Ninety years ago, on June 8, 1924, the Manteca High baseball team was defeated by a score of 13 to 4 by Sacramento High in the semi-finals for the Northern California interscholastic baseball championship. The defeat was quite a blow to the local aggregation as it invaded the northern field with high hopes of winning. In defeating Benicia High a few days previous, the local boys proved they were championship material.
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100 years ago: June 12, 1914 – Manteca turned the tables on Atlanta last Sunday at McGraw’s diamond with a 4-0 victory. The game was notable for its lack of disputes and was decidedly a Manteca victory. With one game each, the Manteca and Atlanta teams will play a deciding game at Manteca on June 21.
80 years ago: June 14, 1934 – The four-way tie for first place in the City Softball League was broken when the Odd Fellows won out over the Luncheon Club 16 to 10, and the Firemen smothered the Merchants 16 to 2.
40 years ago: June 14, 1974 – The first of what is hoped to be an annual high school senior all-star baseball game between players from the Stockton area versus those from the “country” will take place tomorrow at Billy Hebert Field. Six local seniors from Manteca and East Union High Schools will be in uniform for the “country boys”. The selection committee picked Miles Branson, Darrell Hardcastle and Jim Gatto from the Lancer roster. From the Valley Oak League champion Buffaloes come Keith Rankins, Dan Vogel and Mike Hubbard.
30 years ago: June 12, 1984 – Adding to the lead he built up on Monday, Manteca junior golfer Kevin Wentworth carded a one-over-par 73 Tuesday to coast to a rather easy victory in the 14-15 age division of the Turlock Junior Tournament. He wound up winning his division in the tournament by a whopping 11 strokes.
Franklin erupted for three runs in the final inning off relief pitcher Kelly Webb to come from behind and capture a 12-10 victory over Manteca in American Legion baseball action on the East Union High diamond. Gabe Arroyo had three hits for Manteca.
The Manteca Dolphins, led by triple winners Torsten Hartwell, Debbie Rosado and Eric Wohle, fought their way to a third straight meet victory Saturday by crushing Ceres 988-519 at Lincoln Pool. Hartwell finished first in the 100 free, 100 IM and the 50 fly. Rosado took first in the same three events as Hartwell, while Wohle nabbed top honors in the 100 IM, 50 back and the 50 free.
Steves, Steves and Cowan Development and the Manteca Twins, the two local Tri-county Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball teams, finished Sunday‘s doubleheader action on exact opposite ends of the spectrum. While S. S. C. was having h no problem shelling Tracy Moose 12-0 and 25-2 in a road twin bill, the Twins were being treated rather rudely at home as they twice fell victim to Modesto’s Westurf team, 8-2 and 12-1. Albert Negrete pitched a two-hit shutout for S.S.C. in the first game in Tracy as his teammates had 15 hits. Ted Montez had three of those hits. The second game lasted only four innings in the 25-2 win. Mike Maris had a grand slam home run. In the Twins action, Oscar Trijo batted in the first of the two runs in the first game. Steve Wisby batted in a run in the second game loss.
20 years ago: June 14, 1994 – Cal West captured both games of a Tri-County Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball doubleheader by one run in action against Tubbs & Sons Electric at East Union High on Sunday. Even though Tubbs scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning, they came up just short in a 12-11 loss. In the second game, Nick Torrice trotted home on a passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning in Cal West’s 13-12 edging of Tubbs. The second game saw a combined 21 hits and 12 errors.
The Manteca Dolphins swim team improved to 2-0 in conference action with a 2,106-414 victory over Ceres at the Lincoln pool on Saturday. The Dolphins 9-10 girls were paced by Lynae Brown, who had three individual wins. Other triple winners were Rebecca Rehm (6-under girls), Quinlan Chaves (9-10 boys), Kathy Glaser (11-12 girls), Rachel Gallegos (13-14 girls), Chris Nowak (13-14 boys) and Matt Gouaux (15-16 boys).
10 years ago: June 16, 2004 – The Manteca Dolphins Swim Club, led by Sierra High graduate Melissa Brock, made waves among 600 Mid-Valley League athletes on Saturday in Oakdale. The Dolphins had two triple winners in Oakdale High’s 25-meter pool. Brock (17-18) was first in the 100 free, the 100 IM and in the 50 free. Corey Arana did well in the 13-14 boys, winning the 100 free, 100 IM and the 50 fly.
Sierra High will be hosting the 9th annual Sierra Soccer Camp for local youth from July 27 through the 30. The camp, open to all children ages 6-to-14 and all skill levels, will be held at the Sierra soccer fields from 5 to 7:30 pm. “It’s a great way to get ready for the season coming up,” Sierra coach and camp director Manuel Pires said.
The East Union Tri-County Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball team overcame four errors and an early five-run deficit to upend O’Keefe Green of Stockton 10-8 Friday at Agostini Field. The win was EU’s first of the early season. Pinch-hitter Vince Haro went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI to help spark an EU mid-innings rally.