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1991: EU girl swimmers beat Buffs for 1st time

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POSTED April 24, 2011 9:10 p.m.
20 years ago: April 24, 1991 - The annual cross-town swim meet between Manteca High and East Union High Schools didn’t disappoint the fans and athletes Friday at the Lincoln Park pool. The Lady Lancers were thrilled to beat out the MHS girls for the first time ever, while the Buffalo boys calmly clinched their third straight Valley Oak League dual meet championship, highlighted by a stunning upset in the 50-meter free style race. Led by Dana Maddex’s two first-place finishes, the EUHS girls held off a late comeback by the Lady Buffs to squeak by 89-81. The MHS boys, who won by a convincing 109-60 margin, finished a perfect 7-0 overall. In fact, the team has yet to lose a dual meet since the swimming program was re-started three years ago. The Lancers finished a respectable 6-1 overall with a second in the VOL. At one time, EU coach Telka Groenveld had her doubts about the outcome. “I thought the meet was great,” said MHS coach Harry Nagy. Maddex took wins in the 100 and 200 free, while the Lady Buffs were led by double winners Julie Gaynor and Lisa Pendexter. The highlight of the boys meet was the stunning upset of two-time VOL champion Eric Wohle of EU in the 50 free by Manteca High’s James Harvey. The Buff beat Wohle by a half-second in 22.65. Harvey also won the 100 free in 51.75. The other double winner for the Buffalo swimmers was freshman John Lowry (100 fly and 100 breast).

The Manteca High golf team won their fifth straight match, a 228-230 shading of Sonora High Monday afternoon. Jeremy Dorland and Joel Dias both shot rounds of 45 to lead the way for the Buffaloes.

Despite resting many of his regulars, Manteca High track coach Bob Baker used enough to devastate Ceres High 103-32 Monday afternoon. Not to be outdone, the Lady Buffs remained undefeated in league with a 102-18 win. For the MHS girls, Jenna Asprey once again led the charge with three wins. The junior won the 200 meters (28.9), the 100 (13.5) and tied with teammate Trisha Gonzales in the 100 low hurdles with a time of 16.1. Asprey also ran a leg on the victorious 400 relay team. The boys were impressive, taking 11 of 16 first places. Rick Asbell and Jake Weien were the only multiple winners. Asbell easily won both the shot put (56-5.5) and the discus (143-5.5), while Weien took the triple jump (38-8.25) and the pole vault (10 feet).

Capitalizing on their opponent’s mistakes, the Manteca High softball team downed East Union High 4-1 Tuesday afternoon at the Northgate softball complex. The Lady Buffs got their clutch hits when they were needed, while the Lady Lancers stranded almost a dozen runners on base. Sue Nunes and Ronnie Hart led the Lady Buffs with two hits apiece, while Melanie Souza had three hits for EU. Regina Miller scored the only EU run. The win kept the Lady Buffs undefeated in VOL play at 4-0.

The East Union High golf team proved unfriendly hosts Tuesday afternoon as they dismantled Los Banos High 207-256 to remain undefeated in VOL play at 9-0. The Lancers got an outstanding performance from Eric Parsons, who shot a two-over 38.

The Manteca High tennis team hammered Ceres High 12-3 on Tuesday. The Buffaloes swept every match but the No. 3 singles clash. Eric Agnew had great success for MHS as he scored wins of 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

The East Union High backcourt duo of Eric Simoni and Armando Avina were selected as members of the Kiwanis All-star North Large School roster for the 16th annual all-star basketball game at the University of the Pacific on June 29th.

East Union High’s baseball team downed Manteca High 5-4 yesterday at the Lancers’ field. Despite a horrible second inning in which the Lancers struck for four runs on only two hits, the Buffaloes rallied from a 5-0 deficit and with runners at the corers, needed only a single to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning. Armando Avina led the Lancers with two hits and drove in a run. Dain Cilley had three hits for the Buffs.

The East Union High track team celebrated the return of standouts Manuel Zaragoza and LaMont Snaer by going to Los Banos High and crushing the Tigers 104-32. Following suit, the Lady Lancers ran past their Los Banos counterparts 80-45. Griffin Cheek and Larry Martinez both had a pair of individual wins and earned the accolades of their coach, Dan King. Cheek took the top spot in both the 1600 meters (4:42) and the 3200 (11:07), while Martinez won both the 100 high hurdles (15.79) and the triple jump (39-10.75). Alicia Lyon led a list of multiple first-place winners for the Lady Lancers as she took first in the 400 (1:04.8), the 1600 (5:56) and the 3200 (14:03).

Trailing 6-2, the East Union High doubles team of Jake Sweeney and James Williams rallied to win their match and give the Lancers an 8.5-6.5 win over cross-town rival Manteca High in a league tennis match played on the EU courts Thursday. Williams and Sweeney also had another win. MHS singles player Mark Hinojosa swept all three of his matches.

