Thanks to 2004 Oakdale High graduate Martin Sandoval, the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academies are going international.
The hands of 21-year-old unbeaten Oakdale MMA amateur fighter Mercedes Campos flew from her shoulders like the blades of a fan, connecting over and over with the head of Red Bluff's Denise Bruckner until she was trapped against the cage.
A boys and girls youth basketball camp sponsored by Riverbank High's girls basketball club begins on Saturday, Oct. 13 with a fee of only $25 for four hours of instruction by college and high school coaches and athletes. The camp will be held at the spacious Ray Fauria gymnasium and be available for grades second to eighth. The camp will run from 8 a.m. to noon (grades 2-5) and then 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (grades 6-8). For more information contact RHS girls basketball coach Tim Carnes at 209 629-0776.
The Oakdale Stampede youth football and cheer program displayed some tenacious defense to defend their home turf at The Corral by blasting the Waterford Sabercats in all three scoring levels on Sept. 22.
Oakdale's year-round youth swim team, Oakdale Aquatics, recently took eighth place out of 51 teams at a three day meet in Morgan Hill.
In a tournament that serves as a benefit for a paralyzed soccer player, the Oakdale Insanity Under 19 competitive girls team came home with first place honors and trophies signed by the tournament's namesake, Cassy Rowe.
With the recent resignation of longtime director Irene Laugero, the Impact Volleyball Club has ceased operations.
The Oakdale Aquatics USA Swimming program is off to a great start this fall. The team shined at their first meet in Sonora recently, seeing sharp production from 17 swimmers. Oakdale standout Caden Nord also was a bright spot in his first Junior Olympic meet while Soren Dickens, Summer Thompson and Alissa Burford were terrific at the California-Nevada Sectional.
A herd of 214 youth participants at the Oakdale Saddle Club Junior Rodeo may have departed the arena with dirt stains on their respective leggings, but several left with pockets lined in green on Saturday, Aug. 18.
The Dublin Shamrock Tournament hosted a bounty of soccer teams from across the state of various age divisions, and Oakdale's Under 19 Insanity girls and Under 15 Red Bulls boys made the most of their trips to the Aug. 11 and 12 competition.
Taking some inspiration from the Olympic Games, a pair of Oakdale United competitive soccer teams came home with gold this weekend.
The Oakdale 12-and-under all-star baseball team concluded summer play with two tournaments in July. A young team from the start of the All-star season, they matured over the two months that they played and practiced together. After winning the Oakdale Come As You Are tournament (4-0) and then finishing a disappointing third in the District 1 tournament (1-2), the team started to really come together in post-season tournament play.
The Oakdale Saddle Club hosts the Annual Junior Rodeo on Saturday, Aug. 18 followed by NorCal Junior Rodeo on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds.
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.
Bryce Dyrda is never idle.
Spectacular boys golf and track and field performances proved impressive during recent play for Oakdale High athletes. Following is a summary of results.
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.
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.
Diamonds are forever.
Members of the 400 yard boys freestyle relay team from Oakdale High's 2009 swim program may need to sit down for this.
The painted lines protruding out from Oakdale High's discus circle already awkwardly overlap the edge of the shot put pit.
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.
Between Bryce Dyrda's no-hit baseball gem, a bounty of doubles tennis success, a spectacular junior varsity softball outing and a 12-0 soccer win, the recent exploits of Oakdale High athletes has been a thrill to follow. Below is a summary of recent action.
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.