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Gary Ghidinelli Receives SC’s Top Athletic Recognition as the Outstanding Athlete. Ghidinelli, a three sport athlete also received All MBL and All County baseball awards and the MBL’s Most Valuable Player Award for basketball. Last year he was All League in three sports, football, basketball and baseball. (See write up of his achievements in the basketball section)
Coaches: Dick Logan, varsity football and golf. Tex Ronning assistant varsity football. Doug Severin, junior varsity football and basketball. Don Dempewolf, assistant junior varsity football and track. Dennis Mullen, lightweight football and tennis. Jack Burkett, assistant lightweight football. Ray Hunter, junior varsity baseball, assistant football and basketball. Jack Alzina, lightweight basketball, C and D basketball. Al Weimers, water polo and swimming. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball. Mel Fishburn, cross country and track.
Many of the teams did not have squad members names in the Cardinal.
FOOTBALL Practice games: Kennedy 18-28 and Live Oak 30-0. Practice record 1-1. League: North Salinas 40-14, Alisal 19-7, Monterey 20-20, Seaside 27-14, Watsonville 39-6, Salinas 18-6, Soquel 7-13. League record 5-1-1 for second place. Season record 6-2-1.
In a first game 18-28 loss to Kennedy the Cards started out as if they were going to run wild. On the opening kick off Al Marshall ran the ball to the ten yard line wer he reversed the ball to Dee Herren who rambled to the Kennedy 45. Two passes later the Cards were on the score board. Waller hit Tom Mitchell for 28 yards and followed with a strike to Steve Seymour in the end zone. The extra point was no good. SC 6-0. In the second quarter the Cards drove 94 yards in five plays to score. Marty Gilbert went 10 yards off tackle and Herren followed with a nifty 23 yards scamper. A Waller to Mitchell pass for 35 yards moved the ball to the 13. Herren caught a pass at the two and went in for the half time score of 12-20 Kennedy. The final TD went for 50 yards. The big plays were a Waller to Mitchell pass for 21 yards and a 13 draw by John Carniglia. The final Card score came on a beautifully executed bootleg by the 200 pound Waller.
Cardinals Bomb Live Oak 30-0. John Carniglia came into his own with 67 yards gained in 15 carries. Not a flashy runner, he is the man the Cards call on for that vital yard or two. Dee Herren appears to be the Cards; best scooter back in years. Al Marshall is a threat every time he carries the ball or catches a pass. Kirk Waller is the best pure passer seen in the north county during our 18 years on he scene, by Arnold Wechter. Steve Seymour booted the extra point after all four scores. Scott Graff set up a score with a fumble recovery. The reserves scored in the last period when junior quarterback Bob Atwood scored from the one on a quarterback sneak. The ball was moved up field on runs by Wayne Royals and a pass to Murray Fleming. Reserves who carried the ball or received passes were Wade Badger, Steve Vomvolakis, Steve Mendoza, Marty Gilbert.
Cardinals Rout Viking 40-14. Dee Herren scored the first TD on a three yard run and Steve Seymour kicked the extra point. Scott Graff pounced on a fumble at the 37 yard line. On the next play Al Marshall swept wide around left end and it appeared he would be caught for a big loss, but a key block by John Carniglia sprung the ten flat speedster and he was off to the promised land. Steve Seymour’s kick was blocked. Alisal started passing deep in their territory and Dee Herren picked off a short pass at the 15 and waltzed in for the score. Seymour kicked the extra point to make the half time score 20-0. In the opening moments of the second half the Cards moved 64 yards in 11 plays. Waller flair pass to Marshall to the left ended with a score. Seymour made it 27-0. A fumble recovery by Dave Paul on the Viking 14 set up the fifth TD. Carniglia on a draw play went all the way to the end zone. The final score come on a play all line backers dream about. Graff grabbed the ball out of the punters hand before he could get the kick off and ran 30 yards to the end zone. Seymour passed to Mitchell for the extra point making the score 40-0. It was then time for other players to gain experience.
From the beginning of the 19-6 win against Alisal it was a match up of starfire defenses. Scott Graff, Dale Lyster, Scott Stolle and Dave Paul jarred many a runners bones. Bill Johnson recovered a fumble on the Alisal 30 yard line. The Cards marched to the ten, but Alisal threw Card backs for losses back to the 35 yard line. Rescue came to the Cards, when Waller passed to Al Marshall, who ran for a TD. On fourth down, Dave Paul and John Ebie blasted the Trojan line to make kicking impossible and agile Ebie tackled the punter. A good passing and running attack was capped by a 15 yard sprint by Dee Herren who carried his last defenders into the end zone. The final SC rally was typical. Waller passed 41 yards to Mitchell in the end zone and Waller kicked the extra point. Alisal did not score until the last 15 seconds. Scott Graff made a total of 13 tackles and Steve Seymour averaged 47 yards a kick with the longest for 65 yards. Alisal out gained the Cards 172 to 222. The Cards stopped the Trojans cold on the ground with a minus 12 yards, but had trouble controlling their passing attack. Comments from former Cardinal and now head coach of Alisal Chuck Filice, “They have a more balanced attack this year. Last year it was mainly the pass, but this year the running game is also dangerous. He had high praise for linebacker Scott Graff. He is the best in the league. We tried to run against him early in the game, but it was impossible.”
Cards Comeback Nets 20-20 Tie. A 92 yard kickoff return by Dee Herren following Monterey’s first score and a 55 yard bomb from Waller to Herren with 2:23 remaining in the game paved the way for the Cards to come from behind to tie Monterey 20-20 before 4,500 fans. Monterey led the whole game until the last minutes. Coaches comments were a lesser team would have quit, I am really proud of the way the team came back. Monterey out gained the Cards 361 to 231. The bulk of the credit for the Cards was the play of the defense to keep the speedy Toreadors from breaking away for long gains. Time and again it seemed SC number 64, defensive tackle Tim Mathues was making things miserable for Monterey’s backs. Sure tackling by John Ebie and Dale Lyster also proved to be a thorn in the side of the visitors. The first half ended with the score 14-6 Monterey. After the Monterey score Marshall took the ensuing kick off and nearly broke away for a touchdown of his own. He was stopped on the Monterey 26, but a clipping penalty sent the ball back to the SC 49. The Cards were able to reach the Monterey two yard line, but were not able to punch the pigskin across the goal line. Monterey did not throw a pass the second half. The Cards established their best drive of the season, the second time they got the ball in the second half. In 14 plays Marshall capped the drive with a three yard run around right end. A 27 yard pass from Waller to Mitchell, who made a beautiful catch at the Monterey 30 was the big play in the drive to make the score Monterey 14-13. On another drive the Cards reached the Monterey 16 yard line. Mathues and Dave Paul kept the Cards in the game by stopping the run for the extra point. Monterey 20-13, but a touchdown and extra point can tie. Gary Marietti recovered the Monterey attempt at a on side kick at the SC 45. Waller hit Herren in stride for a TD and then kicked the extra point to tie the game. Waller Completed ten of his 16 passes for 159 yards.
SC easily handled Seaside 27-14 led by Kirk Waller’s 15 completions in 19 passing attempts for 162 yards and an 108 running effort by junior Dee Herren. The Spartans scored first, but the Cards out gained them 408 yards to 148. The Cards came right back on a 14 play, 75 yard drive. The big play of the march was an 18 yard Waller to end Murry Fleming. Waller capped the drive with a four yard rollout around the right side and added the extra point to put the Cards ahead to stay 7-6. SC went 60 yards in 12 plays as Herren plunged in from the one with less than a minute to go in the half. Waller again kicked the extra point to make it SC 14-6. There was no scoring in the third quarter. Seaside scored in the first play of the fourth quarter to make the score SC 14-12. Four plays later from their own 26 the Cards moved on two passes and a three yard run by John Carniglia to the Seaside 44. Herren then got the call for a play up the middle, but seeing the hole was plugged the speedy 160 pounder found daylight around left end and zipped past the Seaside secondary for the score. Waller converted to make it 21-12. Within three minuts a 39 yard pass from Waller to Al Marshall made the score 27-12. Bill Johnson intercepted a pass and his momentum carried him into the Seaside end zone where he was tackled by a Seaside player giving Seaside two points for the final 27-14 score. The coach was happy with the pass protection provided by the offensive line of Roy Trowbridge, Pat Sines, Scott Stolle, Jerry Vellutini and Gene Anderson, plus saying Waller’s play calling was his best of the year. Waller also connected on six consecutive passes twice. Herren carried 17 times for 108 yards and caught 4 passes for 30 yards. Marshall carried 14 times for 71 yards and caught 3 passes for 51 yards.
Cards Keep Rolling Along. For homecoming the Cards crushed Watsonville 39-7. Kirk Wallers long bomb attack connected for three touchdowns and kept the otherwise erratic offense moving. Two other touchdown passes were nullified by penalties. The Cats scored first for their only points of the night. After the TD the Cats kicked off to the Card 14 yard line where Dee Herren took the ball and cut to the eastern sidelines and behind excellent down field blocking went 86 yards to score. After one Watsonville play from scrimmage Baptiste Bregante recovered a fumble on the Santa Cruz 31. On the first snap Waller faked to Carniglia divining into the line, found Al Marshall behind the defenders on the two and threw a strike for the score. The Cards score again, when a bad snap from center by the Cats went into the end zone where the Cats recovered themselves to only give the Cards two points. In the second half Kirk Waller capped a 63 yard drive with a 31 yard pass to Al Marshall. Another 17 yard pass to Marshall put the ball on the nine from where Waller coolly completed the surgery with a bootleg around right end. As three tacklers converged on Waller he reversed his field and saw Marshall alone at the two for 46 yards and a second TD for Marshall. The Waller to Marshall combination was good for six completions, two touchdowns and 161 yards for the evening. Defensively great effort form Graff Only part of the Cat backfield he didn’t penetrate was the huddle. The ground game scored the last touchdown.
Defensive backs Bill Johnson intercepted two passes and Steve Vomvolakis and Rod Fleming each grabbed one. Coach Logan had praise for junior Murray Fleming for his great hands and fine speed is going to be great receiver. The Watsonville coach commented, “they are tough on defenses, because they have a great balanced attack. They can kill you with the run of the pass and they proved it here tonight.”
The Cards nosed past Salinas 18-6, scoring two touchdowns in the last quarter. The Cards recovered a Salinas fumble on their own 49 yard line at the end of the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter Dee Herren ran 51 yards for a jackpot run. Defensive end Dale Lyster intercepted a pass and ran it back to the Salinas 35, but the Cards were not able to convert, but Salinas did to tie the score to end the half tied 6-6. After the half the Cards silenced the Cowboys six guns with middle guard Scott Graff crashing through the Salinas line and ending up in the Cowboy backfield more often then not. SC started the second half with a then play drive that carried them to the Salinas 13 where they were stopped. The third quarter ended with the score still tied. Waller opened the fourth quarter with a seven yard pass to Tom Mitchell, then a 16 yards to Murray Fleming. Waller threw an incompletion, then hit Fleming for nine yards to the Salinas 26. After two misses, he threw to Mitchell two times for a total of 19 yards to the seven yard line. When the running game proved fruitless, Waller capped the drive with a six yard pass to Steve Seymour. An insurance touchdown was scored four plays later. Dee Herren slid off a pile of Cowboy tacklers and ran 54 yards for the final score. Reserve quarterback Bob Atwood teamed up with Murray Fleming for a 64 yard pass, but a penalty negated the touchdown. Tempers flared after the final touchdown, but the coaches were able to calm things down and to finish the game. The Cards out gained Salinas 280 to 176.
Big Game Tonight At Cabrillo Stadium. SC is just on win away from the MBL championship or at least a piece of it as they are unbeaten, but tied by Monterey 20-20 in midseason in league play. In this the last game of the season, if both teams win their will be a co-championship. If one wins and the other loses the winner will be sole champions. There is a lot riding on the game tonight. SC perhaps has the most balanced offense, thanks to Kirk Waller’s passing and the running of speedy halfbacks Al Marshall and Dee Herren. If Soquel and Monterey win, Soquel will tie SC for second place. SC coach Dick Logan says, “His Cardinals are not thinking about beating Soquel to beat Soquel. We want to beat Soquel for the championship.”
Starting line ups for SC are listed by name, position, height, weight and year in school.
OFFENSE POS HT WT YEAR
Tom Mitchell LE 6-1 195 Sr
Gene Anderson LT 6-0 180 Jr
Scott Stolle LG 6-0 180 Sr
Roy Trowbridge C 5-10 170 Sr
Pat Sines RG 5-10 155 Sr
Jerry Vellutini RT 6-0 190 Jr
Murray Fleming RE 5-10 150 Jr
Kirk Waller QB 6-2 205 Sr
John Carniglia FB 5-11 190 Jr
Al Marshall LH 6-1 180 Sr
Dee Herren RH 5-9 160 Jr
Dale Lyster LE 6-0 180 Sr
Sam Mathues LT 5-11 185 Sr
Scott Graff MG 5-11 190 Sr
Baptista Bregante RT 6-0 188 Sr
Dave Paul RE 6-5 200 Sr
Gary Rochelle LB 5-8 150 Jr
Wade Badger LB 6-0 160 Jr
Bill Johnson LH 5-10 155 Sr
Steve Vomvolakis RH 5-6 145 Sr
Rod Fleming S 5-11 175 Sr
John Ebie MONST 5-8 160 Sr
Monst is the monster man
Knights Shock Cards With 13-7 Upset Win. The underdog Knights upstaged the vaunted Cards in the first half and hung on grimly the final two quarters at Cabrillo Stadium before and overflow crowd of 4,800. The win sets the Cards and Knights for a tie for second place with 5-1-1 records and giving Monterey the MBL championship with a 6-0-1 mark. Soquel scored the first time they had the ball. SC bounced back to take the lead with a 48 yard drive capped when Herren dove over right tackle behind Jerry Vellutini for the score. Waller put the Cards ahead 7-6 with his kick for the extra point. Soquel took the ensuing kick off and in eight plays scored the winning touchdown. Midway in the second quarter, the Cards after taking over on their 36 yard line, drove to the Soquel 8 yard line. Waller passed to Murray Fleming in the end zone, but the ball was snatched out of his hands. This was the closest the Cards would get to the goal line again. With a few minutes left in the game the Cards moved form there own 45 to the Soquel 26, before being stopped by having another pass intercepted. The Card defense rallied in the second half with Scott Graff, Bill Johnson, John Ebie, Gary Rochelle, Pat Sines and Scott Stolle coming on strong. Soquel was held to 26 yards on the ground during the final two quarters and was able to enter SC territory only once. Santa Cruz’ offense always seemed on the verge of breaking it open in the second half. But the stout Knight defenders either came up with a key play or the Cards would boot it with a boo-boo on their own. Marshall and Herren were outstanding for the Cards, Marshal, who improves with each game picked up 64 yards on 11 carries and more than once threatened to bust the game open. Herren gained 51 yards on ten carries. The statistics for the game showed SC out gaining Soquel 179 yards to 161 in total yards gained.
Coach Dick Logan and assistant Tex Ronning. The measure of a good football team is not in whether they win or lose the championship, but in their sportsmanship. The measure of a good football player is if he tried his best and worked well with his team in reaching for the championship. We tried very hard, but failed. Our team success were not great, but as individuals our success was never in doubt!
Most valuable players, Dee Herren and Scott Graff. Most tackles. Scott Graff. Outstanding back, Dee Herren. Outstanding lineman, Scott Graff. Most improved, Al Marshall. Most inspirational, Steve Mendoza. Team captains, Dale Lyster and Scott Graff.
Yards gained 2403
Points scored 213
Third in league offense
First in league defense
Yards given up 1728
Points given up 106
Points scored on defense 18
Fumbles recovered 14
Passes intercepted 11
By team vote. Most valuable players, Dee Herren and Scott Graff.
Most tackles. Scott Graff.
Outstanding back, Dee Herren.
Outstanding lineman, Scott Graff.
Most improved, Al Marshall.
Most inspirational, Steve Mendoza.
Team captains, Dale Lyster and Scott Graff.
JUNIOR VARSITY. Practice games: Santa Cruz beat Kennedy and Live Oak 7-0. Practice record 2-0. League: Watsonville 7-0, Salinas 6-20, North Salinas 15-6.
Trident. Going into the last game of the season the Cards have a 5-3 record.
The Cards won their first two practice games beating Kennedy and Live Oak. The offensive line are experienced except for two good freshmen. Quarterback Mike Johnson is getting plenty of time to throw.
In a 7-0 win against Watsonville the Cards gained only 18 yards in the first half. It says a great deal for the defense! The defensive standouts were tackle John Garcia, middle guard Paul Tanner, Guard Corney Brown and end Gary Lyster. In the second half the Cards got their offense going out gaining the Cats 198-28. After a 48 yard drive, Mike Johnson hit right end Joe Thuringer for a score.
Salinas showed strength in their running attack gaining 5 to 6 yards a crack, scored 20 points. Johnson hit Thuringer again for a score to make the final tally 6-20.
