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Murray Fleming is This Years Cardinals Top Senior Athlete. Murray an ALL MBL end and a top track man has been chosen the schools outstanding senior athlete. Fleming received the Leibbandt and Puget honor from Principal Aaron Nelson at the SC spring awards banquet. Lee Sims former principal at SC for 14 years and recently retired as the CCS commissioner was guest of honor at the affair. Marty Gilbert, who compiled a .410 batting average and won seven games for the MBL champion baseball team won Most Valuable player for the team. Marty along with co-captain Dee Herren accepted the Region IV plaque after winning that award by beating both Hollister and Mora in the region playoffs. The Cards were defeated in the CCS finals. Varsity sportsmanship awards went to Stan Herum for baseball, Dennis Baldwin for track, Byron Foster in swimming, Pat Swafford for tennis and Bob Flam in golf. Junior varsity honors went to Harry Kypreos in baseball, Ely Villa in lightweight track and Matt Lezin in lightweight swimming.
Coaches: Dick Logan, varsity football. Tex Ronning, wrestling and varsity football assistant Larry Griffin, varsity football assistant. Ernie Penrose, manager for football, basketball and baseball. Don Dempwolfe, track and junior varsity football. Bob Shook, assistant junior varsity football and track. Al Weimer, water polo and swimming. Ray Hunter, assistant football and basketball and junior varsity baseball. Dennis Mullen, tennis. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball
FOOTBALL Practice game San Jose 27-13. League: Salinas 0-8, North Salinas 14-24, Monterey 6-20, Harbor 22-6, Alisal 25-34, Seaside 39-26, Watsonville 28-18, Aptos 42- 20, Soquel 12-21. League record 4-5 for sixth place. Season record 5-5.
Team members were: Bob Atwood, Mike Johnson, Murray Fleming, Dave Mendez, Dennis Tietz, Dee Herren, Rick McCullah, Gary Rochelle, Tom Elms, Gary Dinatale, Kurt Jernstrom, Jay Peterson, Randy Bridinger, Ken Rodkey, Marty Gilbert, Willie Head, Steve Vomvolakis, Paul Tanner, Gary Marietti, Steve Roland, Don Carniglia, Dave LeBleu, Gene Anderson, Corey Brown, Jerry Vellutini, Mike Biddle, Ben Krupp, Bret Merha, Joe Thuringer, Bert West, Mark Drummond, John Slaughter, Gus Penniman, Alan Paul and Richard Howell.
From Sentinel stories
At the MBL jamboree were competition is for ten minutes and points are given for first downs, stopping the other team from making a first down, plus the normal scoring, the Cards defeated Seaside 20-2, Harbor 3-2 and lost to Monterey 1-2 and Soquel 2-4. Even with a fifth place finish SC didn’t look bad. Speedy Willie Head opened the Seaside game with a kickoff return straight up the middle for a touchdown behind good blocking. Top rusher was Marty Gilbert with 39 yards in 5 carries. Quarterback Mike Johnson completed four passes in five throws. Murray Fleming was the top receiver with 117 yards in seven catches. Some of the catches were made with defenders battling him head on for the ball, but the Card receiver came out on top.
Starting lineup in the Sentinel for the San Jose game. On Offense: Ends, Alan Paul and Murray Fleming; Tackles, Ben Krupp and Jerry Vellutini; Guards, Cory Brown and Gene Anderson; Center, Paul Tanner; Quarterback Bob Atwood; Halfbacks, Marty Gilbert, Willie Head or Dee Herren. On Defense: Ends, Burt West and Monty Puget; Tackles, Vellutini and Anderson; Middle guard, Gary Marietti; Line backers, Gary Rochelle and Don Carniglia; Halfbacks Fleming and Head; Safety Gilbert and Monster Back, Steve Vomvolakis.
Cardinals Triumph 27-13 over San Jose and displayed some dazzling footwork as they came back in the second half from a 13-6 deficit. But with each succeeding series the Red Birds appeared to gain confidence and in the fourth quarter it was no contest. A young team basically, the Cards displayed a host of new names with a smattering of old ones. Marty Gilbert and Dee Herren provide the experience in the backfield and they received excellent help from Gary Rochelle, Tom Elms and Kurt Jernstrom. Murray Fleming looks like one of the best ends to come out of this are in a Cards age. Don Carniglia, a junior up from the JV’s, picked up two fumbles and contributed seven tackles to the cause.
The most pleasant surprise was senior quarterback Bob Atwood, who played two years in the shadow of Kirk Waller. Atwood completed five of the eight passes, he threw for 98 yards and was the leading rusher with 29 yards gained on the ground. The Cards first score came on a swing pass from Atwood to Gilbert who caught the ball on the ten, gave a hip to one defender on the seven and hopped over the last man for a touchdown reception of 22 yards.
At the start of the second half, Carniglia recovered a San Jose fumble on the Card 48. Gilbert started the drive on a twisting 12 yard run over right tackle. Atwood hit speedy Fleming for five yards. After two plays Atwood spotted Herren all alone on the 20 and Herren ran it in. Willie Head took a pitchout around right end for two on the extra points try to put the Cards ahead for good 14-13. A bad center snap on a punt allowed SC to take the short punt and run it back to the twenty. Five plays later Atwood snuck over from the one. Gary Rochelle contributed the longest gain of the short series, an eight yard gallop over left tackle. The fourth and final score came late in the fourth quarter, when Herren received a punt on the SC forty and ran to his right, then reversed the ball to Fleming who raced down the east sidelines threading his way 60 yards for the score.
Coach Logan said, “The key to the victory was the play of Atwood. “He was a question mark before tonight, but he proved that he can do the job. The team found they could play and that what we did tonight.” SC out gained San Jose 144 yards to 96 yards rushing and 98 to 36 yards passing. Nine players ran the ball for the Cards. The top rushers were Atwood 39 yards, Rochelle 28, Herren 25, Head 20, Gilbert 19, McCullan 13, Jernstrom 6 and Elm 5. Pass receiving Fleming 46 yards, Herren 42 and Gilbert 22.
Pregame write up. Santa Cruz, Salinas In ‘Crucial” Game. Both teams are figured to be serious title contenders, come off decisive victories. Mike Johnson gets the starting quarterback nod this week, because “he’s won the job” in this weeks practice sessions. Other new starters are Kurt Jernstrom, who will start and rotate with Gary Rochelle at fullback. On defense Dave Mendez will start at safety and Len Pearson at middle guard.
In a 0-8 loss to Salinas the Cards completely dominated the first half. Four times they moved with in scoring distance. It seemed only a matter of time before the hard pressed Cowboy defense would crumble. During the first half the Cards held Salinas to 14 yards, one first down and no pass completions. At the same time the Cards moved the ball for 63 yards on the ground and an additional 42 yards in the air while picking up eight first downs. But in the final 24 minutes the game reversed itself. The Cards; couldn’t get their offense untracked and the inept Cowboy offense became potent.
During the second half the Cowboys gobbled up 91 yards while the Cards could add only one yard to their total. Salinas added 23 yards in the air while SC was unable to complete a pass. At the start of the second half, the Cowboys ran the kickoff back to their 44 yard line and started to move. They drove to the Cardinal two yard line were the stubborn goal line defense stopped them. After two Herren dives into the line, the Cards attempted a quick kick by Dave Mendez and it was blocked into the end zone and recovered by the Cowboys for the TD. A pass was completed for the two point conversion to make the final score of 0-8 Salinas.
North Salinas Drops Cards 24-14. SC scored first and lasts, but in between a trio of running backs shredded the SC defense as they scored 18 points in the second quarter to lead 18-8 at halftime and scored again in the third period to make the score 24-8 going into the last quarter. North Salinas and SC were only 8 yards apart on ground yardage 118 to 110. The loss of Willie Head in the last game hurt the Cards outside running game. But Dee Herren picked up the slack gaining 76 yards in 20 carries followed by Elms 21 yards, Johnson 13, Gilbert 10 and Jernstrom 2. Fleming caught 5 passes for 73 yards and Herren two for 24 yards. Dee Herren’s 15 yard run was the longest gain of the 71 yard drive. Herren trotted through right tackle for the six. Running like a fullback, speedy Dee drove over for the Pat making the score 8-0 midway in the first quarter. The Cards last touchdown came in the last minutes as they drove 80 yards. A screen pass to Herren was the longest gain. Marty Gilbert went the final yard for the TD.
After three games the following are the rushing yardage for the Cards: Dee Herren has 76 yards in 20 carries followed by Head with 47, Elms 34, Rochelle 30, Gilbert 29, Atwood 15, Jernstrom 14, McCullah 14, Johnson 8 and Mendez -12. Mike Johnson tossed 11 completions out of 30 passes for 139 yards and Mike Atwood completed five of nine passes for 98 yards and had two interceptions. Murray Fleming has caught 8 passes for 133 yards, Herren caught six passes for 74, Gilbert one for 22 and Paul one for 8..
Toreadore Soph Burns Cardinals 20-6. Last years champion Monterey is undefeated and leading the league again this year. They dominated the Cards even thought the score was only 20-6.
Coach Dan Albert’s Monterey teams have dominated the area since the late 1950’s, but this year his opponents were expecting to gain revenge. SC can tell you Albert has done a rush construction job. Monterey won their fourth straight and the score doesn’t indicate how one sided a contest it was. Monterey is known for great backs and have another one, who is a sophomore and has run the 40 yard dash in full uniform in five second flat. He picked up 106 yard in this his first game.
The Monterey defensive unit was fierce, holding the Cards to no first downs and minus 15 yards on the ground. Trailing 20-0 in the third quarter, the Cards never gave up. A 47 yard pass from Mike Johnson to Murray Fleming, who broke two tackles and out raced the rest to get to the end zone and make the score 20-6. Fleming was the lone bright spot of the evening. He picked up five aerials for a total of 87 yards. Allan Paul caught one pass for one yard. Rushers with positive yards were Gilbert with 12 yards and Jernstrom 2. Johnson completed seven of 13 passes for 88 yards and had one interception. Atwood threw four passes without a completion. SC ended up with minus 13 yards rushing and 42 yards on punt and kick off returns. Monterey scored in all quarters, but the last quarter.
Card Speed Burns Bucs 22-6. Harbor made a game of it in the first half as the score was tied 6-6, but Murray Fleming turned it into a one sided fray in the second half. Speedy Murray, the senior 175 pound end had his finest night of the season. He was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes from Mike Johnson and did an excellent job of punt and kickoff returns. Murray must share the honors with Marty Gilbert and Dee Herren, two hard running backs who made life miserable for the losers. The game was a return to form for the Cards. They played back to their opening game. After stopping a Harbor drive on the 12, SC drove 88 yards in 16 plays. The longest gain and the key play was the scoring pass from Johnson to Herren with a third and ten on the 22. A screen pass to Herren ended up in the end zone to put the Cards up 6-0 in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Cards blew two scoring opportunities. One on a fumble at the Harbor 15 and the other on an interception. Harbor came back to tie the score 6-6 at the end of the half. Early in the third quarter the Cards took over on the Harbor 33 after a 12 yard punt return by Fleming. From the 32 Johnson found Fleming behind his defender, hit him in the chest and he scored untouched. Gary Rochelle raced around end for the two point conversion. The next time SC received the ball it marched 43 yards to add icing on the cake. Again it was Fleming made a circus catch off a low 11 yard pass while diving out horizontally in the end zone. The Cardinal offense against Harbor had balance as the Cards gained 138 yards in the air and 159 on the ground for a total of 297 compared with 165 total yards for Harbor. Marty Gilbert and Dee Herren combined to gain 116 yards. Joe Thuringer stopped a Harbor drive, by ripping through the Harbor line and throwing the quarterback for a 11 yard loss. Johnson completed 10 of 16 pass attempts for 138 yards. Marty Gilbert was the top rusher with 16 carries for 80 yards followed by Herren with 36 yards, Johnson 19, Rochelle 11, Head 6 and Fleming -2. Murray Fleming caught 4 passes for two touchdowns and 73 yards. Herren caught three passes for 42 yards, Gilbert 18 yards and Elms 6.
Cards Blow Lead, Defeated By Alisal in what can only be described as one helluva football game. SC had game control for nearly three quarters and led 19-6, blew it and then came within a whisker of winning it all. The game did not pack many thrills for the first three quarters, but the final 12 minutes packed more than an ordinary season. Key play was the try for the double extra point by SC when it was trailing by one, 25-26 with 2:01 remaining. The running game was nearly stifled as Johnson’s passing was the major reason for the Cards points. After falling back 19-26 in the fourth quarter, Johnson hit Herren for a six pointer to make the score 25-26. Willie Heads attempted sweep around end was ruled no good by the refs. But the SC crowd and team thought it was good. As time was running down the Cards tried an on side kick, but Alisal recovered and drove for a score to put the game away.
There were heroes aplenty. Junior quarterback Mike Johnson, may not be a picture passer, but completed 16 of 23 passes for two TD’s and 194 yards and no interceptions. Fleming caught 8 passes for 113 yards, plus returning a punt 50 yards for a touchdown. Dee Herren picked off four passes and returned one of them for a touchdown. He also scored again on a five yard scamper. The running game only gained 59 yards. SC opened the scoring midway through the first quarter, when Herren climaxed an 80 yard march with a five yards dive off left tackle, then went wide and out sped the defense. Marty Gilbert kicked the extra point.
In the second period Fleming took a high punt on the fifty yard line. SC blockers formed a beautiful picket line down the east side line and Murray turned on the steam. One tackler got a hand on his leg at the 20, but he shook it off and raced for six points. After recovering a fumble at the SC 31 Alisal scored. In the third quarter, Johnson faked to Gary Rochelle diving into the line, faded back and found Alan Paul in the end zone, where he made an over the shoulder catch for a score. Alisal scored again in the third quarter to make the score 19-12. But then with a relentless ground game, Alisal scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Down 26-19 SC reawakened with a fierce aerial attack that carried the Cards 66 yards in 11 plays. The capper was a screen pass to Herren for the final 8 yards. Then came the all important try for two points. Card rushing were Gilbert 26, Herren 14, Rochelle 12 and Head 12. Receiving Fleming 113, Herren 50, Paul 23, Gilbert 7 and Head 2.
The starting defensive lineup for Seaside; Ends, Bert West and Marty Gilbert; tackles, Ben Krupp and Joe Thuringer; Middle guard, Gene Anderson; Linebackers, Don Carniglia and Gary Rochelle; Halfbacks, Rick McCullough and Willie Head; Safety, Dave Mendez and Monster, Steve Vomvolakis.
