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Playoff Preview

2016 was a roller coaster ride for the Oakdale Mustangs varsity football team. It seems like just yesterday Oakdale went to Sonora to face their former league rivals, and came up short to the Wildcats, 27-13. Veteran head coach Trent Merzon, with 17 years at the helm, and his staff did not panic but stayed the course. Oakdale then rattled off big non-league victories over Central Point, Oregon's Crater and went to the Bay Area and defeated Campolindo 28-21. The Mustangs then went on to win their first five Valley Oak League games. Their run came to an end ...

November 09, 2016 | | Local Sports


Mustangs Stun Central In VOL Season Finale

In front of approximately 6,000 fans at The Corral for the 2016 regular season finale against nemesis Central Catholic on Friday night, Nov. 4, the Mustangs gave the home crowd exactly what they wanted – a win.

November 09, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Lady Mustangs Win VOL; Eye Fourth Section Crown

It's another Valley Oak League title for the Oakdale Lady Mustangs varsity water polo team.

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Rain Delays Tennis Play

Finishing the regular season with an 11-3 record, tied for second place in the Valley Oak League, Oakdale's Lady Mustangs tennis team went to compete in the 2016 VOL singles and doubles tournament this past week. The singles traveled to Manteca on Tuesday, Oct. 25. There the undefeated Tay Talamentes took first place. Talamentes has yet to lose in VOL action this season, and she and the Lady Mustangs hosted Patterson in team tourney play on Tuesday, Nov. 1 after The Leader went to press.

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

First Place: Dee Elston, Bonnie Booker, Rosalee Schmierer, Vicki Dallas - 124

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Golfers Qualify For Masters

Lady Mustang golfers have had a memorable season. The young group that consists of freshmen and sophomores won the Valley Oak League title for the first time in over a decade. On Monday, Oct. 24 the girls packed up their clubs and headed to Serrano Country Club, in El Dorado Hills. The girls played 18 holes and competed in the 2016 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Tournament. As a team, Oakdale shot 462 for a second place finish. Oakdale's 462 was nine strokes off the leader, Christian Brothers, but secured Oakdale's spot in the CIF Masters at The Reserve ...

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Future Looking Bright For OHS Cross Country

Oakdale's cross country teams competed at Eagal Lakes in Tracy this past week in the Valley Oak League (VOL) Cross Country Championship meet. The six Oakdale teams combined for four second place finishes, a fourth place finish by the junior varsity boys and a championship for the junior varsity girls.

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Varsity Volleyball Claims Third Straight League Title

For the third consecutive year, the Oakdale Lady Mustangs have clinched the Valley Oak League title. Oakdale defeated Central Catholic on the road in four sets (25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21) on Monday, Oct. 24. Oakdale then welcomed Lathrop to town on Wednesday night, Oct. 26 for Senior Night 2016. With a packed gym the Lady Mustangs honored their five seniors, and then won their third Valley Oak League title in as many years, knocking off Lathrop in three sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-9).

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Varsity Football Falls Short At Manteca

The Oakdale Mustangs (7-2, 5-1) traveled to Manteca (8-1, 5-1) to take on the Buffaloes in a battle of two Valley Oak League powerhouses. Oakdale went into Manteca winners of seven straight games but fell behind early and could not pull off the late fourth quarter rally, as Oakdale fell to Manteca 30-22 on Friday night, Oct. 28.

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


NHRA Nationals Thunder In For Las Vegas Showcase

The 16th annual Toyota NHRA Nationals at the Lasa Vegas Motor Speedway (commonly known as the "Strip") is the next to last event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag racing Series season and the fourth of the six events in the final countdown to the championship.

November 02, 2016 | By MIKE BURGHARDT Racing Correspondent | Local Sports


Stampede Scoreboard

The season will continue into the postseason for both the Oakdale Stampede varsity and junior varsity teams. On Saturday, Oct. 28 the boys headed to Modesto to clash with the Broncos. A pair of convincing road wins punched the Stampede playoff tickets. The varsity boys defeated Modesto 46-6 and the junior varsity shut out Modesto 48-0.

