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Outdoor therapy

Over the years I've been writing this column, I often refer to the fact that just being outdoors is good therapy for me. Whenever I get wound up and agitated, an outdoor excursion seems to help relieve the tension. Although fishing is my favorite outdoor pastime, I also get peace of mind from hunting, photography, plinking tin cans or just a walk in the woods.

January 29, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Artificial baits over real fishing acumen

Several years ago in an angler's online forum, I wrote about our artificial baits becoming better than the fisherman.

January 27, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


A day at the International Sportsman’s Expo

I stood for a moment atop the steps and looked down at the rows of lodges, outfitters, fly shops and other booths in the fly-fishing building at the International Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento.

January 25, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


After 61 years, he deserved better

Joe Paterno had barely hung up the phone when his wife of 50 years picked it up and redialed the number scrawled on the slip of paper.

January 23, 2012 | By JIM LITKE Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Concealed carry ballot measure

Every so often there is a gun control measure put on the ballot for voters to consider. Most such measures are misguided efforts to reduce violent crime. The theory behind such restrictive gun measures seems to be based on the idea that if it's harder to obtain a gun, then violent crime rates will drop. Ironically, the exact opposite has been proven true time after time.

January 23, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Not your father’s 49ers

The season began with fans brawling in the stands, and a quarterback who didn't seem worth fighting for.

January 19, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Face to face with skunking

I could feel it deep down in my fisherman soul. Apparently it showed on my face too.

January 18, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Wolves in California

Recently there have been several news stories documenting the return of the Grey Wolf to California. So far it's only one wolf, wearing a tracking collar that has definitely been recorded appearing in Siskiyou County and then in Plumas County in Northern California.

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


BACK AT THE RANCH

After what seemed like the perfect swan song and the picturesque way to hang up his whistle, Bill Slikker tip-toed off into the sunset after a 14-0 Valley Oak League championship run as Weston Ranch head coach in 2008.

January 13, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Winter drought may soon come to an end

A lot of people I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season.

January 12, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


A sign of things to come?

I'm not a pessimist, but I did wonder what it meant when I turned on the heat in my truck and was almost overcome by the smell of cooked cat poop that apparently oozed into the treads of my hiking boots on the walk through my yard.

January 11, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Title game brings closure to long season

NEW ORLEANS - The moment was about as stilted as it could get, though Les Miles and Nick Saban certainly knew the routine. They posed stiffly for the photographers, smiles fixed on their faces and the BCS trophy between them, even though everyone in the room except the BCS bigwigs who crowded into the photo op knew they would both rather be somewhere - make that anywhere - else.

January 08, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


2012 resolution: fish more!

It's now 2012, and I'm sure many of us have made and probably already broken our New Year's resolutions.

January 06, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tebow Time has already come and gone

It was fun in a way the NFL often isn't, a midseason diversion that sent fans into a frenzy in Denver and prompted people around the country to drop to a knee. Even if you didn't believe in Tim Tebow, it was hard to take your eyes off him as he found ways to win despite passes that fluttered about like balloons on a windy day.

January 04, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


A new story for the same feeling

The rainbow trout in the Stanislaus Rivers had no idea that Sunday was the first of a new year.

January 03, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


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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


EU’s bulldog on the sideline

Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.

September 16, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Extra duty for Buff responsible for extra points

The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.

September 09, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


HITCHCOCK ON FIRE

He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.

September 02, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Brush with greatness, tragedy

I had every reason in the world to take in everything that South Florida had to offer.

August 26, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca, Oakdale get head start on rivalry

The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


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