Thirty years ago, on April 23, 1984, Kevin Cimoli and Tony Perez were both triple winners and the Manteca High track team captured first-place finishes in 10 of the 16 events to capture its first-ever Valley Oak League dual meet championship. MHS also streaked to a win in the girls’ division. The Lady Buffs, led by four-time winners Carri Nepote, Joyce Spradlin and Cheri Nepote, captured a 93-34 win. Cimoli won the 120 high hurdles, the discus and the shot put on a day of strong winds. Perez, only a sophomore, won the mile and the 880 and anchored the winning mile relay team. Anthony Torres was a double winner for the Lancers, capturing firsts in the 440 and the 220. EU’s Chip Romero was also a double winner, taking the high jump and the triple jump. In girls’ action, Spradlin won the 440 and the 220 and was a member of two winning relay teams. Cheri Nepote won both hurdles races and ran on the winning 440 and mile relay teams. Her sister, Carri, took the high jump and the triple jump and ran on the relay teams. Regina Jordan was the only Lady Lancer winner, taking the 100.
In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:
100 years ago: April 24, 1914 – The third baseball game of the season was played under ideal weather conditions and before a good turnout of fans. The Sperry Flour Company team from Stockton, who were opponents of the White Sox, certainly received good support from the Sperry Company and their fans were ever-ready with the tooter, not to speak of the attentions of the Anglo-Irish singist and sample distributor. The White Sox rallied for a 5-2 final score.
80 years ago: April 26, 1934 – The Manteca High baseball team lost its second league game to a strong Hughson High nine of Hughson by the close score of 4 to 3. They scored two runs in the seventh inning to win. Captain Joe Escobar pitched a wonderful game, yielding but four hits and striking out 18 batters.
60 years ago: April 29, 1954 – Manteca High won its seventh VOL game of the season as they downed Ceres High in a close contest by the score of 8-6. Emmett Lee was again the leading hitter as he got two for three and Don Ganes got a home run.
50 years ago: April 27, 1964 – Adverse weather conditions hampered the winning times but failed to slow the Manteca High track team in Sonora as the Buffaloes romped to a win over the Wildcats in a VOL meet. Manteca junior Bruce Fisher broke the MHS high jump mark with a leap of 6-2. Bob Silva was a double winner for the Buffs as he captured the 100 and the 220.