The Bellevue girls and boys basketball programs had high expectations placed on each team for the upcoming 2010-11 season Wednesday night in the annual preseason media polls held in Willard.
The Lady Red received nine of the 10 first-place votes, named the overwhelming favorites to win the Northern Ohio League, while the Redmen boys received a first place vote and were tabbed second in the NOL race behind Shelby.
In the Firelands Conference, the Western Reserve boys and girls programs were both selected favorites to win the conference.
Bellevue finished with 79 points among the 10 voters in the NOL girls poll, while Shelby was second with 64 and defending league champion Columbian was third with 61 points.
Willard received the other first place vote and was predicted in fourth witih 56 points.
Norwalk was picked in fifth place with 31 points, followed by Upper Sandusky (28), Galion (21) and Fostoria (15).
In the NOL boys race, the Whippets earned nine of 10 first place votes for 79 points while the Redmen finished with 65 points in second. Willard was tabbed third with 55 points while Columbian was fourth with 49.
Norwalk was predicted fifth with 45 points, followed by Galion (36), Fostoria (16) and Upper Sandusky (15).
In the FC boys poll, the Roughriders were not the only unanimous selection as Monroeville earned every second place vote among the eight voters to finish with 56 points behind Western's 64.
New London was projected third with 45 points, followed by St. Paul in fourth with 36.
Crestview was tabbed fifth with 32 points, followed by South Central (30), Mapleton (14) and Plymouth (11).
In the FC girls race, Western Reserve finished with 61 points, slightly ahead of Plymouth's 59. Both teams made the regionals last season.
St. Paul was picked third with 45 points, followed by Crestview (35), New London (32), Monroeville (28), South Central (17) and Mapleton (11).