Preseason Poll: De Smet and Sioux Valley boys ranked along with Hamlin, Castlewood girls

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The four area high school boys and girls teams who played in state championship games last winter are ranked in the 2021-22 Preseason South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll.

Defending Class B boys champion De Smet is ranked No. 1 in Class B and defending Class A boys runner-up Sioux Valley No. 2 in Class A.

State runner-ups Hamlin and Castlewood are each ranked in the girls’ polls. Hamlin is No. 3 in Class A and Castlewood No. 5 in Class B.

Three other area boys basketball teams — Milbank in Class A and Waubay-Summit and Castlewood in Class B — each received votes.

High School Basketball

Here is the Preseason South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for the 2021-22 season. Teams are ranked by points received and first-place votes are in parentheses.

Class AA Boys

1. Sioux Falls Roosevelt (4) 35

2. O’Gorman (1) 32

3. Sioux Falls Washington (4) 31

4. Sioux Falls Lincoln (1) 19

(Tie) Aberdeen Central 19

Receiving votes: Harrisburg 7, Mitchell 4, Rapid City Stevens 1, Brandon Valley 1, Yankton 1.

Class A Boys

1. Sioux Falls Christian (9) 49

2. Sioux Valley (1) 40

3. Dakota Valley 21

4. St. Thomas More 15

5. Dell Rapids 11

Receiving votes: Tea Area 7, Winner 4, Milbank 1, Madison 1, Vermillion 1.

Class B Boys

1. De Smet (10) 50

2. White River 30

3. Aberdeen Christian 26

4. Dell Rapids St. Mary 8

5. Viborg-Hurley 7

Receiving votes: Platte-Geddes 6, Canistota 6, Howard 5, Lyman 4, Waubay-Summit 3, Castlewood 2, Wolsey-Wessington 1, Lower Brule 1, Gregory 1.

Class AA Girls

1. Sioux Falls Washington (9) 49

2. O’Gorman (1) 38

3. Brandon Valley 22

4. Rapid City Stevens 20

5. Harrisburg 13

Receiving votes: Pierre 3, Aberdeen Central 3, Mitchell 1, Rapid City Central 1.

Class A Girls

1. Winner (4) 40

2. St. Thomas More (2) 29

3. Hamlin (2) 26

4. West Central (1) 14

5. Flandreau (1) 13

Receiving votes: Sioux Falls Christian 9, Dakota Valley 6, Tea Area 5, Wagner 3, Lakota Tech 2, Mount Vernon-Plankinton 2, Garretson 1.

Class B Girls

1. Aberdeen Roncalli (7) 40

2. Corsica-Stickney (2) 35

3. White River 29

4. Ethan 17

5. Castlewood (1) 13

Receiving votes: Aberdeen Christian 5, Colman-Egan 4, Viborg-Hurley 2, Herreid-Selby Area 2, Warner 1, Bridgewater-Emery 1, Wall 1.

This article originally appeared on Watertown Public Opinion: Preseason Poll: De Smet and Sioux Valley boys ranked along with Hamlin, Castlewood girls

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