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Out-Stend-Ing! - Oakdale’s Savannah Stender Was Water Wonderful

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.

July 25, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Twin Tough! - Mustang Brothers Were Multiple Sport Standouts

The only thing better than one Hernandez is two.

July 25, 2012 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


Athletes Of The Year Revealed Wednesday

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.

July 23, 2012 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


The Memory Remains - Oakdale Racer Honored With Park Dedication

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.

July 18, 2012 | Ike Dodson | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Farquer Relishes Role As An International (Trailer) Harvester

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.

July 18, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports


Gridiron Groundwork - Oakdale Footballers Tackle Summer Camp Schedule

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.

July 18, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Rivera, VandenBosch Take Three Events Each In Ripon

Oakdale Gators youth swimmers Hayley Rivera and Dustin VandenBosch were truly touching during a meet against the host Ripon Sea Lions on July 7.

July 18, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Back 2 The Mat - Wrestlers Host Offseason Tourney

The wrestling mat has never smelled so good.

July 11, 2012 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


SOAK-ed In Qualifications: Teams Moving On To Nationals

If the Junior Olympics are the kid-sister to the Olympic Games, then the Oakdale water polo girls are coming over for a sleepover.

July 04, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports


Pod Of Gators Stand Out At Sea Dog Invitational

It's now apparent that Kevin Costner's character from the movie Waterworld is loosely based on Oakdale Gators swimmer Dustin VandenBosch.

July 04, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Hog-ing The Best Record

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.

June 27, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports


Oakdale Teammates Square Off On Travel Softball Diamonds

Oakdale High athletes tout their camaraderie like a purple heart, but local softball players had to put aside their similarities during recent action on the youth softball diamond.

June 27, 2012 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


Oakdale Boy Keeps His Priorities Inline

The deciding moment in eight-year-old Luca Petroni's youth hockey career wasn't uncovered by high-level inline tournaments or even during a Junior Olympic tryout in San Jose this summer.

June 27, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Hansen, Kent Take On National Rodeo

Why settle for two legs beneath you when you could have four?

June 20, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports


Oakdale Gators See More Sharp Swims

Oakdale Gators youth swimmers got the best of their competition during a three-team showdown with Modesto and host Tracy on June 12. The Gators accounted for an incredible 62 top-three finishes in the barrage of events across all age divisions. The team is back in action on June 23 at the Turlock SeaDog Invitational.

June 20, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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Articles By Author - Ike Dodson


Out Of Bounds - My Last Will And Testament: A to Z

Tick, tock. Tick, tock.

September 18, 2013 | Ike Dodson | SPORTS


FIVE BIG REASONS - Why Oakdale Fans Shouldn’t Fret

They hardly ever see it coming.

September 18, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


Fall Sports Wrap - Aguilar, Sophomore Boys Win Titles

A spectacular cross country showing highlighted recent prep action at Oakdale High. Following is a summary of results from multiple sports.

September 18, 2013 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Riverbank Homecoming

September 16, 2013 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


OVER THE NET - Lady Mustangs Ease Past Ripon, Merced, Beyer

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.

September 11, 2013 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


HEARTBREAKER - Two-Point (Non) Conversion Spells 23-22 Defeat For OHS Gridders

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.

September 11, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Mustang Football


SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Oakdale vs. Enterprise Video

September 07, 2013 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


New-Look Mustangs Drop 21-20 Thriller In Turlock

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.

September 04, 2013 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: OHS Football vs Turlock

August 31, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Sports Spotlight


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: OHS Football vs Turlock

If missing plug-ins do not allow the video to play, visit http://www.oakdaleleader.com/multimedia/ to download this video of Oakdale vs. Turlock football.

August 31, 2013 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


First Downs, Then The World - OHS Gridders Must Stop Dual-Threat QB

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.

August 28, 2013 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


LOVE IS A VERB (AL) - Sophomore Commits To Fresno State

The decision was about as difficult as thumb-wrestling an empty glove.

August 28, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


ROAD TRIP - Softball Sisters Travel U.S.A. In Search Of Perfect College

The only thing that Oakdale High sophomores Maddi and Kindra Hackbarth have in common is their voracious passion for the sport of softball.

August 21, 2013 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


Rodeo Youth Leave Oakdale With Nearly Eight Grand

Hilmar youth cowboy Preston Burgess is like oxygen - he's All-Around.

August 21, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


McDonald Wins UFC Bout, Bonuses

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.

August 21, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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