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Protect your fishing gear from thieves

There's nothing worse than a thief.

December 13, 2013 | by Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Predator Calling 101

Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of 5 modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history. Although I can't prove it, I'll bet that those ancient hunters were also using duck calls as well as decoys. Putting food on the fire for your family was deadly serious back then, and it is well documented that game calling was one on the tools used by primitive hunters. A book entitled "Ishi" by Theodora Kroeber describes the story of "the last Wild Indian in North America", in it; Kroeber mentioned some ...

December 08, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Road to Super Bowl still through Seattle

It was the kind of a game deserving of the burgeoning rivalry, a chippy affair very much in doubt until Frank Gore ripped off a run that saved some self-respect if not the season for the San Francisco 49ers.

December 08, 2013 | Tim Dahlberg | Sports Columns


Menzel’s tweet ringin’ true for section champs

STOCKTON – Billy Sharmoug and Elijah Cooper tugged at the corners of the blue banner, jostling for possession of football's ultimate keepsake.

December 07, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Predator Calling 101

Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of five modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history began.

December 03, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Best thing you can do for your boat: Use it

It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly.

November 30, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Youth football could lose the numbers game

The deaths of 19 football players in a single season precipitated a national crisis in 1905, an event Doris Kearns Goodwin touches on in a new biography of president Teddy Roosevelt. There were 28 reported deaths some seven decades later, when James Michener created a stir with "Sports in America."

November 26, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Outdoor gift ideas

While I miss old the fashioned Christmas where the emphasis was on the birth of Christ and the gifts symbolic of those brought by the Magi, it is obvious that the season has evolved into a gift buying frenzy that starts earlier each year. I know that I cannot change the trend all by myself, but at the very least we can concentrate on giving gifts that are selected to match the recipient.

November 24, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Buffs moving on from heartache of years past

Eric Reis and his coaching staff lined the hallway with backs slumped against the walls that lead to the locker room at Manteca High's Walker Vick Fieldhouse.

November 23, 2013 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Thinking twice as weather cools

By now, most anglers have packed everything away for the winter and are waiting for the weather to warm up before they go fishing again.

November 22, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Although we often think of Thanksgiving as an American holiday, it is actually celebrated in many nations. We Christians believe that we have a benevolent God to whom we should give thanks and every other religion is free to give thanks to whatever god they choose to believe in. In addition Thanksgiving emphasizes the extent to which we are still dependent upon nature for our very survival, and secondly, the extent to which Thanksgiving has been a family oriented holiday.

November 17, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fish can sense change in bait, lures

Last week I wrote about the slightest environmental changes and the effects these changes can have on fish.

November 14, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Thinking of veterans & the outdoors

I recall as a youngster celebrating Armistice Day and that somewhere along the way it changed into Veterans Day. Since Armistice Day was intended to comemorate the end of World War I, I think it's much more fitting that we honor all of our country's vets instead. Interestingly our nations returning vets have had a huge effect on our outdoor heritage as well. Returning vets often went hunting and put food on the table for their families with the firearms they used in the war.

November 11, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Ripon Christian earns respect even in defeat

RIPON - Le Grand players and coaches took turns slapping Andrew Brown's shoulder pads and shaking his hand down the midfield stripe at Stouffer Field on Friday night.

November 09, 2013 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Adjusting to change can help

I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle.

November 07, 2013 | | Sports Columns


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HIGH-WATER MARK

TURLOCK - Paced by its some of its youngest members, the Ripon Sea Lions captured the boys title in the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships held at ...

July 26, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


NORTHGATE RUN ENDS

Fernando Alaniz's two-RBI double tied the game for Northgate in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday, but Cambrian of San Jose answered back ...

July 24, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


IOC bows to Putin and Russian dopers

Once again, the people who run the Olympics just can't say no to Vladimir Putin.

July 24, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Wild turkeys along banks of Stanislaus

I took a walk in the woods along the Stanislaus River the other day and ran into a small flock of wild turkeys. I have ...

July 24, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


DIAMOND DANDIES

The awards keep coming for league MVPs Marco Gonzales, Travis Vander Molen and Mikaela Ferreira.

July 22, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Keeping it simple is the answer

A lot of anglers make fishing too complicated.

July 22, 2016 | | Sports Columns


RIGHTING THE SHIP

TURLOCK - Scoring early, scoring often and making no errors is a pretty good game plan, and that is exactly what Northgate did Tuesday in a ...

July 20, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SWEPT AWAY

STOCKTON - The ball did not bounce Northgate's way Monday, and when it started to Morada right fielder Nathan Brookins was there.

July 19, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Troon trumps Turnberry with better golf

TROON, Scotland (AP) - Turnberry had the bigger stars. Troon had the better golf.

July 19, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Morada turns walks into runs in rout of NGLL 11s

STOCKTON - Northgate had two good innings Saturday before things started to come apart and eventually lost 11-1 to Morada in opening-round action of the Little ...

July 18, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SECTION RUNNER-UP

SAN ANDREAS – You cannot give extra outs to a good team and expect to win, and Manteca found that out the hard way Sunday with ...

July 18, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SECTION TITLE WITHIN REACH

TURLOCK – Pitching roulette finally caught up to Turlock American on Saturday.

July 18, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


No slowing down Carlson in 1st career win

STOCKTON - Parlaying the pole position with a dominant car Ty Carlson, age 21 of Manteca, roared to a career first win in the Stockton Late ...

July 17, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


BIGGER & BETTER

Hunter Brooks' transition to the bigger bikes has gone well.

July 16, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Trapper Tackle hook gets two big thumbs up

Throughout the years there have been significant changes, improvements and new inventions that have changed the way we fish.

July 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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