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Cadwell Tapped Youth Director For International Finals Rodeo

The International Finals Youth Rodeo selected six competitors to serve as youth directors for the 2018 event. The chosen individuals were announced during the 2017 IFYR, which kicked off July 9 and concluded the evening of July 14 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, 1700 W. Independence, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The IFYR is the richest youth rodeo in the world, with more than $250,000 in prize money, championship saddles and buckles for contestants to pursue.

July 19, 2017 | | Local Sports


Gators Welcome Teams To Oakdale Aquatic Center

In their first home meet of the summer, the Oakdale Gators youth swimmers hit the pool for a multi-team recreational meet. On Saturday, July 8 Turlock, Modesto, Lodi and Tracy visited the Oakdale High School Aquatic Center for the day of swimming. There were several events throughout the day but no official points were kept. Here is a look at the Oakdale swimmers who placed in the top five for their events, with name spellings and information provided by coaches.

July 12, 2017 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Heat Secures Veteran Head Coaches

The Oakdale Heat fast pitch softball organization has had a tremendous year, and what started a couple of years ago as a single team comprised of local girls playing at tournaments close to home here in the Central Valley, has grown into a highly competitive organization hosting 10u, 12u, and 14u teams that travel outside the valley and state to go head-to-head with incredibly talented girls. In this undertaking to both encourage and meet this growth, the Heat has worked hard to secure coaches for each of these teams, and are pleased to announce that this season, Steve Drewrey will ...

July 12, 2017 | | Local Sports


Mutton Busting Thrills

Oakdale is the Cowboy Capital of the World, and the future of the rodeo circuit begins at a young age. For those who dream of being in the rodeo arena, they often start off competing in Mutton Busting. Mutton Busting is for three- to seven-year-olds who ride sheep and try to hang on for six seconds. This event is similar to bull riding or saddle bronc as the object is to hang on until the whistle sounds.

July 12, 2017 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

Thursday, July 6

July 12, 2017 | | Local Sports


DeAnda Gets UFC Shot

For nearly a decade, Oakdale resident Angel "The Dream" DeAnda has been working toward one goal: becoming an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter. This Tuesday night in Las Vegas, DeAnda will get his opportunity.

July 12, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Junior High Standout Harvey Rides To National Finals

It may be only half over, but 2017 has been quite a productive year for 13-year-old Maci Harvey. The Oakdale Junior High School student has made the most of the first six months of the calendar year as she has been acknowledged for several of her California Junior High School Rodeo Association achievements.

July 05, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Hackbarth Twins Taking Softball Talents To Pac 12

Oakdale High School alumni Maddi and Kindra Hackbarth have decided to transfer out of the Fresno State softball program. The twins are also heading out of the Mountain West Conference and into the Pac 12 to play at Arizona State.

July 05, 2017 | | Local Sports


Swimmers Learning To Stay Safe, Cool In The Pool

As the summer heat starts to creep in, kids of all ages are now welcome in Oakdale's pool, The Plunge, for swimming lessons. Royse Memorial Swimming Pool in Dorada Park at 555 N. Third Ave., is open for lessons no matter the skill-set.

July 05, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local Sports


FIELD GENERALS

Battling through the triple digit heat, employees of Valley Precision Grading, Inc. have been working hard to piece together the new field inside The Corral. Valley Precision Grading, Inc. broke ground on June 1 and has made strides on getting the field together for the upcoming football season. Shown are the employees laying down artificial turf and block letters in the end zone.

July 05, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

For the past five years, we've camped in Half Moon Bay. I've never been able to get in any fishing since most of my efforts were spent getting everything packed and making sure that we had an available campsite. If you've ever tried camping on the beach, open spots are very difficult to find. This time around was different though. I planned on boarding a charter boat with my son, who's nearly 15 years old now, and going out rock cod fishing. Apparently, the fishing was great. I've been out on charter boats at least ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local Sports


MJC Athletics Program Earns Top 15 Ranking In State Poll

The Modesto Junior College athletics program tied for 15th (seventh in Northern California) from among 109 California community colleges in the annual National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup standings. MJC's standings were benefited by particularly successful performances by MJC's Football, Wrestling, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Tennis, and Men's Track and Field teams.

