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1977: EU wrestler Frank Spino pins foe in 16 seconds

Fifty years ago, on December 10, 1967, the East Union High Lancers picked up their first cage win of the season with a 53-41 win over Bret Harte High in the opening round of the Tuolumne Tournament at Summervile High. Manuel Luis, chosen on the all-tourney team for the three-day event, was the high scorer for the Lancers with 20 points.

December 17, 2017 | | Sports History

1947: Buffs tie for title with win over Tracy High

Thirty years ago, on November 17, 1987, junior center Betsy McCall was a terror right from the start as she pounded in 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to ignite Manteca High to a 59-51 victory over Modesto's Downey High in the basketball season opener for both schools at Winter Gym. Mary Foehringer added 12 points to the Lady Buffs' game total.

November 19, 2017 | | Sports History

1997: Jim Brown retires after 17 years as East Union coach

Fifty years ago, on October 29, 1967, the East Union High Lancers turned on a strong rushing attack for the first time and put together a 26-0 win over Riverbank High. Fred Barnes scored the first two Lancer touchdowns and Ron Erion tallied the third. Quarterback Bill Holland teamed up with Russ Sousa on a 17-yard pass play for the last score of the evening. Erion kicked two extra points.

November 06, 2017 | | Sports History

1937: Frank Teicheira plays 2 football games in same night

Ninety years ago, on October 21, 1927, the Manteca High football eleven defeated the "Flying Brownies" of Oakdale High at Oakdale by a score of 7 to 0. The game was one of the best played and most exciting ever played on the Oakdale field. The Oakdale line held Captain Eddie Forsell and his cohorts Bianchi, Cosgriff and Theiler, to very little yardage at a time. The only score of the game was in the second quarter when Forsell tossed a long forward pass to Byron Gubbins that went for about 35 yards and a touchdown. Emil Theiler converted for ...

October 29, 2017 | | Sports History

1937: Jimmie Connors scores in Manteca win

Eighty years ago, on October 16, 1937, as if to avenge their loss to Turlock, the Manteca High Buffaloes battered the Ceres High Bulldogs 20-7 in a game at Ceres. Jimmie Connors took the ball over on a fake reverse and dodged his way for 80 yards and a touchdown. Jim Poulos kicked the extra point. Al Phillips scored the second Manteca TD and Poulos intercepted a pass and raced to the goal line for the final score. Coach Larry Siemering was pleased with the performance his boys gave.

October 22, 2017 | | Sports History

1997: EU cross-country boys win first VOL title

Fifty years ago, on October 5, 1967, moving from a second quarter 7-7 tie, Manteca High went on to down East Union High 34-7 in the first-ever varsity football game between the two schools. Buffalo Steve Mendosa ran over, through and around the Lancers on the first play of the game for a 59-yard scoring romp. Mendosa went on to score again for the Buffs and Andy Munoz scored twice for Manteca. Jerry McCarter ran 65 yards for another score after a lateral from Ed Beck, who had caught a pass from Brown. The only Lancer touchdown was scored in ...

October 15, 2017 | | Sports History

1997: EU’S Willingham races to first place at Frogtown Invitational

Eighty years ago, on September 24, 1937, the Manteca High Buffaloes chalked up another victory as they handed the Modesto High Panthers a 13-7 defeat on Pennebaker Field. Coach Larry Siemering's boys took just 10 minutes to score two touchdowns. Both of these goals were made on passes from Jim Conners to Marvin Wigley.

October 02, 2017 | | Sports History

1997: Hardcastle leads EU High to upset grid win

Ninety years ago, on September 4, 1927, the game between the Manteca Maulers and the Gustine Athletics could be called the "Comedy of Errors". Just at a time when the Maulers needed to play real ball, error after error was made, totaling 10 in all before the contest was ended. When the game ended, the score stood 20 to 5 in favor of the visitors, which was more a Stockton team than Gustine. It was said that only three of the regular Gustine players were in the lineup, the rest being recruited from various other teams throughout central California.

