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BAND WINS BIG
The Santa Cruz High School Big Red Marching Band has stepped off to another good year. Since the beginning of the year our band has played at every home football game and they have performed many outstanding halftime shows. They have also played in nearly all of the lunchtime rallies and other school activities. In addition to school activities the band also competes in several band reviews. So far this year, they have attended three band reviews and one parade. Their first event was the Fall Festival Parade on 41st Avenue, October 10th. They left with four trophies, a sweepstakes, 1st place in their division, first place Drum Major (Ron Salinas) and first place Senior majorette team, including Shelly McElroy, Karyn Logsdon, and Tammi Frances.
The band’s next event, the Santa Cruz Band Review, was October 16th. They placed second in their division with a score of 82.15 and first place Drum Major with a score of 82.00. Their second review was held in Pleasanton, October 30th. They placed first in their division with a score of 90.95 and again, first place drum major with a score of 95.6. Their most recent review was in Merced two weeks ago, November 6th. There, they placed second in their division with a score of 88.80 and once again, Drum Major, Ron Salinas with a score of 90.5.
Honors For ‘Doc’ Tonight
Tonight is “Doc” Fehliman’s big night. The 89-years young director of the Santa Cruz High Alumni Association will be honored this evening as the SCHS Gym will be dedicated as Fehliman Gym. Fehliman, who taught 30 ½ years at Santa Cruz High prior to his retirement in 1953 and then continued his alumni work. He has file cards on 14,288 SCHS graduates. He will be honored tonight prior to the start of the varsity basketball game between Santa Cruz High and Marello Prep. Extra seats have been added through the cooperation of the parks and recreation department and the largest crowd in SCHS basketball history is anticipated as SCHS graduates flock to the special night for Fehliman.
Evonne Sandas was named Female Athlete Of the Year and MVP for the league in basketball. She was All League in softball as well. She played tennis in the Fall.
Santa Cruz High School has several service organizations, and among them are groups of girls such as the Diamond Dusters (baseball), Casaba Dolls (basketball), and the Mat Maids (wrestling), which help out with these various teams. Besides always being at the games to cheer the guys on, these hard-working girls help raise funds for the teams by doing things such as selling programs.
This year starts the new SCCAL (Santa Cruz County Athletic League). League schools are Aptos, Soquel, Harbor, Santa Cruz, SLV and Marello. Most sports are playing a triple round of games.
Coaches: Ron Mehurn, football. Tex Ronning, assistant varsity football and wrestling. Vic Miguel, assistant varsity football and softball. Nick Delurgio, frosh football and varsity track. David Jessen, assistant frosh football and soccer. Greg Kellejian, JV football and JV soccer. Steve Mendoza, assistant JV football and JV track. Mike Thibault, assistant JV football. Dennis Mullen, girls and boys tennis. Jim Holinquist, golf. Leta Stagnaro, JV softball. Don Dempwolf, soccer. Pete Newell, basketball. Bob Willilams, JV basketball. Steve Bruce, frosh basketball. Ray Hunter, girls basketball and JV baseball. Bill Dodge, baseball. Carolyn Burkett, gymnastics.
FOOTBALL Practice games: St, Bernard of Eureka 8-33, Alisal 16-19, Gunderson 12-26, Menlo 32-28. Practice record 1-3. League: Soquel 0-67, SLV 6-7, Marello 6-33, Harbor 26-28, Aptos 6-41. League record 0-5 last place. Season record 1-8.
Team members were Steve Wall, Bob Marin, Doug Martin, Clyde Persley, John Gans, Pat Simmons, John Papa, Gary George, Greg Ronning, Andrew Foster, Steve Imonti, Peter Anecito, Terry McFadden, John Munoz, Henry Lavender, Robert Agorastos, Charles Burks, Dave Worthington, Bruce Gardner, Bob Rodrigues, Ron Hill, Greg Lopez, Tony Webb, Mike Gregoric, Andre Wilkes, Don Passerino, John Hopping and Tony Lopez.
Trainers Georgia Sandas and Sue Dodge. Head coach Ron Mehuron. Assistants Tex Ronning and Vic Miguel.
St. Bernard’s of Eureka down Cards 33-8 in the Cards opener. Good friends, Brad Warze and Keith Parkhurst St. Bernard’s coaches played for the Cards and graduated from SC in 1966 see a Card team that will develop during the season. Card coach Ron Mehuron, “I, along with a lot of others expected better. We were just beaten by blocking and tackling. Punter Doug Martin did a good job, plus halfbacks John Hopping and Steve Imonti ran well on counters. We need work in the offensive line and the defensive team as a whole.”
After St. Bernard went ahead 20-0, the Cards started a 11 play, 76 yard drive. Hopping barreled through a truck sized hole on the left side of the line and raced 20 yards to score. Out of futuristic spread formation, Persley ran in a two point conversion to bring the score to 20-8. SC fumbled away the ball three times. ST. Bernard out gained the Cards 423-172. Rushing yards were Lopez five carries for 13 yards, Persley 12 for 42, Hopping 9 for 81, Passerino one for 13, Ronning 4 for 5 and Imonti 3 for 12. Receiving yards: Lopez 6. Passing stats were Persley five passes incomplete and Ronning completed one pass out of two attempts for six yards.
Alisal Nips Santa Cruz, Chalks Up 19-16 Win. Alisal out gained the Cards 358 yards, all on the ground but seven, to 152 for SC. But most of the Alisal yardage came between the twenties, where it moved the ball without much difficult, until it got inside the 20 where it seemed a new Card defense took the field. This happened on no less the five occasions.
Senior defensive tackle Doug Martin was personally responsible for thwarting three Alisal drives. He also put the Trojans deep in a hole with a booming 56 yard punt to the Alisal one foot line. Twice Martin recovered fumbles, one at the 19 and the other at the ten, to halt Alisal scoring drives. The third time, he stopped the runner for no gain on a fourth and inches at the Card two. Henry Lavender recovered a fumble on the SC 26. From there it took the Cards only two plays to score. Steve Imonti ran for 13 yards and a 61 yard scoring pass play from halfback Imonti to Charles Burks, who juked two defenders and danced in for the TD. John Hopping added the two point conversion, when he took the snap from center and bursts behind a wall of blockers to score making it 19-16.
SC got its first score with 6:36 left in the half, when Robert Chavez recovered a fumble. The score came on a two yard plunge up the middle by fullback Tony Lopez. Andre Wilkes put the Redbirds on top, when he took a pitchout from Clyde Persley and swept the right side for a two point conversion to put the Cards ahead 8-7 at halftime. Rushing yards were Lopez 8 carries for 26 yards, Hopping 11 carries for 32, Imonti 7 carries for 37and Persley 1 for 5. Receiving yards were Wilkes 11 and Burks 61. Passing yards were Ronning completed one out of 8 passes for 11 yards and Imonti one for one for 61 yards.
Santa Cruz Bows To Gunderson 26-12. SC resorted to a tricky spread offense, you’ve got to see it to believe it, in the second half after falling behind 18-0. Having been held to only one yard total offense in the first half, SC shook loose and scored twice in the second half.
Down 26-0 with 3:53 left in the third quarter, the Cards went into their spread offense, the center widely separated from the rest of the line, was able to snap the ball to two or three different players, but is normally used only for two point attempts after TD‘s. On the very first play, Clyde Persley, who had not been used on offense previously, galloped 56 yards for a TD. The extra point attempt by John Hopping came up short. SC scored the next time it got the ball on a pass from Persley to John Imonti for 18 yards. The drive covered 72 yards in nine plays. The big gainers were when, Persley started the series by passing 11 yards to John Munoz. Persley carried the ball three times for 19 yards and had a 14 yard pickup negated by a clipping penalty on the drive.
Leading tacklers were Doug Martin and Mike Gregoric eleven tackles each, Ron Hill 8, Bob Rodriguez and Don Passerino six each, Mitch Levine 5 and Henry Lavender 4. Andre Wilkes recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass for a fine effort defensively. Rushing yards were Tony Lopez six carries for 8 yards, Imonti 3 for 1, Hopping 8 for 9, Persley 5 for 64 and Wilkes 2 for 8. Receiving yards Imonti 18 and John Munoz 14. Passing yards Persley two completions in three attempts for 29 yards, Imonti one for one and 3 yards and Ronning no completions on two passes.
Cardinals Break Loose, Topple Menlo 34-28 in the most exciting game this year. Led by bull dozer running by Tony Lopez, SC posted its first win of the season. Coach Ron Mehurn, “I don’t know how to act. I can’t remember the last time we scored this many points.” You have to go back to 1970 to find the Cards next highest total of 20 points.
Tony Lopez gained 196 yards in 27 carries and scored three touchdowns, including the winning score. He ran around, over and through would be tacklers. Andre Wilkes gained 54 yards on three carries and scored twice. Wilkes also made a last second deflection of a long pass as Menlo was going for what could have been the tying touchdown.
SC scored the first two times they had the ball and it looked like they would breeze to an easy win. In a game where defense was taboo, the offense took control. Both teams moved the ball at will and it seemed that neither team could stop the other. With the score 13-8, John Munoz recovered a fumble at mid field and from there, Clyde Persley, with good pass protection, passed to Andre Wilkes for 33 yards and two plays later hooked up again for seven yards on a quick look in pass and a score. Doug Martin kicked the extra point to put SC up 20-8. Menlo scored again, but SC led 20-14 at halftime.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter. SC scored on a eight yards run by Lopez. Menlo scored first in the fourth quarter to go ahead 28-26. SC came back and marched 60 yards in seven plays with Lopez doing most of the damage. He put the Cards ahead with a one yard run. A Persley pass to John Hopping added the two point PAT for the final score 34-28. Menlo out gained the Cards 346-308. Both teams scored in every quarter. Rushing yards other then Lopez and Wilkes already mentioned were Hopping 14 yards in 7 carries and Imonti two yards in two carries. Receiving yards were Burks 14 and Wilkes 40. Passing: Persley three completions in six attempts for 54 yards and Ronning no completions in one attempt.
The first Jock Of The Month is John Hopping. He has been a bright spot for the Card football team so far this season. John is the premier runner in the league this year according to coach Mehuron. After three weeks of play John is second in the league in rushing yards. He is following in his brother Don’s foot steps.
Soquel Rolls Up Lopsided 67-0 Victory in the worst defeat in SC history. Soquel has won 13 of the 15 games played between the two schools. The one very bright spot for the Cards was Tony Lopez, who gained 105 yards in 21 carries. Many times it was his own personnel effort that got him the yards, because the Soquel defense had most of the holes plugged. Quarterback Clyde Persley was rushed so hard that he never had time to set up to make his throws. Rushing yards were Hopping ten carries for 16 yards, Wilkes two carries in for 28 yards, Imonti 2 for 9 and Gregoric one for zero. Receiving yards Imonti one, Martin one for two and Wilkes one for ten. Passing: Persley completed two of 13 passes attempted for 11 yards and Imonti completed his one pass for two yards.
SLV Gains Brawl-Marred Decision Over Cards 7-6. In a game marred by complete lack of sportsmanship, SLV scored on a disputed touchdown pass with 2:31 left in the final quarter. The second quarter of the game resembled a street fight more than a football game and gave both sides a vivid black eye. In the second half SC racked up 48 yards in penalties and SLV had 82.
Both scores came in the last quarter. SC scored with 11:24 left in the game. Starting from the SLV 48, fullback Tony Lopez gained 12 yards in three running plays. Clyde Persley hit Steve Wahl with a 13 yard pass. Lopez gained two yards to the six and halfback John Hopping took it in from there. On the next series SLV moved from their 34 to the SC 20, before giving the ball up to SC. Lopez had a 30 yard run nullified by a penalty, so the Cards had to punt and SLV took over on the SC 48. On a scramble fumble play SLV scored on a long pass. One official threw a flag due to an apparent clip, but the referee over ruled him and declared no clip to allow the score. SLV’s kicked the extra point for the win.
SLV out gained the Cards slightly 173-166. Rushing yards were Lopez 26 carries for 132 yards, Hopping ten for 28, Persley 9 for minus 7 and Wilkes two for minus 20. Receiving yards were Imonti 20 and Wahl 12. Passing was Persley two completions in 8 attempts for 32 yards.
Panthers Rip Cardinals 33-6 to tie with Soquel for the SCCAL lead. In the first ever meeting between the two schools, Marello showed they are a force in the league. The Cards did not score until the last quarter after converting a Panther fumble into a touchdown pass from Mike Gregoric to Charles Burks. Marello led 20-0 at halftime. Marello out gained the Cards 369- 193. Rushing yards were Hopping in 14 carries gained 49 yards, Lopez 17 for 73 and Gregoric two for three. Receiving yards Lopez 24, Imonti one, Munoz 10, Burks 34 and Persley 5. Passing Ronning completed 3 of 13 attempts for 48 yards and Gregoric was five for 8 for 40 yards.
Bucs Edge Cards 28-26. The Cards struck first, when Doug Martin recovered a Harbor fumble on the Bucs 31 yard line. Greg Ronning hit Steve Wahl for a first down on the Pirate 17. Three plays later John Hopping hit pay dirt on a two yard burst over the left side to put the Cards up 6-0. Harbor came right back and scored for a 7-6 lead. Just two plays later powerful fullback Tony Lopez broke off tackle and went 82 yards for a score to lead 12-7 with 4:21 left in the first quarter. Harbor scored two more touchdowns to go ahead 21-12 at half.
Half way through the third quarter Steve Imonti scored on a 27 yard run to put the Cards within three points 21-18. Harbor scored to make it 28-18. On the ensuing kickoff, Andre Wilkes took the ball on the six yard line and rambled 96 yards to score. John Hopping darted for two points to close the score to 28-26. Two missed extra point tries were the difference in the score. John Munoz had seven tackles and Ron Hill six. Rushing yards were Lopez 12 carries for 110 yards, Hopping 10 for 36, Ronning 1 for 3 and Imonti 4 for 34. Receiving yards were Wahl 23 and Hopping 9. Passing: Ronning completed 3 passes in 13 attempts for 32 yards.
Aptos Goes To Air, Routs Cards 41-6. Even though the Cards lost their last game by 35 points, the game statistics was almost a stand-still. Both teams had 9 first down. SC won the rushing 123 to 112. Aptos had 54 yards in penalties and SC 30. And the reason Aptos won was in passing 230 to 109. Stu Walters passing was the difference. Gregg Ronning completed 8 of 16 passes for 109 yards and rushed for five yards in ten carries. A key for SC was leading rusher Tony Lopez was held to 39 yards. Hopping gained 43 yards and Imonti 36. Pass receivers were Imonti for 58 yards, Wahl 46 and Burks 7.
The first half was close as Aptos had a 14-0 halftime lead. With 26 seconds left in the game the Cards got the ball down the field on a razzle dazzle play. Greg Ronning fired a down and out pass to Charles Burks, who lateraled to Steve Imonti who rambled 36 yards down to the Aptos 7. Two runs put it on the one and Ronning sneaked for the score. Lopez raised his season total yards gained to 689 on 128 attempts to put him in position as a possible all league honors. The complete backfield will return next year.
Final SCCAL Leaders. How the Cards top players rated.
Rushing stats listed by name, rank in the league, times carried, yards gained and touchdowns.
RA CA YD TD
Lopez 2 128 689 5
Hopping 9 86 308 3
Imonti 29 29 129 1
Others not in league rankings
Persley 44 70 1
Wilkes 9 70 1
Passerino 1 13 0
Gregoric 3 3 0
Ronning 31 -32
Passing records listed by name, passes attempted, completions, yards and touchdowns.
PA C YD TD
Ronning 53 16 206 0
Persley 36 9 127 2
Imonti 4 3 66 1
Pass receiving by name, received, yards and touchdowns
REC YD TD
Imonti 7 120 1
Burks 6 116 2
Wahl 6 81 0
Wilkes 4 61 1
Munoz 3 24 0
Lopez 2 30 0
Hopping 2 7 0
Persley 1 5 0
Doug Martin–most outstanding player, most outstanding lineman, Golden Helmet and National Football Hall of Fame, senior scholar-athlete.
Anthony Lopez–most outstanding back
Greg Lopez and Peter Anecito–third year varsity lettermen
Charles Burks–most inspirational and backfield scholar-athlete
Greg Ronning–sportsmanship award
Sentinel All County team: Offense: senior running back, 5-9, 160, Anthony Lopez. Defense: senior lineman, 6-0, 200, Doug Martin. Honorable mention: Charles Burks, Greg Lopez, Peter Anecito.
JV FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS Hey, Coach, We Did It!
Practice games: Gunderson 6-7, Alisal 7-20,
Team members were Lee Lowery, Rob Raffaelli, Aaron Michaelson, Larry Johnson, Richard Baird, Peter Pianavilla, Melvin Thompson, Dwayne Whitley, Troy Higgins, Rick Hand, Warren Harding, Ken Rosa, Don Dumller, John North, Rob Stone, Ron Lopez, David Alvarez, Jimmy Munoz, Chris Harper, Melvin Dinkins and Chris Ronzano. Head Coach Greg Kellejian. Assistants Walt Edwards, Mike Thibault and Steve Menoza.
From the yearbook. “In order for the JV football team to win the championship, we had to make many sacrifices, giving up our usual carefree ways for the self discipline it takes to play good football. We had to play as a tightly knit unit, putting the teams need before our own personal needs. By being a team instead of individuals, we successfully confronted the tough completion of the SCCAL,” Coach Kelljian.
Trident October 15. Gunderson won the game 7-6, but the Cards played a great game. The defense played a superb game as Troy Higgins and Larry Johnson, the defensive ends sealed off their outside plays. Rick Hand scored for SC, but the extra point was missed.
Alisal defeated the Cards 20-7. Rich Hand scored again and Ken Rosa kicked the extra point. David Alvarez recovered a fumble, their were too many penalties, which cost four touchdowns. Coach Greg Kellejian said, “We are getting good play from Dwayne Whitley, Ken Rosa, Rick Hand, Don Dumller, Rob Stone, Melvin Dunkins and Chris Harper.
Don Dumller–most valuable player and team captain
Troy Higgins–most outstanding lineman
Rick Hand– most outstanding back
John Fayler–most improved
Larry Johnson–sportsmanship award
Dwayne Whitely, Ken Rosa and Don Dumller–tri-captains
FROSH FOOTBALL SCCAL CHAMPIONS Hey, We Did It Too!
Practice games: Gilroy 6-6 and Woodside 19-6. Practice record 1-0-1. League: Soquel 22-6, 27-6; SLV 2-6, 7-6; Harbor 0-24, 15-14 and Aptos 6-6, 7-0. League record 5-2-1. Season record 6-2-2.
Yearbook. Team members were Larry Elledge, Mike Kliegel, Jeff Hurley, Ron Crowder, Bob Saunders, Mitch Ronning, Bob Modena, Simon Phillips, Faustino Robles, Sal Locatelli, Jerry Hoven, David Andrade, Dean Lawson, Greg Saunders, Mark Matoza, Tom Jackson, Rudy Escalante, Marvin Hirschel, Bruce Higgins, Fred Rodriguez, Jim Nulph, Jim Loney, Daryl Jessen, Jerry Whitehall, Mike Guzzetti, Tom McKenzie and Tony Lopez. Head Coach Nick Delurgio. Assistant David Jessen.
“The team came into the season with much enthusiasm and finished with a 5-1 league record for the championship. The togetherness that his team had is something that has been lacking for many years. With their combined effort and spirit, they achieved their goal and are looking forward to more successful seasons,” from head coach Nick Delurgo.
Frosh Take League Title. In the last league game, the Frosh with a 7-0 win over Aptos win the league title. Sal Locatelli scored on a 84 yard run and Greg Saunders kicked the extra point. Tony Lopez intercepted two passes to stop Aptos drives. Locatelli gained 132 yards in 13 carries. It was a big game for the Cards as the had their best rushing game of the season gaining 250 yards and it was their first shut out.
Frosh tie with Gilroy. Gilroy scored in the first half, but a quarterback Steve Celayeta passed to Tony Lopez for a 57 yard score to tie the game.
Santa Cruz Frosh Topple Harbor 15-14. Bob Saunders 20 yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining kept the Cards in the league lead. Mitch Ronning’s one yard sneak and Tony Lopez’s 31 yard return of a fumble sent the Cards out to an early 12-0 first quarter lead. Harbor came back to take a 14-12 lead. The Redbirds game winning drive began with just seconds into the fourth quarter and consumed 61 yards in 15 plays, while eating up almost seven minutes on the clock.
Greg Saunders was the leading rusher with a 8.09 average per carry followed by Sal Locatelli with a 7.58 average. Greg Saunders had 897 yards of all purpose running, punt returns, kick off returns and pass receptions. Locatelli followed with 547. Quarterback Mitch Ronning completed 20 of 38 passes attempted. The team gained a total of 1014 yards rushing for the season and 433 passing.
Mark Matoza-most outstanding lineman
Sal Locatell–most outstanding back and co-captain
Daryl Jessen–co-captain and sportsmanship
Dean Lawson–most improved
CROSS COUNTRY — BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS TEAMS SCCAL CHAMPIONS — FIRST LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS AT SCHS EVER
Up and Kicking. From coach Greg Brock, “Cross Country is just great this year!.” There was a fantastic turnout and the team did well in all three invitational meets.
Sentinel November 11. At the SCCAL finals both the girls and boys varsities placed first. SC grouped its first five runners within nine seconds of one another totaled 29 points to favored Soquel’s 48, Aptos 64, SLV 84 and Harbor incomplete. SC boys scoring were Mark Harlan third in 13:30, Mark Mahaney fifth in 13:36, Bob Hatch sixth in 13:37, John Remboa seventh in 13:38 and Allan Spano eighth 13:39. Going into the finals, SC trailed Soquel in dual meet points 4-3, but SC nabbed eight points by winning the championship race to just nip Soquel 11-10. Aptos third with 6, SLV 2 and Harbor 0. Using just the league meet scoring, SC was first with 29 points, Soquel 48, Aptos 64, SLV 84 and Harbor incomplete.
For the girls, SC with three runners in the top ten, aced its first SCCAL crown after running through the league dual meet season undefeated. Terrry Schneider second in 14:41, Annette Mungai fifth in 15:16, Nina Peticolas ninth 15:42, Lori Medlen twelfth and Kim Celayeta sixteenth. Team scores: SC 44, Aptos 53, Soquel 56, Harbor 84 and SLV incomplete. Final SCCAL standings factoring in the dual meets: SC 12, Aptos 8, Soquel 7, Harbor 3 and SLV 0.
In other races, the frosh-soph boys placed third with David Ronda placing the highest for the Cards at ninth spot. Team championship meet points: SLV 38, Soquel 57, SC 58, Aptos 70, Harbor incomplete.
Boys Junior varsity came in second. Team scores: Soquel 15, SC 56, Aptos 70, SLV and Harbor incomplete.
At the Aptos Invitational, the Girls varsity won the team championship by placing Terry Schneider, Nina Peticolas, Annette Mungai and Lori Medlen in the top fifteen places. John Remboa won first place in the boys small school frosh-soph division.
Next was the Soquel Invitational in which over twenty schools participated, totaling between 800 to 1000 runners. Varsity boys placed third in the small schools division, with Mark Harlan placing eighth and Mark Mahaney placing tenth. Girls varsity although missing three runners still managed to place fourth as a team.
Third was the Pleasant Hill Invitational covering two miles. Girls varsity tied for third place. Team members were Terry Schneider, Nina Peticolas, Annette Mungai, Lori Medlen, Kim Celayeta and Jeanette Garcia. Boys varsity placed third with John Remboa posting a 9:54 effort for the two mile course.
In a dual meet against Harbor, SC won all four divisions. Five girls varsity members planned to finish together and they did tying for first. They were Nina Peticolas, Terry Schneider, Annette Mungai, Lori Medlen and Bethany Baker.
Varsity girls beat Soquel 19-43. Terri Schneider took first with a time of 13:56; Annette Mungai third, 14:50; Nina Peticolas fourth, 14:53; Lori Medlen fifth, 14:54; Bethany Baker sixth, 15:15; Michelle Powell seventh, 15:37; Kim Celayeta ninth, 15:52.
The boys lost to Soquel 24-32. John Rembao placed third in 11:29, Mark Harlan fourth in 11:36, Mark Mahaney fifth in 11:39 and Jeff Weber ninth in 12:05. In an incomplete frosh-soph race Dave Ronda was second in 13:07, Dave Delucchi fourth 13:29 and Mike Mahaney fifth in 13:41.
Often times people ask why I run Cross Country. The answer is not a simple one. I love the physical, mental and emotional sensations, the exhilarating sense of accomplishment. There’s a tremendous feeling to experiencing a race. When I finish a good run, I feel cleansed and set apart from the rest of sedentary society. Cross Country is basically an individual competitive sport; yet the friendship and alliance amongst team members is incomparable to any other sport I have ever encountered.
Boys varsity team members: Jeff Weber, Alan Spano, Mark Harlan, John Rembao, Paul Signor and Mark Mahaney.
Girls team members: Lorraine Rice, Regina Rudnicki, Leah Ruby, Sue Wilson, Sandy Harlan, Kim Celeyta, Lori Medlen, Bethany Baker, Annette Mungai, Nina Peticolas, Terri Schneider, Micheal Powell, Cathy Keller, Diane Rhonda and Becky Bunter.
