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Fishing Report

It took a little longer than I had originally planned but I finally was able to fish Lake Pardee last weekend. The trip was a last minute decision so I ended up making the trip by myself. Surprisingly, it rained the whole time I was driving to the lake and stopped raining as soon as I arrived. I expected the boat ramp to be busy but there was not a boat in site when I got there. I didn't have the whole lake to myself but boat traffic was definitely below average for this time of year. Unfortunately the ...

April 20, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Varsity Girls Running Strong In VOL Action

Literally running away from the rest of the Valley Oak League teams for the 11th straight season, the Oakdale varsity girls track and field team dominated East Union 105-25 for their 83rd consecutive dual meet victory. Oakdale went to East Union on Thursday, April 7 along with the boys varsity team, the Mustang boys winning 94-31. The junior varsity boys tied 68-68 and the junior varsity girls took a tough loss, 82-26.

April 13, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Tennis Team Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive

After being blanked by Manteca with identical 9-0 scores on both Tuesday and Wednesday, the Mustang boys tennis team answered with a 7-2 road win over Sierra. Taking four of six singles matches and sweeping Sierra in doubles, the Mustang boys remain in playoff contention.

April 13, 2016 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Varsity Girls Swim Away With Win

The Oakdale Aquatic Center welcomed Sierra to town on Tuesday, April 5 in a Valley Oak League showdown. Oakdale's varsity girls dominated the visitors in a lopsided 128-42 dismissal.

April 13, 2016 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustang Soccer Drops Two Of Three

The varsity girls soccer team's high-powered offense seemed to run out of gas this past week. Oakdale played three games and failed to score goals in two of them, losing 2-0 to Manteca and 2-0 to Sierra. However, the girls managed to put together a 4-2 road win over East Union in between those losses.

April 13, 2016 | | Local Sports


Springtime Hunting And Spear Guns

Bow Hunting for Spring Turkeys?

April 13, 2016 | By CARRIE WILSON California Department Of Fish And Wildlife | Local Sports


Rain, Mud, Wind Don’t Dampen Competition

Loyal fans from across the United States gathered under their umbrellas and EZ Ups, bundled up in ponchos and hats and made their way to the 65th annual PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo. The weekend extravaganza saw plenty of rain and mud but did not keep the excited crowd away.

April 13, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Softball Squad Turns Focus To East Union

After putting away Sierra and Central Catholic, the Oakdale varsity Lady Mustangs softball team has improved to 6-0 in Valley Oak League action and 12-0 overall for the season. On Tuesday, April 12 the Lady Mustangs faced their league rival, East Union (13-0, 5-0) on the road, in a game played after The Leader went to press.

April 13, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


OHS Girls Basketball Coaches Offer Clinics

Coaches from all three Oakdale High School girls' basketball levels have joined together to help out the younger kids in Oakdale who are interested in improving their skills. Any girls from fourth through eighth grades are encouraged to come out to the OHS Main Gym for this free clinic. Each Monday and Wednesday from now through May 25 from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., several of Oakdale's experienced coaches will be on hand to help improve the young girls' basketball playing skills. The experienced and knowledgeable staff includes varsity head coach Julie Ford, junior varsity coach ...

April 13, 2016 | | Local Sports


Varsity Baseball Team Wins First VOL Game

After a rocky start to the Valley Oak League schedule, the varsity baseball Mustangs put together seven strong and complete innings to defeat visiting East Union 5-1. Oakdale entered the game 0-3 in league play after a 3-2 road loss to East Union (5-8, 2-2) on Wednesday, April 6.

April 13, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Last weekend a friend and I went fishing at Lake Amador. Lake Amador is the place that I used to dream about when I was a kid. As a family, we would camp there several times a year and fish there just about every other weekend. There's pretty much a story that goes along with every stretch of bank on Lake Amador for me. The fishing hasn't always been the best, but every lake has its good and bad days. It's strange how everything looked so much bigger back then. Lake Amador has become a special place ...

