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2013-14 KSFY/KWSN SD Broadcasters High School Basketball Poll

Regular Season Week 8 – Feb. 3, 2014

Boys

Class AA

1 – Huron (12-1), 80 (16)

2 – SF Roosevelt (10-2), 56, #3 last week

3 – Pierre Riggs (11-2), 51, #4 last week

4 – Rapid City Stevens (12-3), 37, #2 last week

5 – Yankton (8-5), 8

Also Receiving Votes

Sioux Falls Washington (9-5), 7

Sturgis Brown (7-3), 1

Blog Notes: Huron was the unanimous choice at the top of AA for the second straight week. The Tigers defeated Watertown, 51-40, on the road, avenging an earlier loss to the Arrows. Then Huron went into Yankton and claimed a 59-52 win. It was Huron's seventh straight win and improved their road mark to 7-0. Huron, which has outscored opponents, 823 (63.3 ppg)-to-615 (47.31ppg), begin a three-game home stand with Spearfish on Feb. 7 and then play Sturgis Brown on Feb.8. Rapid City Stevens dropped from #2 to #4 after a 1-1 week, losing at #4 Pierre, 60-50, despite 29 points from Steven Schaefer. The Raiders rebounded with a 67-45 win over Scottsbluff, Neb. (10-4), as Schaefer had 25 while Sam McCloud and Tanner Simons had 12. RC Stevens, which is 2-0 in OT games and 3-2 in games decided by five points or less, has eight wins by margins of 10 points or more. Next, they have a cross city matchup with rival Rapid City Central on Feb. 7. Moving up to #2 was Sioux Falls Roosevelt, which recorded a trio of wins this week. The Rough Riders have won 7-of-8 games and have a 758-to-542 point differential or 68.91-to-49.27, or 19.64 victory margin. The Rough Riders will begin a three-game home stand, starting with SF Lincoln on Feb. 4. Then they face Marshall, Minn., on Feb. 7 and Brandon Valley on Feb. 8. Pierre Riggs is now #3 after putting together a four-game winning streak, including a 60-50 home win over #2 Rapid City Stevens. They also took a 60-57 win over Brandon Valley and a 59-44 decision against Brookings. The Govs have an 817-to-708 scoring differential which breaks out to 68.08-to-59.0 per game or a 9.08 victory margin. Pierre will host Aberdeen Central on Feb. 7 and then visit Watertown on Feb. 8. Yankton hung onto the #5 spot, but barely over a charging Sioux Falls Washington team that has won back-to-back overtime games. The Bucks, which have won 4-of-5, own a 750-to-687 point differential, which breaks out to 57.69-to-52.85 or a 4.84 victory margin. Yankton heads to Brookings on Feb. 4, host Harrisburg on Feb. 6 and play at SF O'Gorman on Feb. 8.  The Warriors defeated Brandon Valley, 59-38; edged SF Lincoln, 64-62 in 2 OT and then took down A #2 Sioux Valley, 71-70 in 3 OT. This year, SFW has a 780-to-744 point differential, which breaks out to 55.7-to-53.14 ppg or a 2.56 ppg victory margin. Next for the Warriors is a road game at Marshall, Minn., on Feb. 8.

Class A

1 – Madison (13-0), 80 (16)

