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McDonald Wins Second Straight UFC Fight

Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts star and Modesto native Michael McDonald captured his second straight Ultimate Fighting Championships victory on Saturday during the UFC 130 card in Las Vegas.

June 01, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Dream Come True - Giants Call Up Oakdale’s Bordona

When the San Francisco Giants landed on the West Coast just two years after Bob Bordona graduated from Oakdale High in 1955, they earned the loyalty of a lifelong Oakdale resident, businessman and baseball player. Some 54 years later, the Giants returned the favor.

May 18, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Brunk, Jones, Whitworth Wrap Up Strong Conference Seasons

Oakdale High graduates John Brunk, Alanna Jones and Austin Whitworth have seen a whirlwind of success this spring with their respective athletic programs at the college level. All have emerged as top performers, among the best athletes in their conferences.

May 11, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Bad Brad Wins Another At The Tachi Palace

The wins just keep on coming for Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts and the Last Stand Fight Team.

May 11, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Brunk To Take On Conference Championships

Oakdale High graduate and current Chico State student, track and field star John Brunk, will take on the best athletes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association from May 5 to 7 this week when the CCAA hosts its conference championships at Stanislaus State in Turlock.

May 04, 2011 | | Regional Sports

Wrestling At The Next Level - Noon Takes Career To Clackamas

The same program that snared a National Junior College Athletic Association team wrestling championship and Coach of the Year honor on Feb. 26 will give new life to one of Oakdale High's most decorated prep grapplers in school history this fall.

May 04, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Wrestling At The Next Level - Grappler Brown Bound For Bakersfield

To pose a question you may have heard before, albeit in a different context: What can Brown do for you?

May 04, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

Delta Report:

April 27, 2011 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Oakdale Racers Run Well at Stockton 99 Speedway

Another day at the Stockton 99 Speedway saw another run of sharp performances from Oakdale racers on April 16.

April 27, 2011 | Mike Burghardt Special To The Leader | Regional Sports

Oakdale Racers Take Trophy Honors In Stockton

In a unique 'father-son' on track success story, Oakdale's Mike Graham (owner of the Exhaust Pros of Oakdale) and his son, Tyler Guzman, both won their category heat races with ease and made easy work of the competition in their respective "Trophy Dash" events on Saturday, April 9 at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

April 20, 2011 | Jeff Burghardt Special to the Leader | Regional Sports

Sandoval, Smitely Land Impressive MMA Wins

Oakdale High graduate Martin Sandoval and Modesto native Justin Smitely each landed the seventh win of their respective professional mixed martial art careers after a 2-0 showing from Oakdale MMA during the 16-bout Rebel Fighter "Explosive" Card on Saturday at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth.

April 20, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Rain Postpones March Meet Start For NHRA Season

The 53rd Annual Bakersfield March Meet serves as the kickoff event for the National Hot Rod Association Heritage Racing season, but bounced back a week after qualifying when heavy rains didn't allow for safe conditions of the main event.

April 01, 2011 | By Mike Burghardt Special to the Leader | Regional Sports

Dazzling Debut - McDonald Lands Fight Of The Night Win For The UFC

The youngest fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship didn't wait long to earn notoriety for his ability to win exciting fights on the biggest stage of professional mixed martial arts in the world.

March 30, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Oakdale Fighter Sees UFC Debut On Saturday

It's just a few days away.

March 23, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

As the weather has been improving, I'm sure a lot of anglers are looking forward to going fishing. A majority of those anglers will most likely be fishing from the bank. Personally I've had some very good days while fishing from the bank. What I have learned is that location is everything when choosing the right spot. On the delta for example, fishing the bends, dead end sloughs, or forks in the river are almost always productive. In the lakes, I almost always start off by fishing the marina areas. Usually, all the fish plants take place around ...

March 16, 2011 | Jarod Ballardo | 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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