1975

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1975

First time ever SCHS soccer team joins MBL soccer league.

SC band victorious in East-West game Shriner competition. This years fiftieth anniversary of the Cardinal Marching Band continues to prove that it is one of the finest bands ever at SCHS. The band won the sweepstakes in their division, which put them in second place of all the bands entered. Last year the band took the overall championship with a score of 90.8.

Senior Athletes of the year, the highest honor which can be given in the Cardinal sports program were given to Gabe Reyes, Sherrie Walton and Allen Sandretti. Reyes was the Cardinal entrant in the State Wrestling tournament and also ran cross country. Since his freshman year Sandretti has been the mainstay of the track and cross country teams. Walton the Girls recipient was a member of the track team and was a fine asset to the tennis team at the number three singles position.

Principal James Coulter Speaks on Sports. “Sports are magnets and without sports in our high schools we would have many more problem kids.” He feels that the athletic program in high school plays a major factor in school morale. Sports serve a an outlet for student energy, both the player and the spectator can get directly involve in any game. He feels an intramural program would be a benefit to SCHS. As President of the MBL Board of Managers, he feels that an girl good enough should be allowed to play on a boys team. Currently eight boys teams with JV and or Frosh-Soph teams are allotted $19,000 to cover all cost, which it does not. The six brand new girls teams are given $3,333. The School Board is not meeting its responsibilities to girls athletics.

Coaches: Ron Mehurn, varsity football. Tex Ronning, wrestling and assistant varsity football. Don Dempwolf, soccer and golf. Pete Newell, basketball. Al Weimers, JV football. Larry Anderson, assistant JV football. Larry Maibaum, assistant wrestling and JV football. Ray Hunter, girls basketball and JV baseball. Bill Dodge, baseball. Tom Crichton, assistant baseball. Dennis Mullen, girls and boys tennis. Pete Newell, basketball. Mike Thiebault, JV basketball. Brian Foss, swimming and water polo. Ginger Anderson, girls volleyball. Patti Dolar, assistant volleyball. Don Dempwolfe, soccer and golf. Ronnie Mills, gymnastics.

The Trident put out a eight page Special Edition Sports Page reviewing all sports for the school year, which has been copied below. This is why each sport has at least a short recap of its season. It was very well done.

FOOTBALL Practice game: Gilroy 14-34. League: North Salinas 9-7, Salinas 14-21, Monterey 7-33, SLV 9-14, Aptos 0-33, Soquel 7-39, Watsonville 7-6 and Harbor 7-14. League record 2-6 for sixth-last place. Season record 2-7.

Players were Mike Jones, Martin Vanslager, Scott Seymour, Clyde Persley, Mike Scofield, Carl Jones, Keith Blew Gary Rudolph, Ken O’ Connell, Andrew Creely, Manuel Ruiz, Dan Moreno, Keith Dotson, Rick Bastine, Allan Amos, Don Hopping, Garret McKeeman, Brent Gallick, Doug Martin, Peter Anecito, Greg Lopez, Bruce Nolan, Larry Monroe, Greg Manis, Bill Wassen, Dave Jessen, Randy Quilici, Bob Baker, Rick Watson, David Hightower, Edward Hightower, Ed Marez and Kevin Lukan. New head coach Ron Mehuron.

From the Sentinel. Gilroy Topples Cards 34-14. Bolting out of the starting gate with three first half touchdowns Gilroy controlled the game with 51 rushing plays to only 21 for the Cards. Gilroy gained 260 yards on the ground to 58 for SC. SC was its own worst enemy during much of the contest drawing eight off sides or illegal procedure calls to lose 108 yards on penalties, which thwarted numerous advances. SC started with a flourish by driving to the Gilroy 28 on the games first series of downs. Keith Dotson’s 20 yard kickoff return and Ken O’Connell’s 17 yard run highlighted the series. A pair of incomplete passes killed the threat. A Card punt that bounced off the back of an SC player and a fumble set up two Gilroy scores. Gilroy led 20-0 at halftime. David Jessen, who played offense, defense and special teams was effective on all three. The first SC touchdown was made possible by alert defensive play by Manuel Ruiz, who forced a fumble and by Keith Blew, who scooped up the ball and thundered 24 yards to the six. It was a defensive lineman’s dream being denied when he was finally tackled. Rick Bastine surged for four yards and Mike Jones burst over left guard on a trap play for the TD. Gary Rudolph booted the PAT.
With seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter Keith Dotson rambled 89 yards on a kickoff return. He reversed his field at his own 30, cutting to the sideline and out sprinted everyone. Bastine rushed for 15 yards, Jones for 31 and O’Connell for 26. Their were 14 yards of miss rushing. Receiving were Dotson 13, Creely 8 and O’Connell 6. Passing Seymour completed one of three for 13 yards and Rudolph two for 7 for 14 yards.

Trident Athlete of the month of September was Keith Dotson, who had a spectacular 89 yard touchdown run against Gilroy and scored on a 54 pass reception against North Salinas.

Sweet Cardinal Victory: SC 9, North Salinas 7. Rudolph’s 31 yard Field Goal Nets Win. The Cards shocking upset of North Salinas should be savored as long as possible. The Cards were both lucky and good, especially on defense. They received a tremendous performance from punter, Keith Blew, who late in the third quarter set up the go ahead score by booming a 48 yard kick to the Viking one yard line. North Salinas was not able to advance and kicked the ball to their 35. Dame Fortune chose that moment to smile on SC as the Viking’s were penalized for a personal foul to put the ball on the 18 yard line. The Cards were held and Rudolph kicked a field goal to put SC ahead 9-7. In the fourth quarter time and again the Cards came up with crucial defensive plays. The big spark came when safety Mike Scofield intercepted a pass that had been tipped at the line of scrimmage.
The heroes were many for SC. Blew’s punts kept North Salinas from gaining good field position. Defensive lineman like Don Hopping stopped the run. Offensive hero was Rudolph, who in addition to his field goal hit flanker Keith Dotson over the middle late in the first half and Dotson ran through a host of defenders some 54 yards to a TD. Previously North Salinas had scored on a 55 yard pass. North Salinas fumbled three times and lost all three. SC fumbled six times, but lost the ball only twice. Ron Mehuron is back coaching the Cards. North Salinas gained 175 yards to SC’s 134. Positive rushing yards were Jones 29 and Amos 1. Receiving yards were Dotson 63, Hightower 18 and O’Connell 37. Passing: Rudolph passed six times and completed three for 79 yards and Seymour 5 times completed two for 39 yards.

Repeat of North Salinas game in the Trident. In the first league game of the season the Cards came from behind to beat North Salinas 9-7. The first half ended in a scoreless tie as the Card defense playing as if it were mid season, bore down even more in the third quarter after the Viking went ahead 7-0.
Split wide on third down, senior Keith Dotson cut loose on a pattern deep into Viking territory. On about the Viking 30 yard line and about 15 yards into his pattern, quarterback Gary Rudolph place the ball out for Dotson who ran under it and kept on going for a 45 yard Card TD. Rudolph kicked the extra point. Minutes later, Rudloph split the uprights with a 21 yard field goal to give the Cards their first win of the season. The field goal was set up by a Keith Blew’s 48 yard punt down to the one yard line, which helped the Cards get better position when they got the ball back.

Salinas Outlasts SC 21-14. Keith Dotson scored touchdowns on the Cards first and final offensive efforts. Dotson shocked the Cowboys with a 81 yard opening kickoff return and then with five seconds left in the game, rambled 63 yards from scrimmage on a reverse, which was only the first time in the game that he had carried the ball from scrimmage. Gary Rudolph kicked both PAT’s. In between the two touchdowns, Salinas took advantage of costly SC errors. Three pass interceptions, two lost fumbles and 85 yards of penalties contributed to the Red Birds downfall. Otherwise, SC played the Cowboys head to head. Keith Blew blocked a PAT. Defensive standouts were Blew, David Jessen and Don Hopping. Late in the second quarter Blew and Hopping sacked the quarterback deep in Card territory. On the preceding play Ed Hightower dumped the quarterback for a ten yard loss. Salinas gained 152 yards to 141 for the Cards. Rushing yards: Jones 22, O’Connell 24, Dotson 63 and Rudolph 9. Receiving: Jones 23. Passing: Rudolph completed one of six passes for 9 yards and Seymour one of six for 14 yards.

Cardinals Fall 33-7 To Monterey. The game could easily been closer, but Monterey capitalized on several SC mistakes. Monterey scored first. SC came right back and threatened to score early in the second quarter. Quarterback Gary Rudolph connected on a 33 yard bomb to flanker Keith Dotson to put the ball on the Monterey 12, but Monterey stiffened and Rudolph missed a field goal try. Monterey squeezed a third touchdown in just before halftime to make the score 21-0. After Monterey scored again in the third quarter, SC began to feel its oats offensively. Dotson gained 25 yards and the Cards went 73 yards on 14 plays for their sole TD scored by Rick Bastine on a six yard run. Rudolph kicked the PAT. Rushing yards: O’Connell 54, Dotson 56, Jones 36, Bastine 10, Monroe 6 and Scofield 4. Receiving: Dotson 33. Rudolph completed two of six passes for 32 yards.

Cards make comeback in second half, but lose to SLV 9-14. The Card defense again turned in a strong performance holding down two talented running backs to less than their normal yardage. Gary Rudolph kicked a field goal in the first quarter. At the end of the third quarter the score was 3-14. SC then made thing interesting when Dotson blew through the Cougar defense for 19 yards and a TD to make the score 9-14. Rick Bastine breaking tackle after tackle ran 54 yards for an apparent TD to put the Cards ahead, but with penalty flags all over the field, scratch one TD.

Aptos Rush By Cardinals 33-0. The score was only half of it. Not only were the Cards clobbered physically, they failed to chalk up a first down, failed to get beyond the 50 yard stripe and gained only 12 yards total offense.

Knights Breeze 39-7, Earn Shot At MBL Title. Before a good sized Memorial Field crowd, Soquel put the game away in the first half, scoring 26 points and gaining yards in any manner it chose. SC in its first series of the third quarter, took possession on its own 31 and nine plays later they were on the scoreboard. Rudolph started things with a 9 yard pass to Ed Hightower. SC chipped a way on the ground until O’Connell gained a critical first down with a 12 yard jaunt on a third and 11 situation. Two plays later, Rudolph connected with O’Connell for 10 yards and another first down on the Soquel 20. From there Rudolph found Dotson all alone and hit him for a TD. Rudolph kicked the PAT.
SC had nine first downs, three rushing, two passing and four by penalty. Soquel reserves started filtering in late in the second quarter. Soquel held the Card rushing game to 28 net yards. The lone Card with any degree of running success was gutsy Ken O’Connell with 35 yards in seven carries. Other rushers with positive yards were Amos 1, Jones 9 and Dotson 9. Receiving: Hightower 9, O’Connell 16, Dotson 20 and Bastine 5. Rudolph completed five of 15 passes for 45 yards and O’Connell one of three for 5 yards.

Mehruon Cites SC ‘Will To Win’ Surprising Card Defense Stuns Wildcats 7-6 for their second league win with a surprising show of team defense. The Cards led the Cats at the end of the first half 7-0 as the Cards ran off the field ahead for the first time this season. A 42 yard punt return by Gary Rudolph gave the Cards possession at the Cat 39 yard line. A face mask penalty put the ball on the Wildcat 21. Rudolph gained ten yards on a pair of quarterback keepers. On third down, flanker Keith Dotson ran for a 12 yard touchdown on a reverse. Rudolph kicked the crucial PAT. The defense stiffened after a Watsonville 90 yard kick off return to start the half was called back. As some hard tackles took place the Card bench exploded, the entire team jumped up and began screaming for more. Watsonville scored, but was not going to settle for a tie against the supposed worst team in the league. The decision was made to go for two points. Again lady luck was on the Cardinals side as a delay of game penalty moved the ball back to the seven yard line. A conversion would put the Cats up 8-7. David Jessen and Brent Gallick had other ideas and as the pass receiver caught the ball on the three yard line they leveled him short of the goal line. On another drive near the SC goal line, David Hightower clobbered the Cat quarterback as he virtually ran through the Wildcat offensive line to stop another Cat drive to score.
The Cards had their second league win. Near the end of the game, Mike Jones went for 50 yards for an apparent TD that was called back for clipping. Keith Dotson, David Jessen and Don Hopping received recognition for their fine season. Coach Ron Mehuron, “Our defense was outstanding. We received good efforts from both our backs and linemen. A lot has been said about the lack of spirit here. But these guys showed tonight that they really care about their school. There are many seniors on the club and they knew it was the last time they would be able to play on this field.”
Rushing yards were Bastine 41, O’Connell 26, Jones 18, Dotson 37. Rudolph threw three pass and completed none.

Harbors Last Minute TD Stops Cardinals 14-7. Harbor’s winning TD came with 16 seconds left on the clock in the curtain closer for both teams. The sad part of the game was the serious knee injury suffered by Ken O’Connell with 55 seconds to go in the first quarter. O’Connell was hit low by one man and high by another as his knee buckled under impact. (O’Connell missed both the basketball and baseball seasons) SC took a 7-0 lead in the third quarter and Harbor came right back in the next series and tied the score.
Keith Dotson and Mike Jones were the most effective for SC with 44 and 73 yards rushing respectively. Dotson completed a halfback pass for 31 yards to Ed Marez. Both teams struggled in the first half, although SC drove from its own 21 to the Harbor 29, before a fourth down passes was broken up. In their first series in the second half, SC ate up 65 yards in three plays to take a 6-0 lead. Jones careened the final 48 yards, hitting into the line and then smartly sliding outside when his path was blocked. Rudolph kicked the PAT.
Harbor came right back and tied the score. Two SC drives were stopped in the fourth quarter, before Harbor started its winning drive with 1:55 left in the game. Harbor out gained SC 305 to 196 yards. Rushing yards: Bastine 18, Dotson 44, Jones 73, Monroe 5 O’Connell 2. Receiving yards Marez 31, Bastine 16 and Hightower 10. Rudolph completed two of 9 passes for 26 yards and Dotson one for one for 31 yards.

Keith Dotson was named the athlete of the month of September for his two touchdowns covering 45 yards and 95 yards as well as his play as a safety man on defense.

Athlete of the month of November was Ken O’Connell a star performer on offense and defense all season, whose unfortunate knee injury will probably sideline him from the basketball season and could hamper his athletic ability in the future. Ken has been a valuable asset to basketball and baseball as well as the football team.

Team honors
The most outstanding player on this years team was Senior David Jessen, who was voted MVP, most valuable lineman and the Golden Helmet award.
Keith Dotson was the most valuable back.
Senior Rick Bastine was named the Most Inspirational player
Ken O’Connell received the Sportsmanship award.
Andrew Creely garnered the Physicians scholar athlete award for having the highest grade point average.

Sentinel All County team: Defense: senior lineman, 5-10 185, Don Hopping. Honorable mention: David Jessen, Keith Dotson, Rick Bastine, Ken O’Connell, Mike Scofield.

Keith Dotson and David Jessen were named to the MBL ALL LEAGUE team.

FROSH-SOPH FOOTBALL Soquel 0-28, Watsonville 12-28, Aptos 0-20, SLV 20-14, Harbor 6-7. Seasons record 1-8.

Players were Ends: Dan Stevens, Jerry Soper, Dan Paine, Mitch Levine, Steve Wohl, Dan Passerino
Tackles: Andrew Foster, Adam Schaefer, Randy Smith Gary George
Guards: Henry Lavender, Monty Alton, Robert Agorastos, Pat Simmons, Ron Hill, Dave Singleton, Richard Castro. John Chenowith.
Centers: Bill Sarrow, Gregg Rafel
Quarterbacks: Greg Ronning, Clyde Persley and Robert Chavez
Backs: Bob Rodriguez, Ed Burks, John Hopping, Richard Castillo, Buck Rodriguez, Tony Lopez, Steve Imonti, Jon Fenton
Head coach Al Wiemers and assistants Larry Anderson and Larry Maibaum.

SC changed from a JV team to one which concentrated on the younger players. Playing a JV schedule, while other teams had some juniors on their team. It made it difficult for the younger Cards, who ended up with a 1-7 league record. Head coach Al Wiemers comment about the team, “A team with the best potential I have seen in a long time.” A lot of people got in some playing time. The coaches taught the basic fundamentals to get the players ready for varsity action.”

