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1922: Players prepare for football practice by pulling weeds

Sixty years ago, on September 26, 1952, Manteca High dropped its first game of the football season when they were defeated by Turlock High 33-13. Mistakes accounted for at least four of the Turlock touchdowns. Buffalo touchdowns were scored by Gary Dennis and Gene Peterson. Lawrence Elliott powered over for the lone Manteca extra point. Peterson was the outstanding player on the field. He carried the ball 22 times and gained 136 yards. All in all, four Manteca fumbles and two pass interceptions pretty well set up Turlocks’s scoring.


In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

100 years ago: October 4, 1912 – Lathrop turned the trick Sunday on Manteca in a good game, good for its clean batting, clean sportsmanship and general good work on the field. The score of 7 to 5 at the finish is a very good title to the result.


90 years ago: October 6, 1922 – At the new Manteca High School, preparation for starting practice on the new athletic field began with students busy pulling weeds and leveling the ground as much as possible.


80 years ago: October 6, 1932 – The pupil proved superior to the teacher Friday afternoon when Aubrey Laws, coach of Manteca High and graduate of Washington High in Centerville, sent his team to a 20 to 6 victory over the football team of his former coach. The game was played on the Centerville turf. Clarence Rosebrock, right half, scored two touchdowns for the Buffaloes, while Fay Forsell scored the other on an end run. Washington High made no first downs during the game.


60 years ago: October 2, 1952 – Former Manteca High quarterback Ray Dellavecchia threw a touchdown pass as Modesto JC defeated Fresno City College 7 to 0 last Thursday night. The Pirate defense again overshadowed the offense as ex-MHS star Marvin Major led the way.


50 years ago: October 5, 1962 – A defensive-minded Manteca High eleven took a major step toward winning the 1962 Valley Oak League by completely overwhelming the Oakdale High team by a 20-0 margin Friday night. It was the VOL season-opener for both squads. Oakdale managed only a net 35 yards rushing for the game. Lowell Grissom intercepted an Oakdale pass and ran it in 20 yards for one Buff TD and kicked two extra points. Jerry Daviner scored from four yards out and Mike Dadasovich tallied from one yard.


40 years ago: October 4, 1972 – Manteca High turned the tables on host Granada High Saturday afternoon and beat the Matadors 18-0 in a non-league tilt in Livermore. The win was their second shutout in three games. Coach Walker Vick was pleased with the passing game as junior quarterback Matt Rouse fired eight strikes in 15 attempts for one touchdown. Buffalo linebacker Mark Stanley pounced on a first-quarter Granada fumble in the end zone for the first Manteca score. Rouse found John Peters with a scoring toss in the third quarter and Dave Myers ran one in from 30 yards in the final quarter.

The East Union High Lancers went down to defeat 28-14 their third time out last Friday night when they met with Calaveras High in San Andreas. Sophomore halfback Dana Taylor scored both Lancer TD’s on runs of eight and 14 yards. Junior quarterback Ron Baretto ran for the two-point conversion.

Manteca High’s cross-country team took another step toward retaining the VOL title this week when they defeated St. Mary’s High 15-48. Frankie Rodriguez was again the man of the hour for MHS as he cruised the three-mile Manteca course in a slow 16:14 to win the race.


30 years ago: October 3, 1982 – East Union High held on for a non-league 17-12 football victory over Los Banos High at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night. Rick Inderbitzen completed 13 of 29 passes for 158 yards. Chris Indelicato caught five of those tosses. Claudio Revives was the Lancers’ leading rusher with 33 yards on 10 carries.

Modesto High claimed a 21-38 cross-country win over Manteca High Monday afternoon. Top finisher for the Buffaloes was Matt Lucas who finished third in a time of 16:50.

Annie Pimentel turned in her best time ever, 17:32, as East Union High’s girls were forced to forfeit their meet with Sonora High’s cross-country team. The boys team also had to forfeit, although Arnold Davis was the fastest EUHS runner in 17:00.

Suffering from a lack of hitting and poor serving, the East Union High volleyball team dropped a two-game set 15-9, 15-6 to visiting Sonora High Tuesday night at Dalben Center. Senior Andrea Fierro served for six points in game one.

Despite what Coach Lindsay Munoz termed a “lethargic” effort, the Manteca High volleyball team won their fifth straight VOL encounter 15-5, 7-15, 15-10 over Oakdale High Tuesday. Tevani Scott had 12 serving points in the first game.

Top singles seed Ranata Scholl lost only one game and helped her Manteca High teammates to a 10.5-4.5 tennis victory over Oakdale High on Tuesday. In doubles, Stephanie Flowers and Junior Ruble won two games.


20 years ago: October 7, 1992 – The unbeaten East Union High volleyball team dropped Oakdale High from the ranks of the undefeated with an easy 15-6, 15-9, 15-4 sweep at Dalben Center Tuesday night. Senior Jacelyn Macedo had a match-high 18 kills to lead the 9-0 Lady Lancers.

The Manteca High volleyball team swept Los Banos High 15-10, 15-10, 15-10 Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in VOL play. Kelli Gleaves led the Lady Buffs with five kills and five aces in a match that first-year Coach Susie McCreath said her squad didn’t deserve to win.

Sweeps in the singles competition played major roles Thursday afternoon in both East Union High’s and Manteca High’s VOL tennis matchups. The Lady Buffs swept the singles en route to a 3-2 victory over Ceres High on the MHS courts, while the Lady Lancers were defeated by Livingston High, 3-2. Andrea Belluomini, Diana Lopez and Sarah Gavlak all were singles winners for Manteca. Meanwhile, EUHS dominated in doubles competition against the Lady Wolves. The duos of Molly Hunter-Kathleen Garcia and Lori and Emily Dias were the EU winners.

