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1961: Swimmers Honey, Hopkins, Cunningham lead Buff swim win

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POSTED April 24, 2011 1:16 a.m.
Fifty years ago, on April 18, 1961, Manteca High’s swim team downed Ceres High in a dual meet held in Ceres. The final score was Manteca 58, Ceres 28. The Buffaloes were paced by Tom Honey, Jim Cunningham and Larry Hopkins. Honey took firsts in the 50 yard freestyle, individual medley and helped on the winning medley relay team. Cunningham took a first in the 200 yard freestyle and helped on the winning medley relay team. Hopkins took a first in the 100 yard backstroke and helped on the winning medley relay team.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

80 years ago: April 23, 1931 - The Manteca High School tracksters tied the Tracy High thin-clads in a four-way meet at Tracy last Friday by a score of 43 to 43. The schools taking part were Manteca, Tracy, Brentwood and Livermore. Thompson took a first  place in the 880 with a time of 2:11. Jack Powers took two firsts in the 440 at :56 and in the 220 with a time of :23.1. Jim Barber took first in the discus with a toss of 115 feet, and Rosebrock tied for first in the pole vault at 9-9.

George Lauritson pitched a 10-4 win for Manteca High over the Ripon High nine Wednesday afternoon, allowing only four hits. The Buffaloes got 13 hits, including a home run by Lisle Percival.

70 years ago: April 24, 1941 - Tangling with the strong Modesto High team last Friday afternoon, the Manteca High baseball squad played excellent ball to come out on top of a 4 to 3 score after a thrilling hard-fought contest on the local diamond. Willard Reiger banged out a double and a triple for the local team. A Modesto rally was cut short in the sixth inning when a Modesto man on third attempted to score on an infield hit but was neatly put out by catcher Nick Baturin on a nice throw by shortstop Jim Miniaci.

The Manteca Merchants took their first loss in Central California Baseball League play Sunday when they were defeated by the Lodi Merchants by a score of 4 to 2 in a game in that city.

Manteca High’s hard-practicing track squad traveled to Davis last Saturday morning to engage in field events. Ray Willson, speedy halfback on the undefeated ‘40 football squad, placed second in two fast events, the 100 and 220 yard dashes.

40 years ago: April 21, 1971 - Failing to get one first-place finish in the meet, the East Union High spikers were overpowered by the talented Mustangs of Oakdale High 93-21 on the Oakdale oval last week.

The thirteenth game of the season was not one of Manteca High’s most fortunate as wind and Lincoln High combined to produce Manteca’s sixth Valley Oak League loss of the season.The final count found the visiting Villagers out in front 11-3 by game’s end.

The faint hopes of a Manteca High comeback for the dual meet VOL golf title were swept away by the windy slopes of the Oakdale Golf Course last week when the local linksters were edged 205-211 by the Mustangs. Bob Bressani led the Buffaloes with a 40.

A total of 34 hits were banged out by East Union High and visiting Los Banos High Tuesday, yet the Lancers needed a few more as they were out-slugged 15-13 in a hitters’ war on the wind-swept EU campus. Junior Allen Coughran was the leading hitter for the Lancers, lashing out five hits in six tries, bringing home four runs. Rick Munoz had four hits and Chuck Dimas, three.

Giving the East Union High golfers a good illustration on whey they’re the best in the VOL, the  undefeated swingers from Lincoln High waltzed to a 414-484 win over the Lancers on the challenging Spring Creek Country Club layout. Freshman Ken Webb led the Lancers with a 91.

30 years ago
: April 22, 1981 - Southern League champion Ripon High shot its lowest team total of the season and bested East Union High in golf action Monday at the Manteca Municipal course. EU’s Dennis Essenwein tied for medalist honors with a 38.

Junior Kevin Harris carded a 39, gaining medalist honors as the Manteca High golfers clinched their second straight VOL championship with a 205-223 victory over Los Banos High Friday at Forebay golf course. The win boosts Coach Mike Henry’s team to 9-1.

Only a victory by the team of Stephanie Cloud and Laura Huber saved the East Union High badminton team from a shutout yesterday by VOL powerhouse Oakdale High.

A late-inning rally by East Union High came up one run short Friday as the Lancers dropped a 6-5 VOL baseball decision by Los Banos High. Tony Martin led EU’s five-hit attack with a double and a single in three trips.

Oakdale High wiped out a 7-6 lead with six big runs in the sixth inning, sending Manteca High to a 12-7 VOL softball defeat Tuesday. Penny Faulkner rapped out two of the three MHS hits. Coach Lorraine Goff’s Lady Buffaloes are now 0-7 on the season.

East Union High’s Jeff Percival captured all three of his matches but the Lancer boys tennis team slid to an 11-4 defeat at the hands of Oakdale High Tuesday, anyway. Danny Nunes got the only other point for the Lancer netters, who are searching for their first victory of 1981.

Led by the play of number two singles player Greg Toy, the Manteca High tennis team kept its VOL record unblemished Friday afternoon by thumping Livingston High 11.5-3.5. Toy was the only Buff player to win all three of his matches. In doubles action, the MHS team of Jody Ruble-Ron Bylow thumped two Wolf teams.

Fireballing Lisa Klingman fashioned a two-hitter and East Union High took advantage of 14 walks en route to a 16-4 thrashing of Sonora High in VOL softball action. Klingman fanned eight batters, walked five and aided the offensive cause with a two-run single. Andrea Fierro walked four times and scored five runs to pace the club offensively.

An era passed suddenly Thursday when Walker Vick announced his resignation as head football coach at Manteca High, effective immediately. The 45-year old Vick, a veteran of 12 coaching campaigns, will be succeeded by young Mickey Founts, Vick’s line coach for the past five years. Vick’s coaching record stands at 77-43-4 overall.

The Manteca High track team went up against  Livingston High in a VOL dual meet Thursday afternoon, but it wasn’t much of a contest as the Buffaloes won by large margins. In the varsity competition, Manteca won 109-27. In the girls meet, MHS won easily 98-19. Mike Cimoli continued to be impressive in both the shot put and the discus, as he won both. In the shot, the senior threw 51-2. His distance in the discus was an impressive 139-2. Rick Uballe took the mile (4:46.1) and the 880 (2:14.5) for the Buffs. In the girls events, Becky Corley paced the Manteca attack with wins in the 110 low hurdles, the long jump and the 330 low hurdles.

Manteca High lost its first VOL baseball game Friday, dropping a 5-2 decision to the fast-rising Livingston High Wolves. Mike Delmanowski and Todd Hardcastle scored the Buff runs.
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