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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


1982: Tokay can’t stop arm of EU High’s Rick Inderbitzen

Thirty years ago, on the afternoon of September 24, 1982, neither rain, nor mud, nor Tokay High could stop the arm of East Union High quarterback Rick Inderbitzen in the Tokay Stadium. The 6-3, 182-pound senior simply passed 26 times for 185 yards and all four EU touchdowns, leading the Lancers to a 26-12 non-league victory. Playing literally in a mud bowl, the EU offensive linemen played wipers, allowing Inderbitzen to find Albert Tanghal three times and Troy Hansen once in the end zone.

October 15, 2012 | | Sports History


2002: Sierra’s Tucker pitches perfect softball game, fans 16

Sixty years ago, on April 3, 1952, Manteca High ran up a big point lead to easily defeat Downey High of Modesto in a track meet. The score was 86.5 to 17.5. Mariano Valenzuela was the leading Buff point-getter with firsts in the high hurdles and the broad jump and a second in the low hurdles. Paul Wiggin tossed the 12-pound shot 45-6. 5 to set a new school record in that event.

April 16, 2012 | | Sports History


1972: Thissen throws 1-hitter as Buffaloes take tourney win

Forty years ago, on April 5, 1972, officials of the prestigious Los Angeles High School Shrine football game have announced that Vic Liles of Manteca High has been selected as one of only three valley football players to participate in the annual summer contest. Liles, a senior three-year letterman, set Buffalo receiving records as an end in his last two years of varsity competition.

April 02, 2012 | | Sports History


Locke, Haworth, Parham top MHS football players

50 years ago: January 4, 1962 - George Locke, Lloyd Haworth and Jackson Parham were the top award winners at last night's annual Manteca Lions Club Football Banquet. The dinner, easily the biggest prep football banquet in the area, was held at the MRPS Hall with one of the largest crowds in the history of the event attending the festivities. Locke was named the Buffaloes' Outstanding Back of the Year. Locke, a first-stringer since his sophomore year, averaged 100 yards per game during the VOL season. Haworth won the Outstanding Lineman award for 1961. A rugged 200-pounder, Haworth was one ...

January 08, 2012 | | Sports History


1982: Scott Brooks’ 30-footer delivers EU victory in tourney

Sixty years ago, on December 20, 1951, Manteca High turned in one of their poorest showings of the year when they were knocked out of the Modesto Basketball Carnival with two straight defeats. In the opener, the Buffaloes lost to Denair High 37-26. Playing two 10-minute halves, the players were limited to three personal fouls apiece. This proved costly for the Buffaloes as three of the first five were ejected from the game. The locals were once again led by forward Joe Coito who picked up 13 points.

December 31, 2011 | | Sports History


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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


1974: Duncan, Bobson, Brocchini on All-Star grid team

Thirty years ago, on August 2, 1984, Manteca's teenage golf standout, Kevin Wentworth, will be back on the fairways today and tomorrow trying his luck in the Salinas Junior Tournament at the Salinas Country Club. The Manteca High sophomore-to-be is coming off his two best performances in Junior golf competition. Last weekend, he claimed his first-ever overall championship in Modesto and followed that up by taking his second overall title four days later in Sacramento. After his Salinas stop, the 15 year-old will move on to the Las Positas Junior next Monday and Tuesday in Livermore. Wentworth is second ...

August 01, 2014 | | Sports History


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