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Golf Girls, Volleyball, Tennis Team Keep Up Fast Pace
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Oakdale’s Lydia Stueve goes up at the net in recent action on the home court for volleyball. The varsity girls split road matches over the past couple of weeks with a win over Kimball, a loss to Manteca. Photo By Jeff Kettering

Oakdale’s Lady Mustang golfers have two matches on the schedule this week, at Manteca and home against Weston Ranch.

They have been busy in the Valley Oak League, said coach Lee McGhee, with a wrap of recent matches provided by the coach.

“This was a fun couple of weeks for OHS golf. Along with our league matches it was fun to follow our six former golfers all playing at the collegiate level this season,” McGhee said.

Those players include: Makayla Christiansen – Vanguard University; Andrea York – Redlands University; Madison Blanc – MJC; Allie Denning – MJC; Shealyn Hanrahan – MJC; Taylor Stewart - Chico State.

Late September league action for the varsity golf girls saw them defeat East Union, 223-286 at Oakdale Golf and Country Club as well as topping Sierra at Manteca Park Golf Course, 235-300, and winning another home match, 230-307, over Central Catholic.

In the match with East Union, Tori Blanc carded a 35 on the day.

“That is one under par here at OGCC; it is a par 36 for the front nine holes,” McGhee explained “This is not something that has happened very often in our league or with our team to have a player finish under par for a 9 hole match or in an 18 hole tournament.”

She joins elite company with former OHS standouts Madison Blanc (her sister) and Taylor Stewart as a few of the OHS team members to shoot under par during matches.

The girls followed that match up with the win on the road against Sierra, then came home for a solid effort against Central Catholic.

“Kaylie Parola, a junior at OHS, led the way with medalist honors shooting 40 with freshman Hannah Herschbach (41) and senior Tori Blanc (42) right behind her scoring on the day,” McGhee said.

Rounding out the scoring for OHS were Janelle Velazquez with 52, Alivia Antinetti at 55 and Xcaret Duque carding a 56.

After the matches this week, the girls will compete in the second 18-hole VOL tournament at Manteca on Wednesday, Oct. 13 and then wrap up VOL play on Tuesday, Oct. 19 with the VOL Championships being held this year at Micke Grove Golf Course in Lodi.



A loss on the road was followed by a win for the varsity volleyball girls in recent action.

They fell in straight sets, 20-25, 19-25, 17-25 at Manteca against the Lady Buffaloes on Monday, Sept. 27.

The Valley Oak League play continued on the road for Oakdale and the next match saw the girls craft a much more favorable outcome, as they played the Kimball Lady Jaguars on Wednesday, Sept. 29 and took a 3-0 win. Scores for Oakdale in the sweep were 25-18, 25-11, 25-9.

In junior varsity competition, the girls fell by a 2-0 final against Manteca.

No game statistics or freshmen information were available.



Varsity tennis girls had an uneventful week, though ultimately successful, as they defeated Kimball 8 to 1.

“It was nothing exciting, we are just a better program than them right now,” said head coach Grant Miller. “On the other hand, we hosted the novice tournament this weekend and three of the four semifinalists were Oakdale players.”

Sydney Birkes lost in the semifinals, so she basically tied for third place, noted Miller. The finals were all Oakdale as Ashlyn Knight and Jacy Dorr faced off in a tremendous match that went back and forth.

“In the end Ashlyn won, but the real winner is our program,” Miller emphasized. “Our young ladies continue to improve and work hard. These are the kind of athletes that continue to make us one of the deepest teams in the VOL.”