From dominance in the pool to heartache on the links, there was no shortage of drama this past week in a barrage of action as Oakdale High spring sports athletes hungered for more success in the Valley Oak League after clear skies left room for dozens of contests across the prep schedule.
The Oakdale High School Rodeo team sent their entire roster to the Challenge of Champions in Clovis from March 25 to 27, where Mustang sophomore Colton Farquer proved why he is regarded as one of the brightest young stars in California rodeo today.
A lull of absence from the soccer field following a barrage of rain left Oakdale's High's varsity soccer team a little rusty in a showdown at Lathrop last week, but the Lady Mustangs found their footing in a 4-0 shutout on the road in the March 23 contest.
Oakdale High's crafty senior wrestler, Tanner Feuerstein, isn't the only one in the family with playmaking potential. His sister, sophomore soccer player Kerri Feuerstein, landed a huge performance in Oakdale's biggest soccer game of the season so far this year.
Division I schools across the Central Valley and even Lowell High of San Francisco fell by the hands and feet of Oakdale athletes on Saturday at the Modesto Junior College Invitational.
A continued barrage of March rain has forced Valley Oak League postponements for every sport at Oakdale High but the one that already gets wet - swimming.
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Daniel Dunning's sharp returns to opposing serves from Valley Oak League tennis players mirrors his likewise approach in the classroom.
Oakdale High golfers spend so much time in their 40s, they should probably be counseled for a collective mid-life crisis.
Oakdale High's senior ace Brianna Parker of the varsity softball team isn't just a strong arm.
Whether it was soccer goalie Morgan Kinyon or softball ace Brianna Parker, Oakdale High athletes were locking down the defense in recent prep action on the diamond and field.
If Oakdale High athletes dominate competition in the Valley Oak League on dry land, it only makes sense that they would do the same in the water.
Pulling from a strong class of athletes year after year certainly helps, but the success of the Oakdale High track and field program can boil down to the way the team splits to localized practice sessions at each venue of events.
Friday night marked the first Valley Oak League game for the Oakdale Mustangs in the 2014 season. The team hosted East Union and literally ran away with it, winning 49-13 in front of the Mustang faithful.
In a productive week that saw two Valley Oak League (VOL) foes come to town, the varsity soccer Mustangs answered the challenge and walked away with a pair of victories. They first edged out Sierra 2-1 and followed that up with a 4-1 crowd pleaser against East Union.
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.
The 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is this weekend, Sept. 26 through 28 and at least one local golfer will be on the links. Fans and spectators will be treated to viewing celebrities, pro golfers, most likely enjoy great weather and also get to see local golf phenom, Mabel Wong.
The Valley Oak League's first cross country meet of the season was hosted at Legion Park in Modesto on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and featured an outstanding effort from the Oakdale Mustangs.
With the preseason winding down, Oakdale's fall sports are gearing up for league play, with some already into their league schedule. The following is a quick glance at some of the Mustangs' week in review.
If you were anywhere in the city limits of Oakdale on Friday night, odds are you could probably hear the stomping of the feet from both Oakdale and Turlock fans hitting the bleachers, roars from both sides of the field, the hard hits or even the rich voice of Mustang announcer Pete Simoncini. However, if you didn't witness the Mustangs late fourth quarter heroics live from The Corral, you missed something special. The varsity Mustangs found themselves on the winning end of a 30-29 nail bitter against visiting Turlock in non-league play.
With a solid 3-2-3 record thus far, coach Alfredo Quiroga and the Oakdale High School boys soccer team are optimistic about the upcoming regular season.
Friday night football is back at The Corral as the Mustangs hosted longtime rivals, the Sonora Wildcats in the 2014 season opener. Even though Sonora is no longer in the Valley Oak League, the rivalry between the two schools went on for 91 years in league play and still holds up as a big rivalry in California.
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.
Thirty-two local sports legends – including an Oakdale icon – will be inducted into the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame later this month. Representing Oakdale High School is decorated basketball coach and athletic director Norm Antinetti.
With school starting up this week, the athletic programs don't waste any time, as many of the practices for the fall campaign will start on Monday, Aug. 11. Here is a brief rundown of the teams that will be hitting the playing fields and courts this fall.
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