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Starting with this year there is less information in the Tridents and much less Tridents available.
This year their were no names or information for JV football and tennis in the Trident or the yearbook.

Coaches: Tex Ronning, varsity football and wrestling. Don Dempwolf, assistant varsity football and golf. Nick Delurgio, head junior varsity football and track. Larry Maibaum, freshman football. Bill Dodge, basketball and baseball. Ray Hunter, junior varsity basketball and baseball.

1972
FOOTBALL only one practice game as there are 10 teams in the league this year, which means nine league games. Practice with King City 7-20. League: Watsonville 6-13, Aptos 6-14, Salinas 12-41, North Salinas 8-19, Monterey 14-46, Harbor 7-23, Alisal 6-20, Seaside 0-21, Soquel 6-23. League record 0-9. Season 0-10.

Starting offense linemen were center, Phil Johnston; guards, Andy Herum and Steve Poston; tackles, Preston Dyson, George Barbic and Ron Staub; ends Ernie Hightower and Jay Howard. Backs were quarterback, Mike Atwood; backs, Mike Ferrin, John Bertucelli, Glen Liberatore, Rick Tripp and Lorenzo Lowery.
Other starters were line backers, Ron Shaffer and Kelly Graff; tackle, Mark Crane; safety, John Morris; guard, Phil Lacki and end, Steve Parke.
Other players were Sam Villa, Kevin O’Connell, Dan Urioste, Robert O’Brien, Alex Bastine, John Bagnall, Russell Strong, Bruce Gabriel, Jim Jesson, George Soloman, Scott Crane, Don Parham, Bill Kelly, Ralph Dinatale, Don Gibb, Nick Scontriano, Pete Corneliussen, John Mendez, Randy Strong and Brian Amos.

Again Cardinal miscues played a big role in the 21-0 loss to Seaside. The bright side was the SC defense was monstrous with Ron Shaffer playing a very strong game at linebacker. Defensive linemen Steve Poston and Preston Dyson gave the Spartan runners very little room up the middle. On one series they threw Spartan runners for losses of four and six yards. Jay Howard had a sack of the quarterback. Sam Villa and John Morris played well on pass defense. Shaffer picked up a fumble early in the first quarter. Mike Atwood passed to Ernie Hightower at the Seaside 19. Kelly Graff bulled for eight up to the 11, but a penalty and losses stopped the drive.

Honors voted by the players
Steve Poston won the MVP award and he and Preston Dyson were named teamed co-captains. Most Tackles — Ron Shaffer
Dr. Pederson scholar athlete award — Kevin O’Connell
Most Inspirational — Glen Liberatore
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award. — Kelly Graff

Coaches comment, “Many good things were accomplished this season. As a team we had lots of fun. We played with real gusto, we hit hard and we hit often. Many people commended that there was always true Cardinal spirit form every starting whistle until the final gun. We lacked speed and size, but we played good football in a strong league where the above ingredients were present in many of the other schools. The men who played were to be complimented for the pride they displayed while wearing our colors. Trainer Brian Amos. Head coach Tex Ronning and assistant Don Dempewolf.

Sentinel All County team: Offense: senior back, 6-0 170. Mike Ferrin. Defense: senior linebacker, 5-11 160, Ron Shaffer. Honorable mention: quarterback Mike Atwood, offensive end, Kevin O’Connell; tackle Steve Poston.

JV FOOTBALL no information available.

FRESHMAN FOOTBALL
Season record 1-2-1. The Freshman play in the Santa Cruz School district league with Harbor and Soquel. This years team broke the two year losing streak with a 16-8 win over Soquel. Rugged halfback Keith Blew, a rushing stalwart all season long, provided the spark for what was to be the lone Cardlet triumph by splitting the defense for two touchdowns. With only 19 players it is all about giving them the opportunity to play. The Cardlets tied Harbor 6-6 in the last game of the year. The team finally melted the fragments of potential into a potent attack with the coaches fiery drill directions.

CROSS COUNTRY
In dual meets, the Cards beat Monterey, Salinas and Harbor.
SC took fifth place at the MBL meet beating Alisal, Harbor, Monterey, Salinas and North Salinas. The top SC runner was Eloy Villa, who came in fifth. Next was Alan Sandretti who finished in the top half of the race. The rest of the team, who helped push the Cards up to the middle of the pack were Bill Terzaghi, Moose Jacobs, David Clouse and David Gallacinao. The JV team took seventh place out of ten in the league. The top runners were Ed Price, Tom Armstrong and Fred Dickinson.

The team entered the league meet with few victories. One was against Monterey, Salinas and Harbor. Eloy Villa placed first followed by Alan Sandretti, Bill Terzaghi, Moose Jacobs and David Clouse.

Other team members were Stuart Schellberg, Larry Harris and Steve Pelton.

End of the year honors
Most Valuable –Eloy Villa ,
Most Improved –Alan Sandretti
Sportsmanship Award — James Jacobs

BASKETBALL practice games: SLV won, Los Gatos 77-39. Dads Club Tournament: Milpitas 64-52, Watsonville 50-51, Salinas 66-42, consolation winner; Cabrillo Tournament: St. Francis 55-71, George Washington of San Francisco 56-58 OT, Wilcox 80-51. Practice record 5-3. League: Salinas 57-56, 59-56; Seaside 60-56, 58-66; Monterey 74-42, 65-45; Soquel 71-89, 63-67; Harbor 69-41, 75-50; North Salinas 50-54, 78-79, 2 OT; Watsonville 66-52, 61-58; Alisal 54-63, 75-86; Aptos 53-46, 69-64; League record 11-7, for third place in the ten team league. Season record 16-10. Alisal went on to play in the CCS finals after being second two years ago and won the CCS championship last year.

Trident. Returning lettermen were senior and All MBL player last year in his third season on varsity, Dave Martini an all around top player in the league; Senior, first stringer at center John Eicholz. Junior, starting guard Dave Bruce. Junior, starting forward Glen Reed. Milt Thompson senior starting guard. Gordon Crafts a reserve center last year was a big factor in helping the team work the boards in their upset of league champion Alisal last year. Kevin O’Connell senior guard who had a lot of playing time. With this much experience and ability coming back, plus the new comers Mike Ferrin, lightweight All MBL most valuable player and top scorer. Junior, George Barbic 6’ 3” center and top player on the JV team and a three sport man. Senior, Pete Corneliussen a lightweight All MBL player. Junior, Stan Frasier a top lightweight. With four starters returning, plus two other lettermen this team has a lot of varsity game experience. Add the excellent players coming in, this team will match up with the top teams in the league.

SLV game have no record other than an item in the Los Gatos game write up: the Cards drilled SLV in their debut Tuesday night.

Cardinals Blitz Los Gatos 77-39. SC dominated from the opening tip off. Dave Martini, Dave Bruce and Milt Thompson scored in double figures. The Cards carried a 22-14 lead into the second quarter and extended it to 38-20 at halftime. Every player on the Card roster scored at least two points. SC was again impressive on defense, batting the ball away time and time again, harassing the Wildcats with a full court press that really put the heat on at half court. The Card rebounders, John Eicholz, Gordon Crafts, Martini and Bruce cleared the boards especially well on defense, rarely giving Los Gatos more than one shot. The reserves scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. Mike Ferrin and Kevin O’Connell played heated defense in the second half in the back court. They badgered Los Gatos into many ball handling errors in the last two periods. SC seems to have the material for a full fledged run at the MBL title. Scoring: Barbic 2, Bruce 14, Corneliussen 3, Eicholz 9, Ferrin 4, Crafts 2, Reed 8, Martini 15, O’Connell 4, Lusby 4 and Thompson 12.

Bruce, Martini Lead Cards 64-52 in opening round of the sixteenth annual Dads Club Tournament. The Red Birds stormed to a 15-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. During that time, SC reeled off ten straight points. Then extended the lead to 33-18 at halftime. SC got balanced scoring from Dave Bruce, Dave Martini, Kevin O’Connell, John Eicholz, Mel Thompson and Gordon Crafts in the second quarter. SC’s balanced scoring, a big basis for the championship hopes this season, continued throughout the game. Four of the above players scored in double figures. Despite the balance attack, SC did not fare well from the floor shooting 23 of 70 attempts for 33 percent. Glen Reed shot well hitting 4 of 5 attempts. A big advantage for SC was its control of the boards. Top rejoinders were Eicholz with 14 and Reed and Martini with 12 each. Scoring: Martini 12, Bruce 15, Crafts 1, Eicholz 5, Reed 11, Thompson 10, O’Connell 8, Lusby 2, Ferrin 0, Barbic 0 and Corneliussen 0.

In the Dads Club semifinal game the Cards suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to Watsonville 50-51. At the end of regulation the score was 47-47. If it had not been for Mike Ferrin’s quick six points in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, the Cards would not have made it to overtime. In overtime, Dave Martini hit from outside. Seconds later Watsonville was called for a delay of game technical foul and Dave Bruce sank the free throw to put the Cards up 50-47 with two minutes left. Watsonville’s top scorer hit a 12 footer to make it 50-49. Later he shot and missed, but SC threw the ball away. With two Cards on him he scored again at the buzzer, climaxing one of the area’s most exciting basketball game in some time. Scoring: Martini 14, Bruce 16, Crafts 0, Eicholz 8, Reed 2, Thompson 4, Ferrin 6 and O’Connell 0.

In Dads Club Action. Scoring seven more points in the third quarter than they had in the first two combined, SC stomped Salinas 66-42 for third place. The first half ended 21-18 Cards, but in the third quarter the gang ripped apart the Salinas defense scoring 28 points to Salinas’ seven. Eleven turnovers in the first half keep the Cards scoring down. These errors were eliminated in the third quarter as they made many quick breaks with football timing in their passes. The Cards forced the Cowboys to shoot from the outside, cutting off their top inside player. There were few contested rebounds as the Cards controlled the boards. Top rebounders were Dave Bruce, Dave Martini, John Eicholz and Glen Reed. It was a tremendous all around game for SC as the defense was outstanding. Every man on the squad scored but one. Top scorers were Bruce with 17, Martini 12 and Mike Ferrin, scoring machine for lightweights last year, kicked in 10. The Cards got aggressive games from a number of players, including Mike Ferrin, Kevin O’Connell and Glen Reed, among others. Ferrin and Bruce particularly passed well, repeatedly hitting various players for good shots. Scoring: Martini 12, Bruce 17, Crafts 1, Eicholz 2, Reed 3, Thompson 5, Ferrin 10, Barbic 6, Corneliussen 2, Lusby 2, O’Connell 6 and Frazier 0.

Dave Bruce and David Martini were named to the Dads Club All Tourney team.

Cabrillo Tournament information is from the official scorebook.
In the opening round of the Cabrillo Tournament, St. Francis of Mt. View defeats the Cards 71- 55. St. Francis went out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter and continued on to lead 37-24 at halftime. The Cards held their own in the second half losing 12-13 in the third period and 19-21 in the last quarter. A negative point was the Cards poor showing at the foul line hitting only 13 of 29 attempts, less than 50 percent, while St. Francis went 23 of 35. Mike Ferrin was 6 for 7 at the line. Scoring: Thompson 5, Reed 4, Eicholz 5, Bruce 8, Martini 10, Ferrin 14, Crafts 3, Lusby 3, Barbic 1 and Stan Frazier 2.