Trident November 7. Against Soquel in a 0-28 loss, John Hopping ran twelve yards, but came up a foot from a TD and an inch from a first down. John rang up 132 rushing yards.
Aptos scored twice in the first half and added another TD in the third quarter to win 20-0.

In a 6-7 loss against Harbor, Sam Schaefer recovered a Harbor fumble on their own 45 yard line. On first down John Hopping ran 35 yards to the ten and on the next play Bob Rodriguez ran it in for a TD.

The best game of the season was a win over SLV 20-14.

Team honors
Clyde Persley was named Most Valuable Player.
John Hopping was most valuable back.
Randy Smith was the most valuable lineman.
Ricky Castro was most improved.
Greg Ronning received the Sportsmanship award.

CROSS COUNTRY
Yearbook. Senior Allen Sandretti shows his dedication and sacrifice by running up to 20 miles per day and still runs and trains hard even after the season is over. All of which helped him be the leading man on the team this year and also in the league. Since his freshman year he has been a top runner on the team. Alan Spano a sophomore newcomer surprised this year beating many of the returning lettermen.

This years returning lettermen are Dave Gregoric, Ron Sims, Mark Harlan, Stan Thurman and Brian Hitchock. New runners are Mitch Burkardt, Time Ronda, Rick Davis, Scott Foster, Mark Snow, Alex Johnson, Mark Mahaney and Bob Layton.

Trident November 7. At the SC Invitational at UCSC’s Crown College all runners improved their times by at least a minute and 45 seconds. In the JV race Dave Gregoric took second, Alan Spano placed seventh and Harlan Johnson placed fifteenth. In the varsity race Allen Sandretti placed seventeenth.

Alan Sandretti was the athlete of the month of October. Allen won the first tri meet of the year against Aptos and Monterey. He has been a mainstay of the team for four year. Alan is always a factor in any race he is in and this year he has become a dominant runner.

GIRLS TENNIS
League matches reported: Salinas loss, Watsonville 5-2, Harbor 7-0, North Salinas 5-2, Alisal 6-1. (three winning matches missing) SC posted a fine 7-1 league record for second place. The only loss was to the championship Salinas team.

Liz Crowell has won three straight matches this year to extended her personal win streak to ten matches. In a team loss to Salinas, Liz beat the defending league champion 10-5, but unfortunately for the Cards Mary Alvarez and Kim Bidlenger in doubles were the only other winners.

Trident November 7. Going into their match, SC and Watsonville were tied for second with 4-1 records, behind undefeated Salinas at 5-0. The Cards gained the runner up position with a fine 5-2 victory over a tough Watsonville team. It was a lesson in team work as SC singles players Liz Crowell, Libby Papas and Toby Hansen gave the Cards a quick 3-2 lead. The doubles teams of Julie Rice and Julie Jackson along with Mary Alvarez and Kim Bridlinger followed suit with two thrilling victories. For Kim and Mary it was their fifth straight victory. Tracy Tsugawa and Sherrie Walton although not victorious turned in fine performances.

Trident November 7. The following match was against Harbor, whose tennis program represents a comparison of opposites. The boys were reigning MBL champions, while the girls are in a dreadful slump. SC took advantage beating Harbor by a total game score of 70-3. This represents the Girls’ tennis program its finest hour. Liz Crowell is currently riding on the crest of a 12 match winning streak, stretching over a period of two seasons. She has virtually assured herself of the number one seed at the MBL singles championship.

Wins were posted against North Salinas 5-2 and Alisal 6-1. Winners against North Salinas were Crowell, Joanne Hart, Sherrie Walton, Tsugawa and Toby Hanson. Doubles winners were the them team of Julie Johnson and Julie Rice along with the team of Alvarez and Anita Paz. The JV team winners were Kathy Burnett, Carolyn Person, Gina DeLucchi, Annette Mungai, Laura Weybright, Pam Mills, Melody Copp and Kristin Beiers.

Trident November 27. In the final match of the season a win over Aptos, Liz Crowell was out injured and number two player freshman Tracy Tsugawa replaced her at the number one spot and won her match 10-0.
Liz Crowell the teams star suffered an injury, which kept her out of the MBL finals at Carmel Valley Courts. Junior Liz Pappas filled in and placed fourth. Sherrie Walton and Tracy Tsugawa were the second seeded double team, but lost to the eventual winners in a thrilling tie breaker match.
Five seniors finished the season with winning records. They are Alvarez, Julie Johnson and Bridlinger won all their doubles matches for the season. Toby ”the shark” Hanson won all her singles matches.

Athlete of the month of November was Junior Crowell, who won all her matches before she was injured before the last match of the regular season. Liz has been the teams number one player for two years and had a twelve game winning streak going.

Other team members were Kathy Burnett, Carolyn Person, Gena DeLucchi, Cathy Pera, Kristen Beyers, Anne Mills, Annette Mungai, Laura Weybright, Sue Wilson, Pam Mills, Melody Copp and Lori DeRego.

WATER POLO
Cabrillo College Invitational: Soquel 6-5 in OT, Carmel 5-7, Mt. View 10-12. League: Salinas 8-20, RLS 10-23, 9-16; Harbor 21-10, Soquel 4-5, Aptos 10-12. (games missing)

The best game of the season was during the Cabrillo College high School Water Polo Invitational double elimination Tournament, when the Cards beat Soquel in a dramatic sudden death overtime game 6-5. The game was tied at the end of the regular game 4-4. After the first overtime the score was tied 5-5. This forced the game into sudden death. The first team scoring wins.
It took SC two minutes to score on a Dean Stengl shot. Many Cards played hot and hard. Jon Hatch and Dean Stengl spearheaded the offense scoring three points apiece. Randy Shaffer, Brian Blew and Jon Hatch led the aggressive SC defense and each of them fouled out. Goalie Brian Person kept the score down by saving 13 shots.

The win against Soquel put the Cards in the winners bracket game, which followed in an hour. The rested Carmel team, as it had a bye before this game, won a tight game 5-7. The third place game was played against Mt. View was a 10-12 loss, as the seniors were taking the SAT at the time of the game.

The Cards lost their first two games to powerhouses Salinas 8-20 and RLS 10-23. Against Salinas the Cards were down 0-9, but then controlled the next two quarters. At the end of the second quarter the score was 7-14. Salinas started pressing and the score ballooned again. Each of the scorers had two point, they were Mayer, Jon Hatch, Stengl and Rob Hatch.

Scorers were Brian Mayer with two points and, Brian Mayer’s hot shooting scored three out of the Cards 10 points against RLS. Other scorers were Jon Hatch, Randy Shaffer, Dean Stengl and Brian Person.

Trident November 7. In their first win of the season against Harbor 21-10, the Cards started out with a 9-1 lead in the first quarter. With a 8 point lead the substitutes came into the game and held a 10-5 lead at the end of the second quarter. The starters returned for the third period to up the lead to 17-9. All the players scored for the Cards. Athlete of the month of October Dan Colton led the scoring with six goals. In a tight low scoring game against Soquel the Cards led up to the last two minutes 4-3. Soquel went on two fast breaks to defeat the Cards 4-5.

The Cards led Aptos 9-8 at half, but lost the game 10-12. Since Dan Colton was hampered by a leg injury, he was inserted at goalie and he did his job well blocking 40 percent of the Aptos shots.

The next day the Cards lost to undefeated RLS 9-16.

Top players were Jon Hatch, Dean Stengl, Ernie Faitos, Randy Schaffer, Brian Person and Brian Maier kept the team moving forward the whole season. Other team members were David Darlng, Dan Colton, Keith Johnson, Greg Fulks, Tony Webb, Cori West, John Mahaney, Bob Hatch and Pat Dennehy.

Trident Athlete of the month of November was Dan Colton. In a recent game against Harbor Dan scored six points. Dan was hampered by a leg injury for the Aptos game, so he was inserted at goalie, a less strenuous but just as important a job. Dan did his job well blocking 40 percent of the Aptos shots.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Trident March 21. Volleyball Season Begins, (but in the spring instead of the fall this year)
Coach Ginger Anderson’s team scored a tight three game victory over Salinas for their first win of the young season.

Both the varsity and JV teams rebounded from their losses to Aptos to take the third and decisive game from Salinas. SC varsity scoring, 15-6, 8-15, 15-7.
The JV coach Patty Doler a SC alumnus came up ahead 15-6 in their third game to ice their victory

Varsity players are Mary Alvarez, Kim Bridinger, Julie Johnson, Tracey Tsugawa, Lori West and Laura Weybright.
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BASKETBALL Dads Club Tournament: Watsonville 22-38, Salinas 39-48, San Jose 55-65 Last place. Carmel Tournament: Carmel 14-17, Mt. View 45-48 OT, Pacifica 48-52 Last place. Other practice games: Yerba Buena 43-59, San Jose 41-56, Gonzales 31-42. South MBL games: Salinas 41-53, Alisal 37-51, North Salinas 56-59, Seaside 52-65, Monterey 42-44. North MBL games: Harbor 52-56, 37-60; Watsonville 51-55, 47-46; SLV 36-54, 50-57; Soquel 30-49, 51-65 and Aptos 48-61, 44-73. League record 1-14. Season record 1-23.

MBL North Division standings: Aptos 9-3, Harbor 7-5, SLV 7-5, Watsonville 4-8, Soquel 4-8 and SC 1-11. MBL Southern Division standings: Monterey 11-1, Salinas 9-3, Seaside 7-5, North Salinas 4-8 and Alisal 2-10. Playoffs will decide the league champion.

Pete Newell Jr. in his first year as coach of the Cardinals (the start of a 30 year career as the Card coach, who in his last year guided the Cards to the State Division III title). He proceeded to institute a “never say die attitude” into his players.

Team members were Paul Wainscoat, David Hightower, Steve Bruce, Scott Seymour, Jeff Weber, Brian Pini, Ken Jones, Ernie Hightower, Gary Rudolph, Sam Alongi, Royce Copeland and Lane Webster.

Trident. As the team is getting used to a totally new style of coaching, it will be looking toward improvement after taking last place at the Dads Club Tournament. After losing to Watsonville 22-38 in the first game, Salinas was next and led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and 20-16 at half, before bolting out to a 36-24 lead. Mental mistakes appeared to be the major factor in the 12 point spread and the 39-48 loss. In the first half the Cards worked their patterns and gave Salinas a good go. Scoring: Wainscoat 4, Seymour 4, David Hightower 7, Bruce 12, Alongi 2, Ken Jones 10, Lane Webster 0 and Pini 0.

The bright spot of the tournament was David Hightower’s 27 point game against San Jose, which was the highest single game tally during the tournament, as San Jose won 65-55. He scored 13 in the fourth quarter. Scoring: Wainscoat 6, Webster 2, Pini 4, Hightower 27, Bruce 2, Alongi 10 and Jones 4. Watsonville beat Harbor for their third title in eight years.

Senior forward Steve Bruce was Jock of the month of December. Steve is the silver lining in the Cards stormy basketball picture. He was a bright spot for the Cards in the Dads Club Tourney.
Steve scored 10 points against Watsonville and 12 against Salinas. Steve’s hustling defense helped keep SC in the game until the third period.

Carmel Decks Cards 17-14. Basketball, Not Football. In the first round of the Carmel Tournament it was not a pure “stall” game. Both team were obviously cold from the start. SC realizing a slow down approach would give it a shot at the running Padres went into a deliberate offense. The Cards led 6-4 at the quarter. Carmel shut out the Cards in second quarter and led 8-6 at half. End of third quarter Carmel 13-12. In the last period SC scored two points an Carmel 4. With 3:19 to go there was no more scoring. Carmel missed its last shot with 1:40 left in the game. The Cards kept control of the ball until a loose ball situation ate up the final seconds, without a shot. Scoring: Wainscoat 6, David Hightower 2, Steve Bruce 4, Weber 0, Rudolph 0 and Jones 2.

Press Buries Cardinals. In a practice game against Yerba Buena in San Jose, the inability to handle the pressure defense for the first three quarters ended with another loss for the Cards 43-59. SC broke out of their slump with 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Trident January 24. Cagers Getting Closer To Win. The schedule has the North teams playing the South teams one round, before the Santa Cruz county games start. In the first South game, the Cards lost a nail biting thriller to North Salinas 56-59. The Cards jumped out to an early lead 23-11, but the Vikings closed it down to one point at half and continued on at the start of the half to get a nine point lead. The Cards kept scraping back to lose by only three. Top Card David Hightower scored 27 points again.

In the second south game, Salinas won 41-53.

Alisal outlasted SC 57-37. The Cards were ahead 11-9 at the end of the first quarter and down only three at halftime. Alisal’s height was too much for SC and they pulled away at the end of the game. This means SC has started the league season 0-3, but the future looks anything but bleak.

In the last two South games Seaside won 52-65 as did Monterey 1n a nail biter 42-44 in the best game of the year for the Cards.

It Happens! SC Stuns Cats For First Win. SC 47, Watsonville 46? Yes, it’s true! After 20 defeats SC won it’s first game of the year. Seven of these defeats were by four points or less. The win avoided what could have turned out to be the schools first ever winless season.
Patience under pressure paid off as the Cards weren’t disturbed by a 12 point deficit in the second quarter. They came on like gangbusters in the second half and especially in the fourth quarter, when they shot a torrid 9 for 14 attempts. SC reduced its turnovers to 13, while forcing Watsonville into 23 miscues. The first quarter ended with Watsonville ahead 10-6. At half it was still Watsonville 22-10.
When the second half started so did some action. The Card offense started moving, while the defense kept gnawing away at the Cats to cut down the lead to 25-32. The fourth quarter fireworks were saved until the last four minutes. With the score 38-32 Watsonville, Ed Hightower sank a ten foot jumper and was fouled. Ed made his foul shot and the Cards were down only three points. With 35 seconds left Gary Rudolph sank an incredible base line jump shot putting the Cards in front for the first time 45-44. (some scoring was left out in there).
A super defensive play by David Hightower, who knocked a pass down after making a difficult switch on a screen. His brother Eddie pick up the loose ball and was fouled. Eddie sank both foul shots with seven seconds left and a three point lead. At the time out the Cards were instructed to do nothing on defense so not to risk making a foul and giving the Cats to tie the score. The Cats scored easily, but the game ended 47-46 Cardinals. Scoring: David Hightower 6, Ernie Hightower 11, Rudolph 6, Bruce 6, Wainscoat 5, Alongi 4, Seymour 2, Weber 2 and Pini 0.

Another top game for the Cards was a 42-44 loss to the MBL champion Monterey. No other Northern division team came within 14 points of the Toreadors, (who went on to win the championship. There were other tight games that could have gone either way. This years team had as many sophomores as seniors, who will carry this experience to an even better result next year.

The Cards were led through their season by senior center David Hightower, who time and time again reached double figures with his scoring, while playing steady defense. Senior Steve Bruce was also a bright spot for the SC fans.

Senior center David Hightower was named Jock of the month of February, who is averaging 15 points a game and leading the league in scoring. David is a top rebounder and defensive player.

Total points scored for the season were David Hightower 263, Bruce 185, Ernie Hightower 132, Alongi 119, Wainscoat 105, Rudolph 47, Weber 42, Pini 36, Ken Jones 31, Copeland 30, Seymour 9 and Webster 4.

Bryan Pini received the Most Spirited trophy. .

JV BASKETBALL had a 10-13 record under new coach Mike Thibeault (who later went on to coach as an assistant in college and the NBA, part of the time with the LA Lakers. When the NBA started a woman’s league, Mike became a head coach and a league championship coach at Connecticut.) With a team of six sophomores and three freshmen carried the Card banner as having the best record of the three Card teams.

The Cards beat Soquel 39-35 to win the Consolation title of the Soquel Tournament. Ephraim Braga led the scoring with 17 points.

Three freshman moved up the JV squad this year and this crippled the frosh-soph team.. They were Rusty Locatelli, Jerry Soper and Mitch Levine. Other team members were Clyde Persley, Royce Copeland, Ephraim Braga and Lane Webster.

Team honors
Doug Martin gained the Most Valuable award
Mark Snow and Charles Burks shared the Sportsmanship Award

FROSH-SOPH BASKETBALL under coach Pete Pappas started out with just six players, some who had never played competitively before. With so few players it was hard to develop realistic situations at practice. The Cards hustled as hard and as long as they could, which was quite a while.

