Oakdale High seniors McKenzie Willet and Justina Keith signed their names to written commitments on Dec. 11 to attend the University of California, Merced on partial volleyball scholarships. Both will join the seven-year-old university for its second ever National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics season in 2012.
With five likely starters expected to miss the mat this season and another three football players still awaiting service on the active roster, Oakdale High's rag-tag collection of varsity wrestlers wasn't expected to continue the tradition of dominating their host tournament to open the season.
With fall players finally landing spots on the winter sports rosters, Oakdale High varsity basketball teams saw an influx in production and victories over the past week.
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Oakdale High wrestling fans will catch their first varsity glimpse of 10 new weights among 14 total classes of the prep wrestling season on Saturday at the 36th Annual James Riddle Classic.
Oakdale High varsity volleyball coach Shelli Ponce posed an important question to her team after 12-25, 16-25 defeats in the first two games of their Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal with No. 1 seeded Christian Brothers on Nov 15.
A few upside-down smiles conveyed disappointment after a hard-fought 10-7 loss to Del Oro at the Woodcreek Aquatic Center, but Oakdale varsity girls water polo goaltender Hayley Benson quickly turned them right side-up with a booming cry before post-game handshakes on Saturday.
Oakdale High's varsity water polo teams snared first round victories in both the boys and girls brackets of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II postseason at Woodcreek High.
Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team was only weak to kryptonite during Valley Oak League play, and it sported a fitting green hue.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- A thrilling five-game showdown for the final say on the Valley Oak League volleyball title race fell Sonora's way when the final point dropped in front of stunned Mustang players for a 15-13 Sonora victory late Tuesday night.
One second Oakdale High boys water polo coaches Alan Stender and David Earle were inconspicuously talking with Mustang parents, and the next they were scrambling to ditch wallets and cell phones as a pack of grinning athletes wrestled them from their poolside stances. Suddenly, both fully clothed coaches were dumped into the pool at the Oakdale Aquatic Center.
Jose Paredes, Gustavo Ruiz, Jose Hernandez, Scotty McNeil, Ernesto Zamudio and Juan Verduzco were honored during Senior Night festivities at the lighted Oakdale High varsity soccer field on Oct. 26.
Oakdale High's freshman standout Mabel Wong had already dominated the Valley Oak League field throughout the prep golf season, but saved her best performance for the end of conference play. Wong shot a 74 to earn medalist honors at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton and best the next closest golfer by nine strokes. That finale helped her claim a landslide VOL MVP in her first high school campaign.
Oakdale High golfers are already well into their postseason, but their counterparts in water polo, volleyball, tennis, and soccer are still searching for conference closure with only a few contests left on the schedule.
The Valley Oak League sports schedules must be written by Steven Spielberg, because prep football, volleyball and water polo seasons tend to end like a blockbuster movie.Today's (Oct. 26) Sonora at Oakdale water polo match marks the start of a 10-day span that represents the area's biggest and most exciting conference contests of the fall as traditional rivals vie for respective league championships.
After a lackluster performance on Tuesday, Jan. 13 against visiting Weston Ranch, the Oakdale varsity basketball boys saddled up and put on their best performance of the young season. Coming off the embarrassing 68-23 home loss against Weston Ranch, Oakdale gathered its first Valley Oak League win of the campaign with a 66-55 home win over East Union on Thursday, Jan. 15.
The OHS wrestling team hosted a Valley Oak League double dual meet on Wednesday, Jan. 14, as visitors Kimball and Sierra came to town to take on the Mustangs.
Oakdale wrestlers made their presence felt this past weekend at a pair of two-day tournaments.
Valley Oak League play tipped off this week for Oakdale's boys basketball teams, with all levels in action. The Mustang boys took their act on the road for a contest on Wednesday night, Jan. 7 and also were on the road Friday.
The 45th annual Oakdale Rotary Classic came to a close on Monday night, Dec. 29. The three-day basketball tournament featured eight local schools, including the host school Mustangs. Oakdale's varsity boys finished the tournament with a record of 1-2. The Mustangs fell to Hughson in the first round Friday night, bounced back to defeat Los Banos on Saturday, and then fell to Grace Davis in the consolation game on Monday night, 71-63.
The 2014-15 basketball preseason came to a close Saturday night, Jan. 3 when the varsity Lady Mustangs hosted the Lady Tigers of Terra Nova, a game that resulted in a thrilling Terra Nova overtime victory, 52-45.
Oakdale High School may still be on winter break from academic classes, but its varsity and junior varsity boys basketball teams hit the hardwood in the annual Oakdale Rotary Classic tournament over the holiday break.
On a cold, damp night outside, the varsity boys were making it rain three's inside the Oakdale High School gym on the basketball court. The varsity Mustangs knocked down four treys to help lift them to a 57-52 victory over visiting Atwater on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
It was a rough night for the Lady Mustangs overall as teams at all three levels – freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams lost to longtime rivals, the Sonora Wildcats on Dec. 19. Even though Sonora is no longer in the Valley Oak League, there was that midseason atmosphere when the teams clashed in a non-league preseason girls' varsity basketball game in Oakdale. The youngest Lady Mustangs fell 57-19 and the JV team tumbled, 60-23 against the visitors.
Although the calendar will show that we are only at the midway point of the 2014-2015 school year, OHS senior Jennifer Guzman is off to a memorable start.
Keeping the game close early, Oakdale's varsity football Mustangs finally ran out of steam and couldn't hold off an undefeated Clayton Valley Charter School squad, falling 28-7 in the CIF NorCal Regional Division II championship game on Saturday.
Bend, but don't break.
Though still missing plenty of team members – continuing with their football season – the Oakdale High School wrestling team packed its gym bags and headed down south to Bakersfield for the weekend's annual Rumble for the Rig tournament. OHS claimed second place out of 20 top wrestling schools from throughout the state. Oakdale had many standouts including four first place finishers, a pair of second place finishers and three others finishing in the top five.
In advance of the upcoming wrestling season, The Leader sent a questionnaire to head coach Steve Strange, seeking some thoughts on the campaign. Following are the questions and coach Strange's answers.
Oakdale punched its ticket for the 2014 Division III CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game after dismantling 10th seeded Rio Linda 41-14 Friday night, Nov. 28.
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