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1974: Lancers go hitless, win game
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Forty years ago, on February 25, 1974, using the clutch foul-shooting of Pat Pagnucci and Ron Barretto over the final two minutes, East Union High made it three straight wins over Manteca High this season with a narrow 68-65 decision in the Buffalo gym. The star for the Lancers was their junior center, Ray Miller, who was tower of strength, snatching a game-high 22 rebounds and 14 points. Matneca High’s Kevin Allsup took the scoring honors for the game as he pumped in 23 points and devoured 18 rebounds. For the winners, Bob Acoba netted 14 points and Pagnucci added 13. Cliff Spence had 12 for MHS. EU ended the league season at 6-6, while the Buffaloes were 2-10.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

10 years ago: March 4, 2004 – The second-seeded Sierra High girls’ basketball team was knocked off 60-55 by No. 11 Vallejo-Hogan High in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semi-finals Wednesday at Galt High. The loss snapped the Timberwolves’ 21-game winning streak. Davina Ruiz poured in a game-high 19 points to lead Sierra and Andrea Rodriguez finished with 17. Coach Dan Cunial’s girls end the season at 28-2.

Manteca High’s baseball team has scored 28 runs in its first two games, pounding Downey High 13-9 yesterday. Junior Sam Miller went 1-for-2 with four RBI’s for the Buffaloes.

Ripon High took a 6-4 win over Manteca High in softball action yesterday. Ripon is coached by last year’s Lady Buff coach, Chris Cross.

Sierra High defeated powerhouse Rancho Cordova High 2-1 yesterday in the Rio Americano Tournament. With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Paul Bassi cranked out a walk-off home run to clinch the T-wolves’ season-opener. Bassi finished 2-for-3 and drove in both of the team’s runs. He was just as effective on the mound as he and Jon Reynolds combined for a three-hit gem.

East Union High committed back-to-back errors in the sixth inning, providing St. Mary‘s High with all the run support it would need. One run.  The Rams held on to beat EU 1-0 Wednesday. The Lancers managed just two hits, while striking out 17 times.

Sierra High’s tennis team dropped an 8.5-6.5 decision to the host Oakdale High squad yesterday. Brian Phommachit swept his singles matches, while Frankie Griffen-Johnny Dollar claimed the only doubles win for the T’wolves.

Jon Harder sent home Ryan Fleckenstein, who had doubled to left field, for the eventual winning run in the top of the sixth inning to help lead the East Union High baseball  team to a 4-3 victory over Edison High  yesterday in Stockton. Robert King led the attack with a 2-for-2 outing, including a double and a run scored.

Manteca High took a 9-6 win over visiting Los Banos High yesterday in the Valley Oak League tennis opener. The Buffaloes got a sweeping performance form their doubles teams. Adam Tokheim-Nick Conway and Tim Rivas-Tristan Wynn went undefeated.

Megan Soulsby fanned 10 Modesto High batters as the Sierra High softball team took a 9-5 win yesterday. Leslie Young (two runs, double), Cynthia Valencia (two doubles) and Soulsby (two runs) each went 2-for-4 at the plate.

The Manteca High soccer team had 42 shots on goal to Ripon High’s five, but the final score wasn’t a blowout. The Lady Buffs downed the visiting Indians 2-1 yesterday. Megan Vieira and Candace Brennan made the Lady Buff scores.

Several Manteca High swimmers improved their race times, but it wasn’t enough as the Buffalo boys dropped a 111-42 decision to visiting Sonora High and the Lady Buffs lost 120-50 in the league opener yesterday. Andrew May grabbed a pair of firsts, 200 IM in 2:03.12 and 55.21 in the 100 fly. Ashley Williams won the girls’ 100 free in 1:00.42.

On Tuesday, Sierra High’s swim teams swept Buhach Colony High, with scores of 52-36 in boys’ action and 65-29 for the T’wolf girls. Nathan Whipple grabbed a pair of firsts for SHS, in the 200 IM and in the 100 backstroke. In girls’ events, Ja-Neil Bragg was up to her old tricks, winning the 200 IM (2:11.71) and the 100 breaststroke (1:11.65).