Team members were Henry Lavendar, Tony Webb, Jon Fenton, Bob Lebarre, Dan Stevens and Richard Castillo.

Team honors
Most Valuable — Chuck Middletown
Sportsmanship award — Bill Sarrow

GIRLS BASKETBALL IN FIRST YEAR OF GIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUE PLAY
WIN INAUGURAL MBL CHAMPIONSHIP. GO UNDEFEATED 8-0.
WIN ARMY, NAVY / SEASIDE HIGH END OF SEASON TOURNAMENT. SEASON RECORD 11-0.
League games: Soquel 35-32, Alisal 57-32, Harbor 52-45, Watsonville 47-27, North Salinas 47-30. Salinas 58-26, Aptos 52-40, SLV 49-27. League record 8-0. Army, Navy/ Seaside High tournament: Lettermen’s General Hospital 70-37, Hartnell College 58-44, Seaside High 47-45 for the tournament championship all played in one day. Which made the accomplishment of this team that much more a feat to be remembered. Final season record 11-0

The team. Colleen Reedy, Nancy Marez, Elaina Guidici, Georgia Sandas, Robin Shannon, Candi Jackson, Holly Hall, Michele Hoga, Joyce Hightower, Carol Doyle, Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge.

SC girls cagers win over Soquel 35-32. Scoring: Evonne Sandas 10, Joyce Hightower 9, Carol Doyle 8, Colleen Reedy and Sue Dodge 4 each.
Scoring by quarters and final score.
Soquel 9 4 9 10 32
Santa Cruz 8 7 12 8 35

Girl Cards defeat Aptos 52-41. SC scoring well in the second quarter 15 and third quarters 18 to break open the game. Joyce Hightower had an outstanding game grabbing 14 rebounds and scoring 14 points. Other scorers Dodge 17, Doyle 11, Sandas 4. Elaine Guidici, Nancy Marez and Hoga 2 each.

Girl Cards stay unbeaten with win over Alisal 57-32. It was the third straight victory and in all three games the Cardinals had at least 10 assists. Top rebounder was Hightower with 13 followed by Doyle with 9. Scorers: Dodge 20, Doyle 15, Hightower and Evonne Sandas 9, Hoga 4.
Scoring by quarters and final quarter
Santa Cruz 14 17 15 11 57
Alisal 12 5 10 5 32

SC girls nab cage triumph with a 20 point opening quarter and 18 points in the third quarter propelling the Cards to a 52-45 win over host Harbor. The rebounding of Hightower and Doyle was outstanding again. Dodge scored 20 points for the second straight game. Other scoring Evonne Sandas 17, Doyle 10, Hightower 3, Hoga 2.

Dodge hits 21 in SC win over Watsonville 47-27. Dodge hit the 20 point barrier for the third straight game, but unfortunately for Watsonville it was not their Paula Dodge, who topped her team in scoring with 6 points. The girls are second cousins. Joyce Hightower and Carol Doyle rebounded well and Sue Dodge stole the ball 13 times. Other scoring: Evonne Sandas 10, Hoga 7, Doyle 6, Hightower 3.
Scoring by quarters
Santa Cruz 14 5 10 18 47
Watsonville 7 5 10 5 27

SC girls’ cage team wins again beating Salinas 58-26. Scorers: Evonne Sandas and Dodge 15 each, Hightower 11, Doyle 9, Hoga, Nancy Marez and Elaina Guidici 2 each.

Joyce Hightower was athlete of the month of October for her splendid all around performance on the basketball court. Joyce has been hitting her shots well, pulling down rebounds and harassing opposing players into costly errors.

The North Salinas game was sized up to be the most important game of the season for both teams. The winner would win the MBL championship. The game started out slowly with both teams appearing sluggish. The Cards had trouble getting off shots as the Viking 6’ 3” center was dominating the middle on defense. Much credit for the win should be given SC center Carol Doyle as she held the opposing center scoreless until there were only four minutes left in the game and the game was in SC control. Evonne Sandas hits 17 as Cards win seventh straight downing North Salinas 47-30. Other scorers were Sue Dodge 8, Candi Jackson 7, Joyce Hightower 6, Michele Hoga 4 and Holly Hall 1.
Scoring by quarters
North Salinas 6 4 5 15 30
Santa Cruz 10 14 12 11 47

SC Girls Nab Cage Title. The Cardinals end their season with a win over SLV 48-27 for an undefeated season.. The team averaged over 15 assists a game and 21 rebounds a game. Their press has been very effective and made the other teams play run and shoot. Scorers: Dodge 19, Doyle 15, Evonne Sandas 10. Hoga and Jackson 2 each.

SC Girls win Army, Navy/Seaside High Cage Tourney after MBL season.
The Cardinals opened tourney play with a 70-37 breeze over Lettermen General Hospital. Evonne Sandas topped all scorers with 17 points. Others Doyle 14, Hightower 12, Candy Jackson 7, Elaina Guidici 6, Dodge 4, Georgia Sandas 3, Holly Hall, Michele Hoga and Robin Shannon 2 each, Nancy Marez 1 and Colleen Reedy 0.

The second game was a 58-44 win over Hartnell College with Sandas pouring in 26 points. Others Hightower and Doyle 10 each, Georgia Sandas 6, Dodge 4, Marez 2.

The championship game against Seaside high was a tight 47-45 win for the Cards. The Cards had to pull together all the determination and strength they could muster in this their third game of the day. Dodge led the scoring with 23 points, Evonne Sandas 12, Doyle 10, Hightower 2 and Marez 1. Evonne Sandas and Dodge were selected for the All Tournament team with Dodge named MVP.

The Cards racked up 397 points in the eight games averaging 50 points a game, while only giving up 250 points for and average of 32 points.

Trident November 7. Undefeated Cagers Nab League Title.
Much of their success was the shooting of sophomore guard Sue Dodge, who at one time in the season had three 20 point games in a row. Other individual standouts included another sophomore Evonne Sandas, who went through the season with solid performances. Two seniors, center Carol Doyle and Joyce Hightower played very important roles, by keeping SC alive on the boards with solid rebounding and defense. Freshman forward Michelle Hoga had a good shooting touch and played well all season.
Sue Dodge was athlete of the month of November, for her basketball skills for the first SC girls team to win a championship. Sue led the team in scoring 125 points for a 15.5 per game average, six assists per game average and in steals. Evonne Sandas was second in scoring with 91 points for a 11.4 average per game. Dodge and Sandas are sophomores and Michele Hoga is a freshman.

By team vote, awards were presented at the SCHS awards banquet.
Most Valuable Player, Sue Dodge.
Team Captain, Evonne Sandas
Most Inspirational Player, Joyce Hightower.
Sportsmanship, Carol Doyle.

BOYS SOCCER TEAM Practice games: Hollister 3-2, 4-3; St. Josephs 2-1, Harbor 8-1, 6-0; Gonzales 2-3, Soquel 6-1. Practice record: 6-1. League: Aptos 3-2, 0-4; Harbor 2-2, 2-3; SLV 7-0, 3-2; Salinas 2-1, 3-5; Watsonville 1-3, 0-6; North Salinas 4-1, 1-1; Alisal two forfeits. League record 7-5-2 for fourth place. Season record 13-6-2.

Trident November 27. Already veterans of one match, this years Cardinals are off and running with a 3-2 win over Hollister. Jack Cabrera, Jesus Hernandez and Leo Cortez scored for SC. A fine defensive showing by seniors David Jessen and Ed Marez kept Hollister from developing a consistent offensive attack.

In only their second season under coach Don Dempewolfe, this years team will play a much enlarged schedule in comparison with last years slate. Seven lettermen return giving the squad experience at positions all over the field. Halfbacks Jack Cabrera, Jesus Hernandez and Manuel Ruiz give the offense its punch along with forwards Leo Cortez, Matt Bowe and Pablo Chogilla return at the wings with Jay Yambrovich at goalie. SC will have a junior varsity team this year as well.
New varsity team members were David Jessen, Frank Olimpio, Andrew Creely, Jim Cabrera, Ramiro Hernandez, Ed Marez,

In the most exiting game of the season the Cards fell behind Salinas and with time ticking away exploded for two goals and the victory. Through the first quarter both teams were able to penetrate deep into enemy territory, but came up empty handed time and time again as close range shots slid off wide of there mark. In the second period the Cowboy fullbacks began dominating the play. More than once a SC rush was turned back by the a timely defensive play by Salinas. On the other half of the field, Card goalie Jay Yambrovich played brilliantly at his position racking up four saves and foiling a Cowboy rush with a leaping catch between three opposing halfbacks. In the opening minutes of the final stage, the Red Bird defense led by Ed Marez, Andrew Creely and Gustavo Sanchez became a little over zealous and drew a hands penalty that led to a Cowboy penalty kick which they neatly converted to lead 1-0.

Trident January 24. Cards Win Thriller. Playing with the poise of a championship team. SC stayed even, fell behind, the exploded with two second half goals to defeat Salinas 2-1 in MBL action. Through the first half, both teams were able to penetrate deep into the others territory, but came up empty handed time and time again, as close range shots slide off wide of there mark. Later in the period the Cowboy defensive fullbacks began to dominate play. SC’s goalie Jay Yambrovich played brilliantly racking up four saves and foiling a Cowboy rush with a leaping catch between three opposing halfbacks. To open the second half, the Red Bird defense led by Ed Marez, Andrew Creely and Gustavo Sanchez became a little over zealous and drew a hands penalty that Salinas turned into a goal to go ahead 1-0. No sooner had the Cards fallen behind, then they made a clean break down the right sideline. From the corner, Matt Bowe lofted a perfectly placed pass to Jesus Hernandez, who headed the ball past the diving goalie, to tie the score 1-1. With time ticking down, Salinas began making short quick passes down the field. Manuel Ruiz picked off a pass and sent it down field with three minutes remaining. Ruiz ended up with the ball again and scored to win the contest 2-1. SC now supports a 9-1-1 overall record and a 3-0-1 MBL record.
Later in the period the Cowboy defensive fullbacks began to dominate play. SC’s goalie Jay Yambrovich played brilliantly racking up four saves and foiling a Cowboy rush with a leaping catch between three opposing halfbacks. To open the second half, the Red Bird defense led by Ed Marez, Andrew Creely and Gustavo Sanchez became a little over zealous and drew a hands penalty that Salinas turned into a goal to go ahead 1-0.
No sooner had the Cards fallen behind, then they made a clean break down the right sideline. From the corner, Matt Bowe lofted a perfectly placed pass to Jesus Hernandez, who headed the ball past the diving goalie, to tie the score.
With time ticking away Salinas began mailing the ball up field with short quick passes. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the ball wound up in care of Manuel Ruiz, who sent it back up the field post haste. Finally with three minutes showing on the clock, Manuel drove the ball home through a befuddled Salinas defense and the Cards had their comeback victory.

The Cards outscored their practice opponents 31 to 11, their league opponents out scored them 30 to 31, but for the whole season they scored the most goals 61 to 42.

Individual scoring by practice games, league and total for season:
PR LEA TOTAL
Manuel Ruiz 5 13 18
Jesus Hernandez 7 5 12
Jack Cabrera 8 0 8
Leo Cortes 3 5 8
Pablo Chagolla 4 3 7
Matt Bowe 2 4 6
Ed Marez 1 0 1
Jim Cabrera 1 0 1
Totals 31 30 61

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Manuel Ruiz and Jack Cabrera three each with Ruiz doing it twice in league.
Pre-season total scoring — Jack Cabrera 8
League season total scoring — Manuel Ruiz 13
Overall season scoring — Manuel Ruiz 18

Team stats:
Highest game score — Harbor 8-1
Shut outs — 3
Consecutive wins — 4
Consecutive losses — 2

Team Honors
Most Outstanding player — Manuel Ruiz
Best Defensive — Ed Marez
Best Offensive — Jesus Hernandez
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award — David Jessen

Other players were Jim Cabrera, Andrew Creeley, Ramior Hernandez, Frank Olimpio, Aaron Zajac and goalie Jay Yambrovich.

Soccer cheerleaders were Ticha Alvarez, Julee Castanza, Sharon Hamm, Tina Olimpio and Molly Castillio.

ALL MBL selections were Manuel Ruiz, Jesus Hernandez and Ed Marez
Honorable mention were Leo Cortes and Matt Bowe

JV SOCCER Practice games: Hollister 0-3,1-1; Harbor 4-0, win; Soquel 2-3, Gonzales loss. Practice record 2-3-1. League: Aptos 0-2, 4-1; Harbor 2-2, 1-0; SLV 3-1, Rain; Salinas 3-1, 0-5; Watsonville 0-5, 1-5; Alisal 0-2, 1-0; North Salinas 1-2, 1-1. League record 5-6-2 for fifth place. Seasons record was 7-9-3.

There were 19 players and most of them were freshmen, who improved during the year.
The top players were Mike Lopez and Filo Perez. Other team members were Richard Ellis, Joey Lopez, Homberto Guiterrez, Jose Limas, Doug Snyder, Tom Lowdermilk, Apolonio Ramirez, Cliff Lupton, Gary George, Steve Wohl, Dave Richardson, Nick Curran, Jon Beiers, Dennis Modena, Scott Foster, Mike Sullivan, Fidel Ruiz and Tim Firestone.

Hollister beat the JV’s 0-3 in their first game. In their second game with Hollister it took a last second goal to escape with a 1-1 tie.

Watsonville won 1-5 and North Salinas won 1-2. Filo Perez scored both goals. Mike Lopez’s goal beat Alisal 1-0.

The Cards were outscored by their practice opponents 4 to 15, they out scored league opponents 64 to 8 and for the whole season they outscored their opponents 68-23.

Highest game score — Harbor 4-0
Shut outs — 3
Consecutive wins — 2
Consecutive losses — 3

Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Filo Perez with three
Pre-season total scoring — 7
League season total scoring — 18
Overall season scoring — 24

Individual scoring by practice games and total for season:
PR LEA TOTAL
Filo Perez 3 9 13
Joey Perez 1 4 5
Mike Lopez 2 2 4
Polo Ramirez 0 1 1
Fidel Ruiz 0 1 1
Rose Limas 0 1 0
Total 6 18 24

Mike Lopez was named the Most Outstanding player and Richard Ellis was Cardinal Club Sportsmanship winner.

Other team members were John Beiers, Ruck Curran, Tim Firestone, Scott Foster, Gary George, Humberto Gutierrez a second year man, Cliff Lupton, Dennis Modena, Dave Richardson, Doug Snyder, Mike Sullivan and Steve Wahl. Coach Don Dempewolf.
WRESTLING 16-1 record proved to be the finest in SC history. 8-1 record in league was good for second place. First place was only one point away as the Cards lost to undefeated Alisal 24-25. The JV team had a fine season with a 12-5 record.

Seven fine senior grapplers provided the skill and leadership for the nucleus of the team. Thirteen freshmen combined with some formidable sophomores and juniors propelled the Cards to a 8-1 league record, for second place in the tough MBL standings.

Trident November 27. There are 13 lettermen returning. They are listed by name and weight classification. Bob Layton, 95; Tim Ronda, 103; Jose Saucedo, 120 and senior Luther Harris, who was undefeated in dual meets and a league champion; Ken Pollastrini, 133; Rosendo Alvarez, 138’ Gabe Reyes, 154; Pete Stelling, 165; Bob Baker, 175; Kevin Jordan, 191 and Bob Johnston, 235. There are 13 weight classifications and there will be about 92 people on the team. At each match there will be 39 people wrestling, 13 on each of the varsity, junior varsity and frosh-soph squads.

Yearbook. Other team members were Royce Nelson, Cecil O’Francis, John Pope, Kevin Armstrong, Peter Anecito, Bob Baer, Ricky Castro, Alan Castro, Alan Cloud, Mike Dumller, Andrew Foster, Joe Esparza, Steven Ghio, Clinten George, Brent Gallick, Mark Harlan, Kevin Jordon, Kevin Lewis, Roy Lopez, Anthony Lopez, Robert Johonston, David Lunsford and Ron Hill.

First place finishers at Invitational tournaments were Layton at the Harbor Holiday Tournament, Reyes at the Del Mar Classic and Harris at Gonzales.

