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100-mph pitches give Cub’s Chapman little time to reflect

CHICAGO - Like too many ballplayers with interesting and sometimes controversial pasts, Aroldis Chapman would prefer that his game do the talking. If so, it's always going to be a short conversation.

October 09, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Patenting ideas for fishing products

Have you ever had an idea that you thought could possibly be a great invention but was not sure whether has already been thought of?

October 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Cowboys JV topples Vikings in overtime

STOCKTON - Jason Aucello found Angel Ramirez with a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give the Manteca Cowboys junior varsity a 12-6 win over the Edison Vikings in DYSA action at Edison High School.

October 04, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Feeling the loss of Bob Scharmann

I have lived in Manteca since 1983. I spent nearly my first 15 years in the Family City doing anything and everything I could to get back to my home in the North State.

October 02, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Tall tales and the tech-savvy anglers who tell them

One my favorite bumper stickers of all time reads, "I fish, therefore I lie."

September 30, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Crum, Cowboys varsity cruise to DYSA victory over Modesto Raiders

Dennis Crum passed for nearly 100 yards Saturday and ran for three touchdowns to lead the Manteca Cowboys to a 32-6 DYSA road win over the host Modesto Raiders.

September 27, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Remembering the first catch that got me hooked

While visiting a favorite fishing website of mine, a group of anglers were discussing fishing and sharing memories of catching their first fish.

September 22, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Weaver leads Jr T’Wolves’ trouncing of JV Aggies

MERCED - The Ripon Knights novice team continued its undefeated march Saturday at El Capitan High, squeaking out a 19-12 victory over the Merced Blue Devils in Trans Valley Youth Football League action.

September 20, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Ripon Knights novice edges Blue Devils

MERCED - The Ripon Knights novice team continued its undefeated march Saturday at El Capitan High, squeaking out a 19-12 victory over the Merced Blue Devils in Trans Valley Youth Football League action.

September 20, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Column: Penske dominates season of promise for IndyCar

SONOMA (AP) - It was the year of Roger Penske in IndyCar. No team came close to stopping Team Penske's march to the top of the standings.

September 20, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Autumn trout tactics

Interestingly enough a lot of outdoors fanatics focus on fall as being hunting season. That's certainly true, and I'm ready to go off in search of deer and bear. A little later of course come pheasant and duck seasons. Since I'm planning to be up in the Sierra anyway, I may just give the trout a try as long as I'm there.

September 18, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


99 Speedway closes season

STOCCTON - The 99 Speedway put a wrap on 2016 with its Night of Champions season finale on Saturday.

September 18, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Pagenaud dominates Sonoma Grand Prix

SONOMA - Simon Pagenaud put an exclamation mark on his extraordinary 2016 season by driving to a commanding win in Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the season finale for the Verizon IndyCar series,

September 18, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Nights of Champions finale Saturday at 99

STOCKTON - Stockton 99 Speedway will host its points season finale on Saturday night with the double points Night of Champions at the 68-year-old quarter-mile.

September 16, 2016 | STEVEN BLAKESLEY | Sports Columns


Do not be fooled by summer-like weather

With the summer-like conditions we've been having lately, the inexperienced angler tends to believe that the fishing conditions are the same as the summer. After all, the days are just as hot, and the waterways are as busy as any other summer day.

September 16, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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No change to Secret Santa list: gift card

My family has started its annual secret Santa gift list.

December 08, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bogged down by details? Try keeping it simple

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.

December 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


College playoffs have BCS feel again

Jim Harbaugh went on and on, as if his incessant whining would overturn the result of what was, in effect, a playoff game before the ...

November 29, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Outdoorsman’s thoughts on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, as we know it in the United States, has deep roots in the history of our culture.

November 24, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


TUM-BOWL

TRACY – In a battle of undefeated teams the East County Lions blanked the Manteca Cowboys in the second half Saturday to win the DYSA Varsity ...

November 22, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Jr. T’wolves varsity, JV fall short in DYFL Bowl

TRACY - The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity overcame injuries, turnovers and horrible field conditions Sunday to take a late lead after a two-score halftime deficit only ...

November 22, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Indoor team signs EU grad Gordon; Thayer named Defensive POY

Two former area football standouts from the Class of 2011 are making some noise out of state.

November 22, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Jimmie Johnson, greatest of all?

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - The congratulatory messages started rolling in long before Jimmie Johnson had finished his obligatory championship photos. Larry Bird. Mia Hamm. Michael Phelps ...

November 22, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Column: from Russia with love, Kovalev finds his place in US

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sergey Kovalev was knocking out everyone put in front of him when his handlers went to HBO a few years back asking ...

November 17, 2016 | | Sports Columns


GOING BOWLING

The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity pummeled the Tracy Raiders 40-0 Saturday in the

November 15, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Column: Chase isn’t always fair, that doesn’t make it bad

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - When William Byron's engine exploded less than 10 laps away from his seventh win of the season, his chance to ...

November 15, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Time for sports to bring us together

We're a nation bitterly divided.

November 13, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Delta provides great oportunities in fall

If you would have asked me years ago what time of the year was my favorite time to fish, I would have said the spring.

November 10, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jr. T’Wolves JV mauls Cougars

Luke Weaver shredded the Tracy Cougars defense for three touchdowns and ran for another on Saturday to lead the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity to ...

November 07, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


If Harvick wins Phoenix, leaves 1 spot left in Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Only an amateur would fill out a Chase for the Sprint Cup championship bracket and not mark Kevin Harvick down for ...

November 07, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


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