For nearly one calendar year, high school sports have been on pause due to the pandemic. After much consideration the Sac Joaquin Section and Valley Oak League have announced that they will attempt to return to play. With a two season format, the return of Oakdale High School sports now has a starting point to their road map for the 2021 sports year. This format was approved on Feb. 3.
Season one will consist of cross country, swimming, girls golf and boys tennis. Those sports have been cleared to begin practice in preparation of their eight-week season. No postseason will be in effect. Cross country is scheduled to have their first meet on Wednesday, Feb. 17 when they host Manteca. The team’s home meets will be running at Oakdale High School this year. Their season finale is scheduled for March 31 at home against Sierra. All meets will begin at 3 p.m. Guy Fowler is coaching the boys team and Vic Moreno is coaching the girls. Karen Fowler is the meet assistant.
Swimming is currently slated to begin on Friday, Feb. 26 at home against Manteca. The season finale will be held at Oakdale when the Mustangs take on Sierra on April 1. No times have been set for when the meets will begin. Russ Van Cleave is the coach of the swimming program.
Girls golf is slated to begin on Monday, Feb. 15 when Oakdale hosts East Union at Oakdale Golf and Country Club. Their season comes to a close on March 24 at Ripon. Lee McGee is the coach of the golf program. No times have been announced for tee offs.
Rounding out season one will be the boys tennis team. The boys will head to Kimball for their opening contest, on the schedule for Tuesday, Feb. 16. Tennis will wrap up their season on Thursday, April 1 at Weston Ranch. All matches are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Grant Miller will serve as both boys and girls tennis coach.
As for season two; it is stacked with girls tennis, boys golf, track, baseball, softball, volleyball, football, water polo, soccer, basketball and wrestling. Their season is allowed to practice beginning March 22.