1955-56 Warriors

League Record: 6-0 (15-2 Overall)
South Sierra League Champions

The 1955-56 Warriors include, standing, left to right, Danny Sanders, Ruben Narez, Salvador Terrazas, Harold Marlow, Don Kennedy, Junior Brandon,
John Squires, Bill White, Tom Smart, Alfonso Muro, and kneeling is coach John Goodell.

Warriors Win South Sierra League Title
Ruben Narez Paces Warrior Scoring Attack

In coach John Goodell's final year, the 1955-56 Warriors had a tremendous season capturing the South Sierra League championship and finishing 15-2 overall for the season. The last league championship was won four years ago in 1952.

For Goodell, it closed the books on a storybook coaching career in Tehachapi, guiding the Warrior hoop program for 11 years from 1945-46 through 1955-56. During this period, Tehachapi had a 72-19 league record and captured six South Sierra League championships, and 1 San Joaquin Valley Championship.

Throughout the season, the Warriors were led by the starting five of Junior Brandon, Don Kennedy, Alfonso Muro, Ruben Narez, and Tom Smart.

In non-league games, Tehachapi had a 9-1 record with impressive wins over Garces twice; Trona twice; Lone Pine twice; Desert once, and Burroughs once. The only loss was a 61-50 game against Burroughs in Ridgecrest in December 1955.

In league play, the Warriors blew away the competition going a pefect 6-0 with wins over Alpaugh, Maricopa, McFarland.

The Warriors tied a school record for the most wins in one season with the 15 victories. The Warriors also won 12 straight games in one stretch, the second best winning streak since the 1945-46 team. And Narez burned the nets for 34 points in one game against Maricopa, establishing a new single game scoring record.

Tehachapi advanced to the valley playoffs and met Strathmore at the neutral site of North Bakersfield High School on February 27, 1956. The Warriors fell behind early and could never catch up, losing 51-41. Narez paced the Warriors with 16 points while Smart added 12 points.

Junior guard Ruben Narez led the Warriors in scoring with over 330 points for a 19.5 game scoring average.

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FROM 1930-1958

Game-by-Game Results

Dec 2Trona 54 51HHarold Marlin: 18 pts
Dec 3Desert (Edwards AFB) 62 37ARuben Narez: 24 pts
Dec 9Lone Pine 47 46HAl Muro: 18 pts
Dec 10Burroughs (Ridgecrest) 50 61ARuben Narez: 13 pts
Dec 16Burroughs (Ridgecrest) 57 48HRuben Narez: 23 pts
Dec 17Garces (Bakersfield) 51 40HRuben Narez: 21 pts
Jan 6East Bakersfield High JV's 54 29 HRuben Narez: 22 pts
Jan 7McFarland * 66 40AAl Muro & Don Kennedy: 12 pts
Jan 13Trona 57 54AAl Muro: 30 pts
Jan 20Garces (Bakersfield) 72 51AAl Muro: 23 pts
Jan 27Alpaugh * 65 24ARuben Narez: 15 pts
Feb 3Lone Pine 48 46ARuben Narez: 24 pts
Feb 4McFarland * 49 34HRuben Narez: 18 pts
Feb 10Maricopa * 59 42HRuben Narez: 17 pts
Feb 17Alpaugh * 75 42HRuben Narez: 26 pts
Feb 24Maricopa * 77 54ARuben Narez: 34 pts

* Denotes League Game

San Joaquin Valley Small Schools Playoffs
Sierra Division

Feb 27Strathmore 41 51NRuben Narez: 16 pts