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New MBL Rules state that any girl attending high school may try out and compete in boys varsity sports, such as swimming, track, tennis, etc. At SCHS there are a few girls out for boys varsity sports. In boys swimming Michelle Lewis, Jenny Wilson, Sherry Ricar, Liz Crowell and Carol Dillerie are participating. Those out for track are Becky Natali, Patty Dolar, Tristen Carter and Sherry Walton.
New girls teams in basketball, tennis, softball, volleyball and swimming were started this year.
A new team in boys soccer was started this year.
Gary Moro was honored as the Outstanding Senior Athlete for 1974. Moro quarterbacked the football team and competed on the track team this year.
The Alumni Association is having a building built next to the school gym. The building will house Doc Feldman’s materials and all alumni records at a cost of $30,000.
Coaches: John Volek, varsity football, junior varsity basketball. Tex Ronning, assistant varsity football and wrestling. Bob Shook, assistant varsity football and track. Steve Parks, assistant varsity football. Nick Delurgio, track and unior varsity football. Larry Maibaum, assistant JV football and wrestling. Larry Anderson, assistant JV football. Kirk Waller, assistant JV basketball. Byron Foss, swimming and water polo. Don Dempwolfe, golf. Ray Hunter, girls basketball and junior varsity baseball. Bill Dodge, baseball. Dennis Mullen, girls and boys tennis.
The only Tridents available were for the Spring sports. All other material taken from the year book.
FOOTBALL Practice games: Camden 14-6, McClatchey of Sacramento 7-25. Practice record 1-1. League: South division: Seaside 7-41. North division: Aptos 12-13, Soquel 7-14, Watsonville 14-35, Harbor 7-15, SLV 18-6. MBL record 1-5 for sixth place. Season record 2-6.
Team members were Gary Moro, Mike Helm, Gary Rudolph, Bill Mitchell, Ron Hayes, Don Hopping, Rick Bastine, Ernie Brown, Paul Newton, Keith Blew, Brian Amos, George Lopez, Ken O’Connell, Keith Dotson, Andrew Creely, Mike Scofield, Rosendo Alvarez, Manuel Ruiz, Tony Sanchez, Kevin Lukin, Richard Vanslager, Tom Smith, Bob Baker, Scott Daly, Steve Schneider, John Gomez, Glen Ikenberry, Roy Mussetelli, Todd Jones, David Hightower, Bob Johnson, David Jessen, Tom Poston and Ed Marez, Head coach John Volek, assistants Bob Shook, Tex Ronning and Steve Parks.
Team members were Parcher, Martin Vanslager, Dan Moreno, Bruce Noland, Gallick, Brown, Lopez, R. McDuffee, Munoz, Matt Tsugawa, Johnston, Larson, Anicito, Conover, Brey, Garcia, Ernie Hightower, Bob Baer, Mike Jones, Marc Mabry, Uriosite, Claude Pearsley, Cortez, Gomez, Norman, Lloyd Wainscoat, Rick Watson, Richard Osgood, Bucholtz, Martin, Royce Copeland, Franks, Hastings, McKeeman, L. McDuffee, Thompson, Scott Seymour, Randy Quilici, Kevin Jordan and Deboi.
The top runner this year was junior Allen Sandretti who finished first at the RLS Invitational and set a new course record. At the MBL varsity finals, Allen finish in fourth place and was awarded a spot on the All MBL team.
Senior runners were Brian Hitchcock, Charlie Patterson, John Wichelow, David Gregoric and Tom Watson. Back next year in addition to Sandretti will be standouts Stan Thurman, Kent Zilliox and Mark Harlan.
Frosh-soph standouts were Mitch Burkhard and Mark Harlan. Harlan medalled at Invitational meets at Aptos, Soquel and Alisal. and placed eleventh at the MBL finals. Mitch Burkhardt was instrumental in bringing the team a record of 6-4, good for fourth place in the MBL standings. Bob Layton earned a varsity letter.
Team members were Alan Spano, Dean Stengl, Jeff Darling, Jon Hatch, Ernie Faitos, Keith Wileman, Dan Colton, Charlie Waite, Ken Dolaf, Randy Shaffer, Brian Person, Brian Mayer, Les Hill, Steve Ricar and Jeff Weber.
BASKETBALL Dads Club Tournament lost first game, Salinas 39-48, San Jose 55-65 for last place. Yerba Buena 43-59,
League record 3-12 for last place. Season record 4-19.
The surprisingly stubborn Cards stayed close to Salinas in their second game of the Dads Club before the Cowboys broke away in the third quarter to win 39-48. Line up and scoring were Wainscoat 4, Seymour 4, Webster 0, Pini 0, Hightower 7, Bruce 12, Alongi 2 and Jones 10.
In a game for seventh place the Cards lost to San Jose 55-65. David Hightower scored 27 points for the best individual scoring performance of the tournament. David had a break out fourth quarter scoring 13 points. Other players Wainscoat 6, Webster 2, Pinin 4, Bruce 2, Alongi 10 and Jones 4.
Team members were Gary Rudolph, Erik Anderson, Sam Alongi, Brian Bogard, Dave Stengl, Ken Jones, Norb Szczurek, Steve Bruce, Fred Rodkey, Carl Keller, Ken O’Connell, Randy Wilson, Steve Polazzo and David Hightower. Coach Jack Alzina.
JV BASKETBALL The team ended with a 5-15 record. The plus parts were when they took a third place at the Soquel JV tournament and turned in a crushing victory over Harbor in the last game of the season.
Members of the team were Guards, juniors, Rick Bastine, Doug Ellis, Keith Dotson and Richard Vanslager; sophomores were Lane Webster, John Musselman and Dan Moreno. Centers were junior David Hightower and sophomore Greg Wehr. Forwards were junior Eric Nelson and Robert Keller; and sophomores Mike Jones, Scott Seymour and Lloyd Wainscoat.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Four wins and three loses
The original sign up of 28 girls eventually was reduced to twelve varsity athletes. The first season gives great promise for the future as the team was composed of nine freshmen, three sophomores, one junior and only one senior.
Team members were senior Debbie Tuana; junior center and rebounder Carol Doyle; sophomores Candy Jackson, Joyce Hightower and Colleen Reedy and freshmen Elaina Guidici, Georgia Sandas, Mary Bronson, Evonne Sanda, Sue Dodge and Karen Humphrey. Coach Ray Hunter.
The high point of the season was a 36-35 win over previously undefeated North Salinas in the last game.
Top wrestlers and the places they won at tournaments with just the number, rather then second or 4th.
Luther Harris, 4 Harbor; 3 Gonzales; first MBL and second at CCS Region IV
Chris Clarke, 4 Del Mar; 3 MBL and third Division IV CCS.
Bob Layton, 4 Harbor and fifth MBL
Richard Osgood, 3 Harbor and fifth MBL
Gabe Reyes, 2 Gonzales and second MBL
Bill Starrs, fifth MBL.
NEW BOYS SOCCER TEAM ORGANIZED
This was the first organized soccer team in SCHS history. They played with cast off football jerseys as their uniforms. They played well against some of the areas best teams. No team records were kept. Don Dempewolf coach.
