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Congratulation Cards from the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
BIG YEAR IN SPORTS AT SCHS Five league championships were won by our boys. Starting with football, basketball, wrestling, baseball and golf. Could claim six including the lightweight basketball team.
It is the first time in MBL history that such a fete has been accomplished by one school. Santa Cruz football 9-0 and wrestling 7-0 teams were undefeated in league play. The basketball ‘five’ had a 24-3 record, losing in the final game of the Central Coast Section playoff. The baseball team with a nine game win streak at this point, won the league by 2 and a half games.
Walt Edwards an All Northern California football selection and an All MBL player this year, also is a school record holder in two track and field events and was named as the Outstanding Senior Athlete. He plans to attend San Jose State on a football scholarship. The 6’ 4”, 210 pound senior made 85 tackles from his defensive tackle spot and broke the SCHS marks in the discus at 163’ 5” and the shot put at 55’ 2”.
Gary Ghidinelli collected three All League first team awards. His first honor was as defensive back in football, followed by his selection at guard in basketball and finally as the catcher on the baseball team. All three teams won MBL championships.
Dunk Shot Banned In Prep-College Gage Games. One of the most popular shots in basketball, the crowd pleasing dunk shot is now illegal in high school and college play. Violation of the rule constitutes loss of the ball and any basket scored will be disallowed. The rules committee said the ban was made to “equalize the defense and offense around the basket..”
Coaches: Dick Logan, varsity football and golf. Tex Ronning, assistant varsity and wrestling. Doug Severin, junior varsity football and basketball. Don Dempewolfe assistant junior varsity football and track. Al Weimers, assistant football and swimming. Mel Fishburn, cross country and track. Jack Alzina, lightweight and C and D basketball. Eade Jordan, tennis. Ray Hunter, junior varsity baseball, assistant football and basketball. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball.
FOOTBALL UNDEFEATED SEASON AND LEAGUE CHAMPS
Practice games: Kennedy 26-0, Live Oak 26-0. Practice record 2-0. League: Alisal 28-0, Monterey 20-7, Seaside 20-7, Watsonville 27-0, Salinas 28-13, North Salinas 28-7, Soquel 19-14. League record 7-0 for Championship. Season 9-0.
Cards start the season with a big win over Kennedy 26-0. On their first possession the Cards started of with two incomplete passes, but then things started to happen. A Kirk Waller to Tom Mitchell pass went for 20 yards followed by a 15 yard Waller run. Tom Crichton ran for 30 yards for a touchdown. The nifty run capped a 77 yard march in six plays. Gary Ghidinelli kicked the extra point. Defensive linemen Scott Stolle, Jim Sutherland and Jerry Johns seemed to be in on every tackle during the second quarter. Two long passes, one to Steve Seymour and the other to Lovon Lowery went for a touchdown. Ghidinelli then kicked the extra point for a 14-0 lead at halftime. Walt Edwards recovered a fumble and Mitchell caught another pass. Lowery carried for his second touchdown. Mitchell caught a five yard pass for the final score.
Within two minutes and three plays the Cards went 90 yards for a TD, eventually beating Live Oak 26-0. Most of the yardage was gained on this drive was a pass from Kirk Waller to Lovon Lowery covering 83 yard on the pass and the run. Gary Ghidinelli kicked the extra point. The second score was a six yard pass to Tom Mitchell. In the third quarter, a long pass to Tom Crichton and important yardage gained by Dee Herren set up Mitchell’s second score on a 15 yard pass from Kirk Waller. After three successive tackles by Tim Collins, Jim Sutherland and Scott Graff, Live Oak fumbled the ball over to the Cards. Lovon “Lollie” Lowery ran for a first down and then three more for a score. Tough defensive play by John Agnone, Scott Graff, Jerry Johns and Walt Edwards limited the Acorns to very few yards. Edwards had more unassisted tackles than any player in the last three years. Speed put together the next touchdown. Dee Herren made most of the yardage with the longest run on a double reverse for 20 yards. Steve Grever add a ten yard run for the score. On the night, Steve gained 84 yards.
In the first league game, Alisal took a beating 28-0 as the Cards scored in every quarter. Lollie Lowery scored three times and Tom Crichton once. Gary Ghidinelli kick the extra point after every score. The first score was aided by Kirk Waller’s passing and the fine blocking by the line for the runners ended in a 63 yard drive. In the second quarter, Alisal drove 65 yards to the six yard line, where Tom Crichton knocked down a fourth down pass and the Cards took over. As time was beginning to run out for the quarter the Cards made a first down and then the Waller to Lollie Lowery combination hooked up for a 79 yard pass play for a score. In the third quarter, Waller shot a short 15 yard pass to Crichton, who ran another 15 for a score. After gaining a total of 32 yards, Lowery weaved through the Trojan defense for another 29 yards for the final TD. Crichton was outstanding both ways knocking down potential scoring passes, making tackles, running for 55 yards, gaining 29 yards on passes and scoring. Lowery was valuable with his three scores and defensive work in the secondary. Kirk Waller threw for 210 yard completing 8 out of 19 passes for two TD’s. Tom Mitchell caught 4 passes for 75 yards. The offensive line drew praise for the blocking for the run as well as pass protection. Former Card Chuck Filice is the Alisal head coach. Filice was all league for the Cardinals in 1953, who went on to play at Hartnell and the College of Pacific.
In the fourth game of the year the Cards opponent finally scored on them even though Monterey lost 20-7. The first SC score came on a three yard pass from Waller to Mitchell. A Card fumble gave the ball to Monterey on the 28 and it took only three plays for the Toreadors to score and go ahead 6-7. Walt Edwards changed from a forceful tackler to a forceful runner as he took the ensuing kick off and ran it back 37 yards to the 50 yard line. A Waller to Mitchell pass took it to the 20. The two team captains, Tom Crichton and Steve Grever took turns running the ball the rest of the way with Crichton scoring. Lineman Walt Edwards intercepted a pass. Monterey gained more yards the second half, but could not score. A forty yard pass form Waller to Mitchell added another TD. Gary Ghidinelli kick the last two extra points.
For the second game in a row the final score was 20-7, but this time it was Seaside on the losing end. It took until the second quarter for a score. Kirk Waller threw a 47 yard pass to Tom Mitchell for his only TD passes of the game. Defensive stalwarts Jerry Johns, Jerry Malmin and Scott Graff kept the Seaside ground game under control, so the Spartans started passing. Kip Herren and John Ebie intercepted three passes to stop that route too. In the third quarter Malmin blocked a punt and Tom Mitchell picked the ball up on the one yard line and carry it in for the second TD. Malmin had his greatest night for SC as he recovered a fumble on the Seaside 30. The Cards scored in three plays with Waller scoring from the six yard line after a pass to Mitchell and runs by Grever got the ball down to the six. This was the teams poorest offensive outing, but our defense came through. Scott Graff was praised for his three key tackles that ruined Seaside come back efforts. The opposing coach picked out Tom Mitchell for his outstanding job of pass catching of 97 yards. The antics of SC “Slingshot” Waller and his running mates took a back seat to the heroics of the unsung defensive unit. Names rarely seen in headlines like Jerry Malmin, Scott Graff, Gary Ghidinelli, Jerry Johns and John Ebie were the difference between victory and defeat.
SC whipped Watsonville 27-0. The Cards beat them on offense, on defense, in the running game and the passing game. As a matter of fact they even looked better breaking through their paper pennant before the game. The 27-0 shut out was the worst beating either team had taken from the other in the last 11 meetings, when the Cards stomped the Cats in the 1958 season 34-0. SC completely dominated the first half as only once were the Cats able to run more than three plays in a series before punting. Starting on their own 25, Waller, who completed 13 of 18 passes and had an outstanding night, hit end Steve Seymour on an 13 yard play to start the ball rolling. Two more 14 yard passes to Mitchell sandwiched around four runs, put the ball on the Cat 14 from where Waller hit his favorite target Mitchell for the combo’s third 14 yard pass for the first score. Ghidinelli kicked his first of three successful extra points to make the score 7-0. The next score came on Dee Herren’s recovery of a Cat fumble on their 31 yard line. From there Waller hit halfback Crichton, who swung up the middle for the second score. Scott Graff and Darryl Henderson dropped the Cat quarterback for an 11yard loss on a fourth and two at the Card 29 yard stripe. The Cards scored the first time they received the ball in the second half, when they took over on the Cat 49 and scored in three plays. Waller threw to Mitchell for 11 yards. Fullback Steve Grever picked up three up the middle and was given an additional 15 on a face mask penalty. Crichton scored on a trap play off right guard. Guard Jim Sutherland and center Dan Poston opened a hole big enough hole to drive a Mack truck through and Crichton set up and followed his blockers beautifully for six. In Waller’s best night of his first year on varsity, he finished the scoring with a 50 yard pass to Mitchell. Lowery broke up a fourth down pass in the end zone to keep the Cats from scoring. The defense only allowed the Cats 54 yards rushing. Cat players may wonder if middle guard Scott Graff is for real. Time and again, he made tackles or took out interference to make the tackles possible for others. The beneficiaries were the defensive line of Tim Collins, Jerry Malmin, Dale Lyster and Walter Edwards and line backers Dan Poston and Jerry Johns. Waller completed 13 of 18 passes for 214 yards. On the receiving end Mitchell had 107 yards, Crichton 69, Seymour 43 and Agosti 10.
Cardinals Maintain Undefeated Record. A scare ignited a spark in the Cardinals, who exploded for three fourth quarter touchdowns to down Salinas 28-13. Defensive halfback Gary Ghidinelli recovered a fumble on the Cowboy 35 yard line in the first quarter. A 15 yard penalty moved the ball back to the 50 from where Waller lobbed a swing pass to Lowery who skirted the right sideline for the first score of the game. Ghidinelli kicked his first of four extra points for the night. The Cards did not score again until an out burst in the last quarter. In the second quarter both teams intercepted two passes. Crichton and Lowery did the deed for the Cards. SC had the ball for only six plays in the third quarter. Salinas controlled the ball for 19 plays which ended with a score an extra point to tie the score 7-7. Salinas used up approximately nine of the 12 minutes in the quarter. At this point the Cards knew they were in trouble and needed a top effort to pull victory out of the fire for their seventh consecutive win. After the kick off the Cards started from their 36 yard line and in eight plays had their go ahead tally. Key plays in the drive were 26 yard pass from Waller to Mitchell and a 12 yard fullback draw by Steve Grever. Lowery followed good blocking around left end for a 10 yard scamper to pay dirt. Salinas fumbled the kickoff to SC on their own 35. After two runs by Grever and Lowery, Waller hit Lowery for 18 yards down to the five. Waller ran a rollout around left end to make the score 21-7. Salinas scored to make it 21-13. The Cards marched 53 yards for the final score on a 9 yards pass to Mitchell. Waller completed 12 of 30 passes for 218 yards. Mitchell caught 7 passes for 109 yards, Lowery 68 and Seymour 41.
By virtue of SC’s 28-7 victory over North Salinas, the last six weeks of MBL football suddenly becomes meaningless and the SC-Soquel game means everything. The Cards scored in each of the four quarters, but it was their defensive unit that stood out. Dee Herren intercepted a pass at the Vikings 47 and ran it down to the 17. On the first play, Waller hit Mitchell at the goal line for the first score in less the three and a half minutes into the game. Ghidinelli again scored all four extra points. The second score was 67 yard drive in five plays. Herren scampered for 30 yards, a 23 yard pass from Waller to Mitchell capped by Grever three yard dive were the big plays to make the score 14-0 at half. Scott Graff intercepted a pass on the Card 15 and returned it to the 37. The Cards went 63 yards in seven plays. Herren scored on a 40 yard reverse play using his blockers perfectly, picking up good blocks by Waller and Mitchell. For the extra point this time there was a bad pass from center. Ghidinelli recovered the ball on the 36 yard line and calmly tossed a pass to Mitchell to make the score 21-0. North Salinas scored to make it 21-7. For the last score, the Cards covered 51 yards with Grever going over from one yard out. Middle guard Graff, tackle Walt Edwards, end Jerry Malmin and defensive back Ghidinelli were in on many tackles. The Cards out gained the Vikings 235 to 139, but many gains were nullified by penalties. Dee Herren paced the running attack with 86 yards on five carries.
The highlight of Santa Cruz County prep sports took place, November 14, 1967 at Memorial field. Extra stands were brought in to try and accommodate the crowd of approximately 7500 fans. A huge crowd for this area. To think athletics at the two schools were almost cut this year. Each team was the recipient of breaks and each club looked like champions at times. For SC, it was a comeback game all the way. Twice they were down by a touchdown and twice the Cards came back for six pointers in less than two minutes after the Knight had scored. The Card defense did what it had to do and that was stop the Soquel quick and explosive running attack, which was their main threat during the year. The Knights gained only 84 yards on the ground on 34 running plays. Lollie Lowery led the Cards defense with seven tackles, while Jerry Johns had four tackles and eight assists. John Ebie the SC “Monster Man” did a good job in containing the power sweeps.
Santa Cruz’ winning score came with 34 seconds left on the clock and Soquel ahead 14-13, Kirk Waller scored from one foot out on a quarterback sneak to nip cross town rival, Soquel 19-14. This win completed and undefeated league and season for the Cardinals.
Soquel received the opening kick off and marched 65 yards down the field, but were stopped on an interception by Dee Herren. On another Soquel chance to score, Lovon Lowery broke up a pass in the end zone. The interior Cardinal defensive line of Walter Edward, Jerry Malmin and Tim Collins held fast. A short punt put the Knights on the 30 yard line from where they scored for a 0-7 lead. Lowery sprinted 43 yards with the kick off to the Soquel 44 yard line. Steve Grever ran for three and Waller passed to Crichton for 27. The next pass went to sophomore Dee Herren for 20 more yards. Grever on a quick up the middle sliced through for eight yards and a TD. Score now Soquel 7-6. Thirty seconds later Bill Rowland recovered a fumble, but the Cards were unable to make a first down. Soquel moved to the SC eight yard line. Defensive ends Mitchell and Malmin pushed the Knights back to the 20 from where they missed a field goal. Led by Crichton, the Cards gained 30 yards and picked up another 30 on a personal foul and pass interference calls. But Waller was hit from behind while passing and the fumble was picked up by Soquel and run back 33 yards before Lowery was able to catch up and bring the player down. The half ended with Soquel leading 7-6. Lowery received the second half kick off and ran it to the Soquel 45. The Cards punted to Soquel and the Knights moved down the field on two passes, two runs and a pass to Wayne Kirby on the one yard line. The SC defense stiffened, but on third down the Knights scored, Soquel 13-6. Within two minutes the Cards were back in the game. John Thomas ran back the kick off 15 yards to the SC 40. Waller passed to Mitchell for 52 yards to the eight yard line. After a fumble and an incomplete pass, Waller scampered for the TD. Ghidinelli kicked the extra point. Score Soquel 14-13. The Knights last threat of the game moved the pigskin 50 yards down to the Cards 17, where Mitchell intercepted a pass and ran it back to the Card 31. There were no scoring opportunities in the final quarter until the Cards final charge with two minutes left. The Cards got the ball back when Jerry John’s knocked down a pass. If it were caught it would have been a first down and Soquel in continued possession. This gave the Redbirds their last chance.
