The Oakdale High varsity softball team walked into its Valley Oak League finale against Sonora focused on not letting the Wildcats spoil any of their postseason chances, but by the time Oakdale finished off Sonora 4-0, decisions were being made that made the Lady Mustang squad the VOL champions.
The Oakdale High golf team has turned in quality match after quality match and that did not change during the squad's performance in the Valley Oak League Tournament.
The Oakdale High swimming program has continually made strides through the 2009 season and the squad's effort and initiative paid off with a boys Valley Oak League title and a third place finish in the girls division.
The Oakdale High varsity softball team knew how important their contest with the Ceres Bulldogs would be, but the constant downpour on May 1 left the Lady Mustangs rained out and waiting for their final meeting with the Bulldogs.
First year Manteca High baseball coach Gene Ballardo knew that his squad would have its hands full with the Valley Oak League's undefeated top team and that was exactly the case as Oakdale High took two from the Buffaloes to remain perfect in VOL action.
The deeper a football season goes, the larger a toll it has on winter sports programs.
With a host of wrestlers still competing on Oakdale High's state-bound football team, the Mustang program is missing some serious depth.
The last non-pigskin selection for the Oakdale Leader Athlete of the Week this fall belongs to Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team. The girls bested Pioneer in four games to advance to the second round of the postseason, adding prestige to a terrific season that included a co-Valley Oak League championship.
Chasing a five-goal deficit in the fourth and final period of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championships water polo finals, Katie Vanderburg and Emily Stolken connected with stunning scores within a one-minute span to open the door for a possible Oakdale High comeback.
Some postseason magic carried eighth seeded Oakdale High to a spirited 3-1 rout of No. 9 seed Pioneer in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs on Nov. 6, but happy thoughts couldn't do the trick in a 3-0 loss to No. 1 seed Oakmont two days later.
The first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls water polo playoffs wasn't particularly kind to Capital Valley Conference No. 3 seed Del Campo, who fell 17-7 to Valley Oak League champion Oakdale on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Whitney High.
If Oakdale High's varsity boys soccer team had any questions on the type of game to expect from a Central Valley team in search of its third trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals in four seasons, they certainly had them answered quickly on Oct. 30.
Despite the tiebreaker that forced the Lady Mustangs to enter the 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs with the lowest possible seed, Oakdale's girls tennis team didn't go down without a fight. They ended their season with a 5-4 loss to Whitney on Monday, Oct. 29 in the opening round of the postseason.