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1980: Buffs Brock wins 34th straight tennis match
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Seventy years ago, on May 10, 1940, Coach Larry Siemering’s fighting Manteca High Buffaloes were back in the thick of the Modesto Sub-league pennant chase as they downed the Oakdale High nine, 9-2, at the Almond City. Bill Blodgett hurled steady ball for the Green and White and gave up only six hits to the Mustangs. He struck out 10 and walked three. Frankie Teicheira, second sacker, and Perry Tipton, catcher, led the Buffalo hitters for the afternoon with a trio of singles in five trips to the plate.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

60 years ago: May 18, 1950 - In a game last Sunday, the Manteca Merchants smashed their way to a resounding 13-4 victory over the Linden Merchants. This game pulled Manteca out of a two-game losing streak. Roy Platt, husky left-fielder, supplied most of the power with two singles and a home run. He scored two runs and batted in four.

The Manteca High thinlies wound up their 1950 track season with a surprising second place in a three-way meet held at Oakdale High last week. Tracy High took the meet with 54.5 points, while Manteca had 40.5. Jack Gatto, as usual, took the 880 easily in 2:10.9. Other firsts for MHS were Art Nunes, who legged the mile in 5:06 and Ralph Burrows, who won the broad jump at 19-1.

50 years ago: May 19, 1960 - Last Tuesday afternoon, Manteca High stayed in the running for the Valley Oak League baseball crown by taking a hard-fought 4-3 win over Tracy High. Home runs by Les Jones and Tim Brumley in the bottom of the sixth gave the Buffaloes a come-from-behind win. Walt McDonald pitched the first six innings and was credited with the win.

Led by Ken Wolf, who is fast becoming the best sprinter in Northern California,  Manteca High finished a strong third in the Sonora Invitational Track Meet last Saturday in Sonora. Wolf ran a sparkling 9.7 in the hundred and 21.8 in the 220 to set new marks in both events. For his fine performances, Wolf was awarded the outstanding performer in the meet. Manteca’s John Zimmerman took first place in the 120 high hurdles and Monte Corley tied for first in the high jump.

The Manteca Merchants stretched their winning streak to seven games last Friday night by defeating the Stockton Merchants 9-3 at Lawrence Park in Lodi. Lefthander Walker Vick scattered eight hits over the first eight innings to pick up his third win of the season. Jerry Guibor pitched the final frame. Vick also helped his own cause by driving in three runs with two singles.

40 years ago: May 13, 1970 - Manteca High’s golfers virtually wrapped up their first VOL dual meet championship last week with a torrid back-nine effort to down Oakdale High 297-414. Randy Bobson took low medalist honors with a 75.

A hitherto pitching unknown, Ken Richichi, came off the bench to pitch East Union High past Manteca High 1-0 Tuesday and salvage one out of three meetings between the two teams this season. Richichi pitched a near-perfect one-hitter and drew excellent support from his teammates in registering the victory. Jerry Nixon led off the top of the fifth inning with a triple for the Lancers and later scored on a single by Steve Reynolds. Losing pitcher Monty Buck got the only Buffalo hit.

30 years ago: May 14, 1980 - Gary Haskins slashed a fifth-inning RBI single to break a 2-2 deadlock and chipped in with four innings of shutout pitching as East Union High went on to land a 4-2 VOL baseball victory over crosstown foe Manteca High yesterday afternoon on the MHS diamond. Tony Martin had three hits and scored two runs for the Lancers, while Tony Souza and Dan Triglia scored the runs for the Buffaloes. The contest drew the curtains on disappointing league seasons for both local teams. Coach Doug Smith’s Lancers finished the year with a 3-7 league record and a 4-19 overall mark, while Coach Sostenes Rodriguez’s Buffaloes went 2-8 in league and 5-21 overall, finishing the campaign in last place--right behind EU.  

Five local girls--three from Manteca High and two from East Union High--earned berths on the 1980 all-VOL softball squad, as selected by the league’s coaches Monday night in Modesto. Junior Broni Steves, sophomore Donna Foster and senior Linda Morenzone represented Coach Lorraine Goff’s Lady Buffaloes, who continue on to the Sac-Joaquin Section 2A playoffs this weekend. Coach Bob Lee’s Lady Lancers are well-represented by a pair of juniors, third baseman Diane Lawton and outfielder Clarissa Wroten.

It took three extra holes to do it, but Manteca High’s Bill Corder earned himself a spot in next week’s Sac-Joaquin Section golf tournament, thanks to his playoff victory Monday at the Van Buskirk Golf Course in Stockton. He had tied with Hilmar High’s Stewart Bahl, each with 81’s.

Junior Mike Cimoli of Manteca High won the discus (147-10) and the shot put (54-3.5) in yesterday’s VOL track meet staged at Ceres High.

Manteca High senior Jeff Brock collected his second MVP honor in two years when the VOL tennis coaches voted him the league’s best singles player at a meeting Wednesday night in Modesto. Teammates Jon Shaefer and Jody Ruble also earned spots on the all-VOL squad, as did both doubles teams of Allen Franscella-Greg Toy and Clay Burkett-Tom Wun. To top it off, Manteca High coach Alex Henderson was named Coach of the Year.

Ponderosa High took advantage of seven Manteca High miscues to post a 5-3 victory over the Lady Buffaloes yesterday in opening-round Sac-Joaquin Section AA softball action at Shingle Springs. Linda Morenzone, Donna Foster, Robin Wilson and Donna Simpson all had hits for MHS in the game. Wilson, Broni Steves and Connie Cook scored the Lady Buff runs.

At the VOL tennis singles tournament staged Friday at the Manteca High courts, Jeff Brock captured his second straight league championship and 34th consecutive victory of the season, downing teammate Jon Shaefer in the final, 6-3, 6-3. In yesterday’s league doubles tourney held at Columbia College, Manteca’s Grey Toy and Jody Ruble topped a duo from Oakdale High.