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Halftime Honors 1996 Champs And Troops

A larger than usual crowd flocked to The Corral this past Friday night. Not only did the fans witness a varsity Mustangs 39-14 home win over visiting Weston Ranch, but they were also treated to Military Appreciation Night, also known as the Honor Bowl. And, topping it off, there was a special 20-year reunion for the 1996 CIF Section Championship Mustangs football team.

October 26, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Lady Golfers Play Perfect Valley Oak League Season

It had been 11 years since the Oakdale High School girls golf team won the Valley Oak League.

October 26, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Defense Helps Power Oakdale Football To Victory

In front of a large and appreciative home crowd, the varsity football Mustangs won their seventh straight game with a 39-16 Friday night win over Weston Ranch (3-5, 0-5).

October 26, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Homecoming Powder Puff Battle Ends In Tie

The annual Homecoming week Juniors vs. Seniors powder puff flag football game took place on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the game at The Corral and were not disappointed in the action. Last season the seniors defeated the juniors 33-0 and last year's juniors – now seniors – did not want to lose again.

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Don’t Rain On Our Parade

Rainy weather arrived just prior to the start of the annual Oakdale High School Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, with the parade stepping off a little earlier than scheduled in hope of beating the raindrops. Here are a few photos from the semi-soaked festivities.

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT

Chosen as the 2016 football Homecoming royalty were Homecoming Queen Deonna Osmundson, left, and Princess Grace Verdegaal, the two taking a moment to smile for the camera after being crowned at halftime of the Friday night football game at The Corral. Earlier in the week Noah Rodrigues was crowned Homecoming King and Blake Morgan as Prince.

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Football Mustangs Continue To Dominate League Play

For the third straight week, Oakdale's varsity football team made short work of its opposition. After a competitive league opener against Sierra, the last three games have been a bit of a laugher. Since week one's 28-25 road win over Sierra, Oakdale (6-1, 4-0) has scored at least 40 points per game. This past Friday night, celebrated as Mustang Homecoming, that streak continued as Oakdale manhandled visiting East Union (5-2, 2-2) 42-6.

October 19, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs, Ponies Take Shutout Grid Wins Against Lathrop

For the second straight game, the varsity Oakdale Mustangs shut out the opposition, this week's victim: the Lathrop Spartans. Oakdale (5-1, 3-0) spoiled the Spartans (1-5, 0-3) Homecoming with a 42-0 thumping on Friday night, Oct. 7.

October 12, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Score Early, Often In Non-League Victory

A four-goal effort in the first period helped lift the Oakdale Lady Mustangs to an 11-6 home win over Woodcreek. The varsity girls hit the home pool on Thursday, Sept. 29 to host Woodcreek in a non-conference match. The win was Oakdale's fourth straight win and saw them improve to 14-3 on the season.

October 05, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Blowout Victory For Varsity Football Over Jaguars

The "Mini Mustangs" had the chance to be front and center at Friday night's Oakdale Mustangs JV and varsity football games, but rest assured, there was nothing 'mini' about the varsity Mustangs performance Friday night. Oakdale scored 40 first-half points to make short work of the visiting Kimball Jaguars in the 40-14 varsity football victory.

October 05, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity Mustangs Win League Football Opener On Road

The Mustangs returned to Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium for the first time in two seasons on Friday night, Sept. 23. Last time they faced off against the Sierra Timberwolves on the road, Oakdale fell 31-20. Fast forward to 2016 and another instant classic was born. This time it was Oakdale who came out on top with a 28-25 road win.

September 28, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Can Raiders Live up to Hype?

Football fans across the globe can come out of hibernation as football season is officially upon us. For Raider Nation, August and September has been a time for optimism over the last decade. However, this year, the hype has reached past the 510 area code and across the nation. Oakland has not made the postseason since 2003, yet they have been one of the most talked about teams this offseason.

September 07, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Evening Of Remembrance Sets Stage For Football Win

The past is in the past. Last week's varsity football road loss to Sonora made it seem to some like "The sky is falling." But on Friday night, Sept. 2 Oakdale put to rest some concerns around town with a dominating 48-13 home win over the visitors out of Oregon, the Crater High Comets.

September 07, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


OHS Ponies Saddle Up; Enjoy 2-0 Season Start

Week two of the freshman football campaign on Thursday evening ended with a victory. Oakdale's freshmen, the Ponies, defeated the visiting Los Banos Tigers 34-14 to improve to 2-0. For the second consecutive week; a strong running game, brilliant special teams play and an alert defensive attack helped corral a Ponies victory.

September 07, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Sports Boosters Gear Up

It goes without saying that Oakdale High School is passionate about their sports, at all levels. If you ever attended an OHS sporting event and Pete Simoncini is behind the microphone, you have heard him say "Welcome to Oakdale High School, the pride of the Valley Oak League." While the sport itself is the main draw, there is also a group of people who volunteer their time behind the scenes that help drive each of the sports programs year round: the Oakdale High School Sports Boosters Club.

August 31, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


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Mustangs Advance To Division III Title Game

Their first lead of the game didn't come until the first play of the fourth quarter.

November 30, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Big Time Wrestlers Gather For ‘Holiday Havok’

For over 20 years, Big Time Wrestling has entertained Bay Area crowds. On Saturday night, Dec. 3 Big Time Wrestling invades Livingston at Livingston High ...

November 30, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Second Quarter Surge Lifts Oakdale To Win

The top seeded Oakdale Mustangs survived an early 16-7 first quarter deficit, falling behind early against eighth seeded Vista del Lago 63-35 on Friday night ...

November 23, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Oakdale Girls Fall In Water Polo Section Finals

They say all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the Oakdale varsity girls water polo team, their reign as three-time defending CIF ...

November 16, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs Ground Eagles 49-0 In Opening Round Action

Playoff football kicked off this past week and for the top seeded Oakdale Mustangs, Thursday night's home game was as dominant as it gets ...

November 16, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Survive Water Polo Playoff Scare

Oakdale's defending six-time Valley Oak League champion, and defending three-time CIF Sac-Joaquin Section champion Lady Mustangs entered this season's water polo playoff tournament ...

November 09, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Survive Water Polo Playoff Scare

Oakdale's defending six-time Valley Oak League champion, and defending three-time CIF Sac-Joaquin Section champion Lady Mustangs entered this season's water polo playoff tournament ...

November 09, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Tennis Girls Advance In Section Competition

Following a successful Valley Oak League campaign, the Oakdale Lady Mustangs tennis girls earned a spot in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament. In ...

November 09, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs Stun Central In VOL Season Finale

In front of approximately 6,000 fans at The Corral for the 2016 regular season finale against nemesis Central Catholic on Friday night, Nov. 4 ...

November 09, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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