Boys junior varsity and frosh-soph members: Tim Rhonda, Alex Johnson, David Rhonda, Scott Foster, Chris Hummel, Mike Boldrick, Dennis Hunter, Andrew Foster, Ben Irons, Mike Mahaney, David Tsugawa, David Delucchi, Matt Tsugawa and Joseph Deck.
Girls: Terri Schneider–most valuable
Nina Peticolas-most improved
Lori Medlen–coach’s award
Annette Mungai–sportsmanship award
Bethany Baker–outstanding new runner
Boys Varsity: Mark Harlan–most valuable
Jeff Weber–coaches award
Mark Mahaney–sportsmanship award
Rob Hatch-outstanding new runner
John Rambao–most improved
The sportsmanship award for the junior varsity went to Mike Boldrick and fro the frosh-soph to Dave Delucchi.
GIRLS TENNIS Harbor 6-1, 6-1; SLV 6-1, 6-1; Soquel 7-0, 7-0; Marello 7-0, 7-0; Aptos 3-4, 1-6.. SC league record 8-2 for second place.
The next two paragraphs are from the yearbook. Thirty two girls came out for the team. Varsity single: Tracey Tsugawa, Pam Mills, Laura Weybright, Barbara Bernard and Elaine Lee. Doubles players were Jody Hanson, Evonne Sandas, Julie Schneider, Nancy Rice, Cathy Pera and Carolyn Person. Good showings from Freshman Kathie Wilson, Gwyn Adams, Gina Sutton and sophomore Tina Badeaux. Others were Wendy Batt, Georgie McCullough, Cathy Tara, Lori DeRego, Chris Macken and Linda DeRego.
Gripping hands, clutch menacing racquets, balls bounce everywhere, muscled arms perform practice swings with amazing perfection, power packed legs race zealously as sun tanned bodies are tennisin’ Tennis can be played seriously or for fun. Patience, determination, confidence and many hours of hard work will make a good tennis player. The major point I’ve learned from competition is that winning isn’t what is most important. A player can learn more from a loss than from a win. It’s a matter of analyzing your game and finding your mistakes. The most important point is to enjoy yourself when you play.
Rest is from the Sentinel. Mariners Capture Thriller. SC lost the battle, but won the “war” in terms of gaining the immense admiration of coach Mullen. In the show down with previously perfect Aptos, SC made the visitors work harder than any other league foe has been able to make them work. In the end, Aptos fashioned a 4-3 triumph after having come into the confrontation with 42 consecutive individual league match wins. The string went to 44 as Aptos won the first two matches against Barbara Bernard and Jody Hanson by identical 10-3 pro-set scores. But then Gwyn Adams and Nancy Rice won their matches winning by identical 10-7 scores. Chris Macken lost 6-10. The doubles team of Gina Sutton and Tina Badeaux won 11-10. Losers in a close match 8-10 were Schneider and Wilson. Aptos is now 7-0 and SC 5-2.
Sentinel Nov. 3. Santa Cruz Upends Valley Finishes With a 8-2 Record losing only to Aptos. SC toppled SLV 6-1 in the dual match finale. Tracey Tsugawa wound up with a 9-1 record , splitting a pair of encounters with Aptos. Prior to that, she had won 17 straight league matches. Other seniors and their records were Pam Mills 8-1, Laura Weybright 8-2, Cathy Pera 6-2 and Evonne Sandas 8-2. A freshman played a stirring role against SLV. Kathy Wilson made her varsity debut. She trailed 1-6, but made an exceptional effort only to lose 10-11in a tie breaker. Singles winners in order of play were Tsugawa, Barbara Benard, Weybright and Nancy Rice. Doubles winners were Jody Hanson-Sandas and Pera-Julie Schneider.
Sept. 29. SC defeated Harbor 6-1 and also won the JV’s 4-0. For the varsity listed in order of the ladder, number one player on down. In singles: Tracey Tsugawa won 11-9, Barbara Bernard lost 0-10, Laura Weybright won 11-10, Elaine Lee won 10-1 and Pam Mills won 10-0. In doubles: Evonne Sandas and Jody Hanson won 10-2, Nancy Rice and Julie Schneider won 10-2. For junior varsity in the singles, Gwyn Adams won 6-0. In doubles: Cathy Pera and Carolyn Person won 6-0, Tina Bedaux and Kathie Wilson won 9-1 and Lori DeRego and Gina Sutton won 4-3.
Oct. 6. SC 7, Marello 0. SC winners were in singles: Tracey Tsugawa won 10-2, Barbara Bernard won 10-4, Laura Weybright won 10-2, Elaine Lee won 10-0 and Pam Mills won 10-1. In doubles: Evonne Sandas and Jody Hanson won 10-0, Stacy Prolo and Colleen Russel won 10-0, Cathy Pera and Nancy Rice won 10-0.
Oct. 8. SC Girls Win Net Matches. SC swept both the varsity and JV matches against Soquel with a pair of impressive 7-0 shutouts. Varsity singles winners were Tsugawa, Bernard, Weybright, Pam Mills and Kathy Pera. Doubles winners: Evonne Sandas-Hanson and Rice and Schneider. JV singles winners: Carolyn Person, Kathy Burnett, Patty Petrolina, Gwyn Adams. Doubles winners: Kathy Wilson- Tina Badeaux, Lorrie DeRego- Gina Sutton and Bernard-Wendy Batt.
Oct. 13 SC 6, SLV 1. Tracey Tsugawa won 10-5, Barbara Bernard won 10-2, Laura Weybright won 10-6, Pam Mills won 10-5 and Nancy Rice won 10-1.. In doubles: Julie Schneider and Cathy Pera won 10-0.
Oct. 14. Aptos ups its league record to 5-0 with a 5-2 victory over SC. Tracy Tsugawa recorded an upset by outlasting Aptos’ number one player 10-7. Pam Mills won the number four singles 10-7. The Aptos JV’s won 4-3.
Oct. 20. SC downs Harbor 6-1. SC winners were In singles: Tracey Tsugawa won 10-3, Barbara Bernard won 10-4, Laura Weybright won 10-8, Pam Mills won 10-1 and Nancy Rice won 10-2. In doubles: Julie Schneider and Cathy Pera won 10-2. Jody Hanson and Evonne Sandas won 10-0.
Oct. 22. Aptos varsity and junior varsity both ran their SCCAL records to 8-0 with identical 6-1 wins over SC. SC winners were Jody Hanson and Yvonne Sandas 10-5 in doubles. JV winners were Linda DeRego and Kathy Tara 7-6 in double.
Oct. 27. SCHS Net Team Tops Marello 7-0. In two of the closes matches, Barbara Bernard won 11-10 and Tracey Tsugawa won 10-7 against the Barbic girls. Laura Weybright won 10-2, Pam Mills won 10-2 and Nancy Rice won 10-2 in singles. In doubles: Jody Hanson and Evonne Sandas won 10-0 and Julie Schneider and Cathy Pera won by forfeit.
Oct 29. SCHS Girls Post 7-0 Net Victory 7-0 over Soquel and won the junior varsity 4-0. . SC winners were In singles: Tracey Tsugawa won 10-2, Barbara Bernard won 10-2, Laura Weybright won 10-6, Nancy Rice won 10-1 and Julie Schneider won 10-4.. In doubles: Jody Hanson and Evonne Sandas won 10-0. Kathy Wilson and Gwyn Adams won 10-1. Junior varsity winners in singles: Roscoe Sutton 6-3, Tina Badeaux won 6-2, Lorrie DeRego won 6-3 and Jody Hanson won 6-1.
Pam Mills was selected for the varsity sportsmanship award and Gina Sutton for the JV award.
BOYS/GIRLS WATER POLO ended the league season 0-6.
Yearbook. Varsity had 0-4 record with two games remaining.
With a new coach and limited time to practice the teams was not up to past years. Veteran Rob Hatch led the varsity.
From a player, “What I like about water polo is you’re allowed to dunk your opponent if he’s holding the ball, As long as the referee doesn’t see it happening, you can hit, kick, hold their legs when they try to swim and do anything else you can think of. It gets pretty cold when we practice at 6:00 in the morning, but it just makes us swim harder!”
Boy team members were Doug Bryson, Royce Copeland, Tom Shaffer, Bruce Edgar and Joe Clarey. Girl members were Sherry Ricar, Nancy Pancake and Helene Bock.
Sentinel November 14 final stats for the SCCAL by school, won-loss record, goals for and goals against.
SCH W-L GF GA
Harbor 5-1 92 51
Soquel 4-2 79 58
Aptos 3-3 79 76
SC 0-6 49 124
Junior Rob Hatch was fourth in league scoring with 25 points and Helene Bock was eleventh in scoring with 10.
Special Awards for Varsity.
Rob Hatch–most outstanding player
Shawn Weaver– most outstanding defensive player
Helene Bock–most outstanding offensive player
Bruce Edgar–sportsmanship award
FROSH-SOPH WATER POLO had a 3-3 record and finished third in the league with outstanding team effort and support from new coach Steve Sprague.
Nachio Lopez and Steve Hatch were the leader were the leading scorers for the Frosh-Soph team.
Boy team members were Tim Donnel, Mark Goin, Jose Chavez, Randy Reetz, Peter McMillan, Doug Fultz, Jon Badeaux, Steve Hatch, John Mockus, Shawn Weaver, Bruce Edgar, Tom Foster, Travis Nansel and Nocho Lopez.
Girl team members were Helene Bock, Jackie Cortez and Pat Lacki
Harbor 5-1 64 26
Soquel 4-2 36 43
SC 3-3 52 37
Aptos 0-6 11 60
Sophomore Nachio Lopez was fifth in scoring with ten points.
For frosh-soph. Steve Hatch–most outstanding player and top defensive player. Doug Fultz– sportsmanship award
From the yearbook. The team had a small but enthusiastic squad. Coach Penny Strong tried her hardest to keep the spirits up although our won/loss record was quite lopsided. Six in the morning wondering why the air is freezing, tired arms, worn out legs, gulps of air, fatigued bodies forced to dredge through choppy waters, swim practice, why? Victory!
Sentinel Nov. 14. Aptos won the first SCCAL swim title with 331, followed by Harbor 304, SLV 204, SC 113 and Soquel 53. SC placers where 200 medley relay, second in 2:13.0. 200 individual medley, Sheri Ricar, fourth in 2:40.3 and third in the 100 fly in 1:10.5. 100 free: Jackie Cortz, third in 1:05.6. 400 free relay: SC, fourth in 5:13.1. Diving: Lisa Malley, second with 293.30 points.
In frosh-soph competition Harbor won with 311 points, followed by Aptos 189, SC 183, Soquel 134 and SLV 92. Lynn Domhoff in the 50 fly was the lone SC winner in a time of 33.9. Other SC placers were 200 medley relay, SC fourth in 2:33.2. 50 backstroke: Julie Schroeder, fourth in 40.7 and Kay Allison,, fifth in 41.3. 100 individual medley: Lynn Domhoff, second in 1:18.0. 50 free: Julie Thomas, fifth in 32.5. 50 fly: 100 free: Caryn Collopy, third in 1:14.2 and Julie Thomas sixth in 1:19.3. 50 breast: Sandra Ricar, third in 40.8 and Nadine Reimers sixth in 46.7. 100 breast: Sandra Ricar, fourth in 1:30.9 and Amy Allison, sixth in 1:35.7. 200 free relay: SC, fourth in 2:15.3.
Sept. 24. Aptos won the first every SCCAL Girls swimming relays with 108 points, followed by Harbor 82, SLV 60, SC 50 and Soquel 46. The only event SC won was the 100 Tug-A-Person. Team was Newsome, Peters, Beddow and Rathe in 2:10.1
In frosh-soph Harbor won with 99 points, followed by SC 80, Soquel 41, Aptos 16, SLV 8. Winning SC events: 100 freestyle of Thomas, Schroeder, Yoryan and Ricar in 1:03.0. 100 breaststroke of Allison, Reimers, Neitz and Ricar in 1:19.5. 200 medley relay of Person, Reitz, Domhoff and Callopy in 2:26.8. 100 butterfly of Reimers, Person, Callopy and Domhoff in 1:19.3. 100 Pull Buoys Freestyle of Thomas, Reitz, Callopy and Ricar in 1:23.4. 200 butterfly-breaststroke of Schroeder, Domhoff, Ricar and Person. 400 Individual medley of Lynn Domhoff, Martha Person, Tammy Reitz and Caryn Callopy in 5:39.6.
From the Sentinel. SC Swimmers Top Alisal in a narrow 78-71 victory. The frosh-soph team lost by a slim 65-72 score. The varsity won the 200 medley relay in 2:23 and was second in the 400 freestyle relay in 5:26.8. Bogard won the 200 freestyle in 3:05.4 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:49.6. Lacki was second in the 200 individual medley in 2:55. Lisa Malley was third in the 50 freestyle in 33.9. Cortez won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.3 and the 100 backstroke in 1:16.2. Sandra Ricar won the 500 freestyle in 6:35.2.
Placers for the frosh-soph were Julie Schroeder, who won the 50 backstroke in 44.9 and was third in the 50 freestyle in 37 flat. Julie Thomas won the 50 freestyle in 33 flat. Callopy won the 100 freestyle in 1:15.8 and was second in the 100 individual medley in 1:28.9. Sheri Ricar won the 50 breaststroke in 42.4 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:36.3. Carolyn Person won the 100 backstroke in 1:30.6 was second in 50 butterfly in 35.7 and the 1 meter diving at 35.7. Reimers was third in 50 breaststroke in 49.5 and 100 breaststroke in 1:53.6. Amy Allison was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:45.8
Team members were Julia Hilgard, Sandra Ricar, Julie Schroeder, Amy Allison, Rosalind Waite, Lynne Domhoff, Joanne Fitzgerald, Nancy Pancake, Julie Thomas, NadineReimers, Lisa Malley and Cathy Person.
Trident October 15. In the league opener, the varsity had a great victory in both sets against Soquel for a 15-11, 15-8 win. Spikers are Michelle Lewis, Sarah Lynch, Ingbritt Christenson, Lori Thomas and Linda Ayers. Nancy McPherson and Rita Scott set exceptionally well. New coach Carolyn Burkett was very encouraging and the team worked hard for every game. The team won many of their games and always stuck together with their spirit and pride.
JV’s beat Soquel 2-1 in the league opener. Winning the first set, lost the second and after a marvelous recovery came back to win the third set and match. Spikers are Mary Ann Wainscoat, Ticha Alvarez, Pat Wainscoat and Gerianne Veith. Setters are Gilly Stratton and Gerianne Veith. Wainscoat served 19 points and Liz served 13 points. Other team members were Sheri Jackson, Roberta Boegel and Hotencia Cardenas.
Laurie Thomas was selected for the varsity sportsmanship award and Ticha Alvarez for the JV award.
BOYS SOCCER Practice games; Alisal 1-3, Los Gatos 4-3, 2-4; Watsonville 2-3, North Salinas 4-1, Newark 0-1. Santa Cruz Tournament; Soquel 3-0, Aptos 0-1, Camden 1-0. Practice record 4-5. League: SLV 1-2, 2-0, 0-3; Aptos 6-0, 3-0, 2-4; Soquel 3-1, 1-0, 0-3; Harbor 3-2, 1-2, 4-0. League record 7-5 for second place in the first year of the SCCAL. League standings: SLV 8-1-3, SC 7-5-0, Aptos 5-6-1, Soquel 4-7-1, Harbor 2-7-3. Season record 11-10.
The first coach of SC soccer Don Dempewolfe has taken over as the school athletic director and new coach Greg Kellejian has taken over.
Until the last three games it looked like the Cards had captured first place, but then lost to Aptos 2-4 and were then shut out by SLV and Soquel to end up in second place instead.
In the second game of the season against Los Gatos the Cards were down 0-2 at halftime, but came back to score four to win 4-3. In the JV game the Cards lone score came on a head shot by Andrew Ellis on a cross from Jose Ramirez.
In a 2-3 loss to Watsonville it was a very tight game and no one could predict who would win. In some places in the game, it looked like SC was going to take it. SC’s first goal started with Richard Ellis dribbling the ball down the sideline and crossing it to Joey Lopez for a head shot. The halftime score was 1-1. Just five minutes into the second half, Watsonville was called for trapping the ball by falling and sitting on it. Mike Lopez took a direct free kick outside the penalty area. The kick curved in between the goal post and the goalkeeper’s hand and SC took the lead again. Watsonville scored on a cross and with five minutes left scored the winner as a Watsonville player just nicked the ball into the right goal corner. When a team almost beats a championship team like Watsonville, things are looking pretty good.
SC Goal Happy as they beat Aptos 6-0. In the first half, SC played steady ball as they controlled mid field. At half time the score was 2-0 with Jose and Efrain Cerna doing the scoring. In the second half the Cards were taking shots all over Aptos’ goal making four more goals. Scorers in the second half were Jack Cabrera with three and Mike Lopez one.
Against Soquel only one goal was scored on a pass from Joey Lopez to Jack Cabrera, five minutes into the game. The rest of the game neither team could penetrate the others goal. The key player of the game was SC’s goalkeeper Gerardo Martinez, who was there whenever Soquel would break through the SC defense, to make diving saves.
The Cards outscored their practice opponents 17 to 16, league opponents 26 to 17 and for the whole season 43 to 33.
Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Jack Cabrera three goals twice
Pre-season total scoring — Mike Lopez 5
League season total scoring — Jack Cabrera 13
Overall season scoring — Jack Cabrera 14
Stats for the team:
Highest game score — Aptos 6-0
Shut outs — five
Consecutive wins — four
Consecutive losses — three
PR LEA TOTALS
Jack Cabrera 1 13 14
Mike Lopez 5 4 9
Lupe Gonzales 4 3 7
Efrian Cerna 0 3 3
Jose Cerna 2 1 3
Joey Lopez 1 1 2
Adan Oliva 0 1 1
Pete Gunn 0 1 1
Gerado Martinez 1 0 1
Totals 14 27 31
ALL SCCAL selections were Jack Cabrera, Mike Lopez, Ramiro Hernandez and Gerardo Martinez. Honorable mention Richard Ellis and Filo Perez.
SLV won the league with a 8-1-3 record with Mark Otonez named Player of the year.
JV SOCCER Practice games: Alisal 4-3, Los Gatos 1-4, 0-6; Watsonville 1-4, North Salinas 6-0. Practice record 2-3. League: SLV 3-1, 0-0, 1-0; Aptos 2-0, 2-1, 1-1; Soquel 8-0, 1-0, 5-0; Harbor 0-3, 1-2, 1-3. League record 7-3-2 for second place. Season record 9-6-2.
League standings: Harbor 10-0-2, SC 7-3-2, SLV 5-4-3, Aptos 4-7-1, Soquel 0-12-0.
Almost the same thing that happened to the varsity, happened to the JV’s except that they tied Aptos instead of losing to them, but they beat Soquel 5-0, but lost to Harbor 1-3. It still put them in second place.
The JV’s best game was against Soquel, when the Cards smashed them 8-0. In this game the Card scorers were Jose Ramirez with three goals, John Morris with two, John Beiers one, Mike Clifford one and Andrew Ellis one. In the next game against Soquel it was a tight game with Peter Gunn scoring the only goal on a penalty kick, about three minutes into the game.
The Cards outscored by their practice opponents 12 to 7, they outscored their league opponents 25 to 11and for the whole season 37 to 28.
Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Jose Ramirez 4
Pre-season total scoring — Jose Ramirez 7
League season total scoring — John Morris 7
Overall season scoring — Jose Ramirez 10
Stats for the team:
Highest game — North Salinas 6-0
Shut Outs — 7
Consecutive wins — 3
Consecutive losses — 2
PR LEA TOTAL
Jose Ramirez 7 3 10
John Morris 0 7 7
Andrew Ellis 1 5 6
Dennis Medina 0 4 4
Bob Poll 0 2 2
Mike Clifford 0 1 1
John Beires 0 1 1
Jerry Alvarez 1 0 1
Ricky Perez 1 0 1
Totals 10 23 33
WRESTLING FIRST EVERY SCCAL CHAMPIONS
League meet champion. 10-1 dual meet champion. Second place at the CCS Region IV.
Sentinel. Feb 13.Santa Cruz Takes First Ever SCCAL Mat Tourney Title. SC won six of the 13 matches. In the tournament at 90 pounds, Nacho Lopez placed second. At 106, Bob Layton won by pin. At 115, Roy Lopez placed second losing by a slim 0-1 score. At 121, Tim Ronda took second losing 1-2. At 130, Pat Rodriguez took second losing by pin. At 136, Mike Gregoric took first by decision. At 141, Greg Lopez won by decision. At 148, Greg Ronning won by decision. At 157, Tony Lopez took second, losing by pin. At 168, John Munoz needed three overtimes to win by decision. At 177, Frank Easter took third place. At 194 was the only division SC did not have a top three scorer. At heavyweight, Bob Martin won by pin.
Coach Tex Ronning’s team, which is strong virtually every year, compiled a regular season dual meet championship as well, when the total league dual meet points were added up the Cards had 173 points to the next best Soquel with 139, Aptos 120, Harbor 94 and SLV 8.
JUNIOR VARSITY ALSO CHAMPIONS OF SCCAL
For the Junior Varsity at the SCCAL tournament, listed by weight, name and how SC wrestlers placed. 98, Weybright, 2. 115, Ronzano, 1. 123, Jim Munoz, 1. 130, Saunders, 1. 141, Alvarez, 1. 148, Hand, 1. 157, Hand, 1. 168, Stumpf, 1. Heavyweight, Rafaelli, 1.
Area Grapplers Headed to Region IV Tourney at Gonzales. SC is rated a favorite just on numbers alone. SC qualified 11 wrestlers for the first step to the CCS finals at West Valley College and the State tournament at American River Community College in Sacramento. Two wrestlers to watch are SC’s Bob Layton at 106 and Roy Lopez at 115, both rated as favorites to qualify for the state meet for the second year in a row. Layton is 23-1-1 this season with four tournament titles to his credit after finishing fourth at CCS a year ago. He has not lost a dual match in his last two years of varsity completion. In three years of varsity wrestling. Lopez has never lost and his 1977 record is 16-5 after winning the Aptos tourney, finishing second at Gonzales and the SCCAL finals and fourth at the Harbor Tourney. Another Card matman with impressive credentials is sophomore Mike Gregoric at 136 pounds. He has captured two tournament titles, Aptos and SCCAL on his way to a 21-3 win loss record.
Layton Captures CCS Region IV crown at 106 pounds. Watsonville won the meet with SC second. Senior Bob Layton swept through his three matches en route to a 4-2 championship triumph of a Watsonville wrestler. Including Layton, SC will send Nacho Lopez at 98; Roy Lopez at 115 placed fourth; Tim Ronda at 123 placed third; John Munoz at 168 place third; Bob Martin at 238 placed fourth and three alternates– Mike Gregoric at 136; Greg Lopez at 141 and Greg Ronning at 148. The Cards advanced six wrestlers to the CCS finals. The top four placers in each weight division advances and a fifth spot serves an alternate.
On March 4, Bob Layton competed in the California State CIF wrestling tournament for top placers in the section meets. He failed to place in this top of the state competition. This was the second straight year Bob qualified for this top level meet. Bob had an enviable season record of 29 wins, 2 losses and one draw.
Team members were Kevin Tara, Bob Martin, Robert Chavez, Henry Lavender, Bruce Higgins, Ignacio Lopez, Mitch Ronning, Mark Schultz, Oscar Warner, Don Dumller, Rick Hand, Tony Lopez, Frank Easter, John Reedy, Warren Harding, Tim Ronda, Pat Rodriguez, John Munoz, Roy Lopez, Fidel Ruiz, Jim Munoz, Greg Lopez, Bob Layton, Greg Ronning, Mike Gregoric, Steve Ghio, Mike Weybright, Greg Saunders, Chris Ronzano and David Alvarez.
Sentinel. Jan. 9. Cards Win County Novice Mat Tourney. SC picked up six first, six seconds and one third place to dominate the tournament for the county‘s first year wrestlers. Winning for the Cards were Nacho Lopez at 105, Roger Esparza 114, Greg Saunders 122, Frank Easter 177, Bob Martin 193 and Robert Chavez heavyweight. Second place wrestlers were Tara at 97, Schultz 135, Dinkins 140, Ruiz 147, Harding 156 and Lavender 177. Ronning at 129 placed third.
At the Aptos Invitational against three other schools, the Cards took first place with 151 points. First place finishers were Roy Lopez, Bob Layton and Greg Lopez. Second place: Bruce Rowe, Mike Weybright and John Munoz. Tim Ronda and Pat Rodriguez placed fourth.
At the same time the JV team competed at the Soquel Frosh-Soph Tournament coming in third. First place finishers were Nacho Lopez, Rick Hand and Don Dumller. Third place, Rob Raffaeli. David Alvarez, fourth; Jesse Stumpf, fifth and Mitch Ronning, sixth.
Varsity and JV’s win over San Jose. Varsity 39-18 and JV 42-21. Varsity winners were Mike Weybright, Roy Lopez, Bob Layton, Tim Ronda, Bruce Rowe, Greg Ronning, Greg Lopez and John Munoz. JV winners were Nacho Lopez, Steve Ghio, Jim Munoz, Rick Hand, Jesse Stumpf, Don Dumller, Warren King and Bob Raffael.
In a double win against Mt. Pleasant, varsity 41-30 and JV 54-18.
Varsity beat North Salinas 39-19 and JV’s lost 22-35.
Varsity took fourth place with 91 points at the Harbor Tournament.