Cards 15 North Salinas 6. The Vikings scored on the opening kick off and that was it for their scoring. In the second quarter a Mike Johnson 57 yard pass to Dan Newby tied the score. Middle guard Paul Tanner nailed the ball carrier in their end zone to make the score 8-6 Cards. In the fourth quarter Dave Mendez set up a touchdown with a 30 yard screen pass to the one yard line. Johnson sneaked it over for the score.
In a Saturday game Alisal shattered the Cards hopes for a championship with a 20-6 win. SC scored first on a 30 yard pass to Joe Thuringer.
Yearbook. Coach Doug Severin and assistant Don Dempewolf. This year’s team has shown more school spirit than any of the teams in the past few years. The team played hard and made steady improvement as the season progressed,. The team kept up a great attitude throughout the season, expecting out of a game only what they put into it. We feel that several of the players will be a great asset to the varsity team next year.
Coach Mullen and assistant Jack Burkett. We started the season with an inexperienced team. Through hard work they made marked improvement throughout the season. The season ended on a high note with the boys putting forth a tremendous effort to defeat a team that had previously defeated them 25-0. Many of these follows have earned their way to becoming the nucleus of future varsity teams at SCHS.
BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON. FOR SECOND YEAR PLAYED IN CCS FINAL GAME. From the San Jose Mercury. RANKED FOURTH IN THE STATE BY IMPERIAL SPORTS IN THEIR FINAL POLL.
The state rankings are (1) Compton 30-0; (2) Willow Glen 27-0; (3) Castlemont 21-2; (4) Santa Cruz 28-2; five through nine are LA teams. (10) Jesuit of Sacramento 18-1. From here down will only list Northern Cal teams through thirtieth place. (11) Stagg of Stockton 24-2; (12) Edison of Fresno 24-3; (16) Oakland 19-4; (17) Hayward 20-6; (18) Bishop O’Dowd 29-6; (19) McClymonds of Oakland 15-5; (22) Sacred Heart of San Francisco 23-7; (23) Buchser 24-4.
Practice games: Special opening season game at Cabrillo, in a half price night promotion with local merchants, Overfelt 81-25, Ayer of Milpitas 56-27, Dads ClubTournament: Harbor 67-36, Soquel 92-54, North Salinas 90-54 to win Dads title. Cabrillo tourney, Homestead 48-36, Watsonville 71-63, Mt Pleasant 81-59, which was ranked seventh in CCS area by the Mercury. Won Cabrillo title. Newark between Milpitas and Hayward won 72-56. Lost to Bishop O’Dowd 73-68, the top team in the Bay Area with a 16-1 record at the time. Whose legendary coach Frank LaPorte, who won his 301st game with this win. Later Laporte coached St Josephs of Alameda and won the State title with Jason Kidd a Cal and NBA player. Practice record 9-1. League games: Monterey 79-45, 60-45; Watsonville 70-48, 67-39; Alisal 88-70, 85-62; Soquel 94-50, 76-46; Salinas 57-37, 65-38; Harbor 71-22, 72-32; Seaside 59-46, 54-47 and North Salinas 85-70, 79-64. League record 16-0. Regular season 25-1. CCS playoff games: Carmel 73-66, Mora 80-60, Buchser 78-74, with future NFL quarterback Bartkowski as their top player and lost in finals against Willow Glen 64-53. Second place for all CCS schools. Final record 28-2.
Trident. Seasons record over the last three years 1967-69: 20-5, 22-2 and 28-2. For a total 70 wins and 9 losses over three years. Ghidinelli, Foster and Sorensen first team all three years. Most of the rest of the team have played for two years. This years team is all seniors excepted for one player. Unfortunately four year center Tom Foster was injured in the second game and was out for six weeks, but the squad closed ranks and lost only to, the 16-1 team at the time, Bishop O’Dowd in a tough game. Steve Seymour missed the last half of the season and Kirk Waller missed the last four league games and the first two playoff games. This is an indication of what a deep team this was.
Starters: forwards, Kris Sorensen, Dave Paul and Steve Seymour; center, Tom Foster; guards, Gary Ghidinelli, Grant Wilson and Rod Fleming, Kirk Waller forward/guard. In full court pressing situations, Rod Fleming and Bob Nunes, with their aggressiveness were always on the floor. The rest of the team received a lot of playing time through the year. Frank Jones, Dave Hendershott and Ben Krupp the only junior on the team.
The game write ups and columns are from the Sentinel and San Jose Mercury.
Special opening season game at Cabrillo, in a half price night promotion with local merchants, the Cards defeated Overfelt 81-25. The SC reserves showed that thy have the stuff to give the starting five a good brace in the event of injuries later in the year. The most outstanding player in the game was senior Dave Paul who was aggressive on the boards and led the team in scoring with 17 points. Scoring: Sorensen 7, Waller 8, Foster 7, Ghidinelli 11, Wilson 5, Paul 17, Fleming 7, Seymour 6, Jones 8 and Nunes 5.
Cardinals Roll Over Ayer of Milpitas 56-27. Tom Foster Hurt, Out for Six Weeks. Someone came down on Foster’s foot and broke a bone late in the first half. Ayer attempted to freeze the ball the first half and the Cards led only 22-12 in the first half. SC sank 24 of 56 field goal attempts for 44 percent shooting. Sorensen went particularly hard to the boards as the Cards dominated the backboards. Scoring: Sorensen 19, Paul 3, Foster 0, Ghidinelli 12, Wilson 2, Seymour 0, Nunes 3, Fleming 6, Waller 9, Hendershott 2 and Jones 0.
In the first game of Dads club the second team started the game and played most of the time in a 67-36 win over first year Harbor. Seven players scored 4 points, Fleming led with 14, Paul 10 and Ghidinelli 8 and Nunes 6.
In the semi-finals against Soquel the game was never in doubt as the Cards opened up a 25-13 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, scoring 26, 28 and 13 points in the next three quarters. The game ended with a Card victory 92-54. The Cards hit on 38 of 61 attempts for 62.3 percent average. Scoring: Waller 21, Ghidinelli 19, Sorensen 15, Wilson 10, Seymour 8, Paul 6, Krupp 5, Jones 4, Fleming and Nunes 2 each.
The Cardinals met North Salinas again in the finals, only this time it was not nearly as close, ending 79-63. The Cards were behind 18-19 after the first quarter and 34-35 at half. The Vikes actually outplayed the Cards in the first half, getting good position for rebounds, stealing a number of passes as well as forcing more turnovers than a Santa Cruz team is accustomed to committing. Waller was instrumental in keeping the Cards close in that first half as he scored 13 points on a variety of shots. Ghidinelli, while scoring but six made his presence known by setting up a number of baskets with his passing, that has come to be a trademark of his. Sorensen also scored six in the opening half. In the second half with a revitalized SC defense against them, the Vikes’ poor performance may not have been their fault alone. With the Cardinal players hounding them, the Viking mistakes were plenty. The Cards forced tough passes, used their speed to advantage to intercept good passes and at last, finally began to hit their shots. Surprisingly enough, it was the rebounding of Ghidinelli that stood out the most in the second half. He seemed to be everywhere and always at just the right moment. The rest of the Cards were also playing heads up ball and all contributed to the 24 point quarter, that put SC ahead to stay. North Salinas could muster only eight points. Waller contributed 10 points to the third quarter barrage and Ghidinelli added seven. Sorensen pulled down 12 stray shots, Ghidinelli 9, Waller and Paul had 6. Paul stood out making 7 assists to help Ghidinelli who made 10 to set their teammates up to score. The Cards shot 54.4 percent from the floor hitting 29 of 53 shots. Scoring: Waller 26, Sorensen 20, Ghidinelli 16, Wilson 7, Seymour and Fleming 4 each and Paul 2.
Ghidinelli was MVP for the Dads Club tournament. Waller and Sorensen were named All Tournament. Waller held the hot hand the last two games scoring 21 and 26. Followed by Sorensen 15 and 20 and Ghidinelli 19 and 16.
In the first league game of the year against Monterey, the Cards had a 44-20 at the half and the reserves finished up the game in the second half. Final score SCHS 79-45. Scoring: Waller 16, Paul 13, Sorensen, Ghidinelli and Fleming 12 each, Wilson 6, Seymour 4, Jones and Krupp 2 each, Nunes, Jones and Hendershott 0.
Watsonville tried a stalling game in an effort to tame the Cards, but it was all in vain as the Cards triumphed 70-48. The Cards responded to the challenge with a tough defensive game that created Watsonville errors. As a result SC ran, while the Cats continued to walk and the outcome was inevitable. At the end of the first quarter it was 15-7. Ghidinelli who had eight of the first quarter points, hit for six more and Paul added five to lead the second quarter scoring which ended 32-20. Santa Cruz scored 18 and the Cats 7 in the third quarter. The starters left the game at the end of the quarter. Santa Cruz shot 58 percent, hitting 26 of 45 shots from the floor. At the foul line it was 18 of 27 for 67 percent. Scoring: Sorensen 21, Ghidinelli 19, Paul 10, Waller 8, Wilson and Seymour 4, Krupp and Hendershott 2 each, Fleming, Jones and Nunes 0.
After seven games this is the scoring for the Cardinals. Sorensen 98, Ghidinelli 97, Waller 92, Paul 63, Fleming 45, Wilson 38, Seymour 30, Jones 24, Nunes 16, Krupp 12, Hendershott 8.
CABRILLO- SOQUEL TOURNEY
Cards Over Homestead 48-36. In the first two games of the Cabrillo-Soquel tournament Santa Cruz was not only without Foster, but also Dave Paul. In the first game against Homestead, the Cards were down 19-22 at half. The Cards turned it around with a 18 to 8 edge in the third quarter to bring the threat to an end. The press on defense and shooting well from the outside put the Cards ahead 37-30 at the end of the third quarter. The Cards continued their scoring with 18 points in the fourth. Sorensen grabbed ten rebounds. Steve Seymour in a start chipped in nine points and hit the boards well. Grant Wilson showed some fine moves and tallied nine points. Scoring: Sorensen 10, Wilson and Seymour 9, Waller 8, Ghidinelli 7 and Fleming 5.
Wildcats Bow to SC 73-63. In the second game of the tournament Watsonville gave the Cards all they could handle. Ghidinelli started the first quarter hitting inside and outside for 12 of the Cards 19 points. Watsonville led by five points a couple of times in the first half, the Cards led at half 35-27. The Cards behind Sorensen quick six points to pushed the lead to 41-27. The Cats came back to tighten things up at the end of the quarter 51-48. Sorensen rang up nine points and Ghidinelli eight in the closing eight minutes. Sorensen hit nine of 15 attempts from the field. Ghidinelli hit 11 of 15. Scoring Ghidinelli 25, Sorensen 24, Waller and Seymour 8, Fleming 5 and Wilson 3.
Cardinals win Tourney In Impressive Fashion Over Mt. Pleasant 81-59. In the finals, there were expectations of a Cardinal win, but not the Santa Cruz Cardinals. Instead many in the capacity full Cabrillo gym, the Mt. Pleasant Cardinals of San Jose, seem to be a crowd favorite. Added to the article (who at the end of the season won the tough Mount Hamilton league in San Jose. In addition to that their leading scorer was named to the first team All CCS area team by the San Jose Mercury along the Santa Cruz Cards Gary Ghidinelli. They were ranked seventh in the section with a 20-5 record by the Mercury) In the tournament they trounced Soquel 90-39 and league contender North Salinas 78-30. The first quarter ended in a 13-13 tie. Free throws made a big difference in the second quarter. Paul, back in the line up, sparked the squad with eight free throws. Added to the Redbirds phenomenal shooting percentage from the floor, the eight freebies helped the Cards to half time margin of 38-29. Santa Cruz remained unstoppable in the second half as its hot shooting and fine defensive work remained at a high peak. In the third stanza, the Cards ran away to a 61-42 edge. Scoring Paul and Ghidinelli 19 each, Waller and Sorensen 15 each, Wilson 8, Fleming 5, Jones 2, Nunes and Krupp 0.
Gary Ghidinelli was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament and Kris Sorensen was chosen for the first team All Tourney.
In the Mercury a headline: Mt. Pleasant added as a new title threat. Despite taking a drubbing from a gigantic Santa Cruz team, Mt Pleasant has become a bonafide contender for the Mount Hamilton league championship. Mount Pleasant coach, Varney Corey, feels his club played like champions to gain the tourney finals. Cory’s comments “Santa Cruz has one of the finest high school teams I have ever seen and they will be even better when they get Foster back”
From pre game article in the Mercury. Headline, ‘SC Won’t give O’Dowd A Win. Poise Will Decide‘. Christmas had passed and Bishop O’Dowd’s basketball team can’t rely on any presents from Santa Cruz tonight. O’Dowd, always one of Northern California’s best prep cage quintets, is 16-1 and riding a 13 game winning streak. Both teams are used to pressuring their opponents into mistakes, which means the squad with the most poise should have an advantage. “It’s a matter of who can stay relaxed the longest.” The Cardinals problems aren’t over if they get by the Dragon press. The top players and scorers for the Dragons are 6’4” Jeff Pete, who jumps like he is at least 6’7” in his third year as a starter, is the best jumper and scorer along with another returnee Greg Will. With Tom Foster missing in the middle of the Card line up Dave Paul and Kris Sorensen have combined to make up the difference. Paul has averaged eight to 12 rebounds a game and is scoring in double figures. Sorensen has taken up to 19 boards in a game and is a strong outside shooter. Gary Ghidinelli is the Cardinal playmaker and will take the brunt of the O’Dowd press. He had 11 assists against Mt. Pleasant and is a top shooter. Kirk Waller, quarterback of the football team, plays guard or forward and is another fine outside shooter.
Also in the Mercury. North Salinas faces a similar problem in the MBL that teams in the PAC 8 must contend with. One Dominating power. While Santa Cruz is not of UCLA’s caliber, the Cardinals do have one of the CCS’ best squads.
O’Dowd Nip Cards 73-68. Santa Cruz made believers out of Bishop O’Dowd the perennial Bay area power, whose coach won his 301 game with the win. O’Dowd led the first quarter 14-16. Santa Cruz led at half 33-32. When the half ended we noticed the O’Dowd coach got the two officials and the SC coach together. We asked what happened after the game and found out he was complaining about the roughness of the SC players. Santa Cruz was only able to score 9 points to 18 for O’Dowd in the third quarter. But the Cardinals put on a big push led by Ghidinelli, who scored 14 points in the last quarter. A pressing defense created an upped tempo in action, even though there were some lay ups scored and fouls made. During this quarter the Cards put 26 points on the board. Santa Cruz closed the margin to 63-66 at one point on a Waller lay up. Then Waller and Ghidinelli made it a two point gap 68-70, before three O’Dowd free throws closed the game out 68-73. Ghidinelli played a fantastic game all around, handling the ball, tough defense and scoring 29 points against the top competition in the area. Sorensen set some nice screens for Ghidinelli’s torrid jumper. Paul turned in one of the best performances of any player on the court. Waller hit some clutch shots, Wilson played his normal aggressive style and Steve Seymour worked the boards and played tough defense. Overall, the game, as expected was particularly well played as shooting statistics tend to indicate. In the see saw fourth quarter, SC hit nine of 12 field goal attempts and O’Dowd sank seven of 10. Over all O’Dowd potted 29 of 57 floor shots for 50.8 percent and SC sank 26 of 53 attempted for 49 percent. Scoring: Ghidinelli 29, Waller 12, Paul and Sorensen 10 apiece, Wilson 5 and Seymour 2. Fleming and Nunes 0.
In a Sentinel column Athlete’s Feat, the heading was ‘Good Defeat’. If there is such a thing as a “good defeat” Santa Cruz’ loss to Bishop O’Dowd might be one. Defeat is hard to take no matter from were one sits, but Santa Cruz fans saw something they have not been accustomed to for a long time. There was anticipation as this would be one the few real test for this years team. The core of this years team has been building for three years and getting better each year. Is this years team a great basketball team? We had heard that O’Dowd played powerful basketball in a strong prep basketball area. When the game started they looked like a regular basketball team. This is not to suggest that O’Dowd was anything less than anticipated, but one thing made the Dragons look like something other then high school supermen. The one thing, of course, was the Cardinals. Santa Cruz lost because O’Dowd had more points, when the final buzzer sounded. The Cards lost the game, but certainly not their dignity. How about a couple of “ifs?” What if the game was a minute longer, when SC rallied within two points and had momentum. And, of course, what if the injured Tom Foster had been able to play?
At the start of the new year, the Mercury ranked Willow Glen number one and Santa Cruz number two in the area.
