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1980: Joe Wickham 7th in Formula Vee racing
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Ninety years ago, on April 12, 1920, Manteca started the ball season right by winning the first game they played. The game was with Escalon and while this team is not a member of the league, it is a good fast team and has won all the games played this season before this game. A large crowd turned out and cheered lustily. The score at the close stood 7 to 2 in favor of the home boys. Elmer Blodgett started off right, pitching a first class game. He pitched all of last season and was a big factor in winning the pennant. Percy Toomes was another old guard at first base. He played all last season and made a splendid record. Kiel Potter, another of last year’s players, showed excellent form. Jimmie Rawleigh at second was another Manteca player who started well.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

80 years ago: April 19, 1930 - Fred Orem of Manteca High broke one of two conference records at the annual Stanislaus County track and field meet held at the Modesto Junior College last Saturday. Orem, with a fast sprint at the finish of the mile run, shattered the existing mark with a time of 4:48.8.

Manteca High again placed itself in the C.I.F. race when they defeated Turlock High on the local high school diamond last Friday afternoon by the score of 9 to 7. Joe Abreu’s pitching won the game for the Mantecans. Joe sent 14 of the Bulldogs back to the bench over the strike-out trail.

70 years ago
: April 18, 1940 - Manteca High’s Buffalo baseball nine made it two in a row in their quest of the Modesto Sub-league crown when they handed Ceres High a 12 to 6 lacing on the local diamond last Friday afternoon. Jack Liebhart garnered three safeties in four tries, while Bill Blodgett collected two in three attempts, including a home run. Al Phillips also hit a homer for the Buffaloes.

Manager Harold Garvine’s hapless Manteca Merchants allowed the Sunnyside Inn of Stockton to squeeze out an unearned 4 to 2 victory last Sunday. “Frenchy” Espinal and Bill Enders laced out a pair of singles in four trips to the plate for the locals.

60 years ago: April 18, 1950 - Traveling to Hughson High, Manteca High’s thinclads easily defeated the Huskies 173.5-115.5 last Wednesday. Jack Gatto won the 880 yard run with a time of 2:11 and set a new record for the Hughson track.

Paul Sanchez’s four runs batted in on two singles highlighted Manteca High’s third league triumph as the Buffaloes combed two Livingston High pitchers while defeating the Wolves 8-1 last Tuesday on the Manteca diamond. Bob Wheeler had a double and a triple and two stolen bases for the Buffs.

John Cotrell, Bob Williamson and Chuck Honodel led Manteca High’s tennis team to a win over Livingston High last Tuesday.

50 years ago: April 14, 1960 - Manteca High got into the finals of the Atwater Tournament by taking an extra-inning win from Modesto High on Tuesday. The Buffaloes finally won in nine innings, 3 to 2. Bob Jones scored on a clutch single by Dewey Taylor to sew up the ball game for Coach Bob Bandy’s Buffaloes.

The Manteca High track squad knocked Sonora High out of Valley Oak League unbeaten ranks last Thursday by taking a 56-47 win. John Zimmerman, John Lathrop and Ken Wolf were all double winners for the Buffaloes. Zimmerman won the 120 high hurdles (15.8) and the 180 lows (21.0). Wolf swept the dashes--the 100 (10.0) and 220 (22.4) and Lathrop captured wins in the shot put (44-10.5) and broad jump (20-3.75).

40 years ago: April 15, 1970 - Threatening often and scoring in the late innings, the Manteca High baseball team kept pace in the VOL by defeating Atwater High Thursday 6-1 in Atwater. Al Liberato had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs for the Buffaloes.

The Trojans of Lincoln High remained undefeated as they squeezed by East Union High last Friday afternoon by a score of 3-2. Jerry Nixon had three hits for the Lancers.

30 years ago
: April 14, 1980 - Manteca’s Joe Wickham opened the San Francisco region Formula Vee season last weekend with a seventh-place finish Sunday at the newly-renamed Golden State International Raceway at Sears Point. Wickham, a 39 year-old school teacher, was one of 40 drivers entered in the 32.8 mile event.

The overall strength and depth of Oakdale High’s track squad prevailed yesterday afternoon as the mighty Mustangs crushed Manteca High 111-27 in a VOL dual meet at Guss Schmiedt Field. Oakdale’s girls also copped a victory 71-41. Manteca was able to win only two boys events. David Jimenez won the two-mile for the Buffaloes with a time of 10:33.8 and Donn Boehler captured a first place in the long jump with a distance of 20-3.5. On the girls’ level, Manteca’s Pam Filippini captured two events for the Lady Buffs--the shot put and the discus.

Manteca High’s baseball team out-hit Oakdale High, but 10 walks given up by the Buffalo pitchers paved the way for a 6-2 VOL loss Yesterday. Coach Sostenes Rodriguez’s Buffs now have an overall record of 3-10. Robbie Steves paced the Buffs with two hits.

A seventh-inning comeback fell two runs short for the Manteca High softball team and the Buffaloes dropped a 6-4 decision to visiting Los Banos High yesterday Lincoln Park. Donna Foster and Kim Forkas pounded doubles for the locals.

East Union High’s sophomore Dennis Essenwein shot a low 38 but his Lancer golf teammates lost yesterday to unbeaten Manteca High 210-227 in a VOL match played at the Manteca Park course. David Thissen and Eric Davis had 41’s for Coach Steve Winter’s Buffaloes.

A two-out, bases-loaded double in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Sonora High to a come-from-behind 3-2 VOL baseball triumph over East Union High Friday afternoon in the mountain country. George Herrera and Tony Martin led the Lancers with two hits apiece. EU is now 1-15 on the year.

East Union High’s tennis team lost for the third time in three VOL outings last Friday, falling 13.5-2.5 to host Sonora High. The Lancers doubles team of Eric Johnson-Pat Nagle secured the locals’ only points.

Manteca High badminton coach Vanessa Burns could have claimed a moral victory when the Lady Buffaloes dropped an 8-5 decision to Sonora High last Thursday in the locals’ home opener at Winter Gym. Lisa Branscum and Denise Prickett registered double wins for MHS.

East Union High’s badminton squad came close last Thursday, but it wasn’t enough to offset a 7-6 loss to Ceres High in Ceres. Gina Barroga and the doubles team of Sara Ramos-Robin Willson scored double wins for the Lady Lancers.

Manteca High’s tennis team downed Ceres High last Friday 12-3 in a match played on the Bulldogs’ courts. Twin wins were by Buffs Jeff Brock and duos of Clay Burkett-Greg Toy and Allen Franscella-Tim Wun.