Hall OF FAME IDEAS
Here are some suggestions I have as far as the Hall of Fame are concerned. SC alumnus
Individual athletes should only be considered 20-25 years after their graduation year. They need not be bona fide grads to be eligible. For example, Manny Netto didn’t graduate, but I didn’t learn that until afterwards
Only SCHS Grads should be allowed to vote.
Coaches and sportswriters should be used only as advisory persons, unless they are SCHS grads.
No one should be allowed to nominate or be allowed to vote for a close relative, such as parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or first cousin.
Votes should be taken secretly.
Votes should not have to be unanimous but maybe a percentage of the committee, say 75% or 80% or something.
In considering individual athletes, they should be considered in two separate categories: a) What they did while in high school — someone may have been a great high school athlete and may have not done much if anything afterward. But still s/he was a great high school athlete.
b) What they did after high school — someone may have been pretty good in high school but didn’t really come into his/her own until after high school.
Athletes do not have had to participate in a high school sport to be eligible. For example, one of the people we missed 10 years ago was swimmer Linda Gustafson (sp?), who was on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team.
Great teams should be considered, too, such the 1952-53 basketball team and the 1958 football team (1958-59 year). But I don’t think just because a team wins a league championship qualifies them for greatness. There has to be some kind of criteria set up to separate the great from the very good.
Other contributors to SCHS sports should be considered, too, such as coaches and major contributors like Bobby Wilson, who has run the “civilian” side of the Dad’s Club Tournament for about 30 years.
Incidentally, I don’t think longevity should be a criterion for coaches. None of the above is etched in stone, but just some thoughts for consideration
HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
Selected In 1995
Sentinel September 24, 1995. Santa Cruz High Honors Its Best. First members picked for Hall of Fame. Celebrating the One Hundredth Anniversary of the high school, the Santa Cruz Centennial Sports Committee has chosen eight athletes and two coaches from the 1930s through the 50s to become the first inductees. Athletes and their graduating class year were John Kirby, 1959; Manuel Netto, 1933; Malcolm Macaulay, 1944, Ed Withrow, 1945; Roy Johnson, 1947; Robert Vega, 1957; Helen Kingdom, 1955 and Esther Frizza, 1955. Coaches were Helen Calkins, girls physical education teacher and coach from 1925 to 1958. Merle Briggs, boys PE teacher and coach from 1930 to 1948.
“For the first class of hall-of-fame members, the committee decided to choose players who were outstanding in at least two or three different sports,” said Santa Cruz athletic director Vic Miguel. “Then they decided to honor athletes only up to the class of 1960. Otherwise the number of candidates would become to unwieldy to manage.” Kirby is one of the most revered athletes in Santa Cruz history, based on his accomplishments during high school and beyond.
The candidates had a variety of accomplishments.
Malcom Macualay was an outstanding lightweight track man, winning the North Coast Section of the CIF track meet where Malcom accounted for 19 points by himself. He won the broad jump at 21-2 and the 120 low hurdles in 14.0, just over the meet record of 13.9 and ran a leg on the winning 440 relay team.
Malcom earned 14 letters, ten as a lightweight- 3 in football and track and 4 in basketball. Varsity letters one in football, 2 in baseball, but was on the team 3 years as a SS and second baseman, 2 in golf.
Elementary teacher and principal in Santa Cruz for many years.
Ed Withrow was a four sport letterman, three times in basketball and two times in football, baseball and track. He was named outstanding athlete in 1945.
Helen Calkins, girls physical education teacher and coach from 1925 to 1958 served the young women of SC for 33 years. She was well liked and everyone has fond memories, whenever her name is mentioned.
Coach Merle Briggs coached many sports at SCHS from 1929 through 1946. From the Trident. His early athletic competition started in high school in Oregon. Played baseball for four years, never missing an inning; three years of football playing every down; three years of basketball playing in every quarter and track for two years. Captain in baseball and basketball.
He started at Oregon State in 1915 where he played two years of football and one year of baseball, before going into the air force as a first lieutenant. After discharge from the service in 1919 he reentered college for a year and then went into commercial flying. On completing college in 1922 he was hired as a coach at rival Watsonville High. In 1928 he resigned and started a business in Santa Cruz. In 1928 he became a head coach at SCHS.
Coach Briggs main position was as the heavyweight basketball team, athletic director and PE instructor. For many years he coached baseball and lightweight football with many successful teams all around. At different times he coached most of the sports offered at SCHS.
Probably the thing that stands out for most students in school was the obstacle course he set up during the second world war to get the guys in real good shape and ready to survive in the military. His students were in good condition and ready to serve.
The winning of the hard to get CCAL football championship in 1944 was one of the highlights of his career here. Along with the two undefeated basketball teams in 1939 and 1940. At the time they were called the greatest CCAL basketball teams. They won 31 consecutive league games going into the 1941 season.
In baseball his 1935 through 1939 teams, five years in a row won the league championship.
