If the Valley Oak League is a prizefighter, then Oakdale High's varsity boys soccer team should be ready for punches from every angle when the Mustangs kick off conference play on Sept. 11.
The daunting forms of six foot blockers Domi Powell and McKenzie Willett still cast shadows on the hardwood inside the Oakdale High gymnasium.
The Klines are in at Oakdale High.
The pools, fields, tracks and courses surrounding Oakdale High are awash with action these days as dedicated athletes put forth the work to provide stellar competition in the always tough Valley Oak League in the prep season that looms just around the corner.
The only thing better than one Hernandez is two.
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On Wednesday, July 25, the Oakdale Leader will release the 2011-12 Male co-Athletes of the Year and the 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year with video interviews to be posted online. See the print edition of the Leader on Wednesday for details of these athletes and their heroic final seasons.
A combination of junior high and high school wrestlers from Oakdale took on some of the top young prospects in the state at a host scrimmage meet on Friday, June 29. The action gave nearly every future member of the 2012-13 OHS program a look at offseason competition and showcased some of the depth and athleticism onlookers can expect from the program and Oakdale youth in general.
The wrestling mat has never smelled so good.
Oakdale High athletes tout their camaraderie like a purple heart, but local softball players had to put aside their similarities during recent action on the youth softball diamond.
Oakdale High graduates from the class of 2012 got one last shot at action in Mustang uniform on June 16th as baseball and football star games in Modesto were played at the same time and just a handful of miles apart. Oakdale's Kody Simons, Stefan Aguilar and Andy Morris represented Oakdale at the 2012 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic at John Thurman Field while Marcus Hernandez, Cody Cole and Justin Martin played for the South at the 39th Annual Lions All Star Football Classic at Modesto Junior College. Oakdale had four softball players nab all-star selection, but the girls ...
That proverbial 'fat lady' still hasn't stepped up to the microphone.
The sight of over 10,000 spectators and the presence of the best prep athletes in the state proved the perfect ingredients for greatness for 2012 Oakdale High graduate Manny Hernandez at the 94th Annual California Interscholastic Federation Track and Field Championships on June 1 and 2 at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
It takes an incredible amount of work for any prep program to finish postseason runs with possession of a section championship.
After a lazy fly ball from Oakdale High's Mark Ortiz bounced off the mitt of Sonora's right-fielder to allow three more unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Wildcat ace Ryan Stevenson turned to his dugout in disgust and waved his hand across his neck to request his departure from the mound.
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.