Regular Season Ranking #12
Boys High School Basketball
1 – SF Roosevelt (17-1), 25
2 – Brookings (15-4), 19
3 – Pierre Riggs (14-5), 15
4 – Brandon Valley (13-6), 10
5 – Huron (13-6), 5, previously unranked
Dropped Out: Watertown (10-9), #5 previously
Blog Notes – The AA rankings had only a small change with Huron replacing Watertown at #5. As for #1, Sioux Falls Roosevelt held firm in the top spot after two wins. Lucas Wilbur had a double double (12 points, 14 rebounds) while Nate Cole and Brandon Boggs scored 17 and Tyler Howard, 15, to lead the Rough Riders to an 86-65 win at Aberdeen Central. The Rough Riders also defeated SF Washington, 82-32. Roosevelt, which has been ranked #1 for nine straight weeks (Dec. 17, 2012), has scored at least 70 points in 14-of-18 games. The Rough Riders own a 1,339-to-970 scoring edge, which breaks out to 74.39-to-53.89 ppg and a 20.5 per game victory margin. Roosevelt closes the season with home games against #2 Brookings on Feb. 19 and SF Lincoln on Feb. 22. #2 Brookings defeated Lincoln, 55-47, as Tyler Nagy had 23 points, and defeated Watertown, 60-57. The Bobcats have a 998-to-897 scoring differential, which breaks out to 52.53-to-47.21 ppg or 5.32 points per game victory margin. The Bobcats end the regular season on the road at #1 SF Roosevelt on Feb. 19. Pierre Riggs defeated #5 Watertown, 74-51, and upended Yankton, 58-50. The Governors have a 1,250-to-1,011 scoring differential, which breaks out to 65.79-to-53.21 ppg or a per game victory margin of 12.58. Pierre has won by double digits in 11-of-13 games. The Governors finish the regular season at Aberdeen Central on Feb. 19. Brandon Valley held onto the #4 spot after wins over Yankton, 53-39, and Aberdeen Central, 47-44, a game when Chase Marso scored 26 of the team’s 47. The Lynx own a 1,013-to-957 scoring differential, which breaks out to 53.32-to-50.37 or a 2.95 victory margin. BV will finish at home against SF O’Gorman on Feb. 21. Watertown fell to Minnesota 2A #4 Marshall, 67-62, #3 Pierre, 74-51, and #2 Brookings, 60-57 and dropped out of the rankings. The Arrows have a 1,168-to-1,097 ppg margin against foes, which breaks out to 61.47-to-57.74 ppg differential and 3.73 per game victory margin. The Arrows close on Feb. 19 at #5 Huron. New #5 Huron defeated Mitchell, 53-51 and have built a 967-to-894 scoring differential, or an edge of 50.89-to-47.05 ppg and a victory margin of 3.84. Huron, which has won 4-of-6, close the season at home vs. Watertown on Feb. 19.
