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.
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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