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.
A packed house at the Tracy Invitational provided plenty of opposition for the Oakdale Gators youth swim program on May 26 and 27, but couldn't keep local swimmers from fast times and 20 total top-five placements.
Welcome home, Ryle Smith.
Oakdale High softball pitcher Rylie Pena was appearing fatigued on March 28, and East Union's Marissa Romero was looking for an opportunity.
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.