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1967: Tracy beats Buffs 109-51 in VOL hoops
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Fifty years ago, on February 24, 1967, Tracy High scored more than 100 points Tuesday night and Manteca High is not too happy about it. The league-leading Bulldogs boosted their league mark to 8-3 with the 109-51 win over the hapless Buffaloes, who dropped their seventh Valley Oak League game. John Newton and Dave Leonardo topped Manteca’s scoring with 12 points apiece.


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from the Bulletin files:

90 years ago: February 27, 1927 – Coach B. F. Mellow has issued a call for the start of baseball for Manteca High. About 20 men are expected to sign up for the team this year. Ray Forsell, the tall, huge tackle on the football team, will be out to succeed Tom Washington as first-string pitcher. Emil Theiler will hold down his regular berth at shortstop.


80 years ago: February 25, 1937 – Manteca High lost a basketball game to Oakdale High here Monday by a score of 17 to 16. A tight defensive game was played throughout the contest. The Buffaloes had many chances to tie the game on foul shots during the final period but seemed unable to break the jinx. Leland Gitthins, forward, and Wilson, guard, for the Buffaloes each made four points.

Three Buffalo players were picked by Tracy High as members of an all-opponent basketball team. Floyd Lusk, Leland Gitthins and Jim Poulos were the three representatives of the Green and White picked by the Bulldogs.


70 years ago: February 27, 1947 – Manteca High dropped its game with Hughson High by a narrow margin in a non-league game last Tuesday night on the Hughson court. The Buffaloes had to come from behind but were unable to close the gap in the final minutes of the game and at the sound of the final whistle, the score was 42-40. Curtis Patterson scored 16 points for Manteca.


60 years ago: February 26, 1957 – After keeping up with Oakdale High during the first three quarters of the game last Thursday night, Manteca High dropped down in the final period and the Mustangs went on to win the game by a score of 45 to 61. Jim Pappas scored 16 points for Manteca.


40 years ago: February 23, 1977 – East Union High’s Russell Stewart may have won the battle, but Manteca High won the war. Sidestepping a truly memorable performance by the Lancers’ Stewart, the Buffaloes ended the 1976-77 season by dropping East Union High 63-56 before a crowd which approached 1,000 at Dalben Center Friday night. The Green Machine, under second-year coach Pat Douglas, earned a share of second place with Los Banos High in the VOL, each with 8-4 records. For EU, its third straight disappointing season came to a halt. Its final record was 3-9. In the game, Stewart literally stole the show. The mobile 6-2 senior capped his first and only complete season of high school basketball with 31 points. Tim Tucker was the only other Lancer in double figures with 14 counters. MHS countered with balanced scoring. Steve Cimoli closed his prep career with 16 points, juniors Bob O’Rourke and Pete Duenas had 11 and 10 counters, respectively, while sophomore Randy Ross also had 10 points for the 


In the girls’ season finale at the MHS gym last Thursday night, East Union High upset Manteca High 36-34. Junior Liz Aufdermaur had 13 points to lead the Lancer girls, while MHS’s Renee Sutti led all scorers with 14 points. Brenda Handy added 10 points in a losing cause.

Four local wrestlers advanced to the section competition. Leading the list are three from Manteca High: Ed Mayfield at 158, Paul Whitacre (106) and Mark Burrows at 194. For EU, sophomore dark-horse Billy Bryan will go in the 98-pound class.

Steve Cimoli of Manteca High and Russell Stewart from East Union High were named to the all-VOL basketball team.

After nine seasons, Carl Bosque has been dismissed as varsity basketball coach at East Union High. The action came Wednesday afternoon during a meeting with Bosque, East Union High principal Richard Durham and EU athletic director Dino Cunial.


30 years ago: February 22, 1987 – Lance Elliott at 132 pounds, along with Manteca High teammate Travis Rowe (126) and East Union High’s Inez Hernandez (175) took runner-up finishes at the Delta Sub-Section wrestling tournament at Sutter Creek’s Amador High Saturday to advance to next week’s Sac-Joaquin Section tourney at Tokay High in Lodi.

East Union High opened the 1987 prep golf season Tuesday with a 224-231 victory over St. Mary’s High of Stockton at the Oakmoor golf course. Mike Battles led the way with a 41 for the Lancers.

Coach Butch Linn’s Manteca High girls pounded East Union High 78-55 Thursday night to clinch a spot in the Section Division II basketball playoffs. Joette Lucas led the Lady Buffs with 26 points, Betsy McCall had 17, Kelli Iorio 15 and Lissa Dixon added 14. MHS out-rebounded the Lady Lancers with the six-foot McCall grabbing 16 “bounces”. EU, which ended the season at 17-8 overall, was led by Tracy Lee (18 points) and Carey Pulliam (14 points).

