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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


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


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Spreckels Park falls in Juniors section opener

TRACY – Spreckels Park dropped the opener of the Section 6 Juniors All-Star Tournament to Delta of Stockton 8-1 at Tracy Ball Park on Sunday.

July 10, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


MANTECA TOPS NORTHGATE

Three Manteca second-inning home runs broke a close game with Northgate wide open Sunday on the way to Manteca pulling away to win the District ...

July 10, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Northgate boys three-peat

For the Northgate 11-12 year old all stars, the third time was a charm – just like the first and second times were.

July 10, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Wentworth, Manteca clobber Spreckels Park in semifinal

Manteca's Tyler Paul Wentworth led the game off with a home run and added a two-run shot in the second inning for two of ...

July 07, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Mixed results in bass tourney

A few weeks ago, I fished my first bass tournament of the year with a former student of mine who is now 26 years old.

July 07, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


SPLL staves off Manteca’s late rally

Manteca tallied seven runs in the final two innings Wednesday but that was not quite enough, as Spreckels Park held on for a 14-13 consolation ...

July 05, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


AHEAD OF THE GAME

Kylan Chandler played a part in bringing boys volleyball to the Manteca area.

July 05, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


BOMBS AWAY

Anything worth doing once is worth doing twice.

July 05, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Spieth wants reputation as being a good closer

The club throw. The body bump.

July 05, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Nino dominates for Jr. Olympics championship

Sparring boys and bigger girls served Destiny Nino well in her first appearance in the 2017 National Junior Olympics held at the Charleston Civic Center ...

July 03, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Battling seasickness in Half Moon Bay

For the past five years we've camped in Half Moon Bay.

June 29, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Still without full strength, Kvitova favored

Petra Kvitova still has not regained full strength in her left hand, the one she uses to swing a tennis racket so well that she ...

June 29, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


DIFFERENCE MAKER

Spreckels Park pitcher Jacob Martinez Jr. twirled a complete-game four-hit shutout Wednesday, at one point retiring nine Northgate batters in a row as Spreckels Park ...

June 28, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Time is ripe to bring sports betting into the open

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jimmy Vaccaro has been taking bets in this gambling town for more than 40 years, so there's not much he won ...

June 28, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


STRONG-ARM TACTICS

It is not often that an outfielder guns down a runner at first base, but when it happens twice in three outs, that is something ...

June 26, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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