Dos Pueblos High School CIF AAA Basketball Champions March 13,1971

Memories of Historic Achievement

Photo by Rafael Maldonado, Santa Barbara News-Press

Front row, from left, Scott Roberts, Bill Irving, Stephen Vonasek, Bruce Coldren and Marc Melendez. Back row, from left, Principal Henry Baylor, Dan Melendez, Brent McClurg, Greg Hanson, Coach Don Volpi, Barclay Hope, Tom Henderson and Richard Stein.

Material curated by Mark Looker

Dos Pueblos High School, from Goleta, CA, captured the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) AAA basketball title on March 13,1971, with a 49-40 victory over Bellflower at the LA Sports Arena. It was the first major sports title in the school’s young history. DP would next win a CIF AAA title on Feb. 28, 1990 with a 39-38 overtime thriller over Corona del Mar at UC Irvine’s Bren Center.

As one of the student managers, along with Paul Yarbrough, in addition to being the sports editor of the school newspaper “The Charger Account,” I had a unique perspective from which to view this championship team. 

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the championship win over Bellflower at the L.A. Sports Arena, I am re-posting a collection of players’ memories that I first posted 20 years ago, long before the days of Facebook and Twitter. Their recollections give some insight into the team chemistry that produced a memorable basketball season. I am seeking memories from those who did not share them 20 years ago and will post any new stories I receive.

Championship Game Scorecard courtesy of Mark Riley


See Santa Barbara News Press 30 year anniversary article April 4, 2001

See Santa Barbara News Press Ten Year Anniversary Article March 13, 1981

News coverage of 1971 title game victory

CIF Southern Section Bulletin April 1971

The players:

Coach: 

Student Managers:

Photo Gallery

The Wins and Losses Overall 27-2:

Pre-Season

Beat Royal 82-51

Beat Simi Valley 79-60

Beat Newbury Park 84-37

Beat Hueneme 78-36

Beat Santa Barbara 70-47 click here for photos

Beat Bishop Garcia 74-44

Burbank-Hoover Tourney

Beat Alhambra 70-47

Lost to Crescenta 70-46

Beat Camarillo 71-54

League

Beat Cabrillo 53-44 and 87-62

Beat Arroyo Grande 64-42 and 47-44

Beat Righetti 88-51 and 68-58

Beat Lompoc 74-57 and 90-56

Beat San Luis Obispo 77-43 and 54-43

Beat Santa Maria 75-55 and lost 69-59

Beat San Marcos 53-44 and 58-35

Play-Offs

Beat Newbury Park 64-54

Beat Artesia 65-53

Beat Lausen 69-57

Beat Katella 64-50 (the TV Game)

Championship Game

Beat Bellflower 49-40

Sovine Gym, Home of the Chargers

Photo Courtesy of DP Athletic Director Dan Feldhaus

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Deborah Van

1 month ago

Hi, my name is Deborah Sorsabal Van Horn. My family and I attended that game, and what a game it was. There was a picture of me in the stands cheering the team on that had been posted on the billboard near the library. Those were the days! Loved my high school days.

Ellen Pensky McGraw

1 month ago

Mark, thanks for sharing. I remember those days and appreciate you sharing those memories.

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