Oakdale High athletes saw a roller coaster of ups and downs during recent conference and tournament action on their respective fields of play. Following is a summary of recent results for Oakdale girls soccer, boys tennis, track and field, golf and softball teams.
With six games left on the Valley Oak League schedule, a championship is hardly a guarantee for Oakdale High's varsity baseball team.
One by one Shelby Reali's coaches and parents took center stage to speak to a vast crowd of friends and youth softball players at Rainbow Fields in Riverbank on April 4.
Oakdale High track and field, softball, tennis and golf teams saw action despite recent poor weather conditions. Following is a summary of prep results.
Oakdale H.S. • Softball
After emerging the victor against two of the Valley Oak League's toughest programs, Oakdale is in the driver's seat for a conference title.
March ended with a flurry of Valley Oak League activity as Oakdale High girls soccer, swimming, boys tennis and boys golf teams took on conference opponents.
Oakdale High senior Andy Morris can add 'Captain Clutch' to the barrage of monikers he's likely to receive before his high school career is over.
No slow clap needed.
With two of the best programs in the conference closing in on the league schedule, Oakdale High's boys golf team needed superb scores to take an early lead In the Valley Oak League title race. They did just that after a stunning 196-214 victory over returning co-VOL champs East Union on March 20. Two days later, Oakdale again dropped below the elusive 200 mark with a 199-224 rout of Kimball.
The skies stayed clear for a recent run of Valley Oak League action as Oakdale High track and field, baseball and swim programs battled to continue unbeaten stanzas of action.
After involvement with Oakdale High's Academic Decathlon Team, Rotary Interact, Science Olympiad, Model UN … (deep breath)… 4-H, the Gay-Straight Alliance and California Scholarship Federation, it is no small miracle that Mustang senior Paul Perrone finds enough time to finish his homework and play varsity tennis.
Smiles don't get much bigger than when they are beaming from the likes of Oakdale seniors Kristen Brunk, Jessica Gomez and Nicole Armstrong.
It was a tremendous Tuesday.
With a host of wrestlers still competing on Oakdale High's state-bound football team, the Mustang program is missing some serious depth.
The last non-pigskin selection for the Oakdale Leader Athlete of the Week this fall belongs to Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team. The girls bested Pioneer in four games to advance to the second round of the postseason, adding prestige to a terrific season that included a co-Valley Oak League championship.
Chasing a five-goal deficit in the fourth and final period of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championships water polo finals, Katie Vanderburg and Emily Stolken connected with stunning scores within a one-minute span to open the door for a possible Oakdale High comeback.
Some postseason magic carried eighth seeded Oakdale High to a spirited 3-1 rout of No. 9 seed Pioneer in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs on Nov. 6, but happy thoughts couldn't do the trick in a 3-0 loss to No. 1 seed Oakmont two days later.
The first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls water polo playoffs wasn't particularly kind to Capital Valley Conference No. 3 seed Del Campo, who fell 17-7 to Valley Oak League champion Oakdale on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Whitney High.
If Oakdale High's varsity boys soccer team had any questions on the type of game to expect from a Central Valley team in search of its third trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals in four seasons, they certainly had them answered quickly on Oct. 30.
Despite the tiebreaker that forced the Lady Mustangs to enter the 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs with the lowest possible seed, Oakdale's girls tennis team didn't go down without a fight. They ended their season with a 5-4 loss to Whitney on Monday, Oct. 29 in the opening round of the postseason.