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Dads’ Club Pleads For More Members. Bob Elliot of the club wants parents to know what the club does, so that they will see a reason for joining. Projects have been raising money for the new pool, building two refreshment stands, brought in new bleachers for the football field, repaired the lights at the field (in later years put in new supports and lights), equip needy students with gym clothes, sponsors and covers all support staff at the Dads Club basketball tournament and relay meet, provides trophies for Fall and Spring sports, helps buy uniforms and equipment for teams and contributes to the foreign exchange fund. All help is appreciated.

Orchids to Les Chauffeurs for cutting down traffic violations and aimless cruising around the campus.

For the eleventh consecutive year the SCHS Marching Band will be among the 29 bands performing at the East-West Shrine game for crippled children in San Francisco. They were picked out of 100 bands throughout the West to “strut their stuff”.

HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ. Student Body President Ray Lowry, basketball and baseball star Steve Smith, footballers Brad Elliot and Dennis Netoff, plus Trident Sports Editor Ted Duffield will compete in sports knowledge tomorrow on “High School Quiz” with several high schools in this area. The show will be telecast at 5:30 pm on KNTV, Channel 11

Coaches: Bill Wood, varsity football. Dewey Tompkins assistant varsity football. Bob Nicoliasen junior varsity football. Tex Ronning, lightweight football and track. Al Wright, cross country and track. Todd Likins, wrestling. Tony Foster, golf. Eade Jordon, tennis. Jim Simpson, lightweight basketball and C and D basketball. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball.
Ron Walters, junior varsity baseball.

Over 140 gridiron hopefuls at SCHS were issued uniforms today. Sixty of the gridders were aspirants for the varsity and JV berths, while 81 prospects turned out for lightweight positions.

It will be a hot time on the old football field, when the Cards and the fledging Oakland Raiders will practice on the same days at Memorial Field for the next two weeks. The Raiders are using Memorial Field for their preseason practices, before the regular new America Football league games begin. The Cards will be playing their toughest schedule since Siemering’s “Sizzlers” went undefeated in 1959. The following teams are on the SC schedule this year. The schools and their ranking in the Northern Cal Prep Grid Poll at the end of the season. Monterey champion of the CCAL No 2; Serra West Catholic League champion No, 9 and Bellarmine No 10 of the West Catholic league, the top league in Northern Califonia; Edison of Stockton No 17; Polytechnic of San Francisco and Vallejo. Joe Pappas will be back for his third season at quarterback.

SC ended the season ranked Number 11 in the Northern California Prep Grid Poll. Monterey was ranked Number 5 in the STATE. Muir of Pasadena was first and Sequoia of Redwood City was second. Other Northern Cal teams in the top ten were Los Altos Number 7, San Leandro No 9 and McLane of Fresno No 10.

FOOTBALL practice games: Edison of Stockton 12-27, Poly of San Francisco 33-19, Bellarmine 6-27, Serra of San Mateo 20-13, Vallejo 19-13. Practice record 3-2. League: Watsonville 19-14, Monterey 7-14, Salinas 32-6 and North Salinas 27-7. League record 3-1, second to Monterey. Season 6-3

League standings and then season standings: Monterey 4-0, 8-0; Santa Cruz 3-1, 6-3; Salinas 2-2, 4-4-1; Watsonville 1-3, 3-5-1; North Salinas 0-4, 0-8.

SCHS varsity football roster by name, weight, year in school and experience. Symbols are LW for lightweights and V for varsity.
Quarterbacks: Joe Pappas, 170, Sr, V2; Tim Erickson, 160, Jr, JV1; Bob Pederson, 173, Soph, JV1; Don Dryden,152, Sr, JV2. Halfbacks: Jim Skinner, 163, Sr, LW1; George Braumbaugh, 145, Jr, Trans; Dennis Netoff, 205, Sr, JV1; Rich Simmons, 158, Jr. V1; Randy Smiley, 155, Jr, JV2; Andy Wood, 150, Sr, V1; Bruce Buckner, 180, Jr, V1; Ron Vitzian, 154, Sr, LW2; Fullbacks, Dennis McNeeley, 185, Soph, JV1; Dave Foster, 170, Sr, V2; Harry Smedley, 156, Sr, V1; Mark Schultz, 190, Jr, V1: Centers: Sam Murray, 175, Sr, V1; Eric Taylor, 220, Jr, V1; Bill Burja, 170, Sr, V1: Guards: Fred Hibberd, 180, Sr, V1; Larry Warren, 170, Jr, JV1; Brad Elliot, 185, Sr, V2; Gary Schultz, 190, Sr, JV1; Rich McCombs, 175, Jr, JV1; Bob Walker, 185, Soph, JV1: Tackles: Jack Grimes, 315, Jr, JV1; Bill Dalman, 197, Jr, JV1; Lee Curtiss, 205, Sr, V1; Lon Shewcraft, 185, Sr, None; Dave Netto, 220, Jr, JV1; Ray Lowry, 215, Sr, V2: Ends: Paul Masalta, 185, Soph, JV1; Doyle Singer, 180, Jr, V1; Gary Smith, 175, Jr, JV1; Frans Lind, 180, Sr, V1; Ron Bengston, 195, Sr, V1; Dan Hungerford, 190, Sr, V1; Byron Shields, 185, Sr, V1.

The Cardinals apparently have relocated the road to football glory as they were impressive in winning the first place trophy at the annual CCAL jamboree in Salinas before 7500 fans.

The plan for the season, as it was last year, is to use the platoon system without having players go both ways.

Starting offense for the opener against Edison by position, name and weight. Ends, Ron Bengston, 195 and Dan Hungerford, 190; tackles, Lee Curtiss, 205 and Ray Lowry, 215; guards, Richard McCombs, 175 and Brad Elliot, 185; center, Eric Taylor 220; quarterback, Joe Pappas, 170; halfbacks, Richard Simmons, 158, and Bruce Buckner, 180; fullback, Mark Schultz, 190.

Starting defense at Middle Guard, Bill Burja, 170. Tackles, Jack Grimes, 315 and Dave Netto, 220. Ends, Frans Lind, 180 and Paul Masalta, 185. Linebackers, Fred Hibberd, 180 and Byron Shields. Wingbacks, Harry Smedley, 156 and Ron Vitzian 154. Deep backs, Tim Erickson, 160 and Jim Skinner, 163.

Edison of Stockton’s quarterback S T Saffold, (who became an All League basketball player at San Jose State,) led his team running and throwing the ball for 158 yards to down the Cards 12-27. He was aided by a bevy of nimble footed backs. Edison scored in every quarter, while the Cards scored in the second and fourth quarters. The Card defense was led by Jim Skinner, Bryon Shields, Fred Hibberd and Bill Burja. The Cards out gained Edison by nine yards. But three times SC drives stalled within the Edison 10 yard line. After only two series of plays SC’s 315 pound tackle Jack “Big Daddy” Grimes went down with a knee injury and was lost for possibly the season. The Cards went 62 yards in 11 plays and had a touchdown called back. The Cards did not score on a six play, 58 yard drive started on a Joe Pappas pass to
Rich Simmons for 19 yards, two passes to Bruce Buckner for a total of 18 yards one of which Bruce made a one handed diving catch, Mark Schultz ripped off a 16 yard run to the four. The Cards got the ball inside the one even though a penalty and a fumble occurred along the way, but no score. The Cards did get the ball back on a punt return to the Edison 34. Pappas passed to Buckner for 17 yards, Dennis Netoff gained seven yards and Mark Schultz picked up four, Netoff hit for three and Schultz slanted into the end zone standing up from the one. Dave Netto’s extra point try was blocked leaving the score Edison 6-7. Edison came right back and scored, Early in the third quarter Jim Skinner forced a fumble and Byron Shields recovered on the Edison 27, but the Cards were not able to score. Edison came back to score. Later the Cards went 74 yards in seven plays. The big plays were passes from Pappas to Buckner for 38 yards and another to Ron Bengston for 21. Netoff drove through the line like a truck for a 12 yard TD run to make the score 12-20. SC made a last ditch drive of 64 yards in 8 plays, but lost the ball on a fumble into the end zone recovered by Edison. Leading rushers for the Cards were Netoff 64, Simmons 56, Schultz 41, Pappas 27. Pappas completed 8 of 18 pass attempts for 120 yards.

Pre game write up for the Poly game. There is a strong possibility that as many as seven new faces will be on the field when Poly has the ball. Three or four of the new men will be going both ways. Dennis McNeely and Mark Schultz will play wingbacks and Bruce Buckner and Bob Pederson will play deep backs. Schultz and Buckner will be going both ways. Last games starters will spell them during the game. This unit will taller and give better pass protection against a team that is known to have a good passing attack. In the line Ray Lowry an All Northern California candidate and Eric Taylor may see some tackle action on defense. Byron Shields may be out with an injured knee could be replaced by Sam Murray, Brad Elliot or Gary Schultz.

Cards Storm Back To Top Poly 33-19. Red Birds Rally from 19-6 deficit in the third quarter. Cards push over 4 touchdowns in final 16 minutes against Poly of San Francisco. Midway in the third quarter the revitalized Cardinals started to move like a runaway express. In seven minutes they had moved a total 94 yards for two touchdowns and the tying extra point. The defensive line held the Poly running attack to very slight yardage and the offensive forward wall opened gaping holes in the Parrot defense. So far this season the Birds have been completely unpredictable. They have either been very good or terrible and it is doubtful that the next game will be an exception. Credit for the victory belongs to the stalwart men up front, both on offense and defense. Bill Burja, Fred Hibberd, Ray Lowry, Frans Lind and Paul Masalta were bears on defense. The blocking of Brad Elliot, Dan Hungerford, Eric Taylor and Ray Lowry and others paved the way for the SC hard running crew of backs. Mark Schultz recovered a fumble to set up a touchdown march. Bob Pederson intercepted a pass to stop a Poly drive and start the Cards off on another score. Dennis Netoff scored four of the five touchdowns while gaining 64 yards. Lee Curtiss led the way for Netoff on a short dive for a score. Bruce Buckner picked up the other TD on a six yard toss from Joe Pappas.. Dave Netto kicked three extra points. The Cards out gained Poly 341 to 196. Sophomore Bob Pederson gained praise for his fine work in the secondary and for stepping in for Pappas at quarterback when Joe lost a contact lens. Bob showed tremendous poise and leadership for a sophomore. Rich Simmons rushed 11 times for 83 yards and caught a pass for 27 yards. Mark Schultz rushed 11 times for 51 yards. Buckner rushed 9 times for 52 plus catching two passes for 20 more yards. Dennis McNeely rushed 6 times for 41 yards. The return of 300 pound defensive tackle Jack Grimes is expected for the next game.

The Bellarmine Bells never in trouble as they dominate game 27-6. The Bells aroused by last week’s tie game with Salinas put together a magnificent team effort to run roughshod over the Cards before 2500 fans at Townsend Field in Santa Clara. The Bells scored in every quarter while the Cards only made six first downs. Three SC fumbles and an intercepted pass did not help the Card cause. Bruce Buckner intercepted a pass and ran it back 45 yards for the only SC score. Pappas completed 8 passes out of 17 attempted for 53 yards. Top runners were Buckner 8 rushes for 28 yards and Schultz 7 carries for 23 yards for a total of 51 of the 67 yards gained.

Cards top (eventual Catholic league champion) Serra 20-13. Bouncing back from a 7-13 halftime deficit, the Cards defeated a speedy Serra squad, before 2700 fans at dusty Memorial Field. SC started fast as the Cards marched 59 yards in five plays following the opening kickoff. Rich Simmons found a gaping opening at left tackle, wiggled and squirmed his way 34 yards for the TD. Dave Netto kicked the PAT. But suddenly the offensive fire cooled and the Cards did not score again until late in the third quarter. At times this year the team appears to be of championship caliber and at other moments let it remain unsaid. Serra had a 9.7 sprinter who sprinted 85 yards for Serra’s first score. Paul Masalta recovered a fumble on the Serra 46. Five plays later the Cards scored on a 17 yard pass from Pappas to Buckner, who whirled out of the clutches of a Serra tackler to make the score SC 14-13 as Dave Netto again kicked the extra point. Another Serra fumble was recovered by Netto on the Serra 37. Sticking to the ground until the last moment, the Cards bumped their way with short yardage gains to the three, where the attack stalled. After three line plunges failed, Pappas hit Buckner on the one and he scampered into the end zone for a insurance TD. Masalta made a hard hit on the ball carrier whose fumble was recovered by Ray Lowry to stop another Serra drive. Center Eric Taylor was a bear on offense droving Serra players out of the way. Serra out gained the Cards 317 to 199. Papass completed 5 pass out of 8 for 60 yards. Top rushers were Simmons 53, Schultz 31, Netoff 26 and Buckner 20.

