1943-44 Warriors

League Record: 0-0 (2-4 Overall)

The 1943-44 Warriors include, top row, left to right, Darrell Stevens, Ray Castro, Jerome Warner,
bottom row, Gene Myers, Frank Barrera, and Alfred Damian.

Tehachapi Has Challenging 1943-44 Season
Ray Castro Paces Warrior Offense

Under first year coach Henry Kossow, the Tehachapi Warriors again played a modified schedule in 1943-44 due to the lingering affects of World War II.
There was no formal league or valley playoffs in 1944. The Warriors had a challenging schedule though --- with only the largest
schools in the area playing high school sports. The Warriors played the Bakersfield High School Drillers twice; the Antelope Valley Antelopes
(Lancaster) twice; and the East Bakersfield Blades once.

Of historcial significance, the Tehachapi High School gymnasium burned down on February 4 --- meaning the Warriors had difficulty
practicing or hosting games after that point. The loss of the gym cancelled a game with the East High Blades scheduled for February 11 in Tehachapi.

Warrior Ray Castro, a junior standing at 6'3" playing the center position, led the Warriors in scoring with 141 points in 8 games.
Castro was one of the premier players in Kern County. In many games, he would face defenses that would play two or three
defenders against him. His lowest scoring output was a 3 point game against Bakersfield High on February 4.
Senior Darrell Stevens also scored 39 points for the season.

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Game-by-Game Results

Dec 17US Marine Warrant Officers (Mojave) ## 52 59ARay Castro: 28 pts
Jan 10Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 41 22ARay Castro: 28 pts
Jan 18US Marine Warrant Officers (Mojave) ## 62 38HRay Castro: 26 pts
Jan 21Bakersfield High Drillers 27 32HRay Castro: 10 pts
Jan 26Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 35 29HRay Castro: 17 pts
Jan 28East High Blades (Bakersfield) 23 29ARay Castro: 17 pts
Feb 4Bakersfield High Drillers 15 42ADarrell Stevens: 4 pts
Feb 11East High Blades (Bakersfield) 00 00HGame cancelled
Feb 18Maricopa 21 35ARay Castro: 12 pts

## Exhibition Games

On Friday night, February 4, 1944, a horrific fire of unknown origins burned down most of Tehachapi High School including the gymnasium.
Lost in the blaze were pictures of graduates dating bakc to 1930; the plaques of student body achievements, and the well earned athletic trophies.

It would be several years until the Warriors would have a new gymnasium they could call home.
Until the new gym was built, the team practiced outdoors or in a gymnasium in nearby Mojave.