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Sierra girls soccer: 6th best in nation
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10 years ago: April 19, 2006: Coach Manuel Pires and his Sierra High soccer team have been dubbed the sixth-best high school girls soccer program in the nation, according to the latest rankings by Adidas and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Timberwolves (18-0-2) are also the top-ranked team in Region VI, an area that spans the entire West Coast.


In other sports stories

from The Bulletin files:

30 years ago: April 13, 1986 – Manteca High’s Tony Perez turned in his best performance ever in the mile and out-distanced 21 other elite runners to win in 4:13.55 at the Arcadia Invitational track meet in Southern California Saturday. His time was one of the best, if not the best, in the state this year, said Buffalo coach Bob Baker.

With JoAnn Estrada struggling with her control throughout the game, East Union High’s softball team posted an eight-inning 4-3 VOL victory over Livingston High here Thursday afternoon. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Lisa Torres hammered a triple and then checked in on Stacy Lee’s second straight hit.

Manteca High scored four runs in the second inning and then coasted to a 10-2 VOL softball victory over host Oakdale High Thursday afternoon. Sophomore Kim Sloan pitched a two-hitter and socked a double and a single to aid her own cause. Brandi Rose paced the Lady Buffs’ 10-hit attack by going three-for-four at the plate.

Soujke Vellinga and Tina Alexander recorded double victories as the East Union High girls’ track team notched its first league win of the season here Thursday. The Lady Lancers outclassed Ceres High 90-31, but the boys weren’t as fortunate. The boys dropped an 80-51 decision. Vellinga took the shot put with a distance of 27-7 and the triple jump. Alexander took the 100 meters (13.86) and the long jump. Dan Jucutan was the Lancer boys’ only double winner, taking the mile in 5:03 and the two-mile in 11:04.

Manteca High’s girls’ track team came up with a 68-59 victory over Oakdale High Thursday when Amanda Dias anchored the 1,600 meter relay team to a win. She also took three other first-place finishes. Dias led the girls to victory with wins in the 200 and 400 meter runs, while clocking a 48.9 to win in the 300 meter hurdles. The Oakdale boys cruised to an 84-52 win. Tony Perez was a triple winner for the Buffaloes, winning the 400, 1,600 and 3,200 meter races.

Frank Gonzales and Richard Wyrsch combined to toss a two-hitter here Thursday as East Union High turned back Ceres High 3-1 in a league baseball game. Kevin Carr scored two runs and drove in the third Lancer run with a fifth-inning single.

Robbie Woods tossed a two-hitter to beat Oakdale High in a league baseball game at the Manteca High diamond Friday. The Buffaloes scored the game’s only run in the first inning when Steve May walked and later came around to score on an Oakdale throwing error. Woods didn’t allow a runner past second as he struck out seven and walked four batters.

Manteca High’s tennis team nearly upended Oakdale High here Friday, falling 8-7. Eric Reis and Stephen Sanguinetti won twice and Eddie Hubik made a major contribution by winning three times in singles for the Buffaloes.


20 years ago: April 16, 1996 – Manteca High outhit East Union High 7-6, but two errors proved to be the difference in the Lancers’ 3-2 softball victory Tuesday at the Lady Buffs’ diamond. EU senior Angie Long tripled and scored two runs to pace the Lady Lancers. For MHS, Ranette Sousa had two hits, including a double. She struck out six EU batters and scattered six hits in a losing cause.

East Union High took an easy 9-0 baseball win from Sierra High at Agostini Field Wednesday afternoon. Joey Sergent, Eric Denton and Gary Shirey each drove in a pair of runs, while Andy Martinez and Andy Walker each collected two hits. John Sheridan pitched a two-hitter and struck out 12 SHS batters. Coach Darrell Hardcastle’s Lancers are now 14-4, having won the last eight ball games. Tim Brown and Jared Looney got the base hits for the T’wolves.

Manteca High pounded Sonora High 12-4 Wednesday for the Buffaloes’ first home victory of the season. Bryan Lucas struck out 12 Wildcat batters in pitching a four-hitter for Coach Todd Vick. Joey Goes had three hits and drove in two runs, while Tim Honda and James Ward each collected two hits. Ward drove in four runs in the win.

