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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


Behind The Chute - Team Effort Makes Rodeo Go ‘Round

Four months before the 59th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo, volunteers were already preparing for the 60th.

April 14, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Cowboy Up - Locals Vying For Top Honors In Saddle Club Rodeo

Jerold Camarillo's lasso is about as accurate as a sniper rifle.

April 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale's Crawford Speeds To Semifinals At March Meet

The opening of the 52nd Annual March Meet at the famed Famoso Raceway just north of Bakersfield got off to an auspicious start for Oakdale's nostalgia drag racing team and driver Josh Crawford on March 5.

March 17, 2010 | Mike Burghardt and Jeff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Cadra Soars To Thrilling Finishes At Junior Olympics

Preparing for his final run at the half pipe in the Freestyle Skiing Junior Olympics in New Hampshire, Oakdale sophomore Neal Cadra got some last minute advice from a coach who told him to go for a trick he had never landed in competition.

March 17, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Boyer, Rosas Win Annual Run For The Library

Roughly 200 runners took to the streets of Oakdale on Saturday morning for the 2010 Don Osborne Memorial Library Run. Hosted by the Oakdale Lions Club and overseen by the Modesto-based ShadowChase Running Club, the run began near the library at South First Avenue and G Street. Two different races were offered, the one-mile run and the 5K walk/run. Conditions were picture perfect, with cool morning air and some sunshine greeting those on hand for the event, which raises money for the local library and its programs for the community.

February 17, 2010 | | Local Sports


Holman Could Take Handball To The Olympic Level

It's 10 a.m. on Monday morning and Oakdale High's track and field athletes are enjoying a day of break from practice in honor of Presidents' Day.

February 17, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Insanity Girls Wrap Up Campaign With Cup Appearance

Battling back from a disappointing 2-0 loss to San Benito in their opening round game on Saturday, Oakdale's U14 Insanity soccer girls earned a tie and a win on Sunday in first round State Association Cup action.

January 13, 2010 | | Local Sports


Oakdale U12 Soccer Boys Advance To Sweet 16

With two wins and a tie, the Oakdale United U12 boys won their bracket and advance to the Sweet 16 round of competition in Association Cup play.

January 13, 2010 | | Local Sports


CenCal 12U Win Championship Nailbiter

The CenCal 12-and-Under youth baseball team blew through the TPR Veterans Day Classic at Big League Dreams in Manteca on Saturday with four straight wins and a championship title.

November 18, 2009 | | Local Sports


Stampede Squads Complete Full Sweep

If Manteca football teams see another horse in shoulder pads, it will be far too soon.

November 04, 2009 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Stampede Mom Powderpuff

November 04, 2009 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Banshees Claim Third Place Honors

It was a successful trip to Clovis for the Oakdale United U13 Banshees, the girls coming home with third place honors from the weekend tournament.

October 28, 2009 | | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA Loses Four In Richmond

With both hands still posted at the side of his face to defend a barrage of head kicks, Oakdale High graduate and former Mustang football player/OHS wrestler Rolando Velasco had no protection from a heavy straight right that landed flush on the center of his face and dropped him to the canvas.

October 28, 2009 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


A Game Of Their Own

Move over boys, it's mom's turn now.

October 28, 2009 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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Fishing Report 04-01-15

Every angler has his or her favorite fishing spot, I'm no different. Last weekend while fishing Lake Pardee, which is full by the way. My son and I were struggling to get any bites. We moved around from spot to spot until I decided that we try an old spot that I've been fishing since I was a kid. There was a time when that spot was the only place that I would fish on the lake, but as my boats have gotten bigger and more reliable, I've since ventured out. After fishing a while, my son ...

April 01, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


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


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