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Politeness pays off in fish

I have polite friends, and there are times I wonder what they are really thinking. If I ask say, a question about their fishing preference, the response will be polite and to the effect of, "I'm cool either way" or "sure, alright".

July 04, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Outdoor journals

August 12, 1956 was a Sunday and like most days during the summer, I was camped with my parents at Hermit Valley in the Sierra.

July 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Falling for artificial baits hook, line and sinker

I was asked the other day about using live bait.

June 29, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Scott Speed’s return to Northern California bittersweet

Although Scott Speed picked up a season's best 25th place finish in last Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, it was a bittersweet weekend for the Manteca native as he left his home track thinking that it could have been much better.

June 28, 2012 | | Sports Columns


The reintroduction to home and nature

The entire forest and water wasn't even whispering.

June 26, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Taxidermy 2012

The art of taxidermy is probably almost as old as the human race itself. Archeologists have found ancient Indian duck decoys in caves around the Great Basin that were made from preserved duck skins stretched over a tule decoy body.

June 25, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Strike in morning hours for hot kokanee bite

Recently, I've been learning more about fishing for kokanee in our local lakes.

June 21, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Scott Speed returns to ‘home track’ for Toyota/Save Mart 350

There will be plenty of old fashion hard nose rubbing and grinding when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the beautiful Northern California wine country for 24th consecutive year with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend, June 22-24 at Sonoma Raceway.

June 21, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Just don’t mess this up

A few minutes before go-time, my cousin went to the bathroom for the last time as a ringless man.

June 19, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Scouting the right campsite for family vacation trip

My wife recently gave me the green light to reserve a campsite for an upcoming camping trip.

June 15, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Taking advantage of some well-earned summer ‘Z’s’

In January, summer seems like the season that never happens.

June 13, 2012 | Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Bad idea: It’s tempting to keep wild critters pets

I saw an item on the nightly news about a fellow accused of trying to sell two bear cubs. He claimed he'd been attacked by the mama bear and had to kill her in self defense.

June 11, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Frustrations continue to mount for Holmes after 19th-place finish

The 2012 frustrations of Escalon's Eric Holmes continued in last weekend's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Star Nursery "200" at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

June 06, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


The previously unknown option C

The Upper Sacramento River turns back and forth in riffle, run, pool sequences for 30-some miles providing a buffet of great fishing opportunities.

June 05, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Our backyard fishing holes

A week or so ago, I put $125 worth of gas in my truck and that only brought the fuel gauge up to ¾ of a tank!

June 03, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


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Remembering the first catch that got me hooked

While visiting a favorite fishing website of mine, a group of anglers were discussing fishing and sharing memories of catching their first fish.

September 22, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Weaver leads Jr T’Wolves’ trouncing of JV Aggies

MERCED - The Ripon Knights novice team continued its undefeated march Saturday at El Capitan High, squeaking out a 19-12 victory over the Merced Blue Devils ...

September 20, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Ripon Knights novice edges Blue Devils

MERCED - The Ripon Knights novice team continued its undefeated march Saturday at El Capitan High, squeaking out a 19-12 victory over the Merced Blue Devils ...

September 20, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Column: Penske dominates season of promise for IndyCar

SONOMA (AP) - It was the year of Roger Penske in IndyCar. No team came close to stopping Team Penske's march to the top of ...

September 20, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Autumn trout tactics

Interestingly enough a lot of outdoors fanatics focus on fall as being hunting season. That's certainly true, and I'm ready to go off ...

September 18, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


99 Speedway closes season

STOCCTON - The 99 Speedway put a wrap on 2016 with its Night of Champions season finale on Saturday.

September 18, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Pagenaud dominates Sonoma Grand Prix

SONOMA - Simon Pagenaud put an exclamation mark on his extraordinary 2016 season by driving to a commanding win in Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of ...

September 18, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Nights of Champions finale Saturday at 99

STOCKTON - Stockton 99 Speedway will host its points season finale on Saturday night with the double points Night of Champions at the 68-year-old quarter-mile.

September 16, 2016 | STEVEN BLAKESLEY | Sports Columns


Do not be fooled by summer-like weather

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 ...

September 16, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Balanced offenses lead Jaguars, Jr Buffaloes to Cen-Cal victories

The Manteca Jaguars varsity held the visiting Los Banos Wildcats scoreless in the second half on the way to a 23-7 Cen-Cal win at Daniel ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Stingy Cowboys collect another shutout in Tracy

After a scoreless first quarter Saturday the Manteca Cowboys varsity scored in the three remaining periods to post a 22-0 win over the host Tracy ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Beidleman powers Knights’ blowout win over Packers

Jace Beidleman and Preston Zuidervaart connected for two touchdowns Saturday to lead the Ripon Knights novice to a 41-19 Trans Valley Youth Football League win ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


3 carries, 3 TDs for Morales in T’wolves’ win

Marcelo Morales scored three touchdowns on his only three carries for the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity in a 58-7 Delta Youth Football League win ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Timberwolves ward off McNair in final tune-up

STOCKTON - Sierra ended its nonleague schedule on a high note Thursday, vanquishing host McNair in four games, 11-25, 25-23. 26-24, 25-22.

September 09, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Unbeaten Mustangs trample East Union

While East Union's longtime reign in the Valley Oak League is likely to come to an end, Oakdale is poised to start a dynasty-like ...

September 09, 2016 | | Sports Columns


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