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1997: EUS Willingham races to first place at Frogtown Invitational
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Eighty years ago, on September 24, 1937, the Manteca High Buffaloes chalked up another victory as they handed the Modesto High Panthers a 13-7 defeat on Pennebaker Field. Coach Larry Siemering’s boys took just 10 minutes to score two touchdowns. Both of these goals were made on passes from Jim Conners to Marvin Wigley.


In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

70 years ago: October 2, 1947 – The Manteca High Buffaloes scored three times in the second half to defeat Galt High 25-7 last Friday night. Coach Earl Klapstein’s boys scored first on George Azevedo’s 20-yard run. In the second half, Wayne Dughi was placed in the game at halfback. On the second play, Dughi streaked 65 yards for a touchdown. The 120-pound junior speedster went on to score two more times in his first football game.


60 years ago: October 3, 1957 – The Manteca High Buffaloes experienced defeat as they opened the 1957 football season, the defeat coming from the Edison High Vikings by a score of 19 to 13. Manteca halfback Bob Silva was the standout of the game as he collected 99 yards on 13 carries and caught a 13-yard pass from quarterback Wayne Rose for one of the Buffalo scores. Rose scored the other on a keeper play and Don Silva booted one extra point.


50 years ago: September 29, 1967 – Manteca High’s cross-country team opened defense of its two-year championship in fine form by shutting out Lincoln High15-40, sweeping the first five places in the three-mile run last Monday. Manteca’s premier distance runner, John Boggs, took first place honors, covering the three miles in 16:07.4.

Excursions to Modesto have not been profitable for the Manteca High Buffaloes this year. Last Friday night, the Buffs received their second loss at Downey Stadium when they were roughly received by the Davis High Spartans 33-7. Steve Mendosa scored the only touchdown for Manteca.

Coach Jack Farrell’s Liberty High Lions took to the air lanes to down a stubborn East Union High team, 29-0.


40 years ago: September 30, 1977 – Livermore High fumbled the ball on its first play against Manteca High Friday night. Defensive end Tim Vick scooped up the loose ball and scampered 25 yards into the end zone for the Buffs’ score. MHS proved to be just as careless with the ball as they fumbled five times to the Cowboys and the final result: Livermore 13, Manteca 6.

Time ran out on Calaveras High’s football team last Friday when East Union High stopped the Redskins from scoring with six seconds left and won the encounter 20-14. Lancer running back Jerry Sandifer took a 33-yard scoring pass from quarterback Steve Corral into the end zone with just 1:11 remaining in the game for the eventual clincher. Paul Seabron scored the other two Lancer touchdowns on runs of two and 13 yards. 

Leading the East Union High volleyball team in their Valley Oak League victory were Dee Dee Shawen, Kathy Knight, Pam Pico and Barbara Van Mater. The team defeated Oakdale High in two games, 15-3, 15-13.

The sand course at East Union High did not prove to be an advantage for the Lancer cross-country team Monday as they lost to VOL opponent St. Mary’s High of Stockton, 20-39. Finishing second in the competition with a time of 18:55 was Bob Vierra.

The tennis match between Manteca High and Tokay High of Lodi came down to the wire with the Buffaloes finally losing 3-2. Singles winner was Denise Negley, while the doubles team of Gabriele Scheinuck-Brenda Handy took the other win.

A disheartened Manteca High cross-country team came home from Ceres High Monday after losing a VOL meet to the Bulldogs by a single point, 27-28. Coming through for the Buffalo team was Sergio Aguilar, who led all runners with a time of 13:33.

Although the Manteca High volleyball team lost a non-league encounter with Tokay High Tuesday, the team demonstrated that they are true competitors. Tokay defeated Coach Debbie Becker’s girls in two games, 15-9 and 15-9. Karen Steves and Donna Fertig were instrumental in helping the Lady Buffs earn points.


30 years ago: September 27, 1977 – Manteca High took second in team standings at Saturday’s Frogtown Invitational cross-country meet in Angels Camp. Robert Burnett finished third overall, turning the three-mile course in 16:29. The only varsity girl for MHS was Shannon Villines, who finished with a 23:05 for fifth in Division I. East Union High was led by Mike Langton’s ninth overall in 19:06.

Manteca High, behind strong singles play from their number one singles player and both doubles teams, whipped East Union High’s tennis team 12-3 Tuesday afternoon on the MHS courts. The Lady Buffs got three singles wins from Katie Gaynor and two each from the doubles teams of Regina Derrick-Kimi Davis and Robin Nunes-Diane Plaskell. The Lady Lancers, who fell to 1-5 overall, were paced by Lynn Fowler, who won two of her three matches.

East Union High’s Barbara Jones, a 5-2 senior, racked up a new season high of 11 straight service points as the Lady Lancers took a 15-3, 15-6, 15-7 volleyball win from Tuolumne’s Summerville High Tuesday to up the EU record to 10-1. Among the starters, Karen Elliott racked up 10 points from the service line and Carey Pulliam had six kills.

Before a stunned crowd at Guss Schmiedt Field, Ceres High took a non-league 31-14 football win over host East Union High last night. Lancer running back Alex Landeros again had a big game—130 yards on 15 totes and a touchdown. Quarterback Robert Randall tossed a12-yard pass to Dmitri Koger for the other Lancer score. Alex Sandoval kicked both extra points.

