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.
Oakdale High's freshman girls took first place among all competing teams in the small school division at the Sierra Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Legion Park in Modesto.
Oakdale High's senior center attacker on the varsity water polo team didn't wait long to show opposing programs why his dominance in the middle of the pool is to be feared.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE -- Ripon High's first-year water polo program brought out a big fan base for their first ever home contest and Valley Foothill Conference match, but Oakdale's varsity boys broke away from a tight match with 10 unanswered goals and a 24-7 blowout on Wednesday.
Oakdale High volleyball, cross country and girls golf teams enjoyed some collective success during recent preseason and Valley Oak League action in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
When life serves you lemons you make lemonade, and when life serves you a volleyball you better dig that thing up.
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.
With playoffs looming, the Oakdale Mustangs varsity boys soccer team needed to make a big push this week. The team entered the week in third place in the Valley Oak League standings. Oakdale hosted Central Catholic and then went on the road to face the Buffaloes of Manteca in a crucial VOL showdown. The Mustangs stood tall and answered the challenge by blanking the Raiders 9-0 and earning a tough 5-2 road victory in Manteca, winning both games for the week.
In the inaugural Friday Night Lights high school football series at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium, two of the premier Valley Oak League contenders clashed on Saturday, Oct. 11 as the Oakdale Mustangs battled it out with the Manteca Buffaloes. Not only did the Mustangs win, the victory saw a record-setting effort, as Mustang senior Frankie Trent scored six touchdowns and rushed for over 200 yards, setting a Levi's Stadium record.
Friday night's Homecoming game was a true crowd pleaser for the Mustang faithful, as the Oakdale varsity football team dominated the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars, 48-0. It was a satisfying end to a festive week of activities celebrating the fall homecoming.
Oakdale High School senior Mabel Wong, 17, already has plenty of kudos to her credit on the links. The young golfer has been a part of the First Tee program, played for the OHS ladies golf team and now, she took her talents to the Pebble Beach Golf Course for the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open.
Friday night marked the first Valley Oak League game for the Oakdale Mustangs in the 2014 season. The team hosted East Union and literally ran away with it, winning 49-13 in front of the Mustang faithful.
In a productive week that saw two Valley Oak League (VOL) foes come to town, the varsity soccer Mustangs answered the challenge and walked away with a pair of victories. They first edged out Sierra 2-1 and followed that up with a 4-1 crowd pleaser against East Union.
It was a mixed week for the varsity tennis team, as the girls faced a pair of Valley Oak League (VOL) teams, suffering a tough 5-4 loss to Manteca on Tuesday, Sept. 23. They regrouped and earned a 7-2 victory over Weston Ranch on Thursday, Sept. 25.
The 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is this weekend, Sept. 26 through 28 and at least one local golfer will be on the links. Fans and spectators will be treated to viewing celebrities, pro golfers, most likely enjoy great weather and also get to see local golf phenom, Mabel Wong.
The Valley Oak League's first cross country meet of the season was hosted at Legion Park in Modesto on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and featured an outstanding effort from the Oakdale Mustangs.
With the preseason winding down, Oakdale's fall sports are gearing up for league play, with some already into their league schedule. The following is a quick glance at some of the Mustangs' week in review.
If you were anywhere in the city limits of Oakdale on Friday night, odds are you could probably hear the stomping of the feet from both Oakdale and Turlock fans hitting the bleachers, roars from both sides of the field, the hard hits or even the rich voice of Mustang announcer Pete Simoncini. However, if you didn't witness the Mustangs late fourth quarter heroics live from The Corral, you missed something special. The varsity Mustangs found themselves on the winning end of a 30-29 nail bitter against visiting Turlock in non-league play.
With a solid 3-2-3 record thus far, coach Alfredo Quiroga and the Oakdale High School boys soccer team are optimistic about the upcoming regular season.
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.
The long awaited Oakdale High School football 2014 season is under way. After spring and summer workouts, two-a-days once practices could officially begin earlier this month, and team meetings, the Mustangs hosted a home scrimmage against the Tracy Bulldogs on Saturday, Aug. 23.
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