With the preseason winding down, Oakdale’s fall sports are gearing up for league play, with some already into their league schedule. The following is a quick glance at some of the Mustangs’ week in review.
A long road trip was successful for the varsity Oakdale Mustangs on the gridiron, as they topped McQueen in Reno on Friday night. The boys were 47-7 victors over the Lancers.
The varsity boys have looked sharp this preseason, earning home wins over longtime rival Sonora, then following it up with a 30-29 nail bitter against Turlock. The team improved to 3-0, after a convincing 47-7 road victory in Reno on Friday, Sept. 12. The team is now getting some much need rest, with a bye this Friday, before league play begins against East Union (1-1) on Friday, Sept. 26 at The Corral. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The ladies returned to the links for a trio of VOL contests. On Tuesday, Sept. 9 the team traveled to Old River Golf Course where they fell to Kimball 228-252. Wednesday, Sept. 10 the team hit the road again as they went to Manteca to face the Lady Lancers of East Union where the Lady Mustangs dropped their second straight road VOL matchup. Home cooking seemed to be the ladies’ remedy as the team returned home to the Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Thursday, Sept. 11 to host the Weston Ranch Cougars. Dylanie Donahue led the way for the Lady Mustangs in a 271-365 home win, as she turned in a score card of 42 on a par 36. The team is now 1-2 on the 2014 season and will host a pair of home contests against Central Catholic and Sierra this week.
Varsity Boys Water Polo
Off to a rough start, the boys are 1-3 in their preseason play. Saturday, Sept. 13 the boys led 4-2 after two quarters of play against Oak Ridge. However, the second half got away from the Mustangs as Oak Ridge scored three times in the final frame to win 6-5. Oakdale looks to make a splash this week when they host Tokay on Thursday, Sept.18 with the game time set for 5 p.m.
Varsity Girls Water Polo
League play doesn’t begin until Oct. 8 when they clash with Central Catholic, but the girls’ schedule is packed before the VOL showdown, beginning with a home game against Lodi on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13 both gyms at OHS were full as Oakdale hosted its annual JV Tournament. Sixteen clubs came to town, with Hilmar winning the tournament. Oakdale did win its pool play taking out Beyer (25-5, 25-16). Buhach Colony was next for the Lady Mustangs, where they split a pair of games with them. Dropping the first game 16-25, they regrouped 25-15 in the second. In the third round, they beat the Bruins of Riverbank 25-16, 25-18. With their first place in pool play and the number of points earned, they earned the three seed for bracket play in the gold division and came up against Escalon, who were the six seed. Escalon won the single elimination contest in two games 18-25, 23-25.
The girls served up a 3-0 road victory at Merced on Tuesday, Sept. 9. In the three set contest, Oakdale won 25-19, 25-13 and 25-12. Two days after their victorious road trip, the team returned to Oakdale, but fell to Tracy 3-1. The girls dropped the first game 17-25 but took control in the second and held on to a 25-22 win. After a gritty performance in the second set, the girls dropped the next two 25-16, 25-13. With a 7-7 preseason record, the team begins league play on Thursday, Sept. 18 at Lathrop.