monterey at 3-1. SC defeated Palma 44-21 at Salinas. SC now 6-2 overall, got solid performances up and down the weight classifications. Juan Gonzales picked up a quick pin at 112, Duke Lee scored a superior decision 24-0 at 138 pounds. Karl Goin at 167 won by pin, at 105 Ronzano won with a 5-1 decision, at 119 Karst won by forfeit, at 185 Munoz won by forfei, at 245, Egan won by forfeit and Bill Lambert at 200 pounds finished it off with a 7-1 decision.

Feb 3. SC remains tied for first place atop the Southern Division’s Northern Conference with an easy 49-19 victory over Carmel. SC upped its conference mark to 4-1 and now stands at 7-2 overall. SC opened the match on a pin by Bill Burr at 98 pounds, then iced the victory with three straight pins by Dan Prucha at 126, Duke Lee at 132 and Joel Bettecourt at 138. Earning victories for SC, who captured nine of the last ten individual matches were Karl Goin by pin at 167, Bill Lambert at 200 by a 9-6 decision, at 105 Ronzano won with a 5-1 decision, at 119 Karst won by forfeit as did Egan at 245, at 145 Strong won by decision 7-5 and at 185 Munoz had a draw 2-2.

Feb 5. Card Matmen Remain tied. Santa Cruz destroyed Soquel 63-12. There is a three way tie with SC, Carmel and North Monterey all with 5-1 league records. Five Cards scored pins, with Bill Lambert topping it off at the 200 pound weight class. Greg McLean 156, Dan Prucha 126, Kurt Karst 119, Juan Gonzales 112 ad Bill Burr 98 all scored pins. Karl Goin at 167 came close with a 21-5 decision and Rick Munoz at 185 took a 5-0 decision. Lee 133, Bettencourt 138 and Egan all won by forfeit.

Feb. 11. Cards Pin Valley, In the season finale Santa Cruz wrestlers had nine pins in a 60-12 win over San Lorenzo Valley. SC swept all but three individual matches. Cards who had pins were Dan Egan in the heavyweight class, Bill Lambert at 200 pounds, Karl Goin 167, Greg McLean 155 and Duke Lee 132 pounds were among the other Cards who scored pins in the match.

Feb. 21. At the CCS championships at West Valley College, Dan Prucha took fourth place. Prucha started off the championships with a third period pin. In the next match he had a pin in the second round. He had a 12-6 decision win over the Mt. Hamilton league Most Outstanding wrestler to put him in the semifinals. He lost in a 5-4 decision, which forced him into the consolation bracket. He won a 3-1 decision to make it to the third place match. Prucha qualified for the State Tournament on March 5-6 at Independence High in San Jose.
Other SC participants in the CCS event were Joel Bettencourt at 138 pounds. He had a pin, (but there was no other information as it was for) Karl Goin, who earned a early round victory.

Team members were Ken Lira, Shawn Butts, Don Depedro, George Jones, Mike Hanhorst, Rick Munoz, Joel Bettencourt, Karl Goin, Bill Lambert, Dan Prueha, Dan Egan, Troy Stong, Marty Corley, Billy Burr, Mike Ronzano, Martin Corona, Jaun Gonzales, Kurt Kast, Dan Strong, Duke Lee and Greg McLean. Coach Tex Ronning assisted by Larry Maibaum.

ALL SCCAL

for winning their weight classifications at the SCCAL meet were Dan Prucha, Joel Bettencourt and Dan Egan.

BOYS SOCCER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

Practice games: Leigh 1-5, Seaside 1-1, Menlo 0-1, RLS 1-1, Alisal 1-4 and Santa Clara 0-4. Practice record 0-4-2. League: North Monterey 1-2, 2-1; Marello 4-0, 7-0; Harbor 1-0, 1-0; Soquel 4-0, 2-2; SLV 5-0, 0-2; Aptos 4-1, 2-1. League record 9-2-1 for the championship. In the CCS playoffs the Cards beat Gonzales 2-1 and lost to Westmont 0-3. Season record 10-7-3.

Final league standings: Two way tie for first, Santa Cruz and North Monterey 9-2-1; Three way tie for third, Harbor, SLV and Soquel 5-5-2; Aptos 5-7-0 and Marello 0-12.

Sentinel, Dec. 6. Santa Cruz’ Cards Will Try To Defend SCCAL Soccer Title. Last season, it was the Year of the Bird, the SC Cardinals, in the old SCCAL soccer league. The Cards dominated the league with a 10-0 record. This year, its anyone’s guess who will make a run for the title of the new seven school SCCAL. North Monterey a new school to the league, while Watsonville is in the MBL.
Nick Dadigan, the MVP of the league last year is back. Last year the Cards were 3-6 in preseason, but Dadigan was a big reason for the turnaround as he scored 19 goals in league and set a new SC school record with 26 for the season. The Cards lost to RLS 7-1 in the first game of the CCS playoffs.
“I think our keeper, Fred Plagman, will be the best in the league. That’s the big key. We will be able to score some goals. If we have any weaknesses it will be in our defensive backs, who are all playing their first year on varsity. We have the nucleus of a very good team, plus some very talented juniors are up from the frosh-soph team. We aren’t far from putting it together, “said coach Don Dempewolf.
Other senior starters back this year include wing George Abraham, Midfielder Greg DeRenne and utility man Rafael Granados. All SCCAL defensive player senior fullback Mitch Kimura suffered a serious leg injury in a motorcycle accident and will be lost for the season.

From coach Don Dempewolf, “The Cards started off the season without a win until the eighth game. We were not too concerned about those losses, because we played a very tough pre season schedule and tried to play all of the 18 man squad every game. Our first win came in the second league game and the winning attitude carried us to our second consecutive SCCAL title along with it a trip to the CCS playoffs. The Cards played a beautiful game against Gonzales in the first round game, but were a bit nervous in the second round against a tough Westmont team losing 0-3 at the PAL Stadium in San Jose. Morale on the team is high as many players are making plans to defend our SCCAL title for the third straight time. Looking forward to a fun season next year.

The highlight of the season was beating Aptos twice to cinch the league championship and qualify for the CCS playoffs.

Santa Cruz began the 1981-82 season with a 5-0 loss to Leigh, against Seaside the Cards tied 1-1 with a goal from Nick Dadigan. In a muddy battle, Santa Cruz lost to Menlo 1-0. Against Robert Louis Stevenson, Santa Cruz tied the game 1-1 on a goal from Sergio Sierra. Nick Dadigan scored the Cards lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Alisal. Santa Cruz was shut-out 4-0 by Buchser.

Sentinel preseason write up on December 6. Santa Cruz Cards Will Try To Defend SCCAL Soccer Title. Though the SCCAL MVP Nick Dadigan is back, Coach Don Dempewolfe and his young team face a stiff challenge this season. Last year SC went 10-0 in league after a 3-6 preseason. One big reason for the turnaround was Dadigan, who scored 19 goals in league and set a new SC school record with 26 on the season. However, SC lost to powerful RLS in the first round of CCS play 7-1. “I think our keeper, Fred Plageman will be the best in the league. That’s a big key. We are going to be able to score. If we have a weakness it will be our defensive backs, who are playing their first year on varsity. We have a nucleus of a very good team, including some very talented juniors up from the frosh-soph team. We Aren’t far from putting it together,” said Dempewolfe. Senior fullback Mitch Kimura, an All SCCAL pick last year, suffered a serious leg injury and will be lost for the season. Other senior starters back are wing George Abraham, midfielder Greg DeRenne and utility man Rafael Granados.

Sentinel Dec. 6. SC 1, RLS 1. SC gained revenge, of sorts, against RLS, who handed them a 7-1 loss in the first round of CCS last season. SC out shot RLS 16-7. Striker Sergio Sierra scored the first goal, assisted by Dadigan in the first 12 minutes, which held until six minutes left in the game, when RLS tied the score. The entire defensive backfield was praised by Coach Dempewolfe.

Sentinel Dec. 10. Winless, SC Booters Open Defense of SCCAL Title, next week after losing four and having two ties in their preseason tune ups, SC gave up three goals in the first 17 minutes of play on their way to a 4-0 loss to Santa Clara. Santa Clara out shot the Cards by a lopsided margin of 26-4, but SC hung tough the second half, allowing only one goal.

Sentinel Dec. 17. Two Shockers Open League Season. Defending league champion SC, began league play with a 2-1 loss to league new comer North Monterey County. Nick Dadigan, last years SCCAL MVP, scored SC’s lone goal in the first five minutes on an assist by Vince Parish..

Sentinel Dec. 20. Santa Cruz Booters Finally Get Into Win Column. Santa Cruz got its first victory of the year defeating Marello 4-0. Dadigan had two goals and George Abraham and Raul Oliva one apiece. “Believe me, the kids are excited about it. This is what we have been waiting for, a total team effort like we got today,” said Dempewolfe, whose Cards evened their SCCAL record at 1-1 and now stand at 1-5-2 overall. Eleven minutes into the game Greg DeRenne headed a ball to George Abraham, who headed the ball past the goalie. Raul Oliva scored on an assist from Nick Dadigan to give SC a 2-0 halftime lead. Dadigan added two more goals in the second half.

Jan. 19. SC 1, Harbor 0. SC 2-1 in league play gained some needed confidence with the victory. With five minutes left, Lock McVica scored the game winning goal, “We’re come on
and getting stronger. We’re getting more positive. We feel we are still in the hunt,” said Dempewolfe. One player from each side were red carded and the game eventually finished ten on ten. The officials are calling a lot of that this year.

The Cards defeated Marello 7-0 behind Dadigan’s three goals.

Jan. 22. Cardinals upend North Monterey 2-1 for their first loss of the season. SC now stands at 3-1, just one-half a game behind North Monterey at 4-1. Nick Dadigan broke out of a mild slump and scored both SC goals, the first coming 24 minutes into the first half, on an assist from Greg DeRenne. “Dadigan played his best game of the season, he not only scored, but how he passed and played defense,” said Dempewolfe. North Monterey scored five minutes into the second half to tie the contest. Dadigan scored the last goal at the 29 minute mark. “It was really an even game overall,. We had a couple of opportunities in the first half and were really banging on the door several times,” Dempewolfe. SC out shot NMC 17-5. SC is 4-5-2 overall.
SC junior varsity won 1-0 to remain undefeated.

Sentinel. Santa Cruz Booters Shutout Soquel 4-0. SC has been on the verge of a breakthrough in recent weeks, but the 4-0 victory over Soquel was an indication they have turned the corner. “We played a really aggressive game and cam out on the field and did what we have been expecting to do. We didn’t let Soquel do anything. We are getting a lot of solid play from a lot of people,” Dempewolf said. The spreading out of the scoring proved his point. Sergio Sierra opened the scoring, then Rafael Granados made it 2-0 at the half. Nick Dadigan and Carlos Chagolla a sophomore starter, finished it off in the second half. Dempewolf said, “Carlos has been our defensive ace. Then he came up and made a shot from 30 yards. That’s the type of player he is. We’re in the heat of it now, looking ahead to a battle with North Monterey for the SCCAL title.”

Jan. 31. Overtime Penalty Kick Shoots Cards Into First Place. A penalty kick by Sergio Sierra some four minutes into the second overtime led the Cards to a 1-0 victory over Harbor. “We had what I thought was the best soccer match of the season. Both teams deserved to win, but that’s not the way it can be. It was a crucial game for both teams. We’ve really come together. I hate to single out too many guys. Sierra was supported by Nick Dadigan, Carlos Ghagolla, Gregg DeRenne and goalie Fred Plageman. The winning on a penalty kick rarely happens in soccer,” said Dempewolfe.

Feb 2. Cardinals Booters Blank SLV. SC is in full gear atop the SCCAL with a 7-1 record after defeating SLV 5-0. Next come North Monterey 5-2-1 and Soquel 4-2. SC got off to a quick lead, when Sergio Sierra and Nick Dadigan each scored in the first 15 minutes. Then Dadigan scored two more goals 11 minutes into the second half.

