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.
Daniel Morales saved his best for when there was no time left on the clock.
The Ripon Knights varsity used a running-back-by-committee approach to put up three first-half scores on the way to a 43-13 win over the El Capitan Gauchos on Saturday at Ripon Christian High School in Trans-Valley Youth Football League action.
It seems nothing can slow down the Dash these days.
The Manteca Jaguars are stacked.
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RIPON - The Ripon Knights know how to do more with less.
In 1984, the Delta Rebels were formed as Manteca's second youth football team.
Kyle Alexander shattered records once again in his final tune-up for the International Powerlifting League Worlds.
Manteca's most accomplished boys basketball player is one of 32 inductees into the 2014 class of the Sac Joaquin Section Hall of Fame.
The oldest mascot in Manteca youth football will begin its 12th season under the direction of team president Eddie Lopez.
John Hitchcock said it best in front of a small and energetic gathering held at the CrossFit Excel gym Friday night:
MODESTO - At 2 p.m. Friday, the green flag dropped to officially kick off the first practice session for this weekend's Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA Summer Nationals.
One of the most successful youth football franchises in Manteca, the Manteca Chargers have fallen on hard times lately, with falling numbers leading to the failure to make the playoffs at any level last season.
STOCKTON - Vincent Avina began his amateur boxing career at age 9.