At the MBL league tournament the following were second place finishers: Bob Layton, Luther Harris, Rosendo Alvarez, Richard Osgood, Gabe Reyes and Pete Stelling. Bob Baker placed third and Tony Copey place sixth.

Gabe Reyes was the top wrestler taking second at the MBL meet, first place at the CCS Region IV, second at the CCS finals that qualified him for the Northern California State tournament.
Others at the CCS region IV tournament were Bob Layton who took second. Luther Harris took third. Rosendo Alvarez, Rich Osgood and Pete Stelling took fifth places.

At the finals of CCS Reyes took second, which qualified him for the Northern California finals.

Varsity captains are Ken Pollastrini and Luther Harris. JV captains are Greg Lopez and Alan Cloud.

In a meet with Branham the varsity won 37-24 and the JV lost 23-30. Varsity winners were Roy Lopez and Bob Layton in the first two matches. Tim Ronda and Jose Saucedo both lost. Ken Pollistrin and Luther Harris won by pins. Rosendo Alvarez lost. Rich Osgood won by pin. Gabe Reyes won in a super decision. Pete Stelling, Bob Baker and Gary Quilici lost. Bob Johnston pinned his man in the unlimited match. Winners for the JV’s were Greg Ronning, Alan Spano, Bruce Rowe, John Munoz, Greg Lopez and Paul Gabriel. Bruce Rowe was the only man who pinned his opponent.

Cards beat Mountain View. Roy Lopez, Bob Layton and Tim Ronda all pinned their man for a total of 12 points. Jose Saucedo won by forfeit to make the score 16-0 at this point. Ken Pollastrini lost on decision. Luther Harris won by pin. Rosendo Alvarez lost by pin to make the score 20-8, but this was the end of the clipping.

Against Monterey Roy Lopez, Bob Layton and Tim Ronda started off with pins. Jose Saucedo won by forfeit. Ken Pollistrini lost by decision. Luther Harris won by pin and Rosendo Alvarez lost by pin. (end of the article)

Trident January 24. Matmen Going Strong. Matmen upped their overall record to 7-1. They ended the year with two fine showings. On December 14, SC placed first in a field of five schools, which included Homestead, James Boys Ranch, Soquel and Harbor, by scoring 143 points.
At the Harbor Holiday tournament, Bob Layton at 103 pounds placed first with three pins and superior decision (by beating your opponent by ten points of more). Tim Ronda at 105 placed fourth. SC ended with a total of 28 points.
At the Del Mar Classic with 15 other schools, SC scored well. Gabriel Reyes at 156, placed first with three decisions and no losses. Luther Harris at 129, placed fifth with three decisions won and one lost. Bob Johnston in the unlimited class, came in sixth with two pins and losses by pin and a decision.
In the next league match with North Salinas the Cards won. No score.

Trident of January 24. Jock of the month of December went to sophomore Bob Layton, who as the lead off wrestler in each meet, has helped the wrestling team off to its best start in quite some time. Competing at 105 pounds Layton has compiled a 12 win 3 loss record so far. His record is highlighted by seven pins and two superior decisions. His top performance so far was winning his weight division and the team won the five team crown at the Harbor Holiday Invitational. Bob won with three pins and a superior decision to totally outclass the competition. In helping the team to a present 7-1 record, he is the team high point man, which if he holds that lead he will be named the team MVP.

Gabe Reyes was named Jock of the month of March for being one of the top wrestlers in Northern California. Gabe took second place in at CCS and wrestled at the Nor Cal meet.

Roy Lopez took Rookie of the year honors.

The JV record of 12-5 was the finest of any JV squad. Five freshmen won varsity letters.

GIRLS GYMNASITCS In its first MBL season began late and with poor equipment. The all novice team of Carol Dilloughery, ?Wendi Strong, Claire Dolon, Kathy Dolar, Lisa Little, Feliciana Cota-Robles, Star Gabrielle, Barbara Wolf, Sara Nordmark, Kim Knox and Emmilou McCrary plan to return to the team next year. All around gymnasts (girls who are able to compete well on the bars, beam, floor exercises and the vault) included Kathy Dolar, Barbara Strong, Sara Nordmark, Kim Knox and Emmilou McCrary.

Emmilou McCrary won the Sportsmanship award.

BASEBALL Champions of the MBL NORTH DIVISION. Best overall record in whole league.
Practice games: PAL tournament Harbor 4-5, Live Oak 2-6 and Hill 11-3. Prospect 2-1, Carmel 13-14, Hollister 6-2. Salinas Lions Tournament: Palma 2-3, Watsonville 3-2 and North Salinas 13-3 for third place. Pacific Grove 9-1, Serra 1-2. Practice game record 6-5.
League: Single round with MBL SOUTH; Monterey 8-5, Seaside 5-4, Salinas 3-4, Alisal 0-4 and North Salinas 5-2. Record 3-2.
Double round with NORTH: Aptos 2-1, 4-6; Watsonville 4-3, 2-1 ten innings; Harbor 8-3, 5-2; Soquel 2-1, 2-3 eight innings. SLV 8-7, 7-5 eight innings. Record against the North 8-2. Complete MBL record 11-4.
MBL North Division standings: SC 11-4, Soquel 9-6, Aptos, Harbor, Watsonville, SLV. Southern Division Alisal, Salinas, North Salinas, Monterey and Seaside.
SC North Division champions. MBL playoffs: Salinas 4-0, Soquel for the championship of MBL loss 4-5. After the playoffs, league record 12-5. Season record 18-10. Eight games were won by one run and seven were lost by one run.

Team members. Seniors: Alan Amos, Keith Blew, Steve Bruce, Doug Ellis, Don Enrico, John Lunsford, Randy Pate, Luke Violante and Mike West. Juniors: Dave Munoz, Kevin Rains and Greg Wehr. Sophomore: Albert Kinsinger.

In the first practice game against Prospect, the Cards came from behind 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 2-1. Keith Blew and Doug Ellis led off the inning with walks and moved up on a bunt single by Rains. An infield out by Randy Pate plated Blew and another fielders choice by Alan Amos scored the winning run. Doug Ellis started and went five innings giving up no hits, no earned runs, walked two and struck out five. Greg Wehr pitched the last two innings giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked one, struck out four and received the win. Cards had one error. Lineup: Munoz LF, 3-0; Blew C, 2-0; Ellis P/CF, 3-0; Pate SS, 3-1; Amos 1B, 3-0; Lunsford RF, 3-0; Violante 2B, 2-0; Enrico CF, 1-0 and Wehr P, 0-0.

In the first game of the San Jose PAL tournament lost to Harbor 4-5

Live Oak ‘9’ Topples Cards. In the second PAL game the Cards lost to Live Oak 2-6. A six hit, six run third inning broke open a close game. The Cards scored their two runs in the second inning, when John Lunsford got on board on an error and was doubled home by Luke Violante. A second error sent Violante home. The Cards were limited to four hits. Kevin Rains started and went three innings giving up nine hits, five earned runs, walked none and struck out two. Greg Wehr went four innings giving up two hits and struck out one. Lineup: Munoz LF/C 1-0; Blew C, 2-0; West LF, 2-0; Doug Ellis CF, 1-0; Rains P, 3-1; Pate SS, 3-0; Lunsford RF, 2-0; Violante 3B/CF. 3-1; Kensinger 2B, 1-0, Dave Ellis 1B, 3-1; Wehr P, 0-0 and Enrico CF, 1-0.

Santa Cruz Nabs PAL Consolation Title 11-3 over Andrew Hill in a game played at the Upper Diamond due to bad field conditions else ware to give them a 1-2 tournament record. The Cards scored once in the first inning, four in the fourth and six in the fifth. Rains started on the mound and went five innings giving up one hit, no earned runs, walked none and struck out three for the win. Al Kensinger pitched the last two innings giving up one hit, one earned run and walked none. RBI’s were Enrico three, Munoz and Violante two apiece and Rains one. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 2-1; Violante 3B, 3-1; Pate SS, 3-2; Rains P/3B, 4-2; Blew C, 2-0; Lunsford RF, 2-1; Kensinger 2B/P, 4-0; David Ellis 1B, 4-0; Enrico CF, 2-1 and West RF, 1-0.

Cards Drops 14-13 Marathon to Carmel. The Cards held a 13-7 lead going into the last of the seventh, when Carmel tied the game scoring six runs in the bottom half of the inning. Carmel won in the eighth inning. A statistical look at this mind boggling game reveals that there were 27 runs, “only” 18 of them earned, 19 strikeouts, five doubles, one home run, 19 singles, 11 errors and 77 official at bats. Doug Ellis started and went two innings giving up two hits, three earned runs, four walks and two strikeouts. Greg Wehr went six innings giving up 11 hits, seven earned runs, five walks and seven strikeouts. Cards had four errors. Rains and Amos had two RBI’s and Kensinger and Enrico had one apiece. Lineup: Munoz LF,, 4-0; Blew C, 6-1; Doug Ellis P/CF, 3-2; Rains 3B, 4-2; Pate SS, 4-3; Amos 1b, 3-2; Violante RF, 4-0; Wehr P, 2-0; Kensinger 2B, 5-1; Lunsford 2B, 0-0; Enrico CF, 3-1

Cardinals Stop Hollister 6-2. Cards take Hollister, a team they have been meeting regularly in the CCS playoffs, there 6-2. Junior Greg Wehr pitched a complete game giving up eight hits, four walks, two earned runs and struck out two for a well deserved win. The last four innings he dispatched the hitters in order 1-2-3. The Cards went ahead 3-2 in the third inning, then scored one in the fourth and two in the sixth. Rains had a home run, a double and drove in four runs, while going 3 for 4. Wehr also had an RBI. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Dave Munoz LF, 2-0; Keith Blew C, 3-0; Pate SS, 3-2; Kevin Rains 3B, 4-3; Alan Amos 1B, 3-1; Al Kensinger 2B, 3-0; Don Enrico CF, 3-0; Wehr P, 3-0 and Lunsford LF, 0-0 one run on two walks.

In the first game of the Salinas Lions Tournament the Cards lost to Palma 2-3. Rains pitched a complete game giving up five hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out four. Pate and Violante had RBI’s. Munoz and Pate had two stolen bases, Blew and Kensinger each had one. Lineup: Dave Munoz LF, 3-0; Keith Blew C, 3-0; Pate SS, 2-0;; Kevin Rains P, 4-1; Doug Ellis CF, 2-0; Alan Amos 1B, 1-1, two walks; Lunsford LF, 1-0, two sacrifices; Violante 3B, 2-0 and Al Kensinger 2B, 3-0.

Cards beat Watsonville 3-2 in the second game of the tournament. Doug Ellis pitched a complete game giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out four. In the first inning three Cards in a row walked. After two outs John Lunsford walked to force home Luke Violante. With two outs in the third inning, Lunsford drove in another run with a single. Rains homered in the sixth, but the Cats came back and scored two in the bottom half. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 3-0; Violante 2B, 3-0; Ellis P, 2-0; Rains P, 2-2; Amos 1B, 2-0; Lunsford LF, 2-1; Kensinger SS, 3-1; Rodriguez CF, 3-0 and West RF, 3-0.

In the third tournament game, the Cards beat North Salinas 13-3 for third place. The Cards had ten at bats in the second inning and scored seven runs. North Salinas scored one in the first and two in the second, but after that Greg Wehr who pitiched a complete game, shut them down the last five innings. For four innings he set them down 1-2-3. He gave up nine hits, three earned runs, walked one and struck out four. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Munoz C, 5-2; Violante 2B, 2-1, walking three times, scoring three runs; Ellis CF, 4-1; Rains 3B, 4-2; Amos 1B, 5-4; Lunsford LF, 3-0, walked twice; Kensinger SS, 3-1; Wehr P, 3-0; West RF, 2-0 and Lebarrre RF, 0-0.

Cards win first league game 8-5 over Monterey, by scoring seven runs in the first inning. Doug Ellis went all seven innings in a well pitched game giving up only four hits, two earned runs, walked six and struck out four. Blew and Pate each had two doubles. RBI’s one each for Munoz, Blew, Rains, Amos, Pate, Wehr and Enrico. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Dave Munoz LF, 3-1; Keith Blew C, 3-3; Doug Ellis P, 3-0; Kevin Rains 3B, 4-1; Randy Pate SS, 2-2, walked twice; Alan Amos 1B, 2-0; Greg Wehr 1B, 0-0; John Lunsford RF, 4-0; Al Kensinger 2B, 3-0 and Enrico CF, 2-1

Cards Alone In First Place. Cards start out strong scoring three runs in the first inning to eke out a 5-4 win over Seaside. Pinch hitter Bob Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to drive in Alan Amos with the winning run. The three runs in the first inning started with lead off hitter Dave Munoz singling and stealing second for the first of three thefts for the afternoon. Blew bunted down the third base line and was safe. Pate, Rains and Ellis walked to force in two runs. Ellis scored on a throwing error.
All four of Seaside’s runs came with two outs. Doug Ellis started and went four innings giving up six hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out one. Ellis did not have a pitch out of the strike zone in the first inning and threw only 44 pitches in his four innings. Greg Wehr went the last three innings giving up two hits, two earned runs, walked four and struck out two. Wehr got the win, when the Cards scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Enrico in the seventh inning. Ellis had a double.
RBI’s one each for Blew, Rains, Ellis, Enrico and Kensinger. Munoz stole three bases. Cards had one error. Lineup: Dave Munoz LF, 2-1; Keith Blew C, 3-2; Randy Pate SS, 3-0; Kevin Rains 3B, 2-0, sacrifice, walk; Doug Ellis P/CF, 3-1; Alan Amos 3B, 3-0; Lunsford LF, 3-1; Kensinger SS, 4-1 and Enrico CF, 2-0 and Wehr P, 0-0, sacrifice.

Salinas Pins Key Loss On SC 4-3. A seventh inning rally by SC fell short in a make up game at Harvey West. Trailing by three runs, Luke Violante walked and went to second on error on Bob Rodriquez’s misplayed ground ball. Al Kensinger was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dave Munoz hit a sacrifice fly to score Violante. The Cards leading hitter catcher Keith Blew continued his red hot pace with his second base hit of the game to load the bases again. Kevin Rains doubled in Rodriguez.
A base running error stopped the Cards from tying the game. Rains threw a complete game giving up eight hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out four. Cards had only one error as did Salinas. Lineup: Munoz RF, 4-0; Blew C, 3-2; Pate SS, 4-1; Rains P, 4-2; Ellis CF, 3-0; Amos 1B, 3-1; Violante 3B, 2-1; Lunsford LF, 1-0; Rodriguez LF, 2-0 and Kensinger 2B, 2-1.

Cards Fall To Alisal 4-0 In Wet One. Two league games were cancelled, but SC and Alisal got their game in though the contest was halted three times, the longest for 25 minutes. When SC charged onto the field there was a hit of rain in the offing and the drops held off just long enough to complete one inning when it came down the size of silver dollars. It was hard on the pitchers, who had to come back after the stoppages. By the third stoppage the infield around first and third were muddy. It hurt Doug Ellis as he gave up five hits, four earned runs, walked three and struck out one in three innings. Greg Wehr pitched the rest of the game and performed near flawlessly, considering the conditions, He allowed no hits or runs, walked one and struck out six. All this coming with a water logged baseball. SC left runners on second twice, but couldn’t drive them around. In less than a week the Cards dropped from first to third. Al Kensinger punched out two of the Cards four hits. Both teams had only one error, good for the conditions. Lineup: Munoz RF, 4-0; Pate S, 4-0; Blew C, 2-0; Rains 3B, 3-1; Ellis P/CF, 3-1; Amos 1b, 3-0; Kensinger 2B, 3-2; Rodriguez LF, 3-0; Enrico CF, 0-0; Wehr P, 0-0 and Violante PH, 1-0.

Cards Topple Pacific Grove 9-1. In a practice game after the Southern part of the MBL schedule was completed. Kevin Rains hurled a five hitter. Dave Munoz cracked a pair of doubles. Luke Violante and Don Enrico each had two hits. The Cards broke the game wide open in the top half of the fifth inning, scoring six runs to jump from a 2-1 lead to a 8-1 lead. Rains surrendered only one hit over the final three innings. Munoz and Al Kensinger each had two runs batted in. Rains pitched a complete game win giving up five hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out four. Lineup: Munoz RF, 4-2; Blew C, 4-0; Pate SS, 5-1; Rains P, 4-0; Ellis CF, 2-0; Amos 1B, 3-1; Violante 3B, 3-2; Rodriguez 3B, 0-0; Kenisnger 2B, 3-1; Enrico RF, 2-2 and Wehr RF, 0-0.

