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1976: Breitenbucher is a triple winner
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Forty years ago, on July 8, 1976, The Manteca Dolphins competitive swim team remained undefeated Monday as they edged last year’s Tri-County Swim Conference champions, Ripon, 314.5-297.5. Triple winners for the Dolphins were Desiree Dowell (girls 11-12), Dave Breitenbucher (boy s 13-14) and Jill Pinto (girls 15-17).


In other sports stories from

the Bulletin files:

40 years ago: July 8, 1976 - Tradeway Chevrolet’s hopes of catching State Farm Insurance in the division race of Central Valley Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball ran into difficulties last Wednesday as the Chevrolet group dropped a 7-3 decision to Ripon on the East Union diamond. Six Chevy errors resulted in five unearned Ripon runs. For Tradeway, Chris Elliott went on a hitting spree, banging out three hits, including a pair of doubles. He scored two of the three Tradeway runs.

George Azevedo State Farm Insurance has clinched the South Division championship of the Central Valley Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball League. The Manteca High-manned team made it a season sweep over Tradeway Chevrolet Wednesday afternoon at East Union High with a 7-5 decision. Outfielder Darrell Womack stroked four hits, two of them doubles, and scored twice to lead the hard-hitting State Farm team. Carlos Herrera doubled and scored twice for Tradeway, as its record slipped to 8-7.


30 years ago: July 6, 1986 – Scoring all their runs in one inning, Ed Stewart Post of Stockton downed Madison-Post 249 in an American Legion baseball game yesterday at the East Union High diamond. Frank Gonzales doubled and scored two of the Madison runs.

Knapp Ford captured a split of a doubleheader on its final regular season outing to pull itself out of the cellar of the Tri-County Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball League. The Fords beat Pizza Machine 13-6 in the second game Sunday, completing its summer campaign at 6-10. Pizza Machine won the first game, 6-3. Rudy Palacios went 3-for-4, stole two bases and drove in a run to highlight the second game. Steve Messersmith, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the first game, pitched the first four innings to take the win in the second game.

After leading most of the game, the Manteca Babe Ruth 14-15 All-stars saw Linden-Waterloo score five times in the top of the seventh to win 10-5 in a District 1 tilt last night. The loss eliminated Manteca. Four of the final five Linden runs were unearned as they capitalized on three Manteca errors and three walks, and executed a squeeze play while going hitless in the final inning. Ricky Camacho doubled and singled and Dennis Gase had a pair of hits for Manteca.

Frank’s Exxon downed the Central Valley Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball All-stars 5-4 Friday night to open the District 1 playoffs in Lodi. Gary Mills scored three of the five runs, while knocking in the other two.


20 years ago: July 13, 1996 - Manteca’s Babe Ruth 14 year-old All-stars combined 14 walks, three hit batters and seven hits to blow by the Ripon All-stars 15-4 last night in the District 2 tournament at Gustine High. Coach Dave Camara’s boy s exploded for 10 runs in the third inning as Nathan Gomas tripled in two runs. Bryan Danley and Rudy Barney combined to pitch a six-hitter for the win.

For the third time in as many games, the Manteca Babe Ruth All-stars in the 15 year-old division overpowered their opponents to advance to the finals of the District 2 tournament. After trailing 3-0 early on, Manteca pulled away for a 14-4, six-inning triumph over Modesto American on East Union’s Agostini Field Wednesday night. Manteca has “10-runned” each of their three opponents in the tournament. Jimmy Hauger tripled, singled, scored four times and drove in three runs for the winners.

The Cardoza Cougars added another win to their impressive total on Saturday afternoon by beating host Escalon 7-1 in Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball action. The Cougars are now 15-1 and have clinched the Tri-County League title. The Cougars scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Don Gemmell pitched a solid two-hit game for the winners. Chad Hagglund was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI for Coach Mark Kackley.

Tuff Boy Trailers of Manteca swept a doubleheader from Ripon B to close out the Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball season on an upbeat note on Sunday. At Manteca High, Tuff Boy won by scores of 9-6 and 10-3 to finish with a 10-8 record. Steven Smalley, who was 5-for-6 on the day, and Paul Rebeiro (4-for-7) clubbed back-to-back doubles and both Kenny Smith and Jon Martin slugged RBI singles. Winning pitcher Nick McCreery struck out 11 batters. Smalley, McCreery and Rebeiro each got three hits, with McCreery driving in three runs.


10 years ago: July 6, 2006 – It’s her sixth Bulletin All-area MVP honor—fourth in cross country, second in track and field. Cherise McNair, take your bow. The Sierra High graduate capped a remarkable career as the school’s all-time best distance runner. “I don’t think Manteca is going to see another Cherise for a while,” Sierra co-head coach Lisa Shrock said. Cherise McNair is the SHS record holder in the mile and two-mile races. She competed in the state cross country meet every year, and made her only state track appearance this year.

Ryan Mitchell and Avery White are Sierra High’s dynamic duo. The athletes are the Bulletin’s All-area track and field MVP’s. They are foster brother s at home, training partners in practice, rivals at meets and friends everywhere else. They specialize in the hurdles events.

Incoming junior Erin Arevalo of East Union High is the Bulletin’s 2006 All-area softball player. The 15-year-old fireball pitcher helped the Lancers to a surprising Sac-Joaquin Section playoff run—and surprise!, surprise!, for the second consecutive season, she was a unanimous selection. Arevalo started every game for EU, went 19-8 with a jaw-dropping 328 strikeouts and a near-flawless 0.34 ERA. She also batted .301 with a team-leading 14 RBI’s.

Sierra High graduate Jordan Durrance is the Bulletin’s 2006 All-area baseball MVP. Boasting five different pitches, Durrance went 7-4 with a miniscule 1.45 ERA. He fanned 81 batters in 62 innings and tossed a perfect game against Lodi High this season. He was also the Valley Oak League’s MVP. 

The Bulletin’s All-area MVP in tennis is East Union High’s Tim Slade. His overall regular season singles record in the VOL was 32-4. “The reason he wins is because he never gets down on himself,” EU coach Alex Lopez said. Slade was also the VOL singles champion.

Garrett Fisher had a monstrous second-inning home run and Jordan Clark furnished the pitching as the Manteca Babe Rut h 15’s took a 7-3 win over Lodi yesterday in the District 1 tournament at Agostini Field. Manteca meets Modesto at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The Manteca Dolphins out-swam both Oakdale and Ceres during a tri-meet last Saturday. Sarah O’Leary (9-10 girls) won her three races, the 100 IM, the 50 back and the 50 freestyle. Brother Nathan also won three times for the Dolphins, with firsts in the 100 IM, the 100 free and 50 free.

In Stockton, the Manteca Babe Ruth 14 year-old All-stars won their second straight 10-run victory Sunday at the District 1 Central California tournament. Manteca exploded for seven runs in the seventh to beat Lodi 10-0 at Lincoln High School. Curtis May gave up just two hits in six innings to notch the victory, while Kevin Allen and Ryan Sage each belted two-run doubles in that big inning. Marshall Swift had a single, double and a triple in the game for Manteca.