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Gators Shine In Recent Action

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.

June 06, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


All Around Champ! - Oakdale Cowboy Claims Top Honor At 61st Annual Rodeo

Welcome home, Ryle Smith.

April 18, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale’s Second Funny Car Hits Track

The 54th Annual March Meet featured outstanding weather and fantastic racing in all the categories contested. With 300-plus race cars entered at the event, the fans had plenty to cheer for.

March 14, 2012 | By Jeff Burghardt Special to the Leader | Local Sports


Open Tryouts For 5th/6th Grade Basketballers

Oakdale High boys basketball coach Jeremy Fields is hosting open tryouts for any 5th and 6th grade boys interested in a travel basketball program. The tryouts are on March 16 at 3 p.m. and March 17 at 4 p.m. at the Oakdale High gymnasium. For more information contact Fields at (209) 765-5392 or email j24stangs@yahoo.com.

March 12, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Crews Get Another Oakdale Funny Car Ready To Go

Oakdale has a rich history of custom cars and hot-rodding. That history continues as another nostalgia nitromethane fueled funny car has been found. This one, a 1969 fiberglass bodied racecar, belongs to Richard Townsend.

February 29, 2012 | Mike Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


Oakdale Twins Commit To University Track Scholarships

Oakdale High graduates Jaci and Juli Powell have spent so much time together they can finish each other's sandwiches.

February 15, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete of the Week - Alex Zamora

Oakdale United Under-12 Strikers forward Alex Zamora has proven that you don't need overwhelming size to make things happen when it matters most.

February 01, 2012 | | Local Sports


Locals Shine At Saturday MMA Show

A collection of kickboxing, pankration, mixed martial arts amateurs and professionals from the Oakdale MMA Club took on competitors at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown on Saturday for the first ever presentation by Art of War Productions. The affiliation, co-founded by Oakdale MMA instructor Tom Theofanopoulos, hosted around 1,000 fans for the amateur and professional portion of the event and thrilled the standing-room only crowd with 15 total bouts inside the cage. Oakdale MMA fighters won four of five fights during the run of amateur and professional bouts. For more information on the action packed card and the ...

January 30, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Strikers Soar To Coveted Cup Championship

The artificial turf at the Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk Grove might as well have belonged to The Corral at Oakdale High on Saturday, because the Under-12 Oakdale United Strikers youth soccer team brought the CYSA Association Cup home to Oakdale.

January 25, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Rock Stars - Local Mountain Crawling Enthusiasts Tackle King Of Hammers Race

If you have to learn to crawl before you can walk, then you certainly have to learn how to rock crawl before you can tackle anything quite like The King Of Hammers off road race.

January 25, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


OHS Grads Still Having A Ball

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.

January 25, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Strikers Claim Cup Championship

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.

January 23, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Strikers Win Thriller To Reach Cup Championship

Normally when a pre-teen boy is playing the role of hero, he's donning a cape and a rather silly looking mask.

January 18, 2012 | | Local Sports


Getting Physical - Mustangs Coaching Mustangs A Major Hit

There is a small movement happening at Oakdale Elementary Schools.

November 30, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Sports


Varsity Stampede Wins Super Bowl

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.

November 23, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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Fishing Report

Over the years there have been several poaching arrests on our local waters. As I was launching my boat several years ago I witnessed an older gentleman unloading a cooler into a car which was passing by; what seemed strange is that he continued to fish afterwards. Several days after while watching the news, I saw that several people were arrested in Stockton for poaching. They were caught with bags full of Bluegill and Striped Bass. As much as I've seen my fair share of anglers who seem to be taking more fish than they are supposed to, I ...

November 26, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

It's been a long time since I've actually planned a fishing trip. Usually, I decide the night before, or the morning of, and am in a mad scramble to get everything ready for a day of fishing. Consequently, that leaves me a lot of times, making last minute phone calls to friends and family searching for someone to fish with. When I realized Veterans' Day was going to be celebrated on a Tuesday this year, I immediately decided that I was going to go fishing that day. The day couldn't have worked out better for me, I ...

November 19, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

If you're waiting for the weather to cool down a little bit before getting out fishing you're likely to miss out on some of the best fishing of the year. What a lot of anglers don't understand is that the temperature outside is not as important as the temperature of the water. Our day time temperatures may not seem like much of a seasonal change but our days have been getting shorter and our nights longer resulting in less sunlight on the water combined with cooler night time temperatures. Our lake and river temperatures continue to drop ...

November 12, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Finally, we had some rain in the forecast and it actually fell on us as well. Like a lot of you, I'm already imagining what the lakes are going to look like once full again and am hoping that this past weekend's rain is the beginning of a record setting rainfall year. Like any change in the weather there are dangers associated with it. One that comes to my mind more than any is the importance of driving safely while trailering a boat in the rain. Without rain to wash it down, the roads become dirty over time ...

November 05, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


United Squads Face Tough Test At Turlock Tournament

In the Turlock Octoberfest Tournament over the weekend – all games were played at Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon – a trio of Oakdale United competitive travel soccer teams battled hard, coming way with different results.

October 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Watch out for the duck hunters, duck hunting season has begun. What's different than years past is that there are very few places locally to safely launch a boat anymore, making the Delta the only option for a lot of boaters and duck hunters. This of course has caused an increase in boat traffic and if you were to ask a duck hunter what they hate the most about hunting the Delta, they would surely say the boat traffic. During my last outing as I was navigating through a foggy stretch of water, I heard four gun shots. I ...

October 29, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

I just recently celebrated a birthday; I won't tell you which one. I've heard it said a thousand times, "how fast time has passed." Like most of us celebrating a birthday it's hard not looking back. I was reminded of my past recently while I was searching high and low for my birth certificate. I came across an old picture of myself taken while I was in the military. For some reason my roommate took a picture of me while I was reading a Bassmaster Magazine. At that time, I would have never imagined that someday I ...

October 22, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing. I've been reading about the salmon that are being caught in the North Delta as well as the striped bass that are being caught pretty much everywhere in the Delta. Like a lot of anglers, I wanted to catch my first salmon of the year but also wanted to make sure that I caught something. So, off to Fisherman's Warehouse I went. It's been a while since I've been there; it hasn't changed much over the years. If you ...

October 15, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Martinelli Enters Hall Of Fame

For years Bill Martinelli was the face of Oakdale in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the 1960s and 1970s. Now that legacy has taken him to his induction into the Cowboy Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

October 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Sports


Fishing Report

With the water levels being so low my choices for fishing this weekend have really been limited. Fortunately the bite in the Delta is finally starting to pick up and soon the water will be too cold for everyone to swim in except for the fish. This year is different than the last 20 in that I'll be targeting stripers, salmon, and possibly a sturgeon before the end of the winter. I've got an idea of what I want to do and how I'm going to do it but I've yet to try it out on ...

October 08, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Thursday morning on my way to work I was surprised to see rain clouds in the distance and a little mist in the air. Working with children, rainy days can be quite the challenge as they all want to play in the rain. Fish on the other hand aren't going to get anymore wet, but they do become more active when it rains. The rain has several effects on them. As the water rises, it not only provides them more area, but it washes bugs and debris into the water. The smaller fish are attracted to the food being ...

October 01, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


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