1 – SF Roosevelt (11-0), 25
2 – Pierre Riggs (5-4), 18, #4 last week
3 – Watertown (8-3), 17
4 – Huron (8-3), unranked last week
5 – Brookings (8-3), 3
Others Receiving Votes
Brandon Valley (7-4), 2
SF Lincoln (6-4), #2 previously
Notes: SF Roosevelt had a 2-0 week and was the unanimous choice for #1 for a fifth straight week. Overall, the rankings had some movement with previously #2 SF Lincoln losing two games (three straight overall) and falling out of the rankings. Pierre moved up to #2 while Watertown remained at #3. Huron entered the poll at #4 and Brookings stayed put at #5. Roosevelt, which hosts #3 Watertown on Jan. 22 and Yankton on Jan. 25, defeated SF Washington, 70-57, and SF O'Gorman, 70-46. SFR has scored at least 70 points in 10-of-11 games and owns an 831-to-591 scoring differential or 75.54-to-53.72 (21.82 victory margin). Pierre, the preseason #1, is winning again, including a 62-47 decision against Mitchell as Lane Severyn had 19 points. Pierre, which owns a 567-to-453 scoring differential, have defeated three straight foes by 15 points or more and have a combined 191-to-132 margin in that trio of games. They host Aberdeen Central on Jan. 22 and travel to Rapid City Central on Jan. 25 before hosting Sturgis Brown on Jan. 26. The Arrows had a 2-0 week including a 77-62 win over SF Washington, hitting 12-of-20 from 3 pt. range as Trevor Jutting (3-3 from deep) scored a game-high 29 points. Watertown has built a 4-game winning streak, after a 68-59 decision over Aberdeen Central. The Arrows own a 695 (63.18)-to-595 (54.09) ppg margin against foes. Watertown will host #4 Huron on Jan. 25. The Tigers went from unranked to #4 in a 2-0 week, defeating Lincoln, 53-51, behind Justin Decker's 17; and recording a 52-46 decision over #4 Brookings. Huron has a 560-to-522 scoring differential, which breaks out to 50.9-to-47.45 margin. Huron will host Mitchell on Jan. 22 and travel to #3 Watertown on Jan. 25. Brookings lost to Huron, 52-46, and defeated Sioux Falls O'Gorman, 36-32, in a 1-1 week. The Bobcats have a 551-to-490 scoring differential for a 50.09-to-44.54 margin. Brookings travels to Rapid City Stevens on Jan. 25 and Rapid City Central on Jan. 26. BV received support this week with a pair of wins. Guard Chase Marso (17.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg) hit 9-of-14 three-point shots and scored 36 points to lead Brandon Valley past Rapid City Central, 72-54. BV also defeated Rapid City Stevens, 56-44, to win its second straight after two straight losses. Brandon Valley own a 624-to-564 ppg difference for a 56.8-to-51.27 margin. BV travels to SF Washington on Jan. 22 and SF Lincoln on Jan. 25.