Sorensen’s 27 Points Leads Card Win over Alisal 88-70. For their third league win of the season, the Cards settled down after a hectic first period where the promising Alisal team played them to a 17-17 tie. There was no let down in the Cards offensive after their first loss. The Cardinals were still able to come up with the big basket, whenever Alisal looked to be closing the gap. Paul turned in another impressive game, scoring 17 points, making 6 assists and rebounding 19 times tying Sorensen for a 38 total between them. Sorensen scored 10 points in the hectic first quarter to keep the Cards in the game and ended up with 27 points on 11 of 20 shots from the field and five from the charity line. The Cards had a hot fourth quarter, when they were accurate on 10 of 20 shots. Their average for the night was 47 percent. Ghidinelli hit 5 of 13 shots, netted six free throws for 16 points, plus leading in assists with seven to go along with Paul’s six and Waller’s five. The Cards lost a player, Steve Seymour who has been playing well around the basket with a badly sprained ankle, but got Tom Foster back on a limited basis, still favoring his ankle. He was still able to score nine points. Scoring: Sorensen 27, Paul 17, Seymour 0, Ghidinelli 16, Waller 9, Foster 9, Fleming 4, Nunes, Krupp and Hendershott 2 each and Jones 0.
Strong Second Half Nets Cardinals 72-56 Victory. The last practice game was against Newark last years champions of the tough Mission Valley League in Alameda county. This year they are a .500 team in league play. The Cards after leading by only five at half time, came to life in the second half, scoring 20 points in each of the last two quarters. They shot 46 percent from the field on hitting 26 of 57 shots. At the foul line they were 20 for 29 for 69 percent. Foster coming off the bench and Paul led the rebounding with 12 and 11 respectively. Scoring: Sorensen 22, Ghidinelli 17, Foster 9, Waller 8, Paul 6, Fleming 5, Jones and Nunes 2 each, Wilson 1.
Redbirds Roll Over Salinas 57-37. Salinas tries slow down, but Cards have big second quarter to put the game away with a 30-14 intermission lead. Foster led in rebounds with 11 followed by Paul with 10 and Sorensen 8. Ghidinelli and Wilson from the outside and Paul from the inside each passed off for three assists. In limited action, Frank Jones chipped in three points. Scoring: Foster 13, Paul and Waller 9 each, Ghidinelli and Sorensen 8 each, Wilson 7, Jones 3, Fleming and Nunes 0.
The reserves started the game against Harbor and played three full quarters for a 71-22 win. Leading the reserves was Frank Jones with five assists and 8 points. Ben Krupp grabbing six rebounds and scoring 8 points. The Cards hit 33 of 68 shots for a 49 percent average. Scoring: Hendershott 5, Jones 8, Krupp 8, Nunes 5, Fleming 10, Sorensen 10, Foster 4, Paul 2, Waller 8 and Wilson 12.
Cards Dump Stubborn Seaside 59-46. The Cards led through out the Seaside game starting with a first quarter lead of 11-4, but this was the biggest differential of any quarter. The Cards took advantage of numerous Seaside fouls in the second quarter by converting nine of them to widen their lead to 30-20 at half time. The Cards controlled the boards 41-27 and were led by Sorensen with 12, Foster 10 and Ghidinelli 7. Foster had 8 assists and Ghidinelli 3. Shooting wise the Cards hit 20 of 46 attempts for 44 percent and the foul shooting was at 74 percent on 19 of 27 shots. Scoring: Ghidinelli 17, Sorensen 13, Foster 10, Waller 8, Wilson 6, Paul 5, Fleming and Nunes 0.
From the Mercury in a pre game write up before the North Salinas game with the headline: North Salinas Primed For Last Chance. Santa Cruz will be much stronger than when the Vikings played the Cards in the finals of the Dads Club. Tom Foster considered by Cal Prep magazine as the preseason player of the year, has return to action and will play. Quote from the Viking coach, “We know Santa Cruz very well. We can’t concentrate on any one player. We need every break we can get. They have depth, experience and size. I’ll have to second guess them on defense and hope our home court advantage helps us.”
SC Continues Climb To MBL Title with 83-70 win over North Salinas. Cards go on a second half scoring spree of 40 points to squash the Vikings. After a first half that resembled a grudge match between members of both teams, SC won the first quarter 21-15. Then North Salinas out scored the Cards by four points in the second quarter, but SC still kept the lead 43-41. The Cards came out from the intermission with a vengeance and out scored the Vikes 21-7 in the third period. The Cards size wore down the shorter Vikings as the game progressed. Rebounding leaders Foster had 11, Sorensen 10 and Paul 9. Foster has rounded into his normal playing condition, making moves around the basket to end up scoring 23. Ghidinelli the Cards field marshal sank six shots and hit 11 of 12 foul shots for 23 points, while directing the offense. Grant Wilson came in the game during the second quarter and played his best game of the year, scoring eight points and teaming with Ghidinelli to lead the Cards press in back court. It was a hard fought game by both team going as hard as they could. Three North Salinas players fouled out. Scoring: Foster and Ghidinelli 23 each, Sorensen 11, Wilson and Paul 8 each, Waller 5, Fleming 3, Nunes 2.
Cards Power Overwhelms Soquel 94-50. Reserves started filtering into the game during the second period. Ben Krupp led the reserves in scoring with 11 points. Scoring: Hendershott 3, Jones 2, Krupp 11, Nunes 4, Sorensen 6, Fleming 5, Foster 15, Ghidinelli 15, Paul 13, Waller 8, Wilson 12.
Cards Keep Rolling Along to defeat Monterey 60-45. The starting five performed with brilliant precision when they saw duty the first half and left with a 38-10 lead. While the Cards displayed their typical offensive power, they also appeared particularly defense oriented, throttling any hopes of a Monterey scoring splurge. Within the first four minutes the Cards blocked three shots in addition to forcing the Toreadores from their offensive patterns. The first quarter ended 21-4. Previously Monterey had beaten North Salinas. Scoring: Ghidinelli 12, Foster 11, Paul, Sorensen and Wilson 8 each, Nunes 5, Waller and Krupp 3 each, Hendershott 2, Fleming and Jones 0.
Cardinals Pennant Express Rolls through Watsonville. Final score 67-39. The Cards got a break this time, when Watsonville decided to run with them. The score at the end of the first quarter was 19-10 and at half 37-22. Paul led the Cards with 16 points and yanked 10 rebounds along with Sorensen’s 11 rebounds and Foster’s 8. They controlled the boards, which enabled them to start a number of fast breaks. Ghidinelli hit three of the four shots he allowed himself during the night, so he could share the ball with his teammates registering 8 assists doubling his nearest teammate in that department. SC played a dogged zone defense through the middle two quarters, forcing outside shots. Ghidinelli and Wilson operated nearly as one in the SC press, baffling the Cats and causing bad passes. Scoring: Paul 16, Ghidinelli 9, Sorensen 14, Waller 8, Wilson 4, Fleming 2, Foster 12, Hendershott 1, Nunes, Jones and Krupp 0.
As reported by the Mercury. State rankings at the beginning of February by Imperial Sports State Basketball poll. Listed starting with number one: Compton, Muir, Willow Glen, Ventura, with SANTA CRUZ, Chaffey and Bishop O’Dowd tied for fifth. Santa Cruz, O’Dowd and Willow Glen were the only three teams from Northern California listed in the top ten.
SC Rips Alisal 85-62. Alisal started off the game ahead 0-9 and kept the lead to the end of the first quarter 13-18. Ghidinelli and Paul provided most of the scoring in the first quarter. Sorensen and Waller led the second period charge with 10 and seven points respectively. The Cards got untracked and scored 27 points in the second quarter to go ahead 40-31 at half. They scored 26 in the third to make it 65-43 and add 19 points in the fourth. Sorensen who turned in his best performance of the year gave a demonstration of what basketball is all about. Sorensen hit from outside, moved well around the basket and attacked the boards relentlessly collecting 15 rebounds. The 6’8” Alisal center and the top scorer in the league was held to three points by the combined guarding of Foster and Sorensen during the first half. He ended up with 13, nine of them came in the last quarter when the game had been decided. Ghidinelli handed out seven assists and Paul continued his fine performances on the boards and scoring wise. Scoring: Sorensen 22, Ghidinelli 20, Waller 16, Paul 15, Foster 6, Fleming 4, Wilson 2, Nunes 0.
Cardinals ramble by Knights. 76-46. The Cards exploded to a 14-0 lead and held a 28-11 lead at the quarter and extended it to 42-24 at the half. As is their custom in the third quarter, Santa Cruz re-entered the game like gangbusters, reeling off 15 straight points. Sorensen led SC sinking 9 of 11 shots from the field. As a team the Cards shot 43 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the line. Scoring: Sorensen 19, Ghidinelli 12, Foster 11, Wilson and Nunes 8 each, Paul and Fleming 6 each, Waller 4, Krupp 2, Hendershott 1 and Jones 0.
Cards blast Salinas 65-38. Ahead only 28-22 at half time, the Cards out scored the Cowboys with a 20-4 run in third quarter. The big three Paul, Sorensen and Foster controlled the boards and were able to set up fast breaks. No Cardinal victory would be complete without the fine passing of standout guard Ghidinelli, who picked up five assists and a handful of rebounds to along with 8 points. Scoring: Foster 21, Paul 12, Sorensen 9, Ghidinelli and Wilson 8 each, Hendershott 3, Fleming and Nunes 2 each.
Santa Cruz cinches third straight league crowns with Ghidinelli, Foster and Sorensen on the bench for the entire game, against first year school Harbor winning 72-32. The reserves played the whole game with the exception of Paul and Wilson giving them a rest occasionally. It is a misleading to say reserves for the SC players as most of them would be a starter on most any other SC team. It is just unfortunate for them that their playing time is reduced by being on this particular team. Rod Fleming a sparkplug guard is an outstanding example of this, led the scoring with 17 points. The Cards played a strong defensive ball, forcing numerous bad passes and stealing the ball on several occasions. Paul blocked at least four shots. Waller sustained an ankle sprain early in the game and could be out of action for a while. Santa Cruz shot 46 percent on 70 attempts with 32 counters. Scoring: Fleming 17, Paul and Jones 11, Hendershott 10, Nunes and Krupp 8 and Wilson 7.
Cards Scared, But Still win 54-47 over a quick and tough Seaside squad. The Spartans came within a whisper of knocking off the Cards, trailing by only one with less than a minute remaining, but the Cards poise carried them through. Santa Cruz led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter, 29-24 at half and 43-39 after three quarters, even though the Cards led by as much as 14 in the first half and 10 in the second half. Seaside went ahead 47-46 with 4:42 left. Ghidinelli then scored and when the Cards gained possession, went into a stall. Seaside trying vainly to get the ball, fouled Wilson as the game went into its final minute, Wilson made both free throws, then came back moments later with a steal for a basket and Paul wrapped it up with a rebound of his own shot and banked it in as the game ended. The Cards won the game at the foul line hitting 19 to Seaside’s 9. Scoring: the front line of Foster, Sorensen and Paul all scored 13. Ghidinelli 10, Wilson 5, Fleming and Nunes 0.
Santa Cruz Ices MBL Cake by storming to a 15 point lead and then coasted through the second half to register a 79-64 win over North Salinas, their big rival for the title the last three years. It was a particularly good finish for the league season as the top seven players were kept in the game rather than needing to clear the bench early as Santa Cruz has done so many times this season. The first half performance was superb as the Cards completely dominated every aspect of play. The Cardinals operating as a closely knit unit in the first half, getting off 31 shots and hit 20 for a remarkable 64.5 percent from the floor. Over all the Cards dropped in 31 field goals of 57 attempts for 54 percent. North Salinas shot well also sinking 31 of 49 for 43 percent. Santa Cruz’ board domination was evident from the opening moments winning that battle 44 to 20. Sorensen led the rebounders with 14, Foster 11, Ghidinelli and Paul with eight each. Ghidinelli led the parade with a truly fabulous performance. He sank 11 of 16 shots for 69 percent average and was four of four free tosses for a total of 26 points and set up others with seven assists. Foster set up six assists, had 11 rebounds, scored 17 points and patrolled the middle on defense. Sorensen was in double figures with 14 rebounds and 16 points. Senior Bob Nunes, who plays first team on the full court press contingent, was awarded a start this game and scored 3 points. Scoring: Foster 17, Nunes 3, Paul 9, Sorensen 16, Ghidinelli 26, Wilson 6 and Fleming 2.
John Lindsay, Sentinel sports editors pre game write up for the start of CCS play. The 1968-69 Cardinal basketball team is the end product of three progressively better basketball years at Santa Cruz High. Three years ago, three outstanding sophomores, Gary Ghidinelli, Tom Foster and Kris Sorensen were the talk of the area. (who were teamed with a talented senior group in 1966-67) This year there are not only five outstanding senior starters, but also a bench which could hold starting jobs on just about any other high school ball club. Obviously, it’s an unusual phenomenon when so many with so much talent arrive at a high school at the same time, but it’s happened at Santa Cruz High. SC has three “big men” in Foster, Sorensen and Dave Paul, who saw occasional duty last year, but this season has developed into a fine performer. In the backcourt you’ll find two guards, Ghidinelli and Grant Wilson, who work as well together as one can imagine. Foster, a standout throughout his high school career, at seasons start “was ready to make his last year a great one,” but Foster suffered a ankle break eartly in the second game. He was out of commission for four weeks and then had to go through a touch and go recovery period, seeing action for short periods of time to play himself back in shape. He was all “go” and throttled any thoughts that the injury would affect his overall performance. “If Sorensen improves at the same rate he has during the last two years, you are going to hear a lot more about him. He has improved so much that one can hardly believe it.” As SC opponents well know, Ghidinelli does everything and he does everything well. “He is an all around player. He does so many things. He’s a good shooter, sets up the offense, tough defensively and he is tough on the boards.” “Dave Paul had the potential last year, but he had a 6’6” all league senior to share time with. From the first practice this season, Dave has shown what he can do and has continued to look great all season.” Wilson has always been a consistent player, does a good job bringing the ball down, scores some important points and is tough on defense.” “It is hard for an individual to excel on a team like this because there is so much talent. All of these guys can go out and hit 40 or 50 percent of their shots.” Injuries could have been disastrous for SC this year if it had not been for it’s excellent bench. “The second team in practice give the first team more competition than some of the teams we have played.” When Foster was hurt, Steve Seymour filled in beautifully, only to suffer a serious ankle injury shortly after Foster returned. Kirk Waller starts part of the time as a swing man playing guard or forward as needed. At times he is used as the sixth man to come off the bench and hit some big ones to get the scoring going. Kirk played first string last year and is a fine shooter and rebounds well. Kirk hurt his ankle a few weeks ago and will not play against Carmel. Rod Fleming a back up guard, whom nearly any prep coach would welcome as a starter. Bob Nunes, now seventh man was an all league lightweight last season, will see much duty, especially when the Cards are using their all out full court press as the Cards shoot for the CCS title. Frank Jones a transfer this year has a good shot and “would be playing first string on most any other year.” “Dave Hendershott gives the other members of the team a good battle on the boads, so they know they are playing in game type conditions in practice.” The Cards are expecting good things next year from Ben Krupp the only junior on the team.
In a Region IV opening game Carmel surprises, but Cards still win 73-66 at Cabrillo College before 2,400 fans. Bruce Winkler a All CCS first team member, along with Gary Ghidinelli, went wild in the first half making moves under the basket for 29 points. The Cards put on a full court press to try and keep him away from the basket and make him run. It did not keep him from scoring, but he did slowed down some in the second half “only” scoring 10 more points for a 39 point night. Winkler showed why he is in the top three scorers in Northern California. He had a 42 point game against Pacific Grove. Carmel led 40-36 at halftime and Winkler had 29. The Cards showed their moxie in regaining their poise for their second half come back. It took Santa Cruz exactly 44 seconds to undo all the Padres first half work by utilized its “big men” during the rally as Paul, Sorensen and Foster scored on close in shots to put the Cards up 42-40. Carmel scored on a steal and a lay in to tie the score. A three point play, a field goal by Foster and a pair of charity tosses by Sorensen upped the Redbirds margin to five, 49-44. The Cards ended up scoring 26 points in the third period to 14 for Carmel for a 62-54 lead. Paul add a field goal and Sorensen two free throws. Winkler went to work and scored six straight points to pull back into the game 66-60. Winkler is more than a scorer as his stats show with 21 rebounds and 10 assists. Two field goals by Sorensen a free toss by Paul made it 71-60 with two minutes to play. Unofficial statistics show both Santa Cruz and Carmel close in both shooting and rebounding. SC held a slight edge from the floor with 27 field goals compared to Carmel’s 25. Each team had 47 attempts. Carmel won the rebounding 36 to 35. Paul tied Winkler for rebounding honors with 21. Sorensen and Foster added 13 rebounds apiece. Foster had nine assists and Ghidinelli seven. The close distribution of rebounds, points and assists is the type of balance that makes the Cards the awesome club they are or at least that they can be. Scoring: Sorensen 20, Paul 19, Ghidinelli 17, Foster 11, Fleming 4, Wilson 2, Nunes 0 points, but an effective member of the press team in the first half along with Fleming.
