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Trio Of Mustang Teams See Mixed Results
Spring Sports Wrap
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Varsity boys swimmer Rhett Harrison, here doing the backstroke, took first and second place in two events against East Union. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOLENE THOMPSON

Three Oakdale sports teams hit the pool, the court and the links this past week with all recording mixed results. With the Valley Oak League season for some teams rapidly approaching the halfway mark, every victory counts.



Oakdale swim teams dove into action twice this past week to kick off their 2016 season. Oakdale hosted East Union on Tuesday, March 22 and hit the road to face Ripon on Thursday, March 24. Both the boys and girls teams took care of business against East Union winning 113-57 for the girls and the boys winning 102-68. However, both teams took losses on their trip to Ripon, with the girls falling 96-76 and the boys 73-65.

In their win against East Union, Kinsey Ollis took first place for the girls in the 50 yard freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke. Other top varsity performances included Juliette Leibenson who placed first in the 100 breaststroke event, Emily Bennett’s first place finish in the 200 IM and Daytona McGinnis placed first in the girls 200 freestyle.

For the boys, Rhett Harrison took first in the 100 freestyle and second in the 100 breaststroke against East Union. Other notable performers included Sam Cole with a pair of second place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle; Jared Kahler first place finish in the 500 freestyle; Jackson Metcalfe with a pair of first place finishes in the 100 fly and 200 IM; and Caden Nord also with a pair of first place finishes. Oakdale’s next meet is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 at home against Sierra at 3:30 p.m.



A busy week to say the least for the boys tennis team where the boys played two matches and finished an earlier match that was postponed due to darkness. On Thursday, March 24 Oakdale finished their suspended match against East Union. The match was tied 4-4 with only one match left to finish out. Oakdale singles player Daniel Lubeck took the court to finish his set that began on March 2 in the third set tied 3-3. Lubeck earned the win for Oakdale with a 7-5 tiebreaker victory giving Oakdale the team win. This was Lubeck’s first ever career singles victory. The Mustangs then faced off against East Union for the second time this season, resulting in a Mustang 5-4 victory completing the season sweep of the Lancers. It was Oakdale’s doubles who came through for Oakdale with all three teams earning wins. Lubeck and Daniel Davis won their set 6-3, 6-1. The team of Jacob Pierson and Tyler Ross made short work of their opposition with a 6-0, 6-2 team win. Dustin Hoy and Dimitri Lolonis won in three sets 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. In singles, number two Zack Miller (6-1, 6-2) and number three Devin Odom (6-2, 6-2) were victorious. Oakdale’s next match is set for Tuesday, April 5 at home against Manteca at 3:30 p.m.



A heartbreaking loss for the Mustang boys when the team fell to East Union 45-54 in a tiebreaker, after being tied 212 each after nine holes at Manteca Park on Thursday, March 24. Oakdale’s Greg Wikoff sat on top of the leaderboard with an impressive 37 that led both teams. Teammates Calvin Reed (42), David Myrtakis (43), Tristian Jaramillo (44), Zackary Tamburrino (46) and Jack Verdegaal (54) rounded out the Mustangs day. Oakdale takes on Sierra in the next round on Thursday, April 7 at Manteca Park. Tee time is set for 3 p.m.