For the third consecutive season, the Oakdale girls are perfect in the pool.
A stunning 4-0 defeat to host Sonora High's varsity boys soccer team could have spelled Oakdale's doom on Oct. 25, but a Manteca win the same day over East Union left the Lancers floundering in fourth place and awarded Oakdale the third and final seed into the Division III Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
It doesn't take a seed to make something grow.
Following is a summary of recent results for Oakdale High cross country, girls golf and volleyball programs, as they bring their fall seasons down to the wire.
A 9-5 victory over Sonora High on Oct. 24 clinched a third straight undefeated conference championship for Oakdale's girls water polo team, which now has Capital Valley Conference No. 3 seed Del Campo on their radar in the first round of the postseason.
Today's Oct. 24 water polo showdown between Oakdale High and host Sonora couldn't be much bigger. For the Oakdale girls, it's a chance to cap an unbeaten league season and high seed heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. For the Oakdale boys, it's a chance to flip a coin. Since the boys fell to Ripon twice and Sonora during the first half, Oakdale needs an upset win to force a tie for second and coin-flip to decide the final seed into the postseason.
The ritual of Oakdale and Sonora volleyball meetings at the end of October are about as big a tradition as Halloween.
The theme re-emerged when Oakdale High's varsity football team charged into The Corral during Friday's Homecoming night, then bloomed to spectacular exuberance by the way they departed it as 54-0 victors over Weston Ranch.
Just three teams from the Valley Oak League will qualify for the 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs.
Until Oct. 3, Sonora High's playoff bound girls golf team had only been defeated by unbeaten league champs, East Union. Oakdale put an end to that stanza by edging the Wildcats in a stunning 272-284 Lady Mustang win at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
A key conference win on the girls tennis court, a terrific tournament performance by Mustang water polo players and more victories from the Oakdale High volleyball team were the highlights of the week. Following is a summary of recent results.
A host of Valley Oak League golfers took on the Lockeford Springs Golf Course on Tuesday to play out 18 holes and the league championships, though results were not available at press time.
A terrific fifth game awarded Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team perhaps the biggest win of the fall season for any OHS team when they toppled previously unbeaten Sonora on Oct. 3. The 3-2 win is a near lock for at least co-Valley Oak League championship honors, as Oakdale has defeated every other conference opponent by a 3-0 shutout.
Following are results of recent Valley Oak League action from Oakdale water polo, girls tennis and boys soccer.
The scenic surroundings at Knights Ferry's visitor's center and the covered bridge were alive with action on Oct. 3 as the seven high schools from the Valley Oak League tackled the second VOL meet, hosted by Oakdale.
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.