VOL champion Manteca High staved off a furious last-minute rally by city rival East Union High last night to post a chilling 64-63 boys’ basketball win in a jam-packed Winter Gym, capping a brilliant regular season  at 22-6 overall. Six-three Rob Van De Pol was the leader of the Buffalo attack, pouring in 21 points. Marshall Cannon added 14, Kevin Wentworth had 12 and Chad Johnson added 11. For the Lancers, Gary Kron scored 21 points, while David Horton added 14 and Joey Gonzales and Steve Hammarstrom had 10 apiece.

The Manteca High golfers won their opening season golf match Friday afternoon, taking a 215-256 win over Tracy High at the Tracy Country Club. The Buffaloes’ Robert Warren had the day’s top score with a 37.


20 years ago: February 28, 1997 – Five local wrestlers are still alive in the Sac-Joaquin Section wrestling tournament at Modesto’s Johansen High. Two of the grapplers are unbeaten: Robert Miller and Dennis Elliott, both of Manteca High. Meanwhile, Buff teammates Jake Harris and Elizar Ceballos, along with East Union High’s Josh York, remain in contention.

The East Union High golf team posted its lowest score of the season and evened its record despite windy conditions at the Manteca Park golf course Wednesday afternoon. Led by Stan Mathews’ 3-over-par 40, the Lancers beat visiting Tokay High of Lodi, 229-240.

Sierra High’s Monica Pires and Angela Allgaier were voted Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Players, respectively, by VOL soccer coaches who met Monday to select the all-league team. The Lady Timberwolves also placed five other players on the first team. Also chosen were goalie Sandra Herrera, defensive players Jennie Amaya and Darci Cullers, and forwards Bobbie Roudebush and Ginny Teunissen. East Union High, which took second place in the VOL behind Sierra High, placed three players on the all-league team. Selected were defensive player Miranda Souza, midfielder Ja’Rae Mamorno and forward Meghan Harris. Manteca High placed three players on the first team: Jody Plath, Lyndsey MacDonald and Amy Birmingham. Local selections accounted for all but two positions on the 18-player squad.

The Sierra High golf team posted its first win of the season by defeating Ripon High 225-235 at the Manteca Park golf course Tuesday afternoon. The T’wolves were led by Albert Rossi, who shot a 43. 


10 years ago: February 28, 2007 – When it rained, it poured for Manteca High’s softball team Tuesday. The Lady Buffs heated up once the cold rain came piercing from the sky in the third inning when they manufactured 14 runs en route to a convincing 16-2 blowout of visiting Ripon High in 4.5 innings. Lead-off hitter Bernadette May finished 3-for-3 with two runs, while Brandy Pisano had a bases-clearing triple for MHS.

The Manteca High tennis team dominated our of its five matches to score their second pre-season victory in as many matches with a 5-0 win over host Downey High in Modesto yesterday. The Buffaloes’ top-ranked singles player, Mustafa Aniss, defeated his opponent 6-4, 6-4 in what was the closest match of the day. 

The Sierra High boys’ swim team defeated visiting Tracy High 103-67 as Josh Yared (100 free, 100 back), Josh Revives (200 free, 100 butterfly) and Zach Holstrom (100 breast, 200 IM) were double winners for the Timberwolves. The Sierra girls dropped a 104-66 decision to Tracy, but Megan Viduya won both the 200 and 500 freestyle races in a losing cause.

Awards were presented at the Manteca High Winter Season Sports Social recently. For the boys’ basketball team, Adam Crawford was named Outstanding Defense, while Ruben Cedano took the AP-Coaches Award.  The Lady Buffs squad had Sughey Cervantes taking the MVP award. In girls’ wrestling, Samantha Phillips was named Outstanding. 

The Sierra High girls’ soccer team got its first win of the young season Monday, defeating Grace Davis High in Modesto 2-1. Kayla Cody and Nicole Varni collected the T-wolf goals. Goalie Sam Dyer had seven saves for SHS as Davis was limited to 11 shots on goal.

Manteca High’s soccer team opened up the first round of the Pitman Classic with a loss, but got back on the right track with a 2-1 win over Tracy High in Turlock to close out the opening day yesterday. Kim Herrera found the net in overtime to give the Lady Buffs the win. Cassie Gause scored the first goal for the winners.