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1924: poor Modesto lighting, slick floor doom Buff cagers

Ninety years ago, on February 1, 1924, in the roughest game of basketball seen this year, Manteca High lost to Modesto High by a 25 to 15 score in the Modesto gymnasium. "Dutch" Washington, as usual, was high point man for Manteca, making eight markers. Dutch made a hard fight but poor lighting in the Modesto gymnasium affected his eye because all his shots were hitting the ring, and he was actually robbed several times. Otherwise, the Manteca quintet would have brought home the bacon.

February 10, 2014 | | Sports History


1984: Lancers’ slow-down offense results in EU loss

Thirty years ago, on January 22, 1984, amid boos and catcalls from the Modesto High fans, Coach Bill Stricker and East Union High's basketball team instituted a slowdown offense that put up only one shot over the first three quarters and didn't come up with a point until Marty Ott hit a free throw midway through the fourth quarter. Stricker's strategy didn't work though as the 36-3 final score suggests Modesto owns a 23-1 season mark.

February 02, 2014 | | Sports History


1984: Alexia Poulos scores over 30 points for 2nd straight game

Thirty years ago, on January 15, 1984, Manteca High provided the heat at Winter Gym and it was too much for cross-town rival East Union High as the Buffaloes s streaked to a 59-42 Valley Oak League victory before a standing-room-only gathering. EU had 23 turnovers and was a poor 14 of 33 shots from the free throw line. Bert Van Ryn led the winners with 17 points, while Paul Brogan had 14 and Pete Nelson and Cal Farrow added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jeff Hammond led the Lancers with 17 points and Paul Emperador finished with 14.

January 26, 2014 | | Sports History


1994: Nussbaume seals Buffs’ upset

Eighty years ago, on December 29, 1933, making a great comeback in the second half, the Manteca High cagers won their first game of the season by defeating the strong Livermore High quintet in a thrilling game by a 28-27 score. The game was played at Livermore. Gust Lourentzos was high point man for Manteca with nine points. Captain Tom Forsell and Milo Candini played good games at the guard positions.

January 19, 2014 | | Sports History


1993: East Union pounds Oakdale High

Fifty years ago: October 31, 1963 – Manteca High powered its way to a 25-0 win over Lincoln High last Friday night. It was the 14th straight victory for the Buffs, coached by Phil Harmon. On defense, the entire MHS unit turned in a fine effort, with end Lowell Grissom once again leading the way with 12 unassisted tackles. Quarterback Paul Goodwin passed 14 yards to Grissom for one TD and ran three yards for another. Bill Mendosa and Don Carney each ran four yards for touchdowns. Ron Brown booted an extra point.

November 07, 2013 | | Sports History


1923: Manteca beats Hilmar

Buffaloes prevail 20-6 in school's first-ever football contest

October 21, 2013 | | Sports History


2003: EU High victory spoils Colin Kaepernick’s prep debut

Ten years ago on Oct. 8, 2003 East Union High posted a 41-13 win over Pitman High in Turlock on Thursday, spoiling the Pride's varsity football debut.

October 18, 2013 | | Sports History


1963: Victory over Oakdale is Buffs’ 11th straight victory

Forty years ago, on October 4, 1973, revenge is getting sweeter every week for East Union High's Lancers. For the third time in three weeks, EU has defeated a football team that beat them last year. This week's victim was the defending Valley Oak League champion St. Mary's High. With 16 seconds remaining in the game, halfback Carl Esquivel took a pitchout and roared around right end to score and give the Lancers a 28-25 victory over the visiting Rams in one of the most thrilling finishes ever witnessed at Guss Schmiedt Field. Esquivel had been on ...

October 07, 2013 | | Sports History


2003: Wade leads Buffs’ rushing in win over Ceres

Sixty years ago, on September 7, 1953, over 40 candidates were present when Coaches Pete Denevi and Jack Caruso called the first practice for the Manteca High Buffaloes. With only three weeks of practice ahead of them before the first game, the Buffaloes were put right to work to get into condition. With the loss of 16 lettermen from last year's squad, the coaches have their job cut out for them. There are 16 candidates working to win a starting job in the backfield and all four positions are open as last year's entire backfield was lost through ...

September 14, 2013 | | Sports History


1993: Buffs pound Downey High 53-0 in grid opener

Forty years ago, on September 5, 1973, with their season-opener at Galt High just 10 days away, optimism pervades East Union High's football coaching staff. The Lancers lost just four players from last year's team, only two of them starters. Gone is all-Valley Oak League linebacker Bruce Forth, but head coach Vern Gebhardt finds himself with a bevy of fine defensive replacements. Experienced seniors Lonnie Price, Ron Dalben and Gary Mullins are currently working at the cornerback posts. Tough middle linebackers Rick Horn and Danny Coffman fill out the defensive backfield. Flashy senior Ron Barretto returns to the ...

September 07, 2013 | | Sports History


1963: Manteca Ford comes up run short in state softball title contest

Fifty years ago, on August 18, 1963,

September 02, 2013 | | Sports History


1913: Lagorio fans 13, pitches two-hitter for Manteca victory

100 years ago, on August 8, 1913, Manteca still keeps in the limelight as an aggressive ball team and the long string of victories remains unbroken, causing the old leaguers to rub their eyes and take notice of the stellar brand of goods being dished out. Last Sunday, they handed the goose egg to the Sperry Flour aggregation of Stockton in a game that was full of ginger from start to finish. Lagorio was a puzzle to the visitors, retiring 13 batters and allowing but two hits, while the White Sox obtained six hits and lost nine via the strikeout ...

August 12, 2013 | | Sports History


1963: Dolphins’ Eric Wohle sets two meet records

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

July 28, 2013 | | Sports History


2003: Mike James named football coach for East Union High School

Forty years ago, on March 26, 1973, chalking up their first dual Valley Oak League meet of the 1973 season, the Manteca High thinclads made a laugher out of their clash with St. Mary's High by a 122-14 count. The Buffaloes won every first place and the Rams could do no better than four "seconds" as Manteca completely dominated the meet. Steve Haggerty and John Peters were triple winners for the Buffs. Haggerty won both hurdle events (16.0) and (21.9) and the high jump (5-7), while Peters nabbed both the sprints (:10.0 and :23.4) and ...

March 30, 2013 | | Sports History


40 years ago: Don Cabral picks up three firsts for Buff swimming

30 years ago: March 22, 1983 – The East Union High badminton team dropped an 11-5 non-league match Tuesday to Edison High in Stockton. Annette Menchaca, the No. 3 player for the Lancers, was the only local bright spot, winning both of her matches.

March 25, 2013 | | Sports History


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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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