Team listed by position:
Wings — Oscaar Abundez, Matt Bowe, Jack Cabrera and Pablo Chagolla
Halfbacks — Manuel Ruiz, Richard Johnson and Tony Sanchez
Fullbacks — Klynn Buckholt, Dan Dodge, Gary Goody, Humberto Guiterrez, Leo Limas, Rome Norman, Ed Sims and Les Vassuer
Forward — Jesus Hernandez, Leo Cortez and Armando Veloz (leading scorer)
Goalie — Jay Yambrovich
BASEBALL Practice games: Prospect 2-3. PAL tournament in San Jose, Harbor 9-7 in nine innings, Piedmont Hills 7-1 and Andrew Hill 6-2 for the PAL championship. Carmel 1-3, Pacific Grove 8-10, Hollister 6-4, Pioneer 6-7; Salinas Tournament, Seaside 6-1, Watsonville 0-9 and Monterey 5-9 for fourth place. Practice record 5-6. League: Played a single round with the Southern Division teams at the beginning of the season; North Salinas 6-5 in eight innings, Monterey 15-2, Salinas 1-2, Seaside 9-5, Alisal 0-3. South record 3-2. Then a double round with the North Division teams; Watsonville 2-7, 2-1; Harbor 3-5, 7-3; Aptos 13-4, 3-0; Soquel 1-3, 4-5; SLV 5-0, 18-5. Against the South Division record 3-2; North Division record 6-4 to tie for second in the Northern Division. The combined MBL league record was 9-6 and tied for third. Season record 14-12.
Write ups for the second Harbor game and the two Soquel games were not available.
Seniors; Norbert Szczurek and Dave O’Brien. Juniors: Allan Amos, Keith Blew, Steve Bruce, Doug Ellis, Randy Pate, Don Enrico, John Lunsford, Gary Rudolph and Luke Violante. Sophomore Kevin Rains. Mike Johnson assistant coach.
Cards Open With 3-2 Loss to Prospect. Bright spots for the Cards found them out hitting Prospect 6-4 and coming up with four stolen bases by Norb Szczurek, Randy Pate, Keith Blew and John Lunsford. The Cards did leave 10 men stranded on base and had three errors. Szczurek had an RBI. Lineups are listed by name, position, at bats and hits. Szczurek 1B, 1-1; Gomez RF, 0-0; Pate 2B, 4-2; Ellis P/RF/1B, 4-1; Blew C, 2-1; Amos 3B, 3-1; Lunsford LF, 3-0; Rains RF/P 3-0; O’Brien SS, 2-0; Enrico CF, 2-0, walk; Rudolph P, 0-0 and Bruce P, 0-0.
Pitching chart by innings pitched, hits, runs, earned runs, walks and strike outs.
IP H R ER BB SO
Ellis 2 1 1 1 0 4
Rudolph 1 1 1 0 1 0
Rains 1 1 1 1 1 2 loss
Bruce 2 1 0 0 0 2
SC wins Santa Clara Valley PAL diamond title. SC launched tournament play against Harbor and had to go nine innings for a 9-7 win. Szczurek started and went three innings followed by Rudolph for one, sophomore Rains for three and Bruce for the last two innings for the win. Blew led off the ninth with a single and Alan Amos drove him in with a two run homer to make the final score 9-7. Both teams took turns playing giveaway in a cold, biting breeze. Allan Amos had a big day going 2 for 4, scoring three times and defensively at third base throwing out four runners. Both teams scored four runs in the eighth inning to force a ninth inning. Randy Pate and Amos each had two RBI’s. Kevin Rains and Dave O’Brien each had a RBI, plus both hit doubles. Stolen bases were Ellis two, Blew and O’Brien one each. The Cards had six errors, one more than Harbor. Lineup: Szczurek P/1B/RF, 5-0; Pate 2B, 4-2, walk; Ellis CF, 5-1; Blew C, 4-1, walk; Amos 3B, 4-2; Lunsford LF, 5-0; O’Brien SS, 4-2, walk; Bruce 1B/P, 3-0; Rains P, 2-1; Enrico RF, 3-1; Rudolph P. 2-0.
IP H R ER BB SO
Szczurek 3 3 0 0 1 2
Rudolph 1 0 0 0 1 0
Rains 3 2 1 0 2 2
Bruce 2 5 6 1 2 0 Win
The second win in the PAL tourney was against Piedmont Hills helped by Randy Pate, who belted three hits in four trips to the plate for a 7-1 win. Steve Bruce clouted a two run single to highlight a six run sixth inning. Doug Ellis started and went the first three innings giving up four hits, one earned run, no walks. Norbert Szczurek went four innings to finish the game for the win. He put down the hitters down 1-2-3 except for a hit in the last inning, struck out three to gain the win. Doubles were Pate two, Rains and O’Brien one. Stolen bases were Ellis, Blew and Bruce two apiece and Pate one. RBI’s: Bruce and Rains two apiece and O’Brien one. Lineup: Szczurek CF, 2-0, 2 walks; Pate 2B, 4-3; Ellis P/CF, 5-1; Blew C, 2-0, 2 walks; Amos LF, 3-0; Lunsford RF, 2-0, walks; Rains 3B, 4-2; O’Brien SS, 4-1; Bruce 1B, 3-1 and Enrico CF, 0-0.
In the PAL championship game the Cards waited to the sixth inning to score 5 runs in a 6-2 win over Andrew Hill. Again the Cards were helped by stealing five bases and scoring five runs in the sixth inning. Steve Bruce started and went two innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked 2 and struck out one. Followed by Gary Rudolph for three innings giving up three hits, no runs and no walks and earned the win. Kevin Rains hurled the last two innings, giving up two hits, one run, walked three and struck out one to earn a save. Base stealers were Pate two and Blew, Amos and Bruce one apiece. Szczurek and Violante each had 2 RBI’s and Blew and Rudolph each had one.
Lineup: Szczurek 1B, 2-1; O’Brien 2B, 3-0; Rains P, 1-0; Pate SS, 3-0; Blew RF, 2-1; Amos 3B, 4-1; Lunsford C, 3-0; Bruce P, 1-1; Rudolph P, 1-0; Enrico CF, 4-0; Violante LF, 3-1.
SC 6 Hollister 4. Steve Bruce started and pitched the first 4 innings with out giving up a hit. H walked four, allowed no earned runs and struck out two. Kevin Rains pitched the last 3 innings and gave up 5 hits, but no earned runs for the win. John Lunsford drove in Keith Blew in the fourth inning. The sixth inning was the deciding inning as the Cards scored five times on five hits. Rains drove in the first run on a ground out. Doug Ellis drove in two with a single, followed by RBI’s from Luke Violante and Randy Pate. Lineup: Szczurek 1B, 4-1; Bruce P/LF, 4-1; Ellis CF, 4-1; Blew RF, 3-1; Pate 3B, 2-1; Lunsford C, 4-1; O’Brien SS, 3-1; Rudolph 2B, 1-0; Enrico LF, 1-0; Rains P, 1-0; Violante RF, 1-1; Sims RF, 0-0.
SC Nabs 6-5 Extra Inning Win in the league opening game against North Salinas. The Cards were ahead of North Salinas 5-0 going into the sixth inning when the Vikings scored four runs and scored again in the seventh to tie the score.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Cards put together a solid single, two bunts and a “sliced” single to the off field to win with no outs. These are the participants of that run, John Lunsford singled and Don Enrico came in as a pinch runner. Dave O’Brien bunted Enrico to second. Steve Bruce bunted him to third on an infield hit. Norb Szczurek singled Enrico in with the winning run. Blew hit a triple to drive in two runs in the fourth inning. Szczurek, Pate and Ellis each drove in a run with Ellis driving in his with a double. The Cards had 11 hits to North Salinas’ 6.
