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1997: Hardcastle named Section scholar-athlete
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Ninety years ago, on April 9, 1927, the Manteca High nine shut out the Jackson High team in a game played here, the score being 7 to 0. Burton Bauer, Manteca’s little freshman chucker, went the entire route for Coach Ben Mellow’s squad and he received fine support from the other players. Joe Bianchi hit a triple and a double, Ed Forsell got three hits and Emil Theiler and Sid Ettinger each got two hits.


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from the Bulletin files:

10 years ago: April 18, 2007 – Locked in a scoreless tie with Manteca High in the top of the seventh inning, East Union High’s Erin Arevalo smashed a triple to left field. A pickoff attempt failed and pinch-runner Stephanie Swift scored with what was to be the only run of the contest and the game-winner in a 1-0 thriller for the Lancers in softball action on Tuesday. In addition to the final-inning triple, winning pitcher Arevalo struck out 18 Buffalo batters, while scattering four hits.

Heather Scharmann followed Jenna Morgan’s triple with a two-run homer that loosened the floodgates as Sierra High pounded Weston Ranch High 10-2 in a softball game Tuesday. The early explosion capped off a nine-run inning for the Timberwolves. Scharmann, only a sophomore, also had a triple in a 3-for-5 game at the plate. Other sluggers for SHS included Megan Anderson with four hits, Morgan with three hits and Erica Portillo and Sydney Deffner with a pair of hits apiece.

Coach Dennis Wells’ East Union High golf team took care of visiting Ceres High Tuesday with a 215-228 victory at the Manteca Park course. Battling gusty winds, Kyle Harmon led the way for the Lancers with a 41.

The Manteca High tennis team remained undefeated Tuesday after a 15-0 win over Weston Ranch High. Mostafa Aniss (no.1) was nearly perfect in singles, allowing only three points in his three matches.

Stephanie Teunissen scored four times yesterday as the Sierra High soccer team blasted Central Valley High 11-1 in VOL action. Lisa Garcia netted three goals, while Nicole Vanni, Kayla Cody, Raeanne Quaresma and Sierra Johnson all scored a goal apiece. The win marked the 250th soccer victory in the SHS program history.

Sierra High’s defending VOL and Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion track teams easily dispatched host Sonora High 90-35, while the girls had just as easy a time in a 93-53 victory yesterday. T’wolf junior Avery White took the 100 and 300 hurdles and anchored the winning 4x400 relay team. Dirinna Uwakwe also claimed multiple events, taking the 100, 200 and triple jump. For the girls, Courtney Whitlock got firsts in the 100 and 300 hurdles and Becca McNair won the 400 and 800 meters.

East Union High needed a wakeup call Friday afternoon against visiting Weston Ranch High, but EU used that to gain a 13-5 baseball victory. Seth Morten scattered seven hits ad didn’t walk anyone in pitching the win for the Lancers. Trea Lopez and Wade Morten each had a pair of hits for EU.

Sierra High downed visiting Manteca High 3-2 in baseball action yesterday. Andrew Gabriel hit an opposite field solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. Gabriel then struck out Frank Corn with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh to end the game.

Kelly Mayo scored two early goals to propel the East Union High soccer team to a 6-0 shutout of host Weston Ranch High on Thursday. Alyssa Wegner, Karlee Rivard, Kylee Belme and Amber Omstead added the other scores in the win.

Sierra High’s golf team shot a 208 to top Manteca High’s 288 on a rainy Manteca Park course Wednesday. Joey Matts turned in a 40 to pace the T’wolf swingers.


20 years ago: April 13, 1997 – Banging out 11 hits and getting a one-hit pitching effort from freshman Jennifer Lewallen, the East Union High softball team thumped Sonora High 7-0 in Sonora Tuesday afternoon. The Lancers, now 13-3 overall, were paced at the plate by freshman Masie Ota and senior Jennifer Hensley, who banged out three hits apiece.

Manteca High’s softball team routed Oakdale High13-3 in five innings on Tuesday. Each Lady Buff starter had at least one hit in the game, with Katie Green and Rachelle Sousa leading the 16-hit attack with three hits each.

The East Union High swim teams swept to easy VOL wins over host Calaveras High in San Andreas on Tuesday. Coach Nancy Wright’s boys swamped Calaveras 108-52 to improve to 7-2 overall. The Lancers won all but one event, with double winners including Arthur Tolbert (50 and 100 free) and Jason Coenenberg (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke).  The Lady Lancers spread the glory around fairly well with distance swimmer Felicia Hellums being the only one to take double golds. She won by huge margins in the 200 free (2:11.87) and the 500 free (6:11).

Highlighted by a couple of thrilling finishes, the Manteca High swimmers split a VOL meet at Oakdale High on Tuesday. The Lady Buffs upped their win streak to 27 straight with a 96-74 polishing off of the Lady Mustangs. The MHS boys lost 80-70. Jessica Houck, Nicole See and Becky Pendexter each were double winners for Manteca. Distance specialist Houck cruised to wins in the 200 free (2:29) and the 500 free (6:40), See sprinted to firsts in the 50 free (30.62) and the 100 free (1:07.28) and Pendexter ruled the 200 IM (2:52.69) and the 100 breaststroke (1:26.59).

East Union High senior Jessie Hardcastle was named a recipient for the 1997 A. Dale Lackey Sac-Joaquin Section Scholar-Athlete Award. Hardcastle, a three-sport athlete at EU in volleyball, basketball and track, has earned a 4.14 cumulative GPA in four years.