1933 Manuel Netto was first team in basketball and baseball, two league championship teams which he was a major factor in the teams success. In basketball was ALL CCAL along with Raymond Carpenter. Manuel was a leading scorer with a high point game of 18 in last game of the season. In 1931 and 1932 his basketball teams ended up in second place one game out of first. Manuel was a first string player during 1932 and a leading scorer and rebounded. Manuel placed first in the CCAL football throw. 1933 at NCS was second in the football throw. In baseball averaged 13 strike outs a game. One hit Monterey and had 3 hits himself. Won all 4 league games with ERA of 2.5. Captain of the team. He pitched a fine game in win against Santa Clara 5-4 and hit a triple. In 1932 pitched in bad luck. For one example struck out 6 in 3 innings but had no support as Santa Cruz had 10 errors in loss to Sequoia. Manuel pitched well the whole season, but was hurt by too many errors. Comment in Trident was Manuel has great stuff when he hits his stride.
In 1933 at NCS Manuel was second in the football throw. In baseball averaged 13 strike outs a game. One hit Monterey and had 3 hits himself. Won all 4 league games with ERA of 2.5. Captain of the team. He pitched a fine game in win against Santa Clara 5-4 and hit a triple. In 1932 pitched in bad luck. For one example struck out 6 in 3 innings but had no support as Santa Cruz had 10 errors in loss to Sequoia. Manuel pitched well the whole season, but was hurt by too many errors. Comment in Trident was Manuel has great stuff when he hits his stride.
Manuel Netto was first team for two league championship teams, basketball and baseball. Manie; was a major factor in both teams success. In basketball he was ALL CCAL along with Raymond Carpenter. Manuel was a leading scorer with a high point game of 18 in last game of the season. In 1931 and 1932 his basketball teams ended up in second place one game out of first. Manuel was a first string player during 1932 and a leading scorer and rebounded. In track Manuel placed first in the CCAL football throw. Yes it was a league and STATE track event.
Manuel was later a mainstay of city league, which packed the civic auditorium regularly for games. After 18 years playing Santa Cruz City league basketball and giving many fans enjoyable nights out for good basketball. Manuel was honored with ceremonies between games by fans, players, league officials, local sportsmen and civic dignitaries. A score of merchandise awards, a watch as a token of their affection and respect for him. To keep him shaved his teammates presented him an electric razor. After the presentations Manuel was asked to say a few words. With tears in his eyes as he thanked players, fans and league officials, “I don’t know where to begin, but tonight is the happiest night of my Life . Thanks a million. The sportsmanship displayed by you and my fellow players during my career was what made playing city league such fun”. Mayor, Sam McNeely, said that Netto was more than a good sportsmen and a fine competitor, but he is a true gentleman”. Manuel was a constant City all league player on league winning teams and one of the top scorers
Manuel oldest son Phil, was also a two year ALL CCAL center and was the leading rebounded and scorer on a league championship team. Second son Dave was ALL CCAL football and baseball, playing on championship teams. Manuels grand daughter also was a top basketball player at SC and at Cabrillo College and Bethany College. At the present time she is the boy’s junior varsity coach at SC with winning teams and championships.
1947 Roy Johnson in senior year played football for the Cardinals and after for the Santa Cruz Seahawks. Received six offers for college. 1948 played freshman football at USF played well both ways, offense and defense with other SCHS players Ben Krupp, Pat Hagerty and Bill Walker.
1949 he was listed in several football publications as starting at right end for the USF varsity, who in what would have been Roy’s senior season went undefeated and with many players who went on to play professional football. He had a shoulder separation in Spring training and left school shortly afterward. In 1950 Roy was drafted into the army.
1951 Roy played basketball for the army team in Japan. Clayton Tonamaker was on the team too. Roy said, I first met him when the Seahawks practiced against the 1949 East team getting ready for the East-West Shrine game. He became good friends with Tonamker who was an All American at Wisconsin and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. 1952 After Roy completed his tour of duty with the army he returned to Santa Cruz and played baseball and basketball locally.
1954 Esther Frizza achieved the four-star award. Esther received her fourth GAA star at a Girls’ Athletic association award assembly in the gym. This was a most unusual record, according to Miss Calkins, the athletic instructor, as not more than one girl each year won this award.
1955 Helen Kingdom was in tandem with Esther in being an excellent athlete, but never being able to compete against other schools.
1957 Bob Vega. In 1955 even as a sophomore, Bob Vega showed what a fine athlete he was by playing three sports, football as the JV quarterback, guard on the JV basketball team and a pitcher/third baseman on the varsity. In his junior and senior seasons Bob was a starter on the varsity football team as a defensive back, basketball as a guard and baseball.
In his senior year, Bob at one time was the tenth leading scorer in Northern California. Through the brilliance of his performances have by no means diminished, his strong sense of team play prevents him from taking more shots.
He was the quarterback on the JV football team, was called up from JV basketball to varsity and now is the ace pitcher, third baseman and third man in the batting order. Both the most important positions on a baseball team. Bob could throw the ball across the infield to first base from his knees, which was very unusual during that area.
