Yuba City High School's Baseball Hall of Fame

The 2014 class of Yuba City High School's Baseball Hall of Fame inductees pose for a photo Saturday evening at the Plaza Room in Yuba City. Front row, from left, Jim Stassi, Alex Pappas, Jack Sarvis, Steve Ettles, Steve Armocido and Mark Cartwright. Back row, Dave Rayburn, Blake Griffin, Lon Kuykendall, Wayne Parker, Roger Reynolds, Jimmy Pappas and Bob Noreen.

Three former players, a longtime coach and one of the greatest teams in school history were honored at Yuba City High School's Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night at the Plaza Room in Yuba City.

Inductees were selected for their exceptional contributions to the overall development, success and prestige to the Yuba City High baseball program.

Here are the members of the second annual class:

Steve Armocido, Class of 1979

Armed with one of the best bats in program history, Armocido was well-known for his tenacity and relentless effort on the diamond. He was rarely seen without dirt all over his uniform following a ballgame.

A clutch performer at the plate, nearly every ball Armocido hit went somewhere hard. Even an out was usually a line drive right at somebody.

From 1978-79 he set an unmatched standard of excellence with a school-record 27-game hitting streak. During his senior campaign of 1979, Armocido hit safely in 23 of the Honkers' 24 games, compiling 37 overall hits and a .474 batting average. That average ranks third in school history among players who played in Division I and seventh overall.

Armocido also clubbed four home runs, 10 doubles and 19 RBIs in earning a first team All-Delta League selection, Sacramento Bee first team All-Metro selection and a spot on the highly revered Sacramento Optimist Club All-Star team.

He was also a stalwart behind the dish and continued a great tradition of catchers at Yuba City High. During his junior season, Armocido selflessly made the transition to left field as fellow Hall-of-Famer Jim Stassi occupied the catcher position.

In his junior season, Aramocido was key in leading the Honkers to Delta League and Sacramento City titles, providing a steady presence in the lineup. He was All-Delta League his junior season.

After high school, Armocido moved on to Yuba College where he once again saw an enormous amount of success, helping lead the 49ers baseball team to a third-place finish in the state and a 37-4 overall record.

He was an All-State honorable mention and named to the All-GVC team.

Armocido followed up that performance with a GVC Player of the Year nod his sophomore season in 1981. He batted .420 with 20 RBIs and seven doubles. Armocido finished out his collegiate career with two seasons at Chico State.

Mark Cartwright, Class of 1979

Cartwright earned a reputation for being able to come through in the big game and left his mark as one of the top arms in program history.

During his junior season in 1978, Cartwright, along with fellow Hall-of-Famer Bob Noreen, set a then-school record with 10 victories on the mound. Three of those wins came in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs where he was a key part in leading the Honkers to the Sac-Joaquin Section championship game against Merced.

He ended the season with a 2.15 ERA in 711⁄3 innings pitched, earning All-Delta League honors. He was also named to the All-Tournament of Champions team for his performance in the playoffs. Cartwright added an all-tourney selection at the Butte-Glenn Invitational.

Cartwright was the Honkers' ace his senior season in 1979 and tallied six victories on the season. His top performance came back at the Butte-Glenn Invitational where he was the tournament's MVP after tossing 17 innings in a 24-hour span, picking up two wins.

He ate up 73 innings for the Honkers and put up a 1.64 ERA in 1979 en route to earning a selection in the Sacramento Optimist Club All-Star Game with his catcher/teammate Armocido.

Cartwright continued his success at Yuba College where he went 12-1 in his freshman season, helping lead the 49ers to a third-place finish in the state. Cartwright set a school record with 20 strikeouts in a playoff game. An All-GVC and All-State selection, Cartwright ended the season with a 2.53 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 90 innings pitched.

Following that breakout season, Cartwright was drafted by the New York Yankees and spent five seasons in minor league baseball. He pitched three seasons in the Yankees organization and two more with the Minnesota Twins, reaching as high as Double-A.

He totaled 624 innings in the minors with a 46-25 record and a 3.23 ERA. Cartwright ended his career in 1985, pitching for the Rimini Pirates in Italy.

