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Coaches: Bill Wood, varsity football, Don Dempewolf, assistant varsity football and track. Doug Severin junior varsity football and basketball and football assistant Tex Ronning also wrestling. Lightweight football, Al Weimers head coach and also swimming coach. Football assistants Myron Viner and Ray Hunter also assistant basketball and junior varsity baseball. Jack Alzina, lightweight basketball and C and D basketball. Golf, Tony Foster, golf. Eade Jordon, tennis. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball. Mel Fishburn, cross country and track.
FOOTBALL practice games; Riordon 12-37, Campbell 21-31, Los Gatos 43-45, Camden 14-20. Practice record 0-4. League: North Salinas 12-14, Watsonville 26-26, Monterey 20-43, Salinas 25-27 and Soquel 13-25. League record 0-4-1. Season 0-8-1.
Team members with weights following; ends, Larry Griffin, 185; and Bill Gilbert, 195; center tackles, Kim Joslin, 220, Keith Parkhurst 210 and Bob Krieberg, 215; guards, Bob Walker, 170 and Dan Gandolfi, 170; center, Steve Wilson 185; quarterback, Bob Pederson, 180; backs, Gary Bowen, 158; Dennis McNeely, 190; Austin Arnett, 150; Ron Durkan, Gary Reime. and Scott Ferguson.
Members of the defensive squad were guards, Brian Loehr, 180 and Randy Brewster, 190; tackles, Pete Tuana, 200; and Bob Agosti, 230; At the outside suicide positions were Jim Dalman, Dennis Trotts and Tom Newlove. Deep backs: Sandy Schlee, 160; Terry Atwood, 150 and Bob English, 160.
Gary Zabrosky a returnee from last year went out early in the year with a broken leg.
While the season was long, hard and at times depressing, the grid squad gave an all out effort and provided many thrilling moments for SCHS rooters.
The win loss record certainly does not reflect the real potential and talent of the team. Three of the losses, including two league defeats were by a mere two points. All were real thrillers and not decided until the closing seconds of play.
Against Riordan in a 12-37 loss, the Cards came right back after Riordan scored their first touchdown to score one of their own. A 72 yard drive that took over five minutes to complete was finished off by a five yard sprint to the end zone by Pederson. The Cards second score came with only 30 seconds on the clock, when McNeely found a hole off right tackle and went 70 yards to score.
Against Los Gatos in a 43-45 loss, the Cards mustered up a 65 yard drive with Bowen diving in for the final yard. The big gainers for this score were by Gary Reime’s with 17 and 20 yard runs. The second score was aided by runs of 12 yards by Arnett Austin and 10 yard look in pass by Pederson to Larry Griffin. The final 16 yards to the goal were run by Bowen. For the third score Pederson whipped a pass to NcNeely, who romped 38 yards untouched to score. For example, ahead 43-39, over Los Gatos with 14 seconds remaining the home standing Wildcats scored on a long jaunt to win 45-43. The loss is still questioned by many Santa Cruzans, as the clock should have expired before the final tally.
The starting line ups for the start of the league season were ends, Griffin and Gilbert; tackles, Kreiberg and Joslin; guards, Don Gondolfi and Walker; center, Wilson; quarterback Pederson; Halfbacks Bowen and Ron Durkin or Austin or Reime; fullback, McNeely.
On defense at ends are Trotts and Dalman; tackles, Tuana and Harold Pothowski; guards, Brian Lohr and Randy Brewster; linebackers, Joslin (going both ways) and Don King; deep backs Pederson, English or Bowen.
The offense has done a respectable job averaging about 23 points a game.
The highlight, win-loss wise, was a tie with Watsonville in another cliffhanger. With just seconds remaining, the Cards scored what appeared to be the winning touchdown, but Watsonville returned the kickoff to pay dirt to tie the encounter 20-20. This game marked the 56th meeting between the Redbirds and Wildcats. This game was also disputed as a whistle was blown and the Cards released their hold on the ball carrier and he scampered down the field for the score. The officials denied blowing the whistle. Evidently someone in the stands blew it and blew the game for the Cards at the same time. The defense was unable to hold back the opponents attacks. Dennis McNeely gained 109 yards against the Cats. Pederson completed eight passes for a total of 118 yards. Bowen impressed with 44 yards.
For the Monterey game Gary Bowen and Arnett Austin two speedsters are expected to start at halfbacks.
Leading this year’s club was Bob Pederson, who dodged and tossed aerials to his way to the ALL LEAGUE quarterback position. Bob, who played four years at SCHS was considered by many as the top play caller in Northern California. Bob received a full football scholarship to the University of Washington. In his senior year Bob was selected as a ALL PACIFIC COAST defensive back. He went on to coach football at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Washington. This year Bob was also ALL LEAGUE in baseball.
Other ALL LEAGUE selections were fullback, “Pile driver” Dennis McNeely and linebacker Kim Joslin.
LIGHTWEIGHT FOOTBALL practice games: Campbell 0-20, North Salinas 13-0, Los Gatos 21-14, Camden 7-7, Watsonville 7-21.
Starters: ends, Chuck Comstock, Mike Medina; tackles, Terry Medina and Gene Rochele; guards, Mike Moon and Phil Langrish; center, Tom Stagnaro; quarterback, Ron Maves; backs. Pete Christensen, Adrian Jones, Barry Lombardi, Pat McClure, Jim Bureaugard and Ron Smith.
This is an incomplete list of players, but it is all we have.
Led by halfback Ron Smith the Cardlets came from behind 0-14 to tally 21 points and hold the Cats to no points. In the second quarter Ron Maves sliced over from the one. Still behind 7-14 the Cardlets rallied for two touchdowns in the third period. Maves again from the one and Smith from the five. Praise was given to Merle Craig on defense and Smith on offense. The sturdy front wall of the Cardlets allowed Los Gatos only one first down the entire game.
A strong Cardlet line preserved a 7-7 tie with Camden. Twice the defense held Camden from scoring in the second half. Both times the San Joseans were inside the 10 yard line with first downs. Quarterback Ron Maves returned a punt 60 yards to the four yard line. Two plays later Maves went over from the one. Tom Chacon stepped in to play the fullback spot this game.
Quarterback Ron Maves is leading the team in scoring and has made him a possible all leaguer.
JV FOOTBALL practice games: Monterey, 7-19, Camden 7-7, North Salinas 34-6, 0-19; Watsonville 06-34, Bellarmine 0-69,
Against North Salinas, quarterback; Rob English scored two touchdowns on runs of 20 and 7 yards and threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Ken Oaks. Perry Brantley scored a pair of TD’s on runs of 35 and 5 yards. Others playing well were center, Dennis Henderson; back John DeFigh; end, Ken Oakes; tackle, Bob Agosti; fullback, Henry Karras; and defensive end linebacker Bill Muhly.
Perry Brantley scored the only touchdown against Watsonville.
No team members listed in Trident of Cardinal.
Scores in a meet with Monterey 19, Soquel 52 and Santa Cruz 65. Scores are based on the places the runners finish. The low score is the winner. First place get one point, just the opposite to scoring in track. Santa Cruz placers; Jerry Pitman tenth, Dan Moon, eleventh; Ron Vellutini, twelve and John Feesemann fifteenth.
The varsity lost to North Salinas 22-39 and the JV lost 15-48. Tom Estrada won the varsity event in the 1.9 mile run with a time of 10::05. Other varsity placers were Jerry Pitman fifth, Dan Moon tenth, Dan Jasper eleventh, John Freesemann twelfth, Ron Vellutini thirteenth and Richard Walton fourteenth. Chuck Christensen paced the JV’s with a sixth place.
Other team members: Charles Parmenter, Pescador and Lane .
