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Protect your fishing gear from thieves

There's nothing worse than a thief.

December 13, 2013 | by Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Predator Calling 101

Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of 5 modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history. Although I can't prove it, I'll bet that those ancient hunters were also using duck calls as well as decoys. Putting food on the fire for your family was deadly serious back then, and it is well documented that game calling was one on the tools used by primitive hunters. A book entitled "Ishi" by Theodora Kroeber describes the story of "the last Wild Indian in North America", in it; Kroeber mentioned some ...

December 08, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


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


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Northgate wins 9-10 title

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Northgate forces winner-take-all final

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


FULL PLATE

The Northgate 9-10 All Stars scored in every inning Tuesday - including six in the second and eight in the fifth - on the way to a ...

July 07, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SPLL takes Junior pennant again

TRACY - Spreckels Park is going to need to get a bigger flag pole.

July 07, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Timbers beat Earthquakes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Jack Jewsbury scored in second-half stoppage time to give the Portland Timbers a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday ...

July 06, 2015 | | Sports Columns


SUMMER RAIN

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 06, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Broken rod doesn’t dampen day on Delta

It's been a little over a year since I've been bass fishing.

July 03, 2015 | Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


16-year-old breaking baseball barriers for women

PARIS (AP) - Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers.

July 02, 2015 | | Sports Columns


NO MERCY

By DAVE CAMPBELL

July 02, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


IN A PINCH

LATHROP – With a tie score, two outs and two pinch hitters due up for Northgate, things were looking pretty good for Salida on Wednesday in ...

June 30, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Busch gets needed win in quest for Chase appearance

Kyle Busch has long been one of the bad boys of racing, often hearing more jeers than cheers from the fans, but the boos were ...

June 30, 2015 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


New meet records set in Turlock

Bulletin staff reports

June 30, 2015 | | Sports Columns


SWEET VICTORY

TRACY – An error away from combined perfection.

June 28, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Weighing risk against reward on local lakes

This year, more than any other year, I'm really being forced to think twice about where I'm going to go fishing next.

June 26, 2015 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Lyons comes up short of NCAA Championships

Paul Lyons finished strong in his junior season for the Sacramento State men's track and field team, but it wasn't quite good enough ...

June 24, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


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