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Bass fishing ‘Super Bowl’ kicks off

Today kicks off The 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic held at Lake Guntersville in Birmingham, Ala.

February 20, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Put your money where your heart is

About 15 years ago my friend Joe Mangelos gave me a free ticket to attend a fund raising banquet for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. When I got to the dinner, I was feeling kind of guilty, so I bought some raffle tickets. Darned if I didn't win a brand new 30-06 rifle! I was hooked even though I've never been elk hunting, every year since I make it a point to attend the Elk Foundation Banquet.

February 16, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Don’t be fooled by a full moon

It seems like overnight spring has come, and if I've ever had an itch to get out fishing it's right now.

February 13, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Same ol’ same ol’ in women’s hockey

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The announcer in the Shayba Arena was trying to pump up the crowd between periods of yet another Olympic women's hockey mismatch, though her heart didn't really seem to be in it.

February 10, 2014 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Grown men ridiculing kids playing sports games

Quite often when it comes to sports, my opinions are in the minority.

February 09, 2014 | DAVE CAMPBELL The Bulletin | Sports Columns


Cures for cabin fever

This time of year is one of anticipation. The traditional winter hunting seasons have come and gone. If you are a big game hunter who is crazy enough to seek deer, elk, or bear, you will have either a freezer full of meat with which to feed your family, or a host of excuses as to how the critters out-witted you. The bass boats are covered and safely stored and the trout streams of summer are blanked with snow. It is at this time of year that cabin fever can strike you. While some folks laugh and pretend it isn ...

February 09, 2014 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Winter weather constantly changing

Here comes the rain, at least I hope so.

February 06, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Fishing is heating up despite cooler weather

A lot of anglers are waiting for the weather to clear up before they go fishing.

January 30, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Seattle wears the villain’s hat for SB

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Down at the end of a hotel hallway, about 50 people gathered along with a dozen television cameras to record the thoughts of a running back who doesn't much like the idea of sharing his thoughts.

January 29, 2014 | Tim Dahlberg | Sports Columns


Coleman doesn’t let deafness deter him

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - There was never any shortage of people willing to tell Derrick Coleman what he couldn't do. If there's any consolation to being the latest of three deaf players to ever make it to the NFL, it was that: He didn't have to listen.

January 28, 2014 | Jim Litke | Sports Columns


The outdoors and archeology

I first became addicted to archeology in the summer of 1948. I was a youngster camping along the headwaters of the Mokelumne River with my parents. One morning I knelt down to clear away some rocks on the ground so that I could play marbles, when one of the rocks caught my eye. Upon closer examination, I discovered that my "rock" was really an Indian arrowhead made of shiny black obsidian! I was hooked on archeology from that point on. Collecting arrowheads became a family obsession. We eventually assembled a pretty significant collection of artifacts in our Indian Room.

January 26, 2014 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Think before you eat what you catch

Like a lot of those reading this, I used to take every fish home to be cooked up for dinner. After a while, I got tired of having to clean fish after a long day of fishing so I just threw them back. Once I started tournament fishing, I'd always throw them back in hopes of catching them again during a tournament.

January 23, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


The angling brotherhood

We anglers are a fortunate bunch. We belong to a brotherhood and sisterhood of helpful gregarious souls who are almost always willing to chat with a stranger and share local fishing information. The past week, I've found myself out in Salt Lake City, accompanying my wife at a genealogy conference. Usually my trips to the Salt Lake area are in warmer weather without snow on the ground. On an ordinary trip, I'll end up fishing the either Provo River or the Green River for a couple days, but this trip I figured it would be too cold and ...

January 19, 2014 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Pick your fish species this winter

Fishing in the winter is tough.

January 09, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Rain will bring muddy waters

As much as I'm enjoying these nice clear winter days, I believe it's just a matter of time before we're going to be hit with a series of storms making fishing even tougher. Usually, by this time of year, our waters are muddied up by a few storms. So far that isn't the case, we've had a pretty dry but cold winter. One of my favorite professional bass anglers used to always say "the toughest condition to fish in is when the water is cold and muddy." In my experience that statement has held true ...

January 02, 2014 | | Sports Columns


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Seek out the spots that look unappealing

I often see fishermen point at an area or spot and say "It looks good over there!"

September 15, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Chase for IndyCar Series title ends at Sonoma Raceway

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season reaches its conclusion this weekend with its annual trek to the wine country for the GoPro Grand Prix of ...

September 15, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Hanging out with other anglers ‘cool’ with me

When I was growing up it wasn't "cool" to be known as the kid who liked to go fishing.

September 08, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ripon’s McCreath earns weekly NEC awards for CCSU

Former Ripon High volleyball star Samantha McCreath is making an immediate impact in her first year at NCAA Division I Central Connecticut State.

September 06, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Don’t forget life jackets during holiday weekend

Labor Day weekend is an exciting time for most anglers.

September 01, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Stampede hands Jr. Buffaloes loss

Francisco Ramirez had 31 rushing yards and four tackles for the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes in a 50-0 Cen-Cal loss to the Oakdale Stampede on Saturday ...

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Ripon Knights tame Denair Lions in TVL play

DENAIR – Jace Beidleman threw for three touchdowns and ran for one more to lead the Ripon Knights junior varsity to a 30-6 Trans-Valley Youth Football ...

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Jr. Timberwolves cruise past Jr. Warriors

GALT – Marcelo Morales got three quick scores for the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity Saturday in a 38-6 win over the host Galt Jr. Warriors in ...

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


GOING THE DISTANCE

When Ray Gonzalez opened a gym in Lathrop to provide CrossFit training and power lifting to people in the South County, he knew he wanted ...

August 29, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


‘That’s football’? No wonder why numbers are dropping

As a sports reporter, I see a lot, both good and bad. There are people who will say, "I have seen it all now," but ...

August 28, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Would like to see kids get hooked on fishing

While driving home from Sacramento earlier in the week, my son reminded me of two of my favorite activities that fewer of our youth are ...

August 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


ON A RAMPAGE

The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity came out of the gates with a bang in their first game in Northern California Youth Football and Cheer with ...

August 22, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Cowboys corral Outlaws in CYF season opener

Jacorey Franklin and Everett Sangalang scored three touchdowns apiece Saturday to lead the Manteca Cowboys varsity to a 57-0 thumping of the Central Valley Outlaws ...

August 22, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Wilber’s late pick seals Knights’ JV win over Hilmar

Owen Wilber intercepted a Hilmar Packer pass at his own 1-yard line with 25 seconds remaining Saturday to seal a 12-6 win for the Ripon ...

August 22, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


NASCAR needs to speak up amid US turmoil

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Fans turn to sports for entertainment, a respite from the stress of the real world. They say they don't want ...

August 22, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


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