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Learn Golf, Life Skills Through First Tee Program

The First Tee of Central Valley has announced its 2018 Program Schedule. Clinics offering Life Skill and golf instruction for youth ages 6-17 are set to begin on Monday, March 19 at eight golf facilities in four counties. Participating locations include Modesto Municipal, St. Stanislaus, River Oaks (Ceres), Rancho Del Rey (Atwater), Merced Country Club, Phoenix Lake (Sonora) as well as Dryden Park and Creekside. Lessons will focus on the fundamentals of golf as well as The First Tee Healthy Habits and Nine Core Values.

January 10, 2018 | | Local Sports


Varsity Mustang Hoopsters Drop Pair Of VOL Games

The 2017-2018 Oakdale boys basketball league season is off to a shaky start for the varsity team. Oakdale (5-9, 0-2) began Valley Oak League play on the road against Kimball (8-7, 1-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 3 with a 66-53 loss and followed up with a 74-38 home loss to Weston Ranch (10-3, 2-0) on Friday, Jan. 5.

January 10, 2018 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

It's been a few years since I've fished team tournaments. This year I'll be fishing a circuit that starts this month and ends in October. In preparing for the upcoming season, I've had to update some of my cold weather clothing. The one thing I don't want to be is cold. Our first two tournaments are at Lake Oroville and Lake Shasta. Learning from my past mistakes, I cut no corners in purchasing cold weather fishing clothing. What I've learned from being out in the cold is that I'd rather spend more money ...

January 10, 2018 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Wrestlers Take Down Clovis

Friday, Dec. 29 Oakdale's wrestling team traveled to Clovis High School to take on Clovis and Sultana in duals action. Entering the day Oakdale was ranked sixth in the state and Clovis ranked seventh. The much anticipated dual between the two powerhouse programs did not disappoint.

January 03, 2018 | | Local Sports


Varsity Mustang Boys Take Third In Rotary Classic

For nearly five decades Oakdale has hosted the annual boys basketball holiday tournament known as the Oakdale Rotary Classic. In its 48th season Oakdale hosted eight teams over three days that saw plenty of varsity basketball action. Argonaut, Thomas Downey, Grace Davis, Hughson, Los Banos, Patterson, Pitman and Ripon Christian all came to Oakdale from Dec. 27 through Dec. 29 for the annual extravaganza.

January 03, 2018 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Sports Slate

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3

January 03, 2018 | | Local Sports


Junior Varsity Boys Win Consolation Bracket

The 48th annual Oakdale Rotary Classic saw the Oakdale junior varsity boys win the consolation side of the hoops bracket on Friday, Dec. 29 when they knocked off Downey 63-50. Oakdale began the tournament with a loss to Grace Davis but regrouped and won two straight games to close out the tournament on a high note on their home court. Seven teams came to town for the near half century tradition; Argonaut, Thomas Downey, Grace Davis, Patterson, Hughson, Los Banos, Pitman and Ripon Christian.

January 03, 2018 | | Local Sports


Girls Hoops Win Lone Game This Week

The Oakdale varsity girls basketball team played one game this past week and came out on top. On Friday, Dec. 22 the team traveled to Ceres to take on the Central Valley Hawks, where Oakdale won 57-31 in the road contest.

January 03, 2018 | | Local Sports


Heartbreaking Loss For Frosh Boys In Tournament

If games were 31 minutes and 58 seconds long instead of 32 minutes; the Oakdale freshman boys basketball team would have defeated the Central Catholic Raiders on Thursday afternoon. On the final day of the 22nd Grace Davis Holiday Tournament, Oakdale and Central Catholic squared off where the winner would finish the tournament in third place. This was the second consecutive year that Oakdale would be in the third place game. However, unlike last season, Oakdale did not finish third as they fell 48-47 to the Raiders.

January 03, 2018 | | Local Sports


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


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Bobcat Image Named Annual Wildlife Photo Contest Winner

Santa Clara resident Shravan Sundaram's photograph of a young bobcat descending a tree in Livermore's Sycamore Grove Park earned the 2017 grand prize ...

January 31, 2018 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Drop Road Soccer Contests

Two road games to Manteca resulted in a pair of losses for the Oakdale varsity girls soccer team in Valley Oak League action this past ...

January 31, 2018 | | Local Sports


Varsity Mustang Hoop Boys Earn Second League Win

The Oakdale varsity boys basketball team earned its second Valley Oak League win of the season on Jan. 26.

January 31, 2018 | | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs

The Oakdale High School varsity girls soccer team had a pair of road games this past week. Both of the Valley Oak League games ended ...

January 24, 2018 | | Local Sports


SPORTS SLATE

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24

January 24, 2018 | | Local Sports


Wrestlers Pin Down Raiders

In Valley Oak League action on Wednesday, Jan. 17 the Oakdale Mustangs wrestlers defeated Central Catholic 44-6. The defending 11-time Valley Oak League champions made ...

January 24, 2018 | | Local Sports


Mustang Soccer Boys Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Currently in fourth place of the Valley Oak League, the Oakdale High School varsity boys soccer team earned a 2-0 home win over Kimball this ...

January 24, 2018 | | Local Sports


Basketball’s Varsity Mustangs Suffer Heartbreaking Loss

The growth of the Oakdale varsity boys basketball program has been visible this season. Although Oakdale's record (7-12, 1-6) may not indicate it in ...

January 24, 2018 | | Local Sports


Varsity Lady Mustangs Finish Busy Week With Win

In a week that saw a trio of Valley Oak League games for the Oakdale Lady Mustang basketball program, the girls went 1-2. On Tuesday ...

January 24, 2018 | | Local Sports


Super Kats To Play At OHS

The American Basketball Association (ABA) will call Oakdale High School home this weekend. This Saturday night the Stanislaus Super Kats will host the Henderson Hawks ...

January 24, 2018 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

My first tournament of 2018 is in the books. Fishing on Lake Oroville was tougher than I can remember. I was fortunate to be able ...

January 24, 2018 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Gridiron Season Hardware Handed Out At Ceremony

Oakdale High School football teams recently handed out the end of the year trophies to players. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day coaches, players, fans ...

January 24, 2018 | | Local Sports


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