Two Hits, But Cards Win. To open the North Division race, the Cards beat Aptos 2-1 on only two hits and Doug Ellis’ strong pitching giving up no earned runs. (The Aptos pitcher eventually pitched professionally all the way to AAA ball) In the fifth inning Al Kensinger was hit by a pitch, went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a ground out. Don Enrico put down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Al. The sixth inning started with Alan Amos being hit by a pitch, he went to second on a ground ball and scored on Doug Ellis’ single to center for the winning run. Cards had one error. Lineup: Munoz LF, 1-0, walk. sacrifice; Blew C, 3-0; Amos 3B, 2-0; Kevin Rains 3B, 3-0; Ellis P/CF, 2-1; Pate SS, 3-0; Kensinger SS, 2-0; Rodriguez LF, 1-0; Violante LF, 1-0 and Enrico CF, 2-1.

Cards Rally In Seventh For 4-3 Win Over Cats. Wehr Is Sharp In Relief Role. Greg Wehr’s shut out relief pitching and a seventh inning run netted SC a win pushing them into first place in the MBL North Division with a 4-2 record.. Wehr, who relieved starter Kevin Rains after five innings, allowed just one base runner on a walk, during his two inning mound stint. The Cards winning seventh inning run came when Luke Violante singled to left field with two outs to drive in Doug Ellis, who had opened the inning with a double.
In the first inning, the Cards lead off hitter Dave Munoz, nubbed a ball at the plate that was mishandled. He stole second and on a bad throw went to third. Blew walked and stole second. Munoz scored on Rains ground out. In the third inning Munoz again led off the inning, singled and stole second. With two outs, Rains doubled down the left field line to score Munoz. Randy Pate doubled down the right field line to score Rains making the score SC 3-0. Watsonville tied the score by scoring two in the fourth on two infield errors and one in the fifth inning. SC had nine hits, including two for Violante, Munoz and Dave Ellis. Munoz, Doug Ellis, Rains and Pate all had doubles. Rains with two and Pate and Violante with one RBI apiece. Rains went five innings giving up five hits, one earned run, two walks and five strikeouts. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz RF, 4-2; Blew C, 3-0; Doug Ellis CF, 4-1; Pate SS, 3-1; Violante 3B/2B, 4-2; Dave Ellis 4-2; Rodriguez 2B, 1-0; Enrico LF, 3-0 and Wehr P, 0-0.

Cards Win, Take One Game Lead. SC did all its damage in the first three innings rolling to a 5-2 win over North Salinas. After this make up game win, the Cards are now 5-2, which now gives them a one game lead over Aptos, Harbor and Soquel each with 4-3 records. Doug Ellis went the complete game allowing six hits, no earned runs, two walks and five strikeouts. North Salinas nearly kept pace with SC by scoring single runs in the first and second innings all on errors. Pitcher Doug Ellis was also the lead off batter in the first inning, walked, stole second, went to third on his brother Dave’s ground out and scored on an error.
In the second inning, senior catcher Keith Blew hit a long home run to right field. Al Kensinger singled and stole second. Don Enrico got his first of three hits as Kensinger stopped at third and scored on a fielders choice. In the third frame, Randy Pate led off with a single and advanced to third on Rains single, who then stole second. Second sacker Kensinger, who has been the Cards hottest hitter of late, drove them both in with a triple. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Doug Ellis P, 3-1; Dave Ellis RF, 4-1; Pate SS, 4-1; Rains 3B, 4-1; Amos 1B, 4-1; Blew C, 3-1; Kensinger 2B, 4-2; Munoz LF, 2-0 and Enrico CF, 3-3.

From the Trident. Senior catcher and captain Keith Blew was selected Jock for the Month of April as the baseball team owes much of its early success to his leadership and hard work. Keith and Kevin Rains provide much of the offensive punch for the Red Birds.

Cardinals Drop Non-League game to Serra 1-2. With the Cards leading 1-0 going into the seventh, a combination of two walks and two infield errors allowed two runs to score. Greg Wehr started and pitched four innings giving up no hits or runs, walked four and struck out two. Kevin Rains went two innings giving up one hit, no earned runs and walked two. Rains had a double and a RBI. Al Kensinger pitched the last inning giving up no hits or earned runs and walked two for the loss. Lineup: Kensinger 2b/P 2-0; Enrico LF 1-0; Blew C, 2-0; Doug Ellis CF, 3-0; Pate SS, 3-0; Amos 1B, 2-0; Dave Ellis 1B, 1-0; Violante LF, 3-0; Rodriguez 3B, 2-1; Rains P/3B, 2-2; West RF, 3-0; Wehr P, 0-0 and Munoz C, 0-0.

Cards Hold Off Bucs, Stay One Game On top with a 8-5 win Over Harbor. After two and a half innings, the Cards held a 5-0 lead, but Harbor, as it did all day, scraped back and closed it to 5-4, before giving away three late Card runs, which assured the win. In the first inning and on the first pitch of the day, Dave Munoz was hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to second by Al Kensinger’s bunt that was miss played. Munoz scored on Doug Ellis’ single. Kensinger was driven in by Randy Pate. In the third inning Munoz led of with a walk, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored as a pitch that hit the plate and bounced away. Kevin Rains hit a home run over the left field fence. Pate drew life on an error and stole second. Keith Blew ripped a triple to right center to score Pate. Harbor battled back in the same inning scoring three themselves. In the fifth, Kensinger tripled and scored on Rain’s single. Singles by Alan Amos and Dave Ellis and a walk to Munoz loaded the bases n the sixth. Kensinger singled in Amos and Doug Ellis’ sacrifice fly scored the Cards final run.
Rains went four innings giving up five hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out two for the win. RBI’s Doug Ellis and Rains two each, Kensinger, Pate and Blew one each. Rains pitched the first four innings giving up five hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out two. Greg Wehr threw three innings giving up two hits, no earned runs or walks and had two strikeouts. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 0-0, two walks; Kensinger 2B, 3-2; Doug Ellis CF, 3-1; Rains P/3B; 4-2; Pate SS, 4-0; Blew C, 4-1; Amos 1B, 4-1; Dave Ellis RF, 3-2; Enrico PH, 1-0; Violante 3B, 2-0 and Wehr P, 1-0.

Cards Nip Soquel, Open Two Game Lead. While a cold wind blew, Card hurler Doug Ellis chilled the Knights on a three hitter, while his catcher, Keith Blew, supplied a two run RBI double in the fourth inning. The Cards, a dark horse pick for the title, gained control of the MBL Northern Division a little more than half way through the season when they downed Soquel 2-1 to make their MBL record 7-2, which gives them a two game lead over second place Aptos at 5-4.
The two runs were scored when Ellis started off the fourth inning by lining a double down the left field line. Kevin Rains hit an infield single moving Ellis to second. Ellis stole third and Rain stole second. With two outs, Keith Blew crunched a double scoring them both. Both pitchers had fine games, each giving up only three hits and pitching out of trouble at least twice. Ellis gave up no earned runs, walked two and struck out three.
SC got some fine defensive work by first baseman Alan Amos. In the second, a good stretch nipped the runner. In the fifth a throw pulled Amos off the base, but he made a fine tag on the runner down the line. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 4-0; Kensinger 2B, 3-0; Doug Ellis P, 2-1; Rains 3B, 2-1; Pate SS, 2-0; Blew C, 2-1; Amos 1B, 3-0; Dave Ellis RF, 3-0 and Enrico CF, 3-0.

Aptos Stuns Cards, Moves Closer To Top Spot with a 6-4 win at home. The young Mariners moved within one half game of the Cards, a position which appeared most unlikely prior to the season. Aptos had two home runs at their smaller park. Kevin Rains started and went four innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked none and struck out three. Greg Wehr finished up giving up four hits, two earned runs and walked two for the loss. Early in the game, Card first sacker Alan Amos was hit in the head by a high fast ball that split his helmet knocking him unconscious for over five minutes. He was taken to Dominican Hospital, where he was treated and released. In the fourth inning, Rains doubled, went to third on a ground out and scored on a delayed double steal. In the fifth inning, Violante and Kensinger walked and Violante scored on Doug Ellis’ single.
In a come back attempt in the seventh, Kensinger led off with a walk, went to second on an infield error and scored on Rains hit. Rains scored on a miss played ball in the outfield. Eight Cards walked, but the Cards were not able to take full advantage. SC had early inning blahs, but got fine defensive play form shortstop Randy Pate, who recorded six putouts and five assists. Two of his plays involved the timing of his leaps to snare two liners. Rains had a double. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 3-0; Kensinger 2B, 2-0, two walks; Doug Ellis CF, 4-1; Kevin Rains P/3B, 3-2, steal, walk; Keith Blew C, 2-0, two walks; Randy Pate SS, 3-1; Alan Amos 1B, 1-1; Dave Ellis RF/1B, 4-1; Luke Violante 3B.1-0, walk; Don Enrico RF, 0-0; Greg Wehr P, 0-0, walk; Rodriguez PR and John Lunsford PH, 1-0.

Division Leading Santa Cruz Faces Big Week. With a game and a half league lead the Cards will have to shake off mental mistakes they made against a last place Watsonville squad. There will be no room for error next week when they play SLV twice and Harbor. The Cards can ill afford to go to sleep like they Friday and expect to stay on top. Numerous base running mistakes were made by the Cards. Way too many for this time of the season. Cards beat Watsonville 2-1 in ten innings in another pitching dual.
Card ace Doug Ellis went all the way giving up six hits, one unearned run, walked two and struck out six, which would be good for a seven inning game. There were no runs scored through the first seven innings.
Watsonville scored first in the eighth inning, when SC literally “gave” the game away on a throwing error. The Cards came right back and with two outs, Dave Munoz walked, stole second and was driven in by Al Kensingers single to center. The last score came on a walk to Randy Pate, who was sacrifice to second by Don Enrico, went to third on a ground out and scored on Kensingers second RBI single for the long delayed end of the game.
With the exception of the eighth, Watsonville never mounted any sort of scoring threat although a running, falling down circus catch by Don Enrico quickly drenched the Cats hopes in the top of the tenth. Doug Ellis stole two bases, Munoz and Blew one apiece. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 3-0, walk; Kensinger 2B, 3-2, two walks; Doug Ellis P, 3-1, walk; Rains 3B, 4-2; Blew C, 2-0, two walks; Amos 1B, 4-0; Dave Ellis RF, 3-1, hit by pitch; Pate SS, 3-1, walk; Enrico CF, 2-0, sacrifice, Violante PH, 0-0, walk and Lunford PH 1-0.

Cardinals Hold Off Stubborn Cougars 8-7. In the first game of back to back games with SLV, SC held a six run lead 8-2 going into the sixth inning when the Cougars came on to score five runs to make the final score 8-7. Top hitters for the Cards were Doug Ellis with two hits, two runs and two RBI’s. Kevin Rains with 3 hits, one run and two RBI’s. Randy Pate went 2 for 2 at the plate, scored two runs, stole two bases and walked once.. Luke Violante had a hit and played well at 3B. Rains started and pitched five and two-third innings giving up eight hits, but five of the hits came when he tired in the sixth inning. He gave up six earned runs, walked three and struck out six. He was relieved by Greg Wehr with two outs. Wehr struck out the next batter. In the seventh he gave up two hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out one for a save. Rains received the win. Doug Ellis and Pate each had two stolen bases. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 3-0; Kensinger 2B, 4-1; Doug Ellis P, 2-2; Kevin Rains 3B, 4-3; Keith Blew C, 4-1; Dave Ellis RF, 3-0; Alan Amos 1B, 2-0; Randy Pate SS, 2-2; Luke Violante 3B, 2-1 and Lunsford PH, 0-0, walk.

Santa Cruz Cards Wrap It Up with the 7-5 win over SLV. In back to back games with SLV, to make up a rain out, both games were hotly contested. On the second consecutive day the Cards won and when Soquel and Aptos lost, the Cards won the championship out right. It took the Cards an extra inning to beat SLV 7-5, in the make up game. The scrappy Cougars scored two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game up.
The Cards came back in the eighth starting with a walk to Munoz, a sacrifice by Kensinger followed by a Doug Ellis single to drive in Munoz. Ellis stole second and scored on Rains single to put the Cards up by two. Rains is hitting .435. 20-46 for second place in the North. Ellis replaced Wehr, who had pitched well, for the last out in the sixth inning. After the Cards went ahead by two in the eight inning, Doug made quick work of the tough Cougars in the bottom of the inning for a hard fought win.
Wehr went five and two-thirds innings giving up six hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out seven. Doug Ellis pitched two and one-thirds innings giving up one hit, two earned runs, walked two and struck out two for the win. SLV scored in the first inning and SC tied it in the top of the second, when Amos stole home. They scored two more in the third on Pate’s two run shot to leftfield.
SC coach had nothing but praise for his 1975 edition of Cardinals, which brought a baseball championship back to SC after a two year absence. “What can I say. The players have come through in the clutch, they worked and played hard and deserved to win. We’ve had to come from behind and the team has hung in there and done the job.” Interestingly enough, the 10-3 Cards haven’t had an easy win all season as six of their victories were by one run, one by two runs and the remaining trio by three tallies.
Top hitters again were Doug Ellis with two hits, two steals and an RBI. Kevin Rains had three hits, walked and two RBI’s and Randy Pate had two RBI’s. The Cards ran the bases hard. Those with stolen bases were Amos three, Doug Ellis two, Kensinger and Dave Ellis one each. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 3-0, sacrifice, walk; Kensinger 2B, 3-1, sacrifice, walk; Doug Ellis CF/P, 2-2, three walks; Rains 3B, 5-3; Blew C, 2-0, hit by a pitch twice, walked; Randy Pate SS, 4-1; Amos 1B, 3-1; Dave Ellis RF, 2-0; Wehr P, 2-0; Violante PH, 1-0; Rodriguez PR, 0-0; Lunsford PH, 0-0, walk and Enrico RF, 0-0.

Santa Cruz Stings Bucs 5-2. The Cards played like the champions they are as senior ace pitcher Doug Ellis survived a nine hit attack and nabbed his seventh victory against one loss. Ellis’ success can largely can be attributed to his fine control. He pitched another complete game giving up two earned runs, walked one and struck out three. He was able to keep the Bucs away from the plate in all but the fourth and fifth innings. SC never trailed, taking a 2-0 lead in the third inning, by scoring two unearned runs. Al Kensinger led off with a walk, then Keith Blew dropped a bunt to the pitchers left, who then threw wildly to first and Kensinger steamed into third and Blew to second. Kevin Rains belted a double to the base of the left center fence to drive in both runs. Harbor came back in the top of the fourth to score one.
SC grouped three fifth inning hits for another run as Rains ripped his second double to start the inning. He went to third on a ground out and scored on Allan Amos’ single. In the sixth Blew singled and went to third on a throwing error on Ellis’ ground ball. Pate drove them both in. Rains had two doubles, walked and drove in two runs. Pate and Amos drove in runs. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Kensinger 2B, 3-0, walk; Blew C, 2-1, walked, sacrificed; Doug Ellis P, 4-1; Rains 3B, 3-2; Pate SS, 4-1; Amos 1B, 2-2, walk; Violante RF, 3-1; Lundsford LF, 3-0; Enrico CF, 2-1, walk; Rodriguez PR, 0-0 and Munoz LF, 0-0.

Knights Nip SC 3-2, Gain Playoffs. The Knights and Cads battled in a style very similar to numerous past meetings of the baseball rivals. Soquel won a playoff spot with the win. In the last regular season game the Cards lost to Soquel 2-3, in eight innings. The Knights scored two runs in the first inning, but the Cards came back to tie the score in the seventh when Amos led off with a single and went to second on a pass ball and was driven to third on a single by Munoz, who then stole second. Dave Ellis drove in Amos on a ground ball to second. Kensinger then drove in Munoz to tie the score.
In the eighth, Soquel led off with a walk was sacrificed to second and scored on a single. The Cards went down 1-2-3 in the last of the eighth inning. Wehr after the original jitters of walking and hitting a batter in the first inning pitched well enough to win and probably should not have been replaced at the end of the seventh, since he got the batters out 1-2-3 in that inning. Wehr gave up five hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out two. Rains pitched the last inning giving up a walk, a hit and one earned run. The Cards had two double plays and no errors. Lineup: Kensinger 2B, 4-1; Pate SS, 4-0; Doug Ellis CF, 3-0, walk; Rains 3B/P, 4-1; Blew C, 3-2; Amos 1B, 3-1; Violante RF/3B, 3-0; Munoz LF, 2-1, walk, Wehr P, 0-0, walk; Lunsford PH, 1-0 and Dave Ellis RF, 1-0.

