Baker School District athletics update

By on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

BAKER CITY– (Release3 from the Baker School District) Baker School District has announced its High School and Middle School sports schedule for the remainder of the school year. Oregon’s school athletics schedule had been significantly altered by state mandate in response to COVID-19 guidance. 

Baker School District is required to follow the protocols and guidance put forth by the Oregon Health Authority. 

“I know it’s going to be a very different year, but we have an opportunity to create a positive experience for kids,” said Buell Gonzales Jr., Baker School District Athletics Director. “We are depending on the cooperation of students, parents, staff and coaches to turn this year into a successful endeavor.” 

Student athletes have begun practicing at their respective sites. Sports traditionally run in the Fall will compete first, followed by spring sports, then winter. The Fall Sports schedule does not allow for spectators. Keeping events spectator-free will help minimize risk while working through and managing the protocols and guidelines. The district will re-evaluate the moratorium on spectators at the beginning of the spring schedule. 

Each sport listed will have a brief competitive season, as outlined below: 

Season Dates for MS Sports 

Fall Sports – Football, Volleyball, Cross Country 

Feb 22nd – March 19th 

Spring Sports – Track, Tennis, Golf 

March 29th – April 23rd 

Winter Sports – Boys/Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Cheer 

April 26th – May 21st 

Season Dates for HS Sports 


Fall Sports – Boys and Girls Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Cheerleading Feb 22nd – April 10th 

Spring Sports – Track, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, and Softball 

April 5th – May 22nd 

Winter Sports – Boys/Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Cheer and Swimming 

May 10th – June 26th 

The district will live stream all home events. Gonzales is working with host schools to be able to offer their livestream services to Baker fans. Streaming links and login information will be made available at Dates are subject to change as the season progresses. 

“Our ability to offer athletics at the MS and HS level is tied to County COVID-19 case rates,” said Gonzales Jr. “To be able to offer even this shortened schedule, we must follow the Oregon Health Authority Indoor and Outdoor Guidance for K-12 Sports.” 

Guidelines are available for viewing at the following links: 

Indoor: Outdoor: 

About the Baker School District 

Nationally recognized Baker School District 5J (BSD) is a major employer in Baker City, OR, serving 1,700 students locally with an additional 3,000 online students across the state of Oregon. Through enterprising, collaborative endeavors, BSD is creating an innovative educational foundation for future Oregonians. BSD believes strong school collaboration with local partners enables us to create vibrant communities that support lifelong learners.