Athletes of the 1950’s

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Even thought the track team finished seventh at the CCAL meet Bob Bly won the 440 and advanced to NCS placing third, which qualified him for STATE. At STATE he come in eighth.


Three track men placed in the NCS. Art Adam third in the pole vault, Dean Towne fifth in the mile and Keith Buell sixth in the 880. The fourth Al Cheney qualified at the CCAL meet in the shot and the 120 high hurdles, but did not place at NCS. Palo Alto won the meet.

Don Waltrip

Pete Johnson

Paul Patrick pitcher

Carl La Mothe

Ron Walters ALL CCAL first baseman on the league winning baseball team. Starting guard on the varsity basketball team.

Marty Norman

Pete Van Houten in his second year of baseball made ALL CCAL as an outfielder.


Ron Hager won 8 letters. Was first string short stop for 4 years. In basketball 2 years lightweight and 1 varsity. In football a year in both lightweight and varsity football.

Pete Van Houten 2 years ALL CCAL baseball outfielder, Played 2 years of varsity basketball.

Rich Kirby in varsity football played offense and defense, extra point kicker for 2 years. Had the distinction of being the only player to drop kick a field goal at SCHS. In 1952 lead the team in scoring. Was a pitcher in baseball. Dick was ALL CCAL in lightweight football 1949

Gene Mazzei 1952 ALL CCAL as the varsity quarterback on the 4-1-1 league second place team. In 1950 as a lightweight basketball player Gene was tied for top scorer in the league,

Ron Dillehay ALL CCAL lightweight football

Tom Wilson ALL CCAL player on the league 4-1-1 football team

Don Metcalf ALL CCAL football player.

Bob Scofield ALL CCAL football player.

Freddie Mingues the second pitcher to Paul Patrick. Freddie also played the infield. At the same time as baseball he competed in track . As a lightweight in 1949 he went to NCS

Len Klempnauer as a lightweight in 1952 was the team leading scorer.

Bob Newton as a lightweight was ALL CCAL in football

Walt Henderson as a lightweight was ALL CCAL in football

Ron Hager earned 8 letters. Four in baseball as he came from Junior High to play first string short stop. Ron played 2 years of lightweight football and one on varsity. In football he played one year on lightweights and on varsity.


Al Cheney set a new CCAL record in the shot at 53’5” for first place. At NCS he was first again at 52’ 3”. At the State meet in Los Angeles Al finished sixth. In 1951Al qualified at the CCAL meet in the shot and the 120 high hurdles, but did not place at NCS. In football Al played offensive fullback and defensive tackle.


Ed Farrell His win was in the 165 pound weight. Northern Cal which covered from Bakersfield to the Oregon boarder was called state at that time, as Southern Cal and San Diego did not hold end of the season matches. Ed was the top wrestler in his weight class CCAL for 4 years. In 1954 Ed was second at NCS.

Pete Likens going to Stanford. Student body president. Captain of the first wrestling championship in the CCAL for SCHS. Won the championship in his weight class at the state meet. Co-captain of the championship lightweight football team. The first in 20 years. Was ALL CCAL for 2 years.

Pete Likins SC 1953 grad, president of University of Arizona Guard on football team and NorCal champ in wrestling 3-year letterwinner at Stanford; took second at Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Championships (137 pounds), similar to Pac-10 tournament back then Team captain too

1953 Jim Vomvolakis was the only SCHS player to make ALL CCAL in football. As a halfback he had a 6 yard per carry average. Jim at 5’11”was a starting guard on what could be the best basketball team at SCHS. He also was the starting short stop on the baseball team.

1953 Rich Montgomery was the key player on an exceptional basketball team. Rich was ALL CCAL for the second consecutive year. Rich made first team NCS and third team Northern Cal. The team used the fast break to its advantage giving the Stanford and Cal frosh close games. Rich went on to play in college and as a pro over seas.