1 – Clark /Willow Lake (10-0), 24
2 – Sioux Falls Christian (11-0), 21
3 – St. Thomas More (10-1), 15, #4 last week
4 – Tea Area (10-2), 9, #5 previously
5 – Dakota Valley (9-2) 15, #3 previously
Others Receiving Votes
Madison (8-1), 1
Notes: Skyler Flatten scored 24 points, including 18 in the 4th quarter, to lift Clark/Willow Lake to a 55-54 win on the road at Langford Area. C/W also defeated Groton, 53-48; as they held onto the top spot in Class A. C/WL has a 607-to-478 scoring differential, or a 60.7-to-47.8 scoring differential against opponents. They host Great Plains Lutheran on Jan. 21 and Deuel (9-2) on Jan. 24 before hitting the road at DeSmet on Jan. 26. SFC remained #2 but picked up a first-place ballot. SFC recorded a 67-52 win over Vermillion (8-3). SFC has a 687-to-479 scoring differential over opponents, which breaks out to 62.45 ppg to 43.54 or a per game victory margin of 18.91. SFC has a pair of big games this week, facing #4 Tea Area in Sioux Falls on Jan. 22 and #5 Dakota Valley on Jan. 25 on the road. St. Thomas More moved up to #3 after defeating Lead-Deadwood, 70-42, and Deuel, 53-28 (Hanson Classic). STM has a 546-to-373 scoring differential, or a 49.64-to-33.90 (15.74 victory margin). They have held all 11 opponents to 42 points or fewer. STM will play at Spearfish on Jan. 22 and Winner on Jan. 26. Tea Area, which is in the midst of a five-game road swing, defeated Garretson, 71-58, and Canton, 62-51. The Titans own a 699-to-584 scoring differential vs. opponents, which breaks out to 63.54-to-53.09 (9.64 ppg victory margin). Next week they travel to #2 Sioux Falls Christian on Jan. 22 before playing at Harrisburg on Jan. 26. Dakota Valley lost to Sioux City Heelan, 67-59, and defeated Tri-Valley, 61-54. The Panthers have outscored opponents, 727-to-611, which is a 66.09-to-55.54 margin (10.55 per game). DV will play at Homer (Neb.) on Jan. 22 before hosting #2 SF Christian on Jan. 25. For the first time this season, Madison received support in the poll after moving to 8-1 with wins over Flandreau Indian School, 88-32; and handled Dell Rapids, 63-45.
1 – White River (10-1), 25
2 – James Valley Christian (10-0), 20
3 – Canistota (10-1), 15
4 – Wolsey-Wessington (9-1), 7
5 – Viborg-Hurley (9-1), 5
Others Receiving Votes
Dupree (9-1), 2
Potter County (9-0), 1
Hanson (8-3), previously #5
Notes: White River had a 3-0 week and remained firmly entrenched at the top of the Class B rankings. The defending champion defeated Jones County, 87-63; Philip (110-to-50, a single season high for points in Class B) and #3 Canistota, 62-50 (Hanson Classic). White River has a 930-530 point edge over opponents, which break out to an average of 84.54 ppg on offense and a 36.6 per game victory margin. White River, which has won 10-of-11 games by at least 12 points and nine by 20 or more, will host Pine Ridge on Jan. 25. James Valley Christian again moved up as they improved to 10-0. Now ranked #2, JVC defeated Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, 67-48, previously unbeaten and now #4 Wolsey-Wessington, 66-58, as Nathan Wudel had 20 points, 13 rebounds and six assists; and #4 Viborg-Hurley, 53-35 (Hanson Classic) as Wudel had 22 points and 11 boards. JVC owns a 763-to-520 scoring differential (76.3-to-52.0 margin ), with a per game victory margin of 24.3 points. JVC will host Highmore-Harrold on Jan. 22 and Sully Buttes on Jan. 25. Canistota was 2-1 this week and fell a spot to #3. The Hawks defeated Freeman Academy, 79-33, and Hanson, 61-42, as Alex Robertson became the 2nd Canistota player to break 1,000 point mark this season (Cody Bunger). Canistota also lost a 62-50 decision to #1 White River at the Hanson Classic. The Hawks now own a 762-to-425 scoring advantage, which breaks out to a 69.27-to-38.64 (30.63 victory margin) edge. Canistota, which has held eight opponents to now more than 42 points, face Chester on Jan. 22 and #5 Viborg-Hurley on Jan. 29 on the road. Viborg-Hurley, which was #4, dropped to #5 after the loss to JVC. They also had a 67-38 win over Baltic. V-H now has a 653-to-424 overall scoring edge against opponents, which amounts to a 23.0 per game victory margin. They will travel to Alcester-Hudson on Jan. 22 and host Centerville on Jan. 24. New #4 Wolsey-Wessington defeated Hitchcock-Tulare, 77-53, before falling to #3 JVC, 66-58, for the first setback of the season. W-W has outscored opponents, 729-to-395. W-W travels to Kimball/White Lake on Jan. 25 and Dakota Christian on Jan. 26. Hanson lost three times and fell out of the rankings. Of note, Hanson guard Jordan Marguardt had 32 points (8-of-10 on threes, including a 60-foot bomb at the end of halftime) in a loss to Centerville. For the first time, Dupree had support in the rankings. Dupree is 9-1 and has scored over 90 points in 4-of-5 games, building a 796-451 point differential, which is 79.6 ppg vs. 45.10 for opponents (34.5). They have won 8-of-9 games by 17 points or more and in the other win, they won by 11. They will face unbeaten Faith (10-0) on Jan. 22 and Jones County on Jan. 26. Potter County defeated Herreid/Selby, 65-60, and now has a 560-to-383 overall point differential in a 9-0 start. The Battlers, which average 62.22 ppg, have an overall per game victory margin of 19.67. PC will travel to Eureka/Bowdle on Jan. 22 before hosting the Yellowstone Trail Conference Tourney on Jan. 25-26.