2 – Sioux Valley (13-1), 60

3 – Pine Ridge (10-1), 52

4 – St. Thomas More (10-4), 15, #5 last week

5 – Aberdeen Roncalli (11-2), 13, #4 last week

Also Receiving Votes

Vermillion (13-1), 9

Clark-Willow Lake (12-2), 8

Sisseton (9-3), 1

Blog Notes: Madison, which now has been the unanimous choice in the Class A poll in six of eight weeks, increased their winning streak to 25 games with a 75-40 win over Hamlin.  The Bulldogs, the only remaining unbeaten boys team in South Dakota, have a 66.61-to-43.61 scoring differential. Madison has won 12-of-13 games this season and 23-of-25 over the past two years by margins in the double digits. The Bulldogs continue a home stand against Lennox on Feb. 4 and play in the Dakota 12 Classic on Feb. 8 in Tea. Later, they have Feb. 14 battle with #2 Sioux Valley at home and road contests at Canton on Feb. 15 and Vermillion on Feb. 20. #2 Sioux Valley lost for the first time this season in a 71-70 triple overtime defeat to AA SF Washington on Saturday. The Cossacks are 13-1, with just two home games in 14 played. They own a commanding 66.4-to-39.7 ppg differential, holding nine opponents under 50 points and seven others under 40.  Sioux Valley will begin a three-game home stand, starting with Deubrook Area on Feb. 4. They also face Flandreau on Feb. 6 and Deuel on Feb. 11. #3 Pine Ridge defeated B #2 White River, 51-48, to extend their winning streak to six games. Pine Ridge, which has held 9-of-11 opponents to under 50 points, owns a 679 (61.73)-to-510(46.37) ppg differential.  Up next for the Thorpes will be St. Francis Indian School on Feb. 4 and Crow Creek on Feb. 8, both in Pine Ridge. St. Thomas More, which was 2-1, remained #4 after wins over Spearfish and Sturgis Brown and a setback to AA Sioux Falls O'Gorman at the Schoolers Classic. Aberdeen Roncalli had a six-game winning streak snapped by Sisseton but just dropped one spot in the poll. Sisseton, which received votes in the poll, had 25 points and 14 rebounds from Wyatt Youngblom and 24 points and 18 rebounds from Jordan Cornelius in the Roncalli win.   STM now has a 654 (50.3 ppg)-to-429 (33.0 ppg). Also receiving support was Clark-Willow Lake, which had a pair of wins and an 839 (59.93 ppg)-to-628 (44.86 ppg) point differential. The Cyclones have held 10 opponents under 50 points and six to less than 40, including the last three opponents. Vermillion moved to 13-1 hand has a 786-to-642 ppg differential or a 56.1-to-45.9 ppg margin. VHS will host Beresford on Feb 4 and play in the Dakota 12 Conference. While Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (12-2) failed to receive any support in the poll, they have built an eight-game winning streak.

Class B      

1 – James Valley Christian (11-1) 78 (15)

2 – White River (11-2), 59 (1)

3 – Langford Area (11-2), 52

4 – Wolsey-Wessington (10-2), 26, #5 last week

5 – Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (10-2), 6, unranked previously

5 – Potter County (9-2), 6, unranked last week

Also Receiving Votes

Harding County (10-2), 3, #4 last week

Ethan (11-2), 3

Herreid-Selby (11-3), 2

Oelrichs (11-4), 1

Blog Notes: James Valley Christian held a firm grasp on the Class B #1 ranking after building an eight-game winning streak. The Vikings, which has an 841 (70.08)-to-653 (54.41) ppg margin, face Hitchcock-Tulare on Feb. 4 and have two home games with Iroquois on Feb. 6 and DeSmet on Feb. 8. For the second time this season and just the fourth time over the past three seasons, White River was stung by a loss. The Tigers fell to A #3 Pine Ridge, 51-48, losing a two-point lead after three quarters. However, White River retained a hold on the #2 spot despite the setback.  The Tigers, which has two losses for the first time in three seasons, will host Wall on Feb. 6 and travel to Bennett County on Feb. 7. #3 Langford Area rebounded from its losses last week by rolling to a pair of wins. The Lions have a 791-to-505 ppg differential or a 60.88-to-36.07 ppg and play at Class A Groton Area on Feb. 3 and then Great Plains Lutheran on Feb. 4 as well as Wilmot on Feb. 8. Wolsey-Wessington has won three straight to stay at #4 in the poll. The Warbirds have an 866-to-521 ppg margin, including 72.17-to-43.42 ppg differential. They will have a make-up game with DeSmet on Feb. 3 in DeSmet and then host Northwestern on Feb. 4 as well as Sanborn Central-Woonsocket, on Feb. 11. Potter County and Sanborn Central-Woonsocket moved from unranked status into the top five. SC-Woonsocket has two straight double digit wins and three straight wins overall after defeating Centerville, 56-55, Hanson, 52-37, and Wessington Springs, 66-48. Next, they face Ethan on the road Feb. 3. SCW has an 803-to-594 ppg edge or 66.92-to-49.5 ppg margin. Then SC-Woonsocket will host Corsica-Stickney on Feb. 6 and travel to #5 Wolsey-Wessington on Feb. 8. Potter County has gone on a six-game roll, including double digit wins this week over Eureka-Bowdle, 72-58; Edmunds Central, 68-20; and Herreid-Selby, 72-61. It is the Battlers' 2nd win over Herreid-Selby (11-3) this year. PC has compiled a 747-to-520 ppg differential which breaks out to 62.1-to-47.27 ppg margin. Next for the Battlers will be a road game with Redfield-Doland on Feb. 4, a home game with Sully Buttes on Feb. 6 and then road games at Sunshine Bible Academy on Feb. 7 and Northwestern, Feb. 8. After winning 10 straight to open the season, Harding County dropped a pair of close road contests and fell out of the top five. They lost road games at McLaughlin 69-68, and New Underwood, 49-47. Also earning support was Ethan, which has nine wins by double digit margins, has a 787 (60.54 ppg)-to-613 (47.15 ppg) margin. Also earning support was Oelrichs, which has eight wins in nine games. Also of note, Gregory, which did not receive votes, has a nine-game winning streak and an 11-2 record.

