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Junior Varsity Boys Win Consolation Bracket

The 48th annual Oakdale Rotary Classic saw the Oakdale junior varsity boys win the consolation side of the hoops bracket on Friday, Dec. 29 when they knocked off Downey 63-50. Oakdale began the tournament with a loss to Grace Davis but regrouped and won two straight games to close out the tournament on a high note on their home court. Seven teams came to town for the near half century tradition; Argonaut, Thomas Downey, Grace Davis, Patterson, Hughson, Los Banos, Pitman and Ripon Christian.

January 03, 2018 | | Local Sports


Girls Hoops Win Lone Game This Week

The Oakdale varsity girls basketball team played one game this past week and came out on top. On Friday, Dec. 22 the team traveled to Ceres to take on the Central Valley Hawks, where Oakdale won 57-31 in the road contest.

January 03, 2018 | | Local Sports


Heartbreaking Loss For Frosh Boys In Tournament

If games were 31 minutes and 58 seconds long instead of 32 minutes; the Oakdale freshman boys basketball team would have defeated the Central Catholic Raiders on Thursday afternoon. On the final day of the 22nd Grace Davis Holiday Tournament, Oakdale and Central Catholic squared off where the winner would finish the tournament in third place. This was the second consecutive year that Oakdale would be in the third place game. However, unlike last season, Oakdale did not finish third as they fell 48-47 to the Raiders.

January 03, 2018 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Recently, while checking out of a hotel we were staying in, I spotted a boy that was no older than 12, sitting there with a Bass Pro Shops hat on. To some, that may not matter much. To me, it mattered a lot. I spent an entire day in Disneyland the day before and saw mostly Disneyland hats being worn. I immediately thought to myself, of all places to see a Bass Pro Shops hat! This kid must have the "fishing bug," as the old timers used to say. I couldn't help to not be reminded of myself when ...

January 03, 2018 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Sports Year In Review From Pages Of The Leader

With 2017 now in the books, The Leader would like to take time to reminisce and reflect on the year that was. From golf to rodeo, football to MMA, 2017 was filled with memorable sporting events both on the Oakdale High School campus as well as in the community. Here are some of the top headlines for the Leader sports pages, month to month from the past year.

January 03, 2018 | | Local Sports


The Boxing Development Center Welcomes Champion

The New Year, 2018, will be starting off on a strong note for the recently opened The Boxing Development Center. In November of 2017 the doors opened for the facility and welcomed Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton for a meet and greet and sparing event. On Jan. 1, 2018 Oakdale welcomes in amateur boxing champion Marc Castro.

December 29, 2017 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Grab Hoops Win In Dramatic Fashion

In a non-conference showdown against Hilmar on Tuesday night, Dec. 19 the Lady Mustangs varsity basketball team came away with a 38-35 victory. Hilmar led 33-29 with 5:30 left to play; however, Oakdale would close the game out on a big run to rally for the win.

December 27, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Sports Slate

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opener Delayed

The Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced a final 15-day delay for the northern California commercial Dungeness crab season. Crab condition improved from the last round of pre-season quality testing conducted on Dec. 19. However, crab had not reached the minimum meat recovery criteria as established by the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee testing protocol.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustang Soccer Opens League With Loss

After a preseason that saw the varsity girls soccer team on the road for six straight games, the Lady Mustangs returned home. Oakdale opened their Valley Oak League season at home against Manteca on Thursday night, Dec. 21. Manteca won the contest 4-1 to spoil the home opener.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Did You Know?

Millions of people resolve to get healthier by dieting and exercising more frequently at the start of each new year. According to data from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, 12 percent of new gym memberships are opened in January. The second week of January is one of the busiest times of year in the fitness industry. But many people who decide to exercise more at the dawn of a new year quickly lose that resolve. New Year's resolutions to diet may wane as well. In 2013, a UK food company found that of those who diet regularly, two ...

