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Farquer, New: Top 10 At National High School Rodeo

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.

August 03, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Oakdale Native Tackles NHRA Fram/Autolite Nationals

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.

August 03, 2011 | Jeff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Regional Sports

Dryden Shines On Skates For Junior Thunder Squad

If competitive Roshambo develops into a serious sport, don't be surprised to see Oakdale High sophomore Bailey Dryden practicing his rock, paper, scissors.

July 27, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Racer With Oakdale Roots Making His Mark In Drag Racing

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.

July 27, 2011 | Mike and Jeff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Regional Sports

Father And Son Team Perform Rare Feat

The Johnny Brazil Night event at Stockton 99 Speedway showcased some surprising and rare results on July 18.

July 20, 2011 | Mike Burghardt Special To The Leader | Regional Sports

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July 20, 2011 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Stepps, Graham, Guzman Tackle 99 Speedway Races

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.

July 13, 2011 | Jeff Burghardt Special To The Leader | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

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 ...

July 06, 2011 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Tight Lines - High Water Tactics

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 ...

July 06, 2011 | Don Moyer | Regional Sports

A Class Of Their Own - Farquer, New To Tackle National Rodeo

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.

July 06, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Garza Wins Western Regional Title

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.

June 29, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Graham, Guzman Strike Again In Stockton

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.

June 22, 2011 | Mike Burghardt Special To The Leader | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

Lake Don Pedro:

June 08, 2011 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

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

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Fishing Report

Last week I was able to get out for a few days of fishing on the Delta. The bite wasn't the best but we did manage to catch our limits. As far as the weather, it was absolutely amazing. I was also able to fish Lake Pardee, we didn't get a single bite but once again the weather was great. What I did find humbling about my trip to Pardee was that as we were heading back towards the launch ramp, I counted several people walking up to their cars with limits of trout on their stringers. Then ...

March 13, 2013 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Majority Draw Caps Exciting Fight Night

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.

March 06, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Wallace, Gall, Smitely Headline Jamestown Card

The word has gotten out.

February 27, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

NHRA Drag Racing Season Opener Thunders Into Record Books

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.

February 25, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

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 ...

February 06, 2013 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

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 ...

January 30, 2013 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

LIGHTS OUT - Wallace And Co. Brilliant At Chicken Ranch

Kelly McGill has arrived.

January 23, 2013 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Wallace Tapped To Fight For AOW Belt

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.

December 26, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

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Delta Report:

December 12, 2012 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

TITLE SHOT - McDonald Will Fight Barão For UFC Belt

Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Club fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship sensation Michael McDonald has a chance to make history early next year.

December 12, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

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 ...

December 05, 2012 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Oakdale’s Anderson Wins Gin Rummy Title

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.

December 05, 2012 | Virginia Still | Regional Sports

DeAnda, Velasco Come Up Big At The Tachi Palace

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.

November 28, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

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 ...

November 28, 2012 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

Fishing Report

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 ...

November 14, 2012 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports

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