On December 7, 1929, at Elk Grove High School, Manteca High downed the Elk Grove football team in a crushing defeat of 33-0. This gives the Buffaloes first place in class “B” football in Central California. The Elk Grove boys were a fast and tricky team but they could not stand up to the heavy pounding of the Buffalo line. This is the first time in the history of Manteca Union High School that the Buffaloes have won the championship of Central California.
In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:
70 years ago: December 14, 1939 - Manteca High basketballers got off to a splendid start last Friday night at Tracy High when they completely routed the Bulldogs by one-sided 25-7 margin. The moving of “Frenchy” Guisto to a forward spot greatly increased the effectiveness for the Buffaloes on both offense and defense. Guisto came through with 13 points to capture high point honors.
Jim Barber, member of the Washington Redskins professional football team, arrived home Sunday for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Barber. The Redskins lost the championship of the Eastern Division this year to the New York Giants and the latter team lost the championship to the Green Bay Packers. Barber was an outstanding football star at the local high school and later, as a member of the University of San Francisco squad along with his teammate, Larry Siemering, was selected on the all-Pacific Coast eleven.
60 years ago: December 15, 1949 - Manteca High’s hard-fighting Buffaloes really had to fight in order to defeat the fired-up St. Mary’s High team, 40-37 in a practice game last week in the Stockton High gym. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Buffaloes. Ray Dellavecchia played his best game of the year and scored 16 points to take high honors for the game. Jess Payan scored 13 for the Buffs for second honors.
50 years ago: December 17, 1959 - Turning in one of their best performances of the season, Manteca High swept to a 35-14 halftime lead and then coasted to a 55-48 win over Liberty High Tuesday night in Brentwood. Although playing only in the first half, Frank Lambert again led the Buffalo scorers. Lambert collected 16 points and Leon Thomason collected 10 points for the winners.
40 years ago: December 12, 1969 - Last Friday night, East Union High went against Jackson High in the second game of the Calaveras Tournament. The Lancers won by a score of 53-35. Ken Richichi was the game’s high point man with 20 points.
The East Union High matmen lost a cliff-hanger to Orestimba High of Newman 27-26 last Tuesday. John Adams, Dave Wollard, Jim Krone and Fred Kuntz all had pins for the Lancers.
30 years ago: December 11, 1979 - Fireman George Quaresma relived his past days on the Guss Schmiedt Field gridiron yesterday as the former Manteca High star reeled in four passes for 126 yards and one touchdown to lead the Manteca Police Association to a 21-6 rumble over their Tracy counterparts. This was the first annual South County Police Bowl, which drew several thousand fans. Louis Calestini, a halfback from the police detectives, scored the other two Manteca touchdowns.
East Union High put their coach, Bill Stricker, through an emotional wringer Friday night at Galt High, blowing a 16-point fourth quarter lead, only to come back to edge the Warriors 61-59 on a twisting layup by Stuart Wiemers with seven seconds remaining. Keith Windham led all scorers with 18 points, while Bill Emperador hit 13 and Kelly Stewart had 12 for the winners.
Junior guard Martha Dias bucketed eight of her game-high 14 points in the final period to help Manteca High to a 44-43 consolation bracket victory over St. Mary’s High yesterday in the Stagg Tournament play in Stockton. Donna Foster added 10 points to the total.
The East Union High girls took a 76-40 win over Beyer High in consolation play at the the annual Escalon Tournament. Four players wound up in twin figures for the Lancers as Kay Hall bucketed 18 points, Amy Powell and freshman Andrea Fierro 15 each and Angie Mackey scored 14.
One of Manteca High’s gymnasts earned a berth in Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section gymnastics championships by virtue of her performance in sub-section competition staged at Atwater High. Gina Pinto, the Buffaloes’ standout all season, will be making her third successive trip.
Displaying less than a superb overall effort, the Manteca High soccer team collected its first Central California Conference victory yesterday at the expense of Central Catholic High. The score was 3-0 as Matz Blidby and Rodney Spradlin scored two of the Buffalo goals.
Manteca High turned several steals into easy baskets in the final quarter to gain a 61-58 decision over rival Tracy High in the first round of the Turlock Tournament. Hot-shooting forward Fred Nelson scored 25 to pace the Buffaloes, while Mitch Crawford had 15 and Reno Cook had 10 points.
A strong second-half play allowed the East Union High soccer team to make up a two-goal deficit and tie Merced High 3-3 in a CCC clash yesterday afternoon at EUHS. Lancer goals were by Juan Guevara, Eric Wittman and Antonio Elias.
Edison High, cleaning up in the lower weights, used four pins to down Coach Pat Ariaz’s East Union High grapplers 46-24 in a non-league bout. Three Lancers scored pins: Robert Armstrong (145), Lance Miller (154) and Rigo Leon at 165.