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1973: 1st ever VOL titles for EU golf, baseball

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POSTED May 19, 2013 11:42 p.m.

Sixty years ago, on May 5, 1953, the Manteca High baseballers maintained their top position in the Valley Oak League standings when they defeated Tracy High 7 to 5. Leading hitter for Coach Arte Fairbanks’ Buffaloes was Darell Phillips, who had a perfect afternoon by picking up two hits in two official trips to the plate and driving in two runs. He was also the winning pitcher.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

10 years ago: May 21, 2003 – Michelle Swift, Brandon McFarland and Brandon Montes all were honored with the Golden Order of the Lance award for their participation in three sports at the East Union High Spring Sports Award social at the school yesterday.

Vanden High of Fairfield took advantage of an error to squeak into the semi-final round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoffs Tuesday as they took a hard-fought 1-0 win over East Union High in Sacramento. Amanda Vickers got the only base hit for EU in the losing cause. Coach Brian Goulart’s Lancers (24-4) will get a second chance under the double elimination format.

Kyle Davis was named Sierra High’s most valuable tennis doubles player and Brian Phommachit the most valuable singles player at a recent Sports Awards Night.

Sierra High’s Ja-Neil Bragg swam to first place in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:03.26 at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section finals at Lodi’s Tokay High. The time set a new school record and automatically qualified her for the All-American team. Bragg also won the 500 free in 4:56.32, a new school record, as well.

Sierra High posted a 4-1 win over Oakmont High to claim the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III soccer championship on Saturday. Marti Teunissen scored twice and the Timberwolves got single goals from Clarissa Alcantara and Cherie Early. Coach Manuel Pires’s girls finish their Section championship season with a 14-4-2 record.

Sierra High senior outfielder Mike Loomis earned Defensive Player of the Year when the 2003 All-VOL baseball team was released on Friday. Manteca High pitcher Randy Sprinkle, infielder Shane Farmer and outfielder Steven Stewart were each selected to the first team, joining East Union High pitcher Ryan Fleckenstein, catcher Ryan Taiariol and infielder Eric Texeira. Sierra outfielder Mike Berezay rounded out local players on the league’s first team.

Three East Union High softball players received Most Valuable Player honors after the season-ending VOL coaches meeting Tuesday evening at Mountain Mike’s Pizza. Lancer junior standout Brittney Tachara was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher and teammates Amanda Vickers and Ashley Anderson earned Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Player for the 2003 season. Manteca High shortstop Sara Cross was the overall Most Valuable Player.


20 years ago: May 16, 1993 – Manteca High’s John Lowry earned the Buffaloes’ first-ever Section swimming championship Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships at Tokay High School in Lodi. Lowry earned the win and the title with a 58.45 time in the 100 breast stroke.

East Union High sophomore Brett Sapp earned golf’s Most Valuable Player award in the VOL recently. Joining Sapp on the all-league squad was teammate Louie Magud and Manteca High’s Sean Bunnell. The Lancers were unbeaten in league play and won the league championship.

East Union High came through with three runs in the fifth inning and went on to beat Manteca High 4-2 Tuesday in a game at the Northgate Softball Complex. Coach Mike Morenzone’s Lady Lancers (17-6 overall) now head for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs for the second straight year. MHS finishes the season at 10-14 overall.

Don Morgan, a soft-spoken junior, scattered seven hits from the mound and broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer as Manteca High beat cross-town rival East Union High 4-1 Friday afternoon on the MHS diamond. Coach Jack Thomson’s team finishes the season with a 12-12 record.

East Union High’s Demetrious Snaer had a memorable performance during the Sac-Joaquin Section track and field finals on Friday at Modesto Junior College. The Lancer senior captured a gold medal in the 400 meter run in 49.2.

Jacelyn Macedo of East Union High and Corey Lohman of Manteca High were this year’s recipients of Bulletin Scholar-Athlete Scholarships at Friday’s luncheon. They were awarded $200 scholarships by Bulletin publisher Darell Phillips. Macedo, who will go to Delta College, participated in volleyball, soccer and softball, while maintaining a 3.3 grade point average. Lohman, who plans to go to the University of California at San Diego, is class valedictorian with a 4.02 GPA. He participated in track, cross-country and wrestling.

30 years ago: May 17, 1983 – The Manteca High softball team wound up its season on a winning note Monday afternoon as the Lady Buffaloes walloped Modesto High 23-8 in a game called after five innings at Northgate Park. With the victory, Coach Lorraine Goff’s girls finish the VOL season with a 6-6 record. MHS took advantage of 22 walks dished out by Modesto pitchers. The highlight of the game was a three-run homer by Beth Larson.

Modesto High, a thorn in the side of Manteca High all year, dealt the final blow Monday at Del Webb Field in Modesto by handing the Buffalo baseball team an 8-3 loss and ending any dreams the Buffs had of making the playoffs. The Buffs have a final league record of 6-6 and 13-9 overall. Carl Dunbar had two hits, including a double, for MHS.

Teri Severns had an impressive day at the plate and the East Union High softball team ran wild on the base paths as the Lady Lancers thumped Sonora High 8-2 Tuesday at Northgate Park. Severns lashed two triples and a single and knocked in four runs for EU, which improved its VOL record to 9-2 with the triumph. The Lady Lancers also stole 11 bases, with the speedy Andrea Fierro coming up with four of them. Fierro also rapped out four singles in four trips to the plate.

