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1960: Scharmann swipes ball for Manteca TB

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POSTED October 10, 2010 1:20 a.m.
Sixty years ago, on October 6, 1950, the Manteca High Buffaloes showed high-scoring offense for the first time this season as they powered to a 45-14 win over hapless St. Mary’s High on Pennebaker Field. Quarterback Ray Dellavecchia tossed three scoring passes, with throws going to Keith Grieve (twice) and to Charlie Honodel. Other touchdowns were tallied by Gene Peterson, Mariano Valenzuela, Leo Cardinal and Ralph Lanting. Larry Brashear recovered two Ram fumbles. Guard Bob Zanetti and tackle Bob Escobar were outstanding on defense.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

90 years ago: October 8, 1920 - Manager P. J. Peltier is a proud man these days as he led the Manteca ball team to another pennant. The deciding game on Sunday was one of the best ever seen on the local field and was attended by a record crowd. Elmer Blodgett pitched a masterful game and Ford caught a great game. Cullums’ batting was one of the features of the game as he had two doubles.

80 years ago: October 9, 1930 - Manteca High will go to Stockton tomorrow afternoon to play a return game with the B team of the high school of that city. The first game between the two teams was played last Friday and it resulted in a victory for Manteca by a score of 26 to 0. Wide end runs and successful line smashes gave the Buffaloes 13 first downs to Stockton’s three. Willard MacNeil ran for three touchdowns and Pete Antifae scored the last one.

70 years ago: October 10, 1940 - Before a fair-sized crowd that trekked to Pennebaker Field Friday night, Manteca High continued its victorious march when it  overpowered the Stockton Vocational High School in a wide-open game by a 33 to 0 score. Sal Crivello scored two touchdowns, Norman Brockman and Ray Willson scored the others. Willard Rieger caught three passes for extra points, one from Lou Bronzan and the other from Willson.

Harold Garvine’s Manteca Merchants pounded out a total of 15 base hits, while three local hurlers were limiting their opponents to a single base hit to shellack the Melrose Boosters in a return game on the local high school diamond Sunday afternoon by a 17 to 2 score. Milo Candini, playing shortstop, and Joe Escobar, handling left field as well as taking the mound for the final three innings, were the hitting stars for the afternoon. The former connected for a trio of bingles in five trips, while Escobar garnered three infield blows in six tries.

60 years ago: October 12, 1950 - The Manteca Falcons semi-pro football team got back on the winning rack by walloping the Fremont Athletic Club last Sunday by a score of 32-6 in their first home game of the season. Touchdowns were scored by Lyle Cook, Bud McMurdo, Ed Marlowe, George Azevedo and Phil Ortez (on a pass from Bob Wright). Azevedo kicked two conversions.

50 years ago: October 13, 1960 - Manteca High ran its record to three out of four last Friday night by knocking off a highly-regarded Bishop Armstrong High team from Sacramento, 21-19. The Buffaloes’ first score was on a pass from Tim Brumley to Les Jones, who in turn passed to John Zimmerman in the end zone. Brumley later hit Mike Estrada for a score and defensive tackle Larry Scharmann stole the ball from the Armstrong quarterback and raced 45 yards for a touchdown. John Holbrook kicked three straight conversions.

40 years ago
: October 9, 1970 - Manteca High’s upset 16-0 win over St. Mary’s High Friday night keeps the Buffaloes undefeated for the season. Denny Letcher passed to Vic Liles for one score and Jack Mendosa ran 26 yards for the other score. Joey Jacobs ran across for both conversions. Mendosa was the leading Buff runner as he gained 125 yards.

East Union High fell victim to the Bulldogs of Ceres High 13-12 in a heartbreaking, but impressive performance by the local squad. Chuck Dimas scored one touchdown and Mike Buck the other to pace the Lancers.

30 years ago
: October 8, 1980 - Quarterback Gerald Capps and split end Brian Sallee teamed up on a spectacular two-man show, while their team’s defense proved to be stingier that ever as Manteca High captured a 10-6 Valley Oak League victory over Sonora High last Friday evening before a chill-bitten crowd at Guss Schmiedt Field. Sallee, an elusive 5-10, 165-pound senior, snared seven passes from Capps for 146 yards and a first-quarter touchdown and also excited the crowd with a 40-yard kickoff return. Meanwhile, an inspired Buffalo defense limited the Wildcasts to just 96 offensive yards. Randy Neto kicked a PAT and later, a 23-yard field goal.

At Livingston High on Friday night, the host Wolves walked away with a 21-15 upset victoy over East Union High. Lancer quarterback Lance Miller scored one touchdown on a 54-yard keeper and tossed a one-yard scoring pass to Tony Martin. Martin, in turn, passed to James Mackey for a two-point conversion.

The East Union High volleyball team boosted its VOL record to 5-1 by whipping Oakdale High in two straight games last night in EU’s Dalben Center. The scores were 15-3, 15-6. With Carolyn Ott serving, the Lady Lancers rattled off seven unanswered points in the first game.

Sophomore Debby Drury took three wins yesterday as the undefeated Manteca High tennis team downed cross-town rival East Union High 10-5. Lady Lancer Sherri Reynolds grabbed two wins. The big story in doubles play was EU’s Jen Padron and Gina Barroga’s upset of Denise Negley and Arabella Mola. Padron-Barroga also beat Stacy Bates and Debbie Aiello.
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