Cardinal Offense Explodes For 39-26 Victory over Seaside. SC quarterback Mike Johnson, created an aerial circus, passing four times for pay dirt. He completed 13 of 17 passes for 178 yards. Willie Head gained 92 yards rushing and 16 receiving to lead the team in yards gained with 108. The Cards went quickly and forcefully to work on Seaside. The Card defense held Seaside on their first possession. Johnson went right to work hitting Fleming with a pass to the 30. Dee Herren challenged the Seaside nine man line and drove to the 20. Gilbert snatched a pass at the three and Johnson ran behind Paul Tanner the rest of the way on a quarterback sneak, just minutes into the first quarter. Seaside scored and the Cards followed suit with Herren and Gilbert running the ball to the one. A pass to Fleming surprised the Spartans for a second score. In the second quarter on a fake pass and run (called the Statue of liberty play) Willie Head takes the ball from behind Johnson’s head with his hand in passing position and ran from the 45 to the eight yard line. Herren gained five yards followed by a Johnson pass to Alan Paul for the score. A pass to Fleming added two for the PAT. Just before halftime, Johnson threw a screen pass to Gary Rochelle and then another pass to Tom Elms to make the score 26-6. The next touchdown included a 41 yard pass to Fleming and ended with a 16 yard pass to Head as Willie made a tumbling catch between the goal posts.
The last score came on a fake pass and run, when Head slipped around the left side unharmed. A Seaside lineman drove into Johnson knocking him to the ground, then rose and clapped his hands and smiled, until he looked down field to see the refs signaling a score. Don Carniglia kicked the extra point. The Cards rolled up 409 yards to Seaside’s 236. Johnson Completed 12 of 17 passes for four TD’s and 178 yards. Rushing for the Cards: Head 92, Herren 60, Gilbert 44, Elms 30, Rochelle 10, Johnson 4, Bridinger 2 and Mendez 1. Receiving: Fleming 84, Gilbert 34, Paul and Rochelle 19, Elms and Head 16 and Herren 6 yards. The Cards out gained the Spartans 408 yards to 243.
Pre game for Watsonville from the Trident. At this point in the season Junior Mike Johnson is tied for second place in the Central Coast Section with 10 touchdown passes. The leaders have 12.. Mike has completed 59 of 98 passed for 737 yards. Senior Dee Herren is among the scoring leaders with 30 points. Injuries to Gary Dinatale, Gary Marrietti and Len Pearson has hurt the defense. So far this year Dee Herren and Marty Gilbert are two of the finest rushers in the area. They have ample help from Willie Head, Gary Rochelle and Tom Elms. The Cards have fine blocking from tackles, Ben Krupp and Jerry Vellutini; guards, Gene Anderson and Cory Brown and center, Paul Tanner. Ends are Alan Paul and Murray Fleming, one of the best on the Central Coast. Fleming has 30 catches so far. The Bird defense is highlighted by an exceptional secondary and a hard rushing front line. Watsonville and SC have identical 2-5 MBL records.
Late Card Surge Nets 28-18 Win over Watsonville. SC scored in bursts, tallying a quick 14 points and then lost the advantage before tapping 14 more digits late in the third quarter. SC was badly hurt with penalties giving up 70 yards. The Cards tallied first on a 29 yard run by Dee Herren. With four minutes left in the quarter, Murray Fleming fielded a punt and ran 96 yards for a score, but it was called back on a red flag. (A picture in the Trident shows Murray running free with everyone else far behind.) Two plays later Tom Elm raced for 86 yards and an ensuing pass for the extra point made the score 14-0. A Card fumble just before half time allowed the Cats to make the score 14-6.
In the fourth quarter Watsonville went ahead 18-14. The Cards mounted a 65 yard drive to pay dirt. Elms and Herren handled the ball carrying chores to get the Cards to the Cat 26 yard line. Johnson hit Fleming with a 26 yard pass for the score and again to Fleming for the extra point. Starting on the Cat 45, Tom Elms ran for 19 yards and at the same time added 15 yards for a Cat personal foul. Gary Rochelle finished off the drive with a one yard run with two minutes left. The Cards out gained the Cats 357 yards to 176. Elms carried 11 times for 149 yards, Herren carried 16 times for 87 yards and Rochelle carried 5 times for 14. Johnson completed 9 out of 19 passing attempts for 125 yards. Fleming caught five passes for 91 yards followed by Herren with 37.
Pre game for Aptos. The Cards will be going for their third straight victory. According to coach Logan, the team is still operating below their potential and he expects them to have a downpour of points. According to the Aptos coach, they have spent most of their time in practice working on stopping the Cards big offensive weapons Murray Fleming and Dee Herren. It is expected that Fleming one of the best ends to come through Santa Cruz area in some time will be Johnson’s main target again tonight. The offensive lineup stays almost the same as the beginning of the season except at guard where Cory Brown and Gene Anderson have started most of the time. The backs for this game will be Herren, Elms and Rochelle. On defense: Ends, Bert West and Marty Gilbert; Tackles, Ben Krupp (going both ways) and Joe Thuringer; Middle guard, Gene Anderson (two ways); Line backers, Don Carniglia and Rochelle (two way); The backs are the same.
Cards Explode For 42-20 Victory over Aptos. But the Cards did not score until the second quarter when they rang up 30 points. On a 61 yard, eight play drive, Dee Herren ran for 21 yards down the right sideline for the first score.. A Johnson pass to Fleming was good for a two point PAT. Dave Mendez sent the kick off deep in Mariner territory and the runner was quickly stopped by Dennis Tietz. A short Aptos punt gave the Cards possession on the Aptos 25. Four plays later Tom Elms broke through the middle for six yards and a TD. A pass for the extra point failed. After Aptos failed to move the ball the Cards took over on their own 42. Guided by nice runs by Elms and Herren and a 29 yards pass from Johnson to Fleming had the Cards scoring in five plays. A Johnson to Herren pass was good for the two point conversion. Again the Cards took over on their own 44. Marty Gilbert on first down went the whole distance, 56 yards for the score. Johnson to Willie Head for a two point conversion ended the half SC 30-6. SC scored the first two times they had the ball in the second half. The first score of the half took only four plays and ended with a Johnson to Fleming pass for 28 yards. The last score resulted from a fumble recovery on their own 43. A eight yard run by Elsm and a 31 yard pass to Fleming put the ball on the Aptos 18. Johnson tossed to Herren to make the score 48-6. Card subs finished the game and Aptos scored two touchdowns. The following players had a chance to touch the ball either running or receiving passes: Dave Mendez, Ken Rodkey, Bob Atwood, Kurt Jernstrom, Rick McCullah and Willie Head.
With this win the Cards have won three games in a row. The Cards out gained Aptos 418 yards to 160. Johnson completed 10 of 22 passes for two touchdowns and 190 yards. Receiving passes Fleming 113 yards, Herren 49, Paul 12, Rodkey 11 and Rochelle 5. Rushing were Herren 83, Gilbert 50, Elms 36, Head 27, Johnson 12, Jernstrom 10, Mendez 7 and McCullah 5.
Soquel pre game from Trident by Casey Tefertiller. Birds Fly To Dented Knight. Flitting out of a three game win streak, SC meets Soquel at Cards homecoming game for the county championship. This clash does not hold the importance of the last two years in which either one or the both of the squads were going for the league championship, But Santa Cruz County’s top crew will be the one with the higher score. The wingers hold a 4-4 record in league, while the Knights are 5-3. Stepping into recent history, Soquel took last year’s match in a poorly refereed game. This dropped SC from a tie for the league crown. Two years ago, both reached this point with undefeated records. SC tallied in the final seconds to win the MBL title.
The Knights were expected to be a runaway winner of the MBL this season, but were hit with injuries to their top five players, including their quarterback. SC and Soquel both carry impressive streaks into this game, the Cards with three wins and the Knights thrice rusted. The Cards powerful attack starts with the offensive line of Jerry Vellutini and Ben Krupp at tackle, Gene Anderson and Corry Brown at guard and Paul Tanner at center. Then come the super flyers Tom Elms, Willie Head, Marty Gilbert led by Dee Herren. A key in the game could be how the iron gloves of whichever Knight cover Murray Fleming one of the finest pass receiver to grace the MBL in many years. Some teams have tried to double coverage to stop Murr. If they do, it will result in long gainers to the other end Alan Paul.
Soquel Over Santa Cruz 21-12. The Knights scored all three of their touchdowns in the first half then outlasted the game Redbird unit over the second half for a 21-12 win. On the first play of the second half, Mike Johnson threw a 50 yard pass to Alan Paul down to the Knight 19. Johnson then passed to Murray Fleming for ten yards to the nine yard line. Three plays later Johnson went to Fleming again with a three yard pass for a score. Willie Head tried to sweep end for the two point conversion, but was stopped. In the fourth quarter another long bomb of 55 yards accounted for most of the yardage down to the eight yard line. Tom Elms scored on the next play behind the blocking of center Paul Tanner.
Overlooked in it all was the performance of Johnson. Despite six interceptions, Johnson had a good game. Mike completed 13 of 26 pass for 138 yards. He really stood up to the fierce defensive rush put on by the Knights. He was decked more then once by vicious hits, but bounced back up each time. The Cards out gained the Knights 321 to 246, but two fumbles and six interceptions slowed down the Card offense. Receiving yards gained by the Cards were Murray Fleming 87, Gary Rochelle 69, Tom Elms 34, Dee Herren 32 and Alan Paul 16. Rushing yards were Herren 58, Head 13, Elms 11 and Johnson 2.
Mike Johnson was the MBL touchdown pass leader with 13 and had the team rolling at the end of the year.
Santa Cruz Sentinel Team Stats for the season
Scores by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total points
Opponent 32 61 51 56 200
Santa Cruz 47 57 59 53 216
Team Stats SC Opponents
First downs 124 109
Rushing yardage 1269 1267
Passing yardage 1388 741
Return yardage 659 705
Passes 180-93 107-42
Fumbles lost 14 8
Yards penalized 697 665
Individual scoring by name, touchdowns scored, points on conversions and total points.
TD PAT TP
Herren 9 3 60
Fleming 9 3 60
Elms 4 0 24
Gilbert 3 1 20
Head 2 2 16
Paul 2 0 12
Johnson 1 1 8
Atwood 1 0 6
Rochelle 1 0 6
Mendez 0 1 2
Carniglia 0 1 2
Totals 32 12 216
Individual Rushing stats by name, total times carried the ball and net yards gained
Herren 115 471
Gilbert 55 289
Elms 41 260
Head 29 90
Rochelle 21 76
Johnson 31 41
Jernstrom 17 35
McCullah 4 19
Birdinger 1 2
Fleming 1 -2
Atwood 12 -8
Mendez 3 -4
Totals 330 1269
Individual receiving stats by name, number of catches, touchdowns scored and net yards gained.
NC TD NYG
Fleming 50 7 802
Herren 21 4 287
Gilbert 7 1 80
Paul 6 0 62
Elms 3 1 56
Rochelle 4 0 83
Head 1 0 16
Totals 93 16 1388
Individual passing stats by name, passes attempted, passes completed, touchdown passes thrown and net yards gained.
ATT C TD NYG
Johnson 166 88 14 1290
Atwood 13 5 2 98
Herren 1 0 0 0
Totals 180 93 16 1388
Team captains Jerry Vellutini and Murray Fleming.
In Sentinel end of the season recap there was a list of the area all time receivers with there year that they played and number of passes the caught. Murray Fleming was third on the list with 50 passes caught in 1969 and Tom Mitchell at thirteenth with 38 passes caught in 1968.
Dee Herren was nominated to the National Football Hall of Fame for his skill with the ball, including his performance, his attitude, his leadership and citizenship.
Murray Fleming was team MVP. Murray received a certificate of Nomination for his outstanding performance and ability on the football field to be nominated as a member of the 1970 Shrine North-South All Star Football Squad by the selection committee, composed of sports writers and coaches throughout the State of California.
Murray Fleming was the only Santa Cruz county player mention by the San Jose Mercury on their dream football team. He was an honorable mention. Only one other player from the league was honored, Hagood from Monterey was a first team defensive line backer. The Mercury had eleven players on offense and eleven on defense and the rest of the players were honorable mention. A big honor for Murray.
Local newspapers, excluding the Trident met to form an All County team. Six Cards were selected. On offense were seniors, guard Gene Anderson, end Murray Fleming and back Dee Herren, junior quarterback Mike Johnson. Defensively Marty Gilbert and Jerry Vellutini were selected.
Sentinel All County team: Lineman of the Year, Murray Fleming. Coach of the Year: Norman Costa of Holy Cross (a former Cardinal)
Offense: senior end, 5-10, 165, Murray Fleming; Senior guard, 6-1, 195 pound, Gene Anderson; Junior quarterback, 6-0, 165 pound Mike Johnson; Senior back, 5-10, 180 Dee Herren.
Defense: senior end, 5-11 185 pound Marty Gilbert; senior tackle, 6-1 190 pound, Jerry Vellutini. Honorable mention: Ben Krupp and Rick McCullah.
End Murray Fleming at 5”10”, 165 pounds was the lone Cardinal selected to the ALL MBL team. Fleming was the top receiver in the MBL this season with 50 receptions for 802 yards, good for seven touchdowns. Fleming’s statistics averaged out to 17 yards per catch.
For the ALL MBL squad, twelve players were picked for a offensive team and thirteen on the defensive team for a 25 man squad. Co-champion Salinas and Monterey dominated the team with Salinas placing nine players and Monterey four. Honorable mention for the Cards were Mike Johnson, Gene Anderson, Dee Herren, Jerry Vellutini, Rick McCullah, Ben Krupp and Gary Rochelle.
JV FOOTBALL Practice game San Jose 6-0. League: Salinas 14-24, North Salinas 0-29
(No squad names listed in either the yearbook or Trident)
Milt Thompson started the season off with a 45 yards run for a touchdown and only score of the game against San Jose High. Top players on defense were Alex Bastine, Bill Scott, John Bertucelli and Manuel Alvarez.
In the first league game Salinas defeated the Cards 14-24. The two scores were by Kelly Graff on a 20 yard romp and Rick Tripp tallied from 25 yards out. Milt Thompson suffered a broken leg, but was reported in good condition. (Milt had to have a rod put in his leg and was in the hospital for two weeks)
North Salinas registered a 29-0 victory.
League: Aptos 14-0, Harbor 14-6, Soquel won.
(No squad names listed in either the yearbook or Trident)
Wayne Royals led the way with to victory over Aptos 14-0, by scoring on a 80 yard kickoff return and a 25 yard sweep. Craig Deane and Chuck Strong were commended for their defensive play.
Chuck Strong running like a steamroller over fresh tar, helped the Cardlets steam over Harbor 14-6. Strong scored both touchdowns on runs of five and one yards. Craig Deane marched in for the conversions.
It has taken four years for the team to win its first league match. With just five runners, the complete squad beat 35 runners from North Salinas 27-28. The reason for this is only the scores of five runners are counted. The lowest score wins as winning runner receives one point, the second place runner two points, so the team with the higher placed runners will have the lowest score. SC runners and place they took: Doug Huskey, 1; Casey Webber, 4; Elloy Villa, 5; Paul Goodrich, 7; and Sam Villa, 10. Adding these places up comes out to 27.
In a five way meet with Alisal, Monterey, Soquel and Watsonville the Cards placed last.
