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Cabrillo College opens with its first class of 700 students, 300 more than was anticipated at Watsonville High School. Football coach Larry Siemering has left SCHS to start a football team and as athletic director will over see a fairly complete athletic program.
Band To Acquire New Attire. Old uniforms were out dated and 20 years old. The new ones are the last style in red, white and black. Pants are high and coats double breasted with high collars and tails. Each member has been measured so that his or her uniform will fit correctly.
From “Mike-Mumbles” The Santa Cruz Pony league All Stars came within one game of packing up and heading for the national playoffs in Springfield, Illinois. SCHS baseball players on the squad are Ronnie Neumann, Jerry Baptista, Bruce McPherson, Don Gehrig, Al McCommon, Bob Lockwood, Joe Pappas and Joe Ritchey.
Congratulations are in order for the most forgotten men in SCHS sports the team managers, especially Frank Volpi, who is a three sport man doing football, basketball and baseball all the way through school. Basketball coach Emmett Thompson commented that Frank was the best manager he ever had. Dick Yount and Kim Street also were given special mention by the Bob Babbles column in the Trident.
Coaches: Bill Wood, head football. Doug Severin, assistant varsity football and junior varsity basketball. Todd Likins, wrestling and assistant football. Jim Simpson, junior varsity football. Myron Viner, assistant junior varsity football. Leroy Kerr, lightweight football and junior varsity baseball. Emmett Thompson, varsity basketball and C and D basketball. Al Wright, track. Eade Jordon, tennis. Keith Murray, swimming. Tony Foster, golf. Bill Dodge, baseball and lightweight basketball.
FOOTBALL Practice games: Burlingame 19-7; Stagg of Stockton 13-14; Riordan of SF 18-0; Vallejo 0-12; Bellarmine 6-19. Practice record 2-3. League: Monterey 46-13; Salinas 14-21; North Salinas 34-0; Watsonville 7-6. League record 3-1 second place. Season record 5-4.
Starters were: Centers: Jack Ritchey and Charles Wood.
Guards: Bernard Novak, Ron Lowe and Ray Lowry,
Tackles: Mike Carney, Bob Netoff, John Rogers and Bob Hogan.
Ends: Mike Tara, Larry McWilliams and Anthony Tomasso.
Quarterbacks: Joe Pappas and Bob Lockwood.
Backs: Bill Scally, Bob Dabbs, Kenton Brenegan, Dennis Cody, Al McCommon, Ron Angell, Gordon Smith and Gerald Norton.
Other team members: Bob Eaton, J. Tara, R. York, R. Bartle, G. Cummings, M. Williams, C. Buckner, M. Reed, B. Elliot, B. Tara, Tom Sanders. Warren Conrad, S. Winters, M Vaune and J. Wylie.
At the annual intra squad game junior quarterback Bob Lockwood suffered a broken collarbone and will be replaced by sophomore Joe Pappas, who performed well in the practice game. Others who were praised were Milo Williams, Beecher Wood, Ray Lowry, Ron Lowe, Denton Brenegan, Gordon Smith and Al McCommon. Another top player and talented linebacker Mike Carney was lost before practice started, when he broke his ankle in a “touch” game before school started.
Birds Bounce Burlingame 19-7. The Cards scored all their points in the first half. The first score was set up when Anthony Tomasso blocked a punt, which was recovered on the Burlingame 32. From the 22 yard line Dabbs shot through the line and out ran the secondary for the TD. The second score came when Al McCommon returned a punt 20 yards and had his face mask pulled, which moved the ball down to the Panther 37. Pappas ran an option play down to the two yard line and Dabbs took it in for six. Pappas ran another keeper for the conversion. Two plays later McCommon intercepted a pass to put the Cards on their own 47. It took seven plays to score. Pappas pitched a 30 yard aerial to end Larry “Bones” McWilliams for the other TD. Sophomore field general Joe Pappas launched his varsity career with an outstanding game. The slightly built signal caller showed he can run with the pigskin as well as pass. Joe had the longest jaunt of the evening when he ran a bootleg around end for 35 yards. Bill Scally led the backs by gaining 87 yards on 17 carries. Bob Dabbs followed with 32 yards on 9 carries, while scoring two touchdowns. Fullback Dennis Cody had 22 yards on 6 carries. The Cards crossed the goal line twice in the second half, but both were nullified by penalties. Defensively in the line, guard Rich Novak was outstanding. Others playing well defensively were line backers Bob Hogan and Kenton Brenegan and tackles Bob Netoff and John Rogers. Al McCommon intercepted two passes and Dabbs made a juggling circus catch to intercept a pass.
Going into the Stagg game the team was a 19 point underdog, but the Cards ended up giving Stagg a scare losing 13-14. Highly touted Stagg quarterback Bob Garibaldi, who passed for over 1,000 yards last year was held to only 62 yards passing in this game. (Garibaldi pitched Santa Clara U to the finals of the college world series and pitched in the major leagues with the San Francisco Giants.) Scally gained 90 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 9 yard end run. Dabbs had 45 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 6 yard pitch out from Pappas. Line standouts were Anthony Tomasso, Bob Eaton, Bob Hogan, John Rogers, Bob Netoff and Ron Lowe. The Cards out gained Stagg 264 to 78. One of Stagg scores came on a 70 yard punt return when they ran a reverse and surprised the Cards.
In the 18-0 win over Riordan of SF, Bill Scally and Bob Dabbs combined to rush for 195 yards of the teams total 207 yards, while Joe Pappas hit 6 of 10 passes for 116. Scally, who was a defensive end last year has really blossomed as a running back. Bill carried the ball 22 times for 103 yards. He had two scores on runs of two and three yards. Scally’s first score was helped by two 20 yard passes to Dabbs. Bob, the elusive jack rabbit, had a 9.2 yard average per carry. Pappas scored the other TD on a one yard quarterback sneak. The drive was aided by a 39 yard gain on a Pappas toss to Mike Tara. Top defensive players who never let Riordan get anything going offensively were Warren King, Bob Hogan, John Rogers, Bob Eaton, Rich Novak, Al McCommon, Anthony Tomasso and Bob Netoff. Penalties were a touchy point with the Cards as a 84 yard pass from Pappas to Dabbs was called back, plus immense yardage on fine runs by Dabbs and McCommon were nullified.
Three thousand, the largest crowed of the season, saw the Cards lose to Vallejo 0-12. It was the first time in four years the Cards have been shut out. Both scores came late in the fourth quarter when the Apaches took advantage of Card miscues. SC hampered by numerous penalties and other offensive mistakes, constantly had the visitors with their backs to the wall, but were unable to penetrate the elusive goal line. For 42 minutes of the game, it looked as if Santa Cruz was going to win going away. In the third quarter the Cards marched 68 yards to the Apache 6, before running out of downs. Also in the third quarter Dabbs ran 42 yards before being pulled down on the one was called back for clipping. Dabbs officially gained 97 yards, but had a 40 gain nullified by a clipping infraction. Scally was held to 65 yards. A pair of guards, junior Ray Lowry and sophomore Ron Lowe gave promise for the future. End Mike Tara was on the receiving end of a 31 yard pass. The Cards again out gained their opponent 238 to 153.
In the 46-13 win over Monterey, Bill Scally scored 31 of the Cards 48 points against Monterey, before 3700 cheering fans. The Cards scored on seven of ten possessions. The Cards were never forced to punt. The Cards racked up 404 yards to Monterey’s 218. Bill Scally scored on runs of 1, 2, 2, 7 and 25 yards and also scored a conversion. On 26 carries he gained 172 yards. The Cards rolled up 308 yards on the ground. Sophomore fullback Dave Foster scored on a one yard plunge and end Mike Tara latched onto a 27 yard aerial from Joe Pappas for the other TD. Dabbs gained 89 yards for a 11.1 average per carry when he was not intercepting passes or knocking them down. McCommon intercepted another pass. Pappas connected on four out of five passes for 82 yards gained. Bob Lockwood injured in the Red and White game saw action for the first time in the regular season. Lockwood directed a 97 yard drive in 14 plays for the last TD. Offensive line standouts were guards, Ray Lowry and Ron Lowe, tackles, Bob Netoff and John Rogers, ends, Larry McWilliams and Mike Tara and center, Charles Wood. Defensively, Dennis Cody has found a home at middle guard. The forward wall of Cody, Bob Hogan, Mike Carney, Anthony Tomasso and Miloe Williams was enough to remind onlookers of the Baltimore Colt defense.
Salinas leads the league by toppling the Cards 14-24. They concentrated on stopping the Cards ground game led by Scally and Dabbs. The Cards fumbled the ball five times and lost four of them all at crucial occasions and lost the ball on downs twice deep in Salinas territory. Two touchdowns in the first nine minutes of play gave the game a fast start, but both teams slowed down in the second half as it appeared the Cowboys were running out of gas in the fourth period. Salinas scored first and when they kicked off to SC, Dadds rambled 47 yards to the Salinas 32. A pass to Dabbs was good for 21 yards to the three. Two plays later Dabbs scored from the one. Mike Tara kicked the extra point. Ron Angell returned a punt to the Salinas 31, but the fourth down pass was incomplete. The Cowboys scored and kicked off and the Cards marched 64 yards before a fumble at the 19 stopped the drive. With a minute left in the game Dennis Cody on a line plunge was stopped half a yard short of a first down on the Salinas 10. Offensive tackles Bob Netoff and John Rogers stood out. Pappas had a good night hitting seven of 12 aerials for 98 yards. Dabbs led the rushers with 57 yards in 16 carries followed by Scally with 48 yards in 16 carries.
The 6-19 loss to Bellarmine appeared to be a closer game than the score. The Bells scored twice in the first quarter. Toward the end of the first half Bill Scally and Bob Dabbs picked up gain after gain on end sweeps with Scally going the last five yards for the score. In the third quarter Joe Pappas unleashed a potent passing attack with passes to Dabbs for 28 yards and to Scally 5 to get down to the 20 yard line before being stopped on downs. Pappas completed 8 out of 11 passes attempted. Scally gained 94 yards in 22 carries. Dabbs picked up 53 yards in 13 carries. Mike Carney, Ken Brenegan, Warren King and Dennis Cody were defensive standouts. Guards Rich Novak and Ron Lowe blocked well for the Cards. The Bells were the first team to out gain the Cards, but only by a close amount, SC 235 to Bells 286.
Cards clobber Vikings 34-0 led by “Wild” Bill Scally and “Bullet” Bob Dabbs, who collaborated for 258 yards rushing, just eight less than the Card total for the evening. Scally the leagues leading rusher scored three touchdowns on 23 carries for 140 yards. Slippery Dabbs slithered his miniature frame through the Viking defense and danced his way for 118 yards in 18 carries while scoring two touchdowns. The coach commented on the extra hard driving by all the backs this game. In the passing department, rifle armed aerial fanatic Joe Pappas cut loose on 8 passes and completed 5 for 83 yards to add to his league leading total. Offensive end Mike Tara hoisted four placement conversions through the uprights to round out the scoring. The iron curtain Card defense of Warren King, Ron Angell, Anthony Tomasso and Ken Brenegan proved too much for the Vikings. Tomasso batted a passes into the hands of defensive back Ken Brenegan to set up a score. Quarterback Bob Lockwood, who last week returned from an injury, received more playing time and kept the ball on the ground. It was a good game for the Cards as they lost only one fumble and had no passes intercepted.
The Cards closed out the campaign with a 7-6 squeaker over Watsonville to capture second place. Bobby Dabbs scored on a net seven yard reverse play as quarterback Bob Lockwood faked into Scally’s stomach and then handed off to Dabbs going the other way. Behind a crushing block by Ron Lowe of the only man not faked out, left Dabbs free into the end zone. Mike Tara converted the winning extra point for the win. In the first half the Cards got within the Cat five yard twice and failed to score. Big plays on this drive were Dabbs 35 yard run behind the block of Bob Netoff followed by an eleven yard blast by Scally. A Cat drive was stopped, when Warren King and Al McCommon batted down passes. McCommon intercepted another pass. The Cards also had eleven first half penalties, plus three lost fumbles. Bob Hogan smacked down the Cat quarterback for a 15 yard loss to stop one Cat drive. With Bobby Dabbs shifting, cutting, pivoting and faking his way for 120 yards rushing in the first half, the Cards built up an impressive lead statistically, but not on the scoreboard. Mike Tara now goes by the name of “old golden toe”. Praised were Bob Hogan, John Rogers, Bob Dabbs, Larry McWilliams and Bill Scally.
Lettermen returning next year are Joe Pappas, Bob Lockwood, Al McCommon, Anthony Tomasso, Ray Lowry, Ron Lowe, Dave Foster, Bruce McPherson and Charles Wood.
Final Stats Show, Scally and Dabbs were two thirds of the Cardinal offense. Bill rolled up 872 yards and Bobby had 739. The senior twosome accounted for 299 of the 391 carries by Card backs. They scored 122 points of the team total of 157. All approximately two thirds of the totals.
The Cards out gained their rivals 2507 to 1570. Sophomore Joe Pappas completed 46 passes out of 88 completed for 695 yards and a completion average of .523. Scoring were Scally 74, Dabbs 48, Tara 6, Foster 8, Cody and Pappas 7, McWilliams 6 and McCommon 1.
Rushing and receiving shown together starting with name, total carries, net yards gained, average per carry then number of receptions and total yards received.
TC NYG AV NYR TYR
Scally 177 906 4.9 15 232
Dabbs 122 739 6.1 10 147
Brennegan 15 81 5.4
Cody 21 72 3.4 1 4
Foster 8 17 2.1
McCommon 3 10 3.3 1 13
Lockwood 9 13 1.4
Pappas 31 72 6.2
Angell 1 5 5.0
Larry Eaton 1 1 1.0
Kowal 2 1 0.5
McPherson 1 1 1.0
Salinas went undefeated in league and had seven players out of the twelve players selected All CCAL by a panel of coaches and sports writers. ALL CCAL from SC were halfback Bill Scally the leagues leading ground gainer and tackle John “Tank” Rogers who was one of the circuits outstanding linemen. Second team member Bob Dabbs was the leagues number two rusher, who had a 6.1 rushing average. Other Cards who were considered were Larry McWilliams, Bob Netoff and Rich Novak.
Bobby Dabbs was awarded the outstanding varsity player award at the Fall assembly. John Rogers won the academic trophy and Bob Netoff won the most inspirational player award.
John Rogers was selected on the second team ALL COAST as a tackle.
LIGHTWIEGHT FOOTBALL practice games: North Salinas 26-0; Willow Glen 6-7; Vallejo 0-18; League: Monterey 14-25; Salinas 6-13; North Salinas6-0; Watsonville 7-0. League record 2-2. Season record 3-4.
Most normal starters; Ends, Don Gerig and Larry Duke. Tackles, Chuck Boppell and Greg Bainum. Guards, Frank Fujimura and Dave Hutcheon. Quarterbacks, Richard Carter and Fred Phyffer. Backs, Wally Walker, Ron Neumann, Henry Alemany, John Bowen, Ron Miyoka, Jim Skinner and Steve Mondini.
Other team members are: J. Stubendorf, A. Ferrell, S. Scofield, Chuck Boppell, R. Vitzian, B. Frandsen, R. Jud, D. Conquest, Jim Hunt, Warren Bassano, L. Scott, W. Wood, B. Lloyd, M. Oliveri, M. Harkleroad and D. Swan.
The squad is led by senior guard Chuck Boppell, who is in his third year as a starter. Senior John Filice is a fine half back, but has been moved to guard to utilize his terrific blocking ability. The backfield is led by quarterback Rich Carter, scat back Ron Neumann who paces the running game, halfback Steve Modini and fullback “Jarrin” John Bowen.
In the opening game of the season against North Salinas the Cardlets did not allow the Vikings past their own 47 yard line, while scoring 26 points themselves.
Against Willow Glen Ron Neumann scored in the first quarter on an 8 yard gallop. Defensive star of the game was Ron Miyoko, who intercepted two passes.
Even though they were out weighted by 40 pounds per man the team gave the Apaches a tough battle even though the score was 0-18.
The Cardlet attack is spearheaded by quarterback Rich Carter, who almost pulled the Monterey game out of the fire with his passing and alert defensive play. Ron Neumann made a beautiful runback of the last kickoff by Monterey and a few plays later, he scored. Then Monterey ran the clock out.
The big gun in the loss to Salinas was Wally Walker, who scored the only touchdown late in the third period. John “Punky” Filice pounced on a Salinas fumble and in four plays Walker crunched over from the one yard line.
Wally Walker had a field day defensively against North Salinas. He capped the night off by scoring the lone touchdown of the game by intercepting a Viking lateral and running 41 yards to pay dirt. John Bowen sparkled on offense, running wild in the second half.
Seven years is a long time to wait, but the Cardlets after sweating it out all that time finally broke the jinx with a victory over the once unbeatable Watsonville. The Little Birds utilized the defensive line almost to perfection while in the process of winning their first “Big Game” since 1952. SC was not to be denied that sweet taste of victory. The team played a terrifically inspired brand of football. Closing out his high school career in sensational style was “Hammerin” Hank Alemany. Hank was a constant thorn in the side of the Kitten quarterback as he led a host of Redbird rushers that held the heralded Kitten rushing attack to a puny 63 yards. Assisting Hank were season long stalwarts Don Gerig, Wally Walker, Ron Neumann, Chuck Boppell and Jim Skinner. They might well be called “Henry and his wrecking crew”.
