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2009: Jordan Louie bats, pitches Sierra to victory
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Eighty years ago, on March 30, 1939, the Manteca High baseball team maintained its undefeated record by beating the Oakdale High team by the one-sided score of 14 to 1 on the latter’s field. Frank Laurentzos, veteran member of the Buffalo pitching staff, took the mound at the beginning of the game and, in seven innings, limited the opponents to four scratch hits, no runs and struck out seven batters. Leading hitter for the winners was Frank Teicheira with three hits, one of them a double. Tiny Poulos and Merle Kleist both hit home runs in the fifth inning.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

10 years ago: April 9, 2009 – Andy Scott started it with an RBI double and Jordan Louie capped it with a two-run shot as Sierra High jumped out to a 3-0 first-inning lead over Sanger High and went on to win, 12-5. With the victory, the T’wolves completed the 30-team Fresno Easter Classic 3-1. Louie, who had three RBI, was also the starting pitcher and lasted five to pick up the win. Jacob Angelo collected two hits in the victory.

Kayla Cody scored two goals and had two assists as Sierra High improved to 7-0 in Valley Oak League play with a 7-0 soccer win over Weston Ranch High Tuesday night at Teicheira Memorial Stadium. Stephanie Vanni added two scores and Nicole Vanni had one more.

In the 65th minute of a pivotal VOL soccer match at East Union High’s Cunial Field Tuesday, Manteca High’s sophomore phenom Airenne Curry scored twice and that was all it took to register a 2-0 win over the host Lancers.

Sierra High met Manteca High at the Buffaloes’ home pool Friday afternoon and the T’wolves came away with a pair of wins,116-54 on the girls’ side and 87-77 on the boys’. Davina Bennett was Manteca’s top performer for the girls, winning both the 50 freestyle (27.11) and the 100 breaststroke (1:18.77). For Sierra, Zach Holmstrom (200 IM (2:19.77) and 100 breast (1:09.78), Serge Verennikov (50 free in 25.47) and 100 free (59.24) and Josh Revives (100 fly in 57.90 and 100 back in 1:02.62) were double winners.

Kourtni McCall mashed two home runs, one a grand slam in the fourth inning, to lead East Union High to a 14-3 softball thrashing of Central Valley High at Northgate Softball Complex Friday. McCall finished with two walks, five RBI’s and three runs scored. She also struck out six batters. East Union (11-3 overall) belted a total of 15 hits.

At Sierra High, Monica Morado, who was 2 for 4, drove in three runs as the T’wolves beat Sonora High 8-1 in a softball game. Gabby Hawkins was solid as she struck out eight and walked only one on a four-hitter.

20 years ago: April 4, 1999 – The Sierra High softball team battled through excessive wind and rain Saturday to take an opening round win in the Ripon Christian Tournament. Against the host team, the Lady Timberwolves scored two runs in the third inning as Christi Goodhart stole home and teammate Vanessa Portillo later scored on an Eryn Zirpel base hit. The final score was a 2-0 victory for SHS.

Marc Fernandez, Tye Daniels and Jesse Hutto, a trio of non-regulars, accounted for six of East Union High’s 11 runs in an 11-6 victory over Castro Valley High in the Amador Valley Baseball Tournament at Pleasanton High Tuesday afternoon. The three haven’t seen a lot of playing time this season. Fernandez, Hutto, Jack Arroyo and J. T. Hardcastle each had a pair of hits as the Lancers banged out 13 hits in the win.

30 years ago: April 4, 1989 – The East Union High softball team recovered from a four-run sixth inning by visiting Sonora High by scoring two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to earn a 6-5 win at Northgate Park yesterday. Leticia Enriquez rapped a single to score Regina MiIler with the eventual winning run. Miller struck out nine Sonora batters.

Tisha Herzfeld retired the first 20 batters to face her, allowed just one hit and Manteca High shut out Ceres High 7-0 in softball action yesterday afternoon. The Lady Buffs tagged Ceres pitching for 13 hits in the victory, with Gina Miranda collecting three hits, scoring two runs and batting in two more.

East Union High netters swept its singles matches and went on to beat Sonora High 10.5 to 4.5 Wednesday afternoon on the Lancer courts. Steve Valdez, Curtis Carr and Brian Wadford were unbeaten on the day to lead the Lancers.

