About five weeks ago, high school basketball in South Jersey came to an end. It wasn’t a typical season because of the COVID-19 virus. The attitude was basically go play your 15 games and be thankful that there was any kind of season.

Of course, the majority of teams did not get to play 15 games, largely because of virus exposures. And, with the exception of the Tri-County Conference Tournament, there was no post-season.

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Yet, right now wrestlers are in the middle of regional and state championship competitions.

Look, there may have been some mistakes made that had a negative affect on basketball but we always need to remember this pandemic caught everybody by surprise. It was unlike anything experienced by anybody in the country. So, maybe decisions were weighted heavily toward safety.

But that was the six-week 2021 season. Things should be back a lot closer to normal starting in December when the 2021-22 season tips off

Tinker, Yogi and the guys who run the prestigious Battle By The Bay are putting their schedule together. Though the next Battle By The Bay will not be on Super Bowl Weekend because the NFL has moved its event a week later.

John Rodio is creating a schedule for the 2022 Seagull Classic, the lineup is virtually complete for the War vs. Shore girls showcase at Mainland and the Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend in Ocean City. Wildwood’s Boardwalk Basketball Classic and other events are also gathering their ideas about next season.

Chances are there could be some limitation on live fans at some games, especially early in the season. But things are moving back toward normal and you can keep them moving in the right direction by wearing your mask and getting vaccinated.

It is a great feeling.

Or, at least, it was until the NJSIAA announced its plans for the 2022-23 basketball season.

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