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Out Of Bounds - Thumper Tastes Good

For a few days, the rabbits grazed peacefully inside their cages on the outskirts of our campsite, providing a tranquil harmony with nature as we enjoyed solace where the mountains touched the sky.

July 31, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns

Hanrahan Shines In Fair Oaks

Beaming ear to ear with a proud grin only a father could sport, First Tee Central Valley program manager Charlie Floyd of Riverbank addressed 10-year-old Oakdale golfer Shealyn Hanrahan with pointed questions as a crowd of youth gathered at the Escalon Golf Course on July 24.

July 31, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

BUCKLE BOY - Oakdale’s Kent Ends Fourth At National Rodeo

With a lasso coiled neatly in his hand and the rippling muscles of his mount settling with anticipation beneath him, Oakdale's Tanner Kent took a second to capture the moment in front of over 4,000 fans at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyoming, home to the 2013 National High School Finals Rodeo.

July 31, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Tobar Delivers Pro Debut Saturday In Jamestown

Ryan Tobar has aspirations so high that he has to sleep in an Oakdale loft just to keep up with them.

July 31, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

SAN DIEGO OR BUST Sanders Gives Verbal Commitment To UC San Diego

Sandy beaches, world-renowned wildlife habitats, perhaps the greatest climate in the world and the future home of Oakdale High softball star Lauren Sanders.

July 24, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

First Tee - Oakdale Golfer Takes Tri-City Connection To Next Level

Ten-year-old Shealyn Hanrahan of Oakdale stretches an iron behind her small frame and releases an explosive swing that glides through the fairway like a lawnmower. The golf ball lofts into the air, crashes onto the green, spins backwards and settles just shy of the cup during a recent Wednesday practice.

July 17, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

POLO PROWESS - Stender, SOAK Honored For Recent Play

Shelby Stender has a smile so big it could troll for krill, but the incoming Oakdale High junior has a tenacious streak proven deadly in the prep pool.

July 17, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

All-Star Selection Finds Four Mustangs

Another year of stellar baseball gave way to another Sac-Joaquin Section title for the Oakdale High Mustangs this year.

July 10, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Vander Tuig Wins CWS

The exploits of 2010 Oakdale High graduate Nick Vander Tuig will already live on in the enchanted tales of baseball glory, but the 22-year-old right-handed pitcher is just getting started.

July 03, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

All-Stars Collide

Top talent from across nearby Sac-Joaquin Section schools gathered at Golden Valley High on Friday, June 28, gave four Oakdale High graduates a shot at one more game to represent the Mustangs. Oakdale and the North ultimately fell to Central Section schools on the South roster in an overtime thriller.

July 01, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

CAREER MUSTANG - Mustang Born, Mustang Bred Hondo Arpoika Will Be A Mustang Till’ The Day He’s Dead

Explosive displays of athleticism by 2013 Oakdale High graduate Hondo Arpoika are like a Karate Kid crane kick.

June 26, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR CAPTAIN CLUTCH Machado Led Elite 2013 Field Of Athletes

If you play chess with 2013 Oakdale High graduate Eddie Machado, you had better not put him in check.

June 19, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR HIGH FLYER Gratigny Was Brilliant In 2012-13

She doesn't deny it.

June 19, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Vander Tuig Selected By Giants In MLB Draft

In the year leading up to the June 7, 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Oakdale High graduate and UCLA junior Nick Vander Tuig spoke with officials from every MLB club.

June 12, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

ALL-STAR BASEBALL - Oakdale Foursome Lead East Team To Victory

With direct sunlight now absent from the immaculate baseball diamond at John Thurman field on June 8, ninth-inning temperatures dipped from their previous 110-degree mark to a welcoming 85 degrees.

June 12, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

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