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1996: Five wrestlers head to section tourney
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Ninety years ago, on February 13, 1926, the Modesto High team displayed accuracy in varied passing and shooting and defeated the Manteca High team this evening in the local gym. The final score was 31 to 20. Undampened in spirits, the Manteca boys played a hard game and some good passing and goals were made. Fay Forsell made an excellent and successful shot for goal from the center of the field. Emil Theiler, being an efficient and fast player, played on the varsity.


In other sports stories from The Bulletin files: 

20 years ago: February 17, 1996 – Manteca High put away the East Union High cagers with a flurry of shots in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter and coasted to a 52-42 win at Winter Gym Tuesday night. Buff center Bryan Lucas finished with a game-high 18 points and 14 rebounds. Jared House added 12 points and James Ward 11, to the winning total. Both Jeff Abrew and Shane Lewis totaled 13 points for the Lancers in a losing cause.  With the victory, the Buffaloes (12-3 in Valley Oak League) appear to have clinched home court advantage for the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs that begin this Friday.

Sierra High closed out its first-ever varsity basketball season with a 61-41 loss to Bear Creek High in Stockton Friday night. The Timberwolves were a miserable nine of 32 from the free throw line. Sierra had two starters sidelined with illness and injuries but got 14 points from Daniel Touchstone. Coach Frank Triglia’s T’wolves, who have lost their last 12 games, finish the season at 7-20 overall.

As a result of the South Delta sub-section wrestling tournament at Merced’s Golden Valley High on Saturday, four Manteca High grapplers, Jeremy Nuding (112), Elizar Ceballos (140), Robert Miller (189) and Leland Campbell (215), will join East Union High’s Josh York (160) at this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament at Del Campo High in Fair Oaks.

East Union High had home court advantage and made it good as they took a 44-36 win over Sacramento’s Center High in girls’ basketball action at Dalben Center last night. It was the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs and the Lady Lancers were led by Diann Aufdermaur with 15 points. Tina Simoni, who set a school record with seven three-pointers and scored 30 points in her final league game of the season last week, finished with 10 points. The EU defense held Center scoreless in the second quarter.

The Manteca High girls hit six of eight free throws in the last quarter to seal a 57-52 triumph over Galt High last night at Winter Gym in a Section first-round playoff game. Stacy Cardiel, a 5-3 senior guard, led the Lady Buff scoring with 14 points. She was seven-of-nine from the free throw line. Audrey Jackson added 13 points to the winning total.

The Manteca High girls’ soccer team had 27 shots on goal to just seven for host Dixon High and the Lady Buffs turned those shots into a 2-0 win in first-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament. Bridgette Madden and Jamie Plaisted scored the MHS goals.


10 years ago: February 23, 2006 – East Union High took advantage of a porous Natomas High defense early on Wednesday night but could not sustain the attack and lost 64-48 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III boys’ basketball playoff action in Sacramento. Eric Brown flew all over the court for the Lancers and led EU with 18 points. Steffen Spinks was a big factor for Coach Eric Simoni’s team (16-12), scoring 10 of his 12 points in the first half.

Host Vallejo High broke open a nip-and-tuck affair with a suffocating press in the third quarter and eventually cruised to a 75-50 win over Sierra High in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs last night. The Apaches outscored the Timberwolves 48-23 in the second half. Eddie Morales paced Coach Scott Thomason’s T’wolves with 13 points in a losing cause and Brett Paige added 11 more counters.

Host Sacramento High coasted to a 60-30 win over East Union High Tuesday night in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls’ basketball playoffs. Stephanie Swift led the Lancers with 11 points. Coach Brian Goulart’s team finishes the season with a 14-13 record. 

A gutsy performance by head-strong junior Melody Greco led Manteca High’s soccer team to a 6-1 rout of Ripon High on Tuesday. Greco got a hat trick (three goals), while teammates Megan Bassi, Jen Dickman and Kim Herrera all added scores for the Lady Buffs.

Nicole Vanni, another blue-chip freshman standout, scored her second goal in as many games and the Sierra High girls soccer team held on for a 1-0 non-league win over Lincoln High in Stockton Tuesday. The Lady T’wolves out-shot Lincoln 19-6.

Both Manteca High’s Seth Davis (152) and Vincent Bordi (215) snared first-place gold medals at Stockton’s Civic Auditorium in the South Delta Sac-Joaquin Sub-section wrestling tournament on Saturday. Sierra High’s Donnie Berg (140) and Daniel Dineen (189) will also advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals next Friday at Folsom High.