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1997: EU cross-country boys win first VOL title
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Fifty years ago, on October 5, 1967, moving from a second quarter 7-7 tie, Manteca High went on to down East Union High 34-7 in the first-ever varsity football game between the two schools. Buffalo Steve Mendosa ran over, through and around the Lancers on the first play of the game for a 59-yard scoring romp. Mendosa went on to score again for the Buffs and Andy Munoz scored twice for Manteca. Jerry McCarter ran 65 yards for another score after a lateral from Ed Beck, who had caught a pass from Brown. The only Lancer touchdown was scored in the second period when Larry Yamasaki, diminutive EU defensive back at 5-5, picked off a Phil Brown pass at the Lancer 20 and thrilled the crowd with an 80-yard return. Ron Erion kicked the extra point for EU. 


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from the Bulletin files:

80 years ago: October 13, 1937 – Jimmie Delnero, Manteca’s popular heavyweight boxer, won the decision in his fight in Stockton Tuesday night with Bob Richardson of Oakland. 


70 years ago: October 10, 1947 – The Manteca High Buffaloes and the Ceres High Bulldogs waged a football battle royal Friday night at Pennebaker Field, Manteca emerging the victor, 7 to 6. A rain squall in the second half turned the field into a sea of muck and mire. Halfback George Azevedo scored Manteca’s touchdown on the sixth play of the game when he skirted his own left end and raced 65 yards. He also split the uprights on his conversion attempt. 


60 years ago: October 17, 1957 – The Manteca High Buffaloes were brought down to their second defeat of the year Friday night as the Franklin High Yellowjackets dropped the Buffaloes, 13 to 0. Making yardage for Manteca was Bob Silva, with 56 net yards on 10 carries. The Buffaloes did control themselves on the field as they had only two penalties for a total of 10 yards.


40 years ago: October 12, 1977 – Road trips have proven hazardous to Manteca High in 1977 as they have lost three out-of-town contests in as many attempts, including Friday night’s football game with Central Catholic High of Modesto 21-6. The lone Buffalo touchdown was on a one-yard run by quarterback Bob O’Rourke in the second quarter. Star running back Brad Steele gained 118 of the Buffs’ total 192 offensive yards on just 14 carries.

The Manteca High tennis team pushed their VOL record to 3-2 last week when they defeated cross-town rival East Union High 3-0. Lady Buff singles winners were Denise Negley, Loreen Brockman and Monica Pope, while the doubles teams of Gabriele Scheinuck-Brenda Handy and Sue Caperon-Suzanne Wilson were also victorious.

Last Friday evening, the East Union High football team ran into a wall, a Hughson High defensive wall, and were defeated 30-14. The Lancer touchdowns were scored by Jerry Standifer on a 15-yard run and by reserve quarterback Larry Grissom scoring from three yards out. His pass to Foster Brooks for two points was good.

In one of the most hard-fought battles on the volleyball court this year, the East Union High team boosted their record to first place and 4-0 in the Valley Oak League with a 15-4, 15-4 decision over Manteca High. Jean Windham and Pam Pico paced the Lancer girls to their victory with outstanding setting and team play. Anchoring the Manteca squad were Debbie Bylow and Donna Fertig.

Manteca High’s cross country team continued its winning ways Monday when they trampled VOL foe St. Mary’s High of Stockton, 19-36. The Buffaloes, coached by Jim Frost, are defending VOL champions. Leading this week’s race for Manteca was Sergio Aguilar, who clocked a time of 16:24 for the three-mile course.


30 years ago: October 13, 1987 – The Manteca High cross country team outran Ceres, Los Banos and Livingston high schools in a four-way meet at Livingston High Monday to remain undefeated. Manteca’s boy s beat host Livingston 19-41 as Robert Burnett, Alex Cordaway and Tracy Voorheis finished 1-2-3 for the Buffaloes. Burnett’s winning time was 13:10. In girls’ competition, Manteca’s Shannon Villines outdistanced two others for first place in 17:23.

East Union High was unable to field a full team in a tri-meet at Durham Ferry Park at which Sonora High dominated. The Lances got a sixth-place finish from Mark Palesch at 15:38.

Betsy McCall helped Manteca High’s volleyball team snap out of a sluggish start with a devastating block and it was all Lady Buffs from there on in a 15-5, 15- 6, 15-11 league battle Tuesday with Livingston High.

Lynn Fowler came up with three wins, but her East Union High teammates couldn’t help as the Lady Lancers fell 8-7 to visiting Ceres High in league tennis action Tuesday.

Host Central Catholic High once again flexed its powerful tennis rackets in taking a 12.5-2.5 league win over Manteca High yesterday in Modesto. Katie Gaynor picked up one singles victory for the Lady Buffs, while the doubles team of Regina Derrick-Kimi Davis notched the other MHS triumph.

Behind effective serving of Barbara Jones  and Karen Elliott and strong net play by Carey Pulliam and Kim McCreath, East Union High rolled past Livingston High 15-4, 15-16, 15-7 for its 13th straight volleyball victory. Pulliam had 10 kills in 16 attempts and tallied four blocks for points.

Host Sonora High escaped with a 13-7 VOL football win over Manteca High Friday night. Brian Basinger scored the only Buffalo touchdown from a yard out and Jose Perez gave the Buffaloes a short-lived lead by converting the extra point.

