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Spring Wrap - Wins Abound For Squads
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A powerful butterfly stroke propels Katie Vanderburg toward the finish in VOL action. - photo by IKE DODSON/THE LEADER


The talents of Oakdale High athletes were on display during a barrage of recent action in girls soccer, swimming, boys tennis, boys golf and baseball. Following is a summary of contests.


Girls Soccer

Oakdale (9-4-1 overall, 2-2 VOL) won back-to-back contests to turn the corner on consecutive losses to start league play. The Lady Mustangs bested Lathrop 5-0 on March 19, and then stunned rival Sierra with a 5-2 victory at home on March 22.

Freshman speedster Madison Feuerstein laced three goals into the Sierra net in an ironic chain of events that mirrored the actions of her sister Keri, who did the same against Sierra on March 16 of 2011.

Jill Kahler also punched in two goals during the win. Alexis Halsey netted two assists while Bailey Antonio and Izzy Arellano added assists. Hannah Hanko and Mackenzie Weiglein combined for nine saves in the net.

Arellano landed two goals and two assists against Lathrop while Kahler (two goals, one assist) and Gabby Acosta (goal, assist) chipped in scores. Danae Rose made a pass resulting in a score while Hanko nabbed the shutout after three saves.

Oakdale was at Kimball (12-0, 4-0) on Monday, though results were not available at press time. The Jaguars are ranked 17th in the nation and ninth in the state by

Oakdale hosts Sonora on Tuesday, April 2.



Undefeated Oakdale won every event to ease past Manteca boys and girls on March 22, then won all but seven races in a one-sided rout of Kimball a day later. All of Oakdale’s relay teams are still unbeaten in league action.

The boys beat Manteca 115-51 and saw Ryan Jones, Adam Lahey, Will Cavanaugh, Michael Winders, Soren Dickens, Rhett Harrison, Joseph Guerrero and Ben Kirby play a role in event wins. Jones, Lahey, Cavanaugh, Dickens, and Guerrero also claimed wins against Kimball (104-66 Oakdale win).

Shelby Stender, Caitlin Golding, Summer Thompson, Katie Vanderburg, Cece Hurst, Ali Poff and Ronda Vanderburg won events against both Manteca (116.5-51.5) and Kimball (105-65).

Oakdale is at Sierra on Tuesday, April 2.


Boys Tennis

Oakdale’s tennis team (5-3) was toppled by undefeated Kimball on March 19, but rallied to stun Sierra in a 9-0 win two days later.

Chandler Johnson (5-7, 6-2, 6-1), Sergio Gutierrez (6-1, 6-2), Daniel Martinez (6-1, 6-0), Hawkey Magnussen (6-1, 6-3), Josh Niendorf (6-2, 6-4) and Frank Rossier (6-1, 7-6[7-5]) landed singles wins for the team.

The doubles tandems of Miguel Barajas/Trae Folla (6-2, 6-4), Miguel Rosales/Blaine Rocha (6-2, 6-3) and Spencer Keyser/Nick McElmurry (6-1, 6-1) also secured match points.

Oakdale hosts Lathrop on Tuesday, April 2.


Boys Golf

The return of Isaac Rellamas continues to aid the Mustang golf program. With Rellamas in the lineup, Oakdale cruised past visiting Sonora 227-240 on March 21 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

Ian Stogdell led the team with a 39-stroke medalist effort while Rellamas shot a 41. Nathan Lute (46), Isaac Valdez (49), Logan Schultz (52) and Dominic Fauria (52) also turned in scores.

Oakdale has won three straight matches and sits 4-2 in league play after an 0-2 start to the season. The team hosts Kimball on Thursday, March 28.



East Union’s Justin Nieto outlasted Oakdale ace Bryce Dyrda on March 21 to help host East Union earn a rare win over the defending Valley Oak League and section champions, 3-2.

The Lancers (5-4, 1-1) capitalized on Oakdale (6-5, 1-1) mistakes to score all of their runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Andrew Ruiz and Lucas Garcia belted back-to-back hits to lead off the rally, and Jordan Kron was beaned by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Jesus Esquivel drew an RBI walk, and with two outs Jake Danhoff reached on an infield error to put EU ahead 2-0. After Dyrda was replaced, Brennan Koeller drove in the needed insurance run with a full-count walk.

East Union tallied two of its three hits in the fifth.

“You don’t get opportunities like that with Oakdale, and if you can take advantage that’s huge,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said. “There are a lot of ways to win baseball games. We weren’t hitting balls to the walls, but we were still able to generate runs.”

Nieto did well to keep the Mustangs (1-1, 6-5) from doing the same in the top of the sixth. He walked Ericksen Dickens — who had three more hits Thursday after collecting two doubles, a home run and five RBIs against the Lancers in Tuesday’s series opener  — to load the bases with no outs.

Oakdale plated its runs with an infield hit by Nik Garza and Colt Parshall’s fielder’s choice. Nieto, who balked to move runners to second and third, got out of the jam with the lead still intact by forcing a grounder to shortstop.

Oakdale took the first game of the VOL series with a 9-0 blowout on March 19. Dickens had five hits and a home run in that win (he was a triple away from batting for the cycle). Eddie Machado belted two hits in the win and tossed a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts and four hits surrendered.

Oakdale began a two-game series with Kimball on Tuesday, though results were not available at press time. The Mustangs host Kimball on Thursday, March 28.