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Commentary: A busier hoop season tips off

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Last season, when high-school basketball schedules were eased into because of so many pandemic restrictions and issues, and teams played a reduced amount of games, that’s certainly not the case now, or at last for the present.

The 2021-22 campaign began in full blast last week, with opening games for all girls and boys varsity public-and private-school teams. Various tip-off tournaments were held and there were some boys and girls varsity doubleheaders among teams from the same schools.

In girls basketball last week, the two-time defending Class 6 state champion Madison Warhawks tipped off with a victory over the Marshall  Statesmen in a neighborhood-rivalry game. The Warhawks have a busy and difficult early schedule, against some perennially tough opponents like West Springfield, Georgetown Visitation and Bishop O’Connell.

Private-school teams had their entire seasons canceled last season, but not now. They all began last week, with the Potomac School and Flint Hill hosting girls and boys tip-off events. The Bishop O’Connell Knights squads played a couple of games each,  with the Madeira Snails playing two games on the road in Pottstown, Pa.

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The seasons for all teams will be busy and the schedules all over the place through post-holiday tournaments. The Wakefield High boys team hosts one of the longest-running holiday events in the annual eight-team George Long tournament, which also includes local teams Madison and the Washington-Liberty Generals.

Then in January, district and league contests begin, so the schedules become more regular. 

Check all the high-school athletic Web and Twitter sites for full basketball schedules for those opening days of the campaign, then throughout the season. There is a lot to read and keep up with all season long.

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