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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


Varying colors of baits might be helpful

Everyone has their favorite colored baits.

February 18, 2011 | JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Unsung senior deserving of title he helped bring to Ranch

When Melvin Allen welcomed some of the Weston Ranch basketball team's reserve players onto the court for the final 1:09 of their 87-67 win over East Union Wednesday, Allen was still in coaching mode.

February 17, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Writing the wrong: A burger story

An hour into my fishing contemplation I heard my phone buzz with a message.

February 16, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Spring a crappie time of year

As is common this time of year, we have been getting a taste of the coming spring.

February 14, 2011 | | Sports Columns


Spawning fish tricky to catch in springtime

What a difference a week can make.

February 11, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Food, folks, philosophy and fishing

No one can take the simple act of fly-rod contemplation and digress into philosophical mumbo jumbo like my buddy Klinger.

February 09, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Outdoor emergency preparedness

I believe the outdoors is remarkably safe, yet no matter what you do, there are risks involved. It doesn't matter if you are commuting to work, or driving a forklift on the job, teaching in a classroom, there are risks involved & you could get hurt. You & I are probably much more likely to get in an auto accident, or slip & fall at work than we are likely to get injured while out fishing, hunting, or hiking. The difference is that outdoor pursuits are often solitary in nature and you are often in a remote location far from medical help ...

February 07, 2011 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Better days ahead after tough years for anglers

I've been exchanging emails with a cousin of mine from Oklahoma.

February 04, 2011 | | Sports Columns


Expo aftermath: The search for cheaper options

The fly-fishing section of the International Sportsman's Expo was an entire building complete with casting pond and corner stage for presentations by experts.

February 02, 2011 | By Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


Buffs still competing without Kiwi Gardner

Kiwi who?

January 29, 2011 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Be mindful of speed while on the water

With all the fog that we've been having recently, I'm reminded of how important it is that we slow down on the water.

January 28, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


A day at the Expo: Part 1

I was at a pretty good place mentally as I headed into a two-story building laced with the scent of preserved animals and musky hunters.

January 26, 2011 | By Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


The Dropper Fly technique

About 100 years ago, my Grandfather earned his living for several years as a professional flyfisher. He would fish the trout streams of Colorado with his flyrod, & sell the fish to the mining & logging camps. Since it was his livelihood, Grandpa's primary concern was catching as many large fish as possible, & he utilized numerous techniques to fill his fish sack. One of the most effective techniques Grandpa used was the dropper fly, which consistently produced more and larger fish. The dropper fly is still an amazingly effective technique today.

January 24, 2011 | By Don Moyer | 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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