Sometimes a name just sticks.
The year-round Oakdale Swim Team recently took fifty swimmers to a USA Swim meet at Roseville's October meet, which drew an attendance of over nine-hundred swimmers. Oakdale Swim Team coaches were happy to see personal bests across the board from beginning swimmer to experienced senior group swimmers. The local athletes achieved multiple Junior Olypmic, Far Western, and IMX qualifying time standards.
Thanks to 2004 Oakdale High graduate Martin Sandoval, the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academies are going international.
The hands of 21-year-old unbeaten Oakdale MMA amateur fighter Mercedes Campos flew from her shoulders like the blades of a fan, connecting over and over with the head of Red Bluff's Denise Bruckner until she was trapped against the cage.
A boys and girls youth basketball camp sponsored by Riverbank High's girls basketball club begins on Saturday, Oct. 13 with a fee of only $25 for four hours of instruction by college and high school coaches and athletes. The camp will be held at the spacious Ray Fauria gymnasium and be available for grades second to eighth. The camp will run from 8 a.m. to noon (grades 2-5) and then 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (grades 6-8). For more information contact RHS girls basketball coach Tim Carnes at 209 629-0776.
The Oakdale Stampede youth football and cheer program displayed some tenacious defense to defend their home turf at The Corral by blasting the Waterford Sabercats in all three scoring levels on Sept. 22.
Oakdale's year-round youth swim team, Oakdale Aquatics, recently took eighth place out of 51 teams at a three day meet in Morgan Hill.
In a tournament that serves as a benefit for a paralyzed soccer player, the Oakdale Insanity Under 19 competitive girls team came home with first place honors and trophies signed by the tournament's namesake, Cassy Rowe.
With the recent resignation of longtime director Irene Laugero, the Impact Volleyball Club has ceased operations.
The Oakdale Aquatics USA Swimming program is off to a great start this fall. The team shined at their first meet in Sonora recently, seeing sharp production from 17 swimmers. Oakdale standout Caden Nord also was a bright spot in his first Junior Olympic meet while Soren Dickens, Summer Thompson and Alissa Burford were terrific at the California-Nevada Sectional.
A herd of 214 youth participants at the Oakdale Saddle Club Junior Rodeo may have departed the arena with dirt stains on their respective leggings, but several left with pockets lined in green on Saturday, Aug. 18.
The Dublin Shamrock Tournament hosted a bounty of soccer teams from across the state of various age divisions, and Oakdale's Under 19 Insanity girls and Under 15 Red Bulls boys made the most of their trips to the Aug. 11 and 12 competition.
Taking some inspiration from the Olympic Games, a pair of Oakdale United competitive soccer teams came home with gold this weekend.
The Oakdale 12-and-under all-star baseball team concluded summer play with two tournaments in July. A young team from the start of the All-star season, they matured over the two months that they played and practiced together. After winning the Oakdale Come As You Are tournament (4-0) and then finishing a disappointing third in the District 1 tournament (1-2), the team started to really come together in post-season tournament play.
The Oakdale Saddle Club hosts the Annual Junior Rodeo on Saturday, Aug. 18 followed by NorCal Junior Rodeo on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds.
The black Nike sneakers supporting 34-year-old Deonce Whitaker molded a peculiar trail of alien impressions onto the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo sod as the Riverbank resident strode toward a line of nervous and jittery greenhorns.
Cowboys escaped the 62nd Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo with $128,753 in earnings on April 13 and 14 - without the pursuit of a posse.
When the last chunk of earth finally settled back to the arena floor at the 62nd Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo, New Mexico's Jim Ross Cooper emerged as the lone cash-winner in multiple events to seal the honor as the 2013 All-Around Champion. He joined a host of buckle-winners that included Oakdale's Norm Mendenhall, a team roping champion alongside Allen Pruitt. Local cowboys Joe Murry (Oakdale) and Frank Perry claimed top honor is the 50-and-over Gold Card team roping event as well.
Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy sensation and Ultimate Fighting Championship talent Michael McDonald is rallying to combat an enemy of a different sort these days.
Winners of nine straight games, Kimball High's undefeated baseball team had played quality programs across all divisions of enrollment for an entire month.
Oakdale High softball pitcher Rylie Pena was appearing fatigued on March 28, and East Union's Marissa Romero was looking for an opportunity.
Bryce Dyrda is never idle.
Spectacular boys golf and track and field performances proved impressive during recent play for Oakdale High athletes. Following is a summary of results.
Oakdale residents Steve Pester and Ron Weaver don't need to stretch their arms across their mustache-clad frames to spin yarns of catching fish 'this' big.
It didn't take long for the 12 underclassmen on Oakdale High's varsity girls soccer team to grasp how strong the upper tier of the Valley Oak League truly is.
Diamonds are forever.
Members of the 400 yard boys freestyle relay team from Oakdale High's 2009 swim program may need to sit down for this.
The painted lines protruding out from Oakdale High's discus circle already awkwardly overlap the edge of the shot put pit.
The only thing missing from last year's boy's golf season was a glass golf shoe that could only fit Oakdale High golfer and current Modesto Junior College standout, Ryan Jones.
Between Bryce Dyrda's no-hit baseball gem, a bounty of doubles tennis success, a spectacular junior varsity softball outing and a 12-0 soccer win, the recent exploits of Oakdale High athletes has been a thrill to follow. Below is a summary of recent action.