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Feathered Femmes Tops. One of the 90 pom-pom corps chosen from over 300 schools in Northern California to participate in the Annual Pom-Pom Competition in San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium at a 49er game was our Cardinal ladies led by head pom-ponist Des Arvelas along with Maria Arvelas, Linda Sandretti, Vicki Evans and Sharon Jones.

Coaches: Tex Ronning, varsity football and wrestling. Don Dempwolfe, assistant varsity football. Nick Delurgio, junior varsity football and track. Bob Shook, assistant junior varsity football. Gordon Dolinar, cross country. Al Weimer, water polo and swimming. Ed Farrell, track. Joe Neipp, track. Tony Foster, golf. Dennis Mullen, tennis and lightweight football.
Larry Maibaum, assistant wrestling. Jack Alzina, lightweight basketball. Ray Hunter, freshman basketball and junior varsity baseball. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball.

1971
FOOTBALL Practice game: San Jose 0-7. League: Aptos 0-12, Salinas 14-40, North Salinas 0-6, Monterey 0-52, Harbor 20-26, Alisal 0-34, Seaside 0-37, Watsonville 6-47, Soquel 6-46. League record 0-9. Season record 0-10. Monterey beat Seaside 16-14 in the last game for the MBL title and went undefeated.

Squad members by position
Ends: Joe Thuringer, Gayland Swain, Jay Howard, Gary Lyster and Craig Deane
Tackles: Preston Dyson, Mike Biddle, Dave Samson, Ward Shlee, Ron Staub and Steve Poston
Guards: Greg Carroll, Dave LeBleu, Tom Bissel, Andy Herum, Steve Roland and Corey Brown
Center: Paul Tanner and Phil Johnston
Quarterbacks: Mike Johnson and Kevin O’Connell
Half Backs: Dave Mendez, Kurt Jernstrom, Chuck Strong, Jay Peterson, John Morris, John Bertuccelli, Sam Villa and Bill Scott
Fullback: Don Carniglia, Gary Dinatale and Ronald Shaffer
Monster on defense: Glen Libertore
Head coach Tex Ronning and assistant Don Dempewolfe

Ernie Penrose has been manager of Santa Cruz athletic teams for many years. The work he has put into the teams has been greatly appreciated.

“There Is No Dishonor in Defeat”
On each Monday afternoon 27 or 28 men gathered to regroup for another contest. They cheered and applauded for heroic achievements in the previous contest. On Tuesdays they worked offensive techniques and on Wednesdays they reviewed defense. Thursday tee shirts and shorts and spirits soared as we reviewed the weeks work. Fridays or Saturdays were never successful for us. Life is full of disappointments but after all we were successful 4 out of 5 days. In this respect our season was a pleasant one. Coach Tex Ronning and assistant coach Don Dempewolf.

At the beginning of the year the top backs are John Bertuccelli, who has great break away speed characteristic of the fine Card rushers of the past. Kurt Jernstrom is a strong runner and has quick moves. Fullback Don Carniglia is the backfield bruiser, cracking out the tough yards and a lineman on defense. Craig Deane and Gary Dinitale add depth to the backfield. The man who handles the ball every play quarterback, Mike Johnson, who was honorable mention All MBL last year and was the leagues supreme passer. Top offensive lineman are center, Paul Tanner; guards Corey Brown and Steve Roland; tackles, Steve Poston and Preston Dyson; ends, Gary Lyster and Joe Thuringer, backed up by Jay Howard, John Morris and Vince Wilson.
On the defensive line and line backers are Thuringer, Poston, Tanner, Dave Samson, Dyson, Brown and Carniglia. Deep backs are John Morris, Kevin O’Connell, Glen Liberatore and Chuck Strong. Others who will get playing time are Gayland Swain, Dan Finnegan, Ron Shakespeare, Gus Penniman and Scott Barber.

In the first game of the year the Cards went scoreless, only allowed a touchdown in the last minutes of the game. Both teams had chances to score during the game to no avail. The trio of Corey Brown, Preston Dyson and Don Carniglia forced a fumble, which was recovered by captain for the night, Steve Roland recovered on the San Jose 35. Don Carniglia ran it to the 19. The next play the ball was lost back to San Jose. Glen Liberatore made a diving tackle on a long run that saved a touchdown. Carniglia led the team in yards gained with 46 on 11 tries. Mike Johnson completed 9 of 20 passes for 96 yards. Gary Lyster caught three passes for 45 yards. Joe Thuringer, Jay Howard and John Bertuccelli captured two apiece.

Against Salinas the Cards held Salinas to a 14-14 tie at the end of the half, but the second half was a different story. Mike Johnson’s passing led the Cards to their first score on a 62 yard drive with two passes to John Bertucelli for 35 yards and 27 yards to Jay Howard for the paycheck. Don Carniglia kicked the extra point. Johnson led another drive late in the half completing three straight passes and a 16 yarder to handy man Craig Deane for the TD. Carniglia kicked the PAT.

Recent improvement among the Cards has been visible. Dave Mendez a veteran running and defensive back from last years team is now playing Monster on defense and doing the kickoffs and punts. Dave missed early practice when he lost his appendix. Craig Deane is now playing the Hero spot on defense and fills in at split end. Jay Howard is showing improvement at split end. Sophomore John Morris has played a solid defensive back and has returned punts and kickoffs well. Top defensive linemen have been Tanner, Thuringer, Sampson, and Ron Staub. Linebacks Carniglia and Corey Brown have played well. Don Carniglia has won the first three Mad Dog awards. Starting backs have been O’Connell, Strong, Mendez and Morris.

With two minutes left in the North Salinas game and the score tied 0-0, a large crew of Vikings shot through the line and blocked Carniglia’s punt sending the ball careening back toward the Card goal line with Carniglia and Vikings in pursuit. Carniglia recovered the ball on the 27, but a 15 yard penalty, put the ball on the twelve from were the Vikings scored the only points of the game. Earlier Craig Deane slammed through the line intercepted a lateral and streaked into the end zone, but it was nullified by a clipping penalty. The entire Card defense was outstanding especially Paul Tanner; line backers Carniglia, Corey Brown and back up Gary Dinatale; and defensive backs Kevin O’Connell, Chuck Strong and Glen Liberatore.

Mad Dogs so far this season were Don Carniglia three times, Craig Deane and Joe Thuringer.

In a lopsided loss to a top league leading Monterey team, Joe Thuringer played one of the finest defensive games in recent history, collecting 23 tackles and was constantly in every part of the field pulling down rushers.

Juniors Glen Liberatore and Ron Shaffer were the top player in the Alisal game, Liberatore show cased his running talents with several long runs and is now in the starting line up on offense. He also was named Mad Dog of the week.

In a 20-26 loss to Harbor the Cards scored first when Carngilia picked up a fumble on the ten from where Johnson fired a pass to Thuringer for the score. The second score came with Harbor players hanging on to every part of Johnson’s body, he was able to get a throw off to Kurt Jernstrom, who raced 41 yards for a TD making the score SC 12-8 at halftime. With Kevin O’Connell at quarterback, he flipped a screen pass to Bertuccelli down the left sideline for a score. Jernstrom punched in the extra point to tie the score 20-20. Harbor scored with four minutes left. Carniglia was Mad Dog of week.

Gayland Swain, Dave LeBlue, Jay Howard and Ron Shaffer have moved into starting defensive roles. Poston is still going both ways though the coaches are trying to rest players, so they will better able to play in the end of the game. The defensive backfield is Liberatore, Strong, Morris and Deane.

Against Watsonville, John Bertuccelli ran for 100 yards in seven carries. The first Card rusher to break into triple digits. Jay Howard almost pulled a touchdown out of punt return with Dave Mendez sweeping off three tacklers and Jay straight arming another, before being brought down on the 20 by the last man. Linebackers Carniglia and Swain were the most consistent performers. Craig Deane collected his 63 tackle to tie Tom Stagnaro.

Carniglia is coming near the school record for tackles set by Scott Graff with 103 in 1968. Don has 86 with two games left. He has passed previous records by Walt Edwards in 85, Jerry Johns in 67 and Tom Stagnaro in 63. Two games later Carniglia broke the record by having two games with ten tackles against Seaside and Watsonville who are tied for first place. It brings his total up to 106 with one game left. Graff’s total came in nine games, where the Cards are right now, so it is in the same number of games. Carniglia is now the record holder on equal terms as far as games and tackles are concerned. Carniglia’s glory came at linebacker and Graff’s at middle guard. They played two different positions and on different caliber teams, so they should not be rated against one another. Much praise should be given Carniglia as he has played both ways fullback, linebacker and punter. He hardly ever comes off the field. Being down in the score in games and with aches and pains, Don has shown how one can still play hard and never let down, no matter what. He is an inspiration to all.

Substitute linemen coming back next year are Phil Johnston, Andy Herum, Greg Carroll, Tom Bissell and in the backfield are Bill Scott and Sam Villa.

Special Awards
Most Valuable — Don Carniglia
Most Inspirational — Craig Deane
Cardinal Sportsmanship — Steve Roland
Most Tackles — Don Carniglia
Co-captains — Corey Brown and Mike Johnson
Athlete-Scholar — Craig Deane

Sentinel All County team. Defense: senior lineman, 6-1 190 pound Paul Tanner; senior linebacker, 5-1 170 pound Don Carniglia. Honorable mention: Joe Thuringer and Corey Brown.

Don Carniglia was selected on the second team ALL MBL. He and Paul Tanner, another two way player were named to the Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY TEAM. Thuringer and Brown received honorable mention. Corey Brown was probably the most consistent feather man this year going both ways at offensive guard and powerful linebacker.

JV FOOTBALL Practice game: San Jose 12-14. League: Aptos 28-24, Salinas 0-22, North Salinas 12-22, Monterey 0-22, Harbor 6-0, Alisal 26-18, Seaside 8-28, Watsonville 12-28, Soquel ?. Without counting Soquel, the league record 3-5 and season 3-6.

Team members: Lorenzo Lowery, Randy Silva, Steve Samson, Bill Mitchell, Alex Bastine, Dennis Meakin, Doug Simms, Nick Scontriano, Kelly Graff, Rick Martin, Mark Gonzales, Chris Clarke, Rick Tripp, Steve Schneider, Larry Wick, Dale Massek, Manuel Alvarez, Gary Trowbridge, Mike Atwood, Steve Parke, Ernie Brown, Bruce Gabriel, Don Bride, Scott Jernstrom, Rick Nelson, Tom Matthews, Randy Strong, Frank Mendez and Randy McCullah.

In a 12-14 loss to San Jose, Rick Tripp was impressive scoring a touchdown and continually pounding the Bulldog line. Mike Atwood at quarterback is moving the team and hitting his passes. Bill Mitchell is the outstanding freshman captured a starting position.

Cards defeat Aptos 28-24 in the league opener. The first score came after Steve Parkes intercepted a pass on the Card 12. Four plays later Atwood passed to Danny Urioste, who moved it 65 yards down the field. Alex Bastine doesn’t come off the field as he has been very impressive playing running back, defensive back, returning kick offs and punts. Two Uriostes are playing this year, freshman Randy a could be star of the future and brother Danny has become a star of the present.

Ernie Hightower was getting his line mates going and he and his mates Kelly Graff and Manuel Alvarez were named Mad Dogs of the week for their play in the North Salinas game. Three days later Ernie broke his leg in practice.

Harbor had a 4-1 record going into the game, but the Cards won 6-0. A big play was an interception by Steve Parke to stop a goal line drive by the Bucs. Power backs Manuel Alvarez and Rick Tripp set up quarterback Mike Atwood’s sneak into the end zone. The defense put up its first shut out of the year with outstanding play by Alex Bastine, Doug Sims, Rich Martin and Randy McCullah. Mad Dogs for the game were Alvarez, Bastine and Doug Sims.

Cards Rallying from a 12 point deficit to defeat Alisal 26-18. The Cards went ahead in the second quarter, while holding the Alisal Trojans scoreless. Atwoods short plunge was the go ahead factor. Alvarez scored on a eight yard run in the third quarter and Tripp scored on a ten yard run in the fourth. It was a great team effort.

SC held a 12-8 lead at half time against Watsonville, but the Cats came back to score 20 points in the second half to end up defeating the Cards 12-28. Mike Atwood threw passes for the two scores. One to Steve Samson for 55 yards and the other to Steve Parke for 30 yards.

