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Section Success - Record Setting Day For Mustang Track, Field

California State University of Stanislaus in Turlock was the host of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Division IV and V trials and finals. The meet was staged over two days beginning Tuesday, May 20 with trials in multiple events and wrapping up with finals on Thursday, May 22.

May 28, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


2014 OBA Season A Success

Another successful season for Oakdale Baseball Association (OBA) came to a close on Wednesday, May 21 at Oakdale's T.L. Davis Sports Park.

May 28, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Section Champions - Oakdale Varsity Softball Claims D4 Crown

The varsity Lady Mustangs softball team ran the gauntlet known as the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships and were crowned the 2013-2014 Division 4 Champions on Saturday, May 17 at Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton. Oakdale went 4-0 over a three-day span, knocking off Los Banos 17-0, Ceres 11-0, Sierra 5-4 and East Union 3-0 during their postseason quest for the title.

May 21, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Stansbury Shines In Rodeo Arena

Shelby Stansbury, a 16-year-old junior at Oakdale Charter School, has been lighting up the arenas for the California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA). Stansbury, the daughter of Skip and Taffy Stansbury, has been riding since the age of four.

May 21, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Mustangs Muster 13-1 Senior Day Victory

In the final home game of the season, family, friends, alumni and enthusiastic fans gathered at Oakdale High School on May 7; to honor the eight seniors on the varsity baseball team for Senior Day 2014, as well as watch the team clash with Lathrop High School in Valley Oak League play.

May 14, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Sweet Success - Varsity Softball Squad Enjoys Senior Night

Monday night, May 5 had all the pregame storyline build up for an exciting evening of softball for Oakdale's varsity girls team. Oakdale welcomed Sonora High School to town for the final time in its historic rivalry. Mix that with Senior Night festivities and a possible share of the Valley Oak League title, and the Oakdale fans were ready for some softball action.

May 14, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Varsity Softball Falls To EU, Kimball

It was a tough week for the Oakdale High School varsity softball team, as the Lady Mustangs dropped a pair of league matchups. On Wednesday, April 30 the team suffered a 3-0 road loss to East Union, and then fell short in another road game, this time to the Jaguars of Kimball on Friday, May 2 by a 5-1 verdict.

May 07, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Lady Mustang Soccer Shines On Senior Night

Some say, "all good things must come to an end" and on Tuesday, April 29 two things did come to an end; a 90-plus years school rivalry between Oakdale and Sonora high school in Valley Oak League play, as Sonora will be relocating into the Mother Lode League at the beginning of the new school year, and for five OHS seniors, it was the final soccer game of their high school soccer careers. Those athletes are Hannah Hanko, Danae Rose, Izzy Arellano, Kori Altmann, and Christina Bradshaw. The seniors and the rest of the team went out in style as ...

May 07, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Oakdale Varsity Softball Makes Short Work Of Lathrop

Things started off slowly for the Lady Mustangs on Wednesday, April 23 as the team didn't rap out its first hit until Emily Greenwood's single that sparked an eight-run third inning, and the Mustangs would go on to shut out the Spartans 11-0 in five innings.

April 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Lady Mustangs Hang Tough On Pitch

Oakdale varsity soccer may not be in the playoff hunt, but they were faced with a tough task of taking on the top two teams in the Valley Oak League (VOL) on the road during spring break. The team traveled to Manteca to take on the Lancers of East Union on Tuesday, April 22, and then returned to Manteca on Thursday, April 24 to play the Lady Buffaloes.

April 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Oakdale MMA Cashes In At Chicken Ranch Casino

Earlier this month, on Saturday, April 12, Jamestown's Chicken Ranch Casino hosted Art of War: Presents Knockout Artist. With 23 fights, seven of which were title fights, Oakdale MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) was strongly represented.

April 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Time Out – Take A Breath

So far, 2014 has flown by faster than Dale Jr. in the 88 car at the Daytona 500. With April in the books, we now turn our focus on summer. I want to take this opportunity to slow things down and invite you to take a "time out" and reflect on the first quarter of the year.

April 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Columns


Lady Mustangs Erupt For 11 Goals In Victory

April 15 is "Tax Day" and the Lady Mustangs' varsity soccer team made Weston Ranch pay up Tuesday night. Oakdale scored a season-high 11 goals in the shutout win over the Cougars.