Cardinals Win Region IV Championship 80-60 over Mora of Watsonville. The small and younger Matadors stayed with Santa Cruz through the first half 35-31. The Cards returned from intermission and within two minutes had a lead 41-31. Mora rallied to close it up to 46-41, before finally yielding to the Cards strength and depth. Fleming’s entrance into the game gave the Cards a boost as the sparkplug guard supplied an added offensive hand and also played tenacious defense. Ghidinelli dropped in two consecutive field goals. Rod Fleming three consecutive field goals, two on fast breaks and one a jumper from the top of the key and the reserves took over. Ghidinelli continued his brilliant play making and inside and outside shooting. He captured 10 rebounds, tied for assists with five and scored 22 points. Sorensen was the most effective rebounded with 19 followed by Foster with 11. For the second straight game Paul with his aggressiveness made him standout on the court while scoring 16 points. The Cards hit 33 of 63 attempts for 52 percent. Ghidinelli sank nine of 14 field goal attempts. Scoring: Ghidinelli 22, Paul 16, Sorensen 13, Fleming 10, Foster 9, Nunes 6, Wilson, Jones and Hendershott 2 apiece and Krupp 0.
From a pre game write up in the Sentinel for the CCS semi-final and finals by John Lindsay. The Cardinals’ fine season can be attributed to a lot of things, but Santa Cruz’ over all balance has to be the main factor. Santa Cruz’ most obvious balance has been time after time indicated in its game scoring figures, but there is much more to the game than scoring and the Cards not only do it all well, but do it well together. (the stats the article is mentioning are at the bottom of this summary of the season) A quote in the article. “We are not dependent on one or two guys and this is when you get a team feeling. You might have five or six players who can really compete to representative your team, but we have 12 and that doesn’t happen too often. This team can play any type of basketball –man to man, zone, press — it does not matter. The team does quite a few things fairly well and it takes skill to do what they can do.” some what of an understatement. “The team has been playing for four months now, but the whole season is bunched up in this Friday and Saturday nights. It has all been window dressing up until now, but this is the real thing and the team has been waiting for this chance since last year.”
Santa Cruz reached Saturday nights final by defeating an inspired, hustling Buchser team 78-74. As expected the Bruins ran and ran and ran and even though the Cards had built a 11 point lead near the end of the third quarter, Buchser nearly ran away with the works by rallying in the last two minutes to cut the lead to 63-57. After Foster got a quick two points as the fourth period opened, Buchser went on a scoring binge which netted the Bruins a 65-66 lead with six minutes left in the game. Buchser, which gained its lead primarily by stealing and fast breaking, then slowed down the game, holding the ball outside until a “sure” shot developed. But the Cards stole balls and did a little fast breaking of their own with Paul dropping in a lay in to put the Cards back ahead 69-68. Buchser put in two free throws to regain the lead, but Foster’ field goal put the Cards back up by one. Wilson dropped in a free throw after being fouled after a clean steal. Waller added an outside swisher for a 74-70 SC advantage with 2 minutes on the clock. A great inside move by Paul netted SC a needed bucket, but Buchser dropped in a driving lay in to cut the lead to 2 points with 1:10 left. The game’s last minute presented as many thrills and spills as a hockey game for the 3,000 in attendance. The Cards fortunately held the Bruins scoreless and added two free throws by Ghidinelli for security.
Buchser made it tough on the Cards, during the first half as time after time, the smaller Bruins stole the ball and more often then not had a lay up. If not for Santa Cruz’ fantastic shooting in the first period, the Cards would of found themselves trailing at the quarter, rather than leading 22-19. The Cardinals shooting awed everyone in the early going, when they hit the first six of their shots from the floor. Foster, who played one of his best games of his career, was four for four. The 6’5” senior played a superb game, hitting eight of 12 fields goal tries and finished with 23 points, including a seven for seven effort from the free throw line. After the first quarter, the Cards took advantage of Buchser’s press and rather then having it disrupt their offense, they made good use of it, developing a fine runaway fast breaks which helped them maintain a four to eight point advantage throughout most of the second and third quarters. Kirk Waller who has been held out of action for a month with a bad ankle sprain entered the game with two minutes left in the first quarter and took command in the second quarter. At halftime the Cards were still up 40-37. Waller finished the night with 15 points and a 43 percent field goal average. Dave Paul played an important role in winning this game with his aggressive play to combat the quickness of Buchser. collecting 12 rebounds and scoring 18 points. The Cards dominated the boards 43 to 23 forcing the Bruins to foul going for the ball. Scoring: Foster 23, Paul 18, Ghidinelli 16, Waller 15, Sorensen and Wilson 3 apiece, Fleming and Nunes 0.
Willow Glen Storms Past Santa Cruz 64-53. A revitalized second half effort could not undo first half wrongs as Santa Cruz fell to Willow Glen 64-53 and had to settle for second place in CCS play for the second year in a row. Down 17 points at halftime the Cards fought back to within six with 3:35 left in the third quarter with an all out pressing defense. Willow Glen worked to regain a ten point advantage and never allowed the Cards to get closer then eight. Santa Cruz was not denied “good” shots in the first half as time after time the Cardinals were given garbage chances under the basket, but they couldn’t collect. After intermission, however, Santa Cruz was a different team. The Cards revival was evident in all facets of their play, but their valiant efforts could not overtake the talented Rams. Willow Glen, as tall, but not as beefy as the Cardinals, out rebound SC 46-25. Phil White had 19 for the Rams and Sorensen led the Cards with 10. The Cards shot well below their normal average, hitting 19 of 53 attempts for 36 percent. Willow Glen potted 24 of 60 tries for 40 percent. Scoring for the Cards: Foster 16, Ghidinelli 14, Sorensen 10, Waller 9, Wilson and Fleming 2 apiece and Paul and Nunes 0.
San Jose Mercury final rankings for the CCS area for the top ten teams who, Santa Cruz played were Willow Glen number one, 27-0; number 2 Santa Cruz 28-2; number 3, Buchser 24-4; and number 7, Mt. Pleasant 20-5. The final victory puts Willow Glen in the same elite group with Camden 1958-59 and Lincoln of 1965-66 as the only other teams in the section that have gone undefeated in the last ten years. The only other undefeated team in California this season is Compton at 28-0 with two more games to play.
Since this team had some games won early, starters did not continue to play to pad their scoring total, consequently their scoring totals and averages are much lower than they could have been. Another factor, which caused them to be lower, is the overall shooting ability of all the players and the passing abilities of Ghidinelli in running the offense and Foster making crisp passes inside around the basket. The games were played unselfishly as one can see from the stats below.
Leaders in assists, Ghidinelli 163, Foster 82, Paul 73, Wilson 68, Fleming 67, Sorensen 66. Team total 681 for an average of 22.7.
Top offensive rebounders were Sorensen 139, Paul 120 and Foster 84. Tops for total rebound were Sorensen 320, Paul 239, Foster 196 and Ghidinelli 154. Offensive rebounds total 560 for an average of 19 per game, Defensive rebounds total 743 an average of 25 a game. Total rebounds 1303 an average of 44 a game.
Ghidinelli lost the ball on violations or errant passes on average 2.3 times a game. A fine total for someone who controlled the ball most of the time and he had his hands on the ball a majority of the time.
The team is well rounded with five players scoring more than 238 points. Ghidinelli 432, Sorensen 400, Paul 291, Waller 253, Foster 238, Wilson 164, Fleming 135, Nunes 65, Seymour 55, Krupp 45, Jones 44, Hendershott 39. Top scoring averages: Ghidinelli 15.4, Sorensen 13.8, Foster 11.9 and Paul 10.5
In league play with the rankings based on average points scored Ghidinelli was fifth with 209 points for a average of 14.9 a game. Gary did not play in either Harbor game in which the players ahead of him did make some extra points. Sorensen was ninth, Foster twelfth and Paul eighteenth, but the number of games played in league and the length of time they played, some times only half a game, made the list not a true value of their scoring ability.
Shooting percentages: Ghidinelli 52.8, Sorensen 52.2, Paul 50.9, Foster 47.9 Wilson 46.7, Waller 43.7, Fleming 39.7,Seymour 68.2, Nunes 39.3, Jones 35.3, Hendershott 31.4 and Krupp 32.4.
Team stats: Field goals attempted 1786, field goals made 839 for average of 47 percent. Free throws attempted 780, free throws made 487 for average 62.4 percent. Total points scored 2165 for average of 72 points a game. Assists 681 for average 22.7. Recoveries or steals 379 for 12.5 average. Violations, lost balls 408 for average 13.6, Offensive rebounds 560 for an average of 19 per game, Defensive rebounds 743 an average of 25 a game. Total rebounds 1303 an average of 44 a game.
Honors won by the team. Ranked fifth in the State by Imperial Sports Syndicate in Los Angeles. Willow Glen was third and Buchser thirtieth. Santa Cruz was ranked fifteenth last year. San Jose Mercury ranked the team second in CCS. San Francisco Chronicle ranked them fifth in Northern California.
In tournaments the team won the Dads Club tourney for the third consecutive time. Won the original Cabrillo-Soquel tourney. Took second place in the Central Coast Section playoffs.
Individual honors: Gary Ghidinelli ALL CENTRAL COAST SECTION by San Jose Mercury. Tom Foster and Kris Sorensen were named honorable mention. Four members of teams the Cards played against this year were on the first team with Ghidinelli. John Joshua of Mt. Pleasant, Herb Hodgins of Buchser, Phil White of Willow Glen and Bruce Winkler of Carmel. Winkler third highest scorer in Northern California.
All MBL Gary Ghidinelli, most valuable player by unanimous vote. Other first team members Kris Sorensen, Tom Foster and Dave Paul. Ghidinelli and Sorensen for the second time and Foster for the third time. The Cardinal coach had special words for Paul as the most improved player from last years team. He is the second leading rebounded and has come through scoring wise in tough games. He deserves to be All League, even though teams do not normally get four first teamers on the All League Team. Honorable mention, players, who received votes from other coaches, Kirk Waller and Grant Wilson.
All Santa Cruz County by the Sentinel: Most Valuable Player, Garry Ghidinell. Other first teamers: Tom Foster, Kris Sorensen, Dave Paul and Grant Wilson. Honorable mention Kirk Waller and Rod Fleming.
AWARDS SCHS BASKETBALL
ONE OF THE BEST IN THE AREA AND OF It’s ERA
1969 ALL MBL, TEN TEAMS—MVP Gary Ghidinelli, Tom Foster, Kris Sorensen and Dave Paul. Honorable mention for MBL Kirk Waller and Grant Wilson
Sentinel ALL COUNTY– same four as ALL MBL plus Grant Wilson.
Honorable mention for Sentinel Kirk Waller and Rod Fleming
ALL CENTRAL COAST SECTION—Gary Ghidinelli. Honorable mention–Tom Foster and Kris Sorensen
ALL CCS Tournament –Tom Foster
ALL CABRILLO Tournament — MVP Gary Ghidinelli, Kris Sorensen
ALL DADS CLUB- MVP Gary Ghidinelli, Kris Sorensen and Kirk Waller
Foster, Ghidinelli and Sorensen were third year starters on league championship teams.
Gary Gidinelli and Kris Sorenson were all league in two sports and each was an MVP, Gary in
Basketball and Kris in baseball.
Selected to play in the end of season All Star game covering the CCS section. Gary Ghidinelli and Tom Foster.
Fourth in State this year by Imperial Sports Syndicate of Los Angeles and last year ranked fifteenth.
San Jose Mercury second in Central Coast Section
San Francisco Chronicle fifth in Northern California
Winner of Dads Club third year in row.
Winner of Cabrillo tournament
Winner of MBL third year in row
Second to undefeated Willow Glen in Central Coast Section
THREE YEAR RECORD 1967 12-2 league, 19-5 season, winner of Dads tournament, CAMELLIA end of season tournament in Sacramento for league champions lost 3 games.
1968 13-1 league, 22-2 season, winner of Dads tournament, second in CCS. First play offs for basketball in CCS.
1969 12-0 league, 28-2 season. Only losses were at Bishop O’Doul a power in the East Bay and Willow Glen in CCS finals. Winners of Dads tournament.
Five players scored over 200 points and seven scored over 100 points. Seven players had over 60 assists. Seven players had 34 or more recoveries of loose balls.
Gary Ghidinelli led the team in scoring with 432 points, 163 assists, 60 recoveries and only 8 violations.
College coaches from all over the state have seen the team play. The scouts are also interested in the three inside player’s Tom Foster, Kris Sorensen and Dave Paul. All this interest has made the schools postman feel like he is having a second Christmas season. Ghidinelli is primarily a fast break type of guard do to his speed and quickness, but the coach feels the lithe Ghidinelli is equally adept in any offense of defense. (a listing of past achievements is given, but not listed here again as they are given above).
From the San Jose Mercury, January 11, 1969. Headlines: Cards’ Little Giant’ Ghidinelli Pilots Santa Cruz Quintet. Ghidinelli is a winner and he knows no other way than to be on top. Last year the versatile Santa Cruz star was an All Monterey Bay League performer in football, basketball and baseball. And all three Cardinal teams won the league championships. Ghidinelli skipped football this season to concentrate on basketball as he was making a determined effort to show how good a basketball player he is. The 6’ guard looks like he is in the land of the giants when takes the floor with his mates. Santa Cruz, the Mercury’s No. 2 ranked team, features three players over 6’5” in height. Despite this, Ghidinelli, is the teams second leading rebounded at this point in the season. The flashy guard is also the teams top scorer and has led in assists the last three years. All of which shows that he is a compete player. His coach believes all of what Ghidinelli does gets lost beneath all the scoring the team does. The team has five shooters, so no one person is going to dominate the scoring derby. Gary is so unselfish, he normally takes less than 11 shots a game. If he would take 20, he would score 20 or more a game. The best indication of Ghidinelli’s true ability came when Santa Cruz lost its only game this season, falling to powerful Bishop O’Dowd. The spunky guard fired in 29 points to almost hand the Cards an upset victory, and he did it on only 18 shots. In other crucial games, he has hit 26 and 25 points and added 11 and 10 assists, respectively, to his scoring production. That amounts to over 40 points a game attributed to his play.
He was an excellent player the previous years, but he is so much improved. The improvement came through Ghidinelli’s willingness to work. He worked on basketball all summer. Now he stays at least a half an hour after practice to work on his shooting. All the work has paid off with the Card’s 11-1 record and numerous college contacts. Coaches from all over the state have seen the team play. The scouts are also interested in the three inside player’s Tom Foster, Kris Sorensen and Dave Paul. All this interest has made the schools postman feel like he is having a second Christmas season. Ghidinelli is primarily a fast break type of guard do to his speed and quickness, but the coach feels the lithe Ghidinelli is equally adept in any offense of defense. (a listing of past achievements is given, but not listed here again as they are given above).
Kris Sorensen was second in scoring with 400 points, sixth in assist with 66 and was tough on the backboards being one of the three big men other teams had to contend with. Kris was not just an inside player he could shoot the 18 footer too. Kris played hard and as a sophomore rose from a reserve on the lightweight team as a freshman to a starter on the varsity, by a lot of hard work and desire. In his sophomore year he was voted most improved by his teammates. In his junior year he was second team ALL LEAGUE.
Senior year he was first team ALL LEAGUE, ALL DADS TOURNEY, ALL CABRILLO TOURNAMENT and honorable mention ALL CENTRAL COAST SECTION.
Kris was a major league pitcher in the making until he hurt his shoulder pitching a game as a freshmen at San Jose State after only a few days out from basketball. Kris pitched the Cards to two CCS final game appearances and two league championships and at the same time making ALL LEAGUE
Kris was a major league pitcher in the making until he hurt his shoulder pitching a game as a freshmen at San Jose State after only a few days out from basketball. Kris pitched the Cards to two CCS final game appearances and two league championships and at the same time making ALL LEAGUE. In his senior year he was the league Most Valuable Player and had a 12-0 record. Kris was selected to play in the State North-South baseball game as one of the four pitchers on the 16 man squad. He pitched a shutout last inning. After pitching for three years at San Jose State as a starter he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and started in rookie league, then to the top single A league and then to Double AA.
Tom Foster was second in assists with 82 while missing 9 games with an injury and four with minimum time played and had a 11.9 scoring average. Tom was not the post man on offense, but was the inside offense passer from the short post position. Tom was a four year varsity player, who was an important passer in the offense along with Gary. Tom was adept at defending the post. Tom was first team ALL LEAGUE for three years.
Tom was ALL TOURNAMENT at the Dads Club tournament and at the Camellia post season tournament in Sacramento in 1967. In 1968 Tom again was ALL DADS TOURNMANT and ALL LEAGUE. In 1969 Tom was ALL LEAGUE, honorable mention ALL CCS by the San Jose Mercury and ALL CCS tournament in 1969. If he had not been injured and could not play no doubt been All Dads Tourney for the third time. As a sophomore the 1967 team voted Tom the most valuable player. Tom was offered a scholarship by BYU, but went to Cal instead.
Dave Paul was third in rebounding, second in recoveries and third in scoring with almost 300 points. In 1968 Dave was the top inside reserve player getting a lot of playing time. Dave played for three years for San Jose State. Dave’s size and rebounding abilities made it hard for opposing teams to match up on the inside, which resulted with more than normal close in shots for the Cardinals. Coaches from all over the state have seen the team play. The scouts are also interested in the three inside player’s Tom Foster, Kris Sorensen and Dave Paul. All this interest has made the schools postman feel like he is having a second Christmas season. Ghidinelli is primarily a fast break type of guard do to his speed and quickness, but the coach feels the lithe Ghidinelli is equally adept in any offense of defense. (a listing of past achievements is given, but not listed here again as they are given above).