SC in third come back win 19-14 over Wildcats. Sophomore McNeely stars for SC in second stanza. The Cards got off to a miserable start and were trailing 14-0 late in the first half. The Cards then rallied led by bone crunching, power backs Mark Schultz and Dennis McNeely who scored touchdowns. The Cards are not without speed either. Bruce Buckner holds the school record in the 330. Second team backs Jim Skinner and Rich Simmons are also fast enough to worry the opposition. Buckner punted for 55 yards to the Cat 14 where it was downed. Watsonville fumbled and Frans Lind recovered. Simmons made three yards, McNeely 8 and Schultz blasted over left tackle for the score with one minute and 45 seconds left in the half to make the score 6-14. Late in the third quarter the Cards went 75 yards in 10 plays. McNeely finished off the grueling line plunges by going off left tackle for the score. Dave Netto made the PAT to make the score 13-14 with thirty seconds left in the quarter. With four minutes and 45 seconds left in the game and Watsonville leading by one the Cards went 91 yards for the winning score. The big play of the drive was a pass to Simmons for 44 yards after he bounced off a tackler to reach the twenty. From there a 20 yard pass from Joe Pappas to Bruce Buckner, who with the help of a block from Rich Simmons accounted for the winning touchdown. Most recent prep football ratings going into the Monterey game have the Cards rated twelfth and Monterey sixth in Northern California. Both of the clubs who have beaten SC this season rank high on the list. The Cards out gained the Cats 289 to 235. Pappas was 3 of 7 in passing for 79 yards. Rushing yards were McNeely 64, Buckner 55, Simmons 45, Schultz 45, Netoff 11 and Pappas 6.

Monterey Speed and White’s 90 and 57 yard runs down Cards 14-7. Monterey win the win practically cinches the CCAL title for the second year in a row. The mud battle was played before 1800 dampened fans. White can not take all the credit for the win as Monterey’s pony line deserves more than a nod for their part of shaking him loose. It out played the heftier SC line both ways. The Cards mounted an offense in the first quarter going 44 yards for their lone TD, but never threatening seriously thereafter. After recovering a fumble on their own 44 yard line it took the Cards only seven plays for Schultz go over right tackle for the last yard to score. Schultz dove over a pile up to score the extra point, Big plays in the drive were McNeely’s 13 yard run and Simmons with 11 yards. Monterey proved you can not beat speed and that they have in abundance. Middle guard Bill Burja gained praise for a tremendous job. Team Doctor Allen Pederson reported no injuries. Just then manager Ernie Pinrose came in with wet football shoes carrying a stretcher full of rain coats. He slipped on the wet concrete floor and Pederson said, “that was the closest we came to an injury.” The passing attacks of both teams combined completed only one pass and that by Pappas for 9 yards. Monterey out gained the Cards 257 to 140. Rushing for the Cards were Pappas 32, Buckner 29, Netoff 25, Simmons 19, McNeely 15 and Schultz 11.

Big First Half Sparks SC Past Salinas. Four first half scores pace SC victory over Salinas 32-6. Junior Bruce Buckner zipped 85 yards in the Cards first play from scrimmage and that set the tone for the rest of the half. The next time the Cards got their hands on the ball they went 61 yards in 11 plays. Jim Skinner went the final 8 yards as he slipped through the grasp of a would be tackler on the five. The third score went the same distance, but took one less play. A nine yard pass from Pappas to Simmons went for the score. Big plays in the drive were a 23 yard jaunt by Netoff and a 20 yard pass to Simmons, who took it to the end zone. Dave Netto, one of the many line heroes, kicked off and the ball took a crazy bounce away from Salinas players, making it a free ball or on side kick and the alert Jim Skinner recovered on the Cowboy 28. McNeely hit for six and Pappas passed to junior Doyle Singer for 22 yards and the fourth score of the first half with 30 seconds left. McNeely hammered the extra point home. SC never punted the first half, but were forced to punt 4 times in the second half, because of the many penalty calls, which disrupting drives. Bill Dalman recovered a fumble and a pass from Pappas to Buckner for 15 yards ended the scoring. The real credit for this game must go to the forward wall of Dave Netto, Dalman, Bill Burja, Fred Hibberd and Eric Taylor, who turned in fine games. The Cards out gained Salinas 360 to 200. Pappas completed 8 of 28 passes for 102 yards. Rushing yardage was Buckner 121, Netoff 40, Simmons 37, McNeely 25 Skinner 23 and Schultz 12. Receiving yardage was Buckner 27, Simmons 27, Singer 22, Netoff 12 and Skinner 12.

SC Runs Six Plays in 35 Seconds To Overtake Vallejo 19-13.. In win number three in a row the Cards came from behind 12-13 with one minute and 45 seconds left in the game when they got the ball after this set of plays was completed. Vallejo tried to stall out the clock, but the Card defense would not let them. Frans Lind bear hug a runner for a one yard loss, Bill Burja, Bill Dalman and Fred Hibberd stopped the runner for a one yard gain and Dave Netto and Larry Warren dropped the quarterback for a four yard loss to force a Vallejo punt. The Cards got the ball on their own 37 yard line. Buckner skirted right end for 7 yards going out of bounds. Pappas ran out of bounds and Vallejo was penalized for 15 yards for roughness and the clock was stopped. Schultz drove for six yards and time was called with 1:38 remaining. Simmons hit for four and the officials called time for measurement. Buckner ran for four around end and out of bounds to stop the clock at 1:20. Pappas passed to Buckner for 26 yards and the score with 1:10 left. Simmons went over left tackle for the extra point. The Redbirds marched 63 yards in 35 seconds. Buckner had his best game of the season leading the team in rushing and pass receiving. The Cards controlled the ball 80 percent of the time in the last quarter. The Redbird line was very impressive, but the defensive secondary has been a problem. Some of this depends on the pass rush. Deep back Bob Pederson turned in a good performance and intercepted two passes. (At the University of Washington Bob was selected as an ALL PACFIC COAST defensive back.) When victory has come this year it has been due mainly to a big, tough line and to tremendous depth in the offensive backfield. The locals are two deep at every spot except quarterback were Pappas has taken all the snaps. Pederson is more than capable at that spot and will be the starter next year, but Pappas is vital to the success of the team. Middle guard Bill Burja drew praise for his work on defense and the fact that he has a good chance to make All League even though he has not played any offense. He is well ahead in the team tackle race. Dave Netto, Frans Lind, Bob Pederson a safety and Fred Hibberd drew defensive plaudits. Netto played well on offense too. Buckner has the idea of what is happening now and was outstanding, while McNeely did not make much yardage his desire to keep his feet really moving helped us. The Cards out gained Vallejo 268 to 172. Pappas completed 5 of his 9 passes for 68 yards. Rushing yards were Buckner 60 and 59 pass receiving, Simmons 55, Schultz 30, McNeely 25, Pappas 25 and Netoff 8. Hungerford caught a pass for nine yards.

The Cards beat North Salinas 27-7 in the final game of the season along with homecoming before 2800 fans. Buckner scored three of the Cards four TD’s to capture the league scoring crown to go along with his pass receiving tile. He gained 89 yards in seven plays for a 12.7 per rush average. SC scored in every quarter. The Cards took the opening kickoff and marched 60 yards in 11 plays. Buckner went the final 17 yards behind a beautiful block on the corner back by Schultz. The Cards had to punt only one time in the game. In the second play of the second quarter Bill Burja recovered a fumble on the North Salinas 25. The Cards reached the 5 yard line, but could not score. North Salinas drove to the 20, but fumbled and Paul Masalta recovered. Rich Simmons hurdled a Viking defender, picked up another block from Schultz and scored. Dave Netto made the PAT to make the score 13-7 at half time. North Salinas reached the Cards 18, but fumbled and Jim Skinner recovered. Eight plays later the Cards scored. Pappas passed to Buckner for 13 yards for the third score. Buckner deserved the TD for he broke loose from the SC 45 three plays earlier, but ran up the back of Dan Hungerford and went down while all alone at the 13 yard line. Netto again split the up rights. North High fumbled again at the SC 22. The Cards scored in six plays covering 78 yards with Buckner going the last 25 yards. The big play of the drive was a 28 yard pass from Pappas to Jim Skinner. Netto again converted. The Cards out gained the Vikings 311 to 217. Pappas completed 4 out of 6 passes for 63 yards. Rushing yards were Buckner 89 in seven plays for a 12.7 yards per carry, Netoff 65, Simmons 44, Schultz 31, McNeely 13, Pederson 6, Wood 4, Skinner 5 and Pappas -9. Pass receiving yardage was Buckner 28, Skinner 28 and Netoff 7.

The Cards out gained their opponents in total yardage 2345 to 2257for the season.

Individual rushing stats for the season listed by name, times carried the ball, total yards and average yards per carry. Five backs gained almost 200 yards for the season.
Buckner 73 460 6.3
Simmons 58 399 6.8
Netoff 66 308 4.6
Schultz 58 259 4.4
McNeely 43 192 4.4
Pappas 41 84 2.0
Skinner 7 32 4.5
Pederson 1 6 6.0
Wood 1 4 4.0
Brumbaugh 1 0 000

Individual receiving stats by name, passes caught, touchdown catches, longest gain and total yards.
Buckner 23 7 38 323
Simmons 5 1 47 114
Netoff 8 0 12 47
Bengston 4 0 23 42
Skinner 3 0 28 44
Singer 1 1 22 22
Hungerford 2 0 22 22

Total points scored were Buckner 66, Netoff 37, Simmons 25, Netto 9, McNeely 7, Skinner 6 and Singer 6.

Scoring by quarters and total score
SC 38 45 34 58 173
Opponents 27 68 32 13 140
The Cards won the last quarter!

Senior quarterback and three year starter, Joe Pappas completed 45 passes out of 103 attempted for 43.6 completion average. Pappas threw for nine touchdowns and 601 yards.

Bruce Buckner led in all of the individual statistical categories except passing. He did attempt one incomplete pass. He unofficially led the CCAL in scoring. Next year Bruce will be the quarterback at the new Soquel High. A big lost to the Cards.

In league play SC was second in rushing and fourth on defense.
Rush Pass Total Average
Offense 1744 601 2345 260.5
Defense 1561 696 2257 250.7

In CCAL play Bruce Buckner led the league in receiving in all categories with 23 receptions, seven touchdowns and 323 yards gained. Buckner also led the league in scoring with 11 touchdowns and 66 points. He was fourth in rushing yardage with 73 carries for 460 yards and a 6.3 yards per carry average. Rich Simmons was fifth with 58 carries for 399 yards and a 6.8 average. Dennis Netoff was eighth with 66 carries for 308 yards and a 4.6 average. Mark Schultz was tenth with 58 carries for 259 yards and a 4.4 average. Joe Pappas was second in passing with 45 completions out of 103 passes for a 44 percent completion average, 601 yards gained and nine touchdowns.

Team captain, Brad Elliott was selected Northern California Lineman of the Week by the San Francisco Examiner for his performance in the Poly of San Francisco game. His work never fell far below that standard all season. But it was not enough to get Brad a berth on the ALL CCAL TEAM. How much can you ask?

From coach Wood: The Varsity team had a very successful league season. Their only defeat in league play was against the Monterey Toreadores, who took the CCAL championship. The Cardinals really showed their power in the last half. The Cardinals were behind in three games, but put on the power to win in the last few minutes of play. Good luck to the graduating seniors in their college gridiron play. Also good luck to next year’s teams here and at the new high school.

Team awards were given to Bruce Buckner as Most Valuable Player; Brad Elliot as Most Inspirational; Ray Lowry was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.

Ray Lowry and Ron Bengston were tied for the senior varsity player maintaining the best grade average during the season.

All CCAL players were Bruce Buckner, who led the CCAL in pass receptions with 23 and scoring 66 points and tough middle guard Bill Burja.

LIGHTWEIGHT FOOTBALL played a double round of league games. Monterey 6-34, 13-27; Watsonville 6-13, 12-7; Salinas 7-13, 13-7 and North Salinas 13-0, 13-6. League record 4-4.

