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1989: Manteca girls top Stagg to open basketball play
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20 years ago: November 21, 1989 - Manteca High got its girls basketball season under way at Winter Gym Tuesday by defeating Stockton’s Stagg High 29-21 in a game filled with errors, turnovers and missed shots. Maci Buck led all MHS scorers with eight points and Jennifer Harvey grabbed seven rebounds.

The East Union High Lady Lancers have a roster of only seven players but still managed to stay close in their basketball opener, losing to Lincoln High 30-25 last night in Stockton. Angie Paradzinski led EU with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

The Manteca High boys cage team hit an amazing 24 of 38 free throws in a 70-67 opening night victory over Atwater High Tuesday night at Winter Gym. Armando Moreno took high scoring honors for the Buffaloes with 20 points and Rick Cresswell added 11 more.

Yreka High gave their volleyball coach a 39th birthday present by sweeping the visiting Manteca High squad 15-7, 15-10, 16-14 Tuesday night to advance to the second round of the Northern California playoffs.

Host Del Oro High took advantage of East Union High turnovers to earn a 29-22 win and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II football championship in action Friday night in Loomis. Mark Kackley had an 89-yard kickoff return for a Lancer touchdown and quarterback Armando Avina threw his first TD pass when he hit Justin Hunter for 31 yards. EU would score again on a one-yard run by Dan Younger. Tony Calestini kicked a pair of extra points.

Twenty-four hours after playing his last football game, East Union High’s Armando Avina helped the Lancer basketball team to a 61-46 victory over Tracy High Saturday night by firing in 16 points. Teammate Eric Simoni was the EU scoring leader with 18 points. Also scoring in double figures was sophomore Matt Harmon, who collected 12 counters.

10 years ago
: November 25, 1999 - At a recent awards ceremony at East Union High, the following fall sports athletes were named the most valuable: cross-country - Ricky Cuevas and Laura Dukas; soccer - Scotty Costa; golf - Erica Yoshino: volleyball - Erin Heupel; and tennis - Denise Kent-Lindsey Munoz (doubles) and Judith Vaes (singles).

Coming off last year’s season in which they won only four games, the East Union High girls basketball team tipped off the new cage year with a 32-24 victory over host Hughson High Wednesday evening. Lady Lancer sophomore Amy Haapanen, in her second varsity year, topped all scorers with 13 points. Teammate Jennifer Hogan added 10 points to the winning total.

Despite a concerted effort to get the ball to the right places, East Union High dropped their second straight basketball game, falling to host Johansen High 73-67 in Modesto Wednesday night. Big 6-9 Andrew Emery scored 26 points in a losing cause, 18 of those coming in the second half. Wes Carter added 21 points to the Lancer total.

Sierra High out-lasted Ceres High 46-44 Wednesday in local basketball action. Alberto Carrera netted 16 points to pace the Timberwolves’ attack.

Davis High scored two unanswered goals and went on to edge the defending VOL champion Sierra High soccer team 2-1 in the season opener yesterday. Sophomore Jackie Wax scored the Lady T’wolf goal.

With several players still sidelined with injuries, the Manteca High cagers still got a victory in their season opener Tuesday as they pummeled visiting Ripon High 74-43. Senior swingman Adam Jacobs pumped in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to power the Buffaloes. Mike Officer added 12 points.

Controlling the game from the opening tip, Coach Dan Cunial’s Sierra High girls basketball team held host Bear Creek High to just nine first-half points en route to posting a 53-36 victory Tuesday evening in Stockton. Trish Werre, who netted all of her 18 points in the second half, had 15 rebounds and nine steals as the Lady T’wolves pressured the Lady Bruins into turnovers. Jodi Brown came off the bench to add 15 points, along with 10 rebounds.

Playing a taller, aggressive Lodi High team, the Manteca High girls basketball team used speed and experience to whip the Lady Flames with a 68-37 win on Tuesday. It was Tiffany Guzman’s night in the spotlight as she stole the ball nine times and scored 22 points for the Lady Buffs. Sara Cross added 13 points and Katie DeRoos netted 10 more on a perfect shooting night.

Using two second-half scores by Heather McDonald as the clincher, the Manteca High girls soccer team celebrated its first victory of the pre-season Monday against visiting Ceres High. The Lady Buffaloes scored twice in each half to win 4-0 on a blustery afternoon at Guss Schmiedt Field. Gina Gonzales scored the other two goals.

Recent award winners at the Manteca High fall sports ceremony included: tennis-Melissa Golembeck; golf-Ashley Spence and Meghan Candini; cross country-Willy Toon and Amanda Toon; soccer-Juan Ibanez; and volleyball-Katie DeRoos.