The summer of 2011 has broken new waves for the sport of water polo in the Oakdale community. For the first time in city history, 14-and-under and 12-and-under squads have seen huge participation during summer play. This stellar program progresses the growth of the sport each month, and even qualified three teams for the upcoming Junior Olympics.
Oakdale High graduate Devin Combs is feeling awfully blue. This week as he packs his suitcases for college, Combs has to leave behind his Oakdale Mustang apparel and any other crimson attire. Red is the primary color for the Las Vegas Rebels, and as a member of the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack, Combs can no longer sport the hues of the football team's hated rivals. "I was a big red guy, but now ...
It's official. Despite the respite a pool offers this summer, water polo is the hottest sport in Oakdale. The Oakdale Water Polo Club and SOAK (Sonora/Oakdale) teams have exploded to record numbers this summer, and saw an unexpected 18-deep roster of 12-and-under coed players for their host SOAK Tournament last weekend. In all, six SOAK teams joined the fray of 59 teams and 81 games across four venues on Saturday and Sunday last week. For ...
A "hat trick" is a term normally reserved for three scores in soccer, but Oakdale youth swimmer Soren Dickens nabbed the pool version of this feat by winning three events at the Speedo International Swim Meet at Ft Lauderdale, Florida in late June.
Five Oakdale baseball players, a Riverbank player and several more from Turlock met with Oakdale High graduate and current California State University, Berkeley pitcher Justin Jones earlier this month during the college World Series in Nebraska. They also saw Cal compete in the CWS, but Jones could not take the mound because of injury.
Longtime Oakdale sports fans probably thought they would sooner see Batman and The Joker on a two-man bicycle than Oakdale and Sonora athletes on the same roster - but times - they are a changing.
One of the closest races in the Oakdale Invitational on June 11 was a tight thriller in the 9-10 50 meter breast stroke, when Dustin VandenBosch of the Oakdale Gators out-touched the second place finisher by just five one hundredths of a second to win the event. He would go on to claim second in the 100 free, join a first place 100 free relay and second place 100 medley relay as well in a very successful event for the young swimmer.
While soft spoken and polite, 2011 Oakdale High graduate A.C. Brown is anything but timid. During Saturday's 38th Annual Lions All-Star Football game at the University of the Pacific, Brown delivered a crushing hit to East Union graduate Teejay Gordon, leaving the Lancer star slumped to the turf for several minutes before he was whisked to the hospital for stitches to his exposed chin. Brown, a linebacker for the South, delivered the legal hit just ...
With eight youth swim teams vying for top honors in a host of events across several age divisions at the Oakdale Aquatic Center, the host Gators stretched to achieve top honors in four races on Saturday during the annual Oakdale Invitational.
Exactly one week before the Oakdale Gators Youth Swim team hosts its annual Oakdale Invitational, local swimmers proved they weren't letting a little rain dampen their spirits.
The best home run hitter in Oakdale High softball history is even better on the mound. Four-year varsity ace and two-year Valley Oak League pitcher of the year, Brianna Parker, recently signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division I softball at Texas Southern University on a partial scholarship. The commitment inks the 2011 graduate to join a quality program at the next level just months after she carried Oakdale into the consolation championships ...
Not much was in question for the Oakdale High track and field girls as they fought to keep their extensive wining streak alive in a Valley Oak League meet with visiting Manteca on April 7.
The bull tried its darnedest, but the pesky frame of Oakdale native Bo Bacigalupi refused to be dislodged in an eight-second thrill on Saturday in front of a roaring crowd at the 60th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo.
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.
Lance Harvey's family tree is made of lassos.