Starting offensive line up for the last game was at ends, Bill Thuringer and Gary Hartzell; tackles, Dave Parker and Bob Scott; guards, Frank Fujimura, Rodney Baishiki and Vince Lacariere; center, Jeff Winters; Quarterback, Stan Pillsbury; backs, Gary Bowen, Frank Mazzarino, Bob Jeffrey and Ken Wallace.

Other team members were: I. Martin, Tom Coffelt, E. Freeland, D. Harlow, D. Austin, J. Morgan, W. Allen, G. Hunt, J. Franklin, B. Hurth, P. Pedemont, J. Norkli, Sal Yokota, D. Steen, A. Quitivas, G. Quimby, Neal Anderson, D. Little, Terry Atwood, Terry Madina, Charles Perry and B. Smith.

In the opening game of the year, a 13-0 win over North Salinas, Gary Bowen ran for 135 yards. Center Jeff Winters was sited for his fine offensive performance. The defensive heroes were Bill Thuringer and Frank Mazzerino. Doug Harlow who scored four touchdowns in the lightweight reserve game will move up with this team.

Signal caller Stan Pillsbury really found himself in the last game. Stan racked up 167 yards passing with the big play being a 100 yard pass and run to halfback Don Harlow for a score. Other offensive standouts this season have been halfback Bob Jeffrey, fullback Ken Wallace, guard Frank Fujimura and end Bill Thuringer. Thuringer plays defense as well and probably has been the top all around performer for the Cardlets. On defense there have been many stars, but Wallace, Thuringer, Tom Coffelt and Frank Mazzarino have been tops.

Cardlets upset Wildkittens 12-7 led by the running of Bob Jeffrey and Ken Wallace, who scored the two touchdowns and the superior blocking of the offensive line. One bad thing happened though as speedy halfback Gary Bowen is lost for the rest of the season with a broken ankle.

Ken Wallace was elected Most Valuable player. Frank Fuimura was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy. Sal Yokato of the lightweight reserves was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.

Guard, Frank Fujimura and end, Bill Thuringer were ALL CCAL.

JV FOOTBALL partial scores: Bellarmine 6-19, Vallejo 7-33, Monterey 6-19, Watsonville 7-6. Not complete.

Team members were: Dennis Lowell, J. Phillips, R. Paul, B. West, E. Moretti, C. Holst, B. Krieberg, Pete Hamm, L Kunsonivich, James Keen, Tom Knapp, Kim Joslin, Mike Owen, M. Yorri, Larry Griffin, M. Fox, J. McMurray, Dent Snider, Don Gandolphi, J. Schumaker, J. Richey, Chuck Farrar, L Wride, L. Peters, G. Mashtare, M. Henery, B. Rittenhouse, C. Creach, D. Steinberg, Scott Cartwright, Larry Latham, L Patkowski, S. Seidlinger, G. Aza.

Last year the team was unofficial league champions. This years team will have to go some to repeat. The progress of the junior varsity should be closely watched by SCHS students as almost all varsity gridders play JV football before they move up to the limelight.

Quarterback Pete Hamm scored the lone tally against Vallejo on an electrifying 60 yard run. Pete also tallied the conversion.

In the 7-6 win over Watsonville the coach singled out Dennis Lowell, Scott Cartwright and Tom Knapp for exceptional jobs on defense with Larry Latham providing the extra punch on offense.

Dent Snider was elected Most Valuable player. Don Gandolphi was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.

At the CCAL meet with all the league schools SC finishes last. Top finishers for the Birds were Jim Clark, Don Sletton and Dave McDonald. Marshal White was unable to run.

In an eight way meet the Cards place fifth. Monterey came in first after losing to the Cards by 20 points in a dual meet last week.

SC took third place in a tri meet with King City and Live Oak. The top SC runner was Marshal White who took third place.

Cross country had a fair season not up to the expectations at the start of the year. Marshall White was the “sparkplug of the leather lungs” all season. Other top runners were Jim Clark and Gene Strauss. Runners to watch for next year are Tom Dober, Dick Martinez, Dan Berry, Tom Mores and Jim Looney. Vic Epperly was the “unsung hero” for this season.

Other Cross Country team members were: J. Reed, D. Lockwood, G. Anderson, G. Twiss, J. Hopkins, D. MacDonald, T. Morse, Kim Street, B. Elliott, J. Denton, W. Tienken, R. Carter, G. Haas, P. Cavanaugh and G. Strouse.

Marshall White was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.

Partial scores: Bellarmine 40-37, Salinas 28-24, ? Opponent 38-26

Team members were Paul Kadotoni, Curt Fetty, Gary Zabrosky, Art Carson, Bogard, Warren Patten, Chris Conrad, D. Hogan, Ron Smith and Jim Boppell.

Paul Kadotoni score 19 of the total 40 point scored against Bellarmine.
The scoring in the win against Salinas was Conrad 2, Fetty 14, Patten 4, Zabrosky 1, Kadotoni 6 and Carson 1.

Mike Fetty nudged out Warren Patten for high point honors with 10 point to Warren’s 8 in a 38-26 victory. Good ball handling coupled with a high shooting percentage carried the little Cardlets to a stylish victory.

Paul Kadotoni was voted MVP by his fellow netters. Curt Fetty nudged Paul for high point honors

Paul Kadotoni was selected for the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.

D BASKETBALL record 7-2, second place. Lost both games to Salinas
Partial record: Bellarmine 29-27, Salinas 11-13, lost; Opponent 22-20

A 22-20 encounter was a close hard played contest all the way, as both squads played good ball. Freshman Bobby Bowers nipped Jake Seigle for high point man 7 to 6.

In the l1-13 loss to Salinas the scoring was Bowen 4, Seigle 2, Riototar 1 and Swanberg 4.
Sophomore, Jake Seigle was voted MVP and was high scorer for the season nipping Bob Bowers, who was singled out for doing and exceptional job throughout the season.

Team members were Jake Seigle, Steve Cartwright, Mike Rypka, Boyd, Lancaster, Bobby Bowers, Riotutar and Swanberg.

BASKETBALL Practice games: Bellarmine 39-34. Dads Club, Camden 59-46, Watsonville 52-48, Monterey 36-35 OT, DADS CLUB CHAMPIONS, Camden 39-43, Campbell 33-49, Washington of San Francisco 38-66, Santa Clara 37-38, Del Mar 50-52 OT, 50-45; Castlemont of Oakland 35-56, Los Gatos 52-27. Practice record 6-6. League: Watsonville 40-35, 45-44; Monterey 42-49, 53-54; Salinas 48-47, 57-49; North Salinas 71-58, 64-45. League 6-2, second place. Season 12-8.
San Francisco Chronicle end of the season ranking of teams the Cards played and their records: Campbell number 3, 21-1; Castlemont 8, 15-4; Monterey 18, 13-5; Bellarmine 25, 22-8.

Trident article with headlines “Athletes Have Healthy Bodies, Brains” from the basketball and wrestling coaches . The old adage that athletes are all brawn and little brain was forever refuted at SCHS this week with the discloser that all of the varsity basketball squad and three fourths of the wrestling team members have at least “B” averages in their academic work. Four actually have straight A averages. On the basketball team eleven are “university prep” and two have “general” majors. For more on wrestling, see the wrestling section. Steve Smith has been announced as a semi finalists in the seventh annual National Merit Scholarship competition.

The rest of this section is primarily from the Sentinel.
Preseason write up. Steve Smith is still having problems with the back injury sustained in the last game last year. He has not been able to practice regularly and is doubtful for the first game. The Cardinals have been concentrating on defense in practice sessions thus far, as this has been one of their few weaknesses in the past. The Redbirds have always come up with a strong club offensively, though. And this season promised to be no exception.
Seniors Ron Bengston the 6’4” center has shown marked improvement over last year and forward/guard Rich Bascou who has shown perhaps the most defensive improvement to date. By 500 percent to go along with his natural ability as a shooter, the coach added. He will be among the most talented players in the league this year.
Sharp competition for positions has been the keynote of the practice sessions. It appears that Bengston and Bascou, with Smith, if he is able, have their roster spots nailed down. At the guards are 6’ senior Mike Heren and 6’ junior, Bruce Buckner who both started games last year. From the lightweight squad are 6’ junior Mark Conrad, All League last year as the ball handling guard and 5’8”, aggressive senior Mike Murphy who will always be in the game when the press is on. Vying for the forward spots are 6’ returning letterman senior Gale Yount; 6’2” junior, Mark Schultz, the outstanding player on last years JV team; 6’2” junior, Roger Blanchard an All CCAL selection last year as a lightweight and 6‘2” built like and is a football player, senior Dennis Netoff a center candidate from JV’s.

Full page wide headline in Sentinel CARDS FIELD TEAM AS CAGERS DOWN BELLS. The Cardinals announced that Santa Cruz High School will field a basketball TEAM this season. The announcement came with a convincing 39-34 win over highly regarded Bellarmine, winner of the Catholic league last year, in a ball control game. Steve Smith the Cards All Northern Cal basketball candidate played the entire game and showed no indication of a back ailment which has bothered him during preseason practices. Steve scored 15 points, but more important was his eight rebounds and team work. Rich Bascau’s four jump shots from the area at the top of the key broke up the Bells tight zone defense to send the Cards ahead for the first time in the third period. Good team play made the shots possible. With a lead the Cards slowed their attack and worked for the sure shot on screens and roll offs, when Bellarmine switched to a man to man. From the coach, “The kid played tough on defense and switched good, not allowing many good shots. Everyone is going after the ball.” He said he had a problem in substituting. What he meant was the players are so closely matched that he could put any five of the nine or ten players on the floor and they could do just as well. Each team tried only 28 shots in the slow moving contest with the Cards hitting on 15 for a 54 percent average. with 4 assists. Scoring: Smith 15, Blanchard 3, Bengston 0, Conrad 3, Murphy 0, Schultz 0, Bascau 12, Netoff 4 and Yount 4.

CARDS WIN DADS CLUB in an overtime victory against Monterey for the first SCHS tournament championship since its inception. Steve Smith’s 20 foot jump shot with 5 seconds left in over time won the tournament. Steve broke the tournament scoring record for the three games, with 142 points breaking his brother James previous mark of 139.. Steve was MVP of the tourney and Rich Bascou was ALL TOURNAMENT. SC also took the rooters trophy.

Jan. 8. In the first game of the tournament, Camden held a first half lead of 22-19, only to see the Cards pour 40 points through the hoop after the intermission for a 59-46 win. The offense was good, but the Redbirds were tenacious with their man to man defense as well. The Cards controlled the boards 35 to 28. Hustling guard, Mark Conrad tied Steve Smith with seven rebounds, followed by Gale Yount with six and Rich Bascou five. The Cards sank 23 of 62 cracks at the basket, getting off more shots than any team in the first round of the tourney. The Coach was pleased with the showing of his players. “Everybody looked good.” He was especially pleased with the defensive effort. Big Dennis Netoff, Gale Yount and Mark Conrad impressed. Scoring: Smith 16, Yount 8, Bengston 0, Bascau 12, Conrad 10, Netoff 5, Blanchard 2, Buckner 2, Murphy 0, Schultz 2 and Heren 2.

Jan. 10. In the second game of the tournament, Watsonville was defeated 52-48 in a see saw game. Santa Cruz’ highly regarded defense collapsed somewhat as the Cards were whistled down 21 times for personal fouls. This was four more than the previous game, which gave the Widlcats 32 free shot attempts. The Cards controlled the boards 40-17, with Smith grabbing 15. SC made 22 of 61 attempts from the field for 36 percent and Watsonville made 15 of 28 for 60 percent. Smith had four assists in each of the first two games, had only one tonight. But has passed off a total of 18 times in the last three games and that really helps when the opponents double team the deadly senior. After the Cats went ahead 44-41 early in the fourth quarter, the Cards went into a press and stole the ball three times that ended in scores and made the difference in the win. Scoring: Smith 23, Bascau and Schultz 9 each, Conrad 6, Blanchard 5, Netoff 0. Center, big man Ron Bengston will be out for three weeks with a broken nose.

