1939-40 Warriors

League Record: 6-2 (9-3 Overall)

The 1939-40 varsity Warrior cagers include front row, left to right, Delman Brite, Frank Partin, Jesus Castro,
J.R. Warner, Eugeno Vasquez, back row, coach Joe Kelly, Art Madding, Nick Bronson, and Johnny Valdez.
(Webmaster note: This is the only known photograph of the team published by the Bakersfield Californian.
Due to financial constraints, there was no Tomahawk yearbook published by the high school in 1939-40.)

Warriors Win A School Record 9 Games
2nd Place Finish In League Play

The 1939-40 Warriors proved to be the most successful team in school history with a 6-2 league record, good enough for a 2nd place finish behind perennial
league champion Maricopa. The Warriors also established a single season record for the most wins earning nine victories.

An early season highlight was winning the championship of the Lancaster Tournament by defeating both Victorville and host Antelope Valley.
J. R. Warner earned a gold basketball and a medal for his outstanding play in the tournament.

Another highlight was an early January trip to Los Angeles to play the USC freshmen team as the preliminary game to the USC-UCLA varsity game. While Tehachapi lost, 10-47, it was a
rewarding experience for the young Warrior team. The contest was arranged by Warrior coach Joe Kelly, an alumnus of USC and a former star player for the Trojans.

Also of historical significance, the Taft High School varsity Wildcats visited Tehachapi for the first time on February 10, and proceeded to whip the Warriors, 26 to 12.

Jesus Castro proved to be the team star by being selected to the All-Sierra League 1st team and the All-County Honorable Mention team.
John Valdez was also selected to the All-Sierra League 1st team.

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FROM 1930-1958

Game-by-Game Results

Dec 8Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 24 13HDelman Brite: 8 pts
Dec 15Victorville ## 28 16A
Dec 15Antelope Valley (Lancaster) ## 21 09A
Dec 16Maricopa * 20 26A
Jan 5Shafter *  22 13AJesus Castro: 12 pts
Jan 12USC Frosh ## 10 47A
Jan 19McFarland * 22 10H
Jan 20East High (Bakersfield) * 23 17HJesus Castro: 12 pts
Jan 26Shafter * 32 28H
Feb 2Maricopa * 13 30H
Feb 9East High (Bakersfield) * 21 19AJesus Castro: 11 pts
Feb 10Taft Wildcats 12 26H
Feb 16Squires Coffee Shop ## 24 20H
Feb 17McFarland * 02 00AMcFarland forfeits!
Mar 1Squires Coffee Shop ## 30 28H

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