When the Oakdale High football team kicks off the 2009 season in early September it will likely be five or six thousand people filling the stadium making noise to support their squad, yet the official kick-off to the season will be Aug. 3 when the team hosts 'The First Annual Oakdale High School Football Grid Iron Greats Golf Classic' at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Day two was weak.
The 2009 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic was the final time graduated Oakdale High studs Vince Helms and Justin Jones could take the field as Mustangs and the two shined brightly in the 20th Annual Stanislaus County All-Star Baseball game at John Thurman Field in Modesto.
Although no one from Oakdale High School is going to the CIF state track meet this year, the school was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on May 28 and 29.
When Justin Jones closed out his second consecutive Valley Oak League season without a defeat, league coaches were left with little to discuss when it came to naming Jones as the VOL's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season.
After putting together a quality career for the Oakdale Lady Mustang softball program, the Valley Oak League coaches recognized her efforts in selecting Oakdale senior Monique Galvan for the league's Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The chances of Oakdale High not repeating as the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball champions seemed ultra-slim during the Mustangs' impressive run throughout the 2009 season, but those chances became reality as Oakdale was upset 4-3 for the second time by Placer High on May 20, eliminating the Mustangs from playoff contention.
Oakdale High knew that it had one of the top programs heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Track and Field Finals at Modesto Junior College and the squad's top-10 finish in both the boys and girls division was seemingly proof enough.
Oakdale has continued its recent emergence onto the local high school swimming scene with a solid showing during the Sac-Joaquin Section Swim Championships at Tokay High May 14-16.
Every workout, every practice, every team meeting, every fundraiser, every inning and every game has been simplified into a must win double-header for the Oakdale Mustangs against Placer High in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Baseball Championship.
Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Softball Championships the Oakdale High varsity softball team knew that they would make a lengthy run, yet its run came up a little short in a title game loss to Bear River High on May 16 at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
Three different pitchers hurled complete games, combining for a total of 43 strikeouts, as Oakdale High's junior varsity softball team finished out the season with a trio of victories. The Lady Colts finished the season with 27 wins and no losses and won a seventh-straight Valley Oak League title for junior varsity softball.
Oakdale High School's track and field program has already put together an impressive 2009 season, yet the squad seems to be just kicking into gear after a dominating performance during the Valley Oak League Track and Field Championships on May 9 at The Corral.
There are several goals that a coach sets when opening the first weeks of a high school baseball season, but finishing without a loss usually is not on anyone's checklist.
The last hurdle is always the most difficult to clear and that proved to be true for the Oakdale High varsity baseball program. The squad's hope of completing a perfect Valley Oak League season came to an abrupt halt when the team took a forfeit loss against Sonora in the season finale for using an ineligible player over the game's final inning.
Recent Oakdale High graduates have another chance to extend the legacy of their prep careers before leaving high school memories in their dust.
On June 1, Oakdale High freshman Hannah Chappell eclipsed the 134 foot mark four times and captured a boisterous 138-07 to end seventh in the discus finals at the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships in Clovis.
Over 230,000 students from 190 different high schools make up the prestigious athletic conference known as the Sac-Joaquin Section.
After fighting through the prep baseball season like a cagy lion for nearly five months, Oakdale High baseball coach Hondo Arpoika finally lost his edge during the final game of his illustrious career on May 27.
The Vista del Lago High varsity baseball team could field a starting lineup of 11 athletes who played football for the Eagles in 2012.
The tenacity of Oakdale High junior Dezirae Pennington can be measured in feet and inches.
Runners on Oakdale High's varsity softball team were left stranded more than Robinson Crusoe during the opening round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Wednesday.
Mother Earth proved particularly fond of the green and gold Rio Americano High Raiders on May 15 in the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III soccer playoffs.
The hulking frame of 6 foot, 2 inch 225-pound senior receiver/tight end Austin Jones made for a spectacular target for Oakdale High classmate Spencer Thomas, and will be an asset for Willamette University quarterbacks, going forward.
The senior to freshman connection of Jill Kahler to Madison Feuerstein was good for two thrilling scores and a 2-1 upset victory for Oakdale High's girls soccer team in the quarterfinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs on May 9.
Soren Dickens and Joe Guerrero glided to medals in their respective varsity and frosh-soph divisions of the 100 yard breaststroke to lead the Oakdale High swim team to a terrific season finale at the Sac-Joaquin Section Finals on Saturday.
The raw athleticism of Oakdale High athletes was on emphatic display during Saturday's Valley Oak League track and field championships at Sierra High School in Manteca, as 12 varsity competitors earned tickets to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Championships and 11 frosh-soph competitors won their events.
A cheery busload of Oakdale High students will arrive at Tokay High in Lodi on Thursday, May 9, for the first day of what has become the pinnacle moment of prep swimming - the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships.
Extra contests are a lock for Oakdale High softball, soccer and baseball players, who excelled in Valley Oak League action to earn a trip into the postseason. Following is a summary of recent action and a look at upcoming playoff games.
With four games to play, Oakdale High's varsity girls soccer delivered a stunning flurry of goals to outscore opponents 8-1, oust Manteca 3-0 and clinch a spot in the playoffs with a clutch 3-0 win over Sonora on April 30.