All around athlete Bob Vega has an invitation to go to the Portland Beaver, Pacific Coast league Spring training camp at Ontario, California. He will report to camp March 14, for what may be the start of a pro baseball career.
1959 John Kirby was named Outstanding Card. Versatile SCHS athlete John Kirby was chosen as the outstanding senior athlete and the award was given at the Dad’s Club barbecue. In football, John was honored as a ALL CCAL player for the second year. He also was ALL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, ALL COAST and ALL AMERICAN. John was a key man on the championship basketball squad and was rightfully chosen in the top ten players in the CCAL. Playing on the baseball team, which was one game from the championship, John was picked for his third ALL CCAL team of the year. Probably the greatest athlete to come out of SCHS, as no one has accomplished this feat before. (or as it so happens, ever again.)
Members of the selection committee were Emmett Tompson, 1943; Fred Moro, 1948; Len Klempnauer, 1954; Bob Wilson, 1954; Esther Firzza, Wilson, 1955; Donna Merlotti, 1957; Phil Netto, 1957; Angelo Ross, 1958; Mike Dominguez, 1960 and Larry Griffin, 1965.
Hall of Fame Prospects
1922 Leo Harris best defensive back in the league. Played at Stanford and lettered in 1925 and 1926,where he was an all coast tackle. He also played for the Santa Cruz Legion team, like a semi pro team, against the other Legion and military team in the area. After Stanford went on to coach at Fresno High for 5 years where he built up two power houses in football and basketball. In football made the Valley section finals three times. Winning once from Taft and losing twice to Bakersfield, the oil town and perennial champs. In basketball won the league title all five years and winning two Valley Section titles. A promotion to Fresno State as frosh football coach and head basketball coach. Item in the Sentinel of 1934, Leo Harris brings his Fresno State team, , to practice at Pasatiempo golf course. He was Athletic Director at U of Oregon for 25 years. Also a member of the NCAA rules committee for football.
Raymond Kirby fastest back an all around football player in the league. Played baseball for SCHS and one of the local semi pro teams while still in high school. An article in the Sentinel remarked that a couple of hot shots to the hot corner gave the young third baseman some trouble. He had three sons who were top athletes at SCHS. Rich who led the football team in scoring in 1948 plus pitching. Bill ALL CCAL lineman 1n 1950 and also played baseball as a pitcher and fielder. The youngest John played football, basketball and baseball making ALL CCAL in all of them.
Tony Valine tackle in football and track.
Track team won the league and took fourth in NC. Capt Kiloyl second in 880 and third in mile. Valine good all round athlete third in discus and shot. John Caldwell first in javelin and set a record throw of 160’9”
Henry “Indry Leibbrandt 9 letters: football and basketball 3 each, baseball 2 and track 1. Last year Captain of the basketball team and all CCAL in basketball and baseball.
Hyman Wilzel NCS champ #1 player
Joe Lantange helped San Jose State beat Fresno in baseball.
There was a three way tie for the lightweight basketball championship between SCHS, Gonzales and King City. A playoff was necessary to decide the team to advance to NCS. King City opted out as it would cost them more than they could make to play a game, plus they felt the other two teams deserved the chance more. Gonzales beat the cardlets in a tight game 16-14. Tridents said they played a complete game with a lot of effort. Starting line up for the cardlets: Captain Roy Bourriague and Dick Mc Hugh forwards, Dick Halsey center, Roy Bergazzi and Dario Fassio guards. There only two losses came from Gonzales. They split the two regular season games. In 1929 and 1930 the lightweights were CCAL champs and played in the finals of the NCS.
NC track meet Les Voorhees second in 880. He could have won, but was pacing himself to have more left for the mile, but another runner snuck up on him at the last second. Both were given the same times. In the mile Les did not realize a runner from back in the pack was making up distance and the runner slipped in on him right at the end dropping Les to second. Both were timed in 4.32.5. For his two seconds Les earned 6 points. Les holds the CCAL record for the mile. In the CIF state meet Voorhees led in the mile right up to the end, but took second. In 1934 Les ran his fastest time so for of 4.29.3 for the Cal frosh against Stanford. In 1935 Les took second in the two mile against track power USC. The next week he took a first at Washington State.
NC track meet sophomore Jack Bassett took third in shot 46’4”. At the state meet he took 6TH place and did the same the next year
Manuel Netto was first team in basketball and baseball, two league championship teams which he was a major factor in the teams success. In basketball was ALL CCAL along with Raymond Carpenter. Manuel was a leading scorer with a high point game of 18 in last game of the season. In 1931 and 1932 his basketball teams ended up in second place one game out of first. Manuel was a first string player during 1932 and a leading scorer and rebounded. Manuel placed first in the CCAL football throw. 1933 at NCS was second in the football throw. In baseball averaged 13 strike outs a game. One hit Monterey and had 3 hits himself. Won all 4 league games with ERA of 2.5. Captain of the team. He pitched a fine game in win against Santa Clara 5-4 and hit a triple. In 1932 pitched in bad luck. For one example struck out 6 in 3 innings but had no support as Santa Cruz had 10 errors in loss to Sequoia. Manuel pitched well the whole season, but was hurt by too many errors. Comment in Trident was Manuel has great stuff when he hits his stride.
