Saxon Sports Excellence '64-66

compiled by Ken Hecker


Orange League Champs

FRONT ROW:  Ken Hecker, Manager; Mike Meadows, Mike Iven, Scott Duncan, 
Alan Gladstone, John Armstrong, Don Goudie, Manager; Bob Belanger, Manager.
BACK ROW:  Bob Doyle, Glen Hamilton, Brent Romney, Gary Schmidt, Greg Wallace, 
Bill Anderson, Jim Ross.
1964 Varsity Basketball Team

Coach: Luther Olson

League Record: 12-4

Gary Schmidt (54) wins the jump to begin the second half in Loara's loss to Yucaipa that ends the Saxon quest for a CIF championship in 1964. 
The varsity was coached by Lute Olson, today coach of the 1997 NCAA Champion University of Arizona Wildcats, NCAA coach of the year in 1980, and coach of the 1986 World Championship USA team.

CIF play against El Centro.

John Armstrong (31) is a blur as he goes in for a layup, while Saxons (from left) Al Gladstone (45), Ted Harper (53), and Greg Wallace (41) charge in on the fast break.



Kneeling, l. to r.: Brian Crews, Dale Winterberg, Ted Harper, 
Tom Redington, Mike Murphy, Tom Applegate.
Standing: Coach Virgil Webb, Bob Williams, Larry Walloch, Gary Miller, 
Bill Heyne, Michael Merchant, statistician; George Behnke, manager.
1966 Varsity Basketball Team

Coach:  Virgil Webb

Gary Miller scores over an Estancia defender. Mike Murphy drives for 2 points against Valencia in tournament play.
Ted Harper earned All-everything honors, including Orange County Player of the Year, in basketball.


Quarterback Dick Armstrong goes around end on a keeper.  Armstrong was known for his scrambling play, reminiscent of Fran Tarkinton.

Coach Hill's team was 9-0-0 in league play, and had the best offense in C.I.F.
Mike McLaughlin brings down a Corona del Mar ball carrier, as Bill Nagy, Ted Dekker, and John Longtin converge.



Front Row, left to right:  Randy Kesterson, Mike Perkins, Ralph Bernal, Art Perez, Vern Higgins, Greg McDonald, Gary Ahlberg, Dan Lawson.
Back Row: Coach L. J. Ruiz, Larry Goddard, John Mooney, Paul Bognanno, Ted Dekker, Dave Wright, Chuck Losness, Skip Covert.

Front Row, left to right:  Larry Caldwell, Pete Lee, Bob Jenkins, Nate Guerriero, Gentry Edes, John Pyne, Masanori Sato, Jay Naliboff, Phil Delgado.
Back Row:  Coach Dennis Lindsey, Jim Hill, Craig Delfs, Jack Reynolds, Charles Zimmerman, Don Swanson, Lanny Badten, John Fusca.



Varsity Baseball - 1966
Front Row, l. to r.; Coach Chandler, Fred Feetham, Mike Adams, Tim Morgan, Harvey Wynn, Gary Miller.
Middle Row; Paul Murdoch, Bob States, Bob Ryan, Don Lee, Don Rayworth, Dale Winterberg.
Top Row; George Zeber, Bill Such, Ron Kelly, Jack Holman, Dick Armstrong, Tom Blee, Dave Dykes.
Tim Morgan to Mike Adams.  Mike was Irvine League Player of the Year, with a .355 batting average.

Loara won the league championship with a 11-3 record.

Sophomore George Zeber would go on to play 
for the New York Yankees in the 1978 World Series.


The City Title in Cross Country is on the line, as the Saxons come on to win at LaPalma Park.
Dennis Walp held the city record in the pole vault at 14' 8 ¼"
Cross Country captain Sandy Vaccaro held the school record in the two miles, and lettered in track.
Jim Donart was Loara's big gun.  Jim went to C.I.F. finals as a junior and was our most versatile track star.

Jim was also in Chamber Singers and played the lead role of Will Parker in 1965's OKLAHOMA!


Two time All CIF golfer Jon Christenson displays his putting form for the Varsity, r.; Mike Husted, Rex Prosser, Rick Moore, Coach Virgil Webb, Mike Whedon, Larry Gates, Larry Wright.
Bottom row, l. to r.; Gary Chang, Brian Crews, Tom Applegate.  Middle Row; Randy Dailey, Chuck Losness, Gentry Edes.  Standing; Scott Peer, John Johnson, Michael Guzenske.


Goalie Debbie Miller makes a successful save against Savanna.
Teammate Gloria Pifer (8) comes in on the play.



Kneeling, l. to r.: Scott Nagel, Paul Sill, Stewart Slykhous, Mike Cereseto, Jeff Franzen, Craig Rusbult.
Standing, l. to r.: Coach Baca, Jim Carlson, Richard Dinnebier, Charles Perkins, Dennis Kelly, Richard Harding, Tom Norminton, Alex Gillon, Bob Simon.
Loara Varsity Tennis, 1966

Loara's tennis team brought home our first ever C.I.F. championship!