The last drive started from the SC 26 yard line with two incomplete passes toward Herren and Mitchell made things look bad, but a completion to Lowery for 13 yards moved the ball to the 39 for a first down. After another incompletion, Crichton snatched two passes in a row for 10 and 12 from Waller to get to the Soquel 39. A draw play to Grever and a third catch for 23 yards by Crichton, put the ball on the 13 yard line. Then the Cards put the ball on the ground with Lowery for three yards, Crichton for five and Lowery for another four to put the ball on the one yard line. It took Waller three times on quarterback sneaks followed center Dan Poston and the rest of the line into the end zone for the final score SC 19, Soquel 14.
Scoring by quarters
SC 0 6 7 6 19
Soquel 0 7 7 0 14
The Cards out gained Soquel 342 to 304. Waller completed 12 of 23 passes for 235 yards. Peck of Soquel completed 16 of 30 passes for 220. Crichton caught 5 passes for 102 yards. Michell 4 for 82, Dee Herren 2 for 38 and Lowery 1 for 13. Rushing by times carried the ball and yards gained. Grever 12, 43. Crichton 8, 41. Dee Herren 4, 9. Lowery 2, 7. Waller 8, 5. Ghidinelli 1, 2. Totals 35, 107.
The quarterbacks were in the lime light as the main performers of this championship battle. To this day, whenever talk goes back to which quarterback was the best, it creates quite a debate. The caliber of the two teams were tops in the area. Among the best of both schools football teams over the years.
The offensive attack for the season was paced by junior quarterback Kirk Waller, who completed 75 passes for 1480 yards and 16 touchdowns. Waller also gained 17 yards on the ground for a total offense of 1497 yards, a total representing more than half of the SC 1785 total offense this year. Junior end Tom Mitchell, caught 38 passes for 10 touchdowns and 702 yards. Equally as important was the defensive team, captained by linebacker Jerry Johns and led by tackle Walter Edwards along with other line stalwarts Jerry Malmin, Scott Graff, Scott Stolle and Jim Sutherland and others mentioned below, allowed only 48 points in the season for a 5.3 point average per game.
The Cards scored 222 point while holding their opponents to 48. They gained 2,774 yards while giving up only 1,531. They stopped 20 drives, intercepted 19 passes, recovered 15 fumbles and scored 7 defensive points. The Cardinals were the number one offensive and defensive team in the league.
Offensive line, Dale Lyster, Mike Schwab, Curt Colyear, Rich Ross, Don Roberts, Roy Trowbridge, Jim Hopper, Dan Poston,
Defensive line; Tim Collins, Darryl Henderson, Rick Neuman, Baptiste Bregante and Ernie Cortez
Playing both ways. Offensive line and defensive position: Jerry Johns and line backer; Jerry Malmin, Scott Stolle and Pat Sines all in the line; Tom Mitchell both ways at end.
Defensive backs: John Agnone, Bill Roland, John Ebie, Mark Timmerman, Joel McCllellen
Backs both ways: Lovon Lowery, Gary Ghidinelli, Tom Chrichton,
Team scoring was Mitchell 67, Lowery 54, Crichton 30, Ghidinelli extra point kicks 23, Grever 18 and Dee Herren 6.
Team statistics with SC first and opponents second:
Total first downs 129, opponents 97
by rushing 58, opponents 54
by passing 56, opponents 34
by penalty 15, opponents 9
Total offensive plays, 499, opponents 538
Net yard rushing 1227, opponents 780
net yards passing 1559, opponents 741
Total offensive yards gained 2785, opponents 1531
passes intercepted 18, opponents 16
Fumbles separate by the total fumbles and those recovered 25 opponents 12 and 32 opponents 11
Penalties followed by yards against: 55-529, opponents 46-436.
The Cardinals were the number one offensive and defensive team in the league.
Scoring by quarters for the season
SC 61 39 61 61 222
Opponents 7 14 21 6 48
Individual rushing statistics by name, by times carried, total yards and average yards per carry:
TC TY AV
Grever 85 431 5.1
Crichton 51 296 5.8
Dee Herren 27 174 6.3
Lowery 52 169 3.3
Ghidinelli 7 34 4.6
Cortez 9 34 3.9
Agosti 6 27 4.5
Kelly 1 20 20
Waller 42 17 0.4 there are sacks while trying to throw included in his carries.
Graff 2 11 5.5
Thomas 4 8 2.0
Ebie 2 7 3.5
Kip Herren 3 2 0.7
Mendoza 1 1 1.0
Sutherland 1 1 1.0
Hevert 2 -2 -1.0
Agnone 3 -3 -1.0
Totals 298 1227 4.3
Receiving statistics by name, passes caught, touchdowns and total yards gained.
PC TD TY
Mitchell 38 10 702
Seymour 14 0 157
Crichton 13 2 246
Lowery 10 4 334
Dee Herren 4 0 93
Agosti 2 0 22
Thomas 1 0 6
Ghidinelli 1 0 3
Grever 1 0 -4
Totals 80 10 1559
SC Top Final Sentinel Rankings. The week before the Big Game SC and Soquel were tied for first place. The Cardinals received all but one vote for first place. The other vote went to Mission Trail League winner King City, who is also undefeated. Final ranking 1. SC 2. Soquel 3. King City 4. Seaside 5. Holy Cross.
From coach Dick Logan. “There are four basic reasons for the success of this team. One, senior leadership, which pulled the team up when the team was down or in trouble. Two, natural ability, which came forth when the chips were down. Third, spirit drove them to try to improve themselves. Fourth, desire to make themselves better than anyone else. And it was like a family as a team member commented.” Assistant coaches were Tex Ronning, Bob Seymour, Jim Roland, Doug Severin and Don Dempewolf.
Walt Edwards and went on to play at San Jose State. Kirk Waller and Steve Seymour played at
San Francisco State.
Kirk Waller was voted the MVP of the team.
Defensive end, Dale Lyster was Most Improved.
Center and co-captain, Dan Poston Most Inspirational.
Fullback Steve Grever Most Valuable Back.
Defensive Tackle, Walt Edwards Most Valuable Lineman.
Offensive end, Steve Seymour Best Blocker.
Kip Herren the back up quarterback was deemed “proudest of them all” by team physician Dr. Richard Mills as he presented Kip with the scholarship award for being the player with the best grade point average. Kips award was one of three given in the memory of former team physician Dr. Allan Pederson. The other two went to Kirk Waller as the team MVP and to Marty Gilbert as the JV MVP.
Tim Collins was award the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
The honors rolled in for the members of this very successful team. Seven members were selected for the ALL MBL first team. Quarterback Kirk Waller; linemen, Tom Mitchell, Scott Graff, Walt Edwards, Jerry Malmin and Jim Sutherland and defensive back Gary Ghidinelli.
The Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY TEAM placed eight team members on its team. They are Jerry Johns, center Dan Poston, halfback Tom Crichton, Plus All MBL players Mitchell, Malmin, Edwards, Graff and Ghidinelli. (There is still controversy over the quarterback position. Both Kirk Waller and Randy Peck were both very valuable to their teams and in many eyes could easily have tied for the position.)
Lightweight football was eliminated this year because of budget cuts. Players who would be eligible for lightweights are now playing JV’s, which makes the JV’s smaller but quicker this year.
JV FOOTBALL Practice games: Kennedy 20-13, Live Oak 18-0. Practice record 2-0. League: Alisal 14-6, Monterey 14-6, Seaside 7-25, Salinas 6-32, Watsonville 0-13, North Salinas ?
This team has better speed and has better team spirit than last years team. Overall the players were in better condition when they reported. The passing attack will be enhanced this year as the halfbacks as well as the quarterback are very capable throwing the ball. The starting line up in the 20-13 win over Kennedy were quarterback Bob Atwood; fullback, John Carniglia; halfbacks, Marty Gilbert and Steve Vomvolakis or Dan Carniglia; ends, Ben Krupp and Bert West; tackles Jerry Vellutini and Gene Anderson; guards, Jim Carrithers and Corney Brown; center Mark Motell.
Other team members: Newly, Royals, Paz, Thuringer, Gary Rochelle, Jernstrom, Dave Mendez, Hayden, Murray Fleming, Steve Cunha, Christensen, Tanner, Temmerman, Allison, Garcia, Carlton, Monte Puget, Faitos, Buckholt, Neil, Steve Ellis, Val Carpenter, Don Green, West, M. Krupp and Bivins.
Cardinal Jayvees Triumph 18-0 Over Live Oak for their second straight win. Good blocks and hard tackles accounted for the victory. Two fine runs and good defensive play wer victimized by a slow start, but you couldn’t see it in the second half. In the first quarter defensive end Murray Fleming picked up an Acorn fumble on the 11 yard line and took it in for the first Cards score. In the third quarter, Card quarterback Dave Mendez streaked around left end from 15 yards out for a touchdown. With 8:53 on the clock in the last quarter, halfback Marty Gilbert with the help of a key block by Gary Rochelle, streaked 67 yards for the final score. The JV team is a lighter team this year due to lack of funds lightweights were cut from the budget. Coach Severin stated that he thought this team will improve on their 5-4 record last year.
In their first league game a 14-6 win over Alisal with 21 second left on the first half clock, Gary Rochelle intercepted a pass and dashed 25 yards for the TD. Bob Atwood connected with end Ben Krupp in the end zone for the extra point. Marty Gilbert ran back a punt 55 yards for a score. Atwood to Krupp for the extra point made the score 14-0. This makes three straight wins for the JV’s.
Marty Gilbert scored two touchdowns against Monterey for a 14-6 win.
In the first quarter against Seaside, Marty Gilbert returned a punt 75 yards for the only SC TD in a 7-25 loss. The extra point was made on a pass from Bob Atwood to Murray Fleming.
The lone score against Salinas was made in the fourth quarter as Wayne Royals ran through right guard for 50 yards down by the goal line. Two plays later Gary Rochelle ran it in from the five.
With two games left in the season against North Salinas and Soquel, the JV’s are 2-3 in league and 4-3 for the season.
Marty Gilbert was the JV MVP. Gary Rochelle was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
Top runners this year should be Linsey Cramer, Kent Webber, Eric Smith and Frank Smith.
At the beginning of the season ten men are out for the team. They are listed here by year in school, name and years they have been running cross country. Juniors, Mike Moore, 2; Eric Smith, 3; Frank Smith, transfer; Chuck Spray, 3; Paul Westberg, 3. Sophomores, Kent Webber, 2; Doug Huskey, 1; and Linsey Cramer,1. Freshman, Casey Webber, Jim Ruiz and Jesus Alvarez.
The runners are trained by their sustained running to the beach, running a certain length of time; interval work running the 220 and 440 and any kind of short runs, then resting and running again. Everyone on the team tries to train every day of the week, running five to ten miles a day. The amount of running we do depends on how we do.
Meets can be divided into three or four separate divisions as frosh, sophomore, JV or Varsity.
In Cross Country the low score is the winner. The score is the total of the places earned by each team. Alisal won 15-49 as they had higher placing runners then SC. Placers were by name and place in the race: Eric Smith, 7; Kent Webber, 9; Paul Westburg, 10; Casey Webber, 11 and Tim Christensen, 12.
Watsonville won 15-43. Placers in the JV race were Casey Webber, 5; Frank Smith, 6; Linsey Cramer, 12. For the varsity it was Paul Westberg, 6; Eric Smith 7; Kent Webber, 9; Charles Spray, 10 and Doug Huskey, 11.
North Salinas won varsity 17-46 and Junior varsity 18-40. (Lowest score wins) Varsity results: Eric Smith, 4; Paul Westberg, 9; Kent Webber, 10; Harry Huskey, 11 and Linsey Cramer, 12.
Junior varsity results were Casey Webber, 3; Chuck Spray, 7; Frank Smith, 9; Ruiz, 10 and Steve Cramer, 11.
In a four way meet the scoring was Salinas 24, Soquel 44, North Salinas 61, SC 83. SC placers were Paul Westberg, 12; Eric Smith, 13; Casey Webber, 17; Chuck Spray, 19 and Steve Cramer, 22. Junior varsity scoring: North Salinas 24, Santa Cruz 54, Salinas 64, Soquel 90. SC placers were: Doug Husky, 7; Jim Ruiz, 8; Frank Smith, 10; Lindsey Cramer, 14; Doug Johnson, 15 and Tim Christensen, 20.
Results for SC at the CCS qualifying meet at York School. Varsity results with places were: Eric Smith, 40; Chuck Spray, 55. Sophomore results were: Tim Christensen, 12; Frank Smith, 16; Doug Husky, 17 and Lindsey Cramer, 27. Freshman results were: Jesus Alvarez, 3; Casey Webber, 5 and Jim Ruiz, 17.
In a dual meet with Soquel varsity results: Soquel, 15 and Santa Cruz, 47. Paul Westberg, 6; Eric Smith, 8; Kent Webber, 10; Chuck Spray, 11 and Steve Cramer, 12.
Junior Varsity wins meet with Soquel winning 22-33. Jim Ruiz wins the race! Doug Johnson, 3; Doug Husky, 4; Lindsey Cramer, 6 and Casey Webber, 8.
Results for SC at the CCS Meet finals. Varsity results Paul Westberg, 37; Eric Smith, 42; Kent Webber, 50; Steve Cramer, 60; Chuck Spray, 62. Sophomore results; Doug Husky, 9; Doug Johnson, 12; Lindsey Cramer, 14. Freshmen results: Casey Webber, 7.
Paul Westburg was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
BASKETBALL LEAGUE CHAMPS FOR SECOND YEAR, FINALIST FOR CENTRAL COAST SECTION TITLE AT STANFORD
Practice games: Los Gatos 54-43. Dads Club SLV 80-46, Soquel 53-44, North Salinas 57-55 in overtime for the title. Live Oak tourney: Ayer of Milpitas 61-31, Andre Hill 53-46, Fremont 55-57; Moreau of the East Bay Catholic league 49-39, SLV 68-41, Mitty 78-65. Practice record 9-1. League: Monterey 70-49, 60-52; Watsonville 61-34-50-52; Alisal 53-47, 80-65; Soquel 65-51, 67-54; Salinas 76-50, 67-57; North Salinas 72-58. 74-65; Seaside 69-67, 78-55. League record 13-1. Regular season 22-2. CCS playoffs: Mora 74-66, Del Mar 71-56, Fremont 53-49, for second place of all CCS teams. Final season record 24-3.
Final MBL standings: SC 13-1, North Salinas 12-2, Seaside 10-4, Soquel 6-8, Monterey 5-9, Watsonville 4-10, Salinas 4-10 and Alisal 2-12.
Starters: forwards, 6’6” Kris Sorensen, 6’6” Dan Rodriquez and 6’4” Dave Paul; center, 6’5” Tom Foster; Guards, 6’0” Gary Ghidinelli, 6’1” Kirk Waller and 5’11” Grant Wilson. Top substitutes: 5’10” Rod Fleming and 6’2” Steve Seymour. Others with playing time 5’9” Steve Canepa, 6’ Doug Ley, 5’11” Roger Barat and 6’3” Dave Hendershott.
In the first game of the Dads Tournament the Cards beat SLV 80-46. The Cards dominated the backboards with their size advantage. Foster, Rodriguez and Sorensen repeatedly banged the ball against the backboard until it went in. On four occasions they had four tips between them, before the ball would drop. The Cards won the boards 37-21 led by Dan Rodriguez and Dave Paul with eight each. Tom Foster set a new tournament record as he sank nine of ten field goal attempts for a 90 percent accuracy. The old record was 80 percent. The team set the team record for the most points scored and the number of field goals 36 as well. Each squad member saw valuable action, displaying the Cards fine depth. Scoring: Foster 19, Sorensen 7, Rodriguez 11, Ghidinelli 11, Wilson 5, Waller 10, Paul 10, Fleming 2, Seymour 2, Barat 2, Ley 1, Canepa and Dave Hendershott 0.
