Tuesday, May 18 marked the start of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV girls soccer playoffs, though results were not available at press time to highlight Oakdale High's first round bout with top-seeded West Campus.The varsity Lady Mustangs made the trip to Sacramento to take on the Capital Valley Conference champions after an 18-3-5 overall showing and 11-1-4 journey through the Valley Oak League.Oakdale was easily the hottest team in the second half of league play, but early season ties forced the Mustangs to settle for third place overall (tiebreaker with Manteca) in the league standings.The position ...
A split with Sonora High earned Oakdale's varsity baseball team Valley Oak League title honors and a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason.The team will square off with Lincoln of Lincoln in today's (May 19) 7 p.m. Division IV opener at Dan McAuliffe Memorial Park in Sacramento.Lincoln enters the postseason as the No. 3 seed from the Pioneer Valley League, despite four losses in their last six PVL contests.Oakdale (13-3 VOL, 19-8 overall) had defeated visiting Sonora 7-6 on May 11 to clinch a league title, and dropped an inconsequential 4-1 game to the ...
With Valley Oak League contests on their final leg, Oakdale High athletes are preparing for runs at the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason, with individual or team advancements from every Mustang sport. Following is a summary of recent Oakdale contests and playoff lineups in baseball, tennis and softball. BaseballThe recent 1-1 split with Manteca set up Oakdale (12-2) for a series of gargantuan proportions this week against Sonora (11-3). If the Mustangs can win at least one of the two contests, they will advance to the Division IV SJS playoffs as the VOL's No. 1 seed."When you are talking ...
As Oakdale High reserve varsity soccer players began to flood the field in the Mustangs' 2-0 win over Sonora last week, the visiting Wildcats may have felt their chances at victory were improving.This simply wasn't the case.Substitutions controlled the ball well and kept pressure on the Sonora goal with a dominant second half as Oakdale rallied to their ninth straight win or tie in Valley Oak League action."There is no drop off in our play when we substitute," Oakdale coach Alfredo Quiroga said. "All of them can play and each of them has contributed this season ...
East Union High's sterling 407-stroke performance at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course awarded the Lancers top honors at the league championships, but couldn't erase a full season of Oakdale success as the two programs settled for co-Valley Oak League championship honors on Tuesday, May 4.Oakdale (15-1) edged the Lancers (13-3) twice in VOL duals, and saw freshman Ian Stogdell finish just one stroke behind VOL MVP Kyle Harman.Stogdell shot a brilliant 77 to place second at the league championships, and watched teammate Austin Whitworth card an 84 in ninth place. Kyle Derby shot an 87 while ...
No team has been hotter in the second half of Valley Oak League play than Oakdale High's varsity girls soccer team.The Lady Mustangs have won six straight games by a combined 33-5 advantage, including a dominant 4-0 rout of Central Valley on April 29 and an 8-3 drubbing of Weston Ranch two days prior.Early season losses and ties may have put the VOL title too far out of reach, but Oakdale (10-1-3 VOL, 17-3-4 overall) is in prime position to carry its momentum into the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs."We have dominated and controlled basically every ...
A combined 17-1 meet record from Oakdale High varsity boys and girls swimmers proved to be no fluke at the Valley Oak League championships on Saturday at Sierra High.With 10 Valley Oak League schools in attendance, Oakdale girls dominated for top honors at 132 points while the Mustang boys edged Sonora by three points at 136 notches on the team score.The dual dominance capped a thrilling VOL season that saw school records and VOL firsts from a deep and talented Mustang unit."It was like a 15-round boxing match all day," Oakdale coach Russ Van Cleave said. "The ...
Oakdale High pitcher Brianna Parker gave East Union a rare opportunity to score after booting Kourtni McCall's soft grounder to start the bottom of the seventh inning in Monday's battle (April 26) for sole rights to first place in the Valley Oak League at Northgate Softball Complex.Making matters worse, she fell behind in the count, three balls and no strikes, against East Union's deadliest slugger, Cassie Waggy, and cleanup batter Brittany LaMar loomed in the on deck circle with no outs.As quickly as things got scary for the Lady Mustangs, Parker quickly vanquished East Union ...
It was hard to not start thinking about the Oakdale Mustangs' huge upcoming non-league contest against Novato High as the Mustangs jogged off the Corral turf after crafting an unimaginable 42-0 halftime lead against the Turlock Bulldogs.
The Oakdale High volleyball team would have had a hard time surprising anyone in the Valley Oak League with their excellent team, yet now it is virtually impossible, with the flawless tear the ladies are on as they enter VOL action.
The Oakdale High JV girls water polo squad made the short trek to Modesto over the weekend and put together a solid performance during the Beyer-Johansen Water Polo Tournament.
It is pretty early in the Valley Oak League season, but that has not stopped the Oakdale High tennis team from putting together a solid opening through the first stages of the VOL campaign.
Though the Oakdale High JV volleyball team could not quite repeat its feat from a season ago when they strolled off with their host tournament championship, the squad was able to play to a third place finish over the course of the Sept. 12 tournament.
The Oakdale High cross country program met up with some of the best runners in the area when they participated in the 7th Annual Sierra Invitational Cross Country Meet at Legion Park in Modesto on Sept. 12.
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.