Dave Paul after playing at San Jose State went on to coach basketball as an assistant for the San Jose State University freshmen. Then coached the Nigerian State team for 2 years. Dave was the head varsity coach at Milpitas High School. Moved to the East Side district in San Jose as and assistant varsity coach at James Lick. Dave came home to Santa Cruz as the JV coach at Soquel. Later moved up to be the head varsity position. Started and coached the AAU basketball Team Soquel. Dave and Tom Curtis, SCHS grad 1957, started the program that is still in operation.
Seven members of this team played a sport at a four year college. Gary Ghidinelli and Kris Sorensen had combined basketball and baseball scholarships to San Jose State. Dave Paul played basketball for three years at San Jose State. Tom Foster played basketball at Cal and had an offer to BYU. Kirk Waller went to New Mexico State on scholarship, but played at San Francisco State for the next three years. Steve Seymour was an all around kicker, punting, kicking off and doing extra points and field goals at Cabrillo and San Francisco State. Rod Fleming played baseball at Cabrillo and then received a scholarship to University of Arizona where he was team captain his senior year. This was a very athletically talented team.
Season record 18-4. Loss to Bishop O’Dowd JV not counted as they were not a lightweight team.
The Cardlets won the first annual Alisal Lightweight tournament at Hartnell College. Each team played a half against every team in the tournament and the winner was decided by the team with the most wins over three days of action. The Cardlets won every game. In the last two games, they beat Salinas 18-13 and Watsonville 32-30. Top scorers in the two games were Chuck Frazier with 19, Bill Kypreos 18, Dennis McCarthy 9 and Milt Thompson 4.
In spite of the fact they were not considered strong contenders in the pre-season polls, this years lightweights made a strong showing. The Cardlets were making a strong bid for their fourth straight league title when the flu epidemic deprived them of Kypreos and Willie Head for the final two games, resulting in losses to Seaside ad North Salinas.
Milt Thompson, Chuck Frazier and Willie Head carried the rebounding load for the team while Kypreos, Frazier and McCarthy did most of the scoring. The Defensive play of Dave Mendez and the fine team spirit and improvement of reserves Bill Parmenter, Tom Lusby, Robbie George, Harry Kypreos, Pete Cornelissen and Gordon Crafts contributed greatly to the team’s success.
Sentinel. There’s Another Standout SC Team. Until this season the lightweight basketball team has won the MBL title three straight years and just missed this year, when two standout players Bill Kypreos and Willie Head were ill and the Cardlets lost their last two league games and fell into third place. With only one starter back, Bill Kypreos’ and suffering from a lack of size, the Cardlets still complied a 18-4 record. The Cardlets have been phenomenal since 1966, compiling a 72-14 record. If the Cardlets hadn’t lost those last two games they would have won their fourth straight championship, something that hasn’t been done since 1928. Bill Kypreos has played for coach Jack Alzina for four years outstanding years.
Kypreos’ individual efforts obviously reflected the Cardlets success since he’s been on the team. His feats and records are most impressive, to say the least. Here’s a summary of Kypreos’ achievements as a Cardlet: All MBL honorable mention 1967, All MBL first team 1968 and 1969 this year. MBL scoring champion 1969 (overall) 451 points with a 20.5 average. Most free throws made in one season, 115; most free throws in one game, 11 for 11; Best free throw percentage for one season 81.2 this season; Best free throw average for three seasons 78 percent; and most points scored in half game, 18 twice.
Also during his high school basketball career, Kypreos played on the C league basketball team during the fall and ran up a 28-2 overall record. So all told, basketball teams he has played on won 100 games and lost 15.
Kypreos also played four years of SC baseball. Two on the MBL championship teams that made the CCS finals. He was a fine defensive third baseman and always making contact at the plate, only striking out two times the whole season.
League scoring was Kypreos 301, Frazier 204, McCarthy 151, Thompson 92, Mendez 74, Head 46, Crafts 10, Lusby 6, George 2, Cornelisson 5, Harry Kypreos 0 and Parmenter 0.
By vote, Bill Kypreos was captain and most inspirational.
Rob George most improved
Willie Head most improved.
Robbie George was awarded the Dads club sportsmanship trophy.
The team took only small steps on the championship road, placing third with an 11-5 MBL record, but produced several outstanding varsity prospects. Heading the list is center Vince Wilson, who is a strong rebounder also tallied 26 point to be the team’s highest single game scorer. Another top man is forward Rich Hoefer, who was the squads top rebounder and led the group in all around performance. Freshman Dave Martini put on a outstanding show before falling to a broken finger five games before the end of the season. Guard Alan Paul led the team in assists while his mates strong shooting Steve Ellis and accurate Jeff Davis were fine outside shooters. Monte Puget was a top rebounder and a strong shooter. Willie Bluford, Bruce Wagstaff, John Bertucelli, Hans Saunders, Don Logan and Denny Finnegan rounded out their great depth.
Dave Martini received the JV most valuable player award.
Starting varsity six: Doug Husky, Paul Goodrich, Casey Webber, Doug Johnson, Eloy Villa and Paul Westberg,
Other team members: Jerry Cook, Dennis Baldwin, Gay Hayden Casey Webber, Chuck spray, Tim Christensen, Doug Johnson, Sam Villa and Robert Zavala.
Doug Huskey was high point man for the season. Eloy Villa was most improved.
WRESTLING Varsity record 9-4. Junior Varsity 5-7.
In their first dual meet with Burlingame come out with a 36-21 win. The following wrestlers won their matches by pins: Kevin O’Conner, Phil Di Girolamo, Mack Royals, Dee Herren, Charles Moore and Marty Gilbert.
Next was a 29-24 win over highly regarded Mountain View squad. Winners were Harley Gillespie, Frank Mendez, Phil Di Girolamo, Pat Pennel and Gary Rochelle.
The JV team opened the season wit a 29-24 victory over SLV. Those who won by pins were Bill Scott, Craig Deane, Wayne Royals, Kurt Jernstrom and Marty Gilbert.
The JV’s romped over Burlingame 38-11. Pins were made by Harley Gillespie, Bill Scott and Robert Darrah.
The JV’s stomped Mountain View 42-11. They won all but three matches. Those who won by pins were Craig Deane, Bret Temmerman, Joe Thuringer, Don Carniglia and Robert Darrah.
At the MBL meet first place finishers were Phil DiGirolamo at 127 pounds and Gary Rochelle at 133. Second place were Craig Deanne at 138, Dee Herren at 145 and Pat Pennell at 165. Third place Frank Mendez at 120.
At the CCS tournament Gary Rochelle at 133 took second and Phil DiGirolamo 127 took fourth.
Other records listed by name, weight classification, won- loss- tied record, places in tournament and tournaments place in.
Eloy Villa, 103, 6-8-1, second, Del Mar tourney
Frank Mendez, 120, 10-10, third, MBL
Phil DiGirolamo, 127, 34-5, second, Morro Bay, first Harbor, second at Homestead and Del Mar, first at Gonzales, first MBL and fourth at CCS.
Gary Rochelle, 133, 20-6, third at Morro Bay, first Harbor, first MBL, second CCS.
John Isle, 133, 6-4, third at novice tourney.
Craig Deane, 138, 14-8-1, fourth at Gonzales and second MBL
Dee Herren, 13-16-2, fourth at Gonzales, second at MBL
Don Carniglia, 154, 9-10, first at novice tourney, third at Morro Bay and fourth at Del Mar.
Pat Pennell, 165, 25-9, second at Harbor and Del Mar, third at Gonzales, second at MBL.
Sam Villa, 95, 10-11
Paul Tanner, 191, 10-14-1.
Marty Gilbert, 175, 13-13, second at MBL novice.
Steve Poston, 235, 1-11.
Bill Scott, 112, 9-14, third at novice tourney.
Pat Pennell most Pins
Phil DiGirolamo most take downs and most valuable
Craig Deane most improved
The Dads Club sportsmanship award went to junior varsity wrestler Kurt Jerstrom and varsity to Phil DiGirolamo.
Other team members: Jim Shaw, Jim Lyster, Bob Darrah, Vince Enrico, Glen Liberatore, Mike Thomas, Kevin O’Connor, Bill Kiff, Mike Walton, Leonard Pearson, Gary Dinatale, Bill Thuringer, Kurt Jernstrom,
BASEBALL MBL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AND SECOND PLACE IN CCS FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Practice games: San Lorenzo Valley 7-4, Carmel 1-0, Bellarmine 3-6, Salinas tournament: Gonzales 3-1, Seaside 2-1, Alisal 5-1, Soquel 1-3 for second in the tournament. Mitty 3-4. Practice record 5-3. League: Monterey 0-8, 4-1; Watsonville 9-7, 3-6; Alisal 7-1, 2-1; Salinas 7-1, 3-2; Harbor 20-0, 4-1; Seaside 11-0, 2-0; North Salinas 2-1, 1-0; Soquel 2-0, 1-0. League record 14-2. CCS games: Mora 5-0, Hollister 6-4, Los Gatos 1-0, Terra Nova 5-6 for second place at CCS. Season record 22-6.
MBL final standings: SC 14-2; Soquel 10-4-2; North Salinas 11-5; Monterey 9-6-1; Watsonville 9-7; Alisal 6-9-1; Harbor 4-12; Salinas 4-12; Seaside 3-13.
Cardinals Manage One Hit But Still Win, 1-0 over Carmel. Rod Fleming drilled SC’s only hit through a drawn in infield to drive home Dee Herren for the Cards second straight win. Herren set the stage by leading off the sixth inning with a walk, stole second and went to third on Bill Kypreos’ sacrifice bunt. Marty Gilbert started and went the three innings. Sorensen went the next two and Sam Trybom finished up throwing a steady diet of off speed pitches and allowing only one hit. The big play of the game for the Cards happened with a runner on second and a base hit to center, Herren picked up the ball in full stride and fired a strike to Lyster guarding the door. The runner never got near his goal as he and Lyster collided head on as Lyster applied the tag. Lineup: Herren CF, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 2-0; Fleming SS, 2-1; Lyster C, 3-0; Gilbert P/RF, 3-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 1-0; Slaughter 1B, 3-0; Foust LF, 1-0; Sorensen P, 0-0, Trybom P, 0-0 and Herum LF, 3-0.
Monterey Blanks Cards 8-0. Monterey had only six hits, but received six walks to score its eight runs. The Cards make two errors to Monterey’s three. Rod Fleming made the play of the day on a smash up the middle, gloving the ball and adjusting his weight fired a strike to John Slaughter at first to complete the play. Gilbert started and went three innings. Sorensen went two and freshman Mike Johnson finished up with one. Lyster had two hits and Herren, Fleming and Herum each had a hit.
SC Comeback Yields 9-7 league Win over Watsonville in second league game. SC had a five run lead and Watsonville came right back and scored four. In the fifth inning the Cats scored three more to go up 7-5. The Cards rallied in their last at bats to score four runs to win. Each team made four errors, which had a factor in the scoring. Vomvolakis and Kypreos both had doubles. Those driving in a run were Herren, Ghidinelli, Fleming and Herum. Gilbert started and went three innings and allowed one earned run. Sorensen finished up allowing two earned runs and striking out five to get the win. Lineup: Herren CF, 1-0; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Fleming SS, 3-0; Lyster 1B, 4-1, Gilbert P/LF, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Foust RF, 2-1; Herum LF, 1-1 and Sorensen P, 1-0.
Cards Drop Alisal 5-1as they took advantage of six Trojan errors. Marty Gilbert started on the mound and went four innings giving up two hits, walked one, struck out six and allowing no earned runs for the win. Kris Sorensen pitched the last three innings giving up three hits, walking two, striking out four and allowing no earned runs. Gary Ghidinelli singled twice, doubled to center and lined out once to go three for four. RBI’s were Lyster with two, Ghidinelli, Gilbert, Kypreos and Graff one each. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-0; Ghidinelli C, 4-3; Fleming SS, 3-1; Lyster 1B, 4-2, Gilbert P/RF, 4-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Graff RF, 2-0; Herum LF, 3-1 and Sorensen P, 0-0.
Bellarmine Tips SC 6-3. The Cards made five errors and gave up five unearned runs. Sam Trybom started and went four innings striking out five, giving up four hits and one earned run. Kris Sorensen pitched the five and Scott Graff finished the last two, giving up only one hit an no earned runs. Lineup: Fleming SS, 3-0; Kypreos 3B, 4-0; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Lyster 1B, 4-0; Gilbert LF, 3-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Foust RF, 3-0; Ellis CF, 1-0; Trybom P, 1-0; Sorensen P, 0-0; Herum PH, 0-0 and Graff P, 0-0.
Cardinals Earn Way Into Semis at the Salinas Lions’ Easter baseball tournament. In their first game, the Cards blanked Gonzales 3-0, behind the two hit pitching of Kris Sorensen, who was as strong as he has been all year, throwing fastballs in tight situations and depending on his curve to get him out of small jams. Sorensen struck out eight and walked only two. Rod Fleming displayed his ability to cover large pieces of real estate and to make throws from everywhere, collected six assist. The Cards scored their first run in the sixth inning on a double by Dale Lyster, who was then driven in by Marty Gilbert. Bill Kypreos drove in two runs in the seventh with a double. Herum and Sorensen both had triples. Kypreos, Ghidinelli and Lyster had doubles. Lineup: Fleming SS, 4-0; Kyproes 3B, Ghidinelli C, 4-2; Lyster 1B, 3-1; Gilbert RF, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-0; Herum LF, 3-1; Graff PR; Ellis CF 2-1; Foust PR and Sorensen P, 2-1.
The second game of the Salinas Tournament, which SC won 3-0 over Seaside was a game that was nearly a repeat of the first game, as the pitchers from both side dominated the affair. In the third inning Scott Graff led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Fleming. Ghidinelli roped a single to score Graff. In the fourth, Gilbert led off with a single was sacrificed to second by Vomvolakis and scored on Herum’s single for the winning run. Gilbert pitched six and two thirds innings giving up six hits, walked two and struck out five. Mike Johnson finished the last two thirds of an inning striking out one. Lineup: Fleming SS, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 2-0; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Lyster 1B, 3-0; Gilbert P/LF, 3-3; Vomvolakis 2B, 1-0; Herren CF, 3-1; Herum LF, 2-1 and Graff RF, 1-0.
Trybom throws No Hitter to beat Alisal 5-1 in the third game of the Salinas Tournament.. The Cards worked their way into the championship contest behind the six inning no hit pitching of Sam Trybom. The game was called at the end of six innings a the rain started coming down in buckets. Trybom pitched with the rain in his face from the second inning, shook off a small case of the jitters in the first inning and in the second inning established his control for the rest of the game. Trybom struck out seven and walked four. In the first inning Ghidinelli slashed a double down the right field line and moved to third on a pass ball. Gilbert hit a shot at the third baseman who stopped the ball with his chest as Ghidinelli scored and Gilbert took second. Kypreos drove him home. The defensive play on both sides was exceptional. Even with the slippery ball and playing field neither team made more than one error. Lyster had a triple and Ghidinelli a double. RBI’s were Kypreos two and Lyster, Gilbert and Herren one each. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-0; Fleming SS. 4-0; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Gilbert P/RF, 2-1; Lyster 1B, 3-2; Kypreos 3B, 3-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Herum LF, 3-1 and Trybom P, 2-1.
Knights Nip Cards For First Place in Salinas Lions Tournament by a 3-1 score. Wayne Kirby pitched a one hitter for Soquel. Sam Trybom followed up his no hitter against Alisal with another fine game going five innings giving up four hits, 2 earned runs, walked three and struck out two. Freshman Mike Johnson pitched the last inning and struck out two, gave up no hits and walked one. The Cards had only one error. Rod Fleming had the only Card hit. The only Card run came when Gilbert walked, went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a pass ball and scored on a wild throw to third.
In league play, SC beats Salinas 7-1 at Salinas Muni. Gilbert pitched the first four innings for the win and Sorensen finished up. The Cards were errorless led by Fleming with five assists. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-3; Fleming SS, 4-3; Ghidinelli C, 4-0; Gilbert P/RF, 3-1; Lyster 1B, 4-2; Kypreos 3B, 4-3; Vomvolakis 2B, 1-0; Slaughter PH, 1-0; Herum LF, 1-0; Foust PH, 2-0; Graff RF, 3-0 and Sorensen P, 0-0.
Card Pound Spartans 11-0. The Cards are now 5-1 in league play. In the last four league games the Cards have rapped out 53 hits in 126 plate appearances for a phenomenal team average of .421. In the last two games the SC pitchers have allowed only two runs. Marty Gilbert went the five innings giving up only one hit and striking out 3. Kris Sorensen finished off the last two innings and faced only the minimum six batters. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-3; Fleming SS. 2-1; Ghidinelli C, 4-1; Gilbert P/RF, 4-2; Lyster 1B, 4-2; Kypreos 3B 2-2; Foust 3B, 1-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-2; Herum LF, 2-1; Sorensen P, 1-0; Graff RF, 2-0; Slaughter LF, 0-0 and Seymour LF, 1-0.
