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SCHS BASKETBALL TEAM STANDINGS BY YEAR

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The league started as the CCAL or Coast Counties Athletic League. The larger schools formed the A league and the smaller schools were normally in the B league. This changed back and forth during the years, which are not dealt with here. One can find that information at the top of each all sports coverage by years section.

By 1965 the league felt that MBL Monterey Bay League would be a better or more appropriate name for the league and it was changed.

In 1972 the MBL grew too large for one league, so the league was divided into the North Division, Santa Cruz County schools in one league and Monterey and San Benito county schools in the South Division.

In 1976, the schools in Santa Cruz county thought their league would be more appropriately called, the Santa Cruz County Athletic League and at this time the leagues were split off. Monterey and San Benito county schools retained the MBL or Monterey Bay League name.

YEAR LEAGUE RECORD PLACE SEASON OTHER
1916 3-1 C0-CH W 3-2 Lost playoff to go to NCS to Watsonville
1917 5-0 CH 6-1 NCS 1-1
1918 4-1 CO-CH M 8-2 Beat Monterey in playoffs, NCS FINALS
1919 3-2 THIRD 3-2
1920 7-0 CH 8-0
1921 5-1 SECOND 6-2
1922 4-1 CH 4-2
1923 4-2 SECOND 4-2
1924 4-2 SECOND 6-3
1925 2-4 FOURTH 4-6
1926 2-2 (=SPLIT) 5-6 Only 2 other league teams
1927 5-1 CH 5-5
1928 5-1 SECOND 8-2 Pacific Grove Champions
1929 5-1 TRI-CH 5-5 TRI-CH with PG and M. Lost to PG playoffs
1930 1-4 LAST 1-4
1931 4-2 SECOND 8-5
1932 9-3 SECOND 12-9
1933 8-2 CO-CH S 8-10 Lost in playoff to co-champion Salinas
1934 2-4 THIRD 8-6
1935 5-1 CH 9-5
1936 8-2 CO-CH W 14-3 Lost playoff to co-champion Watsonville
1937 8-2 SECOND 16-3
1938 7-3 THIRD 8-8
1939 12-0 CH 14-3 BEST OF ERA
1940 12-0 CH 15-2
1941 7-3 THIRD 8-4
1942 5-0 CH 10-1
1943 NO INTERSCHOLASIC GAMES. WW II
1944 4-4 FOURTH 4-4
1945 6-2 SECOND 9-5
1946 2-6 THIRD 5-7
1947 3-4-1 THIRD 8-8-1
1948 5-3 THIRD 12-7
1949 4-4 THIRD 12-8
1950 1-5 LAST 7-10
1951 0-6 LAST 6-10
1952 1-5 FOURTH 11-8
1953 5-1 CH 19-3 TOC consolation winner
1954 2-4 THIRD 12-11
1955 0-6 LAST 4-14
1956 1-5 FOURTH 5-12
1957 3-3 THIRD 16-8
1958 7-2 SECOND 17-9
1959 8-2 CH 15-6 TOC SEVENTH
1960 9-3 THIRD 13-7
1961 3-5 FOURTH 11-9 WON DADS TOURNEY
1962 6-2 SECOND 12-8
1963 7-3 THIRD 12-9
1964 9-3 SECOND 16-8
1965 9-3 CO-CH NS 17-9 BEAT N orth Salinas in playoff, CAMELLIA TOC 8th
1966 8-6 THIRD 11-10
1967 11-3 CO -CH NS 19-6 BEAT NS, WON DADS, CAMELLIA TOC 8
1968 13-1 CH 22-2 WON DADS, SECOND CCS
1969 12-0 CH 28-2 WON DADS, SECOND, CCS, BEST OF ERA
1970 3-15 LAST 6-20
1971 5-13 FIFTH 9-14
1972 11-7 THIRD 15-10
1973 11-4 THIRD 19-6 WON DADS
1974 3-12 LAST 4-19
1975 1-14 LAST 1-23
1976 4-11 THIRD 6-18 (3-7 in North Division)
1977 5-5 THIRD 10-14
1978 7-8 THIRD 8-15
1979 4-6 FOURTH 11-13 WON DADS CLUB
1980 5-5 ? 10-14 League playoffs 2-1. CCS 0-1
1981 2-8 Tied for Last 9-14
1982 9-3 Tied second 16-11
1983 8-4 Third 16-11
1984 6-8 ? 10-16
1985 11-3 CO-CH/A 15-03 CCS 0-1
1986 10-4 Second 22-7 CCS Div II South 1-1
1987 11-4 Third 16-12
1988 13-1 Champs 27-8 CCS 3-1, second in CCS Div III, Nor Cal 0-1
1989 10-2 Champs 17-15 CCS Division 2-1, semifinals
1990 12-0 Champs 21-9 League playoffs 2-0. CCS Division III 1-1
1991 7-5 Third 13-17 CCS Division III 0-1
1992 10-2 Second 24-7 League playoffs 2-0. CCS Division III 0-1
1993 10-4 tied Second 19-13 CCS Division III 1-1
1994 10-2 Champs 21-10 League playoffs 2-0. CCS Division III 1-1
1995 8-4 Second 19-12 Beat round robin Harbor twice in the league playoffs to be co-champions. CCS Div. III 1-1.
1996 11-1 Champs 24-7 CCS Div. III 2-1 to semifinals. Won Dad Tournament
1997 11-1 CO-CH/SLV 23-10 SLV beat SC in the league playoffs for a Co-Championship. CCS Div. 2-1, finals
1998 5-7 tie Fourth 13-17 CCS Div. III 0-1
1999 12-0 Champs 32-1 CCS Division III 2-1 in semifinals. Were 30-0 going into the final game.
2000 9-3 C0-CH/A 26-6 Second in round robin, but won playoffs to be Co-champs with Aptos. CCS III 1-1 semifinals
2001 12-0 Champs 30-4 CCS Division III 2-1 semifinals, seeded fourth
2002 10-2 Tri-Ch MVC, SOQ 23-9 CCS Division IV 2-1 semifinals
2003 7-5 C0/CH/SOQ 21-14 CCS Division III 2-1 semifinals
2004 12-0 Champs 30-3 CCS Div. III 2-1 semi’s. Tourneys won: Dads Club, Palma
2005 12-0 Champs 36-1 CCS Div. III 3-0 Champs. NorCal 3-0 champs. State Championship. Three preseason tourneys won: Dads, Palma and St. Francis for first time
2006 12-2 Champs 20-11 CCS 2-1 semifinals. Eight league titles in row
2007 6-6 13-18 CCS Division III 1-1 Quarterfinals
2008 9-3 Second 14-17 CCS Division III 1-1 Quarterfinals
2009 4-8 14-17 CCS Division III 1-1 Quarterfinals
2010 10-2 Co-Champs 19-10 CCS Division IV 1-1 Quarterfinals

