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1966: EU sophs win 1st MHS-EU football game
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Fifty years ago, on October 12, 1966, Palo Alto’s Cubberly High downed winless Manteca High 26-7 here last Friday night. The Buffaloes’ only score of the evening came on a Phil Brown to Andy Munoz pass that covered 37 yards. Steve Harmon added the extra point.

East Union High’s sophomores began tradition on the right foot Friday evening by downing the Manteca High Little Buffs 20-13 in the first football game played between the two schools. MHS rallied on the shoulders of Bob Valterza, who accounted for 12 of the 13 Little Buff points. Dennis Mullins accounted for the first EU touchdown when he passed to Ron Andaya and the speedy halfback legged it 80 yards for the first EU tally. Ned Buchanan added the extra point. In the third quarter, Larry Yamasaki sped 60 yards for a Lancer tally and, later, Mullins hit Andaya with a 37-yard scoring pass.

the Manteca High football team came through with flying colors at Oakdale High. They ran roughshod over the Oakdale team, winning 6 to 0. It was the first time in the history of football at this school that Oakdale has been beaten by one of our teams. In the fourth and last quarter, on a wide end run, quarterback Louis Bianchi took the ball over for a touchdown.

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10 years ago: October 18, 2006 – The East Union High wrestling team has a new head coach. J. C. Cearley has taken control of an EU program that will be looking to improve on a disappointing finish a year ago.

After an animated talk from Coach Joe Pires at halftime, the Sierra High soccer team took an early second-half barrage to escape with a 5-4 win over visiting Central Valley High on Tuesday. Ricky Victor scored four goals for the Timberwolves and Alejandro Sanchez netted the go-ahead score.

Melanie Promes came through with three consecutive service points in the fifth game to give the Manteca High volleyball team a 24-26, 25-18, 25-18, 19-25, 15-9 win over host Weston Ranch High yesterday. Kayla Huarte led the Buffaloes (19-2) with 30 assists.

Controlling the majority of the match, host East Union High took a 5-0 victory in soccer action at Dino Cunial Field last night. Freshman Alejandro Hernandez netted a pair of goals, with Robert Treat, James Braitman and Jorge Saldate making the other goals. WRHS was limited to two shots on goal.

Manteca High came from behind to score three goals in the second half and go on to defeat host Sonora High 3-1 in Valley Oak League soccer action yesterday. Jorge Belmonte scored twice and Beto Lopez-Ellis once to pace the Buffs, now 12-3-2 overall.

Sierra High volleyball coach Tevani Liotard got what she was looking for as her T’wolf squad thumped visiting Central Valley High 25-10, 25-15, 25-14 yesterday. Sarah Corbett provided the spark offensively, pounding out 11 kills to go with six digs. Marissa Olmo had 14 assists and two digs.

Manteca High received stellar performances from its singles play and a big victory from the No. 1 doubles team en route to beating Weston Ranch High 8.5-6.5 in tennis action at Stockton Tuesday. Alexa Paiva, Ludecca Nunis and Erica Rice picked up valuable points for the Buffs, as did the doubles team of Isha Avalos-Kristen Teicheira.

The Sierra High boys were well-represented in the competitive Bella Vista Cross-country Invitational at Willow Hills Reservoir Sunday in Folsom. The T-wolves, led by twins Parker and Tyler Thiele, took fifth overall out of 18 teams. Palmer took 20th to earn a medal. Lianna Patton paced the T’wolf girls’ team, having a 30th place finish in 23:38.

Andre Patterson’s 192-yard rushing performance helped propel Manteca High to a 35-17 thrashing of host Sonora High Friday night. He scored a pair touchdowns in the victory. Michael Barber returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for the first Buffalo score. Michael Alexander later scored on a one-yard run and Jared Acaya scooped up a Sonora fumble and ran 22 yards for a Buff TD. Coach Eric Reis’s boys are now 6-0 on the season.

Sierra High was too much for visiting East Union High in a 47-7 victory at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Friday. The T’wolves got scoring contributions from six different players and churned out 528 total yards (452 rushing).  Ruben Silva ran 45 yards for a Sierra score and took a 27- yard pass from quarterback Nick Serrano for another. Serrano later ran for a four-yard TD. Other T’wolf scores were by Avery While on a 72-yard run, Nigel Malone on an 11- yard run, Joe Gillette with an 18-yard run and by Booie Daniels. For EU, the area’s leading rusher, J. D. Snead, ran for 117 yards and scored the only Lancer touchdown.

Sierra High’s No. 1 doubles duo of Nyka Cartago-Stephanie Teunissen did its usual damage in Thursday’s 11-4 VOL tennis victory over visiting Manteca High. Raeanne Quaresma-Lexi Koscelecki also swept their matches for the T’wolves. Ludecia Nunis won a pair of matches for the Buffs.

The Sierra High golf team clinched its fourth straight VOL title with a 247-322 win over Central Valley High at the Manteca Park course Thursday. The T’wolves were led by medalist Julie Shutler, who shot a two-over-par 39.

