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1937: Jimmie Connors scores in Manteca win
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Eighty years ago, on October 16, 1937, as if to avenge their loss to Turlock, the Manteca High Buffaloes battered the Ceres High Bulldogs 20-7 in a game at Ceres. Jimmie Connors took the ball over on a fake reverse and dodged his way for 80 yards and a touchdown. Jim Poulos kicked the extra point. Al Phillips scored the second Manteca TD and Poulos intercepted a pass and raced to the goal line for the final score. Coach Larry Siemering was pleased with the performance his boys gave.


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90 years ago: October 20, 1927 – The Manteca High School grid team continued its victories here Friday when the Preston Industrial School of Ione was downed by a score of 34 to 7. On the first play from scrimmage, Captain Eddie Forsell ran right through the Preston team on a line buck for a 50-yard touchdown. Forsell scored two other touchdowns and passed to Cosgriff for another. Joe Bianchi ran for a touchdown and quarterback Emil Theiler kicked all but one of the tries for point over the bar.


70 years ago: October 23, 1947 – The Manteca High Buffaloes traveled to Sonora last week for its second league game. The Buffs brought home the bacon in the form of a 13-7 victory. On the fifth play from scrimmage, George Azevedo scooted right end and sped 40 yards for a touchdown. Azevedo kicked the extra point. On the first set of downs in the final quarter, junior halfback Wayne Dughi, with a burst of speed, outran the whole Sonora team for a 35-yard touchdown.


60 years ago: October 24, 1957 – No more than one minute and two seconds had ticked on Manteca High’s recently-dedicated scoreboard when a strong Turlock High team registered the first six points of 19 they were to score before the night was over. The final score was 19-0 in favor of Turlock. The Buffaloes failed to get a first down in the contest until the final quarter.


50 years ago: October 19, 1967 – Manteca High football fans were treated to one of the most exciting gridiron contests in years last Friday night at Guss Schmiedt Field when the Buffaloes were edged by Atwater High, 33-32, with the winning score coming with less than one minute to play. Buffalo quarterback Phil Brown scored two touchdowns and passed to Jerry McCarter for another.  McCarter ran for another pair of TD’s. Bob Cary kicked both extra points.

The powerful Oakdale High Mustangs broke out of the corral Friday evening and stampeded over East Union High 45-0. It was the fourth

loss for the Lancers this year.


40 years ago: October 19, 1977 – An inspired running attack, in combination with a strapping defense, provided the energy for East Union High’s 28-14 Homecoming victory over Oakdale High last Friday. Defensive back Foster Brooks intercepted three passes, returning one 52 yards for a touchdown, quarterback Steve Corral tallied on runs of one and 70 yards and Paul Seabron raced 45 yards for another TD to pace the Lancers. Seabron collected 160 yards rushing on the evening and Steve Snyder kicked three extra points.

Manteca High scored two touchdowns in the opening moments of the third quarter and breezed to a 41-8 victory over a tough Ceres High team last Friday. Mark Azevedo ran back an intercepted pass 49 yards for one MHS score and tallied another on a one-yard run. Other Buffalo scores were by Louis Small on a four-yard run and by grabbing a five-yard pass from quarterback Bob O’Rourke. Brad Steele ran 20 yards for another and Randy Mathis had a 44-yard scoring run. Fernando Correa kicked four extra points and Ron Yee ran for two more points. Steele finished with 162 yards rushing, 130 of those in the first half.

There was victory in sight for the East Union High volleyball team last week when they hosted Ceres High in VOL action. Leading 14-2 in the first game, they fell apart, losing 17-15. They also lost the second game, 16-14.


30 years ago: October 20, 1987 – Manteca High’s 35-25 cross country triumph over Sonora High Monday at Frogtown clinched a fourth consecutive VOL crown for the Buffaloes. Robert Burnett, the team’s top runner, suffered a shin splint and may be lost for the season. Alex Cordaway took a second in 16:17.

Katie Gaynor beat all three of her opponents to lead Manteca High’s tennis team over Oakdale High 13-2 on Tuesday. Manteca’s top tandem of Regina Derrick-Kimi Davis whipped both of their opponents.

Manteca High manhandled Livingston High 28-0 in a league encounter Friday night at Guss Schmiedt Field. Junior quarterback Kenny Huckaby tossed scoring passes of 18 yards to Marshall Cannon and 27 yards to Brian Baysinger. Ricky Ochoa tallied on a one-yard run and Armando Lizarraga ran 13 yards for another.

Behind the one-two punch of Alex Landeros  and Robert Randall, the East Union High gridders up-ended host Los Banos High Friday night by  the score of 25-13. Randall ran for a season-high158 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-clinching 80-yard romp in the final 30 seconds. Landeros scored the other EU touchdowns on runs of 48 and 13 yards. 


10 years ago: October 24, 2007 – Manteca High assured itself of a No. 2 soccer playoff seed when the Buffaloes took an impressive 5-1 win over visiting Ceres High in Tuesday night’s action at Guss Schmiedt Field. Coach Debbie Kohl’s boys scored three goals over a 15-minute span in the first half. MHS had 29 shots on goal as Beto Lopez-Ellis, Jesus Belmonte, Andrei Rocha, Antonio Arroyo and Nat e Porter all notched scores.

Heather Scharmann put on a volleyball clinic Tuesday night at Dalben Center where the Sierra High volleyball team knocked off East Union High in three, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18. The SHS middle blocker finished with 10 kills, nine blocks and 13 service points (two aces). For the Lancers, Alyssa Dietrich served for eight aces to go along with seven digs on defense.

Manteca High defeated Weston Ranch High in Valley Oak League volleyball Tuesday night in Winter Gym, but the visiting Cougars didn’t go quietly. The scores were 25-22, 25-21, 21-25 and 26-24. Marissa Navarro led the Buffalo attack with 12 kills and two blocks.

Both the East Union High golf team and Sierra High’s Julie Shutler repeated history Monday at Diamond Oaks Golf Course in Roseville, winning the Sac-Joaquin Section team, and individual, championships, respectively, for the second straight season. Coach Dennis Wells’ Lancers, who have yet to drop a match this season, were outstanding once again, shooting a 433 as all six golfers turned in sub-100 rounds. Krysta Clark spearheaded the effort, shooting a 5-over-par 78. Shutler birdied her last two holes to finish with a 75.

Mant eca High, with its stat e-leading 26-game football winning streak on the line, scored 13 unansweredpoints in the fo urth quarter against Oakdale High last night, but the Bu ffaloes’ fake point-after try with 3:43 remining in the game ws stuffed and the host Mu stangs preserved a wild 21-20 victory. 

Teddy Anderson, switched from quarterback to running back for East Union High’s football team, paced the Lancers’ 35-34 upset win over Weston Ranch High last night. Anderson ran for 172 yards in the win. Sophomore quarterback Ricky Inderbitzen was a big factor in the win.