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EU, Sierra, Manteca teams step up for show of solidarity

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POSTED December 19, 2017 1:07 a.m.

In the aftermath of the social media video that “dissed” a Manteca High football player last month and led to the Buffalo captains refusing to shake hands with their East Union high counterparts at the start of the annual game between the crosstown schools, a Manteca Schools Unite Breakfast is being rolled out.
It takes place Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7:45 a.m. in the Manteca High cafeteria. Players from the varsity girls and boys basketball teams from Manteca, Sierra, and East Union high schools will be present as well as coaches, school board members, high school administrators, and District Superintendent Jason Messer.
The players will be mixed together to share a donated McDonald’s breakfast followed by several speakers and a press conference featuring all six coaches and their respective team captains.
The idea for the gathering was developed by the Manteca High administration and enthusiastically bought into by Sierra high and East Union High.
It’s definitely a class move by the three schools and their sports teams.

Tracy & Lathrop
have historical ties
If the City of Lathrop ends up partnering with the City of Tracy to provide police services instead of continuing to contract with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, it should be noted the two communities were the result of the handiwork of one man —Lathrop J. Tracy.
Leland Stanford after completing the western portion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 with his fellow Big Four partners — Collis Huntington, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins — pushed to extend the Central Pacific southward. It ended up going through what is now present day Lathrop and Tracy,
An engineer who laid out the railroads in the valley named the two railroad stops after a friend, Lathrop J. Tracy.
A Tracy Press story from 1906 talked about how Tracy had planned a visit to the two towns named in his honor. The story said Tracy was shocked after seeing Tracy’s gambling establishments and the number of saloons. When asked if he wanted to see Lathrop, Tracy reportedly replied, “No, I’ve seen enough.”

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