Wrestling records for the year:
Most Take Downs and Most Pins– Bob Layton
Voted by the team
Most Valuable and Tri-Captain– Bob Layton
Most Improved — John Munoz
Spartan award — Greg Ronning
Dads Club Sportsmanship award and Tri-Captain– Varsity, Tim Ronda.
For the JV team — Don Dumller
Captains — Bob Layton, Greg Lopez and Tim Ronda
Matmaids — Judy Esche, Kathy Bagnell, Tami McNeal and Le Ann Myers
BASKETBALL Practice games: Palma 49-40, Gilroy 45-50. Dads Club Tournament: Soquel 54-50, SLV 53-58, Marello 43-55 for fourth place. Carmel Tournament: Irvington 53-74, Westmont 58-46, Homestead 47-67 for seventh place. Watsonville 38-48, 53-32; King City 55-48, Mitty 50-77, Bellarmine 36-57, North Salinas 37-43 in OT. Practice record 5-9. League: Aptos 38-60, 63-70; Harbor 28-49, 50-63; Marello 46-61, 57-55; SLV 51-50, 38-34; Soquel 40-39, 50-48. League record 5-5, tied with Marello for third place. Season record 10-14.
Preseason write up. The horizon seems to be a bit brighter for Pete Newell as he begins his third year as head coach at SC. This squad has better depth than in the past, but lacks a big man up front. “I think we have more physical talent than in the last couple of years. We have more people at more positions and it gives us better depth. We still aren’t very big and will have to rely on quickness and defense to be our long suits. The three individuals who will be looked to most have played varsity since their sophomore year. Eddie Hightower, Paul Wainscoat and Jeff Weber. Hightower missed most of last year because of a knee injury, but was a force when came back for the last third of the season. Jeff Weber is probably the best all around player at SC the last two years. Wainscoat has improved considerably from last year. He is more confident and more than anything else is his major contribution in the area of leadership. As the team “leader” he takes the place of Kenny O’Connell.
Varsity roster by name, position, height, year in school and team played on last year. V for varsity, JV and none for did not play.
POS HT YE TEAM
Tsugawa, Matt G 5-3 SR V
Locatelli, Rusty G 5-9 JR JV
Wahl, Steve C 6-3 JR JV
Hightower, Eddie F 6-2 SR V
Forgaard, Eric F 6-2 JR NONE
Middleton, Chuck G 5-8 JR JV
Burks, Charles G 5-10 SR V
Wainscoat, Paul G 5-10 SR V
Trebbien, John F 6-2 SR JV
Martin, Doug C 6-3 SR V
Weber, Jeff F 6-2 SR V
Snow, Mark F 6-2 SR V
Sanford, George G 5-9 SOPH
With a winners poise and a constant lead, SC took Palma 49-40 in the season opener, starring the Dependable Three: Seniors Eddie Hightower, Paul Wainscoat and Jeff Webber. The Cards had a tight 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, aggressive defense of Rusty Locatelli and John Trebbien helped SC pull ahead 25-16 at half. Starting forward Doug Martin a 6-3 senior, Wainscoat and Webber brought SC to a 11 point lead going into the last quarter, but Palma put on a rally. Webber and Hightower hit free throws in the last minute and a half to pull safely ahead. Scoring: Hightower 13, Snow 3, Martin 6, Wainscoat 6, Weber 15, Trebbian 2 and Perkins 2.
Cardinal Edged By Gilroy Despite Fine Effort 45-50. The third year coach Newell had praise for his team, “I couldn’t ask for a greater effort from everyone and everyone played. They all played hard and sustained intensity for the entire game. Even though we made a few mistakes that are correctable, we played well. In many ways we played better than the previous game we won. I‘m pleased with the play off the bench of Charles Burks and Rusty Locatelli. And in time John Trebbian, Steve Wahl and Eric Forgaard are going to help us.”
SC took an early 12-6 lead, but the Mustangs reeled off nine unanswered points to close the first quarter on top 15-12. At halftime Gilroy was ahead 27-25. Each team scored ten points in the third quarter to make it 37-35. After Gilroy’s top scorer had 13 points in the first half, Jeff Weber picked him up in the second half and held him to five points. Eddie Hightower registered the first area high school dunk of the season, when he drove in on a breakaway and authoritatively slammed it down. SC out shot the Mustangs 51 percent to 41 percent from the floor. Scoring: Locatelli 8, Hightower 8, Burks 5, Wainscoat 8, Martin 2, Weber 12, Snow 2, Wahl, Forgaard, Middleton and Trebbien all 0.
Cards Edge Soquel 54-50 in the first game of the Twenty-first Dads Club Tournament. It never fails when SC and Soquel get together, no matter the standings or the situation may be, the two schools play as if the league championship is at stake. Last year Soquel won a pair of nip and tuck battles, but this time SC prevailed even though for three quarters it was Soquel which held the upper hand and never trailed at any time. Soquel led 21-6 at the end of the first quarter and 31-21 at half and 41-39 at the end of the third.
Soquel’s three-quarter court zone press built the opening lead. With 7:30 left in the game, Charles Burks hit a 15 footer to knot the count at 41-41. Almost seven minutes later with the score tied for the fourth time, 49-49, Rusty Locatelli took a pass from Eric Forgaard and hit a 14 footer, was fouled and made the charity point to put SC up 52-49. Soquel scored to make it 52-51.
With 23 seconds left Eddie Hightower, who finished 8 for 11 from the field for a game high 16 points, iced the victory with a loose ball follow up for the final score. Newell said, “Individually our bench won it for us. Charles Burks played the best he has ever played and he’s going to play even better after he gets more confidence. John Trebbien was a tower of strength inside. Rusty Locatelli did his usually outstanding job coming off the bench. Eric Forgaard, who’s never played organized basketball until this year, was super at the offensive end, shooting, passing and rebounding.” Scoring: Weber 11, Wainscoat 4, Hightower 16, Martin 2, Locatelli 7, Trebbien 7, Burks 6, Forgaard 4, Wahl 0 and Snow 0.
SLV beats SC 58-53 in the championship round of the Dads Tourney. With the lead changing hands 26 times and the score becoming deadlock on another 10 occasions, SLV pulled out a win. The lead changed hands 21 times in the first half. At the end of the first quarter it was SLV 15-14, halftime it was SC 30-29, third quarter it was tied 42-42. SLV outscored SC 16-11 in the last quarter. Scoring: Weber 8, Wainscoat 14, Hightower 9, Martin 6, Middleton 2, Locatelli 14, rest did not score: Snow, Wahl, Trebbien, Burks and Forgaard.
Marello beat SC 55-43 for third place in Dads Tourney. SC dominated in the first half, keep the Panthers off the boards and forcing them to shoot further outside then they would have liked as they went 11 for 33 compared to SC’s 13 for 27. The Redbirds held an 11 point lead with 1:30 to go in the second quarter, but Marello scored three quick baskets cutting the Cards lead to 27-22. SC also won the battle of the boards 15-10 at the half. Marello owned the second half outscoring SC 15-6 in the third quarter and 18-10 in the fourth. Scoring: Weber 2, Wainscoat 8, Hightower 7, Martin 2, Wahl 2, Middleton 2, Locatelli 5, Trebbien 6, Burks 6, Forgaard 4 Tsugawa 0 and Snow 0.
In a practice game, Marello Shoots By SC 61-46. Doug Martin and Jeff Weber were the two strong players for SC as they popped in 12 and 11 points. Rusty Locatelli had nine points. Eddie Hightower went out in the first quarter with an ankle injury and Steve Wahl and George Sanford were unable to suit up. SC was down 14-26 at half.
Cardinals Top King City 55-48. In just two short weeks, Pete Newell’s Cardinals have won only one game less than they did in the last two years and it doesn’t appear they have any intentions of stopping there. Once again, SC received good play off the bench and consistent and reliable performances from the starters. Junior guard Rusty Locatelli could start for any other team in the county. gave the Cards another fine lift coming in and scoring 18 points and grabbing five rebounds. He was 8 for I1 from the field on shots from the 14 to 16 foot range. Chuck Middleton, also a junior guard, dished out four assists and reserve center Steve Wahl chipped in four points.
Starting guard Jeff Weber held King Cities best scorer down, while scoring 12 points, grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assist. Center John Trebbien was effective inside, collecting six rebounds and blocking three shots. Guard Paul Wainscoat recorded nine points and five caroms. Forward Eddie Hightower registered eight tallies and seven rebounds. The halftime score was SC 30-26. Third period SC 40-34. Scoring: Weber 12, Wainscoat 9, Hightower 8, Wahl 4, Locatelli 18, Trebbien 2, Tsugawa 2, Middleton 0 and Snow 0.
In the opening round of the Carmel Invitational Tournament, Irvington defeated SC 74-53. Irvington led throughout the whole game. First quarter 15-7, halftime 28-22 and in the third quarter outscored SC 24-14 to put the game away. Scoring: Locatelli 8, Wahl 2, Hightower 16, Forgaard 4, Burks 2, Wainscoat 9, Martin 5 and Weber 7.
In the second game the Cards beat Westmont 58-46. Westmont led 10-9 at the quarter and 29-25 at half time, but the Cardinals took control of the game in the third quarter going ahead 41-39, by outscoring Westmont 16-10 and in the fourth quarter rolled up a 17-7 scoring edge. Scoring: Locatelli 8, Hightower 12, Forgaard 6, Burks 3, Wainscoat 6, Martin 4, Weber 19, Snow, Middleton and Wahl all 0.
In the consolation third place game, Homestead defeated SC 67-47. It was a close game the first half with Homestead leading 31-27, but in the third period the Mustangs rolled up a 18-6 quarter to make the score 49-33. Scoring: Weber 13, Wainscoat 3, Hightower 9, Martin 6, Snow 4, Wahl 0, Middleton 4, Locatelli 5, Burks 2, Forgaard 1 and Trebbien 0.
Wildcats Topple Cardinals 48-38. Most of the shots taken by SC did not go in. They were 16 of 53 from the floor and six of 16 from the line. SC led at half 21-18, but Watsonville came back and outscored them 12-5 in the third quarter to go ahead 30-26. It was hard to tell what made SC coach Pete Newell more upset, the officiating or a very poor offensive effort by the Cards. Scoring: Weber 2, Wainscoat 10, Hightower 13, Locatelli 9, Burks 4 and the rest of the team did not score although the whose squad played.
CCS’s second ranked Mitty gave SC a little lesson on how to play winning basketball while beating them 77-50. SC coach Newell knew all about Mitty as he coached in the same league with them just a few years ago. This game marked a first for SC, the zone defense. Mitty trapped and pressed the Cards into a heap of first half turnovers. Scoring: Weber 6, Wainscoat 15, Hightower 8, Martin 4, Locatelli 8, Trebbien 2 and Burks 7.
Bellarmine wins 57-36. Twenty-two unanswered points in the first half gave Bellarmine a 26-8 halftime lead. The second half the Cards played them near even. Bellarmine threw multiple defenses against the Cards, but the Cards stayed in the game. SC went 12 for 14 at the line. Hightower had 8 rebounds and Wainscoat had five rebounds and three assists. Scoring: Weber 4, Wainscoat 16, Hightower 12, Locatelli 4, all the rest 0, Martin, Snow, Trebbien and Burks.
Stout Defense Wins It For SC 53-32 over Watsonville. ”What won the game for us was our defense. It was the best defensive effort that I’ve seen since I’ve been here. We started with intensity and sustained it for 32 minutes and that’s what we’re going to have to do to be competitive.,” said coach Newell. SC jumped out to a 11-3 first quarter lead and led 23-16 at halftime. SC then completely blew Watsonville away in the second half, opening the third quarter with 12 straight unanswered points to take a 35-16 advantage.
Six of those points were scored by Eddie Hightower, one a dribble drive lay up through the key, a baseline jumper and a bomb from above the free throw line. Hightower knows where the hoop is and he goes to it with authority. This was the debut of a player, who could be heard from a lot the next few years.
Sophomore George Sanford was brought up form the JV’s and the spry guard responded with eight points and some excellent defensive play. “George is a player! He has confidence in his ability,” said coach Newell. With the addition of Sanford and the return of Charles Burks, who is recovering from a broken nose, the Cards will have good backcourt quickness, when league starts next week. Weber is one of the counties best “shooters” and it could only be a matter of time before he breaks loose for a 20 plus game. Scoring: Webber 13, Wainscoat 8, Hightower 15, Trebbien 0, Locatelli 5, Sanford 8, Martin 4, Wahl 0 and Middleton 0.
Cards Beaten In Overtime by North Salinas 43-37 in the last non league game. The score was tied 13 times and the lead changed hands on 14 occasions. With 1:06 to play in regulation, Eddie Hightower grabbed a key rebound and SC began working for the last shot as the score was deadlocked 36-36. But things did not go as planned, which forced overtime. Doug Martin and John Trebbien nullified the Vikings 6-8 center holding to 8 points. There was praise for Trebbien and Mark Snow for coming off the bench an doing a good job. Charles Burks playing with a broken nose and Hightower for being very active and effective at both ends of the court. Scoring: Weber 6, Wainscoat 12, Hightower 14, Martin 0, Sanford 4, Snow 0, Trebbien 1 and Burks 0.
Aptos Rips Cards 60-38 in the league opener. SC led 12-11 after the first quarter and it looked like the Cards might be able to pull off a repeat of their league opening upset of the Mariners last season. In the first half the lead changed hands nine times and was tied twice. Aptos pulled ahead 24-19 at halftime. At one point in the fourth quarter Aptos outscored SC 18-2. Eddie Hightower, who is still improving, kept SC alive after halftime with three straight buckets to bring the score to 38-32. Scoring: Weber 6, Wainscoat 11, Hightower 12, Burks 0, Martin 2, Snow 1, Wahl 0, Trebbien 3 and Locatelli 3.
Pirates Clip Cards 49-28. It was like someone had put Saran Wrap over the basket. That’s how SC must have felt as they made just nine of 60 field goal attempts for 15 percent against the Harbor 2-3 zone. After 24 minutes of play Harbor led 29-18. The closest SC came was a 6-2 deficit in the first quarter. The Cards closed the gap to five at one point in the second period, but trailed 21-13 at halftime. SC ran into foul trouble as ace Eddie Hightower fouled out late in the third quarter and Rusty Locatelli said good bye in the fourth. Forward Jeff Weber picked up three fouls in the first quarter and played with four fouls most of the game. Scoring: Weber 4, Wainscoat 10, Hightower 1, Martin 5, Burks 4, Snow 2, Wahl 0, Trebbien 2 and Locatelli 2.
Panther Duo Topple Cards 61-46. SC began the game with just eight players, because of injuries. Then Eddie Hightower injured an ankle after five minutes of play and was lost for the rest of the game. Marello led 13-6 after one quarter and 26-14 at halftime. The Cards biggest problem of late has been getting the ball into the basket and after three quarters they managed only 30 points. Early in the fourth period, SC managed to come within 10 points, 46-36 on a tip in by Bob Martin. Martin has started most of the year and played his best offensive game popping in 12 points to take up some of the slack for the loss of Hightower. Jeff Weber joined Martin in double figures with 11 points. Rusty Locatelli came off the bench and hustled his way for nine points. Scoring: Weber 11, Wainscoat 6, Hightower 0, Martin 12, Burks 4, Snow 0, Trebbien 4 and Locatelli 9.
SC Outlasts SLV In thriller 51-50. There was joy in Santa Cruz before a full house of screaming fans as the Cards won their first league game and defeated the Cougars for the first time in three years. Both schools filled the Card gym and contributed to a steady din, which lasted throughout the game. From a spectators standpoint, it was probably the best game played thus far this year.
The game was up for grabs with less than half a minute to play. The game was tied on ten occasions, including with 2:21 to play in the fourth quarter, when Hightower canned a short jumper to tie the game 48-48, was fouled and made the foul shot to put the Cards ahead 47-46. SLV scored to go ahead 48-47. Wainscoat converted a one-and-one for two points to put the Cards back on top 49-48. SLV converted two free throws to go ahead 50-49 with 1:08 left. With 22 seconds to play, Wainscoat calmly knocked in two more free throws, when everybody in the place who could make noise was doing it.
A Valley basket was ruled no good with three seconds to go, when an SLV player was called for an offensive foul. SC’s Jeff Weber intercepted a last ditch SLV pass with two seconds left and the game was over. Coach Newell, “I am really pleased with the total effort of everyone who played. Wainscoat had his best all around game. Hightower hit some crucial shots. John Trebbien did a super job playing defense and rebounding.” Wainscoat and Hightower kept SC in the game during the fourth quarter with good shooting from both the line and the field under heavy pressure. Scoring: Weber 12, Wainscoat 21, Hightower 11, Locatelli 4, Snow 0, Trebbien3, Martin 0 and Burks 0.
From the Trident: Both teams played extremely well. Key player of the game was Paul Wainscoat, who scored very well from the free throw line and had his most prolific scoring game with 21 points. Charles Burks and John Trebbien added a lot of effort. SC has gotten off to a slow start, but they have played some good teams. Lets hope the SLV win augurs better things for the rest of the season.
Short Jump Shot Rallies Cards. Eddie Hightower’s rebound and short jumper with four seconds to go in the game gave the Cards a 40-39 win over Soquel. The win was the Cards second in a row. Hightower’s heroics came 15 seconds after Soquel went ahead 39-38 with just 19 seconds left. SC trailed by a small margin for almost the entire game, taking its first lead with 3:03 to go in the contest, when Paul Wainscoat made two free throws. SC called time out with 13 seconds to go to plan strategy. The play was for Jeff Weber, the team’s best pure shooter, to take the last shot coming off a screen on the right baseline, his spot. Weber got off the shot with five seconds to go, but it was way short, skimming the backboard and into the hands of Hightower, who knew what to do with it. Scoring: Weber 10, Wainscoat 14, Hightower 6, Martin 2, Burks 0, Locatelli 6, Snow 0 and Trebbien 2.
Aptos Survives Scare From Cards 70-63. SC coach Pete Newell, whose Cards battled Aptos on even terms until the middle of the second quarter after being down 8-0 at the start, praised the effort put forth by his team. “I thought we played as hard as we have in any game this year. Even though we lost the game, I can’t ask for anything more than for them to play their hardest against a team that’s the best in the league. Trebbien was sensational tonight, (9 for 10 shooting from the floor) and nine rebounds and Hightower, before he was hurt (a scratched eye with 4:49 left to play) played well. I think the last four minutes were the best four minutes of basketball Jeff Weber has ever played. He had five rebounds in those four minutes and a game total of seven.” SC hit 29 of 67 attempts and Aptos had 29 of 58. The difference was at the free throw line where SC was 5 of 13 and Aptos 12 of 21. Aptos won the battle of the boards 28-25. Aptos led 36-27 at halftime. Scoring: Weber 14, Wainscoat 0, Hightower 16, Martin 2, Burks 2, Locatelli 11, Snow 0 and Trebbien 18.
Harbor Racks Up Cards 63-50. Harbor took a slim 24-21 lead into halftime. SC rallied to within a point 31-32 in the third period on a Jeff Weber 15 footer. Then Harbor put on a press in the fourth quarter and reeled off a 14-2 scoring spree to put the game out of reach. Still trailing by 20 points Eddie Hightower along with Rusty Locatelli found the range and pulled SC within 13. Scoring: Hightower 18, Locatelli 10, Weber 8, Trebbien 8, Wainscoat 4, Snow 2, Martin 0 and Burks 0.
Honors For ‘Doc’ Tonight
Tonight is “Doc” Fehliman’s big night. The 89-years young director of the Santa Cruz High Alumni Association will be honored this evening as the SCHS Gym will be dedicated as Fehliman Gym. Fehliman, who taught 30 ½ years at Santa Cruz High prior to his retirement in 1953 and then continued his alumni work. He has file cards on 14,288 SCHS graduates. He will be honored tonight prior to the start of the varsity basketball game between Santa Cruz High and Marello Prep. Extra seats have been added through the cooperation of the parks and recreation department and the largest crowd in SCHS basketball history is anticipated as SCHS graduates flock to the special night for Fehliman.
Perfect Cardinal Script for the dedication of the SCHS gym in honor of ‘Doc’ Fehliman with a Cardinal 57-55 win over Marello. It was a stirring game during which the lead changed hands 17 times, 14 in the second half. SC avenged two earlier losses to the Panthers with Eddie Hightower grabbing 14 rebounds as he and Jeff Weber both scored 18 points. Doug Martin and John Trebbien held Marello’s all time scoring leader to eight points.
Coach Newell, “We got down early, but then regrouped at the beginning of the second quarter and started to play more aggressively and kept them away from the offensive boards. We had more patience down on our offensive end to take the shot that WE wanted. Tonight we hit it and it’s about time the law of averages caught up with us. Before the game, I didn’t give them the old win it for the Gipper talk, but I did say it would be nice to win on Doc’s special night.”
Charles Burks had four assist and Rusty Locatelli and Paul Wainscoat chipped in with three apiece to keep the SC attack in high gear. One highlight of the fourth quarter — illustrating the Cards hustle perfectly– came when Wainscoat whipped a strike to Weber on a fast break and the senior scored a lay up for the seventh lead change in the second half.
Former SC basketball star Angelo Ross, now the coach of Marello was not too pleased with the play of his team. Weber fouled out with 2:16 left in the game and Marello netted both free throws to go ahead 54-53. Hightower buried a jumper from the top of the key at 2:03 to put the Cards ahead 55-54.
Marello tied it with 1:19 left. SC then stalled until 20 seconds remained on the clock. Locatelli was fouled, made the first and missed the second to take the lead 56-55. He then stole the ball with 16 seconds to go. Wainscoat was fouled made the first, 57-55 and missed the second with 13 seconds left. Marello got off a shot and rebounded it, but on the ensuing shot Wainscoat partially blocked it and snatched the rebound with four seconds left to secure the victory. Scoring: Weber 18, Hightower 18, Wainscoat 7, Martin 4, Burks 2, Locatelli 8 and Trebbien 0.
Cardinal Defense Slows Cougars. SC notched its defensive belt and held explosive SLV to eleven halftime points en route to a close 38-34 victory. A 14-11 halftime score reflect the kind of game it was. Coach Newell was pleased with his teams performance, winners of four out of their last six games. “It was a team effort on both ends. We had control early, lost it, then came right back and executed. This makes two great efforts back to back.” The Card defense left scars on the Cougar scorers. Only one player scored in double figurers. Rusty Locatelli stuck to their top scorer like glue and shut him down completely. After three quarters, SC held a slim edge, 22-21. With 7:11 left in the fourth SLV scored to go ahead 23-22. With 1:06 left, Locatelli hit a 15 foot baseline jumper to give SC a 31-30 lead. SLV popped two free throws to go back in the lead 32-31. The Cards put the game away with 27 seconds left. Scoring: Locatelli 13, Weber 11, Wainscoat 4, Trebbien 4, Hightower 2, Martin 2, Burks 2 and Snow 0.
Cards Capture Finale 50-48 from Soquel. Eddie Hightower tossed in 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to finish his Cardinal career on a high note. The game completed Pete Newell’s third season as Santa Cruz coach. The record was 1-23 the first season, jumped to 6-18 last year and wound up at 10-14 this time around, indicating steady improvement for the SC program. SC and Marello tied for third place in SCCAL standings at 5-5.
Looking back on the season, Newell said, “I have a good feeling about this year. The fact that regardless of the caliber of the competition, with few exceptions our team played as hard as it was capable of playing. I think our league record 5-5 and winning 10 games overall is a tribute more to the character of this team than anything else. In league play, of our five wins, two were by one point, two were by two points and one was by four points. A pessimist would look at it and say we could easily be 0-10. But an optimist would look at it and say we had what it took when we needed it.”
The first period ended with the Cards ahead 18-11 and at halftime 27-19. At the start of the third quarter, Soquel made a run at SC outscoring them 10-2, before turnovers stalled the uprising. The Knights trailed by eight points, 48-40 with 2:13 remaining. SC made some untimely mistakes and Soquel tied the score with 57 seconds left. Hightower took a long pass from Wainscoat to score the winning lay up with 34 seconds to go. Jeff Weber grabbed the rebound after a Soquel miss to seal Soquel’s doom with only 11 seconds left. SC hit 23 of 48 shots from the field. Soquel won the battle of the boards 24-20. Hightower was high man for SC with eight caroms. Weber led SC with five assists. Scoring: Weber 6, Wainscoat 4, Hightower 21, Martin 6, Burks 4, Locatelli 4, Trebbien 5 and Snow 0.
Jock Of The Month. Eddie Hightower for his outstanding performances for the varsity basketball team. He is averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds a game. He made the All SCCAL team selected by the coaches; All County team by the Sentinel and the All Tournament team at the Dads Club Tournament. Coach Newell’s comment, “Eddie was the most consistent player all season and this reflects in the honors he won. Eddie at 6’2” led the area in dunks with two. Eddie has a great amount of natural talent and I feel that he will make a significant contribution to the Cabrillo basketball program in the next two years.
From the Trident. After dropping their first three league games, the Cards roared back to win five of their last seven games. Nearly every win for the Cardinals was a barnburner with leads changing hands virtually every basket. Twice during the season Eddie Hightower had the crowd on their feet with electrifying breakaway dunks. Holler guy Paul Wainscoat garnered All SCCAL defensive honors as well as a All SCCAL honorable mention. Jeff Weber received honorable mention as well. Doug Martin and John Trebbien handled the rebounding chores and occasionally hit in double figures. Rusty Locatelli was explosive offensively coming off the bench. Charles Burks, Mark Snow and Steve Wahl each contributed significantly over the season.
