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1980: Lawton leads EU softball past Tracy
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Thirty years ago, on March 16, 1980, senior outfielder Diane Lawton slammed a triple and two singles to help East Union High’s ladies’ softball team to an easy 17-4 victory over Tracy High in Tracy. Lancer coach Bob Lee, whose club was aided by several Tracy errors and a bundle of walks, expressed satisfaction with his troops’ efforts. Julie Tolentino handled pitching chores for the Lancers and went the distance. She also helped herself at the plate, banging out three hits and three RBI to go with Lawton’s four runs batted in.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

40 years ago: March 18, 1970 - East Union High picked up its first baseball win last Friday afternoon when they dumped Hilmar High by a score of 5-2. Bob Holmes led the Lancers at the plate with three hits in four trips. Bob picked up two singles and a double and batted in a run. Dan Rea and Jerry Nixon each batted in a run.

East Union High won its first track meet of the season last Thursday afternoon. The Lancers beat St. Mary’s High by 10 points, 63-53. The meet was capped off when Rick Lucas cleared 11 feet, nine inches in the pole vault for a new Lancer record.

Manteca High’s track team placed second to Ceres High 84-40, but beat Los Banos High in a triangular meet last week. The only Buffalo winner was Dave Garcia, who won the mile in 4:51.3.

Clutch hitting, poor Los Banos High fielding and impressive pitching helped Manteca High to even its 1970 record at 2-2 with an easy 6-0 victory over the Tigers on the Manteca diamond last Tuesday. Junior hurler Al Mullen silenced the Los Banos bats with a four-hit performance, allowing but a single walk while striking out four. Bob Bianchi and Mark Winter had two hits apiece for the Buffaloes.

30 years ago: March 19, 1980 - Manteca High’s baseball squad tallied three runs in its final two times at bat to come from behind and edge the Galt High Warriors 5-4 in a non-league contest Friday afternoon on the Manteca diamond.

East Union High’s inexperienced tennis team suffered its second straight non-league defeat last Friday, falling 5-0 to Tracy High in Tracy. Coach Carl Bosque’s Lancers, who won’t return to action until a week from tomorrow, managed to win just four games.

Three local prep standouts have been named to participate in the seventh annual Lions Central California All-star Football game, set for July 26 at the University of the Pacific’s Memorial Stadium. They are East Union High’s Stuart Weimers and John Bechtold and Brian McCreath from Manteca High.

It was one of those days when nothing goes right. Coach Doug Smith’s East Union High baseball squad yesterday afternoon dropped a 4-0 decision to Galt High in a sloppily-played contest at EU. It was the seventh straight loss for the winless Lancers. EU pitcher Scott Simpson got a double and a single for two the Lancers’ three hits. Joey Tanghal singled for the other.

Manteca High’s softballers won their first non-league outing of the season. Coach Lorraine Goff’s Lady Buffaloes opened the campaign with a 24-5 thrashing of Davis High in Modesto.

Broni Steves collected four hits in the win.

The Manteca High track team dropped a 117-27 meet to Tracy High Monday on a cold, wind-swept day at Peter B. Kyne Field. Coach Bill Davis’s team managed just one first-place finish, that turned in by freshman Ricky Uballe in the two-mile run. His time was 10:59. Manteca took the girls meet by a 67-40 count, paced by double winners Leslie Harp and Pam Filippini. Harp took both the 440 (68.4) and the 220 (30 flat). Filippini won the shot put and the discus with heaves of 31-3 and 101 feet even.

The slow-starting Manteca High tennis team dropped its fourth straight non-league decision of the season Tuesday, 3-2 to Beyer High in Modesto. Singles player Clay Burkett and the doubles tandem of Greg Toy-Allen Franscella were Buffalo winners.

Lacking a bit in the area of concentration, the Manteca High golf team dropped its third non-league decision of the season Monday, 217-233 to Foothill High at the Castlewood Golf Course in Pleasanton. Senior David Thissen wound up with the low score of the day for the Buffaloes, shooting a 43.

East Union High’s badminton team won its third straight non-league match Monday, whipping Tracy High 10-3 at EU’s Dalben Center. The doubles teams of Tonya Belz-Sherri Lawellin and Sarah Ramos-Robin Willson were winners for the Lady Lancers of Coach Jim Waterman.