If you've never witnessed a lake being planted with trout, it's definitely a sight to see. The truck that carries the fish usually pulls up to a predetermined spot and either deploys a hose into the water or backs the truck right up to the water's edge. The driver then gets out, opens a valve at the rear or side of the truck, and releases all the fish into the lake. This of course, causes just about every angler in sight to gravitate towards where the fish are being released. One would think that the last thing ...
February 01, 2017|
By JAROD BALLARDO
Since winning their Valley Oak League season opener on Jan. 4, hard times have followed for the OHS varsity Lady Mustangs basketball team. The girls have lost five straight league games, including two this past week as the squad lost 36-27 at Lathrop on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and fell to visiting Central Catholic 61-55 on Friday night.
With high winds and rain swirling in Oakdale, the Mustang soccer boys could not take the field. With a short week due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, the boys attempted to take the field on Wednesday against Kimball. Earlier in the day, the junior varsity boys took the field and their game came to a close early as lighting was spotted in the area. Ultimately, that forced both the junior varsity and varsity boys soccer games to be postponed.
To say the least, the OHS varsity boys basketball team has had a difficult 2016-17 season. The boys played three games this past week and came up short in all three, stretching their Valley Oak League losing streak to 23. The team last won a league game on Feb. 11, 2015.
On Wednesday night, Jan. 18 five Oakdale wrestling seniors were honored in front of the large crowd attending a Valley Oak League double dual meet inside the OHS Main Gym. Seniors Jake Abeyta, Trey Smith, Luis Ayala, Esteban Villasenor and Abel Garcia were all recognized on Senior Night 2017.
After winning their first Valley Oak League game a week ago, the varsity soccer girls returned to action but came up short in two contests. Oakdale (3-11, 1-6) were shut out by Kimball (5-10-1, 3-3-1) on Tuesday, Jan. 17 by a score of 3-0 at home and lost by a 5-1 final to visiting Central Catholic (8-3-1, 5-1) just two days later.
It's been a while since I've been so excited to go fishing. There's been a lot that's got in the way of me being able to go. This past weekend I did the unthinkable, I loaned out my truck to a family member. Something I never did before, or thought that I would ever do. Now, I just hope that nobody ever asks to borrow my truck again. I must have been caught during a moment of weakness. I still can't believe I allowed anyone to use my truck. I got my truck back, but ...
It's hard to believe that this time last year, many of us were hoping that we would have enough rain to finally end the drought. Fast forward to today, I'm wondering if this rain is ever going to stop. Weather is so unpredictable. Even today, with all the latest technology, I don't recall anyone last year predicting that we would have this amount of rain. Many experts in the field predicted the opposite. La Nina was supposed to proceed last year's El Nino, resulting in another drought. Like fishing, trying to make a prediction eventually humbles ...
Oakdale wrestlers competed twice this week. The boys hit the road for the second Valley Oak League dual meet of the season, and also competed at the 2017 Tim Brown Memorial over the weekend. On Wednesday night, Jan. 11 Oakdale traveled to Sierra High School to take on both Kimball and Sierra in the double dual meet. Oakdale's varsity dismissed Kimball 72-0 and followed up with a 64-15 victory over Sierra to take the meet. The junior varsity boys also made short work of the league foes, winning 60-9 over Kimball and 64-12 over Sierra.
The football community filed into the Oakdale High School main gym on Sunday night, Jan. 15 for the annual Mustangs football awards ceremony. With the stands (and doorways) packed with spectators and players from all three levels of Mustang football, varsity head coach Trent Merzon and his coaching staff honored the State's Division 3A Champions, along with the junior varsity and freshman players who took part in a memorable season.
Oakdale dropped two road games this past week to drop to 0-4 in Valley Oak League play this season. The varsity Mustang boys fell to Weston Ranch 45-35 on Tuesday night, Jan. 10 and then 62-45 to East Union.