Other team members were ALL CCAL players Gary Paden 6’2” forward and Joe Monachello 5’8” guard. Rounding out the first five was John Karsten 6’2” forward and the above mentioned Jim Vomvolakis

Joe Monachello ALL CCAL basketball as a quick scrambling guard.

Norm Bedell ALL CCAL lightweight football player.

Gordon Hangaard

1953 At NCS Dave Morton placed fourth in the broad jump which qualified him to take the next step to NORTHERN CAL MEET where he place sixth.

In the NCS Division II Salinas took first place and Burlingame second.


Don Samuelson was the top golfer in the league for the second year in a row. One of the best every in the CCAL. In addition to being the tallest player on the team, he was the best shooter on the varsity team.

Howie Adams took second in the pole fault at the CCAL track meet. In varsity football played safety and part time QB. In basketball was the ball handler.

Phil Murphy took second place at the NC wrestling tournament.

Bob Cardiff three year player in baseball as pitcher. Bob was captain and ALL CCAL his senior year. He played QB for three years making ALL

CCAL his senior year. Also played basketball. All the teams he played on did well.

Chuck Filice transferred to SCHS in his senior year from rival Holy Cross. He was first string in football as a half back and ALL CCAL as the only Card picked. First string guard in basketball and first string 2B in baseball and second string ALL CCAL. At UOP Chuck was the back up QB to later Raider head coach Flores. Chuck was the first string 2B. Chuck started coaching baseball and assistant football at North Salinas right after UOP, producing well coached teams there and later at Alisal were he won tiles in 1974 and 1976. After he retired from teaching he continued coaching. Even later when his sons became head football coaches in the area, Chuck assisted them. A long record of working with athletes on a successful scale.

Tom Elward a 6’1 forward, best driver, shooter and running the fast break for the varsity basketball team, He was captain of the team, third in scoring with a 11.3 average and ALL CCAL. In football Tom was the starting right end on defense and offense where was a top receiver.

ALL AROUND Butch Walters played full back, center and end on the second place varsity football team where he was ALL CCAL in his only year on varsity. In lightweight he was ALL CCAL for three years making it a sweep as and ALL CCAL player in football. Butch played first base on the baseball team and led the team in hitting and was in the top 5 in the league. In basketball as a lightweight in junior year was ALL CCAL.

Bobby Wilson two year lightweight starter in basketball at center and was captain his senior year. Averaged 11 points a game with a total of 267 in 24 games. Owned a variety of shots including a left handed hook shoot. In baseball he played the outfield and hit in the .300’s his senior year. Been very active in SCHS activities ever since. He most consistent has been as chairman of the Dad’ Club tournament since 1972 for a total of 34 years up to 2006. It is one of the oldest pre season tournaments in the State started by former SCHS player and coach Emmett Thompson. Bob has worked on every project put on by the school from cooking to helping with fields.

Henry Papa was a first string lineman and played varsity for 3 years. In his third year of baseball he earned the pitching win against powerful Bellarmine.


Ed Farrell won a CCAL wrestling title all four years. In 1953 Ed was the first SCHS wrestler to be a winner at the NC wrestling tournament. In 1954 he was second at NORHTERN CAL

April 21, 2011. State Wrestling Association Honors Ferrell. Longtime area coach Ed Ferrell will be honored by the California Wrestling Hall of Fame with the lifetime Service Award at a banquet in Lake Forest on May 14.

Farrell wrestled for the first teams at SC from 1951-55 and Cabrillo 1962 and San Jose State 1965-67. After his competitive career Ferrell began coaching and running local tournaments. He helped start the Coast Classic 40 years ago, making it the longest running tournaments in the state. The former Harbor coach also serves as director and commissioner of the Santa Cruz County middle school tournaments for over 30 years.

