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Getting older and wiser

My circle of friends is getting older. It happens. Our conversations often revolve around the shock of it all. How can we have sons and daughters getting married when we just graduated from high school yesterday? We are living a real-life sci-fi movie!

February 23, 2016 | Kim Cowart Deseret News | Regional Sports

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

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