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Sikeston tops Class 4 preseason poll

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

sports@standard-democrat.com

Several local basketball teams graced the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association/MOsports preseason basketball rankings.

Sikeston took the top spot in Class 4 after a 23-5 season last year and being one win away from reaching the state semifinals for the second time in three years.

Cape Central holds the ninth spot while Kennett is receiving votes.

The Charleston Bluejays hold firm at No. 1 in Class 3 after a state championship last season and a 31-2 record. Caruthersville took the 10th spot.

In Class 2, Oran broke the top 10 at No. 5, while Bernie holds the 10th spot.

Area schools sitting just outside the top 10 and receiving votes in the Class 2 poll are Portageville and Hayti.

After their fourth consecutive state championship a season ago, the Scott County Central Braves entered the Class 1 poll ranked seventh.

The rest of the poll is as follows:

The MBCA/MOsports Basketball poll is selected by a panel of coaches representing each of the 8 districts and each of the five Missouri basketball classes. 2011-2012 record listed in parenthesis.

CLASS 1

1. Drexel (26-5)

2. South Iron(24-4)

3. Glasgow (26-6)

4. Meadville (28-1)

5. Eminence (23-7)

6. Fair Play (25-3)

7. Scott County Central (22-10)

8. North Mercer (23-6)

9. Braymer (20-8)

10. Marion County (27-2)

others receiving votes: Wellington Napoleon, Everton, Jefferson, North Andrew

CLASS 2

1. Billings (29-3)

2. Salisbury (30-2)

3. Elsberry (28-3)

4. West Platte (18-9)

5. Oran (19-11)

6. Sturgeon (25-3)

7. Osceola (21-11)

8. DeKalb (26-3)

9. Wheaton (23-6)

10. Bernie (17-11)

others receiving votes: Portageville, Hayti, Sacred Heart, Cairo, Iberia, Tipton, Thayer, Norwood

CLASS 3

1. Charleston (31-2)

2. Hogan Prep (20-11)

3. Lutheran North (25-8)

4. Mt. Vernon (24-7)

5. Maplewood (19-7)

6. Madison Prep (N/A)

7. Southern Boone (24-4)

8. Higginsville (27-3)

9. Fatima (18-9)

10. Caruthersville (16-11)

others receiving votes: Christian (O'Fallon), Strafford, Mountain View-Liberty, Doniphan,

CLASS 4

1. Sikeston (23-5)

2. Liberty North (24-7)

3. Helias (20-9)

4. Grandview KC (22-7)

5. Duchesne (20-9)

6. Hillcrest (26-6)

7. Lafayette (St. Joseph) (14-14)

8. Westminster Christian (22-5)

9. Cape Central (20-7)

10. Mexico (23-5)

others receiving votes: Smithville, Hannibal, Kennett, Borgia, Nevada, Raytown South, Webb City,

CLASS 5

1. Nixa (30-2)

2. Rock Bridge (24-5)

3. CBC (19-11)

4. McCluer North (28-1)

5. Lee's Summit West (27-4)

6. DeSmet (19-9)

7. Kickapoo (20-8)

8. Blue Springs South (23-6)

9. Hazelwood Central (19-7)

10. McCluer (25-4)

others receiving votes: Central (St. Joseph), Ladue, Fort Osage, Rockhurst, Liberty,