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1971: Gebhardt new East Union football coach

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POSTED March 13, 2011 2:22 a.m.
Seventy years ago, on March 14, 1941, Manteca’s high school baseball squad will open its 1941 season here this afternoon when it tangles with the first squad that Escalon High has sent out in the last seven years to contest other teams. Coach Larry Siemering gives the probable players to start on his powerful nine as follows: catcher, Nick Baturin; pitcher, Lou Bronzan; first base, John Poulos; second base, “Murph” Theiler; shortstop, James Miniaci; third base, Jack Liebhart; left field, Fredrick Hubbard; center, Willard Rieger; and either Bob Bordenave or Orange in right field.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

40 years ago: March 10, 1971 - The Manteca High basketball squad capped a tremendous season by capturing the 21st annual Tracy Lions Club tournament for the first time ever. After beating Sacramento-Bella Vista High and Concord’s Las Lomas High, the Buffaloes downed Concord’s Clayton Valley High for the title, with Al Betschart scoring 36 points in the win.

East Union High physical education instructor Vern Gebhardt has been named new head football coach for the school, according to Robert Trigg, principal. Gebhardt, in his third year of teaching at EU, replaces Tom Nolen, who resigned at the end of last season.

Manteca High senior Ed Walker broke a school swimming record in the 100-yard backstroke event Friday afternoon at Escalon High when he swam it in 1:09. Don Eid, metal shop teacher, is this year’s swim coach. The score of Friday’s swim competition was 66-24, with Manteca winning.

After some spine-tingling seventh inning moments, East Union High came back home with a tough 2-1 victory over Tracy High, their first win of the young baseball season in two starts against CCC opponents. Jim Benham and Tim Murphy scored the EU runs.

The Manteca High baseballers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning and held on to win their second game in as many outings with a 4-2 decision over Downey High Friday. John Thissen stroked three for three to lead the Buffaloes at the plate.

The East Union High golfers evened a Valley Oak League record at 1-1 Friday with an easy 229-295 win over Ceres High at the Manteca course. Medalist for the nine holes was EUHS freshman Ken Webb with a 41.

The opening meet of the season for the East Union High tracksters did not bear victorious fruit, yet several of the early performances in the 73-44 loss to Ceres High were encouraging. Orville Lassiter leaped the 120 high hurdles in 17.2 for a new school mark. Junior Frank Resuello broke the record in the 180 lows in 21.3.

30 years ago: March 13, 1981 - Jody Ruble, a senior guard for Manteca High, was named Monday as the Most Valuable Player in the VOL for 1981. Ruble becomes the third consecutive player from the school to gain the coveted basketball honor in the past three years. Among those named to the all-VOL first team were Mike Delmanowski and Reno Cook from Manteca High and Billy Emperador and Kelly Stewart from East Union High. Steve Winter, who guided MHS to a sterling 26-4 record, including a 12-0 league slate and a fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs, was accorded Coach of the Year honors.

East Union High junior Adrian Racacho slapped four hits in four at-bats and pitched four innings of one-hit ball to fuel the Lancers to a 6-4 win over Galt High Friday. It was the first win of the season for Coach Doug Smith’s squad.

Manteca High’s Mike Cimoli won the shot put (50-4) and the discus (136-2) but the Buffaloes dropped their 1981 track opener to Lincoln High of Stockton 93-43 last week.

Lisa Klingman twirled a two-hitter and helped herself with two hits to pace East Union High to an 11-0 softball win over Delta High of Clarksburg Thursday at Northgate Park. Klingman struck out seven and walked only three. Other Lady Lancers collecting two hits in the win were Andrea Fierro, Denise Johnson and Diane Lawton.

The East Union High badminton team defeated St. Mary’s High for the second time in a week Thursday 6-4. Gina Barroga won two matches, as did the doubles team of Laura Huber-Stephanie Cloud.

The East Union High track team, unable to pick up points from second and third place finishers, fell to Sonora High Thursday in a VOL dual meet, 58-50. The Lancers did get strong performances from Fred Ulep, who won the 100 and the shot put, and Tyler Hammond, who won the 880. For the girls, East Union fell 53.5-43.5, despite firsts from Jen Padron in the shot put and discus and Ann Garner in the mile and two-mile runs.

Manteca High’s Brian Keeney worked out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, and racked up his third win without a loss Wednesday as the Buffaloes nipped Davis High 4-3 at Modesto Junior College. Gerald Capps and Ron Limas had two hits apiece for the local nine.

The East Union High tennis team got off to a rocky start in the 1981 campaign by dropping a 5-0 verdict to Escalon High Friday afternoon.
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