BASKETBALL practice games: Mora 62-40. Dads Club, Seaside 66-48, Los Altos 49-65, SLV 48-51 for fourth place. Wilcox 43-39, Carmel 64-59, Andrew Hill 57-55; Sunnyvale tourney, Awalt 34-53, Del Mar 52-55, Poly of San Francisco 42-37 OT; Santa Clara 53-62, Los Gatos 56-44. Practice record 7-5. League: North Salinas 65-64 OT, 91-73; Monterey 55-51, 71-73; Salinas 52-69, 82-78; Watsonville 63-56, 63-74; Soquel 58-56 OT, 59-57; Seaside 85-63, 67-55. League record 9-3, tied with Monterey for second place. Season 16-8. Salinas beat Monterey in the league final game for the championship. Monterey could have tied with a win. Rusty Critchfield the MVP of the league and a future Cal first team player was too much for the Toreadors.
Starters: forwards; Sophomore, Glen Griffin 6‘2“; and Seniors, Bob Pederson 6’2” and Dennis McNeely 5‘11“; center, junior, Larry Griffin 6‘4“; guards, seniors, Paul Kadotani 5’11”, Chris Conrad 5’ 10” and Gary Bowen 5’11“; and sophomore, Pete Christensen and junior, Buddy Smith. Other contributors: juniors, Don King, Bill Gilbert, Ron Durkin and Larry Anderson.
A standing room only crowd jammed into the Cards Turner gym to see the Redbirds fly over Mora 62-40 in the season opener. Gary Bowen, who teamed with Paul Kadotani at guard turned in four assists to pace the Cards followed by Dennis McNeely three and Buddy Smith two. Larry Griffin in his second season as a starter topped the scorers with 19 points followed by Bowen and Kadotani 12 apiece, Smith 7, Glenn Griffin and McNeely 4 apiece and Chris Conrad and Bill Gilbert 2 apiece. Larry led the rebounders with 10, Glenn had 6, Gilbert and McNeely each had 3.
Dec. 6. Third Period Rush; SC in 66-48 win over Seaside. At the Dads Club tourney the Cards were working on their aggressive press defense all over the court and at times got a little carried away. In the first game all five of the starters, Larry and Glen Griffin, Paul Kadotani, Gary Bowen and Dennis McNeely fouled out. SC trailed new school Seaside 26-24 at halftime, then came out with a 27 point splurge in the third stanza. SC was guilty of at least a dozen bad passes, most of them in the first half. They built a 24-16 lead midway through the second quarter and then gave up ten points in a row. SC has one of its fastest teams in years, but Seaside was just as quick. The Griffin brothers, junior Larry at 6-4 and sophomore Glenn at 6-3 and senior Gary Bowen paced the SC comeback. Larry went 9 for18 from the floor, most at close range and was the top rebounded of all four games with 12. Bowen, who stands only 5-11, but also jumps with the Griffins tallied 14 points and had six rebounds. Glenn scored 13 and had eight rebounds. The Griffin boys displayed good moves on offense. On the whole, the Cards looked like they have good potential, but they are going to have to play a more consistent game.
Scoring: Kadotani 6, Bowen 14, Conrad 2, McNeely 5, L. Griffin 22, Gilbert 0, G. Griffin 13, Smith 14, Durkin, Wilson, King 0.
Dec. 8. In the semifinals, Los Altos defeated SC 65-49. The Cards played a good game, but found its-self on the short end of the scoreboard. Los Altos controlled the backboards 29-17 with Larry Griffin getting seven. The game was marred by 51 fouls with 28 on SC and 23 for Los Altos. SC made 21 of 35 free throws and Los Altos 29 of 39. SC made a better field goal percentage of 33.3 with 14 for 42, but just didn’t get enough shots, because of their rebounding deficit against the taller Knight and a few bad passes. SC did made considerable fewer ball handling mistakes than the previous game. Scoring: Kadatoni 8, Bowen 10, McNeely 2, Larry Griffin 13, Glen Griffin 8, Smith 4, Conrad 4, Durkin, Gilbert and King 0.
Dec. 8. SLV Cages Cards. Lead Changes Hands 15 Times In Thrilling Tilt For Tourney’s Third Place. SLV won a thrilling 51-48 win over favored SC to capture third place at the eighth annual Dad’s Club Tournament. A crowd of some 800 fans watched the two teams battle on even terms throughout as the lead changed hands 15 times and the score was tied another half dozen times. With 1:15 left to play SLV drove for a layup and was fouled and made the foul shot to clinch the contest. For the second night in a row, fouls hampered an overly aggressive Cards as three players, Larry Griffin, Gary Bowen an Paul Kadotani fouled out. Larry fouled out in the third quarter after scoring 15 points and grabbing ten rebounds. His sophomore brother Glenn took over in the fourth quarter, scoring ten points to keep SC in the game. Glenn finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The SC coach was pleased with the performance of his players. “We improved 100 percent last night and improved another 100 percent tonight.” The two teams were almost even in rebounding with SC 32 and SLV 31. SC pressed all over the court throughout the contest and that may be part of the reason for the large number of fouls. The Cards again lost the ball several times by walking, bad passes and the loss of dribble. From the field, SC hit 47.2 percent and went 14 of 20 from the charity stripe.
Scoring: Kadotani 9, Bowen 2, McNeely 2, Smith 2, Conrad 2, Gilbert 0, L. Griffin 15, G. Griffin 16.
Salinas beat Los Altos 46-41 for the Dad’s Club Crown.
Against SLV Larry Griffin fouled out mid way in the third quarter, but still did enough to make the ALL DADS CLUB All Tournament team. Being selected all tournament is a special honor as the eight coaches pick the team.
Chris Conrad Is Santa Cruz High Hero; Cardinals Barely Nip Wilcox 43-39. Chris Conrad, younger brother of last years All MBL guard Mark, making his first varsity start tallied seven of the Cards ten points in the last quarter and made a three point play to brake a 34-34 tie with just 3:30 remaining on the clock. Chris finished with 17 points and also turned in an outstanding game on defense. The Cards rushed off to a 27-13 lead with slightly two minutes into the second quarter, when Larry Griffin and Paul Kadatoni picked up their fourth fouls and came out of the game. Larry fouled out midway in the third quarter with seven points. At the end of the third quarter the score was SC 33-31. Dennis McNeely played the entire contest and as always turned in a steady performance while scoring 5 points. Fouls have hurt the Cardinals in their last three outings, nine fouling out.
Cards Rally To Whip Carmel five 64-59. Losing 11-15 at the end of the first quarter the Cards then bombed the nets for 25 points to lead 36-30 at the half. After the intermission Carmel reversed the score to go ahead 49-42. SC broke loose again to score 22 points to win 64-59. The Cards sank 20 of their 44 shots for a 46 percent average. Scoring were Larry Griffin 20, Smith 12, McNeely 11, Glenn Griffin 8, Bowen 7, Kadatoni 3, Conrad 3 and Gilbert 1.
Bowen’s Only Field Goal Wins For SC. Gary Bowen drove the length of the floor for his first basket of the game with three second remaining to give the Cards a 57-55 win over Andrew Hill. On a Hill missed free throw Glenn Griffin tipped the ball out to Bowen, a speed demon who took off. Comment, “It was by far the best game we have played. Our defense was 100 percent improved. We did not foul as much and did not lose a player this game. The Cards made 22 of 38 shots for a 58 percent average. Only one of the shots was out side the key or close in on the baseline. SC made 19 good defensive moves, helping out a teammate who has been beaten to the basket. Kadotani had six, McNeely five and Larry Griffin four. McNeely also had four assists. Ball handling mistakes were also reduced, the Cards only committing 11. The win raised the Cards record to 5-2. Scoring was Larry 25, Glenn 19, Kadotani 7, McNeely and Smith 2 each and Conrad 0.
In probably the Cards poorest showing of the season and generally did not have their heads in the game as they bowed to Awalt 53-34 in the first round of the sixteen team Sunnyvale Holiday Tournament. The Cards were down 18-21 at half. It was a game to be forgotten.
