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1970: Buffaloes battle Wooster to scoreless tie

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POSTED November 7, 2010 1:08 a.m.
Eighty years ago, on October 31, 1930, Manteca High played the hardest and best game of the year when they tangled with the Oakdale High Brownies on the local field. Although the score was 20 to 6 in favor of the visitors, the Manteca people saw perhaps the gamest fight ever witnessed on a Manteca field. The Buffaloes held the Brownies scoreless the entire first half and pushed over a touchdown for themselves. During the first quarter, Jim Fox broke loose for several beautiful runs, finally carrying the ball over from the two yard line on the first play of the second quarter. Try for the extra  point failed. Captain Jim Barber again proved his worth in blocking for Coach Aubrey Laws’s team.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

40 years ago
: November 4, 1970 - An estimated crowd of over 2,000 braved the bitter cold at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night to witness the undefeated Manteca High eleven battle Wooster High of Reno to a scoreless tie.
The Manteca High cross-country team, led by junior Nick Rodriguez, took the Valley Oak League title on Thursday. Rodriguez had a time of 15:35, a Manteca High and VOL standard. East Union High’s Larry Burlingame finished fifth.

East Union High dropped its third straight scoreless defeat Friday night, seeing the ball bounce the wrong way for them numerous times in the 34-0 setback to Oakdale High. Besides dropping their VOl record to 1-4-1, the jinxed Lancers of Coach Tom Nolen were hit with two more key injuries during the chilly Homecoming proceedings at the Oakdale corral. Quarterback Chuck Dimas left the contest in the second period due to a bad fall on his left arm. Dimas was an early-season replacement for injured Mike Buck.

30 years ago: November 7, 1980 - Manteca High romped to a 23-0 whitewash over Ceres High and, in the process, wrapped up a tie for the VOL championship before a sparse crowd at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night. The Buffaloes, with a 5-1 league mark, will take on Sierra Foothill League champion Placer High in Auburn next Friday night. Manteca’s scores were by Pat Schimke on a 48-yard run in the first quarter, Gerald Capps on a one-yard run in the third quarter and Manuel Sequeira on a two-yard run in the final quarter. Randy Neto kicked a 40-yard field goal in the last period. 6-4 safety Jon Shaefer intercepted two passes.

It was not the way East Union High had hoped to end the season. The Lancers were throttled by a well-balanced Oakdale High eleven 14-6 Friday night in Oakdale. The locals were held to just 16 yards of rushing offense. The Lancers finished with a disappointing 3-5-1 mark.

Manteca High’s volleyball team won their very first home match last night, sweeping Ceres High 15-10, 15-12 in the season’s finale. The Lady Buffaloes were led by the serving of junior Michelle Foote.

Manteca High’s number-one tennis tandem of Denise Negley-Arabella Mola went down, but not without a fight, in the Sac-Joaquin Section (Class AA) playoffs in Galt yesterday. The Lady Buff duo succumbed to a Sacramento-Rio Americano High doubles team.

Manteca High’s senior David Jimenez showed his dominance as he captured the title in the VOL cross-country meet Monday at Legion Park in Modesto. He took the title with a clocking of 15:35. Best finish by an East Union High runner was by Emilio Neri, who finished 21st. Pre-meet favorite William Windham had to abstain from the race with a pulled back muscle, according to EU coach Dave Soeth. In the girls’ section of the meet, EU senior Julie Johnson finished fourth and Manteca High’s Leslie Harp took fifth.
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