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Mustang Grapplers Dominate During Senior Night Bouts

On Wednesday night, Jan. 18 five Oakdale wrestling seniors were honored in front of the large crowd attending a Valley Oak League double dual meet inside the OHS Main Gym. Seniors Jake Abeyta, Trey Smith, Luis Ayala, Esteban Villasenor and Abel Garcia were all recognized on Senior Night 2017.

January 25, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Merzon Tapped For Cal-Hi Coach Of The Year Honors

After 17 years at the helm of the varsity football Oakdale Mustangs, head coach Trent Merzon has been recognized at the state level for his efforts. Earlier this month, Merzon was named Cal-Hi Sports Coach of the Year in the 'medium schools' division.

January 18, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Heartbreaking Losses For Varsity Lady Mustangs

It was a tough week for the varsity girls basketball team. On Wednesday night, Jan. 11 the girls lost on a last second three-point shot by East Union to fall 42-41 and two nights later the girls dropped their third straight game with a 49-44 home loss to Weston Ranch.

January 18, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


OHS Varsity Soccer Boys Find Offensive Rhythm

In two games this past week, Oakdale found the net 10 times to earn two Valley Oak League victories. Oakdale shut out Lathrop on the road 7-0 on Monday night, Jan. 9 and continued to have a big week with a 3-1 home win over Weston Ranch two nights later.

January 18, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity Basketball Boys Drop Pair Of VOL Games

The Oakdale boys varsity basketball tipped off Valley Oak League action this past week. With a pair of home league games to start the season, Oakdale fell to both visiting Sierra and Kimball in close games. On Tuesday night, Jan. 3 the boys fell to Sierra 58-47 and followed that up with a heartbreaking 42-37 loss to Kimball on Thursday night.

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


Benedictine College Next Stop For OHS Alum Trent

Former Oakdale High School football standout Frankie Trent has spent the last two years in Chico. Trent dazzled Mustang fans on Friday nights while in Oakdale, and during his time at Butte Community College, Trent made an impact on Saturdays. The popular fullback will be taking his talents to Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas this fall.

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


Successful 2016 Season For Paddock In Competition

Austin Paddock, a 2014 Oakdale High School graduate, is coming off his most successful year to date in the world of cutting horse competition. In 2015, Paddock competed in five events but in 2016, he entered in over 65 events, winning checks in 48 of them during various cutting competitions for the National Cutting Horse Association throughout the nation.

January 04, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs Shut Out Knights For Football Title

In their final game of the season, the Oakdale varsity football Mustangs earned a title few ever achieve – state champions.

December 21, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity Girls Win Two On Hoops Hardwood

Second year head coach Julie Ford has her girls basketball team off to a sizzling start in the early going. The varsity Lady Mustangs improved to 6-1 following a pair of home wins this past week. On Thursday night the girls dismissed visiting Ripon Christian 41-28 and 24 hours later they demolished Johansen 56-15 to complete their week. The Mustangs opened the first quarter on a 7-0 advantage over Ripon Christian as Sarah Bohrer connected on a corner three with 4:28 left in the opening quarter. Bohrer finished with eight points on the night. Oakdale led 13-4 after the ...

December 21, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs Win And Tie To Start VOL Campaign

The Valley Oak League soccer season has begun and for the varsity Mustang boys, the season has started with both ups and downs. On Monday, Dec. 12 the boys won the season opener 3-0 over the Manteca Buffaloes. Two days later, the boys tied with East Union, 1-1.

December 21, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


City Welcomes State Champions

On Sunday evening, Dec. 18 hundreds of members of the Oakdale community flooded the streets to welcome back their State Champion varsity Mustangs football team. As the team buses entered town along Yosemite Avenue, members of the Oakdale Police Department and Oakdale Fire Department escorted the team through downtown Oakdale to a warm and welcoming ovation on the otherwise chilly night.

