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1981 (possible that this is 1980 as both files were the same but the title in the file was for 1981)
SENIOR ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Trident June 12. The coaches selected Jeannie Collopy and Todd Noland as the senior athletes of the year.
Jeannie swam for her first three years with one year on frosh-soph and two on the varsity. Jeannie holds three school records. Two frosh-soph records in the 100 breast and 50 freestyle and the 100 breast on varsity, which she qualified for at CCS for three years. Jeannie played basketball all four years with three on varsity and one on frosh-soph. She was ALL SCCAL and is currently on the CCS North-South All Star team. One of her top highlights was beating Aptos this year for the SCCAL championship, after losing to Aptos for the other three years.
Todd was ALL SCCAL in baseball and honorable mention in football. He became interested in football, because of the action involved and it is fun. For baseball, if you put a lot into it, you’ll get a lot out of it. In baseball he worked on trying to relax, not to worry so much and not to place too much pressure on myself. His athletic highlight was when we tied Aptos 7-7 in football this year, when they were favored to beat us. In baseball, I went 3 for 4 in the second game against SLV was also a big thrill. His playing philosophy is try to do the best I can, do not drop my head, if I do not succeed and not let it bother me a lot.
Coaches: Gary Sakamoto, varsity football. Varsity football assistants were Ernie Cooper, Dee Herren and Rick Downey Bill Bunner, JV football. Darrel Jessen, assistant JV football. Terry Eckardt, boys swimming. Lee Rider, water polo. Carol Kreppel, girls swimming. Greg Brock, cross country and track. Don Dempwolfe, soccer. Mike Lopez, assistant soccer. Hillel Rom, JV soccer. Dennis Mullen, girls and boys tennis. Pete Newell, basketball. Tex Ronning, wrestling. Vic Miguel, softball. Kathy Wilson, JV softball. Bill Dodge, baseball. Ray Hunter, girls basketball and assistant baseball. JV baseball coaches, DiTano, Steve Pacheco and Rich Castillo. Sandy Rogers, head track. Track assistants: Doug Boudinot, Ben Cline, Jake Viebrock, Bill Johnson and Bryan Wall.
FOOTBALL Practice games: Santa Clara 0-14, Castro Valley 13-26, Gonzales 6-30, Las Lomas 6-27. Practice record 0-4. League: SLV 7-14, Marello 18-13, Harbor 0-14, Aptos 7-7 and Soquel 0-35. League record 1-3-1 tied for fourth. Season record 1-7-1.
Team members were John Wilson, Shawn Kinney, Rich Barker, Todd Noland, Steve Fox, Marv Johnson, Karl Goin, Chris Codiga, Lucky Farales, Shawn Vansomeran, Mike DiTano, Paul Ronzano, Chip Bogard, Craig Strong, Pete Clemens, Darryl Hightower, Ken Lira, Mark Stephanie, Larry Robinson, Jim Loftus, Andre Jones, Frank Bowen, Larry Brown, Don Ghio, Wit Woliczko, Jeff Harper, Steve Monroe, Steve Jackson. Coaches were Rick Downey, Dee Herren, Ernie Cooper and head coach Gary Sakamoto.
At the SCCAL jamboree at Cabrillo, the Cards tied for fourth place as they won one mini- game and lost two. Highlights were Larry Robinson’s longest run of 16 yards against Soquel and the overall defensive backfield play of Robinson and Todd Noland, who also made an interception. Jeff Harper stepped in in short notice to play quarterback. The Cards finished the evening with a 3-1 win against Aptos. Darryl Hightower provided the offense and the defense held the Mariners to just one first down.
The team made significant progress in their opening game loss 14-0 loss to Santa Clara according to coach Sakamoto. Darryl Hightower, Andre Jones and Jim Loftus were potent on defense. After the game, coach Sakamoto had this to say, “I won’t be satisfied until we are winning games. We’ve improved 100% since the Jamboree. We are improving every week.
The improvement came on defense in pursuit and gang tackling. On offense we were a little inconsistent. We had spurts of execution.” Both scores came in the first half. The SC performance was almost completely mistake free. SC had only two penalties and two fumbles, they recovered themselves. He believes in players with potential like linebackers Jeff Harper and Darryl Hightower, cornerback Todd Noland, running backs Larry Robinson and Frank Bowen and strong safety Andre Jones. Marvin Johnson, who just came off a thumb injury to play quarterback did a good job. These players will get things done.
Castro Valley Stops Santa Cruz 26-13. Taking advantage of six SC turnovers in the game, with three of them in the first half on two interceptions and a fumble recovery. turned into a 19-0 lead, which was enough to win the game. The Cards held Castro Valley to one TD the second half, while scoring two themselves. Both SC touchdowns were scored by junior tailback Larry Robinson. The 6-0, 175 pound Robinson ran for 120 yards on 10 carries, including touchdown gallops of three and 56 yards. “Robinson certainly blossomed. He didn’t start the game, but it looks like he may be our top tailback from now on. It’s going to hard to keep him out of the lineup,” Coach Sakamoto. Junior quarterback Marvin Johnson hit 11 of 22 aerials for 97 yards, but he did get intercepted three times. In the final quarter, Robinson capped a 92 yard, 16 play drive with a three yard burst. Robinson and Todd Noland kept the drive alive with 15 yard scampers. Craig Strong led all receivers with seven catches for 52 yards and Robinson snagged two passes for 20 yards. Other receivers were Bogard 1 or 20 yards and Wollczko 1 for 5 yards. Castro Valley out gained SC 299-237. Other runners yards were Noland five carries for 32 yards, Bowen 4 for 9, Harper 5 for 7 and Johnson 4 for minus 20 yards.
Key Mistakes Costly For Cardinals 30-6 loss to Gonzales. The game was closer than the score indicates as Gonzales scored on two long runs in the last quarter. SC tallied its first touchdown just 20 seconds before halftime after returning a Gonzales kickoff back to their own 36. Quarterback Marvin Johnson hit Craig Strong with a 6 yard scoring pass. In the third quarter SC drove to the Gonzales 15, before fumbling the ball away. In the fourth quarter the Cards drove all the way to the Gonzales 3 yard line, before losing the ball on a fumble. Larry Robinson had another fine game running the football for 168 yards in 26 carries. Gonzales out gained SC 239-200. Other rushing yards were Noland 4 carries for 13 yards, Bowen 5 for 20 and Johnson 7 for minus 36. Receiving yards were Robinson 29 and Strong 6. Passing: Johnson three completions in 12 attempts for 35 yards and one interception.
Lapses, Mistakes Again Get Best Of Santa Cruz in a 27-6 loss to Las Lomas. “We got blown out by long passes and we fumbled the ball away twice inside their 10 yard line,” Coach Sakamoto. Las Lomas scored in every quarter. One bright spot for SC was the running of tailback Larry Robinson, who rushed for over 100 yards for the third game in a row. Robinson carried the ball 28 times for 169 yards and scored the Cards lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 6 yard gallop. SC totaled 15 first downs, ran for 156 net yards and passed for 50. “We couldn’t seem to generate a consistent passing attack. We’ll really have to evaluate our passing attack and just work harder at holding on to the football,” Sakamoto said. Receiving yards were Ghio 12, Strong 11, Jones minus 6, Jackson 9 and Robinson 24. Passing: Johnson completed 5 of 9 attempted for 50 yards, but had two intercepted. Rushing yards Bowen 3, Noland 5, Jones minus 1 and Johnson minus 21.
Coach Sakamoto comments, “In our practice games our strengths are in our secondary and our offensive backfield. On offense it would be Craig Strong, Darryl Hightower and Jeff Harper. On defense we feel real good about Todd Noland, Steve Fox and Andre Jones. In the league we are looking to finish some place in the middle of the pack”
Cards Make It Tough, But Valley Too Much. SLV’s 14-7 victory advanced their record to 4-1. In the second quarter with 4:13 remaining, SLV recovered a SC fumble on the Cougar 23. On the second play a SLV wide receiver out raced two SC defenders for a 73 yard score. In the third quarter SLV took advantage of a SC 18 yard punt to the Cards 26 yard line. A 31 yard pass play made the score 14-0 SLV. Larry Robinson scored on a 51 yard run with just 16 seconds left on the clock. Robinson finished the night with 98 yards on 20 carries. Other rushing yards were Bowen four carries for 7 yards, Johnson 2 for 1 and Wilson 2 for minus 13. Receiving yards were Strong 43 and Bogard 5. Passing: Johnson completed 3 of 11 passes for 21 yards and Wilson completed three of 7 passes for 24 yards.
Pre-game write up. Cardinals Entertain Panthers. Although SC is winless, they have been competitive in every game they’ve played. They have improved each game and are very hungry for their first victory. SC boasts the counties leading rusher Larry Robinson, who has dashed for 555 yards and four touchdowns in only four games. The Cards have a competent passing game led by quarterback in Marvin Johnson, who is 25 of 62 for 213 yards. Receiver Craig Strong currently ranks second in the county with 14 receptions for 42 yards and a TD.
Robinson Led Cards Down Marello Prep 18-13. One player does not a football team make. Someone forgot to tell that to Larry Robinson, who rushed for 204 yards in 31 carries to lead the Cards to their first victory of the season. Marello coach, “Robinson is as good of a running back as I’ve seen in my six years of coaching.” From the opening kickoff, the Cards stuck to their game plan, remaining on the ground and giving the ball to their strongest back. By the end of the first half, Robinson had racked up 145 yards and scored both SC touchdowns. The first score came in the second quarter. Robinson ground out 65 yards in nine plays, including a brilliant 17 yard run to draw first blood for SC. A few minutes later, Robinson wasted no time as he broke for 50 yards on his first carry of the drive. Five more Robinson carries put the ball on the Marello one, from where he went up the middle to make the score 12-0. The Panthers ran the kickoff back for a touchdown and conversion to go into the locker room 12-7 SC. Robinson was held to ten yards in the third quarter. To start the last quarter, Marello went ahead 13-12. Ten minutes was all Robinson needed. A string of 12 runs and one pass reception brought Robinson and SC to within inches of the goal line. Quarterback Marvin Johnson took it in on a keeper with 2:34 left to play to put SC ahead 18-13. The SC defensive backs Craig Strong, John Wilson and Todd Noland took care of the Marello aerial attack. SC out gained Marello 227-188. Rushing yards were Bowen one carry for 6 yards Johnson 1 for 1, Jones 1 for 5. Receiving yards Jackson 5 and Robinson 6. Passing: Johnson completed two of seven passes for 12 yards.
Cards battled the Pirates on almost even terms before losing 0-14. SC started out very impressively driving the ball all the way down to the one yard line, led by the throwing and running combination of quarterback Marvin Johnson and tailback Larry Robinson, but failed to score. SC took the opening kickoff of the second half to the Harbor 15 before running out of gas once again, failed to score and things went downhill. On the drive Robinson piled up most of the yardage, including a 18 yard run to the Pirate 32. The Cards had apparently converted on a fourth and five situation for a first down that would have put them on the Harbor ten, but a holding penalty pushed them all the way back to the Harbor 34. Harbor then drove down the field and led 7-0 at half time. The second half was a stalemate until the last minute when the Pirates took advantage of defensive breakdowns to score again. The standout for SC was wide receiver Craig Strong ,who caught four passes for 48 yards. Harbor dominated the statistic rolling up 277 yards to the Cards 163. Rushing yards were Robinson 36 carries for 78 yards, Bowen 2 for 5, Noland two for 15 and Wilson 4 for minus 5. Receiving yards Jackson 19 and Strong 50. Passing: Johnson completed one of 5 for six yards and Wilson 5 for 11 for 63 yards.
The following week, SC tied heavily favored Aptos 7-7. The Cards scored their only touchdown late in the fourth quarter with 2:14 left in the game. The hero of the game was center Steve Fox, who recovered a SC fumble on the one yard line and rolled into the end zone with the ball for the score. A fifty yard pass from John Wilson to Craig Strong moved the ball into scoring range. Larry Robinson was the leading rusher gaining 60 yards in 20 carries. The stars for the Cardinals were the entire defensive wall, who kept Aptos out of the end zone, except when the Mariners scored after recovering a Card fumble at the SC 11 yard line and then took it in to score. Both teams gained an equal amount of yards at 107. Rushing yards were Robinson 20 carries for 60 yards, Noland 1for three, Bowen 1 for 1, Fox 1 for 2, Strong 1 for minus 11 and Wilson 15 for minus 43. Receiving yards Strong 84 and Ronzano 11. Passing: Wilson completed 4 of 8 passes for 95 yards.
Soquel Rambles Past Santa Cruz, To End SCCAL With 5-0 Mark and at least a tie for the Championship. The Soquel defense was an immoveable object and their offense was the irresistible offense as the Knights defeated SC 35-0. Soquel out gained SC 381- 76. Soquel consistently overpowered the smaller SC defensive line and were able to run the ball almost at will. Passing was not emphasized by either squad. Larry Robinson was mobbed every time he got the ball, gaining a mere 41 yards in 22 tough carries. Other rushing yards were Noland 3 carries for six yards, Johnson 1 for 3 and Jones 3 for minus 13. Receiving: Strong 12 and Pacheco 7. Passing: Jones completed two of 7 passes for 19 yards and Johnson 0 for 1.
Sentinel All County team: Offense: senior running back, 5-10, 170, Larry Robinson.
Honorable mention: Darryl Hightower, Todd Noland, Andre Jones, Craig Strong, Frank Bowen.
Trident Dec. 12. All SCCAL players were Larry Robinson, Darryl Hightower and Todd Noland. Comments by coach Sakamoto. Larry was the leading rusher in the county gaining 938 yards, scored six touchdowns in a nine game season and was voted most valuable player by his teammates. Darryl performed well all season. He emerged as a real team leader on our defense, while playing linebacker and from the third game of the season he was the catalyst of the defense. Todd was our most consistent defensive player and the best open field tackler on the team. He was a team leader by example.
FROSH-SOPH FOOTBALL SLV 0-6, Marello 0-28
Team members were Jeff Ribordy, Tom Russo, Alfred Muse, Dirk Rower, Gino Panelli, Carl Jackson, Troy Strong, Mark Shepard, Ted Taylor, Bob Garvin, Pat McCoy, Gary Silva, Paul Covigliano, John Rodriguez, Paul Derego, Scott Thiebout, Ron Bailey, Mido Mendez, Billy Joe Lambert, Mitch Wright, Paul Rocha, Tracy Schultz, David Chase, Ricky Munoz, Bill Burr, Larry Sagarini, Randy Criswell and Doug Humphrey. Head Coach Bill Bunner and assistant Darrel Jessen.
CROSS COUNTRY BOYS AND GIRLS
Yearbook. Coach Greg Brock, “There is some good talent on this team. They have a really good attitude and they are willing to work hard. The top boys are Stephan Ruiz, Sunil Bald, Andrew Harvey and our returning senior Per Hjamarson. Top girl is Robin Grant. This years team is very young and maybe a year away from realizing their full potential. However, if they do mature during the season they may win the league. This is based on the fact that the varsity boys have won the league three out of the last four years and that all three boys teams, the Frosh-Soph, JV’s and varsity won last year.”
Team members were Russ Kliegel, Andrew Harvey, Danielle Howe, Jerry Deck, Brent Smith, Robin Grant, Celeste Deck, Natalie Duffy, Tracy Nansel, Sue Ingersoll, Per Hjamarson, Stefan Ruiz, Don Louv, Clifford Harris, Lester Roberts, Joe Vitug, Sunil Bald, Chris Trevino, Vivek Bald, Dan Kliegel, Erik Kirkwood and Ian Chick. Coach Greg Brock.
November 7. At the SCCAL meet, the only mention of SC was SC’s Joe Vitug
November 14.Stefan Ruiz was All SCCAL. From coach Brock: Stefan placed eighth in the CCS Region IV meet to qualify for the CCS finals. Stefan has been involved in competitive cross country since Junior High. Although he has had several injuries, his overall determination have allowed him to be successful.
Sentinel September 26. Soquel boys 27, SC 28 in the league opening meet. Stefan Ruiz took second place in 12:02. In the girls meet, Soquel swept the first three places to win 20-36. Danielle Howe placed fourth in 14:52.
Sentinel. October 3. SC took three out of the four divisions from SLV. Stefan Ruiz was the individual winner in the boys varsity race in a SC win 23-34. Ruiz ran a 11:54 on the SC course. The girls varsity registered a win over an incomplete SLV team. Danielle Howe led the way in 15:08. SC took the junior varsity and SLV won the frosh-soph race.
October 5. At the Aptos Cross Country Invitational in the small schools frosh-soph division, Russ Kliegel was eighth in 14:27.
Sentinel October 19. At the Soquel Invitational with 40 teams and over 700 runners competing on the 2.7 mile Soquel course, the SC frosh-soph teams did well in the small schools division. For the girls, Danielle Howe took sixth and Celeste Deck was ninth. For the boys, Dan Kliegel was seventh. In the varsity boys small schools division, Stephan Ruiz was thirteenth.
October 31. Aptos 26, SC 30 in the varsity boys race. Stefan Ruiz was second in 13:58. In the girls race, SC ran incomplete. Celeste Deck won in the time of 17:24.
SC ran incomplete in the frosh-soph race and Aptos took the junior varsity race 22-35.
GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS Salinas 2-5,
Coach Dennis Mullen, “We have a young team this year, but we have lots of ability and if we work hard we should do well this year. Returning letter winners are Leslie Alexander, Lilly Dong, Alicia Kitsuse, Mayo Ruiz, Carmella Munoz and Amy Zavala.”
In the practice game loss 5-2 to Salinas, number one singles player Lilly Dong lost 2-6, 1-6. Number two Leslie Alexander won 7-5, 6-0. Number three Amy Zavala lost 2-6, 2-6 as did number four Alicia Kitsuse 0-6, 0-6. The first two doubles team lost. Starting with number one double team Carmella Munoz and Mayo Ruiz 6-3, 0-6, 4-6. Kara Jernstrom and Stephanie Dekking 2-6, 4-6. Doubles winners were Hope Adams and Katherine Christensen 6-4, 7-6.
Team members were Alicia Kitsuze, Leslie Alexander, Stephanie Dekking, Marnie Munoz, Lilly Dong, Amy Zavala, Kara Jernstrom, Carmella Munoz, Mayo Ruiz. Coach Dennis Mullen
Trident Oct. 17. At this point SC is 2-2 Watsonville was defeated 5-2. Number one, Leslie Alexander was defeated 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Number two Lilly Dong won her match 6-1, 6-1. Amy Zavala won 7-6, 7-6. Alicia Kitsuse won 6-3, 7-6, 6-4. Number one doubles, Mayo Ruiz and Carmella Munoz won 6-1, 6-3. Number two doubles, Kara Jernstrom and Stephanie Dekking lost 5-7 and by default. Three doubles, Katherine Christensen and Hope Adams won 6-0, 6-4.
The next opponent, Carmel won 6-1. The only point for SC was a remarkable three set victory 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 by Munoz and Adams in doubles. Coach Mullen, “Carmel was the best team we played so far. Our team is improving all the time. There is only one more preseason game against RLS.”
ALL SCCAL players Leslie Alexander and Lilly Dong. Coach Mullen’s comments: Leslie had the hardest position on the team playing the number one spot. She had no previous singles play before this season and she did an outstanding job. A majority of her losses were extremely close and could have gone either way. She and Lilly Dong won the SCCAL doubles title to qualify for CCS. Lilly is one of the most competitive and most consistent people on the team for all four years. Lilly lost only one league match and that was this year, but in a later rematch she defeated the same girl. Until this year she had no singles experience.
GIRLS JV TENNIS
Team members were Janette Mungai, Sherri Wells, Kathy O’Brien, Danielle Machotka, Laurel Stumpf, Julie Atkinson, Andres Marcus, Jean Vitug, Kara Elder, Katy Wright.
BOYS WATER POLO Final SCCAL varsity standings were Harbor 6-0, Aptos 4-2, Soquel 2-4 and SC 0-6
Yearbook. New coach Lee Rider, “Our teams strengths are size and physical strength, but its only what I’ve seen so far. We Haven’t actually practiced with the balls. Gary Eisenburg and Mike Schmahl seem to be our most skilled players. Jeff Mokus and Ralph Cortez seem to have potential also. I feel we should be improved over last years 1-5 record.”
Team members were Buckwheat Winbagler, Ed Braunhut, Joe DeHart, Jeff Mockus, Mike Schmahl, Ralph Cortez, Gary Eisenberg, Ted Irons, Bart Codiga, Brian Kranich, Mike Sullivan, David Haughton, Eric Mitchell, Jim Body, Martin Little, Brian Rayburn, Robert Maranghi, Dave Nelson, Paul Niebanck, Brian Enick, Kit O’Leary.
Trident Oct. 17. SC opened the season with a 5-4 victory over Hollister. Coach Rider, ”The team is starting to improve tremendously. Our shooting is becoming a lot more accurate and the team is starting to pick it up.”
