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Fishing Report

The biggest fish I ever caught was caught by a rod and reel combo that cost me no more than $80 at the time. The biggest fish that I ever lost was lost while fishing with one of my most expensive rod and reel combo's. Several years ago while talking with a local bass fishing professional, he told me "buy the best equipment that you can afford." What he meant was that if $50 was your budget, then buy something within your budget. With that said, of all places to save a penny, I don't recommend opting for ...

August 20, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Ten Steer Team Roping Slated Labor Day Weekend

August 20, 2014 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Youth Making Splash In Stanford

Grace Juliussen is a 10-year-old student who attends Oakdale's Fair Oaks Elementary school as a fifth grader. When she is not in school she spends her time in the pool as part of the Sonora-Oakdale Water Polo Club known as SOAK, a club that she has been involved with for two seasons. She is on the girls 10 and under team and also recently competed on the Davis Water Polo Club as part of the Junior Olympic Team, invited to come play for the elite squad as the Oakdale 10's did not compete in the games.

August 20, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Several weeks ago I ran into an angler that I haven't seen in a few years. He's got to be in his 70's by now. As we were catching up, the excitement in his voice when talking about fishing was like if he was a kid again. He seemed excited about his next trip out and having a bead on the current fishing conditions. I couldn't help but think to myself how strong a passion for fishing can really be. I've got friends who've sacrificed it all to fish professionally. Unfortunately for them, things ...

August 13, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Dublin Tournament Medal Captured In Shootout

Taking three wins in four games played over the weekend, the Oakdale Insanity U19 soccer girls came home with consolation honors from the Dublin Shamrock Tournament.

August 13, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Surf Cup Tournament Success For East Valley Earthquakes

The 34th annual soccerloco Surf Cup tournament was held Aug. 2, 3 and 4 for U10 to U15 Boys and Girls. This was a Class I Tournament; open to USYSA, US Club Soccer, Super Y League, and FIFA affiliated teams and is held each year in San Diego, California. The tournament is a nationally recognized premier tournament, rated among the top two in the United States.

August 13, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

School in many communities is now back in session, which signifies to me that summer is coming to an end. It's been a pretty good summer. I kicked it off with a fishing trip and just recently officially ended my summer with a fishing trip. In the middle, I mixed in a couple camping trips to Clarks Fork, Lake Pardee, and even scouted out some future camping spots. Just like when I was a kid, the summer seemed to fly right by and now it's time to get back to work. Going into each summer I usually have ...

August 06, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Gators Enjoy Final Competition In Pool

Summer is coming to a close and so recently did the Oakdale Gators competitive swim season. The Oakdale youth swim team, known as the Gators, hosted their final swim meet of the season, the 'Summer's End Invitational' on Saturday, July 26 at the Oakdale High School Aquatics Center. Four schools from surrounding areas took part in what was the biggest pool party in town. Brentwood, Sonora, Lodi and Ellis of Tracy joined in the meet with the Oakdale swimmers, for some solid competition, improved meet times and good sportsmanship.

August 01, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat. A lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items on their boats. When it comes to life jackets though, a lot of times they couldn't tell you what sizes they have and some of them even keep them stowed away under a seat compartment somewhere. In the past 10 years or more suspender type life jackets have become popular amongst boaters. Most them are designed to automatically inflate once submerged in water. The ...

July 30, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Laying Down The Law With La Vang

Nearly three weeks ago, La "Lawless" Vang was crowned the Flyweight Champion after his three round unanimous decision over Mike Tubera at the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino.

July 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


(Yes) We Are Ready For Some Football

As we get set to turn the calendar over to August it is time to turn our focus to back to school (sorry, kids). Along with back to school, comes the fall sports schedule, and that includes football on every level.

July 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat being towed was small but the boat was a lot bigger than the SUV which is very dangerous. Just because a car or truck can pull a boat or trailer, doesn't mean that it's safe. In the event that they were to blow a tire or have to suddenly stop, there's no way they would be able to gain control of their trailer ...

