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1947: Buffs tie for title with win over Tracy High

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POSTED November 19, 2017 11:40 p.m.

Thirty years ago, on November 17, 1987, junior center Betsy McCall was a terror right from the start as she pounded in 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to ignite Manteca High to a 59-51 victory over Modesto’s Downey High in the basketball season opener for both schools at Winter Gym. Mary Foehringer added 12 points to the Lady Buffs’ game total.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

80 years ago: November 18, 1937 – In what proved to be the biggest upset in the Manteca High gridiron history, the Buffaloes completely shut out the highly-favored Bellarmine Prep squadby a 13-0 score on Pennebaker Field as part of the Armistice Day celebration in the city. The game was one of exhibition and the result had no effect on the league standing of either school, but if scores mean anything, the victory put Manteca among the top-ranking high schools in the valley.

70 years ago: November 20, 1947 – The Manteca High Buffaloes came charging back last Friday and beat Tracy High 13-12. The Buffs assured themselves of a tie for the championship by out-fighting and, at times, out-smarting the Bulldogs. Quarterback Jack Williams threw a four- yard pass to Connie Aguilar for the first Manteca touchdown. George Azevedo kicked the extra point. In the third quarter, Aguilar caught another scoring pass, this one form Don Corder. Azevedo’s kick was wide.

60 years ago: November 21, 1957 – Modesto High came from behind to hand the Buffalo herd a 25-21 defeat. Wayne Rose passed to Bob Silva for one Manteca High touchdown, lineman Joe Machado intercepted a pass and ran it back for another Buff score and fullback Tim Holbrook scored the final Manteca TD. Rose kicked the extra points.

50 years ago: November 15, 1967 – Quarterback Bill Holland’s pass to Russ Sousa in the waning seconds gave the East Union High Lancers a 13-6 win over Linden High last Friday. The other East Union score was a screen pass to Fred Barnes, which covered 54 yards. Ron Erion kicked the extra point.

On the cold, chilly and moist turf of the Sonora High stadium, the Manteca High Buffaloes lost a 21-10 game to the Wildcats. Bob Cary kicked a 14-yard field goal in the first half for Manteca. In the final quarter, Pat O’Rourke passed to Jerry McCarter for the final Buffalo touchdown.

40 years ago: November 16, 1977 – The final chapter of the 1977 football season for Manteca and East Union High Schools was written during the third quarter of the annual cross-town grid match between the two schools Friday night when the Buffaloes stampeded for three touchdowns in less than three minutes to take home their fifth Valley Oak League victory 41-13, and stifle any hopes the Lancers might have had for an upset. The win boosted the Buffs into a first-place tie with Central Catholic High. EU ended the season with a 3-7 record. Senior running back Brad Steele scored three touchdowns on runs of 18, 45 and 24 yards. He also ran for a conversion. He finished the season with 1,771 rushing yards and praised the blocking of Ron Yee, Bob Allsup, Don Neuner, Jeff Steves, Abel Valdez, Rick Jay and Pete Duenas. Other Buff scores were by Yee on a one-yard run, Mark Azevedo on a 61-yard run-back of an intercepted pass and by Bob O’Rourke on a 19-yard run. Extra points were kicked by Ricardo Suarez, Fernando Correa and Don Stewart. For EU, Jerry Standifer picked up 101 yards on 19 carries, while Paul Seabron came just shy of 1,000 yards for the season. He gained 949 yards for the year. Lancer touchdowns were by Seabron from seven yards out and by Steve Corral on a nine-yard run. Steve Snyder kicked an extra point.

Both local high schools met for the first time this season in gymnastics competition last Wednesday and Manteca High managed to roll to victory over East Union High. Manteca used a strong performance by Lori Watson to take home the victory. Watson collected a first place on the uneven parallel bars, second in free exercise and a third in vaulting. Dana Johns took a first in vaulting and Linda Poole earned first place on the balance beam. East Union’s best marks came in free exercise and vaulting. Deanna Brandow took a first place in free exercise and Debbie Payan’s score in the vault was good enough for second place.

