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Fishing Report

The other day while I was reading through some online fishing forums, I came across a picture of a new bass boat that was rigged with a 400 horsepower outboard motor. That's easily a 90 plus mph boat! Most bass boats rigged with an engine over 200 horsepower can run in the 70's. I can't imagine what a boat with 400 horsepower can run. If you've ever seen a bass boat running at top speed, there's very little of the boat actually in the water. The good news is that most tournament organizations put limitations ...

December 30, 2015 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


2015 Memorable For Oakdale Sports

With 2015 in the books, let's take a few moments to reflect on the sporting events and stories from the first half of the year that was. From the 64th annual PRCA Oakdale Rodeo, to hard hitting MMA action, to the loss of an Oakdale football legend, to Oakdale Mustangs achievements, the first half of 2015 was an exciting time for our sports community.

December 30, 2015 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Someday I hope to tell stories of how bad the water hyacinth used to be on the Delta. As much as I love the protection and security that it provides our fish, I'm beginning to despise it as it's made it nearly impossible to launch and navigate certain areas on the Delta. Several years ago there was an effort to control the water hyacinth by spraying it but it's since made a resurgence. In my lifetime, I've never seen the water hyacinth as bad as it's been this year and am really starting to wonder ...

December 23, 2015 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Tackling Some Ecological Questions

Tackling Some Ecological Questions

December 23, 2015 | | Local Sports


Early Season Success For Mustang Wrestlers

Coming off their huge performance at the 40th James Riddle Tournament where six Mustang grapplers took first place honors, Oakdale made their presence felt at the Marty Manges Invite at Casa Robles High School. Nine wrestlers finished in the top 10. Three Oakdale wrestlers were named champions, a trio of grapplers took second place, the Mustangs had a pair of third place finishers and an eighth place 220-pounder. The Mustangs took first place as a team to claim their second tournament victory in as many tries in 2015.

December 23, 2015 | | Local Sports


Mustangs Still Searching For First Basketball Win

It is very early in a long season for the boys' varsity basketball team. Under first year head coach Hondo Arpoika, the boys have hit early season woes after their 54-26 home loss to Gregori on Saturday night, Dec. 19.

December 23, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


18 Hole Ladies

Christmas Party

December 23, 2015 | | Local Sports


Season-Ending Water Polo Hardware, Honors Presented

In a recent ceremony, the 2015 Oakdale High School Water Polo teams were honored. Both varsity teams enjoyed postseason success as the boys won a first round playoff game 10-8 over Bear River. Oakdale's Jared Kahler scored six of the goals for the team in that thrilling victory. Nate Van Cleave led the team in assists in the game with four. Their impressive performances in the postseason, as well as during the regular season, led the two of them to a shared Most Valuable Player award, along with Spencer Lee. Oakdale also handed out the Mustang Award to Sam ...

December 23, 2015 | | Local Sports


OBA, OVYSA Join Forces

Oakdale's youth baseball and youth softball programs have combined their efforts and will be one large, cohesive program when the season starts next spring.

December 23, 2015 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Notch Fifth Victory On Court

Last season the Lady Mustangs varsity basketball team went 5-22 overall. In just six games, the 2015-2016 team has matched that win total after they put away Hilmar 37-29.

December 23, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Coach Ford Looks To Change Culture

The Lady Mustangs varsity basketball team took on some new faces this offseason. Oakdale's varsity coach Justin Schwitters, who took over the reins in 2011, stepped down and Julie Ford answered the call to be the new varsity head coach.

December 23, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs Rope In VOL Football Honors

In a season that was injury plagued, the Oakdale Mustangs football team never used that as an excuse. Instead they buckled their chin straps and battled on the gridiron and 95 percent of the time, came out as victors, going 12-2 overall in 2015.

December 16, 2015 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Dominates At Annual Riddle Tournament

Wrestling season is back, and for the seven-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion Oakdale Mustangs the expectations are high. Saturday, Dec. 12 Oakdale welcomed 24 teams to town as the Mustangs hosted the 40th James Riddle tournament.

December 16, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Fishing Report

It looks like we're finally getting some much needed rain. Like a lot of you, I'm hoping that this is the beginning of the end of our current drought. I'm asked all the time if the fishing is better when it's raining. My usual response is that the fish aren't going to get any wetter. Actually, there are a lot of reasons to believe that the fishing gets better when it's raining. Not only does the rain disguise the noise which causes the fish to be a little less leery, it washes insects and ...

December 16, 2015 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


SPORTS SLATE

FRIDAY, DEC. 18

December 16, 2015 | | Local Sports


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Gridiron Hardware Handed Out For 2015 Mustangs

As it has for the last handful of years, Martin Luther King Jr. Day saw the hosting of the Oakdale High School Mustang football awards ...

January 27, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Sports Booster Club Cooks Up Annual Fun

The Oakdale High School Sports Booster Club will be hosting their annual Dinner Dance Auction on Saturday, Feb. 27. The event will be open to ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local Sports


SPORTS SLATE

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20

January 20, 2016 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

1 Best Ball Red Flag, 2 Best Balls White Flag, 3 Best Balls Blue Flag

January 20, 2016 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Earn Split Of League Games

Oakdale's Lady Mustangs varsity basketball girls hit the court for a pair of Valley Oak League games this past week. Oakdale (8-8, 1-3) earned ...

January 20, 2016 | | Local Sports


Mustang Boys Continue To Struggle On Hardwood

Off to a winless 0-4 Valley Oak League record, the Mustang varsity basketball boys dropped a trio of games this past week. Oakdale fell to ...

January 20, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


High School Hosting Weekend Hoop Clinics

Local youngsters can take advantage of free basketball skills training and clinics this month in Oakdale.

January 20, 2016 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

For the first time in ten years I purchased a Power Ball Ticket. Like many of you who purchased a ticket, it was nice thinking ...

January 20, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Oakdale Takes Third At Tim Brown Memorial

Coming off an impressive Valley Oak League dual meet performance against Sierra, where Oakdale's varsity wrestling team beat Kimball 76-0 and Sierra 73-0, Oakdale ...

January 20, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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