Ninety years ago, on June 8, 1924, the Manteca High baseball team was defeated by a score of 13 to 4 by Sacramento High in the semi-finals for the Northern California interscholastic baseball championship. The defeat was quite a blow to the local aggregation as it invaded the northern field with high hopes of winning. In defeating Benicia High a few days previous, the local boys proved they were championship material.
Forty years ago, on May 20, 1974, the 1974 prep baseball season came to an appropriately thunderous and dramatic end for the two local schools when Manteca High rode home on a prodigious two-run homer by Dan Vogel in the bottom of the eighth inning. The blow gave the Buffaloes a 2-1 win over East Union High and the Valley Oak League championship spot. The Lancers had edged into a 1-0 lead in the top of the extra inning on a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt by Paul Hayashino with the bases loaded, scoring Darrell Hardcastle. The Buffs finished the league season ...
Thirty years ago, on May 7, 1984, the Manteca High golf team turned in one of its finest 18-hole team performances in school history to capture the South Sub-section championship at Stockton's Van Buskirk Park and qualify for the Section playoffs next week. Paced by sophomore Joe Head's medalist performance, the Valley Oak League champion Buffaloes compiled a fine team round of 383 and buried Merced High by 18 strokes to win the school's second Sub-section crown in four years.
Thirty years ago, on April 23, 1984, Kevin Cimoli and Tony Perez were both triple winners and the Manteca High track team captured first-place finishes in 10 of the 16 events to capture its first-ever Valley Oak League dual meet championship. MHS also streaked to a win in the girls' division. The Lady Buffs, led by four-time winners Carri Nepote, Joyce Spradlin and Cheri Nepote, captured a 93-34 win. Cimoli won the 120 high hurdles, the discus and the shot put on a day of strong winds. Perez, only a sophomore, won the mile and the 880 and anchored the ...
50 years ago: April 27, 1964 – Adverse weather conditions hampered the winning times but failed to slow the Manteca High track team in Sonora as the Buffaloes romped to a win over the Wildcats in a VOL meet. Manteca junior Bruce Fisher broke the MHS high jump mark with a leap of 6-2. Bob Silva was a double winner for the Buffs as he captured the 100 and the 220.
Thirty years ago, on April 15, 1984, Marilyn Elkins' heave of 39 feet-1 in the shot put in the talent-laden Ceres Invitational track meet held at Modesto JC gave her first place. With the win and last week's first place (42-4) in Sacramento's Meet of Champions, Manteca High's Elkins continues to prove that she is one of the top shot putters in the state.
Thirty years ago, on March 25, 1984, Kevin Wentworth, only a freshman at Manteca High, blistered the back nine of the Manteca Park Golf Course for a school- record 33 that overshadowed the Buffaloes' easy 193-251 Valley Oak League victory over East Union High. For EU, it was again freshman Mike Battles who led the Lancers, carding a 40.
Forty years ago, on March 18, 1974, a school record less than two weeks old was shattered by seven strokes as Coach Ed Williams' East Union High golf team defeated Sonora High 192-201 on the local course. The Lancers were led once again by Ken Webb. The senior golfer carded a 36 for nine holes, despite a double bogey on the first hole.
Forty years ago, on February 25, 1974, using the clutch foul-shooting of Pat Pagnucci and Ron Barretto over the final two minutes, East Union High made it three straight wins over Manteca High this season with a narrow 68-65 decision in the Buffalo gym. The star for the Lancers was their junior center, Ray Miller, who was tower of strength, snatching a game-high 22 rebounds and 14 points. Matneca High's Kevin Allsup took the scoring honors for the game as he pumped in 23 points and devoured 18 rebounds. For the winners, Bob Acoba netted 14 points and Pagnucci ...
Ninety years ago, on February 1, 1924, in the roughest game of basketball seen this year, Manteca High lost to Modesto High by a 25 to 15 score in the Modesto gymnasium. "Dutch" Washington, as usual, was high point man for Manteca, making eight markers. Dutch made a hard fight but poor lighting in the Modesto gymnasium affected his eye because all his shots were hitting the ring, and he was actually robbed several times. Otherwise, the Manteca quintet would have brought home the bacon.
