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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


Oh, Roger, you still don’t get it

Oh, Roger, you still don't get it.

September 21, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports Columns


No clue why the ‘hot baits’ go cold

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out and quickly become the hot item.

September 19, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


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Use snake shots to stay safe

I'm planning to take my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids fishing. We're going to a couple ponds up in the foothills near Lake Comanche ...

July 27, 2015 | by Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Taking boat for a spin

When I was a kid I used to look at a car's speedometer believing that the highest number represented how fast that car could ...

July 24, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Local coach, players earn top honors

The accolades keep pouring in for the East Union softball team.

July 21, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Little League team burned by bad calls

I was never on a championship football team. I played on a few championship Little League and high school basketball teams, but in Little League ...

July 21, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Beier, 9 Sea Lions seize high-point crowns at MVSL meet

TRACY - Manteca Dolphins standout Hayden Beier punctuated his dominant run through the Mid-Valley Swim League season in Saturday's championship meet held at West High ...

July 21, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


We reside in cougar country

Last September a family was hiking on a popular trail near Cupertino when their 6 year old boy was attacked by a mountain lion.

July 20, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


HOW SWEET IT IS

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 20, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Brooks dominates for national No. 1 plates

By JONAMAR JACINTO

July 17, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


SPLL juniors outpitch Amador West

TRACY – Spreckels Park used a pitching-by-committee approach while taking advantage of 17 walks on the way to a 14-5 second-round victory over Amador West of ...

July 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Helping fellow angler via Internet

Nearly 10 years ago, when I first started writing this column, I wrote about a new product that was being advertised throughout the fishing community ...

July 17, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca stopped short of Section 6 crown

TRACY – The Manteca Little League major all-stars battled for eight innings Wednesday but lost a 6-5 heartbreaker to Delta for the championship of the Section ...

July 15, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca majors force winner-take-all

TRACY – Bang, bang, bang.

July 15, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca majors recover well from tough loss

TRACY – What a difference a day makes.

July 14, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


PASSING THRILLER

MODESTO – East Union went 3-1 Saturday in the 2015 MJC Pirate passing tournament, losing only to eventual champion Downey A. The Lancers defeated Turlock 27-12 ...

July 13, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Reverse call mars Manteca majors loss

TRACY – The cheers turns to jeers in a hurry for the Manteca Little League fans Sunday as the go-ahead run for their team was overturned ...

July 12, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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