Thirty years ago, on January 15, 1984, Manteca High provided the heat at Winter Gym and it was too much for cross-town rival East Union High as the Buffaloes s streaked to a 59-42 Valley Oak League victory before a standing-room-only gathering. EU had 23 turnovers and was a poor 14 of 33 shots from the free throw line. Bert Van Ryn led the winners with 17 points, while Paul Brogan had 14 and Pete Nelson and Cal Farrow added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jeff Hammond led the Lancers with 17 points and Paul Emperador finished with 14.
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90 years ago: January 18, 1924 – Last Friday afternoon, Manteca High played her first C.I.F. basketball game, but victory was looking the other way and Modesto High rode home in the better end of a 24 to 16 score. Souza and Washington at forwards for Manteca played a fine game and hit the basket whenever they had half a shot. Art Behrens was sadly missed Friday. Art is on the sick list and had he been able to play against Modesto, the score would probably have been different.
80 years ago: January 18, 1934 – Manteca High lost its first league game of the season to Turlock High Friday night in a slow game which ended in a 14 to 10 score. Giminez of Manteca made six points to take high-point honors. Milo Candini, star guard of the local team, played a wonderful game.
60 years ago: January 21, 1954 – Last week on Tuesday evening, Manteca High traveled to Downey High in Modesto to play basketball but was turned back by the Downey team very easily. The Buffaloes met defeat by the score of 47 to 33. Again, John Pappas was high-point man for the Buffs with 14 points.
50 years ago: January 17, 1964 – A tall and talented Lincoln High quintet wrote finis to Manteca High’s 13-game winning streak Tuesday night by fashioning a 66-62 upset win over the Buffaloes. Bob Leatherwood turned in a fine all-around effort and also led the Buffs in scoring with 18 points. Three other Buffaloes also hit in double figures with Chuck Ramsey hitting 16, Mike Hopper 13 and Bob Malstrom 10.
For the first time this season, Manteca High wrestlers tasted an easy victory when they defeated the Atwater High matmen 42-17 last Tuesday. Pins were tallied by Frank Payan, Bob Woodward, Mike Thurston, Jim Camper, Tony Dutra, Joe Widmer and Don Johnson.
40 years ago: January 16, 1974 – Host Hilmar High sank 60 percent of their first-half shots en route to a 76-60 win over favored East Union High last Friday. The ever-improving Chris Elliott, playing his best game of the season, led EU with 17 points in a losing cause, while fellow junior Dana Taylor followed with 16 points.
Manteca High made their initial VOL victory an impressive one as they manhandled visiting Sonora High 76-63. All five starters scored in double figures as the Buffaloes employed the fast break to perfection and dominated both backboards. Kenny Lee led the way for the Buffs with 14 points, while Gary Shupe, Wayne Sprinkle and Kevin Allsup all had 12 and Bud Michael collected 10 points.
30 years ago: January 17, 1984 – Alexia Poulos scored over 30 points for the second straight evening, tallying a career-high 34 as the Manteca High girls continued their rampage through the VOL Thursday night, posting an easy 77-40 victory over Modesto High at Winter Gym. Guards Melody Root and Ranata Scholl finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, and forward Stephanie Flowers chipped in 11 for the winners. Coach Butch Linn’s team is now 5-0 in league play.
Guard Nancy Nunes tallied 16 points and East Union High used a ferocious full-court press down the stretch to upend Oakdale High 45-41 in Oakdale. Patty Ott helped pump up the Lancer offense with 12 points.
Despite booting in a pair of goals in the second half, the Manteca High soccer team had to settle for a 2-2 tie with Oakdale High Friday in VOL action played on the Manteca field. The Buffaloes got goals from Jesse Anaya and Melvin Armstrong.
East Union High found it tough going Friday, dropping an 11-0 soccer decision to Livingston High.
20 years ago: January 18, 1994 – Coach Harry Nagy’s Manteca High wrestling team stayed undefeated with a 32-22 win over visiting Oakdale High last night. The only pin of the meet was by Buffalo Ryan Elliott at 140 pounds.
The East Union High girls’ soccer team, which hadn’t lost a league game in more than three years, rallied for a 2-2 tie with Oakdale High Tuesday when Lady Lancer freshman Meghan Harris slapped in a goal with just two minute s left to play. Miranda Souza scored the other EU goal.
The Manteca High girls’ basketball team converted on 28 of 47 trips to the free-throw line Tuesday to score a 64-33 VOL win on the road at Bear Creek High in Stockton. Coach Martha Dias’ girls are now 14-3 on the season. Center Rebecca Kemptner scored 19 points to lead a balanced effort by the Lady Buffs. Anna Jackson added 12 points, while Kerry Ouimet scored 11.
Nicole Carter scored 17 of her game-leading 27 points in the first half to power East Union High to a relatively easy 63-42 VOL basketball victory over Los Banos High on Tuesday night. Carter’s play plus the shooting of Danelle Liles (21 points) never let the Lady Tigers into the game.
The Manteca High soccer team came back from a 2-0 deficit to forge a 2-2 tie at Sonora High Tuesday afternoon to remain undefeated in VOL play. Amy Castaneda and Maria Trevino both scored unassisted goals for the Lady Buffs.
East Union High’s wrestling team continued to take its lumps on Tuesday with a 49-8 loss at Sonora High. The Westmoreland brothers, Kyle (103) and Neil (140) each won by decisions to put the only Lancer points on the board.
Jon DeRoos scored 26 points to lead the Manteca High basketball team past Los Banos High 84-69 Wednesday to keep its hold on the VOL top spot. The Buffaloes made nine 3-pointers. Don Morgan added 11 more points to the MHS total.
10 years ago: January 21, 2004 – The undersized Manteca High girls’ basketball team had trouble handling a pair of Los Banos High 6-footers in a 42-23 Valley Oak League loss at Winter Gym Tuesday night. Los Banos amassed 48 rebounds to the Buffaloes’ 23. MHS, which dropped its 10th straight contest, was paced by Brittanie Huffman’s 11 points.
Jazz Herrera was at the top of her game Tuesday, pulling off a triple-double in East Union High’s 64-25 massacre of Pitman High in Turlock. She had 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 steals in the effort. Herrera added five assists in the game. Anjelica Dill-James came off the bench and scored 17 points for the Lancers. Larissa Founts added 10 more counters for the winners.
Sierra High continued their march through conference play with a 59-29 thumping of host Sonora High on Tuesday. Timberwolf center Martha Spivey turned in a season-high 26 points to pace the winners. Coach Dan Cunial’s girls are now 17-1 on the season.
Four East Union High wrestlers went undefeated as the Lancers swept the Kirby Page Duals in Linden on Saturday. Caleb Mack (112), Kyle Lloyd (140), Chris Osborne (130) and Matt Lloyd (125) went unbeaten for Coach Cliff Randolph.
East Union High topped host Buhach Colony High 54-34 in Atwater last night. Nick Turner had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lancers.
Sierra High held Manteca High scoreless in the second quarter and cruised to a 43-30 basketball win last night in Winter Gym. Joseph Williams collected 18 points to pace the T’wolf scoring. He also had 15 rebounds. Davey Dutra added 16 points to the winning total. Buffalo Larry Taylor scored a quiet 11 points, while Calvin Johnson finished with 10 points.
Manteca High’s wrestling team faced off against Buhach Colony High on Wednesday at Winter Gym, falling to the visiting Thunder 60-21. Vincent Bordi scored the only pin for the Buffaloes.