The Manteca High boys’ track team downed Los Banos High 100-36 and the Lady Buffs won 95-30 in Thursday’s dual meet romp. Amanda Dias took three firsts for the Buffalo girls as she took the 100 low hurdles in 16.3, the 400 in 1:08.9 and the 300 hurdles in 53.8. Rick Asbell was the only double winner for Coach Bob Baker’s boys, with firsts in the discus (137-1) and in the shot put (47-10.5).

40 years ago: April 2, 1979 – Ceres High downed the East Union High track team 95-36 last Thursday, but Lancer Lynn Mackey took his specialty, the 440, with a time of 52.5. The only other EU firsts were by Herb Joseph in the high jump (5-8) and Zwyx Saldana in the 330 low hurdles (43.6). In women’s action, EU was beaten 73-34 by the Ceres women. Julie Johnson took the only firsts for the Lancers with a 5:50.9 in the mile and a 13:01 in the two-mile.

The East Union High badminton team took a 7-6 win over Ceres High last Monday. Tanya Belz and Sherri Lawellin were winners in doubles action, as were Isabelle Barroga and Sarah Ramos. Singles winners were Gina Barroga, Jonna Betlan and Sherri Reynolds.

East Union High’s Dave Perry fired a 36 to lead the Lancers in a one-stroke victory over cross-town rival Manteca High during VOL golf action Tuesday. Dave Cardoza had a 37 for the Buffaloes.

Manteca High took advantage of Oakdale High miscues, Keith Jackson’s fine pitching and Rick Hogan’s clutch hitting to topple the Mustangs 6-3 Tuesday afternoon during baseball action on the MHS diamond. Hogan had two hits and a pair of runs batted in, while Jackson gave up only four hits and fanned six in seven good innings of pitching.

East Union High ran into some heavy artillery Tuesday and lost their second straight league game in as many outings, this time at the hands of Los Banos High by a score of 13 to 2 at EUHS. Seventeen Lancers struck out and could collect only two hits in the game. Loel Heupel and Joel Emperador had the only EU hits.

Three wins by Jeff Brock led Manteca High’s tennis team as it toppled Oakdale High 13-2 on Tuesday. Doubles teams of Jack Norris/Grant Brashears and Greg Toy/Allen Franscella were also Buffalo winners.

Sonora High came back for a 10-8 softball victory over Manteca High in Thursday’s opening league game. Jill Rasmussen and Linda Morenzone led the Buffalo hitting.

Aided by three individual first places by speedster Fred Nelson and some good backup efforts by other Buffaloes, Manteca High hosted the Sonora High track team to an 83-53 loss. Nelson burst to victories in the 100, 220 and 440 and anchored the Buffs’ winning 440 relay team during Monday’s meet. In women’s spiker action, Manteca’s victory in the mile relay secured a narrow 59-50 win over Sonora.

50 years ago: April 4, 1969 – The East Union High baseball team captured the annual Sonora Invitational Tournament for the second year last Tuesday night, defeating host Sonora High, 9 to 8. Jim Tierney and Russ Sousa collected two hits each in the win.

Ed Williams, a 12-year coaching veteran in the Manteca high schools, has submitted his resignation as head football coach at East Union High School.

60 years ago: April 9, 1959 – The Downey High Knights rallied in the fifth and sixth innings to take the Manteca High Buffaloes last Friday, 6 to 3. Jim Leatherwood got three singles in four trips to the plate, while John Holbrook got a double and a homer.

In the track and field department, Manteca High traveled to Turlock High and lost 94 to 14. Buff winners were Leavens in the 880 with a time of 2:09 and Dan Maloney in the mile with a time of 4:52.2.

70 years ago: April 8, 1949 – The Manteca High horsehiders met defeat last Tuesday at the hands of the Lodi High Flames. It was a 9-0 victory over the Buffaloes. Slugger Dick King was the only Buff with two hits, one a solid double.

90 years ago: April 4, 1929 – The Manteca High baseball team trounced the Denair High team here last Friday afternoon to the tune of 21 to 2. Coach Maurice Tracie’s Buffaloes unleashed a terrific attack in the very first inning and scored eight runs. Percival and Raines each hit a home run. Johnny Cosgriff had two doubles and a single and Joe Bianchi and Raymond Candini each collected two hits.