Szczurek pitched 5 plus innings giving up three hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out four. Gary Rudolph went two innings, giving up three hits one earned run and struck out two. Ellis pitched the last inning getting the side out in order, striking out the last two for the win. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Szczurek P/CF, 5-3; Amos 3B, 4-1; Blew C, 4-2; Rains RF, 3-0; Pate 2B, 4-1; Violante PR, 0-0; Ellis CF/P, 3-1; Rudolph P, 0-0; Lunsford LF, 3-1; Enrico PR, 0-0; O’Brien SS, 4-0 and Bruce 1B, 4-2.
Cardinals Suffer 10-8 Loss To PG in make up game for rain out. Outbursts of five runs in the third inning and three more in the fifth were not enough at PG on Saturday. A big problem for the Cards were five errors. RBI’s were O’Brien two, Blew, Amos and Lunsford one apiece. Blew, Rains, Lunsford and Enrico had stolen bases. Bruce went three innings giving up eight hits, six earned runs, three walks and struck out two to take the loss. Ellis went two innings giving up no earned runs and no hits, walked two and struck out four. Rains went one inning giving up three hits, one earned run and struck out one. Lineup: Bruce P/1B, 4-2; Pate 2B, 3-0; Blew RF, 3-1; Rains 1B/P, 1-0; Amos 3B, 3-0; Lunsford C, 3-2; O’Brien SS, 2-1; Enrico CF, 2-1; Violante LF, 4-0; Ellis P, 1-0 and Rudolph 2B, 2-1.
Szczurek Paces Redbirds Past Toreadors 15-2. SC’s high flying Cardinals won their second MBL game in as many tries as they unveiled their heavy artillery for 15 hits. Norb Szczurek knocked in five runs, scored five times while going 3 for 4, including two doubles. All 15 of the runs scored were earned. Three big innings spiced the triumph, when the Cards scored six in the third inning and add four run bursts in the sixth and seventh innings.
Monterey is pretty tough to beat and have been SC’s chief opponent for league titles in the CCAL and MBL. John Lunsford, Dave O’Brien and Keith Blew each drove in two runs and Bruce and Ellis each had one. Doug Ellis started and went four innings giving up three hits, two earned runs, two walks and struck out three for the win.. Szczurek went three innings giving up one hit and struck out two. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Szczurek CF/P, 4-3; Bruce 1B, 5-1; Ellis P/CF, 3-2; Blew C, 5-2; Rains 3B/RF, 3-0; Pate 2B, 4-2; Amos 3B, 1-0; Lunsford LF, 3-2; O’Brien SS, 4-2; Rudolph RF, 1-0 and Violante RF, 1-1.
Five Run Outburst Sparks Cards 7-6 win over Seaside brought them from behind 5-2 in the sixth inning. The Cards are now 3-0 in league. Steve Ellis started on the mound and went five innings, while five runs were scored against him only one was earned. Ellis got the win since he was the pitcher of records when the Cards went ahead. Norb Szczurek pitched the last two innings and drew plaudits from his coach for “using his head plus his arm.” Facing the middle of the Seaside lineup in the seventh inning, he struck out all three for the save.
Ellis carried a wicked bat smashing a triple and a double, drove in a run and went 2 for 4. Kevin Rains also sparkled at the plate with a perfect 3 for 3 with two of the hits doubles. Bruce had a double. Dave O’Brien had three RBI’s. Others with one RBI were Bruce and Rudolph. All but two starters had at least one hit. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Bruce 1B, 4-1; Szczurek, CF/P, 3-1; Ellis P/CF, 4-2; Blew C, 2-0; Pate 2B, 3-1; Amos LF, 3-1; Rains 3B, 3-3; O’Brien SS, 3-1; Enrico RF, 2-0; Rudolph RF, 1-0; Lunsford C, 1-0 and Violante RF, 0-0.
Cards Fall To Pioneer 7-6 with sloppy fielding and a disastrous last inning spelled doom as they gave up five runs in the last inning after being comfortably ahead 6-2. Doug Ellis started and went three innings giving up three hits, one earned run and struck out five. Norb Szczurek went four innings giving up five hits, one earned run, struck out three and took the loss. Ellis had a double and two RBI’s. Other doubles were Blew and Rains. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Bruce 1B, 4-2; O’Brien SS, 3-1; Ellis P/CF, 3-1; Blew C, 3-1; Pate 2B, 4-0; Rains 3B, 3-1; Amos LF, 4-0; Enrico CF/RF, 1-0, two walks; Violante RF, 1-0 and Szczurek P, 2-0.
At Salinas Municipal Stadium, in a tough Card lost to Salinas 1-2 as the two runs scored in the fourth inning were unearned. Norb Szczurek started and went four innings giving up five hits, two unearned runs, two walks and struck out one for the loss. Doug Ellis went two innings giving up no hits or runs, walked one and struck out three. Both pitchers pitched well enough to win. The Cards run came in the sixth inning, when Blew walked and scored on Pate’s double. SC had runners on base in every inning but the first inning. Amos and Pate had doubles. Cards had no errors. Base stealers were Bruce, Ellis, Blew and O’Brien. Lineup: Szczurek P/CF, 4-0; Bruce 1B, 4-1; Ellis CF/P, 4-1; Blew C, 2-0,sacrifice, walk; Pate 2B, 2-1; Rains 3B, 1-0, sacrifice, walk; Amos LF, 3-1; O’Brien SS, 2-0; Enrico RF, 1-0 and Lunsford RF, 2-0.
Alisal Blanks Cards 3-0 on a one hitter to stay 6-0 undefeated in league. Their coach is Chuck Filice a former Card athlete. In the first inning, the first three batters scored. Two errors made them all unearned. Alisal only had two hits. Cards had two errors and Alisal one. It was a well played game. The only difference was the Cards struck out 11 times and Alisal only once. Szczurek started and went four innings giving up one hit, no earned runs, walked three and struck out one. Ellis went two innings giving up one hit and no earned runs. Lineup: Bruce 1B, 3-0; Szczurek, P/CF, 3-0; Ellis CF/P, 2-0, walk; Amos LF, 3-0; Pate 2B, 3-0; Blew C, 3-0; Rains 3B, 3-1; O’Brien SS, 2-0; Lunsford RF, 1-0 and Enrico CF, 0-0.
At the Salinas Tournament Cards beat Seaside 6-1. Doug Ellis pitched a complete game giving up six hits, one earned run, walked four and struck out eight. Rains and O’Brien had doubles. RBI’s were Bruce three and Enrico one. Each team had two errors.
In the second game the Cards lost to Watsonville 11-2, while only collecting two hits. Bruce started and went four innings giving up six hits, two earned runs, walked two, struck out one and took the loss. Sophomore Greg Wehr, up from the JV’s for the tournament, went three innings giving up five hits, three earned runs
Monterey Tops Cardinals for third place in tournament 9-5. The Cards charged to a 4-0 lead in their first time at bat, but then faded hitless as the Toreadores rallied. Lundsford and Enrico each drove in two runs. Bruce started and went three innings giving up six hits, five earned runs, walked three. struck out one and took the loss. Rains went two and two thirds innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked six and struck out two. Szczurek went two thirds of an inning and walked one. Lineup: Bruce P/1B, 3-0; Szczurek 1B/P, 1-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Amos 3B, 2-0; Blew RF, 4-0; Lunsford C, 2-1; O’Brien SS, 1-1 and two walks; Enrico LF, 3-1; Munoz 2B, 2-0 up from JV’s; Pate 2B, 1-0 and Rains P, 0-0.
