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.
The deeper a football season goes, the larger a toll it has on winter sports programs.
With a host of wrestlers still competing on Oakdale High's state-bound football team, the Mustang program is missing some serious depth.
The last non-pigskin selection for the Oakdale Leader Athlete of the Week this fall belongs to Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team. The girls bested Pioneer in four games to advance to the second round of the postseason, adding prestige to a terrific season that included a co-Valley Oak League championship.
Chasing a five-goal deficit in the fourth and final period of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championships water polo finals, Katie Vanderburg and Emily Stolken connected with stunning scores within a one-minute span to open the door for a possible Oakdale High comeback.
Some postseason magic carried eighth seeded Oakdale High to a spirited 3-1 rout of No. 9 seed Pioneer in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs on Nov. 6, but happy thoughts couldn't do the trick in a 3-0 loss to No. 1 seed Oakmont two days later.
The first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls water polo playoffs wasn't particularly kind to Capital Valley Conference No. 3 seed Del Campo, who fell 17-7 to Valley Oak League champion Oakdale on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Whitney High.
If Oakdale High's varsity boys soccer team had any questions on the type of game to expect from a Central Valley team in search of its third trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals in four seasons, they certainly had them answered quickly on Oct. 30.
Despite the tiebreaker that forced the Lady Mustangs to enter the 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs with the lowest possible seed, Oakdale's girls tennis team didn't go down without a fight. They ended their season with a 5-4 loss to Whitney on Monday, Oct. 29 in the opening round of the postseason.