Feb. 4. Soquel, Santa Cruz Battle To A Tie, in a crucial SCCAL game 2-2. “In overtime, no one came close. It seemed like the ball was in the midfield the whole time. It was anybody’s game and maybe it was justified it ended up in a tie,” said the Soquel coach. For a while, it appeared SC was going to win. SC who downed Soquel 4-0 last week, trailed 1-0 at halftime. The Cards came back with two second half goals by Nick Dadigan to go ahead 2-1. But with less than a minute left, Soquel tied the score.

Feb. 9. Santa Cruz Wraps Up Soccer Playoff Berth, Others Close. With a 4-1 win over Aptos. “We played a pretty solid game. We’re just getting over the flu. We’re looking strong again and that kind of cut Aptos down a little bit,” Dempewolfe said. SC is 8-2-1 with one game to play. North Monterey is 7-2-1 with two games to play. SC got a key goal late in the first half by Carlos Chagolla, which made it 2-1 with a shot from 25 yards out. Nick Dadigan scored two goals.

Feb. 14. Santa Cruz, North Monterey Tie For SCCAL Soccer Title. Aptos played well, but still fell to front running SC 2-1 and North Monterey won in SCCAL finales, to tie for the title with 9-2-1 records. SC will be the leagues number one representative at CCS. The determination went down to the forth tiebreaker, since both teams have identical league records, records against one another (1-1), scored identical number of goals against one another (3-3). The fourth was the goal differential in all league games, SC (24-23). SC and Aptos battled to a scoreless tie in the first half. SC broke the ice nine minutes into the second half, when Carlos Chagolla scored an unassisted goal. Three minutes later, Aptos scored on a penalty kick. Sergio Sierra kicked a game winning penalty kick with five minutes left in the game. Aptos put a lot of pressure on SC, by taking 28 shots on goal compared to SC’s 14. Because of Fred Plageman’s sterling play which was critical, just one went in for the Mariners.
SC junior varsity was tied for the league lead with Aptos going into the game. SC won 1-0 to win the SCCAL title along with the Varsity.

Feb. 14. CCS Soccer Playoffs. No Matter Where They Play, Cards Plan To Make Impression. The Cardinals want to make a lasting impression and to serve notice to everyone else in the Central Coast Section, that SCCAL teams are not “patsies” and are a force to be reckoned with. Despite posting a 9-2-1 league record this season, as opposed to last seasons unblemished 10-0 mark, Dempewolfe feels, ”This team is stronger than last years. We have more depth,” That statement is an indication of the parity that has been achieved in the SCCAL. One thing for certain says Dempewolfe, “We win or lose, together, as a team. Our league is good and we deserve more recognition in the section. Last year we had two overtime games and the rest we won handily. But, this year, we’ve had tough matches with North Monterey, Aptos, Soquel and SLV.” Dempewolfe became involved in soccer, when the athletic director asked him to take over the new program nine years ago, and it’s gotten better every year. With more enthusiasm and participation, soccer as a whole has improved in the league, a reflection of the growing popularity of the sport in the country and the improved competition at the high school and college levels. SC got off to a slow start this year registering a 0-4-2 preseason record. “We played some fine teams in the preseason, I wanted the team to get the idea of what we were up against in regard to the competition outside the SCCAL. It was more than that, I wanted for them socially as well as athletically. I wanted them to rub elbows with people from different areas. It’s good for them socially as well as athletically. There is more to athletics than wins and losses.”
Besides Chargoll, DeRenne, Dadigan and Plageman, Dempewolfe singled out juniors Andrew Harvey, Jason Mosher, Chico Ruiz, Michael Kimura and sophomores Raul Oliva and Vince Parrish as contributing greatly to the success of the program. “Nobody in the league has a stronger bench than we do and many times this year the bench sparked the team. That’s important to me. We have a frosh-soph program at SC and they deserve a lot of the credit. Coach Lee Geary led his team to the league championship by beating perennial league champs Aptos 1-0. They will form the nucleus of this program’s future.”

Sentinel Feb. 18. Cards Post CCS Soccer Victory, The Cards began the CCS playoffs with an impressive 2-1 win over Gonzales. Santa Cruz held Gonzales scoreless until 36 seconds remaining when Gonzales scored on a penalty kick. SC controlled the tempo and the ball for most of the afternoon. “We were bounding out there. We were good in the air, It’s a shame we didn’t score more in the first half as we took it to them. SC took 12 shots on goal and had six corner kicks and Gonzales took only four on goal shots. Nick Dadigan converted one of the shots after taking a pass from Vince Parish. Two other possible scores, which would have made the match a runaway: Right wing Jason Mosher on a pass from Dadigan, just missed about three feet wide to the right. Winger Parish had a shot miss, when the goalie tipped his shot away. Andrew Harvey and Chico Ruiz played their best games of the year anchoring the defense that seldom made goalie Fred Plageman work up a sweat. He turned away every shot, all six of them, except for the penalty shot. Sergio Sierra played well in the midfield, missed his first penalty kick of the year. After the miss, it took 45 seconds, when Dadigan celebrated his eighteenth birthday, by taking the ball down the left side and out maneuvered two Gonzales defenders before shooting the ball into the left corner of the goal as he was falling down. Dadigan’s second goal came with less the 10 minutes left. The victory avenged last year’s setback to Gonzales in the first round of CCS.

Feb. 31. Cardinals Just ‘Minutes Away’ From CCS Win. Soccer is a game of steals and takeaways. Unfortunately for SC, minutes can’t be taken away from a match after it has been completed. In the second round of CCS, Santa Cruz lost to Westmont 3-0. After holding Westmont scoreless for 10 minutes, the admittedly “nervous” Cards saw Westmont explode for three goals in less than 10 minutes and then were able to hold Santa Cruz scoreless. “Take away eight to ten minutes at the beginning of the game and its even,” said Coach Don Dempewolfe referring to all the time it took West Valley Athletic League Champion Warriors to bounce to its 3-0 edge. At this point, the Cards could have let down. Instead, they picked up the tempo and began to play with the aggression to match their physical counterparts and held Westmont scoreless the remainder of game. “I’m proud of the team and not a bit unhappy. They had some quick people.” The Cardinals seem to be a team with a future, losing only three players to graduation. As if they would like to start all over again, the Cards stayed to watch part of the following contest, beginning to wait for next year.
The first score came on a 40 yard penalty kick, which was lost in the sun by stellar goalie Fred Plageman and it slipped through his hands and rolled toward the net, where a Westmont player kicked the loose ball into the open net for the first score. Just a minute and a half passed before the Warriors, seeded fifth in the playoffs and received a first round bye, took advantage of a defensive mistake and scored again. Five minutes later, Westmont’s best player dribbled through two defenders to score.

The Cards were outscored by their practice opponents 4 to 16, outscored their league opponents 33 to 9, were outscored in the CCS playoffs 2 to 4 and for the whole season they outscored their opponents 39 to 29.

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Nick Dadigan 3
Pre-season total scoring — Nick Dadigan 3
League season total scoring — Nick Dadigan 16
Post season total scoring — Dadigan 2
Overall season scoring — Dadigan 21

Stats for the team:
Highest game score — Marello 7-0
Shut outs — six
Consecutive wins — seven
Consecutive losses — three

Individual scoring for the season
PR LEA TOTAL
Nick Dadigan 3 16 21 Nick scored the Cards only two goals in CCS
Sergio Sierra 1 5 6
George Abraham 0 3 3
Raul Oliva 0 3 3
Carlo Chagolla 0 1 1
Rafael Ganados 0 1 1
Vince Parish 0 1 1
Lock McVicor 0 1 1
Total 4 31 37

Other team members were Jason Mosher. Sander Williams, Larry Espinosa, Samuel Diaz, Phil Edholm, Mike Kimura, Mike Harvey and Andrew Harvey.

In his eighth year as soccer coach Don Dempewolf’s teams have won two league championships and has a record of 81 wins, 66 losses and 11 ties.

ALL SCCAL

selections were Nick Dadigan as offensive player of the year for the second year..
First team ALL SCCAL were Sergio Sierra, Greg DeRenne, Carlos Chagolla and Goalie Fred Plageman. Honorable mention were Rafael Granados, Andrew Harvey, ChiCho Ruiz, Raul Olivia and Vince Parish.

All County selections were Dadigan, Plageman, Sierra, DeRenne and Chagolla.

JV SOCCER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Practice games: Seaside 2-0, Menlo 2-2, RLS 2-2 and Alisal 1-2. Practice record 1-1-2. League: North Monterey 0-2, 1-0; Harbor 3-0, 2-3; Soquel 2-1, 6-1; SLV 5-0, 3-0 and Aptos 1-1, 1-0. For a league record of 8-1-1 giving them the best win-loss percentage of any SC soccer team in its history. Season record 9-2-3.

The Cards outscored their practice opponents 7 to 6, outscored their league opponents 28 to 8, for the whole season they outscored their opponents 35 to 14.

Coach Dempewolf, “this frosh soph team had the most successful season in the history of soccer at SCHS. They had great offensive punch led by Jose Sierra and Bob Adams with strong support from Carlos Eusse. This years team scored a total of 35 goals and gave up only 14, thanks to the solid goal keeping by Cidi Ruiz and great defensive play by Ethan Alpert, Jim Courtright, Art Danner, Darren Hunter and many others. The season won-loss percentage was an outstanding .818. By far the best ever. Thanks go to Lee Geary for an outstanding job as the F-S coach. His leadership was invaluable to the team and to the entire soccer program at SC. Many of his young players will move up to varsity competition next season with good sound fundamentals. I am sure they will continue their winning ways at the varsity level and help us defend our SCCAL championship next season.

They out scored their practice opponents 7 to 6 and their league opponents 28 to 8 for a season difference of 35 to 14.

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Jose Sierra 3
Pre-season total scoring — Jose Sierra, Bob Adams and Jim Courtright 2 each
League season total scoring — Jose Sierra 11
Overall season scoring — Jose Sierra 13

Stats for the team:
Highest game — Soquel 6-1
Shut Outs — 6
Consecutive wins — 4
Consecutive losses — 1

Individual scoring for the season
PR LEA TOTAL
Jose Sierra 2 11 13
Bob Adams 2 7 9
Carlos Eusse 1 5 6
Jose Gallardo 0 3 3
Jim Courtright 2 0 2
Darren Hunter 0 1 1
Brian Wipke 0 1 1
Total 7 28 35

Other team members were Karl Jacobson, Steve Funk, Brian Dietseh, Richie Zavala, Art Danner, Randy Espinosa, Noel Howe, Matt Williams, Ethan Alpert, Jared Williams and Cidi Ruiz. Coach is Lee Geary.

BASEBALL

Practice games: Watsonville 13-0, 5-8; Morro Bay 13-1, 9-4, 11-4; Hollister 5-2, Alisal 2-0, North Salinas 0-5. Practice record 6-2. League: SLV 6-0, 7-1, 20-3; Marello 14-3, 4-3, 15-1; Aptos 5-6, 14-2, 3-4; Soquel 5-2, 3-4, 2-9; Harbor 6-0, 11-2, 4-1; North Monterey 3-2, 6-1, 13-9. League record 14-4 for third place. Season record 20-6 before CCS play offs.
League standings: Aptos 16-2, Soquel 15-3, SC 14-4, Harbor 8-10, SLV 7-11, North Monterey 2-16 and Marello 0-18. CCS playoffs: Robert Louis Stevenson 1-0, extra innings. Peterson of Santa Clara loss. Overall record 21-7.

Returning senior starters are John Wilson, Clyde Brown and reserve Mark Ripley. Junior starters are Steve Glass, Glen Hill, Gino Panelli and Dave D’Esposito. New varsity players are juniors Ricky Munoz, Randy Criswell and Mitch Wright. Sophomore Medo Mendez. Freshman Kevin Grindy. Bob Adams and Shawn Savadkohi did spot time with the varsity when needed from the JV’s.

Feb. 28 Sentinel pre-season write up. SC may be young, but they’re certainly not inexperienced. Although only three seniors are back, six players are returning starters from last years league runner up team. “We have more power this year, better defense and good pitching. We are a more rounded team this year.” One area the Cardinals expect to be strong this year is pitching. Of the 13 players on the roster, six should see some action on the mound. “We have more capable pitchers than we have ever had. Everybody is going to pitch some during the preseason. We won’t be afraid at this point to put any of them into the game.” Leading the talented Card mound staff is two time All SCCAL selection John Wilson, who plays first base when not pitching. Also returning is right hander Gino Panelli, who threw well as a reliever last year. In addition sophomore Medo Mendez and junior Dave D’Esposito are up from the JV team and should see action. “Overall we have pretty good team speed and intelligent players. As a coach staff, we’re really happy with our team. The attitude has been good and the workouts have been excellent.

