Breaking down the South Dakota Prep Media soccer ballot for Aug. 28: All new No. 1s in nine-man ranks – Mitchell Republic

MITCHELL — It was a troublesome week to be a top-ranked staff in South Dakota nine-man soccer.

Within the span of some hours final Friday evening, the No. 1-ranked squad in all three nine-man lessons fell, opening the door for a trio of latest names atop the third week of rankings. Parkston ascended to the highest spot in Class 9AA, whereas Wolsey-Wessington now tops Class 9A and Faulkton Space guidelines Class 9B.

Parkston climbed from No. 3 in final week’s rankings as a consequence of a pair of upsets. Making room on the prime, former Class 9AA Howard was toppled 30-18 by Class 9A Canistota, sending the Tigers right down to the No. 3 slot. In the meantime, No. 2 Wall was additionally defeated by Class 9A foe Philip, sliding the Eagles to No. 5.

Class 9A featured a top-three conflict, as Gregory was upended 48-32 by Wolsey Wessington. The victory catapulted the Warbirds over No. 2 Warner and into the highest spot, whereas Gregory slipped to No. 4.

Sarcastically sufficient, Class 9B chaos produced the primary unanimous No. 1 rating of the younger season throughout all lessons. Faulkton Space was the lone ranked staff in Class 9B to emerge unscathed from final week’s slate, because the Trojans hammered top-ranked Hitchcock-Tulare 40-0 to fly up the rankings from No. 4 to No. 1 with all 24 first-place votes.

It took all of 1 week of motion for voters to agree on the consensus prime 5 in Class 11AAA, because the 5 ranked groups had been the one packages to obtain votes.

Within the preseason ballot, Speedy Metropolis Stevens and Sioux Falls Roosevelt had been each fringe inclusions with one vote apiece however had been dropped out after losses. Although Sioux Falls Washington defeated Stevens, the Warriors didn’t get a vote regardless of Harrisburg and Brandon Valley taking losses and remaining within the prime 5.

Sioux Falls Lincoln tightened its grip on the highest spot, garnering 20 of 24 first-place votes after taking out Roosevelt. Elsewhere within the class, Jefferson climbed from No. 4 to No. 2 and took the remaining 4 prime votes following an additional time win over Harrisburg. O’Gorman topped Brandon Valley on a last-second rating to cap an prompt traditional, as the highest packages switched locations at No. 3 and No. 5.


Avon’s Landon Thury carries the ball in a highschool soccer recreation between the Colome Cowboys and the Avon Pirates on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, in Avon.

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  • Class 11AA preseason No. 4 Brookings and No. 5 Aberdeen Central mixed to attain zero factors of their season openers and had been changed by Watertown and Spearfish, respectively. Spearfish’s inclusion within the ballot marks the primary time since Oct. 24, 2016, that the Spartans are ranked in Class 11AA, and is the primary time since Douglas on Oct. 23, 2017 {that a} West River staff apart from Sturgis is ranked.
  • Canton and Dakota Valley moved up one spot every to No. 3 and No. 4 in Class 11A following Canton’s season-opening win over Sioux Falls Christian, which fell from No. 3 to No. 5.
  • Class 11B’s prime 5 remained unchanged from final week, and three of the 4 groups receiving votes — Deuel, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central and Tri-Valley — stayed put, with Flandreau falling out.
  • Like Parkston, Hamlin additionally benefited from Class 9AA’s prime two taking losses final week. The Chargers rose from No. 4 to No. 2 and acquired 9 first-place votes. Elsewhere within the class, Bon Homme misplaced and dropped out of the No. 5 spot, as Elkton-Lake Benton moved into the rankings at No. 4. Bon Homme remained amongst these receiving votes, joined this week by Stanley County and Freeman/Marion/Freeman Academy.
  • Regardless of a one-possession loss to Class 9AA Stanley County, De Smet remained at No. 2 in Class 9B. Avon ascended from receiving votes to No. 3, growing its vote whole by 59 from final week. Corsica-Stickney fell out of the highest 5 following a loss to Class 9A Alcester-Hudson however remains to be receiving votes.

The South Dakota Prep Media soccer polls for the week of Aug. 28 are listed beneath, rating the highest 5 groups in every class. First-place votes acquired are indicated in parentheses, adopted by report and whole factors.

Class 11AAA
1. Sioux Falls Lincoln (20), 1-0, 114; 2. Sioux Falls Jefferson (4), 1-0, 97; 3. O’Gorman, 1-0, 65; 4. Harrisburg, 0-1, 54; 5. Brandon Valley, 0-1, 30.
Receiving votes: None.

Class 11AA
1. Pierre (23), 1-0, 119; 2. Tea Space (1), 1-0, 86; 3. Yankton, 1-0, 81; 4. Watertown, 1-0, 48; 5. Spearfish, 1-0, 12.
Receiving votes: Aberdeen Central 6, Huron 3, Sturgis 3, Brookings 2.

Class 11A
1. Dell Rapids (23), 1-0, 119; 2. West Central, 1-0, 88; 3. Canton (1), 1-0, 75; 4. Dakota Valley, 1-0, 47; 5. Sioux Falls Christian, 0-1, 20.
Receiving votes: Lennox 10, Madison 1.

Class 11B
1. Winner (19), 2-0, 115; 2. Elk Level-Jefferson (5), 2-0, 99; 3. Sioux Valley, 2-0, 70; 4. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 2-0, 42; 5. Sizzling Springs, 2-0, 24.
Receiving votes: Deuel 7, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 2, Tri-Valley 1.

Class 9AA
1. Parkston (13), 2-0, 102; 2. Hamlin (9), 2-0, 94; 3. Howard (2), 1-1, 64; 4. Elkton-Lake Benton, 2-0, 47; 5. Wall, 1-1, 43.
Receiving votes: Stanley County 5, Bon Homme 4, Freeman/Marion/Freeman Academy 1.

Class 9A
1. Wolsey-Wessington (14), 2-0, 109; 2. Warner (8), 1-0, 95; 3. Canistota (2), 2-0, 78; 4. Gregory, 0-1, 43; 5. Harding County/Bison, 2-0, 20.
Receiving votes: Philip 9, Castlewood 3, Chester Space 3.

Class 9B
1. Faulkton Space (24), 2-0, 120; 2. De Smet, 1-1, 67; 3. Avon, 2-0, 64; 4. Hitchcock-Tulare, 1-1, 46; 5. Dell Rapids St. Mary, 1-1, 32.
Receiving votes: Herreid/Selby Space 12, Potter County 12, Corsica-Stickney 4, Arlington 3.

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