The Manteca High tennis team thumped East Union High 9-6 Wednesday in VOL action. Kirk Lockwood won all three of his matches for the Buffaloes. The Lancer doubles team of Matt Stricker/Matt Lopez won two matches.

The Sierra High tennis team pounded West High 13-2 in league action on Wednesday. The T’wolf singles threesome of Jimmy Duran, Ryan Parker and Scott Conner won seven of nine matches to pace the win.

Doug Callaway and Don Gemmell combined on a three-hitter as East Union High held on to defeat the Oakdale High baseball team 2-1 Wednesday in Oakdale. Leadoff hitter David Altstatt went 2-for-4 to pace the Lancers, who improved to 12-5 overall.

In a cross-town battle of city teams, Sierra High withstood a five-run inning by Manteca High to post an 8-5 victory in baseball action Wednesday afternoon. The T’wolves blew a four-run lead but came back with a four-run inning to beat the Buffaloes. John Thomson paced Sierra with an RBI double among his three hits. He also struck out seven batters in pitching a complete game for the win. 

Manteca High’s Derek Jones shot a school-record 66 Wednesday at the Phoenix Lake Country Club to lead the Buffaloes in a VOL golf tournament. Jones eclipsed a 70 set 10 years ago by Kevin Wentworth, who is now playing professionally on the Asian tour.

The Sierra High track team won all but seven events in sweeping East Union High across the board on Tuesday. The T’wolves’ Antoine Lewis was a triple winner (110 hurdles, long jump, triple jump) as the boys team out-ran EU 102-34. Jasmine Green won the long jump and high jump in the Lady T’wolves’ 88-48 victory.

The Manteca High boys and girls track teams posted their first dual meet win of the season Thursday by defeating host Oakdale High. The Lady Buffs only won five first places but still beat the Lady Mustangs 71-61. The Buffalo boys dominated throughout, including seven top-three sweeps, en route to a lop-sided 103-30 win. For the Lady Buffs, Amy Birmingham won both the mile and two-mile races. Casey Eggers and Adondus Foster were the MHS boys only double winners. Eggers sprinted to wins in the 330 IH (46.6) and the 440 (57.15), while Foster took the long jump (20-1) and the triple jump (42-1).

The Sierra High girls closed out the regular season by stroking to their second straight VOL victory Friday afternoon in the Lincoln Park pool. The Lady T’wolves beat Calaveras High 90-74. Sierra’s boys won five races but Calaveras won the meet 86-60. In the girls’ competition, Alicia Lowry and Christine Brock were double winners. 


30 years ago: April 14, 1987 – Manteca High’s pitching tandem of Richard Jones and Joey Franco was rocked for 12 hits in the opening round of the Dick Windemuth Baseball Tournament at Modesto’s Downey High Monday as the Buffalo nine dropped a 9-5 verdict to Beyer High. Eric Hill and Gary Mills paced the Buff hitting attack with two hits apiece.

East Union High’s baseball team broke through for four runs in the first inning Wednesday and pitcher Frank Gonzales made them stand up for a 5-3 victory over Livermore High in the consolation final of the Atwater-Winton Easter Tournament. Gonzales, who was named all-tournament, went the distance, giving up four hits, while striking out six and walking two.

Kevin Wentworth shot a two-over-par 74 and Robert Warren added a 79 Friday to pace Manteca High’s golf team to a 430-459 triumph over host Reno High at the windy Washoe County golf course.


40 years ago: April 15, 1977 – Climbing closer and closer toward first place in the Valley Oak League, the East Union High golf team scored an easy 197-222 win over Sonora High Tuesday at the Manteca Park course. Junior Randy Shepherd toured the Manteca layout with an even-par 36, the lowest score of the day. 

East Union High resumed league competition Tuesday afternoon on the EU diamond and Los Banos High paid the price, 8-0. Senior pitcher Billy Poindexter kept the Tigers at bay with a strong six-inning stint that led to his fourth VOL win without a loss. Bobby Mejorado and Steve Corral drove in two runs each for the Lancers.


50 years ago: April 14, 1967 – Manteca High took advantage of the breaks Tuesday afternoon and edged Atwater High 2-1 in a non-league baseball contest on the Buffalo field. Frank Teicheira and Carl Yamasaki scored the runs for Manteca.


60 years ago: April 18, 1957 – The Manteca High cindermen walked over the Ceres High spikers in a meet held last Thursday in Ceres. The score was 51 to 47. The Buffaloes were led by Gary Barlow, who captured the 100 and 220 yard dashes and was on the relay team. He took the 100 in 10 flat and took the 220 in :22.4. Other wins for Manteca were Milton Moore taking the 880 with a time of 2:11. Moore was also on the relay team. Frank McKim took the 180 low hurdles and tied for first in the high jump. Jim Mayfield won the shot put and Hugh Hansen won the mile.


70 years ago: April 17, 1947 – Manteca High defeated Tracy High last Friday afternoon on the local diamond by a score of 10-5. It was the first league game for the Buffaloes. Manteca scored six runs in their first time at bat. Jack Williams had two hits, including a triple, for Manteca.  


80 years ago: April 18, 1937 – Sweeping many events in the unlimited class, Manteca High won the annual West Side Track and Field Meet held here on Pennebaker Field Saturday afternoon by a total score of 144 points to Tracy High’s 74. Patterson High, the remaining entrant, chalked up 32 points to complete the scoring. Outstanding for the winners was dash man Carrol Hall, who won both the 220 yard dash and the quarter. Sam Woods, Buffalo timber topper, was also a double winner in the unlimited hurdle jaunts.