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Athlete Of The Week - Sara Stevens

Eleven-year-old Fair Oaks sixth grader Sara Stevens closed her summer with a fantastic performance at the Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento. Competing with the highly successful Modesto Roadrunners, Stevens and three other girls sped to a first place finish in the 4x800 meter relay.

Stevens earns Athlete of the Week honor for her efforts.

August 11, 2010 | | Local Sports


Athlete Of The Week - Emily Bennett

The 11-12 age division standout for the Oakdale gators youth swim team, Emily Bennett, nabbed the highest score of any Mid Valley League swimmer in her group with 23 points at the MVSL championships in Turlock on Saturday, July 24.

Bennett earns Athlete of the Week honor from The Leader for her efforts.

August 04, 2010 | | Local Sports


Soccer Squads Prepare For Competition With Special Clinics

Riding the wave of World Cup popularity and preparing for its own upcoming competitive season, the Oakdale Youth Soccer League has brought in some topnotch coaching for special clinics.

August 04, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local Sports


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


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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


Fishing Report

A lot of people that I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season. Through writing this column, I've learned that there's a definite pattern in the weather from year to year. It seems like every fourth year we have a similar dry spell and then all of a sudden, we are hit by a series of big storms that just about make up for all the lack of rain. Seven years ago the Delta along with other surrounding waterways had to be shut down as they were ...

January 21, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Hansen Roped In Thousands In 2014

Wyatt Hansen is a sophomore at Oakdale Charter High School. He is a normal teenager who attends classes, has homework and daily chores. What separates Hansen from other high school kids his age is that he is already an established rodeo star. Hansen competes in calf roping and team roping.

January 14, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Oakdale’s Sports Year In Review Features Highlights Galore

Oakdale's Sports Year In Review Features Highlights Galore

January 07, 2015 | | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA Academy Earns Top Honors

2014 was a big year for the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy, and the man that runs it.

December 31, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Pig Hunting Opportunities At Wildlife Area

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering pig hunting opportunities at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County. CDFW will accept application cards through close of business Feb. 9, 2015 and the drawing will be held on Feb. 12, 2015.

December 31, 2014 | | Local Sports


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