Coach Newell said, “Our team played as close to their potential as anyone could expect. They played hard, they hustled and they played together. As the season progressed, they developed not only confidence in their own ability, but in the abilities of their teammates. “Two things in particular stand out in my mind regarding this team. One is that we were the best defensive team in the area. The other is that of our five league wins, two were by one point, two were by two points, and one was by four points, which is indicative of the poise we possessed as a team in the face of pressure.”
Season stats by name, field goal points, foul shot points, total points, average per game and games played. This all includes 24 games.
FG FT TP AV G
Hightower 230 39 265 11.5 24
Weber 180 50 230 9.6 24
Wainscoat 144 65 209 8.7 24
Locatelli 138 31 169 7.0 24
Martin 70 6 76 3.3 23
Trebbian 54 12 66 3.0 22
Burks 46 9 53 2.5 21
Forgaard 16 3 19 2.7 17
Snow 10 4 14 0.7 20
Wahl 4 0 8 0.6 13
Middleton 4 4 8 1.0 8
Sanford 6 6 12 2.0 2
Tsugawa 0 2 2 1.0 2
Perkins 1 0 2 2.0 1
Hightower ranked eleventh in the Sentinel top 20 scorers, followed by Weber fifteenth and Wainscoat eighteenth.
The SC team ranked sixth in scoring with 1134 points scored for a 47.3 points per game.
SC ranked first on defense allowing 1274 points a game for a 53.1 points per game.
Honors voted by the players
Most Valuable — Eddie Hightower
Most Improved — John Trebbien
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award — Charles Burks
Doc Fehlimen Inspirational — Paul Wainscoat
Eddie Hightower was selected to the ten man ALL SCCAL team. Paul Wainscoat was named to the five man ALL DEFENSIVE team. Honorable mention Paul Wainscoat and Jeff Webber.
The Casaba Dolls were Lee Maxcy, Kathy Hurley, Sharon Hightower, Jackie Lowery, Donna Wilkes, Doris East, Valerie Robinson, Sue Faitos, Patricia Wainscoat, June Stanford, Liz Wainscoat, Lavelle Brown, Erin Dumller, Tammy Reetz, Lynea Stickles, Sue Strong. Tammy Olson, Lupe Navarro, Lily Lee, Chris McFadden, Lori Iuliano, Alison Stanford, Mica Smith, Laura Gonzales, Brenda Whitley, Dana Quick and Debbie Butler.
JV BASKETBALL League record 5-5.
JV’s Swing Thru. Once more the JV’s dazzled its opponent. Dwayne Whitley added a field goal to defeat Marello 45-41 in overtime. Chuck Middleton scored 12 points, Mark Bruce 11 and Eric Forgaard chipped in 8. The Cards led 17-10 at the quarter, but Marello tightened up things to 21-16 at half time. Marello then made it 30-29 at the end of the third. Regulation play ended up 39-39.
JV Nab Third when they posted a 72-63 victory over Soquel to close out the season. Mark Bruce, Dwayne Whitley and Eric Forgaard all reach double figures with 23, 14 and 18 points respectively. Chris Harper netted 8 and Dave Ronda added 7 points. Coached by Bobby Williams (who went on to coach in college at Cabrillo, Menlo College, CSU Bakersfield for the NCAA division II championship and is still coaching at UC Santa Barbara in 2010) ended with a disappointing 5-5 record. Once favored to win the league, they lost returning starter Bob Martin to wrestling and high scoring guard George Sanford, who was called up to varsity. They beat league champions, Aptos in the first meeting and lost by one the second game.
Williams comment on the season, “The team gave a good effort, but we were disappointed with our third place finish. We progressed up ‘till the Aptos game. Then we had a letdown losing three close games by narrow margins. Mark Bruce gave 100 percent all the time. His effort was as obvious to me as I’m sure it was to the spectators watching the game. Eric Forgaard proved himself to be one of the best pure shooters in the league. I appreciated having such a great group of guys to work with in my “rookie year” as a coach.
From the Cardinal year book: The 1976-77 Junior Varsity team played a good season although we didn’t do quite as well as we had hoped for. At one point we thought that we would be able to win the league title, but due to our fatigue we lost a very crucial game. Also, before the league games began we lost two of our better players. This didn’t hurt us too much because within a few days, two varsity players were moved down to the J.V.’s to get more playing time. The only problem was that with new players coming in at intervals, we did lost some precious progress time.
Bob Williams, our coach, did a GREAT job with us in spite of this being his first year of coaching. He didn’t just come out on the court and tell us to shuffle this way or that, but he got to know each one of us and gave us all individual help and encouragement. We would all like to express our gratitude for such a fine coach!
Honors voted by the players
Most Valuable — Eric Forgaard
Captain — Mark Bruce
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award — Dave Ronda
In the first game of the season the F-S team beat Palma 37-33 for a three team sweep for SC over the Chieftains. Coach Pete Pappas commented, “on the fine play of Steve Celayeta, who had 13 points and was the game’s standout and team leader. Pappas’ UCLA style offense will be manned by Tony Lopez, Steve Celayeta, Dennis Hunter, Brian Whiesell and “Jumpin” James Wingo. The team is not too tall, so they will have to try and outrun their opponents with the fast break and good solid defense.
Valley Frosh Down Cards 59-52. SLV led at halftime 27-25. Tony Lopez was top scorer in the game with 27 points. Other players were Whitesell 15, Sanders 4, Rodriguez 2, Gagnon 2, Hunter 1, Dinkins 1 and Karachristos.
Team members were Brian Whitesell, Bob Sanders, Tony Lopez, Scott Bell, Freddie Rodriguez, Tim Donnel, Dennis Hunter, Markus Dinkins and Steve Gagnon
Honors voted by the players
Most Valuable — Tony Lopez
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award — Marcus Dinkins
Most Improved — Fred Rodriguez
GIRLS BASKETBALL — THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS LEAGUE CHAMPIONS. FIRST TWO YEARS IN THE MBL. THIS YEAR IN THE NEW SCCAL AS CO-CHAMPIONS
Practice games: Alisal 38-28, 44-19; Samuel Ayer 27-12, Santa Cruz Cardlete Invitational: Marello 68-29, SLV 77-35, Notre Dame 22-31 for second place. Practice record 5-1. League: Marello 70-34, 63-19; SLV 63-25, 55-34; Aptos 44-53, 46-44; Harbor 36-13, 54-22; Soquel 62-22, 102-19. League record 9-1, co-champions with Aptos. In league playoff to decide which team would represent the SCCAL in the first ever CCS tournament Santa Cruz won 49-46. CCS Region IV: Notre Dame of Salinas 54-52 to break their 29 game win streak. Pacific Grove 50-38 for the Region IV title. CCS final four: Camden with a 19 game undefeated season 42-49. For third place: South San Francisco 50-44 in OT. Season record 17-3.
Trident. In the Region IV playoff, the Cardinals avenged the previous loss to Notre Dame, who had a 29 consecutive game streak going before losing this game 54-52. For the championship of CCS Region IV the Cardinals beat Pacific Grove 50-38. In the semi-finals of CCS the Cards lost to undefeated Camden 42-49. Camden with a 19-0 record this season and having lost only one game in the last three years was a formidable opponent. The team came back the next night to beat Region One champions, South San Francisco 50-44 in overtime for third place in the Central Coast Section. Final season record 17-3
Varsity team members: seniors: Evonne Sandas, Georgia Sandas, Nancy Marez and Sue Dodge
Juniors: Michele Hoga, Julie Schneider and Laurie Thomas.
Sophomores: Paula Anacito and Tammy Bogard
Freshmen: Gwyn Adams, Sharon Hightower, Jackie Lowery and Kathy Wilson.
In a defensive game 27-12 win over Samuel Ayer, who carried a sixteen game winning streak from last year into the game. SC continued their win streak to thirteen. Scoring: Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge 8; Laurie Thomas 5, Michele Hoga 4 and Sharon Hightower 2.
Cards beat Alisal 38-28. Evonne Sandas led the scoring with 15 points, while Michelle Hoga and Gwyn Adams played excellently at both ends of the court. Nancy Marez was runner up in scoring with 9 points. Scorers: Hoga 4, Sharon Hightower 3 and Jackie Lowery 5.
Out of the area teams entered in the annual Santa Cruz Cardlettes Basketball Tournament are perennial area power Notre Dame of Salinas with their legendary boys coach at Gilroy High, Bob Hagen, brought in especially to coach this team with All Star center, Terry Huff (who went on to start at USC), plus Piedmont Hills of San Jose. These two teams plus last years winner Harbor, Aptos and Santa Cruz are expected to battle for the title. Three All Tournament players from last year are back again this year. They are the above mentioned Terry Huff, Leslie Bugalski of Aptos and Sue Dodge of Santa Cruz.
Dec. 15. Favored teams at the SC Cardlette Basketball tournament Win. Santa Cruz beat Marello 70-35 with their first team playing only the first five minutes of the game. Scoring: Evonne Sandas, Georgia Sandas, Lowery, Thomas and Dodge 8 each; Anecito 7, Bogard 6, Marez 6, Wilson 4, Hightower 3, and Adams 2.
Dec. 17. SC Girls In Hoop Finals. Santa Cruz blitzed SLV in the third quarter scoring 36 points to 4 for SLV. SC set a scoring record for the “New” gym with 77 points in a 77-35 win over SLV. Scoring: Evonne Sandas 16, Dodge 12, Lowery 1, Hoga 7, Thomas 1, Adams 2, Anecito 15, Hightower 11, Georgia Sandas 4, Schneider 2 and Wilson 3.
Dec. 19. Notre Dame Girls tittles. A nine-zip third quarter Notre Dame scoring blitz ignited it on its way to a 40-23 victory over SC in the championship game of the Cardlette tourney. Sue Dodge and Evonne Sandas were named to the All Tournament team. Dodge along with three others were returning All Tourney participants. Notre Dame jumped out to a 10-2 first period lead over the Cards, who came back fighting in the second stanza with a 13-5 scoring edge to knot the halftime score at 15-15. Then came the undoing of the 1976 MBL champions. The Cards were shutout out in the third period as Notre Dame went ahead 24-15 at the end of the third quarter. Notre Dame continued out scoring the Cards 16-8 in the fourth quarter to win the Cardlette Championship. Scoring: Sandas 6, Dodge 12, Hoga 2 and Hightower 3
Sentinel. Jan. 5. Santa Cruz Girls Storm Past SLV For 62-25 Win. SC stormed out to a 16-2 first quarter lead and then sailed the rest of the way. The Cards first five played a limited minutes with the reserves going most of the way. Scoring: Evonne Sandas 16, Anecito 15, Dodge 12, Hightower 11, Hoga 7, Thomas and Georgia Sandas 4 each, Wilson 3, Schneider and Adams 2 each and Lowery 1.
Jan. 9. SC 61, Marello 19. Scoring: Dodge 14, Evonne Sandas 11, Hoga 6, Thomas 4, Anecito 6, Bogard 4, Hightower 1, Marez 7 and Georgia Sandas 4.
Jan. 16. Aptos Girls Post 53-44 Hoop Victory over SC. Aptos’ top scorer had 24 points, which over shadowed a 20 point performance by Sue Dodge. Dodge scored 15 of her points in the first half to put the Cards ahead 31-13 at halftime. Aptos came back and outscored SC 30-11 in the second half to claim the victory. Scoring: Dodge 20, Evonne Sandas 4, Lowery 4, Hightower 3, Hoga 11 and Anecito 2.
Jan. 23. SC 56, SLV 34. SC’s varsity and jayvee’s are 4-1 in league one game, which kept them hot on the heels of the two Aptos teams which are undefeated. Evonne Sandas poured in 18 points and Michelle Hoga contributed 16 as the Redbirds breezed to their eighth win in ten league outings. Other scoring: Dodge 7, Thomas 5, Hightower 3, Lowery 2, Georgia Sandas 2 and Wilson 7.
Jan. 26. Santa Cruz had three girls in double figures in its 70-34 romp over Marello. Evaonne Sandas had 17 points, Sue Dodge 16 and Michelle Hoga 11. Cathy Wilson scored eight points coming off the bench. Other scorers: Sharon Hightower 4. Jackie Lowery 2, Tami Bogard 2, Nancy Marez 2, Georgia Sandas 2, Julie Schneider 2 and Laurie Thomas 2.
Jan. 30. Stage Set For SC, Aptos Girls Basketball Clash. Aptos undefeated with a 8-0 league record, collides head on with SC, which sports a 6-1 league record at the Aptos gym. Both teams came up with convincing wins last night. SC won 36-13 over Harbor. The Card defense held Harbor to two points in each of the first three quarters. At halftime the score was 21-4 SC. Scoring: Evonne Sandas 14, Dodge 11, Lowery 3, Hoga 4, Anecito 2 and Thomas 2.
Feb. 2. SC Girls Overtime Winners over Aptos 46-44 to create a tie for the league lead with two games remaining. SC lost to Aptos in their first meeting 44-53. There was no other information beside the scoring. Scoring: Dodge 14, Hoga 13, Sandas 12, Hightower 7.
Scoring by quarters
Santa Cruz 16 9 2 11 8 46
Aptos 5 8 16 9 6 44
Feb. 4. SC Girls Nearing SCCAL Playoffs. SC moved one step closer to a playoff game for the SCCAL title by defeating Soquel 62-22. The triumph gave Ray Hunter’s team a 7-1 league record, one-half a game behind Aptos. Sue Dodge and Evonne Sandas were instrumental in the SC victory as they both tossed in 17 points. SC held a 28-12 halftime lead and was never threatened during the contest, putting the issue out of doubt with a 15-3 surge in the third quarter. Scorers: Dodge and Evonne Sandas 17; Thomas 8, Hightower 6; Jackie Lowery, Tammy Bogard and Hoga 4; and Julie Schneider 2.
Feb. 9. Cardinal Girls Topple Harbor 54-30. Scoring: Dodge 15, Evonne Sandas 11, Lowery 8, Hightower 8, Hoga 2, Bogard 3, Georgia Sandas 2, Thomas 2 and Wilson 1.
Feb. 11. SC Girls In Big Win. By defeating Soquel 102-19, the Cards finish the SCCAL season 9-1 for a share of the SCCAL crown with Aptos. Scoring: Evonne Sandas 27 Dodge 20, Hightower 4, Hoga 8, Lowery 2, Adams 2, Anecito 4, Bogard 17, Schneider 6 and Thomas 10.
From the Sentinel. SC, Aptos clash in Girls Basketball Playoff. At stake in the game is the right to represent the SCCAL in the CCS Region IV Tournament. When it comes to scoring, Sue Dodge and Evonne Sandas carry 15 point averages and Michele Hoga a 10 point average for Santa Cruz, while Leslie Bugalski and Karen Stakkestad are the dominate scorers and rebounders for Aptos. Another top rebounded for Aptos is Mary Buglaski, Freshmen Sharon Hightower and Jackie Lowery and junior Laurie Thomas give SC its rebounding strength.
Feb. 18. SC Girls Capture Playoff with Aptos 49-46. Experience. There is no substitute for it. In the end it was that which proved to be the difference between winning and losing for the Santa Cruz girls basketball team. Santa Cruz with a 14-2 record on the season hung on to edge Aptos 49-46, in front of a good sized crowd at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. But not before a furious fourth quarter Mariner rally nearly caught their Santa Cruz County Athletic League Co-champions–both finished 9-1.
Aptos 14-4, trailed since the early minutes of the second period, started its stretch run with three minutes to go, down 46-37. Holding SC scoreless the Mariners scored 6 points to bring the score to 46-43 with 1:50 minutes to go. Both teams scored on a charity tosses, by Sharon Hightower and Karen Stakkestad to leave the spread at three points with 48 seconds to go. Mary Buglaski was fouled in the act of shooting and made both to put Aptos down by only one point.
The veteran talent of Santa Cruz then paid off as senior guards Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge handled the ball flawlessly in the waning seconds, while putting a freeze on the ball. Sandas added two insurance points from the line with 25 seconds to go. Aptos had a last second shot lodge between the rim and the backboard for a dead ball. SC controlled the tip and dribbled out the clock.
Comments from the SC coach Ray Hinter, “our defense did it. Laurie Thomas did a heck of a job on the boards. Sharon Hightower and Jackie Lowery did their usual good job on the boards. Sue Dodge, Evonne Sandas and Michele Hoga are three blue chippers. When they put something up it counts.” Scoring: Sandas 14, Dodge 12, Hoga 10, Hightower 8. Lowery 3 and Thomas 2.
Scoring by quarters
Aptos 6 11 12 17 46
Santa Cruz 10 13 15 11 49
From the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian. Aptos girls lose league playoff. All three times Aptos and Santa Cruz played this year, the Mariners followed the same pattern. Falling behind and having to rally back. The Mariners were down 13 points in the third quarter, but battled back within one point with 48 seconds left. Sue Dodge brought the ball down court and had the ball flicked away, but she scrambled to the half court line to recover the ball. Dodge looked down court and found Sandas going to the basket and got her the ball. Sandas was fouled while shooting and made both to put SC up by three. Then Aptos called time out with 18 seconds left to set up a their top shooter for her favorite spot on the left side and as noted above it stuck between the rim and the back board. Santa Cruz guards Dodge and Sandas were the standouts in the game, controlling the tempo and either working the ball inside or hitting from the outside.
Sentinel. March 2. Cardinal Girls Prevail. It was all anyone could ask for from a basketball game and then some. Two of the finest girls cage teams in the Central Coast Section, Santa Cruz and Notre Dame, met head on here and gave a performance that will be remembered for some time to come. When all was said and done, SC prevailed in the opening round of Region IV Tournament play.
Notre Dame carried a 20-0 season record and a 29 game winning streak into the battle. The Cardinals’ Sue Dodge and Notre Dame’s Terry Huff both shot like Superman, the former casting in 21 points, mostly on bombs from the outside. Huff popped home 25 tallies on every possible kind of shot that one could shoot inside 15 feet. Santa Cruz never trailed after Dodge buried a 16 footer with 1:36 gone in the second half for a 32-30 lead.
SC moved out in front 48-39 with 5:27 left in the game. Notre Dame came back with eight straight points to make it 48-47 with 3:13 to play. The two teams traded buckets during the ensuing three minutes and with 44 seconds left SC called time out holding a 52-51 lead. Huff came up with and interception with 17 seconds left but stepped out of bounds coming down the court.
With 9 seconds left Hoga made one of two foul shots. Notre Dame had a shot, but missed and SC moves on to play Pacific Grove for the Region IV Championship. Scoring: Dodge 21, Sandas 16, Hoga 7, Lowery 5, Hightower and Thomas 2.
Scoring by quarters
Santa Cruz 12 8 14 14 53
Notre Dame 12 16 7 16 51
Salinas Californian. Notre Dame Girls lose to Cards. Ends win Streak at 27 games. Notre Dame learned an important lesson last night at the expensive price of losing a thriller to Santa Cruz. It was a painful loss for Notre Dame, its 27 game victory string snapped by the Cardinals. What Notre Dame learned is that basketball is a team sport, one player can not play the role of all five players. Terry Huff tried to do everything, but did not quite make it. She dribbled the ball through the Cardinal press, stole passes, captured rebounds and scored 25 points.
But Santa Cruz made a concerted team effort and thanks to it will advance to the Regional final against Pacific Grove. Cardinals Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge, both good ball handlers, scored the majority of the winner’s points. With sharp outside shooting, Dodge scored 22 and Sandas 16.
Pre game write up for the Region IV game in the Sentinel. Previous accomplishments mean little. The emotional win over Notre Dame will mean nothing if the Cardinals fail to handle Pacific Grove in a game also played at Alisal. For Santa Cruz to come through again it will need a performance from someone like Sue Dodge, similar to the one she gave against Notre Dame. Sue bombed in 21 points, recorded nine steals, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds. Fellow senior backcourt ace Evonne Sandas turned in her usual fine performance scoring 16 points and handing out five assists. Freshman Jackie Lowery paced the Cardinal board effort with nine rebounds.
Sentinel. Mar. 4. SC wraps up region IV title. There was never really any doubt as to who was the better team. It was just a matter of time before SC proved it. The SCCAL co-champions wasted little time in doing so, grabbing the tempo of the game with only a couple of minutes gone and holding it right to the end for 50-38 victory over Pacific Grove.
The triumph shoots the Cards, champions of the MBL the previous two years with undefeated records of 10-0 in 1975-76 and 8-0 in 1974-75.
The game itself was anticlimactic for Santa Cruz, which use everything it had in beating Notre Dame three days ago and was considerable drained for the championship affair. The Cardinal shooting was not affected as they shot over 50 percent hitting 22 of 43 attempts. Julie Schneider came off the bench in the third quarter and played good and picked up some scoring slack with a couple of scores. Junior forward Michele Hoga, hit a trio of 10 footers from the left side to put SC ahead 6-2 to start the game.
The Santa Cruz passing was in top notch form as 18 pf 22 field goals came via the assist. Evonne Sandas was top scorer with 14 points and nine assists. Scoring: Evonne Sandas 14, Hoga 11, Dodge 9, Hightower 6, Schneider 4, Lowery 3, Bogard 2, Georgia Sandas 1, Adams, Anecito, Thomas and Wilson 0.
Santa Cruz’ first basketball team was formed in 1973-74, but there was no official league. They ended their season beating an undefeated North Salinas team in the last game of the season. Two of the top players on this years team, seniors Evanne Sandas and Sue Dodge were starters on that team as freshman. Georgia Sandas was also a member of that team. The Cardinals won the MBL the last two seasons with a combined record of 18-0. In the last three league championship seasons the Cards league record is 27-1.
Sentinel pre-CCS write up, by Gregg Lathrop on March 10. SCHS Girls Launch Quest For CCS Title. It’s been eight long years since a SC basketball team has made a trip to the CCS Championships. Not since 1969, when the SC boys team went all the way to the CCS championship game before losing, has SC advanced even as far as the Region IV playoffs. The Cardlettes are currently in the midst of an 11 game winning streak. SC sports a 18-2 overall record going into the first ever CCS Girls Basketball Championship.
“Practices have been out of this world. The girls just keep peaking. Usually by this time of the year the kids are peaked out, but they keep improving. It’s been just another season like we’ve had the past two. We’ve been fortunate that nobody has been hurt. It has been a very enjoyable year,” said Coach Ray Hunter.
SC’s league record in 1974 and 1975 was a combined 18-0, including the MBL crown each season, before moved to the newly formed SCCAL last season, where it shared the crown with Aptos at 9-1 and the won the playoff game. “We’ll go over there and play our game. Everybody else will have to do better. All we have to do is execute and we know it. We must be able to handle Camden’s press, that’s their forte. Overall speed and shooting are our two biggest plusses, We’ve shot right around the 40 percent mark all year long and we hit 53 percent against undefeated Notre Dame. Camden has lost only one game in the last three years, consistently looks for the fast break, but when forced to set up, tries to get the ball to their 6-2 center.
SC will start the same five it has all year: Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge at guards, Michele Hoga and Sharon Hightower at forwards and Jackie Lowery at center. This marks the final year for the multi-talented backcourt duo of Sandas and Dodge, who would like nothing better than to end their brilliant high school careers as CCS champions.
Sentinel. Mar. 12. SC Girls Place Third in the First Annual Girls Basketball CCS Tourney losing to Camden 42-49. In the semi finals Camden’s height advantage allowed them to out rebound the Cards by a two to one rebounding edge 48-26. Camden’s 6’2” center rebounded offensive rebounds and put them back up until it would go in. She had 40 shots and made 10, all for within eight feet of the basket. She was only 3 of 12 from the line.
Comments from coach Ray Hunter, “freshman Sharon Hightower scored 8 points and worked hard on the boards, while giving away at least 6” in height. Michele Hoga was fantastic.“ She paced the scoring attack with 13 points on six of 17 from the field and one of two at the line, while collecting seven rebounds and handing out three assists for her best performance of the season. Evonne Sandas did a good job too, scoring 12 points, sinking her first five shots from the floor and six of eight for the night, three rebounds and two assists. But with Sue Dodge playing sick, it left us with one cog in the gear gone and that was a big difference as her statistics showed, connecting on only two of 11 shots and a free throw for 5 points, but she still dished out a team high five assists. Jackie Lowery rounded out the Cardinal scoring with four points, while dusting the boards with seven rebounds.
Santa Cruz led for the last time at 14-13, but were down 19-14 at half. The Cardinals were down three (45–42) with 47 seconds to go, but that was as close as they could get. Scoring: Dodge 5, Sandas 12, Lowery 4, Hightower 8, Hoga 13 and Thomas 0.
Scoring by quarters
SC 8 6 16 12 42
Camden 9 10 16 14 50
The Cardinals battled back brilliantly from a 10 point deficit with which they were saddled early in the game to eventually defeated South San Francisco in overtime 50-44 to take third place in the Central Coast Section. Michele Hoga was huge again scoring 17 points. Hoga, Sandas and Dodge each scored two points in the overtime and held South San Francisco scoreless to take third place. Scoring: Hoga 17, Sandas 10, Dodge, Lowery and Laurie Thomas 6 each, Tami Bogard 3 and Julie Schneider 1.
Scoring by quarters
South SF 13 7 9 15 0 44
SC 4 14 13 13 6 50
The 25-1 for the season and four year Santa Clara Valley League champion Peterson High beat Camden 39-32 for the first CCS Girls Basketball championship. Attendance for the two nights of the tournament was 3600 breaking ground for the girls to be recognized where they had not been before.