Cards beat Soquel 53-44 in the semi finals, but not until after the Knights built an early lead to give the Cards a scare. SC began pressing in the second quarter on defense forcing the Knights out of their controlled type offense and they began making mistakes. Meanwhile the Cards capitalized on the mistakes and steals to close in and finally take an unbeatable lead. The third quarter was the deciding one as the Cards outscored the Knights 19-9. Scoring Rofriguez 13, Sorensen 3, Waller 4, Ghidinelli 8, Foster 16, Wilson 9, Seymour 9 and Fleming 0.
Cards Take Tourney In Overtime. An impressive, well rounded SC basketball team won the Dads Club Tournament with and exiting 57-55 overtime win over North Salinas. It was not any one player that brought the victory. It was a team effort. A pass from Gary Ghidinelli to center Dan Rodriguez breaking down the free throw lane gave Rodriguez the opportunity to layup the ball for the go ahead basket 55-53 with 30 seconds left in the game. North Salinas shot and missed, the Cards rebounded and got the ball to Ghidinelli, who was fouled and hit both his one and one free throws to ice the game. It was a tight game all the way. Scoring by quarters SC 13-13, 26-31, 38-39, 47-47 regulation, 57-55 OT. Kris Sorensen had a goal tending call against him. (does not happen often in high school). Dan Rodriguez playing his best game in varsity competition, hit a field goal on a follow up shot a watched the basketball bounce three times on the rim and finally go in to bring SC within two points. In the fourth quarter with the Cards down 38-43, put forth its biggest scoring spree of the game scoring six straight point sto take the lead 45-43. Free throws by Rodriguez and Kirk Waller, plus field goals by Waller and Ghidinelli accounted for the scoring. Tom Foster made a field goal to put SC up 47-43, but North Salinas tied the score to put it into overtime. Eighteen quick points were scored in the next three minutes. The Cards got ten of them. Rodriguez accounted for 4 as did Ghidinelli and Waller had a field goal. Scoring: Foster 9, Sorensen 12, Rodriguez 13, Wilson 5, Ghidinelli 13, Waller 5 and Fleming 0.
Three Cards were chosen All Dads Club. They were senior Dan Rodriguez and juniors Tom Foster and Gary Ghidinelli.
In the first game of the Live Oak Tournament the Cards had an easy game against Samuel Ayer winning 61-31.
The semi-final game against Fremont, the first loss of the season for the Cards 55-57. Fremont rolled to a 20-11 lead in the first quarter and the Cards made a come back in the second quarter to be down 35-31. Ghidinelli worked under the handicap of four personal fouls over the second half. It restricted his stock and trade, his ability to drive and force defensive mistakes in the key. Fremont busted out again in the third quarter to up its lead to 54-43. After Fremont scored the first basket of the last quarter the Cards scored 12 consecutive points to make the score 56-55 Fremont. Ghidinelli hit consecutive jumpers to pull the Cards within one. with a minute to play. With a minute to play, the floor turned into a small mob scene following each shot as the Cards went into a full court press and forced the Indians into two turnovers, non of which the Cards were able to capitalize on. Fremont threw the ball out of bounds. Card called for traveling. Next play made an interception and step out of bounds. Fremont’s two big men equalized the Cards front line. ( This is the same team that beat the Cards in the CCS championship game) The Cards showed heart in the fourth quarter that will help them in future game. Scoring: Foster 21, Sorensen 6, Rodriguez 4, Wilson 9, Ghidinelli 13 and Waller 2.
In the third place game of the Live Oak Tournament the Cards came from behind to out scored Andrew Hill 16-9 in the fourth quarter to win 53-46. A third period scoring spree by 6’6” senior Dan Rodriguez scored eight of his 17 points in the third quarter to bring the Cards from a 21-26 halftime disadvantage to a 27-26 lead. The SC effort was anything, but a one man show as Gary Ghidinelli, Kris Sorensen and Tom Foster played key roles. Ghidinelli in addition to scoring 10 points turned in a stellar defensive game and forced the Falcons into several bad passes and ball handling errors. Sorensen and Foster, the giants who team with Rodriquez on the Card front line again dominated the rebounding department. In the first half the Hill zone press gave the Cards trouble. Scoring: Foster 4 Sorensen 5, Waller 6, Ghidinelli 10, Wilson 9, Rodriguez 15, Paul 4 and Fleming 0.
At the Live Oak tournament the Cards took third place after losing by two points to the tournament champions Fremont. Gary Ghidinelli and Tom Foster were chosen All Tournament.
The scoring in the SC 68-41 win over SLV was Foster 14, Ghidinelli 10, Rodriguez 13, Sorensen 8, Waller 10, Wilson 0, Fleming 0, Paul 5, Ley 6, Seymour 2, Hendershott 0 and Canepa 0.
Cards beat Moreau of the East Catholic Athletic League 49-39. SC made 20 of 49 shots for a 41 percent average. SC also captured the boards 40-31 with Rodriguez leading with 13. Scoring: Foster 8, Ghidinelli 2, Rodriguez 11, Waller 6, Wilson 5, Sorensen 9, Fleming 8 and Paul 0.
In the last practice game, the Cards got together and played what may have been their best team game of the year in beating Mitty 78-65 after being down 15-20 at the end of the first quarter. They came back and outscored Mitty 21-7 in the second quarter. Tom Foster, who had set out the first quarter came in at the start of the second quarter and picked up the lagging Cards with some quick passing and three for three at the line to get the Cards back into the game. Rodriguez and Ghidinelli also were instrumental in the come back as they both scored six points. SC still has some trouble hanging on to the ball. The Redbirds moved the ball well against all the defensess the Monarchs has as they scored almost at will of the zone and clipped the losers on the full court press. Scoring: Sorensen 13, Foster 9, Rodriguez 19, Ghidinelli 18, Fleming 8, Waller 8, Paul 2, Hendershott 1, Ley, Seymour and Canepa 0.
The Sentinel column ‘Sporting Goods’. During an interview with long time keeper of the clock for SCHS basketball games since 1951 or 17 years, Don “Lefty” Waltrip, suggested that this years team is potentially the best in the last 15 years.
Cardinals Walk To 70-49 Victory over Monterey. In their first league game the Cards still did not look consistently sharp throughout the contest. The Cards were down 12-14 at the end of the first period, but scored 20 in the second quarter, when three fast break baskets sparked the surge to go ahead at half 32-24. Kirk Waller produced his highest point output in his initial year on the varsity by connecting on nine field goal and a perfect three for three from the foul line for 21 points. Many of Waller’s points came on jump shots from the free throw line area after the Cards had broken into the fast break. Backcourt leader Gary Ghidinelli scored 15 points, but even more important is the fact the junior guard was credited with nine assists, so chalk up another 18 of SC’s points to the credit of Ghidinelli. SC had a good night from the field going 24 for 55 and were nearly perfect from the free throw strip 19 for 22. All was not peaches and cream for the Cards as Monterey was able to drive the baseline and pass inside, while the Cards were not overly aggressive. Scoring: Waller 21, Sorensen 4, Rodriguez 12, Paul 0, Ghidinelli 15, Foster 12, Fleming 4, Wilson 2, Seymour and Ley 0.
Cardinal Breeze, 61-34. With double figure performances from four starters the Cards handily dismantled Watsonville 61-34. The Cards again put forth a strong team effort as Foster had seven assists followed by Ghidinelli with three. Four of Foster’s field goals came on tip ins. SC employed a stiff zone defense that did not allow penetration and forced the Cats to shoot from the outside. The Cards shot 43 percent from the field and 44 percent from the line. The Cards scoring by quarters were 8, 20, 18 and 15. Scoring Sorensen 8, Foster 11, Rodriguez 10, Ghidinelli 10, Waller 11, Paul 6, Fleming 2 and Ley 0.
Cards Win A Flat One Over Alisal 53-47. Alisal led the Cards at halftime 24-28. The Cards were somewhat confused by a zone defense the Trojans threw at them and were not able to gain control of the offensive boards until the middle of the third quarter. After consecutive field goals by Rodriguez, Waller and Foster put the Cards ahead for good. Foster played a fine defensive game to match his offense scoring 16 points, making four assists to go with his four blocked shots and 9 rebounds. Kris Sorensen led the rebounders with 13. Gary Ghidinelli, while only scoring five points had four assists. Although the Cards did not do a lot of shooting they hit 61 percent of their shots. Alisal held the ball out and did not let the Cards get into their running game. In the second half the Cards outscore Alisal 15-10 in the third quarter and 14-9 in the final quarter. Scoring: Foster 15, Waller 15, Rodriguez 13, Ghidinelli 5, Sorensen 4, Wilson, Paul and Fleming 0.
SC Nab 65-51 Win Over Soquel. The Cards found the Knights had thoughts of an upset, but put away andy serious ideas by hitting nine of 11 field goals attempted in the third quarter for a 50-35 lead. All but two of the nine field goals were within five feet of the bucket. This was the most impressive MBL win for the Cards this year. Once again the SC attack was directed capably by steady Gary Ghidinelli, who potted 17 points, some on good drives and enabled the Cards to put 20 more points on the board with 10 assist. The Cards out rebounded the Knights allowing them to get off one shot at a time, while the Cards put the ball up three of four times in a row. SC had 48 rebounds to Soquel’s 28. Kris Sorensen and Tom Foster both had 16 rebounds. At one point, Foster attempted two tips, missed, but came up with a score on the third try. SC connected on 26 of 51 field goals attempts for 52 percent and hit 13 of 20 from the charity stripe. Scoring: Foster 19, Sorensen 13, Rodruguez 7, Ghidinelli 17, Waller 3, Wilson 4 and Fleming 2. As a sidelight, a volleyball player claimed that on a Sorensen’s backward jump shot or “Castle Beach volley ball shot” was the highlight of the game for style points.
Cards Sharp Post 75-50 Win over Salinas. SC boomed out to a fast start gaining a first quarter 21-9 lead. For the second time this week the Redbirds displayed a good show of teamwork and a rebound and run brand of basketball and were rarely victims of turnovers. When it looked like the Cards were going to run the Cowboys out of the auditorium they went to the bench and they kept scoring. The most impressive player was Dan Rodriguez, who connected on eight of 11 shots from the field, mostly from within five feet of the basket and showed everyone he has the arability to shoot well in close with either hand. Rebounding wise Tom Foster led with 18 followed by Dave Paul with 11. As usual Gary Ghidinelli led in assists with seven while he did his normal job of directing the offense and being overly unselfish and not shooting himself. Foster and Kirk Waller were next in assists with four. SC built a 15 point lead at half and midway through the third period started to do more substituting. Dave Paul was aggressive on the boards and went five for five at the line. Steve Seymour had a nice tip in and Doug Ley handled the ball well. The Cards hit 27 of 64 from the field and 22 of 42 from the charity stripe. Scoring: Sorensen 15, Foster 12, Rodriguez 18, Ghidinelli 0. Wilson 6, Waller 9, Fleming 4, Paul 5, Seymour 3, Ley 4, Hendershott, Canepa and Barat 0.
Cardinal Title Drive In Gear as they drove themselves into undisputed possession of first place by handing North Salinas a convincing 72-58 thrashing. The Cards produced their highest one quarter point total in the fourth period with 25 points to turn a close game into a runaway. Tom Foster found the opportune time to have one of his best games. He made 10 of 12 shots from the field, four of five from the line for a total of 25 points. In previous games Foster has been content to let others do the scoring while was getting them the ball in good position for them to score. One man did not win this game by a long way. Rather it was a display of power, balance and good defense that did the job. When the taller and stronger Cards started to pull away in the fourth quarter after holding a three point third quarter lead, North High went into a press, but it did not bother the SC attack and proved to be of no avail. Defense was every bit as important in this one as the Cards held the league leading scoring in check as he was forced to take shots from way out or of balance. The Vikings led 15-12 in the first period and 33-31at half. The Cards outscored the Vikes 16 to 11 in the third quarter to go up 47-42. From the start of the fourth quarter the Cards literally were scoring two or three baskets for every one for North Salinas. North Salinas appeared to be tiring just when SC was starting to make the shift into “fourth” gear. SC sank 28-52 shots from the field for an impressive 53 percent and were 14 for 21 from the line. As usual Ghidinelli was tops in assists with eight followed by Waller with four. Sorensen led the rebounding with 11 followed by Rodriguez with 10. Very likely this was the best game of the season for the Cards, who have really started to come into their own in the last three games. Scoring: Sorensen 12, Foster 25, Rodriguez 11, Ghidinelli 15, Waller 6, Wilson 3 and Paul 0.
Cards Stop Spartans, Surge To Win 69-67. Cards go undefeated for the first half of MBL play. Cards survive a last minute rush by Seaside. With 54 seconds remaining in the game the Cards were holding a 69-60 advantage over the hosts. SC stayed away from the Seaside shooters, so as not to foul. A bad decision as the Spartans hit their shots to close the gap. Kris Sorensen and Tom Foster had their best rebound nights as a duo with 23 and 21 respectively. Foster also spent a quite a bit of time blocking Seaside shots, while Sorensen was harassing Spartan shooters, though fouling out in the final quarter. Again the Cards scoring was balanced as all five starters were in double figures and four of them were within three points of each other. Gary Ghidinelli sparkling back court work accumulated seven assists. For the first time in his high school career he fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter. Grant Wilson stepped in at
guard and along with Kirk Waller did a fine job at eluding the Seaside press, which the Spartans put on for almost three quarters. Scoring: Foster 16, Rodriguez 13, Sorensen 14, Waller 16, Ghidinelli 10, Wilson, Paul and Fleming 0.
The Trident showed statistics up to this point of the season, which show the Cards have an all around team talented in scoring as well as rebounding and passing the ball. In points, Foster leads with 167, Rodriguez 152; Ghidinelli 127 and Waller 119. In assists Foster leads with 66, then Ghidinelli 58, Waller 28 and Wilson 23. Top rebounded is Rodriguez 129, Foster 121 and Sorensen 108.
Cards Trail, Then Post 60-52 Victory over Monterey. The Cards had their feathers ruffled for three quarters, before a late rally put them on top. Sloppy SC playing and inept backboard control helped the smaller Toreadors assume a 15-12 first quarter lead. This continued in the second period with Monterey still leading 29-22. SC appeared just to go through the motions in the third quarter as Monterey up their lead to seven points. With less than 1:30 left in the quarter SC hit six straight field goals. Dan Rodriguez tipped in a shot to put the Cards ahead 42-40 with two seconds left. Monterey refused to allow SC any breathing room as the remained within on to a three point spread until the final two minutes with SC ahead 52-50. Foster scored three field goals and Sorensen a foul shot to decide the game. Rebounding leaders were Foster with 12, Rodriguez 11 and Sorensen 10. Scoring: Rodriguez 6. Sorensen 21, Foster 11, Ghidinelli 13, Waller 9 and Wilson 0.
