ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- Wins over Valley Oak League and Valley Foothill Conference opponents has served Oakdale volleyball, tennis, soccer and water polo teams well in recent play.
Oakdale High's young cross country program topped some solid teams at Woodward Reservoir during their host Valley Oak League cluster meet on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
A terrific sophomore season as the top runner on Oakdale High's varsity girls cross country team in 2010 has paved the way for continued success and the same role for now-junior Liz Erwin in 2011. The determined OHS student leads all female runners on a strong young program. She broke free for a 25-minute, 5-second time on a five-kilometer course at Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale on Wednesday during the second Valley Oak League cluster meet.
The Valley Oak League golf season was dominated by one girl who stayed unbeaten through every league match and finished superbly at the league tournament with medalist honors and MVP status.
Oakdale High athletes on water polo, volleyball, soccer and tennis teams trudged through their respective prep schedules with wins and losses alike this past week.
No Oakdale High athlete had bigger shoes to fill this fall than varsity water polo goalkeeper Hayley Benson. With 2010-11 Oakdale Leader Athlete of the Year Morgan Kinyon departed via graduation, Benson was thrown into the pool and in front of the net this season.
Oakdale High's freshman girls volleyball team claimed a host invitational championship, while soccer, water polo, tennis and golf teams saw their own brand of success during conference and tournament action over the past week.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- Oakdale High athletes opened October in a big way with conference and tournament victories across their respective fields of play.
Oakdale High's senior goalkeeper, Scotty McNeil, made a huge impact on the Mustang varsity soccer team over the past week. With Oakdale facing two tough opponents after a 0-3-1 start to the Valley Oak League season, McNeil stepped up with big plays on the defensive and offensive front to lead his team to two straight victories.
Oakdale High's varsity soccer team rebounded from a rough start to league play with big wins over the past week, while Mustang volleyball, water polo, golf and tennis teams saw their own bounty of success at the end of September.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Between novice tennis tournament victories, unexpected soccer wins and continued success from Oakdale High water polo, golf and volleyball athletes, the week represented a huge end to September for collective Mustang programs.
A year after Oakdale High's girls tennis team failed to challenge for the postseason, the squad has emerged as a clear threat to see postseason contests.
The only thing that shined brighter than brand new Mustang volleyball jerseys during Saturday's Oakdale Varsity Tournament was the play of 12 girls on the varsity roster.
The Oakdale High varsity soccer team struggled to tie and lose a game last week, but Oakdale football players, tennis stars, golfers and water polo players landed big conference wins in recent play.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- The pressure of a spotless league record and talented foe did little to batter the confidence of Mustang racketeers on Tuesday as the Oakdale High girls tennis team posted an impressive 5-4 victory over East Union.
After a lackluster performance on Tuesday, Jan. 13 against visiting Weston Ranch, the Oakdale varsity basketball boys saddled up and put on their best performance of the young season. Coming off the embarrassing 68-23 home loss against Weston Ranch, Oakdale gathered its first Valley Oak League win of the campaign with a 66-55 home win over East Union on Thursday, Jan. 15.
The OHS wrestling team hosted a Valley Oak League double dual meet on Wednesday, Jan. 14, as visitors Kimball and Sierra came to town to take on the Mustangs.
Oakdale wrestlers made their presence felt this past weekend at a pair of two-day tournaments.
Valley Oak League play tipped off this week for Oakdale's boys basketball teams, with all levels in action. The Mustang boys took their act on the road for a contest on Wednesday night, Jan. 7 and also were on the road Friday.
The 45th annual Oakdale Rotary Classic came to a close on Monday night, Dec. 29. The three-day basketball tournament featured eight local schools, including the host school Mustangs. Oakdale's varsity boys finished the tournament with a record of 1-2. The Mustangs fell to Hughson in the first round Friday night, bounced back to defeat Los Banos on Saturday, and then fell to Grace Davis in the consolation game on Monday night, 71-63.
The 2014-15 basketball preseason came to a close Saturday night, Jan. 3 when the varsity Lady Mustangs hosted the Lady Tigers of Terra Nova, a game that resulted in a thrilling Terra Nova overtime victory, 52-45.
Oakdale High School may still be on winter break from academic classes, but its varsity and junior varsity boys basketball teams hit the hardwood in the annual Oakdale Rotary Classic tournament over the holiday break.
On a cold, damp night outside, the varsity boys were making it rain three's inside the Oakdale High School gym on the basketball court. The varsity Mustangs knocked down four treys to help lift them to a 57-52 victory over visiting Atwater on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
It was a rough night for the Lady Mustangs overall as teams at all three levels – freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams lost to longtime rivals, the Sonora Wildcats on Dec. 19. Even though Sonora is no longer in the Valley Oak League, there was that midseason atmosphere when the teams clashed in a non-league preseason girls' varsity basketball game in Oakdale. The youngest Lady Mustangs fell 57-19 and the JV team tumbled, 60-23 against the visitors.
Although the calendar will show that we are only at the midway point of the 2014-2015 school year, OHS senior Jennifer Guzman is off to a memorable start.
Keeping the game close early, Oakdale's varsity football Mustangs finally ran out of steam and couldn't hold off an undefeated Clayton Valley Charter School squad, falling 28-7 in the CIF NorCal Regional Division II championship game on Saturday.
Bend, but don't break.
Though still missing plenty of team members – continuing with their football season – the Oakdale High School wrestling team packed its gym bags and headed down south to Bakersfield for the weekend's annual Rumble for the Rig tournament. OHS claimed second place out of 20 top wrestling schools from throughout the state. Oakdale had many standouts including four first place finishers, a pair of second place finishers and three others finishing in the top five.
In advance of the upcoming wrestling season, The Leader sent a questionnaire to head coach Steve Strange, seeking some thoughts on the campaign. Following are the questions and coach Strange's answers.
Oakdale punched its ticket for the 2014 Division III CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game after dismantling 10th seeded Rio Linda 41-14 Friday night, Nov. 28.
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