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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 a 42-8 win in opening-round Delta Youth Football League playoff action at Kimball High's Don Nicholson Stadium in Tracy.

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 a win at Phoenix.

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 action rifle that had a walnut stock, a 5 shot clip and iron sights. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.

November 07, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Youth football a defining issue; no easy answers

Kevin Turner started playing football when he was 5. If his father had it to do over again, he might've insisted that his son wait a few years before taking up the game he loved so much, the game that that would eventually turn his brain to mush and snuff out his life far too soon.

November 07, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


33rd Tribute to Gary Patterson at Stockton Dirt Track

STOCKTON - The Northern California Sprint Car season comes to a close in a big way next week with the Stockton Dirt Track playing host to the two-night Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend starting tonight.

November 03, 2016 | GARY THOMAS | Sports Columns


Sponsorships have perks, but nothing is for free

I was recently asked about sponsorships.

November 03, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


With help from above, Cubs finally win a title

The fleeting storm along Lake Erie couldn't have come at a better time for the Chicago Cubs.

November 03, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Cowboys crush Redskins in DYSA playoff opener

The Manteca Cowboys varsity handled the Patterson Redskins 38-6 Saturday in opening-round DYSA action at Dino Cunial Field.

November 01, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Buff freshmen roll to VOL win

Manteca racked up 340 yards on Thursday and outscored host Oakdale 14-0 in the final period to defeat the Mustangs 36-20 in freshman football action at The Corral.

October 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Will Cubs fans cry, ‘If we lose, it’s rigged’?

CHICAGO (AP) - The T-shirt in the window of a shop on Damen Avenue elicited plenty of nervous laughs from Cubs fans before Game 4.

October 31, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Local lakes undergoing turnover

For those of us who have been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used.

October 28, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jr. Spartans JV wins on 2-point conversion

Jeremiah Green's conversion run proved to be the difference Saturday for the Lathrop Jr. Spartans junior varsity in a 13-12 win over the North Stockton Bengals in Delta Youth Football action at Lathrop High School's Bennie Gatto Field.

October 25, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Finally! A Cubs team that ain’t afraid of no ghosts

CHICAGO (AP) - Grown men didn't weep.

October 23, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Ripon’s Gagnon collects 10 goals on senior night

RIPON - Nick Gagnon is going out with a bang.

October 21, 2016 | | Sports Columns


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Rain puts damper on week off

I finally get a break in my work schedule and guess what?

March 23, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Fast named MJC Athlete of the Month

Trevor Fast helped Sierra win its first Valley Oak League title for boys swimming last year and is now making waves at Modesto Junior College.

March 23, 2017 | | Sports Columns


SVC appoints former EU star as women’s hoops coach

Accomplished as a player and a scholar, Christin Gowan will get the chance to succeed as a head basketball coach.

March 22, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Be prepared: First aid knowledge is must

Over the past 50 years or so, in my excursions outdoors, I have been shot by a ricochet, injured my knee, broken a couple ribs ...

March 19, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


IOC must consider serious reforms to save Olympics

And the winner is ... Paris!

March 19, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Struggles on Delta despite conditions

There's and old saying that goes, "Someone's always going to catch fish."

March 17, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Stockton tracks rev up for season openers

The iconic Stockton 99 Speedway will celebrate its 70th season of racing action with a 2017 schedule featuring a dozen event dates.

March 16, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


It takes a brawl for NASCAR to go mainstream

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Busch had a gash on his forehead and blood running down his nose when he promised payback to Joey Logano ...

March 13, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Instead of ridicule, there are options for Tim Tebow

It would be easy to pile on Tim Tebow.

March 12, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Rising cost of license deterring fishermen

Something must give.

March 10, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hype, new format didn’t equal must-watch Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Daytona 500 was sold out, the grid packed with celebrities, the fan area full of activities including a motorcycle "Ball ...

February 27, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Officiating, two calls & the rules

There is a lot of discussion about officiating these days. If I have heard it once I have heard it a thousand times how the ...

February 26, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation dinner in Ripon March 31

If you have ever seen a mature bull elk, it is one of the most magnificent sights in all of the outdoors. In a couple ...

February 26, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed.

February 26, 2017 | | Sports Columns


There is to being a pro angler than catching fish

Like a lot of anglers, I've been restricted to staying home and waiting for the rain to subside.

February 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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