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Fishing Report

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing. Bass Fishing Hall of Fame member Dee Thomas once said "keep things simple." Taking his advice, I routinely go through my tackle and remove items that haven't been used in a while. I'm often surprised at how much tackle is purchased but never used. Of course, after each passing year, there are new baits that make it into my boat. The usual suspects always seem to remain the same though. There are so many baits ...

December 15, 2010 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

After last week's weather many anglers have put away their equipment and will be staying close to the fireplace for the next few months. It definitely takes a dedicated person to be willing to be out there during the winter months. If you're planning on going fishing for the day there are a couple of items that you definitely don't want to go without. On top of that list would be a fishing partner, being out alone on the water this time of year isn't recommended. If you were to fall into the water, there is ...

December 08, 2010 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Stampede Teams Finish Campaign

Oakdale Stampede parents and football fans alike arrived en masse at season-ending contests on Saturday, Nov. 20 in support of rookie and junior varsity bowl games in the Cen-Cal Youth Football League.

December 01, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Fishing Report

A recent morning brought the first real cold snap of the year. For many anglers, the colder temperatures bring the fish closer to the surface. For others, fishing is only going to get tougher as their species of choice will most likely be hunkering down for the winter. Fishing the wintertime can be extremely tough and for the inpatient person, unbearable. When I think about fishing during the wintertime I immediately think of slowing down and downsizing my line. Unless I'm lucky enough to find an active school of fish the bites are going to be far and few ...

December 01, 2010 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


McDonald Wins WEC Debut, Earns Five-Fight UFC Contract

When the Ultimate Fighting Championship picks up World Extreme Cagefighting contracts for a barrage of lower weight bouts in 2011, it will bring along Oakdale-trained Michael McDonald for the biggest fights of his young life.

November 17, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Last Stand Fight Team - Oakdale MMA Standout Lands Three-Fight WEC Contract

Nineteen-year-old Modesto native and Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Club fighter, Michael McDonald, has signed a three-fight contract with one of the premier fight leagues in the sport, World Extreme Cagefighting.

November 03, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


OHS Sports Wrap – Time For Mustangs To Zero In On Postseason Targets

Oakdale High soccer, volleyball, water polo and cross country athletes have their respective postseason lives within their own control, all in need of November success to advance deeper into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

November 03, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Not Just For Kicks – Oakdale's Cisneros Sees Opportunity Of A Lifetime

If football is the heart of Oakdale athletics, then soccer is the feet.

October 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Insanity Girls Battle Past Competition In Roseville Invitational

Coming home with the first place trophy for the second time in as many tournaments, the Oakdale United Insanity U16 girls played their way to a 4-0 mark in the Roseville Invitational over the Labor Day weekend.

September 08, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Stampede Goes 2-1 In Weekend At The Corral

The Oakdale Stampede youth football and cheer program went 2-1 in three recorded contests at home on Saturday.The Rookies, competing with no tallied scores, delivered a dominant performance from the youngest division with all players rotating in. Brayden Abell, Javyn Drobnick, Jayden Powers and a few others managed big rushes up the field in the wake of Christopher Kjeldgaard and an impressive offensive line.The Pee Wee team suffered a hard-fought 26-6 loss, but managed their first touchdown of the season.Oakdale's JV, the only team to win last week, managed another big 'W' after a huge defensive ...

September 01, 2010 | | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Lane Trapp

Under-13 Oakdale United soccer standout Lane Trapp was at his best at the Shamrock Invitational earlier this month, netting three goals in a huge 5-2 pounding of NorCal Elite for a tournament title.

Trapp, who also scored twice in a big 4-0 drubbing of host Dublin, earns Athlete of the Week honor for his efforts.

August 25, 2010 | | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Anneliese Davis

Anneliese "Shorty" Davis pulled out all the stops in a complete tournament shut out this month in four games of work at the Tracy United Girls Invitational. She earns Athlete of the Week honors from The Leader for her performance.

August 18, 2010 | | Local Sports


Spring Success Continues For Multiple Mustang Squads

Oakdale prep athletes were at their best in the past week in huge Valley Oak League and tournament performances. Following is a summary of Mustang action in track and field, golf, baseball and tennis. Track And FieldJaci Powell and Tim House each earned a trip to the high school record book with thrilling performances at the highly competitive Meet of Champions in Sacramento on Saturday.Powell tied a school record with her second place 15.24-second time in the 110 hurdles while House set a new school best with a 169 foot, 4 inch winning toss of the discus ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Stevens Takes Gold At Junior Olympic Nationals

Showing savvy and athleticism well beyond her years, 11-year-old Oakdale resident and Fair Oaks sixth grader Sara Stevens sped to a fantastic leg of the 3200-meter relay and joined three other Central Valley runners in championship honors at the 2010 USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships.

August 11, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Call Goes Out To All OHS Football Alumni

Alumni Football U.S.A. team coordinator Tracy Cavender is on a quest to gather Oakdale High football alumnus for an Oakdale vs. Sonora alumni game on Oct. 17 at Dunleavy Field in Sonora.

August 11, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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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


Fishing Report

Every year, there are new fishing products that come out that quickly become the hot item. Back in the mid to late 80's, it was the Salt and Pepper Grub. They couldn't make them fast enough. Now, I don't know anyone that uses them. I've always wondered how something that was so effective in years past can lose its effectiveness. Most anglers will tell you that the fish have become conditioned to that particular bait and can no longer be fooled by that bait. My response to that argument is that there are very few if ...

September 24, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Soccer Boys End Preseason On High Note

Oakdale's varsity boys soccer team improved their record to 5-2-3 on the season after back to back home victories this past week.

September 17, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

One of the most difficult things I've had to deal with since purchasing a new boat has been rigging the boat. In the past, I've purchased used boats that were already rigged up the way I wanted. All I had to do was replace those items that broke as time went on. I've had my current boat for about five months and don't believe I'll have it fully rigged for another year or two. There are just too many options and some of those options are pretty expensive. New boats, unlike cars, come pretty standard ...

September 17, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Several friends of mine have recently damaged their boats while out boating in our local lakes. The water levels are falling so fast that there's no way that lake management can keep up with marking all the hazardous areas. Personally, I've chosen to stay away from certain lakes. Launching conditions are the worst they've been in a long time and with the water being so low, there's just not enough water to get away from the crowds of boats. My advice to any of you planning on going out before the summer is over is to ...

September 10, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Weekend Action Ropes In Participants, Fans

Rodeo fans filled the arena at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds for the 59th annual Oakdale Ten Steer Team Roping. Three days of team roping action took place from Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday evening, Aug. 31.

September 03, 2014 | | Local Sports


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