For the third consecutive season, the Oakdale girls are perfect in the pool.
A stunning 4-0 defeat to host Sonora High's varsity boys soccer team could have spelled Oakdale's doom on Oct. 25, but a Manteca win the same day over East Union left the Lancers floundering in fourth place and awarded Oakdale the third and final seed into the Division III Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
It doesn't take a seed to make something grow.
Following is a summary of recent results for Oakdale High cross country, girls golf and volleyball programs, as they bring their fall seasons down to the wire.
A 9-5 victory over Sonora High on Oct. 24 clinched a third straight undefeated conference championship for Oakdale's girls water polo team, which now has Capital Valley Conference No. 3 seed Del Campo on their radar in the first round of the postseason.
Today's Oct. 24 water polo showdown between Oakdale High and host Sonora couldn't be much bigger. For the Oakdale girls, it's a chance to cap an unbeaten league season and high seed heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. For the Oakdale boys, it's a chance to flip a coin. Since the boys fell to Ripon twice and Sonora during the first half, Oakdale needs an upset win to force a tie for second and coin-flip to decide the final seed into the postseason.
The ritual of Oakdale and Sonora volleyball meetings at the end of October are about as big a tradition as Halloween.
The theme re-emerged when Oakdale High's varsity football team charged into The Corral during Friday's Homecoming night, then bloomed to spectacular exuberance by the way they departed it as 54-0 victors over Weston Ranch.
Just three teams from the Valley Oak League will qualify for the 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs.
Until Oct. 3, Sonora High's playoff bound girls golf team had only been defeated by unbeaten league champs, East Union. Oakdale put an end to that stanza by edging the Wildcats in a stunning 272-284 Lady Mustang win at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
A key conference win on the girls tennis court, a terrific tournament performance by Mustang water polo players and more victories from the Oakdale High volleyball team were the highlights of the week. Following is a summary of recent results.
A host of Valley Oak League golfers took on the Lockeford Springs Golf Course on Tuesday to play out 18 holes and the league championships, though results were not available at press time.
A terrific fifth game awarded Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team perhaps the biggest win of the fall season for any OHS team when they toppled previously unbeaten Sonora on Oct. 3. The 3-2 win is a near lock for at least co-Valley Oak League championship honors, as Oakdale has defeated every other conference opponent by a 3-0 shutout.
Following are results of recent Valley Oak League action from Oakdale water polo, girls tennis and boys soccer.
The scenic surroundings at Knights Ferry's visitor's center and the covered bridge were alive with action on Oct. 3 as the seven high schools from the Valley Oak League tackled the second VOL meet, hosted by Oakdale.
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Before Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Collin Kaepernick were befuddling NFL defenders with the read-option, Turlock High quarterback Sean Downs was doing it perfectly at THS.
The only thing that Oakdale High sophomores Maddi and Kindra Hackbarth have in common is their voracious passion for the sport of softball.
Sandy beaches, world-renowned wildlife habitats, perhaps the greatest climate in the world and the future home of Oakdale High softball star Lauren Sanders.
Shelby Stender has a smile so big it could troll for krill, but the incoming Oakdale High junior has a tenacious streak proven deadly in the prep pool.
Incoming Oakdale High junior Shelby Stender can add more accolade onto her already terrific prep career.
Another year of stellar baseball gave way to another Sac-Joaquin Section title for the Oakdale High Mustangs this year.
Top talent from across nearby Sac-Joaquin Section schools gathered at Golden Valley High on Friday, June 28, and gave four Oakdale High graduates a shot at one more game to represent the Mustangs. Oakdale and the North ultimately fell to Central Section schools on the South roster in an overtime thriller.
Top talent from across nearby Sac-Joaquin Section schools gathered at Golden Valley High on Friday, June 28, gave four Oakdale High graduates a shot at one more game to represent the Mustangs. Oakdale and the North ultimately fell to Central Section schools on the South roster in an overtime thriller.
Explosive displays of athleticism by 2013 Oakdale High graduate Hondo Arpoika are like a Karate Kid crane kick.
She doesn't deny it.
If you play chess with 2013 Oakdale High graduate Eddie Machado, you had better not put him in check.
With direct sunlight now absent from the immaculate baseball diamond at John Thurman field on June 8, ninth-inning temperatures dipped from their previous 110-degree mark to a welcoming 85 degrees.
The easiest way to track the location of Oakdale High thrower Hannah Chappell at the 2013 California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships in Clovis was to listen closely to the murmuring whispers that followed her every move.
Recent Oakdale High graduates have another chance to extend the legacy of their prep careers before leaving high school memories in their dust.