Sierra High’s soccer team wrapped up its non-league schedule with a 2-2 draw against visiting Merced-Golden Valley High on Tuesday. Senior Ashley Goheen and sophomore Capri Stevens scored the goals for SHS.

The city of Manteca was well-represented on the boys’ and girls’

All-VOL basketball teams. Michael Nunnally (East Union) and Nikita Gordon (Sierra) were selected the league’s MVP’s, and EU coach Rick Inderbitzen was voted Coach of the Year. Joining Nunnally on the first team was teammate Nick Turner, T’wolf Davey Dutra and Larry Taylor from Manteca High. On the girls’ side, EU’s Jazz Herrera, Sierra center Martha Spivey and Lancer Jamie Kinlaw made the first team.

Manteca High placed fourth of six teams in a track meet at Livermore’s Granada High on Saturday. Jeff Harvey placed second in the high jump at 5-6, while Angelica Kelley placed second in the shot (29-2) and in the discus (84-9.5).

Winter Sports Awards ceremonies were held at Manteca High with the following MVP’s: wrestling-Benny Garcia, girls’ basketball-Brittany Huffman and Melissa Paolo, boys’ basketball-Larry Taylor.

20 years ago: February 28, 1994 – Host Roseville High led from start to finish to take a 78-61 victory in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II basketball playoffs on Wednesday. Buff scoring in the game was led by Scott Nussbaumer’s 21 points and another 20 from fellow guard Don Morgan. The loss ends the Buffalo cage season at 22-9.

Manteca High’s Eric Rowe (140) placed second in the Sac-Joaquin Section wrestling championships Saturday at Rancho Cordova to qualify for next week’s State Tournament at the University of the Pacific.

Alicia Lyon dashed to victory in both the 100 and 400 meter races and teammate Jennifer Sutton collected four first places to power the East Union High girls past Today High 68-59 Monday in track and field action on the EU track. Meanwhile, Lancers Bobby Brown, Bob Orr and Eric Brandt each won two events as the Lancer boys rolled to a 78-58 triumph over the Tokay boys. Lyon won her events before heading into Dalben Center to practice with the playoff-bound basketball team. Sutton took firsts in the 100 LH, 300 LH, long jump and the high jump. Boys’ action saw Brown take the 100 and the 200, Orr capture the high jump and the triple jump and Brandt finish first in the 110 HH and the 300 IH.

A pair of three-run innings and some clutch pitching down the stretch carried East Union High to an 8-6 season-opening victory over Grace Davis High in Modesto on Monday afternoon. John Abrew, Nick Nobriga and Chris Wilson all banged out two hits, including a double apiece, to pace the Lancer attack.

The Manteca High softball team scored its first win of the season at Modesto Thursday afternoon, taking a 10-7 decision over Modesto High. Leann Jobin had three hits and two RBI’s the Lady Buffs, who put the game away with six fourth-inning runs. Jamie Plath drove in three more runs for Manteca.

Nile Vickery recorded three singles victories and the Manteca High tennis team broke loose for its first win of the season by crowning Stagg High 11-4 on Wednesday. In doubles play, the Buffalo tandems of Joey Rhodes-Jason Cook and Evan Kent-Greg Haack completely dominated by winning all four of their matches.

East Union High advanced to the semi-finals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II basketball tournament for the third year in a row by crushing visiting Oakmont High 70-44 on Wednesday. Lady Lancer forward Danelle Liles scored 23 points in the final home game of her high school career. Nicole Carter added 17 for EU, Alicia Lyon netted 13 and Maila Baltazar collected 12 more points for the winners.

Jason Hackney pounded out four hits, knocked in two runs and turned in a solid defensive effort at shortstop to help power Manteca High to an 8-6 baseball victory over Edison High in Stockton on Wednesday. Besides Hackney, MHS also got two hits each from Matt Madden and Jason Murillo.