Hustling Cards Drop 55-52 Verdict In Final 1:36 To Del Mar Quintet in Sunnyvale tourney. Del Mar is now 6-1 losing to Berkeley in the first round. Bad passes and fouls in the first half meant the difference in the game. But the Redbirds were hustling on the boards and on defense. They had a few offensive problems against the zone, but the Don’s full court press did not slow them much. On the boards, led by Larry Griffins’s 10, the Cards won 26 to 23. Missed lay ups early in the game were costly, but they made 16 of 20 free throws. Against Awalt they were 10 of 23. SC made 18 of 53 tries from the field for 34 percent. The Cards are still losing the ball on bad passes, violations and fumbles, but on the plus side they out did Del Mar in recovering 20 loose balls. The Cards were down 22-28 at halftime, but got within 35-36 during the third quarter and then fell back to 37-42 at the end of the quarter. With 4:02 to play it was tied 44-44. Paul Kadotani hit a jump shot, Larry Griffin a lay up and Buddy Smith sank both of his one and one foul shots to tie the score again 50-50 with 1:26 to play. Del Mar’s next five points came on foul shots and Larry had a lay up to finish the game. Scoring was Larry 18, Glenn Griffin 17, Smith 6, Kadotani 5, McNeely, Conrad and Gilbert 2 apiece.
In their last game of the Sunnyvale tournament a 42-37 win over Poly of San Francisco was one in which a team should be ashamed to win. During the first half it looked like the Cards had not gotten out of bed for the 10 a.m. contest. By the second half they came back strong. Buddy Smith making his first start impressed with nine points and his hustle was instrumental in snapping the Cards out of their slumber. Scoring was Glenn Griffin 13, Larry 10, Smith 9, Kadotani 8 Conrad 2, McNeely, Gilbert and King 0 apiece. The team has been invited back, probably because of their five returning players for next season.
Cards Blow 15 Point Lead; Nip North Salinas 65-64 in first MBL game of season. A strange, weird and mysterious disease best called “third quarteritis” almost killed the Cards evening. A big gain for the Cardinals was the addition of last years starter Bob Pederson to the squad delayed by a football injury. Sophomore Pete Christensen out with an injury also made his first appearance. The Cards saw a halftime lead of 39-24 bleed away to three points and eventually to overtime. In the third period the Vikings out hustled the Cards. To illustrate the Cards ineffectiveness, they did not score until 6 minutes had elapsed. With the score tied 56-56 going into OT. Two free throws by Kadotani and one by McNeely put the Cards ahead. North Salinas scored to make it 59-58. Kadotani a cool customer under fire made two more to go 4 for 4 in the overtime. Five seconds after the Viking score Conrad scored on a lay up to make the score 63-60. Larry Griffin hit both his foul shots and North Salinas scored again to end the game. A big improvement for the Cards was their hitting seven of eight foul shots in the overtime. Scoring: Larry Griffin 22, Glenn Griffin 13, Kadatoni 12, Bowen 5, Conrad 4, McNeely 3, Pederson, Smith and Christensen 2 apiece, Gilbert and King 0.
SC Press Rattle Juhl’s Cats’ 56-44. The Cards may have found the key to the safe as a new starting lineup of seniors Bob Pederson and Paul Kadatoni, junior Larry Griffin and sophomores Glenn Griffin and Pete Christensen pressured Los Gatos into numerous mistakes at the outset. They jumped out to a 11-1 lead in the first three minutes against former Cards four sport athlete John Paul Juhl’s team, who had beaten them last year. SC threw the ball away only nine times, certainly a record low this season. They also recovered loose balls 13 times. The Cards dominated the backboards 41 to 27. Larry had 18 rebounds, Glenn 8, Pederson 6, Kadotani 5 and Dennis McNeely 4. Good defense by the Cards did not allow the Cats many good shots. Pederson had five assists and Kadotani three. Christensen, Kadotani, Pederson, McNeely and Glenn turned in good jobs on the press. The biggest negative was the Cards free throw shooting making only 8 of 25. Scoring Pederson 9, Glenn 15, Larry 17, Kadotani 8, Christensen 0, McNeely, Bowen and Smith 2 apiece, Conrad 1, Gilbert and King 0.
Take MBL Lead. SC Post First Win At Monterey Since 1959. Shades Toreadors 55-51 last years champion. Those who die by the free throws, live by the foul line. The Cards racked up four free throws in a minute of play following Glenn Griffins drive down the middle for a go ahead lay up. Earlier in the year in practice games fouls were killing them. This game they committed only nine to Monterey’s 24. But they only made 15 of 29 attempts at the line. The game was a weird one. SC jumped out to a 21-8 lead in the first quarter. Paul Kadotani went wild scoring 10 points and Larry Griffin was screen and rolling for lay ups tallied 9 all in eight minutes. Monterey went into a full court man to man and was down only 30-28 at half. The third period was nip and tuck and the lead changed hands six times. With 1:47 to play and the Cards leading 49-47 they stalled for 30 seconds before Monterey fouled. Larry tipped in the missed free throw. Thirteen seconds later Kadotani made two free throws to ice it. Monterey scored twice, but Glenn made his layup to end the scoring. Rebound wise it was about even the first half, but the hustling Cards dominated the second half 29-15 with the total 44-33. Larry had 15, Pederson 7, Glenn and Kadotani 6 apiece. SC made 20 of 43 field goals attempted for a 47 percent average. Monterey almost doubled the number of shots 22 of 79. Glenn went 4 for 4 and Kadotani 5 of 10. Larry went 6 of 13 and 5 of 5 from the line. Comments, “We panicked in the second period. We are better and we are going to get a lot better.” Scoring Larry 17, Kadotani 14, Glenn 8, Bowen and Pederson 7 apiece, McNeely 2, Conrad and Christensen 0.
Hot Cowboy Second Half, SC Gambles Fail 52-69. The lead changed hands nine times during the first 13 minutes before the Cards, who do not seem to know what a bounce pass is threw the ball away three of four times as Salinas opened a 31-24 half time lead. In the second half, SC started to double teamed Cowboy ace Critchfield and narrowed the gap to 34-31 with 3:30 left in the third quarter. Then in two minutes of play, Salinas went ahead 42-32. SC the went full court press and Salinas made few mistakes. Gary Bowen and Glenn Griffin fouled out very early in the fourth quarter. Glenn had done an excellent job on the boards the first half. The Cards made 20 of 54 attempts for 37 percent shooting the same average Salinas had. The most impressive Cards were sophomore guard Pete Christensen, who missed much of December, because of an ankle injury and Bob Pederson who missed the month of December with an ailing knee. Scoring Pederson 12, Larry 11, Kadotani 9, Glenn 8, McNeely 5, Christensen 3, Conrad and Gilbert 2 apiece, Bowen and King 0.
Kadotani’s Eleven Assists Directs Balanced Attack. Cats Fall 63-56. Paul Kadotani became the Oscar Robertson (who leads the NBA in assists) of the MBL. Kadotani, the senior play maker was credited with 11 assists, but four other sure scoring opportunities were missed, which would have give him 15. Paul also tallied ten points and is a fine defensive player. With no unbeaten teams it is obvious the league is well balanced and most anything can happen. From the moment Gary Bowen made the first free throw of the game until the final buzzer the Cards were ahead, but never completely out of reach. Glenn Griffin rung up nine consecutive points between 7:20 and 5:10 to play, while Watsonville scored one point. But Watsonville came right back to score six points to make the score 52-48 with 3:27 to play. Larry Griffin fouled out, but Bob Pederson scored on a couple of lay ups. The half time score was SC 27-25. There were no shot charts available, but the Cards had much better shots. Though Kadotani took a few. For the first time this season four Cards hit double figures. Glenn Griffin got 16, Pederson 13, Larry Griffin 13 and Kadotani 10. Gary Bowen the other starter had seven points was in foul trouble and missed most of the second period and the last 11 minutes of the game. The Cards made 11 bad passes and gained possession nine times. Kadotani had help on assets as Pederson had three, Glenn and Dennis McNeely one apiece for a total of 16. Larry Griffin had 11 rebounds, Glenn 9 and Pederson 9. The Cards forced the Cats into bad shots and ball handling errors on several occasions, but the biggest plus for SC was TEAMWORK.
