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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


Fly tying addiction started innocently

Fly tying is among my many vices. On the surface, you'd think that a hobby that consists of wrapping a few strands of fur, feathers, and thread around a hook would be among the simplest of pastimes. What could be less stressful than sitting at a desk creating beautiful works of art with exotic names like the "Royal Coachman", or the "Pale Sulfur Dun"? Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually fly tying is an addictive form of mental illness from which few people recover.

December 30, 2013 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Fishing for post-holiday license gift

Christmas is over and this is the first time in a long time that I didn't receive my annual fishing license as a gift.

December 27, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Taxidermy tips

A couple weeks ago I mentioned Pyramid Lake as a great place to catch a really large trout. I define really large trout as anything over 5 pounds. At Pyramid, you stand a pretty good chance at catching a trout of 10 pounds or more. That's when you want to consider a taxidermy mount. The good news for anglers is that you can catch and release your giant trout and still have taxidermy mount made. Take lots of photos, and measurements like length, girth, and weight and contact a talented taxidermist and let him work his magic.

December 22, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Youth sports encouraging kids to grow up too early

My first encounter I remember with football was as a 6-year-old rolling around in the mud under the bleachers at my brother's high-school football game. And the second thing I remember about this great game is after I got in trouble for rolling around in the mud I was in the stands with my dad when he commented that a runner "really stepped into that hole."

December 21, 2013 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Sports Columns


Catching in cold weather

The effect on water temperature and fish behavior is directly related.

December 20, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Are we playing in the Super Bowl or ‘Hunger Games’?

For all the dire predictions making the rounds, you'd think they were playing "The Hunger Games" at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2 instead of the Super Bowl.

December 19, 2013 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


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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


Following advice from Fisherman’s Warehouse

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.

October 09, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Mountain lions: The tan ghosts

Several decades ago I was hunting bears in the Sierra. It was dusk and I walked down a dusty dirt road looking for bear tracks. After about an hour, I turned around and began walking back to my camp. Looking at my tracks in the dusty road, I discovered mountain lion tracks right over the top of my footprints! A lion had tracked me for over two miles. I had no clue he was there. I guarantee you that will make the hair on your neck stand up! Mountain lions are like tan ghosts, you never see them until its ...

September 21, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Oh, Roger, you still don’t get it

Oh, Roger, you still don't get it.

September 21, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports Columns


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