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The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snowmobiles on it. I thought to myself, that’s odd being the middle of summer. Then as I thought some more, I thought about my boat parked in my backyard with very few places to go anymore that have any water. Like a lot of you, I’m hoping for an early fall and lots of rain. If I’ve learned anything through writing this column, it’s that our weather system seems to go through cycles. I’m hoping that this ...

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Posted: Aug. 27, 2014 9:50 a.m. | Fishing Report Comments 0 Comments
U11 Boys Claim Title – Oakdale Teams Shine At Benefit Tournament

U11 Boys Claim Title – Oakdale Teams Shine At Benefit Tournament

Teams from Oakdale made plenty of noise at the weekend Cassy Rowe benefit soccer tournament hosted at Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento.

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Oakdale Youth Making Splash In Stanford

Oakdale Youth Making Splash In Stanford

Grace Juliussen is a 10-year-old student who attends Oakdale’s Fair Oaks Elementary school as a fifth grader. When she is not in school she spends her time in the pool as part of the Sonora-Oakdale Water Polo Club known as SOAK, a club that she has been involved with for two seasons. She is on the girls 10 and under team and also recently competed on the Davis Water Polo Club as part of the Junior Olympic Team, invited to come play for the elite squad as the Oakdale 10’s did not compete in the games.

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Posted: Aug. 19, 2014 1:54 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 20, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Oakdale Youth Making Splash In Stanford Comments 0 Comments
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Ten Steer Team Roping Slated Labor Day Weekend

Ten Steer Team Roping Slated Labor Day Weekend

Posted: Aug. 19, 2014 1:58 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 20, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Ten Steer Team Roping Slated Labor Day Weekend Comments 0 Comments
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Fishing Report

The biggest fish I ever caught was caught by a rod and reel combo that cost me no more than $80 at the time. The biggest fish that I ever lost was lost while fishing with one of my most expensive rod and reel combo’s. Several years ago while talking with a local bass fishing professional, he told me “buy the best equipment that you can afford.” What he meant was that if $50 was your budget, then buy something within your budget. With that said, of all places to save a penny, I don’t recommend opting for ...

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Posted: Aug. 19, 2014 2:41 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 20, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Fishing Report Comments 0 Comments

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Several weeks ago I ran into an angler that I haven’t seen in a few years. He’s got to be in his 70’s by now. As we were catching up, the excitement in his voice when talking about fishing was like if he was a kid again. He seemed excited about his next trip out and having a bead on the current fishing conditions. I couldn’t help but think to myself how strong a passion for fishing can really be. I’ve got friends who’ve sacrificed it all to fish professionally. Unfortunately for them, things ...

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Posted: Aug. 12, 2014 4:45 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 13, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Fishing Report Comments 0 Comments
Surf Cup Tournament Success For East Valley Earthquakes

Surf Cup Tournament Success For East Valley Earthquakes

The 34th annual soccerloco Surf Cup tournament was held Aug. 2, 3 and 4 for U10 to U15 Boys and Girls. This was a Class I Tournament; open to USYSA, US Club Soccer, Super Y League, and FIFA affiliated teams and is held each year in San Diego, California. The tournament is a nationally recognized premier tournament, rated among the top two in the United States.

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Posted: Aug. 12, 2014 4:33 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 13, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Surf Cup Tournament Success For East Valley Earthquakes Comments 0 Comments
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Dublin Tournament Medal Captured In Shootout

Dublin Tournament Medal Captured In Shootout

Taking three wins in four games played over the weekend, the Oakdale Insanity U19 soccer girls came home with consolation honors from the Dublin Shamrock Tournament.

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Posted: Aug. 12, 2014 4:37 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 13, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Dublin Tournament Medal Captured In Shootout Comments 0 Comments
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Fishing Report

School in many communities is now back in session, which signifies to me that summer is coming to an end. It’s been a pretty good summer. I kicked it off with a fishing trip and just recently officially ended my summer with a fishing trip. In the middle, I mixed in a couple camping trips to Clarks Fork, Lake Pardee, and even scouted out some future camping spots. Just like when I was a kid, the summer seemed to fly right by and now it’s time to get back to work. Going into each summer I usually have ...

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Posted: Aug. 05, 2014 6:16 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 06, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Fishing Report Comments 0 Comments
Gators Enjoy Final Competition In Pool

Gators Enjoy Final Competition In Pool

Summer is coming to a close and so recently did the Oakdale Gators competitive swim season. The Oakdale youth swim team, known as the Gators, hosted their final swim meet of the season, the ‘Summer’s End Invitational’ on Saturday, July 26 at the Oakdale High School Aquatics Center. Four schools from surrounding areas took part in what was the biggest pool party in town. Brentwood, Sonora, Lodi and Ellis of Tracy joined in the meet with the Oakdale swimmers, for some solid competition, improved meet times and good sportsmanship.