In the second round, Card lose to George Washington of San Francisco 56-58 in overtime.
SC outscored Washington 15-12 in the first quarter. Both teams scored 13 in the second period to leave SC ahead 28-25. SC was outscored in the third period by one point to still hold the lead 41-39 to start the fourth quarter. Washington outscored SC 13-11 in the fourth stanza to tie the score in regulation 52-52. In overtime, Washington hit two field goals and two free throws, while SC sank two field goals for a Washington win 58-56. SC hit 20 of 30 foul shots for 67 percent, while Washington sank 14 of 19. Scoring: Thompson 13, Reed 2, Eicholz 16, Bruce 15, Lusby 2, Martini 8.

Cards beat Wilcox 80-51 for seventh place. SC broke out to a 16-8 first period lead. In the second quarter, SC had their biggest quarter of the season with a 31 point out burst to expanded their lead to 47-29 at halftime. The third quarter was 63-41 and the Cards won the fourth quarter 17-10. Foul shooting was 12 of 16 for 75 percent. Dave Bruce was 6 for 8 and Pete Corneliussen 3 for 3 from the line. Ten Cards scored. Scoring: Thompson 9, Ferrin 15, Eicholz 5, Bruce 14, Martini 12, Reed 4, Crafts 6, Barbic 4, Corneliussen 9, Lusby 0. and Frazier 2

SC Opens League With 57-56 Victory over Salinas at the Civic Auditorium. The Cards opened the game with a quick 11-3 advantage, but soon the game settled down to a see-saw battle all the way to the wire. The quarter ended SC 11-8 with six of Salinas’ points coming on foul shots. The Cards led at halftime 26-22. Salinas played a methodical man-to-man offense, taking only high percentage shots inside. When they did not hit, they often picked up a foul in the process. Twenty made free throws kept the Cowboys in the game. The Cards also worked for good shots off their pattern, but they didn’t come back with the successful pressure defense and run-an-shoot offense they made click against the Cowboys in the tournament. The Cards outscored Salinas 7-2 in the final minute of the third quarter to go up 44-41 at the end of the third quarter. Salinas’ big man scored 27 points for the night. Martini hit a foul shot and Ferrin hit two foul shots to put the Cards up 55-52 with 50 seconds left to insure the win. Scoring: Thompson 9, Eicholz 4, Bruce 15, Martini 21, Ferrin 4, Reed 4 and O’Connell 0.

Santa Cruz Squeezes By Seaside 60-56. The Cards, one of three preseason favorites for the MBL title, have quickly found that plenty of battles will be in store in the coming weeks. Mike Ferrin, Glen Reed and Kevin O’Connell came up with crucial points in the closing minutes to put the game away. The game was a physical battle from the opening tip off. The Cards built a 18-15 lead in the first quarter and was ahead 31-29 at halftime. Led by guard Milt Thompson, SC scored on several fast breaks for eight straight points and a 41-34 advantage with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter. Seaside came right back and closed the score to 44-43. Neither team shot particularly well, SC kept things close at the free throw line were they made only 14 of 35 attempts. High point man Dave Martini did hit 8 of 12 free throws to score 20 points. John Eicholz and Gordon Crafts each scored only five points, but gave the Cards strength on the boards with fine efforts. Scoring: Bruce 5, Martini 20, Eicholz 5, Thompson 8, Reed 5, Ferrin 5, O’Connell 7 and Crafts 5.

Santa Cruz’ Martini Hits 26 In Easy 72-42 MBL Victory over Monterey. The Cards are 3-0 in league. Martini, who seemed much looser than in earlier games, had a fine night as he connected on nine field goals and 8 of 12 free throws for a game high 26 points. He scored half of SC’s 18 points in the opening quarter as SC led 18-10. Guard Mike Ferrin, who impressed in the Cards outing against George Washington pumped in five in the opening quarter. The Cards upped their lead to 38-24 at halftime. SC blitzed their hosts in the third quarter to ring up the victory flag with a 55-32 advantage. A combination of an effective pressure man-to-man and trapping SC defense held the Dores to just eight counters in the period. SC hit well from the field as they sank 27 shots and picked up 20 points from the foul line on 34 attempts. Scoring: Ferrin 14, Eicholz 4, Bruce 14, Martini 26, Reed 8, Crafts 1, Lusby 4, O’Connell 1, Corneliussen 2 and Thompson 0.

Knights In Convincing Win Over Cards 89-71 in Cards first league loss, puts Soquel tied with Alisal for first place and drops SC to second place. Soquel repeatedly ran their fast break against the Cards. Soquel’s tenacious zone defense did the trick on SC, which has the people who can pop them from all over. The Red Birds got up 77 shots, but hit only 28 for 36 percent. SC hit 15 of 25 from the line for 65 percent. The Knights pulled away early to lead 24-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Cards came back in the second quarter to tie the score 31-31 with 3:50 left in the quarter. Milt Thompson, Glen Reed, John Eicholz and Dave Bruce led the comeback. But Soquel scored five quick points just before the half ended to go back ahead 36-31 with a minute to go. But it did not stop there as the half ended with Soquel up nine 46-37.
The Cards came back again to be down only four points early in the third quarter, but the Knight outside shooting broke the game open. With 4:35 left in the game, after Soquel hit two straight 20 footers, the Cards melted. Until that point the Cards appeared capable of coming back, even though being down 15 points or so. SC won the rebounding 48-40.
John Eicholz was the games leading rebounder with 14 and Dave Martini tied for second with ten. Dave Martini played his usual game scoring 20 points, snagged ten rebounds and playing hard the whole way. John Eicholz grabbed off 14 rebounds and scored nine points. John is really starting to play heads up ball as he made many nice outlet passes for fast breaks and is handling himself and the ball better. Dave Bruce played a good defensive game while kicking in ten points. Gordon Crafts, while playing very little showed great finesse in getting his four points. Scoring: Thompson 7, Ferrin 10, Eicholz 9, Bruce 11, Martini 20, Reed 10, Crafts 4 and Corneliussen 0.

Cardinals Drop Bucs 69-41, Trail Leaders By One Game. Soquel lost to Alisal, the Cards are tied with Soquel and Aptos for second place with 4-1 records, behind Alisal’s 5-0 record. The Red Birds hit 8 of 13 shots in the first quarter, to go out to a 17-5 lead. Mike Ferrin, who finished up the night with 14 points and five assists, led the Cards in the early go with a trio of baskets. The halftime score was 28-13. SC came back in the third quarter as forward Dave Martini, who had not scored in the first half, broke his scoring ice, to put SC ahead 43-24. Martini led the team in scoring with 15 points going 7 for 10 at the line and led the team in rebounding with ten. The Cards had the best shooting night of the season at the line going 23 of 31 for 74 percent. Dave Bruce went 6 of 7 and Ferrin, Pete Corneliussen and George Barbic went 2 for 2. The low scoring affair changed in the final period as the Cards scored 26 points to Harbor’s 17. Dave Bruce scored 12 points and picked off seven rebounds. Scoring: Thompson 5, Ferrin 14, Eicholz 4, Bruce 12, Martini 15, Reed 9, Crafts 6, Corneliussen 2 and Barbic 2.

Vikes Hold Off Cards 54-50. Dave Martini and Milt Thompson led the Cards on a desperate last minute drive. With 25 seconds left in the game and North Salinas ahead 54-46, Martini was fouled trying to shoot. He made the first and missed the second, but SC took the rebound and got the ball to Martini who was fouled again, but he made both this time. Glen Reed intercepted the inbounds pass and tossed it to Thompson, who was fouled. He made the second shot. With 10 seconds still showing, Thompson intercepted the inbounds pass and drove for the basket, but was called for traveling, but the call was not excepted by the SC crowd.
Finally North High got the ball in. The Cards had to travel the return route all game as they trailed 10-12 at the end of the first quarter. Mike Ferrin quickly tied things up, drawing a foul and hitting both free throws. The same thing happened again to put the Cards up 14-12. When the Vikings brought the ball back, Ferrin timed his leap, stole a pass and went to the basket for an uncontested lay in to put the Cards up by four. After Ferrin’s quick opening surge, the half ended with the Cards trailing 18-25. SC took control of the third quarter, outscoring North Salinas 17-13. Hot handed Ferrin contributed six points in the quarter. Late in the quarter, Martini hit two foul shots. Then the Cards worked the ball to Eicholz, who potted a six footer to put the Cards ahead by a bucket, but the Vikings went back ahead 38-35 at the end of the quarter. At the start of the last quarter, The Vikings made a foul shot, then Thompson and Martini scored to tie it back up again 39-39. North Salinas went ahead 48-42. Bruce made a nifty inside move and Ferrin sank a long outside shot to move the Cards within two. A two pointer and four foul shots ended the Viking scoring. The second quarter was the decider of the game as North High outscored the Cards 13-8. Eicholz and Martini worked well on the boards. The Cards shot well from the foul line making 22 of 30 for 73 percent. Ferrin was 8 for 8, Bruce 5 for 6 and Martini 8 for 10. Scoring: Thompson 3, Ferrin 16, Eicholz 6, Bruce 9, Martini 16 and Reed 0.

Second Quarter Blitz Helps Cardinals Over Cats 66-52. Dave Martini turned in his best offensive performance of the season sinking 10 field goals and making 7 of 10 free throws for a game high 27 points. SC gained sole possession of third place with a 4-2 record. Never-say-die Watsonville led throughout the first quarter and held a 10-8 lead going into the second period. SC straightened its defenses and took command by pouring in 22 points in the second quarter to take a 30-19 lead into halftime. Martini after scoring only two points in the first quarter on foul shots, he warmed up in the second period scoring nine points. The lanky forward, once he warmed up, hit 16 points in the second half. Previously his best night was against Monterey with 26. This game of 27 and Monterey with 26 intermingled with three other games when he scored 20, 20 and 21 points gives him 114 points in just five games.. The threesome of Martini, Bruce and Ferrin upped the Card lead to as much as 16 points, but the Cats got it back to 44-33 at the end of the third period. On two occasions in the last quarter, SC was in front by as many as 18 points. SC sank 16 of 24 free throws for 66 percent. Scoring: Thompson 0, Ferrin 8, Eicholz 11, Bruce 10, Martini 27, Reed 4, Crafts 4, Corneliussen 2 Barbic 0.

Cards fall to Alisal undefeated for the season and in league 54-63 at the Civic. Neither team shot particularly well from the floor, but Alisal was red hot from the charity stripe, and that’s were the game was won. Alisal blistered the nets from the free throw line sinking 25 of 31 for 81 percent. SC could only connect on 12 of 23 for 52 percent. The difference of 13 points. Alisal put the game away in the closing minutes by sinking eight straight foul shots, as the Cards pressured for the ball. SC played catch up basketball from the very start. The score was tied only once, 2-2 and that was the last time it was close until the six minute mark in the final period. SC was down 37-45 to start the last period. The Red Birds then charged back with three quick baskets to trail by four, 43-47. Mark Haddan, (who later started at Fresno State and was the coaches son) had a pair of 50 point games so far this year, had 28 against the Cards.
The man to man coverage by Milt Thompson and Glen Reed did hold him to six points in the second half. The victory marked the twenty-first straight victory for Alisal spanning the conclusion of the last year, when they won the MBL championship, the Region IV title and finally the CCS crown. So far this season they have won 17 straight. Ironically, the last team to beat Alisal was SC in the Cards last game of the year. The win was the treasure of the year for the up and coming Cards. Scoring: Thompson 3, Ferrin 3, Eichoz 8, Bruce 8, Martini 12, Reed 12, Crafts 2, Corneliussen 6 and Barbic 0.

