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2000: Sierra edges Marysville in section playoffs
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10 years ago, on February 25, 2000, local high school soccer squads placed 15 players on the all-Valley Oak League team. Seniors Meghan DeiRossi of Manteca High and Sierra High’s Darci Cullers were named the VOL’s Most Valuable Players. It was the second straight year Cullers was bestowed the honor. Sierra High won its fifth straight championship. Overall, the Lady Timberwolves landed seven players on the first team, including Cullers, Lisa Esteves, Jackie Wax, Ana Almeida, Marisa Mercado, Ginny Teunissen and Cherie Early. Early was the only freshman on the all-league squad. Sierra’s Manuel Pires was named the VOL’s Coach of the Year. For Manteca High, first-teamers included DeiRossi, Shaina Medeiros and Heather McDonald. East Union High was represented on the team by Amy Bassett, Amanda Harris, Kelli Huarte and Amber Stone.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

70 years ago: February 22, 1940 - Barring bad weather or some other unforeseen calamity, the Manteca High baseballers will cross bats with the Bret Harte High nine on the local diamond tomorrow afternoon. Game time is set for 3 p.m. With several of last year’s players still out for basketball, Coaches Stan Hawkins and Larry Siemering don’t have much of an idea as to who plays where. Do not count the Buffalo hickorymen out of the league race. In Bill Blodgett and Lou Bronzan they have two steady hurlers that will cause plenty of trouble. Perry Tipton behind the plate is an experienced catcher. Al Phillips and Frank Teicheira are also holdovers from last year’s team.

60 years ago: February 23, 1950 - Jess Payan had a wild night and scored 36 points to lead Manteca High to a high-scoring victory over Patterson High Tuesday in the Manteca gym. Forward Ray Dellavecchia had 15 points for Coach Ralph Brandt’s boys.

50 years ago
: February 25, 1960 - Ron Rea was the only Manteca High wrestler to come home with a championship from the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament in Modesto last week. Rea walked off with the 175-pound crown.

An upset-minded crew of Manteca High Buffaloes gave undefeated Tracy High all it wanted before dropping a 64-59 to the league leaders Tuesday night on the local hardwoods. Frank Lambert led the scoring for Manteca High with 20 points, while Leon Thomason hit for 14.

40 years ago: February 20, 1970 -The East Union High Lancers had Oakdale High on the run for four quarters last Friday night. The Lancers played what was by far their best game this year and almost upset the Mustangs. The Mustangs squeezed by in the final period and captured the win 68-57. Ken Richichi led the Lancers with 20 points, while teammates Jeff Snyder and Arvil Jarzemkoski added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

30 years ago
: February 20, 1980 - Manteca High’s 6-5 center Mitch Crawford thoroughly dominated play inside and led the VOL champion Buffaloes to a surprisingly easy 73-50 win over rival East Union High Friday night in Winter Gym. Crawford poured in 30 points. Fred Nelson, the VOL’s top scorer, added 16 points to the winning total and Jody Ruble had 11 for the winners. The Lancers were led by Randy Bradley’s 16, while Billy Emperador tacked on 14 more.

Yesterday’s ninth annual Bobby Baldwin Coup soccer match between Manteca and East Union High Schools at Guss Schmiedt Field saw the two squads battle through an entire 80-minute contest, two five-minute overtimes and one free-kick shootout session before senior Robbie Steves finally shot down the Lancers in a sudden-death shoot-off to give the Buffaloes a thrilling 2-1 victory. Erik Wittman scored the lone EU goal.

East Union High senior Stuart Wiemers, a 6-6, 240-pound offensive lineman, signed a letter of intent to play college football at the University of the Pacific.