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Rob Hatch and Laurie Thomas were named outstanding senior athletes at SCHS for this year.
Coaches: Ron Mehurn, varsity football. Nick Delurgio, assistant football and head track. Tex Ronning, assistant football and and head wrestling. Vic Miguel, head JV football and softball. Tom Duarte, assistant JV football. Pete Newell, head frosh football and basketball. Ron Rodgers and Dave Chapette assistant frosh football. Greg Brock, cross country and track assistant along with Kimberly Patterson. Jim Triplet, water polo. Terry Ekhart, boys swimming. Jim Booth JV swimming and assistant Jessica Lee. Girls swimming, Pam Patterson. Bob Williams, JV basketball. Pete Pappas, frosh basketball. Larry Maibaum, wrestling assistant. Robin Shannon, JV softball and assistant Elaina Guidici. Caroline Burkett, gymnastics. Ray Hunter, girls basketball and JV baseball. Bill Dodge, baseball. Dennis Mullin, girls and boys tennis. Joyce Mullen assistant girls. Jim Holmquist, golf. Don Dempwolf, soccer. George Martinez, JV soccer. Ginger Anderson, girls volleyball.
FOOTBALL Practice games: Alisal 13-21, Menlo 21-12, Menlo Atherton 6-17. Practice record 1-2. League: Aptos 6-40, Soquel 0-63, SLV 21-14, Marello Prep 9-7, Harbor 7-22. League record 2-3 for third place. Season record 3-5.
Team members were Dwayne Whitley, John Papa, Rob Raffaelli, Aaron Michaelson, Bill Sarrow, Gary George, Andrew Foster, Richard Baird, Pat Simmons, Lee Lowery, Anthony Lopez, Frank Easter, Chuck Harper, John Munoz, Rick Hand, Larry Johnson, Ron Hill, Rob Agorastos, Steve Imonti, John Hopping, Rusty Locatelli, Chris Harper, Dean Jackson, David Alvarez, Jim Munoz, Mitch Levine, Don Dumller, Mike Gregoric, Don Passerino and Greg Ronning. Head coach Ron Mehuron, assistants Tex Ronning and Nick Delurgio. Trainers were Mary Burks, Maria Bllgae, Jackie Lowery and Kathy Downey.
The first half of the write ups were from the Trident.
Varsity Football Best Season In Five Years. This years team had the most successful season in several years. The high point of the season was the 9-7 defeat of Marello in the Panthers homecoming game. The lone Cards score in the final game against Harbor was on a 64 yard pass from Greg Ronning to Dwayne Whitley. SC sported one of he counties best offenses, spearheaded by the ground game of seniors John Hopping and Tony Lopez, who were the number 6 and 7 runners respectively in the league. Greg Ronning finished in third place in league passing. His favorite targets were Whitley and Chuck Harper. Whitley led the league in average yards gained per reception at 21 yards a grab. Harper was third at a 18.7 yard clip. The offensive line was anchored by Sentinel All County player Pat Simmons and senior Andrew Foster.
This team is far better than the records show. There is a lot of experience over last years team, mainly due to the 15 seniors back. This is probably the best team that SC has had in the last ten years. The team has grueling two to three hour practices each day. New this year is the after practice conditioning in their daily workouts has been dropped. This allows the players to ‘put-it-all-out’ in regular practice and not have to worry about conserving energy for after conditioning. The Cards have potential, ability and strength to be competitive this year. There is a strong running attack led by Tony Lopez, Rick Hand and powerhouse John Hopping. The quarterbacks Greg Ronning and Dwayne Whitley are doing well.
The season started off with a surprise second place finish in the annual Santa Cruz County Football Jamboree. Early season injuries in key positions hurt the teams chances.
Jock Of The Month of November is football standout Ron Hill. His key defensive play was a reason for the football team improved play this year. Other nominees were John Rembao from the league champion cross country team, Terry Schneider top runner for the girls cross country team and John Hopping top runner on the football team.
Football end of season honors:
Most Valuable Player –Ron Hill
Golden Helmet winner — Ron Hill
Most Valuable Lineman — Ron Hill
Most Valuable Back — John Hopping
Co-captains — Ron Hill and John Hopping
Most Inspirational — John Munoz
Most Improved — Robert Agorastos
Sportsmanship award — Greg Ronning
Three year letterman award –Tony Lopez
Greg Ronning was selected as SCHS’ nominee for the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, Northern California Chapter for the twelve Bay Area counties. The criteria was based on academics, leadership abilities and athletic ability. (Greg played football at California Lutheran College in the following season.)
Rest from the Sentinel.
Alisal Runs Over Cards 21-13. The Cards recorded their two touchdowns in the last quarter. Dwayne Whitley took over at quarterback and brought the Cards back to life starting on the Card six yard line. Whitley drove SC the length of the field mixing crisp passes to Locatelli and Chris Harper with solid running from Hopping, Rick Hand and himself for the Cards first score. Whitley plunged over from the one and Munoz added the PAT with 3:49 left in the game. Hand recovered a fumble on the SC 41.
Once again, Whitley was equal to the task, taking his forces to pay dirt in six plays. Hopping swept the right side for the final five yards with great effort for the TD. Whitley hit end George Sanford with a 33 yard strike along the way.
Rushing yardage: Hopping 71, Whitley 22, Hand 10 and Lopez 4. Receiving: Locatelli 50, Sanford 33, Harper 12 and Munoz 5. Passing: Ronning zero for 11 for 0 yards, Hopping one for one for 29 yards, Whitley 5 for 10 for 71 yards.
SC Ends Football Drought defeating Menlo 21-12. Two scoring bombs to Rusty Locatelli provided all the points the Cards needed. Menlo scored first, but midway through the second quarter a 55 yard scoring strike from shifty quarterback Dwayne Whitley to Locatelli tied the score. John Munoz booted the PAT to put the Cards ahead 7-6. Menlo scored a again to go up 12-7 at halftime.
SC took the second half kickoff and promptly scored on a 47 yard pass from rejuvenated Greg Ronning to Locatelli with only 1:20 elapsed. Munoz again kicked the extra point to put SC ahead 14-12. In the fourth quarter George Sanford recovered a fumble on the Menlo 25. On the first play from scrimmage, John Hopping smashed through the middle of the line breaking tackles and tiptoed his way into the end zone. Munoz added his third PAT for the final score.
Rushing yards were Hopping 85, Lopez 55, Hand 35 and Whitley 8. Receiving yards were Locatelli 102, Harper 72 and Hopping 8. Passing stats were Ronning completed 3 of 10 passes for 117 yards with one interception. Whitley completed 3 of 7 for 92 yards. The Cards out gained the Bears 379 to 175 yards..
Menlo Atherton Out Battles SC 17-6. The Cards showed that they aren’t a push-over anymore, not to anyone. The Bears had to battle for every one of their points. On the third play from scrimmage, Don Passerino recovered a fumble after two Cards put a hard hit on the ball carrier. The Cards seem to have found that spark that has been lacking in recent years.
Coach Mehuron pointed out the main thing is the increase in the intensity. “The kids have made this all happen. They work hard and believe in themselves. They know they are good. You can’t single out anybody, it’s a total team effort.” Even though victory eluded the Cards they gave their fans something they have seen to little of in the past. In the third quarter the Cards started from their own 47. The first play was a pass from Greg Ronning to Chris Harper for 26 yards. On the third play he hit Dwayne Whitley for 27 yards for a TD.
Defensively, notable was the work of Robert Agorastas, who was in on many key tackles and kept pressure on the Bears quarterbacks. Anthon Lopez with 49 yards, Rick Hand 41, John Hopping 38 picked up tough yardage on the ground. Ronning completed 9 of 19 passes for 72 yards. Hand went one for one for 41 yards. Receiving were Whitley 19, Locatelli 41, Harper 36, Hand 13, Hopping 3 and Lopez 1.
In the 6-40 loss to Aptos, the Cards shut out the Mariners in the first quarter, but gave up 21 points in the second quarter. Tony Lopez smashed in from two yards out for the lone SC score to make it 6-20 at half. SC was at a disadvantage as John Munoz is out with a sprained ankle and he is the team punter, field goal kicker, fullback and team leader. Hopping rushed fro 57 yards, Hand for 12, Lopez and Harper for two each. Passing, Ronning completed four of six passes with two interceptions for 63 yards. Whitley completed six of 14 passes for 55 yards. Pass receiving were Locatelli 18, Harper 47, Ronning 44, Whitley and Hopping six each.
Knights Demolish SC 63-0. Yards gained Soquel 565 to SC 142. Anthony Lopez gained 121 yards in 11 carries to lead the Cards. Ronning hit 3 of 16 passes for 37 yards. Receivers were Hand 16, Locatelli 11 and Harper 10. The yards do not add up as the yards lost have not been included.
Santa Cruz Cards Register 21-14 Win over SLV in a “Battle of the Cellar Dwellers”, which developed into a classic football struggle. Hard hitting and exciting offensive play were abundant. It was a game that kept the fans on their feet until the final seconds had ticked off the clock. Despite an amazing 13 fumbles, 8 by the Cards with 4 of them lost and 5 fumbles by SLV with 3 lost, both teams displayed a consistent amount of spirit and sportsmanship. The tone of the game was set, when the home team SLV trotted to the SC bench to shake hands prior to the opening kickoff.
The Cards offense got the ball rolling employing a balanced attack. The passing combination of Greg Ronning to Dwayne Whitley was a constant thorn in the Cougars paw, as the duo hooked up three times for 125 yards. Anthony Lopez rushed for 87 yards in 13 carries followed by John Hopping with 64 yards in 18 carries. Chris Harper added 22 yards and Mike Gregoric 18.
SC opened the scoring on their second possession. On a string of ten consecutive running plays, they marched from their own 23 to the Cougar 19. Running pitched a middle screen to Lopez, who followed the blocking of his linemen rambled to the two. Ronning hit Whitley on a quick turn in pattern in the end zone for the score. Within two minutes they scored again. Mike Gregoric recovered a fumble and ran 35 yards to SLV’s seven. Gregoric then pounded his way toward the goal line, but fumbled into the end zone where it was recovered by lineman Ron Hill for the score. Ronning hit Steve Wahl with a perfect pass for a two point conversion to go ahead 14-0 at halftime.
SLV bounced back and scored in the third quarter to make the score 14-6. In the fourth quarter, Ronning hooked up with Whitley on a sideline pass good for 58 yards. Hopping carried for 14 yards to the one. With 2:48 left in the game, Ronning followed center John Papa into the end zone. John Munoz booted the extra point to make it 21-6. SLV came right back and scored 8 points to be down only 7 points. Hill picked off a pass to end the Cougars chance to win. SC out gained SLV 367 to 203. Receiving yards were Whitley 125, Harper 21, Wahl 17 and Lopez 17. Ronning completed 7 of 11 passes for 180 yards.
Greg Ronning was the Sentinel boy Prep Of The Week after the SLV game. Dwayne Whitley for football and John Rembao in cross country were the only other males nominated. At this point in the season after six games, Ronning led the league in passing with 39 completions out of 91 attempts for 469 yards and three TD’s. Hopping was fourth in rushing with 333 in 69 carries and one TD. Lopez was fifth with 319 yards in 54 carries and two TD’s. Harper was fifth in pass receiving catching 10 for 198 yards. Whitley was ninth catching 7 passes for 150 yards and two TD’s.
Revenge Is Sweet, Cards Beat Prep 9-7 at Harvey West Parks, Huntsman Field after losing their homecoming game last year. This is only the second time the two schools have played football. Though the game was close both in stats and score, the Cards seemed to be in control throughout the game. The Cards controlled the ball running 27 more plays then Marello.
The scoreboard did not light up until two minutes remained in the first half. Mike Gregoric picked off a pass that had been batted up into the air and took it to the Panther 24. SC marched those 24 yards on the tough running of Rick Hand and John Hopping who scored on a 6 yard scamper up the middle. John Munoz split the uprights to up the Cards ahead 7-0. Early in the third quarter the Cards again mounted one of those ball control drives that almost used up all the third quarter. A 12 play drive took the Cards from their own 45 to the Marello one. With fourth and one, the Cards attempted a fake field goal, which failed and it seemed SC had come up empty.
But the Cards caught the Marello quarterback in the end zone for a safety and a 9-0 lead. The Panthers scored on their next possession to make it 9-7. Marello sent the kickoff into the end zone. SC controlled the ball for 16 plays to run the clock down. Once Marello got the ball, Pat Simmons sacked the Panther quarterback for a 14 yard loss and Marello was forced to punt from their own two yard line with 30 seconds left in the game.
Card mentor Ron Mehuron was nothing but smiles after the game. He wanted to express his admiration for all his players and was quick to point out his offensive line, which opened some big holes to allow the backs to gain 130 yards.
The Defensive line was just as impressive as they held Marello to 22 yards rushing. They also forced three turnovers. Most notable players were Robert Agorastos, Chris Harper, Gregoric, Munoz and Simmons. Simmons had several sacks and Agorastos pounced on a fumble. Harper, Gregoric and Munoz intercepted passes. Rushing yards were Hopping 76 in 21 carries, Hand 48 yards in 19 carries, Harper 3 yards and Ronning 3 yards. Ronning completed 3 pass out of 8 for 26 yards. Harper caught two passes for 26 yards.
Harbor Offense Explodes For 22-7 Victory to end the season. Just three plays into the contest Greg Ronning hit wide receiver Dwayne Whitley on a fly pattern up the left sideline for a 64 yard scoring play. The ball appeared to be over thrown at first, but Whitley and his superior speed, flew past the cornerback and caught the bomb in stride. John Munoz’ perfect PAT put the Redbirds on top with just over a minute gone in the affair. So much for the Cards offensive attack for the evening. Harbor out gained SC 232 to 176. Both teams ended the league season with a 2-3 record. Rushing: Lopez 73 in 16 carries and Hopping 37 yards in 8 carries. Receiving: Whitley 84 yards. Ronning completed 3 of 10 passes for 78 yards. Individual loss of yards not included. SC has enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in recent years, bouncing back from a 1-8 ledger to finish 3-5 this year.
Trident November 28 Jock Of The Month award goes to football standout Ron Hill. His many key defensive plays enabled him to be chosen and All SCCAL player.
Final SCCAL leaders
In rushing by name, place of leaders, carries, yards gained and touchdowns.
NAME PL CA YD TD
Hopping 5 83 432 3
Lopez 6 68 391 0
Hand 18 50 141 0
Other players were
Ronning 47 88 1
Whitley 10 29 1
Harper 7 23 1
Gregoric 5 18 0
Receiving leaders by name, place of leaders, catches, yards gained and touchdowns.
NAME PL C YD TD
Locatelli 9 249 2 Played in only 5 games
Harper 6 12 242 0
Whitley 7 11 234 3
Hopping 21 4 17 0
Other players were
Ronning 2 44 0
Sanford 1 33 0
Lopez 2 18 0
Hand 2 13 0
Wahl 1 17 0
Munoz 1 5 0
Passing leaders by name, place of leaders, passes attempted, passes completed, yards gained and touchdowns.
NAME PL ATT CO TD TD
Ronning 3 109 45 553 4
Whitley 8 31 14 218 1
Hand 10 1 1 41 0
Santa Cruz was third in team offense passing for 858 yards, rushing 937 for a total of 1795 yards for an average per game of 224 yards. On defense they were fifth allowing 603 yards passing, 1671 rushing for a total of 2274 yards at an average of 284 per game.
Trident December 16 awards.
Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Lineman and the Golden Helmet award: Ron Hill
Most Valuable Back: John Hopping
Most Inspirational: John Munoz
Most Improved: Robert Agorastos
Sportsmanship award: Greg Ronning
Third Year award: Tony Lopez
Cards selected for the coaches ALL SCCAL team were Mike Gregoric, Ron Hill and Pat Simmons.
Junior defensive end Mike Gregoric, who flew through the air like a kamikaze pilot to block a field goal attempt in the season finale. Linebacker Ron Hill an honorable mention last year. Honored this year as the teams most valuable player, most valuable lineman, golden helmet winner and team co-captain. Offensive guard Pat Simmons, the top blocker on the club. Honorable mention were Robert Agorastos, John Hopping, Anthony Lopez, John Munoz and Greg Ronning.
Sentinel All County team: The 6-1, 195 pound Pat Simmons at offensive guard was the only SC player to make the first team of 24 players chosen on the Sentinel ALL COUNTY team. Honorable mentions were defensive standouts Ron Hill and Mike Gregoric, nose guard Robert Agorastos, quarterback Greg Ronning and running backs Tony Lopez, John Munoz and John Hopping.
JV FOOTBALL League record 4-1 for second place. Season record 6-2 for a very successful year. As freshmen last year, they won the Frosh league championship and had their eyes on being champions again this year. Coach Miguel, “Their display of sportsmanship, desire and friendship was observed and admired by people who saw them play. Like Gladiators, we entered the coliseum of life with all the knowledge we had learned as our only weapons. The object of the contest is to confront the pressures of life and become better individuals because of our experience.”
Team members were Jerry Hovey, Marvin Hirschel, Rudy Escalante, John Babbage, Bob Sanders, Stewart Wyre, Mitch Ronning, Jeff Hurley, Sal Locatelli, David Andrade, Daryl Jessen, Tom McKenzie, Troy Berry, Fred Rodriguez, Cordell Davis, Jerry Whitehall and Joe Link. Head coach Vic Miguel and assistant Tim Duarte.
The team finished the season with wins over Aptos 12-6 and Soquel 22-16. Halfback Larry Robison led the offense gaining over 200 yards in four different games. Quarterback Jeff Harper, receivers Todd Noland, David Weybright, Steve Pacheco and Richard Barker performed well behind an offensive line that featured Marco Cochran, Steve Fox, Mike DiTano, Lucky Ferrales and Sergio Hernandez. Linebacker Tom Blanco spearheaded an aggressive defense. He was assisted by Victor Mungai, David Lloyd, Shawn Van Sumeran, Tim Lybrandt, Steve Rodriguez, Darryl Hightower, Frank Bowen and Maury Guadian.
Team members were Sergio Hernandez, Rich Dickerson, David Weybright, Steve Rodriguez, Mark Kim, Tim Lybrand, Jeff Harper, Steve Fox, Steve Pacheco, Larry Robinson, Shawn Vansomeran, Tom Blanco, Marco Cochrane, Darryl Hightower, David Lloyd, Daniel Orozco, Chris Hein, Jim Loftus, Mike DiTano, Brian Reed, Frank Bowen, Victor Mungai, Bob Linneman, Michael Lawrence, Lucky Ferales, Larry Brown, Rick Rodriguez, Todd Nolan and Maury Guadian. Head coach Pete Newell assistants Dave Chapetti, Ron Rogers and trainer Ron Mungai.
End of season honors
Best Offensive player — Larry Robinson
Best Defensive player — Tom Blanco
Sportsmanship award –Steve Fox
Special mention to Brian Reed, Rich Dickerson and Larry Brown for their consistent effort every day in practice and to David Maler, a hustling lineman who suffered a knee injury in mid season. By Coach Pete Newell.
CROSS COUNTRY BOYS VARSITY LEAGUE CHAMPS.
Boys league meet scoring: Team scores: SC 43, Soquel 55, Aptos 63, Harbor 88, SLV 96.
Girls league meet scoring: Soquel 55, Aptos 56, Harbor 64, SLV 73, SC 96.
Boys frosh-soph scoring: SLV 29, SC 49, Soquel 66, Harbor 112 and Aptos incomplete.
Boys JV scoring: Soquel 21, SC 37, Aptos 90, Harbor and SLV incomplete.
At the CCS Region IV meet, the boys varsity placed second to Watsonville.
