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Voss avoids wrecks to win at Stockton 99

Jeremy Voss of Upper Lakes, Calif. was able to successfully navigate his way through a series of wrecks to take the checkered flag in the caution-filled 125-lap SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event presented by 51Fifty Energy Drink at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night.

August 20, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Fall fishing coming soon

It's already getting darker earlier in the day and getting cooler at night, meaning to me that fall weather is closer than most people may think it is. Fall fishing is just as good or better than spring fishing. Just about all the species of fish become active while trying to prepare themselves for the winter.

August 16, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Luck is learning from past experience

Over the years I've been surprised more than once by a fish willing to bite at the strangest moments. Countless times, I've set my rod down to reach for something to drink or eat and to my surprise I had a fish on the other end of the line.

August 09, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Knot good enough for me

Every angler has his or her favorite knot. The first knot that was taught to me I still use today. It's a simple knot that I find myself using more out of sentimental value than ease of tying or effectiveness.

August 02, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Be prepared to get hooked

Several years ago while fishing with a newcomer to the sport, he hooked a striped bass and brought it into the boat. As he was unhooking the fish it started to thrash around and managed to send his hook right through the inside of his index finger. Once we put the fish back into the water he looked at me and said "take it out." I told him that I would try and proceeded to get a line set for the yank technique.

July 26, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Going with what's biting

In the past I strictly fished for bass and nothing else. That's all changed in the last four or five years, putting together this weekly column has made me want to try fishing for what was biting at the time.

July 23, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


First time golfer

I tried golf for the first time in my life in June, expecting it would be as easy as when I played miniature golf. But when I got to Stevinson Ranch to meet Chris Christensen for a three hour personal lesson I quickly realized that I was wrong.

July 09, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns


Scott seven for seven in 2013

Matt Scott ran his 2013 record at the Stockton 99 Speedway to a perfect seven for seven by taking a hard earned checkered flag in Saturday's Tri Holiday Series 51Fifty Energy Drinks Firecracker 125 Western Late Model feature.

July 09, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Not enough time for a tackle box

Last night I was sent to the store to pick up some items that we needed at home. Out of the 10 items that I purchased, I ended up finding four of them once I started to put my newly purchased items away. On one hand, it was nice to know that I had extra but on the other hand, I wished I would have known that we already had half of the items that I needed.

July 05, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thorn nabs third win of season

Lakeport's Derek Thorn continued his domination of the Spears SRL Southwest Tour by cruising to the win in last Saturday's Big Brothers and Big Sisters 125 at the LoanMart Madera Speedway.

July 02, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fly fishing: Mission accomplished

Coming home from a camping trip is never easy.

June 28, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Truex passes up Gordon at Sonoma; snaps 218-race win draught

Martin Truex Jr. (#36 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota owned by Michael Waltrip Racing) ended a 218 race NASCAR Sprint Cup victory draught with a convincing win over Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards in Sunday's 25th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. In doing so he became the ninth consecutive unique winner on the twisting 1.99-mile road course at Sonoma.

June 25, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Gordon breaks in Gen 6 car at Sonoma

Always one of the highlights of the racing season, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the beautiful Sonoma wine country for the 25th consecutive year with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend, as the best stock car drivers in the world take on the twisting 10-turn, 1.99-mile Sonoma Raceway road course. The 16th stop on the 36 race 2013 schedule, Sonoma is the first of only two road course races (along with Watkins Glen) and it marks the final west coast appearance of the series until it returns in November to Phoenix International Raceway.

June 21, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Hot day of racing ends with cool wins

Matt Scott remained perfect for 2013 by taking both ends of the twin Western Late Model features while veteran drivers Jay Lindstroth and Scott Winters split the spoils in the twin Modified mains that highlighted the five division NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series program at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night.

June 11, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Lessons learned from kid's fish tank

Five years ago I purchased a 75 gallon fish tank from someone selling it on Craigslist. I got a really good deal on it, my son was five at the time, and what kid doesn't want a fish tank?

June 07, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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How ‘bout that Stanley Cup, eh?

It is that time of the year, for many Americans and local San Jose Sharks supporters, to get behind their favorite hockey squad as the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing.

April 18, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns


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