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1976: Buff golfers win at Pebble Beach
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Thirty years ago, on March 16, 1986, Manteca High, with Kelly Swift scoring the deciding run in the sixth inning, brought home a 3-2 victory over Ceres High at Northgate Park. She came home on a bases-loaded single by sophomore Brandi Rose. Another sophomore, Kim Sloan, was the hitting star for the Lady Buffs with a perfect four-for-four at the plate. She was also the winning pitcher, setting down 12 of the last 14 batters to face her.


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100 years ago: March 17, 1916 – A number of Manteca tennis players journeyed to Ripon on Sunday last and had a friendly set with the Ripon players and, incidentally, suffered defeat, the superior play of the Ripon players being the result of much practice. Those going to Ripon were: Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Friel, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Douglass, Mrs. V. Coster, Mrs. M. P. Peters, Misses Alma and Mabel Bowden, E. Griffin and Norma Dempsey, and Messrs. George Buthenuth, W. T. Larson, Lawrence Friel and J. Pearson.


40 years ago: March 17, 1976 – Manteca High’s Walker Vick will be head coach of the North squad in the third annual Lions Club all-star football game on July 31 in Stockton. Four Manteca-area players were named to the prestigious team. Manteca High will be represented by Paul Young, Todd Vick and Jon Steele, the VOL’s Player of the Year. Steve Aufdermaur will be the East Union High player on the team.

Two Tracy High pitchers combined to throw a six-hit 3-0 shutout Friday afternoon as the Bulldogs proved to be rude hosts for Manteca High. It was the second consecutive shutout suffered by the Buffaloes and their third in five games. Curt Dowhower had two the Buff hits.

Last week in their only practice meet, East Union High trounced Gustine and Newman’s Orestimba High Schools 94-44-24 on the Union Road track. Record-breaking performances by Steve Aufdermaur and Chris Haslett featured the afternoon’s work. Aufdermaur, a muscular all-around athlete at EU, tossed the shot 48-3 to erase a two- year old record held by Forrest Pollard. Haslett, a junior, bettered his 1975 discus mark with a heave of 140-10.5.

School records were whisked away by the torrid East Union High golfers in their 188-212 victory over Sonora High Friday at the Manteca Park golf course.The188 is a school record for a nine-hole match, according to Lancer coach Ed Williams. Leading the way was senior Jeff Baker, who recorded a blistering three-under-par 33. That was also a school record for nine holes, topping the 34 held by Jeff Snyder and Ken Webb.

Turning the same trick twice, the Manteca High tennis team defeated Edison High 4-1 Thursday afternoon for the second time this season. Singles wins were by Ed Reinisch, Javier Castillo and Lee Griffin, while the duo of Emmett Webster-Doug West was also a winner.

East Union High coach Butch Marliani got another good pitching performance out of his “junior” staff Tuesday afternoon as Billy Poindexter scattered six hits in hurling the Lancers to a 4-2 victory over visiting Modesto High. The slim lefthander struck out four and issued no walks in going all the way for the win. Another EU junior supplied the fireworks needed at the plate. James Tokmo had two hits, including a two-run homer.

Outstanding winter sports athletes at Manteca High were honored Monday night at the Sports Pot-luck. They were Dana Johns, gymnastics; Collette Collins and Dale Delmanowski, basketball; Brett Chamberlain, soccer and Steve Serros, wrestling.

The Manteca High golf team warmed up for the VOL wars as Galt High seemed comfortable on the Dry Creek course and took a 211-218 win from the Buffaloes. Dave Cardoza toured the course in a creditable 41, but got little help from his MHS teammates.


30 years ago: March 18, 1976 – East Union High’s tennis team used the strength of its singles play — winning eight of nine sets — to beat Modesto High 9.5-5.5 in a VOL match Friday at the Lancer courts. No. 1 player Louis Noble and No. 2 Scott Millard won all three of their singles sets.

Manteca High’s young but improving tennis squad came through with its first victory of the season Tuesday, downing visiting Los Banos High8-7. In singles, Stephen Sanguinetti and Eric Reis took two wins each.

The Manteca High golf team tamed both the Pebble Beach golf course and one of NorCal’s top teams, Carmel High, by a score of 276-281 over 12 holes Monday afternoon. Kevin Wentworth shot a one-over 48 to lead the Buffaloes.