Jan. 10. Smith Sinks Jumper; Cards Win Invitational Tourney. SC 36, Monterey 35 in overtime. Steve Smith hit a 20 foot jump shot with five seconds left on the clock in an overtime period to give the Cards their first championship in six Dads Club tourneys. The Redbirds had been the bridesmaid in each of the last three seasons. The championship game was a thriller as the lead changed hands 12 times. Monterey used a full court press almost the entire game and this is partially the reason for the Cards offensive mistakes. Both teams played tremendous defensive games. Smith guarded Monterey’s best scorer and stopped him with one point, while Smith scored 14. Smith has also been doing well making good passes, when he gets double teamed. Monterey broke away to a five point lead with two minutes left in the game. At this point the Cards sent in Buckner, Heren and Yount and started pressing. Murphy hit two free throws and a jumper. Smith was double teamed and hit Heren free for a lay up to tie the score. With seven seconds left Smith was fouled and made both shots. One second to go Monterey’s Perkins was fouled in a struggle for a rebound. He made both free throws to put the game into overtime. In overtime, Gale Yount was fouled and made the second shot to put SC up by one. Monterey went ahead on a jumper. With 1:20 left to play Smith was fouled and hit both to put SC up by one. Thirty seconds to go, Monterey hits jumper to go ahead. To top it off Smith made his 20 foot shot coming off a nice screen with 5 seconds left. Believe it or not, SC out-rebounded Monterey 33-24. Smith garnered 11 and Schultz eight. Scoring: Smith 14, Schultz 5, Netoff 0. Bascou 5, Conrad 1, Blanchard 0, Murphy 8, Heren 2, Buckner 0, Yount 1.

Scores at the end of quarters with SC score first
1 2 3 4 OT FINAL
Monterey 7 15 24 31 34
SC 10 14 18 31 35

Scoring by quarters for
Monterey 7 8 9 7 4 total of 34
SC 10 4 4 13 5 total of 35

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the tourney for SC was the ball handling of last years lightweight All League guard Mark Conrad. Conrad is well on his way to make up for the Cards greatest loss, due to the graduation of All League guard Al McCommon. It was doubtful that the locals would be able to come up with a play maker to compare with Al this season, but Conrad, only a junior comes close. One of the biggest asset the Birds have had so far this season is depth. There is not a man on the squad who can be counted out of the starting lineup before game time, with the exceptions of Smith and Bascou. Each player on the team is about on a par with any other player. After the tournament the team is 5-0.

In a 39-43 loss to Camden, who used a box and one on Smith to hold him to 5 points, but he was still valuable with his assists and board work. The Cards hit only 30 percent of their shots a 17 for 56 even though they had plenty of good shots against the four man zone. The coach comments were “We were dead. Maybe I worked them too hard this week. They looked good in practice all week.” Scoring: Smith 5, Bascou 20, Blanchard 7, Conrad 4, Shultz 3, Yount, Murphy, Buckner, Netoff and Heren 0.

Campbell Clobbers SC 49-33. In case you missed it, that’s a double meaning. Not only did Campbell clobber the Cards on the score board, but got away with murder in a rough game. The game got completely out of hand. The Cards had plenty of desire this game after their first loss of the season. The Bucs with a much taller team 6-6 and 6-5, pushed and shoved to get rebounds and when the Cards retaliated they were whistled down to the extent of having 22 fouls called on them against Campbell’s 9. The Cards did not deserve to win, although it was probably their best game since they played Camden in the tournament. Bad passes proved costly. After three quarters the Bucs led 25-23, then they broke away. The Cards were shooting from too far out and not driving to the basket when they had the chance too. Scoring: Smith 7, Schultz 4, Blanchard 3, Bascou 7, Conrad 4, Murphy 3, Netoff 0, Yount 2, Buckner 2 and Heren 1.

Illness helps Washington of San Francisco Run Up the Score 38-66. Over a third of the squad was not up to par because of the flu bug. The Cards were down only 16-18 at the end of the first period, but was down 22-35 at half and it only got worse.

Cards Throw Scare Into Powerful Santa Clara- Minus Smith – But Lose 37-38. The Cardinals found out they can play without star Steve Smith and point guard Mark Conrad, who are the teams best ball handlers were out with the flu and left home to recuperate to be ready for Fridays league game. The Cards scared the daylights out of the heavily favored Santa Clara team and eventual champions of their league. A missed free throw with just one second remaining would have tied up the game. Gale Yount intercepted a pass and passed off to a shooter who was fouled and received two shots. First was made and the second missed. But there were many other chances in the game. Santa Clara pressed the Cards throughout the game. Time after time the Redbirds had men open down the court for easy layups, but missed the lead man. It was apparent that work is needed on the fast break. The score was tied 15-15 at half. While center Ron Bengston had only two rebounds, looked good jumping and most of all working himself free underneath the basket. Mark Schultz also impressed and Dennis Netoff had plenty of desire and hustle. The players should pick up confidence from this game as they proved they are good enough by themselves to play a highly ranked team down to the wire. Scoring: Netoff 4, Schultz 6, Bengston 6, Bascou 11, Heren 1, Buckner 0, Yount 2, Blanchard 4 and Murphy 3.

Card Tenacious Defense Stops Wildcats 40-35 in season opener. While Steve Smith and Rich Bascou did the scoring, two unsung players, Mark Schultz and Roger Blanchard deserved a majority of the credit for the win. Schultz turned in a tremendous defensive effort guarding the Cats scoring ace, when the Cards were using the man to man defense. Blanchard was the “Johnny on the spot.” He did not get into the game until the second half and then produced five rebounds and seven points to keep the Cards ahead. The score at half was 19-13 Cards. Team play which was absent in three of the Cards four defeats was back. SC made 15 field goals and there were nine assists, three each for Bascou and Schultz, two for Smith and one for Dennis Netoff. Smith also passed off for two more easy shots that were missed. Smith was driving more and as a result made nine of ten foul shots. On the boards the Cards grabbed 31 rebounds to the tall Cats 26. Smith grabbed 11, Schultz 6, Bascou and Blanchard each had 5. The Redbirds have to make up for their lack of height and speed with hustle and the result is fouls as they made 20 to the Cats 10. The Cards have done poorly at the line, so in practice they have each been shooting 100. It paid off with a 10 for 13 night. From the field they sank 15 of 47, while the Cats were permitted only 32 shots. Scoring: Smith 17, Schultz 2, Bengston 0, Bascou 12, Conrad 0, Netoff 2, Murphy 0 and Blanchard 7.

Cards Blow Overtime Tilt But Put Up Best Showing. In the overtime loss 50-52 to Del Mar the Cards did not let a definite height advantage of the Dons kept them from winning the rebound battle 40 to 30. They were able to do that by getting inside position and blocking out the taller Dons. As Smith put it, “Let’s forget the scoreboard and just count the rebounds.” Smith did not play the first quarter as he is hampered by a bad heel, The Dons, the tallest team the Cards have faced, moved to a nine point lead 30 seconds into the second half, but Santa Cruz fought back with a full court press. It caused the Dons to make mistake after mistake. But the Cards were not immune in the mistake department making 12 walking and passing mistakes to 18 for the Dons. Unsung players again played a big role for Santa Cruz. Blanchard, Conrad and Murphy turned in fine games. Junior, Conrad dropped in two free throws on a one and one situation with nine seconds left in regulation to tie the score. Another junior, Blanchard paced the rebounders with 10 and scored 8 points, four of them in the overtime. Murphy, a senior impressed with his hustle. He was the leader of the group pressing the taller Dons into second half mistakes. The Cards built up a 41-36 lead with 4 minutes left in the game. Some might say the Cards blew it and maybe they did, but they made their best showing of the season after halftime and against heavy odds with the size of the Del Mar front line, which ended up making the difference on their final two scores. The Cards made 21 of their 57 shots for 37 percent. Scoring: Bascou 14, Smith 12, Blanchard 8, Murphy 6, Schultz and Conrad 4 each, Bengston 2, Buckner and Netoff 0.

Castlemont Knights Drop Cards 35-56. The Cards were tied at the end of the first period 16-16 while making very few mistakes. Mark Conrad scored to put the Cards ahead 18-16, but then Castlemont’s top shooter hit four long jump shots and the Knights added to that to go ahead 31-25 at half. In the second half the Cards had 27 shots, which is above their average, but only made six and hit only 3 of 11 in the key. Comments, “We were not as bad as the score indicates. It seems like we are getting better every game, but we keep losing. Everybody played pretty good ball. Ron Bengston played his best game of the year going against some good jumpers grabbed five rebounds. Smith played his best full court game. He looked in better shape coming off his injures and illness. He pulled down nine rebounds, made three assists and scored nine points. SC controlled the boards 32-27. Juniors Roger Blanchard and Mark Conrad came in for praise. Fouls have been a big bugaboo for the Cards, but this was one of their lowest totals this season with only 14 charged against them. Scoring: Smith 9, Schultz 4, Blanchard 2, Bascou 8, Conrad 6, Bengston 4, Netoff 2, Heren, Buckner, Murphy and Yount 0. (Castelmont ended the season rated eighth in Northern California.)

In their tune up for Monterey, the Cards win over Los Gatos 52-27 was done with hustle, rebounding, but the largest factor was the defensive effort in their man to man defense which filled in any driving lanes quickly and had Los Gatos forcing their shots. Meanwhile SC got inside for 38 tries, but didn’t exactly burn the nets off hit only 36 percent. The Cards broke out quickly to a 6-0 lead and then the Cards held the ball near mid court. Los Gatos then went man to man, which was more to SC’s liking. The score at the quarter was 12-5 and at half 24-13. High point scorers Smith and Bascou played a little over a half of the game. Bruce Buckner driving well tallied ten points in 12 minutes time to strengthen his bid for the third guard position. For the first time in seven or eight games the Cards had a height advantage and with their hustle controlled the boards 39-12. Scoring: Smith 13, Schultz 4, Blanchard 3, Bascou 11, Conrad 2, Bengston 3, Murphy 4, Buckner 10, Heren 2 and Yount 0.

In the pre game write up for Monterey, it was noted that they are rated number one in Northern California at this point.. What could be a big factor in this game is the marked improvement in the past weeks on both offense and defense of the Card center Ron Bengston.

Monterey wins 49-42. Monterey started the game leading 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Then the Cards rallied and led through the second quarter to end the half 20-18 and kept the lead for most of the third quarter. The third quarter ended with Monterey in the lead 32-30. Monterey spurted to a 30-38 lead with six minutes remaining. Fresh troops, Murphy, Buckner, Yount and Netoff entered the game to press with Smith. They cut the lead to 41-39 with two minutes to play. With two questionable calls against the Cards the game ended 42-49. There was considerable pushing underneath the basket. Santa Cruz would get rebounding position and then be pushed in allowing their opponent to go over the top of them for the ball. Cardinal defenders did well against Monterey’s three top scorers. Smith held the league scoring leader to 3 points, while Shultz and Bascou held the next two scorers to six each. SC made only eight ball handling mistakes, better than average for the Cards. Monterey had 21 fouls and the Cards only 16, which is below their average and seven of them were in the last two minutes when the Cards were in an all out press. Big football player, Charlie Harraway, who does not normally score much tanked 17 to make a big difference in the game. (Harraway later played fullback in the NFL) Comment, “We can still win, but we are going to have to do it by ourselves. We can not sit back and hope someone else is going to do it for us.” The next league game is against Salinas and they are 11-1 for the season. Scoring: Smith 18, Schultz 6, Bengston 2, Blanchard 2, Bascou 7, Conrad 4, Murphy 0, Buckner 1, Yount 2 and Netoff 0.

Pre game comments for the Salinas game. Monterey has the most talent, but Santa Cruz and Salinas squads are better molded together as a team and probably have stronger benches. At present Salinas is 12-1. Santa Cruz playing a much tougher schedule is only 6-7.

Smith and Netoff Lead SC to 48-47 Win At Salinas. Burly Dennis Netoff, a player hardly being counted upon before the season began, sank two clutch free throws in the final two minutes of play to lead the Cards to a crucial 48-47 win against the Cowboys. He also made a key interception of a pass in the waning moments of play. Smith played his best all around game of the season scoring 19 points and held the star Salinas shooter to 6 aided by good screens by Salinas. Smith made a clutch free throw with 50 seconds remaining. He made 8 for 14 from the floor in his hottest game of the year. During the game the lead changed hands 15 times and was tied 11 times. Both teams were extremely hot handed as both clubs combined to shoot 50.6 percent. Santa Cruz made 21 for 41 attempts and Salinas made 22 for 44. Fans were on their feet all the way through the fourth quarter. The game was wild and sometimes rough, but few fouls, 16 in all were called. Both teams used pressing man to man defenses. Scoring for SC: Smith 21, Schultz 2, Blanchard 2, Bascou 8, Conrad 2, Bengston 6, Murphy 0, Netoff 4, Yount 5.

