One of the closest races in the Oakdale Invitational on June 11 was a tight thriller in the 9-10 50 meter breast stroke, when Dustin VandenBosch of the Oakdale Gators out-touched the second place finisher by just five one hundredths of a second to win the event. He would go on to claim second in the 100 free, join a first place 100 free relay and second place 100 medley relay as well in a very successful event for the young swimmer.
While soft spoken and polite, 2011 Oakdale High graduate A.C. Brown is anything but timid.
With eight youth swim teams vying for top honors in a host of events across several age divisions at the Oakdale Aquatic Center, the host Gators stretched to achieve top honors in four races on Saturday during the annual Oakdale Invitational.
Exactly one week before the Oakdale Gators Youth Swim team hosts its annual Oakdale Invitational, local swimmers proved they weren't letting a little rain dampen their spirits.
The best home run hitter in Oakdale High softball history is even better on the mound.
Not much was in question for the Oakdale High track and field girls as they fought to keep their extensive wining streak alive in a Valley Oak League meet with visiting Manteca on April 7.
The bull tried its darnedest, but the pesky frame of Oakdale native Bo Bacigalupi refused to be dislodged in an eight-second thrill on Saturday in front of a roaring crowd at the 60th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo.
The innards of the Oakdale MMA complex near the corner of First Avenue and F Street is a bustle of activity these days as youth and adults undergo vigorous exercises to learn the art of Kajukenbo, kickboxing, boxing and Brazilian Jui Jitsu.
Lance Harvey's family tree is made of lassos.
If you build it, they will come - and if you hit it, Rufus Santos will write it down.
For additional photos and information on the Oakdale Baseball Association and Saturday's opening day, see Wednesday's print edition of the Oakdale Leader, April 6.
Colton Farquer can tie-down a calf faster than most people tie their shoes.
Giving up a goal in the opening minute of their first game, that was nearly all their opponents would get for the entire weekend, as the Oakdale Insanity Under 16 competitive soccer girls took three wins in the State Association Cup opening weekend.
Everyone has their favorite colored baits, my favorite colors were always watermelon red, purple, and green pumpkin. I pretty much grew up fishing those colors and believed that everything else was a waste of money. I think otherwise now after having lost to competitors fishing colored baits that I had always thought of as a gimmick. I'll never forget the time I lost to a guy fishing a pink bubblegum colored worm! Several years ago I purchased a few red spinner baits, red being is color that I've always thought of as a springtime color. I fished that ...
Jordan Keckler never stops moving.
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.