Wally Walker received the most outstanding performer award at the Fall assembly.
J V (FROSH-SOPH) FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPS. Practice games: Monterey 46-0; St. Francis Saints of Watsonville 58-8; Bellarmine 6-18; Holy Cross varsity 27-18; Half Moon Bay varsity 0-27. Practice record 3-2. League: Monterey 6-0; Salinas 13-0; North Salinas 33-7; Watsonville ?. Have no score for the Watsonville game. Will assume the Cards won and ended up undefeated in league. Assuming League Champions.
Team members are: A. Weiss, D. Hungerford, R. Dolson, K. Ritter, Jim Kowal, F. Hibbard, H. Smedley, L. Warren, S. Murray, K. Gregg, A. Souza, Gary Wright, Ron Bengston, Byron Shields, B. Small, Ted Duffield, Rich Criswell, Bruce. Buckner, S. Cartwright, G. Smith. E. Taylor, J. Ericson, J. Winters, J. Ritchey, E. DelBesio, J. Bowens, B. Johnson, Gary Cramer, Rich Simmons, Mark Schultz, R. Smiley, David Foster, Ron Meehan, Mike Owen, Brad Eliott, B. Wilson, Rich McCombs, Lee Curtiss, Tim Erickson, J. Lindsay.
In the 46-0 rout of Monterey, the team was paced by freshman sensation, quarterback Bruce Buckner, who teamed up with end Tim Erickson for some nice passing gains. Halfbacks Larry Eaton and Jim Kowal, plus linemen Brad Elliott and Lee Curtiss stood out for the Cards.
Against Bellarmine Dave Foster scored the lone Card score on a 8 yard jaunt.
Gary Wright scored from 10 yards out for the only score against Monterey, who was much improve over the 48-0 loss in the first practice game. Some of the reason for this is a few of the JV mainstays moved up to the varsity, but the replacements stepped right up.
JV’s have their third shut out of the season beating Salinas 13-0 for their fifth win. Freshman quarterback Bruce Buckner continues to pace the offense.
Freshman phenom Rich Simmons ripped off three touchdowns on runs of four, 20 and 40 yards against North Salinas.
CROSS COUNTRY begins its second season with only one returnee Dick Yokota. The team will have a regular league schedule and will add a JV team as well. It is hoped that the team will be able to use the Pasatiempo golf course for their home meets.
The Cards came in third out of five schools participating in a center meet in Salinas. Top men for the Cards were Bernard Harold, Tim Mealiffe and Spiro Benias for the varsity and Claude Schmidt and Randy Barbe for the JV team.
The team got their first victory over an unnamed opponent. In addition to the above named runners the following runners had good results: Don Sletten, Mike Lopez and Bill Hogan.
In a three way meet the varsity came in second to Watsonville and ahead of Salinas. The JV’s won their meet. The varsity top runners remained Bernard Harold, Tim Mealiffe and Spiro Benias. Top JV’s were freshman Randy Barbe, sophomores Bill Kingdom, Mike Lopez and Don Sletten.
Both squads beat Pacific Grove and Hollister in a three way meet. Top varsity runners in order were Harold, Benias, Yokota and Mealiffe. For the JV the winner was Lopez, then Barbe, Hogan and John Van Ness.
In a meet around the track at Memorial Field before the varsity football game, the tricksters ended the regular season with a win over North Salinas.
Showing a vast improvement over last years initial team, the SC harriers finished fourth in the league meet at Salinas. Team members are Bernard Harold, Spero Benias, Dick Yokota, Claude Schmidt, Don Sletton, Tim Mealiffe and Larry Knight.
At the same meet the JV’s came in second. Team members are Randy Barbe, Gary Partlow, Bill Hogan, John Van Ness, L. Knight, Mike Lopez, Bill Kolbe and Bill Kingdom.
BASKETBALL practice games: Bellarmine 50-51, Andrew Hill 46-50, Dads Club: Hollister 69-24, Monterey 56-71, Watsonville 48-44 for third place. Los Gatos 53-33, St. Francis of Mt View 39-28, 41-42. Practice record 4-4. League: Gilroy 46-41, 38-44. Monterey 40-47, 49-61 Watsonville 86-46, 48-44; Hollister 74-18. 54-36; North Salinas 67-64, 56-53; Salinas 51-25, 76-55. League record 9-3, for third place. Season 13-7.
Two senior returnees, 6’ forward, Dave Young and 5’ 9” guard, Jim Esquibel became first stringers toward the end of last year and are expected to lead the Cards this year. Pat Moore a 5’ 11” senior forward with playing time last year has expectations for more time this year. Four All CCAL players from last years undefeated lightweight team will be contending for first team positions. They are 6’ 1” sophomore forward, Steve Smith and junior guards 5’ 10” Al McCommon and 5’ 6” Bobby Dabbs, plus forward 5’ 11” Mike Dominguez. Up from the JV team are seniors 6” 7”, 250 pound center, Ron Worrell. Just out from the football team are 6’ 4”, 210 pound Bob Netoff, 6’2”, Mike Carney and 6’, Bill Scally.
Hustling Cards Lose Cage Opener to Bellarmine 50-51. Bellarmine had the height advantage, but the Cards hustle and determination evened the game out. The Cards were down 26-32 at half time, but had good defensive play, 43 percent shooting from the field and a two rebound advantage, the young Birds almost pulled out a win. Jim Esquibel put the Cards ahead with a 20 foot jumper and a driving lay with ten seconds to go in the third quarter to put the Cards ahead for the first time 40-37. Dave Young had 12 rebounds and Steve Smith had 10. Even if the Redbirds did not win, they won the hearts of everyone watching the game with their determined play. Perhaps the most surprising part of the Cards showing was the play of diminutive guard, Bobby Dabbs. He scored 10 points with 8 coming in the second half. Scoring: Smith 5, Young 12, Worrell 8, Esquibel 15, Dabbs 10, McCommon 0 and Dominguez 0.
Cards Lose Second Game As Hill Posts 50-46 Win. Last minute fouls ruined the Cards spirited effort. The Cards held a two point lead at half time 19-17. Both teams did not shoot well with Hill’s shooting average of 30 percent and the Cards 29 percent. Dave Young led the rebounding with 12 and Steve Smith had six. Scoring: Young 17, Smith 12, Worrell 0, Esquibel 9, McCommon 4, Dominguez 2 and Netoff 2.
SC Trounces Los Gatos 53-33. The Cards started fast and built up a 14-4 first period lead. Dave Young was hitting his shots, Jim Esquibel’s passing was dazzling and Steve Smith was tough on the boards. The starters played the whole first half and led 24-16, but as the game became more one sided, substituting started. The Cards shot 43 percent from the field and out rebounded the Cats 36-29. Scoring: Young 25, Smith 14, Worrell 0, Dabbs 4, Esquibel 3, McCommon 3, Bob Netoff 2, Carney 2, Dominguez, Moore, Scally, Dennis Netoff and Henthorne 0.
Dec. 11. Sloppy SC Wins; Meets Hollister Next. Cards Almost Hand Game On Palter To Watsonville. Edge Cats, 48-44 in the first round of the Santa Cruz Invitational. “I don’t understand it. How can we look so good and lose, then look bad and win.” Was the reaction of Coach Thompson. After playing a mediocre first half and building up a 30-20 halftime lead, SC almost gave the game away in the closing minutes with two bad passes and a bad shot at a poor time. The Cards made violations, missed a lot of easy short shots and went without a field goal for the first nine minutes of the second half. Meanwhile, Watsonville kept whittling away at SC’s lead. By the end of the third quarter, SC led 33-32. But then SC pulled up to 38-32, then 40-34. Watsonville
came back gradually after trailing 44-38 with a little over three minutes to go. A pair of field goals made it 44-42 with two minutes to play. Jim Esquibel sank two free throws and Watsonville a field goal to make it 46-44. With 50 seconds to go, there was a held ball and SC controlled the tip. Both teams lost the ball and with ten seconds left, “Chili” Esquibel sank a jump shot as the buzzer sounded an the Cards escaped defeat by the skin of a cat. Dave Young was high point man with 19 points and ten rebounds. Bright spots were the play of sophomore Steve Smith and the improved performance of 6-7 center Ron Worrell, who got eight rebounds and a couple of his rebounds cane at crucial moments late in the game. Smith got 11 rebounds, the tops for all four games on the night. Coach Thompson thought Jim Esquibel did a good job along with Smith and Worrell. SC out rebounded Watsonville 41-28. Against Watsonville’s man-to-man defense, the Cards shot 17 for 60 for 28.3 percent. Watsonville hit 19 for 54 for 35.2 percent against the Card zone. Scoring: Young 19, Smith 9, Worrell 2, Dabbs 9, Esquibel 6, B. Netoff 3, McCommon and Dominguez 0.
Dec. 13. In the second round of the tournament Coach Thompson pulled his regulars with three minutes left in the first half as SC built a 29-9 lead. The play of the Cards was altogether different then in their previous game. SC displayed fine teamwork and the speedy Card players intercepted Hollister passes. Thompson didn’t put his starters back in until less than six minutes left in the game to get them ready for the finals. Even though they played only half the game, Young scored 21, Smith 12 and Pat Moore 10. Moore led the Cards in rebounding with eight. SC dominated the boards 39-21 and hit 32 of their 62 attempts with many shots from close in. Young 21, Smith 12, Worrell 2, Esquibel 4, Dabbs 6, McCommon 4, B. Netoff 3, Dominguez 1, Dennis Netoff 0, Henthorne 4, Carney 2, Scally 0.
SC Puts Up Fine Showing But Was Just Out-manned. Close For Awhile. Monterey’s height made the difference last night as the Toreadors out manned a hard fighting SC quintet 71-56 to give Monterey the tournament championship. SC put up a great showing and for 13 minutes it was a tremendous ball game. The lead changed hands 11 times in the first half. But Monterey pulled away as it did in its previous two tournament games. Monterey out rebounded SC 42-30. Four strong Monterey players were constantly tipping the ball up on offense. Because of the tipping, Monterey had 70 shot attempts to SC’s 54. Monterey hit 42 percent from the field and SC 35. Monterey also had four players in double figure scoring. Dave Young at 5-11, paced the Cards again scoring 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, jumping against players three to four inches taller. The fine looking sophomore Steve Smith tallied 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The whole SC team made a good showing against a highly favored opponent. Jim Esquibel, Bobby Dabbs, Ron Worrell and Bob Netoff played fine games. The 6-7, senior center Worrell fouled out early in the third quarter. He also missed the second quarter. Coach Thompson was pleased with his teams hustle and trying even when down by 20 points. In the first half, Monterey spurted to the lead with under four minutes to play. SC was ahead 24-23, when Monterey hit two free throws to go ahead 25-24. A minute later it was 29-24 and two minutes later it was 37-27. Monterey played man-to-man defense the whole way. SC played man-to-man in the first half, a zone in the third and a zone press in the fourth stanza. Scoring: Young 14, Smith 12, Worrell 3, Esquibel 6, Dabbs 8, McCommon 0, Dominguez 3, Bob Netoff 5, Moore 0.
Jensen of Monterey was the scoring leader of the tourney with 64 and Dave Young was next with 62.
Dave Young and Steve Smith were named to the Dads Club All Tournament team.
After seven games SC scoring leaders: Young 127, Smith 70, Esquibel 50, Dabbs 38 and Worrell 19.
Top league contenders are Monterey who has two All League players back, plus a flashy forward. Even though they lost to a top ranked Berkeley 50-58, our Sports Editor after watching the game came away impressed, especially when the big three could strut up and soundly dunk the ball, Gilroy has a front line of three players at least 6’4”. This is a formidable front line.
In the first league contest against gigantic Gilroy, the Cards triumphed 46-41. Although a much taller unit, Gilroy failed to rule the boards as the Cards out rebounded them 38 to 20. This was probably the strong point of the evening. The Birds also knocked the net at a 46 percent clip. Rebounding and accurate shooting did the trick. Crowd pleasing, Dave Young put on another individual scoring performance amassing a total of 21 points, almost half of his teams output. There was only one SC substitution in the whole game and that was with 30 seconds before the half. The game itself was tight from start to finish. The Cards held a slim 21-19 lead at halftime. In the second half SC slowed the action and in methodical style worked for lay ups. They hit 11 for 19 from the floor a tremendous 58 percent. For the whole game it was 18 for 39 for 46 percent.
The score was knotted at 38-38 midway through the fourth quarter. From there the Cards led by one until Young potted two last second field goals. Center Ron Worrell at 6’7”, showed an impressive improvement on defense, although only grabbing 3 rebounds he blocked his man out, while also blocking three shots. Chief board duster, sophomore Steve Smith chalked up 13 rebounds, plus adding 8 valuable points. The talented guard combo of Jim “Jumpshot” Esquibel and “Dazzling“ Bobby Dabbs were again a shot in the arm tot the Cards. At 5’9” Esquibel grabbed 7 rebounds and tallied 9 points. Dabbs at 5’7” swept up 8 rebounds and scored 8 points. Scoring: Young 21, Smith 8, Worrell 0, Dabbs 8, Esquibel 9 and Netoff 0.
Santa Cruz downed by Toreadors 40-47, before small crowd. Much to every ones amazement the Cards jumped to an early lead in the first quarter by capitalizing on Toreador mistakes and cold shooting. The Redbirds once again displayed plenty of hustle and determination. Monterey hot shot Bob Jensen was held to 4 points, but Mel Mason hit for 12, while senior guard McElroy was the hero netting 17. SC looked just plain good. When Monterey started to pull away in the second half it looked like the locals were through for the evening. But Worrell came through with some tremendous rebounding and Esquibel with some kind of defensive work in the fourth quarter. Down 23-28 at the end of the third quarter, Esquibel scored seven points and Smith six to pull within two points at 38-40. A shove followed by a technical put Monterey on the line and the Toreadors controlled the rest of the game. The Toreadors did not substitute the whole game. It was reported that Mel Mason of Monterey grabbed 30 rebounds in a game the next week. Scoring: Young 9, Smith 12, Worrell 4, Esquibel 11, Dabbs 4 and McCommon 0.
Without the services of Dabbs and some less than stellar play allowed St. Francis of Mt. View to come away with a win in the last seconds 41-42. Steve Smith, the sophomore ace, whistled in 13 markers through the hoop and led the rejoinders with 10. It was heard from a spectator, “The only bright spot was the yelling of the cheerleaders.” Scoring: Young 11, Smith 13, Worrell 0, Esquibel 9, McCommon 3, Netoff 0, Dominguez 2 Moore 3 and Carney 0.
Varsity wins 51-25 over sick Salinas. It was no contest from start to finish. The half time score was SC 30-13. Steve Smith, after missing two games with the flu tallied 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jim Esquibel was 7 for 7 from the floor mostly on lay ups garnered from long passes from Dave Young after he rebounded and some sharp passes from teammates. Young only scored 6 points this game, but was responsible for 12 more with his passes. SC dominated the boards 37-19 and sank 23 of 48 field goal attempts for 48 percent. Other scorers McCommon 8, Carney 5, Dominguez 2, Dabbs, Moore, Netoff, and Scally 0.
Headline in the Trident. Birds Crumble Cats 48-44. Rebounds Tell Story in Hair Raiser. It turned out to be the same score as the Dads tourney game. Steve Smith could not play, but Pat Moore took his place on the boards grabbing 10 rebounds and sparked a second half rally. Holding a slim 21-19 lead at halftime, the Birds had to overcome a 4 to 12 early first quarter lead by the Cats. The game was a see saw affair until the final gun. Bobby Dabbs broke for a layup and the Cards were able to take a third quarter lead 37-33 and hold it to the end. Ron Worrell rebounded a foul shot and put it back up for the final Cards score to secure the win. Dave Young topped the team in scoring 19 and rebounding with 17, the high for the team this year. Pat Moore had 10 rebounds and Ron Worrell had eight as SC controlled the boards 44-24. Guards, Bobby Dabbs and Jim Esquibel, and center, Ron Worrell each chipped in 7 points. Pat Moore and Al McCommon each contributed 4. Mike Dominguez played well, but of the seven Cards in the game did not score. Wayne Holt top scoring Cat was held to one point. Another good defensive effort by the Cards to add to their job on Monterey’s Bob Jensen.
Hot Cards Shade North Salinas 67-64. Deadly Dave Young Pots 34 Markers to Pace Win. Shooting for three periods like Robin Hood hitting targets, SC suddenly ran out of arrows in the fourth stanza and blew a 62-42 lead with only seven minutes to play. Young was deadly going 10 for 12 in the first half and 14 for 21 for the game. He sank six of eight foul shots and grabbed 12 rebounds. The squad sank 26 of 52 shots for a fifty percent average. The Cards dominated the boards 33-21. Worrell led with nine. The flu bug kept Steve Smith and Al McCommon out of the game completely, but also affected other members of the team and had something to do with disastrous last quarter as the team ran out of gas. Scoring: Young 34, Moore 1, Worrell 6, Dabbs 3, Esquibel 17, Dominguez 4, Carney 2, Dennis and Bob Netoff 0 and Scally 0.
