1951-52 Warriors

League Record: 8-1 (12-7 Overall)
San Joaquin Valley Champions

The 1951-52 Warriors include, front row, left to right, Gaylon West, David Elizondo, Rudy Muro, and Humphry,
back row, Carroll Killingsworth, Clarence Lovelace, Joe Castro, and Troy Porter.

Warriors Capture First Ever Valley Championship!
Back-to-Back SSL Titles For Tehachapi

The Warriors won their first ever Valley Championship in the small schools Sierra Division Class A in 1951-52,
defeating Parlier in the valley finals.

The Warriors also won back-to-back South Sierra League titles by claiming the 1952 championship, posting an 8-1 record
in league play. Overall, the Warriors were 12-7 for the season.

Under veteran coach John Goodell, the Warriors established themselves as a Sierra League contender winning the annual Carnival on December 7, 1951.
The Warriors won the offensive trophy with 37 points and the defensive trophy (see picture below) giving up
just 15 points. Forward Troy Porter led the Warriors with 15 points scored.

The Warriors had a very tough non-league schedule losing to larger schools Arvin twice, William S. Hart of Santa Clarita,
and Taft. A very talented Taft team defeated Tehachapi 74-50 in Taft on December 27, 1951. Taft would go on to finish the season
with a 22-3 record, and defeated Edison-Fresno for the Valley Championship in the large schools division.

The tough non-league schedule assisted the Warriors in preparing for league play, as Tehachapi won their first seven league games.
This set-up a showdown with once beaten McFarland in Tehachapi on February 28, 1952, the last game of the regular season.
In a tense, low scoring game, McFarland prevailed 29-26 to force a playoff game for the South Sierra League championship.

Playing on a nuetral site, East High School in Bakersfield, the Warriors won the championship in another
low scoring affair, 24-21. Rudy Muro led the Warriors with 8 points.

In the valley championship game, the Warriors traveled to Parlier to meet the Northern Sierra League champions.
Trailing 34-30 at the half, and 48-42 after three quarters, the Warriors used an amazing 26 point fourth quarter to come from behind to defeat Parlier 68-58.
Carroll Killingsworth led the Warrior with 18 points while center Troy Porter contributed with 15 points.

For the season, Killingsworth, Muro, and Porter all averaged just over 10 points a game, with Muro emerging as the overall scoring leader.
Guards Joe Castro and Clarence Lovelace rounded out the starting five for the Warriors.

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Game-by-Game Results

Nov 30Arvin 34 44 ATroy Porter: 14 pts
Dec 14Wasco 52 50 HRudy Muro: 19 pts (OT)
Dec 15Shafter 36 39 ARudy Muro: 11 pts
Dec 27Taft Wildcats 50 74 ARudy Muro: 16 pts
Jan 4Alpaugh * 68 27HRudy Muro: 18 pts
Jan 5Wasco 43 41 ARudy Muro: 16 pts
Jan 11Garces (Bakersfield) * 45 29ACarroll Killingsworth: 14 pts
Jan 16Trona 71 41 ACarroll Killingsworth: 19 pts
Jan 25McFarland * 43 33ACarroll Killingsworth: 13 pts
Jan 26Lone Pine 38 60 AClarence Lovelace: 10 pts
Feb 1Maricopa * 85 37HRudy Muro: 19 pts
Feb 2Wm. S. Hart (Santa Clarita) 38 48HCarroll Killingsworth: 10 pts
Feb 8Alpaugh * 75 28HRudy Muro: 18 pts
Feb 15Garces (Bakersfield) * 24 22HCarroll Killingsworth: 7 pts
Feb 16Maricopa * 48 43ATroy Porter: 15 pts
Feb 23Arvin 34 49HTroy Porter: 7 pts
Feb 28McFarland * 26 29HTroy Porter: 7 pts
Mar 4McFarland ## 24 21NRudy Muro: 8 pts

* Denotes League Game     ## League Playoff Game

San Joaquin Valley Small Schools Playoffs
Sierra Division

Mar 7Parlier 68 58ACarroll Killingsworth: 18 pts

The 1951-52 Warriors include, front row, l to r, Clarence Lovelace, Joe Castro, Troy Porter, Carroll Killingsworth, and Rudy Muro.