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1958: Dan Southwick first prep wrestler to reach California’s state finals

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POSTED March 6, 2018 12:28 a.m.

Ninety years ago, on February 23, 1928, the Manteca High School faculty basketball team defeated the Lodi High faculty by the score of 26 to 15. The Manteca lineup was: Mellow and DeSimas, forwards; Meacham, center; Tracie and Brown, guards.


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80 years ago: February 24, 1938 – In a close hard-fought game at Tracy High, the Manteca High basketball team lost the championship of the West Side League to Tracy by the score of 31 to 24. At halftime, the Buffaloes led the Bulldogs by a 16 to 13 score. Clark led his Manteca teammates with eight points.


70 years ago: February 24, 1948 – Oakdale High fast-broke their way to a 43-34 decision over the Manteca High Buffaloes at Oakdale. Manteca took too long to get acquainted with the Oakdale court. Jack Williams hit nine points to lead the Buff scoring.

Milo Candini, member of the pitching staff of the Washington Senators baseball team, who has been spending the winter with his folks here, will leave tomorrow for Orlando, Florida to join his team at its spring training camp. The Manteca boy has been with the Senators for three years.


60 years ago: February 27, 1958 – The Manteca High Buffaloes traveled to Turlock High only to get rudely pounced on, 67-49. Manteca’s center Gene Morrison was back in the driver’s seat as far as point totals were concerned as he led the Buff offense with 21 points. Richard Jay also notched 15 markers for the losers.

The Manteca High School wrestlers put the local metropolis on the map this past Saturday with the fine team and individual performances they turned in at the Northern California Invitational Meet at Berkeley. As it turned out, the Green and White finished ninth in a field of 56 schools and were the only Sac-Joaquin Section school to be represented in the finals. Danny Southwick was the first grappler in local high school history, as well as any other Sac-Joaquin Section school, to be represented in the finals. Dan, who battles in the 120-pound class, lost out in a close 3-0 decision to the champion. His performance was termed, “the best of any wrestler I have ever coached” by the local mentor Ken Von Rueden. 


50 years ago: February 22, 1968 – The Manteca High Buffaloes rose up Friday night and put on its finest shooting demonstration of the year to come within a hair (and a field goal) of dumping the third-place Lincoln High Trojans, losing 76-74 in the last six seconds of the game. Manteca’s Pat Mitchell topped all scorers with an amazing 34 points. Pat O’Rourke added 15 for the Buffs.

St. Mary’s High took over fourth place in the Valley Oak League Friday night with a convincing win over East Union High. Dean Rich and Manuel Luis had 10 points each to lead the Lancers.


40 years ago: February 24, 1978 – Three local high school wrestlers won individual titles at the Sac-Joaquin sub-section wrestling tournament last weekend. Manteca High’s Ed Mayfield and Paul Whitacre placed first in their weight classes to be named individual champions as did East Union High’s Jesse Lopez.

Warm weather greeted the East Union High baseball season opener Tuesday afternoon, but a no-so-welcome loss was handed the Lancers by visiting Tracy High, the Bulldogs scoring an 8-0 shutout. Neil Prater and Temo Chavez got two of the four EU hits.


30 years ago: February 28, 1988 – Thanks to a superb first-half performance by East Union High and some key strategic moves on the part of Coach Bill Stricker in the fourth quarter, the Lancers posted a 70-57 Valley Oak League basketball win over visiting Manteca High at a jam-packed Dalben Center last night. The victory gave EU a claim to a share of the league championship after a three-year absence. Gary Kron and Sean Harmon each grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lancers and David Horton and Dwight Young controlled the tempo of the game for EU, 20-8 on the season. Coach Mike Henry’s Buffaloes end their season at 9-19.

Manteca High’s Lady Buff basketball squad completed its regular season with a convincing 65-45 win over East Union High Thursday night. Coach Butch Linn’s girls now have a 19-8 season slate. Mary Foehringer canned 22 points to lead the MHS scoring. Carey Pulliam collected 14 points to pace the Lady Lancers, now 11-15 on the season under Coach Jim Waterman.

A last-gasp rally by the East Union High baseball team fell short as the Lancers opened the season in an exciting 5-4 loss to Tracy High at the EUHS campus. Tony Alexander drove in two runs, one with a bases-loaded walk. Deon Ward scored two runs for Coach Darrell Hardcastle’s nine.

Playing best-of-three sets, the Manteca High tennis team won all five bouts over host Tracy High. Buffaloes Eddie Hubik and Jon Belluomini dropped just five games between them in singles, with Jim Ash winning in three sets after dropping the first.  In doubles, the teams of Paul Banks/Tony Mello and Cam Cardoza/Eric Snyder each won with identical 6-0, 6-2 scores.

East Union High’s golf team opened the season in winning form Tuesday, downing host St. Mary’s High of Stockton, 217-230. The Lancers had a steady round on the Oakmoor golf course. Jason Snyder led the way with a 41 for EU.

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