Oakdale High varsity baseball coach, Hondo Arpoika, had some wise words of advice for his standout individuals this year.
With talented Oakdale High athletes scattered across all spring sports, it took a lot for any one team to stand out in highly successful seasons as the school year came to a close.
Qualifying for one event of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships is extremely difficult. Qualifying for four of them is just plain silly.
Oakdale High thrower Marco Camacho and jumper Manny Hernandez came painstakingly close, but one by one all Mustang athletes fell just short of the state meet during action at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships this past week.
It wasn't pretty, but it's a Sac-Joaquin Section championship nonetheless.
Playoff victories don't come easy for soccer teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section, especially in the ultra competitive Division IV brackets, where top tier Sacramento programs and local powerhouses square off in heated contests each round.
Me'che Brown just keeps getting better.
Pushed to the limit in their first two playoff contests - an overtime win and a come-from-behind thriller that went to penalty kicks - Oakdale's varsity Lady Mustangs ultimately didn't have quite enough push left in them to grab the Section banner they desperately wanted.
So much for an even playoff bracket.
Thirty-one games into the softball season, Oakdale High's varsity squad saw one play decide the fate of their collective hopes and dreams.
Oakdale High varsity softball coach Larry Loger doesn't play around.
It's no secret that the 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bracket has some exciting games in store for its Division IV qualifying teams.
With the best prep swimmers from every Sac-Joaquin Section program across all divisions in attendance, Oakdale landed six top-18 relay finishes and two top-18 frosh-soph placements at the two-day SJS Swim Championships at Tokay High in Lodi.
When 12 juniors and seniors from across the area prepared to record their best marks in the triple jump at the Valley Oak League championships on May 7, they probably didn't expect much from the lone underclassman in their field.
A week after sub-par scores had forced Oakdale High's boys golf team to surrender a Valley Oak League title to an East Union team they had twice defeated, the Mustangs fired back with a bigger and better title by wining the blue banner and a Division IV championship on Monday at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
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.