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Thy rod & thy staff

A walking stick can be a very handy tool if you spend much time at all in the outdoors. It can help you keep your balance as you wade across a swift stretch of stream. It can be used to bash a rattler that is endangering your kids or dog. I even read of a case in the Pacific Northwest where a lady was walking with her small grandson when he was attacked by a mountain lion. The Grandmother beat on the lion until it dropped the boy and she was able to get him to the hospital in time ...

September 28, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Fishing instead of work?

Earlier this week I had to take a day off of work to visit my dentist. The next day when I returned to work I had several of my coworkers ask me how the fishing was. They were obviously implying that I took the day off to go fishing.

September 25, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Fishing clubs offer bonus for anglers

Last week, I stopped by the Tracy transit Center to attend a meeting of the Tracy Fly Fishers. The scheduled speaker was an old fishing buddy from Stockton, Leo Gutierrez, who gave a demonstration on making both specialized leaders and making balsa wood bass poppers. Leo's presentation was excellent and I learned a lot. It was great seeing old friends and making new ones.

September 20, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Magical time when fish start biting

From as far back as I can remember I was told that there would be a time when the fish would magically start biting. In fact, I've listened to countless tournament anglers' talk about a 10-minute window of time when they caught all of their winning fish.

September 17, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Gomes takes Rocky win on Utah track

The long trek to Rocky Mountain Raceways, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, for last Saturday's Century Motorsports & Marine 122 presented by Retro Custom Metals 28 proved to be a very worthwhile trip for Manteca's Jacob Gomes.

September 17, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Highland Creek awaits

Highland Creek is a beautiful high alpine stream flowing out of rugged peaks and through flower- studded meadows.

September 13, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Catching those elusive big fish

In the recent months I've been posting pictures of some of my bigger catches online. The responses that I've been getting from family and friends has been interesting. Of course, some of them want me to take them fishing.

September 10, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Eric Morales ran for 95 yards on Saturday to lead the Manteca Cowboys varsity to a 46-0 DYSA win over the Travis Falcons at East Union's Dino Cunial Field.

September 07, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Salida’s Beeler claims 100-lap victory

STOCKTON - The New Stockton 99 Speedway closed the books on both the 2015 Tri-Holiday Classic and regular racing season under perfect weather conditions on Saturday night.

September 06, 2015 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

Discover fossils outdoors or during 99 trip

When my kids were in elementary school, we took them to visit Dinosaur National Monument near Vernal, Utah.

September 06, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Pacific Challenge Series Championship rolls to 99

SACRAMENTO - The Pacific Challenge Series presented by invades Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night for third round of the Tri-Holiday Series and the eighth race for the 2015 championship. Granite Bay's John Moore leads Salida's Mike Beeler by only six markers in the hotly contested championship.

September 04, 2015 | STEVEN BLAKESLEY | Sports Columns

Don’t settle for imitation tackle or you’ll pay for it

When it comes to fishing tackle, I'm just as guilty as anyone for spending more money than I probably should.

September 04, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

DeJesus, Jr. Buffs stampede Atwater

Jacob DeJesus scored two touchdowns for the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes varsity in a 28-0 victory over the Atwater Jr. Falcons.

September 01, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Russell sparks Cowboys with early TD run, pick 6


September 01, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Defense anchors Jr. TWolves’ novice victory


September 01, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

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Can Warriors Get to 33-0 and Break Another Record?

The Warriors have won their first 16 games of the season, which is ridiculous. So talking about them doubling that streak is doubly ridiculous.

November 27, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Still much work ahead for undefeated Warriors

Congratulations to the Warriors for going 16-0 out of the gate. Let me express my overriding sentiment about the achievement in two words:

November 27, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Purchasing strategy for fisherman on budget

While out fishing with a friend recently, we talked about purchasing new equipment.

November 27, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


TRACY - For the second week in a row, the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity team turned a two-touchdown, fourth-quarter deficit into a playoff overtime victory ...

November 24, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Maturity helps Kyle Busch finally win 1st Cup title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was a time early in Kyle Busch's career that his talent could not save his job.

November 24, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Elk Foundation: Million bucks for wildlife

Sometime in the late 1990s I attended my first Rocky Mountain Elk fundraising dinner. My friend, Joe Mangelos had conned me into attending and I ...

November 23, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

All hail Gordon, Harvick refuses to play mind games

HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Kevin Harvick has made a predictable habit of trying to rattle his opposition when the stakes are at their highest.

November 20, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Quality rain gear necessity for all-weather fisherman

The first year I started tournament fishing I went and purchased what I thought was good rain gear. It worked for a few trips but ...

November 20, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Cotto & Alvarez in fight that may be worth price

LAS VEGAS - The sting from Mayweather-Pacquiao is still there, which makes anyone who spent $100 to watch that overhyped snoozer think twice about wasting their ...

November 18, 2015 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity falls short in playoffs

Trabron Russell and Leo Bonilla combined for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns, but that was not enough as the Manteca Cowboys varsity lost ...

November 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Most offensive linemen will play their entire careers toiling in obscurity while others get the glory. Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity offensive tackle Cody Ward ...

November 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Rain-shortened race: Quintessential NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In this topsy-turvy second season of NASCAR's new championship format, it was only fitting that the race to set the ...

November 16, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity lassoes DYSA division title

The Manteca Cowboys varsity hammered the Tracy Rampage in the DYSA division championship 30-6 Saturday at Dino Cunial Field.

November 10, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Riley’s ‘humbling’ 78 good enough for state

SALINAS - A long day of frustration turned into relief for East Union senior Brooke Riley on Monday.

November 10, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Manteca (15-8) heads to El Capitan of Merced tonight for what will be its first postseason appearance in four years, and the Buffaloes have a ...

November 10, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

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