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1931: Manteca High has best hoop season ever

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POSTED February 27, 2011 1:56 a.m.
Eighty years ago, on February 20, 1931, Manteca High School dropped a hotly-contested game to the Oakdale High cagers by the score of 19-17. This contest decided the San Joaquin-Stanislaus C.I.F. championship. Harold Reeves, veteran guard for the Buffaloes, proved a star by looping several difficult shots and outwitting the Mustangs. He was Buffalo high point man with nine markers. Too much credit cannot be given Coach Aubrey Laws who, during his first year of basketball coaching at Manteca HIgh, molded a team from green players and shoved them to the top. This was the first time in the history of Manteca Union High School that a basketball team ever advanced as far as did the Buffaloes.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

70 years ago
: February 27, 1941 - Manteca’s high school basketballers played their final league game of the hoop season Friday afternoon at Hilmar High. In the fast and loose contest, Coach Larry Siemering’s cagers had a good time in defeating the not-a-win Yellowjackets by a score of 41 to 25. Captain Ken Drury led the scoring on the local squad with seven buckets and three foul shots, which totaled 17 points.

60 years ago: March 1, 1951 - Manteca High dropped a close 45-40 game to Livingston High last Friday night in the local gymnasium. Inability to score throughout the first half proved to be the undoing of the local five. Leading scorer for Manteca was big Paul Wiggin who collected 15 points for this best night of the year. Wiggin also turned in a fine defensive job for the evening.

50 years ago: March 2, 1961 - Thanks to two driving layups by Alan Lambert in the final 30 seconds of play, Manteca High came through with a 45-40 upset win over Oakdale High Friday night in Oakdale. The game was the final Valley Oak League contest of the year for both squads. Lambert led the Buffaloes in scoring with 12 points and Tim Brumley added 10 more.

40 years ago: February 24, 1971 - Using a 33-point burst in the first quarter, Manteca High hurdled its next-to-last stepping stone to a share of the VOL title Tuesday night when they overwhelmed East Union High 96-65. Al Betschart pumped in 39 points to pace the Buffaloes and Denny Letcher added 19  points to the winning effort. The Lancers’ sophomore sensation Mike Crosby led his team with 20 points, Ken Richichi had 19, Chuck Dimas meshed 12 and David Asuncion collected 10.

30 years ago: February 27, 1981 - East Union High, known more for its defensive prowess than its offensive punch, annihilated Livingston High 89-49 Tuesday night in a VOL contest. The Lancers, playoff bound, improved their league record to 9-2, 18-9 in all games, by far the most successful season in the school’s history. Coach Bill Stricker substituted freely and among those was sophomore sensation Scott Brooks, in his first varsity game, who pumped in 11 points. Kelly Stewart led the EU cagers with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Billy Emperador and Larry Lee also reached double digits with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Four local wrestlers survived the stiff competition in the Sac-Joaquin Delta sub-section wrestling tournament at Linden High. East Union High’s Lance Miller (155) was the only Lancer left. Meanwhile, three Manteca High wrestlers, Leandro Perez (98), Tim Knadle (126) and heavyweight Fred Cantrell will move on to the sections.

The Manteca High girls basketball team used a big first quarter effort to take early control of the game and cruised to an easy 54-30 win over cross-town rival East Union High Monday night. Denise Negley finished as the leading scorer for the Lady Buffaloes with 19. She also pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds. Gigi Cook and Martha Dias also hit double figures for Manteca High with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Kay Hall paced EU with 12 points, the only Lady Lancer to hit double figures in the contest.

Senior Bill Corder fired  a 38 to pace the Manteca High golf team to a 214-216  victory over Lincoln High of Stockton in the opener for both clubs Monday.
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