Between sporting the consensus top-5 bantamweight fighter in the world, the steady stream of successful fights and the overall improvement of both quality and numbers, it's hard not to catch the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts fever these days.
Learning some of the finer points of the game and going through a series of drills, youngsters taking part in various age and skill divisions of the Oakdale Youth Soccer League, OYSL, had the opportunity for some high level instruction this past week.
It turns out that Oakdale youth athletes are getting their own glimpse of the Olympic Games without the expense of a flight to London in 2012.
If Savannah Stender embroidered the first letter of her name across her chest, it would not only be alphabetically correct, it would be a red cape short of describing her heroics. Oakdale High's superwoman was unmatched talent in the water polo pool and capped a tremendous final year of prep competition with dazzling success for Oakdale's swim team. She proved the perfect choice for the 2011-12 Oakdale Leader Female Athlete of the Year.
The prestige of Oakdale High's football program is bolstered every season by the conference and postseason success each group of athletes collectively share and the character each athlete displays.
Oakdale Gators youth swimmers Hayley Rivera and Dustin VandenBosch were truly touching during a meet against the host Ripon Sea Lions on July 7.
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It's now apparent that Kevin Costner's character from the movie Waterworld is loosely based on Oakdale Gators swimmer Dustin VandenBosch.
The Under-12 Oakdale Baseball Association All Stars had the luxury of hosting a postseason tournament last week after rolling through the 'As You Are' tournament at Santos Field with a perfect 4-0 record.
The deciding moment in eight-year-old Luca Petroni's youth hockey career wasn't uncovered by high-level inline tournaments or even during a Junior Olympic tryout in San Jose this summer.
A packed house of swimmers and onlookers at the Oakdale Aquatic Center did little to rattle the host Oakdale Gators youth swim program on June 9 at the Oakdale Invitational. Gators swimmers accounted for four event championships and an impressive 25 total top-five finishes in the competing events.
Oakdale Gators youth swimmers got the best of their competition during a three-team showdown with Modesto and host Tracy on June 12. The Gators accounted for an incredible 62 top-three finishes in the barrage of events across all age divisions. The team is back in action on June 23 at the Turlock SeaDog Invitational.
It was swimming-room-only at the Oakdale Aquatic Center on Saturday as cap-donning competitors across the region migrated to Oakdale High for the 2012 Oakdale Invitational.
After a whirlwind tour of national tournaments for the Oakdale Youth Wrestling Club, the pressures of the USA Wrestling California State Freestyle Championships on June 1 were about as intimidating as a gnat in pajamas.
For a moment, the sight of Native American grinding holes and the noise of powerful rushing water shrouds every sense, creating an other-worldly setting trapped in time.
Oakdale is known as "The Cowboy Capital of the World" but there is a teenage girl who knows her way around a ranch and the arena as well as any guy.
Race day at the 54th Annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals started off with much fanfare, as thousands of fans were given the opportunity to walk the track with the 2013 drag racing season champions. The reigning Top Fuel champion, Shawn Langdon was joined by Funny Car champ John Force, Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin and Pro stock motorcycle rider Matt Smith as they took the fans on a magical tour down the famous track, explaining what it takes to get their respective high horsepowered race cars quickly and efficiently down the track. It was a great opportunity for the fans ...
From the youngest third and fourth grade participants to junior high school players, future Mustangs are being put through their paces every week on the hardwood.
A Saturday trip to Clovis saw some solid efforts for local grapplers.
If you took the size of former Mustangs Jaidyn Sheetz, the power of Marcus Hernandez and the heart of Carlos DeLeon you might have the makings of a perfect football player. Together, the three have added to a talented Modesto Junior College team and have a ring to prove it.
Three Oakdale United competitive travel soccer teams were on the field for multiple games over the long Thanksgiving weekend, traveling to Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento. They took part in the CVU Thanksgiving Classic, with Oakdale's Under 12 boys, Under 16 girls and Under 19 girls all suiting up for contests.
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Oakdale Stampede Varsity boys won on Saturday, Nov. 2 by a 24-12 margin over the visiting Buhach Thunder. Top photo, Joshua Jacobson, 11, leads the charge to bring down the Thunder runners with teammates Junior Rodin, 24, Zach Campbell, 45, and CJ Toledo, 80, closing in. At side, Matt Kjeldgaard, 50, makes sure he is lined up onside. The Stampede will host the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes at The Corral on Saturday at 7 p.m.; the winner will be the AFC champ and move on to the Superbowl.
Oakdale's varsity Stampede squad lines up in action on Saturday against the Turlock 49ers, playing their way to a 48-14 victory, sitting on top of the division at 9-0 and ready to wrap up the regular season hosting Los Banos on Oct. 26 at The Corral. They start the playoffs on Nov. 2 at home. Other games Saturday saw the JV Stampede fall 21-0 and the Pee Wee team take a 27-7 loss. Action earlier this month against the Buhach Thunder resulted in a varsity win (36-0) and losses for the JV (38-0) and Pee Wee (13-7) Stampede squads.
Last year, Oakdale High School Cheer Coaches, Heather Vieira, Sherry Kupper, and Melissa Xavier, started the Mini Mustang cheer clinic where little girls in grades K-6 would cheer for the first half of a home varsity Mustang game with the Mustang cheerleaders as well as perform the half-time show. The coaches had modest expectations but were blown away when 116 little girls participated.
The decision was about as difficult as thumb-wrestling an empty glove.
Hilmar youth cowboy Preston Burgess is like oxygen - he's All-Around.
Casually fielding questions less than two days after the biggest victory of his successful and still young career, Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter Michael McDonald recalled his favorite things about the city of Boston on Monday.
The hoard of prize-winning youth competitors at the 2013 Oakdale Saddle Club Junior Rodeo have been compiled into a detailed list of top-finishers in each event.