100 years ago: September 13, 1918 – A baseball game was held between a Stockton team and a picked team from Manteca and Ripon at the Home Guards encampment last Sunday. Manteca and Ripon won, the score being 11 to 2. Ed Graham pitched for Manteca and Francis Bodeson of Ripon was the catcher. Graham got 19 strikeouts.
90 years ago: September 13, 1928 – In a most exciting and heart-throbbing manner, the Manteca Maulers baseball aggregation punched out a 6 to 5 victory over the Gustine Athletics here Sunday. The victory gives the Maulers the first game of a three-game series to decide the championship of the Don Pedro League for ’28. Emil Theiler tripled home Al Walters and Benny Fauls with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the winning runs.
80 years ago: September 15, 1938 – According to recent issues of the Norfolk (Va.) Virginian-Pilot received here, the baseball club of that city won the pennant in the Piedmont League. Of interest to local people is the fact that Milo Candini, a Manteca boy, was the ace pitcher for the Norfolk Tars this season.
70 years ago: September 17, 1948 – The Manteca B-B’s were defeated in the first game Sunday 6-1, but came back to win the second 16-12 on Murph Theiler’s grand slam homer in the last of the 11th inning. First game losing pitcher Fred Lacey got two hits for the B-B’s.
50 years ago: September 18, 1968 – The East Union High football squad began its first season with seniors with a bang Friday night as they defeated the host Sonora High team 20-13 at Dunlavy Field in Sonora. The Wildcats were the defending champions of the Mountain Valley League.
Rugged Downey High from Modesto administered a convincing 45-13 spanking on the Manteca High eleven while using their reserves half of the game. A bright spot for Coach Phil Harmon’s Buffs was the quarterbacking of sophomore Denny Letcher.
40 years ago: September 13, 1978 – Manteca High never really stood a chance during a 41-0 ambush Friday night at Tracy High. Self-inflicted wounds, including 10 fumbles, kept the Buffaloes from posing more than a single touchdown threat.
Senior running back Paul Seabron blazed a path through the Atwater High defense, leading East Union High to a 22-14 victory over the Falcons in their first game of the year in Atwater. Seabron ran for an amazing 136 yards on just 21 carries, averaging 6.5 yards a carry. Jim Agostini booted two extra points and Mike Lawton ran one in. Quarterback Larry Grissom tossed a 45-yard scoring pass to Lynn Mackey.
The East Union High volleyball team opened the pre-season action with a victory over Tracy High Monday when the Lancers came back after losing the first game to overpower the Bulldogs in the second and third. The Lancers were led by the serving of Sandi Pico.
The East Union High tennis team is still seeking their first victor y of the season, dropping their second match of the year to Tracy High 4-1 on Monday. Coach Carl Bosque still credits the inexperienced Lancer team with much improvement. Lilia Arrelano won the only match for EU Monday.
The Manteca High volleyball team battled back from a first-game loss to win the match over Modesto High Tuesday, spurred on by the serving of Connie Mothershed. The scores were 13-15, 16-14, 15-11.
30 years ago: September 18, 1988 – Manteca High cross-country coach Bob Baker’s runners racked up a third place finish out of 17 schools at Saturday’s Oakmont-Sierra College Invitational in Rocklin. The Buffaloes finished behind Del Campo and Carson City High Schools. Tracy Voorheis paced MHS with a 15th place out of a pack of 170 runners. For the Buffalo girls, sophomore Carmen Perez took 12th out of 122 runners.
Powerful Franklin High stung East Union High 27-8 in football action at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night. The Lancers were held to minus eight yards on only 17 running play s. EU quarterback Robert Randall completed only four passes for 64 yards.
Jason Van De Pol, a junior playing in only his second career game at quarterback, connected with Jon Fannin for an 11- yard scoring toss with 37 seconds remaining to lift Manteca High to a pulsating 13-10 non-league football victory over host St. Mary’s High at Sanguinetti Field on Friday. Garrett Hubbart got the first Buffalo score on a 58-yard run.
The East Union High volleyball team hung on to claim a three-set victory over Sonora High in the opening round of the Summerville Tournament in Tuolumne on Friday. The 15-5, 15-11, 15-13 win vaults the defending champion Lancers into the semi-finals of the tourney. The defensive play of Michelle Taylor and Kim McCreath paced the EU victory.
The Manteca High volleyball team held together Thursday night to beat Beyer High in Modesto 17-15, 15-11, 15-11. Mary Ann Wallace led the Buffaloes to victory with 19 service points, including six aces. Wallace also contributed seven kills and four blocks for the Buffs.