Comments from the coach, “People like Kelly Graff are inspirational to coach and play with, A team’s success is based on players who are coachable, hard working and loyal. Kelly is that kind of man. Manuel Alvarez sees the field ahead of him and picks the spots that are open for him to run. Steve Samson can catch the ball in a crowd and still make yardage, plus being a good blocker. Two linemen who have ambitions to be good at offense a well as defense are Ernie Brown and Doug Sims. They not only play both ways, they also willingly play several positions as well. These are the type of people who give a team character and success.

FRESHMAN FOOTBALL Soquel 26-16, The is no mention of the team anywhere other than the following.

Timothy Tucker leads his freshman Cardinals past Soquel 26-16. Halfback Randy Urioste scrambled for three touchdowns and ran over 100 yards. The lightweight program has been discontinued and has been replaced with freshman teams.

CROSS COUNTRY
(from the information below, the Cards defeated four teams and lost to three teams in meets)

Eloy Villa walked away with a medal at the MBL meet. Eloy Villa placed twelfth followed by Bill Terzaghi thirty-fourth, Don Jacobs fortieth and Bruce Hunter fifty-fourth. For the sophomores, Steve Pelton placed thirteenth and Moose Jacobs twenty-first. Others to finish were Robert O’Brien, Kurt Calendar, John Armstrong and Fred Dickson.

In a tri-meet with Watsonville the big winner and Harbor the top Card placers were Eloy Villa in eighth place. In the Frosh-Soph race three sophomores Steve Poston, John Armstrong and Dave Fleeman took tenth, eleventh and twelfth places.

In a four way meet with Salinas, Monterey and Aptos, the Cards lost out being the winner by six points to Aptos and defeated Salinas and Monterey. Eloy Villa burnt up the course to take second place followed by Bill Terzaghi ninth, Don Jacobs twelfth, and Moose Jacobs thirteenth. Barry Marchisio was the last Card runner to finish.. In the Frosh- Soph race the Cards took second also. Leading runner was Steve Pelton.

The next course the Cards ran on was at the Rio Del Mar Beach. The race is still 2.1 miles and it is level with no hills, but sand is hard to run on. Bill Terzaghi was the top Cardinal taking nineteenth place. Eloy Villa was next and the third man was Don Jacobs at thirty-second. Kurt Calender and Barry Marchisio rounded out the Card team. The Frosh-Soph race was a highlight for SC. Moose Jacobs twelfth, Ron Duel seventeenth, Steve Pelton nineteenth and John Armstrong twenty-first.

Winning Is Wonderful as the Cards beat Salinas and North Salinas in a tri-meet. Eloy Villa gave the Salinans a taste of his dust gliding over the 2.6 mile course in 16.10 for first place. Little Willy Terzaghi placed fourth. Moose Jacobs seventh, Don Jacobs eighth and Steve Pelton tenth for a Cardinal total of 30 points. The Sophs took third place. The top SC runner was Robert O’Brien for eighth place.

At the Soquel Invitational in the small schools division, Eloy Villa was in the lead going up the hill, but dropped back at the finish to twelfth place. In the sophomore race, Steve Pelton and Moose Jacobs came away with medals.

Other members not mentioned above were Ray McIlvain, Bruce Hunter, Jim Finch and Stuart Schellberg.

Eloy Villa a junior makes All League. He was the top Card runner all year and won medals and ribbons at Invitational meets. Comments from Eloy were “You get out of it what you put into it and I improved more this year with determination and experience over the last two years.”

WRESTLING
Season record 9-4. Finished third in the league dual meets with a record of 6-3. Monterey was 9-0 and Watsonville 8-1. At the league finals the Cards took third place also. Five MBL wrestlers placed in the North State Tournament shows how strong the league was.

Deane All American. Craig Deane, SCHS senior and varsity wrestler was named to the High School All American wrestling team sponsored by the “Scholastic Wrestling News” magazine. To list all his credits would take up the whole sports page. A few of the major ones are two time Northern California Champion, League champion, CCS champion and the list drags on and on. There are 36 wrestlers picked across the nation by 168 wrestling coaches. TV, radio and newspaper sportswriters also help in choosing. The wrestlers are picked based on their wrestling record, school background and academic achievements. The article concerning Deane and his All American Award will be in the May 19, 1971 issue of the Scholastic Wrestling News.

Craig Deane and Kevin O’Connor took first places at the MBL meet. Deane a wounded hero with a cracked rib pushed pain aside to win his 148 pound match 9-4. O’Connor at 138 pounds had the crowd on edge and fingers crossed, but no need as he used his 101 moves and finesse to over come his man 4-2 as the SC crowd went wild. Second place winners were Bill Scott at 112 and Sam Villa at 130. These four will go on to the Area 2 of CCS. Other SC finishers were Paul Tanner a third place; fourth place finishers were Dennis Meakin, Steve Roland and Gary Dinatale.

Craig Deane was the only Card to make it out of the CCS meet to go on to Northern Cals.

Craig Deane again won the highest honors with his repeat win in the 145 pound weight class of the Northern California championship. Craig was named the most valuable wrestler in Northern California. His record this year is 38-1 and the one loss was due to a disqualification.
Craig won all the following tournaments: Harbor Tourney 1, Del Mar Classic 1, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 1, Area 2 Tourney 1, CCS Tourney 1, Northern California Invitational 1, Most Valuable Wrestler at Northern California. Craig holds the school record for most pins at 23 and led the team in takedowns with 52 and was the team co-captain.

In the first match of the season against SLV, the Cards won all but two matches. The first Card to win by pin was Nate Curtis at 120. Other winners by pins were Sam Villa, Glen Libertore, Rick Nelson, Craig Deane, Paul Tanner. Winners by decision were Bill Scott, Kevin O’Conner, Gary Dinatale and Steve Roland. Final score 48-12.

Gonzales took our gang 19-32. Gonzales started off with two pins and a decision. Villa Inc. of Sammy and Eloy, plus Kevin O’Conner brought the Cards to within two points. The only other Card wins were by Craig Deane and Paul Tanner.

Cats Stun Mat masters 23-28. In the most exciting meet of the year so far and the most competitive one. The meet started off in Watsonville’s favor with a forfeit and a pin. The first win was by Bill Scott in a close decision win. Brothers Sam and Eloy Villa, Kevin O’Conner and
Craig Deane, took decisions. Steve Poston pined his man in the heavyweight class.
The JV’s walked over Watsonville 39-18. The Cards lost the first two matches, but Nat Curtis had the fastest pin of the night, followed by four wins in a row by Glen Liberatore, Andrade, Rick Nelson and Mike Clark.

Cards Terrorize Mats. There have been so many dual meets recently that I have lost count, however the consistent winners still remain the same.

At the 16 team Gonzales Invitational, the Cards walked off with seven places. Once again Craig Deane took a first place along with Bill Scott, Kevin O’Conner and Paul Tanner. Sam Villa took a third place.

In a 25-26 loss to Alisal the met came down to the last two contestants, Paul Tanner and Steve Poston. They both need to win by pin for the team to pull out the win. Tanner was only able to manage a decision 14-10. Poston did go out and pin his man. Other winners were Deane by a pin. Sam Villa 15-1, Eloy Villa 6-1 and Kevin O’Conner 14-3 won by decisions.

Craig holds the school record for most pins at 23. His record this year is 38-1 and the one loss was due to a disqualification. More on his records will be at the bottom of this section.

Seventeen varsity wrestlers lettered this year with six of them seniors. Besides the illustrious Deane, the Cards had many other fine champions. Kevin O’Conner, league champion and always a high point getter went out with a boom. Junior Bill Scott usually is the one with the most fans at the meets. The name Villa has also stuck into many a fan’s memory, thanks to Sammy and Eloy Villa, who both helped win many dual meets. Steve Roland teamed with the blond bombshell Paul Tanner went to the mat to further the Cards; wins. Only two other seniors competed this year Gary Dinatale and Cory Brown. Randy McCulloch, Glen Libratore and Steve Poston also served on the team.

The most valuable wrestler is Craig Deane with 136 points. Following him are O’Conner 85; Scott 84; Tanner 82 and Sam Villa 54.

Most pins and takedowns :
Deane with 22 and 52;
O’Conner and Scott followed with totals for the two with 46 and 45 respectively
Tanner came in second in the pin category with 10.

Kevin O’Conner, Bill Scott, Sam Villa and Paul Tanner constantly brought home high finishes. Pleasant surprises as a result of hard work, brought the following boys high honors: Eloy Villa, Dennis Meakin, Gary Dinatale, Steve Poston and Steve Roland. Great promise was shown by Randy McCullah as he earned his varsity block as freshman wrestler.

The Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in a tournament.
Bill Scott, 112, Harbor Tourney 2, Del Mar Classic 2, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 2, Area 2 Tourney 6
Dennis Meeken, 138, MBL Tourney 4
Gary Dinatale, 165, MBL Tourney 4
Co-captain; Craig Dean, 148, Harbor Tourney 1, Del Mar Classic 1, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 1, Area 2 Tourney 1, CCS Tourney 1, Northern California Invitational 1, Most Valuable Wrestler at Northern California,
Co-Captain; Steve Roland, 154, MBL Tourney 4
Paul Tanner, 175, Harbor Tourney 4, Del Mar Classic 3, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 3 Kevin O’Connor, 136, Del Mar Classic 3, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 1, Area 2 Tourney 5
Sam Villa, 127, Gonzales Tourney 4, MBL Tourney 2.

Other varsity wrestlers were: Bill Starrs, Randy McCullah, Glen Liberatore, Steve Poston, and Eloy Villa. JV and lightweight wrestlers were: Corey Brown, Nate Curtiss, Rick Nelson, Chris Clarke, Mike Bishop, Paul Andrade, Mike Serbinski, Louis Bregante, Mike Clarke, Paul Scott and John Glines.

Moving up from the JV team next year are people like Nate Curtis, Mike Clark, Rick Nelson and Chris Clark.

Craig Deane’s awards are listed at the top of wrestling. Other awards were most improved to league champion, senior Kevin O’Connor. Gary Dinatale was team co-captain along with Craig Deane. Bill Scott won the sportsmanship award for varsity and Rick Nelson won for junior varsity.

For extended information the Trident was the source and for mainly match statistics, the official scorebook was the source. Games with a lot of information came from the Sentinel.

BASKETBALL Practice games: SLV 52-38, Los Gatos 66-64, Dads Club Tourney Milpitas 65-50, Watsonville 65-66, Aptos 64-54 for third place. Practice record 4-1. League: Aptos 36-37, 64-62; Monterey 59-71, Seaside 61-55, 75-54; Watsonville 48-61, 55-59; Salinas 39-41, Soquel 56-65, 54-55; Alisal, loss, 73-71. League record 5-13 ninth place. Season 9-14.

Squad members and year in school
Senior — Steve Ellis and Vince Wilson, who left the team with half a season to go to Winter track competition.
Juniors: Dave Martini, Milt Thompson, John Eicholz Kevin O’Connell, Gordon Crafts, Gary Lyster and Gordon Crafts. Sophomores: Glen Reed and Dave Bruce.

(Cards defeat this years MBL league champion, CCS Region IV champion and CCS champion Alisal) in their last game of the season with the number nine team against the number one team, Alisal to decided whether Alisal won the league undisputed or would be tied with Watsonville and North Salinas. A fabulous game by Dave Martini who scored 38 points on 13 of 21 field goal attempts, hit 12 of 14 free throws and knotted 11 rebounds.
With the score knotted 71-71 with seven seconds remaining the Cards called time out. The end bounds pass went to Martini on the foul line, who drove for the basket and was fouled. Four seconds left, Martini moves his hands and the ball arches high and falls unscathed through the rim. He repeats on the second throw. SC up 73-71. Alisal gets off a shot from half court that hit the rim, but not in.
The first half was close all the way with Alisal ahead 38-35 at half. At the end of the third quarter Martini hit a 45 foot desperation shot to make the score 60-59 Alisal. Martini hit everything he put up. With three minutes left Eicholz popped a ten footer to tie it 69-69. Alisal scored and with two minutes left, Bruce hit two free throws to tie it up 71-71. With a minute 20 seconds, the Cards took time out and went into their Kentucky stall until seven seconds left and called time again. A pass to Martini at the foul line from where he drove to the basket and was fouled. Martini then converted the game winning foul shots. The SC rooting section rushes the floor massing the players and crowds into a jumble.
The final stats seem to indicate that Martini was the only reason the Cards won, but this is far from the fact. Eight different Cardinals played well in the contest and exhibited true team play.
In the playoffs to go to CCS Alisal beats North Salinas 62-54 and Watsonville in double over time 67-65. Alisal goes on to win CCS.

