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Fall Sports Wrap Crucial Contests Dot Late Fall Slate
Junior Jared Kahler provided offense for the Mustangs in their water polo clash with Ripon. Shown is Kahler looking for an open teammate during Wednesdays game. - photo by DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

As the nights grow longer and the days shorter, the 2014 fall sports season is rapidly coming to an end. With just two weeks remaining for some of the sports and others gearing up for playoffs, every game is crunch time for Oakdale High School. Following is information from a variety of sports that were in action this week.



In her final season as varsity head coach, Shelli Ponce had her team focused and playing on a high level during the busy week. The girls improved to 8-1 in league play after defeating Lathrop 3-0 at home on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and then earned a road win over Sierra, 3-0. Leading the way for Oakdale was senior Jennifer Guzman with 11 aces in the win against Lathrop and junior Shaye Spani added nine against Sierra. The Mustangs also competed in the Stockton Classic this past weekend where they finished 2-2. Oakdale has now won four consecutive VOL matches, and will face Manteca, Kimball and East Union this week. East Union is the Mustangs lone league loss of the season.



The girls suffered a pair of league losses this past week. Dropping a decision, 7-2 to Central Catholic on Tuesday, Oct. 14 the girls continued to struggle with a 6-3 loss to Manteca on Thursday, Oct. 16. Oakdale’s number one singles player Christine Kim split her matches this week, falling 2-6, 4-6 to Peyton Kelly of Central Catholic but returning to her winning form against Manteca’s Elizabeth Tolbert 6-0, 6-4.



The young Lady Mustang golfers fell short 254-265 against Sierra on Thursday, Oct.16. Dylanie Donahue finished with a 45 to lead the Mustangs. Other scores included Milan Latanzio (49), Emily Greenwood (52) Bailey Zuk (58) Katie Holmes (61) and Kyndall Vargas (67).



The Ripon Indians (18-1, 5-0) were in town on Wednesday, Oct. 15 in both boys and girls action. The boys team fell 18-10 to the first place Indians. Oakdale was behind 11-4 after two quarters of play. Oakdale (3-9, 1-3) is now in third place. Oakdale girls’ varsity team, however, swam away with the competition winning 13-8 to improve their record to 4-0 in league play.