Oakdale High golfers are already well into their postseason, but their counterparts in water polo, volleyball, tennis, and soccer are still searching for conference closure with only a few contests left on the schedule.
With seven teams and 40 girls competing for top Valley Oak League honors at the Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course, Oakdale landed five of the top 19 individual scores to finish second only to league champ East Union on Oct. 17.
Undefeated Oakdale freshman Mabel Wong was named the league MVP while Nikki Stastny claimed second team All VOL honors after a terrific senior season.
The team finish granted Oakdale a second-place tie with Sonora in the league standings and collective advancement deeper into the postseason.
Stastny, Wong and the rest of Oakdale’s lineup took on the Division IV Championships at Lockeford Springs on Monday, and they didn’t disappoint.
Wong shot a 77 to land medalist honors and claim the top individual advancement to the SJS Masters championships. Rebecca Cone tallied a 100 score while Dylanie Donahue shot 101. Stastny shot a 106 while Michelle DesRochers (109) and Jenna Heaton (124) also turned in solid scores. Oakdale was second among all qualifying teams, just missing collective team advancement to Masters.
Wong will take on the Masters field at the Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton on Monday, Oct. 31.
The Oakdale varsity girls snuck in a narrow 4-3 victory over Los Banos on Oct. 19 to stay unbeaten in Valley Foothill Conference action. Hayley Benson managed nine saves while Savannah Stender (three goals) and Alissa Burford (one) led the Mustang offensive attack.
Oakdale went on to finish 1-2 in the tough Davis Invitational despite a 6-3 win over Vintage to start tourney play. Shelby Stender scored four goals in the win while Cassie Lee and Savannah Stender also found the net once.
Oakdale dropped a 15-5 loss to St. Francis a match later after three scores from Lee and one each from Savannah Stender and Katie Vanderberg.
The girls closed action with an 11-6 loss to Lodi after two Shelby Stender goals and one each by Lee, Vanderberg, Savannah Stender and Kendyl Burford.
The Oakdale varsity boys took 10th at the highly touted Delong Tournament after a two-point loss to both Turlock and Del Oro. Oakdale beat Lincoln by 10, Tokay by three and Reno by four to finish 3-2 in tourney action. Braden Lee and Neal Cadra led the team in scoring.
Oakdale’s varsity girls swept Manteca and Kimball in two matches across a three-day span this week. The team punished Manteca after 25-10, 25-14, 25-12 scores on Tuesday. Kaitlin Van Ryn landed 10 kills, 17 points and six digs while Domi Powell added 11 kills, eight points and four digs. Justina Keith chipped in eight kills, six points and nine digs while Kellie Gratigny managed 20 assists, six points and five digs. Brittany Salas (10 digs) also contributed in the win.
Two days later the Mustangs took a three-game win over Kimball (25-13, 25-19, 25-13) after a 14-point effort from Van Ryn. Powell had seven kills, nine points and three digs while Keith put up 10 kills and six points. Salas came up with four points and seven digs while Gratigny made good on six scoring serves.
With a playoff seed on the line, Oakdale ousted Kimball in a hard-fought 7-2 victory on Tuesday to secure the third and final advancement into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Freshman Christine Kim won in 7-5, 6-0 scores atop the singles ladder while Lindsay Dunn took 6-1, 6-4 victories.
Alejandra Martinez (6-3, 6-1) and Laurie Baxter (6-3, 4-6, 7-6 [7-3]) also won singles matches.
Katie Odom and Corin Hernandez (6-0, 6-1) took a one-sided doubles win while Taylor Davis and Carly Rogers fought to a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory. Francesca Orvis and Nicole Dickens took a competitive 7-5, 4-6, 10-7 win as well.
“Our freshman Christine Kim is playing great. It took her a game or two to figure out high school tennis, but she improved so much,” Oakdale coach Judy Vejar said. “Lindsay Dunn only has trouble with two girls at No. 2. She is cool and strong this year.
“Doubles for us is the best in the league”
Oakdale fell 3-1 to East Union on Monday, but beat Weston Ranch in a 3-2 showdown on Wednesday. The boys close out the campaign with a home game tonight, Oct. 26 hosting Sonora for Senior Night with the varsity game starting at 6:30 p.m.