Thirty years ago, on January 22, 1984, amid boos and catcalls from the Modesto High fans, Coach Bill Stricker and East Union High's basketball team instituted a slowdown offense that put up only one shot over the first three quarters and didn't come up with a point until Marty Ott hit a free throw midway through the fourth quarter. Stricker's strategy didn't work though as the 36-3 final score suggests Modesto owns a 23-1 season mark.
Thirty years ago, on January 15, 1984, Manteca High provided the heat at Winter Gym and it was too much for cross-town rival East Union High as the Buffaloes s streaked to a 59-42 Valley Oak League victory before a standing-room-only gathering. EU had 23 turnovers and was a poor 14 of 33 shots from the free throw line. Bert Van Ryn led the winners with 17 points, while Paul Brogan had 14 and Pete Nelson and Cal Farrow added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jeff Hammond led the Lancers with 17 points and Paul Emperador finished with 14.
Eighty years ago, on December 29, 1933, making a great comeback in the second half, the Manteca High cagers won their first game of the season by defeating the strong Livermore High quintet in a thrilling game by a 28-27 score. The game was played at Livermore. Gust Lourentzos was high point man for Manteca with nine points. Captain Tom Forsell and Milo Candini played good games at the guard positions.
Fifty years ago: October 31, 1963 – Manteca High powered its way to a 25-0 win over Lincoln High last Friday night. It was the 14th straight victory for the Buffs, coached by Phil Harmon. On defense, the entire MHS unit turned in a fine effort, with end Lowell Grissom once again leading the way with 12 unassisted tackles. Quarterback Paul Goodwin passed 14 yards to Grissom for one TD and ran three yards for another. Bill Mendosa and Don Carney each ran four yards for touchdowns. Ron Brown booted an extra point.
Buffaloes prevail 20-6 in school's first-ever football contest
One hundred years ago, on August 17, 1914, the Battery C team from Stockton, with "Gus" Brock as pitcher were lined up as opponents to the Merchants. Free watermelons, a gift from Mr. Powers, and though much appreciated, did not draw many to the game. The game went into the tenth inning, when the Merchants got the deciding run and won a hard-fought game by a 5 to 4 score. Elmer Blodgett pitched the first six innings for our team and Lagorio took over for the final four innings. An attempt to water the diamond previous to the game was ...
Thirty years ago, on August 7, 1984, the Manteca slow-pitch all-star softball team proved that their lopsided victory last week was no fluke as they pounded out 31 hits,including four home runs, en route to an easy 27-6 win over the Tracy all-stars at Northgate Park. Larry Starkey clubbed a three-run homer and a two-run shot, both in the third inning. Starkey also had two singles on the night to wind up with four hits and six RBI. Pitcher Darren Swift was named MVP of the game as he had three hits, scored three runs and scattered 12 Tracy ...
Thirty years ago, on August 2, 1984, Manteca's teenage golf standout, Kevin Wentworth, will be back on the fairways today and tomorrow trying his luck in the Salinas Junior Tournament at the Salinas Country Club. The Manteca High sophomore-to-be is coming off his two best performances in Junior golf competition. Last weekend, he claimed his first-ever overall championship in Modesto and followed that up by taking his second overall title four days later in Sacramento. After his Salinas stop, the 15 year-old will move on to the Las Positas Junior next Monday and Tuesday in Livermore. Wentworth is second ...
Twenty years ago, on July 2, 1994, the Manteca Babe Ruth 13 year-old all-stars came alive to capture the District 1 championship at Ripon High on Saturday. Coach Ron Kackley's boys exploded for 10 early runs en route to a14-10 victory over Modesto. The win qualifies the local squad for the Central California State Tournament which starts in Lompoc on July 13. Troy Vick and Rich Rocha each had three hits, including one double apiece, to pace the Manteca attack. Rocha drove in four runs.
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