If the Valley Oak League is a prizefighter, then Oakdale High's varsity boys soccer team should be ready for punches from every angle when the Mustangs kick off conference play on Sept. 11.
The daunting forms of six foot blockers Domi Powell and McKenzie Willett still cast shadows on the hardwood inside the Oakdale High gymnasium.
The Klines are in at Oakdale High.
The pools, fields, tracks and courses surrounding Oakdale High are awash with action these days as dedicated athletes put forth the work to provide stellar competition in the always tough Valley Oak League in the prep season that looms just around the corner.
The only thing better than one Hernandez is two.
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On Wednesday, July 25, the Oakdale Leader will release the 2011-12 Male co-Athletes of the Year and the 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year with video interviews to be posted online. See the print edition of the Leader on Wednesday for details of these athletes and their heroic final seasons.
A combination of junior high and high school wrestlers from Oakdale took on some of the top young prospects in the state at a host scrimmage meet on Friday, June 29. The action gave nearly every future member of the 2012-13 OHS program a look at offseason competition and showcased some of the depth and athleticism onlookers can expect from the program and Oakdale youth in general.
The wrestling mat has never smelled so good.
Oakdale High athletes tout their camaraderie like a purple heart, but local softball players had to put aside their similarities during recent action on the youth softball diamond.
Oakdale High graduates from the class of 2012 got one last shot at action in Mustang uniform on June 16th as baseball and football star games in Modesto were played at the same time and just a handful of miles apart. Oakdale's Kody Simons, Stefan Aguilar and Andy Morris represented Oakdale at the 2012 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic at John Thurman Field while Marcus Hernandez, Cody Cole and Justin Martin played for the South at the 39th Annual Lions All Star Football Classic at Modesto Junior College. Oakdale had four softball players nab all-star selection, but the girls ...
That proverbial 'fat lady' still hasn't stepped up to the microphone.
The sight of over 10,000 spectators and the presence of the best prep athletes in the state proved the perfect ingredients for greatness for 2012 Oakdale High graduate Manny Hernandez at the 94th Annual California Interscholastic Federation Track and Field Championships on June 1 and 2 at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
It takes an incredible amount of work for any prep program to finish postseason runs with possession of a section championship.
After a lazy fly ball from Oakdale High's Mark Ortiz bounced off the mitt of Sonora's right-fielder to allow three more unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Wildcat ace Ryan Stevenson turned to his dugout in disgust and waved his hand across his neck to request his departure from the mound.
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.