Coach Greg Brock has roughly 50 runners out. He feels the teams have a good chance to win the league meet.
Sentinel November 11. SC, Soquel, SLV Capture SCCAL Titles. SC won the boys varsity, Soquel won the girls varsity and the JV boys. SLV won the boys frosh-soph.
SC varsity boys on the strength of John Remboa’s second place, Mark Mahaneys fifth place and Rob Hatch’s seventh place totaled 43 points to win their second straight SCCAL title. Soquel won the dual meet championship for the third time, but finished a distant second to SC with 55 points. SC runners and places attained were John Remboa second in 12:33; Mark Mahaney fifth in 12:50; Rob Hatch seventh in 12:58; Geoff Girard fourteenth and Roy Lopez fifteenth. Team scores: SC 43, Soquel 55, Aptos 63, Harbor 88, SLV 96.
Soquel won the girls title by a slim one point 55-56 to Aptos. Girls placed last in league as they did not have a full team at the meet. Terry Schneider took third in 15:07, Kathy Hagen seventeenth and Alison Stanford nineteenth. Hagen and Stanford are in their first year of cross country and are sophomores. Team scores: Soquel 55, Aptos 56, Harbor 64, SLV 73, SC 96.
Frosh-Soph were second behind the winner SLV, who had 29 points to SC‘s 49.. Placers were Steve Hatch third, Gary Wright fifth, and Joe Deck tenth. Team scoring: SLV 29, SC 49, Soquel 66, Harbor 112 and Aptos incomplete.
SC JV’s placed second with five runners in the top ten. Dave Ronda fifth in 14:20, Travis Nansel sixth in 14:21, John Reedy seventh, Mike Mahaney ninth and Matt Hagen tenth. Soquel won the SCCAL meet with 21 points and SC was second with 37, Aptos 90, Harbor and SLV incomplete.
At the Region IV meet, the boys varsity placed second to Watsonville. Placers were John Remboa eighth, Mark Mahaney eleventh, Rob Hatch twelfth, Geoff Girard, twenty-fifth and Roy Lopez thirty-sixth. The Frosh-Soph placed sixth and the girls did not finish with a full team. After the Region meet coach Brock said, “I was proud of the way the team came back after being badly beaten by Soquel in the last dual meet. The varsity performance this meet, on an unfamiliar course was very gratifying and showed that they have learned a great deal about cross country running and are tough clutch competitors.”
Sentinel. Oct. 30. SC 23, SLV 34. Rembao first in 12:38.0. Fourth Mahaney, fourth in 13:02.5. Hatch, fifth, in 13:09.0. Lopez, sixth in 13:09.0. Girard, seventh, 14:00. Stone seven, 14 .04.0. SC with six placers in the top ten.
Boys junior varsity SC 15, SLV incomplete. SC won the top five places starting with Ronda in 14:06; Reedy in 14:38; Nansel 14:45; Mahaney14:47; Muhloland 14:49.
Boys frosh-soph, SC 27, SLV28. Hatch, third in 13:53; Wright, fourth 14:05; Lynch, fifth 14:07.
Girls cross country runners were Regina Rudnicki, Terry Schneider, Lori Medlen, Lorraine Rice, Debra Hightower, Lydia Wilson, Leah Ruby, Sandy Harlan, Kristi Medlen, Allison Stanford and Diane Ronda.
Boys varsity and junior varsity team members were David Delucchi, Tom Lowdermilk, Mike Yambrovich, John Rembao, Rob Poll, Mark Mahaney, David Ronda, John Reedy, Travis Nansel, Garry Silvey, Pat Rodriguez, Roy Lopez, Rob Hatch, Rob Stone, Scott Foster, Chris Hummel and Mike Mahaney,
Boys Frosh-Soph members were Tom Foster, Mike Melville, John Mockus, Ben Irons, Tom Mulholland, Dennis Hunter, Steve Hatch, Dave Tsugawa, Mike Ruby, Dave Lynch, Gary Wright, Dan Morgado, Joe Deck, Eric Kirkwood and Evin Grossman.
Going into the SCCAL championship meet all three boys teams had 3-1 records and all lost to Soquel. Two of the three teams avenged their losses to Soquel in the league meet. The girls were 0-4 and last in league.
Trident October 21. The first meet of the year against Harbor was at the SC home course at UCSC, which the team calls their home, since they run time trials and do work outs there. The girls team was the only loser by one point 28-27. Winners: varsity won, JV’s won 15-50 in a sweep. F-S won.
At the Aptos Invitational Terry Schneider and John Rembo were SC’s top runners.
In a dual meet with Aptos at UCSC all the teams won except the girls. Varsity won 20-42. Girls lost 30-25. F-S won 22-28 and the JV’s swept Aptos 15-50 (All SC runners finished before any Aptos runner hit the finish line)
Soquel beat all four SC team (the lowest score wins). The Varsity 24-31, JV;s 25-30, frosh-soph 15-42 and girls 20-42.
Jock Of The Month of December is John Remboa top runner on the cross country team and an honorable mention list of the 1977 All Northern California Cross Country team. Other nominees were Michelle Hoga, girls basketball; Jerry Soper, basketball and Jose Rameriz, soccer.
Boys cross country honors:
Most Valuable — John Rembao
Coaches award –Rob Hatch
Most Improved — Gary Wright
Outstanding new runner — Steve Hatch
Varsity Sportsmanship award –Geoff Girard
Frosh-Soph Sportsmanship award — Joe Deck
Girls cross country honors:
Most Valuable — Terry Schneider
Most Improved — Regina Rudnick
Coaches award — Lori Medlen
Outstanding new runner –Kathy Hagen
Sportsmanship award –Lorraine Rice
GIRLS TENNIS League: Marello 5-2, 5-2; SLV 7-0, 7-0; Harbor 6-1, 5-2; Soquel 7-0, 7-0; Aptos 0-7, 3-4. League record 8-2 for second place.
Trident November 28. For the fourth consecutive year, coach Dennis Mullen’s girls team has finished second in league with a 8-2 record.
Both their losses were to Aptos. The first match ended 0-7, (but the second loss was in a hard fought 3-4 thriller to the highly favored Mariners.) Winners for SC were Gwyn Adams and Nancy Rice in singles and the tandem of Gina Sutton and Tina Badeaux in doubles.
This years singles players were Barbara Bernard, who is one of the best around, Gwyn Adams, Jody Hanson, Nancy Rice, Chris Macken. The best won-loss records for the season were by Nancy Rice 9-1 and Jody Hanson 8-1.
The junior varsity team coached in a join effort by Dennis Mullen and his wife Joyce, finished the season undefeated. The high point of the JV season came when SC knocked off Aptos 5-4 in the last match of the season. Single players emerging victorious weer Cathy Tara, Paula Anecito and Tine Badeaux. Winning in doubles were Lilly Dong and Linda DeRego and in the second match Jackie Hodge and Wendy Batt. Other members are Shelley Macken, Sherri Jackson, Tonya Gregoric, Tina Ceccettini, Georgia McCullough, Leslie Spieth, Susan Fuller, Nicole Fuller and Cathy Tara.
Rest from Sentinel. Sept. 28. Santa Cruz Sinks Harbor In Girls Tennis Opener 6-1. SC singles winners in order from number two player were Gwyn Adams 10-8; Nancy Rice 10-6; Jody Hanson 10-1’ Kris Macken 10-2. Number one player Barbara Bernard lost 10-6. Doubles winners: Schneider-Wilson 10-1 and Badeaux-DeRego 10-2.
Junior varsity doubles winners werr Batt-Dong 10-5; Sutton-Hodges 11-10; Tara- Anecito 10-6; Jackson-DeRego 10-5.
Sept. 30. Aptos shutout SC 7-0.
Junior varsity a 3-3 tie. SC winners: McCullough-Gregoric 7-6; Tara-Anecito 6-1; Hodges- Badeaux 6-1.
Oct. 5. SC 5, Marello 2. SC winners: starting with third player: Rice 10-1, Hanson 10-0; Macken 10-0. Doubles winners: Schneider-Wilson 10-8; Sutton-DeRego 10-6.
SC junior varsity won 3-0. Badeaux won in singles 6-0. Hodges- Cecchettini 7-5 and Anecito- Gregoric 6-0 in doubles.
Oct. 7. SC defeated Soquel 7-0. Jody Hanso and Nancy Rice both turned in 10-0 shutouts for SC. Barbara Bernard, Gwyn Adams and Kris Macken all were victorious by large margins in singles play. In doubles Julie Schneider-Kathy Wilson won 10-2 and Lori DeRego-Gina Sutton won 10-7.
SC won the junior varsity 4-2. In singles, Badeaux won 10-3 and Spieth lost 6-2. In doubles winners: Dong-Macken 10-1; Anecito-Gregoric 8-2; Hodges-DeRego 8-3.
Trident October 21. After the first half of league play the Cards are 5-1, beating Marello 5-2, SLV 7-0, Harbor 6-1 and Soquel 7-0 and their lone loss coming against Aptos 0-7.
Oct. 12. Santa Cruz blitzed SLV 7-0. Barbara Bernard, Jody Hanson, Gwyn Adams, Nancy Rice and Kris Macken posted easy singles wins. Julie Schneider-Kathy Wilson and Lori DeRego-Gina Sutton in doubles also had easy wins.
Sentinel. Oct 13. SC 7, Harbor 0. SC winners in order from number one singles down and scores. Bernard 10-2, Hanson 10-0, Adams 10-4, Rice 10-1 and Macken 10-4. Doubles play: Schneider and Wilson 10-4 and DeRego and Sutton 10-3.
Oct. 14. SC has hard win over Harbor 5-2. Harbor was ahead 2-1 to start the match, but then SC swept through the next four matches with Nancy Rice, Kris Macken in singles and Julie Schneider-Kathy Wilson and Tina Badeaux -Lily Dong winning their doubles matches, the Cards came back.
SC won the junior varsity match 5-0. Anecito won 6-4 in singles. In doubles: Lori DeRego-Sutton won 10-0; Jackson-Linda DeRego won 10-3, Gregoric-Tara won 6-1 and Hodges- Batt won 7-5.
Oct. 19. Mariners Capture Thriller 4-3 against SC. SC lost the battle, but won the “war” in terms of gaining the immense admiration and respect from their coach Dennis Mullen. SC made the visitors work harder than any other league foe has been able to make them work. Aptos has won 42 consecutive individual league match wins. Aptos won the first two matches, but then number three player Gwyn Adams won 10-7 and number four Nancy Rice also won 10-7. Gina Sutto and Tina Badeaux doubles team won a thriller 11-10. Aptos is now 7-0 in league and SC is 5-2.
SC won the junior varsity match 4-2. All matches were doubles play. SC winners: Dong-Lori DeRego 7-5; Jackson-Linda DeRego 6-3; Hodges-Spieth 6-4; DeRego-Gregoric 6-4; Tara-Anecito 7-5.
Oct. 26. Santa Cruz Girls Blank Soquel Netters 7-0. Barbara Bernard, Jody Hanson, Gwyn Adams, Nancy Rice and Kris Macken all swept through singles action in convincing performances to give the Cards a 5-0 lead. Julie Schneider-Kathy Wilson won 10-6 and Tina Badeaux-Lilly Dong won 10-1.
SC won the junior varsity match 7-2. SC winners: Tara, 6-0; Sutton, 6-1; Gregoric, 6-0; Walton, 6-2; DeRego , 6-1, Hodges 6-1; Spieth 6-2.
Yearbook. Top match singles players in order of the ladder were number one, Barbara Bernard, Jody Hanson, Gwyn Adams, Nancy Rice and Kris Macken. The doubles combinations of Julie Schnieder-Lori DeRego, Kathy Wilson,-Gina Sutton and Tina Badeaux-freshman standout Lilly Dong.
End of season honors:
Varsity Sportsmanship award — Lori DeRego
JV Sportsmanship award — Kathy Tara
BOYS WATER POLO Record 0-10.
Yearbook. Team members were G. Codiga, E. Wagner, B. Itzenger, J. Thomas, S. Madderra, L.Domhoff, G. Smith, R. Garland, J. Chavez, K. Karachristos, C. Colton, B. Baker, D. Bryson, T. Foster, R. Reetz, M. Sansovich, J. Badeaux and P. McMillan. Coach Jim Triplet.
Trident November 28. SC finished the season winless. Team leader and scorer, Randy Reetz scored Randy Reetz was fifteenth in varsity league scoring with 6. No JV player made the top fifteen.
Trident October 21. Water polo suffered a minor setback as they were beaten by Harbor 2-28. Junior Randy Reetz scored both Card goals. On one shot he jumped high over the defenders heads and rifled the ball into the goal.
Aptos won 2-29 with SC’s two goals coming from junior Pete McMillen. The team only has 18 players and needs more to build a stronger team. Contact coach Trippet after school to join.
Sentinel. November 17. Final league standings by school, wins/losses, points for and points against.
SCH W/L PF PA
Harbor 6-0 139 19
Soquel 4-2 56 65
Aptos 2-4 46 62
SC 0-6 23 118
Harbor 6-0 89 14
Aptos 3-3 50 46
Soquel 3-3 54 60
SC 0-6 24 92
Points at the League meet: Harbor 295, Aptos 286, Soquel 225, SLV 177, SC 67
Trident November 28. Varsity finished in last place at the league meet with no girl finishing in the top three places.
Frosh-Soph impressed with a third place finish due to the fine performances of Caryn Collopy, first in 100 yard breaststroke and in the 100 freestyle. Wendy Johnson earned two, second places in the 50 yard backstroke and the 100 yard backstroke. Jessica Lee took firsts in the 100 yard individual medley and the 50 yard butterfly.
Yearbook. Swimming team members were Michelle Hussey, Morgan McPherson, Maria Reimuller, Lee Ann Sherwood, April Abell, Jackie Cortez, Allison Baker, Licia Camp, Kathy Little, Laurie Yaryan, Caryn Collopy, Tammie Reetz, Sue Strong, Loretta Palazzo, Leora Blumgarden, Sue Jessen, Debbie Shadle, Wendy Johnson, Jessica Lee, Galen Hilgard, Jeannie Collopy, Janette Degenaro, Lorrisa Clark, Sue Carpenter and Rachel Michaelsen.
Sentinel Nov. 13. Harbor won the SCCAL swim title with 295 points followed by Aptos 286, Soquel 225, SLV 177, SC 67. Only the first three placers were listed and SC didn’t have anyone placing that high.
Soquel won the frosh-soph title with 320 points followed by Aptos 274, SC 218, Harbor 135 and SLV 122. Jessica Lee won two events: the 100 individual medley in 1:15.2 and the 50 butterfly in 33.6. Caryn Collopy won the 100 free in 1:02.3 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:23.9. Other SC placers were 200 medley relay, second in 2:23.3. 50 backstroke: Wendy Johnson, second in 35.3 and the 100 backstroke in 1:20.8.
Oct. 2. At the SCCAL relays Aptos won with 100 points, Harbor 90, Soquel 84, SC 60, SLV 42. SC won the 400 freestyle in 4:29.7 with team members Caryn Collopy, Jeanne Collopy, Tammie Reetz and Jackie Cortez. Only first place finishers are listed.
Aptos also won the frosh-soph with 94 points, Harbor 80, Soquel 54, SC 50, SLV 34. SC didn’t win any of the events and other places are not listed.
Sentinel Oct. 30. Aptos 107, SC 52. Events listed first, then place, individual and time.
200 medley relay, second, SC in 2:31.9. 200 freestyle, first, SC 2:24.08. 50 freestyle, third, Collopy in 33.1. 100 butterfly, second, Cortez 1:15.1. Diving, first, Carpenter, 92.30. 100 freestyle, second, Reetz in 1:06.8. 100 breaststroke, third, Reetz in 1:24.8. 400 freestyle relay, second in 5:08.2. 500 freestyle, second, Collopy in 7:29.0 and Ricar third in 8:21.0. 100 backstroke, third, Shadle in 1:36.6.
Frosh-soph, SC 85, Aptos 84. 200 medley relay, second, SC in 2:22.01. 50 backstroke, first, Gennaro in 1:02 for new school record. 100 Individual Medley, first, Lee 1:17.0 for new school record; Harris, second in 1:20.35; Hussey, third in 1:25.6. 50 freestyle, third, Jessen in 35.2. Diving, third, Camp at 46.30. 50 butterfly, first, Lee in 35.1 and Hussey third in 37.89. 100 freestyle, first, Baker in 1:15.5. 50 breaststroke, third, Little in 41.0. 100 breaststroke, first, Johnson in 1:21.80. 100 breaststroke, first, Collopy first in 1:24.2. 200 freestyle relay, second, SC in 2:18.2 and a second SC relay team in 2:22.2.
End of season honors:
All Around Athlete –Jeannie Callopy
Varsity Captain — Jackie Cortez
F-S captain — Wendy Johnson
Most Improved — Leora Baumgartner
Sportsmanship Award –Allyson Baker
Most Humorous — Lorretta Palazzo
“Band Aid” award — Tami Reetz
Varsity record 2-6 for fourth place in league
Trident November 28. Eleven of the 15 girls out for volleyball this year are sophomores.
Coach Ginger Anderson saw constant progression in volleyball skill as well as playing as a team throughout the season.
The two varsity wins were against SLV. The outstanding player in both games was Laurie Thomas. Other starters were Phina Alvarez, Loreen Guidici, Cindy Becker, Kelly Wright, Melody Becker and Cindy Jackson.
The JV record was 4-4 for third place. The junior varsity beat SLV, Harbor and Soquel twice. The starters were Shelle Bogard, Melissa Maroth, Renee Staub, Salena Weaver, Gilly Stratton, Pat Wainscoat, Liz Wainscoat, Julie Quarteraro
BASKETBALL Practice games: Milpitas 61-64, and North Salinas 43-64. Dads Club Tournament: Lone Pine 73-43, Soquel 47-55 and SLV 60-62 for fourth place. Carmel Tournament: Pacific Grove 46-54, Westmont 47-60, Irvington 52-64 for last place. Practice record: 1-7. This year the league went to a triple round of games. Marello 80-52, 79-64, 55-46; Soquel 38-51, 42-41, 30-48; Harbor 40-50, 59-54, 50-45; Aptos 58-75, 67-87, 25-28; SLV 50-44, 45-50, 69-88. League record 7-8 for third place. League standings: Aptos 15-0,Harbor 9-6, SC 7-8, Soquel 6-9, SLV 5-10, Marello 3-12. Season record 8-15.
Preseason write up. Coach Pete Newell, ‘The best team quickness, since I have been here. Five of the players Newell will rely heavily on this year did not play basketball last season. Not at all. Period. They are Geoff Girard, and Jerry Soper. The other three were injured or dropped out early. This years varsity squad started the season with Rusty Locatelli as the only returning letterman from last year. Two sophomores who played frosh ball last year, Tony Lopez and Brian Whitesell; From the JV team Seniors Eric Forgaard and George Sanford and juniors Dwayne Whitley, Mark Bruce and Dave Ronda. Newell is “impressed with the maturity of the team and their willingness to work hard.” Santa Cruz teams are always competitive and have the respect of all the area coaches, because they seldom get blown out of a ballgame.
Varsity team members listed by name, position, height and year in school.
PO HT YR
Sanford, George G 6-1 JR
Locatelli, Rusty G 5-10 SR
Girard, Geoff G 6-1 SR
Whitley, Dwayne G/F 6-1 JR
Bruce, Mark G/F 6-0 JR
Ronda, David G/F 6-0 JR
Forgaard, Eric F 6-4 SR
Soper, Jerry F 6-0 SR
Lopez, Tony G 5-0 SO
Whitesell, Brian F 6-2 SO
The first game of the season was against Milpitas in a close 61-64 loss. Scoring; Girard 12, Lopez 4, Locatelli 8, Whiiesell 4, Soper 9, Whitley 4, Bruce 8, Fogaard 12, Sanford 0 and Ronda 0.
