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Fishing Report

Fishing during the summer months is definitely not for someone who doesn't like a little sunlight. This past week was extremely hot during the day causing even me to head back towards the dock. Not knowing how hot it was until I got behind the wheel of my truck I saw that it was 107 degrees. Once getting home I ended up sleeping the rest of the day while trying to regain some of the energy the sun had taken from me. Originally, I had planned to get off the water by noon but noon came and I decided ...

June 18, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


All-American Honors For Decathlete Brunk

Oakdale High alum John Brunk made his final day as a member of the Chico State Track & Field team a memorable one at the NCAA DII Track and Field National Championships, earning a spot on the All-America podium in the decathlon. Competing in 10 events over two days, Brunk posted personal bests in the 110-meter hurdles, the 1,500-meter run (with a winning time of 4:23.90), and matched his personal record in the pole vault, clearing 15-01. In the process, Brunk snagged his second decathlon All-America honor with 7,351 points, good for sixth place overall out of ...

June 11, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Summer vacation has officially started for my family, this week we've been spending the first part of it camping at Lake Pardee. Actually, I'm typing this report from the picnic table of my campsite. Currently, we're the only family camping mid-week, making it even more enjoyable. The fishing has been good; the early morning kokanee bite is great, I've even been able to catch a few during the middle of the day. The first night was rough though, as expected, my 2-year-old wasn't on the same sleeping schedule as the rest of us. Night number ...

June 11, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Saturday Ceremony Brings OVYSA Season To Close

Oakdale's Kerr Park was the scene of the 2014 Oak Valley Youth Softball Association's (OVYSA) championship games and closing ceremonies on Saturday, May 31.

June 04, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


2014 OBA Season A Success

Another successful season for Oakdale Baseball Association (OBA) came to a close on Wednesday, May 21 at Oakdale's T.L. Davis Sports Park.

May 28, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Stansbury Shines In Rodeo Arena

Shelby Stansbury, a 16-year-old junior at Oakdale Charter School, has been lighting up the arenas for the California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA). Stansbury, the daughter of Skip and Taffy Stansbury, has been riding since the age of four.

May 21, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Last week while reading the fishing report from Lake Pardee, I read that some of the regulars believed that if the cows were lying down in the morning, fishing was going to be tough, if they were standing, the bite was supposed to be good. So, on my way up to the lake I looked for the first cow nearest the lake and to my joy it was standing. I'm not usually one to buy into superstitions but this one I had to test for myself as it was different than any other that I've heard of before ...

May 21, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

If you would have told me 10 years ago that someday I'd be selling my bass boat and buying a multi species boat I would have laughed at you. I did just that though and I'm not looking back. For years now while writing this report, I've often felt a little out of the touch with some of the reports being that I primarily fished for bass. If I caught a trout, catfish, striped bass, or anything else, it was while I was fishing for largemouth bass. That's all changed in the past few years and ...

May 14, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Olivo Gets The Call

Hard work, dedication, and even a bit of swallowing some pride, paid off for Oakdale resident Miguel Olivo and his mission to get back to the Major Leagues.

May 07, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA Cashes In At Chicken Ranch Casino

Earlier this month, on Saturday, April 12, Jamestown's Chicken Ranch Casino hosted Art of War: Presents Knockout Artist. With 23 fights, seven of which were title fights, Oakdale MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) was strongly represented.

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


Fishing Report

Growing up, I never used to wear sunglasses. Looking back, I can't believe that I fished as long as I did without sunglasses. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I realized the benefits of a good pair of sunglasses. I was fishing with a friend one day when he started talking about how great his sunglasses were. When I asked him how much he paid for them, I laughed at him and told him that I would never pay more than $10 for a pair of sunglasses. A couple of months later, he purchased ...

April 30, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


Fishing Report

About ten years ago, I started a fishing club at the school where I work. We practiced several times of the week while I taught them how to cast, tie knots, spool their reels, and anything else that I thought they would need to know to get them started. In order to keep them interested, we scheduled a few trips out to some of our local lakes and had little competitions amongst each other to see who was going to catch the first and biggest fish. The club ended up being a huge success but unfortunately after four years my ...

April 23, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | Local Sports


PRCA Invades Community Competition Brings Top Cowboys To Annual Oakdale Rodeo

Rodeo fans from far and near were treated to a wild, action packed weekend as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) came to town for the 63rd Annual Oakdale Rodeo presented by the Oakdale Saddle Club.

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


Join The Oakdale Gators Swim Team

The Oakdale Gators swim team is now accepting new swimmers for their summer swim team and is also providing swimming lessons located at OHS Aquatic Center. This will be the team's 44th year as they have been a part of the community dating back to 1970.

April 09, 2014 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Last week I wrote about taking my dad out fishing for the day. The response I got from that column highlighted what I believe is a growing trend among today's youth. There are far too many of them that have never been fishing. I can understand a kid that is 10 or 12 years old, but there are teens out there that have yet to go fishing. While doing a little research on the Internet, I came across an article where the author challenged his readers to take at least two kids out fishing each year. I really hope ...

April 09, 2014 | Jarod Ballardo | 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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