10 years ago: April 28, 2001 - Local high school teams and swimmers made a big splash at the VOL swim meet held at Tracy High on Friday. Sierra High’s girls team won all the marbles. Nine league records fell at the meet, five at the hands of local swimmers. The Lady Timberwolves won over second-place Tracy by 19 points, along with setting two new relay records. Individually, Ja-Neil Bragg set a new 100 fly mark and Manteca High’s Sarah Houck brought down the 200 IM record with a 2:08.52 effort. The Lady Buffs placed fifth overall. Sierra High swam to six first-place medals. The 200 Medley relay team of Katelyn Quaresma, Stacy Brock, Nicole Draa and Bragg won in 1:55.83. In the 200 free relay, it was Stacy Brock, Melissa Brock, Bragg and Draa winning in 1:16.22. Bragg, only a freshman, grabbed a record of her own in the 100 fly (58.84). She also swam to a first in the 500 free (5:14.23). In other individual events, Draa out-touched her opponents in both the 200 free (1:59.58) and in the 100 back (1:01.48). Sierra coach Brent Zwaluwenburg said he couldn’t have been more pleased. Erin Pritchard headlined for the Lady Lancers, who placed fourth, with a first in the 50 free (26.29). On the boys’ side of the pool, East Union High’s Quentin Chaves is the new titleholder for the 100 fly, breaking the old school record held by current assistant EU coach Eric Wohle. Sierra’s boys earned a second place medal overall behind Tracy. Clayton Basepayne was an individual standout for the T’wolves with his double firsts in the 200 IM (2:00.84) and the 100 breast (1:00.34). David Lowry took a first in the 50 free (23.18). The SHS relay team took first in the 200 free relay at 1:37.23.

In the last league match of the season, East Union High’s tennis team defeated Manteca High in a 15-0 victory on Friday at the Buffalo courts. The winning Lancer squad consisted of singles players Chris Vaught, Nathan Oates and Joe Joaquin. Aaron Carter-Joel Cachero and David Stewart-Brian Campbell were the EU doubles teams. The match was not only the final league meeting of the season, but also the final league match in the long, successful coaching career of Manteca High’s Sharyl Burgeson. “She will be missed by a lot of people,” said Lancer tennis coach Allison Carter.

Sierra High’s tennis team was downed 10.5-4.5 by West High in a Friday night contest in Tracy. The T’wolf doubles team of Steve Gallagher-Ryan Allen won two matches.

The Sierra High baseball team struck hard on their home turf and pulled off a 16-6 win over Oakdale High on Friday. The T’wolves used two homers from Alex Avila along with one from Ryan Teicheira to end the game in five innings. Avila finished the day with six RBI and by scoring three runs. Teicheira, also with two hits, scored twice and drove in four runs.

Adrian Anaya struck out eight batters, gave up only two hits and hit a two-run homer as East Union High shut out West High 8-0 at Agostini Field on Friday. Coach Dan Triglia’s Lancers are now 6-3 in league games.

Manteca High took a 4-2 win over host Sonora High on Friday. Victor Gully pitched a good 2 and 2/3 innings of relief and was a perfect three-for-three at the plate, with a double and three runs batted in.

Sierra High took a staunch 7-2 softball win over Los Banos High on Thursday with every member of the team getting in on the action. Lady T’wolf pitcher Elena Rodriguez pitched a solid game, striking out eight batters and allowing only four hits. Sierra gathered 15 hits in the game, with Chyanne Jacomini getting three of those.

Sierra High’s track team were winners 82-49 in boys action, while the Lady T’wolves dropped a 76-62 heartbreaker on Thursday at Tracy High. Mario Leon had two personal records, in the discus with a heave of 153 feet and in the shot put with a toss of 43-7. Sean Payne-Wilson was a triple winner with firsts in the 400 meters (51.9), the 800 (2:09) and as part of the winning 4x400 relay team (3:49). Matt Truscott, Cesar Guzman and Abdiel Bosque were the other members of the relay team. In their first league defeat of the season, the girls were paced by undefeated Lorelyn Pascual in the 100 (12.69), the 200 (26.06) and did her part on the winning 4x100 relay team which ran it in 50.03 with Star Nears, Rebekah Hagan and Nicole Bullock.

Manteca High’s boys and girls track teams swept Tracy High on Thursday. The Lady Buffs won with a score of 78-31, while the boys destroyed their competition with a score of 111-29. Double winners for the girls included Amy Sims in the high hurdles and the pole vault (9 feet), Michelle Promes took firsts in the 200 and 400 meter races and Kim Burns with firsts in the long jump and triple jump. It was the first league win for the girls this season. In boys’ action, Willy Toon ran to wins in the mile and two-mile races, Shaun Barrios had victories in the 100 and the long jump, Ron Tilton took firsts in the shot put and the high jump and De’Sean Foster won the triple jump and the discus.

Manteca High’s softball team pulled their fifth straight victory out of the same lucky hat they’ve been wearing against visiting Oakdale High 3-2 on Thursday. Lady Buff pitcher Becci Harnden gave up no earned runs, just three hits and struck out 12 batters in the win. Andrea Varni drove in a pair of runs and scored once herself for MHS.

Brittney Tachara carried her East Union High softball team on her shoulders Thursday, pitching a one-hitter and shutting out Sonora High 1-0. She struck out 11 batters and had a perfect game going onto the seventh inning. It was Tachara’s third straight shutout. The Lady Lancer run came in the sixth inning when Mary Norton singled and was later driven in by Ashley Anderson’s double. Anderson was two for three on the day. Coach Mike Morenzone’s girls are a perfect 10-0 in VOL play and have clinched a share of the league title.

East Union High’s boys’ track team suffered its first loss of the season at Sonora High on Wednesday, a 92.5-51.5 defeat. The Lady Lancer squad also lost by a 71-50 count. Amy Haapanen led the EU girls with a pair of firsts (the shot put at 35-2.5 and the discus at 100-3.5). Ricky Cuevas was a triple winner for the Lancers with firsts in the 800 meters (2:03), the 3200 (10:42) and in the 1600 (4:35).

The VOL held their fifth and final league golf match of the season on Thursday with Los Banos High hosting it at the Stevinson Ranch course. East Union High came in second with a score of 394, the best of the local high schools. Manteca High placed fourth with a 400 score, while Sierra High was fifth at 410. Lancer Matt Hulbert led his team with a 75, the Buffaloes were paced by Chad Nascimento’s 74 and the T’wolf swingers were led by a 78 from Justin Reynolds.
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