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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

Fitting end in cards for BCS

The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.

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

The handiest gun revisited

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.

November 03, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Manteca’s ‘old dogs’ relying on youth

The gray in his stubble gives him away. Still, Manteca High defensive coordinator Rick James admits …

November 02, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Stockton track honors Patterson

The 2013 local racing season will come to a close on Saturday with the 30th Annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" event at the Stockton Dirt Track, located at the San Joaquin county fairgrounds. The program will feature championship night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, a special open 360 Winged Sprint Car event and a large fireworks show.

November 01, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

Anglers are adjusting to fall turnover

For those of us who have been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used.

November 01, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

It’s mating time for tarantulas

This is the beginning of tarantula mating season. If you take a drive some fall evening into the hills separating California's Great Central Valley from the coastal regions, you can spot the male tarantulas crawling across the roads in search of females. If you live in Central California, take a drive up into the hills to the west of the Valley. Almost any of the main roads will do: Patterson Pass Road, Corral Hollow Road, or any similar roads that head west from the valley. Drive slowly along the roads at dusk and keep a sharp eye out for ...

October 27, 2013 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Weather can be fascinating

The first time I took my wife out fishing on the Delta she asked, "Are there always this many bugs around?"

October 24, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Duck hunting season is open, so it's important that we stay out of each other's way.

October 18, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

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Patenting ideas for fishing products

Have you ever had an idea that you thought could possibly be a great invention but was not sure whether has already been thought of?

October 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Cowboys JV topples Vikings in overtime

STOCKTON - Jason Aucello found Angel Ramirez with a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give the Manteca Cowboys junior varsity a 12-6 win over the ...

October 04, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Feeling the loss of Bob Scharmann

I have lived in Manteca since 1983. I spent nearly my first 15 years in the Family City doing anything and everything I could to ...

October 02, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Tall tales and the tech-savvy anglers who tell them

One my favorite bumper stickers of all time reads, "I fish, therefore I lie."

September 30, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Crum, Cowboys varsity cruise to DYSA victory over Modesto Raiders

Dennis Crum passed for nearly 100 yards Saturday and ran for three touchdowns to lead the Manteca Cowboys to a 32-6 DYSA road win over ...

September 27, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

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

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