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Poolside - Gators Post Solid Times In Swim Championships

More than a dozen Oakdale Gators youth swim team standouts improved times in all three of their events at the Mid Valley Swim League championships in Turlock on Saturday, July 24. It was a satisfying way for the 15 members of the team to culminate the summer campaign.

July 28, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale Native Sees Baseball Homecoming

Alyssa Freeman, a 12-year-old Oakdale native and Boise, Idaho baseball star, delivered a thrilling homecoming performance in travel tournament action at Rainbow Fields in Riverbank over the weekend.

July 28, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale’s Medlen Leads Crew In Win At Infineon

The 23rd Annual Fram-Autolite National at Infineon Raceway thundered to completion earlier this month, with the event featuring all the top professional categories, Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. In addition many of the Lucas Oil sportsman categories were also contested.

July 28, 2010 | Mike and Jeff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


U.S. Olympians Train Oakdale Netters

Participants in Oakdale High's summer volleyball clinic received some expert tutelage from some of the best instructors in the sport - worldwide - earlier this month at the Mustang gymnasium.

July 28, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Sarah Peterson

Talented Oakdale softball player Sarah Peterson on the Under-16 California Grapettes has been lights out in summer competition. She followed up a thrilling run to a Sac-Joaquin Metro title by playing her best in the Champions Cup premier tournament in Irvine. Peterson was one of five Oakdale players to combine for 28 hits across the tournament and belted her first career home run over the fence in a two-run bomb against Fort Collins. Peterson earns Athlete of the Week honor for her efforts.

July 28, 2010 | | Local Sports


Gators Show Big Improvements In Tri-Meet

Nine Oakdale Gators swimmers saw big improvements and stellar times in a three-way Mid Valley Swim League tri-meet with Tracy and Ripon at Ripon High on Saturday, July 17.The Gators finished third to the two much larger programs, but saw faster touches in a successful meet."This is a time of the season where we've been working our Gator swimmers harder in preparation to have them in the best possible form before we taper for championships," Oakdale coach Brian Fogarty said. "So we expect excellent form and improvements in technique, but the continuing time drops are a bonus ...

July 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Grapettes Compile 5-3 Record In Champions Cup Competition

The Oakdale based California Grapettes under-16 softball team went 5-3 among a field of 54 teams at the recent Champions Cup premier tournament in Irvine.With an expected 40 college scouts in attendance, the team was 4-2 in pool play and 1-1 in a difficult single elimination bracket."It was an outstanding team performance, and one the girls should be proud of," Oakdale coach Kelly Olson said. "They faced some very tough teams, and it was an excellent tune-up for Nationals."The Grapettes opened the tournament on Thursday with two straight losses, including a 5-1 defeat in the first game ...

July 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale Baseball All Stars Go 0-2 In State Tournament

The hits didn't come when Oakdale needed them most in back-to-back losses for the Oakdale Baseball Association's 11-12 Cal Ripken All Stars in state tournament action at James Polk Middle School in Fresno this past week.The team slipped in 7-3 form to Clovis in the tournament opener, despite five innings of sharp pitching from Blake Whiting. The team was down just 3-2 in the fifth, but surrendered late scores and ultimately the contest.Whiting smashed an RBI double in the loss while Dalton Stewart connected on a key single and Bradford Aquino grabbed a base hit and ...

July 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Gators Win Big In Turlock

The Oakdale Gators youth swim program saw fast times lead to big points and a tri-meet win over both the Stanislaus Sharks and Turlock Marlins on Saturday at Pitman High. The victory was a sweet one for the Gators, as they look to start peaking in time for the championships in the Mid Valley League later this month.In all, seven Oakdale swimmers earned the nod as top swimmers in their collective age groups during Saturday's Mid Valley Swim League action.Arielle Cook was best in the 15-16 girls division after wins in each of her events. She finished ...

July 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


McDonald Nearing WEC debut

One of the highest organizations for lightweight mixed martial art fighters in the world, World Extreme Cagefighting, could see an Oakdale product make his nationally televised debut by the end of the year.Modesto resident and Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter, Michael McDonald, was approached by WEC general manager Reed Harris after his impressive second round knock out of highly touted Cole Escovedo on Saturday at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.The fight, which won McDonald a Tachi Palace bantamweight title, was expected to be Escovedo's precursor to re-entrance in the WEC, but instead left ...

July 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Fogarty, Gators Set Sights On Bright Swimming Future

Prep and collegiate coaches often complain about flaws in an athlete's technique or style that creates difficulties in competition at the next level.

July 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Champs - District Title Run For Oakdale Baseball All Stars

With his Oakdale Baseball Association 11-12 All Stars sporting a 14-11 lead over Lodi in the bottom of the fourth inning, Oakdale manager Ron Helms could only turn away from the diamond as a towering Lodi connection seemed to soar for a game changing grand slam.

July 07, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Broderick Medrano

Oakdale Youth Baseball Association 11-12 All Star catcher Broderick Medrano proved his home run derby title was no fluke by belting a huge three-run bomb over the center field fence during third inning action at Fair Oaks Field on Wednesday, June 30.

July 07, 2010 | | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Hayley Rivera

Oakdale Gators youth swimmer Hayley Rivera dominated the 7-8 age division at the team's first home meet, June 5, with the Manteca Dolphins. Rivera won three events in her age division, dominating across the pool.

June 16, 2010 | | Local Sports


Locals Light Up Nitro Night Of Fire

The 33rd Annual Nitro Night of Fire event attracted many of the best racers from around the Sacramento area and surrounding counties over the weekend. The counties of Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced and San Joaquin were all represented at the event.

June 16, 2010 | By Mike and Jefff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Local Sports


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Vegas Event Features Double Win For Enders-Stevens

The 16th annual NHRA Summit Nationals featured several upsets and close racing in all three of the professional categories.

April 22, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Oakdale Rodeo Draws World Class Competitors

Thousands of fans packed the Oakdale Saddle Club rodeo grounds for the toughest two days in sports, April 11 and 12, for the 64th annual Oakdale PRCA Rodeo.

April 15, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report 04-08-15

Why is it that every time the weather is absolutely perfect for fishing, that I have something else planned or I'm working? Then of course, when I finally get some time to get out fishing, a wind storm or some other type of change in the weather occurs. Don't get me wrong, I've had my fair share of perfect weather days out on the water but they're hard to come by, especially in the spring. I used to have a friend who told me that he was a fair weather fisherman. Needless to say, he didn ...

April 08, 2015 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report 04-01-15

Every angler has his or her favorite fishing spot, I'm no different. Last weekend while fishing Lake Pardee, which is full by the way. My son and I were struggling to get any bites. We moved around from spot to spot until I decided that we try an old spot that I've been fishing since I was a kid. There was a time when that spot was the only place that I would fish on the lake, but as my boats have gotten bigger and more reliable, I've since ventured out. After fishing a while, my son ...

April 01, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Local Racers Challenge The Best In NHRA Heritage Series

The Good Vibrations Motorsports 56th annual March Meet, at the famed AAA of Southern California/Famoso Raceway, represents the first seasonal event of the NHRA Heritage Series. The results in Funny Car also count toward the Bakersfield/Boise Blitz challenge. The weather was perfect and brought out near record crowds each of the three days.

March 11, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Carquest Nationals Offer Draggin’ In The Desert

Weather conditions for the 31st annual Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Arizona was comfortable and partly cloudy, producing some great on track performances. The conditions also brought out a near capacity crowd over the entire three days of racing.

March 04, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


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