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Wrestlers Take VOL Titles, Soccer Boys To Playoffs
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Taking the mats for Oakdale at 172 pounds, Ceasar Garza captured top VOL honors at the weight, with 11 champions and three second place finishers for the Mustangs at the VOL tournament. Leader Photo By Jeff Kettering

Saturday was a hugely successful day on the mats for the Oakdale wrestlers. As hoped, head coach Steve Strange saw the Mustang grapplers round into top form at the right time, as all 14 varsity competitors qualified for the Feb. 12 CIF D3 Championships at Vista Del Lago.

A total of 11 varsity wrestlers brought home Valley Oak League championships from Saturday’s tournament at Central Catholic, while the other three Mustangs took second place honors in their respective weight classes.

Oakdale’s VOL Champions were: Zeke Vela, 122; Michael Torres, 128; Colton Silva, 134; Jonathan Hernandez, 140; Brody Johnson, 147; Payne Perkins, 154; Carlos Garcia, 162; Ceasar Garza, 172; Jordan VanRys, 184; Brock Osmundson, 197; Garrison Gerber, 222. Second place honors went to Elijah Elting, 108; Logan Thomas, 115; Gavin Gleason, 285.

At the JV level, there were four Mustangs bringing home VOL titles. They were: Jack Hopkins, 154; Elias Corona, 162; Emilio Johnson, 184; Omar Perez, 285.

 

Soccer

The Mustang varsity soccer boys defeated the visiting Central Catholic Raiders 10-0 on Wednesday evening, Feb. 2, as legendary head coach Alfredo Quiroga completed his 30th year at the helm of the Mustangs. The varsity squad earned a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs as a result of the win. They are scheduled to play Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. on the road, facing off with Vista del Lago. Oakdale goes in with an overall record of 11-11-2; host Vista del Lago is 12-4-3.

Scoring goals in the regular season finale were Ryan Krause, 4; Kevin Camelin, 2; and one each from Joel Gonzalez, Alfredo Fernandez, Dylan Krause and Ryder Pereira. Notching assists were Edgar Gonzalez, 3; Ryan Krause, 2; and one each from Joel Gonzalez, Angel Pineda and Vincent Petersen.

The match also marked the Mustangs Senior Night as, in a pre-match ceremony, the Mustang fans bade farewell to 10 seniors in a brief ceremony. Not playing due to COVID-19 protocols were Juan Martinez and Alfredo Hernandez. On the field for the ceremony were seniors Joel Gonzalez, Ryan Krause, Kevin Camelin, Lex Bairos, Edgar Gonzalez, Adrian Zamudio, Oscar Barajas Zamora, and Ryder Pereira.

For the Mustang girls, the varsity squad took a 5-1 loss at Sierra on Feb. 1 while the JV girls were shut out on the road, 3-0.

 

Boys Basketball

The Sierra Timberwolves came into the Mustang Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, and, as the teams warmed up for the varsity game, head Mustang coach Ryan Berg must have had a good feeling. The Mustang varsity had defeated the Timberwolves in a nail-biter on the road earlier in the season and, in Wednesday’s preliminary games, the Mustang freshmen had won in overtime and the JVs had overcome a 10-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to win their game. The much anticipated varsity win was not to be, however, as the Timberwolves, on the strength of the slick shooting by Arvin Cohan (25 points) and Jack Cunial (19 points) came away with their first Valley Oak League win of the season by the final score of 58-54.

The Timberwolves came out firing, hitting three treys in the opening stanza complemented by two more in the second period to take a 30-23 halftime lead. The Mustangs matched the Timberwolves in first half three-point shooting with Jake Kettering, Johnathan Kraude, Niko Klose and Nate Criswell all finding the bottom of the net from beyond the arc; Criswell hit two treys in the first half. Sierra was a bit more effective inside, however, due Mustang center Jackson Holt being assessed for two fouls in the early going rendering him to the bench and allowing the Timberwolves to get some field goals from around the hoop complemented by accurate free throw shooting. In fact, the Timberwolves tended to be a bit more effective than the Mustangs from the charity stripe.

Following intermission, the teams played tentatively in the third period with Sierra outscoring the Mustangs 10-8, but then both clubs opened up in the fourth period with the Mustangs outscoring the visitors 23-18. Leading the way was senior forward Criswell who played hard the entire night, garnering a team high 23 points, including four treys. Jayden Coelho scored all of his seven points and Jackson Holt all of his six points in the second half, most coming in the fourth period. Coelho and Niko Klose each had a three-pointer to complement Criswell’s two in the second half. In the waning moments, the Mustangs made a run aided by a small but boisterous student rooting section plus the Mustang drum line. The Mustangs, still trailing, were forced to foul in the final 90 seconds of the game with the Timberwolves’ Cunial hitting six in a row complemented by Chohan’s two. Still, the Mustangs held tough. A last minute inbounds play by the Mustangs, following an outstanding defensive play by Coelho, fell short of the hoop, however, and Sierra walked away with the narrow win.

 

Girls basketball

It wasn’t as bad as the 75-39 trouncing they took at the hands of the Kimball Jaguars the previous Saturday evening in Tracy, but still the Mustang varsity girls basketball team didn’t fare well against the visiting Jaguars in the Mustang Arena on Monday, Jan. 31, losing by the score of 39-19. Defense, marked by plugging up the key, and aggressive, physical full-court pressure play is the name of the game for Kimball and that is exactly what confronted the Mustangs. The Oakdale girls struggled during the entire game bringing the ball up against the Jaguar full court press, leading to several turnovers and forced errant shots. The first quarter ended tied at 4-4, but in the second quarter, behind two three-point buckets by Jaguar Marianthe Tsirelas and effective inside play by center Arianna Rodriguez, the Jaguars eased out to an eight-point lead of 14-6 at the buzzer, after holding the Mustangs to only two points in that stanza. The third quarter saw the Jaguars come out firing and making their defensive net even tighter, scoring 16 points to the Lady Mustangs’ six. The visitors then outscored the Mustangs 9-7 in the fourth period to ensure the 20-point win. The Mustangs were led by sophomore Brooke Wheat’s eight points, complemented by four from freshman forward Anika Garrett, three from senior Victoria Cadwell and two apiece from junior Brooklyn Gonzalez and freshman Samantha Powell. Senior standouts Aidyn Hill and Savannah Borba, while playing hard the entire game, were held scoreless, never able to get easy scoring opportunities due to the intensive Jaguar defense.

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Oakdale’s senior soccer boys celebrated their final home game with a big 10-0 win over Central Catholic; recognition for the seniors came prior to the contest. Leader Photo By Jeff Kettering
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Junior varsity basketball player Carlo Antinetti brings the ball up the court against Sierra, the team playing to a 50-44 win over the Timberwolves. Leader Photo By Jeff Kettering