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1987: MHSs Mike Henry named VOL coach of year
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Thirty years ago, on March 5, 1987, three Manteca High players have been selected for the North squad in the 1987 Lions Central California All-s tar Football Classic.  Rob Van De Pol and Ed Silva, a pair of linemen headed to Utah State on scholarship, and Jerry Camara were chosen. MHS coach Bob Lee has already been selected as a coach for the team.


In other sports stories

from the Bulletin files:

10 years ago: March 7, 2007 – Kurt Johnson’s home run was just the boost his East Union High baseball team needed. Johnson provided the big spark with his three-run homer in the second inning against Stagg High Tuesday and the Lancers churned out an 11-6 win at Agostini Field. Johnson later hammered a double to finish 2-for-2.

Sierra High’s golf team used an impressive round of 40 by Tim Montanio to shoot past Oakdale High 222-224 in the Valley Oak League’s season opener on Tuesday.

Coach Manuel Pires’ Sierra High soccer team recorded its first shutout and scored over three goals for the first time in the early season during a 7-0 drubbing of Johansen High Tuesday at Teicheira Stadium. Nicole Vanni scored twice, with Hannah Obanni, Delaine Quaresma, Raeanne Quaresma, Kayla Cody and Samantha Placeres each netting one. Goalie Sam Dyer had two saves as Johansen was limited to five shots on goal.

At Sierra High’s Winter Sports Social, the following were award winners: boys’ basketball – Marvin Cotton (offense) and Eddie Morales (defense); girls’ basketball – Heather Scharmann (MVP); wrestling – Adam Padilla and John Ivey (co-MVP’s).

At East Union High’s Winter Sports social, Christin Gowan was the girls’ basketball MVP, while Michael Thomas won the award in wrestling.

Cyless Paminsan scored from third on Breann McGraw’s sacrifice fly and gave the Sierra High softball team its first win on the young season, 5-4 over Modesto High yesterday. McGraw was also the winning pitcher, scattering nine hits with four strikeouts. Heather Scharmann had two hits and scored two runs to lead the Timberwovles at the plate.

Manteca High scored three goals in the first half and went on to register a 5-2 non-league victory over Stagg High Monday in soccer action at Guss Schmiedt Field. Cassie Gause, Alexis Ziakas, Kim Herrera, Brianna Flynn and Thalya Bobadilla each netted a goal for the Lady Buffs.

Manteca High’s Doug Hayes worked his way out of a sixth-inning jam and the Buffaloes held on for a 6-4 win over Ripon High in baseball action at the Walker Vick Tournament Monday.

East Union High’s Daniel Heihn, the Bulletin’s returning All-Area swimming MVP, won all four of the events he raced in and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section meet in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.39 seconds Friday at Manteca High. Heihn helped the Lancer boys win 101-63, but the EU girls found themselves in a heated race, edging MHS 87-83. Anthony Mello was Manteca’s only top male finisher, as he won the 100 freestyle in 59.24. In the girls’ competition, Lyndsey Silva won the 100 backstroke for Manteca.

Manteca High tennis continued its early season success with a 7-2 win over Rocklin High Thursday. Mustafa Aniss led the Buffaloes’ dominant team of singles players.


20 years ago: March 2, 1997- Manteca High will be sending three wrestlers to the CIF State Championships next Friday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Junior grappler Robert Miller, at 189, finished second in the Sac-Joaquin Section meet last Saturday at Modesto’s Johansen High. Joining Miller at the State meet will be Elizar Ceballos (140) and 143-pound Dennis Elliott, the fourth member of his family to qualify for the State meet.

East Union High’s 5-3 junior Cynthia Mathews was selected as the VOL’s Most Valuable Player and Lady Lancer coach Mark Liles was named the league’s girls’ basketball Coach of the Year.  Two other local players were also named to the all-league team as EU’s Jessie Hardcastle and Manteca High’s Audrey Jackson were honored.

Winter sports MVP awards at East Union High included: soccer – Ja’Rae Mamorno; wrestling – Josh York; girls’ basketball – Cynthia Mathews and Jessie Hardcastle; and boys’ basketball – David Altstatt.

The East Union High softball team opened the season in grand fashion Tuesday with an 11-0 shutout victory over Atwater High. Krista Nylen and Jennifer Lewallen combined to hold Atwater to only two hits, while striking out six batters and walking none. At the plate, shortstop Erica DelToro went 3-for-3 with two triples and two runs batted in. Michelle Goldman went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s and Jennifer Hensley collected two hits and drove in two runs for EU.

The Manteca High baseball team scored all five of its runs in the sixth inning for a 5-2 opening-season win over Edison High on Wednesday. Eric Smith, Steve Smalley and Richie Teicheira all got base hits and drove in a run for the Buffaloes, with Smith and Smalley also scoring runs.

East Union High scored four runs in the first inning and held on to defeat Lincoln High 5-4 on Tuesday. Centerfielder David Altstatt collected three hits to lead the Lancers and Jim Lewallen drove in a pair of runs.