SC and Harbor played to a 3-3 tie for seven innings, when the game was called because of darkness. The game will be replayed in its entirety later. Doug Ellis started on the mound and went four innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out one. Steve Bruce pitched the next three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked none and struck out two. Allan Amos drove in two runs. Randy Pate went 3 for 3, drove in a run and scored two as he tripled and doubled. Lineup: Bruce 1B/P, 4-0; Szczurek Cf/1B, 4-2; Ellis CF/P, 3-1; Blew C/RF, 3-0; Rains 3B/LF, 3-1; Pate 2B, 3-3; Amos LF, 3B, 3-1; Lunsford RF/C, 3-0; and O’Brien SS, 3-0.
Pirates Upend SC 5-3 in a make up of their 3-3 tie game. Harbor enjoyed the comfort of six SC errors, some of which allowed the Bucs to score three runs, the difference in the game. Harbor scored its five runs in the first four innings against SC ace Doug Ellis, but three of them were unearned. Doug allowed five hits, walked four and struck out six. Steve Bruce pitched the last three innings giving up one hit, no runs or walks and struck out two.
But more importantly SC finally tightened up its defense. SC grouped two hits in the second inning to score its first run. Randy Pate, who had three of the Cards seven hits led off with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Alan Amos’ single. Sophomore Kevin Rains led off with a single in the sixth inning and scored on Pates triple. Pate scored on Amos’ infield out. Both teams are still in the title hunt. SC will be playing Soquel twice this coming week as one is a make up game, plus playing Aptos. Lineup: Bruce 1B/P, 4-0; Sczcurek CF/1B, 3-2; Ellis P/CF, 3-0; Blew C/RF, 3-0; Rains 3B/LF, 3-1; Pate 2B, 3-3; Amos LF/3B, 3-1; Lunsford RF/C, 3-0 and O’Brien SS, 3-0.
Hamm, Knights Shuffle Cards 3-1. Today’s game is a make up of a rain out. The two teams will play again tomorrow. Tuesdays victory was a most satisfying one for the Knights, who so often have seen league pennant hopes go down the drain in late season games against SC. The defeat dropped SC to a 4-5 record. SC did not score until the seventh, when they mustered two of their four hits and scored their lone run, adding a bit of suspense to the contest. With one out, Randy Pate who had two of the Cards four hits doubled to right center. Kevin Rains was safe on an error to more Pate to third. Alan Amos drove in Pate. Doug Ellis started and went six innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out two for a good outing. Norb Sczcurek pitched the seventh giving up two hits and walked none. Dave O’Brien had a double. Lineup: Bruce 1B, 2-0; Sczcurek CF/P, 3-0; Blew C, 3-0; Pate 2B, 3-2; Rains 3B, 2-0; Ellis P/CF, 3-0; Amos LF, 3-1; Lunsford RF, 3-0 and O’Brien SS, 2-1
Knights Walk To Crucial Victory Over Cards 5-4. The division leading Knights made it two in a row over their long time baseball nemesis SC, when a base on balls pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. It marked only the second time in 12 seasons that Soquel has defeated SC in both league games during a single campaign. The last time was in 1965 when Pete and Scott Hamm combined to pitch a “sweep”. This year it was little brother 6-3 Jeff Hmm, who four hit the Cards yesterday. Soquel rapped out 12 hits and finally overcame the scrappy, but mistake prone Cards in a typical Soquel-SC game fashion, a late inning rally.
After SC had rallied from a 3-2 deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on a Steve Bruce lead off double. A nubber by Sczcurek moved him to third and Blew singled to drive him in. Blew stole second and moved to third on an infield out, before Kevin Rains singled him home. The Cards two other runs came in the third inning largely thanks to two errors. Dave O’Brien and Sczcurek had singles and drove in runs. Only three Soquel runs were earned. Both teams had two errors. Lineup: Bruce P/1B, 3-1; Sczcurek 1B/P, 3-2; Blew C, 4-1; Pate 2B, 4-1; Rains 3B, 3-1; Amos LF, 3-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Lunsford RF, 1-0; Enrico PR/RF, 0-0 and O’Brien SS, 3-1.
SC Gains Share Of First With A 13-4 Win Over Aptos. A relentless, 17 hit attack powered the Cards to a 4-2 MBL record and a tie with Harbor for the league lead. After five full innings the score was SC 6-4. The Cards exploded the last two innings. Rains tripled, doubled, drove in two runs and went 3 for 4. Pate had two doubles and went 3 for 4. Amos doubled, drove in three runs and had two hits. Szczurek doubled and drove in two runs.
The Cards had a total of six extra base hits. Ellis drove in three runs and Blew two. Despite the fact the each team had three errors their were some outstanding defensive plays. Third baseman Rains played his position particularly well, especially noticeable in the third when he made five successive plays. Another play, when a ball was ripped off Bruce’s glove, O’Brien scooped it and fired a strike to first, barely nipping the batter.
Szcaurek started and went two innings giving up three hits, three earned runs, walked three and struck out two. Bruce went three innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out one for the win. Ellis went two innings gave up two hits, no earned runs and struck out one. Lineup: Bruce 1B/P, 5-2; Pate 2B, 4-3; Ellis CF/1B/P, 3-1; Blew C, 3-2; Rains 3B, 4-3; Amos LF, 4-2; O’Brien SS, 5-0; Szczurek, P/CF, 4-1: Lunsford RF, 4-0; Enrico CF, 0-0 and Violante PH, 0-0..
Wildcats Claw SC 7-2. The Cards were shuffled rudely and dealt a severe setback and are no longer at the top of the MBL deck. The Cards were never in the game as they made five physical errors and even a couple of mental miscues very uncommon for a school which has produced 10 championships in 14 years. Watsonville is 2-5 in league, but four of the loses were by one run. The Cards got their two runs in the fourth inning when Rains walked and was driven in by Amos’s triple. Lunsford singled him home. Bruce also had a triple. Ellis threw a complete game giving up seven hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out three. Lineup: Bruce 1B, 2-1; Pate 2B, 4-0; Ellis P, 3-1; Blew C, 3-0; Rains 3B, 2-0; Szczurek, CF, 2-0; Amos LF, 3-1; O’Brien SS, 3-0; 4-1 and Lunsford RF, 3-1.
Ellis, Bruce Fire Cards Past Mariners 3-0 combining to toss a quick one hitter. Responding to a plea To “get with it”, the Redbirds coordinated both defense and offense for a convincing victory. No Aptos player made it past first base with catcher Keith Blew doing his part by cutting down two base runners. Doug Ellis breezed though the Mariner lineup, retiring 12 Aptos batters in a row and used a minimum of pitches. Ellis threw his best game of the year when he went five innings throwing only 54 pitches, while giving up one hit and struck out none. Mark Bruce went two innings walking none and striking out two. John Lunsford started off the third with an infield single was sacrificed to second by Dave O’Brien and scored when Bruce crushed a triple. Bruce scored on Blew.s single. Norb Szczurek walked to lead off the sixth inning was sacrificed to second by Blew and driven in by Pate, who singled him home. SC now owns a 5-6 MBL record. Lineup: Bruce 1B/P, 3-1; Szczurek, CF, 2-0; Blew C, 2-2; Pate 2B/1B, 2-1; Rains 3B, 2-1; Ellis P/2B, 3-0; Amos LF, 3-0; Lunsford RF, 2-1 and O’Brien SS, 1-0. (this game started a end of the year five game win streak.)