There were a lot of terrific sophomores this year, but performance wise Eloy Villa was the outstanding member of the squad. He consistently ran well throughout the season. Eloy won the sportsmanship trophy for cross country. Brother Sam’s highlight of the season was his best run ever in the City Meet. He is also a top wrestler and cross country is good training for it. Bruce Hunter came out a little late, but improved tremendously. Dave Gallacinao showed a lot of improvement. Norman Eldridge was using this time to improve himself for track. The only junior was Casey Webber, who was one of the top runners on the team. There were two returning lettermen seniors. Paul Goodrich started out as the fifth man and through hard work, such as running up to UCSC every afternoon improved steadily and by the end of the season was the best Cardinal in the league meet. Paul’s comment on the endless miles a runner has to put in. “After the frantic surge at the start there is the long tour through the countryside. This is the beautiful part of the run, when you forget about your striving feet, your breath rasping in your throat, beauty and nature surround you, instilling an inward calm, a sense of unity with the world and the other runners.” Doug Huskey, who reported on the cross country this season without much individual information until this last column was a four year lettermen and over that period of time has been on of the Cards best runners.
WATER POLO is not a recognized yet as an official league sport. The participants play for the enjoyment and love of the sport. As in basketball the teams use man for man, zone and full court press defenses and passing in attempting to score. Shooting and handling the ball while swimming takes a lot of skill. It is very tiring and takes physical endurance. The matches are extremely rough and has strict rules and fouls. Free shots are given, when fouls are committed. Players are in swimming position throughout the games and can not touch the bottom of the pool. A soccer sized rubber or leather ball is used to through the ball into a net hanging in the goal post which are 10 feet wide and go three feet above the water level. Seven players make up a team made up of a goalie, three forwards and three guards and the game is broken up into four quarters.
The varsity squad members are captain Don Foster, Karl Fieberling, Paul Darling, Roger Elledge, Byron Foster, Dennis Finnegan, Anton Kerkove, Mike Jones and Robert Bivins. Coach Al Wiemers.
JV team members were Kurt Calender, Mike Foster, Matt Lezin, Mike Carmell, Steve Gray, Howard Connor, Ted McElroy, Jim Smith, Bob Demos, Sam Huff, Joe Kapp, Ray Niteschi, and Steve Withrow.
Aqua Boys Sunk Twice. Lost to RLS 5-21 and Live Oak 6-24. Don Foster scored all five points against RLS. Scoring against Live Oak was Dave Foster 3, Kerkove 2 and Byron Foster 1. In a JV match against Live Oak it was an identical score 6-24.
Commuting frequently between the winning and losing tracks the squads split their last four seasonal contests. The water birds won over Soquel and Seaside, but lost to a more experienced Carmel and to Harbor 4-14. The record so far is 2-4. The first victory of the season was a 11-2 win over Soquel. Goalies Roger Elledge and Dennis Finnegan traded off holding down the Knights.
Drips take two from Harbor winning the varsity 10-3 and losing the JV 4-5. Staring for the varsity, once again was Don Foster, who added five more notches to his belt. Paul Darling added three goal tosses. The score was tied at half time 2-2, but the birds out scored Harbor 8-1 in the second half. Goalie Mike Jones held the Bucs to one goal the second half. Standing out in this fierce rivalry’s statistics were the 13 team fouls by the Cards and 11 for Harbor. There were in addition numerous turnovers involving contestants touching the bottom of the pool. The team record is now 4-4.
The JV game was an exciting see saw affair. The Cards tied the game at four all in the fourth quarter on a shot by Matt Lezin, but Harbor came back to score with 30 seconds left to play.
Top performances by forwards Don Foster scored 6 and Dennis Finnegan 5 while piloting the Cards to a 16-2 rout of Soquel. Bryon Foster added three goals. A chirping SC offense managed to fire in both short and long range goals as the Cards put across six points in the second quarter and five in the third. SC threw into the net 16 of the 32 shots taken for 50 percent. Mike Jones only allowed 2 goals out of the 8 shots by the Knights.
The squad ended the season in a blaze of glory taking both Soquel and Harbor, who had won the first encounter, to end the season 4-4. The junior varsity record of 0-7 does not show their hard work and close competitiveness during the season. An excellent example was the 4-5 squeaker loss to Harbor as time ran out. Matt Lezin proved himself as an all around player both in shooting ability and aggressiveness on defense. Seeing a lot of action at the goalie position, Sophomore Mike Carmel showed he is a good prospect for varsity. Carmell amazingly whacked away three consecutive Buc goal attempts within seconds of each other. Starter Ted McElroy missed most of the season with a broken leg.
The most consistent part of the Cards’ offense throughout the season was senior captain Don Foster, who was the only returning veteran. Excluding the Seaside match, Don totaled 24 points during the season for an average of 3 points a game. Other key performers were Byron Foster who contributed 11 points. Even though he missed the first two contest, Paul Darling stood out for both his defense and play making. Roger Elledge, Dennis Finnegan and Mike Jones all were called upon to defend the Cards’ goal during the course of the season.
WRESTLING There was a three way tie for the MBL championship between Harbor, Alisal and Salinas. Santa Cruz finished in fourth place. The season record was 9-4. The JV team record was 8-4-1.
The Cards took second place at the Gonzales Invitational Tournament.
The team also participated in the Harbor and Del Mar tournaments were some awards were won and will show at the end of this section.
The highlight of the season was the excellent performances of team leader Craig Deane a first place finisher and Bill Scott a third place finish at the MBL Tournament. They both qualified through league, area and section tournaments for a berth in the Northern California finals. At the CCS finals Scott took second place and Deane grabbed third.
AT NORTHERN CAL CHAMPIONSHIP, CRAIG DEANE WINS 148 POUND TITLE. Deane won three matches against the best in the North state to claim the title. His biggest assets are his power, energetic style and the fact that he does not tire easily. Bill Scott was eliminated earlier in the tournament against the very best wrestlers in the North.
With only two seniors on the team Frank Mendez and Gary Rochelle, who were elected captains, the Cards are looking forward to another highly successful season. There is a strong group of juniors, which ensures a strong future. Forty boys participated in the program this year. Head coach Tex Ronning and assistant Larry Maibaum
Two wresters placed in the Novice tournament, Nate Curtis with a second and Bill Ray a fourth.
At the beginning of the season the Cards were impressive in winning by high scores against Branham and Mountain View. Bill Scott, Marty Gilbert and Craig Deane have been quite impressive.
Against a tough Hollister team a win in the last match by Steve Poston allowed the Cards to come from behind to tie. Bill Scott and Rick Hope picked up decisions in the lighter weights. The Cards returning superman, Craig Deane pinned his man. Paul Tanner and Marty Gilbert collected wins to put the Cards within two points going into the last match which Poston won.
SC Wrestlers Win 9 Out of 11 Matches in a practice meet with Soquel. Rick Hope, Ron Staub, Frank Mendez and Craig Deane came through with smart performances in the overwhelming SC victory.
In a match with league championship contender Watsonville the Cards pulled out a 29-27 win on the last match by Steve Poston again winning as he did against Hollister. Going into the last match the score was 26-25 SC. Poston’s opponent scored two points on a takedown, but with his teammates yelling Steve scored three points for the win 29-27. In a meet that almost brought the rafters down., there were eight pins in the meet. For the Cards Kevin O’Conner, Gary Rochelle and Frank Mendez all come through with important pins. Craig Deane and Bill Scott won their matches.
At the Gonzales tourney the Cards showed power at the lower weights, when Steve Hope at 95 pounds took first place and joined Eloy Villa at 103 and Bill Scott at 112 winning individual awards. Strong man Gary Rochelle reached the finals, but was downed by decision to take second place.
In the final dual meet of the year the Cards lost to Monterey 23-29.
A list of won and loss records for the top wrestlers.
Juniors Craig Deane 20-2-3, Rick Hope 6-5. Paul Tanner 44-5-2.
Sophomore Steve Hope 10-1. Eloy Villa 13-5. Bill Scott 17-4.
Team members were: Steve Hope, Eloy Villa, Bill Scott, Rick Hope, Frank Mendez, Kevin O’Connor, Gary Rochelle, Craig Deane, Bill Kiff, Gary Dinatale, Paul Tanner, Ron Staub, Steve Poston, Steve Roland, Corey Brown, Jack Johnson, Sam Villa, David Reddell, Dennis Clark, Rick Nelson, John Glines, Jurt Jernstrom, Tom Cooper, Mike Clark, Vince Enrico, Mike Serbinski, Juan Alvarez and Dennis Meakin.
Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in the tournament (will just use the number instead of writing out first place as 1 standing for first place):
Steve Hope 95, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 3
Eloy Villa, 103, Harbor Tourney 3, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 4
Bill Scott, 112, Del Mar Tourney 2, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 3, CCS Tourney 2
Frank Mendez, 127, Co-captain, Harbor Tourney 4, MBL Tourney 4
Gary Rochelle, 138, Co-captain, Harbor Tourney 3, Del Mar Tourney 2, Gonzales Tourney 2, MBL Tourney 2
Craig Deane, 145, Harbor Tourney 1, Del Mar Tourney 1, Gonzales Tourney 3, MBL Tourney 1, CCS Tourney 3
Paul Tanner, 175, MBL Tourney 4.
Other first stringers were: Rick Hope, 133; Kevin O’Connor, 127; Bill Kiff, 154; Gary Dinatale, 165; Ron Staub, 191 and Steve Poston, heavyweight.
Special Awards–Most Pins, Bill Scott;
Most Takedowns, Bill Scott;
Most Improved, Eloy Villa;
Most Valuable, Craig Dean;
Team Captains, Gary Rochelle and Frank Mendez.
BASKETBALL (For extended information the Trident was the source and for mainly game statistics, the official scorebook was the source. Games with a lot of information came from the Sentinel)
Practice games: Los Gatos 40-51, SLV 60-50. Dads Club tournament: Aptos 61-71, Soquel 59-47, SLV 51-58. Cabrillo Tournament: Piedmont Hills 53-59, Fremont of Sunnyvale 29-79, Holy Cross 72-65 for seventh place. Practice record 3-5. League: Alisal 68-100, 58-94; Seaside 64-72, 86-78; Monterey 51-80, 55-75; Aptos 51-48, 61-73; Watsonville 46-58, 48-78; North Salinas 53-48, 49-66; Salinas 47-66, 51-67; Harbor 34-56, 63-68; Soquel 57-70, 39-45. League record 3-15. Season record 6-20.
After three straight league championships and four championships out of the last five years, this team has only one returning player, Ben Krupp. Those who will be contributing are seniors Dennis McCarthy and Alan Paul, sophomore Dave Martini, juniors Rick Hoefer, Vince Wilson, Steve Ellis, Mike Johnson, Jeff Davis, John Bertuccelli and Bill Parmenter. Part way through the season Gordon Crafts, Dave Mendez and Scott Barber were added to the team.
Los Gatos defeated the Cards 51-40 in the season opener. The score was tied at 11-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Cards won the second quarter 11-6 to lead at halftime 22-17, but the second half was another story. Los Gatos out scored the Cards 19-8 in the third quarter. Scoring: McCarthy 7, Martini 8, Krupp 9, Hoeffer 9, Wilson 4, Paul 2 and Parmenter 1.
Cards win their first game defeating SLV 60-50. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied 16-16. At halftime it was SLV 32-28, but SC came out strong in the third quarter and outscored the Cougars 15-8 and also took the fourth quarter 17-10. The Cards shot well at the foul line going 18 for 24 at 75 percent accuracy. From the foul line, Ben Krupp went 6 for 7, Dave Martini 10 for 15, Rick Hoefer and Vince Wilson when 1 for 1. Scoring: Ellis 2, Hoefer 3, Krupp 10, Martini 24, McCarthy 4, Paul 4 and Wilson 13.
In the first game of the Dads Club Tournament, Aptos outscored the Cards in the fourth quarter 27 to 19 to win 71-61. SC led 14-12 in the first quarter and the score was tied at halftime 32-32, but Aptos went ahead 44-42 at the end of the third quarter. The Cards foul shooting dropped off to 11 for 19 or 58 percent. Scoring: Krupp 16, Martini 11, McCarthy 8, Wilson 17, Hoefer 6, Parmenter 2 and Paul 1.
Cards win over Soquel 59-47 in the second game of the Dads Club. SC behind the eight points scored by Rick Hoefer and six by Dave Martini went ahead 15-8 in the first quarter. Both teams scored 14 points in the second quarter, as SC still led 29-22 at the half. It was still close in the third quarter with the Cards still ahead. 40-32. Steve Ellis and Dennis McCarthy each with 5 points and Ben Krupp with 6 points carried the team in the fourth quarter as they won the quarter 19-15. SC did better at the foul line going 23 of 37 for 62 percent. Dave Martini was 9 of 11. Scoring: Ellis 5, Hoefer 11, Martini 15, McCarthy 6, Wilson 5, Krupp 10, Paul 7, Parmenter 0 and Davis 0.
SLV won the consolation championship of the Dads Club, defeating the Cards 58-51. The game was decided in the third quarter, when the Cougars outscoring the Cards 20 to 12. SLV won the first quarter 16-9, but the Cards came back in the second quarter behind the sharp shooting of Vince Wilson’s 10 points, to go ahead 30-29 at halftime. The four quarter was a 9-9 tie, but the third quarter was the deference in the game. Ben Krupp went 5 for 5 from the line and the team went 11 for 16. 70 percent. Scoring: McCarthy 12, Paul 2, Hoefer 6, Martini 7, Wilson 11, Krupp 13 and Ellis 0.
Alisal hit’s the century mark against the Cards winning 100-68. Ten players scored for Alisal and nine players scored for SC. Alisal had six players in double figures and SC had four. Alisal scored over 20 points in every quarter. In the last quarter scoring, SC tied the Trojans 24-24 . Scoring: McCarthy 2, Paul 3, Hoefer 2, Martini 14, Wilson 15, Krupp 13, Ellis 10, Parmenter 7 and Davis 2.
Seaside downs Cards 72-64. The Cards were ahead 14-11 at the first quarter, 32-31at halftime and down one 46-47 at the end of the third quarter. Seaside’s top two scorer scorers tallied 35 and 24 points for a total of 59 points out of Seaside’s 72 total points. The three other scorers had 8, 3 and 2 points. The Cards has a much better balance in their scoring. SC hit 18 of 26 from the line for 69 percent. Scoring: McCarthy 2, Paul 7, Hoefer 8, Martini 22, Wilson 11, Krupp 11, Ellis 1 and Parmenter 2.
In the first game of the Cabrillo Tournament, the Cards led all the way through the end of the third quarter 39-37, but Piedmont Hills out scored SC 22-14 in the final quarter to take the game 59-53. The Cards led 16-11, 33-23 at halftime and 39-37 to start the fourth quarter, where they were outscored 22-14. For the second game in a row SC faded in the final quarter. SC went 15 for 19 for 79 percent shooting at the foul line. From the foul line, Ellis went 4 for 4, Wilson and Krupp 2 for 2, McCarthy 1 for 1, Paul 1 for 2 and Martini 5 for 8. Scoring: McCarthy 1, Paul 5, Hoefer 2, Martini 17, Wilson 8, Krupp 8, Ellis 10 and Parnenter 2.
In the second game of the Cabrillo Tournament it was no contest as Fremont of Sunnyvale trounce SC 74-29. The first quarter was a sign of what was to come, as the Cards were down 21-8 right off the bat. A sample of the Cards shooting was their foul shooting only 9 for 24.. Bill Parmenter had a big fourth quarter scoring all his nine points then. Scoring: McCarthy 0, Paul 1, Hoefer 4, Martini 2, Wilson 5, Krupp 4, Ellis 4, Parmenter 9, Dave Mendez. Jeff Davis, Gordon Crafts and John Eicholz all 0.
