When the Ultimate Fighting Championship picks up World Extreme Cagefighting contracts for a barrage of lower weight bouts in 2011, it will bring along Oakdale-trained Michael McDonald for the biggest fights of his young life.
Nineteen-year-old Modesto native and Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Club fighter, Michael McDonald, has signed a three-fight contract with one of the premier fight leagues in the sport, World Extreme Cagefighting.
Oakdale High soccer, volleyball, water polo and cross country athletes have their respective postseason lives within their own control, all in need of November success to advance deeper into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
If football is the heart of Oakdale athletics, then soccer is the feet.
Coming home with the first place trophy for the second time in as many tournaments, the Oakdale United Insanity U16 girls played their way to a 4-0 mark in the Roseville Invitational over the Labor Day weekend.
The Oakdale Stampede youth football and cheer program went 2-1 in three recorded contests at home on Saturday.The Rookies, competing with no tallied scores, delivered a dominant performance from the youngest division with all players rotating in. Brayden Abell, Javyn Drobnick, Jayden Powers and a few others managed big rushes up the field in the wake of Christopher Kjeldgaard and an impressive offensive line.The Pee Wee team suffered a hard-fought 26-6 loss, but managed their first touchdown of the season.Oakdale's JV, the only team to win last week, managed another big 'W' after a huge defensive ...
Under-13 Oakdale United soccer standout Lane Trapp was at his best at the Shamrock Invitational earlier this month, netting three goals in a huge 5-2 pounding of NorCal Elite for a tournament title.
Trapp, who also scored twice in a big 4-0 drubbing of host Dublin, earns Athlete of the Week honor for his efforts.
Anneliese "Shorty" Davis pulled out all the stops in a complete tournament shut out this month in four games of work at the Tracy United Girls Invitational. She earns Athlete of the Week honors from The Leader for her performance.
Oakdale prep athletes were at their best in the past week in huge Valley Oak League and tournament performances. Following is a summary of Mustang action in track and field, golf, baseball and tennis. Track And FieldJaci Powell and Tim House each earned a trip to the high school record book with thrilling performances at the highly competitive Meet of Champions in Sacramento on Saturday.Powell tied a school record with her second place 15.24-second time in the 110 hurdles while House set a new school best with a 169 foot, 4 inch winning toss of the discus ...
Showing savvy and athleticism well beyond her years, 11-year-old Oakdale resident and Fair Oaks sixth grader Sara Stevens sped to a fantastic leg of the 3200-meter relay and joined three other Central Valley runners in championship honors at the 2010 USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships.
Alumni Football U.S.A. team coordinator Tracy Cavender is on a quest to gather Oakdale High football alumnus for an Oakdale vs. Sonora alumni game on Oct. 17 at Dunleavy Field in Sonora.
Eleven-year-old Fair Oaks sixth grader Sara Stevens closed her summer with a fantastic performance at the Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento. Competing with the highly successful Modesto Roadrunners, Stevens and three other girls sped to a first place finish in the 4x800 meter relay.
Stevens earns Athlete of the Week honor for her efforts.
The 11-12 age division standout for the Oakdale gators youth swim team, Emily Bennett, nabbed the highest score of any Mid Valley League swimmer in her group with 23 points at the MVSL championships in Turlock on Saturday, July 24.
Bennett earns Athlete of the Week honor from The Leader for her efforts.
Riding the wave of World Cup popularity and preparing for its own upcoming competitive season, the Oakdale Youth Soccer League has brought in some topnotch coaching for special clinics.
More than a dozen Oakdale Gators youth swim team standouts improved times in all three of their events at the Mid Valley Swim League championships in Turlock on Saturday, July 24. It was a satisfying way for the 15 members of the team to culminate the summer campaign.
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.