Between sporting the consensus top-5 bantamweight fighter in the world, the steady stream of successful fights and the overall improvement of both quality and numbers, it's hard not to catch the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts fever these days.
Learning some of the finer points of the game and going through a series of drills, youngsters taking part in various age and skill divisions of the Oakdale Youth Soccer League, OYSL, had the opportunity for some high level instruction this past week.
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.
The Escalon First Tee program begins its second year at the Escalon Golf Course on Saturday, March 2, with its Open House.
Ronnie Stevens did a lot of things on Sunday, but he had no idea that one of them was an homage to the 1946 Broadway musical, Annie Get Your Gun.
Katelyn Harden led Hughson High's varsity softball team to a 28-1 season and Sac-Joaquin Section title in 2012, but the UCLA-bound phenom had little luck against the ninth and final hitter in Oakdale's lineup during an oddly-intense matchup at OHS on Feb. 20.
There were rumors that since it is Oakdale High baseball coach Hondo Arpoika's final season as the Mustangs' skip, the Valley Oak League would name him Coach of the Year and the Mustangs champions for the seventh straight year in advance.
Brendt Noon Sr. and Brendt Noon Jr. have to be thinking 2011 Oakdale High graduate Trent Noon should have been named Brendt Noon III.
The best wrestlers in the Sac-Joaquin Section have been systematically whittled down to the top 32 in each weight like hand-carved furniture.
Anna Adams learned to walk before she could crawl.
Desperate for a win that would send them into the playoffs, players on Manteca High's varsity boys basketball team suddenly found themselves against the ropes as they trailed aspiring spoilers, Oakdale, at halftime of the Mustangs' Feb. 12 Senior Night.
Manteca High girls basketball coach Cody Norman searched the sideline and scorer's table for scissors.
The wrestling chapter of the Oakdale High record book is guarded by a heavy padlock these days, as annual supremacy has surrendered some of the most dominant performances in Valley Oak League history.
The memory of a 26-10 halftime deficit and away loss to Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team on Jan. 25 must not have been far from the minds of Sonora players on Feb. 8.
North American Youth Sports announced there are still openings for its annual spring youth basketball tournament, to ho be hosted this year at Escalon High School from March 22 through 24.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW) Advanced Hunter Education Program will offer its popular Turkey Hunting Clinic on Saturday, March 2 at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area near Gridley.
Oakdale's run of dominance in the Valley Oak League could soon come to an end.
It's common knowledge.