1 – Clark/Willow Lake (19-0), 23
2 – Sioux Falls Christian (18-0), 22
3 – St. Thomas More (19-1), 15
4 – Tea Area (16-3), 10
5 – Madison (17-2), 5
Blog Notes – Class A remained unchanged this week. #1 Clark/Willow Lake, which defeated Aberdeen Roncalli, 59-48, held a slight advantage over #2 Sioux Falls Christian, as both teams remained unbeaten. The Cyclones own a 1,178-to-917 scoring differential, which breaks out to 62.0-to-48.26 ppg or a 13.74 per game victory margin. C/WL, which has won 11 games by double-digits, has completed regular season play. Senior guard Skyler Flatten, an SDSU recruit, had 27 points vs. Roncalli and has 1,574 for his career. #2 SF Christian shot 70 percent from the floor, including 12-of-18 from 3-point. range, in an 82-46 rout of Beresford. SFC owns a 1,197-to-861 scoring differential over opponents, which breaks out to a 66.5-to-47.83 ppg edge and an 18.67 points per game victory margin. SFC will host Garretson on Feb. 18 and travel to Tri-Valley on Feb. 22. #3 St. Thomas More defeated Hill City, 54-14, and Belle Fourche, 70-40. STM, A’s top defensive unit by allowing just 34.35 points per game, has a 1,074-to-687 scoring differential, which breaks out to a 53.7-to-34.35 ppg or a 19.35 per game victory margin. STM has held 19-of-20 opponents to 44 points or fewer. Led by Riley Knutson’s 20 points, #4 Tea Area defeated Chester Area, 76-31, and then turned back Elk Point-Jefferson, 55-49, as Connor Shaull had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tea Area owns a 1,157-to-877 scoring differential vs. opponents, which amounts to a 60.89-to-46.16 edge and per game margin of 14.73 ppg. Tea Area closes the regular season at home against Beresford on Feb. 23. #5 Madison, led by Jesse Brown with 17 points and eight rebounds, rolled to a 69-44 win over Vermillion on the road. Madison, which also topped Pipestone (MN), 59-37, has a 1,252-to-857 point differential, which breaks out to 65.89-to-45.11 ppg and a Class A-best 20.78 per game victory margin. Madison, which has won 15 games by double figures, closes the regular season with a road battle vs. Milbank Area on Feb. 18. Also of note, unranked Mobridge–Pollock (15-3) has a 15-game winning streak, which interestingly began after they opened the season with three straight defeats. Mobridge-Pollock defeated Stanley County, 76-44. M/P has 1,178 points to-985 for opponents for a margin of 65.44-to-54.72 or a victory of 10.72 ppg.
1 – White River (17-1), 25
2 – James Valley Christian (18-1), 20
3 – Canistota (18-1), 15
4 – Wolsey-Wessington (18-1), 9
5 – Viborg-Hurley (17-2), 3
5 – Potter County (18-0), 3
Blog notes – The Class B rankings remained unchanged. White River, which was the preseason choice and #1 for all 11 regular season rankings, defeated #2 James Valley Christian, 77-74, on a neutral floor (Ft. Pierre) as Black Hills State recruit and two-time all-state guard Wyatt Krogman scored 25 points and Joe Cameron had a game-high 34 with six three-point field goals. White River, which defeated New Underwood, 70-45, and Todd County, 86-57, this week, has scored 83 points or more 12 times. White River has a 1,553-879 point edge over opponents, which break out to an all-class-best 86.28 ppg on offense. They allow just 48.83 on defense for 37.45 points per game victory margin. White River, which has won 16-of-18 games by at least 12 points and 14 by 20 or more, will close the regular season with a pair of home games vs. Little Wound on Feb. 18 and Lyman on Feb. 22. #2 James Valley Christian dropped its first game of the season, a 77-74 decision to #1 White River, despite 17 points from Adam Hofer. JVC, which also defeated Wessington Springs, 83-43, owns a 1,436-to-852 scoring differential, which breaks out to a 75.58-to-44.82ppg scoring edge, or 30.76 per game victory margin. JVC, which has won 16-of-19 games by a margin of at least 19 points, closes the regular season at #4 Wolsey-Wessington on Feb. 18. Hofer (Dakota State recruit) is averaging 24 points per game and has 1,701 career points. #3 Canistota defeated Howard, 79-to-49 and beat Centerville, 77-63, as Alex Robertson had 34 