Other top players on the champion baseball team: Louis Castignola catcher;
Dario Fassio 2B and pitcher; Barney Sinnott 3B; Charlie Johnson SS; Sandman OF and P; Tamagni OF; Utility Berlin, Joe Netto and Francis Sinnott.
Phillip Sousa captain in football as fullback. In baseball played first base and was a top hitter. He starred in both sports. Also played basketball.
Starters on the basketball championship team: Netto, Carpenter, captain Barney Sinnott, Kenny Gleason and Rosellini. First off the bench Ben Holsey, Corey and Adams.
Joe Heddleson captain and ALL CCAL guard this year has played football for 4 years. Also did track.
Al Lavigne ALL CCAL lineman this year has play 4 years of football.
There was a three way tie for the lightweight basketball championship between SCHS, Gonzales and King City. A playoff was necessary to decide the team to advance to NCS. King City opted out as it would cost them more than they could make to play a game, plus they felt the other two teams deserved the chance more. Gonzales beat the cardlets in a tight game 16-14. Tridents said they played a complete game with a lot of effort. Starting line up for the Cardlets: Captain Roy Bourriague and Dick Mc Hugh forwards, Dick Halsey center, Roy Bergazzi and Dario Fassio guards. There only two losses came from Gonzales. They split the two regular season games. In 1929 and 1930 the lightweights were CCAL champs and played in the finals of the NCS.
Loren Nickels played end in football, captain, center and ALL CCAL in basketball, played baseball and track.
Bill Staple ran the dashes in track, defensive back in football and played baseball.
Wayne Osburne former SCHS pitcher is pitching for the Stockton pro team.
Bud Beasley three sport star mainly baseball and lightweight football and basketball. Went on to play for the U of Nevada baseball team and long time Reno high baseball coach. He played minor league baseball and for many years played for the Reno town team. Taught at Reno high school into his 80’s. He and his wife had five children. But still took in foster kids who needed there help.
Brad Lynn sophomore running back made long runs and was All CCAL on a 4-2 league team. In 1934 set a new record for the lightweight discus. Went on to Notre Dame to play football.
Bill Bibbins tennis and golf. Won league tennis title two years in row.
Gene Shotkin number one player in CIF. One of the best every at SCHS. .
Loren Nichols forward at Fresno State.
David Beaver guard at Fresno State.
Leibbrandt played for San Jose State winner of the Far Western Conference.
Bill Staples was a regular, speedy hard hitting player on the Fresno State frosh football team.
Bob Hughes a tennis star here is now a member of the tumbling team at Cal.
Bill Clemenson sophomore pitcher. Next year 1935 struck out 51 in 39. Team went 5-1 in league and 8-1 overall. Bill also played football and basketball. Went on to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ben Holsey a three year starter in basketball and ALL CCAL this year on championship team along with Brad Lynn a soph and Don Johnson.
Darold Young broke the CCAL 880 record and nearly did it in the mile also. At the NCS won first in the 880 and mile. At state took third in 880.
Basketball champion Cards had two ALL CCAL players: Al Newlove and John Wichelow both guards. Other key team members are captain Willard Rentz and Sophomore Andy Maranta.
former players. Hod Kelly of Fresno State was an All Far Western State conference at guard.
Loren Nichols also of Fresno State was an honorable mention forward.
George Nelson was winning wrestling matches at San Jose State.
Ray Carpenter has won 12 bouts in a row at Cal Poly SLO.
Jim Nicholson last years baseball captain, pitcher and best all around player while trying out for the San Francisco Missions has been sent to Muskogee, Oklahoma in the Western league.
Kenny Gleason captain of football team and outstanding athlete was the starting quarterback for Fresno State in 1936. In 1933 starter on the title winning basketball team.
Wayne Osborne a top pitcher for the Cards was 18-11 with the SF Missions last year. He has played for the major league Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Bees this year.
Andy Maranta in 1937 was ALL CCAL as a sophomore for heavyweight basketball and led the league in scoring with a 11.4 average. 1939 all CCAL in basketball. Andy played football, basketball and track. 1939 broke the league scoring record and scored 45 in one game. In track in 1937 Andy set a new record for the football throw of 213’7” to break Manuel Nettos record throw of last year by 20’.
Other team members of 1938 title basketball team: Captain Venturini, Bill Leonard
Les Ley played every league game from mid sophomore season in four sports: football, basketball, baseball and track. Played on two championship baseball teams.
Bill Leonard played football, basketball and baseball. In football was a safety and fullback. Basketball best ball handler and a good shooter. Baseball was the short stop his last two years on title winning teams hitting in the fifth spot.
