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2000: Buffs surprise Tracy with 35-20 win

Thirty years ago, on October 23, 1980, Amy Powell, a slender, six-foot senior, turned in another devastating performance as she and her East Union High teammates dumped their cross-town rivals, the Manteca High Lady Buffs, in two straight volleyball games at Winter Gym. EU survived a shaky start in the first game to topple the Buffs, 15-9, and then continued their torrid play in the second meeting to capture a 15-8 decision. The hard-hitting Powell was the dominating force on the court, blocking balls near the net and producing seven unreturnable spikes on the night. The win puts Christie Chisholm ...

October 31, 2010 | | Sports History


1980: Shafer interception sets up final Buff TD

Thirty years ago, on October 14, 1980, Manteca High overcame a 14-point deficit and then turned back a last-gasp effort by arch-rival East Union High to hang on to a spine-tingling 21-20 victory before a delirious, jam-packed throng at Guss Schmiedt Field. The resilient Buffaloes of Coach Walker Vick fought back to score 21 unanswered points. The Lancers scored first as Billy Emperador scampered 45 yards off tackle behind the blocks of Kelly Stewart and Chris Patzer. George Clarkson passed to Stewart for the two-point conversion. Emperador later scored again on a two-yard run. Buffalo scores were by Pat Schimke ...

October 17, 2010 | | Sports History


1960: Scharmann swipes ball for Manteca TB

Sixty years ago, on October 6, 1950, the Manteca High Buffaloes showed high-scoring offense for the first time this season as they powered to a 45-14 win over hapless St. Mary's High on Pennebaker Field. Quarterback Ray Dellavecchia tossed three scoring passes, with throws going to Keith Grieve (twice) and to Charlie Honodel. Other touchdowns were tallied by Gene Peterson, Mariano Valenzuela, Leo Cardinal and Ralph Lanting. Larry Brashear recovered two Ram fumbles. Guard Bob Zanetti and tackle Bob Escobar were outstanding on defense.

October 10, 2010 | | Sports History


1950: Silva’s three touchdowns lead Buffs to win over Christian Brothers

Seventy years ago, on September 29, 1940, Harold Garvine's Manteca Merchants went barbaric in the eighth frame of its baseball tilt with Melrose Boosters. Playing listless ball for seven frames and on the short end of a 7-2 score as they turned past the stretch inning, the local hickorymen unloaded a barrage of base hits to tally eight times and sew up the ball game. The final score favored Manteca 10-7.

October 03, 2010 | | Sports History


1970: Buffs top favored Tracy in football, 14-0

Seventy years ago, on September 19, 1940, Larry Siemering's fighting Manteca High Buffaloes opened their 1940 grid season in fine style when they squeezed through with a 7-6 win over the Modesto High Panthers at the Modesto Junior College oval. And that slim one-point margin can be credited to Captain Lou Bronzan's trusty right foot as he accurately toed the pigskin through the uprights after he had tallied from the four-yard stripe a moment before to tie the game. The scores occurred in the second quarter. The entire second half was played rather slowly with Manteca threatening several ...

September 26, 2010 | | Sports History


2000: Lancer runners sweep 3-way meet

Twenty years ago, on September 17, 1990, for the first time in more than a decade, the East Union High cross country team has notched a victory over cross-town rival Manteca High. In fact, the triumph at Durham Ferry Park was a double one since the Lancers also earned a win in the girls division. MHS was unable to field a team and forfeited the race. "The tide is changing, East Union is becoming a force to contend with," said an enthused Lancer coach Dan King. "This year, we have a lot of sophomores and juniors," said Buffalo coach Bob ...

September 19, 2010 | | Sports History


1970: Serious injuries plague East Union High

Seventy years ago, on September 8, 1940, Manteca's Merchants were bid a dramatic farewell in the final Central League playoff. In a game that was booked as the playoff to determine the second half winner and predicted to be a hotly-contested battle throughout, it turned out to be nothing short of a farce. The final score was Solari's Inn 17, Manteca 1. The Solarians pounded Bill Enders, Lentz Greenhalgh and Pete Evenson before Manager Harold Garvine threw in the sponge and it was agreed to call the game at the end of the seventh inning.

September 12, 2010 | | Sports History


2000: Frosh Daniel Teicheira leads SHS grid win

Seventy years ago, on September 5, 1940, football practice at the local high school has gotten right into the thick of the sporting scene in Manteca again as Coach Larry Siemering and his assistant sarge Stan Hawkins are hard at work rounding the boys into shape for the coming season. Calesthentics and fundamental drills prevail. Rico Bianchi, former star Buffalo back and linemen, and last year's standout blocking back for the University of San Francisco, has been helping the local mentors in their task of lining out the aspirants.

September 05, 2010 | | Sports History


1960: Manteca defeats Folsom Prison in baseball

Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1960, the Manteca Merchants, using a lineup loaded with youth, made their last regularly scheduled game a successful one as they handed the strong Folsom Prison Eagles a 5-3 setback. Several athletes from Manteca High were used and the "youngsters" came through to pick up the win. Walt McDonald went all the way on the hill for the Merchants to pick up the win. The locals also dipped into the grammar school ranks, as Bobby Leatherwood turned in a fine game at second base. Ray George topped the local hitters with three hits in ...

