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Fishing Report

Recently, while checking out of a hotel we were staying in, I spotted a boy that was no older than 12, sitting there with a Bass Pro Shops hat on. To some, that may not matter much. To me, it mattered a lot. I spent an entire day in Disneyland the day before and saw mostly Disneyland hats being worn. I immediately thought to myself, of all places to see a Bass Pro Shops hat! This kid must have the "fishing bug," as the old timers used to say. I couldn't help to not be reminded of myself when ...

January 03, 2018 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Sports Year In Review From Pages Of The Leader

With 2017 now in the books, The Leader would like to take time to reminisce and reflect on the year that was. From golf to rodeo, football to MMA, 2017 was filled with memorable sporting events both on the Oakdale High School campus as well as in the community. Here are some of the top headlines for the Leader sports pages, month to month from the past year.

January 03, 2018 | | Local Sports


The Boxing Development Center Welcomes Champion

The New Year, 2018, will be starting off on a strong note for the recently opened The Boxing Development Center. In November of 2017 the doors opened for the facility and welcomed Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton for a meet and greet and sparing event. On Jan. 1, 2018 Oakdale welcomes in amateur boxing champion Marc Castro.

December 29, 2017 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Grab Hoops Win In Dramatic Fashion

In a non-conference showdown against Hilmar on Tuesday night, Dec. 19 the Lady Mustangs varsity basketball team came away with a 38-35 victory. Hilmar led 33-29 with 5:30 left to play; however, Oakdale would close the game out on a big run to rally for the win.

December 27, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Sports Slate

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opener Delayed

The Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced a final 15-day delay for the northern California commercial Dungeness crab season. Crab condition improved from the last round of pre-season quality testing conducted on Dec. 19. However, crab had not reached the minimum meat recovery criteria as established by the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee testing protocol.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustang Soccer Opens League With Loss

After a preseason that saw the varsity girls soccer team on the road for six straight games, the Lady Mustangs returned home. Oakdale opened their Valley Oak League season at home against Manteca on Thursday night, Dec. 21. Manteca won the contest 4-1 to spoil the home opener.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Did You Know?

Millions of people resolve to get healthier by dieting and exercising more frequently at the start of each new year. According to data from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, 12 percent of new gym memberships are opened in January. The second week of January is one of the busiest times of year in the fitness industry. But many people who decide to exercise more at the dawn of a new year quickly lose that resolve. New Year's resolutions to diet may wane as well. In 2013, a UK food company found that of those who diet regularly, two ...

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Soccer Varsity, JV Boys Split First League Contests

The varsity boys soccer team finished the week splitting their Valley Oak League contests. The 2017 Valley Oak League season opened up on Monday, Dec. 18 at Manteca where Oakdale won 2-0. Two days later the Mustangs hosted East Union but lost 2-1.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I'm sure I'm not the only one who wasn't out shopping early for Christmas yet. I chose to blame it on Christmas being on a Monday combined with my Christmas company arriving on Saturday. Either way, I found a way to get my shopping done. Personally, I love receiving gift cards to my favorite places to shop. Lately, I've been really interested in the Yeti Load Out Bucket. It's fairly priced and seems to have a lot of uses for someone that camps and fishes a lot. Speaking of Yeti, one of my Christmas gift ...

December 27, 2017 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Varsity Mustang Hoopsters Fall To Visiting Bruins

A slow start doomed the Oakdale varsity Mustang boys basketball team this past week. On Wednesday night, Dec. 20 the boys hosted Riverbank but fell behind early and never regrouped in the 64-36 home loss. Oakdale scored six first quarter points against the Bruins and could not get out of their offensive funk. Senior Drew Legan scored a team high 13 points for Oakdale. Legan scored 10 of his points in the second quarter, a quarter where Oakdale scored 12 total points.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Family-Friendly Winter Activities

Many people may run indoors when the temperatures outside approach or dip below freezing. But the truly adventurous see no reason why a little cold weather should keep them cooped up indoors for months at a time. While those living in the Central Valley typically have to drive a bit to reach the snow, family fun can make the trip worthwhile.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Wintertime Can Be ‘Snow’ Much Fun To Discover

While many people are anxious to see landscapes covered in white from the winter season, others already are counting down the days to spring blooms. Weather can be awe-inspiring and interesting, and learning the secrets about snow is no exception.

December 27, 2017 | | Local Sports


Harlan Takes First At Reno TOC Wrestling Tournament

Oakdale racked up some miles this past weekend when the wrestling team traveled to Reno to compete at the Reno Tournament of Champions. The two-day tournament featured top wrestlers from California and Nevada. As a team, Oakdale placed fifth overall and senior Colbey Harlan walked out as a champion. The team scored 172.5 points over the weekend.

December 20, 2017 | | Local Sports


Sports Slate

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

December 20, 2017 | | Local Sports


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Escalon’s Solari Takes Win At 99 Speedway Opener

After four aborted attempts due to rain, the Stockton 99 Speedway successfully launched its 2018 season under clear blue skies on Sunday afternoon, April 8.

April 10, 2018 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Correspondent | Local Sports


Junior Varsity Tournament Halted By Spring Rains

The Oakdale High School junior varsity baseball team hosted its annual Rotary Club Spring Tournament this past week. Oakdale went 2-0 but the championship round ...

April 10, 2018 | | Local Sports


NHRA Does The Four-Step In Las Vegas

If you ever thought 10,000 plus horsepower, fire breathing race cars, racing side by side at speeds well over 300 mph was extreme – try ...

April 10, 2018 | By MIKE BURGHARDT Racing Correspondent | Local Sports


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

Beauty and the Beast - 1 Best Ball + One Worst Ball

April 10, 2018 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

My latest addiction has been online tackle shopping through the various Facebook fishing Flea Market pages. Some of the deals that I've found have ...

April 10, 2018 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Junior Olympics Boxing Coming To Oakdale

Oakdale High School will welcome in some exciting young boxers on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22.

April 10, 2018 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Get Back On Track Against Kimball

Last season the Kimball High School girls track and field team defeated the Oakdale varsity girls team, ending their long undefeated streak in Valley Oak ...

April 04, 2018 | | Local Sports


Sports Slate

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

April 04, 2018 | | Local Sports


Softball’s Varsity Squad Off To 3-0 League Start

The 2018 Valley Oak League season is underway and for the Oakdale High School varsity softball team, it has been an impressive start. Oakdale had ...

April 04, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Golfers Remain Perfect In VOL Competition

The 2018 campaign has so far been a promising one for the Oakdale High School boys golf team. In their latest match Oakdale hit the ...

April 04, 2018 | | Local Sports


Season Honors Awarded In Girls Basketball

The Oakdale High School girls basketball teams have handed out the end of the season awards. Coaches, players and fans all gathered for the ceremony ...

April 04, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustang Varsity Baseball Wins Two Of Three

Monday, March 26 the Oakdale Mustangs hosted East Union but came up short 7-4 in extra innings. However, the Mustangs bounced back with a sweep ...

April 04, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Tennis Boys Split Pair Of League Matches

Two matches on the court recently produced one win for the Oakdale High School boys tennis team.

April 04, 2018 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Having a week off from work couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Aside from a few gusts of wind, an occasional sea ...

April 04, 2018 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Mixed Results For Mustang Swim Teams

In a double dual meet that featured Ripon, East Union and Oakdale on Friday, March 23 the Oakdale boys defeated East Union 116-52 and the ...

March 28, 2018 | | Local Sports


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