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Protect your fishing gear from thieves

There's nothing worse than a thief.

December 13, 2013 | by Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Predator Calling 101

Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of 5 modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history. Although I can't prove it, I'll bet that those ancient hunters were also using duck calls as well as decoys. Putting food on the fire for your family was deadly serious back then, and it is well documented that game calling was one on the tools used by primitive hunters. A book entitled "Ishi" by Theodora Kroeber describes the story of "the last Wild Indian in North America", in it; Kroeber mentioned some ...

December 08, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Road to Super Bowl still through Seattle

It was the kind of a game deserving of the burgeoning rivalry, a chippy affair very much in doubt until Frank Gore ripped off a run that saved some self-respect if not the season for the San Francisco 49ers.

December 08, 2013 | Tim Dahlberg | Sports Columns


Menzel’s tweet ringin’ true for section champs

STOCKTON – Billy Sharmoug and Elijah Cooper tugged at the corners of the blue banner, jostling for possession of football's ultimate keepsake.

December 07, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Predator Calling 101

Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of five modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history began.

December 03, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Best thing you can do for your boat: Use it

It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly.

November 30, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Youth football could lose the numbers game

The deaths of 19 football players in a single season precipitated a national crisis in 1905, an event Doris Kearns Goodwin touches on in a new biography of president Teddy Roosevelt. There were 28 reported deaths some seven decades later, when James Michener created a stir with "Sports in America."

November 26, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Outdoor gift ideas

While I miss old the fashioned Christmas where the emphasis was on the birth of Christ and the gifts symbolic of those brought by the Magi, it is obvious that the season has evolved into a gift buying frenzy that starts earlier each year. I know that I cannot change the trend all by myself, but at the very least we can concentrate on giving gifts that are selected to match the recipient.

November 24, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Buffs moving on from heartache of years past

Eric Reis and his coaching staff lined the hallway with backs slumped against the walls that lead to the locker room at Manteca High's Walker Vick Fieldhouse.

November 23, 2013 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Thinking twice as weather cools

By now, most anglers have packed everything away for the winter and are waiting for the weather to warm up before they go fishing again.

November 22, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Although we often think of Thanksgiving as an American holiday, it is actually celebrated in many nations. We Christians believe that we have a benevolent God to whom we should give thanks and every other religion is free to give thanks to whatever god they choose to believe in. In addition Thanksgiving emphasizes the extent to which we are still dependent upon nature for our very survival, and secondly, the extent to which Thanksgiving has been a family oriented holiday.

November 17, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fish can sense change in bait, lures

Last week I wrote about the slightest environmental changes and the effects these changes can have on fish.

November 14, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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


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Use snake shots to stay safe

I'm planning to take my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids fishing. We're going to a couple ponds up in the foothills near Lake Comanche ...

July 27, 2015 | by Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Taking boat for a spin

When I was a kid I used to look at a car's speedometer believing that the highest number represented how fast that car could ...

July 24, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Local coach, players earn top honors

The accolades keep pouring in for the East Union softball team.

July 21, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Little League team burned by bad calls

I was never on a championship football team. I played on a few championship Little League and high school basketball teams, but in Little League ...

July 21, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Beier, 9 Sea Lions seize high-point crowns at MVSL meet

TRACY - Manteca Dolphins standout Hayden Beier punctuated his dominant run through the Mid-Valley Swim League season in Saturday's championship meet held at West High ...

July 21, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


We reside in cougar country

Last September a family was hiking on a popular trail near Cupertino when their 6 year old boy was attacked by a mountain lion.

July 20, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


HOW SWEET IT IS

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 20, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Brooks dominates for national No. 1 plates

By JONAMAR JACINTO

July 17, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


SPLL juniors outpitch Amador West

TRACY – Spreckels Park used a pitching-by-committee approach while taking advantage of 17 walks on the way to a 14-5 second-round victory over Amador West of ...

July 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Helping fellow angler via Internet

Nearly 10 years ago, when I first started writing this column, I wrote about a new product that was being advertised throughout the fishing community ...

July 17, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca stopped short of Section 6 crown

TRACY – The Manteca Little League major all-stars battled for eight innings Wednesday but lost a 6-5 heartbreaker to Delta for the championship of the Section ...

July 15, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca majors force winner-take-all

TRACY – Bang, bang, bang.

July 15, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca majors recover well from tough loss

TRACY – What a difference a day makes.

July 14, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


PASSING THRILLER

MODESTO – East Union went 3-1 Saturday in the 2015 MJC Pirate passing tournament, losing only to eventual champion Downey A. The Lancers defeated Turlock 27-12 ...

July 13, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Reverse call mars Manteca majors loss

TRACY – The cheers turns to jeers in a hurry for the Manteca Little League fans Sunday as the go-ahead run for their team was overturned ...

July 12, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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