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Hunt of a Lifetime vs. Make-A-Wish

I watched the evening news the other day and saw where a group of local motorcycle enthusiasts were having a Sunday ride to raise money for charity. Despite the bad press that motorcyclists occasionally suffer from, I have found them to generally be a compassionate, caring group of people. My brother, Chris, rode a Harley until his death and it seemed that his motorcycle club was always raising money for kids or veterans. The motorcycle folks are all right. I wonder though, if they are aware of the discriminatory policy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation when it comes to granting kids ...

August 19, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Cooler temps mean better fishing

It's already getting darker earlier in the day and getting cooler at night, meaning that fall weather is closer than most people may think it is.

August 16, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca drivers Strmiska, Gomes in contention

The popular SPEARS Southwest Tour Series returns for its final 2013 appearance at the Stockton 99 Speedway this Saturday night for the 125-lap SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event presented by 51 FIFTY Energy Drink.

August 16, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Once listless losers, Dodgers chase record

The beautiful people are back, and actor Danny DeVito dropped by the other night, too. Dodger Stadium was always a place to be seen, but now they come because there really is something to see:

August 14, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Enjoying wild food

A short while ago, my daughter came from the East Coast with my grandkids to visit for awhile. She asked me if I would take her and the grandkids out to the woods along the river to pick rose hips. I cut some empty milk jugs to fashion collection containers and off we went to the wild rose patches in the woods.

August 12, 2013 | DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Think much, miss much

Sometimes we put unreasonable valuation on an experience or project what does not yet, or will never exist.

August 07, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Time for baseball to really clean up act

Of all those penalized in baseball's biggest doping scandal, at least Nelson Cruz had a good story to tell.

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


Safari Club provides hungry with 230 million plus meals

A week ago, while driving along I-5 south of Sacramento, I spotted a pair of coyotes and several wild turkeys in the Stone Lake/Beach Lake wildlife preserve. By combining government owned lands with private lands using either conservation easements or leases, the combined area of the preserve totals over 17,000 acres.

August 04, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


While not used by many, knot works best for me

Every angler has his or her favorite knot.

August 02, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thorn wins again in K&N Pro Series West

Lakeport's Derek Thorn continued on his Rocky Mountain high, as he cruised to a convincing win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Colorado National Speedway last Saturday night.

August 02, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Living in a good context

If I were to attach a word to this summer it would be "context," though, really all summers are about context.

July 31, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Hooked on fishing – and boy, does it hurt

Several years ago, while fishing with a newcomer to the sport, he hooked a striped bass and brought it into the boat.

July 25, 2013 | By Jarod Ballardo Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


When isn’t as important as what

The true mark of a relaxed mind is losing track of the days.

July 17, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Guide your own attitude

Last Wednesday I awoke and saw two of my Tucson buddies casting into the river in the semi-bright pre-dawn light.

July 10, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Yasiel Puig might make All-Star game fun again

Bruce Bochy wasn't willing to go with the small sampling size and make Yasiel Puig an All-Star, though he might have been tempted to change his mind after watching the rookie sensation do a little bit of everything in helping the Dodgers to a win Sunday in San Francisco.

July 10, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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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


Timberwolves ward off McNair in final tune-up

STOCKTON - Sierra ended its nonleague schedule on a high note Thursday, vanquishing host McNair in four games, 11-25, 25-23. 26-24, 25-22.

September 09, 2016 | | Sports Columns


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