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1947: Curtis Patterson leads Manteca High basketball win
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Ninety years ago, on January 15, 1927, in the most exciting game ever played at the Eye Street Auditorium at Modesto High, the Manteca High basketball team defeated Modesto High. The score was 18 to 14. This makes five straight victories for Manteca and the second straight CIF win. Eddie Forsell scored six points for Manteca.


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10 years ago: January 25, 2007 – A blistering hot second quarter protected a seven-point second half effort and the Sierra High boys escaped Sonora High with a 40-39 basketball win Wednesday. Coach Scott Thomason’s Timberwolves were led by Adonis Brown and Aaron Gonzalez who both scored 10 points.

Derek Kulberg collected 17 points (15 of them on five 3-pointers) to pace Manteca High to a 67-48 win over first-year varsity Central Valley High of Ceres last night. Ruben Cedano helped the MHS cause with 10 points of his own. The Buffs (7-13) forced the visiting Hawks, who suited up only seven players, into 26 turnovers in the game. 

East Union High’s Christin Gowan proved too much for the host Ceres High girls’ basketball team as she led her Lady Lancers to an impressive 57-53 win in Valley Oak League play Tuesday night. Gowan had a game-high 25 points for EU. Both Stephanie Swift and Ellen Parker found their shooting stroke in the second half and chipped in seven points each. The Lancers had trailed 30-19 at the half.

The Manteca High girls destroyed host Central Valley High73-29 in VOL basketball action Tuesday night in Ceres. Sughey Cervantes netted 20 points for the Lady Buffs. Alex Gonzalez contributed 11 points to the win. Coach Andrea Hiatt’s girls are now 17-2 on the season.


20 years ago: January 20, 1997 – Playing two tough tennis matches, the senior doubles team of Manteca’s Dan Aiello and Jerry Potter captured the 50-and-over title in the San Joaquin County indoors Doubles Tournament held in Stockton’s In-shape Sports Club.

With her older sister Monica on the sidelines with an eye infection, Sierra High freshman Jessica Pires delivered four assists and a goal in the Lady T’wolves’ 6-0 shellacking of Manteca High at Guss Schmiedt Field on Thursday night. Other goals for Sierra (9-4-1) were by Angela Allgaier, Bobbie Roudebush and three goals by Ginny Teunissen, also a freshman.

Lisa Campbell and Marcy Perez scored for East Union High as the Lady Lancers bet Tracy High 2-0 in girls’ soccer action last night. Coach Lance Morrow’s girls are now 9-5 on the season.

A Sierra High rally in the last quarter ran dry in the final two minutes as East Union High took a 58-47 win over the Lady T’wolves last night at Dalben Center. EU guards Cynthia Mathews and Kimiko Ota did most of the damage. Mathews canned 18 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Ota tallied 15 points. Christi Goodhart had 13 points in a losing cause.

Manteca High’s defense came through when it was needed and the Lady Buffaloes took a 36-26 win from Oakdale High last night. MHS shot a miserable 28 percent from the field, but Audrey Jackson scored 12 points and had a team-high five of the Lady Buffs’ 17 steals in the game.

Manteca High’s wrestlers completely dominated Sierra High 54-12 Tuesday in the SHS gym. Missing some wrestlers, the T’wolves had to forfeit five matches. The lone Buffalo pin was by Tim Welsh (112). Ray Diaz (103) had the only Sierra pin.

East Union High rolled to a convincing 55-18 VOL wrestling win over Tracy High Tuesday night. Coach Dudley Kinlaw’s Lancers (12-5 overall) got pins from Tyrone Montez (140), Mike Adams (160) and Jorge Cortez (215).

Leading by only one point at the half, Sierra High outscored East Union High 17-7 in the third quarter on the way to an impressive 46-28 win over the Lancers Wednesday in league basketball action. The win upped Coach Frank Triglia’s T’wolves’ record to 8-12 on the season. SHS’ Russell Stewart won the game scoring honors with 17 points and John Thomson added 11 more to the winning total. EU’s David Altstatt scored seven points in a losing cause.

Manteca High picked up a 52-44 win over Oakdale High Wednesday evening in the Buffalo gym. Shooting guard Jared House scored a game-high 17 points for Coach Paul Brogan’s five. Teammate Jeremiah Nieman added 14 points and 12 rebounds.


