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1997: Jim Brown retires after 17 years as East Union coach
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Fifty years ago, on October 29, 1967, the East Union High Lancers turned on a strong rushing attack for the first time and put together a 26-0 win over Riverbank High. Fred Barnes scored the first two Lancer touchdowns and Ron Erion tallied the third. Quarterback Bill Holland teamed up with Russ Sousa on a 17-yard pass play for the last score of the evening. Erion kicked two extra points.


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90 years ago: November 3, 1927 – One of the largest crowds ever assembled at the high school athletic field witnessed the Manteca High Buffaloes defeat the Sonora High Wildcats by the score of 20 to 0 Friday afternoon. The Manteca gridders outplayed the visitors in every department of the game. Joe Bianchi, the Buffaloes’ fast and flashy halfback, featured the game. In the first period, he circled right end for a touchdown. In the last quarter, he intercepted a Sonora pass and ran 60 yards for another touchdown. The other Manteca score came in the second period when Captain Eddie Forsell went over from the one-yard line after Manteca had marched down the field. Emil Theiler, local quarterback, converted twice.


80 years ago, November 4, 1937 – Just another football team. That’s what the Manteca High Buffaloes found the Sonora High Wildcats to be in the game at Pennebaker Field Friday night when the visitors suffered a 39-6 shellacking at the hands of Coach Larry Siemering’s romping Buffaloes. Before the game was five minutes old, Manteca had acquired six points by way of Al Phillips, who intercepted a pass and raced 65 yards for a touchdown, but Jim Poulos failed to convert. From then on, it was evident that Manteca had the upper hand as the local boys made 20 points in the first half of the game.


70 years ago: November 6, 1947 – The Livingston High Wolves, adhering to their defensive-style game, made Manteca High comply with their efforts and dead-locked the Buffaloes 6-6 Friday night. Manteca scored the first touchdown of the game in the second quarter. Quarterback Jack Williams hit end Don Salmon with a 10-yard pass. George Azevedo’s all-important extra point attempt was slightly to the right.


60 years ago: November 7, 1957 – One minute and 48 seconds showed on the clock as Wayne Rose threw a game-winning pass to halfback Bob Silva. The final score showed Manteca High 12, and Oakdale High 6. Silva also scored the first Buffalo touchdown in the first quarter when he scampered 20 yards on a double reverse, which few spectators were able to keep up with.


50 years ago: November 1, 1967 – Manteca High’s faint title hopes were dealt a severe blow last Friday night when the Lincoln High Trojans used the first quarter to score three touchdowns and then held on for an easy 20-6 Valley Oak League victory. Jerry McCarter scored the only Buffalo TD with a three-yard run in the second quarter.


20 years ago: November 1, 1997 – The Manteca High volleyball team (10-3 in VOL) remained a game ahead of East Union High in the hunt for second place by sweeping visiting Los Banos High 15-9, 15-7, 15-11 Monday night at Winter Gym. All-league candidate Emily Wofford tallied nine kills and seven digs, while Janelle Riella scored 13 points with five digs and four kills.

After directing East Union High’s varsity football progam for the past 17 years, “Gentleman Jim” Brown will be making his last home appearance tonight when the Lancers host Sonora High. The 59 year-old Oklahoma native will be leaving the sidelines with a 73-91-1 record as varsity coach. “If blocking and tackling is all I taught, then I did them (the players) a great injustice,” said Brown. “I look at the game as kids and how you prepare them for the future.” Brown directed the Lancers to VOL titles three times—in 1981, 1982 and 1989—and twice to Sac-Joaquin Section Division II runner-up finishes.

Five city high school soccer players—three seniors and two juniors—were named to the VOL’s first team this week. Senior midfielder Leo Barron and senior fullback Garrett Fatzer, both of East Union High, senior midfielder James Burns and junior forward Arnaldo Silva, both of Manteca High and junior midfielder Luis Almeida of Sierra High were named to the elite squad. 


10 years ago: November 6, 2007 – East Union High’s Division III girls’ cross-country team (eighth) qualified for the section meet, as did Sierra High’s John Bowers and Chelsea Deerinck in Division II as result of Sunday’s sub-section races at Frogtown in Angels Camp.

East Union High equaled its football win total from the past three years when they edged host Ceres High 35-27 Friday night in VOL play. The Lancers improved to 4-5 overall with the victory. Quarterback Teddy Anderson completed 12 of 20 passes for 228 yards with three touchdowns. He also scored on a 54-yard run. Eugene Alston caught six passes for 150 yards and two TD’s. Ed Trigg sealed the victory when he intercepted a pass at East Union’s two-yard line with 33 seconds to play.

Adam Fuentes booted a 20-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining in the football game as Manteca High edged Central Valley High 17-14 on a slick Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night. The Buffaloes scored 10 points in the final four minutes to rally. Johnnie Golden scored first for MHS with an eight-yard run in the third quarter and then his team was forced to hold on. Doug Hayes passed to Toby Fox for a 28-yard score in the final period. Fuentes kicked both extra points, as well as the winning field goal.