Oakdale High athletes saw a roller coaster of ups and downs during recent conference and tournament action on their respective fields of play. Following is a summary of recent results for Oakdale girls soccer, boys tennis, track and field, golf and softball teams.
With six games left on the Valley Oak League schedule, a championship is hardly a guarantee for Oakdale High's varsity baseball team.
One by one Shelby Reali's coaches and parents took center stage to speak to a vast crowd of friends and youth softball players at Rainbow Fields in Riverbank on April 4.
Oakdale High track and field, softball, tennis and golf teams saw action despite recent poor weather conditions. Following is a summary of prep results.
Oakdale H.S. • Softball
After emerging the victor against two of the Valley Oak League's toughest programs, Oakdale is in the driver's seat for a conference title.
March ended with a flurry of Valley Oak League activity as Oakdale High girls soccer, swimming, boys tennis and boys golf teams took on conference opponents.
Oakdale High senior Andy Morris can add 'Captain Clutch' to the barrage of monikers he's likely to receive before his high school career is over.
No slow clap needed.
With two of the best programs in the conference closing in on the league schedule, Oakdale High's boys golf team needed superb scores to take an early lead In the Valley Oak League title race. They did just that after a stunning 196-214 victory over returning co-VOL champs East Union on March 20. Two days later, Oakdale again dropped below the elusive 200 mark with a 199-224 rout of Kimball.
The skies stayed clear for a recent run of Valley Oak League action as Oakdale High track and field, baseball and swim programs battled to continue unbeaten stanzas of action.
After involvement with Oakdale High's Academic Decathlon Team, Rotary Interact, Science Olympiad, Model UN … (deep breath)… 4-H, the Gay-Straight Alliance and California Scholarship Federation, it is no small miracle that Mustang senior Paul Perrone finds enough time to finish his homework and play varsity tennis.
Smiles don't get much bigger than when they are beaming from the likes of Oakdale seniors Kristen Brunk, Jessica Gomez and Nicole Armstrong.
It was a tremendous Tuesday.
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.