Cards Blank Cats 13-0 in their season opener at Watsonville. The Cards scored a pair of runs in the first inning, when Mendez walked and stole second. Hill the clubbed a two run homer over the left field fence. The other big blow of the game came on a three run triple by DH Mark Ripley. Steve Glass tripled, stole a base and went 3 for 3. Others with RBI‘s were Wilson 2, and one each for Mendez, Panelli, Grindy, D‘Espositio and Domhoff. Comment, “It certainly helped our confidence. We think we have some good hitters. The Cat coach wanted to know how many games we have played.” Only one batter did not get a hit. Panelli started and went four innings giving up two hits, walked two and struck out four for the win. Sophomore Medo Mendez had a good first outing going two innings giving up one hit, walked two and struck out one as darkness cut the game to six innings. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Brown 3B, 5-1; Mendez LF, 3-2; Hill CF, 4-1; Glass SS, 3-3; Panelli P, 3-2; D’Esposito RF, 3-1; Domhoff C, 3-0; Ripley DH, 3-1; Wilson 1B, 3-2; Criswell 2B, 3-2 and Grindy LF, 1-1.

In their second game of the season the Cards collected 14 hits again and defeated Morro Bay 13-1. Medo Mendez pitched a complete game three hitter, giving up one run, walked four and struck out 12. In addition to his pitching Mendez went 4 four 5 at the plate, drove in a run, scored two runs and stole a base. Ripley again drove in three runs, but this time it was in the first inning. Brown, Mendez, D’Esposito and Wilson each drove in a run. Lead off man Clyde Brown went 2 for 4 and scored three runs. Cards had one error. Lineup: Brown 3B/SS, 4-2; Mendez P, 5-4; Glass SS, 3-1; Panelli 2B, 3-1; Ripley LF, 4-1; D’Esposito RF, 4-1; Domhoff C, 3-1;Wilson 1B, 3-1; Grindy CF/2B, 4-1, Criswell 3B, 0-0, Hill CF, 0-0 and Munoz C, 1-1.

The Cards won the first game of a double hitter against Morro Bay 9-4. John Wilson started an went four innings, gave up two hits, allowed two earned runs, walked one and struck out six for the win. Panelli went three giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked three and struck out five for the save. Glass and Ripley both drove in two runs. Those with one RBI were Hill, Pinelli and Wilson. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Brown 3B, 5-1; Mendez 1B/LF, 4-1; Hill RF/P, 5-2; Glass SS, 5-3; Ripley LF, 3-1; D’Esposito DH, 4-1; Domhoff C, 3-1;Wilson P/1B, 4-1; Grindy CF, 2-0; Criswell 2B, 0-0; Pinelli P, 1-0 and Munoz PH, 1-1.

In the second game of the double header the Cards won again 11-4 behind the pitching of Dave D’Esposito and Glen Hill. D’Esposito went four innings giving up four hits, four earned runs and walked four. Hill went three innings giving up two hits, no runs, walked three and struck out four. Brown and Panelli had two RBI’s followed by Ripley, D’Esposito and Munoz each with one. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Brown SS, 4-2; Mendez CF, 4-2; Hill LF, 5-2; Panelli 2B, 5-3; Ripley DH, 3-0; Wilson 1B, 3-2; D’Esposito P, 3-1; Grindy RF, 2-1, Criswell 3B, 0-0, Munoz C, 3-0 and Glass SS, 0-0.

Led by the pitching of lefthander John Wilson and a three run sixth inning rally unbeaten SC posted its four victory with a 5-2 win over Hollister. Wilson hurled seven innings, allowing four hits, walked three and struck out six, while throwing just 88 pitches. Comment, “ It was his best game in two years. He knows what he’s doing and is in control of what he is doing.
Panelli had a double. One RBI’s each for Mendez, Wilson, Panelli and D’Esposito. Seven batters had hits. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Mendez 1B, 3-1; Wilson P, 3-1; Glass SS, 3-1; Panelli 2B, 3-1; Ripley DH, 3-1; Domhoff C, 2-0; Brown 3B, 2-0; Grindy CF, 2-1 and Munzo LF, 0-0.

D’Esposito, Mendez Spark SC Cardinals to 2-0 victory over Alisal. D’Esposito started on the mound and went five innings giving up two hits, walked one and struck out three for the win. Mendez earned the save going the last two innings giving up one hit, two walks and struck out one. Sophomore Mendez also score both of the Card runs and had two hits. Glass and Domhoff drove in the runs. The Cards had three errors. Lineup: Mendez CF/P, 3-2; Wilson 1B, 2-1; Glass SS, 2-0; Domhoff C, 3-0; Ripley LF, 3-0; D’Esposito P, 1-0; Brown 3B, 0-0; Grindy RF/CF, 3-1; Criswell 2B, 2-0; Adams C, 0-0; McCoy PH 1-0 and Munzo RF, 0-0.

Santa Cruz Pounds Marello Prep 15-3 in the first league game as four SC pitchers combine to strike out 14 Prep batters on a cold, rainy day at Santa Cruz High Upper Diamond. (The Cards played other games at the high school instead of Harvey West as it is one of the few fields playable.. The game was played in a constant drizzle. Neither team has been on a field for over a week, because of the rainy conditions.) “It was like preseason,” said Card starter John Wilson. “It was easier, because we knew we would not face many people, so we threw hard for two innings. If we stick together and stay healthy, we should do well.” Wilson started and went two innings followed by D’Esposito and Mendez for two and Pinelli finished the last inning. Marello was limited to four hits and struck out 13 times. Both Mendez and D’Esposito had two doubles. Wilson and D’Espositio both had three RBI‘s. Glass, Ripley, Brown and Criswell each had an RBI.. The Cards had five errors. Lineup: Mendez 1B/P, 5-3; Wilson P/1B, 2-2; Glass SS, 5-2; Domhoff C, 2-1; Ripley RF, 3-3; D’Esposito LF/P, 3-3; Brown 3B/SS, 4-1; Grindy RF/CF, 3-1; Criswell 2B, 2-0; Adams C, 0-0; Savadkohi LF, 1-0, Wright 3B, 0-0 and Munzo RF, 0-0.

SC Blanks SLV 6-0 in a make up game behind Gino Panelli’s two hit shutout. Panelli pitched a complete game allowing two hits, walking two and striking out 13. The Cards scored four runs in the second inning. Panelli led off with a walk was singled to third by Domhoff and on a double steal scored. Domhoff stole third and was driven in by D’Esposito, who then stole second and was driven in by Ripley. Brown sacrifice him to second where he was driven in by Mendez. The Cards had two errors. RBI’s Ripley 2, Mendez, Domhoff and D’Esposito one each. Lineup: Mendez CF, 3-1; Wilson 1B, 3-1; Glass SS, 4-0; Panelli P, 3-1; Domhoff C, 3-3; D’Esposito LF, 2-1; Ripley DH, 3-2; Brown 3B, 2-0; Grindy RF, 3-0; Savadkohi PR, 0-0, and Munzo PH, 1-0.

Aptos Saved By Seventh Inning Relief Against Cards‘ Comeback Efforts. As the cliché goes, “No team deserved to lose.” Neither team were having anything to do with giving up in their tightly played game. But on the scoreboard the Mariners proved victorious 6-5 Tuesday night at Harvey West. Aptos scored an unearned run in the first inning and added another unearned run in the fifth to go ahead 2-0. In the top of the sixth the Cards came back scoring three runs. Wilson led off with a single and scored on Glass’ triple. Panelli drove in Glass with a double. Domhoff singled in Glass with no outs, but the Cards could not capitalize. In the Aptos half of the inning, Wilson set the side down in order by picking off a runner at first. In the seventh inning Brown reached base on an error and took second on a pass ball. Grindy singled him home and stole second. He eventually score on two infield outs, putting the Cards ahead 5-2. Aptos came back to score four runs on one hit, three errors, one hit batsman and a walk. Wilson pitched well enough to win, but took the loss instead. He started and went six and one third innings allowing one earned run, gave up four hits, walked six and struck out nine. Panelli got the last two outs allowing no runs or hits, walked one and struck out one. One RBI each for Wilson, Glass, Panelli, Domhoff and Grindy. Panelli doubled. The Cards had five errors. Lineup: Mendez 1B, 4-0; Wilson P, 4-3; Glass SS, 4-1; Panelli 2B/P, 3-1; Domhoff C, 3-2; D’Esposito RF, 2-0; Ripley LF, 3-0; Brown 3B, 2-0 and Grindy CF, 2-1.

Cards lose to North Salinas 1-5 even though Card hurlers gave up only one earned run.
Mendez started and went four innings giving up three hits, one earned run, walked three, struck out four and took the loss even though he pitched well. D’Esposito went two innings allowed one hit, no earned runs and struck out two. Domhoff drove in the one run, stole two bases and was on base every time up. The Cards had six errors. Lineup: Mendez P, 4-0; Wilson 1B, 2-0; Glass SS, 2-1; Panelli 2B, 1-0; Domhoff DH, 1-1; Ripley LF, 2-0; Brown RF, 3-0; Grindy 3B, 3-1; Munoz C, 3-0; Criswell 2B, 1-1; Adams CF, 0-0 and D’Esposito P, 2-1.

Wet, Windy Conditions Fail To Slow Cardinals 5-2 winners over Soquel. The game was played at Santa Cruz’s Upper diamond and was the only local game played. Wilson started and went five innings allowing no earned runs, four hits and two walks for the win. Panelli went two innings, allowed one earned run, one hit, three walks and struck out two for a save. SC scored two runs in each of the first and third innings and one in the second inning. Lead off hitter Mendez started the game off with a single, but was forced at second by Wilson. Domhoff doubled Wilson to third. Wilson scored on a ground out by Glass. Panelli drove in Domhoff. In the second, D’Esposito tripled and scored on a Brown ground out. Mendez led off the third inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Wilson. Domhoff was safe on an error with Mendez going to third. Domhoff stole second. Glass walked to load the bases. Mendez scored on a sacrifice fly by Panelli and Domhoff went to third. Domhoff and Glass pulled off a successful double steal to score the fifth and final run. RBI’s were Panelli 2, Glass and Brown one each. Triple by D’Esposito. Double by Domhoff. Each team had only one error. Lineup: Mendez 1B/CF, 3-2; Wilson P/1B, 2-0; Domhoff C, 3-1; Glass SS, 2-0; Pinelli 2B/P, 2-1; Ripley DH, 3-0; D’Esposito RF, 2-1; Brown LF, 2-0; Grindy 3B, 2-0; Criswell 2B, 0-0 and Adams CF, 0-0.

Panelli’s Hurling Leads Santa Cruz Shutout 6-0 over Harbor. Junior pitcher Gino Panelli in a complete game win struck out 13 batters, walked three and scattered four base hits in a game played at SC Upper Diamond in the wind and cold. No other teams played. Panelli has now struck out 29 and walked only six in 16 innings and not allowed an earned run in league play. SC received timely hitting from the heart of its batting order, led by Panelli and Glass with two hits each. Wilson, Glass and D’Esposito each drove in two runs. Wilson drove in his runs with a double. The Cards had a clean game with no errors. Lineup: Mendez CF, 2-1; Wilson 1B, 2-1; Domhoff C, 4-1; Pinelli P, 4-2; Glass SS, 2-2; D’Esposito RF, 2-1; Ripley DH, 2-0; Brown LF, 3-0; Grindy 3B, 2-1 and Criswell 2B, 0-0.