July 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Gators Final Swim Meet Set For Saturday

With summer days drifting away, and fall just around the corner, the Oakdale Youth Swim team, known as the Gators, wraps up their season this Saturday, July 26. The Summer's End Invitational meet is set to begin at 9 a.m. at Oakdale High School's Aquatic Center. The young swimmers have been hard at work since their first meet on June 7 and have since improved their swimming abilities in all aspects in the pool. Members of the community are welcome to support and cheer on the Gators Swim Team for their final competition of the year. Oakdale ...

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports


Second Place Showing For Oakdale U13 Boys

Playing at the Turlock Mid Summer Classic on July 19 and 20, in the Silver bracket, the Oakdale United Under 13 boys came home with second place medals to show for their efforts.

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports


U19 Girls Start Competitive Soccer Season Strong

Four games over two days and a battle for top honors added up to an exciting weekend of soccer.

July 23, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


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Fishing Report

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing. I've been reading about the salmon that are being caught in the North Delta as well as the striped bass that are being caught pretty much everywhere in the Delta. Like a lot of anglers, I wanted to catch my first salmon of the year but also wanted to make sure that I caught something. So, off to Fisherman's Warehouse I went. It's been a while since I've been there; it hasn't changed much over the years. If you ...

October 15, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Martinelli Enters Hall Of Fame

For years Bill Martinelli was the face of Oakdale in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the 1960s and 1970s. Now that legacy has taken him to his induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

October 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Sports


Fishing Report

With the water levels being so low my choices for fishing this weekend have really been limited. Fortunately the bite in the Delta is finally starting to pick up and soon the water will be too cold for everyone to swim in except for the fish. This year is different than the last 20 in that I'll be targeting stripers, salmon, and possibly a sturgeon before the end of the winter. I've got an idea of what I want to do and how I'm going to do it but I've yet to try it out on ...

October 08, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Thursday morning on my way to work I was surprised to see rain clouds in the distance and a little mist in the air. Working with children, rainy days can be quite the challenge as they all want to play in the rain. Fish on the other hand aren't going to get anymore wet, but they do become more active when it rains. The rain has several effects on them. As the water rises, it not only provides them more area, but it washes bugs and debris into the water. The smaller fish are attracted to the food being ...

October 01, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out that quickly become the hot item. Back in the mid to late 80's, it was the Salt and Pepper Grub. They couldn't make them fast enough. Now, I don't know anyone that uses them. I've always wondered how something that was so effective in years past can lose its effectiveness. Most anglers will tell you that the fish have become conditioned to that particular bait and can no longer be fooled by that bait. My response to that argument is that there are very few if ...

September 24, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Soccer Boys End Preseason On High Note

Oakdale's varsity boys soccer team improved their record to 5-2-3 on the season after back to back home victories this past week.

September 17, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

One of the most difficult things I've had to deal with since purchasing a new boat has been rigging the boat. In the past, I've purchased used boats that were already rigged up the way I wanted. All I had to do was replace those items that broke as time went on. I've had my current boat for about five months and don't believe I'll have it fully rigged for another year or two. There are just too many options and some of those options are pretty expensive. New boats, unlike cars, come pretty standard ...

September 17, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Several friends of mine have recently damaged their boats while out boating in our local lakes. The water levels are falling so fast that there's no way that lake management can keep up with marking all the hazardous areas. Personally, I've chosen to stay away from certain lakes. Launching conditions are the worst they've been in a long time and with the water being so low, there's just not enough water to get away from the crowds of boats. My advice to any of you planning on going out before the summer is over is to ...

September 10, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Weekend Action Ropes In Participants, Fans

Rodeo fans filled the arena at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds for the 59th annual Oakdale Ten Steer Team Roping. Three days of team roping action took place from Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday evening, Aug. 31.

September 03, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snowmobiles on it. I thought to myself, that's odd being the middle of summer. Then as I thought some more, I thought about my boat parked in my backyard with very few places to go anymore that have any water. Like a lot of you, I'm hoping for an early fall and lots of rain. If I've learned anything through writing this column, it's that our weather system seems to go through cycles. I'm hoping that this ...

August 27, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


U11 Boys Claim Title – Oakdale Teams Shine At Benefit Tournament

Teams from Oakdale made plenty of noise at the weekend Cassy Rowe benefit soccer tournament hosted at Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento.

August 27, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


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