OAKHURST – With only a handful of weeks left before school lets out for summer break, spring sports are over and Oak Creek Intermediate (OCI) girls’ basketball and boys’ soccer have big wins to celebrate.
OCI Raiders girls’ basketball players finished their season undefeated, capturing the 2013 Mountain Area Championship on Friday, April 26 at Yosemite High School.The team was coached by Erik Peterson, who says the hardworking girls ended the season with a record of 7-0.
“The Raiders entered the tournament with a record of 4-0 and the #1 seed,” recounts Peterson of the championship playoffs. “With a first round bye, the Raiders played North Fork, whose team had defeated Wasuma 16-2.”
Oak Creek then defeated North Fork 35-11. In the next round OCI defeated Rivergold 28-13 to reach the Championship game.
Rivergold went into the loser’s bracket, but defeated Coarsegold 16-15 to set up a rematch with OCI for the Championship.
Once again, OCI was victorious over Rivergold and went on to win the Championship by a score of 34-12.
The Raiders were led by Carly Baldwin, Taylor Schaefer, Julia Gillespie, Jenna Monahan and Jessica Luce. The final standings from the tournament were:
1st – OCI
2nd – Rivergold
3rd – Coarsegold
4th – North Fork
5th – Raymond
6th – Wasuma
7th – Spring Valley
Also on Apr. 26, the Oak Creek boys soccer team won the Mountain Area Championship. The Raiders capped off a great tournament, ultimately defeating a formidable Wasuma team by a score of 3-1.
Juan Solis, Dalton Cuthbert and Peter McLean all scored in the championship game. Oak Creek’s defense, led by goalie Angel Lopez, was a major reason for the team’s victories.
Raider’s boys soccer coach David Eicholtz credits selflessness and hard work for the team’s success on Friday.
“It was a joy coaching this group of boys,” says Eicholtz. “They consistently put the team first and never quit giving their all.”
Congratulations, OCI Raiders!
Girls Basketball Team, Pictured: Izzy Peter, Trinity Curtis, Linnea Leinau, Hailey Rich, Lauren Peterson, Jenna Monahan, Daytona Tuso, Kelsey Montalto, Peter Gardner, Carly Baldwin, Taylor Schaeffer, Julia Gillespie, Caden McCoon, Tori Rich, Kourtney Allen, Jessica Vrab, Jessica Luce, Isabel Luna, Nancy Preciado
Coach: Erik Peterson
Boys Soccer Team, Pictured: Orlando Macias, Dalton Cuthbert, Dylan Allen, Chandker Monahan, Ethan Conti, Chris Ward, Caleb Eicholtz, Guillermo Ramirez, Juan Solis, Raymond Allen, Dalin Haas, Ty Peterson, Owen Basset, Angel Lopez, Harry Thearle, Ben Negley, Alex Williams, Peter McLean
Not pictured: Jacob Rousivill
Coach: David Eicholtz
Photos courtesy of Nicole White