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1984: Joe Head sets pace for Mantecas sub-section golf title
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Thirty years ago, on May 7, 1984, the Manteca High golf team turned in one of its finest 18-hole team performances in school history to capture the South Sub-section championship at Stockton’s Van Buskirk Park and qualify for the Section playoffs next week. Paced by sophomore Joe Head’s medalist performance, the Valley Oak League champion Buffaloes compiled a fine team round of 383 and buried Merced High by 18 strokes to win the school’s second Sub-section crown in four years.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

10 years ago: May 13, 2004 – Capitalizing on Sierra High mistakes, East Union High edged the Timberwolves 1-0 in Valley Oak League baseball action on Wednesday. Jon Harder drove in Justin Friend with a run in the fourth inning of the contest, the only score of the game. Friend had doubled to start the inning. The T’wolves chased too many of Friend’s pitches. He limited Sierra to just four hits in the game. Chris McKinsey had a double for SHS.

The East Union High tennis team was outmatched Wednesday in an 8-1 loss to Granite Bay High in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

EU’s Chris Vaught grabbed the only win for the Lancers.

East Union High banged out 11 hits in a 4-1 win over Manteca High in the final VOL game of the season at the Northgate Softball Complex yesterday. Amanda Vickers was 3-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Lancers (21-6). EU’s Amanda Sandoval tripled and drove in the first EU run. Lancer pitcher Brittany Tachara fanned 16 batters. Kim Brand drove in the lone Lady Buff run with a seventh-inning single.

Sierra High dropped an 8-0 softball clash with Oakdale High on Tuesday as they suffered a no-hit performance by the Lady Mustang pitcher. 

Manteca High golfer Perry Settlemoir shot a 76 on the Dry Creek Golf Course in Galt at Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Sub-sections to qualify for next week’s sections in Roseville.

The Sierra High tennis team dropped a 6-3 match to visiting Placer High in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The SHS doubles team of Jacob Scott-Jason Morrow accounted for one of the wins. Ricky Pedron-Jeff Becker took another doubles match.

30 years ago: May 9, 1984 – Rico Allen delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring Steve Wisby around to score and provide East Union High with a crucial 3-2 victory over Sonora High on the EU diamond Tuesday afternoon. Allen’s single was only the second hit of the day for the Lancers. The only other EU hit was Sam Mendoza’s lead-off double in the second frame. Coach Doug Smith’s crew is now 7-3 in VOL play.

The East Union High softball team dropped a stunning 6-4 decision to last-place Sonora High yesterday in Sonora. It was the Lady Wildcats’ first VOL win of the season. Coach John Van Zant’s Lady Lancers were limited to three hits and stranded 12 base runners in the game.

 Two Manteca High pitchers combined to walk 12 batters in the Lady Buffs’ 17-5 softball loss to Oakdale High yesterday. Coach Lorraine Goff’s girls were limited to just three hits—two by Tammy McBride—by Oakdale pitching. Melody Root walked four times and scored three of the MHS runs.

Manteca High standouts Marilyn Elkins and Tony Perez grabbed individual titles at the Sac-Joaquin South Sub-section track championships Thursday night at Merced Junior College. Elkins won the shot put with a heave of 39-1.5. Likewise, Perez didn’t have many problems in the 800 meters, streaking to first in a time of 1:58.3.

Albert Negrete clubbed a vicious two-run homer and the Manteca High baseball team took a 4-3 victory from host Oakdale High Friday afternoon, boosting the Buffaloes to 8-2 in the VOL. Winning pitcher Sam Ochoa limited the Mustangs to just four hits in the game.

40 years ago: May 11, 1974 – The sterling pitching of Mike Hubbard, a stingy defense and the clutch hitting of Jim Durham, Cliff Spence and Mario DeLeon moved the Manteca High baseball team into a virtual tie for the VOL lead Friday afternoon with a crucial 3-1 win over Oakdale High. Hubbard allowed just three hits and lost his bid for a shutout in the bottom of the seventh.

Manteca High’s Terry Munoz put on a gutsy show last week to endure nine set s in winning the VOL tennis singles crown. The durable senior won 6-3, 6-0 from a Ceres High player.

Ron Munoz stroked a bases-loaded single in the fourth inning to drive Chris Elliott across the plate with what proved to be the winning run as East Union High struggled to a 5-4 victory over Los Banos High here Tuesday. Elliott had singled and this was followed by walks to Miles Branson and Jim Gatto. 

East Union High’s Ken Webb evened a personal score with Manteca High’s Gary Lowe by downing the Buffaloes’ number one golfer by three strokes but it was not enough to bring his five-man team a win over their arch-rivals. The Buffs got some clutch performances down the stretch and registered their third straight three-stroke win over EU, this time by a count of 201-204. Webb carded a 38.

50 years ago: May 11, 1964 – Manteca High kept alive its title hopes Friday afternoon with a four-run, seventh-inning rally to grab a 6-4 come-from-behind win over Oakdale High. Larry Gonsalves relieved starter Wally Yamasaki in the fifth inning and received credit for the win. Greg Wisby led the winners at the plate with three singles in four trips.

60 years ago: May 13, 1954 – Manteca High discovered what it was that was keeping Livingston High in the league lead as they were defeated by Livingston 12-7 on the Livingston diamond. Jack McAllister hit a home run to lead the Manteca attack.

80 years ago: May 10, 1934 – By scoring two runs in the eighth inning, the Modesto High baseball team defeated the Manteca High nine at Modesto last Friday by the close score of 4-3. This was the last game of the season for the Buffaloes who finished in fourth place with four wins and three defeats. Captain Joe Escobar started on the mound for the Buffaloes and pitched good ball, but weakened during the latter part of the game. Milo Candini then pitched.

100 years ago: May 8, 1914 – Sunday’s ball game between the White Sox and the Stockton Stars was played in good style, the weather and the attendance being all that could be desired, in fact, the seating capacity is becoming heavily taxed. Many of the Stockton Stars were greeted by the fans as old friends of the previous Sunday game, especially Brock, who pitched a better game than for St. Mary‘s. The White Sox played a good game and won by a score of 2 to 1.