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Arpoika Takes On Challenge Of Coaching OHS Hoops

A familiar face around Oakdale High School, takes on an unfamiliar role this winter. Former football and baseball coach Hondo Arpoika will be patrolling the sidelines indoors as the new varsity boys basketball coach. Arpoika will replace Jeremy Fields, who was the coach of the Mustangs since 2007. Fields finished his hardwood tenure with a league record of 29-68.

December 02, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Football Mustangs Advance To Section Finals

In the much-anticipated rematch of the 2014 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Finals, the second seeded Oakdale Mustangs hosted the third seeded Inderkum Tigers on Friday night, Nov. 27. In front of nearly 3,000 day-after-Thanksgiving fans, the Mustangs added another layer to that feeling of thankfulness, as they outlasted the Tigers 51-38 in the semifinals shootout.

December 02, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports


An end-of-season tournament in Stockton featuring the top rec soccer squads from throughout the area saw two Oakdale teams come home with hardware earlier this month. Top photo, the Under 10 Oakdale Mustang boys went 4-0 in the District VIII rec season tournament finale, claiming first place honors. They were coached by Seth Burford with assistant Vanessa Walton. The young Mustangs beat a team from Manteca 4-2 for the championship. "If you won your league or did well, you went to represent the town," said Coach Burford. "We won the league in Oakdale so we went, there were 11 teams ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Allie Brown, winner of this week's NASCAR Pick Your Drivers Challenge. In the season finale of our contest, Brown scored a total of 9 points, outlasting the other 16 entries, including a tie breaker win over Susie Agostini who also had 9. Brown and Agostini both selected Kyle Busch (1) Kevin Harvick (2) and Jeff Gordon (6). In the tie breaker, Brown edged out Agostini 17-21 with her picks of Kurt Busch (8) and Jimmie Johnson (9). Agostini selected Jimmie Johnson (9) and Martin Truex Jr. (12). Brown earned a free entrée meal and one free ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Fishing Report

The first year I started tournament fishing I went and purchased what I thought was good rain gear. It worked for a few trips, but wasn't exactly comfortable and started to fail within a year's time. The following year, once again I was in the market for rain gear. I wanted to get it right this time. I ended up asking around and was led to a pair of tops and bottoms that exceeded $500 for the set. I definitely wasn't excited about the price, but wanted to end my search for great rain gear once and ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Hoplite Fights Production Next Event Slated Dec. 5

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action returns to the Merced County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Dec. 5. The event will feature Welterweight Champion Brit "Boogeyman" Lippincott taking on Jacobo Longoria in the main event. This event features some of the most talented, dedicated MMA athletes in the area. In July of 2015 the four-hour hard hitting event sold out, so don't be left out this time. The event is for all ages and general admission is $35, VIP seating is $55 or get right up against the cage, with cage side seating priced at $80. For more fight information about the ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Soccer Hardware Handed Out To Mustang Varsity, JV Players

Oakdale's 2015 high school soccer season came to a close in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Finals on Nov. 14, and the Mustang squads met for the final time for their end of the season banquet and awards ceremony shortly thereafter. Players, coaches, parents and fans gathered at the OHS cafeteria on Tuesday night, Nov. 17 to celebrate both the junior varsity and varsity teams.

November 25, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Turkey Trot Thursday

Work off some calories – before you eat them.

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Oakdale Golf & Country Club

18 Hole Ladies

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Stampede Scoreboard

The Oakdale Stampede varsity team traveled to Atwater High School as AFC champs to take on the NFC champion Modesto Broncos for the 2015 Super Bowl crown. Oakdale fell short in the championship quest as the Broncos corralled the Stampede, 44-30. Oakdale's Minaya Olivo scored two touchdowns, and teammates Steven Morris and Peyton Bradford also found the end zone for Oakdale in the season finale.

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Big First Half Lands Mustangs In Semifinals

A much different Oakdale football team took the field Friday night than the week before. In the team's first round game football playoff game against El Dorado on Nov. 13, the Mustangs struggled on defense, giving up 33 points, and looked out of sync on a few of their offensive possessions. Seven days later, Oakdale returned to their dominant form on both sides of the ball. Oakdale hung 42 first half points on the scoreboard in their 42-14 quarterfinal victory over visiting Benicia on Nov. 20.

November 25, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Soccer Mustangs Fall In Section Finals

In a much anticipated finals showdown, the number one seeded Weston Ranch Cougars took on the second seeded and defending Section champion Oakdale Mustangs on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Stockton's Stagg High School. The 2015 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Boys Soccer showdown featured the two Valley Oak League representatives, champion Weston Ranch and league runner ups Oakdale, who defeated the Cougars twice during the regular season, but came up on the wrong side of a 2-0 score Saturday.

November 18, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Varsity Stampede Heading To Super Bowl Saturday

With a convincing 27-8 victory over Manteca in the AFC Championship game, Oakdale's varsity Stampede is heading to the Super Bowl. Minaya Olivo set the tone for Oakdale with a 70-yard opening kickoff return for a quick 7-0 lead for the Stampede. Oakdale never looked back as Peyton Bradford and Olivo tallied up the team's touchdowns to lead the team to the Super Bowl. Oakdale will clash with the Modesto Broncos on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Atwater High School with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

November 18, 2015 | | Local Sports

Volleyball Girls Get Bumped From Tourney

The 2015 volleyball season was a successful one for the Oakdale Lady Mustangs. The team went 14-0 in league play, winning the Valley Oak League title for the second consecutive season. A 14-0 record had not been achieved since the 2006 season under head coach Shelli Ponce. Oakdale clinched their title with three games remaining in the season, and it was the team's third title in four seasons. Individually, Isabella Cobarruvias led the league in serving aces with 51, and then dominated in assists with a total of 429; second place had 185. Lauren Ott also had a memorable ...

November 18, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Third Blue Banner For Girls Water Polo

Playing in their fifth consecutive CIF Sac-Joaquin Division II Girls Water Polo Section Championship game, the Oakdale Lady Mustangs knocked off Del Oro 5-4 on Saturday to win their third consecutive blue banner.

November 18, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

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October 05, 2016 | | Local Sports

Blowout Victory For Varsity Football Over Jaguars

The "Mini Mustangs" had the chance to be front and center at Friday night's Oakdale Mustangs JV and varsity football games, but rest assured ...

October 05, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

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