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Manteca, Oakdale get head start on rivalry

The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power is 10th

SONOMA - Scott Dixon patiently stalked race leaders Graham Rahal and Mike Conway over the closing laps of Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma before blowing by Conway with just three laps to go in the 85-lap race to capture his second Verizon IndyCar win of the season.

August 24, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Manteca’s season opener moved

Manteca was supposed to help break in Levi's Stadium next Friday, Aug. 29.

August 23, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hoping for early fall, rain

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snow mobiles on it.

August 22, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Perhaps NJ Gov. Christie should issue a pardon

I recently got an email forwarding an article about a woman from Pennsylvania who appears to be in the process of being railroaded into prison by the justice system in New Jersey.

August 17, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Karts owned the streets of Modesto

The sounds of high revving go-karts continued all weekend long on the temporary street circuit in the heart of downtown Modesto at the inaugural Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals.

August 03, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Throwback: using a black powder replica

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!

July 27, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Doss wins Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125

Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.

July 27, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Consider safety when towing boat

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat was small but it was a lot bigger than the SUV, which is very dangerous.

July 17, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America's third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn't it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn't happen?

July 13, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


World Cup killed ‘beautiful game’

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Because it is turning out better than expected, the World Cup is doing more good than harm to brand Brazil. The opposite is true for Brazil's brand of football.

July 07, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


McIlroy has lunch date with a great

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The one thing Rory McIlroy won't lack heading into this U.S. Open is advice. In the few weeks since his breakup with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, only some of it has been worth much.

June 12, 2014 | Jim Litke | Sports Columns


Team effort needed to overcome early woes

LODI - Manteca High's baseball team arrived earlier than it normally would for most games and this one ended up starting an hour later than its scheduled 6 o'clock start.

May 27, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hunter-Reay proud to be IndyCar’s American star

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Hunter-Reay was deeply disappointed when his 2012 championship was overshadowed by IndyCar politics. His breakthrough moment was largely ignored by the league as it fought with yet another CEO.

May 26, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


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MORE ROOM TO ROAM

Cortez Martial Arts Academy has a new home.

July 21, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns


Pro-ready Brooks, 14, wins prestigious AMA award

Hunter Brooks is ready to turn pro.

July 21, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Protect yourself from sunrays, heat

Fishing in the heat of the summer is something I rarely do anymore.

July 21, 2017 | | Sports Columns


END OF THE ROAD

TURLOCK - Manteca got punched in the mouth in the first inning – hard – but clawed its way back to tie the game in the fourth, only ...

July 20, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Travel ball is doing more harm than good

"To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose."

July 18, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


GOING DOWN SWINGING

STOCKTON - Linden took advantage of 10 walks issued by Northgate with two hit batters and five errors and put up just seven hits in defeating ...

July 17, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Fish or no fish, Mantecans return from Alaska with fond memories

There is nothing new under the sun.

July 17, 2017 | JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


NORTHGATE RALLIES

STOCKTON – Not many teams can bounce back from giving up 12 runs in one inning, but Northgate did just that on Saturday.

July 16, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


MANTECA TOPS MORADA

TURLOCK – Manteca's Seth Van Dyk belted two home runs Saturday as part of a 12-hit Manteca attack in a 13-10 win over Morada in ...

July 16, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Northgate prevails during section home run derby

STOCKTON – Amador East and Northgate had a home-run derby of their own Sunday, combining for 10 home runs in a 17-11 consolation win for Northgate ...

July 16, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


The Steam Donkey at Camp John Mensinger

In the Stanislaus river drainage just north of Beardsley Reservoir, lies Camp John Mensinger which is owned and operated by The Boy Scouts of America ...

July 16, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Don’t scrimp on life jackets on boats

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat.

July 13, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Can’t somebody speed up the game of baseball?

That didn't last long.

July 13, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


HERE WE GO AGAIN

For the fourth year in a row, the District 67 9-10-year-old All-Star Champion will be from Northgate Little League. The only question is, which Northgate ...

July 10, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Spreckels Park falls in Juniors section opener

TRACY – Spreckels Park dropped the opener of the Section 6 Juniors All-Star Tournament to Delta of Stockton 8-1 at Tracy Ball Park on Sunday.

July 10, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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