The baseball playoff involve just the top two teams of each the North and South Divisions. In the South Division Salinas and Alisal tied for the title. In the North SC won the title with Soquel second.

Cards Blank Salinas. In the first round of the MBL play offs, the two hit pitching of Doug Ellis and the productive bat of Kevin Rains propelled SC past Salinas 4-0. Ellis relied on the same trait that made him league MVP, his accuracy, as he walked only one batter and hurled the Cards first shut out of the year. During league play he walked only 20 batters in 54 innings. He isn’t an overpowering pitcher, but he’s still been a pain in the gluteus maximums for the opposition. He struck out five, while putting down the Cowboys in 1-2-3 order for four innings. Two other innings he pitched to just one extra batter. He was in complete control with only one batter getting as far as third base. One player who had the audacity to break up his bid for a no-hitter, he picked off first.
Junior third baseman Rains, had a perfect day at the plate. He got on base all four times he came to the plate, drilling three hits and walked. The Cards scored single runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. In the first inning Munoz led off with a single and stole second and was driven in by Rains double. In the third Kensinger walked, went to third on Rains single and scored on Blew’s single. In the fourth Munoz walked, stole second again and scored on Kensingers hit. In the fifth Doug Ellis doubled and scored on Violante’ single up the middle. The Cards had three errors. Lineup: Munoz LF, 4-2, two steals, walk; Kensinger 2B, 2-1,two walks; Doug Ellis P, 3-1, walk; Rains 3B, 3-3, walk; Blew C, 3-1, walk; Amos 1B, 4-0; Pate SS, 3-1; Violante RF, 2-1; Enrico CF, 2-0 and Dave Ellis PH, 1-0.

The Cards won the Northern Division of the MBL by two games over Soquel with a record of 8-2 in North division play and a 11-4 total record in the MBL. The team gained their division title on the type of hard work which the Cards thrive on. Players who were not out for another sport conditioned themselves in the off season as well as working hard during the season.
Catcher and team captain Keith Blew was a leader who knew how to motivate his team mates to work even harder then they might even have planned on, running on the beach and up hills and at practice always working on their game and skills. It brought the team together as a unified group. Their competitiveness of never giving up was evident with the 15 one run games or just over fifty percent played by the team. The were able to win eight of these one run games, but they lost seven by one run.

Cards Vs Knights A Familiar Cast For Finals. The teams and stakes have been the same so many times. Before this division format engulfed the MBL three years ago, the leagues baseball title was most often decided by meetings of these two teams. The players change, but the coaches and prize are the same. For former Cardinal athlete and now Soquel’s baseball coach Ron Walters a win would be the first league title in his 13 years as Soquel’s coach. He will be retiring after the teams last game. SC won the MBL North Division after an unfamiliar two year absence.
A SC win would return the Cards to the position they’ve enjoyed the most often for the past 15 years, number 1 in the MBL. SC tied for second during the past two divisional seasons and each time, the Cards have lost a playoff bid after the league’s tie–breaker rules were applied. This year the Cards assured themselves a playoff spot by winning the Division out-right with a 11-4 record. Soquel was second at 9-6.

Soquel Wins MBL Baseball Flag. After 13 years of trying, the Knights captured the MBL championship and while doing it, they defeated the school which has for so many times deprived them of a pennant. With two outs and no one on base, Soquel broke a 5-5 tie in the sixth inning with three straight hits to nip SC, 6-5 at wind swept Watsonville.
SC had rallied from deficits all day, so the game was far from over at this point and they still had two at bats. SC went down in order in the sixth, but nearly tied it in the last chance seventh. With two outs Ellis singled, stole second and on the over throw went to third. Rains the league batting champ lined out to center.
Like all games, this one was jam-packed with important plays, but the most memorable came in the fifth inning, when SC scored three times to tie the score after Soquel had score three to take a 5-2 lead. With Al Kensinger on first base and three runs in to tie the score, Rains blasted a liner to the deepest part of left center. The ball hit a few feet from the fence, which is 395 feet from home plate, and the ball bounced over the fence for a ground rule double. Kensinger was held at third, but would have scored easily if the ball had stayed in the park. But it didn’t.
Soquel Coach Ron Walters felt this was the key point of the game. “As I look back, that was a break of us. Rains is a fine hitter. He’s aggressive with the bat, but he has a controlled swing.“ The next hitter, Keith Blew, one of the top hitters was intentionally walked to fill the bases. The next batter made an out.
The Knights broke a 2-2 tie with a three run rally in the top of the fifth, which featured four hits and two costly Card errors. In the Cards three run sixth, Pate started it off with a line shot to left, pinch hitter John Lunsford walked and Dave Rodriguez ran for him. Dave Munoz singled home Pate. Kensinger singled to right scoring Rodriguez and Munoz went to third and scored on Ellis’ sacrifice fly. Then came Rain’s ground rule double.
SC took a one run lead in the bottom of the first, when Rain’s turned a curve into an RBI double to score Kensinger, who had beaten out an infield hit and stole second. Soquel came back with a brief 2-1 lead in the third. Centerfielder Don Enrico made a nice running catch on a well hit ball, to cut the damage. Doug Ellis led off the fourth with a single and after stealing second, went to third on fly out to right by Blew. Ellis scored on a wild pitch.
(Ellis, working on only two days rest, put the ball exactly were he wanted to and the Soquel batters were not able to take their normal swings. It caused them to hit balls to spots they did not normally hit too. The coaching error of over playing the defense, led to hits that should not have been. Ellis had complete control of his pitches walking only one batter and had terrific movement on his pitches. Loss to the coach.) Greg Wehr pitched the last two innings giving up three hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out three.
(Soquel had a fine team and proved it by becoming league champions.) Cards had three errors. The line up for the last game of the season was Munoz RF, 4-1, one RBI; Kensinger 2B, 4-2, one RBI; Doug Ellis P/CF, 3-2, one RBI; Rains 3B, 4-2, one RBI; Blew C, 2-0, walk; Violante LF, 3-0. Amos 1B, 3-0; Pate SS, 3-1; Enrico CF, 1-0; Lunsford PH, 1-0, walk; Rodriguez PR, 0-0 and Wehr P, 1-0.

Sentinel May 21, 1975. Dodge Lauds Cards. He couldn’t possible have been more proud of his players, who took the defeat hard and many of whom were stunned. To say they were downcast would be an understatement. Their season, during which they had worked so long and hard, suddenly had disappeared down the drain. The Cardinals had come into the playoffs as proud champions of the MBL Northern Division. They left the playoffs empty handed, losing to a team from within their own division.
Dodge has felt all season, long before Tuesdays game, that there should be some reward for winning the division title. It’s his firm convection that there is no real incentive for being a division champion the way the present system is set up. And he has felt this way for a long time. It wasn’t an emotional reaction to defeat. The reaction of Dodge and others is that a second place team from one division should have to beat a first place team twice in order to advance, or else the league should have a one game playoff between the two first place teams. (When the new SCCAL league started and used a playoff system for basketball, the rule was the first place team had to be beaten twice, before the contender was considered a co-champion.)
“I don’t want to take anything away from Soquel. They beat us,” stressed Dodge. “I think our kids hung in there. They came back. I couldn’t have asked any more from them. I think they played a great game. They fought right down to the end,” Dodge stressed. “Maybe we wouldn’t beat Soquel a second time, but at least we’d like a chance. The kids feel pretty bad about the game. They put quite a bit of effort into it and I feel very bad for them,” Dodge said.

Following the game, coach Bill Dodge had nothing but praise for the team. “The team this year worked as hard as any SC team. They played hard the whole season. They never gave up in any game. They hung right in there the whole season. We feel bad for the players as they were more than deserving.”

Players and their spots on the MBL North Baseball Statistics by the Sentinel; Kevin Rains number one, Doug Ellis 5, Blew 7, Kensinger 15, Amos 28, Pate 29 and Munoz 30.

Pitching stats for the MBL North: Ellis number 4, Rains 16 and Wehr 17.

By team vote Doug Ellis was named MVP and best overall
Keith Blew, team captain, best defensive player and Mr. Hustle
Greg Wehr, most improved
Kevin Rains, best hitter

Former players who helped coach were Tom Crichton and Kris Sorensen. Scorekeeper Charles Burks and manager Jeff Scargill.

LEAGUE STATS
In league play the top Birds were
Average; Rains .458, Ellis .340, Blew .326 and Kensinger .319
RBI men were Rains 12, Doug Ellis 9, Kensinger 8 and Blew 7.
Total bases were Rains 37, Blew 23 and Doug Ellis 21.
Most walks were Blew 15, Doug Ellis 14 and Munoz 12.
Batters who struck out the least were Rains 5, Doug Ellis 6, Pate and Amos 8 apiece.
The top base stealers were Doug Ellis 15, Munoz 14, Blew and Kensinger 7 apiece.
Home runs: Rains and Blew one each.

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
Rains 59 10 27 458 7 0 12 6 4
Doug Ellis 50 14 17 340 4 0 9 14 15
Blew 46 6 15 326 3 1 7 15 7
Kensinger 47 9 15 319 0 0 8 9 7
Enrico 23 0 6 261 0 0 2 4 0
Dave Ellis 28 1 7 250 0 0 1 1 2
Pate 58 7 12 207 3 0 5 4 3
Violante 28 3 5 179 0 0 3 4 0
Munoz 45 13 8 178 0 0 3 12 14
Amos 46 5 8 174 1 0 2 4 4
Lunsford 15 1 2 133 0 0 1 3 0
Rodriguez 9 3 0 000 0 0 1 1 2
Wehr 5 0 0 000 0 0 1 3 0
West 0 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 459 72 122 266 18 1 55 80 58

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
Doug Ellis 68 13 54 1.34 4 2 0 19 39 8 1
Wehr 31 9 26 2.03 8 0 2 12 27 2 1
Rains 26 11 31 2.96 9 1 1 8 20 2 3
TOTALS 125 33 111 1.84 21 3 3 39 86 12 5
Doug Ellis’ record would have been 9-0, but for some coaching errors

SEASON STATS
The top three Birds for different categories for the complete season
Average: Rains .453, Ellis .280 and Kinsinger ..270
RBI’s: Rains 21, Kensinger 13, Violante and Doug Ellis 11.
Total bases: Rains 63, Pate 27, Doug Ellis 26.
Stolen bases: Munoz 21, Doug Ellis 17 and Kensinger 10.
Walks: Doug Ellis 23, Blew and Munoz 21 apiece.
Struck out the least: Rains 7 and Pate 8.
Home runs: Rains 3 and Blew 1

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
Rains 95 18 43 453 11 0 21 13 7
Doug Ellis 75 20 21 280 5 0 11 23 17
Kensinger 74 16 20 270 0 0 13 15 10
Pate 87 10 23 264 4 0 7 7 8
Enrico 39 3 10 256 0 0 8 10 0
Amos 71 9 18 254 1 0 8 11 8
Blew 72 13 18 250 3 1 7 21 9
Dave Ellis 37 1 8 216 0 0 1 1 2
Violante 58 11 10 172 2 0 11 9 0
Munoz 76 19 13 171 2 0 7 21 21
Lunsford 30 5 5 167 1 0 4 9 0
West 12 1 1 083 1 0 1 0 0
Rodriguez 15 4 1 067 0 0 1 1 2
Wehr 14 1 0 000 0 0 2 8 0
TOTALS 755 131 191 253 30 1 102 150 84

SEASON pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN R H ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Doug Ellis 82 22 63 1.89 5 2 0 34 50 9 2
Wehr 59 23 57 2.73 14 1 3 27 44 5 2 2
Rains 53 21 57 2.77 13 3 1 12 41 4 5
Kensinger 4 0 2 0.00 0 0 0 3 0 0 1
TOTALS 198 66 179 2.33 32 6 4 76 135 18 10 2

Santa Cruz Sentinel All County Baseball Team of twelve players. Most Valuable Player–Doug Ellis senior pitcher, centerfielder and second leading hitter, whom his coach called “our best player“.
Keith Blew was a runaway choice at catcher. He was the county’s best defensive catcher and batted .326. The hard hitting senior rapped three doubles, a triple and a home run in league action.
Kevin Rains junior third baseman and pitcher led the county in three categories, batting average of .434, going 23 for 53 including playoff games, runs batted in 13 and six doubles. Co-coach of the year was Bill Dodge. The Cards were considered a dark-horse preseason pick, but ended up as the MBL North champions with a 11-4 mark, but lost to Soquel in the league finals 6-5.

Sentinel. May 15. ALL MBL PLAYERS. Top Honor Bestowed On SC’s Ellis.
All MBL honorees were Doug Ellis MVP, Keith Blew, Kevin Rains and Randy Pate. Honorable mention were Alan Amos and Al Kensinger.
There were few easy games for the Red Birds, every game was a fight and although the Cards won their games on great team effort, the league champs were not without their stars.
Ellis was an unanimous choice to be selected the league MVP award by having a 8-1 league pitching record and a 1.28 ERA , while hitting .340.
Kevin Rains lead the league in hitting with a .434 average and 22 RBI’s.
Keith Blew hit .326 to go with his running the team and handling the pitching staff.
Randy Pate batted only .200 in league, but the senior shortstop did everything else. “He played a great shortstop” note his coach and the other five coaches agreed and named him to the squad.
Of the 31 players nominated, Al Kensinger was the lone sophomore.

JV BASEBALL
Trident March 21. JV Nine Ready For League. Coach Ray Hunter has been following a platoon system in his non-league coaching strategy in an effort to give first year players experience which will prove valuable in the MBL. SC has dropped four non-league games, playing mostly inexperienced players. Returning lettermen have seen limited action in early play as coach Hunter has been substituting freely, trying to find a starting line up for MBL play.

Three players who started on the JV team were moved up to the varsity, which had an affect on the success of the team. Al Kensinger, short stop and pitcher went early followed later, by Dave Ellis and Bob Rodriguez. Ralph Russo was the teams leading hitter and Royce Copeland anchored the Card defense at third base. Paul Wainscoat used his bat to drive the Card offense. John Hopping, Don Passerino and Andre Wilkes made up a fine outfield. Others who show great promise for the future were Rich Castillo, who pitched the Cards to all three of their victories and Tony Lopez.
Other team members were Jim Abicht, Ed Hightower, Don Passerino, Ralph Russo, Bill Sarrow, Paul Sander, John Pappas, John Lopez, Dan Stevens, Andre Willis, John Hopper, Henry Lavendar and Robert Lebarre.

GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS \
Scores: Watsonville 7-5, Aptos 5-2, Alisal 7-3, North Salinas 19-3, SLV 19-1, Harbor 24-9, Soquel 11-10, Salinas 5-7. Record 7-1.
In JV action the team ended with a 5-2 record for second place in league.

Trident April 18. The team started practice on April first under head coach Pete Newell and assistant Vic Miguel. There will be eight games this year, with the first game against North Salinas on April 22. There are seven returning girls: Judy Escalante, Georgia and Evonne Sandas, Elaina Guidici, Cindy Jackson, Robin Shannon and Dannette Sutton.

Led by senior slugger Kim DiOro, who hit a torrid .533 while playing a solid left field. Kim had six home runs and 22 runs batted in. Senior second baseman Carol Morgan was the second leading hitter. Both Carol and Kim socked five hits in a single game.
Anchoring the Red Birds defense was the Cardinals all everything sophomore short stop Sue Dodge. Sue punched the ball to the tune of a .406 batting average and was the Card mainstay on defense.
Sophomore Elaina Guidici, the Card hard hitting third baseman, rounded out the Cardinal quartet of hitters over .400 with a brilliant .406 showing at the plate. It was this type of slugging which helped the Red Birds attain a team batting average of .355, and unbelievable performance for any sport. Eight of the nine varsity players hit better than .300.
Sophomore center fielder Evonne Sandas and senior right fielders Robin Shannon both hit over .300 and combined with DiOro to cover the outfield.
Senior catcher Leta Stagnaro hit .300 and first baseman Candy Jackson hit .333 completed the infield. The Card mound corps this year consisted of a starter, reliever and designated hitter all rolled into one..
Georgia Sandas started and finished all eight games and was responsible for restraining the bats of opposing hitters while defending her position perfectly.

