In just over a calendar year the lives of the family members of Oakdale High teacher Mark Dickens have been turned upside down, yet the perseverance of the Dickens family continues on with the announcing of a pair of Mark Dickens Scholarship Funds.
At first glance it seems like ice cream and cartoons are the primary things that can make 8-year-old Krissy Lolonis happy, but actually making fellow jiu-jitsu opponents tap out is pretty high on her list.
The Oakdale High swimming program has continually made strides through the 2009 season and the squad's effort and initiative paid off with a boys Valley Oak League title and a third place finish in the girls division.
The Oakdale High varsity softball team knew how important their contest with the Ceres Bulldogs would be, but the constant downpour on May 1 left the Lady Mustangs rained out and waiting for their final meeting with the Bulldogs.
First year Manteca High baseball coach Gene Ballardo knew that his squad would have its hands full with the Valley Oak League's undefeated top team and that was exactly the case as Oakdale High took two from the Buffaloes to remain perfect in VOL action.