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Lady Mustangs Rally To Home Field Victory

The Oakdale varsity Lady Mustangs (7-0, 3-0) softball team survived an early deficit to earn a 6-2 home win over Manteca on Thursday, March 24.

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


Early Season Baseball Blues For Varsity Mustang Boys

It's very early in the Oakdale Mustangs varsity baseball season; in fact the 2016 Valley Oak League season is only two games old. Oakdale opened the VOL campaign with a home and away series with Manteca that began with a 5-4 road loss on Tuesday, March 22. Oakdale's troubles continued the following day as they gave up a three run lead to fall 13-5 to the visiting Buffaloes.

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


Soccer Girls Blow Out Franklin In Preseason

In their only match of the week the Oakdale varsity Lady Mustangs dismissed visiting Franklin 7-1 on the soccer field. Oakdale used a big offensive first half to pull away from the Yellowjackets. Oakdale (7-2-2) scored five first half goals in the contest.

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


Shutout Victory For Varsity Lady Mustangs

In their only game of the week, the Oakdale Lady Mustangs softball squad looked in midseason form in their league opener. Oakdale welcomed Kimball to town on Thursday, March 17 and host Oakdale dominated the Lady Jaguars 15-0 in Valley Oak League (VOL) action.

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


Mustangs Take Two Wins In Final Preseason Games

As the varsity baseball boys gear up for Valley Oak League (VOL) play beginning Wednesday, the team hit the road for a pair of non-conference games this past week. Oakdale improved to 3-2 on the road this spring following the successful road trip, earning victories over Bear Creek and Gregori.

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


Mustang Go 1-2 In Tournament Play

The sunshine lasted just long enough for Oakdale's varsity baseball boys to compete in the Pedretti Tournament in Turlock this past weekend. Oakdale finished the tournament on a strong note, defeating Lodi 4-1 in their final game of the weekend.

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


Lady Mustangs Place Second At Tournament

In a busy week for the varsity Lady Mustangs soccer squad, the girls edged Enochs 4-3 on the road in their March 7 match. The girls then headed to Manteca for a weekend tournament at Sierra High School. Oakdale finished the tournament in second place with a record of 2-1-1.

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


Mustangs Win Pair Of Non-League Games

In a pair of home non-league games, the Mustang varsity baseball team showed early season grit in a pair of victories. The team defeated Lincoln 5-1 on Wednesday, March 2 and followed that up with a dramatic 5-4 come from behind victory over Tokay.

March 09, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Edsall Named World’s Greatest Horseman

Oakdale resident Clayton Edsall recently participated in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Championship in Texas and earned the title of World's Greatest Horseman. On Feb. 20, Edsall and his gelding horse Skeets Oak Peppy went into John Justin Arena in Fort Worth, Texas and took first place in the finals of the World's Greatest Horseman Championship.

March 09, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Oakdale Finishes Wrestling Season At State

Freshman grappler Ricky Torres capped off his successful rookie season with an eighth place finish at the 2016 CIF State Wrestling Meet. Torres and four other Mustangs battled with the best of what California high school wrestling had to offer in Bakersfield. The two day wrestle fest began at Rabobank Arena on Friday, March 4 and continued through Saturday, March 5.

March 09, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


TIME OUT

A True Blessing

March 08, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Columns


Five Mustang Wrestlers Heading To State

For a handful of Oakdale varsity Mustang wrestlers, the dream of becoming a CIF State Meet qualifier became a reality this weekend. Oakdale sent eight wrestlers to the Stockton Arena for the 2016 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championship for two days of high school wrestling action, and out of the hundreds of the section's most talented, by the end of the day on Saturday, Feb. 27 the elite from the section punched their tickets to next weekend's State Championship in Bakersfield.

March 02, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Multiple Mustang Teams On The Rise

Over the last three months, Mustang sports fans have made their way into the school's main gym to watch the winter sports of wrestling and basketball. Now that the sun is out, and the skies are clearing up, Oakdale fans will soon be able to make their way back outside to enjoy several spring sports, as student athletes look to close out the school year with a final sports season.

March 02, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustang Boys Close Hoops Campaign

Oakdale's varsity boys basketball season of struggle came to a close on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The boys headed to East Union for their 2015-2016 season finale. Oakdale (1-26, 0-14) fell to East Union (12-14, 4-10) by a final score of 68-37.

February 24, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Oakdale Sends Nine Wrestlers To Masters

In a two day tournament featuring 21 schools in the CIF Sac Joaquin Section Division III, the Oakdale Mustangs not only hosted the event, they dominated it. Eight Oakdale wrestlers were represented in the finals on Saturday, Feb. 20 and nine total Mustang wrestlers will be advancing to CIF Sac Joaquin Section Masters at Stockton Arena next weekend.

February 24, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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Raiders Prep For Future Through Draft

Expectations are running high in the East Bay and all across Raider Nation worldwide. If the 2015 season was any indication, the Raiders are on ...

April 27, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | SPORTS


Long Ball Powers Softball Girls Past Foes

Three games, three victories and six more home runs hit for the Oakdale Lady Mustangs varsity softball squad. Coming off a difficult road loss to ...

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


Winning Streak Reaches Five for Mustang Boys

After making short work of Weston Ranch this week, the varsity baseball team has now won five straight games. The team started out 0-3 in ...

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


Lopsided Shutout Wins Put Soccer Girls In Playoff Hunt

Coming off a difficult recent three-game skid, the Oakdale High School varsity girls soccer team bounced back in a big way. After scoring a total ...

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


Windy Conditions Don’t Slow Down Mustangs

As gusty winds kicked up around the playing fields of Oakdale this past week, multiple Mustang teams took the weather in stride. Oakdale's boys ...

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


Hall Homers As Mustangs Sweep Lathrop

"Just keep fighting" – that was the message from Oakdale varsity baseball head coach Nate Gregory to his ball club before the game began. After dropping ...

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


Rough Mid-Season Stretch For Lady Mustang Soccer

With just six games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Oakdale Lady Mustangs varsity soccer team currently sits in sixth place in the Valley ...

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


Softball Falls Short In Home Run Derby

In a Valley Oak League (VOL) showdown between two undefeated teams, Oakdale went to East Union on Tuesday, April 12 for the first meeting between ...

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


Varsity Girls Running Strong In VOL Action

Literally running away from the rest of the Valley Oak League teams for the 11th straight season, the Oakdale varsity girls track and field team ...

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


Rain, Mud, Wind Don’t Dampen Competition

Loyal fans from across the United States gathered under their umbrellas and EZ Ups, bundled up in ponchos and hats and made their way to ...

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


Softball Squad Turns Focus To East Union

After putting away Sierra and Central Catholic, the Oakdale varsity Lady Mustangs softball team has improved to 6-0 in Valley Oak League action and 12-0 ...

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


Varsity Baseball Team Wins First VOL Game

After a rocky start to the Valley Oak League schedule, the varsity baseball Mustangs put together seven strong and complete innings to defeat visiting East ...

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


Two Oakdale Athletes Nominated For Honor

By DENNIS D. CRUZ

April 06, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Boys Hoopsters Honored For Work Ethic, Progress

In a season that may not have been full of highlights on the court, the teams and coaches for the 2015-2016 season agreed it was ...

April 06, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity Lady Mustangs Roll To Three Victories

The varsity softball girls improved to 4-0 in league play after a huge 24-0 blowout over the Lathrop Spartans. Oakdale's (10-0, 4-0) convincing road ...

April 06, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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