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Fishing Report

Growing up, I never used to wear sunglasses. Looking back, I can't believe that I fished as long as I did without sunglasses. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I realized the benefits of a good pair of sunglasses. I was fishing with a friend one day when he started talking about how great his sunglasses were. When I asked him how much he paid for them, I laughed at him and told him that I would never pay more than $10 for a pair of sunglasses. A couple of months later, he purchased ...

April 30, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

About ten years ago, I started a fishing club at the school where I work. We practiced several times of the week while I taught them how to cast, tie knots, spool their reels, and anything else that I thought they would need to know to get them started. In order to keep them interested, we scheduled a few trips out to some of our local lakes and had little competitions amongst each other to see who was going to catch the first and biggest fish. The club ended up being a huge success but unfortunately after four years my ...

April 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


PRCA Invades Community Competition Brings Top Cowboys To Annual Oakdale Rodeo

Rodeo fans from far and near were treated to a wild, action packed weekend as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) came to town for the 63rd Annual Oakdale Rodeo presented by the Oakdale Saddle Club.

April 16, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Join The Oakdale Gators Swim Team

The Oakdale Gators swim team is now accepting new swimmers for their summer swim team and is also providing swimming lessons located at OHS Aquatic Center. This will be the team's 44th year as they have been a part of the community dating back to 1970.

April 09, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Last week I wrote about taking my dad out fishing for the day. The response I got from that column highlighted what I believe is a growing trend among today's youth. There are far too many of them that have never been fishing. I can understand a kid that is 10 or 12 years old, but there are teens out there that have yet to go fishing. While doing a little research on the Internet, I came across an article where the author challenged his readers to take at least two kids out fishing each year. I really hope ...

April 09, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


DOUBLE TROUBLE

The Double Trouble Volleyball Club, DTVC, is an Oakdale based club consisting of four teams ranging from 10- to 18-year-old girls, with members from several area communities. All DTVC teams are part of the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) and compete with other teams in California from January to May, playing a hectic travel schedule. DTVC is committed to improving the ability of each player with dedicated, experienced coaches.

April 02, 2014 | | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA Fighters Prep For Event

Art Of War Productions will have an action packed event at Jamestown's Chicken Ranch Casino on Saturday, April 12 appropriately named "The Biggest Little Show In California." The City of Oakdale will be represented greatly as former OHS graduates will enter the cage in intense battles.

April 02, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Young Softball Players Enjoy Expert Instruction

Oak Valley Youth Softball Association (OVYSA) teamed up with the Oakdale High School Lady Mustangs softball team and their coaches to hold a clinic for the young softball hopefuls.

March 26, 2014 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Baseball Association - Opening Day Celebration A Home Run

The weather could not have been any better Saturday, March 22 for Oakdale Baseball Association's (OBA) Opening Day celebration. A huge crowd of people soaked up the sun and showed up for the big day at T.L. Davis Sports Complex.

March 26, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I've been putting off changing the bunks on my boat's trailer for several years now. Anyone who owns a boat knows that the boards the boat rests on eventually wear down. Several years ago I made some replacement bunks and have been meaning to swap them out as soon as I had a chance. The biggest problem was that in order to swap out the bunks I needed the boat off the trailer. Yesterday, I was finally able to do just that as I had my 11-year-old son watching my boat while I was swapping out the bunks ...

March 19, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Thanks to TV and Bassmaster Magazine I knew from the first time I watched or read about a bass tournament that I wanted to compete in one. I visualized what it would be like, kept records of my daily catches, and compared my catches to the catches of others. Once I was old enough, I entered my first tournament. I didn't do nearly as well as I believed I would but I was hooked and couldn't wait for the next tournament. After several years with several wins and a lot more losses, I began to realize that fishing ...

March 12, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Reining In Honors - Oakdale Teen Wins Second Straight Youth World Title

Oakdale is known as "The Cowboy Capital of the World" but there is a teenage girl who knows her way around a ranch and the arena as well as any guy.

March 05, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

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February 25, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


On The Track - Winternationals Thunders Into A New Season

Race day at the 54th Annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals started off with much fanfare, as thousands of fans were given the opportunity to walk the track with the 2013 drag racing season champions. The reigning Top Fuel champion, Shawn Langdon was joined by Funny Car champ John Force, Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin and Pro stock motorcycle rider Matt Smith as they took the fans on a magical tour down the famous track, explaining what it takes to get their respective high horsepowered race cars quickly and efficiently down the track. It was a great opportunity for the fans ...