July 05, 2017 | | Local Sports


Vandagriff Chasing Dream In The Square Circle

It is never easy pursuing your dream. For many, the childhood dreams get pushed aside by work, family and other responsibilities as we get older. Some, however, have a chance to chase them.

June 28, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustang All-Stars Gallop To Victory In Gridiron Classic

The 32nd Annual North South Rotary Bob Green Football Classic was held this past Saturday night in Merced. Representing the North were three Oakdale High School players: Cullen Bearden, Zac Thomas and Jacob Tietjen. The trio of Mustangs helped power the North to a 33-19 victory.

June 28, 2017 | | Local Sports


Stampede Rookies Wanted

Football season will be here before we know it. Oakdale's youth football program known as Stampede is currently accepting sign-ups for their Rookie team. Rookie is designed for players seven or eight years of age (as of Aug. 1, 2017). To sign up your young gridiron superstar, check out their Facebook page by searching Oakdale Stampede Youth Football and Cheer.

June 28, 2017 | | Local Sports


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Barrel Man Troy Lerwill Due At Sacramento Fair Bull Riding

Troy Lerwill is no stranger to the rodeo, but he is making his first Grand Stand appearance as the Rodeo Clown at the 2018 Sacramento ...

May 09, 2018 | | Local Sports


Nord Breaks School Record At VOL Championships

The 2018 Valley Oak League Swimming Championship meet was held at Oakdale High School on Saturday, April 28. At the meet senior Caden Nord broke ...

May 02, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Sports Slate

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

May 02, 2018 | | Local Sports


Mustang Golfers Finish Regular Season Unbeaten

Oakdale High School's boys golf team has completed its 2018 regular season with a 14-0 record. On Thursday, April 26 the boys capped off ...

May 02, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Annual Harold Pope Junior Relays Saturday

Students of Oakdale Junior High School will be among some of the young athletes representing 26 local junior high and middle schools competing at the ...

May 02, 2018 | | Local Sports


Youth Basketball Hosts Tournament

Oakdale's youth basketball program took a big leap this past weekend. Oakdale Stangs youth basketball hosted a two day tournament that featured over a ...

May 02, 2018 | | Local Sports


Two More Wins For Varsity Softball Squad

The road to perfection continues for the Oakdale High School varsity softball team. Manteca and Lathrop were the latest victims to fall to the Lady ...

May 02, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Applications For Deer, Pig Hunts Accepted

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for a limited number of deer and pig hunt access permits on opening ...

May 02, 2018 | | Local Sports


Baseball’s Varsity Mustangs Earn Split In VOL Play

Two games, two different results.

May 02, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Oakdale Boys, Girls Defeat Central Catholic

The 2018 regular season is winding down for the Oakdale High School track and field team. This past week, both the Oakdale boys and girls ...

May 02, 2018 | | Local Sports


Solari Dominates Competition At Stockton 99 Speedway

"Slammin" Sam Solari, of Escalon, picked up his second straight win of the young season by taking the checkered flag in Saturday's Stockton Late ...

May 02, 2018 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Fishing on the Delta is often a fishing experience unlike any other. I used to joke around with friends, telling them that anything that they ...

May 02, 2018 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Swimmers Successful In Home Meet

Oakdale High School swimmers defeated both Manteca and Central Catholic in a dual Valley Oak League meet this past Friday inside the Oakdale High School ...

April 25, 2018 | | Local Sports


Sports Slate

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

April 25, 2018 | | Local Sports


Webb Pitches Perfect Game As Softball Girls Hit 16-0

Oakdale High School's varsity softball team is off to a perfect start. This past week Oakdale went 3-0 to improve to 16-0 overall, 9-0 ...

April 25, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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