With five likely starters expected to miss the mat this season and another three football players still awaiting service on the active roster, Oakdale High's rag-tag collection of varsity wrestlers wasn't expected to continue the tradition of dominating their host tournament to open the season.
With fall players finally landing spots on the winter sports rosters, Oakdale High varsity basketball teams saw an influx in production and victories over the past week.
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Oakdale High wrestling fans will catch their first varsity glimpse of 10 new weights among 14 total classes of the prep wrestling season on Saturday at the 36th Annual James Riddle Classic.
Oakdale High varsity volleyball coach Shelli Ponce posed an important question to her team after 12-25, 16-25 defeats in the first two games of their Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal with No. 1 seeded Christian Brothers on Nov 15.
A few upside-down smiles conveyed disappointment after a hard-fought 10-7 loss to Del Oro at the Woodcreek Aquatic Center, but Oakdale varsity girls water polo goaltender Hayley Benson quickly turned them right side-up with a booming cry before post-game handshakes on Saturday.
Oakdale High's varsity water polo teams snared first round victories in both the boys and girls brackets of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II postseason at Woodcreek High.
Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team was only weak to kryptonite during Valley Oak League play, and it sported a fitting green hue.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- A thrilling five-game showdown for the final say on the Valley Oak League volleyball title race fell Sonora's way when the final point dropped in front of stunned Mustang players for a 15-13 Sonora victory late Tuesday night.
One second Oakdale High boys water polo coaches Alan Stender and David Earle were inconspicuously talking with Mustang parents, and the next they were scrambling to ditch wallets and cell phones as a pack of grinning athletes wrestled them from their poolside stances. Suddenly, both fully clothed coaches were dumped into the pool at the Oakdale Aquatic Center.
Jose Paredes, Gustavo Ruiz, Jose Hernandez, Scotty McNeil, Ernesto Zamudio and Juan Verduzco were honored during Senior Night festivities at the lighted Oakdale High varsity soccer field on Oct. 26.
Oakdale High's freshman standout Mabel Wong had already dominated the Valley Oak League field throughout the prep golf season, but saved her best performance for the end of conference play. Wong shot a 74 to earn medalist honors at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton and best the next closest golfer by nine strokes. That finale helped her claim a landslide VOL MVP in her first high school campaign.
Oakdale High golfers are already well into their postseason, but their counterparts in water polo, volleyball, tennis, and soccer are still searching for conference closure with only a few contests left on the schedule.
The Valley Oak League sports schedules must be written by Steven Spielberg, because prep football, volleyball and water polo seasons tend to end like a blockbuster movie.Today's (Oct. 26) Sonora at Oakdale water polo match marks the start of a 10-day span that represents the area's biggest and most exciting conference contests of the fall as traditional rivals vie for respective league championships.
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.
The Oakdale Mustangs welcomed Vista Del Lago this past Friday night to The Corral with the winner advancing to the semifinals of the 2014 Sac Joaquin Section Championship in Division III. Oakdale pulled away in the fourth quarter of the Nov. 21 contest to win 42-14 and keep their season alive.