Sentinel Oct. 9. In the league opener SC lost to Harbor 14-1. The frosh-soph team did better losing 17-6.
Oct. 10. SC lost to Aptos 14-3 at Cabrillo College.
Oct. 30. Harbor 14, SC 5. Mark Schmall paced SC with three goals, while Lou Champion added a pair. Harbor won the frosh-soph game 13-8.
Nov. 13. Soquel edged SC in overtime 13-11. In the frosh-soph action SC upended Soquel on a sudden death goal by Marty Little 6-5.
GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING took fourth place in the SCCAL meet.
Practice meet: Santa Catalina 85-80. League: Aptos 62-189, SLV 109-57, Harbor 71-99, Soquel 101-18. League record 2-2. Overall record 3-2.
Yearbook. Coach Carol Kreppel, “We have a great enthusiastic, excited team with a lot of potential, We have a great diving coach and lots of divers, so a large team will go far in achieving our goals, This is a great team sport which requires the efforts of everyone involved. There are no ‘top’ performers. However, our returning seniors are Janette DeGennero, Kathy Little and Ashley Melton. We will give every team a struggle. We will never be totally wiped out. We have a great chance at the league championship and if we all work hard, we will surely obtain it.”
Team members were Laura Wamsley, Anne Marie Mockus, Andrea Moore, Cheryl Eustice, Brook Davis, Tiffany Shaffer, Lynn Bargiacchi, Cindy Samo, Michelle Hussey, Amy Bogard, Chris Neff, Christina Raffaeli, Julie McPherson, Cynthia Zwerling, Trish Shady, Erin Mahaney, Melissa May, Karen Wilson, Jill Bender, Sandra Fox, Janette DeGennaro, Brenda Della Santina, Colleen Mulholland, Patti Press and Kathy Little. Coach Carol Kreppel
Sentinel Nov. 2. Mariners Nab SCCAL Crown with 364 points followed by Harbor 301, SC 217, SLV 110 and Soquel 72. Christina Raffaelli was the only SC winner taking the 100 butterfly in 1:02.30.
Soquel won the frosh-soph crown with 428, SC 215, Aptos 168, Harbor 121, SLV 57.
Nov. 16. At the CCS frosh-soph meet Cristina Raffaelli placed tenth in both the 100 butterfly in 1:01.40 and the 200 freestyle in 1:50.43.
In the first dual meet against Santa Catalina, SC won 85-80. First place winners were Raffaelli in the 200 freestyle and the 100 fly, McPherson the 500 free and Little the 160 breast.
Christina Raffaelli set a new school record and CCS qualifying tine in the 200 free. The requirements and old school record were 2:07. The record is now 2:05.48. She also set a new record in the 100 fly. The old record standing since 1976 was 1:09. Raffaelli swam a 1:03.69.
Sentinel Oct. 10. Aptos showed its strength by defeating SC 189-62. SC won three events and took four of the runner up spots.
Oct. 17. SC topped SLV 109-57. SC swept all but two of the 11 events.
SC won the frosh-soph meet 106-44.
Trident Oct. 17. At the SCCAL swim relays, Aptos won with 110 points followed by SC 88, Harbor 74, Soquel 36 and SLV 18. The 400 freestyle relay team of Mockus, DeGennaro, Thiebout and Little took first place. The 200 fly/breaststroke won with Raffaelli, Melton, De Gennaro and Little. The dive team of Shady, Eustice and Neff took first. The progressive freestyle swimmers: Thiebout, Melton, Little and Mockus set a school record for the 550 yards in a time of 5:12.46.
Oct. 24. Harbor 99, SC 71. Cristina Raffaelli st the school record in the 200 free in 1:59.61 for second place.
Unbeaten SC stopped Harbor in the frosh-soph meet 112-51.
Sentinel Oct. 30. The Cards took all the first places and all but one second place to drub Soquel 101-18. SC won every event of the day, led by three double winners: Cristina Raffaelli, Kathie Little and Julie McPherson. First place finishers were the 200 medley relay team of Ashley Melton, Anne-Marie Mockus, Christina Raffaelli and Kathy Little; 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke by Little; 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke by Julie McPherson; 50 freestyle and 100 fly by Raffaelli; diving by Patricia Shady; 100 free by Lynn Matejcek; 500 free by Melton, 400 freestyle relay team of Mockus, Janette DeGennaro, Matejcek and Little.
Trident Dec. 12. Seven members of the swim team are consider ALL SCCAL players for taking first place at the SCCAL meet or getting a qualifying time or dive to qualifying for CCS. They are Christina Raffaelli, Anne Marie Mockus, Ashley Melton, Kathie Little, Janette De Gennaro and divers Tricia Shady and Cheryl Eustice. From coach Kreppel: Even though Christina qualified for CCS in five events, she could not swim all five physically, so she choose two. Anne Marie made CCS by being the fastest varsity swimmer to swim in the 200 medley relay. Ashley had the best 50 backstroke at the SCCAL meet to qualify for CCS. Kathie made it to CCS by swimming an entry time on the medley relay team. Janette made it to CCS as a alternate for the relay team. Tricia made CCS by getting third place in league diving. Cheryl made it to CCS as a diver for placing sixth in SCCAL and in the top eight in the regionals.
All SCCAL Christina Raffaelli, Anne Marie Mockus, Ashley Melton, Kathie Little, Janette DeGennaro, Divers Tricia Shady and Cheryl Eustice.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Practice Gilroy loss. League: Soquel 4-16, 7-15; SLV 15-5, 15-8; Monte Vista 15-12, 15-9.
Coach Sam Edwards, “Our team is enthusiastic and has good talent. Now we just need to learn how to use it. Heather Carte, Kristen Barret, Stephanie Giudici and Lisa Wright are our top players. We may have problems at the beginning, but towards the end of the season we should be good,”
Players and their positions: Hitters, Stephanie Giudici, Lisa Harding and Maria Aguirre; hitter and blocker, Kristen Barrett; server and hitter, Lissa Wright; setters, Marcy Johnson, Megan Blake and Debra Papa.
Trident Oct. 17. The first game ended with a loss to Gilroy. The team came back with a victory over Monte Vista 15-12, 15-9. Some shining individual performances were turned in by setters Marcy Johnson and Debbie Papa, while Kristen Barrett and Stephanie Giudici were consistent hitters. Other contributors were Lissa Wright and Maria Aguirre.
In the 15-5, 15-8 win against SLV, the outstanding performers were Johnson, Papa and Blake. Giudici, Harding and Aguiree also performed well.
BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL Practice games: Alisal 53-51. Los Gatos 43-60, Carmel 41-49. Dads Club Tournament: Harbor 69-65, Aptos 55-74, SLV 52-46 for third place. Gilroy Tournament: RLS 49-58, Valley Christian 64-55, North Salinas 64-49 for consolation title. Seaside 43-48, North Monterey 60-52, Mitty 47-59, Watsonville 58-53. Practice record 7-6.
League: Marello 60-49, 44-45 OT; Aptos 29-31 OT, 42-52; Soquel 68-50, 35-36; SLV 38-49, 44-46 OT; Harbor 50-54, 67-69 triple OT. League record 2-8. Season record 9-14.
Yearbook. Coach Newell, “I was proud of the combined efforts of our team throughout the league season. When a team losses a few games in overtime, it is natural to get discouraged and quit trying your hardest. Even though we lost our last three games in overtime, 37-38 to Soquel, 46-48 to SLV and 66-68 to Harbor, our team never quit and it’s a credit to their character even more than to their basketball ability.”
Returning seniors are Dan Orozco and Kevin Ratliff. Senior transfer, center Kaydon Coburn. Returning juniors are Eddie O’Brien, Ricky Lyons, Craig Strong, Joe Vitug, John Wilson and Craig Whitesell. Up from the JV team Harrod Blank and Lloyd Rodgers. Up from the freshman team are Glen Hill, Steve Glass, Bill Domhoff, Kevin Kinney, DiSalvo and Josh Shaw
Final Quarter Rally Vaults Santa Cruz past Alisal 53-51 in the season opener. SC scored eight unanswered points in the fourth quarter and Danny Orozco hit a short jumper with 1:20 left to put the Cards ahead by two and the win. Coach Newell, “It was a good opening season game, especially coming back down the stretch. I think we were fresher at the end, because we had a deeper bench.” Scoring: Orozco 12, Craig Whitesell 7, O”Brien 11, Ratliff 3, Lyon 8, Hill 5, Glass 2, Blank 2, Domhoff 3 and Wilson 0.
Los Gatos outscored the Cards in every quarter to win 60-43. The combined teams committed 39 fouls with 20 of them by the Cards. The Cards out rebounded the Cats 35-30, but shot 13 of 51 from the field for 25 percent. Scoring: Orozco 12, Whitesell 5, O’Brien 3, Ratliff 6, Lyons 4, Hill 4, Glass 1,Coburn 2, Domhoff 2, Wilson 1, DiSalvo 1, Kinney 2.
Carmel Zone Shuts Off Cardinals to win 49-41. The Cards learned that the fast break style of play, they would like to use, needs practice. With 26 turnovers, 15 coming in the second half, the Cards made things easy for the Padres. Coach Newell, “We can break effectively, but it will take the month of December to learn ‘when and how’. We’re not sure yet what we can and can’t do.” The Cards led at the quarter 12-8 and at halftime 26-22, With 2:27 left in the third quarter, Carmel ran off eight straight points to go ahead 42-33. The Carmel zone limited the Cards to one shot a possession and only allowed the Cards 15 points in the second half.
Scoring: Lyon 8, Whitesell 10, Glass 2, Coburn 3, Orozco 6, O’Brien 2, Ratliff 6, Wilson 2, Domhoff 2.
No write ups of the Dads Club Tournament, but did have the scoring.
Cards beat Harbor 69-65. SC scoring: Orozco 4, Whitesell 24, Coburn 8, Ratliff 2, Lyon 15, Gill 6, Glass 2, O[Brien 1, Domhoff 0, Wilson 6, Blank 1.
Aptos won 74-55 in the semi-finals. SC scoring: Coburn 29, Whitesell 2, Orozco 8, Ratliff 5, Lyon 2, Shaw 2, Hill 1, Kinney 1, Glass 5.
SC beat SLV 52-46 for third place. SC scoring: Ratliff 8, Lyon 9, Coburn 13, Orozco 4, O’Brien 4, Whitesell 4, Wilson 4, Blank 2, Glass 2, Rogers 2.
Kaydon Coburn was voted most valuable player in the Dads Club Tournament.
At the Gilroy Tournament, Cards Mistakes Make Difference In Tourney loss to RLS 49-58.
Too many ball control errors and a couple of missed lay ups in the final two minutes helped decide the game. The Cards had 24 turnovers in the game. The Cards were outscored 17-9 in the last quarter in stark contrast to the first quarter, when the Cards ran through RLS’ pressing defense for a 21-20 advantage. RLS had a one rebound advantage 31-30. Whitesell had eight rebounds and Coburn had seven. Scoring: Orozco 20, Whitesell 2, Coburn 17, Ratliff 5, Lyon 0, Glass 2, O’Brien 2, Wilson 1.
Santa Cruz Rallies In Final Quarter for a 64-55 win over Valley Christian in a consolation game at Gilroy. Playing the entire fourth quarter with only one starter after trailing by 10 points at half time, the Cards staged a major comeback. SC’s only starter, junior guard Ricky Lyon, rose to the occasion to score 17 points, grab 10 rebounds and dish off five assists as the Cards outscored the Warriors 21-6 in the final frame. Newell, “It was quite a comeback. John Wilson also played just super for us in terms of leadership throughout the entire game, but particularly in the fourth quarter, We’ve been dying down the stretch lately. So it was really nice, We just got stronger as the game wore on.” Wilson a junior guard scored 12 points and added eight assists. SC outscore Valley 39-20 in the second half. SC connected on 24 of 49 shots for a 49 percent accuracy. The win evened the Cards record at 4-4. Scoring: Orozco 0, Whitesell 2, Coburn 10, Lyon 17, Wilson 12, Glass 6, Shaw 2, O’Brien 4, Domhoff 11, Vitug 0.
Cards win Gilroy tournament consolation title beating North Salinas 64-49. SC fell behind by four points at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Vikings 21-5 in the second period to take the lead for good. Kaydon Coburn led the SC attack with 25 points with 16 of them coming in the fourth quarter, when the Cards exploded for 24 points to ice the game. The Cards out rebounded North Salinas 29-17 and connected on 26 of 35 free throws. Scoring: Orozco 2, Whitesell 9, Coburn 25, Ratliff 0, Lyon 14, Glass 4, DiSalvo 2, O’Brien 0, Domhoff 2, Wilson 4.
Santa Cruz held a three point lead at half, but managed only 13 points in the final two periods and lost to Seaside 43-48. SC jumped out to a 29-8 lead at the beginning of the contest, but then Seaside outscored the Cards 17-1 to close the gap at halftime. The Cards only hit nine of 22 at the charity stripe. Scoring: Orozco 4, Whitesell 5, Coburn 16, Lyon 8, Wilson 0, Ratliff 0, Hill 5, Glass 2, O’Brien 3, Domhoff 0.
Cards drop a 47-59 decision to Mitty. SC never recovered from an ice cold first period managing only six point compared to 16 for Mitty. “It took us eight minutes to realize the brand of basketball they play,” said coach Newell. “We played them even the last 24 minutes. It was a very physical game. But we adjusted to that fact and played well.” Kaydon Coburn topped all scorers with 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Scoring: Orozco 0, O’Brien 4, Coburn 21, Whitesell 6, Ratliff 3, Lyon 4, Hill 4, Glass 2, Domhoff 1, Wilson 2, Blank 0.
Extra ‘Practice’ Aids Santa Cruz to defeat North Monterey 60-52. SC connected on only 8 of 16 foul shots in the first half, so coach Newell instead of spending the intermission in the locker room drawing X’s and O’s had the Cards remain on the court during halftime practicing foul shots. As a result the Cards hit eight of their nine foul shots in the final two minutes to hold off the Condors, who had sliced a comfortable Card lead to four points. “We need to practice foul shots more than we needed to listen to me for five minutes,” explained Newell. Six-two, junior guard Ricky Lyons scored a career high 19 points. Ricky has gained more experience and with it more confidence in his play at the guard position. It marks the third time in the last five games that he has scored in double figures. Lyon has been converted from forward last year to guard this year. Cards evened their record to 6-6. Scoring: Orozco 4, O’Brien 4, Coburn 17, Ratliff 6, Lyon 19, Hill 2, Glass 4, Blank 0, Wilson 4, Kinney 0, Domhoff 0.
Santa Cruz Slips By Watsonville 58-53. Led by Kaydon Coburn, Rick Lyon and Dan Orozco helped the Cards take a 18-11 lead in the first quarter. At halftime it was 28-23. With seven minutes left in the game the score was SC 42-41, then the Cards scored six unanswered points to pull away. SC connected on 23 of 48 shots for a 47 percent average and added 12 of 20 free throws. Scoring: Whitesell 3, Glass 4, Coburn 13, Wilson 3, Lyon 11, Orozco 10, Hill 6, O’Brien 3, Ratliff 5, Vitug, Blank, Shaw and DiSalvo all 0.
Coach Newell describes it as “A month of learning and at times we played pretty well.”
Santa Cruz Rolls Past Marello Prep 60-49 in the league opener. “Every player, who played made an important contribution. SC started out slow, but finished strong. SC led 14-10 at the quarter and 26-19 at half. Early in the second half, the Cards jumped out to a 10 point lead, which eventually became an 18 point lead as the Cards began to gamble more on defense attempting to intercept passes more frequently. The Cards were very successful working the ball inside to their big men. Whitesell and Glass the two leading scorers, spent much of their time in the low post positions. Newell, “Marello is basically a team of four guards and a 6-7 center, so we had a definite advantage at the forward positions. I am optimistic about the team’s chances this season. We practiced hard and we played well. We still have room for improvement in many areas, but we expect to be playing our best basketball down the stretch.” Kaydon Coburn the Cards leading scorer did not suit up as well as Glen Hill. Hill an extremely talented sophomore and an important part of the SC squad is recovering from a broken foot. Scoring: Orozco 9, Lyon 6, Whitesell 14, Glass 13, Ratliff 3, Wilson 8, Blank 1, Domhoff 6.
Aptos Slips Past SC In Overtime 31-29. SC used a slow paced, patient offense and a sticky, man-to-man defense to frustrate the talented Mariners. Aptos found themselves trailing 23-29 with exactly four minutes to play. Then they rose to the occasion and scored six unanswered points to tie the game with 2:46 left in the game. Each team turned the ball over twice and missed easy shots in the final minutes and the game remained tied at the end of regulation. Just 18 seconds in overtime SC fouled and Aptos scored two points for the only scoring in overtime. Newell, “I’m very proud of our team. We executed our game plan to perfection. We made Aptos play our game in their own gym.” SC took only 28 shots with only eight of them in the second half and connected with 12 of them for 46 percent average. Aptos was 10 of 27. But there is no defense at the free throw line and Aptos outscored the Cards 11-5 there. The Cardinal offense was nearly a one man show as Orozco poured in 20 points. Aptos won the rebounding battle 26-13. Kaydon Coburn a vital man scoring and on the boards did not play again as he is sitting out three games for missing a team meeting. Scoring: Orozco 20, Whitesell 3, Lyon 2, Wilson 4, Ratliff 0, Glass 0, Blank 0.
Santa Cruz Buries Soquel After Slow Start 68-50. Soquel shot out to an early 8-4 lead in the first four minutes, but the Cards buckled down and controlled the remainder of the contest. The Cards led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, thanks to eight straight points to end the quarter. Craig Whitesell sank three of the baskets. SC destroyed Soquel in the second quarter 21-9 and took a commanding 33-17 lead at halftime. Newell, “Overall I was pleased. We played well, with intensity and were smart. This was a team victory. We played to our strengths tonight. I thought we played good games back-to-back (lost to Aptos in overtime on Tuesday). We played good team defense in both games. That’s what’s going to carry us this season is our defense.” Knight coach Jack Alzina, “the Cards intimidated us with their speed. This is one of SC’s better teams and I think they executed extremely well. We’ve had problems playing with intensity for any length of time.” SC connected on 29 of 55 shots for a 52 percent average. Whitesell scored 15 points on seven of seven from the field. Scoring: Whitesell 15, Ratliff 12, Orozco 10, Lyon 9, O’Brien 6, Glass 2, Wilson 4, Domhoff 2, DiSalvo 2, Blank 4, Shaw 2, Kinney 0.
SLV Is This Season’s ‘Dark Horse’ In League came out of nowhere to challenge for the league title. They have won eight out of their last 10 games and are 4-0 in league after defeating the Cards 49-38. The Cards, who trailed 22-36 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, put on a furious rally to climb back to within five points on a 15 foot jump shot by Danny Orozco with 2:36 left to play. The Cougars outscored SC 8-2 in the final two minutes. SLV out rebounded the Cards 31-22. Ricky Lyon topped the Cards in scoring with 16 points. SC drops to a 2-2 record in league, was held to six points in both the second and third quarters and was never able to get its offense going in the game. Coach Newell, “Our quickness was neutralized, because from the opening tip we got caught in the position of reacting to everything. You have to dictate the game to win and we didn’t do that tonight. They dictated it to us.”
Harbor Slams Door On Santa Cruz 54-50. Harbor survived a furious comeback by SC with a tenacious zone defense they used the whole game. SC was virtually unable to use one of their biggest offensive weapons, the cross court pass against the zone as it reacted quickly to take away good shots. Harbor led 19-18 at the quarter, then broke away in the second quarter to lead 26-22. The third period was a low scoring affair with Harbor outscoring the Cards 8-7. The Cards won the last quarter 17-14. The game was decided on the foul line as Harbor was 18 of 29 from the line and SC was only four of nine. Harbor plays a passive zone, while SC goes out and plays tight defense in their man-to- man defense. Scoring: Orozco 12, Ratliff 9, Lyon 8, Wilson 10, Blank 2, Whitesell 5, Glass 2, Hill 2, O’Brien , Domhoff and DiSalvo all 0.
Marello Puts Together Solid Team Effort To Outlast Cardinals In Overtime 45-44, for their first league win. Marello was ahead 31-30 with 2:18 left in the game, when Marello’s 6-7 center fouled out. Marello then score three points to go ahead 34-30. Rick Lyon and Dan Orozco hit baskets to tie the game 34-34 and send it into overtime. In overtime, Marello hit seven of eight free throws and added two field goals to outscore SC 11-10. Marello outscored the Cardinals 19 to 6 from the free throw line. Scoring: Lyon 12, Ratliff 2, Orozco 14, Whitesell 2, Hill 12, Domhoff 2.
