Pushed to the limit in their first two playoff contests - an overtime win and a come-from-behind thriller that went to penalty kicks - Oakdale's varsity Lady Mustangs ultimately didn't have quite enough push left in them to grab the Section banner they desperately wanted.
So much for an even playoff bracket.
Thirty-one games into the softball season, Oakdale High's varsity squad saw one play decide the fate of their collective hopes and dreams.
Oakdale High varsity softball coach Larry Loger doesn't play around.
It's no secret that the 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bracket has some exciting games in store for its Division IV qualifying teams.
With the best prep swimmers from every Sac-Joaquin Section program across all divisions in attendance, Oakdale landed six top-18 relay finishes and two top-18 frosh-soph placements at the two-day SJS Swim Championships at Tokay High in Lodi.
When 12 juniors and seniors from across the area prepared to record their best marks in the triple jump at the Valley Oak League championships on May 7, they probably didn't expect much from the lone underclassman in their field.
A week after sub-par scores had forced Oakdale High's boys golf team to surrender a Valley Oak League title to an East Union team they had twice defeated, the Mustangs fired back with a bigger and better title by wining the blue banner and a Division IV championship on Monday at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
A Valley Oak League baseball title race that came down to the wire on Friday is apparently the fashion of choice for all Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV conferences.
You don't need to go searching through egg cartons to find this dozen.
Oakdale High's biggest threats to a Sac-Joaquin Section girls soccer championship may be on the opposite side of the Division IV bracket, but with a star player down with an injury and three very tough teams looming on their own side of the bracket, nothing is guaranteed.
Some big finishes to their respective Valley Oak League campaigns has Oakdale High softball and track and field athletes ready for big postseason performances this month. Both will take on Divisional competition next week.
By the end of the Valley Oak League prep soccer season, opposing teams were flinching at the sight of a Lady Mustang. In tight and highly competitive league title races, Oakdale nabbed championship honors for both their varsity (11-2-1) and junior varsity (12-1-1) squads.
Oakdale swimmers cruised to a combined top finish at the league tournament while track stars shined in Sacramento and tennis players qualified for the postseason in an active Spring Break week for Mustang athletes. Following are recaps of the recent action.
"We're not sharing. Tomorrow it's ours."
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.
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.
Taking down the top seed on Saturday, the Oakdale varsity Mustangs brought home the coveted blue banner, winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III soccer title over Christian Brothers.
Playoff action has concluded for a couple of Oakdale squads, as the volleyball girls and cross country teams wrapped up their seasons recently. Following is a look at their final performances.
On the final night of the 2014 regular season, it was a massive, standing room only crowd that gathered at The Corral to see the Mustangs honor the 25 seniors playing in their final home league game, as well as playing for a share of the Valley Oak League title. Oakdale welcomed Central Catholic, and what appeared to be close a thousand of their fans Friday night, Nov. 7. However, it was the home crowd that had the final roar as they watched their Mustangs thrive in a 48-28 victory.
Oakdale High School's varsity soccer team is off to a fast start in this year's CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III soccer tournament, shutting out visiting Johnson 4-0 and following that up with a 5-1 home win over Rio Americano.
The Oakdale Mustangs varsity soccer team will be making its return to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Sections playoffs. Oakdale finished the 2014 regular season on the road this week, falling to the undefeated Weston Ranch Cougars 2-1 and then rebounded with a 4-1 victory over winless Central Catholic.
Emotions ran high on Thursday, Oct. 30 inside the gym at Oakdale High School as the 2014 edition of the Lady Mustangs claimed the Valley Oak League varsity volleyball title in the final regular season game for longtime coach Shelli Ponce.
Coming off a tough road loss, the varsity Mustangs rebounded nicely at home against the Kimball Jaguars running away with a 49-2 football victory on Friday, Oct. 24.
With the Valley Oak League shaping up to be a three horse race (Sierra, Oakdale and Central Catholic) this late in the season, fans of both Oakdale and Sierra packed the bleachers at Sierra High School's "The Den" Friday night, Oct. 17 to see the Timberwolves host the Mustangs in a battle of the unbeatens. The fans were treated to a nailbiter that saw the home team escape with a 31-20 victory.
As the nights grow longer and the days shorter, the 2014 fall sports season is rapidly coming to an end. With just two weeks remaining for some of the sports and others gearing up for playoffs, every game is crunch time for Oakdale High School. Following is information from a variety of sports that were in action this week.
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