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1997: 11 straight wins for Sierra High soccer
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Forty years ago, on January 24, 1977, successfully picking  up the pace in the third period with a combination of better shooting, improved rebounding and more intense pressure with its press, Manteca High rode unimpeded  in the second half en route to a 75-51 win over cross-town East Union High. A less than capacity crowd at the MHS gym, an oddity in the MHS-EUHS rivalry, witnessed the Buffaloes running off 14 straight points in a third-period surge to ice the game as EU Coach Carl Bosque watched his team squander numerous  chances at the charity stripe. For the night, the Lancers were a pitiful nine of 23. MHS’s Steve Cimoli led all scorers with 19 points, while Don Joseph and Bob O’Rourke had 10 each. Three Lancers scored in double figures with Russell Stewart netting 15 and Tim Tucker and Eric Stagno collecting 10 apiece.


In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

100 years ago: January 26, 1917 – Delmege and Rawleigh have purchased five acres from J. A. Henas for a ball park. The land lays across the road from the Henas house and adjoins the town. The park will be equipped with a good diamond and bleachers. Baseball season will open not later than April 1. Manteca will be a big factor in baseball in central California.


90 years ago: January 27, 1927 – The Manteca High basketball team went down to defeat at the hands of the Oakdale High team by the score of 27 to 21. Eddie Forsell topped the Manteca scoring with 10 points. The game was played on the Oakdale court.


80 years ago: January 28, 1937 – Taking their initial victory in the first round of league play, the Manteca High squad nosed out Orestimba High of Newman 31 to 26 here Friday night in a fast-breaking, crashing game that had fans roaring from beginning to end. Leading scorer for Manteca was Poulos with 12 points.


70 years ago: January 30, 1947 – A capacity crowd in the local high school gymnasium saw Tracy High triumph over the Manteca High Buffaloes last Friday night. The score at the final whistle saw Tracy leading, the score being 43-27. Curtis Patterson led the Buffalo scoring with 10 points.


60 years ago: January 31, 1957 – Led by the free throws scored by Jim Pappas and a great team effort shown by Manteca High, the Buffalo cagers made a spine-tingling comeback in the fourth quarter to take their first league game by whipping the Livingston High Wolves, 52-44.


40 years ago: January 26, 1977 – Last Friday night at the MHS gym, the Buffalo wrestlers upped their Valley Oak League record to 3-2 with a 39-23 win over East Union High. Ed Mayfield (156), Paul Whitaker (106) and Mick Williams (138) all starred for Manteca High as it stopped the young Lancers under Coach John Gray. The Lancers, with only two seniors gracing the varsity this year, were stubborn before falling against the Buffs. Heavyweight Bill DeGroot had the only pin for EU.


30 years ago: January 27, 1987 – Four Lady Lancers hit for double figures to lead East Union High to a 76-57 drubbing of Los Banos High. Senior guard Kelli Horton fired EU up with 19 points while tearing off seven rebounds, snaring six steals and handing out six assists. The Lee twins were also scoring leaders, with Tracy netting 16 points and her sister Stacy pouring in 14 points and leading everyone with 12 rebounds. Carey Pulliam added 12 points to the winning total.

Manteca High soccer coach Paul Bennett sees some light at the end of the tunnel after his team took a 5-1 victory over Ceres High Tuesday. The Buffaloes got a three-goal effort from Dan Hitzman and two goals from Jose Perez.

East Union High’s wrestlers took a pulsating 33-26 win over city rival Manteca High at Winter Gym Wednesday night. Lancer pins were by Angelo Gama (121), Ricky Wells (100) and Robert Avila at 140. The lone Buffalo pin was by Ken Mikkleson at 147.

The Manteca High girls used a big fourth quarter surge to swamp East Union High 74-55 Thursday night in a battle for first place in the VOL. Scoring 18 unanswered points, the Lady Buffs turned a narrow lead into a runaway as Joette Lucas was high scorer with 23 points. Lissa Dixon with 16, Kelli Iorio with 14 and Mary Foehringer with 10 points added to the winning total. Stacy Lee paced EU with 17 points and her sister Tracy collected 10 points.

The Manteca High boys outscored East Union High 6-0 in the overtime to post an exhilarating 44-38 VOL victory in the cross-town showdown between the rival schools Friday night at Dalben Center. Kevin Wentworth paced the Buffaloes with 14 points and teammate Marshall Cannon added 12 to the winning total. Gary Kron had 14 and David Horton 10 for the Lancers.

East Union High’s soccer scored three times in a five-minute span in the first half Friday and then coasted to a 3-0 conference victory over host Ceres High. The Lancers received goals from Gary Taylor, Matt Ferreira and Gabriel Gutierrez.


