Sioux Falls Washington moved into first place in the South Dakota Sportswriters Association girls’ Class AA basketball poll thanks to Mitchell’s big win over previously unbeaten Aberdeen Central over the weekend.
The Warriors, 17-1, received seven of the nine first-place votes and used wins over Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central to vault to the top spot. Mitchell, 15-2, received the other two first-place votes and moved into second place. Aberdeen Central, 15-1, fell to third place.
The rest of voting pretty much stayed the same in the respective polls, except for some movement in the AA boys’ rankings.
Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 15-1, remained on top on the rankings despite suffering its first loss of the season to Marshall, Minn., 67-51. The rest of the rankings, however, did some shuffling. Brookings, 13-4, moved from fourth to second after defeating Yankton and previously second-ranked Pierre 66-65. Pierre dropped to third and Brandon Valley, 11-6, moved from fifth to fourth, while Watertown, 10-6, dropped from third to fifth after losing to Mitchell and Brandon Valley.
The rest of the rankings stayed pretty much the same as Clark-Willow Lake remained on top of the A boys’ ratings, followed by Sioux Falls Christian in second and St. Thomas More, 18-1, in third.
White River, 14-1, continues to lead in the B boys’ rankings, followed by James Valley Christian in second. The two teams were to meet last Saturday at the Corn Palace, but the game was called off because of the winter weather. Dupree, 16-1, remains in fifth place.
In Class A girls, St. Thomas More, 18-1, is still in second place behind 17-1 Harrisburg, with Spearfish, 12-3, and Pine Ridge, 16-1, are in third and fourth place respectively. Chamberlain, 17-1, received votes but didn’t crack the top five.
In Class B girls, Summit continues to be on top. Unbeaten Lemmon, 16-0, also received some votes.