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1951: Buffs drub Ceres High, 16-0

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POSTED April 3, 2011 1:43 a.m.
Sixty years ago, on March 27, 1951, the Manteca High baseball team broke out in a rash of extra-base hits to overwhelm Ceres High 16-0 on the local diamond. Along with the finest sample of hitting shown by the local nine this year was the fine pitching performance of Larry Brashear. Brashear gave up but four hits. Ray Dellavecchia pounded out two triples and a double and Charles Snyder also had three for three for the Buffaloes.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

90 years ago: April 1, 1921 - Last Sunday, the Manteca baseball club took the field for the first time in a practice game with the Menzies Cantrell of Stockton, resulting in a 4 to 0 victory for Manteca. Elmer Blodgett started the game and, for three innings, pitched air-tight ball. Benny Fauls at short starred for Manteca, doing some good field work and getting two three-base hits.

80 years ago: April 3, 1931 - Manteca High dropped a CIF game to the Hughson High nine here Friday afternoon by the score of 11 to 5. This was the third league game of the season and with it went the hopes for league leadership. The Manteca team committed five errors, which were very costly as they came at very crucial parts of the game. In the eighth inning with the score 11 to 0 against them, the Buffaloes started a last desperate rally as Lisle Percival clouted a homer to right field. Charlie Percival singled to short and was followed by Harold Reeves, who gave the ball a ride into center field for the second home run.

70 years ago: April 3, 1941 - Milo Candini impressed the Kansas City sportswriters in his first game after joining the Kansas City Blues of the American Association at training quarters at Lake Wales, Florida. Candini pitched one inning against the Cleveland Indians, holding them scoreless and stopping a rally.

60 years ago: March 29, 1951 - The Manteca High tennis squad dropped their match with Ceres High last week by a 3-2 score. The two doubles teams were point scorers, with Charlie Honodel-Mearl Lucken and Duane McAdam-Larry Conterno getting the wins.

The local Manteca High baseballers lost their second straight league game last Friday afternoon when they dropped a close 5-4 verdict to Sonora High. Bob Turk turned in a fine three-hit pitching performance, which should have been good enough to win against most ball clubs. Two of Sonora’s hits were homers, however, which definitely gave Sonora the ball game. One Sonora home run was by Butch Marliani. Turk and Leo Cardinal hit triples for the Buffaloes.

The Manteca High track team traveled to Tracy High and barely lost to the Bulldogs by a score of 57-47. Gene Gomas tripped for 10.2 in the 100 yard dash and 57.1 in the 440 to lead the squad. Paul Wiggin broke the school record in the shot put when he tossed the 12-pound weight 44-7. In the lightweight division, Lawrence Elliott proved to be the backbone of the locals as he collected firsts in both hurdle events and a second in the broad jump.

50 years ago: March 30, 1961 - Manteca High gathered six hits and lost to Atwater High 7-3 in the first game for both clubs in the Atwater Invitational Baseball Tournament. Tim Brumley was the only Buffalo to collect two hits.

John Lathrop and John Zimmerman both took double wins last Thursday to pace the Manteca High track squad to their third straight victory. The Buffaloes trounced Ceres High 58-40 on the local track. Zimmerman swept both hurdles events, with Lathrop taking the broad jump and pole vault.

40 years ago: March 31, 1971 - A five-run first inning, highlighted by a grand-slam home run, proved to be Manteca High’s undoing last week as St. Mary’s High held on to ease past the Buffaloes 6-3 in Valley Oak League action. Gary Geist had a double for Manteca.

East Union High pitcher Ken Richichi threw practically nothing but outs at the Oakdale High batters, hurling the second no-hitter in EU history. The Lancers were beaten 2-1. Only two hits were recorded, both of them by the Lancers’ dependable second baseman, Rick Munoz.

