Amy Haapanen continues to work on her Olympic dream.
She’s currently in training for this summer’s games in Tokyo.
“I’m finally healthy again,” said Haapanen, who excels in the hammer throw.
She along with the Indelicato family, longtime baseball coach Butch Marliani and former Dean of Athletics and basketball coach Bill Stricker were inducted Friday night in the Lancer Hall of Fame.
“I was surprised,” said Haapanen upon first hearing the news that she was being honored at alma mater East Union High.
It was from her old basketball coach Rick Inderbitzen that she learned on her induction.
“He called to congratulate me,” recalled Haapanen.
She added: “I’m truly honored.”
Haapanen recently married and is living in Sacramento. She comes to Manteca often to help out her mother but the Valley Oak League finale between East Union boys and rival Manteca High was her first visit to the Dalben Center in years.
A 2002 graduate at East Union, she was a standout in volleyball, basketball and track & field, earning MVP honors in all three sports.
She also earned CIF Student Athlete of the Year, graduating with a 4.3 grade point average.
Haapanen continued her outstanding efforts at UC Santa Barbara, competing in the shot put, hammer throw and discus for the Gauchos – she was MVP in 2004 and 2007 while earning her degree in Global and International Studies.
Haapanen is no stranger to the Olympic trials. She was there on three previous times, placing fourth in the hammer in 2012.
The Indelicatos were well represented at the EU Hall of Fame with four generations from those behind the successful Delicato Family Wines, one of the fast-growing wine companies in the U.S.
The Indelicato family has been involved with East Union since the inception of the school.
Back then, Marliani was among the first faculty members. All told, he spent 42 years at East Union, teaching Health Education to hundreds of sophomores.
Marliani coached football and was first head baseball coach for the Lancers program. He also instructed body conditioning class for adults and student athletes.
Stricker spent 32 years as a teacher and basketball coach for the Lancers, compiling a 367-277 win-loss record.
Many of his former students became teachers and coaches throughout the Manteca Unified School District and beyond, with former NBA player and current Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks being the most notable.
The basketball court inside the Dalben Center is named in his honor.
The EU Hall of Fame was established to recognize and preserve the heritage of the school by honoring those who made significant contributions or a distinguished achievement