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."
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.
It was a mixed week for the varsity tennis team, as the girls faced a pair of Valley Oak League (VOL) teams, suffering a tough 5-4 loss to Manteca on Tuesday, Sept. 23. They regrouped and earned a 7-2 victory over Weston Ranch on Thursday, Sept. 25.