A.C. Brown's Oakdale High letterman jacket doesn't have enough spare room for a fly to land on a free space of virgin wool.
They say two Clarks are better than one, but Oakdale High girls basketball coach Gary Smith is thrilled to at least have at one of them for the second half of Valley Oak League play.
Since Oakdale High's wrestling team hadn't wrestled at home since Dec. 11, area wrestling fans may have forgotten why the Mustangs are currently ranked No. 4 overall in the state and considered one of the best teams in Central Valley history.
If you corner one of the dozens of Oakdale High coaches in the produce section at a local grocery store and ask them how you can help benefit their respective program, he or she will probably finish spinning that bag of apples and offer a simple reply:
Recently adorned with a homecoming King crown by last year's winner, Blake Thompson, Oakdale High junior Justin Martinez is all smiles and all thumbs after receiving his 2011 selection from the OHS student body on Friday at the Mustang gymnasium. Martinez went on to watch Oakdale snare a basketball win over Kimball, and enjoyed homecoming festivities with fellow winners Haley Stout (queen), Mikey Stout (prince) and Kalkidan Curtis (princess). Look for additional photos in the February 2nd edition of The Oakdale Leader.
All those Oakdale High seniors who have sat out Valley Oak League duals to prepare for big tournaments far away from home will give Mustang fans a special look at their top lineup for a senior night conference meet against visiting Sonora on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Led by senior guard Vince Thompson's 15-points (including three 3-point baskets) Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team bested Oak Valley League rival Sonora by a score of 55-45 on Friday night.
He admits the big losses are disturbing, but Oakdale High girls varsity basketball coach, Gary Smith, knows his injury ravaged program hasn't folded yet.
For a minute and 34 seconds, Oakdale High's injury-plagued varsity girls basketball team stayed with East Union's Valley Oak League-leading program, grasping a 0-0 tie as both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net.
Vince Fauria's last-second three-pointer sailed toward the basket, carrying with it the appearance of everything Oakdale High desperately wanted in light of a three-point deficit against host East Union.
The buzz about this year's Oakdale High wrestling team didn't start when locals learned they might get state champion David Ferry in March of last year.
Four-year varsity standout on Oakdale High's girls basketball team, Cassandra Clark, could be done for the season after a devastating injury to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a tough loss to Weston Ranch this past week.
Vince Thompson sent Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team into another tournament championship game with another last-minute three-pointer in the semi-finals, but Oakdale couldn't stop a soaring Riverbank in the series finale on Thursday.
An eight-point lead slipped away faster than Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team could plug the leak, and Hilmar snuck in a 12-2 rally to snare a 47-42 win in the championship game of the recent Ripon Christian Tournament.
There were as many state-ranked wrestlers as there were weight classes on Thursday in a hugely anticipated dual meet between Oakdale High and Bakersfield in Driller territory.
A furious fourth quarter saw Oakdale get close – but not quite close enough – as visiting Tracy walked off the Mustang gym floor with a 66-58 non-league victory in hand on Friday night.
Another Sierra Nevada Classic, another title for Oakdale junior Nico Colunga.
Three games in three days made for a busy stretch of basketball for Oakdale's varsity boys but coach Jeremy Fields says the more games, the better.
Logan Eaton doubled up on 2012 title at the Morningstar Invitational; Trevor Williams pinned, pinned and majored Josh Bustamante 15-7 in the final, middleweights Tanner Reeves and Abel Garcia took home titles and along with a third place by Justin Jacobsen, Frankie Trent and Nico Colunga, the Oakdale Mustangs went on to finish second as a team at the Morningstar Invitational in Los Banos.
The week between Christmas and New Year is always busy on the basketball court for the Mustangs.
Oakdale's varsity Lady Mustangs girls' basketball team improved to 5-1 on the young season after defeating the Summerville Bears 47-26 at Summerville and topping Livingston by a 46-32 final.
The James Riddle Invitational took in 20 teams and stepped up a notch in competition in its 38th year, but Oakdale, led by two individual champions in junior Logan Eaton and freshman Abel Garcia, kept the title on the home turf.
Riverbank's court, Riverbank's sport and it showed in a contest against riverside neighbor Oakdale on Friday night.
Red faces, scorched lungs and live action anxiety was evident on all three mats during Oakdale's Friday night spirited home scrimmage against Pitman High.
2013 should be good, but 2014 could be great.
Pushed to Saturday afternoon for fan safety, it was the referees' calls that nearly started a riot at the second round playoff match-up between the Oakdale High Mustangs and the Sacramento High School Dragons on Saturday, Nov. 23. The 9-2 Dragons had not won a playoff game in over 40 years until last week when they beat Benicia 40-35 in a first round match-up.
Who wants to host these Mustangs now?
This one hurts.
What a way to celebrate Senior Night.