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    Forum Pollsters Class A Poll: 1-8-19

    Pollsters are primed and pithy after the start of the new year.  Contributing pith and insight this week are Artis Gilmore, Jackalope, rufus and yours truly.  

    1. Tea Area (40 pts)
    2. Sioux Falls Christian (34 pts)
    3. St. Thomas More (31 pts)
    4. Red Cloud (29 pts)
    5. Pine Ridge (21 pts)
    6. Tiospa Zina (17 pts)
    7. Dell Rapids (15 pts)
    8. Parker (13 pts)
    9. Aberdeen Roncalli (7 pts)
    10. Hot Springs (6 pts)
    11. RC Christian (4 pts)
    12. Dakota Valley (2 pts) 

    Honorable Mention: Todd County, Lennox, Madison, Little Wound, Sioux Valley, Hamlin, Vermillion, West Central, Platte-Geddes, Stanley Co., Custer, Winner, Sisseton 

    General pithy comments from the pollsters: 
    When the postseason rolls around there are going to be some highly competitive teams in stacked regions wishing they were in Region 6 ... what an awful region with a black hole void of worthy teams ... except possibly Cheyenne Eagle Butte.   

    The secret that many in Rapid City have been covering up is now exposed to the rest of the state: Rapid City Christian is not in the same conversation with Tommie More and basketball greatness.    The Comets suffered their first loss to Jones County (!?!) in the Kadoka Classic (!?!).   

    The Comet that crashed in The Black Hills was the Rapid City Christian boys basketball team flaming out.

    Madison is a team in search of new playmakers ... can they find any before March? 

    I would like to rank a new face with Hot Springs but I am still waiting for their first quality win.  

    The Dakota XII Conference is the bomb again this season as multiple conference teams are ranked at or near the top week after week.   

    My Final Four has a new face: Red Cloud joins St Thomas More, Tea, and Sioux Falls Christian.   

    Looks like a three way race now for the top prize, with Tea, SFC, and STM being a substantial notch above the rest of the field. Remaining class A teams could all be playing for fourth place. 

    It will take a near perfect game from one of the second tier teams to have a chance to upset either Tea, SFC, or STM, and even that might not be enough.

    Orioles take a nose dive against two out of state teams.

    The Bison were idle this week, but they are still undefeated.

    Don’t sleep on Dakota Valley.   The Panthers are solid with senior Charlie Cox and sophomore Paul Bruns.

    The Dakota Valley record might show some losses as they play a tough schedule but these guys are legitimate. 

    Tiospa Zina continues to roll at 7-1 as they head for the Northeast game of the week in Aberdeen against Roncalli. 

    Caleb White is fitting in big time for the Wambdi and their guard heavy rotation.   

    Wambdi are cruising with their 5th win in a row this week, for now are the class of the Northeast. 

    Local vet clinics are booked solid early in the season, treating dog injuries from a team of young canines still searching for their identity. 

    The Green Cavaliers chugged back into Aberdeen shooting blue smoke after the Tommie More beating but good news for Roncalli is their next challenge from Tiospa Zina is at home. 

    Wow!  Back to back toughies for the Green Cavs: first Tiospa Zina and then back on the road to play Tea ..... these next two games will tell us if they learned and corrected anything after the More loss.   

    Green Cavaliers nipping at the heels of the Wamdi in the north, but their drubbing at the hands of STM keep them in the second tier of class A teams.

    The Chargers have a big home game this week against conference and region rival Dell Rapids.

    SFC will play another game this week in their home away from home: The Pentagon. 

    If Mr. Goodbar wasn’t such an awesome football player, he would have a great future continuing to play basketball in college. 

    Teams looking for Mr. Goodbar can find him easy enough, but finding a "W" against the Chargers this season has yet to be accomplished.  

    The Thorpes were shocked by Red Cloud at home but are still a top 5 team.

    Halen Bad Bear is now a mad Bad Bear after his Thorpes suffer their second loss of the season.

    Thorpes drop a notch after close loss to Red Cloud.

    Tommie More is the class of Class A basketball teams in the Black Hills ..... RC Christian exposed as a pretender and Hot Springs is still looking for that signature win. 

    The Cavaliers were rude to a team of Patriots in Box Elder last week ..... I would expect better treatment of our Patriots. 

    Is it still Wildcat season in The Hills?    Hollenbeck and his boys have the big cats sighted in with their scopes.   

    The local ASPCA chapter is contacted after a pack of bulldogs were seen limping along Mt. Rushmore Road, reportedly run over in an area gym by some Blue Cavaliers.

    After back to back manhandling both Madison and Roncalli, blue Cavs get bumped into the top three, this voter is starting to think they may actually have a chance against the Comets this post season.

    Voters, don't even think of leaving coach Hollenbeck off your short list of COY candidates, after losing his entire starting 5 to graduation, and in less than a year and a half contending for another title, and with no mention whatsoever of the "R" word.

    The Comets, who temporarily disappeared from even the most powerful telescopes this week, need to figure out how to get by the likes of the Jones County Coyotes before they have any hope of running with the Blue Cavaliers.

    The Cossacks saw plenty of Pheasants in Chester but unfortunately their guns were not sighted in or they were shooting some blanks. 

    In a rematch game, Cossacks don't have an answer for big Camden Bialas and the Pheasants as they refuse to lay another egg.

    Cossack guns go silent in the Big East championship game, as no pheasants are bagged by the last day of hunting season.

    The Titans are loaded with players who will continue playing basketball in college ..... they are deep and talented.

    Tea is being investigated for animal cruelty after the way they treated the Bulldogs in the 35 point beat down of Madison in Tea.

    Tea demonstrated what former Bulldogs Coach Ricke must have been thinking: Madison is rebuilding and not reloading.   

    About a dozen years ago a young expansion team from Tea had a hard time winning a game, but how times have changed.  You don't beat the Titans now unless you are some prep school team that got flown in.

    Dell Rapids plays in the Dak XII Conference ..... they are worthy.

    The Quarriers had to retro fit the mine shaft and make it a bit taller to accommodate the 81 inch height of “big boy miner” Logan Heim. 

    If the Miners had another Rentz they could go to Dakota Dunes and play a foursome.   

    The mini-miners notch another "W" as they run their carts over some Cub bears from Chamberlain. 

    Thorpes will test the Warriors. Should prove interesting.

    Future Hardrocker Ale Rama plays hardball with Pine Ridge in huge Crusaders win over Thorpes.   

    Coach McGhee and his Crusaders avenge LNI loss to Pine Ridge by taking down the Thorpes in Pine Ridge.   Top 5 player Ale Rama has a nice supporting cast: Beau Donovan and Riyen Carlow.  

    I expect Ale Rama to do everything for Red Cloud as they journey across the state to Sioux Falls and play at The Pentagon .... everything includes driving the team bus.   

    Five teams in a row now have gotten taken a drink of the Crusader Ale, and it did not have a pleasant aftertaste.

    Falcons played the ‘Saders tough, but now on a losing skid. 

    Parker turned around the earlier loss to Sioux Valley in Volga as they beat the Cossacks on a neutral floor to win the Big East Conference tournament.   

    Mustangs are 5-2 but lacking a signature win. White River on the horizon……..

    Will the first son (Booker, take out the trash!) energize the Chargers?


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