20 years ago: December 16, 1989: East Union High, playing against Beyer High, a team with players 6-5 and 7-0, took the Patriots into overtime before losing 58-56 last night. Armando Avina tried to keep the Lancers in the game with 23 points, including all four EU counters in overtime.
Finding suitable baseball clinics in and around the Central Valley was a challenge for former East Union-standout Justin Friend – forcing him to travel to Sacramento and the Bay Area for the special instruction he wanted.
Eighty years ago, on December 12, 1929, the Lions Club had the pleasure of entertaining as guests at their weekly luncheon meeting at Hotel Manteca the members of the Manteca High football squad, which recently won the Central California High School Athletic League Class B championship by defeating the Elk Grove High team. Coaches Cleetis Brown and Joe Santos, to whom much of the success of the team is due, were also guests. Maurice Tracie, vice-principal of the high school, was also a guest. The members of the championship squad are as follows: Harry Bruton, Jim Barber, John Benincasa, Floyd ...
Every once in a while I run into people who have been reading my weekly columns.
MORGAN HILL - Manteca Area Soccer League's under-14 boys Sporting went 2-1 during the California Youth Soccer Association Founders' Cup this past weekend.
On December 7, 1929, at Elk Grove High School, Manteca High downed the Elk Grove football team in a crushing defeat of 33-0. This gives the Buffaloes first place in class "B" football in Central California. The Elk Grove boys were a fast and tricky team but they could not stand up to the heavy pounding of the Buffalo line. This is the first time in the history of Manteca Union High School that the Buffaloes have won the championship of Central California.
As winter has set in and the New Year is quickly approaching, now is the best time to service all your fishing equipment.
Nicole Vanni started her decorated four-year varsity soccer career at Sierra High as a promising defensive midfielder.
I used to be a young troller, fishing for phone numbers at the Ketchikan mall back home whenever the team or group I was a part of left the island for competition.
Editor's note: additional sports history will appear Monday.
Christmas shopping has never been something I looked forward to.
"Cinderella story. Outta nowhere.
I have a 75-gallon fish tank at home where I have about six tropical fish.
Ten years and change ago, I made a decision I do not regret.
Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center
The Ripon Knights varsity held the Merced Gauchos scoreless through three quarters Saturday and earned a berth in the Trans-Valley Youth Football League Super Bowl with a resounding 42-6 win over the Gauchos.
The Manteca Jaguars varsity blanked the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes 18-0 Saturday in the Pride Bowl on Saturday at Guss Schmiedt Field to wrap up the regular Cen-Cal season.
Joseph Espinosa led the Manteca Cowboys varsity in a 39-0 blanking of the Modesto Raiders on Sunday in opening-round action of the DYSA playoffs at Dino Cunial Field.
The junior varsity Ripon Chiefs continued their two-year winning streak Saturday with a 40-24 win over their rival Escalon Outlaws in the Valley Division of the Motherlode Valley Football League playoffs.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves wrapped up regular-season Delta Youth Football League play on Sunday with a 36-32 loss to the Weston Ranch Jr. Cougars at Dino Cunial Field.
The Manteca Jaguars varsity fought back from a two-touchdown first-quarter deficit to defeat the Oakdale Stampede 39-28 in Cen-Cal action.
The Ripon Chiefs varsity got on the board first Saturday in the opening round of the Motherlode Valley Football League playoffs against the Hughson Huskies but could not pull off the win in a 32-8 loss to the Huskies.
In opening-round action of the Trans-Valley Youth Football League the Ripon Knights junior varsity avenged a regular-season loss to the Modesto Christian Kingsmen with a convincing 25-8 win.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity remained undefeated in conference play and sewed up the No. 1 seed in upcoming Delta Youth Football League playoffs with a 39-22 victory over the host Dublin Fighting Irish.
The Ripon Knights used a balanced and pounding attack to defeat the Denair Lions 40-8 on Saturday at Ripon Christian High School to sew up the first seed and an opening-round bye in the upcoming Trans-Valley Youth Football League playoffs.
Angel Garay ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Manteca Jaguars varsity to a 38-8 win over the Merced Bears in Cen-Cal action.
The Ripon Chiefs varsity got on the board first Saturday, but that was not enough as the undefeated Escalon Outlaws battled back to win 28-8 in the Motherlode Valley Football League regular-season finale.