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Fishing Report

If you would have told me 10 years ago that someday I'd be selling my bass boat and buying a multi species boat I would have laughed at you. I did just that though and I'm not looking back. For years now while writing this report, I've often felt a little out of the touch with some of the reports being that I primarily fished for bass. If I caught a trout, catfish, striped bass, or anything else, it was while I was fishing for largemouth bass. That's all changed in the past few years and ...

May 14, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Olivo Gets The Call

Hard work, dedication, and even a bit of swallowing some pride, paid off for Oakdale resident Miguel Olivo and his mission to get back to the Major Leagues.

May 07, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA Cashes In At Chicken Ranch Casino

Earlier this month, on Saturday, April 12, Jamestown's Chicken Ranch Casino hosted Art of War: Presents Knockout Artist. With 23 fights, seven of which were title fights, Oakdale MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) was strongly represented.

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


Fishing Report

Growing up, I never used to wear sunglasses. Looking back, I can't believe that I fished as long as I did without sunglasses. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I realized the benefits of a good pair of sunglasses. I was fishing with a friend one day when he started talking about how great his sunglasses were. When I asked him how much he paid for them, I laughed at him and told him that I would never pay more than $10 for a pair of sunglasses. A couple of months later, he purchased ...

April 30, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

About ten years ago, I started a fishing club at the school where I work. We practiced several times of the week while I taught them how to cast, tie knots, spool their reels, and anything else that I thought they would need to know to get them started. In order to keep them interested, we scheduled a few trips out to some of our local lakes and had little competitions amongst each other to see who was going to catch the first and biggest fish. The club ended up being a huge success but unfortunately after four years my ...

April 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


PRCA Invades Community Competition Brings Top Cowboys To Annual Oakdale Rodeo

Rodeo fans from far and near were treated to a wild, action packed weekend as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) came to town for the 63rd Annual Oakdale Rodeo presented by the Oakdale Saddle Club.

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


Join The Oakdale Gators Swim Team

The Oakdale Gators swim team is now accepting new swimmers for their summer swim team and is also providing swimming lessons located at OHS Aquatic Center. This will be the team's 44th year as they have been a part of the community dating back to 1970.

April 09, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Last week I wrote about taking my dad out fishing for the day. The response I got from that column highlighted what I believe is a growing trend among today's youth. There are far too many of them that have never been fishing. I can understand a kid that is 10 or 12 years old, but there are teens out there that have yet to go fishing. While doing a little research on the Internet, I came across an article where the author challenged his readers to take at least two kids out fishing each year. I really hope ...

April 09, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


DOUBLE TROUBLE

The Double Trouble Volleyball Club, DTVC, is an Oakdale based club consisting of four teams ranging from 10- to 18-year-old girls, with members from several area communities. All DTVC teams are part of the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) and compete with other teams in California from January to May, playing a hectic travel schedule. DTVC is committed to improving the ability of each player with dedicated, experienced coaches.

April 02, 2014 | | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA Fighters Prep For Event

Art Of War Productions will have an action packed event at Jamestown's Chicken Ranch Casino on Saturday, April 12 appropriately named "The Biggest Little Show In California." The City of Oakdale will be represented greatly as former OHS graduates will enter the cage in intense battles.

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


Young Softball Players Enjoy Expert Instruction

Oak Valley Youth Softball Association (OVYSA) teamed up with the Oakdale High School Lady Mustangs softball team and their coaches to hold a clinic for the young softball hopefuls.

March 26, 2014 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Baseball Association - Opening Day Celebration A Home Run

The weather could not have been any better Saturday, March 22 for Oakdale Baseball Association's (OBA) Opening Day celebration. A huge crowd of people soaked up the sun and showed up for the big day at T.L. Davis Sports Complex.

March 26, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I've been putting off changing the bunks on my boat's trailer for several years now. Anyone who owns a boat knows that the boards the boat rests on eventually wear down. Several years ago I made some replacement bunks and have been meaning to swap them out as soon as I had a chance. The biggest problem was that in order to swap out the bunks I needed the boat off the trailer. Yesterday, I was finally able to do just that as I had my 11-year-old son watching my boat while I was swapping out the bunks ...

March 19, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Thanks to TV and Bassmaster Magazine I knew from the first time I watched or read about a bass tournament that I wanted to compete in one. I visualized what it would be like, kept records of my daily catches, and compared my catches to the catches of others. Once I was old enough, I entered my first tournament. I didn't do nearly as well as I believed I would but I was hooked and couldn't wait for the next tournament. After several years with several wins and a lot more losses, I began to realize that fishing ...

March 12, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Reining In Honors - Oakdale Teen Wins Second Straight Youth World Title

Oakdale is known as "The Cowboy Capital of the World" but there is a teenage girl who knows her way around a ranch and the arena as well as any guy.

March 05, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


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MMA Event A Hit In Merced

Fight fans flocked into the Merced County Fairgrounds to cheer on local amateur mixed martial arts action over the weekend. The hard-hitting four-hour event, Hoplite Fight Productions' "Finished: No Judges Required" took place on Saturday night, July 18.

July 22, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Local Hoopsters Suit Up For Youth Basketball Clinic

The summer youth basketball clinic and open gym began on Tuesday, July 7 at Oakdale High School's main gym. Kids from the ages of 8 to 13 attended the first of seven clinics and open gym. This two hour, once-a-week event is instructed by Coach Devin Ginty.

July 15, 2015 | | Local Sports


Gators Find Stroke In Lodi Meet

By the dozens, members of the Oakdale Gators swim team took to the pool on Saturday, July 11 as the squad went on the road to face off with Lodi. They swam at Tokay High School and the visiting Gators put on a dominating show, with plenty of participants hitting the lanes to kick, crawl and flip turn their way to victory.

July 15, 2015 | | Local Sports


Last Stand Fighters Heading To Merced

Hoplite Fight Productions 'Finished: No Judges Required' mixed martial arts (MMA) event takes place on Saturday, July 18 at the Merced County Fairgrounds. Oakdale's Last Stand will be strongly represented in the event. Two titles will be on the line when Oakdale's Anthony "Homicide" Howard (3-0) takes on Jose Navarro (2-0) of No Limits MMA for the vacant Flyweight Title, and Brit Lippencot (3-0) clashes with Jacobo Longoria (2-1) of Flawless Victory MMA for the vacant Welterweight Title.

July 15, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Fighter Prepares For Battle In Octagon

With just one week until her match against Brooke Mao (4-1), Oakdale's Last Stand fighter Antoinette Bernal reflects on how she made it into the octagon.

July 08, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Gators Kick Off 2015 Swim Season

The Oakdale Gators Swim team kicked off the 2015 swim season on Saturday, June 6 at the Oakdale Aquatic Center. The first meet of the season hosted a large number of attendees for the Oakdale Swim Team's recreational group. Children as young as the age of 5 were ready to compete and take to the water, swimming in 25-yard events. The meet concluded shortly after 1:30 p.m.

June 10, 2015 | | Local Sports


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