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1991: Nunes jumper sends Buff gals past EU
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20 years ago: January 19, 1991 - Opening VOL basketball play with a bang, the East Union High five cruised to an easy 71-57 win over visiting Ceres High Friday night. EU is now 16-3 overall on the season. The Lancers’ Armando Avina showed why he was the VOL’s co-MVP as a junior. He pumped in 25 points, including 11 in the second quarter, and sat out much of the final two periods. With five minutes to play in the game, Coach Bill Stricker cleared his bench. All 15 players who suited up for the game, played. Eric Simoni, whose defense shut down the Bulldog’s leading scorer, finished the night with 15 points of his own, while Matt Harmon and Dan Younger each had 12. Harmon grabbed 11 rebounds for EU.

Coming out flat, the Manteca High five suffered their worst defeat of the year, falling 59-38 to Oakdale High in the VOL opener Friday night. James Harvey led Coach Mike Henry’s Buffaloes with 10 points.

Jumping out to an early lead, East Union High’s girl cagers breezed to a 52-29 VOL triumph over the hapless Ceres High girls last night. The win was the 16th in 18 games for the Lady Lancers. Angie Paradzinski took top scoring honors for the winners with 23 points.

Showing nerves of steel, Manteca High guard Sue Nunes hit a short jumper with four seconds to play to lift the Lady Buffaloes to a heart-stopping 58-57 win over East Union High in Dalben Center Thursday night. The win kept Coach Butch Linn’s girls atop the VOL with an overall 14-5 mark. Manteca’s balanced attack was led by Nunes’s 14 points. Rachel Cardiel added 11 counters and Maci Buck netted 10 more. EU got 22 points from Angie Paradzinski. Lady Lancer freshman point guard Danelle Liles had an outstanding game, collecting 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Chuck Barajas’s boot with less than five minutes to play gave the East Union High soccer team a 2-1 win over cross-town rival Manteca High yesterday and solid possession of first place in the VOL. Manuel Zaragoza had the other Lancer goal. Aaron Pritchard netted the Buffalo goal in the first half.

Soccer is usually a low-scoring sport and the city’s two high school girls’ teams took that to heart Monday. With determined defenses dominating most of the time, the East Union and Manteca High squads settled for a 0-0 deadlock in the first-ever meeting between the first-year crews.

Despite being without four regulars, the Manteca High wrestlers overcame a stubborn Ceres High squad 42-18 Wednesday to preserve a flawless 14-0 dual meet record and clinch their third VOL crown in four years with a 5-0 league finish. The only Buffalo to pin his opponent was heavyweight Jason Murillo.

10 years ago: January 27, 2001 - East Union High’s boy cagers held host Tracy High to just four points in the first quarter, but youthful errors in the closing minutes cost the Lancers and they fell short 51-45 on Friday. Matt Heihm led EU scoring with 12 points but the Bulldogs overcame a three-point deficit after three quarters to take the decision. Armando Mendoza added 10 points in the losing cause.

Visiting in a packed Sierra High gymnasium, Manteca High took a 57-50 verdict in boys basketball action last night. Mike Officer collected 15 points to lead the Buffaloes and teammate John Van Ryn added 13 more to the winning total. Derrick Shaw paced the Timberwolves with 15 points of his own.

Sierra High’s girls basketball team exacted revenge on Thursday night at Manteca High’s Winter Gym as they walked away with a 43-39 win over the host Lady Buffs. MHS’s Sara Cross led all scorers with 16 points,including three from outside the arc. Niki Gonzalez followed with 10 points in a losing effort. Trisha Werre led the Lady T’wolf charge with 10 points. Sierra is now 15-8 overall and Manteca drops to 8-14 on the season.

Manteca High’s soccer team battled pelting rain and pooling water to slip-slide its way to a 2-2 tie with visiting West High on Thursday. The Lady Buff booters outshot the Wolf Pack 19-7 but only freshman Megan Vieira and Michelle Promes found the net for MHS goals.

The East Union High girls basketball team came back from a 15-point deficit in the second half Thursday only to lose in the final minutes by a 48-41 score to Tracy High. Amy Haapanen was high scorer for the Lady Lancers with 10 points. EU is now 10-13 overall.

Playing on a field that went from soggy to slippery, the East Union High soccer team roughed through the weather to beat Sonora High 7-0 on Thursday. It was EU’s fourth defensive shutout in five games. Amber Stone scored three goals, Loni Brewer netted two and Amanda Harris and Jacqueline Davalos collected one each for the Lady Lancers. Coach Joe Mamorno’s team is now 14-2-3 on the season.

Sierra High’s soccer team was victorious at Oakdale High 3-2 on Thursday even though they were not playing to their full abilities, according to T’wolf Coach Manuel Pires. Jackie Wax, Marti Teunissen and Liz Alexander scored the goals in the win.

Sierra High edged East Union High in wrestling action 29-28 on Thursday. James Garcia (103) and Ben Conaway (215) had pins for the T’wolf grapplers. For the Lancers, Sergio Lopez (125) and Nick Walden (160) recorded pins.

Manteca High’s wrestlers traveled to Los Banos High on Thursday and dropped a 42-23 decision to the host Tigers. Jerome Vanderwerff (140) and Jeremy Walker (145) had pins for the Buffaloes.