In season opener Cards down Cougars 52-38 at Tuner gym. Scoring: Ellis 11, Thompson 5, Wilson 6, Martini 4, Bruce 7, Eicholz 8, Crafts 8, Parmenter 5, Givens 6 and Bertuccelli 0.

Cards in a two point game beat Los Gatos 66-64. Scoring: Ellis 8, Thompson 8, Wilson 2, Martini 21, Bruce 12, Eicholz 10, Crafts 0 and Parmenter 5.

The first game of the Dads Club Dave Martini with 27 points and John Eicholz with 19 carried the Cards to a 65-50 win over Milpitas. Scoring: Burce 6, Johnson 0, Eicholz 19, Martini 27, Crafts 8, Bertuccelli 2, Barbic 1, Mahan 2, Steve Samson 0.

In the semi-finals Watsonville slipped by the Cards by one point 65-66 to go into the finals. Guards from both teams were quick, constantly stealing the ball and speeding through the defenses. The Card guards, Steve Ellis and Milt Thompson are fine shooters. Milt usually speeds around his man to take unguarded shots or to pass the ball off to open men, when their defenders come to help on him. Steve is more an open jump shooter and has improved his ball handling a pass from last year.
The Cards pulled ahead in the first quarter and continued in the second as junior, veteran Vince Wilson and sophomore, forward Dave Bruce pushed the lead up to 26-16. Bruce would take fancy passes from Thompson and Ellis and drive into the key to get bashed by a defender and go to the foul line. Bruce went 14 for 15 on the foul line and ended up with 22 points in the game. Dave Martini scored 15 points, had 15 rebounds and held Aptos’ best scorer to seven points. Scoring: Martini 9, Bruce 13, Eicholz 18, Crafts 5, Thompson 13, Ellis 7.

Cards beat Aptos 64-54 for third place in Dads Club Tournament. Scoring: Ellis 2, Thompson 5, Eicholz 13, Martini 15, Bruce 22, Wilson 6 and Crafts 1

Juniors Dave Martini and John Eicholz and sophomore Dave Bruce made the All Tournament team, the only team to have three players make the select group.

Aptos Nips Santa Cruz 37-36 In MBL Kickoff. The Mariners win avenged last Saturdays 64-54 SC victory for third place in the Dads Tournament. During Tuesday nights first quarter, it appeared the Cardinals would have little trouble making it two in a row over the second year Mariners. But that certainly wasn’t the case. The Cards had a health 11-5 lead with 1:30 remaining in the quarter, but the Cards went into some offensive tactics, which had Aptos followers howling. It’s called holding the ball. SC guards played keep-away from the Aptos defenders, firmly implanted in a zone defense. The Red Bird strategy was intended to open up the middle and when it worked, it was beautiful, but it didn’t work enough. The Cards got two buckets off those tactics before the quarter ended, but Aptos dumped in three inside field goals and it was SC 15-13 as the quarter ended.
SC continued holding the ball in the second and third quarters, netting six and four points respectively, in those two disastrous periods. Aptos threw in nine points each quarter, even though SC applied pressure in the second period. The score was tied at halftime 21-21. Aptos pulled away to a 30-25 lead going into the final stanza.
SC came out with heavy pressure at the start of the fourth quarter and it resulted in three straight SC field goals, which put SC up 31-30. Aptos scored three points and Dave Bruce hit a 12 footer to knot the score again 33-33. Aptos scored on a fast break and Vince Wilson hit a 10 footer to tie it 35-35 with 3:20 left. Aptos scored on another fast break to go ahead 37-35. The teams exchanged turnovers and after Milt Thompson intercepted a pass and drove for the bucket, he was fouled. He hit the free throw to make the final score 37-36.
The Cards had chances to tie and go ahead in the final seconds, but nothing went right, or rather, on. SC went to the free throw line just five times, hitting two, while Aptos hit five of ten tries. SC got off 10 more shots than Aptos sinking 17 of 43 attempts, while Aptos drilled 16 of 33. The Mariners dominated the boards snatching 29 to the Cards 17. Bruce was tops with five. Starting center John Eicholz missed the game with the flu. Scoring: Ellis 3, Thompson 5, Martini 10, Bruce 6, Wilson 10, Crafts 2 and Parmenter 0.

Cards Fall To Potent Dores 71-59. Monterey jumped out to a 18-13 lead in the first period, but the Cards outscored the Dores 21-20 in the second quarter to trail by four points 34-38. Monterey came out running to start the second half and caught the Cards flat footed on defense. Monterey ran the score up to 54-43 to start the final quarter. The loss was no fault of guard Bill Parmenter, who ended up five rows deep in the seats and went tail over teakettle trying to save a loose ball. We give him the “Charlie Hustle” award this week.
Vince Wilson enjoyed his biggest night as a Card this year, when he netted seven field goal and a trio of shots from the line for 17 points. Monterey took advantage of some very physical leapers in its front line on offense. Monterey rarely got off less than three straight shots at the bucket. The Cards did not get off enough field goal attempts, but did hit 15 of 20 foul shots for 75 percent shooting. Parmenter and Bruce were 4 for 4 and Wilson 3 for 3. Scoring: Ellis 0, Parmenter 6, Wilson 17, Martini 13, Bruce 14, Crafts 5 and Reed 4.

Cards take Seaside 61-55. Vince Wilson tore through the floor with tremendous power at each end of the court as he snatched 18 rebounds and scored 20 points, while collecting “ooohs and aas” of admiration from onlookers on both sides off the court. In addition Vince held Seaside’s top scorer, who averages in the mid 20’s to half his normal average by playing him tight and tough. Wilson with the help of Dave Martini controlled the game for a 61-55 win. He is suddenly showing more than anyone else in the league.
In league stats Vince leads the team in scoring, rebounding and overall performance, averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds a game. Two new players Glen Reed missed making lightweights exponents and has started playing with the varsity and Kevin O’Connell, who has just returned from a football injury were factors in this game. Scoring: Ellis 3, Eicholz 9, Martini 8, Bruce 8, Wilson 20, Reed 7 and Kevin O’Connell 6

Salinas ekes out a 41-39 victory over SC. Milt Thompson has returned from Louisiana.
Scoring: Ellis 2, Bruce 11, Eicholz 6, Wilson 3, Martini 16, Reed 1, Crafts 0 and Thompson 0.

The Cards lost to Watsonville 48-61. The Cards lost by 13 points and missed 14 free throws. Wilson played with his usual brilliance, balanced by the scoring of sophomore Dave Bruce, the rebounding of Dave Martini and the ball handling of Steve Ellis, the Cards were in the game until three minutes left and still down six. Then the Cards put on extra pressure and started fouling to end up with the final 13 point spread.

Soquel 65-56. Scoring: Thompson 0 and fouled out. Bruce 9, Eicholz 2, Martini 14, Wilson 7, Ellis 2, Reed 7, Crafts 4 and O’Connell 11.

After this game Vince Wilson left the team to work on his sprinting on the track team and run in some of the winter special track competition for top track men. He did very well and won the league in the 100. It did have a big impact on the basketball team.

Alisal loss.

Cards slip by Aptos 64-62. The crowd became excited in the fourth quarter as the Mariners held a 47-51 lead. The lead bumpered between the contesters nine times in the quarter. Enter Steve Ellis and Dave Martini. Martini crashed through the Aptos zone to put the Cards up 55-54. Aptos scores to put Aptos up by one. One minute left, Ellis comes down court and hit’s a 17 footer to put the Cards up again 57-56. Aptos scores again. Dave Bruce takes a pass from Kevin O’Connell and drives in for a lay up. SC up 61-60. Aptos scores up one. Twelve seconds time out. O’Connell inbounds to Ellis drives down court and pulls up at 25 feet for a swisher. SC up 63-61. Seven seconds left and Aptos throws a pass to half court, intercepted by Martini, who passes to Glen Reed, who was then flagrantly fouled and given two shots. Glen missed the first but made the second for final of SC 64-62. Bruce had a strong shooting night, hitting 10 of 18 and totaled 21 points plus leading in rebounding. O’Connell hit five of ten for 10 points and Martini had 14 points.

Cards 75-54 over Seaside. The Cards led the first quarter 13-8. In the second period the Cards went 1 for 10 from the foul line. A 51 point second half finished the game off. Bruce popped 22 points followed by Reed with 12. Eicholz snatched 16 rebounds, followed by Martini at 15. Ellis shoved out six assists. Gary Lyster played his most impressive game of the season. The Cards resurgence has to be hinged on two major factors, guards Ellis, O’Connell and Bruce are working, scoring crucial points and winning games. With an injury to top defensive man Thompson, it means more work for the other guards. Forwards Martini, Reed and Bruce, when not playing guard, are sharp and building the team. Gordie Crafts and John Eicholz can battle anyone in the league for board strength. Mike Johnson and Gary Lyster have been added to the team for depth.

The MBL has a strange distinction this year, ten very good evenly matched teams. At any one time, any team could beat any other team. With about a third of the season gone there remains not one undefeated team or one team without a win. All squads still have a solid shot at the championship.

In the last seconds of the Soquel game with the score 54-53 SC, a foul was called on SC and Soquel made both for the win. After the game the Soquel vice principal went into the dressing room and said there was no foul committed. He was being a true sportsman saying what happened was not right.

SC has been play pretty well recently. They just have not been winning. The Cards presented challenges to high ranking Watsonville and North Salinas in two of the three last games. Watsonville topped the Cards in the last seconds with two straight field goals 59-55. With the score tied 55-55 with almost a minute left the Cats held the ball for the last shot, which they missed, but put the rebound shot back in and the stole the end bounds pass and scored again. Strong scoring came from Martini with 22 and Bruce with 21. Eicholz romped with rebounds and Ellis played solidly at guard. Milt Thompson has missed four games with a shoulder injury and missed other games earlier in the year. Ellis missed two games this last week. Leaving the Cards with a short guard corp. Well manned underneath the Cards are starting Martini and Reed at forwards and Eicholz at center with very capable back up in Gordon Crafts. The top three contributors have been Martini, Bruce and Eicholz. The only senior on the team is Ellis.

SC boasts only one senior, hot shooting guard Steve Ellis. Steve had started all through the season until being weakened late by the flu. Ellis is a great natural shooter, a fine ball handler and an excellent defender.

Dave Martini was selected ALL MBL. He led in the following stats, averaging 16.8 points a game, 9.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Dave Bruce was honorable mention.

LIGHTWEIGHTS league record 14-4 one game out of first place. The Cardlets beat league champion Aptos three times. Won the lightweight tournament at Harbor. Seasons record 19-4.

Harbor Tourney, Monterey 36-39, but Monterey had to forfeit; Aptos 58-74; beat SLV for the tournament championship.
League: Alisal 54-55, Seaside won, Aptos 64-55,Watsonville 40-38, won; Monterey won, North Salinas 40-42, Salinas loss, 42-67;

At the Harbor Lightweight tournament in the first game the Cardlets lost to Monterey, but since Monterey played an ineligible player the Cardlets won by forfeit. In the semi-finals against Aptos the Cardlets walked all over the Mariners 74-58 with Tom Lusby and Mike Ferrin leading the way. Against SLV in the championship game the top scorers were Mike Ferrin 19 and Pete Corneliussen 12.

The Cardlets borrowed the old Cat adage of having nine lives as they squeaked by the Watsonville Wildkittens 40-38 for their ninth victory of the season without a defeat. Defense proved to be the best offense as the Cardlets held the Kittens to two fourth quarter field goals, while potting five themselves. Mike Ferrin again led the scorers with 16 points and board man Pete Corneliussen backed him with nine.

Magical Mike Ferrin dropped 25 points and Tom Lusby scored 14 and had a fine floor game as the leader of the offense in a 65-24 win.

The Cardlets used Monterey and Watsonville as practice games as they embarrassed both teams by unimaginable scores.