During Spring break Watsonville downs Cards 8-5. Wilson started and went one and one third innings giving up two hits, four earned runs, walking five and striking out two for the loss. Panelli relieved for two and two third innings giving up four hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out four. Mendez pitched two innings gave up two hits and gave up no runs or walks. Mendez picked two runners off first base. Mendez and Grindy had doubles. Domhoff had a triple. RBI’s were Domhoff two and one each for Pinelli, Glass and Ripley. The Cards had one error. Lineup: Mendez 1B/P, 3-2; Wilson P/1B, 1-0; Domhoff DH, 4-1; Glass SS, 4-1; D’Esposito RF, 4-2; Grindy 3B, 4-1; Ripley LF, 4-1; Brown CF, 2-0; Criswell 2B, 2-1; Munoz C, 0-0; Panelli P, 2-0 and Adams CF, 1-0.

The Cards 2-0 lead against North Monterey, a new school in Castroville now in the SCCAL, evaporated into a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh with one out Mendez was safe on an error and went to third on two consecutive wild pitches. Wilson put down a squeeze bunt and Mendez scored on a bad throw to score the winning run in the 3-2 win. Panelli went six innings striking out 13, allowed one earned run, three hits and walked six for the win. Mendez pitched the seventh giving up one hit, walked one and struck out one for the save. Wilson and D’Esposito drove in runs. The Cards only had one error.
Lineup: Mendez CF/P, 4-0; Wilson 1B, 2-1; Domhoff C, 4-0; Glass SS, 2-1; D’Esposito RF, 2-1; Pinelli 2B, 1-1; Grindy 3B, 2-0; Ripley LF, 2-0; Brown DH, 2-0; Criswell 2B, 2-0 and Adams CF, 1-0.

Cards beat SLV 7-1. Wilson started and pitched six innings allowing no earned runs, one hit, walked two and struck out six for the win. Mendez pitched the last inning as he did in the last game allowing no runs, one hit, one walk and struck out one for the save. “Wilson’s a tough pitcher,” admitted SLV coach Bob Beach. “He was throwing strikes, moving the ball around and we were having a tough time. He changes speeds well, has good location and that kept our guys off balance all night long.” With this game Wilson’s league ERA is down to a microscopic 0.36. The senior was no slouch at the plate, either collecting a pair of hits to run his SCCAL batting average to .500, while knocking in his eighth and ninth runs. “I was more in the groove tonight,” said Wilson. “I worked on my windup all week and it showed. I like pitching in this ballpark too and it makes a difference. It’s our home field and the team as a whole plays better here. We have a lot more confidence.” The win left the Cards at 12-3 for the season. The game marked the return to action of center fielder Glen Hill, who missed the majority of the season while recovering from hernia surgery. RBI’s were Wilson 2, Mendez, Domhoff and Grindy one each. Cards had one error. Lineup: Mendez 1B/P, 4-2; Wilson P/1B, 4-2; Domhoff C, 4-1; Glass SS, 3-0; Pinelli P, 3-0; D’Esposito LF, 3-1; Grindy 3B, 2-1; Ripley RF/LF, 1-0; Brown CF/RF, 2-0; Hill CF, 1-1; Criswell 2B, 0-0, Adams RF/CF, 1-0; Munoz C, 0-0 and Savadkohi CF, 0-0;

SC Barely slips past Marello 4-3. Marello scored in the first inning and Mendez tied the score in the third without the aid of a base hit. He walked, stole second and scored on a pair of wild pitches. “Lead off man, Medo Mendez has been our best base runner this season.” He sparked the three run sixth inning with the Cards down 1-3 leading off with a double. An infield error put runners on first and second. Hill sacrificed and got a bunt single loading the bases. Glass singled in two runs and Panelli drove in the third run on an infield out. Mendez started and pitched four innings giving up three hits, two earned runs, walked four and struck out five. D’Esposito pitched the last three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs or walks and struck out five for the win. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Mendez P/RF, 3-2; Wilson 1B, 3-0; Hill CF, 4-2; Glass SS, 4-2; Pinelli 2B, 2-1; Grindy 3B, 3-1; Ripley LF, 2-0; Brown DH, 1-0; Munzo C, 2-0; D’Esposito P, 2-0; Criswell PH, 1-0, Adams LF, 1-0; Hill CF, 1-1; Munoz C, 0-0 and Savodkdhi RF, 0-0;

Cards Turn Into Early Birds, Aptos Becomes Worm. SC hitters feast, which produced a 14-2 victory, solidifying the Cards in first place with a 8-1 league record. “We need a game like this to get it going, When you have a lead, everything comes your way,“ explained Steve Glass who had a big day at the plate going 3 for 4, including a double and three RBI’s. Dave D’Esposito went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI’s. John Wilson went 2 for 3 with a home run (his first in his high school career) and two RBI’s. Wilson a senior, in his third year of playing in the Aptos-Santa Cruz rivalry series, which is always hotly contested and usually has a bearing on the eventual SCCAL champion. He admits there is more excitement generated in these clashes than in most other games. “Sure I get excited, but I’ve had my troubles with them in the past,” Wilson said. “We have lost tight games here in the past two years.”
Before the Mariners took the field for the start of the critical SCCAL game, Card lead off batter Medo Mendez was already digging his left foot in to the batters box in preparation for his turn at bat. Apparently Mendez was not the only Card who was anxious to hit as they produced 14 hits to go along with their 14 runs. D’Esposito and Wilson had home runs. Hill, and Glass had doubles and Panelli had two. RBI’s were Glass three, Wilson, Hill and D’Esposito had two, Domhoff and Panelli each had one. Panelli started and went four innings giving up two hits, no runs, walked five and struck out six for the win. Wilson finished the last three allowing two earned runs, five hits, walked two and struck out one for a save. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Mendez RF/1B, 3-2; Wilson 1B/P, 3-1; Hill CF, 4-1; Glass SS, 4-3; Domhoff C, 4-1; Pinelli P/2B, 5-2; D’Esposito LF, 4-2; Grindy 3B, 3-0; Brown DH/RF, 4-1; Munzo C, 0-0; Criswell 2B, 0-0 and Savadkohi, CF, 0-0;

Soquel Upsets Santa Cruz 4-3, Now In First. Two pivotal double plays preserved the Knights win. One was with the bases loaded and only one out. The other came in the last inning with one out, runners on first and second and the heart of the Card order due at the plate. The Cards jumped out with a home run to straight away center by Hill in the first inning on an 0-2 count. Wilson pitched a complete game giving up five hits, three earned runs, walked three and struck out four for the (undeserved loss). RBI’s were Panelli two and Hill one and he also had a stolen base to go with his HR. The Cards had three errors. Lineup: Mendez 1B, 4-1; Wilson P, 4-1; Hill CF, 3-2; Glass SS, 2-1; Pinelli P/2B, 5-2; Domhoff C, 3-0; D’Esposito LF, 3-1; Grindy 3B, 2-0 and Brown RF, 3-0.

Cards had fire power getting 19 hits to take Harbor 11-2. Big innings for the Cards were the third when they scored three runs and the sixth when they collected five runs. They scored in five of the seven innings. Panelli started and went five innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, one walk and struck out seven for the win. Mendez pitched two innings giving up no runs, hits or walks while striking out four. The Cards played and errorless game. RBI’s were three for Mendez and Glass; two for Hill and Panelli; one for Wilson. Doubles: Mendez two and Panelli one. Hill had a triple and two stolen bases. Mendez and Brown one triple. Top hitters were Brown 4-4, Mendez 4-5, Grindy 3-4 and Hill 3-5. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Mendez DH/P, 5-4; Wilson 1B, 3-1; Hill CF, 5-3; Glass SS, 5-1; Pinelli P, 3-2; Domhoff C, 4-1; D’Esposito LF, 3-0; Grindy 3B, 4-3; Brown RF, 4-4; Criswell 2B, 0-0; Ripley RF, 1-0; Munoz C, 0-0; Savadkohi LF, 0-0.

Cards Top North Monterey 6-1. Wilson tosses a complete game three hitter striking out nine to push the Cards back into a first place tie with Aptos. “His fast ball was really moving,” said catcher Bill Domhoff about Wilson, who had one of his most successful outings of the season. RBI’s were D’Esposito two, Wilson, Hill and Domhoff one each. Hill had a home run and Wilson a double. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Mendez 1B, 3-0; Wilson P, 2-1; Hill CF, 4-1; Glass SS, 3-2; Pinelli 2B, 3-0; Domhoff C, 3-1; D’Esposito LF, 2-1; Grindy 3B, 1-0 and Brown RF, 2-2.

SLV Loses Game and Top Player in five inning game 20-3. Since the score was 14-2 at the end of the third inning both teams started substituting. When one of the SLV players was injured and unable to continue playing in the sixth inning, the game could not continue as a team must be able to put nine players on the field and SLV could not. Hill doubled in a run in the first inning and drove in three runs with a home run for a total of five RBI‘s. “All in all it was a good outing for the team. We hit the ball hard,” said centerfield Hill who has just gotten back into action. “I’m still not totally comfortable out there, because I can’t run full out yet. When I concentrate at the plate I hit the ball good.” Panelli started and went three innings giving up four hits, two runs, four walks and struck out two for the win. Mendez went two innings giving up three hits, one run, one walk and struck out two. RBI’s: five for Hill and Panelli; D’Esposito four; Glass, Grindy and Ripley two; Munoz one. Hill and Panelli home runs. Glass and Wilson doubles. Lineup: Mendez DH/P, 5-1; Wilson 1B, 3-1; Hill CF, 3-3; Glass SS, 6-3; Pinelli P/2B, 5-3; Domhoff C, 3-1; D’Esposito LF, 5-2; Grindy 3B, 2-1; Brown RF/3B, 3-1; Criswell 2B, 0-0; Savadkohi RF, 0-0 with two walks and two runs; Munoz C, 0-0 with two walks and Ripley RF, 2-2.

Cards score seven times in the third to put the game against Marello away early, pounding out 16 hits to win 15-1. Panelli was perfect at the plate going 3 or 3 with two RBI’s. He wasn’t the only Card to break out the heavy artillery. Wilson was 4 for 5 with a double and two RBI’s. Hill was 2 for 4, but hit the ball to the wall at Harvey West three of his four times at bat. Mendez started and pitched four innings giving up no runs, two hits, walked three and struck out four for the win. “He was getting better as he went along, but it was prearranged to split the pitching for this game. D’Esposito threw the last three innings giving up no earned runs, two hits, walked none and struck out six. SC and Aptos are tied for first place with 12-2 records will play a Wednesday night game at Harvey West in a big game. Lineup: Mendez P, 3-1; Wilson 1B, 5-4; Hill CF, 4-2; Glass SS, 4-0; Pinelli 2B, 3-3; Domhoff C, 3-1; D’Esposito LF/P, 2-1; Grindy 3B, 3-0; Brown RF, 3-2; Criswell 3B, 1-1 Savadkohi RF, 0-0; Wright 2B, 1-0; Adams CF, 1-0; Munoz C, 1-1 and Ripley LF, 1-0.

Mariners Strike Late (Again). To Keep First Place (Alone). The Cardinals had a 3-0 lead going into the last inning. Somehow, somewhere between the bottom of the sixth inning and the bottom of the seventh, Aptos magically turned a pleasant SC vision into a startling déjà vu.
As was the case the first time Aptos faced SC at Harvey West, the Mariners produced the winning runs in the last inning. This time it was four unearned runs, scored after two were out in the top of the seventh, that brought Aptos a 4-3 victory and a one game lead in the league race. Adding more salt to the wound, Card pitcher John Wilson struck out the Mariners designated hitter on a knuckle ball that behaved or misbehaved, so radically it slipped past the catcher allowing the tying run to score. The game would have been over with the Cards winners 3-2. SC gained the lead in the fourth inning, when Hill singled, stole second and was sacrificed to third by Panelli. Glass walked and stole second. Domhoff in attempting squeeze bunt was called for stepping out of the batters box. With two outs D’Esposito was intentionally walked to load the bases. Senior Clyde Brown on a 2-2 count single to drive in Hill and Glass. In the sixth with two outs Brown bunted for a base hit and went to second on Grindy’s single. Mendez singled in Brown for the 3-0 lead. The first six innings gave no indication as to what would happen in the seventh. SC pitchers Gino Panelli and Wilson combined to strike out seven Mariners and limit their hard hitting lineup to two hits. With one out and a base hit in the sixth, Wilson replaced Panelli and walked the first batter, but then struck out the third and fourth hitters in the Aptos lineup. The seventh started with a walk followed by a strike out. An infield error put the second runner on base. The next batter struck out. On a full count the batter walked to load the bases. On a two strike no balls count, the next pitch went to the backstop scoring a run and putting runners on first and second. A single scored the fourth run. A come backer to the mound finally got the last out. (The King brothers had the two hits that drove in the runs.) Panelli started the game and went five and one third innings giving up no earned runs, three hits, walked three and struck out five. Wilson pitched one and two thirds innings giving up no earned runs, two hits, three walks, struck out five and took the loss (he did not deserve). The Cards out hit Aptos 7-4. Leading Card hitters were senior Clyde Brown, who went 2-2 with two RBI’s. Freshman Kevin Grindy when 2 for 3. RBI’s were Brown two and Mendez one. The Cards only two errors came in the last inning. Lineup: Mendez DH/1B, 4-1; Wilson 1B/P, 3-0; Hill CF, 3-1; Pinelli P/2B, 3-0; Glass SS, 2-1; Domhoff C, 4-0; D’Esposito LF, 2-1; Brown RF, 2-2; Grindy 3B, 3-2 and Criswell 2B, 0-0.