Jock Of The Month: Jockette for the month of January is Sue Dodge, the leader of the Girl’s basketball team. She is the team leader in stat book as well as on the floor. She has spent all four years on the varsity squad. She is second in team scoring and is an excellent outside shooter. She has the ability to drive to the basket with either hand. She leads the team in assists and is tagged as a good passer. From the foul line she is leading the team in percentage. She is team co-captain with fellow senior Evonne Sandas. They have led coach Ray Hunters team to title after title.
Honors voted by the players
Most Valuable — Evonne Sandas
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award — Georgia Sandas
Most Improved –Julie Schneider
Evonne Sandas was chosen to play in the first girls CCS North-South all star game at the University of Santa Clara. Evonne was the leading scorer for the South scoring 13 points in a 60-41 win. She will continue playing at Texas Arlington on a four year, full ride basketball scholarship.
Evonne Sandas and Michele Hoga were named to the CCS ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM.
Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge were named to the All MBL team. Evonne had the honor of being MVP.
Sentinel article Accomplishments are Unforgettable. It will be a long time before people forget the accomplishments of Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge and maybe not even then. The two former SCHS standouts left enough records and feats behind them in their four year career to fill this page and then some. The highlight of it all came in their senior year of 1977 when they led the Cardinals to an unprecedented first ever CCS tournament appearances in both basketball and softball. Santa Cruz took third place in the hoop tourney and fourth in softball, both which followed up Region IV and SCCAL championships. Both were all league in both sports. With Evonne the MVP in basketball and Sue MVP in softball. The two were key members of the MBL champion Cardinals in their sophomore and junior years and MBL softball kings as sophomores. Add up all the wins and losses and it totals a staggering 74-14 figure over three years.
But in a sense, the road is just beginning for the talented tandem from Santa Cruz. For Evonne it leads to Arlington, Texas were she has a four year full ride scholarship to the University of Texas at Arlington. Sue will continue playing both basketball and softball at Cabrillo with the intent to transfer to a four year school after this and continue playing. Evonne was one of nine girls picked to play for the South in North-South section basketball game at the University of Santa Clara Toso Pavilion.
Quotes from Pete Newell. The two of them are as competitive as any athlete, male or female, I have seen in this area. Evonne and Sue have a great desire to win. They would expend all their physical, mental and emotional boundaries in the pursuit of winning. I feel women’s athletics in the area are just beginning to blossom and as the years pass the quality of female performers will become better and better. In basketball, the hallmark of timeless comparison will always bring it back to Evonne and Sue. John Wooden probably said it best. “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” And in high school careers which spanned nearly half a decade, Evonne and Sue achieved just that.
Few more things the three graduating seniors did during the year. Evonne was named Female Athlete Of the Year and MVP for the league in basketball. She was All League in softball as well. She played tennis in the Fall.
Sue Dodge and Georgia Sandas were trainers for the football team in the Fall. Sue was All League in basketball and MVP in softball.
JV GIRLS BASKETBALL Samuel Ayer 13-9, Alisal 29-20, Soquel 27-28 in overtime, Aptos 29-34, Harbor 28-34, 23-13; Marello 23-10.
Team members were Linnea Stickles, Roxanne Smith, Chris Wahl, Tammie Reetz, Charlotte Newman, Lisa Iuliano, Loretta Palazzo, Annette Jung, Andrea Farstad, Mary Ellen Cabrera, Diana Ronda, Roxanne Kenyon and Debbie Hightower. Coach Steve Bruce.
The JV’s fought back from an 0-6 score at halftime to win 13-9 over Samuel Ayer. Scorers: Andra Farstad 6, Annette Jung 5 and Chris Wahl 2.
The JV’s fought back from an 0-6 score at halftime to win 13-9 over Samuel Ayer. Scorers: Andra Farstad 6, Annette Jung 5 and Chris Wahl 2.
JV’s win against Alisal 29-20. Leading scorer Annette Jung with 10 points, followed by Roxanne Kenyon with 6.
JV’s lost to Soquel 27-28 in overtime. Scorers: Farstad 2, Iuliano 3, Newman 6, Reetz 1 Stickles 9 and Wahl 6.
JV lose to Aptos 29-34. Scorers: Farstad 1 Iuliano 2, Jung 6, Kenyon 12, Newman 4, Stickles 2 and Wahl 2.
Lost to Harbor 28-34. Scoring: Farstad 11 Kenyon 2, Newman 6, Reetz 2 and Wahl 7.
Beat SLV 46-28. Scoring: Cabrera 2, Farstad 4, Hightower 2, Iuliano 4 Jung 7, Kenyon 7, Newman 6, Stickles 5 and Wahl 9.
Lost to Aptos 29-34. Aptos is the league champion. Scoring: Farstad 1, Iuliano 2, Jung 6, Kenyon 12, Newman 4, Stickles 2, Wahl 2.
Beat Marello 23-10. Scoring: Iuliano 2, Jung 6, Kenyon 7, Newman 4, Hightower 2, Wahl 2.
Beat Harbor 23-13. Scoring: Hightower 2, Iulliano 2, Jung 6, Kenyon 7, Newman 4 and Wahl 2.
Annette Jung was voted Most Valuable Player.
BASEBALL Practice games: PAL tournament in San Jose: Harbor 2-5, Live Oak 1-8, Hill 6-5. Kingsburg 1-4; Carmel 5-1; Morro Bay 9-0, Watsonville 1-3, 3-9; Monterey Invitational Tournament: Monterey 6-1, Hollister 4-12, Seaside 0-1 in nine innings. Practice record 4-7.
League: Marello 3-0, 7-8, 7-9; Aptos 0-9; 2-8, 5-1; Soquel 0-6, 3-6, 2-1; Harbor 3-9, 5-6, 10-6; SLV 4-9, 4-1, 6-2. League record 6-9. The Cards were 4-1 in the last round of league, but they won only two games in the first two rounds. Season record 10-16.
Returning seniors are Al Kensinger, Dave Ellis and Jim Abicht. Seniors new to the team are catcher/shortstop Bob Rodriguez, infielder Darrell Torchio and outfielder Paul Wainscoat. Juniors are Dennis Modena, Rob Agorastos and Don Passerino. Four sophomores have been impressive enough to stick with the varsity. They are Dwayne Whitley, Ken Rosa, Leonard Schlegel and Eddie Camacho.
Preseason write up in the Sentinel of February 27. The Cards are not conceding anything to anybody as they prepare for another drive for a championship. SC which shared the MBL North title with Aptos last year, but then beat them in the MBL playoffs to be league champions. then won the Region IV crown and become runner up in the power laden CCS classic, has lost a lot of quality players. But they are not throwing in the towel. Far from it. The squad has good speed and numerous other blessings.
Comments on the season. “We’ll go out there and they have to beat us first, that’s all. We always feel if we work hard enough, we’ll be all right.” It is a theory which has worked out just fine for the Cards in the past. One can not fault success and the tradition keeps building. Al Kensinger and David Ellis are back for their third seasons as first stringers on the varsity and will form the backbone of this team along with Jim Abicht a reserve last year, who is counted on to be a pitching main stay.
Ellis could be the third member of his family to gain all league honors after brothers Steve and Doug Ellis in earlier campaigns were accorded All MBL laurels. Kensinger will pitch one game a week and play shortstop when not pitching. Ellis is solidly entrenched at first base. Abicht will pitch one game a week and play third. Kensinger and Ellis have been good hitters in the past having spearheaded two championship teams and enemy pitchers must treat them with caution.
This year the league is going to a triple round of league games, which should allow for some upsets along the way. Aptos and Soquel are the favorites with their number of returnees. But look out for SC, They don’t have much experience, but “the players have looked good in practice and if they keep working everybody will be there.”
In the first game of the San Jose PAL tournament Harbor beat SC 5-2. Jim Abicht started and went five innings giving up six hits, two walks and struck out four to take the loss. Dennis Modena pitched one inning giving up two hits, no earned runs and struck out two. The Cards were held to three hits. Don Passerino hit a double. The Cards had three errors. Lineup: Torchio 2B, 2-0 with two walks; Rodriguez SS, 3-0; Hopping CF, 2-0; Ellis 1B, 3-0; Abicht P/LF, 3-1; Passerino 3B, 3-1; Whitley RF, 3-0; Camacho SS, 2-0; Rosa C, 1-0; Wainscoat LF, 2-0 and Modena P, 1-0.
Cardinal Lose, Then Nab Victory in Pal tournament, losing to Live Oak 1-8 in the morning game and beating Andrew Hill 6-5 in the afternoon. Against Live Oak the Cards were down 0-4 in the first inning. Their only score came when Bob Rodriguez walked and Al Kensinger tripled him home. Kensinger started and went three innings giving up six hits, four earned runs, walked none and struck out four to take the loss. In a good outing for his first varsity appearance, sophomore Leonard Schlegel pitched the last four innings giving up four hits, no earned runs, walked three and struck out six. The Cards had five errors. Lineup: Rodriguez 2B/3B, 3-1; Camacho 2B, 3-0; Kensinger P/SS, 4-2; Ellis 1B, 4-0; Abicht 3B/LF, 2-1; Whitley CF, 1-0 and two walks; Rosa C, 3-0; Modena LF, 2-0; Wainscoat RF, 2-0 and Schlegel P, 1-0.
In the second game against Hill after four innings the score was tied four all. The Cards scored two runs in the sixth on David Ellis’ triple to go ahead. RBI’s were Whitley three and Ellis two. Abicht pitched a complete game giving up six hits, four earned runs, three walks and struck out eight for the win. Cards had no errors. Lineup: Rodriguez C. 3-0; Abicht P, 2-1 and two walks; Kensinger SS, 3-1; Ellis 1B, 3-3; Whitley CF, 3-1; Rosa LF, 4-2; Wainscoat 3B, 4-2; Camacho 2B, 4-1 and Schlegel RF, 4-0.
SC Drops Decision To Cats 1-3. Al Kensinger pitched a complete game three hitter, no earned runs, walked one and struck out three, good enough for a winning effort, but had to take the loss. The Card run started with a Kensinger single and he stole second. The next batter, Ellis singled him in. Ellis had a double and a RBI. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Rodriguez SS, 4-0; Abicht 3B, 3-1; Kensinger P, 3-2; Ellis 1B, 4-1; Whitley CF, 2-0; Modena LF, 3-0; Rosa C, 3-1; Wainscoat RF, 3-0 and Camacho 2B, 3-0.
Kingsburg’s Four Run Rally Knocks Off Cardinals 1-4. The Cards had one hit and one run, when Ken Rosa walked stole second and score on an infield error. Kensinger pitched a complete game giving up only two earned runs, six hits, walked none and struck out five in an excellent effort. The Cards had three errors. Lineup: Torchio 2B, 3-0; Camacho SS, 3-1; Kensinger P, 2-0; Ellis 1B, 1-0; Whitley CF/1B, 2-0; Abicht 3B, 1-0; Modena LF, 3-0; Rosa C, 1-0; Wainscoat RF, 2-0 and Levine CF, 0-0.
Rodriguez Sparks Cardinal in 5-1 victory over Carmel. Rodriguez slammed a pair of homers and drove in four runs to give the Cards a well earned victory. Abicht started the game and went four innings, allowed three hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out three. Kensinger went the last three innings giving up four hits, no earned runs, one walk and struck out three for the win. Cards had two errors. Lineup: Abicht P/SS, 3-2; Camacho 2B, 3-0; Kensinger SS/P, 2-1; Ellis 1B, 3-0; Modena LF, 3-1; Rosa C, 2-1; Whitley CF, 2-2; Torchio RF, 3-1 and Rodriguez 3B, 3-2.
Cards Nab 9-0 Triumph over Morro Bay, riding the two hit, eight strike out pitching of Jim Abicht, Rob Agorastos and Dennis Modena. Abicht was the winning pitcher working the first three innings and allowed only one base hit. The Cards enjoyed a 3-0 lead when he left the mound and were never threatened as Agorastos and Modena picked up were Abicht left off.
Hitting standouts were Dwayne Whitley, Paul Wainscoat and Bob Rodriguez all drilled two hits. The highlight was Dave Ellis’ three run triple. Kensinger and Rodriguez each had doubles. RBI’s were Ellis three, Rodriguez two and Wainscoat one. Lineup: Abicht P, 1-0; Torchio 3B, 1-0; Kensinger SS, 2-1; Ellis 1B, 5-1; Rodriguez C, 4-2; Wainscoat LF, 4-2; Whitley CF, 4-2; Camacho 2B, 2-0; Whitesell 2B, 1-1; Agorastos P, 1-0 and Modena P, 1-0.
Watsonville Blasts Cards 9-3 in a night game at Harvey West. The sixth and seventh innings were the Diamond Duster’s (girls support group in the concession stand and on the diamond for the team) as that’s when the Cards scored all their runs. Ellis walked and Rodriguez singled him to second and they were moved up on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Wainscoat. Rosa hit a triple, his second hit of the day, to drive them in. In the seventh Whitley ripped a double to left and scored on a single by Ellis.
Len Schlegel started going three innings giving up five hits, four earned runs, two walks and struck out two for the loss. Rob Agorastos pitched the next two innings giving up two hits, three earned runs, two walks and struck out four. Dennis Modena went two innings giving up two hits, one earned run and walked one. The Cards had one error. Lineup: Torchio 3B, 3-1; Whitley CF, 4-1; Kensinger SS, 4-0; Ellis 1B, 2-1; Rodriguez C/2B, 3-1; Wainscoat LF, 2-1; Rosa RF/C, 3-2; Camacho 2B, 1-0; Passerino PH/RF, 2-0; Schlegel P, 1-0; Rosa C, 4-2; Camacho 2B, 3-1.
Gambello Hurls Bucs Past Cardinals 9-3 in league opener in a night game at Harvey West. The score was 4-2 at the end of two innings, 4-3 until the six when Harbor scored another four runs. The Cards left ten men on base. Torchio and Kensinger had RBI’s. Kensinger started and went six innings giving up nine hits, six earned runs, walked none and struck out six. Jim “Catfish” Abicht threw one inning giving up no hits, walked one, one earned run and struck out one. The Cards had five errors. Lineup: Torchio 3B, 2-0; Whitley CF, 3-0; Kensinger SS, 4-2; Ellis 1B, 3-0; Rodriguez SS/2B, 2-1; Wainscoat LF, 3-0; Rosa C, 4-0; Camacho 2B, 0-0; Passerino RF, 2-0, Abicht P, 1-0 and Modena LF, 1-0.
SC beats Marello 3-0 in tight game. Al Kensinger scored two runs early in the game. In the first inning he walked, stole second, went to third on a short passed ball and on a wild pitch he scored the games first run. In the third inning he scored from second on Abicht’s infield hit.
Kensinger took over the mound with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning. Al worked out of the jam by striking out the first two men he faced and retiring the third out on a ground ball to second. The first hitter in the seventh singled, but Kensinger induced the following three batters to pop up in the infield. Jim Abicht started and went five plus innings giving up four hits, three walks and struck out three for the win. Lineup: Kensinger SS/P, 2-0; Whitley CF, 1-0; Abicht P, 3-1; Ellis 1B, 1-0; Rodriguez 3B/SS, 2-0; Modena LF, 2-0; Rosa C, 0-0; Passerino RF, 3-0; Camacho 2B, 1-0 and Torchio 3B, 0-0.
Ralston Ignites Aptos in 9-0 in rout of SC in the first meeting of the two teams. The Redbirds nipped Aptos 6-5 for the overall MBL title last year. Ken Rosa led the Card hitters going 2 for 3. SC had seven errors. Lineup: Kensinger P/SS, 2-0; Torchio 3B, 2-0; Whitley PH/CF, 1-0; Abicht P/CF, 3-0; Ellis 1B, 2-0; Rodriguez 3B/SS, 3-0; Modena LF, 1-0; Rosa C, 3-2; Passerino RF, 1-0; Wainscoat PH/RF, 2-0 and Camacho 2B, 2-1
In the first game of the Monterey Invitational the Cards downed Monterey 6-1 on the two hit hurling of Jim Abicht, who had control of the ballgame from outset to outcome. In the first inning Kensinger reached base on a error and stole second. Torchio walked and they both moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Abicht. Kensinger scored on Ellis’ infield out. In the fifth Ellis’ two out, two run double made the score 3-1. The Cards scored three insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Kensinger, Ellis and Rosa all had two hits. New to the starting lineup, sophomore Leonard Schlegel went 3 for 3. RBI’s were Ellis three and Rosa one. The :Cards had 11 hits and only one error in a well played game. Abicht in a complete game gave up only two hits, no earned runs, walked four and struck out three for the win. Lineup: Kensinger SS, 3-2; Torchio 3B, 1-0, walked twice, sacrificed; Abicht P, 3-0; Ellis 1B, 4-2; Rodriguez RF, 4-1;
Rosa C, 3-2; Whitley CF, 3-1; Schlegel LF, 3-3; Camacho 2B, 2-0.
A leaky defense which committed nine errors that led to nine Hollister unearned runs was responsible for a 4-12 loss. Hollister went out to a 10-0 led after two innings. The Cards got their four runs in the fourth inning. Consecutive two out singles by Dennis Modena and Ken Rosa followed by three straight walks produce two runs. Kensinger’s single drove in the last two runs. RBI’s were Kensinger two, Schlegel and Whitley one each. Kensinger took the loss. Schlegel hurled the last three innings and looked quite impressive. He struck out two, walked none and yielded the Balers only four base runners and allowed no earned runs. Lineup: Kensinger P/SS, 2-1; Torchio 3B, 2-0; Abicht LF, 4-0; Ellis 1B, 4-1; Rodriguez SS, 0-0; Rosa C, 2-1; Camacho 2B, 1-0 and two walks; Schlegel RF/P, 2-0; Whitley CF, 2-0; Modena P/RF, 3-1; Escalante C, 1-0; Agorastos P, 0-0 and Wainscoat PH, 1-0.
Al Kensinger hurls three hitter only to lose a heart breaker in the eighth inning on an unearned run. Al tossed his “best game of the year” only to lose to Seaside 0-1 in the last game of the tournament. The rest of Al’s line were no walks and nine strike outs. He retired the first 12 men he faced in order. The only ball to leave the infield off Kensinger in regulation play was a single, for all the outs were recorded by his able infielders especially Kensinger’s replacement at shortstop, Bob Rodriguez, who was commended by his coach. The Cards had only two errors in the game and they all were in the last inning. Lineup; Kensinger P, 3-1; Camacho 2B, 3-0; Rosa C, 3-0; Ellis 1B, 2-0; Schlegel RF, 3-0; Rodriguez SS, 3-0; Abicht 3B, 3-1; Modena LF, 2-0; Whitley CF, 2-0 and Torchio PH, 1-1.
Soquel No Hitter Slows Cardinals as the Knights win 6-0. Abicht started for the Cards and went five innings giving up seven hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out five. Schlegel went one inning giving up one hit, one earned run, walked two and struck out one.
Lineup; Kensinger SS, 3-0; Abicht P, 2-0; Ellis 1B, 3-0; Rosa C, 2-0; Schlegel RF/P, 2-0; Rodriguez SS, 3-0; Camacho 2B, 2-0; Modena LF, 3-0; Whitley CF, 2-0 and Torchio RF, 1-0.
SLV Rally Nets SCCAL Victory 9-4 over SC. Dave Ellis’ first inning single scored Al Kensinger to put the visiting Cards ahead 1-0 In the third inning, Kensinger’s triple drove in Darrell Torchio from second. Jim Abicht singled in Kensinger. Top hitters for the Cards were Kensinger with a triple, double and RBI. Ellis had a double, single and RBI. Abicht had a RBI.
SLV rallied from a 3-2 deficit to score five runs in the fifth inning.
Kensinger started and went four innings giving up eight hits, three earned runs, walked two and struck out four. Abicht went two thirds of an inning giving up two hits, three earned runs, walked one and took the loss. Schlegel tossed one and two thirds innings giving up two hits, no earned runs and walked one. Kensinger had a triple, double and RBI. Ellis had a double and an RBI. Abicht had a RBI. The Cards had four errors. Lineup; Kensinger P/SS, 2-0, two walks, two stolen bases; Abicht LF/P, 1-1; Ellis 1B, 4-2; Rosa C, 3-0; Schlegel 3B/P, 4-0; Camacho 2B, 3-0; Rodriguez SS/3B, 3-0; Modena RF, 1-0; Whitley CF, 2-0; Wainscoat PH, 1-0 and Torchio LF, 2-1.
Harbor Edges Cardinal 6-5 for a 6-0 record in league. The Cards fell behind 4-0 in the first inning thanks to a barrage of errors and a home run. Abicht started and went two thirds of an inning giving up four hits, two earned runs, one walk and struck out one. Kensinger relieved and pitched to one batter for the third out of the first inning. Kensinger finished up the game giving up four hits, no earned runs, no walks and struck out three and got the loss, (even after pitching a fine game) The winning run was scored on a close play at the plate on a throw from right fielder Darrell Torchio. After being down 4-0 in the first inning, the Cards never gave up and tied the game 4-4 in the fourth inning. Doubles by Camacho and Abicht. RBI’s: Abicht two and Whitley one. Card had six errors. Lineup; Kensinger SS/P, 4-2; Abicht P/LF, 4-1; Ellis 1B, 3-0; Rosa C, 4-0; Schlegel LF/3B, 4-0; Camacho 2B, 4-2; Rodriguez 3B/SS, 4-2; Whitley CF, 1-0, two walks, three runs and Torchio RF, 2-0.
Knights Tumble Cards 6-3. Tim Hamm struck out 11 and gave up only four hits for Soquel.
Abicht started and pitched five innings giving up six hits, four earned runs, walked two and struck out four and took the loss. Schlegel went two innings giving up three hits, two earned runs, two walks and one strike out. RBI’s: Modena and Abicht. The Cards played better defense making only two errors. Lineup: Kensinger SS, 4-0; Whitley CF, 2-0; Ellis 1B, 2-1; Rosa C, 3-1; Camacho 2B, 3-0; Abicht P/CF, 2-0; Rodriguez 3B, 3-0; Schlegel LF/P, 2-0; Modena RF, 3-1 and Wainscoat LF, 1-1.
From the April 24th Sentinel. Marello Prep Edges SC 8-7. The winning run was scored on a squeeze bunt in the seventh inning. First baseman Dave Ellis fielded the ball and tossed to catcher Ken Rosa, who put a late tag on the runner from third as he cross the plate standing up. The Cards protested vehemently that the runner never touched the plate and they may have been correct, for while everyone was voicing his opinion the runner casually and inconspicuously stepped on home plate on his way back to the third base dugout. The runner also gave someone in the stands an OK sign with a grin just before stepping into the dugout. The Cards are now 1-6 in league. Top hitter for the Cards was catcher Ken Rosa getting two hits and two RBI’s. Schlegel had a RBI. Abicht started and went one and one third innings giving up two hits, two earned runs and three walks. Kensinger went one and two thirds innings giving up five hits, two earned runs and walked none. Schlegel went three and one third innings giving up three hits, two earned runs walked four and struck out three and took the loss. The Card defense stiffened making only one error. Lineup: Kensinger SS/P, 3-0; Whitley CF, 3-1; Ellis 1B, 2-0; Camacho 2B, 3-1; Abicht P/LF, 4-1; Rosa C, 3-1; Rodriguez 3B/SS, 3-1; Schlegel LF/3B//P, 3-1; Modena RF, 3-0.
Aptos Thumps Cards 8-2. Kensinger started and went three innings giving up five hits, walked one, out of the five runs scored only one was earned and he was charged with the loss. Schlegel went two innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked four and struck out the only Mariner of the day. Abicht did the last inning giving up one hit in a four batter inning. The Cards had seven errors all in the two big Aptos innings. Kensinger missed at least a double on a good defensive play by the right fielder. Whitley had an RBI. Lineup: Kensinger P/SS, 3-1; Whitley CF, 3-0; Ellis 1B, 3-2;; Camacho 2B, 1-0; Abicht LF/P, 2-0; Rosa C, 3-1; Rodriguez SS/3B, 3-0; Schlegel 3B/P/LF, 2-0; Modena RF, 1-0; Wainscoat 2B, 2-0 and Agorastos RF, 1-0.
Kensinger, SC Topple Cougars 6-2. Albert Kensinger hurled a five hitter, walked one, allowed no earned runs and struck out three. He also belted three hits and drove in two runs to pace SC to their second league victory. The Cards scored in the first inning on a one out double by Dwayne Whitley and Dave Ellis singled him home. In the second stanza Paul Wainscoat singled and went to third base on a throw that went out of play on Dennis Medina’s ground ball and Medina was awarded second base. (each runner gets two bases, the one they were going to plus an extra base, when a ball goes out of the field of play) Both runners scored on Kensinger’s single. The Cougars scored two unearned runs in the third inning with two outs on a infield error.
After that brief moment Kensinger was almost untouchable, retiring the next ten Cougar’s. In the fifth inning Ellis drove in Kensinger, who had singled, stole second and went to third on a bad throw. In the sixth Abicht and Rodriguez walked, move up on a wild pitch and score on Medina’s single. Whitley doubled. RBI’s were Ellis and Kensinger two each and Modena one. Cards had one error. Lineup: Kensinger P, 4-3; Whitley CF, 3-1; Ellis 1B, 3-3; Rosa C, 3-0; Camacho 2B, 3-0; Abicht LF, 1-0, two walks; Rodriguez SS/3B, 3-0; Wainscoat DH, 3-1; Modena RF, 3-1 and Schlegel 3B, 0-0.
