Oakdale High varsity boys basketball coach Jeremy Fields had a hunch the football team was in for a long postseason when he scheduled most of his preseason action for late in the year.
The deeper a football season goes, the larger a toll it has on winter sports programs.
As a quarterback known for his accuracy, there isn't much Oakdale High senior Spencer Thomas misses.
It's no coincidence that the University of Southern California sports not one, not two, but three former players from Serra High of Gardena on their active roster.
With a host of wrestlers still competing on Oakdale High's state-bound football team, the Mustang program is missing some serious depth.
Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Club fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship sensation Michael McDonald has a chance to make history early next year.
An hour had passed since a heroic march across Lincoln High's artificial turf had granted Oakdale High's football team a Sac-Joaquin Section title, but a large contingent of the Mustang faithful were still lingering about the field on Friday night.
Nestled less than five miles from the historic Concord campus of California's best Division I high school football team, De La Salle, is the campus of the Spartans' younger brother - Division II Clayton Valley Charter.
A tremendous defensive performance from Oakdale High's varsity football team was enough to seal a thrilling 22-9 victory over Vista del Lago in the championship game of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs on Friday at Lincoln High in Stockton.
They were bigger and they were faster, but Oakdale High was brilliant.
The Division III Sac-Joaquin Section football final is expecting some precipitation participation.
With fight leagues like Strikeforce, Pride and World Extreme Cagefighting now merged with the pinnacle conference of MMA - the Ultimate Fighting Championship - the list of quality fight leagues outside of the UFC have dwindled down to just a few.
Six-foot senior quarterback Ryan Bohnet of Benicia High's varsity football team was a bit like Superman on Friday.
It's common knowledge.