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Soccer Girls Win Over Central, Hoopsters, Wrestlers Compete
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Varsity Lady Mustang Claire McGee Brown gets ready to clear the ball out of the middle during action on the home pitch against Central Catholic. Oakdale took the VOL contest by a 4-2 final. Jeff Kettering/The Leader

Oakdale’s varsity soccer girls battled East Union to a 1-1 draw on Monday, Jan. 9 in Valley Oak League play – the first time this season the Lady Mustangs hadn’t won a game they played.

After that, head coach Kico Monares said the team came back focused.

“Oakdale girls soccer knew what needed to be done ... a victory and three points in VOL,” Monares said. “Oakdale came out with a vengeance and they did not disappoint.”

Oakdale faced off with Central Catholic and the contest saw the Lady Mustangs get back in the win column with a 4-2 victory. They hosted that Jan. 11 league game.

Kyndra Obermeyer and Trista French led the attack and set the tone with a 1-2 punch; Obermeyer drawing a penalty kick and French putting it away, Obermeyer with a nice corner kick and French “finding a way to score an amazing header goal,” noted Monares, or French assisting Obermeyer on a goal.

Oakdale had the lead over the Lady Raiders at halftime 3-0. Coach Monares then made some adjustments after seeing how Central Catholic lined up and moved players around and changed formation to capitalize on opportunities.

“Oakdale started the second half with the same energy and took a commanding lead in the 45th minute to go up 4-0 with another goal by Kyndra Obermeyer,” said Monares. “Central Catholic did not quit and kept fighting and was able to score two goals within a 10-minute span. After some tactical changes, Oakdale kept control and did a very good job with clock management.”

Player of the Game honors went to Trista French, said the coach.

“Trista help control the midfield and adjusted to an in-game tactic and exploited the opponent’s weakness. Her presence on the field is undeniable, her one-on-one defending, her toughness, her work ethic and her calmness is making her a standout in the VOL,” Monares said.

Oakdale improved to 2-0-1 in league with the win over Central and are 10-0-1 overall.



Hosting Central Catholic in Valley Oak League action on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the varsity Mustangs pummeled their opponents, coming away with an 8-0 victory. They continued the streak with another shutout win, defeating Manteca by a 7-0 final, on Thursday, Jan. 12 to improve to 2-2 in league, 3-13 overall.

Against Central, the team was paced by Angel Pineda with three goals, Hudson Ruvalcaba with two.

Christopher Diaz had a hat trick against Manteca while Abraham Isidro notched a pair of goals.

The JV boys split their games this week, pounding out a 10-0 win over Central Catholic and then falling to Manteca, 6-2.



It has been a rough week for the basketball boys at Oakdale.

All three levels have taken a pair of Valley Oak League losses in recent play, as well as losing a weekend non-league road game in Roseville.

The varsity Mustangs fell at Kimball in Tracy on Jan. 11 by a 64-49 final, then battled Central Catholic on the home court on Friday, Jan. 13 and came up short, 59-44. Saturday, they traveled to West Park in Roseville and lost there by a 60-45 final.

Turning in solid performances in the losses were Niko Klose with 16 points and Jacob Cavanaugh with nine against Kimball; Cavanaugh and Cooper Pitney with 12 points each against Central. Cavanaugh paced the effort against West Park with 15 points; Bryson Boyd was also in double figures with 12 points.

The JV boys fell to Kimball, 58-51 to start the week. They lost to Central by a close 46-38 decision, then were defeated 66-32 by West Park.

The freshmen lost 55-44 to Kimball, 46-41 to Central and 56-32 to West Park.



The varsity Lady Mustangs hosted Kimball on Jan. 10 and lost by a 44-30 final but got a VOL win on the road Thursday, topping Central Catholic, 43-33, on Jan. 12.

The girls are 1-2 in league, 5-14 overall.



Several Oakdale wrestlers had strong showings at the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament hosted Jan. 13 and 14 in Sacramento at the Memorial Auditorium.

Head coach Steve Strange reported the following results, with names spelled as provided.

Eziequel Vela, champion, Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Carlos Garcia, champion; Jonathan Hernandez, second; Brodie Johnson, second; Payne Perkins, second; Elias Corona, second. Also, Jesse Meza, third; Colton Silva, third; Wes Burford, fourth; Emilio Johnson, fourth.

Fifth place finishers for Oakdale were Ezekiel Hernandez and Logan Thomas; Brock Osmundson placed sixth; Sammy Neeley and Gideon Gerber each took seventh and Gavin Gleason finished eighth.

The team overall brought home a second-place finish from the tournament out of 68 teams competing.

Next up will be a home dual meet on Wednesday, Jan. 25 against De La Salle, and that will be Oakdale’s Senior Night as well. OHS will then host the Valley Oak League championships on Friday, Feb. 3 with wrestling starting at 3 p.m.

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Cooper Pitney takes a shot in Friday’s game against Central Catholic; he was one of two Oakdale players with 12 points, sharing top scoring honors with Jacob Cavanaugh. But it wasn’t quite enough, as the visitors won the game, 59-44. Jeff Kettering/The Leader
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Several Oakdale wrestlers traveled to the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament in Sacramento, Jan. 13 and 14. The trip was a successful one, as the Mustangs finished second as a team in a field of 68 squads taking part in the prestigious two-day event. A number of the grapplers also brought home individual medals. Photo Contributed