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Oakdale Boy Keeps His Priorities Inline

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.

June 27, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete of the Week - Oakdale Gators

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.

June 20, 2012 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Gators See More Sharp Swims

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.

June 20, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Gator Swimmers Impress At Oakdale 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.

June 13, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Youth Wrestlers Shine At State Championship

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.

June 13, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


River Runs: Oakdale Men Enjoy Mystery Kayak Spot

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.

June 13, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Gators Shine In Recent Action

A packed house at the Tracy Invitational provided plenty of opposition for the Oakdale Gators youth swim program on May 26 and 27, but couldn't keep local swimmers from fast times and 20 total top-five placements.

June 06, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


All Around Champ! - Oakdale Cowboy Claims Top Honor At 61st Annual Rodeo

Welcome home, Ryle Smith.

April 18, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale’s Second Funny Car Hits Track

The 54th Annual March Meet featured outstanding weather and fantastic racing in all the categories contested. With 300-plus race cars entered at the event, the fans had plenty to cheer for.

March 14, 2012 | By Jeff Burghardt Special to the Leader | Local Sports


Open Tryouts For 5th/6th Grade Basketballers

Oakdale High boys basketball coach Jeremy Fields is hosting open tryouts for any 5th and 6th grade boys interested in a travel basketball program. The tryouts are on March 16 at 3 p.m. and March 17 at 4 p.m. at the Oakdale High gymnasium. For more information contact Fields at (209) 765-5392 or email j24stangs@yahoo.com.

March 12, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Crews Get Another Oakdale Funny Car Ready To Go

Oakdale has a rich history of custom cars and hot-rodding. That history continues as another nostalgia nitromethane fueled funny car has been found. This one, a 1969 fiberglass bodied racecar, belongs to Richard Townsend.

February 29, 2012 | Mike Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Oakdale Twins Commit To University Track Scholarships

Oakdale High graduates Jaci and Juli Powell have spent so much time together they can finish each other's sandwiches.

February 15, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete of the Week - Alex Zamora

Oakdale United Under-12 Strikers forward Alex Zamora has proven that you don't need overwhelming size to make things happen when it matters most.

February 01, 2012 | | Local Sports


Locals Shine At Saturday MMA Show

A collection of kickboxing, pankration, mixed martial arts amateurs and professionals from the Oakdale MMA Club took on competitors at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown on Saturday for the first ever presentation by Art of War Productions. The affiliation, co-founded by Oakdale MMA instructor Tom Theofanopoulos, hosted around 1,000 fans for the amateur and professional portion of the event and thrilled the standing-room only crowd with 15 total bouts inside the cage. Oakdale MMA fighters won four of five fights during the run of amateur and professional bouts. For more information on the action packed card and the ...

January 30, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Strikers Soar To Coveted Cup Championship

The artificial turf at the Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk Grove might as well have belonged to The Corral at Oakdale High on Saturday, because the Under-12 Oakdale United Strikers youth soccer team brought the CYSA Association Cup home to Oakdale.

January 25, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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U19 Girls Start Competitive Soccer Season Strong

Four games over two days and a battle for top honors added up to an exciting weekend of soccer.

July 23, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Second Place Showing For Oakdale U13 Boys

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.

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports


Gators Final Swim Meet Set For Saturday

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 ...

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

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 ...

July 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Casino Welcomes Top Flight MMA Action To Jamestown

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.

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


VFW Post 2922 Hosts Golf Tournament

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.

July 16, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

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 ...

July 16, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

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 ...

July 09, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fight Night Slated At Chicken Ranch

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.

July 09, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

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 ...

July 02, 2014 | | Local Sports


Special Summer Camp Spent With Superstar

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.

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


Hanko, Teammate Win – Wild Woodchucks Claim First Place In Summer Challenge

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.

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


Fishing Report

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 ...

June 25, 2014 | | Local Sports


First Time Winner At Toyota-Save Mart 350

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 ...

June 25, 2014 | By Mike Burghardt - Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Paddock Wins State Cutting Horse Championship

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.

June 25, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


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