Qualifying runs at the 26th Annual NHRA Sonoma Nations at the Sonoma Raceway produced many exciting performances, but the July 28 eliminations added more. The outstanding track conditions seen during the Friday night qualifying sessions reappeared during the first round of eliminations, for those teams that could get the right tuning set up. With it came a few upsets, where lower qualified cars defeated higher qualified cars and track records lowered. In Top Fuel, Morgan Lucas in his Geico/Lucas Oil dragster defeated TJ Zizzo in his Peak Oil dragster with a 3.757 at 328.30 mph to 3 ...
Ryan Tobar has aspirations so high that he has to sleep in an Oakdale loft just to keep up with them.
Beaming ear to ear with a proud grin only a father could sport, First Tee Central Valley program manager Charlie Floyd of Riverbank addressed 10-year-old Oakdale golfer Shealyn Hanrahan with pointed questions as a crowd of youth gathered at the Escalon Golf Course on July 24.
The 26th Annual NHRA Sonoma Nations, at the Sonoma Raceway, entered final eliminations with track records being set in each of the top two professional categories on Sunday, July 28. In Top Fuel, David Grubnic and the Optima/Advanced team led the way, following his blistering 3.756 at 324.26 mph qualifying effort during the Friday evening qualifying session. All in all, six Top Fuel cars ran in the 3.7 second zone during the optimal Friday night qualifying session.
A haul of 19.56 pounds from five bass earned Oakdale's Ryan Vilmur a fifth place finish and cash winnings from a California Bass Federation tournament at Clear Lake on July 21. Vilmur, pictured here with two of his hefty catches, finished just .01 pounds ahead of sixth place fisherman Deacon Fernandez, also of Oakdale. Both used homemade Deacon Jigs and made their catches in 20 feet of water amongst rock piles. Tournament participants were not required to bring their own boat. To learn more about the California Bass Federation, visit californiabass.org.
Ten-year-old Shealyn Hanrahan of Oakdale stretches an iron behind her small frame and releases an explosive swing that glides through the fairway like a lawnmower. The golf ball lofts into the air, crashes onto the green, spins backwards and settles just shy of the cup during a recent Wednesday practice.
The exploits of 2010 Oakdale High graduate Nick Vander Tuig will already live on in the enchanted tales of baseball glory, but the 22-year-old right-handed pitcher is just getting started.
If Smokey Bear says 'Only you can prevent forest fires', then the nine bronzed beasts captured by Oakdale Wrestling Club grapplers Lilly Freitas, Cesar Garza and Colby Harlan must have a similar message.
Five years ago I purchased a 75 gallon fish tank from someone selling it on Craigslist. I got a really good deal on it, my son was five at the time, and what kid doesn't want a fish tank! Since then, I've learned a lot from observing the fish in my tank. One of the many things that I've observed was their reaction to temperature change. If the temperature changes too much either higher or lower they tend to go into a state of shock as they become very lethargic until their bodies adjust to it. What ...
Oakdale youth water polo talent Emily Bennett was selected to the eighth grade and under 'Development' USA National Water Polo training team. She competed with the nation's top 70 athletes in her age division for a spot on the 28-person squad. If selected to the top 13, she will represent the USA in International competition later this summer.
Eli Turnage defies gravity.
The black Nike sneakers supporting 34-year-old Deonce Whitaker molded a peculiar trail of alien impressions onto the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo sod as the Riverbank resident strode toward a line of nervous and jittery greenhorns.
Cowboys escaped the 62nd Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo with $128,753 in earnings on April 13 and 14 - without the pursuit of a posse.
When the last chunk of earth finally settled back to the arena floor at the 62nd Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo, New Mexico's Jim Ross Cooper emerged as the lone cash-winner in multiple events to seal the honor as the 2013 All-Around Champion. He joined a host of buckle-winners that included Oakdale's Norm Mendenhall, a team roping champion alongside Allen Pruitt. Local cowboys Joe Murry (Oakdale) and Frank Perry claimed top honor is the 50-and-over Gold Card team roping event as well.
Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy sensation and Ultimate Fighting Championship talent Michael McDonald is rallying to combat an enemy of a different sort these days.
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 ...
Teams from Oakdale made plenty of noise at the weekend Cassy Rowe benefit soccer tournament hosted at Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
Four games over two days and a battle for top honors added up to an exciting weekend of soccer.
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.