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OHS SPORTS WRAP More Wins Pile Up For Mustang Athletes
Ben Cavanaugh makes a pass during junior varsity boys’ practice on Thursday. The JV Mustangs beat Sonora in a 9-4 game last week. - photo by IKE DODSON/THE LEADER
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Oakdale High’s varsity boys and girls water polo teams snared big victories over Sonora, including one in their recently dedicated state-of-the-art pool, and the rest of the Mustangs’ fall sports squads stayed busy and successful in recent action as well. Following is a review of the week’s contests.


Water Polo

The Mustangs took important Valley Foothill League wins for both varsity programs after a 14-7 thumping on the girls’ side and an 11-8 win for the boys. The frosh-soph boys took a win with a 9-4 margin of victory, while the frosh-soph girls fell in a close contest, 1-0.

The Mustang varsity boys also went 4-1 in the Fairfield Tournament in Napa. The team fell to Christian Brothers by an 8-5 tally, but then won consecutive games over Napa (6-5), Bear Creek (9-4), Roseville (14-6) and Rodriguez of Fairfield (7-4).

Brandon Terwilliger scored 13 goals in tournament play while Neal Cadra added seven. Braden Lee and Jeremy Neathery chipped in five goals each as well.

Oakdale saw four scores each from Cory Onken and Cody Becker while Adam Lahey chipped in three. Michael Tripp pulled down 33 saves in the net for the program.

Oakdale is at Ceres today and hosts former league foe, Johansen, at home on Thursday.



Oakdale posted a 9-6 win over East Union on Sept. 14, after two wins apiece from singles players and one win for each doubles tandem.

All three of Oakdale’s singles players fell to Ashley Duenas, but all managed wins over Stefanie Collins and Rebekah Jacobson.

Elise Derby beat Collins 6-1 and Duenas 6-2, while Emily Clayton snagged 6-0, 6-3 wins against the two. Lindsay Dunn ousted Collins with a 6-3 score and defeated Jacobson 7-6.

Laurie Baxter and Katie Odom lost to Klasey Kachalkin and Shalane Jackson by a 9-11 tally, but beat Deanna Stuber and Chusila Lee, 10-2. Kachalkin and Jackson beat Oakdale’s Nicole Armstrong and Jacelyn Bunney, but the Mustang duo defeated Stuber and Lee after 10-8 marks.

Oakdale went on to lose to Kimball by a 10.5-4.5 score on Friday, competing without top returner, Derby. Oakdale singles had a tough day, dropping matches by Clayton, Dunn and Kalkidan Curtis.

Baxter and Odom topped Perliza Delgado and Kiang Amirehsani in a 10-7 thriller, and upended Natasha Cardoso and Tara Adineran, 10-1. Johnson and Nicole Armstrong beat Cardosa and Adineran by a 10-1 tally, but lost to Delgado and Amirehsani in 10-4 fashion.


Cross Country

Oakdale’s varsity girls kept up their excellent string of performances with second place honors behind Riverbank at the Hughson Supercross on Saturday. Running through a mud pit, over hay bales and across four kilometers, the team saw nine individual medals.

Haily Macedo, Liz Erwin, Marieke Delzer and Ariana Barajas finished in successive order at seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth place overall.

Erik Padilla was the lone varsity boy to medal after his sharp third place finish at 14 minutes, 41 seconds on the long course.

Jackie Bauman ran a swift time to take sixth among all frosh-soph girls, while Kayla Alfaro was 13th overall in her JV girls race.

The JV boys saw medal honors for ninth place finisher Mario Jimenez and 10th place runner, Jose Ibarra.



The Lady Mustangs varsity girls volleyball team opened VOL action with a three-game match win over Lathrop on the strength of 25-13, 25-15, 25-23 scores on Thursday.

Justina Keith had nine kills and 11 service points while McKenzie Willett smashed home four kills. Jackee Lee dished out 15 assists with 13 points while Sarah Peterson added 11 points and Domi Powell seven.

Oakdale hosted Sierra on Tuesday, Sept. 21, though results were not available at press time. The team is at Manteca on Thursday.

Oakdale’s freshmen ended their preseason with a 2-0 (25-9, 25-23) win over Turlock. Hannah Butler managed two aces and two kills while Leah Burchell added five aces, a kill and two digs. Rylie Pena served up six aces against the Bulldogs and Sabrina Franciosa added three more.

The team went on to fall to Lathrop in a thrilling three-game match that saw 19-25, 27-25, 15-17 scores. Emily Mason and Burchell served five aces apiece while Butler added five aces and a kill. Jessica Shatswell delivered three kills while Kyla Lewis came through with five kills and two digs.

“At the freshman level it is a continued learning experience and at each game we will see improvement,” Oakdale coach Dana Hernandez said. “So I look forward to the rest of the season.”



Oakdale beat Kimball by a 284-355 tally on Thursday to improve to 4-1 in Valley Oak League action. Jaylene Ponce snared medalist honor for the fifth time this season with her 49-stroke performance. Michelle DesRochers carded a 52 while Julie Bolme shot 54. Frankie Taylor and Nikki Stastny each added a 65 in the win,

Oakdale was rebounding from a 310-232 loss to league frontrunner, East Union on Sept. 14. Ponce shot a sharp 48, but saw East Union’s France Telles card a spectacular 38.

DesRochers (57), Stastny (62), Bolme (62) and Valerie Zemylanskaya (81) followed in succession.

Oakdale is at Manteca today.