points and seven dimes while Jason Van Winkle had 19 points and 22 rebounds. The Hawks have a 1,323-to-803 scoring advantage, which breaks out to 69.63-to-42.26 ppg and a 27.37 per game victory margin. Canistota, which has held 11 opponents to no more than 42 points and recorded 16 victories by double digits, closes the regular season at home with Colman-Egan on Feb. 18. Wolsey-Wessington had three victories, including wins over Hitchcock-Tulare, 66-50, Avon, 76-31, and Sunshine Bible Academy, 80-48. W-W, which has won nine straight games by double digits, has outscored opponents, 1,426-to-776, which breaks out to a 75.05-to-40.84 ppg edge or a 34.21 per game victory margin. W-W will end the regular season with a home game vs. #2 James Valley Christian on Feb. 18. The #5 spot is shared by Viborg-Hurley and Potter County for a third straight week. Viborg-Hurley defeated Menno, 75-39 as Trevor Jacobsen scored 23; defeated Marion, 58-42 as Andrew Hora had 19 points and nine rebounds; and rolled past Flandreau Indian School, 67-39. V-H has built a 1,232-to-795 overall scoring edge against opponents, which breaks out to 64.84-to-41.84 ppg or a victory margin of 23.0 ppg. V-H finishes the regular season on Feb. 18 against South Central (17-1) at the Mitchell Corn Palace. Potter County remained unbeaten with wins over Edmunds Central, 71-37, Ipswich, 75-68, and Highmore-Harrold, 63-31. The Battlers have a 1,211 (67.27)-to-772 (42.88) scoring differential or per game victory margin of 24.39. The Battlers, which have scored 63 points or more in 11 straight games, now closes the season with a road game at Sully Buttes on Feb. 18. Another team to watch is unranked Dupree (18-1), which defeated Newell, 91-44, and Timber Lake, 68-41, when Nate Widow scored 35 points. Dupree, which has won 15-straight games, has scored over 90 points in 3-of-4 games. The Tigers own a 1,449-857 point differential or a margin of 76.26-to-45.10 ppg and a per game victory margin of 31.16. Dupree, which has not lost to a SD opponent and has scored 90 points or more seven times with 16 victories in double digits, ends the season at Takini on Feb. 19.
Girls High School Basketball
1 – Mitchell (17-2), 25, #2 last week
2 – Sioux Falls Washington (17-2), 18, #1 last week
3 – Aberdeen Central (17-1), 17
4 – SF Roosevelt (14-4), 10
5 – Sioux Falls O’Gorman (12-7), 5, previously unranked
Dropped Out: Sioux Falls Lincoln (11-7), #5 last week
Blog notes –The Class AA rankings had a big change with a new #1. Also, SF O’Gorman moved into the #5 spot, replacing SF Lincoln. Preseason choice Mitchell reclaimed the top spot that the Kernels lost after a week 5 loss to Lincoln. Mitchell exacted a little revenge by defeated #5 SF Lincoln, 60-46, in Mitchell as Kristin Sabers scored 17 points (five 3’s) while Marcy Miller had 16 and Kerri Young 13. Mitchell also defeated Huron, 80-52. After two losses following a 5-0 start, defending state champion Mitchell has won 12 straight games and held 11-of-13 opponents to 37 points or fewer. Overall, the Kernels own a 1,244-to-700 scoring margin or Class-best 65.47 ppg. They have allowed 36.84 points per game for a class-best 28.63 ppg victory margin. Mitchell will close the regular season with a road game at Yankton on Feb. 19. Kerri Young (SDSU recruit) has 1,664 career points, the MHS school record. Macy Miller, also a SDSU recruit as a junior, went over 1,000 for her career after scoring 23 vs. Huron. SF Washington dropped a 70-63 decision to #4 SF Roosevelt despite 14 points from Ellie Benson. Washington which fell to #2 in the poll but barely ahead of Aberdeen Central, trailed 56-42 at the third quarter break before rallying within six in the final minutes. The Warriors have a 1,102-to-687 scoring edge vs. opponents, which breaks out to 58.0-to-36.16 ppg edge or a per game victory margin of 21.84. Washington has held 11-of-19 opponents to 36 points or less. The Warriors conclude the season at #5 SF O’Gorman, on Feb. 19. #3 Aberdeen Central def. #4 SF Roosevelt, 62-54, and Brandon Valley, 66-37, as Samantha Knecht had 21. Aberdeen Central, which has 15 double digit wins and 12 