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1991: Sierra falls short in section hoop title game

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POSTED February 27, 2011 11:04 p.m.
20 years ago: February 23, 1991 - The Manteca High baseball team exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to win its season opener at Franklin High in Stockton 6-1 on Friday. The big hit was a bases-loaded double by Bobby Magnuson, which drove in three runs. He had another double to lead the Buffalo hitters. Coach Jack Thomson praised Buff starting pitcher Jared Murillo, who pitched four innings, struck out six and walked only one.

The East Union High golf team dropped a 228-229 match to Ripon High yesterday at the Spring Creek Golf Club. Eric Reyes of the Lancers was the medalist as he shot a 41.

Sacramento-Bella Vista High’s Ken Hall handed Manteca High’s Vince Elliott just his third loss of the year against 40 wins yesterday, a 6-5 decision in the title match of the Sac-Joaquin Section wrestling championships at Lodi’s Tokay High.

A few lapses proved to be the difference in winning and losing for the Manteca High girls basketball team in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs Wednesday night at Roseville’s Oakmont High. The hosts took a 66-52 win over the Lady Buffs. MHS ended its season with an 18-10 record. Erin Lathrop topped the Lady Buff scoring with 15 points, while Cateena Gleaves added 14 more for Coach Butch Linn’s girls.

A bases-loaded single with two outs in the top of the sixth inning put a damper on East Union High’s home baseball opener Monday afternoon. The hit gave Franklin High a 7-6 lead that held up as the game was called by darkness at the end of that inning. Mike Costa had a two-run single to pace the Lancer attack.

Three athletes from Manteca were selected to be members of this year’s Lions Central California All-star North football team. Manteca High’s Rick Asbell and Gary Cook and East Union High’s Armando Avina will join 27 other area gridders to compete in the annual contest that will be held at the University of the Pacific in Stockton on July 20.

The Manteca High tennis team made it two for two on the year by beating Stagg High of Stockton 79 games to 70 Tuesday afternoon in Manteca. The Buffaloes were led by singles players Loren Kreitzer and Ken Valadez.

The East Union High boys basketball team let a late lead, the ball and Sacramento-Burbank High slip through their fingers 63-59 Wednesday night at Dalben Center. It was the opening round game of the Sac-Joaquin Section II playoffs. The Lancers committed three turnovers in the final minute with a four-point lead. It ended the EU season at 23-8. In his last appearance in a Lancer uniform, Armando Avina ended his career in style with 27 points. Mike Harmon added 15 points to the EU total.

The East Union High girls got a little more than they bargained for as they dropped a 48-46 overtime affair to Napa’s Vintage High Tuesday night at Dalben Center in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The Lady Lancers were led by Angie Paradzinski. In her last game of the season, the 5-10 senior scored 24 points and pulled down 13 boards. Coach Mark Liles’s girls finished the season with a 23-6 record.

10 years ago: March 3, 2001 - Sierra High became the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III basketball runner-up in the final tick of the clock against Riverbank High on Friday at Arco Arena in Sacramento. A Riverbank shot from beyond the NBA three-point line as the buzzer sounded stole the Bruin win, 48-47. It was the first Riverbank lead of the game.  T’wolf Will Moore led his team in scoring with 19 points, followed by Cedrick Oxendine’s 14 counters. Coach Scott Thomason’s boys play next Tuesday in the first round of the NorCal playoffs.

Manteca High’s swimmers downed West High in both boys and girls divisions on Friday with the Buffaloes winning 94-57 and the Lady Buffs triumphant by a score of 99-64. Evan Gainer was a triple winner for MHS with wins in the 200 free (2:00.51), 100 fly (59.36) and in the 200 medley. Andrew May was also a triple winner: 200 IM (2:08.81), 100 breast (1:07.15) and in the 200 medley. For Coach Sara Fox’s girls, the 200 Free, 200 Medley and the 400 Medley relay teams scored first places. Sarah Houck was a four-time winner, with firsts in the 100 back (1:03.91), the 100 fly (1:02.03) and in the 200 and 400 medley relays.

