year I put together a list of the top players in the different
areas I cover.
this year there was/is a bit of expansion in place.
the beginning of the season I really needed to do some extra
Illinois High School Association has a unique (nicely put) way
of organizing the state tournaments in all four of the classes.
challenged is a better way of putting it.
teams in the South going North and teams in the North going
South, it is a bit confusing to say the least.
since the Metro-East St. Louis Area feeds North and West of
southern Illinois in 1A while parts of Central Illinois directly
North of my normal 1A Carbondale Supersectional come South,
it was time to shake things up a bit.
reached out to some coaches and sports writers from outside
of my area (who's opinions I value) and started ranking and
following the teams that feed into the Jacksonville Supersectional.
was familiar with most of the schools up there from previous
seasons of studying the state, so I felt pretty confident in
my rankings for most of the year.
I ranked them I might as well thank them.
the first time since the 2006-07 season (back when there were
just two classes) I have included a list of the top players
from the Jacksonville 1A area teams.
bent the ear of a few of the ones I mentioned early that I trust,
looked up some statistics and put together a list.
will be just like the rest of the lists I have put together
over the years; it will be scrutinized.
I will, as always, stand by the decisions.
for the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards; you
could make a case for many potential winners.
decided after the 2016 season that for my Coach of the Year
award there will no longer be repeat winners, at least for now.
are some that would, or could, be awarded this honor each year.
I decided to honor as many as I can from now on.
it comes to my First Team All-South and my Honorable Mention
lists, I have always put emphasis on potential ties going to
Seniors over underclassmen.
just how I roll.
will get other opportunities while seniors are done after that
that there is some groundwork and a precedent in place, this
is what I came up with for 2018-19.
2A SUPERSECTIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BRYSON BULTMAN – NASHVILLE - SENIOR
Hornets of 2018-19 broke a lot of records, including most wins
in a season as they finished in second place in the state with
a 35-3 final mark.
senior Bultman was a big reason why they went as far as they
received a lot of other honors this season; 1st team IBCA All-State,
2nd team AP All-State and now you can add the ABV 2A award to
averaged 14.6 points per game this season for the Hornets while
grabbing 6.4 rebounds a game while adding nearly two assists
ended up his career at 1,323 points.
other state-wide lists where the writers put a premium on how
many points are scored, ABV looks at the big picture.
program has always been based on defense first as they had a
scoring average this season of just over 50 points a game while
giving up around 30.
style of play doesn't lend itself to gaudy offensive numbers.
and Company beat teams on the defensive end of the floor.
Note: And before anyone in Washington County gets their underwear
in a bunch, Carson Parker was also deserving of this award but
ABV (as mentioned earlier) went with the senior.
times that I have split the award previously, both of the winners
was named 1st team ABV which means he is part of an elite group.
the 21 years of doing this award only Lucas O'Rear (2006 and
2007) won back-to-back.
has a shot of consecutive winners next season as the Hornets
will once again be a force in the South.
1A SUPERSECTIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
TYLER WINCHESTER – SESSER-VALIER - SENIOR
the Deep South, the Red Devils have been on a pretty good recent
run and Tyler Winchester has been a big part of the success.
6-foot-2 senior played on back-to-back regional champions and
his team as a junior reached the sectional title game.
few weeks ago Winchester and Company made their third “Elite
Eight” appearance after beating Woodlawn to win the Gallatin
County Sectional title.
was the third such win in the boy's basketball history (2010,
the Red Devils fell to Central A&M in the supersectional
at SIU, Winchester and his club put together a great run.
numbers for the senior are 20.4 points a game (1,644 career)
and 4.1 rebounds (464 career) along with 115 career assists.
knocked down 219 3-pointers in his run at S-V and snagged 161
career steals (49 this season).
like most top scorers for teams, he was the focal point for
opposing defenses in the past two seasons and he still did things
that helped his team win while he wasn't scoring.
was also 1st team IBCA and 2nd team AP.
is also a three-time ABV All-South pick, first team as a junior
and senior and honorable mention as a sophomore.
JACKSONVILLE 1A SUPERSECTIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
EMMITT GORDON III – MADISON – SENIOR
Gordon III put up some very impressive numbers considering the
competition that the Madison Trojans took on during the 2018-19
they played in the postseason, Madison only had four games scheduled
against 1A teams, one ended up being a no contest against Lovejoy
and weather took care the other three.
a 6-foot-3 senior guard/forward, averaged 19.4 points a game
while playing mostly against 2A/3A and 4A teams as the Trojans
ended up 19-13 with a loss to Okawville in the sectional final
on the Rockets home floor.
led the team with 7.7 rebounds a game and 4.5 assist per outing.
was a team leader and was 1st team AP All-State while getting
snubbed by the IBCA.
produced seven double-doubles in points and rebounds during
the year and he scored 27-points for his best scoring game against
Riverview Gardens, a large school in St. Louis.
COACH OF THE YEAR
WAYNE HARRE – NASHVILLE
coach Wayne Harre now has the distinction of being one of only
two head coaches in the history of the IHSA state tournament
to take both a boy's team and a girl's team to a state championship
Harre joins the late coach John Schneiter on this short list
won a state title at Stephen Decatur in 1962 and took Winnetka
New Trier to the 1989 girls championship game.
won the girl's title in 2013 and he and his Hornets reached
the 2A title game this season before falling to now three-time
defending champs Chicago Orr.
his leadership, the Hornets stayed the course for the season.
lost just a pair of games in the regular season, to Tennessee
power Briarcrest Christian Academy and conference rival Pinckneyville
in back-to-back games in December and January.
those losses, the Hornets rattled off 20 consecutive wins before
the title game defeat.
managed to handle their high ranking with both ABV and AP with
class, something that shows leadership from the top down.
1A SUPERSECTIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
PETE GORDON – THOMPSONVILLE
Gordon got his team to a regional championship game, something
that hasn't happened a lot in the history of this school and
was only the third trip to a regional title game for Thompsonville
and they have never taken home the hardware.
season the Tigers broke a lot of records, going 30-3 for the
season in shattering the mark for most wins in a season which
was 26 from back in 1952-53.
importantly Coach Gordon got everything he could out of his
kids as they played up to their potential.
30 teams on the schedule that they should have beaten, they
won two tournament championships; the Christopher Thanksgiving
Tournament and a second consecutive Greater Egyptian Conference
also won the outright GEC regular season title, also a first
for the team.
to Sesser-Valier and Woodlawn, who both ended up in the sectional
championship game, doesn't diminish the accomplishments of this
coach and players.
1A SUPERSECTIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
JON KRAUS – OKAWVILLE
Kraus has had some very good basketball teams over the years
and last season's club won a state championship while 2016-17
was the state's runner up.
when it comes to coaching, this was perhaps this mentor's best
to replace some good players in the past two seasons, Coach
Kraus rallied his troops to once again make a dash towards Peoria.
fact the Rockets were just :09 from making another excursion
to Carver Arena when a last second desperation shot by Concord
Triopia forced overtime in the Jacksonville Super.
eventually lost the game as their season ended abruptly.
Coach Kraus, with some young players gaining experience through
a land mine of an independent schedule, had his team playing
better as the season wore on.
the time they got to February, the Rockets were on a mission.
hit a last season shot to win the Marissa Regional in beating
the host Meteors.
won back-to-back games in beating state and ABV ranked Winchester
West Central and Madison to win the Okawville 1A Sectional.
things added up, Coach Kraus (as the good coaches do) got his
team ready for the postseason.
three mentors on this list deserve the hardware in 2018-19.