Two Greenback boys were honored by the Central Kansas League, senior Matt Swank and junior Payson Maydew.


Swank was named to the all-CKL first team, while Maydew was tabbed as an honorable mention.


Two Greenback boys were honored by the Central Kansas League, senior Matt Swank and junior Payson Maydew.

Swank was named to the all-CKL first team, while Maydew was tabbed as an honorable mention.

Both players were integral in their team’s success, with Maydew serving as the team’s best post-up threat while Swank was deadly from the perimeter.

Swank also picked up several awards throughout his four-year varsity career, starting for three years and serving as team captain for two years. In addition to his CKL nod, he was also named to the Class 4A all-state second team by the Wichita Eagle.

“Matt had a very nice senior year and he is ready to take on the challenge of the next step of his basketball career,” said PHS head coach David Swank. “This is his third time to be named All-League, which is a great honor – but I know without a shadow of doubt, he would give up individual honors in order to get two extra wins at the end of this year.”

Swank played several positions during his 77-win career, constantly changing his game to best help his team come out on top. He averaged 18 points per game as well as eight rebounds and five assists. He set a Pratt High record by knocking down 215 free throws his senior season.

“Matt is a rare kid with the basketball IQ and skills necessary to play four years of varsity basketball,” he said. “Much of that was due to his versatility as a passer, ball-handler and shooter and his willingness to play whatever position would help the team.  His freshman year he played power forward at 6-foot-1 and he ended his senior year as a combo guard at 6-foot-3. His junior year as a shooting guard was probably the only year that his position was defined during summer camp and didn’t change due to the needs of the team.”

Maydew also had a great season for the Greenbacks, anchoring the team in the lane and using his height and athleticism to be a game-changer on the boards.

He averaged nine points per game while pulling down eight rebounds and blocking almost two shots per game.

“Payson showed a lot of improvement this year compared to his sophomore season,” Swank said. “He developed into a great rebounder and demonstrated the ability to finish around the rim. His defensive knowledge and anticipation improved tremendously.”

Swank sees Maydew as someone who can improve greatly in the offseason and come back even better next year.

“I am expecting his continued growth this summer through hard work and time spent into the gym,” he said. “In fact, I see Payson becoming one of the best rebounders in the state next year - some one whom grabs more than 10 rebounds a game which is unheard of in 4A basketball. In fact, I’ve never had a player do that in my coaching experience. It is going to be exciting next fall to have Payson’s experience and athletic ability in the Greenback starting line up.  I am eagerly looking forward to next November and having Payson back for his senior season.”