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“The Kendall Arnett 1970 Placer High School”
Artist: James Geddes
I have had a burning desire to
recreate one of
the most exciting times in my life.
Kendall Arnett Tournament! As a player
in three tourneys, I
can honestly say I will never
forget the years I
participated in the Kendall.
Anyone who has attended the
Kendall has distinct
memories of the crowd, the cheer and
song leaders, the friends,
the band and the intense games.
And of course, our
dear old gym, The Earl Crabbe, built in
This sketch is from the 1970 tournament,
more specifically this is Gary Just driving to t
against Folsom high. Gary broke and still holds the Kendall
Total points in the three-game tournament with 76
And 32 total field goals. Both of these were records set!
Placer won the tournament that year against the highly rated
Jefferson HS. Placer won 80-65.
My sweetie Nancy is
cheering and can be seen
just off the elbow of the defender.
Coach Kendall Arnett started the tournament in
and it was called the "Block P Patriotic Tournament”.
Arnett died suddenly in 1954 and the school
tournament in his memory. The tournament
will be 80 years
old in this year! The Auburn Journal
calls it the longest
running high school tournament
in California. The Kendall
was not held in
2020 due to COVID-19.
Randy Fee was
instrumental in providing much of this
Placer High School