When most softball athletes see their careers on the softball diamond come to a close at the prep or college level, they accept that the fastest pitches they will see again will probably come from a quick-talking telemarketer.
The blows to Oakdale High's varsity wrestling team continue to rain down.
Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team saw its Friday, Jan. 20 contest with Sonora postponed due to a power outage up the hill with the game now set for Saturday. And if the Mustangs' previous four Valley Oak League contests have taught us anything, it's to expect a battle.
The Under-12 Oakdale Strikers thrilled a huge contingent of local fans with an exciting 3-2 victory over the West Sonoma County Cyclones in the championship game of the CYSA Association Cup on Saturday. The team overcame an early deficit and played incredible defense throughout the contest to claim the first ever Association Cup title for a team from the local area. For additional information on the championship win and the incredible season these players experienced, catch the Jan. 25 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
(Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on the history and operation of the Oakdale Saddle Club, which hosts the annual rodeo and brings events and people in to the area on a regular basis.)
To quote the singing duo of Peaches and Herb, "Reunited and it feels so good…"
Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team played to an exciting 40-39 loss to East Union after Winter Homecoming festivities on Jan. 13. The action capped an evening that included freshman and junior varsity contests and included a crowd-rousing homecoming selection narrated by Oakdale announcer Pete Simoncini. For additional information on the homecoming game and Oakdale's prince, king, princess and queen selections, see the Jan. 18 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
To be the best you have to beat the best, but the best are pretty darn good.
Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team had better sharpen their weapons in 2012, because every Valley Oak League contest is bound to be a battle.
If the high school wrestling season is a roller coaster, then Friday and Saturday's action at the Doc Buchanan Invitational in Clovis caught Oakdale at the lowest point they may reach this season.
Oakdale High's freshmen, junior varsity and varsity basketball teams aren't the only potential big winners on Friday when Oakdale plays host to East Union at the Mustang gymnasium. The night is Oakdale's Winter Homecoming, where 2012 King, Queen, Prince and Princess selections will be made. Candidates for (junior) King are Spencer Thomas, Marcus Northcutt, Cameron Sluggett, Adam Lahey and Ericksen Dickens. Candidates for (junior) Queen are Tiffany Thompson, Tiara Marquez, Hayley Benson, Makenzie Ohe and Gabby Acosta. Candidates for (freshmen) Prince are Tony Ott, Preston Brunk, Chad McDonald, Tyler Flores and Wade Branch. Candidates for (freshmen) Princess ...
A dominant second quarter gave Los Banos High's varsity boys basketball team a three-point lead over Oakdale at the half and momentum for a potential run at the 42nd Annual Oakdale Rotary Classic finals, but Mustang seniors Justin Hernandez and Nathan Van Ryn were not to be denied a championship rematch.
If Oakdale High wrestling fans wanted an improbable upset victory for Christmas, than Santa granted their wishes during unlikely dual meet at the Mustang gymnasium on Dec. 23.
A valiant fourth-quarter comeback nearly closed the gap, but Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team (4-8) slipped to a 41-36 defeat to talented Hilmar (11-2) in the third-place game of the Ripon Christian Tournament on Dec. 29. Oakdale beat Delhi in the tourney opener, but dropped their next two contests to Hughson and Hilmar. The Lady Mustangs were forced to finish tournament action without starting point guard Blanca Lara, who spent her New Year's holiday in Mexico. With Lara absent from the lineup, Oakdale struggled against Hilmar's full-court press that gave the Yellowjackets a 17-6 advantage in ...
A 63-48 victory over Pacheco on Dec. 21 put a nice polish on Oakdale High's varsity basketball preseason, but today's start to the 42nd Annual Oakdale Rotary Classic (Dec. 28) represents the last test drive before conference play.
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.