The 2008 hunting season is coming to a close.
The end of football season is a time of both sadness and joy for me.
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 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.
How many snowmen did Jack London make?
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.
Next stop: Valley Springs.
Tracy American A took advantage of five walks and a number of wild pitches and passed balls in the fourth inning to put up seven runs The rally was the difference in a 10-4 consolation win over Manteca in the District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament hosted by Northgate Little League.
TRACY - Having already pitched out of a huge jam, Jared Bagley notched two strikeouts in the seventh inning, including one for the final out of the game, to halt Tracy National's comeback attempt in Spreckels Park's title-clinching 9-7 win Tuesday at Monticello School.
TRACY - Leadoff hitters are supposed to get on base and knock in a run or two – but not necessarily knock the ball out of the yard. Do not tell that Kenny Wade.
STOCKTON - Third generation driver Justin Philpott of Tracy turned in a dominating performance to earn the victory in Saturday's Firecracker 100 for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Western Late Models at Stockton 99 Speedway.
The Northgate A 9-10 All-Star team is getting some time off.
Manteca used a six-run second inning and intimidating pitching to shut down Tracy American 10-0 in the consolation final of the District 67 Major All-Star Tournament hosted by Manteca Little League and set up a rematch today with Northgate in the championship round.
The job of a leadoff batter is to get on base and score, and Manteca leadoff batter Chase Stephenson did that in all of his five plate appearances Thursday to help lead his team to a 21-7 quarterfinal win on Bassi Field in the District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament hosted by Northgate Little League.
STOCKTON - Spreckels Park defeated Tracy 6-1 Wednesday in the championship game of the Little League District 67 Senior All-Star Tournament hosted by Weston Ranch Little League.
Manteca resident Zach White played a key role in Lamorinda Baseball Club's run to the under-11 Travelball Select National Championship title last week at the East Cobb Baseball Complex in Marietta, Ga.
The Manteca and Spreckels Park Little League 11-12-year-old All-Stars are squaring off in Thursday's District 67 Tournament winners-bracket semifinal after both pulled off commanding victories on Tuesday.
Lathrop was eliminated from the Little League District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament on Tuesday in a 10-0 four-inning contest by Tracy American A on Bassi Field at Northgate Little League.
Andrew Olivares of the Northgate Little League 9-10 All-Stars threw the first pitch in District 67 All-Star Tournament consolation contest under the lights of Lincoln Park on Monday.
The mad scramble at Saturday's Mid-Valley Swim League luau wasn't for the final dollop of poi or last shreds of pork, but a pivotal tri-meet victory.
RIPON – It must be good to be a Gioffre.