Austin Paddock, a 2014 Oakdale High School graduate, is coming off his most successful year to date in the world of cutting horse competition. In 2015, Paddock competed in five events but in 2016, he entered in over 65 events, winning checks in 48 of them during various cutting competitions for the National Cutting Horse Association throughout the nation.
Oakdale wrestling is well known throughout the state of California and this past week, the Mustangs put themselves on the national stage. In their biggest road trip in school history, Oakdale boarded a plane on Tuesday, Dec. 27 to participate in the Powerade Tournament held in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Fifty teams from around the nation participated in the two-day tournament that began on Dec. 28. As a team Oakdale placed 37th scoring a total of 48 points.
The varsity basketball boys continue to improve but just can't find a way to translate that improvement into victories. The varsity team fell 48-38 to Merced on New Year's Eve. No score was provided for the JV game on Dec. 31.
For the 19th year in a row, I'm in Arizona to start the New Year. Being that I'm so close to the Mexican border, I decided to go across this year, not only to do a little shopping but to also dine at some of their local restaurants. If you've never crossed the border before, the line coming back across to the United States can be several hours long. What I didn't expect to see while waiting in line was a truck trailering a boat. The truck trailering the boat was sent to have a secondary ...
During the summer of 2016 local resident sports figures displayed their talents nationwide. From Ultimate Fighter Michael "Mayday" McDonald, to body builder J.R. Dahm, to high school baseball standout Bryce Kirk, and to the Mustangs football team claiming a state championship, all were well-represented on larger stages. In this look back from July to December, we remember the events that made the summer sizzle, the fall memorable and the winter a wondrous time for sports fans.
In what was a fascinating 2016 for the Oakdale sports community, it is hard to choose a select few. In this week's edition, we will have a recap of the sports events and moments that took place in the first half of the year. In the six month span, Oakdale experienced the celebration of the 65th annual Oakdale Rodeo, hard hitting MMA action and Mustang achievements on the field, in the pool, on the track and on the mat.
No rest for the Oakdale wrestling team during the winter break. The highly accomplished grapplers competed in the Mike Tamana Invite at Modesto Junior College on Wednesday, Dec. 21. With just four days rest from their Zinkin Classic at Buchanan High School, six Mustangs earned championships at Wednesday's event. Dustin Chavez (120), Jake Abeyta (126), Gabe Martinez (160), Abel Garcia, Bronson Harmon (170) and Colbey Harlan (182) all claimed championships that afternoon.
With the 2016 football season in the books, the coaches met up for the annual Valley Oak League honors selection. This meeting took place prior to the Mustangs winning the 2016 CIF Division 3A State Bowl.
For nearly five decades, the Oakdale varsity and junior varsity boys have hosted the Oakdale Rotary Classic during Christmas week. The three-day tournament kicked off on Wednesday, Dec. 21 and wrapped up on Friday night, Dec. 23. Oakdale welcomed seven other schools to take part in the tournament.
Winter meeting have begun at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section headquarters and on Wednesday, Dec. 14 the first of what is likely to be many realignment meetings took place in Lodi. Members of the CIF SJS Realignment Committee met and discussed the future of each of the divisions and leagues for the schools' 2018-2022 realignment options.