Mustangs, Cards Two Games Behind Monterey as the Mustangs took revenged for their earlier defeat of the Cards with 44-38 win. Gilroy with their monstrous front line of 6’5”, 6’4” and 6’3” were still out rebounded by the Cards 27-24 with Smith leading the way with 13, almost half of his teams boards. He was followed by Young with six and Worrell three. Gilroy forced the cold shooting Cards to play their type of ball control style. Gilroy worked so deliberately in the second half that they tried only 16 shots and went 14 of 38 in the game. SC hit 13 of 49 shots for 27 percent. With two minutes and 20 seconds to play and Gilroy ahead 40-29, the Cards put on an all out press led by Steve Smith, who contributed the most to the drive, He hit a free throw, a jump shot, stole the ball and scored on a layup. Plus, Jim Esquibel made two driving layups to close it to 38-42. The Cards had to foul and Gilroy made two foul shots to end the scoring. The action got very rough, especially under the bucket. Scoring: Young 12, Dominguez 2, Smith 15, Esquibel 6, McCommon 1, Dabbs 0 and Worrell 2.
Cards whop Hollister 74-18, making quick work of Hollister with 22 unanswered points to start the game. Substitutes began entering the game in the first quarter. SC out rebounded their opponents 54-30. In the first half, the Cards shot an amazing 63 percent of their shots. In the absence of Worrell, Smith took his spot at center. Steve collected 10 rebounds. Young lead the team in scoring 19 and rebounds 13. Esquibel set up seven baskets with sharp passing. Scoring: Young 19, Dominquez 0, Smith 10, McCommon 15, Esquibel 11, Dabbs 5, Bob Netoff 4, Carney 3, Moore 2, Dennis Netoff 3 and Scally 2.
Dominguez Free Throw Clinches It. Birds nip New School, North Salinas Vikings 56-53. The Cards were leading 55-53 with 15 seconds remaining, when Mike Dominguez was intentionally fouled. Actually Mike was sent skidding across the floor and came up with his fist doubled, but the senior controlled his temper and walked to the line for his foul shots. Mike missed the first, but made the second to put the game out of reach. In the first half the action was torrid and the lead changed hands six times and was tied another eight. The Cards controlled the boards 45-30, led by Young who took down 17, Smith 15 and Dominguez five. SC sank 25 of 61 shots for 41 percent. Scoring: Young 13, Smith 14, Worrell 0, Esquibel 13, McCommon 9 and Dominguez 7.
Smith Stars! Scores 28 Points. Five Cagers Hit Double Figures. Cardinals smash Watsonville, knocking Cats dizzy, 86-46. Chief work horse was sophomore magician, Steve Smith who tanked 28 points in a brilliant display. He tallied one every minute he was in the game. Steve sank eight of nine from the foul line and chucked in 10 for 13 from the floor a fantastic 77 percent. He did not miss a shot in the second half, hitting five field goals and three free throws. While giving this effort, Steve did not forget the important task of rebounding and passing off. He came down with 18 to lead both squads and added four assists. Another spark easily seen was senior, Mike Dominguez. Mike added 10 points, despite playing only part of the game. On the boards SC held a 44-25 edge. Behind Smith’s 18 were Young with 8, Dominguez and McCommon four each. The Redbirds were at their best when it came to charity tosses. They connected for an eye popping 24 for 35 for a 71.4 percent average. They made 31 of 72 field goals for 43 percent. The fast break racked up the points in the first half and jump shots in the second half. The scoring was pretty even in each quarter. Starting with the first quarter 20 points, 25, 21 and 20. Scorers were Young 15, Smith 28, Esquibel 13, McCommon 11, Dominguez 10, Worrell and Netoff 4 apiece and Carney 2.
At halftime of the game, Laurel schools sixth grade team defeated Bay View 8-0 as the largest crowd of the season watched the action.
From Glenn Dickey of the Pajaronian, Santa Cruz shooting at both baskets as if they were eight feet wide, buried the Wildcats under an 86-46 avalanche. The blitz was led by sophomore Steve Smith. Sophomores, it says in the gospel according to Doc Nainsmith, make mistakes. Somebody should tell young Smith about this. If he made any mistakes, they were not visible to the naked eye. Smith scored 28 points and he must have gathered in almost as many rebounds. He was in the Cats; hair all night long, rebounding, stealing the ball on defense, shooting and never missing a jump shot from the corner and tipping, tipping and tipping on the boards. CCAL coaches heaved a collective sigh of relief last spring when Steve’ older brother James finally graduated after three years of starring with the Cardinals. Their joy was premature, however. They still have Steve to contend with for two more years. If last night is any indication he is going to be at least as good and quite possibly better then his brother. For as good as Smith was the Cardinals would probably have won easily without him. They could do no wrong. What most indicates this is the play of sub center Mike Dominguez, who entered the game late in the first half. Mike is a fine ballplayer, who has played little this year. So Dominguez comes in and hits five shots bing-bing-bing at the start of the second quarter. The most amazing thing about this game was the Cards started off hot and got even hotter as the game progressed.
Sophomore Smith Hits 29 As Cardinals Sink Cowboys 76-55. Smith shines. Another big game for Smith, who scored one more point this game than last game for 29 points. Steve sank 11 of 16 shots from the floor and seen of eight free throws, while hauling in 18 rebounds. In his last three games he has tallied 28, 14 and 29 points for a total of 71 a 23.7 average per game. McCommon, Esquibel and Young pitched in 15 each in the high scoring affair. The lightweights and Junior Varsity squads also won to make it a sweep of Salinas. SC jumped right out to a 15-2 lead and were never threatened. The half time score was 41-24. SC sank 28 of 62 attempts from the field for a 45 percent average and matched the accuracy by tossing in 22 of 29 free throws. On the boards it was SC 44-24 with Young leading with 14. Others who played were Worrell 0, Carney 2 and Netoff .
The league stats before the critical Monterey game show Monterey has the number two, three and four scorers, Young is number one and Esquibel is fifth. All the top five scorers in the league will be on the floor at the same time in the next Monterey game.
On a slick floor, and even slicker Monterey team defeated a hustling, but just out manned SC quintet 61-49. Two Monterey students chased around wiping up wet spots caused by leaking sky lights. At least a half dozen times, the officials had to call time out to towel off the hardwood. A capacity crowd of 800, including pep bands from both schools watched the action. Monterey controlled the boards 32 to 22 by the Cards charters. Monterey charters had it 48 to 24. The reason is Monterey counted tips on the offensive end of the court, but the NCAA does not count tips as rebounds, but as shots. Monterey is very physical on the boards. Smith as usual topped the Cards in rebounding with 11 and Young grabbed 7. Both coaches had high praise for Smith. The Monterey coach said, that Smith as a sophomore, was as good as his best player was when he was a junior. (high praise as Jensen went on to start for Utah). Santa Cruz shot well hitting 20 out of 48 tries for 42 percent. Scoring: Smith 15, Esquibel 13, Young 13, McCommon 7, Worrell 1, Dominguez and Scally 0.
Cards close out season with a 54-36 win over Hollister. Young hits 21 point in torrid game; Smith hustle plays big part. Dave Young seems to hold some sort of jinx over other teams in season finals. In last years curtain closer, he tanked a championship jump shot, while in this seasons wind up , he was brilliant offensively and defensively, scoring 21 of the 54 SC tallies against Hollister’s 36. The Hollister machine was somewhat harder to unbale this time, but the Redbirds utilized their fast break in a tantalizing manner. Esquibel and McCommon were virtually unstoppable in the first period, as they opened a Cardinal scoring spree. They finished the contest with 10 markers each. Center, Ron Worrell staged what was considered a good closing game by holding his man scoreless when the going got rough. Co-captain Smith was held to a paltry nine points for him, but he still grabbed his quota of 11 rebounds. Senior Mike Carney closed his prep career with a four point performance. Perhaps the biggest surprise about the Redbirds this year was their backboard work. They were never defeated in this category, other than Monterey, despite facing squads with considerably more height. Scoring: Young 21, Smith 9, Worrell 0, Esquibel 10, McCommon 10, Carney 4, Dominguez 0 and Netoff 0.
Santa Cruz ended the season in third place. Will that CCAL standing be improved next year? If so, one tremendous hurdle, the Monterey Toreadors, must be cleared .
In the final league stats SC was the top rebounding team in the league, second on offense and third on defense. SC scoring leaders were Dave Young, second in scoring with 197 points for a 16.5 average. Steve Smith was fourth with 155 points for an average of 15.5. At one point in the season he had hit 31 foul shots in a row. Jim Esquibel was sixth with 133 points for an average of 11.7. Jim was the best passer in the league. He made his teammates look good by delivering the ball so they could either catch it in stride or be able to catch and shoot in one motion.
Santa Cruz was second in the league on offensive scoring with 685 points for an average of 57.1. On defense the Cards gave up 534 points for an average of 44.6 per game. A plus 12.5 per game.
Bob Jensen of Monterey led the league in scoring with 213 points. Dave Young was next with 197 an average of 16.5 On an average per game of 15.5 Steve Smith would have been third at 15.5 as he missed 2 games. Mel Mason of Monterey beat Steve out on total points for third.
Final stats for the season by name, games played, rebounds, total point and average points per game.
GP REB TP AVG
Young 20 193 335 16.7
Smith 18 201 240 13.6
Esquibel 20 66 201 10.1
McCommon 18 35 100 5.5
Dabbs 13 35 65 5.0
Worrell 19 55 43 1.9
Dominguez 17 41 33, 1.9
Carney 19 22 24 1.4
Bob Netoff 12 16 20 1.8
Moore 8 30 17 2.1
Dennis Netoff 9 9 7 0.8
Scally 7 6 2 0.3
End of the season notes. Jim Esquibel was acclaimed as the CCAL’s best passer. Jim proved himself to be one of the league’s scrappiest guards. Jim gave every thing he every game. He and Al McCommon were serious threats when it came time to use the fast break.
In the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner Steve Smith was in the top nine scorers for one game with 29 with four other players. Bob Garibaldi of Stagg high of Stockton scored 47. (Later he was a major league pitcher). The Examiner, in addition, listed top floor leaders and Steve was mentioned here also.
Steve Smith was third in league scoring and had to be in the top group in rebounding also. Steve set an unofficial free throw mark swishing 31 straight at mid season. Santa Cruz as a team out rebounded every team they played, even though some of the teams average three inches taller. It shows what positioning, jumping ability and a nose for the ball will do.
Dave Young was selected ALL CCAL first team and sophomore, Steve Smith was named to the second team, missing the first team by one vote. Last year Steve was ALL LEAGUE on lightweights.
LIGHTWEIGHT BASKETBALL practice games: Bellarmine 32-37, Andrew Hill 32-34, Salinas Invitational: SLV 62-36, Salinas 33-29, finals Watsonville 33-29 for the championship for the second consecutive year. Los Gatos 42-41 in two OT‘s, St Francis of Mt View 26-12, 39-32. Practice record 6-2. League: Gilroy 33-43, 29-34; Monterey 29-47, 52-36; Watsonville 41-33, 53-32; Hollister 30-18, 39-28; North Salinas 39-24, 48-40; Salinas 19-27, 38-34. League record 8-4. Season record 14-6. Gilroy 10-2 won the league followed by Salinas and Monterey tied for second at 9-3. SC was next at 8-4.
Cards start season by dropping the first two games to end a 25 game win skein over the last two seasons. Both games were tight games, which speaks well of the reserves from last years team who have moved up to be starters. The top eight players from last years undefeated CCAL champions have move up to varsity or have graduated. The losses were to Bellarmine 32-37 and Andrew Hill 32-34 in a squeaker. Junior guard Don Gerig potted 12 and 17 points respectively to lead Cardlet scorers both evenings. Other scorings in the Hill game were Criswell 5, Bascau 6, Yount 2, Murphy 2, Heren 2, Kadotoni 4 and Buckner 2.
The rebound work of sophomore newcomer Richard Bascou is a bright spot at the center post. Sophomore Henry Kadotoni, a sparkplug guard, shows outstanding defense plus an overdose of stamina. Hank leads the team in assists. Another pair of sophomores Mike Murphy and Richard Criswell round out the starting line up. Freshman Bruce Buckner, sophomores Mike Heren and Gale Yount make up the top eight. Other members who received playing time during the year were Dave Dominguez, Ricky King, Mark Conrad, Roger Blanchard and Rick Wilkins. Managers Frank Volpi and Dave Yount.
At the Salinas tournament the Cardlets were able to play the reserves for a good length time in a win against SLV. In the second game they won over an always tough Salinas squad. In the championship game against Watsonville the Cardlets were down 8 points going into the last quarter. The Cardlets put on a all out press to get back into the game. With one minute left they were down three points. Scores by Don Gerig, Mike Murphy and Bruce Buckner cinched the second consecutive title for the Cardlets by a 33-29 score. The big hero was freshman Bruce Buckner who scored the winning basket and foul shot with a three point lay up. He also was the top scorer with 10 points followed by Don Gerig with six.
Cardlets Win Double Overtime Encounter Against Los Gatos 42-41. A jump shot by center Rich Bascau earned the win after the Cardlets made all off two field goals the first half to trail 11-28. While the defense was holding Los Gatos, “cool head” Rich Criswell and “sharp shooter” Bascau were tanking jumps, hooks and set shots from all over the court. The first overtime goes three minutes, but in the second overtime the team scoring the first two points wins, which Bascau did. The Cardlets shot 40 percent from the field to 27 percent for the Kittens and out rebounded them 37-31. Bruce Buckner grabbed ten and Don Gerig hauled in nine. Scoring: Gerig 8, Buckner 6, Bascau 9, Murphy 5, Criswell 11, Heren 3 and Kadotoni 0.
After winning five straight games the Cardlets lost the first two league games. Top scorer for these games was Don Gerig. Rich Criswell was constantly pounding the dust off the boards as he rebounded.
In the Gilroy tussle, the Cardlets made a real run for the roses. After the first quarter, the Cardlets were resting comfortably on a slender one point lead only to have it obliterated by a barrage of Pony tallies. After the smoke from each team’s big guns had cleared away, it was halftime and the scoreboard showed Gilroy ahead by seven points, 15-22. Gilroy was able to extend the lead to ten points for the final score of 43-33. The Cardlets sank 13 of 33 shots for 39 percent. Don Gerig led the scores with 11 markers. Rich Criswell was constantly pounding the dust off the boards as he ended with 8 rebounds. The Cardlets ruffled the nets on only 13 of 33 chances. Not enough shots or connections. Scoring: Gerig 11, Buckner 8, Bascau 6, Criswell 4, Kadotoni 0, Murphy 4, Heren, Yount, Dominguez and Blanchard 0.
Against Monterey in a blow out loss, “in the humble opinion of Trident sports writers, this was not really much of a game to watch.” “Don’t belittle the Cardlets! This was only their fourth loss in the last 33 games.” The Cardlets were down 2-15 at the end of the first quarter and 10-24 at half time, while taking only eight shots, but did make five of them. They eventually made 14 of 31 shots, but did not get enough shots. Scoring: Gerig 6, Buckner 0, Bascau 6, Criswell 8, Kadotoni 6, Heren 2, Yount 2, Murphy 0.
Against St. Francis of Mt. View the Cardlets, even though they were able to win the game 26-12, started out playing “so-so” ball to grab a 3 point lead,. As though stunned by their mediocre showing, they shifted their scoring machine into high gear and raced to a 24-8 halftime margin. St. Francis could not seem to handle “Spider” Yount as he copped high point honors with a whopping total of 17 markers. In the second half the Cardlets out rebounded their opponents 15-11. What contributed the most to the Little Lancers defeat was revealed to everyone watching the game, when the scoreboard clocks showed two minutes left to play. It was then that the SCHS cheerleaders chose to start their first yell of the night. One of the St. Francis players looked over at them and anybody watching him could see his heart sink. Scoring: Buckner 2, Heren 9, Bascau 2, Criswell 0, Murphy 5, Gerig 2, Kadotoni 6 and Yount 0.
In their first league win, the Little Birds salvaged a 41-33 win over Watsonville. Their defense was red hot in the second half as they held the Kittens to a slightly dull 20 percent of their shots from the floor. With four minutes and 25 seconds left in the game it was tied 31-31, Rich Bascau rebounded a missed free throw and meshed it to put the Cardlets back in front 33-31. Mike Heren hit two jump shots back to back for a four point lead with two minutes to play. SC wisely slowed the attack and the Kittens pressed to get the ball and fouled and the Cardlets increased their lead. Bascau hauled in 12 rebounds, Yount eight and Heren five. SC went 14 of 37 for 38 percent in field goals. Stealing the show was sophomore, Richard Bascou who led the team in rebounds and points. Other players and scoring: Heren 11, Yount 8, Murphy 3, Criswell 8, Kadotoni 0,
In a 29-34 loss to Gilroy, it was not too much a case of Gilroy winning as it was SC miscues telling the story. Copping high point laurels was Mike Heren, who potted 8 digits and sparkled on defense. The Little Birds took the boards, 25 to 23 with Gale “Spider“ Yount leading with 7. The Cardlets shot a poor 24 percent from the floor. Scoring: Heren 8, Yount 2, Gerig 5, Criswell 4, Kadotoni 5, Bascau 5, Murphy 0 and King 0.
SC beat St. Francis of Mt. View 39-32. The Cardlets led 24-8 at half and then got off only 11 shots in the second half. Scoring: Criswell 0, Heren 10, Yount 17, Kadotoni 3, Murphy 3, Bascau 5, Conrad 1, King, Blanchard and Wilkins 0.