Girls

Class AA

1 – Sioux Falls Washington (12-1), 76 (12)

2 – Mitchell (13-1), 68 (4)

3 – SF O'Gorman (10-4), 39, #4 last week

4 – Sioux Falls Roosevelt (8-6), 29, #3 last week

5 – SF Lincoln (8-5), 21

also Receiving Votes

Spearfish (9-2), 3

Sturgis Brown (9-4), 3

Brookings (7-4), 1

Blog Notes: SF Washington retained the top spot in AA, despite their first loss of the season to #5 Sioux Falls Lincoln, 52-50. The Warriors rebounded by defeating #4 Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 63-37. Washington has recorded 12 wins by margins of 10 points or more in 13 games. They are also top-ranked for the eighth straight week. Mitchell gained support in the poll, including four first place votes with an unbeaten week. The Kernels were led by Macy Miller, who broke loose for 43 points in a 68-43 win over Yankton. In the effort, Miller had the fifth best point total all-time (tied) as she hit 17-of-22 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point distance. Miller now has 1,554 points in her career and a class-best 404 points (28.86 ppg). Sioux Falls O'Gorman moved up to #3 as Jessica Mieras had 22 points and Dalee Stene, 20, in a 69-54 win over #5 Lincoln. O'Gorman, which also defeated SC East, 60-28, will host #3 SF Roosevelt on Tuesday. At #4 SF Roosevelt had a 1-1 week and sits 3-1 on the current home stand which ended with a 63-37 loss to top-ranked SF Washington. Earlier they recorded a 64-33 win over Watertown. Next up for the Rough Riders will be a road game vs. #5 Sioux Falls O'Gorman on Feb. 4 and then another road battle with Brookings on Feb. 7. Sioux Falls Lincoln recorded their biggest win of the season in the upset of #1 SF Washington and then dropped a 69-54 decision to #4 SF O'Gorman, also on the road. Next up for the Patriots will be a road game at Watertown on Feb. 7 and a home game with Sioux City West on Feb. 8. Also receiving support was Spearfish, Sturgis Brown and Brookings.

Class A

1 – St. Thomas More (13-1), 79 (15)

2 – Pine Ridge (13-1), 64 (1)