April 23, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Baseball Postseason In Jeopardy After Loss To Sierra

After a promising start for first year manager Nathan Gregory and the Oakdale varsity baseball Mustangs, the team has fallen on hard times as of late. After being swept by Manteca the previous week (Oakdale was outscored 10-0 during the two-game series), Oakdale bounced back with a non-league 5-1 victory over Tokay on Friday, April 11 and managed a 5-4 victory over Sierra in Manteca on Tuesday, April 15. To keep pace with Valley Oak League (VOL) front runners Manteca and Sierra, OHS needed to complete the sweep of Sierra on Thursday, April 17 in front of the home crowd ...

April 23, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


PRCA Invades Community Competition Brings Top Cowboys To Annual Oakdale Rodeo

Rodeo fans from far and near were treated to a wild, action packed weekend as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) came to town for the 63rd Annual Oakdale Rodeo presented by the Oakdale Saddle Club.

April 16, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


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Articles By Author - Dennis D. Cruz


Laying Down The Law With La Vang

Nearly three weeks ago, La "Lawless" Vang was crowned the Flyweight Champion after his three round unanimous decision over Mike Tubera at the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino.

July 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


(Yes) We Are Ready For Some Football

As we get set to turn the calendar over to August it is time to turn our focus to back to school (sorry, kids). Along with back to school, comes the fall sports schedule, and that includes football on every level.

July 30, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Casino Welcomes Top Flight MMA Action To Jamestown

A capacity crowd made their way to the Chicken Ranch Hotel and Casino in Jamestown for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action on Saturday, July 12. Hoplite Fight Productions presented "Still the Biggest Little Show in California" at the area venue.

July 16, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Special Summer Camp Spent With Superstar

It's not every day that a 9-year-old can attend a football camp with his idol, but for young Derek Herzog, he got the opportunity to attend a two-day camp earlier this summer. On June 21 and 22, Herzog attended the Citi Bank Colin Kaepernick Football Pro camp at San Francisco's St. Ignatius College Preparatory.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Hanko, Teammate Win – Wild Woodchucks Claim First Place In Summer Challenge

Oakdale resident Matt Hanko and his teammate Jeff Vasek earned top honors at the Gold Rush Adventure Race Summer Challenge (www.goldrushar.com) on June 21. The grueling race took place at New Melones Reservoir near Sonora. This event offers both a 12-hour and 6-hour race.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Crews Converge In Encampment Clean Up

It is no secret that the river that runs by Oakdale Shopping Center off Highway 120 is the home to many of Oakdale's homeless. Several complaints recently came into the Oakdale Police department about issues in that area, including a broken lock by the river gate, so access could be gained into a restricted area.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Paddock Wins State Cutting Horse Championship

It's not even half over and already, 2014 has been a productive year for Oakdale's Austin Paddock. In May, Paddock graduated from Oakdale High School, and this past week, Paddock was crowned the 2014 Boys Cutting State Champion at the California High School Rodeo (CHSR) State Finals in Bishop, CA.

June 25, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


OBA All-Star Weekend

Oakdale's T.L. Davis and Fair Oaks was the home of the 2014 Oakdale Baseball Association (OBA) All-Star Tournament. With the city welcoming teams from other local area's featuring travel teams, the four-day event began on Thursday, June 5 and completed on Father's Day, June 15.

June 18, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Boys of Summer

It's never too early for spring training for Oakdale High School baseball. With well over 40 signups of incoming freshman taking part in a summer clinic to help prepare themselves for tryouts next spring. Eight coaches, including freshman baseball Coach Chris Jackson, junior varsity Coach Scot Gehl and Varsity Coach Nate Gregory on hand to help them along the way.

June 11, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Peterson, Chappell Champions - OHS Athletes Shine At CIF Masters

A pair of Master's Meet champions from Oakdale was crowned at Elk Grove High School, as Kyle Peterson and Hannah Chappell brought home the honors from the 2014 CIF Sac-Joaquin Track and Field Masters Meet. Competition was held on May 29 and May 30.

June 04, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Saturday Ceremony Brings OVYSA Season To Close

Oakdale's Kerr Park was the scene of the 2014 Oak Valley Youth Softball Association's (OVYSA) championship games and closing ceremonies on Saturday, May 31.

June 04, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


OHS Baseball Honors Presented

2014 was a year of mixed emotions for the Oakdale High School baseball teams. The year featured first year varsity coach Nathan Gregory, who managed the team to the CIF Sections playoffs, but fell in the first round. The varsity team also has seen eight of its seniors graduate, going to college this fall and leaving behind some holes to fill.

June 04, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


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