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Ex-MHS football coach dies; crosswalk sting

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POSTED July 31, 2009 1:49 a.m.

Perry Tipton. George Dadasovich. Frank Teicheria. Roy Lusk. Louis Bronzan.

They – and scores of other young men in Manteca during the late 1930s – played for a man who just a year earlier ended his National Football League playing career in 1936 as the starting center for the then Boston Redskins.

Larry Siemering, who ended up coaching football for three seasons at Manteca High before joining legendary Almos Alonzo Stagg as an assistant football coach at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, passed away Monday in Watsonville at  age 98. The Buffaloes enjoyed winning seasons under Siemering’s tutelage.

He was more than just the oldest surviving NFL player. When he took over the Pacific program from Stagg he turned it into one of the best small college football teams of the 20th century.

His coaching career included the head post at Arizona State, a stint as an assistant coach for the Washington Redskins, and a year as head coach in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampede.

He coached at Santa Cruz High in 1958 and ended his career with 17 years as the head coach at Cabrillo College in Aptos.

WHAT? PEDESTRIANS? IN MANTECA?

Forty drivers learned the hard way that pedestrians actually exist in Manteca.

They were issued tickets by the Manteca Police Department during a pedestrian safety decoy effort last Friday in the 700 block of East Yosemite Avenue and the 600 block of West Yosemite Avenue. Both locations have had pedestrian versus vehicle accidents.

The police also impounded two vehicles for license violations and issued two moving violations during the crosswalk sting.

PARK VANDALS COST CITY TAXPAYERS

Vandals are one reason contributing to the cost of government in Manteca.

Last weekend, a 4-inch hole was burned through the preschool playground slide at Primavera Park. The tab for taxpayers: $1,000 which includes the cost of replacing it and labor.

Graffiti is on the rise again and it is stretching the already taxed parks maintenance crew six hours a week on average to clean it up. Among the latest was at Northgate Park that was hit by the same malcontent two nights in a row. It required two hours of work time to pressure wash the graffiti from the sidewalk.

Vandals only get away with it when we don’t keep an eye out for them.

If they’re caught and convicted they can be held liable for the cost of the clean-up. If they are minors, then their parents are on the hook.

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