Santa Cruz Cards throttle Lone Pine Eagles 73-43 in the first round of the Twenty-second annual Dads Club Tournament. Although the 30 point spread in the final score indicates a real rout, the game was actually closer. At halftime the Cards were ahead 32-24 and 47-38 at the end of the third quarter. But SC blitzed the Eagles 26-5 in the fourth quarter. Scoring: Ronda 5, Locatelli 8, Lopez 7, Bruce 8, Whitesell 12, Girard 0, Forgaard 4, Soper 18 and Whitley 11.
Soquel turned back long time nemesis SC in the semifinals 55-47. Soquel lead at the end of the first quarter 10-7, but SC took a 23-21 lead at halftime. In the third quarter Soquel outscored the Cards 19-12 as the cushion for the win. Scoring: Girard 0, Forgaard 2, Soper 10, Bruce 14, Locatelli 8, Ronda 0, Lopez 9, Whitesell 0, Whitley 2 and Sanford 2.
SC Nabs Fourth In Dads Tourney. Cards suffer thrilling 60-62 loss to SLV in the battle for third place. SC trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half, trailing 27-11 and 29-13, but closed to two with just seconds remaining on the clock. George Sanford in bounded to Eric Forgaard, who threw up a desperation shot, which rolled off the rim at the buzzer. Scoring: Girard 0, Lopez 8, Forgaard 10, Whitley 13, Bruce 8, Soper 8, Ronda 5, Whitesell 0 and Sanford 8.
In the first round of the Carmel Invitational SC lost to Pacific Grove 46-54. Pacific Grove took a 14-4 lead in the first quarter and 31-17 at halftime. The Cards outscored PG 17-12 in the third quarter to close the score 34-43. Scoring: Lopez 4, Forgaad 5, Whitley 10, Bruce 6, Soper 8, Locatelli 6 and Sanford 7.
SC lost to Westmont 47-60 in the second game of the Carmel Tourney. SC trailed Westmont 12-14 at the end of the first quarter and 24-26 at halftime. Westmont took control of the game in the third quarter going ahead 43-34. Scoring: Lopez 1, Forgaard 5, Whitley 14, Bruce 1, Soper 2, Locatelli 8, Ronda 3 and Sanford 13.
Ivington defeats SC 64-52. Mark Bruce had his top scoring game of the season with 16 points on seven field goals and a pair of foul shots. Carmel beat Monterey 39-38 for the title. Scoring: Lopez 1, Forgaard 4, Whitley 6, Bruce 16, Soper 4, Locatelli 0, Ronda 1, Whitesell 4 and Sanford 12.
Vikings Roast Cardinals 64-43. The Vikings running game succeeded in the first quarter as they scored 10 of their 17 points on fast breaks. They led 30-17 at halftime. Scoring: Lopez 7, Sanford 18, Whitley 6, Bruce 7, Whitesell 2, Forgaard 0, Soper 3 and Ronda 0.
Cards Rout Panthers to win 80-52 in their opening league game against Marello. “It was the best individual team defense a SC team has played in my four years” as coach Pete Newell summed up his teams performance. Not only did the Cards play superb defense, they scored more points than they had in any game in the four years he has been head coach. “It usually takes us a week to score that many points.” The 80 points was the direct result of 32 minutes of tough, pressure defense. This was manifested in all the turnovers by Marello. Dwayne Whitley was an excellent example of the Cards team play, as he held Marello’s top scorer to a mere five points while scoring 19 points himself. At one point in the game, the Cards held Marello to no points over eight minutes. Scoring: Whitley 19, Locatelli 19, Forgaard 12, Lopez 9, Bruce 7, Whitesell 2, Soper 7, Ronda 3 and Girard 2.
Soquel Off To Best Hoop Season In Years even though they flirted with danger as they defeated SC 51-38. Few rivalries can match the Soquel-SC feud in terms of pure excitement, regardless of the standings or season record . The match ups over the years have always been a showcase for thrilling action and this game was no exception. The game seemed more like a chess match between the two coaches as they called offensive instructions such as ‘Ohio,’ ‘Double Stack’ and ‘Shuffle’ to name a few. On defense it normally was the Cards sticky man to man and Soquel’s impenetrable 3-2 zone.
SC led only thrice in the game. All came in the first half and lasted a total of two minutes. But SC was always close behind in the first half, never trailing by more than two points at any one juncture and constantly breathing down Soquel’s back. The Cards led for the final time at 19-18 with 1:38 to go in the second quarter. Then Soquel scored twice to end the half ahead 22-19. Soquel came out after the half and blitzed the Cards 12-2 with five minutes left in the third quarter. Scoring: Lopez 4, Locatelli 6, Whitley 10, Bruce 4, Whitesell 1, Forgaard 11, Soper 2, Girard 0 and Ronda 0.
Frigid Shooting Aids Bucs 50-40 over SC. The Pirates rangy zone defense made things very uncomfortable early in the game as SC hit only 3 of 19 shots in the first half. Harbor led 22-12 at half. The scrappy Cards battled back to make things interesting in the late moments. At the end of the third period Harbor led 37-26. SC then reeled off nine points in a row to draw within seven points with Tony Lopez getting five and Dwayne Whitley with two. Scoring: Ronda 0, Locatelli 10, Lopez 7, Bruce 4, Girard 1, Forgaard 6, Soper 7, Whitley 5 and Whitesell 0.
Aptos Machine Rolls Over SC 75-58. Aptos jumped out to leads of 9-1 and 13-5, then SC suddenly sprung to life in the last four minutes of the first quarter, outscoring Aptos 16-4 to close the quarter ahead 21-17. Rusty Locatelli hit a pair of medium range jumpers and Dwayne Whitley drove to the hoop during the run. To begin the second quarter, Mark Bruce took a steal the length of the court for a score. But then the lights went out for the Cards. At halftime, Aptos was ahead 40-33. Aptos jumped ahead by nine at the outset of the third quarter. Aptos out rebounded SC 45-40. Scoring: Ronda 0, Locatelli 7, Lopez 2, Bruce 11, Whitesell 1, Girard 0, Forgaard 15, Soper 16 and Whitley 6.
Cardinals Outlast SLV 50-44. “It was a great team win,” said coach Newell. “We played defense with intensity, rebounded with intensity, were patient on offense and took what they gave us. Eric Forgaard has put three good games together. I am very proud that Rusty Locatelli responded after a poor game against Aptos. Jerry Soper and Mark Bruce might not have made an impression in the box score, but they did their jobs tonight” SC shot 56 percent from the floor and out rebound SLV 25-20. This was the first close game the Cards have played since the Dads Tournament. They were either winning or losing by lopsided margins. Scoring: Ronda 0, Locatelli 14, Lopez 2, Bruce 9, Whitesell 0, Girard 0, Forgaard 13, Soper 6 and Whitley 6.
SC Reckons With Marello 79-64. SC is learning how to win. They proved to themselves and Marello that they are a team to be reckoned with. SC is a young team and getting better, seemed to jell into a tough, disciplined team just when it is need to be at its best. This victory launches them right into the middle of the SCCAL race with a 3-3 record. “We really needed two wins this week and we got them. I was impressed with our overall hustle and we had some stretches where we played excellent defense. It was a total team effort. We have nine kids that can play and we rely on all of them,” said coach Newell.
Every player on the squad scored. Top scorer Eric Forgaard reeled off 22 points his best effort to date. SC led at halftime 35-31. Then SC outscored the Panthers 20-10 in third quarter. Forgaard, Locatelli and Bruce all went to work, either stealing an errant pass, swishing a 15 footer or grabbing a key rebound. The real spark plug of the last half was Jerry Soper. He played tough defense, scored 10 points and was singled out by Newell. Dwayne Whitley hit all his eight points in the first quarter, which saw SC take a 18-14 lead. Scoring: Ronda 6, Locatelli 10, Lopez 4, Bruce 11, Whitesell 4, Girard 4, Forgaard 22, Soper 10 and Whitley 8.
Bruce Sparks Cards. Two spirited comebacks plus exceptional last second defense by Mark Bruce enabled SC to score their third straight victory as they edged Soquel 42-41. The Cards trailed 4-12 at the end of the first quarter and 36-41 with 1:58 left to play. Rusty Locatelli buried three buckets he had to have in a row at 1:42, 1:24 and 1:03 to put the Cards ahead 42-41, which they protected the rest of the way. Soquel had the last shot with two seconds left, but with Bruce all over the shooter, he missed. Cards hit 8 of 11 from the charity strip and grabbed 21 defensive rebounds with Locatelli leading the way with six. Scoring Ronda 2, Locatelli 12, Lopez 2, Bruce 5, Whitesell 2, Girard 0, Forgaard 12, Soper 2 and Whitely 5.
Cardinals Edge Pirates For Fourth Straight Win by a 59-54 score over Harbor to put the Cards in sole possession of second place in the SCCAL with a 5-3 record. League leading Aptos is 8-0. The Cards played their game with a pesky, ball hawking defense and a smart patient offense. “Our team plays hard all the time, but with Mark Bruce’s illness, each player was asked to go harder. Each player responded with a heck of an effort. Our defense won the game. We played aggressively, but limited our fouls, which was a factor,” coach Newell said.
The Cardinals got off to a fast start in the first half behind the play of Eric Forgaard, who played brilliantly on both ends of the court. He sank 9 of 10 shots in the first half for 19 points. For the game he was 10 for 16 to score 21 points. Forgaard pulled down eight rebounds and held Harbors big man below his scoring average. Rusty Locatelli scored 17 points and played great defense.
“In the second half Jerry Soper’s shooting carried us with is 12 points,” said Newell.
The Cards ran out the last three minutes with their stall offense. SC made 26 of 47 field goal attempts. Scoring: Locatelli 17, Lopez 3, Whitley 4, Whitesell 0, Girard 0, Forgaard 21 and Soper 12.
Aptos takes SC 87-67 behind the sharp shooting Kevin Walters who scored 41 points and totally dominated the game in all aspects. Aptos held a slim 18-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, reeled off 33 points in the second stanza to move out to a commanding 51-32 halftime bulged. SC was never again within 18 points. One player who continues to shine for SC is Eric Forgaard, who tossed in 18 points, grabbed six rebounds and made a breath taking behind the back pass to Geoff Girard for an uncontested baseline lay up. SC canned 24 of 56 attempts for 43 percent. Aptos won the rebounding 40-32. Scoring: Ronda 0, Locatelli 10, Lopez 12, Whitesell 8, Girard 9, Forgaard 18, Soper 1 and Whitley 9.
Cougars Outlast Cards 50-45 leaving SC with a 5-5 league record and SLV at 3-7. SLV coach Dave Mercer was happy to beat, in his opinion, the second best team in the league. At one point diminutive guard Rusty Locatelli took control of the game. In the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, he was shooting howitzers and tipping in rebounds. He scored six unanswered points and pulled the Cards within five points, 37-42 with 5:21 to play. Locatelli hit two more shots to make the score 41-46. Forgaard hit a baseline jumper at the 1:51 mark for the Cards last score. Scoring: Ronda 0, Locatelli 24, Lopez 0, Bruce 4, Girard 2, Forgaard 6, Soper 8 and Whitley 1.
Cardinals’ Rally Tames Panthers 55-46 to start the third round of league action. SC came back from a nine point deficit in the first game between the two schools this year, which actually could be called competitive. Marello led through the first three quarters, but then faltered when SC started pressing hard, closing up the passing lanes and picking off loose balls for points. Rusty Locatelli paced the SC offensive attack with 23 points, most of which came down the stretch when SC need them the most. SC was without the services of one of their top players and scorer Eric Fogaard.
The Cards finally went ahead with 6:30 left in the game, when Locatelli hit two on a one-and-one free throw situation to put SC ahead 39-38. Jerry Soper muscled inside for two to put the Cards up 41-40 with under five minutes to play. Then SC went on a scoring streak. The Cards outscored Marello 20-8 in the last quarter. Turning in good efforts for SC were sophomores Tony Lopez and Brian Whitesell, who in the run up of the season were not even considered for the varsity squad. Scoring: Locatelli 23, Lopez 4, Bruce 8, Whitesell 0, Girard 0, Soper 8 and Whitley 7.
Soquel Polishes Off SC 48-30. Soquel doubled the Cards score in the first period 16-8 and continued on in the second period outscoring SC 10-4 and taking a 26-12 lead at halftime. Instead of folding the Cards fought back to within four points, before the Knights shut the door. Rusty Locatelli hit two field goals and a pair of free throws as the Cards scored the first 10 points of the third period making it 22-28 with 3:09 left in the quarter. It was 7:40 later before SC made another field goal. By then the score was 40-28. Soquel made up for the third period lull by outscoring SC 16-7 in the final period. Scoring: Ronda 2, Locatelli 13, Lopez 2, Bruce 2, Whitesell 4, Girard 0, Forgaard 0, Soper 2 and Whitley 5.
Forgaard Triggers SC’s Key Win Over Harbor 50-45. “Forgaard just killed us.” said the Harbor coach. Card coach Pete Newell saw it the same way, but with a different twist, “Eric was super, but it was a total team effort.” The win pulled the Cards into a second place tie with Harbor, both at 7-6.
Forgaard led the team in rebounding with eight, hit nine of 12 field goals and found the mark on nine free throws for 27 points. Hard nose defense, the Cards trademark was critical. “It was the best defensive game of the year,” Newell pointed out. With the game tied 34-34 going into the last quarter SC had a short, but effective five point rally that put the Cards in the drivers seat. The whole game really boiled down to the last quarter where SC out scored Harbor 16-11. Scoring: Ronda 0, Locatelli 4, Lopez 4, Bruce 5, Forgaard 27, Soper 6 and Whitley 4.
Cards’ Slowdown Fall Short, 25-28, As Time Finally Turns Tide For Aptos. Some cheered, some booed and some even harassed, but no matter how one looks at it, Aptos’ ‘mind game ’ win was a refreshing change from three months of stereotyped basketball. Cardinal mastermind, Pete Newell, knew the only way his disciplined squad could defeat the run-and-gun Mariners would be to play it his way–extremely deliberate. But when a coach opts for a slow down offense, he takes on an added opponent the clock. And with just 28 second to go in the game, time finally ran out on the Cards. SC which trailed 25-26 had been freezing the ball since the four minute mark, very carefully in and out of its forecourt while strategically working the clock down for the final shot. But it never came.
With just one minute left, SC was given a warning by an official for failing to advance the ball into its forecourt within a 10 second time frame. (once they did, they could take it back out and go back in within 10 seconds for as many times as they wanted) Five seconds later at 28 seconds left the official called a technical foul for failure to comply with the warning. The free throw was missed and on the end bound pass the Cards fouled and the foul shoots were made. Coach Newell said he did not see or hear the warning.
But regardless, SC played as close to perfect basketball one could ask for. SC controlled the ball for 22:54, leaving Aptos 9:06 to do their thing. SC lead 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, when Forgaard completed a four point play, but was injured and did not return to action, hurting SC’s chances. At half the Cards were up 15-10 and 25-19 at the end of the third. Aptos won the last quarter 9-2.
Sophomore Tony Lopez did an excellent job running the SC offense throughout the evening, displaying a considerable amount of poise and in all the time he handled the ball–including 10 of the 12 minutes the Cards controlled it in the first half– he committed just one turnover.
Dwayne Whitley also did a superb job coming off the bench for Forgaard, hitting eight points, going 4-4 at the line, while grabbing seven rebounds. SC out rebounded Aptos 23-7. Coach Newell, “We gave it our best shot. We just came up a little short. Some things just aren’t meant to be.” Rest assured he is not the only person who feels this way. After all, Aptos is 23-1. Scoring: Locatelli 6, Lopez 1, Bruce 2, Whitesell 0, Forgaard 8, Soper 0 and Whitley 8.
SLV Cougars Conclude Season By Stopping Cardinals 88-69. In a meaningless game, the play offs are out of question for the two teams, and both coaches substituted freely. SLV came out smoking to start the game taking a 28-10 lead . The rest of the game was played on fairly even terms. In fact SC outscored SLV in the second and fourth periods by 22-20 and 23-21 respectively. Scoring: Ronda 0, Locatelli 22, Lopez 8, Bruce 6, Girard 7, Forgaard 8, Soper 12 and Whitley 6.
“Despite the inexperience, the team matured quickly as continual improvement marked their efforts. Highlights during the season included a mid-season four game winning streak, a two out of three victories against Harbor, a narrow one point win at Soquel and a close, but unsuccessful try at Aptos in a 25-28 loss.
Rusty Locatelli and Eric Forgaard consistently provided the offensive fire-power with long-range bombs. Both players made all-league.
Steady Jerry Soper was often unspectacular, but effective enough in all phases of the game to be a vital force for the Cards.
Geoff Girard contributed leadership immeasurably day in and day out. All four seniors shared the role of leadership quite capably.
Juniors Mark Bruce, David Ronda and Dwayne Whitely had many fine moments as the proved themselves on the floor.
Sophomores Tony Lopez and Brian Whitesell surprised many with their composure and effective play as the season progressed. Above all else, they were an outstanding group of young men to work with.” from coach Pete Newell.
Scoring stats by name, field goal points, foul shot points, total points, average points per game and total games played. Added to the end of the list is how players place in the final top twenty scorers in the county. CS for place in county scoring.
FG FT TP AV GP CS
Locatelli 97 41 235 11.2 21 10
Forgaard 90 41 221 10.0 22 12
Whitley 65 39 169 7.3 23 18
Soper 57 47 161 7.0 23 19
Bruce 86 34 146 7.0 21 20
Lopez 37 33 107 4.7 23
Sanford 25 10 60 10.0 6
Whitesell 16 12 44 2.4 18
Girard 10 17 37 2.2 17
Ronda 10 7 27 1.4 20
Season totals for SC and its opponents
FG FT TP AV
Santa Cruz 467 282 1216 52.5
Opponents 525 239 1289 56.0
The fiery, high energy Rusty Locatelli led the Cards in scoring and got the ball up the court in good time, while averaging 11.2 points a game. Eric Forgaard was the teams outside shooting threat despite nagging injuries, which forced him to sit out some action. He averaged 10 points a game with a silky jump shot which usually got nothing but net.
Sentinel All County team. First team: senior 6-3 forward Eric Forgaard. Honorable mention: Rusty Locatelli and Jerry Soper.
This year the SCCAL coaches decided to divide the usual ten man All League squad into five man first and second teams. Two SC players were selected to the second team. In other years they would have been honored as first team members. They were both seniors, Rusty Locatelli a 5-10 guard and Eric Forgaard a 6-4 forward. Jerry Soper was named to the five man ALL DEFENSIVE team.
SC Cagers Dropped; Academic Problems. Academic deficiencies have forced the cancellation of one team’s season and resulted in the dropping of nine players from the Santa Cruz High School basketball program. Head basketball coach Pete Newell confirmed the players’ suspension from the basketball program this morning. The action was taken, he said, because the players weren’t living up to their academic responsibilities. The majority of the players affected were members of the Santa Cruz High junior varsity basketball team. Freshmen were called up to man the junior varsity squad, and the balance of the freshman season was cancelled. What remains is a junior varsity unit consisting of 12 players, nearly all of them freshmen.
The California interscholastic federation (CIF), the governing body for athletic competition in state high schools, has a policy which states that athletes must be passing in four classes to remain eligible. Newell’s policy, however, differs in that a player may be dropped from any
team if he has a current D or F in any single class “because he isn’t living up to his basic academic responsibilities.”
