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.
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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.
Ryan Tobar has aspirations so high that he has to sleep in an Oakdale loft just to keep up with them.
Beaming ear to ear with a proud grin only a father could sport, First Tee Central Valley program manager Charlie Floyd of Riverbank addressed 10-year-old Oakdale golfer Shealyn Hanrahan with pointed questions as a crowd of youth gathered at the Escalon Golf Course on July 24.
The 26th Annual NHRA Sonoma Nations, at the Sonoma Raceway, entered final eliminations with track records being set in each of the top two professional categories on Sunday, July 28. In Top Fuel, David Grubnic and the Optima/Advanced team led the way, following his blistering 3.756 at 324.26 mph qualifying effort during the Friday evening qualifying session. All in all, six Top Fuel cars ran in the 3.7 second zone during the optimal Friday night qualifying session.
A haul of 19.56 pounds from five bass earned Oakdale's Ryan Vilmur a fifth place finish and cash winnings from a California Bass Federation tournament at Clear Lake on July 21. Vilmur, pictured here with two of his hefty catches, finished just .01 pounds ahead of sixth place fisherman Deacon Fernandez, also of Oakdale. Both used homemade Deacon Jigs and made their catches in 20 feet of water amongst rock piles. Tournament participants were not required to bring their own boat. To learn more about the California Bass Federation, visit californiabass.org.
Ten-year-old Shealyn Hanrahan of Oakdale stretches an iron behind her small frame and releases an explosive swing that glides through the fairway like a lawnmower. The golf ball lofts into the air, crashes onto the green, spins backwards and settles just shy of the cup during a recent Wednesday practice.
The exploits of 2010 Oakdale High graduate Nick Vander Tuig will already live on in the enchanted tales of baseball glory, but the 22-year-old right-handed pitcher is just getting started.
If Smokey Bear says 'Only you can prevent forest fires', then the nine bronzed beasts captured by Oakdale Wrestling Club grapplers Lilly Freitas, Cesar Garza and Colby Harlan must have a similar message.
Five years ago I purchased a 75 gallon fish tank from someone selling it on Craigslist. I got a really good deal on it, my son was five at the time, and what kid doesn't want a fish tank! Since then, I've learned a lot from observing the fish in my tank. One of the many things that I've observed was their reaction to temperature change. If the temperature changes too much either higher or lower they tend to go into a state of shock as they become very lethargic until their bodies adjust to it. What ...
Oakdale youth water polo talent Emily Bennett was selected to the eighth grade and under 'Development' USA National Water Polo training team. She competed with the nation's top 70 athletes in her age division for a spot on the 28-person squad. If selected to the top 13, she will represent the USA in International competition later this summer.
Eli Turnage defies gravity.
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.