When Oakdale High senior Manny Hernandez grazed the high jump clearance bar at six feet, 11 inches to just miss a personal best, he couldn't be that disappointed in his Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships performance.
Oakdale H.S., Track & Field
Today, May 28, Oakdale High's varsity baseball team squares off against Valley Oak League rival, Sonora, for a one-game Sac-Joaquin Section finale in the division IV playoff bracket.
There is nothing quite like doing your best at the best possible moment.
Her face buried into Shelby Cordova's hair and neck, Oakdale High senior Shelby Reali choked out a revelation amidst tears, smiles and squeezes from a vise-like hug.
The jeers and cheers emitting from the Oakdale High dugout should reach a whole new chatter level today, May 23, as the Mustangs play Vista del Lago for a shot at the Sac-Joaquin Section finals at 4 p.m. at Lodi's Tony Zupo Field.
A season has come and gone for the Oakdale High golf team, but Mustang senior Ryan Jones won't soon forget it.
Between section champion golfers, track stars and victorious baseball/softball programs from the first days of postseason bracket action, it proved impossible to select any individual as the lone Oakdale Leader Athlete of the Week. So we compromised, in the end selecting track standout Carly Rodgers, golfer Ryan Jones, baseball pitcher Logan Handzlik and softball pitcher Shelby Reali as a collective group of Spring sport standouts.
Oakdale High's varsity softball team eased past Sierra in a 3-1 finale on Saturday to claim a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title at the Arnaiz Softball complex in Stockton.
It didn't take long for Oakdale High baseball and softball teams to make their presence known at the postseason level. The baseball boys silenced River City 5-1 on Thursday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs at Tony Zupo field in Lodi. Just a few miles south, Oakdale's softball team blasted past both Central Catholic and Ceres with a pair of stunning 10-0 shutouts at the Arnaiz Softball complex in Stockton.
Six days after besting a field of nine teams at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Golf Championships, Oakdale tackled a field of 14 teams at the SJS Masters Championships on Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.
The pitter patter of Kellie Gratigny's feet echo across Oakdale High's all-weather track like a drum solo as her track spikes propel her down the long jump runway with fast but lengthy strides that seem to magically thunder from her elfin five-foot, four-inch frame.
Four days after trouncing Manteca 12-2 on Senior Day, Oakdale High's varsity softball team turned the final page on a spectacular Valley Oak League season by upending rival Sonora in an 11-0 Mustang win on May 7.
While Oakdale High seniors were celebrating a trip to Disneyland on May 11, two underclassmen on the Mustang swim team had a party of their own in Lodi.
An undefeated romp through the Valley Oak League has Oakdale High's varsity baseball team in the driver's seat for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs, but as of Monday, Oakdale was still waiting for someone else to get on the bus.
It was as close to a playoff atmosphere as a game in April can be, as the varsity Mustangs approached the midway point to a promising baseball season. Approximately 150 fans made their way to the ballpark to watch the Mustangs host the Buffaloes of Manteca this past week. The battle included two of the Valley Oak League's premier pitchers as Oakdale's Bryce Dyrda, who signed with USC, took on Manteca's lefty, Jacob Corn, who signed to a fellow PAC12 school, Oregon. Corn and the Buffaloes would out dual Dyrda and the Mustangs, handing Oakdale its first ...
Spring has officially sprung and the weather was perfect for a round of nine hole golf action at Oakdale's Golf and Country Club on Tuesday afternoon, April 8. Oakdale High School golfers welcomed Lathrop to town for a Valley Oak League match. The Mustangs found their stroke as they defeated Lathrop with a score of 248-289.
The Mustangs varsity baseball team is off to a white hot start to the season and it continued to show on Wednesday, April 2 when the team shut out Weston Ranch 11-0 in front of the Oakdale faithful. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 but it was postponed to severe weather.
The Mustangs golf team was on the road for a pair of Valley Oak League (VOL) matches this past week. They played Tuesday, April 1 against Manteca and Thursday, April 3 against Sierra, with both matches held at Manteca Park Golf Course. Oakdale walked away with a 242-257 victory against Manteca and just fell short 230-244 against Sierra.
Oakdale High School golf has found success on the course early this season as they racked up two more home victories this week with league wins over Weston Ranch and Kimball.
The Mustangs faced East Union twice this past week. On Tuesday, March 25 the boys packed up and headed to Manteca to face the Lancers in Valley Oak League action, then returned home to face the Lancers again in front of the Mustang faithful on Thursday, March 27. The Mustangs were impressive in the sweep, winning 13-0 and 11-1.
Oakdale High School junior Nico Colunga continues to shine, even on the largest wrestling stage in America, The National High School Coaches Association Juniors Tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Another proud milestone for Oakdale Water Polo was set earlier this month at the Pacific Coast USA Olympic Development Program regional championship tournament in Moraga.
The Mustangs hit the course hard this week, as they competed in the Hilmar Yellowjacket Invitational at Stevinson Ranch Golf Course on Monday, March 17 and packed up their golf bags and headed to Lathrop for a Valley Oak League match on Tuesday, March 18.
The varsity baseball boys were busy this week as they hosted back to back games Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12. Oakdale split their two-game home stand as they were victorious Tuesday against Enochs 6-3 but fell to Beyer the next day 10-6.
Three-time U.S. Olympian, Suzy Powell, held a World Athletics Center Phase One Throws Clinic at Oakdale High School on Sunday, March 16.
Five went. One came home a state medalist.
It was a busy week for Oakdale golfers and coaching staff. With three events in four days scheduled it was time to hit the links. On Monday, March 3 the Oakdale High School golf team hosted its inaugural 18-hole Oakdale Cup at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club. The tournament consisted of 10 schools in the area with a total of 59 golfers.
Spring sports have gotten under way and it was a full slate for Oakdale High School and its student athletes this past week. Following are recaps of many contests, tournament action and preseason scrimmages.
Oakdale High School had a strong presence at this year's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1 inside the Stockton Arena. With nine representatives from Oakdale, numbers and momentum were on their side. After grappling their way through multiple opponents, Oakdale flexed their muscles and advanced five of its wrestlers to the 42nd annual CIF State Championship March 7 and 8 in Bakersfield.