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Oakdale Baseball All Stars Go 0-2 In State Tournament

The hits didn't come when Oakdale needed them most in back-to-back losses for the Oakdale Baseball Association's 11-12 Cal Ripken All Stars in state tournament action at James Polk Middle School in Fresno this past week.The team slipped in 7-3 form to Clovis in the tournament opener, despite five innings of sharp pitching from Blake Whiting. The team was down just 3-2 in the fifth, but surrendered late scores and ultimately the contest.Whiting smashed an RBI double in the loss while Dalton Stewart connected on a key single and Bradford Aquino grabbed a base hit and ...

July 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Gators Win Big In Turlock

The Oakdale Gators youth swim program saw fast times lead to big points and a tri-meet win over both the Stanislaus Sharks and Turlock Marlins on Saturday at Pitman High. The victory was a sweet one for the Gators, as they look to start peaking in time for the championships in the Mid Valley League later this month.In all, seven Oakdale swimmers earned the nod as top swimmers in their collective age groups during Saturday's Mid Valley Swim League action.Arielle Cook was best in the 15-16 girls division after wins in each of her events. She finished ...

July 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


McDonald Nearing WEC debut

One of the highest organizations for lightweight mixed martial art fighters in the world, World Extreme Cagefighting, could see an Oakdale product make his nationally televised debut by the end of the year.Modesto resident and Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter, Michael McDonald, was approached by WEC general manager Reed Harris after his impressive second round knock out of highly touted Cole Escovedo on Saturday at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.The fight, which won McDonald a Tachi Palace bantamweight title, was expected to be Escovedo's precursor to re-entrance in the WEC, but instead left ...

July 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Fogarty, Gators Set Sights On Bright Swimming Future

Prep and collegiate coaches often complain about flaws in an athlete's technique or style that creates difficulties in competition at the next level.

July 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Champs - District Title Run For Oakdale Baseball All Stars

With his Oakdale Baseball Association 11-12 All Stars sporting a 14-11 lead over Lodi in the bottom of the fourth inning, Oakdale manager Ron Helms could only turn away from the diamond as a towering Lodi connection seemed to soar for a game changing grand slam.

July 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Broderick Medrano

Oakdale Youth Baseball Association 11-12 All Star catcher Broderick Medrano proved his home run derby title was no fluke by belting a huge three-run bomb over the center field fence during third inning action at Fair Oaks Field on Wednesday, June 30.

July 07, 2010 | | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Hayley Rivera

Oakdale Gators youth swimmer Hayley Rivera dominated the 7-8 age division at the team's first home meet, June 5, with the Manteca Dolphins. Rivera won three events in her age division, dominating across the pool.

June 16, 2010 | | Local Sports


Locals Light Up Nitro Night Of Fire

The 33rd Annual Nitro Night of Fire event attracted many of the best racers from around the Sacramento area and surrounding counties over the weekend. The counties of Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced and San Joaquin were all represented at the event.

June 16, 2010 | By Mike and Jefff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Major Move - Cardinals Select Whiting In Baseball Draft

With ear buds from his I-pod firmly implanted in each lobe, Oakdale High graduate Boone Whiting was a bit confused when his collegiate summer league Santa Barbara Forrester teammates rose to their feet and began shaking his hand on the bus ride to Compton on Tuesday, June 8.

June 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Mid Valley Swim Conference

Tracy Invitational 2010, Saturday-Sunday, May 29-30

June 02, 2010 | | Local Sports


A League Of Her Own - Oakdale Girl Mows Down Baseball Opponents

The leading hitter and pitcher in the major division Oakdale Baseball Association American League rocked opposing batters for 59 strikeouts and accumulated an astounding .631 average at the plate.

May 19, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Ike’s Sights – Spinning Wheels, Doughnuts & More

I can't watch Wheel of Fortune anymore without flying into a fit of rage.

May 12, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Blue Max Runs In Funny Car Fever

With spring rains pelting the Northern California Central Valley area throughout the week, it was time for the sun to come out. And come out it did, just in time to allow another great weekend of drag racing at Sacramento Raceway for the annual "Funny Car Fever" event.

April 28, 2010 | Mike and Jeff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA - Sandoval Gunning For Top Dog Status

The short but muscular frame of two-year old Staffordshire bull terrier, Koukla, mimics the same profile of her owner, Oakdale High graduate Martin Sandoval.

April 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Brazile Shines In Sunday’s Stormy Weather

Amarillo, Texas native Trevor Brazile is a lot like the U.S. Postal Service.

April 14, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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Local Racers Challenge The Best In NHRA Heritage Series

The Good Vibrations Motorsports 56th annual March Meet, at the famed AAA of Southern California/Famoso Raceway, represents the first seasonal event of the NHRA Heritage Series. The results in Funny Car also count toward the Bakersfield/Boise Blitz challenge. The weather was perfect and brought out near record crowds each of the three days.

March 11, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Carquest Nationals Offer Draggin’ In The Desert

Weather conditions for the 31st annual Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Arizona was comfortable and partly cloudy, producing some great on track performances. The conditions also brought out a near capacity crowd over the entire three days of racing.

March 04, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Third Place Showing For Oakdale Polo Club

Competing in the United States Polo Association (USPA) Interscholastic Girls (seventh grade – 12th grade) division, Oakdale took third place overall at the Western Regional Tournament at Central Coast Polo Club in Los Osos, California. The team was in action Feb. 13 through 15 and played against Maui Makaha, Maui, Hawaii and Horse Park, Menlo Park, California. They placed third overall.

February 25, 2015 | | Local Sports


Great Weather, Great Performances Highlight NHRA Racing

The 31st annual Carquest NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Motor Sports Park in Phoenix, Arizona, featured some strong performances throughout qualifying, thanks to some very good weather conditions. Just enough sun to put some heat in the track with some cloud cover to keep the temperatures in the optimal range for tuning performances in all the professional categories. The great weather also brought out huge crowds for the two qualifying days.

February 25, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Former Champions Arise To Capture Season Opener

The sun spent most of the weekend shining down on the 55th annual Circle K Winternationals in Pomona as the NHRA Mello Yello kicked off the 2015 season with a near capacity crowd at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

February 18, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Fresno Center Hosts MMA Showcase Saturday

Life has not always been easy for Ryan "The Executioner" Tobar, but through the struggles, Tobar has become a star in both the octagon and in life.

February 11, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Optimal Conditions Produce Stellar NHRA Performances

The 2015 NHRA Season opened with the 55th annual Circle K/NHRA Winter Nationals in Pomona at the LA County Fairplex. Throughout qualifying, 70 degree plus temperatures and overcast skies prevailed, producing some of the best conditions seen in a while for some great on track performances. But, just as the final rounds of professional qualifying arrived, the overcast skies turned into rain, cancelling the fourth and final qualifying session. Thus, the final elimination fields would be set after just three highly competitive sessions of qualifying.

February 11, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


2015 Motorsports Prepares For Thundering Season

The 2015 motorsports racing season looks to be very exciting for race fans. There are new racers popping up in and around the Stanislaus and San Joaquin County areas all the time.

February 04, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Fishing Report

The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient. I'm not sure if I even understood the word back then, I just knew that I was expected to wait for the fish to come to me. This time of year, I'm constantly reminded of that advice as the bites are usually harder to come by. There are a couple of things that I do to keep motivated when the fishing gets tough. I always bring a warm thermos of coffee. Just about the time frustration starts to set in, I pull out my thermos and warm ...

January 28, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


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