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2000: Buff gridders surprise Tracy High, 35-20

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 ...

January 02, 2011 | | Sports History


2000: Sierra soccer blanks Downey 7-0

Thirty years ago, on December 23, 1980, high-scoring senior Ron Vander Molen poured in a game-high 21 points to lead the powerful Ripon Christian High team to a 65-51 non-league basketball triumph over East Union High. The loss dropped the Lancers to 7-4 on the season. EU coach Bill Stricker blamed the loss on a lack of offensive rebounds by his Lancers and too many turnovers. Kelly Stewart and Billy Emperador finished up as high scorers for East Union with 15 points apiece. Stewart also reeled in nine rebounds, blocked three shots and had four steals.

December 26, 2010 | | Sports History


1980: Buffs beat EU in Turlock cage tournament

Thirty years ago, on December 11, 1980, Manteca High's quickness overcame East Union High's strength as MHS blitzed the Lancers 67-53 and captured the consolation prize of the Turlock tournament. Reno Cook wound up as the game's scoring leader with seven buckets from the floor and a five-for-five performance from the free throw line for 19 points. Besides Cook, Mike Delmanowski and Craig Conaway both wound up in double figures with 10 points apiece. No one on the Lancer squad broke the double figure mark as Keith Windham and Ted McDonald led EU with nine apiece.

December 12, 2010 | | Sports History


1990: Avina scores 37 as East Union wins tournament

30 years ago, on November 30, 1980, Gary Shupe passed for two touchdowns and his Manteca High Alumni teammates collected two safeties while overcoming a barrage of penalties to defeat their East Union High Alumni rivals 17-7 in the third annual Manteca Jaycees football game before a sparse and chill-bitten crowd at Guss Schmiedt Field. Shupe (class of '74) hit James Garcia ('77) for a 14-yarder and for 12 yards to Mike Minaudo ('71). Safeties were on a snap sailing over Lancer punter Jim Heupel's ('76) head and out of the end zone and EU quarterback Dino Ratto ('75 ...

December 05, 2010 | | Sports History


2000: Oxendine paces Sierra High hoops with 29

10 years ago: December 2, 2000 - There were mixed results for local high school soccer teams at the Beyer Tournament in Modesto on Friday. East Union High topped the field with a 10-0 stomping of Ceres High. Lady Lancers Amber Stone and Amanda Harris led the winning effort with two goals each, Claudia Guzman got an unassisted goal, Courtney Williams, Hopkins, Julia Santos and Jenny Leonard all netted one. EU blasted 35 shots on goal in the match.

November 28, 2010 | | Sports History


1980: EU grid coach Gebhardt resigns after losing season

Thirty years ago, on November 24, 1980, in keeping with his promise to the boosters' club to resign if "we don't have a successful season," East Union High football coach Vern Gebhardt tendered his resignation to school principal Richard Durham. The Lancers were just 3-5-1 and, for the ninth time in 10 seasons, a Gebhardt-coached team bowed to Manteca High. The 35-year-old head coach posted a 46-51-2 record in 10 seasons, including a 10-0 season in 1974 and the Valley Oak League championship.

November 21, 2010 | | Sports History


The Buffaloes’ 1963 bowl game

Editor's note: Eron Grisham submitted the following in recognition of the quality play of the current Manteca High football play this year and reminiscent of a special year in MHS athletic history.

November 07, 2010 | By ERON GRISHAM Manteca High Class of 1963 | Sports History


1970: Buffaloes battle Wooster to scoreless tie

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 ...

November 07, 2010 | | Sports History


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


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1984: Gase pitches Babe Ruth no-hitter

Twenty years ago, on July 2, 1994, the Manteca Babe Ruth 13 year-old all-stars came alive to capture the District 1 championship at Ripon High on Saturday. Coach Ron Kackley's boys exploded for 10 early runs en route to a14-10 victory over Modesto. The win qualifies the local squad for the Central California State Tournament which starts in Lompoc on July 13. Troy Vick and Rich Rocha each had three hits, including one double apiece, to pace the Manteca attack. Rocha drove in four runs.

July 04, 2014 | | Sports History


1994: 6 swimmers have three wins each for Dolphins

Ninety years ago, on June 8, 1924, the Manteca High baseball team was defeated by a score of 13 to 4 by Sacramento High in the semi-finals for the Northern California interscholastic baseball championship. The defeat was quite a blow to the local aggregation as it invaded the northern field with high hopes of winning. In defeating Benicia High a few days previous, the local boys proved they were championship material.

June 15, 2014 | | Sports History


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