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Running backs rule VOL MVP chatter

The Valley Oak League season lived up to expectation, delivering us four worthy title contenders, and essentially two championship games on the final night.

November 11, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns

New format crushes Jeff Gordon’s bid for 5th championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR's new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak.

November 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns

Buffs bring ‘Bacon’ out of backfield

For two years, Steven Martinez has lined up on the offensive or defensive line for the Manteca varsity football team.

November 04, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Are there double standards for Brad Keselowski?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him.

November 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns

Diminutive Duxbury carries heavy load for Ripon

SALIDA - The football field at Modesto Christian on Friday night was covered with players that fit the "big, strong and physical" mold.

October 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Be wary of duck hunters on Delta

Watch out for the duck hunters, as duck hunting season has begun.

October 24, 2014 | | Sports Columns

Sierra’s Rosendin named VOL’s Model Coach of the Year

Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.

October 24, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Gray visits Brock Elliot this Friday

It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns

East Union part of ‘discussion’ despite injuries

East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.

October 21, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns

NFL experience saves day for MHS

SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.

October 13, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Following advice from Fisherman’s Warehouse

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.

October 09, 2014 | | Sports Columns

Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Mountain lions: The tan ghosts

Several decades ago I was hunting bears in the Sierra. It was dusk and I walked down a dusty dirt road looking for bear tracks. After about an hour, I turned around and began walking back to my camp. Looking at my tracks in the dusty road, I discovered mountain lion tracks right over the top of my footprints! A lion had tracked me for over two miles. I had no clue he was there. I guarantee you that will make the hair on your neck stand up! Mountain lions are like tan ghosts, you never see them until its ...

September 21, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Oh, Roger, you still don’t get it

Oh, Roger, you still don't get it.

September 21, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports Columns

No clue why the ‘hot baits’ go cold

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out and quickly become the hot item.

September 19, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns

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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


Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros let his players enjoy the moment.

October 30, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

U10 Benfica lassos Boo Fest tourney championship

SACRAMENTO - Wonder Woman was unstoppable in the Sacramento United Octo-Boo Fest tournament held at Granite Regional Park last weekend.

October 30, 2015 | | Sports Columns

East Union, Manteca clinch playoff berths

MODESTO - East Union and Manteca are back in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time since 2011.

October 30, 2015 | | Sports Columns

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