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Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (March 6, 1959 Issue) Miss Barbara Pilliard, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pilliard of Loomis, was to appear on Channel 10’s Farm Program as a 4-H representative. This was to be her first appearance on TV. The Loomis Lions Club was sponsoring a dance in the Loomis Memorial Hall, featuring a live orchestra. The purpose of the dance was to raise money to help pay for land the club had acquired to be used for recreational purposes in the community. 25 YEARS AGO (March , 1984 Issue) The Del Oro High School girls soccer team was on a roll, sporting a 5-0 record following an action-packed week. The girls notched a 4-0 win over the Oakmont Vikings, in which Mary Fernandez scored two goals and Julie Natall assisted in three of four goals. The following day, the Del Oro girls took a 2-1 win over Loretto in an interleague match. Natali and Lisa Haig notched two first-half goals and the Del Oro backfield played a tight second-half defense. 10 YEARS AGO (March 4, 1999 Issue) Services were held for Vonda Drake, 76, a native of Elikchi, Okla. and a resident of Newcastle for over 33 years. She was a retired bookkeeper for the Diamond Match Co. She was an officer in the Auburn Sportsman’s Association and a member of the Newcastle Business Association. Vonda also served on the Ophir School board in the 1970s. She was an active member of the Newcastle United Methodist Church. Kyle Medley was the winner of the Loomis School District Geography Bee. Also placing were Paul Zimmerman and David Outlaw, second; Tyler Franks and Sean Greening, third; Chris Bouma, Peter Schmidt, Eames Kolar, Jordan Jakobson, fourth; and Andrew Worley, fifth. The Del Oro High School girls basketball team ended the regular season with a 24-4 record after defeating Granite Bay 51-35. The Lady Eagles went on to beat Oakdale 51-34, Mesa Verde 59-39, and Sonora 50-41 in the Sac-Joaquin Division III playoffs. Among the girls displaying their skills were Ricci Anderson, Vanessa Marconi, Courtney Schaefer, Niki Fallon, Jamie Williams, Candis Regan, Hannah Turner and Julia Dunning. The next game would be for the championship at Arco Arena. The Del Oro boys basketball team qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Division III Playoffs and beat River City 59-56 and Manteca 55-53. Among the top scorers for the Golden Eagles were Jared Joyner, Donovan Nimmo, Bob Corbett, Kevin Hill, Aaron Call, Eric Sjolie, Randall Dumler and Casey Myers. Penrhyn Gold Hill Lodge #2 prepared to host a Masonic information night. The lodge, located above the Penryn post office, served the community with pride, honor, and dedication since 1879. Sean Hood and Jayson Lehmann were the top salesmen at a fundraiser for Loomis School.