Depth is a terrific ally to any athletic program, but when nine well-rounded golfers represent strong contention for only six starting positions on a prep program, it can be a little tough to stand out.
After two consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles and four section championships in the past five seasons, the 2012 Oakdale High varsity baseball jerseys might as well come with a bright red target on the back.
The pinnacle of California prep wrestling took its toll on Oakdale High wrestlers on Friday, as all five California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships qualifiers suffered painful tournament eliminations on the opening day.
The pinnacle of California prep wrestling waged its toll on Oakdale High wrestlers on Friday, as all five California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships qualifiers suffered painful tournament elimination on the opening day.
After erroneously reported results gave Ceres High wrestler Gabe Balderas a fictional triumph over Oakdale's Juan Garza in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV finals and a subsequent higher state and section ranking, Balderas had the opportunity to deliver a genuine victory when the two met in the finals of the SJS Masters Championships on Friday at the Stockton Arena.
After four years of dedication to Oakdale High's boys basketball program, the 2011-12 Oakdale High seniors were determined not to go quietly into the night during their final game in a Mustang uniform on Friday.
If progress is measured in forward steps, then the marching of Oakdale High's girls basketball teams has set the tone for success in the coming seasons. Oakdale's varsity squad stayed competitive in the second of a grueling Valley Oak League pace while Oakdale's junior varsity team erupted to 18 total wins and a third place finish in the conference standings.
It's a good thing the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament is only 30 miles away at the Stockton Arena, because elbow room won't be any easier to find for Oakdale High's wrestling team on the way there.
The championship mat at Oakdale High was supposed to feature the best two wrestlers in each weight during the medal round at the eight-team Valley Oak League Individual Wrestling Championships on Saturday.