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2005: Buffs open with 40-0 blowout OF Ceres
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100 years ago, on September 7, 1915, Clements-Lockeford, with Pete Sheppard in the box, made a very poor showing when they faced the Manteca Merchants. Elmer Blodgett seemed none the worse of his mid-week accident and pitched a good game, backed by strong support. Manteca got an early start, getting four runs in the first and the final score was 11 to 4.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

90 years ago: September 7, 1925 – Hopes of the local Legion baseball team to win the championship of the Don Pedro League were blasted when the Patterson Panthers grabbed the second game of the championship series by a score of 5 to 4. The Panthers had also taken the first tilt. Felker weakened in the eighth inning and Patterson ran up four runs to sew up the game. Payne and Boyd did good work in umpiring, but they got the benefit of the crowd of about 300’s sarcasm in the pinches. Rain threatened several times.

80 years ago: September 12, 1935 – Football practice at the local high school entered its second week Tuesday as the fall semester opened. Forty boys reported to J. S. Mathews, physical education teacher and coach. The single-wing back system will be used this year. Some of the first-string players back this year are: Milo Candini, Howard Barber, Carl Schaffner, Bill Talbert and Ernie Silva. The first game, on September 27, will be against Modesto High and will also serve as a dedication of the new lighted field.

60 years ago: September 15, 1955 – “We have a long way to go,” were words from head coach Frank LeSan after Manteca High’s two-hour scrimmage last Saturday against Modesto High. The Buffaloes failed to score a single touchdown. “Frank Leach at center, Bill Gaylor at one of the guard positions and Bill Marples at fullback are the only boy s almost sure of starting the Hayward game next Friday,” said LeSan.

30 years ago: September 11, 1985 – Kelly Horton scored 10 straight points in the first game of East Union High’s pre-season volleyball contest against Escalon High as the Lady Lancers scored a 15-1, 15-8 victory at Escalon.

Manteca High’s tennis team earned its second victory of the young season with an 11-4 pre-season win over visiting Tracy High. The doubles teams of Stacey Waldvogel-Kimi Davis and Anne Tarwater-Regina Derrick scored six of the Lady Buff points.

Manteca High’s volleyball team, with Michelle Smith being named to the all-tournament team, defeated Ripon High 15-2, 15-9 to win the Tournament of Champions—MHS’s first such championship.

Manteca High defense did it Thursday night. The Buffaloes held Stockton’s Franklin High scoreless in its debut and led the Green and White to a 12-0 season-opening victory over the Yellowjackets at Guss Schmiedt Field. Senior quarterback Jim Lindsay threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Brian Downey in the first quarter and then added another TD toss in the second quarter as he found Steve Duran open for an 18-yard score. First-year coach Bob Lee received an impressive performance from senior Joe Dias, who sacked Franklin High backs for a total loss of 31 yards and had a fumble recovery.

Head Coach Jim Brown and his staff watched helplessly from the sidelines as Ceres High took advantage of five East Union High fumbles—four while in scoring positions—as the Bulldogs scored a narrow 6-0 pre-season win at Guss Schmiedt Field.

20 years ago: September 9, 1995 – East Union High quarterback Matt Burgess passed for 198 yards and three touchdowns and Jeff Abrew caught five balls, scored three touchdowns and totaled 140 yards in receiving. But Beyer High had the only number that mattered in their 24-21 non-conference victory over the Lancers Friday night at Guss Schmiedt Field. An EU penalty set up a Beyer drive with just over four minutes remaining that led to the final score.

In the first varsity football game in the history of Sierra High, the Timberwolves turned over the ball five times Friday that led to a 34-7 loss to Laguna Creek High in Elk Grove. Eli Campbell scored the only T-wolf touchdown on a seven-yard scamper in the first quarter. Campbell finished with 119 yards gained on only 12 carries.

East Union High gained some momentum for the VOL volleyball season when they rolled past Ripon Christian High in four games Friday. The 15-12, 15-6, 13-15, 15-6 win gives the Lady Lancers a 6-2 record heading into VOL play.  Lisa Noceti had a strong all-around game with 11 kills and 10 service points.

