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Fishing Report

Last week I was able to get out fishing, it's been a while since I've been out. My partner became ill the night before leaving me to fish by myself. I had my dog with me but she wasn't much help lying on the bottom of the boat, dead asleep most of the day. At one point I even heard her snoring! She did provide me with a little excitement when she decided to put her two front paws on the edge of the boat and when she tried to run to the edge of the boat ...

April 04, 2012 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

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March 21, 2012 | | Regional Sports

Stender Selected For Team USA Water Polo Camp

Oakdale High freshman Shelby Stender will join 70 of the top water polo players in the nation at her age group at the Team USA Water Polo camp in May. The standout athlete and current OHS swimmer snared Junior Olympic selection after her action with a NorCal All Star water polo team during recent competition. For more information on Stender's selection and other Oakdale area water polo players, catch the March 21 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.

March 19, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

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February 29, 2012 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Burtschi, Noon Tackle NJCAA Nationals

It wasn't much of a surprise to area wrestling fans when 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters champion and two-time state medalist Trent Noon announced he would accept a scholarship at Clackamas Community College in Oregon, considered the best JUCO wrestling program in the nation.

February 22, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Young Stars, Rookies And The Old Master Make Their Marks At NHRA Opener

The 52nd Annual NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Winter Nationals felt some of the wrath of Mother Nature, with the final session of qualifying on Saturday, Feb. 11 being washed out by rain. The rain lightened up overnight, decreasing to a minor drizzle early Sunday morning. This caused a minor delay to the start of Sunday's final eliminations. Once the rain stopped, the overcast with minor bursts of blue sky and sunshine provided for some highly optimal weather conditions, improving the performance of the racecars. Race teams took advantage of these optimal conditions and turned up the wick, giving ...

February 13, 2012 | By Mike and Jeff Burghardt | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

I almost hate to mention that spring is almost here, but it is! I'm already seeing some early signs. A couple trees in my neighborhood have started to bloom and the water temperatures in our local lakes and delta have slowly been increasing. Another sign to me is having daylight after 5 p.m. Like most changes in seasons, it happens before most people realize. I'm still hoping for a few solid days of rain or even an early spring cold spell, but judging from the past couple of days, who knows what's going to happen? I ...

February 08, 2012 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Tight Lines - Super Bowl Fishing

While I am a pretty good football fan, once my local teams have been eliminated from the quest for the Super Bowl, I'd rather go fishing than watch some other teams spar in the Super Bowl. If you stop and think about it, there are almost always no crowds out on the water on Super Bowl Sunday. You've got the lake or stream pretty much to yourself.

February 08, 2012 | Don Moyer | Regional Sports

Art Of War - Oakdale MMA Fighters Put On A Show

If Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Club owner/instructor Tom Theofanopoulos had any concerns about the strength of competition, venue or attendance he would see from his own Art of War production company, he certainly addressed them Saturday.

February 01, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

Several years ago in an angler's online forum, I wrote about our artificial baits becoming better than the fisherman. I had recently lost several tournaments to less skilled and experienced anglers who beat me with a bait that wasn't released yet to the public. Lately there's been a new bait that's really making a lot of noise. It's called the Alabama Rig or Umbrella Rig; originally used in salt water fishing to mimic a small school of bait, it's been scaled down to be used in fresh water, and has been the winning bait ...

February 01, 2012 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional 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 sudden, we are hit by a series of big storms that just about make up for all the lack of rain. Four years ago the delta along with other surrounding waterways had to be shut down as they were unsafe ...

January 18, 2012 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

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January 11, 2012 | Jarod Ballarado | Regional Sports

Oakdale Pair Ink College Volleyball Commitments

With coaches, family and friends in attendance, Oakdale High seniors and volleyball standouts McKenzie Willet and Justina Keith made their biggest moves of 2011 inside the Mustang gymnasium.

December 21, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

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November 30, 2011 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Olson Signs With UC Davis

The spark plug of the Oakdale High softball team plans to ignite some big plays for the University of California, Davis in 2013.

November 30, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

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Area Funny Car Team Shines At Bakersfield March Meet

Richard Townsend of Oakdale and his "Nitroholic" nostalgia Funny Car team had been working hard during the off-season in preparation for the NHRA Heritage series season opener. Their hard work paid off, as the 1969 bodied Chevy Camaro Funny Car came alive all weekend. Townsend opened his qualifying effort with a career best 5.75 second at 249.86 mph pass, which would hold for the fifth position. There were 29 Funny Cars vying for one of the 16 available qualifying positions, which featured a 5.904 second "bump" to get into the show. There were a lot of big ...

