If the Valley Oak League is a prizefighter, then Oakdale High's varsity boys soccer team should be ready for punches from every angle when the Mustangs kick off conference play on Sept. 11.
The daunting forms of six foot blockers Domi Powell and McKenzie Willett still cast shadows on the hardwood inside the Oakdale High gymnasium.
The Klines are in at Oakdale High.
The pools, fields, tracks and courses surrounding Oakdale High are awash with action these days as dedicated athletes put forth the work to provide stellar competition in the always tough Valley Oak League in the prep season that looms just around the corner.
The only thing better than one Hernandez is two.
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On Wednesday, July 25, the Oakdale Leader will release the 2011-12 Male co-Athletes of the Year and the 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year with video interviews to be posted online. See the print edition of the Leader on Wednesday for details of these athletes and their heroic final seasons.
A combination of junior high and high school wrestlers from Oakdale took on some of the top young prospects in the state at a host scrimmage meet on Friday, June 29. The action gave nearly every future member of the 2012-13 OHS program a look at offseason competition and showcased some of the depth and athleticism onlookers can expect from the program and Oakdale youth in general.
The wrestling mat has never smelled so good.
Oakdale High athletes tout their camaraderie like a purple heart, but local softball players had to put aside their similarities during recent action on the youth softball diamond.
Oakdale High graduates from the class of 2012 got one last shot at action in Mustang uniform on June 16th as baseball and football star games in Modesto were played at the same time and just a handful of miles apart. Oakdale's Kody Simons, Stefan Aguilar and Andy Morris represented Oakdale at the 2012 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic at John Thurman Field while Marcus Hernandez, Cody Cole and Justin Martin played for the South at the 39th Annual Lions All Star Football Classic at Modesto Junior College. Oakdale had four softball players nab all-star selection, but the girls ...
That proverbial 'fat lady' still hasn't stepped up to the microphone.
The sight of over 10,000 spectators and the presence of the best prep athletes in the state proved the perfect ingredients for greatness for 2012 Oakdale High graduate Manny Hernandez at the 94th Annual California Interscholastic Federation Track and Field Championships on June 1 and 2 at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
It takes an incredible amount of work for any prep program to finish postseason runs with possession of a section championship.
After a lazy fly ball from Oakdale High's Mark Ortiz bounced off the mitt of Sonora's right-fielder to allow three more unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Wildcat ace Ryan Stevenson turned to his dugout in disgust and waved his hand across his neck to request his departure from the mound.
Oakdale High School spring sports were expected to get under way this past week, but Mother Nature had other ideas.
Oakdale wrestlers made their presence felt at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom on Saturday, Feb. 22 as they claimed the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship. The Mustangs, much like they have all season, got out to a quick and dominant start and never looked back in having the most individual champions and nailing down the blue banner.
It was a rough season for head basketball coach Justin Schwitters and the varsity Oakdale Lady Mustangs. In what got off to a promising start, winning five of their first six and going 11-5 throughout the first 16 games, including winning two Valley Oak League games (0-23 previously since 2012), things took a turn for the worse and the team members found themselves on a 10-game skid heading into Tuesday's season finale on Feb. 18. During the skid, Oakdale lost three of those games by four points or less, staying competitive but unable to nail down the wins.
On Saturday, Feb. 15 all eight high schools clashed for the Valley Oak League wrestling championship in Sonora. Oakdale, much like they have over the past seven years, dominated and claimed the title once again for an eighth consecutive year.
Since beating Weston Ranch on Feb. 5, the varsity basketball boys have fallen on hard times, suffering back to back road losses to Kimball (71-49) and Lathrop (65-34). The boys looked to bounce back on Valentine's Day, Friday night, when their rivals the Sonora Wildcats came to town for Oakdale's Winter Homecoming.
The weather may have been wet and wild outside the gym at this year's Section Dual Tournament, hosted at Lincoln High School of Stockton, but the Oakdale Mustang wrestling team shined inside of it. With over 35 schools from Northern California showing up, the Oakdale Mustangs put on a clinic and took care of business to claim a Section blue banner on Feb. 8.
For the Oakdale Mustang boys basketball program, Wednesday night was full of mixed emotions. The freshman boys played physical but fell short, 44-41, to visiting Weston Ranch to kick off the trio of contests on Feb. 5. That was followed up by a lackluster performance from the Junior Varsity team, the squad losing 60-30. However, the night was salvaged with a 61-50 victory put up by the varsity boys.
Wednesday night, Oakdale wrestlers completed a perfect campaign, the squads finished the Valley Oak League schedule with a win over Sonora in both JV and Varsity. Both teams finished 7-0 and claimed the VOL Championship.
The last time East Union and Oakdale got together, the Lancers' head coach Jim Agostini referred to it as one of the hardest losses the program has experienced, as Oakdale hit a 3-point shot to force overtime and then banked in another trey to win it in the OT session.
Taking on Lathrop and Manteca this week, the Oakdale varsity basketball boys gained a split of the Valley Oak League contests, with each decided by just a few points.
Two games, two losses, each by two points.
They needed two.
Three champions and the prestigious Most Outstanding Upperweight Wrestler honor came back to Oakdale from the weekend Lloyd C. Engel Tournament in neighboring Escalon.
Securing the first Valley Oak League victory in three seasons for coach Justin Schwitters, the Oakdale varsity Lady Mustangs basketball team took down Sierra by a 42-32 victory in recent play.
A furious fourth quarter saw Oakdale get close – but not quite close enough – as visiting Tracy walked off the Mustang gym floor with a 66-58 non-league victory in hand on Friday night.