The daunting forms of six foot blockers Domi Powell and McKenzie Willett still cast shadows on the hardwood inside the Oakdale High gymnasium.
The Klines are in at Oakdale High.
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.
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 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, team roping and tie down roping to snare five buckles, a trophy saddle and the spectacle that is his own brand new trailer.
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.
If the Junior Olympics are the kid-sister to the Olympic Games, then the Oakdale water polo girls are coming over for a sleepover.
Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
They hardly ever see it coming.
A spectacular cross country showing highlighted recent prep action at Oakdale High. Following is a summary of results from multiple sports.
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.
Brock Whiting took the handoff from Dillon Tamburrino and lunged toward the goal line, his shoulder pads slicing into an apparent hole in the Enterprise High defensive line.
It was apparent after a 21-20 defeat on Friday, that the familiar splash of scarlet and gold stretched in stripes along white uniforms was the only glimpse of the storied Oakdale High rushing attack that die-hard Mustang football fans have grown accustomed to.
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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.
The only thing that Oakdale High sophomores Maddi and Kindra Hackbarth have in common is their voracious passion for the sport of softball.
Hilmar youth cowboy Preston Burgess is like oxygen - he's All-Around.
Casually fielding questions less than two days after the biggest victory of his successful and still young career, Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter Michael McDonald recalled his favorite things about the city of Boston on Monday.