Georgia Sandas was the winning pitcher for SC against Watsonville by the score of 7-5. The Cards broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning scoring 3 runs on Kim DiOrio’s home run, while Watsonville came up with only one. DeOrio also had a double, Robin “killer” Shannon picked up two hits and Sue Dodge had three of the Cards eight hits.

Headline: Three in Row for SC Girls. Georgia Sandas nabbed her second game in two days for Santa Cruz by giving up nine scattered hits to Aptos over the seven innings of play for a 5-2 win. Coral Morgan was the top hitter slamming three hits in three appearances.

Cardinal Girls Nab 7-3 Victory over Alisal for their fourth straight victory. Georgia Sandas was credited with her third victory of the week. The top hitter for SC was Georgia’s twin sister Evonne who collected two hits in four appearances.

Card Girls stop Vikes 19-3 with Georgia Sandas going all the way for the win. Carol Morgan led the 18 hit attack with 5 hits of her own including a home run. Evonne Sandas, “Help” DiOrio and Sal Guidici had three hits. Leta Stagnaro and Sue Dodge had two hits. One of DiOrio’s hits was a home run.

SCHS softball team continued to dominate the MBL slate with a convincing 24-9 victory over Harbor. Leading the Cardinals 16 hit attack was Kim DeOrio, who hit for the circuit, getting a home run, triple, double and two singles for a 5 for 5 day. The four bagger was her sixth of the year. Evonne Sandas was 3 for 4 and Carol Morgan, Sal Guidici and Leta Stagnaro each added two hits. Georgia Sandas picked up the win.

Card Girls Keep Winning. It took the Cards eight innings to overcome Soquel 11-10, as Georgia Sandas’ hit scored Robin Shannon for the winning run. Georgia also was the winning pitcher as she has been in each of the Cards’ seven victories. Leading the SC 14 hit attack was Sue Dodge, who went 3 for 4. Carol Morgan drove in four runs with a 2 for 5 day at the plate. Evonne Sandas, Elaina Guidici, Robin Shannon and Candi Jackson each added two hits to the Cardinals’ cause.
Add from the Trident June 4. SC captured the MBL crown by coming from behind to beat Soquel. Soquel was ahead 10-5 going into the seventh inning, when SC scored five runs to tie the game and force the game into extra innings. Soquel went down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth inning. Robin Shannon started off the SC eighth with a double. Pitcher Georgia Sandas drove Robin in with a double to win the game.

SC Gals Lose But Still Win League Flag. Salinas defeated the Cards 7-5 in the season finale. SC won the title by one game with a 7-1 record. Salinas was second with a 6-2 record. Candi Jackson was 2 for 3 and Carol Morgan and Robin Shannon were both 2 for 4. The SC junior varsity team ended the season in second place.

Carol Morgan’s has been selected Jock of the month for May for her 5 for 5 hitting in a game with a home run, hitting 13 for 17 at bats for a .764 batting average and her solid play at second base.

GIRLS JV SOFTBALL League record 5-2 for second place, behind champions North Salinas.
Trident June 4. In JV action the team lost to North Salinas 3-47, to Watsonville 6-28, but returning to their own field showed their stuff in a exciting extra inning game to beat Aptos 8-7 and beat Alisal 27-26. The girls won their last three games: SLV 31-5, Soquel 23-7 and Salinas 15-9. Harbor did not have a JV team.

Behind by 10 runs to Alisal the team tied the game in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the eighth with Alisal ahead 26-25, two outs, the crowd yelling and runners on third and second, Judy Escalante singled to drive in Candy Jackson to tie the score. Karen Sutton hit’s a smashing single to score Danette Sutton to win the game 27-26. Coach Vic Miguel comment, “We have a young and eager team with great promise for the future.”

Team members were Danette Sutton, Shelly McMillian, Karen Sutton, Teri Burbe, Lindsay Thrasher, Nancy Rice, Tina Olympia, Leah Rappaport, Laurie Thomas, Judy Escalante, LeAnn Sherwood and Mary Bronson.

TRACK
Yearbook. A total of eighteen thinclads finished the season on the combined varsity and JV’s. It is like the equivalent of playing football with eight player on your team. Although relegated to a poor team showing, the Cards did have some fine individual performances. The ideal situation would be to have a 40 man squad, ten athletes from each of the four classes. Many athletes have already participated in two sports before Spring comes around.

Sentinel. May 25. At the CCS Region IV meet at Hartnell College, Allen Sandretti took second place in the two mile run in a school record time of 9:38.0, which qualifies him for the CCS finals at San Jose City College.

In the March 21 edition of the Trident the varsity track team had a total of seven members. In a three way meet with Cupertino and Harbor, the Cards were only able to muster eight points. Although out-manned as a team, Allen Sandretti led the field in the two mile run and David Gregoric won the 880.
In the frosh-soph meet, SC was up six points on Harbor, but lost to Cupertino. Rick Larson and Mark Harland scored victories.

Card Trackers fall to SLV. The Cougars won ten of the sixteen events. Sandretti always the Cards most steady performer outclassed the field nabbing the mile in 4:35. The premiere event was senior Ken Pollastrini’s personal best 11’ 1/3” in the pole vault. It put Ken in ninth place for SC pole vaulters. Rick Larsen, last years frosh-soph high point man hit his personal best varsity long jump of 17’ 4”, coupled with a fourth place in the 220 and a third place in the 100. Mark Harlan nabbed a first in the triple jump at 35’ a personal best. Sophomore Mark Harlan nabbed first place in the triple jump with a 35 foot leap for a personal best.

Senior Allen Sandretti topped the performances with a new school record in the two mile run. Allen qualified for the CCS finals in the two mile. Sophomore Mark Harlan was the most productive frosh-soph runner. Mark nabbed school best for the year in five events. Rich Larsen another sophomore, nabbed bests in four events. Senior Ken Pollistrini broke the SCHS honor roll with a 11’ 6” pole vault. In the hurdle events, Mike Scofield led the Cards with bests in the 120 yard high hurdles and a new school record in the 120 low hurdles.

GIRLS TRACK In their first full season in the MBL the team had the same low turn out the boys had. Non-the-less there were some fine individual performances. There were three main groups made up of the main group, the sprinters, field events with five girls and two distance runners.
The field event girls were Annette Mungai, Betsy Slakey, Jacki Palmer, Colleen Reedy and Lorraine Rice. Distance runners were Annette Mungai and Laila Soloman. Sprinters are Sue Roberts, Joan Hoedemaker, Michelle Hoga, Nancy Marez, Annette Mungai, Sherrie Walton, Lorraine Rice, Nina Peticolas, Lydia Wilson and Star Gabrielle.

Against Harbor the varsity team fell in a narrow decision, while the JV girls came through triumphantly.

In varsity competition Salinas wins 69-22 and in JV’s 70-28. Three new SC records were established by Joyce Hightower in the 440 with time of 62.4. The time qualified her for the upcoming CCS meet. Michele Hoga finished third in 440 in 67.2 breaking the Frosh-Soph record. Colleen Reedy tossed the discus 70’ 8” in another top performance. Sherrie Walton won the 880 in 2:39.9. For the frosh-soph Annette Mungai nabbed the 880 in 2:48 and the mile in 6:31for a new school record. Nan Marez cleared 4’4” in the high jump.

As is customary with Red Bird teams, this years squad began to reach its peak performance as the season drew to a close. Sherrie Walton this years female senior athlete award winner led the team all season. Sherries 14.1 time in the 80 yard low hurdles, set at the CCS qualifying meet still stands as the standard for SC girls. She also owns the school record in the events ranging from the mile run to the 80 yard run, along with six class records in events ranging from the mile to the 80 yard low hurdles.
Junior Joyce Hightower lent spark to the SC scoring. Joyce holds school records in the 100, 220 and 440 yard dashes and anchored the school record 440 yard relay team of Hightower, Gina DeLucchi, Michelle Hoga and Nina Peticolas of 54.9 at the SC county meet.
In the weight events freshman Julie Schneider and junior Colleen Reedy, both of whom nabbed records in the shot put and discus events.

In Frosh-Soph meets, Michelle Hoga was the most steady performer walking away with school records in the 100, 200 and 440 yard dashes. Annette Mungai also sparkled as an underclass person. Annette led the team in th 880 and mile runs along with leading the varsity in the high jump. The relay team of Julie Schneider, Michele Hoga, Nina Peticolas and Lorraine Rice nabbed school records in the 880 and 440 relays, setting both standards in the MBL finals. Nancy Marez, Nina Peticolas and Michelle Lewis joined Mungai a sophomore class record holders. Junior Star Gabrielle and freshman Susan Roberts also nabbed class standards.

SWIMMING
Meet scores: Harbor 84-87, Seaside 60-42, North Salinas 100-54, Soquel lose, Monterey 41-42. Watsonville win, Alisal 105-59, Salinas loss, Aptos loss. League record 4-5.
At the league finals the Cards finished fifth out of ten teams. Following champion Salinas, Soquel, Harbor and Monterey.

At the MBL finals Jon Hatch registered two personal bests with his 2:09.6 in the 500 freestyle (the second was not mentioned) Jon placed third in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. And will swim them at CCS. Rob Hatch will swim the 100 individual medley and the 50 butterfly at CCS. Alan Spano will swim the 50 butterfly at CCS. Brian Mayer, in his last meet earned a personal best with a 1:08 for the 100 butterfly. Anthony Evans a top diver all season will go to CCS.

Trident March 21. The Cards started the year with three straight losses, one of these was by the narrowest of margins to Harbor 84-87. Although SC won seven of the eleven events, Harbor snatched the win, by taking the first three places in the final event of the meet in the 400 yard freestyle relay. The SC quartet of Brian Person, Rob Hatch, Jon Hatch and Alan Spano accounted for all seven SC victories.
Spano turned in a clocking of 1:01.4 in winning the 100 yard butterfly. Person stopped the watches at 1:16.2 in the 100 yard breaststroke. Card freestyle ace, Jon Hatch scored a double by out distancing the field by 40 seconds in the 500 yard freestyle and the 200 yard freestyle in the record time of 1:57.2. Rob Hatch, Jon’s younger brother, scored his double in the 100 yard backstroke and 200 individual medley. In the frosh-soph competition, Lisa Mulley scored the Red Birds lone victory, in the diving competition.

The squad then got on track with a 60-42 victory over Seaside and a 109-54 win against North Salinas, the most lopsided win of the season. The next two meets were losses to league runner up Soquel and the other a heartbreaking, cliff hanger to Monterey 41-42. The season was completed with victories over Watsonville and Alisal 105-59.

Individuals who sparkled were numerous. Junior Jon Hatch spent the year breaking school records and personal best. Jon established new Red Bird records in the 500 yard freestyle, 200 yard individual medley, 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard freestyle. Jon qualified for the CCS meet where he responded to the pressure with a lifetime best performance. Jon’s freshman brother Rob set the school varsity record in his first meet with a 58.5 clocking in the 100 yard butterfly. He also eclipsed Frosh-Soph standards in the 200 freestyle, 150 backstroke, 100 individual medley, 500 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Another high point for the Cards came when the Hatch brothers combined with sophomore Alan Spano and junior Dean Stengl to set a new MBL record in the 400 yard backstroke event.

In a win over Watsonville, the Cards took most of the first and the Cats most of the seconds and thirds. Jon and Rob Hatch both won two events and were also the winning medley relay. Jon won 200 and 100 freestyle and Rob won the individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Anthony Evans won the varsity diving and Lisa Malley continued undefeated in frosh-soph diving. Other then Lisa the only other winner in frosh-soph was Greg Fultz winning two events the 200 and 500 freestyle. Shawn Weaver dropped ten seconds off his time in the 500 free for second place.
The varsity medley relay of Jon and Rob Hatch, Alan Spano and Brian Person just missed the school record with a 1:53.

Trident April 18. In the 109-54 romp over North Salinas, Jon Hatch won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. Rob Hatch won 200 freestyle in 2:10.8 and 100 backstroke. Other individual winners were Dan Colton, diving; Dean Stengl, 110 freestyle; Ernie Faitos, 500 freestyle; Brian Person, 100 breaststroke. In the 200 freestyle relay Dan Colton, Ken Dolar, Sherrie Ricar and Brian Blew won in 2:15.0. In the 200 Faitos took second in 2:13.4. In the individual medley, Jon Hatch took first in 2:13.4 and Spano was second in 2:45.5.
In the frosh-soph division, SC lost 77-86. Greg Fultz doubled, winning the 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle. Other winners were Tom Shaffer in the 100 individual medley, Lisa Malley in diving and Bob Crosby in 50 butterfly.

Alisal was beaten 95-72, but the times were not up to par. Best performances for frosh-soph were Lisa Malley remaining undefeated and Greg Fultz broke the seven minute barrier for the first time.
Alisal won the frosh-soph meet 86-77. For the frosh-soph, Greg Fultz had a double win in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Other winners were Tom Shaffer, 100 individual medley; Lisa Malley, diving; Bob Crosby, 50 butterfly.

Other swimmers were Tim Yeaney, Bob Crosby, Shawn Weaver, Tim Rhonda, Jim Reedy, Ron Hill, Doug Svihus, Debbie Densusan and Shelly McElroy.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL League record 5-3 for third place. The JV team finished the season 5-2. (This year girls volleyball was moved from the fall to the spring)

A volleyball team consists of six players and the Cards had six dedicated and in shape players as there were only six players on the team. They were Laurie West, Kim Bridinger, Laura Wybright, Tracy Tsugawa, Julie Johnson and Melody Copp. Most of these girls will be back next year. Coach Ginder Anderson.

The Cards rebounded from a loss at the hands of Aptos to take their first win of the season by beating Salinas in three games 15-6, 8-15, 15-7.

Girls Volleyball Team Upset League Champs. The team ended their season on a thrilling note, when they beat previously undefeated Soquel and pushed their way up to third in the MBL. Taking control at the outset, SC played with total team effort on the defensive side, as the Cards dug nearly every spiked ball off the floor. Offensively the team of Kim Bridlinger and Mary Alvarez led the attack. Taking the ball from backcourt players led by Tracy Tsugawa, who played a fine all around game, Alvarez pinpointed her sets, which left the Soquel defense helpless under the barrage of the Bridlinger spikes.
The Card JV team also emerged victorious, scoring a close win over the Knights to complement the Varsities 15-6, 15-10 triumph. The JV team also beat the Knights.
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SC ended the season the following day with a win over SLV. Perhaps suffering from post Soquel let down from the day before, the Cards entered their final match a bit over confidently and quickly fell behind. Melody Copp, Laura Weybright, Julie Johnson and Tracy Tsugawa began punching the ball to Alvarez, who set up Bridlinger who began to find the range with her spikes and the Cards spurted to a 15-11 first game win. The second game was not as close as SC scored and easy 15-5 victory. The teams sixth player and only substitute Laurie West saw a lot of action in the last game. The Red Birds, Coached by Ginger Anderson, ended the season with a 5-3 record for third place in the MBL.
The frosh-soph team walloped the Cougars and ended their season with a 5-2 record.

Kim Bridlinger was selected girls Jock of The Month of April for being the super spikier of the successful volleyball team, which upset league champion Soquel. Kim was instrumental in the fine record the team had this year.

JV team members were Jody Hanson, Pat Wainscoat, Inbrit Christianson, Phina Alvarez, Dina Currato, Alice Grube, Nancy Andisido, Edna Robles, Wendy Anderson, Laurie Thomas, Nancy McPherson, Robin Thomas, Sarah Lynch, Julie Schneider. Coach Patti Dolar.

TENNIS
Some of the matches. Practice: RLS 6-1. League: Salinas 5-4, Harbor 5-4, 6-3. (Last years champs;) Aptos 9-0, Monterey 8-1. League record 9-1. Season record 14-2.
After a seventeen year absence the MBL tennis championship has finally returned to the hollowed halls of Santa Cruz under the direction of coach Dennis Mullen. The championship was a total team effort. Junior Eric Fieberling along with sophomore Phil Kashap and senior Fred Caiocca gave fits to every opponent, while junior Bill Slakey, sophomore Matt Tsugawa and senior Greg Mainis provided the Cards their bread and butter wins all through the season. Mainis and Slake finished the year with 16 wins and no defeats. Tsugawa lost only one match the entire season. Together this trio amassed total record of 41 wins and one loss.