Sierra High goalie Shawn Fraser was a rock in the net and the T’wolves rolled up five goals in the 5-4 win over Los Banos High on Wednesday. Tim Brown scored twice for SHS and Matteo Panigada, Jim Duran and Rudy Valencia tallied the others.

An “intensive” workout and a change in lineup was just what the Manteca High soccer team needed as it posted its first win of the 1995 season—a 4-2 topping of Los Banos High on Monday afternoon. Juan Ramirez, a junior, scored all three of the Buffalo first-half goals. Eric Smith got the final MHS goal with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Host Manteca High took a 15-1, 15-13, 15-2 volleyball win over Sierra High Tuesday night in a VOL opener. The Lady Buffs improved to 5-1 on the season, while the Lady T’wolves dropped to 2-4 overall. Seniors Beth Cochran and Leisa Mahaffie, junior Audrey Jackson and sophomore Emily Wofford all ruled the net by combining for eight kills. Tara Tengco led Sierra with five service points, while Kristen Monroy scored four points on two dinks, a block and two service aces.

The East Union High tennis team picked up its second win of the season with a 10-5 victory over Sierra High Tuesday. Lorna Nelson won two singles matches for the Lady Lancers and the doubles team of Sara Backes-Wendy Hinckley also took a pair of wins.

Manteca High split their doubles matches but scored just one point in singles in an11-4 tennis loss to Bear Creek High. The doubles teams of Kari Malvick-Loretta Lucas and Sara Jacobs-Mindy Eusebio both split their matches.

10 years ago: September 14, 2005 – Battle-tested Manteca High’s soccer team got all the offense they would need seconds before the intermission in a Valley Oak League season-opening 1-0 win over Buhach Colony High in Atwater Tuesday. Miguel Solis found the back of the net inside the 40th minute.

Sierra High used the strength of its doubles corps and top singles player, Kira Weeks, to upend host Manteca High 10-5 in VOL tennis action Tuesday. The Timberwolf combinations of Stephanie Teunissen-Chrissy Rotert and Shari Silva-Mona Ballagan won their matches with the Buffaloes.

Youthful East Union High golfers continued their impressive start with a 277-348 VOL win over Buhach Colony High on Tuesday at the Rancho Del Rey golf course in Atwater. Ellen Parker earned medalist honors for EU. The hard-hitting sophomore cared a 45 on the hilly, sometimes unmanageable greens at Rancho Del Rey.

Julie Shutler shot a score of 41 as the Sierra High golf team took a 257-278 win over visiting Sonora High at the Manteca Park golf course on Thursday.

The East Union High football team suffered a 28-7 defeat at the hands of the visiting Beyer High team Friday night at Dino Cunial Field. Daniel Markham connected with Daniel DeGraaf on an 11- yard touchdown pass just after the start of the fourth quarter to give EU its only score.

Manteca High’s powerful offensive line and speedy defensive unit led the Buffaloes to a 40-0 blowout of Ceres High Friday night in Ceres. Andre Patterson carried the ball 13 times for 103 yards, recovered a fumble and scored three touchdowns. Ruben Cedano passed 27 yards to Michael Turner for a score and James Parra led the Buff defense with six tackles for loss, had a sack and blocked a punt.

Sierra High lost to Livermore’s Granada High 27-14 at Teicheira Stadium on Friday. Rodney Daniels scored the first T’wolf touchdown on a three-yard run to begin the second quarter. David Correia tallied the other SHS score on a 72-yard jaunt in the final quarter. Jared Ross passed for 144 yards on just 12 completions for Sierra.

Leah Bloodgood turned in an all-around performance and the East Union High volleyball team was all smiles in a three-game win over Livingston High on Friday. Bloodgood had 13 assists, 10 digs, seven kills and four aces as the Lancers rolled to a 25-16, 25-19, 25-14 win over the Wolves.\