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

For those of us who've been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used. Turnover can happen several times during the year but is most commonly discussed during the fall. Turnover is basically a time of mixing in the water. During the summer months the water on the surface becomes warm, rich in oxygen, but low in nutrients while the water down below becomes cooler, void of oxygen, and rich in nutrients. In the fall the upper layer eventually becomes cooler than the lower level at which time it sinks. The mixing of ...

November 02, 2016 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

Recently I was both humbled and honored to be invited to fish a local tournament with someone that I introduced to the sport of bass fishing when he was 12 years old. He's continued to fish, has his own boat, and is now 25 years old. We've never lost contact and have occasionally fished together over the years. The difference this time is that we'll be on his boat, and he'll be the one making all the decisions. It's going to be nice having someone else at the controls for a change and truly relaxing ...

October 26, 2016 | Jason Ballardo | Local Sports


Tennis, Volleyball Girls Close Out League Competition

The Valley Oak League season has ended for the Oakdale girls tennis team and will come to a close for the Oakdale volleyball club tonight. Both teams have had a successful regular season and are gearing up for playoffs.

October 26, 2016 | | Local Sports


SPORTS SLATE

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26

October 26, 2016 | | Local Sports


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Mustang Wrestlers Battle During Busy Travel Week

Coming off their impressive East Coast trip, Oakdale wrestlers made short work of Central Catholic on Wednesday night, Jan. 4. The 61-18 Mustang victory secured ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

One of the most helpless feelings I've ever felt was while sitting in a vehicle that had gone out of control. There was really ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fish And Game Events Offered During Winter

The California Department of Fish and Game has scheduled a variety of weekend programs and activities throughout the winter months. This is the perfect time ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Sports


Tough Times Continue For Lady Mustang Soccer

With rain falling from the darkened sky, and plenty of mud puddles on the field, the Oakdale Lady Mustangs played their lone soccer game of ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Sports


Benedictine College Next Stop For OHS Alum Trent

Former Oakdale High School football standout Frankie Trent has spent the last two years in Chico. Trent dazzled Mustang fans on Friday nights while in ...

January 11, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Valley Oak League Play For Soccer Boys

After a long holiday absence from the field, Oakdale's soccer squads returned to action for a pair of Valley Oak League games. For the ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Sports


Successful 2016 Season For Paddock In Competition

Austin Paddock, a 2014 Oakdale High School graduate, is coming off his most successful year to date in the world of cutting horse competition. In ...

January 04, 2017 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


Wrestlers Compete Well At Pennsylvania Meet

Oakdale wrestling is well known throughout the state of California and this past week, the Mustangs put themselves on the national stage. In their biggest ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local Sports


Sports Slate

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4

January 04, 2017 | | Local Sports


Mustang Basketball Squads Gear Up For Busy Schedule

The varsity basketball boys continue to improve but just can't find a way to translate that improvement into victories. The varsity team fell 48-38 ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local Sports


Fishing Report

For the 19th year in a row, I'm in Arizona to start the New Year. Being that I'm so close to the Mexican ...

January 04, 2017 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports


Top Sports Summed Up For 2016 Second Half

During the summer of 2016 local resident sports figures displayed their talents nationwide. From Ultimate Fighter Michael "Mayday" McDonald, to body builder J.R. Dahm ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local Sports


A Look Back For The Sports Community

In what was a fascinating 2016 for the Oakdale sports community, it is hard to choose a select few. In this week's edition, we ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local Sports


Mustang Wrestlers Head To Pennsylvania Tourney

No rest for the Oakdale wrestling team during the winter break. The highly accomplished grapplers competed in the Mike Tamana Invite at Modesto Junior College ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local Sports


League Honors Awarded To Football Mustangs

With the 2016 football season in the books, the coaches met up for the annual Valley Oak League honors selection. This meeting took place prior ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local Sports


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