Larry Griffin Hits 27, Cards Gain On Salinas. Before a standing room crowd at Soquel, the Cards won a 58-52 overtime thriller. The lead changed hands 16 times and was tied nine occasions. With the Cards leading 48-46 with 1:15 on the clock, they started to stall, but with 20 seconds left a Card attempted to dribble between two Knights and had the ball taken away. Soquel tied the score with three seconds left. Just two seconds into the overtime period, Bob Pederson hit a 20 foot jump shot to put the Cards ahead to stay. Both teams played their hearts out, even though it was nota well played contest. Larry Griffin made 11of 17 field goal attempts for a 65 shooting average and 5 of 7 from the line. Larry was hitting on fall away jump shots instead of driving as he usually does. Besides his fine offensive showing, Larry turned in an excellent defensive game against Pete Hamm, (who he played with on the Card JV team as freshmen). Hamm is only four-tenths of a point behind Critchfield of Salinas for the league scoring title. Scoring: Glenn Griffin 9, Pederson 7, Larry 27, Kadotani 8, Bowen 3, McNeely and Christensen 2 apiece.
Cold third Period Costs SC School Scoring Record. The two fastest teams in the MBL used pressing defenses led to a high scoring contest with the Cards beating Seaside 85-63. The Cards scored in this order by quarters: 23, 28, 9 and 25. Most of the shots in the game were lay ups or off the offensive boards. It was a race horse game. The Cards controlled the backboards 48-24. Glenn had 11, Larry 8, Bowen 8,and McNeely 7. (In the SC charts good passes are given credit for when it sets up a good shot even though missed. It is kept separate from the shots that are made.) This game 21 assists were official and another 12 could have counted with a score at the other end of the pass. Kadotani had seven assists of ten possible, which means officially the another three voided. The rest are listed the same way. Bowen 4 of 6, Larry Griffin 4 of 5, Pederson 2 of 6, McNeely 2 of 4. McNeely played one of his better games. The Cards made 34 of 69 field goals attempted for 49 percent, but made only 17 of 30 from the line. Larry Griffin from the floor was 9 for 15, Bowen 7 for13 and Glenn 8 for 17. Scoring: Glenn 20, Pederson 4, Larry 20, Bowen 18, Kadotani 8, McNeely 8, Gilbert 2, Smith 4, Christensen and Conrad 0.
The Cards in a race-horse game scored a 91-73 win over North Salinas. The 91 points reached with Bill Gilbert’s 25 foot jump shot with five seconds to play, is a school records, breaking the old mark of 90 against the Vikings last March 1. Larry Griffin, who scored 34 points three short of James Smith’s record was taken out to allow Gilbert to get some time with 1:20 left in the game. North Salinas came out blasting from the outset making 11 of 19 field goal attempts and carried on their hot shooting to lead 40-38 half time advantage. A total of 160 shots were tried in a shoot ’em up game. The Cards made 36 of 79 for 46 percent and North Salinas made 32 of 81 for 40 percent. Paul Kadotani had six assists, Gary Bowen had five. Larry Griffin maintained his “hot hands” and soft touch all night. He was 12 for 19 from the field and 10 for 12 from the line and hauled in nine rebounds. Bowen went five for seven in the second half and 5 for 13 for the game. Kadotani was 6 for 16 from the field and the only other starter not scoring in double figures Bob Pederson was 3 of 9. Glenn Griffin made 8 of 18 from the floor and vitally strong on the boards with 16 rebounds. Many of his buckets came after making good drives, while his brothers points were off fall-away jump shots. As a unit the Cards had 21 assists, but they passed off for good shots 36 times. They controlled the backboards 41-30 against a tall Viking quintet. The lead changed hands 15 times and tied nine times, before the Cards rallied with four minutes left in the third quarter down 51-52. Glenn scored four points in a row to put the Cards ahead for the rest of the game. They out scored the Vikings 53 to 33 in the last half. Scoring: Glenn 21, Pederson 6, Larry 34, Kadotani 15, Bowen 11, McNeely and Gilbert 2 apiece.
Toreadors Win 73-71 On Reserve’s Bucket In Overtime. The Monterey player drove down the lane and over Chris Conrad like a fullback for the winning layup just as the buzzer sounded. Just as it has all year, missed free throws plagued the Cards. They could have wrapped it up after the regulation game ended in a 67-67 tie, when a foul was called as the game ended, but the Card missed the shot. The Cards led 36-33 at half and 54-43 at the end of the third quarter. Then Monterey broke loose to steal the ball and intercept passes time after time. Gary Bowen the quickest reacting Card, fouled out with 6:45 left, but Monterey lost a man also. There were numerous turning points in the game. But the biggest was the free throws SC missed, 15 in all as the Cards were 11 for 26, while Monterey was 17 for 23. Personal fouls were even, 18 apiece. There were many missed calls for both sides. They just stand out more against you when you lose. SC had its bright moments and shot 30 for 58 for 52 percent. Monterey got 20 more shots for a 35 percent average. Glenn Griffin made 9 of 11 from the field and three for six from the strip. Larry was 11 for 21 from the field and six of nine from the line. Monterey had the boards 35-25. Larry led the Cards with 12. In the second half Glenn held Monterey’s top scorer to two points. Bob Pederson did a fine defensive effort on the other Toreador scorer in the third period. SC had 18 assists led by Pederson with five, Kadotani four, plus five others that were not finished off and Bowen three. Scoring: Glenn 21, Pederson 2, Larry 28, Bowen 6, Kadotani 12, Conrad 2 and McNeely 2
One of the big games for the Cards was defeating Salinas who had a 16-0 record at the time. The fast breaking Cards with their tremendous punch were to much for the deliberate offense and strong defense of the Cowboys. Another was the first win against Monterey, since 1959 and before that there was quite a spread between wins. In the first quarter, Paul Kadotani literally scored at will, hitting four field goals in as many attempts. Larry Griffin was held to 12 points, but Glen Griffin, Kadotani, Pederson and McNeely picked up the slack for a well earned win. Scoring Glenn Griffin 21, Pederson 2, Larry Griffin 28, Bowen 6, Kadotani 12, Conrad 2, McNeely 0.
Watsonville burst the Redbirds bubble 74-63. The Cards had “fumbleitis” and were plainly out hustled. It was definitely SC’s poorest game in several weeks. But to give credit where credit is due, the Cats played a superb game and at last lived up to the potential everyone knew they had. The Cats turned in an outstanding job of fronting Larry Griffin and give help behind to knock him out of the league lead in individual scoring. Lone bright spot for the Cards was Bob Pederson who had six assists among them were several excellent ones. The Cards had good shots all night. In the second half they missed at least eight layups. The Cards jumped out to a 14-5 lead midway in the first period and built it up to 30-20 early in the second period. The Cats started hitting and shredding the Cards zone press to end the half with the Cards ahead 38-37. Watsonville broke out of the half quickly to go ahead 46-38. The only field goals the Cards had in the third period were on two fast break layups. After their hot shooting 18 of 27 attempts in the first half it dropped of to 8 of 25 in the second half for an overall 50 percent. Watsonville hit 30 of 56 attempts for 54 percent. Larry Griffin was 7 of 12 from the floor and Glenn was 8 for 10. The Cards still could get second place “money”, but that is little consolation. They have been near the top all the time, but have not won a title sinc 1958-59. Scoring: Glenn Griffin 18, Pederson 3, Larry 15, Bowen 9, Kadotani 10, McNeely 8, Christensen and Smith 0.
