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2000: Nylen, Taylor win Bulletin scholarships

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POSTED June 13, 2010 1:53 a.m.
10 years ago: June 14, 2000 - The Sierra Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball team continued its early-season tear through the league with a pair of resounding victories in Tracy on Sunday to improve to 4-0. Sierra defeated Tracy Green 20-4 in a five-inning first game and 12-0 in the second five-inning game. In Sunday’s opener, they scored nine runs in the fourth inning. The big hit was a three-run homer by Matt Berezay. In the next inning, Sierra added 10 runs to complete the 17-hit blowout. Besides his homer, Berezay also connected for a pair of doubles. In the second tilt, Robert Breedlove and Alex Avila combined for a one-hitter. Meanwhile, Ryan Teicheira went 2-for-3 from the plate.

The all-time leader in victories at Manteca High has accepted a wrestling scholarship at California State University-Bakersfield. Efren Ceballos, who capped off his prep career with a fourth place medal at the State tournament, will likely wrestle at the 125-pound level at the Division I school. His brother, Elizar, is currently wrestling at CSUB.

Jennifer Nylen and Daniel Taylor were selected as East Union High’s recipients of the Manteca Bulletin Darell Phillips Memorial Scholar Athlete Awards. Nylen was a four-year volleyball and softball player. She will enroll at San Diego State University. Taylor was an all-league quarterback and defensive back and spent four years on the school’s honor roll, graduating with a 3.4 GPA. He plans to enroll at San Joaquin Delta College.

As a reward to the graduating seniors in the area, the 10th annual High School All-star Baseball Classic will be staged June 24 on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College. Representing the city are Sierra High’s Josh Duran, Randy Baltazar and Scott Thomson, with East Union High’s Brian Aufdenkamp and Nathan Gomas and Manteca High’s Richard Rocha. Sierra’s Jack Thomson  will co-coach the South team.

An encore presentation of what the Sac-Joaquin Section’s best softball players have to offer has been created for fans at the inaugural All-Star Softball Classic. The June 24 event, featuring 23 high schools, will be played at Delta College just prior to the annual all-star baseball classic. The softball game begins at 1:15 p.m. Six athletes representing all three of Manteca’s high schools have been selected for the event. Also, Manteca High’s Bill Pinol was chosen to coach the team, along with Argonaut High’s Chris Lucke. The players include pitcher Jennifer Nylen, catcher Jillian Friend and outfielder Masie Ota, all of East Union High; Gina Gonsalez and Janeese Bousilman, both of Manteca High; and Sierra High’s Amanda Panigada.

Attracting five teams and well over 650 competitive swimmers, the Oakdale Invitational 2000 promised the Manteca Dolphins one thing only--it would be a race to the finish. With an excess of nearly 100 Manteca Dolphins competing--ranging from 5 to 17 years of age--the Dolphins out-touched their opponents for 101 ribbons, including five first place ribbons, six second place ribbons and 10 consolation ribbons. Aside from the team’s overall success, 17-year-old Tiffany Vaught personally demolished two meet records in the 50 butterfly and the 50 breaststroke. Vaught was the most decorated Dolphin, garnering two first place ribbons and a second. Her time in the fly was 33.48. In the 50 breast, Vaught splashed in at 37.62. Swimming one of her slower times, she finished the 100 medley in 1:33.76.
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