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Worrying about life’s worrisome moments

I heard somewhere that of all we worry about only a little actually happens, and the vast majority never comes to fruition.

May 15, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Simplified flyfishing

One of my pet peeves is the many myths that seem to surround flyfishing, most of which are hogwash. The idea that flyfishing is difficult is especially bothersome to me.

May 14, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Manteca Park GC hosting amateur tourney

One of the most prestigious amateur golf events in Northern California will be played at the Manteca Park Golf Course this Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. The 36th Annual Manteca City Stroke Play Golf Championship attracts the best amateur golfers in the state. Past contestants include current PGA Tour professional Matt Bettencourt of Modesto.

May 11, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Bassin’ Buddies fishing for veterans on Delta

When I joined the military several years ago, one of the things I looked forward to was getting to see different places.

May 03, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


99 Speedway is home sweet home for Holmes

Three-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Eric Holmes, of Escalon, grew up watching his father Steve Holmes compete against local legends such as Ken Boyd, David Philpott, Ron Strmiska and Harry Belletto at Stockton's 99 Speedway, so, naturally, the closure of the historic short-track at the end of the 2006 season was a very big disappointment to him.

May 02, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


The whole truth and nothing but

I'll be honest, which in fishing is rare, but only for 547 more words.

May 01, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Mayweather still making fans pay

LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn't exactly plan for it to happen this way. The thought of sitting in a jail cell for two months can't be a pleasant one, especially while the entourage enjoys life without him at the Big Boy house.

April 30, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Ticked off after basking in the sun

I was able to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful weather we've been having recently.

April 27, 2012 | | Sports Columns


How to lose a fish in 10 ways

I'm an expert at losing fish.

April 25, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Fuel prices & the outdoor experience

I recall as a boy that our family would save for our summer vacations in the mountains by saving silver dollars all year. Whenever a silver dollar or "Cartwheel" would show up in the cash register of Dad's store, he would take a one dollar bill out of his wallet and replace the coin with it. The accumulated cartwheels would go into a canvas money bag saved for use on vacation. We would regularly fill up the tank on our jeep for three or four dollars!

April 22, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Mulling cancelation of longtime favorite fishing publication

I recently received a phone call from Bassmaster Magazine's "Buddy."

April 19, 2012 | | Sports Columns


New chassis breeds excitement for IndyCar races

Despite the fact that the new Dallara IndyCar chassis looks somewhat strange – sort of like the bat mobile from the rear – the car is getting a thumbs up from both drivers and fans alike.

April 19, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


A sunny prelude to summer

Though I started in early December, I feel completely confident and absolutely justified in thinking seriously about summer after this past week of fantastic weather.

April 17, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Bald Eagles make great comeback

Got an email from one of my readers the other day who told me how much he was enjoying my book, "Tight Lines, Observations of an Outdoor Philosopher".

April 16, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Is it the better fisherman or the better equipment?

Several years ago when the swim bait started to become real popular, I wrote about the baits becoming better than the anglers. As technology has far surpassed what I could ever imagine, I've been amazed at how it's changed the way anglers have fished. It seems like every year there's a new bait, technique, or piece of equipment that makes me wonder if catching more or bigger fish is now determined by who has the better equipment, instead of who's the better angler.

April 13, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing 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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