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Youth football could lose the numbers game

The deaths of 19 football players in a single season precipitated a national crisis in 1905, an event Doris Kearns Goodwin touches on in a new biography of president Teddy Roosevelt. There were 28 reported deaths some seven decades later, when James Michener created a stir with "Sports in America."

November 26, 2013 | | Sports Columns

Outdoor gift ideas

While I miss old the fashioned Christmas where the emphasis was on the birth of Christ and the gifts symbolic of those brought by the Magi, it is obvious that the season has evolved into a gift buying frenzy that starts earlier each year. I know that I cannot change the trend all by myself, but at the very least we can concentrate on giving gifts that are selected to match the recipient.

November 24, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Buffs moving on from heartache of years past

Eric Reis and his coaching staff lined the hallway with backs slumped against the walls that lead to the locker room at Manteca High's Walker Vick Fieldhouse.

November 23, 2013 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Thinking twice as weather cools

By now, most anglers have packed everything away for the winter and are waiting for the weather to warm up before they go fishing again.

November 22, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Although we often think of Thanksgiving as an American holiday, it is actually celebrated in many nations. We Christians believe that we have a benevolent God to whom we should give thanks and every other religion is free to give thanks to whatever god they choose to believe in. In addition Thanksgiving emphasizes the extent to which we are still dependent upon nature for our very survival, and secondly, the extent to which Thanksgiving has been a family oriented holiday.

November 17, 2013 | | Sports Columns

Fish can sense change in bait, lures

Last week I wrote about the slightest environmental changes and the effects these changes can have on fish.

November 14, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Thinking of veterans & the outdoors

I recall as a youngster celebrating Armistice Day and that somewhere along the way it changed into Veterans Day. Since Armistice Day was intended to comemorate the end of World War I, I think it's much more fitting that we honor all of our country's vets instead. Interestingly our nations returning vets have had a huge effect on our outdoor heritage as well. Returning vets often went hunting and put food on the table for their families with the firearms they used in the war.

November 11, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Ripon Christian earns respect even in defeat

RIPON - Le Grand players and coaches took turns slapping Andrew Brown's shoulder pads and shaking his hand down the midfield stripe at Stouffer Field on Friday night.

November 09, 2013 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Adjusting to change can help

I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle.

November 07, 2013 | | Sports Columns

Fitting end in cards for BCS

The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.

November 07, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns

The handiest gun revisited

In my book, guns are neither good nor evil; they are simply inanimate tools that do what their owners use them to do. Over a lifetime outdoors I have come across numerous situations in which a gun has been extremely handy. I have killed coiled rattlers that were about to strike, and chased away bears that were raiding our icebox. A gun can indeed save a life.

November 03, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Manteca’s ‘old dogs’ relying on youth

The gray in his stubble gives him away. Still, Manteca High defensive coordinator Rick James admits …

November 02, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Stockton track honors Patterson

The 2013 local racing season will come to a close on Saturday with the 30th Annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" event at the Stockton Dirt Track, located at the San Joaquin county fairgrounds. The program will feature championship night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, a special open 360 Winged Sprint Car event and a large fireworks show.

November 01, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

Anglers are adjusting to fall turnover

For those of us who have been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used.

November 01, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

It’s mating time for tarantulas

This is the beginning of tarantula mating season. If you take a drive some fall evening into the hills separating California's Great Central Valley from the coastal regions, you can spot the male tarantulas crawling across the roads in search of females. If you live in Central California, take a drive up into the hills to the west of the Valley. Almost any of the main roads will do: Patterson Pass Road, Corral Hollow Road, or any similar roads that head west from the valley. Drive slowly along the roads at dusk and keep a sharp eye out for ...

October 27, 2013 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

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Buffs tee off VOL season with win over Sierra

Legacy Barnes was low medalist with a 51, but it wasn't enough for Sierra in its Valley Oak League opener against Manteca at Manteca ...

August 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


STOCKTON – Vanessa Benham and Carlee Mahurin combined to notch 13 aces for Sierra on Tuesday in a 25-11, 25-19, 25-16 sweep over host Franklin in ...

August 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Manteca nets easy win at Laguna Creek

ELK GROVE - Manteca had little trouble getting past Laguna Creek in its nonleague opener Tuesday, rolling to an 8-1 victory.

August 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Balanced Buffaloes vanquish Livermore

LIVERMORE - It took a balanced effort for Manteca to sweep past its first opponent of 2016.

August 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Henry Palacios ran wild Saturday with four touchdowns to lead the Manteca Cowboys varsity past the Patterson Redskins 40-6 in Cen-Cal action at East Union ...

August 30, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

4 interceptions prove fatal for Spartans

TRACY - Four first-half Lathrop interceptions were too much for the Spartans to overcome as West defeated Lathrop 19-8 on Thursday in non-league freshman football action ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


ATWATER - A blocked punt and an interception led to two second-quarter touchdowns within a minute of each other for Manteca on Saturday and a bizarre ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

More should follow example set by Daniel

There is a Little League field named for my dad in my home town. He did a lot for youth and high school sports when ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


RIPON - Both teams combined for eight turnovers Friday before Sierra's Miguel Sequeira punched in a touchdown from 1 yard out with 1:57 left ...

August 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

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