It’s happened; Cats upset SC 50-52. Coming into the game the Cats were 2-6 in league. Watsonville clawed holes in Santa Cruz’ colored glasses, forcing the Redbirds to see reality. As has been the case many times, particularly early in this season, the Cardinals went through the motions of playing basketball most of the game. Spirited Watsonville, on the other hand, scrapped its way and built momentum, which carried it through an exciting fourth quarter. Santa Cruz led 25-22 at halftime. At the 3:55 mark of the third quarter Watsonville led 34-33. The tempo of the game picked up with both teams pressing. The score changed hands five times before Watsonville went ahead 41-39 at the end of the third quarter. Both squads exchanged early buckets, before Watsonville changed the tempo to a stall and a good one at that. Watsonville went ahead by seven, 49-42 with two minutes left. Sorensen and Ghidinelli each potted a pair of charity tosses to put SC back in contention at 49-46 with a minute to go. During this minute, Watsonville made three free throws and Waller tanked two field goals for the final 50-52 score. The Cats delay game was a decisive factor in the game as SC was limited to 13 scoring attempts the second half of which they made 9 for a 69 percent. But Watsonville made 12 of 21 attempts for 59 percent. Watsonville aided their cause with six offensive rebounds, which added to extra shot attempts, to Santa Cruz’ zero. After playing improved ball the last several games, the Cards fell back to sloppy play and disunity on the team of earlier in the year. Scoring for the Cards where Sorensen 14, Ghidinelli 11, Rodriguez, Waller and Wilson 8 apiece, Foster 1, Paul and Fleming 0.
Cards Destroy Alisal Upset Hopes 80-65. The Cards score 41 points to Alisal’s 28 in the first half. During this time the Cards hit 18 of 40 field goal attempts. The Cards did not sit back and wait this game. They executed the fast break well and players were taking the open shot when it was presented to them. Midway through the third quarter with a 56-35 lead full scale substitutions started for the Cards. Scoring: Foster 10, Sorensen 11, Rodriguez 16, Wilson 12, Waller 5, Ghidinelli 16, Paul 2, Barat 2, Canepa 2 Seymour, Hendershott and Ley 0.
Sizzling Second Period Sparks SC in 67-54 win over Soquel. The Cards stood around flat footed for the entire first stanza and saw the sharp shooting Knights take a 19-13 lead, before they decided to put forth the effort of which they are capable. The ball game turned around completely in the second stanza. SC started to run, force Soquel turnovers and working the fast break well. The extra effort paid off in nothing but points for the Cardinals. Trailing 20-13 in the first minute in the second quarter, the Cards reeled off 14 straight points. The spark of the Cards attack was Grant Wilson, who stole the ball, made some good passes on the fast break and scored a season high of 13 points. His backcourt mate, Gary Ghidinelli, did much of the same, but it was Tom Foster who grabbed eight rebounds, held Soquel center and scoring ace to six points, scored 21 important points himself from underneath and around the 10 foot area, who provided the difference in the game. SC shot 15 for 34 in the first half and 12 for 23 in the second half for a game total of 27 for 57 or 47 percent. Scoring: Ghidinelli 10, Wilson 12, Foster 21, Rodriguez 16, Waller 4, Sorensen 2, Paul 2 and Fleming 0.
Cards Post 67-57 Win Over Salinas. The Cowboys dazzled the Cards in the first period, but the Cards capitalized on Cowboy fouls. The Cards hit 25 of 41 free throws for a 60 percent average and wipe out the 24-21 advantage the Cowboys had in field goals. Foster hit 12 free throws and Sorensen was next with 5. Salinas displayed some dandy corner shooting hitting 6 of 9 first period field goals to go ahead 18-12. In the second quarter the Cards defensive play improved. Waller began timing the Salinas passes and deflecting them to his mates. More pressure was put on the outside shooters and the big back line of the Cards did not allow the ball to be passed inside. The Cards went ahead 28-27 at half. At the end of the third quarter the Cards were still holding on leading 44-41. The Salinas’ excessive fouling caught up with them when the Cards hit their foul shots. Foster and Sorensen started the last quarter making both their one an one foul shots for four points. Waller and Foster paced the Cards 23 point scoring in the final quarter with six points apiece. Ghidinelli tallied four, but his major contributions were his numerous assists and fine play making. Scoring: Sorensen 11, Foster 22, Rodriguez 10, Ghidinelli 6, Waller 15, Wilson 2, Paul 1, Fleming, Seymour and Ley 0
Cards, Vikings Vie For Title Tonight was the headline in the Sentinel. Radio station KSCO (10800 will be broadcasting beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Dick Little at the mike.
The Cardinals drove themselves into undisputed possession of first place by handing North Salinas a convincing 72-58 defeat. The Cards produced their highest one quarter point total with 25 in the fourth period, to turn a close game into a runaway. Foster found the opportune time to register his highest one game point total of the year, by hitting 10 of 12 attempts from the field and four of five from the line to accumulate 25 points. His previous high was 22 in the first game of the year. Since that game, he has been content to let the others on the team do the scoring, by coming up with numerous assists. One man did not win this game by a long ways. Rather, it was a display of power, balance and good defense that did the job. When the taller and stronger Cards started to pull away in the fourth period after holding a three point third quarter lead, North High went into a press, but it did not bother the SC attack and proved to be of no avail. Defense was every bit as important in this game as the Cards forced Haddan, the league leading scorer, to take shots from way out or off balance. North High led at the end of the first quarter 15 to 12 and at half 33 to 31. North scored first in the third quarter, but SC exploded for nine points to go ahead and were never headed again. Foster’s three point play was s big play. From the start of the fourth quarter, the Cards literally were scoring two or three baskets for every one for North Salinas. In short, North Salinas appeared to start tiring just when the Cards started to make the shift into “fourth” gear. SC sank 28 of 52 shots from the field for an impressive 53 percent and were 14 for 21 from the line. As usual, Ghidinelli passed off for eight assists and Waller followed with four. Sorensen led in rebounds with 12 followed by Foster 11 and Rodriguez 10. Very likely, this was the best game of the season for the Cards, who have really started to come into their own in the last three games. Scoring: Foster 23, Ghidinelli 15, Sorensen 12, Rodriguez 11, Waller 6, Wilson 3, Paul 0.
From the San Jose Mercury. An awesome performance by the big three tome Foster, Dan Rodriguez and Kris Sorensen paced the Cards to a 74-64 win over North Salinas to take the loop lead. The trio combined for 54 points and controlled both backboards. Foster was the big gun scoring 28 points and collecting 15 rebounds. Eighteen of his points came in the second half to help Santa Cruz break open a tight contest. Gary Ghidinelli distributed the ball giving out eight assists. North Salinas retained their one point lead from the end of the first quarter until two minutes before halftime. At this time Santa Cruz was able to capitalize on three quick turnovers for points and a 36-31 intermission lead. With Foster popping in jumpers and hitting from the foul stripe, Santa Cruz zoomed to a ten point spread with 1:30 left in the third stanza. From then on, both clubs played on even terms. Sorensen and Rodriguez fouled out in the last quarter, were instrumental in keeping the Cards close at the start of the game. They had nine points each at half time and wound up with 3. Scoring was Foster 28, Sorensen and Rodriguez 13 each, Waller, Ghidinelli and Wilson 6 each and Paul 2.
Additional from the Sentinel: Headline — SC Continues Climb to MBL Crown. The Santa Cruz defense was impressive. It forced North Salinas into nine important turnovers in the second half, five of which were turned into baskets for the Cards.. It was SC’s overpowering rebounding, six straight points on two Sorensen’s tip ins and a two pointer by Foster after he stole the ball to put them ahead at half time 36-31. SC boomed into a comfortable lead early in the third quarter by scoring seven consecutive points for a 46-37 lead. From that point on, SC held a 8 or 10 point lead throughout the game and were in control all the way. Rodriguez picked up his fourth foul in the first half and limited him some what until he fouled out. He still played good defense. On one shot while underneath the basket, twisting one way and shooting from the other, which made the fans blinking their eyes. The SC defenders held Hadden, the league leading scorer to one point in the first half. He ended the game with 19 points, while unofficially shooting 28 times, but they were all under pressure. Not many wide open shots. Santa Cruz connected on 16 of 33 attempts in the first half and 29 of 66 for the game for 44 percent. They were 16 for 21 from the charity stripe. Foster led the team in rebounding with 15 and Ghidinelli was tops in assists with eight.
Another glimpse about the three game series with North Salinas in a column labeled ‘Sideline Synopsis’ in the Salinas Californian. It is true that Santa Cruz’s height made the difference, but size is what the game of basketball is all about. The Cards big men Foster, Rodriguez and Sorensen are more than tall. They are strong and agile and all three can shoot well in the 10 to 15 foot range. Santa Cruz also has to be given credit for doing a great job defensively against North star Dennis Haddan, who had two games of 19 points and a 15 pointer in the three games, which is under his 24 points a game average. But he had to work very hard to get those points and had to force even some that he made. Certainly North Salinas has nothing to be ashamed of as their only losses were to Santa Cruz and the Santa Teresa league champion, Lincoln High of San Jose.
Santa Cruz Cards nab MBL title with 78-55 rout over Spartans. Teamwork was the key to the Santa Cruz victory. No one player was the exceptional star as the entire squad played quality basketball. The Cardinals worked the ball well, waiting for their shots and fed the open man. Seaside made it known early in the contest that the Cards would have to win by playing exceptional basketball. The Spartans paced Santa Cruz shot for shot in the first quarter, while maintaining a hectic defense. At the end of the first quarter it was SC 18-16. The Cards pulled away a little for a halftime lead of 39-32, led by the shooting of Ghidinelli and Waller. In the third quarter, the Cards pulled away a little more, out scoring the Spartans 22 to 13. In this quarter, Sorensen was the big gun with eight. Even though Cards shot effectively from the floor 45 percent of the time, they took fewer shots in the second half as they worked the ball well and took their shots with care. The buoyant Spartans stayed close in the rebounding category only losing this battle 43 to 47. Foster headed the Cards board clearers with 15. Ghidinelli and Foster were tied with seven assist out of the teams 23. Foster and Rodriguez played fine defensive games as they broke up many Seaside plays and blocked several shots. Scoring were Waller 16, Ghidinelli 15, Foster 14, Sorensen and Rodriguez 12 apiece, Wilson 3, Paul, Seymour and Canepa 2 apiece. The only games lost in league by Seaside were to the Cardinals and North Salinas.
Five Cards were in the top fifteen scorers in the league: Tom Foster fourth with 223 points, Dan Rodriguez seventh with 177, Kris Sorensen ninth with 165, Gary Ghidinelli eleventh with 149 and Kirk Waller thirteenth with 148.
In MBL play, Santa Cruz was second to North Salinas in both offensive and defensive totals by two points per game.
From the San Jose Mercury: One man teams will be conspicuous by their absence in the four regional playoffs. Evenly balanced teams have fought their way to the quarter finals of the maiden CCS tournament. Santa Cruz appears to be one of the class teams in the CCS, blending height and board strength with adequate speed.
From the Sentinel: In the toughest league game of the season against Seaside for a 69-67 win, two Cardinals grabbed off 43 rebounds. Kris Sorensen had 22 and Tom Foster 21. All five Card starters averaged in double figures in MBL play.
In the CCS playoffs, the first game was played at Cabrillo against Mora of Watsonville, who had beaten Palma for the right to play SC. Mora gave the Cards more than was anticipated with their press and hard nosed play causing more turnovers than normal for the usually sure handed Cards. The Cards won 74-66. Scoring for SC: Kris Sorensen 20, Gary Ghidinelli 15, Dan Rodriquez 15, Tom Foster14, Kirk Waller 10. Dave Paul, Rod Fleming and Grant Wilson did their jobs without scoring.
The semi finals and finals were played at Stanford. These games were covered by Dick Little on KSCO. The Cards beat Del Mar 71-56 in the semi-finals. All comments from the Sentinel. SC played a solid game from start to finish. The front line went after the ball with power and out rebounded Del Mar 55-49. Sorensen showed what he can do once he puts his mind on the game. He and Rodriquez each had 16 rebounds. The Card was behind for only the first 15 seconds, when Del Mar scored on the tip. Ghidinelli came right back with a 20 foot jumper followed by jumpers by Rodriguez and Sorensen. Del Mar only got as close as four points the rest of the game. Kirk Waller was hot from the floor making 8 of 17 shots. Ghidinelli was again the leader on the floor keeping the front line well fed with passes and harassing the Don guards all night. Foster the defender of the middle, blocked three shots. Grant Wilson came into the game and supplied good defense an gave the Cards a lift mid way through the third quarter. Scoring: Sorensen 17, Waller 17, Foster 16, Rodriguez 12, Ghidinelli 7, Wilson 2, Fleming, Paul, Seymour and Canepa 0.
In the finals the Cards lost to Fremont 53-49. Fremont had previously beaten Palo Alto 60-49 and Hillsdale 60-55. What turned out to be the possible game deciding moments came with just seconds on the clock at the end of two quarters. With two seconds left in the half Tom Tarabnovic scored. With three seconds left at the end of the third quarter he scored again. A four point difference, was the spread in the final score. Fremont scored the bulk of their shots from under the basket or close in. In the past, this in one area where the Cards have not allowed many shots. The Cards started with a 7 to 2 lead, but it was Fremont 15-14 at the quarter. SC missed chances in the second quarter to regain the lead. The Cards scored only 6 points in the quarter. In the first half there were 5 turnovers and a poor 4 for 11 from the line. The Cards were down from 5 to 7 points throughout the game. It even got to 33-41 in the third quarter. But the Cards with their effective press were able to cut into the lead. Foster did a good job on the boards, blocked shots. while scoring 14 points. Kirk Waller spearheaded the last quarter scoring 8 points to help close the gap and ended up with 11 points. Others scoring were Rodriguez 13, Sorensen 6, Ghidinelli 3 and Wilson 2. Fremont’s front line went from 6’4 to 6’5”, while Santa Cruz’ went from 6’5” to 6’6”, probably one of the most evenly matched groups in the area. Fremont’s front line came out ahead both in rebounds 29 to 23 and scoring 40 to 33. Fremont had previously beaten the Cards 57-55 at a preseason tournament at Live Oak. The Fremont team were all seniors accept for one junior. The Cards lose only one senior valuable Dan Rodriguez.
Foster and Kris Sorensen were chosen for ALL CCS TOURNAMENT honors.
Stats from the Sentinel: This was a well rounded team. Santa Cruz had four men average in double figures in scoring. Their top six scorers shot 40 percent of better from the field. There was only a 25 shot difference from the fifth man to the first man. Three players had over 200 rebounds, Foster 272, Sorensen 238 and Rodriguez 218. Ghidinelli led in assists with 131 and Foster was next with 121 followed by Waller and Wilson.
Five players had at least 200 shots and the range was 210 to 235. The same five scored from 219 to 343 points. The following is listed by shooting average, number of points scored and average points per game.
AV PT PG
Foster 51 343 14.3
Rodriquez 49 278 11.6
Ghidinelli 43 248 10.3
Sorensen 48 231 10.0
Waller 43 219 9.8
The rest of the team with games played and points scored.
NAME GP POINTS
Wilson 22 116
Paul 19 49
Fleming 15 33
Seymour 11 9
Ley 9 1
Canepa 8 6
Hendershott 7 5
Barat 5 6
Total shots taken 1305 with 592 made for 45 percent shooting. In foul shooting the team made 366 out of 588 for an average of 62 percent. Leaders were Foster with 71 percent followed by Ghidinelli at 69, Waller 68 and Sorensen 60 percent.
The average offensive score was 64.6 and the points against was 51 points a game. A spread of 13.6 points in favor of the Cards.
Tom Foster was recognized as the Most Valuable player.
