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1984: Lancers slow-down offense results in EU loss
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Thirty years ago, on January 22, 1984, amid boos and catcalls from the Modesto High fans, Coach Bill Stricker and East Union High’s basketball team instituted a slowdown offense that put up only one shot over the first three quarters and didn’t come up with a point until Marty Ott hit a free throw midway through the fourth quarter. Stricker’s strategy didn’t work though as the 36-3 final score suggests Modesto owns a 23-1 season mark.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

10 years ago: January 28, 2004 – Sierra High defensive specialist Katelyn Quaresma pumped in 17 of her game-high 20 points in the first half as the Timberwolves blew away visiting Pitman High 70-22 Tuesday night. Anastasia Lyons added 16 points to the SHS barrage and center Martha Spivey turned in 10 counters, four steals and two blocks. Coach Dan Cunial’s girls improved to 7-0 in the Valley Oak League and 19-1 overall. Pitman, a varsity newcomer with no seniors on the squad, committed 25 turnovers in the game.

Jamie Kinlaw had four 3-pointers and led East Union High with 14 points as the Lancers took a 49-26 basketball win over visiting Sonora High on Tuesday.

Buhach Colony High came back by scoring 30 straight points to take a 40-30 win over Sierra High in VOL wrestling action Tuesday in Atwater. Heath Gleason (160) and David Rubio (171) got the only pins for the T’wolves.

20 years ago: January 26, 1994 – East Union High continued its domination of Manteca High in girls’ soccer Tuesday afternoon as the Lady Lancers took a rain-soaked 2-0 win over the Lady Buffs. Meghan Harris scored both goals for EU, who hasn’t lost to Manteca High in four years.

Manteca High found out how bad life can be without high scorer Rebecca Kemptner Tuesday night at Winter Gym as the local basketball team fell to lowly Livingston High 38-33. Kemptner, nursing an ankle sprain, was on the bench as the Lady Buffs turned the ball over 15 times and let the game get away in the final period. Anna Jackson led the home team with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The East Union High wrestling team pulled away with three straight first-period pins in the middle weights to down West High of Tracy 44-24 Tuesday. Lancer pins were by Neil Westmoreland, Randy Rohrer, David Beier and Greg Adams against West’s first-year squad of freshmen and sophomores.

The East Union High girls breezed to a 77-36 VOL cage win over Bear Creek High Tuesday night in Stockton. Danelle Liles led all scorers with 23 points, while Nicole Carter netted 16 and Alicia Lyon had 14 counters.

Manteca High extended its winning streak to 11 games Wednesday night by taking a 97-72 win from Livingston High at Winter Gym. Jon DeRoos hit for a game-high 23 points for MHS, including a perfect five-for-five from the free throw line. Mike Prokop added 20 points and 14 rebounds, Scott Nussbaumer had 14, Don Morgan netted 13 and John Tubbs contributed 11 points to the wining total.

The East Union High boys’ cage team led from start to finish last night, edging Oakdale High 37-34. Center Bob Orr led the Lancers with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The visiting Manteca High wrestlers slapped down the host East Union High matmen 58-13 in a VOL match Thursday night in Dalben Center. The Buffaloes are now 7-0 in the league and got pins from Vic Torrice (112), Jason Sutton (125), Dennis Elliott (135), Eric Rowe (145), Pete Espinoza (152) and Dale Underwood (hvwt). The lone EU pin was by Kyle Westmoreland at 103 pounds.

Manteca High’s soccer team roughed up a smaller and slower Livingston High squad 6-0 Tuesday in a game that looked more like a practice than a league match. Maria Trevino scored four goals before Coach Bill Noceti pulled her. Danell Carter scored a goal, as did Meredith Davis to finish the Lady Buff scoring.

30 years ago: January 23, 1984 – Regina Jordan produced a go-ahead three-point play with just over a minute remaining in the game and Nancy Nunes sealed the victory by converting a pressure one-and-one situation as the East Union High basketball team topped Sonora High for the first time in at least four years 44-41 Monday night in VOL action at Dalben Center. Jordan also hauled down 13 rebounds. Lady Lancer Patty Ott had one of her best performances of the season, scoring a game-high 17 points. Nunes tallied 14 points.

Manteca High didn’t miss a beat as they came out razor-sharp Friday night, sprinting to an early lead and coasting the rest of the way for an easy 72-54 VOL victory over Sonora High at Winter Gym. Forward Paul Brogan finished the contest with a game-high 18 points and probably would have had loads more but left the game with the rest of the starters three minutes into the third quarter.

Manteca High standouts Robert McGhee and Jose Vasquez wrestled without a loss Saturday, helping themselves to first-place finishes and their Buffalo wrestling team to a fourth-place showing in the Grace Davis Tournament in Modesto. McGhee breezed through three matches at the 100-pound level and Vasquez, at 167, whipped two opponents for his crown.

The Manteca High girls overcame a sluggish first-quarter performance to remain unbeaten in VOL cage action Friday night, downing defending league basketball champions Sonora High, 52-39. Alexia Poulos again led the Lady Buff offense with 22 points and hauled down eight rebounds. Marilyn Elkins had 12 points.

40 years ago: January 23, 1974 – Three East Union High first-year gymnasts have qualified to attend the sectional compulsory meet at Hayward High this Saturday. At the preliminary compulsory meet in Oakdale last week, Linda Yonemoto received a third place medal, Shirlee Widmer had a 10th place ribbon and Kathy Walker, a 13th in the competition.

In the space of 13 seconds, Doug Stone’s emotions changed from chagrin to elation as the East Union High senior took a perfect down-court pass to score a lay-up at the final buzzer to give the Lancers a thrilling 63-62 cage victory over Oakdale High last Friday evening. With 14 seconds showing on the clock and EU leading 61-60, Stone missed a free throw which was taken down the court by the Mustangs and what looked like the winning basket was scored. Pat Pagnucci, playing his best game of the season, paced the winners with 20 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter. Ray Miller, in his best effort in over a month, followed with 16 points for the winners.

The league-leading St. Mary’s High basketball team had to hang on to post a hair-raising 62-58 win over Manteca High Friday night. Gary Shupe led the Buffaloes with 15 points, Bill Ruble had 14 and Kevin Allsup added 11.

Registering only four wins, all by decision, the East Union High wrestling team was outclassed by Sonora High 43-13 in Manteca last week.

50 years ago: January 24, 1964 – In their fourth straight win, the Manteca High wrestling team took complete control of the mat in a 55-5 dual meet victory over Ceres High Tuesday. Seven Manteca pins were tallied by Frank Payan, Dave Anderson, Mike Thurston, Joe Widmer, Ron Brown, Don Widmer and Bob Ramirez.

60 years ago: January 28, 1954 – Chalk up VOL loss number five for Manteca High was they lost to Oakdale High by a score of 57 to 36 in a game that was one of worst that the Buffaloes have played during the whole basketball season. It was only by the efforts of John Pappas, who was playing his last game for the Buffs, that the score was even that close. He closed his high school career with a very good display of teamwork and sportsmanship as his teamwork helped the Buffs make a contest of it for a half and his 20 points were high for the MHS squad for the evening.

80 years ago: January 25, 1934 – The Manteca High cagers were defeated by the Oakdale High quintet last Friday night at Oakdale by a 21 to 19 score. The game was very close throughout, there being no more than a four-point variation at any time. Captain Milo Candini played his usual good game and led the scoring for the evening with eight.