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Predator Calling 101

Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of 5 modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history. Although I can't prove it, I'll bet that those ancient hunters were also using duck calls as well as decoys. Putting food on the fire for your family was deadly serious back then, and it is well documented that game calling was one on the tools used by primitive hunters. A book entitled "Ishi" by Theodora Kroeber describes the story of "the last Wild Indian in North America", in it; Kroeber mentioned some ...

December 08, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Road to Super Bowl still through Seattle

It was the kind of a game deserving of the burgeoning rivalry, a chippy affair very much in doubt until Frank Gore ripped off a run that saved some self-respect if not the season for the San Francisco 49ers.

December 08, 2013 | Tim Dahlberg | Sports Columns


Menzel’s tweet ringin’ true for section champs

STOCKTON – Billy Sharmoug and Elijah Cooper tugged at the corners of the blue banner, jostling for possession of football's ultimate keepsake.

December 07, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Predator Calling 101

Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of five modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history began.

December 03, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Best thing you can do for your boat: Use it

It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly.

November 30, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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


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NFL threatens to suspend 4 players

The NFL is still seeking an audience with the four linebackers it's investigating for an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs.

August 15, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Philpott wins in season debut

Although he was making his first start of the season, Tracy's Justin Philpott showed no signs of rust as he blazed to a win ...

August 14, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


TALL TASK

LATHROP - Few people get to live their dream, but everything comes at a price.

August 11, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Coalition aims to preserve local fisheries

There's an automated letter online at www.water4fish.org/savebass, rejecting the proposed bag limit because it will surely have an adverse effect on ...

August 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Warriors, Cavaliers to clash on Christmas

Kevin Durant will return to Oklahoma City on Feb. 11 and join the Golden State Warriors for an NBA Finals rematch at Cleveland on Christmas.

August 11, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


LeBron James has agreed to 3-year deal with Cavs

LeBron James is going to hang around home for a while.

August 11, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


COMING & GOING

Adrienne Beltrami would have been more than happy to spend the rest of her coaching career with Ripon High, but she could not pass up ...

August 11, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Cancelled HOF Game takes auditions from Colts, Packers

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will issue refunds to ticket buyers who went home from the NFL's annual preseason kickoff without having watched ...

August 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


It’s called fishing for a reason

Many assume that I'm always catching fish. Even today, after years of experience, I still have days when I don't catch anything.

August 04, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


‘The Beast’ wins Golden Gloves Jr Nationals belt

Vincent Avina isn't as active as he wants to be in the ring, but "The Beast" makes it count when he does step into ...

August 04, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Beating the heat is being smart

Gone are the days when I used to fish through the summer heat.

July 29, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


INDIAN SUMMER

First-year head coach Chris Musseman is putting his own stamp on Ripon's football program.

July 28, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Motivated Weston Ranch shines in offseason competitions

Seth Davis is reminded of a painful end to the 2015 season every morning when he goes on his run.

July 27, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


LATHROP RAISES EXPECTATIONS

Joe Pirillo needed just one season to change the culture of Lathrop High's football team.

July 27, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


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