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Posted: Aug. 01, 2014 8:41 a.m. | Gators Enjoy Final Competition In Pool Comments 0 Comments
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Fishing Report

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat. A lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items on their boats. When it comes to life jackets though, a lot of times they couldn’t tell you what sizes they have and some of them even keep them stowed away under a seat compartment somewhere. In the past 10 years or more suspender type life jackets have become popular amongst boaters. Most them are designed to automatically inflate once submerged in water. The ...

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Posted: Jul. 30, 2014 2:21 p.m. | Fishing Report Comments 0 Comments
Laying Down The Law With La Vang

Laying Down The Law With La Vang

Nearly three weeks ago, La “Lawless” Vang was crowned the Flyweight Champion after his three round unanimous decision over Mike Tubera at the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino.

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(Yes) We Are Ready For Some Football

As we get set to turn the calendar over to August it is time to turn our focus to back to school (sorry, kids). Along with back to school, comes the fall sports schedule, and that includes football on every level.

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U19 Girls Start Competitive Soccer Season Strong

U19 Girls Start Competitive Soccer Season Strong

Four games over two days and a battle for top honors added up to an exciting weekend of soccer.

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Posted: Jul. 22, 2014 3:32 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | U19 Girls Start Competitive Soccer Season Strong Comments 0 Comments
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Second Place Showing For Oakdale U13 Boys

Second Place Showing For Oakdale U13 Boys

Playing at the Turlock Mid Summer Classic on July 19 and 20, in the Silver bracket, the Oakdale United Under 13 boys came home with second place medals to show for their efforts.

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Posted: Jul. 22, 2014 3:33 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Second Place Showing For Oakdale U13 Boys Comments 0 Comments
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Gators Final Swim Meet Set For Saturday

With summer days drifting away, and fall just around the corner, the Oakdale Youth Swim team, known as the Gators, wraps up their season this Saturday, July 26. The Summer’s End Invitational meet is set to begin at 9 a.m. at Oakdale High School’s Aquatic Center. The young swimmers have been hard at work since their first meet on June 7 and have since improved their swimming abilities in all aspects in the pool. Members of the community are welcome to support and cheer on the Gators Swim Team for their final competition of the year. Oakdale ...

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Posted: Jul. 22, 2014 3:34 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Gators Final Swim Meet Set For Saturday Comments 0 Comments

Fishing Report

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn’t have been too bad if the boat being towed was small but the boat was a lot bigger than the SUV which is very dangerous. Just because a car or truck can pull a boat or trailer, doesn’t mean that it’s safe. In the event that they were to blow a tire or have to suddenly stop, there’s no way they would be able to gain control of their trailer ...

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Posted: Jul. 22, 2014 3:34 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Fishing Report Comments 0 Comments
Casino Welcomes Top Flight MMA Action To Jamestown

Casino Welcomes Top Flight MMA Action To Jamestown

A capacity crowd made their way to the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino in Jamestown for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action on Saturday, July 12. Hoplite Fight Productions presented “Still the Biggest Little Show in California” at the area venue.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:55 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Casino Welcomes Top Flight MMA Action To Jamestown Comments 0 Comments
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VFW Post 2922 Hosts Golf Tournament

A final reminder, that the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2922 of Oakdale will be hosting its second annual fundraising golf tournament and four man scramble on Saturday, July 19 at Modesto’s Creekside Golf Course. Golfers can begin register starting at 10 a.m. and tee time is set for a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:59 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | VFW Post 2922 Hosts Golf Tournament Comments 0 Comments

Fishing Report

It seems like every year, as far back as I can remember, we’ve been in a drought. This one though is a little different. I’ve seen the water levels in some of our local lakes lower than I’ve ever seen them before. When I was a kid, this would be the prime time to scour the banks in search of fishing treasure. There are sure to be lures and other miscellaneous items that have been lost by anglers while fishing when the water levels were higher. If I only had a metal detector, who knows what can ...

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 5:00 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Fishing Report Comments 0 Comments

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For several years now there’s been a mandatory inspection for boats entering our local lakes for Quagga-Zebra Mussels. Most of us I’m sure think of the inspection as a hassle but it’s necessary to help prevent these species from taking over our lakes. Quagga-Zebra Mussels are filter feeders that reproduce at alarming rates once they are introduced to a body of water. If they were allowed to take over a lake they would filter out all the suspended particulate, zooplankton, and phytoplankton in a body of water leaving smaller baitfish without a food source in turn leaving ...

