1987-88 Warriors

Desert-Inyo League Champions
League Record: 9-1 (15-7 Overall)

The 1987-88 Warriors include, front row, left to right, Jason McHolm, Jason Valenzuela, Lance Christensen, Rudy Aguilar, Donre Patterson,
back row, Brandon Frederick, Steve Hunt, Mark Ratekin, Troy Damian, Chris Raymond, Tim Coward, and Todd Cowden.

Warriors Capture DIL Title in 1988
Mark Ratekin Earns All-DIL 1st Team Honors

Under second year coach Steve Walker, the 1987-88 Warriors captured a Desert Inyo League large schools division title. For Tehachapi, it was the schools second DIL title in three years.

In pre-league play, the Warriors were 5-5, starting slow because the Warrior football team went deep into the post-season CIF playoffs.

One highlight in the pre-league season was a 2nd place finish in the annual Bishop High School Tournament, which featured a lineup of eight schools. In the tournament, the Warriors defeated Capistrano Valley Christian; outscored Bell Air Prep; and lost to Pasadena Poly in the finals, 61-60. All-tournament selections for the Warriors included Mark Ratekin (49 points in 3 games) and Lance Christensen (30 points in 3 games).

In league play, the Warriors blew away the competition with a final 9-1 league record. The toughest wins were against Bishop, with Tehachapi winning the home game by 8 points and the away game by 2 points. The lone loss was against Kern Valley, 55-54.

In CIF post-season play, Tehachapi defeated Santa Ynez High School in a thrilling overtime game, 73-70. Ratekin entertained the home town crowd with a season high 30 point game.

The season came to an end the following week though, as a talented Beaumont team whipped Tehachapi, 54-37. Steve Hunt had 13 to lead Tehachapi.

Ratekin and Hunt were the leading scorers for the Warriors, with both players going over the 200 point mark for the season. The leading rebounders were forward Chris Raymond and 6'6" center Troy Damian.

For his outstanding play throughout the season, senior Mark Ratekin was selected to the All-DIL 1st team. Earning 2nd team honors were Damian and Raymond.

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Pre-Season Play

Dec 2Garces (Bakersfield) 36 63HJason Valenzuala: 9 pts
Dec 8Shafter 56 43AJason Valenzuela: 23 pts
Dec 15Silver Valley (Yermo) 55 61A
Dec 17Taft ## 57 74ASteve Hunt: 13 pts
Dec 18Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) ## 62 74AJason Valenzuela: 19 pts
Dec 19Community Christian (Bakersfield) ##  70 38AChris Raymond: 11 pts
Dec 28Capistrano Valley Christian ## 54 46A
Dec 29Bell Air Prep ## 85 79A
Dec 30Pasadena Poly ## 60 61A
Jan 5Taft 68 64HTim Coward: 21 pts

Desert-Inyo League Play

Jan 8Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) *   67 57AChris Raymond: 18 pts
Jan 12Mojave * 62 35HChris Raymond: 16 pts
Jan 15Desert (Edwards AFB) * 88 52ASteve Hunt: 23 pts
Jan 22Paraclete (Lancaster) * 86 65 AMark Ratekin: 23 pts
Jan 26Bishop * 50 48AMark Ratekin: 19 pts
Jan 29Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) * 54 55HSteve Hunt: 16 pts
Feb 2Mojave * 60 51AChris Raymond: 18 pts
Feb 5Desert (Edwards AFB) * 78 54HMark Ratekin: 20 pts
Feb 9Paraclete (Lancaster) * 77 65HMark Ratekin: 21 pts
Feb 11Bishop * 64 56HMark Ratekin: 28 pts

## Shafter Tournament     ## 10th Annual Bishop High Tournament     * League Game

CIF Southern Section 1A Playoffs

Feb 19Santa Ynez 73 70HMark Ratekin: 30 pts (OT)
Feb 26Beaumont 37 54HSteve Hunt: 13 pts