1997: Hard­cas­tle leads EU High to upset grid win

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

Ninety years ago, on Septem­ber 4, 1927, the game be­tween the Man­teca Maulers and the Gus­tine Ath­let­ics could be called the “Comedy of Er­rors”. Just at a time when the Maulers needed to play real ball, er­ror af­ter er­ror was made, to­tal­ing 10 in all be­fore the con­test was ended. When the game ended, the score stood 20 to 5 in fa­vor of the vis­i­tors, which was more a Stock­ton team than Gus­tine. It was said that only three of the reg­u­lar Gus­tine play­ers were in the lineup, the rest be­ing re­cruited from var­i­ous other teams through­out cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia. In other sports sto­ries from the Bul­letin files: 10 years ago: Septem­ber 12, 2007 – The de­fend­ing league cham­pion Sierra High soc­cer team had three dif­fer­ent goal scor­ers as they downed vis­it­ing Ceres High 3-1on Tues­day. Mario Cadena, Brian Gomez and Vic­tor Sanchez all net­ted a goal for the Tim­ber­wolves (2-5-2 over­all).

The Man­teca High soc­cer team came from be­hind to tie host Cen­tral Val­ley High 2-2 in Ceres on Tues­day. Je­sus Perez and Kolby Mur­phy had goals for the Buf­faloes, now 1-2-2 on the young sea­son.

Led by Me­gan Spinks, the vis­it­ing East Union High vol­ley­ball team beat Tur­lock Chris­tian High 25-15, 24-26, 25-17, 25-22 Tues­day night. Spinks fin­ished the con­test with 25 sets, five as­sists, five digs, seven blocks, 13 hits, seven kills and six aces. Kim Brooks added 17 ser­vice points, 16 sets, eight as­sists, six hits and three kills for Coach Eryn Bow­ers’ Lancers.

Tues­day was just an­other day at the of­fice for the East Union High golf team as the Lancers breezed past Oak­dale High 223-298 at the Man­teca Park course. Krysta Clark medaled the round with a 6-over-par 43.

20 years ago: Septem­ber 10, 1997 – The East Union High vol­ley­ball team re­mained un­de­feated by down­ing Hugh­son High on the road Tues­day 15-5, 15-8, 9-15, 15-7. Carey Cor­fi­atis led the Lady Lancers with eight kills and three blocks.

Serv­ing well through­out the match, Coach Te­vani Lio­tard’s Sierra High vol­ley­ball team de­feated Stagg High 15-1, 15-11, 15-5 Tues­day evening. Jen­nifer Miller opened the third game for the Lady T’wolves with nine straight serves and her team cred­ited her for the win.

The Sierra High ten­nis team de­feated vis­it­ing Man­teca High 10-5 on Thurs­day. Sin­gles player Va­lerie Mercier and the dou­bles teams of Candee Green-Kelly Valen­zuela and Mel­lissa Men­doza-Sam Broc­chini were the big win­ners for the T’wolves.

Robert Miller scored all three Man­teca High touch­downs and ground out 196 yards on 28 car­ries be­fore a crowd of 1,100 fans as the Buf­faloes stunned vis­it­ing Jo­hansen High 21-7 in Fri­day night’s sea­son opener at Guss Sch­miedt Field. The Buffs ran up 307 yards of to­tal of­fense as the 5-11, 195-pound Miller scored on runs of 48, five and four yards. Jorge Cedano added the ex­tra points.

East Union High raised a few eye­brows across the rest of the VOL as the Lancers opened the foot­ball sea­son with a 34-7 drub­bing of Beyer High Fri­day night at the EU sta­dium. Led by ju­nior quar­ter­back J. T. Hard­cas­tle’s throw­ing and the run­ning of sopho­more tail­back Mar­cus Strick­land, Coach Jim Brown’s Lancers dom­i­nated in all facets of the game. Strick­land scored on runs of 70 and three yards, Dim­itri Wil­liams caught scor­ing passes of 66 and 13 yards from Hard­cas­tle and Kevin Triplett snared a 13-yard TD toss from Hard­cas­tle to ac­count for the touch­downs. Hard­cas­tle passed for 195 yards, and kicked a 23-yard field goal and a con­ver­sion to lead the EU win. Strick­land was the lead­ing EU rusher with 198 yards on nine car­ries.

30 years ago: Septem­ber 9. 1987 – Coach Jon Ol­son’s East Union High vol­ley­ball team eas­ily dis­posed of de­fend­ing Golden Val­ley League champ Los Banos High 15-1, 15-7 in the open­ing round of the eighth an­nual Ripon All-Con­fer­ence Vol­ley­ball Tour­na­ment Wed­nes­day at the Ripon High gym. Carey Pul­liam and Sheree McKen­zie com­bined for five ser­vice aces to get the Lady Lancers rolling.

Man­teca High’s cross-coun­try team fin­ished sec­ond at the 12-team Rockville In­vi­ta­tional on Wed­nes­day. Robert Bur­nett fin­ished third with a time of 16:01 over the three-mile course at Rockville Park near Fair­field. Only three girls ran for MHS, with Car­men Perez win­ning the frosh-soph com­pe­ti­tion at 13:01 for 1.85 miles.

East Union High didn’t have a full team at the 12-team Edi­son In­vi­ta­tional on Wed­nes­day, but Mike Lang­don and Jeff Franz fin­ished in the top 20 in the ju­nior boys’ di­vi­sion. Lang­don ran 17:32 for three miles, tak­ing twelfth over­all.

Man­teca High’s vol­ley­ball squad pulled out a gut-wrench­ing four-game vic­tory over vis­it­ing Tur­lock High Thurs­day at Win­ter Gym. Jen­nifer Miller and Becky McCall, MHS’s two front-line girls, came through down the stretch and Shelly Spence served out the fi­nal four points for a 15-11, 10-15, 15-11, 14-16, 15-10 non-league vic­tory.

De­spite fall­ing short against vis­it­ing Liv­ingston High, East Union High’s in­ex­pe­ri­enced girls’ ten­nis team showed signs of com­pet­i­tive­ness in fall­ing 8.5-6.5. Lynn Fowler and Lisa Bung­cayao won two sin­gles matches each for Coach Carl Bosque. Fowler and Bung­cayao are both se­niors.

With East Union High trail­ing by a point and five min­utes re­main­ing, quar­ter­back Robert Ran­dall tossed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Benedetti as EU ral­lied to drop Beyer High 21-14 in the sea­son foot­ball opener at Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege. Ran­dall also car­ried the ball six times for 68 yards, in­clud­ing scor­ing runs of seven and 24 yards. Alex Lan­deros was the lead­ing Lancer rusher with 116 yards on 18 car­ries.

70 years ago: Septem­ber 11, 1947 – Man­teca High’s first line prac­tice was held last Fri­day night. Play was a bit sloppy and line tim­ing was off, but many new­com­ers show prom­ise. Jim Wat­son, a guard with no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, drew at­ten­tion for his fine de­fen­sive work. John Vierra, a hard-charg­ing end, broke up plays be­fore they could de­velop. Wes Ma­jor, a boy with plenty of tal­ent and a de­sire to run, was the only back­field run­ner who could con­sis­tently gain.

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