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Christian girls’ basketball rated for first time in school history

Aberdeen Christian’s Joy Rohrbach, center, moves the ball up the floor around Ipswich’s Hailey Bierman, right, during a game last season at the Aberdeen Christian School gym. The Knights are now rated for the first time in program history, moving up to fifth in this week's Class B poll. Photo by John Davis taken 2/9/2021

The Aberdeen Christian girls’ basketball team has earned a never achieved before status. The Knights are now rated for the first time in the history of the program.

Christian moved up from receiving votes to the number five spot in this week’s poll following two victories last week. Aberdeen Roncalli continues to be the top-rated team in Class B, receiving all but one first-place vote.

There is also a new look to the Class A polls for both boys and girls.

Sioux Valley is the new number one in Class A boys after pre-season number one Sioux Falls Christian was defeated. St. Thomas More now tops the Class A girls after pre-season top ranked Winner lost.

Aberdeen Central remained fourth in Class A boys and Aberdeen Christian remained third in Class B boys.

The Hamlin girls moved up one spot to number two in the Class A girls’ poll.

Waubay-Summit continues to receive votes in the Class B boys’ poll.

The South Dakota Prep Media Basketball Poll for the week of Dec. 13 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team’s record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses.

Boys’ basketball

Class AA

1. Roosevelt (11) 1-0 70 1

2. O’Gorman (2) 1-0 67 2

3. Washington (3) 0-0 47 3

4. Aberdeen Central 2-0 29 T-4

5. Lincoln (1) 0-0 27 T-4

Receiving votes: Mitchell 7, Pierre 4, Harrisburg 4.

Class A

1. Sioux Valley (15) 1-0 83 2

2. Dakota Valley 0-0 49 3

3. St. Thomas More (1) 3-0 48 4

4. West Central 1-0 30 NR

5. SF Christian (1) 0-1 26 1

Receiving votes: Dell Rapids 12, Tea Area 5, Winner 1, Madison 1.

Class B

1. De Smet (17) 1-0 85 1

2. White River 0-0 62 2

3. Aberdeen Christian 1-0 52 3

4. Viborg-Hurley. 1-0 16 5

5. Dell Rapids St. Mary 0-0 15 4

Receiving votes: Platte-Geddes 12, Lyman 6, Waubay-Summit 4, Wolsey-Wessington 1, Castlewood 1, Gregory 1.

Girls’ basketball

Class AA

1. Washington (17) 1-0 85 1

2. Brandon Valley 1-0 66 3

3. O’Gorman 0-1 42 2

4. Stevens 2-0 41 4

5. Harrisburg 0-0 16 5

Receiving votes: Rapid City Central 5.

Class A

1. St. Thomas More (6) 2-1 47 2

2. Hamlin (1) 0-0 44 3

3. West Central (3) 1-0 38 4

4. Flandreau (3) 1-0 35 5

5. Wagner (2) 1-0 28 RV

Receiving votes: Winner 24, Dakota Valley (2) 19, Mount Vernon/Plankinton 9, Hanson 4, Sioux Falls Christian 4, Garretson 2, Elk Point-Jefferson 1.

Class B

1. Roncalli (16) 1-0 84 1

2. Corsica-Stickney (1) 2-0 68 2

3. White River 2-0 50 3

4. Ethan 1-0 31 4

5. Aberdeen Christian 2-0 12 RV

Receiving votes: Castlewood 7, Colman-Egan 1, Irene-Wakonda 1, Bridgewater-Emery 1.

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