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1993: EU High wins section softball title

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POSTED May 26, 2013 8:12 p.m.

Forty years ago, on May 21, 1973, Miles Branson, the multi-talented junior football and baseball player, was chosen as East Union High’s ”Athlete of the Year” at the annual Spring Sports banquet held Tuesday evening in the FESM Hall. Varsity baseball coach Butch Marliani named junior first baseman Ron Dalben as the team’s best defensive player. Dalben and Branson had already been named to the all-Valley Oak League team. Outstanding players in other sports included: Chan Cabalo, tennis; Ed Downes and Jerry Tucker, track; and Ken Webb, golf.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

10 years ago: May 28, 2003 – Sara Cross was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy for softball at the Manteca High Spring

Sports Awards ceremony last night. Other award winners included: swimming – Katy May; golf – John Williams and Tony Teixeira.

Award winners at Tuesday night’s Spring Sports Awards ceremonies at Sierra High were: track – Joel Hurst, Anthony Gerads and Robin Soldwisch; swimming -Melissa Brock and Ja-Neil Bragg; softball – Melanie Berezay and Niesha Tellez; scholar-athletes - Elijah Daley and Ashley Christensen.

Award winners at last week’s East Union High Spring Sports Awards ceremonies included: softball – Brittney Tachara and All-VOL players Michelle Swift, Kristi Norton, Amanda Vickers, Amanda Brady and Tachara; golf – Erickson Parker; swimming – Scott Toone and Allison Wright.

Sierra High’s Babe Ruth 16-18 Baeball team opened its season by taking a doubleheader from Sonora on Sunday. George Hamm, Paul Bassi and David Kimbroe all had a pair of hits in the first game with Sierra taking an 11-1 decision. The second game resulted in a 14-6 win by Sierra as Bassi pounded a home run.

20 years ago: May 29, 1993 – The East Union High softball team won its first Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title the hard way Friday night in Ceres. First, the Lady Lancers finished a 20-inning game begun two days before by losing 4-0 to Ceres High in a best-of-three playoff. Then, EU bounced Ceres twice 8-7 and 8-3. Five seniors in the starting lineup were bleary-eyed following the Disneyland trip the night before but four Ceres errors and some heady base running game EUHS the title. Freshman Angie Long had a double which drove in two runs for the champions.

East Union High’s Kim Clark was named MVP catcher for the second consecutive season as the all-VOL softball selections were announced last week. Manteca High was honored for Coach of the Year honors for veteran mentor Bill Mendosa. Lady Buff infielder Andrea Teicheira was named for the second year in a row, along with EU infielder Monica Souza. Other local honorees included Lady Lancer outfielders Leticia Simoni and Gina Chermak.

East Union High senior Demetrious Snaer placed second in the 400 meters at the Sac-Joaquin Section track meet on Friday in a school record-breaking time of 48.56. Alicia Lyon, a junior, clocked an EU record time of 58.09 in the girls 400.

30 years ago: May 24, 1983 – A pair of three-run homers and strong pitching pushed Rio Americano High to a 10-2 victory Monday that finished a fine season for East Union High and eliminated the Lady Lancers from the Sac-Joaquin Section AA softball playoffs. With the loss, EU ends the campaign with a 12-6 record overall. Senior Andrea Fierro, playing her last game in an East Union uniform, had a single and a run batted in.

Manteca High’s Marilyn Elkins heaved the shot put 41-11.5 for her best toss of the day, qualifying her for today’s Sac-Joaquin Section track finals.

40 years ago: May 23, 1973 – Stockton’s Edison High won the team title in Friday night’s sub-section track meet at Modesto Junior College, but Manteca High’s John Peters was one of the shining lights in the record-breaking gathering. Peters was the upset winner in the 220, took third in the 100 and third in the triple jump. Peters smashed his school’s 220 mark with a :22.4 clocking. His leap of 45-9.75 in the triple jump established a new record for Manteca High. Scott Puls’s first place in the pole vault also set a new school mark.

East Union High’s track team will be sending a lone representative to the Section meet in Sacramento as senior pole-vaulter Dale Brock took a second in the event at the sub-sections. Brock tied MHS’s Scott Puls at 13 feet, who was awarded first on the basis of fewer misses.

Over 150 parents and friends joined the members of the five spring sports for the spring sports banquet at Manteca High Tuesday evening. Outstanding players were: John Peters, track; Ted Jacks, baseball; Greg Burge, tennis; Gary Lowe, golf; and Don Cabral, swimming.

 50 years ago: May 23, 1963 – Led by Dave Honey and Steve Winter, the Manteca High swim team won a triangular meet last week. The Buffaloes scored 85 points, while Ceres High totaled 62 and Calaveras High, 19. Honey won the 140 yard individual medley and the 100 yard butterfly and Winter was first in the 100 yard breaststroke and the 100 yard freestyle.

Led by the three-hit pitching of Eron Grisham, Manteca High took another step toward the VOL baseball title by taking a 6-4 win over Sonora High last Friday. The win gave the Buffaloes a 7-1 record in VOL play. Grisham struck out 10 over the seven-inning route, while walking five for Coach Bob Bandy’s nine. Tom Morton, Carlon Perry, Paul Goodwin and Ron Brown had two hits apiece to lead the Buffs at the plate.

The Manteca High tennis team swept all five matches from Sonora High last week in a VOL contest. John Baker, Wally Mitchell and John Rhodes all won singles matches for the Buffaloes. The Buff doubles teams of Pat Hull-Bob Malstrom and Dave Kirstein-Jerry Abbott also won their matches.

60 years ago: May 21, 1953 – Coach John Fekete’s Buffalo swimming team traveled to Hughson High a week ago Wednesday to chalk up a 66-57 win over the Huskies.

The 880 relay team represented Manteca High at the California Relays last Saturday in Modesto. The team, composed of L.D. Ward, Neil Rudd, Gene Peterson and Alex Paszkceiz, picked up a third place behind San Ramon and Oakdale.

Manteca High’s baseballers lost their second game in a row when they traveled to Stockton last Friday afternoon to receive a 10-2 beating at the hands of St. Mary’s High. Jerry Candini picked up two of the locals’ four hits.

80 years ago: May 25, 1933 – In a game here Sunday between the Spreckels Sugars and Angels Camp with a score of 8 to 0 in favor of the local boys, Lawrence Forsell returned to the pitching form that won him fame as a student at Manteca High 10 years ago. Allowing only one hit of the very scratchy variety and walking only two men, he pitched probably the best game of his career. Billy Gubbins had three hits for the local boys.

Three Manteca High trackmen competed in the State finals held at Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles last Saturday. Robert Candini was entered in the 440 and Miller Whitman and Radke in the 880. None of them placed.

90 years ago: May 25, 1923 – Manteca High defeated Grass Valley High in Grass Valley last Saturday in baseball by the score of 16 to 13.

100 years ago: May 23, 1913 – The Manteca White Sox took the long end of a 6 to 2 score from St. Mary’s in an uninteresting game on the local grounds Sunday. Gould had three hits for Manteca.

The Civil Engineers’ team from Manteca played the Escalon team at Escalon last Sunday and had the short end of the 13 to 12 score at the end of the ninth inning. Dutch Olmstead made a home run and a grandstand catch. Briggs made two triples and one double.

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