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Mustang Boys Basketball, Soccer Teams Earn Wins
Sports Wrap 12-27-23
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Oakdale varsity players huddle together prior to getting back to their positions during a brief break in a recent home basketball game. The Mustang varsity and JV will both play in the Rotary Club tournament hosted on the OHS campus this week. Jeff Kettering/The Leader

A fast start on the hardwood helped lead to a Mustang victory as the Oakdale varsity basketball boys won 70-49 over Ceres on the road on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The Mustangs scored 21 points in the first quarter to set the tone early and pull away from the host Bulldogs. A 15-point effort by junior guard Noah Zepeda was key for Oakdale and freshman guard Bryce Busam added 16 points to help lead the Mustangs to victory. Freshman forward Jake Norris scored 11 points for Oakdale.



The annual Rotary Club Classic returns this week at Oakdale High School. From Wednesday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 29, the main gym will see varsity and junior varsity basketball action. Oakdale junior varsity takes the court at 1:30 p.m. against Bret Harte on Dec. 27. The Mustangs varsity team will take on Bret Hart that same day at 8 p.m. for the finale of day one.

Teams that will be participating include Johansen, Ripon Christian, Escalon, Stagg, Gregori, Bret Harte, Sonora and Oakdale. First round varsity play is currently scheduled as follows: Johansen vs. Ripon Christian (3:30 p.m.); Sonora vs. Escalon (5 p.m.); Stagg vs. Gregori (6:30 p.m.); Bret Harte vs. Oakdale (8 p.m.)



The Oakdale High School varsity boys soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over Hughson. This non-conference showdown took place on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

“I am just happy with our play despite the poor weather conditions. We are finally almost 100 percent healthy again and it was nice to end the preseason with a win,” said Oakdale head coach Jaime Martinez.

The lone goal in the contest came in the second half when Jason Arias found Dylan Krause for a Mustang goal in the road win.

Oakdale will enjoy some time off for the holidays and begin Valley Oak League play upon their return. The Mustangs will host Kimball on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 at 5 p.m.

“We will continue to work hard in the next couple of weeks and be ready for league when it begins,” said Martinez.

As for the Oakdale High School girls soccer team, they were off this past week. They will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Ripon at 6 p.m.

Valley Oak League action for the girls begins Jan. 5, 2024 at 5 p.m. against Kimball.



The girls will take part in tournament play this week. Oakdale will begin playing on Dec. 27 against Lathrop at 1:30 p.m. They are scheduled to take on Golden Valley and Tracy in the tournament as well.

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Offering some words of advice while a player listens, head coach Jeremy Fields will lead the varsity Mustangs into the Oakdale Rotary Club hoops tournament this week, prior to starting Valley Oak League play once school resumes in January. Jeff Kettering/The Leader