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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


McDonald Wins WEC Debut, Earns Five-Fight UFC Contract

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.

November 17, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Last Stand Fight Team - Oakdale MMA Standout Lands Three-Fight WEC Contract

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.

November 03, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


OHS Sports Wrap – Time For Mustangs To Zero In On Postseason Targets

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.

November 03, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Not Just For Kicks – Oakdale's Cisneros Sees Opportunity Of A Lifetime

If football is the heart of Oakdale athletics, then soccer is the feet.

October 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Insanity Girls Battle Past Competition In Roseville Invitational

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.

September 08, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Stampede Goes 2-1 In Weekend At The Corral

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 ...

September 01, 2010 | | Local Sports


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Fishing Report

The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snowmobiles on it. I thought to myself, that's odd being the middle of summer. Then as I thought some more, I thought about my boat parked in my backyard with very few places to go anymore that have any water. Like a lot of you, I'm hoping for an early fall and lots of rain. If I've learned anything through writing this column, it's that our weather system seems to go through cycles. I'm hoping that this ...

August 27, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


U11 Boys Claim Title – Oakdale Teams Shine At Benefit Tournament

Teams from Oakdale made plenty of noise at the weekend Cassy Rowe benefit soccer tournament hosted at Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento.

August 27, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Oakdale Youth Making Splash In Stanford

Grace Juliussen is a 10-year-old student who attends Oakdale's Fair Oaks Elementary school as a fifth grader. When she is not in school she spends her time in the pool as part of the Sonora-Oakdale Water Polo Club known as SOAK, a club that she has been involved with for two seasons. She is on the girls 10 and under team and also recently competed on the Davis Water Polo Club as part of the Junior Olympic Team, invited to come play for the elite squad as the Oakdale 10's did not compete in the games.

August 20, 2014 | | Local Sports


Ten Steer Team Roping Slated Labor Day Weekend

August 20, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

The biggest fish I ever caught was caught by a rod and reel combo that cost me no more than $80 at the time. The biggest fish that I ever lost was lost while fishing with one of my most expensive rod and reel combo's. Several years ago while talking with a local bass fishing professional, he told me "buy the best equipment that you can afford." What he meant was that if $50 was your budget, then buy something within your budget. With that said, of all places to save a penny, I don't recommend opting for ...

August 20, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Several weeks ago I ran into an angler that I haven't seen in a few years. He's got to be in his 70's by now. As we were catching up, the excitement in his voice when talking about fishing was like if he was a kid again. He seemed excited about his next trip out and having a bead on the current fishing conditions. I couldn't help but think to myself how strong a passion for fishing can really be. I've got friends who've sacrificed it all to fish professionally. Unfortunately for them, things ...

August 13, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Surf Cup Tournament Success For East Valley Earthquakes

The 34th annual soccerloco Surf Cup tournament was held Aug. 2, 3 and 4 for U10 to U15 Boys and Girls. This was a Class I Tournament; open to USYSA, US Club Soccer, Super Y League, and FIFA affiliated teams and is held each year in San Diego, California. The tournament is a nationally recognized premier tournament, rated among the top two in the United States.

August 13, 2014 | | Local Sports


Dublin Tournament Medal Captured In Shootout

Taking three wins in four games played over the weekend, the Oakdale Insanity U19 soccer girls came home with consolation honors from the Dublin Shamrock Tournament.

August 13, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Fishing Report

School in many communities is now back in session, which signifies to me that summer is coming to an end. It's been a pretty good summer. I kicked it off with a fishing trip and just recently officially ended my summer with a fishing trip. In the middle, I mixed in a couple camping trips to Clarks Fork, Lake Pardee, and even scouted out some future camping spots. Just like when I was a kid, the summer seemed to fly right by and now it's time to get back to work. Going into each summer I usually have ...

August 06, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Gators Enjoy Final Competition In Pool

Summer is coming to a close and so recently did the Oakdale Gators competitive swim season. The Oakdale youth swim team, known as the Gators, hosted their final swim meet of the season, the 'Summer's End Invitational' on Saturday, July 26 at the Oakdale High School Aquatics Center. Four schools from surrounding areas took part in what was the biggest pool party in town. Brentwood, Sonora, Lodi and Ellis of Tracy joined in the meet with the Oakdale swimmers, for some solid competition, improved meet times and good sportsmanship.

August 01, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat. A lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items on their boats. When it comes to life jackets though, a lot of times they couldn't tell you what sizes they have and some of them even keep them stowed away under a seat compartment somewhere. In the past 10 years or more suspender type life jackets have become popular amongst boaters. Most them are designed to automatically inflate once submerged in water. The ...

July 30, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Laying Down The Law With La Vang

Nearly three weeks ago, La "Lawless" Vang was crowned the Flyweight Champion after his three round unanimous decision over Mike Tubera at the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino.

July 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


(Yes) We Are Ready For Some Football

As we get set to turn the calendar over to August it is time to turn our focus to back to school (sorry, kids). Along with back to school, comes the fall sports schedule, and that includes football on every level.

July 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


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


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