The days of Tokay showing up to the Corral for the Oakdale Mustangs' final preseason tune up are a distant memory and now it's the Central Catholic Raiders who brought their army up for final action leading up to the important non-league schedule.
With the Valley Oak League schedule days from opening the Oakdale High varsity volleyball team looks to be taking their games to the next level after a strong performance in the High Sierra Volleyball Tournament in Reno, Nevada on Sept. 4-5.
All the speculation about the structure of the upcoming postseason action and league realignment formats in the Sac-Joaquin Section can come to an end as the 2009-10 realignment plan is set in stone.
Anytime you can get a pair of victories against Sonora High that is a good thing and that is exactly how the Oakdale High water polo program finished their action against the Wildcats in a Sept. 4 non-league battle.
The Oakdale High tennis team is kicking off its season in the right direction, racing out to an undefeated start in Valley Oak League action after three straight victories. The Lady Mustangs have throttled each team they have seen in league play, pushing themselves to the top of the pack on the VOL courts.
There were no referees, no huge crowd of cheering fans watching, yet when the Oakdale High varsity football team suited up for its annual Red-Gold scrimmage it was obvious football season had arrived.
The Oakdale Lady Mustangs golf team welcomed the defending champion East Union Lancers to the always daunting Oakdale Golf Country Club on Aug. 28 for an early season preview of what both teams bring to the greens.
The Oakdale High Cross Country program kicked their season into gear with the Red-Gold Fox Trot intrasquad race around the Oakdale High campus Aug. 28 for both the boys and the girls squads.
There is a huge difference in preparing for the beginning of a new season and preparing to win a championship in that new season, yet it usually is one and the same for the fall sports programs at Oakdale High School.
It has been a short period of time since water polo has come onto the horizon in Oakdale, yet if the Oakdale High boys and girls varsity programs' berth into the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament this past season didn't open the community's eyes, the group's newest accomplishment surely will.
When you think of the basketball season thoughts often drift to holiday tournaments and early spring postseason action, but the real growth and maturity comes when teams take to the hardwood during the ridiculously hot summer months.
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.