30 years ago: November 18, 1987 – The East Union High soccer team got off to a good start Tuesday with a 4-2 victory over host Atwater High in the season opener. Spreading the scoring evenly for the defending VOL champions were Jed Phelps, Gabriel Granados, Phil Diaz and Tim Hamm, who had one goal each.

East Union High conducted its fall sports social Wednesday night with awards to top players in several sports. Carey Pulliam was named Most Valuable Player in volleyball, as was Lynn Fowler in tennis. Both ladies made their respective all-VOL teams. In cross-country, Mark Palesch was named outstanding male runner, while Emma Young was tabbed the most outstanding female runner.

20 years ago: November 18, 1997 – Fresh off its most successful sports season in school history, Sierra High honored its fall athletes for their performances at a ceremony Monday evening in the Sierra Gym. Volleyball coach Tevani Liotard presented the Best All-around Athlete award to Jennifer Schafer—who set a school record with 61 assists in a match this season—and Kristen Monroy. Eryn Zirpel was named Miss Team. Other awards went to: Luis Almeida-soccer MVP; David Ulibarri-cross-country Most Valuable Runner; Cassandra Forkins-girls’ cross-country MVR and Valerie Mercier-tennis MVP.

Commemorating its 30th anniversary this year, East Union High honored its fall sports athletes at an awards ceremony Tuesday evening in the school cafeteria. For the cross-country team, a first-ever Section champion, the outstanding runners were Justin Willingham and Laura Dukas; Carey Corfiatis and Carrie Hartt, volleyball co-MVP’s; tennis saw Wendy Hinkley-Laura Zacharias chosen the doubles MVP, while Jennifer Lloyd was singles MVP. Leo Barron and Garrett Fatzer were MVP’s in soccer.

Girls’ soccer season opened Tuesday afternoon with the defending VOL champion Sierra High team defeating Edison High 9-1 at SHS. Amanda Enfield scored a hat trick (three goals), Ginny Teunissen had a pair of scores and single goals were made by Bobbie Roudebush, Jennie Anaya, Jessica Pires and Darci Cullers.

Sierra High sophomore Tiffany Guzman pumped in a game-high 18 points to help the Lady Timberwolves edge Stagg High 55-50 in their basketball season opener. Kristen Huntley also scored in double figures with 10 points for Coach Dan Cunial’s girls.

Manteca High had its fall sports social Wednesday evening in the school’s cafeteria. Emily Wofford was named the volleyball MVP, Lisa Uecker was tennis MVP, cross-country MVR’s were Josh Roddy and Amy Birmingham; soccer MVP was Bobby Svoboda.

Manteca High’s Katrina Teller pumped in a game-high 17 points as the Lady Buffs edged past visiting Stagg High 56-51 in overtime to make the basketball season opener a success. Sophomore standout Katie DeRoos added 12 points to the winning total.

Manteca High’s offense broke loose and the Lady Buffs went on to take a 5-3 soccer win over host Ceres High Thursday afternoon. MHS senior Jamie Plaisted and Amy Birmingham each scored twice and freshman Shaina Medeiros added another in the victory. 

10 years ago: November 21, 2007 – The Sierra High volleyball team had its best-ever Valley Oak League season. The Timberwolves placed three players on the All-VOL team. Mahlynn Liotard was selected as the MVP Setter, Sydney Deffner is the MVP Libero, and Sierra Johnson is on the all-league squad. SHS finished the season with a 15-5 record.

The Jim Agostini-era kicked off on the right foot Tuesday night at Dalben Center as the East Union High girls’ basketball team collected its first win of the young season with a 55-34 win over visiting Bear Creek High. Agostini took over as head coach this year for EU. Ashley Rose paced the Lancers with 15 points, Stephanie Swift poured in 11 points and had four steals, while Rachel McDaniel netted 10 points.

Winning the second half time-of-possession battle by nearly 10 minutes, Manteca High rumbled to a dominant 35-15 first-round victory over Foothill High Friday night in Sacramento. It was the opener of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV football playoffs. The Buff’s Adam Espinoza rushed 32 times for 163 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Johnnie Golden added two more scores for MHS. Quarterback Doug Hayes had what Coach Eric Reis called his best performance of the season. Hayes was 6-for-6 passing for 107 yards and a 44-yard touchdown toss to Nick Ortiz. He also ran for a score. 

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