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Top of the class: Payson Seymour opens season ranked No. 1 in Class 1A

Payson Seymour boys basketball coach Brian Rea and the Indians open the season ranked No. 1 in Class 1A in the AP state poll. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)
Posted: Nov. 26, 2013 4:50 pm Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 5:15 pm

By MATT SCHUCKMAN
Herald-Whig Sports Editor

Brian Rea's reaction to learning the Payson Seymour boys basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the Class 1A preseason poll was pure shock.

"Are you kidding me?" he said.

This is no joke.

Returning three starters from a team that finished 27-5 and lost to Madison in last year's super-sectional, the Indians received three first-place votes and 78 total points from a state-wide panel of sports writers.

Lanark Eastland is ranked second with 77 points and Mounds Meridian is third with 61 points. Six different schools received first-place votes.

"I'm flattered for the boys," said Rea, entering his fifth season coaching at Payson. "It's something I wanted to work for this season, not something I wanted to be given based on potential. It's a very nice honor for our players, our school and our community. We have a lot of work to do to live up to that."

It's the first time in school history the Indians have been ranked No. 1.

"I'm going to tell the boys it means absolutely nothing unless you prove it on the court," Rea said.

The Indians are led by senior guards Cody Hildebrand, who was an honorable mention all-stater last year, and Lance Buhlig, senior forward Gage Klitz and junior forward Hunter Flesner. They opened the season Monday night with a 71-37 victory over Western in the Pittsfield Turkey Tourney.

Also receiving votes in the Class 1A poll is Unity, which is coming off a 20-win season and appearance in the sectional finals. The Mustangs open the season Wednesday night against Central in the opening round of the Suns Classic.

Two other area schools received votes in their respective classes. Quincy High School picked up a vote in Class 4A, while Pittsfield earned four points in Class 2A.

Two of Quincy's regular-season opponents open the season state ranked. Rock Island, which will play host to the Blue Devils in next week's Western Big Six Conference opener, is No. 7 in Class 4A, and Monmouth-Roseville, which comes to Blue Devil Gym on Dec. 21, is ranked fourth in Class 2A.

The other No. 1 teams in the state are Chicago Whitney Young in Class 4A, North Chicago in Class 3A and Nashville in Class 2A.

 

-- mschuckman@whig.com/221-3366

 

Here are the boys prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record and total points.

Class 4A

School W-L Pts Prv

1. Whitney Young (9) 0-0 106 -

2. Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) 0-0 89 -

3. Simeon (3) 0-0 77 -

4. Stevenson 0-0 76 -

5. Curie 0-0 61 -

6. Edwardsville 0-0 58 -

7. Rock Island 0-0 36 -

8. St. Rita 0-0 28 -

9. Rockford Boylan 0-0 25 -

10. East St. Louis 0-0 24 -

Others receiving votes: St. Viator 14. Proviso East 14. Zion Benton 13. Glenbrook North (1) 10. Normal Community 10. Belvidere North 9. Larkin 8. Chicago Mt. Carmel 8. Downers North 7. Aurora West 7. Joliet Central 6. O'Fallon 5. Rockford East 4. Loyola 4. Oak Forest 3. Willowbrook 3. Oak Park River Forest 2. Niles North 2. Rockford Jefferson 1. Hononegah 1. Quincy 1. Belleville East 1. Plainfield East 1. Chicago Roosevelt 1.


Class 3A

School W-L Pts Prv

1. North Chicago (7) 0-0 106 -

2. Cahokia (1) 0-0 95 -

3. Morgan Park (4) 0-0 94 -

4. Springfield Lanphier (2) 0-0 76 -

5. Peoria Manual 0-0 59 -

(tie) Normal University 0-0 59 -

7. Orr 0-0 57 -

8. Lincoln 0-0 50 -

9. Bogan 0-0 26 -

10. Limestone 0-0 20 -

Others receiving votes: Hillcrest 18. Westchester St. Joseph 18. Chatham Glenwood 14. Champaign Central 9. Althoff Catholic 7. Chicago-University 7. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield) 7. Champaign Centennial 6. Kankakee 6. Herrin 5. Wheaton Academy 5. Joliet Catholic 4. Chicago (Perspectives MSA) 3. Olney East Richland 3. Springfield Southeast 3. Effingham 2. Washington 1. Charleston 1. Carmel 1.

 

Class 2A

School W-L Pts Prv

1. Nashville (5) 0-0 98 -

(tie)Rockridge (3) 0-0 98 -

3. St. Joseph-Ogden (4) 0-0 93 -

4. Monmouth-Roseville 0-0 69 -

5. Carlyle 0-0 59 -

6. Winnebago 0-0 48 -

7. Teutopolis 0-0 40 -

8. Riverton 0-0 28 -

9. Providence-St. Mel 0-0 27 -

10. Harrisburg (1) 0-0 26 -

Others receiving votes: Kewanee 19. Sterling Newman 19. Decatur St. Teresa 16. Breese Central 15. Flora (1)14. Leo 11. Carterville 9. Seton Academy 9. Chester 8. Williamsville 8. DuQuoin 7. Pinckneyville 7. Monticello 7. Downs Tri-Valley 6. Hales Franciscan 6. Mt. Carmel 5. Casey-Westfield 5. Pittsfield 4. Breese Mater Dei 3. Maroa-Forsyth 2. Anna-Jonesboro 1. Pleasant Plains 1. Reed-Custer 1. Tilden 1.

 

Class 1A

School W-L Pts Prv

1. Payson Seymour (3) 0-0 78 -

2. Lanark Eastland (2) 0-0 77 -

3. Mounds Meridian (3) 0-0 61 -

4. St. Anne 0-0 50 -

5. Mooseheart (2) 0-0 49 -

6. Nokomis 0-0 46 -

7. Waterloo Gibault (1) 0-0 44 -

8. Illini Central (1) 0-0 28 -

9. Madison 0-0 24 -

10. Springfield Lutheran 0-0 19 -

(tie) Kewanee (Wethersfield) 0-0 19 -

(tie) Arthur-Lovington-Atwood Hammond 0-0 19 -

Others receiving votes: Sidell (Jamaica)-Salt Fork 17. Peoria Heights 16. Cissna Park 15. Chicagoland Jewish 14. Woodlawn 14. Dakota 12. Cerro Gordo-Bement 11. Newark 11. Mendon Unity 9. Brimfield 9. Cairo 8. Putnam County 8. Brownstown 7. Winchester-West Central 7. Cisne 7. Okawville 6. North Clay 6. Christopher 5. Effingham St. Anthony 4. Henry 4. Shiloh 4. Gallatin County 3. Aquin 3. Arcola 1.