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40 years ago: Steves, Wilson lead Lady Buffs past EU softball, 10-8
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Eighty years ago, on April 22, 1938, Manteca High baseballers proved that their week of vacation did them more good than harm by taking their third league game of the season from Newman High Friday by a score of 5-3. With the score knotted at three runs for both teams, the game went into the first of the 12th inning and was destined to go into more innings when Bob Theiler stepped up to the plate with two outs and lashed out a home run. The game was put further on ice by another homer from George Correa, the following batter.


In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

90 years ago: April 26, 1928 – In a hard-fought game last Friday, Coach Maurice Tracie’s Manteca High baseball nine defeated the Turlock High nine by the score of 3 to 0. MHS thus clinched the CIF championship of this sub-league. Pete Nascimento, star freshman twirler for the Buffaloes, sent 12 of the Turlock men back to the bench via the strikeout route. Nascimento, Joe Bianchi and Ed Forsell got the only hits for Manteca.


80 years ago: April 28, 1938 – Milo Candini, Manteca’s most famous contribution to the baseball world, is now in Norfolk, Virginia pitching for the Tars, members of the Piedmont League.


70 years ago: April 23, 1948 – Manteca High combined for four hits, four walks and an error in the first inning and went on to a 9-1 win over Ripon High on the Buffalo diamond. Tommy Brown pitched three-hit ball for the Buffs in five innings of rain. Bill Patterson had a pair of hits for Manteca.


50 years ago: April 26, 1968 – The Manteca High golfers remained in contention for the VOL links title when they beat the East Union High entry 420-481 on the local municipal course. Tuesday’s meet was played under gusty winds, which account in part for the higher scores over the 18-hole course. Scott DiSalvo led the Buffs with a 79, while Don Jones had the best Lancer score at 86.

Manteca High is convinced that you have to play the comeback role twice sometimes as they took a 4-3 baseball win over Tracy High on the home turf. Buster Scharmann scored the winning run on Dennis Candini’s base hit.


40 years ago: April 29, 1978 – Using an error-aided four-run rally in the sixth inning, Manteca High downed Sonora High 5-2. Winning pitcher Bob O’Rourke struck out seven, while drilling a run-scoring triple for MHS.

Manteca High’s softball team downed East Union High 10-8 in action last Friday. Karen Steves and Robin Wilson had hits for the Lady Buffs, while DeeDee Dutra doubled for the Lady Lancers.

East Union High golfers defeated Manteca High yesterday in the final dual match of the season. The score was 191-206. Mike Baker fired a one-under-par 35 to lead the Lancers’ attack. For the Buff golfers, Dave Cardoza, Bill Corder and Jim Williams all shot 40’s.


30 years ago: April 26, 1988 – Without the benefit of a single hit, East Union High scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to squeeze out a thrilling 7-6 Valley Oak-Golden Valley League baseball win over Los Banos High here Monday afternoon. Robert Randall scooted home on a wild pitch with the winning run.

East Union High’s Gary Kron and David Horton have been selected to play in the13th annual Kiwanis High School All-star Basketball Game, to be held June 24 at Tokay High in Lodi. Kron and Horton were the only two local cagers selected to pay in the game.

Tisha Herzfeld threw a four-hit shutout Thursday and Brooke Rose drove in both Manteca High runs in a 2-0 softball win over host Ceres High. Rhonda Gonzales had a double for the Lady Buffs.

Sophomore Rick Mullen fired a 37 to propel Manteca High’s golf team to a decisive 209-233 VOL win over Sonora High Monday at Manteca Park Golf Course.

Manteca High’s Eddie Hubik fought off determined efforts by East Union High’s Steve Valdez and Brian Wadford to herald the Buffaloes’ rain-delayed 10-5 tennis victory Monday afternoon. Both the Buffs’ doubles teams of Cam Cardoza/Jon Belluomini and Paul Banks/Tony Mello won the match for their squad.

Relief pitcher Ricky Ochoa came in and preserved a 5-4 victory over host Sonora High yesterday. Ronnie Hall drove in two runs for the Buffaloes, now 7-10 on the season.

