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Spring Wrap - Oakdale Teams Battle Through End Of March
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Meghan Wallace of East Union tries to fight off pressure from Oakdales Katie Odom during this struggle for ball control on March 26. - photo by Jonamar Jacinto/The Leader

March ended with a flurry of Valley Oak League activity as Oakdale High girls soccer, swimming, boys tennis and boys golf teams took on conference opponents.

Defensive miscues in back-to-back games have left Oakdale exposed to a difficult field of VOL opponents. The varsity Lady Mustangs were downed by East Union after a shocking 4-0 defeat on March 26, and overcame a 4-4 deadlock with Weston Ranch with three late goals to win 7-4 on March 28. Jordin Altmann had six saves against the Lancers while Mackenzie Weiglein landed three saves. In the Weston Ranch win, Jill Kahler netted a three-score hat trick while Gaby Acosta (three assists), Sara Siemsen (assist), Kristen Brunk, and Sierra Lyman all scored. Markie Arnold, Brittany Carpenter and Alexis Halsey each nabbed an assist in the win. Weiglein made five saves with three goals allowed while Altmann had a goal allowed and three saves.

The JV girls improved their VOL mark to 4-0-1 with a pair of wins during the week, getting past East Union by a 3-0 final and trouncing Weston Ranch on a windy, rainy Wednesday. At East Union on March 26, Christina Bradshaw got the first goal off an assist from Denise Thompson, with Danae Rose notching goal number two off an assist from Kenzie Sluggett. In the second half, forward Abri Munoz was taken out in the box and Rose drilled home the penalty kick for a 3-0 final. On the road for the Weston Ranch game on March 28, it was a 7-0 Oakdale win. The JV Lady Mustangs got three goals from Denise Thompson, two unassisted, and one off a corner kick from Rose. Notching single tallies were defenders Julianne Kummer on a throw in by Rose and Ally Jackson unassisted on a corner kick. Bradshaw netted the other two, one unassisted and one with the assist from Hannah Hanko. Through the first five league games, the JV girls have scored 19 goals and allowed one.

Three school records were bested on Friday as Oakdale High’s swim program landed a varsity sweep of Manteca.
Adam Lahey broke Tyler Lee’s 500 yard freestyle record of 5 minutes, 12.25 seconds with a sharp 5:11.58 time. In the girls 200 medley relay, Summer Thompson, Alissa Burford, Katie Vandenburg, and Ali Poff broke a 2006 record of 1:59.26 set by Brittany Burton, Jen Cadmus (current coach), Kate Medina, and Amanda Myers with a new time of 1:57.85.
Ali Poff, Summer Thompson, Shelby Stender and Savannah Stender also broke the 200 free relay record they set last week with a new time of 1:45.93. The same four swimmers led Oakdale to a win in the 400 free relay.

Poff (200 free), Thompson (100 back), Shelby Stender (100 fly) and Savannah Stender (100 free) all claimed individual wins for the Oakdale girls in a 114-30 win over Manteca. Stevie Cordoza won the 100 back and 200 Individual Medley while Katie Vanderburg (50 free) and Ronda Vanderburg (500 free) also won events.

Will Cavanaugh (200 free), Peter Metcalf (200 IM), Hank Walter (50 free), Soren Dickens (100 fly), Adam Lahey (500 free), Ryan Jones (100 back) and Joseph Guerrero (100 breast) shared the honors with one win each as well.

Walter, Cavanaugh, Jones and Dickens won the 200 medley relay while Dickens, Cavanaugh, Walter and Adam Beltran won the 200 free relay. Lahey, Walter, Dickens and Cavanaugh also won the 400 free relay as Oakdale edged Manteca 107-61.

Oakdale struggled against the two best teams in the VOL during recent play, but saw signs of life during a 6-3 defeat to Weston Ranch on March 27.

Paul Perrone came back from a first set loss to best Carl Legaspi 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 for Oakdale’s lone singles win. Sergio Gutierrez and Miguel Barajas rallied from behind to beat Tejpal Bainiwal and Ion Obiso 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 while Frank Rossier and Trae Folla stayed tough to beat Ajay Bainiwal and Mark Legaspi 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.

“I was really proud of the guys,” Oakdale coach Grant Miller said. “That team is in second place and we played them tough.”

The first place VOL team (Manteca) dropped Oakdale in a 9-0 score on March 29. Rossier and Folla claimed Oakdale’s only set win in the midst of a 2-6, 6-3, 5-7 defeat.

“The lone bright spot was a spirited match from Rossier and Folla,” Miller said. “They almost pulled off the upset.”

Oakdale’s terrific scores turned another page on March 27 and 30 during victories over Weston Ranch and Manteca.
The Mustangs beat Weston Ranch 195-298 after 37-stroke performances from both Isaac Rellamas and Robby Wikoff. Ian Stogdell and Vince Fauria each carded a 39 while Isaac Valdez ended in 43 strokes.

Oakdale improved to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in the VOL three days later after Ryan Jones (38) and Wikoff (39) both slipped under 40 strokes to beat Manteca 205-251. Stogdell (40), Rellamas (42) and Fauria (46) also recorded good scores.