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Posted: Jul. 09, 2014 9:28 a.m. | Fishing Report Comments 0 Comments

Fight Night Slated At Chicken Ranch

This Saturday night, July 12, catch Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action live at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown. Hoplite Fight Productions presents “Unfinished Business” that features the main event pitting Pro Lightweights Luis Jauregui and Josh LaGrange. The co-Main event will feature a Pro Featherweight fight between Sal Becerra and Mike Ryan. Becerra, a product out of Oakdale MMA, is making his professional debut. Becerra finished his amateur career with a record of 5-0 and was crowned the Art of War Amateur champion in the 155-pound weight class.

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Posted: Jul. 09, 2014 9:03 a.m. | Fight Night Slated At Chicken Ranch Comments 0 Comments

Fishing Report

Summer time is top water fishing time for Bass. Catching Bass on a top water lure is one of the most exciting experiences in fishing. As exciting as it is, it also can be very difficult hooking up with a fish once it strikes. A common mistake anglers make when fishing with top water lures is setting the hook too early. Experienced anglers will tell you to wait until you feel the fish, but that’s easier said than done. It took me several years and many hours on the water until I finally was able to wait on my ...

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Posted: Jul. 02, 2014 12:18 p.m. | Fishing Report Comments 0 Comments
Special Summer Camp Spent With Superstar

Special Summer Camp Spent With Superstar

It’s not every day that a 9-year-old can attend a football camp with his idol, but for young Derek Herzog, he got the opportunity to attend a two-day camp earlier this summer. On June 21 and 22, Herzog attended the Citi Bank Colin Kaepernick Football Pro camp at San Francisco’s St. Ignatius College Preparatory.

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Hanko, Teammate Win –  Wild Woodchucks Claim First Place In Summer Challenge

Hanko, Teammate Win – Wild Woodchucks Claim First Place In Summer Challenge

Oakdale resident Matt Hanko and his teammate Jeff Vasek earned top honors at the Gold Rush Adventure Race Summer Challenge (www.goldrushar.com) on June 21. The grueling race took place at New Melones Reservoir near Sonora. This event offers both a 12-hour and 6-hour race.

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Posted: Jul. 02, 2014 12:12 p.m. | Hanko, Teammate Win –  Wild Woodchucks Claim First Place In Summer Challenge  Comments 0 Comments
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Saturday Scrimmage Paves Way For Season Opener

Saturday Scrimmage Paves Way For Season Opener

The long awaited Oakdale High School football 2014 season is under way. After spring and summer workouts, two-a-days once practices could officially begin earlier this month, and team meetings, the Mustangs hosted a home scrimmage against the Tracy Bulldogs on Saturday, Aug. 23.

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Posted: Aug. 27, 2014 9:41 a.m. | Saturday Scrimmage Paves Way For Season Opener Comments 0 Comments
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OHS Fall Sports Getting Under Way

With school starting up this week, the athletic programs don’t waste any time, as many of the practices for the fall campaign will start on Monday, Aug. 11. Here is a brief rundown of the teams that will be hitting the playing fields and courts this fall.

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Posted: Aug. 05, 2014 6:15 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 06, 2014 1:00 a.m. | OHS Fall Sports Getting Under Way Comments 0 Comments
Norm Antinetti Tapped For SJS Hall Of Fame

Norm Antinetti Tapped For SJS Hall Of Fame

Thirty-two local sports legends – including an Oakdale icon – will be inducted into the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame later this month. Representing Oakdale High School is decorated basketball coach and athletic director Norm Antinetti.

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Posted: Aug. 05, 2014 6:15 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 06, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Norm Antinetti Tapped For SJS Hall Of Fame Comments 0 Comments
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Hackbarth, Sanders Named To All State Team

Hackbarth, Sanders Named To All State Team

Oakdale High School varsity softball teammates Lauren Sanders and Kindra Hackbarth were named to the Calhisports.com All-State Medium/Small School Softball Team for 2014. Sanders, who graduated from OHS in May and will continue to play softball for San Diego State, was named to the first team for her ability behind the dish as she was named to the top five catchers list. Hackbarth was named to the Second Team for both her glove and cannon of an arm in the outfield. Hackbarth will be entering her junior year, was one of only two sophomores to make the list ...

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Posted: Jul. 09, 2014 9:18 a.m. | Hackbarth, Sanders Named To All State Team Comments 0 Comments
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