WA­TER POLO WINS

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Oak­dale’s var­sity boys wa­ter polo team earned an ex­cit­ing 14-10 home win over Pit­man on Thurs­day, Sept. 21. The boys were led by Dakota McNeil and his five goals.

The team jumped out to an early lead and did not let up. Caden Nord also had a strong pres­ence in the pool for the boys as did Ethan Perry for Oak­dale.

“We are start­ing to piece it to­gether and are start­ing to gel,” head coach Diane Kline said of her team’s ef­forts. “It is per­fect tim­ing be­cause we start Val­ley Oak League play next week.”

Oak­dale will travel to Ripon on Tues­day, Oct. 3.

On Sept. 26, Oak­dale trav­eled to Modesto to take on Downey in non-con­fer­ence ac­tion. The game was held fol­low­ing The Leader’s press time.

The var­sity girls strug­gled in their con­test against Pit­man but ul­ti­mately came out on top.

A see-saw bat­tle be­tween the two schools saw Oak­dale rally from two goals down in the fourth pe­riod to win 6-5.

“It showed a lot of char­ac­ter to come from be­hind like that and win in such a close game,” Kline noted.

Cam­ryn O’Neal was in the net for Oak­dale and shut out the Pit­man team in the fourth pe­riod.

Oak­dale will travel to Sacra­mento to face Rio Amer­i­cano on Thurs­day, Sept. 28 with the game sched­uled for 5 p.m. The girls will then travel to Ripon on Tues­day, Oct. 3 for league ac­tion.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF JO­LENE THOMP­SON

The Oak­dale boys earned a hard fought wa­ter polo vic­tory over Pit­man on Thurs­day. Here, Bren­den Ruddy bat­tles the de­fense as he moves in to fire off the shot.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF JO­LENE THOMP­SON

With in­ten­sity in her eyes and de­ter­mi­na­tion on her face, Whit­ney Lee gets ready to send the ball to­ward the goal.

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