Under a brightly shining summer sun, Saturday, July 25 brought the final swim meet of the season for the Oakdale Gators swim team. The event took place at Oakdale High School's Aquatic Center in front of a large amount of swimmers and their fans from five other cities, along with a few hundred Oakdale faithful.
Fight fans flocked into the Merced County Fairgrounds to cheer on local amateur mixed martial arts action over the weekend. The hard-hitting four-hour event, Hoplite Fight Productions' "Finished: No Judges Required" took place on Saturday night, July 18.
The summer youth basketball clinic and open gym began on Tuesday, July 7 at Oakdale High School's main gym. Kids from the ages of 8 to 13 attended the first of seven clinics and open gym. This two hour, once-a-week event is instructed by Coach Devin Ginty.
By the dozens, members of the Oakdale Gators swim team took to the pool on Saturday, July 11 as the squad went on the road to face off with Lodi. They swam at Tokay High School and the visiting Gators put on a dominating show, with plenty of participants hitting the lanes to kick, crawl and flip turn their way to victory.
Hoplite Fight Productions 'Finished: No Judges Required' mixed martial arts (MMA) event takes place on Saturday, July 18 at the Merced County Fairgrounds. Oakdale's Last Stand will be strongly represented in the event. Two titles will be on the line when Oakdale's Anthony "Homicide" Howard (3-0) takes on Jose Navarro (2-0) of No Limits MMA for the vacant Flyweight Title, and Brit Lippencot (3-0) clashes with Jacobo Longoria (2-1) of Flawless Victory MMA for the vacant Welterweight Title.
The summer is off to a sizzling start but it will not be long before the boys of fall take over Oakdale. Like National Football League (NFL) teams, the Oakdale High School varsity football team is currently prepping for the upcoming season. Several members of the Mustang squad headed up to Placer High School recently to participate in a multi-team training camp.
Two of Oakdale's youth softball players are preparing to make a trip to Orlando, Florida to play in the inaugural ESPN Wide World of Sports All American Games July 13 through July 16. Oakdale youngsters Delainey Everett and Kylie Valente were named as members of the Northwest Regional Under Ten team after a tryout in Woodland, California back in February, and were informed earlier this month that they had made the team.
Five teams participated in the four-day annual Oakdale Baseball Association (OBA) Come As You Are tournament this past week. The action began on Wednesday, June 17 and came to a close on Saturday, June 20 under the lights of Fair Oaks Field at Fair Oaks Elementary School. The 12 and under division ballplayers geared up to play under the blazing afternoon sun and under the cool breeze and lights for their night games and put on a show for their fans, family and friends.
The Oakdale Gators Swim team kicked off the 2015 swim season on Saturday, June 6 at the Oakdale Aquatic Center. The first meet of the season hosted a large number of attendees for the Oakdale Swim Team's recreational group. Children as young as the age of 5 were ready to compete and take to the water, swimming in 25-yard events. The meet concluded shortly after 1:30 p.m.
All three levels of Oakdale High School baseball teams and their players were honored on Tuesday, May 26, saluted for their efforts during the season. Coaches, players, family and friends gathered at the OHS main gym Tuesday evening for the end of the season awards ceremony for the Mustangs.
Oakdale High School junior Hannah Chappell has made a tradition out of advancing to the California State Track and Field State Meet. Chappell, who competes in both the discus and shot put throwing competitions, powered her way to first place in the discus competition this past weekend at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Elk Grove. Chappell's first place heave came on her third and final toss which traveled 151-02 feet. It not only made her a Section champion, it also made her a three-time State Meet qualifier.
One way local youngsters were beating the heat was attending the Kickboxing class the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Academy offered at their Last Stand Training Center. The summer classes began on Monday, June 1 and will conclude on Friday, July 31. This unique class offers kickboxing, submission wrestling and anti-bullying tactics.
Former Oakdale High School softball standout, Brianna Parker, graduated from Texas Southern University on May 16. Parker played for the university's softball team all four seasons and helped her team win the South West Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship the last two seasons. She was named to the All-SWAC All-Tournament her senior year.