The East Union High girls’ cross-country team defeated long-time conference power Sierra High 19-39 Wednesday in a three-team meet on Durham Ferry’s 3.1 mile course. On the boys’ side, Sierra coasted past Manteca High 17-44. Manteca’s girls and East Union’s boys forfeited for not fielding full squads. EU’s Sheniece Vargas, an accomplished sprinter in track, took first in 21:06.9. The Lancer girls are now 5-0. Jessica Fiore was the T’wolves’ top runner, finishing fourth in 21:46.8. For the boys, Palmer Thiele took first for SHS in 17:50.1 as Sierra won the meet.


20 years ago: October 13, 1996 – The East Union High volleyball team remained undefeated in the VOL as they beat Manteca High 15-3, 16-14, 10-15, 16-14 Monday night at Dalben Center. Lady Lancer Jessie Hardcastle finished the match with a team-high 17 kills. Katie Lowman had 13 service points, including four aces. For the Lady Buffs, junior Emily Wofford had 22 kills and a team-high 13 digs.

The East Union High soccer team battled to a 2-2 tie with Sierra High in VOL action at East Union Stadium yesterday afternoon. For Sierra High, Jim Duran and Rudy Sermeno scored in the first half. The Lancers then came back with second-half goals by Garrett Fatzer and Ricky Souza.

Nicole Zacharias won her three games to lead the East Union High tennis team to an 8-7 win over Tracy High yesterday.

Manteca High won the boys’ division of their cross-country meet with East Union High Wednesday, but EU’s Justin Willingham clocked a 15:37 to defeat the field. However, the Buffaloes, led by Bobby Loredo (15:55), took the next five places to win the meet. The Lady Buff runners also won 20-35, although EU’s freshman runner Laura Dukas won in 19:15. Amy Birmingham had a time of 19:36 to pace the Lady Buff runners.


30 years ago: October 12, 1986 – A rejuvenated East Union High football team came out firing early and went on to shut out Oakdale High 22-0 before a jam-packed homecoming crowd at Oakdale last night. Chris Padilla ran for one touchdown and lobbed a pass to John Fletcher for another for the Lancers. Mike Boyd also scored on a one- yard keeper.

Quarterback Kevin Wentworth and Manteca High’s offensive line staged a near-miracle finish last night at Guss Schmiedt Field, posting a 17-10 come-from-behind VOL win over Sonora High. The Buffs scored 14 points in the final three and a half minutes. Wentworth ripped off a 34-yard run with 2:17 left in the game, which proved to be the game winner. He had scored an earlier TD on an 11-yard run.

East Union High’s volleyball team charged back to down Manteca High 15-13, 15-11 to capture the championship of the Kiwanis third annual Big Valley Invitational tournament at EU’s Dalben Center. Lady Lancer Kelli Horton was named the tourney’s Most Valuable Player. Manteca’s Kim Smith and Tracy Cantrell were named to the all-tourney team.

Coach Bob Baker’s Manteca High cross-country team edged Sonora High 27-28 to almost claim the VOL championship again Monday afternoon in Los Banos. Top Buffalo finisher was Nate Getrich, who placed second in 17:28. Although Sonora High won the girls’ team title, MHS junior Tammie Madsen nabbed first place with a time of 23:48. 

East Union High swept all four doubles matches, took two singles matches and received three forfeits en route to an 11-4 league tennis victory over host Ceres High. Coach Carl Bosque’s Lady Lancers are now 8-4 overall.

Manteca High’s tennis team creamed Livingston High 15-0 Thursday to elevate their overall mark to 12-3 on the season.


40 years ago: October 13, 1976 – Last Friday’s football game which saw Manteca High edged 36-28 by Central Catholic High of Modesto might not be the greatest grid spectacle ever staged at Guss Schmiedt Field, but it must rank among the top few. Buffalo junior quarterback Bob O’Rourke passed for three touchdowns in a losing cause. All three went to Pete Duenas on tosses of 40, 38 and 14 yards. Brad Steele also caught an 18-yard TD pass from Rocky Christeson. Jeff Silveira kicked a pair of PAT’s and Jerry Mattos caught a conversation pass from Christeson. Steele rushed for 132 yards against the Raiders to keep up the high average that has put him in first place in the VOL.

Manteca High’s volleyball team made it out of the losers’ column for the first time this season with a 2-1 win over Oakdale High last week. Credit for good playing went to Dani Sutti. Also playing good defense were Renee Sutti and Tammie Peterson.

James Tokmo’s spectacular opening play, an 82-yard kickoff return score, and Mark Faria’s final play, a 61-yard pass interception return TD, was the only excitement provided by East Union High in a 29-8 ho-hum win over Hughson High Saturday night at Guss Schmiedt Field. Faria had scored an earlier touchdown on a first-quarter, four-yard run, but it was reserve quarterback Steve Corral who became the leading Lancer rusher. Filling in for injured Jeff Von Essen, Corral gained 71 yards on 10 carries, including a 13-yard TD run. Kicker Steve Snyder improved his extra-point record to 16 of 18 PAT’s with three more perfect hits. Tim Ramil tossed a conversion pass to Bruce Corbett.