September 14, 2017 | | Sports History

1987: Manteca & EU High gridders begin practice

Thirty years ago, on August 24, 1987, with the rigors of conditioning week already put aside, both Manteca and East Union High football teams will be crashing the gridiron in full force as the two city schools start fall practice today. "After spending the whole week concentrating on conditioning, the kids have a really great attitude going to practice," exclaimed EU coach Jim Brown, who begins his sixth year at the Lancer helm. "We're ready and set to go." Brown is eager to improve on last year's dismal 2-8 campaign.

August 27, 2017 | | Sports History

1987: Scott Brooks to try out with Detroit Pistons

Thirty years ago, on August 16, 1987, landing a tryout from a NBA team was exactly what Scott Brooks wanted, but when the team turned out to be the Detroit Pistons doing asking, he had to admit he was a little awestruck. "I was surprised the team offered me one," said Brooks, who left the Los Angeles Pro Summer League as the free agent's Most Valuable Player. The Lathrop lad who starred at East Union High before becoming a hit at Delta Junior College and UC Irvine, averaged 16 points, four assists and four steals per game in no ...

August 20, 2017 | | Sports History

1987: 2 days, 2 holes-in-one at Manteca

Sixty years ago, on August 15, 1957, three of the standouts on last year's Manteca High Valley Oak League champion football squad have been selected to play in the up-coming North-South Valley All-star football game at the Lodi Grape Bowl this Friday. Tony Cotta, tackle; Glenn McDonald, quarterback; and Jim Mayfield, halfback, were selected as was Buffalo Coach Frank LeSan.

August 13, 2017 | | Sports History

1987: Wohle sets three swim records

Ninety years ago, on July 24, 1927, there were many strange faces in the Gustine lineup and, from comments heard, it looked more like a Central League team, but at that the Manteca boys waded right through and won a brilliant victory, 12 to 5. The battery work of "Fat" Flores and Benny Hooper was exceptionally good. That, combined with the hitting of Emil Theiler, Joe Codiga, Dusty Miller and Hooper, and the fielding of Louis Bianchi in center, featured the contest. Theiler and Codiga got four hits each. The umpiring of Azevedo gave general satisfaction, it was said.

August 06, 2017 | | Sports History

1967: Simoni fans 40 batters in 26-inning game

Forty years ago, on August 1, 1977, the Manteca Dolphins swim team won the Trans-County League championship in Ceres. The final team point totals were: Manteca 613.5, Ripon 385, Ceres 340.5, Escalon 277, Patterson 218.5 and Gustine 185.5. The Dolphins had four high-point winners in their respective age groups. Desiree Dowell won the girls' 13-14 trophy, Daniel Coburn in boys' 6 and under, Rob Scott in boys' 11-12 and Jeff Wright in boys' 15-17.

July 30, 2017 | | Sports History

2007: Manteca wins Babe Ruth district title

Ninety years ago, on July 18, 1927, the Manteca Maulers baseball team hopped on the veteran Jack Gilligan of the Modesto Merchants early in Sunday's Don Pedro League game and, coupled with some very loose playing by the Merchants, easily trounced them 12 to 1. Tom Washington started for Manteca and then retired after the fifth inning when Manteca had piled up a seven-run lead. Clarence Flores finished the game and got away nicely. Benny Hooper, crack Mauler catcher, retired from the game in the seventh inning with a badly swollen hand. Hooper came through with a single and ...

July 16, 2017 | | Sports History

1987: Frank’s Exxon sweeps twin bill

Fifty years ago, on July 4, 1967, the McFall-Grisham Post celebrated the Fourth of July and the second game of the second half of play in the schedule with a 3-1 win over Sharpe Depot at Billy Hebert Field in Stockton. Butch Dowhower, who started on the hill for the Legion crew, went the distance and scattered four hits and his mates limited the Sharpe crew to one lonely tally in the first inning. This was the first time Dowhower had thrown since June 3, when he pitched against Karl Ross. Dowhower was in control all day for the win ...

July 10, 2017 | | Sports History

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1998: Buff soccer remains unbeaten by beating Oakdale

20 years ago: January 16, 1998 – Manteca High, fueled by the performance of center Katie DeRoos, broke down East Union High's interior defense en ...

January 14, 2018 | | Sports History

1987: Foehringer’s 19 points pace Lady Buffs

Sixty years ago, on December 28, 1957, the Detroit Lions handed the Cleveland Browns a big loss, deciding the world's football championship by a ...

January 01, 2018 | | Sports History


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