After seven full seasons with an empty plate, the Oakdale High varsity boys basketball program is getting awfully hungry.
Fifty-one prep wrestling teams made the trek to Mission Oaks High in Tulare recently in search of top honors across 32-man brackets in 14 different weights at The 15th Annual Bash.
A year after losing a painfully close finale to Elk Grove High, Oakdale Mustang wrestlers ensured a 2010 John Zehnder Duals championship by routing the Thundering Herd in a 42-19 finale on Saturday.
Onlookers at this year's powder puff football game will remember a speedy No. 8 on the senior/sophomore team that sprinted, dodged and passed her way to touchdown after touchdown across The Corral's artificial turf.
With the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament slated for El Dorado, the SJS Masters scheduled for Stockton and the California Interscholastic Federation Championships set for Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, local wrestling fans will certainly have to travel to see Oakdale High grapplers compete this season.
Oakdale High cross country senior Haily Macedo ran to a terrific season in her final prep year as a Mustang harrier, but her success didn't end there.
He's not a ball hog, but Vince Thompson sure seems to be stealing all the good plays.
Oakdale High senior Cassandra Clark scored 44 points in the first two games of the season, but missed the next one and watched Oakdale's varsity girls' basketball team play to a 1-2 showing in the competitive Golden Valley Tournament over the weekend.
Shane Tate doesn't sport a Herculean body frame, doesn't draw attention to himself with theatrical warm-ups and talks about as often as a doorknob - but quietly and efficiently has grown into one of the best wrestlers in Sac-Joaquin Section history.
In order to participate in the yearly Valley Oak League novice tournament, wrestlers must not have placed in a prep tourney the previous year.
She's known around the Oakdale High campus as "Roo," remembered by Whitney's softball team as the girl who bounced them from the SJS playoffs and next year she will be accepted as a San Jose State Spartan.
Oakdale High's boys and girls water polo teams saw exits from the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs after tough losses to top-tier Sacramento area programs at Woodcreek High last week. The losses to end their seasons, however, don't at all diminish the huge successes seen by both squads this year.
Thursday's three-game loss to visiting Union Mine High eliminated Oakdale's varsity volleyball team from the Division III playoffs, representing the final prep contest of a spectacular four-year career for all-time Valley Oak League assists leader, Jackee Lee.
Trailing host Sonora High two games to none on Nov. 2, Oakdale's varsity volleyball team was in dire need of some big rallies to upend the previously unbeaten Wildcats and claim a piece of the Valley Oak League title.
Competition this past week marked further advancement for Oakdale High's varsity girls and boys' water polo teams into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, while the Mustang varsity boys soccer team saw their season come to a close in El Dorado.
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.