Last season the Oakdale High School boys basketball program made huge strides, putting together some solid efforts on the court. They did so primarily by starting off the preseason strong. Fast forward 12 months and they are once again off to a hot start.
This past week they defeated McNair 60-43. The Mustangs improved to 6-1 with the victory as they had the lead throughout the evening. The non-conference showdown took place on Wednesday night, Dec. 11 and saw the Mustangs hold the Eagles scoreless in the second quarter. Kobe Nunes had 24 points to lead all scorers, including 16 points in the first half. Jonah Norman also scored in double digits with 10 points. Jackson Holt added six of his eight points in the first quarter.
Oakdale opens up Valley Oak League play on Thursday, Jan. 2 on the road but there are plenty of games prior to the start of the much anticipated league season. On Wednesday, Dec. 18 the boys host Central Valley at 7 p.m. and on Friday, Dec. 20 the boys will travel to Merced for a 7:15 p.m. non-conference game against the Bears.
The Annual Oakdale Rotary Classic returns to Oakdale High School over the winter holiday break. Eight schools have been announced for the traditional tournament as Ceres, Escalon, Pitman, Ripon Christian, South Tahoe, Hughson and Davis come to town for the three-day tournament beginning on Thursday, Dec. 26. Oakdale takes the court on Dec. 26 in the final game of the night scheduled at 8 p.m. against Davis. It will also be Flannel Night on Dec. 26 as fans are encouraged to wear flannel to the game. Friday night will be White Out Night and T-shirts will be handed out while supplies last.
The junior varsity will also be taking part in the Oakdale Rotary Classic. Pitman, Ripon Christian, Lincoln, Liberty Ranch, Hughson and Davis will participate in the tournament. Oakdale will play Hughson at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26 and will also play Davis that afternoon at 2 p.m.