The wind-swept Castleview links in Atwater were the scene of a three-way golf match putting the home-standing Atwater High against Oakdale High and East Union High, with Atwater coming in lowest with 211, while Oakdale carded a 216 and the Lancers further down at 234. Don Rennie topped EU with a 44.

Last Monday, the East Union High tracksters’ bid for their third straight VOL win was spoiled by the Lincoln High ovalmen in Stockton with a 75-34 loss. EU winners were Frank Resuello, Tom Nolan and Orville Lassiter.

Gusty winds and dry fairways sent scores higher than normal, but the Manteca High golfers pecked away at the Sonora High squad and came up with a commanding 212-246 victory. Steve Howe carded a 39 for the Buffaloes.

Greg Williams and Mike Vasconcellos led Manteca High to a 65-53 track win over Ceres High Tuesday afternoon. Williams, the Buffaloes’ premier sprinter, won both of his specialties--the 100 and 220. Vasconcellos took his fourth straight 880 win.

30 years ago
: April 2, 1981 - With Brian Sallee providing the offense and Kelly Ellifritz turning in two sparkling defensive plays, the Manteca High baseball team turned back Oakdale High 3-1 in a VOL contest Tuesday afternoon. The Buffaloes pounded out eight hits in the game, led by Darren Swift with two hits. Sallee had a triple and three RBI’s.

Julie Tolentino tossed her second shutout of the season, blanking Oakdale High on five hits in East Union High’s softball victory Tuesday at Northgate Park. Tolentino struck out five and walked three. Denise Johnson had a triple and a double and Alisha Robles was three for three. Diane Lawton also had three hits.

The East Union High tennis team took it on the chin Tuesday, bowing to Ceres High 13-2 on the EU courts. Danny Nunes and Jeff Percival won the only points for the Lancers.

East Union High’s baseball team rallied from a five-run deficit to tie Ceres High Tuesday 6-6 in a game called by darkness after nine innings.

East Union High’s track teams scored victories over Los Banos High Tuesday as the boys won 66-63 and the girls by 68-46. Double winners for the Lancer boys were Fred Ulep in the 100 and 220 and Greg Pennington in the 120 HH and 330 LH. Jennifer Padron and Connie Webster provided most of the points for the girls. Padron was first in the shot put, discus, 110 LH and the 330 LH. Webster was the winner in the 100 and the 220.

The Manteca High tennis team improved its VOL record with a 13-2 thrashing of Oakdale High Thursday. Senior Jon Shaefer continued his fine play with three wins and the doubles teams of Jody Ruble-Ron Bylow and Clay Burkett-Tim Wun were unbeaten.

Manteca High, at one time down 7-0, turned in a splendid comeback but fell short 18-17 to visiting Sonora High in a wild and wooly VOL softball game. The Lady Buffs received 19 walks, with Martha Dias collecting five of those and scoring four times. Michelle Foote had two hits, including a double, for Manteca.

Using its depth, Manteca High’s track teams swept both boys and girls divisions against rival East Union High in a VOL dual meet Tuesday afternoon on the EU oval. At the boys’ level, the Buffaloes won by a one-sided score of 94-41. Manteca swept the 120 HH, long jump and pole vault. Bobby Romero (long jump and triple jump), Rick Uballe (mile and 880) and Mike Cimoli (shot put and discus) led the Buffaloes. Fred Ulep was the only double winner for the Lancers (100 and 220). In the girls meet, depth again helped Manteca High as the Lady Buffs prevailed 81-37. Becky Corley and Kathy DeRuyter paced Manteca with two first places each: Corley in the 110 LH and 330 LH, while DeRuyter took the 440 and the 880.

Senior Eric Davis fired two birdies en route to an even par 36, pacing his Manteca High teammates to a 204-219 golf victory over rival East Union High at the blustery Manteca Municipal course. Ryan Fine was low man for EU with a 40.

With Denise Prickett winning three matches, Manteca High’s badminton team notched its first win of 1981 with an 8-5 triumph over Ceres High on Tuesday .
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