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One more catch for the road

We weren't in much of a hurry Saturday, so we stood at the tailgate of Nate's truck and retold the highlights of seven years worth of fly fishing trips. Whenever we've been together lately it's been like this. Our memories are told with increased vigor and embellishment as my move nears.

September 25, 2013 | Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


Keeping up with the latest and greatest

I continue to be amazed at how far technology has advanced and its impact on fishing.

September 20, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Heading into the wild blue yonder

Outside of fishing trips, I get column ideas from everywhere.

September 18, 2013 | Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


Hunting’s opening day in Sierra set for Sept. 28

Not long ago I heard a story about a school teacher in Montana who asked students on a quiz to name the four seasons. The most common answer she got was Trout Season, Deer Season, Elk Season, and Duck Season. That's sort of the way my mind works too. Opening Day of both deer season and bear season for the Sierra Nevada Mountains is Saturday, Sept. 28. Deer season runs six weeks until Nov. 3, while bear season lasts until Dec. 29.

September 16, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fishing, football fanatic hunting for new hobby

Fishing and football have been two of my deepest passions since I was a youngster.

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


Notebook: Sanders shines for Sierra

We knew Sierra's Bryson Sanders would be one of quarterback Jake Pruitt's favorite targets.

September 11, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


No idealistic life change here

Last week I discussed Into the Wild with my buddy Nate's junior Advanced Placement class during my prep period.

September 11, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Keeping pace with change of seasons

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. After all, the days are just as hot and the waterways are as busy as any other summer day.

September 06, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Lund not one to wear many hats

When I was chastised for wearing a Simms Fishing Products hat while deer hunting this summer, my hunting buddy, who will remain nameless, didn't mention the trout silhouette on the front.

September 04, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Life jacket a must for holiday boaters

Labor Day weekend is an exciting time for most anglers.

August 30, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


A quiet birthday of memory

Dad would have turned 63 on Saturday. 


August 21, 2013 | Leff Lund | Sports Columns


Hunt of a Lifetime vs. Make-A-Wish

I watched the evening news the other day and saw where a group of local motorcycle enthusiasts were having a Sunday ride to raise money for charity. Despite the bad press that motorcyclists occasionally suffer from, I have found them to generally be a compassionate, caring group of people. My brother, Chris, rode a Harley until his death and it seemed that his motorcycle club was always raising money for kids or veterans. The motorcycle folks are all right. I wonder though, if they are aware of the discriminatory policy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation when it comes to granting kids ...

August 19, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Cooler temps mean better fishing

It's already getting darker earlier in the day and getting cooler at night, meaning that fall weather is closer than most people may think it is.

August 16, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca drivers Strmiska, Gomes in contention

The popular SPEARS Southwest Tour Series returns for its final 2013 appearance at the Stockton 99 Speedway this Saturday night for the 125-lap SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event presented by 51 FIFTY Energy Drink.

August 16, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Once listless losers, Dodgers chase record

The beautiful people are back, and actor Danny DeVito dropped by the other night, too. Dodger Stadium was always a place to be seen, but now they come because there really is something to see:

August 14, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | 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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