SC defeats Marello 72-65 for seventh place at the Cabrillo Tournament. The game was tight until the second half when the Cards went ahead by outscoring the Panthers 23 to 13 in the third quarter to go ahead 50-42. Marello won the last quarter by one point 23-22. The first quarter was tied 14-14. At halftime Marello was ahead 29-27 and then SC made their push, led by Dave Martini’s 10 points in the second half. The Cards won the game at the foul line hitting 30 of 44 for 68 percent. Martini was 10 of 12, Steve Ellis 7of 9, Allan Paul 3 of 4 and Bill Parmenter 3 of 5. Scoring: McCarthy 0, Paul 3, Hoefer 0. Martini 22, Wilson 15, Krupp 14, Ellis 11 and Parmenter 7.
Back into league play and to start the new year, SC lost to Monterey 51-80. The first quarter was Monterey 18-14 and then the Toreadors kicked it into overdrive and outscored the Cards 20-10 in the second quarter to go ahead 38-24 at half. SC played Monterey even in the last quarter. Their foul shooting stays steady going 21 of 31 for 68 percent. Scoring: McCarthy 0, Paul 8, Hoefer 4, Martini 7, Wilson 6, Krupp 9, Ellis 11, Parmenter 4, Dave Mendez 2 and Jeff Davis 0.
Cards win their first league game by beating Aptos 51-48 at the Civic Auditorium. Aptos led 15-14 at the quarter. SC held the Mariners to four points in the second period while scoring only nine themselves with four players scoring, to take the lead 23-19.. At the end of the third quarter the Cards held a one point lead 36-35. In the final quarter, Dave Martini went 5 for 6 from the foul line and added two buckets to score nine of the Cards 16 point, Vince Wilson added 5 points and Ben Krupp two points as SC outscored the Mariners 16-14. The Cards foul shooting fell off some as they hit on only 13 of 23 for 57 percent. Scoring: McCarthy 2, Paul 1, Hoefer 0, Martini 17, Wilson 12, Krupp 13, Ellis 4 and Parmenter 2.
Watsonville’s ‘Platoon’ Out Mans Cards 58-46. With 11 of 12 players scoring, the Cats defeated the out manned the short handed Cards. Watsonville has a 11-3 overall record and is 4-2 in league. Watsonville using a platoon system throughout the game, at times substituting five players at one time. The Cards were only down 9-12 after the initial period. But the second stanza was disastrous for the Red Birds as the Cats outscored them 14- 7 to go ahead 26-16 at halftime. Three minutes before the third period buzzer, Dave Martini hit two free throws to narrow the score to 38-26. SC initiated an aggressive press. At first, the press was most effective, rattling the Cats into mistakes as the Cards closed it to nine points, 29-38, thanks to a three point play by Bill Parmenter, who had been fouled on a successful lay in. Just when it appeared SC might gain momentum, the roof fell in, when a revitalized Watsonville defense forced two successive turnovers, which the Cats turned into field goals. Vince Wilson hit from the corner to disrupt the Cats run, but the Cats regained their 15 point bulge. Watsonville at one time had a 20 point lead, but a last ditch Card rally, sparked by Dennis McCarthy and Parmenters hustle at least made the score some what more respectable. SC outscored the Cats 15-12 in the final quarter, but by that time, it was out the window. Martini thanks to a nine for 12 night at the free throw line tallied 13 points to top Cards scorers. Ben Krupp added eight and the other six Cards all scored. Scoring: McCarthy 3, Paul 5, Martini 13, Wilson 5, Krupp 8, Ellis 5, Parmenter 5, Mendez 2.
Santa Cruz Trims Vikings 53-48 in a come from behind win. A steal at half court by Alan Paul, who picked off a dribble and as he was going up for the basket he was fouled. He scored the basket and the foul shot for a three point play to give the Cards a 49-48 lead with 1:57 left for their second league victory. North Salinas dropped to 3-3. SC trailed most of the game, tying the score only twice before gaining the lead on Paul’s basket, but once the “Cards got in front, they were there to stay. SC ran off the games final nine points without yielding a score. On an air ball shot by the Vikings, Krupp rebounded, passed to Martini on the fast break, Martini was fouled and made his foul shot as the official called the foul before the shot attempt. Vince Wilson swished two foul shots to finish out the game with a five point lead. The Norseman led 29-21 at halftime. SC kept pace until the score ran to 35-26. Then they went to work. Martini made back to back assists to Alan Paul and Vince Wilson. Ben Krupp hit a pair of free throws and scored a basket on a fine pass from Wilson deep in the key helped tightened the match to 34-36 at the end of the third period.
SC started getting some good passes to the men under the basket. Krupp assisted on a Martini score and Steve Ellis hit Wilson for two for back to back SC scores. Bucket trading continued from there until late in the quarter, when down 44-48 Martini passed to Krupp for a score and an extra point on the foul to make the score 47-48. Then came Paul’s three pointer.
The Cards strong defense over the last half, particularly in the last period played a huge role in the comeback. With the Vikings behind, the Card defense was even tougher. SC got the boards and that helped a lot. Then they started picking off hurried Viking passes and that broke North Salinas. The Cards outscored the Vikings 13-7 in the third period and 19-12 in the fourth period.
Paul led the rebounding with 12, while Krupp picked off eight. Martini recorded eight assists and Krupp three. Senior power was evident as the top scorers were Ben Krupp and Alan Paul. It was senior center Ben Krupp’s best game this year scoring 16 points, showing some good moves around the basket and a lot of hustle. Allan Paul gave 110 percent down the stretch. He was everywhere, whether it was rebounding, scoring 15 points or breaking up passes. The Cards improved in every way most notably in ball handling. Dennis McCarthy’s skills put on quite a show in the second quarter.
This win found the Vikings without a win against SC in four years. Gordon Crafts has been move up from JV’s and Dave Mendez from last years lightweights and Scott Barber have been added to the team. Scoring: Paul 15, Martini 6, Wilson 8, Krupp 16, Ellis 8 and Parmenter 0.
Salinas lays out SC 66-47. Game over in the third period, when Salinas outscores the Cards 27-9. SC made a game out of it in the first half, being down only 23-29 at halftime. The Cards are still doing well at the foul line making 19 of 26 for 73 percent. Ben Krupp went 9 of 10, Alan Paul went 5 of 6, and Vince Wilson 5 of 7. Scoring: Paul 7, Ellis 0, Krupp 11, Wilson 17, Martini 6, Parmenter 0, McCarthy 6, Mendez 0 and Barber 0.
Soquel pulls away in the fourth quarter to win 70-57. The Cards led the first quarter 13-10, but Soquel went ahead 32-27 at halftime. SC closed it to 45-48 at the end of the third quarter. Soquel made 13 of 16 foul shots in the fourth quarter to pull away with the win. SC hit 15 of 20 foul shots for 75 percent, but Soquel made 22 of 30 for 73 percent. The Cards two top scorers Krupp and Martini fouled out, hurting the Cards. Scoring: Paul 10, Ellis 2, Krupp 24, Wilson 1, Martini 17, Parmenter 1, McCarthy 2, Mendez 0.
SC after holding a half time lead of 23-20 against Harbor, the Bucs bashed the Cards 19-6 in the third quarter to win 56-34. The first quarter was a 10-10 tie. The Cards led 23-20 at the half, but Harbor won the next two quarters 19-8 and 17-3. The Cards foul shooting was a poor 8 for 21. Sophomore Gordon Crafts up from the JV’s scored in the second and third quarters. Dave Martini the teams top scorer was unable to play, because of a knee injury. Scoring: Paul 6, Ellis 5, Krupp 11, Wilson 2, McCarthy 3, Parmenter 1, Mendez 2, Barber 0 and Crafts 4.
To start the second round of the league, Alisal did not hit the 100 mark this game, but came close, winning 94-58. The first quarter was as close as the Cards could get, behind 14-23, led by Steve Ellis with 7 points and Ben Krupp with 6. They came back in the last quarter and scored 18 points to Alisal’s 22. Ellis was 5 for 7 from the line and Ben Krupp was 6 of 8. Martini was still out with a knee problem. Dee Herren a starter for the lightweights last year and Jeff Gordon have been added to the team. Scoring: Paul 8, Ellis 15, Krupp 24, Wilson 0 and fouled out, Parmenter 6, Mendez 0, Barber 1, Crafts 3, Dee Herren 0 and Jeff Gordon 1.
Aptos downs SC 73-61 to avenge their first round loss. For the first time in a long while, the Cards had four players in double figures. Aptos led throughout the whole game — 17-11 in the first quarter, then 40-32 and 51-44. The Cards did outscore Aptos in the third quarter 17-11. The Cards were 15 of 23 from the line for 63 percent. Scoring: Paul 12, Ellis 0, Krupp 16, Wilson 12, Martini 13, McCarthy 2, Parmenter 2, Crafts 4.
Monterey takes down SC 75-55. Monterey led 19-14 at the quarter mark and 39-33 at halftime and up it to 53-43 at the end of the third quarter and then pulled away by ten more points in the fourth quarter. The Cards went 21 of 30, 70 percent from the foul line. Krupp was 7 of 8, Martini 4 for 4, Paul 2 for 2 and McCarthy 2 for 3. Gordon Crafts scored in each of the last three quarters. Scoring: Paul 8, Ellis 6, Krupp 13, Wilson 6, Martini 6, McCarthy 8, Parmenter 2, Crafts 6, Mendez 0 and Barber 0.
Cards astonish high ranking Seaside 86-78 by asserting their power in the second quarter. Seven Cards performed in this match, all with considerable success. Ben Krupp led the scoring with 30, followed by Vince Wilson with 26. Until this contest the most points tallied in a game by one Cardinal was 24. Wilson played one of the greatest games by a Cardinal so far this season. Vince continuously stole the ball from the Spartans and then take it for a score. Vince was also the top rebounded with 14. He was praise from every corner of the Auditorium. Krupp was also fantastic, in addition to his 30 points, he had 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Dave Martini had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Alan Paul also reached double figures with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Dennis McCarthy, Gordon Crafts and Steve Ellis were also impressive. The 5’ 9” McCarthy collected 6 rebounds and had 3 assists.
It all started routinely with Wilson hitting from the corner. The Cards held a slight edge at the end of first quarter 19-17. The second quarter was the finest of the season. The Cards scored six points before the Spartans could reach the scoreboard. Midway through the quarter the Cards had outscored the Spartans 19-5 to put the score at 44-22. Seaside came back to make the score 50-32. Seaside’s leading scorer has been the leading scorer in Northern California averaging 30 points a game. He found cold water in SC scoring only 17. The Cards were 28 of 41 from the line for 68 percent. Alan Paul was 9 for 11 and Krupp was 14 of 17 to lead the Cards at the line. Scoring: Paul 13, Ellis 0, Krupp 30. Martini 10, Wilson 26, McCarthy 4 and Crafts 3.
Wildcats Drill Cards 78-48. In a complete reversal from their rousing win over Seaside in their last game, the Cards fell back on their evil ways. Watsonville shot out to a 20-9 edge in the first quarter and remained in third place in league with the win. Alan Paul, Vince Wilson and Steve Ellis remained busy on offense all scoring in double figures. The Cards bounced back in the second quarter to be down 21-34. But in the third quarter Watsonville out scored them 23-10. Eleven Cat players scored and all scored three or more points.
Wilson helped the Cards with six rebounds and a pair of assists. Krupp was good for five off the backboards. Gordon Craft led the Cards in rebounding hauling down seven as the lanky junior netted six points to register another solid effort. The Cardinal consistency, which led to Seaside’s downfall, was not to be found this night. The Cats along with other teams in the MBL are making up for some lost time against SC this year, but the table could very well be turned again in the near future. Scoring Paul 15, McCarthy 0, Krupp 0, Wilson 13, Martini 2, Ellis 11, Crafts 6, Parmenter 1 and Mendez 0.
Salinas High Rambles To 67-51 Win Over SC. Salinas jumped out to an early lead, mostly on the strength of its rebounding dominance at both ends of the court. SC was usually only able to get off one shot each time down the floor. Salinas was getting second and third chances at the hoop and slowly pulled away. It was Salinas 18-9 at the end of the first quarter. It took over three minutes for the Cards to hit their first field goal. SC never recovered from the opening stanza. SC kept trying, but instead threw away passes and committing costly turnovers that added to the Cowboys cause. Salinas, at least doubled SC’s scoring efforts in each of the first three quarters. It wasn’t until the final quarter that the Cards put together a sustained attack, outscoring the host Cowboys 25-12. By that time the Salinas reserves were playing. SC wasn’t penetrating the Cowboy defense and was forced to shoot from outside. Scoring: Krupp 12, Wilson 7, Martini 4, McCarthy 2, Parmenter 2, Crafts 6, Paul 2, Mendez 0 and Barber 3.
The Cards have played Soquel twice, once in preseason and once in league and have split the games. In a very disappointing loss to Soquel the Cards led 32-28 at the end of the third quarter and held the lead 39-37 with three minutes left in the game. Soquel broke the SC press to tie the score and then put on their own press to win 45-39. Gordon Crafts led the rebounders with nine and Ben Krupp the scorers with 13. Scoring: Paul 5, Ellis 8, Krupp 13, Wilson 4, Martini 6, McCarthy 0, Crafts 3, Parmenter 3.
In a 63-68 loss to Harbor, several locals were impressive, mainly Vince Wilson who grabbed 12 rebounds and scored 15 points. Dave Martini took 12 off the boards, while passing for four assists. Ben Krupp and Steve Ellis scored in double figures. Harbor went out 19-15 in the first period and led 42-34 at halftime. Both teams scored 11 points in the third quarter and SC picked up three more points then the Bucs in the fourth quarter to lose by five points. The Cards were 21 of 33 from the foul line for 64 percent. Wilson went 9 or 10 at the line. Scoring: Paul 7, Ellis 11, Krupp 12, Martini 9, Wilson 15, McCarthy 5, Crafts 2 and Parmenter 2.
Vikings Finally Defeat Santa Cruz High, 66-49. It was a long time coming, but North Salinas finally beat a SC varsity basketball team, dropping the Cards into last place in the season finale. It was the first win over the Cards since 1966, when they won the first two games, but the Cards came back later in the same year with a win. North Salinas has chased the Cards for the MBL crown these last three years, always coming in second. Dave Martini led the Cards in scoring with 15 points, nine in the first quarter, when it looked as if SC had a chance to continue its mastery over North Salinas.
It wasn’t to be, as the Vikings forced SC turnovers and controlled the boards to pull away 20-12. By half North High led 41-28. The Cards won the third period 11-10. The Vikings finished with a 15-10 advantage in the fourth period, with reserves seeing much of the action on both sides. The Cards were 17 of 24 at the line for 71 percent. There were some bright spots for the SC future.
Sophomore Martini, of course, was a standout and appears to be recovering from a knee injury that hampered him much of the last part of the season. Vic Wilson and Gordon Crafts, particularly Crafts, topped off the season with strong games. Crafts spent only a portion of the season with the varsity, starting the year with the junior varsity. Each finished with 10 points. Scoring: Martini 15, Krupp 2, Wilson 10, McCarthy 4, Parmenter 2, Crafts 10, Paul 0, Barber 0 and Ellis 6.