Not living up to basic academic responsibilities under Newell’s policy includes a student’s cutting classes, being habitually tardy, failing to submit assignments on time, creating disturbances in classrooms or not making up work when given the opportunity to do so because of excused absences. “We feel the reason they’re in school,” Newell said this morning, “is to get an education. They’re not in school to play basketball or any other sport.”
Despite losing most of team as the league season started, the few players left on the team plus the freshmen moved up the players always tried their best and displayed true determination and sportsmanship values throughout the season. Led by Clay Badger, who had an outstanding season, there were fine performances turned in by Rudy Escalante, Marcus Dinkins, David Lopez, Shawn Kinney and Danny Orozco.
Team members were Clay Badger, Steve Gagnon, Marcus Dinkins, Daniel Orozco, Shawn Kinney, Rudy Escalante, David Lopez, Bao Kephart, David Weybright and Monte Anderson.
Coach Bobby Williams.
At the Soquel JV tourney the Cards lost to Aptos, the eventual tourney winner, 35-64 and lost to Harbor 27-41. Clay Badger was selected to the All Tourney team.
At the Harbor Frosh-Soph tourney SC finished a disappointing third. The team did not score over 20 points in any one game, losing to Soquel, Marello and Baymonte. A bright spot was Kevin Ratliff, who totaled 16 points in the tourney.
After the first week of January, the team was dropped and all the players moved up to the JV team.
GIRLS BASKETBALL Practice games: Watsonville 31-44, Notre Dame of Salinas 44-47, Monte Vista of Cupertino 26-32, Saratoga 50-39, Los Altos 54-24. Cardlette Tournament: Seaside 65-30, Monterey 43-47, St. Francis of Mt. View 60-56 for third place. Practice record 4-4. League: Harbor 46-33, 39-34; Soquel 54-24, 57-53; Aptos 37-51, 43-54; SLV 52-35, 58-40; Marello 75-36, 82-23, League record 8-2 for second place. Overall record 12-6.
League standings: Aptos 10-0, SC 8-2, Soquel 5-5, Harbor 4-6, SLV 3-7 and Marello 0-10.
From the Trident. Even though practically all the players on this years team were part of last years squad, at the beginning of the season they had a hard time following in the foot steps of last years accomplishment, but after winning their first three league games were on their way to fight for another SCCAL championship. This years team was led by seniors Michele Hoga, a starter on last years team, Julie Schneider and Laurie Thomas. Juniors Tammy Bogard, a starter on last years team, Barbara Bernard, Paula Anecito and Lylace Blake. Sophomores Sharon Hightower and Jackie Lowery, who were starters on last years team, Annette Jung, Kathy Wilson and Gwyn Adams.
Sentinel. Dec. 1. Watsonville Girls Rally To Down SC Cardinals 44-31 to open the season. At halftime the score was tied 15-15, but Watsonville pulled a way winning the third period 17-4. Laurie Thomas led the Cards in scoring with 12 points. Other scorers: Hoga 8, Schneider 2, Lowery 2, Bogard 2, Hightower 2 and Jung 3.
Sentinel. Dec. 4. Notre Dame Withstands SC Rally. Notre Dame survived a furious SC fourth quarter rally to nail down a 47-44 win. Coach Ray Hunter praised both Laurie Thomas and Sharon Hightower for their “defensive play underneath basket and excellent job matching Notre Dame on the boards.” “We’re ready now,” declared Hunter in reference to the poor showing in the loss to Watsonville. Scoring: Bogard 11, Hightower 10, Hoga 8, Lowery 5 and Thomas 10.
Dec. 6. Monta Vista of Cupertino 32, SC 26. A cold shooting fourth period by SC enabled a powerful Monta Vista to come from behind. SC held a slim 24-22 edge entering the fourth quarter, but could only muster two points, while the Matadores connected for ten points for the win. SC has lost three games in a row. Michele Hoga paced the SC scoring attack with ten tallies, while Sharon Hightower contributed five markers. Other scorers: Adams 2, Bogard 2 Lowery 3 and Schneider 4.
Dec. 11. Hoga Sinks 20, SC Nabs Victory Over Saratoga 50-39 for their first win of the season. “We’re getting better and better each time out. The boards were pretty much ours and we played everyone,” said coach Hunter. Gwyn Adams and Paula Anecito contributed six points each for the Cards who are now 1-3. Other scoring: Bogard 4, Hightower 2, Lowery 4, Schneider 4, Thomas 4, Wilson 2.
Trident. The defending champion Girls are off to a surprisingly slow start, taking only one of their first four non-league games. One should not fret, because the Cards looked good in their last outing beating Saratoga 50-39. Team captain Michelle Hoga played an exceptional game scoring 20 points as the Cards finally played up to expectations. Coach Ray Hunter admits his team is “getting better and better each time out.”
Dec. 14. SC Posts Victory. In opening action of their own tournament the Cardlette Invitational, SC annihilated Seaside 65-30. SC held Seaside to single digit scoring in each quarter, while scoring its highest offensive output of the season. Sharon Hightower paced SC with 17 points. Jackie Lowery popped in 15 and Michele Hoga hit for 14 from outside. Other scorers: Anecito 4, Bogard 2, Blake 2, Bernard 2 Schneider 3 and Wilson 4.
Dec. 16. Tournament host Santa Cruz suffered a 47-43 setback to Monterey. High point honors for SC were Hoga with 15 and Hightower with 10. Other scorers: Bogard 6, Blake 2, Lowery 2 and Schneider 8.
Dec. 18. Mariners Capture Girls Cardlette Invitational Title. SC took third place by defeating St. Francis of Mt. View 60-56. Tami Bogard scored 17, Michele Hoga and Sharon Hightower both with 14 and Jackie Lowery 10. Other scoring: Adams 2 and Schneider 3. Joining the All Tournament team was Hoga.
Jan. 4. Ray Hunter’s Cardlettes conquered the Knights of Los Altos in convincing style 54-24. SC vaulted to a 24-0 lead with three minutes left in the first half and never glanced back after that. SC lead 18-0 after the first quarter. Sharon Hightower tossed in 14 points, while Tammy Bogard and Jackie Lowery each fired home 12 tallies. Other scorers: Hoga 2, Jung 2, Schneider 4 and Wilson 8.
Jan 11. SC had to rally back from a 22-19 halftime deficit to turn back stubborn Harbor 46-33. SC outscored Harbor 27-11 in the second half, largely in part to the scoring surge of Michele Hoga, who tallied 16 of her game high 18 points in the second half. Hoga hit on only 2 of her 15 field goal attempts in the first half, before awaking to hit 7 of 8 in the second half. Tammy Bogard scored 14 points. Other scoring: Schneider 7, Lowery 4 an Hightower 3.
Jan. 15. Cardinals dump Soquel 54-24, to run its season record to 6-4. Michele Hoga turned in another fine offensive game, scoring 16 point, while Sharon Hightower had 9 and Laurie Thomas “did a fantastic jobs on the offensive boards along with Hightower,” said coach Hunter. Other scorers: Adams 4, Anecito 5, Blake 2, Bogard 4, Schneider 5, Thomas 8 and Wilson 1.
Jan. 18. SC Girls Set Stage For Aptos. SC defeated Marello 75-36 to run their season record to 8-4 and 3-0 in league. Julie Schneider took game high honors with 17 points. Jackie Lowery grabbed 12 rebounds to pace SC, who latched on to 38 total caroms. Schneider contributed six of SC’s 23 assists. Other scoring: Lowery 15, Hoga 12, Bogard 10, Adams 6, Jung 6, Thomas 4, Wilson 2 and Hightower 2.
Jan. 22. In a crucial game for both teams, who were undefeated in league play, Aptos exploded out of the starting blocks in the first half leading 36-17 and continued with a 49-31 lead after three quarters against a tight and tense SC clan, before fighting off a furious fourth quarter rally, where SC outscored the Mariners 16-2, before Aptos eventually beat SC 51-37. Aptos is in sole first place at 4-0 and SC is in second at 3-1. Sharon Hightower canned 15 and Jackie Lowery tossed in 11. The tandem combined for 16 of SC’s 16 fourth quarter points. Other scoring: Bogard 6, Thomas 6, Hoga 5, Schneider 2, Wilson 2.
Jan. 25. SCHS Bounces Back After Loss. SC rebounded from its loss to Aptos with a resounding 52-35 victory over SLV. A well balanced SC board effort which resulted in 49 rebounds keyed the triumph. Michele Hoga rifled home 18 and Jackie Lowery popped in 14 points. Other scoring: Anecito 2, Bogard 8, Hightower 8, Thomas 4.
Co-Jock of the Month of January was Michele Hoga, who was All Cardlette Tournament and recorded her season high in scoring 18 points against Harbor and 16 more in the same week against Soquel.
Feb. 1. SC stopped Harbor 39-34. Harbor coach referred to the game as a “take no prisoners” type of action. Harbor had a chance to win at the free throw line, but made only 12 of 34 attempts. SC held a slight 44-42 rebounding edge. Michele Hoga led the Card scorers with 14 markers. Other scorers: Bogard 8, Thomas 8, Lowery 7, Scheider 2.
Feb. 5. SC and Aptos continue their winning ways, to set the stage for their title tilt now only five days away. Soquel came oh, so close to knocking the Cards virtually out of the pennant picture, before falling 57-53. Aptos is riding the crest of a 14 game winning streak, while going 7-0 in league. SC has won 15 out of 17 of their last league games and sports a 6-1 league mark with three games to go.
Soquel led SC 53-52 with just 23 seconds left, when Tammy Bogard bucketed a key hoop to put the Cards on top. Soquel turned the ball over going down court and had to foul to get their hands back on the ball. Jackie Lowery hit the first shot, but missed the second, but followed it in for a field goal, a four point lead and the win. Lowery finished with 21 points and ten rebounds, while Sharon Hightower toss in 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
Coach Ray Hunter said, “Jackie and Sharon were just tremendous inside and Julie Schneider, showed her senior attitude of hers, when she hit a crucial layup when we needed it down by two with three minutes to go.” Scoring: Bogard 9, Hoga 6, Adams 4 and Schneider 2.
Feb. 8. SC, Aptos Set Up Big Tilt. The Red Birds used a tight full court press throughout the entire game against Marello to win 82-23. SC 7-1 trails the undefeated Aptos 8-0 with two games remaining. Sharon Hightower made seven steals and Kathy Wilson add six to the Cards total steals of 35. Scoring: Adams 2, Anecito 8, Blake 3, Bogard 14, Hightower 10, Hoga 11, Lowery 16, Schneider 8, Thmas 8, Wilson 2.
Feb. 12. Mariner Girls Wrap Up Two Hoop Championships. Aptos wrapped up a pair of SCCAL girls basketball titles at Fehliman Gym, but not before relentless SC put the Mariners through a couple of fierce battles. Aptos held leads of 14-8 at the end of the first quarter, 24-16 at halftime and 37-33 at the end of the third quarter. Fourth quarter scoring sprees were the key to each contest, as the Aptos varsity out scored SC 22-10 in the last quarter en route to a 58-43 crown clinching triumph, while the Mariner junior varsity sealed its thirty-eight straight victory with a 12 to one run before the near capacity frenzied crowd.
Aptos varsity, which has won 16 straight, sports a 17-1 season record and is a perfect 9-0 in league to hold a two game lead over SC 7-2, who has won 16 of their last 19 league games. SC’s varsity trailed Aptos by as many as 12 points in their heated battle and were behind 37-36 with 6:58 left in the contest, following a brief 33-33 deadlock, when Aptos went on its scoring binge to put the game on ice with 1:29 to go and a 54-43 bulge. Sharon Hightower had 15 points to top the Cards. Scoring: Adams 2, Bogard 8, Hoga 6, Schneider 4, Wilson 2. (six points are missing)
Feb. 15. SC downed SLV 59-40. SLV broke out to a 11-10 first quarter lead, but then SC came back with a 20 point second quarter to go ahead 30-22 at halftime. The third frame SC out scored the Cougars 17-7 to lead 47-29. Tammy Bogard fired in 18 points to pace a hot SC scoring attack. Other scorers: Anecito 4, Bernard 2, Blake 4, Hightower 8, Hoga 11, Lowery 4, Schneider 2 and Wilson 4.
From the Trident. SC, Aptos Set Up Big Tilt. The biggest game of the year for SC girls basketball is now two days away against defending SCCAL co-champion Aptos with their hopes of a second straight title riding on the outcome. The Redbirds used a tight man-to-man full court press throughout the entire game to humble Marello 82-23. SC 7-1 record trails the undefeated Mariners 8-0 with two games left in the season. Jeannie Collopy fired in a game high 17 points to lead the Card junior varsity past Marello 54-18. In the varsity game Sharon Hightower made seven steals and Kathy Wilson add six to the Cards total steals of 35. Varsity scoring: Adams 2, Anecito 8, Blake 3 Bogard 14, Hightower 10, Hoga 11, Lowery 16, Schneider 8, Thomas 8 and Wilson 2.. Junior varsity scoring: Collopy 17, D’Esposito 4, Farstad 9, Scargill 14, Tuttle 4 and Wahl 6.
Three Cardlettes were selected on the ALL SCCAL team by the coaches to the ten player first team: Senior forward Michelle Hoga, junior forward Tammy Bogard and sophomore Sharon Hightower. Honorable mention: Jackie Lowery and Laurie Thomas.
Hoga, who was All League last year carried the bulk of the Card scoring load during their 8-2 campaign and is one of the five seniors on the team.
Bogard was a main contributor to the success of this years team.
Sharon Hightower started on the Championship team last year as a freshman is the lone sophomore on the All League team.
JV GIRLS BASKETBALL
Practice games: Watsonville 23-31, Notre Dame of Salinas 29-36, Monte Vista 10-39, Saratoga 26-37 and Los Altos 28-21. Practice record 1-4. League: Harbor 31-23, 26-30; Soquel 32-19, 37-23; Marello 55-25, 54-18; Aptos 35-44, 47-50; SLV 41-15, 43-23. League record 7-3. Overall record 8-7.
Yearbook. Team members were Charlotte Newman, Tammie Reetz, Chris Wahl, Linnea Stickles, Elaine Scargill, Tammy Gonzales, Andra Farstad, Jeannie Collopy, Jeanine DiEsposito, Salena Weaver and Maryann Wainscoat.
Coach Ron Rodgers has praise for his young team after making drastic improvement against a tough schedule. His team is showing “surprising poise and hustle and everyone is improving individually.” Their sole victory was 36-29 against Notre Dame.
Sentinel. Dec. 1. SC saw a 8-6 first quarter lead slip away as Watsonville outscored them 9-2 in the second period to go ahead and win 31-23. Scoring: Collopy 2, D’Esposito 2, Newman 4, Wahl 6,Gonzales 3, Scargill 2, Stickles 4.
Sentinel. Dec. 4. SC defeated Notre Dame 36-29. Scoring: Collopy 4, D’Esposito 2, Farstad 4, Wahl 10, Iuliano 4, Newman 5, Scargill 2, Stickles 2, Tuttle 2 and Weaver 1.
Dec. 6. Monte Vista dealt SC a 39-10 defeat. SC is now 1-2. Scoring: Farstad 2, Gonzales 2, Wahl 3 and Weaver 3.
Dec 11. Saratoga 37, SC 26. Andra Farstad scored seven points and Elaine Scargill six was record is now 1-3. Other scorers: D’Esposito 2, Gonzales 2, Tuttle 2, Wahl 3 and Weaver 4.
Jan. 4. SC 28, Los Altos 21. Scoring: D’Esposito 5 Farstad 7, Weaver 3, Newman 4, Scargill 6 and Wahl 3.
SC 31, Harbor 23. Jeannie Collopy popped in ten points and Elaine Scargill and Chris Wahl aded eight points a piece in the first league game.
SC 32, Soquel 19. Chris Wahl score 15 points to up SC’s league record to 2-0. Other scorers: Farstad 2, Newman 5 Scargill 4, Reetz 2 and Weaver 2.
Jan. 19. SC 55, Marello 25. Chris Wahl tossed in 18 points and Charlotte Newman added 11 to pace SC. SC is now 3-0. Others: Farstad 5, Iulliano 5, Reetz 4, Scargill 4 and Stickles 4
Jan. 22. Aptos’ junior varsity last season league champions extended their winning streak to 24 games over the last two seasons with a 44-35 win over SC to increase their league led to 4-0, while SC drops to 3-1. SC lead 18-13 at halftime, but Aptos scored 31 points in the second half. Charlotte Newman was high for SC with 11 points and Chris Wahl added eight. Other scorers: Farstad 3, Scargill5, Stickles 4, Weaver 2.
Jan. 25. SC 41, SLV 15. Scoring: Collopy 4, Farstad 2, Iulliano 3, Newman 6, Scargill 4, Tuttle 2, Wahl 11, Weaver 8 Stickles 1.
Feb. 1. Harbor 30, SC 26. Scoring: Wahl 8, Scargill 6, Farstad 5, Anecito 3, Newman 2, Weaver 2.
Feb. 5 SC, 37, Soquel 23. The win kept SC 5-2 in league two games behind front running undefeated Aptos with three games to go. Scoring: Collopy 2, D’Esposito 2, Farstad 2, Newman 4, Reetz 8, Scargill 2, Tuttle 4, Wahl 8 and Weaver 5.
Feb. 8. SC 54, Marello 18. Jeannie Collopy fired in a game high 17 points. SC led 29-16 at halftime and then held Marello to two points in the second half. Other scorers: D’Esposito 4, Farstad 9, Scargill 14, Tuttle 4 and Wahl 6.
Feb. 12. The Aptos junior varsity sealed its thirty-sixth straight victory, they have not lost a game in three years, with a 12 to one run before a near capacity frenzied crowd at Fehliman Gym. SC led 12-10 in the first quarter, 26-20at halftime, but Aptos went ahead 32-30 at the end of the third, when SC scored only four points, but SC came back and scored 17 points in the last quarter, but still lost by three points 47-50. Andra Farstad did a fine job running the SC offense and scored 11 points. Chris Wahl continually hit clutch hoops, snagged more than her share of rebounds and scored 17 points. Scoring: Collopy 5, Farstad 11, Newman 2, Scargill 6, Wahl 17 and Weaver 6.
Feb. 15. SC 43, SLV 23. The game started out slowly with the Cards ahead 6-0 at the end of the first quarter, but the Cards got going and scored 18 points to SLVs four points in the second quarter, for a SC 24-4 halftime lead. Chris Wahl with 11 points and Andra Farstad with 10 paced the SC attack. Others scoring: Collopy 2, D’Esposito 2, Newman 4, Retz 12, Scargill 2.
WRESTLING SCCAL CHAMPIONS SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
JV’s WIN SECOND CONSECUTIVE SCCAL CHAMPIONSHIP
League meet scoring: SC 195 Soquel 134, Harbor 95, Aptos 72 and SLV 24.
Dual meet record 10-1 for the varsity. JV dual meet record 9-1.
The wrestling team behind a veteran group of seven seniors had an outstanding season. They finished high in every tournament. Consistent varsity place winners were Nacho Lopez, Roy Lopez, Mike Gregoric, Greg Ronning and John Munoz. Other place winners have been Pat Rodriguez, Jim Munoz, Bruce Rowe, Frank Easter and Ruben Della-Serra. Steady dual meet winners have been David Alvarez, Rick Hand and John Reedy.
At the CCS finals before a large crowd at Independence High in San Jose with 88 schools participating, Santa Cruz took tenth place. Andrew Hill, who the Cards beat early in the year, won the CCS championship. Mike Gregoric came through with a strong runner up finish in the 136 pound division. Three members of the eight man SC squad won three matches, but fell one spot short of advancing to the state meet with Gregoric. They are Roy Lopez at 106, Nacho Lopez at 115 and Greg Ronning at 157. John Munoz at 178 won his first match.