Larry Griffin’s last second jump shot from 22 feet to the side gave SC a spine-tingling 59-57 win. Larry seemed hopelessly boxed in with Soquel defenders playing him tight, trying at the same time not to foul used his quick jumping ability to get the shot off. The lead changed hands six times and the score was tied another 11 times. With 2:33 left in the game Soquel led 57-55. Twenty two seconds later Glenn Griffin broke loose for a game tying layup. The ball changed hands several times, when SC got the ball with 21 seconds left and the ball went to Larry. The Cards improved at the line going 10 for 14 in the first half, but dropping off to 15 of 24 for the game. Since Soquel was the home team their stats were the official record. The Cards led in rebounding 27-26. Glenn had nine and Larry 11. Larry and Hamm had a terrific individual battle coming out close to even in all categories. Scoring Hamm 25 and Larry 24; rebounds 15 to 11; shooting 11 for 17 to Larry’s 10 for 20. Scoring: Glen Griffin 19, Pederson 4, Larry Griffin 24, Kadotani 10, Bowen 2, Christensen 0 and McNeely 0
Griffin Hits 2 FT’s; Jim Smith’s Record Fall By One Point. With less the ten seconds to play Larry was fouled and calmly sank both free tosses to eclipse Jim Smith’s one season school scoring record as the Cards struggled to a 67-55win over Seaside. In 24 games Larry scored 482 points, one more the Smith tallied in 25 games in 1957-58. Larry finished with a 20.1 per game average. It was a battle of futures as both teams will have a solid nucleus back next year along with Soquel. Seaside led 15-12 at the first quarter, but the Cards came back to lead 35-34 at half. It was 53-49 at the end of the third. The Cards piled up their winning margin in the fourth quarter, despite trying to feed Larry for the record. Early in the fourth quarter with just a 55-51 lead, when ”Gif” needed just three field goals for the record, the Cards when into their “Kentucky” spread out offense leaving the middle wide open for lanes to drive. It also serves as a stall. It worked as Seaside went out after the Cards allowing them to increase the lead to 63-51, making it possible to concentrate on feeding Larry. McNeely had four assist and passed of for seven good shots. Bowen had three assist in six feeds. Kadotani passed off five times, but only for two scores. Pederson passed off four times, but netted one score. Larry had 20 rebounds. The win gave the Cards a 16-8 season mark. Half of their losses came during the month of December when Bob Pederson was out the whole month and Gary Bowen and Pete Christensen missed most of the games due to illness and injury. SC finished with a heart breaking 9-3 MBL record, while defeating every team in the loop at least once. They split with league champion Salinas, Monterey and Watsonville. The most heart breaking loss was a 71-73 loss to Monterey in OT , when a 15 point lead evaporated in the last nine minutes. Yet the Cards can look ahead with optimism for both Griffins will be back along with number seven man, quick sophomore guard Pet Christensen and front line men Bill Gilbert and Buddy Smith.
Scoring: Glenn 14, Pederson 4, Larry 29, Bowen 7, Kadotani 9, McNeely 4, Christensen and Conrad 0.
The Cards battled it out with Monterey and Salinas all season for the league leadership, in a three way race all the way. Even up until the last game, the championship was not decided. Salinas defeated Monterey in a make up game for the title.
The team came along way since the season began November 29. The Cards with one game remaining are leading the league in scoring with 744 points a 67.6 average.
Exciting moments were many for Santa Cruz. For Example, an exciting 82-78 win over previously undefeated Salinas, a record breaking 91 points against North Salinas were highlights of the campaign. Also, a tense moment was provided by Larry Griffin as he popped in a 22 foot jumper as the buzzer sounded to top rival Soquel.
Agonizing moments there were too. A missed free throw with no time remaining in a tied game with Monterey and an eventual heartbreaking loss to the Toreadors. Also, a cold third stanza proved fatal as Santa Cruz lost to Watsonville to end hopes of a championship. But, the memorable moments certainly outweighed the disappointing ones.
This years squad was well balanced. All the seniors had bright moments during the season. Gary Bowen gave local fans plenty of excitement when with eight seconds remaining, he made a lay up to defeat Wilcox. More recently on two free throws Gary put Santa Cruz ahead with just two seconds remaining in the game against Salinas. As Salinas was in bounded the ball to their ace Rusty Critchfield, Gary sneaked in, grabbed it and flipped it toward the hoop and was fouled. Then he calmly made the two free throws to win the game. Gary accounted for two last second victories in tight situations.
Playmaker at point guard, Paul “Kat” Kadotoni not only distributed the ball to any open player, but also guarded the other teams beside ball handler or outside shooter. He probably did the best job of anyone in the league guarding the top scorer in the league, Critchfield holding him under his scoring average.
Dennis McNeely did a consistently fine job all season. Chris Conrad’s cool head preserved many wins when the chips were down. Bob Pederson, after suffering a knee injury during football, join the club late in December just in time to spark the Red Birds in league action.
The team came along way since the season began November 29. The Cards with one game remaining are leading the league in scoring with 744 points 62 point average per game.
Headlines in Trident “What has four legs and has 418 points“. The Griffin boys of course. Maybe a little explanation is necessary. Larry is a 6’4”, junior. Glen is a 6’2”, sophomore. Larry is second in league scoring with a 247 points for a 22.5 average per game. Glen ranks tenth with 171 a 15.5 average. Larry’s top scoring game was 32 against Los Gatos.
Together they have scored more than half of the Cardinal team’s 744 points. Glen set a new record for sophomores by scoring 242 points this season. Breaking the old record of 240 set by Steve Smith in 1960. It is not unusual for fans to be confused in distinguishing between the two. Just call them “Griff” and you will be safe. Larry is a first string player in three varsity sports adding football and high jump in track. Glenn is also a pitcher for the Card varsity.
Larry Griffin was voted by the team as MVP. Paul Kadotani was voted captain for his fine play making and unselfish play. Don King, Gary Bowen and Glenn Griffin tied for most improved.
Larry Griffin was name first team ALL LEAGUE and brother Glenn was selected for the second team ALL LEAGUE. Both were in the top ten scorers in the league.
Other members of the ALL LEAGUE first team were Rusty Critchfield of Salinas, who went on to make a name for himself at Cal and is still coaching Community College basketball in 2007. Pete Hamm of Soquel, who pitched in the major leagues. John Sipin of Watsonville, who played major league baseball here and in Japan. Charles Robinson of Monterey an excellent player, but unknown where he continued to play. Larry was in a good group. Larry was ALL CONFERENCE at Cabrillo for two years, one as co-most valuable. He continued his career at Oregon Tech as one of their top scorers. Larry played on traveling teams, summer league with the Warrior and professionally over seas.
Bob Warne former basketball manager and student body president will be attending Stanford.
LIGHTWEIGHT BASKETBALL partial scores. At the finals of the Salinas tourney lost to Salinas 30-35. Santa Clara 59-45. According to the Trident the Preseason record was 3-4.
League: Watsonville 46-50, 62-55; Monterey 63-25, Soquel 51-38, won; Seaside 56-38, North Salinas 48-39, Salinas 52-43. League scores incomplete. With one game to go the league record was 7-4. Ended up in third place.
Senior returning players from last year: Pete Pappas, Terry Medina, Ron Smith and Jake Seigle. Sophomore returnees Greg Gordon, Everett Yee. New players: Inside men, Wes Bergazzi, Don Cacace, DeWayne Lowery, Bill Yue. Guards, Steve Ghidinelli, Mike Puget, Gary Grellman, Dave Billardello
Starters: forwards, Wes Bergazzi and Bill Yue; center, Don Cacace; guards, Pete Pappas and Terry Medina.
The Cardlets handed the previously undefeated Cowbabes their first defeat this season 52-43. The game was anybody’s right down to the final buzzer with the Little Birds pulling away with 1:30 left. Like every lightweight game this season, it was full of excitement. The Surf City crew seems to either win or lose by a few points. Senior, forward Terry Medina potted 18 points against Salinas, which was a big factor in the win along with Terry’s hustle and determination. Also Wes Bergazzi scored 10 points, gathered his share of rebounds and displayed fine potential.
In the next game against Santa Clara, senior sharp shooter Pete Pappas meshed the nets for 22 points for a seasonal high. Pappas has a fine outside set shot and when hitting he can make trouble for his opponents. Sophomore, Bill Yue and senior Jake Seigle, also impressed with 16 and 11 points respectively.
