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Video footage of Manteca High basketball coach Dave Asuncion’s remarkable shot.


POSTED August 16, 2013 12:58 a.m.

Dave Asuncion still has range.

And then some.

The Manteca High boys basketball coach recently delivered a shot that echoed across campus and Internet channels.

A camera phone captured the scene in Winter Gym on Wednesday at the start of Asuncion’s 8th period PE class, an after-school course designed for athletes and band members.

Prior to the video, Asuncion wagered with his class: If he made a three-quarters court shot, he’d cut class short.

“They were waiting to get their PE uniforms, so we weren’t doing anything but hanging out in the gym,” said Asuncion, who prepped at East Union in the 1990s and played one year at San Joaquin Delta College.

“I was joking with the kids. I said, ‘Hey, if I make this you get to go home early.’ ”

Cue the camera.

Asuncion took six dribbles, beginning along the baseline. With a running start, he let fly a high-arcing shot from the free-throw line.

The ball traveled through the rafters of Winter Gym, crashing off the backboard and through the rim.

The students erupted into cheers as Asuncion trotted off the court with his arm and index finger held high.

“They were excited because they thought they were going home,” Asuncion said of his class’ reaction. “I told them they could go home early, but I didn’t say how early.”

Alas, Asuncion was a man of his word. He let his students go home 30 seconds before the bell.

Gee, thanks, Coach.

Turns out Asuncion has a history of taking – and making – long, dramatic shots inside Winter Gym.

As a sophomore at East Union in 1993, Asuncion drained a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer of a Block M Tournament game. “Yeah, I’ve done that shot a few times,” he said.

To see footage of Asuncion’s shot, visit this column online at

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Out of retirement

When San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools Mick Founts announced he would not seek re-election in 2014 it created quite a buzz.

In fact, the buzz was loudest in the Dei Rossi household.

With his phone set to vibrate, former San Joaquin County Deputy Superintendent Gary Dei Rossi and wife Kathy watched as it nearly bounced off the kitchen counter.

People wanted to talk.

More specifically, people wanted to voice their support of the recently retired educator and administrator.

“When Mick decided not to run, there were a lot of people in the community – former staff members and community leaders – that approached me,” Dei Rossi said.

“They said, ‘We like what you stand for – innovation, doing things differently. … It got me thinking; thinking about all things I’m passionate about. Those are things we need to keep working on in this county, and that’s why I want to run. Too keep promoting that agenda.”

His retirement was short-lived.

With the blessing of his family and powered by the cheers of hundreds across the county, Dei Rossi has re-entered the ring.

His announcement was published in Wednesday’s Bulletin.

The fire for education, he insists, still burns bright.

“I think I have a very good reputation in this county and people trust me and they know what I stand for,” Dei Rossi said. “They want me to be their leader. When people ask you to do that, it’s very gratifying. I’ve always wanted to help. The outpouring of support has been tremendous. But it’s not just the support. You have to have passion and I do.”

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Football outtakes

Seen and heard at The Bulletin’s cover shoot for the upcoming high school football preview section, which publishes Aug. 29:

East Union linebacker Nick McGill was told he’d need at least two years to recover from a badly broken ankle. He made it back in less than a year and will lead the Lancers onto the field for their season opener Aug. 30. … Sierra quarterback Jake Pruitt will have plenty of tall targets this fall, including the 6-foot-2 Bryson Sanders and 6-3 Lucas Widmer. …  Manteca lineman Billy Sharmoug rocks a mullet that would make Billy Ray Cyrus proud.

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Wine night

The Manteca High football program is hosting a Wine Social at Delicato Vineyards tonight from 6:30-8:30.

Cost is $20 and all proceeds benefit the football program.

The evening will feature wine tasting, appetizers and a raffle.

To contact James Burns, e-mail

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