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Thinking of veterans & the outdoors

I recall as a youngster celebrating Armistice Day and that somewhere along the way it changed into Veterans Day. Since Armistice Day was intended to comemorate the end of World War I, I think it's much more fitting that we honor all of our country's vets instead. Interestingly our nations returning vets have had a huge effect on our outdoor heritage as well. Returning vets often went hunting and put food on the table for their families with the firearms they used in the war.

November 11, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Ripon Christian earns respect even in defeat

RIPON - Le Grand players and coaches took turns slapping Andrew Brown's shoulder pads and shaking his hand down the midfield stripe at Stouffer Field on Friday night.

November 09, 2013 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Adjusting to change can help

I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle.

November 07, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fitting end in cards for BCS

The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.

November 07, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


The handiest gun revisited

In my book, guns are neither good nor evil; they are simply inanimate tools that do what their owners use them to do. Over a lifetime outdoors I have come across numerous situations in which a gun has been extremely handy. I have killed coiled rattlers that were about to strike, and chased away bears that were raiding our icebox. A gun can indeed save a life.

November 03, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Manteca’s ‘old dogs’ relying on youth

The gray in his stubble gives him away. Still, Manteca High defensive coordinator Rick James admits …

November 02, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Stockton track honors Patterson

The 2013 local racing season will come to a close on Saturday with the 30th Annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" event at the Stockton Dirt Track, located at the San Joaquin county fairgrounds. The program will feature championship night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, a special open 360 Winged Sprint Car event and a large fireworks show.

November 01, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Anglers are adjusting to fall turnover

For those of us who have been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used.

November 01, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


It’s mating time for tarantulas

This is the beginning of tarantula mating season. If you take a drive some fall evening into the hills separating California's Great Central Valley from the coastal regions, you can spot the male tarantulas crawling across the roads in search of females. If you live in Central California, take a drive up into the hills to the west of the Valley. Almost any of the main roads will do: Patterson Pass Road, Corral Hollow Road, or any similar roads that head west from the valley. Drive slowly along the roads at dusk and keep a sharp eye out for ...

October 27, 2013 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Weather can be fascinating

The first time I took my wife out fishing on the Delta she asked, "Are there always this many bugs around?"

October 24, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


ANYONE HOME?

Duck hunting season is open, so it's important that we stay out of each other's way.

October 18, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Sharing gun safety tips

Recently I observed in this column that I thought the ideal gun to instruct a beginning shooter was the single shot 22. Although no one disagreed with my assessment, several of my readers chastised me for not talking more about gun safety.

October 14, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Sharing gun safety tips

Recently I observed in this column that I thought the ideal gun to instruct a beginning shooter was the single shot 22. Although no one disagreed with my assessment, several of my readers chastised me for not talking more about gun safety.

October 14, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Finding your way around the Delta

Navigating the Delta can be a little intimidating for someone who is not familiar with where they are going.

October 10, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tips on the best fall trout food

While some folks think that fishing for trout is best in the spring, I am of the opinion that the best time to go fishing is whenever you can. Just like bears preparing for hibernation, fish often go on a fall feeding binge to fatten up so they can survive the coming winter. Thus fall can be a great time to catch monster trout.

October 07, 2013 | | Sports Columns


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What’s in a smaller glove? More hype for the fight

LAS VEGAS (AP) - It's only 2 ounces of foam, 4 if you count both hands.

August 17, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Shopping around for new bass boat

I've got to confess that I've secretly been shopping around for bass boats.

August 17, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


A magical season in the sun for Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The hottest team in the land had yet to get a runner to first base as the third inning came to a ...

August 14, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Gone fishing with Joshua

Last weekend I took my Grandson Joshua out to the San Joaquin River fishing. Whenever I take kids fishing I try to find ponds or ...

August 13, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


FACING FORFEIT

The longest-running youth-football organization in Manteca is about to face its toughest challenge in its 40-some years of existence.

August 11, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Patience key as seasons change

I'm always surprised at how the seasons change.

August 11, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Kaepernick unemployed, at least Cutler has a job

Jay Cutler has a job playing quarterback.

August 08, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


MORE THAN JUST A COACH

In his long and illustrious basketball coaching career at East Union High School that saw four Valley Oak League titles, Bill Stricker cast a very ...

August 07, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Jared Irvan wins 100-lap Late Model race

STOCKTON - A large crowd was on hand at the Stockton 99 Speedway Saturday night to see the return of one of its most famous stars ...

August 06, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Price is wrong going after Hall of Famer Eckersley

David Price sure has a lot of issues for a guy making $31 million a year.

August 06, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Alternatives to expensive equipment are available

One of my first baitcasting reels cost me less than $50 back in the early 80s.

August 04, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ernie Irvan returns to Stockton 99 Speedway

Stock car racing legend native Ernie Irvan returns to the track where he won his first championship when he appears at the Night of Champions ...

August 04, 2017 | | Sports Columns


‘The Beast’ mauls way to Ringside World title

Manteca teen Vincent "The Beast" Avina continues to shine in the amateur boxing ranks.

August 01, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


BRUSH WITH GREATNESS

Amy Alcott, Juli Inkster and Natalie Gulbis are among the recognizable names engraved onto the California Women's Amateur Championship trophy.

August 01, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


On the go! Darvish, Gray dealt on busy trade deadline day

Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray headed a parade of prized arms on the move Monday, leaving little doubt on trade deadline day: Top teams made ...

August 01, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


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