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1977: Eleven Oakdale errors lead to Lancer baseball win
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Ninety years ago, on April 26, 1927, the Manteca High baseball team easily defeated the Turlock High nine on the latter’s grounds by a score of 8 to 4. Emil Theiler and Sid Ettinger have been ineligible for the last two games because they took part in a Don Pedro League game. 


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80 years ago: April 29, 1937 – Manteca High proved to be a very rude host to seven other schools from the valley in the second annual Invitational Track and Field Meet at Pennebaker Field on Saturday when they won the championship. Manteca won with 40.5 points, while Turlock High was second with 33. Sam Woods of the Buffaloes had two firsts. Carrol Hall of Manteca lowered the record in the 440 to :53.1. 

Manteca’s 20-30 Club team strengthened its hold on first place in the Valley Baseball League Sunday with its fourth straight win, defeating the Lodi Merchants by the score of 11-4. Emil and Joe Theiler rapped out home runs in the first inning and Lyle Percival repeated in the sixth. Emil led the hitting: four out of five trips to the plate. Joe Escobar, local pitcher, got 11 strikeouts.

A triple in the last half of the ninth inning by Wilbur Rocha, substitute first baseman, enabled Kenneth Betts to come across home plate with the winning tally and give Coach Maurice Tracie’s Manteca High Buffaloes an 8-7 win over Newman High here yesterday afternoon.


70 years ago: May 1, 1947 – The Manteca High Buffaloes were soundly trounced by Livingston High in Atwater last Friday afternoon. The final score was 10 to 0. Leonard Dias and Curt Patterson got two hits apiece for Manteca.


60 years ago: April 24, 1957 – Glenn McDonald pitched the Manteca High baseball squad to their first league win Friday by skipping past the Sonora High nine, 5-0.


50 years ago: April 28, 1967 – Manteca High corralled the league-leading Oakdale High Mustangs 5-3 in a come-from-behind manner Wednesday afternoon. Bob Egusa was two-for-two for the Buffaloes and Tom Murphy also had two hits.

The East Union High Lancers evened up their season in golf with a convincing 19.5 to 10.5 victory over Manteca High Tuesday at the Manteca course. Outstanding play was turned in by the Lancers’ Ron Agostini, low medalist, with his fine 80 in a 6-0 defeat of the Buffaloes’ Randy Yee.


40 years ago: April 20, 1977 – The East Union High girls’ track team waltzed past Los Banos High 84-24 last week. Cathy Elliott doubled with wins in the high jump (4-8) and the long jump (15-0) to continue a fine season. Sprinter Irene Tokunaga raced to wins in the 100 yard dash (12.0) and was part of the 440 relay.  The EU boys upped their Valley Oak League mark to 3-2 with last week’s 69-63 win against the Tigers. Jonas Holmberg came home with firsts in the mile (4:44.5) and two mile, while Jeff Von Essen topped the field in the 220 (23.0) and the 440 (51.9).

Manteca High, led by Steve Cimoli’s three wins (he also tripled last week), edged Sonora High’s track team 69-67. Cimoli captured firsts in the 120 high hurdles (16.4), long jump (18-8) and the triple jump (39-2).

Keeping their chances alive for another VOL tennis championship, Manteca High defeated Ceres High 11.5-3.5 last Friday at Ceres. Winning all their singles matches were Javier Castillo and Mark Pinto, with the doubles team of Paul Moore/Jeff Brock.

Manteca High’s Steve Cimoli, a 6-1 center-forward, will be playing this summer in the Stockton Kiwanis Club’s second annual all-star basketball game.

Manteca High had an important 212-221 golf win over St. Mary’s High at Stockton’s Elkhorn Country Club. Tony Horton was the only player to turn in a sub-40 round with a 39 for MHS.

East Union High was the grateful recipient of 11 Oakdale High errors Tuesday before eventually winning a baseball game in eight long innings, 8-6. Even with that, the Lancers left 13 base runners stranded.

Getting another brilliant pitching performance from senior Darrell Womack, Manteca High’s baseball team blanked Sonora High 4-0 last Tuesday. Womack gave up only two hits in the game. Brad Steele had a double and a single for the Buffaloes.

East Union High’s golf team clinched a share of the VOL title in stunning fashion Tuesday with a school-record-tying 187 to easily top Ceres High’s 237 at the Modesto Municipal Golf Course. Glen Beck kept firing in low figures, turning in an even-par 35.


30 years ago: April 28, 1987 – The East Union High softball team gave Oakdale High another lesson in base running in a near-effortless 12-2 romp in Oakdale Monday to up their VOL record to 7-1. Besides cranking out 10 hits, the Lady Lancers stole 15 bases. Leading the thievery was junior Karrie Woodard, who swiped five bases. Woodard also contributed with her bat, going two for three with a double and two runs batted in.

Manteca High’s golf team showed its poise under pressure again Monday by capturing its ninth straight VOL tournament championship. East Union High will be the second representative in the sub-sections from the league. The Buffaloes totaled 410 on the Pine Mountain golf course in Twain Harte to edge Modesto’s Central Catholic High. MHS’s Kevin Wentworth, named the VOL’s Most Valuable Player, topped all players with an even-par 72. EU’s David Horton was fourth with a 79.

