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Athletics For All - Short Or Tall, You Still Need A Booster

If you corner one of the dozens of Oakdale High coaches in the produce section at a local grocery store and ask them how you can help benefit their respective program, he or she will probably finish spinning that bag of apples and offer a simple reply:

February 02, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Thumbs Up For Homecoming

Recently adorned with a homecoming King crown by last year's winner, Blake Thompson, Oakdale High junior Justin Martinez is all smiles and all thumbs after receiving his 2011 selection from the OHS student body on Friday at the Mustang gymnasium. Martinez went on to watch Oakdale snare a basketball win over Kimball, and enjoyed homecoming festivities with fellow winners Haley Stout (queen), Mikey Stout (prince) and Kalkidan Curtis (princess). Look for additional photos in the February 2nd edition of The Oakdale Leader.

January 31, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Mustangs Ready For Wrestling’s Senior Night

All those Oakdale High seniors who have sat out Valley Oak League duals to prepare for big tournaments far away from home will give Mustang fans a special look at their top lineup for a senior night conference meet against visiting Sonora on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

January 26, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Lady Mustang Squads Keeping Up Hoops Fight

He admits the big losses are disturbing, but Oakdale High girls varsity basketball coach, Gary Smith, knows his injury ravaged program hasn't folded yet.

January 26, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Mustang Basketball: In Need of Wins

Vince Fauria's last-second three-pointer sailed toward the basket, carrying with it the appearance of everything Oakdale High desperately wanted in light of a three-point deficit against host East Union.

January 19, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Injury Plagued Varsity Basketball Girls Drop VOL Pair

For a minute and 34 seconds, Oakdale High's injury-plagued varsity girls basketball team stayed with East Union's Valley Oak League-leading program, grasping a 0-0 tie as both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net.

January 19, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


The buzz about this year's Oakdale High wrestling team didn't start when locals learned they might get state champion David Ferry in March of last year.

January 12, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Clark Could Be Lost To Lady Mustangs For Hoops Season

Four-year varsity standout on Oakdale High's girls basketball team, Cassandra Clark, could be done for the season after a devastating injury to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a tough loss to Weston Ranch this past week.

January 12, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Mustangs Take Second In Own Rotary Classic

Vince Thompson sent Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team into another tournament championship game with another last-minute three-pointer in the semi-finals, but Oakdale couldn't stop a soaring Riverbank in the series finale on Thursday.

January 05, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Lady Mustangs Slip In Tournament Finale

An eight-point lead slipped away faster than Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team could plug the leak, and Hilmar snuck in a 12-2 rally to snare a 47-42 win in the championship game of the recent Ripon Christian Tournament.

January 05, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Oakdale, Bakersfield Battle In Thrilling Dual Meet

There were as many state-ranked wrestlers as there were weight classes on Thursday in a hugely anticipated dual meet between Oakdale High and Bakersfield in Driller territory.

January 05, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Hungry For Playoffs

After seven full seasons with an empty plate, the Oakdale High varsity boys basketball program is getting awfully hungry.

December 29, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Oakdale Wins By Landslide At The Bash

Fifty-one prep wrestling teams made the trek to Mission Oaks High in Tulare recently in search of top honors across 32-man brackets in 14 different weights at The 15th Annual Bash.

December 29, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Queen Of The Court - Clark And Co. Ready For Big Season

Onlookers at this year's powder puff football game will remember a speedy No. 8 on the senior/sophomore team that sprinted, dodged and passed her way to touchdown after touchdown across The Corral's artificial turf.

December 22, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

Junior Wrestling Classic A Major Success

The first of what hopefully will be an annual event, the Oakdale Junior Classic, saw some of the brightest young wrestling stars in the Central Valley do battle on Sunday, Dec. 12, just one day after the 35th Annual James Riddle Classic for prep wrestlers.

December 22, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports

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