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1991:Wohle wins medley by 31 seconds
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20 years ago: March 23, 1991 - Manteca High junior left-hander Paul Gutierrez held East Union High to one hit and earned a 3-1 win in the first baseball meeting between EU and MHS and the VOL opener for both teams yesterday. Rod McCleary got the lone Lancer hit, while Eric Simoni scored the only EU run.

The Manteca High tennis team came out the victor over crosstown rival East Union High Friday afternoon, behind the singles play of Mark Hinojosa and Erik Agnew, and despite the match ending in a 7.5-7.5 deadlock. Total games won 66-58 gave the decision to MHS. In the match on the Buffaloes’ court, the Lancer No. 1 doubles team of Jeff Souza and Bryant Gofstein went unbeaten.

Taking first in all but one event, the Manteca High boys swim team stroked to a 123-55 win over Oakdale High at the Lincoln Park pool on Friday. The Lady Buffs, meanwhile, made their most determined effort of the season before falling 89-51. James Harvey and Mike Dunnigan posted a pair of individual firsts and were teammates on two first-place relays. Harvey won the 50 free (23.18) and the 100 free (53.69), while Dunnigan notched his pair in the 200 IM (2:12.34) and the 100 back (1:03.22). Buff coach Harry Nagy was quite pleased with his girls’ team efforts, even though they lost to the defending VOL champion Lady Mustangs. MHS’s Julie Gaynor notched the only Lady Buff individual win, topping the 100 breast in 1:12.78.

The East Union High boys swim team defeated Los Banos High 89-61 to improve t 3-0 overall at Los Banos Friday afternoon. The Lady Lancers, meanwhile fell 100-68. Eric Wohle, as usual, posted a pair of individual wins while swimming a leg on a victorious relay team. Wohle won the 200 IM by a whopping 31 seconds in 2:11.7, and the 50 free (23.74). Nina Danielsen had the best individual effort among the EU girls with a first in the 100 back (1:20) and a second in the 500 free.

East Union High’s Armando Avina has opted to skip playing in the Lions All-star football game in July and play in the prestigious North-South Shrine Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on July 27. Avina was selected to the all-star team as a multi-purpose player.

Using primarily junior varsity players, the East Union High golf team dropped a non-league affair at Lincoln High of Stockton 200-234 on Wednesday afternoon. Mike Pires paced the Lancers with a round of 45.

Mark Kackley and Armando Avina both crushed home runs in the first inning to lead East Union High to a 5-4 baseball win over Ceres High Wednesday afternoon at Ceres. Mike Costa had a pair of hits for the Lancers.

The Manteca High golf team took on Davis High at Dryden Park in Modesto yesterday but come up short, 218-234. The loss dropped MHS to 1-8 on the year. Ron Walker led the Buffs with a round of 44.  

10 years ago: March 31, 2001 - The Manteca Bulletin announces its picks for the Bulletin’s 2001 All-City girls basketball team. Co-MVP spots went to Sierra High’s Trish Werre and East Union High’s Amy Haapanen. They were supported by picks Lisa Young and Chyanne Jacomini from Sierra High, Lancers Cassie Medeiros and Stacia Stricker and Manteca High’s Sara Cross.

Sierra High’s tennis team defeated cross-town rival East Union High on Friday by a 9-6 score. Timberwolf doubles team of Steve Gallagher-Ryan Allen took both of their matches, as did teammates Aaron Carter-Joel Cachero. In singles action, EU was able to come out on top as Nathan Oates swept all three of his matches, while Lancer Joe Joaquin took two wins.

The East Union High baseball team edged out Manteca High 3-1 on Friday at the Buffaloes’ diamond. Two unearned Lancer runs in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference on the day. East Union’s Clayton Cooke got the win as he went all the way on the mound, striking out four, while pitching a five-hitter. Nick Heaney drove in a pair of runs with a sixth-inning base hit. Justin Backman gave up only three hits in suffering the loss for the Buffs. Ryan Cardoza had two hits for MHS and drove in the Buffs’ only run. Coach Dan Triglia’s Lancers are now 10-0 on the season.