SC Alone In First slipping past their closest challenger North Salinas 2-1. Sorensen fired a five hitter, striking out six and walking one. He faced 26 batters and threw 83 pitches. SC had runners on base every inning but the six, but good defensive play by the Vikes allowed them to score in the second and third innings. With two runners on by errors, Kypreos put down a well placed bunt down the third base line and the bases were loaded. Stan Herum squeezed in Gilbert. With two outs in the third, Fleming singled and stole second and Ghidinelli drove him home. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Foust LF, 1-0; Fleming SS, 4-2; Ghidinelli C, 2-1; Gilbert RF/CF, 3-1; Lyster 1B, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-0; Herum LF, 2-1 and Sorensen P, 2-0.
Cards Take Knights, 2-0. Unearned runs Net SC Another League Victory. The Redbirds pulled out he game in typical SC style. In the fourth inning two base hits, a walk and a two base pass ball allowed two runs to score. Lyster led off with a walk and was bunted to second by Kypreos who beat out the throw to put runners on first and second. Vomvolakic the sacrificed the runners up a base to second and third. On a suicide squeeze with Kypreos running from second base as the pitcher started to the plate, the pitcher pitched out, the ball got away from the catcher and both runners scored. With Soquel runners on second and third and two outs, Fleming went deep in the hole to throw out the runner at first. Herren made a diving catch in center field. Gilbert went five innings and gave up only two hits and one walk. Soquel mustered two serious scoring threats, but hard nosed work by Gilbert and some excellent defense throttled the Knights. Sorensen pitched the last two innings and gave up one hit. Gilbert and Sorensen, Santa Cruz’ own version of a pitching machine, continued the Cards’ pitching dominance in the league. In the last six league games the staff has allowed only four runs. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Fleming SS. 4-1; Ghidinelli C, 2-1; Gilbert P/RF, 4-0; Lyster 1B, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Herum LF, 3-2; Foust RF, 3-1 and Sorensen P, 0-0.
On April 24 San Jose Mercury news ranking of prep baseball teams in the area had SC ranked number four and Soquel tenth. North Salinas narrowly missed the top ten. SC, a section finalist last year with almost all juniors got of to a slow start as several of their star players were on the Cardinal basketball team that went to the CCS finals. The Cards, who lead the MBL are paced by Gary Ghidinelli and Kris Sorensen. Comment, “Sorensen is throwing great. Overall we are better than last year and especially strong in the pitching department.”
Cards Maintain MBL Lead With Win Over Toreadores 4-1. Sorensen and Monterey’s pitcher both threw four hitters, but the Cards exploded for a three run third inning. Sorensen walked two, struck out ten and gave up no earned runs. At on period he retired 15 out of 16 batters in a row. Sorensen started the rally by walking. Herren followed with a single. Ghidinelli walked setting up the stage for cleanup hitter Gilbert, who came through in the clutch to clear the bases. His double scored three runs. The first Card run was scored on the double steal run by Gilbert and Lyster who scored. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Fleming SS. 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 2-0; Gilbert RF, 2-1; Lyster 1B, 3-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Herum LF, 2-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0 and Sorensen P, 0-0.
Cats Toss Cards Off Track 3-6. This was the second league loss and snapped an eight game winning streak. Gilbert started and went three innings giving up eight hits three walks and four earned runs. Stan Trybom pitched the next three innings giving up two hits and one earned run. Sorensen pitched the last inning. Each team had one error. Herren, Lyster and Foust had RBI’s. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Fleming SS, 4-1; Gilbert P/LF/RF, 3-0; Kypreos 3b, 4-0; Lyster 1B, 2-1; Herum LF, 2-0; Trybom P, 0-0; Seymour PH/Lf, 1-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-1; Foust RF, 3-2 and Sorensen P, 0-0.
Sorensen Defeats Trojans 2-1 on a No hitter. Sorensen kept the Trojans guessing all day as he mixed up his pitches well, retifing the side on strikeouts three different times. He struck out 15 batters, walked two and allowed no earned runs. The Cards committed three errors with two of them allowing the run to score. Ghidinelli threw out a possible scorer at second. In the second inning, Kypreos walked, stole second and was driven in by Foust. The winning run scored in the third when Herren and Ghidinelli drew back to back walks ad were driven in by Fleming. The Cards had other opportunities to score, but did not. Lineup: Herren CF, 2-0; Ghidinelli C, 2-1; Fleming SS, 2-0; Gilbert RF, 3-1; Lyster 1B, 2-0; Kypreos 3b, 2-0; Foust LF, 2-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; and Sorensen P, 3-1.
As of May 1, six Cardinals hitting above .330 mark. Listed by place in MBL stats. Second place Herum 400; third, Kypreos 387; (8) Herren 371; (10) Lyster 364; (15) Fleming 333; (18) Vomvolakis 318. The Cards led the league with a team average of 317 followed by North Salinas 305 and in third place Alisal at 256.
Mitty Defeats Cardinals 4-3. Mitty scores four times in the first three innings for the win. The Cards scored two runs in the first inning and Mitty came right back and scored two in the bottom half of the inning. Herren started the inning with a walk. Ghidinelli beat out a sacrifice bunt. Foust drove them both in. Heren crushed a home run in the seventh. Sam Trybom started on the mound and went two and two thirds innings giving up three hits, three earned runs, walked five and struck out two. Gilbert pitched the next three and one third innings giving up two hits. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 4-2; Fleming SS, 3-1; Lyster 1B, 4-1; Foust 3B, 3-2; Kypreos 2b, 2-0; Herum LF, 3-0; Trybom P, 1-0 and Gilbert P, 2-0.
Cards Nip Salinas 3-2. Bill Kypreos drove in the winning run with a one out single in the seventh inning, which if it was not the winning run would have been at least a triple if not an inside the park homer. Craig Foust the hottest hitting Lcard of late, nailed a lead off single to center and then took second on a wild pitch. Dale Lyster advanced Foust to third on a beautiful sacrifice bunt. Kypreos a left handed batter, though hitless on the day, had been stinging the ball all day. Salinas led off the game with a unearned run. SC came right back when Dee Herren reached second on an outfield error and his heads up base running. Rod Fleming drove a triple into the left center hole to drive in Herren. In the fourth Salinas put two hits together to go ahead 2-1. Cards came right back when Fleming walked and stole second. Marty Gilbert drove him in. Ghidinelli threw out the only Salinas runner to try to run on him. Sorensen stuck out ten and walked only three. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-0; Ghidinelli C, 2-0; Fleming SS, 2-1; Gilbert RF, 3-1; Foust RF, 3-2; Lyster 1B, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 1-0, Herum LF, 1-1 and Sorensen P, 2-0.
Pitchers Wild, But Cards Still Win over Harbor 4-1. The Cardinal pitchers bothered by wildness gave out 11 walks, but allowed only three hits. Both teams played good defense. SC was errorless and had a double play. In the first inning Gilbert drove in Fleming who reached base on an error. Bunts helped tally two runs in the second. Lyster started with a single, went to second as Kypreos beat out a bunt. Herum moved them up with a bunt. With both runners moving Vomvolakis bunted and by the time he was tagged out, both runners had scored. Harbors lone run came on four walks. The Cards fourth run came on a Fleming double and he was driven in on a sacrifice fly by Foust. Gilbert went four innings for the win. Sorensen went the last three giving up two hits, three walks and five strike outs. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-0; Ghidinelli C, 4-1; Fleming SS, 3-1; Gilbert RF, 2-2; Foust RF, 1-0; Lyster 1B, 3-2; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Herum LF, 1-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-1 Sorensen P, 0-0.
Sentinels John Linday’s column Athletes Feat . Cards Have the Lead And the Edge. The league leading are probably the most explosive offensive team in the MBL capable of breaking loose any time as they have done so many times this season. They have an outstanding defensive unit and at times that unit made the absolute difference in the outcome of some games. The Cardinal pitching staff, somewhat underrated at the beginning of the season has performed far beyond most expectations, especially that of opposing team and coaches’. The Card staff, although not deep has worked as a well tuned machine with Kris Sorensen and Marty Gilbert splitting the starting assignments and some games.
San Jose Mercury ratings on May 13 show the Cards still ranked fifth in the area. Gunn moved to first and Los Gatos second.
Sorensen Tosses Second No Hitter in 2-0 win over Seaside. Sorensen retired 13 batters on strikes and walked only two on three-two counts in his gem of a game. Left fielder Craig Foust provided the play of the game pulling in a sinking line drive near the foul line. SC scored their two runs in the third inning when Gilbert and Lyster walked and Kypreos doubled them home. Foust also had a double. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 3-1; Fleming SS, 2-0; Gilbert RF, 3-0; Foust RF, 4-1; Lyster 1B, 3-1; Kypreos 3B, 3-2; Herum LF, 2-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 1-0 and Sorensen P, 2-1.
Cards Cinch Tie For MBL Pennant blanking North Salinas 1-0. The Vikes ace pitcher Larry Shepherd allowed only six hits, but six of them came in the fifth inning. Stan Herum led off with a single and was advanced to second on a nicely placed bunt by Steve Vomvolakis for his second hit of the day. Dee Heren bunted, but Sheperd making a nice play threw out Herum at third. Gary Ghidinelli singled to center as Vomvolakis steamed home. Mary Gilbert threw five innings of excellent ball and allowed only two hits. The first batter of the sixth inning tripled to lead off the inning. Kris Sorensen came in to relieve. The next batter looped a ball into shallow right, but Vomvolakis made an excellent over the shoulder catch for the first out and save the run. Catcher Ghidinelli, ever alert called a pitch out on a squeeze play and threw out the runner coming home. North Salinas got the first two hitters on in the seventh, but Sorensen struck out the next three batters. Lineup: Herren CF, 2-0; Ghidinelli C, 2-1; Fleming SS, 3-0; Gilbert P, 3-0; Lyster 1B, 3-1; Foust RF, 3-1; Kypreos 3B, 3-0; Herum LF, 2-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-2 and Sorensen P, 0-0.
Cards Edge Knights For Title. Ninth Inning Does It for a 1-0 Cardinal win in one of the finest high school games played in this area in many years. A packed Harvey West Stadium crowd watched Kris Sorensen and Wayne Kirby battle through eight scoreless innings, before the Cards score on a controversial play in the ninth, (both pitchers went on to pitch in college and the pros) Ghidinelli led the inning off with an infield single. Fleming bunted down the third base line and the third baseman threw wild inside of first base down the first base line and finally into the batting cage in the right field corner. The umpire declared Ghidinelli had reached second base before the third baseman let go of his throw, thus giving Ghidinelli two bases from that point and the winning run. There are differences of opinion on this. If that ruling had not been made, Ghidinelli would have been on third and Fleming on second with no outs. Both pitchers were superb and each retired the first nine batters to face them. Both pitchers had allowed three hits and walked two. Sorensen had 12 strike outs and Kirby eight. In the seventh inning Ghidinelli led off with a single up the middle. Fleming popped out to third trying to bunt. Gilbert walked pushing Ghidinelli to second followed by a strike out. Ghidinelli stole third and Gilbert stole second on the next pitch, but a strike out ended the inning. In the eighth, Kypreos ripped on to left that got away from the fielder to allow him to take second. Vomvolakis bunted him to third. Sorensen then chopped one over the pitchers mound and the second baseman made a terrific play to throw out Kypreos at the plate. Soquel threatened three times, but two Cardinal double plays throttled their hopes. In the fourth a single and a force out on a good play by Vomvolakis started the inning. The runner stole second and the next batter walked. A sinking liner was hit to center field that appeared to be in for a base hit was caught by Dee Herren and thrown to second to double the runner off second base as he thought it was in for a hit. That ended the inning. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-0; Ghidinelli C, 3-2; Fleming SS, 3-0; Gilbert RF, 2-0, Lyster 1B, 3-0; Foust LF, 3-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0 and Sorensen P, 3-0.
Pre game write ups for CCS playoff in the San Jose Mercury. Eleven league champions split into four regions start play to end with the CCS champion ship game to be played at the University of Santa Clara the week end of June 6-7. Three years ago in the first CCS baseball playoffs Santa Cruz finished third. The following year second and this year they are looking for a first. Santa Cruz which will bid for its third straight CCS berth has a physically overpowering pitcher, 6’6” basketball star Kris Sorensen.
Gilbert Shuts Out Mora 5-0 in Region IV first round of playoffs at Watsonville high. Gilbert yielded a first inning double and then no hit the Matadors the rest of the way. He walked three and struck out four and dominated the game as no other runners reach second base. Fleming opened the scoring in the first inning with a head first slide at home on an inside the park home run. Gilbert picked off two runners and Ghidinelli got one. In the fourth inning Fleming singled took second on a wild pitch and third on Gilbert sacrifice bunt and scored on Lyster’s sacrifice fly. Herren’s fifth inning single drove in two more runs. The next inning Gilbert singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and score when Lyster walked and headed for second to draw a throw. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-1; Ghidinelli C, 4-0; Fleming SS, 3-2; Gilbert P, 2-1; Lyster 1B, 2-0; Kypreos 3B, 3-0; Herum LF, 3-0; Foust RF, 2-1 and Vomvolakis 2B, 3-0.
Cardinal Win Region IV Crown. Locals Score Early to beat Hollister 6-4 and win the Region IV championship of CCS. The Cards grouped four hits in the first inning to send nine batters to the plate and score five runs. The pitcher threw an excellent game the rest of the way. Sorensen was a little off in his control as he walked seven batters, hit two, yielded eight hits, but struck out 12, which helped him get out of some jams. His defense played flawlessly, which was necessary in this game. With one out Ghidinelli walked and stole second. Fleming singled him to third and Ghidinelli scored on a wild throw from the outfield with Fleming taking second. Gilbert walked and Lyster bunted the runners along and was safe at first to load the bases. Kypreos, who gets the bat on the ball more often than any Cardinal, singled in Fleming and Gilbert. Foust bounced out and Lyster scored from third. Vomvolakis drove in Kypreos for the fifth run. In the third Foust drove in the last run with a double. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-1; Ghidinelli C, 2-0; Fleming SS, 4-2; Gilbert RF, 3-0; Lyster 1B, 2-1; Kypreos 3B,2-1; Foust LF, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1 and Sorensen P, 3-0.
The opening tilt of the four team CCS final round brings together a pair of unbeaten hurlers. Kris Sorensen, the Goliath of Southern CCS sports takes an 11-0 record into the fray, while Los Gatos’ Rick Urbano also is 11-0. Two of Sorensen’s wins were no hitters. Sorensen has never lost a playoff game in little league, pony or high school baseball. Kris has been ‘Mr. Clutch’ all season. He is a great competitor and works best in crucial situations. Sorensen has pitched in all 16 of the Cards league games, being used as a reliever in tight contests. Sorensen has struck out 127 batters in 88 innings of work and has an ERA of 0.71. Four SC batters Gary Ghidinelli, Dale Lyster, Craig Foust and Stan Herum are hitting over .300. Gary Ghidinelli is a superb defensive catcher and also a top notch clutch player. He is the only athlete to have played in all five major CCS post season classics, three in baseball and two in basketball. Comment, “We think ‘Ghid’ is one of the finest catcher in the entire region. He is rated very highly by scouts and not many can run on him. He is hitting an excellent .333 from the second spot in the order.” Junior lefty Marty Gilbert is a top notch second pitcher going 8-2 and is the power hitter on the team. Sorensen, Ghidinelli, shortstop Rod Fleming and first baseman Dale Lyster have been all league for two years. Third baseman Bill Kypreos was chosen all league this year. Kypreos has one distinction that may be unique in the CCS. He has struck out just once in over 75 times at bat. Rounding out the line up are outfielders Dee Herren and Craig Foust and second baseman Steve Vomvolakis all juniors.
Santa Cruz Blanks Cats’ of Los Gatos 1-0 in semi finals of CCS at the University of Santa Clara. The first six innings was a pitching dual between Sorensen and the Los Gatos pitcher. Los Gatos hit a blooper to short center that was nearly caught by Dee Herren for the only Los Gatos hit of the game. Sorensen was in complete control for the rest of the game retiring the last 10 consecutive batters, finishing with just one walk in a fine display of control. Only four Los Gatos batters reach base. Fleming and Vomvolakis were flawless in the infield and Fleming came up with the defensive gem when he dashed behind second to cut off a sure single and turn it into a routine play. In the first inning with a runner on third and two outs, Gilbert teed off on a fast ball and hit the hardest shot of the game, but it stayed up long enough for the outfielder to catch up with it. In the last of the seventh the Cards had one out when Craig Foust singled up the middle for the first Card hit. A wild pick off attempt of Foust allowed him to go to second. A few seconds later, Foust romped home when Steve Vomvolakis lined a single just barely inside the third base line. Foust was followed to the plate by the entire Santa Cruz team, in joyful celebration. The victory insured the Cardinals a chance at the CCS crown following third and second place finishes in the last two years, respectively. Coaches comment, “these guys are clutch players and have come through a lot of close games and did again tonight. Special praise for shortstop Rod Fleming, who made several sparkling plays. Rod comes in on the ball better than most high school shortstops and once he gets to it his arm is strong and accurate.” Lineup: Herren CF, 3-0; Ghidinelli C, 2-0; Fleming SS, 2-0; Gilbert RF, 3-0; Lyster 1B, 3-0; Kypreos 3B, 1-0; Foust LF, 2-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1 and Sorensen P, 2-0.
