When the Oakdale High football team kicks off the 2009 season in early September it will likely be five or six thousand people filling the stadium making noise to support their squad, yet the official kick-off to the season will be Aug. 3 when the team hosts 'The First Annual Oakdale High School Football Grid Iron Greats Golf Classic' at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Day two was weak.
The 2009 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic was the final time graduated Oakdale High studs Vince Helms and Justin Jones could take the field as Mustangs and the two shined brightly in the 20th Annual Stanislaus County All-Star Baseball game at John Thurman Field in Modesto.
Although no one from Oakdale High School is going to the CIF state track meet this year, the school was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on May 28 and 29.
When Justin Jones closed out his second consecutive Valley Oak League season without a defeat, league coaches were left with little to discuss when it came to naming Jones as the VOL's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season.
After putting together a quality career for the Oakdale Lady Mustang softball program, the Valley Oak League coaches recognized her efforts in selecting Oakdale senior Monique Galvan for the league's Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The chances of Oakdale High not repeating as the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball champions seemed ultra-slim during the Mustangs' impressive run throughout the 2009 season, but those chances became reality as Oakdale was upset 4-3 for the second time by Placer High on May 20, eliminating the Mustangs from playoff contention.
Oakdale High knew that it had one of the top programs heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Track and Field Finals at Modesto Junior College and the squad's top-10 finish in both the boys and girls division was seemingly proof enough.
Oakdale has continued its recent emergence onto the local high school swimming scene with a solid showing during the Sac-Joaquin Section Swim Championships at Tokay High May 14-16.
Every workout, every practice, every team meeting, every fundraiser, every inning and every game has been simplified into a must win double-header for the Oakdale Mustangs against Placer High in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Baseball Championship.
Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Softball Championships the Oakdale High varsity softball team knew that they would make a lengthy run, yet its run came up a little short in a title game loss to Bear River High on May 16 at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
Three different pitchers hurled complete games, combining for a total of 43 strikeouts, as Oakdale High's junior varsity softball team finished out the season with a trio of victories. The Lady Colts finished the season with 27 wins and no losses and won a seventh-straight Valley Oak League title for junior varsity softball.
Oakdale High School's track and field program has already put together an impressive 2009 season, yet the squad seems to be just kicking into gear after a dominating performance during the Valley Oak League Track and Field Championships on May 9 at The Corral.
There are several goals that a coach sets when opening the first weeks of a high school baseball season, but finishing without a loss usually is not on anyone's checklist.
The last hurdle is always the most difficult to clear and that proved to be true for the Oakdale High varsity baseball program. The squad's hope of completing a perfect Valley Oak League season came to an abrupt halt when the team took a forfeit loss against Sonora in the season finale for using an ineligible player over the game's final inning.
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.
Tyler Noon must have known something we didn't last year.
Oakdale High's varsity wrestling team is ranked 16th in the state by the California Wrestling Newsletter. That talent will be on display on Wednesday, Jan 9 when the team hosts Manteca and Lathrop in the first of four dual meet events that represent the Valley Oak League regular season schedule.
Oakdale High School's wrestling program made a big splash during their first ever appearance at the Morning Star Invitational in Los Banos on Dec. 22.
Eighty-one high school wrestling teams from across the western states converged on the 64-man brackets of the prestigious two-day Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno on Dec. 27 and 28.
Oakdale High's lanky guard/forward, Kylie Gust, is the Dirk Nowitzki of Lady Mustang hoops. Her exploits were a bright spot during the OHS girls basketball program in the 2011-12 season and she has already made a big impact this year. She drained two threes and landed a team-high eight points as Oakdale rallied to a 37-23 win over LeGrand on Thursday as the varsity girls captured their second win of the season. Gust will be a key factor in Oakdale's success moving forward this season.
Valley Oak League girls basketball teams that saw Oakdale High struggle to a winless 2011-12 campaign may expect more of the same from the Lady Mustangs after learning of Oakdale's preseason struggles this year.
The miracle of social networking provided the platform for a miracle for the Oakdale High marching band this past week.
Oakdale High varsity boys basketball coach Jeremy Fields had a hunch the football team was in for a long postseason when he scheduled most of his preseason action for late in the year.
The deeper a football season goes, the larger a toll it has on winter sports programs.