The hard hitting world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is heading to the SaveMart Center for Bellator 156. Three of Oakdale MMA's own are scheduled to appear at the event on Friday night, June 17 in front of a sold out crowd in Fresno.
This summer so far hasn't turned out the way I planned it several months ago. In a perfect world, I'd be on the water or in a campsite every day until it was time for me to go back to work. Having a growing family makes that nearly impossible as not everyone's schedule is in line with mine. Fortunately I have a window of opportunity coming up for me to get out fishing. It's both exciting and a little difficult to decide where I want to go fishing. My list of destinations has been narrowed down ...
A four year career came to a close for OHS senior Hannah Chappell this past weekend. The Alabama bound discus thrower competed in her final high school track and field event and went out with a bang. Chappell overcame the overwhelmingly high heat under the Clovis sun that reached triple digits.
Plans are underway for upcoming Volksport Walks at Treasure Island and Donner Memorial State Park. You can learn all about these group walks for fun and fitness at the Delta Tule Trekkers' monthly meeting on Monday, June 13 at CK Grill, 14725 S. Harlan Road, Lathrop. Dinner/social hour begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in walking for fitness, fun and friendship is invited to attend. Club walks take place year round at nearby locations. For further information, call (209) 931-0557 or visit the webpage at www.deltatuletrekkers.org.
The Olympic Games are heading to Rio this summer, but Oakdale will be hosting its own Olympic-style games at The Corral beginning on Wednesday, June 15. The four day Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) hits Oakdale on June 15 and concludes on Saturday, June 18. This AAU Track and Field Region 22 National Qualifier will showcase talent from the Pacific and Central California Districts in the junior Olympic Games.
Competitive bass fishing like every other sport, has its winners and losers. I personally don't know of a more humbling sport. Many anglers like to practice before a big tournament. They're not necessarily trying to hook the fish, instead they're trying to gauge whether or not an area is productive by the numbers of bites they get. Sometimes they can even tell a big fish bite from a small fish bite, or they will fish with barbless hooks, allowing the fish to shake the bait off as they play it towards the boat. To the outsider, practice ...
Former Oakdale High School graduate Colton Farquer will be saddling up and heading to Casper, Wyoming for the 2016 College National Finals Rodeo. Farquer, a current student at Cal Poly, is a champion tie down roper and will be competing in the seven-day event that begins Sunday, June 12 and wraps up on Saturday, June 18.
Although the Oakdale Lady Mustangs varsity soccer team fell short of making the postseason, the girls had a productive campaign and were awarded for their efforts. In what varsity girls head coach Alfredo Quiroga described as a "last second scramble" the team held their awards ceremony recently. Nine varsity and six junior varsity girls were honored for their play in the 2015-2016 season.
The Kids Don't Float Program, which provides life preservers for borrowed use to visitors enjoying the Mokelumne River, began its summer season in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The program got underway on Saturday, May 28this year and this marks the seventh year for Kids Don't Float, which was conceived as a result of a tragic drowning on the river in April, 2009.
Expect the waterways to be crowded if you're planning on heading out, now that the 'summer' season has started. Last year I fished on Sunday and Monday during Memorial Day weekend and surprisingly didn't have to deal with a lot of boat traffic. My secret was to fish very early on both days, while making sure to be off the water around noon. One of the lakes I visited was Lake Pardee. Lake Pardee doesn't allow body contact with the water so there were only fisherman on the lake which made it a nice getaway from the ...
A wrestler's job is never done. Although some wrestlers just wrestle during the winter, many Oakdale wrestlers stay busy on the mats year round to keep up with their high standards. Oakdale High School's wrestling program has been a powerhouse for well over a decade and it is due to their hard efforts on and off the mat. Seven of the team's wrestlers will be joining in the fourth annual Gilroy Wrestling Midcals Elite Summer Camp. The three day camp opens on Friday, June 17 and concludes on Sunday, June 19 at Gilroy High School.
For the fourth time in as many years Oakdale's Hannah Chappell will be heading to the State Championships in discus. Chappell continued her dominance at the Section level with a win at the CIF Masters Meet this past week.