Gary Ghidinelli received the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
Selected on the ALL MBL ten man team by the coaches were Tom Foster and Gary Ghidinelli, who were the second and third place finishers plus Kris Sorensen and Dan Rodriguez. SC had 4 players on the ten man team and North Salinas had the next most representatives with two.
Four Santa Cruz High cagers, three of them second time choices, dominate the Sentinel All County team. They were the same four as the ALL MBL team. Juniors Ghidinelli, Foster, Sorensen for the second year and senior Rodriguez. Ghidinelli, one of the areas finest all around cagers, is the best ball handler in the league. He is a floor leader and a top notch playmaker and still is a constant scoring threat with hard drives and effective outside shooting. All three big men are effective and at times dominating on the boards and all provide the Cards with an multi threat scoring attack on the inside as well as mid range. All four have been pivotal in winning games.
LIGHTWEIGHT BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR tying the record set 26 years ago in 1942
Practice games: Los Gatos 48-38. The Cardlets beat North Salinas to take seventh place in the MBL league preseason tournament. League: Monterey 43-42 in overtime. Seaside 70-46, North Salinas won, Watsonville 65-57, Seaside 70-44. These scores were the only ones found in the Tridents. The season records are from the Trident.
League standings with two games to go. Santa Cruz 11-3; Watsonville 9-5; Alisal and Salinas 8-6; North Salinas 6-8, Soquel and Monterey 6-8 and Seaside 2-12. Season record 16-5
Bill Kypreos, the only returning starter from last years team was a real leader in turning this team into an excellent squad. Great team effort in rebounding and defense plus a balanced scoring attack were the major reasons the Cardlets emerged as Champions.
After losing the first two games of the year, the Cardlets came back to win 11 straight.
SC Cardlets Rip Los Gatos Frosh-Soph team 48-38. After trailing 23-24 at halftime the Cardlets scored 25 points to Los Gatos’ 15 in the second half to win going away. Bill Kypreos was the leading scorer with 17 followed by Mike Johnson who hit for 11 and Murray Fleming with 10 to round out the Cardlets scoring in double figures. Other scorers were Bob Nunes 6, Steve Ellis 3 and Dee Herren 1.
Cardlets Trip Mitty Jayvees 59-57. It was the third straight win for the Cardlets, who now own a 5-2 record and open league play against Monterey this Friday. Mitty rolled up a 10-1 record before facing SC, had a large team and Cardlet coach Jack Alzina was very happy with the way his team stuck with the larger Monarchs. SC had a good night on the boards as Bob Nunes, Herb Carone and Murray Fleming cleaned the boards.
Bob Nunes led the team in scoring with 16 points, Herb Carbone and Bill Kypreos followed with 14. Other scorers were Murray Fleming 9, Steve Ellis 4, Dee Herren 2 and Steve Vomvolakis 2.
Cardlets Post 56-47 Victory over Monterey in their first league game and their fifth straight victory. Monterey was undefeated going into the game. SC had balanced scoring with three men in double figures. Nunes led with 15 points, Kypreos 14 and Fleming 11. Other scorers were Carbone 6, Vomvolakis 4, Herren 6 and Ellis 0. SC hit on 12 of 20 free throws for 60 percent. Herren came up with six points from the foul line. The Cardlets are 6-2 on the season.
Cardlet Comeback Nets 51-40 Victory over Alisal. It was the third straight victory over the Trojans this year. In the first quarter SC scored only six points. While Alisal hit 13 counters. SC out scored Alisal in the second quarter 11-7 to make the half time score Alisal 19-17. In the third quarter SC won out 11-10 to put the Cardlets down only one point. In the fourth quarter Bill Kypreos nearly out scored Alisal by himself, by scoring 10 points to Alisal’s 11. The rest of the Cardlets added another 13 points for a total SC out break in the fourth quarter of 23 to put the game away. The Cardlets hit on 27 of 40 free throw attempts for a 68 percent average. They scored more points from the line than from the floor. Coach Alzina praised the defensive work of Dee Herren, who displayed a lot of hustle and stole the ball on a number of occasions. He also added that Kypreos’ ability at the foul line played a big part in the comeback. Scoring: Kypreos 19, Nunes 13, Fleming 10, Carbone 4, Herren 3, Vomvolakis 2.
Cardlets Post Overtime Win In Monterey 43-42. Bill Kypreos came up with two points from the line with only eight seconds left in overtime for the win. SC shot an impressive 37 percent from the floor. Kypreos collected seven important assists and Vomvolakis followed with three. Carbone led in rebounds with 12 and Fleming collected 11. Both teams started off slow and SC led 6-5 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was so fast moving Nunes picked up four fouls before half time, but the Cardlets led 26-19. In the third quarter, Monterey outscored SC 11-4 to tie the score 30-30. Both teams scored nine points in the fourth quarter to leave the score tied 39-39. Nunes hit for six of the nine points to keep SC in the game. He did not foul out. Kypreos scored all four SC points in overtime on foul shots. SC is alone in first place with a 7-1 league record. Scoring: Nunes 14, Kypreos 10, Carbone 10, Fleming 4, Vomvolakis 3 and Harrold 2.
At the half way point of the league season the Cardlets are 6-0. Bill Kypreos has played a big role in the Cardlet drive as has Bob Nunes, who tied an all time Santa Cruz lightweight scoring mark, when he connected for 33 points against North Salinas.
The Cardlets soared over the third place Wildkittens 65-57. Bill Kypreos led the scoring with 22 points followed by Murry Fleming and Bob Nunes hitting 11 each, Steve Vomvolakis and Jim Harold 7 apiece, Herb Carbone 5 and Dee Herren 2. The top rebounded was Carbone with 9 followed by Fleming and Nunes with 5. The Cardlets one of the smallest in size in the league, owe their success to steady teamwork and the desire to win.
Cardlets rout Seaside 70-44 in final game to clinch their third consecutive league championship with a 11-3 record. Seaside led at the end of the first quarter, but the Cardlets came back with a thirty point second quarter to take a 34-11 halftime lead. Bill Kyperos, who led the team in assists all year, collected 13 followed by Dee Herren and Bob Nunes with two each. Murray Fleming tanked 17 points, while Nunes and Kyperos hit 15 and 11 points respectively. The Cardlets shot for a 60 percent average from the floor, their best effort all year. From the line, SC hit on 16 of 28 tries for a 57 percent average.
Over the last two years the champion Cardlets won 37 games dropping only five in the process.
Bill Kypreos the only returning starter, led the team in assists and playmaking. His ability at the free throw line pulled the Cardlets out of three overtime games, while making 80 percent of his foul shots. Herb Carbone, Murry Fleming, Jim Harold and Nunes provided most of the rebounding. Steve Vomvolakis was outstanding in ball handling and Dee Herren hustled on defense. The other members of the team: Dennis McCarthy, Dave Mendez, Steve Ellis, Alan Paul, Bill Parmenter
Lightweight stats listed by name, games played, points scored and average points per game:
GP PS AV
Nunes 21 295 14.1
Kypreos 21 260 12.4
Fleming 21 181 8.6
Carbone 20 150 7.5
Herren 21 77 3.7
Ellis 21 63 4.5
Vomvolakis 21 58 2.8
Mendez 6 4 0.4
Paul 3 3 1.0
Parmenter 5 3 0.4
McCarthy 8 2 0.3
In league scoring listed by name, place in the order of points scored, number of points scored and average per game: Nunes 3, 213, 15.2; Kypreos 5, 182, 13.6; Fleming 14, 122, 8.7.
In league play the Cardlets tied with Alisal in number of points scored. Total points 761 for a 54.4 average per game. They tied with Salinas for fewest points scored against at 635 points for a 45.4 average.
Bob Nunes was voted the most valuable player by the team, Dennis McCarthy received the sportsmanship award, Herb Carbone the most improved and Bill Kypreos as captain.
ALL MBL first team players were Bill Kypreos, the only returning starter, who played in every game and was fifth in league scoring with 182 points for a 13.6 average and Bob Nunes, who is third highest scorer in the league games with 213 points for a 15.2 per game average. Honorable mention were Murray Fleming and Herb Carbone. Coach Jack Alzina was voted coach of the year.
JV BASKETBALL Soquel 40-39, Alisal 58-54, Watsonville 60-53, 45-54,
With one game to go the Cards are 11-2 in league, which probable means they won the league, which would be three championship basketball teams.
Season record 13-5.
Two of the top players on the team, freshman Val Carpenter and Don Green will be going to the newly opening Harbor High next year. They made their athleticism known this year.
One point kept the team on top of the league standings and their undefeated status intact with a 40-39 win over Soquel. Top scorers were Ben Krupp 12 followed closely by Mike Johnson and Don Green with 11 each.
Mike Johnson and Don Green’s defensive play was important in the 60-53 win against Watsonville. Scoring were: Val Carpenter 16, Johnson 16, Ben Krupp 13, Green 8 and Al Marshall 7.
Coach Severin said, “It is nice to play a bad game and still win. We did a lot of things wrong and did not play our usual good defense.” Alisal was beaten 58-54. Scoring: Marshall 15, Krupp 14, Green and Johnson 9, Carpenter 8 and Puget 2.
In the second to last game of the season the Cards have a 11-2 league record. This is after a 45-54 loss to Watsonville. Watsonville dominated the first half, but the Cards came back in the third quarter to gain a five point lead they could not hold. Leading scorer was Ben Krupp with 18 points followed by Mike Johnson with 13.
Listed by name, games played, total points and average points per game.
G TP AV
Krupp 18 224 12.5
Johnson 16 170 10.6
Marshall 17 165 9.7
Carpenter 18 124 6.9
Hoefer 14 65 4.6
Puget 14 21 1.5
Atwood 7 12 1.7
Davis 8 3 0.3
Bromgiel 4 0 0
Head 1 0 0
Al Marshall was voted the most valuable player and Jeff Davis received the sportsmanship award.
WRESTLING Won the league dual meet championship. Took first place at Homestead tourney and Gonzales tourney, second place at Overfelt tourney and MBL league tourney.
Coached by Tex Ronning
Cardinal Matmen MBL Champs. Cardinal wrestlers carried the undefeated MBL championship title after defeating Monterey 23-19. Allan Rochelle, 145, was the only SC wrestler to win by a pin. From coach Ronning, “Most of the guys have been together for three to four years. John Carniglia came out late in the season and without John we couldn’t have won.” Varsity results: DiGirolamo, 120, decision; Kip Herren, 127, decision; Gary Rochelle, 133, decision; Allan Rochelle, 145, pin; Jerry Malmin, 154, decision; Matthews, 175, decision; Mitchell, 191, decision and Carniglia, unlimited, decision. Losers: Bell, 95; O’Conner, 103; Garcia, 112; Cortez, 138; Pennell, 165.
At the MBL league meet: First place winners were Phil DiGirolamo, Kip Herren and Allan Rochelle. Second place, Jerry Malmin, Tom Mitchell and Pat Pennell. Third place, John Garcia. These wrestlers qualified for the CCS region meet.
Seven wrestlers qualified at the region meet for the CCS tournament in Gonzales. They were DiGirolamo, Herren, Temmerman, Rochelle, Malmin, Pennell and Mitchell. At the CCS meet DiGirolamo earned a second place medal and Herren a third, qualifying them for the Northern California Wrestling Championships at Chabot College.
At the CCS tournament: Phil DiGirolamo took second, Kip Herron placed third, which qualified them for the Northern Cal Invitational.
At the Northern California Invitational at Chabot College in Hayward for all top wrestlers, Kip Herren took third place. During his four years of wrestling at SCHS, Kip has a logged in 103 wins, 19 loses and a single tie. He was recognized as the teams MVP as well as receiving the sportsmanship award.
Wrestlers win Homestead Invitational Tournament scoring 76 points against 16 other schools.
Allan Rochelle, 145, took top honors by winning with two pins and two decisions. The championship decision was won in overtime. Receiving second place medals were: Phil DiGiralamo, 120: Kip Herren, 127: Pat Pennell, 165: and Tom Mitchell, 191. Mark Temmerman, 133 placed third and Jerry Malmin, 154 took fourth.
At Gonzales: Mark Temmerman, DiGirolamo, Herren and Rochelle were all first place men. Jerry Malmin took a third.
At Overfelt: Pennell was the lone first place finisher. Second place finishers were Allan Rochelle, Herren and DiGirolamo. In third place was Jerry Malmin.
Cards win dual meets against Carmel, Varsity 58-8 and JV’s 51-6.
Beat Hillsdale Varsity 36-6 and JV’s 44-11. Hillsdale Varsity results: Winners by weight and how they won were varsity placers Phil DiGirolamo, 120, pin; Kip Herren, 127, pin; Garcia, 133, decision; Temmerman, 138, decision; Gary Rochelle, 154, pin; Pat Pennell, 165, pin; Jerry Malmin, 175, decision; Tom Mitchell, unlimited, pin. Varsity losers: S. Langston, 95; Winchell, 103; P. Langston, 112; Cortez, 145 and Sam Matthews, 191. J V results: Bell, 95, forfeit; O’Conner, 103, pin; Mendez, 120, pin; Allan Rochelle, 127, decision; Royals, 133, decision; Moore, 145, decision; Lambright, 154, pin; Jerry Lezin, 165, pin; Urbani, 175, decision; Darrah, unlimited, forfeit. Losers: Howton, 112; Temmerman, 138; Demos, 181.
Dual meets against Del Mar Varsity lost 22-27 and J V’s win 36-19. Del Mar results: Langston, 95, decision; Phil DiGirolamo, 120, decision; Kip Herren, 127, decision; Allan Rochelle, 145, pin; Lambright, 154, pin; Matthews, 191, decision. Losers: O’Conner, 103; Langston, 112; Timmerman, 133; Cortez, 138; Lezin, 165; Vellutini, 175 and Tom Mitchell, unlimited. J V’s: Bell, 95, decision; Mendez, 120, pin; Allen Rochelle, 127, pin; Gillespie, 138, pin; Frank Trowbridge, 145, decision; Pat Sines, 154, forfeit; Steve Stolle, 175, pin. Darrah, unlimited, forfeit. Losers: Hamb, 103; Howton, 112; Royals, 133; Motell, 165; Tanner, 191.
Beat Homestead Varsity 34-23. Homestead Varsity results: Mendez, 103, decision; Herren, 127, pin; Timmerman, 133, pin; Allan Rochelle, 154, pin and Pat Pennell, 175, forfeit. Losers: Langston, 98; Howton, 120; Gillespie, 138; Trowbridge, 145; Jerry Malmin, 165; Mitchell, 191and Darrah, unlimited.
At the Novice Tournament at Alisal Tom Cortez, 138, won his weight by scoring three pins and a decision. Fourth place finishers were Curt Jernstrom, 133; Brent Temmerman, 138 and Pat Sines, 154, to give SC a total of 39 points.
Three consecutive varsity wins were posted in the last two weeks as the Cards topped Alisal, 33-28, Pacific Grove, 29-21 and Soquel, 26-25.
Perfect records were accomplished by Phil DiGirolamo, Kip Herren and Pat Pennell. Perfect records for JV wrestlers were Gary Rochelle, Roy Trowbridge, Jim Lambright and Scott Stolle.
Honors won by team members:
Kip Herren, 3rd CCS Tourney; 3rd Northern California; 2nd Homestead; 1st Gonzales; 2nd Overfelt and MBL champ.
Phil DiGirolamo, 2nd CCS Tourney; 2nd Homestead; 2nd Overfelt; 1st Gonzales and MBL Champ.
