1978-79 Warriors

League Record: 5-4 (10-11 Overall)

The 1978-79 Warriors include, left to right, Steve Smith, Kurt Beerline, Tony Elizondo, Mark Madden, John Rolin, Todd Buttcane,
Hal Barker, John Villacana, Jay Reeder, Bob Wonacott, Bob Carll, and Bruce Schkade.

Warriors Finish 5-4 in DIL Play
Jay Reeder and John Villacana Earn MVP Honors

Under seventh year coach Bill Carll, the 1978-79 Warriors finished 5-4 in Desert-Inyo League (DIL) play. Bishop High School won the DIL for the eighth straight season with a perfect 9-0 record.

For coach Carll, it would be his final season coaching the Warrior basketball program (though Carll would return as the head coach in 1983-84). Long time junior varsity and freshmen coach Frank Crumpacker would assume control of the Warrior varsity program beginning in 1979-80.

For Tehachapi, the 1978-79 season marked the first time in five years the Warriors failed to make the post-season playoffs. The Warriors 10-11 overall record snapped a seven year streak of winning season records.

Tehachapi finished 4-7 in the pre-league season, including the participation in three different tournaments. In the annual Kern County Tournament in Bakersfield, the Warriors were eliminated after losing two straight games to West Bakersfield and Shafter. Warrior woes continued in the Fillmore Tournament with consecutive losses to Santa Paula and Fillmore.

However, Tehachapi bounced back to capture the Consolation Championship of the annual Bishop Tournament. After losing the opening game to Pasadena Poly, the Warriors rebounded to defeat both Mammoth and Hawthorne, Nevada.

In league play, the Warriors won five games, and lost two very close games to Trona and Desert. The only two lopsided losses were to Mammoth and eventual league champion Bishop.

For their outstanding play throughout the season, seniors Jay Reeder and John Villacana were named the co-MVP's of the team by the Warrior coaching staff.

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Game-by-Game Results

Pre-Season Play
Dec 1Rosamond 37 40AKevin Austin: 7 pts
Dec 8West Bakersfield ## 43 79AJohn Villacana: 12 pts
Dec 9Shafter ## 50 75AJohn Villacana: 14 pts
Dec 12Mojave 57 47HKevin Austin: 16 pts
Dec 15Boron 53 33HJohn Villacana: 16 pts
Dec 19Santa Paula ## 42 68AJay Reeder: 12 pts
Dec 20Fillmore ## 28 40AHal Barker: 8 pts
Dec 27Pasadena Poly ## 40 63AJohn Rolin: 17 pts
Dec 28Mammoth ## 50 43AJohn Rolin: 9 pts
Dec 29Hawthorne, NE ## 68 62AJohn Villacana: 25 pts
Jan 9Desert (Edwards AFB)  33 42HJohn Villacana: 10 pts

League Play
Jan 12Mammoth * 49 65AJay Reeder: 15 pts
Jan 19Mojave * 56 46AJay Reeder: 14 pts
Jan 20Trona 58 40HJohn Villacana: 20 pts
Jan 26Rosamond * 60 38HJay Reeder: 18 pts
Jan 27Trona * 61 62AJay Reeder: 22 pts
Feb 6Bishop * 30 67HJohn Villacana: 16 pts
Feb 9Desert (Edwards AFB) * 46 52AJohn Rolin & John Villacana: 11 pts
Feb 10Lone Pine * 66 39HKevin Austin: 16 pts
Feb 13Boron * 57 35A
Feb 16Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) *  65 56HJay Reeder: 12 pts

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