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McDonald Nearing WEC debut

One of the highest organizations for lightweight mixed martial art fighters in the world, World Extreme Cagefighting, could see an Oakdale product make his nationally televised debut by the end of the year.Modesto resident and Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter, Michael McDonald, was approached by WEC general manager Reed Harris after his impressive second round knock out of highly touted Cole Escovedo on Saturday at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.The fight, which won McDonald a Tachi Palace bantamweight title, was expected to be Escovedo's precursor to re-entrance in the WEC, but instead left ...

July 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Fogarty, Gators Set Sights On Bright Swimming Future

Prep and collegiate coaches often complain about flaws in an athlete's technique or style that creates difficulties in competition at the next level.

July 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Champs - District Title Run For Oakdale Baseball All Stars

With his Oakdale Baseball Association 11-12 All Stars sporting a 14-11 lead over Lodi in the bottom of the fourth inning, Oakdale manager Ron Helms could only turn away from the diamond as a towering Lodi connection seemed to soar for a game changing grand slam.

July 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Broderick Medrano

Oakdale Youth Baseball Association 11-12 All Star catcher Broderick Medrano proved his home run derby title was no fluke by belting a huge three-run bomb over the center field fence during third inning action at Fair Oaks Field on Wednesday, June 30.

July 07, 2010 | | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Hayley Rivera

Oakdale Gators youth swimmer Hayley Rivera dominated the 7-8 age division at the team's first home meet, June 5, with the Manteca Dolphins. Rivera won three events in her age division, dominating across the pool.

June 16, 2010 | | Local Sports


Locals Light Up Nitro Night Of Fire

The 33rd Annual Nitro Night of Fire event attracted many of the best racers from around the Sacramento area and surrounding counties over the weekend. The counties of Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced and San Joaquin were all represented at the event.

June 16, 2010 | By Mike and Jefff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Major Move - Cardinals Select Whiting In Baseball Draft

With ear buds from his I-pod firmly implanted in each lobe, Oakdale High graduate Boone Whiting was a bit confused when his collegiate summer league Santa Barbara Forrester teammates rose to their feet and began shaking his hand on the bus ride to Compton on Tuesday, June 8.

June 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Mid Valley Swim Conference

Tracy Invitational 2010, Saturday-Sunday, May 29-30

June 02, 2010 | | Local Sports


A League Of Her Own - Oakdale Girl Mows Down Baseball Opponents

The leading hitter and pitcher in the major division Oakdale Baseball Association American League rocked opposing batters for 59 strikeouts and accumulated an astounding .631 average at the plate.

May 19, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Ike’s Sights – Spinning Wheels, Doughnuts & More

I can't watch Wheel of Fortune anymore without flying into a fit of rage.

May 12, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Blue Max Runs In Funny Car Fever

With spring rains pelting the Northern California Central Valley area throughout the week, it was time for the sun to come out. And come out it did, just in time to allow another great weekend of drag racing at Sacramento Raceway for the annual "Funny Car Fever" event.

April 28, 2010 | Mike and Jeff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA - Sandoval Gunning For Top Dog Status

The short but muscular frame of two-year old Staffordshire bull terrier, Koukla, mimics the same profile of her owner, Oakdale High graduate Martin Sandoval.

April 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Brazile Shines In Sunday’s Stormy Weather

Amarillo, Texas native Trevor Brazile is a lot like the U.S. Postal Service.

April 14, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Behind The Chute - Team Effort Makes Rodeo Go ‘Round

Four months before the 59th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo, volunteers were already preparing for the 60th.

April 14, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Cowboy Up - Locals Vying For Top Honors In Saddle Club Rodeo

Jerold Camarillo's lasso is about as accurate as a sniper rifle.

April 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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The Bryce Is Right - Oakdale Pitcher Commits To Accept USC Scholarship

Bryce Dyrda is never idle.

April 03, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Spring Sports Wrap - Golf, Track Standouts Shine

Spectacular boys golf and track and field performances proved impressive during recent play for Oakdale High athletes. Following is a summary of results.

April 03, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale Men Reap The Bounty Of Dart Head Lures

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.

March 29, 2013 | | Local Sports


Oakdale High School Soccer Mustangs Take VOL Licks

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.

March 20, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Alumni Report - Softball Grads Enjoy Sterling Collegiate Performances

Diamonds are forever.

March 20, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


SWIMSATIONAL! - Relay Standouts Already Making History

Members of the 400 yard boys freestyle relay team from Oakdale High's 2009 swim program may need to sit down for this.

March 20, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Track And Field Preview - Popular Mechanics - Throwers Are Trending At OHS

The painted lines protruding out from Oakdale High's discus circle already awkwardly overlap the edge of the shot put pit.

March 13, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Boys Golf Preview - Missing Pieces Present Links Challenge

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.

March 13, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Spring Sports Wrap - Mustangs Shine In Recent Action

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.

March 13, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Saturday Sign-Ups For Special Golf Program

The Escalon First Tee program begins its second year at the Escalon Golf Course on Saturday, March 2, with its Open House.

March 01, 2013 | | Local Sports


BAKERSFIELD BOUND - Oakdale Sends Six To The State Meet

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.

February 27, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Varsity Softball Squad Still Hungry For More

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.

February 27, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Mustangs Have Opportunity To Add To Remarkable Run

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.

February 27, 2013 | Jagada Chambers | Local Sports


National Noon - Oakdale Grad Wins NJCAA Tournament

Brendt Noon Sr. and Brendt Noon Jr. have to be thinking 2011 Oakdale High graduate Trent Noon should have been named Brendt Noon III.

February 27, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


TITLE HOGS - Mustangs Run Through D-IV Tourney, Prepare For Masters

The best wrestlers in the Sac-Joaquin Section have been systematically whittled down to the top 32 in each weight like hand-carved furniture.

February 20, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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