It turns out that Oakdale youth athletes are getting their own glimpse of the Olympic Games without the expense of a flight to London in 2012.
If Savannah Stender embroidered the first letter of her name across her chest, it would not only be alphabetically correct, it would be a red cape short of describing her heroics. Oakdale High's superwoman was unmatched talent in the water polo pool and capped a tremendous final year of prep competition with dazzling success for Oakdale's swim team. She proved the perfect choice for the 2011-12 Oakdale Leader Female Athlete of the Year.
The prestige of Oakdale High's football program is bolstered every season by the conference and postseason success each group of athletes collectively share and the character each athlete displays.
Oakdale Gators youth swimmers Hayley Rivera and Dustin VandenBosch were truly touching during a meet against the host Ripon Sea Lions on July 7.
Oakdale H.S., Softball Oakdale Gators swimmer Dustin VandenBosch delivered yet another stellar performance in the pool during the Sea Dog Invitational on June 23. VandenBosch sped to championship victories in the 100 meter individual medley and 50 butterfly stroke. He was also second in the 50 breaststroke and joined older swimmers for a sixth place finish in the 15-18 200 medley relay. VandenBosch earns Athlete of the Week recognition from The Leader for his efforts.
It's now apparent that Kevin Costner's character from the movie Waterworld is loosely based on Oakdale Gators swimmer Dustin VandenBosch.
The Under-12 Oakdale Baseball Association All Stars had the luxury of hosting a postseason tournament last week after rolling through the 'As You Are' tournament at Santos Field with a perfect 4-0 record.
The deciding moment in eight-year-old Luca Petroni's youth hockey career wasn't uncovered by high-level inline tournaments or even during a Junior Olympic tryout in San Jose this summer.
A packed house of swimmers and onlookers at the Oakdale Aquatic Center did little to rattle the host Oakdale Gators youth swim program on June 9 at the Oakdale Invitational. Gators swimmers accounted for four event championships and an impressive 25 total top-five finishes in the competing events.
Oakdale Gators youth swimmers got the best of their competition during a three-team showdown with Modesto and host Tracy on June 12. The Gators accounted for an incredible 62 top-three finishes in the barrage of events across all age divisions. The team is back in action on June 23 at the Turlock SeaDog Invitational.
It was swimming-room-only at the Oakdale Aquatic Center on Saturday as cap-donning competitors across the region migrated to Oakdale High for the 2012 Oakdale Invitational.
After a whirlwind tour of national tournaments for the Oakdale Youth Wrestling Club, the pressures of the USA Wrestling California State Freestyle Championships on June 1 were about as intimidating as a gnat in pajamas.
For a moment, the sight of Native American grinding holes and the noise of powerful rushing water shrouds every sense, creating an other-worldly setting trapped in time.
A packed house at the Tracy Invitational provided plenty of opposition for the Oakdale Gators youth swim program on May 26 and 27, but couldn't keep local swimmers from fast times and 20 total top-five placements.
Welcome home, Ryle Smith. The 2005 Oakdale High graduate and professional cowboy returned to his hometown triumphantly on April 12, 13 and 14 to claim an All-Around Champion title at the 61st Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo. Smith landed second in tie-down roping and third in steer wrestling to finish with the top marks in a muddy field of play that left most cowboys floundering in the sludge. The finish was surreal for an Oakdale ...
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.
It's common knowledge.
Sometimes a name just sticks.