East Union High shot a season-low 205 to tally an easy win over host Modesto High at Dryden Park Thursday. Mike Battles, a junior, led the Lancer golfers with a 38.

Manteca High stretched four hits into two runs and Jimmy Lindsay shut out Los Banos High on eight hits to carry the Buffaloes to a 2-0 win over the Tigers at the MHS diamond on Tuesday.

East Union High scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Sonora High 5-4 in a league opener Tuesday at the EU field. Scott Heaton stroked a two-out single in that inning to drive in Rick James and Kevin Carr with the winning runs. Heaton was also three-for-four at bat for Coach Darrell Hardcastle’s Lancers.

Oakdale High, a perennial track power, beat East Union High and Central Catholic High in a three-way meet Thursday in Oakdale. The Lady Lancers were also defeated by the Oakdale girls. For the boys, Dan Jucutan was a double winner for EU in the mile (4:58) and two-mile (10:45). Tracy Alexander won two events for the EU girls, the 220 in 29.37, the long jump at 14-5, and ran the second leg of a record-setting 440-yard relay. Marie Hunsperger, Alexander, Tracy Austin and Tina Alexander had a winning time of 53.3, eclipsing the old school mark of 54.0.

East Union High scored its second league softball triumph Thursday, recording a 9-5 decision over host Modesto High. Cathy Cortez tossed a seven-hitter to pick up the win on the mound. Cortez, Tracy Lee and Kim Beck each drove in a pair of runs to spark the offense.

At the annual Winter Sports Social Wednesday at East Union High, seniors Mark Waterman, John Fletcher and Frank Torres and junior Kelli Horton were honored as outstanding athletes in their respective sports. All were named Most Valuable Player in their sports, Waterman for boys’ basketball, Horton for girls’ basketball, Torres for wrestling and Fletcher for soccer.


20 years ago: March 19, 1996 – The East Union High baseball team catapulted off a seven-run inning to beat Lodi High 9-5 at Zupo Field in Lodi Monday. James Lewallen had a double and a single and drove in two runs, all in the same inning, to pace the Lancers at the plate. Joey Sergent also collected a pair of hits and drove in a run for Coach Darrell Hardcastle’s nine.

Manteca High was outhit and committed more errors but still forced host Franklin High to score in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 5-4 win on Monday. Tom Tuggle drove in a run with a single for Coach Todd Vick’s Buffaloes, who committed seven errors.

Paced by Stan Mathews, the East Union High golf team placed 12th in the Ty Kaplin Memorial Tournament at Elkhorn Country Club in Stockton on Monday. Mathews shot a three-over-par 74.

Ripon High posted a 224-246 win over Sierra High’s golf team in a makeup match at Manteca Park course. The Timberwolves’ James Gowan and Gabe Hernandez each shot 47’s.

East Union High swimmers dominated every event in rolling to a sweep of visiting West High on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Lancers won every race in a 119-47 triumph. The EU boy s lost only two races en route to a 112-53 win. Both Lancer squads are undefeated on the season. Tasha Gurney (100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly), Felicia Hellums (220 free and 100 backstroke) and Silke Bradford (220 IM and 100 free) were the double winners for the EU girls. Keeper Tolbert (100 back and 50 free) and Ryan Yamasaki (100 free and 200 free) were the double winners on the boys’ side.

The Manteca High boys’ and girls’ swim teams remain undefeated, over whelming Sierra High Tuesday at the Lincoln Park pool. The seven-time VOL champion Buffalo boys won 108-45 and the MHS girls rolled to a 126-38 victory. The single most impressive performance of the meet came from Lady T’wolf sophomore Alicia Lowry. She defeated the field in the 200 IM by 23 seconds, but was even more impressive in the 500 freestyle. She touched in 5:12.17, winning by 58 seconds. In fact, Lowry would have won the boys’ race by 1:12. Lady Buff senior Deni Lowry won the 50 free and 100 back.

Sierra High freshman Deanna Mattison’s RBI triple was the only highlight for the Lady T’wolves as at they committed seven errors in a 12-1 loss to Ceres High to open the VOL softball schedule yesterday.

