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Running backs rule VOL MVP chatter

The Valley Oak League season lived up to expectation, delivering us four worthy title contenders, and essentially two championship games on the final night.

November 11, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


New format crushes Jeff Gordon’s bid for 5th championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR's new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak.

November 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Buffs bring ‘Bacon’ out of backfield

For two years, Steven Martinez has lined up on the offensive or defensive line for the Manteca varsity football team.

November 04, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Are there double standards for Brad Keselowski?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him.

November 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Diminutive Duxbury carries heavy load for Ripon

SALIDA - The football field at Modesto Christian on Friday night was covered with players that fit the "big, strong and physical" mold.

October 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Be wary of duck hunters on Delta

Watch out for the duck hunters, as duck hunting season has begun.

October 24, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Sierra’s Rosendin named VOL’s Model Coach of the Year

Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.

October 24, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Gray visits Brock Elliot this Friday

It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


East Union part of ‘discussion’ despite injuries

East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.

October 21, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


NFL experience saves day for MHS

SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.

October 13, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Following advice from Fisherman’s Warehouse

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.

October 09, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Mountain lions: The tan ghosts

Several decades ago I was hunting bears in the Sierra. It was dusk and I walked down a dusty dirt road looking for bear tracks. After about an hour, I turned around and began walking back to my camp. Looking at my tracks in the dusty road, I discovered mountain lion tracks right over the top of my footprints! A lion had tracked me for over two miles. I had no clue he was there. I guarantee you that will make the hair on your neck stand up! Mountain lions are like tan ghosts, you never see them until its ...

September 21, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Oh, Roger, you still don’t get it

Oh, Roger, you still don't get it.

September 21, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports Columns


No clue why the ‘hot baits’ go cold

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out and quickly become the hot item.

September 19, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


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NEIGHBORLY LOVE

RIPON - You do not want to get Ripon High's Breana Barrios angry.

September 09, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca makes statement with win over Sierra

There is still a long road ahead for Manteca, but the Buffaloes made waves with their impressive opening week to the Valley Oak League season.

September 09, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Asking new boaters to watch wake

The week proceeding Labor Day is always a pretty good week to be out on the water.

September 09, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca golfers continue improvement in defeat

Manteca's girls golf team suffered its first defeat of the Valley Oak League season on Thursday, but head coach Andrea Hiatt is focused on ...

September 02, 2016 | | Sports Columns


GIVE AND TAKE

RIPON – Manteca's Sarah Inderbitzin got a block to steal the serve in the fifth set and then reeled off the final eight service points ...

September 01, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


‘Old guy’ sticking to what works

I fear lately that I've become that "old guy" - the guy who was reluctant to try something new and who has an endless supply ...

September 01, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


GOING THE DISTANCE

STOCKTON – Weston Ranch picked the wrong time to go cold.

September 01, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Volleyball: Spartans show mettle in 5-set loss to Lodi

LODI - Heather Anderson will get to know a lot about her Lathrop High volleyball team this week, her first as the Spartans' head coach.

September 01, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Manteca gets stiff test in another Saturday tilt

Saturday games are a rarity these days for local football teams, but Manteca starts its season with back-to-back weekend tilts.

September 01, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


10 years later, Goodell still leading with his chin

Some anniversary this is turning out to be.

September 01, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Buffs tee off VOL season with win over Sierra

Legacy Barnes was low medalist with a 51, but it wasn't enough for Sierra in its Valley Oak League opener against Manteca at Manteca ...

August 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


SERVING ACES

STOCKTON – Vanessa Benham and Carlee Mahurin combined to notch 13 aces for Sierra on Tuesday in a 25-11, 25-19, 25-16 sweep over host Franklin in ...

August 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca nets easy win at Laguna Creek

ELK GROVE - Manteca had little trouble getting past Laguna Creek in its nonleague opener Tuesday, rolling to an 8-1 victory.

August 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Balanced Buffaloes vanquish Livermore

LIVERMORE - It took a balanced effort for Manteca to sweep past its first opponent of 2016.

August 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


COWBOYS RIDE WORKHORSE

Henry Palacios ran wild Saturday with four touchdowns to lead the Manteca Cowboys varsity past the Patterson Redskins 40-6 in Cen-Cal action at East Union ...

August 30, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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