2014 was a year of mixed emotions for the Oakdale High School baseball teams. The year featured first year varsity coach Nathan Gregory, who managed the team to the CIF Sections playoffs, but fell in the first round. The varsity team also has seen eight of its seniors graduate, going to college this fall and leaving behind some holes to fill.
California State University of Stanislaus in Turlock was the host of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Division IV and V trials and finals. The meet was staged over two days beginning Tuesday, May 20 with trials in multiple events and wrapping up with finals on Thursday, May 22.
In a special gathering on Monday, May 12 the softball community honored both the Oakdale High School Junior Varsity and Varsity teams for their accomplishments this season. The event took place at the Bianchi Center in Oakdale. With four awards given our for each program, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved player of the Year that were voted by the team, the coaches also gave out their Coaches Award as well.
The varsity Lady Mustangs softball team ran the gauntlet known as the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships and were crowned the 2013-2014 Division 4 Champions on Saturday, May 17 at Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton. Oakdale went 4-0 over a three-day span, knocking off Los Banos 17-0, Ceres 11-0, Sierra 5-4 and East Union 3-0 during their postseason quest for the title.
In the final home game of the season, family, friends, alumni and enthusiastic fans gathered at Oakdale High School on May 7; to honor the eight seniors on the varsity baseball team for Senior Day 2014, as well as watch the team clash with Lathrop High School in Valley Oak League play.
Monday night, May 5 had all the pregame storyline build up for an exciting evening of softball for Oakdale's varsity girls team. Oakdale welcomed Sonora High School to town for the final time in its historic rivalry. Mix that with Senior Night festivities and a possible share of the Valley Oak League title, and the Oakdale fans were ready for some softball action.
It was a tough week for the Oakdale High School varsity softball team, as the Lady Mustangs dropped a pair of league matchups. On Wednesday, April 30 the team suffered a 3-0 road loss to East Union, and then fell short in another road game, this time to the Jaguars of Kimball on Friday, May 2 by a 5-1 verdict.
Some say, "all good things must come to an end" and on Tuesday, April 29 two things did come to an end; a 90-plus years school rivalry between Oakdale and Sonora high school in Valley Oak League play, as Sonora will be relocating into the Mother Lode League at the beginning of the new school year, and for five OHS seniors, it was the final soccer game of their high school soccer careers. Those athletes are Hannah Hanko, Danae Rose, Izzy Arellano, Kori Altmann, and Christina Bradshaw. The seniors and the rest of the team went out in style as ...
Oakdale varsity soccer may not be in the playoff hunt, but they were faced with a tough task of taking on the top two teams in the Valley Oak League (VOL) on the road during spring break. The team traveled to Manteca to take on the Lancers of East Union on Tuesday, April 22, and then returned to Manteca on Thursday, April 24 to play the Lady Buffaloes.
Things started off slowly for the Lady Mustangs on Wednesday, April 23 as the team didn't rap out its first hit until Emily Greenwood's single that sparked an eight-run third inning, and the Mustangs would go on to shut out the Spartans 11-0 in five innings.
April 15 is "Tax Day" and the Lady Mustangs' varsity soccer team made Weston Ranch pay up Tuesday night. Oakdale scored a season-high 11 goals in the shutout win over the Cougars.
After a promising start for first year manager Nathan Gregory and the Oakdale varsity baseball Mustangs, the team has fallen on hard times as of late. After being swept by Manteca the previous week (Oakdale was outscored 10-0 during the two-game series), Oakdale bounced back with a non-league 5-1 victory over Tokay on Friday, April 11 and managed a 5-4 victory over Sierra in Manteca on Tuesday, April 15. To keep pace with Valley Oak League (VOL) front runners Manteca and Sierra, OHS needed to complete the sweep of Sierra on Thursday, April 17 in front of the home crowd ...
It was as close to a playoff atmosphere as a game in April can be, as the varsity Mustangs approached the midway point to a promising baseball season. Approximately 150 fans made their way to the ballpark to watch the Mustangs host the Buffaloes of Manteca this past week. The battle included two of the Valley Oak League's premier pitchers as Oakdale's Bryce Dyrda, who signed with USC, took on Manteca's lefty, Jacob Corn, who signed to a fellow PAC12 school, Oregon. Corn and the Buffaloes would out dual Dyrda and the Mustangs, handing Oakdale its first ...