The East Union High softball team notched a 7-6 victory over host Oakdale High on Tuesday afternoon. EU’s Lisa Johnston was three-for-three at the plate, including a bases-loaded triple.

Seven personal marks were set in the pole vault, including Paul Cano’s new school record of 14-6 as Manteca High rolled past Central Catholic High Thursday at Guss Schmiedt Field. The Buffalo boys won, 106-29, while the girls rolled to a 104-20 triumph. The Lady Buffs improved to 6-0 overall as Amanda Dias won the100 hurdles (16.6) and the 400 (64.2).

Playing in the final VOL dual meet of the season, Manteca High golfers fell to East Union High 196-200 at Manteca Park Golf Course. Mike Parson shot a 36 with a pair of birdies to pace Coach Ed Williams’ Lancers. The Buffaloes’ Rick Mullen also shot a 36.


20 years ago: May 1, 1998 – East Union High softballers won a key VOL showdown with host Los Banos High Thursday afternoon. The Lady Lancers downed the Tigers 4-2, fueled by the pitching of super sophomore Jennifer Lewallen. Michelle Goldman smacked a solo home run in the sixth inning to give EU some breathing room.

Sierra High won consecutive league softball games for the first time in school history as Kristen Huntley twirled a seven-hitter in an 8-0 victory over host Oakdale High on Thursday. Christi Goodhart led the 18-hit Sierra attack with three hits.

While East Union High’s boys’ track team was cruising past Sonora High 98-29, their female counterparts had a much tougher time before holding on for a 64-57 victory in the EU stadium on Thursday afternoon. Andrew Brandt and James Adkins were both double winners for the Lancers as Brandt claimed both hurdles races, and Adkins motored to wins in the 400 (55.16) and in the 200 (23.75). Tiffany Fernandez collected three firsts: 100 high hurdles (19.56), 300 lows (57.45) and in the pole vault (8 feet).  

Anthony Chapman and James Sadler were both double winners for Sierra High as the Timberwolves  took a track win over West High yesterday. Chapman won the 110 hurdles (15.7) and the 300 hurdles (44.47), while Sadler set a new school record in the high jump by logging 6-2. He also won the triple jump at 41-7. For the girls, Valerie Mercier won the 100 hurdles.


10 years ago: April 30, 2008 – East Union High got just one hit, but that would be enough Tuesday as the Lady Lancer softball team edged host Ceres High in a 1-0 thriller. Brittany LaMar led off the fourth inning with EU’s only hit, went to second on a wild pitch, was sacrificed to third and then scored on a passed ball. Erin Arevalo hurled another gem for the winners, fanning 17 Ceres batters and allowing only one hit herself.

After shooting a 425, highlighted by a pair of 80’s from John Ott and Kyle Harman, East Union High won the title at Tuesday’s Valley Oak League golf tournament at Saddle Creek Country Club in Copperopolis. Sierra High took second with a 434, while Manteca High ended in sixth while shooting a team total of 568. Michael Hajenga carded an 82 to pace the Timberwolf swingers and Jeremy Resuello shot a 106 for the Buffaloes.

Sierra High struck for three goals within the match’s first 15 minutes and went on for a 5-2 soccer win over Manteca High on Tuesday. Brooke Grant, Michaela Scott, Sydnee Koscielski and Nicole Vanni were among the scorers for Coach Manuel Pires’ T’wolves.

Gabby Hawkins, a sophomore call-up for Sierra High’s softball squad, pitched into the sixth inning with a one-hitter at Oakdale High and paced the T’wolves to a 6-5 victory over the Mustangs yesterday. Heather Scharmann’s two-run double highlighted SHS’s four-run sixth frame.

The VOL champion Manteca High tennis team took an impressive 6-3 victory over Modesto High on Monday. The Buffaloes (26-2) swept the three doubles matches as Joey Aprille/Alex McAdams, Javier Montes/Arnie Morales and Jeremy Thiel/Alex Barragan were all winners.