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1979: Agostini, Lewallen are East Union High School athletes of year for 1979

100 years ago, on May 18, 1919, the local fans were treated to a great baseball feast when the Gloria Ice Creams lined up against our local boys. The game ended in the 15th inning when the freezers got a man on second and scored him with a single to left. The boys all played splendid ball and Jimmie Rawleigh got three hits. The final score was 4 to 3.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

90 years ago: May 23, 1929 – Manteca 8, Gustine 9. That was the final score at Gustine last Sunday. The Maulers went down fighting. “Rock Salt” Peters, who went in to pitch in the eighth inning, was clouted hard by the locals, but a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning won the game for Gustine. Milton Converse led the locals in hitting. Milt crashed out a double and two singles in five times at bat. Eddie Forsell clouted a two-run homer.

80 years ago: May 25, 1939 – Manteca High’s hopes for a league championship were kicked away last Thursday afternoon when, in a game featuring numerous errors and misplays by the Buffaloes, Gustine High won, 9 to 1. In the fielding department of the game, Manteca committed 10 recorded errors and many other miscues that proved very costly. Perry Tipton, who had replaced Earl Kleist as catcher due to the latter being declared ineligible, led the hitting for the local team with three hits in four trips to the plate.

70 years ago: May 27, 1949 – It was demonstrated again last Sunday that the Manteca Merchants can play ball away from home, downing the Galt Firemen 4-2 on the losers’ home grounds. Bill Bianchi was swatter with four for five, followed by Merle Kleist and Leroy Judd.

60 years ago: May 28, 1959 – With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Manteca High first baseman Frank Lambert hit the first pitch for a home run to beat Tracy High in the final game of the season. Tim Brumley and Larry Lusk had two hits each for the Buffaloes. The Buffs, under Coach Bob Bandy, ended in second place in the Central California Confernce with a 13-5 season mark.

Manteca High’s Kenny Wolf broke two records in the 100 and 220 yard dashes Saturday at the Sonora Invitational. He ran the 100 in :10.3 and the 220 in :22.2.

50 years ago: May 28, 1969 – East Union High’s Manuel Luis broke the tape with a clocking of :22.6 to set a new league record for the 220-yard dash in the Valley Oak League trials held recently.

40 years ago: May 23, 1979 – Scott Simpson of East Union High and Manteca High’s Rick Hogan, Mark Azevedo and Frank Triglia were all named to the VOL baseball team during a coaches’ meeting in Modesto Monday night.

Lynn Mackey of East Union High and Andrea Negley of Manteca High were the only local spikers to survive Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section track trials at Livingston High. Mackey, the VOL champion 440 runner, qualified for tonight’s section finals with a time 50.03, third in his heat. Negley earned a spot in tonight’s women’s 880 finals with a time of 2:25.

In recognition of four years of outstanding athletic performance, Lancers Jim Agostini and Richard Lewallen shared Athlete of the Year honors during East Union High’s Spring Sports Social Wednesday. Agostini was a starter in three sports, football, basketball and baseball, all four years. Lewallen, EU’s prize wrestler, had more winning seasons than any other athlete in Lancer history. He was three times a league champ and twice a sub-section champion. Those honored as most valuable in their sports were: Dave Perry in golf, Joel Emperador in baseball, Karla Reicheldt in softball, Sam Millard in tennis, Kim Yee and Sherrie Reynolds in badminton and Lynn Mackey, Herb Joseph and Lori Wilson in track.

30 years ago: May 24, 1989 – Manteca boxer Tony Dominguez earned a technical knockout of Bell’s Antonio Guerra in their fight at Stockton’s Civic Auditorium last night. Dominguez, undefeated in seven pro fights, battered Guerra until the fight was stopped at 1:10 of the third round of the 152-pound bout.

Manteca High senior Blake Burnett vaulted his way into the California State Track and Field Meet by clearing 14-9 on his first attempt in Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section meet at Modesto Junior College. He took third place in the event, becoming the second straight Buffalo vaulter to go to the state meet. Paul Cano went last year.

Manteca High graduate Kevin Wentworth, a sophomore on the Oklahoma State golf team, posted a three-day total of 204 for top honors in the NCAA Central Regional qualifier at the Stonebridge Country Club in Dallas, Texas on Saturday.

20 years ago: May 28, 1999 – Eryn Zirpel was named Sierra High’s best all-around softball player at an awards ceremony last night. 

Matt Stricker and Lisa Campbell were the recipients of the Manteca Bulletin Darell Phillips Memorial Scholar/Athlete Awards representing East Union High. Campbell, ranked ninth of 303 students with a 4.2 grade point average, was presented with the VOL’s scholar athlete award as captain of the Lady Lancers’ tennis, soccer and track and field teams during her senior year. Stricker was ranked 20th in his class with a 4.1 GPA. He was presented the VOL’s scholar athlete award as a member of the Lancers’ basketball and tennis teams.

Three city prep athletes advanced to Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section track and field finals held at UC-Davis. East Union High’s Autumn Bell easily cleared 9-6 in the pole vault to qualify for Friday’s finals. EU freshman Amy Haapanen made it to the finals in the shot put with a heave of 37-5. Freshman sprinter Nicole Bullock became the first female athlete from Sierra High to reach the section finals with a time of 26.6 in the 200 meters.

Sierra High’s Jamie Lavender and Nick Wisely were the recipients Tuesday evening of the Manteca Bulletin Darell Phillips Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award at a banquet in the school cafeteria. An All-VOL selection as a defensive lineman, Wisely can’t remember a time when his GPA slipped below 3.8 during his career at SHS. Likewise, Lavender’s phenomenal 4.27 GPA earned valedictorian honors for her class this year. She has participated in track and field, cross-country and basketball during her prep years.

10 years ago: May 27, 2009 – Earning awards at Manteca High’s Spring Sports Social were: track and field – Cameron Lucas and Julianna Flores (MVP’s) and Kenny Summers was the MVP in golf.

The Manteca Dolphins swim team competed in the Tracy Invitational and three Dolphins came away with high point crowns. Mallory Brubaker finished first in the 7-8 year-old 25 freestyle (16.78), the 50 free (35.19) and the 100 IM. Nine-year-old Brandon Mitchell finished first in the 50 free (40.21). Caitlyn Acker won the 50 backstroke (41.07) and the 50 breaststroke (1:05.66).

East Union High’s football  program is having a mandatory meeting for all incoming freshmen today at the school’s library starting at 6 p.m. Freshman coach Eddie Koeller has more information.