East Union High’s Sergio Lopez was eliminated from the State wrestling meet in Stockton on Friday, winning one match and losing a pair.

Sierra High swimmers defeated Los Banos High on Friday with both teams winning their meets. The SHS girls took firsts in every event of the meet, winning by a score of 116-51. The 200 Free, the 200 Medley and the 400 Free relay teams were winners. Four-time winner for the Lady T’wolves was Ja-neil Bragg (200 free in 2:02, 100 fly in 1:01.96 and in the 200 free and 200 medley relays). Nicole Draa was a triple winner (100 free in 57.15, 100 back 1:03.33 and in the 400 free relay), as was Stacy Brock with firsts in the 200 IM in 2:18.28, the 100 breast in 1:11.02 and in the 400 free relay.  Melissa Brock also took four firsts: in the 50 free in 27.59, the 500 free in 6:03.34 and in the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay.

The SHS boys team also defeated Los Banos, its score being 83-63. Double winners for Coach Brent Van Zwaluwenberg’s boys included Clayton Basepayne with firsts in the 100 breast (1:03.1) and the 200 IM (2:04.75) and Bryson Taylor in the 200 Free (2:24.97) and the 500 Free in 6:50.03. Basepayne and Taylor also had a part in the winning 400 Free relay team.

Sierra High’s Derrick Shaw and Will Moore and Manteca High’s Mike Officer were named to the all-VOL basketball team. For local girl netters, Sierra High’s Trish Werre and East Union High’s Amy Haapanen and Stacia Stricker were chosen to the all-league first team.      

The Sierra High softball team got off to a strong start Thursday and went on to demolish Downey High 10-0 in five innings at Modesto. Kim Huntley had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for Coach Nicole Burrows’ Lady Timberwolves.

Coach Mike Morenzone’s East Union High softball team beat Beyer High 4-0 in its season opener at Northgate Park on Thursday.  Brittany Tachara pitched a two-hitter and struck out six for the Lady Lancers. Ryan Harris drove in three of the EU runs.

Sierra High’s tennis team shut out Edison High 5-0 on Thursday.

With five juniors in its starting lineup, the Sierra High baseball team opened its pre-season by dropping a 7-6 decision to Johansen High on Tuesday . Robert Breedlove had two hits for Coach Jack Thomson’s T’wolves and Ryan Teicheira cracked a solo home run.

The East Union HIgh swim teams opened their season by dropping decisions to Sonora High on Thursday. The boys were defeated 91-79 and the girls lost 105-65. Erin Pritchard and Tiffany Vaught were both double winners for the Lady Lancers, Pritchard getting firsts in the 50 free (26.72) and in the 200 free relay, with Vaught touching first in the 100 back (1:16.32) and in the 200 free relay. For the boys, Quinlan Chavez grabbed honors in the 200 IM (2:00.74) and in the 100 fly (57.16) and Victor Hucke in the 100 free (54.34) and in the 100 back (1:02.97).

Manteca High’s baseball team came out strong against Downey High on Wednesday in Modesto and slugged its way to a 15-7 win. Justin Beckman was the winning pitcher for the Buffaloes, striking out six in the three innings he pitched. He also starred at the plate, getting two hits, including a home run which drove in a pair of runs.

Manteca High lost an eight-inning softball game to Argonaut High, dropping a 3-2 decision in the season opener. Lady Buff pitcher Becci Harnden struck out 11 batters in the MHS loss.

East Union High’s tennis team trounced Edison High 15-0 on Wednesday.

The East Union High baseball team won its opening game of the season, beating Lincoln High on Tuesday 1-0. Kyle Raymond started on the mound for the Lancers, pitching four innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven batters. The EU run was scored on a second-inning double by Chris Dietrich, which plated Scotty Costa, who had doubled with two outs.

St. Mary’s High defeated Sierra High 2-1 in Sac-Joaquin Section Division I soccer action. Jacki Wax scored the only goal for the Lady T’wolves on Monday night.
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