Jim Hunt

Jim Hunt, contributing sports writer

1924: The St. Helena town baseball team, at that time known as the Rosebuds, swept a doubleheader against the Santa Rosa Cardinals, 4-3 and 5-2. Everett Giugni pitched both games for the Rosebuds (18 innings in one day), allowing just 10 hits and striking out 24 Cardinal batters in the two games.

1952: Bob Booker’s Bob’s Cats beat Craigie Motors 13-7 in Napa. Janet Booker was 3 for 5 with two doubles, and Joannie Haus had two doubles. Mona Schulze got the win allowing six hits and striking out eight.

1953: The Carpy Gang beat the Middletown Bobcats 12-3 in Middletown. Del Britton, Rich Simpson, and Jack Herrod were each 3 for 5 on the day. Simpson picked up the win giving up just five hits and striking out 10.

1956: The Carpy Gang defeated Kelseyville 21-7 in Kelseyville. Sam Clark was 2 for 3 with a double; Ray Myers, 2 for 4 with a double; and John Ghiringhelli and Ray Tonella were each 2 for 4. Clark was the winning pitcher.

1958: The Blue Sox beat the Hopland Merchants 8-5 on Carpy Field. Bill Conley was 2 for 5 with a triple; Del Britton went 3 for 4 with a home run; and Harland Morley and Ed Schulze also hit a home runs.

Plus: Matching Up

For Coed Success

In the April 28, 1933 edition of the Star, there was, for the first time that I have been able to discover, an article about the St. Helena High School girls competing alongside the boys on a coed tennis team.

The article stated that, “Benicia defeated St. Helena in the first league tennis tournament last Saturday in Benicia. Harold Manker and Mac Salladay won a long and difficult match over Burner and Kloske of Benicia, 6-3, 6-8, 11-9. June Samuels and Rachel Kettlewell took Mann and Roberts of Benicia with little opposition, 6-3, 6-1. Manker lost to Clymo in a hard-fought singles match, 7-5, 6-3. Kynazi of Benicia defeated Jeannette Chaix in singles 6-1, 6-2; Salladay and Kettlewell lost in the mixed doubles.”

Two weeks later, the Star reported that the same group had defeated Vacaville in a match held in St. Helena. The story went as follows:

“Manker, Salladay, Chaix, Kettlewell, and Samuels all drove St. Helena to a 4-1 victory over the Vacaville tennis team. Manker and Salladay won their doubles match 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; in mixed doubles, Salladay and Kettlewell slammed their opponents of the court, 6-1, 6-0; Jeannette Chaix did not have to play her singles match as the Vacaville girl failed to appear. Manker lost a hard fought battle in the boys’ singles 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; and Samuels and Kettlewell also won by a forfeit.”

The following spring, the Star of March 17, 1934 reported that the girls and boys tennis team lost a match to Benicia 3-2. The account stated that Chaix and Kettlewell won their doubles match, but that Elena Lizzio lost her singles match, and that in mixed doubles Ernest Box and Angela Camminatti also lost.

And not only were the girls playing together with the boys in a mixed squad, but they apparently had a team of their own. In the April 23, 1934 edition of the Star, the following article can be found:

“The St. Helena girls tennis stars won a triple victory against the Sonoma Dragons last Tuesday in their first league game. Mary Jinks came through in fine fashion to take her match, 6-2, 6-2; Angela Camminatti defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-3 in a very exciting match. The doubles were also won by the Saints as Ida Merla and ‘Frenchie’ Benitou played a very close match, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.”

Then, from 1935-1946, there was very little information about the SHHS tennis teams in the Star. In fact, from 1939-1942, and again in 1945-46, there were absolutely no articles about high school tennis whatsoever.

So, if there was any further girls’ (or boys’ for that matter) competition, it wasn’t reported.

The next mention of a coed tennis team can be found in the Star of June 6, 1944. In a very brief article it’s reported that, “St. Helena’s tennis team defeated Calistoga on Thursday of last week in a match played on the local courts. The match consisted of four mixed doubles games. Winning matches for the Saints were: Helen Jursch and Al Wood; Bettie Morrison and Tom Rowland; Sue Street and Bill Harrington; and Edith Sproston and Jerry Mosher. This was the final match of the season for the locals.”

It was also the final match involving the girls of St. Helena to be recorded in either the Star or the Far Darter until 1973 when a girls’ tennis team was formed separately from the boys.

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