The Manteca High softball team opened its league schedule with a 10-3 loss to West High yesterday. Christie Jeffrey had two hits, including a double, for the Lady Buffs.

Sierra High’s Tim Brown got his first hit of the game, a single down the right-field line in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring Raul Almeida from second with the winning run as the T’wolves got their first-ever varsity baseball win yesterday, edging Manteca High 2-1. For the Buffaloes, it was their second consecutive extra-inning loss. Almeida had two hits, including a double, for SHS. T’wolf reliever Daniel Touchstone survived two hits in the Buffalo ninth to get the win.

The Sierra High tennis team posted its second-ever varsity win as they drilled West High 11.5-3.5 in Tracy on Wednesday afternoon. The T’wolves’ Jason Thompson and Ryan Parker swept all three of their singles matches. The doubles teams of Andrew Pickering-Scott Conner and Shawn Cullers-Shuan Fillon were also winners for Coach Eric Reis.

J. R. Becko, Derek Jones and Nick Hoyer all shot two-over-par rounds of 38 to pace the Manteca High golf team to a 199-236 win over Los Banos High at the Stevenson Ranch golf course Wednesday afternoon.

The defending champion East Union High softball team was hitting on only seven cylinders but it was good enough to run over Sierra High 13-4 in their league opener Thursday afternoon at Northgate Park. Angie Long had three of EU’s seven hits and drove in four runs. Lady Lancer pitcher Krista Nylen struck out five, walked five and scattered five hits for the win.


10 years ago: March 22, 2006 – Bri Doty, the Arizona State-bound Sierra High senior striker, scored two goals in the soccer game’s first 17 minutes and the Timberwolves avenged only their third league loss in the past 10 years with a 3-0 win over Manteca High on Tuesday. Stephanie Teunissen touched home an empty net goal with less than a minute left as Sierra (10-0-1) won its sixth straight game.  The defense limited the Lady Buffs to just six shots on goal.

Jay Brink made par look more like a suggestion on Tuesday, shooting two-under at 35 during East Union High’s Valley Oak League match against Sierra High on the Manteca Park golf course. However, the T’wolves’ depth made the difference as the team ousted visiting EU in a 225-239 showdown. Sierra was led by Daniel Dinneen’s 39.

David Rosenow was named the outstanding wrestler at East Union High’s Winter Sports Awards night. 

With the bases loaded and the score knotted up at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, East Union High’s Ryan Fisher blistered a pitch through the infield, driving home teammate Justin Madsen with the winning run to give the Lancers a rousing 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Sonora High at Agostini Field on Saturday. Fisher also had a triple in the game. The win halted EU ‘s four-game losing stretch.

East Union High’s swim teams set three new school records, including an eye-popping sprint by Daniel Heihn, in a pair of decisive victories over Weston Ranch High in their VOL openers. Heihn keyed a 108-44 victory for the Lancer boys with a record-setting performance in the 100-meter backstroke. Two more records were set by the girls in a 110-34 win. Alicha Halfter and Natalie Heihn, Daniel’s sister, shattered program marks in the 100 fly and 100 back.

Sierra High’s Jordan Durrance put together quite an outing from the mound during the T’wolves’ VOL baseball opener against East Union High Thursday. Durrance pitched a complete (five innings) contest and tossed nine strikeouts against the Lancers in a 15-0 win. After registering Sierra High’s first perfect game in history last week, Durrance followed that performance with an impressive four-hit, no-walk outing against the Lancers. Sierra’s Jared Ross went 2-for-3 with a couple of RBIs and Garrett Yrigoyen went 2-for-3, scoring a couple of runs as well.

Manteca High’s golf team swung past visiting Weston Ranch High with a 243-250 win at the Manteca Park golf course, the Buffs advancing to 2-2 in VOL competition. The Buffs were led by Shane Tico’s 47 finish.

Manteca High beat Weston Ranch High 11-4 in tennis action on Thursday. In doubles play, the Buffalo duos of Tristan Wynn-Beto Lopez and Joseph Aprile-Yassen Aniss went undefeated.

Erin Arevalo struck out 17 batters and walked one, while giving up only one hit as the East Union High softball team beat Beyer High in Modesto Thursday in non-league action. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate and hit a home run in the win.