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You can’t be too safe when fishing during winter months

­ After last week's weather, many anglers have put away their equipment and will be staying close to the fireplace for the next few months.

December 03, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Tis the season to be spendy

My cousin got booted from the Brock Lesnar-Cain Velasquez title fight a few weeks back for trying to break up a girl-fight in the stands moments before the main event.

December 01, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Kids must be taught how to win

It seems like a lifetime ago that I coached football and basketball at the Manteca Boys and Girls Club. In those days, we not only coached to win but we coached to respect the game and our opponent.

November 26, 2010 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Sports Columns


Fishing in the wintertime brings its own challenges

This morning brought the first real cold snap of the year. For many anglers, the colder temperatures bring the fish closer to the surface. For others, fishing is only going to get tougher as their species of choice will most likely be hunkering down for the winter. Fishing the wintertime can be extremely tough and for the inpatient person, unbearable. When I think about fishing during the wintertime I immediately think of slowing down and downsizing my line. Unless I'm lucky enough to find an active school of fish the bites are going to be far and few and ...

November 26, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Observing Thanksgiving as intended

­ By the time you read this column, Thanksgiving dinner will be just a memory evidenced by a bunch of leftovers in the fridge, and an extra notch let out in your belt.

November 25, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Ankles, anecdotes & attitude adjusters

Frightened or appalled by the prospect of walking up an escalator that dared to stop working, the lady stepped aside and allowed the guy with a frayed deltoid ligament on his left ankle and the other guy with a chewed up meniscus to hike up the stuck steps.

November 24, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Moyer afflicted with ‘Bear Fever’

For almost five decades, I have been afflicted with Bear Fever.

November 21, 2010 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Morning fishing trip a Thanksgiving tradition

Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and while some will be playing football or staying warm inside, I've kind of made it a tradition of mine to get out fishing for the early part of the day.

November 19, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Snagging a great story

The fish took off with only a slight rhythmic list from left to right. The barb was stuck securely in its dorsal fin, which did little to stop his down-river run.

November 17, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Hunting licenses, venison sausages and wedding anniversary

If you are one of the thousands of out-of-state hunters who have been coming to Montana to hunt with an outfitter, those days are gone.

November 17, 2010 | By WAYNE DANIELS Hunting columnist | Sports Columns


Sometimes, you still have to fight back

Even before Del Oro boarded its bus in Loomis, the majority of the Sac-Joaquin Section knew what to expect from the Golden Eagles in their SJS Division-III playoff debut. East Union knew more so than anyone, yet the Lancers still had a job to do.

November 13, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Four-wheel drive feature not required to tow bass boat

Over the years I've had a variety of different tow vehicles.

November 12, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Ex-Wildcat’s wild weekend with wings

Since Buffalo Wild Wings opened, I'd planned on an afternoon of college football there.

November 10, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Rising early has its perks

Over the years, I've developed a habit of getting up early regardless of what day it was.

November 05, 2010 | JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thanks, Dwight Gooden, we finally won the big one

I was likely the only person in Northern California who could not stop thinking about Dwight Eugene Gooden during the San Francisco Giants' victory parade Wednesday in San Francisco. It was a young, gifted Gooden who escorted me towards my newfound greatest moment in sports.

November 04, 2010 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


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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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