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First Running Of Gridiron Golf Tournament Goes Off Smoothly

Everything that needed to fall into place fell into its appropriate spot as the first ever Gridiron Greats Golf Tournament went off without a hiccup Aug. 3 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
The committee that turned an idea from early in the year into reality did a wonderful job making their aspirations come to fruition with the help of a tireless group of people that put on a clinic, leaving all those associated with the event pleased.
"I think everybody had a good time," committee member Tim Meyer said. "All the feedback we've had is that it ...

August 12, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Oakdale Squads Solid At Junior Olympics

It's one thing to put together a lengthy run amongst the best teams in Northern California, but it is a completely different scenario when the battle is being staged against the best teams in the entire nation.
The Oakdale Water Polo program did themselves and the entire community proud with an impressive run during the USA Water Polo sponsored Junior Olympics in the Stanford Bay Area July 30 – Aug. 2.
Oakdale took on all challenges from the elite water polo competition in the nation, playing a ton of water polo over the grueling four-day schedule of events.
"The competition ...

August 05, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Stampede Preparing For 2009 Youth Football Schedule

Looking to improve on past success in the Cen-Cal League, the Oakdale Stampede organization will not be taking any shortcuts in its pursuit for a shot at the title at all levels of youth football this season.
The Stampede has kicked off the 2009 campaign with opening workouts on the practice field, preparing for their upcoming preseason scrimmage against the Waterford Sabercats.
Oakdale had a scrimmage initially planned with the program out of Sonora, yet circumstances put the battle with the rival town on hold for a season. Now the squad will get its first chance to bang helmets against ...

August 05, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Kids Learning Finer Points Of Game In McNeill’s Soccer Camps

When you win a pair of Sac-Joaquin Section titles and a host of Valley Oak League championships, it is pretty safe to say that winning carries some weight and that was the mindset and approach for the recent McNeill's Premier Soccer Camps, hosted in Oakdale July 20 through 22.
Former Oakdale High soccer standout Mike McNeill rolled out the welcome mats for Oakdale's next generation of soccer stars during the second running of his premier soccer camp designed to help the competitive youth soccer player elevate his game to the next level.
McNeill and a handful of his ...

August 05, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Oakdale Gators Close Season

The Oakdale Swim Team took to the pool for the final time this season and brought the competitive schedule to a close with a fourth place finish during the Championship Meet in Turlock on July 25.
Blistering temperatures set the tone for the team's performance, with the near triple digits seeming to sap some energy from the number-challenged squad, as the Gators closed out the season with 547 points behind championship winner Ripon (1215 points), Tracy Tritons (778.5) and the Hughson Sea Dogs (743.5) in the final meet of the season.
Extended swimming programs will be the ...

July 29, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Ladies Golf Invitational A Swingin’ Good Time

It started with a theme and closed out as one of Oakdale Golf and Country Club's all-time greats when the ladies of O.G.C.C. took to the course for the Ladies Invitational July 24 and 25 at the country club.
Members joined forces with two guests to form foursomes who played to the theme of "Swingin Safari" with matching animal print blouses and decorative carts for the two-day event that also boasted a host of other events throughout the weekend.
Members of the club showed up in good spirits in support of the club's ladies invitational ...

July 29, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Bell’s Summer Baseball Camp A Success

The easiest thing in the world to see was how much fun the participants in Eric Bell Professional School of Baseball's 10th Annual Summer Baseball Camp were having during the former big leaguer's annual event at Rainbow Fields.
Kids upgraded their baseball knowledge in what has turned out to be one of the constants in the Central Valley's baseball teaching clinics.
Bell teamed with a small crew of professional ball players and took time helping players develop their games on several different levels. Being able to throw a fastball for a strike is important, but the mental ...

July 29, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Oakdale Junior Golfers Shine On Their Home Course

It's one of the toughest courses in the area, yet there is nothing like playing at home. And that proved to be the difference during the 20th Annual Oakdale Rotary Junior Classic July 20 at Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Oakdale's own Mable Wong put a tremendous round together, outlasting all the competition on the girls' side of the field by posting a 74 for the lowest overall gross score of the tournament classic.
Wong posted her 18-hole score in the girls 12-14 year old division, finishing some 15 strokes ahead of the nearest competition in her age ...

July 29, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Gators Ready For Championship Swim Meet Saturday

It has been a dry, hot, yet somehow short season for the Oakdale Swim Team and its season will come to a head during the league championships at Pitman High on Saturday, July 25 in Turlock.

July 22, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Local Youths Work At Fitting In A New Lifestyle

It starts off as a drive-thru here and a drive-thru there, sacrificing outdoor activities for indoor video games and then elimination of athletic activities for work related time constraints and the next thing that happens is Kaiser is pitching in for a $20,000 heart procedure.
So much of everyday living is what has made our younger generation obese or just out of shape and a group of decorated Oakdale athletes are doing their part to help get this community back in shape.
Fit For Life is a program aimed at helping improve kids' overall health through strength training, athletic ...

July 22, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Gators Clip Dolphins For First Win Of Season

It took a few more laps than expected, but everything came together at the right time for the Oakdale swim team as the Gators strolled out of Ceres with their first victory of the season on Saturday, July 11.

July 15, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Peak Volleyball Camp Makes Impact In Oakdale

Even when a squad advances to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Volleyball final there are ways to improve the program and the Oakdale Lady Mustangs turned to one of the nation's more formidable volleyball camps to take advantage of some tutelage.

July 15, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Invitational Shows Off Sparkling Golf, Country Club

Everything that needed to fall into place did during the 48th Annual Oakdale Mens Invitational at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club June 25-27. Over 200 contestants showed up and competed in one of the strongest fields the area has seen in some time.

July 01, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Oakdale 12U Baseball Boys Grab Second Place Finish

The Oakdale Gold 12U Little League baseball team fought its way to the championship contest only to be edged out by the Ripon All-Stars in a 5-4 classic.

July 01, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


Gators Have Tough Showing In Hughson Invitational

Obviously the Oakdale Swim Team would have loved a better finish, but things could have been worse for the squad during its fourth place finish in the Hughson Invitational at Pitman High in Turlock on June 27.

June 30, 2009 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


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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


Fishing Report

The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient. I'm not sure if I even understood the word back then, I just knew that I was expected to wait for the fish to come to me. This time of year, I'm constantly reminded of that advice as the bites are usually harder to come by. There are a couple of things that I do to keep motivated when the fishing gets tough. I always bring a warm thermos of coffee. Just about the time frustration starts to set in, I pull out my thermos and warm ...

January 28, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Fishing Report

A lot of people that I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season. Through writing this column, I've learned that there's a definite pattern in the weather from year to year. It seems like every fourth year we have a similar dry spell and then all of a sudden, we are hit by a series of big storms that just about make up for all the lack of rain. Seven years ago the Delta along with other surrounding waterways had to be shut down as they were ...

January 21, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Hansen Roped In Thousands In 2014

Wyatt Hansen is a sophomore at Oakdale Charter High School. He is a normal teenager who attends classes, has homework and daily chores. What separates Hansen from other high school kids his age is that he is already an established rodeo star. Hansen competes in calf roping and team roping.

January 14, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Oakdale’s Sports Year In Review Features Highlights Galore

Oakdale's Sports Year In Review Features Highlights Galore

January 07, 2015 | | Local Sports


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