East Union High had both speed and power when it counted Friday night in their 17-0 blanking of Oakdale High at Guss Schmiedt Field. EU scored early in the second quarter when Alex Landeros swept around left end from nine yards out. Alan Sandoval, who kicked the extra point, made it 10-0 two seconds before halftime on a 30-yard field goal. Landeros, who led all rushers with 88 yards, got the final Lancer score on a two-yard scamper up the middle with 5:47 remaining.


20 years ago: October 14, 1997 – Manteca High’s volleyball team stunned league-leading East Union High 15-4, 11-15, 15-10, 15-11 Monday night before a vocal crowd at Winter Gym. Emily Wofford paced the Lady Buffs with 12 kills, three blocks and three service aces. Jayme Burrows collected 17 service points with three aces. Leia Lozada and Carey Corfiatis each snuffed three blocks to lead EU. Michelle Moran added 11 assists.

The East Union High soccer team won for the first time in six games, 2-1 over West High, after giving up an early goal and then battling back. Martin Lopez and Leo Barron made the goals for the Lancers.

Luis Almeida scored in the 13th minute and Russ Rigler scored in the 69th minute as Sierra High took a 2-1 soccer win over Sonora High yesterday.

The East Union High cross country team came away double winners at Wednesday’s tri-meet with Los Banos and West high schools in Tracy, capturing the first VOL boys’ title in the school’s 30-year history, plus winning the girls’ title for the second time. Coach Phil DePuy’s Lancer boys and girls teams each finished the league season 7-0. EU’s Justin Willingham won his ninth individual race in 17:06. The Lancer boys defeated Los Banos 22-34 and West 19-42. The Lady Lancers edged Los Banos 27-28 and defeated West 15-50, with Laura Dukas taking a second place in 22:37.

Aided by three interceptions—one returned for a touchdown—Manteca High ended a four-game losing streak Friday night with a hard-fought 43-34 football win over Sierra High. Jon Martin ran for a pair of Buffalo touchdowns on runs of nine and four yards and ran for two extra points. Robert Miller rushed for 126 yards and a TD, Adondus Foster took a 24-yard scoring pass from quarterback Paul Rebeiro, Ben McKinsey returned a kickoff 75 yards to score and Steve Sims took an interception 27 yards to paydirt for the Buff scoring. Jorge Cedano kicked three extra points and Rebeiro ran for another two. For the T’wolves, Jeremy Cook rushed for 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught a pass from quarterback Ryan Burgess for another. Henry Turner caught a TD pass from Burgess and ran three yards for another. Mateo Panigada kicked two extra points and Turner ran for another pair for the T’wolves.


10 years ago: October 17, 2007 – Stacy Morris’s win in singles and a pair of doubles victories led Sierra High to a 3-2 tennis win over visiting Weston Ranch High on Tuesday. In doubles play, Mona Balagan-Teri Hedegard and Stephanie Vanni-Michaela Scott scored winning points.

Marissa Navarro had 12 kills and three blocks in two games as the Manteca High volleyball team breezed past Central Valley High of Ceres 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-11) Tuesday at Winter Gym. Leading the way at the end line was Janissa Hernandez, who had 16 service points, including eight aces, to go along with five digs for the Lady Buffs.

East Union High stayed in the league race with a 2-0 soccer win over a game Weston Ranch High side on Tuesday. Fernando Alvarez and Luis Angel Abarca scored the goals for the Lancers. EU had a commanding edge in shots on goal, out-kicking WRHS 24-5 as Lancers goalie Michael DePedrini had a lone save.

In Sonora on Monday, Jesus Perez scored twice and assisted another to keep Manteca High in the running for the VOL soccer title with a 4-0 victory over Sonora High. Kolby Murphy and Nathan Porter tallied the others for the Buffaloes, now 7-2-1 on the year.

Sierra High’s Julie Shutler won the Valley Oak League golf tournament, held at Stockton’s Brookside Country Club on Monday, shooting a 4-over-par 76 in pacing the Timberwolves to a second place finish and capturing the VOL MVP award. As expected, Coach Dennis Wells’ East Union High squad won the tournament, led by Ellen Parker’s 79. Danielle Roberts had a 101 for Manteca High’s best score. After an undefeated regular season, the Lancers landed five players on the all-VOL squad, including Krysta Clark, Lindsay Shoot, Brianna Goulart, Amanda Agostini and Parker.

Several hours of continuous rain left Guss Schmiedt Field a muddy mess for a showdown with Sonora High on Homecoming Night. That didn’t stop Manteca High’s stingy defense, when necessary, and pulled out a 13-0 win to prolong their winning streak—California’s longest—to 26 games. Early in the first quarter, Buffalo Stewart Strong hammered the Sonora quarterback and knocked the ball out for Tim Larson to scoop up and run 16 yards to the end zone. Later in the same period, Jake Salamani plowed over the goal line for the other Buff TD.  A strong point for MHS was its defense as the constant play-making of Nick Ortiz and Beau Fryer shook up Sonora’s efforts.

Sierra High’s defense forced four turnovers and allowed just 64 yards of East Union High offense in a dominant 26-0 shutout win Friday night at Dino Cunial Field. Mike Garcia passed for three touchdowns, two to Nick Wendell and once to Randy Neto. Cesar Montoya ran 13 yards for the other TD.