Returning to the league cellar after a brief experience as up setters of two of the three top league teams North Salinas and Seaside, the Cards ended up in the cellar tied with Harbor with 3-15 records. There were only three seniors on this years team: Ben Krupp a returning varsity lettermen, Dennis McCarthy up from lightweights and Alan Paul up from the JV team. They all were starters this year along with Dave Martini and Vince Wilson.
Alisal kept the MBL’s record of coming in second at CCS intact for the third straight year. SC took second the first two years of section competition. It shows how tough the MBL league is.
Ben Krupp was the lone SC player to receive an honorable mention for All League. Krupp led the Cards in scoring with 238 points. Dave Martini led in rebounds with 122 and assists with 42. Alan Paul led in free throw accuracy hitting at a 78 percent rate and was second in assists with 41, just one back of the top 42..
Ben Krupp was awarded the Dads Club sportsmanship award. He also received a special award for combined scholar-athletic ability. Ben was a first string tackle on the football team.
LIGHTWEIGHT BASKETBALL Season record 17-6. The team ended the season winning seven of the last eight games. At the end of this section more information about losing wins by forfeiture in the first semester. League scores of the actual games played: North Salinas 63-49, won; Monterey 48-41, 79-48; Aptos win, 59-38; Watsonville win, loss; Harbor loss, win; Alisal loss, Seaside win. Salinas 57-53
After the forfeiture’s of all games before the end of the semester a 8-4 record became a 2-10 record official record.
First stringers were Kevin O’Connell, Glen Reed, Mike Ferrin, Tom Lusby and Pete Corneliussen. Top reserves were Robbie George, Harry Kypreos and Waland Childs. Other players were Mike Atwood, Manuel Alvarez, Stan Frazier, Jim Lyster, Rudy Cortez and Dan Urioste. The team was composed of all freshman and sophomores. Coach Jack Alzina.
A Cardlet win skein started with a 48-41 win over rough Monterey, who got within three points, before the Cardlets pulled away at the end. Top scorers were Mike Ferren with 16 and Glen Reed with 9. Tom Lusby, Ferrin and Robbie George were praised for their defensive effort.
In the following games against Aptos and Watsonville the Cardlets won both. Kevin O’Connell was outstanding against the Mariners popping in 17 points.
Balanced scoring by four players Glen Reed with 16, Pete Corneliussen and Kevin O’Connell with 13 apiece and Tom Lusby 11, extended the Cardlets win streak to four by easily defeating North Salinas 63-49.
Anchored by Kevin O’Connell’s 27 points, the Cardlets ran over Monterey 79-48. Big quarters were the second with 29 points scored and the third with 23, while holding Monterey to 6 and 15 points. There was praise for the whole team for their fine hustle on offense and defense. Glen Reed was next in score with 17.
In two losses to Harbor and Alisal, Tom Lusby responding to pressure swished 26 and 20 points.
Kevin O’Connell with 26 points and Pete Cornelissen with 11 paced the Cardlets to a 59-38 win over Aptos.
In one paragraph it said, the Cardlets won four games and lost one. The wins were against North Salinas, Soquel, Salinas and Seaside. The only loss was to Watsonville the MBL championship team.
In a comeback win over Salinas 57-53, the Cardlets outscored Salinas 16-11 to pull out the game. Leading scorers were Kevin O’Connell with 20 points followed by Tom Lusby, 16 and Pete Corneliussen 13. Other scorers were George 1, Reed 1, Ferrin 4 and Wayne Childs 2. Coach Alzina singled out Glen Reed for doing a fine job of rebounding, but stressed the victory was the result of an overall team effort.
With six players scoring in double figures the Cardlets totally destroyed Harbor 81-58. It was sweet revenge to an earlier loss to Harbor. The Cardlets exploded in the second and third quarters scoring 29 and 23 points respectively. SC was brilliant at the foul line hitting 21 of 28 attempts. Kevin O’Connell scored 20 points followed by Mike Ferrin 13, Pete Cornelissen 12, Tom Lusby and Robbie George 10 apiece.
Joining this years team after transferring from Holy Cross were Kevin O’Connell and Mike Ferren. There was a misunderstanding about their eligibility at the time and all the games won during the first semester were forced to be forfeited. Instead of an 8-4 record at the time, the new team record became 2-10.
Freshman Glen Reed was chosen by the team as MVP, which shows you don’t have to be a top scorer to be valuable to your team. Harry Kypreos was awarded the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
Kevin O’Connell was named ALL MBL as a forward. Tom Lusby was named honorable mention.
JV BASKETBALL by thirds of the season the Cards went 2-4, 3-3 and 2-4 for a final record of 7-11. League: Alisal win, win; North Salinas win, loss; Seaside loss, 39-55; Monterey loss, 22-47; Aptos loss, loss; Salinas win, 46-70; Soquel win, 50-37; Harbor loss, 44-42. League record 7-8. Season record 7-11.
The loss of 6’ 3” Gordon Crafts, who help the team to 4-4 record, before being moved up to varsity, meant the loss of 6 or 7 more wins.
Normal starting lineup was Ron Pohlert, Gary Lyster, John Eicholz, John Mendez and Kevin McCarthy. Substitutes were John Bertucelli, Bob Lowery, Mark Gonzales, Don Logan, Robert Mahan, Bob Pianavilla, John Morris and Dan Trybom. Statisticians were Larry Mack and Mike Maddux. Timer, Jim Thuringer. Scorekeeper and reporter, Nick Natanson.
Against Watsonville in a practice game the team was down 16-25 at half time, but in the fourth quarter the Cards came within eight points. Top point makers were John Bertucelli and Ron Pohlert with 6 apiece.
Pairing a rugged defense with an upturning third quarter, the Cards came from behind to rip North Salinas 47-32. John Mendez led the scoring with 13 hoops.
The Cards have not been able to put their defensive and point producing resources together in their last six games. They beating Alisal and North Salinas and losing to Seaside, Monterey, Aptos and Watsonville 33-43 giving them a 2-4 record at this point. Top players so far have been Gary Lyster with a 9.2 scoring average in this the first third of the schedule. Gary and center Gordon Crafts have been consistently strong on the boards.
Cards lose to North Salinas 26-54. SC mustered only seven points in each of the first two quarters to trail by 14-33 at halftime. The second half was no better when they scored six points a quarter. Scoring: Lyster 5, Eicholz 2, Pohlert 8, John Mendez 4, Morris 3, Mahan 1 and Pianavilla 3.
In their next games the Cards beat Salinas, Soquel, and Alisal for the second time. The Cards distinguished themselves as highly potent scorers in the third quarter to break rather tight games wide open. At Harbor the SC defense was able to bottle up the Bucs top scorer, but were not able to find the hoop themselves and lost a low scoring game. Aptos’s big second quartered ended up with a SC loss. Monterey won 47-22 for the worst loss of the season. Top scorer in this game was John Mendez with 6.
At the end of the second third of the schedule the team record is 5-7. Starters Kevin McCarthy and John Eicholz, reserves Bob Lowery and Bob Pianavilla have been out of action part of this time. Plus the loss of Gordon Crafts to the varsity.
The Cards stayed in contention for three periods before losing to Seaside 55-39 and the same situation happened in a loss to Watsonville 64-45. They held Salinas even until the half before losing 70-46.
After five losses the Cards reversed everything utilizing spirit and accurate shooting to win the last two games. Soquel went down 50-37 with accurate shooting from John Mendez.
Ron Pohlert sacked a pair of field goals in the game’s final minute to wrap up a hair raising fourth quarter as the Cards shaded Harbor 44-42. Striking early with a John Mendez jumper the Cards led 14-6 at the end of the quarter and 25-17 at half. John Eicholz hauled in 19 rebounds, Gary Lyster scored 17 points to help led the Cards.
Top players were outside weapon, junior Gary Lyster, scored 199 points for a 11.4 points per game average. John Mendez chalked up 150 points for a 8.6 tallies per contest. Sophomore, center John Eicholz, who shone brilliantly under the backboards and on defense. Ron Pohlert averaged 5.1 points a game and Kevin McCarthy 4.9 rounding out the starting five’s statistics.
Marc Gonzales was awarded the Dads Club sportsmanship award.
Practice meets: Carmel 37-52, Pacific Grove 45-41. League: Monterey 40-54, Alisal 79-16, Aptos 40-56, Salinas 54-35, Seaside won, Soquel won. (incomplete. With these scores the league record would be 4-2. Season 5-3.
It was powerhouse Monterey and Aptos monopolizing the finals of the MBL regular season .
The Santa Cruz swim team was able to capture a second place by senior Don Foster in the 100 yard freestyle. SC had a young freshman-sophomore team this year and with a year of experience they could be contenders next year. During the season Foster, Roger Elledge and Anton Kerkhove were the consistent winners.
Other swimmers other than those mentioned above are Sam Huff, Mike Foster, Kevin Jones, Bob Demos, Ted McElroy, Ray Niteschi, Howard Conner, Joe Namath, Joe Kapp, Mike Jones, Mike Biddle, Steve Roland and Steve Gray.
In the first match of the year, the Cards soaked Soquel (win, no score given). Rodger Elledge again dominated the pool in the 200 and 400 freestyle. Don Foster was impressive in the 100 butterfly.
As a tune-up for league action, the Card Mermen took on the Carmel Padres. They fell twice, 52-37 in the varsity and 51-36 in the lightweight. The only varsity members to pick up firsts were Don Foster in the 200 yard freestyle and reliable Roger Elledge in the 100 yard freestyle. Elledge also picked up a second in the 50 yard freestyle. Lightweights Kurt Calendar and Dennis Finnegan picked up firsts, Calendar in the 200 yard freestyle and Finnegan a first in the 50 yard butterfly.
The Cards took their first loss of the season at the hands of the Toreadores 40-54. Rodger Elledge continued his fine start, taking a first in the 200 freestyle and second in 400 freestyle. Sophomore Howard Connor took first in diving. Byron Foster dripped to second in the breaststroke and Paul Darling took third in the back stroke. The team record at this point is 1-1.
Against Pacific Grove the varsity won 45-41, while the lightweights lost 38-39. Freshman Anton Kerkhove and senior Don Foster swam to a pair of wins. Kurt Calendar was the big man for the lightweights winning two events.
Both teams won against Alisal, the varsity 79-16 and lightweights 65-20. Roger Elledge, Paul Darling and again Anton Kerkhove were two time winners. Kurt Calendar again won two events.
Both the varsity 40-56 and lightweights lost 42-46 to the front running Aptos. Roger Elledge won the 50 and 100 yard freestyles. Byron Foster won the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:15.2. In the big race of the day, Don Foster missed winning the 100 freestyle by 6/10 of a second. Matt Lezin took the only first in the 50 yard freestyle.
Against Salinas the varsity won 54-35 and lightweights lost 35-52. Elledge again won his two races. Anton Kerkove won the 200 yard individual medley and the 100 yard backstroke. Matt Lezin and Dennis Finnegan paced the lightweights, both corralling first places, Lezin in the 50 yard freestyle and Finnegan in the 50 yard butterfly.
Both teams picked themselves up against Seaside with the varsity collecting 9 first places and the lightweights 4 first places. Paul Darling, a new comer to the two win circle took the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard butterfly. Roger Elledge got victories in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles, while Don Foster was winning the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. The lightweights had tremendous balance with Matt Lezin, Dennis Finnegan, Kurt Calendar and Gary Feiberling picking up firsts. A surprise winner was David DeJesus in the diving competition.
Willie Head won the 100 yard dash 9.9 seconds at the MBL meet and took fifth at CCS.
Last years coach Mel Fishburn has been transferred to Soquel and former assistant Don Dempewolfe has assumed the head coaching position. Coach Dempewolfe is worried about the lack of manpower with only 11 on the varsity squad. He feels at least 20 to 25 members are needed for a competitive team. Though they lack depth, there are some individual standouts. Willie Head will win his share of points in the sprint events. He has already run the 100 yard dash in 10.3 seconds in practice. Murray Fleming considered the best 180 yard low hurdler in the MBL this year, should also proved points. The top distance runners returning are Doug Huskey in the mile, who had a time of 4:51 in the Harbor meet. Casey Webber is running the half mile again. The varsity 440 yard relay team of Willie Head, Ron Pohlert, Dennis Baldwin and Murray Fleming will be strong.
Team members were: Ron Pohlert, Dennis Baldwin, John Bagnall, Willie Head, Ron Staub, Dave Gallicinao, Glen Liberatore, Charles Alexander, Alex Bastine, Lorenzo Lowery, Norman Eldredge, Rick Nelson, Dennis Meakin, Gary Eakin, Mike Reed, Ernie Hightower, Jim Finch, David Freeman, Elmer Mankins, Frank Smith, Casey Webber, Dan Urioste, John Geyer, Bill Terzachi, John Bertucelli, Murray Fleming, Gene Anderson, Jerry Vellutini, Eloy Villa, John Glines, Bruce Gabriel, Steve Park, Bret Merha, Pat Lively, Rich McCullah, Manuel Alvarez, and Larry Wick. Not all these members finished the season.
In the first dual meet, the varsity lost to Harbor and the JV’s won. The varsity 440 yard relay team of Willie Head, Ron Pohlert, Dennis Baldwin and Murray Fleming won with a 45.3 time. Head won the 100 yard dash in 10.4 followed by Fleming in second place. Fleming won the 120 low hurdles.
SC came in second to Alisal and ahead of Robert Louis Stevenson in a three way meet. We took the first three places in the high jump with Ron Pohlert, Casey Webber and Rick McCullah finishing in that order. In the first year of competition in a new event, the triple jump, Ron Pohlert won with a jump of 43 feet just a few feet short of the top jump in Northern California. On the nice all weather track at RLS, Willie Head turned in a beautiful 9.9, 100 yard dash. Murray Fleming won the high hurdles and the relay team won also. Not bad for a 15 men team.
The Cards put up a good fight in a three way meet against Monterey 52, Seaside 48 and SC 47 in a very tight meet. Dennis Baldwin won the high hurdles and Willie Head won the 100. The distance men are coming on strong. Frank Smith is getting some good times in the two mile and little Bill Terzaghi is moving in on Frank hitting 11:28.5 for second place.
The following week he did 11:01.3 at the Pacific Grove meet. Eloy Villa in the mile is making tracks, winning in 4:55.7, then running a 4:47.2 in a relay at the Blossom Hill Relays the following day and at the Pacific Grove meet he took a second. Bruce Gabriel and David Gallacinao have been steadily moving their times down in the two mile. John Glines and Casey Webber lead our field in the half mile. Glines a lightweight has a best of 2:12 and has improved as much as five seconds at a time, which is unheard of in the 880.
Webber, “old dependable”, keeps moving down too with a best of 2:01. The varsity mile relay team has been making progress also with Ron Pohlert, Rick McCullah, Casey Webber and Dennis Baldwin usually winning their races. They were timed in 3:40 at Pacific Grove. For the sprinters. Ernie Hightower has been pushing record times for freshman running a 24 flat in the 220 at PG. Lightweight John Bagwall jumped 33” 10” in the new triple jump. Only six men showed for the Pacific Grove meet.
