The championship mat at Oakdale High was supposed to feature the best two wrestlers in each weight during the medal round at the eight-team Valley Oak League Individual Wrestling Championships on Saturday.
Six prep wrestling teams from three different Division IV leagues collided at the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Dual Championships on Saturday, but five of them were only really competing for second.
After a winless stint through the first 10 games of the Valley Oak League season, Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team is on the warpath for a conference win, and today may represent the best shot.
In a Valley Oak League season where stiff competition has held Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team out of the win column, nothing is more important than the steady improvement of committed players.
Oakdale High's wrestling program kept the longest active streak of Sac-Joaquin Section Team Dual titles alive with consecutive victories to snare the Division IV banner on Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton. Mustang grapplers won 25 of 28 total matches across the day to collect their fourth straight such honor and fifth in the past six seasons. The team will host the Valley Oak League Individual Championships on Saturday. For more information on Oakdale's run to a team dual title and their upcoming league tourney, nab the Feb. 8 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
Oakdale High's junior varsity girls basketball team improved to 5-3 in the Valley Oak League with an 18-point rout of visiting Kimball on Friday, but varsity and freshman girls couldn't match the same performance during a 1-2 collective finish against the Jaguars.
Welcome back Dustin Harris.
The blows to Oakdale High's varsity wrestling team continue to rain down.
Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team saw its Friday, Jan. 20 contest with Sonora postponed due to a power outage up the hill with the game now set for Saturday. And if the Mustangs' previous four Valley Oak League contests have taught us anything, it's to expect a battle.
With over 400 wrestlers packed into multiple brackets for all 14 weight classes, the 2012 Lloyd C. Engel Tournament in Escalon earlier this month proved to be one of the toughest local tournaments this season. Oakdale junior Hondo Arpoika made the most of his trip to Escalon with a first place title in the 'A' bracket at 195 pounds.
To quote the singing duo of Peaches and Herb, "Reunited and it feels so good…"
The departure of longtime varsity standout Jake Martinez was a big blow to the Oakdale High School boys basketball program. But while players stepped in to fill his role in the post, Oakdale senior Vince Fauria blossomed into a key role in Oakdale's frontcourt.
Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team played to an exciting 40-39 loss to East Union after Winter Homecoming festivities on Jan. 13. The action capped an evening that included freshman and junior varsity contests and included a crowd-rousing homecoming selection narrated by Oakdale announcer Pete Simoncini. For additional information on the homecoming game and Oakdale's prince, king, princess and queen selections, see the Jan. 18 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
To be the best you have to beat the best, but the best are pretty darn good.
Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team had better sharpen their weapons in 2012, because every Valley Oak League contest is bound to be a battle.
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.
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.