From the Trident. A down spot in the season was a 3-5 loss to Harbor in the first round, when the Cards made 6 errors and gave up 3 unearned runs. In the next game a 13-4 win over Aptos was one of the high points so far in the season, when the team garnered 17 hits and was alert in the field for the complete game. The team has been up and down this season. They have not played with any consistency. The team is looking to finish out the season playing up to its capabilities each game. Doug Ellis has looked sharp on the mound and Dave O’Brien has made some excellent plays at shortstop.
Cardinals come To Life For 2-1 Victory Over Cats in a nine inning affair. Ellis started and gave up an unearned run, three hits, one walk and struck out three in 4 innings of work. Steve Bruce came in relief and pitched his best game of the year throwing only 49 pitches in 5 innings for the win. He retired the first 11 men in order. Going into the seventh inning with Watsonville ahead 1-0 and the Cards without a hit, Randy Pate walked, Kevin Rains and Alan Amos singled to load the bases. John Lunsford hit a sacrifice fly to right field drove in Pate to tie the score.
In the ninth, Pate led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Rains. Amos singled Pate to third. Lunsford, who likes to make a habit out of knocking in runs, drilled a grounder through the box into center to drive in his second run. Pate scored both runs and Lunsford had the two RBI’s. Cards had two errors. The lineup: Ellis P/CF, 4-1; Szczurek 1B, 4-0; Blew C, 3-0; Pate 2B, 3-1; Rains 3B, 3-1; Amos LF, 3-2; Lunsford RF, 3-1; Violante PR; O’Brien SS, 4-1; Enrico CF, 1-0; Bruce P, 3-0.
SC Rains On Valley 5-0 in a make up of an earlier rained out game. Sophomore Kevin Rains in his only league pitching assignment, as rained out games were being made up in the last two weeks, Rains saved the pitching staff from over work, by pitching a complete game giving up 4 hits, no runs or walks and struck out 7. Rains mixed his pitches well and was in serious trouble just once. The Cards rode a four run second inning to victory. The lineup: Bruce 1B, 3-2; Blew C, 3-1; Pate 2B, 3-0; Rains P, 4-0; Amos 3B, 3-0; Ellis CF, 3-0; Lunsford LF, 3-0; O’Brien SS, 3-1 and Violante RF, 2-1.
Cards Cinch Third With 18-5 Victory. SC broke out of its low scoring syndrome by collecting 16 hits against SLV. Yesterday in a make up game, the Cards only had five hits. SC first baseman Steve Bruce was the spark the Cards needed at the plate all season. Bruce almost had a perfect day at the plate collecting two triples and two singles in five appearances and it all added up to five runs batted in. Rains had two doubles, a triple and drove in a run. Keith Blew had three hits and drove in two runs. Others with RBI’s were Lunsford and O’Brien two each and Szczurek, Pate, Ellis one each. Doug Ellis pitched a complete game win giving up seven hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out eight. Cards had three errors. The lineup: Bruce 1B, 5-4; Szczurek CF, 4-0; Pate 2B, 4-0; Rains 3B/RF, 5-3; Blew C, 5-3; Amos LF/3B, 2-1; Ellis P, 4-2; Lunsford RF, 3-1 and O’Brien SS, 3-2.
In the last game of the season the Cards won their fifth straight game beating Harbor 7-3, while playing flawlessly the whole game, to tie Harbor for second place with 9-6 records. But by a tie breaker system, Harbor will be going to the league playoffs to play the 13-1 Alisal Trojans. The Pirates were defending league champions. SC got up for the game as they wanted to show that they were a good capable team. It added to the frustration of an “almost” season.
It marked the second consecutive season the Red Birds tied for second, only to miss the playoffs by the tie breaker rules. The game was an wide open affair as the teams combined for 19 hits, eight for SC and 11 for Harbor and six errors, three apiece. Of the ten runs scored only four were earned and one, SC’s first, had particular significance.
The big accomplishment was to score a earned run against Harbors ace pitcher as no team had been able to all season, that’s 60 innings. Steve Bruce and Doug Ellis led off with singles and were driven in by clean up hitter Kevin Rains. SC got three unearned runs in the second inning on a bases loaded double to clear the sacks by Ellis. In the third, John Lunsford and Bruce had RBI singles to make the score 7-0.
The team had a .300 batting average for the year. For most of the league season three pitchers, Ellis, Bruce and Szczurek split up game pitching duties. In this game Ellis started and went five innings giving up seven hits, no runs, one walk and struck out one for the win. Bruce pitched the last two innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, no walks and struck out two. Lineup: Bruce 1B/P, 4-2; Ellis P/CF, 4-2; Blew C, 3-0; Rains 3B, 4-1; Pate 2B, 4-0; Amos LF, 3-2; Szczurek CF/1B, 4-0; Lunsford RF, 3-1 and O’Brien SS, 1-0.
With Szczurek and O’Brien the only seniors on the team, the outlook for next year should be something to look forward too.
End of the year comment from the coach, “the team found out they could play and finished very strong. There was much more determination and confidence at the end of the season. Next year the good finish should carry over to a championship team. The team has the ability. All they will need is the extra effort necessary to get over the top.”
League stats by player, times at bat, RBI’s, total bases and batting average.
AT RBI TB AV
Pate 50 5 24 340
Bruce 54 10 38 333
Rains 45 6 24 333
Amos 44 7 18 318
Szczurek 48 11 18 313
Lunsford 37 9 11 297
Blew 48 11 15 271
Ellis 54 11 19 259
O’Brien 45 8 11 200
Violante 4 1 3 500
Enrico 4 1 0 000
Rudolph 2 1 0 000
League pitching stats by name, games pitched in, innings pitched, hits, walks, strike outs, earned runs per game allowed, earned run average, wins and losses.
G IN H BB SO ER ERA W L
Ellis 13 50 37 17 35 11 1.54 6 3
Szczurek 8 24 20 14 13 5 1.46 0 3
Bruce 7 23 20 5 11 6 1.83 2 0
Rains 7 7 4 0 7 0 0.00 1 0
Totals 13 80 81 36 75 22 1.92 9 6
If a player commented to the Trident, the main opinion was next years team will be very good. This years team closed with a five game win streak and most of the previous league losses were by one or two runs.
Most Valuable Player and received the sportsmanship award– Randy Pate
Best Birds in league
Average– Pate .340 and Bruce and Rains .333
RBI’s– Blew, Ellis and Szczurek 11 and Bruce 10
Total bases– Bruce 28, Pate and Rains 24
Stolen bases– Bruce, Amos, Szczurek and Blew 4
Walks– Amos and Rains 8
Least number of strike outs– O’Brien 4 and Lunsford 5
Best Birds for the season
Average– Bruce .330, Rains .32 and Pate .300
RBI’s– Bruce 15, Blew, Ellis and Szczurek 14
Total bases– Bruce 38, Rains 35 and Pate 34
Stolen bases– Blew 10, Bruce 9 and Ellis 8
Walks– Szczurek and Blew 16, Rains 14
Least number of strike outs– Rains 9 and O’Brien, Pate and Enrico 10
Sentinel. May 22. ALL MBL NORTH DIVISION players were senior Norb Szczurek and juniors Randy Pate and Steve Bruce. Honorable mentions were juniors Doug Ellis and Keith Blew.
