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Turnage Wins BMX National

Eli Turnage defies gravity.

April 24, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


The YouTube Cowboy - Riverbank Man Takes Come Coveted Buckle

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.

April 17, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale PRCA Rodeo-Fair Blows The Wind-62nd Annual Oakdale Rodeo Lands Record Thrills

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.

April 17, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


62nd Annual Rodeo Delivers Record Thrills

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.

April 15, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


McDonald Partners With Cure International

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.

April 03, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale Diamondmen Take Two From Kimball

Winners of nine straight games, Kimball High's undefeated baseball team had played quality programs across all divisions of enrollment for an entire month.

April 03, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Slip To EU, Rout Lathrop

Oakdale High softball pitcher Rylie Pena was appearing fatigued on March 28, and East Union's Marissa Romero was looking for an opportunity.

April 03, 2013 | By JOHN JOEL GRIFFITHS jgriffiths@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


The Bryce Is Right - Oakdale Pitcher Commits To Accept USC Scholarship

Bryce Dyrda is never idle.

April 03, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Spring Sports Wrap - Golf, Track Standouts Shine

Spectacular boys golf and track and field performances proved impressive during recent play for Oakdale High athletes. Following is a summary of results.

April 03, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale Men Reap The Bounty Of Dart Head Lures

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.

March 29, 2013 | | Local Sports


Oakdale High School Soccer Mustangs Take VOL Licks

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.

March 20, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Alumni Report - Softball Grads Enjoy Sterling Collegiate Performances

Diamonds are forever.

March 20, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


SWIMSATIONAL! - Relay Standouts Already Making History

Members of the 400 yard boys freestyle relay team from Oakdale High's 2009 swim program may need to sit down for this.

March 20, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Track And Field Preview - Popular Mechanics - Throwers Are Trending At OHS

The painted lines protruding out from Oakdale High's discus circle already awkwardly overlap the edge of the shot put pit.

March 13, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Boys Golf Preview - Missing Pieces Present Links Challenge

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.

March 13, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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Local Racers Challenge The Best In NHRA Heritage Series

The Good Vibrations Motorsports 56th annual March Meet, at the famed AAA of Southern California/Famoso Raceway, represents the first seasonal event of the NHRA Heritage Series. The results in Funny Car also count toward the Bakersfield/Boise Blitz challenge. The weather was perfect and brought out near record crowds each of the three days.

March 11, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Carquest Nationals Offer Draggin’ In The Desert

Weather conditions for the 31st annual Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Arizona was comfortable and partly cloudy, producing some great on track performances. The conditions also brought out a near capacity crowd over the entire three days of racing.

March 04, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Third Place Showing For Oakdale Polo Club

Competing in the United States Polo Association (USPA) Interscholastic Girls (seventh grade – 12th grade) division, Oakdale took third place overall at the Western Regional Tournament at Central Coast Polo Club in Los Osos, California. The team was in action Feb. 13 through 15 and played against Maui Makaha, Maui, Hawaii and Horse Park, Menlo Park, California. They placed third overall.

February 25, 2015 | | Local Sports


Great Weather, Great Performances Highlight NHRA Racing

The 31st annual Carquest NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Motor Sports Park in Phoenix, Arizona, featured some strong performances throughout qualifying, thanks to some very good weather conditions. Just enough sun to put some heat in the track with some cloud cover to keep the temperatures in the optimal range for tuning performances in all the professional categories. The great weather also brought out huge crowds for the two qualifying days.

February 25, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Former Champions Arise To Capture Season Opener

The sun spent most of the weekend shining down on the 55th annual Circle K Winternationals in Pomona as the NHRA Mello Yello kicked off the 2015 season with a near capacity crowd at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

February 18, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Fresno Center Hosts MMA Showcase Saturday

Life has not always been easy for Ryan "The Executioner" Tobar, but through the struggles, Tobar has become a star in both the octagon and in life.

February 11, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Optimal Conditions Produce Stellar NHRA Performances

The 2015 NHRA Season opened with the 55th annual Circle K/NHRA Winter Nationals in Pomona at the LA County Fairplex. Throughout qualifying, 70 degree plus temperatures and overcast skies prevailed, producing some of the best conditions seen in a while for some great on track performances. But, just as the final rounds of professional qualifying arrived, the overcast skies turned into rain, cancelling the fourth and final qualifying session. Thus, the final elimination fields would be set after just three highly competitive sessions of qualifying.

February 11, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


2015 Motorsports Prepares For Thundering Season

The 2015 motorsports racing season looks to be very exciting for race fans. There are new racers popping up in and around the Stanislaus and San Joaquin County areas all the time.

February 04, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


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