When 12 juniors and seniors from across the area prepared to record their best marks in the triple jump at the Valley Oak League championships on May 7, they probably didn't expect much from the lone underclassman in their field.
A week after sub-par scores had forced Oakdale High's boys golf team to surrender a Valley Oak League title to an East Union team they had twice defeated, the Mustangs fired back with a bigger and better title by wining the blue banner and a Division IV championship on Monday at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
A Valley Oak League baseball title race that came down to the wire on Friday is apparently the fashion of choice for all Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV conferences.
You don't need to go searching through egg cartons to find this dozen.
Oakdale High's biggest threats to a Sac-Joaquin Section girls soccer championship may be on the opposite side of the Division IV bracket, but with a star player down with an injury and three very tough teams looming on their own side of the bracket, nothing is guaranteed.
Some big finishes to their respective Valley Oak League campaigns has Oakdale High softball and track and field athletes ready for big postseason performances this month. Both will take on Divisional competition next week.
By the end of the Valley Oak League prep soccer season, opposing teams were flinching at the sight of a Lady Mustang. In tight and highly competitive league title races, Oakdale nabbed championship honors for both their varsity (11-2-1) and junior varsity (12-1-1) squads.
Oakdale swimmers cruised to a combined top finish at the league tournament while track stars shined in Sacramento and tennis players qualified for the postseason in an active Spring Break week for Mustang athletes. Following are recaps of the recent action.
"We're not sharing. Tomorrow it's ours."
Monday's Valley Oak League showdown between the Kimball and Oakdale varsity softball teams (May 2) gave both programs a clear shot at the second seed from the Valley Oak League into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Oakdale High ace Brennon Williams has been spectacular on the Valley Oak League baseball mound in his last two starts for the varsity Mustangs. On April 13 he went five innings with nine strikeouts and only two hits allowed in a 12-1 blowout of Sierra. A week later he struck out six in seven full innings with just two walks and four hits allowed in a 6-0 shutout over former VOL leader, Manteca. He was also 2 for 3 with a triple and five RBIs, scoring or knocking in each Oakdale tally in the victory over the Buffaloes.
After trailing fellow unbeaten, Sonora High, for most of Thursday's home meet, Oakdale's 400-yard freestyle girls relay teams needed to bite into a big score during the day's final event if the Lady Mustangs were to claim a piece of the Valley Oak League pie.
Thursday's Valley Oak League championship-clinching win for Oakdale High's varsity girls track and field team gave the squad a 53rd consecutive conference victory, and it was never in question.
It hasn't taken long for 2010 Oakdale High graduates and sisters Juli and Jaci Powell to make their presence known at the collegiate level.
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.
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