Nearly three weeks ago, La "Lawless" Vang was crowned the Flyweight Champion after his three round unanimous decision over Mike Tubera at the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino.
As we get set to turn the calendar over to August it is time to turn our focus to back to school (sorry, kids). Along with back to school, comes the fall sports schedule, and that includes football on every level.
A capacity crowd made their way to the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino in Jamestown for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action on Saturday, July 12. Hoplite Fight Productions presented "Still the Biggest Little Show in California" at the area venue.
It's not every day that a 9-year-old can attend a football camp with his idol, but for young Derek Herzog, he got the opportunity to attend a two-day camp earlier this summer. On June 21 and 22, Herzog attended the Citi Bank Colin Kaepernick Football Pro camp at San Francisco's St. Ignatius College Preparatory.
Oakdale resident Matt Hanko and his teammate Jeff Vasek earned top honors at the Gold Rush Adventure Race Summer Challenge (www.goldrushar.com) on June 21. The grueling race took place at New Melones Reservoir near Sonora. This event offers both a 12-hour and 6-hour race.
It is no secret that the river that runs by Oakdale Shopping Center off Highway 120 is the home to many of Oakdale's homeless. Several complaints recently came into the Oakdale Police department about issues in that area, including a broken lock by the river gate, so access could be gained into a restricted area.
It's not even half over and already, 2014 has been a productive year for Oakdale's Austin Paddock. In May, Paddock graduated from Oakdale High School, and this past week, Paddock was crowned the 2014 Boys Cutting State Champion at the California High School Rodeo (CHSR) State Finals in Bishop, CA.
Oakdale's T.L. Davis and Fair Oaks was the home of the 2014 Oakdale Baseball Association (OBA) All-Star Tournament. With the city welcoming teams from other local area's featuring travel teams, the four-day event began on Thursday, June 5 and completed on Father's Day, June 15.
It's never too early for spring training for Oakdale High School baseball. With well over 40 signups of incoming freshman taking part in a summer clinic to help prepare themselves for tryouts next spring. Eight coaches, including freshman baseball Coach Chris Jackson, junior varsity Coach Scot Gehl and Varsity Coach Nate Gregory on hand to help them along the way.
A pair of Master's Meet champions from Oakdale was crowned at Elk Grove High School, as Kyle Peterson and Hannah Chappell brought home the honors from the 2014 CIF Sac-Joaquin Track and Field Masters Meet. Competition was held on May 29 and May 30.
Oakdale's Kerr Park was the scene of the 2014 Oak Valley Youth Softball Association's (OVYSA) championship games and closing ceremonies on Saturday, May 31.
2014 was a year of mixed emotions for the Oakdale High School baseball teams. The year featured first year varsity coach Nathan Gregory, who managed the team to the CIF Sections playoffs, but fell in the first round. The varsity team also has seen eight of its seniors graduate, going to college this fall and leaving behind some holes to fill.
California State University of Stanislaus in Turlock was the host of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Division IV and V trials and finals. The meet was staged over two days beginning Tuesday, May 20 with trials in multiple events and wrapping up with finals on Thursday, May 22.
Another successful season for Oakdale Baseball Association (OBA) came to a close on Wednesday, May 21 at Oakdale's T.L. Davis Sports Park.
The varsity Lady Mustangs softball team ran the gauntlet known as the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships and were crowned the 2013-2014 Division 4 Champions on Saturday, May 17 at Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton. Oakdale went 4-0 over a three-day span, knocking off Los Banos 17-0, Ceres 11-0, Sierra 5-4 and East Union 3-0 during their postseason quest for the title.
With the Valley Oak League shaping up to be a three horse race (Sierra, Oakdale and Central Catholic) this late in the season, fans of both Oakdale and Sierra packed the bleachers at Sierra High School's "The Den" Friday night, Oct. 17 to see the Timberwolves host the Mustangs in a battle of the unbeatens. The fans were treated to a nailbiter that saw the home team escape with a 31-20 victory.
As the nights grow longer and the days shorter, the 2014 fall sports season is rapidly coming to an end. With just two weeks remaining for some of the sports and others gearing up for playoffs, every game is crunch time for Oakdale High School. Following is information from a variety of sports that were in action this week.
With playoffs looming, the Oakdale Mustangs varsity boys soccer team needed to make a big push this week. The team entered the week in third place in the Valley Oak League standings. Oakdale hosted Central Catholic and then went on the road to face the Buffaloes of Manteca in a crucial VOL showdown. The Mustangs stood tall and answered the challenge by blanking the Raiders 9-0 and earning a tough 5-2 road victory in Manteca, winning both games for the week.
In the inaugural Friday Night Lights high school football series at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium, two of the premier Valley Oak League contenders clashed on Saturday, Oct. 11 as the Oakdale Mustangs battled it out with the Manteca Buffaloes. Not only did the Mustangs win, the victory saw a record-setting effort, as Mustang senior Frankie Trent scored six touchdowns and rushed for over 200 yards, setting a Levi's Stadium record.
Friday night's Homecoming game was a true crowd pleaser for the Mustang faithful, as the Oakdale varsity football team dominated the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars, 48-0. It was a satisfying end to a festive week of activities celebrating the fall homecoming.
Oakdale High School senior Mabel Wong, 17, already has plenty of kudos to her credit on the links. The young golfer has been a part of the First Tee program, played for the OHS ladies golf team and now, she took her talents to the Pebble Beach Golf Course for the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open.
Friday night marked the first Valley Oak League game for the Oakdale Mustangs in the 2014 season. The team hosted East Union and literally ran away with it, winning 49-13 in front of the Mustang faithful.
In a productive week that saw two Valley Oak League (VOL) foes come to town, the varsity soccer Mustangs answered the challenge and walked away with a pair of victories. They first edged out Sierra 2-1 and followed that up with a 4-1 crowd pleaser against East Union.
It was a mixed week for the varsity tennis team, as the girls faced a pair of Valley Oak League (VOL) teams, suffering a tough 5-4 loss to Manteca on Tuesday, Sept. 23. They regrouped and earned a 7-2 victory over Weston Ranch on Thursday, Sept. 25.
The 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is this weekend, Sept. 26 through 28 and at least one local golfer will be on the links. Fans and spectators will be treated to viewing celebrities, pro golfers, most likely enjoy great weather and also get to see local golf phenom, Mabel Wong.
With the preseason winding down, Oakdale's fall sports are gearing up for league play, with some already into their league schedule. The following is a quick glance at some of the Mustangs' week in review.
Oakdale's varsity boys soccer team improved their record to 5-2-3 on the season after back to back home victories this past week.
If you were anywhere in the city limits of Oakdale on Friday night, odds are you could probably hear the stomping of the feet from both Oakdale and Turlock fans hitting the bleachers, roars from both sides of the field, the hard hits or even the rich voice of Mustang announcer Pete Simoncini. However, if you didn't witness the Mustangs late fourth quarter heroics live from The Corral, you missed something special. The varsity Mustangs found themselves on the winning end of a 30-29 nail bitter against visiting Turlock in non-league play.
With a solid 3-2-3 record thus far, coach Alfredo Quiroga and the Oakdale High School boys soccer team are optimistic about the upcoming regular season.
Friday night football is back at The Corral as the Mustangs hosted longtime rivals, the Sonora Wildcats in the 2014 season opener. Even though Sonora is no longer in the Valley Oak League, the rivalry between the two schools went on for 91 years in league play and still holds up as a big rivalry in California.