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Teams Winding Way Through VOL Winter Campaign
On the road at Kimball for a Valley Oak League game, varsity Mustang, sophomore Jayden Coelho, looks to dribble past the defense. Leader Photo By Jeff Kettering

A road loss in Valley Oak League action and a win at home against a non-league foe saw the varsity Mustang basketball boys take the court a couple of times this past week.

The varsity Mustangs fell to the host Kimball Jaguars on Wednesday, Jan. 12, losing by a 69-32 final. Kimball roared out to an 18-8 lead in the first quarter and stayed a couple of points better than Oakdale, 16-14, in the second period to lead it 34-22 at the half. Down by just 12, the Mustangs hoped to come back strong in the second half but the Jaguars had other ideas. The Oakdale boys were held to just four points in the third quarter, six in the fourth while Kimball poured in 19 points in the third and 16 in the fourth to put the game away.

Mustang Johnathan Kraude had 15 points on the night to lead the team, including four from 3-point range. Nate Criswell added five points and seven rebounds; Charles Cripe and Tyler Cooley had three points apiece, Cripe’s coming on a trey. Jackson Holt had six rebounds in the contest.

On Saturday, it was a non-league contest, Oakdale hosting Bradshaw Christian and defeating the visitors, 56-40.

This time, Oakdale trailed by just three points at the halfway mark, 20-17, but rallied for a 39-point second half while Bradshaw Christian scored just 20 points over the final two quarters.

Oakdale stands at 1-3 in the Valley Oak League, 7-12 overall.

The junior varsity boys took a 56-47 loss at Kimball on Jan. 12 and also bounced back for a win over Bradshaw Christian, 43-36. The JV squad is 2-2 in the VOL; 12-7 overall.

Freshman scores were not available.

On the schedule this week, the Mustang boys were slated to be at Central Catholic for league play on Wednesday, Jan. 19 and host East Union on Friday, Jan. 21.



Information was available only for the varsity girls in a game at Manteca, taking a 48-24 loss to the Lady Buffaloes on Jan. 15. Oakdale was doubled up by the host team, 12-6 in the first quarter and 12-6 in the second, to trail 24-12 at the half.

A strong third quarter run saw the varsity Lady Mustangs score a dozen points in the frame, but they couldn’t cut into the Manteca lead as the host squad scored 13. Oakdale was then shut out in the final frame, Manteca put 11 more points on the board and took the big win.

The girls are scheduled to play at East Union on Thursday, Jan. 20.



During a contest on Thursday Jan. 13 in the Valley Oak League, Oakdale High School’s JV Lady Mustangs soccer team took the win against East Union at their home field at OHS by a final of 2-1.

The varsity girls, meanwhile, battled but lost a tough one to East Union 2-1, having their one goal scored by senior Maquel Besson off a cross from senior Ruby Fink.

Both teams were scheduled to have their next game at Manteca on Tuesday, Jan. 18 after The Leader went to press. Their next home game is on the schedule for Thursday, Jan. 20 hosting Kimball.

For the Mustang boys soccer team, the varsity squad lost their game on Jan. 12 against Weston Ranch 3-1 but followed it with a win of 4-1, on Jan. 14 against Central Catholic. JV scores were not available.

The boys have their next game scheduled on Wednesday Jan. 19 against Manteca.

So far the varsity league record for the girls is 2-5 and the varsity league record for the boys is 3-3.


No information was available regarding recent Mustang wrestling competitions at press time.

Senior guard Johnathan Kraude gets some air as he heads toward the hoop to lay in the ball during a non-league contest with visiting Bradshaw Christian this past week. Leader Photo By Jeff Kettering