February 13, 2014 | By MIKE BURGHARDT Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Basketball Camp Draws Crowd To Mustang Gym

From the youngest third and fourth grade participants to junior high school players, future Mustangs are being put through their paces every week on the hardwood.

January 22, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


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Fishing Report

Over the years there have been several poaching arrests on our local waters. As I was launching my boat several years ago I witnessed an older gentleman unloading a cooler into a car which was passing by; what seemed strange is that he continued to fish afterwards. Several days after while watching the news, I saw that several people were arrested in Stockton for poaching. They were caught with bags full of Bluegill and Striped Bass. As much as I've seen my fair share of anglers who seem to be taking more fish than they are supposed to, I ...

November 26, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

It's been a long time since I've actually planned a fishing trip. Usually, I decide the night before, or the morning of, and am in a mad scramble to get everything ready for a day of fishing. Consequently, that leaves me a lot of times, making last minute phone calls to friends and family searching for someone to fish with. When I realized Veterans' Day was going to be celebrated on a Tuesday this year, I immediately decided that I was going to go fishing that day. The day couldn't have worked out better for me, I ...

November 19, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

If you're waiting for the weather to cool down a little bit before getting out fishing you're likely to miss out on some of the best fishing of the year. What a lot of anglers don't understand is that the temperature outside is not as important as the temperature of the water. Our day time temperatures may not seem like much of a seasonal change but our days have been getting shorter and our nights longer resulting in less sunlight on the water combined with cooler night time temperatures. Our lake and river temperatures continue to drop ...

November 12, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Finally, we had some rain in the forecast and it actually fell on us as well. Like a lot of you, I'm already imagining what the lakes are going to look like once full again and am hoping that this past weekend's rain is the beginning of a record setting rainfall year. Like any change in the weather there are dangers associated with it. One that comes to my mind more than any is the importance of driving safely while trailering a boat in the rain. Without rain to wash it down, the roads become dirty over time ...

November 05, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


United Squads Face Tough Test At Turlock Tournament

In the Turlock Octoberfest Tournament over the weekend – all games were played at Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon – a trio of Oakdale United competitive travel soccer teams battled hard, coming way with different results.

October 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Watch out for the duck hunters, duck hunting season has begun. What's different than years past is that there are very few places locally to safely launch a boat anymore, making the Delta the only option for a lot of boaters and duck hunters. This of course has caused an increase in boat traffic and if you were to ask a duck hunter what they hate the most about hunting the Delta, they would surely say the boat traffic. During my last outing as I was navigating through a foggy stretch of water, I heard four gun shots. I ...

October 29, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I just recently celebrated a birthday; I won't tell you which one. I've heard it said a thousand times, "how fast time has passed." Like most of us celebrating a birthday it's hard not looking back. I was reminded of my past recently while I was searching high and low for my birth certificate. I came across an old picture of myself taken while I was in the military. For some reason my roommate took a picture of me while I was reading a Bassmaster Magazine. At that time, I would have never imagined that someday I ...

October 22, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing. I've been reading about the salmon that are being caught in the North Delta as well as the striped bass that are being caught pretty much everywhere in the Delta. Like a lot of anglers, I wanted to catch my first salmon of the year but also wanted to make sure that I caught something. So, off to Fisherman's Warehouse I went. It's been a while since I've been there; it hasn't changed much over the years. If you ...

October 15, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Martinelli Enters Hall Of Fame

For years Bill Martinelli was the face of Oakdale in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the 1960s and 1970s. Now that legacy has taken him to his induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

October 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Sports


Fishing Report

With the water levels being so low my choices for fishing this weekend have really been limited. Fortunately the bite in the Delta is finally starting to pick up and soon the water will be too cold for everyone to swim in except for the fish. This year is different than the last 20 in that I'll be targeting stripers, salmon, and possibly a sturgeon before the end of the winter. I've got an idea of what I want to do and how I'm going to do it but I've yet to try it out on ...

October 08, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Thursday morning on my way to work I was surprised to see rain clouds in the distance and a little mist in the air. Working with children, rainy days can be quite the challenge as they all want to play in the rain. Fish on the other hand aren't going to get anymore wet, but they do become more active when it rains. The rain has several effects on them. As the water rises, it not only provides them more area, but it washes bugs and debris into the water. The smaller fish are attracted to the food being ...

October 01, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


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