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High school basketball thriving in most states

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File photo – Eureka girls head coach Michael Harvey and his players are still waiting to see if they will get to play this year.

By Ray Hamill — High school basketball is now under way in 33 states, with nine more and the District of Columbia slated to tip off by Feb. 1.

Once again, however, California is one of the few states still prohibiting competition, with the sport on hold until we reach the least restricted COVID tier.

On Tuesday, MaxPreps published a story updating the current situation for high school basketball around the nation.

According to the report, Alabama and Mississippi were the first two states to begin play back in early November, with some teams already having played as many as 25 games.

As of right now, Hawaii is the only state to have canceled the season outright, with Illinois, New York and Rhode Island still undetermined.

According to the most recent updates from the California Interscholastic Federation, California is tentatively planning on tipping off basketball in March, but only in counties that are in the least restricted tier.

Washington is planning on tipping off on Feb. 1, with Oregon slated to begin the season in mid-May.

Interestingly, in North Carolina players must wear masks during practice and games. 

You can check out the MaxPreps story here for a complete update on where all the states stand in the midst of the pandemic.

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