Riley Lewis began his high school career with lofty goals.
The Williamston guard imagined accomplishing great things, but never thought any of them would happen.
Through hard work with trainer Abdullah Mohammed and his dedication on the basketball court, Lewis has reached those lofty expectations and more during a senior season that will continue Friday in a Class B state semifinal against Detroit Henry Ford at Breslin Center.
Lewis, who averaged an area-best 27.7 points during the regular season, was selected Associated Press Class B first team all-state for his accomplishments. He’s joined by Lansing Catholic senior Tony Poljan on the 10-member all-state first team.
This season and has been a surreal experience this season for Lewis, who has set the Williamston career scoring record and led the run to Breslin Center for the No. 10-ranked Hornets (21-3).
“(Williamston getting to the semis) is not something that happens a lot, so we didn’t have expectations of it,” Lewis said. “For it to happen and for it to come together, it’s a perfect storm and it’s been pretty amazing.”
Lewis, who enters Friday with 1,601 career points, has averaged 31.5 points during Williamston’s five state tournament games. That includes a 40-point outing against Sexton while setting the school career scoring record in a district semifinal win earlier this month.
By coincidence, Poljan set the Lansing Catholic career scoring record at the same venue and on the same night as Lewis made Williamston history. He broke a 60-year old record that was held by Ralph Coleman, who had 1,305 points while playing for what was then the St. Mary Cathedral Big Blues from 1953-56.
Poljan averaged 19.1 points and 10.4 rebounds this season for the Cougars, who finished 19-2 and were ranked No. 3 in the final Class B poll of the season. He ends his career with a school record 1,345 points and helped Lansing Catholic capture four CAAC White titles.
“It’s just a lot of hard work, and it’s crazy that I have something to show for all the hard work,” Poljan said. “That record was the cherry on top.”
Alma’s Dylan Carl was selected second team all-state in Class B. He averaged 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.1 blocks for the Panthers, who won TVC Central and district titles this season.
Onsted’s Austin Davis, who is signed with Michigan, is the AP Class B player of the year.