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1950: Silva’s three touchdowns lead Buffs to win over Christian Brothers

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POSTED October 3, 2010 2:44 a.m.
Seventy years ago, on September 29, 1940, Harold Garvine’s Manteca Merchants went barbaric in the eighth frame of its baseball tilt with Melrose Boosters. Playing listless ball for seven frames and on the short end of a 7-2 score as they turned past the stretch inning, the local hickorymen unloaded a barrage of base hits to tally eight times and sew up the ball game. The final score favored Manteca 10-7.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

90 years ago: October 1, 1920 - The last game of the summer series of baseball will be played in Manteca Sunday afternoon. Manteca won the game Sunday by a score of 6-1 in just about the best game ever played on the local diamond. This tied the score with Tracy. Manteca won the first half of the series and Tracy won the second half. Tracy won the first of the playoff games and Manteca won the second.

80 years ago: October 2, 1930 - Manteca High defeated the Hilmar High eleven on the local field Friday afternoon by a score of 12-6. Both of Manteca’s touchdowns were made by hard thrusts through the line. Willard MacNeil carried the hall over for both touchdowns. Three of Hilmar’s passes were intercepted by Ray Forsell, Manteca backfield man.

70 years ago: October 3, 1940 - A charging Manteca High football team smashed and slashed its way through a fairly strong Christian Brothers High eleven from Sacramento Friday night on Pennebaker Field to win its second game of the season by an 18-0 score. Slippery Sal Crivello, given some rocking blocking by his mates, gave the 900-odd fans who turned out to see Larry Siemering’s squad in action on the local turf for the first time this year, plenty to talk about when he accounted for all three Buffalo scores. Crivello scored on runs of five, six and 47 yards.

60 years ago: October 5, 1950 - Manteca High continued on its successful way as they drilled out a 25-12 win over Christian Brothers of Sacramento last Friday night on the Manteca field for its third win of the 1950 season. Halfback Ernie Silva scored on runs of 20 and 25 yards, while Leo Cardinal tallied from 20 yards out and end Larry Brashear raced 22 yards on an end-around to paydirt. John Cabrera kicked an extra point. Silva, only a junior, gained 148 yards on 11 carries. Bob Escobar played a good defensive game at his left tackle post and guard Bob Zanetti was also outstanding on defense.

50 years ago: October 6, 1960 - A fired-up band of Manteca High Buffaloes who refused to quit, pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the young grid season last Friday night by downing the previously undefeated Downey High eleven from Modesto, 21-13. Buff scores were by John Holbrook, Tim Brumley and John Zimmerman on a razzle-dazzle pass play from Holbrook, who had taken a screen pass from Brumley. Holbrook kicked all three extra points. Bob Mattes and Larry Scharmann were outstanding on defense.

40 years ago: October 2, 1970 - Manteca High’s cross-country squad came up with its second win of the season, as it took an 18-41 win over Sonora High last Monday. The brothers Rodriguez, Nick and Frank, respectively, paced the Green and White to the win with times of 16:33 and 17:41 over the three-mile tour.

Mantecan Steve Mendosa, halfback for Chico State College, caught a 50-yard screen pass which he ran in for a touchdown that gave Chico a 12-6 win over Southern Oregon last week. Mendosa is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mendosa.

With a stunning 38-8 victory over Oakdale High, the undefeated Manteca High Buffaloes scored their first win over Oakdale since 1964. Most amazing was the complete dominance of the Herd by the visiting Buffaloes.

30 years ago: September 29, 1980 - Manteca High’s tennis team kept their VOL winning streak alive yesterday afternoon by trouncing Ceres High 12-3 in a match on the Ceres courts. The Lady Buffs’ league record is now 5-0. Leading Coach Sharyl Burgeson’s team were Broni Steves and Susie Cowan with a pair of wins each.

The East Union High tennis team finished the first half of VOL play on a high note. Coach Carl Bosque’s Lady Lancers won a deciding 63-59 tiebreaker to down Los Banos High yesterday. The Lancers’ top singles player Sherri Reynolds keyed the EU victory with three wins.

East Union High’s William Windham captured a first place finish, but it wasn’t enough  to catapault his team over Ceres High as the Lancer cross-country squad dropped a 23-32 decision to the Bulldogs Monday afternoon in the VOL opener for both teams at Smyrna Park in Ceres. Windham’s time of 15:28 topped the field but the loss dropped Coach Dave Soeth’s Lancers to 0-4 overall. In the girls’ competition, the local runners lost to Ceres 25-30. EU’s April Clifton took second at 13:00.

The East Union High volleyball team played up to their abilities, topping the Los Banos High team, 10-15, 15-10, 15-11.

The Manteca High volleyball team has yet to capture a VOL triumph in 1980. Coach Debbie Becker’s bumpers ran into a hard-hitting Sonora High sextet, dropping a 15-2, 15-7 match in Sonora.

Manteca High’s Manuel Sequeira scored on a three-yard run with 1:19 to go in the game, but it wasn’t enough as Oakdale High took a 7-6 VOL decision in Oakdale Friday night. The try for a two-point conversion failed. Sequeira was the game’s leading ground gainer with 38 yards on just three carries.

A tie ball game doesn’t decide anything and nobody really gets a kick out of one, but the East Union High football squad can be grateful  that it was able to salvage at least a 7-7 deadlock with Los Banos High in EU’s Homecoming effort last Friday night at Guss Schmiedt Field. Lance Miller connected with James Mackey for a 20-yard touchdown pass with just 21 seconds remaining in the first half. Chris Del Prato made good with the PAT. Mackey led all rushers with 104 yards on 20 carries.