Cards Beaten, Settle For Second Again as Terra Nova posted a 6-5 win. The loss marks the fourth straight time in two years the Cardinals have been relegated to the bridesmaids position. Twice in baseball and twice in basketball the Cardinals have gone to the championship game and lost. Junior lefty Marty Gilbert struggled through the first inning on 26 pitches while giving up one run on two hits. In the second, Gilbert walked and was caught off first base, but the first baseman threw the ball away at second. Foust also waked. Vomvolakis again got a clutch hit as he had the night before to drive in Gilbert. Sorensen then drove in Foust to make the score 2-1 SC. Terra Nova scored four times in the fifth inning and pushed across another run in the seventh to go ahead 6-2. In their last at bats Herren walked and scored from first on a throwing error. Ghidinelli, who had gunned down two base runners himself was save on the same error. Fleming sent Ghidinelli to third on his double down the line. Gilbert crushed what could have been the game winning hit, had it not been caught on an over the shoulder catch 350 feet against the fence in left center. Ghidinelli scored after the catch. Lyster drove in Fleming for the final run. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Ghidinelli C, 4-1; Fleming SS, 4-1; Gilbert P/RF, 2-0; Lyster 1B, 4-1; Kypreos 3B, 3-1; Foust LF, 0-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum RF, 0-0; Sorensen P, 2-1 and Gordon PH 1-0.
Voted by the team were MVP Sorenson, captain Ghidinelli, Dads Club Sportsmanship Fleming and most improved Craig Faust. Score keeper and statistician Casey Tefertiller. This team performed feats that are very difficult to do. Bill Kypreos struck out only once in 93 times at the plate. In the championship game of CCS, Gary Ghidinelli threw out three base runners in the first inning to keep the opposition from scoring. Kris Sorensen pitched in 22 of the 28 games the Cardinals played for a total of 101 2/3 innings out of the 204 total innings played.
The following are stats provided by Casey Tefertiller, who went on to cover the Giants and A’s for the Examiner and Chronicle. He still does articles and has written books including one on the proper individual approach to perform well in baseball.
Top hits with over 50 at bats by position, times at bat and batting average.: Dale Lyster 1B, 92, 293; Bill Kypreos 3B, 84, 286; Marty Gilbert OF-P, 86, 279; Dee Herren CF, 90, 278; Rod Fleming SS, 91, 264 and Steve Vomvolakis 2B, 58, 259. Those with less than fifty at bats were Sorensen P, 26, 154; Steve Ellis OF, 8, 375; Sam Trybom P, 10, 100; Steve Seymour OF, 11, 091; Jeff Gordon C/PH, 5, 800; John Slaughter 1B/PH, .000 and Scott Graff P- third base coach, 9, 111. There were eight players with an on base percentage over 400. The highest were Ghidinelli 462, next were Lyster and Vomvolakis at 445. Tops in total bases were Herren 34, Lyster 33, Fleming 32 and Ghidinelli 29. Tops with game winning hits were Fleming and Ghidinelli with four each. Leaders in runs batted in were Lyster 16, Kyperos 14, Gilbert 13, Fleming 12, Herren 11, Foust 9, Ghidinelli and Vomvolakis 8. Leaders in getting walked were Vomvolakis and Ghidinelli 16, Fleming 14, Herren 11 and Gilbert 10. Leaders in striking out the least were Kypreos once in 93 total at bats (includes AB and BB for the total plate appearances) and Ghidinelli 6 out of 93. Leaders in stolen bases were Herren 17, Ghidinelli 16, Fleming 12 and Gilbert 10.
Batting stats for the season by name, times at bat, runs scored, batting average for the season, total bases hit for, stolen bases, walks, strike outs, runs batted in, errors made, league batting average and total on base batting average (taking at bats and walks added together and then dividing that into the hits and walks added together for the season). * means top player.
AB R AV TB SB BB SO RBI E MBL OBD
Foust 52 7 308* 18 2 7 13 9 1 310 389
Ghidinelli 79 13 304 29 16 16* 6 8 3 333 462*
Herum 50 5 300 17 3 3 8 3 1 400* 415
Lyster 92* 15 293 33 0 7 18 16* 7 320 444
Kypreos 84 12 286 27 4 1 1* 14 4 333 430
Gilbert 86 18 279 26 10 10 20 13 2 280 427
Herren 90 20* 278 34* 17* 11 9 11 0 278 436
Fleming 91 20* 264 32 12 14 12 12 6 294 409
Vomvolakis 58 8 254 17 2 16* 9 8 5 313 409
Sorensen 26 2 154 6 0 2 9 2 4 117 290
Gordon 5 2 800 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 833
Ellis 8 0 375 3 2 3 3 0 0 0 545
Graff 9 5 111 2 1 5 5 0 0 0 438
Trybom 10 0 100 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 250
Seymour 11 1 091 0 0 2 8 0 0 333 091
Slaughter 18 3 000 0 0 2 8 0 2 0 235
Pitching Stats by games pitched in, innings pitched, hits, runs earned runs, walks, strike outs, wins in league, losses in league, earned run average in league, wins for the season, losses for the season and earned runs for the season.
G INN H R ER BB SO W L ERA W L ERA
Sorensen 22* *101 16 21 19 33 143 8 0 0.49 12 0 1.31
Gilbert 15 59 38 17 15 41 43 6 2 2.53 8 2 1.76
Trybom 8 33 14 14 7 18 34 0 0 0 2 3 1.50
Graff 4 8 8 8 3 6 9 0 0 0 0 0 4.45
Johnson 3 3 2 3 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 5.25
Total 26 205 232 63 46 100 232 14 2 22 6 1.76
From the Sentinels final MBL stats. Places in the top thirty hitters that the Cards ended in hitting. (4th place, Ghidinelli and Kypreos .333. (11) Lyster .327. (13) Vomvolakis .313. (22) Fleming .275. (27) Gilbert ..265. (28) Herren .264.
In team hitting stats North Salinas beat out the Cards .306 to .296. Soquel was in third place at .245. On how pitching held the opposition hitters, the Cards pitchers faced 390 batters gave up 62 hits to hold opposing hitters to a .159 average. Soquel was next facing 391 batters giving up 65 hits for a .166 average. Watsonville and Monterey were close behind with averages of .196 and .199.
Kris Sorensen was picked by the Washington Senators in the twenty seventh round of the major league baseball draft. He also pitched in the graduating seniors state North-South game at Candlestick Park. Kris one of three CCS section players picked. Gary Ghidinelli was also nominated considered for a spot on the team. The team will have four pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and four outfielders of a total of 16 players deemed the best in Northern California. Most of these players end up playing pro baseball on graduation or after college. Sorensen worked the last inning and faced the minimum three batters, striking out two and get the third out on a fly ball. Steve Barr a pitcher from Southern California was named the game MVP. He later pitched in the major leagues.
Rod Fleming won the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
Five Cardinals Make All MBL Team. Sorensen Features MBL’s Selections as the Most Valuable player. SC dominated the selections with five seniors chosen for fifteen spots. Unanimous choices were Chris Sorensen 8-0, 0.49 ERA, pitched 71 innings and struck out 105, Gary Ghidinelli .333 and Rod Fleming .275. Dale Lyster .327 and Bill Kypreos .333 round out the Cards top share of votes. Ghidinelli and Fleming were unanimous choices last year as well. Marty Gilbert received votes and was honorable mention along with Dee Herren, Steve Vomvolakis, Stan Herum and Craig Foust.
The All Sentinel team selections were Kris Sorensen, Gary Ghidinelli, Rod Fleming, Gary Lyster and Bill Kyproes. Honorable mention were Marty Gilbert, Dee Herren, Steve Vomvolakis, Stan Herum and Craig Foust.
Milt Thompson was elected MVP of the team and Dave Mendez won the Dads Club sportsmanship trophy.
TRACK MBL meet, SC varsity fourth and lightweights last. Scoring at the MBL meet: Watsonville 63, Monterey 56, Salinas and Santa Cruz 43, Soquel and Alisal 21, Seaside 8 and Harbor 0. Lightweights were won by Watsonville and SC was last with 5.
SC Spikers Second in CCS. Paced by senior sprinter Al Marshall who won two events, the 100 yard dash in 10.2 seconds against heavy head winds at San Mateo Junior College. The 220 yard dash in 22.1 seconds and was a member of the section championship 440 yard relay team of Marshall, Gay Hayden, Murray Fleming and Willie Head. The relay team turned in their best time of the year, clocking a 42.6 time. Tom Mitchell tossed the shot put 57 feet to capture third place. All of the above qualified for the state meet at UCLA.
From the San Jose Mercury article on top times by CCS track athletes for the season. Al Marshall had the top times in the 100 of 9.7 and in the 220 of 21.8. Both of Marshall’s times beat his time at CCS. The 440 relay team had the top time of 42.4 beating their time in the CCS meet. Tom Mitchell was third best in the shot put with 57 feet one inch.
In a top performance for the year:
SC’s Marshal Outstanding In KC Relays as SC’s fabulous Albert Marshall tore up the King City relays leading the Cards to a third place finish. Marshall equaled the meet record in the 100 yard dash in 9.7, won the 220 in a new record in the CCS at 21.9 and anchored the winning relay team of Willie Head, Gay Hayden and Murray Fleming in 43.9 for a meet record. Marshall set three records and tied for the meet high point man with 11 ¼ points.
From the Associated Press in Los Angeles. State Track Championships Begin. Five Santa Cruzan To Compete. Five Santa Cruz High School standouts join California’s top prep track and field athletes at the state championships tonight at UCLA. Al Marshall has qualified for three events. He will run the 100 and 220 yard dashes and is also a member of the Cards 440 yard relay team. Other members of the team are Murray Fleming, Willie Head and Gay Haydon. The other SC representative is shot putter Tom Mitchell, who was third in last weeks CCS championships where he tossed the shot 57-0 feet. Marshall won the CCS 100 and 220 and the Cardinal relay team were also section champs, running the course in 42.6. They will be going against Los Angeles High with a best time of 41.5 and their sprinter has best times of 9.5 in the 100 and 21.2 in the 220.
The Best times in CCS Track (from Monterey county through San Mateo county) as of April 28. 100 yard dash — number one, Al Marshall 9.7. 220– number one, Al Marshall 22.3. 440 relay number one — Santa Cruz, 43.2. Tom Mitchell — shot put– number two — 57 feet.
Led by Al Marshall, the smoothest sprinter in this area in many years, coach Mel Fishburn’s finished behind Watsonville in the MBL finals, but when it came down to the nitty-gritty of the CCS Finals, Santa Cruz slipped into second place, the third SC team this year to take second place in CCS. Five tracksters went to the State Meet at UCLA. At CCS Marshall won the 100 yard dash in 10.2 and 220 yard dash in 22.1 and was a member of the first place 440 yard relay team which ran a time of 42.6. Gay Hayden. Willie Head, Murray Fleming joined Marshall on that victorious team. Tom Mitchell tossed the shot put 57 feet to capture third place. The mile relay team of Dennis Baldwin, Willie Head, Steve Mendoza and Gay Hayden participated in the meet.
Participants at the MBL meet are seeded in running events by lanes and heats based by their best times to date. In field evens they are broken up into flights (groups) by their best performances. The best together, next best and the lowest. The following will list SC varsity track men by name, event, seeding position in the event and their best time or distance.
440 Relay, first, 43.2.
120 high hurdles, Don Roberts, second, 15.8 and Murray Fleming, third, 16.0
880, Doug Huskey, fourth, 2:04.0
100 yard dash, Al Marshall, first, 9.7 and Willie Head, tied for third, 10.1
440, Steve Mendoza, fifth, 52.8
180 low hurdles, Don Roberts, seventh, 21.6
220 yard dash, Al Marshall, first, 21.9 and Willie Head, sixth, 22.9
Mile Relay, third, 3:34.0
Shot put, Tom Mitchell, second, 54 feet and Chuck Spray twelfth
High jump, Dennis Bahduri and Ron Pohlert, tied for eleventh, 5-5
Long jump, Gay Hayden and Chuck Spray, tied for third, 20’8” and Ron Pohlert, twelfth, 19”9”
One mile, Eloy Villa, third, 4:48.6
One mile relay, third. 3:32.8
Long jump, Tom Elms, sixth, 19’7”
Events where a SC varsity team or athlete holds the record by event and whether it was in the league meet, last years champion, CCS Region III or CCS record, the time and the year.
Discus, Walt Edwards, 1968 winner, 154’2”, 1968
Shot put, Walt Edwards, 1968 winner, 51’9”, CCS Region III record 54’81/2” 1968
220 yard dash, Byron Wilson, CCS Region III record, 21.41, 1966
100 yard dash, Byron Wilson, CCS Region III record, 9.7
Pole vault, Claude Schmidt, MBL record 13”6”, 1962
Participants at the CCS Region III meet are seeded in running events by lanes and heats based by their best times to date. In field evens they are broken up into flights (groups) by their best performances. The best together, next best and the lowest. The following will list SC varsity track men by name, event, seeding position in the event and their best time or distance.
440 Relay, first, 43.0
120 high hurdles, Dan Roberts, fifth, 15.5
100 yard dash, Al Marshall, first, 10.1 and Willie Head, second 10.1
180 low hurdles, Murray Fleming, third, 20.2
220 yard dash, Al Marshall, first, 21.8
Long jump, Chuck Spray, sixth, 20’4”
Shot put, Tom Mitchell, second, 54’1”
440 Relay, fifth, 46.2
880, Casey Webber, sixth, 2:06
100 yard dash, Jay Peterson, eighth, 10.9
440, Rick McCullah, fifth, 54.2 and Norman Eldridge, ninth, 55.5
180 low hurdles, Rick McCullah, third, 22.0
220 yard dash, Norman Eldridge, fifteenth, 24.6
Mile relay, fifth, 3;43
Mile run, Eloy Villa, third, 4:49
180 low hurdles, Don Lowery, MBL record, 21.0, 1966 and CCS Region III record, 20.4, 1966
Shot put, Kurt Jernstom, twelfth, 40”6”
High jump, Gordon Crafts, tenth, 5’3”
Long jump, Tom Elms, second, 20”4” and Mike Sheldon, sixteenth, 18 feet
440 Relay, MBL record and 1968 champions, 45.2, 1968
Wildcats Take MBL Track Title for second time in a row. SC tied for third place in MBL meet. Scoring at the MBL meet: Watsonville 63, Monterey 56, Salinas and Santa Cruz 43, Soquel and Alisal 21, Seaside 8 and Harbor 0. Lightweights were won by Watsonville and SC was last with 5.
SC’s speedy 440 yard relay team, hampered by a bad hand-off, made up a four yard deficit on the anchor leg to wipe out the 1968 league record of 44.5 by Salinas with a 43.0 time. The runners and their times: Head 11.2, Hayden 10.2, Fleming 10.6 and anchor man Marshall 10.0. Marshall was the only double winner, zooming to easy wins in the 100 in 10 seconds flat and the 220 in 21.8. The mile relay team took third in a time of 3:37.8. Don Roberts took second in the 120 high hurdles in 15. Murray Fleming took third in the 120 low hurdles in 20.2. Willie Head finished second to Marshall by a tenth of a second in the 100 in 10.1. Tom Mitchell recorded a personal best when he heaved the shot put 54-1 for second place. Chuck Spray took fourth in the long jump with a 20-5 leap. Steve Pohlert took second in the high jump at 5-4. The mile relay team of Dennis Baldwin, Willie Head, Steve Mendoza and Gay Hayden also qualified for CCS.
Lightweight finishers were Eloy Villa, third in the mile in 4:48.6 and Tom Elms leaped 19-8 in the long jump for fourth. Curt Jernstrom won the shot put at 39-7. All of the above qualified for the CCS Region III meet, which includes Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties.
Sprinters Dominate SC Track Season. Al Marshall did everything expected of him and more. He now holds three school records, which are listed below. Other sprinters on the 440 relay team are Willie Head, Murray Fleming and Gay Holden. The have been in the top three teams in CCS since the beginning of the season. Marshall has been to top 100 and 220 man all season.
New SCHS records this year by event:
Three by senior Al Marshall. In 100 yard dash at 9.7, 220 yard dash at 21.6 and 440 at 49.9 seconds.
120 high hurdles by sophomore Jim Carson at 16.2
440 yard relay by the team of Willie Head, Gay Hayden, Murray Fleming and Al Marshall at 42.5 at the State championships at UCLA.
Records for lightweights:
880 yard run by sophomore Casey Webber at 2:06.5
Mile relay team of Casey Webber, Tom Elms, Rich McCullah and Norman Elridge in 3:43.3.
