When most softball athletes see their careers on the softball diamond come to a close at the prep or college level, they accept that the fastest pitches they will see again will probably come from a quick-talking telemarketer.
The Under-12 Oakdale Strikers thrilled a huge contingent of local fans with an exciting 3-2 victory over the West Sonoma County Cyclones in the championship game of the CYSA Association Cup on Saturday. The team overcame an early deficit and played incredible defense throughout the contest to claim the first ever Association Cup title for a team from the local area. For additional information on the championship win and the incredible season these players experienced, catch the Jan. 25 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
Normally when a pre-teen boy is playing the role of hero, he's donning a cape and a rather silly looking mask.
There is a small movement happening at Oakdale Elementary Schools.
Trailing 20-8 in the first quarter of the CenCal Super Bowl, the Oakdale Stampede had plenty of opportunities to reflect on a strong season and graciously hand the Modesto Broncos the varsity youth football crown.
The varsity Oakdale Stampede rolled past the visiting Buhach Thunder on Nov. 12 in 40-14 fashion to win an AFC title and clinch a berth in the CenCal Youth Football League Super Bowl.
Playing against the Manteca Jaguars at Sierra High School on Saturday, the Pee Wee Stampede team fell in a 42-0 shutout while the JV lost a hard fought battle, 30-22.
Callum Lester's British accent belongs in a Guy Ritchie movie, but his whistle has a cowboy drawl.
Several hundred bicyclists are expected to stream out of Riverbank High School on Sunday, Oct. 9 for rides through the farmlands and grasslands to the Sierra Nevada foothills as part of the Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition.
A high-quality mountain bike will be up for grabs for a grand prize winner on Saturday, Oct. 8 as hundreds flock to Galaxy Theatres in Riverbank for the 18th "Run For The Cheese" at 8 a.m.
A wave of personal bests, 'A' time standards, Junior Olympic qualifications and even Far Western nods were awarded to swimmers of the Oakdale Aquatics Club during the U.S.A. Swim Tuolumne Aquatics meet in Sonora from Aug. 5 to 7.
The highly successful year-round swim program, Oakdale Aquatics, nabbed dozens of superb times and tremendous finishes during a recent showdown in Sonora. To catch more results and a hoard of top results, catch the print edition of the Aug. 17 Oakdale Leader.
With hundreds of top youth swimmers packed into competing events for the Come Up For Air swim tournament in Lake Tahoe on Saturday, July 23, Oakdale's Emily Bennett stepped up to land impressive finishes against the talented field.
Oakdale's successful recreation swim program proved they could peak at the right time during the Mid Valley Swim League championships at their host Oakdale Aquatic Center on Saturday, July 16. Seventy percent of Oakdale Gators swimmers saw improved times and an amazing 40 percent bested personal marks in multiple events at the season finale.
Stanislaus Aquaticz Swimmer and Oakdale resident Emily Bennett shined at the prestigious Come Up For Air swim tournament in Lake Tahoe on Saturday, July 23. With top swimmers packed into a competitive meet, Bennett improved several of her best times and landed four first place finishes to take second place in the high point awards for her 11-12 age group. She also qualified for Junior Olympics in several races.
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.
Anna Adams learned to walk before she could crawl.