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1984: Ochoa strikes out 18 in Buffs victory
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50 years ago: April 27, 1964 – Adverse weather conditions hampered the winning times but failed to slow the Manteca High track team in Sonora as the Buffaloes romped to a win over the Wildcats in a VOL meet. Manteca junior Bruce Fisher broke the MHS high jump mark with a leap of 6-2. Bob Silva was a double winner for the Buffs as he captured the 100 and the 220.

40 years ago: April 24, 1974 – Pinch-hitter Jim Gatto smacked a ground-rule double with the bases loaded to pull victory out of the fire and give East Union High a 4-2 decision over Ceres High last Friday. Gene Christensen, Ron Munoz and Darrell Hardcastle led the Lancers at the plate with two hits apiece.

Scott Schimke broke a school record and Dave Sweet won two first place medals as the Manteca High swimming team dunked Escalon High 72-59 last week. Schimke won the 100 breaststroke in a new record time of 1:11.4, while Sweet brought home wins in the 200 free and the 50 free.

Bob Giest fired a nine-hole score of 38 for low medalist honors to lead Manteca High past the Oakdale High golfers 209-234. The Buffaloes are now 13-4 overall.

Pecking away for single runs in four different innings, Manteca High used another strong pitching effort by Mike Hubbard to down Los Banos High 4-0. The lanky senior limited Los Banos to five hits. Jim Durham and Gary Shupe led the Buffaloes with two hits apiece.

The East Union High golfers traveled to Sonora High where they escaped with a close 207-209 win over the Wildcats. Ken Webb paced the Lancers with a 37.

Led by Andy Allen and the doubles team of Norm Sadler-Steve McKee, the East Union High tennis squad posted a10-5 win over the Ceres High netters on the Manteca High courts.

30 years ago: April 24, 1984 – Right-hander Sam Ochoa struck out 18 Sonora High batters with an overpowering fast ball and the Manteca High hitting attack finally come alive as the Buffaloes blasted the Wildcats 12-2. Pete Nelson had three hits to lead the Buff attack.

The Manteca High golf team held on to a piece of first place in the VOL with an easy 202-242 victory over Central Catholic High in Modesto. Joe Head led the way with a one-over-par 35.

Patty Ott ripped out three hits and knocked in a pair of runs, while Lollie Castro hurled a two-hitter in relief as the VOL-leading East Union High softball team captured a 7-2 victory over Modesto High in Modesto. Ott’s hits were a triple, a double and a single.

Melody Root and Tammy McBride both walloped two-run home runs and Jerrilynn Leeper hurled a three-hitter in relief as the Manteca High softball team trounced Sonora High 15-7. Tracy Brown had three more of Manteca’s 10 hits.

Matt Gunter shot a two-over-par 38 to capture medalist honors for the day and the Manteca High golf team maintained its hold on first place in the VOL with a 204-240 victory over local rival East Union High. EU was led once again by freshman Mike Battles, who carded a 41.

10 years ago: April 29, 2004 – East Union High notched its seventh straight baseball victory, blasting Pitman High 9-0 yesterday in Turlock.  Eric Texeira led the way with a 2-for-5 performance.  Ryan Fleckenstein continued his stellar run through the regular season, striking out nine batters in a two-hit gem.

It took Sierra High’s high-octane offense just 20 seconds for Katelyn Quaresma to score its first goal, eventually shoring up a 13-0 soccer win over Sonora High Tuesday at Teicheira Memorial Stadium. Quaresma would go on to total four goals in the one-sided match. Amie Ticer added a pair of scores and Cherie DePrater, Lisa Garcia, Veronica Pires, Heather Victor, Bri Doty, Andrea Trujillo and Ashley Goheen all contributed a goal each.

Sierra High (421), East Union High (425) and Manteca High (426) finished third through fifth behind Sonora High, which edged past Buhach Colony High to claim the seventh and final Valley Oak League golf match Monday at Van Buskirk Golf Course in Stockton. Josh Wampler of Sierra carded a 79, Perry Settlemoir had a 77 for the Buffaloes and EU’s Erickson Parker shot a 78.

East Union High took a convincing 4-1 soccer win over Pitman High in Turlock yesterday. Lia Bloodgood, Ashlee Bradbury, Erin Todd and Kelli Goes booted the scores for the Lancers.

The Sierra High girls won the VOL swimming championship yesterday in Turlock with 139 points, East Union High tallied 34 points, while Manteca High finished seventh with 31 points. In boys’ action, the Lancers finished second with 92 points, Sierra collected 42, while the Buffaloes had 27 points. Ja-Neil Bragg was a double winner for the Lady Timberwolves, with firsts in the 200 IM and the 500 free. Melissa Brock also took a pair of firsts, in the 50 free and the 100 free. For the boys, EU’s Scott Toone won the 100 free and the 50 free. Andrew May was a double winner for Manteca High, with firsts in the 200 IM and 100 fly.

The Sierra High girls track team used its superior talent along with sheer strength in numbers to top host Sonora High 117-14 yesterday. Jennifer Hendowski was a triple winner, with firsts in the 100 and 300 hurdles and in the high jump. Cherise McNair won the 800 and the 1600 races.  The boys dropped a 72-64 decision to SHS. Michael Elder set a personal best in the high jump, winning with a 6-3 effort.

Even though Buhach Colony High won more boys events than did Manteca High, the Buffaloes’ depth in field events led to a 70-66 win over the Thunder yesterday in Atwater. Enrique Jimenez was a double winner for the Buffs, taking the 1600 and 800 meter races. The Buffalo girls fell, 63-50, as Katelyn McGehee won both the 1600 and 3200 meter races for MHS.

The Sierra High tennis team upset previously undefeated East Union High 8.5-6.5 on Friday. The T-wolf doubles teams of Kyle Davis-Ray Melencio and Justin Bordley-Josh Biralde swept the doubles program. Brian Phommachit was a double winner for SHS in singles action.