Soquel Clinches second place and a CCS playoff spot with a 9-2 victory over Santa Cruz. The Cards scored first in the third inning when Hill reached first on a force out and was doubled home by Glass. Card starter Gino Panelli faced the minimum of nine batters in the first three inning. In the fourth a walk, stolen base and a single tied the score. In the fifth Hill singled, stole second and was doubled home by Glass again. Two errors and a sacrifice fly allowed Soquel to score two runs and go ahead 3-2. Three hits, one of which was a catchable bloop double, two walks, an infield error and a dropped third strike ended with six runs scored.
Panelli went five and two third innings giving up four earned runs, six hits, walked three and struck out four for the loss. Wilson pitched one third of an inning giving up one hit, two walks, one earned run and struck out two. D’Esposito pitched one inning giving up one hit and getting three outs on fly balls. Glass had two doubles and two RBI‘s. Brown, Hill and Grindy had stolen bases. The Cards had six hits to Soquel’s eight. The Cards left nine runners stranded on base and had the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth when the score was 2-3, but could not score. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Hill CF, 4-1; Wilson 1B/P, 2-0; Glass SS, 3-2; Panelli P/2B, 4-0; Domhoff C, 3-0; D’Esposito LF/P, 2-0; Brown 2B/LF, 2-1; Grindy 3B, 3-2; Ripley DH, 2-0; Munoz C, 1-0; Wright PH, 0-0; Adams LF, 0-0 and Savadkski CF, 0-0.

Cards down Harbor 4-1. Junior Dave D’Esposito knocked in the eventual winning run with a triple in the third inning, then pitched four frames of one hit ball to earn the victory. The hitting star was Steve Glass with a 4 for 4 day including a double and an RBI. The Cards had a hit every inning for a total of ten, but couldn’t come up with the big hit when needed. The score was 2-1 going into the seventh. Two insurance runs were added, when John Wilson doubled and scored on Glass’ single. Glass went to third on a throwing error and scored on Panelli’s squeeze bunt. Wilson started and went three innings giving up four hits, one run, walked one and struck out two. D’Esposito went four innings giving up one hit, no runs, one walk and four strike outs for the win. He faced only two batters over the minimum in a fine performance. Wilson and Panelli had doubles. D’Esposito had a triple. RBI’s Glass, Panelli and D’Esposito one each. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Hill CF, 4-0; Wilson 1B/P, 4-2; Glass SS, 4-4; Panelli 2B, 2-0; D’Esposito LF/P, 4-2; Brown 2B/LF, 2-1; Grindy 3B, 2-0; Domhoff C, 3-1; Mendez 1B, 1-0; Ripley DH, 2-0; Munoz LF, 0-0 and Adams RF, 0-0.

Cards Out Slug North Monterey County 13-9. It was a case of bolting out to a huge lead, then trying to sail along to a victory, which did not happen. The Cards scored a run an inning for the first three innings, then added six in the fourth inning on six hits. At the end of the fourth the score was 9-2 the Cards. The Condors scored four in the fifth and the Cards scored two to make it 11-6. The last two innings saw both teams score. Dave D’Esposito started and went two innings giving up two hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out two. Medo Mendez went three, gave up three hits, no earned run, walked three and struck out four. John Wilson went two innings, giving up three hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out two. Cards had four errors. Glass had seven consecutive hits over two games, until lining out in the seventh. Doubles: Glass and Hill. Triple: Hill. RBI’s: Glass 5, Mendez and Ripley two, Hill, D’Esposito, Wright and Domhoff one each. Stolen bases were Glass two and one each for Brown, Wilson, Hill, D’Esposito, Domhoff, Munoz and Ripley. Lineup: Brown RF/3B, 1-0 with four walks and three runs; Wilson 1B/P, 4-1 with three runs; Glass SS, 4-3; Hill CF, 4-2; D’Esposito P/ RF, 3-1; Grindy 3B, 2-0; Domhoff C, 3-2; Panelli 2B, 4-1; Ripley LF, 4-2; Munoz C, 0-0; Mendez P/1B, 3-1 and Wright RF, 2-0.

SCCAL statistics from the Sentinel
Cards top SCCAL in hitting top three teams listed.
School AB R H AVE
Santa Cruz 508 139 178 350
Aptos 499 160 161 323
Soquel 475 111 121 255

Cardinals listed by their place in the league hitting order and their average by the Sentinel staff. 2) Glass 450; 3) Hill 442; 7) D’Esposito 388; (9) Wilson 386; (12) Mendez 370; (16). Panelli 340; (18) Brown 333; (25) Ripley 308; (29) Domhoff 304.

From the Sentinel staff, Panelli with and ERA of 1.05 was second in the league in pitching and had a 6-1 won loss record. Wilson was fourth with an ERA of 1.50 and a won loss record of 4-3.

By team vote. Most valuable player, captain and best defensive player–Steve Glass. Best hitters– Glass and Glen Hill. Mr. Hustle– Mark Ripley. Most improved– Clyde Brown. Cardinal Club Sportsmanship– Kevin Grindy.

Best Birds in league
:Average– Glass .459; Hill .442; Wilson .400; Mendez .390 and D’Esposito 388
Home runs– Hill 3. Wilson, D’Esposito and Panelli one each.
Triples– Hill 3, D’Esposito 2. Glass and Mendez one each
Doubles– Glass 6, Wilson, Panelli and Mendez 5 each
RBI’s– Glass 23, D’Esposito 19, Panelli 17, Wilson 14
Walks–Wilson 13, Glass and Brown 9, D’Esposito 8
Stolen bases– Glass 9, Hill 8, Wilson and Domhoff 7 each
Least number of strike outs– Glass and Wilson 3 each; Brown, Grindy and Domhoff 4 each; D’Esposito and Panelli 5

LEAGUE hitting stats by at bats, runs, hits, average, two base hits, triples, runs batted in, sacrifices, walks and stolen bases.
AB R H AVE 2B 3b RBI SAC BB SB
Glass 61 14 28 459 6 1 23 1 9 9
Hill 43 20 19 442 2 3 13 2 6 8
Wilson 55 21 22 400 5 0 14 4 13 7
Mendez 59 17 23 390 5 1 10 2 5 3
D’Esposito 49 13 19 388 2 2 19 3 8 5
Panelli 52 9 19 365 5 0 17 3 6 0
Brown 40 15 14 350 0 0 4 2 9 6
Domhoff 56 12 17 304 2 0 8 0 1 7
Grindy 44 10 13 296 0 0 5 2 7 4
Ripley 30 3 6 200 0 0 8 1 3 4
Criswell 7 2 1 143 0 0 1 0 2 0
Munoz 7 1 1 143 1 0 1 0 6 2
Adams 4 0 0 000 0 0 1 0 0 0
Savodkshi 1 4 0 000 0 0 0 0 4 0
Wright 3 0 0 000 0 0 1 0 1 0
TOTALS 511 141 182 356 28 7 125 20 80 55

LEAGUE pitching stats from the Sentinel, by innings, runs, hits, earned runs per seven innings pitched, doubles, walks, strike outs, wins, losses and saves.
INN H ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Panelli 47 30 1.05 4 0 1 32 69 6 1 1
D’Esposito 15 8 1.87 3 0 0 6 20 3 0 0
Wilson 43 35 1.50 4 1 0 25 45 4 3 0
Mendez 19 12 2.58 1 0 1 13 26 1 0 1
TOTALS 124 85 1.72 12 1 2 76 159 14 4 2

Best Birds for the season
Average– Glass .460; Mendez .402; Hill .400; Wilson .392 and Panelli .384
Home runs– Hill 4; Wilson, Panelli and D’Esposito one each
Triples– Hill 4, Glass and D’Esposito two each; Domhoff and Mendez one each
Doubles– Glass 8, Wilson 7; Mendez and Panelli 6 each.
RBI’s–Glass 29; Panelli and D’Esposito 23 each; Ripley 20, Wilson 19 and Hill, 16
Walks– Wilson 16, Brown 14, Glass 12 and D’Esposito 10
Stolen bases– Glass 14, Domhoff 11, Hill and Brown 9 each.
Least number of strike outs– Wilson and Domhorr 4 each. Mendez 5, Glass 6

COMPLETE SEASON Hitting stats by at bats, runs, hits, average, two base hits, triples, runs batted in, sacrifices, walks and stolen bases.
AB R H AVE 2B 3b RBI SAC BB SB
Glass 87 23 40 460 8 2 26 2 12 14
Mendez 92 30 37 402 6 1 13 3 8 7
Hill 60 24 24 400 2 4 16 2 7 9
Wilson 79 23 31 392 7 0 19 6 16 7
Panelli 73 14 28 384 6 0 23 3 8 1
D’Esposito 75 19 26 347 3 2 23 4 10 8
Brown 67 22 22 328 1 0 8 3 14 9
Grindy 68 12 20 294 0 0 7 2 8 5
Domhoff 79 16 21 266 2 1 13 1 4 11
Ripley 58 8 13 224 2 0 20 1 5 4
Criswell 17 4 3 177 0 0 1 0 5 0
Munoz 15 2 2 133 1 0 2 0 7 2
Adams 5 0 0 000 0 0 1 0 1 0
Savodkshi 1 4 0 000 0 0 0 0 4 0
Wright 3 0 0 000 0 0 1 0 1 0
TOTALS 779 201 267 343 38 10 173 27 110 77

SEASON Pitching stats by innings, runs, hits, earned runs per seven innings pitched, doubles, walks, strike outs, wins, losses and saves.
INN R H ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Panelli 56 11 38 1.38 6 1 1 38 82 7 1 2
Wilson 56 12 35 1.50 5 1 1 34 58 6 4 0
D’Esposito 26 6 15 1.62 6 0 0 11 25 5 0 0
Mendez 36 9 22 1.75 3 1 1 24 44 2 1 2
Hill 3 0 2 0.00 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0
TOTALS 174 38 112 1.52 20 3 3 110 213 20 6 4

May 23. Write up for the Sentinel All County team. Five Cards were selected on the first team. Senior John Wilson hit a sizzling .386 and though he was only 4-3 as a pitcher, he has a fine ERA of 1.50 in 42.1 innings of work.
MVP runner up junior Steve Glass was the number two hitter in the league with a .450 batting average and was generally recognized as the best defensive short stop in the county. He scored 14 runs and collected 14 RBI’s and along with teammate Gino Panelli were the cornerstone of the Cardinals this year.
Gino Panelli junior pitcher/second baseman hit .340 and was 6-1 on the mound with a 1.05 ERA, struck out a league high 68 in 46.2 innings
Electrifying junior centerfielder Glen Hill, who missed nearly a third of the season coming off and operation hit .442.
Junior outfielder/pitcher Dave D’Esposito hit .388 and owned a 3-0 pitching record to go along with hies 0.93 ERA and was Santa Cruz’ most improved player this year.
Also on the Sentinel ALL COUNTY honorable mention list were Bill Domhoff, Medo Mendez, Clyde Brown and Mark Ripley.
Santa Cruz lead the team with five members followed by Aptos with four, Soquel two and Watsonville, SLV and Baymonte Christian one each.

