Oakdale High's varsity boys cross country team exploded onto the 2011 scene with victories over Ceres and Central Valley in a three-way preseason showdown in Ceres on Thursday, Sept. 1. Erick Padilla finished first overall (18 minutes, 39 seconds) and Mario Jimenez was just behind in second (18 minutes, 54 seconds). Oakdale runners followed with three other sub-21 minute times on the 5,000-meter course.
On Sept. 2 and 3, Oakdale High's varsity girls water polo team landed a sixth place finish at the highly touted Central Valley Showdown in Clovis, while Oakdale's boys soccer team landed runner-up honors at the competitive Gregori Tournament.
Oakdale High senior and volleyball standout Justina Keith worked all summer to recover from a devastating injury that sidelined her for months. For more information on her injury, recovery and her contributions to the OHS volleyball team catch the Sept. 7 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- A late rally gave Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team taste of a comeback in the third game, but Pitman netters capitalized on repeated kill attempts to steal a 3-0 victory from the host Mustangs in Oakdale's first official contest of the season on Wednesday.
The Oakdale Leader's second annual all-sports preview detailing the varsity programs at Oakdale High and their respective schedules will appear in the upcoming Aug. 31 edition of the Oakdale Leader. Be sure to collect your hard copy of this special preview edition of The Leader.
A come from behind win over Golden Valley advanced Oakdale High's summer baseball team into the semifinal round of the Oakdale hosted Vermulen Tournament on Saturday.
Softball ace Randee Hindman, a 17-year-old Oakdale resident and standout athlete at St. Mary's High in Stockton, had an incredible junior season with the Rams.
Morgan Kinyon's goal is to have no goals.
If 2009 Oakdale High graduate Justin Jones takes the mound this weekend for the University of California, Berkeley at the 2011 NCAA Division Baseball Championships, he could have a rowdy local cheering section all his own.
Oakdale High varsity baseball coach, Hondo Arpoika, had some wise words of advice for his standout individuals this year.
With talented Oakdale High athletes scattered across all spring sports, it took a lot for any one team to stand out in highly successful seasons as the school year came to a close.
Qualifying for one event of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships is extremely difficult. Qualifying for four of them is just plain silly.
Oakdale High thrower Marco Camacho and jumper Manny Hernandez came painstakingly close, but one by one all Mustang athletes fell just short of the state meet during action at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships this past week.
It wasn't pretty, but it's a Sac-Joaquin Section championship nonetheless.
Playoff victories don't come easy for soccer teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section, especially in the ultra competitive Division IV brackets, where top tier Sacramento programs and local powerhouses square off in heated contests each round.
Friday night football is back at The Corral as the Mustangs hosted longtime rivals, the Sonora Wildcats in the 2014 season opener. Even though Sonora is no longer in the Valley Oak League, the rivalry between the two schools went on for 91 years in league play and still holds up as a big rivalry in California.