Cardinals Avenges Earlier Overtime Defeat at Del Mar 50-45. Bengston and Blanchard Star. In their second game against Del Mar a highly rated team and undisputed leaders of the Santa Clara Valley-West league, the Cards played what is probably their best performance of the season. Ron Bengston was at the post, fighting and scrapping for free balls and gathered in 11 rebounds in his three quarters of action. For only the second time this season the Cards had three players reach double figures. Steve Smith 15 points, Rich Bascou 12 and Roger Blanchard 10 brought Del Mar out of a zone defense by shooting with deadly accuracy over their tall heads. The Cards were down 9-17 at the end of the first period, but won every other period after that. It was a come from behind triumph, for the locals trailed by 10 points with just two minutes remaining in the first half, when the Cards started their comeback. The half ended 21-25 Camden. The Cards led 39-36 at the end of the third period. A big play at this time was made by Smith, when he disrupted a four on one fast break resulting in the Don’s losing the ball out of bounds instead of scoring. The Cards won the rebounding battle 37-24. Ron Bengston with 11, Roger Blanchard 8, Rich Bascou 7 and Steve Smith had 6 rebounds for the game, controlled the boards in the second half. The team worked well together with 15 feed off for good shots and eight assists for scores. Smith passed off 6 times resulting in three baskets. Scoring: Smith 15, Netoff 0, Bengston 6, Bascou 12, Conrad 6, Blanchard 10, Schultz 1, Buckner 0, Murphy 0.

Vikings fall 71-58: Seventy three free throws in the game as Cards walk to victory. Mark Conrad compiled the most impressive statistic of the game with seven assists, feeding of to his teammates 11 times for possible scores. Santa Cruz’ fast break has improved and Conrad is the key man on this portion of the Card attack. On the boards, the vastly improved Gale “Spider” Yount gathered in 12 rebounds, one more than Smith. Bengston keeps improving, hauled down 8 and Schultz had 7. SC controlled the boards 49-21. Scoring: Smith 20, Bascou 15, Bengston and Yount 8 each, Heren 5, Blanchard and Schultz 4 each, Nettoff 3. Conrad and Buckner 2, Murphy 0.

Cards blow eleven point lead; hang on for 45-44 win over Watsonville on a Mark Conrad shot. Santa Cruz does not deserve to remain in contention on the basis of last night’s second half. For the third time this season, Watsonville made the game close from the free throw line. The Redbirds could not hit the broadside of a barn from the line making 5 for 15. Meanwhile, Watsonville was making 16 of 24. Two minutes into the second half the Cards were up 31-20, but in thirty seconds Smith picked up his fourth personal. In another five minutes Watsonville was up 35-34. At the end of the game with the score tied and time running down Conrad whipped the ball to Schultz on a give and go, then broke through the middle of the zone as the Cats were watching Smith, received the ball back from Schultz for a lay up which proved to be the winning score. Top rebounders were Smith 8 and Schultz 5. Scoring: Smith 19, Conrad 12, Shultz 7, Bascou 5, Yount and Blanchard 1 each, Bengston and Murphy 0.

Commentary from the Sentinel prior to the pivotal Monterey contest. Steve Smith is perhaps the best all around player to come out of the school and that includes his high scoring brother James, who holds every scoring record in the Santa Cruz books. Steve has been the handy man. He brings the ball down, scores exceptionally well, passes off when double and tripled team or whenever a teammate is open, is an outstanding rebounder and as fine a defensive player as there is around. His scoring is down some as other teams are keying on him, sometimes using three men to try and trap him.

The starting line ups vary and it does not seem to make any difference as the top eight or even nine will be in the game at some time, depending on the play and action on the floor. In other words, what does the team need at this point. It seems as if a different boy comes through in each game. In the Watsonville game it was juniors, Conrad and Schultz. Before that Blanchard and Bengston. Another time or two Yount.

Santa Cruz Blows Lead, Monterey Wins Title 53-54 Behind Harraway. A ‘pressure cooker’ exploded on the Cardinals injuring 11 men and their coach. Monterey applied the pressure and the Cards blew an 11 point lead with seven minutes to play. In a well played contest, the game was won and lost about 100 times. The whole key to the Cards defeat came in the one and one free throws, as it has before. The Cards made 25 for 37 from the foul line as four Monterey stars fouled out toward the end of the game. But seven of the missed charity attempts were one on one shots that conceivably could have been turned into 14 points. Four of these came in the final quarter. Harraway was the difference again scoring 18 points, 11 in the last quarter. Monterey drew 27 fouls and Santa Cruz 14. The officials called undoubtedly the best game of the CCAL season. The Toreadors made only 8 out of 20 from the line, but missed only two one and ones. Monterey had twice as many shots as Santa Cruz 60 to 30 and thus nine more field goals. The total rebounding totals had Monterey with 29 and Santa Cruz 28. There were two reasons for the one sided shot charts and the close rebound statistics. Whenever Santa Cruz tried to shoot, Monterey fouled. Half of Monterey’s rebounds were offensive rebounds, some of which were put back up for scores. Only a third of Santa Cruz rebounds were offensive. The Cards, even losing ground still held the lead until the 2:46 mark. Smith tied it with jump shot with 2:11 remaining. Then that man Harraway again, hit a jump shot to put the Toreadors ahead 51-53. With 33 seconds left, Smith scored two points on one and one free throws to tie the score. Monterey’s lone starter left in the game was fouled bring the ball down the floor and he made his one and one free throws for the game. SC had 10 assists on their 14 field goals, three each for Smith and Schultz and two for Bengston. Smith had 6 field goals and 11 free throws for 23 points. Bascou had 4 field goals and 3 free throws for 11 points. Conrad had 8 free throws for 8 points. Schultz 6 and Blanchard 5. Other players were Bengston, Netoff, Murphy and Yount 0.

Steve Smith Scores 29 As SC Nips Salinas ‘5’. Final Score 57-49. The Cards raced out to a 34-18 lead at half and kept that 16 point lead through the end of the third quarter. Two none starters played a big role in the first half lead. Blanchard hit six and Yount seven markers in the opening 16 minutes of play. The fourth quarter, Salinas players found their shooting touch and scored 21 points. With 1:10 left in the game, Salinas was down only 6 points. At this point Schultz intercepted an inbounds pass and passed the ball to Bascou for a lay up to seal the win. Santa Cruz shot 18 for 49 for 35 percent, but did better on the line making 21 of 27 for 81 percent. Smith hit 10 of 22 shots, hauled down nine rebounds and early in the game had a number of assists. Schultz had four assists and six feed offs. Scoring: Smith 29, Schultz 2, Bengston 0, Bascou 7, Conrad 3, Blanchard 9, Yount 7, Murphy, Netoff, Buckner and Heren 0.

Happy Cards Take Dip After Winning Finale. Come on in the water’s fine! As the players exuberantly fell into the North Salinas pool after their season ending win 64-45. Smith reinjured his back with two minutes left in the first quarter and came out of the game ending the chance at what many had expected him to do, break the single game scoring record. Mike Murphy, who has been used primarily when the all out full court press is on was the leading scorer with 13. Yount, starting at center. played one of his best games of the year hauling down 12 rebounds scoring 8 points and going four for four on the foul line. The Cards controlled the boards 49-26. The Cards connected on 12 of 22 attempts in the second half for a fine 55 percent. Scoring: Smith 9, Bascou 4, Yount 8, Conrad 10, Schultz 4, Bengston 4, Murphy 13, Buckner 0, Blanchard 9, Heren 3.

End of the season team stats by name, games played, total points and per game average.

Smith 19 291 15.3
Bascou 20 194 9.7
Conrad 19 97 5.1
Blanchard 20 90 4.5
Schultz 20 78 3.0
Yount 18 46 2.5
Bengston 17 46 2.6
Murphy 20 38 4.8
Netoff 17 26 1.5
Heren 12 22 1.8
Buckner 14 17 1.2

Top rebounders: Smith 162, Schultz 91, Blanchard 89, Bascou 85, Bengston 70, Yount 52, Conrad 51 and Netoff 34.

In league stats, SC was first in offensive scoring with a 57.7 average per game and third place on defense with a 47.6 average per game. A differential of 10 points.

Steve Smith was selected as first team ALL CCAL with a league leading scoring average of 19.5 on 156 points. Rich Bascou was second team ALL CCAL and ninth in scoring with a 8.6 average on 69 points.

Steve Smith was named to the San Jose Mercury first team Central Coast All Star Squad for the second year.

The San Francisco Examiner selected Smith second team on the NORTHERN CAL ALL STAR team, which goes from Fresno to the Oregon boarder, along with Pete Newell of St Ignatius. (Pete was the coach of the Cardinals from 1974 to 2004, when his team won the State Division III championship.)

The Examiner also selected Smith as a first stringer on the ALL NORTH COAST ALL STAR TEAM. It covers from Marin and Napa counties to Monterey county.

The San Francisco Chronicle placed Steve Smith on their third team ALL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TEAM and Pete Newell on the fourth team. (Pete coached SC basketball for 30 years and one State championship). Steve was first team ALL NORTH COAST. Pete Newell was second team ALL METROPOLITAN. There is just too much talent around. Faced with one of the finest group of players in this areas history, the balloting among the more then 150 coaches and sportswriters has been so close, it has been hard to separate the players this year.

Smith was selected as one of the top players on the California honor squad by the Wigwam Wisemen of America, who do it for every state and they also did a twenty man squad for the nation. They also held an All American Classic.

Comment from sportswriter, Glenn Dickey of the Watsonville Register Pajaronian. There have been so many good things said about Steve Smith, that any comment on him is repetitious. In the four years I have been here he is as good as his older brother James and Dick Smith of Gilroy (both now playing first string at Cal) and Bob Jensen and Mel Mason of Monterey. He shoots, passes and rebounds as well as anybody and there’s not really much more to the game.

Steve was co-valedictorian of his class and was one out of only 105 UC regents scholarship awards given this year. Selections were based on demonstrated achievement and promise.

(In his freshman year at Cal, Steve was a first team guard, who made second team All Northern Cal Freshman basketball team as a guard. Steve also played for the 24-2 frosh baseball team. The next two years he was a starting guard on the varsity basketball team.)

LIGHTWEIGHT BASKETBALL practice games: North Salinas 35-26 with three losses, Del Mar 45-28. League: Watsonville 35-36, Salinas 20-37, Monterey 38-36, North Salinas 48-34. According to the Trident the Cardlets record was 6-9 on February 2. No further information.

Preseason write up. Eighteen hopefuls are out for the team, working hard in preparation of the season. There is plenty of competition for starting berths. This years squad appears to be bigger overall than its counterparts last season, but it may lack some of the shooting ability of the ‘61 quintet. Fast breaking and rebounding strength are expected to make up for this in part however, along with an increased amount of speed.
A man to man defense will probably be use in the first game along with getting as many players as possible some action. Guard, Paul Kadotoni is the only returning letterman. Prospects at the center position are Bob Pederson, Gary Zobrosky and Dent Snider. At forwards are Stan Pillsbury, Curt Fetty, Phil Davis, Buddy Smith, Neal Anderson, Ivan Martin and Phil Pedemonte. At guards, Art Carson, Warren Patton, Chris Conrad, John Wilson, Gary Bowen and Dave Little.

In the preseason, poor shooting has hampered the Little Birds more than anything else. Partially responsible is the late start of practice allowed by the league compared to other leagues. The flu bug has hampered the team also with Bob Pederson and John Wilson on the sick list.
Coach Jim Simpson had praise for sophomore, Phil Davis who has looked good in every game, especially on defense. Stan Pillsbury has been a standout with his shooting touch.
Starting line ups: forwards, Neil Anderson, Curt Fetty and Gary Bowen; center Bob Pederson and Phil Davis; guards, Stan Pillsbury and Paul Kadotoni.

Dec. 10. Cardlets Win First Tourney Game 35-26 over North Salinas at the Salinas Lightweight tournament. In the first game of the tournament SC lost to Cupertino 37-28. In the second game Salinas won 44-24.
In the third game of the tournament, the key to the Cardlets 35-26 victory was out scoring North Salinas 13-5 in the first quarter. Guard Stan Pillsbury pumped in 14 points followed by Dent Snider with 11. Snider scored seven of the 13 first quarter points. At halftime SC led 21-10. North Salinas closed the gap to 27-20 at the end of the third period. Then Pillsbury hit 6 digits and Curt Fetty scored to put the Cardlets over the top. SC hit 9 of 22 at the foul line and North Salinas was 6 of 19. Scoring: Fetty 6, Davis 4, Pillsbury 14, Snider 11. Rest of lineup did not score. They were Kadotani, R. Smith, Anderson, Zobrosky, B. Smith and Pedemonte.

