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Mustang Golfers Tie For Valley Oak League Crown

East Union High's sterling 407-stroke performance at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course awarded the Lancers top honors at the league championships, but couldn't erase a full season of Oakdale success as the two programs settled for co-Valley Oak League championship honors on Tuesday, May 4.Oakdale (15-1) edged the Lancers (13-3) twice in VOL duals, and saw freshman Ian Stogdell finish just one stroke behind VOL MVP Kyle Harman.Stogdell shot a brilliant 77 to place second at the league championships, and watched teammate Austin Whitworth card an 84 in ninth place. Kyle Derby shot an 87 while ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


Spring Success Continues For Multiple Mustang Squads

Oakdale prep athletes were at their best in the past week in huge Valley Oak League and tournament performances. Following is a summary of Mustang action in track and field, golf, baseball and tennis. Track And FieldJaci Powell and Tim House each earned a trip to the high school record book with thrilling performances at the highly competitive Meet of Champions in Sacramento on Saturday.Powell tied a school record with her second place 15.24-second time in the 110 hurdles while House set a new school best with a 169 foot, 4 inch winning toss of the discus ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs In Midst Of Stellar Second Half

No team has been hotter in the second half of Valley Oak League play than Oakdale High's varsity girls soccer team.The Lady Mustangs have won six straight games by a combined 33-5 advantage, including a dominant 4-0 rout of Central Valley on April 29 and an 8-3 drubbing of Weston Ranch two days prior.Early season losses and ties may have put the VOL title too far out of reach, but Oakdale (10-1-3 VOL, 17-3-4 overall) is in prime position to carry its momentum into the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs."We have dominated and controlled basically every ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


Mustang Boys, Girls Grab Swimming Championship

A combined 17-1 meet record from Oakdale High varsity boys and girls swimmers proved to be no fluke at the Valley Oak League championships on Saturday at Sierra High.With 10 Valley Oak League schools in attendance, Oakdale girls dominated for top honors at 132 points while the Mustang boys edged Sonora by three points at 136 notches on the team score.The dual dominance capped a thrilling VOL season that saw school records and VOL firsts from a deep and talented Mustang unit."It was like a 15-round boxing match all day," Oakdale coach Russ Van Cleave said. "The ...

August 13, 2010 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports


Stevens Takes Gold At Junior Olympic Nationals

Showing savvy and athleticism well beyond her years, 11-year-old Oakdale resident and Fair Oaks sixth grader Sara Stevens sped to a fantastic leg of the 3200-meter relay and joined three other Central Valley runners in championship honors at the 2010 USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships.

August 11, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Call Goes Out To All OHS Football Alumni

Alumni Football U.S.A. team coordinator Tracy Cavender is on a quest to gather Oakdale High football alumnus for an Oakdale vs. Sonora alumni game on Oct. 17 at Dunleavy Field in Sonora.

August 11, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Poolside - Gators Post Solid Times In Swim Championships

More than a dozen Oakdale Gators youth swim team standouts improved times in all three of their events at the Mid Valley Swim League championships in Turlock on Saturday, July 24. It was a satisfying way for the 15 members of the team to culminate the summer campaign.

July 28, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale Native Sees Baseball Homecoming

Alyssa Freeman, a 12-year-old Oakdale native and Boise, Idaho baseball star, delivered a thrilling homecoming performance in travel tournament action at Rainbow Fields in Riverbank over the weekend.

July 28, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


U.S. Olympians Train Oakdale Netters

Participants in Oakdale High's summer volleyball clinic received some expert tutelage from some of the best instructors in the sport - worldwide - earlier this month at the Mustang gymnasium.

July 28, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale MMA Notches A Perfect 4-0 In Placerville

By the end of an action packed fight card at the Red Hawk Casino in Placerville, Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Club's "Last Stand" entrance song had a particularly ominous gloom of doom for opposing fighters on Saturday, July 17.All four Last Stand Fight Team fighters - including two Oakdale High graduates - won their bouts in impressive fashion during a 15-match Gladiator Challenge outdoor card.In the night's main event, Oakdale MMA heavyweight Angel DeAnda (of Modesto) closed the evening with a dominant total knockout of previously unbeaten Josh Appelt to successfully defend his Gladiator Challenge belt in the ...

July 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Regional Sports


Gators Show Big Improvements In Tri-Meet

Nine Oakdale Gators swimmers saw big improvements and stellar times in a three-way Mid Valley Swim League tri-meet with Tracy and Ripon at Ripon High on Saturday, July 17.The Gators finished third to the two much larger programs, but saw faster touches in a successful meet."This is a time of the season where we've been working our Gator swimmers harder in preparation to have them in the best possible form before we taper for championships," Oakdale coach Brian Fogarty said. "So we expect excellent form and improvements in technique, but the continuing time drops are a bonus ...

July 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Grapettes Compile 5-3 Record In Champions Cup Competition

The Oakdale based California Grapettes under-16 softball team went 5-3 among a field of 54 teams at the recent Champions Cup premier tournament in Irvine.With an expected 40 college scouts in attendance, the team was 4-2 in pool play and 1-1 in a difficult single elimination bracket."It was an outstanding team performance, and one the girls should be proud of," Oakdale coach Kelly Olson said. "They faced some very tough teams, and it was an excellent tune-up for Nationals."The Grapettes opened the tournament on Thursday with two straight losses, including a 5-1 defeat in the first game ...

July 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Oakdale Baseball All Stars Go 0-2 In State Tournament

The hits didn't come when Oakdale needed them most in back-to-back losses for the Oakdale Baseball Association's 11-12 Cal Ripken All Stars in state tournament action at James Polk Middle School in Fresno this past week.The team slipped in 7-3 form to Clovis in the tournament opener, despite five innings of sharp pitching from Blake Whiting. The team was down just 3-2 in the fifth, but surrendered late scores and ultimately the contest.Whiting smashed an RBI double in the loss while Dalton Stewart connected on a key single and Bradford Aquino grabbed a base hit and ...

July 21, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


Gators Win Big In Turlock

The Oakdale Gators youth swim program saw fast times lead to big points and a tri-meet win over both the Stanislaus Sharks and Turlock Marlins on Saturday at Pitman High. The victory was a sweet one for the Gators, as they look to start peaking in time for the championships in the Mid Valley League later this month.In all, seven Oakdale swimmers earned the nod as top swimmers in their collective age groups during Saturday's Mid Valley Swim League action.Arielle Cook was best in the 15-16 girls division after wins in each of her events. She finished ...

July 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


McDonald Nearing WEC debut

One of the highest organizations for lightweight mixed martial art fighters in the world, World Extreme Cagefighting, could see an Oakdale product make his nationally televised debut by the end of the year.Modesto resident and Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter, Michael McDonald, was approached by WEC general manager Reed Harris after his impressive second round knock out of highly touted Cole Escovedo on Saturday at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.The fight, which won McDonald a Tachi Palace bantamweight title, was expected to be Escovedo's precursor to re-entrance in the WEC, but instead left ...

July 16, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local Sports


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