A.C. Brown's Oakdale High letterman jacket doesn't have enough spare room for a fly to land on a free space of virgin wool.
They say two Clarks are better than one, but Oakdale High girls basketball coach Gary Smith is thrilled to at least have at one of them for the second half of Valley Oak League play.
Since Oakdale High's wrestling team hadn't wrestled at home since Dec. 11, area wrestling fans may have forgotten why the Mustangs are currently ranked No. 4 overall in the state and considered one of the best teams in Central Valley history.
If you corner one of the dozens of Oakdale High coaches in the produce section at a local grocery store and ask them how you can help benefit their respective program, he or she will probably finish spinning that bag of apples and offer a simple reply:
Recently adorned with a homecoming King crown by last year's winner, Blake Thompson, Oakdale High junior Justin Martinez is all smiles and all thumbs after receiving his 2011 selection from the OHS student body on Friday at the Mustang gymnasium. Martinez went on to watch Oakdale snare a basketball win over Kimball, and enjoyed homecoming festivities with fellow winners Haley Stout (queen), Mikey Stout (prince) and Kalkidan Curtis (princess). Look for additional photos in the February 2nd edition of The Oakdale Leader.
All those Oakdale High seniors who have sat out Valley Oak League duals to prepare for big tournaments far away from home will give Mustang fans a special look at their top lineup for a senior night conference meet against visiting Sonora on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Led by senior guard Vince Thompson's 15-points (including three 3-point baskets) Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team bested Oak Valley League rival Sonora by a score of 55-45 on Friday night.
He admits the big losses are disturbing, but Oakdale High girls varsity basketball coach, Gary Smith, knows his injury ravaged program hasn't folded yet.
For a minute and 34 seconds, Oakdale High's injury-plagued varsity girls basketball team stayed with East Union's Valley Oak League-leading program, grasping a 0-0 tie as both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net.
Vince Fauria's last-second three-pointer sailed toward the basket, carrying with it the appearance of everything Oakdale High desperately wanted in light of a three-point deficit against host East Union.
The buzz about this year's Oakdale High wrestling team didn't start when locals learned they might get state champion David Ferry in March of last year.
Four-year varsity standout on Oakdale High's girls basketball team, Cassandra Clark, could be done for the season after a devastating injury to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a tough loss to Weston Ranch this past week.
Vince Thompson sent Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team into another tournament championship game with another last-minute three-pointer in the semi-finals, but Oakdale couldn't stop a soaring Riverbank in the series finale on Thursday.
An eight-point lead slipped away faster than Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team could plug the leak, and Hilmar snuck in a 12-2 rally to snare a 47-42 win in the championship game of the recent Ripon Christian Tournament.
There were as many state-ranked wrestlers as there were weight classes on Thursday in a hugely anticipated dual meet between Oakdale High and Bakersfield in Driller territory.
Oakdale High School had a strong presence at this year's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1 inside the Stockton Arena. With nine representatives from Oakdale, numbers and momentum were on their side. After grappling their way through multiple opponents, Oakdale flexed their muscles and advanced five of its wrestlers to the 42nd annual CIF State Championship March 7 and 8 in Bakersfield.
Oakdale High School spring sports were expected to get under way this past week, but Mother Nature had other ideas.
Oakdale wrestlers made their presence felt at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom on Saturday, Feb. 22 as they claimed the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship. The Mustangs, much like they have all season, got out to a quick and dominant start and never looked back in having the most individual champions and nailing down the blue banner.
It was a rough season for head basketball coach Justin Schwitters and the varsity Oakdale Lady Mustangs. In what got off to a promising start, winning five of their first six and going 11-5 throughout the first 16 games, including winning two Valley Oak League games (0-23 previously since 2012), things took a turn for the worse and the team members found themselves on a 10-game skid heading into Tuesday's season finale on Feb. 18. During the skid, Oakdale lost three of those games by four points or less, staying competitive but unable to nail down the wins.
On Saturday, Feb. 15 all eight high schools clashed for the Valley Oak League wrestling championship in Sonora. Oakdale, much like they have over the past seven years, dominated and claimed the title once again for an eighth consecutive year.
Since beating Weston Ranch on Feb. 5, the varsity basketball boys have fallen on hard times, suffering back to back road losses to Kimball (71-49) and Lathrop (65-34). The boys looked to bounce back on Valentine's Day, Friday night, when their rivals the Sonora Wildcats came to town for Oakdale's Winter Homecoming.
The weather may have been wet and wild outside the gym at this year's Section Dual Tournament, hosted at Lincoln High School of Stockton, but the Oakdale Mustang wrestling team shined inside of it. With over 35 schools from Northern California showing up, the Oakdale Mustangs put on a clinic and took care of business to claim a Section blue banner on Feb. 8.
For the Oakdale Mustang boys basketball program, Wednesday night was full of mixed emotions. The freshman boys played physical but fell short, 44-41, to visiting Weston Ranch to kick off the trio of contests on Feb. 5. That was followed up by a lackluster performance from the Junior Varsity team, the squad losing 60-30. However, the night was salvaged with a 61-50 victory put up by the varsity boys.
Wednesday night, Oakdale wrestlers completed a perfect campaign, the squads finished the Valley Oak League schedule with a win over Sonora in both JV and Varsity. Both teams finished 7-0 and claimed the VOL Championship.
The last time East Union and Oakdale got together, the Lancers' head coach Jim Agostini referred to it as one of the hardest losses the program has experienced, as Oakdale hit a 3-point shot to force overtime and then banked in another trey to win it in the OT session.
Taking on Lathrop and Manteca this week, the Oakdale varsity basketball boys gained a split of the Valley Oak League contests, with each decided by just a few points.
Two games, two losses, each by two points.
They needed two.
Three champions and the prestigious Most Outstanding Upperweight Wrestler honor came back to Oakdale from the weekend Lloyd C. Engel Tournament in neighboring Escalon.
Securing the first Valley Oak League victory in three seasons for coach Justin Schwitters, the Oakdale varsity Lady Mustangs basketball team took down Sierra by a 42-32 victory in recent play.