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WINNING IN LIFE

LATHROP – For some strange reason, the days of playing baseball simply for fun and to crack smiles have been replaced with $300 bats and Major League Baseball expectations as early as coach-pitch. That's probably why rolling into James Matas' free pitching clinic was so refreshing.

April 17, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Will Power Captures Pole at Grand Prix of Long Beach

It was deja vu all over again as Australian Will Power, driving the #12 Verizon Wireless car for Team Penske, grabbed the pole position for the third consecutive year at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series.

April 17, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns


Getting around the rising cost of fuel

This morning on my way to work, I saw two bass boats filling up at the local gas station. I couldn't help to think what their costs were for the day. My bass boat holds 52 gallons of gas, and my truck holds 23 gallons. If I were to fill them both up, it would cost me around $300.

April 15, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


(Re)fund the trip of a lifetime

I read about Alaska a lot because as a fisherman, writer and subscriber of multiple fishing magazines, the state tends to gets at least a casual mentioning if not a full-grown piece of feature writing every month.

April 13, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Philpott breaks up Belletto family’s 1-2 finish

A strong field of 23 late models kicked off the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at the Stockton 99 Speedway last Saturday night.

April 12, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Fishing in the rain can bring surprising results

Fishing in the rain for a lot of anglers is out of the question.

April 08, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Sprint Car veterans shine on Central Valley tracks

A pair of Sprint Car veterans notched impressive victories this past weekend in the season opener events in Madera and Merced.

April 07, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Getting rid of gas

In high school, my buddy Lawrence and I put 85 miles on his truck driving around the biggest town on the island.

April 06, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Why catch & release when you trout fish?

I was about 12 when I began to seriously fish for trout. Prior to that time I was simply accompanying my Dad along the stream and reeling in an occasional trout or two that he had hooked. While it was great fun splashing in the stream, picking wildflowers & harassing the frogs & tadpoles, it took awhile for me to appreciate the challenge of spotting a feeding fish, and then successfully planning & executing a successful stalk to outwit him with my hand-tied flies.

April 03, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Smart shopping for cash-strapped anglers

It's been a while since I've purchased any new equipment.

April 01, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Your final exam is a river in Alaska

My buddy Daniel is coming up to Alaska this summer and wants to trick trout with flies, but he's never done it before.

March 30, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


WOLVES ON THE PROWL

Professional football is once again going to be a reality in Stockton.

March 25, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Walker definitely best NCAA player still chasing title

Back on March 28, 2009, Kemba Walker came into Connecticut's West Regional final against the Missouri Tigers and dropped 23 points, leading his Huskies to a thrilling 82-75 win and ushering the Huskies into that season's Final Four.

March 25, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Barometric pressure a good indicator of weather changes

Just when you think you have the weather figured out, everything changes.

March 25, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


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


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No clue why the ‘hot baits’ go cold

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out and quickly become the hot item.

September 19, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


EU’s bulldog on the sideline

Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.

September 16, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Extra duty for Buff responsible for extra points

The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.

September 09, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


HITCHCOCK ON FIRE

He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.

September 02, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Brush with greatness, tragedy

I had every reason in the world to take in everything that South Florida had to offer.

August 26, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Manteca, Oakdale get head start on rivalry

The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.

August 26, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power is 10th

SONOMA - Scott Dixon patiently stalked race leaders Graham Rahal and Mike Conway over the closing laps of Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma before blowing by Conway with just three laps to go in the 85-lap race to capture his second Verizon IndyCar win of the season.

August 24, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Manteca’s season opener moved

Manteca was supposed to help break in Levi's Stadium next Friday, Aug. 29.

August 23, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hoping for early fall, rain

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snow mobiles on it.

August 22, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Perhaps NJ Gov. Christie should issue a pardon

I recently got an email forwarding an article about a woman from Pennsylvania who appears to be in the process of being railroaded into prison by the justice system in New Jersey.

August 17, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Karts owned the streets of Modesto

The sounds of high revving go-karts continued all weekend long on the temporary street circuit in the heart of downtown Modesto at the inaugural Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals.

August 03, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Throwback: using a black powder replica

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!

July 27, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Doss wins Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125

Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.

July 27, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


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