(Ferrell has coached wrestling and other sports at SC and Harbor. In his time at Harbor it seems that he is on the schools regular teaching staff, he does so much work at the school. He also serves on fund raising committees)

March 5. Pauli Pappas scores 13 points and teammates Elle Sanders and Caylah Novak each add ten, as SC 24-6 wins the girls basketball CCS Division IV Championship 49-35 over Mercy of San Francisco for the Cards second straight CCS title.

March 6. SC girls soccer team defeats league rival Scotts Valley 1-0 in the CCS Division III championship game. In the fifty-third minute, Carmela Roberts took a pass from Ashlee Wilhelmson and scored the lone goal of the game.

Jan. 2. Sentinel, Sports from March 5, 2011 In Review

Santa Cruz County’s Highlights Of 2011, of just SC players

March 5. Pauli Pappas scores 13 points and teammates Elle Sanders and Caylah Novak each add ten, as SC 24-6 wins the girls basketball CCS Division IV Championship 49-35 over Mercy of San Francisco for the Cards second straight CCS title.

March 6. SC girls soccer team defeats league rival Scotts Valley 1-0 in the CCS Division III championship game. In the fifty-third minute, Carmela Roberts took a pass from Ashlee Wilhelmson and scored the lone goal of the game.

Jay Di Benedetti was the top golfer this year and is a two year letterman.


Howard Bryant a wrestler took fourth place at the NC meet.

Ron Daugherty was one of the two players from SCHS who were chosen for an ALL CCAL player this year.


Jack Knight was given the honor of playing in the North – South game at the Rose Bowl against the best players in the stat.

Paul Henneuse won the 145 pound title at the CCAL meet. Paul went on to NC meet to take third place.

Tony De Luca in 1957 won the batting title of the CCAL.

Rich Alemany a short stop was an ALL CCAL baseball player as a sophomore 1955. In 1957 Rich helped the Cards to their first winning season in 6 years along with winning the Monterey Easter tournament. Rich played football every year.

Bob Vega was ALL CCAL for three years in baseball. He could throw the ball across the infield from third base from his knees. Bob had the capabilities of playing pro baseball, but went into the service and then to work. Bob was a good hitter with power, excellent third baseman who also pitched successfully, even though he would rather play third. His senior year he helped the Cards come within a game of the league title losing the last game of the season. He was a big cog in the 1959 basketball team winning league and going to the TOC at U of Cal. Was ALL CCAL that year.

Howard Bryant wrestler was fourth in his weight class at NC meet giving SCHS a seventh place finish.

Bart Bly won the 440 at the KC relays

Phil Netto as a junior led the CCAL in scoring at 91 points for a 15.3 average and was the top rebounded in the league also. Phil was ALL CCAL two years. He tied the SCHS record for the most points in a game, plus set a new record for the most points for the year. In his senior season was the key reason the team won league and led them to the TOC at UC. The guards scored a lot of points that year as Phil was a tough rebounded and almost always controlling the back boards. They could release early knowing that Phil would get the ball. Phil should have been the quarterback on the football team as he threw perfect [asses to the guards flying down the floor.

Phil went on to play at Hartnell, in the service and at college and many years here in the city league as his father did, who is now in the Hall of Fame.


Angelo Ross played basketball all 4 years making ALL CCAL as a lightweight and again this year on the championship contending varsity with his ball handling, shooting and tenancies play. Angelo was always intense when he played. As he was later as a coach at Mission Hill, Holy Cross, Marello and Palma where he is still the quarterback coach. Angelo has spent over 40 years as a high school coach for football, basketball and baseball in addition to spending many summers coaching very successful Pony and Colt league teams. Angelo was the PE teacher and organizer for athletics at Mission Hill Jr High many years. Angelo opened the gym, on his own time, to let kids work out. One knew that any team Angelo coached would be well schooled and would play hard no matter the score. He expected his players to play with the same passion he had. Angelo has been a positive figure in a untold number of students and athletes over the 45 years he has been working with youth. He is a sample of what all athletes and students would like to have in a teacher/coach.