Fleming, Head Power SCHS Relay Teams. At the Santa Cruz Relays held in Watsonville, to take advantage of their better track conditions, the SC speed freaks tripped to an unexpected eighth place. Leigh won with 45 points followed by Monterey 37, Watsonville 29, SC 19. The top individual varsity performance came from Willie Head who took third in the 100. Don Green of Harbor, who attended SC as a freshman, before Harbor high opened, took first. Card relay teams took first in the 880 and third in the 440. The teams were in running order Rick McCullah, Dennis Baldwin, Murray Fleming and Willie Head. On both relays the fast feather men were trailing into the last half where third man Murray Fleming raced hard to gain good position for finisher Head.
At this point in the season there are only eight men left on the varsity team. The four relay men mentioned above plus Ron Pohlert, shot putter Jerry Vellutini and runners Casey Webber and Frank Smith. Top lightweights still out are Bobby Lowery in the high jump and hurdles; Alex Bastine and Ernie Hightower are fine sprinters; Eloy Villa and Bill Terzaghi are the distance men. Steve Parke, Dennis Meakin and Gary Eakin have done will this year.
BASEBALL MBL CHAMPIONS AND THIRD PLACE IN CCS. Through the last four years the Cardinals have played better baseball than any other team in the Central Coast Section, winning all four league championships and four region titles. Santa Cruz holds the honor of being he only team to participate in all four CCS championship tournaments. The Cards were third in 1967, second in 1968 and 69 and third in 1970.
Practice games: Oak Grove 8-0; Piedmont Hills 8-3; SLV 2-0; Carmel 3-2; Salinas Lions Tourney with 16 teams: Monterey 7-2; Mora 9-1; Seaside 13-4; Hollister 5-3 for tourney championship. Practice record 8-0. League: Alisal 9-2, 2-0; Seaside, 18-1, 3-0; Monterey, 5-1, 9-0; Aptos, 7-3, 8-1; Watsonville, 8-0, 5-1; North Salinas, 6-3, 7-3; Salinas 5-4, 3-2; Soquel, 3-2, 3-2; Harbor 4-8, 8-2. League record 17-1. Regular season record 25-1. CCS: Hollister 13-3, Mora 10-4, Willow Glen 2-5, Aragon 9-2 for third place. Complete season including CCS record 28-2.
Leading the effort to keep the Cards’ championship streak of three straight years going will be five returning first stringers: Marty Gilbert valuable pitcher, outfielder and power hitter will be in his third year as a starter; Dee Herren the league’s premier base runner who led the Cards in stolen bases with 17; Steve Vomvolakis one of the finest infielders in the league, whose clutch run scoring double put the Cards in the CCS finals; Craig Foust and Stan Herum both hit over 300 last season. Other returnees are catcher Jeff Gordon and first baseman John Slaughter who served as very efficient reserves. Up from the JV’s are pitcher Mike Johnson who did some varsity pitching the last two years; Preston Dyson another pitcher with potential; Gus Penniman, Steve Ellis, Dave Mendez, Gary Lyster, Duke Sheldon and Bill Parmenter. Important members of the group were Casey Tefertiller and Jose Nova
Oak Grove falls 8-0 in Cards opener. Three pitchers worked the shutout: Marty Gilbert started and went two innings giving up one hit and walked two. Preston Dyson collected the win going the next four innings while striking out nine and giving up only two hits. Duke Sheldon finished up the last inning giving up one hit, walked one and struck out one. The Cards broke the game open with a seven run second inning. Herren had 2 doubles and Johnson one. Runs batted in by Herren two and Gordon, Penniman, Herum, Lyster and Slaughter one apiece.
Cards had no errors. The starting line up, position, at bats followed by number of hits: Herren CF, 4-3, Gordon C, 2-1; Gilbert P/LF, 3-0; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Vomvolakis SS/2B, 2-1; Herum 3B, 2-2; Johnson RF, 2-1; Lyster 2B, 3-1 and Slaughter LF, 1-1. Substitutes were Foust SS, 1-0; Mendez LF, 1-0; Sheldon P, 0-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.
Piedmont Hills another San Jose team ventured to SC and lost 8-3. Gilbert started and went four innings giving up only one hit, walked three, no earned runs and struck out two for the win. Johnson finished the last three innings giving up four hits, walking two, no earned runs and striking out six. Neither pitcher allowed an earned run, Top hitters were Gordon with three hits, Herren, Slaughter and Vomvolakis with two each. Herren had a triple and Vovomlakis a double and two RBI’s. Gordon also had two RBI’s and Foust and Herum also drove in a run. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-2; Gordon C, 3-3; Gilbert P/LF, 3-1; Foust SS, 2-1; Herum 3B, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 4-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Johnson P, 2-0; Lyster LF, 4-0 and Slaughter RF, 3-2.
Marty Gilbert and Preston Dyson split the pitching assignment in the shut out win against SLV 2-0. Gilbert started an went 3 innings striking out 5 and giving up two hits. Dyson went four innings, striking out 7 and giving up one hit for the win. No SLV batter got past second base. The first run was scored in the fifth, when John Slaughter doubled Steve Vomvolakis to third and he scored on an infield out by Dyson. The other run was scored in the sixth by Gilbert, who got on base on a fielders choice, stole second, went to third on a pass ball and scored on an error. The Cards played errorless ball. Lineup: Herren CF, 2-0; Gordon C, 2-1; Gilbert P/LF, 3-0; Foust SS, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Slaughter LF/1B, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 1-0; Dyson P, 1-0 and Mendez RF, 3-0.
Redbird win tight 3-2 victory over Carmel. The Cards went ahead in the third inning when Jeff Gordon doubled to drive in Gus Penniman and Dee Herren. In the sixth the winning run was driven in by Stan Herum‘s double. Gilbert started and went three innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out one. Dyson went four innings giving up one hit, no runs or walks and struck out seven to earn the win. Dyson allowed only one base runner in his four innings. Doubles: Herren, Gilbert, Gordon and Herum. RBI’s Gordon two and Herum one. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 4-1; Gilbert P/RF, 3-1; Foust SS, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-1; Slaughter LF, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 1-0; Lyster LF, 2-0; Mendez RF, 1-0 and Dyson P, 2-0.
Cards Explode For 9-2 League Win against Alisal. Dee Herren provided the biggest blow of the afternoon when he lifted a shot over the usually elusive right field barrier at Harvey West for a grand slam home run. He drove in five runs for the day. Sophomore Preston Dyson the big strong right handed starter was again impressive and went five innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked none and struck out seven for the win. Mike Johnson went two innings giving up three hits, one earned run and walked one. Not one Cardinals went down on strikes. Home run by Herren. Doubles: Vomvolakis and Herum. RBI’s: Herren four and the rest one, Gilbert, Johnson, Vomvolakis and Herum.. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-2; Gordon C, 4-0; Gilbert RF/LF, 2-2; Foust SS, 4-0; Vomvolakis 2B/C, 3-1; Herum 3B, 3-3; Mendez LF, 3-0; Dyson P, 3-1; Slaughter 1B, 1-0; Johnson P, 1-1 and Penniman 1B, 1-0.
Cards Bomb Sparta 18-1 at Seaside. SC unleashed a 15 hit attack led by Dee Herren, who drove in six runs. Herren again had a grand slam home run. Gilbert started and went six innings giving up three hits, walked only one and struck out three for the win. Duke Sheldon went one inning giving up one hit, one earned run and walked one. Lyster, Gilbert and Herren all had doubles. RBI’s: Herren six, Johnson and Lyster two apiece and Foust, Herum, Slaughter, Vomvolakis and Mendez one apiece. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 5-3; Gordon C, 2-0; Gilbert P/RF, 5-2; Herum 3B, 3-1; Foust SS, 3-1; Slaughter 1B, 2-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-1; Johnson RF, 2-1; Ellis RF, 2-2; Lyster LF, 2-1 and Mendez RF, 3-2.
SALINAS LIONS TOURNAMENT The Cards won four games and the tournament title with a 5-3 nine inning win over Hollister.
The first game of the tournament ended with a 7-2 win over Monterey. Preston Dyson threw a complete game giving up six hits, one walk, two earned runs and struck out ten. The Cards scored three runs in the third inning to take the lead 3-0. Foust led off with a double, went to third on Slaughters bunt base hit and scored on a single by Vomvolakis. Mendez bunted for a base hit moving Slaughter to third and Vomvolakies to second. With the bases loaded Herren reached first on an error and Slaughter scored. Gordon walked to score Vomvolakis. The Cards scored two more runs in the fourth and six innings. Doubles: Herren, Foust and Dyson. RBI’s: Herren three, one each for Gordon and Vomovolakis. Cards had a double play and no errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-3; Gordon C, 3-0; Gilbert RF, 3-0; Herum 3B, 3-0; Foust SS, 3-1; Slaughter 1B, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Mendez LF, 3-2 and Dyson P, 3-1.
Cards score seven runs in the second inning to beat Mora Central of Watsonville 9-1. Mike Johnson started and went four inning giving up one hit, walked one, no earned runs and struck out five for the win. Duke Sheldon went three innings giving up one hit, three walks, one earned run and struck out two. Gilbert and Foust had triples. RBI’s were Mendez three, Gilbert and Johnson two apiece, Foust and Herum each had one. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-1; Mendez LF, 2-2; Gilbert RF, 3-0; Foust SS, 4-2; Herum 3B, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 4-1; Johnson P, 3-3; Slaughter 1B, 2-1; Gordon C, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 1-1; Parmenter 2B, 1-0; Ellis LF, 1-0; Lyster RF, 0-0 and Sheldon P, 0-0.
Cards beat Seaside 13-4 in the third game of the tournament. Marty Gilbert pitched a complete game giving up seven hits, walked four, no earned runs and struck out six. The Cards had four errors that allowed the four runs to score. Gilbert and Herum had doubles. Herum and Herren had triples. RBI’s: Herum four, Herren three, Gilbert and Gordon two apiece and Penniman one.
Lineup: Herren CF, 4-3; Mendez LF, 4-1; Gilbert P, 4-2; Johnson RF, 3-1; Foust SS, 3-2; Herum 3B, 4-3; Vomvolakis 2B, 4-1; Johnson P, 3-3; Slaughter 1B, 2-1; Gordon C, 3-2; Penniman 1B, 4-2;
Extra Inning Win Nets Cardinals Salinas Title with a 5-3 win over Hollister. Cards Roar In Salinas Lions’ Tournament Finals. The Hollister right fielder races for the fence and watches a small sphere disappear over the fence 360 feet away from home plate at Salinas Municipal Stadium. Jeff Gordon, who had singled was sacrificed to second, waits at home plate for Dee Herren who had just driven the ball with the force of a sledge hammer for his fourth home run of the year. This puts the Cards ahead 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning. Hollister had just gone ahead 1-2 in the previous half inning. Marty Gilbert had put the Cards ahead 1-0 in the fourth inning on an inside the park home run.
Preston Dyson went the first six innings giving up only two hits, allowing only six base runners and the two runs scored against him were unearned. Mike Johnson started pitching in the bottom of the seventh inning, gave up a single and on two stolen bases and a throwing error the game was tied once more 3-3. Johnson was impressive the next two innings giving up three hits, walked two, no earned runs, struck out five and was credited with the win. With two outs in the ninth inning, Gus Penniman took four straight balls for a walk. Marty Gilbert hit a triple scoring Penniman to put the Cards ahead. Craig Foust singled to score Gilbert for an insurance run.
The Cardinals reached the finals by beating Monterey, Mora and Seaside. Herren was named the tournament MVP by batting .529 with two home runs, eight runs batted in, carried 18 total bases with three steals, a double and triple to go along with the two homers. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-2; Mendez LF, 1-0 and two walks; Penniman 1B, 1-0; Gilbert RF, 4-2; Foust SS, 4-1; Herum 3B, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Slaughter 1B, 2-0; Gordon C, 4-1; Dyson P, 2-0; Johnson P, 1-0 and Ellis PH, 1-0.
Cards Win Third Straight MBL Contest beating Monterey 5-1 behind the complete game by Preston Dyson who struck out 11, allowed five hits, no earned runs and walked two. Dyson got stronger as the game progressed, retiring 12 of the last 14 batters he faced. Dee Herren scored two runs and knocked in two others to lead the hitters. Herren just missed a homer in his first at bat as it was flagged down at the fence. Twice, Herren singled, stole second advanced to third on infield outs and scored on hits by Marty Gilbert. Doubles: Herren and Vomvolakis. RBI’s: Herren and Gilbert two apiece and Slaughter one. Cards had one error. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-2; Mendez LF, 4-0. Gilbert RF, 3-2; Foust SS, 3-0; Herum 3B, 4-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-1; Gordon C, 4-1; Slaughter 1B, 3-1 and Dyson P, 1-0.
SC Ease by Mariners 7-3. SC riding a 10 hit attack, against a pitcher who no hit Soquel several weeks ago, extended its MBL record to 4-0. SC pitching, although far from sharp came through when necessary. The perfect Card defense went without a miscue. Gilbert started and went four and two thirds innings giving up three earned runs, seven hits, walked five and struck out five for the win. Dyson pitched two and one third innings giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out four. In the first inning Herren walked, stole second, when the throw from the catcher ended up in the outfield, Herren scored all the way from first. The second run came on a single by Mendez, who moved to third on two walks and was singled home by Gordon. In the second inning the Cards scored two more on Gilberts double. Herren drove in two more runs in the third. In the fifth inning Slaughter singled and scored on errors. Gilbert picked a runner off first and the Cards had no errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-2; Mendez LF, 3-1. Gilbert P/RF, 4-2; Foust SS, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-1 and two walks; Gordon C, 4-2; 2-0; Slaughter 1B, 3-1; Ellis RF, 2-1; Lyster 2B, 1-0 and two sacrifices; Penniman 1b, 1-1 and Dyson P, 1-0.
Cards Keep Rolling with a 8-0 defeat of Watsonville. The Cards score three in the first inning, one in the second, three in the third and one in the fifth. Marty Gilbert went the distance giving up three hits, walked four and struck out five for the win. He put the side down in order in four of the innings. The Cards had one error. RBI’s: Herren three, Ellis two and one each for Herum, Vomvolakis and Gordon. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-2; Mendez LF, 3-0. Gilbert P, 3-1; Foust SS, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-1; Gordon C, 2-1; Slaughter 1B, 3-0; Ellis RF, 3-2; Lyster 3B, 0-0; Penniman 1B, 1-0 and Parmenter 2B, 0-0.
Cardinals Keep Rolling with 6-3 league victory over North Salinas in their toughest league game so far. Dee Herren had a perfect day at the plate and threw out one runner at the plate trying to score. Marty Gilbert slugged a two run seventh inning homer. Preston Dyson went a complete game giving up seven hits, walked one, allowed no earned runs and struck out five to run his season record to a perfect 7-0 This was the Cards sixth straight victory in league to put them two full games ahead.
