Seventy years ago, on November 14, 1945, shattering Los Banos High with a 26-0 victory, Manteca High wound up their home games for the season at Pennebaker Field in the their first win of the 1945 schedule. Even the rain could not stop the Buffaloes as they ran and passed their way downfield to score in every quarter. Halfback Tino Venzor scored two touchdowns on runs of 45 and 12 yards. Quarterback Curt Patterson tossed a 40-yard TD pass to end Leonard Dias and fullback Leroy Judd scored from 18 yards out.
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60 years ago: November 24, 1955 – The Manteca High varsity and junior varsity were honored at the annual Lions Club football banquet, held last Wednesday night at the little gym. Bill Marples and Frank Leach received the team captain trophies and Leroy Cardoza received the award for being the best all-around player of the 1955 season.
50 years ago: November 24, 1965 – The Tracy High Bulldogs ended a six-year losing streak to Manteca High Friday night as they took an 18-7 decision. The game was played before a capacity Homecoming crowd at Tracy’s Kyne Field. The Buffaloes’ Rick Fatzer scooted 67 yards for a score on the first play the Buffs had their hands on the ball. Don Widmer’s kick for the extra point was good. That was to be Manteca’s only touchdown.
40 years ago: November 19, 1975 – In one of the best-played games of the season, Manteca High prevailed 20-7 over cross-town foe East Union High. An emotionally–charged crowd of 6,000 at Guss Schmiedt Field watched the Buffaloes gain their eighth win in nine tries over EUHS. On EU’s second play of the game, sophomore halfback Drew Lay sped 68 yards for the lone Lancer score. Gary Torrijos kicked the extra point. For the Buffs, Scott Schimke scored on a pass from Alan Liles off a fake field goal and quarterback Vince Cowan scored twice. Jeff Silveira kicked a pair of extra points. Jon Steele was the game’s leading rusher as he gained 112 yards on 22 carries for MHS.
For the second consecutive year, football players from the two local high schools dominate the all-VOL selections. Manteca High had tackle Jeff Watson, defensive end Todd Vick, interior linemen Paul Young and Frank Pacheco and defensive back Scott Schimke on the all-league team. EU was represented by linebacker Steve Aufdermaur on the first team. The VOL’s Player of the Year award went to Buff Jon Steele, and teammate Ed Vogel was selected as the VOL’s Defensive Player of the Year. Offensive Player of the Year was EU’s Ron Hamamoto. MHS’s Brett Chamberlain was named the league’s Kicker of the Year and Buff Coach Walker Vick was named Coach of the Year.
30 years ago: November 21, 1985 – Fall sports awards were distributed at ceremonies at East Union High and at Manteca High Wednesday night. Receiving the outstanding cross-country award at EU was Dan Jucutan for the boys and Jo Felde for the girls. At MHS, Tony Perez was the most valuable boy runner and Tammie Madsen was the MVP for the girls. In tennis, Julie Davis got the MVP at East Union and Katie Gaynor nabbed the award at Manteca High. Volleyball awards found Karen Kooyman as the most valuable Lady Lancer and Tammie McBride the top Lady Buff.
In no surprise to Manteca High’s first-year varsity basketball coach Mike Henry, his team opened the season with a 62-51 victory over Beyer High in Modesto Thursday night. The Buffaloes were led by Andy Hulsebosch’s 19 points and Kevin Frisk’s 15 point s. Chad Johnson also scored in double figures for MHS with 12 points.
Ceres High’s offense won out over Manteca High’s defense 28-10 in first–round CIF football playoffs in Ceres Friday night. Manteca, co-champions of the Valley Oak League finished the year at 6-5. The Buffaloes got a 43-yard field goal from junior Melvin Armstrong and its only touchdown from Kenny Wade on a one-yard plunge with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Armstrong kicked the extra point.
20 years ago: November 19, 1995 – Even though the Sierra High soccer team gave up its first goal of the season, its offense still proved unstoppable en route to the championship of the Stagg Tournament in Stockton Saturday .The Lady Timberwolves rallied from an early deficit to beat Bear Creek High 6-1 in the finals. Monica Pires paced SHS with a pair of goals, while Jenny Amaya, Marcy Burks, Bobbie Roudebush and Aryel Powers contributed one each.
Manteca High’s varsity football team was lauded and honored by its coaching staff in front of friends and family on Monday night in Dawson Center. Captain plaques were awarded to quarterback Bryan Lucas and safety James Ward by head coach Joe Miller.
The East Union High volleyball team presented Principal Linda Frost and Athletic Director Dino Cunial with the Sac-Joaquin Section championship banner for the gym at its fall sports awards ceremony last night. Diann Aufdermaur was recognized as the team’s MVP. Oscar Donegean, who will compete in this week’s State cross-country championships in Fresno, was named the MVP in his sport. Lancer senior Shane Williams was named the soccer team’s MVP, as were Laura Nelson and Liz Pallen for tennis.
East UnionHigh carved out a piece of volleyball history Tuesday night in winning their opening round match of the CIF Division III Nor-Cal Championships at Dalben Center. Senior Diann Aufdermaur took matters into her own hands, finishing with 28 kills and 29 assists to lead the Lady Lancers to a 17-15, 3-15, 15-10, 15-10 victory over Sonoma Valley High. It was the 26-2 Lancers’ 16th consecutive win at home. Lisa Noceti finished with 17 kills, including back-to-back kills to end the 50-minute first game.
Manteca High’s full-court pressure turned the tide in the fourth quarter and the Lady Buffs pulled away to a 53-37 win over Tokay High in Lodi Tuesday night. Audrey Jackson had a game-leading 14 points and teammate Celina Paredes added 11 more for the winners in the basketball season opener.
East Union High opened the boys’ basketball season with a thrilling win in the closing seconds Wednesday, a 53-51 verdict over Johansen High in Modesto. Shane Lewis finished with 21 points to lead Coach Bill Strickers’ club in scoring. Jarrett Sanders popped in 10 more in the winning effort.
10 years ago: November 24, 2005 – Both the Manteca High and Sierra High volleyball programs were honored with two first-team all-VOL selections at the year-end coaches’ meeting recently. Lady Buff setter Becky Heath and junior Melanie Promes were both named to the first team. For the Timberwolf squad, setter Kayci Perez and libero Corissa Jacomini were selected to the all-league first team.
East Union High exploded for a 22-point fourth quarter to run past host Bear Creek High 62-52 in a basketball opener on Tuesday. Eric Brown scored 20 points for the Lancers while Jordan McDaniel (15) and Steffan Spinks (13) added to the winning margin.
Andrea Rodriguez threw together a 16-point performance as Sierra High routed host Johansen High 55-44 in its basketball opener on Tuesday in Modesto. Tatiana Dellafosse added 10 points for the win by Coach Dan Cunial’s girls.
At Sierra High’s Fall Sport s Awards program, MVP’s were chosen as follows: cross-country-Jake Hurd; tennis-Chrissy Rotert and Kira Weeks; golf-Michelle Langdon and Julie Shutler, All-league.
Manteca High made a strong statement Friday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III football playoffs. They simply dominated host Foothill High 42-13 in Sacramento. Junior running back Andre Patterson rushed for 194 yards and scored four touchdowns to pace the Buffaloes. Quarterback Ruben Cedano passed 25 yards to Patterson for one score.