April 13, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Two Oakdale Athletes Nominated For Honor

By DENNIS D. CRUZ

April 06, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Olivo To Start Season On Sacramento Roster

Oakdale's Miguel Olivo could be one wicked foul tip or home plate collision to Buster Posey away from getting the call back up to the major leagues for the 2016 season.

April 06, 2016 | By RICHARD PALOMA | Local Sports


Boys Hoopsters Honored For Work Ethic, Progress

In a season that may not have been full of highlights on the court, the teams and coaches for the 2015-2016 season agreed it was full of memories for all three boys' basketball levels. Their collective records did not tell the full story of the shaky season; the laughter, hard work and progress throughout the season did.

April 06, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Fishing Report

April is the month that I get most excited about when thinking about going fishing. My personal best was caught during the month of April, nearly 10 years ago. As a bass fisherman, catching a bass over 10 pounds is extremely rare. Naturally, it becomes a goal of just about every fisherman that I know. Before finally breaking the 10 pound mark, I caught many that weighted over five pounds and a handful that were slightly over nine pounds. I quickly became frustrated to the point of wondering if I was ever going to catch one over 10 pounds. When ...

April 06, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


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Rodeo Competitor Hansen Preps For Oklahoma Trip

Hard work pays off.

March 01, 2017 | | Local Sports


History Repeats Itself At NHRA Arizona Nationals

The 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, held at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, was nearly a mirror image of the season opener in Pomona, California ...

March 01, 2017 | By MIKE BURGHARDT Racing Correspondent | Local Sports


Hardwood Hardware Handed Out For Lady Mustangs

The 2016-2017 Oakdale Lady Mustangs basketball season has come to a close and members of the team were recently recognized for their accomplishments. On Tuesday ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local Sports


Six Mustang Wrestlers Qualify For State Meet

For six Oakdale Mustangs, the journey continues. A year's work of weight lifting, making weight, and endless practices in the misty Oakdale wrestling room ...

March 01, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


SPORTS SLATE

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

March 01, 2017 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Squads Plunge Back Into Swim Season

Spring is nearly upon us and Oakdale swimming looks to make a splash in 2017. Oakdale traveled to Modesto on Saturday, Feb. 25 to compete ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local Sports


Varsity Soccer Mustangs Bow Out In Second Round

Oakdale's soccer season has officially came to an end following a 2-1 second round loss to third ranked Lincoln of Lincoln on Thursday night ...

March 01, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity, JV Baseball Teams Take Victories Over Merced

The calendar may say it is still winter, but Oakdale baseball is back in the swing of things. On Friday, Feb. 24 Oakdale hosted Merced ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Like a lot of anglers, I've been restricted to staying home and waiting for the rain to subside. While home, I watched a few ...

March 01, 2017 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I'm beginning to see an increase in boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving. Obviously ...

February 22, 2017 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


NASCAR, Indy Car Racing Series Ready To Go Green

For 2017, NASCAR has several changes in the news. First, and foremost, it is no longer the "Sprint Cup" series. It is now the "Monster ...

February 22, 2017 | By MIKE BURGHARDT Racing Correspondent | Local Sports


Annual Fishing Tournament Offered At Oak Grove Park

San Joaquin County Parks and Delta Fly Fishers are presenting the Bob McMillen Memorial Fishing Tournament, set for Saturday, March 4 at Oak Grove Regional ...

February 22, 2017 | | Local Sports


SPORTS SLATE

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22

February 22, 2017 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Close Out Sloppy Winter Soccer Season

Tuesday, Feb. 14 marked the season finale for the Oakdale varsity girls soccer team. Oakdale (4-17, 2-12) fell to Central Catholic (13-5-2, 10-3-1) 1-0 on ...

February 22, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity Soccer Boys Rally To Beat Central Catholic

Three weeks ago the Oakdale Mustangs varsity boys playoff chances seemed dim. They were struggling and battling for a top four spot in the Valley ...

February 22, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


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