Bruce Cassayre

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Bruce Cassayre competed in track, tennis and basketball at Napa High School. In 1947, on the C track team, he won the NBL shot put championship. In 1948, he repeated the feat on the B track team, setting an NBL record in the process. He went on to win the North Coast Section Championship. As a varsity performer in 1949, Cassayre proved his versatility by placing third in the NBL high jump. In tennis, Cassayre played #2 singles as a junior and #1 singles on the 1948-49 team. Cassayre led the 1947-48 B basketball team to a North Bay League Championship. He was the top scorer on another of Napa High’s fine B basketball teams of the 1940 era. As a varsity player in 1948-49, Cassayre was the second highest scorer on Napa’s North Bay League championship team. After losing their first four games, the 1948-49 team won 17 of its last 18 games and went undefeated in league play. Cassayre led the NBL in scoring. A comment from one of Cassayre’s teammates: “Bruce epitomized the team concept in basketball which triggered the successful teams on which he played.” Cassayre went on to Napa Junior College where he was the second leading scorer on the 1949-50 team.