Sentinel. Feb 12. Cards SCCAL Wrestling Champs Once Again. Even before the semifinal bouts were completed it was apparent SC was on the way for their second straight title. SC amassed 195 points followed again this year by Soquel with 134, Harbor 95, Aptos 72 and SLV 24. SC barged through the first two rounds without losing a wrestler from the championship bracket and led Soquel 147-140 going into the finals.
“This is in reality a qualifying meet. The object is to get into finals, the top two advance to the CCS Region IV tourney, in order to qualify, that’s what we’re striving for. The finals of this meet are an individual thing,” said coach Tex Ronning. Led by three returning league champs, the Cards pileup eight individual crowns, two more than a year ago.
Roy Lopez, Greg Ronning and John Munoz all added another gold medal to their collections. John Reedy at 123, who was injured during the day lost in the finals by a 4-2 decision to take second place and Bruce Rowe at 130 lost by decision in the finals for second place were the only top seeded grapplers failing to capture firsts for SC. Greg Ronning pinned all three of his opponents, including a 49 second fall in the finals of the 157 pound division. Junior Mike Gegoric shut out his opponent 15-0 in the finals of the 136 division.
“This is the second year in a row he’s beaten a strong opponent in the finals,” said Ronning. One of the premier performances was Pat Rodriguez’s 10-1 overtime win in the 141 classification. The match was tied 8-8 in regulation time. Rodriguez took a 2-0 lead in the first overtime and then exploded for six points in the second session. Other Card winners were Roy Lopez at 106, pinned his man. Nacho Lopez at 115 won by decision 13-5. Frank Easter at 194 won by decision 10-5. At 178 Munoz won by decision 4-0. Other Cards: At 148 Alvarez lost in the finals by decision. At 168 Hand was pinned in the finals, for second place. Heavyweight Della Sierra lost in the finals by decision 5-2 for second place.
SCCAL To Be Well Represented In Region IV Wrestling Finals. The Cards will be well represented as the qualified men in 12 of the 13 weight classifications, while the next best school had seven. The Redbirds have five favorites in the competition. They are Roy Lopez, who has posted an impressive 27-1 record and his brother Nacho at 23-2 are two of the top seeds in the 106 and 115 weight classifications respectively. Mike Gregoric at 136 is 23-4, Greg Ronning at 157 is 25-4 and John Munoz at 178 is 27-1. Pat Rodriguez at 141 and Frank Easter were league champions, but are not seeded high for this meet.
SC Matmen Pin SLV Cougars. Capture SCCAL Dual Crown. SC won the crown by a convincing 60-12 score. All the matches were decided by either a forfeit or a pin. Those who won by pins were Roy Lopez, 112; Mitch Ronning, 138; Mike Mahaney, 145; Greg Ronning, 154 and Don Dumller, 175. Mike Weybright, 120; Jim Munoz, 127; Jesse Stumpf, 165; John Munoz, 191 and Richard Baird, heavyweight won by forfeit.
Varsity loses to Monterey 24-39. John Munoz at 175 and Frank Easter at 191 each had pins. Roy Lopez, 112; Jim Munoz, 127 and Mike Gregoric 138 all registered victories by decisions.
At the Aptos Take Down Tournament the Cards finished second out of eight teams.
The bright spot of the season so far was winning the team championship of the eight-way dual match competition in San Jose. The first match ended with SC defeating Branham 45-24 in the first match, then destroying Westmont 46-17 and then ripping Watsonville 48-23 in the last match for the title. Mike Gregoric had three pins, Pat Rodriguez, John Munoz and Greg Ronning each had two pins at the tournament.
Greg Ronning was the Sentinel Prep of the Week for his success in wrestling. He took second place in the 157 pound division at the Region IV CCS matches. He won three matches at the CCS finals and was one more win away from going to the State matches. At the prestigious Gonzales Tournament won the 157 pound title by a 10-1 margin. Friday against Harbor he pinned his man in 1:57.
Trident January 27. At the West Valley Classic at Del Mar, Roy Lopez at 105 pounds placed first. Greg Ronning at 156 and John Munoz at 177 placed second. Nacho Lopez 114, third and Mike Gregoric 135, fourth.
Top JV wrestlers are Don Dumller, Greg Saunders and Mike Weybright. In addition Juan Corona, Vic Mungai, Mitch Ronning, Mike Mahaney, Bob Sanders, Jesse Stumpf, Marc Greelee and Rich Baird will provide a good nucleus for next years varsity.
JV wrestlers at the SCCAL tournament who placed: At 115, Juan Corona place second. At 123, Mike Weybright was fourth. At 130, Munoz was first. At 136, Bob Sanders was second. At 141, Mitch Ronning was second. At 148, Mike Mahoney took first. At 157, Jesse Stumpf was first. At 168, Don Dumller was first. At 194, Marc Greenlee was first. At heavyweight, Rich Baird was first.
In a eight team dual meet the JV’s scored impressive wins against Leigh 36-15, Branham 52-9 and Monterey 39-24 to win the meet title. Lopez, 112; Mahaney, 175 and Baird, 191 all had pins.
Team members were Frank Easter, Mike Mahaney, Mitch Ronning, Mark Greenlee, Richard Baird, John Munoz, Steve Rodriguez, Greg Ronning, Bruce Rowe, Jesse Stumpf, David Alvarez, Bob Sanders, Ruben Della-Sierra, Rick Hand, Don Dumller, Mike Weybright, Roy Lopez, Jimmy Munoz, Greg Saunders, Pat Rodriguez, Mike Gregoric, Mark Schultz, Tom Blanco, Mike Easter, Vic Mungia, and Nacho Lopez.
Varsity coach Tex Ronning and JV coach Larry Maibaum are the men behind this success.
BOYS SOCCER Practice games: Alisal 5-1, 4-0; Los Gatos 2-4, 3-0; Watsonville 0-2, 2-10. Practice record 3-3. League: SLV 3-0, 2-0, 1-1; Harbor 4-1, 5-2, 0-1; Aptos 3-2, 4-0, 6-0; Soquel 4-0, 5-2, 2-1. League record 10-1-1 for first place. In Region IV play in CCS, the Cards defeated Hollister 3-2 and lost to Watsonville 0-8. For second place in Region IV to become the first SCCAL school to reach the finals of Region IV. Season record 14-5-1.
League standings: SC 10-1-1; Harbor 9-2-1; SLV 3-6-3; Aptos 2-8-1 and Soquel 2-9-0.
League leading scorers from SC by place in order, name and goals.
PL NAME GOALS
1 Rasheed 20
4 Ramirez 7
6 Gunn 6
9 Ellis 2
9 Lopez 2
Trident December 16. The season opened with a 5-1 win over Alisal. Scoring was Jose Ramirez 2, Mike Lopez, Richard Ellis and Sharhan Tarani from Persia all score one goal. In the second game 4-0 win against Alisal, Jose Ramirez and Mike Lopez each score two goals.
In a rematch with Alisal, SC won again 4-0. Jose Rameriz and Mike Lopez each scored two goals.
Jose Rameriz scored two goals but it wasn’t enough as Los Gatos won 4-2.
Trident January 27. Soccer Explodes. Sporting a perfect 3-0 league record, SC narrowly beat Aptos 3-2 on a cold and mud riddled field, plagued both teams. SC was led by Kahlid
Rasheed, who scored two goals, one in each half and Richard Ellis, who scored the game winning goal on a perfectly executed head shot. Coach Don Demepwolfe praised the work of left wing Pete Gunn, who played an outstanding defensive game. SC has only been able to play three league games due to weather conditions. Weather permitting the next game is against SLV.
The first league game was a win over Harbor 4-1. Rasheed scored three goals and Jose Rameriz scored the other goal.
Against SLV in a 3-0 win, Rasheed and Rameriz each scored and the third goal was an accidentally booting of the ball into the SC goal by a SLV player.
From the Sentinel. Cardinals Near Soccer Crown After 6-0 Victory Over Aptos. Khalid Rasheed, Pete Gunn and Jose Rameriz each booted a pair of goals. The win was the ninth league win against no loses. “Considering the mud and the poor field conditions, we really had a solid game and played really well,” said Coach Dempewolf. “I thought we had a real good team effort. The passing was exceptional, especially on a muddy turf. John Biers and Richard Ellis, who is one of the finest passers in the league along with left wing Pete Gunn, all played outstanding. It was probably Gunn’s best game ever.”
The Cards were outscored by their practice opponents 16 to 17, they out scored league opponents 39 to 10, were outscored in the playoffs 3 to 10 and for the whole season they outscored their opponents 58 to 37.
Coach Dempewolf, “This team won the most games in a season 14 and finished highest in league play, first place. They set the record for the most consecutive wins 10, for the most league wins 10 and the first SCCAL team to make the finals of Region IV.”
Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Khalid Rasheed three goals in three games
Pre-season total scoring — Jose Ramirez 8
League season total scoring — Khalid Rasheed 20
Post season total scoring — Richard Ellis one and Khalid Rasheed two
Overall season scoring — Khalid Rasheed 23
Stats for the team:
Highest game score — Aptos 6-0
Shut outs — seven
Consecutive wins — ten
Consecutive losses — one
Individual scoring by practice games, league, playoff and total for season:
PR LEA P0s TOTAL
Khalid Rasheed 1 20 2 23
Jose Ramirez 8 7 0 15
Pete Gunn 0 6 0 6
Mike Lopez 4 2 0 6
Richard Ellis 1 2 1 4
John Beiers 0 1 0 1
Chris Edgar 0 1 0 1
Adan Oliva 1 0 0 1
Sharhan Tarani 1 0 0 1
Totals 16 39 3 58
Other players were Sean Camp, Len Schlegel, Mark Signor, Dennis Modena and Rich Perez.
Two profiles of top Cardinals:
Playing right wing for the Santa Cruz High School soccer team is 17 year old Richard Ellis. The Cardinals won the SCCAL championship with a record of 10-1-1. They qualified for the CCS Region IV playoffs where they won an exciting game over Hollister, but lost their second match to Watsonville, who went on to win the CCS championship. Richard is a very aggressive young soccer player and is exciting to watch. He plans on going to UCSC to continuing playing soccer. This summer he will be playing in other leagues and coaching a youth soccer team and writing for a local children’s sports magazine.
Khalid Rasheed is a 17 year old who came from Saudi Arabia last year, where he played for a national school team. This pre-season he missed games, because of a leg injury, but still scored 23 goals in the regular season and led the Cardinals to the SCCAL Championship. His favorite position is left wing, but he played inside forward and halfback as well. Besides playing, he also teaches soccer to other players and is planning to major in coaching track. He plans to go to De Anza College and then go on to UCA where he hopes to play collegiate soccer. He was named Prep Of The Week in February by the Sentinel.
The Trident named Khalid Co-Jock of the Month of January to go along with his selection by the Sentinel.
ALL SCCAL selections were Sean Camp, Richard Ellis, Mike Lopez, Filo Perez and Khalid Rasheed was Player of the Year in league. He established a new league record for goals scored with 20 and set a new school record with 23. Honorable mentions were Fidel Ruiz. Pete Gunn, Rob Poll and Jose Ramirez. Coach Don Dempewolf was named SCCAL coach of the year.
JV BOYS SOCCER Practice games: Alisal 1-3, 2-1; Los Gatos 0-4, 1-4; Watsonville 0-2, 0-1. Practice record 1-5. League: SLV 1-2, 5-0, 7-0; Harbor 8-1, 5-1, 6-2; Aptos 4-0, 7-1, 6-1; Soquel 5-0, 1-0, 9-0; Harbor 8-1, 5-1, 6-2. League record 11-1 for first place. Season record 12-6.
League leading scorers from SC by place in order, name and goals.
PL NAME GOALS
1 Martinez 30
2 Marquez 14
5 Alvarez 8
7 Ellis 3
8 Spence 2
8 Wilson 2
9 Cortez 1
From the Sentinel. First place Santa Cruz junior varsity with a 9-1 record beat Aptos 6-0 behind their top scorer Gerardo Martinez, who scored five goal in what his teammates call a
‘Sombrero Trick’. Pancho Marquez scored the other goal. Varsity Coach Don Dempewolf said, “Our junior varsity has had a fantastic scoring thing going lately. Martinez scored five today and he’s had at least three goals in each of his last four games.”
The Cards were outscored by their practice opponents 4 to 15, they outscored league opponents 64 to 8 and for the whole season out scored their opponents 68 to 23.
Coach Dempewolf, “This is the finest JV team in the history of SC soccer. After losing their first SCCAL game, they jelled into a tremendous scoring machine, led by Gerardo Martinez. The team established a scoring record of 64 goals and gave up only 8 during the league season for a new league record for most goals scored 64 and for the least allowed 8. This is the best offensive team in school history and second only to the 1976 team in defense. Gerardo Martinez led the team by scoring 30 goals in league play. Gerardo’s 31 goals for the season is a school record also. Poncho Marquez scored 16 goals for the season which also broke the existing school record held by Filo Perez, who had 12 and is now on the varsity.”
Trident January 27. In the first league game, the JV’s pounded Harbor 8-1. Pancho Marquez and Jerry Alvarez each scored twice, while Adan Oliva, Art Wilson, Mark Spence and Andrew Ellis each scored once.
Aptos was beaten 4-0. Pancho Marquez nearly did it all, scoring three goals and Jerry Alvarez popped in a goal.
SC’s only setback (as it turns out of the league season) was to SLV 2-1. Pancho Marquez scored the Cards only goal.
The Cards were outscored by their practice opponents 4 to 15, they out scored league opponents 64 to 8 and for the whole season they outscored their opponents 68-23.
Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Gerardo Martinez 5
Pre-season total scoring — Gerardo Martinez 2
League season total scoring — Martinez 30
Overall season scoring — Martinez 31
Stats for the team:
Highest game score — Soquel 9-0
Shut outs — 6
Consecutive wins — 11
Consecutive losses — 4
Individual scoring by practice games and total for season:
PR LEA TOTAL
Gerardo Martinez 1 30 31
Francisco Marquez 1 15 16
Gerardo Alvarez 0 6 6
Andrew Ellis 0 3 3
Mark Spence 1 2 3
Art Wilson 0 2 2
Adan Oliva 1 2 3
Larry Guthrie 0 2 2
Pedro Cortes 0 1 1
Danny Garcia 0 1 1
Totals 4 64 68
Players were Gerardo (Lolo) Alvarez, Pedro Cortes, Danny Garcia, Jeff George, Andrew Ellis, Steve Getty, Elio Gizzi, Jose Gonzales, Larry Guthrie, Gustavo Ibarra, Francisco Marquez, Gerardo Martinez, Adan Oliva, Jose Ramirez, William Schlegel, Mark Spence and Arthur Wilson.
BASEBALL practice games: PAL Tournament: Harbor 3-15, Logan 6-12, Hill 11-5. Watsonville 1-12, 1-5; Morro Bay 9-1, Carmel 5-9, Watsonville Invitational: Alisal 2-1, Watsonville 2-1 and Seaside 4-9. Practice record 4-6. League: Marello 3-2, 4-17, 10-11; Soquel 0-15, 2-8, 3-14; Harbor 7-6, 2-3, 8-10; SLV 4-3, 2-18, 7-9; Aptos 1-7, 2-3, 3-4. League record 3-12 for last place. Season record 7-18.
February 26 Sentinel preseason write up–SC Cardinals Looking To Keep Surge Going. Comment from the coach, “I think we are going to much more of a factor than we were last year, Hopefully the end of the season surge will carry us over this year,” The squad although thin in numbers is an enthusiastic, hustling bunch. There are only two seniors on the team, Dennis Modena, pitcher-outfielder who is out now with a broken ankle and pitcher Rob Agorastos. Four junior lettermen are back. They are catcher Ken Rosa, first basemen Dwayne Whitley, second baseman Eddie Camacho and pitcher-third baseman Leonard Schlegel. Junior Mark Bruce, who did not play last year, is a good athlete who can pitch and play defense will be a welcome addition to the pitching staff. Other new comers are juniors Chris Harper, David Saccullo and John Fambrini. Sophomores Robert Medina, Greg Pacheco and Brian Whitesell. There is good competition for almost every spot in the lineup.
Harbor Blasts Cards 15-3 in the Andrew Hill Tournament. Rob Agorastos started and pitched three innings giving up five hits, two earned runs and walked one. Brian Whitesell pitched the fourth inning and Mark Bruce pitched the next two innings. Whitley and Agorastos doubled with Agorastos driving in a run. Cards had three errors and seven hits to Harbors 17 hits. Lineup: Greg Pacheco CF, 4-2; Camacho 2B, 3-0; Whitley 1B, 4-1; Rosa C, 4-1; Fambrini 3B, 3-0; Schlegel LF, 3-1; Robert Modena SS, 2-1; Agorastos P, 3-2; Harper RF, 1-0; Saccullo SS, 1-0 and Bruce P, 1-0.
Logan Trips Cards 12-6. Logan High of Union City scored seven runs in the first two innings at the Upper Diamond due to bad weather every where. Agorastos started and went the first four innings and took the loss. Whitesell pitched the last two innings allowing two earned runs. The game was shortened to six innings due to darkness. The Cards batted around in the sixth stanza scoring five times. RBI’s: Whitley, Rosa and Schlegel one each. Lineup: Pacheco CF, 3-1; Camacho SS, 0-0 with four walks; Whitley 1B, 3-0; Rosa C, 1-0; Schlegel LF, 4-1; R. Modena 2B, 3-0; Fambrini 3B/C, 3-1; Agorastos P, 1-0; Harper RF, 3-0; Bruce LF, 1-1 and Whitesell P, 1-1.
Watsonville Tees Off, Cards Suffer 12-1 Loss. Three Watsonville hurlers struck out 15 Cards. Artistically the game was a mess as half the strike out were looking and the Cards committed ten errors. The Cards single run came in the first inning, when Greg Pacheco singled was sacrifice to second by Eddie Camacho and scored on a throwing error. Leonard Schlegel went six innings giving up ten hits, walked six, allowed only three earned runs and struck out one. Lineup: Pacheco CF 3-1; Camacho 2B, 1-0; Whitley 1B, 3-0; Rosa C, 3-0; Schlegel P. 3-1; Saccullo SS, 3-0; Fambrini 3B, 2-0; Bruce LF, 2-0, Harper RF, 3-0; Whitesell 2B, 0-0; R. Modena 3B, 1-0 and Agorastos LF, 0-0.
Cards Nab 9-1 Victory over Morro Bay. Happy days are here again despite the wind and bitter cold. The Cards began to hustle and they played errorless ball, a far cry from their previous games. Rob Agorastos pitched two hit ball over five innings, walking none and striking out three for the win. Mark Bruce pitched the last two innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out two. Schlegel doubled. RBI’s: Modena and Harper two each. One for Schlegel, Saccullo and Fambrini. The Cards had no errors. Lineup: Pacheco CF 3-1; Camacho 2B, 2-0; Whitley 1B, 3-2; Schlegel LF, 4-1; Saccullo SS, 1-0; Fambrini C, 1-0; R. Modena 3B, 4-2; Harper RF/CF, 3-1; Bruce P, 1-0, Whitesell RF, 0-0; and Agorastos P, 2-1 and Escalante C, 0-0.
Padres (Carmel) Clip Cards 9-5 in a game filled with errors. The game was a typical early season affair, full of physical and mental errors by players still adjusting to the sport. The Cards started quickly picking up a trio of runs in the bottom of the first frame to take a short lived 3-0 advantage. Leadoff hitter Greg Pacheco singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and went to third on Eddie Camacho’s infield ground out. Dwayne Whitley’s grounder was thrown away and Pacheco scored. Rob Agorastos tripled to the right field fence, to drive in Whitley, then scored as the throw to third got away. RBI’s: Agorastos and Fambrini.
