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POSTED July 25, 2010 1:43 a.m.
Ninety years ago, on July 17, 1920, the boxing bouts held at the auditorium proved to be a great success. The main event between Soldier Day and “Battling” Abrew was not up to expectations. They were both very cautious and managed to keep out of reach of the other’s right hand through the entire go. Day was in fine trim and sent many hard jolts that shook Abrew up. Abrew, however, was there with his left hand striking clean blows. Day took the decision. Sammy Moreno, Manteca’s prize boy, knocked out Monk George of Modesto in the second round.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

50 years ago: July 28, 1960 - End Gary Heaton and tackle Floyd Davenport will represent Manteca High in the annual Elks Valley All-star football game next month. The game will be played in Lodi.

Despite the herculean effort of Jan Morris, the Manteca swim team dropped a 207-197 decision to Hughson last week. Morris took five firsts and two seconds during the meet, as she swam in both the 14 and 16 year-old classes. Other local swimmers who turned in fine efforts were Mark Winter and Melanie Yorke, with three firsts each.

40 years ago: July 22, 1970 - Left-handed Jerry Nixon became the first known Lathrop Lark pitcher to record a no-hit, no-run game since Nile Elliott turned the trick back in 1929 as the Larks blanked the Rio Vista Red Sox, 4-0. Nixon struck out 11 while giving up 11 walks and was in little trouble during the game. Buster Scharmann scored two runs for Lathrop.

Mike Muratore of the Lathrop team was named the Most Valuable Player in the Manteca Babe Ruth League.

Steve Pinelli and Esther Valdez will represent Manteca in the regional frisbee championships in San Francisco next week.

The Manteca Babe Ruth League all-stars competed in the Babe Ruth tourney for 14-15 year-olds in Newman and came away with third place for the second straight year. The local team opened with a 13-2 victory over Tuolumne North behind the two-hit pitching of Ted Davis. Two days later, Manager Pete Moreno’s team played Tuolumne South and took away a 13-10 win, after building up a 13-1 lead. The next day, Manteca faced unbeaten Turlock and lost a close one, 2-1. The same night, Manteca was eliminated from the tourney, losing to West Side, 3-2.

30 years ago: July 23, 1980 - Manteca’s 14-15 year-old Babe Ruth all-star baseball team bowed out of the State tournament Sunday with a gut-wrenching 7-6 losers’ bracket loss at the hands of Stockton’s Inland Port team. The loss was a see-saw contest that saw the local club rally for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Manteca outhit Inland Port 13-8, but committed five errors to two for the winners. Frank Padilla paced the local attack with three hits, while Doug Huckabee, Greg Toy and Tom Liles each added a pair.

The Manteca Dolphins swim team took second place at the annual Trans-County swim meet at the Ceres High pool. Jason Frisk paced the local entries by sweeping to three first-place finishes in his trio of events. Frisk won the 25 free, the 25 back and then shattered a league record by speeding to a top finish of 21.46 in the 25 breaststroke.

When the South put the ball into play on the first offensive series of last night’s Lions Central California All-star football game, East Union High’s John Bechtold found himself at a rather unfamiliar spot--on the sidelines. But Bechtold more than made up for his early absence, picking off a South pass in the final minutes of the game and returning it 28 yards to a score to insure the North’s 21-11 victory in the seventh annual charity bash at University of Pacific’s Memorial Stadium.

Young, 17 year-old Manteca boxer Antonio “Red” Dominguez, sturdily built 5-foot-10, 147-pounder with only five weeks of training experience, has just recently won a shiny gold medal at the Nevada State Diamond Belt Amateur Boxing Championships in Carson City. Dominguez won two bouts--a first round TKO and a three-round decision--to capture the Special Senior Class welterweight title.
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