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Fishing in the ‘spring’ Alaska style

It was a lot like that Kenny Chesney song, only we weren't on stools, there were no shots, and the only reading we were doing was the river current through our warm breaths.

March 23, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Black powder is a real blast

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try.

March 20, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


New Hogan has Ballardos coming back for more

It's been a while since I've taken my family out fishing for the day, and this past Monday seemed like the perfect time.

March 18, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Flag drops for 2011 season in the Valley

The winter doldrums are finally coming to an end for four-wheeled racing fans as the green flag is about to unfurl to start the 2011 local racing season.

March 17, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing columnist | Sports Columns


I’d go to the beach, if it weren’t frozen

My favorite t-shirt, designed by Ketchikan pun-master Ray Troll, is buried under a quarter-zip fleece and no-nonsense Marmot jacket, and my feet have been wet with sweat since Sacramento.

March 16, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


NEW BATS, SAME RISKS

Just grabbing a bat and going up to the dish to take your hacks is a thing of the past.

March 15, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


A modest proposal for mountain lions

I read the other day where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has officially declared the Eastern Mountain Lion as extinct. Because they have been officially de-listed, Mountain Lions in the entire eastern seaboard are now regulated by the individual states.

March 14, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


As weather heats up, cash in at the banks

As the weather has been improving, I'm sure a lot of anglers looking forward to going fishing.

March 11, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Exploring options for bear hunting in Canada

Over the years, I have always been interested in going to Canada on a black bear hunt, so in February when the outdoor show came to Great Falls, Mont., I decided it was time to find out if I was going to stay on the bank and cut bait or grab a rod and join the big dogs.

March 10, 2011 | By WAYNE DANIELS | Sports Columns


Wildflower extravaganza

One of the best items an outdoor enthusiast can carry is one or more of the guidebooks on flowers, trees, rocks birds, or mammals that inhabit your area. I often carry one of the handy field guides in my fishing vest, or backpack. Perhaps the most dog-eared of my field guides in the one on California wildflowers.

March 07, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Van Dam’s victory a well-earned feat

Kevin Van Dam won his fourth career Bassmaster Classic, which was held on the Louisiana Delta.

March 03, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Spinning a yarn, casting it into neighbor’s tree

Most of the time, you don't really wonder how you got to a certain place in time. If you do contemplate "What just happened?" it's usually confined to a small increment of life.

March 02, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


VanDam’s title airing on Saturday

Congratulations to Kevin VanDam for winning his fourth Bassmaster Classic this past weekend held on the Louisiana Delta.

February 25, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Border-ing on the edge of sadness

Like seagulls descending on the carcass of a spawned out king salmon washed ashore, I joined my fellow scavengers at Borders bookstore in Modesto for my chance to peck deals.

February 23, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Cures for cabin fever

Some folks think that there is no such thing as Cabin Fever. They are dead wrong. If Alferd Packer was still around, they could ask him about it. Good old Alferd (that's really how he spelled his name) was the noted cannibal who ate several of his companions after being trapped with them while snowbound in Colorado in 1874. Along about this time of year I start getting fidgety and look longingly out the window every few minutes. Although I'm an incorrigible outdoors enthusiast, even I don't really enjoy standing in the pouring rain unless its hunting ...

February 21, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


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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


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


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