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King of the West series resumes with weekend doubleheader

HANFORD - One of the most exciting stretches of the season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series fires off with a big doubleheader of action starting this Saturday at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, followed by the Stockton Dirt Track's rescheduled Salute to LeRoy Van Conett on Sunday.

July 06, 2016 | By Gary Thomas | Sports Columns


It was one heck of a sixth inning.

July 06, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Haapanen wins flight but misses hammer finals

EUGENE, Ore. - Manteca's Amy Haapanen won the first flight, but it wasn't good enough to advance to the hammer throw finals in U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field on Wednesday.

July 06, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Pete Rose sues former baseball investigator over rape claims

Former baseball star Pete Rose on Wednesday sued the lawyer whose investigative report got him kicked out of baseball for gambling, alleging the lawyer defamed him last year by saying on the radio that Rose raped young teen girls during spring training.

July 06, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns

Spreckels, Northgate in 10-11 quarters

Niko Reitz had a two-RBI double and beat the throw home on Kyle Bagley's fielder's choice to cap a six-run fifth inning Sunday for Spreckels Park, ending the second-round contest with Manteca at 13-3 via the mercy rule in the Little League District 67 10-11 All Star Tournament at Spreckels Park Little League.

July 04, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Beeler wins Ron Strmiska Memorial

The grandstands were packed full on a perfect summer evening at the Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night for the Firecracker 100 program featuring the Ron Strmiska Memorial for the Pacific Challenge Series (PCS) Late Models and four other divisions.

July 04, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

Shopping for loaded truck built to last

I've been truck shopping lately.

July 01, 2016 | | Sports Columns


The 2015-16 school year may be remembered as the best ever for prep sports in the Manteca area.

June 30, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

NGLL Braves force ‘if’ game in majors final

The Northgate Braves were looking for a strong pitching performance from Romeo Torres on Monday night. They got it and then some.

June 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Road runners & rattlesnakes

When I was about 10 years old my father took my younger brother Chris and I on an excursion to the hills South of Tracy.

June 26, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Unexpected crappie sighting leads to great day on water

Wednesday, while fishing New Melones Lake, all intentions were to go after the kokanee that were supposed to be biting.

June 24, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Major hurdle: Breaks finally fall Dustin Johnson’s way

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Dustin Johnson already has shown he can take a punch. He also can take a joke.

June 20, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns

No denying LeBron’s greatness now

The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.

June 20, 2016 | TIM REYNOLDS | Sports Columns

Johnson wins one the USGA tries to take away

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all.

June 19, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Gun case memories

I don't know if it's still the case, but when I went through junior high, boys took shop class and girls took home economics.

June 19, 2016 | | 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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