The Manteca High swim team had mixed results in their Friday meet against Oakdale High. The Buffalo boys defeated OHS by an 82-76 score, while the Lady Buffs dropped a 92-70 decision. Andrew May broke two MHS school records in the meet. In the 200 IM, May had a time of 2:06.11, while he swam to a record 4:59.88 in the 500 free. Evan Gainer was also a double winner for the Buffs with wins in the 200 free (1:59.67) and in the 100 fly (58.51). For the Lady Buffs, Katy May took firsts in the 200 IM (2:20.56) and in the 100 breast (1:11.87), while Sarah Houck won the 100 fly (1:03.55) and the 500 free (5:29.21).

The Sierra High girls swim team defeated East Union High by a mere two points on Friday. It was the first time a Lady T’wolf swim team has ever beaten EUHS. Sierra’s Ja-Neil Bragg took a pair of firsts (200 free in 2:02.58 and in the 100 fly at 1:01.44), as did Stacy Brock (200 IM in 2:17.46 and the 100 breast in 1:01.44) and Nicole Draa (100 free in 55.76 and the 100 back in 1:04.33). For the Lady Lancers, Tiffany Wright had personal bests in the 100 fly and 100 breast, while Allison Wright swam to personal bests in the 100 free and 100 breast. For the boys, EU downed Sierra by a 91-79 score. The Lancers were led by Victor Hucke, who swam to firsts in the 100 fly (58.66) and in the 100 back (1:04.18). The T’wolves were paced by David Lowry’s firsts in the 200 free (1:54.64) and in the 100 free (52.4) and by Clayton Basepayne’s medals in the 200 IM (1:58.06) and in the 100 breast (1:01.26).

A three-hitter by Sierra High pitcher Mike Loomis and a three-run homer by Robert Breedlove combined to blast the visiting Los Banos High team 11-1 on Friday. Breedlove added a  double to his three hits on the day.

Despite a 10-5 loss to Sonora High on Friday, the Manteca High tennis team showed a big improvement. Coach Sharyl Burgeson’s Buffaloes were led by Mike Peters, who won all three of his singles matches.

The Sierra High girls track team downed Manteca High 105-32 in action on Thursday, while the MHS boys edged out the T’wolves by a 72-64 score. The Buffaloes were led by Charlie Larson’s firsts in the 110 hurdles and the 330 hurdles, Willy Toon’s wins in the 1600 and 3200 races and Ron Tilton’s firsts in the shot put and the high jump. The Lady T’wolf win was led by Rebekah Hagan’s four firsts, in the triple jump, the long jump, the 400 and a leg of the winning 4x100 relay.

The East Union High softball team continued its undefeated season Thursday as the Lady Lancers dropped Manteca High 7-1 on the MHS diamond. Timely EU hitting and four MHS errors eventually spelled the end for the Lady Buffs. Mary Norton had two hits for the Lady Lancers and Ashley Anderson blasted a triple that scored two runs. For Manteca, Melissa Hallbourg had three hits, including a run-scoring double.

Striking out 11 times, the Sierra High softball team dropped a 3-2 game to West High on Thursday. Elise Lavender had a run-scoring single for the Lady T’wolves.

The VOL held its third league meet at Manteca Golf Course on Wednesday. East Union High’s Josiah McDaniel finished the day with a three-under-par 69 for a phenomenal round of golf. Six Manteca High golfers combined for a season-best of 400 to take third place at the meet. Coach Don Laurenti’s Sierra High team had a disappointing seventh place finish, with Justin Reynolds leading the T’wolves with a round of 83.

East Union High’s track team split the results of their meet with Oakdale High on Wednesday, with the Lancer boys winning 107-20 and the Lady Lancers dropping a 74-68 verdict to the visiting Lady Mustangs. Kenny Hughes was a triple winner for EU as he took the long jump (20-7), the 100 (11.5) and 200 (23.6). He also ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay team.

With at least two of the top high school soccer teams in the city, Manteca is home to some of the area’s best girls players. The Manteca Bulletin announces its All-City selections for the 2001 season. East Union High placed MVP Amber Stone, Amy Bassett, Lindsey Griffin, Amanda Edwards and Jessica Koehn on the team. Sierra High was represented by Cherie Early, Marti Teunissen, Jackie Wax and Andrea Trujillo, while Manteca High’s Shaina Medeiros, Michelle Promes and Megan Vieira were also selected.