20 years ago: January 29, 1997 – Paced by Audrey Jackson’s 27 points and some clutch free throws in the final two minutes, the Manteca High girls held on for a 52-44 victory over Los Banos High on Tuesday night. Jackson had 12 of 17 free throws from the charity stripe.

Jaynee Moon led a trio of Lady Lancers scoring in double figures with 14 points as East Union High topped Sonora High52-47 Tuesday night. Cynthia Mathews added 12 points and Jessie Hardcastle had 10 points for the winners.

Christ Goodhart’s 16 points paced Sierra High to a 48-42 win over Oakdale High as the Lady T’wolves avenged an earlier loss at the hands of the Lady Mustangs. Kristen Huntley added 11 point s to the winning total. Thursday‘s win also ended a four-game losing streak for Coach Dan Cunial’s girls, now 5-19 on the season.

East Union High wrestling Coach Dudley Kinlaw saw lots of improvement Tuesday night as his Lancers defeated Sonora High 58-18 at Dalben Center. Marcus Colon (130), Kyle Westmoreland (145) and Josh York (160) got pins for the Lancers.

East Union High’s defense was once again perfect and that was bad news for Manteca High as the Lancer girls’ soccer team blanked the Buffaloes 5-0 Tuesday night at Guss Schmiedt Field. Heralded by Meghan Harris’s four-goal performance, the Lancers boosted their VOL record to 6-1. Marcy Perez scored the other EU goal.

Sierra High came on strong in the second half to blank Los Banos High 6-0 in VOL girls’ soccer play. It was the eleventh straight win for Coach Manuel Pires’s squad. Monica Pires scored four goals for the Lady T’wolves.

East Union High drained most of its free throws to squelch a comeback bid by Tracy High as the Lancers took a 61-51 basketball win from the Bulldogs Friday night. EU was a sizzling 23 of 27 from the free throw line. Bryan Snitselaar led the Lancer scoring with 18 points, sophomore standout Derrick Kibler netted 17 and Doug Callaway collected 10 points for Coach Bill Stricker’s crew.

Sierra High jumped out to a 15-9 first-quarter lead and then held off a desperate fourth-quarter rally by Oakdale High to take a 62-58 boys’ basketball win Friday evening. Anthony Chapman and Daniel Touchstone each netted 12 points to lead Coach Frank Triglia’s T’wolves, now 4-4 in VOL play.

Jared House caught fire in the second half with 17 points and went on to score 24 counters, including six 3-pointers, to lead Manteca High to a 56-43 victory over Los Banos High Wednesday night. Jeremiah Nieman collected 18 points and Jarrod Schwartz added 11 to the winning total.  


10 years ago: January 31, 2007 –Behind its bothersome full-court press, all-around firepower and the near quadruple-double performance from star guard Christin Gowan, the East Union High girls’ basketball team successfully avenged a previous loss to Oakdale High Tuesday, 61-26 at Dalben Center. EU forced 36 turnovers in the game. Gowan had 13 points, 10 assists, nine steals and eight rebounds before sitting with more than five minutes remaining in the contest. Eleven of the 12 Lancer players scored. EU is now 16-5 on the season.

Erasing a three-point half-time deficit, Manteca High broke out for 20 points in the third quarter and held on late for a 54-52 girls’ basketball victory over host Sonora High on Tuesday. Sughey Cervantes clinched it with two free throws in the last 46 seconds for the Lady Buffs. Cervantes led MHS (19-2 overall) with 16 points, including an 8-for-8 effort from the line. Kym Gause added 12 points in the balanced attack.

Sierra High took the lead over the visiting Central Valley High girls in the fourth quarter of their VOL basketball contest and refused to give it up, winning 42-38 last night. Heather Scharmann scored all of her team-high 18 points in the second half. She also collected 17 rebounds for a double-double for Coach Isaac Gutierrez’s Lady Timberwolves, now 4-15 on the season.

Samantha Phillips, East Union High’s senior wrestler, won the 132-pound division of the California Girls’ Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Hanford West High School on Saturday. Phillips ended up with the title due to an injury default victory over San Diego-Torrey Pines High’s Lauren Thompson.

The California State Athletic Directors Association announced this week that East Union High’s Bill Stricker has been named the Sac-Joaquin Section Athletic Director of the Year for 2006-07. Better known as “Coach” in Lancer circles, Stricker has been a mainstay in East Union athletics for three decades, the last seven years as athletic director.

Opening its VOL basketball contest with Oakdale High by scoring at will, Sierra High went on to blow by the visiting Mustangs in a 63-17 stomping. Offensively, Coach Scott Thomason’s T’wolves got a game-high 19 points from junior forward Adonis Brown, while Brett Paige and Marvin Cotton each contributed 10 points.

East Union High turned in a consistent and impressive 48-26 win over visiting Central Valley High last night. Lancer Cody Lee collected 13 points to become the game’s high scorer. John Moreno followed Lee with 11 points for Coach Eric Simoni’s squad.