When Oakdale High senior Manny Hernandez grazed the high jump clearance bar at six feet, 11 inches to just miss a personal best, he couldn't be that disappointed in his Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships performance.
Oakdale H.S., Track & Field
Today, May 28, Oakdale High's varsity baseball team squares off against Valley Oak League rival, Sonora, for a one-game Sac-Joaquin Section finale in the division IV playoff bracket.
There is nothing quite like doing your best at the best possible moment.
Her face buried into Shelby Cordova's hair and neck, Oakdale High senior Shelby Reali choked out a revelation amidst tears, smiles and squeezes from a vise-like hug.
The jeers and cheers emitting from the Oakdale High dugout should reach a whole new chatter level today, May 23, as the Mustangs play Vista del Lago for a shot at the Sac-Joaquin Section finals at 4 p.m. at Lodi's Tony Zupo Field.
A season has come and gone for the Oakdale High golf team, but Mustang senior Ryan Jones won't soon forget it.
Between section champion golfers, track stars and victorious baseball/softball programs from the first days of postseason bracket action, it proved impossible to select any individual as the lone Oakdale Leader Athlete of the Week. So we compromised, in the end selecting track standout Carly Rodgers, golfer Ryan Jones, baseball pitcher Logan Handzlik and softball pitcher Shelby Reali as a collective group of Spring sport standouts.
Oakdale High's varsity softball team eased past Sierra in a 3-1 finale on Saturday to claim a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title at the Arnaiz Softball complex in Stockton.
It didn't take long for Oakdale High baseball and softball teams to make their presence known at the postseason level. The baseball boys silenced River City 5-1 on Thursday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs at Tony Zupo field in Lodi. Just a few miles south, Oakdale's softball team blasted past both Central Catholic and Ceres with a pair of stunning 10-0 shutouts at the Arnaiz Softball complex in Stockton.
Six days after besting a field of nine teams at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Golf Championships, Oakdale tackled a field of 14 teams at the SJS Masters Championships on Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.
The pitter patter of Kellie Gratigny's feet echo across Oakdale High's all-weather track like a drum solo as her track spikes propel her down the long jump runway with fast but lengthy strides that seem to magically thunder from her elfin five-foot, four-inch frame.
Four days after trouncing Manteca 12-2 on Senior Day, Oakdale High's varsity softball team turned the final page on a spectacular Valley Oak League season by upending rival Sonora in an 11-0 Mustang win on May 7.
While Oakdale High seniors were celebrating a trip to Disneyland on May 11, two underclassmen on the Mustang swim team had a party of their own in Lodi.
An undefeated romp through the Valley Oak League has Oakdale High's varsity baseball team in the driver's seat for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs, but as of Monday, Oakdale was still waiting for someone else to get on the bus.
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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.