Irving “Lefty” Pellegrini helped the baseball team to its fourth straight title. Lefty was the ace pitcher and also hit in the clean up spot. He was team captain, plus ALL CCAL in lightweight basketball for the title winning undefeated team. “Lefty” started his baseball career in freshman year as the manager. Worked his way up, playing a more important role on the team each year, too end up as the major cog his senior season.
Other key members of the 1938 champs were Therman Fought also a team veteran third baseman and best hitter on the team. In 1939 Therman was starting fullback on the second place football team and starter and ALL CCAL on the title winning “Best of the decade’ basketball team. He was captain of the team, a three year starter and filled in as catcher when needed.
Robert Loeher catcher and clean up hitter. Robert had two good pitchers to handle Lefty and Bill Holton who became the ace the next year. Robert also was an ALL CCAL guard known for his ball hawking, agressive play on the basketball team. Bob was ALL CCAL as a fullback in football. An accomplished athlete. First team in three sports and won 8 letters.
Ray Mullin a third year veteran of this baseball machine played second
Base and was a spark plug on the team. He earned 7 letters during his career.
Johnny Davis a sophomore was a pitcher and a lightweight back and a guard in basketball. He advanced to varsity in all three sports.
The 1938 baseball team was made up of many fine athletes who excelled in other sports as well
1938 Ernie King was a freshman hitter, outfielder on the 1938 baseball team. Ernie was very active in many sports during his career at SCHS.
Championship lightweight basketball team played the varsity a few weeks after the end of the season and beat them. Team was captain Irving Pellegrini, Charles Dowden, Robert Di Witt, Lloyd Hebbron, Leonarad Ross and Derek Connell.
Larry McLean won both hurdle races at the NCS meet for 10 points.
1938 Dick Shively varsity track was second in the 220 and third in 440 at the CCAL meet. In 1939 Dick was a starting half back on the good title contending football team
“BEST OR THE DECADE” basketball first team Andy Maranta, Brad Trine and Bill Foote forwards, Bob Di Witt center, Therman Fought, Lloyd Hebbron and Verhines at guards.
1939 basketball championship member and ALL CCAL player Bob Di Witt is first string at Modesto JC in 1940. While at SCHS Bob was ALL CCAL in basketball three times. Two as a lightweight, one on varsity. All on championship teams. Both lightweight teams were undefeated. In his last season on varsity he scored in the high teens normally, getting into the 20’s occasionally.
1939 Joe Brovia transferred to SCHS for his senior year. He was a strike out pitcher in high school and a powerful hitter. In one game he struck out 13 and had two doubles and a single going 3 for 4. Not a bad day. In 1940 left school to work out with the SF Seals. The Seals manager former major league batting champ was impressed with the hitting of the 6‘, 210 17 year old. He was sent to El Paso of the Arizona-Texas league an he hit for the league high .383. Joe spent the next 4 years in the service. 1946 spent with Salt Lake of the Pioneeer league was second in the league in hitting .339. Following year with Seals again hitting .333 with power. Born in Davenport.
Dick Voris captain of the football team and ALL CCAL center. Also in track. Went on to play on the Hartnell football team that played in the Rose Bowl for the State Junior college championship in 1942 along with Paul Juhl.
Played at San Jose State, Became a coach at JC, College and pros.
1940 Bernie Bourriague three years of lightweight quarterback football and basketball guard. Was a major contributor on two lightweight championship basketball teams. ALL CCAL in basketball. Played good defense. Played second base on the championship baseball team.
Returning starters from the basketball team of the DECADE were Bill Foote and Brad Trine. They knew how to win and inspire the rest of the team to another undefeated season. The team is listed below:
1940 Bill Foote first man in tennis. Outstanding forward and ALL CCAL player who led the team to undefeated season. Consistently scoring in double figures. Scored 18 and 22 points against second place Salinas.
1940 Brad Trine first man on tennis team. Ace pitcher striking out 17 in one game and 11 in a row. Missed two no hitters by one hit. Pitched in 8 games and allowed a total of 8 runs for an ERA of 1.00. Very good. Center on the undefeated basketball team. Most valuable player, good scorer and best defensive player. Three sport star.
1940 Paul Juhl went out for basketball this year for the first time and with his athletic ability worked his way into the starting line up. Paul is the oldest of the Juhl brothers who also played for the Cards was considered the best all around athlete in school. Paul was an ALL CCAL end in football. In baseball he was the starting first baseman and at the same time in track did the high jump and ran the hurdles. Went on to play on the Hartnell football team that played in the Rose Bowl for the State Junior college championship in 1942 along with Dick Voris.
Others not mentioned above who were on the undefeated 1940 basketball team: starting guards Don Griffin hustler all over the floor, John Jellison and Hugo Armanini. Talbert Newhart, center and forward Bob Voris filled in for the inside positions.
Future basketball starters and stars came over from the junior highs to be on the team and get in some action were Dick Fassio a Nor Cal outstanding player of the year player and Emmett Thompson a three sport man, who played at Cal Poly and later coached the Cards to championships.
