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1981: Buff cagers net 25th straight VOL win

Eighty years ago, on January 16, 1931, Manteca High now leads the C.I.F. league as a result of a victory taken from the Ceres High Bulldogs on the Manteca court. The Bulldogs were trounced to the score of 31 to 13. The Buffaloes piled up a 10-point lead before the Bulldogs could get going. This lead was never overtaken, although the score at the half was 13 to 10. Enrico Bianchi was the high scorer for Manteca with 10 points.

January 23, 2011 | | Sports History


1981: Brown named new East Union football coach

Thirty years ago, on January 15, 1981, speculation about who would become the new varsity football coach at East Union High School ended when the Manteca Unified School District approved the appointment of Jim C. Brown. The 42 year-old Brown, a long-time assistant coach under Walker Vick at Manteca High, will succeed Vern Gebhardt, who resigned last November.

January 16, 2011 | | Sports History


1971: Teicheira all-conference at Oregon Tech

Forty years ago, on January 8, 1971, Frank Teicheira of Manteca, playing football for Oregon Technical Institute, was honored by being named an all-Evergreen Conference fullback. The 5-7, 195-pound player was also selected as a member of the 12-school district team. The Owls honored him by selecting him most valuable player and as most outstanding back. Last year, Teicheira was named as an all-conference linebacker.

January 09, 2011 | | Sports History


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


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1974: Tubbs intercepts pass in Buff win

Fifty years ago, on September 18, 1964, rolling up an impressive 273 yards on the ground, Manteca High rolled to a convincing 31-18 win over Downey High of Modesto in the season opener for both clubs. Defensive back John Tubbs intercepted a first-quarter Downey pass and rambled unmolested for 57 yards to the end zone for the first Buffalo score. In the second period, Manteca's all-league tackle, 222-pound Rod Elam, picked a Knight fumble out of the air and ran 15 yards to score. The final MHS score of the first half came when Bob Silva raced 40 yards ...

September 28, 2014 | | Sports History


1984: Tony Perez leads Buffs cross-country to easy win

Sixty years ago, on September 16, 1954, Manteca High put on the final polishing touches to their offense as they readied themselves for their season football opener against Hayward High Saturday night at Pennebaker Field. Coach Pete Denevi is counting on back Monte Kinsley for a valuable few yards. He has shown well in practice and, with a year's experience under his belt, could develop into one of the league's best fullbacks. Others showing well during the past week were guards Ed Morley and Ed Abatangle.

September 11, 2014 | | Sports History


1914: Locals claim extra- inning game on dusty field

One hundred years ago, on August 17, 1914, the Battery C team from Stockton, with "Gus" Brock as pitcher were lined up as opponents to the Merchants. Free watermelons, a gift from Mr. Powers, and though much appreciated, did not draw many to the game. The game went into the tenth inning, when the Merchants got the deciding run and won a hard-fought game by a 5 to 4 score. Elmer Blodgett pitched the first six innings for our team and Lagorio took over for the final four innings. An attempt to water the diamond previous to the game was ...

August 24, 2014 | | Sports History


1984: Swift, Foster are MVPs in all-star softball games

Thirty years ago, on August 7, 1984, the Manteca slow-pitch all-star softball team proved that their lopsided victory last week was no fluke as they pounded out 31 hits,including four home runs, en route to an easy 27-6 win over the Tracy all-stars at Northgate Park. Larry Starkey clubbed a three-run homer and a two-run shot, both in the third inning. Starkey also had two singles on the night to wind up with four hits and six RBI. Pitcher Darren Swift was named MVP of the game as he had three hits, scored three runs and scattered 12 Tracy ...

August 08, 2014 | | Sports History


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