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Gomes tops on Southwest Tour point standings

Manteca's Jacob Gomes picked up his third victory of the season and reclaimed the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series championship lead last Saturday night in the "Century Boatland 115" in front of a capacity crowd at Rocky Mountain Raceways just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

August 05, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Reading between the lines

Yesterday started innocent enough.

August 03, 2011 | | Sports Columns

Keep your powder dry

A couple of weeks ago, I took my nephew Jacob Barr with me to introduce him to black powder shooting. We set up some targets and got the muzzle loading musket out of its case. I explained each step to Jacob as we got ready to shoot. Pour the scoop of black powder down the barrel of the musket, then place the cloth patch under the lead musket ball and ram it snugly down the barrel with the wooden ramrod. Then you place the percussion cap on the nipple, cock the hammer, aim, squeeze the trigger and wait for the ...

August 01, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Flip flops keep feet cool, but not stable

I see a lot of anglers opting to wear flip flops while out fishing.

July 28, 2011 | | Sports Columns

Giant void filled with Beltran trade

If you don't think the San Francisco Giants just became a better club by acquiring the services of National League All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, you are likely a hater, or worse, a Dodgers fan.

July 28, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

Ready or not it’s time for some football

There was a brief moment where I actually contemplated what we would do if the members of the National Football League were unable to reach common ground with the collective bargaining agreement.

July 27, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

The city that never sleeps, but New York does fly-fish

Before I could completely recover from the two drives, two boat rides and two flights that returned me to the Central Valley, plus the general melancholy that accompanies the departure from Alaska, I was en route to New York City, the antithesis of dense sprawling nature, for a wedding.

July 27, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Mom's ashes

When I think of a vacation, I naturally think of going right back to the same place I have always gone for vacations, Hermit Valley at the top of Ebbetts Pass. Of course, to most normal folks that would be pretty dull. I never get to Hawaii, haven't been to Paris, and probably will never cruise the Caribbean in a sailboat. It's pretty poor ammunition for chatter at cocktail parties, too. When others are talking about the magnificent view of the Alps, I really don't make much of an impression when I casually mention that the view ...

July 24, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

‘Manteca Missle’ wins 100th race at 99 Speedway

A nice crowd of nearly 2,000 was on hand at Stockton's 99 Speedway for last Saturday's NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series program and tribute to Manteca racing legend Johnny Brazil.

July 22, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Best bites are at night during summer months

A lot of anglers will tell you that their favorite time of the year to fish is in the spring.

July 22, 2011 | | Sports Columns

My Cherry Creek odyssey

Ordinarily, I don't write precise directions to a good fishing spot. Under most circumstances, revealing a great fishing hole in print will inundate it with so many anglers that the fishing will be ruined. That won't happen in this case, however, because my secret fishing hole is so difficult to get to almost no one is crazy enough to go back.

July 18, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Much can be learned when fish don’t bite

This week, I had the opportunity to fish a pond that's pressured daily by visiting vacationers.

July 15, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Stay calm, frustrated fishermen catch no fish

Competition can be a key ingredient in success, though being too worried about results can ruin a great fishing trip.

July 13, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Warranties on outdoor gear

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, things go wrong afield and one of your favorite pieces of gear malfunctions. I recall once as we were trekking across the old Immigrant Road that runs from Highway 4 in Hermit Valley to Deer Valley off of Highway 88.

July 10, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Guibor takes fourth in 99’s WLM feature

The over 4,000 fans that packed the grandstands for the annual Firecracker 150 at the Stockton 99 Speedway on Sunday thoroughly enjoyed a great evening of fireworks both on and above the high-banked quarter-mile oval.

July 08, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing 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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