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Mayday McDonald Returns To UFC Octagon

After a two year absence from the world of Mixed Martial Arts, Modesto native Michael "Mayday" McDonald returns to combat in the octagon. The 24-year-old, who trains out of Oakdale, last fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on Dec. 14, 2013 against "The California Kid" Urijah Faber. McDonald lost in the second round, and the former champion stepped away from the sport until now.

December 30, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs Still Searching For First Basketball Win

It is very early in a long season for the boys' varsity basketball team. Under first year head coach Hondo Arpoika, the boys have hit early season woes after their 54-26 home loss to Gregori on Saturday night, Dec. 19.

December 23, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Notch Fifth Victory On Court

Last season the Lady Mustangs varsity basketball team went 5-22 overall. In just six games, the 2015-2016 team has matched that win total after they put away Hilmar 37-29.

December 23, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Coach Ford Looks To Change Culture

The Lady Mustangs varsity basketball team took on some new faces this offseason. Oakdale's varsity coach Justin Schwitters, who took over the reins in 2011, stepped down and Julie Ford answered the call to be the new varsity head coach.

December 23, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Toys For Tots Brings Joy

Holidays are upon us and there are still countless kids who will go without this season. But not too many of them will be in the local area, thanks to a recent collection.

December 23, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Oakdale Dominates At Annual Riddle Tournament

Wrestling season is back, and for the seven-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion Oakdale Mustangs the expectations are high. Saturday, Dec. 12 Oakdale welcomed 24 teams to town as the Mustangs hosted the 40th James Riddle tournament.

December 16, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustang Hoops Split Non-League Games

The Oakdale Lady Mustangs varsity basketball team is off to 4-1 start thus far in 2015. Oakdale spilt a pair of non-league games as the team knocked off visiting Riverbank on Tuesday 43-20, but fell to visiting Calaveras on Wednesday night, Dec 9.

December 16, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity Mustangs Fall To Summerville

The Oakdale varsity Mustangs boys basketball team may be 0-3 and struggling early this season, but the team has had its bright moments. On the positive side, for the first time since camp opened, first-year head coach Hondo Arpoika has enough players on his roster to run a full five-on-five practice, as numerous fall sports athletes recently made their 2015 basketball debut.

December 16, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Winter Sports Means Wrestling In Oakdale

Oakdale High School athletes excel at many sports. From football, which has made it to the CIF Section Championship game in back-to-back years, to the baseball program that won seven straight Valley Oak League titles in recent years, and the varsity girls track and field team, who literally ran away from the competition over the past decade. All very impressive, but the OHS varsity wrestling team has carved its own place in school history, putting a headlock on the competition, not only in the Valley Oak League, but on the entire Sac-Joaquin Section.

December 09, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


End Of The Trail For Football Mustangs

Unlike the Nov. 6 barnburner that totaled 79 points between them, Friday night's CIF Section Championship Game between Oakdale and Central Catholic proved to be an offensive struggle. At night's end, it was Central Catholic hoisting the much sought after blue banner, following a 21-7 victory at Lincoln High School of Stockton in the DIII title contest.

December 09, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Oakdale Boys Hoops Fall In Season Opener

The Hondo Arpoika basketball era tipped off on Thursday, Dec. 3 at OHS when the varsity boys basketball team hosted Escalon to start the 2015-2016 season. The Mustangs fell 61-37 to the visitors but stayed competitive throughout the contest.

December 09, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Football Section Finals Rematch Of VOL Titans

The wait is almost over. Friday night, Dec. 4 the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Champion Oakdale Mustangs get their second chance at the Central Catholic Raiders. The much anticipated rematch between the top Valley Oak League teams will come when they square off at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Football Championship at Lincoln High School in Stockton with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

December 02, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Season’s Success Of OHS Volleyball Squads Celebrated

To say the least, the 2015 OHS volleyball teams turned in a successful campaign. All three clubs went undefeated in league play and the trio of teams – freshmen, JV and varsity – each won a Valley Oak League title.

December 02, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Arpoika Takes On Challenge Of Coaching OHS Hoops

A familiar face around Oakdale High School, takes on an unfamiliar role this winter. Former football and baseball coach Hondo Arpoika will be patrolling the sidelines indoors as the new varsity boys basketball coach. Arpoika will replace Jeremy Fields, who was the coach of the Mustangs since 2007. Fields finished his hardwood tenure with a league record of 29-68.

December 02, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Football Mustangs Advance To Section Finals

In the much-anticipated rematch of the 2014 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Finals, the second seeded Oakdale Mustangs hosted the third seeded Inderkum Tigers on Friday night, Nov. 27. In front of nearly 3,000 day-after-Thanksgiving fans, the Mustangs added another layer to that feeling of thankfulness, as they outlasted the Tigers 51-38 in the semifinals shootout.

December 02, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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Wrestling Team Pins Down Tenth Title

Over the past decade, the varsity Oakdale Mustangs wrestling team has had a headlock on the Valley Oak League (VOL). On Thursday, Jan. 28 Oakdale ...

February 03, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Smitley Earns Unanimous Decision Over Arciniega

Justin "Bushido Kid" Smitley (10-7-1) earned more than just a unanimous decision over Art "King Arthur" Arciniega on Friday night, Jan. 29. The 30-year-old from ...

February 03, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Drop Fifth Straight Game

The varsity Lady Mustangs basketball program fell to a pair of Valley Oak League opponents this week, dropping them to 8-12 overall and 1-7 in ...

February 03, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Rough Season Continues For Varsity Boys

Three games, three losses for the Oakdale varsity boys basketball team. Oakdale (1-21, 0-9) dropped a trio of Valley Oak League (VOL) games this past ...

February 03, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


CROWNING GLORY

Smiles all around, top photo, for the new Winter Homecoming Queen TJ Verdegaal, crowned at the Friday night festivities at Oakdale High School in between ...

January 27, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Mustangs Wrestle Up Pair Of VOL Wins

Eight-time defending Valley Oak League (VOL) champions, the Oakdale Mustang wrestling team, welcomed Weston Ranch and East Union to town for a triangular meet this ...

January 27, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Fall In Homecoming Game

Winter Homecoming 2016 began with the varsity girls basketball team hosting the East Union Lancers. A sluggish second quarter where Oakdale was outscored 12-4, saw ...

January 27, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Homecoming Heartache For Mustang Hoop Squad

With nearly standing room only at the Oakdale High School gym following the crowning of the Winter Homecoming 2016 royalty, the varsity Mustangs (1-18, 0-6 ...

January 27, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Gridiron Hardware Handed Out For 2015 Mustangs

As it has for the last handful of years, Martin Luther King Jr. Day saw the hosting of the Oakdale High School Mustang football awards ...

January 27, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustang Boys Continue To Struggle On Hardwood

Off to a winless 0-4 Valley Oak League record, the Mustang varsity basketball boys dropped a trio of games this past week. Oakdale fell to ...

January 20, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Oakdale Takes Third At Tim Brown Memorial

Coming off an impressive Valley Oak League dual meet performance against Sierra, where Oakdale's varsity wrestling team beat Kimball 76-0 and Sierra 73-0, Oakdale ...

January 20, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity Lady Mustangs Fall Short In VOL Play

Friday night, Jan. 8 the Lady Mustang varsity basketball girls welcomed Kimball to town. Coming off a 42-28 road loss to Sierra to start their ...

January 13, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs Welcome New Faces To Basketball Court

Oakdale's varsity boys basketball team added two new faces to the program just as the squad took on league action. Senior Louis Marsella and ...

January 13, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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