Oakdale H.S. • Track & Field
When 70 of the best young water polo players in the nation gather for a national training camp at Long Beach State University from May 24 to 28, Oakdale freshman Shelby Stender will be along for the ride.
Depth is a terrific ally to any athletic program, but when nine well-rounded golfers represent strong contention for only six starting positions on a prep program, it can be a little tough to stand out.
Oakdale H.S. - Softball
Wins were contagious for all Spring athletes at Oakdale High during recent preseason and Valley Oak League action on their respective fields of play.
Oakdale High's varsity softball team returns four Valley Oak All League selections from a year ago, and selfishly stacks all four in a gauntlet of an opening order for opposing pitchers in 2012.
After two consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles and four section championships in the past five seasons, the 2012 Oakdale High varsity baseball jerseys might as well come with a bright red target on the back.
The pinnacle of California prep wrestling took its toll on Oakdale High wrestlers on Friday, as all five California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships qualifiers suffered painful tournament eliminations on the opening day.
The pinnacle of California prep wrestling waged its toll on Oakdale High wrestlers on Friday, as all five California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships qualifiers suffered painful tournament elimination on the opening day.
With opposing teams from the Valley Oak League pressing hard for big performances at every level of play, wins were hard to come by for Oakdale's girls' basketball program this season.
It didn't take long for Oakdale High's girls soccer program to boot its way into the win column for the 2012 season.
After erroneously reported results gave Ceres High wrestler Gabe Balderas a fictional triumph over Oakdale's Juan Garza in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV finals and a subsequent higher state and section ranking, Balderas had the opportunity to deliver a genuine victory when the two met in the finals of the SJS Masters Championships on Friday at the Stockton Arena.
After four years of dedication to Oakdale High's boys basketball program, the 2011-12 Oakdale High seniors were determined not to go quietly into the night during their final game in a Mustang uniform on Friday.
If progress is measured in forward steps, then the marching of Oakdale High's girls basketball teams has set the tone for success in the coming seasons. Oakdale's varsity squad stayed competitive in the second of a grueling Valley Oak League pace while Oakdale's junior varsity team erupted to 18 total wins and a third place finish in the conference standings.
It's a good thing the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament is only 30 miles away at the Stockton Arena, because elbow room won't be any easier to find for Oakdale High's wrestling team on the way there.
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.