Download complete file with overview and stats: 1930


This year SCHS got new football and basketball coaches. Miggs Dressel (football) and Merle Briggs (basketball) would be at SC for a good period of time.

Miggs Dressel, varsity football, lightweight basketball and head of track
Merle Briggs, varsity basketball and lightweight football
Stevens, tennis
Warren, midget football
“Doc” Fehliman, baseball.

In 1930 Santa Cruz High School had 1100 students. The largest high school in the Monterey Bay area. The school drew students in from Aptos to Felton.


For this one year in football only the league was divided into A and B leagues. The A league teams were Hollister, Santa Cruz, Salinas, and Watsonville. B league teams King City, Monterey, and Pacific Grove. All the schools played one another, but there were separate A league and B league champions.

practice game:
(listed as the team Santa Cruz High played then the score, SC-rival)
Palo Alto 0-7
Against “B” league teams:
(listed as the team Santa Cruz High played then the score, SC-rival)
Monterey 6-7
Pacific Grove 12-6
King City 27-0
“A” league games:
(listed as the team Santa Cruz High played then the score, SC-rival)
Salinas 7-27
Watsonville 13-6
Hollister 33-6
Against “A” league 2-1
Against B league 2-1
Combined League 4-2
Overall 4-3
Salinas – A league champions and Monterey took the B league championship.
In the playoffs between the A and B league to go to NCS, Monterey won 7-6.

Six letter men from last years team returned to play on this years football team. All the backs graduated. The team has been working hard in practice. The linemen are Fast, Rittenhouse, Beaver, Messick, Metcalf, Thiella, Pearson, and Sinnott. The backs are Kenny Clark, Eddie Ohse, Wolfe, Simoni, Caldwell, and Hank Leibbrandt.

Practice goes from 2:30 to 5:30. The team ended the season by beating the “Apple pickers” from Watsonville 13-6.

Hank Leibbrandt was selected ALL CCAL

SCHS took the lightweight championships for the sixth consecutive year.
Practice games:
(listed as the team Santa Cruz High played then the score, SC-rival)
Monterey 0-6
Gilroy 15-13
Practice record 1-1

(listed as the team Santa Cruz High played then the score, SC-rival)
King City 13-0
Monterey 7-0
Hollister 12-0
Salinas 6-13
Watsonville 25-0
A League record 2-1
Against B League 2-0
Against A and B combined 4-1
Season 5-2.

Team members: Staples, Hayford, Cuneo, Hashimoto, Gilles, Bob Hope, Bias, Johnson, Simerly, G. Gelatt, Gregg, Sousa, Martin, Cacace and Hopkins.

League games:
(listed as the team Santa Cruz High played then the score, SC-rival)
Pacific Grove 15-20
King City 21-18
Monterey 12-26
Watsonville 16-22
Salinas 16-29
League 1-4

League standings:
Pacific Grove 5-0
Monterey 3-2
Watsonville 3-2
Salinas 2-3
Santa Cruz 1-4
King City 1-4
Pacific Grove lost their first game at NCS to Palo Alto 12-35.

Team members
Henry Leibbrandt (a returning lettermen who played on last years varsity championship team and was All CCAL last year), Metcalf, Roy Caldwell, Frost , Gillen
Plus a scrappy group that are coming up from lightweights: Huddleson, Gelatt and Beaver. Other team members Bob Hughes, Loren Nickels, Larry Pearson, G. Pearson, Elmo Williams, Flynn, Pieper, Ledford, and Knott.

Henry Liebbrandt was selected All CCAL this year

League champions for the second year in a row. The team made it to the NCS finals again this year. But I could not find scores or write ups.

The league standings:
Santa Cruz 6-1
Watsonville 5-2
Salinas 5-2
Pacific Grove 4-3
King City 3-3
Monterey 2-5
Boulder Creek 2-5
Gonzales 0-6.

The SC Cardlets lost their first NCS game to San Jose 19-31.

Team members: Eddie Huddleson, Sophomore Roy Bergazzi, Jerry and Carl Gelatt, Phillip Sousa, Barry Bias, Charles Johnson, Acterberg, and Harry Simmerly.

practice games:
(listed as the team Santa Cruz High played then the score, SC-rival)
Los Gatos 1-1, 5-11
San Jose 2-0
Hollister 4-0
Practice record 2-1-1

League games:
(listed as the team Santa Cruz High played then the score, SC-rival)
Monterey 1-2
Gonzales 1-9
Salinas 9-7
Hollister 4-1
Watsonville 3-3
League 2-2-1
Overall 4-3-2

Doc Fehliman had a large squad turn out for baseball. Twenty three players saw action in the first two practice games.
Starting line ups for the season:
Beldon Hedgepth P, OF
Louie Haber C
Ledford C
sophomore, Dario Simoni P, OF
Leibbrandt 1B, P
Johnson or David Beaver 2B
Russell or Carpenter SS
Loren Nickels 3B
Tommy Kristinich LF
Sousa RF
Jerry Gelatt
Leland Iverson OF
second year man Eddie Oshe OF

Dario Simoni and Henry Leibbrandt teamed up on a two hitter in the extra inning tie with Watsonville.