Bol Keys Late Aptos Charge; Mariners Hold Off SC 52-42. With Aptos holding a slim two point advantage and just six minutes left to play, Bol came off the bench and exploded for eight straight points to shut down a late SC rally. Aptos leads the league with a 7-0 league record and 16-5 overall. Coach Newell, “There are times when we become spellbound to our own unpredictability. Our kids really get pumped up to play Aptos. They are the standard of excellence in our league.” Aptos took an early 26-16 lead at the 3:49 mark of the second quarter, but SC came nibbling back to cut the margin to five points by intermission. Aptos hit the first two shots of the second half to go up 33-24. Then forward Danny Orozco started hitting his baseline jumper, scoring eight quick points and suddenly the Aptos lead was down to one point going into the final quarter. Spotting Aptos in a rare man-to-man defense, guard John Wilson drove the lane for a lay up with 7:07 left in the game to give the Cards their only lead 38-37. Aptos outscored SC 15-6 in the fourth quarter including going 7 for 7 at the foul line. For the game, Aptos was 12 for 13 at the stripe and SC connected on 2 of 4 trips. The Cards opponents have now out shot SC 82-22 at the free throw line over the past four games. SC is now 2-5 in league and 9-11 overall. Scoring: Orozco 12, Whitesell 4, Ratliff 4, Lyon 14, Glass 0, Wilson 6, Blank 2.
Soquel ‘Checkmates’ SC 36-35. The results leave both teams with 2-6 records. Soquel led 10-6 at the first quarter, but SC came back to tie the score at halftime 19-19. SC scored three quick buckets to open the third quarter, but Soquel answered with eight straight points to start the fourth quarter with a 27-26 lead. This set the stage for a see-saw fourth quarter. Soquel scored its only field goal with 5:07 left in the game. SC drew within one point at 3:06, when Glen Hill put in a rebound basket to make the score 29-28. Soquel started marching to the free throw line and connected on seven of nine in the final three minutes. Kevin Ratliff hit an 18 footer with 0:56 left to bring SC within one point again, but Soquel connected on two more foul shots with 0:26 left to ice the game. A desperation SC bucket at the buzzer provided the final margin. The biggest advantage for Soquel came at the free throw line where they converted 12 of 19 shots compared to a 3 for 12 showing for SC. Scoring: Orozco 0, Whitesell 1, Ratliff 10, Lyon 4, Wilson 0, Glass 8, Blank 0, Domhoff 8, Shaw 0, Kinney 0, Hill 4.
Cougars Put It On The Line, Make Narrow Escape In OT 46-44. SLV has been having trouble at the foul line and this game was no different as they connected on only 6 for 17 at the stripe. But two of these made foul shots came with five seconds left in the game to hand SC their sixth straight league setback. The victory ties SLV with Aptos with 8-1 records. The Cards led the whole game until SLV went ahead 38-36 with 2:30 left in the game. Another Cougar bucket made it 40-36, but SC rallied and tied the score in regulation on Kevin Ratliff’s basket with 24 seconds left. Ratliff, who led all scorers in the game with a season high 18 points, scored all four of the Card points in the three minute overtime. SC committed 20 turnovers compared to 12 for SLV, which easily out rebounded the Cards 30-21. Scoring: Orozco 0, Whitesell 10, Ratliff 18, Lyon 0, Wilson 2, Glass 6, Blank 0, Domhoff 4, Hill 4.
Hart’s 46 Points Spark Harbor In Triple Overtime victory over Cards 69-67. It looked as if SC was on easy street late in the third quarter as they led 48-36. Harbor came back and outscored SC 15-5 in the last quarter to tie the game. SC led 16-14 in the first quarter and 31-30 at halftime. Then the Cards out scored Harbor 17-8 in the third period to make the score 48-38. Each team scored four points in the first and second overtimes. (no information on Card scoring in first overtime) In the second overtime, Kevin Ratliff scored and John Wilson’s bucket with 38 seconds left forced the third overtime. Sophomore Jim Hart of Harbor scored the last of his 46 points with the game winning two foul shoots to put Harbor up by four. Ratliff scored for the Cards as the clock ran out to leave the Cards two points down. The loss eliminated SC from the league playoffs. Scoring: Ratliff 20, Orozco 16, Lyon 14, Whitesell 5, Wilson 5, Hill 4, Blank 2, Domhoff 1.
Kaydon Coburn was the Most Valuable Player of the Dads Club Tournament. Kaydon Coburn a vital man scoring and on the boards did not play in the first league game as he is sitting out three games for missing a team meeting. He ended up not playing in any league games. (The next year he was ALL SCCAL)
No Cardinals made the ALL SCCAL team.
JV BOYS BASKETBALL No names in yearbook
GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL SCCAL CO-CHAMPIONS
Practice games: Leland 48-50, Hollister 46-49, Carmel 59-48. Monte Vista 37-55, Seaside 42-48, Oak Grove 63-21, Notre Dame 47-37. Cardlette Invitational: Los Gatos 37-53, Piedmont Hills 45-59, Notre Dame 49-44 in overtime for seventh place. Practice record according to the Sentinel 6-4. League: Marello 65-20, 76-24; Aptos 38-48, 51-49; Soquel 53-40, 59-46; SLV 32-26, 60-31; Harbor 57-37, 60-28. League record 9-1 regular season championship lost to Aptos in the League playoffs 33-45. First round of CCS playoffs beat Hollister 47-46 and lost to Seaside in the second round 32-44. Final season record 16-7 from the Sentinel.
Sentinel preseason write up. Last year, Coach Ray Hunters Cardinals came close, but close doesn’t count. SC was 8-2 with its only two losses coming from the undefeated league champion Aptos. This year there are six strong returnees back, led by junior center 5-10 Serena Novo. “How Novo goes, so goes the world,” quipped Hunter. “She’s tough, quick and has speed. When she goes to the basket, you’ll think you’ve been hit by a lightning bolt.” Top returnees are guard Ellen Newberry, forwards Kim Bianconi, Jennifer Biondi and Jeannie Collopy, as well as 5-10 center Hope Adams. “ The team is more experienced this year. It makes a difference when you have players coming back with two or three years playing together. We’re a little tougher inside than last year and it all gives us a better chance of winning the title, Hunter said. Varsity new comers, who figure to see playing time are sophomore forward Kerry Kinney and junior guard LaWanda Burks. Team members starting with seniors, by name, position and height. Seniors: Jeannie Collopy, F, 5-8; Tammy Gonzales, C, 5-10; Gloria Roberson, C, 5-9. Juniors: Hope Adams, C, 5-10; LaWanda Burks, G, 4-11; Ellen Newberry, G, 5-5; Serena Novo, C, 5-10. Sophomores: Kim Bianconi, F, 5-8, Jennifer Biondi, F, 5-7; Joan Darrow, C, 5-11; Kerry Kinney, F, 5-7. Freshmen: Fonsella Brown, F, 5-4 and Joanna Wilson, G, 5-5.
Sentinel Nov. 26. Leland 50, SC 48. SC ran into trouble at the foul line against Leland. Leland went 10 for 17 from the line and SC was just 2 for 8. Serena Novo led SC against a taller Leland front line, grabbing 14 rebounds to compliment her 16 points. Ellen Newberry and Jeannine Collopy both scored 10.
Nov. 30. SC 47, Notre Dame 37 to even their record to 1-1. SC raced to a 22-0 lead before Notre Dame of Salinas ever got on the scoreboard. SC shot 38 percent from the floor. SC scored the first six times it had the ball. Serena Novo had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Hope Adams followed with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Sentinel Dec. 3 Seaside tops SC 48-42. Seaside outscore the Cards 22-14 in the first half. “We had an awful lot of shots that were in and out. And they were a tough team. We made some bad passes early and it hurt us. They capitalized on every mistake we made,” said coach Hunter. Serena Novo led the Cards with nine rebounds and 14 points.
Dec. 7 Monte Vista 55, SC 37. “We had spots where we looked real good. We went up 10 at the start of the game, but that was it. It was like we ran into a brick wall after that,” said Hunter. Jennifer Biondi led SC with 13 points. SC falls to 1-4.
Dec. 12. SC 63, Oak Grove 21. SC not only scored at will, but held Oak Grove to two points in the first quarter and five for the first half. Serena Novo score 17 followed by Kim Bianconi with nine. SC is now 3-4. Other scorers: Adams 8, Biondi 7, Brown 4, Kinney 6, Newberry 7, Wilson 3.
Dec 14. Cardlettes Run Past Carmel 59-48, behind the scoring and rebounding ov Serena Novo. 24 points and 11 rebounds, despite sitting out the third quarter with foul trouble. We got the ball inside and they couldn’t stop Serena. She springs too high and too quick,” said coach Ray Hunter. SC is now 4-4. Scorers: Adams 8, Bianconi 10, Biondi 4, Collopy 4, Newberry 7.
Dec. 17 Cardlettes Too Gracious In Hosting Tournament Opener. Los Gatos defeated SC 53-37 in the first round of the Santa Cruz Cardlette Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament.
Los Gatos top shooter shot 63 percent from the floor, while SC was having trouble putting the ball in the hoop, hitting only 17 of 58 attempts for a 29.3 average. Los Gatos had 52 rebounds to SC’s 31. Serena Novo led the Cards in scoring with 11 points and rebounds with six. Ellen Newberry and Kim Bianconi each scored eight points. LaWanda Burks came off the bench to score six points.
Dec 19. Card Girls Beaten Again In Tournament competition. Piedmont Hills defeated SC 59-45 in the semifinals of the consolation bracket game. LaWanda Burks scored 12 points followed by Jennifer Biondi and Jeannie Collopy each score 10. Piedmont Hills led at half time 28-22.
Dec. 21. Los Gatos Captures Cardlette Invitational with a 42-39 win over Seaside. SC Wins In OT 49-44 over Notre Dame. SC, led by Serena Novo, who scored five of the Cards seven points in the overtime period, which gave her 19 points for the game, plus hauling in 12 rebounds, followed by Jeannie Collopy with eight points and Hope Adams with seven. Other scorers: Bianconi 5, Biondi 4, Burks 4, Collopy 4, Newberry 2.
Jan. 11. SC 65, Marello 20. Hope Adams and Jennifer Biondi led the Cards with 14 points each. SC ran an effective fast break and scored most all of their points inside. Scorers: Adams 12, Bianconi 2, Biondi 14, Brown 6, Burks 6, Collopy 7, Kinney 2, Newberry 5, Novo 6, Wilson 5.
Jan. 14. Mariners Front Line Too Much For Cards. In recent years the SCCAL crown has been decided by games pitting Aptos against SC and this season appears to be no exception, as Aptos defeated a stubborn SC team 48-38. “They were up by four points early in the fourth quarter and then we took it inside and killed them,” Aptos coach Dan Gruber. Aptos outscored SC 16-4 in the final quarter and out rebounded SC 53-22. SC was led by Serena Novo with 15 points, followed by Ellen Newberry with 10. Other scorers: Biondi 9, Collopy 4.
Jan. 16 SC 53, Soquel 40. SC’s man-to-man defense, so confused Soquel that the Knights failed to score a point in the first quarter. Soquel fought back to within four points entering the fourth quarter, but SC used its press to force Soquel into numerous turnovers and easy points. Jeannie Collopy led SC with 15 points followed by Serena Novo with ten. Other scorers: Adams 9, Biondi 6, Newberry 8, Bianconi 5.
Jan. 21. SC 32, SLV 26. SC held onto second place in the league race with a 3-1 record in a hard fought victory. After SLV had climbed to within two points in the fourth quarter. Serena Novo hit back-to-back three point plays to give SC the victory. Novo led all scorers with 12 points. Scorers: Adams 2, Biondi 4, Collopy 4, Newberry 5, Bianconi 2.
Jan. 26. Santa Cruz Trio Outmatch Bucs 57-37. It all came down to the Cards front line of wings Jennifer Biondi and Jeannie Collopy, along with low post Serena Novo, who combined for 43 points. “We played well. We passed the ball and we shot it well. I’m sure we shot around 56 percent. We played smart and took advantage of what was there at the moment,” said coach Hunter. SC took over possession of sole possession of second place with a 4-1 record. Biondi led all scorers with 17 points followed by Collopy with 14 and Novo with 12. Other scorers: Adams 1, Bianconi 2, Brown 1, Burks 2, Darrow 2, Gonzales 2, Newberry 4.
Feb. 1. Santa Cruz Shocks Reeling Aptos 51-49. For Ray Hunter and the SC girls basketball team the long wait is over, as they beat Aptos for the first time since February of 1977 and to take a half-game lead in the SCCAL standings with three games to go. “It’s been a while,” said Hunter with a gleam in his eyes and a ring of sweat on his forehead, signs of an emotional victory his team had just won. “We’ve never let down in the past even when we played well and lost. Now we want it more than ever.” With just 15 seconds to play, SC’s Kim Bianconi calmly sank two free throws to give SC a three point lead and enough to insure the hard fought victory. Each team had opportunities in the final minute to take the victory. With 30 second to play and trailing 48-47, Aptos missed two free throws and SC immediately turned the ball back over to Aptos and then Aptos gave it right back with 24 second left, setting up Bianconi’s cool free-throw shooting. Aptos raced to a 15-3 lead to open the contest and looked to make it a rout. But with Ellen Newberry running the offense and Serena Novo scoring inside, SC scored 12 straight points to tie the game at 15 and with a tough full court man-to-man press moved ahead at halftime 28-27. The second half was a series of scoring streaks by both teams. Aptos moved ahead 39-33. SC caught up to tie the score 42 all with 4:38 left in the game. With two minutes remaining, Aptos when ahead 49-42, but SC had one streak left with Newberry sparking a final comeback. Scoring: Bianconi 7, Biondi 11, Collopy 5, Newberry 15, Novo 13.
Feb. 4. SC Cards Triumph; Aptos Keeps Pace. Starting slow and finishing fast, SC rolled over Soquel 59-46. “We were tight at the beginning, but our press finally wore them down. I told the girls that when you’re on top everyone is shooting at you. Every game is for the championship now,” Coach Hunter. SC took advantage of numerous turnovers caused by the press to break open a close 34-30 game in the third quarter. “We play better off the press and we have short quick people who can do the job,” Hunter said. SC’s four point lead became a ten point advantage, 40-30 and a fourth quarter blitz made the victory a convincing one. Serena Novo had another fine game for SC, “holding” Soquel’s 6-2 center to 13 points, but more importantly kept the ball out of her hands and her long arms away from the basket. Soquel coach, “We played against a man-to-man defense only twice this year and both times were against SC and SC plays it very well. SC got good balanced scoring from their five starters, on long jumpers from the outside by Kim Bianconi and Jennifer Biondi as well as inside scoring from Novo. “We don’t have any one ‘star’ what we have is five or six girls who mesh together well. The last half of the season we have really come together. This is one of the best team I’ve had in my eight years with girls. I felt we could take it this year. We lack the one big girl, but we are very quick and shoot well from the outside. The turning point for us was definitely the win last week over Aptos. Everything came together then,” Hunter. Scoring: Adams 2, Bianconi 9, Biondi 14, Collopy 12, Newberry 9, Novo 13.
Feb. 6. Santa Cruz Remains Atop Standings with a 60-31 win over SLV. SC took a 16-4 lead in the first quarter and continued to press the Cougars the entire game. “That’s our defense, because we’re not big enough to play anything else,” Coach Hunter said of the game long full court pressure. Serna Novo score 14 points and Jeannie Collopy had 12. Hunter was pleased with the play of guards Ellen Newberry and LaWanda Burks. “They put the ball inside and so did our wings
Feb. 8. Santa Cruz Cardinal Girls Can Clinch Basketball Title. Since the second game of the league season a ten point loss to Aptos, SC has rolled along unbeaten and tonight can clinch the title with a win over Harbor. With one game to go SC is 8-1 and Aptos is 7-2. SC hasn’t won a league championship since 1977, the maiden season of the SCCAL after county teams left the old MBL. The Cards won the MBL title in 1975-76 to make it a three year sweep for SC. SC has gone four consecutive years as the SCCAL runner up, but not this year. Tonight SC beat Marello 76-24. Scoring: Biondi 15, Bianconi 14, Brown 3, Burks 8, Collopy 6, Darrow 4, Kinney 6, Newberry 6, Novo 10, Wilson 4.
Feb. 11. Santa Cruz Girls Take SCCAL Title. By virtue of their 60-28 victory over Harbor. Jeanne Collopy went 6 of 13 from the floor for 46 percent shooting and 13 points. Serna Novo went 3 for 8 from the field for 38 percent and ten points. SC ended the SCCAL season 9-1 and Aptos was second at 8-2.
Feb. Mariner Girls Topple Santa Cruz 45-33 for the SCCAL Shaughnessy Playoff Title and league number one seed in the CCS playoffs. Aptos fought their way to a 12-8 advantage by the end of the first quarter, then exploded in the second quarter to close the half with ten unanswered points. Aptos outscored SC 14-5 in the second quarter to take a commanding 26-13 advantage into the locker room at halftime. “We just didn’t do it the first half,” said Coach Ray Hunter, whose Cards were out-rebounded 20-11 and connected on 6 of 21 shot from the floor in the first half. “We got behind and we couldn’t keep them off the boards. They had the inside game tonight.” SC fought back furiously in the third period and held Aptos to only seven points, while forcing 11 turnover, but SC was not able to take advantage of the situation, because of poor shooting from the field. SC hit on only 3 of 19 attempts in the period. Trailing by 11 points going into the last quarter, SC cut the margin to five points on a 15 foot jumper by Jeannie Collopy with 2:48 to play. Aptos rose to the occasion and outscored SC 10-3 the rest of the way. SC forced 28 turnovers, but the rebounding edge went to Aptos 43-26. Kim Bianconi and Ellen Newberry each score 10 points for SC. Aptos hit 19 of 44 shots for 43 percent, while SC was held to 14 of 52 for only 27 percent. Aptos finished the regular season 18-6, while SC was 14-8.
Feb. 25. Santa Cruz Nearly Don’t. SC dodged a bullet at the buzzer, holding on to register a 47-46 victory over Hollister in the opening round of the CCS playoffs at Hartnell College. “Just another day’s work,” dead panned Coach Hunter after watching Hollister score the final four points of the game and miss three straight shot in the final seconds. SC led by five points, when Hollister closed in on a three point play with 50 seconds to play in the game. SC turned the ball over on its next possession, then fouled. Hollister hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to one. SC worked the ball up court, but missed an uncontested layup with time running out. Hollister scrambled down the floor and got off three straight shots before Jennifer Biondi forced a jump ball off a rebound with one second left. “We had them down by as much as 12 points in the second quarter, before they cut it to six at halftime. Then we made some mistakes in the fourth quarter and lost the ball. Hollister took advantage of those turnovers at the end,” Coach Hunter. SC opened the game by outscoring Hollister 8-0 in the first quarter. Kim Bianconi led the scoring with 16 points followed by Biondi with 11 and Serena Novo with 10. Bianconi and Novo each grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Cards on the boards, while Biondi and Novo each dished off seven assists. Other players Collopy 6, Newberry 4 and Adams 0.
The next game will be against MBL champion Seaside.
Feb. 27. Seaside Girls Too Quick, Too Strong. CCS’s second ranked team, Seaside toppled SC 44-32 at Hartnell College. SC was out-rebounded 44-32 and shot an anemic 8 of 41 attempts a 19.5 percent average. Only two Cards scored a field goal for SC, but SC stayed in the thick of things by converting on 16 of 18 trips to the free throw line. “We just didn’t shoot worth a darn. We’ve had trouble in this gym before. The background affects your shooting and it shows in the score. Everything was falling short,” said Coach Ray Hunter. The score was tied 12-12 until 4:14 left in the second quarter, when Seaside outscored SC 11-3 to make the halftime score 23-15. Two minutes into the third quarter Seaside went ahead 31-15 and the game was never in doubt. Serena Novo topped SC with 14 points and netted all but one of the Cards eight baskets in the game. Kim Bianconi added 11 points, nine of them from the charity stripe. Other players and scorers were Biondi 3, Collopy 0, Newberry 4. Seaside is now 24-1. The last of November, Seaside beat SC 48-42.
All the rest of the material from the Trident. Coach Ray Hunter considered the pre-season games as a learning experience to prepare the team for the league games, but the losses had even some of the players wondering how the league season would come out. There were a couple of close games against good teams that were lost by two or three points. But the team knew they had the goods.
A team with tremendous talent, expended tremendous effort results in nothing less than a great season. With the start of the league season against Marello, the Cardlettes demolished the Panthers 65-20 and carried this winning style through all their games except a ten point loss to Aptos 38-48. But the determined Cards were still to be reckoned with. They later ventured to the Mariners gym and squeezed out a 51-49 victory to tie for the league title. Ellen Newberry, Serena Novo and Jennifer Biondi each scored in double figures. In the Shaughnessy playoffs, the two rivals met again and the Mariners prevailed 45-35, despite the fact the Cards forced them into 28 turnovers. This made the Cards the leagues number two seed to play a tougher opponent. The Cards barely survived their first CCS game against Hollister. Sophomore Kim Bianconi led the Cards scoring 16 points as they edged Hollister 47-46. A persistent SC defense held Hollister scoreless through the entire first quarter. All good things must come to an end. The Seaside Spartans took this old familiar saying and handed the Cards a 32-44 loss. The Cards shot 8 for 41 from the floor for a 19.5 percent shooting average.
