If Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Club owner/instructor Tom Theofanopoulos had any concerns about the strength of competition, venue or attendance he would see from his own Art of War production company, he certainly addressed them Saturday.
Welcome back Dustin Harris. The sentiment was pretty obvious for Oakdale High wrestling fans on Wednesday, Jan. 25 during Oakdale's 55-9 Senior Night dual meet victory over visiting Sonora to clinch a Valley Oak League championship. Harris won a one-sided contest at 170 pounds for his first action since he was sidelined with a serious knee injury on Dec. 17 of last year. The return of Harris came just in time for Oakdale to polish ...
A collection of kickboxing, pankration, mixed martial arts amateurs and professionals from the Oakdale MMA Club took on competitors at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown on Saturday for the first ever presentation by Art of War Productions. The affiliation, co-founded by Oakdale MMA instructor Tom Theofanopoulos, hosted around 1,000 fans for the amateur and professional portion of the event and thrilled the standing-room only crowd with 15 total bouts inside the cage. ...
The artificial turf at the Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk Grove might as well have belonged to The Corral at Oakdale High on Saturday, because the Under-12 Oakdale United Strikers youth soccer team brought the CYSA Association Cup home to Oakdale.
If you have to learn to crawl before you can walk, then you certainly have to learn how to rock crawl before you can tackle anything quite like The King Of Hammers off road race.
When most softball athletes see their careers on the softball diamond come to a close at the prep or college level, they accept that the fastest pitches they will see again will probably come from a quick-talking telemarketer.
The blows to Oakdale High's varsity wrestling team continue to rain down. A varsity lineup that was already without all four returning state qualifiers saw another tough hit when freshman standout Max Stevens was forced to withdraw from the Tim Brown Memorial Invitational on Friday and Saturday with a nagging shoulder injury. With Stevens out of the lineup and returning state qualifiers Juan Garza and Dustin Harris still recovering from injuries, Oakdale was able to ...
Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team saw its Friday, Jan. 20 contest with Sonora postponed due to a power outage up the hill with the game now set for Saturday. And if the Mustangs' previous four Valley Oak League contests have taught us anything, it's to expect a battle.
The Under-12 Oakdale Strikers thrilled a huge contingent of local fans with an exciting 3-2 victory over the West Sonoma County Cyclones in the championship game of the CYSA Association Cup on Saturday. The team overcame an early deficit and played incredible defense throughout the contest to claim the first ever Association Cup title for a team from the local area. For additional information on the championship win and the incredible season these ...
(Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on the history and operation of the Oakdale Saddle Club, which hosts the annual rodeo and brings events and people in to the area on a regular basis.)
To quote the singing duo of Peaches and Herb, "Reunited and it feels so good…"
Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team played to an exciting 40-39 loss to East Union after Winter Homecoming festivities on Jan. 13. The action capped an evening that included freshman and junior varsity contests and included a crowd-rousing homecoming selection narrated by Oakdale announcer Pete Simoncini. For additional information on the homecoming game and Oakdale's prince, king, princess and queen selections, see the Jan. 18 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
To be the best you have to beat the best, but the best are pretty darn good. Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team has the difficult task of squaring off with Valley Oak League juggernauts this season, and took on league favorite Sierra (2-0 VOL, 12-2 overall) on Tuesday, though results were not available at press time. Sierra dominated the area with a violent run through the preseason and was in the midst of an ...
Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team had better sharpen their weapons in 2012, because every Valley Oak League contest is bound to be a battle.
If the high school wrestling season is a roller coaster, then Friday and Saturday's action at the Doc Buchanan Invitational in Clovis caught Oakdale at the lowest point they may reach this season.
Sixty-five-year-old Modesto resident Bob Head understands his fellow man. The co-chair of the Classic Car Show at the 21st Annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival knows what a treat the gleaming rows of 90 dazzling automobiles can be on the eager eyes of any bloke. It's a sight that has altered the expression of countless men over the years. "The Car Show gives the males ...
The hulking frame of 6 foot, 2 inch 225-pound senior receiver/tight end Austin Jones made for a spectacular target for Oakdale High classmate Spencer Thomas, and will be an asset for Willamette University quarterbacks, going forward.
The senior to freshman connection of Jill Kahler to Madison Feuerstein was good for two thrilling scores and a 2-1 upset victory for Oakdale High's girls soccer team in the quarterfinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs on May 9.
Soren Dickens and Joe Guerrero glided to medals in their respective varsity and frosh-soph divisions of the 100 yard breaststroke to lead the Oakdale High swim team to a terrific season finale at the Sac-Joaquin Section Finals on Saturday.
With the abdominal muscles of a Spartan warrior, the athleticism of a gymnast and a strange fiberglass boneyard indicative of a daring professional skateboarder, 12-year-old Oakdale Junior High student Savannah Manning may be the Cowboy Capital of the World's best young athlete.
The raw athleticism of Oakdale High athletes was on emphatic display during Saturday's Valley Oak League track and field championships at Sierra High School in Manteca, as 12 varsity competitors earned tickets to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Championships and 11 frosh-soph competitors won their events.
A cheery busload of Oakdale High students will arrive at Tokay High in Lodi on Thursday, May 9, for the first day of what has become the pinnacle moment of prep swimming - the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships.
Extra contests are a lock for Oakdale High softball, soccer and baseball players, who excelled in Valley Oak League action to earn a trip into the postseason. Following is a summary of recent action and a look at upcoming playoff games.