Oakdale Boys Strive for Excellence

by Ryan Hayes & Nick Clingan

Over the past couple years, the boys’ basketball program has earned a dominating record in Frederick County. In the short history of the basketball team, there have been several noteworthy players such as Zach Thomas, Clay Connor, Trevor Lecuona and Jared Ruiz. However, this year has been a different story.  Currently battling to be .500, the Bears are 6-8 and continue to strive to be the best team they can possibly be. They have had notable wins against teams like Paint Branch, Thomas Johnson, and Urbana.

The Bears recently played Martinsburg and Thomas Johnson, going 1-1 over the 2 game stretch. The Bears fell to Martinsburg by 15 points, but answered with a 74-44 point win over Thomas Johnson the following day. The Bears were led by Cory Schlee and Tyler Horning with 25 and 24 points respectively. Sean Jodrie also came up clutch for the Bears as he brought in 9 rebounds. This was a big win for the Bears as it shows the county how good they can be when firing on all cylinders.

This year’s Bears have been different than past teams due to the fact that there’s not just one player that stands out; it has entirely been a group effort. Junior Cory Schlee is currently the third highest scorer in the county, averaging 19.8 points per game. Junior Sean Jodrie is second in the county in rebounding, averaging 10.1 rebounds a game. Finally, Senior Tyler Horning is currently seventh in the county in assists, averaging 4.3 a game.

Oakdale has reached the State Semifinals 3 years in a row, and this year’s goal is ultimately the same as it has been: to make it to the Comcast Center. This Bears team has shown they have what it takes to get back to the Xfinity Center, but they have also shown they can only win when everyone is on the same page.

“For the playoffs, it’s pretty obvious that we want to win a state title, but before that we need to win the region which I believe is very possible if we play the way I know we can,” said Horning.

Although this year has been different from the others in the recent past, the season’s not over yet. As Horning said, if the team plays the way they’re supposed to, they will have a good chance to win the region. Even though basketball is very important to them, neither Tyler nor Senior Connor Givens want to play basketball in college.

Horning “decided to attend West Virginia University to study in strategic communications,” and Givens’ plan “is to attend ECU and I plan to continue playing a lot of pickup basketball, although I do not know what I will major in.”