SC Tops Aptos 53-46, Splits Loop Slate. Cards storm back in the third quarter to salvage a week-end split after losing to undefeated Alisal on Friday. Saturday nights win was truly a comeback effort, in that the Cards were held without a field goal in the first quarter, by Aptos’ tough zone defense. The ensuing period was no jewel either, as Aptos was ahead 25-15 at halftime. Things changed drastically, for both teams in the third period as SC broke out of its shell and put it to the Mariners. Mike Ferrin scored 8 points and Dave Bruce scored 5 to ignited the Cards outburst, netting them 13 points before Aptos could score. SC didn’t let up, running past the Mariners with the help of Ferrin, Glen Reed and Martini. Aptos recovered and finally found the range and stayed within four to six points through the period, which ended with the Cards ahead 38-34.
But in the fourth SC continued to pull away. Aptos got to within four points 43-39, midway through the final stanza, but the Card defense — pressing almost the entire game– would not buckle. Even in the first quarter when Aptos was up 11-2, the pesky SC press rattled the Mariners into seven turnovers. SC cold from the field and the line committed eight turnovers themselves. SC once they got moving, came up with a well balanced scoring attack. Ferrin, Reed and Eicholz were particularly effective defenders against a dangerous Aptos offense.
Scoring: Thompson 4, Ferrin 13, Eicholz 7, Bruce 12, Martini 9, Crafts 0 and Reed 8.

Strong Second Half Aids Cards in 59-56 win over Salinas to start the second half of the league season, in another close encounter. The Cards won the first game against Salinas by one point. SC did the trick, by pressing in the third quarter and controlling the ball in the final eight minutes of play. The Cards pressure defense sparked them to a running game as they threw in 22 points to overcome a five point deficit and tie up the game at 49-49. Mike Ferrin scored eight, Dave Martini six, John Eicholz and Gordon Crafts added four apiece for the 22 points.
Ferrin scored six of the ten points the Cards had in the final quarter. The other four points came from Milt Thompson and Dave Martini each with two points. The lead see-sawed early in the period. SC gained command with four minutes left, when Thompson hit a 15 footer for a 57-56 advantage. From then on SC controlled the ball. Ferrin gave the Cards their final two points by sinking both ends of a one-on-one free throw.
The Cards led 15-11 in the opening period. Salinas outscored the Cards 21-12 in the second period to lead at halftime 32-27, then the Cards put the pressure on. Dave Martini scored on 10 of his 17 attempts from the field. Ferrin was 7 of 14 from the floor and also sank 9 of 10 from the line for a game high 23 points. SC gained a slight 39-36 rebounding edge. Eighteen of SC rebounds came off the offensive board. Martini led with nine rebounds and Glen Reed had eight. Scoring: Thompson 2, Ferrin 23, Eicholz 6, Crafts 4, Martini 24, Reed 0, Corneliussen 0 and Barbic 0.

Santa Cruz Suffers 66-58 Loss To Seaside Spartans to drop the Cards five games off the pace with a 7-4 league record. Alisal is now 13-0. Seaside outscored SC in every quarter but the last. Seaside led 36-29 at halftime and increased the lead by four more points in the third period to lead 51-40. The Cards won the fourth quarter 18-15. SC closed the deficit to just five points 50-55, but that was as close as the got. John Eicholz and Dave Martini were the prime forces behind the fourth quarter surge as each scored five points in the quarter. Eicholz, a 6-6 senior center, scored a personal season high 17 points, was the Cards leading rebounder with eight and had four assists for a fine overall game. Junior forward Glen Reed had seven rebounds and four assists. Junior starting guard Dave Bruce, who almost always scores in double figures may be out for the rest of the season with mononucleosis. Scoring: Thompson 0, Ferrin 15, Eicholz 17, Crafts 3, Martini 13, Reed 5, Corneliussen 2, Barbic 3 and Frazier 0.

Santa Cruz Posts 65-45 Win Over Monterey. Monterey entered the game with four wins in its last five outings and were considered one of the hottest clubs in the MBL. SC quickly took control of the game with a 21-12 lead in the opening period. Martini scored 9 points and Thompson with 6 led the surge. In the second stanza, Gordon Craft hit a quick two and then Martini went on a personal scoring assault with nine straight points as the Cards built a 35-12 lead. Monterey went six and a half minutes without a score.
Aggressive SC, forced Monterey into a one shot offense and that is when the visitors didn’t turn the ball over before getting a shot attempt. Monterey pulled back into the game in the third period outscoring SC 16-9, to cut the Card lead to 46-31. Ferrin tallied 11 points and Martini 7 in the last period as SC finished with a flurry. Martini had a fine shooting and rebounding night, leading SC in both departments. He had 18 points from the field and hit 11 of 14 free throws for 29 points and had 11 rebounds. Ferrin score 13 points and had five assists. Scoring: Thompson 9, Ferrin 13, Eicholz 2, Crafts 7, Martini 29, Reed 4, Corneliussen 0, Barbic 1 and Frazier 0.

From the scorebook. Soquel defeats Cards 67-63 in a tough game to lose. Soquel went out to a 21-19 lead in the first stanza and extended it to 41-33 at halftime. SC came out after intermission and outscore Soquel 16-9 to get within two points of taking the lead 49-50. Soquel’s top scorer with 21 points, scored 12 of Soquel’s 17 points scored in the last quarter to be the major reason for the win. SC was 15 of 23 from the free throw line for 65 percent. Soquel was 21 of 31. Ferrin was 3 for 3 and Martini 6 for 8 from the line. Scoring: Thompson 10, Ferrrin 11, Eicholz 14, Martini 16, Reed 4, Crafts 5, Corneliussen 3 and Barbic 0.

Cardinals Hand Pirates 75-50 Defeat. SC nullified a brief fourth quarter Harbor surge with one of their own to pull away with a 25 point margin. The Cards are now 9-5 in league. Harbor outscored the Cards 17-14 in the second quarter, but were still down 35-31 at halftime. Harbor closed to within six points with about five minutes remaining in the game 54-48, but the Cards moved out again, increasing its lead to a dozen within a minute and then went on a 15-0 run to finish out the game. The third period was all SC, as fast breaks by Ferrin, after taking feeds from Thompson and Martini, broke things loose for the Red Birds. They surged to a 52-40 lead to start the fourth quarter.
Ferrin a 5-11 senior guard had a fine night for the Cards was all over the court, running and running, both offensively and defensively. His offensive reward was a game and season high 28 points. Defensively Ferrin constantly intimidated the Harbor ball handlers, stealing the ball several times. Martini chipped in 20 points. The Cards were 21 of 27 from the line for 74 percent. John Eicholz was the games leading rebounder with 12 and also played a strong defensive game. Harbor out rebounded SC 41-37. Scoring: Thompson 4, Ferrin 28, Eicholz 4, Martini 20, Reed 6, Crafts 7, Corneliussen 2, Barbic 4 and Frazier 0.

SC Suffers Double Overtime Loss To North High 79-78. The Vikings dropped a rebound shot through the hoop with five seconds remaining for the win. The heartbreaking loss drops the Cards to a 9-6 record and leaves them two games behind Soquel for second place. SC led throughout most of the game, but lost a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter sending the game into extra periods. SC began the game with a press, which got action off at a high tempo. Led by Glen Reeds six points and John Eicholz and Dave Martini with five each, the Red Birds pulled to a 21-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter paralleled the first with Mike Ferrin and Dave Martini dropping eight points each. At halftime the score was 43-39 SC.
The Cards led 60-50 at the end of the third quarter, led by Eicholz’s eight nets. North Salinas struck for 22 points to the Red Birds 12 in the final quarter to tie the game 72-72. The Vikings took over the lead by five 71-66 with 2:30 remaining to be played. Ferrin saved the “tie” by hitting both ends of a one-and-one free throw bonus in the final seconds of regulation play. Each team scored two points in the first overtime. Eicholz hit a pair of free throws for SC’s two points. In the second overtime Thompson hit a basket and then Ferrin hit a shot to put SC up 78-77. A foul by the Cards allowed North Salinas to score the winning points on a rebound shot from the missed free throw.
The Cards were hurt in their overtime efforts by the loss on fouls of Martini, who had 25 points. Others in double figures were John Eicholz, Mike Ferrin and Glen Reed with 19, 18 and 10 respectively. SC was 26 of 34 from the line for 76 percent. Martini was 11 of 12 and Eicholz was 11 of 14 from the line. Scoring: Thompson 6, Ferrin 18, Eicholz 19, Martini 25, Reed 10 and Crafts 0.

Late Rally Sparks Santa Cruz in 61-58 win. SC outscored Watsonville 11-2 in the final four minutes for the win. Six straight turnovers by the Wildcats helped the Cards get back into a game which looked out of reach for a time. The victory secured a hold on third place for SC with a 11-5 league record. The score was see-saw all the way with the game being tied eight times. With SC leading 57-56 and seconds ticking off the clock, Stan Frazier put the game on ice for the Cards, when he took an inbounds pass from the sidelines with 35 seconds left to score on a driving lay up. SC nursing a five point advantage, gave up a bucket as time ran out. Only seven players were in uniform as two players missed the bus.
Dave Bruce, who has not played in the last five games being knocked out of action by mononucleosis, suited up for the second half for protection. SC was 22 of 54 from the floor for 40 percent and only 17 of 30 from the foul line for 57 percent. SC led 14-11in the first quarter, the score was tied at halftime 29-29 and 43-43 at the end of he third.
Watsonville went out to a 48-43 lead and upped to 56-50 with 3:52 left in the game. Reed and Martini had field goals and Ferrin a free threw to get SC to 55-56 with 1:28 to go. Reed stole a pass and drove the distance for a score, Martini connected from the corner and a fast break basket by Gordon Crafts pushed the Cards in front. Scoring: Ferrin 12, Eicholz 9, Martini 21, Reed 10, Crafts 2 and Frazier 7.

Santa Cruz Falls 86-75 To League Champion Alisal. Three double fouls coupled with two technical fouls turned what started as a good basketball game into a nightmare. The score was tied three times, before the real fireworks began to fly. With the score 11-10 in favor of SC a Alisal player dribbled aggressively into SC’s Stan Frazier and one official called a foul on Alisal, but as this official went to the scorers table to report the call, the other official called the foul on Frazier. The call brought immediate disapproval from the Cards and seconds later the coach picked up the first of two technical fouls.
Dave Martini was inspirational in keep SC close with four straight baskets following the loud ruckus. Two of his shots came from the outside, while the others came on a steal and a rebound tip. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied 17-17. Eight times the score was knotted, before the roof began to tumble on SC. Alisal went on a 13-2 run to go ahead 32-23. Alisal out scored the Cards 26-9 in the second quarter to lead 43-26 at halftime.
Ferrin seemed to be in the spotlight wherever he went on the floor and got mixed up in two double fouls. In the third period Alisal again outscored the Cards 26-17 to take a 69-43 lead going into the fourth quarter. The game was in the bag for Alisal, but that didn’t stop a gallant effort by the Cards during the final eight minutes.
SC was inspired and failed to lie down and play dead. SC outscored Alisal 32-17 in the last quarter. Reed had has top scoring night for the season with 23 points. SC sank 15 of 27 free throws for 56 percent. Scoring: Thompson 7, Ferrin 13, Eicholz 5, Martini 23, Reed 23, Crafts 3, Frazier 6, Barbic 3 and Corneliussen 0.

