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1999: Lewallen fans 17, sets new EU High record
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Forty years ago, on February 28, 1969, the East Union High basketball team upset their cross-town rivals at Manteca High 70-61. This was after 24 consecutive losses in EUHS’s first two cage seasons. Manuel Luis and Dean Rich led the Lancers with 17 points apiece and Don White added 13 more to the winning total. Manteca High’s Steve Beaver led all scorers with 22 points in a losing cause. Lindsay Munoz added 11 points for the Buffaloes.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:
80 years ago: February 28, 1929 - The inter-class track meet at Manteca High School took place on February 21 and 22. The meet was held for the purpose of stimulating interest in track work and about 40 athletes participated in the various events. The meet disclosed some good track material, the high point man being Henry Meza, a sophomore.

70 years ago: March 2, 1939 - The Manteca High baseball team opens its 1939 season tomorrow on the local diamond against Modesto High. Ina pre-season practice against a local group of all-star players, the Buffaloes emerged on the long end of a 6 to 3 score after seven innings of play, featured by the excellent early season pitching of Frank Lourentzos and fast fielding by the infielders. The prospects for the season are excellent, according to Coach Larry Siemering.

60 years ago: March 4, 1949 - The Manteca High Buffaloes continued their winless streak Friday night when they were defeated by the Tracy High quintet, 52 to 31. Jess Payan was the top man for the Buffs with 14 points.

50 years ago: March 5, 1959 - Manteca High wrestler Dan Southwick took fourth place in last Saturday’s Northern California tournament in Turlock.
Last Friday, Manteca High traveled to Tracy High to take on their greatest rival and knocked them over by a score of 62 to 60. It was the last four free throws by Richard Jay that clinched the game for Manteca. Jay was the high point man for Manteca with 26 points. Frank Lambert followed with 16 and Larry Lusk had 11.
40 years ago: February 28, 1969 - East Union High’s track team opened its 1969 season last Thursday with a 67-49 loss to Ceres High. Mike Gallegos was the outstanding member of the Lancer team with three wins.

30 years ago: February 28, 1979 - The Manteca High women’s basketball team was pounded Friday night as the El Dorado High Cougars of Placerville eliminated the Buffaloes from the Sac-Joaquin Section Class AA cage action. The Golden Empire League champions crushed Manteca 66-39. The Buffs finished the season with a 15-9 record as Karen Steves led the locals with 16 points, 12 of them coming in the first half. Brenda Handy chipped in 10 points for the Buffs.
The silky-smooth style of senior Jim Harris of Manteca High earned him the Most Valuable Player title of the 1979 all-Valley Oak League basketball team. Joining Harris on the all-star team were teammates Fred Nelson, Mitch Crawford and Lance Cook. Alvin Stewart of East Union High was also selected to the team.
Aided by bountiful and lucrative charity line attempts, Manteca High defeated Folsom High 74-70 in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section AA tournament on Tuesday. The Buffaloes sank 22 of 32 free throws. Four Buff cagers scored in double figures. Mitch Crawford led with 21 points, Lance Cook had 15, Jim Harris downed 14 and Miller had 10.
Rio Linda High crushed East Union High 66-43 in a Section playoff opener. Alvin Stewart led EU with 16 points. Coach Bill Stricker’s Lancers ended the season with a 13-14 record, a definite improvement over the 1978 team.
Manteca High’s baseball team tumbled to Edison High of Stockton Tuesday in the season opener 4 to 2. Chris Louie and Rick Hogan got the only hits for the Buffaloes, each one scoring a run.
The Manteca High golf team edged Lincoln High of Stockton 214-219 during a match at the Manteca Municipal golf course. Dave Cardoza and Kurt Groznik fired 40’s for the Buffalo team.
East Union High’s baseball started the 1979 season on a winning note Tuesday, rallying with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge Tracy High 5 to 4. Manuel Fernandez scored the winning run on an error by the Tracy third baseman
Lacking control on the mound and plagued by infield errors, East Union High’s softball team dropped its season opener 18-5 to Granada High of Livermore on Tuesday. Deanna Valenzuela had two hits for the Lancer women, including an RBI.
Lori Watson, former Manteca High star and Jeff Von Essen, ex-East Union High standout, are both on the San Joaquin Delta College track team. Watson is a hurdler and Von Essen is a quarter miler.
The Manteca High tennis team won its first match of the season, a 3-1 win over Davis High of Modesto. Buffalo winners were Jeff Brock, Jon Shaefer and the doubles team of Grant Brashears-John Anderson.

