Oakdale High School honored its 2017-2018 boys basketball players on Monday night, April 9 with the annual awards ceremony. Coaches, players, families and fans gathered inside the main gym at Oakdale High School for the festivities.
Freshman assistant coach Joe Peterson handed out the awards to the youngest of the three Mustang teams, as head coach Bobby Monges was not in attendance. Peterson spoke on the future of the program and how it was trending in the right direction. Four players took home awards on the freshman team, and everyone earned a certificate. Izayah Perez Garcia was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates. Omar Garcia took home the team’s Hustle Award. Robert Silva was named Born Mustang Tough Award and Most Improved went to Wyatt Roseberry. Oakdale’s freshmen won the Valley Oak League title this past season.
The junior varsity team honored several standouts as first year head coach Kelly Power presented players with their awards. Four awards were distributed as Riley Miller earned the team’s Hustle Award, Peyton Bradford took home the Born Mustang Tough Award, Braxton Whitemyer was recognized as Most Improved and sharpshooter Jonah Norman was voted as team’s Most Valuable Player.
Entertaining the large crowd was “Papa Coach” Jack Strang. He provided laughs and shared memories of the student athletes and offered praise for their hard work, dedication and also noted the scholastic achievements in the classroom for the varsity boys. He also spoke about the team’s character and said that each of them is representing the program and community in the right way. Head coach Hondo Arpoika also spoke on the team’s character and stressed how proud he was of them as individuals.
Senior Jace Krick was voted by the Valley Oak League to their All-Defensive Team and was presented with the Born Mustang Tough Award as well. It was a big night for senior Drew Legan as he was voted to the Second Team All Valley Oak League and was voted the Mustangs Most Valuable Player Award. The award was presented to Legan by his father and assistant head coach Charles Legan. Both Legan and Krick were Team Captains for the Mustangs this year. Sam Medlin, the six foot plus athletic center earned Honorable Mention by the Valley Oak League and was named the Mustangs Best Defensive Player. Senior Cesar Garcia was named the team’s Hustle Award winner. John “Microwave” Foreman took home the team’s Most Improved Player Award. Wrapping up the evening was senior Marc Dickson winning the Brian Irvine Character Award.