Monday's Valley Oak League showdown between the Kimball and Oakdale varsity softball teams (May 2) gave both programs a clear shot at the second seed from the Valley Oak League into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Oakdale High ace Brennon Williams has been spectacular on the Valley Oak League baseball mound in his last two starts for the varsity Mustangs. On April 13 he went five innings with nine strikeouts and only two hits allowed in a 12-1 blowout of Sierra. A week later he struck out six in seven full innings with just two walks and four hits allowed in a 6-0 shutout over former VOL leader, Manteca. He was also 2 for 3 with a triple and five RBIs, scoring or knocking in each Oakdale tally in the victory over the Buffaloes.
After trailing fellow unbeaten, Sonora High, for most of Thursday's home meet, Oakdale's 400-yard freestyle girls relay teams needed to bite into a big score during the day's final event if the Lady Mustangs were to claim a piece of the Valley Oak League pie.
Thursday's Valley Oak League championship-clinching win for Oakdale High's varsity girls track and field team gave the squad a 53rd consecutive conference victory, and it was never in question.
It hasn't taken long for 2010 Oakdale High graduates and sisters Juli and Jaci Powell to make their presence known at the collegiate level.
The Valley Oak League baseball race may not unfold on an asphalt track, but it has the thrills and lead changes of a high-powered auto race.
Thursday's Valley Oak League showdown (April 21) between Oakdale's and Sonora's elite swim programs gave Mustang swimmers a clear shot at the conference title … and they made the most of it.
The swimming pool at Oakdale High's Aquatic Center may not draw the same crowd as its football counterpart (The Corral), but Thursday's Valley Oak League showdown between Oakdale and Sonora couldn't be any bigger.
In a busy and important week of competition, Oakdale High varsity golf and baseball teams won key Valley Oak League match-ups to stay atop the league standings, while girls soccer and softball teams watched lone conference defeats drop both programs to second place.
Trailing Modesto High by only a few points, Oakdale's varsity boys' 1600 relay team knew they had to come through with a good time if they were to surpass the Panthers team score during the final event of the Stanislaus County Invitational.
Being a part of last year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Champion golf team has done wonders for the career of Oakdale High junior, Michael Tripp. The savvy links master landed Oakdale's lowest score of the season with a sterling 36-stroke effort in a rout of Buhach Colony last week.
Oakdale High senior Trent Noon pinned his final opponent to ensure first place honors among 34 wrestlers in the 171-pound 18-year-old division at the Cliff Cleen Reno World Championships on Sunday.
The Valley Oak League's newest program, Kimball High, was all but mute in a fall schedule that saw traditional conference powers maintain their pace at the front of the pack.
Having already defeated East Union High on the Lancers' home course, Oakdale's prep golf team is in prime position to break a first place tie and gain good footing on a Valley Oak League title when the two teams square off at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Thursday, April 14.
The long awaited Oakdale High School football 2014 season is under way. After spring and summer workouts, two-a-days once practices could officially begin earlier this month, and team meetings, the Mustangs hosted a home scrimmage against the Tracy Bulldogs on Saturday, Aug. 23.