A season has come and gone for the Oakdale High golf team, but Mustang senior Ryan Jones won't soon forget it.
Between section champion golfers, track stars and victorious baseball/softball programs from the first days of postseason bracket action, it proved impossible to select any individual as the lone Oakdale Leader Athlete of the Week. So we compromised, in the end selecting track standout Carly Rodgers, golfer Ryan Jones, baseball pitcher Logan Handzlik and softball pitcher Shelby Reali as a collective group of Spring sport standouts.
Oakdale High's varsity softball team eased past Sierra in a 3-1 finale on Saturday to claim a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title at the Arnaiz Softball complex in Stockton.
It didn't take long for Oakdale High baseball and softball teams to make their presence known at the postseason level. The baseball boys silenced River City 5-1 on Thursday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs at Tony Zupo field in Lodi. Just a few miles south, Oakdale's softball team blasted past both Central Catholic and Ceres with a pair of stunning 10-0 shutouts at the Arnaiz Softball complex in Stockton.
Six days after besting a field of nine teams at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Golf Championships, Oakdale tackled a field of 14 teams at the SJS Masters Championships on Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.
The pitter patter of Kellie Gratigny's feet echo across Oakdale High's all-weather track like a drum solo as her track spikes propel her down the long jump runway with fast but lengthy strides that seem to magically thunder from her elfin five-foot, four-inch frame.
Four days after trouncing Manteca 12-2 on Senior Day, Oakdale High's varsity softball team turned the final page on a spectacular Valley Oak League season by upending rival Sonora in an 11-0 Mustang win on May 7.
While Oakdale High seniors were celebrating a trip to Disneyland on May 11, two underclassmen on the Mustang swim team had a party of their own in Lodi.
An undefeated romp through the Valley Oak League has Oakdale High's varsity baseball team in the driver's seat for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs, but as of Monday, Oakdale was still waiting for someone else to get on the bus.
Since the prep golf season has an early postseason, Oakdale High's boys golf team had the first chance of any Spring program on campus to secure a Sac-Joaquin Section title. They made the most of this opportunity on May 8 at the Division IV SJS Championships at the Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club in Patterson.
Oakdale High senior golfer Ryan Jones carded a 70-stroke performance at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton on Monday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships. The effort allowed him to finish as the No. 2 individual to qualify for the NorCal Championships on May 21. For more information on Jones and Oakdale's Division IV Champion golf team, catch the Wednesday, May 16 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
The tumultuous Valley Oak League baseball schedule has battered seven of the eight league programs for at least five conference defeats and left a mess of potential playoff seeds as five programs remain in contention for the final two postseason qualifications with just one two-game series remaining.
Oakdale H.S. • Track & Field
After an undefeated Valley Oak League varsity girls title and a 5-2 showing from the varsity boys, Oakdale High's track and field program began the first step of a difficult postseason schedule by tackling a tough field of competitors at the VOL championships on May 5 at Sierra High.
A loss to hard-hitting Kimball put Oakdale High's Valley Oak League softball championship in jeopardy, but the wheel of fortune spun Oakdale's way during a 1-0 thriller over playoff-bound Sierra on April 30.
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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