1958-59 Warriors

League Record: 4-6 (11-8 Overall)

The 1958-59 Warriors were paced by center Joe Henderson (far left), Jim Kelley (center), and Don "Rusty" Snider (far right). Other Warrior players included
Louie Hobbs, Gary Brockman, Mike Adams, Larry McIntosh, Larry Martin, Ikey Allen, Tom Killingsworth, Jerry Rymel, and Fred Mungia.

Warriors Finish 11-8 Overall In 1959
Rusty Snider Leads The Team In Scoring

Under second year coach Chuck Ferrari, the 1958-59 Warriors had an overall winning season at 11-8,
but suffered their first losing season in the Desert-Inyo League finishing 4-6.

The starting lineup throughout the season included guards Jim Kelly and Rusty Snider, forwards Tom Killingsworth and Louie Hobbs, and center Joe Henderson.

The Warriors began the season by winning the annual Trona Tournament, defeating Mojave, 44-35, and host Trona, 40-39.
Kelly, Snider, and Killingsworth were all selected to the All-Tournament team.

The Warriors then participated in the annual Kern County Tournament, dropping the first game to McFarland, 55-41,
but coming back to defeat both Shafter and Maricopa to win the consolation championship. Snider led Tehachapi with 30 points in the three games.

Tehachapi completed the pre-league schedule by whipping Big Pine, 67-39, behind a 21 point performance by Killingsworth;
stomping Kern Valley as Kelly poured in 21 points; and defeating the Palmdale JV's, 51-36.
The Warriors were 7-1 at this point in the season.

In league play, the Warriors won their first two games the weekend of January 16-17, 1959, nipping both Desert, 56-53,
and Lone Pine, 34-32. Now 9-1, the Warriors were considered serious contenders to make a run for their first DIL title.

But Tehachapi lost the magic, losing seven of their next nine games, defeating Mojave twice for their final two wins of the season.
Trona would go on to win the DIL championship for the second consecutive season.
In the playoffs, Trona would advance to the CIF 1A championship game, losing to Santa Clara-Oxnard, 44-27.

The Warriors had a balanced scoring attack as Snider (181 points) and Kelly (177 points) averaged about 9.5 points per game,
and Killingsworth averaged 8.0 points per game. Hobbs and Henderson were both strong on the boards,
but also had some offensive outbursts at times.

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Game-by-Game Results

Pre-Season Play
Dec 12Mojave ## 44 25AJim Kelly: 15 pts
Dec 13Trona ## 40 39ARusty Snider: 13 pts
Dec 19McFarland ## 41 55ARusty Snider: 16 pts
Dec 20Shafter ## 44 39ARusty Snider and Tom Killingsworth: 10 pts
Dec 22Maricopa ## 46 42ATom Killingsworth: 12 pts
Jan   6Big Pine 67 39 ATom Killingsworth: 21 pts
Jan   9Kern Valley (Lake Isabella)  57 23 HJim Kelly: 21 pts
Jan 10Palmdale JV's 51 36 HJim Kelly: 19 pts

Desert-Inyo League Play

Jan 16Desert (Edwards AFB) *  56 53ARusty Snider: 18 pts
Jan 17Lone Pine * 34 32HTom Killingsworth and Jim Kelly: 8 pts
Jan 23Bishop * 40 55ARusty Snider: 11 pts
Jan 24Trona * 36 41HJim Kelly: 11 pts
Jan 30Mojave * 47 18HLouie Hobbs: 19 pts
Feb 1Wasco 44 46 AJim Kelly: 12 pts
Feb 6Desert (Edwards AFB) * 45 46HJoe Henderson: 11 pts
Feb 7Lone Pine * 46 68ARusty Snider: 11 pts
Feb 13Bishop * 36 39HJoe Henderson & Louie Hobbs: 10 pts
Feb 14Trona * 27 45ALouie Hobbs: 8 pts
Feb 20Mojave * 60 30ARusty Snider: 15 pts
Feb 21Maricopa 00 00 HGame canceled (snow)

## Trona Tournament     ## Kern County Tournament     * Denotes League Game

Center Joe Henderson (14) goes high for a jump ball in Warrior action against an opponent.