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Ohio high schools are No. 3, and that's a good thing.
With 821 schools in the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Buckeye state trails only California and Texas for most member schools among respective state high school associations.
That was among the announced highlights of the OHSAA's recent August meeting of its board of directors.
Here's a few other items of note:
- The boys state basketball tournament last March drew 116,100 spectators - an increase of about 800 from 2013 - and made a net profit of $917,081.
- The girls state hoop tourney - a week before - had 37,281 spectators, an increase of about 1,200 from the previous season. It made a profit of $12,747.
Both events are held over three consecutive days and feature 12 total games. The proximity to Columbus by participating teams plays a role in viewership, but that's too much of a discrepancy to account for all of the difference in figures.
Those numbers are good compared to wrestling and ice hockey. The state hockey tourney drew 3,879 - down about 600 - and lost $20,049. Wrestling had the added state duals. That, combined with the regional duals, still had a net loss of $45,094.
The regular state wrestling tournament took nearly a 2,000 spectator hit and was down to 47,318. But it posted a profit of $174,136.
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