Pederson and Pillsbury are spearheading the team with their scoring. In the Del Mar win, Bob had 17 points and Stan 11.

SC was second in league stats scoring 348 points for a 43.5 average. They gave up 325 points on defense for a 40.6 average. Giving them a 2.9 plus average per game over their opponents.

Junior guard Stan Pillsbury and sophomore center Bob Pederson were ALL CCAL. In league stats Stan Pillsbury was second in points per game with an average of 13.3 on 107 points. Bob Pederson was fourth with a 12.3 per game average on 99 points.

JV BASKETBALL In the first two games of the season, the team scored a total of 109 to 46 against Salinas JV and the Holy Cross Varsity. As of February 2 the team is undefeated 12-0.

The acquisition of Roy Paul, Dave Garbe and Dave Netto from the varsity has greatly strengthened the locals. They will start along with Larry Griffin, Pete Hamm and Dennis McNeely. Other players are Tom Knapp, Mike Olivieri, John Pierce, Dale Rector, Voshake, Larry Musitteli, Von Stumph, Don Adams, Feuerheken and Bill Gilbert.


Before this year the league champions were decided by who won the league tournament. This year the League Board of Managers decided to crown the dual meet winner as the league champion.

League winners were junior, Rod Biashiki at 115 pounds, Ron Miyoko 135, Harvey Rogers 148, Mike Owen 168, Frans Lind 194 and Ray Lowry heavyweight. Scott Ferguson was second at 157.

Ron Miyoko at 136 pounds took first place at the Northern California section tournament.
Six other wrestlers qualified for the tournament. They are Scott Ferguson, Mike Owen, Ray Lowry, Frans Lind, John Rogers and Rod Baishiki.

Preseason write up. Coach Tod Likins a former Oskie and wrestler at Cal feels the league is a toss up between SC and Watsonville. The Cardinals will be spearheaded by nine returning lettermen, plus seven others with experience. Fifty boys tried out for the squad from whom the present 27 were chosen. Leading the local crew into action will be one man from each of the 12 weight groups.

Either Eric Taylor or Ray Lowry will be the heavyweight first man. At 191 pounds are Junior, Frans Lind and sophomores, Paul Masalta and Bob Walker, although the last two have little mat experience. At 175 will be Dave Foster. At 165 will be Mike Owen last years league champ. Scott Ferguson the only freshman to letter last year is the 154 man. Scrappy Harvey Rogers will be at 145. Roy Miyoko last years champ is at 138. Junior Carl Smith is projected to be the most successful of the unproven boys this year is at 133. Juniors, Frank Fujimara, Chip Cureton and Phil McRae are all fighting for the number one spat at 127. Darrel Keen is at 120. If Bill Gledhill, Junior Rod Baishiki and Wally Jensen can shed some weight they will go in the 112 and 103 divisions respectively.

Junior Rod Biashiki finished the season with a 18-4-1 record. Ron Miyoko complied a 16-11 record. Ron took first place at the Gonzales tourney and was third at the 1961 sectionals. This was Ron’s third year winning a league title.

Rogers came in second at the league meet last year, ended this year at 17-3-3. Ferguson had 10-8-2 record.

Owen won the league for the second year, also took a first at the Gonzales tourney and racked up an amazing 22-0 record, to be the only undefeated SC matter. Junior, Lind finished the season 18-4-0. Heavyweight, Lowry in only his second year of wrestling captured first pace honors in the Gonzales tourney and compiled a 18-1-2 mark.

The league championship clinching match was a 39-3 win over Monterey with a match with Watsonville left. Winners by pins were Mike Owen, 160; Dave Foster, 178 and Frans Lind, 194. Decision wins were won by Bill Gledhill, 106; Daryl Keen, 123; Frank Fujimura, 130; Carl Smith, 136; Ron Miyoka, 141; Harvey Rogers, 148; Scott Ferguson, 157 and Ray Lowry, heavyweight.

SC Wrestles In Sixth Straight Dual Win Walloping Salinas 45-9. Winners by pin were Tom Keck, 114; Rod Bishiki, 122; Ron Miyoko, 140; Mike Owen, 167; Frans Lind, 177; Dave Foster, 193 and Ray Lowry, Heavyweight. Daryl Keen, 129 won by decision as did Scott Ferguson, 156. Harvey Rogers, 147 gained a draw.

At the beginning of the year Novice tournament for new wrestlers the Cards took fourth place behind Gilroy, Watsonville and North Salinas. Chip Cureton at 127 took a gold medal. Second place winners wer Bill Gledhill, 103, Wally Jensen, 112 and Eric Taylor, heavyweight.

Dec. 10. Card Wrestlers Surprise Gilroy. The wrestling team pulled off another first, defeating Gilroy 25-21. Trailing by 12 points going into the last four matches, the Cards won them all and had two pins to come from behind. Heavyweight Ray Lowry pinned his man and Rod Baishiki, 112 pounder won by pinned his man to provide the margin of victory. SC trailed 21-20 until they grappled. Frans Lind, 177 pounds pinned his man. Darryl Keen, 120 pounds and 138 pounder Carl Smith gained draws. Brian Owen, 165 and Dave Foster, 191 won on points. It was the Cards second win of the young season.

Other team members were Keck, K. Smith, Tom Johns. Brudvig, Pine, J. Keen, T. Keen, Eric Taylor and Winnett.

Trident column “It is interesting to note the wide variety of attitudes existing among athletes. This perhaps most apparent in the Cardinal wrestling squad, as all extremes are represented. Ron Miyoko is a picture of serious concentration before and during a match. Dave Foster appears calm and rather indifferent before he wrestles, but intent during a contest. Mike Owen is a typical clown before his matches and has even been known to crack a smile in the middle of one. Whatever effect these different approaches have on the caliber of the performer is in this case, negligible as Miyoko, Foster and Owen had not lost a match between them at this writing.”

Trident article with headlines “Athletes Have Healthy Bodies, Brains”. The old adage that athletes are all brawn and little brain was forever refuted at SCHS this week with the discloser that all of the varsity basketball squad and three fourths of the wrestling team members have at least “B” averages in their academic work. Nine of the 13 upper class grapplers are members of the Boy’s honor society, which requires a “B” average. We have the student body president, senior class president as well as several straight A students.

Practice games: Buchser 3-7, 9-0; Santa Clara Bellarmine Serra Camden Monterey Tournament
League involves a triple round of games: Monterey 1-2, 7-5, 2-3; Watsonville 8-0, 1-5, North Salinas 6-0, Salinas forfeit (with the Cards ahead in the second inning a Salinas player started an altercation and was ejected from the game leaving Salinas with only 8 players available and the rules call for at least 9 for a regular game.) League record 9-3 co champions. League standings were Santa Cruz and Monterey 9-3, Watsonville 7-5, Salinas 3-9 and North Salinas 2-10. Season record 19-6.

Players by position: Pitchers: John Pierce, Dave Netto, Bryon Shields and Stan Pillsbury and OF. Catchers: Mark Schultz and Larry Eaton. Infielders: Bob Pederson, Pete Hamm, Rick Wilkins, Tim Erickson, Jim Skinner, Henry Kadotoni, Don Starks
Outfielders: Mike Murphy, Stan Pillsbury and P,

The Cards open season giving up six runs in the second inning in a 3-7 loss to Buchser. Back to back doubles by Mike Murphy and Rick Wilkins followed by a single by John Pierce proved to be the biggest blows for the Cards.

In a turn around of the opening contest with Buchser the Cards won 9-0 this time behind solid pitching by John Pierce and Dave Netto, who went three innings apiece followed by Bryan Shields finishing up the seventh. They held Buchser to two hits. This staff should be good enough to win the league. The team lost Steve Smith for the season with a back injury suffered at the end of the basketball season. Henry Kadotani a letterman was slated as a starter in the infield is out with a knee injury. Freshman Pete Hamm was moved up from the JV squad and is a good addition to the batting order. Pete hit the first home run of the season today. Jim Skinner has taken over the shortstop spot and had two hits today. Tim Erickson is looking good at third base and had a hit from the lead off spot. Pete Pini up from the JV team went 3 for 3. After a less than expected 3-3 practice record, the Cards now seem to be ready to keep the championship run intact.

John Pierce threw a three hitter in the 6-0 North Salinas win. John has been one of the biggest cogs in the Redbird attack in virtually every game this year. The teams hitting is coming around and with the steady pitching staff they seem ready to prove the preseason favorites role was accurate. The squad has a good balance of talent and is capable of extending the championship string to three in a row.

To start the second round of games, the Cards had a tight exhausting game with Monterey coming out ahead 7-5. But in the following game a 1-5 loss to Watsonville, they did not play like the same team. The loss stopped an 8 game win streak and a 13 game win streak against the Cats. After the Watsonville game these three schools are tied for first with 4-2 records.

The second loss to Monterey by a score of 2-3 was the second one run loss to them this year. It gave the Cards 3 loses in league and makes every game from here on out crucial. One bright spot in a dull contest for the Cards was the towering two run homer by Junior Rick Wilkins with John Pierce on base. The baseball Birds are fighting hard to stay out of the pattern followed by the football and basketball teams as both were virtual-shoo ins for the championship only to lose it with surprisingly inconsistent play. But the Cards hope to disprove this thought. The pitching of Pierce and Netto, coupled with the slugging of Rick Wilkins, Mark Schultz, Mike Murphy, Pete Hamm and Jim Skinner would seem to point toward an eventual bright outcome to a confusing season.

Final Sentinel stats for league play, by name, at bats, hits and average.
Schultz 35 13 .371
Murphy 31 11 .355
Pillsbury 9 3 .333
Hamm 36 11 .306
Pierce 26 7 .269
Wilkins 35 9 .257
Pederson 32 7 .219
Skinner 34 6 .176
Erickson 26 4 .154
Netto 8 1 .125
Kadotani 19 2 .105
Harlow 3 1 .333
Starks 6 0 .000
Shields 1 0 .000
Totals 301 75 .249

The team batting average was second in the league. Mark Schultz was fourth in the league batting race and freshman Pete Hamm was seventh.

League pitching stats by name, innings pitched, won and loss and earned runs.
Pillsbury 2 0-0 0.00
Pierce 56 7-2 1.36
Netto 21 2-1 3.05
Totals 79 9-3 1.77

Other leaders were strikeouts, Pierce 82 and Netto 19. Pierce was the league strike out leader with 82 strikeouts, which was 46 more than the next pitcher. His 56 innings pitched was seven more than the next closes pitcher. The Cards had the best ERA in the league and the lowest in giving up walks.
Bases on balls, Pierce and Netto 11 each.
Home runs, Schultz, Pierce and Wilkins.
RBI’s, Schultz and Wilkins 11, who were second in the league. Murphy and Skinner 4 each.
Runs, Murphy 13 was tied for the lead in league. Schultz 9 and Hamm 8.

Sentinel. May 31. Pierce, Schultz, Murphy named to the ALL CCAL team. Leading the list of Cardinals is pitcher John Pierce making his second straight all league team, despite he is only a junior. He won seven of SC’s nine league victories, lost two and posted a 1.36 ERA second best by only .02. Another junior, Pierces battery mate Mark Scholz with a batting average of .371, beat out Monterey’s senior catcher by three votes. Outfielder senior Mike Murphy, who made the all league team as a sophomore, hit .355 after leading in batting through the first half of the season. He hit seven home runs in his prep career. Three other Cards were nominated. Outfielder Pete Hamm, a 6-3 freshman, who hit .306 was barely edged out of making the team. Other SC players included were outfielder Rick Wilkins .257 average and shortstop Jim Skinner .176 average.

Game information incomplete. League record from the Trident.
Practice games: Mora of Watsonville 5-5. At the Gonzales tournament won the consolation championship winning two and losing one game.
League: Monterey 3-1;Watsonville 9-5 North Salinas 15-5, Salinas
League record 10-2. The only two losses were to Watsonville and North Salinas.

Team members: Catcher, Bill Gilbert. Pitchers, Larry Griffin, Vaughan Stumpf, Ron Durkin, Gary Hartzell. Infielders, Buddy Smith, Pete Pini, Dan Braga, Wally Walker, Jake Seigle and Tom Johns. Outfielders, Chuck Farrar, Gary Bowen, Arnett Austin, Phil Pedemonte, Steve Sweat and Doug Harlow.

Next year part of this team will be going to the new Soquel High and will provide a good nucleus for a competitive team there next year.

