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Athlete of the Week - Brad McDonald

One of Oakdale's top young mixed martial artists, 'Bad' Brad McDonald added one more tally for the win column during a battle with fight veteran Sergio Quinones at the "Let The Chips Fall" Tachi Fight Palace 10 card in Lemoore earlier this month. With Quinones gunning for his fourth win in six fights, McDonald landed a first round armbar submission three minutes and 36 seconds into the fight. McDonald's career numbers improved to 7-1 with the win, his fifth victory in a row.

August 24, 2011 | | Regional Sports

Stender, Lee Shine In Junior Olympics Appearance

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.

August 10, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports

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

Fishing Report


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

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