The Oakdale Aquatics USA Swimming program is off to a great start this fall. The team shined at their first meet in Sonora recently, seeing sharp production from 17 swimmers. Oakdale standout Caden Nord also was a bright spot in his first Junior Olympic meet while Soren Dickens, Summer Thompson and Alissa Burford were terrific at the California-Nevada Sectional.
A herd of 214 youth participants at the Oakdale Saddle Club Junior Rodeo may have departed the arena with dirt stains on their respective leggings, but several left with pockets lined in green on Saturday, Aug. 18.
The Dublin Shamrock Tournament hosted a bounty of soccer teams from across the state of various age divisions, and Oakdale's Under 19 Insanity girls and Under 15 Red Bulls boys made the most of their trips to the Aug. 11 and 12 competition.
The Oakdale 12-and-under all-star baseball team concluded summer play with two tournaments in July. A young team from the start of the All-star season, they matured over the two months that they played and practiced together. After winning the Oakdale Come As You Are tournament (4-0) and then finishing a disappointing third in the District 1 tournament (1-2), the team started to really come together in post-season tournament play.
Between sporting the consensus top-5 bantamweight fighter in the world, the steady stream of successful fights and the overall improvement of both quality and numbers, it's hard not to catch the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts fever these days.
Learning some of the finer points of the game and going through a series of drills, youngsters taking part in various age and skill divisions of the Oakdale Youth Soccer League, OYSL, had the opportunity for some high level instruction this past week.
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 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.