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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

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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


Don’t Blink - MMA’s McDonald Makes Quick Work Of Perez

It took six weeks for Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts fighter and Modesto native Brad McDonald to train for the seventh professional bout of his career, but only a handful of seconds for him to finish it.

February 23, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports


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December 22, 2010 | Jarod Ballardo | Regional Sports


Mustang Graduate Nabs All American Status In Thrilling JC Season

At 6 feet, 6 inches tall, 2010 Oakdale High graduate Garrett Porter entered the Modesto Junior College Water Polo preseason in July with some serious physical attributes for a goalkeeper.

December 15, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports


Force To Be Reckoned With Prevails At NHRA Finals

The 46th Annual NHRA AAA of Southern California Finals at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona was one of the most dramatic in recent years. Three of the four professional category titles would be determined at this event.

December 01, 2010 | Mike and Jeff Burghardt Special To The Leader | 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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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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