Baseball coach Darrell Hardcastle’s East Union High Lancers spoiled an Oakdale High pitcher’s bid for a no-hitter in the sixth inning, erupting for four runs on four hits to blank the Mustangs 4-0 Tuesday in a league game. Junior right-hander Tony Alexander upped his record to 5-0, surrendering just five hits, while registering five strikeouts and walking five. Scott Heaton cleaned up over the final two innings.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and two strikes in the count, Manteca High’s Kelly Swift smacked a game-winning extra base hit to end the contest Tuesday with a 4-3 softball victory over Sonora High. Swift’s hit score Brandi Rose and Brenda Moffat.

Manteca High dominated play in singles competition and rode to a 12.5-2.5 VOL tennis win over Sonora High Tuesday. Eddie Hubik, Stephen Sanguinetti and Eric Reis played well for the Buffalo netters.

Meanwhile, East Union High fell 15-0 to league-leading Oakdale High. EU fell to 1-10 overall in the tennis season. Lancer netter Robert Redmond put up a solid performance.

The East Union High track team, behind double-win performances by John Fletcher, Mike Langton and Dimitri Koger, sped to its first VOL win of the season with a resounding 93-29 triumph over Livingston High Friday. The EU girls, meanwhile, evened their league mark to 2-2 with a 93-25 victory. Fletcher captured wins in the 100 (11.7) and 200 (24.1), while Langton nabbed victories in the mile (5:29) and two-mile runs (12:55). Koger soared to a winning height in the high jump (5-2) before taking the triple jump in 38-8.25. Tina Alexander won three events to power the Lady Lancers. She notched wins in the 100 (13.7), long jump (14-2) and the triple jump (28-8).

The bubble has finally burst for Manteca High’s baseball team. The Buffaloes received a two-hit pitching effort from senior Eric Hill to defeat Ceres High 5-1 in a league game. The win was the first for the Buffs in nine games. Gary Mills blasted a home run to lead MHS.


20 years ago: April 27, 1997 – Turning in their best performance of the season, the Sierra High tracksters set eight school records and one meet record during the Lincoln Invitational in Stockton on Saturday. “We went nuts today,” exclaimed Coach Greg Leland. His boys and girls teams placed third in the one-day meet. Timberwolf hurdler Antoine Lewis broke two of his own school records and set a new meet record at the same time. He set a mark of 14.5 in the 110 hurdles and improved his school record in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a 41.9 clocking. Teammate Vince Carter placed second in the 800, with a school-record time of 1:58.8. Carter, Jimmie Ross, Eli Campbell and Dohnie Royster set a new school mark in the 1600 meter relay with a time of 3:23.5, good for second. The 400 meter relay team of Campbell, Royster, Preston Pate and Henry Turner ran an SHS record 43.15. For the girls, Enjoli Jones set two SHS marks. She won the 400 in 1:00.8 and she hooked up with Angela Allgaier, Darci Cullers and Jenni Amaya to run the 400 relay in 52.52, a new Lady T’wolf mark.

The Manteca High golf team captured the VOL title yesterday at Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione, even though they finished second to Oakdale High. How’s that? The Buffaloes outpointed the Mustangs 59 to 55 on the season. The medalist for the tourney was East Union High’s Stan Mathews with a 73, as the Lancers took third place. Jarrod Schwartz carded a 78 to lead the Buffaloes, while Jack Arizcuren shot an 82 to lead Sierra High.


10 years ago: May 2, 2007 – It was a banner afternoon at the Greenhorn Golf Course in Angels Camp for both the East Union High and Sierra High teams Tuesday at the Valley Oak League tournament. Both squads advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section golf tournament. The Lancers (424) and the Timberwolves (445) finished one-two in the VOL tourney. Lancers’ team captain Jay Brink, who finished with a 74, also took home co-MVP honors. Sierra was paced by Will Langdon’s 86. Manteca High did not field a complete team.

Though East Union High had its chances to tie it, Sierra High didn’t budge in a 2-1 victory over the rival Lancers in a soccer match Tuesday at Teicheira Memorial Stadium. The T’wolf win clinched a playoff berth at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament. Lisa Garcia was responsible for the deciding goal for the T‘wolves. Kayla Cody netted the first goal for SHS. Kelly Mayo scored the EU goal.

Erin Arevalo faced 24 batters in eight innings from the chalked circle and got 24 outs. East Union High’s rising star even knocked in the eventual game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning.

 The surging Lancer softball team (18-5) clinched at least a share of the VOL title for the first time since 2003 with a 1-0 victory over host Ceres High Tuesday. Arevalo hurled 18 strikeouts and was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate. Courtney Perry, who also had two hits, scored the only run of the game.

 The Manteca High soccer squad took down Weston Ranch High 5-0 at Guss Schmiedt Field on Tuesday. Stephanie Iniguez scored twice for the Buffaloes, while Jen Dickman, Kim Herrera and Angela Moncada each tallied once. MHS (12-9-4) had a 32-0 shots-on-goal advantage over WRHS.

Manteca High southpaw Toby Fox fanned nine batters and led the Buffaloes to a 5-2 win over visiting Ceres High yesterday. Beau Fryer had a pair of hits for the Buffs.

Manteca High’s Bernadette May and Kayla Campbell combined to go 6-for-7 with three doubles, four RBIs, a run, a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt in a 7-5 VOL softball win over visiting Sonora High Thursday.