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WoO Sprints back in Merced; 99 opener delayed

The World of Outlaw (WoO) Sprints will be returning to the Merced Speedway at The Merced Fairgrounds this Friday night. The national Sprint Car series made its inaugural visit last April in front of a packed house.

March 29, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Sunday’s sweet smell of success

Before I could even sit in the driver's seat Sunday morning, I was astounded at the smell permeating from my truck. It didn't reek, but the unique odors mixed with such harmony I couldn't help admire it.

March 27, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Gold & trout: Take your pick

Philosophically, I knew from an early age that gold was sometimes found in trout streams. Practically however, there is a real difference from "book learnin" and actually discovering something yourself. I think the difference was something Socrates discovered about 400 years B.C. If you figure it out yourself you will really learn something.

March 25, 2012 | BY DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Wishing I was a part of Thomson’s journey to 500

It's something about that Sierra coach that I've always liked.

March 24, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Save money by servicing boat’s engine yourself

My boat's engine was due for a service this year.

March 22, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Time does not fly when spent flying

Time really flies, except when it doesn't.

March 20, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a LUND-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Tebow cast aside much like Manning

The images were indelible for Denver fans or anyone watching on TV as Tebowmania swept the nation.

March 20, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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


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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


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


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