The Cardlets who have been inconsistent all season, played just that kind of game against North Salinas before winning 48-40. The raced off to a 10-2 lead, but trailed 25-23 at half. The Cardlets came back and went ahead 37-32 at the end of the third period. Early in the fourth period they started playing a more deliberate game and North High committed fouls trying to get the ball. Bascau led in rebounding with nine followed by Heren and Criswell with six. Criswell played one of his better games. Bascau led in scoring also with 12 including a couple of tip ins. Scorers: Bascau 12, Heren 10, Criswell 8, Yount 6, Kadotoni 5, Murphy 3, Gerig and Buckner 2 each.
A big plus for the team in the 30-18 win over Hollister was they did not lose the ball once. Tthe Cardlets held a 19-10 intermission lead, which was narrowed to a tie score at the end of the third stanza. Then the Cardlets, starting with Mike Heren’s two free throws, steadily pulled a way. Top net ruffler was Don Gerig tanking 11 points all during the first half. The rebounding advantage of 32 to 14. Heren was the top rebounder with nine, Gerig six and Yount five. SC had a 39 percent shooting average Scoring: Heren 7, Gerig 11, Yount 4, Criswell 2, Murphy 2, Bascau 4, King, Kadotoni, Buckner, Dominguez, Conrad, Blanchard, Wilkins and Pfyffer 0.
Flashy junior, Don Gerig was credited with the starring role in a game that at times threatened to become a full scale bore. The first period was tied 5-5 and halftime 15-8. SC controlled the rebounds 38-19 with Gerig and Bascau grabbing nine apiece. SC shot 17 for 44 from the field. Don hit all his 12 points after intermission to lead the Cardlets scoring in the 39-24 win against North Salinas. Scoring: Heren 6, Yount 0, Bascau 10, Criswell 5, Kadotoni 2, Gerig 12, King 2, Blanchard 2, Buckner, Conrad and Dominguez 0.
Mike Heren started the scoring against the Apple City five with a short jump shot. When the first quarter came to a close, SC possessed a six point lead, which was lengthened to 10 by halftime. In the second half the Cardlets steadily pulled away for a 53-32 win. Yount grabbed 15 rebounds, went 10 for 12 from the line while scoring 18 points a tops for him this season. Scoring: Yount 18, Bascau 13, Heren 8, Criswell and Kadotoni 5 each, Buckner 2, Conrad and Blanchard 1 each, King, Dave Dominguez and Wilkins 0. In the first game of the evening at the Civic, the Cardlet reserves played the Branciforte ninth grade and won 40-15. Ninth graders are eligible to play at SCHS and Mark Conrad and Roger Blanchard came to SCHS from B 40 to play. Reserve scoring was Dominguez 3, Blanchard 10, Wilkins 7, Conrad 7 and King 13.
SC loses to Salinas 19-27 for the Cowbabes fifth consecutive win in league. Salinas was an hour and a half late and SC could have declared a forfeit, but did not. SC put up an air tight zone defense in the first half and grabbed a 12-5 halftime lead. In the second half the Cardlets just went to pieces making mistakes such as walking, loss of dribble and bad passes. Early in the fourth quarter the Cardlets were ahead 17-15. Then a player, who had just entered the game, grabbed a defensive rebound and did a “Wrong Way Corrigan”. He went back up and scored, only in the wrong basket tying the score 17-17. It changed the game as Salinas outscored the Cardlets 10-2 for the rest of the game. SC made 3 of 11 shots in the second half to 9 for 22 for Salinas. The Cardlets won the boards by one, 19-18. Scoring: Heren 7, Yount 1, Bascau 3, Criswell 6, Kadotoni 1, Buckner 1, Murphy, King, Conrad and Blanchard 0.
Cardlets In Great Game; Upset Monterey Toreababes, whose record is 6-1, by the score of 52-36. It was the Cardlets’ best game of the year. It did not look the same team that lost 29-47 to Monterey earlier in the season. The entire Cardlet team looked nothing short of great as SC out rebounded the host team, 40 to 27 and out shot them by hitting 50 percent on 19 for 38 shots. Bascou and Yount played their best games. Yount turned in a great rebounding effort with 17. Scoring Bascou 16, Criswell 12, Heren 7, Yount 6, Murphy 7, Kadotoni 4.
Salinas was winning the league at the end of the first half of league play, but the Cardlets are finishing league play strong by knocking off another top team 38-34. Mike Heren and Rich Bascou provided the Cardlets with the winning margin. After SC led 31-21 at the end of the third quarter, the Cowbabes whittled it to 33-32 with 26 seconds to play. Heren was fouled and made the first shot, but missed the second shot. Bascou rebounded the miss and put it up with a twisting jump shot. The shot was good to make it 36-32 with four seconds to go. But SC makes an ill-advised foul and the score goes to 36-34. Salinas fouls Heren before the ball can be in bounded and Heren calmly dropped in both of his one and one shots for the final 38-34 score and another nice win for the surging Cardlets. They just beat two of the three best teams in the league. Scoring Bascou 17, Gerig 10, Criswell 5, Heren 3 and Kadotoni 3 each, Yount 0.
From what the Little Birds have shown in their last few games, its apparent to ardent sports fans that they will not allow themselves to be buffaloed by any shady tactics. Time after time, when the going has been rough, they have responded by giving other teams the same treatment. That is not to be misinterpreted as meaning the Cardlets play questionable basketball, but hard enough to compete on even terms.
Little Birds Finish 1960 With Brilliant Rout Of Hollister 39-28. The Cardlets got started late, but in the third period they could not do anything wrong, Scoring: Gerig 9, Bascau 13, Criswell 9, Kadotani, 2, Heren 3, Yount 2, Conrad 1, Buckner, Dominguez and Blanchard 0.
At the first of the season, the Little Birds did not show a trace of the form that won them two titles in previous years.. Then, like an unrelenting volcano, they erupted to finish the year losing only to league champs Gilroy in the second round.
The top five scorers for the squad listed by name games played and points scored:
Bascou 20 160
Gerig 17 113
Criswell 20 110
Heren 19 99
Yount 18 90
Rich Bascou was selected second ALL CCAL. Mike Heren barely missed a berth on the second team.
JV BASKETBALL practice games: St. Francis of Watsonville 50-38, won; Holy Cross varsity 25-49. League: Monterey 37-41 OT, 25-39; Gilroy 49-63, 38-46; North Salinas 45-29, 56-34; Hollister 31-35 in OT, 29-17; Salinas 45-35, 48-30; Watsonville 21-39, 44-41. League record 6-6.
Team members: Randall Dotson, Dave Netto, Joe Pappas, Jim Kowal, Ron Bengston, Dave McDonald, Byron Shields, Mark Schultz, Dennis Netoff, Don Sletten and Souza.
The JV’s won their lid lifter against St. Francis of Watsonville 50-38. The first team took control the first half and went out when whole sale substitutions started in the second half. Randall Dotson a 6’3” center, potted 15 point to pace a well distributed scoring attack.
Randall Dotson again was the Cards top man with 8 points in the 25-49 loss to the Holy Cross varsity.
Scoring after 3 games; Randall Dotson 29, Dave Netto 22, Joe Pappas 19, Jim Kowal 13 and Ron Bengston 8.
In the first league game the Cards took Monterey to over time, but lost 37-41. At the end of regulation the score was knotted 35-35. Scoring: Pappas 2, Dotson 9, Bengston 3, Sletten 2, Netoff 6, Shields 3, McDonald 6, Schultz 4, Souza 2 and Kowal 0.
At Gilroy the Birds suffered a 49-63 loss. Pappas potted 15 and reserve Bryon Shields another 13.
Other scorers were Dotson 2, Bengston 6, Souza 7, McDonald 1, Schultz 3, Netto 2, Kowal 0 and Sletten 0.
Cards lose to Watsonville 21-39. Scoring: Dotson 2, McDonald 4, Bengston 3, Netto 2, Schultz 0, Netoff 7, Shields 2 and Sletton 1.
Cards beat Salinas 45-35. Scoring: Pappas 11, Shields 12, Bengston 6, Schultz 14, Kowal 2, McDonald 0 and Dotson 0.
Against Hollister poor ball handling was a problem in a 4 point loss 31-35. Dave Mc Donald breezed his way for 12 digits for the Cards. Others scoring were Pappas 8, Shields 6, Bengsten 0, Schultz 2, Kowal 0 and Dotson 3.
Top scorer, Joe Pappas leads the team into action with Monterey in a game that could easily be rated as a tossup. Both teams are laden with talent in the rough. Although Monterey has the taller squad, the Birds are not expected to be hampered by this disadvantage. If tonight encounter is going to come off with any degree of success, there will have to be more support for the Cardinals. The players will be there, will you? Lost to Monterey 25-39. Scoring Pappas 11, Bengston 1, Sletten 4, McDonald 5, Dotson 2, Souza 2, Shields 0, Kowal 0 and Schultz 0.
In a 56-34 win over North Salinas the scoring for the Cards: Pappas 14, Bengston 11, McDonald 10, Schultz and Kowal 6 each, Netoff 3, Netto, Shields and Souza 2 each, Sletten, Dotson and Wenger 0.
In the second Gilroy game the Cards played a tighter game losing only 38-46. Byron Shields again had a big night against Gilroy tanking 19 markers and was a big pain in the neck for the Mustangs all night. Other scorers were Bengston 5, Kowal 4, Dotson 4, McDonald 6, Schultz and Souza 0.
Beat Watsonville 44-41 In a surprise victory reversing a loss to the Cats earlier in the season. Scoring Dave McDonald 15, Ron Bengston 12, Dotson 9, Schultz and Sletten 4 each and Kowal 0.
Beat Salinas 48-30. Scoring: McDonald 14, Dotson 14, Pappas 17, Shields 3, Bengston, Schultz, Sletten, Wenger and Souza 0.
JV.s wins against North Salinas 45-29. The squad completely controlled the rebounds. Against North Salinas top scores were sophomore, forward Dave McDonald with 16 and Ron Dotson 9. Others were Bengston 3, Schultz 2, Kowal 7, Pappas 8, Sletten, Souza, Wenger and Shields 0.
The Cards ended their season with a four game win streak, beating Hollister 29-17 in the last game. Scoring Sousa 8, Bengston and Dodson 5 each, McDonald 7, Sletten and Pappas 2 each, Schultz and Shields 0. In the previous Hollister game, they lost by four in over time. The team was made up of underclassmen, while some of the other teams used juniors also. A tall front line was the biggest asset of the team along with their steady improvement all season long.
The Cards ended the season with a four game win streak and a 6-6 league record. The strength of team was a tall front line and the steady improvement with each game.
The top five scores on the squad by name, games played and points scored:
Joe Pappas 14 117
Dave McDonald 16 114
Randall Dotson 16 91
Ron Bengston 15 74
Byron Shields 14 71
C and D BASKETBALL Last year the combined teams ended with a 18-4 record. For the first time in many years there will be a CCAL schedule, but with only five schools participating. Teams in the league in addition to SC were Gilroy, Hollister, North Salinas and Salinas. The C team ended with a 6-3 record and the D team ended 7-2 for a combined record of 13-5. Both teams beat Hollister in the last game of the season.
C TEAM is headed by the only returnee to the team John Gill. Others moving up from the D team are Dave Dominquez, Buddy Bates. New comers are Conrad Zannotto, Gale Yount and Henry Kadotoni, J. Haas, J. Marker, T. Morse.
In their first game with Willow Glen Gale Yount led the team in scoring with 17 points, while Dave Dominguez scored 10.
Beat Bellarmine 25-20 behind Buddy Bates, Dave Dominguez and Gale Yount.
Lost to Salinas. Beat North Salinas 54-19 paced by the scoring of Yount, Kadotani, King and Blanchard. Lost to Gilroy. At this point the team has a 3-3 record. Scoring leaders are Yount 62, Kadotoni 47, and Bates 21.
The top five scorers for the season were Yount 99, Kadotoni 73, Dominguez 50, Bates 38 and Marker 27. Substitutes were Morse and Haas.
D TEAM The only returnee is Jack Craghill. New players are Dave Foster, Ricky King, Roger Blanchard, Raulin Russell, Feuerhaken and Gary Coulter.
Beat Bellarmine 45-23 with the top scorers Roger Blanchard with 14 and Jack Craighill with 14. Rickey King and Raulin Russell added to the scoring.
Beat North Salinas 46-14. Beat Gilroy. At this point the team has a 5-1 record. Scoring leaders are Blanchard 52, King 44 and Craighill 41.
The top five scorers for the season were Blanchard 71, King 67, Craighill 47, Russell 39 and Feuerhaken 24. Substitutes were Coulter and Foster.
WRESTLING took third place at the CCAL league meet only one point behind second place Hollister. At the Northern Cal Sectional meet SC placed thirteenth out of 67 schools and had the distinction of placing higher than any of their CCAL counterparts.
In a loss to Gilroy 22-26, the Cards had two pins posted by Frank Hill and John Rogers. Other winners were Jim Hunt, Wally Walker and Warren King.
Cards beat Salinas 38-15. Match winners were Roy Miyoko, Jim Hunt, Larry Hoge, Bernard Harold, Warren King, Cliff Buckner, Dave Foster and John Rogers. Billy Wall tied with his opponent in the 145 pound match which was considered the best competitive match of the day. At this point the team has won four consecutive matches.
At the Gilroy Invitational the Cards took fourth place out of 10 teams. Two Cards took first place they were Jim Hunt at 127 and John Rogers at unlimited. Third place finishers were captain Warren King, Harry Hoge, a transfer from Oregon and Roy Miyoko. Fourth place finishers were Billy Wall and Frank Hill.
CCAL WRESTLING MEET RESULTS Season long stalwarts Jim Hunt, Ron Miyoko, Warren King and John Rogers took first places in their weight classes. Warren King walked away with the highest distinction of the day as he was chosen by all the coaches as the tournaments outstanding wrestler. Jim Hunt the Redbirds “sawed off keg of dynamite”, racked up his twenty second consecutive win to be the only Card matman to go undefeated during the regular season. Third place finishers were Frank Hill, Wally Walker, Mark Harkleroad, John Matthews and Cliff Buckner.
The first and second place finishers in the CCAL meet will take part in the Northern California section meet. The first through fourth place finishers at NCS will take part in the Northern California finals.
Grapplers Advance Two Men To NCS Finals. The squad placed thirteenth out of 67 participating schools at the section meet. Santa Cruz’ rugged grapplers had the distinction of finishing higher than any of their CCAL counterparts. Jim Hunt, the brilliant little Redbird, took a third to have the highest finish among SC’s fine entrants. John “Tank” Rogers captured a fourth in a very keen heavyweight competition. They will be going to UC Berkeley for the Northern Cal finals.
Tank Takes First In Northern California Meet. Card Senior Top Heavyweight In NC Classic. John “Tank” Rogers., 220 pound senior football star, who was chosen ALL COAST in football added another feather in his cap by winning Nor Cal unlimited weight class at UC Berkeley. At the sectional tournament last week, he just made the cut to participate at the Nor Cal finals and was not regarded as a favorite in the finals. John won three matches to take the title. John joked that his opponents made him look like a midget as they were much larger in size, but John was quicker and more polished.
At the Northern Cal meet, Jim Hunt lost his first match of the year in the first round against the eventual champion of the 127 pound weight class. Jim won his second match, but lost the third match and was not able to place in the finals. Jim ended up with the best record on the team with a record of 27-3. He was undefeated in dual meets. Jim is a four year wrestling letterman.
Team captain Warren “Doc” King who wrestled at the 138 pounds was voted the most outstanding wrestler in the league.
Promising returnees for next year are Ron Miyoko, Frank Hill, Len Mathews, Bernie Harold and Larry Hogue.
TRACK took fifth place in CCAL meet, by scoring 17 more points than last year. King City won this year, but Salinas had won 11 years in a row before that.
Placers at the league meet. Claude Schmidt paced the SC thinclads at the CCAL meet. He cleared the pole vault bar at 11 feet in his first try. Don Swan sent Redbird hopes skyrocketing when he tied the school record with a 9.7 second clocking in the 70 yard high hurdles. Bruce Buckner nabbed another school record, when he muscled the shot 45 feet one half inches. Bruce also ran one of his best races in the 330 only to be nosed out by a Watsonville runner. Larry Duke followed Buckner in scoring as he placed third in the 75 yard dash and fourth in the 150 yard dash.
The team had a winning season. Highlights of the season. Claude Schmidt hit the bar at 12 feet on the way down as he went so high above the bar. Larry Duke gave Ed Arrag of Watsonville his only defeat in the 150 yard dash. Bruce Buckner broke the school record in the 330 yard dash. Warren King holds the school record for lightweights and varsity in the high jump. Mike Valine one of the all time greats at SC holds the school record in the 220 and on the relay team. He is a four year track letterman. Bill Scally has been an outstanding runner this year. His best event is the 220. Cliff Buckner was the top discus thrower this year. Lightweight, Dick Yokota runs the 1320 a race not many can finish. Larry McWilliams one of the best competitors, who does the high jump and hurdles.
At the first tri meet of the season, the surprising track team was in mid season form, losing to Salinas by one point and to powerful King City by ten who eventually won the league. Total points were King City 52, Salinas 44 and Santa Cruz 43. Winners for the Cards were Mike Valine in 100 and 220; Fullen in 440; relay team of Valine, Scally, Christensen and Fullen and Claude Schmidt tied in the pole vault at 11 feet.