1 – Sioux Falls Washington (11-0), 25
2 – Aberdeen Central (11-0), 20
3 – Mitchell (8-2), 15
4 – SF Roosevelt (11-2), 10
5 – Sioux Falls Lincoln (6-3), 5
Notes: AA girls is the only class this week to remain unchanged. Sioux Falls Washington was the unanimous choice for the second week in a row after the Warriors defeated Watertown, 59-24, and Marshall, Minn., 54-38, led by Ellie Benson's double double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. SFW has built up a 615-to-340 scoring edge vs. opponents. This season, Washington has held 8-of-11 opponents to 33 points or less. The Warriors, which average 55.90 ppg and allow 30.90 for a victory margin of 25.0, will play at #5 SF Lincoln on Jan. 22 before a matchup at home vs #4 SF Roosevelt on Jan. 25. Then they play Bellevue East High (Neb.) on Jan. 26. #2 Aberdeen Central defeated Watertown, 60-29. The Golden Eagles has a 641-to-399 scoring differential or 58.27-to-36.27 per game (22.0 point victory margin). AC will host Pierre T.F. Riggs on Jan. 22 before traveling to Sturgis Brown on Jan. 25. After two losses following a 5-0 start, defending state champion Mitchell has recharged its batteries. They have three straight wins when they have a 221-to-94 scoring differential or a 42.33 victory margin. Overall, the Kernels own a 673-to-382 scoring margin, which breaks out to 67.3-to-38.2, or a 29.1 victory margin. The Kernels visit Huron on Jan. 22. #4 Roosevelt has won six straight games after upending Yankton, 59-28, and turning back SF O'Gorman, 54-34. SFR has a 760 (58.46)-to-627(48.23) scoring differential or a per game victory margin of 10.23. The Rough Riders travel to Watertown on Jan. 22 and at #1 SF Washington on Jan. 25. Darby Huginin had 19 points and the Patriots hit 7-of-13 shots from three-point range in a 76-25 win over Huron. Lincoln has won two straight and 5-of-6. They own a 486-to-365 scoring differential which breaks out to a 54.0-to-40.55 ppg average or a per game victory margin of 13.45. SF Lincoln, which earlier knocked off Mitchell at home, will host #1 SF Washington on Tuesday. They also travel to Brandon Valley on Jan. 24 and Sioux City East on Jan. 26.
