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Hunt of a Lifetime vs. Make-A-Wish

I watched the evening news the other day and saw where a group of local motorcycle enthusiasts were having a Sunday ride to raise money for charity. Despite the bad press that motorcyclists occasionally suffer from, I have found them to generally be a compassionate, caring group of people. My brother, Chris, rode a Harley until his death and it seemed that his motorcycle club was always raising money for kids or veterans. The motorcycle folks are all right. I wonder though, if they are aware of the discriminatory policy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation when it comes to granting kids ...

August 19, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Cooler temps mean better fishing

It's already getting darker earlier in the day and getting cooler at night, meaning that fall weather is closer than most people may think it is.

August 16, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca drivers Strmiska, Gomes in contention

The popular SPEARS Southwest Tour Series returns for its final 2013 appearance at the Stockton 99 Speedway this Saturday night for the 125-lap SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event presented by 51 FIFTY Energy Drink.

August 16, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Once listless losers, Dodgers chase record

The beautiful people are back, and actor Danny DeVito dropped by the other night, too. Dodger Stadium was always a place to be seen, but now they come because there really is something to see:

August 14, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Enjoying wild food

A short while ago, my daughter came from the East Coast with my grandkids to visit for awhile. She asked me if I would take her and the grandkids out to the woods along the river to pick rose hips. I cut some empty milk jugs to fashion collection containers and off we went to the wild rose patches in the woods.

August 12, 2013 | DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Think much, miss much

Sometimes we put unreasonable valuation on an experience or project what does not yet, or will never exist.

August 07, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Time for baseball to really clean up act

Of all those penalized in baseball's biggest doping scandal, at least Nelson Cruz had a good story to tell.

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


Safari Club provides hungry with 230 million plus meals

A week ago, while driving along I-5 south of Sacramento, I spotted a pair of coyotes and several wild turkeys in the Stone Lake/Beach Lake wildlife preserve. By combining government owned lands with private lands using either conservation easements or leases, the combined area of the preserve totals over 17,000 acres.

August 04, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


While not used by many, knot works best for me

Every angler has his or her favorite knot.

August 02, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thorn wins again in K&N Pro Series West

Lakeport's Derek Thorn continued on his Rocky Mountain high, as he cruised to a convincing win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Colorado National Speedway last Saturday night.

August 02, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Living in a good context

If I were to attach a word to this summer it would be "context," though, really all summers are about context.

July 31, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Hooked on fishing – and boy, does it hurt

Several years ago, while fishing with a newcomer to the sport, he hooked a striped bass and brought it into the boat.

July 25, 2013 | By Jarod Ballardo Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


When isn’t as important as what

The true mark of a relaxed mind is losing track of the days.

July 17, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Guide your own attitude

Last Wednesday I awoke and saw two of my Tucson buddies casting into the river in the semi-bright pre-dawn light.

July 10, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Yasiel Puig might make All-Star game fun again

Bruce Bochy wasn't willing to go with the small sampling size and make Yasiel Puig an All-Star, though he might have been tempted to change his mind after watching the rookie sensation do a little bit of everything in helping the Dodgers to a win Sunday in San Francisco.

July 10, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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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


Brush with greatness, tragedy

I had every reason in the world to take in everything that South Florida had to offer.

August 26, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca, Oakdale get head start on rivalry

The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power is 10th

SONOMA - Scott Dixon patiently stalked race leaders Graham Rahal and Mike Conway over the closing laps of Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma before blowing by Conway with just three laps to go in the 85-lap race to capture his second Verizon IndyCar win of the season.

August 24, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Manteca’s season opener moved

Manteca was supposed to help break in Levi's Stadium next Friday, Aug. 29.

August 23, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hoping for early fall, rain

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snow mobiles on it.

August 22, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Perhaps NJ Gov. Christie should issue a pardon

I recently got an email forwarding an article about a woman from Pennsylvania who appears to be in the process of being railroaded into prison by the justice system in New Jersey.

August 17, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Karts owned the streets of Modesto

The sounds of high revving go-karts continued all weekend long on the temporary street circuit in the heart of downtown Modesto at the inaugural Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals.

August 03, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Throwback: using a black powder replica

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!

July 27, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Doss wins Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125

Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.

July 27, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


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