On the twelve man ALL SCCA:L team were senior John Wilson, for the third straight year and juniors Steve Glass and Gino Panelli. Of seven players on the honorable mention list were Glen Hill and Dave D’Esposito.

JV BASEBALL
Roster: Scott Thiebout, Bob Adams, Kevin Hodges, Keith Hodges, Rob Morris, Bill Burr, Greg Bainum, Pat McCoy, Jim Courtright, Casey Noland, Adam Darling, Ethan Alpert, Wade Wallace, Mark Shepard, Steve Springer, Darren Hunter, Shawn Savaokohi and Kenny Wheeler.
Coaches Rod Fleming, Steve Pacheco, Mike DiTano and Rich Castillo.

GIRLS SOFTBALL SCCAL CHAMPIONS WITH A 11-1 LEAGUE RECORD

Practice games: Monterey 2-4, 5-5 in 8 innings; RLS 32-0, Gonzales 9-2, Hollister 18-2, Watsonville 21-10. Practice record: 4-1-1. League: SLV 2-1, 11-6; Soquel 10-5, 5-1; Harbor 17-2, 4-6; North Monterey 11-2, 4-2; Marello 15-1, 25-0; Aptos 7-0, 7-5. League record 11-1 for first place. CCS playoff: Mitty 0-4. Overall record 15-3-1.

Sentinel preseason write up Feb. 28. “This year seems to be solid. We have a lot of returning players. In fact, everyone is back except for one starter. We have all the experience,” said coach Vic Miguel. Four starters are on the basketball team and will be late in arrive to play. Some practice games will be played without them. “I think we’ll do better offensively this year. We’ll get the ball out of the infield. Hitting should be one of our strengths and defensively we should be sound,” Miguel said. He is expecting juniors Kim Bianconi and Tricia Shady to carry the offensive load. Anchoring the infield defense are four returning starters: seniors Ellen Newberry a fourth year starter at shortstop and second year starter Lisa Wright at second base. Junior starters from last year, Colleen Mulholland at first base/pitching and third baseman Kim Bianconi at third. “We were at our best at the end of last season, so hopefully we can carry that over to this year. The Cards start off the league season against last years league champion SLV. Other senior players: Barbara Babbage inf.; Lisa Brown OF starter returning; catcher/inf, Steph Giudici; Shannon Whitesell OF. Other Juniors: Sheri Glass, OF returning starter; Robin Neri, returning starting P; Kerry Kinney OF. Sophomore starting OF and power hitting sophomore Fon Brown.

Trident. Top returning starters are seniors Ellen Newberry and Lissa Wright. Juniors Colleen Mulholand, Kim Bianconi, Trish Shady, Shannon Whitesell, Sherri Glass and Stephanie Guidici. Sophomore Fon Brown. Junior lefty pitcher Robin Neri is back on the mound with more experience this year.
The girls easily took the league this year with a 11-1 record. Defeating SLV, while being no hit in 10 innings, was the most exciting game of the year.

Two Run HR Downs SC 4-2 in a loss to Monterey in a non-league opener. “It was the first game jitters,” said coach Vic Miguel, explaining the setback. “Also, there are four players still playing basketball in the CCS playoffs. This gave the coach a chance to see some of the reserves in game action. Actually there were only nine players on hand for the first game. Martha Pepito and Lissa Wright knocked in a run apiece for SC. Wright was also 2 for 3 at the plate.

Sentinel March 4. SC In Shutout. SC erupted for 18 runs in the first inning on their way to drubbing of RLS 32-0. SC went to the plate 22 times in the first inning and banged out eight hits, the big blow was a two run homer run by Colleen Mulholland. Kim Bianconi singled four times ad drove in four runs. Trish Shady and Mulholland each had two hits and also picked up four RBI’s apiece. Pitcher Robin Neri gave up only two hits, walked two and struck out four. SC is now 2-0.

March 5. Cards Ride Six Run Burst. Led by a six run sixth inning SC came away with a 9-2 victory over Gonzales. “I was more pleased with the defense than with the offense. Defensively, we held them pretty good,” said coach Miguel. SC was in front, 3-0 before exploding. Tricia Shady was 3 for 4 and Shannon Whitesell clubbed a two run triple in the third inning.

March 7. Santa Cruz Expects Tough Game, Doesn’t Get It. For a while Coach Vic Miguel thought his Cards were in for a ball game, but found out differently as SC blasted Hollister 18-2. “It started out to be a good game, we scored three runs in the first and they came back with two in the bottom of the inning. Hollister walked 15 Cards and committed six errors. Pitcher Robin Neri scattered three hits, walked five and struck out two with Steph Giudici at catcher, as the Cards raised their record to 3-1. Colleen Mulholland led the hitting attack with four singles and Sheri Glass added two more. Shannon Whitesell stroked a two run triple in the first inning to send SC off to the races. She had three RBI’s as did Glass and Ellen Newberry. Newberry walked three times with the bases loaded. SC had nine hits and two errors. Bianconi and Brown had RBI’s

March 10. After eight innings rained stopped the game against Monterey. Coach Vic Miguel said, “Darkness and rain set in and the umpire called it. It was a very good game and very close all the way. SC came from behind to tie the game in the seventh inning 5-5. Monterey scored two runs in the first inning and SC tied the score in the bottom of the third and then score another two in the fifth on two walks, a bunt single by Lisa Wright, a run scoring hit by Colleen Mulholland and a sacrifice bunt by Kim Bianconi to go ahead 4-3. But Monterey came back in the top of the sixth to go ahead 5-4. In the bottom seventh SC tied the score on two walks and an error to send the game into extra innings. Bianconi had a double and three RBI’s to help the Cards cause. Mulholland and Brown had RBI’s. Tricia Shady, Ellen Newberry and Wright all had two hits. Neri went the distance giving up five hits, while SC collected ten. SC also had only two errors to five by Monterey. SC is now 3-1-1.

March 14. Santa Cruz Stumbles, But Beats Watsonville 21-10. Walks, Errors Plague Game. Combined the two teams allowed 30 walks and committed 14 errors. SC was responsible for 14 of the walks and six errors. SC scored 14 runs in the first two innings. SC scored eight runs on one hit in the first inning. The only hit was a triple by Ellen Newberry. In the second inning SC score six runs on one hit a single by Kim Bianconi. Bianconi and catcher Steph Giudici each had two hits. The two teams had planned on playing two five inning games, but scrapped the idea due to the length of the game.

March 18. High Scoring Win For SC Girls, 36-5 over Hollister. SC scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first inning as 17 batters went to the plate. SC drew nine of the 21 walks they received in the game in the inning. Lisa Wright and Bianconi each contributed two run doubles. Mulholland started on the mound and went three innings and Kim Bianconi went the last three. “They are not the starting pitchers, so it was good to see relievers come in and do a good job,” Miguel said. The game was called after six innings due to darkness. Lisa Brown had a home run. RBI’s were Brown 8, Bianconi 6, Wright and Mulholland 4 apiece, Guidici, Glass and Kinney three apiece and Whitesell one.

March 24. Santa Cruz Walks Past No-Hitter. Tricia Shady drew a bases loaded walk, on a full count, in the bottom of the tenth inning, which carried SC to a 2-1 victory over defending league champion SLV in the SCCAL opener. SLV’s starting pitcher, who was the leagues MVP last year, threw a no-hitter, but was victimized by lack of control as she walked nine Cards, including three in the tenth inning. The coach Miguel’s comments, “It was as good a girls softball game as you will see.” The game would not have seen extra innings if it were not for some sneaky base-running by Ellen Newberry. Newberry walked with one out in the bottom of the sixth and moved to second on a walk to Lisa Wright. Kim Bianconi sacrificed the runners ahead with a bunt and then Newberry pulled a quick one on the SLV infield. Appearing as if she was picked off third, Newberry waited until the catcher threw the ball to third and then raced to the plate sliding in just ahead of the return throw to tie the score 1-1. SLV took an early lead in the top of the second on two singles and an infield out. Shannon Whitesell scored the winning run for SC, who have a 6-1-1 record. Robin Neri started and went the distance allowing five hits, striking out four and giving up three walks for the win.

April 14. SC 10, Soquel 5. Walks were a deciding factor in the game. Both teams had seven hits, but Soquel walked 18 and SC walked only one. The score was 4-4 going into the fourth inning. Then Soquel walked the first three batters in the inning and then Fon Brown cleared the bases with a three run double, paving the way to a five run inning for SC. Rainy weather and Easter vacation has cut back on practice and games. Robin Neri pitched a complete game for the win. She gave up seven hits and walked only one. She also knocked in two runs. Sheri Glass doubled, was 2 for 3 and a RBI. Bianconi had an RBI.

April 16. Cardinal Girls Take Advantage Of 13 Free Pass, Top Pirates. SC breezed by Harbor 17-2. SC took advantage of 13 walks. Four walks in the fourth inning contributed to five runs and seven walks in the fifth added eight more runs. Neri gave up two unearned runs, five hits, while walking three and striking out one. SC went ahead 3-1 in the first inning. With one out, Newberry walked and stole second, then scored on Lisa Wrights fly ball that was dropped. A bunt single by Bianconi moved Wright to third. Bianconi stole second and Wright scored on a wild pitch. Later Bianconi scored on an error. SC had eight hits and three errors. RBI’s: Brown 3, Wright and Mulholland 2 apiece. Giudici and Bianconi one apiece.

April 21. The SC-North Monterey game was the most competitive of the day and SC won 11-2. SC scored two runs in both the first and second innings, blew the game open with a five run fourth frame and then added two more in the fifth. SC is 4-0 in league and 9-1-1 overall. Neri pitched a complete game allowing six hits, five walks and struck out one. “She doesn’t blow the ball by anyone, but she’s able to keep control. The rest we do on defense. The defense is clicking and working well together,“ Miguel said. Trish Shady and Sheri Glass were both 2 for 3 at the plate. SC had eight hits and committed only one error. Bianconi and Brown each doubled. RBI’s were Bianconi 3, Newberry and Brown 2 each. Wright and Mulholland each one.

April 28. There’s No Stopping Red-Hot Santa Cruz. SC now is 6-0 in league after beating Marello 15-1. SC scored four runs in each of the first three innings. Robin Neri ran her league pitching record to 6-0 with a three hitter, seven strike outs and three walks. Newberry had three hits, with two extra base hits, a double and a home run and an RBI. Glass had two hits and two RBI’s. Other RBI’s were Bianconi and Mulholland two apiece. Brown and Shady one each. SC had nine hits and no errors.

April 25. Cards Down SLV, Keep League Lead. SC maintained first place in the SCCAL with a 11-6 win over SLV. SC banged out 10 hits. Seven of the hits came off the bats of Tricia Shady, Colleen Mulholland and Sheri Glass. Shady went 2 for 3, scored three runs and stole four bases. Mulholland was 3 for4, with a pair of doubles and three RBI’s. Glass was 2 for 4 with a RBI. SLV picked up three quick runs in the first inning to jump ahead 3-2 on three walks, a sacrifice fly and two singles. Neri had trouble getting the ball over the plate in the first two innings, walking four and hitting one batter. She settled down the next five innings to allow SLV only four hits in those innings. She gave up six hits for the game, while walking eight and striking out two. SLV was flying high until the third frame, when SX exploded for four runs to take the lead 6-3. SC’s runs came on two walks, two SLV errors, singles by Shady and Glass and a double by Mulholland. SLV made 9 errors in the game, which helped SC. After the third inning SC picked up a run in the fifth and two runs each in both the six and seventh frames. SLV scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh.

SC 25, Marello 0. SC didn’t score until the third inning, when it tallied one run. But the flood gates opened after that with 5, 10 and 9 runs scored in the next three innings as the game went only six innings. Mulholland started on the mound and completed the game giving up only two hits and no runs. She also hit a triple. Wright and Newberry hit home runs and Brown had a double. RBI’s: Wright 5, Newberry and Brown 3 apiece and one each for Shady Bianconi and Kinney.

