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1997: EU’S Willingham races to first place at Frogtown Invitational

Eighty years ago, on September 24, 1937, the Manteca High Buffaloes chalked up another victory as they handed the Modesto High Panthers a 13-7 defeat on Pennebaker Field. Coach Larry Siemering's boys took just 10 minutes to score two touchdowns. Both of these goals were made on passes from Jim Conners to Marvin Wigley.

October 02, 2017 | | Sports History

1997: Hardcastle leads EU High to upset grid win

Ninety years ago, on September 4, 1927, the game between the Manteca Maulers and the Gustine Athletics could be called the "Comedy of Errors". Just at a time when the Maulers needed to play real ball, error after error was made, totaling 10 in all before the contest was ended. When the game ended, the score stood 20 to 5 in favor of the visitors, which was more a Stockton team than Gustine. It was said that only three of the regular Gustine players were in the lineup, the rest being recruited from various other teams throughout central California.

September 14, 2017 | | Sports History

1987: Manteca & EU High gridders begin practice

Thirty years ago, on August 24, 1987, with the rigors of conditioning week already put aside, both Manteca and East Union High football teams will be crashing the gridiron in full force as the two city schools start fall practice today. "After spending the whole week concentrating on conditioning, the kids have a really great attitude going to practice," exclaimed EU coach Jim Brown, who begins his sixth year at the Lancer helm. "We're ready and set to go." Brown is eager to improve on last year's dismal 2-8 campaign.

August 27, 2017 | | Sports History

1987: Scott Brooks to try out with Detroit Pistons

Thirty years ago, on August 16, 1987, landing a tryout from a NBA team was exactly what Scott Brooks wanted, but when the team turned out to be the Detroit Pistons doing asking, he had to admit he was a little awestruck. "I was surprised the team offered me one," said Brooks, who left the Los Angeles Pro Summer League as the free agent's Most Valuable Player. The Lathrop lad who starred at East Union High before becoming a hit at Delta Junior College and UC Irvine, averaged 16 points, four assists and four steals per game in no ...

August 20, 2017 | | Sports History

1987: 2 days, 2 holes-in-one at Manteca

Sixty years ago, on August 15, 1957, three of the standouts on last year's Manteca High Valley Oak League champion football squad have been selected to play in the up-coming North-South Valley All-star football game at the Lodi Grape Bowl this Friday. Tony Cotta, tackle; Glenn McDonald, quarterback; and Jim Mayfield, halfback, were selected as was Buffalo Coach Frank LeSan.

August 13, 2017 | | Sports History

1987: Wohle sets three swim records

Ninety years ago, on July 24, 1927, there were many strange faces in the Gustine lineup and, from comments heard, it looked more like a Central League team, but at that the Manteca boys waded right through and won a brilliant victory, 12 to 5. The battery work of "Fat" Flores and Benny Hooper was exceptionally good. That, combined with the hitting of Emil Theiler, Joe Codiga, Dusty Miller and Hooper, and the fielding of Louis Bianchi in center, featured the contest. Theiler and Codiga got four hits each. The umpiring of Azevedo gave general satisfaction, it was said.

August 06, 2017 | | Sports History

1967: Simoni fans 40 batters in 26-inning game

Forty years ago, on August 1, 1977, the Manteca Dolphins swim team won the Trans-County League championship in Ceres. The final team point totals were: Manteca 613.5, Ripon 385, Ceres 340.5, Escalon 277, Patterson 218.5 and Gustine 185.5. The Dolphins had four high-point winners in their respective age groups. Desiree Dowell won the girls' 13-14 trophy, Daniel Coburn in boys' 6 and under, Rob Scott in boys' 11-12 and Jeff Wright in boys' 15-17.

July 30, 2017 | | Sports History

2007: Manteca wins Babe Ruth district title

Ninety years ago, on July 18, 1927, the Manteca Maulers baseball team hopped on the veteran Jack Gilligan of the Modesto Merchants early in Sunday's Don Pedro League game and, coupled with some very loose playing by the Merchants, easily trounced them 12 to 1. Tom Washington started for Manteca and then retired after the fifth inning when Manteca had piled up a seven-run lead. Clarence Flores finished the game and got away nicely. Benny Hooper, crack Mauler catcher, retired from the game in the seventh inning with a badly swollen hand. Hooper came through with a single and ...

