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1976: Buffs beat EU before 1,200 fans
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Sixty years ago, on January 27, 1956 – a three-senior, two-junior combination for Manteca High hit the round hoop for 20 field goals and 16 free throws to defeat favored Tracy High 56-43 in the local gym. Sparked by the whole team, the Buffaloes grabbed their first league win in five starts. Coach Joe Jacobs called on a new quintet of cagers and they answered the call with a much-needed win. Juniors John Schwartz and Leo Valenzuela were the new faces in the lineup. They proved their worth by scoring nine and 10 points, respectively. Don Ganes was high man for Manteca with 15 points and Ron Blakemore added 12 more.


In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

80 years ago: January 30, 1936 – The Manteca High quintet met their first league defeat when they met Orestimba High in Newman Friday night in the final game of the first half of the league schedule. The locals were defeated by the final score of 25 to 21. Harold Reynolds, left forward for the Buffaloes, kept his shooting streak and piled up eight digits to lead the scoring. The final minutes of the hit and miss game turned into a one-sided affair as the Buffaloes made the last seven points. Had the fourth quarter been longer, the Buffaloes would have come home with another victory under their belts.


70 years ago: January 31, 1946 – Playing before a packed auditorium, Manteca High gave the townspeople one of their most exciting basketball games of the season as highly-favored Oakdale High edged past them in the final quarter to win 36 to 28 here Friday night. High point men for the Buffaloes were Clarence Kooy and Leon Bridge with eight points each.


50 years ago: February 2, 1966 – Manteca High chalked up its seventh win against one defeat Friday night in romping to a 62-32 win over Los Banos High in the Tiger gym. Mel Montanio and John Tubbs led the Buffaloes with 12 and 10 points, respectively.


40 years ago: January 28, 1976 – In a game that was closer than expected, Manteca High pulled away in the final moments to record a 60-48 win Friday night over East Union High at Dalben Center. A crowd estimated at 1,200, largest ever to witness a Manteca-East Union cage contest, was treated to the intense competition between the two schools. Dale Delmanowski, the Buffaloes’ fine shooting guard, was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points before fouling out in the game’s final moments. Ron Tilton, as usual, came off the bench to provide periodic spark to the Manteca offense and collect 15 points along the way. Junior forward Don Joseph netted 11 points, all in the second half. For the Lancers, Ron Hamamoto scored 14 points, while teammate Jeff Baker added 11 points. The real battle took place on the backboards with the Buffs taking a 32-30 edge. Joseph grabbed 11 rebounds, as Steve Aufdermaur and Jack Wood had 10 apiece for the Lancers.

“By the skin of our teeth”, was the way Manteca High girls’ basketball coach Lorraine Goff described the Lady Buffaloes’ narrow 30-24 win over Ceres High last week in Valley Oak League action. Collette Collins topped the MHS scoring with 12 points.

East Union High’s wrestlers absorbed a 41-20 loss to the rival matmen from Manteca High last Tuesday evening. Four Buffalo grapplers registered pins in the match at Dalben Center. Steve Serros disposed of EU’s Toby DeLeon in the 114’s, Mark Webb pinned Marty Menchaca at 122, Brad Stapleton took less than a minute to nail Don Lindsey at 167 pounds and Mark Burrows flattened 177-pound Chris Hughes.

East Union High’s girls’ basketball team suffered a nightmarish afternoon on the free throw line and it cost the Lady Lancers a 24-18 loss at Ceres High. The Union Road fems sank only six of 22 free throws. Ronda Hardcastle was the top EU scorer with eight points.


30 years ago: January 28, 1986 – Tracy Lee scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the East Union High girls roll over Oakdale High 57-39 Thursday night at EU.

Joette Lucas meshed 18 points and hauled down 16 rebounds in leading the Manteca High girls to a convincing 54-48 victory over Oakdale High in league play Tuesday night. Lissa Dixon added 15 and Mary Foehringer had 13 points.

East Union High broke open a tight defensive game with 10 straight points midway through the final period to beat Modesto High 46-37 in boys’ basketball Tuesday. Gary Kron was high man with 11 points for the Lancers and Mark Waterman added 10 to the winning total.

Manteca High hit on its last eight free throws but Oakdale High still defeated the Buffaloes 51-49 in league play Tuesday night. Kevin Frisk had 14 points to pace the Buffs, while teammate s Andy Hulsebosch and Joe Dias had 12 each.

