The imposing form of Oakdale High senior first baseman Ericksen Dickens has loomed over Valley Oak League plates like an ominous shadow. The slugger has hit safely in each of Oakdale's four conference contests with two home runs and nine RBIs recorded.
On an Oakdale High School girls soccer team loaded with underclassmen, nothing is more vital than the stellar play of OHS senior Jill Kahler. The talented forward has scored in bushels throughout the season and forced conference opponents to surrender goals her way in each league outing.
The talents of Oakdale High athletes were on display during a barrage of recent action in girls soccer, swimming, boys tennis, boys golf and baseball. Following is a summary of contests.
A battle of Valley Oak League juggernauts swung violently in favor of visiting Sierra High on March 20 as the returning Sac-Joaquin Section runner-ups delivered a 5-0 thumping of the same Oakdale softball program that beat them in the 2012 SJS finals.
Oakdale High junior Dezirae Pennington had better tie those laces tight, because she's bound to leap right out of those shoes.
Seven innings of spectacular pitching provided a unique marvel on March 8, as Oakdale High pitcher Bryce Dyrda tossed a complete game no-hit shutout over Johansen.
The spectacular teamwork of Oakdale High tennis players Trae Folla and Miguel Rosales has been a spectacle to behold thus far in 2013. The pair landed landmark wins over Weston Ranch and Manteca to start the year, then rallied to batter East Union and Lathrop's top doubles pairs with more terrific play.
The state medal draped around the neck of Oakdale High sophomore Nico Colunga couldn't fit better if it was sized and measured at the Men's Wearhouse.
You don't need shoulder pads or a singlet to showcase new muscles. Sometimes you just need a forehand or backhand.
Six Oakdale High students extended their Winter sports season into March by claiming advancements from the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships to the state meet.
The girls soccer team that escapes Valley Oak League play with a conference championship this year is going to enter the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason like an apple that hit every branch on the way down.
A 6-3 win by Oakdale High senior Eric Barragan landed the Mustang wrestler a first place finish in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championships in Los Banos and avenged a prior loss at the Valley Oak League tournament.
It happens every year.
The 11 Valley Oak League individual titles won by members of Oakdale High's wrestling program on Saturday, Feb. 9 set a school and conference record at Tracy's Kimball High.
Scoring 35 points in one game is a lot like committing a felony. Both garner the attention of the community and both are likely to land your mug shot in the newspaper. Oakdale High senior Austin Archuleta put up 35 in a thrilling Homecoming win over Kimball on Feb. 1.
Keeping the game close early, Oakdale's varsity football Mustangs finally ran out of steam and couldn't hold off an undefeated Clayton Valley Charter School squad, falling 28-7 in the CIF NorCal Regional Division II championship game on Saturday.
Bend, but don't break.
Though still missing plenty of team members – continuing with their football season – the Oakdale High School wrestling team packed its gym bags and headed down south to Bakersfield for the weekend's annual Rumble for the Rig tournament. OHS claimed second place out of 20 top wrestling schools from throughout the state. Oakdale had many standouts including four first place finishers, a pair of second place finishers and three others finishing in the top five.
In advance of the upcoming wrestling season, The Leader sent a questionnaire to head coach Steve Strange, seeking some thoughts on the campaign. Following are the questions and coach Strange's answers.
Oakdale punched its ticket for the 2014 Division III CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game after dismantling 10th seeded Rio Linda 41-14 Friday night, Nov. 28.
The Oakdale Mustangs welcomed Vista Del Lago this past Friday night to The Corral with the winner advancing to the semifinals of the 2014 Sac Joaquin Section Championship in Division III. Oakdale pulled away in the fourth quarter of the Nov. 21 contest to win 42-14 and keep their season alive.
Taking down the top seed on Saturday, the Oakdale varsity Mustangs brought home the coveted blue banner, winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III soccer title over Christian Brothers.
Playoff action has concluded for a couple of Oakdale squads, as the volleyball girls and cross country teams wrapped up their seasons recently. Following is a look at their final performances.
On the final night of the 2014 regular season, it was a massive, standing room only crowd that gathered at The Corral to see the Mustangs honor the 25 seniors playing in their final home league game, as well as playing for a share of the Valley Oak League title. Oakdale welcomed Central Catholic, and what appeared to be close a thousand of their fans Friday night, Nov. 7. However, it was the home crowd that had the final roar as they watched their Mustangs thrive in a 48-28 victory.
Oakdale High School's varsity soccer team is off to a fast start in this year's CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III soccer tournament, shutting out visiting Johnson 4-0 and following that up with a 5-1 home win over Rio Americano.
The Oakdale Mustangs varsity soccer team will be making its return to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Sections playoffs. Oakdale finished the 2014 regular season on the road this week, falling to the undefeated Weston Ranch Cougars 2-1 and then rebounded with a 4-1 victory over winless Central Catholic.
Emotions ran high on Thursday, Oct. 30 inside the gym at Oakdale High School as the 2014 edition of the Lady Mustangs claimed the Valley Oak League varsity volleyball title in the final regular season game for longtime coach Shelli Ponce.
Coming off a tough road loss, the varsity Mustangs rebounded nicely at home against the Kimball Jaguars running away with a 49-2 football victory on Friday, Oct. 24.
With the Valley Oak League shaping up to be a three horse race (Sierra, Oakdale and Central Catholic) this late in the season, fans of both Oakdale and Sierra packed the bleachers at Sierra High School's "The Den" Friday night, Oct. 17 to see the Timberwolves host the Mustangs in a battle of the unbeatens. The fans were treated to a nailbiter that saw the home team escape with a 31-20 victory.
As the nights grow longer and the days shorter, the 2014 fall sports season is rapidly coming to an end. With just two weeks remaining for some of the sports and others gearing up for playoffs, every game is crunch time for Oakdale High School. Following is information from a variety of sports that were in action this week.
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