SC which tied with Harbor for second place with 9-6 records had three members on the team. The following are what these players did to deserve the honor and the stats are for the league season.
Norbert Szczurek, a senior played first base when Bruce pitched, center field when Doug Ellis pitched and pitched himself. Norb hit .318 was third in hits with 15 and tied for the lead in RBI’s with 11. Norb pitched 23.2 innings in 8 games with a 1.46 ERA and a 2-4 won loss record.
Randy Pate a junior, second baseman led the team in hitting .340 and made some outstanding defensive plays, to help his team win the last five games of season to tie for second place.. Randy also led in runs scored 12, tied with sophomore Kevin Rains for the most doubles with 5 and was second in hits with 17.
Steve Bruce a junior tied for second in batting average hitting .333. Steve led in number of hits 18, and triples 4. Steve was second in runs batted in with 10. Steve normally played first base, but he pitched seven times during league for a total of 23 innings, winning 2 and losing 2 with a 1.83 earned run average.
Keith Blew and Doug Ellis, who are juniors were selected for honorable mention. A disappointment was the absence of Doug Ellis from the team. Ellis was 7-4 with an ERA of 1.54. Another strong Card nominee was junior Keith Blew a .271 hitter with 11 RBI’s. (They both were very important to the success of this years team and will be expected to be the best battery in the league next year.)
(Blew missed making the first team by one vote, plus the team was picked without having a player at ever position. There are no catchers on the first team, which supports his being included as the number one catcher in the league.)
(Doug Ellis played the outfield when not pitching, but pitching is what he did most of the time as he pitched in 13 of the 15 league games. Doug threw 50 innings, won 6, which is two thirds of the teams wins and lost 3. His ERA of 1.54 is good enough to win every game.)
JV BASEBALL Hollister 4-0, Carmel 4-1 Seaside 4-1
As of April 22 the league record is 1-5 and 3-9 for the season. The only returning players this year are Greg Wehr and Randy Gomez. Hitting wise the team is a very sound ball club with Royce Copeland and Dave Munoz leading with the best batting averages. Long ball hitters are Randy Gomez, Ralph Russo, Bobby Rodriguez and Greg Wehr. The two top pitchers are Wehr and Al Kensinger, who usually go the distance. Relievers are Jim Abicht, David Ellis, Russo and Ron Colby. Other team members are Lloyd Wainscoat C/OF, Paul Wainscoat 2B/SS, Bill Bray OF.
The usual starting line up is Gomez CF, Ellis 1B, Kensinger SS, Russo RF, Munoz C, Rodriguez 3B, Abicht 2B, Mike West LF, Wehr P
Coaches comment “the desire is there, but the breaks are not and that is what we need.”
Albert Kensinger won JV the sportsmanship award.
Gary Hand won the Frosh sportsmanship award.
In the first year of girls softball at SCHS the team was made up of 12 players, the most of them freshman. The players were Elaina Guidici, Molly Hall, Sharon Ham, Candi Jackson, Evonne Sandas Leslie Schlee, Robin Shannon, Georgia Sandas, Dannette Sutton Diane Vaggioli, Berta Ruiz and Tina Olimpio all varied the positions they played during the season. Other teams in the league have been organized long than SC.
Diane Vaggioli won the sportsmanship award.
In the teams first season of play, both the varsity and JV’s played seven games. The varsity record was 5-2 and JV 4-3. The competition was Alisal, North Salinas, Soquel, Harbor, Watsonville, Aptos and SLV. The players on the JV and varsity teams vary from game to game. The only qualification is “the desire to play as a team.”
There was no money in the budget to buy equipment such as balls, uniforms and knee pads. This years uniforms were old boys basketball jersey’s worn over the girls’ gym clothes. Comments from the girls were “Bleh”, the jersey’s are old and stained, they were too BIG, but they are better than nothing another said. The girls went out and bought their own knee pads as diving for balls is the norm in volleyball.
The teams were made up of eight enthusiastic and ambitious freshmen. They are Patty Fuller, Alice Grube, Dina Curotto, Lori West, Leah Rappaport, Laura Weybright, Kerstin Meyer and Pam Mills. The strong sophomores and juniors were Mary Alvarez, Carol Doyle, Maureen Gallagher, Julie Johnson, Melody Copp and Kim Bridinger. The three starting varsity seniors were great this year. The skills of Debbie Tuana, Jill Abicht and Jeanette Scofield will be missed.
Jill Abicht won the sportsmanship award.
TRACK Allen Sandretti and Mike Helm qualified for the CCS region IV meet. Sandretti was the lone SC qualifier to the CCS finals with a 9:47.6 time for the two mile.
The Cardinal Club, SC Little Helpers and others have donated $800 to high jump and pole vault shelters and landing pit for the high jump. The school board has promised to provide new running suits to replace the ragged ones and a sweat jacket with our school emblem and colors.
Against Harbor SC winners were Allen Sandretti, who won the mile with a time of 4:48.8 and took second in the 880 with a 2:08.8 time. In the 880 Eric Franks took second and Todd Jones a third. In the JV division all turned out in favor of the Cards. Winners were Dave Gregoric in the 880 with a time of 2:12.6; John Whichelow in the 440 in time of 55.2; Rick Larson in 220 at 25.1 and Mike Helm in the shot put at 48’ 5”. Other placers were Mark Harlan second in the triple jump at 33’2” and Kent Zilliox was third at 33’. Brian Hitchock placed third in the 220. Ron Sims placed third in the mile at 5:08.
At the Pacific Grove Invitational meet, Mike Helm won the shot put with a mark of 49’5”, which was a personal record and put him second on the school shot put list of throws. Allen Sandretti won the two mile run at 9:42.4 to finish way in front of the pack. Rick Bastine placed third in the triple jump with a seasonal best 41’ 11”. John Whichelow took fourth in the 440 at 55.5.
At the SC county meet Sandretti demolished the two mile school record by 13 seconds placing second at 9:39.7. Dave Gregoric captured fourth place in 880 with a time of 2:11.3. The high point of the day in the JV division was the second place finish and school record breaking time of 3:47.6 by the mile relay team of Whichelow, Larson, Zilliox and Gregoric.
Twenty six school participated at the 14th annual SC relays. Allen Sandretti placed third in the mile at 4:30, which put him a half second off he school record and gave him the title of the junior class record holder. Sandretti took a second in the two mile at 9:47.2 David Gregoric ran his best race of the year taking third place at 2:05.2, which is his personal best and a school record. Mike Helm took second in the shot put of 52’ a personal best. Other personnel bests were made by Ron Sims in the mile at 5:05.9; Rick Larson in 220 at 24.4; John Whichelow in 440 at 54.0; Todd Jones in 880 at 2:05.6.
Other team members were Stan Thurman, Don Hopping, Gary Moro, Bob Baker, Scott Seymour, Ken Pollastrini, Ron Sims, Dan Moreno, Charlie Hastings, Tom Armstrong, Eric Franks, Todd Jones and Mike Scofield. Three girls were on the team, they were Tristin Carter, Sherrie Walton, Becky Natali. Head coach Nick Delurgio.
Allen Sandretti walked away with two track awards: High Point Man and Most Outstanding Track Athlete. The Outstanding Field Event award went to Ricky Bastine.
