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Playoff Preview

2016 was a roller coaster ride for the Oakdale Mustangs varsity football team. It seems like just yesterday Oakdale went to Sonora to face their former league rivals, and came up short to the Wildcats, 27-13. Veteran head coach Trent Merzon, with 17 years at the helm, and his staff did not panic but stayed the course. Oakdale then rattled off big non-league victories over Central Point, Oregon's Crater and went to the Bay Area and defeated Campolindo 28-21. The Mustangs then went on to win their first five Valley Oak League games. Their run came to an end ...

November 09, 2016 | | Local Sports


Mustangs Stun Central In VOL Season Finale

In front of approximately 6,000 fans at The Corral for the 2016 regular season finale against nemesis Central Catholic on Friday night, Nov. 4, the Mustangs gave the home crowd exactly what they wanted – a win.

November 09, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Win VOL; Eye Fourth Section Crown

It's another Valley Oak League title for the Oakdale Lady Mustangs varsity water polo team.

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Rain Delays Tennis Play

Finishing the regular season with an 11-3 record, tied for second place in the Valley Oak League, Oakdale's Lady Mustangs tennis team went to compete in the 2016 VOL singles and doubles tournament this past week. The singles traveled to Manteca on Tuesday, Oct. 25. There the undefeated Tay Talamentes took first place. Talamentes has yet to lose in VOL action this season, and she and the Lady Mustangs hosted Patterson in team tourney play on Tuesday, Nov. 1 after The Leader went to press.

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

First Place: Dee Elston, Bonnie Booker, Rosalee Schmierer, Vicki Dallas - 124

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Golfers Qualify For Masters

Lady Mustang golfers have had a memorable season. The young group that consists of freshmen and sophomores won the Valley Oak League title for the first time in over a decade. On Monday, Oct. 24 the girls packed up their clubs and headed to Serrano Country Club, in El Dorado Hills. The girls played 18 holes and competed in the 2016 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Tournament. As a team, Oakdale shot 462 for a second place finish. Oakdale's 462 was nine strokes off the leader, Christian Brothers, but secured Oakdale's spot in the CIF Masters at The Reserve ...

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Future Looking Bright For OHS Cross Country

Oakdale's cross country teams competed at Eagal Lakes in Tracy this past week in the Valley Oak League (VOL) Cross Country Championship meet. The six Oakdale teams combined for four second place finishes, a fourth place finish by the junior varsity boys and a championship for the junior varsity girls.

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Varsity Volleyball Claims Third Straight League Title

For the third consecutive year, the Oakdale Lady Mustangs have clinched the Valley Oak League title. Oakdale defeated Central Catholic on the road in four sets (25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21) on Monday, Oct. 24. Oakdale then welcomed Lathrop to town on Wednesday night, Oct. 26 for Senior Night 2016. With a packed gym the Lady Mustangs honored their five seniors, and then won their third Valley Oak League title in as many years, knocking off Lathrop in three sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-9).

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Varsity Football Falls Short At Manteca

The Oakdale Mustangs (7-2, 5-1) traveled to Manteca (8-1, 5-1) to take on the Buffaloes in a battle of two Valley Oak League powerhouses. Oakdale went into Manteca winners of seven straight games but fell behind early and could not pull off the late fourth quarter rally, as Oakdale fell to Manteca 30-22 on Friday night, Oct. 28.

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


NHRA Nationals Thunder In For Las Vegas Showcase

The 16th annual Toyota NHRA Nationals at the Lasa Vegas Motor Speedway (commonly known as the "Strip") is the next to last event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag racing Series season and the fourth of the six events in the final countdown to the championship.

November 02, 2016 | By MIKE BURGHARDT Racing Correspondent | Local Sports


Stampede Scoreboard

The season will continue into the postseason for both the Oakdale Stampede varsity and junior varsity teams. On Saturday, Oct. 28 the boys headed to Modesto to clash with the Broncos. A pair of convincing road wins punched the Stampede playoff tickets. The varsity boys defeated Modesto 46-6 and the junior varsity shut out Modesto 48-0.

