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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


Fitting end in cards for BCS

The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.

November 07, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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4 interceptions prove fatal for Spartans

TRACY - Four first-half Lathrop interceptions were too much for the Spartans to overcome as West defeated Lathrop 19-8 on Thursday in non-league freshman football action ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


BUFF ON THE RUN

ATWATER - A blocked punt and an interception led to two second-quarter touchdowns within a minute of each other for Manteca on Saturday and a bizarre ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


More should follow example set by Daniel

There is a Little League field named for my dad in my home town. He did a lot for youth and high school sports when ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SIERRA PREVAILS

RIPON - Both teams combined for eight turnovers Friday before Sierra's Miguel Sequeira punched in a touchdown from 1 yard out with 1:57 left ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SJS: Prep sports starting week earlier in 2018

LODI - Get ready for high school football practice in July.

August 26, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Withdrawal of petition a victory for local anglers

The highly controversial striped bass and black bass petition was recently withdrawn, resulting in a victory for local anglers wishing to preserve one of the ...

August 26, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Would give anything to strap it up 1 last time

The calendar is turning to September, and with that football season will be in full swing. And while guys get made fun of for this ...

August 25, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

Coming off a historic season, Sierra isn't thinking about championships going into Friday's 2016 opener at Ripon.

August 25, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Cowboys kick off DYSA season with sweep

The Manteca Cowboys varsity defeated the Lodi Titans 14-2 in DYSA action at East Union's Dino Cunial Field on Saturday.

August 23, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


The simple fix for golf that isn’t so simple

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - For all the praise of golf's return to the Olympics, there was no shortage of suggestions to make it better.

August 23, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Manteca’s Mast wins Bomber Main

In a race that had more plot twists than a Ryan Lochte night on the town, season points leader Larry Tankersley, of Gridley, picked up ...

August 21, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Handicaps outdoors

About 30 years ago my next door neighbor, Arvel, and I spent a lot of time together in the outdoors. We cut firewood for our ...

August 21, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


BACK TO BASICS

RIPON - Ripon's water polo program enjoyed an historic 2015 campaign despite depth issues.

August 19, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Paying for boat annually

It's that time of year again when San Joaquin County taxes me for having a boat.

August 19, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


LEADING LANCER

One of Kim Brooks' greatest motivations for coaching is her own regret.

August 18, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


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