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Purchasing big-ticket items years later worth the wait

While looking through one of my favorite fishing-supply catalogs, I couldn't believe the prices on some of the items I paid big money for several years ago.

June 10, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

A true summer vacation

It's a 47-minute walk from where I checked my bags at the float plane dock to downtown Ketchikan. With two of the three flights to get me home out of the way and four hours until takeoff I walked the 2.7 miles, because as any Alaskan will tell you, if it's 72 and sunny, you better not take it for granted.

June 08, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Forsaking expensive houseboat in favor of Hat Creek for fishing

One of the highlights of my year used to be a four-day houseboat trip in the spring to Lake Shasta. However, in recent years, with the level of the water declining and the cost of fuel increasing, the trip became more work than it was worth. It is one thing to be able to tie up to the trees along the bank at night, but when those trees are 80 feet straight up the bank and the wind pulls out the stake hammered deep into the red clay of the Shasta Lake shore and the houseboat begins to drift into ...

June 06, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local Columnist | Sports Columns

About those city critters

During the past week, three separate incidents popped up that focused my attention on wild critters right in the middle of a city environment. First, I happened to be perusing the newspaper and came across an article about a rattlesnake being killed in someone's garage right in the middle of town. Rattlers in town? The State Capitol maybe, but a small town in central California? Whooda thunk it?

June 06, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

DUI rules also apply to boaters

Memorial Day weekend is over, and I'm sure many of us who were out on the water have a story or two to tell.

June 03, 2011 | | Sports Columns

Expected rain cancels event at 99 Speedway

After going dark for the Memorial Day weekend, the New Stockton 99 Speedway was supposed to return to action this Saturday night with one of its biggest events of the year: The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series "Mid Valley Iron and Metals 150".

June 03, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Another summer in outdoor Disneyland

It's Monday, and I'm packing for my trip north where I will indulge in my other life that starts with coffee and breakfast with mom and ends with fish talk around a fire with friends.

June 01, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Search and rescue angels

About a week ago, I was stunned to see on the news that Budge Brown, founder of the Manteca waterslides, was missing on a plane flight from Nevada to his ranch in Tracy. Search and rescue units searched for several days before finding the wreckage of his plane in a rugged Sierra Canyon. My heart goes out to the Brown family and my prayers are with them.

May 30, 2011 | Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Be prepared for sudden rise in temperature

What a crazy spring we've been having lately!

May 27, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Juniors, start planning your fishing now

Dear Juniors,

May 25, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns

Handicaps don’t get in way of enjoying the outdoors

Like most young adults, in my early 20s, I was pretty sure I was immortal and that I could hike anywhere with no problem. I would backpack into remote streams in search of the rare Golden Trout or the even more rare Paiute Trout.

May 22, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Sierra High Saturday

The world didn't come to an end Saturday.

May 22, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

EU-Manteca: It just had to be like this

When I scribed about my excitement of anticipating covering the "final" meeting between East Union and Manteca High's baseball teams back on April 29 I knew they'd meet up again.

May 21, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns

Cover lunch, launch and call it even

It's that time of year again when I get plenty of calls or emails from friends and family who want to go fishing.

May 20, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Speed to make Indianapolis 500 debut

Although the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is still more than a week away, this weekend's qualifying for "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" is causing quite a buzz.

May 20, 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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