When the Oakdale High football team kicks off the 2009 season in early September it will likely be five or six thousand people filling the stadium making noise to support their squad, yet the official kick-off to the season will be Aug. 3 when the team hosts 'The First Annual Oakdale High School Football Grid Iron Greats Golf Classic' at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Day two was weak.
The 2009 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic was the final time graduated Oakdale High studs Vince Helms and Justin Jones could take the field as Mustangs and the two shined brightly in the 20th Annual Stanislaus County All-Star Baseball game at John Thurman Field in Modesto.
Although no one from Oakdale High School is going to the CIF state track meet this year, the school was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on May 28 and 29.
When Justin Jones closed out his second consecutive Valley Oak League season without a defeat, league coaches were left with little to discuss when it came to naming Jones as the VOL's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season.
After putting together a quality career for the Oakdale Lady Mustang softball program, the Valley Oak League coaches recognized her efforts in selecting Oakdale senior Monique Galvan for the league's Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The chances of Oakdale High not repeating as the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball champions seemed ultra-slim during the Mustangs' impressive run throughout the 2009 season, but those chances became reality as Oakdale was upset 4-3 for the second time by Placer High on May 20, eliminating the Mustangs from playoff contention.
Oakdale High knew that it had one of the top programs heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Track and Field Finals at Modesto Junior College and the squad's top-10 finish in both the boys and girls division was seemingly proof enough.
Oakdale has continued its recent emergence onto the local high school swimming scene with a solid showing during the Sac-Joaquin Section Swim Championships at Tokay High May 14-16.
Every workout, every practice, every team meeting, every fundraiser, every inning and every game has been simplified into a must win double-header for the Oakdale Mustangs against Placer High in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Baseball Championship.
Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Softball Championships the Oakdale High varsity softball team knew that they would make a lengthy run, yet its run came up a little short in a title game loss to Bear River High on May 16 at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
Three different pitchers hurled complete games, combining for a total of 43 strikeouts, as Oakdale High's junior varsity softball team finished out the season with a trio of victories. The Lady Colts finished the season with 27 wins and no losses and won a seventh-straight Valley Oak League title for junior varsity softball.
Oakdale High School's track and field program has already put together an impressive 2009 season, yet the squad seems to be just kicking into gear after a dominating performance during the Valley Oak League Track and Field Championships on May 9 at The Corral.
There are several goals that a coach sets when opening the first weeks of a high school baseball season, but finishing without a loss usually is not on anyone's checklist.
The last hurdle is always the most difficult to clear and that proved to be true for the Oakdale High varsity baseball program. The squad's hope of completing a perfect Valley Oak League season came to an abrupt halt when the team took a forfeit loss against Sonora in the season finale for using an ineligible player over the game's final inning.
Oakdale improved to 15-4-4 overall with a 4-1 win at home against East Union on Oct. 22, dropping the Lancers to 3-12-2 overall this season. They took a 2-0 win against Kimball on the road (Oct. 24) and claimed the Valley Oak League title with a Monday, Oct. 28 2-2 tie with 15-5-3 Weston Ranch. Goals from senior Davis Harper and sophomore David Serrano helped the Mustangs officially clinch the Valley Oak League title, getting the lone point they needed with the draw.
For the second year in a row, the Class of 2014 – "Best You've Seen" according to their motto – claimed the Homecoming Week Powder Puff championship.
Homecoming Week is only considered complete when the varsity football team comes up with a victory.
Oakdale's varsity Lady Mustangs downed Weston Ranch at home 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 on the volleyball court, keeping their home record spotless at 7-0 and dropping the Cougars to 5-8 overall. Christina Cobarruvias had six aces on the game for Oakdale, while Lauren Ott, Kaitlyn Van Ryn, Jennifer Guzman and Brittany Carpenter had several kills each.
Oakdale's women's water polo team improved to 11-2, 2-0 in league play with a 15-1 win at home over Ripon this week. Unfortunately the Indians got revenge on the other side, topping the Mustang boys.
Oakdale netters topped Weston Ranch in action on Sept. 26, hosting their Valley Oak League counterpart.
Anger? Anxiety? Apprehension?
A spectacular cross country showing highlighted recent prep action at Oakdale High. Following is a summary of results from multiple sports.
Fresh off a 4-3 run through the ultra-tough High Sierra Tournament in Reno, Oakdale High's battle-tested volleyball players made short work of Beyer, Merced and Ripon in consecutive matches on consecutive days.
It was apparent after a 21-20 defeat on Friday, that the familiar splash of scarlet and gold stretched in stripes along white uniforms was the only glimpse of the storied Oakdale High rushing attack that die-hard Mustang football fans have grown accustomed to.
Oakdale High's freshman football team got the ball rolling with a 21-20 victory over Turlock on Friday, setting the table for thrilling games across all three levels.
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