1945-46 Warriors

League Record: 6-0 (14-1 Overall)
South Sierra League Champions

The 1945-46 Warriors include, front row, left to right, coach John Goodell, Alfred Damian, Hugh Vasquez, Jesse Peters,
Fred Castro, George Koutroulis, Dick Johnson, Tony Anthony, and David Navarro (with ball).

Warriors Capture First South Sierra League Title!
Best Season In School History

Under coach John Goodell, the Tehachapi Warriors captured their first South Sierra League title by going a perfect 6-0 in league play.
The 1945-46 Warriors had the best basketball
season in school history by posting an overall record of 19 wins and 2 losses (including exhibition games).

Spoiling a storybook season, Tehachapi dropped a heartbreaking one point loss in the Sierra Division valley championship game
to Dos Palos, 32-31. Center Fred Castro paced the Warriors with 13 points in a game played before 500 screaming fans in Tehachapi.
Castro, a sophomore, netted a long basket as the game ended, but the shot was ruled no good
as the game clock had expired by a mere second.

Of historical significance, the new Tehachapi gym opened up to rave reviews on January 11, 1946. It had been nearly two years
since the old gymnasium had burned to the ground in a mysterious fire.
The opening of the new gym featured plenty of fanfare, games, music, and dancing.

Other season milestones included two defeats over rival Maricopa, the first time a Warrior team had ever beaten the varsity Indians.
Also, Tehachapi defeated Barstow twice, quite an accomplishment since the Riffians were the Desert League champions.

The Warriors concluded their season by participating in the eight team Barstow Invitational basketball tournament.
Tehachapi dominated play by defeating St. Bernadine, Victorville, and Needles in the championship game.
Fred Castro was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and Jesse Peters joined him on the all-tournament team.

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Game-by-Game Results

Dec 14Taft Lightweights (Bobcats) 30 09ATony Anthony: 12 pts
Dec 19Antelope Valley (Lancaster)  37 35AGeorge Koutroulis: 11 pts
Jan 15Antelope Valley (Lancaster)  32 27HFred Castro: 8 pts
Jan 18Maricopa * 42 27HFred Castro: 13 pts
Jan 22Mojave Lions Club ## 33 16H
Jan 25McFarland * 41 28AGeorge Koutroulis: 12 pts
Jan 29US Marines Sqdn #514 (Mojave) ## 37 30HGeorge Koutroulis: 8 pts
Feb 1Shafter * 25 23A
Feb 5Mojave Lions Club ## 30 23A
Feb 6Tehachapi American Legion ## 28 18H
Feb 8Shafter * 19 18HJesse Peters: 8 pts (OT)
Feb 15McFarland * 41 28HGeorge Koutroulis: 13 pts
Feb 16Barstow 37 29AGeorge Koutroulis: 16 pts
Feb 22Maricopa * 26 22AGeorge Koutroulis: 9 pts
Feb 23Barstow 36 14HJesse Peters: 12 pts
Mar 1US Navy (Mojave) ## 25 31H
Mar 15St. Bernadine (San Bernadino) ##  34 21AGeorge Koutroulis: 15 pts
Mar 15Victorville ## 36 28AFred Castro: 19 pts
Mar 16Needles ## 33 28AHugh Vasquez: 15 pts

San Joaquin Valley Playoffs - Sierra Division

Mar 12Dos Palos  31 32HFred Castro: 13 pts

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