August 29, 2010 | | Sports History


1950: Manteca semi-pro grid team tops Hayward

Sixty years ago, on August 19, 1950, the Manteca Falcons semi-pro football team opened their 1950 season in Tracy with a victory that proves that the Falcons are going to be tough to beat this year. They out-ran, out-passed and out-charged the Hayward Raiders to the tune of 52 to 0. Quarterback Don McCormick threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the win. His scoring tosses went to Bud McMurdo, George Azevedo and Earl Sasser. McMurdo and Azevedo also ran for TD's. Lloyd Sellers and Vern Kuhlman also scored for the Falcons.

August 22, 2010 | | Sports History


1950: New Manteca High football, baseball coaches

Sixty years ago, on August 3, 1950, for the first time in its history, Manteca High School will have two full-time physical education instructors. Selected to be head of the P.E. department and also head baseball coach was Arte Fairbanks. Head football coach and assistant in the P.E. department will be John Fekete, a graduate of Ohio University in 1946.

August 01, 2010 | | Sports History


1970: Mantecans going to Frisbee championships

Ninety years ago, on July 17, 1920, the boxing bouts held at the auditorium proved to be a great success. The main event between Soldier Day and "Battling" Abrew was not up to expectations. They were both very cautious and managed to keep out of reach of the other's right hand through the entire go. Day was in fine trim and sent many hard jolts that shook Abrew up. Abrew, however, was there with his left hand striking clean blows. Day took the decision. Sammy Moreno, Manteca's prize boy, knocked out Monk George of Modesto in the second ...

July 25, 2010 | | Sports History


1920: Boxing contest promises to be a ‘hummer’

Ninety years ago, on July 16, 1920, a fine card has been arranged for the second event in the boxing contests under the auspices of the Manteca Athletic Club at the Auditorium tonight. The main event will be staged by Soldier Day from Oakdale, the fighting ex-soldier, and "Battling" Abrew from Oakland. Abrew knocked out Henry Smith of Modesto in the second round at the last bouts. These two fighters mixed to a fast draw a few years ago and the bout should be a hummer.

July 18, 2010 | | Sports History


1930: Schneider tops in world as bull rider

Ninety years ago, on July 5, 1920, Elmer Blodgett played a real comeback. He had turned in his suit to Manager J. J. Peltier over some remarks by busy bodies that he was too slow for the Manteca team. His resignation was accepted and at once, the Sperry's of Stockton, the strongest team outside the big league in the valley, grabbed him. In a game today, he beat the Best team, strong combination, by the score of 2-1. The Stockton papers speak very highly of the work done by Blodgett. The fact is that Blodgett is one of the ...

July 11, 2010 | | Sports History


1980: Babe Ruth 13’s open tourney with win

Ninety years ago, on June 21, 1920, heavy hitting by Patterson and numerous errors by Manteca lost the game for the locals. The score was 12-6 in favor of the Panthers. Manteca lost the game in the second inning when the Panthers put six runs across the plate. Three glaring errors in this frame helped the Patterson runners along. "Red" Gutterson of the Sperry Flours, who filled in at short for Manteca, made three errors and helped toss the game away.

June 27, 2010 | | Sports History


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1984: Chris Indelicato drives in four runs in Lancer baseball win

Thirty years ago, on April 15, 1984, Marilyn Elkins' heave of 39 feet-1 in the shot put in the talent-laden Ceres Invitational track meet held at Modesto JC gave her first place. With the win and last week's first place (42-4) in Sacramento's Meet of Champions, Manteca High's Elkins continues to prove that she is one of the top shot putters in the state.

April 20, 2014 | | Sports History


2004: Alyssa Hardcastle drives in 9 runs in MHS softball win

Thirty years ago, on March 25, 1984, Kevin Wentworth, only a freshman at Manteca High, blistered the back nine of the Manteca Park Golf Course for a school- record 33 that overshadowed the Buffaloes' easy 193-251 Valley Oak League victory over East Union High. For EU, it was again freshman Mike Battles who led the Lancers, carding a 40.

March 30, 2014 | | Sports History


1994: Buff swimmers continue six-year Valley Oak win streak

Forty years ago, on March 18, 1974, a school record less than two weeks old was shattered by seven strokes as Coach Ed Williams' East Union High golf team defeated Sonora High 192-201 on the local course. The Lancers were led once again by Ken Webb. The senior golfer carded a 36 for nine holes, despite a double bogey on the first hole.

March 28, 2014 | | Sports History


1974: Lancers go hitless, win game

Forty years ago, on February 25, 1974, using the clutch foul-shooting of Pat Pagnucci and Ron Barretto over the final two minutes, East Union High made it three straight wins over Manteca High this season with a narrow 68-65 decision in the Buffalo gym. The star for the Lancers was their junior center, Ray Miller, who was tower of strength, snatching a game-high 22 rebounds and 14 points. Matneca High's Kevin Allsup took the scoring honors for the game as he pumped in 23 points and devoured 18 rebounds. For the winners, Bob Acoba netted 14 points and Pagnucci ...

March 02, 2014 | | Sports History


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