After losing a toughie against North Salinas 40-42 on a last seconds desperation shot, fell completely apart and out of the championship race with a 42-67 disaster against Salinas. The Redbirds were down only four points at the start of the second quarter, but only scored two points against 15 for Salinas. Tom Lusby and Mike Ferrin led the scoring with 10 apiece.

Other players not mentioned in the write ups are Harry Kypreos, Stan Frasier, Wyland Childs, Manuel Alvarez, Jim Lyster, Bob Lowery, Rudy Cortez, Gary Moro and Steve Palazzo. Coach Jack Alzina.

Mike Ferrin, who averaged 20.3 points a game was selected MBL league MVP. Pete Corneliussen was All MBL and averaged 13.2 points a game. Guard Tom Lusby was an honorable mention all league and was elected team captain.

JV BASKETBALL SLV 69-26, Watsonville 52-38, Harbor 38-33, Aptos JV tourney Harbor 60-46, semi-finals won, Watsonville 60-68 for second place. League: Watsonville 51-45, Seaside 41-30, Salinas 39-63, 60-70; Aptos 44-38, Monterey loss
League record 7-11. Season record of 8-12.

Four returnees from last year are starter, sophomore John Mendez, who is an artful ball handler and a fiery defensive guard. Pivot man 6’ 3” George Barbic, a excellent board cleaner and a steadily improving shooter. Bob Mahan a hustling all around player and Bob Pianavilla a rugged backboard contender. New players are sophomore Rick Erlin a outside net Jumper at guard, Dave Stengl a high leaping freshman, another freshman rebounder Art Terry and sophomore Steve Samson a dependable clutch player. Other players are Nobert Szczurek, Roy DeRego, Todd Jones and Steve Parke. Coach Ray Hunter.

Rick Erlin pelted the nets for eight points in the third quarter and Art Terry hooked in a pair of last minute buckets in a come from behind 38-33 win over Harbor in a hotly contested game.

Against Watsonville in a practice game the Cards were down 27-45 at the end of the third quarter, when the Cards put on a big push to score 18 points and held the Cats to 7 losing by a much closer 45-52 score. Center George Barbic led his team in scoring with 11 points and rebounding with 17 while showing much improved flare and drive.

At the Aptos JV tournament during Christmas vacation the Cards won their first two games, before losing in the finals to Watsonville 60-68. John Mendez was selected All Tourney.
Starting the new year right, Bob Mahan planted 15 points as the Cards utilized a hot second half to pull away from Seaside 41-30.

A bucket by George Barbic and clutch free throws by Bob Pianavilla and Norb Szczurek in the final 2 minutes of the game lifted the Cards to a 43-37 victory over Aptos in a real ulcer builder to up the Cards record at this point to 5-6 in league and 6-7 for the season. With the score tied 34-34 at the start of the fourth quarter the Cards stalled for four minutes as guards Szczurek and Erlin played a little catch until Szczurek was fouled and made both. Barbic wielded 16 points and snared 22 rebounds to continue his MBL tear.

Scrubbing the boards and jostling the nets like a famished bird in a worm ranch, the floor dominator has averaged 16 points and 14 rebounds a contest in the past seven matches. Big G (George Barbic) etched a team personal scoring and back board swiping high of 27 points and steam shoveling 27 rebounds in a 60-70 setback to Salinas.

In a loss to Salinas 39-63, center George Barbic pulled down 11 rebounds, but could not match his 11 points per game average.

The Cards ended the season with a 44-38 win against Aptos.

In review of the season: receiving little publicity, but gracing the backcourt with a defensive taunt, club quarterback John Mendez fueled the real Cardinal red and swiveled in 4.2 per game savvy. Forwards Steve Samson and Bob Mahan pioneered the Jay Vee caravan in the early going with fabulous ring rattling moves under the basket. Samson finished with a 8.3 points per game average and Mahan a 8.6 average. Catching on, to say the least, the red flapper pivot George Barbic at 6’ 3” started treating the net seams harshly and brushing the boards empty. He proceed to head the Bird attack the rest of the season with 11.4 notches a contest. It showed massive varsity potential for next year.

BASEBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS Practice games: Oak Grove, 1-4; Piedmont Hills, 5-4; SLV, 2-3; Carmel, 5-4, 3-6. Salinas Lions Tournament; Watsonville 4-3; Salinas 1-3; Seaside 10-2; Pacific Grove, 5-12. Practice record 4-5. League: Seaside 8-0, 5-1; Monterey 13-0, 14-1; Aptos 16-0, 2-0; Watsonville 0-2, 4-3; North Salinas 14-2, 8-4; Salinas 0-0 (9 innings) 2-1; 0-1 make up tie game; Soquel 8-2, 11-2; Harbor 3-0, 1-3; Alisal 4-0, 6-4 (14 innings). League record 15-3, CCS: Hollister 1-6. CCS record 0-1 Season record 19-9.

MBL league standings; SC 15-3, Soquel 14-4, Harbor 10-8, Watsonville 9-8-1, Seaside 9-8-1, Alisal 9-9, North Salinas 7-10-1, Aptos 7-11, Salinas 4-12-2 and Monterey 3-14-1.

Team members: Seniors: Mike Johnson, Steve Ellis, Gus Penniman, Gary Lyster and Dave Mendez. Juniors: Preston Dyson, Pat O’Brien, Milt Thompson, Mike Ferrin, Harry Kypreos, Mike Ewald, Duke Shelden and Tom Lusby. Sophomores: Glen Reed and Dave Bruce.

The Cards started slow using different line ups and losing more then usual, but when the lineup was solidified the wins started coming.

Cards lose to Oak Grove 1-4 in nine innings. The Cards lone run came in the fifth inning when Milt Thompson led off with a single, went to second on an error, to third on a wild pitch and scored on Mike Ferrins ground out to second. Mike Johnson started on the mound and went four innings giving up one hit, no runs, walked one and struck out four. Preston Dyson pitched the next four innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out three. Pat O’Brien pitched the last inning giving up one hit, two earned runs, walked two, struck out two
and took the loss. Harry Kypreos had a double. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Ferrin LF, 5-0; Kypreos C, 5-2; Johnson P/3B, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0; Gary Lyster SS, 4-1; Steve Ellis CF, 3-1; Mendez 3B, 2-0; Thompson RF, 4-2; Lusby 2B, 4-1; Dyson P, 1-0; Bruce PH, 1-1 and O’Brien P, 0-0.

Cards strike early to take Piedmont Hills 5-4. Johnson started and went four innings giving up four hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out four to gain the win. Dyson went the next three innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out four. In the first inning the first three batters walked. Clean up hitter Penniman hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Thompson. Lyster drove in Kypreos on infield ground out. In the third, Kypreos singled and Johnson singled him to second. Penniman sacrificed the two runners to third and second. Lyster singled in Kypreos and Johnson was out trying to go to third, but Lyster went to second on the throw. Ferrin singled him home. Ellis double in Ferrin to make the score 5-2. RBI’s: Lyster two and one each for Penniman, Ferrin and Ellis. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-1; Kypreos C, 3-2; Johnson P/LF, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 2-0 and had two sacrifices; Gary Lyster SS, 4-3; Ferrin LF, 3-1; Ellis CF, 3-1; Mendez 3B, 2-0; Reed 2B, 2-0 and Dyson P, 3-1.

SLV downs SC 3-2. SLV scored in the first on an error, the first of four made by the Cards. In the third Lusby was hit by a pitch, went to second on a balk, to third on Bruce’s single and scored on a wild pitch. To led off the seventh with SLV up 3-1, lead off hitter Ellis doubled and went to third after tagging up on a fly to right and scored on a balk. SLV’ pitcher threw a two hitter. Johnson started and went five innings giving up four, hits one earned run, walked one and struck out seven for the loss. Dyson went the next two innings giving up no hits, runs, or walks and struck out five. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-0 Kypreos C, 3-0; Lyster SS, 3-0; Johnson P/3B, 2-0; Penniman 1B, 3-0; Ellis CF, 3-1; Ferrin LF, 1-0; Mendez LF, 2-0; Lusby 2B, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 2-1; Reed 3B, 1-0; and Dyson P, 1-0.

Cards rally in sixth inning to defeat Carmel 5-4. Three straight singles by Kypreos, Lyster and Johnson loaded the bases. A walk to Ellis forced in a run. A sacrifice fly by Ferrin drove in another run and Penniman’s single drove in the last two runs. The other run came on Ellis’ home run in the fourth inning. Johnson started and went four innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out five. O’Brien went three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked none and struck out three. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-1; Kypreos C, 3-1; Lyster SS, 3-2; Johnson P/3B, 3-0; Ellis CF, 1-1, two walks; Ferrin LF, 2-1, sacrifice; Penniman 1B, 3-1; Mendez 3B, 1-0; Reed 2B, 2-0; and O‘Brien P, 2-0.

In the second game of a double header with Carmel the Cards used a revamped line up an gave up five runs in the sixth inning to lose 3-6. In the third inning Ewald walked, when to second on Dyson bunt base hit, to third on Ferrin’s sacrifice bunt and scored on an error by the pitcher. Dyson scored on a sacrifice fly by Thompson. In the fourth, Lyster walked, stole second and scored on Mendez’s single. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-0; Thompson RF, 3-1; Johnson 3B, 4-0; Ellis CF, 2-0; Lyster SS, 2-0; Bruce C, 1-0, two walks; Mendez 2B, 3-1; Ewald LF, 1-0, two walks; Dyson P, 1-1; Kypreos PH, 1-1; Sheldon P, 0-0; O’Brien P, 1-1 and Penniman RF, 1-0. The pitching stats by inning, hits, earned runs, walks and strike outs.
IN H ER BB K
Dyson 5 2 1 4 3
Sheldon 1/3 1 5 5 0
O’Brien 1 2/3 2 0 0 5

Johnson One Hits Seaside in 8-0 win in the first league game. Mike Johnson pitches a complete game giving up one hit, no runs, one walk and struck out nine. Steve Ellis started the scoring with a double off the left field fence to drive home two runs. Mike Ferrin and Dave Mendez doubled in the Cards four run sixth inning. Mendez crushed in three RBI’s followed by Ellis with two and Ferrin and Kypreos one apiece. Ellis had a double. Cards had only one error. Lineup: Ferrin LF, 3-1; Kypreos C, 4-1; Johnson P, 4-1; Thompson RF, 4-1; Ellis CF, 2-1; Gary Lyster SS, 3-1; Penniman 1B, 3-2; Bruce 3B 1-0, sacrifice, walk; Mendez 3B, 2-1 and Reed 2B, 1-0.

Cards Preston Dyson pitches five inning no hitter to beat Monterey 13-0 in a game called by darkness. Dyson pitched all five innings giving up five walks and struck out five. Thompson, Johnson and Lyster had doubles. RBI’s were two each for Ellis, Lyster and Bruce. One each for Ferrin, Johnson, Ferrin and Mendez. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Thompson RF, 1-1; Kypreos C, 3-1; Ellis CF, 4-3; Johnson 2B, 4-3; Lyster SS, 2-1; Ferrin 1B, 2-1; Penniman LF, 1-0; Bruce 3B, 3-1; Dyson P, 2-1; Lusby SS, 1-0; Ewald RF, 1-0; Reed 3B, 0-0; Mendez LF, 1-0.

Cards blast Aptos 18-0. Aptos was held to one hit, Mike Johnson started and went four innings giving up the one hit, walked four and struck out four for the win. Dyson went one inning walking one and striking out one. O’Brien went one inning striking out the side. Ellis and Lyster doubled. RBI’s with three were Penniman and Lusby. Two were Thompson, Lyster, Ferrin, Mendez and Ewald. Bruce had one. Cards had one error. Cards have one error. Lineup: Thompson RF, 5-3; Kypreos C, 5-1; Ellis CF, 5-2; Johnson P/3B, 1-0 and walked four times; Lyster SS, 4-1; Ferrin 1B, 1-1; Penniman 1B, 2-1; Bruce 3B, 3-1; Mendez LF, 3-3; Dyson P, 1-0; Lusby 2B, 2-0 and two walks; Ewald LF, 1-1 and O’Brien P, 0-0.