Agorastos started and went four innings giving up two hits, walked five, allowed three earned runs, struck out four and took the loss. Whitesell went one inning giving up two hits, three earned runs and walked two. Schlegel pitched two innings giving up two hits, two earned runs and two walks. The Cards had five errors. Lineup: Pacheco CF 3-1; Camacho 2B, 2-0; Whitley 1B, 2-2; Agorastos P/LF, 4-1; Fambini 3B, 4-1; Schlegel LF/P, 4-1; Saccullo SS, 2-0; Rosa C, 2-1; Bruce DH, 3-0; Harper RF, 0-0 and Whitesell P, 0-0.
Cards defeat Alisal 2-1 in nine innings in the first game of the Watsonville Invitational Tournament. Agorastos went the distance giving up two hits, no earned runs, walked four and struck out seven for a well earned win. The winning run was scored by Bruce who walked, stole second and scored on Whitley’s single. The other score came in the third inning, when lead off hitter Pacheco singled, was sacrificed to second by Whitesell and scored on Whitley’s single. The Cards had three errors. Lineup: Pacheco CF, 4-1; Whitesell DH, 3-1; Whitley 1B, 4-2; Rosa C, 4-1; Agorastos P, 3-1; Fambrini 3B, 1-0, walked twice and sacrificed; Camacho 2B, 3-0; Sacullo SS, 2-0; Bruce LF, 2-0; Schlegel PH, 1-0; R. Modena CF, 1-0 and Harper RF, 0-0.
Cards Split Doubleheader to end the Watsonville Invitational Tournament. Mark Bruce established a school record for the fewest pitches in a seven inning game needing only 57 pitches in spinning a four hitter to knock off Watsonville 2-1. He topped the previous record set by Dana Hendershott of 63. Marty Gilbert holds the JV record with 58. Bruce gave up one run on one walk and struck out one. In five innings, he put down the Cats 1-2-3. Bruce faced only three batters over the minimum for a game.
The team was flawless in the field. Shortstop David Saccullo handled six ground ball and two liners in a fine performance. All the runs were scored in the fourth inning. The Cards scored when led off batter Pacheco walked and was sacrifice to second by Robert Modena. Whitley singled Pacheco home, then stole second and third and scored on Sacullo’s single. Lineup: Pacheco CF, 1-1, two walks; Modena 3B, 2-0; Whitley 1B, 2-1, three stolen bases; Whitesell RF, 3-0; Rosa C, 2-0; Saccullo SS, 3-1; Schlegel LF, 3-0; Camacho 2b, 2-0; Bruce P, 1-0 and Harper PR/RF, 0-0.
In the second game of the day, the Cards defense fell apart as they committed five errors giving Seaside four unearned runs en route to a Seaside 9-4 victory. The Cards ended up 2-1 in the tournament. Robert Modena went 2 for 3 against Seaside and scored twice. The Cards started off the Seaside game scoring two runs. Modena singled and Whitley doubled him to third. Sacullo singled them home. Schlegel pitched two and one third innings and Whitesell pitched three and two thirds innings and took the loss. Whitley and Saccullo doubled. RBI’s: Saccullo two and Schlegel one. Lineup: Pacheco CF, 4-0; R. Modena 3B, 4-2; Whitley 1B, 4-2; Whitesell DH/P, 4-0; Saccullo SS, 4-2; Rosa C, 3-0; Agorastos LF, 3-0; Schlegel P/LF, 2-1; Camacho 2b, 0-0 and Harper RF, 0-0.
In the double header, Whitley was very productive going 4 for 6 at the plate, including a double and three stolen bases. He also executed an unassisted double play to stop the Watsonville fourth inning by stabbing a line drive and doubling the runner off first. David Saccullo was 3 for 7 with one double and a pair of runs batted in. He handled eight chances a shortstop without an error in the first game.
Miscues Cost Cardinals in 5-1 loss to Watsonville. Disproving the theory that it is better to give than receive the Cards committed five errors, which led directly to four unearned runs in a night game at Harvey West. Bruce started on the mound and went two innings giving up one hit and no runs. Whitesell went the next three innings giving up five hits, one earned run, walked two and took the loss. Schlegel pitched the last two innings giving up three hits and no runs. Lineup: Pacheco CF, 3-0; Fambrini 3B, 3-0; Whitley 1B, 2-1; Saccullo SS, 2-0; Whitesell DH/P/RF, 3-0; Rosa C, 3-0; Schlegel LF/P, 3-1; Camacho 2B, 3-0; Bruce P/RF/LF, 2-1; Harper RF, 0-0,; Modena SS, 1-0 and Escalante LF, 0-0.
Cardinals Breeze To Diamond Win in a make up game of the PAL tournament beating Andrew Hill 11-5 to put their tournament record at 1-2. The Cards exploded for 10 runs in the first two innings. Ken Rosa drilled a double in the six run first frame for a pair of RBI’s and drove home two more in the four run second stanza with a solid single to left. Leonard Schlegel went the distance on the mound yielding three hits, all singles, one earned run, while striking out eight. The Cards had three errors.
Cards Stop Marello Prep 3-2. SC received an excellent pitching performance from Mark Bruce at the Upper Diamond and the Cards managed to scrape together enough offense to win their first league game, after their first game had been cancelled. The Cards record to date is 5-7. A crucial play in the last inning with runners on base, Dwayne Whitley snagged a foul pop up against the first base dugout to end the game. In four of the first six innings, Marello had runners at second base, Bruce managed to find a way out of the jams.
There were times though, when he got some help. Catcher Ken Rosa gunned down a base stealer and third baseman John Fambrini made a couple of tough plays at third. Bruce himself snagged a line drive and doubled a runner off base.
The Cards picked up their first run in the sixth inning, when Fambrini singled sharply to right to drive home David Saccullo. In the top of the seventh, Whitely singled home Greg Pacheco and scored himself on an error. Bruce who threw 106 pitches and tired in the seventh allowing one earned run. For the game he allowed four hits, walked five and struck out three. Lineup: Pacheco CF, 2-0; R. Modena DH, 4-0; Whitley 1B, 3-1, Saccullo SS, 4-2; Bruce P, 3-0; Rosa C, 4-0; Fambrini 3B, 3-2; Schlegel LF, 3-0; Camacho 2B, 3-1 and Harper RF, 0-0.
One of those Card Days, Soquel Rips To 15-0 Win. Soquel scored four runs in each of the first two innings and another seven in the fourth inning. Fourteen of the runs were earned. Soquel had 12 hits and were given eight free passes. Brian Whitesell started and went three innings and Rob Agorastos finished up the last three innings. Lineup: Pacheco CF, 2-0; Whitesell P/RF, 3-1; Whitley 1B, 3-0, Saccullo SS, 2-0; Fambrini 3B, 2-0; Rosa C, 3-0; Bruce LF, 3-0; Modena LF, 3-0; Camacho 2B, 2-0; Agorastos P, 1-0 and Harper RF/CF, 0-0.
Ace pitcher Mark Bruce fractured his cheek bone in two places, when he was struck with a foul tip off his own bat Monday at practice and will be lost for the season.
Sentinel April 12. Balk Cost Harbor To Give SC a 7-6 victory in the seventh inning. With two outs and runners on third and first, Schlegel the runner from first took off for second. From the observation of this reporter the pitcher stepped back off the pitching rubber, so he could do anything he wanted. The umpire did not see him step back, which resulted in him calling a balk and giving SC the winning run.
The Cardinals rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the sixth frame to tie the count on an RBI ground out by Rob Modena and Ken Rosa’s two run pinch hit single. Len Schlegel picked up the win after taking over for starter Rob Agorastos in the second inning. Schlegel went five and one third innings giving up two hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out four for the win. Agorastos pitched one and two thirds innings giving up two hits, four runs with only two earned, walked four and struck out two.
Double for Saccullo. RBI’s for Saccullo and Rosa two apiece and one each for Whitley and R. Modena. Both teams had four errors. Lineup: Pacheco CF, 1-0; Camacho 2B, 4-0; Whitley 1B, 4-0; Fambrini C/3B, 1-0, scored three runs; Whitesell LF, 1-0; Schlegel P, 2-1; Saccullo SS, 3-1; Agorastos P/LF, 1-0; Harper RF, 2-0; R. Modena 3B, 3-0 and Rosa PH/C, 1-1.
Strategy Pays Off For SC in 4-3 win over SLV. A wise man once said there are two people who others should never try to understand. One is a woman and the other is a coach. In the seventh inning with men on second and third, the Cards intentionally walked the third place hitter to load the bases and leave pitcher with no place to put the clean up man if he got wild. The pressure was on the pitcher, but the coach had confidence in him to do the job. Schlegel induced a bouncer back to him to end the game. “ The guys are doing the job. They’re playing a little better now and gaining more confidence in themselves. When you win a few games you begin to believe in yourself.”
The Cards struggled through a 4-7 non league record, but since the start of SCCAL competition, they’ve been surprising everyone, except maybe themselves. They’ve won three while losing only one and they’re just 1½ games behind front running Soquel, the overwhelming favorite to win the title..
“There’s always a chance to win. We’re playing really well right now and anything can happen. The kids could’ve folded and quit, when they were down 6-3 to Harbor in the last of the sixth on Tuesday, but they stuck with it and came through.”
Robert Agorastos started and fired six impressive innings giving up seven hits, one earned run, walked two, and struck out three for the win. Leonard Schlegel, who had pitched six innings in relieve of Agoratos on Tuesday came to pitch the seventh. He allowed no hits or runs, walked two and struck out one for the save.
SC had only two hits in the game, but their perfectly executed bunting throughout the evening directly resulted in two errors which led to three of the Cards four runs, all of which were unearned.
The Birds have been doing a lot of flying lately too, but on the base paths. They’ve stolen eight bases in their last two games without getting caught. Dwayne Whitley has three of the thefts, including both second and third in the third frame today. Cards had three errors. Lineup: Pacheco CF, 3-0; Whitesell DH, 3-1; Whitley 1B, 3-0; Saccullo SS, 2-0; Fambrini 3B, 3-0; Rosa C, 1-0 walked, sacrificed and scored once; Agorastos P, 0-0 with two walks and two runs; Robert Modena LF, 2-1; Camacho 2B, 1-0; Harper RF, 0-0; Schlegel P, 0-0 and Dennis Modena PH, 1-0. Dennis Modena, back from injury, played in his first game .
Mariners Kevin Walters One Man Show in 7-1 victory. Walters drove in three runs, stroked a pair of doubles and threw out three runners stealing to stop the Cards scoring attack. The two teams will meet again today in a make up game. The Cards pushed across their only run in the fourth inning when Saccullo walked, stole second, moved to third on Fambrini’s single and checked in on Rosa’s single. Whitley stole a base, before Walters started throwing runners out. Schlegel started and went three innings giving up six hits, three earned runs, one walk and struck out three for the loss. Whitesell went one inning giving up no hits or earned runs and walked one. Dennis Modena pitched his first two innings of the season coming back from a broken foot gave up one hit, no earned runs, walked three and struck out three. Cards had four errors. Lineup: Pacheco 1B, 3-2; R. Modena LF/SS, 3-0; Whitley DH, 2-1; Sacullo SS, 0-0; D, Modena P, 1-0; Fambrini 3B, 3-1; Rosa C, 3-2; Agorastos RF, 1-0; Higgins RF, 1-0; Schlegel P, 1-1; Whitesell P/LF, 2-1; Camacho 2b, 2-0 and Harper CF, 0-0.
Aptos wins in the seventh 3-2. None of the runs in the game were earned. Each team had three errors. There were some fine defensive plays to go along with the miscues. Yesterday the Mariners had three double plays and they added another today. But the Cardinals were not outdone when it came to fielding gems, for it was SC shortstop David Saccullo, who came up with the defensive play of he game. He leaped as high as he possibly could to snag a screaming line drive and turned it into a double play by flipping to first to double the runner. What made the play even more spectacular was that Saccullo was on his way to cover second on a steal attempt and had to pull up on a dime to make the play.
The Cards were derailed on the bases yesterday, but turned the tables today ripping off three bases in four tries. The Mariners scored the winning run on three straight walks and a grounder through and infielders legs. In the fourth inning Fambrini walked, stole second and scored on an error. In the sixth Rosa walked and scored on Pacheco’s single.
Agorastos started and went five and one third fine innings giving up eight hits, no earned runs, walked two and struck out two. Schlegel went one and two thirds innings giving up no hits or runs and walked three for the loss. Lineup: Pacheco 1B, 2-0; Agorastos DH/P, 3-0; Whitley CF, 3-0; R, Modena RF, 3-0; Saccullo SS, 3-1; Fambrini 3B, 2-0; Rosa C, 3-1; D. Modena LF, 3-0; Whitesell PH, 1-0; Camacho 2b, 1-0 and Schlegel P, 1-0.
Panthers, Errors, Ruin SC 17-4. The score was Marello 6-4 going into the seventh inning, when the Panthers scored 11 runs aided by the Cards five errors in the inning. The Cards had ten errors for the game. Camacho had a triple and a RBI. Schlegel started and went two innings giving up three hits, two earned runs, three walks and struck out four. Agorastos pulled a muscle and had to come out of the game after pitching well for four innings. He allowed three hits, no earned runs and struck out one. Whitesell pitched one inning, the last one and gave up four runs, three walks and five earned runs. Lineup: Pacheco 1B, 2-2; Agorastos P/RF, 3-0; Whitley CF, 1-0, three walks; Saccullo SS, 2-1; Fambrini 3B, 2-0; Rosa C, 3-0; D. Modena RF, 4-0; Whitesell P, 1-0; Camacho 2b, 3-2; Harper RF, 0-0 and Schlegel P/RF/CF, 3-1.
Nifty One Hitter Keeps Soquel unbeaten with a 8-2 win over SC. The Cards were held to one hit and they had only four balls leave the infield. Schlegel started and went four and two third inning giving up seven hits, three earned runs, walked three and struck out two. Dennis Modena, in a good outing, went one and one third innings giving up two hits, no runs and struck out one. Lineup: Pacheco 1b, 3-0; Rosa C, 1-1; Fambrini 3B, 2-0; Saccullo SS, 2-0; Schlegel P/LF, 2-0; D. Modena LF/P, 3-0; Whitley LF, 0-0; Camacho 2B, 3-0; R, Modena RF, 2-0 and Harper CF, 2-0.
Pirates Subdue Cardinals 3-2. A three run surge in the bottom of the fourth inning propelled the Pirates to their second league victory. Losing pitcher Rob Agorastos pitched a complete game five hitter, allowing two earned runs and three walks, while striking out three. He pitched well enough to deserve a win. Each team had two errors. It was a well played game by both teams. Whitley had an RBI. Lineup: Whitley 1B, 4-1; Camacho SS, 3-0; Agorastos P, 2-0; Rosa C, 2-0; Schlegel 3B, 3-0; Whitesell LF, 2-0; R, Modena 2B, 1-1; Harper CF, 3-1; Hunter RF, 0-0, Pacheco DH, 2-0 and Saccullo 2B, 2-1.
Cougars Blast Cardinals 18-2. Blend nine walks, 10 errors and 21 base hits together and you’ve cooked up a strange baseball game. The Valley protected its third place position with the win. SC contributed greatly to its own demise with eight errors. Nine of the SLV runs were unearned, Schlegel started and pitched the first inning. Robert Modena followed and Brian Whitesell finished the last two and one third innings in respectable fashion giving up five hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out one. The loudest hit by the Cards was a double by Dwayne Whitley, who had the only RBI for the Cards. Lineup: Whitley LF, 2-2, Pacheco 1B, 2-0; Fambrini 3B, 2-0; Whitesell 3B/P, 1-0; Saccullo RF/C, 3-0; Rosa C, 2-1; D. Modena DH, 2-0; R. Modena P/2B, 1-0; Schlegel P/RF, 3-1; Camacho SS, 3-0, Harper CF, 1-0 and Agorastos CF, 1-0.
Fast SC Start Fails To Impress Aptos whose record is now 9-2, two games behind Soquel. The Cards scored three times in the top of the first inning, but Aptos kept pecking away and finally emerged with a 4-3 victory. An errant throw while trying for a force out at third allowed the winning run to score. The Cards only two errors allowed two runs to score.
The pitching was the best it has been for a while. Rob Agorastos started and went four innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, walked four and struck out four. Len Schlegel went two innings giving up two hits, no earned runs or walks for the loss. Lead off batter Dwayne Whitley singled, Greg Pacheco cracked a double to left and David Saccullo belted a two bagger to left scoring both runs with no outs. Brian Whitesell singled to bring Saccullo home and close out the Cards scoring. Agorastos had a double. Lineup: Whitley 1B, 4-2; Pacheco CF, 3-1; Saccullo DH/3B, 3-0; Rosa C, 3-0; Agorastos P/RF, 3-1; Whitesell 2B, 3-1; Schlegel 3B/P, 3-1; D. Modena LF, 3-0; Camacho SS, 3-1 and Harper CF, 0-0.
Cardinal Rally Falls Short in a 11-10 lost to Marello. One would expect the Cards to go through the motions in the seventh inning down 11-4. The Cards however roared back sending 10 men to the plate, but fell shy by one run, losing 11-10. Whitley started the last inning with a double, then with two outs Saccullo got on by an error to reach second. Whitesell walked, then Rosa doubled in Saccullo. Three straight errors allowed four more runs to score. Others with RBI’s were Whitesell and Dennis Modena. The Cards had nine errors. Agorastos went five innings and pitched well giving up only two earned runs striking out five. Schlegel pitched one inning and gave up one run. Lineup: Whitley 1B. 3-1, Pacheco CF, 5-0; Agorastos P/RF, 4-0; Saccullo DH/3B, 3-2; Whitesell 2B, 3-1; Rosa C, 4-1; Schlegel 3B/P, 3-0; R. Modena 3B, 1-1; D. Modena LF, 1-1; Camacho SS, 4-0 and Harper RF, 0-0.
Soquel Clinches Crown with a 14-3 conquest of SC to put their record at 13-0. Triple for Fambrini. RBI’s for Whitley, Pacheco and Rosa. SC committed six errors. Dennis Modena started on the mound going four and two thirds innings giving up nine hits, five earned runs, walked three and struck out three. Whitesell pitched two and one third innings giving up five hits, one earned run, three walks and had one strike out. Lineup: Whitley 1B. 3-1, Pacheco CF, 3-1; Saccullo SS, 4-0; Whitesell DH/P, 3-0; Fambrini 3B, 3-1; Rosa C, 3-2; Schlegel 3B/P, 3-0; D. Modena P/RF, 3-0; Agorastos LF, 3-0; R. Modena RF, 3-1; and Harper RF, 0-0.
Harbor Snaps Losing Streak beating SC 10-8. Harbor jumped out to a 4-1 lead only to see the Cards tie it up in the bottom of the third with three runs of their own. Dave Saccullo got the big hit with a two run triple. Ken Rosa had an outstanding game going 4 for 4 with two RBI’s, a double and scored twice. Both teams had seven errors. Agorastos started and went three and one third innings giving up three hits, three earned runs, six walks and struck out two, Schlegel went one and two thirds innings giving up three hits, one earned run, walked one, struck out three and took the loss. Dennis Modena went two innings giving up two hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out one for a good outing. Lineup: Whitley 1B, 2-0; Fambrini 3B, 3-2; Saccullo SS, 3-1; Rosa C, 4-4; D, Modena RF/P, 3-0; Whitesell DH, 3-1; R, Modena LF, 3-1; Agorastos P/RF, 4-0; Pacheco CF, 3-0; Schlegel P, 0-0 and Camacho 2B, 0-0.
