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.
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.
Oakdale High School spring sports were expected to get under way this past week, but Mother Nature had other ideas.
Oakdale wrestlers made their presence felt at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom on Saturday, Feb. 22 as they claimed the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship. The Mustangs, much like they have all season, got out to a quick and dominant start and never looked back in having the most individual champions and nailing down the blue banner.
It was a rough season for head basketball coach Justin Schwitters and the varsity Oakdale Lady Mustangs. In what got off to a promising start, winning five of their first six and going 11-5 throughout the first 16 games, including winning two Valley Oak League games (0-23 previously since 2012), things took a turn for the worse and the team members found themselves on a 10-game skid heading into Tuesday's season finale on Feb. 18. During the skid, Oakdale lost three of those games by four points or less, staying competitive but unable to nail down the wins.
On Saturday, Feb. 15 all eight high schools clashed for the Valley Oak League wrestling championship in Sonora. Oakdale, much like they have over the past seven years, dominated and claimed the title once again for an eighth consecutive year.
Since beating Weston Ranch on Feb. 5, the varsity basketball boys have fallen on hard times, suffering back to back road losses to Kimball (71-49) and Lathrop (65-34). The boys looked to bounce back on Valentine's Day, Friday night, when their rivals the Sonora Wildcats came to town for Oakdale's Winter Homecoming.
The weather may have been wet and wild outside the gym at this year's Section Dual Tournament, hosted at Lincoln High School of Stockton, but the Oakdale Mustang wrestling team shined inside of it. With over 35 schools from Northern California showing up, the Oakdale Mustangs put on a clinic and took care of business to claim a Section blue banner on Feb. 8.
For the Oakdale Mustang boys basketball program, Wednesday night was full of mixed emotions. The freshman boys played physical but fell short, 44-41, to visiting Weston Ranch to kick off the trio of contests on Feb. 5. That was followed up by a lackluster performance from the Junior Varsity team, the squad losing 60-30. However, the night was salvaged with a 61-50 victory put up by the varsity boys.
Wednesday night, Oakdale wrestlers completed a perfect campaign, the squads finished the Valley Oak League schedule with a win over Sonora in both JV and Varsity. Both teams finished 7-0 and claimed the VOL Championship.
The last time East Union and Oakdale got together, the Lancers' head coach Jim Agostini referred to it as one of the hardest losses the program has experienced, as Oakdale hit a 3-point shot to force overtime and then banked in another trey to win it in the OT session.
Taking on Lathrop and Manteca this week, the Oakdale varsity basketball boys gained a split of the Valley Oak League contests, with each decided by just a few points.
Two games, two losses, each by two points.
They needed two.
Three champions and the prestigious Most Outstanding Upperweight Wrestler honor came back to Oakdale from the weekend Lloyd C. Engel Tournament in neighboring Escalon.
Securing the first Valley Oak League victory in three seasons for coach Justin Schwitters, the Oakdale varsity Lady Mustangs basketball team took down Sierra by a 42-32 victory in recent play.