Ten Unearned Runs Give SC Big Boost as the Cards won their second straight game in a season filled with frustrations at the expense of first place Harbor 10-6. Jim “Catfish” Abicht kept the potent Pirate bats under control through the first four frames with an array of effective off speed pitches and a pin point fastball, while his teammates staked him to a 2-0 lead in the first and third innings. Harbor scored an unearned run on him in the fifth inning. After one out in the fifth, Abicht gave up two straight hits and was replaced by Len Schlegel, who allowed no earned runs for the save.
Abicht pitched five and one third innings giving up six hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out five for the win. Kensinger pitched the seventh inning giving up two hits, two earned runs and struck out two. SC sent twelve men to the plate in the fifth inning and pushed across eight unearned runs. Kensinger had his second three hit game in a row. Rosa doubled. Camacho and Wainscoat drove in runs.. Cards had six errors. Lineup: Kensinger SS/P, 4-3; Whitley CF, 2-0; Ellis 1B, 4-0; Rosa C, 3-1; Abicht P/LF, 3-0; Rodriguez 3B/SS, 4-0; Camacho 2B, 2-1; Wainscoat LF, 3-1; Modena RF, 1-0, two walks, two runs and Schlegel P/3B, 0-0.
Marello Shares Second after beating SC 9-7. It was a wild game with each team making six errors. Only four runs were earned in the whole game. The Cards were ahead 7-6 going into the last inning. Two walks started off the inning, then came the errors leading to the loss. Kensinger pitched a complete game giving up eight hits, four earned runs, walked three and struck out one. Ellis had a triple and drove in two runs. Abicht and Rosa drove in runs. Lineup: Kensinger P, 4-1; Whitley CF, 3-0; Ellis 1B, 3-1; Abicht LF, 4-0; Wainscoat DH, 3-1; Rosa C, 4-2; Rodriguez SS, 4-0; Modena RF, 1-0; Camacho 2B, 2-0 and Schlegel 3B, 0-0.
Inspired Cardinals Cap Home Campaign With Win over Aptos 5-4. It’s been a long, hard frustrating season for the Cardinals, but all the long hours of never ending effort paid off. SC played one of its most inspired games of the year in its final outing at Harvey West and came away with a thrilling win over often awesome Aptos before a near capacity crowd. There was nothing fluky about the Cards victory. Aptos didn’t give them a mass of unearned runs and the Redbirds defense was in Golden Glove form for the majority of the evening, especially when it was needed the most.
Abicht pitched a complete game giving up seven hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out five. “Abicht did a real exceptional job with Aptos, they’re all good hitters and the team played well behind him.” The Cards scored two runs in the first inning, when Ellis drove in Kensinger and Abicht drove in Whitley. Aptos scored three runs in the second and one in the third, but only one run was earned, to go ahead 4-2. The Cards score in the bottom of the third, when Kensinger drove in Schlegel to make it 3-4 Aptos. In the fourth inning Rodriguez doubled, went to third on a balk and scored on Modena’s infield out. Schlegel singled, went to second on an error and scored on Kensinger’s single to put the Cards up 5-4.
Being up only one run, the Cards had a real test in the sixth inning with a runner on third the Cards brought the infield in and Ellis took a hard smash unassisted to first and held the runner on third. Third baseman Rodriguez took a high bouncer to his left and gunned the runner down for the final out.
The seventh inning started harmless enough when the first batter grounded out, but the next batter singled. The next batter hit a pop up to the outfield which was dropped and then thrown away to put runners on second and third. It would have been easy for the Cards to let down right then and there, but they did not. The number three batter was walked intentionally to load the bases. Abicht fanned the next batter. The count was 1 and 2 on the next batter, who was 3 for 3 for the night, when the batter pulled the next pitch over the fence foul down the left field line. The runner on second base had been taking big leads, so Abicht picked him off to end the game.
Kensinger had a triple, double, single and drove in two runs to be the Cards top hitter. Cards had four errors. Paul Wainscoat, (a senior basketball player in his first year of playing high school baseball) has improved to the point of being the clean up hitter and designated hitter. Lineup: Kensinger SS, 4-3; Whitley CF, 2-0; Ellis 1B, 2-1; Abicht P, 3-0; Wainscoat DH, 3-1; Rosa C, 3-0; Rodriguez 3B, 2-1; Modena LF, 2-0; Schlegel RF, 3-1 and Camacho 2B, 0-0.
Santa Cruz Cardinals Enjoy Finest Hour in 2-1win over Soquel. Al Kensinger the crafty senior right-hander turned in his best outing of the year, tossing a brilliant one hitter while setting down the last 16 men he faced, fanning seven, walking none and allowing no earned runs. Kensinger allowed only two base runners, both in the second inning when Soquel scored its lone run on a throwing error. SC scored its two runs in the top of the first, when Kensinger led off with a double went to third on a pass ball and was driven in on a single by Whitley. Whitley then stole second and third and continued home when the third baseman muffed the throw.
It was slightly over one month ago that SC was embarrassed by Hollister 12-4, while committing nine errors. But since then the Cards have been on a slow and steady road to better times and right now are the hottest team in the SCCAL, winning four of their last five games, which has run their league ledger to 5-9. “This is a good group of guys,” praised their ever patient coach. “They’ve hung with it the whole time. They deserve a lot of credit. We started so far back, but you can see the improvement and they just keep improving!”
Only two starters form last years CCS second place finishers, Al Kensinger and Dave Ellis are back along with top reserve Jim Abicht. The confidence, work habits and experience gained during the year are paying off with great dividends. Lineup: Kensinger P, 3-2; Whitley CF, 3-1; Ellis 1B, 3-0; Wainscoat DH, 3-1; Abicht RF, 3-1; Rosa C, 3-0; Rodriguez SS, 3-0; Modena LF, 2-0; Schlegel 3B, 2-0 and Camacho 2B, 0-0.
Cardinals End Season On Winning Note defeating host SLV 5-1. Jim Abicht’s three hit pitching and the combined plate punch of Al Kensinger and Dave Ellis ended the Cards season on a winning note. Kensinger and Ellis have found the Valley’s pitching to their liking this year as they’ve combined efforts for 16 hits, three each this game, three each the game before that and two apiece in the first meeting of the two clubs.
This year has been labeled a down year for the Cards, but the Cards finished fast and won five of its last six game (actually winning the last round of league play after winning only one game in the first two rounds) ending with a 6-9 league record.
Abicht came on strong along with the rest of the Cardinals in the latter part of the season. He won his last three games against Harbor, Aptos and SLV, yielding only three earned runs in 19 and one third innings. This game Abicht walked three batters and struck out three, including the first two he faced in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the damper on the Cougars’ hopes of a comeback.
The Cards jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning with the runs being scored by, you guessed it , Kensinger and Ellis. Both had singled and came home on Ken Rosa’s two RBI single to right center. Ellis also had a RBI. (to show how far the Cardinals have came, they did not have an error in their last game) Lineup: Kensinger SS, 4-3; Whitley CF, 3-1; Ellis 1B, 4-3; Wainscoat DH, 4-1; Abicht P, 3-0; Rosa C, 1-1, walked twice; Rodriguez 3B, 2-0; Modena LF, 3-0; Camacho 2B, 3-0 and Agorastas RF, 0-0.
By team vote
Most valuable player, Best hitter and Best all around player — Al Kensinger
Captain and Best defensive player–Dave Ellis.
Most improved– Ken Rosa.
Mr. Hustle and Cardinal Club sportsmanship– Jim Abicht.
Best Birds in League
Average– Kensinger 400, Ellis 310 and Wainscoat 280.
RBI’s– Ellis 7, Kensinger 6, Rosa and Abicht 5
Stolen bases– Kensinger 14 and Abicht 9
Walks– Whitley 12 and Ellis 10
Total bases– Kensinger 23 and Ellis 18
Least number of strike outs– Ellis 3, Kensinger 5 and Camacho 7
Best Birds All Season
Average– Kensinger 375, Ellis 298 and Rosa 282
RBI’s– Ellis 18, Kensinger 9, Rosa and Rodriguez 8 each
Stolen bases– Kensinger 22, Abicht 12 and Ellis 10
Walks– Whitley 19, Abicht, Ellis and Kensinger 13 each
Total bases– Kensinger 35 and Ellis 33
Least number of strike outs– Kensinger 7 and Ellis 8
LEABUE 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
Kensinger 50 14 20 400 1 1 6 4 14
Ellis 42 6 13 310 3 1 7 10 6
Wainscoat 25 4 7 280 0 0 3 1 1
Rosa 43 5 11 256 2 1 5 5 4
Camacho 29 3 6 207 1 0 2 5 0
Whitley 36 10 6 167 1 0 2 12 7
Rodriguez 44 6 6 136 1 0 2 1 4
Abicht 39 5 5 121 1 0 5 5 9
Modena 31` 3 3 097 0 0 2 6 0
Schlegel 23 2 2 087 0 0 1 0 2
Torchio 9 1 1 111 0 0 1 4 0
Agorastos 1 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 375 59 80 215 10 3 36 53 47
LEAGUE pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN H ER ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Abicht 41 45 21 3.58 1 0 1 17 25 4 3 0
Kensinger 50 57 18 2.52 3 0 0 17 28 2 5 0
Schlegel 11 12 7 4.45 0 0 0 13 8 0 1 1
TOTALS 102 114 46 3.16 4 0 1 47 61 6 9 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
Kensinger 80 23 30 375 2 2 9 13 22
Ellis 84 11 25 298 3 3 18 13 10
Rosa 78 8 22 282 2 2 8 7 5
Wainscoat 49 4 12 245 0 0 4 3 2
Whitley 66 13 12 182 3 0 7 19 7
Abicht 69 10 12 174 1 0 5 13 12
Rodriguez 77 13 13 169 3 0 8 4 4
Camacho 63 4 9 143 1 0 0 9 0
Schlegel 39 4 5 128 0 0 2 1 2
Modena 53 4 5 094 0 0 2 6 0
Torchio 25 4 4 187 0 0 1 4 0
Agorastos 1 0 0 000 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 684 98 149 218 15 7 2 93 64
SEASON pitching stats by innings pitched, hits, earned runs, earned run average, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, strike outs, won, loss and saves.
INN H ER ERA 2B 3B HR BB SO W L S
Kensinger 84 86 27 2.25 8 1 1 21 56 2 10 3
Abicht 67 62 28 2.93 2 0 1 28 43 8 4 0
Schlegel 21 24 13 4.33 3 1 0 18 18 0 2 0
Modena 7 4 1 1.00 0 0 0 5 4 0 0 0
Agorastos 5 5 3 5.25 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0
TOTALS 184 181 72 2.73 13 2 2 75 125 10 16 3
ALL SCCAL and All Santa Cruz County Al Kensinger and Dave Ellis. Honorable mention in both Jim Abicht.
Ellis was a standout at first base, while hitting .310 for the Cards, who won five of their last six league games and were knocking off title contenders at the end of the league campaign. Kensinger had impressive batting statistics as he was second in the league with an even .400 average and six RBI’s, while scooping up most everything his way at shortstop.
Team members: Tony Valladao, Dennis Hunter, Brian Whitesell, Kostas Karachristos, Pete Hammond, Robert Modena, Robert Poll, Steve Celayeta, Ron Loperz, Mark Signor, Rudy Escalante, Marvin Hirschel, Greg Pacheco, Chris Ronzano, Buz Brown, John Fambrini, Mark Matoza, Mike Guzetti and Roger Esparza. Coach Ray Hunter
DIAMOND DUSTERS members were Lynette Wehr, Charlin Dodd, Kathy Mullins, Lori Pracht, Maria Ballgae, Candy Thrasher, Traci Ray, Kelli Coronado, Mary Finnegan and Stephanie Ghio.
GIRLS SOFTBALL win first SCCAL TITLE OF THE NEW SCCAL LEAGUE. REGION IV CHAMPIONS. CCS FOURTH PLACE
Practice games: SLV 18-4, Soquel 22-7, Salinas 22-19. Practice record 3-0.
Games: SLV 12-0, 26-11; Marello 17-3, 5-0; Harbor 8-3, 20-3; Aptos 4-6, 7-5; Soquel 24-4, 11-1. League record 9-1. In CCS Region IV play: Redwood Christian 18-2 and Monterey 17-8 for the Region IV Title. In the final four of CCS: Carlmont 5-15 and Willow Glenn 2-5 for fourth place. Regular season record 12-1. Overall record 14-3.
League standings; Santa Cruz 9-1 SLV and Aptos 7-3, Harbor 5-5, Marello and Soquel 1-9.
Returning starters: Elaina Guidici, Evonne Sandas, Sue Dodge, Tammy Bogard, Tina Olimpio and Julie Schneider. The rest of the lineup are Cheryl Olimpio, Dannette Sutton, Gina Sutton, Laurie Thomas, Kathy Wilson and Mary Ellen Cabrera.
March 23. SC 18, SLV 4. Gina Sutton tossed a three hitter and Tammy Bogard and Elaina Guidici pounded out three hits to led the Cards. After SC went ahead 5-3 at the bottom of the first inning, SC scored in every inning but one.
March 30. SC defeats Salinas 22-19 in an error prone game where SC had 6 errors and Salinas 17. The Cards had 12 hits to Salinas’ 7. Sophomore Tammy Bogard walloped two home runs and a double going 3-5. Elaina Guidici homered and went 2-5. Evonne Sandas was 5-6. Gina Sutton was the winning pitcher.
April 3. SC Girls prevail. Six runs in the game’s last two innings lifts SC to a 16-13 win over SLV. SC pounded out 22 hits, including a home run by Kathy Wilson. Michele Hoga was the winning pitcher. Top hitters Bogard 4 for 4; Guidici and Olimpio both 4 for 5; Dodge 2 for 4.
April 14. SC Girls Post 22-7 Victory over Soquel. SC belts out 20 hits to back the five hit pitching of Gina Sutton in a non league triumph over Soquel. Elaina Guidici and Julie Schneider both cracked out three hits (3-5) and Tina Olimpo and Mary Ellen Cabrera each stroked a pair of hits (2-3) to pace the Cards at the plate.
April 20. SC 12, SLV 0. Freshman Gina Sutton hurled a one hit shutout and struck out seven, while going 2 for 3. Sue Dodge and Elaina Guicici went 2 for 4. SC had 8 hits and 2 errors.
April 23. Lopsided Softball Victories. SC 17, Marello 3. Gina Sutton struck out 10 batters and hurled six innings of four hit relief. Evonne Sandas and Laurie Thomas both smashed home runs. Thomas’ was a grand slam. Hitters: Sandas 4-4 and a home run, Bogard 2-5 and Laurie Thomas a grand slam. SC had 33 hits and two errors.
April 27. SC 8, Harbor 3. Tami Bogard picked up the win in relief. Both teams had 3 errors and SC had 8 hits, while Harbor was held to two hits. Top hitters: Dodge 3-4 and Sandas 2-4.
April 29. Aptos Girls Nip SC 6-4. “The Battle of the Unbeatens”. SC carried a 4-0 lead into the top of the fourth inning, when Aptos erupted for four tallies to tie the contest. Aptos pushed across two unearned runs in the fifth to win the game. Both teams had but three hits. Aptos had four errors and SC only one and it hurt.
May 4. SC 24, Soquel 4. SC pounded out 27 hits and had only two errors. Gina Sutton gave up six hits in going the distance on the mound and helped herself with four hits. Going 5-6 Julie Schneider; 4-6, Guidici, Gina Sutton, Dodge; 3-4 Wilson; 3-6 Sandas; 2-6 Cheryl Olimpio.
May 6. Santa Cruz Girls Take Softball Lead. Going into to-days games there was a three way tie between SC, Aptos and SLV. Harbor beat Aptos. SLV lost to SC 26-11 to give SC the lead by itself with a 5-1 record. Winning pitcher Tammy Bogard. Top hitters: Elaina Guidici 5 for 6; Evonne Sandas 4 for 6; Bogard 2 for 3; Cheryl Olimpio 2 for 4; Sue Dodge 2 for 6.
May 11. SC 5, Marello 0. Tammy Bogard and Gina Sutton combined for a two hitter. SC bettered their first place mark to 6-1 with three games remaining. SLV and Aptos are tied for second at 5-3. Both teams had 4 errors. Top hitters: Elaina Guidici 2-3 and Cheryl Olimpo 2-2.
May 13. Wilson Ignites SC Attack. SC blasted Harbor 20-3 in five innings. Freshman Kathy Wilson belted 3 hits, including a home run to ignite a 17 hit attack. Winning pitcher Gina Sutton gave up only three hits. SC had 17 hits and two errors. Hitters: Tammy Bogard 4 for 4; Kathy Wilson 3 for 4; Dannette Sutton, Julie Schneider and Sue Dodge 2-3; Evonne Sandas 2-4.
May 18. SC Wraps Up Tie For Softball Title with a 7-5 victory at Aptos. Gina Sutton went the distance to pick up the pitching win. Sue Dodge paced the redbirds 12 hit attack with a 4 for 5 performance at the plate. Top hitters Elaina Guidici 2 for 4 and Laurie Thomas 2 for 5.
May 20. SCHS Wraps Up Softball Title as Tammy Bogard hurled a two hitter and belted a pair of hits for a 11-1 triumph over Soquel. The Cardinals finish the first season of the new SCCAL league with a 9-1 record and a two game lead over Aptos and SLV.
Region IV playoffs find the Cardinals facing the Champions of the CSAL Redwood Christian at Hollister high. Santa Cruz boasts the top SCCAL hitter in its fine shortstop Sue Dodge, who takes a 535 average and 17 RBI’s into battle.
May 24. SC Nabs Softball Victory over Redwood Christian 18-2. The hottest thing for miles around was the bat of sophomore Tammy Bogard and her SC teammates. Bogard enjoying the best game of her short high school career, blasted a pair of home runs, belted two singles, scored three runs and drove in four more in the contest and the term is applied loosely. Tammy also tossed two frames in relief of starter Gina Sutton, allowing only a harmless walk. The triumph was the seventh straight win for the Cards. Other hitters Tina Olimpio and Sue Dodge 3 for 4 apiece; Loreen Guidici 2 for 3 and Julie Schneider 2 or 2. Home runs Bogard 2, Dodge 1. Triples, Julie Schneider 2. Two RBI’s Kathy Wilson, Evonne Sandas, Dodge, Laurie Thomas and Gina Sutton. Julie Schneider had 3 and Mary Ellen Cabrera 1.
May 25. SCHS Girls Region IV Champions with a 17-8 win over Monterey.
The Cardinals, the underdog in the eyes of many, except theirs, exploded for eight runs right off the proverbial bat in the top of the first inning and added seven more in a sixth stanza eruption. Santa Cruz Region IV champions for the second time this year as the basketball team also was the Region champs. Gina Sutton carried a no hitter and a 17-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth, when exhaustion caught up with her. The talented freshman walked four of her final five batters and departed without allowing a hit, in favor of a sophomore Tammy Bogard. Bogard gave up the only hit of the game and then finished the inning with the score at 17-7. Bogard allowed only one run in the last inning, before retiring the final two players on infield pop ups to end the emotionally and physically draining game for the Redbirds.
June 2. SC Girls Seeking CCS Title. Going into their game with favored Carlmont, the Cards have five All League players to throw at them. League MVP and SS, Sue Dodge with a 535 batting average and fellow All Leaguers Evonne Sandas CF, 487; Elaina Guidici 3B, 486; Tammy Bogard LF, 429; and Gina Sutton P, 391. Gina posted a 5-1 record from the rubber. The other starters are Freshman, Kathy Wilson 2B; Laurie Thomas RF; Tina Olimpio C and Loreen Guidici 1B.
SC girls lose two in CCS softball. Santa Cruz’ eight game winning streak and quest for the CCS championship both came to a disheartening end before a capacity crowd at PAL Stadium in San Jose. Carlmont the Region II champion took the Cards 15-5. The marathon contest took almost three hours to complete and not once did the Cardinals show even the slightest signs of throwing in the towel.
Santa Cruz suffered a severe emotional setback in the bottom of the first frame when it lost two runs due to what many considered a poor judgment call by the home plate umpire. Evonne Sandas, who tagged up and scored from third after the shortstop slipped to the turf following her catch of a pop up behind second, was ruled out on a questionable call at the plate. Tammy Bogard also scored from second on the play, while the ball was tossed around the infield almost in a panic, for an apparent 3-1 SC lead. Instead, it stood 1-1. Sandas
and her teammates could not believe the call, but the most irate was the coach, who pleaded his case with the home plate umpire. On returning to the dugout, he let the base umpire know how he felt about the decision. Shortly thereafter, the base umpire gave him the rest of the evening off. After being order to leave the confines of the field, he perched himself on the side of the hill next to the freeway (Interstate 280) behind the center field fence. From here he shouted constant encouragement to his squad through out the final six stanzas. Just like their coach not letting the issue stop him, neither would his team.
The coach from last year, Pete Newell, took the helm and the Cards came back to tie the score 3-3 in the third after yielding a pair to the Scots in the second. Bogard’s leadoff double and a walk to Kathy Wilson set the stage for Laurie Thomas’ two run double to the wall in left center that knotted the count for the second and final time.
Carlmont erupted for four runs in the fourth for a 7-3 lead and then put the game away with a seven run fifth to take a commanding 14-3 advantage and the game was all but over. Still Santa Cruz refused to fold. The Cardinals fought back for a pair in the last of the fifth. They had the bases loaded in the seventh before the candle finally burned out on this inspiring contingent of girls.
Dodge the SCCAL MVP typified the kind of effort put forth by the Region IV champions, when she ranged far to the leftfield foul line and almost made a spectacular head long diving catch going away from the plate on a soft fly, only to lose the ball as she hit the turf. Her gallant try earned her a rousing ovation from both sides of the stands. It was this type of game for SC — almost, but not enough. The Cards left 11 runners on base, while Carlmont only incurred three deaths there. Gina Sutton started on the mound and was relieved by Tammy Bogard in the fifth. Danette Sutton was behind the plate. Tammy Bogard and Laurie Thomas both doubled. RBI’s: Thomas two; Kathy Wilson, Tina Olimpio and Cheryl Olimpio one apiece.
The next night in the third place game Willow Glen defeated the Cards 5-2. SC went out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning, but that was the end of the scoring for the Cards. Sue Dodge, Laurie Thomas, Evonne Sandas, Kathy Wilson and Tina Olimpio all had two hits each for the Cards. Thomas doubled and drove in two runs. SC out hit Willow Glen 12 to 10, but had two errors. In the championship game Notre Dame of San Jose defeated Carlmont 4-2 in eight innings. No All tournament team was selected.
Official league stats for SCCAL league play only. SC players in the order their batting averages by name, position on the official league stats, at bats, runs, hits, home runs, runs batted in and averages.
NAME POS AB R H HR RBI AVG
Dodge 1 43 15 23 1 12 .535
Evonne Sandas 4 39 17 19 2 16 .487
Guidici 6 37 12 18 0 10 .486
Bogard 12 35 15 15 0 7 .429
Cheryl Olimpo 14 22 7 9 0 5 .409
Gina Sutton 19 23 3 9 0 6 .391
All in the top 27 hitters in the league.
Five Santa Cruz Girls are All SCCAL. Senior Sue Dodge, the clutch hitting, smooth fielding shortstop for the Region IV and SCCAL champion Santa Cruz, is the unanimous choice as the Most Valuable Player on the inaugural ALL SCCAL team selected by the league coaches. Dodge was just one of five Cardinals chosen for the honor squad. She led the league in hitting with a 535 average and was second in RBI’s with 17.
The mound tandem of freshman, Gina Sutton and sophomore, Tammy Bogard teamed together to compile a 9-1championship record. Sutton logged a 5-1 pitching record and batted 391. Bogard posted a perfect 4-0 mark and batted 429.
A pair of seniors, Evonne Sandas, CF, 487, 2 home runs, and 16 RBI’s; and third baseman Elaina Giudici, who hit .486 rounded out the SC selections. Danette Sutton
and catcher, Tina Olimpio were named honorable mention. Coach Vic Miguel was unanimous as the leagues Coach of the Year.
GIRLS JUNIOR VARSITY SOFTBALL
Practice games: Aptos 17-3, SLV 12-14, 32-4. Salinas 6-11. Practice record: 2-2.
League: SLV 14-13, 23-13; Aptos 7-6, 4-5; Harbor 15-12, 25-10. League record 5-1.
Record overall 7-3.
Aptos goes down to defeat 17-3. The Cards out hit Aptos 12 to 3 behind the pitching of Annette Jung. Top hitters: Andra Farstad 4-4, Loreen Guidici 3-4 and Gwyn Adams 2-4.
March 23. SLV 14, SC 12. Annette Young was the losing pitcher. Top hitters: Sue Maddera 2-2 and Chris Macken 2-2.
March 30. Salinas 11, SC 6. SC had eight errors to four by Salinas. Salinas out hit SC 10 to 7. Hitters: Loreen Guidici 2-3 and Charlotte Newman 2-4.
April 3. SC 32, SLV 4 in five innings in a practice game. Cards out hit SLV 18 to 2. Annette Jung was winning pitcher. SC had big innings of 14, 4 and 8 runs. Hitters: Guidici, Farstad and Newman all went 3-6.
