Regular seasons are coming to an end – or have already ended – and several Oakdale fall sports teams are gearing up for the playoffs. October has been a busy month for the athletes, including the junior and senior girls who took part in the annual Powder Puff match earlier this month. Below is a coverage of some of the recent activities.
Head coach Kaitlin Burke said her team has put together a great season and is looking forward to hosting the first round of the Sac-Joaquin CIF Division 3 playoffs on Tuesday the 25th October. The No. 5 seed Lady Mustangs host the No. 1 Bears. 12 Merced Lady.
“I’m so proud of these girls! We have had a great regular season, finishing second in VOL and 18-12 overall. We are ready to move into the postseason this week. Over the course of the season, this varsity team has improved individually and as a whole. It’s great to see these girls come together. They have built up their communication and trust on the court, which I think comes from the time they spent together off the court. Many of these girls are inseparable. It has been an honor to watch these athletes grow over the past four years.”
During the playoffs, the coach said she expects the team to continue to work together and “play their hearts out” as they look to extend their season.
“The main leaders on the court are my captains, Emily Meyer and Paige Taylor. They do a great job keeping track of everyone and communicating any information. Another leader on the court has to be our new setter, Jaedyn Riley. She’s the youngest on the team that makes a big impact on the court,” explained Burke. “She is number one in VOL assists with 614 total. That puts her at number eight for the Sac-Joaquin Division and number seven in CA Division 3 right now, also for assists. Emily Meyer also leads the kills for VOL with 293.
Boys water polo had several big wins to close out the regular season, coach Savannah Martin said.
“We beat Ripon at their home pool 12-11, which puts us in contention for the VOL title. Then this (final) weekend, we participated in the Delong Tournament and won our gold division,” said Martin. “Our girls team played in a sister tournament, Western States this weekend they went and won second place.”
The teams recently recognized their senior players as well and had a co-ed game against Central Catholic in which they played only the seniors, with Oakdale prevailing in the final 15-1.
Both teams will be in the playoffs, although Martin said brackets have not been released yet.
“Girls should play on November 1 and boys on November 2. We won’t know who we play or whether it’s home or away until Thursday though,” said Martin.
Regardless of the location or the opponent, the teams are looking forward to being back in the postseason.
It was a difficult and disappointing night at the Corral for the host Oakdale Mustangs, as they fell to visiting Kimball Jaguars with a 39-34 final in varsity football. That dropped Oakdale to 2-2 in Valley Oak League play, 6-3 overall.
After jumping out to a 21-6 lead in the first quarter, the Mustangs stalled in the second as Kimball warmed up and put 20 unanswered points on the scoreboard. That gave the visitors a 26-21 lead at the half. The teams traded points, 13-13, in the third quarter but that was where the night’s scoring ended. A scoreless fourth quarter saw the Mustangs on the wrong end of the final score, losing the league game.
They have a tough job ahead of them, traveling to Manteca for a Friday night showdown with the 7-1 Buffaloes. Manteca suffered its first loss of the season last Friday night, falling a 56-49 decision to power Central Catholic.
Oakdale High’s senior and junior girls faced off against each other on Tuesday afternoon, October 11 in the high school’s traditional Powder Puff game.
Scheduled after a week of Homecoming festivities this year, the rivalry of the classes of 2023 and 2024 left their mark on the field. The night also featured the crowning of royalty, as senior Tyler Cooley was chosen as King and sophomore Dylan Long was named Prince.
Along with the players on the field, junior and senior boys coach the teams, organize and supervise practices and run the offense and defense throughout the competition.
The older girls were victorious this year with a final score of 22-16 over the juniors.