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My Cherry Creek odyssey

Ordinarily, I don't write precise directions to a good fishing spot. Under most circumstances, revealing a great fishing hole in print will inundate it with so many anglers that the fishing will be ruined. That won't happen in this case, however, because my secret fishing hole is so difficult to get to almost no one is crazy enough to go back.

July 18, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Much can be learned when fish don’t bite

This week, I had the opportunity to fish a pond that's pressured daily by visiting vacationers.

July 15, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Stay calm, frustrated fishermen catch no fish

Competition can be a key ingredient in success, though being too worried about results can ruin a great fishing trip.

July 13, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Warranties on outdoor gear

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, things go wrong afield and one of your favorite pieces of gear malfunctions. I recall once as we were trekking across the old Immigrant Road that runs from Highway 4 in Hermit Valley to Deer Valley off of Highway 88.

July 10, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Guibor takes fourth in 99’s WLM feature

The over 4,000 fans that packed the grandstands for the annual Firecracker 150 at the Stockton 99 Speedway on Sunday thoroughly enjoyed a great evening of fireworks both on and above the high-banked quarter-mile oval.

July 08, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


First shot at fishing kokanee a success thanks to tips

For the past couple of years I've been reading a lot about the great kokanee fishing we have here locally.

July 08, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Little League’s big stage truly an all-star event

It seems like an eternity ago when my Kennedy Little League All-Star team took the field for our 12-year-old all-star campaign.

July 07, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


In search of salmon and authenticity

Since the friends that visit during the summer are not paying clients, I can afford certain liberties as I shuttle them around the island under the guise of providing an "authentic" experience.

July 06, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Tactics for high water

Due to the extremely wet winter we had, most of the streams are running cold fast and extremely full. The recent hot spell has begun to melt the huge snowpack with a vengeance and the rivers are boiling. This was one of the wettest years on record and the melting snow is creating extremely dangerous conditions. Usually at this time of year the snow run off has peaked and stream levels have begun to recede to normal summertime levels. This year however nature may not be cooperating with your summer vacation plans. Major Sierra rivers are roaring with flows not ...

July 04, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


One man’s trash turned treasure when it’s gone

I've always had a hard time dealing with storing unused items.

July 01, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


I’ve been wrong a lot, but I got fishing right

In high school I thought there was exactly one girl on earth, and her name was Natalie.

June 29, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Keeping a fishing log can help you in many ways

I have been using a fishing log since the early 1970s and it really adds a completely new dimension to my angling experience. Recording stream conditions, weather patterns, and flies, lures, baits and techniques used can help improve your fishing. Jotting down unusual wildlife you spot, or interesting rock and mineral formations, notes on mining ruins, or Indian artifacts can help increase your enjoyment of your outdoor excursions.

June 27, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Don’t overlook importance of polarized sunglasses

My son and I decided to take a walk while recently camping with my family at Lake Pardee.

June 24, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Gomes takes lead after earning second straight win in SRL

Manteca's Jacob Gomes persevered through a cautioned-filled evening to capture the "Mid Valley Iron & Metals 150" for the SRL Spears Southwest Tour Series Late Models last Saturday evening at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

June 23, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Making a case for the medicinal hot dog

Hot dogs are synonymous with summer cuisine, and though there are plenty of hot dogs - gourmet dogs, foot-long dogs, ball park dogs, nitrate-free dogs, kosher dogs - I don't get too picky.

June 22, 2011 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | 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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