When the Oakdale High football team kicks off the 2009 season in early September it will likely be five or six thousand people filling the stadium making noise to support their squad, yet the official kick-off to the season will be Aug. 3 when the team hosts 'The First Annual Oakdale High School Football Grid Iron Greats Golf Classic' at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Day two was weak.
The 2009 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic was the final time graduated Oakdale High studs Vince Helms and Justin Jones could take the field as Mustangs and the two shined brightly in the 20th Annual Stanislaus County All-Star Baseball game at John Thurman Field in Modesto.
Although no one from Oakdale High School is going to the CIF state track meet this year, the school was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on May 28 and 29.
When Justin Jones closed out his second consecutive Valley Oak League season without a defeat, league coaches were left with little to discuss when it came to naming Jones as the VOL's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season.
After putting together a quality career for the Oakdale Lady Mustang softball program, the Valley Oak League coaches recognized her efforts in selecting Oakdale senior Monique Galvan for the league's Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The chances of Oakdale High not repeating as the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball champions seemed ultra-slim during the Mustangs' impressive run throughout the 2009 season, but those chances became reality as Oakdale was upset 4-3 for the second time by Placer High on May 20, eliminating the Mustangs from playoff contention.
Oakdale High knew that it had one of the top programs heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Track and Field Finals at Modesto Junior College and the squad's top-10 finish in both the boys and girls division was seemingly proof enough.
Oakdale has continued its recent emergence onto the local high school swimming scene with a solid showing during the Sac-Joaquin Section Swim Championships at Tokay High May 14-16.
Every workout, every practice, every team meeting, every fundraiser, every inning and every game has been simplified into a must win double-header for the Oakdale Mustangs against Placer High in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Baseball Championship.
Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Softball Championships the Oakdale High varsity softball team knew that they would make a lengthy run, yet its run came up a little short in a title game loss to Bear River High on May 16 at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
Three different pitchers hurled complete games, combining for a total of 43 strikeouts, as Oakdale High's junior varsity softball team finished out the season with a trio of victories. The Lady Colts finished the season with 27 wins and no losses and won a seventh-straight Valley Oak League title for junior varsity softball.
Oakdale High School's track and field program has already put together an impressive 2009 season, yet the squad seems to be just kicking into gear after a dominating performance during the Valley Oak League Track and Field Championships on May 9 at The Corral.
There are several goals that a coach sets when opening the first weeks of a high school baseball season, but finishing without a loss usually is not on anyone's checklist.
The last hurdle is always the most difficult to clear and that proved to be true for the Oakdale High varsity baseball program. The squad's hope of completing a perfect Valley Oak League season came to an abrupt halt when the team took a forfeit loss against Sonora in the season finale for using an ineligible player over the game's final inning.
Oakdale High School varsity softball teammates Lauren Sanders and Kindra Hackbarth were named to the Calhisports.com All-State Medium/Small School Softball Team for 2014. Sanders, who graduated from OHS in May and will continue to play softball for San Diego State, was named to the first team for her ability behind the dish as she was named to the top five catchers list. Hackbarth was named to the Second Team for both her glove and cannon of an arm in the outfield. Hackbarth will be entering her junior year, was one of only two sophomores to make the list ...
It's never too early for spring training for Oakdale High School baseball. With well over 40 signups of incoming freshman taking part in a summer clinic to help prepare themselves for tryouts next spring. Eight coaches, including freshman baseball Coach Chris Jackson, junior varsity Coach Scot Gehl and Varsity Coach Nate Gregory on hand to help them along the way.
A pair of Master's Meet champions from Oakdale was crowned at Elk Grove High School, as Kyle Peterson and Hannah Chappell brought home the honors from the 2014 CIF Sac-Joaquin Track and Field Masters Meet. Competition was held on May 29 and May 30.
2014 was a year of mixed emotions for the Oakdale High School baseball teams. The year featured first year varsity coach Nathan Gregory, who managed the team to the CIF Sections playoffs, but fell in the first round. The varsity team also has seen eight of its seniors graduate, going to college this fall and leaving behind some holes to fill.
California State University of Stanislaus in Turlock was the host of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Division IV and V trials and finals. The meet was staged over two days beginning Tuesday, May 20 with trials in multiple events and wrapping up with finals on Thursday, May 22.
In a special gathering on Monday, May 12 the softball community honored both the Oakdale High School Junior Varsity and Varsity teams for their accomplishments this season. The event took place at the Bianchi Center in Oakdale. With four awards given our for each program, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved player of the Year that were voted by the team, the coaches also gave out their Coaches Award as well.
The varsity Lady Mustangs softball team ran the gauntlet known as the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships and were crowned the 2013-2014 Division 4 Champions on Saturday, May 17 at Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton. Oakdale went 4-0 over a three-day span, knocking off Los Banos 17-0, Ceres 11-0, Sierra 5-4 and East Union 3-0 during their postseason quest for the title.
In the final home game of the season, family, friends, alumni and enthusiastic fans gathered at Oakdale High School on May 7; to honor the eight seniors on the varsity baseball team for Senior Day 2014, as well as watch the team clash with Lathrop High School in Valley Oak League play.
Monday night, May 5 had all the pregame storyline build up for an exciting evening of softball for Oakdale's varsity girls team. Oakdale welcomed Sonora High School to town for the final time in its historic rivalry. Mix that with Senior Night festivities and a possible share of the Valley Oak League title, and the Oakdale fans were ready for some softball action.
It was a tough week for the Oakdale High School varsity softball team, as the Lady Mustangs dropped a pair of league matchups. On Wednesday, April 30 the team suffered a 3-0 road loss to East Union, and then fell short in another road game, this time to the Jaguars of Kimball on Friday, May 2 by a 5-1 verdict.
Some say, "all good things must come to an end" and on Tuesday, April 29 two things did come to an end; a 90-plus years school rivalry between Oakdale and Sonora high school in Valley Oak League play, as Sonora will be relocating into the Mother Lode League at the beginning of the new school year, and for five OHS seniors, it was the final soccer game of their high school soccer careers. Those athletes are Hannah Hanko, Danae Rose, Izzy Arellano, Kori Altmann, and Christina Bradshaw. The seniors and the rest of the team went out in style as ...
Things started off slowly for the Lady Mustangs on Wednesday, April 23 as the team didn't rap out its first hit until Emily Greenwood's single that sparked an eight-run third inning, and the Mustangs would go on to shut out the Spartans 11-0 in five innings.
Oakdale varsity soccer may not be in the playoff hunt, but they were faced with a tough task of taking on the top two teams in the Valley Oak League (VOL) on the road during spring break. The team traveled to Manteca to take on the Lancers of East Union on Tuesday, April 22, and then returned to Manteca on Thursday, April 24 to play the Lady Buffaloes.
April 15 is "Tax Day" and the Lady Mustangs' varsity soccer team made Weston Ranch pay up Tuesday night. Oakdale scored a season-high 11 goals in the shutout win over the Cougars.
After a promising start for first year manager Nathan Gregory and the Oakdale varsity baseball Mustangs, the team has fallen on hard times as of late. After being swept by Manteca the previous week (Oakdale was outscored 10-0 during the two-game series), Oakdale bounced back with a non-league 5-1 victory over Tokay on Friday, April 11 and managed a 5-4 victory over Sierra in Manteca on Tuesday, April 15. To keep pace with Valley Oak League (VOL) front runners Manteca and Sierra, OHS needed to complete the sweep of Sierra on Thursday, April 17 in front of the home crowd ...