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1990: Dominguez wins by KO in first round
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Twenty years ago, on May 19, 1990, the “old” Tony Dominguez returned to the ring - which meant he didn’t stay there very long. The professional boxer from Manteca only needed two solid connections with his powerful left hand to send Canada’s Allan Harper crashing to the canvas in the first round of the 152-pound main event at the Stockton Civic Auditorium. Harper didn’t get up in time to beat the count and Dominguez earned his 10th straight pro victory. The stunning win thrilled the heavily pro-Dominguez crowd, which had wondered whether the 27 year-old still had the KO power he showed earlier in his career. In his last two outings, the red-headed puncher went into the late rounds before getting the victory - once on a decision and another by TKO.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

70 years ago: May 24, 1940 - Manteca High School’s high-riding baseball nine annexed the Modesto Sub-league championship here Tuesday afternoon when they trounced Modesto High by a 6 to 4 margin in a playoff game. The Buffaloes gained the right to meet with West Side League champs, Gustine High, in the final C.I.F. regional playoff of the year. Nick Baturin, handling the catching duties for the first time this season, provided the game-winning blow in the third canto when he doubled with the bases loaded. He also singled in the sixth, the only Buffalo to get two hits.

60 years ago: May 20, 1950 - The Manteca Merchants suffered their third setback in five starts in a home game with the Longshoremen last Sunday. The final score was 3-2. Joe Valverde had two hits for the Merchants.

Spring football practice at Manteca High started last week with over 50 hopefuls trying for varsity berths. Only one starter, Keith Grieve at end, is returning from the 1949 championship team.

50 years ago: May 19, 1960 - Led by the hitting of Gary Heaton and the one-hit pitching of Tim Brumley, the Manteca High Buffaloes pulled into a tie for the Valley Oak League lead last Friday by downing Atwater High 3-1. With Frank Lambert and Dewey Taylor on base in the sixth inning, Heaton blasted a prodigious home run to deep left center to score all three runs. Brumley struck out 10 batters in picking up the win. John Holbrook got a pair of hits.

40 years ago: May 22, 1970 - Manteca High staged a two-out, seventh-inning rally to tie Atwater High and then squeezed home the winning run in the 10th frame for a 4-3 win last Friday. Pinch-hitter Monte Buck deftly dropped a perfect bunt to the right of the mound and Al Liberato romped home from third without a play being made. Liberato and Kirk Hinton had three hits apiece for the Buffaloes.
Denny Letcher of Manteca High turned in the best local performance in last week’s VOL track meet by winning the high jump at 6-4.

East Union High was unable to stop the league-leading Lincoln High Trojans last Friday afternoon, losing the game by three runs, 7-4. Bob Holmes led the way for the Lancers with two hits in three trips to the plate.

30 years ago: May 24, 1980 - Coach Lorraine Goff’s Manteca High softball team committed six costly errors en route to a 6-1 loss to host Rio Linda High in a Sac-Joaquin Section AA tournament contest. The defeat brought an end to the Lady Buffs’ season. The MHS nine managed just three hits off trio of Rio Linda pitchers. Their lone run came in the fourth inning. Jenny Harper led off with a walk and moved up a notch on Donna Simpson’s single. Robin Wilson delivered a base hit to score Harper.

Manteca High’s Bill Corder shot an 82 at the Sac-Joaquin Section golf tournament staged Monday at the Sierra View Country Club in Roseville, but the total was not enough to gain him a berth in the upcoming NorCal finals. Corder, a junior, was making his second appearance at the Section level.

Manteca High had several athletes turn in credible performances in last Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Southern Sub-section track meet at Merced College. Standout Fred Nelson put on a strong showing to finish second in the quarter-mile with a time of :54.55. Mike Cimoli, throwing despite a painful foot injury suffered in a swimming accident last week, qualified fourth in the shot put event with a 53-5.5 mark. Pam Filippini nailed down a final section qualifying berth in the girls shot put, placing sixth with a mark of 34-7.75.

Stuart Weimers and Julie Johnson were honored as the East Union High male and female athletes of the year at last Thursday nights Spring Sports Social. Most valuable players were: Sherry Lewallin and Tonya Belz (badminton), Jeff Percival (tennis), Zwyx Saldana (track), Diane Lawton (softball) and Troy Vickerman (baseball).