Oakdale High athletes were firing on all cylinders in league and non-league action this past week for cross country, water polo, soccer, golf and tennis. Following are brief recaps for the various sports.
The Mustangs brought home 26 individual medals from the Escalon Invitational, hosted at Woodward Reservoir just outside Oakdale on Wednesday.
Runners were still missing from the line up, but that didn’t stop 31 athletes in a steady dash toward the finish.
“We had a very hard practice on Tuesday and used this meet as practice as well, so I was not expecting this outcome,” Oakdale coach Guy Fowler said. “I know we will be prepared for the VOL Cluster Meet No. 2 Wednesday.
“We are hosting … and I hope as many people as possible can come out and support us.”
Erick Padilla ran a strong 19 minute, 2 second race on the 5,0000-meter varsity course, and was followed soon after by Bryan Berst, Louie Brichetto, Andrew Markel, Mario Jimenez and Jose Ibarra.
Haily Macedo was Oakdale’s top female finisher at 22:59. She watched Ariana Barajas and Marieke Delzer both finish in 23:58 as well.
Oakdale’s Cameron Elswick led the junior varsity boys with a 13:20 time on the 3,000-meter course. Katlyn Gillies landed an 18:01 time for the junior varsity girls, as well.
Oakdale hosts today’s cluster meet, Oct. 13, at 3:30 p.m.
The Mustangs topped one of the best large-school programs in the area with two big varsity wins over visiting Turlock on Oct. 7.
Oakdale’s varsity girls snared a 6-2 lead at the end of three games, and watched reserves cruise to a 7-5 rout of the Bulldogs.
Savannah Stender scored four goals while Jessica Myers added two and Cassie Lee one. Goalie Morgan Kinyon landed nine big saves in the win.
Oakdale’s varsity boys took a 10-5 victory after four Neal Cadra goals and three from Jeremy Neathery. Cory Onken, Adam Lahey and Brandon Terwilliger snared a goal apiece while Mike Tripp stopped 10 shots on goal to keep Oakdale well ahead.
Oakdale’s frosh-soph girls took a tightly contested 3-2 win, while the frosh-soph boys were handed a 7-2 defeat.
Oakdale hosted Sonora on Monday, though results were not available at press time. The varsity girls take on the Western States Tournament in Modesto on Friday and Saturday.
A 0-0 tie with Sierra on Oct. 6 has left Oakdale (5-2-1) third in the VOL standings, behind East Union (7-1) and Sierra (5-1-2).
The Mustangs are the only team to beat East Union, and get a shot to repeat that feat in Lancer territory on Monday.
Oakdale was rolling from a 7-3 throttling of Sonora on Oct. 4. Robert Gilbert scored twice while Oskar Nilsson, Mark Ortiz, Jared Firstbrook, Javier Aguiniga and Antonio Munoz each found the back of the net once.
Oakdale (8-3) had trouble with undefeated East Union on Oct. 7, after five Lancer golfers matched or beat the 48-stroke score from Mustang No. 1, Jaylene Ponce. East Union won the match 222-276, but couldn’t drop Ponce from her position atop the VOL points ladder.
As of Oct. 11, Ponce leads VOL golfers with 56 league points. East Union has two golfers at 55 points and another three in the top eight.
Mustang golfers Julie Bolme (10th) and Nicole Stastny (14th) are in position to compete for second team All VOL honors.
Stastny shot a 52 and Bolme a 53 against East Union. Michelle DesRochers carded a 56 while Frankie Taylor shot a 67.
Oakdale will take on Weston Ranch at the Van Buskirk Golf Course in Stockton on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Ponce and the Lady Mustangs will fight for VOL honors and postseason advancements at the league championships at Lockeford Springs on Monday.
Oakdale dropped a hard-fought 3-2 match against East Union on Thursday.
Elise Derby and Emily Clayton dropped singles matches, but saw Lindsay Dunn oust Rebekah Johnson in 6-2, 6-3 scores.
Laurie Baxter and Emily Johnson lost to Shalane Jackson and Klasey Kachalkin in doubles play, but Jacelyn Bunney and Nicole Armstrong landed an Oakdale win with 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 come-from-behind scores over Deanna Stuber and Gigie Sellers.
Oakdale hosts Weston Ranch on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.