Second placers: Christenson 220 and shot put, Cunningham discus and Harold mile.
Third placers: Tim Mealiffe 880 and Crowe broad jump
Four placers: Christenson 100 and Lindsay 180 low hurdles and broad jump
The lightweight scoring was Salinas 59, Santa Cruz 51 and King City 28. This is the best showing for the squad for a while. Salinas is a perennial power. Larry Duke broke the long standing 75 yard dash finishing in eight seconds flat and also won the 150 yard dash. Other winners for the Cardlets were Gale Yount 70 yard high hurdles, Yokota discus, Cliff Buckner shot put,
Second placers: Flora 1320, Bruce Buckner 75 yard dash, relay team of Buckner, Erickson, Wood and Duke; tie in the high jump by Yount and Anderson, Duke broad jump and Packer discus.
Third placers: Wood 120 low hurdles, Kolbe broad jump and Anderson pole vault.
Fourth placers: Yokota 1320
Scoring in a four way meet: Monterey 84, Santa Cruz 42, Hollister 10 and SLV 4. The only first place finisher for the Cards was Claude Schmidt in the pole vault at 11 feet. Second place: Tim Mealiffe 880, Jim Crowe 440, Bill Scally 220, Dennis Cody shot put, King high jump, Richard Comstock pole vault. Third place: Warren King 120 low hurdles, Carrithers 880, Bill Scally 100, Harris shot put, Bernie Harold mile, Crowe broad jump, John Van Ness pole vault. Fourth place: Greg Bainum 100.
The Lightweight squad took second in the four way meet.
In lightweights Gale Yount won the 70 yard high hurdles. Larry Duke won the 75 and 150 yard dashes and took a second in the broad jump.
In a three way meet with mediocre Gonzales and Gilroy, both the varsity and lightweights were winners. Top lightweights were Larry Duke who won four events, the 75, 150, broad jump and the relay, Bruce Buckner won the 330. For the varsity Bill Scally won the 220 and took second in the 100. Other varsity first place finishers were Larry McWilliams 70 yard high hurdles, Mike Valine 100 dash, Tex Fullen 440 and Harold mile.
At the prestige’s King City Relay with many schools participating at an excellent track, some of the Cards had their best efforts of the year. Others did not. Tim Mealiffe ran the 880 in his best time of the year a 2:05 to win his first heat, but he did not place in the finals. Bruce Buchner took a first in his 330 heat with a time of :38.3, but did not score. Claude Schmidt vaulted 11’3” for his best jump of the year. He cleared 12 feet, but hit the bar on the way down. Records were shattered in most events, which is an indication of the caliber of the participants.
Wlldcats dump Cards at Memorial Field. Tex Fullen, Bill Scally and Warren King were the only varsity winners. Lightweight Bruce Buckner won two firsts in the 330 and 75 yard dash and Larry Duke won the 150 yard dash.
In a repeat dual meet at Watsonville the score was 38-74. Winners were Bill Scally in the 220 and he picked up a third in the 100. Tex Fullen in 440 and John Cunningham in the discus. Second place finishers were Tim Mealiffe in the 880, Claude Schmidt in the pole vault and Mike Valine in the 220. In photo finishes, Larry Duke finished first in the 150 and tied for first in the 75 yard dash. Larry also won the broad jump.
Bruce Buckner broke the 330 yard dash record at the Big Five meet with a 37.1 time. Mike Valine a four year letterman in track holds the 220 record. Warren King holds the school high jump record for both lightweights and varsity.
Other team members were Spero Benas, Steve Powers, Ray Meehan, Richard Bartel, Don Swan, Twiss, Gary Partlow, Don Sletten, Matus, Tim Ericksen, Drew, Kolbe, Flora, Short, Lowry, Putney, Hungerford, Elliot and Gibbs.
BASEBALL Practice games: Buscher 8-0, 4-0; Campbell 0-2, 9-5; Bellarmine 2-1; St. Francis of Mountain View 8-5, 12-2; Serra 3-3; Del Mar 18-7. Monterey Tournament: Pacific Grove 1-0, Watsonville win, Monterey 11-8. SC tourney champs. Practice record from Trident 11-1. League: Watsonville 2-1, 6-3, 5-4; Monterey 5-1, 12-7, 7-5; North Salinas 6-0, 5-1, 10-1; Salinas 5-1, 1-5, 0-1. League record 10-2 co-champions with Salinas. Season record 21-3. Games missing. Records according to the Trident.
Baptista, Worrell Twirl One-Hitter As Cards Win. Baptista Sparkles In 8-0 Lid lifter Victory Over Buchser. Jerry Baptista, the only senior in the starting lineup, pitched the first five innings giving up a lonely single, walked two and struck out three. Ron Worrell a 6’7” fast baller, kept the ball down well and finished off the last two innings striking out the side in the seventh to complete the shut out. He walked two and struck out seven. Baptista also showed the way at the plate with a booming double and a single to lead the attack. A trio of juniors Bob Lockwood, Don Gerig and Bruce McPherson also laced doubles. Sophomore Mike Murphy had an RBI along with Gerig, McCommon, McPherson and Baptista. Lineup: Lockwood 1B, 5-1; McCommon CF, 3-0; Murphy LF, 2-1; Neumann RF, 2-0; Smith SS, 3-0; Gerig 3B, 3-1; Bruce McPherson 2B, 3-1; Eaton C, 2-0; Baptista P, 3-2 Worrell P, 1-0; Kowal LF, 0-0; Walker 3B, 0-0; Wright C, 0-0 and Cook PH 1-1.
Campbell Crunches Birds in 0-2 Thriller. Out hitting Campbell 5-2 the Cards left 11 men stranded. Worrell twirled the first four innings giving up two hits, two walks, allowed only one run, while whiffing seven batters. Senior Dave Young finished up the last two innings giving up no hits, walked one and allowed no runs. The Cards had five scattered hits and left 11 base runners stranded. Don Gerig and Dave Young hit doubles. Lineup: McCommon CF, 1-0; Smith SS, 4-1; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Murphy LF, 40; Neumann RF, 4-1; Gerig 2B, 3-1; Walker 3B, 1-0; Filice C, 3-1; Worrell P, 1-0; Young P, 1-1; Kowal CF, 1-0 and McPherson 2B, 0-0.
SC Cracks Bells 2-1. Baptista, Worrell Stifle Rallies As Cards Gain Second Win. In a tight 2-1 game with the always tough Bellarmine, Baptista had a no hitter going until the fifth inning, when he tired and walked a batter and gave up a hit to right field where Ron Neumann made the big play of the game when he threw out the lead runner at third to save a run. Ron Worrell relieved and gave up a hit that drove in a run. Baptista went 4 2/3 innings, gave up one hit, walked two, struck out two and allowed one earned run. Worrell hurled 2 1/3 innings, allowed two hits, walked two and allowed no runs. The first Card run scored in the second inning, when Mike Murphy singled Ron Neumann put down a perfect sacrifice bunt and Bob Lockwood drove him in. In the third Baptista singed and was sacrificed by McCommon who beat the throw to first. Steve Smith sacrificed them up a base. Don Gerig drove in Baptista with a sacrifice fly. The Cards have left six men on base and left 26 men stranded in 20 innings. SC out hit the Bells 6 to 3. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-0; Smith SS, 2-1; Young 3B, 2-1; Gerig 2B, 2-0; Murphy LF, 3-1; Neumann RF, 2-0, Lockwood 1b, 3-2; Filice C, 2-0; Baptista P, 2-1 and Worrell P, 0-0.
Gerig, Baptista Pace SC Horehiders to Fourth Win. Dark haired senior Baptista whitewashes Bruins 4-0 in 3 hit shut out. Baptista became the first Card pitcher to go all the way giving up four hits, walked two, struck out eight and threw 89 pitches. So far the locals have banged out 36 hits, scored 22 runs to the opponents 8 in five games for a 4-1 record. Junior Don Gerig hoisted his RBI total to seven in five games driving in two runs on a timely single. Last year Gerig moved up to the varsity in mid season to fill in the lead off spot and play right field and first base. This year he has played second and third. Don is a valuable versatile player who has to be in the lineup for clutch hitting. Outfielder Al McCommon kept his bat warm with a double and single in three official trips to the plate. Left hand hitting, short stop Steve Smith also contributed a double and a single, while sparkling in the field. Mike Murphy saved a run holding a runner at third with a fine throw to the plate. The Cards played errorless ball. SC continued to hit the ball well, rapping out eight hits and raising its season total to 36 in 34 frames of play. Gerig drove in two runs and McCommon one.
Lineup: Murphy LF, 4-4; Young 3B, 2-0; McCommon CF, 3-2; Gerig 2B, 4-1; Smith SS, 3-2; Lockwood 1b, 1-1; Eaton C, 1-0; Baptista P, 3-0; Kowal RF, 1-0; McPherson PH, 1-0; Neumann PH, 1-0; Wright C, 0-0 and Walker PH, 1-0.
Card Trio Slug Way To 8-5 Win. Ten hits were pounded out against St. Francis of Mt. View. Lead off man Mike Murphy drilled three singles, Al McCommon hoisted a home run and a triple and Don Gerig boomed a double and a single for three RBI’s. After five games, Murphy leads the club in hits with six, McCommon in runs with six and Gerig in RBI’s with seven. Ron Worrell started and went 5 2/3 innings, walked two, struck out two, gave up five hits and allowed three runs. Jerry Baptista relieved and went 1 1/3 innings giving up two hits, walked four, struck out two allowed one run. RBI’s Gerig three, McCommon two, Young and Murphy one each. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-2; Smith SS, 3-1; Young 3B, 2-0; Gerig 2B, 3-2; Murphy LF, 4-3; Neumann RF, 3-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Filice C, 3-1; Worrel P, 1-0; Baptista P, 0-0; Walker 3B, 1-0; McPherson 2B, 1-1; Tara 1B, 0-0; Kowal LF, 1-0; Cook RF, 1-0 and Wright C, 1-0.
Squeeze Bunt Fails; Cards Garner Tie 3-3 against Serra was called in nine innings as a junior college game was scheduled for the San Mateo Fitzgerald Field. Baptista made a knee high catch of a Serra squeeze play and doubled off the runner on third to end the game. Worrell started and had a no hitter going until the fifth inning. He went 6 1/3 innings giving up three hits, walked two, struck out six and allowed three earned runs. Baptista went 2 2/3 innings giving up three hits, walked two, struck out one and allowed no earned runs. Murphy led off the game with a double and was driven in by McCommon. The other two runs were scored without a base hit. Lineup: Murphy LF, 4-2; McPherson 2B, 4-1; McCommon CF, 2-0; Gerig 3B, 4-0; Smith SS, 4-1; Lockwood 1B, 2-0; Neumann RF, 4-0; Eaton C, 2-0; Filice C, 2-1; Worrell P, 2-1 and Baptista P, 2-0.
Cards club Campbell 9-5, to take revenge for the only loss of the season so far. Baptista started and was relieved by Dave Young, who moved over from third base to put out the fire. Worrell hurled the final frame. Steve Smith pitched in with timely run producing singles to knock in three runs.
The Cards ended the preseason 5-1-1.
At the preseason league meeting, Watsonville was voted as the most likely league winner with the Cards and Monterey to follow. Last year they were co-champions with Monterey who while coached by Dan Albert have shared at least four of the five championships since his taking over as coach.
Sentinel stats for the games played so far. Pitching by innings, won and loss, strike outs, walks and earned run average.
IP W-L SO BB ERA
Baptista 25 1/3 2-0 19 13 1.11
Worrell 17 2/3 2-1 15 10 1.58
Young 7 1-0 6 4 2.00
TOTALS 50 5-1 40 27 1.40
In the first league game, the Cards surprise the Cats 2-1 in eight innings. Ron Worrell started for Baptista, who developed a sore arm, and again spun creditable ball not giving up a run in five innings. Reliever Dave Young with his excellent curve ball pitched himself out of some tight situations to help Worrell calm the Cat bats to only two bingles for the game. Young, Smith and Bruce McPherson rapped out crucial hits for the Cards.
Worrell Tosses No Hitter; Cards Win. Murphy HR Crushes Monterey 5-1 in league opener at Harvey West before 125 intrigued fans. Tall Ron Worrell (6’ 7” 225) senior flame thrower had a perfect game until he gave up a walk with two outs in the fifth inning. Worrell said he was aware of the perfect game iin the fifth, but was not conscious of the no hitter in the seventh, “All I wanted to do was get that third out,” he declared. In the seventh Worrell walked two and the only error of the day for the Cards allowed a run to score. Worrell fanned seven, walked three, gave up no earned runs and made 87 deliveries. Leading stickman sophomore outfielder Mike Murphy (5’ 6” 145) swatted a sky scraping three run homer over the right field wall by 20 to 25 feet, just 15 feet in from the foul line to highlight a five run fourth inning. The ball was so well hit the right fielder took one step back and then paused to watch the ball sail out of sight. RBI’s Murphy three and Worrell one. Lineup: Lockwood 1B, 4-0; Young 3B, 4-2; Murphy LF, 2-1; Smith SS, 4-0; Gerig RF, 3-1; McCommon CF, 2-1; McPherson 2B, 3-0; Filice C, 3-0 and Worrell P, 2-1.
Upstart Cardinals Nip Watsonville 2-1. Young Snuffs Fires In Overtime Contest. Dauntless Dave Young pitched himself out of two trouble spots to lead the upstart Cards to a 2-1 eight inning victory over the favored Cats before some 300 fans at Watsonville. Scheduled starter Jerry Baptista developed a sore arm and Worrell was pressed back into action with only three days rest after throwing a no hitter at Monterey. Worrell hitless ball for five frames running his hitless string to 13 including an inning against Campbell. A disputed play at first and a perfect bunt put two runners on base in the sixth inning brought Young to the mound. Young hit the first batter he faced, then struck out the next two batters. Young then threw a wild pitch and hustling “Punky” Filice retrieved the ball in time to get the runner at the plate. At the top of the seventh the Cards loaded the bases and then coach Geiser called on Mark Amrein who struck out the next three batters. In the eight inning Filice walked, Lockwood sacrificed and the ball was thrown away at first and both runners moved up a base. In attempting to walk Young a wild pitch was thrown and Filice scored. Lockwood scored on and infield out. The game was all but over–but as so often been proved it was not. The Cards made their first error of the game and the next batter walked to put the tying run on base. Filice made the key play of the game, picking off the man at first as Lockwood sneaked in behind the unaware base runner. The next two men walked to load the bases. On a fly ball to Ron Neumann made the catch and fired a strike to the plate to keep the run from scoring. Another walk forced in the Cats first and last run. Young enticed the Cats top hitter Bob Bivins to foul out to Lockwood to end the game. Worrell went five plus innings, walked two, struck out five, gave up no hits and allowed no earned runs. Young went three innings, walked five, struck out four and allowed no earned runs and was credited with the win. Lineup: Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Young 3B/P, 4-1; Murphy LF, 3-0; Smith SS, 2-1; Gerig RF/3B, 3-0; McCommon CF, 3-0; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Filice C, 2-0; Worrell P, 2-1 and Neumann RF, 1-0.
Cheap Hit Spoils Perfect Game For Worrell. Cards Post Third Straight CCAL Victory beating North Salinas 6-0. In 20 innings of CCAL pitching Worrell has allowed only three singles–all of the infield hit variety. The hitter did not get past first as McCommon doubled him off after catching a fly ball with a throw back to first. Ron allowed an infield hit, walked none and struck out six. He mixed up his deliveries, only 55 of them, with a fast ball, curves and a very effective change up. The fielders backed him up with perfect fielding. McCommon started the game with a walk, stole second and scored on Smith’s hit up the middle. (this happened a lot over this year and the next) The SC swatters backed Worrell’s outstanding mound effort with nine hits. The “meat” of the batting order had a field day at the dish. Smith drove in three runs with a double and single. Lockwood drove in a run, went 3 for 4, including two doubles. Murphy lined out two sharp singles and had a RBI. McPherson also drove in a run. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-0; Lockwood 1B, 4-3; Murphy LF, 3-2; Smith SS, 4-2; Young 3B, 3-0; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Neumann RF, 2-0; Filice C, 2-0; Worrell P, 2-1 and Kowal RF, 0-0.
SC Blasts Del Mar 18-7 in a bye date practice game. Virtually hitless and trailing 5-0 going into the third inning the Cards bounded back for six hits and seven runs. The Cards unloaded 12 hits, including a 320 foot homer over the center field fence by Young and four doubles. Young went 3 for 4 including his HR and a double and drove in six runs. Other RBI‘s were Murphy four, Lockwood and Smith two each and McPherson one. Those with doubles were Lockwood, Smith, McPherson and Walker. Lockwood turned in the fielding gem of the day as he lunged to cut off a screeching grounder over first base and got the out. Worrell started and went four innings giving up two hits, walked three, struck out three and allowed no earned runs. Young went the next two giving up no hits, walked one and struck out one. McCommon pitched the last inning giving up two hits, walked one, struck out two and allowed two earned runs. . Lineup: McCommon CF/P, 2-1; Lockwood 1B, 2-1; Murphy LF, 5-2; Smith SS, 4-1; Young 3B/P, 4-3; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Walker C, 3-1; Kowal RF, 1-0; Filice C, 2-1; Eaton C, 1-0; Worrell P, 2-1 and Neumann RF, 1-0.
