When the Oakdale High football team kicks off the 2009 season in early September it will likely be five or six thousand people filling the stadium making noise to support their squad, yet the official kick-off to the season will be Aug. 3 when the team hosts 'The First Annual Oakdale High School Football Grid Iron Greats Golf Classic' at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Day two was weak.
The 2009 Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic was the final time graduated Oakdale High studs Vince Helms and Justin Jones could take the field as Mustangs and the two shined brightly in the 20th Annual Stanislaus County All-Star Baseball game at John Thurman Field in Modesto.
Although no one from Oakdale High School is going to the CIF state track meet this year, the school was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on May 28 and 29.
When Justin Jones closed out his second consecutive Valley Oak League season without a defeat, league coaches were left with little to discuss when it came to naming Jones as the VOL's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season.
After putting together a quality career for the Oakdale Lady Mustang softball program, the Valley Oak League coaches recognized her efforts in selecting Oakdale senior Monique Galvan for the league's Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The chances of Oakdale High not repeating as the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball champions seemed ultra-slim during the Mustangs' impressive run throughout the 2009 season, but those chances became reality as Oakdale was upset 4-3 for the second time by Placer High on May 20, eliminating the Mustangs from playoff contention.
Oakdale High knew that it had one of the top programs heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Track and Field Finals at Modesto Junior College and the squad's top-10 finish in both the boys and girls division was seemingly proof enough.
Oakdale has continued its recent emergence onto the local high school swimming scene with a solid showing during the Sac-Joaquin Section Swim Championships at Tokay High May 14-16.
Every workout, every practice, every team meeting, every fundraiser, every inning and every game has been simplified into a must win double-header for the Oakdale Mustangs against Placer High in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Baseball Championship.
Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Softball Championships the Oakdale High varsity softball team knew that they would make a lengthy run, yet its run came up a little short in a title game loss to Bear River High on May 16 at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
Three different pitchers hurled complete games, combining for a total of 43 strikeouts, as Oakdale High's junior varsity softball team finished out the season with a trio of victories. The Lady Colts finished the season with 27 wins and no losses and won a seventh-straight Valley Oak League title for junior varsity softball.
Oakdale High School's track and field program has already put together an impressive 2009 season, yet the squad seems to be just kicking into gear after a dominating performance during the Valley Oak League Track and Field Championships on May 9 at The Corral.
There are several goals that a coach sets when opening the first weeks of a high school baseball season, but finishing without a loss usually is not on anyone's checklist.
The last hurdle is always the most difficult to clear and that proved to be true for the Oakdale High varsity baseball program. The squad's hope of completing a perfect Valley Oak League season came to an abrupt halt when the team took a forfeit loss against Sonora in the season finale for using an ineligible player over the game's final inning.
Senior wrestlers in the Valley Oak League must have night terrors about wild horses.
Veteran Stampede Cheer coaches, Abby Gottlieb and Annamarie McDaniel, and first year coach Jenna Zellmer knew they had a special team at the beginning of the Oakdale Stampede season but they soon discovered their girls were not only talented, but champions.
You could sew the collection of Sac-Joaquin Section banners obtained by Oakdale High's wrestling program into a king-sized quilt.
Those epic Oakdale-Sonora football games may soon be replaced by Oakdale-Central Catholic.
Oakdale High custodians should check the roof of the Mustang gymnasium for holes, because Austin Archuleta shot the roof off the place on Feb. 1.
Between game-winning shots at the buzzer, game-tying three-pointers in the final moments and stellar post play against the biggest team in the league; it's been an exciting run of games for Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team.
There's no crying in baseball, but there sure is plenty of it in wrestling.
The strength of the lineup represented by Oakdale High's wrestling team will be on emphatic display on Feb. 2 at Lincoln High in Stockton, where only a miracle will prevent the Mustangs from nabbing a seventh Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV team duals title in eight seasons.
Kylie Gust heroically drained three straight free throws with .6 seconds remaining in regulation to launch Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team into an overtime contest against East Union on Jan. 24.
And just like that, the seams attaching Valley Oak League jerseys with their success over Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team have burst amidst the flexing of Mustang muscles.
Among the plethora of Oakdale High wrestlers listed on the California Wrestling Newsletter state rankings, 195-pound senior Hondo Arpoika is not the highest ranked. However, Arpoika made progress in that regard by advancing from "honorable mention" into the top-40 ranked wrestlers in the state by landing a fifth place medal at the prestigious Temecula Valley Battle for the Belt on Jan. 19. Arpoika won big matches in both the championship and consolation bracket. He bested Dylan Bollinger of Sultana 3-1 on his way to the medal podium.
Maybe you are slapping your bare arms and legs like they stole your headgear or maybe your headphones are blasting Justin Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat" while your teammates assume its Metallica.
Oakdale's boys basketball team was eight minutes away from securing its first Valley Oak League win of the season at Manteca High on Thursday, but the Mustangs were held to a single point for the final 7:59.
Somewhere in the midst of the scuffles and fouls, Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team found a mean streak on Jan. 16.
Some of the best high school wrestling teams in the country again converged on California for one of the toughest tournaments of the year on Jan. 18 and 19 at the Temecula Valley Battle for the Belt.