90 years ago: March 22, 1928 – The Manteca High Buffaloes took an easy game from the St. Agnes High School team of Stockton last Thursday by the score of 19 to 2. The local boy s were hitting well all during the game. Louis Bianchi was the heavy hitter of the day with four out of five.
80 years ago: March 24, 1938 – At the biggest and best attended track meet in the history of Manteca High School’s trackdom, Stockton High, Oakdale High, and Escalon High walked away with the highest awards at the third annual Track and Field Meet held at Pennebaker Field Saturday.
Several local baseball fans motored to Modesto Sunday afternoon to see Milo Candini pitch for the Yankee “Rookies” in a game with the Pacific Greyhound nine. The Manteca boy pitched three innings, allowing only one hit. The ”Rookies” won the game by a 5 to1 score.
60 years ago: March 27, 1958 – Manteca High entertained the Franklin High baseballers Tuesday. As in previous games, this, too, was a pitching duel, the only difference being that the Green and White were hailed victorious, 2-1. Wayne Rose pitched a truly great game for the locals as he gave up only two hits, walked none and struck out four. Rose and Bruce Checchi each singled and scored a run for Manteca.
50 years ago: March 22, 1968 – East Union High golfers took a 9-1 decision from Sonora High Tuesday afternoon at the local course. Ron Agostini was low man for the afternoon with a 38.
Manteca High’s Aqua-Buffs met with stiff opposition last week as they placed second in a triangular meet at Turlock High. Livingston High was the third school in the meet. In the process though, Manteca’s Mike Wall turned in one of the best times in the valley in the 200 yard individual medley as he broke the school record with a 2:27.1 time.
40 years ago: March 22, 1978 – In the Orestimba Easter Tournament, East Union High downed Denair High 18-9 in a three-hour, five inning marathon. Lancer Coach Butch Marliani’s team then defeated Hilmar High 7-6 on Monday. The Lancers have now won three games after losing their first nine.
Five Mantecans have been named to the Lions Club Central California North all-star football team and are looking forward to a nine-day training camp at the University of the Pacific before facing their southern counterparts. Named to the team were Manteca High’s Bob O’Rourke, Brad Steele and Pete Duenas, East Union High’s Foster Brooks and St. Mary’s High lineman Don Rodgers.
30 years ago: March 27, 1988 – Coach Bob Baker’s Manteca High track team was right in the thick of it in both boys and girls divisions at Saturday’s Don Franklin Invitational Track Meet at Cal State Stanislaus. The Buffaloes garnered 71 points to finish third behind Sacramento-Grant High and Madera High. The Lady Buffs fared even better, finishing second in the 11-team event with 74 points behind Madera. Freshman Lynn Spradlin sparked Manteca’s effort, piling up three medals. For the day, Manteca tallied three first place finishes, two in the boys’ division and the 1,600 meter relay team of Julie Stevens, Christina Tavares, Spradlin and Amanda Dias for the girls. In the boys, seniors Darold Gainous heaved the shot put 51-2 to win his event, while Paul Cano set a meet record in the pole vault by going 14-0.
Even without one of its top singles players, Manteca High’s tennis team put away the Sonora High squad 12-3 Friday afternoon at Sonora. The Buffs were missing No. 2 singles player Javier Iniesta. Eddie Hubik took care of that by sweeping all three of his singles opponents. Both doubles’ teams from MHS, Jon Belluomini/Cam Cardoza and Paul Banks/Tony Mello, turned back the Sonora duos.
East Union High’s tennis team waltzed to a 10.5-4.5 Valley Oak League victory over host Oakdale High. Steve Valdez and Mark Scherer swept to wins in singles for the Lancers, while the doubles team of Curtis Carr/Mike Munoz took both of its matches.
The Manteca High softball team spanked Sonora High 13-2 during a gusty Thursday afternoon on the MHS diamond. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. Lady Buff hurler Kim Sloan mowed down the Sonora lineup, twirling a three-hitter while fanning eight and walking three. She also helped her own cause at the plate, leading MHS with three hits, including a single in Manteca’s seven-run outburst in the fourth inning.
East Union High ignited for six runs in the fourth inning and blasted Oakdale High 12-2 in a VOL softball game Thursday halted after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Tina Alexander had a winning hand in four events, including two where she broke school records, to power the East Union High girls to victory over Linden High and Bret Harte High in a non-league tri-meet Thursday in Angels Camp. EU’s boy s team, hobbled by the loss of four competitors, finished last. Alexander sped to victory in the 200 meters (26.3) to set a new EUHS record, and also leaped to a record 16-10 in the long jump. She also won the triple jump (34-6) and ran on the winning 400-meter relay team. Lady Lancer double winner was Carrie Christenson in the 100 and 330 hurdles. EU’s boys were led by Dimitri Koger who tallied wins in the high jump (5-8) and the triple jump (41-9).
David Horton fired his best score of the season—a 34—and East Union High tallied a season-best of 196 to bury Los Banos High’s 239 effort in a VOL golf match Thursday at the Manteca Golf Course.
East Union High’s winter sports social Monday evening included awards to David Horton and Gary Kron as boys’ basketball MVP’s, Carey Pulliam in girls’ basket ball, Angelo Gama in wrestling and Tim Hamm and Brian Soiseth shared the honors in soccer.