By Jasmine Saelee
The Oakland Athletic League basketball season has begun. Oakland High coaches and players from both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams are eager to get to work and start playing this season.
OAL season began last week when the boys’ varsity, JV and girls’ varsity teams played against Fremont High School on Jan. 9. This year the only other Oakland school to have a girls’ junior varsity team is Oakland Tech, which means the Wildcat girls’ JV team will have only one OAL game this year.
“I feel like we have good teams on varsity and JV” said Charlie Saechao, a JV boys’ basketball player. “I’m excited to see how it all plays out.”
Across town, Oakland Tech’s basketball teams are doing very well. Both the girls and boys team are 4-0 in the OAL league while the Wildcat boys are 1-3 and our girls are 4-0.
Basketball at Oakland High is not just about playing basketball. Many of the coaches believe in being able to better their players on and off the courts, which means academically, mentally, and basketball-wise. Overall, the players and coaches are eager to get back on the courts to represent Oakland High and show everyone what they’ve been working on.
“I love seeing the young men go from boys to young men,” said boys’ varsity coach Orlando Watkins. “To see their development and their maturity on and off the court.”
Coach Orlando Gray, the girls’ varsity coach, has also said similar things in the past.
“As Coach once told me, if you do the same thing, you get the same results,” said senior Sione Mafi. “So if you think you’re going to get different results doing the same things, you won’t. Fix your bad habits.”