Taking on Lathrop and Manteca this week, the Oakdale varsity basketball boys gained a split of the Valley Oak League contests, with each decided by just a few points.
Two games, two losses, each by two points.
They needed two.
Three champions and the prestigious Most Outstanding Upperweight Wrestler honor came back to Oakdale from the weekend Lloyd C. Engel Tournament in neighboring Escalon.
Securing the first Valley Oak League victory in three seasons for coach Justin Schwitters, the Oakdale varsity Lady Mustangs basketball team took down Sierra by a 42-32 victory in recent play.
A furious fourth quarter saw Oakdale get close – but not quite close enough – as visiting Tracy walked off the Mustang gym floor with a 66-58 non-league victory in hand on Friday night.
Another Sierra Nevada Classic, another title for Oakdale junior Nico Colunga.
Three games in three days made for a busy stretch of basketball for Oakdale's varsity boys but coach Jeremy Fields says the more games, the better.
Logan Eaton doubled up on 2012 title at the Morningstar Invitational; Trevor Williams pinned, pinned and majored Josh Bustamante 15-7 in the final, middleweights Tanner Reeves and Abel Garcia took home titles and along with a third place by Justin Jacobsen, Frankie Trent and Nico Colunga, the Oakdale Mustangs went on to finish second as a team at the Morningstar Invitational in Los Banos.
The week between Christmas and New Year is always busy on the basketball court for the Mustangs.
Oakdale's varsity Lady Mustangs girls' basketball team improved to 5-1 on the young season after defeating the Summerville Bears 47-26 at Summerville and topping Livingston by a 46-32 final.
The James Riddle Invitational took in 20 teams and stepped up a notch in competition in its 38th year, but Oakdale, led by two individual champions in junior Logan Eaton and freshman Abel Garcia, kept the title on the home turf.
Red faces, scorched lungs and live action anxiety was evident on all three mats during Oakdale's Friday night spirited home scrimmage against Pitman High.
Riverbank's court, Riverbank's sport and it showed in a contest against riverside neighbor Oakdale on Friday night.
2013 should be good, but 2014 could be great.
The 45th annual Oakdale Rotary Classic came to a close on Monday night, Dec. 29. The three-day basketball tournament featured eight local schools, including the host school Mustangs. Oakdale's varsity boys finished the tournament with a record of 1-2. The Mustangs fell to Hughson in the first round Friday night, bounced back to defeat Los Banos on Saturday, and then fell to Grace Davis in the consolation game on Monday night, 71-63.
The 2014-15 basketball preseason came to a close Saturday night, Jan. 3 when the varsity Lady Mustangs hosted the Lady Tigers of Terra Nova, a game that resulted in a thrilling Terra Nova overtime victory, 52-45.