A.C. Brown's Oakdale High letterman jacket doesn't have enough spare room for a fly to land on a free space of virgin wool.
They say two Clarks are better than one, but Oakdale High girls basketball coach Gary Smith is thrilled to at least have at one of them for the second half of Valley Oak League play.
Since Oakdale High's wrestling team hadn't wrestled at home since Dec. 11, area wrestling fans may have forgotten why the Mustangs are currently ranked No. 4 overall in the state and considered one of the best teams in Central Valley history.
If you corner one of the dozens of Oakdale High coaches in the produce section at a local grocery store and ask them how you can help benefit their respective program, he or she will probably finish spinning that bag of apples and offer a simple reply:
Recently adorned with a homecoming King crown by last year's winner, Blake Thompson, Oakdale High junior Justin Martinez is all smiles and all thumbs after receiving his 2011 selection from the OHS student body on Friday at the Mustang gymnasium. Martinez went on to watch Oakdale snare a basketball win over Kimball, and enjoyed homecoming festivities with fellow winners Haley Stout (queen), Mikey Stout (prince) and Kalkidan Curtis (princess). Look for additional photos in the February 2nd edition of The Oakdale Leader.
All those Oakdale High seniors who have sat out Valley Oak League duals to prepare for big tournaments far away from home will give Mustang fans a special look at their top lineup for a senior night conference meet against visiting Sonora on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Led by senior guard Vince Thompson's 15-points (including three 3-point baskets) Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team bested Oak Valley League rival Sonora by a score of 55-45 on Friday night.
He admits the big losses are disturbing, but Oakdale High girls varsity basketball coach, Gary Smith, knows his injury ravaged program hasn't folded yet.
For a minute and 34 seconds, Oakdale High's injury-plagued varsity girls basketball team stayed with East Union's Valley Oak League-leading program, grasping a 0-0 tie as both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net.
Vince Fauria's last-second three-pointer sailed toward the basket, carrying with it the appearance of everything Oakdale High desperately wanted in light of a three-point deficit against host East Union.
The buzz about this year's Oakdale High wrestling team didn't start when locals learned they might get state champion David Ferry in March of last year.
Four-year varsity standout on Oakdale High's girls basketball team, Cassandra Clark, could be done for the season after a devastating injury to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a tough loss to Weston Ranch this past week.
Vince Thompson sent Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team into another tournament championship game with another last-minute three-pointer in the semi-finals, but Oakdale couldn't stop a soaring Riverbank in the series finale on Thursday.
An eight-point lead slipped away faster than Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team could plug the leak, and Hilmar snuck in a 12-2 rally to snare a 47-42 win in the championship game of the recent Ripon Christian Tournament.
There were as many state-ranked wrestlers as there were weight classes on Thursday in a hugely anticipated dual meet between Oakdale High and Bakersfield in Driller territory.
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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