Four months before the 59th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo, volunteers were already preparing for the 60th.
Jerold Camarillo's lasso is about as accurate as a sniper rifle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If Manteca football teams see another horse in shoulder pads, it will be far too soon.
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.
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.
Move over boys, it's mom's turn now.
Players for the U16 boys and U14 girls headed to Fresno to battle it out for the Oakdale United competitive soccer program over the weekend.
Taking home their second medal in as many tournaments, members of the Oakdale United Insanity Under 19 girls team battled to a second place finish at the Dublin Shamrock Tournament.
Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer head coach Gabriel Bolton recently introduced an addition to his staff as Oakdale coach Callum Lester, a former professional in the U.K., joined the team as the goalkeeper coach.
Fighters for the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy landed devastating 1-2-3 punches during a string of professional bouts at Art of War Productions' Tactical Violence Fight Card at the Chicken Ranch Casino on Saturday.
Getting on the field for their first games of the season, the Oakdale United Insanity Under 19 girls competitive team played solid soccer all weekend, nailing down second place honors in the Solano Summer Blast Tournament.
Qualifying runs at the 26th Annual NHRA Sonoma Nations at the Sonoma Raceway produced many exciting performances, but the July 28 eliminations added more. The outstanding track conditions seen during the Friday night qualifying sessions reappeared during the first round of eliminations, for those teams that could get the right tuning set up. With it came a few upsets, where lower qualified cars defeated higher qualified cars and track records lowered. In Top Fuel, Morgan Lucas in his Geico/Lucas Oil dragster defeated TJ Zizzo in his Peak Oil dragster with a 3.757 at 328.30 mph to 3 ...
Ryan Tobar has aspirations so high that he has to sleep in an Oakdale loft just to keep up with them.
Beaming ear to ear with a proud grin only a father could sport, First Tee Central Valley program manager Charlie Floyd of Riverbank addressed 10-year-old Oakdale golfer Shealyn Hanrahan with pointed questions as a crowd of youth gathered at the Escalon Golf Course on July 24.
The 26th Annual NHRA Sonoma Nations, at the Sonoma Raceway, entered final eliminations with track records being set in each of the top two professional categories on Sunday, July 28. In Top Fuel, David Grubnic and the Optima/Advanced team led the way, following his blistering 3.756 at 324.26 mph qualifying effort during the Friday evening qualifying session. All in all, six Top Fuel cars ran in the 3.7 second zone during the optimal Friday night qualifying session.
A haul of 19.56 pounds from five bass earned Oakdale's Ryan Vilmur a fifth place finish and cash winnings from a California Bass Federation tournament at Clear Lake on July 21. Vilmur, pictured here with two of his hefty catches, finished just .01 pounds ahead of sixth place fisherman Deacon Fernandez, also of Oakdale. Both used homemade Deacon Jigs and made their catches in 20 feet of water amongst rock piles. Tournament participants were not required to bring their own boat. To learn more about the California Bass Federation, visit californiabass.org.
Ten-year-old Shealyn Hanrahan of Oakdale stretches an iron behind her small frame and releases an explosive swing that glides through the fairway like a lawnmower. The golf ball lofts into the air, crashes onto the green, spins backwards and settles just shy of the cup during a recent Wednesday practice.
The exploits of 2010 Oakdale High graduate Nick Vander Tuig will already live on in the enchanted tales of baseball glory, but the 22-year-old right-handed pitcher is just getting started.
If Smokey Bear says 'Only you can prevent forest fires', then the nine bronzed beasts captured by Oakdale Wrestling Club grapplers Lilly Freitas, Cesar Garza and Colby Harlan must have a similar message.
Five years ago I purchased a 75 gallon fish tank from someone selling it on Craigslist. I got a really good deal on it, my son was five at the time, and what kid doesn't want a fish tank! Since then, I've learned a lot from observing the fish in my tank. One of the many things that I've observed was their reaction to temperature change. If the temperature changes too much either higher or lower they tend to go into a state of shock as they become very lethargic until their bodies adjust to it. What ...
Oakdale youth water polo talent Emily Bennett was selected to the eighth grade and under 'Development' USA National Water Polo training team. She competed with the nation's top 70 athletes in her age division for a spot on the 28-person squad. If selected to the top 13, she will represent the USA in International competition later this summer.
Eli Turnage defies gravity.