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Can Raiders Live up to Hype?

Football fans across the globe can come out of hibernation as football season is officially upon us. For Raider Nation, August and September has been a time for optimism over the last decade. However, this year, the hype has reached past the 510 area code and across the nation. Oakland has not made the postseason since 2003, yet they have been one of the most talked about teams this offseason.

September 07, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Evening Of Remembrance Sets Stage For Football Win

The past is in the past. Last week's varsity football road loss to Sonora made it seem to some like "The sky is falling." But on Friday night, Sept. 2 Oakdale put to rest some concerns around town with a dominating 48-13 home win over the visitors out of Oregon, the Crater High Comets.

September 07, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

OHS Ponies Saddle Up; Enjoy 2-0 Season Start

Week two of the freshman football campaign on Thursday evening ended with a victory. Oakdale's freshmen, the Ponies, defeated the visiting Los Banos Tigers 34-14 to improve to 2-0. For the second consecutive week; a strong running game, brilliant special teams play and an alert defensive attack helped corral a Ponies victory.

September 07, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Sports Boosters Gear Up

It goes without saying that Oakdale High School is passionate about their sports, at all levels. If you ever attended an OHS sporting event and Pete Simoncini is behind the microphone, you have heard him say "Welcome to Oakdale High School, the pride of the Valley Oak League." While the sport itself is the main draw, there is also a group of people who volunteer their time behind the scenes that help drive each of the sports programs year round: the Oakdale High School Sports Boosters Club.

August 31, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Mustangs Varsity, JV Fall To Rival Sonora

For the 100th time, Oakdale and Sonora squared off on the varsity football field. Over the last decade it has been Oakdale walking away with the victory on a Friday night, but this was not the case in the team's season opener. Sonora defended their home field as the Wildcats slashed the Mustangs 27-13 at Dunlavy Field on Aug. 26.

August 31, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Ponies Defeat Wildcats In Coach Long’s Debut

New year, new team. That is the life of any freshman sport. This year has not only seen new players on the OHS Ponies roster, but a new head coach in Rod Long. Long and his team hit the field on Thursday night for a home game against longtime rival Sonora to begin the 2016 season.

August 31, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Football Mustangs Kick Off Season At Sonora

After hosting Tracy in a Saturday scrimmage at The Corral, the Oakdale Mustangs will put on the regulation uniforms and head out on the road.

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

Wave Of Hope Hosts Charity Golf Tournament

Hot weather didn't keep them away and, on Monday, Aug. 8 nearly 200 golfers teed off for a good cause: to help put an end to Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The Karen Basi Wave of Hope MS Foundation hosted its 11th annual charity golf tournament at Oakdale Golf and Country Club. This year's theme was "Imagine A Future Without MS" with the staff dressed up as science-fiction characters for the theme.

August 17, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Long Appointed New Freshman Football Coach

For the last four years, Rod Long has been on staff at Oakdale High School as a special education teacher. This year, Long will be doing some more teaching after hours on campus, not in a classroom, but on the football field as the new head coach for the Oakdale freshman football team.

August 10, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Oakdale MMA’s Vazquez Due At Global Knock-Out

Hard hitting Mixed Martial Arts action returns to the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on Saturday, Aug. 27. Heading to Jackson will be Last Stand Fight Team member Sergio Vazquez. The Oakdale based Vazquez (4-2) will be taking on Sacramento's Angelo Trevino (2-1) in Welterweight action at Global Knock-Out 7.

August 10, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Seventh Place Finish For Dahm At NPC Nationals

Oakdale's J.R. Dahm competed in the 2016 National Physique Committee (NPC) Junior Master Nationals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 20. Dahm, who advanced to the NPC Junior Master Nationals after taking first in the NPC Junior Master Regionals recently, took seventh in the nation, falling just short of qualifying for his pro card.

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

Big Time Wrestling Coming To Modesto

Saturday night, Aug. 13 John Thurman Field will transform from the home of the Modesto Nuts to the squared circle of Big Time Wrestling (BTW). For the first time in its 20-year history, BTW is coming to Modesto.

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

Inaugural Stampede Meet And Greet A Success

With the young Stampede football and cheerleading season getting ready to start soon, the youth organization hosted its inaugural Stampede Meet and Greet over the weekend. Players, coaches, cheerleaders, alum, families and board members gathered at Kerr Park in Oakdale for the event on Saturday and had a large turnout.

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

Dahm Building His Way To A Better Life

J.R. Dahm is the owner and a professional trainer at Revitalize Fitness at 1214 W. F St., Oakdale, and he is also a body builder.

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

Catcher Kirk Sizzles In San Diego Showcase

Three years ago, then-freshman Bryce Kirk was named the Oakdale Mustangs starting catcher … for the varsity baseball team. Having to earn the respect of his upperclassmen teammates and a first year head coach in Nate Gregory, Kirk wasted little time and made a major impact on the team. Fast forward to today and Kirk is still the signal caller behind the plate on the varsity team as he will enter his final season as a Mustang next spring.

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

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Articles By Author - Dennis D. Cruz

Homecoming Powder Puff Battle Ends In Tie

The annual Homecoming week Juniors vs. Seniors powder puff flag football game took place on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Don’t Rain On Our Parade

Rainy weather arrived just prior to the start of the annual Oakdale High School Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, with the parade stepping off a ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Chosen as the 2016 football Homecoming royalty were Homecoming Queen Deonna Osmundson, left, and Princess Grace Verdegaal, the two taking a moment to smile for ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Football Mustangs Continue To Dominate League Play

For the third straight week, Oakdale's varsity football team made short work of its opposition. After a competitive league opener against Sierra, the last ...

October 19, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Mustangs, Ponies Take Shutout Grid Wins Against Lathrop

For the second straight game, the varsity Oakdale Mustangs shut out the opposition, this week's victim: the Lathrop Spartans. Oakdale (5-1, 3-0) spoiled the ...

October 12, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Lady Mustangs Score Early, Often In Non-League Victory

A four-goal effort in the first period helped lift the Oakdale Lady Mustangs to an 11-6 home win over Woodcreek. The varsity girls hit the ...

October 05, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Blowout Victory For Varsity Football Over Jaguars

The "Mini Mustangs" had the chance to be front and center at Friday night's Oakdale Mustangs JV and varsity football games, but rest assured ...

October 05, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Varsity Mustangs Win League Football Opener On Road

The Mustangs returned to Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium for the first time in two seasons on Friday night, Sept. 23. Last time they faced off ...

September 28, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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