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.
Oakdale High graduates John Brunk, Alanna Jones and Austin Whitworth have seen a whirlwind of success this spring with their respective athletic programs at the college level. All have emerged as top performers, among the best athletes in their conferences.
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.
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.
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|
Special to the Leader
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.
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
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.
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 ...