1940 baseball team led by pitcher Brad Trine had a successful season losing only to league champs Hollister by one run each time. Seniors Bernie Bourriague and John Jellision stabilized the team. Returnees for next year are: Dick Fassio Of and pitcher, Johnny Davis pitcher and OF, Ernie King SS, Malcom Macauley INF and Emmett Thompson 1B.
1940 championship lightweight basketball team, which lost only one game included forwards Bob Puget and Jim Smethers; veteran center and leading scorer George Bicknell and Guards Bernie Bourrigue and Art Ketahara. In a span of 16 years from 1926 to 1942 the lightweight team won 11 titles. A very good record.
Eugene Shatkin made the tennis finals of NCS. There was a three way tie for the title for a championship that has normally been one that SCHS takes as automatic. Eugene was the starting guard for the basketball team for two years. One was the 1942 championship team.
In track Jack Scofield scored 49 points. Getting them in the high hurdles, high jump 5’9, shot put and relay. At the CCAL meet he took second in the 120 high hurdles and high jump, plus a third in the shot put. At NCS he was entered in 3 events.
Mario Esposito scored 34 points in the last two meets of the season after being out with the measles. He ran the 100 in 10.4 and the 220 in 24.0. At CCAL meet Mario placed third in the 220 and fourth in the 100. Mario played on the lightweight basketball teams up to this year.
Richard Thompson at the CCAL meet took third in the 440 to qualify for NCS.
Four lightweights placed high enough to qualify for NCS . Mcaulley in 120 low hurdles, Stiffler 50 yard dash, Morgan 220 low hurdles and Mc Cullan pole vault.
Starters for heavyweight basketball Dick Fassio 6’ and Newhart 6’2 at forward, Becknell 6’3 center, Hugo Armanini, captain 5’6 and John Davis 5’6. Emmett Thompson was the top sub. Bicknell a veteran from champion lightweight teams was a top scorer along with Dick Fassio. In the previous two years the team was undefeated in league play. After the first league game this team added to the record 31 straight league victories. Next game lost to Salinas by two. The lightweight team has a 23 game streak going.
The baseball team was mostly sophomores. For Dick Fassio, John Davis, Emmett Thompson, Malcom Macauley and Ed Dysle this is their third sport of the year.
1941 Art Katahara lettered in lightweight football and basketball 3 years. Was a track star before playing baseball mainly in the infield. This year pitched 4 games in one week as some players were dropped by CIF rules calling for no outside competition with other teams during the same season. The lose of these players hurt the team and caused a rash of errors that made Art’s job harder. Art was speedy with coordination and was the boys athletic honor student.
1942 grad Wayne Fontes won the NCAA 115 pound boxing championship in 1949 for San Jose State.
lightweight track team won NCS section meet. Malcom Macually won the 220 and the broad jump and was a member of the winning 440 relay team with Stiffler, Antonnetti and Hackbarth. Hackbarth won the 100 yard dash. The same team won CIF at CAL Malcom Macauly accounted for 19 points. Won the broad jump at 21’1’ and 120 low hurdles at 14.0, just over the record of 13.9. Also ran a leg on the winning 440 relay team of Bob Stiffler, Harold Antonnetti and Dick Hackbarth. The rest of the scoring was done by Stiffler second in the 50 yard dash and Hackbarth fourth in the 100.
Malcom Macauley earned 14 letters, ten as a lightweight- 3 in football and track and 4 in basketball. Varsity letters one in football, 2 in baseball, but was on the team 3 years as shortstop and second baseman and 2 in golf.
Malcom in 1941 as sophomore shortstop got a home run the last game of the season. Macauley had a 81 yard run against Monterey in the 13 to 0 win for the undefeated Cardinals during the 1943-44 season. He was quick and elusive as a runner. Malcom’s last season ended at mid year 1944 as he was a mid year graduate. He was named ALL CCAL for lightweight basketball.
Malcom was an elementary teacher and principal in Santa Cruz for many years. He substituted up to last year.
Dick Fassio the most outstanding basketball player in Northern Cal by the SF Chronicle and Examiner. In 1939 Dick came over from Branciforte Jr High to play on the varsity basketball and baseball teams. In 1942 played center and was the top scorer to help beat the Fresno area champs Madera. Dick scored in double figures. Other top players on the team: guards Bob Hackbarth and Shatkin; forwards Emmett Thompson and Newhart. Along with many others, Dick was now in the service before his elegibility was up and was playing for the Monterey Presidio.
Len Noren All CCAL and team captain in 3 sports: Football, basketball and baseball. Back in football, captain and center and MVP in basketball. and strike out pitcher in baseball. Against Watsonville struck out 19 batters. Normal per game in teens. Allowed only one extra base hit all season.
In 1944 there was no baseball league, but SCHS played 5 games against Monterey, Hollister, Carmel and Bellarnine. There were no seniors on this team. Len struck out 75 in those 5 games averaging 15 strike outs a game. He no hit Monterey and he had a homer, double and single. In the 5 games he gave up 12 hits and 6 runs. In losing to Hollister 3-4, while Len gave up 4 hits, had 16 SO’s and SCHS had 7 errors. Can imagine that most of the 4 runs were unearned. Making his ERA less than 1. In a 3-1 win against Hollister he had a home run and a triple.
