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2016 NHRA Toyota/Sonoma Nationals Brings Back Memories

It was 10 years ago when a young, local driver from Oakdale claimed the Funny Car title at the Toyota/Sonoma Nationals event. His name was Eric Medlen and he drove a team car for John Force Racing. That same weekend, a friend of his won the event title in Top Fuel. That friend was J.R. Todd. A year later (2007), Medlen lost his life in a testing accident, prior to this event. John Force was able to win the event in 2007, thus defending Medlen's title and helped to raise the spirits of all the fans and ...

August 03, 2016 | By MIKE BURGHARDT Racing Correspondent | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Gone are the days when I used to fish through the summer heat. Call it what you want, "I call it being smart." Rarely have my fishing trips gone past noon this summer. Yesterday for example, I was on the water before 6:30 a.m. and off the water at noon. I was able to catch fish, enjoy the morning, avoid the traffic, and didn't come home feeling completely drained of energy. In the past I would stay out from sunrise to sunset which would usually result in me taking at least a day to recover. My mentality ...

August 03, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Oakdale Golf and Country Club

18 Hole Ladies

July 27, 2016 | | Local Sports


Swim Finale

With the temperatures rising to triple digits, Oakdale's youth swim club, the Gators, cooled off by hosting a meet on Saturday, July 23. Oakdale hosted Lodi, Davis and Turlock at Oakdale High School's Aquatic Center.

July 27, 2016 | | Local Sports


Inaugural Stampede Meet And Greet A Success

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.

July 27, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Fishing Report

A lot of anglers make fishing too complicated. To me, this explains how someone with limited experience and skill can catch fish on days where others are struggling to get a bite. The longer I've been fishing, the more I'm starting to realize that I've wasted a lot of time trying to outthink a fish. The first mistake I've made was eliminating areas that didn't look good to me. The major flaw in that type of thinking was that everything that I'm looking at above the water line, the fish don't even see ...

July 27, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Fighter ‘Mayday’ McDonald Rocked By Hands Of Stone

In a marquee match on July 13, Michael 'Mayday' McDonald entered the octagon at UFC Fight Night, ultimately losing the bout to John 'Hands of Stone' Lineker. The event took place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in front of a sold out crowd and worldwide on FS1.

July 20, 2016 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

18 Hole Ladies

July 20, 2016 | | Local Sports


Ways To Improve Your Golf Game

Warmer weather sends scores of golfers to their favorite courses each and every day. Golf is a challenging pastime, but a few pointers can help golfers hone their short games, long games and everything in between.

July 20, 2016 | | Local Sports


Dahm Building His Way To A Better Life

J.R. Dahm is the owner and a professional trainer at Revitalize Fitness at 1214 W. F St., Oakdale, and he is also a body builder.

July 20, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Correction

An article regarding the Gators swim team in the July 13 edition of The Leader indicated their meet was at Tokay High School in Lodi; the swim meet was actually hosted at Lodi High School. The Leader apologizes for the error.

July 20, 2016 | | Local Sports


TIGHT LINES

I took a walk in the woods along the Stanislaus River the other day and ran into a small flock of wild turkeys. I have been spotting turkeys there as well as seeing them in the foothills on both sides of the Central Valley for about 20 years and wondered how widespread they were. In checking both online and with experts at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, I have determined that turkeys are actually quite plentiful in the golden state.

July 20, 2016 | By DON MOYER | Local Sports


Stampede Meet And Greet Scheduled For Saturday

Gearing up for fall, the Stampede Youth Football and Cheer programs will host their inaugural Family Meet and Greet at Kerr Park on Saturday, July 23 from noon to 3 p.m.

July 20, 2016 | | Local Sports


California Outdoors

Prohibited from Retrieving Deer from Private Property

July 20, 2016 | By CARRIE WILSON California Department Of Fish And Wildlife | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Throughout the years there have been significant changes, improvements, and new inventions that have changed the way we fish. If you were to examine the basic tackle that's been used to catch fish for thousands of years, hook, line, and pole. Two of the three have had significant changes over the years, while the other hasn't changed much in 40,000 years when it was first carved out of bone. If you guessed the "hook," you're right. That's all about to change thanks to Trapper Tackles "Trapper Hook." Former Bassmaster Elite Pro, and local angler Vince ...

July 20, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


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Mustangs Advance To Division III Title Game

Their first lead of the game didn't come until the first play of the fourth quarter.

November 30, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Swimmers Raise Funds

Come support some swimmers this weekend.

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports


CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

The Oakdale Spurs 10U team won the championship for the Rainbow Fields Youth Fall League. They went 12-0 for the season. Shown, back row from ...

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports


SPORTS SLATE

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports


Soccer Squads Start Play

With the move from fall to winter, the Oakdale boys soccer began its preseason on Friday, Nov. 26 with a home match against Enochs. The ...

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports


OHS JV Wrestlers Make Early Season Statement

The wrestling season is underway and for Oakdale the expectations are running high. Oakdale has always been a powerhouse program and has been the class ...

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports


Prado Closes Stellar Season At State Meet

For the first time in Oakdale High School history, the cross country program had a representative compete in the CIF State Cross Country Championships. What ...

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I've been amazed lately on what I've seen in terms of anglers filming themselves while out fishing. I personally have a GoPro which ...

November 30, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Big Time Wrestlers Gather For ‘Holiday Havok’

For over 20 years, Big Time Wrestling has entertained Bay Area crowds. On Saturday night, Dec. 3 Big Time Wrestling invades Livingston at Livingston High ...

November 30, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Swimming For A Cause

The Oakdale Swim Masters will be hosting a swim fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Oakdale High School. The event will be a cancer awareness ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local Sports


Stampede Squad Corrals CenCal Super Bowl Win

For the third time in seven years, the Oakdale Stampede earned the title "Super Bowl Champions." This past Saturday the team knocked off Manteca 44-24 ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local Sports


Sports Slate

FRIDAY, NOV. 25

November 23, 2016 | | Local Sports


Second Quarter Surge Lifts Oakdale To Win

The top seeded Oakdale Mustangs survived an early 16-7 first quarter deficit, falling behind early against eighth seeded Vista del Lago 63-35 on Friday night ...

November 23, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


SUCCESSFUL SEASON

Members of the Oakdale High School varsity girls water polo team and coach Diane Kline pose proudly with their Sac-Joaquin Section Division I runner-up plaque ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Heat Softball Squad Finds Success This Season

Take a short ride out to the OHS softball fields in the evening, and chances are you'll see a gaggle of young girls running ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local Sports


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