3 – Winner (13-1), 44

4 – Elk Point-Jefferson (12-2), 26, unranked last week

5 – West Central (10-2), 8

Also Receiving Votes

Deubrook Area (11-3), 7, #5 last week

Tri-Valley (11-3), 6, #4 last week

Todd County (13-3), 4

Sioux Valley (11-2), 2

Blog Notes: St. Thomas More continued to remain unbeaten (12-0) against South Dakota competition and retained the top spot in Class Al. STM, which has only a 55-39 loss to Nebraska C #1 Crofton at the Hanson Classic, has won three straight by a 186-to-117 margin. The Cavaliers, which now own a 945-to-495 point differential or 67.5-to-35.36 margin, begins a four-game home stand starting with Belle Fourche on Feb. 4. #2 Pine Ridge, which has built a six-game winning streak after winning a pair of close home encounters, has gone over 80 points eight times and 94 on three occasions. They own a 979 (75.31)-to-509 (39.15) ppg differential. #3 Winner rebounded from a 61-59 loss to Pine Ridge but rebounded with two wins.  The Warriors have a 977 (69.78 ppg)-to-521 (37.21) point differential, or nearly a 2-to-1 margin and have a Feb. 4 date with Ainsworth, Neb., on the road before hosting Cheyenne Eagle Butte on Feb. 8. Elk Point-Jefferson defeated previously #4 Tri-Valley twice. During the second of those two wins, a 61-49 Dakota 12 Conference Tourney decision, senior standout Keely Bertram, who averages 22.2 ppg, had 31 points and set an all-time school scoring record at EPJ with 1,359 points. It was her seventh career 30-point game. EPJ, which has an 872-to-650 or 62.29-to-46.43 ppg differential, visits Lennox on Feb. 6 and Dakota Valley on Feb. 7. West Central moved back into the top five by extending their winning streak to five games. West Central has a 681 (56.75 ppg)-to-499 (41.58 ppg) scoring differential. They have 10 wins by margins of 10 points or more and have held opponents to under 40 points six times. The Trojans will visit Tri-Valley on Feb. 4 and Madison on Feb. 7. Tri-Valley and Deubrook Area both dropped out of the top five but received support as did Todd County, which has gone over 1,000 (1,059) points scoring for the season.

Class B

1– DeSmet (13-0), 80 (16)

2 – Sully Buttes (12-1), 62

3 – Warner (13-2), 41

4 – Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (11-1), 37   

5 – Herreid-Selby (13-0), 9, unranked last week

Also Receiving Votes

Hanson (13-2), 5, #5 last week

Castlewood (10-1), 4

Summit (13-2), 1

Lemmon (12-1), 1

Blog Notes: For the third straight week, DeSmet retained control at the top of the Class B rankings, pulling in all 16 first-place votes. DeSmet, which defeated previously A #4 Deubrook Area, 62-29, have outscored opponents 719-to-360, which breaks down to 55.31-to-27.69. The Bulldogs travel on Feb. 4 to Clark-Willow Lake. #2 Sully Buttes held firm with three straight wins. The Chargers have an 883-to-398 point differential or a victory margin of 36.41. Sully Buttes will host Jones County on Feb. 4 before beginning a stretch which includes games vs. several 11-win teams. They travel Feb. 6 to Potter County (11-1), host unbeaten #5 Herreid-Selby Area on Feb. 13 and visit Ipswich (11-4) on Feb. 14. Warner, the defending champs, is picking up momentum with eight straight victories. Warner, which has held 13-of-15 opponents to 43 points or fewer, have an 858 (57.2)-to-506 (33.73) ppg differential. They will travel to face Faulkton Area on Feb. 4 before beginning a 3-game home stand with Leola-Frederick. Sanborn Central-Woonsocket registered a 56-49 win over Hanson and then handled Wessington Springs, 63-28 to move to 11-1 and remain at #4. Up next for the Blackhawks will be a Feb. 3 game at Ethan, which at 11-3 sits second in power points in District 8. SC-Woonsocket, which has won four straight games, has built a 753-to-453 ppg margin or 62.75-to-37.75 ppg and a victory margin of 25 points. Taking over at #5 was unbeaten Herreid-Selby, which own 10 wins by double digit margins and have held 11 opponents to 40 points or less. Herreid-Selby has a 755-to-442 point differential, or a 58.07-to-34.0 ppg and a victory margin of 24.07 ppg. Next up the Wolverines is Lemmon (12-1) on Feb. 4 at home and at Highmore-Harrold (12-3) on Feb. 8.  Previously #5 Hanson dropped out of the top five but still retained support. Also receiving support was Castlewood, Summit and Lemmon. Summit has 13 wins by double digit margins and has held eight opponents to 40 points or less. Lemmon, which only has a 56-51 loss to Beach, N.D., has a nine-game winning streak and sit 8-0 against SD opponents.  

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