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Perez Heading To Huntsville For College Soccer

The calendar year of 2016 may not have been very memorable for the injured Makenzie Perez, but 2017 has so far been unforgettable for the soccer standout. Perez graduated from Oakdale High School in late May and on July 13 she officially signed with the University of Alabama-Huntsville to play goalkeeper for the Chargers. The signing took place at Bonsu Elite Athletics in Ceres, where she has been training.

July 19, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


DeAnda Gets UFC Shot

For nearly a decade, Oakdale resident Angel "The Dream" DeAnda has been working toward one goal: becoming an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter. This Tuesday night in Las Vegas, DeAnda will get his opportunity.

July 12, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Junior High Standout Harvey Rides To National Finals

It may be only half over, but 2017 has been quite a productive year for 13-year-old Maci Harvey. The Oakdale Junior High School student has made the most of the first six months of the calendar year as she has been acknowledged for several of her California Junior High School Rodeo Association achievements.

July 05, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Vandagriff Chasing Dream In The Square Circle

It is never easy pursuing your dream. For many, the childhood dreams get pushed aside by work, family and other responsibilities as we get older. Some, however, have a chance to chase them.

June 28, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Summer Sluggers Hit Field For Tournament Schedule

Oakdale was one of four host cities in the 32nd annual Lee Hampson Baseball Tournament this past week. The 20-team tournament featured Oakdale as the host city for Pool B, a pool that included Calaveras, Beyer, Modesto Christian and Merced.

June 28, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


OHS Catcher Bryce Kirk Signs On With UOP

For four years, Bryce Kirk was the signal caller for the Oakdale Mustangs varsity baseball team. When Kirk first stepped on the baseball field at the varsity level his freshman year, he was shy and quiet. To outsiders he did not seem like a typical catcher. However, Kirk put all doubts aside when he took the squat behind the dish. The young man solidified his spot on the team and from day one, Kirk has been one of the marquee players in the respectable program.

June 14, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Inaugural Year To Remember For Infinite Athletics Squads

Ten months ago, Infinite Athletics of Oakdale opened its doors. Today the dance and cheer gym has three banners hanging on the walls as they have taken home three major championships in the short time frame.

June 14, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Baseball Standouts Handed Season-Ending Top Honors

Shortly following the conclusion of the 2017 season, members of the Oakdale High School baseball clubs reunited for awards night. Coaches, players and family members gathered inside the Gene Bianchi Community Center for the annual postseason awards ceremony.

June 07, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Oakdale Varsity Baseball Falls Short Of Section Title

The Oakdale Mustangs memorable 2017 season came to an end on Monday night. The number two seeded Mustangs fell to the top seeded Christian Brothers 5-2 at Lodi's Tony Zupo Field in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championship game.

May 31, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity Softball Season Ends In Second Round

A roller coaster of a season for the Oakdale High School varsity softball team came to a screeching halt this past week. Oakdale entered the 2017 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championship tournament as the No. 12 seed. The Lady Mustangs surprised the entire tournament with their first round 13-1 victory over fifth seeded Pioneer on Tuesday, May 16. Their Cinderella postseason came to an end with a heartbreaking 3-1 loss against fourth ranked Vanden on Thursday night, May 18.

May 24, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Oakdale Diamondmen Rolling Through Section Playoffs

Valley Oak League champions, the Oakdale High School varsity baseball Mustangs are swinging the bat with confidence early in the postseason. In two games of action in the 2017 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championship tournament, Oakdale is 2-0 and are one win away from playing for the Section crown. The number two seeded Mustangs blanked 10th ranked Rio Americano 7-0 on Thursday, May 18 and made a statement against Yuba City 11-1 to take the first game in a best-of-three series on Saturday, May 20.

May 24, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Use Long Ball To Advance

Upsets will happen in a sport, that's why you play the game.

May 17, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Perfect VOL Season In Books For Varsity Mustang Sluggers

Valley Oak League perfection, 14-0. The Oakdale High School varsity baseball team capped off the memorable season with a two game sweep over the Kimball Jaguars this past week. On Monday, May 8 the boys hosted the Jags and defeated the visitors 6-1 and two days later Oakdale defeated Kimball 10-1 on the road to complete their first unbeaten season in Valley Oak League action since 2012.

May 17, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs Clinch League Title With Road Baseball Win

For the first time under head coach Nate Gregory, the Oakdale High School varsity baseball team has won the Valley Oak League title.

May 10, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Split Games In Valley Oak League Action

A roller coaster of emotions this past week for the Oakdale High School varsity girls softball team. On Wednesday, May 3 the girls (18-8, 9-4) went to Sierra High School in Manteca where they were shut out 2-0 by the Timberwolves (11-9, 10-4). Sierra's Lindsey Walljasper pitched a gem against Oakdale as the junior gave up one hit to Maddy Brewer, which was a triple. The Lady Mustangs struggled not just at the plate but on the defensive side as well.

May 10, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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OHS Athletes Gearing Up For Fall Sports

With school now back in session, student athletes have also returned to the practice facilities. Oakdale High School offers a variety of fall sports on ...

August 16, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Big Month For Wallace

Oakdale resident and Mixed Martial Arts fighter Buddy "Braveheart" Wallace has had an interesting two weeks. On Aug. 5 Wallace (15-6) defeated Mike Morales (7-8 ...

August 16, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Raiders Hit The Road For First Preseason Game

Two weeks into training camp and now the time has come for the Oakland Raiders to return to the football field. This Saturday night, the ...

August 11, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs Hit Practice Field To Start Title Defense

On a crisp and breezy summer night, the Oakdale varsity football Mustangs hit the practice field with an eye toward defending their Section and State ...

August 09, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Dahm Shows Strong At National Physique Committee Event

They say time heals all wounds.

August 02, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


DeAnda Falls In Controversial Fight

Angel "The Dream" DeAnda headlined the second episode in Dana White's Tuesday Night Contenders online show in Las Vegas. DeAnda took on Daniel Spohn ...

July 26, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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