Against Monterey the top scorers were Don Cacace with 16 and Pete Pappas 13. Against Soquel Don Cacace ruled the boards and Pappas scored 18 big counters.
This years lightweight team has been very successful. Pete Pappas and Terry Medina have been the top scorers. Bill Yue and Jake Seigel have contributed clutch performances. Don Cacace and Wes Bergazzi are the main rebounders and Everett Yee’s hustle has been unbeatable.
Pete Pappas after a tremendous year at the guard position was named ALL LEAGUE
C and D BASKETBALL
C’s win 24-20 over Salinas. Dewayne Lowery scored 13 points.
C’s beat North Salinas by 15 points.
D’s lose to Salinas 14-20 and North Salinas in the same week.
C’s win by six and D’s lose by six against North Salinas. Don Lowry paced the D’s with 17 points. DeWayne Lowery, Bill Yue anD Steve Ghidinelli of the C team drew praise from their coach.
JV BASKETBALL partial record Los Altos 29-46, four losses, Salinas 31-23, Monterey 57-37, Soquel 76-47
Team inside players: Doug Koskela, Don King, Frank Edwards, Steve Clifton, Jim Dalman, Tom Eklof, Mark Ridenbaugh, and Jossi. Guards, John Florek, Tim Holz, Ron Vellutini, Ron Durkin, Tim Tosta and Don Henderson.
Starters for most of the season where forwards, Don King and Frank Edwards; center, Doug Koskela; guards Ron Vellutini and Tom Eklof.
In the win over Monterey the Cards turned in a fine teamwork performance and a well balanced scoring attack. Four players scored in double figures: Doug Koskela, Don King, Jim Dalman and Ron Vellutini. Doug Koskela was the leading scorer for the season and Don King who played one of his best games, tied for scoring honors with 18 apiece.
WRESTLING The teams individual dual meet record was 5 wins and 4 losses. At the league meet Ken Gledhill at 138 pounds, Tom Johns at 148, and Dennis Rowen at 157 won their weight classes and will advance to the NCS meet. To go to the Northern Cal Invitational they will have to place first or second at the NCS meet. Six of the nine Santa Cruz wrestlers placed in the top three at the league meet. The remaining three place fourth.
Other wrestlers and their weight classe: Richard Martinez 114; Rusty Willingham 122; Pat Provenzano 129; Bill Gledhill 135; Gene Rochelle 140; Jeff Green 147; Tom Johns 148; Dennis Trotts 167; Scott Ferguson 177; Brian Loehr 191; Virgil Strong heavyweight.
Other team members: Strite, Baer, Alvarez, McMullen, Dngran, Anderson, Ferguson, Tom Stagnaro, Strong, Panattoni, Anthony Lopez, Mitcalf, Rideout, Smith, Ogilvie, Wylie, Gray, R. Moon, Love, Koping, Brady, Bill Muhly and Hansen.
BASEBALL practice games: Del Mar 5-0, 1-3; Carmel, Leigh, Wilcox 2-1. Salinas tourney: Soquel 6-3, Seaside 1-7, ? . Bellarmine 3-8, Serra 6-7, Santa Clara 6-4, twice Practice record 8-4. League: North Salinas 12-1, 19-3; Monterey 3-0, 4-6; Salinas 2-5, 6-2; Watsonville 8-0, 0-5; Soquel 2-4 in 8 innings, won; Seaside 8-0, won. League record 8-4. Season 16-8. Records from the Trident and Sentinel.
All of this information and practically all other information in these records are directly from the Trident mostly word for word. As authentic as possible to the times. Many games missing.
There are seven returning lettermen from last years league champions and winner of the Tournament of Champions in San Rafael. Returning are catcher, Bill Gilbert; pitcher, Pete Pappas; first baseman, Bob Pederson; second baseman, Gary Zabrosky; outfielders, Buddy Smith, Gary Bowen and Chuck Farrar. Bowen and Pederson were ALL LEAGUE last year and Pederson was ALL TOURNAMENT at the Tournament of Champions in San Rafael. One of Bob’s big plays there was going all the way behind third base to back up a throw to third on a triple. There was an overthrow and Bob was able to catch the ball. The runner ended up not scoring and the Cards ended up winning 2-0. It was like Derek Jeter of the Yankees in the world series against Oakland, when Jeter ran all the way down by home plate to save an over throw and get the runner at the plate to win the game. Eventually both teams won their titles. These are not where players at those positions ever go. It is not their responsibility, but they sensed the need to do what they did. What they did were special moments.
In addition to Pappas the other pitchers are Ron Durkin, Glenn Griffin and Steve Welch; catchers, Phil Langrish and Bob Scott; third baseman, Greg Gordon and shortstop, Pete Christensen; infielder, Jake Seigle.
While winning the championship these last four years, it has become practically a tradition. This years squad is no exception as it is a well balanced club.
The Cardinal horsehiders last Saturday won their 100th game since putting a four year hold on the CCAL pennant. The record during this time is 100 wins, 21 losses.
Early in the season things fell apart against Bellarmine when seven runs were given up on five errors for an 3-8 loss. Only one run was earned. This turned out to be the worst game of the year. Pete Pappas took a loss here, but he pitched well and deserved a better fate.
Sentinel April 12. SC Opens Defense Of MBL Crown. Cards Slug 14 Base Hits-Rip Vikes 12-1. Led by Bob Pederson, Gary Zabrosky, Gary Bowen and Buddy Smith, the Cards smashed the ball all over the lot as Pete Pappas coasted home the winning pitcher, although Glen Griffin finished up the last two innings. Pappas gave up six hits and Griffin three, but two of the blows were really questionable. The senior left-hander retired the first six men he faced, then got out of jams in the third through fifth innings as the first two Vikings up to the plate got on base in all three instances. Two double plays and a pick off bailed him out. A third double play in the sixth failed to materialize as the umpire said shortstop Pete Christensen came off the bag too fast at second and that is when former SC player Chuck Filice’s team scored their lone run. The Cards first run was unearned, when Gary Zabrosky, who went 3 for 4 scored from second on an error. Bill Gilbert, celebrating his seventeenth birthday, hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in the second run in the third inning. A seven run fourth inning was the clincher. Pappas was safe on an error and advanced on a pass ball. Christensen singled home Pappas and advanced to second on the throw home. Gary Bowen singled home Christensen. Zabrosky singled Bowen to second. As the two runners broke to steal second and third, Pederson, who was 3 for 4, single in Bowen. Buddy Smith, who was 2 for 3 as was Bowen lined a double to score two more runs. Chuck Farrar singled home Smith. Pappas doubled down the left field line. SC got three more in the fifth as Bowen, Zobrosky, Pederson and Smith smashed consecutive singles. Now that SC has gotten off to a good start, they have the tough assignments of beating Watsonville, Monterey, Soquel and all the others to make it five pennants in a row. But the question remains, can their bats carry the only average pitching? Tuesday might provide part of the answer.
Pete Pappas threw a shutout 3-0 win against always contending Monterey allowing only two hits given up in the first inning. (Monterey did win the league) The Cards started with a bang scoring two runs on no hits. Lead off Gary Bowen was hit by a pitch and went to second on a wild pitch. Next batter strikes out. Bob Pederson walks. Bowen and Pederson steal to put runners on first and second. Next man pops up. Bill Gilbert gets on an infield error Bowen scores and Pederson goes to third. Pederson makes a fake down the third base line, the pitcher balks and all the runners move up one base, so Pederson scores the second run. In the fifth inning Greg Gordon doubles, goes to third on a ground out to second and scores on another balk. The Cards had three hits and three runs.
Against Watsonville the Cards scored 8 runs the first inning. The top hitters were Gary Bowen and Bob Pederson both went 2 for 4. Bowen also drove in two runs. Pete Pappas went the first five innings and gave up two hits, Ron Durkin went the next two inning, putting down the batters in order. They shut out the Cats. The batting order and positions were Bowen CF, Zobrosky 2B, Pederson 1B, Smith LF, Gilbert 3B, Farrar RF, Pappas P, Scott C, Christensen SS.
