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Soccer Squads Prepare For Competition With Special Clinics

Riding the wave of World Cup popularity and preparing for its own upcoming competitive season, the Oakdale Youth Soccer League has brought in some topnotch coaching for special clinics.

August 04, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Poolside - Gators Post Solid Times In Swim Championships

More than a dozen Oakdale Gators youth swim team standouts improved times in all three of their events at the Mid Valley Swim League championships in Turlock on Saturday, July 24. It was a satisfying way for the 15 members of the team to culminate the summer campaign.

July 28, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale Native Sees Baseball Homecoming

Alyssa Freeman, a 12-year-old Oakdale native and Boise, Idaho baseball star, delivered a thrilling homecoming performance in travel tournament action at Rainbow Fields in Riverbank over the weekend.

July 28, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale’s Medlen Leads Crew In Win At Infineon

The 23rd Annual Fram-Autolite National at Infineon Raceway thundered to completion earlier this month, with the event featuring all the top professional categories, Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. In addition many of the Lucas Oil sportsman categories were also contested.

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


U.S. Olympians Train Oakdale Netters

Participants in Oakdale High's summer volleyball clinic received some expert tutelage from some of the best instructors in the sport - worldwide - earlier this month at the Mustang gymnasium.

July 28, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Sarah Peterson

Talented Oakdale softball player Sarah Peterson on the Under-16 California Grapettes has been lights out in summer competition. She followed up a thrilling run to a Sac-Joaquin Metro title by playing her best in the Champions Cup premier tournament in Irvine. Peterson was one of five Oakdale players to combine for 28 hits across the tournament and belted her first career home run over the fence in a two-run bomb against Fort Collins. Peterson earns Athlete of the Week honor for her efforts.

July 28, 2010 | | Local Sports


Gators Show Big Improvements In Tri-Meet

Nine Oakdale Gators swimmers saw big improvements and stellar times in a three-way Mid Valley Swim League tri-meet with Tracy and Ripon at Ripon High on Saturday, July 17.The Gators finished third to the two much larger programs, but saw faster touches in a successful meet."This is a time of the season where we've been working our Gator swimmers harder in preparation to have them in the best possible form before we taper for championships," Oakdale coach Brian Fogarty said. "So we expect excellent form and improvements in technique, but the continuing time drops are a bonus ...

July 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Grapettes Compile 5-3 Record In Champions Cup Competition

The Oakdale based California Grapettes under-16 softball team went 5-3 among a field of 54 teams at the recent Champions Cup premier tournament in Irvine.With an expected 40 college scouts in attendance, the team was 4-2 in pool play and 1-1 in a difficult single elimination bracket."It was an outstanding team performance, and one the girls should be proud of," Oakdale coach Kelly Olson said. "They faced some very tough teams, and it was an excellent tune-up for Nationals."The Grapettes opened the tournament on Thursday with two straight losses, including a 5-1 defeat in the first game ...

July 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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


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Trio Of Teams At Classic

Three Oakdale United competitive travel soccer teams were on the field for multiple games over the long Thanksgiving weekend, traveling to Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento. They took part in the CVU Thanksgiving Classic, with Oakdale's Under 12 boys, Under 16 girls and Under 19 girls all suiting up for contests.

December 04, 2013 | | Local Sports


20 Questions For Oakdale MMA’s Tom Theofanopoulos

Q: Country of origin?

November 27, 2013 | Nicholas Hopping | Local Sports


STAMPEDE SUCCESS

Oakdale Stampede Varsity boys won on Saturday, Nov. 2 by a 24-12 margin over the visiting Buhach Thunder. Top photo, Joshua Jacobson, 11, leads the charge to bring down the Thunder runners with teammates Junior Rodin, 24, Zach Campbell, 45, and CJ Toledo, 80, closing in. At side, Matt Kjeldgaard, 50, makes sure he is lined up onside. The Stampede will host the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes at The Corral on Saturday at 7 p.m.; the winner will be the AFC champ and move on to the Superbowl.

November 06, 2013 | | Local Sports


PLAYOFF BOUND

Oakdale's varsity Stampede squad lines up in action on Saturday against the Turlock 49ers, playing their way to a 48-14 victory, sitting on top of the division at 9-0 and ready to wrap up the regular season hosting Los Banos on Oct. 26 at The Corral. They start the playoffs on Nov. 2 at home. Other games Saturday saw the JV Stampede fall 21-0 and the Pee Wee team take a 27-7 loss. Action earlier this month against the Buhach Thunder resulted in a varsity win (36-0) and losses for the JV (38-0) and Pee Wee (13-7) Stampede squads.

October 23, 2013 | | Local Sports


Go! Fight! Win!

Last year, Oakdale High School Cheer Coaches, Heather Vieira, Sherry Kupper, and Melissa Xavier, started the Mini Mustang cheer clinic where little girls in grades K-6 would cheer for the first half of a home varsity Mustang game with the Mustang cheerleaders as well as perform the half-time show. The coaches had modest expectations but were blown away when 116 little girls participated.

September 25, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Local Sports


LOVE IS A VERB (AL) - Sophomore Commits To Fresno State

The decision was about as difficult as thumb-wrestling an empty glove.

August 28, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Rodeo Youth Leave Oakdale With Nearly Eight Grand

Hilmar youth cowboy Preston Burgess is like oxygen - he's All-Around.

August 21, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


McDonald Wins UFC Bout, Bonuses

Casually fielding questions less than two days after the biggest victory of his successful and still young career, Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter Michael McDonald recalled his favorite things about the city of Boston on Monday.

August 21, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Rodeo Results Are In

The hoard of prize-winning youth competitors at the 2013 Oakdale Saddle Club Junior Rodeo have been compiled into a detailed list of top-finishers in each event.

August 20, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local Sports


Soccer Girls Feel Impact Of Mustang U19 Squad

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.

August 14, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Lester To Join Stan State Soccer Staff

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.

August 14, 2013 | | Local Sports


NOT YOUR BUDDY - Wallace, Smitley, Tobar Provide Winning Thrills

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.

August 07, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale United Insanity Blasts Off In Solano Tournament

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.

August 07, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


26th Annual Sonoma Nationals Showcase Strong Performances

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 ...

August 05, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local Sports


Tobar Delivers Pro Debut Saturday In Jamestown

Ryan Tobar has aspirations so high that he has to sleep in an Oakdale loft just to keep up with them.

July 31, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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