The East Union High golf team improved to 3-0 with a 213-215 edging of Downey High Wednesday on the Creekside Golf course in Modesto. EU’s Shawn Hiatt shot a 39 to pace the win.

30 years ago: February 28, 1984 – Several local basketball standouts were rewarded for their season’s efforts Monday night by being chosen member of the boys and girls All-VOL teams by a gathering of area coaches. Alexia Poulos, the 5-10 forward from Manteca High, highlighted the local picks as the she was named most Valuable Player. East Union High contributed Nancy Nunes and Patty Ott to the first team. Buffalo coach Butch Linn also walked away with honors, being named Coach of the Year in only his second year as a varsity coach. Highlighting the boys’ awards, Manteca High’s Paul Brogan and Cal Farrow joined East Union High’s Paul Emperador on the VOL team.

A Ceres High inbounds pass was lofted down court, snagged by a Bulldog player and converted on an uncontested layup with only four seconds remaining to give the team a 58-56 victory over Manteca High in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section AA basketball playoffs. Pete Nelson scored 17 points in the Buffaloes’ season-ending game. Nick Aretakis chipped in 10 points for the locals.

The Manteca High track team picked up several first place finishes in its opening meet of the season—a four-team affair at Stockton’s St. Mary’s High. Middle distance runner Tony Perez took first in the 1600 meters and Mike Rosendin captured the 3200 meters event. In the girls division, Tara Lathrop won two events, the discus and the shot put.

The Manteca High tennis team got its season off to a good start Thursday afternoon, posting an 11-4 victory over Tracy High on the local courts. Torben Madsen had three wins in singles play for the Buffaloes, and the doubles teams of Raymond Gish-Robbie Agdoma and Kent Talcott-Joe Horton took a pair of wins each.

Friday evening at American River College, free throw shooting carried Manteca High to an 40-35 triumph over Rio Linda High in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section basketball playoffs. The Lady Buffs connected on 11 of 14 charity tosses in the fourth quarter. Alexia Poulos led the winners with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Marilyn Elkins added 12 points and eight rebounds.

40 years ago: February 27, 1974 -Cashing in on a wild Lincoln High pitching staff, East Union High didn’t get a hit but managed to defeat the Trojans 4-1 here Tuesday in the baseball opener for both squads. EU put together eight walks and three Lincoln errors to score all their runs in the first two innings. Carl Esquivel scored the initial run when he was forced home when Dave Swift drew a bases-loaded walk. Darrell Hardcastle then scored on a passed ball. Mario Silveira and Gary Mullins scored second-inning runs on bases-loaded walks.

Using his singles players to great advantage, coach Alex Henderson watched his Manteca High tennisters edge Edison High of Stockton 3-2. Buffalo winners were Terry Munoz, defending VOL singles champion, Dave Sanders and Dan Gwinnup.

Picking up where they left off last year as champions of the VOL, the Manteca High golf team ripped off two wins to initiate the 1974 season. The swinging Buffs downed Beyer High of Modesto 210-221 and Tracy High 210-222 on the Ripon Spring Creek course. Only a junior, Gary Lowe gained low medalist honors by carding 38’s in each match.

50 years ago: February 28, 1964 – Manteca High suffered its seventh VOL defeat of the season when a hot-shooting Tracy High quintet handed them an 80-71 defeat. Although the Bulldogs are now 7-4 in league, as compared to the Buffs’ 4-7 mark, it was the first time the Tracy five had defeated the locals this season in three starts. Bob Leatherwood and Chuck Ramsey paced the Buffaloes in the scoring column with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

60 years ago: March 4, 1954 – On Tuesday evening of last week, Manteca High was able to fight its way out of the VOL cellar into a fifth-place tie with Sonora High as they defeated the Wildcats on their home court by the score of 45-42. Monte Kinsley and Emmett Lee were Manteca’s high scorers with 16 points each.