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1986: Buffs Woods just misses perfect game
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Eighty years ago, on April 24, 1936, playing one of its hardest games of the season, Coach Maurice Tracie’s Manteca High baseball team defeated Patterson High by a 3 to 1 score in Patterson. Milo Candini struck out 22 men and walked four in the nine-inning game, while pitching a three-hitter. Wallace Fagundes led the Buffalo hitting with two for three. Candini knocked a three-base hit, which was the best of the game.


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80 years ago: April 30, 1936 – The Manteca High track and field team placed third out of nine schools with a total of 130 in the County meet held at Modesto on Saturday. Ed Grant and Harold Reynolds were the only Buffalo winners. Grant jumped 5-10 to win the high jump and Reynolds ran the 880 in 2:11.3 to win.


70 years ago: April 27, 1946 – Manteca High defeated the Oakdale High baseball team by a score of 10-5 here Friday afternoon in the fourth league game of the season. This brings the Buffaloes’ league standing to two wins and two losses, while Oakdale has yet to win a game.


40 years ago: April 29, 1976 – With three players collecting two hits apiece, Manteca High pounded out at total of 11 hits to grab a 7-2 decision over East Union High in VOL baseball action on the Union Road campus Friday afternoon. Brett Chamberlain, Vince Cowan and Dave Camara shared six hits as the Buffaloes battered the offerings of Lancer hurlers Tim Ramil and Billy Poindexter.

Sterling Natsuhara was a double winner for East Union High last Thursday but his performance wasn’t enough as the Lancers dropped an 80-56 tack decision to Los Banos High. Distance runner Natsuhara took the mile in 5:12.8 and came back to tour the two-mile in 11:24.2.

With Javier Castillo leading the way with lopsided singles wins, the Manteca High tennis team maintained a portion of the VOL lead with a sound 13.5-1.5 win over East Union High last week.

Despite a double victory effort by Lori Watson, the Manteca High girls track team dropped a 55-41 decision to Oakdale High. Watson was the only winner for the Buffaloes, taking the shot put at 33-9.5 and the discus at 76-5.

The unofficial VOL swim meet was held last week with Ceres High winning the championship with 88 points. Manteca High was led by the impressive effort of Scott Schimke. The blonde senior splashed to wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.


30 years ago: April 29, 1986 – There were no major surprises at the VOL golf tournament Monday at Dryden Park in Modesto. Manteca High shot a 402 to win by 18 strokes and the Buffaloes’ Kevin Wentworth was the individual medalist with a 74. East Union High shot a 420 to finish second. MHS and EUHS placed six golfers on the six-person all-VOL team—Wentworth, Robert Warren and Joe Head from Manteca High and Mike Battles from East Union High.

Senior right-hander Robbie Woods mowed down the first 19 batters he faced Tuesday, hurling his first no-hitter as Manteca High scored a 3-0 victory over Ceres High. Woods lost his bid for a perfect game when he issued a one-out walk in the seventh inning.

East Union High edged Modesto High 8-6 in tennis Tuesday by defeating the Panthers at home and it was a total team effort. Louis Noble and Scott Millard picked up three wins apiece in singles action for the Lancers.

East Union High kept its place atop the VOL softball standings, but just barely, rallying for seven runs over the final three innings to tie the game with Modesto High before winning it 10-9 in the eighth inning. Sandy Cortez walked and then went to third on Kim Beck’s single to open the eighth inning. The two then pulled off a delayed double steal to sew up the game.

Manteca High’s boys and girls track teams finished the season in second place as they soundly beat Sonora High. The boys rolled up a 107-29 win over the Wildcats, while the girls cranked out a 94-27 victory. For the boys, Steve Duran, Tony Perez and Dan Eavenson all won two events. Duran took the 120 high hurdles (15.59) and the 100 meters (11.85), Perez doubled in the 3200 (9:45.5) and the 1600 (4:52.36) and Eavenson won the weight throws, the discus (126-7) and the shot put (47-3). For the girls, Amanda Dias won three events, the 100 (13.66), the 220 (28.72) and the 330 low hurdles (49.05).

Sonora High pinned a softball loss on Manteca High here, 5-1. Brandi Rose collected two of the Lady Buff’s five hits.

Modesto High won in both the boys and girls divisions Thursday as they downed the East Union High track team on the Lancer oval. The Panthers won 99-26 in the boys’ class and 88-35 in the girls. Sjoukje Vellinga, an exchange student from Holland, was a standout for the Lady Lancers, winning two events. Vellinga put the shot 32-3 and the discus 90-5. Tom Matlock and Harold Breckenridge were the only winners for the Lancer boys, Matlock taking the pole vault at 12-6 and Breckenridge in the triple jump at 40-2.

Robert Wyrsch fired six innings of three-hit, shutout ball and helped East Union High to a 9-2 victory over Central Catholic High Friday. Corey Navarro, getting his first league start, banged out two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Lancers.


