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.
It had to end sometime.
A herculean heave of the discus by Oakdale High freshman Hannah Chappell is the top headline amongst a heavy field of talented spring athletes at OHS. Following is a summary of recent results.
In a week where the top honor could have easily emerged from several spring sports athletes, the Oakdale High baseball team made it impossible to single out any individual. The team rallied behind tremendous pitching and timely hitting to complement flawless defense en route to back-to-back victories over previously unbeaten Manteca.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - The fate of Oakdale High's varsity girls soccer team will be decided during Tuesday's showdown, April 30, at rival Sonora.
The situation was dire, but clear as the iridescent blue water contained within the Oakdale Aquatic Center on April 19.
It doesn't get much better than this.
The Sonora-Oakdale High rivalry has only one year left, and Mustang swimmers made the most of their most recent meeting with boys and girls victories on April 19 to award the program sole rights to the Valley Oak League boys title and a girls co-champoinship with Ripon.
If Oakdale High's varsity softball team had played Sierra's No. 17 nationally-ranked squad in the pages of a cascading flipbook on April 12, they wouldn't have had a chance.
Only Vizzini from the 1987 film The Princess Bride could accurately explain the latest escapades of Oakdale High's softball program.
April games in the 2013 Crown Classic baseball tournament hosted by Valley Christian High were like dependable tires - no blowouts.
The winter sport season lives for Oakdale High senior DeWayne Finney on April 13.
With Sonora High soon bound for the Mother Lode League via Sac-Joaquin Section realignment, Oakdale squads need to get their licks in while they still can.
Just a few weeks into the spring season, Oakdale High track and field athletes have already heaved objects into oblivion. Varsity and junior varsity competitors have landed stunning marks, accolades and a bounty of medals during a host of nonleague action. While varsity stars Kyle Peterson and Hannah Chappell have soared to some of the best marks in the state, Oakdale's other throwers have followed suit with their own impressive tosses.
The imposing form of Oakdale High senior first baseman Ericksen Dickens has loomed over Valley Oak League plates like an ominous shadow. The slugger has hit safely in each of Oakdale's four conference contests with two home runs and nine RBIs recorded.
On an Oakdale High School girls soccer team loaded with underclassmen, nothing is more vital than the stellar play of OHS senior Jill Kahler. The talented forward has scored in bushels throughout the season and forced conference opponents to surrender goals her way in each league outing.