Cougars Secure third place with a 9-7 win over SC. It is the first time in recent years that the Valley has finished in the upper division of the league standings. The two teams above them Soquel and Aptos sport the top two records in Region IV. RBI’s for the Cards were Dennis Modena two and Rosa, Saccullo, Whitesell and Schlegel each had one. Dennis Modena started and went four and one third innings giving up eight hits, four earned runs, walked none and struck out one for the loss. Schlegel went two and two thirds innings giving up four hits, two earned runs and walked four. Lineup: Whitley 1B, 3-0; Pacheco CF, 3-1; Rosa C, 3-2; Saccullo RF, 3-1; D. Modena P/LF, 4-2; Whitesell 2B, 4-1; R. Modena 3B, 4-0; Agorastos LF, 2-0; Camacho SS, 4-1; Schlegel P, 2-1 and Harper CF, 0-0.
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
Rosa 67 10 21 313 3 0 15 8 9
Whitley 76 19 22 289 4 0 7 21 27
Pacheco 80 14 20 250 1 0 3 16 7
Whitesell 51 3 12 235 1 0 3 8 0
Fambrini 50 11 11 220 0 1 6 12 8
Saccullo 67 11 14 209 3 1 11 17 7
D. Modena 57 8 11 193 0 0 5 6 0
Schlegel 63 5 12 191 1 0 4 2 0
Bruce 26 4 4 154 0 0 4 9 3
Agorastos 54 10 8 148 2 1 4 14 1
Harper 22 2 3 136 0 0 3 2 0
Camacho 60 7 6 100 0 0 4 16 1
TOTALS 673 104 144 214 15 3 69 131 63
There were no Cardinals on the All League team this year for the first time in memory.
The Sentinel honored Ken Rosa and Dwayne Whitley as honorable mention on their All County team.
BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY BASEBALL.
April 12. Harbor defeated SC 10-1. Barker was the losing pitcher. SC had two hits and three errors.
GIRLS SOFTBALL CO-CHAMPIONS with Aptos.
League games: Aptos 8-11, 4-9; Soquel 6-4, 1-0; Harbor 7-1, 9-1; SLV 11-0, 20-1; Morello 32-6, win. League record 8-2 for co-championship with Aptos.
Yearbook. Team members were Terry Berube, Tammy Bogard, Janie Jett, Laurie Thomas, Julie Schneider, Gwyn Adams, Annette Jung, Lorrine Guidici, Cherlyn Solden, Kathy Wilson, Gina Sutton and Jeanine Desposito. Coach Vic Miguel.
Sentinel April 19. Aptos defeated SC 11-8. Gina Sutton took the loss. Gwyn Adams was the top hitter going 2 for 2. The score was tied 3-3 at the end of the third inning. Aptos went ahead 5-2 in the fourth inning. SC score six runs in the fifth inning to go ahead 8-5. Aptos came back and scored six runs in the sixth inning to go ahead 11-8 and shut SC out in the last inning. Aptos had ten hits to SC’s four. SC had three errors and Aptos five.
April 26. No-Hitter Fails to Slow Down Santa Cruz In Girls Softball. SC defeated Soquel 6-4 even though SC was no hit for the first ever no-hitter in SCCAL league play. The problem for Soquel was its pitcher walked 15 batters. Winning pitcher was Sutton, who gave up eight hits. SC went out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and at the end of the third inning, the score was tied 2-2. In the top of the sixth inning SC went ahead 6-2 and Soquel came back and made it 6-4 at the bottom of the fifth. SC had two errors and Soquel one.
April 30. Sutton Pitches A No-Hitter, Lead SC To Key Softball Win over Harbor 7-1. ‘Twas the week of the no-hitter. Gina Sutton, SC’s ace right-hander, recorded the second no-hitter in four days. The irony of Sutton’s gem, is her mother is the assistant coach for Harbor. Sutton, who fanned five and walked four, got a lot of help from her friends in the fourth inning. Julie Schneider broke a 1-1 tie with a two out solo blast and Tammy Bogard capped a six run outburst later, when she drove in a pair of runs with a booming triple. The inning ended with six runs scored to make the score 7-1. The outcome left SC, Harbor and Aptos all tied for first place with 3-1 records, just prior to the halfway point of the ten game season. Top hitters were Andre Farstad 2-3, Terry Berube 3-4, Annette Jung 2-3 and Laurie Thomas 2-2. And Schneider a home run.
May 3. SC defeated SLV 11-0. Gina Sutton allowed only three hit, while the Cards had 8 hits. SLV had 10 errors and SC 3. Laurie Thomas hit a home run and went 2-4. (no game write up.
May 7. Aptos 9, SC 4. Aptos took over sole possession of first place in both the varsity and JV SCCAL standings with wins over SC. Aptos 5-1 holds a one game edge over SC and Harbor, both at 4-2. Laurie Thomas continued her hot hitting with a two run homer and triple going 2-3. Sutton took the loss gave up seven hits, but her defense committed five errors. SC also had seven hits. Aptos had only 2 errors.
May 10. SC 5-2 kept pace with Aptos via 32-6 triumph over Marello. Kathy Wilson powered the SC offensive attack with four hits, including a three run home run and eight RBI’s. SC had 24 hits and one error. Winning pitcher Gina Sutton gave up six hits. Top hitters were Lorrine Guidici 3-5, Gwyn Adams 4-7, Tammy Bogard 3-6, Thomas 3-6, Wilson 4-6 and Julie Schneider 3-5.
May 14. Defending champion SC 6-2 blanked Soquel 1-0, behind the fine pitching of Gina Sutton, who yielded only two hits, while walking none. SC had only two hits also in a classic pitchers duel of two previous no-hit artists. Kathy Wilson scored the only run of the game, when she opened the bottom of the first inning with a single up the middle and scored on Tammy Bogard’s triple to left field. SC had three errors and Soquel 2, none having a bearing on the game.
May 17. Soquel Girls Hand Aptos Loss 11-5. Tammy Bogard’s RBI single ignited an eight run third inning, which carried SC past Harbor 9-1 and into a share of the SCCAL lead with 7-2 records. Harbor out hit SC 11 to 4, but committed five errors to the Cards 2. Sutton was the winner.
May 21. SC, Aptos Share Girls Crown. Defending Champion SC humble SLV 20-1, to end up sharing the SCCAL title with Aptos both with 8-2 records. Gina Sutton pitched a five hitter and her team played errorless ball. SC scored 5 runs in the first inning, 7 in the fourth and 8 in the fifth and had 12 hits. Top hitters were Wilson 2-3, Adams 2-4 and Guidici 2-4.
Sentinel June 7. Four Cards were selected for the ALL SCCAL first team. Seniors: outfielder Laurie Thomas, who hit .286 and catcher Julie Schneider at .222. Junior outfielder Tammy Bogard with a .325 average and the only sophomore selected, pitcher Gina Sutton, who hurled in all ten games for the SCCAL champions, tossed 66 of the possible 70 innings, while posting a 8-2 league ledger, tossed a no hitter and concluded with a 2.07 earned run average. Sutton was a repeater from the 1977 league championship team.
JV GIRLS SOFTBALL
League: Aptos 6-10, 7-11; Marello 23-5, 29-31; Soquel 15-4, 19-5; Harbor 11-2, 19-20; SLV 11-2, 11-12. League record 5-5.
Yearbook. Team members were Jenette Hand, Mindy Lopez, Sharon Hightower, Kelly Wright, Sue Radoni, Tammy Gonzales, Charlotte Newman, Andra Farstad, Shelly Bogard, Tina Foreman, Lisa Ramirez, Theresa Silva, Kris Macken, Lisa Cecchettini, Carmella Munoz, Kim Hodges, Lorraine Rice, Lowery and Chris Mc Fadden. Coach Robin Shannon.
April 19. Aptos 10, SC 6. Losing pitcher Janie Jett. Top hitter was Charlotte Newman going 2 for 4.
April 23. SC 23, Marello 5. SC broke out of the starting blocks quickly, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings and coasted to a 22-5 victory. Kim Hodges highlighted SC’s first win of the season with a home run. Charlotte Newman was the top SC hitter going 3 for 6, for Coach Robin Shannon’s squad.
Winning pitcher Jett. Top hitters: Tammy Gonzles 2 for 2, Newman 3 for 6, Lowery 2 for 2 and Sharon Hightower 2 for 2. Home run Kim Hodges. Both teams had five errors. SC had 15 hits and Marello 2.
April 26. SC 15, Soquel 4. Kelly Wright plated four runs with a 3 for 4 outing, including a double and a triple. Newman went 3 for 4, Jett 2 for 4 and Macken 2 for 5. Winning pitcher Jett. SC had a big four inning scoring nine runs.
April 30. SC 11, Harbor 2. SC led 8-0 going into the sixth inning. SC had 8 hits and each team had 3 errors. Winning pitcher Jett allowed only two hits. Top hitters were Lowery 2-4, Macken 2-2, Wright 2-2 and a home run.
May 3. SC 11, SLV 2. SC had seven hits and 4 errors, while SLV had five errors. Winning pitcher Janie Jett allowed only one hit. Lowery hit a home run and went 2-3. At the end of the first inning the score was SC 5-1 and the Cards had another big inning with four runs in the sixth inning.
May 7. Aptos 11, SC 7. Aptos had 13 hits to SC’s 6. SC had 3 errors and Aptos 2. Top hitters were Jett3-3 and Newman 2-3. Jett was the losing pitcher. Aptos 5-1 holds a one game edge over SC with a 4-2 record.
May 10. Marello 31, SC 29 in an upset. Marello scored 15 runs in the fifth inning and seven more in the sixth and eight in the seventh inning. SC had seven errors. Losing pitcher was Kelly Wright. SC had 20 hits to Marello’s 8. Top hitters were Brown 5-6, Newman 3-4, McFadden 2-4, Munoz 2-3, Wright 3-6, Cechettini 2-5. Home runs; Brown 2, Wright, Newman and Lowery one each.
May 14. SC 16, Soquel 5. Winning pitcher Janie Jett gave up six hits. After three innings the Cards were ahead 13-4. Top hitters were Hodges 3-3, Wright 3-5. Home runs: Hodges and Macken.
May 17. Harbor 20, SC 19. Aptos JV’s clinched at least a tie for its second straight title. SC lost to Harbor 20-19 as Harbor came from behind in the seventh inning with five runs. SC out hit Harbor 21 to 19 and made 8 errors to Harbors 7. SC scored nine runs in the first inning and held a 12-5 lead going into the fifth inning and still held a 19-15 lead going into the seventh inning. Jett was the losing pitcher. Top hitters: Hodges 3-6, Wright 3-3, Newman 4-5, Jett 3-5 and Lowery 4-5. Home runs were Jett, Lowery and Munoz.
May 21. SLV 12, SC 11. With the win SLV tied Aptos for the SCCAL title. SC out hit SLV 13-7 and had 8 errors to SLV’s 3. SLV led 11-7 going into the seventh inning, when SC scored four runs to tie the game at 11. Jett took the loss. Top hitters: Newman 4-5, Hodges 2-4, Bogard 2-5.
TRACK took second at the SCCAL meet.
Boys varsity SCCAL meet: Soquel 193, SC 127, Aptos 65, SLV 49, Marello 49, Harbor 26.
Girls varsity SCCAL meet: Harbor 140, Soquel 96, SC 74, SLV 74, Aptos 36, Marello 2.
Boys frosh-soph: Soquel 173, SLV 123, Harbor 66, SC 62, Marello 39, Aptos 28.
Girls frosh-soph: SLV 106, Soquel 100, Aptos 94, SC 36, Marello 34, Harbor 30.
The league also uses a total score of all four divisions to declare a champion. Soquel came out on top with 562 points followed by SLV 315, SC 299, Harbor 262. SC won a total of eight events in the four divisions.
Top SCCAL Track and Field Best individuals as of May 17. The top six individuals are listed. For the boys varsity, the SC 440 relay team had the second best time in 44.5. High hurdles, Sanders third in 15.3 and Ronda fifth in 16.4. Wilkes, first in the 100 in 10.0 and Imonti fourth in 10.5. Wilkes, first in the 220 in 22.6 and Imonti, fourth in 23.5. Wilkes, second in the 440 in 51.5. In the mile relay, SC second in 3:38.2.
The 330 low hurdles, Ronda, second in 40.4 and Sanders fourth in 41.5. In the 880, Mahaney, third in 2:04.1, Stone, fourth in 2:04.4 and Rembao, fifth in 2:04.6 each within tenths of seconds from one another. Rembao, third in the mile in 4:37.5 and Mahaney, fourth in 4:46.4. Rembao, second in the two mile in 9:49.8 and Lopez, fifth in 10:43.0.
Edwards won the discus at 150-4 and second in the shot put at 45-7. Lowery, fifth in the shot put at 44-6 and fourth in discus at 138-7. Wahl, fifth in the discus at 134-11. Ronda, second in the high jump at 5-11 and Fenton, fifth at 5-6. Munoz, second in the pole vault at 12-0. Sanders, fourth in the long jump at 19-7.
The girls varsity placers; The 440 relay team, third in 53.0 and the mile relay team was also third in 4:16.0. Medlin third in 880 in 2:24.0 and Schneider fifth in 2:28.7. Schneider won the mile in 5:26.0 and Medlin, fourth in 5:44.8. Schneider also won the two mile in 11:49.1. Doxtator, fourth in high jump at 4-11. Pianovilla, second in the discus at 114-5. Hoga second in the long jump at 15-7 and Hightower fifth at 15-0.
Girls frosh-soph 440 relay team was third in 54.4. Stanford third in 880 in 2:34.8 and second in the mile in 5:53.0. Francis second, high jump at 4-10. Wheaton, fifth in shot put at 30-1.
Boys frosh-soph 440 relay team, third in 48.0. Sanders won the 70 high hurdles in 9.5. Whitehill, third in 330 low hurdles in 44.7. Morgado, fifth, 440 in 56.1. Rembao, third in two mile in 10:37 and Wright fourth in 10:38.0. Getty second in high jump at 5-8 and third in triple jump at 35-5. Guthrie fifth in triple jump at 35-2. George fifth in pole vault at 9-0. Orazco first in long jump at 18-8.
May 11. The SCCAL track and field trials were held at Memorial Field and the top three finishers in each to heat event, along with the top two from events with three or more heats, advance to the finals on Saturday at Memorial Field.
For the boys varsity, in the second heat of the high hurdles Sanders won in 15.82. The first heat of the 100 was won by Wilkes in 12.0 and Imonti was second in 12.12. Poll was third in the 400 in 55.15. In the first heat of the 300 hurdles, Sanders was second in 42.8. Ronda won the second heat of the 300 hurdles in 41.4. In the first heat of the 200, Imonti was second in 24.61 and Wilkes third in 32.9. Lowery won the shot put at 43-10 and the discus at 134-5.
Girls varsity: Hightower was third in the 100 in 13.6, third in the 200 in 28.5 and third in the long jump at 14-7.Pianavilla was second in the discus at 97-3.
Frosh-soph boys: Margado was second in the 400 in 55.98. Whitehall was second in the 300 hurdles in 45.56. George was third in the 200 in 26.0. Getty won the triple jump at 36-2.
Girls frosh-soph: McRae was third in the 100 in 14.4 in the first heat and Overson was third in the second heat by and identical 14.4. Overson was also third in the 200 in 30.4 and in the second heat McRae was third in 30.1. Shadle was third in the 400 in 1:10.5. Francis tied for third in the high jump at 3-10.
May 14.At the SCCAL track meet Soquel won the varsity boys meet with 193 points followed by SC in second place with 127, Aptos 65, SLV 49, Marello 49, Harbor 26. The top three finishers for the boys qualify for the CCS Region IV meet at Hartnell. The girls who have met the CCS standards will compete at San Jose City College.
Boys qualifiers: The 400 relay team took second place in 44.4. Sanders was third in the 110 high hurdles. In the 800, Mahaney was second in 2:03.4 and Stone was third in 2:03.7. Wi
Wilkes won the 100 in 11.2. Rembao was second in the 3,000 in 6:06.1. In the 300 low hurdles, Ronda was second in 40.1 and Sanders third in 41.5. SC was second in the 1,600 relay in 3:37.1. Fenton was second in the shot put at 45-1. Lowery was third in the discus at 138-7. Sanders was third in the long jump at 19-7. Ronda won the high jump at 5-8. Munoz was second in the pole vault at 12-0.
The girls varsity was won by Harbor 140, Soquel 96, SC 74, SLV 74, Aptos 36, Marello 2. Terry Schneider won two events, the 1,500 in 4:58.4 and the 3,000 in 11:02.6. Varsity girls who qualified other then Terry Schneider, who won her to distance events, Medlen was second in the 800 in 2:23.3 and Powell was third in 2:26.3. SC was second in the 1600 relay in 4:14.9. Pianovilla won the discus at 108-8. Doxtator was second in the long jump at 15-4.
Boys frosh-soph won by Soquel with 173, SLV 123, Harbor 66, SC 62, Marello 39, Aptos 28. Boys froah-soph started with the 400 relay taking third place in 47.8. Rembao was second in the 3,000 in 9:49.9 and Wright was third in 9:50.8. Whitehall was third in the l,300 low hurdles in 44.4. Orozco won the long jump at 18-8. Getty won the triple jump at 35-9 and was third in the high jump at 5-4.
Girls frosh-soph won by SLV 106, Soquel 100, Aptos 94, SC 36, Marello 34, Harbor 30. Stanford was third in the 800 in 2:34.1 and second in the 1,500 in 5:41.6. Wahl was third in the discus at 86.4. Francis was second in the high jump at 4-10.
At the prestige’s and long standing King City Invitational, Andre Wilkes was magnificent as he defeated a runner from San Jose, who owns the top times in CCS in both the 100 and 200 meters. Wilkes ran the 100 in 10 flat and the 200 in 22.6.
Boys team members were Khalid Rasheed, Mike Mahaney, Rosalio Perez, Gary Wright, Rob Stone, Dan Morgado, Dave Ronda, John Rembao, Travis Nansel, Matt Hagen, Joe Deck, Jeff Rice, Jeff Harley, Robert Poll, Ruben Della Sera, Evan Grossman, David Nelson, Andrew Ellis, Mike Lopez, Will Schlegel, Jeff George, Lee Lowery, Aaron Michaelsen, Mike Kleigel, Steve Imonti, Andrew Foster, Mark Greenlee, Larry Guthrie, Steve Wahl, Shawn Van Someran, Jon Fenton, Andre Wilkes and Peter Pianavilla. Coaches Nick Delurgio and Greg Brock.
Individual Performances Highlight Track Season. Despite several sterling individual efforts the team has been stumbling through the early part of the season. Powerhouse Soquel in their thirtieth consecutive dual meet win triumphed 77-58 over SC. SC could have been closer, but the superb 440 relay team was scratched. John Rembao won a double victory in the grueling 1500 and 3000 meter races. Andre Wilkes also won twice capturing the 100 and 200 meter races. Other individual winners were Jon Fenton in shot put and Steve Imonti in long jump. For the girls, Terri Schneider matched Rembao’s feat by also winning the 1500 and 3000 meters races. Other who were victorious, Kim Pianavilla in discus, Debbie Hightower in long jump and Meg Doxtator in high jump. The girls team lost by 15 points.
A grossly undermanned boys Frosh-Soph team lost 35-100. First place finishers were Ray Rembao in 3000 meters, Jerry Hovey in 300 low hurdles, Marco Cochran in discus and Steve Getty in high jump. The Girls Frosh-Soph suffered a similar fate as the boys. Card winners were Dawn Overson in 200, Tami Francis in high jump and Allison Stanford in 800 meters.