Cardinals Trounce Salinas 14-5. Dave Young’s Four Hits Pace SC Victory. Young Cards erupted after three scoreless innings to win their four straight league game and end the first of three rounds of league action. Ron Worrell saied to his third league win on a six hitter, walking four, striking out five, allowing five earned runs in a complete game. Young paced the Cards 11 hit attack with a double and three singles going 4 for 4 and driving in two runs. In the sixth inning Filice drove in two runs on a triple and Gerig drove in two runs. For the day Filice and Gerig had three RBI’s and Young and Murphy had two each. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-0; Kowal CF, 0-0;Lockwood 1B, 5-2; Murphy LF, 5-1; Walker LF, 0-0; Smith SS, 4-0; Young 3B, 4-4; McPherson 2B, 4-0; Gerig RF, 3-2; Filice C, 4-2 and Worrell 4-0.
Start of Monterey Easter Tournament won by the Cardinals for the third time in four years. Dave Young does all right for himself on the pitching mound. For a third baseman that is. Young sparked the Cards to the championship, throwing a one hitter in the morning against Watsonville in the semi-finals and then a three inning hitless stint in the finals for the win. Two wins in one day. In ten innings for the day, he gave up one hit, walked two, struck out 13 and gave up no earned runs. Young was voted and received the outstanding pitcher trophy for the tournament. As Dan Albert made the presentation, he said, “I hate to give this to a third baseman.” (Dave was a good pitcher as well as a hitter, player and athlete.)
In the first game of the tournament
McCommon’s No Hitter Puts SC Against Wildcats. Al McCommon in his first pitching assignment this season threw a no hitter against Pacific Grove in a 1-0 win at MPC in the Monterey Easter Tournament. McCommon used a jumping fast ball and sharp breaking curve to strike out 10, walked two and retired the last 14 batters in order. Again the Cards gave their chucker perfect support. The infield of Lockwood, McPherson, Smith and Young has been outstanding. The one runner who reached second was picked off by McCommon. Al said, “I knew I had a no hitter the whole game, but didn’t think hard about it until the fourth inning. I was worried about my control in the early innings, but settled down and then it seemed kind of easy.” The Cards got there lone run in the fourth inning, when Smith hit a double, stole second and scored on Young’s squeeze bunt. Lineup: McCommon P, 2-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Murphy CF, 3-0; Smith SS, 3-2; Young 3B, 2-0; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Neumann LF, 3-1; Gerig RF, 3-1 and Walker C, 2-1.
Young Paces SC’s Easter Tourney Triumphs. In the morning semi-finals the Cards 11 hit attacked shocked the Wildcats, who couldn’t cop with Young’s dazzling breaking stuff and quick fast ball. Young struck out 10 and walked two in a 6-3 win. There were several spectacular fielding gems as the Cats were robbed of at least three hits by outstanding Card grabs. McCommon made two fine plays. The first a one handed stab of a line drive and the other a jumping catch going into the out of bounds area. Murphy made a one handed reach for a line drive down the line. Fancy fielding first baseman Bob Lockwood was swinging easy and hitting the ball up the middle going 4 for 4, scored twice and drove in a run. Smith and Filice each had two hits. One of Filice’s his was a double. Other RBI’s were McCommon, McPherson and Gerig. Lineup: McCommon CF, 4-1; Lockwood 1B, 4-4; Murphy LF, 3-1; Smith SS, 4-2; Young P, 3-0; McPherson 2B, 4-1; Gerig 3B, 2-0; Filice C, 4-2 and Neumann RF, 1-0.
Cardinals Top Monterey In Marathon Finale, 11-8, in a two and a half hour finale. After the spirited victory over Watsonville the Cards seemed to let down for the championship game against the team Worrell had no hit in the league game. At the end of the fourth inning the score was SC 9-6. When starter Worrell got into more trouble than he could handle in the fifth inning, he left with two men on base and no outs. “Rubber arm” Young went to work to protect a precarious lead. Two runs scored to make the score 9-8. Young was untouchable for the remainder of the game, retiring seven men in a row. Smith’s two run single locked it up for the Cards in the seventh. Worrell worked four innings giving up nine hits, walked five, struck out eight and allowed seven earned runs. Young hurled three innings giving up no hits, walking none, struck out three and gave up no earned runs.
Young had a triple, double and drove in four runs. McPherson hit a double. Smith had three RBI’s and Filice one. Lineup: McCommon CF, 5-3; Lockwood 1B, 4-0; Murphy LF, 3-0; Smith SS, 5-1; Young 3B/P, 5-2; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Gerig 3B/RF, 4-1; Filice C, 2-2; Worrell P, 2-0 and Neumann RF, 1-0.
Reserve Larry Eaton Slams Grand Slam; Cards Win Wild Tilt 6-3 over Watsonville. Sophomore catcher Larry Eaton hit a dramatic grand slam walk off home run with the Cards down 2-3 in the bottom of the ninth. Eaton facing ALL CCAL pitcher from last year Mark Amrein’s 3 and 2 fast ball and slammed it deep over the left field fence. It was his first hit in seven official times at bat this season. At the top of the inning Bob Bivins an ALL CCAL player last year tagged a homer to put the Cats ahead 3-2. On the next batter, Card catcher John “Punky” Filice jumped out quickly to field a dribbler hit down the first base line and was run into by the batter and a tussle ensued. Filice was ejected from the game even though the runner swung at Filice to start with. Junior Larry Eaton replaced Filice and later hit the game winning homer. The three runners ahead of him were all on base with walks. The game had a little of everything. There was good pitching, tdramatic hitting perfect strategy and there was even a wild fight. The Cards young team, only four seniors, has won 14 games, lost one and tied one and avenged it lone lose. This win marks the third straight over the preseason favorite Cats with two being in league. The game got of to a smooth start before 200 fans. Worrell retired the side in order. Lockwood walked and went to third on Murphy’s single and scored on Smith’s sacrifice fly. With one out in the fourth inning and after a single and a walk a questionable strategy took place, when Worrell was replaced by third baseman Dave Young who had not had proper warm up. Young walked the next batter to load the bases. A looping single to left scored two runs to put the Cats ahead 2-1. The alert Young picked up a loose ball at the plate and threw out a runner going to third for the second out. He got out of the inning on a strike out. As the Cards were at bat Young warmed up and pitched well the last five innings. In the fifth inning a nice relay to the plate form McCommon to Lockwood to Filice cut down the runner. In the same inning McCommon cut down a batter trying for a double at second base. In the bottom half of the inning, Gerig singled and McPherson sacrificed him to second. Lockwood drilled a long drive to the base of the boards in left center to score Gerig. Lockwood made good glove hand stab going to his right and threw to Worrell covering first, but he dropped it for the Cards only error. RBI’s Eaton 4, Smith and Lockwood one each. Worrell went 3 1/3 innings giving up one hit, walked two, struck out four and allowed two earned runs. Young went 5 2/3 innings giving up four hits, walked three, struck out four, allowed one earned run and was credited with the win. Lineup: McCommon CF, 4-0; Lockwood 1B, 2-1; Murphy LF, 2-1; Smith SS, 3-0; Young 3B/P, 3-2; Filice C, 4-1; Gerig RF, 3-1; McPherson 2B, 2-1; Worrell P, 1-0; Neumann PH, 1-0; Kowal CF; Eaton C, 1-0 and Walker 3B, 2-0.
Murphy Muscles Cards By Monterey 12-7 in a make up of a rain out. Left fielder Mike Murphy stole the lime light driving in five runs on two solid boundary bolts (home runs). Murphy defies the averages batting left handed against a left handed pitcher successfully. He has three home runs this year all against Monterey. Since this was a home game, the Cards scored in five of the six innings they batted. Al McCommon led off the game with a walk. Bob Lockwood reached base on an error and Murphy followed with his first homer. The Cards are now 15-1-1. Through five innings starter Ron Worrell had given up one run on two hits, but ran out of steam in the sixth. He has been doing a lot of pitching and started to tire. Ron pitched five plus innings giving up five hits, walked three, struck out seven and allowed five earned runs. Dave Young relieved in the sixth with no outs and no one on base. He gave up two hits, walked two, struck out five and allowed two earned runs. Worrell got the win and Young a save. RBI’s Murphy 5, Smith 3, McCommon and Worrell one each. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-1; Lockwood 1B, 2-0; Murphy LF, 3-2; Young 3B/P, 4-1; Smith SS, 4-2; Gerig RF, 4-1; McPherson 2B, 1-1; Filice C, 1-0; Worrell P, 2-0 and Walker 3B, 0-0.
Cards Post sixteenth Win With Only One Defeat. Horsehiders Smack The Long Ball. The Day after beating Monterey, the Cards beat St. Francis of Mountain View 12-2 and tomorrow have a league game with North Salinas. The rain backed up some games. The Cards had a nine run second inning to make things easier on regular line up men turned pitchers for the day. Al McCommon started and went two innings giving up three hits, walked none, struck out two and gave up no earned runs. Steve Smith making his first pitching appearance, hurled five innings giving up three hits, walked seven, struck out eight and allowed two earned runs, while going 2 for 3 at the plate. Bruce McPherson slammed three run homer to climax the Cards nine run second inning rally. Later he hit a double to the deep left field corner. Others with doubles were Wally Walker, Ron Neumann, Larry Eaton and Mike Murphy. RBI’s were McPherson 3, Eaton, Neumann and Murphy two apiece, Smith, Young and Walker one apiece. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-1; Lockwood 1B, 2-0; Walker 3B, 3-2; Murphy LF, 3-1; Young 2B, 1-0; Smith SS, 3-2; Neumann RF, 4-1; Kowal CF, 2-0; Eaton C, 4-1; McCommon P, 1-0; McPherson 2B, 3-2 and Gerig 1B, 1-0.
Dave Young Hurls Cardinal Victory a 5-0 win over North Salinas for their seventh straight CCAL win. The Cards had only five hits and had only one solid hit in the entire game a two run single by Bruce McPherson in the seventh inning when the Cards scored three times. Steve Smith had the only other RBI. The Cards left 11 men on the bases. However they displayed their useal outstanding play in the field and picked up another fine effort from Young on the mound. Wally Walker filled in for Young at third base got a hit and robbed of another. McPherson came up with everything hit his way to spark the infield performance. Young fired impressive ball, but worked with men on base every inning but the sixth. In the first inning, good defense on the sacrifice bunt forced the runner at second. In the second inning, Young caught a pop up on a sacrifice bunt and doubled the man on first. In the third inning the same play happened with Walker making the play.
Young had a complete game win giving up only two hits, walked two, hit one and struck out four.
Lineup: McCommon CF, 2-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-2; Murphy LF, 2-0; Young P, 2-0; Smith SS, 3-1; Gerig RF, 4-0; McPherson 2B, 4-1; Filice C, 4-0 and Walker 3B, 3-1.
Card Baseball Win Streak Ends at 16. Salinas Moves To Within A Game Of CCAL leaders with a 5-1 win. Cards lose for only the second time in 20 games so far this season and first time in league. Salinas got at least one hit an inning for a total of 11, while the Cards had only three hits. The Cards could not take advantage of the Cowboys six errors. Make no doubt about it, Salinas deserved to win, but it was undoubtedly the Cards worst showing. The Rebirds made numerous mental errors and did not hit like they have most of the season. League play is two thirds of the way completed. Defensively sophomore Steve Smith at shortstop barely missed great fielding gems making him the only bright spot in the otherwise dismal performance for SC. Dave Young started and went 4 1/3 innings giving up seven hits, walked two, struck out three and allowed four earned runs. Ron Worrel hurled 2 2/3 innings allowing four hits, walked none, struck out three and allowed no earned runs. Lineup: McCommon CF, 4-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Murphy LF, 4-1; Smith SS, 2-0; Young P/3B, 3-1; Gerig RF/3B, 3-0; McPherson 2B, 2-0; Filice C, 2-1; Walker 3B, 1-0; Eaton PH, 1-0 and Kowal RF.
Fantastic Catch Enables SC Nine To Nip Monterey 7-5. A fantastic over the shoulder back handed catch by sophomore left fielder Mike Murphy saved the day for the Cards, snuffing out a last ditch Monterey rally. The Cards were ahead 7-5 with one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh when Dave Young replaced Ron Worrell on the mound. Young threw one pitch and the batter blasted it to very deep left field. Murphy caught the ball on the dead run in his glove webbing, fired it to third baseman Wally Walker who relayed it to Bob Lockwood at first to double off the astonished runner, who had rounded second base and was headed into third when the ball came back into the infield. The Cards scored two runs in the first inning on a single by Smith and McPherson squeezed in the second run. An error, walk and two passed balls allowed Neumann to score in the second inning. The Cards broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh. Two infield errors put McCommon and Lockwood on first and second. Murphy sacrifice bunted and was safe at first as Monterey tried to get the lead runner. With the bases loaded, Smith hit a two run single. McPherson and Neumann each singled home runs to put the Cards up 7-4. Monterey scored two runs in the seventh before Murphy’s catch and throw. The usually fine fielding Cards were guilty of five errors. Worrell started and went 6 1/3 innings giving up seven hits, walked four, struck out five and allowed two earned runs for the win. Young went 2/3 for the save on one pitch. RBI’s: Smith three, McPherson two and Neumann one. Lineup: McCommon CF, 5-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-0; Murphy LF, 2-1; Smith SS, 3-2; Young 3B, 2-1; McPherson 2B, 3-1; Filice C, 4-0; Neumann RF, 4-2; Worrell P, 3-0 and Walker 3B, 0-0.
Cards nip Watsonville in nine innings 5-4 on a Cat throwing error. Winning Tally on Wild Toss; Salinas Hold Pace. The win was the tenth straight over Watsonville dating back to 1958. For the third time this year, the cross- county rivals battled to overtime as sine 200 fans looked on. Watsonville catcher Bob Bivins (Bob later became the coach of the Cats.) tied the game in the seventh with a 350 foot home run. In the previous match up he did the same thing at Harvey West. In the fifth inning Bivins hit a ball to left center that McCommon caught at the fence. But again he Cards came back to win in the top of the ninth when Steve Smith scored on a throwing error. Young received credit for the win, although displaying wildness as he gave up nine free passes while whiffing three. The Cats only managed four hits off the slants of starter Worrell and Young, but they gave up 12 walks. Centerfielder Al Mc Common and shortstop Steve Smith each collected two singles with Smith being the only Card credited with an RBI. Yesterdays game was action packed. Both teams missed numerous opportunities. The Cards left 11 men stranded and Watsonville fared no better stranding 12. The Cards got the jump in the first inning when Murphy singled and went to second as the outfielder booted the ball. Smith singled him home. In the second McPherson walked, took second on a wild pitch, was sacrificed to third and scored on a passed ball. In the fourth, three Cards walked and two of them scored on an error. Worrell started and went one and 2/3 innings giving up two hits, walked three and allowed two earned runs. Young relieved and went 7 1/3 innings giving up two hits, walked nine, struck out three and allowed two earned runs. Lineup: McCommon CF, 5-2; Lockwood 1B, 4-0; Murphy LF, 3-1; Smith SS, 4-2; Young 3B/P, 5-1; McPherson 2B, 4-0; Neumann RF, 3-0; Filice C, 2-1; Worrell P, 1-0 and Walker 3B, 1-0.
No ‘Choke Up’–SC Clinches Title Tie. Worrell’s Two Hit Job Wins. Cards win 10-1 over North Salinas. Last year the Cards lost a piece of the championship in the last game of the season, clinched the North Salinas tilt in the early innings. It is the first SC baseball pennant since 1951. SC scored in every inning but the fifth. Murphy hit his fourth home run of the year and McPherson his second. Young and McPherson had doubles. RBI’s: McPherson three, Murphy two and Filice one. Worrell went the distance on the mound giving up two hits, walked five, struck out four, and allowed no earned runs. Steve Smith missed the game because of illness. Lineup: McCommon CF, 2-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-1; Murphy LF, 3-1; Young SS, 3-2; McPherson 2B, 3-2; Neumann RF, 3-1; Filice C, 2-0; Walker 3B, 3-0; Worrell P, 1-0 and Gerig RF, 1-1.
Salinas Nips SC, Tie For Title. Sharp Out Duels Dave Young 1-0. Not hitting in the right place or at the right time, the Cards had to settle for a CCAL co-championship at Salinas Muni before some 200 fans who watched the action packed drama. It was an extremely well played pitchers duel between Dave Young and Lemoyne Sharp that lasted only an hour and 40 minutes. The Cowboys made a first inning marker stand up as they warded off several Card scoring threats. The first Cowboy hitter walked on a full count. The next batter struck out. The third man was hit by a pitch, putting two on base. The league batting leader tied with Young at .405 struck out, but a .359 hitter singled home the only run of the game. After the first inning the two teams were very evenly matched. Both clubs collected five hits, both left seven runners stranded and Salinas mad two errors to SC’s perfect ball in the field. There were no extra base blows. Young walked two and Sharp three. They both gave up five hits. Young struck out six and Sharp three. The teams records were SC 20-3 and Salinas 20-6. The best scoring opportunity for the Cards took place in the sixth inning when Smith walked and when was stealing second the throw was wild and he went to third. With one out, since Young had a singled sharply in his last at bat, the coach did not go for the squeeze and the tie. After taking a strike, Young fouled off a pitch and became only the third Card to strike out on a nice breaking ball by the pitcher. The next batter flew out. (As it is in any ball park, some of the balls the Cards hit would have been out at Harvey West, but this game was played at Salinas Muni a large park that later was used by a California league team.) McCommon hit a long fly ball to deep center field, one of four Card outs that would have been home runs in Santa Cruz. Lineup: McCommon CF, 3-0; Lockwood 1B, 3-1; Murphy LF, 2-0; Smith SS, 2-0; Young P, 2-1; McPherson 2B, 3-0; Neumann RF, 3-0; Filice C, 3-2; Walker 3B, 2-1 and Gerig PH, 1-0.
