Thirty years ago, on August 2, 1984, Manteca’s teenage golf standout, Kevin Wentworth, will be back on the fairways today and tomorrow trying his luck in the Salinas Junior Tournament at the Salinas Country Club. The Manteca High sophomore-to-be is coming off his two best performances in Junior golf competition. Last weekend, he claimed his first-ever overall championship in Modesto and followed that up by taking his second overall title four days later in Sacramento. After his Salinas stop, the 15 year-old will move on to the Las Positas Junior next Monday and Tuesday in Livermore. Wentworth is second in the Junior Golf point standings for his 14-15 age group and has already been selected as one of 10 golfers to represent Northern California in an August 20 all-star match against the South.
100 years ago: July 31, 1914 – The Manteca Merchants lost one of those “should have won” games Sunday when Samson piled up 12 runs to their seven. Everything was smooth up to the seventh inning when Barnhart brought in two men and himself by a home run. All of Samson’s runs were scored in that inning. Heavy hitting was the feature of the day, with Lagorio pitching a weak game and allowing 18 hits. He made two doubles and a single himself.
40 years ago: August 2, 1974 – Teams are now involved in two-a-day practices for the upcoming North-South prep all-star football game at the University of the Pacific, August 10 at 8 p.m. Manteca, a part of the North squad, is represented by three Manteca High players: Mark Duncan, Craig Bobson and Rich Brocchini. This first, in what the Lions Club hopes to be an annual event, will pit preps from north and south of the Stanislaus River. North coach Don Nicholson of Tracy High expects to get good mileage from the three ex-Buffaloes.
20 years ago: August 3, 1994 – Sierra High athletic director Vern Gebhardt has completed his coaching staff for the new high school. Soccer coaches will be Tony Valtierra and Manuel PI res; cross country – Mike Rosendin; tennis – Eric Reis and Don Freeman; wrestling – Richard Boyd; golf – Don Laurenti; football and track – Greg Leland; baseball – Jack Thomson; basketball – Frank Triglia and Dan Cunial; volleyball and softball – Tevani Liotard; and swimming- Ervin Zador.
The condemned press box at Guss Schmiedt Field may not need to be torn down after all. At a meeting Monday attended by East Union High athletic director Dino Cunial, Manteca Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Business Jerry Ogden and Jerry Brown of the district’s maintenance staff, it was decided to try to save the old press box but limit the number of people allowed to use it. “What they’re looking at is doing the cross beams,” Cunial explained. “This has got to be taken to an engineer and see what has to be done in the area.”