After seven full seasons with an empty plate, the Oakdale High varsity boys basketball program is getting awfully hungry.
Fifty-one prep wrestling teams made the trek to Mission Oaks High in Tulare recently in search of top honors across 32-man brackets in 14 different weights at The 15th Annual Bash.
A year after losing a painfully close finale to Elk Grove High, Oakdale Mustang wrestlers ensured a 2010 John Zehnder Duals championship by routing the Thundering Herd in a 42-19 finale on Saturday.
Onlookers at this year's powder puff football game will remember a speedy No. 8 on the senior/sophomore team that sprinted, dodged and passed her way to touchdown after touchdown across The Corral's artificial turf.
With the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament slated for El Dorado, the SJS Masters scheduled for Stockton and the California Interscholastic Federation Championships set for Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, local wrestling fans will certainly have to travel to see Oakdale High grapplers compete this season.
Oakdale High cross country senior Haily Macedo ran to a terrific season in her final prep year as a Mustang harrier, but her success didn't end there.
He's not a ball hog, but Vince Thompson sure seems to be stealing all the good plays.
Oakdale High senior Cassandra Clark scored 44 points in the first two games of the season, but missed the next one and watched Oakdale's varsity girls' basketball team play to a 1-2 showing in the competitive Golden Valley Tournament over the weekend.
Shane Tate doesn't sport a Herculean body frame, doesn't draw attention to himself with theatrical warm-ups and talks about as often as a doorknob - but quietly and efficiently has grown into one of the best wrestlers in Sac-Joaquin Section history.
In order to participate in the yearly Valley Oak League novice tournament, wrestlers must not have placed in a prep tourney the previous year.
She's known around the Oakdale High campus as "Roo," remembered by Whitney's softball team as the girl who bounced them from the SJS playoffs and next year she will be accepted as a San Jose State Spartan.
Oakdale High's boys and girls water polo teams saw exits from the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs after tough losses to top-tier Sacramento area programs at Woodcreek High last week. The losses to end their seasons, however, don't at all diminish the huge successes seen by both squads this year.
Thursday's three-game loss to visiting Union Mine High eliminated Oakdale's varsity volleyball team from the Division III playoffs, representing the final prep contest of a spectacular four-year career for all-time Valley Oak League assists leader, Jackee Lee.
Trailing host Sonora High two games to none on Nov. 2, Oakdale's varsity volleyball team was in dire need of some big rallies to upend the previously unbeaten Wildcats and claim a piece of the Valley Oak League title.
Competition this past week marked further advancement for Oakdale High's varsity girls and boys' water polo teams into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, while the Mustang varsity boys soccer team saw their season come to a close in El Dorado.
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.