Overall Ray Hunter’s girls did great this year. What’s the key behind a winning season such as this? Jeannie Collopy explained, “We were a lot quicker than other teams in our league.” But perhaps Serena Novo said it best, “We all wanted to make it work!”
The highlight of the season was definitely the great unexpected victory over Aptos. Some players described the game as “great, the stands were filled and the spectators were very energetic. Everybody was so loud that I couldn’t hear the buzzer at the end until it stopped. It was terrific.”
From the Sentinel. In Cardlette Tournament for seventh place, Serena Novo scored five of SC’s seven points as SC outscored Notre Dame 7-2 in overtime for the win. Novo had 14 points in regulation time to end up with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jeannie Collopy contributed eight points and Hope Adams seven. SC was behind most of the game until Novo hit a short jumper with 17 seconds left to put SC ahead 42-40. Notre Dame scored at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Novo took over in the extra period. In overtime Kim Bionconi had five rebounds and Novo three to control the boards.
ALL SCCAL players were Jeannie Collopy, Serena Novo and Ellen Newberry. Honorable mention was Jennifer Biondi. Jeannie Collopy also was selected for the CCS North-South All Star team.
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Yearbook. The Cards pre-season record was 1-6. It was pretty frustrating especially since only one more individual victory would have won four out of the six matches that were lost.
Coach Ronning, “The pre-season wasn’t really bad, because the individual achievements made up for the team losses.” Three wrestlers Karl Goin, Richard Maitoza and Dan Egan are going to regional competition and from there to CCS and to possibly to State competition. “Hopefully the highlight of the season isn’t here yet and will come about in the accomplishments that these three young men have the chance to make.”
Team members were Billy Burr, Kurt Karsi, Martin Corona, Rich Maitoza, Juan Gonzales, John Corona, Karl Goin, Martin Cordy, Steve Rodriguez, Rick Munoz, Ken Lamb, Duke Lee, Joel Bettencourt, Dan Egar, Matt Vorsanger, Jim Ruso and Billy Lambert.
Sentinel. Dec 4. Watsonville Pins Santa Cruz Cards 48-18 in non-league match. Winners for SC were Richard Matoz at 105 and Karl Gain at 167, both by pins. Watsonville also won the JV match 52-22.
Sentinel. Dec. 7 Aptos third, SC Fourth At Takedown Tourney. SC grapplers garnered three first places, second to tournament winner North Salinas in posting individual titles. The winners were Richard Matoza at 98, Joel Bettencourt at 132 and Karl Goin at167. Matthew Voorsanger at 185 and Billy Lambert at 200 took third places.
Dec 10. Cardinals Win One, Drop Two At Tourney. At the Branham Invitational eight team wrestling tournament, SC fell to host Branham in their first match 48-15, but bounced back in their second to overtake Lynbrook 36-25. Leigh defeated SC in the third match 54-18. Joel Bettencourt easily turned in the best effort for SC with three pins in his three individual matches. Against Branham Richard Maitoza and Juan Gonzales each earned decisions. SC used three forfeits to account for 18 of their 36 points against Lynbrook, plus a pin by Darryl Hightower and a decision from Gonzales. In a wild meeting with Leigh, nine of the 13 individual matches were decided by pins, but only two were registered by SC grapplers. Beside Bettencourt, Steve Rodriguez pinned his man.
Dec. 12. Late Matches Mean Cards’ Loss. Losing two matches by pins and a third by forfeit in the top three weight classes doomed SC as it fell to Mount Pleasant 37-22. SC scored pins in six of the 10 other match ups, with one draw. Card winners by pin included Richard Matoza 105, Juan Corona 126, Troy Strong145 and Karl Goin 167. While Steve Rodriguez earned a 7-7 draw at 138. SC lost the JV match 44-17.
Dec. 17. Cards Drop Match to Pacific Grove 36-29 in a non-league match. PG held a one point lead going into the last match and ended up winning the 145 pound match. Matoza and Billy Lambert pinned their men. Winners by decision were Duke Lee, Juan Corona and Karl Goin. SC won the frosh-soph match 36-33.
Jan 9. SC downs Aptos 41-25. SC registered five pins by Martin Corona 98, Duke Lee 119, Huan Kephardt 132, Joel Bettencourt 138 and Darryl Hightower 155.
Jan. 16. SC’s Goin Fourth In Tourney. Karl Goin was the only SC wrestler to place at the Westmont Invitational, finishing fourth in the 169 pound weight class. Goin won decisions in his first two matches, then dropped a pair of one point decisions in the semifinals and third place bouts. Other Cards winning matches in the tourney were Martin Corona at 100, Steve Rodriguez at 140, Bill Lambert 202 and Richard Munoz 187. Sixteen team were in the tournament.
Trident Jan. 22. Three Wrestlers.
Richard Matoza is the Cards 98 pound wrestler, who has a 11-2 record as of December 19. Richard took a first place at the Aptos tournament and third at the Alisal tournament. Last year he was 19-7, won the SCCAL championship and placed third at the CCS Region IV tournament. He has wrestled all four years for the Cards. He likes wrestling, “because it’s a one-on-one sport. When you win you know you did it and when you lose you know it was your fault. My most memorable moment was making it to CCS last year.”
Joel Bettancourt is also in his fourth year wrestling at SC. In the 132 pound class, Joel is 6-1 this year with a first place finish in the Aptos tournament. Last year he was 15-9 and won the SCCAL championship. Joel has relatives, who were wrestlers and he enjoys wrestling, “because it’s physical and it’s one-on-one. The most pounds he lost in a 24 hour period was five. Now I’m maintaining my weight and not having to lose a lot of weight, which keeps me stronger,“
Karl Goin had a 5-5 record last year, when he became ill and was forced to sit out the rest of the season. At the 167pound class this year, he has 9-4 record with a first place at the Aptos tournament and a fourth at the Alisal tournament. He enjoys wrestling, “as it is a good sport because it involves total exertion in a three minute round …so that everything you have learned has to be applied in that short period of time.” Normally he keeps a watch on his weight, so he doesn’t have to lose a lot of weight all at once. Earlier in his career, he had to lose 6 pounds in 24 hours to make weight.
The contributions of these three wrestlers should boost the Cards in their efforts to defend their SCCAL championship.
Jan 23. Santa Cruz, SLV Earn League Victories. SC blasted Soquel 54-9. SC and SLV are tied for the league lead with 2-0 records. SC took advantage of six forfeits by Soquel. Matoza and Bettencourt won by pins and Gonzales and Juan Corona won by decisions.
Jan 30. Cougars Nab Tension Packed Dual Match To Clinch Crown. SLV won its first SCCAL dual match championship with a 3-0 record. SLV registered five pins against the Cards in a title show down. SLV wrestler was down 12-5, against one of the Cards best wrestlers, Joel Bettencourt and came back with a reverse move and pinned Rodriguez in what was the highlight of the night. SC had six individual winners and Duke Lee battled to a 5-5 draw. (there is no mention of the SC winners in the article. Mostly all SLV) SC finishes SCCAL action 2-1.
Feb 8. Valley Takes Hold Of Wrestling Title. SLV won their first ever SCCAL championship meet team title. By adding the dual match record and the league tournament points, SLV wrapped up overall honors with 184 points to runner up SC with 148, Aptos 122 and Soquel 100. Only the first place winners automatically qualify for the CCS Region IV championships.
Second place finishers will be eligible to be picked by the CCS wrestling committee to fill out the regional bracketing. In the championship round SC’s Karl Goin at 170 hooked up in a tough match won by decision 9-7. Richard Maitoza at 101 won by decision 13-9. Second place finishers, who lost in the championship finals: Joel Bettencourt at 129 lost by decision 15-0. At 135 Juan Corona lost by decision 11-4. At 141, Steve Rodriguez lost by decision 7-1. At 148 Darryl Hightower lost by pin. In the heavyweight division, SC’s Danny Egin won by pin. At 203. Billy Lambert was pinned.
At the CCS Region IV meet, no Card qualified to go on to the CCS finals. SC placers at Region IV were two fifth place finishers: Karl Goin at 170 along with Billy Lambert at 203.
BOYS SOCCER UNDEFEATED LEAGUE CHAMPS
Practice games: Alisal 0-2, 2-1; Seaside 1-0, Gunn 0-8, Los Gatos 1-4, 1-8; North Monterey 3-0, Bucsher 1-2 and Menlo 2-4. Practice record 3-6. League: Harbor 2-1, 3-0; Aptos 3-2, 5-3; Marello 8-1, 2-1; Soquel 5-0, 4-2; SLV 3-2, 2-1. League 10-0. Lost to RLS 1-7 in the first round of CCS. Season record 13-7.
Sentinel Nov. 26. SC edged Seaside 1-0 with a goal from Bobby Coffaro in the second half. SC is now 1-1.
Sentinel Dec. 3. Gunn shuts-out SC 8-0. Gunn scored just two minutes into the match and added another in four minutes to take a 5-0 lead at halftime. “We came on strong in the second half, but couldn’t score. But we never quit,” Coach Dempewolf.
Dec. 7. Los Gatos stops SC 4-1. Just eight minutes into the match Nick Dadigan scored for SC to take a 1-0 lead, but that was all the offense SC could muster. “We played a lot better today then we have been,” coach Dempewolf. SC is now 1-3.
Dec. 10. Late Goal Lifts Santa Cruz. SC scored the winning goal with two minutes left in the match, when Nick Dadigan tallied the game winner on a penalty kick. Ten minutes into the game SC scored first on a goal by Chuck Dunbar with an assist from Dadigan. Coach Dempewolf, “I was really pleased with our kids. They’ve made some big improvements. This was our best overall effort of the season.” Coach credited Mitch Kimura and Efrian Diaz with standout defensive efforts. SC now stands at 2-3.
Dec. 14. Buchser scored on a penalty kick with less than a minute to play to trip SC 2-1. Nick Dadigan scored ten minutes before the half to break a scoreless tie. The goal was Dadigans fifth of the season and SC has scored only seven altogether. Sophomore goalie Fred Plageman had eleven saves. SC drops to 3-4.
Sentinel preseason write-up on December 21. Coach Don Dempewolf is confident that the Cards will be making some big strides this year. Last year SC was 5-5 in league, but he expects improvement this year. “We have the returning lettermen this year and last year we were very inexperienced. We are a little weak on defense. We’re have a little trouble keeping other people from scoring, but we’re trying to straighten that out.” Standout Nick Dadigan, a junior transfer from Southern California is the leader along with returning seniors Chuck Dunbar, Mike Schmahl and Larry Guthie, who is a three year varsity starter. Other top players are juniors Mike Kimura, Greg DeRenne and Efrian Diaz along with sophomore goalie Fred Plegman.
Jan. 8. SC edged Harbor 2-1. Larry Guthrie broke a 1-1 tie, 17 minutes into the second half. Nick Dadigan gave SC the early lead, but Harbor knotted the score 30 seconds later. The Harbor coach, “It was an intense game to watch. Both teams played poorly and both were nervous. Everybody was making a lot of mistakes.”
SC frosh-soph nipped Harbor 1-0.
Jan. 11. SC Edges Aptos In Overtime. “Needles to say this was big win for us. It seems the farther we get into the season the more intense we play, We’re building momentum,” said coach Dempewolf. Although SC led at the half 2-1 on two goals by Nick Dadigan, Aptos came back and tied the score 13 minutes after intermission. A goal by Larry Guthrie in the third minute of the first of two overtimes, put SC ahead 3-2 and the Cards were able to hold on through the second overtime. Guthrie’s goal came on a corner kick. It bounced around in
a crowd and he popped it in. Aptos coach, “It was a good soccer match with a lot of excellent play by both sides.”
Jan. 15. SC Cardinals Climb Into First Place in SCCAL Soccer. The climb to the top has been sudden and swift for the Cardinals. SC took undisputed control of first place with a 8-1 win over Marello. “The kids are really high. We are pumped,” admitted coach Dempewolf. “The entire team played well as a unit. This was our best team effort. They rose to the occasion.”
Nick Dadigan score four goals and Larry Guthrie and Rafael Granados each had two goals. Marello scored the first goal of the game only eight minutes into the first half. Dadigan tied the score 12 minutes later and then scored again before halftime to put SC ahead. SC broke open the tight match with five goals in the final 20 minutes of play,
Jan. 16. SC 5, Soquel 0. SC is undefeated in league play with a 4-0 record. SC played a fine defensive game as its keeper Jason Mosier only touched the ball once in the contest. SC had 22 shots on goal to five for Soquel. Nick Dadigan scored his eighth goal of the year at the 14 minute mark of the first half. George Abraham scored two goals within 30 seconds in the second half, his only goals so far this season. Larry Guthrie scored on a free kick from 36 yards out that was just a fantastic goal. He kicked it over the wall of players and into the top corner.
Jan. 22. Santa Cruz Remains Unbeaten In SCCAL. After two long years out of The SCCAL soccer limelight, SC is back on top. SC proved that beyond a doubt by defeating defending league champion SLV 3-2 to remain unbeaten 5-0. SC won the league title in 1978 and finished second in Region IV to perennial powerhouse Watsonville, but slipped to second place in league in 1979. Last year SC dropped their first 15 games and then finished fourth in league at 5-5. “We were down. But not that far down. It’s good to get back up there again, though. The kids are hyper about it and rightly so,” Coach Dempewolf. Nick Dadigan stunned SLV with two goals in the final five minutes of the first half to give SC a 2-0 edge at the half. SC out shot SLV 29-3. Both the SLV goals were inadvertently scored by Card defenders in the second half, allowing SLV a comeback opportunity.
SC frosh-soph beat SLV 2-0.
Feb. 1. Dunbar’s Last-Minute Goal Nips MP. After nearly two weeks of standing on the sidelines due to the recent rain activity that flooded area soccer fields, the highflying Cards were due for a let down. But with one minute left in the second and final overtime, Chuck Dunbar booted a left footed goal to lifted SC past upset minded Marello Prep. Marello took an early lead 25 minutes into the game, but Nick Dadigan score four minutes into the second half to knot the contest 1-1. After the first five minute overtime remained scoreless, it almost looked as if SC’s five game league win streak was over, before Dunbar came up with his big play. Dunbar got the ball around midfield, dribbled down the left sideline and shot it in at a very tough angle. It was an all out individual effort. He really drilled it. SC remains atop the SCCAL with a spotless 6-0 mark.
Feb. 5. SC 4, Soquel 2. Thanks to Nick Dadigan’s four goals, which now give him 16 in league play, a better than two goal a game average. If SC finishes the SCCAL season without a loss, a league playoff will not be played and SC will automatically advance to the CCS playoffs under league rules. Soquel coach, “It was a good game. We played well, but they just played a lot better. Dadigan is a good player. We marked him and he still scored four goals. That tells you what kind of player he is.” SC is now 7-0.
Feb. 6. Santa Cruz Cards One Step Closer To Soccer Title by defeating SLV 2-1. “We started out flat. We didn’t really play that well until midway through the second half. We were off. I don’t know what it was.” said coach Dempewolf, who singled out the defensive play of fullback Kim Hodges and sweeper Mitch Kimura as a key for SC. Nick Dadigan scored both SC goals, giving him 18 for the league season. SC is now 8-0
Feb. 8. Cardinals Playoff-Bound. Soccer Playoffs On The Line. SC is just one victory away from shutting the rest of the league out of the playoffs. SC went double overtime to edge Aptos 5-3. Larry Guthrie and Mike Schmahl each scored a goal in the second overtime period, after the teams played to a 3-3 tie in regulation and went scoreless in the first extra period. SC had taken a 3-0 lead, but Aptos rallied to tie with three goals in the second half. Dadigan gave SC a 2-0 lead in the first half. Guthrie’s first goal gave SC a three goal cushion.
Aptos’ junior varsity beat SC 4-1 to clinch its third straight league title.
Feb. 13. Cardinals Earn ‘Two’ Soccer Victories In One. Not only did SC blank Harbor 3-0, but they shutout the rest of the SCCAL. With a spotless 10-0 record in the SCCAL, it eliminated the need for league post season playoffs. Under recently adopted league rules, if a team finishes the SCCAL regular season unbeaten and untied, it automatically advances as the league representative to the CCS Region IV playoffs. SC will meet the Mission Trail Athletic League champion RLS. Dadigan put SC on the board on a penalty kick only six minutes into the match. It was Dadigan’s nineteenth goal in league play to tie for the league single season scoring record set last year. He has 25 goals for the season. George Abraham added two goals in the second half to provide SC with the victory. “The kids made quite a turnaround this year,” said coach Dempewolf, whose team lost their first 15 games last season and finished 5-15. “We came back with pretty much the same bunch of kids and I hope it carries over to Region IV.”
Feb. 14. Unprepared Cards Roughed Up in Region IV Soccer Playoffs. Playing against rough and physical RLS, SC was crushed 7-1 in the first round of CCS Region IV playoffs at El Estero Park in Monterey. RLS will play Watsonville in the Region IV championship game. The winner goes on to the four team semifinals and to the final for the CCS championship. “We were not prepared for as physical a game as RLS played. They played a tough brand of soccer and we weren’t ready for it, Before we had a chance to settle down, they had one into the net,” said coach Don Dempewolf. RLS scored in the first three minutes of the game, setting the tone for the contest. SC’s first and only goal was scored 29 minutes into the game, by Larry Guthrie. Nick Dadigan, the SCCAL MVP and leading scorer was shut down by the RLS defense. RLS was ahead 3-1 at halftime. “Our kids weren’t ready for it. They were nervous, really nervous. They were really excited about qualifying for the Region IV. But, I don’t think they were quite ready to play against a higher-caliber team. We were just unorganized. They had the jitters and no one played really well,” said Dempewolf, who wasn’t dissatisfied with his team. I’m really proud of the kids. They worked hard to get to the playoffs. It just wasn’t their day. We are not unhappy with our season.” SC finished the season 13-7 overall.
From Coach Dempewolf.
The pre-season games even though their were more losses than wins, allowed more players to get experience and allowed the coach to work players at different positions to see were they could be of greatest value to the team.
In league play the Cards were known as an offensive team, but what was forgotten is the team defense, which gave up only 13 goals in 10 league games. It was actually a well rounded team effort that rolled through SCCAL play.
In the CCS playoffs against Robert Louis Stevenson, the Cards ran into a very aggressive team that played a different type of game than the teams in league and as a result the Cards went one and out. This should take nothing away from the fine team chemistry that took the team through a fine league season.
From the Trident. In questioning three seniors about the season the following is what they told us about some of this years team and individual highlights. Mike Schmahl said, “This whole year was a highlight, going 10-0. Also the second Aptos game when we clinched the title, where I scored one goal in regulation play and one in overtime to help win the game.”
Kim Hodges responded, “The first game against Harbor was because it was my best game and the article that appeared in the Sentinel.
The whole season was a big highlight and also my first goal against Marello,” replied Larry Guthrie.
We asked the three of them in their four years on varsity, where they thought they improved.
Mike replied, “My leadership qualities have improved greatly. Also my skills, through lots of practice have improved.
Kim said, “I have most improved in being able to play more than one position. My defensive abilities have also much improve.”
Larry responded, “I have improved in all aspects through practice, especially in conditioning.”
Thinking ahead to next year, keeper Fred Plageman was injured this year and missed the whole season, but will be back next year. The sophomores from the second place Frosh-Soph team will be moving up next year to fill any where they are needed.
From Coach Don Dempewolf, “The Cards started slow this season, but gained momentum as the league season drew near. We were 3-6 in pre-season games and we had no where to go but up. The Cards came back from Christmas vacation well rested and eager to get into SCCAL play. Play they did, winning the SCCAL with a perfect 10-0 record and qualifying for the Region IV playoffs. The Cards were led by the record breaking scoring of Nick Dadigan with 26 goals for a new school record . Fine mid-field play by Larry Guthrie and Chuck Dunbar, strong defense by Mike Schmahl, Mitch Kimura and Kim Hodges, the first girl to win a varsity letter in soccer at SC. These players were ably supported by Keeper Jason Mosher, halfback Greg DeRenne, fullback Mike Harvey and wingers Inigo Rose and Sergio Sierra and fine play from Rafael Granados and George Abraham. Prospects for next year look good as only four starters will graduate. We are looking forward with great enthusiasm to defend our championship.” Other team members were Fred Plageman, Jason Mosher, Luan Champlin and Ben Nasari.
In practice games the Cards were outscored 11 to 28 opponents goals. In league the Cards had 37 goals to their opponents 13 for the final total of 49 to 48 in favor of the Cards.
Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Nick Dunigan 4
Pre-season total scoring — Nick Dunigan 7
League season total scoring –Nick Dunigan 19
Post season total scoring — Larry Guthrie 1
Overall season scoring — Nick Dunigan 26
Stats for the team:
Highest game score — Marello 8-1
Shut outs — four
Consecutive wins — ten
Consecutive losses — three
Individual Season Scoring by practice game, league games and total season.
PR LEA TOTAL
Nick Dadigan 7 19 26 for a new school record
Larry Guthrie 0 6 7 Larry scored the only post season goal
Mike Schmahl 1 3 4
George Abraham 0 4 4
Chuck Dunbar 1 2 3
Rafael Granados 1 2 3
Bobby Coffaro 1 0 1
Total 11 37 49
From the Sentinel SCCAL final SCCAL Soccer Scoring Leaders. Listed by place, name and goals scored.
PL NAME GOALS
1 Dadigan 19
5 Guthrie 6
8 Abraham 4
ALL SCCAL selections were Nick Dadigan, Offensive Player of the Year.
First team SCCAL were wing Sergio Sierra, fullback Mike Schmahl, halfback Chuck Dunbar and fullback Mitch Kimura. Honorable mention were fullback Kim Hodges, halfback Greg ReRenne, fullbacks Mike Harvey and George Abraham.
Coach of the year Don Dempewolf
FROSH-SOPH SOCCER Practice games: Alisal 0-2, 2-1; Seaside 6-2, Gunn 2-4, North Monterey 5-1, Bucsher 1-1, Menlo 0-4. Practice record: 3-3-1. League: Harbor 1-0, 8-0; Aptos 1-2, 1-4; Soquel 1-0, 1-0 (Soquel forfeited both their games); SLV 2-0, 1-0. League record 6-2 for second place. Season record 9-5-1.
The team out scored their practice opponents 16 to 15, their league opponents 16 to 6 for an overall 32 to 21 goals for the season.
From Head Coach Don Dempewolf, “The frosh soph team started the season with a strong line up, but due to injuries at the varsity level three starters were moved up to the varsity early in the season. Fred Plageman, Jason Mosher and Sergio Sierra were move into starting varsity positions. Thanks to a stout defense led by Andrew Harvey at keeper, Gregorio Camarena and Raul Oliva at fullbacks and many other fine players the team finished a strong second in the SCCAL to a fine Aptos team. We are looking forward to many of these young players moving up to the varsity level next year to aid in the defense of the varsity SCCAL championship.”
They out scored their practice opponents 16 to 15 and their league opponents 16 to 6 for a season difference of 32 to 21.
Stats for players:
Single game high score by a player — Jose Sierra 3
Pre-season total scoring — Gregorio Camarena, Darren Hunter and Sergio Sierra 2
League season total scoring — Jose Sierra 5
Overall season scoring — Jose Sierra 6
Stats for the team:
Highest game — Harbor 8-0
Shut Outs — 6
Consecutive wins — 4
Consecutive losses — 1
Individual scoring for the season by practice games, league games and total for the season.
PR LEA TOTAL
Jose Sierra 1 5 6
Jose Cabrera 5 0 5
ChiCho Ruiz 1 2 3
Darren Hunter 2 0 2
Gregorio Camarena2 1 3
Sergio Sierra 2 0 2
Vince Parish 1 1 2
Hilario Perez 1 0 1
Ethan Alpert 0 2 2
Roy Zavala 0 1 1
Larry Espinosa 0 1 1
Raul Oliva 0 1 1
Totals 15 14 29
Other team members were Andrew Harvey, Mike Harvey, Danielle Howe, Carlos Chagolla, Raul Oliva, Tom Passarino, Greg Hartley, Mike Hand, Luan Champlin, Kurt Mylar, Linda Avila. Head coach Hillel Rom and assistance Mike Lopez and Hahlid Rasheed.
BASEBALL Practice game: North Monterey 11-7, Santa Clara 4-3, Morro Bay 9-1, 0-4; North Salinas 2-10, Hollister 9-8, Alisal 8-0, Watsonville 5-1. Watsonville Booster Tournament: Pacific Grove 11-0, RLS 1-2, Hollister 2-3. Practice record 7-4. League: SLV 8-3, 9-11, 4-5; Aptos 1-10, 3-4, 7-3; Harbor 5-2, 4-3, 10-5; Marello 14-5, 3-1, 14-1; Soquel 4-2, 8-0, 5-6. League record 10-5 for second place. Regular season record 17-9.
League Standings: Aptos 13-2, SC 10-5, Soquel 8-7, SLV 6-9, Harbor 5-10 and Marello 2-13.
CCS playoffs: RLS 1-0 in nine innings, Peterson 1-4. Final record 18-10.
Returning seniors are Steve Pacheco, Todd Noland, Mike DiTano, Eric Lowdermilk, Mark Ripley, John Abicht and Larry Robinson. Juniors are Rich Barker, John Wilson and Clyde Brown. Sophomores are Steve Glass, Glen Hill, Bill Domhoff, Dave D’Esposito, Rick Lyons, and Gino Panelli.
Sentinel March 2. Quality depth promises to be one of SC’s strengths this season. In the past, depth has been one area the Cards have been short on. “I think the strongest area of the team is we have a lot of depth, more than I can remember for a long time. We’ve been saying its wide open and whoever wants needs to go after it,” coach Dodge. Top returnee is junior John Wilson, who had a 1.24 earned run average in 51 innings of work last season, plus being a All SCCAL selection. The sophomores are talented and would not be on the varsity if they were going to sit on the bench. It’s a good group, but we don’t anticipate having a set lineup. Many of the players can play any position.
SC has power in Pacheco, Hill and Panelli. Overall SC has more power than last year. “I think we’ve got more guys who can hit the ball than we did last year. At least we’re going to make contact. Last year and for the last few years, we didn’t get many extra base hits. This year should be different.
Speed is also another strong point, along with the starting pitching of Wilson and DiTano. There is good speed throughout the lineup. There aren’t too many slow guys on the team.
March 3. Cardinals Off To Good Start scoring early and often, racking up 16 hits in the season opening victory over North Monterey 11-7. It was the first time in two years that the Cards opened the season on a winning note. SC wasted no time building a lead, scoring six times in the top of the first inning and led 9-0 by the end of the third. In the first inning John Wilson double in two runs. Steve Glass and Eric Lowdermilk each drove in a run. In the third Steve Pacheco doubled in two runs and was driven in by Larry Robinson’s double. Wilson started on the mound and pitched three innings giving up three hits, three walks, struck out two and allowed no earned runs for the win. Gino Panelli pitched the next three innings giving up six hits, two walks, four earned runs and struck out four. Glen Hill pitched the last inning giving up two hits, one earned run and struck out one. Pacheco and Hill had two stolen bases, Brown and Glass had one apiece. RBI’s were Lowderwilk three, Pacheco and Wilson two, Hill, Robinson and Glass one. The Cards had 16 hits and four errors. Lineup: Noland LF/2B, 3-2; Brown DH, 4-1; Steve Pacheco 3B, 5-2; Robinson CF, 4-2; Hill RF/P, 4-2; Wilson P/1B, 4-3; Panelli 2B/P, 4-1; Glass SS, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, 4-2; Lyons 1B, 0-0; Ripley RF, 1-0; D’Esposito LF, 1-0 and Domhoff PH, 1-0.
Cards defeat Santa Clara in eight innings 4-3. Glen Hill led off the eighth with a double and was driven home by Steve Glass with a walk off single. Glass at shortstop also made strong defensive plays for the Cards along with centerfielder Larry Robinson. Each team had two errors. The Cards had ten hits to the Panthers eight. Starting pitcher Mike Ditano went the first four innings giving up six hits, walked one, allowed two earned runs and struck out three. John Abicht pitched the last four innings giving up two hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out two for the win. Glass had two RBI’s and Todd Noland had one. SC had ten hits and two errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 4-2; Brown DH, 3-1; DiTano P, defense; Abicht P, defense; Pacheco 3B, 2-1; Robinson CF, 4-0; Hill RF, 4-2; Wilson 1B, 4-1; Panelli 2B, 2-1; Glass SS, 3-2; Lowdermilk C, 2-0 and Domhoff C, 1-0.
Cards beat Morro Bay 9-1 with twelve hits. Steve Pacheco drove in three runs and had a double. Todd Noland and Clyde Brown each drove in runs. Glass also doubled. Wilson started and went four innings giving up four hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out four for the win. DiTano went three giving up no hits or runs, walked one and struck out three for a save. The Cards had no errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 5-2; Glass SS, 3-3; Pacheco 3B, 1-1; Wilson P/1B, 4-2; DiTano DH/P, 3-0; Hill CF, 2-1; Panelli 2B, 3-0; Lowdermilk C, 4-2; D’Esposito RF, 2-1; Ripley LF, 0-0; Brown RF, 1-0 and Lyons 1B, 0-0.
Cards in first loss of the season to Morro Bay 0-4. Gino Panelli started and went three innings giving up two hits, three earned runs, walked five, struck out three and took the loss. John Abicht pitched the last four innings giving up three hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out four. Hill had a double. The Cards had four errors. Lineup: Noland 2B, 4-0; Panelli P, 2-2; Pacheco 3B, 5-0; Hill CF, 4-1; DiTano DH, 4-0; Lyons RF, defense; Wilson 1B, 3-1; Brown SS, 2-0; D’Esposito LF, 1-0 Domhoff C, 3-1; Abicht P, 2-1; Glass SS, 3-2 and Ripley PH, 1-1.
March 10. Cards lose to North Salinas 2-10. The Cards were held to four hits while the Vikings banged out nine. Wilson started and pitched two innings and took the loss. Abicht went two thirds of an inning and DiTano one and one third. Panelli was the pitching bright spot for the Cards, putting down Viking batters in 1-2-3 order for the last two innings allowing no hits, runs or walks and struck out one.
A botched relay throw opened the flood gates in the third inning sending ten batters to the plate and six runs to score. The Cards got their two runs in the fifth inning, when DiTano singled to open the inning, then a walk and a single by Lowdermilk loaded the bases. Dave D’Esposito walked to force in a run and a double play plated the second run.
D’Esposito had a double and an RBI and Noland drove in a run. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 3-0; Panelli 2B/P, 3-0; Pacheco 3B, 2-0; Hill CF, 3-0; Wilson P/1B, 3-1; DiTano DH/P, 2-1; Lyons 1B, defense; Brown SS, 1-0; Lowdermilk C, 2-1; Domhoff C, 1-0; D’Esposito RF, 2-1; Abicht P, 0-0 and Ripley PH, 1-0.
March 12. Hollister out hit the Cards 14 to 9, but lost to the Cards 9-8. The Balers struck for four runs in the first inning, but the Cards rallied to tie the score their next at bat. SC then scored four more runs in the fourth and added another in the sixth to go ahead.
Wilson started and went two innings giving up four hits, three earned runs, no walks and struck out three. Panelli hurled the next two innings giving up five hits, two earned runs and no walks. DiTano pitched the last three innings giving up five hits, one earned run, no walks and struck out seven for the win. It was DiTano’s best outing this year. Under pressure, ahead only by one run in the seventh, a runner on second and DiTano struck out the next two batters to end the game. RBI’s were Pacheco four, DiTano three, Domhoff and Wilson one each. Domhoff had a double. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Glass SS, 4-1 and three runs; Noland 2B, 2-1; Pacheco 3B, 4-2; Wilson P/1B, 4-1; DiTano DH/P, 4-2; D’Esposito LF, defense; Panelli P/LF, 2-0; Brown CF, 3-0; Lowdermilk C, 4-0; Domhoff RF, 3-2 and Lyons 1B, 0-0.
March 17. Four Card hurlers limited Watsonville to two hits in a 5-1victory. Three of the four pitchers, Wilson, Panelli and Abicht were sharp on the mound and did not allow a single base runner. John Wilson started and went two innings of no hit ball and struck out two for the win. Watsonville coach Harlan Guy commented about Wilson was “The young man looked pretty good out there.” Gino Panelli went the next two innings giving up two hits and one run. Mike DiTano also had a strong outing on the mound allowing just one run on one hit in the next two innings. John Abicht twirled the last inning and struck out two for a save.
SC opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning. on a walk to Steve Glass, a bunt single by Steve Pacheco and a line drive double by Bill Domhoff to drive them in. SC closed out the scoring in the fifth with a three run outburst. Singles by Todd Noland and Clyde Brown an error and a two run single by DiTano finished the Cards scoring.
Glass injured his knee sliding into third in the first inning and might not make the first league game. Clyde Brown filled the shortstop spot flawlessly. The Cards had no errors. Lineup: Glass SS, 0-0, Brown SS, 3-1; Noland 2B, 2-1; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Domhoff RF, 3-1; DiTano DH, 3-1; Barker 1B, defense; Wilson P/1B, 3-0; Ripley LF, 1-0; Panelli P/RF, 1-0 and Hill CF, 3-0.
March 14. Two Card pitchers held Alisal to one hit in a 8-0 win. The pitching and hitting both were super. Wilson went four innings giving up one hit, walked one and struck out three for the win. DiTano pitched the next three innings for the save, allowing no hits, two walks and three strike outs. Each teams made only one error. Doubles were hit by Brown, Glass, Noland and Pacheco. RBI’s by Glass three, Pacheco two and Noland one. The Cards are 6-2 going into the league season. Top hitter was Clyde Brown who went 3 for 3, doubled and scored twice. The Cards had 11 hits and every starter, but two had a base hit. Cards end non-league schedule 6-2. Lineup: Glass SS, 3-2; Noland LF, 3-1; Pacheco 3B, 4-2; Ditano DH/P, 3-0; Panelli 2B, 4-1; Wilson P/1B, 3-1; Domhoff RF/C, 3-1; Brown CF, 3-3; Lowdermilk C, 1-0 and Hill RF, 1-0.
March 24. Aptos Hitters Tee Off, Feast On Card Pitching exploding for 17 hits for a 10-1 victory. In the afternoon Aptos took two hours of batting practice and in the evening game continued their batting practice in the fourth and seventh innings scoring 9 of their 10 runs. The Cards were only able to come up with four spaced out hits. Wilson started and went three an one-third innings giving up seven hits, four walks, two earned runs and struck out one. DiTano went three and two-thirds innings giving up four earned runs, walked four and struck out three. The Cards had two errors. The Cards only run in the first inning was aided by two errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 3-1; Wilson P/1B, 2-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-1; Domhoff RF, 3-0; DiTano DH/P, 3-0; Brown SS, 2-0; Panelli 2B, 2-1; Hill CF, 2-0; Lowdermilk C, 2-1; Barker 1B, 0-0 and Lyons PH, 0-0.
March 27. Wilson, Santa Cruz Roll Over Harbor 5-2. Junior John Wilson, the most effective pitcher by far in the SCCAL last year, appears to be back in top form. Wilson, who went all the way, easily held the usually potent Harbor attack in check, limiting the Pirates to four hits, no earned runs and one walk to go along with nine strike outs, despite some obvious fatigue in the late innings. Wilson admitted he, “felt a lot better this game. I worked harder in practice these last couple of days. If you work hard enough at something you want, you’ll finally get it if you keep trying. I got tired at the end and lost my concentration,” admitted Wilson, who was pitching past the fourth inning for the first time this season. SC had the bases loaded and no out in the first inning, but failed to score. But in the second inning a hit and a pair of walks loaded the bases again and Noland singled in a run. Pacheco drove in two runs, stole second and went to third on an over throw and scored on Domhoff’s single. RBI’s by Pacheco two, Noland, Domhoff and Brown one apiece. Lineup: Noland 2B, 3-2; Wilson P, 3-0; Pacheco 3B, 4-2; Domhoff RF, 4-1; DiTano DH, 3-0; Lyons 1B, defense; Robinson CF, 4-0; Barker LF, 3-2; Brown SS, 3-0 and Lowdermilk C, 1-0.
March 31. Cards Bats Lash Out At Marello behind a four run outburst in the second inning swamping the Panthers 14-5 in a night game at Harvey West. The Cards scored in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Larry Robinson. Then scored four more runs in the second. The leading hitters were Pacheco, who went 2 for 2 with four RBI’s, Robinson went 1 for 2 with four RBI’s and Noland went 3 for 5 with one RBI. Others with RBI’s, Domhoff 2, DiTano, Barker, and Hill one. DiTano also had a double. Stolen bases: Barker three, Noland two, Domhoff and Hill one. The Cards had two errors.
Sophomore Gino Panelli started on the mound and went three and two-third innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out four to get credit for the win. Panelli effectively mixed his fastball with a slider and a curve. DiTano relieved and went two and one-third innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, two walks and struck out four to earn the save Abicht pitched the last inning giving up no hits or runs, walked one and struck out one. Lineup: Noland 2B/LF, 5-3; Wilson 1B, 3-0; Pacheco 3B, 2-2; Barker LF, 2-1; Robinson CF, 2-1; Domhoff RF/C, 4-1; Panelli P/2B, 5-1; Brown SS, 1-0; Hill DH/RF, 3-2; Lowdermilk C, defense; Ripley PH, 1-0; DiTano P, 1-1 and Abicht P, 0-0.
April 3. Wilson Hurls Cardinals Past Soquel 4-2 under the lights at Harvey West. Wilson, the Cards ace, effectively mixed his fastball with his equally effective curve ball to stymie the Soquel hitters. He held the Knights hitless for the first three innings, before allowed only three hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out eight in a complete game win.
SC scored the winning run in the in the bottom of the sixth inning. With the game tied 2-2, Larry Robinson led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and went to third on Glen Hill’s ground out. Gino Panelli struck out, but reached first as the ball got away from the catcher and Robinson scored. Panelli stole second, went to third on Clyde Brown’s infield single. Panelli then scored on an error.
The Cards were held to five hits. Hill had a double. Barker and Robinson had RBI’s. Stolen bases: Barker two and one each for Hill, Domhoff, Robinson and Panelli. The Cards had two errors. Clyde Brown has been doing a fine job substituting for injured Steve Glass at shortstop. SC is now second in the league with a 3-1 record. Lineup: Noland LF, 4-1; Domhoff RF, 1-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Barker 1B, 3-2; Robinson CF, 1-0; Hill DH, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, defense; Panelli 2B, 3-0; Wilson P, 2-0 and Brown SS, 2-1.
April 6. Cardinals Makes Their Move, Top SLV. Tie For League Lead. A four run third inning rally and errorless defensive play paved the way for a 8-3 victory and a 4-1 league record at the end of the first round of league play to tie with Aptos. SLV coach Bob Beach, “SC was hungry for it. They didn’t make any mistakes and they hit the ball well all day. It was a well played game on both sides. We played well, but just hit the ball at people.”
Robinson iced the game in the top of the seventh with a two run homer. DiTano started and went four and one-third innings allowing four hits, seven walks, three earned runs and struck out four for the win. Abicht entered the game in the fourth with one out and two runners on base. He got out with a ground out and a strike out. He got the save with two and two-thirds innings pitched. He gave up one hit, no runs, two walks and two strike outs for the save. RBI’s: Robinson three, Noland, Pacheco, DiTano and Panelli one each. Doubles: Domhoff, Pacheco and Panelli. Lineup: Noland LF, 2-0; Domhoff DH, 3-2; Lowdermilk C, defense; Barker 1B, 2-0; Pacheco 3B, 4-1; Robinson CF, 3-3; Hill RF, 3-0; DiTano P, 3-0; Panelli 2B, 1-1 and Brown SS, 3-1.
April 7. Bunt Crazy SLV Upsets Santa Cruz 11-9 after losing to the Cards the day before. The Cougars have beaten the two league leaders to put themselves in the league hunt. SLV attempted numerous bunts, safety squeezes, suicide squeezes and bunting with two strikes on the batter. Coach Beach said, “We just had to get the ball down and make them make the plays. If they did they would beat us, but they didn’t. We are super exited. This was a big win for us. It is a sweet victory. Anytime you beat SC its got to be gratifying.”
Fifteen walks and seven errors made by seven different players also was a big factor in the Cardinals losing the game. The Cardinal pitchers gave up only three hits and four earned runs. The Cards had a 9-7 lead going into the six inning, when the Cards walked four batters, made three errors, allowed no hits and gave up four runs to put SLV ahead 11-9. The Cards came back with two hits to start the seventh inning, but could not score. Panelli started on the mound and went three plus innings. DiTano went two-thirds of an inning. Wilson pitched three and one-third innings for the loss.
RBI’s: Brown and Noland two, Pacheco, Hill and Wilson one each. Lineup: Noland 2B/LF, 4-3; Domhoff RF, 3-1; Barker 1B, 4-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-1; Robinson CF, 3-0; Hill LF, 3-2; DiTano P, 0-0; Panelli P/2B, 3-1; Wilson DH/P, 3-2; Brown SS, 1-1; Glass SS, 2-1 and Lowdermilk C, 0-0.
April 9. Sentinel stats. Hitting for SC by place, name, at bats, runs, hits, runs batted in and average.
