Schedules finalized as H-DNL gets set to return from 330-day shutdown

Ray Hamill/ – The H-DNL cross country season is scheduled to begin next week, with staggered starts and some unique challenges.

By Ray Hamill — A 330-day shutdown for local high school sports will finally come to an end on Thursday, when the H-DNL resumes competition in girls golf.

Girls golf is one of three sports scheduled to return in the coming days, with boys tennis beginning its season on Saturday and boys and girls cross country returning next week.

The first golf outing will be held at Del Norte Golf Course at 11 a.m., and the forecast is for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50s.

The H-DNL will also compete at Redwood Golf and Country Club next Monday; at Eureka Muni Golf Course on Feb. 17; at Baywood Golf and Country Club on Feb. 22; and at Beau Pre Golf Course on March 4.

Boys tennis also gets under way this week, with eight teams in action on Saturday.

Del Norte plays at Arcata; North Coast Prep plays at Fortuna; St. Bernard’s plays at Eureka; and Ferndale plays at McKinleyville.

Cross country, meanwhile, will have four meets this season, beginning at Del Norte on Feb. 10.

The league will also compete at Arcata on Feb. 17 and at Fortuna on Feb. 24, with Eureka hosting the H-DNL Championships on March 6.

The schedules are subject to change.

According to the most recent California youth sports guidelines, only low-contact outdoor sports like golf, tennis, cross country and track and field are permitted under the purple COVID tier, with other sports to follow as local counties begin moving through the tiers.

The H-DNL is scheduled to begin competing in track and field, boys golf and girls tennis in early March.

The league has been shut down since March 11 last year because of the pandemic.

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