It felt like several minutes had passed, but Oakdale High's varsity volleyball team finally did 'get to the point' of their Valley Oak League statement on Oct. 3.
In a week that saw several standout individual performances, selection for Athlete of the Week recognition didn't come easy. In the end, the honor went to varsity volleyball player and outside hitter Kaitlin Van Ryn. The junior erupted for a thrilling serving fiesta during Oakdale's 2-0 win over Patterson on Saturday at the Oakdale Varsity Invitational.
The streak of undefeated conference titles for Oakdale High's varsity boys water polo team has ended at four.
Between a big upcoming volleyball match and the scattering wins and losses of Oakdale High soccer and tennis players, it has been an up-and-down season for OHS athletes this fall. Following is a summary of recent action.
Kaitlin Van Ryn was never taught to share.
The Oakdale High Water Polo program opened the Valley Oak League season with a varsity sweep of Kimball on Sept. 19. Following is a summary of that action and other results for boys soccer, girls tennis and girls golf.
It didn't take long for Oakdale's reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division II runner-up girls water polo team to be tested in Valley Oak League play. The Lady Mustangs struggled to achieve quality possessions and allowed Kimball to threaten late over a 4-2 victory over the Jaguars on Thursday.
Between lower level volleyball tournament championships, lower level football, upcoming local volleyball tournaments and the constant barrage of Valley Oak League athletics, things have been busy for Oakdale High athletes on the court, soccer field, pool and gridiron.
Liz Erwin has more varsity letters than she needs to spell her first name.
When Oakdale High varsity girls water polo coaches and players coyly say they want to do even better than last year's playoff finish, they only mean one thing - win a section title.
Like a scene from Jaws, the water surrounding Oakdale High's Adam Lahey settled to an eerie calm this summer.
In a week where individuals struggled to produce one tremendous performance, the collective efforts of Oakdale High's girls tennis team stood out the most. Facing two of the best teams in the league, Oakdale erupted onto the Valley Oak League schedule with one-sided victories over Weston Ranch and Kimball.
Isaiah Aguilar doesn't know it yet, but that tingling feeling on the back of his neck is a result of the crosshairs planted on his back by fellow Oakdale High sophomore, Octavio Padilla.
The departure of 10 of Oakdale High's 14 girl golfers from 2011 has given the program an extreme makeover in 2012, but Oakdale coach Lee McGhee says the reality show is far from over.
If Oakdale High varsity girls tennis coach Judy Vejar had a Facebook page, her first status update would likely proclaim the team's quest for a Valley Oak League title in 2012.
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.
It was only fitting that a spectacular performance by junior guard Christina Cobarruvias was highlighted by a signature moment in the Mustang gymnasium on Jan. 16.