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Display mounts cost pretty penny

I have this empty space on my living room wall that would be the perfect place for a mounted bass. It's right above my fish tank and would look perfect.

May 03, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


My world is an ICU

I've never really seen my Mom sick. She's had colds before, but she has epitomized both strength and stubbornness. That's probably why she rarely had health issues - they were intimidated.

May 01, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Local waters now ripe for fishing

From now until mid-May, local fishing is at its best if you were to ask me.

April 26, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Manteca’s ‘Iceman’ off to hot start at Stockton 99

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season is officially under way at the Stockton 99 Speedway, and a couple of Manteca drivers are off to hot starts.

April 25, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Let pre-season porch sitting begin

My grandparents used to call it "visiting".

April 24, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Treasure maps from my Dad

As long as I can remember, I have had a fascination with maps, preferably old maps. In fact the older a map is, the more fascinating it becomes.

April 22, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Lending hand to stranded boaters

Getting stranded while on the water has to be one of my biggest fears, especially if I'm far away from a launch ramp.

April 19, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tragedy strengthens camaraderie, resiliency of runners

When I make an online purchase to replenish leader, fly-tying materials or new fly line, I imagine rivers and forests. I'm happy.

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


Dreaming big with first purchase of Power Ball ticket

Earlier in the week while I was getting my morning coffee at 7-Eleven, the cashier asked if I'd like to buy a Power Ball ticket.

April 12, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Hungry for seconds of the Truckee River

I have a terrible time resisting fish.

April 10, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Opening day tactics

Here it is in mid April and the opening day of trout season is right around the corner. You've probably read the news reports that this has been an especially dry winter. The water content of accumulated snowpack is about half of normal.

April 08, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Not leaving Alabama Rig without bite

It's been over a year now and I'm still trying to catch my first fish on an Alabama Rig. I'm sure a lot of you know by now that the Alabama Rig has become one of the hottest new baits on the market. If you don't, an Internet search will surely clue you in to its potential.

April 05, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Rising star, 99 dirt track delight at Outlaws event

The brand new dirt oval at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds drew a packed house of 10,572 ecstatic race fans to the inaugural STP World of Outlaws event on March 23.

April 04, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Firing coach not enough at Rutgers

The easy part was getting rid of Mike Rice, something Rutgers had little choice in doing once the governor of New Jersey and the king of basketball weighed in on his videotaped transgressions.

April 04, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Two states, same river, one day

One of the advantages of being unattached is the opportunity to set my own schedule. A side-effect is that I don't always plan really well, so Friday morning when I woke up and decided to go fishing, I ended up going north on highway 99 unsure of where I'd end up. The Lower Sacramento seemed logical, maybe the Upper, but I merged onto I-80 east and realized I was taking myself to the Truckee River. Cool.

April 03, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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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


Unbeaten Mustangs trample East Union

While East Union's longtime reign in the Valley Oak League is likely to come to an end, Oakdale is poised to start a dynasty-like ...

September 09, 2016 | | Sports Columns


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