By Jim Dabbelt   /   Nov. 2

The season is here, and now the fun begins.

Year number 32 is approaching, and for me it has never been better.

I have spent all of those years promoting girls’ basketball in Ohio, and in particularly the Dayton area. The Dabbelt Report has grown into the most respected online media entity in the Buckeye state. Now, it has grown even more.

Thanks to a phone call I received a few months ago, along with my coverage of the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at PensDaily.com, I have expanded my girls’ basketball coverage into the Steel City starting this year, and it launched this past week with the release of the Pittsburgh Top 50, a listing of the top players in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.

I have a good staff of people in Pittsburgh who have spearheaded this campaign to help the girls’ game grow in that area, and it will be a lot of fun to be able to do that.

This is just the beginning for the players over there. Many things are planned in the future as I hope to make this website as big of a name over there as it is here in Ohio. But that takes time, and with the help of good, energetic people, I am ready to give it a go and make it happen.

As for the Dayton area, the talent is incredible and the coverage begins on November with the release of the Dayton Top 100, the most anticipated day leading up to opening night.

November 19, the top players in Dayton will be honored at a special banquet which unofficially tips off the season, with the games beginning the following weekend.

But that is just the start of good things to come. Here are some release dates for upcoming basketball coverage on The Dabbelt Report:

Nov. 19- The Dayton Top 100 Is released as the top players in the Dayton area are recognized. In addition to the top 100, the top 50 of those players will be recognized at the annual preseason banquet. It is a day that brings together the best like nowhere else in Ohio. The entire event will broadcast live on the Gem City Sports Network. More info will come out the week of the event. There has also been discussion to begin a preseason banquet in Pittsburgh next year.

Dec. 1- The Pittsburgh Preseason Poll will be released, as the top 5 teams in each of the 6 divisions will be announced and every Sunday night starting Dec. 17, a new weekly poll will be announced here on The Dabbelt Report.

Every 3 weeks of the season, the website will be featuring a different player with a feature story, as the coverage ramps up in the 412.

Post-season all-area team: Plans are in the works to have an all-area team in each city based on regular season performance. The Miami Valley All-Area team is a staple on the Sunday right before the sectional tournament begins. Last year, the event was broadcast live on GCSN and we are planning to do so again this year. The Steel City All-Area team is still in the works and plans are to hopefully begin that tradition this winter.

I hope to also ramp up some AAU coverage in the spring, as plans are still in the works. One thing to note with the top 50 rankings, this is based on high school basketball only. That is the only factor I use during the high school season.

I want to wish all the players and coaches in both of my areas the very best of luck for a great season!