High school hoops season to 22 games in 2012-2013, Riders will play Rangers

Area high school basketball schedules will be a little more packed in the near future.
 
The Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors on Thursday voted to expand the high school basketball season to 22 games for the 2012-13 season.
 
 Currently, teams in Ohio are able to play up to 20 games. The length of the season itself will not be expanded.
 
Joe Bline, St. Marys athletic director a former basketball coach himself, said high school coaches have been pushing for the extra games since the late 1990s.
 
“It’s pretty exciting,” Bline said on Friday morning. “It’s something the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association has been pushing for a while and just now got passed. We obviously like to keep travel down, so they’ll be local games.”
 
Bline said St. Marys has added New Knoxville and Marion Local to its boys hoops schedule.
“New Knoxville will be a nice game given Coach Hegemier being there before,” Bline said.
The proposal to extend the season passed via a 5-4 vote by the OHSAA board of directors.