From the scorebook
In the finale of he season SC defeats Aptos 69-64 at Aptos. The Cards ended the league season with a 11-7 record and third place in the MBL. Not a record that they had hoped for. This was the last game for six Cards: Milt Thompson, Mike Ferrin, John Eicholz, Dave Martini, Gordon Crafts and Pete Corneliussen. Aptos took a 14-10 lead in the first quarter, led 28-27 at halftime and still led 46-44 going into the fourth quarter. Then the Cards out scored the Mariners 25-18 in the final quarter for the win. SC connected on 29 of 43 foul shots for 67 percent, while Aptos sank 22 of 36 for 61 percent. There were a total of 79 foul shots in the game. Dave Bruce played in this last game and went 5 of 6 from the line. Ferrin was 5 of 6, Thompson 8 of 10, Reed 2 of 2 and Martini 8 of 13 from the foul line. Scoring: Thompson 14, Ferrin 17, Eicholz 4, Martini 22, Reed 6, Crafts 1, Frazier 0 and Bruce 5.

JV BASKETBALL SLV 55-20, Los Gatos 51-47, Watsonville 58-56, Harbor 54-40, Seaside 64-80.

JV’s Win First Four. Against SLV in a 55-20 win, top scorers were Charles Terry 14 and Stan Frazier 12.

Cards beat Los Gatos 51-47. High scorers were Stan Frazier 17, Steve Bruce 14 and Terry 11.

In a fantastic tight game the Cards took Watsonville 58-56. The whole team played well. Frazier scored 17, Terry and Bruce 12 apiece.

For their fourth straight win the Cards defeated Harbor 54-40. Bruce led the scorers with 16 followed by Terry with 13.

Barbic’s Bounds Beat Soquel 48-43. George Barbic with 13 rebounds and 15 points led the charge against the Knights. Other scorers were Bruce, Danny Urioste, Frazier and Terry.

Steve Bruce, the fearless freshman, played an outstanding game again with Stan Frazier right behind him. Super Norb is showing us and everyone else that he can score, as lately he has been racking up the points.

Team members were Steve Bruce, Charles Terry, Stan Frazier, Dan Urioste, Scott Crane, Guillermo Alvarez, Todd Jones, Dennis Boegel and Don Hopping. Coach Ray Hunter.

FROSH BASKETBALL
North Salinas beat our fantastic Frosh team at the auditorium 71-51. Miracle man Gary Rudolph with 10 points, Dave Hightower had 20, Dan Dodge 8, Richard Vanslager 7, Steve Palazzo 3, Mike Reedy 2 and Don Hopping 1.

WRESTLING
Cards Nab Third at MBL meet finals. The Cards tied Monterey 57-57 for third behind Salinas and Alisal.

Dual meets reported; Gonzales loss. League: SLV 48-12, North Salinas 39-18, Aptos 41-15, Soquel 50-8, Monterey loss, Salinas win. In dual meet competition in the league the Cards took second place.

At the MBL finals Mark DiGirolamo in 120 and Bill Scott in 130 captured first places. Ron Staub nabbed a second in the heavyweight division. Five wrestlers grasped fourth places. They were Randy McCullah, Sam Villa, Eloy Villa, Rick Nelson and Chris Clarke.

The top Cards and their weight divisions are Bill Starrs 95; Ken Pollastrini 103; Randy McCullah 112; Luther Harris; Mark DiGirolamo 120; Bill Scott 127; Eloy Villa 133; Sam Villa 138; Dennis Meakin 145; Rick Nelson 154; Bill Mitchell 165; Chris Clarke 175; Steve Poston 191 and Ron Staub unlimited. Coach Tex Ronning. Mat Maids: Jennie Bork, Lucy Vega, Suzie McBeth, Sur Muttersback and Pam Scott.

Wrestlers started their season with two wins over Mt. View and SLV 48-12. Against SLV pins were made by Bill Scott, Rick Nelson and Chris Clarke, Winners by decisions were Randy McCullah, Mark DiGirolamo, Sam Villa, Dennis Meakin and Steve Poston.
The Cards won the SLV JV match also. The JV match results listed by weight, name and how the match went. 95, Howton, won by pin; 112, Pelton won by forfeit; 120, Price was pinned; 127, Harris won by decision 7-1; 133, Scofield was pinned; 138, Ruiz won by pin; 145 Scott won by forfeit; 154, Reyes won by decision 5-1; 165 Newton won by forfeit; 175, Jordon won by forfeit; 191, Papa won by forfeit; 232, Gallick by pin.

The third match was a loss to Gonzales even with wins from Bill Scott and Mark DiGirolamo.

The Cards posted five wins in the last few weeks. The swept eight out of thirteen matches against Harbor. Beat North Salinas 39-18 with a pin from DiGirolamo.

Aptos is creamed 41-15. Winners were DiGirolamo, Scott, Eloy Villa and Staub.

Cards Strangle Knights. Soquel went down 50-8. The varsity won every match but two. Ron Staub and Bill Mitchell got the only two pins for the Cards. Bill Scott, Sam Villa, Mark DiGirolamo, Rick Nelson and Chris Clarke were other winners.
The JV won 54-9. Pins were gained by Bob Deane, James Jacobs, Paul Newton, Tim Howton, Steve Pelton, Steve White, John Morris and Gabriel Reyes.

At the Harbor Invitational SC placed eighth with 34 points, DiGirolamo won at 120 pounds.

The only loss all season was to Monterey. DiGirolamo and Clarke won by pins, Scott and Staub won by decision. A couple of days later they came back and killed Salinas.

The junior varsity had a 3-6 record. Paul Scott, Bob Deane, Tim Howton and Luther Harris placed at the JV tournament.

The following is a composite record of Mark DiGirolamo in his four years of high school wrestling at Santa Cruz High School. All his matches were on the varsity level. Mark has never lost in a dual meet. Truly an impressive record.
Freshman year–39 wins, l loss, l draw. First place in the following: Monterey Bay League Novice Tourney, Harbor Holiday Tourney, Overfelt Tourney, Westmont Tourney, MBL Finals, CCS Finals, Northern California.
Sophomore year–36 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw. First place in the following: Harbor Tourney, Kennedy Tourney, MBL Finals and CCS. Third at the Ayer Tourney. First place at 106 pounds at the Northern California State Meet.
Junior year–37 wins, 0 losses at the 115 pound classification. Firsts in the following 115 class: Harbor Tourney, Kennedy Tourney, MBL League, Area II Tourney, CCS Finals, Northern California.
Senior year–36 wins, 1 loss at 123 pounds. Firsts in the following, Del Mar Classic and named outstanding wrestler; Gonzales Tourney, named outstanding wrestler; MBL, CCS Division IV third, Northern California first place, plus named outstanding wrestler. Special award by Northern California coaches, only wrestler ever to win a Northern California Tourney title four times in a row.
LIFETIME RECORD–148 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws

WATER POLO beat Soquel 13-6. Top point getters were Mike Carmel, Matt Lezin and Karl Fieberling. Against Carmel, Matt Lezin had 35 blocks and Harlan Johnson 38.

Other team members were Ken Dolor, Bob Deane, Ted McElroy and Chris Clarke.

BASEBALL SIXTH CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP
Practice games: Oak Grove 14-4, Piedmont Hills 2-1, Carmel 1-0, SLV 1-2 in eight innings, Salinas Lions Tournament, RLS 3-1, Harbor, 11-10, Alisal 3-4 and North Salinas, 2-0. Practice record 6-2. League games: Monterey 2-0, 1-2; Seaside, 2-0, 3-0; Alisal 2-0, 4-3; Aptos 13-4, 7-2; Watsonville 4-2, 6-4; North Salinas, 3-3, 12-6, 5-7; Salinas 5-3, 8-2; Soquel, 7-6, 4-1; Harbor 14-4, 0-1. League record 15-3. Sixth consecutive championship for the Cardinals. CCS, Pacific Grove 2-5. Season record 21-6. Nineteen of the twenty-seven games were decided by two or less runs.

Team members: Seniors: Preston Dyson, Pat O’Brien, Harry Kypreos, Mike Ferrin, Milton Thompson, Mike Ewald, Jim Lyster and Joe Lantry. Juniors: Glen Reed, Kelly Graff, Dave Bruce, Mike Atwood, Rick Erlin, George Barbic, Randy Strong, Scott Fleming and John Mendez. Sophomore Norbert Szczurek moved up from Jayvees midway in the season.

There is no truth to the rumor the MBL title will be nicknamed “the Cardinal award” it only seems that way. The Cards clinched the MBL crown for the sixth consecutive year and tenth in thirteen years. There was a four year in a row string followed by a second, fourth and a third place finishes, then this sixth title..

During this six seasons the Cards have racked up and impressive record of 105 wins and 33 losses for a .884 win percentage. In league it was 84 wins and 11 losses for a .761 record.

The Cards started the season off with a bang thumping Oak Grove 14-4. It was one of the Cards’ best starts in a number of years. Top hitters were Harry Kypreos, Milt Thompson and Mike Ewald each with three hits. The team bashed the ball for hits 14 times. Top RBI men were Thompson with three and Kypreos with two. Others with one are Strong, O’Brien, Lyster, Ewald and Atwood. The pitchers were on their game also.
Pat O’Brien started and went four innings giving up one hit for the win. Preston Dyson hurled the next two giving up no hits. Rick Erlin finished off the game pitched the seventh. The trio gave up five hits and struck out 9. The whole squad saw action. It was a good day for the Cards. The whole squad participated in the Oak Grove game.
The following is the complete lineup, position, at bats and hits was Mike Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Harry Kypreos C, 5-3; Milt Thompson CF, 5-3; Pat O’Brien P, 4-2; Jim Lyster RF, 3-0; Mike Ewald RF, 5-3; Scott Fleming 2B, 3-0; Mike Atwood SS, 2-0; Dave Bruce 3B, 2-0. Substitutes were Randy Strong 1B, 1-1; Kelly Graff C, 1-0; Joe Lantry LF, 0-0; Glen Reed 2B, 2-0; John Mendez 3B, 2-0, Preston Dyson P, 1-0; Rick Erlin P, 1-0 and George Barbic warming up in the bull pen for this game.

Second Straight For Cards. The Cards picked up their second win of the season beating Piedmont Hills 2-1 on some fine pitching by Pat O’Brien and Preston Dyson, who only allowed three hits between them. O’Brien went four innings for the win was especially impressive with his control gave up one hit, no walks and struck out four. Dyson had outstanding velocity on his fast ball went three innings gave up two hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out one. In the home half of the first inning, lead off hitter Mike Ferrin singled and went to third after singles by Harry Kyreos and Pat O’Brien. He scored on an infield error. Piedmont Hills tied the score in the sixth inning. In the last of the sixth inning Milt Thompson singled, stole second and scored on Mike Ewald’s single. In the top of the seventh third baseman John Mendez threw out a runner at the plate to end the game. Other notables included center fielder Milt Thompson who stole three bases and Mike Atwood who played a commendable shortstop, Cards had one error. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-2; Kypreos C, 2-1; Thompson CF, 2-1; O’Brien P, 3-1, Ewald RF, 3-1; Atwood SS, 3-0; Fleming 2B, 2-1; Mendez 3B, 2-0; Lantry LF, 1-0; Dyson P, 1-0; Graff PH, 1-0 and Bruce 3B, 0-0.