Baseball caps were late coming due to lack of funds in the student body. At the time the student body funded athletics, not the school board. Caps cost $1.10 each.

Students in Santa Cruz were dismissed at 2:15 on March 29 to attend a baseball game at the Water Street Park. The game was between the major league New York Giants and the Seattle Indians of the Pacific Coast league. All students under age 14 were given season passes.

Three All CCAL baseball players:
captain, ace pitcher, and tough hitter Belden Hedgepeth
junior outfielder Tommy Kristinich
senior catcher Louie Haber
Henry Liebbrandt was an honorable mention.


SC scored only three points at the CCAL meet, placing last.
SC had two third place finishers:
Glen Dickson in the mile and Bob Fast in high jump.

The track season started late due to wet weather and the poor condition of the track.
Track members and events:
G Pearson and Metcalf 440
Caldwell pole vault
Glen Dickson 880 and mile
Beaupre mile
Bob Fast, Flynn and Budworth high jump
Ledford high jump
Metcalf and Simoni shot put
Leibbrandt and Pearson javelin
Relay team: Gillen, L Peason and G Pearson and Metcalf
Larry Pearson and Gillen 100 and 220.

Lightweight track
Lightweight track took third at the CCAL meet.
Placers at the CCAL meet:
Kratzenstein and Staples in 50 and 100
Johnson and Cothran in 220
Cacace in 440
Clark and Cartwright in 120 low hurdles
Clark, Byrne and Gelatt in high jump
Clark and Johnson in broad jump
Rittenhouse in pole vault and shot put
Staples and Beaver in discus
Beaver and Sousa in javelin
Relay, Krazenstein, Johnson, Clark and Staples.

SC took the CCAL league championships
League games:
(listed as the team Santa Cruz High played then the score, SC-rival)
Hollister 14-3
Monterey 9-8
Pacific Grove 9-8
Watsonville 17-0

For the first time in many years the tennis team will be without any lettermen or experienced players. All nine of the players that reported to practice are new to the team.

The fact that this inexperienced team was able to win the league championship shows the quality of coach Stevens tennis program and the type of players he attracts.
Team members: Harry Simmerly, Bob Hughes Bob Bias, Loren Cox, Bob Mulenhaur, Virgil Kester, Glen Bickley, Ed Strong, John Wood, Stan Hopkins and Fred Clapp

A new ruling has gone into effect for league tennis this year. Instead of needing 4 players per match, it will take 6. The three players who went to NCS this year were Harry Simerly, who lost in the finals, and doubles partners Fred Clapp and John Wood, who also lost in the finals. SC ended up in third place at the meet. Bob Hughes, Glen Bickley and Virgil Kester were the next three players to fill out the league match 6 players required.

There were seven teams at the NCS meet at its regular venue, the Berkeley Country Club. The schools were Santa Cruz, Burlingame, San Mateo, Alameda, Tamalpais, Richmond, and Danville.

graduates who have lettered:
Football: Don Budworth, Loren Cox, Alger Fast, Louie Facelli, Lawrence Hayford, Jordan Mc Pheters, Bob Pieper, Alan Mately and Harold Cacace, who also lettered in track.
Baseball: Leland Russell and Louis Haber.

INDIVIDUALS (1930 graduates)

Henry Leibbrandt won 9 letters – three in football and basketball, two in baseball and one in track. Leibbrandt was captain of the basketball team and All CCAL this year, which is a special honor as he was playing on a last place team. He was also All CCAL in football and an All CCAL honorable mention in baseball. Leibbrandt’s main sport is basketball in which he plays first base, but he can fill in as pitcher if needed. He once exicuted three double plays in one game. Leibbrandt planed to go to Stanford but ended up at San Jose State as captain of the basketball team.

Morry Metcalf played on the football team for 3 years, two as a starter. Metcalf also played basketball and competed on the track team.

Kenny Clark was captain of the 1929 lightweight track team. Clark competed in the hurdles, the 440, and the high jump. As a halfback on the championship lightweight track team, Clark was All CCAL. Additionally, in 1930 Clark was a first string varsity halfback.

Ernie Kiff participated in football, track, and was one of the best swimmer to ever attend SCHS.

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