SCHS TOP SCORERS BEFORE 1980

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From Santa Cruz Sentinel covering mainly the sixties.

Teams in the years before the eighties with the highest number of points scored, listed by year, opponent and score:

1969 Soquel 94-50
1964 North Salinas 91-73
1963 North Salinas 90-51
1963 Wilcox 88-48

Players with the highest number of points scored in their careers, by name years played varsity, games played, points scored and average per game.

Larry Griffin, 1962-65, 70, 1160, 16.6
James Smith, 1956-59, 65, 1070, 16.5
Glen Griffin, 1963-66, 69, 1007, 14.6
Steve Smith 1960-62, 58, 923, 15.9

High scorer for one season, by name, year accomplished, games played, total point and average.

Larry Griffin, 1964-65, 520, 26, 20.0
James Smith, 1957-58, 488, 25, 19.5
Steve Smith, 1960-61, 394, 21, 18.8
Glen Griffin, 1965-66, 375, 19, 19.7

Players with the highest scores in a game by name, year and points per game.

James Smith, 38, 37 and 36, during 1958 and 1959 seasons.

Dave Martini, 36, 1972 in upset of Alisal CCS champions in the last game of the league season

In 1961 Steve Smith was second in league scoring with 152 points an average of 19 per game. Jensen of Monterey, who played at Utah was first with 186 for a 23 average.

In the decade from 1959 to 1969 the Cardinals have won five championships, finished out of the first division only once and been in the top three all the rest of the time. Quite often as the bridesmaids. The reason has been four great players that these eyes have had the good fortune of watching since joining the Sentinel. The era began in 1956-57 when James Smith made his debut. Later in his career he score 38 points to set a Cardinal single game record. Now a UC Berkeley Medical school student was a starter at Cal. His brother Steve was next and probably was the best all around player is starting for Cal along with Rusty Critchfield of Salinas another top scorer from this area. Larry Griffin had the softest touch of all and set the school record for both the single season and for the career. Glenn need four points in his last game to become the third highest scorer and he got eleven.