In a tune up for the MBL meet coming up the Cardinal Track Teams Suffer Double Defeat as North Salinas Varsity clipped the Cards 68-56 and the lightweights squashed the Cardlets 97-29. This meet was in preparation for the MBL finals in two weeks. The ultimate goal for the Cards is the State meet on the UCLA’s new all weather track. The two best shots for the Cards making the big meet in LA is Al Marshall and the 440 relay team, both turning in wins today. The 440 relay team composed of Gay Haden, Willie Head, Murray Fleming and Al Marshall was seven-tenths fo a second off its best time of the yare at 43.9, but still won by nearly 75 yards. Marshall, whose main events are the 100 and 220 yard dashes competed in only one of his specialties winning the 220 in 24.0 with teammate Steve Mendoza at his side. Marshall passed up the century to run the tough 440. The tall senior shot out of the blocks and set a new Memorial Field and school record with a clocking of 49.9. The other three members of the 440 relay team swept the 100 yard dash with head leading the way by a hair over Fleming in 10.4. Hayden was third across the line. Chuck Spray collected a first for the Cars in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet six inches. Head led the mile relay team as he ran a brisk 52.9 leg after taking the baton from Dennis Baldwin. It was the first time Head had run the 440 in competition. Doug Huskey won the half mile in 2:08.9 and took third place in the 440. Tom Mitchell won the lone weight event, tossing the varsity shot put 51 feet one inch. Others were second placer finishes for the Cards were Roberts in the 120 high hurdles in time of 15.9; Pohlert, high jump, 5-8; Fleming, 120 low hurdles, 13.5.
Lightweights: Tom Elms also won the long jump covering 19 feet four inches. Casey Webber won the 880 stopping the clock in 2:07.2. Eloy Villa ran his best lightweight mile of the year turning in a time of 4:44.2. Jernstrom won the shot put at 38-11. McCullah was second in the 440. Score North Salinas 97, SC 29.
Cards Thinclads Defeat Trojans. In the first dual meet of the year the Cards topped Alisal 70-57. SC won nine of the 15 places. Most of the losses were in the distance events. Rich Hayden was the high point man with wins in the long jump at 20-4, 440 in 55.2 and also ran on the mile relay team that won in 3:47. Sophomore Jim Carson won the high jump at 5-8 and took second in the low hurdles and high hurdles. Al Marshall took firsts in the 100 in 10.1 and the 220 in 22.8. He along with second place Willie Head second and Murray Fleming third swept the 100. Fleming won the 180 low hurdles in 22.0. Tom Mitchell won the shot put at 50-6. Second place, Spray in long jump. Head second in 220. Third place: West, high jump. Roberts, 180 low hurdles in 16.5.
Lightweights: The lightweights lost 21-102. Top performer was freshman Gordon Crafts, who won the high jump at 5-1. Elms was another winner in the long jump at 18-7. Jernstrom was second in the shot put. Eloy Villa took third in the mile.
Cardinals Post Win Over Seaside 72-52. Seaside lightweights outran the Cardlets 75-39. SC took first place in eight of the ten running events. The mile relay was the days most exciting event. Dennis Baldwin took the first 440 for the Cards, running even with his opponent almost the entire lap, but fell a step behind on the hand off. Seaside took a ten yard lead with Doug Huskey running the second lap. Gary Rochelle gave SC the lead as he passed his man on the final turn. Steve Mendoza anchored the race to finish in 3:40, their best mark of the year. The 440 relay team of Head, Haydon, Fleming and Marshall sliced a tenth of a second off the school record. The old mark set two weeks ago of 42.9 by the same team was lowered to 43.8. Individual winners were Al Marshall 100 in 9.8, 220 in 22.0 and 440 relay and third in pole vault. Doug Huskey, 880 in 2:08.9. Gay Hayden, 440 in 53.5. Tom Mitchell, shot put, 49-11 and second in discus. Murray Fleming, 120 low hurdles in 13-7. Isley, pole vault in 9-6. Other placers were Don Roberts, second in 120 high hurdles and Dennis Baldwin third. 100 yard dash, Head second and Fleming third. Mendoza, third in 440. Spray, second in mile and third in long jump and shot put. Westburg second in two mile. High jump, Baldwin second and Pholert third. Staub third in discus. Roberts third in 120 low hurdles. Head third in 220.
Lightweights: Seaside 75, SC 39. SC winners: McCullah, 880 in 2:10 and 120 low hurdles in 14.5. Johnston, shot put at 40-3 and second in discus. Baird, pole vault in 8-0. Villa, mile in 5:07. Second places: Webber, 440 and third in 220. Elm, long jump. Crafts, high jump. King, 220. Both the 440 and mile relay teams took second place.
In an early season local triangular meet the Card varsity won 93, Soquel 39, Harbor 16. Sprinter Al Marshall and weight man Tom Mitchell were the only individual event varsity double winners. Marshall clocked a 52 flat quarter and a 22.4 in the 220. Mitchell threw the discus 126-7 and the shot put 54 feet surpassing his all time bests. His shot may rank him fourth in CCS. Don Roberts 15.9 in the 120 high hurdles for first place and Jim Carson’s 16.2 for second were personal improvements. In the 880, Bridenga won in 2:12.0 and Westberg was third. Head won the 110 in 10.2 and Mendoza was third. Hayden was second in the 440. Hayden won the long jump at 20-8 and Spray was third. Fontes was second in the shot put. Carson on the high jump at 5-6 and Westberg was third. Fleming won the 120 low hurdles in 13.5, Roberts was second and Carson third.. Isley was second in the pole vault. Huskey won the mile in 4:48 and Spray was third. The 440 relay team of Willie Head, Gay Hayden, Murray Fleming and Al Marshall smoked to a 43.9 record smashing victory lopping off the two day old school record. The lightweights took second place. The Cardlet mile relay team took first place in 3:55.9 erasing the 1968 school mark. (no names in article)
Mid-way in the season at Watsonville, the best performances were by Al Marshall winning his three events; Gay Hayden’s first place with a long jump of 20’8”; Jim Carson’s first place in the high hurdles in the 16.9 seconds; Tom Mitchell second in the shot put and Doug Huskey’s 4:47 in the mile for second place.
The highlights for the lightweights were Rick McCullah’s 2:10.4 in the half mile, Casey Webber’s 55.9 in the 440, Kurt Jernstom’s 40’3” in the shot put and Eloy Villa’s first sub five minute mile with a 4:58.3 time.
Card 880 Relay Team First. At the Stockton Relays, the 880 relay team of Al Marshall, Gay Haden, Murray Fleming and Willie Head flashed to a win with a time of 1:30.2 to highlight the Cardinals showing. The time also set a new school record. The time bettered the old meet record of 1:33.0. Marshall suffered his first defeat in the 100 yard dash even though he ran his second best time of the year, stopping the clock at 9.8. Marshall got off to a bad start and was beaten by one half a yard at the tape. The 440 relay team of Marshall, Head, Fleming and Hayden finished second with a time of 43.2 to the winning time of 42.6, which nears the best time recorded in Northern California. In the 440 medley relay the Cards finished seventh for the fourth time this year. In the sprint medley relay the Cards were timed in 1:40.8. Head, Fleming, Steve Mendoza and Dennis Baldwin made up the team.
Monterey Nips SC Thinclads. Monterey’s swift spikers defeated the Cards 71-55. They outran the lightweights 83-39. Al Marshall won the 100 om 10.1 and the 220 in 22.3 followed by Willie Head in 23 flat. It was Marshall’ speed that won the 440 relay. A bad pass of the baton on the last leg let Monterey pull even on the last turn, but Marshall turned it on to win in a time of 44 flat, still close to their best time so far of 43.8. Other first were Doug Huskey in the mile at 1:47.1; Gay Hayden in the 440 at 52.3; Tom Mitchell, discus 121-8 and in shot put 50-8; Ron Pohlert, high jump 5-4 and third in two mile. Other placers were Roberts, second in 120 high hurdles; Baldwin, third in 880; Spray, second in shot put and long jump; Ron Staub, third in discus; Fleming third in 120 low hurdles.
The lightweights had five winners. The team of Norman Eldridge, Tom Elms, Rick McCullough and Casey Webber ran a strong mile relay finishing in 3:45.3 as Elms provided a ten yard lead on the second leg that Monterey could not make up. Individual winners: McCullah, 880 in 2:14.4, second in 180 low hurdles and third in the high jump. Elms, long jump at 19-7 and second in shot put. Jernstrom, shot put at 38-4 and second in discus. Villa, mile in 5:03. Second places: Webber, 440 in 55.8. Monterey 83, SC 39.
In the First Annual Santa Cruz County Meet, the Card winners were Al Marshall in 100, time 10.3 and 220 time 22.0; Tom Mitchell in shot put, distance 52-9. He also took third in the discus with a personal best of 127.0; Doug Huskey in mile, time 4:45.8; Murray Fleming in 120 low hurdles in 21.0 and Don Roberts in 120 high hurdles in 16.3. Other placing were in the 120 high hurdles, Carson third and Baldwin fourth. In the long jump, Hayden second and Spray fourth. In 100 yard dash, Fleming third and Head fourth. 440, Mendoza in a personal best time, third and Hayden fourth. High jump, Carson fourth and Westburg fifth. 120 low hurdles, Carson fifth. On the disappointing side the 440 relay team was disqualified on a handoff mix up. The team is one of the best in the section. In lightweights, Tom Elms won the long jump in 16-11. Rick McCullah stood out with a second place finish in the low hurdles just two tenths of a second behind the winner. Others who performed well were Eloy Villa in the mile and Casey Webber in the 440..
Cowboy Track Team Defeat SC Cardinals. Salinas walked off with both ends of the MBL dual meet taking the varsity 72-55 and lightweights 100-22. The meet was the final tune up before the SC Relays. Al Marshall retained his undefeated MBL status in the 100 doing 10 flat and the 220 yard dash in 22.3. In the 440 relay, the Card team of Marshall, Murray Fleming, Willie Head and Gay Hayden won in 44.2. Don Roberts led SC off on the right foot by topping a three man Card sweep of the 120 high hurdles in 16.2. Fleming was second and Baldwin third. Casey Webber won the 880 in 2:10.8. Tom Mitchell won the shot put at 51-5 and was second in the discus at 122 feet. Fleming won the 180 low hurdles in 21.9. Roberts took third in the same event in 22.5. Chuck Spray won the long jump at 19-5. Ron Pohlert won the high jump at 5-2. Huskey was second in the 880. Mendoza took third in the 440.
Lightweights: Randy McCullah won the 180 low hurdles in 22.4 and the 440 in 54.9. Elms won long jump in 17-11. Casey Webber won the 880 in 2:10.8 and Villa was second.
Eldridge was second in the 220. Libertori took third in the mile.
Pre meet write up. SC Relays Saturday. The ninth annual SC relays will provide a chance to see some of top athletes in CCS. It also is a tune up for league finals coming up soon.
Cardinals Finish Third in SC Relays. The top ten teams scoring Leigh won the meet with 37 points, Westmont 31, SC 29, Watsonville 24. Monterey 23, Saratoga 22, Salinas 21, Del Mar 17, Camden 14 and Gilroy 14. Al Marshall was awarded the Relay’s top track performer award. He also received an award as the top SC performer as he won the 100 yard dash in 10 flat and anchored two winning relay teams. In the 440 yard relay, the Card quintet of Willie Head, Gay Hayden, Murray Fleming and Marshall set a new SC Relay record of 43.3, one-tenth of a second under the previous mark by Monterey in 1963. The same team just missed the record in the 880 yard relay finishing in 1:31.7, just six-tenths set by Watsonville in 1965. Tom Mitchell took third in the shot put.
Lightweights. Cardlets come in ninth with 14 points. The distance medley relay team of Rick McCullah, Casey Webber, Tom Elms and Eloy Villa lowered the previous record by 9.3 seconds for a time of 11:14.3. The event starts with the 1320 and follows with 880, 440 and a mile. Scoring: Watsonville 62, Alisal 49, Camden 20, Saratoga 19, Seaside 18, Monterey 17, Blackford 16, Leland 16, SC 14, Leigh 13, Los Gatos 12. SLV and Soquel came in thirteenth and Holy Cross twenty-second.
Al Marshall was voted MVP of the varsity for the second straight year and also was honored for his top performance at the MBL meet. Rick McCullah was MVP of the lightweights.
Steve Mendoza received a special track award. He also won the Dads Club sportsmanship award along with lightweight Ely Pilof.
WATER POLO In its first year in the sport. The team consists of seven players, a goalie, three offensive forwards and three defensive guards. The game requires three basic skills from the athlete, extreme physical conditioning, ball handling and mental toughness. The basic idea of water polo is somewhat like that of soccer.
Team members are: Johann Kerkove, Steve Baldwin, Jim Foster, Don Foster, Jim Hopper, Jerry Lezin, Bill Roach, Jack Alterman, Roger Barat, Pete Prindell, Dave Ingols, Ed Douglas, Roger Elridge, Paul Darling, Dino Dimeo, Chris Mayer, Gino Pini, Pat Hamm and Mike Biddle. Coach Al Weimers.
The season started with a drowning of Watsonville 8-1. Jim Foster scored four goals. The second outing was 6-1 win over Carmel.
The Cards beat Carmel 10-6 and lost to established Robert Louis Stevenson twice 9-2. The Cards split the next two contests to have a 3-3 record. Against Carmel the Cards held a 3-1 edge at the end of the second quarter. SC broke loose in the third period tallying 5 goals to Carmel’s 2 for the final score 8-3. Johann Kerkove scored 5 goals. Against Stevenson, Dave Foster scored the Cards two goals.
SWIMMING Gilroy 74-14 and a lightweight win. As of April 11 the team had a 7-2 record. This is almost entirely a senior squad, which expects to do well. Dennis Finnegan designed a new set of uniforms which could set a new trend for the amazing swim team.
Ed Douglas was presented with the Dad’s Club sportsmanship award for varsity swimming and Paul Darling for lightweights.
Cardinal Netters Defeat Alisal 5-4. SC won two of three doubles matches to get the win. Singles listed in order of the ladder. Pat Swafford, 6-0, 6-1. Jeff Currin, 4-6, 2-6. Olf Ingwerson, 8-10, 4-6. Gene Ashlock, 4-6, 3-6. Greg Carroll, 6-2, 10-8. Tom Knight by forfeit. Doubles: Swafford-Currin, 6-2, 6-2. Ashlock-Knight, 7-9. Carroll-Ingwerson won be forfeit.
Cardinal Netters Suffer 8-2 loss to Salinas. Swafford and Ashlock pick up the two points on singles victories. Swaffor, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Kent Webber, 1-6, 2-6. Currin, 6-3, 1-6, 2-6. Felton Murray, 3-6, 1-6. Ingwerson, 1-6, 0-6. Carroll, 0-6, 0-6. Ashlock, 6-4, 6-3. Doubles: Swafford-Mirray, 10-12. Webber-Currin, 5-10. Ingwerson-Tom Knight, 0-6, 0-6.
North Salinas 6, SC 4. Pat Swafford, Gene Ashlock and Greg Carroll won in singles. Other singles players were Currin, Webber and Ingwerson.
Jeff Currin and Fenton Murray won in doubles 8-3. Other doubles players were Swafford and Webber. Ingwerson and Ashlock.
Watsonville 7, SC 1. Singles winner Pat Swafford, 6-3, 6-2. Other singles players: Currin, Webber, Murray, Ingwerson, Tom Knight. Doubles: Swafford-Webber, Currin-Murray and Ingwerson-Carroll.
North Salinas 8, SC 1. Pat Swafford at number one singles won 6-3, 6-0. Other singles players: Currin, Webber, Ingwerson, Carroll, Ashlock. Doubles: Swafford-Webber, Currin-Ingwerson and Carroll-Ashlock.
SC 9, Alisal 0. Swafford, 6-0, 6-0. Murray, 4-6, 6-3 6-1. Currin 6-0, 6-0. Webber, 7-5, 6-0. Carroll, 6-0, 7-5. Ashlock, 6-2, 6-1. Doubles: Swafford-Webber, 6-0, 6-1. Murray-Carroll 8-2.
Watsonville 9, SC 1. Swafford was the only Card winner, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Other singles players: Currin, Webber, Knight, Ingwerson, Ashlock, Carroll. Doubles: Swaffor-Webber, Currin-Ingwerson and Knight-Ashlock.
Kent Webber was presented with the Dad’s Club sportsmanship award for tennis.
GOLF Harbor a win, Leigh a loss, SLV a win, Monterey a loss, Alisal a win, Salinas a loss, North Salinas 1-19 and Soquel 3-12.
Against Salinas Geno Pini was the only Card to score. Number five man Scott McCullough won his match for two points, while Pete Pringle picked up the other point against Soquel.
Players listed in order of the ladder with the first man and “Ace” Pete Prindle, Roger Barat, Geno Pini, Lloyd Antonetti, Scott McCullough, Dave Martini and Alan Paul. There are many freshmen out for the team this year.
The top two Cards, Pete Prindle and Roger Barat will represent the Cards at the MBL finals.
Alan Paul was presented with the Dad’s Club sportsmanship award for golf.