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1980: EU grid coach Gebhardt resigns after losing season

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POSTED November 21, 2010 2:24 a.m.
Thirty years ago, on November 24, 1980, in keeping with his promise to the boosters’ club to resign if “we don’t have a successful season,” East Union High football coach Vern Gebhardt tendered his resignation to school principal Richard Durham. The Lancers were just 3-5-1 and, for the ninth time in 10 seasons, a Gebhardt-coached team bowed to Manteca High. The 35-year-old head coach posted a 46-51-2 record in 10 seasons, including a 10-0 season in 1974 and the Valley Oak League championship.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

60 years ago: November 30, 1950 - In a curtain-opener to launching a 24-game schedule, Coach Ralph Brandt’s Manteca High basketball team came from behind in the last five minutes of play Tuesday night to eke out an exciting 42-41 win over the hard-playing Alumni team. Credit for the win goes to the shooting of forward Ray Dellavecchia, who sank 10 points in the last quarter. The 5-11 senior led all scorers with 18 points. For the Alumni, it was Ken Drury and Jack Williams, as Drury collected 13 points and Williams was close behind with 12.

50 years ago: December 1, 1960 - A team that preseason observers had tabbed as one of the weakest in Manteca High history turned tiger last week, as the 1960-61 version of the Buffaloes came through with a 46-26 basketball win over Liberty High of Brentwood. Dick Treff topped the locals in the scoring column with 13 points. Alan Lambert and Bob Agdoma chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the winning effort.

40 years ago: November 25, 1970 - Led by a dazzling aerial display by quarterback Joey Jacobs, Manteca High downed East Union High 34-0 as Jacobs’ lobbed passes through the foggy skies for an even 300 yards and five touchdowns during Friday’s season-closing proceedings at Guss Schmiedt Field. Jacobs’ tosses went to George Quaresma for 25 yards, to Jack Mendosa for 61 yards, to Joe Tubbs for 25 yards and a pair to Vic Liles, good for 43 and six yards.

The Manteca High grid squad capped its season by having more players named to the All-VOL team than any other school. Also adding to the team’s glory was having Coach Walker Vick named co-coach of the all-VOL team and Bob Bianchi named VOL Lineman of the Year. Other Buffs besides Bianchi to be named were: Bob McClain, defensive tackle; Vic Liles, end; Jim Boero, tackle; George Quaresma, end; Roy Thran, tackle; and Greg Williams, defensive back.

30 years ago
: November 26, 1980 - The East Union High basketball squad utilized a balanced offensive attack and put together a tenacious defensive performance to turn back Escalon High 63-54 in the season opener for both teams last night at Dalben Center. East Union’s scoring was indeed spread out as Keith Windham was the only Lancer in double figures with 12 points.
Sophomore guard Andrea Fierro scored 13 points and senior Amy Powell tossed in 12 and collected a game-high 14 rebounds as the hustling East Union High Lady Lancers cruised by Escalon High 42-35 in the season’s opener for both clubs.

The Manteca High Lady Buffalo basketball team got back on the winning trail last night as they romped past the Lodi High girls 51-37 in Lodi to run their season record to 2-1. Martha Dias played a key role for the Lady Buffs against the Flames as she paced all scorers with 18 points.

Manteca High erupted for 19 fourth-quarter points to break open a close ball game and claim a 61-51 non-league basketball win over the Lincoln High Trojans last Friday night in Stockton. Mike Delmanowski, a 6-4 senior forward, wound up as the game’s top scorer, collecting 21 points, with most of them coming on spectacular 15-20 foot bombs. Besides Delmanowski, Manteca’s offense was paced by Reno Cook, who sank 17 points and Jody Ruble with 10.

The Manteca High wrestling team opened their 1980-81 season on a successful note last night with a 45-25 victory over Livermore High in Livermore. 155-pound Buffalo Allen Holmes recorded a pin in just 55 seconds of the first round. Other Manteca pins were by Mickey Soto at 112 pounds and Greg Harris at 138.

Texas can claim the world’s leading bull rider, but California can boast of the fastest-rising star. His name is Ted Nuce and all the 19 year-old Manteca native did in 1980 was collect Rookie-of-the-Year bull riding honors in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
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