The pitter patter of Kellie Gratigny's feet echo across Oakdale High's all-weather track like a drum solo as her track spikes propel her down the long jump runway with fast but lengthy strides that seem to magically thunder from her elfin five-foot, four-inch frame.
Four days after trouncing Manteca 12-2 on Senior Day, Oakdale High's varsity softball team turned the final page on a spectacular Valley Oak League season by upending rival Sonora in an 11-0 Mustang win on May 7.
While Oakdale High seniors were celebrating a trip to Disneyland on May 11, two underclassmen on the Mustang swim team had a party of their own in Lodi.
An undefeated romp through the Valley Oak League has Oakdale High's varsity baseball team in the driver's seat for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs, but as of Monday, Oakdale was still waiting for someone else to get on the bus.
Since the prep golf season has an early postseason, Oakdale High's boys golf team had the first chance of any Spring program on campus to secure a Sac-Joaquin Section title. They made the most of this opportunity on May 8 at the Division IV SJS Championships at the Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club in Patterson.
Oakdale High senior golfer Ryan Jones carded a 70-stroke performance at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton on Monday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships. The effort allowed him to finish as the No. 2 individual to qualify for the NorCal Championships on May 21. For more information on Jones and Oakdale's Division IV Champion golf team, catch the Wednesday, May 16 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
The tumultuous Valley Oak League baseball schedule has battered seven of the eight league programs for at least five conference defeats and left a mess of potential playoff seeds as five programs remain in contention for the final two postseason qualifications with just one two-game series remaining.
Oakdale H.S. • Track & Field
After an undefeated Valley Oak League varsity girls title and a 5-2 showing from the varsity boys, Oakdale High's track and field program began the first step of a difficult postseason schedule by tackling a tough field of competitors at the VOL championships on May 5 at Sierra High.
A loss to hard-hitting Kimball put Oakdale High's Valley Oak League softball championship in jeopardy, but the wheel of fortune spun Oakdale's way during a 1-0 thriller over playoff-bound Sierra on April 30.
Ryan Jones shot a 75 at the par-72 Diablo Grande Country Club on April 30 to lead Oakdale High's boys golf team to a one-sided Valley Oak League Finals victory and sole rights to the conference title.
The tennis season is over for Oakdale High racketeers, but Mustang competitors left the court with a little piece of Valley Oak League dignity on April 24 and 26 during singles and doubles championship league tournaments.
May 8, 10, 11 and 14 will mark the official start to the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason for prep swim, soccer, golf and softball programs. Oakdale High athletes that haven't already locked up a trip to events on those dates have been hungrily working toward that honor. Following is summary of recent Oakdale prep action.
When Valley Oak League track and field coaches not named Dave Bacigalupi have nightmares, they typically dream of Oakdale High uniforms.
Oakdale High's varsity boys baseball team landed two comfortable wins over Manteca on April 25 and 27 to sweep the Buffaloes and move one step closer to a conference title.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Oakdale wrestlers made their presence felt this past weekend at a pair of two-day tournaments.
Valley Oak League play tipped off this week for Oakdale's boys basketball teams, with all levels in action. The Mustang boys took their act on the road for a contest on Wednesday night, Jan. 7 and also were on the road Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keeping the game close early, Oakdale's varsity football Mustangs finally ran out of steam and couldn't hold off an undefeated Clayton Valley Charter School squad, falling 28-7 in the CIF NorCal Regional Division II championship game on Saturday.
Bend, but don't break.
Though still missing plenty of team members – continuing with their football season – the Oakdale High School wrestling team packed its gym bags and headed down south to Bakersfield for the weekend's annual Rumble for the Rig tournament. OHS claimed second place out of 20 top wrestling schools from throughout the state. Oakdale had many standouts including four first place finishers, a pair of second place finishers and three others finishing in the top five.