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McDonald Nearing WEC debut

One of the highest organizations for lightweight mixed martial art fighters in the world, World Extreme Cagefighting, could see an Oakdale product make his nationally televised debut by the end of the year.Modesto resident and Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter, Michael McDonald, was approached by WEC general manager Reed Harris after his impressive second round knock out of highly touted Cole Escovedo on Saturday at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.The fight, which won McDonald a Tachi Palace bantamweight title, was expected to be Escovedo's precursor to re-entrance in the WEC, but instead left ...

July 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Fogarty, Gators Set Sights On Bright Swimming Future

Prep and collegiate coaches often complain about flaws in an athlete's technique or style that creates difficulties in competition at the next level.

July 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Champs - District Title Run For Oakdale Baseball All Stars

With his Oakdale Baseball Association 11-12 All Stars sporting a 14-11 lead over Lodi in the bottom of the fourth inning, Oakdale manager Ron Helms could only turn away from the diamond as a towering Lodi connection seemed to soar for a game changing grand slam.

July 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Broderick Medrano

Oakdale Youth Baseball Association 11-12 All Star catcher Broderick Medrano proved his home run derby title was no fluke by belting a huge three-run bomb over the center field fence during third inning action at Fair Oaks Field on Wednesday, June 30.

July 07, 2010 | | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Hayley Rivera

Oakdale Gators youth swimmer Hayley Rivera dominated the 7-8 age division at the team's first home meet, June 5, with the Manteca Dolphins. Rivera won three events in her age division, dominating across the pool.

June 16, 2010 | | Local Sports


Locals Light Up Nitro Night Of Fire

The 33rd Annual Nitro Night of Fire event attracted many of the best racers from around the Sacramento area and surrounding counties over the weekend. The counties of Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced and San Joaquin were all represented at the event.

June 16, 2010 | By Mike and Jefff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Major Move - Cardinals Select Whiting In Baseball Draft

With ear buds from his I-pod firmly implanted in each lobe, Oakdale High graduate Boone Whiting was a bit confused when his collegiate summer league Santa Barbara Forrester teammates rose to their feet and began shaking his hand on the bus ride to Compton on Tuesday, June 8.

June 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Mid Valley Swim Conference

Tracy Invitational 2010, Saturday-Sunday, May 29-30

June 02, 2010 | | Local Sports


A League Of Her Own - Oakdale Girl Mows Down Baseball Opponents

The leading hitter and pitcher in the major division Oakdale Baseball Association American League rocked opposing batters for 59 strikeouts and accumulated an astounding .631 average at the plate.

May 19, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Ike’s Sights – Spinning Wheels, Doughnuts & More

I can't watch Wheel of Fortune anymore without flying into a fit of rage.

May 12, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Blue Max Runs In Funny Car Fever

With spring rains pelting the Northern California Central Valley area throughout the week, it was time for the sun to come out. And come out it did, just in time to allow another great weekend of drag racing at Sacramento Raceway for the annual "Funny Car Fever" event.

April 28, 2010 | Mike and Jeff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA - Sandoval Gunning For Top Dog Status

The short but muscular frame of two-year old Staffordshire bull terrier, Koukla, mimics the same profile of her owner, Oakdale High graduate Martin Sandoval.

April 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Brazile Shines In Sunday’s Stormy Weather

Amarillo, Texas native Trevor Brazile is a lot like the U.S. Postal Service.

April 14, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Behind The Chute - Team Effort Makes Rodeo Go ‘Round

Four months before the 59th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo, volunteers were already preparing for the 60th.

April 14, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Cowboy Up - Locals Vying For Top Honors In Saddle Club Rodeo

Jerold Camarillo's lasso is about as accurate as a sniper rifle.

April 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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Fishing Report

About ten years ago, I started a fishing club at the school where I work. We practiced several times of the week while I taught them how to cast, tie knots, spool their reels, and anything else that I thought they would need to know to get them started. In order to keep them interested, we scheduled a few trips out to some of our local lakes and had little competitions amongst each other to see who was going to catch the first and biggest fish. The club ended up being a huge success but unfortunately after four years my ...

April 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


PRCA Invades Community Competition Brings Top Cowboys To Annual Oakdale Rodeo

Rodeo fans from far and near were treated to a wild, action packed weekend as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) came to town for the 63rd Annual Oakdale Rodeo presented by the Oakdale Saddle Club.

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


Join The Oakdale Gators Swim Team

The Oakdale Gators swim team is now accepting new swimmers for their summer swim team and is also providing swimming lessons located at OHS Aquatic Center. This will be the team's 44th year as they have been a part of the community dating back to 1970.

April 09, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Last week I wrote about taking my dad out fishing for the day. The response I got from that column highlighted what I believe is a growing trend among today's youth. There are far too many of them that have never been fishing. I can understand a kid that is 10 or 12 years old, but there are teens out there that have yet to go fishing. While doing a little research on the Internet, I came across an article where the author challenged his readers to take at least two kids out fishing each year. I really hope ...

April 09, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


DOUBLE TROUBLE

The Double Trouble Volleyball Club, DTVC, is an Oakdale based club consisting of four teams ranging from 10- to 18-year-old girls, with members from several area communities. All DTVC teams are part of the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) and compete with other teams in California from January to May, playing a hectic travel schedule. DTVC is committed to improving the ability of each player with dedicated, experienced coaches.

April 02, 2014 | | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA Fighters Prep For Event

Art Of War Productions will have an action packed event at Jamestown's Chicken Ranch Casino on Saturday, April 12 appropriately named "The Biggest Little Show In California." The City of Oakdale will be represented greatly as former OHS graduates will enter the cage in intense battles.

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


Young Softball Players Enjoy Expert Instruction

Oak Valley Youth Softball Association (OVYSA) teamed up with the Oakdale High School Lady Mustangs softball team and their coaches to hold a clinic for the young softball hopefuls.

March 26, 2014 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Baseball Association - Opening Day Celebration A Home Run

The weather could not have been any better Saturday, March 22 for Oakdale Baseball Association's (OBA) Opening Day celebration. A huge crowd of people soaked up the sun and showed up for the big day at T.L. Davis Sports Complex.

March 26, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I've been putting off changing the bunks on my boat's trailer for several years now. Anyone who owns a boat knows that the boards the boat rests on eventually wear down. Several years ago I made some replacement bunks and have been meaning to swap them out as soon as I had a chance. The biggest problem was that in order to swap out the bunks I needed the boat off the trailer. Yesterday, I was finally able to do just that as I had my 11-year-old son watching my boat while I was swapping out the bunks ...

March 19, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Thanks to TV and Bassmaster Magazine I knew from the first time I watched or read about a bass tournament that I wanted to compete in one. I visualized what it would be like, kept records of my daily catches, and compared my catches to the catches of others. Once I was old enough, I entered my first tournament. I didn't do nearly as well as I believed I would but I was hooked and couldn't wait for the next tournament. After several years with several wins and a lot more losses, I began to realize that fishing ...

March 12, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Reining In Honors - Oakdale Teen Wins Second Straight Youth World Title

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.

March 05, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Delta Report:

February 25, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


On The Track - Winternationals Thunders Into A New Season

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 ...

February 13, 2014 | By MIKE BURGHARDT Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Basketball Camp Draws Crowd To Mustang Gym

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.

January 22, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Grapplers Gain Experience At Buchanan Invitational

A Saturday trip to Clovis saw some solid efforts for local grapplers.

January 08, 2014 | | Local Sports


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