Against James Lick, the girls varsity suffered a narrow one point loss. Turning in first place performances were Michele Hoga, long jump; Kathy Wheaton, shot put; Kim Pianavilla, discus; Terri Schneider, mile; Tami Francis, 440 and Michael Powell, 880. The boys lost to Lick, but Andre Wilkes shone again winning the 100 and 220. Others with firsts were Bob Sanders; 120 high hurdles in an outstanding 15.8 and Steve Wahl hurled the discus 127 feet.
Co Jocks of the Month were Terri Schneider and Dave Ronda. A junior Terri’s outstanding performance at the league meet gave her the nod over a softball standouts Gina Sutton and Tammy Bogard. At the SCCAL meet she won both the 3000 and 1500 meter races by considerable margins. She finished the dual meet season undefeated at these two distances. At the CCS qualifying meet, Terri took sixth in the two mile heat with a time of 11:18.6, a personal best by over 30 seconds. Three girls in other slower heats qualified with slower times.
Terri was high point person for her team.
Another junior Dave Ronda qualified for the regional meets in three different events. At the league meet Dave broke his own school record in the 300 low hurdles, while finishing second. He took first place in the high jump and was a member of the second place 1600 relay team, while running a personal best in his 400 yard leg. At the Regional IV meet, Dave took sixth place in the 300 low hurdles and in the mile relay. He was high point man for his team.
Girls track members: Terri Schneider, Alison Stanford, Dawn Oaverson, Mica Smith, Sandy Harlan, Licia Camp, Tami Francis, Shosahana Gizzi, Kathy Wheaton, Misty Long, Lori DeRego, Regina Rudnicki, Michele Hoga, Lori Medlen, Kim Pianavilla, Silva Garcia. Coach Greg Brock and Kimberly Patterson.
BOYS SWIMMING WENT UNDEFEATED IN LEAGUE DUAL MEETS, but lost to Harbor in the league meet, to make Harbor the league champs. (next year the team became league champs)
Sentinel April 30. Harbor Wins Swim Crown Of SCCAL. Harbor scored 334 points in the championship meet, which boosted them past SC, the dual meet king. The top three teams were awarded points on a 6-4-2 for their dual meet placing and on a 9-6-3 basis for their championship meet finish.
At the meet itself, Harbor won with 334 points followed by Soquel 300, SC 284 and Aptos 88.
At the SCCAL league meet the Hatch brothers each set league records. Rob won the 100 freestyle in 50.77 and Steve the 1:01.03 in the 100 backstroke. Rob Hatch also won the 50 free in 23.37 and Steve Hatch also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.66. Other SC placers were in the 200 medley relay, second place in 1:48.40 by the team of Rob and Steve Hatch, Cortez and McMillan. 200 freestyle, Mockus, third in 1:55.90 and second in the 500 freestyle in 5:15.76.. 200 individual medley, Wagner in 2:12.80. SC was second in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:44.61. 100 butterfly, Cortez, third in 59.86 and second in 100 backstroke in 1:02.20. Diving, Grant, third with 242.45 points.
Frosh-soph scores: Soquel 288, Harbor 285, Aptos 219 and SC 83. SC didn’t take any of the top three places.
April 2. Harbor Wins County Swim Relays in a tight battle with Soquel 92 to 90 followed by Watsonville 58, Aptos 48 and SC 42. SC teams placing: 400 freestyle: SC third in 3:34.2. 400 breast-butterfly: SC third in 4:44.9. 500 freestyle: SC, second in 5:17.1. 200 medley: SC fifth in 2:18.9. 400 individual medley: SC, fourth in 5;26.5. 200 freestyle, SC fourth in 2;08.5.
Trident April 21. In the past few years, the swim team has had a fair record. But this year, the team has made some big changes, not only in their win-loss record, but in the organization of the team as well. This year, the team is helped by three people: Head Coach Terry Ekhart, Frosh-Soph Coach Jim Booth and Pool Assistant Jessica Lee. All have been working hard getting the team ready for the league season.
The team this year is basically young, consisting mostly of freshmen and sophomores, with many younger classmen who have great potential. The team this year has 23 members on the roster, most of whom swim on the Varsity team.
At press time, SC remained undefeated, 2-0 in league, 5-0 overall. In their most recent outing, SC hammered a good Soquel squad 94-77, by winning every event. Only Soquel’s great depth kept them in the meet. Rob Hatch, Steve Hatch, John Mockus and Eric Wagner were all double winners for the Cardinals.
The Frosh-Soph team suffered a 98-54 defeat, but got a standout performance from Tom Mulholland, who won both the 100 IM and 100 Free. Kostas Karachristos was the only other SC victor.
Jock Of The Month is senior swimmer Rob Hatch for his superb record breaking performances. He holds four individual school records in 200 freestyle in 1:54.2; 100 freestyle in 51.0; 100 backstroke in 59.8 and 200 individual medley in 2:05.7. He also is a member of the record holding 200 medley relay team. Rob is 8-0 in dual meet action and a perfect season is within his reach. P.S, The Trident would like to take the opportunity to silence the rumor that Rob has gills (fins maybe, but not gills). Other top athletes nominated were Terry Schneider and Andre Wilkes in track.
Sentinel April 25 Top SCCAL Swim Times. Listed by event, place, name and time.
200 Medley relay
1 SC 1:47.5
2 Mockus 1:53.6
6 Schaffer 2:02.0.
9 Wagner 2:03.7
200 Individual Medley
1 Wagner 2:11.4
6 McMillan 2:23.2
8 Chavez 2:29.0
10 Merkel 2:35.0
1 R. Hatch 23.3
10 Fultz 25.4
13 Mulholand 27.0
2 Cortez 58.8
7 McMillan 1:06.3
9 Chavez 1:07.4
1 R. Hatch 50.2
8 Foster 57.0
2 Mockus 5:05.6
3 K. Wagner 5:27.4
7. Merkel 6:19.0
1 S. Hatch 59.5
2 Cortez 1:03.3
9 Fultz 1:14.2
10 Karachristos 1:15.5
1 S. Hatch 1:03.8
4 Wagner 1:11.8
8 Shaffer 1:14.1
400 Freestyle relay
2 SC 3:40.1
200 Medley relay
4 SC 2:17.0
200 Individual Medley
7 Chavez 1:15.0
7 Spieth 29.6
8 Chavez 39.3
9 Braunhut 40.0
5 Hill 1:05.7
6 Irons 1:08.0
5 Spieth 7:05.2
9 Sinclair-Day 7:46.2
5 Braunhut 1:27.2
7 Irons 1:25.0
10 Hill 1:34.0
13 Sinclair-Day 1:39.5
Yearbook. Varsity members were Peter McMillan, Doug Fultz, Jose Chavez, Tom Shaffer, John Mockus, Rob Hatch, Tom Foster, Kurt Wagner, Ralph Cortez, Steve Hatch, Eric Wagner and Mark Grant.
JV members were Mark Hill, Ben Irons, Eric Speith, Luis Chavez, Clayton Markell, Jerry Ballas, Kostas Karachristos, Andrew Sinclair, Ed Braunhut and Tom Mulholand.
ALL SCCAL Relay team of Rob and Steve Hatch, Ralph Cortez and Peter McMillan. Eric Wagner, Jon Mockus, Mark Grant diving.
TENNIS LEAGUE CHAMPIONS FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TIME–Coach Dennis Mullen
Trident January 27. Tennis Approaching. The SC team has been the most respected and admired team in the league, winning all their league games last year. The secret of the SC’s domination appears to be the coach Dennis Mullen. Most tennis coaches in the county are not tennis players, so they really can’t instruct their players properly. Mullen is a ranked player in Northern California and uses his knowledge to help his players improve their games. The team this year is young and inexperienced. The only returning singles player from last year is senior John Brooke, who played number three last year.
Sentinel April 12. SC defeated Aptos 6-1. Number one player and the only SC loss was Brooke lost 4-6, 4-6; Single winners: Kashap 6-2, 6-2; Alves 6-2, 6-0; Kotcher 6-3, 6-2; McNeal 6-3, 6-2. Doubles: Dong-Tsugawa 6-3, 6-1; Grube-Munoz 6-2, 6-1.
Trident April 21. Netters Raising A Racquet. The Cards swept through the first half of league play winning 7-0 in every match except for a 6-1 win over Aptos.
Against Harbor, number one man Kit Kashap upset Harbors ace 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.
In preseason play the Cards lost to Salinas 2-5. John Kotcher won his match and doubles players John Brooke and Mike McNeil won their match.
In facing the top tennis schools in CCS the Cards lost to Carmel, Leland, Monta Vista and Willow Glen. Against some of these teams, singles players Steve Alves and Kit Kashap along with doubles teams of David Tsugawa–Mike McNeal and John Munoz–John Currotto all had impressive wins in some of these matches.
The varsity ladder sometimes fluctuates, but at press time number 1 is John Brooke; 2) Steve Alves, the fiery left hander; 3) Kit Kasha a dedicated hard worker; 4) sophomore John Kotcher a varsity doubles player last year; 5) Harry Dong, a player with good speed and consistence and Mike McNeal a fine player. All lettered on the varsity last season. Number one doubles, Dave Tsugawa–Mike McNeal; 2) John Munoz —John Carotto; 3) Don Grube — Ed Kitsuse are JV players who sometime play on the varsity.
JV players are Ed Kitsuse, Mark Samuelson, Robert Jasperson, Grant Codiga, Joe Link, Ron Harris, Casey Colton, Joe Neri, Mark Dybdahl, Andrew Murray, John Kirwin and John Kotcher.
Sentinel May 16. The final SCCAL dual match standings: Harbor 9-1, Aptos 9-1, SC 5-5, Marello 3-7, SLV 28 and Soquel 2-8.
From the SCCAL two man best ball golf tournament, the six individual players with the best scores qualify for the CCS Region IV tournament. Eric Forgaard was the fifth to qualify with a 78.
At the Region IV tourney, Forgaard shot a 85, leaving himself well out of contention to qualify for the CCS finals.
Sentinel April 12. SC 14, SLV 13. Forgaard was medalist at 5 over in 14 holes. Forgaard won 2 ½-½; George lost 2-1, SC won best ball 2-1. Bell lost 3-0. Beirs lost 2-1. SLV won best ball 3-0. Davis won 3-0; Melville tied 1 ½-1 ½. SC won best ball 3-0.
All from the Trident. Leading the team for most of the year were seniors Eric Forgaard, John Beiers and Gary George. Beiers and George were not available at the end of the season. Sophomore Scott Bell moved up to play with the teams number one player Forgaard at the SCCAL two man best ball tourney at Pasatiempo Golf Course. Forgaard shot a 78 to become one of the six SCCAL players to qualify for the Region IV play. The two combined for a best ball score of 75, good enough for fourth place.
Below are preseason remarks about the team.
Optimism is running high with the hopes of rebounding from last years rebuilding will rest primarily on the shoulders of seniors Eric Forgaard, Gary George and John Beiers. Scott Bell, Cordell Davis, Mike Melville, Steve Maheegan and Kevin Slakey make up the rest of the team.
“Realistically we’re fighting for second place,” said coach Jim Holmquist. “But to do it we’ll need consistency in the bottom half of the order.” How true. Last season the Cards, all of whom are returning this year, relied mainly on the scoring of the top three men to carry them. Despite this, the future looks bright. Eric Forgaard advanced to Region IV playoffs last year and he and Gary George combine to form a strong one-two punch at the top. Sophomore sensation Scott Bell and the always strong John Beiers anchor the heart of the Card lineup. There will be hot competition for the fifth and sixth spots.
Golfers sink Newark 25 to 1. Winners were Gary George, Eric Forgaard, Jeff Weber, Scott Bell, John Beiers and Cordell Davis.
In the first year ever SC is fielding a varsity squad, but it is the fourth year gymnastics has been offered to work out in rather than as competitive activity is again coached by Carolyn Burkett. An extremely young and inexperienced gymnastics squad made up of mostly freshman and sophomores is shocking the rest of the league with their impressive performances. In their first meet against San Jose high, all three divisions came home victorious. The Cards lost their second meet to Watsonville.
At the SCCAL Gymnastics championship, Wendy Batt was the only Card to place in the top five. She took fourth in the vaulting and fifth in the bars and floor, while placing in the top five in every event, including first place in vaulting. In frosh-soph competition, where the Cards are the strongest, three different gymnasts placed in the top five in at least one event. Becky Browning was the most impressive, nabbing a second in all around and tied for first on the balance beam, along with a tie for second on bars and fifth in the floor exercises. Chris Sullivan took a second,, while Sylvia Roblado grabbed a fifth, both coming on the balance beam.
SC won their final dual meet of the season, up ending Harbor in two of the three categories. Harbor’s lone victory came in the junior varsity competition.
Team members were Deani Rowen, Wendi Batt, Galen Hilgard, Lori Thompson, Clea Bullock, Morgan McPherson, Christine Sullivan, Susie Bertuccelli, Becky Browning, Tina Badeaux, Leah Stickles, Karen Morgan, Lee Ann Sherwood, Shirley Vesmer, Teri Guidry, Irene Mendez, Sylvia Robledo, Tina Matta and Jill Pinheiro.
Playing right wing for the Santa Cruz High School soccer team is 17 year old Richard Ellis. The Cardinals won the SCCAL championship with a record of 10-1-1. They qualified for the CCS Region IV playoffs where they won an exciting game over Hollister, but lost their second match to Watsonville, who went on to win the CCS championship. Richard is a very aggressive young soccer player and is exciting to watch. He plans on going to UCSC to continuing playing soccer. This summer he will be playing in other leagues and coaching a youth soccer team and writing for a local children’s sports magazine.
Khalid Rasheed is a 17 year old who came from Saudi Arabia last year, where he played for a national school team. This pre-season he missed games, because of a leg injury, but still scored 23 goals in the regular season and led the Cardinals to the SCCAL Championship. His favorite position is left wing, but he played inside forward and halfback as well. Besides playing, he also teaches soccer to other players and is planning to major in coaching track. He plans to go to De Anza College and then go on to UCA where he hopes to play collegiate soccer. He was named Prep Of The Week in February by the Sentinel.
Ron Hill was named Jock Of The Month of November as a football standout and was named ALL SCCAL by the coaches and All County by the Sentinel.. His key defensive play was a reason for the football team improved play this year. Ron was named the football teams most valuable player, golden helmet winner, most valuable lineman and co-captain of the team.
Mike Gregoric was an ALL SCCAL defensive player and All County by the Sentinel.
Pat Simmons was named ALL SCCAL offensive player and All County by the Sentinel.
John Munoz was the football teams most inspirational player and was an honorable mention on the All County team by the Sentinel.
Running back Tony Lopez was the lone three year varsity letterman this year.
Senior nose guard, Robert Agorastos was named the football teams most improved player. He was an honorable mention on the All County football team by the Sentinel. Robert pitched the most innings for the Cards baseball team this year.
Quarterback Greg Ronning received the football sportsmanship award. He was an honorable mention on the All County football team by the Sentinel. Greg Ronning was the Sentinel Prep of the Week for his success in wrestling. This was his second Prep of the week award this year. The only SC athlete to do this. He took second place in the 157 pound division at the Region IV CCS matches. He won three matches at the CCS finals and was one more win away from going to the State matches. At the prestigious Gonzales Tournament won the 157 pound title by a 10-1 margin. Friday against Harbor he pinned his man in 1:57.
John Hopping top runner on the football team was nominated for Jock Of The Month of November. He was named the teams co-captain and most valuable back. John was an honorable mention on the All County football team by the Sentinel.
SCCAL To Be Well Represented In Region IV Wrestling Finals. The Cards will be well represented as the qualified men in 12 of the 13 weight classifications, while the next best school had seven. The Redbirds have five favorites in the competition. They are Roy Lopez, who has posted an impressive 27-1 record and his brother Nacho at 23-2 are two of the top seeds in the 106 and 115 weight classifications respectively. Mike Gregoric at 136 is 23-4, Greg Ronning at 157 is 25-4 and John Munoz at 178 is 27-1. Pat Rodriguez at 141 and Frank Easter were league champions.
Jock Of The Month of April is senior swimmer Rob Hatch for his superb record breaking performances. He holds four individual school records in 200 freestyle in 1:54.2; 100 freestyle in 51.0; 100 backstroke in 59.8 and 200 individual medley in 2:05.7. He also is a member of the record holding 200 medley relay team. Rob is 8-0 in dual meet action and a perfect season is within his reach. Rob won the coaches award in cross country and was twelfth at the CCS Region IV cross country meet.
Geoff Girard won the varsity sportsmanship award for cross country and finished twenty-fifth at the CCS Region IV meet. Geoff contributed leadership immeasurably day in and day out for the varsity basketball team.
Eric Forgaard advanced to Region IV playoffs last year in golf. Eric consistently provided the offensive fire-power for the varsity basketball team with long-range bombs. He was an ALL SCCAL player. Eric was second in team scoring with 221 points.
Rusty Locatelli consistently provided the offensive fire-power with long-range bombs and quick drives to the basket. Rusty was one of the quickest players on the team and was selected ALL SCCAL. Rusty led the team in scoring with 235.
Steady Jerry Soper was often unspectacular, but effective enough in all phases of the game to be a vital force for the Cards basketball team. He was nominated for the Jock Of The Month of December. He was fourth in team scoring with 161 points.
Lori Medlen won the coaches award for cross country.
Terri Schneider top runner for the girls cross country team was nominated Jock Of The Month of November and again in May for track. She was also the teams most valuable runner in both.
Terri Schneider was a Co Jock of the Month of June. A junior Terri’s outstanding performance at the SCCAL league meet gave her the nod over a softball standouts Gina Sutton and Tami Bogard. At the SCCAL track meet, she won both the 3000 and 1500 meter races by considerable margins. She finished the dual meet season undefeated at these two distances. At the CCS qualifying meet, Terri took sixth in the two mile heat with a time of 11:18.6, a personal best by over 30 seconds. Three girls in other slower heats qualified with slower times. Terri was high point person for her team.
Another junior Dave Ronda was Co Jock of the Month of June. He qualified for the track CCS Region IV in three different events. At the SCCAL league meet Dave broke his own school record in the 300 low hurdles, while finishing second. He took first place in the high jump and was a member of the second place 1600 relay team, while running a personal best in his 400 yard leg. At the Regional IV meet, Dave took sixth place in the 300 low hurdles and in the mile relay. He was high point man for his team.
Jock Of The Month of December is John Remboa top runner on the league champion cross country team and an honorable mention list of the 1977 All Northern California Cross Country team. He was nominated Jock Of The Month of November. He was named most valuable player on the team. At the CCS Region IV race he placed eighth.
Michelle Hoga a top scorer on the girls basketball was nominated for the Jock Of The Month of December. She was a three year starter one of the top scorers on these teams. As a sophomore she was an important player on the league championship team and helped the team to third place in the first CCS playoffs for girls.
Jose Rameriz soccer was nominated for the Jock Of The Month of December. The soccer team won the most games ever in a season 14 and finished highest in league play, first place. They set the record for the most consecutive wins 10, for the most league wins 10 and the first SCCAL team to make the finals of CCS Region IV. Jose was second in scoring for the Cards with 15 goals.
Andre Wilkes was nominated as Jock of the Month in track. Andre was one of the top football players also. At the prestige’s and long standing King City Invitational, Andre Wilkes was magnificent as he defeated a runner from San Jose, who owns the top times in CCS in both the 100 and 200 meters. Wilkes ran the 100 in 10 flat and the 200 in 22.6.