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’Tis the season to stay warm

I can't say I've ever been fishing on Christmas Day, although I went out on Christmas Eve once.

December 20, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tis the season of rejection

He had probably washed the dishes, made the bed and been exceedingly polite. Not solely because of the question/statement he'd later ask, but maybe.

December 18, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Handicapped and the outdoors

Like a lot of subjects, my views regarding being handicapped and participating in outdoor activities have evolved over the years. Probably the single biggest factor in my awakening to the opportunities in the outdoors for those with handicaps was when I met Arvel Gipson. Old Arv had fallen off a high transmission line and broken his back, which left him using crutches for the rest of his life. The odd thing was, Arvel refused to let his handicap stop his enjoyment of the outdoors.

December 16, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


‘Keep things simple’ in tackle box

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.

December 13, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Being bad can be a good thing

I don't remember my first-ever fishing trip, but I do recall the early days of fly-fishing in which hitting the water while standing in it was difficult for me.

December 12, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Give a Big Mack for Christmas

I'd like to share with you a gift idea for someone that you hold very dear. It's best suited for kids, but it also it suitable for spouses, best friends, or anyone you really care for. I began to fish when I was quite young. In fact I was so young that I don't remember when I caught my first fish, nor when I got my first fishing rod. But I do remember Big Mack.

December 10, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Making a promise of responsibility

Today, I picked up my new Remington shotgun.

December 04, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Giving gifts of yourself

On Christmas of my 12th year, I received a brand-new, shiny Winchester .22 rifle from my parents.

December 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Is Kaepernick worth the risk this year for 49ers?

It was just a few months ago - also known as forever in NFL time - that San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh stood in front of the media and proclaimed his love for Alex Smith.

December 02, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


‘Tis the season for poaching

I'm not sure the exact reason, but this is the time of year when I see the most arrests being made for poaching on the water.

November 29, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Column: The Big 3 deserve a big no in Hall vote

It could have been the greatest Hall of Fame class since Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were installed in the very first vote back in 1936.

November 28, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Trying to control the chaos

My brother has always strictly adhered to a linear approach to life. Things will happen in a specific, organized, planned way. Naturally, he has failed miserably.

November 27, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


From writer’s block to Thanksgiving thoughts

When I first got the opportunity to write an outdoor column on a regular basis, I had two immediate thoughts: first, how lucky I was to be able to get paid to write about fishing and have it become tax deductible; and secondly how easy it would be to simply go out each week and then put something down on paper.

November 27, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Expect the unexpected

I can't remember how many times over the past year that I've emphasized being prepared for the unexpected while out fishing. The unexpected happened to me a few years ago while out on the delta. Fishing out of a relative's fairly new boat we were surprised to hear the dreaded "click, click" sound when attempting to start his boat at the end of the day. His batteries had died and we were officially stranded! This being a new boat as well as a new boat operator, his only useful device on board was his cell phone. As ...

November 22, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The typical thankful column

I've been inundated with reasons to be happy of late. Some are simple, some carry more emotional weight.

November 20, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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Buying the first gun

It was May of 1960, on my 12th birthday, that I got my first gun. It was a Winchester Model 69a which was a bolt ...

November 07, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Youth football a defining issue; no easy answers

Kevin Turner started playing football when he was 5. If his father had it to do over again, he might've insisted that his son ...

November 07, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


33rd Tribute to Gary Patterson at Stockton Dirt Track

STOCKTON - The Northern California Sprint Car season comes to a close in a big way next week with the Stockton Dirt Track playing host to ...

November 03, 2016 | GARY THOMAS | Sports Columns


Sponsorships have perks, but nothing is for free

I was recently asked about sponsorships.

November 03, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


With help from above, Cubs finally win a title

The fleeting storm along Lake Erie couldn't have come at a better time for the Chicago Cubs.

November 03, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Cowboys crush Redskins in DYSA playoff opener

The Manteca Cowboys varsity handled the Patterson Redskins 38-6 Saturday in opening-round DYSA action at Dino Cunial Field.

November 01, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Buff freshmen roll to VOL win

Manteca racked up 340 yards on Thursday and outscored host Oakdale 14-0 in the final period to defeat the Mustangs 36-20 in freshman football action ...

October 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Will Cubs fans cry, ‘If we lose, it’s rigged’?

CHICAGO (AP) - The T-shirt in the window of a shop on Damen Avenue elicited plenty of nervous laughs from Cubs fans before Game 4.

October 31, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Local lakes undergoing turnover

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

October 28, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jr. Spartans JV wins on 2-point conversion

Jeremiah Green's conversion run proved to be the difference Saturday for the Lathrop Jr. Spartans junior varsity in a 13-12 win over the North ...

October 25, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Finally! A Cubs team that ain’t afraid of no ghosts

CHICAGO (AP) - Grown men didn't weep.

October 23, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Ripon’s Gagnon collects 10 goals on senior night

RIPON - Nick Gagnon is going out with a bang.

October 21, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Will Vegas and Raiders be a match?

HOUSTON (AP) - As much as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis wishes otherwise, a decision on allowing him to move his franchise to Las Vegas isn ...

October 21, 2016 | barry Wilner | Sports Columns


Enjoying the ride in recent bass tourney

I was recently both humbled and honored to be invited to participate in a local tournament with someone I introduced to the sport of bass ...

October 21, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Sierra overpowers WR with singles sweeps

STOCKTON - Kaitlyn Rausa and Claire Banks led a dominant effort in singles play, as Sierra rolled to a 7-2 Valley Oak League win at Weston ...

October 18, 2016 | | Sports Columns


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