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Inaugural 2014 KWSN/KSFY High School Football Polls Released

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Sioux Falls, SD (KWSN) - The first KSFY/KWSN South Dakota broadcaster’s football poll for 2014 was released this afternoon on Sports Talk with Craig and Chris. All seven classes, with first place votes in () and last year’s record are listed below, with notes on each class provided by KSFY’s Dan Genzler. 

11AAA

1 – Sioux Falls Roosevelt (9-2), 60 (11)

2 – Brandon Valley (7-3), 46

3 – Sioux Falls Lincoln (11-0), 39 (2)

4 – Sioux Falls O’Gorman (4-6), 31

5 – Rapid City Central (4-5), 13

Others Receiving Votes

Sioux Falls Washington (3-6), 6  

Aberdeen Central  (3-6), 1

Blog Notes ~ Preseason #1 Roosevelt, which received 12-of-14 first-place votes, are the preseason #1 for the second straight year. They are 96-23 overall and 23-7 in the playoffs since 2004, including three titles and six double-digit win seasons. Brandon Valley, which has won 89 games since 2004, owns six playoff titles and nine championship game appearances. Sioux Falls Lincoln is the defending champion after the school’s first-ever unbeaten season. They received a pair of first-place votes in the preseason poll. Sioux Falls O’Gorman, which has won eight titles, is fourth in the poll with Rapid City Central, fifth. 

 

11AA

1 – Brookings (3-6), 57 (8)

2 – Yankton, 50 (3)

3 – Harrisburg (4-6), 34

4 – Pierre (10-1), 32 (2)

5 – Mitchell (3-6), 15

Others Receiving Votes

Huron (3-6), 4

Douglas (4-5), 2

Blog Notes ~ Brookings, which was ranked third in the 2013 preseason poll, is the top choice this year. Yankton, the #1 preseason pick a year ago, is second. The Bucks have made 11 title game appearances and own six playoff titles. Harrisburg, which reached the 11AA semifinals a year ago, is third while defending champion Pierre Riggs is fourth and earned two first-place votes. Mitchell rounds out the top five. Harrisburg, which moved up from 11A a year ago, own five state titles and eight title game appearances in 11B or 11A. Huron and Douglas also received votes in the poll.

 

11A

1 – West Central (10-2), 59 (10)

2 – Dell Rapids (8-3), 55 (3)

3 – Madison (11-1), 33

4 – Tea Area (5-5), 26

5 – Hot Springs (9-2), 18

Others Receiving Votes

Belle Fourche (5-5), 1

Blog Notes ~ Defending champion West Central, which won an unprecedented 12th playoff crown in 2013, received 10-of-13 first place votes and head into the season #1. Last year’s #1 Dell Rapids, which has won three of the past four 11A titles and four crowns in six years, received four first place votes and sit second headed into the season. Madison, whose unbeaten season ended in a championship game loss to West Central, is third with Tea Area and Hot Springs rounding out the top-five. 

 

11B

1 – Parkston (10-2), 48 (7)

2 – Winner (10-1), 40 (2)

3 – St. Thomas More (9-2), 38 (2)

4 – Canton (11-1), 25 (2)

5 – Aberdeen Roncalli (9-1), 22

Others Receiving Votes

Tri-Valley (4-6), 13

Beresford (5-4), 1

Flandreau (3-5), 1

Blog Notes ~ Parkston, which was runner-up in 2014, gathered seven first-place votes and enters the season #1. The defending champion Canton had a pair of first-place votes but dropped to fourth after graduation hit the C-Hawks hard. Winner, which was ranked #2 a year ago, recorded a 10-win season for the fifth time in six years. The Warriors ranks first among 11B schools with five titles and 12 championship game appearances. Last year’s preseason #1 Aberdeen Roncalli, which has recorded 50 shutouts since 2004 and are 19-8 in the playoffs in that stretch, checks in number five in the poll. St. Thomas More picked up a pair of first-place votes and moved into the #3 spot and are 93-20 since 2004 with five 10-win seasons. Tri-Valley, which has three titles since 2007, received votes. 

 

 9AA

1 – Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (11-1), 61 (11)

2 – Arlington (10-2), 44 (2)

3 – Gregory (9-2), 32

4 – Deubrook Area (9-2), 21

5 – Kimball-White Lake (7-3), 16

Others Receiving Votes

Clark-Willow Lake (7-2), 12

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket/Wess. Springs (5-4), 1

Webster (5-4), 1

Blog Notes ~ Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, which won a seventh 9-man title, has won three of the past four AA titles after a 36-6 win over Arlington a year ago. BEE has a 55-12 record and four title game appearances in the past five years. Arlington, which has won a pair of titles, picked up a pair of first-place votes and sit second. Last year’s preseason #1 Gregory, which has made eight championship (9 and 11-man combined) game playoff appearances, is ranked third while 2012 champion Deubrook Area is fourth and Kimball-White Lake, fifth.

 

 9A

1 – Wolsey-Wessington (10-1), 50 (5)

2 – Howard (10-1), 46 (4)

3 – Potter County (11-1), 44 (4)

4 – Alcester-Hudson (8-2), 18

5 – Herreid/Selby (7-3),15

Others Receiving Votes

Hanson (3-6),13

Sully Buttes (4-4), 7

Chester (4-5), 1

Warner (2-6), 1

Blog Notes ~For the first time in school history, Wolsey-Wessington is the preseason #1 in the SD Broadcaster’s Poll. The Warhawks, which received five first place votes, were 10-0 a year ago before dropping a 38-34 decision to runner-up Leola-Frederick. Howard, which was also 10-0 before a loss to Potter County in the semifinals last year, has won 47-of-64 games and look for their first title since 2009. The Tigers received four first place votes as did defending champion Potter County, which won a title for the first time in eight championship game appearances. Alcester-Hudson, which is seeking a first-ever state football playoff title, is fourth after an 8-2 season and the core of the team back. Herreid-Selby, which will feature an explosive offense, is fifth.

 

9B

1 – Avon (12-0), 63 (12)

2 – Harding County (8-3), 37

3 – Hamlin (11-1), 35 (1)

4 – Canistota (4-5), 27

5 – Faulkton Area (7-3), 13

Others Receiving Votes

Faith (7-2), 10

Dell Rapids St. Mary (8-2), 5

Eureka-Bowdle (6-3), 2

Hitchcock-Tulare (7-3), 1 

 

Blog Notes ~ Defending champion Avon, which has won five 9-man titles and appeared in eight championship games, was a near unanimous selection for the top spot in 9B. Avon, which has six double digit winning seasons and 101 victories since 2004, picked up 12 of the 13 first-place votes. Harding County edged out 2013 runner-up Hamlin for second by just two points. The Chargers, which is searching for their first ever 9-man crown after winning four 11-man titles, received the only one first-place ballot. They have won 19 of the past 21 games. Canistota aims to shake off last year’s 4-5 season and return to the top of the heap. They won three straight 9-man titles from 2010-12 and had a 37-game winning streak snapped a year ago. They have a load of talent returning. Faulkton Area, which will feature a veteran team led by standout runner Darin Wieseler, looks to win a first-ever title. Faith and Dell Rapids St. Mary also received several votes in the poll.    

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