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Oakdale Twins Commit To University Track Scholarships

Oakdale High graduates Jaci and Juli Powell have spent so much time together they can finish each other's sandwiches.

February 15, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Athlete of the Week - Alex Zamora

Oakdale United Under-12 Strikers forward Alex Zamora has proven that you don't need overwhelming size to make things happen when it matters most.

February 01, 2012 | | Local Sports


Locals Shine At Saturday MMA Show

A collection of kickboxing, pankration, mixed martial arts amateurs and professionals from the Oakdale MMA Club took on competitors at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown on Saturday for the first ever presentation by Art of War Productions. The affiliation, co-founded by Oakdale MMA instructor Tom Theofanopoulos, hosted around 1,000 fans for the amateur and professional portion of the event and thrilled the standing-room only crowd with 15 total bouts inside the cage. Oakdale MMA fighters won four of five fights during the run of amateur and professional bouts. For more information on the action packed card and the ...

January 30, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Strikers Soar To Coveted Cup Championship

The artificial turf at the Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk Grove might as well have belonged to The Corral at Oakdale High on Saturday, because the Under-12 Oakdale United Strikers youth soccer team brought the CYSA Association Cup home to Oakdale.

January 25, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Rock Stars - Local Mountain Crawling Enthusiasts Tackle King Of Hammers Race

If you have to learn to crawl before you can walk, then you certainly have to learn how to rock crawl before you can tackle anything quite like The King Of Hammers off road race.

January 25, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


OHS Grads Still Having A Ball

When most softball athletes see their careers on the softball diamond come to a close at the prep or college level, they accept that the fastest pitches they will see again will probably come from a quick-talking telemarketer.

January 25, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Strikers Claim Cup Championship

The Under-12 Oakdale Strikers thrilled a huge contingent of local fans with an exciting 3-2 victory over the West Sonoma County Cyclones in the championship game of the CYSA Association Cup on Saturday. The team overcame an early deficit and played incredible defense throughout the contest to claim the first ever Association Cup title for a team from the local area. For additional information on the championship win and the incredible season these players experienced, catch the Jan. 25 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.

January 23, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Strikers Win Thriller To Reach Cup Championship

Normally when a pre-teen boy is playing the role of hero, he's donning a cape and a rather silly looking mask.

January 18, 2012 | | Local Sports


Getting Physical - Mustangs Coaching Mustangs A Major Hit

There is a small movement happening at Oakdale Elementary Schools.

November 30, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Sports


Varsity Stampede Wins Super Bowl

Trailing 20-8 in the first quarter of the CenCal Super Bowl, the Oakdale Stampede had plenty of opportunities to reflect on a strong season and graciously hand the Modesto Broncos the varsity youth football crown.

November 23, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Stampede Boys Are Bowl Bound

The varsity Oakdale Stampede rolled past the visiting Buhach Thunder on Nov. 12 in 40-14 fashion to win an AFC title and clinch a berth in the CenCal Youth Football League Super Bowl.

November 16, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Stampede Squads See Weekend Action

Playing against the Manteca Jaguars at Sierra High School on Saturday, the Pee Wee Stampede team fell in a 42-0 shutout while the JV lost a hard fought battle, 30-22.

November 02, 2011 | | Local Sports


SOCCER SEA - Oakdale Soccer Academy Floods T.L. Davis Complex

Callum Lester's British accent belongs in a Guy Ritchie movie, but his whistle has a cowboy drawl.

October 12, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Riverbank Bicycle Ride Expects 350 Participants

Several hundred bicyclists are expected to stream out of Riverbank High School on Sunday, Oct. 9 for rides through the farmlands and grasslands to the Sierra Nevada foothills as part of the Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition.

October 05, 2011 | John Branch | Local Sports


Run For The Cheese Takes Off On Saturday

A high-quality mountain bike will be up for grabs for a grand prize winner on Saturday, Oct. 8 as hundreds flock to Galaxy Theatres in Riverbank for the 18th "Run For The Cheese" at 8 a.m.

October 05, 2011 | 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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