April 20. SC 14, SLV 13 in the first league game. SC rallied from a 13-10 deficit in the last of the seventh with four runs. Top hitters: Gwyn Adams 2-5 and a home run, Jane Bogard 2-2, Andra Farstad 2-4 and Charlotte Newman 2-5.
April 22. SC 17, Aptos 3 in a practice game. Jung threw a three hitter for the win. SC had 12 hits led by Farstad 4-4, Guidici 3-4 and Adams 2-4. SC had 6 errors and Aptos 7.
April 27. SC 15, Harbor 12. Jung was the winning pitcher. Top hitters: Guidici 2-5, Newman 3-5, Jung and Geralden Gularte both went 2-4. SC had 8 errors and Harbor 9.
April 29. Again SC beat Aptos, but this time by only one run 7-6. SC out hit Aptos 11 to 10 and made 11 errors to Aptos’ 9. Jung was the winning pitcher. Hitters: Farstad 2-3; Guidici, Kris Macken and Geraldene Gularte all went 2-4.
May 6. SC 23, SLV 13. Annette Jung was the wining pitcher and gave up 14 hits. Top hitters: Andra Farstad 3-6, Loreen Guidici 3-6, Gwyn Adams 2-5, Charlotte Newman 2-6.
May 13. SC 25, Harbor 10. SC out hit Harbor 32 to 22. Harbor won making errors 19 to 6. Winning pitcher Jung. Hitting: Farstad and Newman both 2-4 and Terry Berube 2-5.
May 18. Aptos 5, SC 4. Annette Jung gave up only five hits and was the games top hitter going 3 for 3. SC made five errors and had 6 hits.
J V Softball members were Terri Berube, Charlotte Newman, Lilas Blake, Gwyn Adams, Lori DeRego, Hortencia Cardenas, Sue Madera, Tonya Gregoric, Paula Anecito, Annette Jung, Geraldine Gularte, Jane Bogaard, Andra Farstad, Misty Long, Tina Lencioni, Chris McFadden, Loreen Giudici, Kris Macken and Fran Lopez. Coach Leta Stagnaro.
May 12. At the first ever SCCAL track trials at Memorial Field there were two heats for every running event and the top three runners in each heat qualified for the finals. First place finishers for SC were Bob Sanders tied his own SCCAL mark in the frosh-soph 70 high hurdles with a time of 9.2, which is also the best time in Region IV to date. Andre Wilkes sped to a 9.9 time in the 100 to win and also won the 220 in 24.4. In the next heat Dan Brumsey won the 100 in 10.2. Sal Locatelli won both the 100 in 11.7 and the 220 in 24.9 in the frosh-soph competition. Other varsity placers, who qualified for the finals were Dave Foster, third in 100 in 10.6 and second in the 220 in 24.2. Rick Larson took second in the 100 in 10.4. Girard was second in the 330 low hurdles in 53.5. Other frosh-soph placers were Ronda, first in the 70 high hurdles in 9.7, second in the 330 low hurdles and placed for the finals in the high jump. Harper won the 100 in 10.7.and was second in the 220 in 25.0. Morgado was third in the 440. Getty won the high jump.
Sharon Hightower won the 100 in 12.2 and the 220 in 29.1 in the girls frosh-soph. Lowery won the 100 in 12.4.
May 15. Even though the new SCCAL league does not give a school an award for being the school with the total combined scores of all four divisions, varsity boys, varsity girls, frosh-soph boys and girls, the idea is considered by many as a good one. It equalizes the gap between the divisions and encourages competition as a whole school. Soquel’s teams racked up a total of 257 points, Aptos 232, SC 198, SLV 109, Harbor 106 and Marello 64.
Scoring at the first ever SCCAL Track finals for varsity: Soquel 102, Aptos 44, Marello 41, SC 40, Harbor 20 and SLV 6. Andre Wilkes led the Cards winning the 100 yard dash in 10.1 and 220 in 22.5. The 440 yard relay team won in 44.9. The mile relay team took second in 3:36.8. Dan Brumsey took second in the 100 in 10.2. Dave Foster took third in the 220 in 23.8. Geoff Girard was third in the 440 in 52.5.
The Frosh-soph team won their division at the SCCAL meet by scoring 88 points, Soquel 76, Aptos 42, Harbor 21, SLV 19 and Marello 10. Bob Sanders was the Cards top scorer winning the 70 high hurdles in 9.3 and the long jump at 19-6. Ray Rembao won the two mile in 10:37.6. His brother Jim was third in the mile at 11:02.9 and took second in the mile in 4:42.7. Mark Bruce won the triple jump at 38-6 and was second in the long jump at 18-10. Lee Lowery won the discus at 115-6. Doug Martin won the shot put at 150-2. Sal Locatelli took second in the 100 in 11.3. Dave Ronda placed second in the 330 low hurdles in 43.2 and third in the 70 high hurdles in 9.6. Anecito was third in the 220 in 25.5. Jim Munoz took second in the pole vault at 12-0. Both the 440 relay team at 46.0 and the mile relay team at 3:44.7 took second places.
May 22. At the CCS qualifying meet at San Jose City College the SC mile relay team of Lori Medlen, Nina Peticolas, Michael Powell and Debbie Hightower clocked a 4:11.6 for a school record, while Medlen set a personal best in the 880 at 2:25.5. Terry Schneider took first place in her heat of the two mile at 11:30.2, which set a school record and established a personal best as well.
May 26. Pre-CCS finals write up in the Sentinel. 32 Competitors In CCS Track Finals. A berth into the CIF Track and Field championships at UCLA awaits the top three qualifiers in the CCS finals at San Jose City College. In all, there are 12 varsity boys, including the SC relay quartet with SC’s Andre Wilkes leading the pack. Wilkes was the 1976 frosh-soph CCS champion and has the fastest non-wind aided 100 time in the section at 9.6. He also qualified for the 220 with a 22.0 clock in last weeks Region IV meet. Teammate Dan Brumsey is also in the century with a 10.2 to his credit and he along with Wilkes, Andy Foster and Rick Larsen are slated to run in the 440 trials with a season best of 43.5.
Girls: Terry Schneider is entered in the two mile, with a best time of 11:30.2.
SC and Soquel were the only local schools to qualify boys frosh-soph competitors.
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Sentinel. May 29. At the CCS finals, Andre Wilkes, the 1976 CCS frosh-soph 100 yard dash champion, finished fourth in the century by three-hundredths of a second. In the 220, Wilkes once again stayed with the leaders all the way and once again he was nipped at the wire, finishing fourth again with a 21.7 clocking. Wilkes time was nine-tenths of a second off the winning time. Wilkes was so close to making it to the State Meet at UCLA. Only one through three make the trip. Andre also ran on the 440 relay team at the CCS trials, which the team qualified for at the Region IV meet at Hartnell College
Freshman Bob Sanders was impressive in the frosh-soph portion of the meet. Sanders took second place in the 70 yard high hurdles in 9.2.
Cards Capture PG Track Title against 15 schools in the frosh-soph category. The varsity placed seventh. The only varsity win was in the 440 relay with members Bruce Gardner, Andy Foster, Geoff Girard and Dan Brumsey in 45.7. Brumsey took second in the 100 in 10.2 and Jon Fenton took second in the discus hurling it 133 feet. For the winning frosh-soph, Bob Sanders took first in the 70 high hurdles at 9.6. The 440 relay team of Chris Harper, Sanders, Mark Bruce and Sal Locatelli took first in 47.2. John Rambao took first in the two mile at 9:59.9 a personal best. All the following were second place finishers: Dave Ronda in 70 high hurdles in 9.7; Bob Martin, 46-4 in shot put; Bruce, 38-6 in triple jump; Jim Munoz, 10-6 in pole vault. Third place finishers were Ronda in high jump at 5-6 and 44.1 in low hurdles; Lee Lowery , 123-7 in discus; Harper, 24.7 in 220.
SC Varsity boys rout Harbor 82-31. Race results were Dan Brumsey won the 100 in 10 flat and the 220 in 23.7. Jon Fenton won the discus at 129-1 as the Cards won all four spots and he won the shot put with a throw of 47-10 as again the Cards swept the event. Daryl Jackson won the 120 high hurdles in 21.8. Layman won the 330 low hurdles in 54.6, was second in the discus at 116-8, the triple jump and in the long jump at 17-3. Mike Mahoney won the 880 at 2:19.4. Andrew Foster won the two mile in 12:25 and was third in the 220 in 25.0. John Rembao won the mile in 4:40. Rick Larson was second in the 100 in 10.3. Geoff Girard was second in 440 in 54.2. Alex Johnson was second in the 880 in 2.22.6. Bruce Gardner took third in the 100 in 10.4. Doug Martin was second in the shot put at 112-4, third in discus at 112-4 and in the high jump. Mark Signor was third in the mile in 5:03. Pat Simmons took third in shot put at 31-4. Both the 440 relay team in 46.0 and the mile relay team in 3:56.6 won their events.
The frosh-soph beat Harbor 81-44. Bob Sanders won the 70 yard high hurdles in 9.9 and the long jump at 17-9. Sal Locatelli won the 100 in 10.7. Mark Bruce won the 440 in 57 flat. Travis Nansel won the two mile in 11:30.7. Dave Ronda won the 880 in 2:17.4 and took second in the high hurdles in 10.2. Jimmy Munoz won the pole vault at 11-3. Lee Lowery won the discus at 110-6 and took second in the shot put at 47-8. Rembao won the mile in 5:10. Chris Harper won the 220 in 25.2 and was second in the 100 in 10.8. Mahaney took second in the 880 in 2:21.5, two seconds slower then what his brother did to win the varsity race. Joe Deck took second in the two mile in 12:07. Rob Stone was second in the mile in 5:12.3. John North was second in the low hurdles in 47 flat. Jeff Hurley was third in the low hurdles in 51.6. Daryl Jessen was second in the long jump at 15-11. David Ferrara was second in the pole vault. Thompson was third in the 220 at 25.3.
Soquel defeated the Cards in all four divisions. Boys varsity 92-42. Girls varsity 70-34, Boys Frosh-Soph 76-59 and Girls Frosh-Soph 67-28.
Members of the winning boys varsity 440 relay team were Steve Imonti, Andre Wilkes, Andrew Foster and Dan Brumsey. Andre Wilkes won the 100 yard dash in 10.3, 220 yard dash in 23.0 and was on the 440 relay team. Jon Fenton won the discus at 138-7 and the shot put at 44-3. Second placer finishers were Mark Harlan in 880 in 2:05.8. Mike Mahaney in mile in 4:45.5. Charles Burks in triple jump at 36-11. Jimmy Munoz in pole vault at 9-6. Third placer finishers were Bruce Gardner in 100 yard dash in 10.8. Doug Martin in discus of 119-2. Alex Johnson in long jump at 15-11.
The boys frosh-soph gave Soquel the best competition of the day losing only 59-76. Those who placed were Bob Sanders, who won the 70 high hurdles in 9.7 and long jump at 18-6 and took second in the 330 low hurdles in 44.0. Sal Locatelli won the 100 yard dash in 11.0. Lee Lowery won the shot put at 43-5 and the discus at 119-6. Chris Harper took second places in the 100 yard dash in 11.6 and 220 yard dash in 24.7. Dave Ronda took third places in the 70 high hurdles in 10.0, high jump at 5-6 and the 330 low hurdles in 44.4. John Rembao was second in the mile in 4:46.3 and the two mile at 10:11.3. Rob Stone took second in the 880 in 2:14.9. Dan Morgado took third in the 440 in 58.0. Jimmy Munoz took third in the pole vault at 9-6. Doug Martin was second in the shot put at 42-8. Fred Rodriguez was third in discus at 95-6. Mark Bruce was second in the triple jump at 35-7 and the long jump at 17-1.
Varsity SC 101- SLV 15. Dan Brumsey won the long jump at 20-4 and high jump at 5-4 and took second in 100 in 10.2. Andre Wilkes won the 100 in 10 flat and 220 in 23.6. Jon Fenton won the shot put at 48-8 and discus at 131-1. Geoff Girard won 440 in 54.4 and long jump at 44-1. Thompson won 120 high hurdles in 20.1. Rambao won 880 in 2:11.3 and took second in two mile in 10:33.4. Andrew Foster was second in 880 in 2:24 and 220 in 23.8. Mahaney won mile in 4:57. Bruce Gardner won triple jump in 38-2. Doug Martin second in shot put at 41-9 and third in discus at 125-2 and high jump 4-10. Steve Imonti second in long jump 17-11 and triple jump at 35-8. Mark Signor second in mile at 4:58.3. Layman second discus 125-7 and third in 440 in 1:06. Charles Burks third triple jump 35-3. Chris Hummel third mile 11:28. Rick Larson third 100 in 10.6. The mile and 440 relay teams won in 3:51.6 and 45.2 respectively.
Frosh-soph beat SLV 85-48. Mark Bruce won long jump 18-7 and triple jump 36-1. Jimmy Munoz won pole vault 10-6. Chris Harper won 220 in 24.5 and second in 100 in 10.8. Bob Sanders won high hurdles 9.6 was second 220 in 24.5 and long jump 18-5. Dave Ronda won high jump 5-6 and second in high hurdles 10 flat. Lee Lowery won shot put 43. Sal Locatelli won 100 in 10.7. Rambao won mile 5:16.8 and second in two mile 11:15. David Ferrara second pole vault 9. Getty second high jump 5-2. Matt Hagen second 440 in 58.2. Rob Stone second 880 in 2:15.3. Mahaney third 440 in 59.2. Travis Nansel third two mile 11:16.6. Aaron Michaelsen third shot put 38-7. Peter Pianavilla third discus 92-11. Both 440 and mile relay teams won 47 flat and 3:15.8 respectively.
At the prestigious Santa Cruz Relays the Cards took third in the junior varsity meet. Thirty two high schools in the Bay Area participated. At least 26 of the participants had seasonal efforts which put them among the top performers in CCS. Memorial Field will be the site of the SCCAL championships next week. The Cards junior sprint star Andre Wilkes sat out the meet with a slightly pulled leg muscle. With all the important post-season meets coming up he did not want to risk further injury. Andre had run under 10 second in the 100 this year at Memorial Field. Even without Wilkes, the 440 relay team took second place in 44.6 seconds. Danny Brumsey ran a fine final leg of the 880 relay as the Cards time of 1:34.5 was good for third place.
For the Frosh-Soph team, freshman Bob Sanders captured the Cards only first of the day winning the 70 yard high hurdles in a sharp 9.2. SC took third in the 880 relay in 1:37.5.
Team members: Bruce Gardner, Charles Burks, Andre Wilkes, Daryl Jackson, Lee Lowery, Dan Brumsey, John Papa, Doug Martin, Steve Imonti, Pat Simmons, David Ferrara, Mark Bruce, Rob Stone, Chris Harper, Mike Ruby, Dan Morgado, Melvin Dinkins, Rick Larson, John Trebbien, Jon Fenton, Andrew Foster, Bill Sarrow, Alex Johnson, Peter Pianavilla, Tony Webb, John North, Bob Sanders, Mike Kliegel, Sal Locatelli, Daryl Jessen, Fred Rodriguez, Joe Deck, Mark Mahaney, Scott Foster, Mike Mahaney, Kevin Slakey, Matt Hagen, Mark Harlan, Aaron Michaelsen, Jeff Hurley, Gary Wright, Ray Rembao, Jimmy Munoz, Dave Ronda, Paul Signor, Geoff Girard, Chris Hummel, John Rembao and Travis Nansel.
Awards presented at the Spring sports awards ceremonies:
Bob Martin, frosh-soph field athlete
John Rembao frosh-soph track athlete
Doug Martin, varsity field athlete
Andre Wilkes, varsity track athlete, high point award and track athlete of the year
Dave Ronda, frosh-soph Cardinal Club Sportsmanship
Bob Sanders FS high point award
Geoff Gerard varsity Cardinal Club Sportsmanship
GIRLS TRACK Scoring at the first ever SCCAL Track finals for varsity girls was Aptos 68, Harbor 56, Soquel 40, SC 19 and SLV 15.
Frosh-soph was SLV 70, SC 51, Soquel 39, Aptos 23, Marello 13 and Harbor 4.
Scoring for the varsity at the SCCAL league meet were Annette Mungai winner of the two mile in 12:19.6. Terri Schneider second in the mile in 12:19.6. Nina Peticolas third in the 880 in 2:24.0.
Debbie Hightower, who led the scoring for the frosh-soph at the SCCAL meet by winning three events, the 100 yard dash in 12.5, the 220 in 28.2 and the long jump at 15-2. Jackie Lowery took second in the 100 yard dash in 12.6 and third in the long jump at 14.11. In the 880, Michael Powell took second in 2:28.4 and Stanford third in 2:32.7. The 440 relay team in 53.9 and the mile relay team in 4:31 were won by SC.
Debbie Hightower sometimes competed in both the varsity meet and the frosh-soph meet in the same day.
SC Girls Place In Track Meet. SC fared well in the annual Branham Invitational. Nina Peticolas took third in the 880 with a school record of 2:25.4, while teammate Lori Medlen was sixth in 2:27.2. In the mile Terri Schneider was fourth with a school record and league best of 5:25.7. Annette Mungai took third place in the two mile with a 12:25. The mile relay team of Medlen, Peticolas, Michael Powell and Debbie Hightower took fourth place with a time of 4:17.3. Medlen had the best individual lap of 1:02.9.
At the King City Invitational, Terri Schneider set a school record in the two mile with a second place time of 11:57.7. Lori Medlen nabbed a third in the 880 at 2:27.8. Annette Mungai nailed a third place in the two mile at 12:13.2
Harbor defeated the varsity 74-28. Terri Schneider won the mile in 5:36.5. Lori Medlen won the 440 in 1:02.6 and was second in the 220 in 28.4. Julie Bogaard was second in the 110 low hurdles in 19.2. Regina Rudnicki was second in the 880 in 2:47.5 and Kathy Keller took third in 3:08. Pam Mills was second in the two mile in 13:52.3. Annette Mungai was second in the mile in 5:54.3. Lorraine Rice was second in shot put and the long jump.
Frosh-soph girls beat Harbor 53-44. Leading scorer was Debbie Hightower who won the 100 in 12.1, the 220 in 28.5 and took second in the long jump. Next was Chris Wahl who won the discus at 75-2 and the shot put at 21-8. Jackie Lowery won the long jump at 14-11 and was second in the 100 in 12.4. Stanford won the 880 in 2:45. Diane Ronda was second in the discus at 64-7 and third in shot put. Stickles was second in shot put and third in discus at 56-10. Linda Ayers was second in the high jump at 4-2. Mica Smith was third in 440. Dawn Overson was third in 220 in 31.1. The 440 relay team won in 56.7.
In a varsity dual meet with Soquel the girls lost 34-70. Terri Schneider took first place in the two mile in 12:09.2. Debbie Hightower won the long jump at 14-3, took second place in 100 yard dash in 12.6 and third place in the 220 yard dash in 27.9. Lorraine Rice took third places in the 880 in 1:09.7 and the shot put at 27-3. Second place finishers were Nina Peticolas, 880 in 2:26.2. Lori Medlen, 440 in 1:01.4. In the mile Annette Mungai took second place in 5:43.8 and Lydia Wilson took third in 7:02.4. Regina Rudnicki took third place in the 880 in 2:44.5.
Julie Bogaard took third in the high jump at 4-6.
For the girls frosh-soph girls lost to Soquel 28-67. The first place finishers were Stanford in the 880 in 2:56.2 and Jackie Lowery in the long jump at 13-11 and the 100 yard dash in 12.7. Second place finishers were Debbie Hightower finished second in the long jump at 13-10 and third in the 100 yard dash in 13.7. Diane Ronda was third in the 440 in 1:10.8
SC 59, SLV 43. Debbie Hightower won 100 in 12.1 and long jump 14-8 and second in 220 in 27.7. Lori Medlen won 440 in 1:03.3 and 220 in 27 flat and second in 100 in 12.2. Pam Mills won two mile 13:51.5. Annette Mungai won mile 5:49.2 and took third in high jump. Julie Bogaard took second places in low hurdles 19.7 and high jump. Terri Schneider second 880 in 2:28.5. Regina Rudnicki second in mile 6:20.3. Michael Powell third 440 in 1:05. Lorraine Rice third shot put 26 feet and long jump 13-10. Lavita Mitchell third discus 44-9. Mile relay team won in 4:41.1.
SC and SLV tied 45-45 in girls frosh-soph. SC won both relay events. The 440 time 54 flat and in mile 5:06.7. Stanford won 880 in 2:43. Jackie Lowery won 100 in 12.2 and second in long jump 15. Wilkes won 220 in 27.8. Linda Ayers won high jump. Debbie Hightower won long jump 15. Diane Ronda third 440 in 1:11.2. Mica Smith second 440 in 1:09. Dawn Overson second in 100 in 13.1.
Watsonville girls top Santa Cruz. In the varsity it was a narrow 56-52 win and in frosh-soph a blow out 75-25. Varsity placers were Debbie Hightower first in 100 in 12.2 and long jump 14-7. Lori Medlen first in 440 in 1:02.1 and 220 in 28.6. Linda Ayers won high jump 4-4. Annette Mungai won two mile 12:22. Pam Mills won mile 6:26. Terri Scheider won 880 in 2:33.3. Michael Powell second 880 in 2:38.1. Nina Peticolas second 440 in 1:04.3. Lydia Wilson third mile 6:59.8. Julie Bogaard third high jump 4-0. Wilkes third low hurdles 18.8. Mile relay team won in 4:29.
Frosh-soph placers against Watsonville. Oliva Vallier won 880 in 2:54.8. Debbie Hightower won long jump 14 feet. Second place finishers were Mica Smith 440 in 1:28 and Chris Wahl discus 57-3. Third place finishers were Stanford low hurdles 20.5, Diane Ronda 440 in 1:13.7 and Dawn Overson 220 in 31.4.
Team members: Micheal Powell, Nina Peticolas, Jackie Lowery, Lori Medlen, Terri Schneider, Cathy Keller, Annette Mungai, Sue Strong, Chris Wahl, Lavita Mitchell, Mary Franzon, Mica Smith, Pam Mills, Olivia Vallier, Becky Bunter, Lydia Wilson, Regina Rudnicki, Julie Bogaard, Kim Pianavilla, Lorraine Rice, Dawn Overson, Debbie Hightower, Linda Ayers, Sandy Harlan and Diane Ronda.
Awards presented at the Spring sports awards ceremonies:
Linda Ayers frosh-soph field athlete
Michael Powell frosh-soph track athlete of the year and Cardinal Club sportsmanship
Jackie Lowery frosh-soph high point award
Debbie Hightower varsity field event athlete
Nina Peticolas, varsity track athlete of year
Annette Mungai varsity Cardinal Club Sportsmanship
Lori Medlen, varsity high point award
Soquel won the first ever SCCAL swim title with 300 points, followed by Harbor 265, Aptos 224 and SC 202. Rob Hatch was a double winner, winning the 500 free in 5:19.0 and the 100 backstroke in 1:01.4, just one event later. Other SC placers were the 200 medley relay team of Rob Hatch, Steve Hatch, Allan Spano and John Mockus second in 1:48.3. 100 butterfly, Alan Spano second in 57.6.
Soquel also won the frosh-soph title with 363 points, followed by Harbor 317, Aptos 115, SC 43. Randy Reetz, who was the only Card to place in the top three places, won the 50 freestyle in 26.6.
Soquel led SC 79-75 going into the last event, but took first and second places in the last event to win 91-77. Soquel won the Frosh-Soph meet 129-13 as most of the SC team had been moved up to varsity. Rob Hatch kept the varsity in the meet with two victories in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.0 and 100 backstroke in 1:00.8. He was second in the 200 individual medley. Alan Spano won the 100 butterfly and took third in the 200 individual medley. Malley won diving. Grant took second in diving. Mockus took seconds in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. Wagner was third in the 500 freestyle. Elledge took third in the 50 freestyle. Cortez took third in the 100 backstroke. Shaffer was third in the 100 freestyle.
March 27. Soquel also won the SCCAL County Relays scoring 100 points followed by Harbor 86, Aptos 82, SC 62, Watsonville didn’t swim. SC won the 400 backstroke relay in 4:11.7 with a team of Rob Hatch, Steve Hatch, Allan Spano and John Mockus. SC’s second win was in the 400 individual Medley in 4:07.2 with the same team as the 400 backstroke.
Rob Hatch is most valuable; Peter McMillan most improved and Tom Shafter was chosen the Cardinal Club sportsmanship winner
Team members: Ron Hill, Alan Spano, Ton Shaffer, Helene Bock, Jack Cortez, Rob Hatch, John Mockus, Robin Davis, Jim Reedy, Peter McMillan, Sheri Ricar, Bruce Edgar, Kostas Karachristos, Tim Ronda, Doug Fultz, Steve Hatch, Ben Irons, Tom Foster and Kurt Wagner,
Coach Terry Eckhardt.
TENNIS THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE. THIS TIME FIRST IN NEW SCCAL. This time it is in the new SCCAL league. The previous two were in the MBL.
Practice matches: Salinas 2-5, Capuchino 3-4, North Salinas 7-0, 7-0; Watsonville 7-0, 7-0; Carmel 2-5, Willow Glen 1-6, Leland 2-4; Monta Vista of Cupertino 0-7. Practice record 4-6. League: Harbor 7-0, 7-0; Aptos 4-3, 5-2; Soquel 7-0, 7-0; Marello 7-0, 7-0; SLV 7-0, 7-0. League record 10-0. CCS Region IV playoffs: Salinas 1-6. Overall record 14-7.
