A herd of 214 youth participants at the Oakdale Saddle Club Junior Rodeo may have departed the arena with dirt stains on their respective leggings, but several left with pockets lined in green on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Between sporting the consensus top-5 bantamweight fighter in the world, the steady stream of successful fights and the overall improvement of both quality and numbers, it's hard not to catch the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts fever these days. The gym, owned and instructed by longtime fight coach Tom Theofanopoulos, has blossomed to the crown jewel of the local fight game. The roster of fighters is long ...
It turns out that Oakdale youth athletes are getting their own glimpse of the Olympic Games without the expense of a flight to London in 2012.
If local sports fans want to attend Oakdale High School's highly anticipated football showdown with Oceanside in Southern California on Friday, Aug. 31, they had better get tickets soon or they will be turned away at the door.
If Savannah Stender embroidered the first letter of her name across her chest, it would not only be alphabetically correct, it would be a red cape short of describing her heroics. Oakdale High's superwoman was unmatched talent in the water polo pool and capped a tremendous final year of prep competition with dazzling success for Oakdale's swim team. She proved the perfect choice for the 2011-12 Oakdale Leader Female Athlete of the Year.
The only thing better than one Hernandez is two. On April 23 of 1994, Sal and Dana Hernandez gifted the world with the birth of their twin sons Marcus and Manny, a duo that would go on to deliver two of the most dynamic careers in Oakdale High sports history. Both thrilled local sports fans during the 2011-12 school year with tremendous efforts on the football field, basketball court and high jump pit. The identical ...
On Wednesday, July 25, the Oakdale Leader will release the 2011-12 Male co-Athletes of the Year and the 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year with video interviews to be posted online. See the print edition of the Leader on Wednesday for details of these athletes and their heroic final seasons.
he memory of Oakdale native and famed funny car driver Eric Medlen will no longer be limited to the scattered accounts of his tremendous sense of humor and a heart big enough to power the incredible machines he piloted.
Move over Colton, there's a new sheriff in town. Incoming Oakdale High sophomore Caden Farquer, younger brother to longtime successful youth rodeo star, Colton Farquer, established a reputation all his own on the rodeo scene with an All-Around Cowboy title at the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nevada from July 2 to 7. With competitors from three Canadian provinces and nine U.S. states vying for top honors, Caden erupted to stellar performances in cutting, ...
The prestige of Oakdale High's football program is bolstered every season by the conference and postseason success each group of athletes collectively share and the character each athlete displays.
Oakdale Gators youth swimmers Hayley Rivera and Dustin VandenBosch were truly touching during a meet against the host Ripon Sea Lions on July 7.
The wrestling mat has never smelled so good. Soon-to-be Oakdale High senior Ronnie Stevens made his triumphant return to the Mustang mats on June 29 as the wrestling program hosted teams from Buchanan to Stockton in a packed summer dual tournament inside the Oakdale gym. For Stevens, it was his first action at home since a devastating injury destroyed bones in his wrist and jeopardized his career last summer. The tough break left Stevens sidelined ...
If the Junior Olympics are the kid-sister to the Olympic Games, then the Oakdale water polo girls are coming over for a sleepover.
It's now apparent that Kevin Costner's character from the movie Waterworld is loosely based on Oakdale Gators swimmer Dustin VandenBosch.
For over six years, Jim West of Butte County had the right to proudly boast a shot that landed him atop the state record book in wild boar hunting.
Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
They hardly ever see it coming.
Fresh off a 4-3 run through the ultra-tough High Sierra Tournament in Reno, Oakdale High's battle-tested volleyball players made short work of Beyer, Merced and Ripon in consecutive matches on consecutive days. The Lady Mustangs beat all three teams in three games, handling Beyer in 25-11, 25-11, 26-24 scores while Merced fell 25-10, 25-12, 25-20 and Ripon was downed 25-11, 25-20, 25-13. <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-align: ...
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Before Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Collin Kaepernick were befuddling NFL defenders with the read-option, Turlock High quarterback Sean Downs was doing it perfectly at THS.
The decision was about as difficult as thumb-wrestling an empty glove.