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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


Fishing Report

It seems like every year, as far back as I can remember, we've been in a drought. This one though is a little different. I've seen the water levels in some of our local lakes lower than I've ever seen them before. When I was a kid, this would be the prime time to scour the banks in search of fishing treasure. There are sure to be lures and other miscellaneous items that have been lost by anglers while fishing when the water levels were higher. If I only had a metal detector, who knows what can ...

July 16, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


VFW Post 2922 Hosts Golf Tournament

A final reminder, that the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2922 of Oakdale will be hosting its second annual fundraising golf tournament and four man scramble on Saturday, July 19 at Modesto's Creekside Golf Course. Golfers can begin register starting at 10 a.m. and tee time is set for a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

July 16, 2014 | | Local Sports


Casino Welcomes Top Flight MMA Action To Jamestown

A capacity crowd made their way to the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino in Jamestown for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action on Saturday, July 12. Hoplite Fight Productions presented "Still the Biggest Little Show in California" at the area venue.

July 16, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

For several years now there's been a mandatory inspection for boats entering our local lakes for Quagga-Zebra Mussels. Most of us I'm sure think of the inspection as a hassle but it's necessary to help prevent these species from taking over our lakes. Quagga-Zebra Mussels are filter feeders that reproduce at alarming rates once they are introduced to a body of water. If they were allowed to take over a lake they would filter out all the suspended particulate, zooplankton, and phytoplankton in a body of water leaving smaller baitfish without a food source in turn leaving ...

July 09, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fight Night Slated At Chicken Ranch

This Saturday night, July 12, catch Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action live at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown. Hoplite Fight Productions presents "Unfinished Business" that features the main event pitting Pro Lightweights Luis Jauregui and Josh LaGrange. The co-Main event will feature a Pro Featherweight fight between Sal Becerra and Mike Ryan. Becerra, a product out of Oakdale MMA, is making his professional debut. Becerra finished his amateur career with a record of 5-0 and was crowned the Art of War Amateur champion in the 155-pound weight class.

July 09, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Summer time is top water fishing time for Bass. Catching Bass on a top water lure is one of the most exciting experiences in fishing. As exciting as it is, it also can be very difficult hooking up with a fish once it strikes. A common mistake anglers make when fishing with top water lures is setting the hook too early. Experienced anglers will tell you to wait until you feel the fish, but that's easier said than done. It took me several years and many hours on the water until I finally was able to wait on my ...

July 02, 2014 | | Local Sports


Special Summer Camp Spent With Superstar

It's not every day that a 9-year-old can attend a football camp with his idol, but for young Derek Herzog, he got the opportunity to attend a two-day camp earlier this summer. On June 21 and 22, Herzog attended the Citi Bank Colin Kaepernick Football Pro camp at San Francisco's St. Ignatius College Preparatory.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Hanko, Teammate Win – Wild Woodchucks Claim First Place In Summer Challenge

Oakdale resident Matt Hanko and his teammate Jeff Vasek earned top honors at the Gold Rush Adventure Race Summer Challenge (www.goldrushar.com) on June 21. The grueling race took place at New Melones Reservoir near Sonora. This event offers both a 12-hour and 6-hour race.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

To quote one of my favorite authors, Henry David Thoreau, "Man is rich in comparison to what he can let alone." I was reminded of that quote this past week as I was camping up at Clarks Fork. For those who have no idea where Clarks Fork is, it's roughly 60 miles above Sonora, located in the Stanislaus National Forest. Unlike my last camping trip, there's no WiFi or cell phone service. So, for four straight days it might as well have been 1985. It felt great not having to worry about checking emails, missed phone calls, and ...

June 25, 2014 | | Local Sports


First Time Winner At Toyota-Save Mart 350

At the 26th annual Toyota/Save Mart 350, Carl Edwards didn't lead the most laps, but when he took over the top spot with 26 laps to go, he led the most important ones. It was Edwards' first ever win on a road course. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and practice on road courses. Edwards qualified fourth and looked to be strong, but his car fell off early on in during the race, but his crew chief (Jimmy Fennig) was able to make the right car setup calls that would put Edwards back up ...

June 25, 2014 | By Mike Burghardt - Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Paddock Wins State Cutting Horse Championship

It's not even half over and already, 2014 has been a productive year for Oakdale's Austin Paddock. In May, Paddock graduated from Oakdale High School, and this past week, Paddock was crowned the 2014 Boys Cutting State Champion at the California High School Rodeo (CHSR) State Finals in Bishop, CA.

June 25, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


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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


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


Ten Steer Team Roping Slated Labor Day Weekend

August 20, 2014 | | Local Sports


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


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


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


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


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


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