Hot weather didn't keep them away and, on Monday, Aug. 8 nearly 200 golfers teed off for a good cause: to help put an end to Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The Karen Basi Wave of Hope MS Foundation hosted its 11th annual charity golf tournament at Oakdale Golf and Country Club. This year's theme was "Imagine A Future Without MS" with the staff dressed up as science-fiction characters for the theme.
For the last four years, Rod Long has been on staff at Oakdale High School as a special education teacher. This year, Long will be doing some more teaching after hours on campus, not in a classroom, but on the football field as the new head coach for the Oakdale freshman football team.
Hard hitting Mixed Martial Arts action returns to the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on Saturday, Aug. 27. Heading to Jackson will be Last Stand Fight Team member Sergio Vazquez. The Oakdale based Vazquez (4-2) will be taking on Sacramento's Angelo Trevino (2-1) in Welterweight action at Global Knock-Out 7.
Oakdale's J.R. Dahm competed in the 2016 National Physique Committee (NPC) Junior Master Nationals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 20. Dahm, who advanced to the NPC Junior Master Nationals after taking first in the NPC Junior Master Regionals recently, took seventh in the nation, falling just short of qualifying for his pro card.
Saturday night, Aug. 13 John Thurman Field will transform from the home of the Modesto Nuts to the squared circle of Big Time Wrestling (BTW). For the first time in its 20-year history, BTW is coming to Modesto.
With the young Stampede football and cheerleading season getting ready to start soon, the youth organization hosted its inaugural Stampede Meet and Greet over the weekend. Players, coaches, cheerleaders, alum, families and board members gathered at Kerr Park in Oakdale for the event on Saturday and had a large turnout.
Three years ago, then-freshman Bryce Kirk was named the Oakdale Mustangs starting catcher … for the varsity baseball team. Having to earn the respect of his upperclassmen teammates and a first year head coach in Nate Gregory, Kirk wasted little time and made a major impact on the team. Fast forward to today and Kirk is still the signal caller behind the plate on the varsity team as he will enter his final season as a Mustang next spring.
Since moving to Oakdale in 2012, 68-year-old Eric Hoff has been on the local senior softball scene. Hoff is a pitcher for the Animals, a senior softball team based out of Modesto. Over the years, Hoff has accumulated seven championship rings in senior softball.
Known as "The Judge" and "Lester the Molester" former Raider great Lester Hayes made a three-day appearance at the Oakdale KMart this past week. The two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time National Football League Pro Bowler made his way to town as part of a 17-state stop for the children's charity, March of Dimes.
Former Oakdale High School varsity softball standout Hanna Holland has wrapped up her sophomore season at Humboldt State University. The center fielder and the Lumber Jacks made it to the postseason but fell to North Alabama one game before the National Championship. Not all was lost, though, as Holland led the team in batting average at .413, on base percentage (.520), runs scored (58), hits (83) walks (42) and set a school record with 70 stolen bases, shattering the previous record of 53.
The thermometer has reached triple digits in Oakdale and that means it is time to hit the pool. For the local youth swim team known as the Oakdale Gators, they did just that this past weekend. The swimmers went on the road to Turlock for their most recent action.
Draft…check. OTA's…check. Minicamp…check. The Oakland Raiders completed their three day mandatory minicamp in Alameda on June 16. With full participation from all 90 players and an injury free minicamp, the Raiders are looking towards the season on a positive note.
The hard hitting world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is heading to the SaveMart Center for Bellator 156. Three of Oakdale MMA's own are scheduled to appear at the event on Friday night, June 17 in front of a sold out crowd in Fresno.