1973-74 Warriors

Desert-Inyo League Co-Champions
League Record: 14-2 (22-5 Overall)

The 1973-74 Warriors include, left to right, Greg Jensen, Mike Thompson, Vincent Elizondo, Manuel Corral, Don Burgeis, Steve Denman,
Pete Henderson, Phil McLaughlin, Jesse Esparza, Bob Grisham, Mark Lopez, Jim Barrett, and Wayne Hopper.

Warriors Capture DIL Co-Championship
Tehachapi Wins School Record 22 Games

Under second year coach Bill Carll, the 1973-74 Warriors captured a Desert-Inyo League (DIL) co-championship along with Bishop High School. For Tehachapi, it was only the second basketball championship since the school joined the Desert-Inyo League in 1957 --- and the first DIL championship for the Warriors since the 1966-67 season.

The Warriors compiled a 5-2 non-league record featuring a season opening win over Taft, a championship in the annual Rosamond Tournament, and a disappointing 1-2 record in the Carpinteria Tournament. In Rosamond, the Warriors won three straight games over Boron, Rosamond, and Desert to claim the tourney title. Seniors Vince Elizondo, Phil McLaughlin, and junior Mike Thompson were selected to the All-Tournament team. In Carpinteria, Elizondo was the lone Warrior selected to the five member All-Tournament team.

In league play, Tehachapi got off to a rough start losing two of their first three games. But the Warriors got hot reeling off 13 straight DIL wins. Tehachapi and Bishop finished league play with identical 14-2 records. The Warriors defeated the Broncos both times the two teams met during the season.

Throughout the season, the Warriors were led by guards Elizondo and Thompson; forwards McLaughlin and Jesse Esparza; and centers Steve Denman (6'3") and Pete Henderson (6'5"). Elizondo consistently provided the offensive firepower; Esparza was the defensive standout, guarding the opponents top scorers; Thompson led the team in assists as the floor general; and McLaughlin, Denman, and Henderson constantly battled for the rebounds.

In the post-season CIF Southern Section playoffs, the Warriors won their opening game on the mountain, defeating Flintridge Prep, 71-38, behind the 21 point effort of McLaughlin. In the second round, Tehachapi outlasted the Fillmore Flashes, 54-49, behind the hustling foor play and shooting of Thompson. In the quarter-finals, playing on a neutral court in Bakersfield, the Warriors blew out league rival Kern Valley, 66-52.

Again playing on a neutral court at Highland High School in Bakersfield, a capacity crowd of over 1,600 fans watched the speedy Atascadero Greyhounds defeat Tehachapi, 72-53, in a semi-final game. Atascadero would go on to win the CIF 1A championship at the LA Sports Arena in their next game, whipping Elsinore. The three CIF playoff wins for the Warriors established a single-season record.

The Warriors established two other team records during the 1973-74 season, winning a school record 22 games during the season, and winning 16 straight games. Elizondo led the team in scoring with 433 points in 27 games --- averaging 16.0 points per game.

Elizondo and Esparza earned all-league 1st team honors while McLaughlin was recognized on the Honorable Mention team. Elizondo was also selected to the ALL-CIF Southern Section 1A basketball team. Elizondo and Esparza were named the co-Most Valuable Players of the team by coach Bill Carll.

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Game-by-Game Results

Non-League Play
Dec 1Taft 56 51HJesse Esparza: 18 pts
Dec 6Boron ## 64 44AVince Elizondo: 21 pts
Dec 7Rosamond ## 52 49APhil McLaughlin: 17 pts
Dec 8Desert (Edwards AFB) ## 50 48AVince Elizondo: 19 pts
Dec 27Moorpark ## 73 45AVince Elizondo: 24 pts
Dec 28Carpinteria ##  51 57ASteve Denman: 14 pts
Dec 29Notre Dame (Riverside) ##  44 47AVince Elizondo: 18 pts

Desert-Inyo League Play

Dec 14Kern Valley (Lake Isabella)   58 64AVince Elizondo: 23 pts
Dec 15Bishop * 65 50HVince Elizondo: 31 pts
Dec 18Desert (Edwards AFB) * 52 57AVince Elizondo: 12 pts
Jan 11Rosamond * 62 51HVince Elizondo: 20 pts
Jan 12Lone Pine * 60 52AVince Elizondo: 18 pts
Jan 18Boron * 52 39AVince Elizondo: 19 pts
Jan 19Trona * 52 50HVince Elizondo: 19 pts
Jan 22Rosamond * 69 60AVince Elizondo: 21 pts
Jan 25Mojave * 81 39HVince Elizondo & Jesse Esparza: 22 pts
Feb 1Kern Valley (Lake Isabella)  70 54HJesse Esparza: 17 pts
Feb 2Bishop * 53 48AJesse Esparza: 18 pts
Feb 8Desert (Edwards AFB) 64 57HVince Elizondo: 19 pts
Feb 13Boron * 54 40HJesse Esparza: 10 pts
Feb 14Trona * 65 36AJesse Esparza: 10 pts
Feb 22Mojave * 83 59AVince Elizondo & Jesse Esparza: 16 pts
Feb 23Lone Pine * 62 52HVince Elizondo: 22 pts

## Rosamond Tournament     ## Carpinteria Tournament     * League Game

CIF Southern Section 1A Playoffs

Feb 26Flintridge Prep (La Canada) 71 38HPhil McLaughlin: 21 pts
Mar 2Fillmore 54 49AMike Thompson: 14 pts
Mar 5Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) 66 52NVince Elizondo: 18 pts
Mar 8Atascadero 53 72NPhil McLaughlin: 12 pts