20 years ago: October 2, 1990 - East Union High improved to 7-0 on the year by opening Valley  Oak League volleyball play with a lopsided 15-3, 15-7, 15-6 win over Ceres High Monday night at Dalben Center. Coach Jon Olson’s predominately junior team was paced by Karina Ward’s 12 service points.

Manteca High’s volleyball team made the most of its VOL opener with a straight-set 15-9, 15-8, 15-10 win over host Oakdale High Monday night. Shim Lacy and Cateena Gleaves each had six service points for the Lady Buffs, now 6-1 on the season.

Experience out-shined emotion Tuesday as Manteca High’s tennis team romped past cross-town rival East Union High 13-2. The Lady Lancers remain winless through five league tries. Sue Nunes had a three-match sweep for the Lady Buffs. Kirsten Nelson provided EU’s only points of the day.

Grabbing their first taste of victory in 1990 VOL football, Manteca High used Rick Asbell’s two long scoring runs and a last-quarter touchdown by Gary Cook to down the host Ceres High eleven 27-21 Friday night. Asbell scored on the first play of game, a 64-yard gallop. Asbell, who finished with 147 yards rushing, scored again on a 70-yard rumble in the second qaurter. Cook’s pair of touchdowns were on runs of five and three yards. He also picked up a couple of conversion points on a run.

East Union High’s hopes of a football win faded wide to the right Friday night at Guss Schmiedt Field as Armando Avina’s 40-yard field goal attempt with 43 seconds to play missed the mark and the Lancers were defeated 19-18 by visiting Los Banos High. Avina had earlier rocketed a 47-yard field goal with plenty to spare. In addition to the long field goal, Avina accounted  for most of the EU scoring as he ran for 101  yards on 13 carries, scored a touchdown on a 51-yard run, and kicked a conversion. Dan Younger tallied the other Lancer score on a three-yard run. Rudy Bass picked up the points-after on a run.

10 years ago: October 7, 000 - More flags hit the field during Friday’s football game with Sierra High playing at Tracy High than at a reunion of the American Legion. It wasn’t pretty and neither was the score: Tracy 23, Sierra 14. Josh Montgomery’s 40 yard touchdown run early in the first quarter and Brett Jones’s one-yard plunge just seconds into the second period was the extent of the Timberwolf scoring. For the T-wolf defense, Ryan Rosano had 10 tackles.

Returning nearly all of its pre-season starters Friday night, the East Union High defense knocked around the host Los Banos High Tigers and limited them to 120 yards total offense as the Lancers took a 20-8 victory. Brian Geer picked up two sacks and a fumble recovery to lead the EU defenders. Anthony Ganzler had an outstanding game, rushing for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He also sacked the Tiger quarterback for a safety in the first half.

Undefeated Sonora High stayed that way Friday night as it edged Manteca High 21-13. Jeff Duran scored first TD for the Buffaloes on a two-yard run just before the half. Chris Harden passed 11 yards to Troy McBroom for the other Buff score. Jeff Jandro kicked two extra points for MHS. Coach Joe Miller’s Buffaloes actually outgained the Wildcats 283 to 229.

Tempers flared, cards flashed, players shoved, fans yelled. Seven yellow cards were dealt. All in a day’s work on the field with East Union High soccer. The Lancers faced visiting Sonora High Thursday and the two sides fought to a 1-1 tie. Thirty-five minutes into the first half, EU’s Jesse Reyes scored a goal.

Manteca High’s volleyball team battered host Los Banos High 15-1, 15-6, 15-12 Thursday night. Controlled passing and excellent communication returned to the Lady Buffs’ play. Rebecca Lang led the winners with six kills and Beth Simas contributed 17 assists.

The Manteca High soccer team dominated West High on Thursday resulting in a 1-0 win for the Buffaloes. In the 24th minute of the second half, Michael Dovichi put the ball in the net for the winners.

Playing Thursday afternoon at the Manteca Park course, the Tracy High golfers defeated Manteca High 167-172. Second-year players Jenny Hummel and Ashley Spence each shot a 50 for the Lady Buffs.

Leading 3-0 after 36 minutes, the Oakdale High soccer team went on to defeat Sierra High 5-1 on Thursday. David Salazar scored what would be the lone goal for the T’wolves at that time.

The Manteca High tennis team lost to Tracy High on Thursday.

The East Union High tennis team lost to Los Banos High on Thursday.

The Sierra High golf team beat Oakdale High in a big way at Oakdale Thursday, the score being 158-192. Lady T’wolf Yvonne Thornton shot a 47 for medalist honors.

Sierra High dropped a 12-3 tennis match to Oakdale High on Thursday. T’wolf singles players Hillary Davis, Anna Lowery and Trini Gonzales won for the SHS girls.

East Union High’s golf team continued its undefeated ride through the VOL yesterday, beating Tracy High 149-175. The Lady Lancers were led by Erica Yoshino’s 41.

East Union High dropped a 14-16, 3-15, 14-16 match to Sonora High yesterday. Shelly Cultrera had 10 points with four aces and Sam Cooke had seven kills in a losing cause.

After winning the first game 19-14, the visiting Sierra High volleyball team dropped the next three games, 9-15, 0-15, 3-15 to West High  yesterday. Trish Werre had nine kills, five digs and eight service points for Coach Tevani Liotard’s Lady T’wolves.
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