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Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat. A lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items on their boats. When it comes to life jackets though, a lot of times they couldn't tell you what sizes they have and some of them even keep them stowed away under a seat compartment somewhere. In the past 10 years or more suspender type life jackets have become popular amongst boaters. Most them are designed to automatically inflate once submerged in water. The ...

July 30, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Laying Down The Law With La Vang

Nearly three weeks ago, La "Lawless" Vang was crowned the Flyweight Champion after his three round unanimous decision over Mike Tubera at the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino.

July 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


(Yes) We Are Ready For Some Football

As we get set to turn the calendar over to August it is time to turn our focus to back to school (sorry, kids). Along with back to school, comes the fall sports schedule, and that includes football on every level.

July 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


U19 Girls Start Competitive Soccer Season Strong

Four games over two days and a battle for top honors added up to an exciting weekend of soccer.

July 23, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


Second Place Showing For Oakdale U13 Boys

Playing at the Turlock Mid Summer Classic on July 19 and 20, in the Silver bracket, the Oakdale United Under 13 boys came home with second place medals to show for their efforts.

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports


Gators Final Swim Meet Set For Saturday

With summer days drifting away, and fall just around the corner, the Oakdale Youth Swim team, known as the Gators, wraps up their season this Saturday, July 26. The Summer's End Invitational meet is set to begin at 9 a.m. at Oakdale High School's Aquatic Center. The young swimmers have been hard at work since their first meet on June 7 and have since improved their swimming abilities in all aspects in the pool. Members of the community are welcome to support and cheer on the Gators Swim Team for their final competition of the year. Oakdale ...

July 23, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat being towed was small but the boat was a lot bigger than the SUV which is very dangerous. Just because a car or truck can pull a boat or trailer, doesn't mean that it's safe. In the event that they were to blow a tire or have to suddenly stop, there's no way they would be able to gain control of their trailer ...

July 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Casino Welcomes Top Flight MMA Action To Jamestown

A capacity crowd made their way to the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino in Jamestown for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action on Saturday, July 12. Hoplite Fight Productions presented "Still the Biggest Little Show in California" at the area venue.

July 16, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


VFW Post 2922 Hosts Golf Tournament

A final reminder, that the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2922 of Oakdale will be hosting its second annual fundraising golf tournament and four man scramble on Saturday, July 19 at Modesto's Creekside Golf Course. Golfers can begin register starting at 10 a.m. and tee time is set for a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

July 16, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

It seems like every year, as far back as I can remember, we've been in a drought. This one though is a little different. I've seen the water levels in some of our local lakes lower than I've ever seen them before. When I was a kid, this would be the prime time to scour the banks in search of fishing treasure. There are sure to be lures and other miscellaneous items that have been lost by anglers while fishing when the water levels were higher. If I only had a metal detector, who knows what can ...

July 16, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

For several years now there's been a mandatory inspection for boats entering our local lakes for Quagga-Zebra Mussels. Most of us I'm sure think of the inspection as a hassle but it's necessary to help prevent these species from taking over our lakes. Quagga-Zebra Mussels are filter feeders that reproduce at alarming rates once they are introduced to a body of water. If they were allowed to take over a lake they would filter out all the suspended particulate, zooplankton, and phytoplankton in a body of water leaving smaller baitfish without a food source in turn leaving ...

July 09, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fight Night Slated At Chicken Ranch

This Saturday night, July 12, catch Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action live at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown. Hoplite Fight Productions presents "Unfinished Business" that features the main event pitting Pro Lightweights Luis Jauregui and Josh LaGrange. The co-Main event will feature a Pro Featherweight fight between Sal Becerra and Mike Ryan. Becerra, a product out of Oakdale MMA, is making his professional debut. Becerra finished his amateur career with a record of 5-0 and was crowned the Art of War Amateur champion in the 155-pound weight class.

July 09, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Summer time is top water fishing time for Bass. Catching Bass on a top water lure is one of the most exciting experiences in fishing. As exciting as it is, it also can be very difficult hooking up with a fish once it strikes. A common mistake anglers make when fishing with top water lures is setting the hook too early. Experienced anglers will tell you to wait until you feel the fish, but that's easier said than done. It took me several years and many hours on the water until I finally was able to wait on my ...

July 02, 2014 | | Local Sports


Special Summer Camp Spent With Superstar

It's not every day that a 9-year-old can attend a football camp with his idol, but for young Derek Herzog, he got the opportunity to attend a two-day camp earlier this summer. On June 21 and 22, Herzog attended the Citi Bank Colin Kaepernick Football Pro camp at San Francisco's St. Ignatius College Preparatory.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Hanko, Teammate Win – Wild Woodchucks Claim First Place In Summer Challenge

Oakdale resident Matt Hanko and his teammate Jeff Vasek earned top honors at the Gold Rush Adventure Race Summer Challenge (www.goldrushar.com) on June 21. The grueling race took place at New Melones Reservoir near Sonora. This event offers both a 12-hour and 6-hour race.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


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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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