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Local motorsports action heats up

Following a one week delay due to the weather, the new Stockton 99 Speedway is set to kick off its 2012 season tonight with the Spears Manufacturing 125 for the SRL Late Model Southwest Tour Series.

April 06, 2012 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports Columnist | Sports Columns

A man, his dog and a fishing boat

Last week I was able to get out fishing, it's been a while since I've been out. My partner became ill the night before, leaving me to fish by myself. I had my dog with me, but she wasn't much help lying on the bottom of the boat dead asleep most of the day. At one point I even heard her snoring!

March 30, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Pre-spring fishing helps fill football void

The end of football season marks both a happy and sad time for me. Although I fish year round, football helps fill the void when I'm stuck at home unable to fish. The nice thing about the end of football season is the beginning of spring and with the weather we've been getting lately, we just may have an early spring.

February 14, 2012 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Ricky runs no more

Ricky Williams. The enigmatic running back remembered by many as that one guy who retired from the NFL to burn trees. The Heisman Trophy winner, one time pride of the University of Texas and former first round pick has retired for the second, and seemingly last, time.

February 07, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns

NFL predictions — take two

So, my earlier predictions did not exactly pan out.

January 17, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns

I’m no Nostradamus, but I’ll give it a shot

The NFL's regular season is over and it's time for the playoffs, that special three-week stretch that ends with the grandest of events - The Super Bowl.

January 03, 2012 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns

Canine fishing partner

Every once in a while I see someone out on the water with a dog in their boat. I've always wished that I could one day have a dog that would keep me company while out on the water. Unfortunately, all of my attempts at making our family's pet a fishing buddy have never quite worked out.

December 23, 2011 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Don’t let your boat sit too long

It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used.

November 25, 2011 | BY JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Back in the boat

I was finally able free up some time on Veterans Day to go fishing. It's been a while since I've been out. Actually, since football started back in June, I've been pretty busy until now. So, I was able to convince one of my mentors, Coach Dudley Kinlaw, to get on the boat with me and go out for a few hours.

November 18, 2011 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

New chapter in Journal sports

Turlock has been my home practically my entire life. I've watched this town grow and expand as fields turned into shopping malls and housing developments. I grew up on Turlock sports, my childhood consisted of wrestling in the winter and football in the fall. I spent six with the Turlock Youth Wrestling Program and played five years with the Turlock 49ers. When I wasn't on the mat or the field I was at home watching and rooting for the Oakland Raiders and booing the Dallas Cowboys.

November 15, 2011 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns

Goodbye, Turlock

Though I grew up in the Central Valley, I knew very little about Turlock. I knew it had a college, a couple high schools, good places to eat and shop … and that was about it. Call me naïve back then.

November 10, 2011 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns

A victory for Byrd, finally

After notching 10 top-five finishes this season veteran driver Dave Byrd, of Seaside, finally picked up his first victory of 2011 in last Saturday's "Race and Ride for Autism 100" Western Late Model feature at Stockton 99 Speedway.

August 19, 2011 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports | Sports Columns

Exciting race gives Gomes third victory of season

Manteca's Jacob Gomes picked up his third victory of the season and reclaimed the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series championship lead Saturday night in the "Century Boatland 115" in front of a capacity crowd at Rocky Mountain Raceways just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

August 05, 2011 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports | Sports Columns

Wendt brothers score big at Stockton

A nice crowd of nearly 2,000 was on hand at Stockton's 99 Speedway for last Saturday's NASCAR Whelen All American Racing Series program and tribute to Manteca racing legend Johnny Brazil.

July 22, 2011 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports | Sports Columns

The power of never giving up

It was a stunning realization to see the U.S. team finalize an epic comeback against Brazil to win its quarterfinal match in the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany last weekend. The win told many stories, and not just about the fact that the Americans are now just one win from the championship game.

July 12, 2011 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns

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