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Mustangs Hold Off Falcons For Home Win

On a cold, damp night outside, the varsity boys were making it rain three's inside the Oakdale High School gym on the basketball court. The varsity Mustangs knocked down four treys to help lift them to a 57-52 victory over visiting Atwater on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

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


Sonora, Riverbank Claw Their Way Past Oakdale

It was a rough night for the Lady Mustangs overall as teams at all three levels – freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams lost to longtime rivals, the Sonora Wildcats on Dec. 19. Even though Sonora is no longer in the Valley Oak League, there was that midseason atmosphere when the teams clashed in a non-league preseason girls' varsity basketball game in Oakdale. The youngest Lady Mustangs fell 57-19 and the JV team tumbled, 60-23 against the visitors.

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


Guzman Working On Memorable Senior Year

Although the calendar will show that we are only at the midway point of the 2014-2015 school year, OHS senior Jennifer Guzman is off to a memorable start.

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


Section Championship - Mustangs Roar Back To Tame Inderkum Tigers

Bend, but don't break.

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


Mustangs Power Past Rio Linda To Section Finals

Oakdale punched its ticket for the 2014 Division III CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game after dismantling 10th seeded Rio Linda 41-14 Friday night, Nov. 28.

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


Mustangs Ground Eagles, Advance To Semifinals

The Oakdale Mustangs welcomed Vista Del Lago this past Friday night to The Corral with the winner advancing to the semifinals of the 2014 Sac Joaquin Section Championship in Division III. Oakdale pulled away in the fourth quarter of the Nov. 21 contest to win 42-14 and keep their season alive.

November 26, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


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


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Trent Making Most Of Senior Year

Mustang born, Mustang bred, going to be a Mustang 'til the day I'm dead.

February 18, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Eighth Straight Blue Banner For OHS Grapplers

Dominating from the start, the Oakdale Mustangs varsity wrestling team claimed its eighth straight, and nine of the last 10, CIF Division III Section Championships on Saturday.

February 11, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Fresno Center Hosts MMA Showcase Saturday

Life has not always been easy for Ryan "The Executioner" Tobar, but through the struggles, Tobar has become a star in both the octagon and in life.

February 11, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Oakdale Rumbles To Ninth Consecutive VOL Title

If the term "Dynasty" can be used after three titles, should we consider the Oakdale High School Mustangs varsity wrestling team a "Tri-Dynasty"? Wednesday night Jan. 28 the Mustangs hosted undefeated Central Catholic in a clash of unbeatens to decide the 2015 Valley Oak League championship. The Mustangs overcame a slow start to the evening to run wild on the Raiders to win 51-15 to claim their ninth consecutive VOL championship.

February 04, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Oakdale Varsity Girls Drop Third Straight

Hard times on the hardwood as the OHS varsity girls have lost three straight games. Oakdale dropped a pair of home games this week to visiting Manteca and East Union this past week.

February 04, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Hardware Handed Out For OHS Football Honors

Families, friends and fans of Oakdale High School football gathered at the OHS gym on Monday night Jan. 19 to watch players from all three teams receive end of the season awards. Memories of the season where brought back to life including the freshman boys perfect season; the aches and injuries that lingered for the junior varsity boys; the varsity team's Section title and playoff run; and even the story of when varsity player Mike Norris ran from Escalon to The Corral for a practice in August because his transportation fell through. The ceremony wrapped up another successful year ...

January 28, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Mustang Basketball Boys Fizzle Over Weekend

First place team in the Valley Oak League (VOL), the Sierra Timberwolves, paid a visit to Oakdale High School on Saturday night, Jan. 24 in a varsity boys basketball game. The undersized Mustangs took the court and were over powered, over matched and overwhelmed, as the Wolves clawed their way through the Mustangs 58-18.

January 28, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Varsity Mustang Boys Corral First VOL Win Of Season

After a lackluster performance on Tuesday, Jan. 13 against visiting Weston Ranch, the Oakdale varsity basketball boys saddled up and put on their best performance of the young season. Coming off the embarrassing 68-23 home loss against Weston Ranch, Oakdale gathered its first Valley Oak League win of the campaign with a 66-55 home win over East Union on Thursday, Jan. 15.

January 21, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


OHS Grapplers Shine In Double Dual Meet

The OHS wrestling team hosted a Valley Oak League double dual meet on Wednesday, Jan. 14, as visitors Kimball and Sierra came to town to take on the Mustangs.

January 21, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Hansen Roped In Thousands In 2014

Wyatt Hansen is a sophomore at Oakdale Charter High School. He is a normal teenager who attends classes, has homework and daily chores. What separates Hansen from other high school kids his age is that he is already an established rodeo star. Hansen competes in calf roping and team roping.

January 14, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


Oakdale Varsity Boys Fall In Rotary Classic Consolation

The 45th annual Oakdale Rotary Classic came to a close on Monday night, Dec. 29. The three-day basketball tournament featured eight local schools, including the host school Mustangs. Oakdale's varsity boys finished the tournament with a record of 1-2. The Mustangs fell to Hughson in the first round Friday night, bounced back to defeat Los Banos on Saturday, and then fell to Grace Davis in the consolation game on Monday night, 71-63.

January 07, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Preseason Finale Loss For Varsity Hoop Girls

The 2014-15 basketball preseason came to a close Saturday night, Jan. 3 when the varsity Lady Mustangs hosted the Lady Tigers of Terra Nova, a game that resulted in a thrilling Terra Nova overtime victory, 52-45.

January 07, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Boys Basketball Teams Closing Out Preseason

Oakdale High School may still be on winter break from academic classes, but its varsity and junior varsity boys basketball teams hit the hardwood in the annual Oakdale Rotary Classic tournament over the holiday break.

December 31, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | High School Sports


Oakdale MMA Academy Earns Top Honors

2014 was a big year for the Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy, and the man that runs it.

December 31, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports


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