Home team, Watsonville gave SC their first league loss 2-0 after the Cards had pitched three straight shut outs in league games, but are now 3-1 in league. The Cats started their first at bat with a walk. A sacrifice put the runner on second and he scored on a double. A second runner, who got on with a walk was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw from Johnson in deep left center to shortstop Gary Lyster to Harry Kypreos at the plate. The second run scored in the fourth on two consecutive walks and two infield errors. SC was held to four hits, one a double by sophomore Dave Bruce. Preston Dyson went all the way giving up six hits, three walks, one earned run, struck out three and took the loss. Linuep: Thompson RF, 3-0; Kypreos C, 3-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Johnson LF, 3-1; Lyster SS, 3-1; Ferrin 1B, 2-0; Bruce 3B/C, 2-2; Lusby 2B, 2-0; Dyson P, 2-0; Ewald LF, 0-0 and Mendez 2B/3B, 0-0.

North Salinas had the Cards down 3-4 going into the last of the sixth inning, when the Cards broke out with a five run inning to win 8-4. Ferrin started the inning off with a single and went to second on a pass ball. Kypreos doubled him home. Thompson got on by an error and Mendez bunted the runners up a base to second and third. Johnson doubled them home. Lyster tripled Johnson home. Runs batted in were two for Johnson and Bruce, one each for Ellis, Lyster and Kypreos. Extra base hits triples for Thompson and Lyster. Doubles for Ellis, Johnson and Bruce. Johnson struck out 11, allowed only one walk, gave up 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1; Mendez LF, 4-1; Ellis CF, 3-1; Johnson P, 3-3; Lyster SS, 4-1; Bruce 3B, 4-1; Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Lusby 2B, 3-0 and Kypreos C, 3-2.

Preston Dyson went nine innings of no run ball, striking out 11 allowing only one walk and 4 hits in 0-0 game. His Salinas counter part gave up only three hits by Thompson, Kypreos and Ferrin. The game was called by darkness and will be replayed later in the season. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1; Kypreos C, 3-1, sacrifice; Ellis CF, 4-0; Johnson LF, 2-0, two walks; Lyster SS, 4-0; Bruce 3B, 4-0; Ferrin 1B, 4-1; Lusby 2B, 2-0, walk and Dyson P, 3-0.

In the opening game of the Salinas Tournament, SC reversed their league loss to Watsonville with a 4-3 win behind the pitching of Mike Johnson and Pat O’Brien. Johnson went four innings, gave up four hits, one walk, no earned runs and struck out five for the win. O’Brien went the last three giving up four hits, two walks, one earned run and struck out four for a save. SC scored all four of their runs in the third inning. Lusby led off the inning with a hit, went to second on a wild pitch and was bunted to third by Kypreos. Consecutive hits by Thompson, Ferrin, Ellis and Lyster drove in the four runs. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1, Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Ellis CF, 3-1; Johnson P/LF, 2-0; Lyster SS, 3-1; Mendez LF/3B, 3-0; Lusby 2B, 3-1; Kypreos C, 3-1, sacrifice; Bruce 3B, 1-0, sacrifice and O’Brien P, 1-0.

In the winners bracket, SC lost to Salinas 1-3 to go into the consolation bracket. Mike Johnson went all the way giving up five hits, no walks, three earned runs and struck out nine. He had four three up and three down innings. SC had one error. The Cards run came on a walk to Ellis, who stole second and scored on Lysters triple. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-0; Ferrin 1B, 3-0; Ellis CF, 2-1; Johnson P, 3-1; Lyster SS, 3-1; Kypreos C, 3-0; Lusby 2B, 3-0; Mendez LF, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 2-0 and Ewald PH, 1-0.

In the third game of the Salinas tournament, the Cards defeated Seaside 10-2. Pat O’Brien struck out 12, walked 3, gave up 7 hits and 2 earned runs for the win. Mike Ewald had a grand slam home run, two hits and four RBI‘s. Others with RBI’s were Dave Mendez with 2 and Ferrin, Johnson and Kypreos with one each. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1; Ferrin 4-1; Ellis CF, 4-2; Johnson 2B, 3-2; Lyster SS, 2-1; Mendez 3B, 2-1; Kyreos C, 1-0, walk; Ewald LF, 3-2; O’Brien P, 3-1; Lusby 2B, 0-0 and Bruce C, 1-0.

Card lose the last game of the tournament 5-12 to Pacific Grove. Dave Mendez had the big hit for SC with a three run homer. SC was only able to come up with four hits. George Barbic, up from JV’s, pitched five innings. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-0, Ferrin 1B, 4-1; Ellis CF, 3-0; Johnson 2B, 1-1; Lyster SS, 2-0; Mendez 3B, 3-1; Kypreos C, 1-0; Ewald LF, 3-1; Dyson P, 0-0; Barbic P, 2-0, walk; Bruce C, 0-0, walk and Lusby 2B, 0-0, two walks.

Mike Johnson threw a four hitter, allowed one walk, no earned runs and struck out three against Soquel in a 8-2 win. Milt Thompson drove in three runs and Ferrin, Ellis, Johnson and Lusby drove in one apiece. Ferrin had two hits and 2 stolen bases and Ellis had one hit and one stolen base. The Cards did have one area that was not good and that was four errors. Not characteristic of the Cards defense. Ferrin stole two bases, followed by Ellis and Lusby with one each. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1; Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Ellis CF, 4-1; Johnson P, 3-1; Lyster SS, 2-1; Mendez LF, 3-0; Kypreos C, 2-1; Lusby 2B, 3-1; Bruce 3B, 2-1, walk and Ewald LF, 0-0.

Cards 3, Harbor 0. Harbor threw a three hitter against the Cards, but crafty base running and timely hitting made those three hit into three runs. Mike Johnson started and went 5 innings giving up six hits, walked none and struck out four for the win. Pat O’Brien went two innings giving up two hits, one walk and struck out two for the save. Harbor had a chance to score in the first inning, but Mike Ewald uncorked a shot to Bruce to throw out the runner at third base. From right field Milt Thompson fired the ball to the cut off man Mike Ferrin who alertly tagged out the runner rounding first base for the third out before a runner headed home could get to the plate saving a run.
Two runs were scored in the third inning when Dave Bruce walked was sacrificed to second by Dave Mendez. Bruce scored on Milt Thompson’s single. Milt took second on the throw home. Ferrin doubled Milt home. In the sixth, Milt singled and went to second on an infield out. As Milt was stealing third, the catcher made a bad throw and Milt scored. This was a game were players made good use of their opportunities while on base. Alert play and good throws from outfielders also came into play. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-2; Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Ellis CF, 3-0; Johnson P/LF, 1-0, two walks; Lyster SS, 3-0; Kypreos C, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 1-0, walk; Mendez 2B, 1-0, sacrifice; Ewald LF, 2-0 and O’Brien P, 0-0.

Cards trip Alisal 4-0. O’Brien and Dyson two hit Alisal. Dyson started and went four innings giving up one hit, six walks, and struck out four for the win. O’ Brien went the last three giving up one hit, no walks, striking out five of the ten batters he faced for the save. Penniman and Bruce had doubles. Ferrin had 2 RBI’s, Bruce and Penniman had one each. SC had two errors.
Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-1, Kypreos C, 4-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Johnson RF, 3-1; Lyster SS, 2-2; Mendez 2B, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 3-3; Ewald LF, 2-0; Dyson P, 1-0; Penniman PH, 1-1 and O’Brien P, 1-0.

To start the second round of SCCAL play, the Cards had a six run fourth inning ignited by a three run home run by Johnson to down Seaside 8-1. Mike Johnson went all the way giving up seven hits, two walks, one earned run, struck out eight for the win. SC had only one error. Dave Mendez had a double and walked twice. Johnson drove in three runs and Thompson, Ellis, Lyster and Bruce each drove in a run. Lineup: Thompson RF, 2-2; Ferrin 1B, 4-2, Ellis CF, 5-1; Johnson P, 4-1; Lyster SS, 3-1; Bruce 3B, 3-1; Mendez 2B, 2-1; Kypreos C, 4-0, Ewald LF, 4-2 and Penniman RF, 2-0.

Cards have another high scoring game against their old nemesis for the league title Monterey, winning 14-1. SC had three base runners in the first inning and two in the second inning, but could not score. They made up for it scoring in all the rest of the innings. Top RBI contributors were Gus Penniman with four, Johnson with three and Dave Mendez with two. Thompson, Ellis and Lyster each had one. Penniman had four hits, Johnson three and Ellis two. Ellis stole two bases followed by Ferrin, Penniman, Ewald and Lyster with one each. SC had two errors. Dyson started and went four innings giving up four hits, no walks, no earned runs and struck out one for the win. O’Brien went three innings giving up no hits, three walks, no earned runs and six strike outs for the save. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Penniman LF, 5-4; Ellis CF, 4-2; Johnson RF, 4-3; Lyster SS, 3-1; Bruce 3B, 4-1; Mendez 2B, 1-1; Kypreos C, 3-0; Dyson P, 3-0; O’Brien P, 1-1; Thompson RF, 1-1 and Ewald CF, 1-0.

After defeating Aptos 16-0 early in the year, the Mariners, especially their sophomore pitcher, who gave up just three hits made the Cards sweat for their 2-0 victory. Mike Johnson picked up his second complete game shout out and stretched his record to 7-0. Mike struck out 7, walked 3 and gave up 5 hits. Johnson aided his own cause doubling in the second inning was bunted to third by Lyster and scored on Pennimans infield out. To lead off the sixth, Johnson singled went to second on a wild pitch, was bunted to third by Penniman and squeezed home by Mendez.
Lineup: Thompson RF, 2-0, walk; Ferrin 1B, 3-0; Ellis CF, 2-0, walk; Johnson P, 3-2; Lyster SS, 1-0, sacrifice, walk; Penniman LF, 3-1; Mendez 2b, 1-0, walk, sacrifice; Bruce 3B, 3-0, Kypreos C, 1-0, hit by pitch and Ewald LF, 0-0.

Bases Loaded Walk Nets Another Cardinal Win. Milt Thompson’s bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning provided the winning run in the Card 4-3 win over Watsonville. The free pass, which forced in Gus Penniman with the winning run was somewhat anti-climactic in the well played come from behind game. It shot the Cards league record to 11-1-1 good enough for a two game lead over second place Soquel. SC fought back to tie the game after Watsonville jumped to 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Cards two run second inning squared things. SC went up one with a single run in the sixth. Then it was the Wildcats turn for a come back with the tying run coming in the Cats’ last chance seventh inning.
The Cats; played like the game decided the championship. Both teams played strong defense, especially Watsonville, which cooled off potential SC threats all game, notably in the last three innings. The Cards made the only error of the game. SC, as usual, was heads up defensively, as shortstop Gary Lyster was the most noticeable defender on the diamond. The senior covers ground as well as any shortstop in the league this season.
Gus Penniman rapped two hits and scored the winning run. Dyson went all nine innings striking out five, walking 4 and allowing 7 hits, but only once did the Cats get more than one hit in an inning. Watsonville started the first inning scoring two runs. In the second, Penniman tripled and scored on Lyster’s single. Mendez sacrifice him to second. Kypreos singled and Lyster was thrown out at the plate by the center fielder. Kyperos went to second on the throw home. Dyson doubled home Kypreos to tie the score. In the sixth Ellis walked, stole second and on a fly to center tagged up and went to third from where he scored on a hit by Penniman. Watsonville came right back and scored the tying run in the seventh.
Two SC double plays came on line drives catches and doubling off runners. The plays were made by Johnson in left field and Lyster at short. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-1; Ferrin 1B, 1-0; Bruce 3B, 2-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Johnson LF/3B, 4-0; Penniman LF, 3-2; Lyster SS, 3-1; Mendez 2B, 2-0; Kypreos C, 3-1; Dyson P, 3-1 and Ewald PH, 1-0.

Johnson Hurls Santa Cruz To 4-0 Shutout Over Vikings. Senior right hander Mike Johnson upped his league record to 8-0. Johnson was near flawless in his performance by hurling a nifty three hitter, walked three and struck out 12 in a shut out. Johnson was overpowering from the very first inning by striking out at least two North Salinas batters in every frame with the exception of the four and fifth innings. Johnson also doubled. RBI’s were Bruce, Lyster and Johnson. Cards had two errors to none for North Salinas. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-0; Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Ellis CF, 4-2; Johnson P, 3-1; Penniman 1B/LF, 3-1; Lyster SS, 3-1; Mendez 2B, 1-0, two walks; Kypreos C, 1-0 Bruce 3B, 3-1.

