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1981: Buffs win 16th straight basketball game

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POSTED February 13, 2011 3:23 a.m.
Seventy years ago, on February 7, 1941, Manteca High hit the winning stride in the Manteca High School gym. The Buffaloes defeated Ceres High, who had previously overpowered the local quintet, the local varsity winning their game, 35 to 33 in an exicting overtime tussle. In the extra three minutes, “Sleepy” Poulos sank a nice field basket to put the game on ice 35 to 33. High-point man for the Buffalo squad, Ken Drury, had seven buckets for a total of 14 points and Glen Bale was next with 10 points.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

50 years ago: February 16, 1961 - The third time proved a charm for a 14 year-old Manteca High sophomore wrestler Saturday and, as a result, MUHS pulled off a mild upset by winning the Valley Oak League wrestling tournament held here. Larry Lathrop, a 230-plus heavyweight, managed to upset Oakdale High’s Glen Allen in the final match of the day to clinch the team title for the Buffaloes. The other Buff champion was Ron Johnstone (103). Other MHS wrestlers qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section matches were: George Gomes (120), Larry Elliott (127), Charles Southwick (133), Wayne Dias (145), Jackson Parham (165) and John Lathrop (175).

30 years ago
: February 12, 1981 - Tuesday night, East Union High used a stingy zone defense and some fourth -period offense to turn back Sonora High 58-47 in a VOL contest. Kelly Stewart was the Lancer high scorer with 18 points and Billy Emperador added 16.

Goalkeeper Victor Deanda turned away 12 shots, including a game-saving one-hander to preserve a 1-1 tie for East Union High against Modesto High Tuesday in Central California Conference soccer action. Juan Guevara scored the Lancer goal.

Center Steve Rockhold tallied 21 of his game-high 24 points in the second half as Inner City of San Francisco rallied from a seven-point deficit with seven minutes left to capture a thrilling 102-95 overtime victory over C. Orr Enterprises in the 20th annual Tournament of Champions Sunday at Dalben Center.

Four Manteca High wrestlers all had first-place finishes at the VOL tournament Wednesday at Dalben Center. The Buffaloes’ Leander Perez (98), Tim Knadle (129), Lee Elliott (135) and heavyweight Fred Cantrell each notched first-place medals. They and seven East Union High grapplers qualified for the Sac-Joaquin sub-section tournament in Linden next week. EU didn’t have any first-place finishers.

Hitting just 30 percent from the floor and 39 percent of their free throws, the East Union High girls dropped a 39-35 decision to Oakdale High in a VOL contest Wednesday night. Melissa Paradzinski led the Lady Lancers with nine points.

“It was a heckuva big win for us,” exclaimed Coach Lorraine Goff minutes after her Manteca High girls rallied in the last four minutes to squeeze out a thrilling 51-47 victory over Ceres High Wednesday night in Winter Gym. Donna Foster tallied 21 points, but collected six, including two free throws, after time expired. The spunky Lady Buff senior was credited with eight rebounds.

For the next year, the Bobby Baldwin Cup belongs to the Manteca High soccer team as the Buffaloes scored a 1-0 win over cross-town rival East Union High Wednesday in a CCC match for the perennial prize. With 12 minutes gone in the second half, Manteca’s Andy Campos scored on a shot that slipped by EU goalie Victor Deanda. The Buffs ended the season with a 2-15-1 record, with both wins coming against the Lancers. EU finished at 0-15-2.

Reno Cook scored after a pass from Kevin Sample with two seconds to play as Manteca High edged Summerville High 53-51 in Tuolumne on Friday night. It was the sixteenth straight win for the Buffaloes of Coach Steve Winter. Cook was the high scorer for the Buffs with 14 points. Mike Delmanowski had 12 and Jody Ruble added 10.
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