It would have been nearly impossible either way after No. 16 Hogan's season-ending upset of Vallejo, but Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team saw their last postseason prayer go unanswered in a 54-38 loss to Sonora in the final game of their season on Friday, Feb. 18.
Oakdale High varsity boys basketball coach Jeremy Fields has a special place in his heart for the six Oakdale High seniors he has mentored through the boys basketball program for four seasons. Not only were they his first crop of freshmen to instruct, but also this year's standout leaders in a varsity program that has played through a roller coaster season in 2010-11.
All 14 varsity Oakdale High wrestlers finished top-5 in their respective Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship brackets on Saturday to advance the entire lineup to this week's SJS Masters in Stockton. Oakdale won nine weights and bested all opposing D-IV programs by a landslide of points to dominate the divisionals in one of the best showings of their already impressive season. See Wednesday's print edition of the Oakdale Leader for additional photos, results and interviews with Mustang grapplers.
The buzz started before the wrestling did, when coaches, fans and participants at the 2011 Valley Oak League Wrestling Championships learned that Alex Nuanez of Sierra had cut from 189 pounds to enter the 171 bracket.
The Oakdale Inferno Competitive girls soccer team toppled Danville in a thrilling penalty kick finale to claim championship honors in Stockton tournament action on Sunday. Get all the details in this weeks paper, February 16, 2011.
Wrestlers from Oakdale High gather around a the blue banner representing a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Team Duals title at Lincoln High in Stockton on Saturday. Oakdale soundly defeated Los Banos in a 60-9 finale to claim title honors. It was Oakdale's third such title in three years and fourth in five years. The Mustangs take on the Valley Oak League championship tournament on Saturday at East Union High in Manteca.
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.