The 2008 hunting season is coming to a close. My son, Bill, and I had an outstanding year. We harvested seven deer, including included two nice bucks, and Bill took a nice antelope that measured 14 inches. Now all we need to do is wait the required 60 days before having Fish and Game measure the horns to see if it qualifies for Boon and Crocket. With very good bases and good cutters, we hope ...
The end of football season is a time of both sadness and joy for me. As that last whistle blew, there went all my excuses to not be outside working on the yard or finishing other projects around the house. On the more positive side, I'm very excited for the much anticipated spring bite. There have already been a few double-digit fish caught locally which usually is a sign that the wide-open bite is just ...
Leaning over the putter given to me that goes with the bag full of other clubs I didn't pay for and no one wanted, I took a breath.
Fresno State junior Paul Hogan, a 2005 Ripon High graduate and Manteca native, is a walking, talking testament to persistence.
I'm asked all the time whether I fish with live or artificial bait. I primarily fish with artificial baits, mainly because most tournaments outlaw the use of live bait. Although fishing with live bait is often looked down upon by competitive anglers, it does have its distinct advantages. I can remember one family vacation up at Lake Shasta where I couldn't catch anything over a pound on artificial baits. Desperate, I went to the local ...
I fished with my Dad Saturday, even though we were separated by two states and a foreign country. The experience was exactly the second time it was cool to have a cell phone while fishing. The first was a few years back when our engine died, and we were drifting helplessly toward those hard rock things that tend to hurt boat hulls.
Brian Rohles, a 2005 Manteca High graduate, has been named to the seventh National Association of Interscholastic Athletics All-American football team, earning honorable mention.
"Should've been here yesterday," is what they said to me as I was pulling my boat out of the lake.
The under-12 Storm scored two shutout victories in Manteca Area Soccer League Bill Meyer League play on Saturday.
It's not really asking for trouble when you're some place you know you should be, but a failure to prevent detrimental circumstances bodes well for the fruition of trouble.
If you ask any serious angler what he or she would love to be doing for a living, they most likely would respond by saying "fishing."
Since I'm not buying gear and fuel requires money, my adventurous nature led me eight steps out the backdoor, armed with a book.
Over the Christmas break I visited the in-laws who live in Arizona. While cooking for my nieces and nephews I was having a difficult time opening a package of Hot Dogs. My father in law saw me struggling to open the package and offered me his pocket knife. To my surprise, the knife was the same one that I had given to him as a gift several Christmases' ago. It's just a mid sized Swiss ...
How many snowmen did Jack London make? He spent plenty of time in conditions optimal for the creation of temporary friends with dumb smiles and disproportional limbs. He had to have at least rolled three masses gradually decreasing in size at least once. What about Walt Whitman? Is there a long lost verse about America Singing through crafting wet snow into 4-foot carrot holders? Did they use carrots back then? Was it a stick, pinecone, ...
I contemplated writing some heart-felt anecdotal crap about my family checking our trap lines on Christmas Day, and tie it in with the simplicity and spirit of the holiday season.
Anna Arriola had a foot in almost half of the Fury onslaught this past Saturday, when the under-19 girls Manteca Area Soccer League squad thumped the Stockton Bulldogs, 10-2.
The Manteca Cowboys' rookie-team traveled out of town and put its perfect record against an out-of-division opponent this past Saturday.
The Manteca Junior Buffaloes bounced back from their only loss of the season with a simple formula on Saturday in a 46-8 victory over the Los Banos Wildcats.
The Delta Rebels traveled across town to Sierra High last Saturday to square off with the Manteca Chargers in their annual intra-city clash.
The two youngest squads for the Manteca Cowboys remain perfect in their first tour of the DYSA NorCal League.
Gino Campiotti tossed two touchdowns but the Manteca Junior Buffaloes couldn't match scores with the Oakdale Stampede in a 36-14 loss.
The under-19 girls Fury were able to salvage a tie thanks to Fabiola Magana's second-half goal in a 1-1 tie against Stockton.
The offensive line was the difference in the Manteca PeeWee Jaguars' shutout victory on Saturday afternoon.