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Cast from the past: Old lures may do the trick

As a beginning fisherman I only had one or two lures I was confident in and used them regardless of the weather or time of year.

September 23, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Philpott wins final race at 99, but Belletto is season champ

The Stockton 99 Speedway closed out the regular season for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series last Saturday night.

September 22, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

The importance of staying dry

It's always a good idea to check the weather before a trip to the mountains this time of year, so I did.

September 21, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Blue sky classrooms

It seems as though the public schools get a lot of criticism these days, but then I'd be willing to bet that people have been complaining about schools as long as schools have existed. Certainly, some of the criticism of schools is warranted and schools could use improvement. There is, however, a good argument to be made that that we are asking our schools and their administrators and teachers to teach things that we, as parents, should be teaching to our children ourselves. Quite honestly, I'm not qualified to teach my children chemistry, music, or computer science. By ...

September 18, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Traditional nets still reliable despite drawbacks

Over the years, I have seen several different fishing nets being marketed to fishermen. One challenge that comes with netting fish has always been keeping the hooks from snagging themselves within the netting material. At the request of anglers, rubber nets were made, and for a while they were the wave of the future when it came to nets.

September 16, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Contemplating the ‘net’ gain

My buddy Danny said I should start a website.

September 14, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Bamboo bonanza

Over the past couple of decades, I have collected antique bamboo fly rods. Contrary to popular belief, not all bamboo rods are valuable. Prior to World War 2, almost all rods were made of split bamboo. Some were excellent and costly, some were good medium priced rods, and some were cheap junk. South Bend, Heddon, and Montague were all rods that were comparable to Fords or Chevrolets. They were good serviceable rods manufactured and priced to sell to the multitudes. Lousy rods were usually made in Japan and carried no manufacturer's name at all, while great rods were individually ...

September 11, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Just another day on the water?

When I was an 8th grader, standardized testing said I scored in the 98th percentile nationally in science.

September 07, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Wild food

These days it seems that lots of folks are concentrating on eating healthier foods. It seems like everywhere you look there are ads for organic beef, milk and vegetables. Heck, I'm gonna start looking for organic bourbon. You can't be too careful. Seriously, though, there are undoubtedly significant benefits to eating healthier foods. One source of healthy, organic food is wild food. Remember Ewell Gibbons? He was the author of a best seller entitled 'Stalking the Wild Asparagus' that encouraged folks to go out into the wild and take advantage of the abundance of wild plants that our ...

September 04, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Making it up as you go

Saturday I was invited to be the seventh wheel on a trip to Yosemite National Park. I had the most experience of the troop so I felt inclined to provide historical background during the excursion.

August 31, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Sheer Will Power wins Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

Team Penske has long been regarded as the standard bearer of excellence in Indy Car racing and on Sunday the team turned in one of the most dominating performances in the history of the sport by posting a 1-2-3 finish in the IZOD Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway

August 28, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Hunting & harvest time

While it's still pretty warm outside in the afternoons, I have noticed a cooling in the mornings, hinting at the coming of fall. Believe it or not, Last weekend was the opening of archery deer hunting season in California and it wont be long before rifle hunters also take to the woods in search of deer and bear. I know that a lot of folks hate to see summer go, but I love the coming of all of the seasons. I love the cool mornings that are the first hint of fall, the first frost that warns of the ...

August 28, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Getting what you might not deserve

Just like two weeks ago, every little bend with a pull-out on the Upper Stanislaus river was filled with a car.

August 24, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Old Roscoe

The headwaters of the San Joaquin are a delightful contrast to the muddy river that flows into the San Joaquin - Sacramento Delta. From its source near Mammoth Lakes and Devil's Postpile National Monument, to its first dam at Mammoth Pool, the upper San Joaquin is a wild and beautiful wilderness trout stream. It is completely unreachable by road and the only access is by horseback or by foot. The San Joaquin Canyon is several thousand feet deep and hiking both down in and back up is a serious hike. My wife Mary and I had spent several days camping ...

August 21, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Hoping for fruitful fall on the water

Maybe it's wishful thinking, but I do believe I'm seeing early signs of fall.

August 19, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

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Team Penske battling each other with NASCAR title on line

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Nobody seems better prepared for the third round of NASCAR's playoffs than Team Penske, which has led 662 of the last ...

November 10, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Weston Ranch’s Huerta first in subsection race

Thomas Huerta of Weston Ranch won the boys Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Subsection Cross Country Championship at Frogtown in Angels Camp on Saturday, completing the ...

November 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Pucker factor

I love being in the outdoors, especially in the wilderness. Along with the wilderness however come isolated incidents that I refer to as the pucker ...

November 08, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Tough draws for section qualifiers

ROSEVILLE - Local competitors drew tough first-round assignments Thursday morning in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.

November 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns


STOCKTON - Weston Ranch has the talent to compete, but in its wild come-from-behind victory in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs ...

November 06, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Sierra comes up short at Livingston

LIVINGSTON - The ball did not bounce Sierra's way in the final minutes of its road loss in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section ...

November 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Patterson shuts down East Union

PATTERSON - A free kick midway through the first half was the difference in East Union's 1-0 loss to third-seeded Patterson on Thursday.

November 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Bass Pro’s Phillip helps with knots

I don't know a more stubborn angler than myself. I'm often so concerned with keeping things simple that I end up missing out ...

November 06, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Road trips ahead for Manteca, East Union; RC back in Division V

It has been four years since East Union and Manteca have made the playoffs for volleyball, and their reward for ending that skid are road ...

November 05, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

East Union, Sierra to face WAC’s best

East Union (12-3-2) and Sierra (16-8-2) are taking on the best of the Western Athletic Conference tonight when the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs resume. Both contests ...

November 05, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


The Manteca High girls tennis team is advancing in the postseason for the first time under ninth-year coach MaryAnn Tolbert after ousting visiting Central Valley ...

November 05, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity sinks Buccaneers in playoffs

The Manteca Cowboys varsity throttled the Tracy Buccaneers 40-8 Saturday in second-round DYSA playoff action at Dino Cunial Field.

November 03, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

EU senior shoots 71

STOCKTON - Steady rain coupled with cold and some winds made conditions at Monday's 2015 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament less than ideal.

November 02, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns

NASCAR needs consistency to quell ‘wild West’

CHARLOTTE, N.C - When Matt Kenseth steered Joey Logano into the wall, the crowd roared its approval as a veteran driver delivered old-school payback.

November 02, 2015 | | Sports Columns

Concealed carry discount?

Last week, a Cajun restaurant in Indianapolis was robbed at gun point, and it was the final straw for owner Art Bouvier.

November 02, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

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