Allan Rochelle, 1st Homestead; 1st Gonzales; 2nd Overfelt and MBL Champ.
Jerry Malmin, 4th Homestead; 3rd Overfelt; 3rd Gonzales and 2nd MBL.
Mark Temmerman, 3rd Homestead; 1st Gonzales, but missed the rest of the season with mumps. Pat Pennell, 1st Overfelt; 2nd Homestead and 2nd MBL champion.
Tom Mitchell, 2nd Homestead and 2nd MBL.
John Garcia, 3rd MBL.
Other team members: Dino Dimeo, Bill Kiff, Corey Brown, Jesus Alvarez, Robert Darrah, Frank Mendez, Paul Tanner, Steve Roland, Craig Deane, Mark Motell, George Rembao, Steve Howton, Brian Winchell, Charles Moore, Dennis Oneto, Roy Trowbridge, Jim Shaw, Steve Langston, Paul Langston, Bret Temmerman, Steve Bell, Wayne Royals, Jim Lambright, Jerry Lezin, Scott Stolle, Joe Urbani, Harley Gillespie, Kurt Jernstrom, Pat Hamb, Kevin O’Conner, Tom Cortez, John Carniglia, and John Garcia.
Gary Rachelle, 133 pounds received the junior varsity sportsmanship award. His brother senior Allan was elected team captain and was award the most pins trophy with 21 pins to lead the team. Allan was followed in pins by Herren, DiGirolamo and Jim Lambright with 12 pins apiece followed by Jim Gillsespie with 7. DiGirolamo won the most takedowns trophy with 48, followed by Herren with 43 and Rochelle with 34. Bret Temmerman was chosen most improved.
Kip Herren received the varsity Dads Club sportsmanship award.
BASEBALL LEAGUE CHAMPS FOR SECOND YEAR IN ROW
Practice games: Carmel 11-7, San Lorenzo Valley 1-3, Bellarmine 2-6, Redwood of San Rafael 6-8, Mitty 2-6 Salinas Tournament: Monterey 4-11, North Salinas 1-2 in twelve innings, Watsonville 7-4. Soquel boosters tournament: won first game, Watsonville 11-1, lost to Soquel for second place. Practice record 4-7. League: Monterey 1-3, 11-6 in 10 innings; Watsonville 4-3, 17-0; Alisal 5-4, 2-1; Soquel 4-5, 11-4; Salinas 3-3 in 10 innings, 11-5 to make up the tie and 5-1; North Salinas 8-2, 10-3; Seaside 14-1, 10-1. 12-2 in league for the championship. In MBL play, four teams tied for second place with 9-5 records. They were Soquel, Alisal, North Salinas and Monterey. Season record before CCS play offs 16-9.
In the CCS playoffs: Hollister 8-6, Camden 3-2 in semi-finals, Homestead 2-5 in finals. Including CCS games the complete season record 18-10. ? 17-10-1
Last year both the varsity and JV teams won the league championships. They will be trying to duplicate it again this year.
Players: pitchers, Kris Sorensen, Dan Rodriquez, Sam Trybom, freshman Mike Johnson, Scott Graff and freshman Val Carpenter; catcher, Gary Ghidinelli ; Infielders, Jim Sutherland, Tom Crichton also OF, Rod Fleming, Bill Kypreos and Chuck Frazier: Outfielders, Marty Gilbert also a P, Dale Lyster also a C, Steve Seymour, Jerry Malmin, Bob Nunes, Steve Trybom and Steve Grever
At this point in the season the Cards overall record is 1-5 and 0-1 in league. One factor for this record is due to the late start of the two top pitchers Sorensen and Rodriguez, plus catcher, Ghidinelli and short stop Fleming, all important cogs on the team, who competed in the CCS basketball tournament, which lasted two weeks after the regular season.
A sample of how the Cards approached the practice games, the following is how the pitching staff was used in the preseason games. In the opening game against Carmel: Scott Graff started and went three innings and Sam Trybom finished the last five for the win in an eight inning game. Next game with SLV: Sorensen went two innings, freshman Mike Johnson three and Rodriguez two. Against Bellarmine: Rodriguez went three, Trybom two and Graff one. Against Redwood: Rodriguez four, Gilbert two and Johnson one. Against Mitty: Sorensen two, Rodriguez one, Scott Graff one, and freshman Val Carpenter three. In the field there were also many different line ups.
Cardinals suffers fifth loss in row. Monterey scored three unearned runs to win the first league game of the season 1-3. The highlight of the day for SC was the combined pitching effort of Kris Sorensen and freshman Mike Johnson. Sorensen, who recently completed a long basketball season, held the Toreadors to three hits and three unearned runs. Johnson finished up the last two innings by facing only seven batters. The Cards scored first in the third inning, when Rod Fleming walked and stole second. Gary Ghidinelli hit a single up the middle to plate Fleming. Monterey’s record is now 9-1 and SC is 1-5. Lineup: Fleming SS, 2-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Crichton 2B, 2-0; Sutherland 1B, 3-0; Seymour LF, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 2-0, Malmin RF, 2-0; Nunes CF, 1-0; Sorensen P, 1-0; Frazier PH, 1-0; Lyster PH, 1-0 and Trybom PH, 1-0.
After six games, five pitchers have pitched 7 or more innings. Kris Sorensen pitched 11 innings, Dan Rodriquez and Sam Trybom 10 each, Mike Johnson 9 and Scott Graff 7. The staff has had a chance to get some innings in and will be ready for the rest of the season.
Cards Comeback Down Watsonville. Cards win first time in five games, beating Watsonville 4-3. Kris Sorensen hurled the first five innings allowing only one hit and retiring 13 in a row at one point. With the score 4-0 Kris moved to right field as Mike Johnson came into pitch the sixth. Watsonville scored two runs in the sixth to make the score 4-2. In the seventh inning after one out and men on Sorensen came back to the mound to finish off the game. In the first inning lead off man Rod Fleming wasted no time in getting on base by an error. Gary Ghidinelli beat out a bunt down the first baseline. Tom Crichton singled to score Fleming. Jim Sutherland drove in the two runners for a 3-0 lead right off. Rod Fleming started off the fifth inning by reaching first on an error on a shot down the first baseline. He went to second on a wild pitched and to third on Ghidinelli’s sacrifice fly to right field. Crichton doubled to score Fleming for what turned out to be the winning run. Ghidinelli, Sutherland and Crichton all had two hits. Fleming and Kypreos each had a hit. Crichton and Sutherland had two RBI’s apiece. Lineup: Fleming SS, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-2; Crichton 2B, 3-2; Seymour LF, 4-0; Kyproes 3B, 3-1; Sutherland 1B, 3-2; Malmin RF, 3-0; Johnson P/RF, 0-0; Nunes CF, 2-0; Frazier PH 1-0 and Sorensen P/RF 2-0.
Following the Watsonville game the Cards won another one run game beating Alisal 5-4. Alisal scored one run in the first inning and the Cards came right back to score, when Crichton singled and Scott Seymour doubled him home. Alisal scored three in the second to go up 4-1. The Cards came back with four in the third inning for the last scoring in the game. Fleming tripled and was driven home by Ghidinelli, who then stole second. Crichton singled Ghidinelli to third and then stole second,. Seymour drove them both in for his third RBI, but was thrown out going for another double. Sutherland walked and went to second on a ground out and to third on a pass ball. Chuck Frazier drove him home. Lineup: Fleming SS, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Crichton CF, 3-2; Seymour LF, 3-2; Sutherland 1B, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-0; Frazier 2B, 3-1; Malmin RF, 1-0; Rodriguez P, 2-0; Lyster PH, 1-0; Sorensen P in relief.
Cardinals Move Toward MBL Crown. SC Comeback Yields 10-3 Loop Win over North Salinas. In a tight game at the time, pitcher Kris Sorensen with the bases loaded and the a full count received the signal to square early to get the pitcher to make the normal, do not throw a buntable pitch. Kris did his job perfectly as the pitcher threw it right between his legs to the backstop. It was a good thing Kris is so tall. Two runs scored and the game was won, but he was never asked to do it again. (During this period of time in high school baseball, the starting line up had hit, which included the pitcher. There was no DH or taking a man out and being able to put him back later in the same position. That is why Sorensen went to play right field, so he could come in an pitch if he needed to.) Sorensen pitched six innings and gave up two runs. Dan Rodriguez came in and finished up the game. Tom Crichton had two doubles and hit another off the wall. Steve Trybom doubled in a run. Bill Kypreos and Crichton both drove in two runs. Marty Gilbert drove in another. Lineup: Fleming SS, 3-2; Ghidinelli C, 4-0; Crichton 2B, 3-2; Lyster RF, 4-1; Gilbert CF/RF, 4-0; Trybom CF, 3-3; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Sutherland 1B, 4-1; Sorensen P, 1-0; Frazier 2B, 0-0 and Rodriguez P, 0-0.
Cardinal Comeback Nets 11-6 League Win Against Monterey. It took three hours and 46 minutes, but a six run rally in the top of the tenth inning finally clinched the game at El Estero Park in Monterey. Ten men came to the plate in the last inning. The Cards forced the game into extra innings by scoring four runs in the top of the seventh. A two run scoring triple by Gary Ghidinell and another run scoring hit by Tom Crichton were the big hits in the inning. In the ninth inning centerfielder Steve Trybom, who just entered the game, saved the winning run from scoring with a nice peg to the plate to nip the runner. Kris Sorensen started and went six innings. Dan Rodriquez and Marty Gilbert each went two with Gilbert getting the win. Rod Fleming, Gary Ghidinelli, Crichton and Dale Lyster each had two RBI’s. Line up was Fleming SS, 5-1; Ghidinelli C, 5-2; Crichton 2B, 4-2; Lyster RF, 3-2; Seymour LF, 3-2; Gilbert CF, 5-2; Kypreos 3B, 4-1; Sutherland 1B, 2-0; Sorensen P, 2-0. Subs were Jerry Malmin RF, 2-0; Chuck Frazier PH, 0-0; Steve Grever pinch runner, Rodriquez P, 1-0 and Trybom CF, 0-0.
Cards hold grasp on first place as the second round of league play is started. In a pitchers dual, the Cards beat Alisal 2-1. Kris Sorensen pitched an effective complete game striking out ten, walking only two, giving up two hits and one run. Kris only allowed four base runners and appeared to get stronger as the game progressed. He struck out the last four batters to face him. Sorensen was assisted by perfect fielding from his mates. Bill Kypreos made a better than normal play at third and shortstop Fleming handled six chances flawlessly. SC had only three hits by Rod Fleming, Dale Lyster and Steve Seymour. Two hits and three Alisal errors accounted for the two unearned runs. The line up was Ghidinelli C, 3-0; Fleming SS, 3-1; Crichton 2B, 3-0; Lyster 1B,3-1; Gilbert CF, 3-0; Seymour LF, 2-1; Kypreos 3B, 2-0; Malmin RF, 2-0; Sorensen P, 2-0; and substitutes Grever RF, 0-0 and Sutherland 1B, 1-0.
Cards Humble Knights 11-4. The soaring Cards continue their climb to the top of the MBL pennant race and are tied with Monterey after this game. The Cards had two big hits. To start the game an error and a home run by Tom Crichton put the Cards ahead 2-0. The other big hit was a booming triple by Steve Trybom to drive in two runs to make the score 9-2. Marty Gilbert pitched into the sixth inning when Dan Rodriquez relieved. SC RBI’s were Crichton 3, Gilbert 2, Trybom 2, Lyster 1. Line up by name, position, at bats and hits: Fleming SS, 4-1; Ghidinelli C, 2-0; Crichton 2B, 3-2; Lyster RF, 4-2; Gilbert P/LF, 2-1; Seymour LF, 2-0; Rodriguez P, 1-0; Kypreos 3B, 4-1; Sutherland 1B, 3-1 and Trybom CF, 3-1.
Marty Gilberts home run was the big hit in the 5-1 win over Salinas. Dan Rodriguez went all the way on the mound for the win giving up only four hits and one walk. Line up was Fleming SS, 3-2; Ghidinelli C, 3-0; Crichton 2B, 3-0; Lyster RF, 3-0; Gilbert LF, 3-1; Trybom CF, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-0; Sutherland 1B, 2-1 and Rodriguez P, 2-1. Rodriguez drove in two runs and Gilbert and Sutherland each had one.
Cardinals Sweep, Take MBL Crown. SC Scores 24 Times In Wins Over Seaside, in a double header to close out the league season and make up a canceled game with Seaside. The Cards in the two games out scored the Spartans 14-1 and 10-1. These wins give the Cards a nine game win streak. The Cards had a two and a half game lead over the next three teams in the league who were tied for second. In the first game Sorensen pitched five innings giving up only two hits and striking out five. Freshman Mike Johnson finished the game and gave up three hits and allowed no earned runs. Dan Rodriguez pitched a complete game in the second titl giving up five hits, striking out four and giving up no earned runs. In the first game, Sorensen, who had not had a hit in two years of play was the big weapon in the SC offensive attack with a bunt single and a 350 foot double to drive thee runs. Other RBI’s were Lyster, Trybom, Fleming and Sutherland two. Crichton had two doubles and Gilbert one. Lineup: Fleming SS, 5-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Crichton 2B, 5-2; Lyster RF, 5-1; Gilbert LF, 3-2; Trybom CF, 3-1; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Sutherland 1B, 3-3, Sorensen P, 4-2; Graff PH, 1-0; Johnson P, 0-0; Malmin LF, 2-1; Frazier 2B, 1-1 and Seymour LF, 0-0.
Lineup for the second game: Fleming SS, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 4-3; Crichton 2B, 3-2; Lyster LF/1B, 3-0; Malmin RF, 3-0; Trybom CF, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 4-0; Sutherland 1B, 3-1; Rodriguez P, 2-0; Seymour LF, 0-0; Graff CF, 1-0 and Frazier 2B, 0-0.
For the first time in the MBL history that a school has won the championship in all three major sports, football, basketball and baseball. SC also won the wrestling crown.
Athlete’s Feat column by John Lindsay in the Sentinel. The big surprise from here, of this prep season was the Santa Cruz’ Cardinals. At the beginning of the season, the Cards were rough, so rough that you’d give darn good odds that they didn’t have a shot at the MBL pennant. As each game passed, the players started working as a unit. Individuals apparently became more aware of what the game’s about and before we knew it, the Cards were steady winners. Take guys like first baseman Jim Sutherland, shortstop Rod Fleming and outfielder Dale Lyster; these fellows, not limelighters from the start, just went to the park to do the job and that’s what they did. The leadership of Gary Ghidinelli, the near flawless defense of third sacker Bill Kypreos, the clutch and power hitting of Tom Crichton and the “know they’re there” play of Steve Trybom, Marty Gilbert and Steve Seymour all played their own roles in this championship team. Santa Cruz’ pitching, Kris Sorensen, Dan Rodriguez and Marty Gilbert the mainstays, not be any means the strongest in the league, still did the job and that’s what counts. So no matter how far the Cards go at the CCS tourney next week, we can look back and see all the little things which made this season such a big one.
From the Trident. There are many reasons why this team has improved so much and is starting to look like a baseball team. The players gave a variety of reasons for the teams improvement such as some players leaving, more practice time, working as a team, a change of attitude and knowing we could win if we wanted to. The team in general has a winning attitude and confidence. Most players have eight or nine years experience in organized baseball and play for the enjoyment of the sport. Out of the 15 players on the squad, 14 plan to continue in college and Tom Crichton plans to make it a career professionally. This is Tom’s fourth year as a starter.
