1970-71 Warriors

League Record: 4-12 (6-15 Overall)

The 1970-71 Warriors include, left to right, top row, Bill Mills, Chuck Raulston, Joaquin Gaeta, Sam Girado, Tony Goodspeed, Bob Barnett, Mike Johnston,
bottom row, Manager Viviano Aguilar, Ron Johnson, Gary Warner, Dennis Smith, Mike Dickerson, and Rick Kragenbrink.

Warriors Suffer Third Straight Losing Season
Guard Sam Girado Named Team MVP

In coach Vic McElroy's final season, the Warriors finished a dismal 4-12 in Desert-Inyo League (DIL) play and 6-15 overall for the season. Unfortunately, Tehachapi suffered a third straight losing season.

For McElroy, he coached the Warriors for eight years from 1963-64 to 1970-71, posting a 53-48 record in league play and an 83-83 overall record. His best team was in 1966-67 when Tehachapi won a league championship.

The 1970-71 Warriors finished with a 2-3 record in tournament competition. In the annual Rosamond Tournament, the Warriors won the consolation championship, defeating Mojave and Boron, after losing to Rosamond in the opening round game. Guard Sam Girado was named to the all-tournament team scoring 63 points in the tournament.

The Warriors weren't so successful in the Desert Tournament, losing back-to-back games to Lone Pine and Trona.

In league play, the Warriors only managed to win four games. The best win of the season was on the final night of league play when the Warriors upset Mojave, 60-46, in Tehachapi. Girado led Tehachapi in the win with 16 points.

The DIL was won by Desert High with a final 14-1 record. The Scorpions advanced to the CIF 1A semi-finals, before losing to Chaminade, and finishing the season with a final 24-2 record.

Throughout the season, the Warriors were consistently led by guards Girado and Mike Johnston. Team leaders also included strong forwards Chuck Raulston (6'1"), Joaquin Gaeta (6'1"), and Tony Goodspeed who contributed on the boards and with their scoring abilities.

Girado led the Warriors in scoring with 265 points in 21 games (did not play on Dec. 22 vs Trona), averaging 12.6 points per game. Girado, a senior, was named the team MVP by the coaching staff.

No Warriors were selected to the all-league team in 1970-71.

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Game-by-Game Results

Non-League Play
Dec 4Rosamond ## 54 73ASam Girado: 24 pts
Dec 5Boron ## 81 47ASam Girado: 17 pts
Dec 6Mojave ## 70 56ASam Girado: 22 pts
Dec 21Lone Pine ## 43 57ASam Girado & Victor Capetillo: 8 pts
Dec 22Trona ## 45 58AMike Johnston: 20 pts

Desert-Inyo League Play

Dec 11Kern Valley (Lake Isabella)  59 50HChuck Raulston: 16 pts
Dec 12Bishop * 58 65ATony Goodspeed: 12 pts
Dec 15Desert (Edwards AFB) * 51 59HSam Girado: 13 pts
Jan 8Rosamond * 56 79AMike Johnston: 14 pts
Jan 9Lone Pine * 30 41HChuck Raulston: 12 pts
Jan 12Boron * 47 40HSam Girado: 13 pts
Jan 16Trona * 53 76AChuck Raulston: 23 pts
Jan 22Mojave * 43 52ASam Girado: 15 pts
Jan 23Rosamond * 49 62HSam Girado: 10 pts
Jan 29Kern Valley (Lake Isabella)  51 50ASam Girado & Joaquin Gaeta: 10 pts
Jan 30Bishop * 35 58HSam Girado: 12 pts
Feb 5Desert (Edwards AFB) * 39 63ASam Girado: 9 pts
Feb 9Trona * 30 40HChuck Raulston: 8 pts
Feb 11Boron * 54 56ASam Girado: 27 pts
Feb 20Lone Pine * 45 47HSam Girado: 16 pts
Feb 22Mojave * 60 46HSam Girado: 16 pts

## Rosamond Tournament     ## Desert Tournament     * Denotes League Game