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Keep tackle box simple and tidy

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.

December 10, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Just seven more casts

­ I'm a seven last-casts type of guy.

December 08, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Golden anniversary celebration, elk hunt a success

In my last column, I told you that I might be moving to the local KOA, because I was going elk hunting on our 50th anniversary.

December 04, 2010 | By WAYNE DANIELS Hunting columnist | Sports Columns


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


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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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