victories of 15 points or more, owns a 1,041 (57.83)-to-696 (38.67) scoring differential or per game victory margin of 19.16 ppg. The Golden Eagles, which has held 10 opponents to 40 points or less, will host Pierre on Feb. 19. #4 SF Roosevelt went 1-1 against a pair of top-five teams. The Rough Riders dropped a 62-54 decision to #3 Aberdeen Central before upsetting then #1 Washington, 70-63, as Tagyn Larson had 19 points and Lauren Kunz, 17. The Rough Riders have a 1,051-to-896 scoring differential which breaks out to 58.39-to-49.78 ppg edge or an 8.62 victory margin. Roosevelt finishes the season with a road game vs. SF Lincoln on Feb. 19 and a home game with Marshall, Minn., on Feb. 21. Jessica Mieras had a double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead #5 SF O’Gorman to a home win over SF Lincoln on Saturday. O’Gorman, which has won 4-of-5, is averaging 45.42 ppg (863) while allowing 43.37 (824) or a per game victory margin of 2.05 points. O’Gorman will host #2 SF Washington on Feb. 19 to close out the season. Sioux Falls Lincoln dropped a 60-46 decision to #1 Mitchell and a 54-35 decision to #5 Sioux Falls O’Gorman as they fell out of the rankings. The Pats have a 921-to-805 scoring differential for a 51.17-to-44.72 margin, and a per game victory total of 6.45. SFL hosts #4 SF Roosevelt on Feb. 19 to close the season.
1 – Harrisburg (19-1), 25
2 – St. Thomas More (19-1), 20
3 – Chamberlain (19-1), 14
4 – Pine Ridge (18-1), 9
5 – Aberdeen Roncalli (16-3), 7
Dropped Out: Spearfish (14-4), 4
Blog notes – The top four spots in Class A held firm and the only change was Aberdeen Roncalli moving into the #5 spot as Spearfish dropped out of the rankings. #1 Harrisburg defeated Dell Rapids, 63-29, and Dakota Valley, 67-55, as the Tigers have built a 13-game winning streak. They have a 1,364-to-807 points advantage over opponents, which breaks out to a 68.2-to-40.35 ppg edge or a per game victory margin of 27.85. Harrisburg has won 14 games by 16 points or more. #2 St. Thomas More defeated Hill City, 59-18, and Belle Fourche, 71-27. Since a loss to Spearfish on Jan. 22, STM has accumulated eight straight wins, all by 16 or more. At 19-1, STM, which has held nine opponents to less than 30 points, heads to postseason with a 1,186-to-630 scoring differential vs. opponents, or a 59.3-to-31.5 ppg edge and per game victory margin of 27.71. In the eight-game winning streak, they own a 507-to-244 margin or a 32.87 ppg victory margin. #3 Chamberlain defeated Stanley County, 58-24, and McLaughlin, 77-45, as they extended their winning streak to 17 games. Chamberlain, which only has a 49-46 loss to Parkston, finished the regular season with a 1,185-to-819 scoring differential vs. opponents, which breaks out to 59.25-to-40.95 ppg or an 18.3 per game victory margin. Chamberlain has 16 wins by double digits as they head to districts. #4 Pine Ridge, which has only a 1-point loss at Todd County, defeated Red Cloud, 79-61, Little Wound, 74-51, and Cheyenne Eagle Butte, 74-44. The Thorpes own a 1,485-to-586 scoring differential, or a class-best 78.16 ppg while allowing 39.42 ppg for a victory margin of 38.74. The Thorpes have scored at least 65 points in 17 games and has held seven opponents to 33 points or less. Pine Ridge finished the regular season with six games over 85 points and three over 100. Aberdeen Roncalli moved into the #5 spot after defeating Clark/Willow Lake, 44-27 to win NEC title. Roncalli has been one of the top defensive teams in Class A, holding opponents to 32.63 points per game. They have held eight teams under 30 points and 14 under 40 while recording a win over #1 B Summit (36-34). AR, which has a 908 (47.79)-to-620 (32.63) overall scoring differential own a 15.16 per game victory margin as they head to the districts. Roncalli has seven straight wins and has won 10-of-11. Spearfish dropped out of the top-5 after a 2-1 week. They defeated Cheyenne Eagle-Butte, 64-38, Douglas, 72-33, before falling to Sturgis, 40-29. Spearfish finishes the regular season with a 999-to-700 overall scoring differential for a 55.5-to-38.89 edge and victory margin of 16.61 ppg.