For the Frosh-Soph team the Most Outstanding Track Athlete was Dave Gregoric. Ricky Larsen was the High Point Man and Mike Helm was the Outstanding Field Event athlete.
Sherrie Walton won the varsity track sportsmanship award.
Brian Hitchcock won the Frosh-Soph sportsmanship award.
Dual meets: Hollister 99-45. League North Salinas 114-28, Seaside 104-28, Watsonville 104-48, Salinas 62-109, Soquel 62-112, Alisal 106-63, SLV forfeit) Harbor 70-102. (meets missing) League record 7-3 for fourth place. Season record 8-3.
This year five girls participated on the boys swim team. Michelle Lewis did the 100 yard backstroke and dove, Jenny Wilson, Sherry Ricar did the medley relay, Liz Crowell and Carol Dillerie are participating. Other team members were Jim Reedy, Dean Stengl, Ernie Faitos, Jon Hatch, Alan Spano, Erin Nadler, Joe Soloman, Harland Johnson, Randy Shaffer, Charlie Waite, Brian Mayer, Les Hill, Ken Dolar, Steve Ricar, Greg Foltz and Dan Colton. Coach Bryan Foss.
The Cards started off their great year with a convincing 99-45 conquest of Hollister. Followed with a resounding conquest of North Salinas 114-28.
In a dual meet with Seaside the Cardinals won 104-48 capturing nine first places in the process.
For the varsity Jon Hatch and Charlie Waite were each double winners. Hatch took the 200 yard individual medley and the 500 yard freestyle, while Waite won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events. Randy Shaffer won the 100 yard backstroke and Steve Ricar won the diving competition. The 200 yard medley relay team of Shaffer, Ricar, Spano and Johnson won. The 400 freestyle relay team of Johnson, Waite, Stengl and Hatch were winners.
The frosh-soph team lost 40-75. In frosh-soph action the only two SC first places from two young ladies Shelley McElroy in the 200 yard freestyle and Michelle Lewis won the diving. Placers in the following events were 200 yard individual medley were second place, Johnson and third, Person. In 50 freestyle third, Soloman and fourth, Hill. In diving: second, Colton. In 100 butterfly: second, Mayer and third, Shaffer. In 100 freestyle: second, Spano; third Stengl; fourth, Johnson and fifth, L. Waite. In 500 freestyle: second, Hill. In 100 backstroke: fourth, Mayer. In 100 breaststroke: third, Ricar and fifth, Person.
The 200 medley relay: second place for the team of McElroy, Crowell, Ricar and Lewis. In 100 individual medley: second, Ricar. In 50 freestyle third: Reed and fifth, Crowell. In 100 yard breaststroke: second, Grove. In 100 freestyle: fourth, Reed. In 100 backstroke: second, McElroy.
SLV did not have a team and forfeited.
The Cards whipped Watsonville 104-48. Closer meets were a 94-64 win over Aptos and with an all out team effort beat Monterey 93-76. At this time the team is undefeated with a 7-0 record.
A very strong Salinas team gave the Cards their first loss 62-109.
In a 62-112 loss to Soquel, the Knights won 10 of the 11 events. Steve Ricar was the lone SC winner, which he won in diving.
An easy win against Alisal 106-63 was next.
Swimmers Finish Season In Fourth Place. To wrap up the season the Cards lost to Harbor 70-102 at Harvey West Pool, with Harbor winning 9 of 11 events. The two winners for the Cards was freshman Alan Spano, who won he 100 yard butterfly with a 1:03.3 clocking and Jon Hatch won the 500 freestyle in 5:23.8.
The top swimmer was sophomore Jon Hatch, who last year as a freshman set many Frosh-Soph swimming records. John has continued his winning ways setting two records this year. He broke the five year old record in the 200 yard freestyle set in 1969, by two tenths of a second in 1:57.6. He also set the record in the 500 yard freestyle in a time of 5:20.2.
Another record breaker was freshman Alan Spano, who broke two JV records. They were in the 100 yard backstroke in 1;06.2 and the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:02.1
Team captain Harland Johnson’s comment was, “We did not expect to be 8-3, we expected it to be the other way around. I think the main reason was because we swam as a team and always worked together as a team.”
Ernie Faitos won the sportsmanship award.
GIRLS SWIMMING 0-6
In the first year even though there were no wins, the girls showed a lot of desire and dedication. What we lacked in depth, we showed in determination.
Team members were Barbara Deffee, Sue Ross, Julie Samuelson, Mary Jane Bernard, Dorothy Franks, Toby Hansen, Carol Silva, Alice Grube, Lori Muttersbach and Shelly McElroy.
League matches: Harbor 5-4, 4-5; Watsonville 2-7, North Salinas 8-1, Aptos won, Seaside 6-2. (matches missing) League record 6-3 for second place in the MBL Northern division. The Cards lost to eventual MBL champion Harbor by a 5-4 score. The final match was won by Harbor in a thrilling tie breaker. Season record 13-5.
At the beginning of the season the Cards were on their way to being the most successful season in the last decade. The teams sole loss came at the hands of perennial powerhouse Monta Vista of Los Altos.
The Cards came from behind to win the first league match beating Harbor 5-4. Leading the victory were Phil Kashap and Ed Costa who won their singles matches and came back to help win two doubles matches. Kashap teamed with Fred Caiocca to engineer a brilliant tie breaker victory in the number two doubles match. Costa teamed with Scott Jernstrom to clinch the match with a 3 set victory at number three doubles.
A vastly improved Watsonville team sent the Cards home with an unexpected 2-7 loss. Most of the matches were extremely close and could easily have gone either way.
North Salinas 8-1. Winners against North Salinas listed in order of the ladder with first man Eric Fieberling, Fred Caiocca, Ed Costa, Phil Kashap, Scott Jernstrom, Bill Slakey. Doubles winners were first team, Fieberling and Kashap and third team, Slakey and Costa. Losers were second team, Jernstrom and Caiocca.
The Cardinal net team ended its season with a win over Aptos. The victory put the finish on new team and personal records. SC finished the campaign on the crest of a four match winning streak, including a tremendous 6-2 victory over defending MBL champion Seaside. This years edition of the tennis team proved themselves the best ever by an unprecedented onslaught of the record books. Three team records were snapped as the Cards were victorious in 75 of 108 singles matches, eclipsing the old mark by 26 matches. The doubles matches also showed dividends as the Netmen snapped a record which had stood since last year. The teams 13-5 record was also a team best.
Sophomore Bill Slakey led the assault on the personal record book as he set three new team standards in singles play, bettering the marks set by Tom Matthews last year. Slakey set the marks for best record, most wins and consecutive wins. Freshman Phil Kashap set a new record for a varsity first year man by posting a 13-5 record.
Seniors Scott Jernstrom and Ed Costa will not be back, but the Cards show great promise for the future with returnees Slakey, another sophomore Eric Fieberling who went 10-8 against the best in the league along with junior Fred Ciaocca will again exhibit some of the best doubles play in the league next year. Plus JV members Matt Tsugawa and Greg Mainis are ready for varsity play. Coach Dennis Mullen.
Bill Slakey’s 17-1 record garnered him the Most Wins trophy. Harland Johnson was voted the team captain. Scott Jernstrom won the sportsmanship award.
