Oakdale High athletes saw a roller coaster of ups and downs during recent conference and tournament action on their respective fields of play. Following is a summary of recent results for Oakdale girls soccer, boys tennis, track and field, golf and softball teams.
With six games left on the Valley Oak League schedule, a championship is hardly a guarantee for Oakdale High's varsity baseball team.
One by one Shelby Reali's coaches and parents took center stage to speak to a vast crowd of friends and youth softball players at Rainbow Fields in Riverbank on April 4.
Oakdale High track and field, softball, tennis and golf teams saw action despite recent poor weather conditions. Following is a summary of prep results.
Oakdale H.S. • Softball
After emerging the victor against two of the Valley Oak League's toughest programs, Oakdale is in the driver's seat for a conference title.
March ended with a flurry of Valley Oak League activity as Oakdale High girls soccer, swimming, boys tennis and boys golf teams took on conference opponents.
Oakdale High senior Andy Morris can add 'Captain Clutch' to the barrage of monikers he's likely to receive before his high school career is over.
No slow clap needed.
With two of the best programs in the conference closing in on the league schedule, Oakdale High's boys golf team needed superb scores to take an early lead In the Valley Oak League title race. They did just that after a stunning 196-214 victory over returning co-VOL champs East Union on March 20. Two days later, Oakdale again dropped below the elusive 200 mark with a 199-224 rout of Kimball.
The skies stayed clear for a recent run of Valley Oak League action as Oakdale High track and field, baseball and swim programs battled to continue unbeaten stanzas of action.
After involvement with Oakdale High's Academic Decathlon Team, Rotary Interact, Science Olympiad, Model UN … (deep breath)… 4-H, the Gay-Straight Alliance and California Scholarship Federation, it is no small miracle that Mustang senior Paul Perrone finds enough time to finish his homework and play varsity tennis.
Smiles don't get much bigger than when they are beaming from the likes of Oakdale seniors Kristen Brunk, Jessica Gomez and Nicole Armstrong.
It was a tremendous Tuesday.
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.