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.
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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.