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1950: Buffaloes win first hoop title in 14 years
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Thirty years ago, on March 5, 1980, Manteca High’s senior front line partners Fred Nelson and Mitch Crawford, along with East Union High jumping-jack Kelly Stewart, topped the list of selections to the annual all-Valley Oak League basketball team, which was chosen Tuesday night by the league’s coaches in Modesto. Nelson, the 6-1 forward, carted off MVP honors after leading the VOL in scoring with an 18.5 average in 10 games. Crawford, a 6-5 center, made all-league for the second year in a row. Stewart, a Lancer junior, ranked among the league’s rebounders and should be the loop’s premier big man next season.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

80 years ago: March 6, 1930 - Benny Hooper, well-known catcher for the Manteca Maulers, has been appointed manager of the local Don Pedro League club, it was announced by the board of directors following a meeting held recently.

70 years ago: March 7, 1940 - Coach Paul Dawson’s Sonora High Wildcats dashed all further hopes of Manteca High’s basketeers in their quest for championship laurels when they barely nosed out the local hoopsters by a 32-31 count on thehigh school floor Tuesday nihgt. “Frenchy” Guisto, playing his usual bang-up game, counted 15 points to gather high-point laurels for the evening. George Dadasovich tallied 11 markers and turned in his best court performance of the season.

Manteca High’s Buffalo baseball lteam started off on the right track Friday afternoon when they shellacked the Bret Harte High mittmen by a one-sided 13-7 score. A few mid-week altercations cancelled the regularly scheduled game with Hilmar High and the long-delayed game with the Croakers was finally played. Perry Tipton, Frank Teicheira and Fred Hubbard all looked good at the plate, while Lou Alexander, Murphy Theiler and “Frenchy” Guisto all handled themselves well in the field.

60 years ago: March 9, 1950 - Coach Ralph Brandt’s Manteca High Buffaloes won the VOL championship with a close and exciting 41-39 victory over Tracy High last Friday in Manteca’s new gymnasium. It was a fitting opening for the new gym as over 1,400 people witnessed one of the most exciting games ever played in the league. People were packed into every corner possible to witness the game. Many more were turned away because of the lack of room. Bill Grieve, classy Manteca guard, was the difference between a championship and a tie for second place as he calmly swished two free throws during the final minute to break a 38-38 tie to score points number 39 and 40. Jess Payan scored number 41 on a technical foul committed by a Tracy player, who was banished from the game because of unsportsmanlike conduct. Payan led the champs with 16 points and Ray Dellavecchia counted 14 more to the total. It was Manteca’s first basketball championship since 1936.

50 years ago: March 10, 1960 - Coach Joe Jacobs’ Manteca High Buffaloes wrote a happy ending to the 1960 hoop season by winning the Atwater Basketball Tournament last week. The Buffaloes won the tourney crown Saturday night with a 50-37 victory over Livingston High, their third win of the week. Frank Lambert, the tournament’s outstanding player, dropped in 17 points for the champs.

A 16-hit barrage by Franklin High, plus seven errors by Manteca High, proved the difference Tuesday afternoon as the Yellowjackets took a 16-7 win over the local nine. Mike Jones, Gary Heaton and Bob Teicheira picked up two hits apiece for Manteca.

40 years ago: March 4, 1970 - Manteca High wound up the 1969-70 VOL basketball schedule on a successful note Friday night with a convincing win over the Lancers of East Union High. The Buffaloes managed to do everything except finish the game as a mass altercation with 2:43 remaining forced the officials to call the game with the score 103-54. Mark Liles led the Buffs with 27 points and Al Betschart and Denny Letcher added 17 and 11, respectively. Jeff Snyder paced EU with 15 points and Arvil Jarzemkoski added 10 more. Manteca finished in fourth place with a record of 5-5, while the Lancers were winless in 10 league games.

30 years ago
: March 5, 1980 - Edison High’s baseball team pounded out two sixth-inning runs to break a 4-4 deadlock and went on to secure a 6-4 non-league victory over East Union High Friday on the Lancers’ home field. George Herrera drove in a pair of EU runs with a single.

Former Manteca High athlete Paul Wiggin has been named head football coach at Stanford University, his alma mater. Wiggin had achieved All-American status at Stanford and then was a two-time all-Pro with the Cleveland Browns. He signed a five-year contract.

Manteca High survived a last-inning scare by visiting Edison High yesterday and earned their first victory of the young baseball season, topping the Vikings 5-3 on the MHS field.
A new improved version of the East Union High softball team opened the season this week, downing Ripon Christian High 15-7 Monday in Ripon. The EU girls had no trouble with the Lady Knights, collecting 17 hits. Andrea Fierro had four, three from Diane Lawton and two each from Lisa Klingman, Sherrie Massengail, Clarissa Wroten and Lisa Ott.

Manteca High’s track team cleaned up in its pre-season opener against Hughson High yesterday, taking an 88-54 victory in boys action. The girls claimed a 77-53 victory. Sophomore Tony Menezes claimed top honors in all four of his events: 70 yard low hurdles, 330 low hurdles, the 440 and the high jump. Pam Filippini presented an outstanding discus and shot put performance, collecting a win in each event.

Manteca High’s lady basketball team fell 66-49 to Ponderosa High Wednesday night in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Class AA playoffs in Shingle Springs. Donna Foster led the Buffalo scoring with 14 points, while Gigi ‚ook downed 12 and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Manteca High finished with a 24-5 edge in free throws made, which played a major role for the Buffaloes’ 68-61 win over Placer High of Auburn Wednesday night in Winter gym. It was the opening game of the Sac-Joaquin Section boys cage playoffs. Fred Nelson led the Buff scoring with 24 points and Mitch Crawford added 21 to the MHS total.