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1990: Avina takes 4 firsts in East Union track meet
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Fifty years ago, on March 25, 1960, Manteca High, for the second time this season, knocked a club out of the unbeaten ranks by knocking off the powerful St. Mary’s High Rams 8-1. It was the Rams’ first loss in six games. Walt McDonald pitched the first six frames for the Buffaloes and was credited with the win. McDonald and reliever Wes Holbrook limited the Rams to two base hits. Tim Brumley, with a double and a home run and Wade Richards with two singles, led the locals in the hitting column.

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20 years ago: March 25, 1990 - Five local athletes and two coaches will be on hand as members of the North squad for the Lions Central California All-star football game on July 21 in Stockton. Valley Oak League champion and Sac-Joaquin Section Division II runner-up East Union High was honored with three selections. All-league selections Jason Stock, Erik Smith and Jordan Torrey were chosen. Manteca High had two players named. They are all-VOL wide receivers Jon Fannin and Rick Mullen. EU coach Jim Brown and his offensive coordinator Joe Miller will be part of the North coaching staff.

East Union High’s softball team gave Coach Mike Morenzone a 30th birthday present Tuesday with a 9-5 thumping of host Sonora High. It was the team’s first VOL win of the year. Freshman pitcher Kristen Moran went the distance for the victory, flirting with a no-hitter until the sixth inning. Moran had a two-run double to help her cause.

Despite eclipsing their season-best total by three strokes, the Manteca High golf team had to settle for a 208-214 loss Tuesday to rival East Union High. It was appropriate that both teams claimed a share of individual medalist honors. The Lancers got a pair of 38’s from Jason Adams and Steve Franz, while MHS’s Rick Mullen also finished with a 38.

Manteca High jumped out to a 7-1 lead after five innings, only to be forced to hold on for an 8-6 home baseball victory Wednesday afternoon against Ceres High. Marcel Cephus had three hits for Coach Jack Thomson’s Buffaloes.

East Union High pitcher Scott Wattenbarger struck out 12 bewildered Sonora High batters and picked up a tidy 4-3 win at Sonora to help the Lancers run their VOL record to 3-0. The matter of a win, however, was still in doubt until Eric Simoni scorched a line drive between short and third in the top of the seventh inning to deliver Eddie Kellogg with the decisive run.
The Manteca High tennis team made short work of Ceres High Wednesday in a 13-2 victory. Paul Banks accounted for three of the nine Buffalo singles wins. MHS swept the doubles rounds, with the duos of Mark Hinojosa-Loren Kreitzer and John Blankenship-John Villines scoring wins.

In Sonora, East Union High got a valiant effort from its freshman-laden tennis crew, but failed to come up with a win, losing 15-0.

Roni Hart belted a fourth-inning change-up into left center to drive home three runs that spelled the difference in Manteca High’s softball victory over East Union High Thursday afternoon. The two-out double was part of a 10-hit assault on Lady Lancer pitching. Sue Nunes had a pair of hits for the Lady Buffs, while Monica Souza had four of the Lady Lancers’ six hits.

By placing first and second in the day’s final two-mile event, Sonora High edged East Union High 70-66 in Wednesday’s track and field meet on the EU campus. A “more mature and experienced” Lady Wildcat team handed EU an 89-36 loss. For the Lancers, Armando Avina took firsts in the 100 meters (11.3), 200 meters (23.58) and the long jump (21-8). Avina topped off his day with a share of first place in the 400 relay, with Manuel Zaragoza, Rome Ilardi and LaMont Snaer in 46.5. Jennifer Poulos paced the EU girls with firsts in the 800 (2:52) and the 1600 (6:01.44) and joined Kimba Carter, Lacey Guerrero and Leicha Gomez for a time of 57.01 in the 400 relay.

Overwhelming depth helped Manteca High’s track team run over Los Banos High in a VOL dual meet opener at Los Banos yesterday. The boys’ score was 95-41, while the girls were winners at 94-33. Three wins in the boys meet came from Rick Asbell, who swept the throws with marks of 51-7.5 in the shot put, 135-3.5 in the discus and a 5-6 mark in the high jump. Sprinter Lynn Spradlin set lifetime bests in the 100 (12.71 for second place) and a 26.5 winning mark in the 200 meters. Carmen Perez, meanwhile, was a triple winner for MHS with wins in the 800 (2:46.1), 1600 (6:26.4) and the 3200 (15:35.5).

The Manteca High boys swim team took a major stroke toward their second straight VOL championship with a convincing win over host Oakdale High Friday afternoon. However, the Lady Buffs lost 97-52. James Harvey was one of three Buffalo swimmers to be double winners. He took the 100 breaststroke and the 100 freestyle, while teammates won the 200 free and the 100 breast. Mike Dunnigan captured the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. In the girls match, Jennifer Harvey and Crissy Stevenson had the only individual victories.

Minus ace Eric Wohle, who continues to compete in the Junior Olympics in Iowa City, Iowa, East Union High’s second year swim team pulled out a commanding 88-63 win over Los Banos High in VOL action Friday afternoon at the EU pool. The Tiger girls, meanwhile, showed a decisive edge with a triumph over the Lady Lancer swimmers. First place finishers on the EU boys team went out to Doyle, Beall and Nelson. Dana Maddex was a double winner for the girls, taking the 100 free and the 200 free.