With the closing of the London Olympics earlier this month, I was impressed with the United States team's 104 medal count leading the way over other countries, with some competitors even receiving multiple medals. While I stress that making the US Olympic team is quite an honor in itself, I also accept that not all of the competing 539 US athletes received a medal – and rightfully so since the games are a highly competitive event.
As the 2012-13 school year ushers in a new cast of athletes for each sport, it also offers a chance for the Oakdale Leader to preview Oakdale High's perennially successful programs on their respective fields of play. Today's Aug. 29 edition of The Leader features the first of a three part series highlighting 'Oakdale's Most Wanted' athletes and the teams they play for. This week, team previews on Mustang football and volleyball teams can be found on Page B1, accompanied by Old West-style wanted posters featuring two of 'Oakdale's Most Wanted': Spencer Thomas and Kellie Gratigny ...
With the loss of its volunteer coordinator and the inability to have a regularly scheduled meeting since June 2011, the Oakdale Parks and Recreation Department is restructuring its youth advisory commission into a youth council.
An increased number of kindergartners in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District has resulted in the establishment of an additional kindergarten class and the hiring of a temporary teacher for the school year.
The Oakdale Aquatics USA Swimming program is off to a great start this fall. The team shined at their first meet in Sonora recently, seeing sharp production from 17 swimmers. Oakdale standout Caden Nord also was a bright spot in his first Junior Olympic meet while Soren Dickens, Summer Thompson and Alissa Burford were terrific at the California-Nevada Sectional.