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.
Over 70 percent of Oakdale Gators youth swimmers saw improved times and 40 percent bested personal records in two or more events at the Mid Valley Swim League Championships on Saturday at the Oakdale Aquatic Center.
The summer of 2011 has broken new waves for the sport of water polo in the Oakdale community. For the first time in city history, 14-and-under and 12-and-under squads have seen huge participation during summer play. This stellar program progresses the growth of the sport each month, and even qualified three teams for the upcoming Junior Olympics.
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Oakdale Stampede Varsity boys won on Saturday, Nov. 2 by a 24-12 margin over the visiting Buhach Thunder. Top photo, Joshua Jacobson, 11, leads the charge to bring down the Thunder runners with teammates Junior Rodin, 24, Zach Campbell, 45, and CJ Toledo, 80, closing in. At side, Matt Kjeldgaard, 50, makes sure he is lined up onside. The Stampede will host the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes at The Corral on Saturday at 7 p.m.; the winner will be the AFC champ and move on to the Superbowl.
Oakdale's varsity Stampede squad lines up in action on Saturday against the Turlock 49ers, playing their way to a 48-14 victory, sitting on top of the division at 9-0 and ready to wrap up the regular season hosting Los Banos on Oct. 26 at The Corral. They start the playoffs on Nov. 2 at home. Other games Saturday saw the JV Stampede fall 21-0 and the Pee Wee team take a 27-7 loss. Action earlier this month against the Buhach Thunder resulted in a varsity win (36-0) and losses for the JV (38-0) and Pee Wee (13-7) Stampede squads.
Last year, Oakdale High School Cheer Coaches, Heather Vieira, Sherry Kupper, and Melissa Xavier, started the Mini Mustang cheer clinic where little girls in grades K-6 would cheer for the first half of a home varsity Mustang game with the Mustang cheerleaders as well as perform the half-time show. The coaches had modest expectations but were blown away when 116 little girls participated.
The decision was about as difficult as thumb-wrestling an empty glove.
Hilmar youth cowboy Preston Burgess is like oxygen - he's All-Around.
Casually fielding questions less than two days after the biggest victory of his successful and still young career, Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter Michael McDonald recalled his favorite things about the city of Boston on Monday.
The hoard of prize-winning youth competitors at the 2013 Oakdale Saddle Club Junior Rodeo have been compiled into a detailed list of top-finishers in each event.
Taking home their second medal in as many tournaments, members of the Oakdale United Insanity Under 19 girls team battled to a second place finish at the Dublin Shamrock Tournament.
Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer head coach Gabriel Bolton recently introduced an addition to his staff as Oakdale coach Callum Lester, a former professional in the U.K., joined the team as the goalkeeper coach.
Fighters for the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy landed devastating 1-2-3 punches during a string of professional bouts at Art of War Productions' Tactical Violence Fight Card at the Chicken Ranch Casino on Saturday.
Getting on the field for their first games of the season, the Oakdale United Insanity Under 19 girls competitive team played solid soccer all weekend, nailing down second place honors in the Solano Summer Blast Tournament.
Qualifying runs at the 26th Annual NHRA Sonoma Nations at the Sonoma Raceway produced many exciting performances, but the July 28 eliminations added more. The outstanding track conditions seen during the Friday night qualifying sessions reappeared during the first round of eliminations, for those teams that could get the right tuning set up. With it came a few upsets, where lower qualified cars defeated higher qualified cars and track records lowered. In Top Fuel, Morgan Lucas in his Geico/Lucas Oil dragster defeated TJ Zizzo in his Peak Oil dragster with a 3.757 at 328.30 mph to 3 ...
Ryan Tobar has aspirations so high that he has to sleep in an Oakdale loft just to keep up with them.
Beaming ear to ear with a proud grin only a father could sport, First Tee Central Valley program manager Charlie Floyd of Riverbank addressed 10-year-old Oakdale golfer Shealyn Hanrahan with pointed questions as a crowd of youth gathered at the Escalon Golf Course on July 24.