PL NAME AB R H RBI AVG
3 Noland 22 6 10 6 .455
16 Pacheco 20 4 6 4 .300
16 Hill 10 2 3 1 .300
19 Barker 14 5 4 1 .286
19 Robinson 14 4 4 8 .286
1 Aptos 164 33 48 .293
2 SC 158 41 44 .278
3 Marello 175 47 41 .234
John Wilson is fifth in pitching with a 2-2 record 20.2 innings pitched and a ERA of 2.32.
April 12. Law of Averages Work For Aptos in Seventh. After striking out three times, Aptos’ best hitter won the game by hitting a walk off drive into the left field corner for the winning run in the seventh inning to give Aptos a 4-3 win. Aptos scored first on a home run in the second inning and scored again on a wild throw in the third inning. The damage in the third inning could have been worse, but catcher Eric Lowdermilk cut down a runner trying to steal second. The Cards came back in the fifth inning to score all three of their runs on two home runs and to take a 3-2 lead on a lead. Larry Robinson started it off with a home run. Then Barker singled and Panelli drove him in with a home run.
“I sort of got pumped up when we started hitting the ball out of the place,” Said Wilson, who was in trouble most of the game, but still grew stronger by the inning. He gave up 11 hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out six.
Aptos coach Barrington commented that “we get up more for SC than for any other team in the league.”
Robinson had a double to go with his HR. The Cards had two errors. Lineup: Noland LF, 3-1; Domhoff RF, 3-1; Hill DH, 3-0; Lowdermilk C, defense; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Robinson CF, 2-2; Barker 1B, 3-1; Wilson P, 2-0; Panelli 2B, 3-2 and Brown SS, 3-0.
April 13. Watsonville Boosters Tournament games against Pacific Grove, RLS and Hollister.
In their first game of the tournament, the Cards showed they are one of the best hitting Card teams in the last several seasons, collecting 14 hits in a 11-0 win over Pacific Grove. Three pitchers limited PG to two hits. Top hitters for the Cards were Panelli who went 2 for 2 with a home run and two RBI’s. Pacheco ripped two triples and drove in two runs. Hill tripled and drove in four runs. Noland went 3 for 4, had a double and a RBI. Other RBI’s were Robinson and Wilson one apiece.
DiTano started and went three innings giving up no hits, walked three and struck out two for the win. Panelli pitched two inning giving up no hits or walks and struck out four. Hill finished up the last two innings giving up two hits, two walks and struck out two. Lineup: Noland 2B, 4-3; Domhoff C, 4-0; Hill RF/P, 5-3; Robinson CF, 4-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-2; Barker LF, 3-0; Wilson 1B, 2-0; Glass SS, 4-2; DiTano P, 1-1; Panelli P, 2-2; Brown 3B, 1-0 and Ripley LF, 1-1.
April 14. Cards lose to RLS 1-2 in a well played game. Both teams scored in the first inning. RLS on an error and SC on a walk to Noland, who stole second, was bunted to third and scored on an infield out by Hill. The Cards made two fine plays in the fifth inning that saved two runs from scoring. A fine relay from outfielder Mark Ripley to first baseman Barker to catcher Lowdermilk cut down a runner at home. A pick off throw from pitcher John Abicht to third baseman Pacheco cut down another potential run. The Cards had two errors to one for RLS. The Cards had 5 hits to 4 for RLS. Noland, Glass, Robinson and Panelli each stole a base. Panelli started and went four and one-third innings giving up one earned run, walking five and struck out seven for the hard loss. John Abicht went two and two-thirds innings giving up three hits, no earned runs, walked one and struck out two. Both pitchers threw well. Lineup: Noland 2B, 3-1; Glass SS, 2-1; Hill RF/P, 4-0; Pacheco DH, 2-0; Ripley LF, defense; Robinson CF, 1-0; Panelli P, 3-1; Barker 1B, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, 2-1; Brown 3B, 1-0; Abicht P, 1-0 and DiTano PH, 1-0.
April 15. Hollister came from behind to score two runs in the seventh inning to beat the Cards 3-2 in a well pitched complete game by Mike DiTano, who gave up two earned runs, six hits, walked two and struck out three.
SC scored a run when sophomore Glen Hill doubled, stole third and scored on an infield ground out by Rich Barker. In the fifth, Steve Pacheco reached base with two outs, stole second and scored on sophomore Gino Panelli’s double.
The Cards had two errors. Panelli and Hill had doubles. Panelli and Barker had RBI’s. Lineup: Noland LF, 3-0; Glass SS, 4-2; Pacheco 3B, 1-0; Panelli 2B, 3-1; Robinson CF, 2-0; Hill RF, 3-1; Domhoff C, 3-0; Barker 1B, 2-0 and DiTano P, 3-1.
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April 21. Cardinal DH Socks It To Harbor, Keys Winning Rally to win 4-3. A designated hitter, like football place kickers, must do various thing to keep occupied during games when he is not performing in the game. During innings when the Cards were on the field, Hill the DH for this game, played with old sweat socks. For batting practice before games, the Cards hit old socks stuffed with socks or other clothing material, that are knotted at one end that look like softball sized baggies. Behind the third base dugout at Harvey West, Hill loosened up hitting the practice “balls” against the cyclone fence. “It helps you relax a lot” said the SC sophomore. “It’s something I like to do to get my timing down.”
With two outs and runners on second and third in the fourth inning, Hill came through with a single to drive in a run. All four runs the Cards scored were in the fourth inning. Robinson, Wilson and Domhoff drove in the other three runs. Hill said of being on the spot, “I didn’t feel the pressure. I just went up to hit the ball. If the pitch was there, not just anything, a good pitch I was going to hit it.”
The Cards had two errors and Harbor three. Both teams made some fine defensive plays. Wilson started and went four plus innings giving up three hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out two for the win. DiTano went three innings giving up two hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out three for the save. Lineup: Glass SS, 3-0; Noland LF 3-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-2; Barker 1B, 3-0; Robinson CF, 3-1; Panelli 2B, 2-0; Hill DH, 3-2; Lowdermilk C, defense; Wilson P, 1-1; Domhoff RF, 2-1 and DiTano P, 1-0.
April 24. Santa Cruz Edges Marello Prep In ‘Classic’ Pitching Duel 3-1. Wilson mixed his sneaky fast ball with a slower curve to keep the Marello batters off balance for four innings. He gave up three hits, no earned runs, walked three and struck out five. DiTano relied on his fast ball along with a hard curve for the last three innings. He gave up no hits or runs, walked one and struck out three for the win.
Both teams scored after there were two outs in the third inning. Glass singled, stole second and scored on Panelli’s double. In the sixth inning Robinson led off with a triple to deep right center and Hill followed with a sharp single to center to score Robinson. Hill stole second and third and was driven in by a sacrifice fly by Noland.
SC is in second place with a 5-3 record, two games behind Aptos. Robinson hit a double to go along with his triple. The Cards stole eight bases, made two errors and had nine hits. Lineup: Glass SS, 4-2; Panelli 2B, 4-1; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Robinson CF, 4-2; Hill RF, 4-1; Domhoff C, 3-1; Barker 1B, 2-0; Noland LF, 3-1;Wilson P, 2-0 and DiTano P, 1-1.
April 28. Cards Wilson Hot, Beats Soquel 8-1. Hot weather, though good weather for baseball, isn’t really ideal for a pitcher. It did not bother Card pitcher John Wilson, who tossed a three hitter at Soquel. After notching the Cards seventh win in ten games to stay close to the front running Aptos, Wilson said, “I like the heat. It keeps you loose. You don’t have to run around or wear a jacket to keep from tightening up.”
Soquel coach John Hoglund called Wilson’s performance a “gem.” Wilson mixed a good fastball with deceptive off speed pitches and mixed deliveries. Wilson faced just 25 batters four more than the minimum. He gave up no earned runs, walked none and struck out eight.
Bill Domhoff with three hits and three RBI’s and Gino Panelli with two hits, one a double and two RBI’s swung the big bats for the Cards, who batted around in the three run second inning and in the six run seventh. Noland had a RBI. Of the six stolen bases Pacheco had two, Panelli, Hill, Domhoff, and Barker had one apiece. Lineup: Glass SS, 2-0; Noland LF, 3-1; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Robinson DH, 3-0; Lowdermilk C, defense; Panelli 2B, 4-2; Hill CF, 4-0; Domhoff RF, 4-3; Barker 1B, 3-1 and Wilson P, 2-1.
Sentinel Stats up to April 28
April 9. Sentinel stats. Hitting for SC by place, name, at bats, runs, hits, runs batted in and average.
PL NAME AB R H RBI AVG
1 Noland 29 7 13 8 .448
7 Robinson 26 8 9 10 .346
11 Domhoff 30 5 10 6 .333
18 Panelli 27 7 8 4 .296
1 Aptos 275 53 54 . .309
2 Santa Cruz 266 59 73 .274
3 Marello 267 58 60 . .225
John Wilson is third in pitching with a 4-3record 42 innings pitched and a ERA of 2.17.
SC is in second place with a 7-3 record, two games behind Aptos at 9-1.
May 1. Explosion In First Inning Holds Up For SLV 5-4. The Cougars jump on Card hurler Mike DiTano for four quick runs in the first inning. After getting the first batter things went downhill after that. After giving up three earned runs on two hits and two walks, DiTano was relieved by Gino Panelli, who struck out the next two batters to end the inning. Panelli pitched well giving up only one hit, one run, walked four and struck out eight the rest of the way.
SC scored in their first at bat on singles by Glass and Panelli. The second run came in the fourth on a single by Panelli and a RBI ground out by Wilson. In the sixth inning Pacheco led off with a bunt single, went to second on a pass ball and to third on DiTano’s single. On the outfielders throw to third to try for Pacheco, DiTano took second.. Wilson drove in Pacheco with a single for his second RBI of the game. Hill followed with a double to the right field corner to drive in DiTano. With runners on second and third and no outs, the first out was a fly out, then a strikeout, an intentional walk and then a inning ending infield fly to leave the Cards one run short.
Eight Cardinals had a hit. The Cards had only one error, but it allowed a run to score. Good pitching by Panelli, good hitting and defensive play ended in a loss. RBI’s, Wilson two, Panelli and Hill one each. Hill doubled. Glass, Panelli and Pacheco stole bases. Lineup: Glass SS, 3-2; Noland LF, 3-0; Panelli P, 4-2; Pacheco 3B, 3-1; DiTano P/DH, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, defense; Wilson 1B, 3-1; Hill CF, 3-1; Barker RF, 3-1 and Brown 2B, 3-1.
May 6. Timely Hitting, Steady Defense Propel Cardinals to 7-3 win over Aptos in a night game at Harvey West. Despite playing without three starters, a relaxed second place SC team upset the front running Mariners. Aptos still leads the league with a 10-2 record and SC is second at 8-4. Steve Pacheco, who anchored the Cardinal defense, spoke for his team. “We all realized that the top two teams in the league earn berths in the CCS playoffs. They (Aptos) were real loose in warm-ups like they thought they were going to get it, but we came prepared and wanted it more. It felt really good to win.” Pacheco, the Cards cleanup hitter, did not have a hit today, but more than made up for it with his glove. He came up with at least five fielding gems to highlight a superb Cardinal defensive effort. Fittingly the game ended with Pacheco getting the last out of the game.
A big play in the game was made by pitcher Mike DiTano, who barely deflected a smash back at him with his glove and made two stabs at it before incredibly catching it for the third out while lying on his stomach. The bases were loaded at the time.
John Wilson started and pitched two predetermined innings giving up one hit, one walk, no runs and struck out two. SC evidently realized their chances of catching Aptos would be minimal, but the they could still make the CCS playoffs by beating Harbor and Soquel to finish second. Wilson explained, “Our coach figured that we could just play this game and if we lost then it was no big deal. That’s the way our COACH saw it. The players wanted to beat Aptos though, because we hadn’t beaten them all year.” And they did!
Mike DiTano finished the game giving up 11 hits, three runs and one walk for the win. The ‘burly’ right hander escaped from enough tight situations to turn Houdini green with envy.
The Cards scored two runs the first inning and had their big inning in the fifth inning scoring four runs. In the first inning a pair of walks and two run scoring singles by Hill and Wilson put the Cards up 2-0. The third run came in the fourth inning on a RBI single by Glass. Nine batters went to the plate in the four run fifth inning. The big blows came from a two run single by D’Esposito and a two run double to right by Lowdermilk.
RBI’s were Dave D’Esposito and Lowdermilk two, Hill, Glass and Wilson one apiece. Noland stole two bases. Lineup: Glass SS, 4-2; Noland LF, 2-0; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Robinson DH, 4-0; Brown 2B, defense; Hill 1B/RF, 4-0; Wilson P, 1-1; D’Esposito CF, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, 3-1; Ripley RF, 1-0; DiTano P, 2-1.
Eight Run, Sixth Inning Spree Powers Cards to 10-5 Triumph over Harbor. SC was in front going into the sixth inning 2-0, when they scored eight times on seven hits to go ahead 10-0. Eight straight batters reach base for the Cards in the inning. Harbor came back and scored five in the last two innings. Starter John Wilson was breezing going into the sixth inning. He pitched to only 17 batters out of the minimum 15, but tired and walked three and gave up two hits. Mike DiTano came in with one out and the bases loaded and promptly made a crucial play, by picking the runner off at third base in coordination with third baseman Steve Pacheco. DiTano went one and two-thirds innings allowed no earned runs, walked none and gave up two hits for the save. Wilson picked up the win. Steve Glass went 2 for 5, with a double and a triple plus two RBI’s. Eric Lowdermilk went 3 for 4, had a double and two RBI’s. Glen Hill had a double and an RBI. Others with RBI’s were Panelli and DiTano one apiece. Lineup: Glass SS, 5-2; Noland LF, 3-1; Panelli 2B, 5-1; Hill 1B, 3-1; Wilson P, 4-1; DiTano DH/P, 4-2; Brown 2B, defense; Robinson CF, 3-1; Pacheco 3B, 2-0; Lowdermilk C, 4-3; and Abicht 3B, 2-0.
Sentinel. May 12. Santa Cruz Downs Marello, Clinches Playoff Berth. SC out hit Marello 11 to 3 for a 14-1 victory in a night game at both teams home park, Harvey West. SC’s pitching staff fared extremely well. Sophomore starter Gino Panelli, who went four innings mixed up his hard fastball with a slow curve and a hard slider to effectively baffle Marello hitters giving up two hits, walked one, allowed one earned run and struck out one to earn the win. Both relief pitchers did excellent jobs also. Wilson went one inning walking two and striking out one and John Abicht finished up the last two innings giving up one hit and striking out two.
SC had two five run innings in the third and sixth innings. Larry Robinson led off the third inning on an error, went to second on a bunt single by Steve Glass. Todd Noland walked to load the bases. Panelli drove in Robinson and Glass, with Noland going to second. Glen Hill drove them both in with a double, moved to third on Wilson’s single and scored on a pass ball.
In the fourth inning, Glass walked and scored on Noland’s double. Noland went to third on a pass ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Panelli, but Panelli was awarded first base on catcher interference. Designated hitter Mike DiTano drove him in.
Noland, Hill and Pacheco had doubles. RBI’s were Panelli 3, Pacheco and Hill 2. One each for Noland DiTano, Lowdermilk and Robinson. Lineup: Glass SS, 4-1; Noland LF, 3-1; Panelli P, 2-1; Hill 1B, 3-1; Wilson RF/P, 3-1; DiTano DH, 3-2; Brown 2B, defense; Pacheco 3B, 2-2; Lowdermilk C, 4-1; Robinson CF, 4-1; Ripley RF, 1-0 and Abicht P, 2-0.
Soquel Fattens Up On Santa Cruz Errors to win 6-5. Three errors by the Cards gave the Knights the winning run. The Cards took second place in the league with a 10-5 record and will play RLS on Tuesday in the first round of CCS. Mike DiTano started and went four innings giving up four hits, two walks, two earned runs, struck out three and took the loss caused by faulty defense. John Wilson went three inning giving up no earned runs, one hit, walked three and struck out two.
The usually slick fielding Card infield made five errors. The Cards jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, when Glass walked, stole second and went to third on Hill’s single. Wilson singled in Glass and Hill went to third to set up a first-and-third situation. Wilson got in a run down and Hill scored to put the Cards ahead 2-0. Soquel came back and scored three in the third to go ahead 3-2 an add two more in the fifth.
The Cards tied up the game in the sixth inning scoring three runs on three walks, singles by Larry Robinson and Steve Glass and a squeeze by Eric Lowdermilk. Lineup: Glass SS, 3-1, two runs; Noland LF, 2-0; Panelli 2B, 4-0; Hill 1B, 4-3, run; Wilson DH/P, 3-1; Abicht RF, defense; DiTano P, 3-0; Brown RF, defense; Pacheco 3b, 2-1, run; Lowdermilk C, 1-0 and Robinson CF, 3-1.
Wilson Strikes Out 17 In SC Win 1-0 in ten innings against RLS champions of the Mission Trail league with a 17-5 record, in a pitchers duel at Salinas Municipal Stadium in the first round of CCS play. It is the Cards first win in three years of trying at the Salinas field and Wilson has been along on all three trips. Last year he was the losing pitcher against Carmel.
In a duel that lasted nearly three and a half hours between junior, John Wilson and senior Kevin Piper, who has a scholarship to the University of Arizona. The win means the Cards will be playing at Washington Park in Santa Clara this Friday in the second round of CCS.
“It was a nice night out there,” said a very modest Wilson after the game. “I didn’t feel like I used a lot of energy. Usually I throw a lot of pitches, but tonight I was ahead of the batters. I was getting a little tired in the ninth and tenth, but I felt pretty good.” Wilson did not allow his teams failure at the plate to upset his rhythm on the mound. “I said if we don’t get it (any runs) I’ll just go out and do it again. The guys were behind me.” In addition to striking out 17, Wilson gave up only two hits, two walks and allowed just three balls hit out of the infield. One of the balls hit out of the infield was a long drive to right canter that was hauled in by right fielder Clyde Brown after a long run.
Piper struck out 15, but walked five, which proved fatal. In the tenth inning, lead off batter Steve Pacheco a good bunter, perfectly placed a bunt down the third base line and beat it out for a hit to become only the fifth Card base runner. The next batter struck out. Piper walked Larry Robinson and struck out the next batter for two outs. Todd Noland was intentionally walked to load the bases. Glen Hill was up next and had struck out four times on sharp breaking curve balls. “I was determined to do well against him that time,” said Hill. “He didn’t show much respect for me by walking Noland so he could pitch to me. He thought he could get me again.” Hill looked at a one-two count very quickly, but battled back to a full count and with all the runners going Hill leaned in and the pitch was wide for ball four to put the Cards ahead.
In the second inning Gino Panelli singled and stole second to get into scoring position. Steve Pacheco hit a screamer headed for extra bases down the third base line, but a diving stop by the third baseman who caught the ball ended the inning. In the seventh the Cards had runners on first and third, their best rally of the night, when Eric Lowdermilk drilled a long fly to center that was hauled in to end the inning. Lineup: Glass SS, 5-0; Noland LF, 4-0; Hill 1B, 4-0; DiTano DH, 4-1; Brown RF, defense; Panelli 2B, 3-1; Wilson P, 4-0; Pacheco 3B, 4-1, run; Lowdermilk C, 4-0 and Robinson CF, 2-0.
Santa Cruz Downed By Peterson champions of the Santa Clara Valley league in the second round of CCS play 4-1 at Washington Park. No Breaks For Cards. SC out hit Peterson 7-6. The Cards hit the ball hard, but more often then not, the ball was hit directly at a Pirate defender. “We hit the ball real well today,” said Card third baseman and three year senior starter Steve Pacheco. “But it was always right at somebody. I guess that’s just the breaks of baseball.” John Wilson, who had won Tuesdays game agreed with Pacheco. “A lot of us were right on him. We were hitting the ball well. We just didn’t get the breaks like they did.” Cardinal starting pitcher Gino Panelli baffled the Pirates until two outs in the third inning. Until then Panelli did not allow a hit, giving up only two base runners, both on walks. Then three straight singles scored a run. Mike DiTano relieved and got the third out. The Cards entered the sixth inning behind 4-0. Todd Noland perfectly placed a bunt down the third base line for a hit and stole second. DiTano walked, followed the Glen Hill’s single to load the bases with no outs. Noland scored on an error. With two outs, Eric Lowdermilk drove the ball deep into right center for a possible game tying hit, but the centerfielder made a nice running catch for the third out.
Each team had an error in a well played game. Both Wilson and Pacheco were philosophical about the year. “We could’ve done better,” Wilson said. “At the beginning of the year, we all knew we had a good team. I think we might have thought a little too high of ourselves at the beginning.” Pacheco said, “This is the best I’ve seen in my three years of playing varsity.”
