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    Weekly Top 10

    Many of you asked for it ….. all of you will love it.  The fix you must have every week: The Weekly Jackalope Top 10 is now published for the week of December 11 2017.

    10.) Coming in at number 10: Todd Neuendorf is probably wishing he was still at Aberdeen Roncalli after his Mitchell Kernels traveled to Huron over the weekend and lost 46-32.   Patience Kernels fans: Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, Mitchell isn’t rebuilt in a day.

    9.) That thud you heard coming out of the northeast was the sound of a herd of Mustangs … the Tri Valley variety … stumbling out of the gate in a 30 point loss to Sisseton.  The Redmen were led by Dion Iyarpeya and Benji Thompson. 

    8.) White River is not number 1 in Region 7 for what will likely be the only time all season.  Oelrichs after a win over Class A Lead Deadwood has the most Seed Points in the region.

    7.) The Class AA favorite, Aberdeen Central, gets a not very elegant victory in Pierre over the weekend, 49-38.   Coach Norberg can be heard throwing this cliché around the locker room: better to win ugly than to not win at all. 

    6.) The early season signature win award goes to Clark Willow Lake as they get a relatively easy road win over Sioux Valley, 73-58.  Jacob Prouty was hot with 29 points.   The Cyclones were already expected to be a top contender in Class B but this win is very impressive.   Sioux Valley will need some games (and practices) to learn how to play without Tayt Vincent.   The last few years the Cossacks looked like a college team (plus Max Nielson) exiting the bus … now they are reduced to a handful of players who look like that … but Max Nielson looks a year older every year as the point guard who started as an 8th grader.  I am more impressed by Max every time I watch him play. 

    5.) De Smet’s Gage Gruenhagen set the bar high in his quest to lead the Bulldogs to success this season as he hammered Lake Preston for 33 points in a Friday night win.   Clark Willow Lake is up next this week ….. on the road.  DeSmet has Gruenhagen and a McCune … freshman Ethan … leading the way. 

    4.) Class A dominance in the Black Hills and Region 8 over the years has become synonymous with the St Thomas More Cavaliers.   It might only be brief, but Rapid City Christian currently has bragging rights in the city as they are undefeated after a huge win over Philip.   The Tommie More Evil Blue Empire traveled to the Evil Sioux Empire and were slapped around by Washington, 60-33. 

    3.) Aiden Bizardie from Todd County lit up against Bennett County for 41 points.   In an earlier blog I said: Aiden Bizardie is the second least recognized name (Jackson Miller from West Central being number 1).   Aiden is going to be well recognized as the season progresses.

    2.) It is going to be a long season in Vermillion if the Tanagers can’t find some help for Aj Plitzuweit.  Vermillion went on the road to Tyndall and lost to bon Homme, 51-50.   Expect Plitzuweit to score a ton of points every game … but who else can step up and help?

    1.) The number 1 tidbit for the weekly top 10 comes out of Rapid City.  Some east of The River might scoff when they hear that the Rapid City Central Cobblers are undefeated.   Heck some might not even know that the Cobblers even played over the weekend.  Central is quick out of the starting blocks with a 3-0 record!   You heard it here first: Rapid City Central has the most wins of any team in the state!   I can hear it now: sure, they are 3-0 but they haven’t won a game against anybody from South Dakota yet … true that … three wins against teams from Wyoming does not a number1  team in South Dakota make.  Savor the moment Coach Hay and super guard Dylan Hay.   What a way to start your season! 

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