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1981: East Union gets 1st ever softball win over Buffs

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POSTED April 10, 2011 12:29 a.m.
Sixty years ago, on April 6, 1951, Manteca High’s up and coming baseball nine came through with a 6-0 whitewashing over Livingston High. Highlight of the game was the no-hit performance of the Buffalo hurlers. Three local hurlers combined to turn in a no-hitter. Johnny Cabrera opened on the mound for the Buffs, but was relieved in the second when he appeared to have trouble finding the plate. Henry Braghetta chucked until the fifth inning and little Al Limas came in to finish the game. Bob Turk, with two for three, was the leading hitter for the locals.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

70 years ago: April 10, 1941 - Drawing a bye for the opening date of league play, the Manteca Merchants played a practice game on the local diamond Sunday afternoon, trouncing the Stockton Warehousemen by a score of 7 to 2. Pete Evenson, converted into a pitcher near the end of last season, started the game for the Mantecans and allowed exactly one hit during the seven innings he worked. Bill Blodgett finished the game creditably.

Tangling with Tracy High on the local ball lot in a return practice affair Tuesday afternoon after a four-day layoff, the Manteca High baseballers found it tough going to defeat the Tracy boys by a 5 to 1 tally in a cold, windy game. Willard Reiger scored twice for the Buffaloes.

60 years ago
: April 12, 1951 - A three-way tie for the 1950 Valley Oak League football championship apparently has changed to give Ceres High undisputed claim to the title. According to an article in the Modesto Bee yesterday, an Oakdale High player was ruled ineligible and it has been ruled that Oakdale forfeit all of its games. Oakdale gave Ceres its only defeat and the change to the win column gives that team five wins and no losses, compared to Manteca High’s four wins and one loss. The Bulletin contacted Manteca coaches Arte Fairbanks and John Fekete and learned they knew nothing of the decision.

Manteca High’s tennis squad dropped a match to Livingston High by a 3-2 score. Mearl Lucken got the only Buffalo singles win, while Larry Conterno and Duane McAdam collected a win in the doubles.

Coach Ralph Brandt’s Manteca High tracksters kept their season record unblemished as they handed the visiting Ceres High cindermen a 61.3-42.7 defeat. Gene Gomas proved to be the day’s outstanding Class A performer as he easily won the two dash events with times of 10.6 and 23.3.

50 years ago: April 6, 1961 - In the semi-final game of the Atwater Invitational Baseball Tournament, Tim Brumley hurled a brilliant one-hitter to win a 4-0 decision for Manteca High over El Capitan High of Merced. Brumley allowed a disputed single to the leadoff hitter and then went the rest of the way without allowing a hit. He struck out 13 and walked only two in gaining the win. John Holbrook led the Buffs at the plate with two hits.

Manteca High graduates now participating on the Modesto Junior College baseball team are Jerry Guibor, Jim Leatherwood and Larry Lusk.

40 years ago: April 7, 1971 - Four tough losses in a row did not dim the East Union High hopes for victory as they rebounded decisively to take their first VOL victory of the season Friday over Ceres High 3-0, then knocking off Summerville High in the first round of the Sonora Baseball Tournament the following day. Rick Munoz scored twice for the Lancers in the Ceres win.

30 years ago: April 6, 1981 - The East Union High Lady Lancers took advantage of 16 walks and beat Manteca High 12-4 in softball Thursday. The victory marked the first time a Lancers varsity softball team had beaten Manteca High. Manteca out-hit EU 8-7, with Denise Negley getting a double and a single.

Three players from Manteca, Mike Delmanowski and Jody Ruble from Manteca High and Billy Emperador from East Union High, were named to the North squad for the Stockton Kiwanis All-star basketball game. The tilt is set for June 19 at San Joaquin Delta College.

The East Union High doubles team won all four matches, thereby helping the Lady Lancers to a closely-contested 7-6 victory over Manteca High in badminton action Monday at Dalben Center. EU’s top duo of Stephanie Cloud and Laura Huber decisioned MHS’s Tevani Scott and Tammie Williams and then overwhelmed Rhonda McGaha and Teresa Mejorado. Sherrie Lawellin and Robyn Willson also won twice. EU’s Gina Barroga won all three of her singles matches.

Manteca High’s Becky Corley was a triple winner, capturing the 100 LH (17.7), long jump (15-10) and the 330 LH (49.7), pacing the Lady Buffs to a 76-36 VOL track victory over Los Banos High Monday. Meanwhile, the boys took a 111-25 embarrassment of the Tigers behind double winners Mike Cimoli (132-10 in the discus and 51-6 in the shot put), Bobby Romero (19-10 in the long jump and 40-8 in the triple jump) and Kevin Cabral (11.0 in the 100 and 24.9 in the 200).

Greg Toy boosted his personal record to a sterling 14-1, winning all three of his matches as the Manteca High tennis team blitzed Ceres High 12-3 at the school courts Tuesday. The top doubles team of Jody Ruble-Ron Bylow won twice, as did the Buffalo duo of Clay Burkett-Tim Wun.

The Manteca High golf team, paced by Bill Corder’s even-par 36, throttled their closest pursuer, Los Banos High, 192-217 at the Manteca Municipal course Tuesday. It was their lowest score of the year.

Coach Jack Thomson’s Manteca High baseball team is the owner of a 10-1 record (5-0 in VOL) after scoring a comeback 8-4 win over Ceres High on Tuesday. The Buffaloes slugged 10 hits in the game, led by Todd Hardcastle, who had three hits.

Tony Martin was the only hitting star for East Union High Tuesday as the Lancers dropped a 4-1 game at Sonora High. Martin had two hits and scored the only EU run.

The East Union High tennis team continues to search for its first victory of the season after coming  up on the short end of an 11-4 decision to Sonora High on Tuesday. The Lancers’ top singles player, Jeff Percival, was a bright spot, winning all three of his matches.

The East Union High track teams fell to the powerful Ceres High teams in a VOL meet Wednesday, the boys losing 91-30 and the girls, 60-43. Steve Vea took a first in the long jump (20-3) for the Lancers. Jennifer Padron, with firsts in the shot put (33-0) and discus (115-0) and Amy Villarta (4-0 in the high jump and 16-3 in the long jump) were double winners for the Lady Lancers.

On a windy day at Forebay golf course, the East Union High golf team suffered its sixth straight loss, bowing 218-234 to Los Banos High Wednesday. Lancer Dennis Essenwein was the medalist, however, posting a 39.
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