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Out Of Bounds

March has always been one of my favorite times of the year. March meant that the NCAA March Madness tournament began, WrestleMania is right around the corner and baseball season was in sight. However, on March 21, 2016 my passion for March took a dark turn. On that day I had to make the most difficult decision of my life: I had to put my beloved dog of nearly 15 years down to rest.

March 29, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Columns


Oakdale Softball Girls Blank Kimball In VOL

The 2017 Valley Oak League softball season got underway for Oakdale's Lady Mustangs this past week, though it was delayed by 24 hours. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, Oakdale's home game against Kimball was postponed that day due to rainy weather. When the girls took the field on Thursday, Oakdale jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and behind lights out pitching by Grace Green, Oakdale held on for a 2-0 home win. Green pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two hits and no walks.

March 29, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustang Varsity Baseball Sweeps VOL Rival Manteca

The Oakdale Mustangs baseball team is off to a hot start this season. Oakdale finished the preseason with a 7-1 record and opened league play with a pair of wins against Manteca.

March 29, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Mustangs Earn Thrilling Walk Off Win Against Pride

The end of the preseason came to a dramatic close on Tuesday, March 14 for the varsity Mustang diamondmen.

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


Lady Mustang Softball Wins Handful Of Games

Oakdale's varsity softball team has been busy this preseason. Over the last 10 days the girls have competed in the Saint Mary's tournament, where they finished 2-2, and bounced back with three straight non-league victories to cap off the flurry of contests.

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


OHS Baseball Program Welcomes New Freshman Coach

As the start of Valley Oak League play approaches for the Oakdale High School baseball teams, the program welcomed in a new coach for the freshman program. A familiar face on the sidelines on Friday nights for the junior varsity football team, Coach Joey Machado has now taken over the reins as head coach of the Mustangs freshman baseball club.

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


Two Shutout Wins For Softball Squad

Two games, two wins this week for the varsity Oakdale Lady Mustangs softball team. Oakdale defeated the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Champion Ceres Bulldogs on Tuesday, Feb. 28 by a 4-0 final and went on the road and knocked off Gregori 4-0 on Thursday, March 2.

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


Varsity Baseball Takes Two Of Three In Non-League Play

Three games in four days kept the Oakdale varsity baseball team busy this past week. In two of three games, the boys were victorious with a pair of shutout wins; the other was a 4-2 loss to Lincoln on the road.

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


Six Mustang Wrestlers Qualify For State Meet

For six Oakdale Mustangs, the journey continues. A year's work of weight lifting, making weight, and endless practices in the misty Oakdale wrestling room paid off for half a dozen grapplers. Ricky Torres (132), Jake Ryan (145), Gabe Martinez (152), Bronson Harmon (160), Abel Garcia (170), and Colbey Harlan (182) all qualified for the upcoming CIF California State Championship Meet starting Friday, March 3 at Bakersfield.

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


Varsity Soccer Mustangs Bow Out In Second Round

Oakdale's soccer season has officially came to an end following a 2-1 second round loss to third ranked Lincoln of Lincoln on Thursday night, Feb. 23. Two nights prior to the season ending defeat, the sixth seeded Mustangs defeated 11th seeded Patterson 2-0 in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division III Section Championships inside The Corral.

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


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 CIF State Championship. However, it was the girls, and one boy, that cheered the football team on from the sidelines who took a step into the limelight this past weekend.

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 the road to close out the campaign.

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 Oak League (VOL). Catching fire late, the team then won five of their last six games and finished second in the VOL.

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 their contributions and career with the team, Oakdale (13-14, 3-11) fell to first place Manteca (16-10, 13-1) by a final score of 63-46.

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 Saturday. The 132-pounder claimed first place in his weight division and the Mustangs as a team repeated as VOL champs.

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


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Mustangs Get One Win In Spring Break Tournament

The baseball community gathered for the annual Mark Dickens Invitational Tournament in honor of former coach, the late Mark Dickens. Eight teams from the local ...

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


First Place Varsity Mustangs Improve To 8-0 In VOL

Sitting in first place, currently on top of the Valley Oak League, are the Oakdale varsity Mustangs baseball team. But getting there hasn't come ...

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


Varsity Softball Girls Corral Timberwolves In VOL Action

In their first home game since being shocked by and falling to Manteca, Oakdale's varsity softball girls defeated visiting Sierra 9-1 on Wednesday, April ...

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


Varsity Mustang Baseball Boys Sweep Past Spartans

The hits and wins just keep coming for the Oakdale Mustangs varsity baseball team. This past week Oakdale improved to 6-0 in Valley Oak League ...

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


Thousands Pack The Stands For Wet, Wild Rodeo Weekend

For more than six decades, the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo has proven to be the top destination for rodeo goers and competitors alike. Two days ...

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


Varsity Softball Girls Fall At Home To Manteca

For the first time in nine years, the Oakdale (9-3, 2-1) varsity softball girls lost to Manteca (12-4, 4-1). The last time Oakdale lost to ...

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


Perfect Start To VOL Season For Varsity Sluggers

Four games into the Valley Oak League season and the Oakdale High School Mustangs are a perfect 4-0. The first place Mustangs defeated East Union ...

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


Kids, Parents, And Community Gather For Festivities

Sunshine, ice cream, music and more were among the highlights from the Oakdale Baseball Softball Association (OBSA) Opening Day on Saturday, April 1.

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


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