Cards beat Carmel ace 1-0 behind the scintillating pitching of O’Brien, who no hit the Padres and struck out two in four innings for the win. Dyson allowed one hit, and struck out four the last three innings. The lone run of the game came in the first inning after a Thompson single. He moved up on an error and scored on single by Ewald, Ewald had a triple. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 2-0; Kypreos C, 2-0; Thompson CF, 2-1; O’Brien P, 3-0, Ewald RF, 3-2; Fleming 2B, 3-0; Lyster LF, 2-1; Reed SS, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 2-1; Atwood SS, 1-0; Lantry LF, 0-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.

En route to a 1-2 eight inning loss to SLV the Cards showed more great pitching. Pat O’Brien struck out 10 batters and allowed only two hits, no earned runs, struck out 9, and allowed one walk in four devastating innings of work. Rich Erlin held the opposition to one earned run, three hits, struck out three and walked five in the final four frames. Unfortunately the SLV pitchers were equally impressive giving up only two hits, walking no one and striking out eight. The Cards tied the game in the seventh inning on a line drive single and some crafty base running by Scott Fleming. A RBI single by Milt Thompson produced a run to tie the score. The Cards made two errors, one of which allowed a run to score.
Throughout the game, catcher Harry Kypreos did an excellent job. He displayed a better than average arm, did a superior job blocking pitches in the dirt and did everything else expected of a good catcher. Pitchers O’Brien, Dyson, Erlin and Barbic give SC one of the better staffs in the league. As any good baseball fan will tell you, pitching is the most important facet of the game. Lineup: Fleming 2B, 3-1, Kypreos C, 3-0; Thompson CF, 2-1, O’Brien P, 3-0; Ewald RF, 3-0; Atwood SS, 3-0, Strong 1B, 1-0; Ferrin 1B, 2-0; Reed LF, 1-0; Erlin P, 2-0; Mendez 3B, 1-0 and Bruce 3B, 1-0.

Cardinals Off On Right Foot; Open MBL With 2-0 Shut Out of Monterey. The Cards got a good test in what is expected to be a tough MBL race as Monterey as well as several other teams showed themselves respectable in opening action. In the opening of league, against long time rival for the league championships, Monterey was beaten 2-0 by the glittering two hit shutout pitched by Pat O’Brien and Preston Dyson. O’Brien went four innings for the win and Dyson three for a save. Both had good control giving up only three walks limiting Toreadore base runners.
Mike Ferrin led off the game with a single and was bunted to second by Scott Fleming. Ferrin then stole third and scored on a pass ball. The second score came when Kypreos singled and was sacrificed to second by Mike Atwood. Ferrin moved him to third on an infield hit. They ran the double steal and Kypreos scored. Jim Lyster doubled and collected a pair of hits. A comment was “this is how you win a game without doing to much offensively, but with great pitching and defense.” Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-2; Fleming 2B, 3-0; Thompson CF, 4-0; Ewald RF, 4-1; Lyster LF, 3-2; O’Brien P, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 3-0; Kypreos C, 3-1; Atwood SS, 1-1 and Dyson P, 0-0.

Santa Cruz Scores Early, Then Breezes Past Aptos 13-4. In what was expected to be a “tight one” for the first time this year, the Cards unleashed a bona-fide offensive attack. SC got going quickly with a big four run rally in the bottom of the first. Ferrin singled and went to third on Thompson’s single, who then stole second. Ewald singled them home. Ewald later scored on a balk and Bruce on an error. RBI’s, O’Brien two and one each for Ferrin, Kypreos, Ewald , Bruce and Atwood. Milt Thompson collected three hits and stole 6 bases. Mike Ferrin singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice. Dave Bruce had a perfect day going two for two with a double and an RBI.
Dyson started and went five innings giving up six hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out two for the win. O’Brien went two innings striking out three. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 5-2; Kypreos C, 4-1, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 4-3; Ewald RF, 4-2; Lyster LF, 4-1; Bruce 3B, 2-2, two walks; Fleming 2B, 2-0, sacrifice; Atwood SS, 2-1; Dyson P, 2-1, sacrifice; O’Brien P, 1-1; Strong 1B, 0-0; Mendez 3B, 0-0, walk and Reed SS, 0-0, sacrifice.

Wildcat Errors Aid 4-2 Santa Cruz Triumph. The Cards made it three wins in a row in league.
A comedy of errors by the Cats proved to be the deciding factor in the game. The good bunting of the Cards had an effect on the Cats as it led to a barrage of Cat errors. The Cards had only three hits themselves, but good pitching and defense keeps them winning.
Pat O’Brien worked all seven innings for the first time this year and finished strong, while giving up only two hits, no earned runs, four walks and struck out seven. He seemed to improve as the game progressed.
Watsonville jumped out to a two run lead in the first inning on a pair of unearned runs. In the third inning SC sent seven batters to the plate and had three unearned runs. Glen Reed led off with a walk. Ferrin sacrificed with a perfect bunt and was safe at first as Reed beat the throw to second. Harry Kypreos put down another perfect bunt that was thrown away at first and two runs scored and Kyreos took second. Mike Ewald reached base on a fielders choice and scored on an error. In the fourth, Ferrin singled home O’Brien to end the scoring. Cards had two errors. Thompson doubled and Ferrin had an RBI. . Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Kypreos C, 2-0; Thompson CF, 2-1; Ewald RF, 3-0; Lyster LF, 3-0; Bruce 3B, 3-0; O’Brien P, 2-0; Atwood SS, 2-0 and Reed 2B, 2-1.

Big Cardinal Game Ends In Deadlock 3-3 called after nine innings, because of darkness at the Viking field. Both teams were tied for the league lead with unbeaten records and stay that way. SC took a short lived 1-0 lead in the first inning, when Jim Lyster singled and went to third on Mike Atwood’s single. Lyster scored on Reeds squeeze bunt. North Salinas came right back in the second and went ahead 2-1. They scored another run in the third on two errors. The Cards had five for the day. The Cards scored two runs in the sixth inning started with a Ferrin single. He went to second on an error. Thompson singled him to third. Ferrin scored on an infield out by Ewald and Thompson went to second and scored on Lyster’s single to tie the game.
Dyson started and went six innings giving up six hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out five. O’Brien went three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs or walks and struck out five. Ewald, Lyster and Reed had RBI’s. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-1; Kypreos C, 4-1; Thompson CF, 4-1; Ewald RF, 4-0; Lyster LF, 4-2; Atwood SS, 4-1; Reed 2B, 2-0; Bruce 3B, 3-0; Dyson P, 3-0; O’Brien P, 0-0; and Fleming 2B, 0-0.

In the opening game of the Salinas Lions Baseball Tournament, the Cards defeated RLS 3-1. Rick Erlin went five innings giving up only two hits, no runs, walked two and struck out six for the win. George Barbic went the last two innings allowing one hit. no earned runs, walked none and struck out three for the save. Harry Kypreos had two hits. Milt Thompson had a home run, John Mendez hit a triple for an RBI and scored. Scott Fleming had the other hit. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-1; Kypreos C, 4-1; Thompson CF, 3-1; Lyster LF, 2-0; Ewald RF, 3-0; Bruce SS, 2-0; Mendez LF, 2-1; Fleming 2B, 3-1; Erlin P, 2-0 and Barbic P, 1-0.

In the second game of the tournament the Cards lost to Alisal 3-4 on an unearned run in the seventh inning. O’Brien started and went six innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out five. Barbic took the loss in the seventh inning, when the lead off man got on by an error. Barbic went one inning giving up one hit, no earned runs, walked two and struck out one. The best play of the day for the Cards was a double play from Reed to Atwood to Ferrin. In the first inning Ewald singled and was driven in by Lyster’s triple. In the sixth, Lyster got on by a fielders choice, stole second and scored on Reed’s single. In the top of the seventh the Cards tied up the score, when Ferrin doubled and was driven home by Kypreos‘ double.
Cards had five errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Kypreos C, 4-2; Ewald CF, 4-2; Lyster RF, 4-1; O’Brien P, 3-0; Atwood SS, 2-1; Reed 2B, 3-2; Bruce 3B, 3-0; Mendez LF, 3-0.Barbic P, 0-0 and Fleming 2B, 0-0.

SC Edges Bucs, 11-10, In Slugfest. In their third game of the Salinas Lions Baseball Tournament. The Cards led 4-1 in the fourth inning. When everything broke loose in the fifth inning, Harbor scored six runs to go ahead 7-4. In the seventh inning Harbor scored three and the Cards came back with seven runs to win 11-10 in wild game. Jim Lyster drove in the winning run and went 4 for 5. SC had seven errors and Harbor four. RBI’s were Atwood four and Ferrin and Lyster two apiece. Dyson started and was relieved by George Barbic. Rick Erlin came in to earn the win. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-3; Kyreos C, 5-0; Ewald CF, 5-2; Lyster 2B, 5-4; Bruce 3B, 3-0; Atwood LF, 4-3; Reed SS, 2-0; Graff RF, 1-0; Fleming PH, 1-0; Dyson P, 2-0; Mendez PH, 1-0; Barbic P, 0-0 and Erlin P, 0-0.

Cards beat North Salinas 2-0 for fifth place in the Salinas Lions Tournament behind the pitching of junior Rick Erlin who went five innings giving up four hits, walked one and struck out four for the win. Dyson pitched the last two innings giving up three hits and striking out two for the save. Ewald drove in Erlin in the third inning and Thompson as a pitch hitter drove in Erlin with a double in the fifth inning. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-2; Mendez RF, 2-0: Ewald CF, 3-0; Lyster 2B, 3-0; Atwood LF, 3-1; Bruce SS, 2-0; Graff C, 3-0; Fleming 3B, 1-0; Kypreos C, 2-0; Erlin P, 0-0, two walks, two runs; Dyson P, 0-0.

Cards Come Back For a 5-3 Victory over Salinas. Now Stand Alone In First Place. After playing four games in the 16 team Salinas tournament, the Cards beat Salinas 5-3 in league. Salinas went ahead 3-1 in the second inning, when starter Pat O’Brien took a shot off his pitching arm, which affect him. Preston Dyson came in and shut out the Cowboys the rest of the way. Dyson gave up four hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out six for the win. The Cards top hitters were Milt Thompson with two hits, one a triple, and an RBI. Jim Lyster and Mike Ferrin had two hits and each had a double. Ferrin had an RBI. Since the team has more fine players then can play at any one time, the line up has changed through out the preseason and the beginning of league. For this game four players changed positions and the team had only one error instead of the multiple errors they had in some previous games. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Kyreos C, 4-0; Thompson CF, 4-2; Ewald RF, 3-0; Lyster 2B, 3-2; Bruce 3B, 3-0; Atwood LF, 2-0; Reed 3B, 3-0; O‘Brien P, 1-0; Bruce SS, 2-0 and Dyson P, 2-1.

