Normally when a pre-teen boy is playing the role of hero, he's donning a cape and a rather silly looking mask.
There is a small movement happening at Oakdale Elementary Schools.
Trailing 20-8 in the first quarter of the CenCal Super Bowl, the Oakdale Stampede had plenty of opportunities to reflect on a strong season and graciously hand the Modesto Broncos the varsity youth football crown.
The varsity Oakdale Stampede rolled past the visiting Buhach Thunder on Nov. 12 in 40-14 fashion to win an AFC title and clinch a berth in the CenCal Youth Football League Super Bowl.
Playing against the Manteca Jaguars at Sierra High School on Saturday, the Pee Wee Stampede team fell in a 42-0 shutout while the JV lost a hard fought battle, 30-22.
Callum Lester's British accent belongs in a Guy Ritchie movie, but his whistle has a cowboy drawl.
Several hundred bicyclists are expected to stream out of Riverbank High School on Sunday, Oct. 9 for rides through the farmlands and grasslands to the Sierra Nevada foothills as part of the Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition.
A high-quality mountain bike will be up for grabs for a grand prize winner on Saturday, Oct. 8 as hundreds flock to Galaxy Theatres in Riverbank for the 18th "Run For The Cheese" at 8 a.m.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.