Herren raised his MBL batting average to .565 with four singles in four trips to the plate to lead the Cards nine hit attack. Jeff Gordon had two hits and scored two runs. Gilbert’s homer, which scored Gordon was a towering shot to left that carried 425 feet on the fly. There are no fences surrounding the Viking diamond and by the time the outfielder caught up with the ball Gilbert was rounding third. In the first inning Gilbert unloaded a shot at least 390 feet that was easily caught as they outfielder only had to go back a short way. He hit another nearly as far in the third with the same result. But the last one gave the Cards a little breathing room in a closely contested game. These top three men in the batting order did their job this day.
SC had some tense moments in the sixth inning with the bases loaded with only one out. The Vikings went for a suicide squeeze. It was suicide. Dyson put the ball low and outside so the batter couldn’t reach it and Gordon put the tag on for the out. Gordon had action at the plate in the third inning when he took a perfect letter high throw from Herren in center to make the tag out of the runner trying to score from second.
Herren singled to start the game, stole second and continued to third on the bad throw and scored on Gordon’s single. In the second inning a walk and back to back sacrifice bunts loaded the sacks for the Cards. A wild throw to third scored one run and Herren drove in another. Gordon bunted for a hit in the fifth, moved to second on Stan Herums bunt single, stole third and scored on an error. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-4; Gordon C, 3-2; Gilbert RF, 4-1; Herum 3B, 4-1; Foust SS, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Ellis LF, 2-0; Slaughter 1B, 2-0 and Dyson P, 3-0.
The Cards come from behind to beat second place Salinas 5-4. After trailing a MBL opponent for the first time this season, the Cards rallied for four runs in the final two innings thus maintaining their unblemished league mark of 7-0. This victory has to be one of the most satisfying. Salinas went ahead 3-1 in the third and held the lead until the sixth, when the Cards scored three runs. Gus Penniman walked to lead off the rally, then Herren was hit by a pitch. Jeff Gordon bunted for a base hit to load the bases. With Stan Herum at the plate, Penniman and Herren took off as Herum executed the squeeze bunt. Penniman scoring easily. Herren who had started a little early easily scored from second to make it a two run sacrifice bunt that tied the score 3-3. With Gordon on second Craig Foust bunted down third baseline, the ball was thrown away and Gordon scored to put the Cards ahead 4-3.
Salinas tied the score 4-4 in the top of the seventh. Dyson, who had walked was sacrificed to second by Penniman. Dee Herren, one of the many Card clutch hitters drove in Dyson with the winning run. The Cards first score came in the second inning when Foust singled, moved to third on walks and scored on Penniman’s fielders choice. Gilbert started and went five and one-third innings giving up six hits, three earned runs, seven walks and struck out four. Dyson went one and two-third innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out two and got the win. Foust led the Cards eight hit attack going 3 for 3. Catcher Jeff Gordon, while playing inspired ball behind the plate was 2 for 3. Each team had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-1; Gordon C, 4-2; Gilbert P/RF, 4-1; Herum 3B, 2-1; Foust SS, 3-3; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Ellis LF, 4-0; Penniman 1B, 1-0; Mendez RF, 1-0; Johnson PH, 1-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.
Cards scratched a 3-2 win over Soquel. Both teams scored in the first and third innings. The first Card score started with two walks to Gordon and Gilbert, an infield error and another walk to Foust to force in a run. In the third Gilbert doubled and scored on Penniman’s fielders choice The winning run came in the seventh, when Gilbert walked and stole second. Vomvolakis was intentionally walked bringing up left handed hitting, first baseman Penniman, who singled to right field to score Gilbert for his second RBI of the game. Foust drove in a run and Gilbert had a double. Dyson gave up 6 hits, two earned runs, no walks and struck out seven in a well pitched complete game effort. In each of the last four innings, he put the side down in order. Herren, Gordon and Gilbert, the first three men in the batting order stole bases. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 3-0; Gilbert P/RF, 2-1; Herum 3B, 2-0; Foust SS, 2-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Ellis LF, 4-0; Penniman 1B, 4-1; Mendez RF, 3-1 and Dyson P, 3-1.
Harbor pulls a major upset beating the Cards 8-4. The Bucs went ahead 4-0 early, scoring three runs in the first inning on three infield errors. All the Card runs came on Marty Gilbert’s grand slam home run in the fifth inning to tie the score, but the Harbor came back to score four in the sixth inning for the win. The loss was the first for the Cards in league play and the second overall, but SC maintained a two game edge over second place Watsonville. The defensive play of the game came in the fifth inning when Mike Johnson raced back to the right field fence and made a twisting jump to snare the ball and tumbled to the ground. Two of the Cards six hits were by Steve Ellis. Penniman had a double. Gilbert started and went five plus innings giving up seven hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out three. Gilbert was given the loss as he put the first runner of the sixth inning on base. Dyson went two innings giving up three hits, three earned runs, walked one, struck out two and took the loss. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-0; Gordon C, 3-1; Gilbert P/RF, 4-1; Herum 3B, 3-0; Foust SS, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 3-1; Ellis LF, 3-2; Johnson RF, 3-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.
Starting a new win streak after the Harbor loss, Alisal gave the Cards a tough game, before SC won the game 2-0 in the seventh inning. In a complete game shut out, Preston Dyson did not allow a runner to reach third base, He gave up only two hits, no earned runs, walked only one and struck out ten. In another fine performance. Herren singled, stole second and took third on a bad throw to second. Gordon squeezed Herren home and was safe at first. Gordon went to second on a pass ball and third on a wild pitch and Herum squeezed him home for the Cardinals two runs. The Cards had chances during other innings because of walks and errors, but the Trojan pitcher allowed only four hits and two of them came in the last inning. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 3-2; Gilbert RF, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-0; Ellis LF, 2-0; Foust SS, 3-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 1-0 and two walks; Dyson P, 3-0; Mendez LF, 0-0 and a walk and Johnson PH, 0-0 and a walk.
Gilbert follows Dyson’s two hitter with one of his own in a 10-1 win over Aptos. In a complete game win Gilbert gave up an unearned run in the first inning and that was it. He gave up two hits, walked five, allowed no earned runs and struck out three for a nice performance. Johnson, Herum, Vomvolakis and Gilbert each had two hits. Gary Lyster drove in three runs. Gilbert, Herum, Penniman, Johnson and Vomvolakis each had one RBI. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-0; Gordon C, 4-1; Gilbert P, 3-2; Herum 3B, 2-2 plus a walk and a sacrifice; Penniman 1B, 2-1 plus a sacrifice and walk; Johnson RF, 3-2; Vomvolakis SS, 2-2 plus two walks; Ellis LF 3-0 and Lyster 2B, 3-1.
Cardinals Smash Toreadores 9-0 as they parlayed 10 hits and five Monterey errors into nine runs. Preston Dyson SC’s unbelievable sophomore pitcher had Monterey eating from his hand all afternoon. Dyson in his seven innings fanned 12, walked one and gave up four hits for the win. Doubles for Mendez, Ellis and Dyson. RBI’s for Mendez, Herum, Johnson, Ellis and Lyster. The Cards had one error. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-1; Gordon C, 2-0; Gilbert RF, 3-1; Herum 3B, 2-1; Johnson LF, 4-1; Penniman 1B, 2-2; Ellis CF, 1-1; Vomvolakis SS, 2-1; Lyster 2B, 3-0; Mendez LF, 1-1; Dyson P, 2-1 and Parmenter 2B, 0-0.
Cardinals Close In On MBL Pennant as Marty Gilbert tossed a one hitter for his second game in a row to beat Seaside 3-0. The Cards unscored upon in 14 innings have been getting outstanding pitching. Gilbert and Dyson have given up only seven hits in the last 28 innings. The Cards scored two runs in the first inning as lead off hitter Dee Herren was hit by a pitch, stole second and was bunted to thirds by Jeff Gordon who beat the throw to first. Herren scored on a Gilbert ground out. Gordon scored when Mike Johnson parted the pitchers hair with a shot through the box to make the score 2-0. In the third inning Steve Vomvolakis drove in Stan Herum. Gilbert who usually suffers some control problems in the early innings, walked five, but upped his strikeout quota to seven. SC had no errors. SC is now a solid 12-1 in league and 22-2 overall. Lineup: Herren CF, 2-0; Gordon C, 4-2; Gilbert P, 4-1; Herum 3B, 3-1; Johnson RF, 4-2; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Vomvolakis SS, 2-2; Lyster 2B, 3-0; Ellis LF, 2-0 and Mendez LF, 0-0 and walked.
Dyson’s pitching clinches Cards at least a tie for their fourth league title in a row. Gilbert pounds out four hits and two RBI’s in a 5-1 win over Watsonville with four games to go. Dyson walked just one, allowed one earned run and struck out 10. In the fifth and sixth innings he fanned the side. After the second inning, when the Cats scored their run, only two runners reached third. Watsonville scored first and the Cards tied the game in the fourth when Gilbert singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Johnson’s single to center. Penniman started the fifth with a single, then two misplayed bunts loaded the bases. After an out Gilbert slashed a double scoring two runners. Herren then scored on a passed ball making the score 4-1. Gordon slapped what should have been a single, but when the outfielder was lax in going after the ball the hustling catcher went to second. Gilbert’ infield single moved Gordon to third and Foust squeezed him home to make it 5-1. Gordon had a double. RBI’s were Gilbert two, Johnson and Foust one each. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 4-1; Gilbert RF, 4-4; Johnson LF, 4-1; Foust SS, 3-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-0; Herum 3B, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 3-1 and Dyson P, 1-0.
Another MBL Flag For The Cardinals for the fourth consecutive time with a 3-2 win over Salinas. Gilbert pitched a five hitter to run the Cards MBL record to 14-1 with three games left. Watsonville the closes team to them trails by four games. Gilbert fanned 12 batters in upping his MBL record to 6-1. He struck out two batters in the first, second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings and one batter in the third and fifth. In the first inning Gilbert scored the first SC run, on a single to right, when the ball got passed the right fielder he went to third. Johnson walked, stole second and when the second baseman lost the ball, Gilbert scored. Dave Mendez led off the third with a single. Jeff Gordon bunted him to second and when the throw was off, Mendez went to third and Gordon was safe at first. Gordon then took off for second and the pitcher trying to get him at second threw the ball into the outfield and Mendez scored. Salinas tied the score in the fourth. In the fifth inning Mendez drew a two out walk, stole second and scored on Dee Herren’s single. Both teams had four errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 2-0; Gilbert P, 3-1; Johnson LF, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum 3B, 3-0; Foust SS, 3-0 and Mendez RF, 1-1.
The Cards took the pennant behind some great hitting and pitching. Gilbert led the hitting with a .440 average, followed by Herren at .386, Vomvolakis, Johnson and Ellis at .333 and Gordon at .319. SC has a .309 team average. RBI’s Herren 20 and Gilbert 19. Herren has three home runs and Gilbert has two. Pitching wise Dyson has fanned 70 batters in 52 innings and complied a 8-0 mark. Gilbert has 46 in 49 innings.
In the second round of league play, the score against Soquel stayed the same as it was in the first game, SC 3 and Soquel 2. The Cards scored all three of their runs in the first inning. Herren opened the game with a home run. Gilbert singled and was forced out at second by Johnson. Vomvolakis singled Johnson to third and then stole second. A throwing error on Penniman’s infield ball scored Johnson and Vomvolakis. Dyson continued his excellent pitching giving up five hits, one walk, one earned run and struck out ten. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-2; Gordon C, 3-0; Gilbert RF, 3-1; Johnson LF, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 1-1 and two walks; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Herum 3B, 2-0; Foust SS, 3-0 and Dyson P, 3-1
Cards avenge their only league loss, by taking Harbor 8-2. SC capped an 11 hit attack with a four run sixth inning to secure the win. Herren got on base with a fielders choice and scored on Gilbert’s triple. Johnson walked and stole second. Vomvolakis drove them both in and went to second in the throw to the plate and scored on two wild pitches. Gilberts two hits got his average up to .432. Gilbert struck out 10, gave up five hits, no earned runs and walked four. Johnson, Vomvolakis and Herum all drove in two runs and Gilbert had one. Gilbert had a triple. Gordon and Johnson doubled. The top of the order scored all 8 runs. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-0; Gordon C, 3-1; Gilbert P, 4-2; Johnson RF, 3-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 4-2; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Herum 3B, 3-2; Foust SS, 3-1; Mendez LF, 2-1 and Ellis LF 1-0.
In the last league game of the season the Cards defeated North Salinas 7-3. Mike Johnson started his first game since coming back from mononucleosis and went three innings giving up one hit, two walks, no earned runs and struck out three. Preston Dyson finished up the last four innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, walked none, and struck out seven for the win. Herren tripled to drive in two runs in the sixth inning. Vomvolakis doubled in a run in the third inning. Johnson scored three runs after doubling twice and walking once. Stan Herum drove in a run. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-1; Gordon C, 3-0; Gilbert RF, 4-0; Johnson P/LF, 2-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum 3B, 2-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Foust SS, 2-0; Mendez LF, 1-0; Ellis PR, 0-0; Dyson P, 1-0; Parmenter 2B, 1-0; and Lyster 3B, 1-0.
To start the region playoffs, the Cards scored three runs in the first inning, five in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth in a no stress game this time against Hollister winning 13-3. The previous game with Hollister in the Salinas tournament finals went nine innings. Top hitter was Stan Herum, who went 4 for 4, doubled and drove in three runs. Players with two hits were Herren, Gilbert and Johnson, who also had two RBI‘S. Dyson gave up three hits, one earned run, walked seven and struck out three and earned another win. Gilbert, Johnson and Herum doubled. Gilbert, Johnson, Penniman and Herum each stole a base. RBI’s: Herum three, Johnson two and Herren, Gilbert, Vomovolakis, and Foust one each. Cards had one errror. Lineup: Herren CF, 4-2; Gordon C, 5-1; Gilbert RF, 5-2; Johnson LF, 3-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum 3B, 4-4; Penniman 1B, 4-0; Foust SS, 2-1 and Dyson P, 4-0.
Cards Win Region IV Crown 10-4 over Mora, who won their league, the Coast Athletic Association. Mora had a season record of 20-7 and became the second CCS victim of the Cards. Marty Gilbert went the first five innings, striking out 10, allowing only three hits, no earned runs, walked four to earn the win. He whiffed the side in three innings. Mike Johnson finished the last two innings giving up no hits, two earned runs, walked four and struck out three. Gilbert, Lyster and Johnson had doubles. RBI’s were Johnson three and one each for Gilbert and Foust. Stan Herum extended his consecutive hitting streak to five games. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Herren CF, 5-1; Gordon C, 2-0; Gilbert P/RF, 2-2; Johnson RF/P, 4-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum 3B, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Foust SS, 3-0; Mendez LF, 2-0; Lyster 1B, 1-1, Parmenter 2B, 0-0. and Ellis LF, 1-1.