The 6’1” Noren signed with the Yankees in 1946 as a pitcher, but played many positions in all parts of the country (NY, mid west, Pacific Coast league and Canada. In 1952 he played for the SF Seals of the Pacific Coast league, which was the big leagues of the West. He hit .325 at first base. He also managed.
As a sophomore in 1944 school year he was the leading rusher at an average of 7 yards a carry, on at the time the best team ever, which only gave up 3 points in their 5 game season. Len was also a great kicker. Had a quick kick go 62 yards.
Ed Dysle was a lineman and fullback on the great 1944 team. He was like a rock. He could not be moved. His most productive day rushing was for 83 yards. 1945 ALL CCAL in football. Catcher on championship 1945 baseball team catching Len Noren. Played football at Hartnell where he was a Junior College All America. He went on to play at U of Nevada.
Roy Johnson a sophomore was ALL CCAL on the undefeated football team. In baseball played short stop. Many of the baseball players also competed in track also. Roy ran the hurdles.
Ed Withrow as junior on the best ever football team of 44 made ALL CCAL as a back. Longest gain was for a 76 yard TD plus a 65 yard punt return. Played baseball 1944-45
George Vomvolakis played and started in lightweight football and basketball for 3 years each. Played baseball for 3 years. All CCAL in football and basketball in 1947. In 1949 he played basketball for the 4th Air Force team at Camp Mc Chord, WA.
Jack Alzina was ALL CCAL in lightweight basketball. Went on to play in the serviced and at Whitworth College in Washington.
1947 Cassius Bly 6’2” 160 going to Stanford. At NCS Bly was second in the 440. Ted Wittmer 5’6” junior was second in the mile. They both will go to State. In the CCAL meet Cassius and his brother Orr,plus Gene Cowley and Ray Kranich won the 440relay.
Bill Kirby ALL CCAL football guard for second straight year. All CCAL in baseball also
Ron Hager won 8 letters. Was first string short stop for 4 years. In basketball 2 years lightweight and 1 varsity. In football a year in both lightweight and varsity football.
1952 Pete Van Houten 2 years ALL CCAL baseball outfielder, Played 2 years of varsity basketball.
Dick Kirby ALL CCAL in lightweight football. In varsity football played offense and defense, extra point kicker for 2 years. In 1952 lead the team in scoring. Was a pitcher in baseball.
Gene Mazzei as a lightweight basketball player was tied for top scorer in the league. 1952 ALL CCAL as the varsity quarterback on second place team.
Al Cheney 6TH in the shot put in the State meet. In football played offensive fullback and defensive tackle.
Ed Farrell was the first SCHS wrestler to be a winner in NC wrestling. His win was in the 165 pound weight. Northern Cal which covered from Bakersfield to the Oregon boarder was called state at that time, as Southern Cal and San Diego did not hold end of the season matches. Ed was the top wrestler in his weight class CCAL for 4 years. In 1954 Ed was second at NCS.
Pete Likens went to Stanford. Student body president. He was the president of the University of Arizona. Captain of the first wrestling championship in the CCAL for SCHS. Won the championship in his weight class at the state meet. Co-captain of the championship lightweight football team. The first in 20 years. Was ALL CCAL for 2 years. Guard on the football team and NorCal champion in wrestling, three year letter winner at Stanford, took second at the Pacific coast Intercollegiate Championships at 137 pounds, which is similar to the Pac-12 tournament back then. He also was captain of the team.
Jim Vomvolakis was the only SCHS player to make ALL CCAL in football. As a halfback he had a 6 yard per carry average. Jim at 5’11”was a starting guard on what could be the best basketball team at SCHS. He also was the starting short stop on the baseball team.
Rich Montgomery was the key player on an exceptional basketball team. Rich was ALL CCAL for the second consecutive year. Rich made first team NCS and third team Northern Cal. The team used the fast break to its advantage giving the Stanford and Cal frosh close games. Rich went on to play in college and as a pro over seas.
Other team members were ALL CCAL players Gary Paden 6’2” forward and Joe Monachello 5’8” guard. Rounding out the first five was John Karsten 6’2” forward and the above mentioned Jim Vomvolakis
Don Samuelson was the top golfer in the league for the second year in a row. One of the best every in the CCAL. In addition to being the tallest player on the team, he was the best shooter on the varsity team.
Howie Adams took second in the pole fault at the CCAL track meet. In varsity football played safety and part time QB. In basketball was the ball handler.
Bob Cardiff three year player in baseball as pitcher was captain and ALL CCAL his senior year. In football team he was QB for three years. Played basketball. The teams he played on did well.