1 – Summit (18-1), 25
2 – Warner (19-1), 20
3 – DeSmet (19-1), 15
4 – Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (19-1), 9
5 – Herreid/Selby (19-1), 4
Receiving Votes: Lemmon (19-0), 2
Blog notes – Class B held firm with no changes in the top-five. Summit, the two-time defending champion, has rebounded from a loss to Aberdeen Roncalli with a trio of double digits wins. In the last three games, they have won by margins of 25, 42, and 36 points. The Eagles closed the season with an 83-47 win over Rosholt. Summit, which has had 14 games of 74 points or more, owns a 1,295-to-596 scoring margin vs. opponents, which breaks out to a 64.75-to-29.8 points advantage or a per game victory margin of 34.95 ppg. Summit has won 15 games by at least 24 points and 15 times have held opponents to no more than 34 points in 2012-13.#2 Warner has completed its regular season play, building a 1,026-to-549 scoring differential, which breaks out to 51.3-to-27.45 ppg, or a per game victory margin of 23.86. During the regular season, Warner compiled 19 double digit wins, including 14 by 20 points or more. Warner has held 14 opponents to 31 points or less and 18 under 40 points. Warner’s only loss was to #1 Summit, 52-41, in Warner. #3 DeSmet, which has five straight wins since a loss to Clark-Willow Lake, defeated Arlington, 35-21. DeSmet has won 15 games by double digits and held nine opponents under 30 points. Heading to districts, DeSmet has a 1,098-to-635 scoring differential, or a 54.9-to-31.75 ppg margin or a 23.15 per game victory total. 11 times DeSmet has won by 20 points or better. #4 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, which has 10 straight wins since a Jan. 19 loss to Warner (48-35), defeated James Valley Christian, 84-43, and Mitchell Christian, 63-53. In that 10-game run, they have won by double digits nine times and had a nine-point win. SC/W has 17 double digit victories this year and 11 by 20 points or better. All those numbers translate into a 1,279-to-790 scoring differential for SC/W. Per game SC/W has a 63.95-to-39.5 ppg edge or a 24.45 ppg victory margin. #5 Herreid/Selby, which has won five straight since falling to Summit (62-38), defeated Potter County, 54-42, and Northwestern, 59-32. Herreid/Selby has a 1,218-to-698 scoring differential, which breaks out to a 60.9-to-34.66 scoring edge and a per game victory margin of 26.73. H-S has won by double digits 16 times and owns nine wins with margins of at least 20 points. They have scored 80 points or more four times and over 90 twice. Unranked Lemmon completed the regular season unbeaten after wins over McLaughlin, 58-42, McIntosh, 51-41, and Beach (ND), 52-48. Lemmon, which just missed the rankings again this week, has 16 wins by double digits and a point differential of 1,242-to-672, which breaks out to a 65.37-to-35.37 ppg edge or a 30.0 points per game victory margin. Eleven times they have recorded wins by at least 20 points. Individual Recognition: Also of note is the spectacular play of senior guard Kieran O’Malley of Centerville. O’Malley, a Mount Marty recruit, who had 34 points in a loss and 116 points in her final four games of the regular season, has built her career total to 2,501 points which ranks seventh all-time.