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.
If you build it, they will come - and if you hit it, Rufus Santos will write it down.
For additional photos and information on the Oakdale Baseball Association and Saturday's opening day, see Wednesday's print edition of the Oakdale Leader, April 6.
Colton Farquer can tie-down a calf faster than most people tie their shoes.
Giving up a goal in the opening minute of their first game, that was nearly all their opponents would get for the entire weekend, as the Oakdale Insanity Under 16 competitive soccer girls took three wins in the State Association Cup opening weekend.
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 ...
Jordan Keckler never stops moving.
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.
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.
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.
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, ...
Between Bryce Dyrda's no-hit baseball gem, a bounty of doubles tennis success, a spectacular junior varsity softball outing and a 12-0 soccer win, the recent exploits of Oakdale High athletes has been a thrill to follow. Below is a summary of recent action. Baseball Oakdale (2-4) went 1-2 in the Pedretti Tournament on March 7, 8 and 9 after a 3-0 shutout ...
The best wrestlers in the Sac-Joaquin Section have been systematically whittled down to the top 32 in each weight like hand-carved furniture. Action at six divisional tournaments on Feb. 15 and 16 started the process and now there are seven seats up for grabs at each weight from the SJS to the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield. The competition for state advancement begins ...
Anna Adams learned to walk before she could crawl.
Desperate for a win that would send them into the playoffs, players on Manteca High's varsity boys basketball team suddenly found themselves against the ropes as they trailed aspiring spoilers, Oakdale, at halftime of the Mustangs' Feb. 12 Senior Night.
Manteca High girls basketball coach Cody Norman searched the sideline and scorer's table for scissors. Courtney Range limped about the court in slippers, sweats and a black hooded sweater. And Jessica Hasal, the fast-action junior guard, wore street clothes, cheering on her teammates during the pregame Senior Night festivities. The Buffaloes' coronation party got off to a subdued start and the pace never ...
The memory of a 26-10 halftime deficit and away loss to Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team on Jan. 25 must not have been far from the minds of Sonora players on Feb. 8.
North American Youth Sports announced there are still openings for its annual spring youth basketball tournament, to ho be hosted this year at Escalon High School from March 22 through 24. The tournament will feature 12 different brackets. They include: fourth grade boys, fourth grade girls, fifth and sixth boys, fifth and sixth girls, seventh grade boys, seventh grade girls, eighth grade boys, girls; ninth and 10th grade boys, ...
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program will offer its popular Turkey Hunting Clinic on Saturday, March 2 at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area near Gridley.
Oakdale's run of dominance in the Valley Oak League could soon come to an end.