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Are we playing in the Super Bowl or ‘Hunger Games’?

For all the dire predictions making the rounds, you'd think they were playing "The Hunger Games" at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2 instead of the Super Bowl.

December 19, 2013 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Sad the way things ended for Manteca on & off the field

I slept like a baby Saturday night.

December 16, 2013 | By DAVE CAMPBELL The Bulletin | Sports Columns


The Monster Trout of Pyramid Lake

The exception to the "Giant Trout are impossible to catch" rule, where you stand a really good chance of catching a trout over 8 pounds, is a place called Pyramid Lake and it lies just northeast of Reno, Nevada. Located on the huge Paiute Indian Reservation, Pyramid Lake is populated by Lahontan Cutthroat Trout which can grow to over 40 pounds.

December 16, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


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


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

September 16, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Balanced offenses lead Jaguars, Jr Buffaloes to Cen-Cal victories

The Manteca Jaguars varsity held the visiting Los Banos Wildcats scoreless in the second half on the way to a 23-7 Cen-Cal win at Daniel ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Stingy Cowboys collect another shutout in Tracy

After a scoreless first quarter Saturday the Manteca Cowboys varsity scored in the three remaining periods to post a 22-0 win over the host Tracy ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Beidleman powers Knights’ blowout win over Packers

Jace Beidleman and Preston Zuidervaart connected for two touchdowns Saturday to lead the Ripon Knights novice to a 41-19 Trans Valley Youth Football League win ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


3 carries, 3 TDs for Morales in T’wolves’ win

Marcelo Morales scored three touchdowns on his only three carries for the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity in a 58-7 Delta Youth Football League win ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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