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Ankles, anecdotes & attitude adjusters

Frightened or appalled by the prospect of walking up an escalator that dared to stop working, the lady stepped aside and allowed the guy with a frayed deltoid ligament on his left ankle and the other guy with a chewed up meniscus to hike up the stuck steps.

November 24, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Moyer afflicted with ‘Bear Fever’

For almost five decades, I have been afflicted with Bear Fever.

November 21, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Morning fishing trip a Thanksgiving tradition

Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and while some will be playing football or staying warm inside, I've kind of made it a tradition of mine to get out fishing for the early part of the day.

November 19, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Snagging a great story

The fish took off with only a slight rhythmic list from left to right. The barb was stuck securely in its dorsal fin, which did little to stop his down-river run.

November 17, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Hunting licenses, venison sausages and wedding anniversary

If you are one of the thousands of out-of-state hunters who have been coming to Montana to hunt with an outfitter, those days are gone.

November 17, 2010 | By WAYNE DANIELS Hunting columnist | Sports Columns


Sometimes, you still have to fight back

Even before Del Oro boarded its bus in Loomis, the majority of the Sac-Joaquin Section knew what to expect from the Golden Eagles in their SJS Division-III playoff debut. East Union knew more so than anyone, yet the Lancers still had a job to do.

November 13, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Four-wheel drive feature not required to tow bass boat

Over the years I've had a variety of different tow vehicles.

November 12, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Ex-Wildcat’s wild weekend with wings

Since Buffalo Wild Wings opened, I'd planned on an afternoon of college football there.

November 10, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Rising early has its perks

Over the years, I've developed a habit of getting up early regardless of what day it was.

November 05, 2010 | JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thanks, Dwight Gooden, we finally won the big one

I was likely the only person in Northern California who could not stop thinking about Dwight Eugene Gooden during the San Francisco Giants' victory parade Wednesday in San Francisco. It was a young, gifted Gooden who escorted me towards my newfound greatest moment in sports.

November 04, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Sawing out the soreness

I had breakfast with my external abdominal obliques Saturday. I had no choice.

November 03, 2010 | By Jeff Lund Outdoor Columnist | Sports Columns


Today’s youth stuck inside looking out

Working with teenagers, I'm amazed at how many of them have never been fishing yet.

October 29, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Nothing to fear but Otter Man himself

A ton of horror movies make me laugh - adolescent girls with unwashed waist-length black hair climbing out of televisions slower than a slug in salt and still catching dudes that appear to be capable of easily busting out a 5k run.

October 27, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Anglers, it’s duck hunting season again

Duck hunters, beware. There are going to be anglers out on the water and you must not disturb their fishing areas. Unfortunately, it's the anglers that must beware as duck hunting season is now open. Over the years I've developed a sort of love-hate relationship with duck hunters. Once the hunting season ends many of the hunters' blinds are abandoned until the next year. I've caught some of my biggest fish while fishing around abandoned duck blinds. During hunting season anglers usually avoid fishing around the blinds in fear of disturbing a hunter. Consequently, the fish become ...

October 22, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Oh, warm clothing and frozen poo

Since Manteca Unified School District has more high school students than Prince of Wales Island has residents you probably didn't hear about the 75-mile per hour winds that knocked out power on the entire island, isolating it from mail and cutting ATM machines off from the money bags that supply them. I contemplated calling mom's school weak for giving kids and teachers the day off in light of there being no power, because we've gone without power here for part of the school day, but the argument was a little too unreasonable.

October 20, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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Diminutive Duxbury carries heavy load for Ripon

SALIDA - The football field at Modesto Christian on Friday night was covered with players that fit the "big, strong and physical" mold.

October 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Be wary of duck hunters on Delta

Watch out for the duck hunters, as duck hunting season has begun.

October 24, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Sierra’s Rosendin named VOL’s Model Coach of the Year

Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.

October 24, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Gray visits Brock Elliot this Friday

It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


East Union part of ‘discussion’ despite injuries

East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.

October 21, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


NFL experience saves day for MHS

SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.

October 13, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Following advice from Fisherman’s Warehouse

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.

October 09, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Mountain lions: The tan ghosts

Several decades ago I was hunting bears in the Sierra. It was dusk and I walked down a dusty dirt road looking for bear tracks. After about an hour, I turned around and began walking back to my camp. Looking at my tracks in the dusty road, I discovered mountain lion tracks right over the top of my footprints! A lion had tracked me for over two miles. I had no clue he was there. I guarantee you that will make the hair on your neck stand up! Mountain lions are like tan ghosts, you never see them until its ...

September 21, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Oh, Roger, you still don’t get it

Oh, Roger, you still don't get it.

September 21, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports Columns


No clue why the ‘hot baits’ go cold

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out and quickly become the hot item.

September 19, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


EU’s bulldog on the sideline

Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.

September 16, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Extra duty for Buff responsible for extra points

The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.

September 09, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


HITCHCOCK ON FIRE

He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.

September 02, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


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