Manteca High junior J. R. Becko drained an eight-foot putt to save par on the final hole and preserve a 205-206 win over East Union High at the Manteca Park course Thursday afternoon. Sierra High, also playing, shot a 273. Becko and Johnny Leandro each shot 39’s for the Buffaloes, but EU’s Shawn Marek was the medalist at 37. Caleb Casamello shot a 49 to lead the T’wolf club.

The Manteca High swim team edged East Union High by a score of 89-81 in the girls’ action, while the MHS boys won 96-74 in a meet Friday at the Lincoln Park pool. Junior Becky Pendexter was a double winner for the Lady Buffs, taking firsts in the200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. EU had two double winners, Silke Bradford (100 free and 100 back) and Felicia Hellums (200 free and 500 free). Double wins by Dustin Kuykendall and Matt Gouaux powered the MHS boys to their victory over the Lancers. Kuykendall took firsts in the 200 free and the 100 backstroke, while Gouaux won the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Timely hitting and clutch pitching carried Sierra High to a surprise 6-4 baseball win over Oakdale High under a constant drizzle Friday afternoon. Coach Jack Thomson’s T’wolves jumped out to a 6-0 lead as pitcher John Thomson held Oakdale off for four innings before giving up his first Mustang run. At the plate, he had an RBI triple.


10 years ago: April 19, 2006 – Ashley McGuiness and freshman Janelle Parra each scored within the first five minutes and East Union High’s defensive back line preserved a shutout as the Lancer soccer team blanked visiting McClatchy High of Sacramento 5-0 yesterday. Parra ended up with two goals while Julie Lennert and Teresa Sianez each chipped in a goal. Karlee Rivard finished with seven saves on goal.

Jordan Durrance hit his second home run in as many games and the Sierra High baseball team pounded out 10 hits in a shortened 12-1 VOL win over Weston Ranch High.

Forty-five seconds after the start of the soccer match, Sierra High’s Lisa Garcia scored the first goal as the Lady T’wolves went on to edge Manteca High 3-2. Later, Garcia added another score to her game total. Katie Fahey netted the third goal for SHS. Kim Herrera scored a Lady Buff goal on a penalty kick and Jen Dickman tapped one in for her team. 

The East Union High and Manteca High baseball teams split a rare doubleheader Thursday with the Buffaloes taking the first game 3-1 and then blowing a seven-run lead to allow the Lancers to win 12-11 in the second game. Ryan Fisher hit a first-inning home run and went 2-for-5 with four RBI to pace the Lancer victory. The two teams combined for 21 hits. A fourth-inning error in the first game allowed the Buffs to score all three of their runs. Tim Brown gave up five hits in a complete game win for MHS. Justin Madsen went 2-for-3 with a stolen base to lead the Lancers.

The East Union High girls’ swim team took top honors in nine events but Sierra High was deep enough in all the right spots to hold on for an 85-85 VOL meet draw at SHS. Coach Dave Breitenbucher’s Timberwolf boys’ contingent rode another strong showing from Nick Hafer to a 97-72 win over their intra-city rivals. In the girls’ action, EU’s Alicia Alfter and Alyssa Toone were double winners. Alfter captured the100 butterfly in 1:01.46 and later darted to a winning time of 1:14.25 in the 100 breast. Toone won the 50 and 100 frees. Freshman Madison Andermaur paced the T’wolves with first-place in two events, the 100 back (1:04.4) and the 200 IM (2:23). The boys’ action saw Sierra win six events, including both relays, to cruise to their win. Hafer led the charge, sprinting to wins in the 50 free (24.7) and the 100 breast (1:07.21) and was a member of both winning relay teams. Daniel Heihn and Jeff Clare were two-time winners for the Lancers. Heihn took the 100 back and the 100 fly. Clare touched the wall first in both the 500 free and the 200 IM.

East Union High’s Kevin Cooper won all three sprint events—the 100, the 200 and the 400—upsetting Sierra High’s defending VOL sprint champion Michael Mok Wednesday at Teicheira Stadium on the T’wolf campus. Cooper was the only varsity boy to win events for the Lancers. EU was outmatched, 109-17. SHS’s Robert Sinclair won the discus and the shot put, while Michael Elder took the high jump and the triple jump. Sierra’s girls also won by a large margin, 85-36. T’wolf Sarah Corbett claimed four events, the long jump in a personal best 15 feet, the 100 hurdles, the high jump and the triple jump. Shenice Vargas paced the Lancers with three wins, the 100, the 200 and the 300 hurdles.