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Fishing for right attitude when fishing goes wrong

At about 2 on Sunday afternoon I was writing the 'skunked' column in my frantic, frazzled head.

April 03, 2012 | | Sports Columns

Time for wildflowers

It's wildflower time once again. A couple of days ago I was driving through the countryside, when I was struck by the absolute beauty of the wild Lupine flowers that are in bloom now.

April 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

New fishing partner catches z’s in debut

Last week, I was able to get out fishing. It's been a while since I've been out.

March 29, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

WoO Sprints back in Merced; 99 opener delayed

The World of Outlaw (WoO) Sprints will be returning to the Merced Speedway at The Merced Fairgrounds this Friday night. The national Sprint Car series made its inaugural visit last April in front of a packed house.

March 29, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Sunday’s sweet smell of success

Before I could even sit in the driver's seat Sunday morning, I was astounded at the smell permeating from my truck. It didn't reek, but the unique odors mixed with such harmony I couldn't help admire it.

March 27, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Gold & trout: Take your pick

Philosophically, I knew from an early age that gold was sometimes found in trout streams. Practically however, there is a real difference from "book learnin" and actually discovering something yourself. I think the difference was something Socrates discovered about 400 years B.C. If you figure it out yourself you will really learn something.

March 25, 2012 | BY DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Wishing I was a part of Thomson’s journey to 500

It's something about that Sierra coach that I've always liked.

March 24, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

Save money by servicing boat’s engine yourself

My boat's engine was due for a service this year.

March 22, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Time does not fly when spent flying

Time really flies, except when it doesn't.

March 20, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Tebow cast aside much like Manning

The images were indelible for Denver fans or anyone watching on TV as Tebowmania swept the nation.

March 20, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns

Rising launching fees getting harder to ignore, especially on weekends

As the water temperatures continue to rise, local fishing is only going to continue to get better.

March 15, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Sorting out the Madness of NCAA tournament

When the NCAA Mens Basketball National Tournament officially begins this morning, not everybody in America will be caring about their brackets. Sure, the majority of the country will care one way or another if that No.1 seed advances to the next round, but whether or not that No. 1 seed covers the point spread is where the legitimate concerns rest.

March 14, 2012 | | Sports Columns

New 99 Speedway enters 4th season since resurrection

After several years of seemingly constant upheaval, the local racing landscape is relatively unchanged from last season.

March 14, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

A bout with island fever, tropical fish

SANTA RITA, GUAM - I grew up on an island, so I am familiar with island fever.

March 13, 2012 | | Sports Columns

Round-up time

To paraphrase Robert Frost; "Something there is that doesn't love a calf" specifically wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, and bears, just to name a few. Actually if you stop and think about it, the above predators actually do love calves: for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unfortunately that fondness for beef causes many a headache for cattlemen. Predators are but one of the many obstacles that are faced daily by cattlemen

March 11, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

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TRACY - For the second week in a row, the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity team turned a two-touchdown, fourth-quarter deficit into a playoff overtime victory ...

November 24, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Maturity helps Kyle Busch finally win 1st Cup title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was a time early in Kyle Busch's career that his talent could not save his job.

November 24, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Elk Foundation: Million bucks for wildlife

Sometime in the late 1990s I attended my first Rocky Mountain Elk fundraising dinner. My friend, Joe Mangelos had conned me into attending and I ...

November 23, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

All hail Gordon, Harvick refuses to play mind games

HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Kevin Harvick has made a predictable habit of trying to rattle his opposition when the stakes are at their highest.

November 20, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Quality rain gear necessity for all-weather fisherman

The first year I started tournament fishing I went and purchased what I thought was good rain gear. It worked for a few trips but ...

November 20, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Cotto & Alvarez in fight that may be worth price

LAS VEGAS - The sting from Mayweather-Pacquiao is still there, which makes anyone who spent $100 to watch that overhyped snoozer think twice about wasting their ...

November 18, 2015 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity falls short in playoffs

Trabron Russell and Leo Bonilla combined for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns, but that was not enough as the Manteca Cowboys varsity lost ...

November 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Most offensive linemen will play their entire careers toiling in obscurity while others get the glory. Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity offensive tackle Cody Ward ...

November 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Rain-shortened race: Quintessential NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In this topsy-turvy second season of NASCAR's new championship format, it was only fitting that the race to set the ...

November 16, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity lassoes DYSA division title

The Manteca Cowboys varsity hammered the Tracy Rampage in the DYSA division championship 30-6 Saturday at Dino Cunial Field.

November 10, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Riley’s ‘humbling’ 78 good enough for state

SALINAS - A long day of frustration turned into relief for East Union senior Brooke Riley on Monday.

November 10, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Manteca (15-8) heads to El Capitan of Merced tonight for what will be its first postseason appearance in four years, and the Buffaloes have a ...

November 10, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Team Penske battling each other with NASCAR title on line

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Nobody seems better prepared for the third round of NASCAR's playoffs than Team Penske, which has led 662 of the last ...

November 10, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Weston Ranch’s Huerta first in subsection race

Thomas Huerta of Weston Ranch won the boys Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Subsection Cross Country Championship at Frogtown in Angels Camp on Saturday, completing the ...

November 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Pucker factor

I love being in the outdoors, especially in the wilderness. Along with the wilderness however come isolated incidents that I refer to as the pucker ...

November 08, 2015 | | Sports Columns

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