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Soccer Varsity, JV Boys Split First League Contests

The varsity boys soccer team finished the week splitting their Valley Oak League contests. The 2017 Valley Oak League season opened up on Monday, Dec. 18 at Manteca where Oakdale won 2-0. Two days later the Mustangs hosted East Union but lost 2-1.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I'm sure I'm not the only one who wasn't out shopping early for Christmas yet. I chose to blame it on Christmas being on a Monday combined with my Christmas company arriving on Saturday. Either way, I found a way to get my shopping done. Personally, I love receiving gift cards to my favorite places to shop. Lately, I've been really interested in the Yeti Load Out Bucket. It's fairly priced and seems to have a lot of uses for someone that camps and fishes a lot. Speaking of Yeti, one of my Christmas gift ...

December 27, 2017 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Varsity Mustang Hoopsters Fall To Visiting Bruins

A slow start doomed the Oakdale varsity Mustang boys basketball team this past week. On Wednesday night, Dec. 20 the boys hosted Riverbank but fell behind early and never regrouped in the 64-36 home loss. Oakdale scored six first quarter points against the Bruins and could not get out of their offensive funk. Senior Drew Legan scored a team high 13 points for Oakdale. Legan scored 10 of his points in the second quarter, a quarter where Oakdale scored 12 total points.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Family-Friendly Winter Activities

Many people may run indoors when the temperatures outside approach or dip below freezing. But the truly adventurous see no reason why a little cold weather should keep them cooped up indoors for months at a time. While those living in the Central Valley typically have to drive a bit to reach the snow, family fun can make the trip worthwhile.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


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Mustangs Shut Out Calaveras

The 2017-2018 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys' soccer playoffs began on Tuesday, Feb. 20. On that brisk winter's night, the sixth seeded Oakdale ...

February 21, 2018 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Mustang Dozen Advance To Wrestling Masters

This past weekend Oakdale traveled to River Valley High School to compete in the Sac-Joaquin Section DIII Championships. With high expectations, the Mustangs did not ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Varsity Soccer Squads Make Post Season

Both the Oakdale varsity boys and girls soccer teams have made the postseason.

February 21, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mendoza Signs To Play For Stanislaus State

Oakdale High School senior Jake Mendoza has thought long and hard about his future. The former Mustang soccer standout made his decision on Friday, Feb ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local Sports


Senior Girls Help Power Oakdale To Hoops Win

Prior to Tuesday night's season finale against Sierra on Feb. 13, Oakdale honored a pair of seniors for Senior Night 2018. Sarah Bohrer and ...

February 21, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Boys Basketball Season Comes To Close

The Oakdale varsity boys basketball season came to an end this past week as the boys wrapped up their season on the road. Valentine's ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

One of the nice things about tournament fishing is that you get to fish different places. For someone like myself who lives so close to ...

February 21, 2018 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

18 Hole Ladies

February 14, 2018 | | Local Sports


Try Out Winter Sports At Oak Park Ice Arena

The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway and with talk about winter sports comes the demand for opportunities to participate in them. Oak Park Ice Arena ...

February 14, 2018 | | Local Sports


Mustang Varsity Hoop Boys Play VOL Spoiler

The Oakdale varsity boys basketball team celebrated Wednesday night not just for Senior Night but with a victory over Manteca. Oakdale's 64-54 home win ...

February 14, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Matmen Dominate Valley Oak League Competition

It was a day of dominance by the Oakdale High School wrestling program. Fresh off their Sac-Joaquin Section Championship, 11 Mustang wrestlers battled their way ...

February 14, 2018 | | Local Sports


Varsity Lady Mustangs Double Up Central Catholic

Oakdale's varsity girls basketball team (12-14, 4-9) suffered a 54-44 road loss to Manteca (17-9, 9-4) on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The girls regrouped quickly ...

February 14, 2018 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

On my way to work this morning I saw all the signs of spring. It's been hard to ignore the nice weather we've ...

February 14, 2018 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Oakdale Soccer Squads Closing Out VOL Campaigns

A split of contests this past week left the Oakdale varsity soccer boys (9-9-4, 6-4-2) in fourth place in the crowded Valley Oak League standings.

February 14, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Tough Start For Team Force At Winternationals

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series made its way to Pomona, CA for the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. The teams prepared all ...

February 14, 2018 | By JEFF BURGHARDT Racing Correspondent | Local Sports


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