One second Oakdale High boys water polo coaches Alan Stender and David Earle were inconspicuously talking with Mustang parents, and the next they were scrambling to ditch wallets and cell phones as a pack of grinning athletes wrestled them from their poolside stances. Suddenly, both fully clothed coaches were dumped into the pool at the Oakdale Aquatic Center.
Jose Paredes, Gustavo Ruiz, Jose Hernandez, Scotty McNeil, Ernesto Zamudio and Juan Verduzco were honored during Senior Night festivities at the lighted Oakdale High varsity soccer field on Oct. 26.
Oakdale High's freshman standout Mabel Wong had already dominated the Valley Oak League field throughout the prep golf season, but saved her best performance for the end of conference play. Wong shot a 74 to earn medalist honors at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton and best the next closest golfer by nine strokes. That finale helped her claim a landslide VOL MVP in her first high school campaign.
Oakdale High golfers are already well into their postseason, but their counterparts in water polo, volleyball, tennis, and soccer are still searching for conference closure with only a few contests left on the schedule.
The Valley Oak League sports schedules must be written by Steven Spielberg, because prep football, volleyball and water polo seasons tend to end like a blockbuster movie.Today's (Oct. 26) Sonora at Oakdale water polo match marks the start of a 10-day span that represents the area's biggest and most exciting conference contests of the fall as traditional rivals vie for respective league championships.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- Wins over Valley Oak League and Valley Foothill Conference opponents has served Oakdale volleyball, tennis, soccer and water polo teams well in recent play.
Oakdale High's young cross country program topped some solid teams at Woodward Reservoir during their host Valley Oak League cluster meet on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
A terrific sophomore season as the top runner on Oakdale High's varsity girls cross country team in 2010 has paved the way for continued success and the same role for now-junior Liz Erwin in 2011. The determined OHS student leads all female runners on a strong young program. She broke free for a 25-minute, 5-second time on a five-kilometer course at Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale on Wednesday during the second Valley Oak League cluster meet.
The Valley Oak League golf season was dominated by one girl who stayed unbeaten through every league match and finished superbly at the league tournament with medalist honors and MVP status.
Oakdale High athletes on water polo, volleyball, soccer and tennis teams trudged through their respective prep schedules with wins and losses alike this past week.
No Oakdale High athlete had bigger shoes to fill this fall than varsity water polo goalkeeper Hayley Benson. With 2010-11 Oakdale Leader Athlete of the Year Morgan Kinyon departed via graduation, Benson was thrown into the pool and in front of the net this season.
Oakdale High's freshman girls volleyball team claimed a host invitational championship, while soccer, water polo, tennis and golf teams saw their own brand of success during conference and tournament action over the past week.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- Oakdale High athletes opened October in a big way with conference and tournament victories across their respective fields of play.
Oakdale High's senior goalkeeper, Scotty McNeil, made a huge impact on the Mustang varsity soccer team over the past week. With Oakdale facing two tough opponents after a 0-3-1 start to the Valley Oak League season, McNeil stepped up with big plays on the defensive and offensive front to lead his team to two straight victories.
Oakdale High's varsity soccer team rebounded from a rough start to league play with big wins over the past week, while Mustang volleyball, water polo, golf and tennis teams saw their own bounty of success at the end of September.
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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