Oakdale High's senior center attacker on the varsity water polo team didn't wait long to show opposing programs why his dominance in the middle of the pool is to be feared.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- Ripon High's first-year water polo program brought out a big fan base for their first ever home contest and Valley Foothill Conference match, but Oakdale's varsity boys broke away from a tight match with 10 unanswered goals and a 24-7 blowout on Wednesday.
Oakdale High volleyball, cross country and girls golf teams enjoyed some collective success during recent preseason and Valley Oak League action in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
When life serves you lemons you make lemonade, and when life serves you a volleyball you better dig that thing up.
Oakdale High's varsity boys cross country team exploded onto the 2011 scene with victories over Ceres and Central Valley in a three-way preseason showdown in Ceres on Thursday, Sept. 1. Erick Padilla finished first overall (18 minutes, 39 seconds) and Mario Jimenez was just behind in second (18 minutes, 54 seconds). Oakdale runners followed with three other sub-21 minute times on the 5,000-meter course.
On Sept. 2 and 3, Oakdale High's varsity girls water polo team landed a sixth place finish at the highly touted Central Valley Showdown in Clovis, while Oakdale's boys soccer team landed runner-up honors at the competitive Gregori Tournament.
Oakdale High senior and volleyball standout Justina Keith worked all summer to recover from a devastating injury that sidelined her for months. For more information on her injury, recovery and her contributions to the OHS volleyball team catch the Sept. 7 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- A late rally gave Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team taste of a comeback in the third game, but Pitman netters capitalized on repeated kill attempts to steal a 3-0 victory from the host Mustangs in Oakdale's first official contest of the season on Wednesday.
The Oakdale Leader's second annual all-sports preview detailing the varsity programs at Oakdale High and their respective schedules will appear in the upcoming Aug. 31 edition of the Oakdale Leader. Be sure to collect your hard copy of this special preview edition of The Leader.
A come from behind win over Golden Valley advanced Oakdale High's summer baseball team into the semifinal round of the Oakdale hosted Vermulen Tournament on Saturday.
Softball ace Randee Hindman, a 17-year-old Oakdale resident and standout athlete at St. Mary's High in Stockton, had an incredible junior season with the Rams.
Morgan Kinyon's goal is to have no goals.
If 2009 Oakdale High graduate Justin Jones takes the mound this weekend for the University of California, Berkeley at the 2011 NCAA Division Baseball Championships, he could have a rowdy local cheering section all his own.
Oakdale High varsity baseball coach, Hondo Arpoika, had some wise words of advice for his standout individuals this year.
With talented Oakdale High athletes scattered across all spring sports, it took a lot for any one team to stand out in highly successful seasons as the school year came to a close.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With playoffs looming, the Oakdale Mustangs varsity boys soccer team needed to make a big push this week. The team entered the week in third place in the Valley Oak League standings. Oakdale hosted Central Catholic and then went on the road to face the Buffaloes of Manteca in a crucial VOL showdown. The Mustangs stood tall and answered the challenge by blanking the Raiders 9-0 and earning a tough 5-2 road victory in Manteca, winning both games for the week.
In the inaugural Friday Night Lights high school football series at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium, two of the premier Valley Oak League contenders clashed on Saturday, Oct. 11 as the Oakdale Mustangs battled it out with the Manteca Buffaloes. Not only did the Mustangs win, the victory saw a record-setting effort, as Mustang senior Frankie Trent scored six touchdowns and rushed for over 200 yards, setting a Levi's Stadium record.
Friday night's Homecoming game was a true crowd pleaser for the Mustang faithful, as the Oakdale varsity football team dominated the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars, 48-0. It was a satisfying end to a festive week of activities celebrating the fall homecoming.
Oakdale High School senior Mabel Wong, 17, already has plenty of kudos to her credit on the links. The young golfer has been a part of the First Tee program, played for the OHS ladies golf team and now, she took her talents to the Pebble Beach Golf Course for the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open.
Friday night marked the first Valley Oak League game for the Oakdale Mustangs in the 2014 season. The team hosted East Union and literally ran away with it, winning 49-13 in front of the Mustang faithful.
In a productive week that saw two Valley Oak League (VOL) foes come to town, the varsity soccer Mustangs answered the challenge and walked away with a pair of victories. They first edged out Sierra 2-1 and followed that up with a 4-1 crowd pleaser against East Union.