20 years ago: February 28, 1989 - Visiting Sacramento-Bella Vista High eliminated Manteca High 67-60 from playoff contention in Winter Gym Monday night. It was a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II basketball  game. Dave Ennes had a stellar performance despite the loss, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Jason Frisk added 10 points to the losing total. Coach Mike Henry’s VOL champions ended the season with an 18-10 record.
The free throw bugaboo came up and bit the Manteca High girls, who sank only 13 of 25 attempts in Tuesday’s 62-57 Section playoff loss to Fair Oaks-Del Campo High. Lady Buff senior center Betsey McCall finished with a game-high 20 points and 19 rebounds in a losing cause. Kelly Iorio added 11 points for MHS. Coach Butch Linn’s girls end the season with a 23-5 record.
Steve Franz shot a one-over-par 37 to help the East Union High golf team beat Central Catholic High 209-248 at the Dryden Country Club in Modesto Tuesday afternoon.
The Manteca High golf team was beaten by Lincoln High 202-242 on Tuesday at the Swenson golf course in Stockton. John Dodgion had a 41 for Manteca’s best round.
The Manteca High tennis team took a decisive 13-2 victory over Tracy High Tuesday on the MHS courts. The Buffs got unbeatable efforts from Paul Banks and Tony Mello in singles and by doubles teams Eric Snyder-Mark Hinojosa and John Blankenship-Lac Dao.
About two dozen fans braved chilly, drizzly conditions to watch the Manteca High baseball team stop a seventh-inning rally by Edison High and take a 6-5 victory Wednesday afternoon. Ron Hall scored a pair of runs for MHS and Jon Fannin got the win, pitching 4.2 innings with six strikeouts.
The Lady Zebras from Lincoln High scored their first batter of the game and then held on to defeat Manteca High 1-0 in the Lady Buffs’s season softball opener Wednesday afternoon. Brenda Moffat had a triple for MHS.
East Union High’s spread offense backfired in the first half of Friday’s game as El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge High went on to top the Lancers 44-30 in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament at Lincoln High in Stockton. The best the Lancers could do in the scoring department was seven points by both Robert Randall and Bryan Wiemers. Coach Bill Stricker’s cagers ended their season with a 16-15 mark.
The lone Manteca representative in the California State wrestling tournament in Stockton was eliminated yesterday as Manteca High’s Tony Navarro lost his 145-pound match to San Diego-Monte Vista High’s Frank Milsap by an 8-4 decision.
East Union High swiped 10 bases and forced Edison High into five throwing errors to take a 7-6 home baseball win Friday afternoon. Dennis Gase got his first pitching win of the year, giving up two hits and striking out nine batters.      

10 years ago: February 27, 1999 - Visiting Del Oro High of Loomis erased a 16-point deficit in the last quarter Friday night and defeated Manteca High 55-53 by converting two free throws with 3.7 seconds on the clock. It was a Sac-Joaquin Section basketball playoff game. Angel Martinez canned 18 points for the Buffaloes, while Adam Jacobs added 15 more in a losing cause.
Sierra High, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section soccer champs, dropped a tough 2-0 championship match to the heavily-favored St. Mary’s High girls in the Section final at Stockton’s Lincoln High. With the win, the Lady Rams set a new national record of 32 shutouts. The Lady Timberwolves, coached by Manuel Pires, finished the season with a 25-5 record.
Manteca High wrestlers Efren Ceballos (112) and Aaron Bowers (189) are headed to the State prep wrestling championships Friday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. This is the result of Ceballos’ second place finish at the Section meet, while Bowers placed third in his weight class.
Manteca High lost its first baseball game of the pre-season by absorbing a 14-2 drubbing at the hands of Ceres High yesterday. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. Ben McKinsey’s bases-loaded single in the third inning accounted for both Buffalo runs.
Sierra High’s Jose Bosque and East Union High’s Lisa Campbell were awarded the Valley Oak League’s Ed Brasmer Scholarships. The annual scholarships are awarded to the top male and female scholar-athletes from the league’s eight schools.
East Union High’s Matt Stricker was named the VOL’s Most Valuable Player by the league’s coaches yesterday. The Lancer senior had led his team to an undefeated 14-0 league record and the championship. Teammates Derrick Kibler and Matt Lopez joined Stricker on the all-league team. Adam Jacobs of Manteca High was also named to the all-VOL squad.
The East Union High golf team continued its hot start on the links by besting St. Mary’s High 211-216 on the Manteca Park course yesterday. Shawn Marek had a one-over-par 38 to lead the Lancers.
In their first game of the season, the Sierra High softball team was unable to hold an early lead and dropped a 4-1 decision to host Golden Valley High in Merced. Vanessa Portillo and Deanna Mattison each belted two hits for the Lady Timberwolves.
Competing in its first match of the season, the Sierra High tennis team struggled at Downey High and dropped a 4-1 decision on Tuesday. The lone win was from the doubles team of Andrew Emerson-Ryan Gilmore.
The East Union High tennis team edged visiting Bear Creek High 3-2 on Tuesday. Lancer singles players accounted for the points as Christian Danielsen, Jon Pang, and Rodney Noghli took their matches.
East Union High smoked visiting Lincoln HIgh 13-9 in baseball action Wednesday afternoon at Agostini Field. J. T.Hardcastle smacked a two-run homer in the second inning as the defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions scored 10 runs over the first three innings. Brian Aufdenkamp and Hardcastle combined to go 5-for-6 at the plate, with a pair of doubles, a triple, a homer and seven RBI out of the 12 Lancer hits.
The Beyer HIgh softball team used a powerful hitting attack and Manteca High’s sub-par defense to bang out a 12-2 victory over the Lady Buffs on Wednesday afternoon. Andrea _Varni and Tiffany Gerstel scored the runs for Coach Bill Pinol’s Lady Buffs.
Sacramento’s Grant High kept East Union High from advancing in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II basketball playoffs with a 56-46 win in the semi-finals at Arco Arena. The winning Pacers grabbed 39 rebounds to keep EU off the boards and held the Lancers to their lowest scoring output of the season. Matt Stricker scored 12 points to lead his team in the loss.  Coach Bill Stricker’s boys ended the season with a 26-5 mark.
Robert Perkins’s three-run homer in the third inning ignited Sierra High to a 14-1 win over Hughson High Wednesay afternoon. Besides his home run, Perkins pitched five innings in the shortened game, giving up only two hits and two walks, while striking out nine batters. It was the season opener for Coach Jack Thomson’s boys.
East Union High pitcher Jennifer Lewallen established a new school record during the Lady Lancers’ 6-0 win over Beyer High at Northgate Park Thursday afternoon. Lewallen gained the school record as she struck out 17 batters for a new total of 463. She allowed only one hit and didn’t walk a batter. The game was a pitchers’ duel until the sixth inning when the Lady Lancers erupted for all six of their runs. The outburst was highlighted by freshman Ryan Harris’s three-run homer.