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Early signs of spring give anglers the itch

What a difference a week can make.

February 07, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

At the very least, you fished

I've fished four days so far this year. At this time last year I had been out three times that.

February 05, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

First aid for your vehicle

One of the primary reasons I get out in the wilds to hunt, fish, or just explore the back country is to get away from the crowds. The fishing is almost always better, the game less skittish, and the trails seem to have more wild flowers. In order to get out "back of the beyond" you often have to take your vehicle onto roads less traveled. The great part about driving on untraveled roads way back in the boondocks is that you often have great fishing and solitude. The bad part about being way out in the middle of nowhere ...

February 04, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Learning from the past

I opened my fly box, but knew it wasn't there. Rain started to soak the chenille, marabou and thread of the flies I didn't need in the box opened like a book with the best pages torn out. I had comets, bosses, polar shrimp, Babine Specials, fish tacos, October Hiltons, Silver Hiltons and a Deschutes Madness. No egg-sucking leeches. How can you be fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout in Alaska without an egg-sucking leech?

January 29, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


For Ripon boys basketball coach Rod Wright, winning his 100th Trans Valley League game was about as meaningful as a rerun of The Jerry Springer Show.

January 27, 2013 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

Empty the tackle box; less can produce more

I was looking through some of my tackle the other day, and it was sad to see once-popular baits no longer being used.

January 24, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Finding inciting incident in graduate school

A good story starts with an inciting incident - an event that gets the plot moving.

January 22, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Critter watching expeditions

Although trout fishing and bass fishing are my favorite excuses to get out in the great outdoors, there are many times when just watching the wild critters is pretty darned good entertainment.

January 20, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Patience a virtue, but coffee helps

The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient.

January 17, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

The joy of cheap dreams

If I can't be on the Thorne River, I'd take the Upper Sacramento, McCloud or Pit. If I can't be on any of those, or outdoors period, the next best place is to be at the annual Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento.

January 15, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Ravens win is one for the ages

Just before the sixth quarter of one of the most fascinating and improbable NFL playoff games you'll ever see, Justin Tucker trotted out onto the field and did something you hardly ever see.

January 13, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns

Sage advice: Plenty of fish in the …

January is an interesting month for fishing.

January 10, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Steroid stars Bonds, Clemens will get in. Bet on it.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will get into the Hall of Fame someday, and without using the side entrance, either.

January 09, 2013 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns

Cures for cabin fever January 2013

Some folks think that there is no such thing as Cabin Fever. They are dead wrong. If Alferd Packer was still around, they could ask him about it. Good old Alferd (that's really how he spelled his name) was the noted cannibal who ate several of his companions after being trapped with them while snowbound in Colorado in 1874.

January 06, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

New year with same old routine

So I went fishing yesterday. Shocking, I know.

January 02, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

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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 ...

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

Will Vegas and Raiders be a match?

HOUSTON (AP) - As much as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis wishes otherwise, a decision on allowing him to move his franchise to Las Vegas isn ...

October 21, 2016 | barry Wilner | Sports Columns

Enjoying the ride in recent bass tourney

I was recently both humbled and honored to be invited to participate in a local tournament with someone I introduced to the sport of bass ...

October 21, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Sierra overpowers WR with singles sweeps

STOCKTON - Kaitlyn Rausa and Claire Banks led a dominant effort in singles play, as Sierra rolled to a 7-2 Valley Oak League win at Weston ...

October 18, 2016 | | Sports Columns


The Manteca Junior Timberwolves junior varsity clinched the top seed in the upcoming Delta Youth Football playoffs with a 43-0 shellacking of visiting Empire at ...

October 18, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage

CHICAGO (AP) - Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage.

October 17, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

The basics of fire building

When I was about 10 years old our Dad would take my brother Chris and I along with him when he went trout fishing. One ...

October 16, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

Shorthanded Sierra tennis fall in Oakdale

Bulletin staff reports

October 14, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Keep eyes peeled for duck blinds

When I think about fishing in October, I think about great weather, great fishing and the opening of duck hunting season.

October 14, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

NFL owners won’t resist Vegas deal

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada lawmakers are going out of their way this week to give a casino owner worth $32 billion a stadium funded on ...

October 13, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Crum, varsity Cowboys lasso Lodi Colts

LODI - Dennis Crum was in on three touchdowns for the varsity Manteca Cowboys in a 50-0 thumping of the host Lodi Colts on Saturday in ...

October 11, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Speed secures 2nd GRC crown

Manteca native Scott Speed earned his second consecutive Global Rallycross Championship title when he drove his Andretti Motorsports No. 41 Beetle GRC to a second-place ...

October 11, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

100-mph pitches give Cub’s Chapman little time to reflect

CHICAGO - Like too many ballplayers with interesting and sometimes controversial pasts, Aroldis Chapman would prefer that his game do the talking. If so, it's ...

October 09, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

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