It felt like several minutes had passed, but Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team finally did 'get to the point' of their Valley Oak League statement on Oct. 3.
In a week that saw several standout individual performances, selection for Athlete of the Week recognition didn't come easy. In the end, the honor went to varsity volleyball player and outside hitter Kaitlin Van Ryn. The junior erupted for a thrilling serving fiesta during Oakdale's 2-0 win over Patterson on Saturday at the Oakdale Varsity Invitational.
The streak of undefeated conference titles for Oakdale High's varsity boys water polo team has ended at four.
Between a big upcoming volleyball match and the scattering wins and losses of Oakdale High soccer and tennis players, it has been an up-and-down season for OHS athletes this fall. Following is a summary of recent action.
Kaitlin Van Ryn was never taught to share.
The Oakdale High Water Polo program opened the Valley Oak League season with a varsity sweep of Kimball on Sept. 19. Following is a summary of that action and other results for boys soccer, girls tennis and girls golf.
It didn't take long for Oakdale's reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division II runner-up girls water polo team to be tested in Valley Oak League play. The Lady Mustangs struggled to achieve quality possessions and allowed Kimball to threaten late over a 4-2 victory over the Jaguars on Thursday.
Between lower level volleyball tournament championships, lower level football, upcoming local volleyball tournaments and the constant barrage of Valley Oak League athletics, things have been busy for Oakdale High athletes on the court, soccer field, pool and gridiron.
Liz Erwin has more varsity letters than she needs to spell her first name.
When Oakdale High varsity girls water polo coaches and players coyly say they want to do even better than last year's playoff finish, they only mean one thing - win a section title.
Like a scene from Jaws, the water surrounding Oakdale High's Adam Lahey settled to an eerie calm this summer.
In a week where individuals struggled to produce one tremendous performance, the collective efforts of Oakdale High's girls tennis team stood out the most. Facing two of the best teams in the league, Oakdale erupted onto the Valley Oak League schedule with one-sided victories over Weston Ranch and Kimball.
Isaiah Aguilar doesn't know it yet, but that tingling feeling on the back of his neck is a result of the crosshairs planted on his back by fellow Oakdale High sophomore, Octavio Padilla.
The departure of 10 of Oakdale High's 14 girl golfers from 2011 has given the program an extreme makeover in 2012, but Oakdale coach Lee McGhee says the reality show is far from over.
If Oakdale High varsity girls tennis coach Judy Vejar had a Facebook page, her first status update would likely proclaim the team's quest for a Valley Oak League title in 2012.
Spring sports have gotten under way and it was a full slate for Oakdale High School and its student athletes this past week. Following are recaps of many contests, tournament action and preseason scrimmages.
Oakdale High School had a strong presence at this year's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1 inside the Stockton Arena. With nine representatives from Oakdale, numbers and momentum were on their side. After grappling their way through multiple opponents, Oakdale flexed their muscles and advanced five of its wrestlers to the 42nd annual CIF State Championship March 7 and 8 in Bakersfield.
Oakdale High School spring sports were expected to get under way this past week, but Mother Nature had other ideas.
Oakdale wrestlers made their presence felt at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom on Saturday, Feb. 22 as they claimed the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship. The Mustangs, much like they have all season, got out to a quick and dominant start and never looked back in having the most individual champions and nailing down the blue banner.
It was a rough season for head basketball coach Justin Schwitters and the varsity Oakdale Lady Mustangs. In what got off to a promising start, winning five of their first six and going 11-5 throughout the first 16 games, including winning two Valley Oak League games (0-23 previously since 2012), things took a turn for the worse and the team members found themselves on a 10-game skid heading into Tuesday's season finale on Feb. 18. During the skid, Oakdale lost three of those games by four points or less, staying competitive but unable to nail down the wins.
On Saturday, Feb. 15 all eight high schools clashed for the Valley Oak League wrestling championship in Sonora. Oakdale, much like they have over the past seven years, dominated and claimed the title once again for an eighth consecutive year.
Since beating Weston Ranch on Feb. 5, the varsity basketball boys have fallen on hard times, suffering back to back road losses to Kimball (71-49) and Lathrop (65-34). The boys looked to bounce back on Valentine's Day, Friday night, when their rivals the Sonora Wildcats came to town for Oakdale's Winter Homecoming.
The weather may have been wet and wild outside the gym at this year's Section Dual Tournament, hosted at Lincoln High School of Stockton, but the Oakdale Mustang wrestling team shined inside of it. With over 35 schools from Northern California showing up, the Oakdale Mustangs put on a clinic and took care of business to claim a Section blue banner on Feb. 8.
For the Oakdale Mustang boys basketball program, Wednesday night was full of mixed emotions. The freshman boys played physical but fell short, 44-41, to visiting Weston Ranch to kick off the trio of contests on Feb. 5. That was followed up by a lackluster performance from the Junior Varsity team, the squad losing 60-30. However, the night was salvaged with a 61-50 victory put up by the varsity boys.
Wednesday night, Oakdale wrestlers completed a perfect campaign, the squads finished the Valley Oak League schedule with a win over Sonora in both JV and Varsity. Both teams finished 7-0 and claimed the VOL Championship.
The last time East Union and Oakdale got together, the Lancers' head coach Jim Agostini referred to it as one of the hardest losses the program has experienced, as Oakdale hit a 3-point shot to force overtime and then banked in another trey to win it in the OT session.
Taking on Lathrop and Manteca this week, the Oakdale varsity basketball boys gained a split of the Valley Oak League contests, with each decided by just a few points.
Two games, two losses, each by two points.
They needed two.
Three champions and the prestigious Most Outstanding Upperweight Wrestler honor came back to Oakdale from the weekend Lloyd C. Engel Tournament in neighboring Escalon.