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Oakdale Varsity Boys Suffer Tough Losses On Hardwood
Sophomore Jake Kettering pulls up and looks for a teammate during action on the home court this past week against Central Catholic. Marg Jackson/The Leader

This past week the Oakdale High School boys varsity basketball team had a tall task, to take on the top two teams in the Valley Oak League. The opposing teams did not let up on the Mustangs and earned 61-42 and 91-45 wins at Oakdale’s expense.

On Wednesday night, Jan. 15 the Mustangs (10-9, 0-5) hosted first place Central Catholic (13-6, 5-0). The Mustangs were competitive against the league leaders, but costly turnovers and miscues contributed to the difficult loss, falling by the 61-42 final. Oakdale trailed by a dozen at the half, but trimmed the lead down to six after three quarters. Central Catholic making free throws down the stretch led to the big fourth quarter. Jonah Norman paced Oakdale with 20 points and Landon Nunes scored eight points for the Mustangs.

The 91-45 Friday road loss to the Weston Ranch Cougars (9-10, 4-1) was the largest point differential of the season for Oakdale, as they remain winless in Valley Oak League play.

The Mustangs look to bounce back this week when they host Kimball (9-11, 1-3) on Wednesday night, Jan. 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Friday night, Jan. 24 Oakdale will host East Union (12-9, 3-2) to start the second half of the Valley Oak League season. East Union defeated Oakdale 66-52 on Jan. 2.



The junior varsity team also suffered tough losses this week. Oakdale lost to Central Catholic 65-38 on Wednesday and on Friday night the JV boys took a 71-43 loss on the road.

The freshman team earned a 51-40 win over Central Catholic behind Ian Geisler’s 19 points. On Friday night the frosh boys fell to Weston Ranch 47-45. Mick Merzon scored a team high 15 points and Dax Daley scored 13 in the hard fought contest.

With the Central Catholic player driving in toward the basket, Mustang players close in under the hoop in Valley Oak League play. The varsity Mustangs lost the contest to the visiting Raiders. Marg Jackson/The Leader