May 2. Three Hits Enough For Santa Cruz To Down Aptos. “It was the night before the prom and our girls heads were not in he game,” Miguel explained. Although only managing three hits, SC downed Aptos 7-0 to remain undefeated in league. Three walks and three Aptos errors gave SC four runs without the benefit of a base hit in the bottom of the first inning. Other than the first inning it was a pitchers duel. Neri gave up three hits, issued two walks and fanned five. “Our defense came through for us again.” said Miguel. ‘We pride ourselves on our defense. A couple of times they had runners in scoring position and we were able to hold them off. SC added two insurance runs in the bottom of the third on a walk, an error and RBI singles by Colleen Mulholland and catcher Steph Giudici. SC added its final score in the fourth inning, when Kim Bianconi laid down a perfect bunt to score Trish Shady from third. RBI’s: Mulholland, Giudici and Bianconi. SC had three errors.

May 9. Santa Cruz, SLV Both Assured Of CCS Berth. Led by the pitching of Robin Neri, the Cards downed Soquel 5-1. SC is now 9-0 in league with a one and a half lead over SLV, which is 8-2 going into the final week of the season. Neri fired a three hitter, walking three and striking out one batter. “Robin pitched a very controlled game and kept us right there the whole time,” Miguel said. “Defense was another factor in the victory. Soquel had runners in scoring position, but some fine defensive plays by us kept their scoring to one run.” Soquel’s only run came on a home run. Ellen Newberry went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Tric Shady was 2 for 3, including a triple and an RBI. Mulholland had an RBI.

May 12. Cards Suffer First SCCAL Softball Loss To Harbor 6-4. Harbor finished their season with a win for a 7-5 record. SC is now 9-1 with two games remaining. SC scored a pair of runs in the top of first inning, but Harbor tied the score in the bottom half of the frame. SC had only three hits in the game. (all the rest of the article was about Harbor)

May 13. SC Triumphs. Three Aptos fielding errors in the top of the seventh inning helped SC avoid an upset as SC took advantage of the errors to score two runs to win 7-5. Aptos had taken a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but SC knotted the score on a walk and an RBI single by Lisa Wright in the fourth inning. SC was held to five hits, but were given six walks. Ellen Newberry had two RBI’s. SC had two errors. Neri allowed six hits in a complete game win in her second consecutive day of pitching.

May 16. Santa Cruz Flattens North Monterey 4-2. For the third straight game, the Cards were flat, but they had enough to close the regular season with a win and the SCCAL championship with a 11-1 record. Three of the Card four runs were unearned and came in the fourth inning, when SC scored on two walks and two errors. SC had taken an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Trish Shady led off with a single and was sacrificed to second, then third and scored on Kim Bianconi’s single. North Monterey scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to draw close, but Robin Neri retired them in order in the bottom of the seventh to insure victory. Neri walked one and struck out one in her win.

May 19. Santa Cruz Falls, SLV Wins In CCS Softball Playoffs. SC thought they were going to play Westmont, but due to upsets in the West Valley Athletic League, Coach Miguel did not find out that SC would be playing Mitty instead. Unfortunately, the Mitty pitcher faced just 22 batters, just one over the minimum as she breezed to her fifteenth victory with only two losses. Two Cards, who tried to steal, were cut down by the all league Mitty catcher. The pitcher gave up just three singles, walked no one and Lisa Wright was the only SC player to reach second base and it was in the first inning.
The game took just 1:12 to play, moved quickly, because SC pitcher Robin Neri also hurled a consistent game herself, allowing just three hits, three walks, which Mitty bunched together for four runs. Mitty sent eight batters to the plate in a three run third inning, which saw the Card infield unable to make the close plays that could have ended the rally. Neri set Mitty down the rest of the game, as she retired ten of the last 11 Monarchs she faced. “When you make the playoffs, the last game is almost always a loss,” said a reflective four year starter Newberry. (Very True)

Sentinel May 25. Card Shortstop Is Softball MVP. Senior shortstop Ellen Newberry was selected by the league coaches as the SCCAL Most Valuable Player and five of her teammates were selected for the first team. They are listed by position, name, and batting average. Senior, second baseman, Lisa Wright, .273. The other four are juniors, third baseman Kim Bianconi, .404. First baseman, Colleen Mulholand, .400. Right fielder Tric Shady, .396 and pitcher Robin Neri, 10 wins and one loss in league. Honorable mention were Fonsella Brown, Stephanie Giudici and Sheri Glass. SC won the SCCAL championship with a 11-1 record.

Ellen Newberry was named the most valuable player (MVP) on both the All League and All County teams. All League and All County first team players were Kim Bianconi, Colleen Mulholand, Trish Shady, Lissa Wright and Robin Neri. The same five as on the SCCAL team.

JV GIRLS SOFTBALL

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TRACK

May 16. SCCAL track and field finals at Cabrillo College was won by North Monterey with 152 points. SC was last with 13 points. The top four finishers will move on to the CCS Region IV meet at Gilroy. Joe Vitug took second in the 300 meter low hurdles in 41.2 and Jackson was third in the in the shot put at 42-4 to be the only Cards to move on to the region meet.

Soquel won the girls title with 151 points and SC was sixth with 28. Lisa Delucchi won the 100 meters in 13.0 and the 200 meters in 26.4. Howe was third in the 800 meters in 2:31.0. Murray was third in the 100 meters in 13.4. The 1600 meter relay team place second in 4:38.0. Barrett was third in the triple jump at 29-8. All four move on to the region meet.
Girls frosh-soph was won by SLV with 132 points and SC was fifth with 41. Kelly Holmes was a triple winner with wins in the 100 meters in 13.2, the 200 meters in 27.5 and 400 meters in 62.5. Houser won the mile in 6:09.5.
Boys frosh-soph was won by Harbor with 144 points and SC was fifth with 44. McLean placed was second in the 70 high hurdles. Hilger was third in the 800 in 2:14.0.SC was third in the mile relay in 4:04.6. Francis was second in the high jump at 5-10.The frosh-soph do not go on to Region competition.

May 23. League Fares Well At Region IV meet. The top three placers qualify for the CCS finals at San Jose City College. Wit Woliscko was fifth in the high hurdles.
In the girls varsity competition SC came in seventh. Lisa Delucchi fourth in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes, just missing going on to CCS.
Girls frosh-soph finished twelfth with 8 points. Hilger was third in the 800 meters.

March 24. SC Boys defeated Valley Christian 62-50. Joe Vitug won the low hurdles in 43.5, the 440 in 55.0 and ran a leg on the winning 440 relay team. Vaughn Polanco won the 220 in 26.2 an ran on the relay team along with Craig Strong, who won the pole vault at 9-6. Kllegel won the two mile in 11:10.0. The 440 relay team of Vitug, Woliczko, Strong and Polanco won in 49.1. Jackson won the discus at 123-4. The mile relay team won, but no time listed.
Girls beat Valley Christian 62-43. Junior Kristen Barrett provided the Cards with three individual victories and Danielle Howe added two more to pace the SC charge. Barrett won the shot put at 29-7, the discus at 93-8 and the high jump at 4-6. Howe won the 880 in 2:42.4 and the 330 low hurdles in 57.6 and ran a leg on the winning mile relay team. Lisa Delucchi won the 220 dash in 28.0 and also ran a leg on the relay team. Davis won the 440 1:23.4. Deck won the mile in 6:23.8. The mile relay team of Dunkell, Kaey, Delucchi and Howe won in 4:38.0.

Marello defeated SC 85-51. SC winners were Vitug the 110 high hurdles in 17.6 and the 330 low hurdles 43.9. Beenakken the mile in 4:55.47. Jackson the shot put at 42-4. Strong the pole vault at 10-0. Francis the high jump at 5-6.
SC girls defeated Marello 76-49. Double winners were Keay the 400 meters in 1:09.34 and the long jump at 13-8. Delucchi the 100 meters in 13.0 and 200 meters in 27.9. Other SC winners were Dunken the 800 meters in 2:41.7. Deck the two mile in 13:46. Barrett the triple jump at 29-8. Howe the mile in 6:24.78. The 440 relay team won in 58.3 plus the mile relay team.

April 16. North Monterey beat SC 109-27. The only Card winners were Joe Vitug in the 330 low hurdles in 41.2 and Sunil Bald the mile in 4:58.5.
SC girls defeat North Monterey 60-51. SC had only five athletes available for the meet, but that’s all they needed as Danielle Howe, Lisa Delucchi and Kristen Barrett each won three events. Howe won the 800 meters in 2:36.7, the mile in 6:10.2 and the 300 meter low hurdles in 57.1. Delucchi won the 100 meters in 12.6, the 200 meters in 27.1 and the long jump at 12-4. Barrett won the triple jump at 29-1, the high jump at 4-8 and the shot put at 30-11. SC remains undefeated in the SCCAL at 2-0 and 3-0 overall.

April 17. At the thirteenth annual Kiwanis Relays at Cabrillo College the SC boys took third places in the distance medley relay in 11:40.1, the 4×400 meter relay in 3:53.9 and the discus for a total of 392.6 feet.
The girls took first in the 4×200 meter relay in the closes finishes of the meet was the SC’s team of Regina Murray, Kelly Holmes, Ginger Brown and Lisa Delucchi edged out Aptos by three-tenths of a second 1:54.2 to 1:54.5. SC was third in the sprint medley relay in 4:50.0 and third in the long jump with a total of 51-3 feet. SC came in last with 48 points.

April 23. Harbor downs SC 95-40. Harbor 3-1, took all but four events as SC fell to 0-3. Card winners were Beenhakker the 800 meters in 2:08.4. Woliczko the 110 high hurdles in 17.2. Vitug the 330 low hurdles in 40.0. Strong the pole vault at 10.0.
Harbor girls stop SC 81-42. Lisa Delucchi was the one bright spot for SC winning the 100 in 13.37 and the 200 meter in 27.5. Other winners were Dunkell the 800 in 2:45.2. Holmes the 400 meters in 1:06.7. Deck the 1600 meters in 6:08.9. Barrett the shot put at 32 feet. Both teams have identical records 2-1 in league and 3-1 overall.

April 25. At the Pacific Grove Invitational meet SC boys scored eight points. Joe Vitug was second in the 330 low hurdles in 41.8 and second in the 120 high hurdles in 17.3.
SC girls tallied nine points. Lisa Delucchi won the 220 in 28.1.

April 30. SC upset SLV by two points 69-67. It was SC’s first victory of the season. SC had three double winners. Steve Jackson won the shot put at 41-5 and the discus at 127-1 for a personal best. Joe Vitug won the 100 meters in 11.9 and the 300 low hurdles in 40.77. Chris Francis won the triple jump at 35-10 and the high jump at 5-4. Other winners were Wolizcko the 110 meter high hurdles in 16.5. Craig Strong the pole vault at 11-0.
The SLV girls defeated SC 72-57. Lisa Delucchi was a double winner winning the 100 in 13.58 and the 200 in 27.9. Other SC winners were Holmes the 400 meters in 1:04.6. Howe the two mile in 13:18.0. Barrett the high jump at 4-4.

May 5. Aptos 90, SC 24. Joe Vitug was the lone Cardinal to take a first place winning the 330 low hurdles in 43.2.
Aptos defeated the SC girls by only 42-36. SC boasted two triple winners. Lisa Delucchi, who won the 100 meters in 13.4, the long jump in 12-4 and the 220 in 27.8. Kristen Barrett won the discus at 91-3, triple jump at 30-6 and the shot put at 30-8.

May7. Soquel topped SC 77-57. Wit Woliczko was a double winner taking the 110 meter high hurdles in 17.3 and the discus at 98-5. Other Card winners: Joe Vitug the 300 meter low hurdles in 41.4. Chris Francis the high jump at 5-8 and Craig Strong the pole vault at 10-6.
SC finished the league dual meet season with a 1-5 record.
Soquel defeated SC girls 65-49. Kristen Barrett was a triple winner for the Cards and Lisa Delucchi was a double winner. Barrett won the shot put at 30-2, discus at 95-10 for a personal best and the triple jump at 29-5. Senior Lisa Delucchi ran the fastest time in the 200 meters in the league this season with a time of 26.7 and also won the 100 meters in 12.85, but her best time this year is 12.2 tops in league. SC ends up at 2-4 in league dual meets.

