And just like that, the seams attaching Valley Oak League jerseys with their success over Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team have burst amidst the flexing of Mustang muscles.
Among the plethora of Oakdale High wrestlers listed on the California Wrestling Newsletter state rankings, 195-pound senior Hondo Arpoika is not the highest ranked. However, Arpoika made progress in that regard by advancing from "honorable mention" into the top-40 ranked wrestlers in the state by landing a fifth place medal at the prestigious Temecula Valley Battle for the Belt on Jan. 19. Arpoika won big matches in both the championship and consolation bracket. He bested Dylan Bollinger of Sultana 3-1 on his way to the medal podium.
The strength of the lineup represented by Oakdale High's wrestling team will be on emphatic display on Feb. 2 at Lincoln High in Stockton, where only a miracle will prevent the Mustangs from nabbing a seventh Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV team duals title in eight seasons.
Kylie Gust heroically drained three straight free throws with .6 seconds remaining in regulation to launch Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team into an overtime contest against East Union on Jan. 24.
Maybe you are slapping your bare arms and legs like they stole your headgear or maybe your headphones are blasting Justin Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat" while your teammates assume its Metallica.
Oakdale's boys basketball team was eight minutes away from securing its first Valley Oak League win of the season at Manteca High on Thursday, but the Mustangs were held to a single point for the final 7:59.
Somewhere in the midst of the scuffles and fouls, Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team found a mean streak on Jan. 16.
Some of the best high school wrestling teams in the country again converged on California for one of the toughest tournaments of the year on Jan. 18 and 19 at the Temecula Valley Battle for the Belt.
It was only fitting that a spectacular performance by junior guard Christina Cobarruvias was highlighted by a signature moment in the Mustang gymnasium on Jan. 16.
Between a dominant home showing in the first Valley Oak League tri-meet and 13 medals at the ultra-tough Lloyd C. Engel tournament in Escalon, the recent success of Oakdale High's varsity wrestling team has been on emphatic display on local mats.
Austin Archuleta made some noise for Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team with his third thrilling three-pointer to bring the Mustangs within five points of visiting East Union with under four minutes to play on Jan. 10.
The bounty of longtime youth sports programs that roster Oakdale area child-athletes have one thing in common.
Opportunities to impress at home are far and few between for Oakdale High wrestlers amidst a gauntlet of high caliber tournaments each year. Mustang lightweight grapplers Max Stevens and Jake Jacobson didn't miss out during the first of only two home dual meets this year.
Oakdale's run of dominance in the Valley Oak League could soon come to an end.
Several members of the Mustang varsity basketball squad could justly claim rights to Athlete of the Week honors after terrific performances during Oakdale's host Rotary Tournament. Despite one of them being recognized for All Tournament production, the entire cast deserves this week's nod from The Leader after a thrilling effort in front of home fans. The team won three of their last four games of the preseason and bested a solid Grace Davis squad 42-36 to capture third place status in their own tourney during the holiday break from school.
In a productive week that saw two Valley Oak League (VOL) foes come to town, the varsity soccer Mustangs answered the challenge and walked away with a pair of victories. They first edged out Sierra 2-1 and followed that up with a 4-1 crowd pleaser against East Union.
It was a mixed week for the varsity tennis team, as the girls faced a pair of Valley Oak League (VOL) teams, suffering a tough 5-4 loss to Manteca on Tuesday, Sept. 23. They regrouped and earned a 7-2 victory over Weston Ranch on Thursday, Sept. 25.