After erroneously reported results gave Ceres High wrestler Gabe Balderas a fictional triumph over Oakdale's Juan Garza in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV finals and a subsequent higher state and section ranking, Balderas had the opportunity to deliver a genuine victory when the two met in the finals of the SJS Masters Championships on Friday at the Stockton Arena.
After four years of dedication to Oakdale High's boys basketball program, the 2011-12 Oakdale High seniors were determined not to go quietly into the night during their final game in a Mustang uniform on Friday.
If progress is measured in forward steps, then the marching of Oakdale High's girls basketball teams has set the tone for success in the coming seasons. Oakdale's varsity squad stayed competitive in the second of a grueling Valley Oak League pace while Oakdale's junior varsity team erupted to 18 total wins and a third place finish in the conference standings.
It's a good thing the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament is only 30 miles away at the Stockton Arena, because elbow room won't be any easier to find for Oakdale High's wrestling team on the way there.
The championship mat at Oakdale High was supposed to feature the best two wrestlers in each weight during the medal round at the eight-team Valley Oak League Individual Wrestling Championships on Saturday.
Six prep wrestling teams from three different Division IV leagues collided at the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Dual Championships on Saturday, but five of them were only really competing for second.
After a winless stint through the first 10 games of the Valley Oak League season, Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team is on the warpath for a conference win, and today may represent the best shot.
In a Valley Oak League season where stiff competition has held Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team out of the win column, nothing is more important than the steady improvement of committed players.
Oakdale High's wrestling program kept the longest active streak of Sac-Joaquin Section Team Dual titles alive with consecutive victories to snare the Division IV banner on Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton. Mustang grapplers won 25 of 28 total matches across the day to collect their fourth straight such honor and fifth in the past six seasons. The team will host the Valley Oak League Individual Championships on Saturday. For more information on Oakdale's run to a team dual title and their upcoming league tourney, nab the Feb. 8 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
Oakdale High's junior varsity girls basketball team improved to 5-3 in the Valley Oak League with an 18-point rout of visiting Kimball on Friday, but varsity and freshman girls couldn't match the same performance during a 1-2 collective finish against the Jaguars.
Welcome back Dustin Harris.
The blows to Oakdale High's varsity wrestling team continue to rain down.
Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team saw its Friday, Jan. 20 contest with Sonora postponed due to a power outage up the hill with the game now set for Saturday. And if the Mustangs' previous four Valley Oak League contests have taught us anything, it's to expect a battle.
With over 400 wrestlers packed into multiple brackets for all 14 weight classes, the 2012 Lloyd C. Engel Tournament in Escalon earlier this month proved to be one of the toughest local tournaments this season. Oakdale junior Hondo Arpoika made the most of his trip to Escalon with a first place title in the 'A' bracket at 195 pounds.
To quote the singing duo of Peaches and Herb, "Reunited and it feels so good…"
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.