The days of Tokay showing up to the Corral for the Oakdale Mustangs' final preseason tune up are a distant memory and now it's the Central Catholic Raiders who brought their army up for final action leading up to the important non-league schedule.
With the Valley Oak League schedule days from opening the Oakdale High varsity volleyball team looks to be taking their games to the next level after a strong performance in the High Sierra Volleyball Tournament in Reno, Nevada on Sept. 4-5.
All the speculation about the structure of the upcoming postseason action and league realignment formats in the Sac-Joaquin Section can come to an end as the 2009-10 realignment plan is set in stone.
Anytime you can get a pair of victories against Sonora High that is a good thing and that is exactly how the Oakdale High water polo program finished their action against the Wildcats in a Sept. 4 non-league battle.
The Oakdale High tennis team is kicking off its season in the right direction, racing out to an undefeated start in Valley Oak League action after three straight victories. The Lady Mustangs have throttled each team they have seen in league play, pushing themselves to the top of the pack on the VOL courts.
There were no referees, no huge crowd of cheering fans watching, yet when the Oakdale High varsity football team suited up for its annual Red-Gold scrimmage it was obvious football season had arrived.
The Oakdale Lady Mustangs golf team welcomed the defending champion East Union Lancers to the always daunting Oakdale Golf Country Club on Aug. 28 for an early season preview of what both teams bring to the greens.
The Oakdale High Cross Country program kicked their season into gear with the Red-Gold Fox Trot intrasquad race around the Oakdale High campus Aug. 28 for both the boys and the girls squads.
There is a huge difference in preparing for the beginning of a new season and preparing to win a championship in that new season, yet it usually is one and the same for the fall sports programs at Oakdale High School.
It has been a short period of time since water polo has come onto the horizon in Oakdale, yet if the Oakdale High boys and girls varsity programs' berth into the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament this past season didn't open the community's eyes, the group's newest accomplishment surely will.
When you think of the basketball season thoughts often drift to holiday tournaments and early spring postseason action, but the real growth and maturity comes when teams take to the hardwood during the ridiculously hot summer months.
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.