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50 years ago: Manteca upsets Lincoln baseball
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Ninety years ago, on April 17, 1928, the Manteca High baseball team continued its victorious march for this section’s championship of the CIF league. The Buffaloes swamped Denair High by the score of 15 to 0. Emil Theiler led the assault on two Denair pitchers. Theiler was walked twice, got four hits out of four times up and scored six runs. Eddie Forsell connected for a home run.

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from the Bulletin files:


70 years ago: April 20, 1948 – Manteca High traveled to Escalon High last Friday and came home with an 8-4 win. Angelo Blanco hit a homer in the third to set the pace for Manteca. Bob Wheeler collected three hits for the locals. 

George Azevedo, star halfback for Manteca High’s 1947 champions, has been awarded a football scholarship to the University of San Francisco.

Wayne Dughi, sensational Manteca High junior, won the 100-yard dash by 10 yards last Saturday with a time of :10.7.


60 years ago: April 24, 1958 – In a baseball game played on the local diamond last Tuesday, Tracy High made their only two hits off Manteca High pitcher Wayne Rose count, one of which was a home run. But the Buffaloes won the game, 7-1. Bob Silva led the locals with three hits and scored two runs.


50 years ago: April 19, 1968 – The Manteca High Buffaloes pulled off a mild upset Tuesday when they disposed of the highly-touted Lincoln High Trojans on the losers’ diamond. Winning pitcher Phil Brown held the Trojans to four hits. The Buffs, on the other hand, could garner but one hit. Buster Scharmann drove in both Manteca’s runs with a sixth-inning single. Mike O’Rourke and Tom Kelso scored on the play.

Tracy High scored three runs in the first two innings and then added five more in the fourth to take a 10-0 VOL win over East Union High last Tuesday. Losing pitcher Larry Yamasaki got two of the Lancers’ four hits.

Manteca High’s golfing quintet pulled a squeaker out of the bag Tuesday and downed the tough Oakdale High five 215-220. Larry McLevich took medalist honors for the Buffaloes with a 39.


40 years ago: April 19, 1978 – East Union High tracksters, suffering from a dwindling team, fell to the VOL track leaders, St. Mary’s High of Stockton, in a meet in Stockton on Thursday. The Golden Rams took the boys division, 85-50 and the girls’ completion 66-64. Kevin Von Essen was the only double winner for the Lancers as he took firsts in the triple jump (40-10) and in the long jump.

Manteca High’s softball team pounded a Ceres High pitcher for 17 hits Thursday afternoon en route to a 14-2 VOL victory. Linda Morenzone was the Manteca pitcher, allowing only six hits by the Bulldogs. She also had three hits of her own. Donna Simpson and Robin Wilson also collected three hits apiece.

Manteca High took advantage of numerous East Union High mistakes Friday, managing a firm 10-1 win over the injury-plagued Lancer baseball team. The game was highlighted by a rare triple play in the fourth inning. EU’s Joel Emperador hit into a double play and then Buff first-baseman alertly fired the ball to third and caught Jim Agostini by a foot to end the inning on a triple play. O’Rourke also got two hits and batted in three runs for MHS.

In an intense badminton match, East Union High took a 3-2 decision from Manteca High yesterday. MHS took the two singles matches but it was the doubles teams from EU that came through with clutch wins to give their team the final advantage. Kim Yee/Themia Jamias toppled their opponents as did Linda Hayashi/Lynn Lopes and Marjorie Ott/Joni Oyog won the Lancer pints. Debra Mothershed and Debbie Campos were the Lady Buff winners.

Both East Union and Manteca Highs’ tennis teams scored victories in their Tuesday matches. The Buffaloes downed Los Banos High 9.5-5.5 and the Lancers stopping Sonora High 8.5.5. 

Manteca High golfers scored an easy 197-227 win over Sonora High on Tuesday, led by 38’s from Bill Corder and George Fahey.


30 years ago: April 19, 1988 – Coach Bill Mendosa’s Manteca High softball team had never beaten an East Union High team until Thursday’s 3-0 triumph on the MHS diamond. Lady Buff sophomore pitcher Tisha Herzfeld threw a three-hitter and gave up four walks, while striking out nine batters.

East Union High’s golf team, sparked by junior Jason Snyder’s steady play, took a 191-245 win from Ceres High on Thursday in a match played at the Manteca Golf Course. Snyder fired a two-under-par 34.


10 years ago: April 24, 2008 - A bottom of the seventh rally brought Manteca High back into the thick of things, but a bases-loaded single scored the winning run for the Buffaloes in a 7-6 thriller with Ceres High yesterday. Beau Fryer had a double and two runs batted in to pace the win.

On Wednesday, the Sierra High boys’ track team bested visiting Oakdale High 77-59, while the T’wolf women dropped an 82-62 decision to the Oakdale girls. In boys’ action Derek Sinclair took the shot put (51-.25) and the discus (148-8). For the girls, Cristina Westover dominated the throws, as she won the shot put (33-3.75) and the discus (103-.5).

East Union High’s girls track team finished ahead of Central Valley High from Ceres by a nose, winning the Valley Oak League dual meet 63-62 at Dino Cunial Field. The Lancer boys won more handily, 97-30, as both squads improved to 3-3. The Lady Lancers got big boosts from distance runner Janeice Villanueva and throwing specialist Cassandra Woodall. Villanueva won both the mile and two-mile races, while Woodall topped the field in the shot put and discus throw. Stephanie Swift added a first in the high jump and seconds in the long jump and triple jump. Nick Konradi paced the boys’ team with wins in the long jump, triple jump and the 100. Abdiel Martinez-Ramos also won three events (200, 400 and long jump).

The host Manteca High girls track team turned in 1-2-3 sweeps in the girls’ 800, triple jump, shot put and discus throw en route to a 90-27 blowout of the Ceres High girls yesterday. Karen Marks was a triple winner with firsts in the long jump, triple jump and pole vault. The MHS boys dropped a 73-43 decision to CHS. They were paced by wins from Josh Traser (100, 200) and Corbin Bell (long jump and triple jump).

Francis Gonzalez shot a 41 to lead the Manteca High golf team to a 237-259 win over visiting Weston Ranch High at the Manteca Park course on Tuesday. 

Nicole Vanni racked up a hat trick and then some Tuesday as Sierra High sent Central Valley High back to Ceres with an old-fashioned soccer drubbing, 10-0. Her four goals led the T-wolf scoring.

East Union High racked up 14 hits and Erin Arevalo tossed an 18-strikeout, no-hitter as EU blanked Sonora High 4-0. Freshman Cassie Waggy was 4 for 4, withtwo runs scored and a double for the Lancers.

Mostafa Aniss caught a match from his Weston Ranch High opponent Tuesday, as Manteca High moved to 13-0 in VOL tennis play in a 5-0 win over the Cougars. Aniss won, 7-5, 6-3.

The Sierra High girls swim team won its second straight VOL title Thursday after handling visiting Weston Ranch High 129-38 with most of its standouts resting. The T-wolf boys won just as easily, 128-32. It was program’s best-ever regular season with a 6-1 mark. Coach Dave Breitenbucher was a happy man.