Cartwright is also a member of the Yuba College and Northern California Sports Association Hall of Fames.

Alex Pappas, Class of 1958

There has been long line of talent at the catcher position to go through Yuba City's baseball program and that tradition began with Pappas.

He was a key member in the turnaround of Yuba City's baseball team in the 1950s. The Honkers defeated Live Oak 10-3 his junior season in 1957, which snapped a 22-game losing streak for the program.

Behind Pappas, the Honkers finished a respectable 9-3 in the Sierra Foothill League. He was the clean-up hitter in first-year coach Jack Sarvis' lineup and led the Honkers with 15 hits and 12 RBIs, including a .311 batting average.

Yuba City followed up its breakout 1957 campaign with a SFL title in 1958. The Honkers went 11-1 overall and 9-1 in SFL play.

The Honkers' team captain, Pappas came up huge for Yuba City with a .393 batting average, 14 runs scored and 12 RBIs.

After high school, Pappas attended Yuba College for a year and then enlisted in the United States Army, serving overseas.

Upon his return, he played two years of baseball for Yuba College and moved on to Chico State to earn his degree. He taught special education at Marysville High for more than 30 years and coached in the Indians baseball program during that time period.

He coached the freshman and JV teams from the early 1970s until 1990. Pappas took over the varsity program from Byron Randolph, leading the Indians from 1991-2001 when he retired.

Jack Sarvis, varsity coach from 1957-68

Sarvis laid the foundation for Honker baseball and is one of the main reasons the program has maintained such a high level of success.

Sarvis took over as head coach of the Honkers in 1957 and immediately turned things around. The Honkers were in the midst of a 22-game losing streak when he took the reins, but ended the 1957 season with a 9-3 record.

Yuba City followed that with a Sierra Foothill League championship in 1958, only the second title in program history (joining the 1944 team).

Under Sarvis, the Honkers won SFL titles in 1957, 1961 and 1967. During that time, his teams put up an 85-50 record in SFL play.

Sarvis also spearheaded a remodeling project for Winship Field and moved the facility to its current location at the corner of Clark Avenue and B Street. Sarvis served as Honker coach from 1957-68.

He was also involved in Honker athletics in other avenues, including serving as JV basketball coach from 1957-74, leading his squads to numerous league championships. Sarvis was head varsity basketball coach from 1975-77.

Sarvis was loved by students and was a physical education teacher at Yuba City from 1956-90. Additionally, Sarvis served as the school's athletic director and P.E. department head.

Originally from Green River, Wyo., Sarvis was a multi-sport standout in high school and played basketball at the University of Wyoming, Sacramento City College and Sacramento State.

He served his country in the United States Army's 86th Infantry Division from 1943-46 in Austria and the Philippines.

1978 team

Led by coach Steve Ettles, the 1978 Honkers finished their campaign 29-5, setting a school record for victories (since broken by the 2007 section championship team).

The thing to keep in mind about this group is that they found an immense amount of success while playing in Division I and competing in the ever-competitive Delta League.

The '78 Honkers nearly pulled off the improbable in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

After opening tournament play with a 13-0 loss to Cordova, the Honkers rattled off six consecutive victories to force a winner-take-all championship game with Merced. Yuba City defeated Merced 6-5 to hand the Bears their only loss of the season, but Merced came back with a 9-3 victory in the do-or-die championship to take the title.

The Honkers took home the Delta League title that season with a 12-3 league record and also won the Butte-Glenn Invitational.

All-Delta League selections included MVP Noreen, Stassi, Jimmy Pappas, Lon Kuykendall, Blake Griffin, Aromcido and Cartwright. Noreen, Stassi, Cartwright, Griffin and Greg Spears were all named to the All-Tournament team for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs with Noreen earning MVP honors.

Noreen and Stassi set TOC records with 11 hits in the tournament. Yuba City finished ranked No. 1 in the Sacramento region by both the Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Union newspapers.

"I have never had a team pull together as well as this team," Ettles told the Appeal-Democrat. "They always believed they could win and had a kind of closeness that I can't explain."

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