20 years ago: May 11, 1991 - Manteca High's Paul Gutierrez hurled a three-hitter to lead the Buffs to a 3-1 VOL baseball win over East Union High Friday afternoon at MHS. Gutierrez had done the same thing in the first meeting between the two city teams. The junior left-hander walked five and struck out eight. Junior Dain Cilley led the Buffs' attack, going three-for-four at the plate, scoring once and driving in a run.
Sixty years ago, on May 4, 1951, Win Converse was selected as "Baseball Fan of 1951" by members of the Manteca High baseball team at a party. Mr. Converse has been attending ball games since the first teams were organized in the early days of the city. He was presented an autographed baseball by Coach Arte Fairbanks and members of the team. Bob Turk and Pete Arizcuren were presented a new baseball and bat as top hitters of the team by Coach Fairbanks.
Twenty years ago, on May 1, 1991, the East Union High boys 4x400 relay team sprinted to fourth place in the Meet of Champions at Cordova High in Rancho Cordova, breaking a 12 year-old school record. The team of LaShawn Daniels, DelShaun Williams, Larry Martinez and John Brooks finished in 3:24.6, destroying the 1979 mark of 3:26.3 set by Andy Carroll, Jim Jennings, Kevin Von Essen and Lynn Mackey.
20 years ago: April 27, 1991 - East Union High's tennis team took a 9-6 victory over Los Banos High Friday while Manteca High was drubbed 12-3 by VOL champion Sonora High. EU's James Vu and Mike Newman gave up just one game each in leading the Lancer netters. In the Buffaloes' match, MHS managed only three singles wins, two of them by Eric Agnew.
Ninety years ago, on April 24, 1921, the Manteca Maulers again met defeat at the hands of the Sperrys of Stockton in a 14-inning game of thrills and excitement. Gilligan pitched a fair game for seven innings and then Elmer Blodgett took the mound and pitched good ball. "Spec" Shea for Stockton pitched the full 14 innings. The final score was 4 to 3. Some rotten decisions by umpire Weatherbee lost the game. In calling balls and strikes, Weatherbee favored Stockton all the way through and his decision in the fourteenth when he called the hit fair, which was a ...
20 years ago: April 24, 1991 - The annual cross-town swim meet between Manteca High and East Union High Schools didn't disappoint the fans and athletes Friday at the Lincoln Park pool. The Lady Lancers were thrilled to beat out the MHS girls for the first time ever, while the Buffalo boys calmly clinched their third straight Valley Oak League dual meet championship, highlighted by a stunning upset in the 50-meter free style race. Led by Dana Maddex's two first-place finishes, the EUHS girls held off a late comeback by the Lady Buffs to squeak by 89-81. The MHS ...
Fifty years ago, on April 18, 1961, Manteca High's swim team downed Ceres High in a dual meet held in Ceres. The final score was Manteca 58, Ceres 28. The Buffaloes were paced by Tom Honey, Jim Cunningham and Larry Hopkins. Honey took firsts in the 50 yard freestyle, individual medley and helped on the winning medley relay team. Cunningham took a first in the 200 yard freestyle and helped on the winning medley relay team. Hopkins took a first in the 100 yard backstroke and helped on the winning medley relay team.
20 years ago: April 13, 1991 - East Union High, using a seven-man, nine-hit attack, downed visiting Oakdale High 7-3 and claimed sole possession of first place in the VOL baseball race Friday afternoon. Combined with the four-hit pitching of Mike Costa and Brian Bettencourt, the Lancers improved to 4-1 in league play. Mark Kackley had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for EU.
Eighty years ago, on April 10, 1931, Manteca High twirler Bob Silva, allowing only four hits, easily defeated the Hilmar High nine, the score being 13 to 3. Silva fanned four men and walked five and was given good support in the field. Outstanding Buffalo players were Lisle Percival, who hit four for six, Charlie Percival, who got three for four and Ray Forsell, who connected three for five.
20 years ago: April 6, 1991 - Manteca High has had an impact on this year's baseball program at San Joaquin Delta College. Looking straight up the middle at last week's game against Chabot College, we saw catcher Ken Huckaby, on the mound was Eric Hill and patrolling center field was Oscar Castellanos. Huckaby has been offered a full-ride scholarship to the University of Texas for his junior year.
Sixty years ago, on April 6, 1951, Manteca High's up and coming baseball nine came through with a 6-0 whitewashing over Livingston High. Highlight of the game was the no-hit performance of the Buffalo hurlers. Three local hurlers combined to turn in a no-hitter. Johnny Cabrera opened on the mound for the Buffs, but was relieved in the second when he appeared to have trouble finding the plate. Henry Braghetta chucked until the fifth inning and little Al Limas came in to finish the game. Bob Turk, with two for three, was the leading hitter for the locals.
20 years ago: April 2, 1991 - The Manteca High baseball team ended up victors in the first day of the Dick Windemuth Easter Tournament at Modesto's Downey High yesterday. The Buffaloes ended up the victors in a 7-6 see-saw affair against Davis High of Modesto. MHS rallied from a 6-4 deficit in their last at-bats. Paul Gutierrez delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single to tie the score. Gutierrez later scored the winning run on a single by Larry Maestas.
Sixty years ago, on March 27, 1951, the Manteca High baseball team broke out in a rash of extra-base hits to overwhelm Ceres High 16-0 on the local diamond. Along with the finest sample of hitting shown by the local nine this year was the fine pitching performance of Larry Brashear. Brashear gave up but four hits. Ray Dellavecchia pounded out two triples and a double and Charles Snyder also had three for three for the Buffaloes.
Fifty years ago, on March 17, 1961, the Lodi High Flames showed why they are rated as the top prep baseball club in the area by taking a close 2-0 win from Manteca High in Lodi. Manteca's Tim Brumley turned in a good performance in limiting the hard-hitting Flames to four hits, but Lodi's Don Webster was also stingy and held the locals to only two hits. The closest the Buffaloes came to scoring was the fifth inning when they loaded the bases with two outs. John Holbrook then smashed a long drive to deep right center, but ...
10 years ago: March 24, 2001 - Strong pitching by both baseball teams kept the bases clear for much of the game as visiting Los Banos High edged Manteca High 1-0 on Friday. The Buffaloes cracked out six hits in the loss as Ryan Cardoza's two doubles were wasted.
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.
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.
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