Oakdale High athletes on water polo, volleyball, soccer and tennis teams trudged through their respective prep schedules with wins and losses alike this past week.
No Oakdale High athlete had bigger shoes to fill this fall than varsity water polo goalkeeper Hayley Benson. With 2010-11 Oakdale Leader Athlete of the Year Morgan Kinyon departed via graduation, Benson was thrown into the pool and in front of the net this season.
Oakdale High's freshman girls volleyball team claimed a host invitational championship, while soccer, water polo, tennis and golf teams saw their own brand of success during conference and tournament action over the past week.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- Oakdale High athletes opened October in a big way with conference and tournament victories across their respective fields of play.
Oakdale High's senior goalkeeper, Scotty McNeil, made a huge impact on the Mustang varsity soccer team over the past week. With Oakdale facing two tough opponents after a 0-3-1 start to the Valley Oak League season, McNeil stepped up with big plays on the defensive and offensive front to lead his team to two straight victories.
Oakdale High's varsity soccer team rebounded from a rough start to league play with big wins over the past week, while Mustang volleyball, water polo, golf and tennis teams saw their own bounty of success at the end of September.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Between novice tennis tournament victories, unexpected soccer wins and continued success from Oakdale High water polo, golf and volleyball athletes, the week represented a huge end to September for collective Mustang programs.
A year after Oakdale High's girls tennis team failed to challenge for the postseason, the squad has emerged as a clear threat to see postseason contests.
The only thing that shined brighter than brand new Mustang volleyball jerseys during Saturday's Oakdale Varsity Tournament was the play of 12 girls on the varsity roster.
The Oakdale High varsity soccer team struggled to tie and lose a game last week, but Oakdale football players, tennis stars, golfers and water polo players landed big conference wins in recent play.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- The pressure of a spotless league record and talented foe did little to batter the confidence of Mustang racketeers on Tuesday as the Oakdale High girls tennis team posted an impressive 5-4 victory over East Union.
Two weeks into the Valley Oak League schedule, Oakdale High's girls tennis team sports a spotless record with four wins over conference foes.
It doesn't take much serious scrutiny to see why Oakdale High's varsity girls water polo is on the brink of another conference championship and run into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team landed two big wins over top-tier division I opponents this week, while water polo, tennis, golf and soccer teams battled against opponents on their respective schedules.
Oakdale High's soccer program rebounded from a rough start to the week while Mustang tennis and volleyball teams continued their fall success in recent action.
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.