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

For those of us who've been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used. Turnover can happen several times during the year but is most commonly discussed during the fall. Turnover is basically a time of mixing in the water. During the summer months the water on the surface becomes warm, rich in oxygen, but low in nutrients while the water down below becomes cooler, void of oxygen, and rich in nutrients. In the fall the upper layer eventually becomes cooler than the lower level at which time it sinks. The mixing of ...

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Recently I was both humbled and honored to be invited to fish a local tournament with someone that I introduced to the sport of bass fishing when he was 12 years old. He's continued to fish, has his own boat, and is now 25 years old. We've never lost contact and have occasionally fished together over the years. The difference this time is that we'll be on his boat, and he'll be the one making all the decisions. It's going to be nice having someone else at the controls for a change and truly relaxing ...

October 26, 2016 | Jason Ballardo | Local Sports


Tennis, Volleyball Girls Close Out League Competition

The Valley Oak League season has ended for the Oakdale girls tennis team and will come to a close for the Oakdale volleyball club tonight. Both teams have had a successful regular season and are gearing up for playoffs.

October 26, 2016 | | Local Sports


SPORTS SLATE

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26

October 26, 2016 | | Local Sports


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Sign Up For Youth Hoops

Sign-ups are scheduled on Saturday, Jan. 21 for the upcoming youth basketball winter skills camp hosted by the Oakdale boys basketball program.

January 18, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

It's hard to believe that this time last year, many of us were hoping that we would have enough rain to finally end the ...

January 18, 2017 | Jarrod Ballardo | Local Sports


Harmon Takes First Place At Tim Brown Memorial

Oakdale wrestlers competed twice this week. The boys hit the road for the second Valley Oak League dual meet of the season, and also competed ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local Sports


Awards Ceremony Wraps Up Championship Season

The football community filed into the Oakdale High School main gym on Sunday night, Jan. 15 for the annual Mustangs football awards ceremony. With the ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local Sports


Boy Hoopsters Fall Twice On The Road

Oakdale dropped two road games this past week to drop to 0-4 in Valley Oak League play this season. The varsity Mustang boys fell to ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local Sports


Sports Slate

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18

January 18, 2017 | | Local Sports


Varsity Soccer Girls Earn First VOL Win Of Season

After a slow start to the Valley Oak League campaign, the Oakdale varsity girls soccer team won its first league match of the season. Entering ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local Sports


Heartbreaking Losses For Varsity Lady Mustangs

It was a tough week for the varsity girls basketball team. On Wednesday night, Jan. 11 the girls lost on a last second three-point shot ...

January 18, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Eighth Grade Girls Claim MVAL Title

An undefeated season for the eighth grade Oakdale Junior High School girls basketball team earned them a championship. The girls went 17-0, and have compiled ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local Sports


OHS Varsity Soccer Boys Find Offensive Rhythm

In two games this past week, Oakdale found the net 10 times to earn two Valley Oak League victories. Oakdale shut out Lathrop on the ...

January 18, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


SPORTS SLATE

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11

January 11, 2017 | | Local Sports


Seventh Grade Girls Make Hoops History

In his first year as a teacher and coach at Oakdale Junior High School, Bobby Cole took on the seventh grade girls basketball team and ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Sports


Varsity Hoop Girls Split League Games

The Oakdale girls varsity basketball team opened up league action this past week and went 1-1. Both games were on the road, the varsity Lady ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Sports


Varsity Basketball Boys Drop Pair Of VOL Games

The Oakdale boys varsity basketball tipped off Valley Oak League action this past week. With a pair of home league games to start the season ...

January 11, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Youth Basketball Camp

The Oakdale boys basketball program is offering a winter skills camp for young basketball players. Boys in grades five through eight are encouraged to sign ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Sports


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