Trident June 17. This was not an exceptionally good year in the won-loss record, but there were many fine personal efforts. Joe Vitug and Steve Jackson helped the boys and for the girls it was Lisa Deluchi and Kristen Barrett. The highlight for the boys was their sole SCCAL victory over SLV. For the girls it was against North Monterey, where only five girls participated and they won.

BOYS SWIMMING

finished second in the league behind perennial powerhouse Harbor. Jeff Mockus and Nick Dadigan both went to the CCS finals. The teams biggest highlight was being competitive in each meet and giving all their opponents tough meets.

The team dove into the season with a victory over Woodside on March 4. The next day they lost to Monterey 32-42. Jeff Mockus was the lone double winner taking the 50 yard freestyle in 24:61 and the 500 yard freestyle in 5.34:56.

Top returning starters are senior Jeff Mockus; juniors Matt Saunders, Bruce Cline and Marty Little and sophomore Dave Houghton. Newcomers with some experience with surfing or water polo are senior Nick Dadigan, sophomore Eric Mitchell, freshman Rob Henry and Robert DeGennaro

Other team members were Michael Flatte, Dave Houghton, Bodi Tunheim, Andrew Harvey, Jason Saunders, Todd Hoberg, Greg Moise, Ben Hindin and Lou Chaplain. Coach Terry Eckhart and a new full time diving coach Dave Fafura.

BOYS TENNIS LEAGUE CHAMPIONS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR

Some scores: Salinas 5-2, North Salinas 5-0, Watsonville 7-0, Los Gatos 1-6 and RLS two losses.
The Cards easily went through league play, only losing four individual matches out of 80 played. The team lost in the Region IV championships to RLS 5-2.

Paul Daniels took the SCCAL singles crown for the second year in a row.

Varsity members: Peter Castillo, Anthony Castro, Duke Lee, Ron Esche, Devon Teachout, Eddie O’Brien, Paul Daniels, Jeff Newman, Andrew Kashup, Walt Alexander, Paul Brooke and Matt Kwan. Coach Dennis Mullen

The team lost only three matches this year and two of them were to Robert Louis Stevenson a top team in the section. Individually, Brooke was the leader in victories, at 15-2. Castillo was 13-3 for his senior year, while Newman was 13-4.

The team started the season with a 5-2 victory over Salinas. In two tough matches Paul Daniels won 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Jeff Newman also won 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

In a rain shortened match the Cards defeated North Salinas 5-0. Duke Lee won 6-2, 6-1 and Paul Brooke won 6-2, 6-3 for easy victories.

SC blanks Watsonville 7-0.

Los Gatos give SC their first defeat 1-6. The lone victory came in doubles, where the team of Anthony Castro and Peter Castillo won 7-6, 6-3.

Sentinel April 28. Cards Perfect Again. “They’re in a league by themselves, as the scores this year indicate,” said the Soquel coach as SC downed his team 6-1in the league finale. The victory capped a perfect, 8-0 league season. Number one player Andrew Kashap lost in three sets, 0-6, 7-5, 0-6 for SC‘s only loss. During the league season, SC never lost more than one match and most of the time none were lost.

At the end of the season comments. “I was very pleased with our performance and as a team and I believe we improved tremendously,” said coach Dennis Mullen. “We are a relatively young team and I hope the kids learned from the season.” Of his five singles players, Mullen is only losing two to graduation, number one Paul Daniels, who dropped a tough three-set battle in his last match of CCS and number five Peter Castillo. Number two Andrew Kashap, number three Jeff Newman and Paul Brooke are all sophomores as is Devin Teachout, who is playing number two doubles. Walt Alexander, who plays number one doubles with senior Ed O’Brien is only a freshman. Coach Dennis Mullen.

ALL SCCAL

Paul Daniels took the SCCAL singles crown for the second year in a row.

JV members: Eric Bertrand, Matt Smith, Craig Dale, Josh Shaw, Dan Trebbien, Doug Potter, Danny Sidman, Ken Atkinson, Branden Hughes and Timothy Berger.

GOLF

no team this year.

INDIVIDUALS

Senior Serena Novo had a banner year in basketball being named All League, All County and to the Cardlette All Tournament teams. Another big accomplishment was her team making the third round of the CCS playoffs. The biggest highlights of her four year varsity career was making All League as a sophomore and beating Aptos to winning the SCCAL championship last year. Her coach for all four years was Ray Hunter who said of Serena’s importance to the team, “She is our controlling force on the boards and also her motivating force. She has matured as a player. She has become very game wise and has the ability to feel when there is a change in the tempo of the game.” Senior Serena Novo had a banner year in basketball being named All League, All County and to the Cardlette All Tournament teams. Another big accomplishment was her team making the third round of the CCS playoffs. The biggest highlights of her four year varsity career was making All League as a sophomore and beating Aptos to winning the SCCAL championship last year. Her coach for all four years was Ray Hunter who said of Serena’s importance to the team, “She is our controlling force on the boards and also her motivating force. She has matured as a player. She has become very game wise and has the ability to feel when there is a change in the tempo of the game.” Serena sums up her playing philosophy saying, “It is to give all you can in every game and to make a minimal amount of mistakes, so that you do not have to look back and think about all the things you should have or should not have done.”

Senior boys athlete of the year was John Wilson. John has played football as the quarterback, guard in basketball and pitcher/first base in baseball. His drive to win has helped each program. For the third year in a row John was selected All League and All County in baseball. Basketball coach Pete Newell said of John, “Since I have been at SC I can count on one hand the players that have the utmost peer respect that John Wilson has. John is a winner, who always found a way to get the job done.” Asked what has been his greatest highlights in his four years. John replied, “In football making All County and in basketball being chosen to the Dad Club All Tournament team. In baseball making All County and All league for three years has been a great thrill and also pitching 10 innings in a 1-0 win against Robert Louis Stevenson in the CCS playoffs last year.” His greatest challenge is trying to be consistent and to perform my best in each game.” On his playing philosophy John said, ”Trying to out smart my opponent, because my ability might not be as great as his. Thus I can outplay him by being smarter then him.” John is the second person in his family to honored as the senior athlete of the year at SCHS. Quarterback John Wilson was 6 for 6 passing for 72 yards and a touchdown strike to Craig Strong against Marello. In a loss to Fremont, Wilson completed 7 of 18 passes for 108 yards. Wilson completed 8 of 13 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown against SLV. In basketball, John Wilson was an honorable mention ALL SCCAL selection and also was on the All Dads Club Tournament team. John, although not scoring, had six assists and five steals against Alisal. Against SLV in the first game of the league playoffs, John performed almost flawlessly in a pressure packed game. Despite the final dramatics of the game, Wilson’s steals in the third quarter undoubtedly led to the turning point in the game.

Senior girls athlete of the year was Ellen Newberry, who has played basketball and softball. Ellen was named Most Valuable Player All League and All County softball teams. Softball coach Vic Miguel has had Ellen as a player for four years. Ellen is a very energetic player and her enthusiasm has spilled off to the other players. She has been an intricate part of the success the teams have had over the four years.” Basketball coach Ray Hunter commented, “She has been a scholar athlete for all four years as well as being an important member of the team for four years. On her greatest highlights she said, “A big thrill was almost beating Los Gatos in the Cardlette Tournament for Los Gatos ended up as the number one Girls team in their division in Northern California. Also we got to the quarter finals of CCS this year and finished first last year. In softball this whole season was a highlight and the fun times the team had going to various tournaments.” Her greatest challenge was “Putting 100% into each game and practice, because playing every day tends to make a person mechanical. In each game you have to fully concentrate. Her playing philosophy, “Putting a full effort into every part of the game so you achieve your full potential.”

Against Marello, Glen Hill ran for two touchdowns and caught a 34 yard touchdown pass.
Glen Hill scored two touchdowns, rushed for 101 yards, caught three passes for 58 yards and kicked a 34 yard field goal to top it off against SLV. This game is just a sample of what he has done this year in football. Glen was selected to the first team ALL SCCAL basketball team. In an upset win over Harbor, Glen Hill got two of his 24 points on a slam dunk that brought the crowd to its feet and was a highlight of the season. It also put SC’s record at 6-2 and gave them a tie for second place. Hill also pulled down eight rebounds and had the duty of guarding Harbors top scorer in the Cards man to man defense. Hill allowed him only ten shots. Against SLV, Hill performed almost flawlessly in a pressure packed game. Hill closed the night with a team high 16 points, eight of them in the fourth quarter as he hit 7 of 10 shots from the field.

Clyde Brown intercepted two passes, recovered a SLV fumble and ran 13 yards on a reverse around end for a touchdown. Clydes main contribution to the football team this year has been his fierce play in the defensive backfield.

April Janow and Alicia Kitsuse were girls tennis league champs in doubles, which qualified them to participate in the CCS tennis matches.

Paul Daniels took the SCCAL singles crown for the second year in a row and led his team to its fourth straight league championship.

Peter Castillo the number five player was 13-3 for the season. Los Gatos a top team in CCS, gave SC their first defeat 1-6. The lone victory came in doubles, where the team of Anthony Castro and Peter Castillo won 7-6, 6-3.

Danielle Howe finishing first in the first meet of the season against North Monterey, on the SC 2.08 mile course up in the UCSC area, to led the girls to a win. At the SLV meet Danielle Howe took first place in 14:12.

Top wrestler was Dan Prucha a senior transfer from Nebraska, who placed fourth in the State championship tournament there as a junior. Dan started wrestling at the age of twelve, while in California, wrestlers don’t usually start until junior high. But in the Mid-West wrestling is one of the main sports. In his four tournaments this year, he won two and placed second in two, while qualifying for the State meet. Dan finished the season with a 23-2 record. He won his weight class at the SCCAL tournament, was fourth at CCS and qualified for the State meet.

Nick Dadigan chosen as soccer ALL SCCAL as Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He was also an ALL COUNTY pick. Nick led the team in league scoring with 16 goals and for the season with 21 goals. Nick went to the CCS finals in swimming.

Sergio Sierra was a first team ALL SCCAL soccer player. He was also an ALL COUNTY pick.

Greg DeRenne was a first team ALL SCCAL soccer player. He was also an ALL COUNTY pick.

Carlos Chagolla was a first team ALL SCCAL soccer player. He was also an ALL COUNTY pick.

Goalie Fred Plageman was a first team ALL SCCAL soccer player. He was also an ALL COUNTY pick.

Jeff Mockus went to the CCS finals in swimming.. Jeff led the swim team in being competitive in each meet and giving all their opponents tough meets. In a loss to Monterey 32-42, Jeff was the lone double winner taking the 50 yard freestyle in 24:61 and the 500 yard freestyle in 5.34:56.

Kaydon Coburn was selected to the first team ALL SCCAL basketball team. Against Carmel, Kaydon Coburn scored 18 points and registered 10 rebounds. Eighteen of his points came in the second half and 10 came in the fourth quarter. Coburn scored 26 points against North Monterey with most of his baskets caming from inside the key, as the Condors couldn’t stop the 6-5 senior forward-center once he got down low. Kaydon had the assignment to stop Marello’s big center and their top player. He prevented him from getting the ball where he likes to. Coburn had a great weekend scoring 26 points last night against North County and tonight doing the job on Marello’s top scorer, while leading the Cards with 12 points, five steals and grabbed seven rebounds. To start the second half of league action SC defeated SLV 61-58 in overtime. Kaydon Coburn got five of his 21 points in the overtime period. “The key play of the game came when Bill Domhoff coming out of backcourt with his eyes up and made a three quarter court pass to Coburn under the basket, who dropped the ball into the bucket to put SC ahead to stay. What a play? That turned the whole game around,” said Coach Newell. In an upset win over Harbor, which put SC’s record at 6-2 and gave them a tie for second place, Coburn pitched in with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Steve Glass was an honorable mention ALL SCCAL selection. Against Marello, Steve turned in a stellar performance. Glass was the game’s top rebounder with 10, scored nine points and came up with four steals.

Rick Lyons made the basketball All League defensive team.

Craig Whitesell was an honorable mention ALL SCCAL selection.

FORMER PLAYERS

ALL SCCAL

players Kathy Wilson and Andra Farstad are first stringers at Cabrillo. Wilson at catcher and Farstad at third base for a Cabrillo team that was 7-1 to start the season. Both have been hitting well.

See 1988 for story on John Wilson.

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