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Golf Standout Wong Headed To Pebble Beach

The 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is this weekend, Sept. 26 through 28 and at least one local golfer will be on the links. Fans and spectators will be treated to viewing celebrities, pro golfers, most likely enjoy great weather and also get to see local golf phenom, Mabel Wong.

September 24, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Oakdale Fall Sports Wrapping Up Preseason Play

With the preseason winding down, Oakdale's fall sports are gearing up for league play, with some already into their league schedule. The following is a quick glance at some of the Mustangs' week in review.

September 17, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Soccer Boys End Preseason On High Note

Oakdale's varsity boys soccer team improved their record to 5-2-3 on the season after back to back home victories this past week.

September 17, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Late Rally Lifts Mustangs Over Bulldogs In Thriller

If you were anywhere in the city limits of Oakdale on Friday night, odds are you could probably hear the stomping of the feet from both Oakdale and Turlock fans hitting the bleachers, roars from both sides of the field, the hard hits or even the rich voice of Mustang announcer Pete Simoncini. However, if you didn't witness the Mustangs late fourth quarter heroics live from The Corral, you missed something special. The varsity Mustangs found themselves on the winning end of a 30-29 nail bitter against visiting Turlock in non-league play.

September 10, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Mustang Soccer Off And Running In Packed Preseason

With a solid 3-2-3 record thus far, coach Alfredo Quiroga and the Oakdale High School boys soccer team are optimistic about the upcoming regular season.

September 10, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Mustangs Gallop Past Sonora In Season Opening Victory

Friday night football is back at The Corral as the Mustangs hosted longtime rivals, the Sonora Wildcats in the 2014 season opener. Even though Sonora is no longer in the Valley Oak League, the rivalry between the two schools went on for 91 years in league play and still holds up as a big rivalry in California.

September 03, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Saturday Scrimmage Paves Way For Season Opener

The long awaited Oakdale High School football 2014 season is under way. After spring and summer workouts, two-a-days once practices could officially begin earlier this month, and team meetings, the Mustangs hosted a home scrimmage against the Tracy Bulldogs on Saturday, Aug. 23.

August 27, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


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


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Banner Boys – Varsity Soccer Squad Claims Section Championship

Taking down the top seed on Saturday, the Oakdale varsity Mustangs brought home the coveted blue banner, winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III soccer title over Christian Brothers.

November 19, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Fall Sports Wrap – Volleyball, Cross Country Close Out Campaigns

Playoff action has concluded for a couple of Oakdale squads, as the volleyball girls and cross country teams wrapped up their seasons recently. Following is a look at their final performances.

November 19, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Varsity Football Mustangs Claim Share Of VOL Crown

On the final night of the 2014 regular season, it was a massive, standing room only crowd that gathered at The Corral to see the Mustangs honor the 25 seniors playing in their final home league game, as well as playing for a share of the Valley Oak League title. Oakdale welcomed Central Catholic, and what appeared to be close a thousand of their fans Friday night, Nov. 7. However, it was the home crowd that had the final roar as they watched their Mustangs thrive in a 48-28 victory.

November 12, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Soccer Squad Rolls - Mustangs Advance To Semifinals In CIF Section Tournament

Oakdale High School's varsity soccer team is off to a fast start in this year's CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III soccer tournament, shutting out visiting Johnson 4-0 and following that up with a 5-1 home win over Rio Americano.

November 12, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Soccer Squad Second In Valley Oak League

The Oakdale Mustangs varsity soccer team will be making its return to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Sections playoffs. Oakdale finished the 2014 regular season on the road this week, falling to the undefeated Weston Ranch Cougars 2-1 and then rebounded with a 4-1 victory over winless Central Catholic.

November 05, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Going Out On Top - Longtime Volleyball Coach Calls It A Career

Emotions ran high on Thursday, Oct. 30 inside the gym at Oakdale High School as the 2014 edition of the Lady Mustangs claimed the Valley Oak League varsity volleyball title in the final regular season game for longtime coach Shelli Ponce.

November 05, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Oakdale Pounces On Visiting Jaguars

Coming off a tough road loss, the varsity Mustangs rebounded nicely at home against the Kimball Jaguars running away with a 49-2 football victory on Friday, Oct. 24.

October 29, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Mustangs Fall To Sierra In VOL Showdown

With the Valley Oak League shaping up to be a three horse race (Sierra, Oakdale and Central Catholic) this late in the season, fans of both Oakdale and Sierra packed the bleachers at Sierra High School's "The Den" Friday night, Oct. 17 to see the Timberwolves host the Mustangs in a battle of the unbeatens. The fans were treated to a nailbiter that saw the home team escape with a 31-20 victory.

October 22, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Fall Sports Wrap – Crucial Contests Dot Late Fall Slate

As the nights grow longer and the days shorter, the 2014 fall sports season is rapidly coming to an end. With just two weeks remaining for some of the sports and others gearing up for playoffs, every game is crunch time for Oakdale High School. Following is information from a variety of sports that were in action this week.

October 22, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Varsity Soccer Squad Corrals Buffaloes In Road Win

With playoffs looming, the Oakdale Mustangs varsity boys soccer team needed to make a big push this week. The team entered the week in third place in the Valley Oak League standings. Oakdale hosted Central Catholic and then went on the road to face the Buffaloes of Manteca in a crucial VOL showdown. The Mustangs stood tall and answered the challenge by blanking the Raiders 9-0 and earning a tough 5-2 road victory in Manteca, winning both games for the week.

October 15, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Record-Setting Day - Mustangs Rein In Levi’s Stadium Win Over Buffaloes

In the inaugural Friday Night Lights high school football series at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium, two of the premier Valley Oak League contenders clashed on Saturday, Oct. 11 as the Oakdale Mustangs battled it out with the Manteca Buffaloes. Not only did the Mustangs win, the victory saw a record-setting effort, as Mustang senior Frankie Trent scored six touchdowns and rushed for over 200 yards, setting a Levi's Stadium record.

October 15, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Festive Finish - Mustangs Rout Cougars In Homecoming Game

Friday night's Homecoming game was a true crowd pleaser for the Mustang faithful, as the Oakdale varsity football team dominated the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars, 48-0. It was a satisfying end to a festive week of activities celebrating the fall homecoming.

October 08, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Wong Cards Top 10 Finish At Pebble Beach

Oakdale High School senior Mabel Wong, 17, already has plenty of kudos to her credit on the links. The young golfer has been a part of the First Tee program, played for the OHS ladies golf team and now, she took her talents to the Pebble Beach Golf Course for the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open.

October 08, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Football Mustangs Run All Over Visiting Lancers

Friday night marked the first Valley Oak League game for the Oakdale Mustangs in the 2014 season. The team hosted East Union and literally ran away with it, winning 49-13 in front of the Mustang faithful.

October 01, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Varsity Soccer Squad Continues To Impress

In a productive week that saw two Valley Oak League (VOL) foes come to town, the varsity soccer Mustangs answered the challenge and walked away with a pair of victories. They first edged out Sierra 2-1 and followed that up with a 4-1 crowd pleaser against East Union.

October 01, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


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