A last-moment three-pointer gave Downey High's varsity girls basketball team brief hope for a late comeback, but Oakdale maintained the final possession for a 40-37 victory over the host Knights on Friday. The win improved Oakdale to 3-4 in non-league action with a solid 255-280 scoring differential between opponents. The games have been a nice way to open the year after blowout losses of 20 or more points in five of Oakdale's last games of the 2010-11 season.
Oakdale High seniors McKenzie Willet and Justina Keith signed their names to written commitments on Dec. 11 to attend the University of California, Merced on partial volleyball scholarships. Both will join the seven-year-old university for its second ever National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics season in 2012.
With five likely starters expected to miss the mat this season and another three football players still awaiting service on the active roster, Oakdale High's rag-tag collection of varsity wrestlers wasn't expected to continue the tradition of dominating their host tournament to open the season.
With fall players finally landing spots on the winter sports rosters, Oakdale High varsity basketball teams saw an influx in production and victories over the past week.
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Oakdale High wrestling fans will catch their first varsity glimpse of 10 new weights among 14 total classes of the prep wrestling season on Saturday at the 36th Annual James Riddle Classic.
A yearlong Oakdale High gridiron effort that started with early morning workouts just a few days after last year's section finals defeat continued with 14 straight Friday night football games this fall.
Steve Gokey says the only time he has been early to anything was when he was born two and half months premature in 1952.
Oakdale High football supporter Steve Gokey had a front row seat to Oakdale's 13-win football season and wore his emotions on his sleeves during the team's loss to Del Oro in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals on Friday. For more information on Gokey, his last year on the Mustang sidelines and Oakdale's section championship game, see the Dec. 7 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
After being scorned by Marcus Hernandez touchdowns on three occasions, Casa Roble High defenders crashed the line of scrimmage as he approached in search of another stop of the Oakdale running back with just over two minutes to play.
The spark plug of the Oakdale High softball team plans to ignite some big plays for the University of California, Davis in 2013.
We've heard the "one game at a time" cliché all year long from Oakdale High football players and coaches, but 13 weeks into the season the Mustangs have finally admitted their true intentions.
The path to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship football game at Sacramento State University goes through The Corral at Oakdale High.
Oakdale MMA fighter Michael McDonald waited nearly six months for his third Ultimate Fighting Championship bout, but took only 56 seconds to finish it in front of a live national television audience on Saturday.
Trailing 20-8 in the first quarter of the CenCal Super Bowl, the Oakdale Stampede had plenty of opportunities to reflect on a strong season and graciously hand the Modesto Broncos the varsity youth football crown.
Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
They hardly ever see it coming.
A spectacular cross country showing highlighted recent prep action at Oakdale High. Following is a summary of results from multiple sports.
Fresh off a 4-3 run through the ultra-tough High Sierra Tournament in Reno, Oakdale High's battle-tested volleyball players made short work of Beyer, Merced and Ripon in consecutive matches on consecutive days.
Brock Whiting took the handoff from Dillon Tamburrino and lunged toward the goal line, his shoulder pads slicing into an apparent hole in the Enterprise High defensive line.
It was apparent after a 21-20 defeat on Friday, that the familiar splash of scarlet and gold stretched in stripes along white uniforms was the only glimpse of the storied Oakdale High rushing attack that die-hard Mustang football fans have grown accustomed to.
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Before Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Collin Kaepernick were befuddling NFL defenders with the read-option, Turlock High quarterback Sean Downs was doing it perfectly at THS.
The decision was about as difficult as thumb-wrestling an empty glove.
The only thing that Oakdale High sophomores Maddi and Kindra Hackbarth have in common is their voracious passion for the sport of softball.
Hilmar youth cowboy Preston Burgess is like oxygen - he's All-Around.
Casually fielding questions less than two days after the biggest victory of his successful and still young career, Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter Michael McDonald recalled his favorite things about the city of Boston on Monday.