December 21, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Nine Wrestlers Grapple Way To Invitational Medals

In the 41st annual James Riddle Invitational, Oakdale dominated the home tournament. Eight varsity wrestlers captured first place in their respective weight classes. Dustin Chavez, Jake Abeyta, Cody Williams, Ricky Torres, Gabe Martinez, Abel Garcia, Colbey Harlan and Luis Ayala all earned first place honors in the prestigious tournament. There were 25 teams from around the state that came to Oakdale High School on Saturday, Dec. 10 and enjoyed premier high school wrestling. Oakdale took first place as a team with a total of 231 points.

December 14, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Krick’s Pick-Six Makes Difference For Mustangs

Fans flocked to The Corral for the final time in the 2016 season with umbrellas in hand to witness the CIF Northern California Division III-A Regional Bowl game between Oakdale and Sutter on Saturday night, Dec. 10. The winner would earn the right to go on to the CIF III-A State Championship game in La Jolla this coming Saturday evening. For the first 36 minutes of action, that team looked like Sutter. Things changed in the fourth quarter, however, and the Mustangs punched their State Championship ticket with a thrilling 27-10 win. The home team reeled off 21 unanswered points ...

December 14, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Mustangs Corral Blue Banner In Win Over Falcons

After the way the season started for Oakdale, a CIF Section Championship seemed a bit of a stretch. However, veteran Head Coach Trent Merzon, his staff, the players and community never lost sight of the goal, or the faith to achieve it. The Mustangs earned the top seed in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D3 bracket and played like it throughout the playoffs. In the finals the Mustangs traveled to Lincoln High School in Stockton on Friday night, Dec. 2 and took on the high flying offense of the Christian Brothers Falcons, who came in as the third seed. Under the ...

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


Mustangs Advance To Division III Title Game

Their first lead of the game didn't come until the first play of the fourth quarter.

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


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Articles By Author - Dennis D. Cruz


OHS Cheer Takes Turn In Spotlight

Oakdale as a community has had many accomplishments in sports over the years. Just this past winter the Oakdale High School football team claimed the ...

February 22, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Lady Mustangs Close Out Sloppy Winter Soccer Season

Tuesday, Feb. 14 marked the season finale for the Oakdale varsity girls soccer team. Oakdale (4-17, 2-12) fell to Central Catholic (13-5-2, 10-3-1) 1-0 on ...

February 22, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity Soccer Boys Rally To Beat Central Catholic

Three weeks ago the Oakdale Mustangs varsity boys playoff chances seemed dim. They were struggling and battling for a top four spot in the Valley ...

February 22, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Loss To VOL Champ Manteca Closes Lady Hoops Season

The 2016-2017 girls basketball season came to a close on Tuesday night, Feb. 14 for Oakdale. On a night where three seniors were honored for ...

February 22, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


PIN IT DOWN

Oakdale's Ricky Torres made short work of all opponents he faced at the Valley Oak League Wrestling Championships at Central Catholic High School on ...

February 15, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Lady Mustangs Drop Two Games In Varsity Action

A rough week for the Oakdale Lady Mustangs (13-13, 3-10) varsity basketball team, as the girls dropped both of their Valley Oak League games. On ...

February 15, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Senior Night Doesn’t Bring Win For Mustang Boy Hoops

Senior Night 2017 began on a high note for the eight senior varsity Mustang basketball boys, as they were honored prior to tip-off. However, by ...

February 15, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Varsity Soccer Girls Victorious On Senior Day

Tuesday night was a celebratory evening for the varsity girls soccer team. Oakdale (4-16, 2-11) defeated visiting Weston Ranch (1-15-1, 0-12-0) by a final of ...

February 15, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Wrestling Mustangs Pin Down Ninth Straight Blue Banner

History was made inside Lincoln High School in Stockton on Saturday, Feb. 4 as the Oakdale Mustangs varsity wrestling team won its ninth straight Sac-Joaquin ...

February 08, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustang Varsity Boys Back In Playoff Hunt For Soccer

Just over a week ago the varsity boys soccer team was on the outside looking in to the upcoming playoff picture. Following a pair of ...

February 08, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustang Hoop Boys Win Wild Double OT Home Game

It has been nearly two calendar years since the Oakdale varsity boys basketball team won a Valley Oak League game. Their last league victory came ...

February 01, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


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