The days of Tokay showing up to the Corral for the Oakdale Mustangs' final preseason tune up are a distant memory and now it's the Central Catholic Raiders who brought their army up for final action leading up to the important non-league schedule.
With the Valley Oak League schedule days from opening the Oakdale High varsity volleyball team looks to be taking their games to the next level after a strong performance in the High Sierra Volleyball Tournament in Reno, Nevada on Sept. 4-5.
All the speculation about the structure of the upcoming postseason action and league realignment formats in the Sac-Joaquin Section can come to an end as the 2009-10 realignment plan is set in stone.
Anytime you can get a pair of victories against Sonora High that is a good thing and that is exactly how the Oakdale High water polo program finished their action against the Wildcats in a Sept. 4 non-league battle.
The Oakdale High tennis team is kicking off its season in the right direction, racing out to an undefeated start in Valley Oak League action after three straight victories. The Lady Mustangs have throttled each team they have seen in league play, pushing themselves to the top of the pack on the VOL courts.
There were no referees, no huge crowd of cheering fans watching, yet when the Oakdale High varsity football team suited up for its annual Red-Gold scrimmage it was obvious football season had arrived.
The Oakdale Lady Mustangs golf team welcomed the defending champion East Union Lancers to the always daunting Oakdale Golf Country Club on Aug. 28 for an early season preview of what both teams bring to the greens.
The Oakdale High Cross Country program kicked their season into gear with the Red-Gold Fox Trot intrasquad race around the Oakdale High campus Aug. 28 for both the boys and the girls squads.
There is a huge difference in preparing for the beginning of a new season and preparing to win a championship in that new season, yet it usually is one and the same for the fall sports programs at Oakdale High School.
It has been a short period of time since water polo has come onto the horizon in Oakdale, yet if the Oakdale High boys and girls varsity programs' berth into the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament this past season didn't open the community's eyes, the group's newest accomplishment surely will.
When you think of the basketball season thoughts often drift to holiday tournaments and early spring postseason action, but the real growth and maturity comes when teams take to the hardwood during the ridiculously hot summer months.
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.