Contributing to the poll this week are Artis Gilmore, Jackalope, Honcho, rufus and yours truly. The pith flows freely this week.
1. Madison (42 pts)
2. Dell Rapids (41 pts)
3. St. Thomas More (40 pts)
4. Sioux Valley (39 pts)
5. Sioux Falls Christian (37 pts)
6. Vermillion (26 pts)
7. Chamberlain (18 pts)
8. Clark-Willow Lake (9 pts)
10. TIE Little Wound, Flandreau (8 pts)
11. Tea Area (5 pt)
12. Crow Creek (3 pts)
Honorable Mention: Red Cloud, Aberdeen Roncalli, Sisseton, Belle Fourche, Groton, Lead-Deadwood, Stanley County, Tri Valley, Winner, Pine Ridge, Dakota Valley, MV/P, Miller
GENERAL PITHY COMMENTS
Dang, these polling things always seem to fall on days when I have a schedule conflict, that pre-empts my pith. It's not like I don't have a lot of pith saved up - I do. But right now I gotta run to the bank, then the airport. Grrr.
More chaos in the class A polls this week as losses mount, no idea who to give the #1 vote to. A not-so-new hypothesis is the deepest team will have the best odds of winning out in a three game marathon, the 'Dogs may be favored with a bench that can put points on the board.
Well, this is getting to be perhaps the most difficult season yet to find a clearly superior team amongst almost any of the top 10. Absolutey fantastic to see the parity - for a fan. For a pollster though - sheer panic.
And the hits just keep comin'. Week after week, "premier" matchups that can and DO change everything.
In the end, it wouldn't be surprising to have a total dark-horse take it all.
Can the Redmen make the sweet 16? You bet they can.
Cossacks get 8 threes from Olson the southpaw to beat up on the dog paws at the DeSmet dog pound.
The Cossacks helped their scoring average as they scored 96 on DeSmet.
This will be a challenging week for Sioux Valley: they play Flandreau on the road Thursday and undefeated Crosby Ironton Minnesota on Saturday in Sioux Falls.
In possibly the last race ever at the Sioux Falls Badlands Motor Speedway before the keys get handed over to Paul Stanley, a hot rod Lincoln outruns a super stock Dodge from Chamberlain.
The Chargers will shock the Huskies in Elk Point.
SFC demonstrates that next year looks good as the Chargers get nice play from sophomore Schipper and juniors Unruh and Oppold.
Cub bears put up a good fight before getting a lethal dose of high voltage from the Chargers for only their second loss of the season.
The Cubbies lost a game at Sioux Falls Christian and also top billing in Region 6 as Crow Creek is now the seed point leader.
Platte Geddes visits Chamberlain this week and the Black Panthers will prove to be below the Cubs in the Animal Kingdom pecking order.
The local stone Masons (Peter and Schmidt) and Co. have now have now won three straight against Madison, EPJ, and Vermillion, not bad for a bunch of young brick cutters.
The Quarriers showed a pair of Region 4 teams, EPJ and Vermillion, that Region 3 is the class of Class A.
Vermillion will break their two game losing streak when they play Beresford this week.
The Quarriers tested the mine by sending some Tanagers down the mine shaft and the Birds did not survive.
(At Sturgis Brown) when you go down, call Russ Brown.
St Thomas More lost again and I still have them at the top of my poll. I think they are one of 4 teams that have what it takes to win it all.
The Blue Cavaliers are putting on the miles .... we could call them the South Dakota Globe Trotters based on how many miles they drive for competition. This week they play at Belle Fourche, Chadron Nebraska, and then in Sioux Falls the next day.
Russell Leader Charge needs to heal quick for the Crusaders to make any kind of serious post season run.
Talk is that the Cyclones may get downgraded to B next year, but for now have the longest current win streak (10) in class A this year.
Clark Willow Lake is on a 10 game winning streak that will be tested in Sisseton.
It's Cyclone season in Clark County and the forecast is for continued destruction in area gyms by the Cyclones.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Green Cavs are sleepers, watch out for them in the post season.
Dogs come up 3 points short against the best team in North Dakota, not reading a lot into this loss until the sweet sixteen power points are calculated.
The Bulldogs are Mad Dogs after losing to the number 1 team from North Dakota, Minot.
I expect the Bulldogs to go to the Lennox Bird House and prove they are not gym broken as they drop dog turds all over the gym.
Don't look now, but the Cheiftan glory days of Kenny Seaboy, Sheldon St. John, and Chuck World Turner revisited 35 years later? As long as they don't have to play the Bruise brothers, they have a chance.
A region 4 flock of migratory foul team called Plitzuweit, Williams, and the Tanagers were enjoying clear sailing up until they hit a major downdraft near region 3.
And the Oscar goes to...the Winner Warriors. These guys "man maker" or "flopping" skills would make LeBron James proud.
The Tea Bags (yep ... I know ... rhymes with D Bags) welcome Dells and West Central to Tea this week.
The Hohn-Mack trucks and the Titan pickups led the victory parade back from Mitchell after the Titans beat the Green Cavaliers.
Fliers LeBrun, X-man, and Bakkedahl not expected to make enough altitude or airspeed by Thursday to knock the visiting Cossacks off their horses.
The Fliers are still flying high at 12-1 but face a tough week with Dell Rapids and Sioux Valley both coming to visit.
The X-Man is showing some senior leadership for Flandreau.
Mustangs head into the home stretch with only a narrow edge over Red Cloud and Pine Ridge.