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Water Polo Keeps Distance From Sonora
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Oakdale sophomore Jeremy Neathery clears out for positioning during Oakdale’s thrilling last second victory over Sonora High on Sept. 4. - photo by JAGADA CHAMBERS/THE LEADER

Anytime you can get a pair of victories against Sonora High that is a good thing and that is exactly how the Oakdale High water polo program finished their action against the Wildcats in a Sept. 4 non-league battle.

The Mustangs boys team took the exciting route, scoring with just three seconds remaining in the contest on a goal by Robby Earle perfectly assisted by Matt Tamo, sending the Mustang faithful into a frenzy as the game concluded.

The two varsity boys’ teams battled as if a league title was on the line, yet it was just the second preseason contest on the non-league schedule. Oakdale continued to hold the upper hand over the Sonora squad, yet the Wildcats are attempting to close the gap in a hurry.

Oakdale competes in the stronger Modesto Metro Conference while Sonora is guiding their future through the less competitive T-CAL league based with teams out of Stockton and Tracy.

The Lady Mustangs had a much easier lane to their victory, dropping Sonora 12-6 to set the momentum for the day. Oakdale never found itself in jeopardy, holding a several goal lead throughout the majority of the contest. The squad did have to tighten up toward the end of the match to fend off a late Sonora run.

Oakdale will look to continue in the right direction as they prepare for their MMC opener when they travel to Ceres to take on the Bulldogs on Sept. 15, kicking off the 2009 league season.

The frosh-soph girls team will be back in the water Sept. 12 when they kick off a two-day tournament in Modesto hosted by Johansen and Beyer High.