20 years ago, April 26, 1996 – East Union High erupted for 13 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to thump Sierra High 13-1 in softball action Saturday afternoon. Winning pitcher Krysta Nylen gave up just three hits, while striking out two and walking a pair of Lady T’wolf batters. At the plate, Nylen drove in a pair of runs with a double. Erica Del Toro drove three runs with a bases-loaded triple. The lone Sierra run came in the first inning when Deanna Mattison singled to drive in Tara Tengco.

Matt Burgess hit a solo home run and had an RBI single in the same inning to lead East Union High to an 8-4 baseball win over Oakdale High Saturday afternoon at Agostini Field. Joey Sergent had three hits to add to the Lancer attack.

The upstart Sierra High baseball team rolled to a 5-3 win over Manteca High on Saturday. John Thomson led the T’wolves with two hits in four trips to the plate. Tom Tuggle had an RBI single for the Buffaloes. Coach Jack Thomson’s first-year club is now 5-10 overall without seniors. Thomson is a former Manteca High coach.

Both the Manteca High and the East Union High tennis teams posted VOL victories on Monday afternoon. Steve Sangalang swept all three of his singles matches as the Buffaloes beat West High 10-5. The Lancers got three singles wins from Paul Larimore and a doubles sweep by Robert Payne-Matt Lopez in beating Ceres High 10.5-4.5.

J. R. Becko shot a 79 to lead the Manteca High golf team to the VOL championship in the league tournament Tuesday on the Stevenson Ranch course. Coach Steve Winter’s Buffaloes had a final team score of 426, followed by East Union High with a 431. Sierra High finished with a score of 483 for eighth place. EU’s Stan Mathews finished third with an 81. Gabe Hernandez shot an 89 to lead the T’wolf golfers.

The Manteca High softball team won its fourth consecutive game to level its VOL record at 5-5, with a 3-1 win over host Los Banos High on Tuesday. Katie Green went 2-for-3 and Audrey Jackson added another two-hit day for the Lady Buffs. Winning pitcher Ranette Sousa gave up only one hit.

The young Sierra High track teams came of age Wednesday at Guss Schmiedt Field in the first meeting of the city’s three schools. The T’wolf boys beat East Union High 94-41 and Manteca High 86-49. The SHS girls tied the Lady Lancers 68-68 and beat the Lady Buffs 73-63. Sierra sprinter Dohnnie Royster won both the 100 (13.05) and 200 (24.42) races. EU’s Oscar Donagean won both the mile (4:56.82) and the 800 (2:14.86) meters. The Buffalo boys beat East Union 88-37 and the Lady Buffs beat the Lady Lancers 72-64. EU thrower Jessie Hardcastle won both the shot put (34-9.75) and the discus (116-11.5). Manteca’s Beth Cochran got wins in the 100 meter low hurdles (13.88) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (55.15). Liz Nuttmann gave the Lady T’wolves victories in both the 800 (2:42.25) and 400 meter runs (1:09.08). In the boys’ meet, MHS’s Justin Miller was a triple winner, with victories in the high jump (5-8), long jump (19-0) and pole vault (13-0).


10 years ago: May 3, 2006 – East Union High’s Tim Slade advanced to Thursday’s finals of the Valley Oak League tennis singles tournament with a 9-7 victory over Buhach Colony High’s Jose Lopez yesterday.

The East Union High baseball team rocked the pitcher from Manteca High early and went on to down the Buffaloes in a 6-2 victory at Agostini Field on Tuesday. Lancer hurler Spencer Arroyo threw a four-hitter for the win. Ryan Fisher paced EU with three of the 12 East Union hits. Christian Edwards had a two-run homer for the Lancers. Danny Mertz stroked a run-scoring double for the Buffs.

Kim Herrera scored four goals to lead the Manteca High soccer team to a 7-0 pasting of Buhach Colony High on Tuesday. Melody Greco collected two more goals and Amanda Porter tallied the final Lady Buff score. Goalie Kym Gause was credited with five saves for a shutout.

At the VOL golf championships at Spring Creek Country Club in Ripon on Friday, East Union High’s Jay Brink carded a 68 to win the medalist honors. Sierra High’s Steven Shutler fired a 73 to finish in third place, while Manteca High’s Jeff Twidwell took 11th with an 85.

During Monday’s VOL soccer match at Teicheira Memorial Stadium on Sierra High’s campus, visiting Oakdale High scored its first goal against the Timberwolves in memory. But that was it as the nationally-ranked T’wolves (19-1-2) made it a 4-1 win over the Mustangs. Lisa Garcia, Capri Stevens, Bri Doty and Mayra Gonzalez tallied goals for Sierra as the T’wolves outshot Oakdale 26-9. Goalie Sam Dyer had eight saves in the win.

Sierra High’s David Hafer and East Union High’s Daniel Heihn were the only local boys swimmers to win a league title during the VOL Swim Championships Saturday at Sierra High. EU’s Alicia Alfter and Natalie Heihn, Daniel’s younger sister, were the only local girls’ champions. Alfter was a double winner in the 200 IM (2:20.44) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.63), while Natalie took home the top prize in the 500 freestyle (5:34.32). Hafer went undefeated in his event during the regular season and won in 1:05.09. Heihn clocked a 56.51 to win the 100 backstroke.