I believe the locker room photo above was taken at what was then Cal Western, after our CIF championship victory over Saints late in January 1963. It was the first time a local high school basketball game was televised, but was taped and shown the next day. This worked out great for us because we all met at Coach Sams' house to watch ourselves. (Left to right) Dick Woodson behind Joe Hasenauer, Dave "Granddaddy" Greer, Ron Kroepel holding Coach's right leg, Tom Ault, Tom Christensen and John Kramer. We were all seniors -- Tom Christensen

The photo below was taken at the San Diego Union office at their old location downtown.  Coach Sams is reading some of the many articles written about our team that season.  We were 28-5, won the annual Kiwanis holiday tournament and came in second in the holiday Covina Tournament. We lost to the host team, which sent two players on to UCLA. We played the SDSU frosh to a 52-52 tie at Peterson Gym. The game was called because the Aztec varsity was ready to start their scheduled home game. Our Larry Blum set the county scoring record and was named co-CIF Player of the year. (left to right) Ron Kroepel, John Kramer behind him, Dave Greer, Dick Woodson, Joe Hasenauer, Tom Ault, Dave Miller (Jr) behind Tom, Larry Blum, unknown -- one of the managers, Tom Christensen, and Bill Center. How fitting, because Bill ended up doing better than becoming the sports statistician he aspired to be in the yearbook.

The unknown below is Dan Riley. I played Pony League baseball and intramural basketball with him.  He's listed in the Class of ’64 Obituary Page. I was a bench warmer on the 1964 team as a Senior, after trying out every year.  We made it to the CIF semis played at CalWestern and got beat by Helix.  I finally got in the game because all my intramural buddies were yelling "We want Watson", although Coach Sams probably wanted everyone to get a chance to play in a championship game.  I got a chance at a free throw in the final minutes and looked forward to getting my name in the paper for the first time. Dave Miller, one of my best friends at Crawford, stepped over the line,negating my point, so no paper. Bummer! -- Nick Watson ’64

Check out some of the 1963 sportswriter's essentials on the desk: a typewriter on its own rolling table, two rotary phones with extension buttons, a jar of rubber cement and -- be still my heart -- one of those snazzy address "books" that open to the names that begin with the letter you selected on the slide -- JF


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