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Oakdale Fighters Ready To Wage War Saturday

The innards of the Oakdale MMA complex near the corner of First Avenue and F Street is a bustle of activity these days as youth and adults undergo vigorous exercises to learn the art of Kajukenbo, kickboxing, boxing and Brazilian Jui Jitsu.

April 13, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Local Cowboys Gearing For PRCA Rodeo

Lance Harvey's family tree is made of lassos.

April 06, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Santos Dedication - Good Times, Good Games

If you build it, they will come - and if you hit it, Rufus Santos will write it down.

April 06, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


OBA Opening Ceremonies A Big Hit

For additional photos and information on the Oakdale Baseball Association and Saturday's opening day, see Wednesday's print edition of the Oakdale Leader, April 6.

April 04, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Farquer Takes Challenge Title

Colton Farquer can tie-down a calf faster than most people tie their shoes.

March 30, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale Insanity Girls Advance To Sweet 16

Giving up a goal in the opening minute of their first game, that was nearly all their opponents would get for the entire weekend, as the Oakdale Insanity Under 16 competitive soccer girls took three wins in the State Association Cup opening weekend.

March 16, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Everyone has their favorite colored baits, my favorite colors were always watermelon red, purple, and green pumpkin. I pretty much grew up fishing those colors and believed that everything else was a waste of money. I think otherwise now after having lost to competitors fishing colored baits that I had always thought of as a gimmick. I'll never forget the time I lost to a guy fishing a pink bubblegum colored worm! Several years ago I purchased a few red spinner baits, red being is color that I've always thought of as a springtime color. I fished that ...

February 23, 2011 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


College Grappler Takes Oakdale MMA Fighters To Next Level

Jordan Keckler never stops moving.

February 16, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Youth Wrestling Club

Competing far from home, seven Oakdale Youth Wrestling Club wrestlers took on some of the best young talent in the nation at the Tulsa Nationals in Oklahoma on Jan. 21 and 22.

February 02, 2011 | | Local Sports


Four Oakdale Youth Wrestlers Snare Big Medals

Four Oakdale Youth Wrestling Club grapplers snared medals and two of them came home with majestic eagle trophies from the highly regarded Tulsa Nationals in Oklahoma on Jan. 21 and 22.

February 02, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Junior Wrestling Classic A Major Success

The first of what hopefully will be an annual event, the Oakdale Junior Classic, saw some of the brightest young wrestling stars in the Central Valley do battle on Sunday, Dec. 12, just one day after the 35th Annual James Riddle Classic for prep wrestlers.

December 22, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing. Bass Fishing Hall of Fame member Dee Thomas once said "keep things simple." Taking his advice, I routinely go through my tackle and remove items that haven't been used in a while. I'm often surprised at how much tackle is purchased but never used. Of course, after each passing year, there are new baits that make it into my boat. The usual suspects always seem to remain the same though. There are so many baits ...

December 15, 2010 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

After last week's weather many anglers have put away their equipment and will be staying close to the fireplace for the next few months. It definitely takes a dedicated person to be willing to be out there during the winter months. If you're planning on going fishing for the day there are a couple of items that you definitely don't want to go without. On top of that list would be a fishing partner, being out alone on the water this time of year isn't recommended. If you were to fall into the water, there is ...

December 08, 2010 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Stampede Teams Finish Campaign

Oakdale Stampede parents and football fans alike arrived en masse at season-ending contests on Saturday, Nov. 20 in support of rookie and junior varsity bowl games in the Cen-Cal Youth Football League.

December 01, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Fishing Report

A recent morning brought the first real cold snap of the year. For many anglers, the colder temperatures bring the fish closer to the surface. For others, fishing is only going to get tougher as their species of choice will most likely be hunkering down for the winter. Fishing the wintertime can be extremely tough and for the inpatient person, unbearable. When I think about fishing during the wintertime I immediately think of slowing down and downsizing my line. Unless I'm lucky enough to find an active school of fish the bites are going to be far and few ...

December 01, 2010 | Jarod Ballardo | 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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