Sonora High ended a long season for East Union High’s baseball team Tuesday as the Wildcats handed the last-place Lancers a 5-2 loss. EU ended the season 1-11 in the VOL and 2-18 overall. Vladimir Cabingabang and Rick Jones had two hits apiece for EU and Robert Pelletier drove in both Lancer runs.

Manteca High’s Margie Neeley and East Union High’s Nancy Nunes were selected as the VOL’s co-MVP’s during a meeting of the league’s softball coaches. EU’s John Van Zant was named Coach of the Year. EU all-leaguers were Andrea Fierro, Kristen Drager and Beth Emperador. Chosen from Manteca High were Melody Root and Beth Larson.

Four players from Manteca High and two from East Union High were named to the all-VOL team Friday night during a meeting of the league’s baseball coaches. The Buffaloes placed pitcher Keith Rollins, first baseman Mike Maris, third baseman Leo Martin and outfielder Gabe Arroyo on the all-league squad. Vladimir Cabingabang and Albert Tanghal took top honors from the Lancers.

Marilyn Elkins of Manteca High became the only local competitor to qualify for next weekend’s Northern California Regional track meet by taking second in the Sac-Joaquin Section in the shot put. Her toss was for 41-11.25.

40 years ago: May 16, 1973 – Excellent pitching by an imperturbable Mark Hallbourg and some first-inning jitters by Manteca High gave East High a 3-0 victory and their first-ever VOL baseball championship last Friday afternoon. The season finale saw Hallbourg limit the rival Buffs to just three hits and allow only one runner past first base. Carl Esquivel, Ron Barretto and Paul Hayashino, all juniors, each got a pair of hits for the Lancers. Gary Shupe, Keith Rankins and Boyce Jeffries got the only hits for the Buffaloes.

East Union High’s tennis encounter with VOL champion Manteca High saw the Buffaloes take an expected 4-1 victory. The meeting also marked the end of the 10-match victory string which had been posted by the Lancer doubles team of Steve McKee and Norm Sadler. Manteca’s Jack Thomson and Jim Adair took a tough 7-5, 6-2 win over the two EU sophomores. The other Lancer duo of Randy Cardoza and Ralph Garcia got the lone EU point by taking a three-set win. MHS winners were Greg Burge, Terry Munoz and Bud Michael.

Oakdale High won the VOL track meet in Modesto last Thursday, but Manteca High’s John Peters won the Outstanding Athlete trophy. He won the 100-yard dash in 10-flat, tied the league record in the 220 at :22.6, ran a 49.9 anchor lap on the mile relay team to pace the Buffs to a first in that event and took second in the triple jump. The only other Buff winner was Frank Rodriguez, who won the two-mile in a slow 10:04.3. The Buffalo team took second behind Oakdale. East Union High’s undefeated 440 yard relay team, composed of Jim Black, Ed Downes, Phil Herrera and Tommie Smith, won their specialty in a mediocre :45.0 to pace the EU thinlies. The Lancers placed third.

It was an all-Manteca High show in the finals of the VOL singles championship last week when Greg Burge and Terry Munoz battled for the title. The red-headed Burge defeated Munoz in two exciting sets,7-5, 7-5. MHS came up with more tennis champions last Saturday as Bud Michael and Munoz teamed up to take the doubles title.

Out-stroking runner-up Manteca High 407-414, the East Union High golf team captured the 1973 VOL championship last Friday on the Pine Mountain Lake course. It was the first-ever title for an EU links team. The squad is coached by Ed Williams. The team was led by junior Ken Webb’s 73. Manteca High was led by Gary Lowe’s 71 effort.

Miles Branson, the stocky junior who pitched the East Union High baseball team to 10 victories this season, was selected as the VOL’s Most Valuable Player by the league’s coaches this week. Branson, who was the team’s catcher when he wasn’t pitching, led the team in hitting with a .412 batting average. Branson hurled 53 innings in league play for Coach Butch Marliani’s horsehiders, unbelievabliy walking only nine batters while striking out 59. He had an earned run average of 0.75. It was the first time in memory that a junior had been named as the league’s MVP.

50 years ago: May 16, 1963 – All good things must come to an end and this time-worn piece of logic came home to haunt the Manteca High baseball team Tuesday afternoon. The Buffaloes dropped a 2-0 decision to Atwater High. It was their first VOL loss this season. However, even more disheartening was the fact that this loss was also the first of the school year for any varsity team at Manteca High in VOL competition in football, basketball or baseball. Coach Phil Harmon’s football team won the VOL title with a 6-0 record. Then, Coach Don Reid’s cagers added to the drama by winning 12 straight contests to annex that championship.

Larry Lathrop of Manteca High set a new VOL record in the shot put at the league track meet in Modesto last week, but it wasn’t enough as the Buffaloes finished fourth. Lathrop heaved the shot 54-1. Only other winner from Manteca was Mike Nishida, who won the 100-yard dash in 10.1 seconds.

60 years ago: May 14, 1953 – Last Monday afternoon, Manteca High’s young swimming team chalked up their first win of the season when they defeated the Escalon High splashers 67-54. Garrett Van Reit picked up two wins for the Buffaloes.

Manteca High’s tracksters turned in their poorest showing in four years last Friday night in the annual VOL meet held at Modesto Junior College. The Buffs finished in a tie for third place. Three local boys picked up seconds. L. D. Ward placed second in the 220-yard dash, Charles Howze placed second in the pole vault and Gene Peterson took second in the high jump.

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