Some of the old timers will tell you that the best way to teach someone how to swim is to push them right into the water. I definitely don't encourage anyone pushing someone into the water but I do see the benefit of not being afraid to try something different. Some of the best advice that I can give a fellow angler is to not be afraid to try something different. I can remember several times that I've been fishing with someone who was using a bait that I would have never tried, catch a fish while fishing ...
The 2016 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball tournament began this past week with Oakdale as the number two seed. First on tap for the Lady Mustangs were the 15th ranked Cordova Lancers on Tuesday, May 17. In a rematch from last year's first round playoff game, where Cordova won 6-1, it was Oakdale who came out on top this time, 13-3, at Sacramento Softball Complex.
An article in the May 11 issue of The Leader incorrectly reported a new record holder for the varsity girls soccer team as having 24 goals this season, according to information provided to the newspaper. The actual record, however, was set by Ashley Arnett with a total of 42 goals scored in 2015. Arnett finished that 2015 season with a total of 106 points on 42 goals and 22 assists for the Lady Mustangs.
After breaking several Oakdale High School varsity boys swim records a week ago, the boys 200 yard Medley Relay team advanced to the CIF State Meet. Nate Van Cleave, Rhett Harrison, Jackson Metcalfe and Caden Nord made their way to Clovis West High School in Fresno for the 2016 CIF State Meet for two days of swimming action.
Prior to first pitch, eight seniors on the Oakdale varsity baseball team were honored on Senior Day 2016. Brad Smith, Logan Hall, Austin Manning, Ryan Poff, Ben Solorio, Crue Freeman, Tanner Emes and Alex Pena were honored by teammates, family and the community.
Oakdale's softball complex was the site of the most anticipated softball game of the season as Oakdale (19-1, 13-1) hosted East Union (21-1, 13-1) on Tuesday, May 10. In the showdown between the two Valley Oak League giants, it was the Lady Mustangs who came out on top in a pitcher's duel that ended in a 1-0 Oakdale victory in the 10th inning.
The Oakdale boys golf team saw their season come to a close on Monday, May 9. Oakdale Golf and Country Club was the host site for the 2016 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Divisional Tournament. The Mustangs had six representatives in the tournament in hopes of making it to the 2016 Masters Tournament. As a team, Oakdale finished fifth on the day with a total score of 440; only the top two teams advanced, which were the Central Catholic Raiders (382) and Vista del Lago Eagles (397).
Opening Day finally arrived. Now all the trout fishing fanatics can get out there and beat the water to a froth in seek of their quarry. While the state sets the official date, I learned long ago that opening day is really set by The Good Lord. In wet years when there is a huge snow pack the real opening day may well be the middle of June, while in drought years the first of May might be a realistic opening date. In any event, trout season has begun and we can begin our search for our wary quarry in ...
Records are meant to be broken. This past weekend, five Oakdale High School varsity boys school swimming records were broken and new ones set at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. Seniors Nate Van Cleave and Rhett Harrison teamed with Jackson Metcalfe and Caden Nord to make school history and advanced to the CIF State Meet with their record-breaking performance at Tokay High School.
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." (Henry David Thoreau) The longer that I've been fishing the more this quote has meant to me. Fishing has and will always be something that I seem to value more as time passes. I was reminded of this by my son last year. He asked to go fishing with me only. Our previous trips were with a friend or two. Admittedly, he's not as obsessed with fishing as I was at his age but he was obviously interested in spending ...
The Oakdale varsity girls finished the 2016 season the same way they began it; on top. For over a decade, the varsity girls track and field team at Oakdale has dominated the Valley Oak League. On Saturday, May 7 the varsity girls placed first at the VOL Championships at Sierra High School in Manteca. Seven teams could not slow down the powerhouse program, as Oakdale's ladies scored a team total of 130 points. Kimball, with 104 points, came in second.