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Spring Wrap - Track, Baseball, Swim Teams Nab Wins
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The skies stayed clear for a recent run of Valley Oak League action as Oakdale High track and field, baseball and swim programs battled to continue unbeaten stanzas of action.


Oakdale High’s varsity boys (90-50), varsity girls (96-36) and frosh-soph boys (71-51) all claimed wins in a dual with host East Union on March 22. The frosh-soph girls fell in a 71-58 score.

Me’che Brown won the 100 meter, 200 and was on the winning 1600 relay team. Lorrisa Rutledge won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles while Kim Linder won the 400 and she was on the 1600 relay. Kelly Gratigny also contributed in the relay win and and claimed a victory in the long jump. Deziree Pennington (triple jump), Jennie Siemsen (1600, 3200), Macey Caris (high jump) and Anna Perrone (800) also won events.

Joey Flores led the Oakdale boys by winning the 400, 300 hurdles and being on the winning 1600 relay team. Kyle Peterson won both the discus and shot put while Erick Padilla won the 800. Mario Jimenez (3200), Manny Hernandez (high jump), Austin Jones (triple jump) and Brendon McAndrews (pole vault) also landed individual victories.


Oakdale (2-0 VOL, 10-1 overall) bounced Kimball (0-2, 4-2) in both games of a two-match series on March 21 and 23 before ousting Division I Laguna Creek 9-7 on Saturday.

“Kimball has good kids and athletes, but our kids came out strong and it was good to see them stay focused,” Oakdale coach Hondo Arpoika said. “It was good stepping stones to go at one at a time.”

The first win over Kimball ended in an 11-4 score and started right after a six-run Oakdale stanza in the second inning. Oakdale added three scores in the third and two in the fifth while Kimball mustered together a three-run effort in the fifth.
Logan Handzlik and Eddie Machado combined for the win on the hill while Spencer Thomas was 2 for 4 with a home run.

Stefan Aguilar (2 for 4), Erickson Dickens (double), Lane Branch (3 for 3) and Bryce Dyrda (double) contributed key knocks.

Oakdale blasted Kimball 10-2 two days later after Andy Morris tossed seven sharp innings in a complete game performance.

Morris also hit 3 for 4 with two triples while Thomas and Dickens belted doubles.

Oakdale split pitching duties between Drake Judd, Sean Harrity, Justin Martin and Machado in the win over Laguna Creek. Mark Ortiz (2 for 2), Aguilar (2 for 3, double) and Austin Dickens (2 for 3, double) all swung well at the plate.

Martin earned a win and Machado a save in the contest.


It didn’t take long for school records to fall to the 2012 OHS swim team.

The 200 free relay team of Ali Poff, Stevie Cordoza, Savannah Stender and Shelby Stender bested the 2010 record with a 1 minute, 46.76 second time in the event during a match against visiting Kimball on March 23.

At the same meet, Poff, Savannah Stender, Summer Thompson and Shelby Stender soared past the 2010 top mark in the 400 free relay with a 3:53.14 time.

The impressive finishes led Oakdale to a 99-71 win over the Kimball girls. The Oakdale boys also won in 109-58.5 fashion.

Savannah Stender also won the 200 free while Shelby Stender won the 50 free. Poff won the 100 free while Cordoza won the 100 back and Thompson won the 100 back. Ronda Vanderburg claimed a 500 free win as well.

The Oakdale boys won all relays and watched Soren Dickens glide to victories in the 100 back and 100 fly.

Peter Metcalf (200 free), Ryan Jones (200 I.M.), Hank Walter (50 free), Adam Lahey (100 free), and Will Cavanaugh (100 breast) also won events.