The 2017 Valley Oak League softball season got underway for Oakdale's Lady Mustangs this past week, though it was delayed by 24 hours. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, Oakdale's home game against Kimball was postponed that day due to rainy weather. When the girls took the field on Thursday, Oakdale jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and behind lights out pitching by Grace Green, Oakdale held on for a 2-0 home win. Green pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two hits and no walks.
The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance (OSPA) recently celebrated the completion of 2,500 dog and cat spay/neuters through their voucher program since it started in August 2011. Sarah Atwood and Mary Dunn, voucher customers from Riverbank, were all smiles when they were presented with Petco gift baskets for their pets in recognition of reaching the program milestone, thanks to Anna Gervasio of Petco in Riverbank.
It was the end of an era on Thursday, March 23 inside The Corral at Oakdale High School. The varsity girls – who had won 88 straight Valley Oak League track and field meets – lost to visiting Kimball, falling by a 69-67 final.
The Modesto Nuts, Class A Advanced affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and Huff Construction Company, Inc. present Kids Run the Stadium at John Thurman Field on Friday, May 26. Kids ages 6-14 will have the opportunity to run John Thurman Field by shadowing and assisting game day employees at different occupational areas throughout the stadium.
The Oakdale Sandlot baseball team took second place in their 12u AA bracket at the USSSA Spring Championship Select 30 Super NIT in Peoria, Arizona from March 17 through 19. Coaches and players include, back row from left: Coach Jason Daley, Hunter Baptista, Coach Daniel Krause, Coach Anthony Eberhardt, Coach Chris Perreira. Middle row from left: Alex Jones, Grant Edwards, Cooper Pitney, Jacob Guignard, Jace Eberhardt, Ryder Perreira. Front row from left: Eric Robles, Dax Daley, Dylan Krause, Ryan Krause.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has re-introduced the Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017, H.R. 1725, a bill that cuts through red tape within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and seeks to reduce the benefit-claims backlog. The legislation was introduced with fellow co-chairman of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) and U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN).
A bill authored by state Senator Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, to ease construction costs for disabled veterans cleared a major legislative hurdle on Tuesday, as the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee advanced the measure unanimously.
For the second year, Oakdale Cheer Boosters and the Oakdale High Cheer program put on a successful cheer skills clinic for sixth, seventh and eighth graders just prior to try-outs for the junior high or high school cheer programs. The skills clinic, hosted Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14 and 15, was put on by the seniors as a fundraiser and an opportunity to teach important skill sets to those wanting to learn. Oakdale High senior Madison 'Maddie' Abell, in front, was among the several varsity cheerleaders who volunteered to teach at the clinic.
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