Summary of the Season by the Trident.
Diamond Men Climax Season In Deadlock with Salinas. Salinas gave the Cards their only two losses to earn a co championship.
The local mound staff cut down to two hurlers, Ron Worrell and Dave Young with the injury of Jerry Baptista. Jerry was a main pitching cog at the start of the season and was sorely missed. The two stalwart senior pitchers performed tremendously for the underclass studded crew. Young a flashy third baseman, when not on the hill, excelled scooping up scorchers and was the clubs leading RBI man and one of the top hitters.
Sophomore sensation Mike Murphy powered his way into a starting post at the beginning of the season and went on to become the clubs leading for average hitter as well as pacing the squad in round trippers with four. Steve Smith another sophomore hung up his golf clubs after starring in the sport as a freshman to fill the important role of short stop this year. Card fans wonder in amazement as he skillfully has mastered the diamond sport. Steve has been a starter in tennis, golf and basketball as well. Sophomore Larry Eaton did not get the playing time as the others have, but he made maximum use out of the time he had. His grand slam against Watsonville led to a key win in the road to the title.
There were a strong group of junior starters, who were a big part of the success of the team. They were Al McCommon, Bob Lockwood, Bruce McPherson and Don Gerig. Other juniors who were important to the team this year and will be starters next year were Wally Walker chief utility man who played any position where every he was needed accept pitching. The amount of playing time he received was equivalent of a starter. Ron Neumann and Jim Kowal outfielders most probably would be first stringers on other teams this year.
Senior chatterbox backstop John Filice was the most inspirational and probably the most valuable man on the squad. When John at 5’ 6” went out to the mound to converse with 6’ 7” pitcher Ron Worrell, one could tell who was in charge of the game. Managers: Gary Cramer and Jim Clark.
Sentinel. June 9. Four Cards On All Stars, picked by league coaches.
ALL CCAL selections were seniors Dave Young and Ron Worrell and sophomores Steve Smith and Mike Murphy. Young, Murphy and Smith were unanimous choices. Worrell led the pitchers with a 6-0 league record. Young did considerable pitching also, posting a 4-2 record, but because he was the league batting champion with a .410 batting average, he was put at third base were he started more often. Murphy and Smith are very promising sophomores. Murphy was the number four hitter in league with a .353 batting average. He has been described as a “Teenage Abie Pearson.” He’s a 5-6, 145 pounder, who muscled four home runs in the cracker box Harvey West Stadium. Smith hit .286, but proved most valuable at shortstop, plugging a big hole in recent years, in the Card infield. Bruce McPherson, Cardinal junior, who has made only three errors all season and only one in CCAL games received only one vote.
JV BASEBALL Practice games: St. Francis of Watsonville 22-2, Bellarmine 4-9; Palma 12-0, Campbell 4-2. League Monterey 5-0, Watsonville 4-3, North Salinas
Many games missing. According to the Trident the team won the CCAL championship.
Most of the players are freshmen. Last years record was 14-4 and many of this years sophomores have moved up to the varsity squad.
J V Baseball Team Members: Tom Schot, Conrad Zanotto, Al Feuerhaken, Jim Skinner, R. Smiley, S. Modina, Henry Kadatoni, Larry Latham, John Pierce, E. Azevedo, B. Bender, Ken Ritter, Mark Schultz, Bryon Shields, R. Dryden, R. Russell, Mike Heren, J Christensen and Dave Netto.
Freshman John Pierce fired a no hitter and clubbed a three run homer to spark the 12-0 win over Palma. In the first league game a 5-0 win over Monterey, John shut them out on five hits.
Going into the last game of the season the team has cinched at least a tie for the championship. The Cards have only one loss and a 1-1 tie against Monterey called because of darkness. Ken Ritter with a .398 batting average and John Pierce with a 7-1 pitching record paced the locals.
TRACK took fifth place in CCAL meet, by scoring 17 more points than last year. King City won this year, but Salinas had won 11 years in a row before that.
Trident. Placers at the league meet. Claude Schmidt paced the SC thinclads at the CCAL meet. He cleared the pole vault bar at 11 feet in his first try. Don Swan sent Redbird hopes skyrocketing when he tied the school record with a 9.7 second clocking in the 70 yard high hurdles. Bruce Buckner nabbed another school record, when he muscled the shot 45 feet one half inches. Bruce also ran one of his best races in the 330 only to be nosed out by a Watsonville runner. Larry Duke followed Buckner in scoring as he placed third in the 75 yard dash and fourth in the 150 yard dash.
Trident. The team had a winning season. Highlights of the season. Claude Schmidt hit the bar at 12 feet on the way down as he went so high above the bar. Larry Duke gave Ed Arrag of Watsonville his only defeat in the 150 yard dash. Bruce Buckner broke the school record in the 330 yard dash. Warren King holds the school record for lightweights and varsity in the high jump. Mike Valine one of the all time greats at SC holds the school record in the 220 and on the relay team. He is a four year track letterman. Bill Scally has been an outstanding runner this year. His best event is the 220. Cliff Buckner was the top discus thrower this year. Lightweight, Dick Yokota runs the 1320 a race not many can finish. Larry McWilliams one of the best competitors, who does the high jump and hurdles.
Sentinel March 13. At the first tri meet of the season, the surprising track team was in mid season form, losing to Salinas by one point and to powerful King City by ten who eventually won the league. Total points were King City 53, Salinas 44 and Santa Cruz 43. Winners for the Cards were Mike Valine in 100 in 10.6 and 220 in 23.6; Fullen in 440 in 52.8; relay team of Valine, Scally, Christensen and Fullen in 1:34.5 and Claude Schmidt tied in the pole vault at 11 feet.
Second placers: Christenson 220 and shot put, Cunningham discus and Harold mile.
Third placers: Tim Mealiffe 880 and Crowe broad jump
Four placers: Christenson 100 and Lindsay 180 low hurdles and broad jump
The lightweight scoring was Salinas 60, Santa Cruz 52 and King City 28. This is the best showing for the squad for a while. Salinas is a perennial power. Larry Duke broke the long standing 75 yard dash finishing in eight seconds flat and also won the 150 yard dash in15.9. Other winners for the Cardlets were Gale Yount 70 yard high hurdles in 11.1, Yokota discus at 85-8, Cliff Buckner shot put at 39-6.
Second placers: Flora 1320, Bruce Buckner 75 yard dash, relay team of Buckner, Erickson, Wood and Duke; tie in the high jump by Yount and Anderson, Duke broad jump and Packer discus.
Third placers: Wood 120 low hurdles, Kolbe broad jump and Anderson pole vault.
Fourth placers: Yokota 1320
March 20. Larry Duke Wins Two Sprint Races. Lightweight flash Larry Duke was the individual stand out for the Cards on a perfect, sunny, sunny afternoon, which saw several Card headliners Jim Fullen and Mike Valine watching from the stands. Duke, a junior, edged Bruce Buckner in the 75 in 8.4 and then ran away from the pack in the 150 in 16.2. He also placed second in the broad jump.
Scoring in a four way meet: Monterey 85, Santa Cruz 42, Hollister 10 and SLV 4. The only first place finisher for the Cards varsity was Claude Schmidt in the pole vault at 11 feet. He was followed by Comstock in second and Van Ness in third. Second place finishers: Tim Mealiffe 880, Jim Crowe 440, Bill Scally 220, Dennis Cody shot put, King high jump, Richard Comstock pole vault. Third place: Warren King 120 low hurdles, Carrithers 880, Bill Scally 100, Harris shot put, Bernie Harold mile, Crowe broad jump, John Van Ness pole vault. Fourth place: Greg Bainum 100.
The Lightweight squad took second in the four way meet. Monterey 86, Santa Cruz 43, Hollister 8, SLV 4. As above, Larry Duke won the 75 and 150 yard dashes and took a second in the broad jump. Bruce Buckner set a blistering pace in the 330 and then held off a challenge for a chest length 39.2 victory and also place second in the 75. Gale Yount a lanky sophomore, scampered over the 70 yard high hurdles in 10.7 for the Cardlets fourth win, was fourth in the pole vault and took second in the high jump. Second place finishers: Silva 660. SC relay team. Third place finishers: Flora 1320. Anderson pole vault. Fourth place finishers: Sletten 660. McCray 330. Wood 120 low hurdles. Robinson 150.
March 27. Duke Triples In Lightweight Competition. Don’t figure on SC as the CCAL doormat in track any longer. The Cards breezed to an easy victory in a three way meet with mediocre Gonzales and Gilroy, both the varsity and lightweights were winners. Varsity score: SC 72, Gonzales 44 and Gilroy 27. For the varsity Bill Scally impressed with a win in the 220 in 23.8, which is an improvement of two seconds, while taking second in the 100. Other varsity first place finishers were Larry McWilliams 70 yard high hurdles in 9.6. Mike Valine 100 dash 10.6 and second in 220. Tex Fullen 440 in 53.7 and second in the 120 low hurdles. Claude Schmidt;s 10-6 in pole vault and Bernard Harold’s 5:13.9 in the mile.
Second place: Mealiffe 880. Cody shot put. Crowe broad jump and third in 440. Buckner discus. Tie between Van Ness and Comstock in pole vault.
Third place: King 70 high hurdles, 120 low hurdles and fourth at high jump. Hogan mile.
Fourth place: Carrithers 880. Harris shot put. Cunningham discus.
Top lightweights were Larry Duke who won four events, the 75 in 8.0, 150 in 15.1, broad jump 19-10 and the relay, Bruce Buckner won the 330 and shot put at 10-6 and was second in 75 dash. Anderson won the pole vault at 8-6 and was tied for second in the high jump. The relay team won, but no time or members given. Team score: SC 68, Gilroy 45, Gonzales 30.
Second place: Flora 1320. Swain discus. Tie for second by Yount and Anderson high jump.
Third place: Yount 70 high hurdles. Tie between Yount and Erickson in pole vault.
Sletten 660. McCray 330 and fourth in 150. Wood 120 and 75 dash for fourth. Yokota 1320. Parker discus. Fourth place: Kolbe 660. Swan 120. Sletten pole vault.
April 3. Card Cinder-men Shutout In the prestige’s King City Relay with many schools participating at an excellent track, some of the Cards had their best efforts of the year. Others did not. Tim Mealiffe ran the 880 in his best time of the year a 2:05 to win his first heat, but he did not place in the finals. Bruce Buchner took a first in his 330 heat with a time of :38.3, but did not score. Claude Schmidt vaulted 11’3” for his best jump of the year. He cleared 12 feet, but hit the bar on the way down. Records were shattered in most events, which is an indication of the caliber of the participants.
April 5. SC Thinclads 2nd In CCAL Reserve Meet. Monterey 51, SC 47, Watsonville 51, Salinas 25, Hollister 25, North Salinas 8, SLV 3. Milo Williams ran a 17 flat 120 yard high hurdles. Warren King took the 180 low hurdles in 22.7. Greg Bainum captured the 220 in 24.3. The Cards won the relay in 1:41.0.
Lightweights: Watsonville 59, Monterey 47, SC 30, North Salinas 22, SLV 18, Hollister 9, Salinas 6. Norm Anderson won the pole vault at 9-6, Dick Yokota won the 1320 in 3:39.7. Bill Wood tied for first in the 150 at 16.5.
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April 10. Fullen’s Double Leads Card Thinclads To Victory. Jim (Tex) Fullen romped to an impromptu double in the 440 in 52.9 and the 100 low hurdles in 22.6 to guide the SC team back to the winning trail. In the three way meet the scoring was North Salinas 78, SC 54, Palma 7. Performances were hampered somewhat by a biting, strong cross wind on a new North Salinas track. Fullen pulled from the pack at the 200 yard mark for a going-away 52.9 victory. In the 180 low hurdles, he roared from fourth to first in the final two hurdles for a 22.6 clocking. SC swept the pole vault with the top three placers with Claude Schmidt winning at 10-7, followed by Van Ness in second and Putney and Powers tied for third. Larry McWilliams won the 120 high hurdles in 17.1 and was fourth in the 220 and second in the broad jump. Warren King won the high jump in 5-4, was a member of the winning relay team and was third in the 100 low hurdles. The relay team of Scally, King, Crowe and Fullen took a narrow victory in 1:36.2. Coaches Al Wright and Bill Wood expressed particular approval of the 2:04.8 half-mile of junior Tim Mealiffe, who finished a stride behind the winner. Second placers: Lindsay 100 low hurdles. Scally in 220 and third in 100. Crowe 440 and broad jump. Harold mile. Harris shot put. Cunningham discus. Third placers: Carrithers 880. Hogan mile. Buckner discus. Schmidt high jump. Fourth placers: Kingdom mile. Duffield, shot put and third in discus. McDonald high jump.
Lightweights: Score: North Salinas 90, SC 45, Palma 6. Larry Duke scored a triple victory with his best mark being a 19-10 broad jump. He was clocked in 8.2 in the 75 dash and 15.8 in the 150 dash. The relay team of Buckner, Woods, Ericksen and Duke won in 47.7. Promising freshman sprinter Bruce Buckner had a personal best in winning the shot put at 40-11. He was second in the 330 after being ahead by about two yards at one point, but was nipped in a photo finish. Both runners were given a time of 38.7. Bruce was second in the 75 dash. Second placers: Swan 75 high hurdles. Flora 1320. Third placers: Silva 660. Yokata 1320. Fourth placers: Yount 75 high hurdles. Kolbe in 660 and broad jump. McCray 330. Sletten pole vault.
April 24. Wildcat Cindermen Defeat Cardinals In Dual Meet. Wildcats dump Cards at Memorial Field 73-41. Not until the 440 did SC break a hard steel Watsonville track and field front. The effect was heartening as the Cards responded for three varsity and five lightweight firsts, including one school record. Most events were hampered by gusty winds. Tex Fullen, Bill Scally and Warren King were the only varsity winners. Ironically, SC’s break through victory came from Jim Fullen a mid-year transfer from Watsonville. Fullen took command coming off the first turn, stood of his challenger for a three yard win at 53.5. Bill Scally and Mike Valine turned in the only one-two SC sweep in the 220, the improving Scally won in 23.9. The 5-8 Warren King leaped 5-10 and barely missed his second try at 6 feet to tie for first and also surpassing his previous best of 5-7. The relay team of Valine, Scally, Crowe and Fullen won in 1:35.9. Second place: Mealiffe 880. Harold mile. Harris shot put. Crow broad jump. Schmidt pole vault. Third place: Cunningham discus. Van Ness pole vault.
Lightweights: Watsonville 77, SC 37. Freshman Bruce Buckner won two firsts in the 330 and the shot put and Larry Duke won the 150 yard dash. Buckner ran the 330 in 37.9 for an SC record and threw the shot 40-8 for his second win. He also placed third in the 75. Duke trailing by a body at the mid-point of the 150 nipped the runner who had beaten him in the 75, with a time of 15.8 and also won the broad jump at 19-10. Duke was second in the 75. Anderson won the pole vault at 10 feet. Second place: Flora 1320. Yount high jump and pole vault.
May 1. SC Thinclads Gain, But Lose To Cats. In a repeat dual meet at Watsonville the score was 38-74. Coach Al Wright expressed pleasure with the “good efforts” by most of the squad.
Winners were Bill Scally, who nipped Mike Valine with a 24 flat win in the 220 and he picked up a surprise third in the 100. Tex Fullen took command in the stretch to win the 440 in 53.2. Jim Crowe, shut out last week took second. John Cunningham threw 123-4 in the discus. Warren King was in a three way tie for first in the high jump at 5-6. Second place finishers were Tim Mealiffe in the 880, Claude Schmidt in the pole vault and Mike Valine in the 220. Harris shot put. Third place: Harold mile. Netoff discus. Van Ness pole vault.
Lightweights: Watsonville 64, SC 48. The Cardlets picked up 12 points over their effort against Watsonville last week. In photo finishes, Larry Duke finished first in the 150 and tied for first in the 75 yard dash. Larry also won the broad jump. The slow starting Duke, trailed by two feet at the 60 yard post, lunged at the tape for a 8.1 tie for first in the 75 yard dash. The then pulled away in the 150 to win in 16.1 Buckner a hard luck kid as far as firsts are concerned all season, missed two firsts by a half-inch in setting the new SC shot put mark. He had a ‘foul” throw of 45 feet. The hard striding freshman galloped from behind in the straight away to win the 330 in a respectable 38 flat. Buckner also took a third in the 75 dash. Winning relay team of Buckner, Wood, Erickson and Duke. The high jump had a tie for first at 4-9, among Sletten, Yount and Anderson plus two Watsonville athletes. Pole vault was a tie between Anderson and Yount for first. Coach Wright singled out Don Swan, who got a surprise second in the 70 high hurdles for special acclaim. Other second placers: Flora 1320. Third place: Yokota 1320.
