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Rising launching fees getting harder to ignore, especially on weekends

As the water temperatures continue to rise, local fishing is only going to continue to get better.

March 15, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Sorting out the Madness of NCAA tournament

When the NCAA Mens Basketball National Tournament officially begins this morning, not everybody in America will be caring about their brackets. Sure, the majority of the country will care one way or another if that No.1 seed advances to the next round, but whether or not that No. 1 seed covers the point spread is where the legitimate concerns rest.

March 14, 2012 | | Sports Columns


New 99 Speedway enters 4th season since resurrection

After several years of seemingly constant upheaval, the local racing landscape is relatively unchanged from last season.

March 14, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


A bout with island fever, tropical fish

SANTA RITA, GUAM - I grew up on an island, so I am familiar with island fever.

March 13, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Round-up time

To paraphrase Robert Frost; "Something there is that doesn't love a calf" specifically wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, and bears, just to name a few. Actually if you stop and think about it, the above predators actually do love calves: for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unfortunately that fondness for beef causes many a headache for cattlemen. Predators are but one of the many obstacles that are faced daily by cattlemen

March 11, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Tebowmania & Linsanity may soon be over

The thump-thump of helicopter blades announced Peyton Manning's arrival in Denver, prompting some curious fans to head over to team headquarters to see if they could catch a glimpse of the quarterback cast off by the Colts just a few days before.

March 11, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Choose right spot on bank and cash in

As the weather has been improving, I'm sure a lot of anglers looking forward to going fishing. A majority of those anglers will most likely be fishing from the bank.

March 08, 2012 | | Sports Columns


I am my own beat

Sometimes I look out my living room window into the almond-bearing trees and wonder what the heck happened.

March 06, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Ripon dinner: Dollars for Elk

This Friday the is the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation dinner in Ripon. If you have never been to one of the many outdoor fund raising events of this nature, I highly recommend it.

March 05, 2012 | By Don Moyer Outdoor Columnist | Sports Columns


Excited for three-generation fishing trip

The closer we get to April, the more I am reminded of my biggest catch back in 2002.

March 01, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


$49 plus tax and column idea

I've been known to be indecisive.

February 29, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Springtime fishing for crappies

Did you ever have a day fishing when everything went absolutely perfect? Those are the days that keep us going back out on the streams, ponds, and fields for decades to follow.,seeking that perfect day.

February 26, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Murky conditions expected for bass angling Super Bowl

It's Super Bowl time once again for bass anglers.

February 24, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Thinking logically can make little sense

When a relationship is over, (even if before it really gets traction) there are specific reasons or logic cited in the closing arguments.

February 21, 2012 | | Sports Columns


History lessons from fishing in Mother Lode

Over the years I discovered that there are other benefits to fishing besides just catching fish. Some of those extras are rusty artifacts left behind by miners, loggers hunters, and anglers. The history lessons they contain are considerable.

February 19, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


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Sturgeon win the waiting game

Last Thursday, while celebrating Thanksgiving, I mentioned to a family member that I was excited about my upcoming fishing trip.

December 05, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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


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