Seventh Inning SC Rally tops Soquel 7-6. In a tension packed league affair, the Cards had to come from behind and scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to eke out a 7-6 win over Soquel. One can never question the fact that Soquel didn’t come out fighting. They did as they scored in four different innings. The Knights gave it their best shot only to see the never say die Cardinals have something left when it counted the most.
The Cards scored in five separate innings in a see saw game. In the seventh, Thompson reached second on an error and scored on Ewald’s triple. Ewald scored moments later on a wild pitch for the winning run. It was a hitters day with Ewald going 4 for 4 plus 4 RBI’s. Thompson and Ferrin had two hits. Other RBI’s were by Ferrin and Atwood. O’Brien went the first four innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out four. Dyson went the last three innings and got the win, since the winning runs scored while he was pitching. Dyson gave up five hits, three earned runs, walked none and struck out three. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-2, steal; Kyreos C, 3-1, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 2-2, sacrifice, walk, steal; Lyster 2B, 2-0,sacrific, walk; Ewald RF, 4-4, steal; Atwood LF, 3-0; Bruce SS, 3-0; Reed 3B, 3-0; O‘Brien P, 2-1 and Dyson P, 1-1.

Cards Rap 21 hits In 14-4 Triumph over Harbor. With a stunning 21 hit attack the Cards beat Harbor 14-4 on a rained soaked field at Harbor. Harbor scored a pair of runs in the first and last innings, but in between it was all SC. The win by the Cards was their first ever on the Harbor diamond, scene of frustrations in past years for SC. The Cards started scoring from the beginning as lead off hitter Mike Ferrin singled was bunted to second by Harry Kypreos and then stole third. He scored on Milt Thompson’s deep fly to center. The Cards continued to score in every inning. The Cards had seven doubles, Thompson with two and one each for Ferrin, Lyster, Atwood, Bruce and Fleming.
Thompson hit a ball off the glove of and outfield and went over the fence, which should have been a home run, but the umpire ruled it a double. He scored anyway. RBI’s were Ewald and Bruce two apiece, those with one are Ferrin, Thompson, Lyster, Atwood and Fleming.
O’Brien started and went four innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, three walks and struck out three for the win. Promising junior Rick Erlin went the last three innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out three. Cards had one error. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-2, steal; Kypreos C, 3-0, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 3-3, steal; Lyster 2B, 4-3; Ewald RF, 5-4, steal; O’Brien P, 1-0, sacrifice; Atwood LF, 3-2; Bruce SS, 4-4, Fleming 3B, 3-2, sacrifice. Substitutes were Randy Strong 1B, 1-0; Kelly Graff C, 1-0; Joe Lantry RF, 1-0; Rick Erlin P, 2-0; John Mendez LF, 2-1.

Cards Stay Unbeaten In League With 2-0 Win over Alisal. In what could be called a grudge match, since Alisal had beaten the Cards for the Salinas tournament championship, Preston Dyson turned in his best pitching performance of the year giving up only a bad hop single for a one hit shut out. He was not as over powering as usual, but moved the ball around well and was not hit hard. Most of the outs came on the infield, where Dyson enjoyed good support from his teammates. The Cards had only one error.
The Cards scored all their runs in the second inning. Mike Ewald walked, went to second on Mike Atwood’s infield grounder that he was safe on, as a play was made unsuccessfully to get Ewald at second. Bruce followed with a base hit to load the bases. Glen Reed hit a sacrifice fly scoring Ewald. Atwood tagged up and went to third from where he scored on an error. At this point the Cards are 7-0-1 in league and have a two game lead over Watsonville and North Salinas. Lineup: Lyster 2B, 4-1; Kypreos C, 2-0, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 3-0, steal; Ewald RF, 2-0, walk; Atwood LF, 3-0; Bruce SS, 3-2, steal; Reed 3B, 2-1, sacrifice; Dyson P, 3-0 and Strong 1B, 3-1.

SC Still Unbeaten In League After 2-0 Win Over Seaside. In a well pitched game by both teams hurlers, Pat O’Brien pitched a two hitter, while striking out 13 and allowing no walks in an outstanding hurling performance to beat Seaside 2-0. He allowed only one runner to reach second base. The Seaside hurler gave up only one hit to Milt Thompson, but walked six. In the second inning Glen Reed walked and stole second, John Mendez bunted him to third and Reed scored on a wild pitch.
An insurance run was scored in the sixth inning. Lead off man Jim Lyster reached first on an error, was sacrificed to second by Harry Kypreos, went to third on a hit by Milt Thompson and scored on a squeeze bunt by Mike Ewald. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Lyster 2B, 2-0, walk; Kypreos C, 2-0; Thompson CF, 3-1, steal; Ewald RF, 2-0; Bruce SS, 1-0, two walks; Reed 3B, 2-0, walk; Mendez LF, 2-0; O’Brien P, 2-0; Strong 1B, 1-0 and Ferrin 1B, 0-0, two steals, walk.

Cards In First Loop Loss 2-1 to Monterey. Monterey came up with a run in the sixth inning to snap the Cards unbeaten record in league. A short blooper to the outfield was catch able, but it drove in the winning run. Ironically the two walks Dyson gave up ended up scoring. After Monterey scored in the top of the third inning the Cards came right back with a score. Norb Szczurek, up from the Jayvees, doubled and went to third on a wild pitch. Ferrin walked and stole second. Kypreos laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Szczurek, but when Ferrin tried to score from second, as he has before, he was thrown out at the plate.
Dyson went all the way in a well pitched game giving up three hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out six. But his opponent also pitched a fine game having nearly the same stats other then giving up two hits. Cards had one error. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 2-0, walk, steal; Kypreos C, 2-0, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 3-0; Bruce SS, 3-1, double; Reed 2B, 3-0; Mendez 3B, 2-0, walk; O’Brien RF, 2-0; Dyson P, 2-0 and Szczurek LF, 2-1.

Card Hitters Spark 7-2 League Victory over Aptos. SC has been fortunate this season to get good hitting when the pitching has been off and good pitching when the hitting has been off. Left handed ace Pat O’Brien did not enjoy one of his better days, but he had plenty of support from his teammates at bat and in the field. O’Brien went six innings giving up five hits, no earned runs, walked four and struck out seven for the win. Rick Erlin relieved in the seventh giving up two hits, one earned run and struck out one.
SC got its first run in the third inning, when O’Brien was hit by a pitch and was sacrifice bunted to second by Ferrin, who was safe at first. Kypreos bunted and the throw was over the first baseman’s head and O’Brien scored. Szczurek stole home in the fourth inning to put the Cards up 2-0. Errors played a role in five of the Cards runs. The Cards had one error. RBI’s by Lyster and Ewald. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-0, steal, sacrifice, walk; Kypreos C, 1-0, steal, sacrifice, 3 walks; Thompson CF, 4-1, walk; Lyster 2B, 5-1; Ewald RF, 4-2; Bruce SS, 2-0, 2 walks; Szczurek LF, 3-1,steal; Reed 3B, 3-0; O’Brien P, 3-0; Atwood LF, 1-0; 0-0; Fleming 2B, 1-1; Erlin P, 0-0; Strong 1B, 1-0 and Mendez 3B, 0-0, walk;

Cards Maintain Lead With 6-4 Win Over Cats. It was another must game for the Cards, who are 10-1-1 with Soquel at 9-2 and Watsonville and North Salinas at 7-4. But the Cards concern is simply win every game and that’s the way they’re playing it. The Cards scored three runs in the second inning when Szczurek reached first on an error. Kypreos bunted him to second. Reed singled Szczurek to third. Dyson bunted and the pitcher threw home, but it was a safety squeeze and Szczurek stayed at third to load the bases. Ferrin doubled to unload the bases for three RBI‘s. The next run in the third inning resulted from Ewald’s towering triple and he scored on Bruce’s double. Thompson and Ewald drove in runs in the fourth inning to finish the Card scoring.
Dyson pitched a complete game giving up ten hits, three earned runs, walked two and struck out seven. Cards had five errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Lyster 2B, 3-1, walk; Thompson CF, 4-2, steal; Ewald RF, 4-2; Bruce SS, 4-1; Szczurek LF, 3-1, sacrifice; Kypreos C, 1-0, sacrifice, 2 walks; Reed 3B, 3-2; Dyson P, 3-2; Atwood LF, 1-0; Fleming 2B, 0-0 and Mendez 3B, 0-0;

In the first league game with North Salinas ended in a 3-3 tie in nine innings because of darkness. This time in the make up game the Cards won 12-6, scoring in five innings and getting a hit in every inning, but the seventh. North Salinas scored two in the first on walks and errors and another four in the third with the big blow coming on a home run. Pat O’Brien went the distance after walking three batters in the first inning and giving up three hits, one a home run in the third inning. Pat got in the flow and shut them down 1-2-3 in three innings and the other inning a walk and an error prolonged the inning. His line was four hits, three in the third inning, four earned runs, five walks and seven strike outs.
Ferrin, Thompson and Ewald had home runs at North Salinas. Each homer drove in two runs. Ferrin also had a double. Cards had three errors. RBI’s were Ferrin 4, Thompson and Ewald 3 apiece. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 5-3; Lyster 2B, 3-1, walk; Thompson CF, 4-2; Ewald RF, 4-3, steal; Bruce SS, 3-0, wakj; Atwood LF; 3-1, walk; Reed 3B. 4-2,steal; Kypreos C, 3-1 and O’Brien 2-0, 2 sacrifices.

The next day the Cards lost 5-7 to the Vikings. Rick Erlin started and when he left with a man on first in the seventh inning, the score was tied 3-3. The Vikes scored four runs in the seventh, but only one was earned. Erlin went six plus innings giving up six hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out three. Preston Dyson relieved with a man on in the seventh. He gave up a walk, allowed no hits, but two errors accounted for the runs. The Cards made a come back in their half of the seventh, when Ewald drove in two runs with a double. Other RBI’s were Thompson 2 and Atwood one. Top hitters were Thompson 3 for 4 and Ewald 2 for 4. The Viking pitcher walked no one. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 2-1, steal; Lyster 2B, 2-0, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 4-3; Ewald RF, 4-2; Bruce SS,4-0; Reed 3B. 3-0; Atwood LF; 2-1, sacrifice; Kypreos C, 3-0; Erlin P, 2-0 and Dyson P, 1-0.

Cards beat Salinas 8-2. A combination of pitching, a complete game win by Preston Dyson and the hitting of Milt Thompson and Mike Atwood powered the win. Dyson gave up four hits, two earned runs, walked seven and struck out seven. The Cards struck quickly in the first inning scoring four runs on three walks, two hits and a sacrifice fly by Dyson. Thompson tripled and drove in three runs. Ferrin doubled. Other RBI’s were Atwood two and Bruce, Reed and Dyson one apiece. Kelly Graff filled in for Harry Kypreos behind the plate and did a fine job. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-2; Lyster 2B, 1-0, two sacrifices, walk; Thompson CF, 3-2; Ewald RF, 2-0, two walks; Atwood LF; 3-2; Bruce SS, 3-1, walk; Reed 3B. 2-0, walk, sacrifice; Dyson P, 2-0; Graff C, 2-0, walk; Strong 1B, 0-0; Mendez LF, 0-0 and Fleming 2B, 1-1.