Lee Sims, principal at SCHS for 16 years has resigned to become the Commissioner of the new Central Coast Section of the State CIF. CCS takes in the counties of Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Mateo. Over 100 schools in the seventies. Mr. Sims was an ardent supporter of athletics.

Angelo Ross, was inducted into the Palma High School Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach on October 2, 2000. He has been a football coach at Palma for 32 years (as of 2009). He was an assistant for Norman Costa, former SC athlete, for 38 years (28 of them at Palma). He ahs been part of 24 league championships and 10 CCS championships. He continues to coach at Palma, but attends many SC athletic events.

Angelo was an assistant baseball coach at SC in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, helping win a league title. He coached at Mission Hill many years and was a PE teacher there. Angelo was the varsity basketball coach at Marello and assistant baseball coach. Many summers his pony league teams won the local championships.

His senior year, Angelo lead the Cards to the league title from his guard position.

John Kirby scored 26 points to help the Cards take revenge on Monterey who had beaten them in their first meeting of the year. The Cards had been second place finishers to Monterey the previous two years. John was selected second team ALL CCAL basketball.

Junior James Smith 6’3” a tough rebounding center anchored the CCAL champions and led them to the Tournament of Champions at U of California. There he made a good impression as he made first team ALL NOR CAL. James topped the CCAL in scoring with a 20 point average over a 24 game schedule. ALL CCAL and first team ALL NOR CAL.

James went on to play at UC. James holds most of the basketball records in scoring and rebounding. James was also the top tennis player and golfer for the Cardinals. James could have been good at any sport.

At the TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS at Cal Berkeley against the top teams of Northern Cal, the Cardinals lost to Sacramento and Poly of San Francisco.

Dick Scotter was a good all around athlete. In football he was honorable

mention back as he was in basketball as well. He was a fiery defender and good passer getting the ball in to James consistently. Dick played baseball for two year, but a desire to pole vault took him to track his last two Spring seasons. At the time he held the school records in the pole vault at 12’4” broad jump and low hurdles. In 1958 he was declared the MVP of the track team. At the NOR CAL meet Dick ran the low hurdles in 14.7, broad jumped 18’.10”. pole vaulted 11’11”, and threw the discus for a school record 95’2”.

1959 track took fourth place at the CCAL finals to qualify for the NORTHERN CAL SECTION Division II meet at Sunnyvale. Charlie Wise ran the mile in 4.55, high jumped 5’7”, and pole vaulted 10’7”. Terry Chizmar ran the 880 in 2.04. Lon Bell ran his best time of the year for the 440 at 52.7.

At the CCAL meet Terry Chizmar took a fourth in the 880, but led through out the first lap, The winner went on to set the league record.

Dick ran the low hurdles in 14.7, broad jumped 18’.10”. pole vaulted 11’11”, and threw the discus for a school record 95’2”.

Salinas has won the CCAL track title for 10 consecutive years.

1959 Wrestling had three first place finishers and two second places. These five wrestlers advance to the NCS meet. Top placers were Warrern King a second at 133 pounds. Tony De Luca fourth at 138 pounds. Tony placed in NCS competition for the fourth consecutive year.

Bobby Alemany at 5’3 was the smallest Cardlet (lightweight), but was the only member of the second place team to make the 1957ALL CCAL basketball team. The following year 1958 he was ALL CCAL again. Bobby was quick and was league leading scorer on the championship team. In his senior year he moved up to the varsity even though he could have played lightweights again and contributed to the varsity winning the title. Bobby was a point winner in the lightweight 1320 run.

Reynold Christensen was ALL CCAL in baseball and was second in batting average at .368. He pitched and played the outfield.

Tony De Luca in 1957 won the batting title of the CCAL. 1959 Tony De Luca took fourth at 138 pounds. Tony placed in NCS competition for the fourth consecutive year.


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