Neil MacDannald’s coaching resume just got a little longer.
He is the MaxPreps California Medium Schools Coach of the Year after leading Manteca High to a 25-3 record, its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship and first Valley Oak League title in 29 years. The Buffaloes are also mythical state champs, as Cal-Hi Sports named them the Division III Team of the Year.
The section title is MacDannald’s fifth overall as a coach; he is Manteca’s offensive coordinator for football and helped the team capture banners in 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2013.
He of course couldn’t have done it without his two ace pitchers, as Oregon-bound Jacob Corn and Lucas Vaughn were both named to the MaxPreps Medium Schools All-State Team.
Corn, who split time between first base and pitching, made the list as a utility player. The Manteca Bulletin’s two-time All-Area MVP held a .408 batting average and 1.13 ERA while ranking among the state’s best strikeout artists with 103 K’s in 68.1 innings pitched. Vaughn finished second in the state with 12 wins against zero losses and sported a 1.11 ERA.
Joining them was Sierra standout catcher Jake Pruitt, who made the second-team list. The VOL and Manteca Bulletin Offensive Player of the Year hit for an impressive .438/.596/.767 slash line to go with four homers and 34 RBIs.
Corn, Vaughn and Pruitt also made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Team. Other notables recognized by MaxPreps were Vista del Lago’s Andrew Schantz and Bryce Dyrda of Oakdale. Schantz pitched against both Sierra and Manteca in the SJS playoffs, while the USC-bound Dyrda was among the top players in the VOL.