Sierra High honored its winter sport s athletes the other evening with the following MVP awards: girls’ basketball – Liz Nuttmann; soccer – Monica Pires; boys’ basketball – Dohnie Royster; and wrestling – Raymond Diaz.

The Sierra High boys track team opened the season with a victory over Lincoln High and Escalon High in a tri-meet at Sierra. Antoine Lewis was a double winner for the T’wolves with firsts in the 110 high hurdles (15.84) and in the triple jump (41-3). The Lady T’wolf team took second place to Lincoln High as the 4x100 relay team of Liz Nuttmann, Sarah Duvall, E. J. Jones and Jenny Amaya took a first place.


30 years ago: March 3, 1987 – Jeff Poulos, second-year soccer coach at East Union High, was named the Coach of Year at the VOL meeting Monday night. Poulos guided EU to its first-ever league championship with an 11-1-2 record. In addition, Lancer goalie John Fletcher was the VOL’s co-Most Valuable Player.

Franklin High scored nine runs in the first three innings en route to an easy 11-2 opening-season baseball win over visiting Manteca High Tuesday. Rick Ochoa and Tim Mack had a pair of hits apiece in a losing cause.

Mike Battles collected a 37 to lead East Union High to a 207-220 golf win over Sonora High Tuesday at Pine Mountain Country Club.

All five Manteca High starters and East Union High’s Gary Kron made up the 1986-87 VOL basketball first team as selected by the league coaches Thursday night. The Buffaloes’ Mike Henry was Coach of Year. MHS seniors Kevin Wentworth, John Gibson, Chad Johnson, Rob Van De Pol and junior Marshall Cannon, along with Kron, also a junior, form the all-league first team.

Both Manteca High and East Union High girls’ basketball teams garnered two players each on the all-VOL first team following Thursday night’s meeting of the league coaches. Manteca’s Joette Lucas and Betsy McCall and EU’s Tracy Lee and Kelli Horton won first- team honors. Lucas and Lee are 5-10 seniors and Horton is a 5-8 senior. McCall is a 6-0 sophomore.

Manteca High rode a 22-point fourth quarter to register a hard-fought 52-42 win over Del Oro High of Loomis in the semi-finals of the Sac-Joaquin Section II boys’ basketball tournament at Arco Arena in Sacramento Friday. 5-10 senior guard Chad Johnson buried 10 of his 11 points in the decisive period to stave off a furious rally by Del Oro. Marshall Cannon paced the Buff scorers with 17 points.

Roseville High racked up a near-effortless 78-45 ambushing of the Manteca High girls in Friday’s semi-final basketball game of the Section Division II tournament at Sacramento’s Kennedy High. Joette Lucas led the Lady Buffs with 12 points and Betsy McCall added 10 more.


40 years ago: March 2, 1977 – The wrestling season continues for Manteca High’s Ed Mayfield. The junior became the first Buffalo wrestler in four years to qualify for the State meet. Mayfield vies this Friday with the best prep matmen in California at Sacramento’s American River College.

The winter athletes of East Union High were honored by their coaches, parents and other supporters last Thursday night during the annual winter sports social at EU’s multi-purpose room. The most valuable varsity performers: basketball - Russell Stewart and Liz Aufdermaur; gymnastics – Karen Schneider and Linda Yonemoto; soccer – Carlos Herrera; and wrestling – Richard Lewallin.

East Union High edged Manteca High 33.5-26.5 in open gymnastics competition last week. Karla Reichelt took first on the vault for the Lancers, while teammate Linda Yonemoto took first on the bars. Lori Watson was a double winner for MHS with first in the floor exercise and on the beam.

The East Union High golf team, two-time defending VOL champions, recorded another win at Tracy High last Friday with a 204 to top the field. Randy Shepherd’s excellent 34 under windy conditions took medalist honors, while Tony Horton was low for Manteca High with a 40. 


50 years ago: March 3, 1967 – Oakdale High’s Mustangs finally beat Manteca High Tuesday night, 89-79 in basketball action, but it took some real hustling in the final quarter to do it. Manteca finished the cage season in the cellar.


60 years ago: March 7, 1957 – After putting up a terrific battle early in the game, Manteca High fell apart in the latter portion, as the Livingston High Wolves left the Buffaloes sitting in the cellar after a 48 to 58 defeat. This was the last game of the year for the Buffs and the last that Manteca will play Livingston as next year, Manteca moves up into a bigger league and Livingston and Ceres will stay in the Valley Oak League. Leroy Shockey had one of his best games of the year for MHS as he was high-point man with 16 points and played a very sharp game on both offense and defense.


70 years ago: March 6, 1947 – Manteca High bowed to the Tracy High Bulldogs last Friday night on the Tracy floor. The final score was 30-22. Curtis Patterson was the high scorer for the Buffaloes with 11 points.