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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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Fishing Report

One of the many things that I've learned over the years is to not assume that there aren't any dishonest people around the ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local Sports


Tight Lines

Thanksgiving, as we know it in the United States has deep roots in the history of our culture. It was first celebrated by the Pilgrims ...

November 23, 2016 | By DON MOYER | Local Sports


‘Big Time’ Wrestlers Coming To Region

Big Time Wrestling has entertained Bay Area crowds for more than 20 years. Now, they are making a trip to the Central Valley. On Saturday ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local Sports


Mustang Sports Teams Gearing Up For Winter

Oakdale High School welcomes soccer to the winter slate of Mustang sports this season. Both the boys and girls will be suiting up for the ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local Sports


Stampede Scoreboard

The Oakdale Stampede varsity is one win away from winning the Super Bowl. The second seeded Stampede went to Atwater to take on the top ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Girls Fall In Water Polo Section Finals

They say all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the Oakdale varsity girls water polo team, their reign as three-time defending CIF ...

November 16, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Gear Up For Annual MJC Turkey Trot Fun

Modesto Junior College Cross Country Team invites anyone looking for some exercise before their Thanksgiving Day dinner to participate in the 17th Annual Modesto Turkey ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local Sports


Tennis Season Ends

For the first time in school history, the Oakdale girls tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. Coming off their ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local Sports


Mustangs Ground Eagles 49-0 In Opening Round Action

Playoff football kicked off this past week and for the top seeded Oakdale Mustangs, Thursday night's home game was as dominant as it gets ...

November 16, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Turkey Season Opens

Upland game hunters statewide are geared up for the opportunity to bag their Thanksgiving dinner, as California's 2016 general fall wild turkey hunting season ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local Sports


Cross Country Standout Prado Advances To State

School history was made at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Cross Country Championships this past weekend, as Oakdale freshman Karina Prado qualified to advance to the ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local Sports


Junior High Volleyball Squads Serves Up Titles

The Oakdale Junior High School seventh and eighth grade volleyball squads each took first place in the Mid Valley Athletic League.

November 16, 2016 | | Local Sports


NHRA Champions Crowned During Pomona Race Weekend

The 52nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals closed the books on an exciting 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. After 24 national events that ...

November 16, 2016 | By MIKE BURGHARDT Racing Correspondent | Local Sports


Fishing Report

If you would have asked me years ago what time of the year was my favorite time to fish, I would have said the spring ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Survive Water Polo Playoff Scare

Oakdale's defending six-time Valley Oak League champion, and defending three-time CIF Sac-Joaquin Section champion Lady Mustangs entered this season's water polo playoff tournament ...

November 09, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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