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EUGENE, Ore. – In his five months as a student-athlete at Oregon, Jake McCreath has gotten used to the chaos and the frenzy that follows the football team.

January 08, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Sturgeon win the waiting game

Last Thursday, while celebrating Thanksgiving, I mentioned to a family member that I was excited about my upcoming fishing trip.

December 05, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Running backs rule VOL MVP chatter

The Valley Oak League season lived up to expectation, delivering us four worthy title contenders, and essentially two championship games on the final night.

November 11, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


New format crushes Jeff Gordon’s bid for 5th championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR's new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak.

November 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Buffs bring ‘Bacon’ out of backfield

For two years, Steven Martinez has lined up on the offensive or defensive line for the Manteca varsity football team.

November 04, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Are there double standards for Brad Keselowski?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him.

November 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Diminutive Duxbury carries heavy load for Ripon

SALIDA - The football field at Modesto Christian on Friday night was covered with players that fit the "big, strong and physical" mold.

October 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Be wary of duck hunters on Delta

Watch out for the duck hunters, as duck hunting season has begun.

October 24, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Sierra’s Rosendin named VOL’s Model Coach of the Year

Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.

October 24, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Gray visits Brock Elliot this Friday

It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


East Union part of ‘discussion’ despite injuries

East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.

October 21, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


NFL experience saves day for MHS

SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.

October 13, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Following advice from Fisherman’s Warehouse

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.

October 09, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Mountain lions: The tan ghosts

Several decades ago I was hunting bears in the Sierra. It was dusk and I walked down a dusty dirt road looking for bear tracks. After about an hour, I turned around and began walking back to my camp. Looking at my tracks in the dusty road, I discovered mountain lion tracks right over the top of my footprints! A lion had tracked me for over two miles. I had no clue he was there. I guarantee you that will make the hair on your neck stand up! Mountain lions are like tan ghosts, you never see them until its ...

September 21, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


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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


Buying the first gun

It was May of 1960, on my 12th birthday, that I got my first gun. It was a Winchester Model 69a which was a bolt ...

November 07, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


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