At the end of the first round of league the Cards are 4-2.
Glen Griffin pitched a complete game, four hit, one run game against Wilcox to win 2-1.
In the second round, Monterey scored two runs in the last inning for the win. Avenging a first round loss to Salinas by winning 6-2 and knocking them out of first place. Ace lefty, Pete Pappas won his fifth game with only one loss. Top hitters in the game were Bob Pederson 3 for 4, Buddy Smith 2 for 3, including a triple and Pete Christensen 2 for 2.
Ron Durkin pitched a complete game five hitter to beat Soquel 6-3 at the Salinas Tournament. The batting order and positions were Christensen SS, Gordon 3B, Smith 1B, Gilbert LF, Durkin P, Neuman, Trybom CF, Ghidinelli 2B and Langrish C. Christensen, Smith and Gilbert each had two hits. Christensen also had two RBI’s.
Headline in the last Trident: ‘Baseball Empire Topples”. Just like the fall of the Roman Empire, Santa Cruz high’s four year baseball empire came tumbling down and a new power Monterey took over. Finally the flag came down and a new team and a new league name MBL for Monterey Bay League flies from the championship pole.
Monterey, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Seaside and Soquel all had turns in the league lead that changed hands many times during the season. With a Monterey loss in the last game of the season the Cards would have tied for the title. Pete Pappas did his part again, winning his last game with another brilliant pitched game giving up just three hits against Seaside.
The Cards should and could have won it again as the squad sported fine hitting and fielding potential. At the seasons outset, the unproven pitching staff of ace, Pete Pappas, Glenn Griffin, Ron Durkin and Steve Welch quickly pitched this thought out the window as they more than held up their end. So much so that Pappas was voted the loop’s top hurler. According to his coach, Pete’s only loss in league should be charged to a bad coaching move. Pete should have gone undefeated.
ALL MBL unanimous choice, senior pitcher Pete Pappas, ace of the Cardinal staff was chosen as the best pitcher in the league. Two other members of the team, senior first baseman Bob Pederson and junior outfielder Buddy Smith both of whom missed being a ominous choice by one vote. Honorable mention were team captain and outfielder Chuck Farrar, outfielder Gary Bowen and second baseman Gary Zabrosky, who tied for the thirteenth and last spot on the team, but lost out on the final vote. SC had three all leaguers, second to league champion Monterey’s four. The league was tight all year. All the hitters on the all league team had averages over .324, with four having over .400 averages. Bob Pederson was barely beaten out for the top hitter in the league on the last day of the season. Pederson ended up hitting .463. His 19 hits was the highest in the league and 13 runs scored tied for the top spot.
Smith was third in the league with a .421 average. He hit a home run, one of five players who hit home runs. The tops was three by John Sipin of Watsonville, (who later made the major leagues here and in Japan.)
JV BASEBALL partial scores: Monterey 3-6, Watsonville 2-10, North Salinas 10-0,
Team members: Steve Ghidinelli, Mike Puget, Dave Billardello, Gary Neuman, Gary Grellman, Everett Yee, Dave Trybom, Tom Stagnaro, Tim Holtz, Bill Muhly, Wes Bergazzi, John Castro, and D. Kitchen
The loss to Monterey 3-6 was lessoned by the efforts of DeWayne Lowery who struck out nine and walked only two and Dave Billardello who went two for three at the plate.
DeWayne had a big day against North Salinas. Pitching wise, he gave up only two hits, struck out five and walked only one. At the plate he was three for three and had two RBI’s. Wes Bergazzi chipped in with a double, single to chalk up four runs on the scoreboard.
Dewanye Lowery had a fine year pitching. In a loss to Monterey Lowery struck out 9 and gave up two walks in a well pitched game. He also went 2 for 4 at the plate.
MBL meet: Monterey 66, Salinas 65, Watsonville 44, North Salinas 44, SC 26, Seaside 17 Soquel 4. Dual meet results: Soquel 67, SC 51; Watsonville 72, SC 50; SC 68, Seaside 53; Reserves meet: Watsonville 78, Soquel 37, SC 10. Shutout at King City. Dads Relays: Salinas 63, Salinas 45, Watsonville 43, Monterey 38, SC 28, Seaside 14, Soquel 11; Monterey 74, SC 49; Salinas 69, SC 64.
May 15. The North Coast Section Division II meet at Daly City will have five participants from SC. John Freeseman in the half mile with a best time of 2:01.7 the best in the MBL this season. Two miler Tom Estrada with best of 10:07.2. In polo vault Del Loney with best in the MBL of 12-0 and Ron Vellutini best of 11-2 in varsity, but did 12 feet in lightweights. Larry Griffin in both the high hurdles in 15.8 and the high jump of 6-3 tied for best in MBL. Only Loney is the MBL champion.
At the MBL league meet, Del Loney won the pole vault. Second place finishers were John Freesemann in 880 and Larry Griffin in the high jump. A week later Larry set a new school record of 6’3”. which would have won easily at the league meet. Larry also took fourth in the high hurdles. Third place was taken by Tom Estrada in the two mile and Ron Vellutini in pole vault.
May 8. L. Griffin High Jumps 6-3; Beats Harris For First Time at the Salinas Invitational at Hartnell College. SC turned in four varsity firsts and one school record. This was a warm up meet for the North Coast Section Division meet next week. Larry Griffin paced SC with a school record in the high jump as he cleared 6-3 for the first time and tied for the best in the MBL this year. Larry also won his heat in the 120 high hurdles in a fine time of 15.8, another personal best. Tom Estrada won the two mile in 10:17.1. John Freesman won the 880 in 2:02.6 a half second off his best time of the season. Pole vaulters Del Loney and Ron Vellutini tied for second at 10.6. All four will be competing at the North Coast Division II meet at Daly City.
March 8. Knight Thinclads Nip SC 66-50. Soquel was able to take enough seconds and thirds to win. Both schools spit the first places seven each. Sprinter Arnett Austin was a double winner, winning the 100 in 10.6 and 220 in 23.5, while taking second in the broad jump. Card transfer John Freeseman set an Soquel field record in the half mile of 2:06.8. Dan Jasper won the mile in 4:58.8. Dennis McNeely won the broad jump at 5-4. Del Loney won the pole vault at 9-6. Tom Estrada won the two mile in 10:41.3 Other placers: Pitman was second in the 220 and in the 440. Dick Walton was second in the 120 high hurdles, high jump and in the 180 low hurdles.
Larry Griffin was third in the high jump. Trotts was third in the discus.
Soquel won the lightweight meet 62- 54, when two Cardlets collided and dropped the baton in the relay, otherwise SC would have won by one slim point. Two Cardlets were double winners, sprinter Lane won the 330 in 41.1 and the 150 in 16.5 and Ron Vellutini pole vaulted 10 feet and high jumped 5-6. Skelton won the 660 in 1:37.1. Don Lowery won the broad jump at 16-8. Only the winners were listed.
March 24. Card Cindermen Score First Dual Win In Two seasons. The Cards won there first dual meet in two season with a win over Seaside 68-53. Two varsity trackmen currently hold bests in the MBL so far this season. Tom Estrada has the best time in the new two mile event with a time of 10.11.4. John Freeseman has the fastest 880 in the MBL with a 2:02.5 time, which set a Memorial Field record. The Cards swept the first three places in the discus to put SC ahead 45-44 late in the meet. Dennis Trotts won with a throw of 132-7, followed by Larry Griffin at 123-8 and Dennis Henderson at 119-6. Dan Jasper clinched the meet with a thrilling victory in the mile in 4:47.4
The lightweight lost 37-75. Ron Vellutini was a double winner winning the high jump in 5-5 and the pole vault at 10-2. SC swept the 1320 with Dan Moon win in 3:41, followed by John Whitaker and Scott Pitman. Skelton won the 660 in 1:34.3 and David Brooks took second. In 70 high hurdles, Barry Lombardi and Brooks were second and third. Steve Lane was third in a pair of sprints, while Don Lowery was third in the 75 and broad jump. Bill Gledhill took third in the shot put.