Chuck Filice transferred to SCHS in his senior year from rival Holy Cross. He was first string in football as a half back and ALL CCAL as the only Card picked. First string guard in basketball and first string 2B in baseball and second string ALL CCAL. At UOP Chuck was the back up QB to later Raider head coach Flores. Chuck was the first string 2B. Chuck started coaching baseball and assistant football at North Salinas right after UOP, producing well coached teams there and later at Alisal were he won tiles in 1974 and 1976. After he retired from teaching he continued coaching. Even later when his sons became head football coaches in the area, Chuck assisted them. A long record of working with athletes on a successful scale.
Tom Elward a 6’1 forward, best driver, shooter and running the fast break for the varsity basketball team, He was captain of the team, third in scoring with a 11.3 average and ALL CCAL. In football Tom was the starting right end on defense and offense where was a top receiver.
Butch Walters played full back, center and end on the second place varsity football team where he was ALL CCAL in his only year on varsity. In lightweight he was ALL CCAL for three years making it a sweep as and ALL CCAL player in football. Butch played first base on the baseball team and led the team in hitting and was in the top 5 in the league. In basketball as a lightweight in junior year was ALL CCAL.
Bobby Wilson two year lightweight starter in basketball at center and was captain his senior year. Averaged 11 points a game with a total of 267 in 24 games. Owned a variety of shots including a left handed hook shoot. In baseball he played the outfield and hit in the .300’s his senior year. Been very active in SCHS activities ever since. He most consistent has been as chairman of the Dad’ Club tournament since 1972 for a total of 34 years up to 2006. It is one of the oldest pre season tournaments in the State started by former SCHS player and coach Emmett Thompson. Bob has worked on every project put on by the school from cooking to helping with fields.
Rich Alemany a short stop was an ALL CCAL baseball player as a sophomore 1955. In 1957 Rich helped the Cards to their first winning season in 6 years along with winning the Monterey Easter tournament. Rich played football every year.
Angelo Ross played basketball all 4 years making ALL CCAL as a lightweight and almost helping the varsity win the league as a ball handling and shooting guard. Angelo was always intense as he was later as a coach at Mission Hill, Holy Cross, Marello and Palma where he is still the quarterback coach. Angelo has spent over 40 years as a high school coach for football, basketball and baseball in addition to spending many summers coaching very successful Pony and Colt league teams. Angelo was the PE teacher and organizer for athletics at Mission Hill Jr High many years. Angelo opened the gym, on his own time, to let kids work out. One knew that any team Angelo coached would be well schooled and would play hard no matter the score. He expected his players to play with the same passion he had. Angelo has been a positive figure in a untold number of students and athletes over the 45 years he has been working with youth. He is a sample of what all athletes and students would like to have in a teacher.
Bob Vega was ALL CCAL for three years in baseball. He could throw the ball across the infield from third base from his knees. Bob had the capabilities of playing pro baseball, but went into the service and then to work. Bob was a good hitter with power, excellent third baseman who also pitched successfully, even though he would rather play third. His senior year he helped the Cards come within a game of the league title losing the last game of the season. He was a big cog in the 1959 basketball team winning league and going to the TOC at U of Cal. Was ALL CCAL that year.
Howard Bryant wrestler was fourth in his weight class at NC meet giving SCHS a seventh place finish.
Bart Bly won the 440 at the KC relays
Phil Netto as a junior led the CCAL in scoring at 91 points for a 15.3 average and was the top rebounded in the league also. Phil was ALL CCAL two years. He tied the SCHS record for the most points in a game, plus set a new record for the most points for the year. In his senior season was the key reason the team won league and led them to the TOC at UC. The guards scored a lot of points that year as Phil was a tough rebounded and almost always controlling the back boards. They could release early knowing that Phil would get the ball. Phil should have been the quarterback on the football team as he threw perfect [asses to the guards flying down the floor.
Phil went on to play at Hartnell, in the service and at college and many years here in the city league as his father did, who is now in the Hall of Fame.
Al McCommon was first freshman to make ALL CCAL in lightweight basketball.
Junior James Smith 6’3” a tough rebounding center anchored the CCAL champions and led them to the Tournament of Champions at U of California. There he made a good impression as he made first team ALL NOR CAL. James topped the CCAL in scoring with a 20 point average over a 24 game schedule. ALL CCAL and first team ALL NOR CAL.
James went on to play at UC.
Steve Smith as a freshman played golf and tennis. Also was a main cog in an undefeated lightweight basketball team. The next three years played varsity basketball, baseball and tennis. Played basketball and baseball at Cal
Larry Griffin first string in varsity football, basketball and track as a sophomore. U of Oregon wanted to give him a scholarship for basketball on graduation, but Larry went to Cabrillo for two years and then to Oregon Tech as their leading scorer. Larry had a tryout with the Dallas NFL football team. Played pro basketball in foreign countries and with the Harlem clowns.
Mark DiGiralamo won State 4 years in a row. Was the NCAA champion for Cal Poly SLO in 1976.
Tex Ronning coach wrestling from 63-76 and in 96. Record 178-67-2. Sixty-five individual champs.