In the semi-final game loss to Willow Glen 2-6 an uncharacteristic five errors played a big part in the loss. The extra at bats given the opponent makes it hard on the pitcher. The Cards got their two runs with help of two errors. Gary Lyster got on by a throwing error and ended up on second. Dee Herren singled him home. Herren then stole second and was singled home by Jeff Gordon. The Cards had 7 hits against Willow Glens’ 13. Dyson started and went five innings giving up 11 hits, three earned runs, walked one and struck out five. Johnson pitched the last two innings giving up two hits, no earned runs or walks and struck out three. The most the Cards have given up this season, but the errors put more pressure on the pitchers. Even though they lost this game and did not have the chance they were looking for, to play in the championship game, the team did not let down the next day and ended the season with their business like game. No errors, 10 runs and with confidence in their ability. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-2; Gordon C, 3-2; Gilbert RF, 4-1; Johnson LF, 4-1; Vomvolakis 2B, 2-1; Herum 3B, 3-0; Foust SS, 3-0; Penniman 1B, 1-0; Lyster 1B, 2-0; Mendez PH/LF, 2-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.
In the final game of the season in the CCS third place game, the Cards beat Aragon 10-2. Marty Gilbert pitched his best game of the season. He was in complete control the whole game, striking out 8, giving up 5 hits and one earned run. A big fourth inning broke the game open with 13 plate appearances and 7 runs. The big hitters in the inning were Steve Ellis with a 3 RBI triple. Others with RBI’s were Mike Johnson 2, Gary Lyster 1 and Dee Herren 1. Johnson and Ellis each had 4 RBI’s for the game and Herren and Lyster each had one. Lineup: Herren CF, 3-1; Gordon C, 5-1; Gilbert P, 4-2; Johnson RF, 4-2; Vomvolakis 2B, 3-1; Herum 3B, 3-2; Foust SS, 2-1; Lyster 1B, 1-0 plus two walks and a sacrifice; Ellis LF, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 0-0; Mendez LF, 0-0 and Parmenter 2B, 0-0..
As a team the Cards hit .304 and carried a 1.06 earned run average.
Six Cardinals were honored as ALL MBL players. Marty Gilbert was selected league MVP. The other five were Dee Herren, Jeff Gordon, Steve Vomvolakis, Stan Herum and Preston Dyson. Mike Johnson was award an honorable mention, (only because he missed games with Mononucleosis, otherwise he would have definitely have been on the first team.) All seven were selected to the SENTINAL ALL COUNTY team, which included Johnson. Out of the 16 players honored SC had seven or more than half. (wonder if this ever happened before) Bill Dodge was coach of the year for both.
All the following stats are for league only.
Gilbert a three year starter on three MBL championship teams, who did everything for SC except sweep the stands after the home games was one of the top pitchers in the league carrying a 7-1 record with a 1.00 earned run average. The senior southpaw carried a .410 batting average along with two home runs. Marty pounded out 39 total bases and had 16 runs batted in.
Dee Herren was an unanimous choice. Dee a second year starter had a dream senior season leading off, batting .365, stealing 18 bases, and scoring 20 runs. Dee hit four home runs, totaled 39 bases and drove in 23 runs. The fleet centerfielder is one of the best defensive players on the team and also has the arm to throw out runners from the outfield. Herren helped the Red Birds over so rough spots early in the year with his hitting, which at one time was close to .500.
Senior second baseman Steve Vomvolakis was an unanimous choice. Steve a second year starter averaged .368, walked 20 times, reaching base on a average of over six times in every ten at bats, was a clutch hitter, while playing fine defense.
Catcher Jeff Gordon was an unanimous choice. Jeff ripped for a .268 average, while being one of the best bunters on the team and used it as a weapon to move up runners and squeeze them in for runs. He was a base stealer, who knew how to run the bases from his number two spot in the lineup. His main importance to the team was his being the best catcher in the league, never letting a ball through him and terrorizing enemy base runners with his strong throwing arm. Jeff could be considered one of the most improved players in the area this year and doing a heady job handling the SC hurlers.
Stan Herum moved from the outfield last year to fill the important third base spot this year. Possible the hardest worker on the team, who helped steady the infield after playing in the outfield last year. Stan finished the year with a tremendous batting streak, raising his average to a stunning .311 along with 10 RBI’s.
The all leaguer who is probably the most promising athlete in the Central Coast area. Preston Dyson in only his sophomore year has compiled a 10-0 record in league and a 15-1 season record for a 1.00 ERA. He leads the All County pitching staff. Pres struck out 81 batters and tossed two shutouts.
Pitcher, outfielder, hitter all everything man Mike Johnson popped out a .394 average, while getting nine RBI’s. Mike missed time during the season with mono or he would certainly made all league. Mike was impressive in relief on the mound carrying a 1.40 ERA without a decision. (saves were not recorded at this time)
JV BASEBALL the Cards ended the season in stride to win the MBL , JV league championship behind it’s fine pitching and catching staff.
SC has an unknown team this year and the only thing that it does is win, so recognition should be given. The pitching chores are being ably handled by Pat O’Brien, Bob Johnson, Rick Erlin and George Barbic. The catchers spot, the back bone of the team is manned by Harry Kypreos, one of the best around. Outfielder Milt Thompson is the big stick. Infielders Mike Ferrin, Tom Lusby, John Mendez and Pete Corneliussen
The young team stumbled a but during the middle of the season, but have recovered. Seaside and Watsonville have been added to the list of the latest victims. Milt Thompson was a big gun against Seaside with two hits, including a home run. Rick Erlin limited the Spartans to four hits in a 4-1 victory.
A 11 hit attack and Pat O’Brien’s five hit pitching were the main reasons SC strutted away with an easy 8-1 triumph against the Wildcats. A four run seventh inning provided a cushion. Tom Lusby, John Mendez and Pete Corneliussen pounded out two hits apiece. Harry Kypreos knocked in three runs. This years team appears to be one of the best in quite a few years and should keep the varsity winning streak going. (it was true)
Cardinal Jayvees Nip Wildcats 1-0. Kelly Graff doubled to score Harry Kypreos to provide the winner for the Cards. Bob Johnson went all the way on the mound, giving up two singles, walked two and struck out eight. The Cards have a 10-2 record so far.
Mike Ewald showing his power, hammered a home run against Salinas in the last game.
Comments from coach Ray Hunter, when asked who are the best prospects to go to the varsity next year. They are Milt Thompson, Harry Kypreos, Tom Lusby and Pat O’Brien. Who would be next? Those mentioned were John Mendez, Rick Erlin, George Barbic, Mike Atwood and Kelly Graff. Other contributors would by Mike Ewald, Jim Lyster, Pete Corneliussen, Mike Ferrin and Bob Johnson. Returning for another year are Phil Johnston, John Evans, Scott Fleming, Jim Jensen and Randy Strong.
In describing the team, he said, “it will be the nucleus of a fine varsity team in the future as they are very smart and willing to work at improving themselves.
End of the year write up in the Trident. The Card’s first league defeat came at the hands of North Salinas in a squeaker 2-1. Each team had four hits and two errors apiece, but the statistical tie ended at the final score, the post important statistic. The team took the defeat out against Salinas in the next game. Bob Johnson, brother of senior standout Mike on the varsity, certainly anyone’s choice for pitcher on an all league JV team, if they picked one, chucked a three hitter and allowed one score while his teammates crossed the plate with eight tallies. Including the Salinas game, Johnson sported an undefeated record in league with an eight-zip slate. Since Johnson fanned 11 Cowboy batters, the Cards didn’t get enough exercise in the field, so coach Ray Hunter frequently employed the steal signal. SC garnered eight stolen bases. Johnny Mendez paced SC with three thefts, followed by Glen Reed with two.
A heart breaker followed with arch rival Soquel slithering by in 10 innings 2-1. Hurler Rick Erlin, a tremendous pitcher for SC all year went the distance, striking out 12 and allowing just six safeties. However two of those safeties came in the tenth inning and coupled with an error led to the tie breaking run. Even with the latest defeats the JayVees will lay claim to the league championship at the end of the season. If the varsity comes through, SC would lock up the baseball crowns for this year.
SC’s pitching and catching have been more than adequate, but it has been errors that have done them in lately. This isn’t usually associated with a SC baseball team, but it’s still part of the game and you have to accept it.
Led by, Milt Thompson still crippled from a broken leg, limped to his second MVP award in a
row in JV baseball. Harry Kypreos was selected the Dad Club sportsmanship award winner. Harry a left handed batter was also selected the Most Valuable Player at the Carmel tournament, won by the Cards.
TENNIS The only mention in the Trident shows a picture of Gene Ashlock and a write up saying stretching to return a shot to his opponent. The cat gut crew has held a nearly even record this year and the coach expresses satisfaction. Top man Pat Swafford missed most of the season with Mono.
In the yearbook other team members were Tom Matthews, Dennis Sherman, Greg Carroll, Jeff Currin, Tom Knight and Marc Ballgae. Coach Dennis Mullen.
GOLF Golf Team In Sand Trap. The team has had some rough moments this season. Only senior Bob Flamm has been able to win consistently. Bob had won every match up until a week ago and then he twice tasted defeat, but he came back and won two in a row. Other seniors on the team are Alan Paul, Scott Macauley, Lloyd Antonett and sometimes Rick Tripp, but they have been overmatched this year and have been unable to put together a win streak. Junior Jay Bogiatto will be the only returning letterman next year.
In a match prior to the league finals, Jay Bogiatto and Lloyd Antonetti surprised their opponents and came through with victories.
Bob Flamm and Scott Macauley represented the Cards in the MBL finals, but did not place.
Marty Gilbert went both ways in football this year as a running back and defensive end. As a running back he was second in rushing carrying the ball 55 times for 289 yards. He caught 7 passes for 80 yards and score 20 points. Marty was selected for the ALL COUNTY TEAM as a defensive end. Gilbert a three year starter on MBL championship teams was one of the top pitchers in the league carrying a 7-1 record with a 1.00 earned run average. The senior southpaw carried a .410 batting average along with two home runs. Marty pounded out 39 total bases and had 16 runs batted in.
Dee Herren was nominated to the National Football Hall of Fame for his skill with the ball, including his performance, his attitude, his leadership and citizenship. He was a two way player in football as a running back and a defensive back. He was the top ground gainer on the squad carrying the ball 115 times for 471 yards. He tied for the most points scored with 60 and was second in pass receiving catching 21 passes for 287 yards. Dee was selected for the ALL COUNTY TEAM offensive team, plus winning honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. He was a starter on the lightweight basketball squad for two years. In his freshman and sophomore years he was sprinter and a member of the top relay team in the MBL. In his junior season he turned to baseball and was the lead off man for the league champion and CCS finalist Cards. Centerfielder Dee Herren a second year starter had a dream senior season leading off, batting .365, stealing 18 bases, and scoring 20 runs. Dee hit four home runs, totaled 39 bases and drove in 23 runs. He also had the arm to throw out runners from the outfield.
Steve Vomvolakis was a starter on the varsity football team as the defensive “monster” back.
Senior second baseman Steve Vomvolakis a second year starter averaged .368, walked 20 times, reaching base on a average of over six times in every ten at bats, was a clutch hitter, while playing fine defense.
Catcher Jeff Gordon ripped for a .268 average, while being one of the best bunters on the team and used it as a weapon to move up runners and squeeze them in for runs. He was a base stealer, who knew how to run the bases from his number two spot in the lineup. His main importance to the team was his being the best catcher in the league, never letting a ball through him and terrorizing enemy base runners with his strong throwing arm.
Stan Herum moved from the outfield last year to fill the important third base spot this year. Stan finished the year with a tremendous batting streak, raising his average to a stunning .311 along with 10 RBI’s.
Preston Dyson. A junior all league baseball pitcher is probably the most promising athlete in the Central Coast area. Preston Dyson in only his sophomore year has compiled a 10-0 record in league and a 15-1 season record for a 1.00 ERA. Pres struck out 81 batters and tossed two shutouts. Preston was also a starting lineman on the football team.
Mike Johnson was the MBL touchdown pass leader with 13 and had the team rolling at the end of the year. Mike was selected for the ALL COUNTY TEAM offensive team as quarterback, plus winning honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. Mike has been a top player on the championship winning baseball team. Pitcher, outfielder, hitter all everything man Mike Johnson popped out a .394 average, while getting nine RBI’s. Mike missed time during the season with mono or he would certainly made all league. Mike was impressive in relief on the mound carrying a 1.40 ERA without a decision.
Jerry Vellutini was co-captain of the football team Jerry was selected for the ALL COUNTY TEAM for defense, plus winning honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. Jerry did the weight events in track, shot put and discus.
Murray Fleming was team MVP and co-captain of the football team. Murray received a certificate of Nomination for his outstanding performance and ability on the football field to be nominated as a member of the 1970 Shrine North-South All Star Football Squad by the selection committee, composed of sports writers and coaches throughout the State of California.
In Sentinel end of the season recap there was a list of the area all time receivers with there year that they played and number of passes the caught. Murray Fleming was third on the list with 50 passes caught in 1969 and Tom Mitchell at thirteenth with 38 passes caught in 1968.
Murray Fleming was the only Santa Cruz county player mention by the San Jose Mercury on their dream football team. He was an honorable mention. Only one other player from the league was honored, Hagood from Monterey was a first team defensive line backer. TIn Sentinel end of the season recap there was a list of the area all time receivers with there year that they played and number of passes the caught. Murray Fleming was third on the list with 50 passes caught in 1969 and Tom Mitchell at thirteenth with 38 passes caught in 1968.
This year Murray caught 50 passes for 802 yards.
In track Murray has been successful running the low hurdles and the relay events. Last year the relay team placed at CCS and qualified for the state meet.
Gary Rochelle a two way player in football as a running back and line backer. He carried the ball 21 times for 76 yards, scored 6 points and caught four passes for 83 yards. Gary won honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. Gary at the 138 weight classification as a wrestler he was co-captain of the team and wrestled in these following meets and listed with the places he took: Harbor Tourney third place, Del Mar Tourney second, Gonzales Tourney second and MBL Tourney second to qualify for the CCS meet. He did not place, but had a very successful season.
Tom Elms a two way back in football a quick darting runner and a defensive back. He carried the ball 41 times for 260 yards, was third in scoring with 24 points and caught 3 passes for 56 yards.
Gene Andersen was a two way player in football playing offensive center and defensive middle guard. Gene was selected for the ALL COUNTY TEAM on offense, plus winning honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. Gene threw the shot and discus on the track team.
Rick McCullah was a starting defensive back and played some in the offensive backfield were he carried the ball four times for 19 yards. Rick won honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad. Rick was a member of the mile 880 relay team the took first in the Santa Cruz Relays.
Denis Baldwin was an important part of last year and this years relay teams, which last year placed at CCS and qualified for the state meet. Dennis won the high hurdles in some meets.
Alan Paul was a starting offensive end all year and caught six passes for 62 yards. His forte was his blocking skills. Alan was a starter on the varsity basketball team, he led in free throw accuracy hitting at a 78% rate and had 41 assists. Alan always put out his optimum effort.
Ben Krupp was a two way player in football playing offensive and defensive tackle one of the toughest places to play both ways. Ben won honorable mention honors on the ALL MBL squad.
Ben Krupp was the only returning player on this years varsity basketball team and was the lone Card to receive honorable mention for All League. Krupp led the Cards in scoring with 238 points. He was awarded the Dads Club sportsmanship award and also received a special award for combined scholar-athletic ability.
Pat Swafford has been a top tennis player in the area for all four years. This year he had mono, which hampered his play, when he did get on the court.