Oakdale H.S. • Track & Field
When 70 of the best young water polo players in the nation gather for a national training camp at Long Beach State University from May 24 to 28, Oakdale freshman Shelby Stender will be along for the ride.
Depth is a terrific ally to any athletic program, but when nine well-rounded golfers represent strong contention for only six starting positions on a prep program, it can be a little tough to stand out.
Oakdale H.S. - Softball
Wins were contagious for all Spring athletes at Oakdale High during recent preseason and Valley Oak League action on their respective fields of play.
Oakdale High's varsity softball team returns four Valley Oak All League selections from a year ago, and selfishly stacks all four in a gauntlet of an opening order for opposing pitchers in 2012.
After two consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles and four section championships in the past five seasons, the 2012 Oakdale High varsity baseball jerseys might as well come with a bright red target on the back.
The pinnacle of California prep wrestling took its toll on Oakdale High wrestlers on Friday, as all five California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships qualifiers suffered painful tournament eliminations on the opening day.
The pinnacle of California prep wrestling waged its toll on Oakdale High wrestlers on Friday, as all five California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships qualifiers suffered painful tournament elimination on the opening day.
With opposing teams from the Valley Oak League pressing hard for big performances at every level of play, wins were hard to come by for Oakdale's girls' basketball program this season.
It didn't take long for Oakdale High's girls soccer program to boot its way into the win column for the 2012 season.
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.
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.