If the high school wrestling season is a roller coaster, then Friday and Saturday's action at the Doc Buchanan Invitational in Clovis caught Oakdale at the lowest point they may reach this season.
The lanky figure of Justin Martinez doesn't just help him get that can of beans from the top shelf. Oakdale's imposing center on the varsity basketball team has emerged into a serious and dynamic role on the prep court this season.
With the No. 5 ranked team in the state looming across Oakdale High's home mat on Dec. 23, Mustang wrestlers knew they needed some significant upsets to stay unbeaten in dual action this season.
A dominant second quarter gave Los Banos High's varsity boys basketball team a three-point lead over Oakdale at the half and momentum for a potential run at the 42nd Annual Oakdale Rotary Classic finals, but Mustang seniors Justin Hernandez and Nathan Van Ryn were not to be denied a championship rematch.
Summer sports and the start of a new school year meant plenty of action for the Leader's sports section.
If Oakdale High wrestling fans wanted an improbable upset victory for Christmas, than Santa granted their wishes during unlikely dual meet at the Mustang gymnasium on Dec. 23.
A valiant fourth-quarter comeback nearly closed the gap, but Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team (4-8) slipped to a 41-36 defeat to talented Hilmar (11-2) in the third-place game of the Ripon Christian Tournament on Dec. 29. Oakdale beat Delhi in the tourney opener, but dropped their next two contests to Hughson and Hilmar. The Lady Mustangs were forced to finish tournament action without starting point guard Blanca Lara, who spent her New Year's holiday in Mexico. With Lara absent from the lineup, Oakdale struggled against Hilmar's full-court press that gave the Yellowjackets a 17-6 advantage in ...
A 63-48 victory over Pacheco on Dec. 21 put a nice polish on Oakdale High's varsity basketball preseason, but today's start to the 42nd Annual Oakdale Rotary Classic (Dec. 28) represents the last test drive before conference play.
Oakdale High's junior heavyweight on the varsity wrestling team, Zack Fallentine, exploded onto the prep wrestling scene with a 5-2 win over Buhach Colony's Michael Escobar to claim first place honors in the 36th Annual James Riddle Classic earlier this month at OHS.
Only six high school wrestling teams attended the 2011 John Zhender Duals at Elk Grove High on Dec. 17, but they were six very good teams and Oakdale was the cream of the crop. Oakdale went 5-0 across a full day of action against five of the best teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section and the North Coast Section.
A last-moment three-pointer gave Downey High's varsity girls basketball team brief hope for a late comeback, but Oakdale maintained the final possession for a 40-37 victory over the host Knights on Friday. The win improved Oakdale to 3-4 in non-league action with a solid 255-280 scoring differential between opponents. The games have been a nice way to open the year after blowout losses of 20 or more points in five of Oakdale's last games of the 2010-11 season.
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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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.
Scores from Danae Rose, Gabby Acosta and Jill Kahler propelled Oakdale High's varsity girls soccer team to a 3-0 win over host Sonora on Tuesday, effectively sealing the third and final seed from the Valley Oak League into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
They huffed and they puffed and they blew a lot of smoke, but the antics of Manteca High's varsity baseball team could not compete with Oakdale's Rally Fish.