In a make up game against Salinas the Cards oozed out a 2-1 win. The Card runs came in the sixth inning when Thompson hit a line drive single and went to second base when Ferrin dropped a sacrifice bunt. Ellis grounded to third baseman, who threw the ball in the dirt at first base and as the first baseman was picking up the ball Thompson faked going home, which drew a throw from the first sacker. The throw got away from the third baseman allowing Thompson to score and Ellis went to third. On a wild pitch, Ellis scored the winning run. Dyson control was off a little in this game as he walked eight, struck out 6, but gave up only 3 hits. Mike Johnson has missed the last two game with the knock out flu. Card had only one error. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-1; Ferrin 1B, 2-1; Ellis 2-0, hit by pitch; Johnson LF, 2-0, walk; Lyster SS, 3-0; Mendez 2B, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 1-0, walk; Kypreos C, 1-0, walk and Dyson P, 1-0.

Lefty Pat O’Brien filling in for the ailing Mike Johnson, threw a no hitter against Salinas, but ended up losing 0-1. What a fill in job by Pat, as he showed real confidence on the mound and that he is a capable of being a starting pitcher. In the first inning with a runner on first, Pat threw the ball away on a pick off attempt with the runner going to third. A wild pitch on a hard breaking curve ball scored the runner from third. Every inning after the first, Pat went three up and three down in an almost perfect game. Pat struck out seven and walked only two. The Cards were only able to come up with three hits. Lineup: Thompson RF, 3-0; Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Ellis CF, 3-1; Penniman LF, 2-1, walk; Lyster SS, 3-0; Mendez 2B, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 2-0, walk; Kypreos C, 2-0, walk and O’Brien P, 0-0, two walks.

Santa Cruz’s 11-2 victory over Soquel was important, since the Knights trailed the Cards by only one half a game. The Cards used their bunting, running and baseball savvy game to help score many of their runs. Dyson had three RBI’s, Penniman and Mendez 2 apiece, Thompson, Lyster and Kypreos one each. Dyson gave up 4 hits, no walks, no earned runs and struck out a low for him 3 in a well pitched game against the heavy hitting Knights. He had four, three up three down innings. Lineup: Thompson RF, 5-3; Ferrin 1B, 5-2; Ellis CF, 4-4; Penniman LF, 4-3; Lyster SS, 2-1; Mendez 2B; 3-2; Bruce 3B, 3-1; Kypreos C, 3-0 and Dyson P, 3-1.

Harbor knocks off Cards 3-1 to tighten the MBL race. SC needs to beat Alisal in the last game of the season to take the championship all to themselves. Val Carpenter, who pitched a few varsity games for the Cards as a freshman, before Harbor opened, allowed the Cards but one hit and one run in a well pitched game. Lyster walked, was sacrificed to second by Mendez, when to third on a fly ball to right by O’Brien and scored on an error. Ellis walked twice and stole two bases and Penniman had the only Card hit. Cards had two errors. O’Brien went five innings giving up six hits, three earned runs, walked one and struck out five. He struck out the side in the second inning. Dyson relieved in the sixth giving up a hit and striking out one. Lineup: Thompson RF, 4-0; Ferrin 1B, 4-0; Ellis CF, 2-0; Penniman LF, 4-1; Lyster SS, 3-0, walk; Mendez 2b, 1-0, sacrifice and two walks; O’Brien P, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 1-0; Kypreos C, 1-0, two walks; Johnson PH, 1-0 and Dyson 1-0.

From Trident. SC has made its mark with pitching and defense, plus having players adjust to fill spots that they have not played before. Dave Bruce, who has always been a catcher and early in the year was doing some part time work behind the plate, is now an outstanding third baseman. Dave Mendez who earlier in the year was playing in left field and third base has moved in at second base and has made many great plays and run saving stops. Milt Tompson is challenging Mike Johnson for the league batting title and along with Mike Ferrin gives the Cards a solid one-two pop at the top of the order. Catcher Harry Kypreos shares credit for the Cards pitching staffs success by known when to call the right pitch.

Cards clinch the sole MBL title with a 14 inning marathon with Alisal for a 6-4 victory. Alisal scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning with only two of them being earned. Two walks, two hits and a error with two outs did the damage. The Cards scored two in each of the second sixth and fourteenth innings. Dyson pitched 12 innings striking out 14, giving up 7 hits and 7 walks for a terrific game. Pat O’Brien carried over from his no hitter against Salinas giving up no hits or walks in two innings for the win. RBI’s came from Ellis, Penniman, Gary Lyster, Mendez and Bruce. Mendez hit a double and a triple and Ferrin had a double.
The Cards played good defense only giving up two errors in a pressure cooker game. Special commendations to Dave Bruce, who did a fine catching having not caught in game action much this year. To Jim Lyster who has not played much and to Steve Ellis with a bad ankle and not able to run, who pinch hit at a very crucial spot in the game to drive in the tying run in the sixth inning to extend the game. The whole lineup was superb. Lineup: Thompson LF, 7-1; Ferrin 1B, 6-1; Penniman LF, 7-2; Johnson RF, 5-0; Gary Lyster SS, 5-2; Mendez 2B, 7-2; Bruce 3B/C, 4-0; Kypreos C, 1-0,walk; Steve Ellis pinch hitter drove in the tying run 1-1, Jim Lyster 3B, 3-1; Dyson P, 5-0; and O’Brien 1-0

Balers End Frustration, Defeat Cardinals 6-1 In Region IV Finals. Cardinal Streak Falls In Regional. Two SC streaks have tested the yearly change in the past two weeks, one continuing and one being destroyed. SC won its fifth straight MBL title with a 14 inning 6-4 jolt over Alisal. This put the Cards in the Region IV championship game at Hollister. These two teams have played for that title the last four years with the Cards the winner each time. This year it was not to be as the Balers took an early lead to win 6-1 and end the Cards run as Region champions.
In the first inning the first two batters walked and ended up scoring. Mike Ferrin saved more damage in the second inning on a diving catch of squeeze bunt, then threw to third for a double play. After a home run by Hollister’s main man hitting and pitching, Pat O’Brien came in to pitch and Pat gave up three hits, walked none, allowed no earned runs and struck out nine in the five innings he worked. Dyson started and went two plus innings giving up three hits, four earned runs, walked four.
The only SC run was by Ferrin after singling, stealing second and third, then scored on Johnson’s sacrifice fly. Ferrin was the top hitter for the Cards with two hits out of the four allowed by the Hollister ace. Mendez doubled. Cards had one error. Lineup: Thompson LF, 3-0; Ferrin 1B, 3-2; Ellis CF, 3-1; Johnson LF/3B, 2-0; Gary Lyster SS, 3-0; Mendez 2B, 2-1; Bruce 3B/C, 3-0; Kypreos C, 1-0; Penniman LF, 1-0; Dyson P, 0-0; and O’Brien 2-0.

Team hitting stats up to the start of the second half of league play (18 games). Listed by name, batting average, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, stolen bases, base on balls, strike outs, runs batted in, clutch hits with men in scoring position and on base percentage.
AV AB R H 2B 3b HR SB BB SO RBI CH OBP
Lyster 322 56 12 18 3 2 0 2 6 7 12 29-19 492
Johnson 321 53 13 17 3 0 1 1 13 5 8 23-15 507
Thompson 301 63 14 19 1 2 0 3 1 7 10 20-11 364
Bruce 303 33 7 10 3 0 0 1 10 11 6 21-13 535
Ellis 279 61 16 17 7 0 1 8 6 7 11 23-11 373
Ferrin 267 60 11 16 2 0 0 3 3 15 13 29-20 369
Kypreos 254 55 9 14 2 0 0 0 3 5 3 21-4 328
Mendez 225 40 6 9 2 0 1 4 7 8 11 22-11 404
Ewald 286 21 7 6 0 0 1 1 2 4 7 9-3 400
Penniman 250 20 4 5 1 0 0 3 3 0 5 13-10 478
O’Brien 375 8 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2-0 500
Dyson 167 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 7-1 231
Others 083 36 3 3 0 0 0 4 9 9 4 15-9 333
Totals 268 518 104 139 25 4 4 30 63 82 90 234-107

Team pitching stats up to the start of the second half of league play (18 games) by name, innings pitched, strike outs, base on balls, hits, runs, earned runs, doubles, triples, home runs, games started, games finished, won, lost, save and earned runs.
IP SO BB H R ER GS GF CG W L S ERA
Johnson 64 73 15 34 20 10 12 5 5 8 2 0 1.09
Dyson 40 41 24 19 8 6 6 5 3 2 2 1 1.05
O’Brien 25 42 9 19 7 5 1 8 1 0 1 4 1.40
Others 7 7 15 7 16 11 0 1 0 0 1 0 9-62
Totals 136 163 63 79 51 32 19 19 9 12 6 5 1.65

End of the season pitching wins, losses and saves.
W L S
Johnson 10 2 0
Dyson 6 2 1
O’Brien 3 3 2
Totals 19 9 3

Sentinel final MBL league stats
Listed by name, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI’s and batting average.
NAME AB R H 2B 3b HR RBI AV
Penniman 40 12 18 1 2 0 11 450
Johnson 49 13 17 5 0 7 10 347
Ellis 61 13 18 0 0 0 8 295
Ferrin 62 13 18 2 0 0 8 290
Mendez 39 10 11 3 1 1 11 282
Thompson 64 11 18 1 3 0 12 281
Lyster 57 15 15 2 0 0 11 263
Bruce 52 10 11 3 0 0 5 212
Kypreos 48 7 8 1 0 0 1 167

Sentinel final MBL league pitching stats of pitchers over a certain number of innings pitched.
Listed by name, wins, loses, inning pitches, strike outs and winning percentage.
NAME W L IP SO WP
Johnson 8 0 49 57 1.000
Dyson 6 1 65 53 0.857

Sentinel All County team. MVP Mike Johnson. Preston Dyson, Steve Ellis, Gus Penniman and Dave Mendez. Honorable mentions Gary Lyster, Milt Thompson and Mike Ferrin.

Santa Cruz Dominates All MBL Selections. MVP Mike Johnson. Preston Dyson, Steve Ellis, Gary Lyster, Gus Penniman and Dave Mendez. Honorable mentions Milt Thompson and Mike Ferrin.

Santa Cruz Nabs Six All MBL Spots. Mike Johnson was a unanimous choice for MVP honors not only in the MBL, but on the Sentinel All County squad as did the rest of the squad who made all league, but for Gary Lyster. Pitcher Preston Dyson also was a unanimous choice garnering nine votes. Both Johnson and Dyson were on the Sentinel All County squad last year. A coach can not vote for his own players. Collecting eight votes was outfielder and clutch hitter Steve Ellis. Getting seven votes were shortstop Gary Lyster, second baseman Dave Mendez and first baseman Gus Penniman. Every one made the Sentinel All County team, but for Lyster, who deserved the honor. The Sentinel named Bill Dodge coach of the year as did the MBL. SC has won nine titles since the 1957 season and has a 253-98-6 record over this time span.

MVP Johnson, whose outstanding performances led the Cards to their fifth straight MBL championship. Johnson held the league’s best pitching record going 8-0. Mike was also high in the league batting averages with a .347 average while hitting in the clean up spot and getting the needed hit in the clutch. Mike had a dream year and was consistently strong through the entire season. He walked few and struck out many, giving the opponents little chance to score runs. Last year Mike was the MVP of the Connie Mack league and will be pitching there this summer. He has to be the greatest combination of hard work and talent in the league. He has truly earned all his honors.

Junior pitcher Preston Dyson is on the all league team for the second year. Pres complied a 6-1 record in league with 54 strike outs in 65 innings. He no hit Monterey early in the season.
Steve Ellis snapped out a .296 batting average, but his real style was shown with his glove and his speed. Batting in the third hole Ellis drove in nine runs and stole 13 bases. Steve moved from last years occasional starter to a league star. Injured and not able to run, he was put in as a pinch hitter with the tying run on second and told, just do your thing at the plate and do not run to first and he did it. It was only for the league championship. No pressure at all.
Dave Mendez was the Cards’ phenom since taking over at second base, played excellent defense with only one error for the season. Dave consistently made contact as it is important to put the ball in play. Dave developed his power late in the season, showing several hard cracks to hit .282. Dave hit in the clutch and was tied for second in RBI’s with 11 for the league season.
Gus Penniman led the league in hitting with a .450 batting average that was a full 0.35 ahead of the next batter. Gus’s ability to drop in critical base hits has made for an important season.
Gary Lyster at shortstop, held a .263 batting average and played a great defense as the pitchers will attest too. The coach too. In the final championship Alisal game with the wind blowing in many miles an hour a high fly ball went up that looked like it was headed to the outfield, but instead it ended up almost to the pitchers mound where Gary made a diving catch to save what would have been a winning run for Alisal. That is clutch on defense.

