A wave of personal bests, 'A' time standards, Junior Olympic qualifications and even Far Western nods were awarded to swimmers of the Oakdale Aquatics Club during the U.S.A. Swim Tuolumne Aquatics meet in Sonora from Aug. 5 to 7.
The highly successful year-round swim program, Oakdale Aquatics, nabbed dozens of superb times and tremendous finishes during a recent showdown in Sonora. To catch more results and a hoard of top results, catch the print edition of the Aug. 17 Oakdale Leader.
With hundreds of top youth swimmers packed into competing events for the Come Up For Air swim tournament in Lake Tahoe on Saturday, July 23, Oakdale's Emily Bennett stepped up to land impressive finishes against the talented field.
Oakdale's successful recreation swim program proved they could peak at the right time during the Mid Valley Swim League championships at their host Oakdale Aquatic Center on Saturday, July 16. Seventy percent of Oakdale Gators swimmers saw improved times and an amazing 40 percent bested personal marks in multiple events at the season finale.
Stanislaus Aquaticz Swimmer and Oakdale resident Emily Bennett shined at the prestigious Come Up For Air swim tournament in Lake Tahoe on Saturday, July 23. With top swimmers packed into a competitive meet, Bennett improved several of her best times and landed four first place finishes to take second place in the high point awards for her 11-12 age group. She also qualified for Junior Olympics in several races.
Over 70 percent of Oakdale Gators youth swimmers saw improved times and 40 percent bested personal records in two or more events at the Mid Valley Swim League Championships on Saturday at the Oakdale Aquatic Center.
The summer of 2011 has broken new waves for the sport of water polo in the Oakdale community. For the first time in city history, 14-and-under and 12-and-under squads have seen huge participation during summer play. This stellar program progresses the growth of the sport each month, and even qualified three teams for the upcoming Junior Olympics.
Oakdale High graduate Devin Combs is feeling awfully blue.
A "hat trick" is a term normally reserved for three scores in soccer, but Oakdale youth swimmer Soren Dickens nabbed the pool version of this feat by winning three events at the Speedo International Swim Meet at Ft Lauderdale, Florida in late June.
Five Oakdale baseball players, a Riverbank player and several more from Turlock met with Oakdale High graduate and current California State University, Berkeley pitcher Justin Jones earlier this month during the college World Series in Nebraska. They also saw Cal compete in the CWS, but Jones could not take the mound because of injury.
Longtime Oakdale sports fans probably thought they would sooner see Batman and The Joker on a two-man bicycle than Oakdale and Sonora athletes on the same roster - but times - they are a changing.
One of the closest races in the Oakdale Invitational on June 11 was a tight thriller in the 9-10 50 meter breast stroke, when Dustin VandenBosch of the Oakdale Gators out-touched the second place finisher by just five one hundredths of a second to win the event. He would go on to claim second in the 100 free, join a first place 100 free relay and second place 100 medley relay as well in a very successful event for the young swimmer.
While soft spoken and polite, 2011 Oakdale High graduate A.C. Brown is anything but timid.
With eight youth swim teams vying for top honors in a host of events across several age divisions at the Oakdale Aquatic Center, the host Gators stretched to achieve top honors in four races on Saturday during the annual Oakdale Invitational.
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.