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MMA Event A Hit In Merced

Fight fans flocked into the Merced County Fairgrounds to cheer on local amateur mixed martial arts action over the weekend. The hard-hitting four-hour event, Hoplite Fight Productions' "Finished: No Judges Required" took place on Saturday night, July 18.

July 22, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Fighter Prepares For Battle In Octagon

With just one week until her match against Brooke Mao (4-1), Oakdale's Last Stand fighter Antoinette Bernal reflects on how she made it into the octagon.

July 08, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Oakdale Softball Duo Make Select All American Team

Two of Oakdale's youth softball players are preparing to make a trip to Orlando, Florida to play in the inaugural ESPN Wide World of Sports All American Games July 13 through July 16. Oakdale youngsters Delainey Everett and Kylie Valente were named as members of the Northwest Regional Under Ten team after a tryout in Woodland, California back in February, and were informed earlier this month that they had made the team.

June 24, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


TIME OUT - A Bundle Of Joy Awaits

My wife, Lindsay and I are approaching our two year anniversary on June 29. Over the last two years we have made life plans such as travel, career aspirations, eventually purchasing a new house where we can raise a family; which leads me to my topic: starting a family.

June 17, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Columns


Baseball Players Honored For Season’s Contributions

All three levels of Oakdale High School baseball teams and their players were honored on Tuesday, May 26, saluted for their efforts during the season. Coaches, players, family and friends gathered at the OHS main gym Tuesday evening for the end of the season awards ceremony for the Mustangs.

June 04, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Chappell Heading Back To State Meet

Oakdale High School junior Hannah Chappell has made a tradition out of advancing to the California State Track and Field State Meet. Chappell, who competes in both the discus and shot put throwing competitions, powered her way to first place in the discus competition this past weekend at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Elk Grove. Chappell's first place heave came on her third and final toss which traveled 151-02 feet. It not only made her a Section champion, it also made her a three-time State Meet qualifier.

June 04, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Last Stand Training Center Hosts Summer Classes

One way local youngsters were beating the heat was attending the Kickboxing class the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Academy offered at their Last Stand Training Center. The summer classes began on Monday, June 1 and will conclude on Friday, July 31. This unique class offers kickboxing, submission wrestling and anti-bullying tactics.

June 04, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


OHS Alum Parker Graduates Texas Southern University

Former Oakdale High School softball standout, Brianna Parker, graduated from Texas Southern University on May 16. Parker played for the university's softball team all four seasons and helped her team win the South West Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship the last two seasons. She was named to the All-SWAC All-Tournament her senior year.

May 28, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Gunners U16 Soccer Boys Capture Presidents Cup

Oakdale's competitive travel team, the Gunners Under 16 boys competitive soccer squad, has made big waves this season, including winning the Presidents Cup in NorCal state competition recently.

May 28, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Swimmers Take Final Laps Of Season

Eleven of Oakdale's finest competed in the 2015 CIF Section qualifier swim meet recently, bringing their season to an end. Swimmers, fans and family gathered at the pool at Tokay High School in Lodi over the two-day meet to cheer on their teams. Four women and seven men represented Oakdale for the right to advance to the State meet. Oakdale turned in great performances but none of the 11 hopefuls punched their ticket to state.

May 21, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Soccer Girls Ousted By Eventual Champion

Oakdale faced off against a familiar foe in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff semifinals when the fourth seeded Lady Mustangs took on the top seeded East Union Lady Lancers. Like everyone else in the Valley Oak League, Oakdale fell to East Union twice during the regular season, and the playoff outcome was no different as Oakdale lost a tough contest, 3-1 on Wednesday, May 13 at East Union, ending the season for the Lady Mustangs. East Union went on to defeat VOL foe Manteca 2-0 in the Section final on Saturday, May 16.

May 21, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


No Section Title Repeat For Varsity Softball Girls

The hopes of repeating as CIF Section champions came to a screeching halt when the Oakdale Lady Mustangs fell to Cordova on Tuesday night, May 12. Oakdale came out on the short end of a 6-1 score at the Sacramento Softball Complex in Sacramento to the Lancers.

May 21, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


Baseball Mustangs End Season With Playoff Loss

Home field advantage was not enough to hold off Yuba City as the 11th seeded Honkers came to town and knocked off the Mustangs 10-5, to eliminate the Oakdale varsity baseball team from the 2015 CIF Sac-Joaquin Division III playoffs.

May 21, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


Hager, Mustangs Slam Jaguars In VOL Finale

Oakdale brought big bats to their home and home series against Kimball. With their 7-0 home win followed by an 11-6 road win in the 2015 regular season finale, Oakdale finished second overall in the Valley Oak League (VOL) standings.

May 14, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


VOL Championship Run For Track, Field Girls

Oakdale hosted Manteca in the regular season track and field finale on Tuesday, May 5 at The Corral. The varsity girls entered the day winners of 78 consecutive dual meets, and with a chance to win their 11th Valley Oak League title in a row. In front of the home crowd, the girls accomplished this feat with a convincing 93-43 victory over the Buffaloes.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


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Barton Reins In Successful July

As summer came to a close, Oakdale High School senior Paige Barton made the most of it. Her final five weeks of summer break were ...

August 12, 2015 | DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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