Other top players who were honorable mention on the All League and Sentinel teams were juniors Milt Thompson and Mike Ferrin.
Outfielder Thompson batted .281, ran the bases well and never made an error was an important cog in the SC machine along with first baseman Mike Ferrin, who mixed his speed with his hitting skill .290 and defensive ability. One big play in a tight game, the opposition was trying to bunt a runner to third, Ferrin charged fielded the ball before the batter could get out of the box and threw the runner out at third in plenty of time.

JV BASEBALL Won the Carmel JV tournament.
League: North Salinas 1-2, Salinas 2-1, Watsonville 6-3, Aptos 7-2, 9-1; Alisal 15-2.
League record 15-2-1. Season record 20-3-2.

Team Members: George Barbic, Randy Strong, Tom Poston, Gary Moro, Ed Monroe, Bob Johnson, Kelly Graff, Mike Atwood, Manuel Alvarez, Rick Erlin. Scott Fleming, Charley Harris, Norbert Szczurek, Mike Boegel, Steve Schneider, Scott Daley and John Mendez.

Baby Reds Roll. The JV’s will go as far as their pitching carries them. In their most recent games, triumphs of course, SC has limited their opponents to a paltry 2 or 3 runs a contest. Anytime you do that, you will be in the ball game. Watsonville and Aptos are the latest victims of the “big Red Machine.” Fire balling Bob Johnson, younger brother of Mike, the top player on varsity limited the Cats to three scores for a SC 6-3 win. Sophomore Glen Reed led the attack with a 2 run round tripper.

Aptos was the preceding victim as natural athlete, George Barbic fired three innings to gain a 7-2 triumph. One major surprise about the Cards is they are knocking in quite a few runs this year along with their superb pitching. Catcher Kelly Graff must take some credit for his handling of the pitching staff.

As the reporter for the JV games, “I fearlessly forecast a league championship. The way the Cards cleaned out the other teams in the Carmel tournament had diehards of baseball comparing them to ExLax. Again and again, although it may sound repetitious, it has been the chucking of the hurlers with some solid hitting that has put them head and shoulders above almost every team in the league. Bob Johnson, Rick Erlin and George Barbic are these wingers and they are a mighty fine hill trio indeed. They easily compare at the same age with the varsity trio of Mike Johnson, Preston Dyson and Irish O’Brien. Every fine mounds corps always has a catcher to complement the hurlers and SC is no exception. Kelly Graff is the JV’s man. He handles himself gracefully behind the plate along with steady stick work. SC has a steady, sound club which will always be in the running as long as its hurlers stay healthy.

Radio’s Men Turn On. In a 9-1 wipe out of Aptos, they still have maintained their undefeated record in league although a few blemishes have occurred outside league play. It was a combination of fine pitching and cultch hitting that turned the trick on the Mariners. Little used Norb Szczurek, little used because of SC’s tremendous mound depth, limited the Mariners to four safeties and one score while going the distance. Bob Johnson, showing his versatility by playing left field paced the 7 hit attack with two hits and three runs batted in.

The Cards first league defeat came at the hands of North Salinas 1-2. Each team had four hits and two errors, but the statistical tie ended at the final score, the most important statistic.

At a road game at Salinas, the Cards took out their bitterness on the poor Cowboys. Bob Johnson a certain choice for all league, if JV’s had one, chucked a three hitter and allowed one run. Final score 8-1 Cards. At this point in the season Johnson has a 8-0 record. Since Johnson fanned 11 Cowboys the Cards did not get enough exercise in the field, so the coach frequently employed the steal signal to garner eight stolen bases. John Mendez paced the Cards with three thefts followed by Glen Reed with two.

The Cards have already laid claim to the MBL title even before their second loss of the season, which came in a ten inning loss to Soquel 1-2. Rick Erlin, a tremendous pitcher for the Cards this season struck out 12 and allowed six hits. However two of them came in the tenth inning and coupled with an error led to the tie breaking run. The pitching and catching have been more than adequate, but the errors have done them in during these tight one run games. This is not usually associated with a Santa Cruz baseball team, but it is still part of the game and you have to accept it.

JV’s Ravage MBL. Cards close their season with a win over Alisal 15-2, which gave them a league record of 15-2-1 and a season record of 20-3-2. Rick Erlin, one half of the celebrated pitching duo along with Bob Johnson finished the game coasting with a five hit, nine strike out effort backed by a 15 hit SC barrage. The biggest noise was a round tripper by Glen Reed. Little mentioned Scott Fleming pace the rampage with three hits. This made it a double win for SC as the varsity were champions also. There will be some interesting battles for starting positions on the varsity next year. At catcher between Harry Kypreos and Kelly Graff should be a titanic one. Bob Johnson and Rick Erlin will do battle with Preston Dyson and Pat O’Brien for starting pitcher honors.

Other team members who have not been mentioned above are Randy Strong, Tom Poston, Gary Moro, Ed Monroe, Mike Atwood, Manuel Alvarez, Charley Harris, Mike Boegel, Scott Dailey and Steve Snyder.

TRACK
The lightweight track team made its mark at the MBL finals. Eloy Villa won the 440 and took second in the mile. Dennis Meakin soared to second place in the pole vault. Sam Villa walked off with three fifth place awards in the hurdles, 880 and mile relays. John Morris ran the 440 and the last leg of the mile relay to receive an award in both events. Moose Jacobs and Gary Trowbridge were the only others to place as each was a member of the fifth place mile relay team.

Due to the overwhelming number of athletes out for varsity track, on the last count there were nine, SC was able to score 31 points against Watsonville and 29 against Soquel, meaning SC lost by around 70 points in each meet. However there were a few bright spots as Ernie Hightower came across with two firsts, the 100 and 220. Ron Staub was the only other Card to capture a first. Ron threw the discus 149’ 8”. Casey Webber took two seconds in the pole vault and high jump. Other second place finishers were Scott Crain in 120 high hurdles and Don Jacobs in 180 low hurdles.

In the Soquel lightweight meet the Cards took nine first places. Double winners were John Morris in the 100 and 220, Bob Lowery in 70 high hurdles and 120 low hurdles and Rick Nelson in discus and shot put. Other winners were Eloy Villa in 440, Gary Trowbridge in 880, Dennis Meakin in pole vault, Gary Eakin in long jump plus the 440 relay team.

In a 112-14 loss to Seaside, Casey Webber was the only Card winner and it was in the pole vault. Ron Staub took second in the discus and third in the shot put. Fred Dickinson took second in the two mile. Other point winners were Malio Stagnaro in triple jump and Don Jacobs in long jump. The lightweights did much better. Three Cards were double winners. Mike Reed in the long jump and triple jump. Eloy Villa in 440 and mile. Bob Lowery in the high and low hurdles.

A total of 8 athletes have survived to form the last remnants of the Card track team. The team of eight usually score from 14 to 31 points against teams of 30 or 40 in number. The main point getters for the varsity are consistently Ron Staub in discus and shot put, Casey Webber in pole vault and high jump and Alex Bastine in 100 and 220. The eight members left forlornly watch the door in the locker room in hopes that some new recruits might trickle in. At this time it seems that all hope is lost. The athletes are concentrating on personal achievement or just having fun. The lightweight team is coming into its own with a 2-2 record. Principal point men are Eloy Villa in mile and 440. Rick Nelson in shot put and discus. Dennis Meakin cleared 11’ in the pole vault at practice. Bill Terzaghi in two mile, Sam Villa in 880 and John Morris in 100 and 220.

In a dual meet with Salinas the varsity lost 22-106. The lightweights made it close losing 59-66.

Santa Cruz Relays, Cardinal results for frosh-soph were a second place for the 440 relay team of Alex Bastine, Gary Eakin, Jim Finch and John Morris. Alex Bastine carried off three second place medals: one in the 440 relay, 100 yard dash and in the hurdles. It made him sound like a tin can factory as he clinked home with his medals, Dennis Meakin took second in pole vault. Gary Trowbridge took second in 880. Don Jacobs took fourth in the long jump. After each victory the spikesters rallied around their coach to see if he brought any donuts. The mile relay team of Roy Trowbridge, John Morris, who had the fastest time; Moose Jacobs and John Bagnall took second place. The varsity relay team of starting man Don Jacobs to Sammy Villa to Casey Webber to anchor Eloy “hot wheels” Villa for a second place. Eloy took a fourth place in the 440 and a fifth in the mile. Ron Staub was third in the discus.

Due to the apathy plague, the varsity only had two competitors at the MBL finals. The rest of the team competed in the lightweight and frosh-soph finals.
Discus thrower Ron Staub, who placed fourth at the MBL meet was the only Card to advance to the regionals took a second there, but failed to place at CCS. Staub consistently placed first through the season in dual meets. His best throw was 159’ 2”. Since Staub is only a junior, he should be able to do 170’ next year. Ron was high point man for the team with 87 points for the season.
There were only two seniors on this years team, Casey Webber and Don Jacobs. Jacobs was the top varsity long jumper and 440 yard man and was second in scoring with 77 season points. Webber spent his time pole vaulting, high jumping and running on the 440 relay team.
Sophomores Alex Bastine, who ran the 100 and 220 would drop down and compete with the lightweights in big invitational meets. Scott Crane was a consistent finisher in the high hurdles. Jim Finch and David Fleeman both did the 100 and 220 plus the 440 relay team. Senior Malio Stagnaro was the top varsity triple jumper, hurdler and placed often in the long jump. Fred Dickinson and Louis Bregante served time on the varsity.

The lightweights won dual meets against Soquel, Aptos and Harbor. They lost several meets by a mere two or three points. High point man was Eloy Villa with 101 season points. Among his many laurels were the MBL 440 champ and second place in the MBL mile run. His school record breaking times were 52.6 in the 440 and 4:47 in the mile. And who knows how many pairs of shoes he went through!
Number two high point man was brother Sam Villa with 73 points in the hurdles and 880. In the MBL meet he place third in the hurdles and 880. Third man was Dennis Meakin top pole vaulted with a best of 11’ scored 72 points. Followed by fellow pole vaulted and top discus thrower Rick Nelson with 60 points.
Gary Trowbridge ran the 880 and on the mile relay team and took second at the county meet in the 880. Bill Terzaghi was the number one man in the two mile. John Morris was a mainstay on the team as he ran the 100, 220, 440 and anchored the 440 relay team. That is a lot of work. Mike Reed did the long jump and triple jump. Speedsters Moose Jacobs, Gary Ekin and John Bagnall all added depth in the hurdles, 440 relay and 440 yard run. Steve Pelton and John Armstrong took care of the mile and two mile. Others who stuck out the season were Randy Urioste, Larry Harris, Peter Yee, Ron Hayes and David Ventura. Coaches Ed Ferrell and Joe Neipp.

SWIMMING
Meets: MBL relays, SC took second place. North Salinas 55-39, Monterey 51-44, Alisal 75-16, Salinas 73-22, Pacific Grove 62-41, Aptos loss in close meet.
SC had a 7-2 league record for third place behind Harbor and Aptos. Season record 9-2.

At the MBL relays, the Cards took a startling second place. The wet feathers totaled 52 points to 69 for Aptos. The Cards were expected to take last place. The relay teams of Paul Darling, Roger Elledge, Mike Carmel, Matt Lezin and Ted McElroy won the freestyle and 400 backstroke relays.

Cards beat North Salinas and their female coach 55-39. Matt Lezin turned out to be the Cardinal Super drip, setting a new meet record in the 50 yard freestyle. Roger Elledge twice won taking the 100 and 50 yard freestyle. Kurt Calendar, Paul Darling and Mike Carmel pulled out firsts.

Mermen Dunk Dores. On a super effort by Paul Darling the Cards stopped defending champion Monterey 51-44. Darling beat Monterey’s top swimmer in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, winning both events by less than two tenths of a second. Darling remains undefeated in the 200 individual medley. Darling and the whole Card team showed the value of good conditioning and a fantastic drive of team spirit. Coach Al Wiemers comment, “after 5,000 yards of workouts, the meets are nothing. I think we will be able to go all the way this year.” Mike Carmel netted a first and third places. Roger Elledge took two seconds. In diving Howard Conner won a highly contested diving match and Bill Ruddock took third.