Cards beat Soquel 4-1. Pat O’Brien working all seven innings turned in one of his best performances of the season. Pat give up only four hits and walking only one in a 4-1 win over Soquel to put the Cards two games ahead of Soquel with three games remaining in the season. Mike Ferrin went a perfect 4 for 4, doubled, stole two bases, drove in a pair of runs and hustled all over the field. Mike went all out on any balls on his side of the field, which included a foul pop up for the games final out, which he made a step from the Cardinal dugout a long way from first base at the Soquel field. He makes those type plays all the time.
Scott Fleming has played a lot this season, but just recently has been playing third base and playing like he as been there all year, turned in some nice plays defensively and went 2 for 4 at the plate and scored twice. One of his better plays was cutting in front of short stop Dave Bruce and throwing out the runner, who probably would have been safe otherwise.
In the fifth inning with runners on second and third with one out, Bruce cut off a ball head to centerfield stepped on second ant threw to first for a double play to end the threat. Throughout the contest SC played alertly and aggressively and as the coach called it “using the brain cells.” The Cards played errorless ball and also important was the club’s ability to bunt successfully, take the extra base and of course hit with authority. Thompson stole two bases. RBI’s Ferrin two and O’Brien and Kypreos each had one. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 4-4; Jim Lyster 2B, 3-1, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 3-1, 2 steals, walk; Ewald RF, 3-1, walk; Atwood LF, 4-0; Bruce SS, 2-0, 2 walks; Fleming 3B, 4-2; O’Brien P, 2-1, sacrifice; and Kypreos C, 2-1, steal, sacrifice.

Harbor upsets SC 1-0 on and unearned run in the fifth inning. Harbor hurler pitches a one hitter and strikes out eight against the slugging Cards. Preston Dyson’s also pitched a superlative game gave up five hits, no earned runs, walked three and struck out 11. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-0; Jim Lyster 2B, 3-0; Thompson CF, 1-0 2 walks; Ewald RF, 3-1; Atwood LF, 3-0; Fleming 3B, 3-0; Kypreos C, 2-0, walk; Bruce SS, 2-0 and Dyson P, 2-0

Cards come from behind to defeat Alisal 4-3. In a must win the Cards scored two runs in the second inning when Atwood led off with a single and was bunted to second by Kypreos. Fleming single him to third and O’Brien singled him home. Fleming scored on an error. Alisal went ahead 3-2 in the third. The Cards tied it up in the fifth, when Ferrin singled, stole second went to third on a ground ball and scored on a pass ball. Ferrin had two stolen bases for the day. The Cards went ahead in the sixth on a Mike Ewald single followed by Mike Atwood’s single moving Ewald to second. Then Scott Fleming got a clutch hit driving in Ewald for the winning run. Fleming’s single was his second hit of the afternoon. Since his starting at third base, the Card junior has four hits in three games.
Pat O’Brien gave up only three hits in the game while striking out 11. The only trouble Pat had was with the bottom of the order in the third. Atwood and Fleming had two hits apiece. Lyster had a double. Cards had no errors, Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Jim Lyster 2B, 3-1, sacrifice; Thompson CF, 3-0; Ewald RF, 3-1; Atwood LF, 3-2; Kypreos C, 2-0, sacrifice; Fleming 3B, 3-2; O’Brien P, 3-1 and Bruce SS, 2-0.

Dyson NO HITS Seaside in 77 pitches to win 3-0. Dyson went out in his last high school game with a no hitter against Seaside, walking only three, faced only two more batters than the minimum 21 and struck out eight. The Seaside pitcher limited the Cards to only two hits, but walked 10 batters and his teammates made five errors behind him.
Ferrin started the game off with a walk, stole second, went to third on a ground ball to second and scored on an error. In the third inning Thompson got on base on a fielders choice, stole second, went to third on a pass ball and scored on another pass ball. Ewald walked, went to second on Atwood’s walk and scored on an error. Cards stole five bases, two each by Ewald and Thompson and one by Ferrin. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-1; Jim Lyster 2B, 3-0, walk; Thompson CF, 4-1; Ewald RF, 1-0, 2 walks; Atwood LF, 1-0, 2 walks; Fleming 3B, 2-0, walk; Kypreos C, 2-0, walk; Bruce SS, 2-0, sacrifice and Dyson P, 1-0, 2 walks.

Cards Do It Again! Add another chapter to the continuing series of “How To Win Monterey Bay League Baseball Championships.” The players may have changed, but the script still reads the same as the Cards add their sixth consecutive championship to the trophy case. The Cards concluded the league schedule with a 15-3 record, identical to that of last years championship edition. Ironically, Soquel ended in second place with the same 14-4 mark of a year ago. In the last six years the Cards have won 105 games and suffered a mere 33 losses and two ties for a .760 winning record.

Three days after the Seaside game the Cards lost to Pacific Grove 2-5 in the Regional CCS playoffs at Salinas Municipal Stadium ending their hopes of going all the way to the finals at San Jose Muni. It seemed to be a bad omen from the very start. And instead of the situation getting better, it ultimately got worse. A couple of so called “flukes” that quickly turned into two errors knocked the wind out of SC in the first inning. The Red Birds never came out of shock, thereafter. combination of poor fielding, bad breaks and some questionable calls, which did have a psychological affect and helped PG go ahead and get momentum.
It did have an affect on pitcher O’Brien, who had cleanly picked off the runner at first base, but he was called safe. O’Brien had not given up a hit until this time. Ewald in right field made his finest throw ever following a fly ball catch going to the foul line in the fifth. He pivoted and rifled a throw to third base and the ball got there three or four strides ahead of the runner, who kicked the ball out of the third baseman’s mitt.
The big decider though was the Pacific Grove pitcher who limited the Cards to six hits, never more than one in any inning. At the plate he went 2 for 2, walked twice and scored three runs. In the fourth inning Ewald singled and stole second and was driven home on Atwood’s single. With two outs in the fifth, Lyster walked and went to third on Thompson’s single, who then stole second. Ewald walked to load the bases. Atwood walked to force in a run. A strike out ended the inning.
At this point the Cards were down only 2-3, but PG scored two in the top of the fifth. Atwood had two doubles and two RBI‘s. Thompson had one double. Cards had four errors. Junior pitcher Rick Erlin got the last out in the seventh. Coming into the game Pacific Grove had a 24-3 record. Lineup: Ferrin 1B, 3-0, walk; Jim Lyster 2B, 2-1, steal, 2 walks; Thompson CF, 4-2, 2 steals; Ewald RF, 3-1, steal, walk; Atwood LF, 3-2, walk; Fleming 3B, 3-0, sacrifice; Kypreos C, 2-0; O’Brien P, 3-1; Bruce SS, 2-0; Mendez 3B, 1-0; Graff C, 0-0 and Szczurek PH, 1-0.

BEST BIRDS for the season
Average–Thompson .432, Ferrin .429 and Ewald .358
RBI’s– Ewald 19, Thompson 17, Ferrin 16 and Atwood 15
Total bases– Ferrin 53, Thompson 50, Ewald 46
Stolen bases– Thompson 19 and Ferrin 18
Walks– Bruce 15, Lyster 12 and Ferrin 11
Least number of strike outs– Ferrin 5, Thompson 6 and Kypreos and O’Brien 7

SEASON hitting stats, by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, triples, runs batted in, walks and stolen bases.
AB R H AV 2B 3B RBI BB SB
Thompson 88 20 38 432 5 2 17 9 19
Ferrin 91 19 39 429 9 1 16 11 18
Ewald 95 20 34 358 1 4 19 7 9
Fleming 43 6 12 279 1 0 3 2 1
Atwood 67 9 18 269 3 1 15 10 0
Lyster 77 14 20 260 6 0 7 12 3
Bruce 71 13 14 197 3 1 7 15 1
O’Brien 46 7 9 196 0 0 5 2 1
Kypreos 73 10 14 192 0 0 8 10 3
Dyson 27 3 5 185 0 0 2 2 0
Reed 49 7 8 163 0 0 4 5 2
Mendez 22 6 3 136 0 1 2 3 0
Strong 11 2 1 091 0 0 1 1 0
Graff 11 2 0 000 0 0 0 3 0
Szczurek 10 3 2 200 1 0 0 4 1
Erlin 9 3 0 000 0 0 0 3 0
Barbic 3 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 793 144 217 274 29 10 106 99 58
Home runs were Thompson two, Ferrin and Ewald one each.

SEASON pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN ER H ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Dyson 80 13 61 1.14 4 0 0 28 72 8 2
O’Brien 89 21 49 1.65 3 1 1 45 102 10 2
Erlin 31 7 24 1.58 2 2 0 12 28 3 2
Barbic 9 7 13 5.44 2 2 0 9 10 0 0
Szczurek 4 3 8 5.25 0 1 0 1 3 0 1
TOTALS 213 51 155 1.68 11 6 1 95 215 21 7

BEST BIRDS in League
Average– Ferrin .441, Thompson .397, Ewald .396 and Fleming .364
RBI’s– Ewald 17, Ferrin and Thompson 11
Total bases– Ferrin 37, Thompson 35 and Ewald 31
Stolen bases– Berrin 16, Thompson 11 and Ewald 8 Walks– Bruce 11 and Kypreos 8
Least number of strike outs– O’Brien 3 and Kypreos, Ferrin and Fleming 4

LEAGUE hitting stats, by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, triples, runs batted in, walks and stolen bases.
AB R H AV 2B 3B RBI BB SB
Ferrin 59 15 26 441 6 1 11 6 16
Thompson 63 15 25 397 3 2 11 7 11
Ewald 58 16 23 396 1 2 17 6 8
Fleming 22 5 8 364 1 0 3 2 0
Atwood 41 5 11 268 1 0 8 6 0
Lyster 55 9 13 236 5 0 3 7 0
Dyson 23 3 5 217 0 0 2 2 0
Bruce 52 8 11 210 3 0 7 11 0
Reed 32 4 6 188 0 0 3 3 1
O’Brien 25 6 4 160 0 0 4 2 0
Kypreos 43 7 6 140 0 0 5 8 2
Szczurek 7 3 2 289 1 0 0 0 1
Strong 5 0 1 200 0 0 0 0 0
Mendez 6 3 1 167 0 3 0 3 0
Erlin 4 0 0 000 0 0 0 3 0
Graff 7 2 0 000 0 0 0 3 0
Barbic 0 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 502 101 142 283 21 5 74 69 39

LEAGUE pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN ER H ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Dyson 65 12 45 1.29 3 0 0 21 62 7 2
O’Brien 60 17 33 1.98 2 0 1 30 70 8 0
Erlin 10 4 11 2.80 0 1 0 2 7 0 1
TOTALS 135 33 89 1.71 5 2 0 53 139 15 3

(To simplify who was on what all star squad, will just name them here)
SENTINEL ALL COUNTY squad. MVP Mike Ferrin. Milt Thompson, Pat O’Brien, Preston Dyson and Mike Ewald. Honorable mention Harry Kypreos.

MBL ALL LEAGUE: MVP Mike Ferrin. Milt Thompson, Pat O’Brien and Preston Dyson. Honorable mention, Mike Ewald, who missed making the team by one vote and Harry Kypreos.

