The lanky figure of Justin Martinez doesn’t just help him get that can of beans from the top shelf. Oakdale’s imposing center on the varsity basketball team has emerged into a serious and dynamic role on the prep court this season.
He shined in front of his home crowd during the 42nd Annual Oakdale Rotary Classic from Dec. 28 to 30. Martinez scored 32 points across tournament play, including 16 in a key semifinal victory that propelled Oakdale to the championship match.
A narrow loss to Riverbank kept Oakdale from corralling the newly re-named Norm Antinetti Championship Trophy, but Martinez garners Athlete of the Week recognition from The Leader for his efforts on the hardwood.