Cards make use of Baler bobbles in CCS playoff game. The game was marred by errors by both teams. SC down 1-6 in the fifth inning rallied for seven runs, while sending 11 batters to the plate in the frame with the aid of Hollister errors to pull out a 8-6 victory. Steve Trybom drove in two runs to tie the score and Marty Gilbert drove in the go ahead run and Jim Sutherland surprised everyone squeeze bunting in the last run for a two run advantage. Hollister scored all their six runs in the fourth inning. Lineup: Fleming SS, 4-1; Ghidinelli C, 4-0; Critchton 2B, 2-0; Lyster RF, 2-0; Trybom CF, 4-2; Gilbert LF/P, 4-1; Sutherland 1B, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 2-0; Sorensen P 1-0 and subs Rodriguez P, 2-2 and Seymour LF. RBI’s were Trybom 2, and one each for Fleming, Gilbert, Kypreos and Sutherland. Sorensen went the first 3 2/3 innings, was relieved by Rodriguez with two men on base and got the side out without any more damage. Gilbert came in to get the last out of the game with the bases loaded.
From the San Jose Mercury. Camden tripped in first major upset of the CCS baseball tournament. Santa Cruz by downing tourney favorite Camden 3-2 will meet Homestead in the finals. In the second semi finals game Homestead trounced Bellarmine to set up the final match up between the two winners tomorrow at 8 PM. In the first inning lead off man Steve Trybom singled to center, but was forced at second on a ground out by Gary Ghidinelli, who was forced at second on a ground out by Tom Crichton. Dale Lyster grounded to the third baseman who could not make the play, putting runners on first and second two outs. On a pick off throw to second the ball went to center and the runners moved up a base. Marty Gilbert hit a triple over the center fielders head scoring the two runners. The decisive tally came in the third frame when Ghidinelli beat out an infield single and moved to second on an error. Crichton tripled into a huge hole in left center to drive in the winning run. Two close plays at the plate were not in time as the Camden runners scored in the second inning, but this was the extent of the scoring for the game. Kris Sorensen pitched a complete game walking only one and struck out just 2, while giving up six hits. Kris was in control of his pitches and there were no other threats. He was backed up by good defense. Rod Fleming had two hits and a stolen base. Jim Sutherland also stole a base. The line up by name, position, at bats and hits: Trybom CF, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Crichton 2B, 3-1; Lyster RF, 3-0; Gilbert LF, 3-1; Sutherland 1B, 2-0; Fleming SS, 2-2; Kypreos 3B, 2-1 and Sorensen P, 1-0.
Finals of CCS at San Jose Municipal stadium Homestead defeated SC 2-5. The loss ended the Cards twelve game win streak. Homestead scored one run in the second inning and had two runners thrown out at the plate.. In the third inning Homestead scored one run on two hits and a error. The fourth inning was the big inning for Homestead. After one out, a walk, a hit, a walk and an error and a balk score three runs. The Cards had hits in five of the seven innings, but were only able to string them together in the last inning. Jim Sutherland started off with a single and was driven in by Rod Fleming triple. Dan Rodriguez drove in Fleming with the second and last run with a double. Each team collected seven hits, but Homestead received 5 walks to SC’s 0. For the second night in a row Fleming had a two hit night. The only difference in the lineup from the night before was Gilbert started pitching and Rodriguez relieved in the third inning and Steve Seymour started in leftfield.
Crichton tops Cards final stats in practically all categories as follows home runs 8, triples 5, doubles 7, hits 42, RBI’s 40, average .452, runs 25 and stolen bases 14. Fleming and Ghidinelli tied for second in runs with 21.
Players season stats list by at bats, hits, average and RBI’s.
AB HIT AV RBI
Crichton 93 42 452 40
Fleming 104 34 327 10
Trybom 37 12 324 8
Lyster 75 23 307 15
Ghidinelli 88 22 250 12
Sutherland 77 19 247 13
Gilbert 57 13 228 14
Kypreos 88 19 215 4
Seymour 62 13 209 8
Rodriguez 24, 5 208 3
Frazier 45 9 200 3
Graff 19 3 158 2
Malmin 43 5 116 3
Sorensen 19 2 105 4
Others 51 9 176
Totals 887 230 259 140
Pitching stats by innings pitched, walks, strike outs, won-loss, earned run average:
Innings BB SO won loss ERA
Johnson 22 12 16 1 2 0.64
Sorensen 75 37 73 6 3 1.68
Rodriguez 72 47 44 6 2 2.24
Gilbert 32 16 16 3 2 2.41
Sam Trybom 5 8 5 1 0 4.20
Carpenter 5 5 3 0 1 4.20
Graff 6 14 8 0 0 8.10
SC had five hitters in the top 14 batting averages during league play. They are listed by their order on the list, name, at bats, hits and their average.
P AB H AV
1. Crichton 45 20 444.
5. Fleming 43 16 375.
7. Sutherland 37 12 324.
8. Lyster 41 13 .3 17.
14. Ghidinelli 45 13 .289.
Tom Crichton was the league leading hitter at .444, Rod Fleming was fifth at .372, Jim Sutherland was seventh at 324, Dale Lyster eighth at .317 and Gary Ghidinelli fourteenth at .289.
Rod Fleming was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
Gary Ghidinelli collected his third All League first team award as he first honor was as defensive back in football, followed by his selection at guard in basketball and all won MBL championships.
Six Cardinals or half of the Sentinel All County squad of 12 players were Cardinals.
Sentinel All County selections with complete season batting averages were second baseman
Tom Crichton .463; catcher Gary Ghidinelli .250; shortstop Rod Fleming .327; outfielder Dale Lyster .307; pitcher Kris Sorensen 6-3 record and a ERA of 1.63 and First baseman Jim Sutherland who came on strong at the end of the season and ended with a .324 league batting average to take the seventh spot in league hitting.
Five Cards made the fifteen man squad or one third the total. It shows how dominate the team was in league. The coaches decided to vote for whom they thought were the best fifteen players in the league, therefore disregarding positions. ALL LEAGUE members and their league batting averages. Unanimous MVP and repeat All Leaguer, Tom Crichton was the league leading hitter at .444 and led the league with 10 home runs. Unanimous choices shortstop Rod Fleming was fifth in league batting at .372 and catcher Gary Ghidinelli fourteenth at .289. Dale Lyster was eighth in the league batting at .317. Kris Sorensen the top pitcher in the league with an ERA of 0.26 and record of 5-2.
Tom Critchon, who has started for the varsity baseball team for four years and played on two championship teams that were CCS finalist, led the league in hitting .444, home runs 10 and runs batted in with 36. Tom was an unanimous choice as MVP and many believe Tom is the best hitter to ever come out of the league going back to the CCAL days as well. Tom went on to play double A (AA) professional baseball. Tom injured his knee and shoulder in high school and that finally caught up to him in his rise through the professional leagues.
JV BASEBALL Practice games: Carmel 14-2, Mitty 2-7, Bellarmine 0-0 called for darkness, League: Salinas 2-1in extra innings, Alisal 2-0, Soquel 16-6, Monterey 4-3, Watsonville 4-3, Seaside 1-3. From the Sentinel. League record 7-6. Season record 11-7-1.
There are seven returnees this year. They are pitchers, Marty Gilbert and Sam Trybom; catcher, Jeff Gordon; 1B, John Slaughter; SS, Steve Vomvolakis; 3B, Craig Foust and OF, John Carniglia. New comers are pitchers, Val Carpenter, Mike Johnson and Gene Brush. Infielders, Ken Ebert, Dave Mendez, Stan Smith, Bill Parmenter, Gary Lyster and Gary Neil. Outfielders, Stan Herum, Dennis Tietz, Steve Ellis, Steve Cunha and Tom Elms.
Marty Gilbert moved up as a starter for the varsity and Sam Trybom pitched in many of the varsity practice games.
JV’s win first league game against Monterey 4-3. Marty Gilbert started and went three innings and Val Carpenter finished the game and got the win. Steve Ellis hit a home run to win the game.
After seven innings against Mitty the score was 2-2, but Mitty scored five runs to win 7-2. Marty Gilbert had a home run.
Marty Gilbert was a driving force in the two runs scored in the win against Alisal. Gilbert drove in Steve Ellis with a triple and scored the second run on a hit by John Carniglia.
It took nine innings for the Cards to beat Watsonville 4-3, when Val Carpenter drove in Steve Cunha with the winning run.
The Cards squeezed by Salinas in eight innings 2-1. Stan Herum led off the eighth with a double, took third on a infield hit by Mike Johnson and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Val Carpenter pitched the first six innings, striking out four. Johnson pitched the last two inning striking out five of the six batters he faced.
In the 16-6 win over Soquel, Craig Foust went four for five and had four runs batted in. Other hitters were Steve Cunha with three, Val Carpenter, Steve Vomvolakis and Dave Mendez with two hits apiece. Mike Johnson claimed the win.
The Cards ended the season on a losing note going down 1-3 to Seaside as their pitcher threw a one hitter. According to the coach the most outstanding players during the season were pitcher Mike Johnson, third baseman Craig Foust and shortstop Steve Vomvolakis.
Craig Foust was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
TRACK At the MBL meet, varsity was fifth and lightweights were fourth. At the CCS Region III meet SC was second. Al Marshall made it all the way to the State finals.
Track is definitely on the upswing at SCHS. In the last five years, the varsity has broken all but three school records. In the past year alone, three members of the track team received scholarships.
June 3. Cardinals Do Well. SC set two school records at the annual Hollister Relays. Walt Edwards set a school mark in the shot put with a 55-1 throw for second place. Tom Mitchell finished third with a 50-6. Edwards also placed third in the discus.
Lightweights: While not placing in his event, Doug Huskey established a school lightweight mile record in 4:42.5. The 440 relay team again turned in a good performance with a second place time of 44.6. Relay members were Willie Head, Gary Rochelle, Murray Fleming and Dee Herren.
May 31. SC’s Marshall In State Meet At Berkeley. California’s powerful high school track and field athletes will decide the state’s individual and team champions with a record 506 entries and 215 schools. The Fiftieth CIF meet will start Friday with qualifying trials on Edwards Field at Cal. The championships will be held Saturday. Watsonville’s high jumper and Al Marshall in the 220 are the only Santa Cruz county athletes competing. The scoring in the 15 events will be 6-4-3-2-1. In the trials on Friday Marshall did not qualify to compete in the finals. The top four sections of the CIF state meet were the Southern Section first with 107 points. Second was the Central Section, third San Diego and fourth place CCS in which the MBL is part of. There are more sections in the state. Centennial of Compton won the school title with 26 points trailed by Compton 13, Dorsey of LA and Roosevelt of Fresno.
May 26. SC’s Al Marshall State Qualifier. Al Marshall was the only Cardinal to place at the CCS finals at Spartan Stadium. Al Marshall qualified for the State meet at Berkeley in the 100 and 220 yard dashes, by taking third in the 220 and fifth in the 100 at the CCS finals. SC athletes who just missed making the third place cutoff to qualify for State were Walt Edwards in the shot put and discus. George Hightower in the mile and weight man Tom Mitchell
Lightweights: The 440 relay team took second place in 44.20, setting a new school record. Team members: Willie Head, Gary Rochelle, Murray Fleming and Dee Herren. Lightweights who just missed the cut were Doug Huskey in the two mile and Murray Fleming in the 220.
May 19. Edwards Stars In CCS. At the CCS Region III meet at Alisal, Walt Edwards won the shot put at 54-8 and the discus at 155-4 to become the only local to win two events. They both were CCS Region III record breakers. Al Marshall was second in the 220 yard dash and Tom Mitchell was second in the shot put. Alisal won the meet with 34 points followed by SC with 27.
Lightweights: Sprinter Willie Head took second in the 100 yard dash in 10.4 and 220 in 23.1. The 440 relay team snapped the old SC mark with a time of 44.8. Murray Fleming took a third in the 180 low hurdles in 21.5. Watsonville was first with 41 points followed by Salinas 33.
May 9. 23 County Cindermen Qualify MBL Finals. In a qualifying meet at Alisal, all the events held trials to qualify for the championship meet next week, except the mile, two mile and relays. Walt Edwards and Tom Mitchell paced the shot put competition, but were hampered by the strong wind as they had to throw against it. They both tied for first at 51-5 in the shot put. Edwards is in a fight against his closes competitor, who has a throw of 152-7 to Edwards best of 154-2. Sprinter Al Marshall qualified. All top six distances and heights in all field events advance to the finals.
Lightweights: Tom Cortez in 16.4 and Don Roberts in 16.2 qualified in the 120 high hurdles. Sprinters Dee Herren and Wille Head qualified.
May 12. Seaside Wins MBL Track Crown as they humbled last years champion Watsonville 68-50. Rest of scoring: Salinas 38, Alisal 33, SC 27, Monterey 17. Soquel 4, North Salinas 3.
At the MBL finals the varsity came in fifth and fourth in lightweights. Walt Edwards brought home two gold medals winning both the shot at 51-9 and the discus at 154.2. Tom Mitchell took second in the shot put at 51-8. George Hightower was fourth in the mile in 4:48.4. Al Marshall, took second in the 220 in 22.5 and was fourth in the 100. The 440 relay team came in fourth and the mile relay team was fifth.
Lightweight score: Watsonville 63, Monterey 40, Salinas 37, SC 34. Seaside 33, North Salinas 25, Soquel 13, Alisal 10. The SC 440 relay team opened meet action in championship style for area fans. Behind five yards to start in the first leg, the Cardlets had to fight all the way, but anchorman Dee Herren finally caught the pack on the last curve and raced neck and neck until he pulled ahead with 40 yards to the tape and stayed there. The winning team comprised of Willie Head, Alan Rochelle, Murray Fleming and anchor Dee Herren was clocked in at 45.2. Willie Head paced SC with a second in the 220 in 23.1 and a third in the 100. Dee Herren took fourths in the same two races. Doug Huskey was second in the two mile in 10:28.1. Dee Herren took a fourth in the 100 and the 220 and anchored the winning 440 relay team, which made it three events Dee placed in for the day. Murray Fleming took second in the 180 low hurdles in 21.1. All the Cards mentioned above will compete in the CCS regional meet at Alisal.
March 3. Westmont Wins SC Track Meet. In the annual triangular meet with Westmont and Soquel the Cards came in second. Westmont scored 82 points followed by SC 43 and Soquel 32. Walt Edwards was the only SC double winner in the shot put at 49 feet and discus at 142-4.. Lovon “Lollie” Lowery took first in the 120 high hurdles in 15.6 and Jim Kerksey took first in the broad/long jump at 20-3. Second places; Smith in 440. Mitchell in shot put. Hightower, high jump and mile. SC mile relay team. 440 relay team. Third place: Mendez, 220.
Lightweights: Westmont 72, SC 58, Soquel 19. (no lightweight individual scoring)
Frosh-soph division SC 72, Westmont 69, Soquel 16.
First placers were Frahn in 880 in 2:17.9. Herren, 100 in 11.1 and second in 220. Freitos, high jump in 5-1. Hayden, 220 in 25.2 and second in 440. Rochell, pole vault at 9 feet. McCullah, mile. SC 440 relay in 48.4.
Second places: Baldwin, 70 high hurdles and 120 low hurdles. Krupp, long jump. Johnson, two mile. Huskey, mile. Third places: Frahn, 70 high hurdles. Avery, 880. Rogers, two mile.
