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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 an opportunity to fulfill longtime dream of leading a program in the college ranks.

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 any football.

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 the squared circle.

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


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


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

July 27, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


TURLOCK - Paced by its some of its youngest members, the Ripon Sea Lions captured the boys title in the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships held at Pitman High on Saturday.

July 26, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Fernando Alaniz's two-RBI double tied the game for Northgate in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday, but Cambrian of San Jose answered back with a solo home run in the sixth and held on for a 5-4 consolation win in the Little League Nor-Cal 9-10 All-Star Divisional Tournament at Joe Wagner Field in Larkspur, ending a spectacular post-season run for Northgate.

July 24, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

IOC bows to Putin and Russian dopers

Once again, the people who run the Olympics just can't say no to Vladimir Putin.

July 24, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Wild turkeys along banks of Stanislaus

I took a walk in the woods along the Stanislaus River the other day and ran into a small flock of wild turkeys. I have been spotting turkeys there as well as seeing them in the foothills on both sides of the central valley for about 20 years and wondered how widespread they were. In checking both online and with experts at the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, I have determined that turkeys are actually quite plentiful in the Golden State.

July 24, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


The awards keep coming for league MVPs Marco Gonzales, Travis Vander Molen and Mikaela Ferreira.

July 22, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Keeping it simple is the answer

A lot of anglers make fishing too complicated.

July 22, 2016 | | Sports Columns


TURLOCK - Scoring early, scoring often and making no errors is a pretty good game plan, and that is exactly what Northgate did Tuesday in a 10-2 win over Turlock American in the championship game of the Little League 9-10 Section 6 All-Star Tournament at Turlock American Little League's Julien Park.

July 20, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

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Stingy Cowboys collect another shutout in Tracy

After a scoreless first quarter Saturday the Manteca Cowboys varsity scored in the three remaining periods to post a 22-0 win over the host Tracy ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Beidleman powers Knights’ blowout win over Packers

Jace Beidleman and Preston Zuidervaart connected for two touchdowns Saturday to lead the Ripon Knights novice to a 41-19 Trans Valley Youth Football League win ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

3 carries, 3 TDs for Morales in T’wolves’ win

Marcelo Morales scored three touchdowns on his only three carries for the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity in a 58-7 Delta Youth Football League win ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Timberwolves ward off McNair in final tune-up

STOCKTON - Sierra ended its nonleague schedule on a high note Thursday, vanquishing host McNair in four games, 11-25, 25-23. 26-24, 25-22.

September 09, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Unbeaten Mustangs trample East Union

While East Union's longtime reign in the Valley Oak League is likely to come to an end, Oakdale is poised to start a dynasty-like ...

September 09, 2016 | | Sports Columns


RIPON - You do not want to get Ripon High's Breana Barrios angry.

September 09, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Manteca makes statement with win over Sierra

There is still a long road ahead for Manteca, but the Buffaloes made waves with their impressive opening week to the Valley Oak League season.

September 09, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Asking new boaters to watch wake

The week proceeding Labor Day is always a pretty good week to be out on the water.

September 09, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Manteca golfers continue improvement in defeat

Manteca's girls golf team suffered its first defeat of the Valley Oak League season on Thursday, but head coach Andrea Hiatt is focused on ...

September 02, 2016 | | Sports Columns


RIPON – Manteca's Sarah Inderbitzin got a block to steal the serve in the fifth set and then reeled off the final eight service points ...

September 01, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

‘Old guy’ sticking to what works

I fear lately that I've become that "old guy" - the guy who was reluctant to try something new and who has an endless supply ...

September 01, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


STOCKTON – Weston Ranch picked the wrong time to go cold.

September 01, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Volleyball: Spartans show mettle in 5-set loss to Lodi

LODI - Heather Anderson will get to know a lot about her Lathrop High volleyball team this week, her first as the Spartans' head coach.

September 01, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Manteca gets stiff test in another Saturday tilt

Saturday games are a rarity these days for local football teams, but Manteca starts its season with back-to-back weekend tilts.

September 01, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

10 years later, Goodell still leading with his chin

Some anniversary this is turning out to be.

September 01, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

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