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
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.
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 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.
Fight fans flocked into the Merced County Fairgrounds to cheer on local amateur mixed martial arts action over the weekend. The hard-hitting four-hour event, Hoplite Fight Productions' "Finished: No Judges Required" took place on Saturday night, July 18.
The summer youth basketball clinic and open gym began on Tuesday, July 7 at Oakdale High School's main gym. Kids from the ages of 8 to 13 attended the first of seven clinics and open gym. This two hour, once-a-week event is instructed by Coach Devin Ginty.
By the dozens, members of the Oakdale Gators swim team took to the pool on Saturday, July 11 as the squad went on the road to face off with Lodi. They swam at Tokay High School and the visiting Gators put on a dominating show, with plenty of participants hitting the lanes to kick, crawl and flip turn their way to victory.
Hoplite Fight Productions 'Finished: No Judges Required' mixed martial arts (MMA) event takes place on Saturday, July 18 at the Merced County Fairgrounds. Oakdale's Last Stand will be strongly represented in the event. Two titles will be on the line when Oakdale's Anthony "Homicide" Howard (3-0) takes on Jose Navarro (2-0) of No Limits MMA for the vacant Flyweight Title, and Brit Lippencot (3-0) clashes with Jacobo Longoria (2-1) of Flawless Victory MMA for the vacant Welterweight Title.
The Oakdale Gators Swim team kicked off the 2015 swim season on Saturday, June 6 at the Oakdale Aquatic Center. The first meet of the season hosted a large number of attendees for the Oakdale Swim Team's recreational group. Children as young as the age of 5 were ready to compete and take to the water, swimming in 25-yard events. The meet concluded shortly after 1:30 p.m.