With school starting up this week, the athletic programs don’t waste any time, as many of the practices for the fall campaign will start on Monday, Aug. 11. Here is a brief rundown of the teams that will be hitting the playing fields and courts this fall.
Mustangs Football: Varsity Coach Trent Merzon and his staff begin practice on Aug. 11 and will have their first scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 30 against Tracy at the OHS Corral beginning at 11 a.m. for varsity.
Varsity Soccer: Coach Alfredo Quiroga and company look to repeat as Valley Oak League champions this upcoming season. The team will begin with a preseason tournament held at Pitman High School and will begin Valley Oak League play on Monday, Sept. 15 when they host Manteca. Varsity match begins at 6:30 p.m.
Volleyball: Set, dig and spike because OHS Volleyball returns to action as the Lady Mustangs will have their first home contest against Tracy on Thursday, Sept. 11. Varsity contest begins at 6 p.m. The varsity team is coached by Shelli Ponce.
Girls/Boys Water Polo: Summer may be coming to a close but OHS will still be making a splash in the pool as water polo season is set to begin with the girls’ home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 16 against Lodi beginning at 5 p.m. The girls are led by Coach Diane Kline. Coach Brian Kline and his boys team hit the pool for their home opener on Thursday, Oct. 2 when they host VOL opponent Kimball with the action to begin at 4 p.m.
Girls Tennis: Coach Judy Vejar and company begin VOL play on Tuesday, Sept. 2 when they host Weston Ranch. The matches are set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Boys and Girls Cross Country: It takes stamina, discipline and endurance to compete in Cross Country and the season begins when Oakdale hosts its own Red/Gold Scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 22 at 3:30 p.m.
Girls Golf: Coaches Jeremy Fields and Lee McGhee will lead the Lady Mustangs on to the links this season, with their first scrimmage planned against Gregori at Oakdale Golf and Country Club. The first scrimmage is allowed as of Aug. 23, but a date has not been announced yet for the Gregori scrimmage. Valley Oak League action starts on the road against Kimball on Tuesday, Sept. 9.