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Varsity Softball Lady Mustangs Fall In Extra Innings

A much anticipated regular season finale against undefeated East Union lived up to the hype on Wednesday evening, May 6. Oakdale traveled to Manteca to clash with the first place Lady Lancers for a share of the Valley Oak League title. The stage was set, a rematch from last year's CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game, in which Oakdale won, and a rematch from this year's season opener in which East Union prevailed on Oakdale's home field. In a clash of the VOL's best this time around, East Union edged out Oakdale 7-6 in nine innings. The ...

May 14, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


Lady Mustang Soccer Makes Final Four

Home field advantage – even in the rain – proved sweet for Oakdale, as the varsity soccer team notched a pair of playoff victories in front of a supportive home crowd this past week.

May 14, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports


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


Third Place Showing For Oakdale Polo Club

Competing in the United States Polo Association (USPA) Interscholastic Girls (seventh grade – 12th grade) division, Oakdale took third place overall at the Western Regional Tournament at Central Coast Polo Club in Los Osos, California. The team was in action Feb. 13 through 15 and played against Maui Makaha, Maui, Hawaii and Horse Park, Menlo Park, California. They placed third overall.

February 25, 2015 | | Local Sports


Great Weather, Great Performances Highlight NHRA Racing

The 31st annual Carquest NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Motor Sports Park in Phoenix, Arizona, featured some strong performances throughout qualifying, thanks to some very good weather conditions. Just enough sun to put some heat in the track with some cloud cover to keep the temperatures in the optimal range for tuning performances in all the professional categories. The great weather also brought out huge crowds for the two qualifying days.

February 25, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Former Champions Arise To Capture Season Opener

The sun spent most of the weekend shining down on the 55th annual Circle K Winternationals in Pomona as the NHRA Mello Yello kicked off the 2015 season with a near capacity crowd at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

February 18, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Fresno Center Hosts MMA Showcase Saturday

Life has not always been easy for Ryan "The Executioner" Tobar, but through the struggles, Tobar has become a star in both the octagon and in life.

February 11, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Optimal Conditions Produce Stellar NHRA Performances

The 2015 NHRA Season opened with the 55th annual Circle K/NHRA Winter Nationals in Pomona at the LA County Fairplex. Throughout qualifying, 70 degree plus temperatures and overcast skies prevailed, producing some of the best conditions seen in a while for some great on track performances. But, just as the final rounds of professional qualifying arrived, the overcast skies turned into rain, cancelling the fourth and final qualifying session. Thus, the final elimination fields would be set after just three highly competitive sessions of qualifying.

February 11, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


2015 Motorsports Prepares For Thundering Season

The 2015 motorsports racing season looks to be very exciting for race fans. There are new racers popping up in and around the Stanislaus and San Joaquin County areas all the time.

February 04, 2015 | MIKE BURGHARDT | Local Sports


Fishing Report

The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient. I'm not sure if I even understood the word back then, I just knew that I was expected to wait for the fish to come to me. This time of year, I'm constantly reminded of that advice as the bites are usually harder to come by. There are a couple of things that I do to keep motivated when the fishing gets tough. I always bring a warm thermos of coffee. Just about the time frustration starts to set in, I pull out my thermos and warm ...

January 28, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


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Gators Swim Finale Draws Crowd To Aquatic Center

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 ...

July 29, 2015 | | Local Sports


MMA Event A Hit In Merced

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 ...

July 22, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Local Hoopsters Suit Up For Youth Basketball Clinic

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 ...

July 15, 2015 | | Local Sports


Gators Find Stroke In Lodi Meet

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 ...

July 15, 2015 | | Local Sports


Last Stand Fighters Heading To Merced

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 ...

July 15, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Fighter Prepares For Battle In Octagon

With just one week until her match against Brooke Mao (4-1), Oakdale's Last Stand fighter Antoinette Bernal reflects on how she made it into ...

July 08, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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