May 5. Big Five: Monterey 74, Salinas 70, Watsonville 53, North Salinas 28, SC 20.
“We’ll have to take a bus to the CCAL finals next week,” said coach Al Wright, “not a very big bus, but at least a bus.” Wright spoke after the Big Five meet, where 14 Cards hauled in places to qualify for the CCAL finals. In the past SC track could trek to the CCAL meet in a Volkswagen and not be cramped. Monterey won both varsity and lightweights and SC finish fifth in both divisions. Bruce Buckner established two school records to pace the local individuals. Mike Valine, a varsity sprinter summed it up when he said, “I can remember when you could count SC’s points on one hand.” SC still didn’t place above last year in the Big Five, but they did almost double last year’s performance. Jim Fullen tied for first in the 440 in a time of 51.3 for the only SC varsity winner. The following had their best of lifetime efforts: Tim Mealiffe, third in 880 after leading until the final 200 yards. Bill Scally placed fourth in the 220 in 23.4. Lindsey fifth in 180 low hurdles. Valine fifth in 220. Harold fifth in mile. SC was fourth in the relay. Pole vault, Schmidt fourth and Van Ness fifth.
Lightweights: Big Five: Monterey 56, Watsonville 56 (tie for first) Salinas 43, North Salinas 37, Santa Cruz 24. Outstanding freshman Bruce Buckner took first in the 330 to break the school record at 37.1 and took third in the shot put another school record at 44-9. Russ Flora had his best ever time, while taking fourth place in the 1320 in 3:30.9. Don Swan impressed with a fourth in the 70 yard high hurdles in a personal best time. Larry Duke finished fourth in the 75, fifth in the 150 and fifth in broad jump. Young was sixth in the pole vault.
May 15. SC Fifth. Claude Schmidt In Pole Vault Victory. At the CCAL championship meet King City won the varsity title and Monterey the lightweight title by substantial margins. Salinas’ 11 year hold on the CCAL championship was snapped. Varsity scores: King City 52, Monterey 41, Salinas 36, North Salinas 27, SC 19, Carmel 17, Watsonville 17, Hollister 12, Live Oak 9, Gilroy 7, PG 3. SC athletes picked up bonus points in some quarters, but disappointed elsewhere to finish fifth in both varsity and lightweights. SC gained nearly 17 points over their 1959 showing. Pole vaulter Claude Schmidt led the Cards as he soared to a first place clearing the bar at 11 feet. Van Ness tied for second place in the pole vault. The relay team came up with another bonus performance with a clear cut second place in a confusing race. The vaunted SC middle distance men didn’t fare as well. Jim Fullen in the favored pole position, ran the first furlong too slow and finished fourth in the 440. Bill Scally was fifth in the 220.
Lightweight scores: Monterey 67, Watsonville 52, Salinas 45, North Salinas 36, SC 20, Gilroy 13, King City 3. Hurdler Don Swan got the Cardlets off to a flying start when he was nipped at the wire for a surprising second in the 70 high hurdles. Swan a steadily improving non-winner all season, earned a school record in a photo-finish 9.7 clocking. Bruce Buckner took third place in the 330 in a tight race. Buckner toss the ten pound shot 46 feet for a school record and third place. Following Buckner in points scored, sprinter Larry Duke grabbed a third in the 75 and fourth in the 150.
Mike Valine a four year letterman in track holds the 220 record. Warren King holds the school high jump record for both lightweights and varsity.
Other team members were Spero Benas, Steve Powers, Ray Meehan, Richard Bartel, Don Swan, Twiss, Gary Partlow, Don Sletten, Matus, Tim Ericksen, Drew, Kolbe, Flora, Short, Lowry, Putney, Hungerford, Elliot and Gibbs.
SWIMMING For the first official SCHS team in the CCAL league. There home pool is at Harvey West Park. The team had a good turn out of 22 varsity and 13 lightweight swimmers.
Swimming Team Members: S. Pease, E. Anderson, C. Boppell, J. Bouriague, Mike Olivieri, B. Shannon, Phil McRae, Chip Cureton, T. Johns, K. Halbach, C. Head, M. Owen, Dennis Heaney, D. Scott, Ray York, M. Wood, B. Kingdom. Jim Ritchey, Joe Ritchey, Jack Ritchey, D. Glaum, Pierre Constant, Frank Kelly, Lee Sharps, E. Taylor, C. Taylor, J. Livingston, L. Showcrall, R. Rammerman, Bill Thuringer, F. Young, Mike Fratis and Dennis Conquest.
In the first ever official CCAL competition for the swim team, they placed seventh out of eight teams in the CCAL relays at Watsonville. Those placing are Frank Kelly and Lee Sharpe, who place third in diving. The relay team of brothers Jack, Joe and Jim Ritchey along with Pierre Constant took fifth in the 200 yard freestyle. Joe, Jim and Pierre teamed with Ed Wood to place in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
Varsity mermen won their first dual meet 51-22 from Gilroy. The lightweights lost 16-48.
First place finishers were Joe Ritchey, 50 yard freestyle; Chip Ryder, 200 yard freestyle; Jim Ritchey, 100 yard back stroke; Pierre Constant 100 breaststroke and Lee Sharpe in diving.
The lightweights took four seconds. They were Chip Cureton, 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard breaststroke; Phil McRae, 50 yard butterfly and Mike Fratis in diving.
Watsonville beat both the varsity 15-78 and lightweights 15-75. The Birds grabbed three seconds. They were Ed Wood in 400 yard free style, Dennis Heaney in 100 yard breast stroke and Frank Kelly in diving. Swimmers are showing great improvement each week. Some are cutting their times by as much as eight seconds.
The Redbird varsity and lightweights dunked North Salinas 53-36 and 31-30 respectively. For the varsity, Ray York took first in the 400 yard freestyle. Jack Ritchey copped the 50 yard freestyle, while brother, Joe swam off with the 200 yard freestyle. Lightweight winners were Chip Cureton, Dennis Conquest and Mike Oliveri, who grabbed two first to enable the lighties to nudge the Norsemen by one point.
Santa Cruz’ mermen in their maiden year placed fifth in the CCAL finals.
TENNIS In their first match against Morgan Hill the team lost only one match. Top player was Steve Smith. In their next match they lost to a strong Carmel team. Monterey’s torrid squad blanked the sophomore studded Cards 7-0.
Team members listed in order of place on the team starting with number one man Steve Smith, Jim Harris, Dave Selzer, Marc Fearnehough, Kim Street, Jim Hines, Mike Johnson, Karl Halbach and Gerald Selzer.
Lost to Gonzales 5-2. Winners for the Cards were number one man Steve Smith and the doubles team of Gerald and David Selzer.
Lost to Watsonville 0-7. Lost to Pacific Grove 0-6.
Lost to North Salinas 2-5, winners for the Cards were number one man Steve Smith and the doubles team of Smith and Kim Street.
This years team was composed mainly of freshman and sophomores, so things are looking up for next year. The coach gave Kim Street a compliment that Kim has the potential of a real champion. Steve Smith was the top player as a sophomore and Karl Halbach was a key man.
Team members are C Rubenstien, Gary Bianconi, Richard Carter, K Blakman, Steve Winters, Roger Halbach, Jim Wintors, Anthony Tomasso, Fred Pfyffer, Ron Angell, Ken Haber and Kim Street.
Fred “Steady Freddie” Pfyffer moves up from number two man last year to the number one spot this year. Fred can cause opponents to practically throw their clubs away in disgust when he is “on his stick”. Fred posted a 76 in a practice match against Cabrillo College recently. Last year he was able to come from behind for many wins and much is anticipated from Fred again this year. Probably the most patient green reader on the squad is never let it get you down, junior Steve Winters.
The top two men have their spots sewed up at this point early in the season. Fred Pfyffer at one and Bob Halbach at two. At third man, Anthony Tomasso and Ken Haber are fighting it out. For the fourth spot, Rick Carter and Ron Angell are in competition.
SC beat North Salinas 8-7 in a tight match. Fred Pfyffer shot a scintillating 73 Tuesday to shoot the best round of the day. Tony Tomasso shot an 82 and fifth man Gary Bianconi shot an 86. Pasatirmpo’s back nine played havoc with everyone’s game.
Going into the CCAL finals at Watsonville the Cards are led by Fred Pfyffer, who is at his best when the chips are down. Tony Tomasso has improved his game considerable, since the onset of this season, so that he is now the second man. Bob Halbach has a steady putter lately and should be a threat as the number three man. Rich Carter and Gary Bianconi have both risen in the order to play as the fourth and fifth men in the final match of the season. The paper with the results are not available.
Sophomore Jeff Winters made a dent on the local golf scene this year and will be counted on in 1961.
Halfback Bill Scally the leagues leading ground gainer was named to the first team ALL CCAL football team. “Wild” Bill Scally and “Bullet” Bob Dabbs collaborated for 258 yards rushing against North Salinas, just eight less than the Card total for the evening. Scally the leagues leading rusher scored three touchdowns on 23 carries for 140 yards. Bill was the line crusher as well as an all around back. For most of the games Bill carried the ball at least 16 to 23 times a game. Against Monterey Bill scored 4 touchdowns and 31 point out of the total 48. As a junior played defensive end on the undefeated Cards team spending much time in the opponents backfield. He has commented that he was hit the hardest by his own team mate Bob Eaton as they were both going for the quarterback. Bill also played basketball and was a top man in track. Bill regularly took first and second places running the 100 and 220 yard dashes. Bill transferred to SC in his junior year, but in two years here did more than most athletics are able to accomplish in four. Bill has been very active in youth sports of all types through out his adult life and has had an impact on many. Bill coached many years at Harbor high also.
Tackle John “Tank” Rogers was selected ALL CCAL as he was one of the circuits outstanding linemen. John was one of the main cogs offensively and defensively for the second place Cards. An even higher honor was when John was selected on the second team ALL COAST as a tackle. John was not only an outstanding football player and wrestler, but also in the classroom winning the academic trophy for the highest grade point average on the football team. Tank Takes First In Northern California Meet. Card Senior Top Heavyweight In Northern Cal Classic. John “Tank” Rogers., 220 pound senior football star, added another feather in his cap by winning Nor Cal unlimited weight class at UC Berkeley. At the sectional tournament last week, he just made the cut to participate at the Nor Cal finals and was not regarded as a favorite in the finals. John won three matches to take the title. John joked that his opponents made him look like a midget as they were much larger in size, but John was quicker and more polished.
Bob Dabbs was the leagues number two rusher and had the credentials to be named to the first team ALL CCAL squad as he not only was a streak on offense, but on defense as well was relegated to the second unit by the sports writers and coaches. Bill Scally and Bob Dabbs collaborated for 258 yards rushing against North Salinas, just eight less than the Card total for the evening. Slippery Dabbs slithered his miniature frame through the Viking defense and danced his way for 118 yards in 18 carries while scoring two touchdowns. The elusive jack rabbit had a 9.2 yard average per carry. Bobby was awarded the outstanding varsity football player award at the Fall assembly. On the 1959 championship team, Bob was a leading defensive back intercepting passes when not knocking them down and running down offensive backs when they got loose. Bobby was awarded the outstanding varsity football player award at the Fall assembly. Bob with his superior speed and quickness was a valuable member of the varsity basketball team. He was a key player on last years undefeated lightweight basketball team as well. Bobby missed a few games this year due to illness, but in the 13 games he played, he was an important player. He scored 65 points for a 5.0 point average. His scoring was not his main attribute. His defensive work putting pressure on the offense, stealing the ball, flicking passes away and helping his team mates when their man got free all very important to the successful teams. Dabbs at 5’7” swept up 8 rebounds and scored 8 points against a talented and tall Gilroy team.
Bob Netoff won the most inspirational football player award. Bob’s name came up practically every game as a standout in the line. He was the back up center on the basketball team.
Warren King at the CCAL tournament won his 138 pound division crown, but more importantly walked away with the highest distinction of the day as he was chosen by all the coaches as the tournaments outstanding wrestler. Warren was the team captain for the year. He was a consistent winner in the dual meets during the year. He was a four year veteran wrestler. Warren played football all four years starting on lightweights and his last year on varsity as a starter. Warren holds the school high jump record for both lightweights and varsity and is a regular scorer in dual or tri meets.
Jim Hunt the Redbirds “sawed off keg of dynamite”, racked up his twenty second consecutive wins to be the only Card matman to go undefeated during the regular season. The “sawed off keg of dynamite”, racked up his twenty second consecutive win to be the only Card grappler to go undefeated during the regular season. Jim won his weigh class at the CCAL tournament. As a first place finisher Jim along with the other first and second place finishers at the CCAL meet will take part in the Northern California section meet. The first through fourth place finishers in this meet will take part in the Northern California finals. Two grapplers advance to finals. The squad placed thirteenth out of 67 participating schools at the section meet. Santa Cruz’ rugged grapplers had the distinction of finishing higher than any of their CCAL counterparts. Jim the brilliant little Redbird took a third to have the highest finish among SC’ fine entrants at the section meet. John Rodgers will be in the heavyweight competition. They will be going to UC Berkeley for the Nor Cal finals. Jim lost his first match of the year in the first round against the eventual champion of the 127 pound weight class. Jim won his second match, but lost the third match and was not able to place in the finals. Jim ended up with the best record on the team with a season record of 27-3. He was undefeated in dual meets. Jim is a four year wrestling letterman. Jim has also played lightweight football.
Dave Young came on strong at the end of the 1959 season to make a crucial shot to win the basketball championship for the varsity basketball team. He also was an important rebounder on the team. This year he has continued improving. Dave seems to hold some sort of jinx over other teams in season finals. In last years curtain closer, he tanked a championship jump shot, while in this seasons wind up, he was brilliant offensively and defensively, scoring 21 of the 54 SC tallies against Hollister. In the final league stats SC was the top rebounding team in the league, second on offense and third on defense. Dave was second in league scoring with 197 points for a 16.5 average. Dave was also a top rebounder and defensive player as well. Dave played in all 20 games, while scoring 335 points a 16.7 points per game average. Dave was named to the Dads Club All Tournament team. Dave was ALL CCAL in basketball and later in baseball.
Young a flashy third baseman, when not on the hill, excelled scooping up scorchers and was the clubs leading RBI man and one of the top hitters. Dave was used mainly in relief which could come early, midway or the last innings of games. When ever the starters got in trouble Dave came to the rescue. Dave was a key player in the success of the baseball teams championship this year.
Ron Worrell was the starting center on the varsity basketball team using his 6’ 7” 225 pound body to good advantage around the basket. Early in the league season Ron played the whole contest against the tall Gilroy squad a top team in the league. Quote: Center Ron Worrell showed an impressive improvement on defense, although only grabbing 3 rebounds and failing to score, he boxed out around the basket keeping Gilroy players from getting rebounds. Ron had a tremendous game in a losing cause against the top rebounding and championship Monterey team. Ron got up for the biggest and best teams in the league. In baseball Ron spent many innings on the mound. He threw a no hitter against Monterey, one hitter against North Salinas and numerous two and three hitters. Ron more than held his own on the hill. Ron was able to pitch extra innings to make up for the loss of Jerry Baptista, which was essential to the success of this years team. Ron deservedly was an ALL CCAL selection as he was very important to this championship team.
Jim Esquibel was acclaimed as the CCAL’ best passer. Jim proved himself to be one of the league’s scrappiest guards. Jim gave every thing he had in every game. He was a serious threat when it came time to use the fast break. Jim gave every thing he had every game. Jim was sixth in league scoring with 133 points for an average of 11.7. He made his teammates look good by delivering the ball so they could either catch it in stride or be able to catch and shoot in one motion. Jim played in all 20 games scored 198 points for the season for a 9.9 per game average. At 5’9” Esquibel grabbed 7 rebounds and tallied 9 points against the tall second place Gilroy team. Jim worked his way up to a starting position with last years championship team and was a valuable substitute until then. In his freshman season he was a major cog in the Cardlets winning the CCAL championship for the first time in years. Jim played lightweight football and was a defensive back on this years varsity squad, which took second place in the league.
John Filice in his three year playing lightweight football is a fine halfback, but he consented to move to guard this season in the best interest to the team to utilize his terrific blocking ability. John had a big hand in the touchdown scored in the win over Salinas. John recovered a Salinas fumble and soon after the Cardlets scored the only points in the game. Senior chatterbox backstop John Filice was the most inspirational and probably the most valuable man on the baseball squad. When John at 5’ 6” went out to the mound to converse with 6’ 7” pitcher Ron Worrell, one could tell who was in charge of the game.
Fred Pfyffer moves up from number two man last year to the number one spot this year. Fred can cause opponents to practically throw their clubs away in disgust when he is “on his stick”. Fred posted a 76 in a practice match about Cabrillo recently. Last year he was able to come from behind for many wins and much is anticipated from Fred again this year. In a tight match SC beat North Salinas 8-7. Fred shot a scintillating 73 Tuesday to shoot the best round of the day. The results of the CCAL tournament were not found. Fred could very well have won. Fred has played and started on lightweight football and basketball squads. Fred later coached the Cardinal baseball team after doing the same at Marello Prep. He was a coach of many summer league teams, while also handling the tournament teams at the end of the league seasons.
Three sport athlete Bob Vega has been invited to Spring training with the Portland Beavers of the Coast League. Bob was All League in basketball and baseball. Bob could throw the ball from third base to first from his knees. Bob has the ability to do well in pro ball.