Aptos won the SCCAL championship with a 13-2 record, while the Cards were second at 10-5. Lineup: Glass SS, 4-1; Noland LF, 4-2; Panelli P/2B, 4-0; DiTano DH/P, 1-1; Brown 2B, defense; Hill 1B, 3-2; Pacheco 3B, 3-0; Wilson RF, 3-1; Lowdermilk C, 2-0; Robinson CF, 3-0; and Abicht RF, 0-0.
LEAGUE STATS compiled by SC for hitting by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, RBI’s, sacrifices and stolen bases
Name AB R H AVE 2b RBI SAC BB SB
Domhoff 30 5 11 367 1 7 1 4 5
Glass 30 17 11 367 1 3 1 4 4
Hill 44 11 16 364 4 10 3 6 10
Noland 46 13 15 326 2 9 3 14 10
Pacheco 43 8 13 302 3 10 2 12 2
Panelli 43 9 13 302 3 10 1 5 3
Robinson 40 12 12 300 2 13 5 8 2
Barker 28 8 8 286 0 2 2 5 3
DiTano 25 6 7 280 1 3 1 2 1
Wilson 34 7 8 235 0 8 5 10 3
Brown 18 3 4 222 0 4 3 3 1
Lowdermilk 15 3 6 400 2 5 2 2 0
D’Espisito 3 2 1 333 0 2 0 0 0
Abicht 4 0 0 000 0 0 0 0 0
Ripley 3 1 0 000 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 406 105 125 307 19 86 29 75 45
From the Sentinel May 24, SC was second in team hitting .015 behind Aptos and .071 ahead of Harbor.
Sentinel batting averages showed by place in the league order, name, at bats, RBI and batting average.
PL NAME AB RBI AVG
5 Glass 27 3 .370
7 Noland 42 9 .357
10 Hill 40 7 .350
11 Domhoff 30 6 .333
17 Robinson 40 11 .300
18 DiTano 27 1 .296
LEAGUE STATS by Cards. Listed by innings pitched, runs allowed, hits allowed earned runs, earned runs average for seven innings, home runs allowed, walks, strike outs, wins, losses and saves.
Pitching INN R H ERA 2B HR BB SO W L S
Wilson 53.1 13 39 1.68 4 0 27 53 5 4 0
DiTano 28 16 38 4.00 1 0 25 21 3 1 2
Panelli 19 4 10 1.47 1 1 16 19 2 0 0
Abicht 6 0 2 0.00 0 0 3 9 0 0 2
TOTAL 107 33 89 2.18 6 1 69 98 10 5 4
SEASON STATS for hitting by at bats, runs, hits, average, doubles, RBI’s, sacrifices and stolen bases.
Name AB R H AVE 2b RBI SAC BB SB
Glass 70 15 29 414 3 9 3 8 10
Noland 94 20 32 340 6 14 5 23 18
Hill 87 17 29 333 7 18 5 9 16
Domhoff 55 12 18 327 4 10 1 8 5
Panelli 80 14 24 300 6 15 3 8 7
Pacheco 83 14 24 289 6 25 4 17 16
Lowdermilk 42 4 12 286 2 8 3 3 0
Wilson 74 13 21 284 2 11 6 11 5
DiTano 54 8 15 278 1 8 3 7 1
Barker 34 8 9 265 0 2 2 5 3
Brown 43 10 11 256 2 5 3 11 2
Robinson 58 13 14 241 3 13 6 10 3
Ripley 11 1 2 182 0 0 0 1 0
Desposito 9 4 3 333 1 3 1 0 0
Abicht 8 0 1 125 0 0 2 0 0
TOTALS 805 160 246 .306 43 141 46 121 87
SEASON STATS by SC. By innings pitched, runs allowed, hits allowed earned runs, earned runs average for seven innings, home runs allowed, walks, strike outs, wins, losses and saves.
Pitching INN R H ERA 2B HR BB SO W L S
Wilson 81 19 55 1.64 8 0 33 84 10 5 0
DiTano 59 27 61 3.20 9 0 38 47 5 2 5
Panelli 40 16 39 2.80 5 1 31 41 2 3 0
Abicht 21 15 18 5.00 0 0 14 18 1 0 1
Hill 5 3 9 4.20 1 0 4 4 0 0 0
TOTALS 206 80 187 2.73 23 1 120 194 18 10 6
Team Vote: Most Valuable player– Todd Noland.
Most Improved–Eric Lowdermilk.
Best Hitter– Todd Noland.
Best Defensive player– Eric Lowdermilk.
Mr. Hustle– Todd Noland.
Cardinal Club Sportsmanship award– John Abicht.
Tops in league stats
Batting average: Domhoff and Glass .367, Hill .364, Noland .326, Pacheco and Panelli .302
RBI’s; Robinson 13, Hill, Pacheco and Panelli 10 apiece, Noland 9, Wilson 8 and Glass 7.
Sacrifices: Wilson and Robinson 5 apiece
Walks: Noland 14, Pacheco 12, Wilson 10 and Robinson 8.
Least number of strike outs with at least 30 at bats: Wilson 1, Panelli 2, Glass 3, Pacheco and Domhoff 6.
Stolen bases; Hill and Noland 10 apiece, Domhoff 5 and Glass 4
Tops in season stats:
Batting average: Glass .414, Todd Noland .340, Hill .333 and Domhoff 327.
RBI.s: Pacheco 25, Hill 18, Panelli 15, Noland 14 and Robinson 13.
Runs scored: Noland 20, Hill 17, Glass 15, Panelli and Pacheco 14 each.
Doubles: Hill 7, Noland, Panelli and Pacheco 6 apiece.
Triples; Pacheco 3, Hill 2 and Robinson 1.
Home runs; Robinson and Panelli 2 apiece
Walks: Noland 23, Pacheco 17, Wilson and Brown 11 apiece and Robinson 10.
Least number of strike outs with at least 70 at bats: Panelli 5, Glass 7, Wilson 8
Stolen bases; Noland 18, Hill and Pacheco 16 apiece and Glass 10.
ALL SCCAL and All County; John Wilson and Todd Noland
Players named to the All County team from the SCCAL’s second place team were junior pitcher John Wilson for the second time in a row, hit .265 and after struggling over the early half of the season, bounced back to lead the Cards on the mound with a 5-4 record and an outstanding ERA of 1.84. Wilson walked 27 and led the league in strike outs with 53. Todd Noland was among the SCCAL top ten hitters with a .357 average with nine RBI’s and 13 runs scored.
Sentinel All County honorable mention were Mike DiTano, Gino Panelli and Glen Hill.
ALL SCCAL Honorable Mention, Eric Lowdermilk.
JV BASEBAL No information available.
GIRLS VARSITY SOFTBALL Practice games: Watsonville 4-0, 4-3; Monterey 19-0, North Monterey 11-3. Burlingame Invitational Tournament: Burlingame 8-1, Lynbrook 7-6, Half Moon Bay 3-5 for third place. Bethany College 12-8. Practice record 7-1. League: SLV 1-7, 8-11; Harbor 7-4, loss; Soquel 13-3, 19-4; Marello 21-2, 18-2; Aptos 10-9, 11-8. League record 7-3 tied for second with Harbor. In playoff necessary to see who qualifies for the CCS playoffs, SC 6, Harbor 1. At CCS playoff first round Monte Vista 13-0, second round Peterson 3-10. Overall record 16-7 from Sentinel.
Yearbook. Returning from last years championship team are infielder Kim Bianconi, shortstop Ellen Newberry and catcher Mayo Ruiz.
Team members were Martha Pepito, Joanna Wilson, Robin Neri, Ellen Newberry, Sherri Glass, Mayo Ruiz, Pam Flynn, Kim Bianconi, Tric Shady, Fon Brown, Colleen Mulholand, Shannon Whitesell and Lissa Wright. Coach Vic Miguel
Sentinel March 1. Last year, coach Vic Miguel’s Cards were experience and went 10-0 for the SCCAL title and 21-2 overall. But much of the experience is gone and “We hope to be competitive. We’ve got of young players, but they are really talented,” said Miguel. One of the cornerstones for SC is junior shortstop Ellen Newberry, a three year varsity starter as is Kim Bianconi a junior at third base. All the infielders are juniors. Returnees Colleen Mulholand at first base and Lisa Wright at second and senior catcher Mayo Ruiz. Sophomore Robin Neri, who was successful with the JV team last year figures to be the number one pitcher. In the outfield there are no returnees. Freshman Fonsella Brown, sophomore Sheri Glass and junior Shannon Whitesell are likely to start in the outfield. Other players are senior, pitcher/infielder Pam Flynn, sophomore outfielder Tric Shady, freshman outfielder Joanna Wilson.
Sophomore Pitches Shutout In Season Opening Victory. Led by the standout pitching of sophomore Robin Neri, the Cardinals blanked Watsonville 4-0 in a non-league game. SC scored single runs in the first, second, third and sixth innings, while Neri limited the Cats to five hits, struck out three and walked one. “She’s pretty deceptive,” said coach Vic Miguel. “For the first game of the season, she held together pretty well.” In the third inning the Cats had runners on first and second, but Neri worked out of the jam without allowing a run. SC started the scoring in the opening inning as Shannon Whitesell knocked in a run with a double. Mayo Ruiz drove in another run with a single. A sacrifice fly by Kim Bianoni in the fifth and a squeeze bunt by Neri in the sixth accounted for the Cards other runs. Neither team had an error. SC had six hits.
Profile in Trident–Ellen Newberry is a little late getting to the softball team as the basketball team won league and got to the second round of CCS. The two sports and positions she plays, guard and shortstop, require quickness, agility, concentration and enormous pressure on being ready for action. She has been playing since age seven. Between basketball and softball, she does not have a favorite. She enjoys the relaxation of softball and the challenge and the learning experience of basketball.
March 8. SC 4, Watsonville 3. Pitcher Robin Neri struck out four, walked one and gave up six hits. “It was closer than I hoped it would be,” said coach Miguel after beating Watsonville 4-0 last week. SC is 2-0 for the season. Watsonville took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, but SC went on top to stay with two runs in the top of the fourth frame. Fonsella Brown knocked in the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly and Ellen Newberry drove in the second run with a RBI single. The eventual winning run came from Browns double and Lisa Wright’s RBI single. It was a good defensive game as both teams had only one error. The Cards had five hits.
March 11. SC 19, Monterey 0. SC scored every inning, but the first. “this is by far the best hitting game we’ve had this season,” said Miguel. Joanna Wilson led SC at the plate with three hits and scored four runs. Mayo Ruiz and Kim Bianconi each collected four RBI’s. Fonsella Brown keyed an eight run fifth inning with a two run home run as the Cards sent 11 batters to the plate. Starting and winning pitcher Robin Neri only gave up two hits in four innings of work. Pam Flynn pitched the rest of the game. SC had 13 hits and no errors. Mayo Ruiz doubled. Others with RBI’s were Newberry Whitesell, Wright with two apiece. Those with one were Shady and Glass. SC is 3-0.
March 18. Undefeated Cardinals Romp In Softball. SC banged out 13 hits on their way to an easy 11-3 victory over North Monterey. “Our bats really came together today. We played very well. This is probably the toughest game we have had this year.” Miguel. “I’m definitely happy. Our biggest test is going to come in our league and I’m looking forward to some good games.” North Monterey returned its entire team from the CCS Region IV champions, who eliminated SC last year in the championship game. SC has only two players back, which makes the win that much sweeter, Miguel pointed out. Led by Newberry and Bianconi, both of whom had three hits apiece, the Cards didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. SC scored seven runs in the first three innings, one of the big blows being a two run triple by Mulholand in the three run SC third inning. In the fifth, SC had the bases loaded and no outs, as it pushed four more runs across the plate to take a convincing 11-1 advantage. Hurler Robin Neri scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out one on her way to victory. /SC had two errors. Flynn, Shady and Bianconi had doubles. RBI’s were Wright 3, Flynn, Bianconi and Mulholland 2 apiece, Newberry and Shady one each. SC is now 4-0.
April 5. Cardinals Lose Opener to SLV. Defending SCCAL champion SC lost 7-1 to SLV and were only able to get two hits. SLV was in front, 1-0 after one inning, but broke the game open by scoring three runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth.
April 8. SC 7, Harbor 4. SC was led by Colleen Mulholands three run, third inning home run. She was 2 for 3 as was Kim Bianconi. Sophomore Robin Neri gave up 11 hits, but only four runs. She walked two and struck out two for the win. SC had eight hits and only one error. Bianconi, Brown, Flynn and Wright all had one RBI.
April 12. SC 13, Soquel 3. SC scored in each of the first six innings and never looked back. SC is now 2-1 in league. SC scored five runs in the fifth. The big blow being a bases loaded double by Joanna Wilson. Lisa Wright had three hits and scored three runs. Flynn started on the mound and threw three shut out innings for the win. Neri pitched the last four innings and gave up three runs in the fifth inning. SC had no errors and had eleven hits to Soquel’s eight hits. Newberry and Bianconi had triples. Wright and Wilson had doubles. RBI’s were Wilson two, Newberry, Mulholand and Brown one each.
April 14. Cards Triumph. A two run triple in the eighth inning powered SC into the semifinals of the Burlingame Invitational tournament, by way of a 8-4 win over Burlingame. Newberry provided the punch at the plate in the eighth inning, unloading a triple that scored two runs in the five run rally, SC had taken a 3-0 edge, before Burlingame scored two in the sixth and a solo home run in the bottom half of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Neri was credited for the win.
April 15. SC Girls Prevail. SC held off Lynbrook 7-6 to vault into the finals of the Burlingame Tourney. SC scored four runs in the first inning. Two runs scored on wild pitches and two more on RBI singles by Bianconi and Tric Shady. Bianconi led SC with three hits and two RBI’s. SC added two more runs in the sixth on another run scoring single by Shady and a bases loaded walk by Mayo Ruiz. Lybrook gave SC a scare in the bottom of the seventh, but starting and winning pitcher Robin Neri put down the rally. SC is now 8-3 overall. Both teams had eight hits and four errors. RBI’s were Shady and Bianconi two each and Ruiz one.
April 16. Home Run Ruins SC In Tourney. A three run home run in the third inning paced Half Moon Bay to a 5-3 win and the tourney title. They scored two more in the sixth that won the game. SC scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Bianconi drove in the fourth inning run with a single. In the fifth, a double by Newberry plated another. Mulholand knocked in SC’s final run with a single. SC out hit Half Moon Bay 7-4. Sophomore pitcher Robin Neri pitched well and gave up just four hits. Bianconi was 2 for 3. Both teams had three errors. Bianconi and Tric Shady were selected to the All Tournament team.
April 22. SC 21, Marello 2. SC scored ten runs in the fourth inning to take a 17-1 lead, while sending 16 batters to the plate. Newberry had three hits, a double and two RBI’s. SC 3-1 remains one-half a game behind SLV. SC had 14 hits and one error. Neri went four innings for the win and Pam Flynn pitched the last three innings. Mayo Ruiz had a double. RBI’s were Wright, Bianconi, Shady, Newberry and Ruiz two apiece. Brown, Flynn and Wilson one each.
Trident April 24. In the league opener SC lost to SLV 7-1 and were only able to get two hits.
Behind the bat of Colleen Mulholand SC defeated Harbor 7-4. In the third inning Mulholand hit a three run homer and went 2 for 3. Pitcher Robin Neri allowed 11 hits, but only four runs.
Trident April 24. In the league opener SC lost to SLV 7-1 and were only able to get two hits.
Behind the bat of Colleen Mulholand SC defeated Harbor 7-4. In the third inning Mulholand hit a three run homer and went 2 for 3. Pitcher Robin Neri allowed 11 hits, but only four runs.
April 26. Santa Cruz Nips Aptos In Bottom Of Seventh. SC scored the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 10-9 victory. Pam Flynn led off the seventh with a walk, Lisa Wright reached base on an error. Tric Shady followed with the game winning hit to score Flynn. Walks were a big factor in the game, SC walked eight and Aptos walked ten. SC was ahead 9-6 going into the seventh, but Aptos scored three runs to tie it up. Bianconi was 2 for 3, including a triple and Shady was 2 for 4 with three RBI‘s. SC out hit Aptos 10-7. SC had three errors to Aptos’ four. Others with RBI’s were one each for Newberry, Wright and Ruiz.
SC is now 4-1 in league
April 29. SLV Undefeated In SCCAL Race by downing SC 11-8. SC now 4-2 in league is in second place, was leading SLV 7-3, but SLV scored four runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings to come from behind. SC’s big inning was a four run third, when two SLV errors with two outs brought in the runs. Despite SC getting 11 walks, the Cards weren’t able to fully capitalize on them. Ten of SLV’s 16 hits came from the bottom of their order. Mulholand was 3 for 4 and knocked in a run.
May 6. SC 19, Soquel 4. SC was aided by 24 walks. Pitcher Robin Neri allowed all four runs in the fourth inning. She struck out four and walked five for a complete game win. Sheri Glass was SC’s leading hitter going 2 for 4. SC which managed five hits, got three RBI games from four players: Lisa Wright, Newberry, Bianconi and Fon Brown. Glass and Ruiz had two apiece. With one were Joanna Wilson, Neri and Mulholland. SC had three errors.
May 7. Cards Defeat Bethany College 12-8 in and exhibition game at SC. SC took a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two run home run by Fon Brown, but Bethany rallied to tie the score in the next inning. SC went ahead to stay with a solo run in their half of the fifth and then exploded for six runs in the sixth. The big blows being a two run single by Sheri Glass and a RBI double by Mayo Ruiz. Winning pitcher Colleen Mulholland allowed six hits, while walking ten and striking out one. SC now 11-4 overall got two hits apiece from Tric Shady, Kim Bianconi, Mulholland and Ruiz. Ellen Newberry had a double. Those with two RBI’s were Shady, Bianconi, Brown and Glass. Those with one RBI: Mulholland and Newberry. SC had 13 hits and four errors.
May 10. SC 18, Marello 2. SC scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to provide all the scoring needed. Kim Bianconi had a team high three RBI’s, Kim and Tric Shady were tops for hits with three. Marello scored its two runs in the bottom of the fourth and SC answered with a five run outburst in the bottom half, keyed by a two run single by Bianconi. SC scored four in the fifth and five in the sixth, while pitcher Neri held Marello to two hits. SC is now 8-3 in league. SC had 12 hits and two errors. RBI’s were Bianconi three; Wright, Shady and Mulholland two apiece. Neri had one.
May 13. SC 11, Aptos 8. Led by Tric Shady’s three hits and six RBI’s, SC barely held off an upset in a crucial SCCAL encounter. Aptos took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, but SC came roaring back with six runs in the third. The key blow was a two run double by Shady, who contributed a three run triple to put SC ahead 9-2. Aptos narrowed the score to 9-8 by the end of the fifth. SC scored a solo run in the six on a run scoring single by Shady and added an insurance run in the seventh. Robin Neri gave up 11 hits, striking out three and walking three for a complete game win. SC had ten hits and both teams had two errors. RBI’s after Shadys six, were one each for the following: Wilson, Brown, Ruiz, Mulholland and Bianconi.
May 17. Four Run Outburst Pace Santa Cruz. Special Playoff Game. SC exploded for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and coasted past Harbor 6-1 in a special playoff game at De Laveaga Park. Both teams finished the season with 7-3 records to tie for second place. The two teams split a pair of games in league play. The playoff victory makes SC the leagues number two representative to the CCS playoff tournament. Coach Vic Miguel’s Cards broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Lisa Wright and Tric Shady, both had RBI singles. A dropped ball in the outfield allowed Harbor to score a run. SC broke the game open with four big runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out and the bases loaded, SC received run scoring base hits from Shady, Bianconi, Mulholland and Fon Brown. Robin Neri scattered six hits and walked one for the complete game win. Wright and Shady were the top hitters with two hits apiece. SC had nine hits and two errors.
May 22. Santa Cruz Blasts Monte Vista 13-0. Section Playoffs. Pounding out 16 hits SC won in the first round game at the CCS playoffs at PAL Stadium in San Jose. SC broke the game open early with a six run second inning, which included a two run single by Colleen Mulholland, the contests leading hitter, who went 3 for 4 and knocked in three runs. Monte Vista, the Christian Schools Athletic League champions had the bases load in the second inning, but sophomore pitcher Robin Neri bore down and didn’t allow a score in the game. “Neri has to be given credit for being very consistent on the mound. Even under pressure with the bases loaded, she was able to put the ball in there and not allow them to get a key hit and score,” Miguel said. Neri wasn’t overpowering, while hurling a four hitter. She went the distance and walked four and struck out one. SC had 16 hits. Both Lisa Wright and Tric Shady were 2 for 5. Kim Bianconi, Sheri Glass and Joanna Wilson were all 2 for 4.