March 11, 2014 | Mike Burghardt News Correspondent | Regional Sports

NHRA Finals Delivers Great Performances And Emotion

The 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at the famed Pomona Raceway represents the end of another season of NHRA Mello Yello championship drag racing. The event is the sixth and final race of the "chase to the championship" and 24th event of the season. This season, two of the four professional category championships were claimed by the season's 23rd event, held two weeks prior in La Vegas. Coming into the Pomona, only the Top Fuel and Pro Stock titles were left unclaimed. In Funny Car, John Force, the fan favorite and winningest driver in drag ...

November 16, 2013 | Mike Burghardt Special To The Leader | Regional Sports

SSJID: Non-Native Fish Reducing Salmon

Delta sport fishing with its flashy bass tournaments and purses as high as $100,000 is threatening water supplies for South San Joaquin County farms and cities as well as elsewhere in California.

September 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt Special To The Leader | Regional Sports

BUCKLE BOY - Oakdale’s Kent Ends Fourth At National Rodeo

With a lasso coiled neatly in his hand and the rippling muscles of his mount settling with anticipation beneath him, Oakdale's Tanner Kent took a second to capture the moment in front of over 4,000 fans at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyoming, home to the 2013 National High School Finals Rodeo.

July 31, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Oakdale’s Olivo Quits Marlins

Citing the lack of playing time as a third-string back-up catcher, and after asking for his release multiple times, Oakdale resident and Miami Marlins professional baseball player Miguel Olivo walked out of the dugout and "quit" the team during its June 14 game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

July 10, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Regional Sports

Residents Reminded To Be Rattlesnake Safe

As warm weather returns, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding the public to be rattlesnake safe.

June 12, 2013 | | Regional Sports

Vander Tuig Selected By Giants In MLB Draft

In the year leading up to the June 7, 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Oakdale High graduate and UCLA junior Nick Vander Tuig spoke with officials from every MLB club.

June 12, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports


June 10, 2013 | Oakdale graduate and UCLA junior Nick Vander Tuig was selected with the 192nd pick of the MLB draft. To read more catch the June 12 print edition of the Oakdale Leader. | Regional Sports

Oakdale Student Wins World Cheer Championship

With the abdominal muscles of a Spartan warrior, the athleticism of a gymnast and a strange fiberglass boneyard indicative of a daring professional skateboarder, 12-year-old Oakdale Junior High student Savannah Manning may be the Cowboy Capital of the World's best young athlete.

May 15, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Eighteen Oakdale Students Earn Trip To State Rodeo

A stellar performance from Oakdale students at the District 5 Championship Rodeo has propelled 18 of them to the pinnacle arena of high school and junior high festivities.

May 08, 2013 | | Regional Sports

The House That God Built - UOP Hall Of Fame Taps OHS Alum

Mike House is not now, nor has he ever been a statistician.

May 01, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Another Classic at 2012 March Meet

The 2013 March Meet represents the opening of the National Hot Rod Association Heritage Racing Series season and is held at the famous AAA of Southern California Raceway in Famoso (just North of Bakersfield).

April 01, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

My first impression of the Delta was that as long as I stayed within sight of where I launched my boat, that I would be able to find my way back. I was also frustrated with all the vegetation making it nearly impossible to fish my favorite baits. My navigation problem was solved with experience and the help of a GPS and after a while I learned to read the vegetation and I actually look for vegetation now. Some of my biggest fish caught on the Delta have come from some of the thickest vegetation. Several years ago California Department ...

March 27, 2013 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

ROAD TRIP - Oakdale Teen Qualifies For Rotax Grand Finals

Oakdale High freshman Blaine Rocha doesn't need a Nintendo 64 controller or Mario Kart cartridge to achieve open-wheel glory.

March 27, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Stewart To Race In Stockton

The World of Outlaws STP sprint car series will invade the new Stockton 99 speedway dirt track on March 22 to feature many popular stars, including Cody Darrah, Joey Saldana, Steve and Kraig Kinser, Sammy Swindell, 2012 season Series Champion Donny Schatz, 2012 season Series Runner-up Craig Dollansky and many others, along with a list of local area drivers.

March 18, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Regional Sports

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