Trident March 21. Netters Lasso Cowboys. Early in the season, seniors Fred Caiocca and Greg Mainis rallied from a 8-6 down, in the evenings final match, to score a 10-8 victory in their doubles match to propel SC to a narrow 5-4 decision over Salinas. SC now boosts a 5-1 overall record and 2-0 in the MBL. SC began the match on the right foot snatching three quick singles victories, before Salinas could tally a single win. Sophomore Phil Kashap notched his fifth victory at the number two singles position with a 6-2, 6-3 decision. Kashup then teamed with SC star Eric Fieberling, to crush the Salinas effort at number one doubles. Mainis and junior Bill Slakey, both scored singles victories as well as the doubles victory.
The stage was set for the dramatic final set and the score sea-sawed back and forth to six all. Then Salinas spurted to a 8-6 advantage. Faced with a possible loss, Mainis began placing his volleys more accurately and Caiocca started climbing all over anything near him. The two ran off eight straight points to pull even at 8-all. SC won the set in its eighteenth game, when a slashing Caiocca return set up a Mainis volley, which Salinas dumped into the net for the win.
In its matches this year, SC has been led by junior star Eric Fieberling. Fieberling has to his credit this season, victories over the ninth and twenty-fifth ranked 16 year olds in Northern California as well as a victory over the thirteenth ranked 18 year old.
The team represented a perfect blend of talent and experience. Two seniors and a like number of juniors and sophomores made up the Cards’ first team. In the title deciding matches with Salinas, number one man and a mainstay of the squad Eric Fieberling, won the first set and lost the second. The third set ended in a tie, which required a best of nine point tie breaker. Tension rose as the tie breaker began. Four other singles matches had been completed with the Cards winning them all.
Under the MBL format, five match victories gives a team their victory and SC could clinch their fifth and decisive win if Fieberling could keep the pressure on. Five minutes and eight points later it was over as the opponent dumped his approach shot into the net.

Although the Salinas victory was the official championship match, SC perhaps had won the season with their two narrow victories over defending champion Harbor. One of those wins in one of the most exiting matches of the season, when after the first eight matches showed a 4 to 4 tie leaving the number two doubles match to decide the winner. Caiocca and Slakey withstood the pressure winning in two sets to give the Cards a 5-4 win. SC now boast a 5-1 overall record and 2-0 in the MBL.

Trident April 18.Netters Mash Mariners 9-0. SC is off to their best early season start in years. Sporting an 8-1 overall record, coach Dennis Mullen’s Cards will meet two the MBL’s stronger Northern Division teams, Watsonville and defending champion Harbor this week. SC is 3-0 in league. Against Aptos, the Cards had little trouble with the singles lineup, as SC blitzed Aptos 6-0 with six straight set victories. In doubles, Aptos came close to breaking the Card win streak. The number two doubles team of Fred Caiocca and Bill Slakey was pushed to a tie breaking, before emerging with a 9-8 victory. The number one doubles team of Eric Fieberling and Phil Kashap scored a 8-3 win to compliment their singles victories.
In non-league match up with RLS, who last year defeated MBL champion Harbor in the CCS playoff, lost to SC 6-1. SC race through five singles matches without a loss of a set. The only loss was at the number two doubles team.

Facing a must win situation for the first time this year the Cards responded with a smashing 6-3 win over Harbor, who had beaten them earlier in the season. They are tied for the league lead at this point. Caiocca figured in a thrilling win coming from behind to defeated his man in the third set nine point tie breaker on a blistering overhead to the corner. In winning the match the Cards received on outstanding performance from the lower half of their ladder, Bill Slakey, Matt Tsugawa and Greg Mainis, who won their singles matches. The team out scored Harbor in games to the tune of 60-11.

The Cards record at this point is 9-1 in league and 14-2 overall.

Cards beat Monterey 8-1 in a make up match. Eric Fieberling lost one of his few matches this season. The rest are all winners listed second man, third, etc and the scores. Number two singles player Phil Kashap 6-2. 6-3; Bill Slakey 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Fred Caiocca 6-1, 6-1; Matt Tsugawa 6-0, 6-1; Greg Mainis 6-1, 7-6. Doubles winners: Fieberling-Kashap 10-4; Slakey-Caiocca 11-9; Tsugawa-Maninis 8-1.

Other team members were Greg Ronning, Terry Finn, Jim Hall, David Darling, Tim Firestone and Keith Johnson.

Eric Fieberling was the sportsmanship award winner. Eric the teams number one player since he was a freshman has to his credit victories over the ninth and twenty-fifth ranked 16 year olds in Northern California as well a victory over the thirteenth ranked 18 year old. Last year Eric played in the semifinals of the MBL singles championship and in the semifinals of the Santa Cruz County Open. Playing in a tournament a week, Eric worked his way up to the quarterfinals of a large Northern Cal tournament in Stockton, this finish along with other big victories earned Eric the thirty first ranking in Northern California.

JV TENNIS followed in the footsteps of the varsity, losing only one match en route to a MBL championship.

Led by junior Pat Dennehy and sophomores Jill Hall and Rob Kanes, members of the JV squad played great tennis and also in some varsity matches. Kanes earned the number 6 position on the varsity to play in the Cards match against region IV champion Carmel. Kanes provided the final point in the Cards narrow 5-4 win.

Beat Salinas 6-3. Singles winners were number two man, Pat Dennehy; four man, Keith Johnson; fifth man, Tim Firestone and sixth man, Greg Ronning. Losers were number one, Jim Hall and third man Rob Kanes. In doubles winners were Hall-Dennehy and Kanes-Johnson. Losers were Firestone-David Darling.

Cards take Soquel 7-1. Singles winners listed in order of the ladder 1 through 6 as the Cards swept all six. Jim Hall, Pat Dennehy, Rob Kanes, Keith Johnson, Tim Firestone and Greg Ronning. Doubles winners Hall-Dennehy. Losers were Ronning-Firestone.

Cards beat Watsonville 6-3. Singles winners were Hall, Dennehy, Johnson and Running. Losers were Firestone and David Darling. Doubles winners were Hall-Dennehay and Johnson-Firestone. Losers Ronning-Darling.

GOLF
Some scores: Practice: RLS 18-36, Saratoga 18-36. League: Salinas loss, North Salinas 37-17, Monterey 30-24, Aptos loss, Soquel loss, Watsonville loss, Harbor 27-27, SLV 43-11. (matches missing) League record 4-7-1 for fifth place. Season record 6-11-1.

Trident June 4. At the MBL two man best-ball tournament, seniors Ed Marez and Tim Brown represented the Cards, as Pini was playing in another tournament and also playing a qualifying round for the US Open. SC played in two tournaments. At the Hollister Invitational, the Cards took seventh place. In the Aptos Invitational the team finished ninth out of 18 competitors. Top SC scores were Marez taking fourteenth place and Pini in sixteenth place.

Bryan Pini, the number one ranked in Northern California for 16 year olds, finished the season with 15 wins, one loss and one tie in high school play. Bryan received the number one ranking in the 14-15 age group, by winning 6 of the 20 tournaments he entered during the year. In so doing, Brain received an invitation to play in the Nor Cal Tournament of Champions at Pebble Beach. He was part of the fifth place team in the California State Open.

Senior Ed Marez was the second most productive performer finishing his season with 10 wins and 7 losses. Marez teamed with fellow senior Tim Brown a four win and 13 loss performer as the Cards entry in the MBL two man best ball tournament.

Trident March 21. The Cards lost against power house RLS 18-36. Brian Pini was the lone winner and was the medalist firing a 3 over par 55 for 13 holes in route to a 6-0 victory. Ed Marez won the back nine, but lost 2-4.
Saratoga was another 18-36 loss. Pini again was the lone winner. Ed Marez, Jeff Weber and Garre McKeeman rounded out the SC scoring. Three other matches were called because of rain.
Matches at Alisal, Mission San Jose and Newark were called because of rain.

Trident April 18. Golfers Split Matches. Trailing only 16-20 against Salinas, Garrett McKeen and Mitch Levin were both winning their matches when they and their opponents decided to wave the out of bounds rule. This action nullified their scores to give Salinas the win and first loss for the Cards in league.
The Cards won the next two league matches against North Salinas 37-17 and Monterey 30-24. Both matches were decided before the fifth and six men finished play. In the North Salinas match Pini, Weber and McKeeman were individual winners as the Cards had little trouble handling the defending MBL champions. Against Monterey Pini, Marez and Doak Gintert all won 6-0. Pini remains undefeated in winning all his matches 6-0.
Much individual improvement over last year has made the Cards contenders for the MBL title. The first five men can break 80 on any given day. There is more depth than last year as there are seven players.

The slumping Cards dropped successive matches against Aptos, Soquel and Watsonville. Against league leading Aptos Pini was the only player able to score with a 5-1 victory. Tim Brown was medalist shooting 78 and scoring all the Card points in a 8-40 loss (does not say against who).

After dropping three straight matches, the Cards have dropped out of contention for the league title. The Cards tied Harbor 27-27 as Pini returned to form shooting two under par for 14 holes.

SLV was easily beaten 43-11. Four of the Cards won easily, while Gintert lost 2-4 and Pini tied 3-3. The league record at this time is 4-4-1.

Junior Doak Gintert turned in fine rounds on the Cards home course at DeLaveaga and ended with 6 wins and 12 defeats. He was selected by coach Dempewolf as the most improved player.

Senior Garret McKeeman ended a illness plagued season with a record of 5 wins and 6 losses.

Bryan Pini was selected Jock of the Month of May for having a 11-1-1 record up to this time. Bryan was unbeaten in his first ten matches. Bryan’s average score over 18 holes has been a sparkling 73. In dual match play, Pini has outscored his opponents 68 to 10.

The JV team members were Rick Davis, Gary George, Pat Simmons, Eric Forgaard, Scott Foster. and Jon Beiers.

GIRLS GYMNASTICS
Trident January 24. Coach Ronnie Mills and her team only recently finished their first MBL season. Beginning late with poor equipment, coach Mills did what she could with what she had. The novice team consisted of Carol Dilloughery, Wendi Strong, Claire Dolon, Lisa Little, Feliciana Cota-Robles, Star Gabrielle and Barbara Wolf. All around gymnasts (girls who are able to compete well on the bars, beam, floor exercises and the vault) include Kathy Doler, Barbara Strong, Sara Nordmark, Kim Knox and Emmilour McCrary, who plans to return to the team next year.

INDIVIDUALS

Senior Athletes of the year, the highest honor which can be given in the Cardinal sports program was given to Gabe Reyes. Reyes was the Cardinal entrant in the State Wrestling tournament and also ran cross country.

Senior Athletes of the year, the highest honor which can be given in the Cardinal sports program was given to Allen Sandretti. Since his freshman year Sandretti has been the mainstay of the track and cross country teams. Senior Allen Sandretti topped the performances with a new school record in the two mile run. Allen qualified for the CCS finals in the two mile. Senior Allen Sandretti shows his dedication and sacrifice by running up to 20 miles per day and still runs and trains hard even after the season is over. All of which helped him be the leading man on the team this year and also in the league. Since his freshman year he has been a top runner on the team. Alan Sandretti was the athlete of the month of October. Allen won the first tri meet of the year against Aptos and Monterey. He has been a mainstay of the team for four year. Alan is always a factor in any race he is in and this year he has become a dominant runner.

Athlete of the month of November was Ken O’Connell a star performer on offense and defense all season, whose unfortunate knee injury will probably sideline him from the basketball season and could hamper his athletic ability in the future. Ken has been a valuable asset to basketball and baseball as well as the football team.

Some bests for the track team this year. Sophomore Mark Harlan was the most productive frosh-soph runner. Mark nabbed school best for the year in five events. Rich Larsen another sophomore, nabbed bests in four events. Senior Ken Pollistrini broke the SCHS honor roll with a 11’ 6” pole vault. In the hurdle events, Mike Scofield led the Cards with bests in the 120 yard high hurdles and a new school record in the 120 low hurdles.

Senior Athletes of the year, the highest honor which can be given in the Cardinal sports program was given to Sherie Walton. Sherrie the Girls recipient was a member of the track team and was a fine asset to the tennis team at the number three singles position.
Sherrie led the track team all season. Sherries 14.1 time in the 80 yard low hurdles, set at the CCS qualifying meet, still stands as the standard for SC girls. She also owns the school record in the events ranging from the mile run to the 80 yard run, along with six class records in events ranging from the mile to the 80 yard low hurdles.

Junior Joyce Hightower lent spark to the SC scoring. Joyce holds school records in the 100, 220 and 440 yard dashes and anchored the school record 440 yard relay team of Hightower. Joyce was also a key member of the MBL champion basketball team. Girl Cards defeat Aptos 52-41. SC scoring well in the second quarter 15 and third quarters 18 to break open the game. Joyce Hightower had an outstanding game grabbing 14 rebounds and scoring 14 points against the best other team in the league. She had many more games like this, especially in rebounding. Joyce Hightower was athlete of the month of October for her splendid all around performance on the basketball court. Joyce has been hitting her shots well, pulling down rebounds and harassing opposing players into costly errors. She was voted the most inspirational player on the team.

Gabe Reyes was the top wrestler taking second at the MBL meet, first place at the CCS Region IV, second at the CCS finals that qualified him for the Northern California State tournament.
Gabe was Jock of the Month of March for getting to the State meet, the ultimate for wrestlers.

Carol Morgan’s has been selected Jock of the month for May for her 5 for 5 hitting in a game with a home run, hitting 13 for 17 at bats for a .764 batting average and her solid play at second base.

The MBL softball team was powered by senior slugger Kim DiOro, who hit a torrid .533 while playing a solid left field. Kim’s solid hitting led the league with six home runs and 22 runs batted in. Her .533 average was second to teammate Carol Morgan’s .764. Kim was also captain of the team. Leading the Cardinals 16 hit attack against Harbor was Kim DeOrio, who hit for the circuit, getting a home run, triple, double and two singles for a 5 for 5 day. The four bagger was her sixth of the year.

Kim Bridlinger was selected girls Jock of The Month of April for being the super spikier of the successful volleyball team, which upset league champion Soquel. Kim was instrumental in the fine third place finish in the MBL of the team this year. For the second place Girls tennis team, Kim teamed up with Mary Alvarez to win practically all their doubles matches.

Eric Fieberling was the sportsmanship award winner. Eric the teams number one player since he was a freshman has to his credit victories over the ninth and twenty-fifth ranked 16 year olds in Northern California as well a victory over the thirteenth ranked 18 year old. Last year Eric played in the semifinals of the MBL singles championship and in the semifinals of the Santa Cruz County Open. Playing in a tournament a week, Eric worked his way up to the quarterfinals of a large Northern Cal tournament in Stockton, this finish along with other big victories earned Eric the thirty first ranking in Northern California.

Junior Jon Hatch spent the year breaking school records and personal best. Jon established new Red Bird records in the 500 yard freestyle, 200 yard individual medley, 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard freestyle. Jon qualified for the CCS meet where he responded to the pressure with a lifetime best performance.

Jon’s freshman brother Rob Hatch set the school varsity record in his first meet with a 58.5 clocking in the 100 yard butterfly. He also eclipsed Frosh-Soph standards in the 200 freestyle, 150 backstroke, 100 individual medley, 500 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Another high point for the Cards came when the Hatch brothers combined with sophomore Alan Spano and junior Dean Stengl to set a new MBL record in the 400 yard backstroke event.

FORMER PLAYERS
Kris Sorensen was picked by the Washington Senators in the twenty seventh round of the major league baseball draft. After posting a 5-3 pitching record with a fine 1.90 ERA at San Jose State in his junior year, Kris signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and was sent to their rookie league team in Sarasota, Florida. There he went 3-2 with an ERA of 2.05. He led the league in strikeout getting 60 in 60 innings pitched. The next year he was promoted to the top A league, the California league in Modesto. He pitched well their and was then promoted to the double AA league, the Texas league with the Little Rock, Arkansas Travelers.

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