Watsonville was the fifth straight win for the Cards by a score of 9-5. Vaughan Stumph started and was relieved by Larry Griffin. Doug Harlow had a home run and a single. Gary Bowen was 2 for 3 including a double.

Varsity Dual meets: Monterey 37-77, King City 69-44, Salinas 53-60, Watsonville 67-46. North Salinas 46-67. Triangular meets: Monterey 69, North Salinas 40, SC 31.
King City Invitational, SC place fifth. Dads Club Relays: Watsonville 58, Monterey 49, SC 48, North Salinas 42 Salinas 30. The Big Five Meet (CCAL ‘A’ Division) Monterey 86, Watsonville 57, North Salinas 47, Salinas 29, SC 27.

Lightweight Dual meets: Monterey 36-77, King City 50-63, Salinas 37-76, Watsonville 30 83, North Salinas 29-82. Triangular meet: Monterey 64, North Salinas 44, SC 25.
Participated in the King City Invitational. Dads Club Relays: Watsonville 71, Monterey 58, Salinas 45, North Salinas 44, SC 15. The Big Five Meet (CCAL ‘A’ Division) Watsonville 69, Salinas 67, Monterey 65, North Salinas 37, SC 9.

Claude Schmidt best pole vault was 13’ 9 ¾” to break his own school record. This was the first year the new fiber glass poles were used. It did make a difference. At the league meet he went 13’7” to qualify for NCS were he took second place with a 13’ 9 ½” jump to qualified for the state meet in Modesto. Claude did not place at State. Cass Bly in 1947 was the first Cardinal to make the STATE meet.

Also at the NCS meet junior John Reed toss the discus 173 feet for second place and senior Sam Bartlett took third in the 880 with a time of 1:55.6. for third place. Along with Schmidt they were the only CCAL men to place in the meet.

Two Cards took fourth places at the CCAL meet. They were Bruce Buckner in the 100 in 10.1 seconds and also in the 220 in 22.8 seconds. Gerry Haas in the 440 in 52.4 seconds. Sophomore Gene Strouse took third in the high jump at 5’7”
at the league meet the varsity took fifth place and the lightweights did not score.

March 11. Claude Schmidt Sets New School Mark; Cards Lose 77-37 to Monterey. Claude Schmidt arched over the bar at a record 12-10 to provide the few rays of warmth for SC in dual defeats to Monterey on a gritty, gusty afternoon at Memorial Field in the first meet of the year. Schmidt, a senior, broke his own school record of 12-7 on his first try at 12-10, clearing it by two to three inches on his smoothest vault of the afternoon. He failed thrice at 13-2. Jim Harris with a 46-7 shot put and Gene Strouse a high jump of 5-8 were the only other Card firsts. Ray Lowry at 45-7 and Dennis Netoff at 44-7 swept the shot put. Netoff took second in the discus at 136-3. Gerry Haas took a hard spill eight feet short of the tape in a determined bid to overhaul his opponent in the 440. Veldon McCray was second in 54.4. Other Card seconds were Marshall White, a second and a half back at 5:21.9 in the mile. Andy Wood, 23 flat in the low hurdles. Jim Clark was second in the 880 at 2:14.5
Lightweights: Lose 78-36. Coach Al Wright’s team picked up four firsts. Sophomore Rich Martinez set the pace and finished with a spring for a 3:54.4 clocking in the 1320. Chuck DeMelloPine took the low hurdles in 15 flat despite hitting the third barrier an he finished second in the 75 yard dash in 8.5. Carl Twiss vaulted and 10 feet to win and high jumped 5-3 for second. Rich Carbone won the high jump at 5-4. Hisaeo Yokota vaulted 9-6 and Art Carson 9 feet for a SC sweep. Paul Kadotani was second in the 330 in 42.9.

March 18. SC outscores King City 69-44. Claude Schmidt topped 12 feet and did not try to go any higher, because of a sore ankle. Haas won the 440 in 54.7 and the 100 in 10.4. Strouse was a double winner going 5-2 in the high jump and 19-6 in the broad jump. Dennis Netoff won the discus at 139-11. Andy Wood turned in his best time and won the 180 low hurdles in 22.1. Bruce Buckner won the 220 in 23.6 and was second in the 100. Other scorers: 440, McCray second. 880, Clark second and Sletton third. Mile, White second and DeVillier third. 120 high hurdles, Carter third. 880 relay SC in 1:38.5. High jump, Ferre second. Broad jump, McNeely second . Pole vault, Van Ness third. Shot put, Harris third.
Lightweights: King City 63, SC 50. Chuck DeMelloPine was a triple winner taking the 75 yard dash in 8.2, 120 low hurdles in 14.9 and broad jump at 19-10. His broad jump was a foot and a half improvement over last week. High jump, Carbone won and Twiss second. Coach Al Wright had praise for Rich Martinez, 1320; Gary Anderson, 75 and 150 dashes and Carl Twiss in pole vault. Other placers: 330, Kadotoni second and broad jump third. Pole vault, Yokota third. Shot put Reime second. 660, Cartwright second, Brady third. 70 high hurdles, McNutt third.

March 27.Pole vaulters sweep the event in the 53-60 loss to Salinas in a dual meet. They took all three places starting with Claude Schmidt at 12’ 6’, John Van Ness 11’6” and Richard Simmons 10’ 6”. The shot put trio did the same starting with Jim Harris, Dennis Netoff and Ray Lowry. Netoff took a second in the discus as well. Jerry Haas won the 440 and also ran the 100 and 220. Lee Curtiss, Chris Keith, Brad Elliott, Vic Epperly and Ray Lowry also threw the discus. Bruce Buckner set a new personal high in the 100 with a time of 10.2. He also ran the 220. Andy Wood ran the hurdles. Marshall White and Jim Clark spearheaded the distance men along with Jim Cox, Doyle Singer, Bob Maddock, Paul McRae, Dave Brose and Frank Lockwood. Competing in the high jump were Jean Strouse, John Van Ness and George Brumbaugh. In the sprints there are Dennis McNeely and Brumbaugh. Hurdler Rich Carter, who took third against Monterey.
Lightweights: Salinas 76, SC 37. Chuck deMello-Pine and Carl Twiss led the lightweights. Other lightweights and events are Anderson 150, Paul Kadotani 330, Brady and Tom Dover 660, Martinez and Eric Freeland 1320 and Herb Carbone high jump.

April 1. Card Star Schmidt In 13 ½ Vault. Claude Schmidt punctured the 13 foot ceiling and his teammates turned in season’s bests across the board to trounce Watsonville 67-46. To the chagrin of Coach Al Wright, Watsonville turned what should have been a down to the wire meet into a giveaway, by holding out distance and weight aces for a relay meet Saturday. Wright had doped out the meet to be a close win by Watsonville. “I’d say we’re keyed up today,” he said repeatedly as the Cards claimed more firsts with performances indicating they may have not bowed had the competition been there. Jim Clark started it of with his best ever 2:07 in the half mile. The lanky senior ran away from the field in the final 200 yards to cut his previous best time by three seconds. Bruce Buckner and Gerry Haas finished 1-2 in the 100 with identical 10.3 times. Buckner was second in the 220. Haas came back with a 52.9 quarter and Veldon McCray ran 53.5, a personal best. Buckner ran a run away anchor lap in the Cards 1:35.4 relay win. Haas’ strong third leg gave Buckner a one yard lead, he stretched to ten at the tape. Marshall White, won the mile handily in 5:02, his competitive best. In the high jump Strause tied for first at 5-9 and Van Ness was third and also had a third in the pole vault. Harris won the shot put at 48-8. Netoff won the discus at 141 feet and took second in the shot put. Schmidt had the bar raised to the elusive 13 foot mark after the last competitor failed at 12. He missed the first try, as he has in the last several meets. Then he arched over the bar, scraping it with his tummy. Seeing it still in place after his landing, he dived face down into the sawdust pit out of sheer ecstasy. The vault was a school record and the CCAL best this year. Other placers: McCray second in 440. 880, Sletten third; Mile, Devillires third. 120 high hurdles and 180 low hurdles Wood was third in both. Broad jump, Strause third and McNeely third.
Lightweights Watsonville 84, SC 30. Chuck DeMelloPine had a field day for himself. He won the 75 in 8.2, clipped off a 14.3 low hurdles victory and then broad jumped 19-5 for his third win. The hurdles mark was his best by six-tenths of a second. Steve Cartwright steamed off the final turn for a come from behind 1:33.7 victory in the 660 as the only other lightweight winner. Other placers: 1320, Martinez second. 70 high hurdles, McNutt third. High jump, Twiss second with Sanchez and Delgado tied for third. Pole vault, Twiss and Yokota tied for second.

April 8. SC Thinclads Place Fifth At King City competing against 30 schools. For the first time in four years the Cards have scored at the prestige’s King City Relays. Senior Claude Schmidt did it in a big way by taking first in the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet ¼ inch to tie the meet record. Four of the five CCAL “A” division schools dominated the meet. Monterey 32, Salinas second 25, Watsonville fourth and SC fifth with 11 points.
Lightweights: Carl Twiss did the best of any Cardlet tying for fourth place with a 10-8 pole vault. His previous best was 10-6. Chuck DeMelloPine, Cardlet ace, after failing to place in the 75 yard dash with a 8.4 time was scratched from his two other events, because of a headache.

April 6. SC Reserve Track Team Runs Third. Pole vaulter John Van Ness set a new season best at 11-3 and was fourth in high jump. Sprinter George Brumbaugh took the only other Card first as he clocked 23.9 for the 220, he also took second in the 95 dash. Team scoring: Watsonville 55, Monterey 43, SC 42. Other scorers: 95, McNeely fourth. 220, Singer fourth. 440 McCrary second, Brose fourth. 880, Sletten second. Mile, Develliris fourth. 120 high hurdles, McDonald second. 120 low hurdles, Lindly third, McDonald fourth. 880 relay, SC second. Pole vault, Snider fourth. Shot put, Epperly second, Curtiss third. Discus, Lowry second.
Lightweights had two firsts also. Steve Cartwright in 1:32.5 in the 660 and Hisaeo Yokota 9-6 in the pole vault. Team scoring: Watsonville 79, Monterey 39, SC 22. Other scorers: 70 high hurdles, McNutt fourth and fourth in the high jump. 120 low hurdles, Freeland third and third in the shot put. 440 relay, SC third. Pole vault, Carson second and Rubottom fourth. Shot put, Keen fourth and second in the discus.

April 15. Schmidt Vaults 13-9. Cards Might Have Won Relays, But For Final Event Pileup. Pole vaulted Claude Schmidt got lost in the fog on a phenomenal 13-9 vault to led the Cards to a third place finish at the second annual Dads Club Relays. Watsonville won both the varsity and lightweight trophies. Varsity score: Watsonville 58, Monterey 49, SC 48, North Monterey 42, Salinas 30. The meet was marred by a pile-up in the 880 relay, which may have cost SC a second or first place and the meet. With Bruce Buckner waiting to anchor, Gerry Haas was unleashing his sonic finish on the third lap when a Monterey baton carrier tripped. did a roll and came up with his feet in Haas’ face. The race finished without them. Watsonville picked up eight points, while SC and Monterey receive none. In the sprint relay involving (220-110-330-440) legs the runners were Buckner, George Brumbaugh, Veldon McCray and Haas, who broke the meet record in 2:03.5. The sprint relay team with Doyle Singer substituting for McCray finished second in the 440. Gene Strouse finshed second in the high jump at 5-9, his best and fifth in the broad jump. Van Ness was third in the pole vault. Netoff was fourth in the shot put and the discus.
Lightweight score, Watsonville 72, Monterey 58, Salinas 45, North Salinas 44, SC 15. Carl Twiss was second in the pole vault at 10 feet and Yokota was third.