Things at this point are crowded at the top of the MBL with SC, Harbor and Aptos undefeated at 5-0. With Elledge and Darling out with injuries, others took up the slack as Dennis Finnegan, Ted McElroy, Bryon Foster and Mike Carmel to take double first to beat Alisal 75-16. Howard Connor continuing great diving performances to take another first. SC took every first and allowed Alisal only four seconds.

Cards thrash Salinas 73-22.

Aptos slides by the Cards in a close meet and now leads the league. SC leads early on the triumphs of Mike Carmel and Howard Conner’s. After seven events the Cards are ahead 36-35.Chances are still there with the last event, the 200 freestyle relay, Had the Cards won this they would have won 48-47. Aptos pulled away and won by 16 seconds.

Card splashers dunk Pacific Grove 62-41. Mike Carmel, Mike Biddle and Byron Foster took double wins for the drips. SC won a total of nine events. Team captain Bob Bivens has to be on of the major portions of the BIG WET MACHINE. Bivens is the master of inspiration and the leader of the team’s outstanding attitude. This kind of a man is the necessity of a winning team.

The wet team boasts seven outstanding seniors, who are Mike Biddle, Bob Bivens, Paul Darling, Rodger Elledge, Byron Foster, Denny Finnegan and Bill Rudock. Other team members not mentioned above are Karl Fleberling, Bruce Gabriel, Ken Dolor and Harland Johnson.

From coach Al Wiemers,“ A lot of the success the team has had was due not only to good team spirit, but by ideas and assistance the team members gave to each other. There were great combinations of leadership in some, spirit in others, guidance and strategy thinking in others. The team was small in numbers, but giant in character. This team has worked harder and improved more than any other swimmers we have had.”

TENNIS
The team has a 1-2 record to start the season. The win was over Alisal.

The top player this year is Jeff Currin a junior followed by Marc Ballage, Tom Mathues , Mike Thomas and Eric Luning. Other members are Steve Gray, Mike Foster, Bruce Hunter, Jack Harbery, Tom Matthews, Scott Jernstrom, Greg Weber, Erick Dilloughery and Mike Ray.

The Cards eked out a 5-4 win over Harbor. Singles ended up with a tie 3-3, so the doubles proved decisive for the Cards. The teams of Jeff Currin and Tom Mathues, along with the team of Marc Ballsge and Steve Gray posted wins in the doubles series. This is the start of a new tennis program with a new up and coming coach Dennis Mullen.

GOLF
The golf team is down to three hardy duffers as everybody else has quit or been booted off the club. Number one man Pacheco Bogiatto admits he is the equivalent of a third man on most teams. Coach Tony Foster.

INDIVIDUALS

Don Carniglia running back and defensive line backer was selected on the second team ALL MBL squad. Don was also named to the Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY team. Don has won the first three Mad Dog awards. Carniglia is coming near the school record for tackles set by Scott Graff with 103 in 1968. Don has 86 with two games left. He has passed previous records by Walt Edwards in 85, Jerry Johns in 67 and Tom Stagnaro in 63. Two games later Carniglia broke the record by having two games with ten tackles against Seaside and Watsonville who are tied for first place. It brings his total up to 106 with one game left. Graff’s total came in nine games, where the Cards are right now, so it is in the same number of games. Carniglia is now the record holder on equal terms as far as games and tackles are concerned. Carniglia’s glory came at linebacker and Graff’s at middle guard. They played two different positions and on different caliber teams, so they should not be rated against one another. Much praise should be given Carniglia as he has played both ways fullback, linebacker and punter. He hardly ever comes off the field. Being down in the score in games and with aches and pains, Don has shown how one can still play hard and never let down, no matter what. He is an inspiration to all. Don was voted Most Valuable by his teammates and had the most tackles.

Corey Brown a two way lineman received an honorable mention on the Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY team. Corey was probably the most consistent feather man this year going both ways at offensive guard and as a powerful linebacker. Corey was team co-captain.

Joe Thuringer received an honorable mention on the Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY football team. Joe was a Mad Dog of the Week during football season.

Deane All American. Craig Deane, SCHS senior and varsity wrestler was named to the High School All American wrestling team sponsored by the “Scholastic Wrestling News” magazine. To list all his credits would take up the whole sports page. A few of the major ones are two time Northern California Champion, League champion, CCS champion and the list drags on and on. There are 36 wrestlers picked across the nation by 168 wrestling coaches. TV, radio and newspaper sportswriters also help in choosing. The wrestlers are picked based on their wrestling record, school background and academic achievements. The article concerning Deane and his All American Award will be in the May 19, 1971 issue of the Scholastic Wrestling News.
Craig Deane took first place at the MBL meet. Deane a wounded hero with a cracked rib pushed pain aside to win his 148 pound match 9-4. Craig was the only Card to make it out of the CCS meet to go on to Northern California championships. Craig Deane again won the highest honors with his repeat win in the 145 pound weight class of the Northern California championship. Craig was named the most valuable wrestler in Northern California. His record this year is 38-1 and the one loss was due to a disqualification. Craig won all the following tournaments: Harbor Tourney 1, Del Mar Classic 1, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 1, Area 2 Tourney 1, CCS Tourney 1, Northern California Invitational 1, Most Valuable Wrestler at Northern California. Craig holds the school record for most pins at 23 and led the team in takedowns with 52 and was the team co-captain. Craig also played football and was chosen Mad Dog of the Week. In football he was named Most Inspirational and the Athlete-Scholar. Craig collected 63 tackles to tie Tom Stagnaro for the Cardinal record for a season.

Kevin O’Connor took first place at the MBL wrestling meet. O’Connor at 138 pounds had the crowd on edge and fingers crossed, but no need as he used his 101 moves and finesse to over come his man 4-2 as the SC crowd went wild. Kevin was second in scoring for the Cards in wrestling with 85 points and tied for second in pins and takedowns with 46 and 45 respectively. The Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in a tournament. Kevin O’Connor, 136, Del Mar Classic 3, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 1, Area 2 Tourney 5.

Bill Scott, a top wrestler, tied for second in pins and takedowns with 46 and 45 respectively. Bill was third in scoring with 84 points. The Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in a tournament. Bill Scott, 112, Harbor Tourney 2, Del Mar Classic 2, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 2, Area 2 Tourney 6

Paul Tanner was fourth in scoring with 82 points. Tanner came in second in the pin category with 10. The Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in a tournament.
Paul Tanner, 175, Harbor Tourney 4, Del Mar Classic 3, Gonzales Tourney 1, MBL Tourney 3
Paul was a two way player at offensive center and defensive end was named to the Sentinel’s ALL COUNTY football team.

Sam Villa was fifth in scoring with 54 points. The Wrestlers and honors they won by name, weight division and place in a tournament. Sam Villa, 127, Gonzales Tourney 4, MBL Tourney 2. In lightweight track the number two high point man was Sam Villa with 73 points in the hurdles and 880. In the MBL meet he place third in the hurdles and 880.

Swimming had a 7-2 league record for third place behind Harbor and Aptos. Season record 9-2. At the MBL relays, the Cards took a startling second place. The wet feathers totaled 52 points to 69 for Aptos. The Cards were expected to take last place. The relay teams of Paul Darling, Roger Elledge, Mike Carmel, Matt Lezin and Ted McElroy won the freestyle and 400 backstroke relays.

Matt Lezin turned out to be the Cardinal Super drip, setting a new meet record in the 50 yard freestyle. Roger Elledge twice won taking the 100 and 50 yard freestyle. Kurt Calendar, Paul Darling and Mike Carmel pulled out firsts.

Mermen Dunk Dores. On a super effort by Paul Darling the Cards stopped defending champion Monterey 51-44. Darling beat Monterey’s top swimmer in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, winning both events by less than two tenths of a second. Darling remains undefeated in the 200 individual medley.

Card splashers dunk Pacific Grove 62-41. Mike Carmel, Mike Biddle and Byron Foster took double wins for the drips.

Eloy Villa a junior makes All League in Cross Country. He was the top Card runner all year and won medals and ribbons at Invitational meets. Comments from Eloy were “You get out of it what you put into it and I improved more this year with determination and experience over the last two years.” High point man in lightweight track was Eloy Villa with 101 season points. Among his many laurels were the MBL 440 champ and second place in the MBL mile run. His school record breaking times were 52.6 in the 440 and 4:47 in the mile. And who knows how many pairs of shoes he went through!

SC basketball team boasts only one senior, hot shooting guard Steve Ellis. Steve had started all through the season until being weakened late by the flu. Ellis is a great natural shooter, a fine ball handler and an excellent defender.

Junior Dave Martini was selected the ALL MBL basketball team. He led in the following stats, averaging 16.8 points a game, 9.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists. A fabulous game by Dave Martini who scored 38 points on 13 of 21 field goal attempts, hit 12 of 14 free throws and knotted 11 rebounds. With the score knotted 71-71 with seven seconds remaining the Cards called time out. The end bounds pass went to Martini on the foul line, who drove for the basket and was fouled. Four seconds left, Martini moves his hands and the ball arches high and falls unscathed through the rim. He repeats on the second throw. SC up 73-71 to defeat CCS champion Alisal in the last game of the season.

Third man in lightweight track scoring was Dennis Meakin top pole vaulted with a best of 11’ scored 72 points.

The main point getters for the varsity track are consistently Ron Staub in discus and shot put, Casey Webber in pole vault and high jump and Alex Bastine in 100 and 220.

Santa Cruz Nabs Six All MBL Spots. Mike Johnson was a unanimous choice for MVP honors. Pitcher Preston Dyson also was a unanimous choice garnering nine votes. A coach can not vote for his own players. Collecting eight votes was outfielder and clutch hitter Steve Ellis. Getting seven votes were shortstop Gary Lyster, second baseman Dave Mendez and first baseman Gus Penniman. Every one made the Sentinel All County team, but for Lyster, who deserved the honor also.

Mike Johnson team quarterback was an honorable mention All Leaguer in football last season and is this years co-captain. Unanimous choice for the MBL Most Valuable player award. Johnson held the league’s best pitching record going 8-0. Mike was also high in the league batting averages with a .347 average while hitting in the clean up spot and getting the needed hit in the clutch. Mike had a dream year and was consistently strong through the entire season. He walked few and struck out many, giving the opponents little chance to score runs. Last year Mike was the MVP of the Connie Mack league and will be pitching there this summer. He has to be the greatest combination of hard work and talent in the league. He has truly earned all his honors.

Junior pitcher Preston Dyson is on the all league team for the second year. Preston complied a 6-1 record in league with 54 strike outs in 65 innings. He no hit Monterey early in the season.

Steve Ellis snapped out a .296 batting average, but his real style was shown with his glove and his speed. Batting in the third hole Ellis drove in nine runs and stole 13 bases. Steve moved from last years occasional starter to a league star. Injured and not able to run, he was put in as a pinch hitter with the tying run on second and told, just do your thing at the plate and do not run to first and he did it. It was only for the league championship. No pressure at all.

Dave Mendez was the Cards’ phenom since taking over at second base, played excellent defense with only one error for the season. Dave consistently made contact as it is important to put the ball in play. Dave developed his power late in the season, showing several hard cracks.

Gus Penniman’s .450 batting average was a full 0.35 ahead of the next batter. Gus’s ability to drop critical base hits has made for an important season.
Shortstop Gary Lyster held a .263 batting average and played a great defense as the pitchers will attest too. The coach too. In the final championship deciding Alisal game with the wind blowing in many miles an hour a high fly ball went up that looked like it was headed to the outfield, but instead it ended up almost to the pitchers mound where Gary made a diving catch to save what would have been a winning run for Alisal. That is clutch on defense.

Other top players who were honorable mention on the all league and Sentinel teams were juniors Milt Thompson and Mike Ferrin. Outfielder Thompson batted .281, ran the bases well and never made an error was an important cog in the SC machine along with first baseman Mike Ferrin, who mixed his speed with his hitting skill .290 and defensive ability. One big play in a tight game, the opposition was trying to bunt a runner to third, Ferrin charged fielded the ball before the batter could get out of the box and threw the runner out at third in plenty of time.

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