As gusty winds kicked up around the playing fields of Oakdale this past week, multiple Mustang teams took the weather in stride. Oakdale’s boys golf, boys tennis and boys varsity swim teams all braved the elements and earned victories.
In a tri-Valley Oak League match, the Mustangs defeated visiting Sierra and Manteca on Thursday, April 14. The three VOL teams teed off at Oakdale Golf and Country Club in a near windstorm. With high winds and unexpected sprinklers going off, Oakdale turned in a 213 team score, which gave them the victory over Sierra (270) and Manteca (298). David Myrtakis and Calvin Reed found themselves on top of the leaderboard as each shot 38 on the day. Just six strokes back were teammates Greg Wikoff and Zackary Tamburrino (44). Oakdale’s Tristan Jaramillo turned in a 49, which would have tied for first place on Sierra. Rounding out the day for the Mustangs was Logan Black who turned in a 50. Oakdale improved their record to 9-3 on the season and wrap up the regular season against Kimball on Thursday, April 21 at Tracy Golf Course and Country Club. First group tee time is set for 3 p.m.
The boys’ busy week kicked off with a pair of road matches in the VOL. Splitting their road trip, the team took a 7-2 victory over Weston Ranch on Tuesday, April 12 but followed that up with a 2-7 loss to Central Catholic at Modesto’s S.O.S. Club on Wednesday, April 13. With two day’s rest, Oakdale returned home on Friday, April 15 in the season finale when they welcomed Lathrop to town. Oakdale put together an early string of singles and doubles victories that helped carry them to a 7-2 victory. In singles action, Spencer Keyser (6-2, 2-6, 6-4); Devin Odom (7-5, 6-3); Dane Hauskens (6-4, 6-4) and Angel Padilla (6-0, 7-6) all served up wins for the Mustangs. As they have all season long, the Oakdale doubles have given the opposition troubles. All three doubles united for a 3-0 record on the windy day. Jacob Pierson and Tyler Ross have been the team’s top doubles throughout the season and were strong once again in a 6-3, 6-4 team victory. Daniel Davis and Daniel Lubeck also won in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) on the day. Dustin Hoy and Dimitri Lolonis made short work of the visiting Spartans in a 6-1, 6-1 dismissal. Unfortunately for the Mustangs their 8-6 overall team record will leave them out of the upcoming playoffs. The team hosted the VOL Singles on Tuesday, April 19 and VOL Doubles begin on Thursday, April 21 at OHS with tennis action beginning at 9 a.m.
The team began a three meet homestand on Thursday, April 14 when they welcomed in Kimball. Oakdale’s varsity boys (89-81) and junior varsity girls (33-11) came out of the pool victorious. Notable performers included Nate Van Cleave as the senior took first place in the 200 Yard IM with a time of 2:14.13 and also a first place finish in the 100 Yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:07.14. Van Cleave was also a member of the first place team finish in the 200 Yard Medley Relay along with Caden Nord, David Albertoni and Rhett Harrison. Nord competed in numerous events including a first place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke in 1:03.5 and a first place in the 50 Yard Freestyle in 22.86. Jackson Metcalfe took a first place finish in the 100 yard Freestyle.
The varsity girls fell short to the visiting Jaguars in a 97-73 loss. Highlights for the girls were Emma Magnussen with her first place finish in the 100 Yard Freestyle Emily Bennett finished second in the same event just one second behind her at 1:01.53. Bennett also finished second in the 100 Yard Breaststroke with a 1:08.22 time.
The junior varsity girls came away with a 33-11 win behind Kate Mendes’ 1:12.08 first place finish in the 100 Yard Freestyle. Oakdale’s homestand continued Tuesday, April 19 against Central Catholic after The Leader went to press. Oakdale takes the pool at Oakdale Aquatic Center for the final time this year on Thursday, April 21 hosting Lathrop. Swimming begins at 3:30 p.m.