The top-ranked Modesto High soccer team improved its league mark to 8-0 with a 4-0 whitewashing of Manteca High Tuesday. Buffalo coach Bill Mendosa felt he got good play from Nate Getrich and Garrett Hubbart on defense.

East Union High took advantage of sloppy weather and played their best soccer game of the year to tie highly-touted Modesto High 1-1 on Friday. In a pouring rain, senior wingman Sean Fox tied the game on an assist by Tim Hamm.

Manteca High brushed off its intra-city rival East Union High last night 44-26 in wrestling action. Buffalo pins were by George Gomes (100), Jason Carroll (178), Danny Allen (134) and Mike Carroll. Frank Telles got the only EU pin at 147 pounds. 


20 years ago: January 27, 1996 – East Union High got a big block from Jeff Abrew in the final seconds to seal a 43-41 nail biter over Bear Creek High in VOL basketball action last night at Dalben Center. Teammate Kurt Konicek came up with the ball to seal the victory. The Lancers (6-16) were paced by the scoring of Shane Lewis, who canned 25 points. Abrew added 11 to the winning total.

For the second time this season, Bryan Lucas poured in 32points, despite being shut out in the third quarter, to lead Manteca High past Los Banos High 66-61 in league play last night. Joe Torrice contributed 11 more points in the win. 

West High never trailed in defeating Sierra High 71-54 in cage action last night. The T’wolves, now 7-13 on the season, were led by Demar Sutton, who scored a game-high 18 points in a losing cause. The senior-less T’wolves got 10 more points from Dohnie Royster.

It was good news for the Manteca High girls as they rallied from behind to defeat visiting Los Banos High 56-49 last night at Winter Gym. Stacy Cardiel scored 16 points to lead a balanced Lady Buff attack as the girls improved to 11-10 overall. Audrey Jackson added 10 points to the winning total.

The East Union High girls’ basketball team got back on track with a 60-34 victory over Los Banos High at Dalben Center last night. Coach Mark Liles’ girls, now 12-11 on the season, were up by 39-8 at the intermission. Sophomore point guard Cynthia Mathews finished with 15 points to lead all scorers.

Manteca’s Tevani Liotard and11 other women will be inducted into Sacramento State’s first-ever Volleyball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Liotard, who was known as Tevani Scott when she played at Manteca High and collegiately, is now a physical education teacher and coach at Sierra High. She was named team captain in her senior year for the Lady Hornets at Sac State.

The Manteca High girls soccer team took charge with three second-half goals to bury Oakdale High 3-0 in VOL action on a wet and cold Tuesday afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field. The Lady Buffs turned on the heat with sophomore Lyndsey MacDonald scoring twice and Bridgette Madden once.

Bobbie Roudebush scored twice, with Jenni Amaya and Monica Pires one each as Sierra High beat Sonora High 4-0 yesterday. The Lady T’wolves, now 12-0 in league play, are playing in their first varsity season.

Lyndi Saxton scored three times and Ja’Rue Mamorno once as East Union High blew out Los Banos High 6-0 in a rainy girls’ soccer game yesterday. The Lady Lancers of Coach Lance Morrow improved to 7-2-1 in VOL action.

In the final match of the season, East Union High’s wrestlers defeated Sierra High 62-12 Tuesday night. The Lancer grapplers had seven pins as Josh York (160), Kyle Westmoreland (133), Conrad Carlson (145), Greg Murray (171), Manuel Lua (189), Carlos Herrera (215) and heavyweight Jorge Cortez all nailed their opponents. Nate Gillian got the only T’wolf pin in the 103-pound division.


10 years ago: February 2, 2006 – Despite 20 plus penalties and multiple technical fouls, the Sierra High boys’ basketball team took a 17-3 run in the final six minutes of the game to beat Oakdale High 59-36 on Wednesday. Balanced scoring from the Timberwolves saw Aaron Gonzales netting 13 points, while Michael Elder added 12 points and Ryan Harris collected 10 more to the winning tot al.

The Manteca High cagers executed their offense thoroughly against Buhach Colony High on Wednesday, dropping the Thunder 62-57 in the Winter Gymnasium. Garrett Tolman scored 13 of 19 Manteca points in the third quarter, finishing with 24 points and six rebounds. Buffs Jeff Tidwell and Alex Pahl each finished with 10 points.

 Christin Gowan connected on six 3-pointers and the East Union High girls’ basketball team rained down with eight total in a 46-40 VOL win over Sonora High Thursday at the Dalben Center. Gowan finished with a game-high 21 points.