March 13. Card Spikers Fall To Alisal. Alisal won the varsity meet 69-58 and the lightweights 72-46. Lollie Lowery and Walt Edwards remain unbeaten. Lowery captured the 120 high hurdles in 15.6 and Edwards pushed the shot 51-9.
Lightweights: Dee Herren flashed to a first in the 100 dash that was run five yards too far, so Herrens 11.1 was not right for what he could have done in five less. Tom Hughes won the pole vault at 10-9. The Cards 440 relay team won in 45.2. (no other information)
March 18. Both Cardinal Track Teams Suffer Defeats. Watsonville varsity won 82-45 and the lightweights 117-10 for the worst loss in long time. The bright spots for the varsity was Walt Edwards eclipsing the old SC discus mark with a 152 foot toss. Edwards throw was the best for a Cardinal since Phil Netoff threw the discus 149 feet in 1949. Al Marshall competing in his first year of track, won the 100 yard dash in 10.5 and took second in the 220. Edwards and Tom Mitchell combined for a one-two finish in the shot put, with Edwards taking first with a 49-2 heave. Cortez was the third SC winner with a 16.6 win in the 120 high hurdles and was second in the 180 low hurdles. Second placers: Webber, 880. Hayden, 440. Westberg, two mile. Kirksey, long jump. Hughes in pole vault. Third placers: Mendoza, 100 dash. Smith, 440. Hightower, high jump and mile. Hughes, long jump.
Lightweights: Second placers were Herren, 100. Third placers: Newby, 880. Baldwin, 180 low hurdles. Rochelle, pole vault. Johnson, mile.
March 24. Seaside track Teams Stop Cardinals. Seaside varsity won 100-27 and lightweights 78-48. The brightest spot for SC was the sweep of the lightweight two mile as Doug Johnson, William Rogers and Dave Zulin finished one-two-three. Varsity winners: Edwards, discus and second in shot put. Second place: Hayden, 440. Westberg, two mile. Cortez, 180 low hurdles and third I 120 high hurdles. Hughes, pole vault and third in long jump. Hightower, mile.
Third place. Marshall, 100 and 220.
Lightweights: Winners: Johnson, two mile in 11:20.0. Carson, high jump in 5-4. Huskey, mile in 5:01.7.
Second place: Baldwin, 120 high hurdles. Newey, 880. Bridinger, 440. Rogers, two mile. Jerstrom, shot put and discus. McCullah, high jump and third in mile. Herren, 220 and third in 100. Rochelle, pole vault. Third place: Atwood, 120 high hurdles. Zulin, two mile. Royals, shot put. Murray Fleming, 180 low hurdles.
March 31. Meet Records Tumble At MBL Track Relays at Watsonville. Scoring: Watsonville 42, Seaside 40, Alisal 38, Salinas 31, Monterey 27, Soquel 21, SC 18, North Salinas 4.
The SC 280 yard high hurdle shuttle relay team of Tom Cortez, Walt Edwards, Tony Alvarez and Danny Roberts was clocked in 42 flat for fourth place. In the shuttle and mile relays the Cards took fourth place. In pole vaulting, 880 relay and the distance medley the Cards finished fifth. Walt Edwards the MBL’s top shot putter, won his specialty with a 51-2 throw to establish a new meet standard. Tom Mitchell took second place in the same event with a 48-7 throw. Edwards took second in the discus.
Lightweights scoring: Watsonville 75, Salinas 35, Seaside 33, Monterey 29, North Salinas 19, Alisal 18, Soquel 9, SC 6. SC’s best event was the distance medley relay team of Rick McCullah, Randy Bridinger, Dan Newey and Doug Huskey took second place with a time of 11;44.5. Fourth place finishes were in the 880 relay and the two mile relay. The 440 relay came in fifth.
April 7. King City Invitational Relays involving 30 schools, Walt Edwards captured second place in the shot put with a heave of 50-6 and was fourth in the discus at 146-11. The mile relay team of Lou Antonetti, Eric Smith, George Hightower and Gay Hayden clipped off a time of 3:43 to come in sixth.
Lightweights: The 440 relay team of Willie Head, Gary Rochelle, Murray Fleming and Dee Herren took fifth place. Rich McCullah and Doug Huskey both turned in personal bests.
April 7. Soquel Reserves In Win, while regulars go to King City. Soquel 64, Watsonville 56, SC 29. SC was able to scrape up only one first by Charles Spray, who broad jumped 18-8.
Lightweights: Watsonville 87, Soquel 40, SC 32. Dan Newey, Randy Bridenger and Dan Baldwin took first places.
April 21. Salinas downs the Cards in a dual meet. Varsity 82-45 and lightweights 72-15. George Hightower stopped the watch in the 880 at 2:04 for a first place was impressive as it was only the second time running the event this year. He also placed third in the high jump. Al Marshall won both the 100 in 10.2 and 220 in 23.4. Walt Edwards pegged two of the five varsity wins in the field events. Edwards broke his own record in the discus throwing for 163’ 5” to surpass his previous record of 152’. His record setting shot put was 52’ 1”. He also was third in the 120 low hurdles. Tom Mitchell was second with a throw of 49’ 8” in the shot put. The 440 relay team of Steve Mendoza, John Thomas, Gary Hayden and Al Marshall turned in its best time of the season and came within three-tenths of a seconds off the school record in a time of 44.9. Second place: Roberts, 120 high hurdles. Hayden 440. Third place: Thomas, 100. Spray, long jump. Westberg, two mile. Jaime, pole vault. Webber, mile.
The lightweights 440 relay team of Willie Head, Gary Rochelle, Dee Herren and Murray Fleming took first place in 45.7. Willie Head beat his own best time in the 100 at 10.4 for a first place. He also won the 220 in 24.1 and ran a leg on the winning 440 relay team, giving him three wins for the day. Carson won the high jump at 5-1. McCullah won the mile in 5:04.0 and was third in high jump. Second placers: Fleming, 120 high hurdles and 120 low hurdles. Elms, 440 and long jump. Huskey, two mile. Herren 220 and third in 100.
Third placers: Newey, 880. Rogers, two miles. Johnson, mile.
April 25. SC’s Edwards Tops In Discus And Shot Put. Walter Edwards holds the top marks in the MBL and MTAL for the discus at 163-5 and the 12-pound shot put at 52-1.
April 28. SC Spikers Take Second in both Varsity and Lightweights at the Pacific Grove Invitational involving ten teams. Varsity score Seaside 59, SC 34. Ceres 33, King City 25
Highlighting SC’s performances were record finishes by both squads 440 relay teams. The varsity team of Steve Mendoza, John Thomas, Gay Hayden and Al Marshall tied the school record of 44.6. Also pacing the Cards was a one-two finish in the shot put. Walt Edwards won with a toss of 50-8 followed by Tom Mitchell with his best toss of the year at 49-9. Marshall and Head tied for firsts in the 220 in their respective divisions. Many other Card spikers established personal best though not winning. Other varsity placers will be listed by event, name and place: 100, Marshall, second. Discus, Edwards, second. 440 relay, third. 880, Hightower, fourth. Mile relay, fourth.
In lightweights Seaside 49, SC 43, King City 39, Pacific Grove 35. The “B” team 440 relay team composed of Willie Head, Kip Herren, Gary Rochelle and Murray Fleming shattered the school record win a fine 45.0 first place clocking. Lightweights Doug Huskey took first in the two mile in 10:38.7 and Rick McCullah won the mile event in 4:53.7, both slowed by the wind. Willie Head tied for first in the 220. Others will be listed by event, name and place. 180 low hurdles, Fleming, second. 100, Head, second. Shot put, Kip Herren third. 100, Dee Herren third. Long jump Tom Elms, fourth. 220, Dee Herren, fourth. 70 high Hurdles, Dennis Baldwin, fifth. Two mile, Johnson, fifth.
April 30. Edwards Breaks Record; Wildcats Dominate Meet. Walt Edwards heaved the shot put 53-7 to set a new SC school record, but it was not enough to over Watsonville in a triangular meet including Soquel. Edwards effort broke the record of Al Cheney, who had a 53-5 throw in 1952. Edwards was also was second in the discus and third in the 180 low hurdles. George Hightower won the mile in 4:44.6 and Al Marshall won the 100 in 10.3. The 440 relay team won in 45.9. Second place: Cortez, 120 low hurdles. Mile relay team came in second. Third place: Roberts, 120 low hurdles. Hayden, 440, 220 and pole vault. Mitchell, shot put.
Team scoring: Watsonville 79, SC 42, Soquel 37.
Lightweight score: Watsonville 101, SC 31, Soquel 19. Willie Head had a personal best of 23 flat in the 220 and won the 100 in 10.5. The 440 relay team won in 15.7. Second place: Carson, high jump. Fleming, 180 low hurdles. Huskey, mile. Third place: McCullah, 880. Herren, 100. Jernstrom, Discus.
May 5. At the Eighth Annual Santa Cruz Relays involving 22 schools, which is one of the biggest in the CCS. The lightweights took third place with 38 points and the varsity, which won last years event captured fourth with 24 points. Watsonville with its well manned teams took both divisions. Leading the way for the Card varsity was senior weight man Walt Edwards won both the shot put at 54-4 and the discus at 158-4 to take the Best Field Event Athlete award at the meet. George Hightower turned in his best tome of the year in the mile as he ran a 4:40 mile to capture third place. SC was third in the 880 relay.
Lightweights: Willie Head led SC with a win in the 100 in 10.3 and also was the lead off man for the 880 and 440 relay teams, both of which took first places. Both relay team consisted of the same runners with Dee Herren, Gary Rochelle and Murray Fleming making up the remainder of the team. The 880 team won in 1:35.3 and the 440 in 45.0. The distance medley relay won in 11:24.0. Rick McCullah handled the three-quarter leg, Casey Webber the half mile, Dee Heren the 440 and Doug Huskey the mile leg.
The thinclads won their first dual meet with Soquel. They were led by Walt Edwards winner of the shot put with a 49’ heave and a 142 foot whirl in the discus. Lowery took first in the 120 high hurdles and Jim Kerksey a first in the long jump.
The frosh-soph team beat SLV 89-37 while winning 11 of the 15 events.
Al Marshall was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award for varsity track.
Dee Herren was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award for lightweight track.
Perpetual track trophies were given to varsity runner Al Marshall, lightweight runner Willie Head and to Walt Edwards for the athlete who did the most outstanding performances in MBL meets during the season.
No listing of other players.
SWIMMING end season with a 6-4 record.
The team is made up of mainly freshmen with few returning swimmers. The strength of the team will come from the more experienced swimmers in the distance events.
Powerful Monterey won the varsity 40-54 and lightweights 27-54. The Card swimmers squashed three records. Maarten Kerkove smashed the old 400 yard freestyle record of 4:28.8 setting a new record of 4:11.6. Brother Johann also grabbed a record swimming the individual medley in 2:11.9. Steve Baldwin took first in diving. For the lightweights Dave Withrow took second. On the season he has eight first and one second. Bryon Foster had the only first as he clocked 1:20 in the 100 yard breaststroke. Don Foster won the 50 yard freestyle.
Swimmers romp over Alisal 60-26 in varsity and 45-17 in lightweights. Johann Kerkove topped his own school and meet records in the 200 yard individual medley as he splashed across the finish line in 2:17.4. Johann also won the 100 yard backstroke. Don Foster broke the 100 yard freestyle record of 58.7 with a second to spare. Maarten Kerkove surpassed the meet records for the 200 and 400 yard freestyle events. Two lightweight records were also broken. Dave Withrow snapped the 100 yard individual medley and Don Foster broke the 200 yard freestyle record.
Mermen Break Eight Records in 48-42 Win Over North Salinas. Meet records were set by: Maartin Kerkove in the 200 yd. freestyle with the time of 2:04. The speedy varsity captain also set a meet record in the 400 yd. freestyle time of 4:25. Brother Johann set a meet record in the 100 yd. backstroke time of 1:03. The 200 medley relay team of Ed Douglas, Johann and Maartin Kerkove and Jim Foster set a record. Ed Douglas won the 100 yd. butterfly in 1:08.
Diver Steve Baldwin set a meet record with 144.6 points. For the lightweights Don Foster set a school as well as a meet record in the 100 yd. freestyle time of 58.9 seconds. Dave Withrow won the diving.
The varsity fell to Salinas 38-42. Johann Kerkove set two meet records for the 200 yd. Individual medley with a time of 2:19.9 and in the 100 yd freestyle. His brother Maartin also set a meet record in the 100 yd. backstroke at 1:06.1. The lightweights also lost. Don Foster was victorious setting a meet record in the 200 yd. freestyle of 2:14.
The swim team placed fourth in the Monterey Bay Relays. The Cards captured first place in the 400 yard individual medley, with a team of Don Foster, Jeff Rice, Johann and Maarten Kerkove. The other victory was a record breaking effort of Jim Hopper, Jeff Rice and the Kerkove twosome smashed the old MBL record of 4:31.8 by twenty-sixth of a second. The diving team took a first.
Both the varsity and lightweights splashed Gilroy by 57-35 and 67-19. Varsity first place winners: Rice in 200 individual medley; Steve Baldwin in diving; Jim Hopper 100 backstroke; Halterman 400 freestyle; the 200 freestyle relay team; and the 200 medley relay.
Second place finishers: Halterman, 200 freestyle; Roach, 50 freestyle; Hopper, 200 individual medley; Douglas, 100 fly stroke; Roach, 100 freestyle; Bivins, 400 freestyle and Rice 100 backstroke.
Third place finishers: Bivins, 200 freestyle; Aspecie, 50 freestyle and 100 fly stroke; Foster, 100 breaststroke. Lightweight winners: Dave Withrow, 100 individual medley; Darling, 50 fly stroke; Foster, 200 freestyle; Withrow, diving; Foster 100 freestyle; English, 100 breaststroke. Second place finishers: Darling, 100 individual medley; Finnigan, 50 fly stroke; Dintale, 100 freestyle; B. Foster, 100 breaststroke. Third place finishers: Illidge, 200 freestyle; Ringman, 100 freestyle and Dimeo 100 backstroke.
In a dual meet SC lost both divisions to Watsonville varsity 31-64 and lightweights 32-54.
Maarten Kerkhove was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award for varsity swimming.
Dave Withrow was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award for lightweight swimming.
TENNIS Only nine players came out for the team this year. Starting in playing order with the number one player Pat Swafford, Brush. Pat Cress, Anderson, Murray, Olaf Ingerson, Brian Shontz, A. Rossi and E. Ashlock.
Against North Salinas the doubles team of Pat Cress and Brian Shontz were the only Card winners.
The Cards lost to Watsonville 0-9
Pat Swafford was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
GOLF no information. Yearbook has no names.
Pete Prindle was presented the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
Walt Edwards an All Northern California football selection and an All MBL player this year, also is a school record holder in two track and field events and was named as the Outstanding Senior Athlete. He plans to attend San Jose State on a football scholarship. The 6’ 4”, 210 pound senior made 85 tackles from his defensive tackle spot and broke the SCHS marks in the discus at 163’ 5” and the shot put at 55’ 2”.
Tom Critchon, who has started for the varsity baseball team for four years and played on two championship teams that were CCS finalist, led the league in hitting .444, home runs 10 and runs batted in with 36. Tom was an unanimous choice as MVP and many believe Tom is the best hitter to ever come out of the league going back to the CCAL days as well. Tom went on to play double A (AA) professional baseball. Tom injured his knee and shoulder in high school and that finally caught up to him in his rise through the professional leagues.