STOCKTON – Billy Sharmoug and Elijah Cooper tugged at the corners of the blue banner, jostling for possession of football's ultimate keepsake.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week I wrote about the slightest environmental changes and the effects these changes can have on fish.
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.
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.
I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle.
The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.
In my book, guns are neither good nor evil; they are simply inanimate tools that do what their owners use them to do. Over a lifetime outdoors I have come across numerous situations in which a gun has been extremely handy. I have killed coiled rattlers that were about to strike, and chased away bears that were raiding our icebox. A gun can indeed save a life.
The gray in his stubble gives him away. Still, Manteca High defensive coordinator Rick James admits …
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Many assume that I'm always catching fish. Even today, after years of experience, I still have days when I don't catch anything.
Vincent Avina isn't as active as he wants to be in the ring, but "The Beast" makes it count when he does step into ...
Gone are the days when I used to fish through the summer heat.
First-year head coach Chris Musseman is putting his own stamp on Ripon's football program.
Seth Davis is reminded of a painful end to the 2015 season every morning when he goes on his run.
Joe Pirillo needed just one season to change the culture of Lathrop High's football team.
TURLOCK - Paced by its some of its youngest members, the Ripon Sea Lions captured the boys title in the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships held at ...
Fernando Alaniz's two-RBI double tied the game for Northgate in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday, but Cambrian of San Jose answered back ...
Once again, the people who run the Olympics just can't say no to Vladimir Putin.
I took a walk in the woods along the Stanislaus River the other day and ran into a small flock of wild turkeys. I have ...
The awards keep coming for league MVPs Marco Gonzales, Travis Vander Molen and Mikaela Ferreira.
A lot of anglers make fishing too complicated.
TURLOCK - Scoring early, scoring often and making no errors is a pretty good game plan, and that is exactly what Northgate did Tuesday in a ...