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.
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.
The talents of Oakdale High athletes were on display during a barrage of recent action in girls soccer, swimming, boys tennis, boys golf and baseball. Following is a summary of contests.
A battle of Valley Oak League juggernauts swung violently in favor of visiting Sierra High on March 20 as the returning Sac-Joaquin Section runner-ups delivered a 5-0 thumping of the same Oakdale softball program that beat them in the 2012 SJS finals.
Oakdale High junior Dezirae Pennington had better tie those laces tight, because she's bound to leap right out of those shoes.
Seven innings of spectacular pitching provided a unique marvel on March 8, as Oakdale High pitcher Bryce Dyrda tossed a complete game no-hit shutout over Johansen.
The spectacular teamwork of Oakdale High tennis players Trae Folla and Miguel Rosales has been a spectacle to behold thus far in 2013. The pair landed landmark wins over Weston Ranch and Manteca to start the year, then rallied to batter East Union and Lathrop's top doubles pairs with more terrific play.
The girls soccer team that escapes Valley Oak League play with a conference championship this year is going to enter the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason like an apple that hit every branch on the way down.
The state medal draped around the neck of Oakdale High sophomore Nico Colunga couldn't fit better if it was sized and measured at the Men's Wearhouse.
You don't need shoulder pads or a singlet to showcase new muscles. Sometimes you just need a forehand or backhand.
Six Oakdale High students extended their Winter sports season into March by claiming advancements from the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships to the state meet.
A 6-3 win by Oakdale High senior Eric Barragan landed the Mustang wrestler a first place finish in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championships in Los Banos and avenged a prior loss at the Valley Oak League tournament.
It happens every year.