May 26. Santa Cruz Is Eliminated In CCS Softball Playoffs. Peterson Wins 10-3. Peterson jumped on the Cards early and kept on jumping at West Valley College in the second round of CCS play. “We made an error on the first ball they hit of the game and it was down hill from there,” said Coach Vic Miguel, whose Cards close the season at 16-7 overall. Peterson advances to the quarterfinals. Going into the sixth inning SC was down 6-0, before scoring a solo run in the bottom of the inning. “It took us a long time to get adjusted to the pitching and by the time we did, it was too late,” said Miguel. Peterson banged out 12 hits. No Cards struck out and had nine hits. “We left a lot of people on base. We hit the ball, but right at them. They made some good plays and we couldn’t get our runners around,” Miguel said. Peterson scored twice in the first inning, once in the second and third and two more times in the sixth, before SC scored it first run on a line single to right with two outs by Fon Brown. Peterson came right back and scored four runs in the top of the seventy to nail down the victory. SC battled back to score two runs with two out in the bottom of the final inning, when Kim Bianconi doubled home Lisa Wright and Tric Shady. Wright led the Cards at the plate with three singles in four at bats.
Three Cards were selected for the ALL SCCAL first team. They are senior catcher Mayo Ruiz a .286 hitter, junior shortstop Ellen Newberry at .300 and sophomore Kim Bianconi, who was second in league hitting at .500. Honorable mention were Lisa Wright, Trish Shady, Robin Neri and Fon Brown.
GIRLS JV SOFTBALL Team members were Cyleste Clark, Sheri Wells, Kathy O’Brian, Giovanna McLean, Whitney Schneider, Annette Glass, Melissa May, Cindy Sarow, Tonya Wright, Lynn Bargiacchi, Georgann Rovetti, Antigone Burns, Amy Bogard, Cynthia Zwerling, Lori Landino, Nora Black, Michele Thrun and Karen Tidd. Coach Kathy Wilson
At the SCCAL Finals, both the boys and girls took second place.
Boys league dual meets: Soquel 48-69, Marello 51-76, Aptos 30-100, SLV 72-52, Harbor 68-65 and Watsonville 92-37 for a league record of 3-3.
Girls league dual meets: Soquel 47-66, Marello 70-18, Aptos 55-59, SLV 60-53, Harbor 54-64 and Watsonville 85-36 for a league record of 3-3.
At the SCCAL track and field finals for the boys, Aptos won with 168 points followed by SC 97, Soquel 83, Marello 79, Harbor 35, SLV 30. In a normal year, SC’s 97 points would be enough to win the league. The top five finishers in each event qualify to move on the CCS Region IV meet at Hartnell. Dan Orozco won both the long jump 19-11 and triple jump in 42-3; Stephan Ruiz won the two mile in 10:31.2 and was third in the mile in 4:45.6; Other placers were Blank second in the two mile in 10:55.2; In the low hurdles, Wallace was in second place in 40.7 and Vitug was third in 40.8; Irons was second in the pole vault at 10-0; Kirkwood fifth in pole vault at 9-2; Guthrie was fifth in the long jump at 38-10;
Clark fifth in the 100 meter in 12.0. Wallace second in the 400 meters in 51.6; SC was third in the 440 relay in 46.2.
For the varsity girls, Soquel won with 140 points followed by SC 76, SLV 53, Harbor 49, Aptos 45, Marello 38. Kim Hodges won the 400 meters in 59.6 and took second in the 300 meter low hurdles in 48.8; Howe won the mile in 5:34.8 and was second in the 800 meters in 2:26.2; Grant was second in the two mile in 12:28.2; Deck was fifth in two mile in 13.08.7; Wilson was fourth in the 800 meters in 2:35..7; Delucchi was third in the 100 meters in 12.9 and the 200 meters in 27.0; SC was second in the mile relay in 4:31.4; Novo was third in the long jump at 14-11.
Boys frosh-soph Aptos 154, Soquel 102, SLV 100, Harbor 79, SC 32, Marello 21. McLean won the 70 high hurdles in 10.4; Lour was fifth in the 800 meters in 2:12.1; SC was fourth in the mile relay in 4:11.5;
Girls frosh-soph Harbor 192, Aptos 80, Soquel 59, SLV 52, SC 16, Marello 14. Novo was fourth in the 100 meter low hurdles in 19.5; Smith was fourth in the 400 meters;
May 24. At the CCS Region IV meet at Hartnell College only top three finishers qualify for the CCS finals. Kim Hodges qualified for the CCS finals taking second place in the 300 meter low hurdles in 46.5 to the winners 45.32. Hodges placed in the 400 meters in 1:02.03, but did not qualify to go on in the event. Danielle Howe was fifth in the 800 meters in 2:25.57.
Danny Orozco placed fourth in the triple jump in 43-1 ½, a school record and sixth in the long jump at 20-1. Stefen Ruiz was fourth in the 3200 meters in 9:56.5.
New head track coach Sandy Rogers will be assisted by assistant coaches, by name an events they will coach: Doug Boudinot, working with the quarter and half milers; Ben Kline and Jake Viebrock, long distance runners; Bill Johnson, helping sprinters and hurdlers; Bryan Wall, weights and pole vaulters; Sandy will oversee the whole program and coach the high, long and triple jumpers.
March 13. Cards win first meet, a tri-meet between SC, Harbor and Alisal. SC boys had 54 points followed by Alisal 39 and Harbor 38. The Cards held fast in both short and long distances. Finishing first for the boys were Joe Vitug in the 100 meter high hurdles in 18.4 and 300 meter low hurdles in 43.84. Danny Orozco, took the long jump at 19-5 and triple jump at 39-11. Other Card winners were Curtis Wallace the 220 meters in 24.0. Ruiz the two mile in 10:31.6. Bald the mile in 4:59.0. Kirkwood the pole vault at 9-0. SC won the mile relay in 3:56.35.
SC won the girls meet with 58 points followed closely by Harbor with 54 and Alisal 27. First place winners for the girls varsity included Kim Hodges, 100 meters in 12.79 and 200 meters in 27:32; Danielle Howe, 800 meters 2:34.85 and one mile in 5:55.0. Other SC winners were Robin Grant the two mile in 13:07.2. Serena Novo the long jump at 15-10. SC won the mile relay in 4:44.0.
The SC boys frosh-soph edged Harbor 48-44.
March 25. Cardinals Race To Victories. SC edged SLV 74-73 followed by Marello 55, Monte Vista Christian 11and Baymonte 0 in a five way meet at Cabrillo College. Dan Orozco won both the triple jump at 38-4 and long jump at 18-6. Other SC winners were Woliczko the 120 high hurdles in 17.6; Wallace the 440 in 54.1; Ruiz the two mile in 10:22.86; Vitug 330 low hurdles in 43.4; SC won the mile relay in 3:56.03.
SC girls took first with 62, SLV 43, Marello 40, Monte Vista 17, Baymonte 0. Double winners for the girls were Kim Hodges the 440 yard dash in 1:02.5 and the 220 in 27.2. Danielle Howe won the 880 in 2:31.5 and the mile in 6:03.0. Other SC winners: Deck the two mile in 13:09.9; Novo long jump at 14-10.
Girls frosh-soph came in last with 6 points.
Boys frosh- soph came in second with 65 points.
Sentinel April 3. Soquel 69, SC 48. Danny Orozco was a double winner in the long jump in 19 feet and the triple jump in 38-2. Other SC winners were Wallace the 440 in 54.4; Kirkwood the pole vault at 9-0; Vitug the 330 low hurdles in 42.9; Ruiz the mile in 4:46.5.
Soquel boys frosh-soph won 100-24.
In the league opener the girls lost to Soquel 66-47. Kristen Burnett was the Cards only double winner with a toss of 85-2 in the discus and 27-2 in the shot put. Other SC winners were Novo the long jump at 14-2; Ingersol the mile in 6:14.9. SC won the mile relay.
The Soquel girls frosh-soph team beat SC 57-21.
Profile in Trident — Danny Orozco has just finished playing basketball and is now doing three 330’s, lifting weights and jumping daily in his bid to break the school triple jump record. As of now he is second in the triple jump.
March 29 Sentinel pre-league run down. First year coach Sandy Rogers has both the boys and girls with 4-0 dual meet records. One of the main reasons is the contribution of junior Joe Vitug, who is an important cog in the SC machine competing in both the high and low hurdles and both relay teams. Vitug’s best event is the 120 yard high hurdles, an event he clocked 18.4 earlier in the week. “Joe is very important to us. He is a hard worker and a dedicated athlete,” said coach Rogers. Additional mainstays for the boys include senior distance runner Stephen Ruiz, who recently ran a 10:22.86 in the two mile. Senior Dan Orozco has been looking strong in the long jump and the triple jump, where he has already gone 39-11. “We are a little thin numbers wise, but I want to get people in more events and stress the team concept, rather than let individuals specialize in one or two events,” said coach Rogers.
Senior walk on Kim Hodges has been turning some heads in the girls competition. Hodges has already clocked 62.5 in the 400 yard dash and a 27.2 in the 220 yard dash and also runs on both relay teams. “She’s an excellent athlete and very dedicated. You never have to worry about her skimping on her practices. She is very quick,” coach Rogers. Sophomore Danielle Howe will be the other Card to watch. Howe specializes in the 880 yard run and has been timed in 2:31.5. She also runs the mile and is on the mile relay team. “This year we’re packing the girls varsity because we are so thin. We’ve had some injuries and a few girls have dropped out. We’ll see what happens,” Rogers.
April 5. At the Valley Christian Invitational, the Card boys finished third and the girls finished sixth.
April 10. Marello Boys Surprise Santa Cruz. Marello downed the boys 76 to 51, while the girls were victorious 70-18. Danny Orozco was the only double winner for the boys, winning the long jump at 19’6” and the triple jump at 38’6”. Other SC winners were Wallace the 400 meters in 53.0; Ruiz the 3000 meters in 10:21.0; Vitug the low hurdles in 42.6; Orazco the long jump at 19-6 and triple jump at 38-6; Kirkwood the pole vault at 10-6.
SC girls down Marello 70-18. For the girls Danielle Howe won the 800 meters in 2:26.8 and 1600 meters in 5:43.0; Natalie Duffy took the 100 meter hurdles in 17.66 and 300 meters in 51.2 and Kris Barrett tossed the shot put 29’10” and the discus 85’4”. Other winners: Duffy low hurdles in 17-7l; SC won the 400 meter relay in 53.3 and the 1600 meter relay in 4:25.7; Delucchi the 100 meter in 12.7; Kim Hodges 400 meters in 1:02.3; Grant 3000 meters in 12:38.5; Serena Novo long jump at 15-2.
SC frosh-soph girls defeated Marello 28-5 and also topped Valley Christian in a non league meet 62-26.
SC frosh-soph boys defeated Marello 72-37 and lost to Valley Christian 64-52 in a non league meet.
Aptos defeated SC 100-30. SC winners were Blank in the 1600 meters in 4:52.5; Ruiz the 3200 meters in 10:46.4; Danny Orozco was the only double winner for SC taking the long jump at 18-7 and the triple jump at 39-7; Wallace in the 300 meter low hurdles in 41.4.
Girls, Aptos won 59-55 in a close meet. SC winners were Delucchi the 100 meters in 12.8; Howe the 1600 meters in 5:51.8; Grant the 3200 meter in 13:21.5; 440 relay of Hodges, Marcenaro, Delucchi and Novo in 53.9; Duffy the 110 meter low hurdles in 17.9; Kim Hodges running the 330 low hurdles for only the second time won in 49.6.
At the Kiwanis Relays at Cabrillo College, the boys finished fourth with 46 points, while the winner Aptos had 110 points. The boys did not win an event. SC took second in the 300 meter hurdle relay. SC was third in the added high jump heights. SC was second in adding the pole vault heights.
The SC girls won the sprint medley relay in 4:26.8 and the 1600 relay in 4:23.6. SC was second adding the long jumps. SC was second in the 400 relay. SC was second in the distance medley relay. SC took fourth place at the meet with 46 points.
April 24. The Card boys grabbed their first league win of the year sweeping all but one of the running events to sweep SLV in the boys 72-52 and the girls 60-53. Joe Vitug paced SC with victories in both hurdles, the high in 18.21 and lows in 44.31, plus running on the winning 400 meter and mile relay teams. Danny Orozco ran on both relay teams and won the triple jump at 39-2. Curtis Wallace won the 400 meters in 53.92 and the 200 meter in 23-81 and then helped win the relays. Stephan Ruiz won the two mile in 10:26.0. SC is now 1-2 in league dual meets.
SC girls defeat SLV 60-53. Kim Hodges was the only SC girl to win two events, winning the 400 in 62.95, the 200 meter dash in 27.7, plus running on the first place 400 and mile relay teams. SC upped it league record to 2-1.
SLV won the boys frosh-soph meet 74-36.
April 26. At the Pacific Grove Invitational, Stefan Ruiz placed fourth in the small schools division two mile run in 10:19.0.
Boys slip by Harbor 68-65. Girls lose 54-64. Orozco continues to out leap the league with a long jump of 18’2’ and a triple jump of 39’. Stefan Ruiz captured the mile in 4:53.2 and the two mile in 10:20. Depth of the other teams did the girls in as they managed to win nine events, but still lost. Howe, Hodges and Barrett were double winners.
Trident April 24. In a five way meet at Cabrillo, SC took both the boys and girls division. The boys squeaked by SLV 74-73 followed by Marello with 53 points, Monte Vista 11 and Baymonte 0. Danny Orozco took the long jump with a leap of 18-6 and the triple jump in 38-4. Wit Woliczko took the 120 high hurdles in 17.6; Curtis Wallace took the 440 in 54.1; Joe Vitug captured the 330 low hurdles in 43.4 and SC won the mile relay in 3:56.03.
At the same meet the girls won with 82 points, SLV 74, Marello 40, Monte Vista 17 and Baymonte 0. The girls were led by the running of Kim Hodges, who took the 440 in 1:02.75 and the 220 in 27.2. Danielle Howe won the 880 in 2:31.75 and the mile in 6:03.0. Celeste Deck captured the two mile in 13:09.9. Serena Nova won the long jump with a leap of 14-10.
At the Valley Christian Invitational SC took third place behind Soquel in the boys division and was sixth in the girls. In the boys division Wallace won the 440 and 220.
May 10. At the Cabrillo Classic, SC girls scored three points to tie for twelfth place. Howe took fifth place in the 800 meters in 2:29.0. Grant placed sixth in the 3200 meters in 12:48.9.
No list of team members available.
BOYS SWIMMING Took second place at the SCCAL meet.
Dual meet scores: Practice: Salinas 62-107, Gilroy 91-69. League: Watsonville 87-61, Aptos 93-54, Soquel 88-61, Harbor 50-121. League record 3-1. Overall record 4-2 in dual meets
Sentinel. April 26. Harbor won the SCCAL Swimming title with 381 points followed by SC 223, Soquel 187 and Aptos 140. The Cards did not win an event, but managed to place in enough positions to give them enough points to come in second. (has no other SC mention)
Trident. The Cardinals have been busy competing in two dual meets, two relay meets and a invitational. The Invitational, held at Harbor was by far the teams most impressive performance, finishing in a tie for second place in a field of ten teams.
March 4. SC Swimmers Dunked by Salinas 107-62. SC won three of the eleven events, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:52.5 with a team of Ralph Cortez, Marty Little, Gary Eisenberg and Jeff Mockus. Cortez won the 100 back in 1:04.73. Eisenberg took the 50 free in 24.56.
March 15. Harbor won their own Invitational with 299 points followed by SC, Monterey and Salinas tied for second with 148 points each. Ralph Cortez in the 100 butterfly was third was the only Card to finish in the top three places. SC was second in the 400 free relay and utilized a balanced team effort to post its second place showing in the team scoring.
In frosh-soph, SC placed in tenth the last place.
March 22. Harbor Dominates SC Relays with 96 points followed by Monte Vista Christian 52, SC 50, Aptos 42 and Soquel 14. SC took two firsts and a second place. SC won the 400 individual medley in 4:23.65, 800 free relay in 8:35.20. and second in the 200 free relay in 1:50.74.
SC defeats Watsonville 87-61. Mockus, Little and Cortez were double winners. Mockus, 200 free in 2:00.5 and 500 free in 5:34.7. Cortez, 100 back in 1:04 and 50 free in 24.8. Little in 200 individual medley in 2:17.4 and 100 breast in 1:13.1. Van Dine won 100 free in 59.2. SC won the 400 free relay in 3:52.8.
Watsonville won the frosh-soph 11-19.
March 26. SC defeated Gilroy 91-69 to even their dual meet record at 2-2. Jeff Mockus won both the 200 yard individual medley in 2:19.31 and the 100 freestyle in 54.66. SC took the 200 medley relay team of Van Dine, Little, Cortez and Cline in 1:58.89 and the 400 freestyle relay team of Mockus, Eisenberg, Saunders and Kranich in 3:17.43. Eisenberg won 200 free in 2:00.6.
March 29. In the league opener, SC sank the Mariners 93-54. Mockus was a double winner again, winning the 200 freestyle in 2:00.73, the 100 freestyle in 54.19, plus swimming a leg on the winning 400 free relay team. Ralph Cortez captured the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.28 and the 100 backstroke in 1:07.23. Gary Eisenberg won the 200 free in 2:00.8. Marty Little won the 500 free in 5:53.77.
April 5. Cards defeat Soquel 88-61. Cortez was again a double winner, taking the 100 butterfly in 1:00.77 and the 100 back in 1:04.61. Other winners were Gary Eisenberg , 50 free in 24.55., Jeff Mockus, 100 free in 55.13 and Matt Micuda in diving. SC won the 200 medley relay in 1:55.02 with team of Cortez, Little, Eisenberg and Mockus. The relay team of Saunders, Kranich, Cline and Van Dine won in 3:58.48.
April 12. To end the dual meet season Harbor Crushed SC 121-50, winning all eleven events. Jeff Mockus took second in the 200 free in 1:57.4 and the 500 free in 5:25.25.
Trident. The events the top six swimmers compete in. Junior Jeff Mockus the top swimmer on the team swims the freestyle events. His goal this year is to break the 50 second barrier in the 100 freestyle and for the team to take second at the SCCAL meet. Jeff competed at the CCS meet last year.
Junior Lvan Chaplin competes in the butterfly and the medley and freestyle relays. Goal swim the 100 breast under 1:12 and to beat Harbor.
Junior Rod Van Dine competes in the freestyle and backstroke.
Sophomore Marty Little swims the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. His goal is to get a time of 1:10 in the 100 breaststroke at CCS.
Senior Ralph Cortez swims the 100 butterfly, 100 back and 200 medley relay. Goal go undefeated in league.
Junior Brian Kranich competes in the 50 and 100 free. Goal to bring his times down. He has been doing it.
Team members were Brian Kranich, Beau Blank, Marty Little, Gary Eisenberg, David Haughton, Loy Chaplain, Guy Mitchell, Kit O’Leary, Matt Saunders, Bruce Cline, Ben Hendin and Jeff Mockus. Coach Terry Eckhardt
BOYS VARSITY TENNIS Practice matches: Monterey 5-2, Carmel 3-4, League: Harbor 7-0, Aptos 3-4, SLV 7-0, Soquel 7-0,
The Cards have posted a fine preseason record of 6-1-1. A pleased coach Mullen remarked, “I’m surprised how well the younger players are doing.” His statement was aimed toward such tennis prodigies as number 3 singles player Mickey Boyle who is 8-0; number 4 singles Jeff Newman at 6-2 and number 5 singles Andrew Kashup at 8-0.
May 29, at seasons end, Andrew Kashup had a season record of 19-1.
At the SCCAL Championships, Paul Daniels won the singles crown by the score of 6-3, 6-3.
In doubles, Mickey Boyle and Ron Harris lost by the scores of 2-6 and 3-6.
Paul Daniels won the SCCAL singles crown by the score of 6-3, 6-3. In the CCS Regions,
In the CCS Regions, Daniels lost 5-7, 3-6 in the first round.
Trident April 24. On March 24 SC started league play with a 7-0 win over Harbor, who could not win a set off the Cards all day. Ron Harris led the play with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Jeff Newman and Andrew Kashap only lost two games each.
The next match was a 7-0 loss to arch-rival Aptos. The number one doubles team of John Karwin and Duke Lee won the only set from Aptos 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.
SC bounced back to beat SLV 6-1. In none league match on April 2, SC swept Pioneer 7-0. The next day SC swept Soquel 7-0. Harris won the only match that went three sets 6-0, 5-7, 6-3. In a non-league match against Leland, SC lost 5-2. The winners were Newman and Kashap.
Team members were Mickey Boyle, John Karwin, Ron Esche, Eddie O’Brien, Duke Lee, Jeff Newman, Matt Kwan, Andrew Kashap, Paul Daniel, Paul Brooke, and Ron Harris. Coach Dennis Mullen
BOYS JV TENNIS
Team members were Craig Dale, Matt Smith, Tony Castro, Peter Castillo, Tim Berger, Devin Teachout and Chris Grube. Coach Dennis Mullen
GOLF no team this year