The Manteca High volleyball team sharpened up for a big tournament with a convincing 15-7, 15-12, 5-15, 15-7 victory over host Central Catholic High Thursday night in Modesto. Deanna Caldwell finished with 14 service points.

Manteca High dropped a 20-0 non-league football game to visiting Los Banos High Friday night. The Buffaloes were held to 167 total offense for the night.


20 years ago: September 28, 1997 – East Union High’s Justin Willingham took first in the 30th annual Frogtown Invitational cross-country meet held in Angels Camp last Saturday. Sierra High’s David Ulibarri finished in second behind Willingham to pace another stellar performance by runners from the three city schools. Willingham finished in 15:31 to 15:34 by Ulibarri.  Manteca High’s Josh Roddy finished in ninth place in 16:35.

Three players served in double figures as Sierra High defeated previously unbeaten Oakdale High 15-13, 12-15, 15-13, 8-15 and 15-7 in VOL volleyball action yesterday at the T’wolf gym. Eryn Zirpel served for 17 points with three aces, Tara Tengo had 14 points, 11 kills and three digs and Jennifer Schafer served for 15 points with an ace for the 6-4 Lady T’wolves.

Manteca High ushered in its first home volleyball game in the refurbished Winter Gym by defeating Tracy High 15-4, 15-6, 15-5 yesterday. The Lady Buffs were led by Danielle Vieira, who served for 10 aces in the match.

Carrie Hartt and Jennifer Taff each had six kills and East Union High’s volleyball team swept visiting Los Banos High in three games, 15-13, 15-7, 15-6. The Lady Lancers served for 13 aces in the match, held in Dalben Center.

Coach Tony Valtierra’s Sierra High T’wolves defeated rival Manteca High 5-1 in soccer action Tuesday. Arnaldo Silva’s goal in the second half was the only goal for MHS. Scoring for Sierra were Nick Glogovac, Luis Almeida, Jeffrey Orman and David Nuno. The fifth goal was made inadvertently by a Manteca player in his own goal.

Manteca High’s number one singles player, Lisa Uecker, and number three singles Melissa Rosander won all of their matches to lead the Lady Buff tennis team to a 9.5-5.5 win over East Union High as the rivals met Tuesday. For the Lady Lancers, Jennifer Lloyd earned a singles point, while the doubles team of Laura Zacharias-Wendy Hinckley won both their matches.

The Sierra High tennis team traveled to Tracy on Wednesday to take a 12-3 win over West High. Singles player Valerie Mercier won all three of her matches for the Lady T’wolves, while in doubles play, Candee Green-Kelly Valenzuela and Miranda Coykendall-Lindsay Schnebeck won all their matches.


10 years ago: October 3, 2007 – Manteca High was playing with extra pep Tuesday in a 4-2 soccer victory against visiting cross-town rival East Union High. Mostafa Aniss scored two goals and Nathan Porter scored once, as did Jesus Perez. Luis Angel Abarca tallied one into the net for EU and the final Lancer goal was the result of an inadvertent shot by a Buffalo into his own net.

Sierra High won the tiebreaker Tuesday as the team played the East Union High tennis squad to a 7.5-7.5 tie, requiring the tie breaker, which was games won. Sierra’s Tori Hedegard-Mona Ballagan had beaten EU’s Alicia Cook-Kyrie Balme to force the tie.

Krysta Clark shot a 1-over-par 38 Tuesday at Manteca Park Golf Course to lead East Union High past Manteca High 210-269. Lady Buff southpaw Kaylee Joaquin had a 47 to pace the young MHS team.

It was the Megan Spinks Show Tuesday at Winter Gym, where the East Union High volleyball team improved to 8-6 with a 3-1 win over Manteca High (25-21, 25-23, 25-27, 25-20). Spinks, EU’s southpaw outside hitter, was outstanding, collecting 23 digs and sending home 15 kills.  

Sierra High’s volleyball team beat host Weston Ranch High 25-12, 25-20, 25-15 on Tuesday. The Timberwolves remained unbeaten at 6-0 in VOL action. Mahlynn Liotard finished with nine service points (three aces) and seven assists. Heather Scharmann had eight blocks and six more kills.

In cross-country action, Sierra High’s boy’s team finished 38th out of 54 Division I schools at the prestigious Stanford Invitational Saturday in Palo Alto. The SHS girls finished 28th out of 49. Sophomore John Bowers finished 92nd out of 342 runners. Lianna Patton led the way for the girls, placing at 91st.

Sierra High quarterback Mike Garcia connected with Avery White on a 68-yard pass that gave SHS a touchdown and a 34-28 lead with just over two minutes remaining in its game with Central Valley High at Teicheira Memorial Stadium. The T’wolves held on to that score to win the game. Dirinna Uwakwe ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns for Sierra High.

Manteca High scored touchdowns on all three of their possessions in the second quarter and coasted to a 35-0 victory over the host Ceres High Bulldogs last night. The Buffaloes extended its state-leading winning streak to 24 games. Johnnie Golden ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Doug Hayes passed for 172 yards and a TD. Beau Fryer caught three passes for 55 yards and a score. Hayes passed 30 yards to Corban Bell and James Glidden had a one-yard scoring run. Kicker Adrian Fuentes made all five of his PAT’s.