July 16, 2017 | | Sports History

1987: Frank’s Exxon sweeps twin bill

Fifty years ago, on July 4, 1967, the McFall-Grisham Post celebrated the Fourth of July and the second game of the second half of play in the schedule with a 3-1 win over Sharpe Depot at Billy Hebert Field in Stockton. Butch Dowhower, who started on the hill for the Legion crew, went the distance and scattered four hits and his mates limited the Sharpe crew to one lonely tally in the first inning. This was the first time Dowhower had thrown since June 3, when he pitched against Karl Ross. Dowhower was in control all day for the win ...

July 10, 2017 | | Sports History

1977: Bill Stricker named EUHS basketball coach

Ninety years ago, on June 20, 1927, by defeating the Oakdale Giants by the score of 9 to 6, the Manteca Maulers practically clinched the first half flag in the Don Pedro League. The Maulers got a five-run lead over their opponents in the first inning and at no time were they in danger of losing the game. Nine errors were chalked up against the Oakdale Giants. Emil Theiler and Louis Bianchi each got two hits and scored two runs for the Maulers.

June 25, 2017 | | Sports History

1997: Thomson, Ota earn All-State team recognition

Eighty years ago, on June 17, 1937, Wally Moses, outfielder for the Philadelphia Athletics, was pictured in the Bulletin at batting practice wearing a polo helmet, an adaptation of which is suggested as a protective measure against the possible beaning of the batter by a pitched ball.

June 18, 2017 | | Sports History

1937: Local boxer Tillie Delnero wins two bouts

One hundred years ago, on June 5, 1917, Gilman invaded Manteca. Gilman is a small town about six miles south of Modesto on the Crows Landing Road. They brought about 13 ball players and beat Manteca, 14 to 4. The game had one sensational feature in the sixth inning when Elmer Blodgett, playing center, went through the barbed wire fence which restricts the outfield. He made a flying catch and, Trojan-like, hit strands of wire with a bang. He was found lying on the other side, safe with the ball. His escape from injury was little short of miraculous.

June 11, 2017 | | Sports History

1997: Dolphins boast trio of triple winners

In sports stories from the Bulletin files:

June 04, 2017 | | Sports History

2007: EU’s Arevalo fans 25 in doubleheader victories

Sixty years ago, on May 16, 1957, Paul Wiggin, All-American tackle at Stanford, signed his contract with the Cleveland Browns, professional football team, and will report to the training camp near Cleveland on July 24. Wiggin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Wiggin Sr. of Lathrop and has had an outstanding football career, beginning with Manteca High, Modesto Junior College and the past three years on the Stanford varsity.

May 14, 2017 | | Sports History

2007: Yrigoyen’s two-run homer sparks Sierra ein

10 years ago: May 9, 2007 – Visiting East Union High scored all of its runs on back-to-back RBI singles from Courtney Perry and Brionna Goulart in the second inning to lead the Lancers to a 2-0 victory over Weston Ranch High in VOL softball action Tuesday. EU pitcher Erin Arevalo was her usual dominating self, striking out 15 in a one-hitter.

May 07, 2017 | | Sports History

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Articles by Section - Sports History

1947: Buffs tie for title with win over Tracy High

Thirty years ago, on November 17, 1987, junior center Betsy McCall was a terror right from the start as she pounded in 26 points and ...

November 19, 2017 | | Sports History

1997: Jim Brown retires after 17 years as East Union coach

Fifty years ago, on October 29, 1967, the East Union High Lancers turned on a strong rushing attack for the first time and put together ...

November 06, 2017 | | Sports History

1937: Frank Teicheira plays 2 football games in same night

Ninety years ago, on October 21, 1927, the Manteca High football eleven defeated the "Flying Brownies" of Oakdale High at Oakdale by a score of ...

October 29, 2017 | | Sports History

1937: Jimmie Connors scores in Manteca win

Eighty years ago, on October 16, 1937, as if to avenge their loss to Turlock, the Manteca High Buffaloes battered the Ceres High Bulldogs 20-7 ...

October 22, 2017 | | Sports History

1997: EU cross-country boys win first VOL title

Fifty years ago, on October 5, 1967, moving from a second quarter 7-7 tie, Manteca High went on to down East Union High 34-7 in ...

October 15, 2017 | | Sports History


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