Yearbook. Varsity team members: Kit Kashap, John Kotcher, John Brooke, Jim Hall, Steve Alves, Josh Aronson, Les Stickles, Matt Tsugawa, Phil Kashap and Mike McNeal.
JV team members: Mark Samuelson, Tom Mulholland, Donald Grube, Robert Jasperson, Andrew Murray, Peter Bagnall, Joe Neri, Mark Dybdahl, Ed Kitsuse, Grant Codiga, Harry Dong, David Tsugawa and John Curotto.
May 18. SC Netters In CCS Region IV Setback. SC was eliminated from the Region IV tournament by Salinas 6-1at Cabrillo College. It was a battle of league champions as Salinas won the MBL and SC won the SCCAL. Senior Matt Tsugawa won his number two singles match 6-1, 6-3 for the only SC win. Other scores: Phil Kashap 1-6, 2-6. John Brooke 3-6, 2-6. Jim Hall 4-6, 6-7. Josh Aronson 0-6, 1-6. In doubles: Kit Kashap and John Kotcher 7-6, 0-6, 4-6. Mike McNeal and Steve Alves 3-6, 4-6.
May 10. SCHS Netters Excel In CCS Finals. (Individuals not team play) The doubles team of John Brooke and Matt Tsugawa advanced all the way to the semi-final round with brilliant play at the CCS Tennis Championships in Mt. View. They were the surprises of the day as they first stunned the MBL champions from Salinas in a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 thriller. Then came right back a short time later and whipped a tough Gilroy team, the Santa Teresa Athletic league champions 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the semi-final match they came up against a powerful Capuchino team, who won the first set. Brooke and Tsugawa were down 3-1 in the second set, but came back to win 6-3, setting up the final set. Rain delayed the third set to Monday, when Capuchino won a hard fought match 6-4 for the win. “It was quite a feat for Matt and John,” said coach Dennis Mullen, “considering the tournament is made up of 13 other league champions from the CCS. They played very well and I was extremely proud of them.” League singles champion, Phil Kashap was unable to participate as he had a prior commitment, even though he qualified to play.
May 1. From the Sentinel. SC Nabs Net Title, blanking SLV 7-0 to conclude their league season undefeated with a 10-0 record. Overall their record was 14-6. The previous two years 1975 and 1976 the team won the MBL.
Singles players John Brooke, Matt Tsugawa and Harry Dong along with doubles teams of Mike McNeal-Steve Alves and Kit Kashap-John Kotcher all finished the ten game league season undefeated.
There are only three seniors on the team, Phil Kashap, Jim Hall and Matt Tsugawa, who posted a four year league mark of 43-0.
From the Sentinel. Cardinal Netters Pace SCCAL Tourney. Senior Phil Kashap won the singles title 7-5, 6-4. The surprise of the day came from the doubles team of Kit Kashap (Phil’s younger brother) and John Kotcher, who were number four seeds at the tourney, but made it to the finals to face their own teammates Matt Tsugawa-John Brooke, who were seeded number one. It took Tsugawa-Brooke three games to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. “It was a great match with excellent tennis played by all four players, praised coach Mullen. The three SC winners will advance to the CCS championships in Mountain View.
Sentinel. Feb. 18. Salinas Dumps Card Netters in the season opener 5-2. John Brooke was the lone singles winner 6-4, 6-3. Les Stickles and Josh Aronson won a double match 11-10.
Feb. 28. Card Netters In 4-3 Loss to powerful Capuchino. In singles, Phil Kashap won 7-5, 7-6 and Jim Hall 6-2. 6-4. Mike McNeal and Steve Alves won their double match 6-4, 7-5.
March 2. Cards Blank Wildcats 7-0. SC winners in order of number one down: Phil Kashap, Matt Tsugawa, John Brooke, Jim Hall and John Kotcher. The doubles teams were extended to three sets before winning. The teams were Steve Alves-Mike McNeal and Josh Aronson-Les Stickles.
March 10. Cardinals Bump Off North Salinas Netters 7-0. SC winners in order of number one down: Phil Kashap, John Brooke, Jim Hall, Matt Tsugawa and John Aronson. The doubles teams were Steve Alves-Mike McNeal and Kit Kashap-John Kotcher.
March 13. Cards Beaten By Carmel 5-2. Tsugawa and Aronson were the only two Cards to win.
March 20. Cards Breeze To Tennis Victory 7-0 over North Salinas. SC lost the first set of singles and then swept through the remaining 14. SC only got better as the match wore on, for over the last 11 sets North Salinas never recorded more than two points in any set.
Following through the ladder from one down: Phil Kashap 6-4, 7-5; Brooke 6-1, 1-6, 6-4; Tsugawa 6-0, 4-0 (opponent retired; Hall 6-1, 6-1; Aronson 6-1, 6-1. Doubles: Kotcher and Kit Kashap 6-0, 6-2; Alves and McNeal 6-2, 6-0.
Junior varsity: SC 4, North Salinas 2 in all doubles matches. Winners were Stickles and D. Tsugawa 10-5; Grube and Curetto 10-4; Kitsuse and Neri 8-6. Mulholand and Codiga 8-2.
Jasperson and Murray lost 6-8; Samuelson and Bagnall lost 5-8.
March 23. Card Netters Blank Harbor 7-0 to open the SCCAL season. Winners were : Phil Kashap 6-4, 7-5; Brooke 6-4, 6-2; Tsugawa 6-1, 6-1; Hall 6-1, 6-2; Aronson 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: Katcher and Kit Kashap 6-0, 6-2; Alves and McNeal 6-2, 6-0.
Junior varsity, SC wins 5-0. McNeal 6-2, 6-4; Dong 6-0, 6-1; David Tsugawa 6-0. 62; Kit Kituse 6-0, 6-4. Doubles: Curotto and Grube 6-1, 6-0.
Losing only seven games in singles and dropping only two sets all day, SC blanked Watsonville 7-0. The singles players in the order that they played in this match. Phil Kashap, Matt Tsugawa, John Brooke, Jim Hall and John Kotcher. Doubles teams Alves-McNeal, Josh Aranson and Les Stickles.
March 4. Willow Glen Tops Card Netters 6-1. The lone team point for SC came in the first doubles match where Steve Alves and Mike McNeal scored a three set triumph 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
March 6. Leland Holds Net Advantage 4-2, before the final doubles team match of Kit Kashap and John Kotcher was halted in the third set by darkness. SC winners: In singles, John Brooke won 7-5, 6-7, 6-4; Matt Hall won 4-6, 7-5, 6-4; Matt Tsugawa won 7-6, 6-3.
March 27. SC Tallies Slim Net Victory 4-3 over Aptos. SC rallied from behind with a pair of doubles victories to eke out the win. Singles play was particularly keen with four of the five matches going three sets. SC singles winners: Brooke 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Tsugawa 6-2, 6-3 and doubles winners were Katcher and Kashap 6-1, 6-1; Alves and McNeal 6-4, 6-3. In singles the SC losses were all in three sets: Kashap 4-6, 6-3, 3-6; Hall 7-5, 4-6, 6-7; Aronson 6-3, 3-6, 5-7.
March 30. Card Netters Handed Setback by Monta Vista of Cupertino 7-0.
March 31. Cardinal Netters Blank Marello 7-0. SC winners: Kashap, Tsugawa, Hall, Aronson and Lee Stickles. Double winners: Kit Kashap- Kotcher and Alves-McNeal.
April 3. Cards Top Soquel 7-0. Singles winners: Kashap, Brooke, Tsugawa, Hall and Dong. Doubles: Kashap-Kotcher and Alves-McNeal.
Junior varsity, SC 4, Soquel 0. Singles winners: Stickles, Tsugawa and Curotto. Doubles winners: Grube-Kituse.
April 13. SC Netters Blank SLV 7-0. Singles winners: Phil Kashap, Matt Tsugawa, Hall, Aronson and Dong. Doubles: Katcher-Kit Kashap and Alves-McNeal.
April 15. SC Blanks Harbor 7-0. Singles winners: Kashap, Tsugawa, Hall, Aronson and Dong. Doubles: Kotcher-Kit Kashap and Kitsurse- Mark Henriquez.
Junior varsity SC 4-0 over Harbor. Singles winners: Curotto, Grube and Ed Kisuse. Doubles team of Andrew Murray- Robert Jasperson.
April 21. Cards defeat Mariners 5-2. SC took 14 out of 15 sets, which increases SC’s SCCAL record to a perfect 7-0. Coach Dennis Mullen praised Phil Kashap, John Brooke, Matt Tsugawa and the doubles teams of Mike McNeal-Steve Alves and Kit Kashap-John Kotcher for “great matches.” All are undefeated in league action with the exception of Phil Kashap, who avenged a earlier loss against Aptos to give him a 6-1 league record.
Two junior varsity singles players won. They are Harry Dong and David Tsugawa.
April 24. Card Netters Blank Marello 7-0. SC winners: Kit Kashap, John Kotcher, Josh Aronson, Harry Dong and Steve Alves. Doubles winners: David Tsugawa-John Curotto and Mark Samuelson- Ed Kitsuse.
April 27. Card Netters Nab Ninth Win defeating Soquel 7-0. Singles winners: Kashap, Tsugawa, Brooke, Hall and Aronson. Doubles winners: Kotcher-Kit Kashap and McNeal-Alves.
Junior varsity singles winners: Dong, David Tsugawa, Curotto, Don Grube.
All SCCAL were Phil Kashap, Matt Tsugawa and John Brooke.
Trident. As of the first of April the golfers have a 3-5 record. Last years number two man Jeff Webber is having problems filling the mammoth shoes of Brian Pini, last years top Northern California Junior golfer and now the number one man at UOP. Top players on the team are lone senior Webber and juniors Gary George and Eric Forgaard. This years team includes three freshman Scott Bell, Mike Melville and Cordell Davis. Also hacking away for the Redbirds are sophomore Rich Baird and junior John Beiers. Coach Jim Holinquist.
Trident. League play starts next week as the Cards try to improve on the fourth place finish last year. The number one position rotated between Juniors Eric Forgaard and Gary George all year long. Jeff Weber strongly held the third positions and his enthusiasm and experience was an inspiration to the younger players. Freshman Scott Bell and junior John Beiers filled the fourth and fifth spots. Other members were Cordell Davis, Rich Baird and Mike Melville. Coach Jim Holinquist.
Valley Hands SC Golf Loss 19-8. Eric Forgaard shot a 75 for medalist honors. Scott Bell was the only other winner with 89 strokes. Others who played and their strokes were Gary George 93, John Beiers 102, Cordell Davis 99 and Mike Melville 104.
Sentinel May 18. At the SCCAL two-man best ball tournament, there was individual scoring as well. Eric Forgaard shot a 84 for fifth place.
John Beier’s was chosen the Cardinal Club sportsmanship winner and the most improved golfer. Eric Forgaard is most valuable.
The beauty of gymnastics demands not only creativity and skill, but also strength and flexibility. It takes a lot of hard work to improve in these areas. This is the first year that SC has all the equipment needed for the sport.
Thompson, Sherwood All Around Winners in a dual gymnastics meet with Salinas. Salinas notched a 86.1 to 73.7 win in the novice division, while SC nabbed a narrow 89.4 to 88.3 win in the beginner class. In the Novice division Thompson won the floor exercise, vault and all around. She took a second in the beam and third in the bars. In beginners Sherwood won the floor exercise, beam and all around, She was second in the vault. Batt took third in the floor exercise, beam and vault. McCrary was second in the beam, bars and all around.
Santa Cruz Victor in Gymnastics beating Harbor in the junior varsity match 92.8 to 90.5 and Frosh-Soph 82.3 to 80.9. Leann Sherwood won the following events in the junior varsity division: floor exercise, balance beam, uneven bars and all around. Emmy Lou McCrary won the vaulting and took second in the beam. Wendy Batt was second in the floor exercise and vaulting and third in the all around. In the frosh-soph competition, Sue Jessen was first in the floor exercise. Lori Thompson took first in balance beam, uneven bars and all around. She was second in floor exercise. Kelli Coronado was third in floor exercise. Melissa Palmer won the vaulting.
SC, Aptos Split In Gymnastics. SC won the junior varsity 94.8 to 91.7 and Aptos the Frosh-Soph 77.1 to 76.3. For JV’s, Sherwood won the floor exercise and balance beam. She was second in balance beam, uneven bars and all around. McCrary was second in balance beam, third in floor exercise and uneven bars. Batt was second in vault and third in all around and balance beam. For frosh-soph: Thompson won floor exercise, balance beam, uneven bars and all around. Jessen was first in the vault and second in floor exercise. Palmer was second in balance beam and third in floor exercise.
Lori Thompson was chosen the frosh-soph Cardinal Club sportsmanship winner.
Emmie Lou McCrary was chosen the junior varsity Cardinal Club sportsmanship winner.
Team members were Emmy Lou McCrary, Loretta Palazzo, Susie Jessen, Gilly Stratton, Stefani Wilson, Marie Ballgae, Kelly Coronado, Lisa Iuliano, Christa Speith, Rita Scott, Tracy Anderson, Kim Knox, Melissa Palmer, Lori Thompson, Bethany Baker, Claire Dolan, Lee Ann Sherwood, Julie Moore and Marti Soloman. Coach Carolyn Burkett
Mark Harlan was the top runner on the cross country team and he placed third in the SCCAL finals, which the boys team won. Mark placing eighth at the Soquel Invitational in which over twenty schools participated, totaling between 800 to 1000 runners. The team placed third in the small schools division. The team was third at the Pleasant Hill Invitational.
Last year, Terri Schneider was recognized at the Fall Sports Awards night for her leading the cross country team to a 9-1 record. Schneider placed second at the league meet for which she was honored with the schools Most Valuable Female Runner award. This year Terri was the top runner on the girls cross country team and she placed second in the SCCAL finals, which the girls team won. SC won the Aptos Invitational and Julie was the top Card runner to place. At the Pleasant Hill Invitational covering two miles the girls varsity tied for third place. Terri was SC’s top runner in cross country and track.
Annette Mungai a top runner on the girls cross country team placed fifth in the SCCAL finals, which the girls team won. SC won the Aptos Invitational and Annette was the third Card runner. At the Pleasant Hill Invitational covering two miles, the girls varsity tied for third place. Annette was SC’s third place runner. Annette was a top runner in track as well.
Last year, Nina Peticolas received the cross country sportsmanship award. This year, Nina is a top runner on the girls cross country team placed ninth in the SCCAL finals, which the girls team won. SC won the Aptos Invitational and Nina was the second Card runner to place. At the Pleasant Hill Invitational covering two miles the girls varsity tied for third place. Nina was SC’s second place runner. Nina was an a top runner on the track team as well
From Clyde Persley’s play last year in football. Junior Clyde Persley has earned the Jock of the month award for his leadership qualities and astounding tenacity, for the out manned football team, in their last season of tough MBL play. Clyde’s efforts inspire his teammates as well as the local fans. As one of the eleven returning players, Clyde is a standout in all phases of the game, offensive and defensive back in addition to all the special teams. Persley returned the kickoff 22 yards. The big play in the drive was a 41 yard pass from Seymour to Persley. Persley, the top receiver in the game, snatched five passes for 113 of the 162 yards the Cards had in the game. In the third game of this season quarterback Clyde Persley was involved in the two touchdowns scored by the Cards in the Gunderson game. He ran for a 56 yard touchdown and threw a 18 yard pass for the second score. In the Cards only practice win, Clyde threw a 33 yard pass to get the ball down the field and finished it off with a seven yarder for a score. Another pass was good for a two pointer.
Tony Lopez gained 196 yards and scored three touchdowns, including the winning score in a 32-28 win over Menlo. Tony was a top running back for the Cardinals the last two years
John Hopping was selected the first Jock Of The Month. He has been a bright spot for the Card football team so far this season. John is the premier runner in the league this year according to coach Mehuron. After three weeks of play John is second in the league in rushing yards. He is following in his brother Don’s foot steps.
Jack Cabrera held the scoring records for the soccer team this year. He scored three goals twice, led with 13 goals in league and 14 goals for the season. He was an ALL SCCAL Soccer player.
Romiro Hernandez score only one goal, but won his selection on the ALL SCCAL Soccer team for his defense.
Mike Lopez was second in scoring for the Cards and won his selection to the ALL SCCAL Soccer team for his ball control and fine passing to set up goals.
The key player of the 1-0 win over Soquel was SC’s goalkeeper Gerardo Martinez. Gerardo was there whenever Soquel would break through the SC defense, to make diving saves. Gerardo was a ALL SCCAL Soccer player.
Last year, Bob Layton won the league 106 pound division to go on to CCS matches. He tied for the team highest points scored for the season. This year, Bob competed in the California State CIF wrestling tournament for top placers in the Northern California section meets. He failed to place in the state competition. This was the second straight year Bob qualified for this top level meet. Bob was an important member of the league championship team winning first place at 103 pounds at the SCCAL finals to qualify him for the CCS finals to get to the State. Bob had an enviable season record of 29 wins, 2 losses and one draw. At the Aptos Invitational, Bob took first place. Bob was voted most valuable, and tri-captain of the team. Bob was the top wrestler for the year with the Most Take Downs and Most Pins. Bob with four tournament titles to his credit after finishing fourth at CCS a year ago. He has not lost a dual match in his last two years of varsity completion.
In three years of varsity wrestling, Roy Lopez has never lost and his 1977 record is 16-5 after winning the Aptos tourney, finishing second at Gonzales and the SCCAL finals and fourth at the Harbor Tourney.
Sophomore wrestler Mike Gregoric at 136 pounds has impressive credentials. He has captured two tournament titles, Aptos and SCCAL on his way to a 21-3 win loss record.
Greg Lopez took a first place at the Aptos Invitational. He was voted as a tri-captain of the wrestling team. He took first place in the SCCAL finals in the 138 pound division for the championship Cardinals. He was a member of the football and track teams.
Steve Imonti was a running back in football doing some scoring for the Cards and was on the track team.
Tim Rhonda was a team Tri-captain of the wrestling team and received the Cardinal Club sportsmanship award.
Jock Of The Month. Eddie Hightower was named for his outstanding performances for the varsity basketball team. He is averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds a game. He made the All SCCAL team selected by the coaches; All County team by the Sentinel and the All Tournament team at the Dads Club Tournament. Coach Newell’s comment, “Eddie was the most consistent player all season and this reflects in the honors he won. Eddie at 6’2” led the area in dunks with two. Eddie has a great amount of natural talent and I feel that he will make a significant contribution to the Cabrillo basketball program in the next two years. Twice during the season Eddie Hightower had the crowd on their feet with electrifying breakaway dunks. Eddie was voted most valuable player by the team. He scored 265 points for a 11.5 per game average in 24 games. Eddie has been a starter for three years, except when he was hurt last year, but was a force when he came back for the last third of the season. He has been a top runner on the track team.
Holler guy Paul Wainscoat garnered All SCCAL Basketball defensive honors as well as a SCCAL team honorable mention. Paul was the recipient of the Doc Fehlimen Inspirational award. Paul was a three year starter on varsity basketball team as a guard and in his last season as the main point guard dependent upon to handle the ball. He has improved considerably from last year. He is more confident and more than anything else is his major contribution in the area of leadership. As the team “leader” he takes the place of Kenny O’Connell. Paul was one of the top scores this year with 209 points on a 8.7 points per game average in all 24 games. He was also a two year starter on the baseball team.
Jeff Weber received honorable mention ALL SCCAL Basketball team. This is Jeff’s third year as a first stringer on the basketball team. Jeff is probably the best all around player at SC the last two years. Jeff played in all 24 games and was the second highest scorer on the team with 230 points for a 9.6 average per game. In golf, Jeff strongly held the third positions and his enthusiasm and experience was an inspiration to the younger players
Doug Martin played football all four years and was a first team lineman and kicked extra points. He participated in track and was one of the top rebounders on the basketball team. Doug scored 76 points for a 3.3 average in 23 games. Doug was on the track team as well.
John Trebbien handled the rebounding chores and occasionally hit in double figures on the varsity basketball team. His rebounding was a factor in some close contests. John was voted the most improved player on the team this year after moving up from the Junior varsity team. He scored 66 points for a 3.0 per game average in 22 games played. John was also on the track team.
Charles Burks was the recipient of the Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award for basketball. Charles was a passing and defensive guard on the basketball team scoring 53 points, averaged 2.5 points a game for the 21 games he played in this year. He played three sports all four years. In addition to basketball he was a defensive back in football, ran and jumped in track and coached a powder puff team. After graduation he helped coach SCHS teams. (He coached the SC junior varsity basketball team for 17 years and the became the varsity basketball coach in 2004 after 30 year coach Pete Newell retired from coaching)
Mark Snow played in 20 of the Cards 24 basketball games. Mark scored 14 points, while filling in when need.
By a baseball team vote Al Kensinger was selected Most valuable player, Best hitter and Best all around player. Al has been a first string player on the varsity for three years and was on the CCS finals team last year. Al was selected for the ALL SCCAL and ALL COUNTY teams. He hit .400 for the league season, led the team in steals with 14 and total bases with 23. He struck out only five times. Santa Cruz Cardinals Enjoy Finest Hour in 2-1win over Soquel. Al Kensinger the crafty senior right-hander turned in his best outing of the year, tossing a brilliant one hitter while setting down the last 16 men he faced, fanning seven, walking none and allowing no earned runs. Kensinger allowed only two base runners
Senior Jim Abicht was the ace of the Cardinal staff this year winning 4 and losing 3 in league and went 8 and 4 for the season. The team voted Jim the Mr. Hustle and the sportsman ship award. His biggest win was against Aptos at the end of the season. Jim also filled in in the field as well as pitched. Jim was third in RBI’s and second in stolen bases. He was selected honorable mention on the ALL SCCAL and ALL COUNTY teams. Jim has been an important member of the baseball team for four years.
Dave Ellis followed his two older brothers as all league players. Dave was selected ALL SCCAL and ALL COUNTY this year. By team vote he was selected captain and best defensive player. Dave was a team leader that helped turn around a team that did not do well in the first round of league play, to a team that had the best league record in the second round only losing one game. Dave hit .310 in league, led in RBI’s with 7, struck out only three times, was second in total bases and walks with ten.
Elaina Guidici was a four year member of the softball team that won the league title the last two years was nicknamed “Sal” for Oakland major league third baseman Sal Bando, by last years coach Pete Newell. Newell had an appropriate nickname for all his players. Elaine “Sal” played the hot corner like nothing was going to get through her. She has been a good hitter throughout her career at SC. This year, she hit .486 to place sixth in the league. She was also selected to the All SCCAL team. She has also played basketball.
For Evonne Sandas and Sue Dodge combined. Sentinel article Accomplishments are Unforgettable. The two former SCHS standouts left enough records and feats behind them in their four year career to fill this page and then some. The highlight of it all came in their senior year of 1977 when they led the Cardinals to an unprecedented first ever CCS tournament appearances in both basketball and softball. Santa Cruz took third place in the hoop tourney and fourth in softball, both which followed up Region IV and SCCAL championships. Both were all league in both sports. With Evonne the MVP in basketball and Sue MVP in softball. The two were key members of the MBL champion basketball teams for three years and MBL softball kings for two years. Add up all the wins and losses and it totals a staggering 74-14 figure over three years. But in a sense, the road is just beginning for the talented tandem from Santa Cruz
Evonne Sandas was named Female Athlete Of the Year and MVP for the league in basketball and was named to the CCS ALL Tournament Team. She was All League in softball as well. She played tennis in the Fall. She was voted by the team as the most valuable player. She is team co-captain with fellow senior Sue Dodge. They have led the basketball team to three titles and were instrumental in the softball team winning two league championships. For Evonne it leads to Arlington, Texas were she has a four year full ride scholarship to the University of Texas at Arlington. Evonne was one of nine girls picked to play for the South in North-South section basketball game at the University of Santa Clara Toso Pavilion. She was the leading scorer for the winning South team with 13 points. (In her first year at Arlington, Evonne was one of only four players at UTA to play in all 25 games. She sports a 12.8 scoring average which is second highest on the team. Evonne fired in game high totals of 16, 19 and 22 during the teams first seven outings as it jumped out to a 7-0 record. The team currently posts a fine 19-6 season record including the championship of the Tarleton State Tournament and third in the Angelo State Tourney where Evonne pumped in a season high 23 points in the second game and was named to the All Tournament team. She is shooting an impressive 49 percent from the field and 74 percent from the foul line.)
Jockette for the month of January is Sue Dodge, the leader of the Girl’s basketball team. She is the team leader in stat book as well as on the floor. She has spent all four years on the varsity squad. She is second in team scoring and is an excellent outside shooter. She has the ability to drive to the basket with either hand. She leads the team in assists and is tagged as a good passer. From the foul line she is leading the team in percentage. She is team co-captain with fellow senior Evonne Sandas. They have led the basketball team to three titles and were instrumental in the softball team winning two league championships. Sue will continue playing both basketball and softball at Cabrillo with the intent to transfer to a four year school after this and continue playing. (Sue played two years on the Northern California Division II championship basketball team at Cabrillo. At San Diego State she played one year on the basketball team and two years as the centerfielder in softball in the league, at the time included UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Long Beach State and Fullerton State.)
Bryan Pini a student at UOP was the Northern California Golf Association’s point champion and reigning Northern California match play champion in 1977. This places him among the favorites entering the Varner-Ward SF City Tournament.