Four Cardinals named to MBL All League team and the Sentinel All County team were all seniors.
All league and All County MVP Mike Ferrin was the lead off man, top hitter and run scorer, all out hustler and defensive first baseman. Mike had a .429 batting average with 9 doubles, a triple, one home run, 16 RBI’s and 18 stolen bases.
Center fielder Milt Thompson, who finished the year with a league batting average of .485, hitting in the third spot as the top hitter on the team, top base stealer and fine defensive outfielder with a good arm. Milt had 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 17 RBI’s and 19 steals.
The two top pitchers in the league:
Preston Dyson selected for the third year in a row, probably one of a few who have ever accomplished this feat, with a 7-2 won loss league record and a 1.29 earned run average.
Pat O’Brien finished the season with a 8-0 record and a ERA of 1.98. Pat is not the tallest pitcher in the league, but he pitches like it.
Catcher Harry Kypreos was All County and All League honorable mention. Harry was good at moving runners up to put them in scoring position. Harry small in size, but big in results was important to the fine season the pitching staff produced.
Mike Ewald, a senior outfield and clean up hitter with a .357 batting average was the fifth Card to make the 13 member Sentinel All County team. Mike missed making the all league team by one vote, was a honorable mention on the All League team. Mike led the team in RBI’s with 19, had one double, 4 triples, one home run and stole 9 bases. He had a rocket arm from right field and threw out runners, who dared run on him.
Bill Dodge was coach of the year for both the league and the Sentinel. This was the sixth straight championship for the Cards and tenth since 1957. Dodge was recently named a North All Star coach for the State North-South baseball classic in July at Candlestick Park.
(To the memory of former team writer and scorer book man Garson Mattsoff, who was a pure baseball fan, but unfortunately is not with us any longer)

JV BASEBALL SLV 8-1, Aptos 2-1, Harbor 3-8, Soquel 1-3,
The big events of the SLV game were Randy Pate’s going 3 for 4, Steve Bruce going 2 for 3 and
doubling, John Lunsford 1 for 3 and two RBI’s and Dennis Boegel 1 for 1 on a solid drive over the shortstop. Sophomore pitching ace, Norb Szczurek pitching five innings with seven strikeouts for the win.. Norb gave up only two hits and one run and went 1 for 3 at the plate. Doug Ellis took over and pitched the last two innings and struck out four of the six batters he faced.

In the 2-1 win against Aptos Steve Bruce scored both runs. In the fourth he singled, stole second and scored on a slam by Gary Moro. In the sixth Bruce doubled and scored on an error. Norb Szczurek was the winning pitcher.

Norb Szczurek pitched his usual best, but errors played into a Soquel win 1-3

Congratulations to Norb Szczurek for his outstanding work on the mound and for his overall constant teamwork and spirit. Randy Pate the top hitter on the team and Doug Ellis for his fine pitching and hitting. Others to mention were Steve Bruce, Gary Rudolph and Don Hopping.
Other players not mentioned above are Don Enrico, Randy Gomez, Alan Amos, Dan Dodge, Greg Wehr, Keith Blew, George Lopez and Keith Dotson.

TRACK
Dual meets: Watsonville 50-84, Harbor 50-85, North Salinas 42-93.
SC place seventh at the MBL meet. At the MBL meet Eloy Villa set a school record as he took first in the 880 in a time of 1:57.5. Ron Staub took fourth in the discus at 136-10. Ernie Hightower was the only Card to place in two events placing third in the 440 in 51.3 and fourth in the 220 in 23.0. Only two frosh-soph placed. Rick Vanslager was third in the pole vault and the mile relay team took a fifth. Seaside won the meet with 68 points and SC tied for seventh place with 14 points. Watsonville won the frosh-soph with 53 points and SC was ninth with 6 points..

Track Ends In Sprint. Four members made the CCS track meet. Eloy Villa in 880, Ernie Hightower in 220, Ron Staub in discus and freshman Nick Vanslager second in the pole vault.

At the Santa Cruz Relays, Ernie Hightower place second in the 100 with a great time of 9.9. The sprint medley relay team of Eloy Villa, Jim Finch, Glen Liberatore and Hightower took a fourth.

Lost to Watsonville 50-84. The big man for the Birds was Ernie Hightower who took first in the 440 and 220. Other firsts were Ron Staub in discus with throw of 197-7, Dennis Meakin in pole vault of 10-6 and the 440 relay team. Second place finishers were Glen Liberatore, John Bagnall and Sam Villa. John Armstrong and Ed Price captured second and third places respectively in the triple jump. Mike Reed jumped his usual 18 feet in the broad jump. Alan Collins took second in the pole vault. Eloy Villa took third in the mile. In the mile relay the team of Sam Villa, John Bagnall, Dave Fleeman and Moose Jacobs took second.
Frosh-Soph lost 33-101. First placers were Gary Trowbridge in 440 and 880 and Rick Paris in 120 low hurdles. Chris Clarke, Larry Harris, David Hightower and Luther Harris took some seconds and thirds.

Cards loss to Harbor 50-85. Ernie Hightower pulled in two first in the 440 and 220. He was also
part of the 440 relay team. Other first place winners were Eloy Villa in mile and Bill Terzaghi in two mile. Second place winners were Sam Villa in 880, Ron Staub discus and Mike Reed in long jump. Third placers were Moose Jacobs in mile, Dennis Meakin in pole vault and Ron Duel in two mile.
Frosh-Soph lost to Harbor 45-90. Winners were Luther Harris grabbed the 220, Tom Armstrong the mile and Larry Harris the two mile. Chris Clarke took first in discus and seconds in the 880 and shot put. Ricky Paris won the hurdles. Ricky Bastine placed in the long jump.
SC walked away with a few medals at the Gilroy Invitational. The mile relay team of Eloy Villa, Sam Villa, Jim Finch and Glen Liberatore took fifth. Jim Finch, Lorenzo Lowery, Eloy Villa and Ernie Hightower took fourth in the 440 relay. Individual medals were won by Eloy Villa in mile and Ernie Hightower in 440 and 220.

In a dual meet the Cards lost to North Salinas 42-93. The varsity grasped five first, two of which came from Eloy Villa, who swept the 440 by finishing ten yards in front of everyone and the mile in a time of 4:50.4. Allen Collins won the pole vault, Ron Staub won the discus and Sam Villa did his best time in the 880 to win in 2:07.5. Seasonal best were gained by John Armstrong in mile and Glen Liberatore in 440. Second places were won by Jim Kahlow in high jump of 5’ 4”and Dennis Meakin in pole vault went from 10’ 6” to 12’ at the Blossom Hill Relays a big improvement.
The frosh-soph lost 21-115. Gary Trowbridge captured the only first in 880. Second places were obtained by Luther Harris in 220, Alan Sandretti in mile time of 5:04.8 and Jack Ambler in triple jump.

Comments from the coach Nick Delurgio, “This is the first year that many of our athletes have really dedicated themselves to achieve personal goals. This dedication has been demonstrated in our first two meets this year, when almost every team member went out and equaled or bettered his best previous performance in his events. We hope this dedication continues on into the years ahead.

SWIMMING
At the MBL swimming championships for the varsity: Ted McElroy took fifth and sixth places. Mike Carmel earned a sixth, Karl Fieberling took a sixth, the 400 freestyle relay got third, Howard Connor place fifth in diving.
For the frosh-soph Harland Johnson took two fifth places, Ken Doler got a sixth and the 200 freestyle relay team place fifth.

Cards out swim Pacific Grove varsity 59-36 and Frosh-Soph 80-17. Joe Marasse dogpaddled to two victories as did Ted McElroy. Swimmers with just one win were Matt Lezin, Howard Connor, Mike Carmel and Karl Fieberling. Other Swimmers who did good were Kurt Calender and Charlie Harris. Howard Conner pulled in a second in diving.
In Frosh-Soph competition SC won every event. Harland Johnson, Mark Finders and Brian Person each won two events. Randy Shaffer, Steve Ricar and Ken Douglass each won one. Other swimmers who did good were Joe Soloman, Brian Mayer and Ernie Faitos.

Cards Trounce Alisal Trojans. Varsity 55-40 and Frosh 98-25. Three varsity swimmers were double winners: Ted McElroy, Mike Carmel and Kurt Calender. Karl Fieberling got a first and a second.
Frosh-soph had two double winners: Harland Johnson and Ken Doler. Randy Shaffer and Ken Douglass had wins. Both teams divers won: Howard Connor and Casey Frasier.

TENNIS

The two man tennis team of Jeff Currin and Marc Ballgae captured the MBL doubles tournament by the scores of 6-2 and 6-3.

SC beat Monterey 6-3 at the end of April. Singles winners in ladder order: 1) Jeff Currin 6-1, 6-2; (2) Marc Ballgae 6-4, 6-4; (3) Tom Mathews 7-6, 6-1; (4) Scott Jernstrom 7-5, 6-2. Losers were (5)Jack Harbert 1-6, 6-4, 6-0; (6) Luke Violante 0-6, 1-6. The Cards won the first two doubles matches. (1) Currin-Ballgae 10-4 and (2) Mathews-Jernstrom 10-8. (3) Harbert-Weber lost 2-8.

GOLF
The Cards flogged SLV 42-12. The team of Herb Knox and Ken Juhlian sunk their opposition 5-1, 6-0 respectively. The second team of Randy Wilson and Tim Brown each won 6-0. Roy Mucsitelli won 5-1.

The Cards received a much welcome victory over Alisal 41-13. Randy Wilson was medalist with the low score of 77. The other Card winners were Wilson and Ken Juhlian. Two Red Birds won by forfeit. Herb Knox tied. Marty Hernandez lost.

Other team members were Ron Winnick, Greg Mainis, Greg Hauberg, John Gripenstraw, Steve Sparks, Tom White and Fred Dickinson.

INDIVIDUALS

The following is a composite record of Mark DiGirolamo in his four years of high school wrestling at Santa Cruz High School. All his matches were on the varsity level. Mark has never lost in a dual meet. Truly an impressive record.
Freshman year–39 wins, l loss, l draw. First place in the following: Monterey Bay League Novice Tourney, Harbor Holiday Tourney, Overfelt Tourney, Westmont Tourney, MBL Finals, CCS Finals, Northern California.
Sophomore year–36 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw. First place in the following: Harbor Tourney, Kennedy Tourney, MBL Finals and CCS. Third at the Ayer Tourney. First place at 106 pounds at the Northern California State Meet.
Junior year–37 wins, 0 losses at the 115 pound classification. Firsts in the following 115 class: Harbor Tourney, Kennedy Tourney, MBL League, Area II Tourney, CCS Finals, Northern California.
Senior year–36 wins, 1 loss at 123 pounds. Firsts in the following, Del Mar Classic and named outstanding wrestler; Gonzales Tourney, named outstanding wrestler; MBL, CCS Division IV third, Northern California first place, plus named outstanding wrestler. Special award by Northern California coaches, only wrestler ever to win a Northern California Tourney title four times in a row.
LIFETIME RECORD–148 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws

Returning lettermen were senior and All MBL player last year in his third season on varsity, Dave Martini an all around top player in the league;

Four Cardinals named to MBL All League team. MVP Mike Ferrin lead off man, top hitter and run scorer, all out hustler and defensive first baseman.

Center fielder Milt Thompson, who finished the year with a league batting average of .485, hitting in the third spot as the top hitter on the team, top base stealer and fine defensive outfielder with a good arm.

And the two top pitchers in the league Preston Dyson for the third year in a row, probably one of a few who have ever accomplished this feat, with a 7-2 won loss league record and a 1.29 earned run average.

Pat O’Brien finished the season with a 8-0 record and a ERA of 1.98. Pat is not the tallest pitcher in the league, but he pitches like it.

Team writer and scorer book man was Garson Mattsoff. (who was a pure baseball fan, but unfortunately is not with us any longer)

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