Some thrilling and aggressive play from Oakdale High girls water polo stars Shelby Stender and Cassie Lee propelled the under-16 Sonora/Oakdale (SOAK) Water Polo Club to a 19th place finish among 36 teams at the recent Swim Outlet Junior Olympics in Orange County.
In all, 1,395 entries were made into 13 competing events at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wyoming from July 17 to 23.
The 24th Annual Fram/Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway provided plenty of close on track racing action, and Oakdale native Brian Thiel was thick in the middle of it.
If competitive Roshambo develops into a serious sport, don't be surprised to see Oakdale High sophomore Bailey Dryden practicing his rock, paper, scissors.
Oakdale has a rich agriculture heritage and is known as the "Cowboy Capital of the World." But, that is not Oakdale's only claim to fame. Oakdale is also a car enthusiast capital, laying claim to some of the best high performance car enthusiasts in northern California. Currently, there are at least eight different racers, living in and around Oakdale, that compete in various forms of racing. Some have spent their early lives in Oakdale, catching the "car bug" and then moving to outlaying areas. One of those is Brian Thiel.
The Johnny Brazil Night event at Stockton 99 Speedway showcased some surprising and rare results on July 18.
The racing was close and highly competitive, culminating in a fireworks show at the annual Firecracker 150 at the Stockton 99 Speedway on July 3.
I've always had a hard time dealing with storing unused items. Once my son was old enough to no longer require a car seat, I immediately went through my garage looking to get rid of all of the things that he no longer used. Of course, my wife caught me and made sure that no matter how old our son got, all of his baby stuff was off limits. Fishing stuff on the other hand is mine. I make it a point each year to go through my things and get rid of those items that I no longer ...
Due to the extremely wet winter we had, most of the streams are running cold, fast and extremely full. The recent hot spell has begun to melt the huge snow pack with a vengeance and the rivers are boiling. This was one of the wettest years on record and the melting snow is creating extremely dangerous conditions. Usually at this time of year the snow run off has peaked and stream levels have begun to recede to normal summertime levels. This year, however, nature may not be cooperating with your summer vacation plans. Major Sierra Rivers are roaring with flows ...
It's only fitting that the National High School Finals Rodeo this month has at least two entries from the Cowboy Capital of the World.
Cloverland Elementary student Caesar Garza, cousin to Oakdale High state qualifier Juan Garza, is blazing his own trail across the national wrestling mat and map.
The Father's Day weekend racing at the New Stockton 99 Speedway featured the best of the best in West Coast Stock Car racing and two of Oakdale's own came away with main event or trophy dash honors at Saturday's race.
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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.
Blood from open cuts streamed down the face of Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy Fighter Justin Smitley like war paint as he was hoisted up by his brother Brad McDonald after a thrilling three-round battle in the main event of the Art of War Stand and Deliver fight card on Saturday.
The word has gotten out.
The first event of the 2013 NHRA Drag Racing season opened at the famed Auto Club of Southern California Raceway at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona from Feb. 14 to 17.
Keeping it simple often is the key ingredient to an angler's success out on the water. Of all my boxes and boxes of tackle I still find myself going back to my old faithful lures when the latest and greatest stuff just isn't working. Any top pro will tell you that he or she may use a variety of different techniques but owes a lot of their success to one or two techniques or baits. They've mastered that bait and its presentation therefore keeping it simple. Too much time is wasted trying out different lures. A co ...
I was looking through some of my tackle the other day and it was sad to see once popular baits that were no longer being used. Like most hobbies there's always something better that comes out that you just have to have. For a while there I was obsessed with having the latest and greatest until I fished with a guy called Bill. Bill was in his 60's and I heard from a friend that he was a pretty good bass fisherman. I ended up getting to know Bill and eventually was able to go fishing with him ...
Kelly McGill has arrived.
Lodi fighter Josh Thornburg of the famed Cesar Gracie jiu-jitsu academy (the home of Nick and Nate Diaz) will attempt to reignite his once-promising career at the expense of former Oakdale High wrestler, football player and undefeated Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter Buddy Wallace.
Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Club fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship sensation Michael McDonald has a chance to make history early next year.
I'm not sure the exact reason but this is the time of year when I see the most arrests being made for poaching on the water. The following information was taken from the California Department of Fish and Game website: "If you witness a poaching or polluting incident or any fish and wildlife violation, or have information about such a violation, immediately dial the toll free CalTIP number: 1 (888) DFG-CALTIP 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Be prepared to give the fullest possible account of the incident including the name, address, age and description of the ...
Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas was the place to be if you considered yourself either an avid gin rummy player or fan. The Gin Rummy Association presented The Holiday Classic Tournament from Nov. 11 through the 14 for gin rummy partners and singles and one Oakdale man walked away with top honors. Greg Anderson came home with the world title in hand.
With fight leagues like Strikeforce, Pride and World Extreme Cagefighting now merged with the pinnacle conference of MMA - the Ultimate Fighting Championship - the list of quality fight leagues outside of the UFC have dwindled down to just a few.
I can't remember how many times over the past year that I've emphasized being prepared for the unexpected while out fishing. The unexpected happened to me a few years ago while out on the delta. Fishing out of a relative's fairly new boat we were surprised to hear the ever so dreaded "click, click" sound when attempting to start his boat at the end of the day. His batteries had died and we were officially stranded! Being a new boat as well as a new boat operator his only useful device on board was his cell phone ...
Fish attractants have been used in some form or another for many years. In the middle 1980s I can remember there being a big interest in fish attractants as several major tackle manufacturers added fish attractants to their product line. I can remember one specific brand that comes to mind "Bait mate," it was in a liquid form with a consistency that was similar to vegetable oil. One quick spray of this supposedly would create a feeding frenzy. Every major fishing show started to endorse the use of fish attractants and anglers followed accordingly. To add a little confusion manufacturers ...