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1963: Dolphins’ Eric Wohle sets two meet records

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POSTED July 28, 2013 10:01 p.m.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

100 years ago: The Manteca White Sox defeated the Turlock nine on the home grounds in a good game Sunday afternoon by a score of 4 to 3. McConnell, the brilliant slab artist from Modesto, made his initial appearance for the Mantecans. He was hit freely but excellent work in the field prevented any mishaps. Erstad and Rawleigh got two hits apiece for Manteca. A big crowd was present.

30 years ago: July 25, 1983 – Eric Wohle, swimming in the nine and 10 year-old division, took three first places and set two meet records Saturday to highlight the performance of the Manteca Dolphins swim team at the Hughson Invitational. Wohle shattered the Invitational marks for the 50-meter butterfly and the 50-meter backstroke. In the butterfly, he cruised to a 34.2 seconds timing and he took the backstroke in 36.7. He also took a first in the 100-meter individual medley. Meanwhile, the Dolphins finished fourth in the meet.

Ted Rocha spanked out four hits in four trips to the plate and Albert Tanghal pitched a four-hitter through six innings as the Manteca American Legion baseball team romped past Linden 10-3 in the season finale for both teams Friday evening at East Union High. The victory allowed Manteca to wind up a rocky season on a positive note as the locals finished Legion play with a 6-17 record. It was the first season Manteca had played Legion ball in 13 years. Tanghal, who picked up the pitching victory, had three hits as well.

20 years ago: July 30, 1993 – Though Cal West out-hit their opponents 6-4, the local Babe Ruth 16-18 team could only manufacture one run and suffered a disappointing 4-1 loss to Kings/Tulare during the Central California tournament in Lemoore on Thursday. With the loss, Cal West was eliminated from the tournament. The only run was scored when Andy Martinez singled home John Abrew from second base with two outs.

Despite capturing five high-point trophies and breaking seven meet records, the Manteca Dolphins were edged out of the team title at the Mid-Valley Swim Conference championships, held at the University of the Pacific on Saturday. Ripon captured the crown for the third year in a row with 645.5 points. Manteca was close behind with 634 points. Jason Beier finished with three more individual wins to complete the recreational swim season without a loss in the boys 11-12 division. He also shattered the meet record in the 100 individual medley by clocking 1:07.89. Matt Gouaux (13-14 boys) broke the record in the 50-free with a 23.95 clocking. Brett Hinton (15-16 boys) bested meet standards in the 100 butterfly (1:00.58) and the 100 free (53.06). Three Manteca medley relay teams also broke meet records.

10 years ago: July 30, 2003 – More than 350 of the best up-and-coming girls’ fast-pitch players in the western United States are converging on Manteca today for a four-day regional nationals tournament. Opening ceremonies are today at 4:30 p.m. at the Northgate Softball Complex. Mayor Willie Weatherford will toss out the ceremonial first ball. Play in the Western Amateur Softball Association/United States Softball Association Girls “A” 10 & Under and 12 & Under Fast Pitch National Championship starts in earnest Thursday at 8 a.m.


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