April 27. North Salinas Downs SC Cardinal Thinclads 67-46 in dual meet. Monterey was added to the meet and they won the triangular meet with the scoring Monterey 69, North Salinas 40, SC 31. SC won three sprint events with Bruce Buckner completing a double, winning the 220 in 23.7 and the 100 in 10.6, which was good with the cold wind blowing in his face. Gerry Haas streaked to the CCAL’s best time of the year in the quarter mile in 51.7. Claude Schmidt did not compete as he is going to the El Cerrito Relays tomorrow. John Van Ness helped make up for Schmidt with a second place finish at 11-6. Snider took fourth place. Other placers: 100, Singer fourth. 220, Brumbaugh fifth. 440, McCray fourth. 880, Sletten fifth. Mile, Develliris fourth. 120 high hurdles, McDonald fourth and Snyder fifth. 180 low hurdles, Wood fourth. 880 relay, SC second. High jump, Strouse fourth and seventh in the broad jump. Shot put, Netoff fifth and discus third. Discus, Keith seventh.
Lightweights: Dual meet: North Salinas 82-29. In the triangular meet it was Monterey 64, North Salinas 44, SC 25. The vaulters paced the Cardlets. Carl Twiss won at 10-6. He brushed the bar off with his hip trying for a school record three times at 11 feet and Yokota was second. Sprinter Chuck DeMelloPine won the 75 yard dash in 8.6 and was fourth in the 120 low hurdles. 150, Anderson fourth. 330, Kadotani fifth. Cartwright was third in both the 880 and the 660. 1320, Martinez second.

April 29. Schmidt Vaults 13 Feet Even. To tie for fifth place at the El Cerrito Relays. His timing was not what it has been.

May 6. Schmidt Vaults 13-7 For Big Five Meet, which is used to qualify for the CCAL finals next week. Schmidt, a blond senior, cleared 13-7 in his third attempt. To shatter the previous record of 12-6. Schmidt passed jumping until the bar got to 12 feet and sailed over easily. He passed again at 12-3. He then cleared 12-6 and made 13-2 on his second jump for a new meet record. He next had the bar set at 13-7, which he made on his third try. SC was last in the scoring in both divisions. Final varsity scoring was Monterey 86, Watsonville 58, North Salinaas 47, Salinas 29, SC 27. SC qualified ten for the CCAL meet. Schmidt took the only SC win. Other qualifiers: Pole vault, John Van Ness fourth and Dent Snider tied for fifth. High jumpers, Gene Strouse and Van Ness both tied for second. Miler, Jim Clark fifth. Quarter miler Gerry Haas fifth after suffering from a back injury. Bruce Buckner, 220, fourth and 100 third. Buckner set a school record when he ran the 220 in 22.8, but could only get fourth. Clark in his first mile this year, ran 4:54 for his first under five minute miles. Dennis Netoff was ill and missed the meet. Converted quarter miler Veldon McCary lived up to expectations in the 880, but just didn’t begin his kick soon enough.
Lightweight scoring: Watsonville 69, Salinas 67, Monterey 65, North Salinas 37, SC 9.
Qualifying for the CCAL finals meet: Vaulters, Carol Twiss second, Dick Yokota fourth and Art Carson tied for fifth

May 13. RECORD BOOKS. CCAL Finals. Cardinal Vaulter Clears 13-6; Just Misses Best In State. Claude Schmidt put SC back in the CCAL track and field record books, when he added 11 inches to the league pole vault mark by clearing 13-6. Senior Schmidt has been vaulting since the sixth grade, cleared 13-6 easily to take first place at the CCAL finals and qualify for the NCS Meet. He asked to have the bar moved to 13-10. He was seeking the best height in the state and twice barely missed brushing the bar with his chest. The last SC, CCAL record holder was miler Dick Vorhies in 4:35.2 in 1935, which was broken three or four years ago. Schmidt vaulted 13-9 in the Dads Club Relays. Two other California prep vaulters have gone 13-9 ¾. If he had cleared 13-10, he would have had the second best vault in the nation.
Schmidt, along with three teammates, qualified for the North Coast Section division meet in Sunnyvale. One was Bruce Buckner, who got his best times this year in the 100 at 10.1 and 220 at 22.5, but finished fourth in both. Quarter-miler Gerry Haas was fourth in 52.4 and high jumper Gene Strouse jumped 5-7 for fourth. John Van Ness cleared 11-6 and barely missed his third attempt at 12 feet in a jump off to see who would get fourth place and qualify for NCS.
Team scoring for the CCAL ‘A‘ division and ‘B‘ division was included in all the events. Only the top four competitors in each event qualify for NCS and the ‘B‘ division was included in qualifying, if they were in the top four placers. SC took fifth place with 17½ points, four less than last year. Monterey 62, Watsonville 54, North Salinas 43 ½, Salinas 22. SC 17 1/2, King City 14, Carmel 10, Gonzales 10, Pacific Grove 8, Gilroy 2, Live Oak 1 1/2. SLV 1.
Lightweights: Pole vaulted Carl Twiss cleared 10-6, but did not place. SC did not score.

May20. Schmidt Up High And Late; Clears 13-2 For Second Place In NC Meet. Claude Schmidt was up high and late Friday night earning a spot in the pole vault field for the NCS meet at Stanford next Saturday. Schmidt cleared 13-2 at about 11 p.m. and missed his third try at 13-7 well after midnight to tie for the feature event at the NCS meet at Fremont High in Sunnyvale. Claude was one of three CCAL varsity athletes winning second places in the tough four league competition. No team scores were kept. Bruce Buchner was in a photo finish for fifth in the 220, but didn’t get the pick. Bruce was timed in 22.4 after qualifying with a wind aided 22.1 in the afternoon. Buckner had similar trouble being seen in the 100 trials. He was stopped at 10 flat by two watches and 10.1 by another, according to Coach Al Wright, who felt his charge was a clear cut qualifier. “Polite” argument with officials could not win the point. Gerry Haas turned in a personal best of 51.3 in his heat of the 440 for second place, but the time didn’t earn a finals place. Gene Strouse, the other SC entry, cleared 5-7 in the high jump, but 11 of the 16 entrants cleared 5-9. Schmidt took only seven vaults in the poorly run, five hour pole vault event, won at 13-7 for a meet record. Four tied for second place.

May 27. SCHMIDT MAKES STATE MEET. First Santa Cruzan To Qualify Since ‘47. Stanford Stadium–Claude Schmidt became the first pole vaulter in North Coast Meet history to clear 13-6 and 13-9½. But was beaten for first place by a 14-0 jump in a brilliant meet finale. Claude’s performance, adding a half inch to his school record, qualifies him for the state meet at Modest next Saturday night. He is the first Cardinal athlete to make the grade, since Cas Bly in 1947, according to athletic director Roger Baer. Claude took an unusually high 11 vaults. He cleared 12-0, 13-0 and 13-3 on first jumps. Five were left to try 13-6 and all missed on he first try. Claude cleared it easily on the second try. On his 13-9 ½ jump, Claude made it with inches to spare in his best jump of the day. At 14 feet, Schmidt swung his body over the bar on his last two tries, but didn’t have the momentum to clear his arms.

June 1. Sentinel write up of Claude Schmidt.
’Grit’ Describes Card Vaulter. Claude Schmidt Is Aiming For 14 Feet Tomorrow at the state track meet at Modesto. Grit. Five feet 11 inches and 160 pounds of it hand standing atop a 15-foot, five pound fiberglass pole. Claude vaults because “Its fun and a big thrill,” lacks native speed, usually a requisite in the demanding field event. But inside his deceptively placid blue-eyed, blond haired head throbs a startling will to win. The intense 18 year old senior has worked with dedication to offset his shortcomings with timing and strength. He also has come up with $60 for a high-density glass pole. “When Claude sets his mind on something, there’s no stopping him. He doesn‘t want to be anything but first,” said Coach Al Wright, who has helped him graduate from the 10-6 ranks as a freshman to 15 vaults of 13 feet plus this year. Wright feels his protégé is capable of 14 feet any day and with continued work on speed, much higher as he matures.
Claude started vaulting in the sixth grade under the tutelage of Ken Hiob, a teacher at Capitola school. Hiob had been a 13-0 vaulter in college and is now going 14-6 for the Santa Clara Youth Village team. He delighted in teaching his hobby to enthralled students. Claude remembers using a bamboo pole from a rug role. “Claude did 8-6, but most of the rest could do 8-0. We set a goal of gaining one foot a year. Claude is making it, because he has worked harder than the rest. He’s not basically fast or strong, it’s just he keeps working at it.” In competition, one sometimes has to wait an hour between jumps. Pole vaulting takes a lot of character.
SC coach Al Wright scolds Claude for any hesitation at the end of the run-way. “Just react. Timing and strength are the key,” Wright explains. “The challenge is that you have to do everything at the right moment.” He outlined the vault in four steps: Plant–getting the pole out in front and into the box; Kick and curl–getting the knees up to the chest; pull–twisting into the handstand; and push-off. Claude says the plant is the main thing. “If you get it right, everything else comes if you work with it long enough. Claude has put in that work- first with the weights and in cross country for endurance; the ropes for “snap” or strength for the pull; and this year on running. “This is the first year we’ve made him sprint. His 220 time has come down from 30 to 27 seconds. He’s going to get faster,” Wright said, “Speed is critical in upper strata vaulting.”
Claude drew a “OH” at Stanford stadium, Saturday, when he “pulled” his body well over the bar at 14 feet on his second try, but didn’t have the momentum to clear his arms. He had the same fate on his third vault. Both were decided improvements on his last shots at 14 feet at the Dads Club Relays in May. Claude, who had a best of 12-7 last year, started this season with a 12-10 vault. Three weeks later he cleared 13 feet and has not been under that once impossible figure since. In the process, he set records for the King City Invitational at 13 feet ¼ inch. At the Dads Club and Big Five meet at 13-7 and at the CCAL meet 13-6. He was the first to clear 13-6 and 13-9 at NCS Saturday, although he was not the eventual winner. Fourteen feet has been his goal for six years now. This is the end of the line. Wright, recalling 1960, when Claude won his first of three CCAL championships against vaulters a foot his better, will have to be convinced by results Saturday night that Claude won’t make it.

June 3. Schmidt Fails To Place At State. Claude Schmidt failed to place, which means in the first five places. Claude did tie for sixth place with a 13 foot jump. He appeared to be over the bar at 13-6 on his third jump, but apparently hit his hand against the cross bar. John Reed of Monterey took third in the discus, to be the only CCAL member to place.

Track men who have made big strides forward this year are John Van Ness and Rick Simmons in the pole vault, Veldan McRae half mile, James Clark mile, Ray Lowry who has made a major improvement in throwing the shot out to 49’ 6”.

The rest of the team names were not listed in the Trident or Cardinal.

The last match of the season was a 8-1-1 loss to Salinas the only winner was Rickie King. Other SC golfers in order of the ladder as number one man freshman Keith Goodson, Alan Feuerhaken, Jim Good, Mike Fratis, John Cunningham, Tom Marini and Don Swan. Other players were Rasmussen, Wise, Brady, Little, Shogren, Barnhart, Selzer, Tienken, Mills, Knapp, Barnhart and Jeff Newkirk.

At the CCAL finals the Cardinal representatives will be Goodson at singles and the double team of Feuerhaken and Good. This was the last article in the Trident.

GOLF the last league record mentioned by the Trident on April 13 was one tie and two losses.
Last Friday the team stuck out nine holes in the driving rain to tie Pacific Grove. In a loss to Monterey 5-10, Ken Haber and Kim Street each won their matches for 2 ½ points each. Other participants were Jeff Winters, Bill Cowden, Jerry Richey, Gary Bianconi. Tom Bivins, Ben Sexauer, freshman John Wilson and Frank Fujimura.

In practice matches their were two losses by 2 ½- 12 ½ to Bellarmine and Samuel Ayer.

SWIMMERS record for the varsity 3-4 and lightweights 4-2-1. Scoring at the CCAL relays: Monterey 101, Carmel 70, Salinas 69, Watsonville 55, SC and North Salinas 20, Gilroy and Live Oak 10.

Ken Strong and Karl Halbach proved to be the big guns for the local crew throughout the year. Both boys broke their own high school records. Strong did the 400 yard freestyle in 4:42.6, while Halbach did the 100 yard breast stroke in 1:11.5. In the varsity 200 yard individual medley Mike Winnett had a 3:03.8 time, while in the 100 yard medley Charles Morring was clocked in 1:19.0.

There was a large turn out for the team, but there was no names in the Trident or the Cardinal.

The top diver is Mike Owen of wrestling and football fame.

In CCAL play Bruce Buckner led the league in receiving in all categories with 23 receptions, seven touchdowns and 323 yards gained. Buckner also led the league in scoring with 11 touchdowns and 66 points. He was fourth in rushing yardage with 73 carries for 460 yards and a 6.3 yards per carry average

1959 grad Jim Smith, brother of Steve, in 1962 is on the starting five at Cal, which is noted for its basketball teams. Former opponent, when Gilroy was in the league, Dick Smith (no relation) is also on the starting five. It is a good recommendation for our league as being one of the better leagues in this part of the state.

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