Eighty years ago, on July 16, 1936, 10 hard-fought innings of softball could not decide the issue when the Canary Birds tangled with the Stockton Fraser Furnace team in the main attraction at Recreation Park. With the score standing at 7-all, the game was called to allow the local players time to get to work. Joe Bianchi paced the local hitters, poling a trio of safeties in six attempts.
Eighty years ago, on July 16, 1936, Otto L. Steele, Frank Candini, James Castro and Clyde Wilson motored to Oakland and while there called on Milo Candini, who is pitching for the Chapel of the Oaks baseball club, which is sponsored by the New York Yankees. Many local baseball fans are strong in their belief that the Manteca boy is destined soon to be seen in the uniform of a major league club.
Forty years ago, on July 8, 1976, The Manteca Dolphins competitive swim team remained undefeated Monday as they edged last year's Tri-County Swim Conference champions, Ripon, 314.5-297.5. Triple winners for the Dolphins were Desiree Dowell (girls 11-12), Dave Breitenbucher (boy s 13-14) and Jill Pinto (girls 15-17).
Eighty years ago, on April 24, 1936, playing one of its hardest games of the season, Coach Maurice Tracie's Manteca High baseball team defeated Patterson High by a 3 to 1 score in Patterson. Milo Candini struck out 22 men and walked four in the nine-inning game, while pitching a three-hitter. Wallace Fagundes led the Buffalo hitting with two for three. Candini knocked a three-base hit, which was the best of the game.
10 years ago: April 19, 2006: Coach Manuel Pires and his Sierra High soccer team have been dubbed the sixth-best high school girls soccer program in the nation, according to the latest rankings by Adidas and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Timberwolves (18-0-2) are also the top-ranked team in Region VI, an area that spans the entire West Coast.
Thirty years ago, on March 31, 1986, East Union High junior Frank Gonzales opened the game with a home run and then went back out on the mound and scattered six hits over 5.1 innings as the Lancers beat Los Banos High 10-4 on the EU diamond. It was the second straight year that Gonzales, an all-league player last year, led off the Los Banos game with a home run. Jon Skaggs and Mike Gase each had a pair of hits to spark the 11-hit EU attack.
Forty years ago, on March 24, 1976, in a game more noted for its lack of artistic merit than for its fine play, Manteca High prevailed over East Union High 3-2 on the Buffalo campus. A pair of passed balls accounted for the two Lancer runs, while two costly errors aided the Buffs as they racked up their three counters. The EU hurler, Bill Poindexter, kept the MHS nine off balance with a variety of off-speed pitches and limited the winners to four hits, while his mates got seven off Dale Delmanowski and Darrell Womack. Brett Chamberlain collected a pair ...
Thirty years ago, on March 16, 1986, Manteca High, with Kelly Swift scoring the deciding run in the sixth inning, brought home a 3-2 victory over Ceres High at Northgate Park. She came home on a bases-loaded single by sophomore Brandi Rose. Another sophomore, Kim Sloan, was the hitting star for the Lady Buffs with a perfect four-for-four at the plate. She was also the winning pitcher, setting down 12 of the last 14 batters to face her.
Forty years ago, on March 12, 1976, Doug Swift, a 1975 graduate of East Union High, is off to a flying start on the San Joaquin Delta College baseball team. Swift, one of the finest all-around athletes produced on the Union Road campus, has earned a first-base starting spot on the Mustang team, coached by Dan Flores. Going into yesterday's game with Los Medanos, the Mantecan was batting .380.
Forty years ago, on March 1, 1976, the ending of the season couldn't have been happier for the East Union High girls' basketball team as they handed Manteca High a stunning 38-31 upset loss at Dalben Center. Donna Conley and Marilyn Clarkson combined for 36 rebounds to lead EU in the upset victory. Clarkson, who had 20 rebounds, scored 11 points, while her teammate was high scorer for the game with 17 points. Leading Manteca High were Karen Steves with 13 points and Collette Collins with 10.
Ninety years ago, on February 13, 1926, the Modesto High team displayed accuracy in varied passing and shooting and defeated the Manteca High team this evening in the local gym. The final score was 31 to 20. Undampened in spirits, the Manteca boys played a hard game and some good passing and goals were made. Fay Forsell made an excellent and successful shot for goal from the center of the field. Emil Theiler, being an efficient and fast player, played on the varsity.
Eighty years ago, on February 8, 1936, Manteca High's Buffaloes showed their quality when they twisted their way to a 40-14 victory over the favored Orestimba High quintet of Newman to take first place in the league with four wins and one defeat. The Buffaloes were led by Milo Candini's passing and the shooting of Harold Reynolds and Bev Brownell. Brownell had 12 points to lead Manteca.
Forty years ago, on February 2, 1976, a titanic defensive struggle erupted into a quick scoring spree and Manteca High retained the coveted Bob Baldwin Cup with a hard-fought 2-0 win over East Union High at Guss Schmiedt Field. The Buffaloes have garnered a 12-1-1 record on the season and ended the Mid-Valley League with an undefeated record of 11-0-1. In the battle, the overall play of EU's Willie Herrera, Doug Ota and Eric Galeazzi sparked the Lancers as they took control of the game in the first half. In the second half, the Buffaloes played with much more ...