1 – St. Thomas More (11-0), 25
2 – Harrisburg (12-1), 20
3 – Pine Ridge (12-0), 15
4 – Chamberlain (10-1), 10, previously #5
5 – Tri-Valley (11-1), 5, previously #4
Notes: This was another class that had little movement, except for Tri-Valley and Chamberlain swapping the #4 and #5 positions in the rankings. Top-ranked St. Thomas More improved to 11-0 with a 75-28 decision over Lead-Deadwood. STM has won a state-best (regardless of class) 20 straight games, dating back to a loss to Chadron State on Feb. 3, 2012. STM has 22 straight wins over South Dakota opponents dating back to a loss to then #1 Wagner, 42-36, on Jan. 14, 2012. STM has a 646-to-343 scoring differential vs. opponents. As a result, they have a 58.72-31.18 ppg edge or a 27.54 per game victory margin. STM will play at Spearfish on Jan. 22 before hosting Bennett County on Jan. 25 and Winner on Jan. 26. #2 Harrisburg continued to dominate with two more wins. The Tigers defeated Lennox, 63-28, and #4 Tri-Valley, 69-43. Harrisburg owns an 849-to-548 advantage over opponents, which breaks out to 65.30-to-42.15 or a per game victory margin of 23.15. Harrisburg has a six-game winning streak and has won eight games by 16 points or more. After opening with 10-of-13 games on the road, the Tigers will begin a six-game home-stand with Sisseton on Monday. They will also face Madison on Jan. 24 and Tea Area on Jan. 26. #3 Pine Ridge defeated Lower Brule, 108-33, which was the Thorpes third time over the century mark this season, Pine Ridge, which owns a 968-to-395 scoring differential, has scored at least 65 points in 10-of-12 games, average 80.66 (best in Class A) and allow 32.91 ppg per game for a 47.75 per game victory margin. PR has held seven opponents to 33 points or less; and won every game by at least 12 points with nine verdicts of 25 points or more. Pine Ridge will travel to Todd County on Jan. 24 and St. Francis Indian School on Jan. 29. Chamberlain moved up to #4 after defeating Gregory, 72-32, and Miller, 56-34. The Cubs, which owns an eight-game winning streak, has a 644-to-450 scoring differential vs. opponents, for a 58.55-to-40.90 margin (17.65 per game). Chamberlain hosts Kimball/White Lake on Jan 21 and visit Mobridge-Pollock on Jan. 25. #5 Tri-Valley defeated Dakota Valley, 49-25, and lost to #2 Harrisburg, 69-43. TV owns a 629-to-468 overall scoring advantage vs. opponents. They are at Canton on Jan. 22 and Elk-Point Jefferson on Jan. 25.
1 – Summit (11-0), 25
2 – DeSmet (13-0), 18, previously #3
3 – Warner (12-0), 16, previously #5
4 – Herreid/Selby (11-0), 10
5 – Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (9-1), 4, #2 last week
Others Receiving Votes
Hanson (12-1), 1
Lemmon (13-0), 1
Notes: Two-time defending champion Summit defeated Rosholt, 77-36, and Waverly/South Shore, 63-19. Summit has built a 753-to-274 scoring margin vs. opponents, averaging 68.45 ppg and allowing 24.9 ppg for a 43.55 points per game victory margin. Summit has won eight games by at least 24 points. This week, they face their biggest tests of the season to this point with games on Jan. 21 at #5 Warner (12-0) and then at Wilmot (9-1). DeSmet moved up a spot to #2 after improving to 13-0. DeSmet defeated Hamlin, 50-39, and Castlewood, 45-38. DeSmet has a 688-to-363 (52.92-27.92) scoring differential for a 25.0 victory margin. They travel to Deubrook Area on Jan. 25. Warner jumped up two spots to #3 after defeating Northwestern, 56-23, and previously #2 and now #5 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, 48-35. Warner has a 685-to-323 scoring differential, which breaks down to 62.27-to-29.36 or a 32.19 per game victory margin. Ashley Rozell scored 31 to lead Warner past SC/W, a game that was just 17-16 at halftime. Warner has held nine opponents in 12 games to 31 points or fewer. #4 Herreid-Selby has a 675-to-313 scoring differential or a per game victory margin of 32.91. H-S will face McLaughlin on Jan. 21 and go to the YTC Tourney on Jan. 24 in Gettysburg. #5 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket defeated James Valley Christian, 76-50, and Highmore-Harrold, 61-56, at the 281 Tourney before falling to Warner, 48-35. SC/W has a 650 (65.0)-to-403 (40.3) or a per game victory margin of 24.7 points. SC/W will meet 12-1 Hanson on Jan. 21 at Alexandria. Hanson and Lemmon received support in this week's rankings. Hanson, which only has lost to Class A #1 St. Thomas More, defeated Howard, 77-47, and Canistota, 49-27, to push its record to 12-1. The Beavers have an 821-to-609 scoring differential or 63.15-to-46.85 (16.3 victory margin). Lemmon moved to 13-0 with three wins this week. Lemmon has 12 wins by double digits and a combined point total of 871-to-443, which breaks out to a 32.93 victory margin. Lemmon hosts Philip on Jan. 25.