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Boys Basketball Program Hosts Awards Ceremony
Known as “Papa Coach” OHS assistant coach Jack Strang announced his retirement at the awards ceremony. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

The Oakdale High School boys basketball program gathered for its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 12. On hand to help honor the athletes were family members and community supporters. All awards were voted on by the players.

Varsity head coach Hondo Arpoika and his staff gave out nine awards to their players. Earning the Hustle Award was junior forward Peyton Bradford. Senior John Foreman took home the Character Award. Senior Wyatt Waterworth was recognized as the team’s Born Mustang Tough “BMT” Award recipient. Seniors Jeff Crawley and Evan Brush both had big nights. Brush was voted Most Improved and Crawley earned Best Defensive Player. Brush and Crawley were also named Co-Captains of the team. Earning best offense was freshman guard Kobe Nunes. Nunes averaged 21 points a game and scored 32 points in three separate games over the season. Nunes was also named to the All-Valley Oak League Second Team. Senior Sam Medlin was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player. Medlin averaged a dozen rebounds this season and was also named to the first team All-VOL Defense. Oakdale started the season 14-0 and finished the season with an overall record of 15-13.

Coach Kelly Power and the junior varsity players were honored following their 24-4 season. The junior varsity boys took second place honors in league and were also winners of the 2018 Oakdale Rotary Club Classic. Most Improved Award went to Nick Jeffery. Jake Kettering earned the Hustle Award. Caleb McDonald was voted on by his teammates as the BMT Award winner. Dom Antinetti won the team’s Defensive MVP and Jason Rawe was named Offensive MVP.

Freshman head coach Jeremy Fields and his staff began the night by honoring their players. Winning Most Improved was Jackson Holt. Tate Cassaretto was named Hustle Award winner. The BMT Award went to Jacob Guignard and MVP was Johnny Kraude. The team finished the 2018-2019 season with an overall record of 23-5 and placed second in league with an 8-4 record.

Following the ceremony, varsity assistant coach Jack “Papa Coach” Strang announced his retirement. Strang entertained the crowd on hand with special memories of coaching at Oakdale High School and led a final “Let’s Go Oakdale” chant.