Spring has officially sprung and the weather was perfect for a round of nine hole golf action at Oakdale's Golf and Country Club on Tuesday afternoon, April 8. Oakdale High School golfers welcomed Lathrop to town for a Valley Oak League match. The Mustangs found their stroke as they defeated Lathrop with a score of 248-289.
The Mustangs varsity baseball team is off to a white hot start to the season and it continued to show on Wednesday, April 2 when the team shut out Weston Ranch 11-0 in front of the Oakdale faithful. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 but it was postponed to severe weather.
After a lackluster performance on Tuesday, Jan. 13 against visiting Weston Ranch, the Oakdale varsity basketball boys saddled up and put on their best performance of the young season. Coming off the embarrassing 68-23 home loss against Weston Ranch, Oakdale gathered its first Valley Oak League win of the campaign with a 66-55 home win over East Union on Thursday, Jan. 15.
The OHS wrestling team hosted a Valley Oak League double dual meet on Wednesday, Jan. 14, as visitors Kimball and Sierra came to town to take on the Mustangs.
Oakdale wrestlers made their presence felt this past weekend at a pair of two-day tournaments.
Valley Oak League play tipped off this week for Oakdale's boys basketball teams, with all levels in action. The Mustang boys took their act on the road for a contest on Wednesday night, Jan. 7 and also were on the road Friday.
The 45th annual Oakdale Rotary Classic came to a close on Monday night, Dec. 29. The three-day basketball tournament featured eight local schools, including the host school Mustangs. Oakdale's varsity boys finished the tournament with a record of 1-2. The Mustangs fell to Hughson in the first round Friday night, bounced back to defeat Los Banos on Saturday, and then fell to Grace Davis in the consolation game on Monday night, 71-63.
The 2014-15 basketball preseason came to a close Saturday night, Jan. 3 when the varsity Lady Mustangs hosted the Lady Tigers of Terra Nova, a game that resulted in a thrilling Terra Nova overtime victory, 52-45.
Oakdale High School may still be on winter break from academic classes, but its varsity and junior varsity boys basketball teams hit the hardwood in the annual Oakdale Rotary Classic tournament over the holiday break.
On a cold, damp night outside, the varsity boys were making it rain three's inside the Oakdale High School gym on the basketball court. The varsity Mustangs knocked down four treys to help lift them to a 57-52 victory over visiting Atwater on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
It was a rough night for the Lady Mustangs overall as teams at all three levels – freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams lost to longtime rivals, the Sonora Wildcats on Dec. 19. Even though Sonora is no longer in the Valley Oak League, there was that midseason atmosphere when the teams clashed in a non-league preseason girls' varsity basketball game in Oakdale. The youngest Lady Mustangs fell 57-19 and the JV team tumbled, 60-23 against the visitors.
Although the calendar will show that we are only at the midway point of the 2014-2015 school year, OHS senior Jennifer Guzman is off to a memorable start.
Keeping the game close early, Oakdale's varsity football Mustangs finally ran out of steam and couldn't hold off an undefeated Clayton Valley Charter School squad, falling 28-7 in the CIF NorCal Regional Division II championship game on Saturday.
Bend, but don't break.
Though still missing plenty of team members – continuing with their football season – the Oakdale High School wrestling team packed its gym bags and headed down south to Bakersfield for the weekend's annual Rumble for the Rig tournament. OHS claimed second place out of 20 top wrestling schools from throughout the state. Oakdale had many standouts including four first place finishers, a pair of second place finishers and three others finishing in the top five.
In advance of the upcoming wrestling season, The Leader sent a questionnaire to head coach Steve Strange, seeking some thoughts on the campaign. Following are the questions and coach Strange's answers.
Oakdale punched its ticket for the 2014 Division III CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game after dismantling 10th seeded Rio Linda 41-14 Friday night, Nov. 28.
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