WHO WILL BE SC’s NEXT SUPER SCORER?

Will it be Gary Ghidinelli, Tom Foster, Kris Sorensen or Kirk Waller?

In the last decade, the Cardinals, who have won two championships, finished out of the first division only once and have been in the top three all of the rest of the time. Quite often they have been the bridesmaid. The reason has been four great players that these eyes have had the good fortune of watching since joining the Sentinel. Glenn Griffin, the last of the big four, which is actually two brother combinations, played his last game last Friday.. He needed four points in that game to become the Cardinal’s third all time scorer topping 1000 markers in a career. He got 11.

The era began in 1956-57, when James Smith made his debut. Later in his career, James scored 38 points for the highest individual gain in a Cardinal career. Now at the University of California as a medical school student, he went on to be a starter for the Bears for all four years.

Then came Steve Smith, who while not quite as tall as James proved to be probably the best all around player of the quartet. He is currently starting for Cal for the second year along with another ex MBL star, Rusty Critchfield of Salinas.

Larry Griffin, who is burning up the nets for Cabrillo College this season, had about the softest touch of all and set school records both in one season and for an all time career.

The records for each of the four players is listed with the years, games played, field goals made, free throws made, total points and averages of points per game.

Larry Griffin
Year G FG FT TP AVG
1964-65 26 207 106 520 20
1963-64 24 183 116 482 20.1
1962-63 20 64 30 158 7.5
Totals 70 454 252 1160 16.6
James Smith
Year G FG FT TP AVG
1958-59 20 161 134 456 22.8
1957-58 25 172 115 488 19.5
1956-57 20 39 49 127 6.3
Total 65 372 298 1071 16.4
Glenn Griffin
Year G FG FT TP AVG
1965-66 19 147 81 375 19.7
1964-65 26 118 74 311 12
1963-64 24 122 77 321 13.4
Total 69 387 232 1007 14.6
Steve Smith
Year G FG FT TP AVG
1961-62 19 102 87 291 15.3
1960-61 21 138 118 394 18.8
1959-60 18 95 48 238 13.2
Total 58 335 253 923 15.9

SCHS LIGHTWEIGHT BASKETBALL STANDINGS BY YEAR

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YEAR LEAGUR RECORD PLACE; SEASON RECORD
1923* 4-1 Co-Ch/W 4-1 Beat Watsonville in playoff
1924 3-2-1 Second 5-2-1
1925 4-2 Second 4-3
1926** Champs Beat KC playoffs, NCS finals
1927
1928 4-2 Third 7-3
1929* Co-Ch/PG Beat PG playoffs, NCS finals
1930** 6-1 Champs 6-1 NCS finals
1931 3-3 Third 9-4
1932* 5-1 Tri-Ch 8-3-1 Tri-Champs with King City &
1933 4-6 Fourth 7-9
1934** 5-1 Champs 7-2
1935* 4-2 Co-Ch/S 7-6 Salinas beat SC in playoff
1936 7-3 Second 13-5
1937** 10-0 Champs 19-0
1938** 6-1 Champs 6-1 Lost to San Jose in NCS
1939 8-4 Third 11-6
1940** 10.5-1.5 Champs 15.5-1.5 Tie game get half a
1941** 10-0 Champs 12-1
1942** 5-0 Champs 10-1
1943 War no games
1944 5-3 Third 5-3
1945 3-5 Sixth 6-8
1946* 6-2 Co-Ch/S 8-4 No Play off
1947 4-4 Third 11-8
1948** 6-2 Champs 13-6
1949 3-5 Fourth 9-15
1950 2-4 Third 6-11
1951 1-5 Third incomplete
1952 0-6 Last 7-12
1953 2-4 Third 11-9
1954 1-5 Third 5-18
1955 2-4 Third 4-14
1956 0-6 Last 4-11
1957 4-2 Second 10-10
1958** 7-2 Champs 16-4
1959** 10-0 Champs 20-0
1959 8-4 Fourth 14-3
1959 5-3 Third 11-5?
1959 6-9 as of February 2
1959 6-4 15-7
1959 8-4 Third
1959 1-11 Last 5-15
1959 13-1 Champs 18-3
1959 14-0 Champs 20-1 Best team since the early 40’s
1959 11-5 Champs 16-5 With two games to go
1959 18-4
1959 8-4 17-6
1959 14-4 Second 19-4
1959 Lightweights replaced by a freshman team.

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