30 years ago: January 20, 1987 – Manteca High’s soccer team handed Modesto’s Central Catholic High a setback of sorts, garnering a 2-2 tie in league action Friday. Blake Burnett and Travis Treat scored for the Buffaloes.

East Union High’s wrestlers came up with a gutty effort Wednesday at Livingston High but came away with a heart-wrenching 33-29 loss. Lancer pins were by Mark Ulep (115), Angelo Gama (122) and Eric Schwertzscharf at 135.

East Union High’s soccer team recorded its third straight shutout and sixth straight victory Thursday with a 4-0 blanking of Oakdale High. Tim Hamm scored a pair of EU goals and Jed Phelps and Matt Ferreira each added one.

Scoring just six points in the first three quarters, Joette Lucas finished with 16 as Manteca High took an easy 51-31 VOL girls’ basketball win over Oakdale High Thursday. Mary Foehringer added 14 counters, 10 of those in the first half, and Kelly Iorio dished out 10 assists on the night.

In a crucial VOL contest in girls’ basketball, East Union High barely came out on top of Sonora High last night at Dalben Center by a score of 69-67. The Lady Lancers got balanced scoring from Tracy Lee (23 points), Kelli Horton (18), Stacy Lee (11) and Carey Pulliam (10 points). Horton pulled down eight rebounds for the winners.

Sonora High scored 10 unanswered points to begin the fourth quarter and went on to register a 69-56 boys’ basketball victory over East Union High Friday night. Gary Kron paced the Lancers with 23 points. David Horton had 12 and Steve Hammarstrom 10 points in a losing cause.

The streaking Manteca High cagers beat Oakdale High 67-53 last night for its sixth straight win. John Gibson led the Buffaloes with 16 points, Kevin Wentworth followed with 15 and Chad Johnson netted 12.


40 years ago: January 19, 1977 – Racing to a 22-point first-half lead, Manteca High overcame some foul trouble in the second half to record an easy 71-58 decision over Oakdale High Friday night. Senior forward Steve Cimoli showed some uncanny shooting for the Buffaloes as he made good on an unbelievable 10 of 11 shots and was a perfect seven for seven in the second half. He finished with a game-high 25 points. Don Joseph and Bob O’Rourke added 11 apiece to the winning total.

Literally shooting its way back from a 16-point deficit, East Union High caught stunned Ceres High to grab a 59-52 upset victory last Friday night. Four Lancers scored in double figures as Eric Stagno led the way with 18 points. Bruce Corbett followed with 17, Russell Stewart had 13 and Tim Tucker added 11.

Manteca High will be sending six of its gymnasts to the CIF Section Optional Meet next month at Sacramento’s Kennedy High. The Buffalo girls had a strong showing last week in the sub-section meet at Sonora. Beginners Linda Poole and Joann Fells advance to the Sections as do Open contestants Lori Watson, Jill Pinto, Carolyn Simpson and Sharla Schofield.

Nine points by Brenda Handy and seven more by Karen Steves were not enough for the Manteca High girls’ basketball team as it dropped its VOL opener at Ceres High last week, 28-27.


50 years ago: January 20, 1967 – John Boggs was named the outstanding cross-country runner at the first annual Buffalo Boosters Club banquet held Monday night to honor Manteca High’s runners.

Turlock High’s perennially powerful wrestling team outpointed Manteca High 30-17 in a non-league match recently. The Buffaloes picked up five wins, which included only one pin. That was registered by 103-pound George Torres.

Manteca High’s frosh basketball team put an end to its losing streak with a 40-33 win over East Union High Monday. The win gave the Baby Buffs a 1-9 record for the year. Mark Winter led all scorers with 15 points. Bob Dixon and Jeff Snyder had nine points each for the Lancer frosh.

A fast-improving St. Mary’s High team surprised the Manteca High five Tuesday night with a 63-47 decision as the Rams continued their climb toward the top of the VOL and the Buffaloes sank another notch toward the cellar. The Buffs’ John Newton led all scorers with 18 points.


60 years ago: January 24, 1957 – The grapplers of Manteca High won their sixth match Thursday by clobbering Livingston High 41.5 to 12.5. Manteca has now beaten all but two of its VOL foes. Phil Hoot and Anthony Cardoza won their matches by pins to keep their undefeated records going.


70 years ago: January 23, 1947 – The Manteca High Buffaloes defeated Ripon High in a non-league basketball game last Tuesday night on the local floor. The game ended with Manteca leading 42 to 20. Curtis Patterson led the Manteca scoring with 14 points.