The first girls tennis team had a good turnout. The high light of the year was Liz Crowells undefeated season. Next year should be very promising as most of the girls will return. Coach Dennis Mullens
Practice matches: Mission San Jose 28-26, RLS 14-40, Los Gatos 14-40, 17-37; Saratoga 14-40, 22-32. League: Seaside 7-47, Alisal 37-17, Soquel 31-23, 14-40; SLV 43-11, 35-19; Watsonville 21-31, Harbor 14-40. (matches missing)
Team members were Bill Starrs, Jeff Weber, Bryon Pini, Roy Musitelli, Curt Froid, Ed Marez, Doak Gintert and Tim Brown. Coach Don Dempewolf
The first practice match ended with a 28-26 win over Mission San Jose. Winners were Pini, Marez and medalist with a 40 score was Randy Wilson.
The Cards lost their first league match to Seaside 7-47 at Fort Ord. Ed Marez’s day typified the day, when his ball rolled off the fairway and disappeared down a gopher hole costing him his match. Marez and Jeff Webber were medalist for the Cards with 75’s.
Winner over Alisal 37-17 the individual winners were Pini, Wilson, Tim Brown and Doak Gintert. Pini was the days medalist with a four over par 53 for twelve holes.
Loss to RLS 14-40. Brown was the one winner. Marez did score some points. A top player was suspended for throwing his clubs in anger.
Los Gatos won 14-40. Brown again came through as the only winner and medalist for the Cards with a 54. Pini and Marez were right behind carding 55’s.
Lost to Saratoga, defending league champions in San Jose 14-40. Pini won his match and fired an even par.
Beat Alisal 37-17. Pini, Marez, Webber, Bill Starrs and Roy Musitelli won their matches. Pini was medalist at 53 over 12 holes.
Saratoga won again 22-32. Marez and Webber were the only winners and combined scored 17 of the 22 points. Marez shot a 3 over par 58 in 14 holes for medalist honors.
Bryan Pini shot a one under par 71 to lead the Cards to a 31-23 win over Soquel. Other winners were Marez, Brown and Froid.
Cards kill SLV 43-11. Winners were Pini, Marez, Brown, Gintert and Froid. Hard luck Jeff Webber was the lone loser when his ball got stuck in a tree on the last hole. Pini was again medalist with a 75.
SC dropped a 21-31 decision to Watsonville. Pini and Froid were the only winners.
SC blasted by Harbor 14- 40. Marez was the lone winner and was medalist with a four over par 59. Froid tied 3-3, which put him on a hot streak as he has not lost a match since Spring break.
During Spring break, Sophomore and the Cards number 1 man Bryan Pini won a four day golf tournament for the age group from 14/15 in Fresno with over 350 junior golfers in Northern California. Starting the first day he shot a 68 followed by a 81, 75 and 78 for his winning total of 302
Lost to Los Gatos 17-37. Pini was the sole winner and was medalist shooting a four over par 76 for all 18 holes.
Cards beat SLV 35-19. Players listed in order of the ladder with the number one man first and the score of the match. Bryan Pini 6-0, Tim Brown 6-0, Curt Froid 4-2, Jeff Webber 6-0, Bill Starrs 0-6 and Doak Gintert 1-5.
Cards lost to Soquel 14-40. Bryan Pini 4-2,Tim Brown 6-0, Curt Froid 0-6, Bill Starrs 0-6, Jeff Webber 0-6, Doak Gintert 0-6.
At the MBL end of the season match with the best two players on each of the 11 schools, the Cardinals were represented by Bryan Pini and Tim Brown, who took fourth place. Sophomore, Pini’s score was high enough to qualify him for the sectional meet where he missed the cut by 3 strokes.
Sophomore Bryon Pine was awarded the Most Valuable Golfer for the second straight year. He won last year as a freshman. Senior Curt Froid coveted his prize of Most Improved Golfer.
Bill Stairs won the sportsmanship award.
The top cross country runner this year was junior Allen Sandretti who finished first at the RLS Invitational and set a new course record. At the MBL varsity finals, Allen finish in fourth place and was awarded a spot on the All MBL team. In track, Sandretti walked away with two track awards: High Point Man and Most Outstanding Track Athlete. Allen qualified for the CCS region IV meet. Against Harbor, Sandretti won the mile with a time of 4:48.8 and took second in the 880 with a 2:08.8 time. At the SC county meet Sandretti demolished the two mile school record by 13 seconds placing second at 9:39.7. At the Pacific Grove Invitational, Sandretti won the two mile run at 9:42.4 to finish way in front of the pack.
The Outstanding Field Event award for track went to Ricky Bastine. At the Pacific Grove Invitational meet, Rick Bastine placed third in the triple jump with a seasonal best 41’ 11”.
At the Pacific Grove Invitational meet, Mike Helm won the shot put with a mark of 49’5”, which was a personal record and put him second on the school shot put list of throws. Helm qualified for the CCS region IV meet in the shot put.
Luther Harris was a first place finisher at the MBL wrestling meet and took second at the CCS Region IV meet. At the Harbor tournament he took fourth and at the Gonzales tournament he was third.
Chris Clarke was third at the MBL meet and the CCS Region IV meet. At the Del Mar tournament he was fourth.
Sophomore Bill Slakey led the assault on the personal record book as he set three new tennis team standards in singles play, bettering the marks set by Tom Matthews last year. Slakey set the marks for best record, most wins and consecutive wins.
Freshman Phil Kashap set a new record for a varsity tennis, first year man by posting a 13-5 record.
ALL MBL NORTH DIVISION baseball players were senior Norb Szczurek and juniors Randy Pate and Steve Bruce. Honorable mentions were juniors Doug Ellis and Keith Blew.
The following stats are for the league season.
Senior, Norbert Szczurek played first base, when Bruce pitched, center field when Doug Ellis pitched and pitched himself. Norb hit .318 was third in hits with 15 and tied for the lead in RBI’s with Blew and Ellis with 11. Norb pitched 23.2 innings in 8 games with a 1.46 ERA.
Junior, second baseman Randy Pate, who top the team in hitting .340. Randy also led in runs scored 12, tied with sophomore Kevin Rains for the most doubles with 5 and was second in hits with 17.
Junior, Steve Bruce tied Rains for second in batting average hitting .333. Steve led in number of hits 18, and triples 4. Steve was second in runs batted in with 10. Steve normally played first base. Steve pitched seven times during league for a total of 23 innings, winning 2 and losing 0 with a 1.83 earned run average.
Juniors, Keith Blew and Doug Ellis were selected for honorable mention. They both were very important to the success of this years team and will be expected to be the best battery in the league next year. Blew missed making the first team by one vote, plus the team was picked without having a player at ever position. There are no catchers on the first team, which supports his being included as the number one catcher in the league.
Doug Ellis played the outfield when not pitching, but pitching is what he did most of the time as he pitched in 13 of the 15 league games. Doug threw 50 innings, won 6, which is two thirds of the teams wins and lost 3. His ERA of 1.54 is good enough to win every game.
At the Dads Club Tournament in a game for seventh place the Cards lost to San Jose 55-65. David Hightower scored 27 points for the best individual scoring performance of the Dads Club tournament.
Kris Sorensen a 1969 grad last year in his junior year at San Jose State posted a 5-3 record and a fine 1.90 ERA. In the summer he signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and pitched for their rookie league club at Sarasota, Florida were he was 3-2 with an 2.05 ERA. He also led the league in strike outs, 60 in 60 innings. Kris worked out with the SCHS team this Spring before reporting to the Cardinals double A team.