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 thrower Marco Camacho and jumper Manny Hernandez came painstakingly close, but one by one all Mustang athletes fell just short of the state meet during action at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships this past week.
Playoff victories don't come easy for soccer teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section, especially in the ultra competitive Division IV brackets, where top tier Sacramento programs and local powerhouses square off in heated contests each round.
Pushed to the limit in their first two playoff contests - an overtime win and a come-from-behind thriller that went to penalty kicks - Oakdale's varsity Lady Mustangs ultimately didn't have quite enough push left in them to grab the Section banner they desperately wanted.
With the best prep swimmers from every Sac-Joaquin Section program across all divisions in attendance, Oakdale landed six top-18 relay finishes and two top-18 frosh-soph placements at the two-day SJS Swim Championships at Tokay High in Lodi.