Manteca High escaped with a 7-0 triumph over Ceres High in a Homecoming win last night at Guss Schmiedt Field. “Our defense again did the job,” said MHS coach Joe Miller, whose Buffs remained unbeaten in VOL football play. After MHS quarterback Josh Buck sneaked over from one yard out in the third quarter to break a scoreless deadlock, the Buffs had to withstand a big thrust by the Bulldogs.

Coach Jim Brown’s undefeated East Union High football team rolled past Livingston High 47-21 at Livingston last night . Quarterback Mike Craig completed 14 passes for three touchdowns and 188 yards to lead the Lancer attack. He had all three scoring tosses to Nick Nobriga for 22 yards, for 31 yards and for eight yards. Other scores were by Brachton Harris, who returned an intercepted pass 37 yards, and later ran one in from three yards out, and by Gene Ballardo and Billy Busig, who each ran in from a yard out. Harris also ran for an extra point. Ballardo was the leading rusher with 137 yards on 16 carries.


10 years ago: October 9, 2002 – Absorbing its third consecutive Valley Oak League loss, the Manteca High volleyball team dropped a 2-15, 9-15, 10-15 loss to visiting Sonora High Tuesday at Winter Gym. Trina Teixeira hammered down a team-leading seven kills for the Lady Buffs and Kristen Keech handed out 15 assists for the 10-4 group.

East Union High dropped a four-game volleyball match to Los Banos High on Tuesday. Ashley Anderson had 20 digs, six kills and seven blocks in a losing cause for the Lady Lancers.

Sierra High took a heart-wrenching 11-15, 9-15, 15-9, 15-11, 7-15 volleyball defeat at the hands of host Oakdale High last night. Leslie Womack had a school-record 36 assists with five digs, four blocks and two aces for the Lady Timberwolves.

East Union High put up a score in each half to ride out a 2-0 win over Manteca High on Tuesday in soccer action at Lincoln Park.

Ryan Fleckenstein and Humberto Garibay scored the goals for the Lancers, who had 23 shots on goal. EU goalie Kepa Tavares got the shutout with 12 saves.

East Union High’s singles players Kim Taberna and Anjelica Dill-James swept their opponents as the Lady Lancers defeated Manteca High 9-6 in tennis action yesterday. In doubles action, the Lady Buff tandem of Kelly Smith-Jean Bonnet did the same to its opponents.

Sierra High’s soccer team extended its win streak to three following a 7-1 win over Los Banos High yesterday. Scoring T’wolf goals were Chris Silva with a pair, and singles by Jesus Acuna, Will Huezo, Atanacio Avila, Josh Godfrey and Michael Montes. The T’wolves are now 6-4-4 on the season.

The East Union High golf team smashed out a 261-330 win over Turlock’s Pitman High on Tuesday at the the Diablo Grande course in Patterson. Erica Yoshino led Coach Gene Mullen’s girls with a 38.

Manteca High’s golf team carded a 255-304 win over Buhach Colony High on Tuesday. Jenny Beggs had the best score of the day with a 46. The Lady Buffs are now 14-0 on the season.

Sierra High’s tennis team swept Pitman High in doubles play to capture a 13-2 win yesterday. The T’wolf duos of Sarah Sickler-Nicole Sanchez and Tami Jung-Michelle Rotert went undefeated in the game.

Sierra High’s golf team improved to an 8-5 record after beating Oakdale High 303-319 at the Oakdale Country Club yesterday. Casey Heupel shot a 52 to lead the winning effort.

The Manteca High football team kicked off its 2002 VOL season on Friday with a game at Los Banos. The Buffaloes stormed into league action with a 41-21 win. Manteca racked up 267 rushing  yards and 240 passing yards for Coach Eric Reis. The Buffs were led by ball carrier Brad Bailie with 136 yards on 26 carries. Quarterback Steve Aschenbrenner threw for 226 yards with three touchdown passes. Those went to Gilbert Martinez, to James Ruble and to Omero Rangel. Martinez, Rangel and Ronald Hodge all rushed for other scores. Bailie also tallied a two-point conversion.

The Sierra High football team came up just short at Sonora High Friday, dropping a 14-7 decision. Coach Greg Leland’s T’wolves found the scoreboard with 11:05 left to play in the game when running back Chris Vedder scored on a play from the six-inch line. Jason Dalton kicked the extra point.

Ron Brazil ran 15 yards for a touchdown to cap an East Union High 26-13 win over Valley High in Sacramento Friday night. Quarterback Kevin Renke had a pair of scoring passes: to Colt Lee for 15 yards and to David Shaw for 232 yards. Courtney Smith rushed 15 times for 145 yards, including a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

Sierra and Manteca Highs took on Sonora High in cross-country action on Thursday. Sierra beat Manteca 18-43 in boys’ action and beat Sonora 24-32. Manteca lost to Sonora 19-43. Jimmy Elam led the boys by capturing first-place in a time of 16:11. Sierra freshman Cherise McNair took first in girls competition with a 19:21 time.

East Union High’s cross-country team hosted Los Banos High at Durham Ferry Park on Thursday as Los Banos picked up wins in both boys and girls competition. EU fell 23-32 in the boys and 27-29 in the girls. Caleb Mack was the leading Lancer runner with a time of 15:49 for third place. In the girls race, Diana Cuevas took second place with a time of 19:39.