April 5. At the King City Invitational meet the closes of the 23 area participants to place were John Freeseman and Jerry Pitman in the half-mile where they were just five seconds off the winners time of 1:56.8. The best times for the other Cards were Arnett Austin 10.5 in the 100. Tom Estrada 10:41 in the two mile. Dick Walton 22.3 and Larry Griffin 22.7 in the low hurdles. Dennis Mc Neely 25.36 in the 220. Dennis Trotts 123 feet in the discus. Griffin 5-7 and Walton 5-5 in the high jump. Del Loney 11 feet in the pole vault.
Lightweights: Ron Vellutini 10-6 in pole vault. Dan Moon 3:45 in 1320. Steve Lane 40.8 in the 330.
April 12. Dads Club Relays; Griffin, Loney Surprise. It was a day for upsets, surprises, disappointments and records in the fourth annual Dads Club Relays at Memorial Field. Scoring: North Salinas 63, Salinas 45, Watsonville 43, Monterey 38, SC 28, Seaside 114, Soquel 12. Varsity records established by SC: High jump, Larry Griffin tied for first at 6-1 ½. Old mark 5-11 ½. Junior Larry Griffin SC’s 6-4 basketball stars jump was one of the biggest surprises of the day and showed his potential. Larry’s jump was 3 ½ inches higher than what he had jumped last year and was 5 ½ inches higher than he had jumped this year and is the best in the league this year. Del Loney was another surprise clearing 12 feet to win the pole vault by going eight inches higher than he has gone this season and is the best in the league so far. Biggest disappointment of the day was the SC distance medley relay team, which was hurt when 1320 man Dan Jasper did not show. Frank Trowbridge ran the 440, Jerry Pitman the 1320 and John Freeseman the 880 came through beautifully. Tom Estrada took over the anchor leg and was just beaten by Watsonville and barely nipped by North Salinas for second place. All three teams broke the old record. Dick Walton took fourth place in the high jump at 5-9.
Lightweights: Watsonville 61, Monterey 52, Salinas 42, North Salinas 39, Soquel 10, SC 9. SC took fifth in the 880 relay. SC was fourth in the 210 shuttle high hurdles. SC fourth in the distance medley.
April 19. Monterey Spikers Trounce Santa Cruz 74-49. Only one MBL season mark was broken and it was by Tom Estrada in the two mile run, by better his own record of 10:11. With a 10:07.3 performance. SC took all three distance runs as Freeseman won the 880, Jasper the mile and Estrada the two mile. Freesemans time of 2:03.3 was not good enough to surpass his MBL best time of 2:01.7. Larry Griffin was the only Card double winner, by taking the high hurdles in 17.1and the high jump in 5-8. Del Loney won the pole vault in 11-2. Dan Jasper won the mile in 4:55.1 and also a third in the pole vault. Tom Estrada won the two mile in 10:07.3. Other placers: Austin third in the 100 and third in the 220. 440, Pitman second. 880, Lane third. Mile, Trowbridge second. 120 high hurdles, Dick Walton second and second in the 120 low hurdles. Discus, Trotts third. Two mile, Moon third.
Lightweight: Monterey 100-13. The only Cardlet winner was Ron Vellutini in the pole vault of 12-2 out doing the varsity pole-vault and also placed second in the high jump. Only two others placed: Don Lowery second in the 330 and third in the 150 and Chuck Parmenter third in the 660.
April 26. Salinas Cowboy Thinclads Hurdle Cards 68-33. First place finishers for SC were John Freeseman in the 880 in 2:02 to better the Memorial Field record, but not his own 2:01.7 best in the MBL Larry Griffin in the high jump at 5-10. Tom Estrada easily won the two mile in 10:18.3. Del Loney won the pole vault at 11feet. Ron Vellutini was moved up from the lightweights and took second place at 10-6. The 880 was the most thrilling race of the day as the Card team of Dick Walton, Arnett Austin, Gary Reime and Jerry Pitman slashed nearly three seconds off their personal best with a 1:35.6 clocking, to lose by 1.5 seconds to Salinas in one of the best times in the league.
Lightweights: Salinas 105-7. (No mention of SC athletes)
April 26. Griffin Wins At Blossom Hill. At the Blossom Hill Relays at Leigh high on Saturday, Larry won the high jump with a 6-2 leap working toward his career best of 6-3. The distance medley relay team placed fourth. The team: Norm Gillespie ran the 1320, Frank Trowbridge the 440, John Freeseman the 880 and the anchor miler Dan Moon for a time of 11:11.5.
Squad members: Dick Walton, Arnett Austin, Dennis McNeeley, Ron Vellutini, Bill Gledhill, Charles Parmenter, Anthony Lopez, Charles Christensen, Marvin Ganglof, Dan Moon, Pescador, Dan Jasper, Gallacinao, Bradley, Steve Lane, Jerry Pitman, Scott Pitman, Dennis Trotts, Don Lowery. Lollie Lowery, Del Loney, Larry Griffin, Barry Lombardi, Gary Reime, Charles Skelton, John Whitaker, Tom Estrada, David Brooks, Bill Glehill, Frank Trowbridge, John Freeseman, Norm Gillespie and Gary Reime.
SWIMMING placed second at the league meet.
Four top mermen qualified for the NCS trials in San Mateo. Qualifying were Steve Cowden, breast stroke; Rob Ley, 100 yard butterfly; Tod Booth, 400 yard freestyle and individual medley; and Bruce Haney, diving.
North Salinas ekes out a 53-47 win over the Cards.
No list of swimmers names.
TENNIS had a losing season with inexperienced players. Lost to Soquel 2-5. Despite a four loss record the racket squad is working hard to improve.
Team members: Paul Kadatoni, Don Beuse, Bob Warne, Bishop, Adams, Hart, Wood, Marini Johnson.
GOLF had a down year losing its last match to Salinas 2 to 16. Monterey 6 ½t o 8 ½, Seaside 15-0
There were no seniors on this years team, which was led by juniors John Wilson and John Duffy. Underclassmen played beyond their years and did a fine job. Others were George Pappas, who the baseball coached tried to induce to play baseball instead, but George was too good a golfer to change, Bob Borelli, Bob Duffy and Tim Kennedy.
Scoring for the 15-0 win over Seaside were John Wilson 81. John Duffy 83, George Pappas 83, Bob Duffy 85 and Tim Kennedy 86.
Leading this year’s football team was Bob Pederson, who dodged and tossed his way to the ALL LEAGUE quarterback position. Bob was considered by many as the top play caller in Northern California. Last year Bob was honored as an ALL TOURNAMENT player at the Tournament of Champions in San Rafael at the end of the season, which the Cards won.
Bob received a full football scholarship to the University of Washington. In his senior year Bob was selected as a ALL PACIFIC COAST defensive back. He went on to coach football at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Washington. This year Bob was also ALL LEAGUE in baseball.
Pederson were ALL LEAGUE last year and Pederson was ALL TOURNAMENT at the Tournament of Champions in San Rafael. One of Bob’s big plays there was going all the way behind third base to back up a throw to third on a triple. There was an overthrow and Bob was able to catch the ball. The runner ended up not scoring and the Cards ended up winning 2-0. It was like Derek Jeter of the Yankees in the world series against Oakland, when Jeter ran all the way down by home plate to save an over throw and get the runner at the plate to win the game. Eventually both teams won their titles. These are not where players at those positions ever go. It is not their responsibility, but they sensed the need to do what they did. What they did were special moments.
Former football player, wrestler and student body president, Frank Fujimura, a graduate of 1963 is now at Cal Tech on a scholarship. Frank is spending a lot of time studying as Cal Tech is one of the premier engineering schools in the country.