It took a few more laps than expected, but everything came together at the right time for the Oakdale swim team as the Gators strolled out of Ceres with their first victory of the season on Saturday, July 11.
Back on May 28, 2007 Oakdale High senior Boone Whiting gave a brief glimpse on what was to come when the right-handed pitcher dominated the Bear River Bruins 12-0 for an Oakdale Sac-Joaquin Section Baseball Championship. Now, Whiting is helping the Santa Barbara Foresters defend their National Baseball Congress World Series title.
Transition is never easy, but when you're pushing a camera inside the hands of a man who has trouble typing you're begging for trouble; trouble that the Oakdale community is just going to have to deal with.
Even when a squad advances to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Volleyball final there are ways to improve the program and the Oakdale Lady Mustangs turned to one of the nation's more formidable volleyball camps to take advantage of some tutelage.
It has been a short period of time since water polo has come onto the horizon in Oakdale, yet if the Oakdale High boys and girls varsity programs' berth into the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament this past season didn't open the community's eyes, the group's newest accomplishment surely will.
When you think of the basketball season thoughts often drift to holiday tournaments and early spring postseason action, but the real growth and maturity comes when teams take to the hardwood during the ridiculously hot summer months.
When the Oakdale High football team kicks off the 2009 season in early September it will likely be five or six thousand people filling the stadium making noise to support their squad, yet the official kick-off to the season will be Aug. 3 when the team hosts 'The First Annual Oakdale High School Football Grid Iron Greats Golf Classic' at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Oakdale's David Iverson took full advantage of his trip to the California High School Rodeo Finals, winning a spot to the National Finals rodeo with a top-three finish in the team roping competition.
Everything that needed to fall into place did during the 48th Annual Oakdale Mens Invitational at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club June 25-27. Over 200 contestants showed up and competed in one of the strongest fields the area has seen in some time.
The Oakdale Gold 12U Little League baseball team fought its way to the championship contest only to be edged out by the Ripon All-Stars in a 5-4 classic.
Obviously the Oakdale Swim Team would have loved a better finish, but things could have been worse for the squad during its fourth place finish in the Hughson Invitational at Pitman High in Turlock on June 27.
When the Oakdale Gators rolled out the welcome mats for the Ripon Sea Lions and the Turlock Marlins, the team knew that they'd have their hands full and that proved to be the story as the Lions swam off to a convincing victory over the Gators and Marlins in June 20 action.
There is no question as to which city in this country is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World and the legacy of its rodeo riders and ropers is only getting better with the latest installment of Oakdale cowboys and cowgirls.